Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15)
Come soon, Lord Jesus Christ, and rule and reign in our hearts and in the heart of your church, and rule and reign in the nations and stop our warring madness.
And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, (Revelation 11:16)
Holy Spirit, please move in the elders of the Episcopal Church, its bishops and teachers, move their hearts to fall on their face before our God and Father and worship him.
saying: “We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty,” (Revelation 11:17a)
Thank you, Father, for all that you have done for us.
“The One who is and who was and who is to come,” (Revelation 11:17b)
Jesus, we long for you to come again; come soon, Lord Jesus Christ.
“Because you have taken your great power and reigned.” (Revelation 11:17c)
Lord Jesus, your father has given you a kingdom and we long to see that kingdom manifested in the life of the Episcopal Church.
“The nations were angry, and your wrath has come,” (Revelation 11:18a)
Holy Spirit, we are a rebellious and angry nation and we look for someone else to blame for our profligate ways; guide us so that we avoid the wrath that is justly ours to receive.
“And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,” (Revelation 11:18b)
Lord Jesus, we shall all be summoned before your throne for judgment; have mercy on us.
“And that you should reward your servants the prophets and the saints,” (Revelation 11:18c)
Father, thank you for all those who have spoken your word to us and all who have been living gospels for us to read.
“And those who fear your name, small and great,” (Revelation 11:18d)
Father, we pray that your name will be kept holy.
“And should destroy those who destroy the earth.” (Revelation 11:18e)
Holy Spirit, help us repent of our destructive use of your creation.
A word received: Call my people to me. Call my people to return to me. I AM waiting for my people to fix their hearts on me again. Turn to me, return to me. Let me be your guide.
Tuesday: 47,48; Ecclesiasticus 24:1-12 or Ezra:5-17; Revelation 11:14-19; Luke 11:27-36
Wednesday: 49,; Ecclesiasticus 28:14-26 or Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 12:1-6; Luke 11:37-52
Notes from the Front Line
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors
To All Our Prayer Warriors Interceding this Week for the Welcome Home Initiative:
The Third Welcome Home Initiative for Combat Soldiers begins this evening. One soldier has arrived from California; others will begin assembling for the retreat this afternoon.
The last word that I have had is that we have one new combat veteran and his wife attending this session and several returning from both of the earlier retreats. The intention this week is to run two streams of healing program — an introductory presentation and an advanced program forr “alumnae.”
Opening the soul to inner healing where the question is laid before a traumatic memory Where was Jesus when this happened to me? is difficult in the initial WHI retreat because the whole concept of prayer having power to open and heal the pain of the memories is new and novel to men accustomed to confronting danger through the realm of the seen and the visible.
We are delighted at the return of so many soldiers on this retreat, both for the opportunity to take the healing prayer deeper, but also because God is truly raising up a community of men and women in WHI who are committed to taking up prayer as a weapon in fighting the residue of trauma that follows combat experience.
I commend you all to continue to pray for the men and women assembling this afternoon at Christ the King Center, for the Leadership Team comprised of Fr. Nigel Mumford, Noel Dawes, and Sue Ellen Reutsch, for the Prayer Team and On-site Intercessors. I will write an update for each of you praying off-site this evening.
If you live in the local area, consider joining us for the Welcome Home Initiative Closing Ceremony on Wednesday, October 29. The public gathers in the Great Hall at 11:30 a.m. to honor the soldiers who have attended the retreat and to say “thank you” for their service on behalf of all of us and our country.
Finally, before I close, the WHI Intercessors praying last week had a strong, visual “word” emerge in our prayer which we have been reflecting on, and which I commend to each of you as you pray for the men gathering here this week. One of the Intercessors wrote:
As we prayed I saw a mighty river stretching out before us and a human chain of strong souls linked arm in arm forming a bridge crossing this river: bodies braced with combined strength holding the whole firm against a flood too great for any one soul to withstand. “And behold it was a river I could not ford, for the waters had risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be forded…” (Ezekiel 47:5)
Together we formed a human bridge able to ford this river, which flows from the throne of God. Some are strong enough to release and swim the flood alone, and great is the power of that release, but the strength of the bridge lies in the link of many souls, strongly clasping each other to hold firm before the overpowering tsunami all around us.
This bridge that fords the river of God, arm to arm and shoulder to shoulder, is the Body of Christ, the presence manifested through all of us together of the Lord Jesus who has forded the river before us and who now reconciles the larger unsaved, unhealed world to the ways of that river through us.
And the tsunami flood flowing from the throne of grace is the love of God, so strong, so beyond our mortal capacity to withstand, that, even as St. Paul prayed that the Ephesians would be “strengthen with power through Christ’s Spirit in the inner man” in order that they might be so grounded in love that they might know the unknowable love of God and thereby be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:16-19) so we pray that the strength of the building up of this community of healing prayer may empower each of us who are part of this human bridge to ford this healing flood of love and grace.
And as we stand in this flood of healing grace, the unknowable, invincible, irresistible power of the love of God flows all around and through us, penetrating to the depth of our woundedness and of our mortality with a cleansing and a healing so profound that some of us are made mighty enough to cut free, but that release granted only to draw others into the fording chain of bonded, healed and yet-being-healed souls, withstanding — and ever giving way before — an immortal love.
God’s blessing be with each of you as you join the human link of prayer which supports this ministry, and promotes the spread of the healing grace of Jesus Christ in our world today.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY