Perfect for Advent: David Ould’s meditations on Handel’s Messiah

November 30, 2008

(updated with two new entries)

One of the friends of this blog, Aussie Anglican priest and blogger David Ould, has recently been posting a series on Handel’s Messiah over at Stand Firm. We thought it would make a great addition to Lent & Beyond’s collection of Advent Resources and Links. Here are the various posts:

Messiah: Isaiah 40

Messiah: The God who Judges

Messiah – the Promised Christ

Messiah – Annunciation to the Shepherds

Messiah – The Good Shepherd

Messiah – the reason for the Incarnation

Messiah – the cross

Messiah – Resurrection & Ascension

Don’t forget: You can find all of Lent & Beyond’s 2008 Advent posts here.

Jos, Nigeria

November 30, 2008

A current news report says that violence has abated on Sunday, with a round-the-clock curfew in place. Hundreds are dead, many of them Muslim. Churches and mosques burned. One report said some clergymen dead–no details. It would seem that the land is fertile; the Christians tend to be farmers and the Muslims herdsmen, and they tend to support different political parties.

Dear Lord,
We thank You that the violence in Jos has been stayed. You are indeed a mighty God.
Send Your Holy Spirit to rest upon this city to comfort the bereaved, heal the wounded, and protect Your children. We lift the residents of Jos, Muslim and Christian, to Your tender care. Bless them, Lord. Amen.

UPDATE: The Pope calls for prayer.

Isaiah 1:1-9

November 30, 2008

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. (Isaiah 11:)
      Holy Spirit, please give us clarity of vision in our day.

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: “I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me; (Isaiah 12:)
      Father, we in the Episcopal Church have been a rebellious people.

The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not consider.” (Isaiah 1:3)
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church no longer walks in your ways and does not acknowledge you as Lord.

Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward. (Isaiah 1:4)
      Father, we have sinned against your righteous ways; have mercy on us and restore us to your bosom.

Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. (Isaiah 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, we have revolted against your righteous words; have mercy on us.

From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment. (Isaiah 1:6)
      Lord, have mercy on us and help us return to you. Anoint us with your Holy Spirit and we shall be healed.

Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; strangers devour your land in your presence; and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. (Isaiah 1:7)
      Father, the Episcopal Church is becoming a carcass picked over by lawyers — have mercy on us.

So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. (Isaiah 1:8 )
      Holy Spirit, we are surrounded by our sins; lead us back into the ways of your righteousness.

Unless the LORD of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah. (Isaiah 1:9)
      LORD, protect the faithful remnant of your people. Guide us and direct us day by day. Thank you.

Sunday: 146, 147; Isaiah 1:1-9; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 25:1-13
Monday: 1, 2, 3 ; Isaiah 1:10-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 20:1-8

Albany Intercessor

Advent Favorites — Henri Nouwen – An Advent Prayer

November 30, 2008

Note: this is the first in a new series of “Advent Favorites” – the best Advent posts from Advent 2004 -2006 from our old blog site. There will be at least 2-3 new Advent Favorites each week. They’ll all be linked in the Advent section of the sidebar, and also the Special Series section. Enjoy and a Blessed Advent to all our readers!


Originally posted: Monday, November 28, 2005

Henri Nouwen — An Advent Prayer

An Advent Prayer from the late Rev. Henri Nouwen — so appropriate for the beginning of Advent and this season which can be so frantic. May the Lord indeed help us quiet our hearts and listen for His voice each day. May we diligently seek to know His presence, rather than allowing our anxious thoughts to distract us and may He tune our ears to hear His counsel.

Memling Advent

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”


Art Credit: Advent and Triumph of Christ (detail), Hans MEMLING, 1480; Oil on wood, Alte Pinakothek, Munich. Source: Web Gallery of Art.

Prayer Credit: The only publishing information I have found for this prayer is the following: Catholic Family Prayer Book, published by Our Sunday Visitor, 2001.

Advent Quotes — Frederick Buechner: “First Sunday of Advent”

November 30, 2008


First Sunday of Advent

“The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff of some fragrance that reminds you of a place you’ve never been and a time you have no words for. You are aware of the beating of your heart…The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.”

— Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark, pp. 2,3

(We first posted this on Dec. 4th, 2006 with a hat tip to the “Go to Bethlehem blog” where were first saw it linked.  Image:  Finnish National Orchestra)


November 29, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008, 9:20 to 10:30 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre and Jonathan Bissell. Brisk, some light snow. Please pray for Deacon Alan Hart who had surgery yesterday to help him pass a kidney stone.

+ indicates received a wooden crosses. (Note: the wooden crosses we give out are made by Dennis Adams in North Carolina.)

Greg — a young man, a Jehovah’s Witness — gave us a tract but wouldn’t pray with us.

+Maria — “I want to pray for everybody — everything good in the world.”

+John — “Back and legs, lot of pain.”

+Krista — “Health, and for my kids.”

Steve — “For a new job.”

(One of the “girls”) — “I’ve been prayed for three times already.”

+Calvin — “I’m mad at God right now — burned out of apartment in a fire, need a job to support my family.”

James — an elder in the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.

Jim — On Wednesday we prayed for his Godson (originally reported as son, but actually Godson) Ernie in Iraq. He has done three tours there. Jim sent Ernie a text message that we had prayed for him. Ernie replied, “Thank you.”

+Ashmanie — — young woman — prayed for protection and provision

+James — “For me and my lady.”

+Davy and +Sony — “Get a job.”

Albany Intercessor

Preparing for Advent

November 29, 2008

Note: Advent 2008 begins tomorrow, November 30. Lent & Beyond will be posting Advent devotionals and links to many online Advent resources. You can find all our Advent entries here.


[originally posted 2006]

Excerpted from the Creighton University Praying Advent site (one of my favorite online Advent resources), the following meditation on preparing for Advent was very helpful to me in terms of reminding me to ask the Lord what He is wanting to do in my life this coming Advent — in what ways do I need to see more of the fruit of Salvation in my life. In what areas am I still walking in darkness and need to allow the Lord’s light to break through?


We are about to read and pray about the expectant hope of Israel, as expressed through Isaiah. The images we will be using are about darkness and gloom – about thick clouds covering the people – and about hunger and thirst. They are images that attempt to capture a sense of what we feel when we are distant from our God. There are many images about war and conflict. They express the powerlessness and anxiety we experience when we feel vulnerable and defense-less. Most of all, there are images of a future day – a day that can only be called the Lord’s – when all the tears will be wiped away, when there will be plenty to eat and drink, and when there will be no more conflict and no more war. God’s salvation will be made known. God’s victory will be complete.

These are very precious days for us to come into intimate contact with our own need for salvation. It is a time to make friends with our tears, our darkness, our hunger and thirst. What is missing? What eludes my grasp? What name can I give to the “restlessness” in my heart? What is the emptiness I keep trying to “feed” with food, with fantasy, with excitement, with busyness? What is the conflict that is “eating at me”? What is the sinful, unloving, self-centered pattern for which I haven’t asked for forgiveness and healing? Where do I need a peace that the world cannot give?

Coming to know where I need a Savior is how I can prepare for Advent. I am preparing to listen to the promises, listen to these rich texts announcing the liberation I can truly long for. When my heart is open, when my hands are open, when my mouth is open and ready to ask for freedom, healing and peace, then I am ready to begin Advent.

Come, Lord, Jesus. Come and Visit Your People.
We Await Your Coming; Come, O, Lord.

Isaiah 35

The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom.

They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; They will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak,

Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; With divine recompense he comes to save you.

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water; the abode where jackals lurk will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus. A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, nor fools go astray on it. No lion will be there, nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it. It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk.

Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; They will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee.

Preparing for Advent — Peter Toon: Stir up our wills, today!

November 29, 2008

Note: Advent 2008 begins tomorrow, November 30. Lent & Beyond will be posting Advent devotionals and links to many online Advent resources. You can find all our Advent entries here.


