GAFCON Lenten Bible Studies “Way of the Cross” available

March 5, 2009

Shucks. I remember reading awhile back that GAFCON was going to release a Lenten Bible Study series. But the announcement was back in Dec. or Jan. when I was travelling and my mind was far from Lent. So, I’d forgotten all about it. Today, however there is an updated press release / reminder over at Anglican Mainstream. So, even though we’re already well into Lent now, consider checking this out. I’m really eager to have some Lenten materials from a Global South perspective, and am so glad GAFCON has reminded us of this resource!


Download Lenten Bible studies & notes for the Way of the Cross

Message from Justin Brierley, Premier Christian Radio

I would love to draw people’s attention to the webpage where they can now download the Lenten Bible study audio and notes for “The Way of the Cross” – a collaboration between GAFCON and Premier Christian Radio.

The address is

The podcast uses original audio from the GAFCON Bible expositions as well as specially recorded material from a couple of contributors that was not available when the material was originally recorded.

The 2009 Lent resource “The Way of the Cross” is a 6-part Bible-study podcast based on the expositions of Scripture given at the historic Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) which took place in Jerusalem, June 2008.

GAFCON called the Anglican church back to its roots in scripture and orthodoxy as 291 Bishops and 900 other Anglican leaders met together to consider a way forward for the Anglican Communion.

These six studies open up the Biblical story of salvation and are accompanied by questions for personal or group use which help to relate current issues of biblical truth to the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ.

The studies are as follows

1. Genesis 12 – The Promise of God – Archbishop Justice Akrofi

2. Exodus 24 – The Presence of God – Canon David Short

3. 2 Samuel 7 – The King of God – Revd Vaughan Roberts

4. Luke 24 – The Son of God – Bishop Michael Fape

5. Revelation 21 – The Throne of God – Archbishop Datuk Yong Ping Chung

6. Jude – The Authority of God – Bishop Wallace Benn

Lent Prayers: Praying for our enemies

March 5, 2009

From our archives, originally posted March 2007

Praying for Our Enemies
Filed under: Repentance, Unity, Rick H., Lent 2007, Lent Prayers, Lent — Rick H.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
–Matthew 5: 44-48

Let us pray for our enemies and persecutors:

We pray for those who have hurt us.
Bless them always and in every way, Lord.

We pray for those who hate us.
Bless them always and in every way, Lord.

We pray for those who insult us.
Bless them always and in every way, Lord.

We pray for those who have stolen from us.
Bless them always and in every way, Lord.

We pray for those who will not hear us.
Bless them always and in every way, Lord.

We pray for those who have hurt our church.
Bless them always and in every way, Lord.

Lord, may it please you to give us hearts that ask for mercy and not justice for our enemies just as we must ask for mercy and not justice for ourselves, hearts that forgive just as we must ask you to forgive us. Help us remember the love you bear for all of our brothers and sisters. May that love grow in our hearts as well. Amen.

John 3:16-21

March 5, 2009

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
      Father, thank you for loving us so much; help us respond to your love.

“For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
      Father, your hearts desire is that we would turn to you and live and escape condemnation; accomplish that in us.

“He who believes in him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God.” (John 3:18 )
      Holy Spirit, raise up a ministry of evangelists throughout this diocese to restore true belief in Jesus.

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
      Jesus, help us daily walk by your light and turn away from the deeds of darkness. Thank you.

“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3:20)
      Jesus, please expose our deeds to the light of the gospel so that we may be cleansed from sin.

“But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:21)
      Jesus, help us willingly come to your light; bring us to confession of sin and true repentance throughout this diocese. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people — join me in interceding for my people.
My people have wandered over every hillside; pray I will draw them back to me.
Pray for my people to repent of drinking from empty cisterns.
Pray for my people to receive my living water.

