Acts 4:29

March 8, 2009

“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word,” (Acts 4:29)
      A word received: Look to me. The early church looked to me in the face of threats and persecution. I want you to look to me as well. Keep your eyes, your attention on me.

      A word received: Call on my people to cry out to me for this nation and for my church. Call on my people to turn to me. Call on my people to pray for one another.

Sunday: 24, 29; Jeremiah 1:1-10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-23; Mark 3:31-4:9
Monday: 56, 57, [58]; Jeremiah 1:11-19; Romans 1:1-15; John 4:27-42

Albany Intercessor

Lent Quotes: Christine Sine – What is Lent Preparing us For?

March 8, 2009

One of my new favorite blogs is Christine Sine’s Godspace. Chrisitine has published a Lenten Reflection guide and will soon be publishing an Easter celebration guide. In one of her recent blog posts she writes:

This morning however I am working on the Easter portion of A Journey into Wholeness which I should have ready to download at the beginning of next week. As a result I have been reflecting on”what is Lent preparing for?” It seems to me that for many of us Lent has become an end in itself and there is very little sense of what we celebrate it for. First I want to emphasize that Lent is not about preparation for the celebration of Stations of the Cross much as I enjoy participating in that experience. Nor is it even primarily a preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, even though this is the pivotal celebration of our faith.

Lent is primarily about preparing us to live in the world that Christ’s resurrection brought into being – the kingdom of God world – what I like to call God’s resurrection created world. it is about preparing us to follow the one who “transfigured the world with the Spirit of life.” (emphasis in the original)

She adds:

Imagine how our world could be transformed this Easter season if we took this preparation of Lent seriously for all of life and became the people that God intended us to be – resurrection life people who are committed to seeing the life of God’s kingdom flourish in every aspect of our world.

Things that clutter and consume

We lay them down

Attitudes that separate and divide

We lay them down

Thoughts that confuse and disrupt

We lay them down

Into the cycle of living and dying and rising again

We lay them down

From here

Lent Prayers: A Communal Prayer of Confession

March 8, 2009

I found this on a blog called Fire, Clouds and Wanderings on the second day of Lent.  It was written for Ash Wednesday.  Many communal confessions seemed forced.  I’m being asked to confess things I’ve not done or thought.  I could relate to pretty much every line of this confession, however.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

We come before you, unworthy of your grace,

Unworthy of your love, unworthy of you.

We are sinners. Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Too often have we chosen the fruit over the garden.

Too often have we bowed down to the golden calf.

Too often have we begged for a sign.

Too often have we declared Caesar to be Lord.

Too often have we demanded to see the wounds in your hands.

Too often have we substituted our image of you, for you.

Too often have we neglected your call to be salt and light.

Too often have we mutilated the body of Christ to individual parts.

Too often have we reduced Christianity to a moral code.

Too often have we forgotten Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

Too often have we acted on sight and not on faith.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

(Silent Prayers of Confession)

Heal us now of our sinfulness and of the hatred that divides us.

Take away our hardness of heart.

Open our eyes which are often blind to the needs of others.

Remove our selfishness and our greed.

Give us self-control at all times, and fill our hearts with your eternal love.

O Jesus, we ask you now to heal and bless us, and fill us with your peace.


1 Corinthians 3:18-23

March 8, 2009

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. (1 Corinthians 3:18 )
      Lord Jesus, the church is filled with the wisdom of this age and it is killing it. Have mercy on us.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; (1 Corinthians 3:19)
      Father, we have substituted learning and knowledge for wisdom; restore wisdom to its rightful place among us.

and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” (1 Corinthians 3:20)
      Holy Spirit, come and lead us through this time. Guide Bishop Bill and his advisors as they lead this diocese.

Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: (1 Corinthians 3:21)
      Jesus, my boast is of you, and you crucified.

whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come–all are yours. (1 Corinthians 3:22)
      And I am yours as well, Jesus. Thank you.

And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. (1 Corinthians 3:23)
      Amen. Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon.

      A word received: Ask for my blessing on your parish.
Ask for my blessings to be multiplied.
Ask for me to do what only I can do.
Wait for me; wait on me.
Ask for my peace; ask me to set you free from fear.

Sunday: 24, 29; Jeremiah 1:1-10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-23; Mark 3:31-4:9
Monday: 56, 57, [58]; Jeremiah 1:11-19; Romans 1:1-15; John 4:27-42

Albany Intercessor

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