For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, (Colossians 2:1)
Lord, thank you for the faithful and steady witness of your apostolic witnesses you have raised up for us in this diocese. Thank you for Bishop Bill in this diocese and for Bishop Harold in the Diocese of Down and Dromore.
that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, (Colossians 2:2)
Holy Spirit, please bring us each day the encouragement and riches of understanding of your purposes. Knit us together in a fellowship of love.
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3)
Jesus, please bring us to this treasure of wisdom and knowledge. Bless the teaching at the Diocesan Convention.
Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. (Colossians 2:4)
Father, we cry out to you for your people — that you will protect them from all who would deceive them with persuasive words of deception.
For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. (Colossians 2:5)
Holy Spirit, please help us bring joy to our bishops by our good order and steadfastness of faith.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, (Colossians 2:6)
Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese receive you as Messiah and Lord so that we may walk in you. Help us take up our cross and follow you.
rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:7)
Father, let our common life as a diocese and our personal lives be built up on the foundation of apostolic teaching with Jesus as the chief cornerstone. Help us to be properly taught so that we abound in thanksgiving. Thank you.
Thursday: 37:19-42; Exodus 20:1-21; Colossians 1:24-2:7; Matthew 4:1-11
Friday: 105:23-45; Exodus 24:1-18; Col 2:8-23; Matthew 4:12-17
Notes from the Front Line
Check out “Shall we gather at the river?”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fIOyBZzxOM&feature=related
A very old hymn about Our Eternal Destiny. by Robert Lowry, this is his story:
One afternoon in July, 1864, when I was pastor at Hanson Place Baptist Church, Brooklyn, the weather was oppressively hot, and I was lying on a lounge in a state of physical exhaustion. My imagination began to take itself wings. Visions of the future passed before me with startling vividness. The imagery of the apocalypse took the form of a tableau. Brightest of all were the throne, the heavenly river, and the gathering of the saintsI began to wonder why the hymn writers had said so much about the river of death and so little about the pure water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb. As I mused, the words began to construct themselves. They came first as a question of Christian inquiry, Shall we gather? Then they broke in chorus, Yes, well gather. On this question and answer the hymn developed itself. The music came with the hymn.
***** Pray for the healing service at the Diocesan Convention. Pray that the power of the Holy Spirit will come upon all those how minister in this service. Anoint their hands; anoint their words that they may speak healing to all who come forward. Thank you.