Bp. Iker and Diocese of Fort Worth request prayer today

April 27, 2010

My apologies for not posting this sooner, it slipped my mind. Today is the court hearing for Fort Worth. Please be in prayer.

From Bishop Iker

Make April 27 a day of fasting and prayer

I am calling the Diocese to observe Tuesday, April 27, as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for the special intention of the oral arguments to be heard that day by the Fort Worth Second Court of Appeals. The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the 9th-floor courtroom of the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center at 401 W. Belknap Street and is open to the public. Our attorneys will have 15 minutes to state our case, and the other side will have 15 minutes to respond. We then have 5 minutes for closing statements.

We will be represented by Scott Brister, Kendall Gray, and Shelby Sharpe. The justices hearing the case are Lee Ann Dauphinot, Anne Gardner and Bill Meier. If our appeal is successful, the Court will direct that the parties bringing a lawsuit against us cannot do so in the name of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth or of the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. It is not expected that a decision will be made that day, but will be released at a later time.

Please pray for our attorneys and the judges during the course of the day. Some churches may wish to have a special service of intercession sometime that morning or at noon. It is requested that some form of fasting or abstinence be practiced until that evening.

The Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth

April 21, 2010

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

April 27, 2010

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)
      Father, let your grace and peace come upon us. Jesus, come and move in our hearts.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us pray with thanksgiving for those around us.

remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
      Father, help us remember with unceasing prayer all those who do works of faith, and labor of love, and live in patient hope of what Jesus will do.

knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
      Thank you, Father, for calling us and receiving us with open arms.

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, please come upon us with your full power at the Diocesan Convention. Give all of us in this diocese the assurance of your work among us. Bless Bishop Bill in his untiring labor among us. Help us remember him and his family in prayer each day.

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who are afflicted because they have chosen to follow you. Bless them. Help them rejoice and be exceedingly glad for the hope of the reward you have for them in heaven. (See Matthew 5:12)

so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. (1 Thessalonians 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be good examples to the surrounding dioceses. Let this diocese be an Elim Springs where the weary can find rest and refreshment. Bless the ministry of the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. (See Exodus 15:27)

For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. (1 Thessalonians 1:8 )
      Jesus, let your word go forth with power at the Diocesan Convention and throughout this diocese. Help us daily grow in our faith and trust in you.

For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, (1 Thessalonians 1:9)
      Father, you are the living God: help us turn from every idolatry to serving you.

and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
      Jesus, please help us all wait on you in expectation of your sending the Holy Spirit upon us with power. Give us hearts that tarry, that wait and watch for the work of your Holy Spirit. Thank you. (See Luke 24:49)

Tuesday: 47, 48; Exodus 32:21-34; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 5:11-16
Wednesday: 49,[53]; Exodus 33:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:17-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “Let the River Flow” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGplpTUytfQ&feature=related

***** Pray for those who minister at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+

April 27, 2010

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 7:22 pm
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Thank you for your prayers for last nighs hospital scare
Dearly Beloved,
      Thank you for your prayers. I am fine now. Just had a breathing scare… Lynn has Bronchitis of which I seem to have symptoms, so, combined with the very high pollen count and my compromised lungs…(that ARE healing)… I hit the wall and was admitted back into ICU yesterday at 11.30pm and was released this afternoon at 4pm after many injections, a drip line and many oral medications. My fingers have swollen up with the steroids…. my face is beet red from something… I look like a walking lollipop! Feel fine… panic over… Was given many other things to breathe into and play with… Thanks be to God this was the only set back in 4 months…. not bad… bottom line… the doc says I have to do less… ummm Not sure how to do that God?

      Thank you so very much for your prayers… it was a little scary…. and the needles seem to hurt a lot more than last time… not sure what that is about… just may be it is God saying slow down… ummm OK God I get the picture.

      I feel a bit like King Hezekiah where God gave him 15 more years after he had seen his tears and heard his prayers. Oh God I ask for at least 40 more years…. Hey Jesus you did say ask!

      God bless you all, Lynn and I are so very grateful for you and covet your continued prayers.

      The doc said again that in about a year I will be able to play the bag pipes again… this will happen….

Much love to you all

Be well God bless you Fr, Nigel+

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