Week 2 Lenten Devotional Guide Available

March 7, 2009

We had a lot of folks interested in the Lenten Devotional Guide produced by Church of the Resurrection in Tampa Florida (which are also being posted daily at Anglican Mainstream).

Week 2 of the Devotional Guide is available for download here.

Prayer Table Reports

March 7, 2009

Saturday, March 7 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. First “shift:” Torre Bissell and Don Foust, 9:20-10:30 a.m. Note: Very balmy, sunny, a really pleasant change in the weather!

+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Lester — and older-looking man who is actually in his 50s and is an alcoholic — prayed with him for sobriety, alse prayed for protection and provision.

+Lamont — young man — “That I will be able to transfer to the city — my mom’s worried about me.”

+Tim — middle-aged man — “That I will overcome my addiction to alcohol and marijuana.” He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted forgiveness of his sins. He prayed for the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome his addictions.

Connie — middle-aged woman — wanted prayers for Smitty, prayed for protection and provision and that Smitty would be freed from his old patterns. Connie went to see the SSI doctors; she has to be out of the City Mission by the 31st, doesn’t know where she will go.

+Dave — younger middle-aged man — wanted prayer for patience and for gas money.

+John — prayed for protection and provision

Pat — younger middle-aged woman — she may be moving down to Atlantic City in May. Prayed that she would find a good home there or an apartment, and that the Lord would guard her heart.

+Kayla — young woman 19 years of age — want prayer for her finding a job. She has a 10 month old son, Nasir; the father is in jail. She looked like she was getting over a black eye. [She came by about 30 minutes later with Nasir so that we could pray for him.]

+Paulo — older man — “My English not much.” prayed for protection and provision.

+Victor — prayed for protection and provision

Jim — older man — we prayed for his son Robert.

+Jestina — middle-aged woman from Nigeria, Roman Catholic — we prayed for financial assistance for her and for her son Agasti to be reconciled to her (she has not seen him since 1996). She prayed with great vigor for Don and myself.

Desdemona — middle-aged woman — we prayed for her grandson Peter who is in Jail that the Lord would soften his heart and that the Lord would raise up witnesses that Peter can hear.


(Sat., March 7, 2009; 10:30 –11:30 am in front of Christ Church, Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)

[+–indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

{Note: We had fewer people than normal, which was surprising because the weather was so nice – sunny and mild. When we weren’t praying for someone at the table we prayed for the people who live in the surrounding houses, for emergency vehicles speeding by that the Lord’s covering would be over those situations, and for those who went by but did not stop for prayer.}

Man riding by on a bike – He said he was on his way to work and was too busy to stop for prayer. We prayed that the Lord would draw this man and give him a desire to seek the Lord.

+ Howard – rode up on a bike – he asked us to pray that the Lord will help him keep his focus on the Lord and give him the strength to live for God and serve him – we prayed for God’s strength and power for Howard and that the Lord would guide his steps; Howard then prayed for us, with tears running down his face he thanked the Lord for the prayer table. He asked for a cross to give to a friend.

Paul – man walking by – said he prays every day and goes to church and did not need prayer for anything; we prayed for him as he walked by that the Lord’s will would be done in his life

Mailman – crossed the road and stopped to say hello – we asked if he would like prayer and he said “I get enough of that every day from Lorraine when I deliver the mail to the church office” – we offered a prayer to the Lord that he will know the Lord if he doesn’t already

+ 2 teenage boys walking by – we greeted them and asked if we could pray for them – 1 of the boys said “I already got prayer” and then showed us the cross around his neck as proof – we gave a cross to the other boy as well but they did not want prayer at this time

+ Parnell – middle-aged man walking by – reluctantly stopped for prayer – we prayed for the Lord’s protection over his life, His provision, His peace, and an awareness of God’s presence in his life

+ Celia – young woman in her 20’s walking by talking on a cell phone – she asked what we were doing and we told her we were here to pray – she asked prayer for a financial need – we prayed for the Lord to provide for Celia, give her His peace, a knowledge of His presence in her life, and an awareness that God loves her deeply and has a plan for her life

David A. Carlson

Albany Intercessor

Great post on Lent & Kids at the Story-Formed blog

March 7, 2009

Over at the Story-Formed calendar blog, Tara has posted some excellent ideas for how to celebrate Lent as a family.

