Bishops-elect

March 31, 2008

Canon Eugene Sutton was elected bishop of Maryland, and Canon Paul Lambert was elected bishop suffragan of Dallas.

Father,

We pray that Eugene and Paul will be made holy through Your Spirit, will be obedient to the gospel, and will have their sins covered by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ, so that grace and peace may be multiplied to Maryland and Dallas.  Amen.

1 Peter 1:2


The Anglican Communion

March 31, 2008

O God, be with Your people in the Anglican Communion as they walk through a  deluge of wordly cravings, envies, and boasts.  May their shepherds hear You speak, act in faith, and lead them on dry land in the midst of the sea.  Amen. 

Exodus 14:29, 1 John 2:16 


Speaking out

March 31, 2008

Several brave souls have challenged the validity of the depositions of Bishops Cox and Schofield.

Dear Jesus,

Come to Bishop Howe, Bishop Lawrence, the Standing Committee of South Carolina, Father Eaton, Mr. Sutton, and Ms. Busch.  Do not leave them orphaned.  Love them and bless them, we pray.  Amen.

John 14:18-21


John 14:15-18

March 31, 2008

“If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help our love for Jesus overflow into keeping his commandments.

“And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever–” (John 14:16)
      Father, we join with Jesus in asking for the help of the Holy Spirit today.

“the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17)
      Jesus, please set the Episcopal Church free from looking to the world for what it should do so that we may receive your Holy Spirit of truth.

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
      Father, please help all of us in the Episcopal Church receive your Spirit of Adoption by whom we may cry out to you, “Abba, Dad.” (From Romans 8:15)

Monday: 4, 7: Exodus 14:21-31; 1 Peter 1:1-12; John 14:(1-7)8-17
Tuesday: 10, 11: Exodus 15:1-21; 1 Peter 1:13-25; John 14:18-31

Albany Intercessor


John 14:1-7, Exodus 14:13-14, and Isaiah 59:16

March 30, 2008

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
      Jesus, I offer you the burdens of my heart.

In my father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
      Jesus, I make the choice to trust you for your provision.

      A word received: Don’t be afraid — look to me for sustenance and rest.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; I long to be received into your arms.

And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14:4)
      Holy Spirit, I trust you will show me the way to Jesus day by day.

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5)
      Father, thank you for Pentecost and for pouring out your Holy Spirit so that we can know the way to Jesus.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
      Jesus, please write this verse on the hearts and minds of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

“If you had known me, you would have known my father also; and from now on you know him and have seen him.” (John 14:7)
      Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church know Jesus as he is so that they can know the Father as well. Help them set aside their ideology and political correctness so that they can know Jesus.

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:13-14)
      Thank you, LORD, for winning the victory for us.

He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; (Isaiah 59:16)
      Holy Spirit, please raise up more intercessors for this diocese and for the Episcopal Church.

Sunday: 111, 112, 113: Exodus 14:5-22; 1 John 1:1-7; John 14:1-7
Monday: 4, 7: Exodus 14:21-31; 1 Peter 1:1-12; John 14:(1-7)8-17

Albany Intercessor


Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 03 29

March 29, 2008

Dn. Alan Hart and Torre Bissell 9:30 to 10:35 AM, in front of Christ Church on State St. It was cold and windy this morning — not many people out, not many willing to stop for prayer. (+ indicates received a cross).

On our way to Christ Church we stopped and prayed at the Bed and Breakfast on Union St. that hosts sex parties. We prayed for the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit to come there.
+Ernest — for his kids, the neighborhood and its children
the Bus Driver — I went to the door of the bus to tell him that we were praying for him, and for his wife to come back to him daily. He said, “That will be a miracle, but God is in the miracle business.” Big smile.
Pat — “I look for you every Saturday.” prayed for her family.
+Rafael and +Rafael (his teenage son) — prayed for health and happiness.
+Esther — prayed for her, her family and friends
+Eleanor — young woman who almost died of a heart attack
Belinda — prayed for her, her family and friends


Psalm 104, various verses

March 29, 2008

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your possessions– (Psalm 104:24)
      Thank you, LORD, for all that you have done for us; help us to recognize your provision for us for what it is.

These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. (Psalm 104:27)
      LORD, please help us wait on you and receive with thanksgiving all your provision for us.

May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works. (Psalm 104:31)
      LORD, let your glory and your light shine forth in our lives. You have made us, we are your workmanship; we pray that you will be able to rejoice in us.

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 104:33)
      May my meditation be sweet to him; I will be glad in the LORD. (Psalm 104:34)

Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD! (Psalm 104:35)
      Hallelujah! Amen.

A word received: Listen me, listen as you read my word, listen to me.

Saturday: 104: Exodus 13:17-14:4; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10; Mark 12:18-27
Sunday: 111, 112, 113: Exodus 14:5-22; 1 John 1:1-7; John 14:1-7

Albany Intercessor


San Joaquin

March 29, 2008

Presiding Bishop Schori has called for an organizing convention on Saturday, Mar 29. 

Psalm 104 selected verses 

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul.
       O LORD my God, you are very great;
       you are clothed with splendor and majesty.  

 2 He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
       he stretches out the heavens like a tent

 3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
       He makes the clouds his chariot
       and rides on the wings of the wind.

 4 He makes winds his messengers, 
       flames of fire his servants.

  30 When you send your Spirit,
       they are created,
       and you renew the face of the earth.

 31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
       may the LORD rejoice in his works-

Splendorous, majestic God, clothed in light and grounded in power,

Send Your Holy Spirit to the Anglican diaspora in San Joaquin. Purify them and renew the Central Valley of California.  Blow, Spirit, blow.  Blow through the Central Valley. 

