But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
Jesus, please redeem the times — get your Church out of foster care and into the adoption you have prepared for us. Thank you.
“When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out my Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 39:27-29)
LORD, bring us out of captivity to our culture and pour out you Holy Spirit on us. Thank you.
And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” he said, “you have heard from me; “ (Acts 1:4)
Holy Spirit, give us hearts that are willing to wait for your timing.
Holy Father, flood us anew with your Holy Spirit — bathe us in pools of living water.
Jesus, help us to obey your commands.
for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. ” (Acts 1: 5)
Holy Spirit, come and burn in our hearts. Baptize us in living water. Thank you.
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. (BCP)
A word received: Look to me. Keep looking to me.
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Ezekiel 3:16-27; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 10:24-33,40-42
HC: 68:1-20 or 47; Acts 1:(1-7)8-14 or Ezekiel 39:21-29; 1 Peter 4:12-19 or Acts 1:(1-7)8-14; ohn 17:1-11
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Ezekiel 4:1-17; Hebrews 6:1-12; Luke 9:51-62
I know that my redeemer liveth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtU1c5JZf0k
Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God, Lord I Lift Your Name On High, and As The Deer Panteth For The Water http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH8bV7rUVaU
Notes from the Front Line
***** Dear Torre,
We just received this update and prayer request from our daughter Catie who is on a SOMA Mission Trip to South Africa. Edwina Thomas is the team leader. They return on June 16th. Please pass this on to the Diocesan Prayer Warriors with my thanks and gratitude.
Faithfully Yours in Christ,
From: Samuel Kennedy
Subject: Prayer Update
Dear family and friends,
Greetings from Utinhege, South Africa! We trust and pray that you are all well in the Lord. As usual, time online is short, but God has given us an opportunity to share with you some of what has been going on for the past few days and to share our tentative schedule for the rest of the week:
We arrived in the Diocese of Port Elizabeth this past Wednesday and spent Thursday and Friday in the Northern Areas, based out of St. Luke’s parish. The church is located in a working class area, and sits on the outskirts of the city. It overlooks all of the other houses and buildings that lead down toward the sea. The spiritual atmosphere at St. Luke’s the Evangelist was extremely hard, and the Lord gave the team a strong word to deliver on our first night there – a word of repentance. We thank the Lord for your intercession, and for the way he worked in that place. It would seem that many eyes were opened, and there was a tangible difference in the spiritual atmosphere when we left. There is a strong spirit of control and division among the clergy in that area. Please continue to pray for the Lord to bring deliverance and healing to their hearts, lives, and ministries.
We arrived in Utinhege last night, and the team split in two and ministered to the youth of two different parishes. Catie and Justice were with one youth group and Renji and Samuel were with the other. Utinhege is a few miles outside of Port Elizabeth. It is home to a Volkswagon plant, and most of the factory workers live in this city. There is tension, however, between the workers and their superiors, who reside in Port Elizabeth. We have already felt and witnessed the resulting tension, and pray that God will actively change hearts in the Utinhege community.
Today, Edwina and Catie will remain at Father Dudley’s home and give an afternoon teaching on healing; Justice, Renji, Jacques, and Samuel will be travelling to one of the outlying townships (in the Xosha region) and will be ministering at a funeral and perhaps also an evangelistic event in that area. Please uphold us all in your prayers today!
We will be preaching in churches in Utinhege tomorrow (please remember especially Catie, Renji, Justice, and Jacques who have been called to preach and teach this Sunday) and then will be travelling to the opposite side of Port Elizabeth to St. Francis Xavier parish. We’ve been told that the climate in our new location will be a bit warmer, with beautiful beaches to be enjoyed (Samuel hopes to swim in the Indian Ocean)! During our time at St. Francis Xavier’s, we will be engaged in teaching and ministry programs in that area – the details of which still have to unfold. We may also spend a day in a home for orphans with AIDS – please pray that they would know the mighty love and compassion of their heavenly Father.
God has equipped this team with strong teaching which we have faithfully delivered. Unfortunately, in both of our church venues some of that teaching has been to less than a handful of people. We are confident that God’s word spoken will not return void. We just wish that it was planted in more hearts.
On Friday the 10th of June we will travel to another cluster of parishes in the diocese. Please go before us in prayer!
Further prayer points:
– We have been blessed here in Utinhege in our accomodations – no one has been left alone. In previous parishes we have been scattered all about. We would appreciate prayers for continued provision of “communal” housing for us. It really helps facilitate our time of worship and planning as a team!
– Please interecede for the youth of this area of Utinhege. There is a sense that they are viewed as a “lost” generation. Please pray that the mighty Spirit of God would draw them back to the Father, and that he would place a great burden for them on the churches in the area.
– Please pray for the Lord to work a miracle in his church throughout this great nation. Please pray that identity of the church would not be based upon the laws of apartheid, but rather according to the principles of the kingdom of God, and our common identity as the children of our heavenly Father. There is still great division and great wounds between the different ethnic groups in the country. A great majority of the churches are still largely segregated.
Thank you again for your continual prayers and thoughts. We are incredibly encouraged by the knowledge that you are interceding for us and the wonderful people of South Africa!
In Christ, The whole SOMA team: Edwina, Jacques, Catie, Justice, Renji, and Samuel
***** Give thanks to the Lord for what he is doing among us by his Holy Spirit.