As one of my blogging friends would say: Hie thee hence, immediately!

The ideas are simple… and that makes them all the more feasible, like this one:

1. Find a small box that will hold 3×5 cards. Help your kids decorate it any way they want – coloring, wrapping paper, tissue paper – and write “Lent 2009″ on the bottom of the box. Each evening have your child write out a verse from the scriptures (use the psalms, a lectionary, read through the bible in one year, whatever) on one of the 3×5 cards. Talk about it – what it means to you and/or them, why they chose it – or have them “illustrate” it – draw a picture on the card that goes with that verse. Keep all the verses inside the special box they made.

Psalm 55:1-8

March 7, 2009

Give ear to my prayer, O God, and do not hide yourself from my supplication. (Psalm 55:1)
      LORD, hear our cries to you for your church and your people.

Attend to me, and hear me; I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily, (Psalm 55:2)
      LORD, I cry out to you; hear me and answer me.

Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked; (Psalm 55:3a)
      Father, hear the cries of those who are persecuted.

For they bring down trouble upon me, and in wrath they hate me. (Psalm 55:3b)
      Father, your people are harassed and helpless, and there is no one but you to help them.

My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. (Psalm 55:4)
      Jesus, these are hard times for your people; have mercy on us.

Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. (Psalm 55:5)
      LORD, every night the TV shows scenes of carnage; have mercy on your people, on your little ones, on the lost and the least.

So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” (Psalm 55:6)
      Jesus, I long to rest in your arms.

“Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.” (Psalm 55:7)
      Father, I flee to your arms of love; I turn to you. Dad, help me, help your people who cry out to you.

“I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” (Psalm 55:8 )
      LORD, the storm is breaking upon us, people are losing their jobs, their homes, their hope: help us turn to you in our hour of need. Thank you.

      A word received: Speak my word! Pray that the leaders and teachers of this diocese will speak my word. Pray for hearts that are receptive to my word. Pray for a fresh wind of my Spirit to blow through the diocese.

Saturday: 55; Deuteronomy 11:18-28; Hebrews 5:1-10; John 4:1-26
Sunday: 24, 29; Jeremiah 1:1-10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-23; Mark 3:31-4:9

Albany Intercessor

Lent Prayers: St. Ephraim the Syrian – Take away the spirit of laziness

March 7, 2009

From our archives, originally posted March 2007

Lent Prayers: Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

Filed under: Quotable, Saints & Church Fathers, Lent 2007, Lent Prayers — Karen B.

the prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, a prayer dating back to the fourth century:

O Lord and Master of my Life,
Take away from me the spirit of laziness,
faint-heartedness, lust for power, and idle talk.


Instead grant me, your servant,
the spirit of purity, humility, patience, and love.


Yes, Lord and King,
give me the power to see my own faults
and not to judge my brother.
For You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lent Quote: George Herbert – Lord instruct us to improve our fast

March 7, 2009

It’s true, we cannot reach Christ’s forti’eth day;
Yet to go part of that religious way,
Is better than to rest:
We cannot reach our Saviour’s purity;
Yet we are bid, ‘Be holy ev’n as he, ‘
In both let’s do our best.

Who goeth in the way which Christ hath gone,
Is much more sure to meet with him, than one
That travelleth by-ways:
Perhaps my God, though he be far before,
May turn and take me by the hand, and more:
May strengthen my decays.

Yet Lord instruct us to improve our fast
By starving sin and taking such repast,
As may our faults control:
That ev’ry man may revel at his door,
Not in his parlour; banqueting the poor,
And among those his soul.

These are the closing three stanzas of a longer poem.  The full poem can be read at the Rev. Frank Logue’s Irenic Thoughts blog. (A very good site during Lent)

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