1 John 3:18-24

May 19, 2008

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18 )
      Father, let your love be manifested in our deeds, in the truth we proclaim, and in the words we speak. Let this be so in the business sessions of the Diocesan Convention.

And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. (1 John 3:19)
      Father, search our hearts by your Holy Spirit and cleanse them from all malice and deceit.

For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. (1 John 3:20)
      Holy Spirit, bring to confession and absolution any whose consciences are seared by sin.

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. (1 John 3:21)
      Jesus, we have this confidence toward your father because of what you did for us by your cross and resurrection and the sending of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:22)
      Father, you are a good father and only give us what will build us up in your son Jesus. Help us to keep your commandments and do those things which are pleasing in your sight so that we may receive all that you have prepared for us.

And this is his commandment: that we should believe on the name of his son Jesus Christ and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (1 John 3:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us love one another at the Diocesan Convention and listen to one another with Jesus’ love and compassion.

Now he who keeps his commandments abides in him, and he in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. (1 John 3:24)
      Father, don’t let us believe every spirit that speaks through someone, but help us test the spirits, whether they are of you, for there are many false prophets who have gone out into the world. (From 1 John 4:1)

A word received: “Heed”, “hearken”, “walk”, these are all calls to an active life lived in my Spirit. Call my people to the active life in my Spirit. (A “how to teach” word received for teaching http://christchurchsundayschool.blogspot.com/2008/04/sunday-school-lesson-29-may-18-2008.html)

Monday: 4, 7; Proverbs 3:11-20; 1 John 3:18-4:6; Matthew 11:1-6
Tuesday: 10, 11; Proverbs 4:1-27; 1 John 4:7-21; Matthew 11:7-15

      Notes from the Front Line

I ask all intercessors who are going to the Diocesan Convention to attend the business sessions and surround the deputies with prayer. It is possible that there will be contentious debate over the proposed canons on marriage and the licensing of clergy. Please surround the deputies with prayer and pray for God’s righteous truth to prevail. Thank you. Torre

Please pray for the passage of these two canons at the Diocesan Convention:

       The canon requires that the only marriage which may be celebrated or blessed in this Diocese shall be that of one man and one woman, and that diocesan or parish property not be used for marriages except that of one man and one woman.
Celebration or Blessing of Marriages by Clergy
      1.1      Members of the Clergy Resident in or Licensed to Serve in this Diocese shall neither officiate at. nor facilitate, nor participate in, any service, whether public or private, for the Celebration or Blessing of a Marriage or any other union except between one man and one woman. Unions other than those of one man and one woman in Holy Matrimony, even if they be recognized in other jurisdictions, shall be neither recognized nor blessed in this Diocese.
Marriages on Church Property
      1.2      Properties owned, controlled, managed, or operated by this Diocese, or any Parish of the Diocese, or any legal entity established by the Diocese or a parish of the Diocese, shall not be the site for an service, public or private, for the Celebration or Blessing of a Marriage or any other union except those between one man and one woman.
      [This Canon, if adopted, will be the last numbered canon before the current CANON 16: AMENDMENT OF THESE CANONS, and all subsequent canons shall be renumbered accordingly.]

This canon requires that those persons who are ordained, or consecrated, and clergy who are elected, licensed or appointed, be married or celibate.
Standards for Ordination and Consecration
      11.8.a To be eligible to be ordained to the Diaconate or Priesthood, or consecrated a Bishop, a person must live within the covenant of Marriage between one man and one woman, or be celibate and abstinent.
       Standards for Election, Appointing, and Licensing
      11.8.b To be eligible to be elected, appointed or licensed to any position of ordained ministry in the Diocese, a member of the clergy must live within the covenant of Marriage between one man and one woman, or be celibate and abstinent.
      [This canon shall, if adopted, be numbered 11.8 and appear in the canons after Canon 11.7 (which is mislabeled “11.3” in the 2007 Journal).]
      Certification # 1 .-Certification of the Reading of General Convention 2006 Resolutions A020 andA021.
      The convention hereby certifies that General Convention 2006 Resolutions A020 and A021 have been read at Diocesan Convention 2008.

Albany Intercessor

A Prayer for Nashotah House

May 19, 2008

From their website

Bless, O Lord, this House, set apart to the glory of your great name and the benefit of your Holy Church; and grant that your Name may be worshipped here in truth and purity to all generations. Give your grace and wisdom to all the authorities, that they may exercise holy discipline, and be themselves patterns of holiness, simplicity, and self-denial. Bless all who may be trained here; take from them all pride, vanity, and self-conceit, and give them true humility and self-abasement. Enlighten their minds, subdue their wills, purify their hearts, and so penetrate them with your Spirit and fill them with your love, that they may go forth animated with earnest zeal for your glory; and may your ever living Word so dwell within their hearts, that they may speak with that resistless energy of love which shall melt the hearts of sinners to the love of you. Open, O Lord, the hearts and hands of your people, that they may be ready to give and glad to distribute to our necessities. Bless the founders and benefactors of this House, and recompense them with the riches of your everlasting kingdom, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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