Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought him?” (John 7:45)
Jesus, the chief priests and Pharisees of the Episcopal Church are trying to seize the churches and property of those who follow you.
The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46)
Holy Spirit, help all those who serve the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to hear Jesus’ words to them.
Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in him? ‘ (John 7:47-48 )
Father, that is the problem today, most of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church do not believe in your son Jesus
“But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” (John 7:49)
LORD, have mercy on us: some of those who have theological training hold your little ones in contempt. Protect the lost and the least from their corruption and false teaching. Thank you.
A word received: Look to me to steady you on the path.
Study Guide: Summer Sunday Lesson 12, September 2, 2012
Readings: Mark 7:1-23; Ephesians 6:10-20; Deuteronomy 4:1-9; Ps. 15:1-2
Gospel: Mark 7:1-23
(verse 1-5) A word received: What are your traditions that get in the way of knowing me?
Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-20
A word received: You are in a war: be equipped for the battle.
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:1-9
(verse 2) A word received: This is a generation which adds and subtracts from my word. Pray for obedience to my word — all of it.
Psalm: Ps. 15:1-2
(verse 2) A word received: Pray for my truth to lodge in your heart.
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Job 9:1-15,32-35: Acts 10:34-48: John 7:37-52
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Job 9:1,10:1-9,16-22: Acts 11:1-18: John 8:12-20;
Notes from the Front Line
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday August 30, 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
(Man) — He was rejoicing over answered prayer.
Anthony — We prayed that he will be an effective role model to the younger men at the Schenectady City Mission.
+Lucile (woman with 6 small children and 1 teenage boy, see below) — She asked prayer “for my family and our situation. She lifted up her hands in praise to God when I anointed her with Holy Water.
+Anthony (teenage boy) — We prayed that he would grow into the manhood Jesus has for him.
+Jewy (older woman) — We prayed for her son Michael who is in prison on a gun charge.
+Damire (Lucile’s son) — He is in the 3rd grad, age 9. “For my mom.”
+Lindaya (Lucile’s daugher) — 6 years old.
+Lildya (Lucile’s daugher) — 5 years old.
+Zion (Lucile’s son) — He is age 9.
Eleanor (woman) — She asked prayer for the Burnett Family in their time of sorrow over the death of a father. She also asked prayer for her boyfriend who is in the Schenectady County Jail.
Chuck and +Colby — It is a weekly joy to see them and the love that Chuck has for his young son. He is a great role model in teaching his son to pray.
+Enshalis (woman), Anthony (teenage boy age 17) and +Adonis (boy age 12) — We spent a long time in prayer with this family. She asked prayer that a settlement would quickly move through the court system so that she can take her family home to Georgia. Anthony asked for a Bible and so did Enshalis. We gave them NIVs from the City Mission. Anthony asked where to find “The Lord is my shepherd.” I took him to Psalm 23. Then I took him to Psalm 37. He read the whole of it and you could the words sinking into his heart.
Gary — We prayed for him and his wife Debbie.
***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012
From: Ronnie O’Neill
Subject: Prayer Request: a lost lamb…
Liz Featherstonhaugh sent this in; Please give it your attention Thx Ronnie’O
Ronnie, can you send this around the Prayer Chain from Ratanak please.
Subject: a lost lamb…
We need a miracle.
One of our girls who was sold at a very young age, was rescued at 17 years old. She was totally drug addicted but has made a remarkable recovery and was thriving at Bloom.
Her mum has rung up gambling debts and has been coercing her for the past 2 months to go back to sex work to help pay off her huge debts.
Last week when she didn’t turn up to work, Liep & I went to visit her in her tiny one bedroom house. When we got there she was reading her bible (she didn’t know we were coming!) and told us that if God can heal the blind and raise the dead to life, surely He could solve her situation. She looked up with tears in her eyes, and told us, “I don’t want to go back, but I want my mummy to love me…” We prayed with her, and she came back to Bloom.
But today she hasn’t come to work and has sent Chan (her Bloom big sister/mentor) a text saying, ‘Sorry Bong’.
She is so damaged and craves her mother’s love so much…
We are all quite devastated. She is such a sweetie and has so much talent.!
Can you pray that the Good shepherd will not rest until this ‘one’ is brought back safely to us.
Our God is bigger than the spirits that want to destroy her.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to her spirit and she will know the truth that she is more than a body to be used & sold.
Pray that she will be free from the unhealthy bonds of her mother.
Pray that God will heal her mind and heart and give her strength to believe in her worth.
Pray for her personal safety.
Much love to you all,
***** Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote 1/5
To be satisfied with what one is or has and not wanting more or anything else.
Here follows thought one of five daily thoughts on being content.
I pray that you might be content in your life.
I pray that you might practice being content.
Philippians 4:11 writes: I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+