40 Days of Prayer for GAFCON begins today

May 21, 2008


A blog with prayer requests for the Common Cause partnership has been set up and they are posting daily prayer for the GAFCON conference. The 40 Days of prayer begins today!

Check it out!


One of our own L&B bloggers, The Rev’d Tim Fountain will be a contributor of prayers to this effort. Great work Tim+ and thanks for the heads up!

Update: The GAFCON website is here. Here’s the link for the event programme, and here’s the latest press release with information about attendees, etc.

Background on the Call to Prayer for GAFCON

May 21, 2008

Thanks to Anglican Mainstream, here’s more background on the Call to Prayer for GAFCON, and specifically the focus on the Psalms of Ascent.  Good reading.

Call to 40 Days of Prayer for GAFCON

From The Common Cause Partnership

The lead bishops of the Common Cause Partnership have called for 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for the Global Anglican Future Conference to begin on Wednesday, May 21. The effort will run through the end of the Conference, which is taking place in Jerusalem, June 22-29. More than 1,000 Anglican leaders, including 280 bishops, will take part in this historic gathering.

“We are partnering with Jesus the Intercessor, preparing the way for our leaders to enter Jerusalem. Many are physically making the journey, many, many others will make the journey on their knees, crying out to the Lord for His perfect will to be done in each pilgrim here and there,” said Rose-Marie Edwards, chief intercessor for the Anglican Communion Network.

The bishops have specified that the Daily Office, the Great Litany, and the Psalms of Ascent (120-134) be used during this season. The Psalms of Ascent were chosen because of the impact they had on the Global South meeting in Nairobi out of which GAFCON was birthed. Contributors to the Common Cause Partnership prayer blog will be posting these resources along with reflections, scriptures, collects and other aids to prayer as the 40 days unfold. Participants are invited to report specific needs, praises, and other feedback on the prayer blog.

“Lifting our thanksgivings, requests and concerns to God every day, in season and out of season, is at the heart of our life as Christians. I hope many join with us in praying especially for the pilgrims to Jerusalem in the weeks ahead,” said Bishop Robert Duncan, moderator of the Common Cause Partnership.

Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 145:1-3, Convention Workshops

May 21, 2008

I beseech you therefore, brethren, (Romans 12:1a)
      Holy Spirit, please help us in our generation and in this diocese hear this apostolic call for us to be brothers and sisters in Christ.

by the mercies of God, (Romans 12:1b)
      Father, thank you for your tender mercies to us in sending Jesus to die for our sins on the cross.

that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, (Romans 12:1c)
      Help all of us in this diocese present ourselves to you as a living sacrifice. Help us, Father, to lay aside our own goals and ambitions for the sake of your kingdom.

holy, (Romans 12:1d)
      For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. (Leviticus 11:44) Father, you are holy and you have called us to be a holy people. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

acceptable to God, (Romans 12:1e)
      Jesus, you have made us acceptable to your father by your passion, cross, and resurrection. Thank you for bearing all our sins on your cross.

which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1f)
      Help us, Holy Spirit, to fully enter into service to Jesus.

And do not be conformed to this world, (Romans 12:2a)
      Jesus, please help the Episcopal Church to stop taking its agenda from the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, (Romans 12:2b)
      Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 )

that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2c)
      Father, please help us in our walk with Jesus come into the center of that place that is good and acceptable and your perfect will for us. Thank you.

I will extol you, my God, O King; and I will bless your name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:1)
      A word received: I want you to praise me.

Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:2)
      A word received: As you praise me I will bless you.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:3)
      A word received: You will know my greatness as you praise me.

Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Proverbs 6:1-19; 1 John 5:1-12; Matthew 11:16-24
Thursday: 18:21-50; Proverbs 7:1-27; 1 John 5:13-21; Matthew 11:25-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Mon, 19 May 2008
From: Fr. Shaw Mudge
Torre, Peace be with you.
      The Secretary of the Diocese, and I assume Bp. Bill and his advisors, would also appreciate prayers while in the midst of the proceedings, people praying for wisdom, discernment, problem solving, and good decision making. I will be praying, as well.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+

      Workshop Schedule
Special Session: Friday, June 6, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Domestic Violence: Identification & Prevention Training – What We Can Do
The Rev’d Dr. Anne Curtin and Jerusha Hubert Demarest A

