A heartfelt confession

April 24, 2009

At Northern Plains Anglicans. May all of us intercessors come before God in humility.


Luke 3:15-22

April 24, 2009

Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not, (Luke 3:15)
      Holy Spirit, please give us expectation and hope about what you will do among us.

John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16)
      Jesus, please baptize us all with your Holy Spirit and with fire.

“His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean out his threshing floor, and gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Luke 3:17)
      Jesus, please come soon and thoroughly clean out the church and gather your faithful ones to yourself.

And with many other exhortations he preached to the people. (Luke 3:18 )
      Father, help us hear and respond to the exhortations of your witnesses.

But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, also added this, above all, that he shut John up in prison. (Luke 3:19-20)
      Jesus, rebuke those who call evil good and good evil.

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while he prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are my beloved son; in you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)
      Father, thank you for opening a way to heaven for us through your son Jesus. Let your Holy Spirit come on us daily so that we know we have been adopted by you and can call you, “Abba, Father.” Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people — pray they will be set free from deception. Pray for new hope for my people — pray they will put their hope and trust in me. Pray for a spirit of generosity to flow through the diocese. Pray that my people will be generous with their time and talents and resources. Pray that they will be wells of living water overflowing with my Spirit. Pray for a generous outflow of my Spirit throughout the diocese.

Friday: 16, 17; Daniel 3:1-18; 1 John 3:1-10; Luke 3:15-22
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); Daniel 3:19-30; 1 John 3:11-18; Luke 4:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention that it will be a threshing floor of the Holy Spirit.

Albany Intercessor


An Easter Prayer: born anew to a living hope

April 24, 2009

Almighty and everlasting God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you have proclaimed to us the gospel of peace. Grant that by the power of his resurrection we may be born anew to a living hope, and so overcome the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

(K.B. Ritter, Gebete fur das Jahr der Kirche, 2nd ed. Kassel: Johannes Stauda-Verlag, 1948, p. 144)

From Eric Swensson’s blog “Awakenings”


A Serbian Easter Poem: Christ is Risen and Brings the Joy!

April 24, 2009

People rejoice, nations hear:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Stars dance, mountains sing:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Forests murmur, winds hum:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Seas bow*, animals roar:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Bees swarm, and the birds sing:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!

Angels stand, triple the song:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Sky humble yourself, and elevate the earth:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Bells chime, and tell to all:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Glory to You God, everything is possible to You,
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!

— St. Nikolai Velimirovich

From Glory to God in All Things, where there is a YouTube clip of this.


Collect for a church convention

April 24, 2009

Meeting this weekend are the diocese of Western Michigan and the Province I synod.

Almighty and everlasting Father, who hast given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we beseech thee, with his grace and presence, the bishops and other clergy and the laity here (or now, or soon to be) assembled in thy Name, that thy Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, thy Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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