Friends calling for prayer regarding The Episcopal Church and General Convention

July 10, 2012

I tried to stay away. Really I did. For a week I pretty much have been off the Episcopal and Anglican blogs. I sensed the Lord giving me other priorities in recent months, and that it was not my year or season to make intercession for TEC a major focus in my own life. I’ve let Jill and Torre, both of whom are still within TEC, take the lead in terms of promoting intercessory prayer for GC. And they’ve been doing a great job.

But today my heart is so heavy. It is heavy of course because of the actions The Episcopal Church is taking, such as the overwhelming YES vote to authorize a Same-Sex-Blessings liturgy yesterday by the Episcopal bishops.

Even moreso, however, my heart is heavy for, and I find myself praying for friends like Jill and George+, Torre and Jean, Kendall+, Fr. Rob E.+, Fr. Tim F.+, friends in Central Florida, +Mark Lawrence and the deputation from South Carolina, +Bill Love, Cherie and Todd+ Wetzel, Sarah, Greg and Jackie, and all I know either in person, or via much correspondence via the internet, who are still in TEC trying to stand and cry aloud for Biblical and Gospel Truth – faithfully defending their “little stone bridge” to use a famously apt metaphor coined by Sarah Hey 8 years ago.

Please pray today for all the orthodox at General Convention that the Lord would show them what He requires, that He would encourage and strengthen their hearts, and that they would be faithful and hear His well done at the end, no matter what others around them may say. May Jesus be glorified in and through them today, and may He lift them up.

Some of those calling for prayer, who are either at GC or who are committed to praying for GC include:

Fr. Tim Fountain

The Rev. John Burwell [at GC – deputy from SC]

Mary Ailes

Cherie Wetzel  (at GC, reporting for Anglicans United)

Fr. Dan Martins (at GC, Bishop of Springfield)

Read their posts and cry out to the Lord for all who will have to seek the Lord as to “what next.”

Fr. Tim Fountain, a wonderful cyber friend and former contributor here at L&B, has summed up well some of the key matters for prayer in his post at Stand Firm this morning, which I’ve linked above:

The Epistle in today’s Daily Offices reminds me to pray for all at General Convention.  We all stand in need every moment of every day.  All of us have sins “known and unknown” that separate us from God, and forces of the world, the flesh and the devil assailing us with deceptions of all sorts.  Yet we have Jesus who has overcome those forces and intercedes for us as the constant, perfect offering to our Father in heaven.  We need to join Jesus in his intercession for those at GC, not for unrealistic outcomes, but for any who still understand him as their Savior to be covered by his perfect offering, even in their sins and gullibility to deceptions.  We certainly need to pray for those who don’t believe the Gospel of salvation, that they hear and receive it.

Amen.

– Karen B., Lent & Beyond founder

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Update:  A commenter at SF has linked a short call for prayer (via Facebook) from The Rev. David Thurwell, one of the clergy deputies from the Dio. of  SC.  Read it here.


Romans 8:31-39 and 1 John 1:9

July 10, 2012

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
      Jesus, please help us take advantage of the grace and mercy you offer us. Help us day by day turn to you in our hour of need.

A word received: Come to me, turn to me.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Num. 35:1-3,9-15,30-34: Rom. 8:31-39: Matt. 23:13-26
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Deut. 1:1-18: Rom. 9:1-18: Matt. 23:27-39

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Before you put someone down remember that those listening will be thinking, “I wonder what he or she says about me when I am not around! ”

***** Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Bat story update…
      Another day in the life… The bat story update. I could not find the bat in the car this morning. Had to give blood and told the story to the nurses, three of them, two to hold me down, one to stick! They thought it was hilarious. I tell you that It is not a very clever thing to tell a nurse something funny when she is sticking you! They did say adamantly that you do not want to be bitten by a bat! The series of rabies injection are not pleasant! They suggested I take the car to a local mechanic and have him search it. Having personally searched it three times, the police searched it, the cat volunteered to search it and now the mechanic spent a lot time looking fearlessly, I am “fairly” sure there is no bat in the car! I proclaim the car a bat free zone. Famous last words… I am so glad I did not have a passenger in the car as they would have had a bat in the face! Nasty…
      The bottom line: OK, so now the nuns of St. Mary’s have named my car the bat-mobile! This whole experience is enough to drive me…. well, you know. ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT, St. Ann’s of Amsterdam, (Monday, July 9, 10:15-11:15 a.m. on the sidewalk in front of our church across from the Masonic Lodge where a Soup Kitchen was going on. Deacon Alan Hart and Myra Andresen presided at His table.)
      Note: This was our church’s first attempt this summer at conducting a Prayer Table outdoors in hopes of bringing to Jesus Christ people of our neighborhood who do not know Him or have chosen to forget Him. We were so encouraged — not just by the people who did stop, but also by the ones who walked by or drove by and seemed curious, smiled and/or waved. We were so happy that some people DID choose to stop for prayer. Our hope is that some who drove by today WILL stop next time they see us!)

a–denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
t–denotes received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

OLDER WOMAN (no name given) — It appeared she was coming to the table for prayer but started walking by. I spoke to her, and she smiled and touched my (Alan) shoulder and said “Thank you very much, but I already have my own priest.” A minute or so later she came back and apologized that she had no money to give me. I explained that this was NOT what the table was for, and she gently caressed the top of my head with her hand and said “God bless you for what you are doing out here.”

a,t — REBECCA —Our first person to accept our offer for prayer was a young woman who came for prayer not for herself but for her godfather RALPH, who is in a nursing home in St. Johnsville and, according to Rebecca, “… is not doing well.” We prayed for healing and comfort for Ralph and also for protection and guidance for Rebecca, who lives just a street or so above our church.

a,t — RICHELLE — Another young woman, Richelle seemed reluctant at first to come for prayer but did! We just prayed for her general well-being (God knows the details of her life) and that she would come to walk in the Lord’s ways. She seemed invigorated and happy that someone cared enough to want to pray for her.

t,t,t — GISONDA, JOHN and their very young sister (no name given) — These three young people (probably aged around 13, 11 and 8 .. just a guess) were on their way to the Soup Kitchen meal and stopped for prayer when Myra urged/insisted they stop. The oldest girl (GISONDA) asked for prayer for their mother JARITSA, who is in the hospital with a brain disorder. We joined hands in a circle and prayed standing up together.

JOSH — This pleasant young man of about 13 or 14 was sheepish about receiving prayer. He smiled and said “I don’t have to; I go to church too, you know!” But we prayed for him anyway as he was leaving. He looked back and smiled again.

Albany Intercessor


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