Special Session: Friday, June 6, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Safeguarding God’s Children
The Rev’d Michael and Marianne Gorchov Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Session 1: Friday, June 6, 2:30 – 3:15 pm

      Presenter(s)      Location
Discovering & Answering God’s Call      The Ven. Barbara Hanstine Jeanie Shevlin
      Arts & Crafts CE
Breathing Under Water in a Time of Flood: Living in the River of the Holy Spirit: Part 1
      The Very Rev’d Susan Baker-Borjeson      Arts & Crafts WS
Plant, Nurture & Grow a Health Ministry in Your Church
      Peg Barnewall      Demarest B
Around the Walls of Jerusalem: Where Jesus Walked
      The Rev’d Peter Pierson      Jelinek 1 ↓
How to Organize a Vestry for Growth & Effective Ministry
      The Rev’d Derik Roy      Jelinek 2 ↓
Faith Alive – It’s For You!      The Rev’d Tom Trees & John Hyde      Wigwam

Session 2: Friday, June 6, 3:30 – 4:15 pm

      Presenter(s)      Location
Please Don’t Stay on the Bus, Gus!
      The Rev’d Michael Shank      Arts & Crafts CE
Breathing Under Water in a Time of Flood: Living in the River of the Holy Spirit: Part 2
      The Very Rev’d Susan Baker- Borjeson
      Arts & Crafts WS
The Prayer Table Ministry
      Torre Bissell &
The Rev’d Alan Hart
      Demarest B
The Powerful 1%
      David Sheehan      Jelinek 1 ↓
Releasing Deadly Toxins: The Sacrament of Reconciliation
      The Rev’d Canon William Cooper      Jelinek 2 ↓
The Parish & the Recovery Ministry
      The Rev’d Dr. Hap Carrier & The Rev’d Paul Hartt      Wigwam
Healing Wounded Parishes
      The Rev’d Dr. Russ Parker      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Session 3: Friday, June 6, 4:30 – 5:15 pm

      Presenter(s)      Location
Healing Through Bereavement Support Groups
      The Rev’d Lynne Curtis & The Rev’d John Hopkins
      Arts & Crafts CE
Natural Church Development
      The Rev’d Canon Robert Haskell      Arts & Crafts WS
On a Mission to Haiti: The Trouble with Hurricanes and Riots
      Linda Stevens      Demarest B
Love, Sex & Discipleship
      The Very Rev’d John Scott      Jelinek 1 ↓
First Place: The Bible’s Way to Weight Loss
      The Rev’d Suzanne Cole      Jelinek 2 ↓
Opening the Bible for Ordinary People: Strategies for Bible Study & Biblical Literacy
      The Very Rev’d Dr. Canon Christopher Brown      Wigwam

Special Men’s Ministry Morning: Saturday, June 7, 6:30 am
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Tee Pee
Open 12 Step Meeting: Saturday, June 7, 7:45 am
Demarest B
Morning Prayer: Saturday, June 7, 7:45 am
Tibbitts Auditorium
Plenary Session: Saturday, June 7, 9:00 – 9:30 am
The Most Rev’d Ben Kwashi
Tibbitts Auditorium

Session 4: Saturday, June 7, 9:45 – 10:30 am

      Presenter(s)      Location
The Powerful 1%
      David Sheehan      Arts & Crafts WS
Discipling (almost) Young Adults (N Ireland)
      Jonathan Beare      Demarest A
Nuns or Nunsuch: An Overview of Monastic Vocation in the Anglican Tradition
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM      Demarest B
The Jewishness of Jesus: Why it Matters to the Church
      The Rev’d Peter Pierson      Jelinek 1 ↓
Starting a Welcome Ministry in Your Church
      Dennis Crimi      Jelinek 2 ↓
More About Prayer
      Torre & Jean Bissell      Wigwam
Your Fourth Day: A Ministry Called Cursillo
      David Dussault & JeriAnn Ottaviano      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Session 5: Saturday, June 7, 10:45 – 11:30 am

      Presenter(s)      Location
Here I am, Lord – In the Dominican Republic
      Robin Baxter & Paul Gutmann      Arts & Crafts WS
Inner City Evangelism (N Ireland)
      Capt. George Newell CA      Demarest A
Principles of Discernment in Preparing a Rule of Life
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM      Demarest B
Family Healing
      Peter Minucci      Jelinek 1 ↓
Press On to Know the Lord: You Will Be My Witnesses – Daughters of the King
      Janet Papa      Jelinek 2 ↓
Press On to Know the Lord – Using Tools from the Internet
      Maggie Hasslacher & Michelle Galo      Wigwam
Men’s Ministries: I Will Make You Fishers of Men
      Robert Dennis & Ron Edwards      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Session 6: Saturday, June 7, 1:30 – 2:15 pm

