Covenant Design Group

March 25, 2009

The CDG will convene on March 29 in England.

O Lord,
Rescue the members of the Covenant Design Group from the mire, do not let them sink; deliver them from those who hate them, from the deep waters. Do not let the floodwaters engulf them or the depths swallow them up or the pit close its mouth over them.
Answer their prayers, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to them. Do not hide your face from your servants on the Covenant Design Group. Answer them quickly, for the Anglican Communion is in trouble. Amen.
Psalm 69:14-17


Sabbatical

March 25, 2009

My bishop, Rt Rev Duncan Gray, is going on sabbatical. The inspiration to use the seven names for Jehovah came from a member of a worship group that I am part of. JW

Psalm 23 KJV, adapted
The LORD is Duncan’s shepherd; he shall not want.
Jehovah-Ropheka, may he rest in You.
The Lord maketh him to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth him beside the still waters.
Jehovah-Shalom, may he rest in You.
The Lord restoreth his soul: He leadeth Duncan in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Jehovah-Tsidkenu, may he rest in You.
Yea, though Duncan walks through the valley of the shadow of death, he will fear no evil: for the Lord is with him; His rod and staff they comfort him.
Jehovah-Shammah, may he rest in You.
The Lord preparest a table before Duncan in the presence of his enemies:
Jehovah-Jireh, may he rest in You.
The Lord anointest his head with oil; his cup runneth over.
Jehovah-Mekaddishkem, may he rest in You.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow him all the days of his life:
Jehovah-nissi, may he rest in You.
and he will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


John 6:26-33 and Isaiah 53

March 25, 2009

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. (John 6:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us respond to the signs that Jesus places in our path.

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him.” (John 6:27)
      Lord Jesus, we live in a time when the labor and savings of many have evaporated. Give us a heart to labor for what endures to eternal life.

Then they said to him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” (John 6:28 )
      Father, guide us by your Holy Spirit into doing your work.

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent.” (John 6:29)
      Jesus, please help us daily make the choice to believe in you and believe that God the Father has sent you to us.

Therefore they said to him, “What sign will you perform then, that we may see it and believe you? What work will you do? (John 6:30)
      Lord, have mercy on us when we demand signs from you.

Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” (John 6:31)
      Father, those you fed with bread from heaven perished in the wilderness because of the hardness of their hearts. We weekly receive the bread from heaven and many of us have hearts hardened with unbelief; have mercy on us and soften our hearts.

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but my father gives you the true bread from heaven. (John 6:32)
      Father, thank you.

For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” (John 6:33)
      Jesus, please bring us to new life in you throughout this diocese. Thank you.

       A word received: Pray for my kingdom to come and my will to be done. Pray for church leaders, that they will submit to my will and rejoice in my kingdom. Pray for those who minister to them that they will be faithful witnesses.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; Jeremiah 18:1-11; Romans 8:1-11; John 6:27-40
Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; Jeremiah 22:13-23; Romans 8:12-27; John 6:41-51

      Words received for a Sunday School lesson for Palm Sunday

“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1) A word received: I want the children and the adults to choose to believe the report of Scripture about me.

“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” (Isaiah 53:2) A word received: I had nothing the world values to help me. I had the Holy Spirit — he is the helper. I want you to have the full power of the Holy Spirit as well.

“He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him.” (Isaiah 53:3) A word received: I AM still despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. I know your grief and I intercede for you.

“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4) A word received: I have borne them and I will bear every grief you bring to me.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) A word received: I want you to be able to say, “Jesus was wounded for my transgressions.”

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) A word received: You are called to recognize and repent of the ways that you have gone astray, as individuals and as the Body of Christ, the church.

“He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7) A word received: I chose to bear your guilt and your affliction so that you could enter into the freedom of the children of God.

“He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare his generation? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people he was stricken.” (Isaiah 53:8 ) A word received: I willingly went to the cross for you.

“And they made his grave with the wicked– but with the rich at his death, because he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9) A word received: I have told you what is true.

“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10) A word received: My father loves you and sent me to bear the cross for you.

“He shall see the labor of his soul, and be satisfied. By his knowledge my righteous servant shall justify many, for he shall bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11) A word received: This is my joy — I have brought many sons and daughters to my father.

“Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul unto death, and he was numbered with the transgressors, and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12) A word received: Bring your burdens to me: I can bear them.

Albany Intercessor


Lent Prayers: Turn Our Eyes to Your Cross

March 25, 2009

My colleague here at L&B, Jill Woodliff, originally posted this prayer back in March 2006.  I’m not sure whether Jill wrote it, or it may have been contributed by one of our readers.

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Dear Jesus,
Our hands are drooping, and our knees are weak.
Founder and Perfecter of our faith, turn our eyes to Your cross.

Help us to always pray and not lose heart.
Founder and Perfecter of our faith, turn our eyes to Your cross.

Step into our fallen flesh and fill our empty spirits.
Founder and Perfecter of our faith, turn our eyes to Your cross.

Lift up our hands and strengthen our knees.
Founder and Perfecter of our faith, turn our eyes to Your cross.

We cry to You day and night.
Founder and Perfecter of our faith, turn our eyes to Your cross.

Bring peace and holiness to the body of Christ.
Founder and Perfecter of our faith, turn our eyes to Your cross.

Do not delay in Your justice.
Luke 18:1-8, Romans 12:2, 12, 13


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