In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, (Matthew 3:1)
Holy Spirit, please guide the preaching that takes place in this diocese. Move in the wilderness areas of our lives where we are still untouched by the gospel.
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2)
Holy Spirit, move us to true and lasting repentance. Let the kingdom of heaven be manifested among us.
“For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.”‘” (Matthew 3:3)
Father, give us ears and hearts to respond to all preaching inspired by your Holy Spirit. Help us discern the true from the false.
Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4)
Jesus, thank you for all those messengers you send to us. Bless them and provide for them. We pray that Bishop Ken Good and his wife, Mary, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, will be able to fly here to lead Priests’ Retreat and to lead Clergy Wives’ Retreat. We pray that the disruption in air travel will quickly end.
Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him (Matthew 3:5)
Holy Spirit, draw multitudes from all over this diocese to the Diocesan Convention to hear your word to us.
and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matthew 3:6)
Jesus, move among us at the Diocesan Convention to confess our sins and repent of them. Then help us take up our cross and follow you. Thank you.
A word received: Pray for my living waters to flow.
Lord, give us a thirst for what you want to give us. Come, Holy Spirit, and do a work of preparation in us.
A word received: Trust me.
Monday: Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew (1:1-17),3:1-6
Tuesday: 36, 39; Exodus 19:1-16; Colossians 1:1-14; Matthew 3:7-12
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 9:26 pm
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth
Subject: Mother Miriam
Torre and Jean–
Mother Miriam asks specific prayers for stabilization of her heart beat. She has developed an abnormality common with surgery of this nature — one in three patients experience it. Pray for a slowing and regularity in her sinus rhythm. She is very eager to come home, but this must be resolved before the hospital will release her.
Sister Mary Elizabeth
***** Mary Jones gives her testimony about the power of the Holy Spirit working in her life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSh51739-WA
Dave Dussault gives his testimony about the power of the Holy Spirit working in his life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muxaSUUNtnM
***** Check out “Nearer My God To Thee” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A19Fx7A_GI&feature=channel This is a clip from the 1936 movie “San Francisco” with Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, and Jeannette MacDonald. Pray for those caught up in natural disasters lately, e.g., Haiti, Chile, China, and elsewhere.
***** Please pray for the Diocesan Convention, June 11-13, 2010, at the Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York
Pray that the worship at the Diocesan Convention.
Pray that we as a diocese will truly take up our cross and follow where Jesus leads.