Lamps and the Phos Hilaron

February 13, 2012

Exodus 27:20 (NKJV)
The Care of the Lampstand
“And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.

Matthew 25:4 (ESV)
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
But the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.

The Phos Hilaron is attributed by some to St. Athenogenes (died c. 305), Bishop and martyr. A theologian, Athenogenes died as a martyr in the reign of Emperor Diocletian by burning with ten disciples at Sebaste. Traditionally, it is believed that Athenogenes sang the Phos Hilaron in joy as he entered the flames.
This translation is by Robert Bridges, poet laureate of England, in 1899.

O gladsome Light, O Grace
Of God the Father’s Face,
The eternal splendor wearing;
Celestial, holy, blest,
Our Savior Jesus Christ,
Joyful in Thine appearing.

Now, ere day fadeth quite,
We see the evening light,
Our wonted hymn outpouring,
Father of might unknown,
Thee, His incarnate Son,
And Holy Ghost adoring.

To Thee of right belongs
All praise of holy songs,
O Son of God, Life-giver;
Thee, therefore, O Most High,
The world doth glorify
And shall exalt forever.

John 9:1-5

February 13, 2012

Now as Jesus passed by, he saw a man who was blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:1-5)
      Holy Spirit, please guide us as we seek to reach out to the poor, the lost and the least, that we do not impute sin as the cause of their misfortune.

      Jesus, please help us join you in the work that your Father (and ours) has given you.

      Holy Father, please help us daily walk by the light that Jesus gives us — neither rushing ahead nor lagging behind. Thank you.

Gospel from Sunday: Mark 1:40-45 A word received: I long for my people to come to me as this man did. So many sit on the side-lines and wish that I would do something in their lives. This man came and humbled himself before me and pleaded for my help.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Gen. 30:1-24: 1 John 1:1-10: John 9:1-17
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Gen. 31:1-24: 1 John 2:1-11: John 9:18-41

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 9:2-9; 2 Peter 1:16-19(20-21); 1 Kings 19:9-18; 27 or 27:5-11).

***** Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
      Did you know that God is still in the business of healing? “For I am the LORD, who heals you. ” Declares the Lord. Exodus 15:26

***** Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012
From: WHI Dayton Prayer
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Dayton Prayer Request and Praise Report 2012 02 12
      If you know someone that wishes to pray for this ministry, please ask them to send their e-mail to WHI Dayton Prayer
As you intercede with Jesus and the Holy Spirit before the Father, may you be richly blessed in the presence of the Holy Trinity!
1. WHI Dayton 3-member team visit to a major Army base in KY was very successful on Friday 10 Feb, thanks to your prayers and previous efforts by WHI NY Team.
      a. 25 chaplains and area pastors attended the two hour information meeting about WHI. Most, if not all, of them are combat vets with multiple deployments themselves. Great responses. One chaplain asked if he could bring 15 couples (30 total) to WHI Dayton’s April retreat; he is the chaplain responsible for about 1,000 troops. There are much larger units on base, 10K at least. Needs are obvious and urgent. Area pastors and chaplains said they would work together to organize a local retreat in Sep 2012 (before a large unit’s deployment) at a local retreat center and invite WHI Team NY. A pastor asked about WHI-type retreat for other affinity groups – victims of accidents and crimes, first responders, etc. They see the utility of WHI Retreat format for addressing trauma among various groups. Pray for unity among churches and ministers, on base and off base.
      b. A very large unit is deploying in Oct timeframe.
      c. A unit’s mission in Nov has been cancelled. The unit members and families are having a very very hard time dealing with not deploying after making all preparations to go.
2. Pray for WHI Dayton’s team building, forming, and planning. Less than 3 months away from April retreat. Pray for Oct 23 – 25 tentative retreat. The need of a “small group” for in-between retreats.
3. Praise the Lord, Ranger Cory Smith ran / cycled safely from GA to Indianapolis, raising awareness to veterans’ needs. FaceBook Run Ranger Run.
4. Quilts of Valor Foundation – difficulty meeting needs. FaceBook Quilts of Valor.
5. Reboot Recovery, 13 week small group, begins another group (6th or 7th) at Fort Campbell KY on Monday 13 Feb. First Baptish Church, Clarksville TN (outside Fort Campbell), began 12-week Bridges to Healing classes on 1 Feb. (Based on the two manuals – Combat Trauma Healing Manual and When War Comes Home.)
6. Pray for Henry, WWII Normandy D+2 vet, lost his wife Virginia of 64 years; Ch. Dave, Ch. Terry, Ch. Roger, Ch. Tom, Loretta, Ed, Don, Linda, Bill. All WHI Dayton attendees and volunteers.
7. (and last) Prayer request from WHI Washing DC, preparing for a General Officer’s retreat 10 – 12 April. This church is also planning to begin Healing Center. See below direct quote from Team Wash/DC leader to members.
Dear WHI team,
      I feel led to ask us as a group to start praying at specific times for this initiative. I would like to ask each of you to devote the first 5 minutes (feel free to do more) of your commute every morning to praying for the WHI. I think we all know what the specifics are but I’m going to list a few just to help. You could break these up into groups and pick a specific day to pray for each of them. I can’t explain the reasons why, but God needs for us to pray to bring about His will on Earth. There are many examples in Scripture of someone praying and then something changed, or disaster was avoided, or someone was healed, or the gifts of the Holy Spirit were poured out. I don’t pretend to understand why He needs us to pray, I just know that He does require us to and that when we do He has more power to move in our lives or the lives of those we pray for. So let’s all be intercessors!
      1. Pray for the retreatants. Pray we will fill all the spots available. Pray they would come unashamed and be open to whatever the Spirit may want to do in their lives, and that powerful transformation will take place in their lives.
      2. Money: pray for all the funds to come in, and to come quickly .
      3. Volunteers (this may be the most challenging so please pray about this) – prayer ministers ,intercessors, food volunteers, driving volunteers, registration volunteers, hall monitors etc.
      4. Pray for the Washington WHI team as a group. Planning and details can become stressful and/or overwhelming. Pray that the Lord would equip us to do his work and that we would not become weary. Pray also for protection for us as a group.
      5. Pray for the closing ceremonies to go off without a hitch!
      6. Pray that the out-of-town WHI team and our team would work well with each other and be on the same page.
      I would also suggest that when you pray you start out with
      Praising God for His faithfulness and provision and thank Him for all He will do. Thanks, team!
Peace, Ellen

Albany Intercessor

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