We originally posted the following entry from the Rev. Dr. Peter Toon back in 2006. Dr. Toon’s words resonate with me as I look ahead to Advent and consider the spiritual disciplines that might be fruitful. As a procrastinator, this post has much to speak to my life

Note: In the traditional lectionary, the collect for the final Sunday before Advent is the following. I love that as a prayer PRIOR to beginning Advent, for all the reasons Peter Toon cites.

STIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May this coming Advent season be a season of abundant fruitfulness in our lives, churches and ministries.


From the Rev. Dr. Peter Toon

Stir up our wills, O LORD — Today please, not in the far distant future!

Have you ever been comfortably seated watching TV, or reading a good book, and yet also been aware of (a) various necessary jobs to be done in the kitchen or elsewhere, and (b) a lack of will power to get up and do what has to be done?

It is common for human beings to experience in their moral and spiritual lives what Luther called in a famous book, “the bondage of the will,” a seeming absence or lack of power to do what is clearly known to be a duty and requirement. In the soul, as it were, there is not always a smooth gear change between what the mind through the conscience declares to be right and what the will alone can set in motion.

The weakness of the will of baptized believers in the Christian life of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ was well recognized by the apostles (see Romans 7-8) and by the bishops and teachers in the Early Church. This is why they called upon all to use the means of grace provided by the Gospel and to pursue sanctification before God. He who knows his own heart well knows that it is prone to lethargy; that it seems always ready to relapse into slumber as if it were satisfied with present attainments in the moral sphere. It needs constantly to be re-charged as it were by heavenly power and prompted to godly action. In fact, at times it needs to be released from servitude to selfish motivation.

Regrettably in much modern forms of Christianity, this truth and practical experience are not taken seriously (because there is such a low doctrine of human sinfulness and a strong belief in the freedom of the will) and it is assumed that people are actually and always free to do what is right if they so wish (see the Catechism or Outline of Faith in the ECUSA 1979 Prayer Book, page 825 for such teaching, which we may call Pelagianism if we want to give it an ancient title.)

The Collect [set prayer] for the last Sunday of the Christian Year in the ancient Gregorian Sacramentary [service book] and in the medieval Sarum Use [service book used in medieval England] and in The Book of Common Prayer (1549 and later editions) took this bondage of the human will to sin for granted as a reality experienced bu the faithful during the past year and prayed for the empowerment of the will by the Holy Spirit for the coming year. In its English form, as translated by Archbishop Cranmer, it prays:

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The will is stirred up whenever by the presence and influence of the Holy Spirit (directly or indirectly through the means of grace) the internal affections of reverence before God, hope in God and love for God are set in motion so as to give strength and motivation to the will. Yet, it remains within our power even when our wills are set in motion not to follow the lead of these (aroused) godly affections; that is, we may resist and avoid their direction. The lethargic will, aroused by grace, can, as it were, turn over on its side and try to back to sleep. When this happens there is regression in the Christian life.

But Christ calls his disciples to follow him, to love God and the neighbor, to fulfill the great commission to evangelize and teach, and thus they ought, as and when aroused, to follow the direction of the Spirit and in his power do whatever duty is set before them, with joy and thanksgiving, bringing forth the fruit of the Spirit in practical Christian living. And a constant duty and vocation is to abound in good works for the benefit of men and the glory of God. [We recall that Dorcas is commended as having been “full of good works and alms-deeds which she did” (Acts 9:36); that Paul declared that we are “created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10) and we are to be “a peculiar people zealous of good works” (Titus 2:4).]

I would not work my soul to save for that my Lord has done;
But I would work like any slave for love of God’s dear Son.

In the new Christian Year about to begin, let us allow the Holy Spirit to stir up our wills and to inspire us to follow His lead into the production of the fruit of the Spirit & into good works to the glory of the Father.

