Acronymns & Terms used on this site

June 30, 2008

BCP = Book of Common Prayer

CANA = Convocation of Anglicans in North America

CoE = Church of England

ECUSA = Episcopal Church USA (now generally referred to as TEC, the Episcopal Church)

GAFCON = Global Anglican Future Conference (June 2008)

TEC = The Episcopal Church

For the Prayer Calendar

June 30, 2008

(posted by KB)

BabyBlue very helpfully reminds us of a number of upcoming events we should be praying for. I note especially tomorrow’s gathering at All Souls Langham Place in London, which will be a key gathering of evangelical CoE clergy and laity in followup to GAFCON.

GAFCON Watch: Timeline of Upcoming Events

GAFCON Primates Council meets in a few weeks – TBA

July 1 – Global Anglicanism Briefing Conference, All Souls Langham Place, London

July 4-8 – General Synod of the Church of England, York

July 21-August 3- Lambeth Conference, Canterbury

August 21-23 – CANA Convocation, Akron, Ohio

Sept. 17-19 – TEC House of Bishops, Salt Lake City, Utah

Oct. 4 – Diocese of Pittsburgh Annual Convention, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Oct. 22-24 – REC General Council, Victoria, BC

Nov. 17-19 – General Synod of the Church of England, London

Jan. 28-31, 2009 – AMiA Winter Conference, Greensboro, NC

Te Deum for GAFCON

June 30, 2008

We give thanks and praise for the success of the conference, which was almost more than we had dared hope. 

We praise Thee, O God;
We acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee,
The Father everlasting.

To Thee all Angels cry aloud,
The heavens and all the powers therein.
To Thee Cherubim and Seraphim
Proclaim with unceasing voice:
“Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God of Hosts!
Heaven and earth are full
of the majesty of Thy glory.”

The glorious chorus of Apostles,
The admirable company of Prophets,
The army of Martyrs clothed in white,
The holy Church throughout all the world,
Doth acknowledge Thee,
The Father of infinite majesty,
Thine honourable, true, and only Son,
And also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

Thou, in undertaking the freeing of man,
Didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
Thou, having overcome the sting of death,
Didst open to believers the kingdom of heaven.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God
In the glory of the God the Father.
We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.

We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants,
Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints In eternal glory.

O Lord, save Thy people,
and bless Thine inheritance.
Rule over them, and lift them up for ever.

Day by day we bless Thee
And we worship Thy Name
On earth and in heaven.
Find it fitting, O Lord,
to guard us without sin on that day.
O Lord, have mercy upon us,
have mercy upon us.

O Lord, let Thy mercy be upon us
Who have hoped in thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I hoped;
May I never be confounded.

Devotional: He gives us His glory

June 30, 2008

I was very struck by Charles Spurgeon’s devotional from today’s “Morning and Evening” and felt compelled to share it here:

John 17:22
And the glory which Thou gavest me I have given them.

Behold the superlative liberality of the Lord Jesus, for He hath given us His all. Although a tithe of His possessions would have made a universe of angels rich beyond all thought, yet was He not content until He had given us all that He had. It would have been surprising grace if He had allowed us to eat the crumbs of His bounty beneath the table of His mercy; but He will do nothing by halves, He makes us sit with Him and share the feast. Had He given us some small pension from His royal coffers, we should have had cause to love Him eternally; but no, He will have His bride as rich as Himself, and He will not have a glory or a grace in which she shall not share. He has not been content with less than making us joint-heirs with Himself, so that we might have equal possessions. He has emptied all His estate into the coffers of the Church, and hath all things common with His redeemed. There is not one room in His house the key of which He will withhold from His people. He gives them full liberty to take all that He hath to be their own; He loves them to make free with His treasure, and appropriate as much as they can possibly carry. The boundless fulness of His all-sufficiency is as free to the believer as the air he breathes. Christ hath put the flagon of His love and grace to the believer’s lip, and bidden him drink on for ever; for could he drain it, he is welcome to do so, and as he cannot exhaust it, he is bidden to drink abundantly, for it is all his own. What truer proof of fellowship can heaven or earth afford?

“When I stand before the throne
Dressed in beauty not my own;
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart;
Then, Lord, shall I fully know-
Not till then-how much I owe.”

Matthew 21:12-22

June 30, 2008

Then Jesus went into the temple and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. (Matthew 21:12)
Jesus, please come into the Episcopal Church with the full power of your Holy Spirit and overturn and drive out everything that doesn’t belong there.

