Tupelo, Mississippi

February 6, 2010

Today is the Mississippi diocesan council.

Excerpts of Acts 17:22-31 (New International Version)
24″The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.
We praise You for Your majesty, Lord.
25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. We thank You for the life blood of Your Son. We come up under the blood covenant of Jesus Christ and plead for the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.
26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
We thank You for the high call of being part of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi at this time.
27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
Stir each delegate and visitor at the council to reach out for You. Grant them supernatural understanding.
28’For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Thank You for our adoption through the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. May Your children in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi be faithful in keeping this covenant.
29″Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill.
Have mercy, Lord. We are proud and have exalted our intellect, our flesh, and our autonomy.
30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
Open the conscience of the spirit man in each of the delegates and visitors at the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi Council.
31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
We thank You that the covenant of the shed blood of Jesus Christ trumps the devices and desires, the idolatry and vain imaginings of our hearts. Thy Kingdom come and Thy will be done in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi as it is in heaven. Fill this council with the reverence, awe, and fear of the Lord. Amen.

Mississippi diocesan council

February 6, 2010

Meets today.

Colossians 1:21-23a
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.

Thank You for the victory of Christ on the cross. May the seed of Christ’s righteousness planted in the spirits of Your children in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi take root and be established in faith. Amen.
1 Corinthians 15:57

Isaiah 54

February 6, 2010

2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.

3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.

4 “Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

5 For your Maker is your husband—
the LORD Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.

6 The LORD will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God.

10 Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

13 All your sons will be taught by the LORD,
and great will be your children’s peace.

14 In righteousness you will be established:
Tyranny will be far from you;
you will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
it will not come near you.

15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc;

17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the LORD.

Hebrews 12:12-17

February 6, 2010

Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, (Hebrews 12:12)
      Holy Spirit, please renew us with your strength; help us minister your strength to others.

and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. (Hebrews 12:13)
      Jesus, please help us daily walk in your straight and narrow way and come at last into your kingdom. Thank you.

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14)
      Father, you have called us to be a holy people — help us daily strive for that and for your peace.

looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; (Hebrews 12:15)
      Lord Jesus, many in your church are defiled with bitterness: send the cleansing, purifying fire of your Holy Spirit upon us.

lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. (Hebrews 12:16)
      Jesus, have mercy on us: many of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have sold their birthright to justify fornication and sexual immorality.

For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. (Hebrews 12:17)
      Jesus, in your mercy move the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to true repentance; help them to be faithful shepherds of the flock that has been entrusted into their care. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my peace — not the peace the world gives — but my peace.

Saturday: 23, 27; Genesis 24:28-38, 49-51; Hebrews 12:12-29; John 7:14-36
Sunday: 34; Genesis 24:50-67; 2 Timothy 2:14-21; Mark 10:13-22

Albany Intercessor

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