Published prayers for South Carolina

July 31, 2012

The Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina has published a letter with attached prayers–

For Bishop Lawrence:
O Father, give to our Bishop Mark, in the midst of the stresses of his position, a daily renewal in your presence, that upheld in your peace, enlightened by your Word, and strengthened by your grace, he may be a true shepherd, enabling your church to fulfill the mission you have given us, for Jesus’ sake. AMEN.

For the Clergy of the Diocese:
Almighty and everlasting God, from whom comes every good and perfect gift; send down upon our bishops and clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful spirit of your grace; and, that they may truly please you, pour upon them the continual dew of your blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

For the Parishes of the Diocese:
Almighty and ever living God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for our parish families. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

For the Leadership of the Diocese:
Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. AMEN.

For the Days Ahead:
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Almighty God, give us a new vision of you, of your love, of your grace and power; and then give us a new vision of what you would have us to do as your church in this nation at this time, and an awareness that in the strength of your Spirit we can do it, to your glory, in Jesus name. AMEN.

Judges 2:10-19

July 31, 2012

When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel. (Judges 2:10)
      LORD, so many in this generation have not known you or your works which you have done. Have mercy on your people and reveal yourself to them.

Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals; (Judges 2:11)
      Father, many in this generation have gone after false gods to serve them. Have mercy on them and on us.

and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger. (Judges 2:12)
      Holy Spirit, draw the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church back to Jesus.

They forsook the LORD and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for calamity, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn to them. And they were greatly distressed. (Judges 2:13-15)
      Father, we have no strength in ourselves to resist the world, the flesh, and the devil. Come with the power and guidance of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Nevertheless, the LORD raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those who plundered them. Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the LORD; they did not do so. And when the LORD raised up judges for them, the LORD was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them. (Judges 2:16-18 )
      Jesus, raise up Godly leaders among us in all the dioceses of the Episcopal Church.

And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they reverted and behaved more corruptly than their fathers, by following other gods, to serve them and bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way. (Judges 2:19)
      Lord, we have come a corrupt generation — have mercy upo us. Thank you.

Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Judges 2:1-5,11-23: Rom. 16:17-27: Matt. 27:32-44
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Judges 3:12-30: Acts 1:1-14: Matt. 27:45-54

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
He is,
      He will,
            He can.

***** Check out the latest from the Dock Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland:

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012
From: Ronnie O’Neill
Subject: Prayer Request : Rwanda Team
      Sally Lowry sent this request, But please do remember the advance team of Miriam, Mark, Liz and Craig Featherstonhaugh, who are already out in Rwanda. Pray that the young people will remember everything, i.e. Passport and yellow fever certificate without these they wont get into Rwanda, medication etc!
Hi Ronnie
      Not sure if you got my e-mail last night, but could you ask the prayer chain to begin praying now for the team. They are due to leave at 1 am on Friday morning. David Jardine has asked for prayer that nothing will stop God’s plans for this team this week, and that all of them will make it to Rwanda. I’m getting a prayer letter out for the weekend, and Miriam will send me daily topics for prayer, which I will pass on to you. Thanks, Sally

***** Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: PRAYER TABLE REPORT, St. Ann’s of Amsterdam, (Monday, July 30, 2012; 10:15-11 a.m. in front of our church. Jean Bower, Gail Campbell and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table this morning.)
a– indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
MEAD — This older woman is Catholic and stops by each week not for specific prayer but just to say she supports and appreciates what we are trying to do here with the Table.
JAY — Another repeat visitor. This man asked for prayer to be able to focus on a great Christian project he has undertaken. He is feeling distracted from this task and wants prayer to be able to concentrate on this for God’s greater glory.
DIANE — Her fiancee died recently from throat cancer and she is very depressed. She came for prayer two weeks ago but declined this week. (She saw Jay at the table and apparently did not want to wait.) But … we prayed for her anyway as she was walking down the end of the street.
MAN IN CAR — He honked driving by when he saw us and our Prayer Table cover/sign, and he did a “thumbs up” gesture that we are out here praying for people of the community.
BUS DRIVER — A man driving a commercial bus pulled into the parking lot and motioned me over. He said the people on the bus wanted to know what we were doing, and I told him. He asked me to pray for “everyone on the bus,” so we did — as the bus was pulling away!
MAN GOING BY — He declined prayer but smiled and said, “I’m a Christian and I pray all the time. Thank you, anyway.”
a,t — FRANCESCA — She is also a a repeater. She asked for prayer for safety for her three children and for herself to come to know God better.
a,t — MARIA (Friend of Francesca) — She, too, is a repeat visitor and has come the last three weeks. We prayed for her general well-being and that she would come to walk closer to God. The two women asked questions about our church, and then Jean and Gail invited them inside the church and gave them a small tour of the building.

