Be still and know that He is God

September 30, 2008

World financial markets are in turmoil.

Our church is in turmoil.

We are in an election season.

There is much to be unsettled and uncertain about.

But some things ARE certain. The love of God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is certain and steadfast. His mercies are new THIS morning, as they are every morning. May the Lord strengthen and comfort our hearts with the knowledge of Who He is, of His steadfast love, and the sure knowledge that we can trust His promises because of what He has already done for us in Jesus.

Steven Curtis Chapman’s song “Be Still and Know that He is God” comes to mind. May the truth of these words be a comfort and an anchor for us all in troubled times.

Enjoy the music: Be Still and Know

(Steven Curtis Chapman, from his 1999 album Speechless iTunes link)

Psalm 94:1-15

September 30, 2008

O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs–O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth! (Psalm 94:1)
      LORD God, we have sinned and our sins accuse us; let your light shine forth in the Episcopal Church.

Rise up, O Judge of the earth; render punishment to the proud. (Psalm 94:2)
      Jesus, in your mercy bring the proud of the Episcopal Church to humility.

LORD, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph? (Psalm 94:3)
      Father, how long will you permit the wicked to triumph in the Episcopal Church?

      Jesus, they utter speech, and speak insolent things; all the workers of iniquity boast in themselves. They break in pieces your people, O Lord, and afflict your heritage. They depose righteous bishops and priests and drive away parishes that are faithful to the gospel. Yet they say, “The LORD does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understand.” (From Psalm 94:4-7)

      Holy Spirit, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church claim to know more than your word; have mercy on us.

Understand, you senseless among the people; and you fools, when will you be wise? He who planted the ear, shall he not hear? He who formed the eye, shall he not see? He who instructs the nations, shall he not correct, he who teaches man knowledge? (Psalm 94:8-10)
      LORD, you know our thoughts, that they are futile; bring us to repentance in the Episcopal Church. (From Psalm 94:11)

Blessed is the man whom you instruct, O LORD, and teach out of your law, (Psalm 94:12)
      Holy Spirit, help us receive this blessing.

That you may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked. (Psalm 94:13)
      Father, help us enter into your rest in these days of adversity.

For the LORD will not cast off his people, nor will he forsake his inheritance. But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it. (Psalm 94:14-15)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus, and visit your people!

A word received: I AM with you.

Tuesday: 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10; Acts 21:1-14; Luke 5:12-26
Wednesday: 119:121-144; Hosea 4:11-19; Acts 21:15-26; Luke 5:27-39

Albany Intercessor

40 days for life

September 30, 2008

Dear Heavenly Father,
You are King! Let our nation rejoice! Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne, and we tremble at Your glory. Every god must bow to You, for You are supreme over all the earth. You are exalted far above all other gods. You protect the lives of Your godly people and rescue them from the wicked. We rejoice in You and praise Your holy name.
You love those who hate evil. Make Your light shine upon all those who strive to save the lives of the unborn. Anoint them with the oil of gladness.
Honor Anglicans for Life. We especially ask Your blessing on its president, Mrs. Georgette Forney, and its board of directors: Mr. David Bickel, Chairman; Mrs. Marianne Finnie; The Rev. Richard Grant; The Rev. Brad Jones; Mr. Julian McPhillips; The Rev. Dr. Robert S. Munday; Mrs. Jenny Noyes; Mr. Dick Schwaab; The Rt. Rev. Henry Scriven; Mrs. Kathleen Sweet; and Mr. Ray Yorke. Amen.
Psalm 97

Anglicans for Life website

Luke 5:4-11

September 29, 2008

When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4)
      Jesus, please help us hear and respond when you tell us to launch out into the deep.

But Simon answered and said to him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, please encourage all those faithful pastors who have toiled through the night and caught nothing; help them make another effort at Jesus bidding.

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:6)
      Jesus, help us all desire the fruitfulness that comes from obeying your word.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Father, we pray for the churches in any area where your sovereign work is evident, that they will cooperate with one another so that the entire catch is brought in.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8 )
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize, as Simon Peter did, that we too are sinful people. Let the signs of your work among us stir us to such a response as his.

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. (Luke 5:9-10a)
      Lord, we long for the day when we are astonished by your work among us. Move in our hearts by your Holy Spirit so that we are expectant of great things.

And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed him. (Luke 5:10b-11)
      Jesus, when you speak to us, when you call any of us to be fishers of men, we pray that we will be willing to forsake all and follow you. Thank you.

Monday: 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23; Acts 20:17-38; Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10; Acts 21:1-14; Luke 5:12-26

Albany Intercessor

40 days for life

September 29, 2008

Oh, Lord, the many names of Baal that have passed our lips! Have mercy. Take them away!
Wipe our lips clean. Bring the United States and the Episcopal Church to repentance for the sins of sexual immorality and abortion, and fill our lips with the proclamation, You are our God! Open a door of hope over our nation and over our church, we pray. Amen.

A brief reflection on the valley of Achor.

Bishop elections

September 28, 2008

This seems like a short list. I imagine it is incomplete. Please leave a comment for additions or corrections.

Dear Lord,
We lift up these dioceses in transition or in a bishop search process–Rio Grande, Saskatchewan, Georgia, Northern Michigan, South Dakota, Northwest Texas, Pennsylvania, and any others we don’t remember. We pray for them

To see thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly.

Richard of Chichester

Pectoral cross design

September 28, 2008

A pectoral cross is being designed and made for Bishop coadjutor-elect Andrew Doyle of Texas. You artists might enjoy the website that describes the process.

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