Prayer Table Report

May 8, 2010

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, May 8, 2010, 9:30 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell & David Carlson

+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+ Faye — she thought she would have to give money to get prayer – we assured Faye that it is free; she asked us to pray for her as she just moved to a new apartment

+ Jamey – we called out to this man from across the street – he crossed the street and asked us to pray for his wife + Brenda and daughter + Sade, and half-kidding he asked us to pray that he would win the lottery; we prayed for the Lord’s provision for him and his family

+ Charles – we prayed for this man for his sore foot, and for his health in general, that the Lord would drive out all illness from his body; he thanked us for our prayers and said, “at least someone’s looking out for me today.”

Robert — believer who also stopped for prayer last week on his way to catch a bus; he works a second job on the weekends to help pay child support for his teenage son who lives in New York City; he was upbeat and joyful and gave thanks for his family and the Lord’s provision

+ Willie – this man was pushing a cart with bottles and cans; asked prayer for his mother (Etta) who has cancer, and for his own life – he is homeless, staying with a friend for now; Torre felt led to tell him that the Lord wants him to quietly confess his sins; after a minute of silence, Torre led him in a prayer for forgiveness; Willie returned later, on his way back from the store, and said he felt today is a new beginning for him; he hopes to come to church tomorrow

+ Heather — teenage girl with orange hair – she seemed pleasantly surprised that we wanted to pray for her – she asked prayer for “strength”

+ Maurice — a man hurrying to the bus stop – said we could pray for him if we hurried; we prayed for the Lord’s provision for his life

+ Judy — was walking by as we were breaking down the table and chairs – she did not think she needed prayer because she prays on her own every morning; but she did accept a cross

David

Albany Intercessor


A Prayer Litany for the Gulf Oil Spill

May 8, 2010

This litany comes from the Episcopal diocese of the Central Gulf Coast:

A litany for the Gulf of Mexico in a time of crisis
By the Rev. Albert S. Kennington, Retired

The Officiant and People say responsively

Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams,

O whales and all that move in the waters.

All birds of the air, glorify the Lord,

praise him and highly exalt him forever.

Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous,

praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord,

praise him and highly exalt him forever.

The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;

the God of glory thunders; the LORD is upon the mighty waters.

The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice;

the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.

O Lord, how manifold are your works!

in wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

Yonder is the great and wide sea

with its living things too many to number,

creatures both small and great,

There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan,

which you have made for the sport of it.

You give it to them; they gather it;

you open you hand, and they are filled with good things.

You send forth your Spirit, and they are created;

and so you renew the face of the earth.

For the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, that they may be kept pure

as you created them.

Lord, have mercy.

For all who work on the waters that they be safe from harm; for

all who have been injured, for all who have died, and for all who

mourn.

Lord, have mercy.

For all who support their livelihood and the care of their families

and communities from the harvest of the waters,

Lord, have mercy.

For all who live along these waters and for their livelihood,

provide places of rest and recreation for others,

Lord, have mercy.

For all who explore the depths of the earth, even under the sea,

for the resources of your creation for the common good,

Lord, have mercy.

For all creatures of your making and for the wonderful mysteries

of natural habitats you have willed for them, that they be

protected from all dangers,

Lord, have mercy.

For all in authority over us, in the government of our nation, our

states, and communities, that they may serve your will for the

common good, and no other,

Lord, have mercy.

For all who work to preserve us from the dangers of this present

calamity, that they may be blessed with success and kept safe

from all harm,

Lord, have mercy.

For our deliverance from fear, anxiety, and anger,

Lord, have mercy.

For your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven,

Lord, hear our prayer.

Mercifully hear us, O Lord our God.

