Jairus’s daughter’s death chamber

July 1, 2012

Jesus makes a transition from sea to land and walks to Jairus’ home. En route, he encounters the woman with an issue of blood for twelve years; and Jairus’s daughter was twelve years old. The symbolic meaning of twelve has to do with rule and God’s government. In the death chamber, the girl makes the transition from death to life. I don’t understand it all, but this story is pregnant with intersections of seen and unseen realms.
There are eight cornerstone scriptures, and the room had eight corners.

Those who entered:
Jesus–saviour, God is my salvation
Jairus–whom Jehovah enlightens
Jairus’s wife
Peter–rock
James–supplanter, to follow
John–gracious gift of God

Psalm 118:22 (NASB)
The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.

Our Father in heaven,
Your Son Jesus is our Saviour, our salvation and our healer.

Isaiah 28:16
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.

Father, we believe that Jesus is the tested, costly, firmly placed foundation stone. Help our unbelief so that we will not be disturbed in the trials of this world. Enlighten our spirits to believe that You can bring life out of death in the Episcopal Church today. Give us the faith of Jairus.

Matthew 21:42
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone;
THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD,
AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?

We have rejected You within the Episcopal Church.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Mark 12:10-11
Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?”

Our eyes are filled with the marvel of Your presence, Lord Jesus, in every dimension.

Luke 20:17
But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone’?

You are chief in every dimension and every realm, seen and unseen, Lord Jesus.

Acts 4:11
He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone.
Supplant the false mindsets that obstruct our faith with Your mind, Lord Jesus. We yearn for Your rule and Your government here on earth as it is in heaven.

Ephesians 2:19-20
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,
May the Episcopal Church be part of the household of faith. Feed us with Your Holy Word. Feed us with the Body and Blood of Jesus, the Word Incarnate.

1 Peter 2:6
For this is contained in Scripture:
“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”

Thank You Father, for Jesus, Your gracious gift. We are not disappointed. Amen.


July 1, 2012

And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw him, he fell at his feet and begged him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed him and thronged him. (Mark 5:22-24)
      Holy Spirit, please help us bring all our griefs and troubles to Jesus as Jairus did — trusting that Jesus can transform them.

While he was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:35-36)
      Jesus, please help us hear your word and set aside our fear and believe in you.

And he permitted no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. (Mark 5:37)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the witness of Peter, James, and John.

Then he came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. (Mark 5:38 )
      Father, so many grieve without hope. Help us daily place our griefs and troubles in your hands, knowing that in you we can hope for the best. Thank you.

When he came in, he said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. But when he had put them all outside, he took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with him, and entered where the child was lying. (Mark 5:39-40)
      Jesus, so many express their lack of faith in you by ridicule. Don’t let us be swayed by their fears and lack of faith and ridicule.

Then he took the child by the hand, and said to her, “TalithaTalitha, cumicumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” (Mark 5:41)
      Jesus, please help each of us hear your words to arise to new life in you.

Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. (Mark 5:42)
      Jesus, let the power of your Holy Spirit that raised you from the dead, restore us and those we love to new life in you.

But he commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat. (Mark 5:43)
      To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:… A time to keep silence,. and a time to speak; (Ecclesiastes 3:1…7b)
      Jesus, you had your purposes in telling the parents and your disciples to tell no one about this healing at that time. Help us hear and obey your instructions as well. Thank you.

A word received 6/28/13: Pray for the General Convention.

Study Guide: Summer Sunday School Lesson 03, July 1, 2012
Readings: Mark 5:22-24,35b-43; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Ps. 112:1
Next Week: Mark 6:1-6; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Ezekiel 2:1-7; Ps. 123:1

      Gospel: Mark 5:22-24,35b-43

A word received: Ask for the faith that Jairus had when he came to me to heal his daughter.

      Epistle: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

(verse 5, 11) A word received: Give yourself to me first and then the rest will follow. Complete what you have desired to do for me.

      Old Testament: Deuteronomy 15:7-11

A word received: Do not harden your hearts to the poor among you.

      Psalm: Ps. 112:1

A word received: Delight in me. Make me your chief joy. Get to know me. Read my word.

