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After too many months of letting the blog languish, I’m finally getting some time to organize the site. Read on to find out about some new features and upcoming plans!
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I’ve been wondering in recent weeks how to pray for the upcoming Lambeth conference. In my flesh, I don’t have much hope for it, and I’ve been struggling to pray. Most of the existing prayers we have posted in the past for conventions and meetings of the church have recently seemed dry and empty to me. But, in reflecting and praying about the newly-created GAFCON Primates Council in recent days, and looking back at some of the prayer resources we produced for the Primates meeting in Dar es Salaam in 2007, I came across the prayers we had compiled to accompany the pictures of all the Anglican Primates in our “Primates Prayer Gallery” brochure. Those prayers, rather than being focused on the outcome of a given meeting, focus instead on the work of the Lord in the hearts of the bishops, and such prayers, I find I can pray in faith. These prayers may be prayed for the Anglican bishops corporately, or for various individual bishops for whom you are committed to praying. Each day I will post a short collect and a Scripture verse from the BCP daily lectionary.
God, who from of old taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant [the Primates and bishops of the Anglican Communion], by the same Spirit, to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
From today’s lectionary:
Selected verses from Ps. 119:145-168 (ESV)
With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! I will keep your statutes. I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words. […] my heart stands in awe of your words. I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil. I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law. My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly. I keep your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before you.
My colleague Jill Woodliff has also begun posting regular prayers for the Lambeth Conference. Her prayers are currently focused on spiritual warfare and spiritual cleansing. You can read her entry for today here. All the prayers we have posted for the Lambeth Conference are here.
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A few days ago, over at Stand Firm, I participated in a discussion about what other Anglican Primates might possibly join the new Primates Council created at GAFCON.
As many of our readers will know, I and my Lent & Beyond colleagues have done a lot of research on the Primates over the past few years for Lent & Beyond’s Primate Prayer Campaigns. (Remember our Primates Picture Gallery or Primates Prayer Brochure in the lead up to Dar es Salaam?) Based on that quite extensive research and much prayer for the Primates over the past 4 years, I’d say the following are the Primates who might be most likely to sign on, and whom I, personally, intend to keep in prayer:
First, here are the Primates currently on the new GAFCON Primates Council
Primates on the GAFCON Primates Council:
+Peter Akinola, Nigeria
+Justice Akrofi, West Africa
+Emmanuel Kolini, Rwanda
+Benjamin Nzimbi, Kenya
+Henry Orombi, Uganda
+Greg Venables, Southern Cone
My colleague Jill has written a prayer for these Primates, here.
Here are the five other Primates I think most likely to join:
“Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.” (Matthew 21:33)
Father, you are the owner of the vineyard, we are only tenants.
“Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.” (Matthew 21:34)
Father, there is fruit from the Episcopal Church that you have a right to expect.
“And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.” (Matthew 21:35-36)
Father, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have cast out your servants who have been faithful to the gospel, and they have honored those who reject the power of your Holy Spirit to transform lives.
“Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'” (Matthew 21:37-38 )
Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are still trying to seize your inheritance and make it their own.
“So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. (Matthew 21:39)
Jesus, you have told us, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.” (Matthew 10:24) Help us by your Holy Spirit to endure whatever is necessary to bring the harvest into your kingdom.
Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Numbers 22:41-23:12; Romans 7:13-25; Matthew 21:33-46
Thursday: 134, 135; Numbers 23:11-26; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 22:1-14
***** 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.
Third Day: For an Evangelical Witness to Christ
Heavenly Father, hear us: We ask that you draw women to a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience as Sisters of St. Mary, as an Evangelical witness to the supremacy and vigor of the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ and to your glory and praise. Amen.
Our present is shaped in countless ways by the sins of the past. In preparation for the Lambeth Conference, I am posting prayers of cleansing for the sins of the past. JW
The Celts used many animal images in their nature worship. Cernunnos, the “Horned Sacred One,” was associated with a forest-dwelling stag and a ram-horned snake. The snake is a fertility symbol. The goddess of death, Badhbh is associated with a crow. Epona is the goddess of horses. Artio is associated with a bear, Sirona with a serpent, the sun god with an eagle, Mars Lenus with doves, Rhiannon with birds. Celtic mythology includes shape-shifters, magical hounds, hybrid creatures, a fish of wisdom. Idris was a giant. A goose was a symbol of battle, and a three-horned-bull was worshipped in Cambridgeshire.
We confess that our Celtic ancestors worshipped animals. We leave them to Your judgment and mercy.
We also confess our own sins of seeking supernatural power and knowledge from any source other than You. Ask the Spirit to bring to mind any occult activities.
Christ Jesus, You are the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Should there be any residual hold that these spirits have on the land of Great Britain, its government, the Church of England, and the Anglican Communion, break it. Devour the pagan spirits of animal worship.
We see through a glass darkly. If the past history of pagan worship is negatively influencing the institutions of the House of Windsor and the Anglican Communion or is the source of a generational curse on any of its leaders, in Your name we ask You to render it null and void, to bless that leader, and to make Your face to shine upon the Communion.
Lamb of God, have mercy upon us in our ignorance and spiritual blindness and in our pride and willfulness. You take away the sins of the world. In Your tender mercies, take away these sins, and any vestiges of these sins that we are oblivious to, within the Church of England, the Anglican Communion, and the Lambeth Conference. Amen.