Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, and his praise in the assembly of saints. (Psalm 149:1)
LORD, please move through every congregation in this diocese and help us praise and worship you today. Help us sing the songs of Zion.
Let Israel rejoice in their maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their king. (Psalm 149:2)
Jesus, help us all, adults and children, rejoice in you.
Let them praise his name with the dance; let them sing praises to him with the timbrel and harp. (Psalm 149:3)
Bless those who lead us in singing and praise.
For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he will beautify the humble with salvation. (Psalm 149:4)
Father, please help us bring you pleasure; help us put on the garment of salvation.
[I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)]
Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. (Psalm 149:5)
Holy Spirit, help us sing the songs of Zion at all times and in all places; fill our mouths and our hearts with the praise of Jesus.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, (Psalm 149:6)
Lord Jesus, please equip us for the battle ahead to reclaim the Episcopal Church for the gospel. Place in our hands the sword of your Spirit which is your word.
To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; (Psalm 149:7)
LORD, vengeance is yours alone. Help us do only what you want us to do.
To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; (Psalm 149:8 )
Father, please help the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church come to recognize the bondage they are in and turn to Jesus for the freedom he offers.
To execute on them the written judgment — this honor have all his saints. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 149:9)
Father, the day of judgment is coming when the sentence written against those who oppose your people will be carried out; have mercy on us and rescue as many of the oppressors as you can. You turned the heart of St. Paul into your ways, do this with the oppressors of you people now. Thank you.
A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Pray my people will wait on me. Pray they will put their hope and trust in me. Pray for my people that they will find new life in me. Wait on me. Turn to me. Hope in me. Let me be at the center of your life.
Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Daniel 4:1-18; 1 Peter 4:7-11; John 21:15-25
Monday: 25; Daniel 4:19-27; 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30
Notes from the Front Line
***** Pray for the ministry of healing and the healing service at the Diocesan Convention.
***** Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
April 25, 2009
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Anglican Communion Institute just recently released a document entitled Bishops’ Statement on the Polity of The Episcopal Church signed by 15 bishops in The Episcopal Church to include myself. I believe the document is very well written, researched, reasoned and accurately states the true polity or structure and organization of The Episcopal Church as outlined and reflected in its constitution.
There have been recent actions taken by the Presiding Bishop and her chancellor, which if left unchallenged, could very easily turn The Episcopal Church into something it is not, and never has been. This document is not intended, nor should it be interpreted as, an attack on the Presiding Bishop, but rather an attempt to provide clarity at a time in which there seems to be great confusion as to the true governance and organizational nature and relationship between each of the dioceses that make up The Episcopal Church and each diocese’s relationship with the wider Anglican Communion. This is especially important as the world wide Anglican Communion is presented with an Anglican Covenant for its consideration.
I highly commend the Bishops’ Statement on the Polity of The Episcopal Church for your review at http://www.anglicancommunioninstitute.com/?p=391.
Faithfully in Christ, +William H. Love, Albany