January 16, 2012
A Prayer for Our Country by Peter Marshall (former Senate Chaplain)
God of our Ancestors, whose almighty hand has made and preserved our nation; grant that we may understand what it is we commemorate and celebrate [today]. May we remember how bitterly our freedom was won, the down-payment that was made for it, the installments that have been made since this Republic was born, and the price that must yet be paid for our liberty. May it ever be understood that our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. May our faith be something that is not merely stamped on our coins, but expressed in our lives. To the extent that America honors You, O God, bless America. Keep her as true as You have kept her free, and make her as good as You have made her rich. We pray in the name of Him whose service is perfect freedom, Jesus our Lord. Amen.
January 16, 2012
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. (Hebrews 4:14)
Holy Spirit, help all of us in this diocese, clergy and laity, hold fast to our confession of the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (See Jude 3)
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
Jesus, come and meet us in our weakness with the strength and power of your Holy Spirit.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Father, please help us come boldly to the throne of grace day by day, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
A word received: Sharing the Good News is a choice. I want my people to make that choice.
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Gen. 8:6-22: Heb. 4:14-5:6: John 2:23-3:15
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Gen. 9:1-17: Heb. 5:7-14: John 3:16-21
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
When in a coma (Oct 2009) I had many visions. In one, I was floating away from the earth, in darkness and looking at the stars. I looked and I saw a huge book about a mile across and six miles high. A page turned, I felt the wind of the enormous page on my face. On each of the hundreds of pages, I saw many “star like” lights. As I looked at each light I knew who the light was and I seemed to know all about that person. It was if I was being introduced to the whole company of heaven. I saw the book of life and all those written in it. When I now look at the night sky I always remember that huge book. Revelation 21:27 writes: “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. ”
January 16, 2012
Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength!
We will sing and praise your power.
Jesus, You are Faithful and True, The Word of God, and the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Honor and majesty are Yours yesterday, today, and forever.
Yet, You made Yourself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, You humbled Yourself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted You and given You the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus, Redeemer, we speak Your precious name against the spirit of slavery. You appeared to destroy the works of the devil. You proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. We stand in agreement with You.
Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power. Amen.