Luke 21:5-6

December 6, 2008

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

Albany Intercessor


Advent in a single image

December 6, 2008

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I found this image while doing a Google search for Advent art and images. It’s from a blog about Advent customs in Sweden.

I was stunned by the powerful message of this picture. It is a perfect representation of Advent and what Christ’s coming means — the light and transformation He brings to our hearts and lives.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”

made his light shine in our hearts

to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God

in the face of Christ.

2 Cor 4:6 (NIV)

Yes Lord, may it be so. May Your light pierce the darkness and dreariness of our hearts and lives, and may Christ’s glory and beauty shine out from our faces.


The Prayers of the People from Wednesday’s Service in Wheaton

December 6, 2008

With HUGE thanks to a friend from CANA who sent this to me, here are the prayers of the people as offered at the historic service that followed the announcement of the new Anglican Province in formation on Wednesday Dec. 3rd in Wheaton, Ill.

I was very struck by the prayers for those who disagree with us, and the prayers for mission and thus put out some feelers to try and obtain the text. I hope that this kind of charity and committed intercession focused on mission will mark all of us who are associated with the emerging Anglican Church in North America. (KB)

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We exalt you, O God our King; and praise your Name for ever and ever…because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God members of every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve you. We are forever grateful.

Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. May we enter into the reality of Jesus’ prayer in John 17. Make us one as you and the Father are one , O Lord.

Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

For our enemies and those who wish us harm we pray. We ask for the grace to forgive and to love those with whom we differ. For all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord. We remember especially Iraq, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Congo, Kenya.

Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray for God’s people throughout the world and especially our confessing brothers and sisters in the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Strengthen us in the truth, grant us your courage and joy as we worship in spirit and in truth.

Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

For our Archbishops, Bishops, priests and deacons that they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

Give us all the grace to do your will in everything we undertake on this night. That our works may find favor in your sight and fully please you.

Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer..

We pray for the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness we may preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Give us a passion to see many confess you as Lord and Savior.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him and we pray your comfort and healing for all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.
(I invite you to mention the names of those for whom you are praying.)

Lord, in you mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We offer our worship to you on this evening. Come, Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with the love and grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Love, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.


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