Fellow blogger Michael Daley

February 7, 2009

Michael is suffering from multiple sclerosis and asks for our prayers right now.

Dear Lord,
Just as the woman who knelt behind your feet, we come in humility, for we are not worthy to be in Your presence. Perhaps she broke a seal on the jar of perfume. We offer our broken hearts in hopes that our prayers will fill the throne room of heaven. Just as she cleansed Your feet with her tears, we seek You to cleanse Michael’s central nervous system with Your tears. Wash away all that is not of You. Wash away all germs, destructive immune mechanisms. Cleanse him, Lord, as only You can do. We claim Your name to rebuke this destruction.
And then, Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit upon him. Hover over every focus of demyelination. Hover, Lord, and rebuild the myelin, restore function, bring order out of chaos. Hover, Lord, and renew. Amen.


New diocese in Sudan

February 7, 2009

From George Conger
The Episcopal Church of the Sudan has grown to 25 dioceses with the creation last month of the Diocese of Terekeka. On Jan 24, the Archbishop of Juba, the Most Rev. Daniel Deng Bul Yak convened the first synod of the diocese centered in the town of Terekeka in the Sudan’s Central Equatoria State, approximately 50 miles north of Juba. The Rev. Michah Leila Dawidi is the bishop-elect. Bishop-elect Dawidi’s nomination would now be brought before the Sudanese House of Bishops for confirmation, Archbishop Deng said.
The new diocese serves the Mundari tribe, a nilotic tribe of small farmers and cattle herders. Like a number of Sudanese tribes, the Mundari practice ritual scarification as a rite of passage for young men, with two sets of three parallel lines in a downward slope on the forehead.

O God,
We give thanks for the Mundari tribe and the new diocese of Terekeka. Establish them in Christ. Anoint them with the Holy Spirit. Mark them as Your children forever. Stand by Bishop-elect Dawidi as he guides, protects, and nurtures them. Amen.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Great photo of Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak at the inauguration of the diocese.


February 7, 2009

(Sat., Feb. 7, 2009; 9:30-10:30 a.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell, David Carlson and Deacon Alan Hart.)

      Note: Very cold morning but, … not as cold as some, warmer than some recent others. It was 12 degrees according to the thermometer on Torre’s front porch. And … People came!

      t–indicates received one of the wooden crosses Torre gets from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
      c– indicates took one of our Christ Church cards
      (no one was anointed because forgetful Deacon Alan forgot his oil stock today.)

(Our first and only real refusal of the day) — a young man going to and from Dollar General. He told us “No thanks; I pray to Jehovah.”

t–JOANNA — This woman, middle-aged, was a little tipsy and having trouble negotiating walking a straight line, was trying her best to hide it and accepted prayer. She asked “For God to provide for me.” When we finished she smiled and said “You guys made my day.”

t–DUDLEY — This friendly man asked for prayer for “health and safety.”

BILL — A frequent visitor to the Table, Bill this time asked for prayers for his two friends, DIAMOND and DIANA. He did not go into details but said they have needs. They have been making bad choices and they need prayer. Bill also asked for advice on how to pray for them and be firm. (Side note: Earlier this week, Bill was at the bus stop when the Evelyn Ballard funeral was concluding outside the front entrance. He stood by and bowed his head when the casket came out, and he said to Deacon Alan, “I’m sorry for the loss you folks are feeling.”) This is another example of how the Prayer Table has made our community and its members all part of a family.

t,c– ROBIN — Robin, too, has been to the Table before. She fervently asked for prayer for her daughter (TARA) and her grandchildren (SCOTTY, “MOOMOO” and “MICHI“; the last two are nicknames.) Tara is in an abusive relationship, and Robin wants prayer for the protection and safety of the mother and children.

(A woman in a van heading West saw our Table and its sign, and she slowed almost to a stop and shouted to us “Pray for snow removal!”)

LAHMA — He visited our Table last week and stopped again. he prayed for protection and provision for himself and his wife ANNECY.

LINVAL — This mas was on his way to preach at a nearby neighborhood church, so we prayed for God’s word to be spoken through Linval and heard and lived at his church today.

JOE — Here is our “special” visitor of the day. (There’s always one that stands out!) Joe was crossing the street and came over most reluctantly in answer to our offer for prayer. He accepted prayer after David asked how he was and he said very sadly “I’ve been better.” Joe wasn’t letting us in to what was heavy on his heart, but we prayed that God will be with Joe today to walk through this troubled time with him. He was wearing a “U.S. Marines” baseball cap. God, You know Joe’s circumstances and needs. Help Joe, Oh Lord.

STEVE — We prayed for his provision this day and all days.

LESTER — Our troubled friend who has such a problem with alcohol was resistant today, as he has been in recent weeks. He was on the other side of the street (probably on purpose) and simply waved at us and said he had to get somewhere. We guessed that he is ashamed and we would know he had been drinking again but as one of us pointed out, “It hasn’t stopped him in other weeks.” Please pray for Lester to be freed from his addiction.

DESDEMONA — On her way to an area church service, she stopped in our parking lot. We prayed for her life to be blessed today and for the success of her church service.

      Final note and thought: Lord, no matter where we are sent and no matter how separate we become in the coming days and weeks and months and years, let us all always remember that we are ever walking in your sight and that we are all part of Your greater church; we will always remain what you made us — a family in Christ.

Albany Intercessor

Diocesan conventions

February 7, 2009

The diocese of Mississippi is holding its convention. I don’t know which others because the pertinent webpage is unavailable.

Our Father,
We earnestly desire for Your face to shine upon the diocese of Mississippi and all those dioceses in convention today. Open the way, we pray. Amen.

Mark 9:23-29

February 7, 2009

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
      Jesus, please restore to your people a true and lively faith in you; bring us to steadiness in our common belief and faith in you.

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! I cry out to you for our children and their families: draw them all to you and provide for them.

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” (Mark 9:25)
      Lord Jesus, set our family free from every bondage! Anoint the ministry of deliverance in this diocese with the full power of your Holy Spirit.

Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. (Mark 9:26-27)
      Jesus, many say of the Episcopal Church, “It is dead,” but we live in the hope that you will raise it up and bring it to new life in you.

And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So he said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:28-29)
      Father, by the working of your Holy Spirit among us, bring us throughout this diocese to a common life of prayer and fasting. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. Turn to me. Yield your life anew to me. Let me be the light for your path.

Saturday: 75, 76; Isaiah 57:3-13; Galatians 5:25-6:10; Mark 9:14-29
Sunday: 93, 96; Isaiah 57:14-21; Hebrews 12:1-6; John 7:37-46

Albany Intercessor

Submitting to time

February 7, 2009

This morning, my husband observed that Jesus, in his natural life on earth, submitted to time.

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”

He who was “in the beginning,” He who is “the same yesterday and today and forever” submitted to time. He waited.
The Anglican Communion is in a stalemate. We too are being called to wait, and we, being Americans, chafe at the delay.
Contrast our attitudes with this hymn:

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

Lord, teach us to sing Your praise and bring kairos into chronos. Teach us to submit to time. Amen.

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