And he said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'” (Matthew 21:13)
Holy Spirit, please restore a life of prayer to your people in the Episcopal Church.

Then the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. (Matthew 21:14)
Father, please bless the healing ministry that takes place throughout this diocese.

But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant (Matthew 21:15)
Jesus, even now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are indignant over what you are doing to restore your church and people.

and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise’?” (Matthew 21:16)
Holy Spirit, please help us teach the children in our parishes and at the diocesan summer camps at Beaver Cross to praise you.

Then he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and he lodged there. Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:17-22)
Jesus, bring us all to believing prayer so that the mountains that scar the face of the Episcopal Church may be cast into the sea.

Monday: 106:19-48; Numbers 22:1-21; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 21:12-22
Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Numbers 22:21-38; Romans 7:1-12; Matthew 21:23-32

A Novena of Prayers for the Increase of Vocations to the Consecrated Life in the Community of St. Mary, Eastern Province

St. Mary’s Convent, 242 Cloister Way
Greenwich, NY 12834-7922
(518 ) 692-3028

Having planted a new convent in Malawi, Africa, the Sisters of St. Mary in Greenwich, NY, now invite Associates, parishes, clergy and friends to join them in praying for new vocations in America, waiting on God much as the disciples did in the Upper Room in the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost. The following Prayers and Collects may be used as part of a Novena (a Nine-day Cycle) of Prayer or may be incorporated into daily prayer for C.S.M.

The Sisters of St. Mary are looking for a few good women who are…

* committed to giving themselves unreservedly to Jesus as Lord and Savior in the Anglican tradition;
* between the ages of 21 and 50 and are in good physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual health;
* single and unhindered by familial, financial or other personal obligations,
* seeking to know and serve God alone, first in a life of corporate and personal prayer and then by sharing in the ministries and outreach of the Community;
* prepared to consider a lifelong commitment to personal conversion, sanctification and service within stable community life, under the monastic vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience;
* open to learning responsible, adult obedience, accepting a common Rule and the wisdom and judgment of others in community life.

If this description brings someone to your mind, pray that the Holy Spirit may open her heart to considering religious vocation in the Community of St. Mary, and, if appropriate, invite her yourself to explore this possibility.

A Novena for Vocations to the Community of St. Mary

Prayers to be Said Daily

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
(Matthew 5:8 )

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Collect for the Community of St. Mary:
Almighty God, who chose the blessed Virgin Mary to be the Mother of your Incarnate Son, grant to us your servants who bear her name so to yield ourselves to the operation of the Holy Spirit that we may be acceptable in your sight and may bring forth to you the fruit of good works, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Day: For an Increase in Numbers and Sanctification
O Father and lover of souls, pour upon your Church the spirit of religious vocation and grant the Community of St. Mary an increase in numbers and sanctification of Sisters, to your glory and for the benefit of your whole Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Traveling Mercies for GAFCON Pilgrims

June 30, 2008

We pray for all GAFCON participants returning  to their homes throughout the world. 

Ezekiel 2: 1-7 (from the readings for the transferred Feast Day of St. Peter and St. Paul)

And he said to me, “Son of man, stand upon your feet, and I will speak with you.” And when he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels, who have rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The people also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them; and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that there has been a prophet among them.  And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit upon scorpions; be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear; for they are a rebellious house.

Father, send guardian angels to watch over the Anglican pilgrims as they return from the Global Anglican Future Conference in Jerusalem.  May their travels be on time.  May they not be beset by lengthy delays, lost luggage, or missed connections.  May they be safe from foul weather and other travel dangers.  May they be faithful witnesses of your Gospel to other travelers they encounter. 

Father, may they speak your word without fear to those who are in rebellion against you.  May they have no fear of those who have turned away from you.  May your Holy Spirit speak through them.  May those who hear their words know that they have heard your utterances. 

Father, thank you for the gift of this conference to these pilgrims, and to those of us back home.  May your name be glorified as a result. 


Rowan Williams

June 29, 2008

And a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Luke 13:11-13

Lord, we see through a glass darkly. Our thoughts are not Your thoughts, and our vision is obscured by our sins.
But You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. We entrust Rowan, Archbishop of Canterbury, to You–to Your judgment, Your mercies, and Your providence. If he is oppressed and bent over by spirits of infirmity and evil, generational curses, or satanic spells, call him forward and say to him, “You are set free.” Place Your hands upon him, align his mind with the mind of Christ, and surround him with a mantle of praise. All of this we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.