Jos, Nigeria

November 29, 2008

From Anglican Mainstream:
November 29th, 2008 Posted in News |

Please pray for us in Jos, we are being attacked by Muslims. Churches have been burnt, no exact figures of casualties yet. We need prayer to stay the hand the hand of bloodshed, destruction, violence and death. Pray for instant return to peace and order. The crisis began around 2am Friday after local elections in Jos, why Christians must pay for this I do not know.
The Lord be with you,

Update Saturday morning

Archbishop Kwashi reports: “The reports from those I have sent out to collect information are that the Muslims are attacking and burning this morning. It looks well co-ordinated. They are well armed with AK 47 and pump machine guns. This morning they have been at Dogonduste. Quite a number of Christian homes have been burnt. We do not know how many have been killed. The local government has underestimated the vehemence of the militants. At the moment this is all restricted to Jos City.

We ask prayer for knowing the right thing to do. I have moved one of our archdeacons and his family to live in our home. St Luke’s Cathedral is in the middle of the area of violence. We hope we can proceed with our normal services tomorrow.”

Jehovah Sabaoth,
Your arm is not foreshortened. Your arm is mighty, and Your arm can reach throughout the earth. Reach down to Jos–Dogonduste and Jos City. Reach down and stay this bloodshed and destruction. We claim the name of Jesus to bind up the spirits of violence and death, the spirits of radical Islam and hatred of Christ. Restore peace to Jos City. Restore order!
Protect the Christians being persecuted. Commission Your holy angels to guard them, even through supernatural means. Have mercy on Your children, Lord. Anoint them with perfect love, which drives out fear. Grant them courage and the wisdom to know what You would have them do. Amen.

UPDATE (secular): Local journalist Senan Murray told the BBC’s Hausa Service that Muslims in the city tend to support the ANPP and Christians the PDP. These are secular news reports: Allafrica, BBC, AP, AP, ThisDay.


November 29, 2008

Nir Barkat has been elected the mayor of Jerusalem. Barkat has been a successful businessman, an Israeli army Major, and the leader of a movement for renewing the city of Jerusalem. Let us pray for the new mayor to bring renewal to the city of Jerusalem, for all its inhabitants – secular Jews, religious Jews, Arabs and Christians – living in the city.

Ecclesiasticus 36:12
Lord, have mercy on Israel, the people who are known by your name, whom you called your first-born son.

Psalm 122:6-9 NLT
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.
Lord, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces.
May there be peace within the administration of Nir Barkat.
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be with you.”
Peace be with Nir Barkat and his family and friends.
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.
For the sake of Your house, O Lord our God, we pray for the mayor of Jerusalem. Amen.

“Advent is not supposed to be fluffy” – a reflection on Mark 13:24-37

November 29, 2008

I found the following meditation about Advent on the Center for Excellence in Preaching’s website.  Challenging words, but helpful in reminding us how to put the “hard” Advent readings into perspective.

First Sunday in Advent, November 30, 2008

Gospel Text: Mark 13:24-37

Most people associate Christmas with watchfulness. But to put it mildly, the watchfulness Mark 13 talks about is a far cry from children watching for a glimpse of reindeer in the sky on December 24 or the watchful expectation of children observing their parents putting packages under the Christmas tree and wondering just what might be in a box of that particular size and shape. The month of December may be about expectations and watchfulness but in the popular imagination, what we watch for are happy things: Santa Claus, reindeer, presents, family and friends we’ve not seen for a while pulling into the driveway for a holiday get-together. Advent begins with those passages where Jesus also encourages watchfulness but what he points to would not count as cheery in the minds of most. Jesus points to the end of all things and although believers may regard that return of Jesus as a good, hopeful, and finally comforting reality to which they look forward, many in the world may be simply undone by that return. The church has always insisted that Advent begin not inside a Hallmark card but up on the windswept peak of the Mount of Olives from which Jesus pointed forward to some very ultimate and final things. This is definitely NOT the biblical equivalent of holiday Muzak playing in the background of the mall. But maybe just that has been the church’s point all along—Advent is not supposed to be fluffy and sentimental. Our culture long since forgot that. Has the church?

From here. (emphasis mine)

The CEP website has similar reflections for each Sunday in Advent, following the Year B RCL Lectionary readings.  Very very worth a visit.  You will probably see us post quite a few of their resources.

