For the President and Vice-President

January 2, 2012

O Lord,
If only we could love as You! Your love is steadfast; ours is mercurial. Your love overflows with tender mercies; ours is riddled with unforgiveness. Holy is Your name. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord!
We bless President Obama and Vice-President Biden, their families, and their staffs. You know their needs. Bless them, Lord, in Your infinite wisdom. Bless them in Your judgment. Bless them in Your mercy. Amen.

Israel-PA “peace process”

January 2, 2012

From Arutz Sheva: What a mess.

Genesis 4:26 (ESV)
To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.

The name Enosh means Man Frail And Miserable.

Yes, Lord, we are mere mortals, frail and miserable in every measure. But You are mighty. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? Has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for Himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which You did for the children of Israel? You are God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God.
I call upon Your name for the children of Israel. I pray that they will be a holy people, keeping Your commandments and walking in Your ways. You have gathered them from the peoples among whom they were scattered. There are now more Jews living in Israel than outside of Israel. Demonstrate Your holiness through them!
I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they be secure who love Jerusalem! Peace be within her walls and security within her towers! Peace be within her! I call upon Your name for the peace of Jerusalem. Amen.
Deuteronomy 3:24, 4:34, 10:17, 28:9-10, Ezekiel 28:25, Psalm 122:6-8

Ephesians 4:1-7

January 2, 2012

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, (Ephesians 4:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us understand what it means “to walk worth of the calling with which [we] are called.”

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, (Ephesians 4:2)
      Jesus, let the new life of your Spirit flow in us and be manifested in our lives with lowliness, gentleness, longsuffering, and bearing with one another in love.

endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)
      Father, we pray for this diocese and all its parishes and families that we will endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; (Ephesians 4:4)
      Jesus, just as you had your disciples gather up the fragments of the bread and fish “that nothing would be lost” (John 6:12), please gather up the fragments of our lives so that we true to the hope of our calling and that nothing would be lost that should be kept.

one Lord, one faith, one baptism; (Ephesians 4:5)
      Jesus, you are our Lord and Savior; our faith and our hope are in you. Thank you for the waters of baptism and the baptism of your Holy Spirit.

one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:6)
      Holy Trinity, one God, help us daily abide in your love. Father, help us daily rest in your arms of love. Thank you.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Ephesians 4:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily use the gifts and talents you have given us. Our job isnot to worry about what you have given someone else, but to use what you have given us for the building up of Christ Jesus’ kingdom. Thank you for the gifts you have given us and for the fruit you have manifested in our lives.

A word received: Pray that my people will desire the new life I offer them.

Jan. 2: 34 * 33; 1 Kings 19:1-8: Eph. 4:1-16: John 6:1-14
Jan. 3: 68 * 72**; 1 Kings 19:9-18: Eph. 4:17-32: John 6:15-27

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Slight correction: The date on yesterday’s prayer table report should have been December 31st rather than December 10th.

***** Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Christ lived and died that we may have “life abundant.” John10:10. My friend, have life and have abundant life. Enjoy your abundant life, have fun, go for it with Jesus.

Be Not Afraid
I Am the Bread of Life

***** Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Book review: Great book for military chaplains.
      If your looking for a good book to read: My sister gave me “To War With God, The army chaplain who lost his faith” for Christmas. A book written by Peter Fiennes grandfather who was a WW1 army chaplain. I must say I would not like to spend the night awake with a condemned deserter and then witness his execution! Phew, glad that is not in my current job description! What an insight into the Great War. It seemed most chaplains really did not know what to do with themselves unless they were burying the dead or censoring letters. Apart from the fact that the author does not know what a “pullthrough” is, it is a very good book! I highly Recommend it. 2011. Mainstream publishing. ISBN 9781845966522. Hard cover.
Be well, God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

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