June 29, 2008 have set up a Zimbabwe page. The US government played a role in the establishment of Mugabe’s government. A black majority rule transitional government was in place, but two Soviet-sponsored Marxist groups warred against it. The US and the UK set up a “peace agreement” to include the two Marxist groups. New elections were held in 1980 which, after some “campaigning” (e.g., intimidations, beatings, killings), Robert Mugabe, head of one of the Marxist groups, won. Mugabe hasn’t lost since.

O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear our prayers for the people of Zimbabwe.
We confess the sins that the United Kingdom and the United States have committed in the development of this crisis. In colonization, we exploited the people and the resources of this abundant land. We did not do unto our brothers and sisters as we would have them do unto us. In post-colonial times, we turned a blind eye to violence and evil and allowed it to hold this nation in its claws.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
We have acted very wickedly toward You and toward our brothers and sisters. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws which You have given us.
Death has come upon this land through our sins and the sins of the Zimbabwean people. A curse has fallen upon this nation. The only thing that can overcome this curse is Your blessing. Your life always overpowers death. Your blessing always overpowers curses.
We pray for the outpouring of God’s blessings of life to overcome the effects of these sins. We come together in the Name of Jesus to pray for the Light of Christ, the Blessing of the Almighty Father, and the power of the Holy Spirit to shine brightly where once darkness reigned.
In the words of Jesus (Matthew 6:14): “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Therefore, today we will also choose to forgive those in the UK, the US, and Zimbabwe who gave themselves over to the enemy and brought such despair upon this land. We will leave their sins to You and to Your judgment, but we will forgive those who committed the sins, so that our unforgiveness does not keep the effects of their sins bound to this nation.
In Ezekiel 36, You promise: “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep My laws.”
Cleanse this land. Drive out any remaining darkness, the memories of death and destruction, the power of evil, and the residue of grief, sorrow and despair. We ask Your divine Light to overcome any darkness and bring Blessing and Hope to all who may walk upon this place from this time forth. Amen.

Reference: Portions of this prayer came from liturgies for the deliverance and cleansing of families and for the cleansing of a genocide site developed by Rev. and Mrs. Conlee Bodishbaugh.

GAFCON Primates’ Council

June 29, 2008

The primates’ council will initially be formed by the six Anglican primates participating in the GAFCON from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Southern Cone, Uganda and West Africa. Also the Anglican Church of Tanzania delegation to GAFCON is in agreement with the statement but will need the endorsement of their House of Bishops before their archbishop join the council.

Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. You change times and seasons; You set up kings and depose them. You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. You reveal deep and hidden things; You know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with You. We thank and praise You, O God of our fathers.
We desire Your mercies, O God of heaven, for Benjamin, Peter, Emmanuel, Gregory, Henry, Justice, and Valentino. Grant them wisdom and might. Make known to them the desires of Your heart for the Anglican Communion. May they help to establish Your kingdom and Your will in the Communion as it is in heaven. Amen.
Daniel 2:17-23

Psalm 145:4-9

June 29, 2008

One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4)
      Holy Spirit, please guide us in speaking to the next generation of God’s mighty acts. We long to see a new Pentecost in our generation.

I will meditate on the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works. (Psalm 145:5)
      Jesus, please restore meditation on your character and your works to your people.

Men shall speak of the might of your awesome acts, and I will declare your greatness. (Psalm 145:6)
      Father, we pray for the fathers of this diocese, that they would speak of your awesome acts and your greatness to their children.

They shall utter the memory of your great goodness, and shall sing of your righteousness. (Psalm 145:7)
      Father, please bless the witness of the men of this diocese — help them speak of your great goodness and your righteousness.

The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. (Psalm 145:8 )
      Thank you, LORD, for your goodness to us.

The LORD is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works. (Psalm 145:9)
      LORD, thank you for your tender mercies toward us.

Sunday: 145; Numbers 21:4-9,21-35; Acts 17:(12-21)22-34 Luke 13:10-17
Monday: 106:19-48; Numbers 22:1-21; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 21:12-22

Albany Intercessor

Final Day of GAFCON

June 29, 2008

We pray for those pilgrims in Jerusalem as they return to the Lord’s table for a final time together and prepare to return home.

ACTS 17: 26-28

And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

Father, your church is scattered throughout the earth, but we are all your children.  Be with our Jerusalem pilgrims as they worship together, dine together, and say good-bye to one another.  May they show the face of Jesus to one another.  May the Holy Spirit fill their hearts.  May they be joyful at the outcome of this meeting.  May they continue to seek you.  May they continue to seek your honor and glory. 

