East Carolina Diocesan Convention

January 31, 2008

How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at thy altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise! Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Behold our shield, O God; look upon the face of thine anointed! For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in thee!

Psalm 84

The Convention of the Diocese of East Carolina convenes today and will continue through the weekend.

Heavenly Father,

Look down, please, on your delegates to the East Carolina Diocesan Convention.  May the convention be your dwelling place, Lord of Hosts.  May the souls of the delegates long and even faint for your courts; may their hearts and their very flesh sing for joy to you.  May they ever sing your praise.  May their strength be in you.  As they travel, may they find refreshment.  May they go from strength to strength. 

Please hear our prayers, Father.  Look upon their faces.  May they seek to humbly serve you.  Be to them their sun and shield.  Bestow on them your favor and blessings.  May they walk uprightly.  May they trust in you alone.

We pray this prayer only through our faith in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.  Thank you, Father, for the faith that you have given us.  Amen. 

John 5:30 , Hebrews 10:5-7, and Genesis 17:1-3

January 31, 2008

I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me. (John 5:30)
      Father, please bring us to that same place where Jesus was: where we will judge only by what we hear from your Holy Spirit, and where we will seek your will and not our own.

Therefore, when he came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you have prepared for me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come–in the volume of the book it is written of me–to do your will, O God.'” (Hebrews 10:5-7 [Psalm 40:6-8])
      Jesus, we pray that it will be written of us that we have come to do your will. All our offerings and sacrifices are of no value unless we have offered ourselves to you and have been covered and washed clean by the sacrifice of your blood. Help us turn to you throughout this diocese to do your will.

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before me and be blameless. (Genesis 17:1)
      Holy Spirit, bring us forth to walk humbly and blamelessly before you at the Diocesan Convention.

And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” (Genesis 17:2)
      Father please help us to be a holy people who keep your covenant. Let your Holy Spirit move through the preparations for the Diocesan Convention and bring his life to the worship, the healing ministry, the workshops, the meditations, the youth’s and children’s ministries, the speakers, the Camp of the Woods staff, and all that makes up the Diocesan Convention.

Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, (Genesis 17:3)
      LORD, please bring us to this place of awe and worship that you brought Abraham, and we will hear you talking with us. Thank you.

Thursday: [59, 60] or 118; Genesis 16:15-17:14; Hebrews 10:1-10; John 5:30-47
Friday: 51; Genesis 17:15-27; Hebrews 10:11-25; John 6:1-15

Albany Intercessor


January 30, 2008

Remember thy word to thy servant, in which thou hast made me hope.  This is my comfort in my affliction that thy promise gives me life.   Godless men utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from thy law.   When I think of thy ordinances from of old, I take comfort, O LORD.   Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake thy law.  Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.   I remember thy name in the night, O LORD, and keep thy law. This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept thy precepts.

Psalm 119: 49-56

A top State Department official has said that the violence in Kenya is ethnic cleansing.  Lord, have mercy. 

Father in Heaven,

Look down, we pray, on your faithful servants in Kenya who are beset by mindless violence and cruel killing.  Bring comfort to those who mourn.  Bring healing to those who are injured.  Bring peace to all. 

Help us, Father, for we are unable to help ourselves.  We know we have sinned but we now beg, please do not forsake us.  May all learn to accept the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ as satisfaction for blood revenge.

And may we yet always pray, Thy will be done.  Amen.  

Words received for Sunday School lesson 20, February 17th

January 30, 2008

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
      A word received: I want you to have my power so that you can be my witness. You need the help of my Holy Spirit — the helper — to be an effective witness of what I have done. I have not left you orphans; I have given you a Spirit of adoption by whom you can cry out, “Abba, Father.” (From Romans 8:15)

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:16)
      A word received: Seek my Holy Spirit; invite him in. I want every one of your to know that you are a child of my father.

Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:17)
      A word received: Don’t be afraid. I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (From 2 Timothy 1:7) These are all blessings from my Holy Spirit. With my Holy Spirit in you with his power you need not be afraid. There is no height nor depth nor anything that can separate you from my love. I will always love you: come to me, let me fill you up.

Prayer: Lord, please show me what you are asking of me.

Check out what the LORD has been saying to us in the Christ Church Schenectady Sunday School on http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/.

Albany Intercessor

John 5:19-23

January 30, 2008

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what he sees the Father do; for whatever he does, the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19)
      Holy Spirit, you made us children of God by adoption; please help us move towards that son-ship relationship that Jesus has with his father.

“For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does; and he will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” (John 5:20)
      Jesus, send us out preaching everywhere, and bless your work through us and confirm your word with accompanying signs. (From Mark 16:20)

“For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom he will.” (John 5:21)
      Jesus, in your mercy give your new life to the leaders, teachers, and people of the Episcopal Church.

“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,” (John 5:22)
      LORD, you take no pleasure in the death of anyone (From Ezekiel 18:32); prepare our hearts for the day when the wheat will be separated from the chaff.

“that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” (John 5:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us by our words, our deeds, and our thoughts to bring honor to you, to the Father, and to the Son. Thank you.

Wednesday: 49, [53]; Genesis 16:1-14; Hebrews 9:15-28; John 5:19-29
Thursday: [59, 60] or 118; Genesis 16:15-17:14; Hebrews 10:1-10; John 5:30-47

Albany Intercessor

Covenant Design Group

January 29, 2008

Do you want to be healed?

John 5:6

The Anglican Covenant Design Group continues to meet in England.

Father in Heaven,

We offer this answer the question of our Lord:  Yes!  Yes we want to be healed!  Yes!  Yes, heal us Lord Jesus Christ!  Yes!  Let our yes be yes! 

Father, our church is broken.  We cry to you in our despair and pain and loss.  We cannot heal ourselves.  Only you can help us.  We have no power to mend the tear in our communion.  Our words and our efforts are as so much straw.  Have mercy on your servants, Lord.  We want to be healed.  Send your Holy Spirit to the Covenant Design Group and do a mighty work through them.  Use them to design an Anglican Communion that will exist only for your honor, praise, and glory.  Use them to heal that which no human hands can heal.  Bless their work, Lord,  Guide them, and protect them from the influences of the ruler of this world.

Father, we offer this prayer in the sure faith and knowledge that it is your plan from the beginning of time that is manifesting itself today.  May we learn to desire only that which you have planned.  May we give you thanks and praise always for your great glory.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, our Savior, and our only Physician.  Amen.      

Hebrews 9:13-14, Genesis 15:5-6, and Psalm 48:1

January 29, 2008

For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:13-14)
      Father, our heart’s desire is to serve you. Please cleanse our consciences from all dead works so that we may serve you through the power of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Then he brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the LORD, and he accounted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:5-6)
      Father, please help us believe your word to us so that we are established in your righteousness.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in his holy mountain. (Psalm 48:1)
      Father, thank you for the joy of being able to praise you; thank you for bringing us to that holy city — the New Jerusalem. Thank you.

Tuesday: 47, 48; Genesis 15:1-11,17-21; Hebrews 9:1-14; John 5:1-18
Wednesday: 49, [53]; Genesis 16:1-14; Hebrews 9:15-28; John 5:19-29

Albany Intercessor

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