Global South Anglican Encounter

March 28, 2010

The 4th Global South Anglican encounter will be held April 19-23.

To date, official provincial reps from 20 Provinces are confirmed coming. We also have other participants from various Provinces and Anglican groupings. Ecumenical observers will also be present. As with the Third Encounter, focus will be given to strengthening our commitment to the work and ministry of the Church, her Gospel witness, mission partnerships and economic empowerment needs. There will also be discussions on ways to strengthen the work amongst Global South Provinces. One major focus will be discussions around the Anglican Covenant process. A new Global South Primates Steering Committee will be appointed before the Conference ends.

Theme “The Gospel of Jesus Christ—Covenant for the People; Light for the Nations” (Isa 42.6, 49.6, 51.4, 52.13-53.12; Mt 26.26-29, 28.16-20; Jn 17.1-26)
Mission: To Recover, Reform, Revitalising, and Restore Ourselves as Anglican Covenantal Community for Mission and Ministry in Jesus Christ.

1. To enable the covenanting Global South Provinces and Others to be an communion-accountable member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
2. To develop Communion nature network, structures and processes to further our recovered mission and ministry.
3. To develop and represent with other ecumenical bodies to strengthen the common mission and ministry for the global church of Christ.
4. To identify and nurture new generation to carry on the vocation of the Global South.

Lord God Almighty,
You are no capricious god, but a trustworthy, covenanting God whose promises are true. Let the light of the 4th Global South Anglican Encounter so shine before the world that all may see their good works and glorify Your holy name. Amen.

Your voice, Lord

March 28, 2010

Romans 8:19-22 (Amplified Bible)
For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship]. For the creation (nature) was subjected to frailty (to futility, condemned to frustration), not because of some intentional fault on its part, but by the will of Him Who so subjected it–[yet] with the hope that nature (creation) itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the glorious freedom of God’s children. We know that the whole creation [of irrational creatures] has been moaning together in the pains of labor until now.

O Lord,
I don’t understand what this passage means, but I do know that Your voice is powerful and full of majesty. It breaks the cedars and shakes the earth. It tears down and births new life at the same time.
Speak over Sudan, Lord. Free this land from its bondage to decay and corruption. Open an entrance into the glorious freedom of Your children and speak new life now, we pray. Amen.
Psalm 29

Probably no more Lent devotionals until Good Friday

March 28, 2010

Hi all,
Unfortunately due to terrible internet connections and extreme busyness, I’ve not been able to organize any Holy Week devotional posts, except for two entries for Good Friday which I prepared several weeks ago. If I can post a few entries, I will, but right now it’s looking very doubtful.

My apologies. A blessed Holy Week and Easter to all our readers.

– Karen

Luke 22:39-46

March 28, 2010

Coming out, he went to the Mount of Olives, as he was accustomed, and his disciples also followed him. (Luke 22:39)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily establish the habits that will cause us to follow Jesus.

When he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:40)
      Father, we ask you to help us recognize and avoid those patterns of thought and behavior that are the first steps to entering into temptation.

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and he knelt down and prayed, (Luke 22:41)
      Jesus, please help us join you in prayer. Sometimes that “stone’s throw” distance can seem like you are miles away from us. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to be right there with you as you pray and intercede. Thank you.

saying, “Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
      Father, please help us daily surrender our wills to you as Jesus did. Thank you.

Then an angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening him. (Luke 22:43)
      Father, please send your holy angels to minister to us as well.

And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly. Then his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22:44)
      Jesus, please help us take to heart the pain and agony of soul and body you went through for us. Thank you.

When he rose up from prayer, and had come to his disciples, he found them sleeping from sorrow. (Luke 22:45)
      Father, forgive us for the times Jesus found us asleep when we should have been praying.

Then he said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:46)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and receive into our lives that prayer is the antidote to temptation.

      Father, help us pray as Jesus prayed.

      Jesus, please help us join you throughout the day in prayer for ourselves and those around us; help us pray according to the mind of your Spirit. Thank you.

      A word received: You thank me for pruning you; I AM giving you new fruit through that.

