Ascension Day – prayers & resources

May 15, 2012

We’re getting quite a few visitors looking for Ascension Day Prayers and resources, especially folks following links from Christine Sine’s blog Godspace. Yesterday, Christine posted a great roundup of links and prayers in her entry  Ascension Day is Coming – Do You Know What it Means.  (I especially like her poem about how Christ’s Ascension ensures His advocacy and intercession for us at the Father’s right hand.)

No time to look for new resources today, but here are a few links to some great resources we’ve posted in previous years (in no particular order, sorry…!):

Church Year.Net has an excellent collection of Collects for Ascension.

Anglican Mainstream: Two Meditations on the Ascension (Meditations from Leo the Great and St. Augustine)

Splendor in the Ordinary: Ascension Hymn

Splendor in the Ordinary: Ascensiontide (ideas for a family celebration)

Fr. Tim Fountain chimes in with some thoughts about Christ’s Ascension here.

Fr. Rob Lord has reflections on a quote from Dallas Willard and Christ’s ministry of intercession for believers — “Christ is Pulling for You” (from the web archive)

Dr. Peter Toon has two posts:
Ascensiontide —a precious season of 10 days before Pentecost
Feast of the Ascension—why a much neglected Festival?

Oswald ChambersHis Ascension and Our Access


Also:  DO NOT FORGET the Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon’s TitusOneNine!

Kendall is known for his news & cultural commentary posts, but TitusOneNine is also an amazing treasure trove of prayers, quotes and theological reflection.  Kendall has an Ascension Day category!   In browsing that category (and doing a word search), I found no less than 21 great prayers, quotes, sermons and other resources about the Ascension!

I’ll post some of the specific links tomorrow…

A Prayer for the World – Part 1 (Asking for God’s help and love as we intercede)

May 15, 2012

The central element of the Global Day of Prayer gatherings is a “Prayer for the World” which is to be prayed aloud in unison by all present.  It has been translated into multiple languages.

The prayer is in a responsive litany format with seven separate sections.  Over the coming week, I will be posting consecutive sections here.  I recognize that each section is not meant to be a “stand-alone prayer” but I think breaking down the prayer section by section allows for us to truly reflect on what we’re praying.

This section of the prayer reminds of us of whom we’re praying to – Almighty God the Creator and ruler of all and to whose authority we submit, and whom we aim to glorify in our prayer.  It continues with a plea for the Lord to help us in our intercession and to fill us with His love for the lost:

Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

We gather with believers all over the world,

to glorify You as Creator of heaven and earth.

You alone are holy and righteous.

We submit to Your authority.

We praise and adore You alone.

Father, we honour You

   Lord Jesus Christ, we honour You

   Holy Spirit, we honour You

Our Father in heaven,

Thank You for loving the world so much

   that You gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ,

   to die on the cross for our sins

   so that we could be reconciled to You.

Fill us with your love as we faithfully intercede for the lost,

the hopeless, the helpless and the world.

Thank You Father, for adopting us into Your family. 

The full prayer is here.

Matt. 13:18-23

May 15, 2012

“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.” (Matthew 13:18-19)
      Holy Spirit, bring to repentance all those who would snatch away the word that has been sown in peoples’ hearts.

“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;” (Matthew 13:20)
      Lord, break up all the stony ground in my heart so that your word can grow and flourish.

“yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.” (Matthew 13:21)
      Jesus, these are times of tribulation for many of your people. Encourage them daily with your Holy Spirit. Let you word take root in their hearts.

“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22)
      Father, like the Rich Young Ruler, we get distracted by the cares and riches of this world (see Luke 18:18-23) and miss the opportunity to follow Jesus. Help us to be willing to lay aside everything to follow as his disciples.

“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:23)
      Jesus, please help us daily to be disciples who follow you and produce an abundant harvest for God’s kingdom. Thank you.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Lev. 26:1-20: 1 Tim. 2:1-6: Matt. 13:18-23
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * –; Lev. 26:27-42: Eph. 1:1-10: Matt. 22:41-46
Eve of Ascension: –: * 68:1-20; 2 Kings 2:1-15: Rev. 5:1-14

      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 (Ps. 68:1-20 or 47; Acts 1:15-26 or Exodus 28:1-4,9-10,29-30; 1 John 5:9-15 or Acts 1:15-26; John 17:11b-19).

***** Date: Mon, 14 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Remember joy?
      Don’t leave home without it!
      Don’t leave it at home when you go to work today.
      Take joy with you!
      Spread joy around the place.
      Leave some by the water cooler.
      Give joy to someone today.
      “The joy of the Lord, is my strength…”
      Nehemiah 8:10

Albany Intercessor

Praying for the nations – handy list of links

May 15, 2012

Here are the links we’ve now posted on our sidebar which provide good prayer resources for many Muslim nations across the 10-40 Window:

As always, we welcome feedback and news of resources and links from our readers!

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