A great resource for Lent or ANY season: Radio Walsingham Online

March 13, 2012

In updating our sidebar links (see below), I discovered that the internet radio station “classic church music online” which we’ve linked for many years  no longer exists.

However, I discovered what looks to be an Excellent alternative:  Radio Walsingham Online.

Here’s their most recent playlist to give you an idea of what’s featured:

Click to buy "Treasury Of English Church Music [Disc 2]"
Click to buy "Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina"
Click to buy "Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina"
Click to buy "Gregorian Chant"

Enjoy!


The King’s English: Peace Offerings and Feasting with God

March 13, 2012

Wow!  I have an entirely new perspective on and understanding of Old Testament Peace Offerings thanks to Glen’s latest entry at The King’s English.

Here’s an excerpt:

When we think of a “peace offering” we picture guilty husbands hastily purchasing flowers.  […]  But that’s a world away from the biblical sense of a “peace offering”.  (See Leviticus 3:1-17; 7:11-21)

[…] Our guilt had been resolved through the blood-atonement which the LORD provided (Leviticus 17:11).  When the worshipper came to the peace offering – sins were far behind them.  No-one is buying off God here.  This is about cleansed worshippers wanting to draw near to the LORD.  It was a completely voluntary offering.  If they liked, the Israelites could pull up a chair to eat with the LORD.

You see this was the one offering in which the offerers shared.  It was a meal with God.

And that’s where the work of atonement is always heading.  God does not simply want to acquit sinners.  He wants to feast with them.  He doesn’t want to endure us on the outskirts of His presence.  He invites us to sit at table, to laugh and share and talk and eat.

The peace offering is not about us guiltily earning our way into God’s good books.  It’s about enjoying our at-one-ment.

Go read the whole meditation.

 


Blog Admin / Links

March 13, 2012

I took the time this morning to do just a tiny bit of the desperately needed update and maintenance of links on our sidebar.

1.  For now, I’ve removed the category related to prayer for Anglican Primates and leaders because it is so out of date. Perhaps sometime soon I or my fellow bloggers can work on updating some of those links and resources.

2.  I’ve checked and updated links in the following categories, so far:

  • Lent Links & Resources
  • Anglican News & Info
  • Lectionary & Liturgical
  • Prayer blogs & websites (both renamed & overhauled)

3.  In addition, I’ve added the RSS feed for The King’s English blog and Anglican Daily Prayer to the side bar – below all the various links categories and above our archive listing. (look for the orange RSS feed symbols!)

Please feel free to comment regarding any broken links you find, or links you would suggest that we add to the sidebar.  Thanks!

-KB


A prayer by E.B. Pusey: Jesus, Fountain of Love

March 13, 2012

I’m particularly struck by the line “Win through thy love others for thy love.”

May we never seek more of God’s love for ourselves, only, but that God’s love would overflow from our hearts into others’ lives and they might be drawn to Him!

Good Jesus, Fountain of Love,
Fill us with thy love.
Absorb us into thy love;
Compass us with thy love,
That we may see all things in the light of thy love,
Receive all things as the token of thy love,
Speak of all things in words breathing of thy love,
Win through thy love others for thy love,
Be kindled day by day with a new glow of thy love,
Until we be fitted to enter into thine everlasting love,
To adore thy love and love to adore thee, our God and all.
Even so come, O Lord Jesus.

– E.B. Pusey, 1800-1882

Hat tip: Trevin Wax, Kingdom People


From Mark 6

March 13, 2012

Then he went out from there and came to his own country, and his disciples followed him. (Mark 6:1)
      Lord Jesus, help us follow where you lead.

And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff–no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts–but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics. (Mark 6:7-9)
      Lord, we get so side-tracked by thinking about all the stuff we will “need” in order to do ministry. The only essential equipment to do ministry is the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit and hearts that hearken to Jesus’ guidance.

Also he said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” (Mark 6:10-11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us accept that some will respond to our witness and some will reject it. Just as many seeds fail to produce any crop, there will be those seeds that produced thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold.

So they went out and preached that people should repent. (Mark 6:12)
      Father, please give us the courage and the knowledge of when it is time to preach repentance.

And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. (Mark 6:13)
      Jesus, please bless the ministry of deliverance from evil spirits throughout this diocese and at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Gen. 45:1-15: 1 Cor. 7:32-40: Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Gen. 45:16-28: 1 Cor. 8:1-13: Mark 6:13-29

      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 (John 6:4-15; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Chronicles 36:14-23; Psalm 122).

***** Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      The first thing I said to my wife after coming out of the coma, and saying “I love you” is, “People have been so Kind”. The following bible verse touched me deeply, “You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit”. Job 10:12. Thank you God for the simple gift of kindness. Give the gift of kindness this week… Thank you God that you watch over us.

Albany Intercessor


A Lenten Resource & Discipline: The Scrutinies

March 13, 2012

I’m not sure I’d ever heard of the Scrutinies until reading the March 11 Lenten Devotional at Anglican Mainstream.

The full entry gives much broader context, but here is the suggested Lenten discipline related to the Scrutinies (traditionally linked to the Third Sunday in Lent):

LENTEN DISCIPLINE   Consider reviewing the liturgical text of the Scrutinies for this day at http://www.crookston.org/DOC_Worship_and_liturgy/index_htm_files/RCIAScrutinies1-3.pdf .

They contain a series of prayers and reflections that are worthy of the baptized faithful considering on their spiritual journey. For those of us who are already baptized, the scrutinies invite us to embrace the same spirit of self-searching and repentance. At Easter we renew our baptismal promises as we see the catechumens baptized. So during Lent we renew our repentance as we see the catechumens scrutinized.

The full devotional at Anglican Mainstream is here.

The Scrutinies are here.

There is much here I found useful for reflection and self-examination.  I particularly appreciated this section of the Liturgy as a Lenten intercession. [I’ve changed the “they / their” (this is a prayer for catechumens) to “we / our”]

That [we] may ponder the word of God in [our] hearts and savor its meaning more fully day by day, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That we may learn to know Christ, who came to save what was lost, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That [we] may humbly confess [ourselves] to be sinners, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That [we] may sincerely reject everything in [our] lives that is displeasing and contrary to Christ, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the Holy Spirit, who searches every heart, may help [us] to overcome [our] weakness through his power, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the same Holy Spirit may teach [us] to know the things of God and how to please him, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That [our] families also may put their hope in Christ and find peace and holiness in him, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That we ourselves in preparation for the Easter feast may seek a change of heart, give ourselves to prayer, and persevere in our good works, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

That throughout the whole world whatever is weak may be strengthened, whatever is broken restored, whatever is lost found, and what is found redeemed, let us pray to the Lord:
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Amen!


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