Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, he said, “These things which you see–the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.” (Luke 21:5-6)
Lord Jesus, we have too often looked at the outward appearance of things, but that is not the way you see things: you look at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) Since we cannot see as you do, please guide us by your Holy Spirit in this time of turmoil and tearing down in the Episcopal Church. You have told us, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: … a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,5a) Help us understand what you want us to do in our day. The Episcopal Church is being torn apart — help us respond to the prompting of your Holy Spirit in this.
Holy Spirit, guide Bishop Bill and the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church in this diocese. Prepare their hearts and ours for the Diocesan Convention in June and whatever decision will need to be made there.
Father, bring good sense to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church later this summer. Move the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to return to you and your ways. Thank you.
A word received: Pray that I will instruct my people and that they will learn.
Pray for my people to have a heart for me and my ways.
Cry out to me for my people — their hearts have grown cold.
Pray for my people to repent of being lukewarm.
Pray for my people to place their hope in me.
I AM with you, my people; place your hand in mine.
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); Isaiah 4:2-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Luke 21:5-19
Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Isaiah 5:1-7; 2 Peter 3:11-18; Luke 7:28-35