House of Bishops

March 20, 2010

The House of Bishops is convened at Camp Allen, TX. Hosea 14 is a beautiful passage of scripture. Read the whole thing.

Hosea 14:2-4 NIV
Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount war-horses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.”
“I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.”

Lord God Almighty,
You are the high and lofty one. Your name is holy. You live forever.
I have sinned. I have looked to institutional leaders and councils, to manmade devices and plans, for my deliverance. I have turned to fleshly sins for my comfort. These cannot save me.
You are my Father. Only in You can I find deliverance and comfort. Heal my waywardness and love me freely.
The root of waywardness only brings forth sin. You are the source of our fruitfulness; may I be rooted in You.
If You are calling to any bishops at Camp Allen to take words and return to You, open their ears, their eyes, and their hearts, dear Lord (especially ____). Turn Your anger away from them. You revive the spirit of the lowly and the heart of the contrite. Your ways are right. Your comfort is like the morning dew in a dry land.
O Lord, how could we ever take our eyes off of You? Amen.
Hosea 14, Isaiah 57:15

Mark 9:23-29

March 20, 2010

Prayer item from the diocesan intercession calendar for today: Vibrant Evangelism in this diocese.
      LORD, give us a heart to joyfully share the gospel.

Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
      Holy Spirit, help us believe in Jesus with great faith.

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
      Lord, we believe; help our unbelief!

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” (Mark 9:25)
      Jesus, cast out the unclean spirits that keep us deaf to the call to share the gospel and dumb that keep us from speaking of you when you place opportunities before us.

Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” (Mark 9:26)
      Father, the Episcopal Church is greatly convulsed now and many say it is dead, but we say that just as you raised Jesus from the dead by the power of your Holy Spirit, you can raise the Episcopal Church to new life, and we thank you for that.

But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. (Mark 9:27)
      Jesus, please take us by the hand and lift us up.

And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” (Mark 9:28 )
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to the place where all of us ask Jesus why we are unable to do the works we see in Scripture and that he has commanded us to do.

So he said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29)
      Lord, please bring us to a deepened life of prayer and fasting. Thank you.

      Prayers and Words Received while in Northern Ireland:

      A word received (3/12/10): Pray for my people to reach out to me.

      A word received (3/13/10): I want my people to come to me and bless what I bless.

      A word received (3/14/10): Bless me.

People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (Mark 7:37)
      Lord Jesus, speak your word to us: unstop our ears and give our tongues words of praise for you.

      A word received (3/15/10): Pray for my people to praise me.

      A word received (3/15/10): Be prepared to share how I have led you in reading my Scriptures. They are my words for my people. I want them to open them with expectation, with hope.

O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth. (Psalm 94:1)
      Lord, bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to repentance.

Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. (Psalm 94:2)
      Lord, if we received what we deserved, we would all be in trouble. In your mercy bring the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church to repentance.

How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked be jubilant? (Psalm 94:3)
      Holy Spirit, move in our hearts and bring us to repentance.

They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting. (Psalm 94:4)
      Jesus, as you shut the lion’s mouths for Daniel, shut the mouths of those who speak arrogant words to your people to harm them.

They crush your people, O LORD; they oppress your inheritance. (Psalm 94:5)
      Protect the dioceses of South Carolina and Albany and all your faithful dioceses, parishes, and people.

      A word received (3/16/10): Speak what I give you.

      A word received (3/17/10): Thank me for my blessing.

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)
      Jesus, please help us hear your call to us. Please help us daily deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow you.

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:35)
      Holy Spirit, show us each day what we must let go of.

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)
      Father, help us to so fear you that we gain wisdom. All around us we see those who seek to gain what the world has to offer and are losing their souls. Have mercy on them and on us.

“Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:37)
      Jesus, please teach us the true value of our souls.

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us learn the true value of knowing Jesus; help us daily make him our Lord, whatever the cost.

And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” (Mark 9:1)
      Father, help us see your kingdom and the power of your Holy Spirit made visible among us in this diocese. Thank you.

      A word received (3/18/10): Tell them I am asking them to join me in my work of intercession.

Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him, since he ever lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
      A word received (3/18/10): Pray for my people to desire my work.

Saturday: 33; Exodus 2:23-3:15; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Mark 9:14-29
Sunday: 145; Exodus 3:16-4:12; Romans 12:1-21; John 8:46-59

Albany Intercessor

Lent Prayers: Call Us to Humility

March 20, 2010

O God, rich in mercy, you so loved the world that, when we were dead in our sins, you sent your only Son for our deliverance. Help us in this Lenten journey to embrace your truth and salvation. Call us to humility and gentleness so that we may we embrace the Easter proclamation. We ask this through Christ, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, holy and mighty God, for ever and for ever. Amen.

— from one of the recent Lenten devotionals at Anglican Mainstream

Sudanese bishops

March 20, 2010

Compiled from the AC provincial directory and from George Conger’s website.

Primate:The Most Revd Daniel Deng Bul Yak, Bishop of Juba
Provincial Treasurer: Dr Abraham Matok Dhal
Bishop of Akot: Rt Revd Isaac Dhieu
Bishop of Bor: The Rt Revd Nathaniel Garang Angieth
Bishop of Cueibet: The Rt Revd Reuben Maciir Makoi
Bishop of El-Obeid: The Rt Revd Ismail Abudigin Kawo Gibreil
Bishop of Ezo: The Rt Revd John Kereboro Zawo
Bishop of Ibba: The Rt Revd Levi Hassan Nzakara
Bishop of Kadugli Nuba Mountains: The Rt Revd Andudu Adam Elnail
Bishop of Kajo Keji: The Rt Revd Anthony Poggo
Bishop of Khartoum: The Rt Revd Ezekiel Kondo
Bishop of Lainya: The Rt Revd Peter Amidi
Bishop of Lui: The Rt Revd Bullen A Dolli
Bishop of Malakal: The Rt Revd Hilary Garang
Bishop of Maridi: The Rt Revd Justin Badi Arama
Bishop of Mundri: The Rt Revd Bismark Monday
Bishop of Nzara: Rt Revd Samuel Enosa Peni
Bishop of Pakong: Rt Revd Joseph Maker
Bishop of Port Sudan: The Rt Revd Yousif Abdalla Kuku
Bishop of Rejaf: The Rt Revd Enock Tombe
Bishop of Rokon: The Rt Revd Francis Loyo
Bishop of Rumbek: The Rt Revd Alapayo Manyang Kuctiel
Bishop of Terekeka: Rt Revd Micah Leila
Bishop of Torit: The Rt Revd Bernard Oringa Balmoi
Bishop of Twic East: The Rt Revd Ezekiel Diing
Bishop of Wau: The Rt Revd Moses Deng Bol
Bishop of Yambio: The Rt Revd Peter Munde Yacoub
Bishop of Yei: The Rt Revd Hilary Luate Adeba
Bishop of Yirol: The Rt Revd Benjamin Mangar Mamur

O Lord,
You are the Most High. May each and every one dwell in Your shelter. Amen.

Prayer of protection: Psalm 91

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