Albany Intercessor

Gates and gatekeepers

July 30, 2012

Several things happen at gates: writing God’s commandments, guarding, keeping the unclean out, giving thanks and singing praises, and keeping the Sabbath holy.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. . .

Deuteronomy 6:9
Write them [these commandments] on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

1 Chronicles 9:22-24
Altogether, those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds numbered 212. They were registered by genealogy in their villages. The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer. They and their descendants were in charge of guarding the gates of the house of the Lord—the house called the tent of meeting. The gatekeepers were on the four sides: east, west, north and south.

2 Chronicles 23:19
He also stationed gatekeepers at the gates of the LORD’s temple so that no one who was in any way unclean might enter.

2 Chronicles 31:2
Hezekiah assigned the priests and Levites to divisions—each of them according to their duties as priests or Levites—to offer burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, to minister, to give thanks and to sing praises at the gates of the LORD’s dwelling.

Nehemiah 13:22
Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember me for this also, my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty —
he is the King of glory.

Joshua 24:16-25

July 30, 2012

So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods;” (Joshua 24:16)
      Father, it is so easy to slip away and choose to serve other gods. Help us and our families to be steady in you.

“for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed.: (Joshua 24:17)
      Father, thank you for the mighty deliverance from sin and death that you have wrought for us. Help us keep in mind all those signs which point to your mighty hand.

“And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land. We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.” (Joshua 24:18 )
      Jesus, drive out of the Episcopal Church all those who pursue foreign gods.

But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.” (Joshua 24:19)
      Holy Spirit, help us come to appreciate the jealousy of the Father and how it offends him when we follow any other God.

“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.” (Joshua 24:20)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize the consequences of our sins.

And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD!” (Joshua 24:21)
      LORD, we have chosen to serve you, help us to be steady in that choice.

So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD for yourselves, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!” (Joshua 24:22)
      Help us daily, LORD, to be witnesses to the choice we have made to serve you..

“Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.” (Joshua 24:23)
      Holy Spirit, help us put away all foreign gods.

And the people said to Joshua, “The LORD our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!” (Joshua 24:24)
      Father, please help us to hear and obey your voice.

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. (Joshua 24:25)
      Jesus, help us to be a covenant people who keep our covenant with you. Thank you.

A word received: I AM with you — that is sufficient.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Joshua 24:16-33: Rom. 16:1-16: Matt. 27:24-31
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Judges 2:1-5,11-23: Rom. 16:17-27: Matt. 27:32-44

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer request from Torre and Jean: I have bleeding in 3 or 4 spots in my left retina. The ophthalmologist says there are no tears or holes in the retina. The same thing happened in my right eye a couple of years ago. Jean is having problems adjusting the blood pressure medicine. It does make her blood pressure come down which is good, but it lowers her pulse rate too low which is bad.

***** Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
      Do you have a hole in your soul?
      “Then fill it dear Liza.”
      “With what shall I fill it dear Henry, dear Henry?”
      “With Jesus dear Liza!”
      “There’s “No” hole in my soul, dear Henry, dear Henry, no hole!”
      Thanks be to God dear Liza….
      “But from there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” Deuteronomy 4:29

***** Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012
From: Mary MacDonald
Subject: St James Lake George Prayer Table Report Friday July 27,2012 Terry Graves and Mary MacDonald

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

3 women — no thanks
MaryBarry prayers for head injury
Nick — my Grandmother Barbara for a speedy recovery
TonyMaxine and Jo-Anne are both battling illnesses
Young Man — Pray for everybody in my family…I’m late for work
Julie+ — Janet who has breast cancer
Young family — made like we weren’t there
ColleenJimmy for a speedy recovery from upcoming surgery
Rosemary+ and Jerry+ — Please pray for us

Albany Intercessor

Battle songs

July 29, 2012

Some favorite lines:

Soldiers of Christ, in Truth Arrayed

Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid:
A world by sin destroyed and dead;
A world for which the Savior bled.

Onward, Christian Soldiers

Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.

This is my Father’s World

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

‘Song’ builds defenses for Jerusalem

July 29, 2012

This verse is buried in the geneology of Ephraim’s descendants. It caught my eye because it was unusual for a woman to build cities. I think one interpretation is that praise builds defenses.