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
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Num. 22:1-21: Rom. 6:12-23: Matt. 21:12-22

      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: Sun, 01 Jul 2012
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Letter from Bishop Love
June 30, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Earlier today, I received an email copy of a letter dated June 29, 2012, from the Rt. Rev’d Clayton Matthews. I was one of seven bishops addressed in the letter. The other bishops include: The Rt. Rev’d Maurice M. Benitez, The Rt. Rev’d John W. Howe, The Rt. Rev’d Paul E. Lambert, The Rt. Rev’d D. Bruce MacPherson, The Rt. Rev’d Daniel H. Martins, and the Rt. Rev’d James M. Stanton.
      In the letter, Bishop Matthews states, “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 Fort Worth 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.”
      To date, I have not seen a copy of the “complaint,” nor do I know who issued it, or what it says.
      While Bishop Matthews has informed me that he has received a “complaint,” against me and the other six bishops dealing with our participation in the above mentioned Amicus Curiae Brief, at this point, I have not been officially charged with anything and may not be depending on the outcome of the initial investigation of the “complaint.”
      At the appropriate time, I will address my participation in the Amicus Curiae Brief with Bishop Matthews (as the Intake Officer) and others involved.
      As I learn more about this situation, I will keep you informed. In the mean time I would ask for your prayers as this situation is resolved.
Faithfully Yours in Christ, +William H. Love

***** Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012
From: Jerry Carroll
Subject: Prayers for Bishop Love among 7 bishops charged with misconduct by the Presiding Bishop — Pray for their protection
      If you haven’t already, please have your prayer warriors pray for Bishop Bill and the other Bishops, and for Deputation to General Convention and Bishop Dan is who is going as well. We will need protection from all that is evil, that their focus will be on Christ, and that they are protected from all injury, illness, and calamity during their trip.
Thanks, Jerry

***** Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Honor your father and mother. (Mat 19:19) This is one of the commandments of Christ and is in the bible eight times! God said it, Jesus said it, and even Moses said it! The bible also says something about accountability and something that is not generally taught in Sunday school and perhaps is not even taught in the church: Ephesians 6:4 writes, Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
      Sadly I have met with many adults who have had “issues” with their parents and wrestle with Matthew 19:19 and wrestle even more with Ephesians 6:4. From a generational stand point, please help us Lord not to pass on the negative things that we collected from our family tree.

***** Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Prayer Table Report Cathedral of All Saints, Wednesday June 27, 2012 Sunny and Warm and quite breezy. Paula Sutcliff and Dcn. Susan Plaske
Sharon (regular) for Jim, Cindy, Terika
Connie praying with Sharon
While the above two were still there; Man came and gave his Witness, works for the State, 9 years ago at a very low point in his life after several losses, He began to read the bible intently. He saw changes coming in his life which led him to peace. His faith is full and over flowing at this point and he is leading others. We prayed for continued patience with his career. For relationship with mom and wife and for a family friend who needs Gods grace in his marriage.
Man said pray for Tom and he walked by.
Sue Thanksgiving for new job, closer to the Cathedral
Loretta and Retha have started coming weekly- prayers for ex husband’s health recovery from stroke. and Blessing
Paul – for sister Martha for her health
John P – for Recovery of health after surgery
Jackie for health and blessing for her sister Tina with heart trouble (Lord’s healing grace).
Richard for healing.

***** Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012
From: Faye VanDermark
      Please let us remember that a millions who are with out power. It’s from Maryland to Virginia. Have Blessed day…Faye

***** Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012
From: Terry Graves
Subject: Prayer Table Report – St. James’ Parish, Lake George Village – Friday, June 29, 2012, Deb Tatro and Terry Graves manned the Prayer Table – for Friday, June 29, 2012 – A very warm and beautiful day – 4.30 pm
Prayers for:
Ron and Rita – Healing for them – their house was robbed Thursday
Ray – in mobile wheelchair – will be 92 next month – pray for him (a wooden cross)
Emily asked for prayers for Nicole who is in Australia and going to have a baby
Olivia – pray for the world
Lucas asked to pray for him to be good –
Luca asked to pray for Diane to have good health
Elisabetta and Octavia asked to pray for Anthony who’s looking for a job in Florida
Peter asked for prayers for his mother that she can have good health every day –
In Christ, Best, Terry

