Mark 6:47-52

January 28, 2011

Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and he was alone on the land. Then he saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. (Mark 6:47-48)
Lord, many of us are weary with straining at the oars, for the wind is against us. Do not pass us by.

Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior Hymn (with lyrics) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc7erDz5KSU&feature=related

And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Mark 6:49-50)
Holy Spirit, please help us hear the words that Jesus is speaking to us. Help us recognize him for who he is and set aside our fears.


Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. (Mark 6:51)
Jesus, please come and be with us and help us know the calm that comes from your presence. Thank you.

For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:52)
Father, soften our hearts — give us understanding and wisdom. Open your word to us and direct our feet into your path. Thank you.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isaiah 51:1-8; Galatians 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23

Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** The doctor is please with Bishop Dan’s eye!

Albany Intercessor


Iraq

January 28, 2011

IRAQPRAYER.ORG ia a prayer effort that partners congregations with intercessions for a Iraqi city. A historical summary of the relationships between the Sunnis and the Shi’a can be found here.
The land of Iraq has been occupied since the days of the Garden of Eden, which was probably situated just to the north of Iraq. It was here outside the garden that the first blood was shed in violence – that of Abel at the hands of Cain, his brother. Violence has been a theme of this land ever since.

Genesis 4:10 (New King James Version)
And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.

O Lord, what have we done, indeed!
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy on the nation of Iraq.


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