Isaiah 43:1-8 and Sunday School Lesson

May 8, 2011

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
      Jesus, please help us set aside our fears and turn to you. Thank you for redeeming us by your cross and blood and resurrection.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isaiah 43:2)
      Lord, many in your church are passing through deep waters, and some have been swept away; have mercy on us and help us know you are with us.

For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. (Isaiah 43:3)
      Father, you are our God and you have made us your children by sending your Holy Spirit into our hearts; and so we cry, “Abba, Father!”

Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. (Isaiah 43:4)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for all those witnesses you have sent in the past to us. Please continue to remind us of all that Jesus has done for us.

Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; (Isaiah 43:5)
      Lord, draw all our children and grandchildren to you.

I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth–everyone who is called by my name, whom I have created for my glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” (Isaiah 43:6-7)
      Jesus, set free all in our family who are in bondage: Lord, set the captives free!

Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. (Isaiah 43:8 )
      Jesus, restore hearing and sight to your people and to the church. Move in the healing and preaching ministries in this diocese. Thank you!

            Lectionary A, Third Sunday of Easter
Theme Verse: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Readings: Luke 24:13-35; Acts 2:14a,36-47; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Isaiah 43:1-12
Memory Verse: Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. (Luke 24:45)
Next Week: John 10:1-10; 1 Peter 2:19-25 or Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a,51-60; Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a,51-60 or Nehemiah 9:6-15; Psalm 23

      Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

A word received: Let me give you sight. Let me open your eyes and your hearts. Let my word come alive for you.

      Epistle: Acts 2:14a,36-47

A word received: Continue steadfastly in the apostolic teaching and fellowship. Be prepared by my Holy Spirit (as Peter was) to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3b)

      Old Testament: Isaiah 43:1-12

A word received: Tell my people who are going through hard times that I AM with them and that I love them.

      Epistle: 1 Peter 1:17-23

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Dan. 4:1-18; 1 Peter 4:7-11; John 21:15-25
HC: 116 or 116:10-17; Acts 2:14a,36-47 or Isaiah 43:1-12; 1 Peter 1:17-23 or Acts 2:14a,36-47; Luke 24:13-35
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Dan.4:19-27; 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30

Albany Intercessor



May 8, 2011

The crest of the Mississippi River is coming to the Mississippi Delta. Many members of our parish are moving out of their homes, not because the levees have broken, but because the water will pour over the levees. Roads are being closed.
Because Yazoo is on the edge of the Delta, part of the city is on high ground. We don’t know how many homeless refugees will arrive.

Ecclesiastes 3:11,14 (New Living Translation)
God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. . . . I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him.

I declare Your purpose for Yazoo City and the Mississippi Delta: May we fear You.
In keeping and throwing away, may we fear You. In tearing down and building up, may we fear You. In welcoming and bidding farewell, may we fear You. In quiet and speech, may we fear You.
Redeem the past. Redeem the present. Redeem the future.
Heal the land. Restore order to the waterways. Fill the atmosphere with the praise of Your holy Name.
Order our footsteps and our hearts. Commission Your holy angels to assist us in all that we do. Amen.

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