Let our cry come to you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

h/t Kendall Harmon’s TitusOneNine blog and the Living Church Magazine


Using the Lord’s Prayer as a Model

May 8, 2010

A few days ago, James Gibson who writes This Day in the Word had a great reflection on the Lord’s Prayer:

Although the Lord’s Prayer has become a standard part of most church liturgies, Jesus’ real purpose was not to give us a specific prayer, but a pattern for prayer which keeps us focused on the holiness and majesty of God, his kingdom, his gracious provision for our lives, and his power to save us.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” When we enter into the presence of God, we should always, first and foremost, acknowledge his holiness and praise his name. The purpose of prayer is to commune with God, not simply to rattle off a litany of our wants and needs. God is the primary actor in prayer, for it is by his grace and the power of his Holy Spirit that we are drawn to him in the first place. We do not come to him under our own strength, for we are not capable of turning to him on our own. Our first priority in prayer, then, is to give him the praise that is due him, for he is the One who has initiated the conversation.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The hope of every believer is the consummation of God’s kingdom; the remaking of the whole created order according to his will and purpose. Not only heaven, but earth, as well, will one day reflect the fullness of the glory of God. We pray in anticipation of this hope being realized, giving expression to the hope of the whole creation.

The full entry is here.

UPDATE:  the link is no longer active.  See the comment below for the full original text.


2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 and “Pure Joy”

May 8, 2010

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
      Jesus, we pray for Bishop Bill, Bishop David, and Bishop Dan of the Diocese of Albany, Bishop Harold of the Diocese of Down and Dromore, and Bishop Dave of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America: that through their ministry your word may run swiftly and be glorified among us.

and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. (2 Thessalonians 3:2)
      Holy Spirit, shut the mouths of all those who are unreasonable and wicked or lacking in faith. Protect these apostolic ministers and their dioceses.

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
      Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness; please establish and guide us around every trap the evil one would set for us.

And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you. (2 Thessalonians 3:4)
      Father, we place our confidence in you: that you will establish us in Jesus so that we carry out the ministry he has given us to do.

Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the perseverance of Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
      Holy Spirit, direct our hearts into the love of the Father and the perseverance of Jesus. Thank you.

Saturday: 23, 27; Leviticus 23:23-44; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18; Matthew 7:13-21
Sunday: 34; Leviticus 25:1-17; James 1:2-8,16-18; Luke 12:13-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkx8WAycYAc&feature=related

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention and for this diocese: pray that our common life will show forth the love of Jesus Christ.

***** The following article was written by our son Jonathan and posted on his blog http://www.gethsemaneprayer.blogspot.com/ last year but it spoke to Jean and me again today.
            Pure Joy
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds (James 1:2)
      What are your exact thoughts as you read this verse?
Mine include disbelief and despair; disbelief that this kind of attitude is possible, and despair that I fall so short of the standard. I desire to face my trials with an attitude of pure joy, but mostly I’m just trying to “get through.”
      This verse cuts through our self-deceptions and exposes the gaps in our faith. It brings us to confession: “Lord, forgive me for seeking my own way out of trials – for trying to close the gaps by myself; I always fall short. Show me how you desire to close the gaps in my faith and life.”
      3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
      My wife and I spend a lot of time teaching our daughter to persevere. She doesn’t like it, but she is learning to grasp the freedom that perseverance brings. When we cut short the lessons, she misses opportunities to grow in maturity and completeness. The gap remains.
      God loves you and me so much more than we love our own children. His fatherly desire is to move us into maturity and wholeness, so that we do not lack any good thing. He leads us through trials because he wants to give us more of himself, not less.
      God is a giver. He demonstrated that in sending Jesus the Christ to be our righteousness – to forever close the gap of eternity of between us and the Father. We face our trials with fear and despair because our fundamental perception of God is flawed. We view trials as God’s way of punishing us because he’s angry with us, but James faced trials with joy because he saw them as God-given opportunities to make us more complete in God’s love and grace – to make us whole.
      As we move through our trials, we preach to ourselves, and the God of love moves us deeper into pure joy: “Lord, my perception of you is as a taker, not a giver. I have heard of your great love for me, but in practice I take my trials as signs of your displeasure with me – not as signs of your desire to give me more of yourself and to make me whole. Teach me to receive your work in my life with joy. Teach me to receive you as a good father. Drive out the fear in my life with your perfect love.”
      In the Father’s love, Jonathan

Albany Intercessor


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