Palm Sunday: 103; Zechariah 9:9-12; 1 Timothy 6:12-16; Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9; Luke 19:41-48
Monday: 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Mark 11:12-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Bishop’s Easter Pastoral Letter
Holy Week and Easter, 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      As the world teeters from one crisis to the next, you and I as Christians can go forward facing the uncertainties and trials of life in confidence, a confidence not from human optimism, but from the salvation and victory won by Jesus Christ against all the forces of evil, hell and death itself.

      With the coming of Holy Week, we have the great honor and privilege to join in celebrating the events of our redemption. We begin with Palm Sunday, whereupon we remember and celebrate how our Lord rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey (as had been prophesied about the coming of the Messiah) and how many greeted Him, singing, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” On Maundy Thursday, we come together to remember and celebrate the Last Supper Jesus and the Disciples were to have together before His arrest, at which time He instituted what we now know as Holy Communion or the Eucharist. In addition, it was then that the Lord stated, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Jesus would demonstrate the fullness of His love the next day on Good Friday, when He went to the cross, offering Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all the world–dying in order that we might live. Three days later, on Easter Sunday, we join with all the Heavenly Hosts in singing “Alleluia. Christ is risen!” in celebration of our Lord’s glorious resurrection, wherein He conquered sin and death.

      As we enter into Holy Week, we not only commemorate the historical markers of those eight days, but rather we are invited to enter in to a deeper relationship with the crucified and Risen Lord. Each of us brings to this Holy Week our own needs and problems and fears, indeed our own wounds. We can do this because we are confident that the Wounds of Jesus are the source of our forgiveness and healing. We especially bring to Christ what we can take to no one else, our sins. In exchange we receive new life and the promise of the resurrection we all hope for.

      But beyond our personal needs and our family needs, the Lord calls us to help others in their own spiritual need. We are surrounded by folks who not only are in need of, but open to experiencing the transforming love of God. I encourage you to invite a friend, a neighbor or a co-worker to come with you this Holy Week. Reach out to someone you care about, and welcome that person to join you on Good Friday to hear the good news of the Savior’s love, and on Easter Day to hear the joyous praise that rings out the Resurrection victory.

      As your bishop, I invite you to join the priests and deacons of the diocese at the Chrism Mass in any of three locations across the Diocese, as they renew their commitment to the Lord and to His ministry.*

      May the Risen Lord who offered Himself for us upon the Cross fill you with a renewed faith. And may your family and loved ones be filled with the peace that surpasses all human understanding throughout Holy Week and the whole of the Easter Season.

In Christ our Risen Savior,

The Right Reverend William H. Love
Bishop of Albany

* Monday, 6pm the Cathedral; Tuesday 6pm St James, Oneonta; Wed, 12N, St Thomas Tupper Lake

Albany Intercessor

A Confession and Prayer for Palm Sunday – Hosanna! A Prayer for Salvation

March 28, 2010

I am tangled up in contradiction.
I am strangled by my own two hands.
I am hunted by the hounds of addiction.

I have lied to everyone who trusts me.
I have tried to fall when I could stand.
I have only loved the ones who loves me.

O Hosanna!
See the long awaited king come to set his people free.
We cry – O Hosanna!
Come and tear the temple down.
Raise it up on holy ground. Hosanna!

I have struggled to remove this raiment,
tried to hide every shimmering strand.
I contend with these ghosts and these hosts of bright angels.

I have cursed the man that you have made me,
as I have nursed the beast that bays for my blood.
Oh, I have run from the one who would save me.
Save me, Hosanna!

You have crushed beneath your heel the vile serpent.
You have carried to the grave the black stain.
You have torn apart the temple’s holy curtain.
You have beaten Death at Death’s own game.

O Hosanna!
Hail the long awaited king,
come to set his people free.
We cry – O Hosanna!
Won’t you tear this temple down,
raise it up on holy ground?
O Hosanna!
I will lift my voice and sing:
you have come and washed me clean. Hosanna.

Andrew Peterson

Hat tip to Trevin Wax at Kingdom People.

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