PRAYER TABLE REPORT

May 31, 2008

      (In front of Christ Church –State St., Schenectady on 5-31-08,
      9:20 — 10:40 a.m. Table witnesses for Him this day were Thelma Stearns, Don Foust, Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a– Indicates person received anointing of Holy Oil

t — Indicates person received one of Torre’s wooden crosses

      EDWARD — Arrived just as Prayer Table was being set up. Edward is a repeat visitor to the Table; proudly showed us he is wearing his cross. Received prayer for continued grace, protection and direction from God.

      t– CRYSTAL — Wanted prayers for provision for herself, her family and her friends.

      t– JANE — Jane asked for prayers for continued good health. After the prayers as she put on her new cross, she hesitated a moment, smiled and told us “Something just made me come over here today!”

      t– PAT (a man) — Wanted prayers “for everything.” Torre prayed for Pat to seek the Lord and find his grace and provision and protection in his life, also for his family and friends.

      t– MARK — Very serious, troubled young man. Asked for prayers that he will be able to continue to make the mortgage payments on his house.

      a, t — JOHN — There is always one “special” visitor to the weekly Table who stands out as someone in special need, and that the Table obviously was there for him. Today it was John, who is visiting Schenectady from Newark, N.J. He asked that God grant him a “renewal.” He admiited he is a Christian who has been “backsliding” and was in obvious need of forgiveness from his guilt of some sin. We prayed for him to ask Jesus to forgive and forget his sins, and he was anointed to feel God’s transformation in his renewed life. Torre told John to look for signs today that Jesus is working in his life.

      t — PABLO — Stopped out of curiousity, explained right away that he does not speak English. But he understood our upraised hands and that we wanted to pray for him, so he let us pray with and for him.

      t- RAMA and her two sons, a, t –JOSE and a,t — CARLO — This adorable little family walked by and at first did not stop, but Carlo’s (boy of about 5 or 6) urging caused Mom to stop with her young son in the baby carriage. Torre prayed for an anointing of the Holy Spirit on the whole family. Both boys were anointed with Holy Oil with prayers that they would both in time come to know Jesus and to walk in His path. The mother was very grateful and pleased!

      a,t — JULIO — Middle-aged man in a lot of obvious discomfort with a metal-braced kind of splint on his right forearm and hand. He said he had fallen from a van and the fingers had been pushed back up into his hand. Received prayers for healing and soothing grace from God.

      t — MARLON — Big, muscular young man who we guessed would never stop in a million years. But when Don and Thelma called out to him, Marlon stopped! He was in need of prayer for provision and that things will get better. He said he was in a hurry, but he stopped and was glad to receive prayer.

      t–JOEY — Young man who was there because he said he is “dealing with a lot of stress.” Don prayed for Joey to be freed from stress and the anxieties of this life.

      t — ANTHONY — While we were praying for Joey, Anthony sat down in the other empty chair. We recognized him as a previous visitor to the Table. He is the one whose mother, MARIA, was in the hospital last week with a heart problem. He is happy that she was able to go home yesterday. We prayed for continued healing for Anthony’s mother.

      DANIEL — Another repeat visitor who recently requested prayer for safe travel back and forth to NYC. He is back and made the trip safe and sound. He arrived just as we were taking the Table down.

      Note: After Prayer Table, I visited JIMMY (Larry’s son) at his mother’s home in Schenectady. He was released from Ellis this week and is getting cared for at his mom’s. Jimmy is much happier being home. He told me his big goal is to become well enough to come to Christ Church someday. He wants all of you who have been praying for him to know how much he appreciates it. Believe me, I cannot tell you enough how completely sincere he is. He really, really is thankful for your prayers.

————— Deacon Alan

Albany Intercessor


House of Bishops

May 31, 2008

I found this version on beliefnet. Adapted for the HoB.

May the Episcopal House of Bishops arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Swiftness of wind,

Depth of the sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

May these bishops arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot them;
God’s might to uphold them,
God’s wisdom to guide them,
God’s hand to guard them.

Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield them today
Against wounding:

Christ with them,
Christ before them,
Christ behind them,

Christ on their right,
Christ on their left,

Christ beneath them,
Christ above them,
Christ in them.

May the Episcopal House of Bishops arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of Creation.


Yukon

May 31, 2008

Today there is an election of a bishop coadjutor in Whitehorse, Yukon. The candidates are The Venerable Gregory Gilson, currently Archdeacon in the Diocese of Caledonia in Dawson Creek, B.C; The Venerable David Irving, currently Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese of Kootenay in Kelowna, B.C.; The Right Reverend Larry Robertson, currently Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of The Arctic in Yellowknife, NT; and The Ven. Andrew Hoskin, currently an Archdecon [sic] in the Diocese of Algoma.

