Wow. Wow. Wow.
You’ve got to watch this short video from the FCA Conference – a Rwandan bishop shares about an opportunity he had to be part of a prayer ministry team on the streets of London. Just awesome!
“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.”
― Gerard Manley Hopkins
I’ve never thought of using “Easter” as a verb, asking Jesus to “Easter” in me. But this quote from Gerard Manley Hopkins posted at Barnstorming today as part of a beautiful Easter reflection / devotional has made me pray just that:
“Jesus, Easter in me today” – renew in my heart and my life the reality that You are risen and that in You, I am a new creation, raised with You to new life.
I will post the devotional text from Barnstorming separately tomorrow. But certainly go read it for yourselves now. It’s beautiful and powerful.
I’m beginning what I hope will be a regular feature here on Lent & Beyond. Every Wednesday morning I hope to post a “musical prayer.”
This morning’s entry is John Michael Talbot’s “A Prayer for Guidance” from his 1981 album Troubadour of the Great King.
It’s available to listen to for free at Myspace.
Here are the lyrics:
Most High and Glorious God
Bring light to the darkness of my heart
Give me right faith, certain hope and perfect charity.
Lord give me insight and wisdom,so I might always discernYour holy and true will.
Praying this for myself, and also sending this out as a prayer for my friends and the leaders at Truro this week.
O Lord God Almighty, whose blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ did on the third day rise triumphant over death: Raise us, we beseech thee, from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he sitteth on thy right hand in glory; and this we beg for the sake of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
-Scottish Prayer Book
h/t to Kendall Harmon who posted this at TitusOneNine last week
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and are you coming to me?” (Matthew 3:13-14)
Lord Jesus, so often our human reasoning is inadequate when we confront the ways of God. Help us, like John, to give way to your Father’s will.
But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. (Matthew 3:15)
Father, please help us in our day fulfill all the righteousness you have for us to do.
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon him. (Matthew 3:16)
Holy Spirit, descend upon us as well. Let the river of your Spirit flow through this diocese and the through the Diocesan Convention so that we all receive a fresh immersion in you.
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
Father, please help us to love Jesus as you do. Thank you.
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Exod. 19:16-25: Col. 1:15-23: Matt. 3:13-17
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Exod. 20:1-21: Col. 1:24-2:7: Matt. 4:1-11
Notes from the Front Line
***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Psalm 23 or 100; Acts 4:(23-31)32-37 or Ezekiel 34:1-10; 1 John 3:1-8 or Acts 4:(23-31)32-37; John 10:11-16).
Joshua 20:1-3 (NIV)
Then the LORD said to Joshua: “Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood.
Kedesh–to be consecrated, hallowed, sanctified
Hebron–be joined, coupled, allied
Shechem–rise early + shoulder, back; a rising early most often has to do with the diligence/ persistence of the riser (to get a good start of the day), and so does the carrying of an actual load or a task or position upon the shoulders
Ramoth—eminences, high places
Golan—something surrounded, hence a district
Bezer–ore of gold or silver
Lord God Almighty,
You are a holy God, and You have called us to be holy. For us, You have given Your Son who exchanged His righteousness for our sins. The government of heaven and earth is upon His shoulders. He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
We lift our eyes to You. You are our refuge and our fortress, our God, in whom we trust. Amen.
Leviticus 11:44a, Isaiah 9:6, Psalm 121:1, Psalm 91:1-2