Thank you, Father, for this conference.  Thank you for the hope it has provided to those of us at home.  May we never forget that you are sovereign, and that all that occurs is part of your divine plan.



June 28, 2008

(6-28-08, in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a– indicates anointed with Holy Oil
t– indicates received one of Torre’s crosses

      Note: An overall mood of grim gloom and of defiance on State Street today. More people than usual passed by looking angrily at us and shaking “No” or acting disinterested in our offers to pray for them.

t–LEROY — Didn’t want any specific prayers; we prayed for provision and protection for him and his family.

t– DONNA — Young mother with two children. She wanted prayers for “Health and Love.” When we asked her if we could pray for her, she smiled widely and answered, “You sure can!”

JAMES — An area minister. Torre prayed that James would get God’s words for his message at his church today.

t–ROBERT — In a hurry, on his way to work. We gave him a blessing for him while he is working.

JOHN — The most disturbing event of the morning for us. John is a young man about 30 years old who stopped by in a friendly manner and wanted prayers “… for the return of my son.” His son, Alex, is 7 months old, and the boy was taken away by social services because the mother is drug-addicted. John refuses any blame in this situation and says he is a good man who works hard 40 hours a week and is trying to get things “worked out” with his girlfriend. After we prayed for the safety of Alex and for God to be in the center of this situation, Torre suggested to John that he ask for forgiveness for his sins and his part in having had 3 children out of wedlock, and John replied that he has no reason to ask for forgiveness. John seems to want forgiveness and God’s intervention, but on John’s own terms. He admitted to having “a few beers” already this morning and having been in a fight with someone. Pray for this man. Deacon Alan suggested to John that he look for signs today that God is working in his life. Pray that Jesus will enter John’s life today and drive away all the anger that is obviously in his heart.

t-ORLANDO — Spanish-speaking young man. Very pleasant; wanted prayers for his mother and his child. He wanted to know what time our services are on Sunday so perhaps he will visit us Sunday. He came by the Table again a second time and we prayed for him again.

a,t — ANDREW — Andrew is an older man, very literate and cerebral. He formulated a long request for us to pray for him for forgiveness for being weak in a situation in which justice must prevail, and the incident in question was his own fault. Feeling very guilty for whatever happened; he did not elaborate and we did not probe. Just pray for this man to let God accept his burden, because it obviously is more than he can bear. Andrew came from the Eastern side of State Street and headed right for the Table when he saw us praying for another visitor.

JIM — Repeat visitor to our Table. Wanted continued blessing on his life.

(Unidentified man) — Man who did not want his name written down simply asked for us to pray for peace in the world. We did, in his presence.

PATRICIA and t-OKAYA — As we were in the process of taking the Table down and putting things away, these two visitors came from different directions. Patricia wanted prayers for ” … a LOT!” We prayed for good health and safety and provision for her family. For Okaya, we prayed for healing and for protection for him and his family.



(6-28-08 in front of St. Andrew’s of Scotia; Deacon Mary Carol Hart and Christine Bissonnette.)

We had one young girl who crossed the street and asked for prayers for her sick aunt, Alyssa. Christine and I laid hands on her and prayed for healing, comfort, peace. At the end of our time, Christine and I prayed for the prayer-table ministry to grow and become stronger to the glory of God.

Albany Intercessor

Psalm 33:1-3

June 28, 2008

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! for praise from the upright is beautiful. (Psalm 33:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us come into the presence of the Father with songs and hymns and spiritual songs.

Praise the LORD with the harp; make melody to him with an instrument of ten strings. (Psalm 33:2)
      Holy Spirit, come upon all those who provide music at our services with your anointing so that we may praise worship God the Father, God the Son, and you: God the Holy Spirit.

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. (Psalm 33:3)
      Holy Spirit, please bless the hours of preparation of those who provide music in our service to God of worship.

