Mark 1:29-35

February 24, 2010

Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. (Mark 1:29)
      Jesus, please come into our home and bring the fellowship with you. Let your light fill our home.

But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told him about her at once. (Mark 1:30)
      Jesus, __N__ in our family is sick and needs your help.

So he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. (Mark 1:31)
      Jesus, please take __N__ by the hand and lift him up so that he can serve you.

At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. (Mark 1:32)
      Lord, we bring __N__ from our community and __N__ from our fellowship to you.

And the whole city was gathered together at the door. (Mark 1:33)
      Holy Spirit, draw our community to you.

Then he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew him. (Mark 1:34)
      Jesus, come do a ministry of healing and deliverance in our community. Shut the mouths of all the demons that plague our community and drive them out.

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, he went out and departed to a solitary place; and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
      Father, bring us all to that solitary place that Jesus found to spend time in prayer with you.

Wednesday: 49, [53]; Genesis 37:25-36; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; Mark 1:29-45
Thursday: [59, 60] or 19, 46; Genesis 39:1-23; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Mark 2:1-12

Albany Intercessor

Lent Quotes – Peter Ould: The Core of Christian Discipleship

February 24, 2010

Last week, when I read cyber friend Peter Ould’s Ash Wednesday sermon.  I was very struck by this section:

The core of Christian discipleship is to understand that nothing but the work of Christ can save us and nothing but the power of the Holy Spirit can transform us. It is the core of Christian discipleship that having recognised these things, we fall on our knees and hand ourselves over into the hands of a merciful, loving, forgiving, healing and restoring redeeming and resurrecting God.

As our reading tonight says – “Then you will call and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”

This is indeed the God that we not just celebrate and worship, but that we truly experience – right here tonight.

Let it be so.

Amen Peter, Amen!

Lent Prayers: Help me walk in Your footsteps

February 24, 2010

Help me, dear Lord,
to walk in the footsteps of your holy life,
denying myself and becoming poor
so that those around me may be made rich.
Teach me how to gain by giving,
and to find by losing,
as you have said in your Word.

F.B. Meyer

Hat tip to Trevin Wax at Kingdom People

Lorica for Sudan

February 24, 2010

On April 11-13, Sudan will have presidential and parliamentary elections.  The relationship between the north and the south is antagonistic, and the situation potentially explosive.  The Episcopal Church of the Sudan is the largest church in Sudan, and it has played a prominent role in the peace process.  This adaptation of St. Patrick’s breastplate can be printed on a bulletin insert.

This day, we bind unto Your children in Sudan, especially the Episcopal Church of Sudan and Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, a mighty strength:  the invocation of the Trinity, the Three in One, and One in Three.

This day, we bind unto Your children in Sudan, by power of faith, the strength of Christ’s Incarnation:  conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, baptized, crucified, died, descended into hell, arose, and ascended into heaven.

This day, we bind unto Your children in Sudan:  the hope of resurrection and heavenly reward, confessors’ faith, apostles’ word, patriarchs’ prayers, prophets’ scrolls; all good deeds done unto the Lord, and purity of virgin souls.

This day, we bind unto Your children in Sudan the virtues of Your creation:  strength of heaven, light of sun, radiance of moon, splendour of fire, speed of lightning, swiftness of wind, depth of sea, stability of earth, firmness of rock.

This day, we bind unto Your children in Sudan:  God’s strength to pilot them, God’s might to uphold them, God’s wisdom to guide them, God’s eye to look before them, God’s ear to hear them, God’s word to speak for them, God’s hand to guard them, God’s way to lie before them, God’s shield to protect them, God’s host to secure them:

Against the demon snares of sin, the vice that gives temptation force, the natural lusts that war within, the hostile men that mar their course; of few or many, far or nigh, in every place, and in all hours against all fierce hostility.

This day, we bind unto Your children in Sudan these holy powers:  against all Satan’s spells and wiles, against false words of heresy, against the knowledge that defiles, against the heart’s idolatry, against the wizard’s evil craft.

Christ, shield them today against deprivation, starvation, exposure, disease, despair, violence, and death. 

Christ with them, Christ before them, Christ behind them,
Christ in them, Christ beneath them, Christ above them,
Christ on their right, Christ on their left,
Christ where they lie down, Christ where they sit down, Christ where they arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of them,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of them,
Christ in every eye that sees them,
Christ in every ear that hears them.

This day, we bind unto Your children in Sudan, especially the Episcopal Church of Sudan and Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, the Name, the strong Name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three, of whom all nature hath creation.

Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of Christ.
May Your Salvation, O Lord, be ever with them. 

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