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
      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


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.


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.


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