Psalm 18:28 and Matthew 24:1-2 and Sunday School Lesson

For You will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28 )
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. Help us take each step by yourlight. Thank you.

Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and his disciples came up to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:1-2)
      Jesus, even as we watch, the structure of the Episcopal Church is crumbling before us. Have mercy on us and guide us by the light of your word through these dark times.

An old Quaker hymn that seems appropriate for this time in the Episcopal Church:
      How Can I Keep From Singing
My life flows on in endless song
Above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the real, the far off hymn
That hails a new creation.
      Above the tumult and the strife,
      I hear its music ringing;
      It sounds an echo in my soul
      How can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth.
What though the darkness round me close,
Songs in the night it giveth.
      No storm can shake my inmost calm
      While to that rock I’m clinging.
      Since love is lord of Heaven and earth,
      How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble, sick with fear,
And hear their death knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near,
How can I keep from singing?
      In prison cell and dungeon vile
      Our thoughts to them are winging.
      When friends by shame are undefiled,
      How can I keep from singing?

How can I keep from singing? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whIYv3_CvqU

Study Guide: Summer Sunday School Lesson 05, July 15, 2012
Readings: Mark 6:7-17; Ephesians 1:1-14; Amos 7:7-17; Ps. 85:7-8
Next Week: Mark 6:30-44; Ephesians 2:11-22; Isaiah 57:14b-21; Ps. 22:22-30

      Gospel: Mark 6:7-17

A word received: I want you to go forth to my work in the harvest fields trusting in my provision for you.

      Epistle: Ephesians 1:1-14

A word received: You are called to do my work in the world so that my praise and glory will be known by all people.

      Old Testament: Amos 7:7-17

A word received: I am measuring my people by the standard of my word to them. Do not think that there is any other measure that counts.

      Psalm: Ps. 85:7-8

A word received: My people have turned back to folly. Pray for my redeeming work among them.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Deut. 3:18-28: Rom. 9:19-33: Matt. 24:1-14
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Deut. 31:7-13,24-32:4: Rom. 10:1-13: Matt. 24:15-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
Dear friend,
      Pray with precision. Let your words cut like a scalpel into the cancers of life, however they present. Identify the target of need and pray into it with all you have. When you pray something always happens. The efficacy of prayer is astounding. Read the blue print for this in James 5:13-16 it’s all there. Stand firm on the promises of the word of God. Luv ya, ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** The Sisters of St. Mary are pleased to present: Life Together: The Common Life of the Church and the Life of the Soul — A Three-day Silent Retreat with Phil Turner Labor Day Weekend – August 31 -September 3
      The Rev’d Dr. Phil Turner, former Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and Interim Dean of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest as well as founding member of the Anglican Communion Institute, will lead a three day silent retreat at the convent. The author of The Crisis of Moral Teaching in the Episcopal Church and other books, Dr. Turner’s meditations will be based on material being prepared for his newest book on the common life of Christians.
      Call the convent for more information: 518-692-3028.

Albany Intercessor

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