Philippians 2:1-4

November 29, 2008

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, (Philippians 2:1)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts in this diocese to
            consolation in Christ,
            comfort of love,
            fellowship in you,
            affection and mercy.

fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:2)
      Jesus, help us bring apostolic joy to Bishop Bill and fulfill his joy by
            being like-minded in you,
            having love for one another,
            being in one accord,
            of one mind.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:3)
      Father, please help us lay aside selfish ambition and conceit and take on the character of your son Jesus.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)
      Holy Spirit, guide us in bringing in all our tithes into your storehouse so that there may be food in your house and that we will see you open the windows of heaven and pour out your blessing on us. Thank you. (From Malachi 3:10)

A word received: You are in my care.

Saturday: 104; Zechariah 14:12-21; Phil. 2:1-11; Luke 19:41-48
Sunday: 146, 147; Isaiah 1:1-9; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 25:1-13

Albany Intercessor

Romans 15:1-7

November 28, 2008

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1)
      Holy Spirit, lead us in the strength of our faith in bearing the scruples of those weak in faith. Show us daily how to live out faith, hope and charity.

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to building him up. (Romans 15:2)
      Father, please help us behave towards our neighbor so that the body of your son is built up.

For even Christ did not please himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” (Romans 15:3)
      Jesus, thank you for what you endured for us.

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
      Holy Spirit, help all of us in this diocese find patience and comfort and hope in the daily reading of the Scriptures.

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:5)
      Father, we look to you: grant that your comfort and patience will flow through this diocese so that we become like-minded in Christ toward one another.

that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)
      Jesus, please help us by our words and deeds toward one another to bring glory to your father.

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
      Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts for the Diocesan Convention so that we will receive one another as Jesus has received us. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. Don’t be afraid. I AM with you.

Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Zechariah 14:1-11; Romans 15:7-13; Luke 19:28-40
Saturday: 104; Zechariah 14:12-21; Phil. 2:1-11; Luke 19:41-48

Albany Intercessor

Ephesians 1:15-23

November 27, 2008

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, (Ephesians 1:15)
      Jesus, let our faith in you spill over to love for all the saints — even those leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church that we sharply disagree with.

do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Ephesians 1:16)
      Holy Spirit, fill our prayers with praise and thanksgiving for all in your church.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, (Ephesians 1:17)
      Father, please give all of us the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we will know you as the father who loves us.

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18 )
      Jesus, we pray as blind Bartimaeus prayed, “that I may receive my sight.”

and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (Ephesians 1:19)
      Holy Spirit, help us show forth the power and love of Jesus in all that we do and say.

which he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 1:20)
      Father, as you raised Jesus from the dead by the power of your Holy Spirit, we pray for the Episcopal Church that you will raise it to new life wherever it is dead and dying.

far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:21)
      “We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the one who is and who was and who is to come, because you have taken your great power and reigned.” (Revelation 11:17)

And he put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, (Ephesians 1:22)
      “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and by your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)

which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:23)
      “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12)

      “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)

A word received: Pray that my people will enter into my father’s love — that they will know my father’s love. I want my people to know that they are children by adoption into my father’s love and provision.

Thursday: 134, 135; Zechariah 13:1-9; Eph. 1:15-23; Luke 19:11-27
Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Zechariah 14:1-11; Romans 15:7-13; Luke 19:28-40


Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 1:00 to 2:00 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Scott Underhill. Please pray for Deacon Alan Hart who had to go to the Emergency Room Tuesday evening with a kidney stone.

+ indicates received a wooden crosses. (Note: the wooden crosses we give out are made by Dennis Adams in North Carolina.)

+Mike — young man with a skate board– prayed for protection and provision.

+James — “strength” and “for my family”

+Raymond — “for my mom, Vera

+Madelyn — “That I will wake up tomorrow filled with thanksgiving.” and +Rose

Vincent — “Thanksgiving for life”

+(no name) — “Pray for yourself.”

Mary — “Pray for Jordan for direction.”

