Romans 10:1-13

July 13, 2012

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. (Romans 10:1)
      Lord, my heart’s desire is for the salvation of all those in the Episcopal Church.

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. (Romans 10:2)
      Lord Jesus, their zeal has overcome their good sense; bring them to a true knowledge of you and your character.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. (Romans 10:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church submit to the Father’s righteousness and not their own.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)
      Father, replace the politically correct beliefs and ideologies with a true belief and faith in Jesus.

For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:5-9)
      Holy Spirit, please help all the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church to make a true and good confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Help all of us in the Episcopal Church believe in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and be saved.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)
      Jesus, do a cleansing work in our hearts and in our mouths so that we truly speak of your Father’s righteousness and are saved.

For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11)
      Thank you for the faithful leaders of this diocese. We trust that none of them will be put to shame.

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon him. (Romans 10:12)
      Thank you for the many prayer table ministries that are springing up around the diocese and reaching out to all without any distinction of race, class, or anything that can separate us.

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
      Jesus, we call upon your name — save us!

(Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.

A word received: Pray for those who are anointed.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Deut. 31:7-13,24-32:4: Rom. 10:1-13: Matt. 24:15-31
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Deut. 34:1-12: Rom. 10:14-21: Matt. 24:32-51

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for the Healing Ministry in every parish: July 13 Diocese of Down and Dromore, Church of Ireland and Bishop Harold Miller The Rev’d James McDonald

***** Subject: Diocesan Update

      Statement of the Albany Bishops and Deputation, The Episcopal Diocese of Albany, July 12, 2012

      On July 10th, 2012 the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church authorized A049, the Resolution to Authorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships. Bishops William Love and Daniel Herzog and the Albany Deputation to General Convention were united in voting against this Resolution. By both our vote and the testimony we sought to graciously oppose this resolution while at the same time speaking the truth in love as the Church has received that truth. (Ephesians 4:15).

      The Diocese of Albany, through its Bishops and Deputation, sought to uphold the biblical and traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In doing so, we were obedient to Holy Scriptures, The Book of Common Prayer, The Episcopal Church Constitution and Canons, and own our Diocesan Canons. It is important to note that the new rites are not to become part of the Book of Common Prayer or any other liturgical publication of the Episcopal Church.

      Bishop Love and other bishops, traditional and liberal, worked to include provisions in the resolution that protect bishops and priests who cannot for the sake of conscience authorize or use the liturgy. Dean David Collum was able to speak to the resolution in the House of Deputies before the limited debate was terminated by pre-arranged parliamentary rules. In his comments Dean Collum offered that, among other theological problems created by the resolution, its adoption by the General Convention would further divide the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion and compromise our ecumenical relationships.

      On July 11th, 2012 a group of bishops including Bishop Love and Bishop Herzog issued a statement which was read on the floor of the House of Bishops. This same statement was read from the floor of the House of Deputies on July 12th, 2012. Those deputies who supported the statement stood in place as it was read. The statement is available

      For over a decade the Diocese of Albany has been working to persuade theological traditionalists to remain in the Episcopal Church and to persuade theological liberals to remain in the Anglican Communion. We remain committed to these efforts, though they are made much more difficult by the adoption of Resolution A049. We ask you to join us in prayer for God’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

***** Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      I was in the bookshop of Westminster Abby, London a few years ago. I picked up a book on healing. I bought the book after reading one prayer written by an English Alzheimer’s patient. That prayer has had a profound effect on me when it comes to praying for people. I believe this prayer could be the bottom line as we are validated in and through the command of Jesus.
The prayer;
      I don’ know what I am.
      I don’t know who I am.
      I don’t know where I am.
      But please, please love me.
That says it all. This woman has presented the bottom line command of Jesus Christ and most likely didn’t even know it. My heart was strangely warmed. “May your hearts be quickened now and forever!” Psalm 22:26 (Amplified)) ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** City Mission Prayer Table — July 12, 5:30-7:00 pm, Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Julia–(Dan’s 20 year old daughter) and her friend Courtney at a secular concert in Moriahville for 3 days. Pray for their protection and wisdom to use good judgment – for no use of drugs/alcohol.

Sommer–(Dan’s 31 year old daughter) is trying to get pregnant and has had 3 miscarriages. Pray that she chooses to lead a healthier lifestyle and that she stop smoking, drinking, and partying.

Kathy–pray for her family to come to know the Lord. That they would stop hurting each other–always in state of chaos. Soften their hearts Lord and bring reconciliation.

+“C”–Pray that all of the medical concerns she has for her son “J” are taken care of. Also pray for her son “T”. He stays inside too much on the computer and she asks that the Lord enable him to get out and make some good friendships.

+Eric–Young man struggling to get a job; married with a child. Getting electronic training and is hoping for a job in this area. Has some medical issues which are adding to his frustration.

+Christine–She is a breast cancer survivor. Friday morning (7/13) at 11:00am she is having corrective surgery to remove a balloon which had previously been implanted in her left breast. They will replace it with an implant. She had successful surgery of an aneurism above her left eye and still has another above her right eye which needs to be removed. Pray for the Lord’s peace and timing for all of her medical issues.

Jerry–PTL that Beth got a home. Pray for his mother (Ann) who is 98, living in CA and is in assisted living. Has dementia and she seems to be going downhill-not eating. Pray to keep things peaceful for her and the family during this time and that she have a sense of the Lord’s presence. Grandson, Jared having infusion of his lungs and had his first treatment as an in-patient. He has 3 more treatments. Pray for God’s protection and no complication. Friend, Neil had a leg amputation and is having problems with the prosthetic. Travel mercies for Jerry next week going to Plano, TX to visit his daughter and her family.

+June--Needs financial resources for her move to Delaware. She is overwhelmed as she needs to have everything arranged by the end of the month so that she can move. Her aid, Lithia didn’t make it to her home today and she asks that we pray that she is okay.

Arlene–PTL she found a place to live. Pray for the hysterectomy she will be having at the end of this month.

Gary–Daughter, Becky and her husband Steve are expecting their first child. Pray for healthy, normal pregnancy and healthy, normal baby delivery.

Albany Intercessor

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