The Coadjutor Bishop-elect will be consecrated in October and will automatically succeed as Bishop of Yukon at the end of the year upon the retirement of The Most Reverend Terrence Buckle, Archbishop of Yukon and Metropolitan of British Columbia and Yukon.

Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Proverbs 25:26

Lord, we cry out for a fountain of living water to spring forth in the Anglican diocese of the Yukon. Guard the Yukon from false teachers, hirelings, fase prophets, and idolaters. Strengthen the voting delegates to not give way to worldly ideas and raise up a faithful bishop in this election, we pray. Amen.


1 Timothy 6:6-21

May 31, 2008

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us desire and do those things which will cause your fruit to grow in our lives.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12)
      Dear Jesus, please help Bishop Bill, the leaders and teachers of this diocese, and all its people fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, and confess your name before the world, the flesh and the devil.

I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, (1 Timothy 6:13)
      Father, please raise up witnesses before Governor Patterson and all others in authority in this state who seek to impose gay “marriage” on us. Please move the hearts of the deputies to the Diocesan Convention to pass the canons on marriage and the licensing of clergy.

that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, (1 Timothy 6:14)
      Holy Spirit, help us keep this commandment without spot or stain until the day Jesus returns for his own.

which he will manifest in his own time, he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (1 Timothy 6:15)
      Jesus, please reveal yourself to your people by your Holy Spirit.

who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:16)
      For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, Lord Jesus, now and forever.

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
      LORD, thank you for your generosity towards us; please help us to be generous toward others. Thank you.

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge–by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
      Holy Spirit, please help Bishop Bill and all the clergy and lay leaders of this diocese guard what has been entrusted to them. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my hands. Don’t be afraid. Speak peace to my people.

Saturday: 42, 43; Proverbs 25:15-28; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Matthew 13:36-43
Sunday: 103; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; Acts 8:26-40; Luke 11:1-13

Albany Intercessor


House of Bishops

May 30, 2008

This version of St. Patrick’s Breastplate was penned by Cecil Frances Alexander (1823–1895). It is adapted for the HoB.

I bind unto the Episcopal House of Bishops today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to them forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for our salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto the House of Bishops today.

I bind unto these bishops the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto these bishops today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto the Episcopal House of Bishops today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to their need.
The wisdom of our God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give them speech,
His heavenly host to be their guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar their course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to these persons of God these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect them, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with them, Christ within them,
Christ behind them, Christ before them,
Christ beside them, Christ to win them,
Christ to comfort and restore them.
Christ beneath them, Christ above them,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love them,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto the Episcopal House of Bishops the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of our salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


Psalms 34 and 35

May 30, 2008

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in him! (Psalm 34:8 )
      LORD, it doesn’t matter how much water flows over us; if we never open our mouths to receive it, we will have gained nothing. Help us throughout this diocese and at the Diocesan Convention to open our mouths and receive all that you have for us. Thank you.

Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions, my precious life from the lions. (Psalm 35:17)
      Jesus, please come and vindicate and rescue your faithful people out of the hands of those who persecute them. Shut the evil doers’ mouths as you did with the lions when Daniel was in their den. Thank you.

I will give you thanks in the great assembly; I will praise you among many people. (Psalm 35:18 )
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to worship and praise you at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. Keep your eyes on me.

Friday: 35; Proverbs 23:19-21,29-24:2; 1 Timothy 5:17-22(23-25); Matthew 13:31-35
Saturday: 42, 43; Proverbs 25:15-28; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Matthew 13:36-43

      Notes from the Front Line

“OBEY, OBEDIENCE
      In the OT this word is used by translators to bring out the full meaning of the verb ‘to hear’. It indicates the right response to ‘the voice’ or ‘the word’ of God. To receive the utterance of God in a noncommittal or merely passive fashion is virtually out of the question. ‘To hear’ is to be persuaded (as the LXX and NT words suggest), and so to obey. The only other possibility is active resistance, for which the translators have used the words ‘REBEL’ and ‘REVOLT’ in the OT, and ‘disobey’ in the NT. The terms must be understood against the background of God’s covenant-transaction with men. The fitting response to God’s initiative is humble acquiescence, a combination of active obedience and unconditioned trust. The word ‘obey’ and its associates are used in the closest possible association with ‘BELIEVE’ and it associates (v. FAITH).”
      [From A Theological Word Book of the Bible, Edited by Alan Richardson D.D., The Macmillan Company, New York, 1952]

Albany Intercessor


House of Bishops

May 29, 2008

Another version of St. Patrick’s breastplate. This version I picked up from commenter Donal Clair in Ireland.