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 30, 2012, 9:11 – 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell and Margaret Teetz on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Margaret Teetz on Albany St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
State St.
+Nilda (woman) — “Pain in my stomach, many tests at the hospital. Don’t know what it is yet.”
+Latkeysha (young woman) — “Peace of mind.”
+Jody (young woman)
+Kevin — “For an education.” We prayed that he would be ready for the job God has for him.
Steve — That he would be able to start his own business.
Young man walking by — When I asked if I could pray for him, he crossed himself and said, “You just did.”
Margaret — Her son Kevin still itches from shingles. He has a job interview July 5th.
Leola — Her daughter Tishona is using drugs. We prayed that Leola would know when to speak and when to be silent amd tjat Tishona would have ears to hear.
+Felicia (she is part of a dog adoption program) — She asked prayers that the dogs would adopted soon. She asked for prayer for her grandmother, Curly, who is in the hospital dying — that she would go peacefully.
+Yvette — She asked prayer that her husband would come from Guyana and asked prayer for a home.
+Jason asked prayer for Cindy.
+Izhell and +Jaquin (2 early teenage boys) — We prayed for peace in their family and that they would grow into the manhood God had for them.
+Stephen — my father Carmelo just died last week. Prayed for the hope of eternal salvation.
+Lisa (woman) — “I have six kids: Michael, James, Cassie, Julie, Alex, and Jack.” We prayed she would know when to speak and when to be silent and that her children would have ears to hear.
William (next door) — I prayed for him, for Iri and Jallah.
+David — He asked prayer for his wife +Gail. He said (of the neighborhood), “I don’t go out after 9 pm.” He has cancer and is an alcoholic.
+Debra (regular) — Her “baby daughter” graduated from college last week with high honors. We just sat there and rejoice over this. She asked prayer for Miss Mary who just got out of the hospital.
Man walking by in the street pulled out his Dennis Adams cross to show me.
+Rafi and +Daniel his son.
+Andrew (regular) — “I have sinned.”
+Hank (older man who stopped by some weeks ago) — “They are still taking money out of my disability check each month for an education loan he took out in the 1980s. The loan was for $1,000. Thus far they have taken over $15,000 in interest. We prayed the loan would be quashed.
Albany St.
+Bruce. – asked for blessing. After chatting we also prayed for his aunt Margaret. Then added a prayer for the world.
+++++++ Julius (young boy) with his mother. It was his idea to come to the table. He asled for prayers for his six brothers: Terrance, Tyrnes, Telaus, Timure, Jacob, Jadiea, and Jeremiah.
++ Lisa and her granddaughter Adele – prayer for all her children.
Carri – (been to the table before) – her family and friends, the people in Florida dealing with flooding.
Katherine – said she wanted prayer but instead asked for money, then to use a cell phone, then asked for a ride. Really did not want prayer. After she left we prayed that God would help her in her search.
David – said he was Hindu but also said he prayed to Jesus. His prayer request was to be a good man.
+ Kaira – young girl, about 8 – we prayed blessing for her all week
++ Ulysses and Alexis (his daughter) – prayers to find a place to live. They are homeless, currently being put in a hotel.

Albany Intercessor


Disciplinary process against nine bishops

July 1, 2012

Two different complaints have initiated a disciplinary process against nine bishops in the Episcopal Church. I had just watched “The Fellowship of the Ring” movie before reading about the disciplinary actions. Nine members of the Fellowship–Nine bishops. It reminded me of something I wrote years ago. So I found and rewrote it.–JW

There is a memorable scene in the movie “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The nine members of the Fellowship are fleeing Balrog, the fire demon, across a narrow stone bridge spanning a vast chasm in the Mines of Moria. There is a gap in the bridge, and they take it in turn to jump the gap. Orcs are shooting arrows. The approach of the monstrous Balrog is shaking the bridge, and it is rapidly disintegrating. Seven members of the Fellowship find themselves on the far side of the bridge, and two on the near side . . .
The realignment of the Anglican Communion is not unlike the disintegration of the Bridge of Khazad-Dum. Our ecclesiastical structures are crumbling. Folks of one heart and one mind are finding themselves on different sides of the gap. Enemies hurl barbs, and demons torment.
It is easy for us to focus on the ecclesiastical struggle with natural eyes and miss the movement of God’s Spirit. Remember the words that the Lord sent to Zerubbabel, the temple-builder:

Not by might nor by power but by my spirit.

Father,
We do not despise this day of small beginnings. We do not forget that the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. Our hope is in You. You are our hearts’ desire.
Help Your faithful servants within the Episcopal Church, and especially these nine bishops, to be pure in heart. Help them live in obedience to Your truth.
Create in them clean hearts so that they may see Jesus in the rubble of the broken Communion. Jesus is the chosen and precious cornerstone in every dimension and every realm, in every circumstance and every time. He is their sure foundation.
These bishops have devoted their lives to building up the Body of Christ. Bestow upon them Your Holy Spirit in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
May they prevail not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit. Amen.

Zechariah 4:6-10, 2 Chronicles 16:9, Matthew 5:8, Psalm 51:7-17


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