Bishop Love among 7 bishops charged with misconduct by the Presiding Bishop — Pray for their protection

June 30, 2012

Bishop Love among 7 bishops charged with misconduct by the Presiding Bishop — Pray for their protection
http://anglicanink.com/article/seven-more-tec-bishops-charged-misconduct
      Seven more TEC bishops charged with misconduct
      Support for ACNA pleading is grounds for discipline complaint alleges
      ARTICLE | JUNE 30, 2012 – 12:50PM | BY GEORGE CONGER
      Seven bishops have been charged with misconduct for having endorsed a friend of the court brief prepared by the Anglican Communion Institute in the Diocese of Fort Worth case.
      On 28 June 2012, the Rt Rev Maurice M. Benitez, retired Bishop of Texas, the Rt Rev John W. Howe, retired Bishop of Central Florida, the Rt Rev Paul E. Lambert. Suffragan Bishop of Dallas, the Rt Rev William H. Love, Bishop of Albany, the Rt Rev D. Bruce MacPherson, Bishop of Western Louisiana, the Rt Rev Daniel H. Martins, Bishop of Springfield, and the Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton, Bishop of Dallas were informed they had been charged with misconduct.
      “As the Intake Officer for the Church, I am obliged to inform you that a complaint has been received against you for your action in filing of Amicus Curiae Brief in the pending appeal in the Supreme Court of Texas in opposition to The Episcopal Diocese of Texas and The Episcopal Church. In the next few weeks, I will initiate a disciplinary process according to Title IV Canon 6 Sec. 3 & 4 of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church,” Bishop F. Clayton Matthews wrote to the seven bishops.
      The bishops have not been notified with violation of the canons they have committed, but Bishop Matthews’ notice refers to the pleading they endorsed in the Diocese of Fort Worth case presently before the Texas Supreme Court.
      In an amicus brief filed on 23 April 2012 the seven bishops and three scholars from the ACI – the Rev. Christopher R. Seitz, the Very Rev. Philip W. Turner, and the Very Rev. Ephraim Radner — argued a Tarrant County, Texas trial court misconstrued the church’s constitutions and canons by holding that the Episcopal Church was a hierarchical body with ultimate power vested in the General Convention.
      The 29-page brief stated that attorneys for that national Episcopal Church sought “to establish an alternative authority to that of the diocesan bishop” in their pleadings, which they said was contrary to the church’s Constitution and Canons. Attorneys for the national church have argued the Episcopal Church possesses a unitary polity, where dioceses are creatures of the General Convention.
      The ACI disagreed, citing the church’s history and constitution and canons. Its friend of the court pleading follows upon their 22 April 2009 paper endorsed by 15 Bishops entitled Bishops’ Statement on the Polity of the Episcopal Church that stated the “fundamental structure of the Episcopal Church from the outset has been that of a voluntary association of dioceses meeting together in a General Convention as equals.”
      In its pleadings the national Episcopal Church asked the court to follow the “deference-to-hierarchy” standard, set in the 1872 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Watson v. Jones. Bishop Jack Iker and the Diocese of Fort Worth argued that the legal theory put forward by the national church was misguided as its deeds, its charter from the State, and its governing documents are unambiguous that it owns its property and not the national church.
      In March the final briefs were filed with the Texas Supreme Court in the Fort Worth case and the litigants are presently waiting upon a date for oral argument.

Albany Intercessor


Matthew 21:6-11

June 30, 2012

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:6-9)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to this same exuberant worship and praise of Jesus.

And when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” (Matthew 21:10)
      Holy Father, move our communities to inquire who Jesus is.

So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:11)
      Jesus, please help us daily proclaim you as Lord and Savior. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my guidance.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Num. 20:14-29: Rom. 6:1-11: Matt. 21:1-11
Sunday: 118 * 145; Num. 21:4-9,21-35: Acts 17:(12-21)22-34: Luke 13:10-17
HC: 112; Deuteronomy 15:7-11; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9,13-15; Mark 5:22-24,35b-43

      Notes from the Front Line

***** There will be a prayer table at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Please pray for this ministry of prayer there.

***** Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      If you are bothered by a wasp or a bee this summer, rather than swatting it, try pointing in another direction and then command it to leave. You may be surprised and so may others be shocked at your faith as the flyer leaves. Genesis 1:26 (NIV) writes: Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule (have dominion KJV) over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Albany Intercessor


GC2012

June 29, 2012

Proverbs 18:2 (AMP)
A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.

