Pentecost Links Around the Blogosphere

May 31, 2009

Still under the weather, so for now here are a few quick Pentecost links. I’ll try to post some of my own reflections on Pentecost and the Holy Spirit within the next few days
– Karen:

Pentecost Blog Carnival (I’ve tried not to duplicate too many links. The blog carnival has several EXCELLENT links I have not posted.)

Splendor in the Ordinary: Ideas for Celebrating Pentecost as a Family (FANTASTIC! Don’t miss this…)

Anglican Mainstream has a collection of reflections on Pentecost from various saints & Church Fathers – Must reading! : Pentecost: the living water of the Holy Spirit poured out upon us

Fr. Tim Fountain at Northern Plains Anglican has Come Down O Love Divine, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Reflections on Pentecost and a prayer of preparation for Pentecost

Pat Dague at Transfigurations has Pope Benedict’s The Gift of God is the Holy Spirit

Ten O’Clock Scholar: Pentecost: Reignite Your Ember

At A Hen’s Pace: Pentecost Sunday

Cruciform Life: Preparing for Pentecost and Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart

Kingdom People has a Pentecost Prayer

Victor Hoagland has two reflections on Pentecost and the Holy Spirit

Amy at On a Joyful Journey has posted St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit. I’ll close with that:

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Saint Augustine of Hippo

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
Amen.


1 Corinthians 2:1-13

May 31, 2009

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1)
      Father, it doesn’t depend on how smart we are or how highly trained we are when we talk with people about Jesus, but on our relationship with Jesus and the working of your Holy Spirit.

For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)
      Jesus, please write your cross on our hearts.

I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. (1 Corinthians 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for enabling Paul to go forward to the Corinthians, even though he was weak and afraid.

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, (1 Corinthians 2:4)
      Holy Spirit, show yourself whenever we speak about Jesus.

that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5)
      Father, please help us take this verse to heart and rely on you and your power when we go forth to speak about Jesus.

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. (1 Corinthians 2:6)
      Jesus, through the working of your Holy Spirit please set us free in this diocese from all the politically correct nonsense in our culture.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, (1 Corinthians 2:7)
      Lord, reveal yourself and your ways to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Corinthians 2:8 )
      Lord Jesus, please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to a saving knowledge of you.

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
      Father, please help us enter into all that you have prepared for us.

But God has revealed them to us through his Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10)
      Holy Spirit, search our hearts and cleanse them of every impurity.

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:11)
      Holy Spirit, please move through the Diocesan Convention and teach us of the things of God.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12)
      Father, please help us receive everything you want to give us.

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:13)
      Holy Spirit, help us receive your teaching throughout this diocese.

       A word received (5/11/09): I want you to praise me for what I have done, what I AM doing and what I will do.

       A word received (5/11/09): Don’t stop worshiping me — Don’t give up when times get hard. Lean on me and I will give you the strength to worship me.

       A word received: I AM here among you. Look to me, I know your need. Turn to me for the help only I can give. Look to me with hope and expectation. Look to me for joy in your soul. Look to me and I will give hope. Let me have your despair and hopelessness, I will give you a heart filled with hope. Open your heart to me and I will come in.

The Day of Pentecost: 118; Isaiah 11:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; John 14:21-29
Monday: 41, 52; Deuteronomy 11:13-19; 2 Corinthians 5:11–6:2; Luke 17:1-10

       Notes from the Front Line

“Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father. I, at any rate, cannot separate the two ideas of democracy and tradition; it seems evident to me that they are the same idea. We will have the dead at our councils. The ancient Greeks voted by stones; these shall vote by tombstones. It is all quite regular and official, for most tombstones, like most ballot papers, are marked with a cross.” Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton, Doubleday Image Book, page 48 © 1908, 1936 by Dodd, Mead & Company
       Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2) Thank you Jesus for surrounding us with that cloud of witnesses who speak to us today. Please help us heed their voice.

***** Pray for the Holy Spirit to blow through the Camp of the Woods and clean out all black flies, mosquitoes, bears, and other wildlife for the Diocesan Convention. Pray for good weather and for travel mercies going and coming.

Albany Intercessor


Prayer Table Report

May 31, 2009

Prayer Table Report
Saturday, May 30, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. Don Foust and Torre Bissell, 9:09-10:09 a.m. There was so much cotton-wood fluff in the air that at times it was like a snow storm.
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Lenice — young woman waiting for the bus

+Barat — man (probably Muslim) — prayed for protection and provision for family and friends

+Will — man — “One day at a time. I see you here every weekend; you must be doing something right.”

+David — young man — “for success in this job interview”

+Chanel — young woman — “on my way to school”

+Joe — man — “Let me sit down here and get some prayer — for another nice week.”

(Young woman rushing by) when we asked if we could pray for her said, “Yes.”

