Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)
Jesus, please help us go forward to meet you at the times and places of your choosing.
When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)
Holy Spirit, help us worship Jesus even in the midst of our doubts. Thank you for the faithful record of Scripture: even though some of the disciples doubted, they still went forward to meet Jesus and worship him.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18 )
Father, restore to the life of the Episcopal Church a true respect for the authority of Jesus. So often the Episcopal Church has substituted the authority and agenda of the world for the authority of Jesus. Help us repent of this.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19)
Holy Spirit, send us forth to make disciples of all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Show us daily how to reach out with your love to the lost and the least. Thank you.
“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
Jesus, give us a will to teach what you have taught us and commanded us. Thank you for always being with us, even to the end of our lives. Amen.
A word received: Pray that the leaders and teachers of my people will have shepherds’ hearts.
A word received: I AM the God of salvation.
Ascension Day: 8, 47 * 24, 96; Dan. 7:9-14: Heb. 2:5-18: Matt. 28:16-20
HC: 47 or 110:1-5; Acts 1:1-11 or Ezekiel 1:3-5a,15-22,26-28; Ephesians 1:15-23 or Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:49-53 or Mark 16:9-15,19-20
Friday: 85, 86 * 91, 92; 1 Sam. 2:1-10: Eph. 2:1-10: Matt. 7:22-27
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: Wed, 16 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
Jesus; the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Great Physician, and the lover of souls. Did you know that your very “soul” is loved by God?