Our Father in heaven,
Your glory resonates throughout all of creation, through every dimension, carrying love as light, love as sound, love as movement, and love as thought. Your glory penetrates body, soul, and spirit. There is no dark corner where we can hide from Your love. If we ascend into heaven, You are there. If we make our bed in hell, behold, You are there.
We humbly beseech You to loose a spirit of understanding over ______, attending General Convention. We are deaf and blind, pitiable creatures. Have mercy. If there are blockades preventing access of Your Spirit to _______’s spirit, we humbly ask You to kick the blockades aside.
May they delight in understanding You. What could be more perfect? Amen.


For the protection of religious liberty–Fortnight for Freedom

June 29, 2012

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Romans 5:19

June 29, 2012

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)
      Jesus, thank you for your obedience to your Father. Please flood us daily with your Holy Spirit so that we can walk in your obedience.

A word received: Pray for the General Convention.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Num. 20:1-13: Rom. 5:12-21: Matt. 20:29-34
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Num. 20:14-29: Rom. 6:1-11: Matt. 21:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Are there unrepentant sinners in the world?
      Are there people who seem to enjoy upsetting others and make it their mission
      in life to cause problems with others?
      Have you bumped into someone who is waiting to repent?
      Do you avoid them or lead them to repentance?
      Do you seek reconciliation?
      If after attempts at reconciliation fail, when it is obvious that the person not only will not repent but is likely to cause you or others harm then avoidance and prayer is the best policy. Jesus says love your neighbor, but what if your neighbor is an unrepentant sinner? A person who has no intention of turning from their sin?
       I think of the thief who mocked and taunted Jesus on the cross, just as he was about to die but still rebellious…unlike the other one who was promised paradise…
      Only when you have done all you can then rest on the following verse,
      “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17

***** There will be a prayer table at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Please pray for this ministry of prayer there.

Albany Intercessor


Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

June 29, 2012

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, June 28, 2012, 5:15 – 6:25 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell 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

+Greg — Prayed as his request that he will keep on the straight and narrow path.

+Ricos (young man) — He asked prayer that he would continue in a steady way.

Dan — Last week I gave him a cross that he was able to deliver to his friend Woody yesterday. We prayed for rain in Colorado.

+Jamie — “I’m going to a wake. This is the first time seeing the family in five years. Five years ago my cousin stabbed me in the neck. Since then he has had five years to spead his poison in the family about me.” We prayed for protection.

++Rich — He got crosses for his sons (he was already wearing a cross). He told us his life story. We prayed for restoration of mental balance.

+Chuck and +Cody (little boy, his son) — Before they came over for prayer, Chuck was trying to teach Cody to pray and give thanks for his supper. We prayed that they would both grow to be the men that God wants them to be.

+Sondra (young woman) — She got a cross for her mother +Frances who had eye surgery three days ago to remove a cancerous growth.

+David (young man) — He asked prayer “to have a good life.”

+Jerry (regular) — He had gone down to Florida on a vacation. He visited his grandson Jerret who just turned 13. Jerret is being treated for growth on his lungs. He reacted to the medicine so they are going to put him in the hospital where they can give the medicine intravenously over a longer period of time. Jerry’s friend Neil continues to struggle to get his prosthetic leg right so that he can walk better. Arlene is near the end.

+Destiny (young girl) — “For my family.”

+Wanda — “Everything.”

A family:

+Myrna (the Mom)

+Samantha Rose (young girl)

+Isaac (young boy)

+David (teenage boy) — He is autistic.

+Maria (sister to David) — “I have three children. Pray that David will get the services he needs.”


A prayer to Jesus our Mediator – standing between us and God’s wrath

June 28, 2012

In glancing at Stand Firm this morning, I saw Fr. Tim Fountain’s wonderful meditation from Numbers 16 about the truth that Jesus is our mediator – standing between us and God’s wrath, making atonement.

His post includes a wonderful prayer which blessed and encouraged me greatly:

Show us your mercy, O Lord;  And grant us your salvation.
Jesus, stand betwen our self-centered, sin-enthralled race and the judgment we deserve.

Clothe your ministers with righteousness; Let your people sing with joy.
Jesus, stand between all the flaws and falsehood in our churches and the rejection we deserve.

Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; For only in you can we live in safety.
Jesus, stand between our corruption of your creation and the disasters that afflict us through it.

Lord, keep this nation under your care; And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Jesus, stand between this abundantly blessed yet ungrateful nation and the calamity we risk.

Let your way be known upon earth; Your saving health among all nations.
Jesus, stand between misguided peoples and the spiritual forces that deceive them.

Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Jesus, stand between suffering people and the despair that can engulf them.

Create in us clean hearts, O God; And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
Jesus, stand between our flesh and the “second death” it courts.

Amen!  The whole post is here.

Thank you Tim+ for what you wrote.  It has brought this passage alive to me in a new way.   Thank you for sharing with us what the Spirit taught you as you meditated on the Word.

