A Lenten Confession: Forgive our indifference to the treasures of heaven

March 30, 2012

Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn and live.
Ezekiel 18:30-32

Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father, we are thankful that your mercy is higher than the heavens, wider than our wanderings, deeper than all our sin. Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes, our refusal to relieve the suffering of others, our envy of those who have more than we have, our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure, our indifference to the treasures of heaven, our neglect of your wise and gracious law. Help us to change our way of life so that we may desire what is good, love what you love and do what you command, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the March 26 Lenten Devotional at Christ Church Plano


Mark 10:32-35 and Sunday School Lesson

March 30, 2012

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then he took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to him: (Mark 10:32)
      Lord, so often this is our condition when we try to follow where you lead and we realize the things we might have to go through as we follow you. Set us free from the paralysis of fear.

      Holy Spirit, give us courage to daily fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life to which we are called. Help us with Timothy and all your saints to make the good confession of faith in every circumstance we find ourselves (see 1 Timothy 6:12).

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and scourge him, and spit on him, and kill him. And the third day he will rise again.” (Mark 10:33-34)
      Father you asked Jesus to go through this for our sakes. Thank you. Please help us go through whatever you ask of us for our sakes and the sake of others.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” (Mark 10:35)
      Holy Spirit, please set us free from self-serving prayer. Thank you.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 25, April 1, 2012
Theme Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Mark 11:1-11a; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 45:21-25; Psalm 22:1-21
Memory Verse: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
In two Weeks John 20:19-31; 1 John 5:1-6 or Acts 3:12a,13-15,17-26; Acts 3:12a,13-15,17-26 or Isaiah 26:2-9,19; Psalm 111 or 118:19-24

A word received: I want to build you into the church I want. I AM the foundation and cornerstone. Look to me — let me build you up by my Holy Spirit and my word.

      Gospel: Mark 11:1-11a;
A word received: Join my people in praising me. I want Hosannas* that are from your heart. * Hosanna: oh save!; an exclamation of adoration

      Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
A word received: Bow your knee at the mention of my name. Give honor (even in the midst of blasphemy) to my name.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 45:21-25
A word received: Ask how I want you to give honor to my name.

      Psalm: Psalm 22:1-21
A word received: Come to me. Come to the foot of my cross. Join my beloved disciple and my mother and the other women there.

Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52

      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 (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Humility (Humus, earth) “A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a lowly opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God’s sake.” (New Advent Encyclopedia). In the words of St. Paul: “That we may know the things that are given us from God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12). In the words of St. Thomas: “The virtue of humility, consists in keeping oneself within one’s own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one’s superior. Bottom line: “He must become greater; I must become less” John 3:30

Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: We will remember…
      Thank you for being in Greenville, SC this past weekend. I am a Vietnam veteran and while I was not spit upon or verbally assaulted, I was totally ignored when I came back to the USA in 1969. You are the first person who said, “Welcome Home.” I will carry the medallion you placed in my hand to remind me of the healing or at least one of the remaining demons. Pastor George

Albany Intercessor


Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

March 30, 2012

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Richard Barratiere and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Rich — We prayed for his sister-in-law Flo’s visit. Flo is having marital problems.

Gary — Asked prayer for his son Chris, for Maggie who has pancreatic cancer (for a miracle of healing and deliverance form pain), for Marsha and Joanna his sisters, and for Debbie his wife.

+A man came up and asked for a cross (which he immediately put on) but didn’t want prayer.

+Thomas (young man) — He has newly joined the program at Schenectady City Mission. He asked prayer that he would be steady.

Peter (young man) — We prayed that he and his brothers who are in business together would continue praying together and making their decisions through common prayer.

+Terrence (man 50) — He appears to have had a botched knee replacement. His knee is swollen and red and very painful.

+Debbie (woman) — She asked prayer for her parents who are in the 80s. Her father has heart problems and chest pains and great anxiety about his wife, Debbie’s mother. Debbie’s mother has diabetes and perhaps Alzheimer’s.

+John and his son +Lester (about 10 or 12) — John is a single parent with Lester and ++two other sons. We prayed for wisdom, strength and guidance for him.

+Sharon — She has no money to pay the rent and power bill. Her son is unable to help her.

June — She has re-aggravated her right elbow again while doing some packing in preparation for moving to Delaware. We prayed that her friend there would find a place for them to live.


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