Your sheep are scattered on every hillside.  May they hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.  May You rejoice in Your work and Your glory endure forever.  Amen.

More prayers can be found here.


Exodus 13:14 and Psalm 118:1

March 28, 2008

“So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.'” (Exodus 13:14)
      Jesus, you have redeemed our lives out of the bondage to sin and death at such great cost to yourself, help us effectively tell the next generation about what you have done for us.

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)
      Thank you, Father for your goodness and mercy toward us.

A word received: I AM with you.
      Thank you, Holy Spirit.

Friday: 118: Exodus 13:1-2,11-16; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Luke 24:1-12
Saturday: 104: Exodus 13:17-14:4; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10; Mark 12:18-27

Albany Intercessor


Dallas

March 28, 2008

Nominees for the Bishop Suffragan of the diocese of Dallas are Rev. Ally Perry, Rev. Canon Dr. Neal Michell, Rev. Canon Paul Lambert, Rev. Raymond Jennison, Jr., Rev. Canon David Holland, and Rev. Leander Harding, Ph. D.  The election is Saturday, March 29. 

Eternal God, we give you thanks for the gift of the resurrection of you Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, and praise you that for our sakes, He gave us the Apostolic ministry. Make the voting delegates of the Dallas diocesan convention worthy stewards of this trust and guide them as they seek a Bishop Suffragan, who will be called to be one with the Apostles, in ministry, witness and teaching; that your Church in that Diocese may be built up and your Son glorified in all they do; this we ask in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Previous prayer.


Matthew 28:16-20

March 27, 2008

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make those meeting times and places that Jesus has appointed for us; don’t let us get distracted along the way to them.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)
      Jesus, please all of us in this diocese worship you — even those with doubts.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)
      Lord Jesus, it is your authority, not ours; please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to claim only that authority you have given them. Restore a right order to our common life in the Episcopal Church.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19)
      LORD, help many in this diocese to go forth to make disciples and baptize them in your name. LORD, this nation and the Episcopal Church have become prime mission territory — help many go forth to bring them to conversion and discipleship.

teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
      Jesus, thank you for sending us your Holy Spirit so that you can take up residence in our hearts and be with us daily. Help us daily be obedient to all that you have commanded us to do. Thank you.

A word received: Let me carry you through this day. Leave your burdens at my feet.

Thursday: 148, 149: Exodus 13:3-10; 1 Corinthians 15:41-50; Matthew 28:16-20
Friday : 118: Exodus 13:1-2,11-16; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Luke 24:1-12

Albany Intercessor


San Joaquin

March 27, 2008

Presiding Bishop Schori has called for an organizing convention on Saturday, Mar 29. 

Praise the Lord from heaven, you that live in the heights above.  Praise him, all his angels, all his heavenly armies.  

Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, shining stars.  Praise him, highest heaven and the waters above the sky.  Let them all praise the name of the Lord.  He commanded, and they  were created; by his command they were fixed in their places forever, and they cannot disobey. 

Praise the Lord, Central Valley of California.  Sing praises, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park.  Sing, hot summers and mild winters.  Join the praise, O northwest winds.

Praise him, Anglicans all.  Let them all praise the name of the Lord.  His name is greater than all others.  His glory is above San Joaquin and the heavenlies over San Joaquin.  He made his church strong, so that all his people praise him.  Praise the Lord!

Psalm 148

Previous prayers:

For the orthodox remnant, For our opponents, For the sorry mess, For peace


GAFCon and Lambeth, another variation

March 26, 2008
The Global Anglican Future Conference meets in mid-June and the Lambeth Conference in mid-July. This prayer is a variation of those posted earlier this week. Ideas for these prayers came from Arthur Burk’s redemptive gifts teaching.
Dear God,

We pray that these meetings will bring glory to Your name. In Your tender mercies, grant them:

–prophets who forgive.

–servants who proclaim Jesus as the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.

–teachers who assume responsibility for their church families.

–exhorters who lead us to embrace the way of the cross for God’s greater glory.

–givers who can admit when they are needy.

–leaders who are holy and obedient to their call.

–the merciful to release the presence of God into the Body of Christ. Amen.

Romans 12:4-8


1 Corinthians 15:33-35

March 26, 2008

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
      Holy Spirit, come and lift the veil of deception from the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:34)
      Jesus, awaken the church to righteousness and the knowledge of God.

But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” (1 Corinthians 15:35)
      Father, thank you that I can leave all of these “hows” in your care. I know that my redeemer lives and that I shall see him at the last day, and not as a stranger. Thank you.

A word received: Listen to me, my people; listen to me. I AM speaking to you; who is listening?

Wednesday: 115: Exodus 12:40-51; 1 Corinthians 15:(29)30-41; Matthew 28:1-16
Thursday: 148, 149: Exodus 13:3-10; 1 Corinthians 15:41-50; Matthew 28:16-20

Albany Intercessor


San Joaquin

March 25, 2008

The “organizing convention” of San Joaquin meets this Saturday.  What a sorry mess.

O God, You are King of kings and Lord of lords.  You are Jehovah-Sabaoth.  We cry out for Your children in San Joaquin who have wandered away from You, listening to what pleases them and abandoning Your gospel.  Open their ears so that they will not be led astray by a false gospel. 
Open their ears to hear the Good Shepherd as He calls to them.  Open their eyes to distinguish the hireling from the faithful shepherd. 
Raise up faithful shepherds who speak with boldness the reality of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Raise up faithful shepherds who proclaim that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  Raise up faithful shepherds who will lead Your people into Your arms of love. 
We cry out, Lord.  We cry out for a church enfolded in Your love.  Amen.


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