 


Litany for Liberty–Fortnight for Freedom

June 28, 2012

Litany for Liberty
For use during the Fortnight for Freedom
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

INTRODUCTION
Christ the Lord has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Let us turn to him in humble but fervent petition,
seeking the grace to root out from our hearts all trace of darkness,
and all that holds us back
from walking in the full freedom of the children of God.
As Christ is our great model for that inner freedom,
which enables us to do the right,
let us turn to him with confidence
that we, too, may follow him to the fullness of spiritual freedom.
􀀹􀀒􀀑 Lord, have mercy; 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃Lord, have mercy.
􀀹􀀒􀀑 Christ, have mercy; 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃Christ, have mercy.
􀀹􀀒􀀑 Lord, have mercy; 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃Lord, have mercy.
􀀹􀀒􀀑􀀃 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃􀀃
Jesus, victor over sin and death… Free our hearts.
Jesus, source of light and hope… Free our hearts.
Jesus, fullness of truth and mystery… Free our hearts.
Jesus, teacher of seeking hearts… Free our hearts.
Jesus, healer of body and soul… Free our hearts.
Jesus, bringer of mercy and justice… Free our hearts.
Jesus, who humble the heart and mind… Free our hearts.
Jesus, release of captives… Free our hearts.
Jesus, voice against violence… Free our hearts.
Jesus, courage for the lowly/downtrodden… Free our hearts.
Jesus, origin of all authority and power… Free our hearts.
Jesus, true lawgiver… Free our hearts.
Jesus, unity of order and passion… Free our hearts.
Jesus, freedom of the Spirit… Free our hearts.
Jesus, obedient Son of the Father… Free our hearts.
􀀹􀀒􀀑􀀃 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃􀀃
For the freedom to love… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to believe… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to hope… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to worship… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to serve in charity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to care for the suffering… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to comfort the sick… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to feed the hungry… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to shelter the homeless… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to proclaim the Gospel… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to walk in chastity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to live in peace… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to work in good conscience… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to stand in solidarity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to seek justice… Give us your grace.
􀀹􀀒􀀑􀀃 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃􀀃
For the freedom to reject sin… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject coercion… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject falsehood… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject evil temptations… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject injustice… Give us your grace.
CLOSING PRAYER
O God, who gave one origin to all peoples
and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,
fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love
and kindle in them a desire
for the just advancement of their neighbor,
that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all,
each human person may be brought to perfection,
every division may be removed,
and equity and justice may be established in human society.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃Amen.

[Collect for the Mass “For the Progress of the Peoples,”
Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, No. 29,
Roman Missal, Third Edition]


Romans 5:1-8

June 28, 2012

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1)
      Jesus, please help me daily find my peace in you.

through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:2)
      Jesus, help me byyour grace, that having stood all, I might continue to stand in you and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; (Romans 5:3)
      Holy Spirit, help me to see the tribulations of life as opportunities to grow in perseverance.

and perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:4)
      Father, work in my character that I become a man of hope.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the love of God the Father that you have poured into my heart. Thank you for helping me overcome every disappointment.

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)
      Jesus, thank you for dying for me.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7-8 )
      Thank you, Father, for demonstrating your love for me by sinding Jesus to the cross for me.

      Praying for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church:
The entrance of your word gives light. (Psalm 119:130a) A word received: Pray for my light, my word, to shine forth at the General Convention.

            Praying the Apostles’ Creed
The Resurrection of the body,
      LORD, please help me live day by day in the hope of the resurrection: for I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27)
And the Life everlasting. Amen.
      Father, I live in the hope of living forever in your presence. Thank you for this hope that sustains me day by day. Amen.

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Num. 17:1-11: Rom. 5:1-11: Matt. 20:17-28
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Num. 20:1-13: Rom. 5:12-21: Matt. 20:29-34

      Notes from the Front Line

*****There will be a prayer table at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Please pray for this ministry of prayer there.

Albany Intercessor


Father Timothy Fountain

June 28, 2012

Wonderful priestly prayers


Egypt

June 27, 2012

The resurrection of Eutychus takes place in Troas during an all-night preaching and teaching. Troas means “penetrated.” In 2 Corinthians 2:12, Paul said a door was opened to him in the Lord at Troas.

Acts 20:7-12 (New International Version)
On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

The scripture points out that there were ‘many lamps’ in the upstairs room where they were meeting. Later in the same chapter Paul is speaking to another group and says

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Father in heaven,
We thank You that Your word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We thank You that You have made the horn of David to bud and ordained a lamp for Your anointed.
Stir in the hearts of Your children in Egypt a passion for Holy Scripture and a passion for Jesus–the Word and the Word Incarnate. We cry out for many lamps in upstairs rooms, for all night preaching and teaching, for miracles, and for new life in Christ Jesus. Open a portal over Egypt and penetrate this land. Build this nation up and give them the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Amen.


