Psalm 69:5-9

July 31, 2009

O God, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from you. (Psalm 69:5)
      LORD, you know the sins and folly of the Episcopal Church, have mercy on us.

Let not those who wait for you, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek you be confounded because of me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)
      Jesus, don’t let me be the cause of anyone stumbling.

Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. (Psalm 69:7)
      Jesus, thank you for the humiliation you went through for us.

I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children; (Psalm 69:8 )
      Holy Spirit, thank you for bringing me into the family of the body of Christ.

Because zeal for your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. (Psalm 69:9)
      Father, please help us to be steady in Jesus and bear whatever reproaches come our way because we are faithful. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the magistrates of this land that true justice will be done. Pray for the judges of this land to know how to balance justice and mercy. Pray for the law to be fairly and honestly applied.

[Note: I will be off-line for a week. Torre]
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 17:1-15; Mark 7:24-37
Saturday: 75, 76; 2 Samuel 5:22-6:11; Acts 17:16-34; Mark 8:1-10
Sunday: 93, 96; 2 Samuel 6:12-23; Rom. 4:7-12; John 1:43-51
Monday: 80; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Acts 18:1-11; Mark 8:11-21
Tuesday: 78:1-39; 2 Samuel 7:18-29; Acts 18:12-28; Mark 8:22-33
Wednesday: 119:97-120; 2 Samuel 9:1-13; Acts 19:1-10; Mark 8:34-9:1
Thursday: [83] or 145; 2 Samuel 11:1-27; Acts 19:11-20; Mark 9:2-13
Friday: 88; 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Acts 19:21-41; Mark 9:14-29
Saturday: 87, 90; 2 Samuel 12:15-31; Acts 20:1-16; Mark 9:30-41

Albany Intercessor

NT Wright calls for prayer for the Anglican Communion

July 30, 2009

A great and true exhortation from Bishop NT Wright about the need for serious and sustained prayer for the Anglican Communion in the conclusion of his response to the Abp. of Canterbury’s post-GC09 reflection:

I have said many times that the main priority at the moment for all those involved in this whole messy situation is prayer. That remains my conviction and my plea. Prayer for the church; for Archbishop Rowan; for wisdom, courage, clarity and vision; for God’s glory, the extension of his kingdom, and the power of the gospel and the Spirit at work in hearts, lives, communities and throughout our world.

Amen. Let’s pray!!

Another prayer of Christina Rossetti

July 30, 2009

After finding the prayer by Christina Rossetti yesterday, I did just a bit of quick searching to see what other prayers she’d written. Here’s another keeper:

Prayer of Hope

O Lord, in Whom is our hope, remove far from us, we pray Thee, empty hopes and presumptuous confidence. Make our hearts so right with Thy most holy and loving heart, that hoping in Thee we may do good; until that day when faith and hope shall be abolished by sight and possession, and love shall be all in all.

– Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1895

[source: ccel]

Mark 7:1-23

July 30, 2009

Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men–the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” (Mark 7:1-8 )
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church honors you with its lips but its heart is far from you. It teaches as doctrine the commandments of men. We have laid aside your commandments in order to hold to the traditions of men.

He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.” (Mark 7:9)
      Father, have mercy on us for the Episcopal Church has torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion asunder in order to follow what is politically correct.

“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”–‘ (that is, a gift to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” (Mark 7:10-13)
      Holy Spirit, restore truth and righteousness to the governance of the Episcopal Church. The gifts of generations to the mission of the church are being squandered to engage in law suits against those who seek to be faithful to the gospel and apostolic teaching.

When he had called all the multitude to himself, he said to them, “Hear me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mark 7:14-16)
      Jesus, what has come out of the mouth of the Episcopal Church at its General Convention defiles it. Restore to the Episcopal Church ears to hear you and a heart to heed your word.

When he had entered a house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. So he said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” And he said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:17-23)
      LORD, all these things which defile a person are coming from within the body of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us and bring the Episcopal Church and its leaders and teachers to their knees in repentance. Thank you.

      A word received: You are in my care. Seek me; pursue me. I will hold you up in the storm.

Thursday: [70], 71; 2 Samuel 4:1-12; Acts 16:25-40; Mark 7:1-23
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 17:1-15; Mark 7:24-37

Albany Intercessor

Quotable: Stand By the Cross

July 29, 2009

There was a great devotional entry at the Cruciform Life blog yesterday:

“Once more heed the exhortation- stand close to the cross of Jesus!

It is the most accessible and precious spot this side of heaven- the most solemn and awesome one this side of eternity.

It is the focus of divine love, sympathy, and power.

Stand by it in suffering, in persecution, in temptation.

Stand by it in the brightness of prosperity and in the gloom of adversity.

Shrink not from its offence, humiliation, and woe.

Defend it when scorned, despised, and denied.

Read the full post here.

[– Octavius Winslow, The Foot of the Cross]

A Prayer by Christina Rossetti

July 29, 2009

Yesterday I came across this great prayer on Lutheran pastor Eric Swensson’s blog

Lord God, whose strength is sufficient for all who lay hold on it, grant us in your mercy to comfort our hearts and be strong. Humility, temperance, purity, largeheartedness, sympathy, zeal – grant us these evidences of faith, servants of hope, fruits of love; for the sake of Jesus Christ, our strength, our righteousness, and our hope of glory. Amen.

(Christina Rossetti, quoted in Fox, A Chain of Prayer, p.161)

This prayer is included in a longer devotional which comes from daily devotional pageof the Word Alone website (a site for reform and renewal in the ELCA). It looks like an excellent resource. Check it out!

Psalm 72:5-9

July 29, 2009

They shall fear you as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. (Psalm 72:5)
      LORD, please give us in the Episcopal Church a holy fear of you.

He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth. (Psalm 72:6)
      Holy Spirit, come down on us with your living water.

In his days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more. (Psalm 72:7)
      Father, we pray for your righteousness to flourish in the Episcopal Church and for the righteous to flourish.

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Psalm 72:8 )
      Jesus, have dominion in Canada, Mexico, and the United States from sea to sea.

Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before him, and his enemies will lick the dust. (Psalm 72:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help all those who wander in a spiritual wilderness in the Episcopal Church to turn in humility to Jesus, and those who are his enemies to submit to him. Thank you.

      A word received: Come o me; return to me. Let me be your guide. Look to me for guidance. Look to me in the storm. I will hold your hand and lead you.

Wednesday: 72; 2 Samuel 3:22-39; Acts 16:16-24; Mark 6:47-56
Thursday: [70], 71; 2 Samuel 4:1-12; Acts 16:25-40; Mark 7:1-23

Albany Intercessor

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