Expelled

April 30, 2008

The film Expelled is a fascinating intersection of science, religion, and politics. I highly recommend it.

Dear Lord,
We lift up the film Expelled and pray that it will serve the common good and the pursuit of freedom in our faith communities, in institutions of higher learning, in the public square, and in our nation.
Bless it, dear Lord. Bless it. Amen.


Uganda Christian University

April 30, 2008

From the Uganda Partners website:

A Collect for Uganda Christian University
Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, make this school a real community and may whatever is just, pure, lovable and gracious abound and flourish here. Keep for the school an unspoiled name, develop it for wider usefulness; and may we value it as an instrument for bringing glory to your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Collect for Uganda Christian University Partners
Heavenly Father, we ask you to continue to bless the good works you have begun through Uganda Christian University Partners. We ask that you guide and direct our every thought and action that it may truly be your will and truth that prevail. We thank you for the opportunity to participate in spreading your Gospel to “the ends of the earth.”


Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry

April 30, 2008

From The Seed and Harvest:
We bid your prayers for:

Students (academics, finances, health), their spouses and their children, especially families whose lives have been uprooted.

Graduating Seniors and their families as they prepare to leave Trinity for ministry elsewhere.

Alumni, whether by one year or 25+, that they may continue to pursue holiness through Christ and the perpetuation of the gospel through them.

International students, who sacrifice time away from their families for the sake of their call, and whose lives and safety are often at risk because of their faith. Pray especially for peace in Kenya, and for those who live and serve in East Africa.

Trinity’s faculty and staff – each one plays an important part in the students’ lives and therefore in the spread of the gospel.

Our donors – who provide for us with their financial support, continued prayers and encouragement; please also pray for increased financial provision for the School.

Those exploring a call to seminary and ministry, that God would mold and orchestrate the events of their lives according to his will, and that if and when they choose Trinity, we would be humbly ready for their arrival.

The Search Committee for Trinity’s next Dean/President, and the person God has already chosen.

We thank God for Ambridge!


Obedience

April 29, 2008

If you live according to my laws and obey my commands . . . I will live among you in my sacred Tent, and I will never turn away from you. I will be with you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. Leviticus 26:3, 11, 12

If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. John 14:15-17a

Lord, make speed to help us in the Anglican Communion. Send Your Spirit to her leaders, especially Rowan Williams, to reveal the truth about God and to help them live in obedience to Your commands. Amen.


The Anglican Communion

April 28, 2008

Heavenly Father,
You are a God of power and great deeds. You shelter Your people and guide them. Through the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus Christ, You provide us with living water. It is a great mystery. You send Your Holy Spirit and it flows like a river.
We in the Anglican Communion have been unfaithful to You. Have mercy. Hold back Your anger and restrain Your fury. Remember that we are only mortal beings, and forgive us our sins, we pray. Amen.
Psalm 78:4, 14-16, 38-39


Servants and saints

April 28, 2008

For it is to me that the people of Israel are servants.
They are my servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt:
I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 25:55

Almighty God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
to me the least of saints,
to me allow that I may keep even the smallest door,
the farthest, darkest, coldest door,
the door that is least used, the stiffest door.
If only it be in Your house, O God,
that I can see Your glory even afar,
and hear Your voice,
and know that I am with You, O God.
St Columba


Polycarp

April 27, 2008

This intercession by Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna in Asia Minor in the 2nd century, is a good one for the Anglican Communion.

We pray that God, the Father, and the eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, may nurture us in faith, truth and love, and grant us our portion among the saints, and all who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for all the people of Christ, for rulers and leaders, for all the enemies of the cross, and for ourselves that our fruit may increase, and we be made perfect in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Hat tip: RichardKew@aol.com


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