Saturday: 33; Numbers 20:14-29; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11
Sunday: 145; Numbers 21:4-9,21-35; Acts 17:(12-21)22-34 Luke 13:10-17

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 08:53:19 -0400
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth
Subject: Prayers to Albany Intercessors for the Welcome Home Initiative
*      The upcoming Welcome Home Initiative, July 28-30, is almost a month away. We ask all our Diocese of Albany Intercessors to intensify their prayers for this Healing Retreat for combat veterans of all wars and their families.
*      There is still space July 28-30 for warriors and their families. Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw men and women for whom this WHI retreat is the right time and the right place to receive Christ’s healing for the wounds of war.
*       Pray for preparation of the several ministry groups for the upcoming Retreat: for Fr. Nigel, Bp. Dave and Noel heading up the Ministry Team, for Tina coordinating ministry to youth, for the Intercessors Team (on and off-site), for development of a “caregivers component” for spouses who bear much of the burden of a combatant’s reintegration back into family and civilian life, and for Sandra and Lynn, tying it all together in the office.
*      Because of the generosity of so many, the Welcome Home Retreat is free to combat veterans, their spouses and children, but participants must pay travel costs to Christ the King Center. We know of veterans from across the U.S. who have expressed interest but may be deterred by these costs. Pray for wisdom in how to respond to this issue and possibly for donations to specifically help with travel costs.
*      This spring Fr. Nigel and Noel have been active in making contact about WHI with military groups across the country and in the local area. Pray for ongoing contacts with Regular Army and National Guard Units at Ft. Drum and for continuing interest in replicating WHI in Britain. Pray also for new contacts with Air Force and Navy Chaplains, with the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade and with various military-based Alpha groups across the country.
*       Pray especially that the Lord will keep WHI on the “front burner” of interest with those individuals and groups who can connect us with wounded soldiers in need of the kind of community we form on this Retreat to bring healing in Christ’s name.
*      Do you know a veteran who might benefit in joining in healing prayer with other military men and women who share the burden of the memories of combat? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you courage to approach that warrior in Christ’s name with the opportunity of the Welcome Home Initiative Healing Retreat at Christ the King Center. And join us in honoring these men and women who have sacrificed so much for us at the Welcome Home Ceremony for this retreat on Wednesday, July 30, gathering in the Great Hall at CtK at 11:30 a.m.
*      For more information, to make a donation or to sign up for the July retreat, contact Sandra Lester at (518 ) 692-9550, X202. The Welcome Home Initiative Brochure is available for download at
*      “There is an appointed time for everything…a time for every event under heaven… a time to kill, and a time to heal… a time to tear down and a time to build up… a time to weep, and a time to laughh… a time to mourn and a time to dance… a time to be silent and a time to speak… a time to love and a time to hate… a time for war, and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1ff)
*       May the upcoming Welcome Home Initiative be a time to heal….
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM, for the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor


June 28, 2008

Pray for those praising the Lord in Jersusalem.

Matthew 21: 9-11

And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Father, bless those who have come in the name of Jesus.  May they sing hosannas.  May they shout for joy.  May they answer your further call with boldness knowing that they can rely on your strength.  Bless them Lord.  Guide their deliberations as this conference winds down.  Be a part of their sessions.  And, please, Father, prepare them to leave the mountaintop and return to the demon-infested valley to continue your work.  Arm them with spiritual weapons, Father.  Grant them courage.  Grant them wisdom.  Grant them purity.  Let the light of Jesus shine in their faces.  Make them your instruments of peace.  Make them your instruments of salvation. 

All honor, praise, and glory are due you, Father.  May we seek not our own glory, but instead seek only to one day see your glory.  Amen. 


June 27, 2008

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)
      LORD, thank you for your goodness and mercy towards us.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, (Psalm 107:2)
      Jesus, thank you for paying the price of my redemption; thank you for rescuing me from the hand of the enemy.

And gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. (Psalm 107:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for guiding us to this diocese.

They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in. (Psalm 107:4)
      Jesus, your church is wandering in the wilderness; please bring us to a place of truth and safety, of righteousness and mercy. Thank you.

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. (Psalm 107:5)
      Father, please give us in the Episcopal Church this day’s bread; and because we cannot live by bread along, please give us this day’s word.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107:6)
      LORD, deliver your faithful people out of their distresses.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a dwelling place. (Psalm 107:7)
      Holy Spirit, lead your faithful people in the Anglican Communion forth by the right way and bring us to that dwelling place you have prepared for us.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:8 )
      Holy Father, move in the hearts of the men of this diocese so that we will all give thanks to you and show forth your wonderful works to our children.

For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:9)
      Jesus, thank you for feeding our souls with your body and blood.

A word received: Keep on praying; don’t be discouraged. I hear your prayers and I answer them. Every prayer is precious to me.

Friday: 107:1-32; Numbers 20:1-13; Romans 5:12-21; Matthew 20:29-34
Saturday: 33; Numbers 20:14-29; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11

Albany Intercessor

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