      Presenter(s)      Location
Short Term Mission to the Dominican Republic
      The Rev’d Charlie Bailey & The Rev’d Polly Bailey
      Arts & Crafts CE
Diocesan Update for Deacons – Part 1
      The Ven. Barbara Hanstine & The Ven. Harvey Huth
      Arts & Crafts WS
Seek First the Kingdom
      The Rev’d Nigel Mumford      Demarest A
African Theology: Turning the Tables on Western Christian Assumptions
      Mother Miriam, CSM      Demarest B
Welcome the Community to Your Parish: Friendship Sunday
      The Very Rev’d David Collum      Jelinek 1 ↓
Designing, Planning & Implementing a Comprehensive Christian Ed Program in a Small Church
      Tom Sargent Laurie Loughren Victoria O’Donnell The VeryRev’d Jim Loughren
      Jelinek 2 ↓
Sudan: The New Frontier
      Kevin Steckline & The Rev’d Patti Johnson      Jelinek 1 ↑
What Starbucks Taught Me About the Church
      The Rev’d Lorraine Lyons      Jelinek 3 ↑
Reaching the Least, the Last & the Lost for Christ
      The Rev’d Frank Lockwood      Jelinek 4 ↑
Why Churches Grow
      The Rev’d Dr. Hap Carrier      Wigwam
Living for the Praise of His Glory: Entering the World of Contemporary Praise & Worship Music
      The Rev’d Darius & Stephanie Mojallali      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Session 7: Saturday, June 7, 2:30 – 3:15 pm

      Presenter(s)      Location
Stress Reduction the Christian Way
      The Rev’d Lynne Crimi      Arts & Crafts CE
Diocesan Update for Deacons – Part 2
      The Ven. Barbara Hanstine & The Ven. Harvey Huth
      Arts & Crafts WS
Work Zone Ahead! Confirmation Program Under Construction!
      The Rev’d Laurie Garramone-Rohr & Tina Mitchell
      Demarest A
Kairos Prison Ministry: A Real Christian Challenge
      The Rev’d William Wheeler & Richard Drumm
      Demarest B
This is My Solemn Vow
      The Rev’d John & Terry Bassett; Tom & Eve Lansing      Jelinek 1 ↓
Do You Have a “Backdoor” Problem?
      The Rev’d Derik Roy      Jelinek 2 ↓
Coming Home: The Reality of Missionary Re-entry Stress
      The Rev’d Patti Johnson & The Rev’d Donna Steckline
      Jelinek 1 ↑
I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church
      The Rev’d Rob Longbottom, The Rev’d Art Garno, Donna Burdick & June Reynolds       Jelinek 3 ↑
Leading Your Parish Through the Bible
      The Rev’d Tom and Kathleen Trees      Jelinek 4 ↑
Your Parish is Unique: How to Meet Your Community’s Culture with the Gospel
      The Rev’d Joseph Acanfora & The Very Rev’d David Collum      Wigwam
Domestic Violence: It’s not love.
      The Rev’d Dr. Anne Curtin      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Sunday, June 10, 7:45 am
12 Step Meeting
Demarest B
Session 8: Sunday, June 8, 9:00 – 9:45 am

      Presenter(s)      Location
Going Deeper into the Heart of God
      The Rev’d Ellen Neufeld, FHC      Arts & Crafts CE
Be a Sender: The Long Term Mission Team
      The Rev’d Shaw Mudge & The Rev’d Julia Mudge      Arts & Crafts WS
Workshop TBA
      The Most Rev’d Ben Kwashi      Demarest A
Cell Churches
      The Rev’d Canon Robert Haskell      Demarest B
Anglican Discipleship According to Richard Hooker
      The Rev’d Joel Grigg
      Jelinek 1 ↓
The Powerful 1%
      David Sheehan      Jelinek 2 ↓
Prisons: How Do We Penetrate the Walls?
      The Rev’d Art Peters      Wigwam Workshop TBA      Gloria Kwashi      Zeitfuss Meeting Room
Revised 05/20/08

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