A prayer for Pentecost

May 23, 2010

Come, thou Holy Spirit come:
and from thy celestial home
send thy light and brilliancy.
Come, thou father of the poor,
come who givest all our store.
What is filthy make thou pure,
what is wounded work its cure,
water what is parched and dry.
Gently bend the stubborn will,
warm to life the heart that’s chill,
guide who goeth erringly.
Fill thy faithful who adore,
and confess thee evermore,
with thy sevenfold mystery.
Here thy grace and virtue send,
grant salvation in the end, and in heaven felicity. Amen

– From a 13th century Latin Hymn

John 14:8-18

May 23, 2010

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” (John 14:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for making your father’s love real for us.

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9)
      Jesus, we are so often clueless: thank you for hanging in there with us through it all.

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does the works.” (John 14:10)
      Father, we ask you to dwell in us each day of our lives.

“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me, or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.” (John 14:11)
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father.” (John 14:12)
      Holy Spirit, help me each day to do the works that Jesus is calling me to do. Thank you.

“And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)
      Jesus, your name is above every name. Please help us abide in the power of your name.

“If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)
      Father, I ask in Jesus’ name for daily empowerment by your Holy Spirit. I ask for the gifts and fruit of your Holy Spirit to be evident daily in my life. Thank you.

“If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help me each day to show my love for Jesus by keeping his commandments.

“And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Helper, that he may abide with you forever–“ (John 14:16)
      Father, please flood me each day with the living water of your Holy Spirit.

“the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17)
      Holy Spirit of truth, flood each parish and each person in this diocese with your presence. Please give me eyes to see what you are doing and ears to hear what you are saying. Thank you

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18 )
      Father, thank you for giving me your Spirit of adoption.

      A word received: Yes, come to me; I AM waiting.

      A word received: Pray for my new wine to be poured out into my body.

The Day of Pentecost: 145; Deuteronomy 16:9-12; Acts 4:18-21,23-33; John 4:19-26
Monday: 9, 15; Deuteronomy 4:9-14; 2 Corinthians 1:1-11; Luke 14:25-35

      Notes from the Front Line

“Here I am to Worship” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5hN_m55uoM&feature=related

Albany Intercessor

The sounds of God

May 23, 2010

2 Samuel 5:22-25 (New Living Translation)
But after a while the Philistines returned and again spread out across the valley of Rephaim. And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar trees. When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the Lord is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” So David did what the Lord commanded, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

1 Kings 19:11-12 (King James Version)
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Acts 2:1-4 (The Message)
When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

Lord God Almighty,
You broke through the Philistine army like a torrent of water. You broke through Elijah’s hopelessness like a reflection pool. You broke through the fervent spirits in the upper room like a waterfall, filling them to overflowing.
O Break-through God, Master-who-explodes, Nurturing-shepherd, Passionate-lover, with one accord we make a wave offering of our waiting, our standing, and our praying. Break through this day, O Lord. Break through. Amen.

A Pentecost Prayer

May 23, 2010

The following prayer comes from Dean Rick Lobs’ blog:

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire; strengthen your adopted children with the gift of greater fidelity and faith, revive your universal Church, most especially the Episcopal Church, with the breath of true love, and renew the face of the earth by delivering your church from mimicking earthly values. Finally, give us the gift of holy dread and fascination provoked by your holiness. We ask this through the mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The full entry is here.

Prayer Table Report

May 23, 2010

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, May 22, 2010, 9:20 -10:40 AM Torre Bissell & David Carlson

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

+ Donel — man sitting on the church steps, waiting for a bus – on his way to take a test for a job; we prayed for the Lord to help him get the job

+ Bushawn — prayed for the Lord’s provision for this man

+ Parmanan — young man – no specific prayer request – we asked the Lord’s blessing and provision on him and his family

+ Deborah and + Paula — 2 women who have come for prayer before – Deborah said “I want to thank God that I’m alive!” – Paula asked prayer for her kids

+ Akim — teenage boy – wanted us to pray for God “to look out for me and my mom” — took a cross for his mom (+ Harriet)

+ Gerald — man who had walked by on the other side of the street – he crossed over to get prayer – he asked us to pray quickly because he was “on the clock” at his job – Gerald asked prayer for “happiness” – we prayed for the joy of the Lord in his life

+ Jaquise and + Klejon — two 12-year-old boys riding on a bike, one of them sitting up on the handle bars – crossed the street to come and get prayer for their families

+ Heather and + Star — one of these young ladies has stopped for prayer before and is one of the local “girls” – she asked for protection; we asked the Lord to provide for them and protect them

+ Tom — asked prayer for a job and “a place of my own”

+ Ramone and + Chalonda — teenagers who stopped for prayer – Ramone asked that he will be able to advance to the 9th grade; Chalonda asked prayer for a job

+ Robert — man who has come for prayer many times and has been wearing a cross from the prayer table for 4 years straight without ever once taking it off – he hurt his foot in an accident recently – as Torre began to pray for healing of his foot Robert interrupted and said “and healing of my soul.” Torre ended up leading Robert in prayer, for God’s forgiveness, and that Robert will accept God’s forgiveness; Robert asked for 2 more crosses for a couple of his grand-daughters

+ Bill — another man who regularly stops for prayer – prayed for good health, in particular no more seizures

+ Yvonne — there seemed to be a language barrier but Yvonne seemed very pleased and grateful, especially when we gave her a cross