(Man walking by) when we asked if we could pray for him said, “Yes, you can.”

Bill — “for my Dianne, that she arrives home safe and sound”

+April — young woman — “that my toothache will go away.” She asked for a second cross for her +little cousin.

Angel and son +Joshua — that had been prayed for last Sunday.

+Carl “for everyone”

Linda — Christ Church Schenectady woman — woken up in the middle of the night and given sixty people to pray for. She wrote them down and brought the list to us to join with her in prayer for them.

Faith in Action Sunday (May 24th)
Last Sunday morning Christ Church Schenectady reached out to our neighborhood of Hamilton Hill in a variety of ways for two hours: Painting a Scripture footpath through out parking lot where people take a shortcut, going door to door handing out potted plants, giving out free ice cream, four prayer tables at different locations in the neighborhood, planting flowers in Jerry Burrell Park (the playground for Hamilton Hill), cleaning the neighborhood streets, a prayer team praying for the teams going out, and a team providing lunch when the other teams came back. About 200 people from Christ Church were involved in this. Listed below are the various prayer table reports.
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
Team 1
+Luz and +Eddieberto (from yesterday)–prayed for daughter-in-law, their son is in the Navy. We prayed for protection for all, and comfort for the family while he is serving. They are looking for a church and are feeling pulled in many directions. We wrote down times of worship services at CC.

Young Woman walking by–“Pray for my children.”

Sharon and Robert (repeat visitors)–He was on his way to work; she was going to the laundromat. He asked for prayer for forgiveness of his shortcomings. He said that human nature is such that if a tragedy occurs we think, “Thank God it happened to someone else and not me.” But Robert said Jesus was different, for He said, “Thank God it happened to Me for you.”

+Champaigne–Young lady–asked for prayer for health, strength and protection.

+Woogie–Young man–for protection.

+Deborah–Middle-aged woman–for her family.

+Earlly–Older man–for a job.

+Tracy–Teen-age girl–We prayed for God to give her the strength and ability to say,”No,” and for discernment and wisdom in situations. As she left, she told us, “You’ve made my day.”

+Anthony–Young man–He was catching a bus to visit his +Aunt Lucille who will be starting chemo for breast cancer tomorrow. We prayed for protection and for him to have comforting words for her.

Team 2
(On the way to Park) a woman crying — prayed for her peace, drew her to refreshment stand at church

Prayed for several passerbys on bikes

+Jacki — pray for school, teachers, new kindergarten, children on bicycle rode by again and waved

+Blanche — for strength (while on cell phone)

People were driving by — “Peace sign” waved

“I’m going to church right now, God bless you.”

+Tammy — to get out of the neighborhood, provision (had cross in past and lost it)

Backed up van — prayer sent

Car passing — they said, “God bless you.”

“Not today.” man walked by…

+Marquita — for my family to get better

Prayed for the small church down the street — loud singing

+Arian — prayed for protection and provision

Prayed for the Prayer Team: prayed for Linda and Ray to have a safe trip to Pennsylvania. Prayed for Dave Dussault’s brother Paul in a Long Island hospital with rectal bleeding — had transfusion, prayed for doctor’s wisdom. Thank you Lord for stopping the rain, for sunshine at the prayer tables.

++Father pushing son in stroller across the street — asked if we could pray for his son. Father resistant at 1st. son Joshua, father Angel. prayed for protection and for Angel to be the dad God want him to be. Thankful.

Team 3
+Alan and +Kayrone — young men — prayed for family and friends

Florence — healing of her back, wisdom for doctors, take away fear

Prayed for cleansing of drugs from store across the street

+Tim and +Austin — boys on bikes for grandmother Sandy in hospital

+Angelo — “No speak English”

James (walking by)

+Melissa — for mother +Jeannie

+Deborah and her daughter +Deborah

+Andrew — for myself, my family, my kids

+Sonya — young woman — had received plants from another team going door to door

+Eddie

+Jim — had heart attack and lost job and health benefits

+Linwood — man — for a mate, for my children and grandchildren, for affordable housing

(Passing car) “Praise the Lord!”

+Stan — man — “stomach pain”

Bobby (man, already had a cross), +Asheen (6, son), +Josiah (5, nephew)

Joe (walking by) “I can use it.”

+Fernando

Team 4
+Bob — Thanks for President breaking down racism

Shawn — lower back injury working at the park and broken jaw recently is healing. Back spasms.

Timothy and Jonali — Christ in our marriage, in our lives, and in us.

+++++Kiara and family — bless infant, pray for mom especially and also family

Albany Intercessor


Psalm 108:1-4

May 30, 2009

O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. (Psalm 108:1)
      Father, please give us a steadfast heart; help us sing and give praise to you.

Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. (Psalm 108:2)
      Jesus, please give us songs in our hearts; help us begin each day praising you.

