I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
Holy Spirit, please help us daily offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God the Father. Help us do this as Jesus did so that we may know all the Father’s tender mercies.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
Holy Spirit, renew our minds, renew the minds of the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church so that we are no longer conformed to this world. Help us have that same mind which was also in Christ Jesus (see Philippians 2:5). Help us to prove that which is good and acceptable and according to the perfect will of our Father in heaven.
So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan. (Joshua 3:14-17)
LORD, please help the clergy of this diocese stand firm as they go ahead of your people to lead us into all of your promises. Give them shepherds hearts.. Thank you.
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. (Psalm 119:45) A word received: I want all of my people to walk in freedom by observing my precepts.
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Joshua 3:14-4:7: Rom. 12:1-8: Matt. 26:1-16
Friday: 31 * 35; Joshua 4:19-5:1,10-15: Rom. 12:9-21: Matt. 26:17-25
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
If you think the right thing, and say the right thing, then you will do the right thing, then the right thing will be the right thing. After all, when all is said and done, the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, and to make sure the right thing is the right thing, in doing the right thing. In other words, if the main thing is Jesus in your life, everything else will be in place, “The right thing and the main thing.” Got it? Get it? Good! “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these “things” will be given to you as well. “ Matthew 6:33 (emphases added) Now that’s a lot of things… Actuality there is only one thing to focus on and that is Jesus. Nigel Mumford+
***** Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Cathedral Prayer Table Report Wed 7-18-12. We’ve past the one year anniversary, (July 7th) of our prayer table at the Cathedral. It’s been a wonderful year of growing in the Lord, making friends, learning to listen, listening to the Lord for direction, sharing the joy of people with changed lives, sharing the sorrows of those in need and the contentment of doing God’s will and relying on his power and grace, not ours.
Today we received a gift from an observer, a poet, and a businessman who works nearby. He decided a month or so ago that he needed to take a lunch instead of sitting at his desk all day, so he promised himself to leave the office and walk around and to eat lunch outside the office. He has stopped at the Cathedral benches to enjoy the atmosphere, the shade and the quietness that seems to attract people there. Last week he approached the table and read the poem he had written about his observance of the prayer table. Today at our request, he stopped to bring a copy of it for us and also to bring a friend in need for prayer. Here the poem:
The Prayer Table
Two women of the Cathedral sit
in the windy summer heat.
Like a bake sale or church supper they offer
sustenance for the soul, so generously,
like the washing of the feet.
As a person randomly walks by,
stops to talk or slows to stare,
does that become the prayer?
A young man sees them in
his path and crosses the street.
Does that become the prayer?
Creator, guide me to cross safely
and keep me from facing the
possibilities of faith,
as it pulls on me
with its strange weight,
against the relief
of everyday distractions
idolized with zeal.
Content with concupiscence,
greed and old-fashioned hate,
striving to avoid any taste
of fate near such holy ground,
vainly dissecting further from grace.
The table’s offering – a sign:
Even moving away
can be moving toward.
The silent Spirit will chase,
like it chased Jonah,
to an unlikely place. Even when
willing darkness, one must face into
that terrible brightness.
Prayer Table Report Wed 7-18-12, Beautiful warm and breezy day. Dcn Plaske, Beth Collum, Jana Lingo, Tricia Mccrosson +–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
Patty – prayer for direction for her job should she stay or go! (with her friend Frank) Frank left us a poem.
+Kenneth – evicted from his apartment and the landlord took his belongings lost his job and got behind on rent. Prayer for guidance protection and provision that God will lead him to the right job and another place to live.
Grace – Radeen– has terminal cancer for mercy and comfort . Also for Radeen’s mother, Ruth that God will give her strength as she cares for Radeen. We also prayed blessing and grace upon Grace who brings the care of her friends and family regularly to God at the prayer table.
Paul – prayer for Bishop Ball, Friend David ( surgery) recovery and comfort., for Family of Rory who passed away. that the family would be find peace and know God’s love for them.
Mark – giving thanks for his wife (Michelle’s) negative biopsy PTL
Thanksgiving for prayer table ministries everywhere.