Matthew 20:1-16

June 27, 2012

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.'” “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” (Matthew 20:1-16)
      Lord Jesus, please help us examine what we think are our “rights” with respect to your kingdom. There is nothing that we can lay claim to that you have not given us. Help us repent of thinking that we deserve more in your kingdom or your church than anyone else. It is by grace that we have been saved and not by any works of our own. Thank you, Jesus, that our salvation rests on what you have done for us, not on what we have done for you.

      Praying for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church: A word received: Remember that the divisions in the church in Acts 15 were just as real as the divisions now. If the power of my Holy Spirit is released among the deputies to the General Convention, I can change their hearts as I did the Council in Jerusalem so that they will be able to say, “It seems good to us and to the Holy Spirit…”

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Num. 16:36-50: Rom. 4:13-25: Matt. 20:1-16
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Num. 17:1-11: Rom. 5:1-11: Matt. 20:17-28

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
Someone said;
We are like bread:
Baptized: Ground
Confirmed: Leven
Holy Spirit: Baked
And
Through Christ we are raised…

Albany Intercessor


Sorrow for the Episcopal Church

June 26, 2012

2 Kings 15:16 (ESV)
At that time Menahem sacked Tiphsah and all who were in it and its territory from Tirzah on, because they did not open it to him. Therefore he sacked it, and he ripped open all the women in it who were pregnant.

Menahem–the consoler or comforter
Tiphsah–ford or passage. It was an ancient town along the western bank of the Euphrates River.
Tirzah–she is my delight. In the Bible it is the name of a woman, one of the daughters of Zelophehad, who received hereditary rights to inherit property.

Father in heaven,
We thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Consoler. How many times have we in the Episcopal Church blocked the passage of the Holy Spirit crossing the “ford” into our spirits? How many times have we extinguished new life and squandered our inheritance?
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Matthew 19:23-30

June 26, 2012

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23-24)
      Lord, we live in a society dedicated to materialism; guide us by your Holy Spirit so that we do not become captive to the riches of this world and this life. Help us keep our eye on the prize: eternal life with you Jesus.

When his disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25)
      Father, there is so much confusion in the church about who can be saved. Help us all find new life in the death and resurrection of our son Jesus and through the renewing power of your Holy Spirit..

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
      Jesus, thank you for doing for us what was impossible us to do for ourselves.

Then Peter answered and said to him, “See, we have left all and followed you. Therefore what shall we have?” (Matthew 19:27)
      Holy Spirit, please help us leave behind everything that binds and holds us back from following Jesus.

So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Matthew 19:28-30)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the fellowship we have found in your Body, the Church. Thank you for the adventure that we have had in our lives.

      Praying for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church: A word received: Remember that the divisions in the church in Acts 15 were just as real as the divisions now. If the power of my Holy Spirit is released among the deputies to the General Convention, I can change their hearts as I did the Council in Jerusalem so that they will be able to say, “It seems good to us and to the Holy Spirit…”

            Praying the Apostles’ Creed
The Communion of Saints;
      THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen. (BCP 1662) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Num. 16:20-35: Rom. 4:1-12: Matt. 19:23-30
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Num. 16:36-50: Rom. 4:13-25: Matt. 20:1-16

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Very simply, the bottom line in all of life is love. Love is all you need. Huh, someone should write a song about that! “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for

Albany Intercessor


Egypt

June 26, 2012

In the wake of the election of the first Islamist president of Egypt, President Bishop Mouneer Anis requests prayers for his country. Below is a prayer posted by Karen a few months back.

O Lord, we cry out with our brothers and sisters in Egypt. O Lord, keep them safe and protect them, may Your Word be a precious treasure to them, giving them hope and joy.

O Lord may they know You have not forgotten them, that You see injustice and that the wicked will NOT always triumph. May they know that You are strong on their behalf.

O Lord, give light to the eyes of our brothers and sisters in Jesus, the light of Christ shining in their hearts (2 Cor 4:6), the light that shines in the darkness and that darkness cannot overcome (John 1:5)

O Lord, may all who know You in Egypt be strengthened to trust in Your unfailing love and to sing of Your goodness in these days of struggle. May their hope in You be a bright beacon throughout the land.

Other prayers posted at L&B:
Mark the Evangelist
Secret agendas
Blessings
Tahrir Square
Cairo
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus
Communion of saints
Perfect love
Rebuke the wild beasts
Like a doe
Athanasius
A cyclical pattern
Out of Egypt