1 Chronicles 7:24 (NIV)
His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon as well as Uzzen Sheerah.

Beth-horon–house of caverns, house of hollowness
Uzzen-sheerah–portion of Sheerah, ear of the flesh

Beth Horon [beth HOE run] – twin towns named after Horon, the Canaanite god of the underworld. The two towns, Upper and Lower Beth Horon (Josh. 16:3,5), were separated by only a few miles. The towns were situated at the west end of the Ephraimite mountains on the boundary line between the territories of Benjamin and Ephraim. They were assigned to Ephraim and given to the Kohathites (Josh. 21:20-22).

These twin towns were called Upper and Lower because of the great difference in elevation between them. Upper Beth Horon was approximately 615 meters (2,000 feet) above sea level, while Lower Beth Horon was only 369 meters (1,200 feet) above sea level. The steep descent between them provided the best pass through the mountains from Jerusalem to Joppa (modern Jaffa) and the Mediterranean Sea. For this reason both towns became heavily fortified at various periods in history as a means of defense for Jerusalem.

Father in heaven,
We thank You for the gift of song. May there be continuous music that magnifies Your Holy Name on earth and in realms unseen.
When the wall around Jerusalem was dedicated to God, musicians were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. The musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem.
Today, may there again be a ring of praise music in the villages around Jerusalem. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Amen.

Nehemiah 12:27-29

Mark 6:45-52

July 29, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012
+Isaiah — He sat down and said, “Right now I am a Muslim.” I asked him if he would like to give his life to Jesus. He said, “Yes.” I led him in a profession of faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiveness.

Saturday, July 28, 2012,
+Shaquin (young man) — I asked him if he had ever given his life to Jesus and he said, “No.” I asked if he had ever thought about doing that and he said, “Yes, but I don’t know what that would be like.” I suggested that he invite Jesus into his heart so that he could find out and he agreed to that. He prayed along with me inviting Jesus in to his heart.

      I would like to comment on two recent experiences of prayer, the first at the Schenectady City Mission prayer table and the Second at the Christ Church Schenectady prayer table. A couple of days ago we got this word: A word received: Keep heeding my promptings.
      In the first case I felt prompted to just go for it and ask Isaiah if he wanted to give his life to Jesus even though he said he was a Muslim. In the second case I had a clear prompting not to do that, but instead to offer Shaquin the opportunity to find out what Jesus could do in his heart.
      In neither case do I know what was going on inside each of these young men. When we pray with people, there comes a point where you have to stand back and let God do whatever he wants to do. We have no control over what he will choose to do. He is sovereign and he is Lord. He is the only one who can truly change Isaiah’s and Shaquin’s hearts.
      There is a mystery here where we have to “let go and let God.” Pastor Litkie (sp?) of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Colonie used to challenge people to “Do and dare for Christ.” Whenever we pray for someone, ultimately we are stepping off the edge and trusting Jesus to hold us up. We are all “Peter’s” who become scared by the wind the waves and have to be pulled up by Jesus. I have really been brought face to face once again with our absolute dependence on Jesus to do whatever HE wants to do. Torre

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he sent the multitude away. And when he had sent them away, he departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and he was alone on the land. Then he saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. (Mark 6:45-48 )
      Holy Spirit, we pray for all those who are “straining at rowing”, when they have grown weary in the assignment Jesus has given them. Encourage them and fill them up anew. Make them aware of Jesus’ presence near them and in them.

And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Mark 6:49-50)
      Jesus, help us hear your words of encouragement as we strain at the oars.

Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:51-52)
      Father, our hearts are often hardened and we don’t understand what Jesus has done for us. Help us recognize his presence in our lives day by day as we go about the work he has given us to do. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. Keep looking to me for help.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Joshua 24:1-15: Acts 28:23-31: Mark 2:23-28
HC: 114; 2 Kings 2:1-15; Ephesians 4:1-7,11-16; Mark 6:45-52
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Joshua 24:16-33: Rom. 16:1-16: Matt. 27:24-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Am I really a victim?
      Do I really want to be a victim?
      Am I living a life of victim mentality?
      Can I, with Christ, move from victim to victor?
      Yes, yes, of course you can.
      Because, with Christ all things are possible.
      “Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:12

Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Good reads
      Hi, Checkout my reading list on Goodreads – where you can see what your friends are reading.

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