I bind to the Episcopal House of Bishops this day the power of God to guide them, the might of God to uphold them, the wisdom of God to teach them, the eye of God to watch over them, the ear of God to hear them, the word of God to give them speech, the hand of God to protect them, the shield of God to shelter them, the host of God to defend them against evil, against the lust of nature, against every person who meditates injury to them, whether far or near, whether alone or with many.
I have invoked all these virtues against every hostile, savage power warring upon their bodies and souls, against the evil laws of paganism, against the false laws of heresy, against the false promises of idolatry and against all knowledge which blinds the soul of humanity.
Amen


Matthew 13:24-30

May 29, 2008

Another parable he put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;” (Matthew 13:24)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for sowing the seed of the Word in our hearts.

      A word received: I long to speak to my people: pray for ears that will hearken to my voice.

“but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.” (Matthew 13:25)
      Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church were asleep at the switch a couple of generations ago and the enemy has sowed his seed among us and we are now seeing that bad seed growing to maturity.

“But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.” (Matthew 13:26)
      Father, all around us we see both faith and unbelief mingled together in the Episcopal Church.

“So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’” (Matthew 13:27)
      LORD, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church acknowledge the tares among us.

“He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’” (Matthew 13:28 )
      Jesus, please help Bishop Bill and the leaders and teachers of this diocese to come to you for guidance about the tares among us.

“But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.’” (Matthew 13:29)
      Lord Jesus, we cry out to you for your little ones who are being uprooted by the chaos in the Episcopal Church.

“‘Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘” (Matthew 13:30)
      Jesus, we pray that none of the wheat will be lost at harvest time. Thank you.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Proverbs 21:30-22:6; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Matthew 13:24-30
Friday: 35; Proverbs 23:19-21,29-24:2; 1 Timothy 5:17-22(23-25); Matthew 13:31-35

Albany Intercessor


House of Bishops

May 28, 2008

“When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits more evil than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse off than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place. Matthew 12:43-44 The Message

Dear Heavenly Father,
I see through a glass darkly and don’t fully understand the spiritual forces at work in the Episcopal Church. However, I have witnessed lying, deceit, confusion, lawlessness, pride, disdain of Your Holy Word, embrace of other gods, and the blessing of sin come out of the House of Bishops. I believe that the members of the House of Bishops are being oppressed by Satan and that these actions are not of Your Holy Spirit but of many demonic spirits.
I don’t know how to pray against that which I don’t understand except to pray Christ. Using the prayer of St. Patrick, I say:
May the Episcopal House of Bishops arise today through a mighty strength,
the invocation of the Trinity,
through belief in the Three-ness,
through confession of the One-ness
towards the Creator.
May the Episcopal House of Bishops arise today through the strength of Christ’s Birth with His Baptism,
through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial
through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom.
May the Episcopal House of Bishops arise today through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
in obedience of Angels,
in the service of the Archangels,
in hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
in prayers of Patriarchs,
in predictions of Prophets,
in preachings of Apostles,
in faiths of Confessors,
in innocence of Holy Virgins,
in deeds of righteous men.
May the Episcopal House of Bishops arise today, through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun,
brilliance of Moon,
splendour of Fire,
speed of Lightning,
swiftness of Wind,
depth of Sea,
stability of Earth,
firmness of Rock.
May the Episcopal House of Bishops arise today, through God’s strength to pilot them:
God’s might to uphold them,
God’s wisdom to guide them,
God’s eye to look before them,
God’s ear to hear them,
God’s word to speak for them,
God’s hand to guard them,
God’s way to lie before them,
God’s shield to protect them,
God’s host to secure them:
against snares of devils, against temptations of vices,
against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who shall wish them ill, afar and anear, alone and in a crowd.
I summon today all these powers between the House of Bishops (and these evils):
against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose their bodies and souls,
against incantations of false prophets,
against black laws of heathenry,
against false laws of heretics,
against craft of idolatry,
against spells of witches, smiths, and wizards,
against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ to shield them today
against poisonings, against burnings,
against drownings, against woundings,
So there come to them an abundance of reward.
Christ with them, Christ before them, Christ behind them,
Christ in them, Christ beneath them, Christ above them,
Christ on their right, Christ on their left,
Christ where they lie down, Christ where they sit down, Christ where they arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of them,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of them,
Christ in every eye that sees them,
Christ in every ear that hears them.
May they arise today through a mighty strength,
the invocation of the Trinity,
through belief in the Three-ness,
through confession of the One-ness
towards the Creator.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of Christ.
May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with them. Amen.


Bishop searches

May 28, 2008

Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 1 Timothy 3:1-6

Our Father,
Raise up for the dioceses of Rio Grande, Idaho, Minnesota, Northwest Texas, Northern Michigan, Georgia, Southern Virginia and South Dakota godly bishops, we pray. Amen.


