Anna Milles, housekeeper

January 22, 2012

My husband just returned from the Mere Anglicanism conference. He heard a lecture on Lord Ashley, who abolished the practice of using young boys in the dangerous work of sweeping chimneys. What a wonderful role model.

Anthony Ashley Cooper 7th earl of Shaftesbury–(born April 28, 1801, London, Eng. — died Oct. 1, 1885, Folkestone, Kent) English politician and social reformer. When his father succeeded to the earldom in 1811, Cooper became Lord Ashley. . . . From 1833 he led the factory reform movement in Parliament and effected passage of the Mines Act (1842) and the Ten Hours Act (1847), known as Lord Ashley’s Act, which shortened the working day in textile mills. As president of the Ragged Schools Union (1843 – 83), he promoted the free education of destitute children. Succeeding to his father’s title in 1851, he continued his work as one of the most effective social reformers of 19th-century England. He also led the Evangelical movement within the Church of England and financially supported several missionary societies.

A brief fascinating biography is found here.
His family bullied him. The one person who treated him well was Anna Milles, the family housekeeper. She loved him and told him Bible stories, and taught him to pray. “She told him of Calvary and the Empty Tomb and spoke of the Lord Jesus as the risen Redeemer who could be a Friend.” Ashley believed because of her witness and later said, “God be praised for her and her loving faithfulness; we shall meet… in the House where there are many mansions.” Ashley’s choice for Christ became the determining fact of his life.

We thank You for the faithful witness of the housekeeper Anna Milles and the boy she influenced, the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury. Bless the work of Christian housekeepers, babysitters, and teachers throughout this land. May they remain in You and You in them, that they, too, may bear much fruit. Apart from You, they can do nothing. Stay with them, we plea. Amen.

Mostly Jeremiah

January 22, 2012

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” (John 4:34-38 )
      A word received: Pray for eyes to see the harvest fields.

A voice was heard on the desolate heights, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel. For they have perverted their way; they have forgotten the LORD their God. (Jeremiah 3:21)
      Holy Spirit, help us weep and lament the manner in which the Episcopal Church has perverted its way and forgotten the LORD our God.

“Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.” (Jeremiah 3:22a)
      Father, there are so many in the church who have never “frontslid” by accepting you as their Lord and Savior. Have mercy on all those who have lost their way.

“Indeed we do come to you, for you are the LORD our God. (Jeremiah 3:22b)
      Jesus, we come to you; help us truly repent of our sins and heresies.

Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains; truly, in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel. (Jeremiah 3:23)
      Jesus, in vain the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have looked for salvation in all the wrong places. Please help us return to you. You are the Rock that does not move or shake.

For shame has devoured the labor of our fathers from our youth–their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. (Jeremiah 3:24)
      Father, to our shame the patrimony of faith that was handed down through the generations has been squandered. Help us prodigal sons to return to you.

We lie down in our shame, and our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the LORD our God, We and our fathers, from our youth even to this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.” (Jeremiah 3:25)
      Jesus, help us recognize and repent of our sins; help us obey the voice of the LORD our God.

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)
      Help us to thirst for you, O God.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Gen. 13:2-18: Gal. 2:1-10: Mark 7:31-37
HC: 130; Jeremiah 3:21-4:2; 1 Corinthians 7:17-23; Mark 1:14-20
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Gen. 14:(1-7)8-24: Heb. 8:1-13: John 4:43-54

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday (Mark 1:21-28; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111) so that you can receive all that God has for you.

***** Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      God has saved my life several times. I have been the target of a terrorist bullet three times. To hear the buzzing sting fly by you is, in a word, terrifying! I have been blown up by bombs five times. I was wounded above the left eye by a terrorist. Once I drowned in a scuba diving accident. I came as “close to death without dying” as one doctor had ever seen due to the swine flu. That is eleven times. At number nine I used to say I am glad I am not a cat, I am very glad I am a Christian! It is so good to be alive. Enjoy your life. Hey, have fun. John 10:10 (KJV) writes, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

***** Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012
From: Mark Pasko
Subject: Christ Church Prayer Table Report
Hi Torre: I’m glad you stayed home today. It was pretty cold….6 degrees with wind chill.. Hope you are doing better today. Chuck Rinaldo and I did OK:

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
H–indicates received a hat
M–indicates received mittens
G–indicates received gloves
S–indicates received a scarf
There were more donated hats and gloves to hand out.

+ Scott– good weather
+ Givane– a “hit and run” prayer
G Otis- Everything
Debbie– regular- Prayer for grand daughter Mahogany who is in Ellis Psych. under a suicide watch
GG Walter– Prayer for a joyful day….
Paula– regular- everything
teve– a better tomorrow
John– Health
+ Al– prayer for all
G + Tina– Health
G + Noah– Health
2+ Agnes– Family

Albany Intercessor

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