John 20:19-23 and Isaiah 51:10-11

April 12, 2009

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19)
      Jesus, please let your peace abide in our hearts and minds and set us free from fear of those who would do us harm. Thank you for carrying us on eagles’ wings all these years.

When he had said this, He showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. (John 20:20)
      Jesus, please meet us in every home and parish this day and fill us with Easter joy.

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” (John 20:21)
      Holy Spirit, please help us go forth with the goods news of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Thank you.

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:22)
      Jesus, please breathe on us and help us receive the transforming power of your Holy Spirit again.

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:23)
      Father, please help us forgive the sins of all those who have harmed us. Thank you for sending Jesus to us to teach us to do this.

      Jesus, I am so weary of carrying the burden of my wounds; help me to give them to you.

Are you not the one who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that made the depths of the sea a road for the redeemed to cross over? (Isaiah 51:10)
      Lord God, make a way through for this diocese, open up a highway for us to go on.

So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 51:11)
      Jesus, thank you for paying the full price of our ransom. You are he who comforts us by your Holy Spirit; set us free from fear of mortal men who will die. (From Isaiah 51:12) Thank you.

      A word received: Come to me, my people. Pour out your hope and your hearts before me. Let me do what you cannot.

Easter Day: 148, 149, 150; Exodus 12:1-14 or Isaiah 51:9-11; Luke 24:13-35, or John 20:19-23
Monday: 93, 98; Jonah 2:1-9; Acts 2:14,22-32; John 14:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the business sessions at the Diocesan Convention that they will show forth the love of Christ.

[Typo: yesterday’s prayer table for Christ Church Schenectady should have been dated April 11.]

Albany Intercessor


RISEN! The Strife is O’er, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

April 12, 2009

resurrection3(art credit: Web Gallery of Art)

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LISTEN: The Strife is O’er

(Truro Cathedral Choir, from the Album Easter Joy, iTunes link)

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The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!


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