Vermont

April 18, 2010

We are praying for our nation, one state per week. From the state constitution:

Chapter 1, Article 3:
That all persons have a natural and unalienable right, to worship Almighty God, according to the dictates of their own consciences and understandings, as in their opinion shall be regulated by the word of God; … Nevertheless, every sect or denomination of Christians ought to observe the sabbath or Lord’s day, and keep up some sort of religious worship, which to them shall seem most agreeable to the revealed will of God.

Reveal Your will, O Lord, to the people of Vermont through Your Holy Word. May the Sabbath be observed throughout the land. Amen.


Fourth Global South to South Encounter

April 18, 2010

Ezekiel 34:12 (New International Version)
As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.
Good Shepherd, bring the Anglican Communion out of this dark season into the daylight.

Job 5:19 (New International Version)
From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will befall you.
Lord, save the Anglican Communion from calamity.

Psalm 22:21 (New International Version)
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
Lead and guide and keep the global south leaders in spiritual safety, away from the domain of lions and wild oxen, as they deal with the crisis in the Anglican Communion.

Psalm 91:11-12 (New International Version)
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Keep the participants in this meeting from losing their footing.

Psalm 72:14 (New International Version)
He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.
Guard them from oppression and violence.

2 Timothy 4:18 (New International Version)
The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Help them, Lord. Satan seeks their destruction.

Psalm 107:20-21 (New International Version)
He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.
Rescue them from the grave, Lord, both in Singapore and when they return to their homelands. We give You thanks, Lord, for Your unfailing love and the wonderful deeds You will perform for these men. Amen.


John 21:1-14

April 18, 2010

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way he showed himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. (John 21:1-3)
      Lord, so much of our fishing for men has been fruitless (as far as we can see). Help us meet you once again and receive the guidance of your Holy Spirit.

But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. (John 21:4)
      Jesus, how many times have you stood on our shores and we haven’t recognized you?

Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered him, “No.” (John 21:5)
      Jesus, we need the food for our souls that only you can give; fill us anew with your Holy Spirit. Help us receive you into our hearts when we receive your body and blood today.

And he said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. (John 21:6)
      Jesus, help us cast our nets at your bidding. Please make our evangelism and work as fruitful as this.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. (John 21:7)
      Jesus, clothe us with your righteousness and give us the same desire to plunge in to get to you that Simon Peter had.

But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. (John 21:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us bring our catch to Jesus.

Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. (John 21:9)
      Jesus, help us see the feeding you have prepared for us.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” (John 21:10)
      Father, help us bring our catch to Jesus.

Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. (John 21:11)
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see such wonders when we go fishing for men.

Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?”–knowing that it was the Lord. (John 21:12)
      Jesus, please help us come to you at your bidding.

Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. (John 21:13)
      Thank you, Jesus, for feeding us.

This is now the third time Jesus showed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. (John 21:14)
      Lord, reveal yourself to us and help us go forth with the good news of your resurrection from the dead. Thank you.

Sunday: 114, 115; Exodus 18:1-12; 1 John 2:7-17; Mark 16:9-20
Monday: Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew (1:1-17),3:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010
From: Vaughan in San Antonio, Texas
      Thank you all for your prayers. John Spikes body was found this morning. He has set his feet upon a Rock, our sweet Lord and Savior. Please continue to keep his wife, Virginia in your prayers.
      Thank you all for the blessing of praying together.
In Christ, Vaughan

***** Check out “For All the Saints Who From Their Labours Rest” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH2UcunPAR0

***** Please pray for the Diocesan Convention, June 11-13, 2010, at the Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York

      Pray that the Black Flies, mosquitoes and bears will exit the Camp of the Woods during the Diocesan Convention.

      Pray that we as a diocese will truly take up our cross and follow where Jesus leads.

Albany Intercessor


The gates of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore

April 18, 2010

The theme of the Fourth Global South to South Encounter is “The Gospel of Jesus Christ—Covenant for the People; Light for the Nations.” The four gates of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore, testify to this theme.

Matthew: Proclaiming Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords!

Mark: Proclaiming Jesus, the Servant-King!

Luke: Proclaiming Jesus, the Son of God!

John: Proclaiming Jesus, the Perfect Man!

Psalm 24:7-9 (New King James Version)
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.


St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore

April 18, 2010

The Fourth Global South to South Encounter will take place in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore. For a breathtakingly beautiful virtual tour of the nave, go here. A photo gallery of the cathedral is found here.
Interestingly, this fine Early Gothic building was designed by Colonel Ronald Macpherson, who was unqualified.

O God our Savior,
We rejoice in You. You do great things for us. Holy is Your name. Your mercy extends to those who fear You from generation to generation. Your perform mighty deeds with Your arm and scatter those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. You bring down rulers from their thrones and lift up the humble.
You have used the unqualified to magnify Your name in the building of this cathedral. Fill those in the Anglican Communion who hunger and thirst after righteousness by the proceedings of the Fourth Global South to South Encounter. Send the arrogant away empty. Lift up the humble and magnify Your name! Build something breathtakingly beautiful this week, we pray. Amen.
Luke 1:46-53


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