Thursday: 50; Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5; Hebrews 4:1-10; John 3:16-21
Friday: 40, 54; Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Hebrews 4:11-16; John 3:22-36

(Wednesday, March 4, Before/after weekly Wednesday Protestant service at Ellis Center, B-5 and B-6 long-term care floors, Deacon Alan Hart)

BERNICE — This 91-year-old lady grew up in the Carman area of Rotterdam with my father and his brothers and sister in the 1930s. She is amazing. She had Last Rites of the Roman Catholic faith in early January, but … she survived and is bouncing back grandly! She still is not able to go to mass or Protestant services (she always went to both before her massive stroke.) But today I stopped in to say hello and we prayed the Lord’s Prayer together (she speaks some words) and had a short conversation. You know, she just may outlive us all!

RITA — Rita is 95 and just a joy to be around because of her love for others and for her sense of humor. She has a recurrent problem with “runny eyes” and sometimes stays out of church because of that, but today I encouraged her to go anyway. She shrugged her shoulders and said, “What the heck … if I can’t see at least I can HEAR the service. Let’s go, Honey!”

HELEN — This is a relatively new resident on the floor. She was not able to get cleaned up and scrubbed and out of bed in time, and she felt badly she couldn’t make it to church. So I saw her afterward and gave her communion and anointed her with Holy Oil. She told me to make sure I get her to Catholic mass on Friday.

PHYLLIS — Another fairly new resident, Phyllis is another charming lady. She missed church because she wasn’t feeling well. When I stopped to bring her communion, I saw her knitting something and asked what it was. It turns out she makes little hats for newborn infants in various colors. She showed me the two she had already made today, and she was workling on a third. What a blessing she is.

(Weds., March 4, 2009, 12:50 -1:15 p.m. in front of Christ Church.)

Note: Sunny but very windy, cold and bitter. I had to cut it short today because I had an appointment at 1:30 at the Schenectady Museum. Deacon Alan Hart)

a,t — KATHY — This middle-aged woman stopped for prayer for her neighbor and friend, CHARLES. It seems Charles is an alcoholic and has developed Cirhossis and now needs surgery. She accepted the cross for Charles, and we prayed together for him to get the help he needs and to be freed from his terrible addiction. Then I anointed Kathy for protection and a blessing to be able to continue to care for her friend.

(Older man with a knit hat) — The best way I can describe this man is to tell you that he looked like an identical twin brother of folk legend Pete Seeger. I half expected him to pull out a banjo and start singing “If I Had a Hammer.” Anyway, “Pete” (who would not give his name but was VERY interested in the Table, said “You don’t need to pray for me, but please let’s pray for peace in this crazy, mixed up world!” I held his hand in mine and we prayed together that there would indeed be peace all over the planet and that it will happen soon … and last forever.

Albany Intercessor

Lent Quotes: Bonaventure – ask to be taught, above all things, how to love

March 5, 2009

The way that begins in the fear of God leads to grief that brings us joy and finally awe. Accept the truth of Christ crucified, and be sorry for your sins. His blood washes all souls clean. Don’t forget to exercise your soul in godly sorrow. Before you look to God for the sunshine of his wisdom, get on your knees and give him your helplessness and failures. Offer the One who loves you your shame. And live a godly life. When reading, pray for inspiration. When questioning, pray for a stronger loyalty to God. When exploring earth’s wonders, pray for a greater appreciation of God’s mystery. When working, pray for grace. When studying, ask to be taught, above all things, how to love. And when you gain understanding, pray, “God keep me humble.”

–Bonaventure, friar and leader in the Franciscan Order (1221–1274), from The Soul’s Journey into God

Source: Stretching our souls, Christian History magazine

Kidnapped priest

March 5, 2009

A Nigerian Anglican priest, Venerable Emmanuel Ejianya, has been kidnapped from his residence. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom.

You are a mighty God, the Lord of Hosts, and the King of kings.  Reach Your strong arm down and open the door that Emmanuel may walk free.  We cry out for his return to his family. 

Be his shield.  Surround him with Your holy angels.  Give him a discerning spirit so that he may know what to do and when to do it. 

Sustain his wife and congregation.  Bless his enemies.  In the name of Jesus, we implore You to deliver him.  Amen.

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