South Carolina

March 11, 2010

We are praying for our nation, one state per week.  South Carolina is known as the “palmetto state.”  The palmetto plant is a perennial.

Dear Heavenly Father,

May the Christian faith of the inhabitants of South Carolina be hardy and long-living.  Amen.

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A Call to Prayer for Bp. Mark Lawrence of South Carolina

March 11, 2010

Kendall Harmon has posted a call to prayer for Bp. Mark Lawrence of the Diocese of South Carolina.

In support of Bishop Lawrence, members of the West Charleston Deanery have issued “A Call to Prayer,” inviting members of their Deanery to join in a time of fasting and prayer for Bishop Lawrence March 16-18 prior to the House of Bishop’s Meeting (March 19-24). The Deanery has scheduled a gathering of prayer and worship for Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint James, James Island. Following that gathering, churches from the deanery have signed up to pray for the Bishop every day of the House of Bishops’ meeting through and including our Diocesan Convention, March 26. As Craige Borrett, Dean of the West Charleston Deanery noted, “We need to remember that, ‘Prayer isn’t preparation for the battle. It is the battle.’”

More info here.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting Bp. Mark Lawrence briefly at last year’s Mere Anglicanism gathering, and I have posted a number of his reflections here at Lent & Beyond.  I personally am committing to praying for him, and the diocese of South Carolina, and hope many of our readers may join in this prayer effort.  — Karen


Five smooth stones

March 11, 2010

The meaning of the name Goliath, in Hebrew, is “uncovered.”   (1 Samuel 17)

Lord God,

There are many demons in Sudan, but these spiritual giants are uncovered.  We stand in unity with our Sudanese brothers and sisters.  Exponentially multiply the power of our prayers.   We pick up  the five stones of worship, Holy Scripture, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. 

Who are these uncircumcised of heart that they should defy the Sudanese children of the living God? 

 


Updated links for Lent Devotionals from Church of the Resurrection, Tampa

March 11, 2010

I’ve been lax in providing updated links for the downloads of Church of the Resurrection’s Lenten Devotionals each week. I know we’re nearing the end of week 3, but for the record, and for the archives in case any one wants to have these available as a resource, here are the links:

Week 1 devotions

Week 2 devotions

Week 3 devotions

Week 4 devotions

These are some of the best Lenten devotionals I’ve come across.  I love the combination of snippets of Anglican history, reflections of the lectionary, Anglican heritage quotes, a daily prayer and a practical application.

In addition to the daily devotionals, Church of the Resurrection also seems to be offering a parish Lenten study program “Growth in Christ – A Forty Day Journey” with weekly study guides:

Week 1

Week 2 and study guide

Week 3 and study guide

Don’t forget, you can also read each day’s Lenten meditation from Church of the Resurrection online at Anglican Mainstream.


Mark 6:31-46

March 11, 2010

And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily make time to come aside and be with Jesus.

So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. (Mark 6:32-33)
      Thank you, Lord, for all those who come seeking you. Help them find you and find rest in your arms.

And Jesus, when he came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
      Jesus, thank you for your compassion on us and on all those sheep wandering by themselves with no shepherd to guide and care for them. Jesus, please teach them and us.

When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.” (Mark 6:35-36)
      Father, daily we meet and hear about people who are in desparate need, who do not have this day’s bread. Show us our part in praying for them and helping them.

But he answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?” (Mark 6:37)
      Jesus, once again we give you ourselves, our money, and our resources for you to use as you desire.

But he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” (Mark 6:38 )
      Holy Spirit, the needs are greater than what we have — show us what to offer Jesus for his kingdom purposes.

Then he commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fish he divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. (Mark 6:39-42)
      Father, we long to see the work of Jesus in our midst.

And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. (Mark 6:43)
      Jesus, gather up the fragments and the broken places in our lives. We offer them to you.

Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men. Immediately He made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he sent the multitude away. (Mark 6:44-45)
      Holy Spirit, please help us go where Jesus sends us.

And when he had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. (Mark 6:46)
      Jesus, please help us daily join you in prayer. Thank you.

Thursday: 85, 86; Genesis 46:1-7, 28-34; 1 Corinthians 9:1-15; Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 91, 92; Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Mark 6:47-56

Albany Intercessor


Lent Prayers: Charles Spurgeon – take away whatever would hinder our closest communion with God

March 11, 2010

We first posted this prayer by Charles Spurgeon last August, but it is worth reposting as a Lenten prayer, especially in the wake of yesterday’s post from Cowper’s hymn:

Lord Jesus,
take from us now
everything that would hinder the closest communion with God.
Any wish or desire that might hamper us in prayer
remove, we pray you.
Any memory of either sorrow or care
that might hinder the fixing of our affection wholly on our God,
take it away now.
What have we to do with idols anymore?
You have seen and observed us.
You know where the difficulty lies.
Help us against it,
and may we now come boldly,
not in the holy place alone,
but in the holiest of all,
where we should not dare to come
if our great Lord had not torn the veil,
sprinkled the mercy seat with his own blood,
and asked us to enter.

– Charles Spurgeon


Intercessors for Sudan

March 11, 2010

Isaiah 56:6-7 (New Living Translation)
I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord, who serve him and love his name, who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest, and who hold fast to my covenant. I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.

O Lord,
Raise up intercessors for Sudan who will gladly surrender their hearts to You. May Lent & Beyond be a house of prayer for all nations. Amen.


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