Lent Prayers – John Donne: A Prayer of Penitence

March 23, 2012
Act of Penitence
Forgive me, Lord, my sins
The sins of my youth,
The sins of the present;
The sins I laid upon myself in an ill pleasure,
The sins I cast upon others in an ill example;
The sins which are manifest to the whole world,
The sins which I have labored to hide from mine acquaintance,
            From mine own conscience,
            And even from my memory;
My crying sins and my whispering sins,
My ignorant sins and my willful;
Sins against my superiors, equals, servants,
Against my lovers and benefactors,
Sins against myself, mine own body, mine own soul,
Sins against thee, O almighty Father, O merciful Son,
            O blessed Spirit of God.
Forgive me, O Lord, through the merits of thine Anointed, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

John Donne

hat tip:  The Rector’s Corner


1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3

March 23, 2012

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:27-31)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us in this diocese find and use the ministry gifts you have given us to build up the whole Body of Christ. Help us desire to use the gifts you have given us.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. (1 Corinthians 13:1)
      Jesus, there is so much sounding brass and clanging cymbals in your church today — and so little love. Have mercy on us.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2-3)
      Father, all of our good deeds mean nothing unless there is love. Have mercy on us and give us your heart of love for one another. Thank you.

A word received: Don’t be afraid — keep looking to me.

Friday: 95* & 102 * 107:1-32; Exod. 2:1-22: 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3: Mark 9:2-13
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Exod. 2:23-3:15: 1 Cor. 13:1-13: Mark 9:14-29

      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 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Words of wisdom from a loving Grandmother in the south who was comforting her Granddaughter over the rather large issue of tax she owed that April. Lois Steger said, “Don’t ever cry over something that cannot cry over you.” Something to ponder, something to think about. Perhaps this might put something in perspective in your life… especially on the 15th!

***** Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Prayer Table Report March 21, 2012 12-1PM Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, NY; Sunny and beautiful in the 70’s Beth Collum, Dcn Plaske, Hilda Hardy, Linda Davis, Tricia McCrossan
Alba – walked by at first and then came back. prayer for her back, herniated disk, for her brother Cosmo who is suffering from depression and has left home and they don’t know where he is.
Diane – needs to get her paperwork for state retirement and praying that things will get moving.
+Daniel – prayer for everything wife , family, finances
Connie – Teriqua, Jim and Cindy, Michael (surgery) Agnes (cancer) pray for healing
+ family walking by with a small daughter who accepted a cross!
+ Raymond – 3 deaths in the family recently. He remarked that we were here last year and we’re still here. Praise God!
David – repose of the soul of Joan and many family issues
+++++Regina – stay free from drugs, 4 sons and 9 grandchildren
+ Milton – had asked for prayer for a business venture in November; returned today for a praise report – bank accepted loan application
The Picture attached is Beth Collum sitting at our prayer table at the Cathedral with a new table cloth made by; Bunny Morgan who graciously made this for us. We thank her for thinking of this ministry and using her talent to help. Blessings, Sue

Albany Intercessor


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