An Easter Prayer by Helen Steiner Rice: May this Easter Grandeur Awaken Faded Flowers of Faith

April 29, 2009

God, give us eyes to see
the beauty of the Spring,
And to behold Your majesty
in every living thing –
And may we see in lacy leaves
and every budding flower
The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power –
And may this Easter grandeur
that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith
lying dormant in our hearts,
And give us ears to hear, dear God,
the Springtime song of birds
With messages more meaningful
than man’s often empty words
Telling harried human beings
who are lost in dark despair –
‘Be like us and do not worry
for God has you in His care.

–Helen Steiner Rice

found here

Easter Quotes: Trevin Wax – our coffins will not stay closed!

April 29, 2009

When people put their trust in Jesus, His resurrection power is released in their lives. We may die physically, but we cannot die spiritually. And what’s more, even physical death will be overturned by God on the Last Day.

The Resurrection of Jesus teaches us a vital truth: matter matters. The body is important. The Greek thinkers who believed matter to be evil and the spirit to be good were promoting a mindset foreign to the Jewish and Christian worldview. It is precisely because the body is valuable and God’s creation good that God has chosen to reclaim and redeem it, to stomp out the sin and destruction unleashed upon His beautiful world in the Garden of Eden.

We may taste death before Jesus returns, but one thing is certain: our coffins will not stay closed. Just as on Easter morning the grave could not hold Jesus, at the trumpet call of the Last Day, neither will the grave be able to hold the remains of those who are “in Christ.”

From a fantastic Easter reflection by baptist pastor Trevin Wax at Kingdom People.  Go read it all!

Psalm 38:1-9

April 29, 2009

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your wrath, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure! (Psalm 38:1)
      LORD, you know the sins of the Episcopal Church; correct us and guide us and draw us back to you.

For your arrows pierce me deeply, and your hand presses me down. (Psalm 38:2)
      Holy Spirit, pierce the hearts of the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger, nor any health in my bones because of my sin. (Psalm 38:3)
      Jesus, your body the church is wounded and ill, have mercy on us and help us repent of our sins.

For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. (Psalm 38:4)
      Jesus the burden of the sin in the Episcopal Church is more than we can bear, please come and help us.

My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness. (Psalm 38:5)
      Father, deliver us and heal us.

I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. (Psalm 38:6)
      Holy Spirit, teach us in this diocese to mourn for the sins of the Episcopal Church.

For my loins are full of inflammation, and there is no soundness in my flesh. (Psalm 38:7)
      Holy Spirit, gird our loins with your truth.

I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart. (Psalm 38:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us turn to Jesus for the help only he can give.

Lord, all my desire is before you; and my sighing is not hidden from you. (Psalm 38:9)
      Lord Jesus, restore us with the strength and compassion of the Holy Spirit and let the light of your word illumine our path.

      A word received: I AM. You are in my care. Look to me, keep your eyes on me. Let me guide you.

Wednesday: 38; Daniel 5:1-12; 1 John 5:1-12; Luke 4:38-44
Thursday: 37:1-18; Daniel 5:13-30; 1 John 5:13-20(21); Luke 5:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

      Holy Spirit, help us at the Diocesan Convention grieve for the sins of the Episcopal Church and turn to Jesus in repentance.

Albany Intercessor

Yet more profiles on ACC laity

April 29, 2009

The Church in Wales
Mrs Helen Biggin
Supports women bishops in Wales.

The Church in the Province of the West Indies
Dr Barton Scotland
Lawyer–foreign affairs and economic development. Diocese of Guyana.

Co-opted Members
Mr Michael Lee Tamihere (Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia)
International Anglican Youth Network.

Brother George Siosi (Melanesian Brotherhood)
Head Brother. Attended Lambeth Conference as a chaplain.

Ms Sarah Tomlinson (Scotland)
International Anglican Youth Network. Helped stage prayer station labyrinth at Lambeth Conference. Glasgow University Student Representative Council, acting president.

Mrs Maria Christina Borges Alvarez (Cuba)
No information found.

A prayer for Melanesian Brotherhood companions, adapted.
STRENGTHEN, O God, we pray you, all participants in the Anglican Consultative Conference, that they may faithfully keep their promises and daily serve you in good works. Make them to be of one heart and mind, and show to others the love that comes from you. Let all that Jesus commanded his Church be to them as a light that never goes out, and their glad obedience as fire that is always burning, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

South Dakota

April 29, 2009

This man Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Daniel 5:12

The diocese of South Dakota is having bishop candidate walk-abouts tonight.

O Lord, grant the voting delegates and communicants of South Dakota keen minds, knowledge, and discernment during the walk-abouts and the upcoming election. Amen.

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