Matthew 10:24-33

May 16, 2008

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.” (Matthew 10:24)
      Help us to follow where you lead, Jesus.

“It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!” (Matthew 10:25)
      Help us to be like you, Jesus, whatever the cost.

“Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” (Matthew 10:26)
      Jesus, set us and all our diocesan leaders free from fear. Reveal for all to see the intentions and motives of those who attack our diocesan leaders.

“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27)
      Holy Spirit, put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace. Help us proclaim the gospel openly and fearlessly.

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 )
      Father, help us all daily put on the shield of faith by which we may quench every fiery dart from the evil one.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.” (Matthew 10:29)
      Lord, you have borne us up on eagles’ wings and you have never dropped us. Thank you.

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30)
      Jesus, you are the one who sets the rising and the setting of the sun. All our times are in your hands. Set us free from fear.

“Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into our lives and redeeming us at the cost of your precious blood.

“Therefore whoever confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32)
      Help us to openly confess you, Jesus. Place in our hands the sword of your Spirit which is your word.

“But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)
      Father, Just as you shut the mouths of the lions so that they could not devour Daniel, we ask you to shut the mouths of all those who would attack your faithful ones. Please do this mighty work at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. I AM with you. Pray for the restoration of true faith in the Episcopal Church.

Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Ezekiel 39:21-29; 1 John 3:1-10; Matthew 10:24-33
Saturday: 104; Ezekiel 47:1-12; 1 John 3:11-18; Matthew 10:34-42

Albany Intercessor


Courage

May 16, 2008

As many as 300 Anglican men from around the nation are expected to gather in mid-May in California for a spirit-filled retreat rich in world-class teaching, led by the dynamic Henry Luke Orombi, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda. The weekend, set for May 16–18, is being planned and convened again this year by the Men’s Commission of St. James Anglican Church, Newport Beach, California. St. James is a member of the Network’s International Conference. John McLaughlin, the Men’s Weekend chairman, says the retreat seeks to fill men with the “courage to weather the storm” that swirls around the movement for orthodoxy.” He emphasized the pan-Anglican nature of the retreat, which attracts members from a variety of anglican Common Cause groups within the United States.
Presenters for the retreat, in addition to the Ugandan Primate, will be the Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey, Bishop for Congregations in America, The Anglican Province of Uganda, The Rt. Rev. David C. Anderson, Bishop, Convocation of Anglicans in North America, and Rt. Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti, Bishop, Diocese of Recife, Province of the Southern Cone.

God the Father, You led the children of Israel through the waters of the Red Sea to their freedom from slavery. God the Son, You paid the price of our freedom from sin with the blood of Your death. God the Spirit, You witness to the truth of Jesus Christ. We ask that the three witnesses: the Spirit, the water, and the blood fortify Henry, John, David, Robinson, and all the men attending this conference for the establishment of Your kingdom on earth and the glory of Your name. Amen.
1 John 5:6-10


Honduras

May 16, 2008

The diocese of Honduras convenes this weekend.

We call to You, Lord to help this diocese. Receive our prayers as incense, our uplifted hands as an evening sacrifice.
Place a guard at their mouths and a sentry at the door of their lips. Keep them from wanting to do wrong and from joining evil people in their wickedness. May they keep trusting in You, Sovereign Lord. Protect them, keep them from death. Hold them back from the snares of evildoers that they may go unharmed. Amen.
Psalm 141


For our nation

May 16, 2008

From Faith & Family
Holy Father, in a world where so many are hungry, You have given us food in abundance; In a world where so many are hurting, You offer to bind up our wounds; In a world where so many are lonely, You offer friendship to every heart; In a world longing for peace, You offer hope. Yet, we are so stubborn and resistant. Have mercy upon us, Lord. Our nation is at a crossroads this year; we look to You to be our strength and shield. Please give us the guidance to elect one who will honor You and to respond to the wisdom from above so that our hope may be renewed and our blessings be treasured. In God’s holy name, Amen.


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