Tommy — “for a job”

+Demetrius — “for my family”

+Shannon — young woman — “health”

+Frankie — “for my family”

+Eric — “for work”

+Cooper — “for life”

+Andre — (a repeater)

+Diana — “for +Indira (Diana’s mom)”

+Janna — a Mormon woman who was riding by on a bicycle and stopped for prayer

+Candice — “my stove broke” “Pray for my sons Joshua and Ty who have lost their faith because of all the hard times I have been through.”

+Jim — “for my son Ernie in Iraq. He has done three tours there, that is enough.”

+Donna — She got off the bus and came directly to the prayer table — “I am HIV positive. I normally get off the bus two stops down but I saw your prayer table. Pray for my daughter Crystal and for my teenagers Amy and Patrick.”

Sandy — a woman who came to the prayer table on Saturday and said, “I guess I better pray for finances.” Sandy came up as I was packing up the car and gave thanks that she has a job interview next week. Pray that the interview will go well and she will get a good job.

Albany Intercessor

Joint Standing Committee

November 26, 2008

Primates, bishops, lay people from the various regions of the Anglican Communion are meeting this week at the Anglican Communion Office and Lambeth Palace in London. Elected from within their respective bodies, the JSC are focussing attention on the forthcoming meetings of the Primates, in February in Alexandria, Egypt, the ACC in Jamaica, in May and ongoing business.

Those attending the meetings are:

Mrs Phillipa Amable, Ghana (West Africa)
Mrs Jolly Babirukamu, Uganda
Mr Robert Fordham, Australia
The Rt Revd Kumara Illangasinghe (Sir Lanka)
Prof George Koshy (India, Vice-Chair)
The Rt Revd John Paterson (Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Chair)
The Lay Canon Elizabeth Paver (England)
The Rt Revd James Tengatenga (Southern Malawi)
Ms Nomfundo Walaza (Southern Africa)

The Most Revd Phillip Aspinall (Australia)
The Most Revd Barry Morgan (Wales)
The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori (TEC/USA)
The Most Revd Rowan D Williams Archbishop of Canterbury

The Secretary General, the Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon and the Deputy Secretary the Revd Canon Gregory Cameron and the Lambeth Palace Chief of Staff, Chris Smith are in attendance as are other staff as required.

Two members of the Primates Meeting group are absent, Uganda: The Most Revd Henry Orombi and Jerusalem and the Middle East: The Most Revd Mouneer Anis (Egypt). A rumor is that the committee is considering the inhibition of the province of the Southern Cone for providing refuge for departing dioceses.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Have mercy upon the Anglican Communion, Lord, according to Your lovingkindness. According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out our transgressions.
We acknowledge our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us. Against You only have we sinned and done evil in Your sight.
You desire truth. Make Phillipa, Jolly, Robert, Kumara, George, John, Elizabeth, James, Nomfundo, Phillip, Barry, Katharine, Rowan, Kenneth, Gregory, and Chris to know wisdom. Create in our shepherds a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within them. Cast them not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from them.
Help us as intercessors, Lord. We are sinful creatures, fallen. Yet we seek Your presence. Wash us with the blood of Your precious Son Jesus. Teach us how to pray.
We see through a glass darkly. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. How are we to pray, Lord? Take pity. We cannot even see our foes. Come to our aid! You are a mighty God! Your arm is not shortened. Reach down to this meeting in Lordon.
If there are spirits of Jezebel and Ahab, we bind them up in the name of Jesus.
If there are any generational curses at work, we bind them up in the name of Jesus.
If there are any spirits of idolatry, especially the worship of money, we bind them up in the name of Jesus.
If there are any spirits of witchcraft, be they of the earth, air, fire, water, ground, underground, and netherworld, that have been commissioned against this meeting, we bind them up in the name of Jesus and through His blood. We bind up all interaction, interplay, and communication of demonic spirits.
Surround Your children in this meeting with Your holy angels. We ask You to send the Archangel Michael to their defense.
Lastly, Lord, we pray for Archbishop Gregory Venables. You know his needs. Keep Your angels so closely around him that their wings are touching.
Bless them all, Lord. Enemies and friends–bless them all. Amen.

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