I will praise you, O LORD, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations. (Psalm 108:3)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts at the Diocesan Convention to praise Jesus; let our praises go forth to the world.

For your mercy is great above the heavens, and your truth reaches to the clouds. (Psalm 108:4)
      Holy Father, we can never praise you or thank you enough for sending your son to die for us. Thank you also for sending your Holy Spirit to us and writing your words and your law on our hearts. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

       A word received: Pray for my people. Pray that my people will return to me. Pray they will come to me with thanksgiving in their hearts and on their lips.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Ezekiel 43:1-12; Hebrews 9:1-14; Luke 11:14-23
The Day of Pentecost: 118; Isaiah 11:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; John 14:21-29

Albany Intercessor


Ezekiel 34:25-31

May 29, 2009

“I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.” (Ezekiel 34:25)
      Lord Jesus, bring your peace and blessing us; help us dwell in the safety that only you can give.

“I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.” (Ezekiel 34:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us walk in those showers of blessing.

“Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.” (Ezekiel 34:27)
      Father, please help us to be a fruitful people who bring in an abundant harvest to you. Please break the yoke of every bondage among us. Thank you.

“And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid.” (Ezekiel 34:28 )
      Jesus, protect your faithful people from every attack of the evil one.

“I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. ” (Ezekiel 34:29)
      Holy Spirit, help us be a well-watered garden where others may find refreshment.

“Thus they shall know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are my people,” says the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 34:30)
      Father, we want our lives to be a faithful witness of your love so that when people see us they will know you are our God.

“You are my flock, the flock of my pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 34:31)
      Jesus, thank you for making us members of your flock. Thank you for being a faithful shepherd of the flock.

       A word received: Lay your burdens at my feet. I AM with you — you are in my care. I will never leave you or forsake you. Look to me. I will provide.
      Thank you.

Friday: 102; Ezekiel 34:17-31; Hebrews 8:1-13; Luke 10:38-42
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) ; Ezekiel 43:1-12; Hebrews 9:1-14; Luke 11:14-23

       Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 28 May 2009
From: Welcome Home Initiative
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative – Please Pray for WHI Facilitators at European Military Christian Conference This Weekend
To all our faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors:
      Your prayers are requested for Father Nigel Mumford and Noel Dawes as they participate in the European regional conference of the worldwide Association of Military Christian Fellowships, taking place in the UK this Friday, May 29, through Tuesday, June 2. Fr. Nigel will lead workshops on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Combat Operational Stress and will serve as a prayer leader for the conference.
      For more information about the conference, see http://www.amcfeuroconf.info/. Further information for specific prayer for this conference is posted at http://www.amcfeuroconf.info/Prayer%20Guide%205a.pdf
      Fr. Nigel will also lead similar workshops at the AMCF North American Conference August 17-21, 2009, at Estes Park, CO.
      Pray that Fr. Nigel and Noel will also make contacts this weekend — as the Holy Spirit leads — in promoting the healing of PTSD and other wounds of war through prayer.
      We have been delighted to learn that the UK Armed Forces Christian Union (AFCU) is hosting The Warriors’ Return, June 26-28, a program similar to the Welcome Home Initiative but appropriately adapted to the British military culture. Keep this foray into healing prayer for combat veterans in the British Armed Forces in your prayer. More information about The Warriors’ Return can be found at http://www.afcu.org.uk/docs/warriors_brochure_jun_09.pdf.
      And remember also to pray for our next Welcome Home Initiative, August 3-5, 2009. If you know of a veteran who might benefit from healing prayer for the internal or external wounds of combat, encourage him to join us. For more information, see http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor


Soft and pliable–A new wineskin

May 29, 2009

Written on retreat.

O Lord, teach us to delight in You–to be sensitive to Your prompting, to be humble in our waiting, to be alert to Your voice, to be swift in our response, to be obedient to Your word.
Our desire is for the Anglican Communion to be fitly joined together, every congregation and community of believers working to promote the growth of the whole Communion in love. Teach us how to speak the truth in love and grow into the fullness of Christ.
Teach us to delight in You.
Psalm 37:4, Ephesians 4:16


Pentecost blog carnival

May 28, 2009

So much I want to blog, but I’ve been sick in bed a few days this week, plus we’ve had major electrical problems (thus no internet) at our office for a few days.

For now, head over to On A Joyful Journey for the link to the Pentecost Blog Carnival.

Hope to catch up with a few Pentecost blog entries over the weekend.
-Karen

Actually, come to think of it – I better not take having electricity over the weekend for granted. So in case I don’t get to post, here are some of the blogs to check out for Pentecost reflections, prayers, poems, etc.

Splendor in the Ordinary
A Ten O’Clock Scholar
At A Hen’s Pace
StoryFormed
Godspace

Happy reading!


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