Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God. (Daniel 6:18-23)
Jesus, you protected Daniel because he trusted in God by shutting the lion’s mouths when he was unjustly accused and sentenced by the king. Protect and bless Bishop Bill and the other eight bishops who are falsely charged and shut the mouths of their accusers.
The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, saying: “Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother. Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.” Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:23-29)
Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to know the Scriptures and your power.
“For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. ” (Matthew 22:30-32)
Father, help all those at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church to know that you are the living God and that you are the God of the living. Thank you.
And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching. (Matthew 22:33)
LORD, in so many parishes of the Episcopal Church the people have not heard your word. Please transform the preaching in the Episcopal Church.
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Num. 24:12-25: Rom. 8:18-25: Matt. 22:23-40;
Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Num. 27:12-23: Acts 19:11-20: Mark 1:14-20
HC: 123; Ezekiel 2:1-7; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-6
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
Ask God to help you find something to love in everyone you meet.
Pay attention to what God is showing you in others.
It might be difficult at first but you will see a change for the good.
Put this verse on like a favorite T shirt. “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. ” (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
***** Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 [Note: I didn’t see this email until last night. Torre]
From: David Collum
Subject: Prayer Request for Bishop Love
Today is the day that the complaint against Bishop Love and the others will be discussed in the HoB beginning at 11:15. This is when he will learn more with his colleagues and no doubt plans will begin to unfold, or the matter dropped.
I ask you prayers and those of your ministry for our Bishop. God bless you, Dean Collum