An Easter Blessing prayer

April 16, 2009

From the Creighton University Praying Easter Week site

Through the resurrection of Jesus
God has redeemeed us and made us his children.

May God bless us with joy.


Our Redeemer has given us lasting freedom.

May we inherit everlasting life.


By faith, we rose with Jesus in baptism.

May our lives be holy,
so that we will be united with Jesus for ever.


May almighty God bless us,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


John 15:11-17

April 16, 2009

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)
      Jesus, please help us enter into the joy you have prepared for us.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
      Jesus, help us love one another throughout this diocese. Please help us lay aside old rancor and bitterness. Help us see beyond ideology and know the love you have for those we disagree with.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
      Holy Spirit, help us show forth this love at the Diocesan Convention.

“You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14)
      Father, please help us to do all that Jesus commands us to do.

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)
      Father, no matter what the national church does, help us in this diocese walk by the light you have given us in your son Jesus.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (John 15:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us show forth your fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Help us have the mind of Jesus when we pray to the Father so that we enter fully into his will.

“These things I command you, that you love one another.” (John 15:17)
      Lord, we have so often messed up on the first ten commandments, don’t let us fail on this as well. Help us daily embrace your cross, Jesus. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to listen to me. Pray for them to read the Bible with understanding that leads to repentance. Pray for my word to be grafted into their hearts. Pray for hope based on my word.

Thursday: 146, 147; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 3:11-26; John 15:12-27
Friday: 136; Daniel 12:1-4, 13; Acts 4:1-12; John 16:1-15

Albany Intercessor

Easter Quotes – What happened on Easter?

April 16, 2009

This comment from Phil Snyder (of the Deacon’s slant blog) which he left at TitusOneNine the other day caught my eye.

A former Rector of mine once opened his Easter sermon with “If you ever ask a priest “What happened on Easter?” and the priest responds: “Well, that’s complicated…” run.  Do not walk; run away from that priest as fast as you can.

What happened on Easter?  God the Father raised Jesus Christ to new life.  “What” is not difficult.  “How,” on the other hand, is almost always difficult and we will never really know this side of heaven.  I know that God raised Jesus to defeat death and sin and to pay the price for my sins (and the sins of the whole world).  That’s all I need to know.  I don’t need to know how.

Even while we seek, like the Apostle Paul, to press on to more deeply know Christ and the power of His resurrection, may we never lose sight of the “simple” straightforward truth of the message of Easter.  May these truths never become trite or stale and may the Lord give us faith to truly believe in His victory.

Anglican Consultative Council

April 16, 2009

The ACC is scheduled to meet in May, in Kingston, Jamaica. The city is sited on the Liguanea Plain, an alluvial plain located next to the Hope River.

Psalm 146:5 (New International Version)

 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
       whose hope is in the LORD his God,

O Lord,

May Your Holy Spirit flow through the Anglican Consultative Council meeting.  May each member place his hope in You, and may their work be blessed.  Amen.

Communion Partners

April 16, 2009

Anglicanism: A Gift in Christ , A Two Day Conference of the Anglican Communion Institute and Communion Partner Primates, Bishops and Rectors will be held April 16 and 17 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, TX.

Ezekiel 37

 1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
      I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”


Sovereign Lord,

You alone know if the Episcopal Church can live.  Stir the Communion Partners to prophesy over this church and say, “Hear the word of the Lord.”  Amen.

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