Psalm 119:25-32

May 28, 2008

My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. (Psalm 119:25)
      LORD, send revival throughout this diocese.

I have declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:26)
      Teach all of us your statutes, LORD, help us to be good learners.

Make me understand the way of your precepts; so shall I meditate on your wonderful works. (Psalm 119:27)
      Bless all the deputies to the Diocesan Convention with understanding of your precepts; help them meditate on your wonderful works as they prepare to discuss the proposed canons on marriage and the licensing of clergy in this diocese.

My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28 )
      Holy Spirit, our souls melt with heaviness as we contemplate the sin in the Episcopal Church; strengthen Bishop Bill and all of us in this diocese according to your word.

Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me your law graciously. (Psalm 119:29)
      Father, our souls are weighed down by the heresy and apostasy in the Episcopal Church; strengthen us and guide us by your word.

I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me. (Psalm 119:30)
      Jesus, help us, help all the deputies to the Diocesan Convention to choose your way of truth.

I cling to your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! (Psalm 119:31)
      Father, help all of us in this diocese cling to your testimonies so that we will not be put to shame.

I will run the course of your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:32)
      Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

      Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, (Hebrews 12:1-2a)

Wednesday: 119:25-48; Proverbs 17:1-20; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Matthew 12:43-50
Thursday: 37:19-42; Proverbs 21:30-22:6; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Matthew 13:24-30

Albany Intercessor


1 Timothy 2:1-7

May 27, 2008

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (1 Timothy 2:1)
      Lord Jesus, we cry out to you for your people.

for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:2)
      Lord, we hold up to you:
            George our President,
            David our Governor,
            Brian our Mayor,
            Rowan, Archbishop of Canterbury,
            Katherine Jefferts-Schori our Presiding Bishop,
            Bill our Bishop,
            Brad our Rector,
            Peter our Assistant Rector,
            Alan our Deacon, and
            Howard our Deacon;
      please help us live in all godliness and reverence.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (1 Timothy 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us do all those things which are good and acceptable in the eyes of Jesus.

who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)
      Father, please help all of these we have named come to the knowledge of the truth so that they may be saved. Prepare our hearts for the Day of Judgment.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
      Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to accept the fact that you are the only mediator between God and man. Bring them to a saving knowledge of you.

for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle–I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying–a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. (1 Timothy 2:7)
      Holy Spirit, please raise up preachers and apostles throughout the Episcopal Church who have their appointment from you and will preach the faith in truth. Thank you.

Tuesday: 36, 39; Proverbs 15:16-33; 1 Timothy 1:18-2:8; Matthew 12:33-42
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Proverbs 17:1-20; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Matthew 12:43-50

      Notes from the Front Line

***** A word received for all intercessors who will be attending the Diocesan Convention: Speak my word of peace over the assembly. Ask the intercessors to speak my peace to the deputies as the business sessions begin. Pray for my peace that passes all understanding.

Albany Intercessor


Bishop search for Minnesota

May 26, 2008

This prayer was written by the Rev. Devon Anderson, Chair, and the Rev. Lydia Huttar Brown, Vice Chair of the Commission on Liturgy & Music, Diocese of Minnesota.

Gracious God, you give light and life to your people. You guide us in pathways of renewal and
transformation. Light the way before us now, as we discern and choose the ninth bishop of the
Diocese of Minnesota. May we find a pastor who will lead us in hope, challenge us to ever greater
faithfulness, and equip us with love for mission and ministry in the church and in the world.
We pray in thanksgiving for your guiding presence and your grace, in the Name of Jesus our
Savior. Amen.


Virginia Division Statute

May 26, 2008

On Wednesday, Judge Bellows is scheduled to rule on the constitutionality of the Virginia Division Statute, in the ongoing legal battles between the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Anglican District of Virginia.

Matthew 12:31-32 (The Message)
“There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you deliberately persist in your slanders against God’s Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives. If you reject the Son of Man out of some misunderstanding, the Holy Spirit can forgive you, but when you reject the Holy Spirit, you’re sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.

O Lord, we cry out for Your people in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Anglican District of Virginia. Where they are wrong, lead them to repentance and change their hearts.
Mostly, dear Lord, guard them from slandering Your Holy Spirit. Your Spirit is Truth. You do not lie. Stir in them a desire to read Your word daily. Teach them to discern Your Spirit in Holy Scripture and to love You by obeying Your commands. Amen.
John 14:15, Titus 1:2, 1 John 5:6


Benjamin Rush

May 26, 2008

The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Proverbs 10:11 Amp

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” – Benjamin Rush, signatory to the Declaration of Independence, physician, writer, educator, and humanitarian

Our Father,
We thank You for the lives of the men and women laid down to protect our freedom. May we honor their sacrifice by educating our children in Your righteousness. Amen.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 119 other followers