40 days for life

October 31, 2012

Lamentations 4:11-13 (NASB)

11 The Lord has accomplished His wrath,
He has poured out His fierce anger;
And He has kindled a fire in Zion
Which has consumed its foundations.
12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
Nor did any of the inhabitants of the world,
That the adversary and the enemy
Could enter the gates of Jerusalem.
13 Because of the sins of her prophets
And the iniquities of her priests,
Who have shed in her midst
The blood of the righteous;

Lord, have mercy on my nation, where 54 million abortions have taken place.
Christ, have mercy on my denomination, which is a member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Lord, have mercy on the prophets and priests who advocate abortion.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Psalm 49:13-15

October 31, 2012

This is the way of those who are foolish, and of their posterity who approve their sayings. Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling. (Psalm 49:13-14)
      Lord Jesus Christ, we cry out to you for all those who are caught up in the folly of this generation: have mercy on them and turn their steps into your ways.

But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for he shall receive me. (Psalm 49:15)
      “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes–I, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27)
      Jesus, you are my refuge and my redeemer and healer. Thank you.

            A General Confession.
      ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. (BCP 1928 )

A word received: Speak to me. I AM listening.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Ecclus. 28:14-26: Rev. 12:1-6: Luke 11:37-52
Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 33; Ecclus. 31:12-18,25-32:2: Rev. 12:7-17: Luke 11:53-12:12

Albany Intercessor


Hurricane Sandy – Prayer for those facing “monumental troubles”

October 30, 2012

Scotty Smith at his blog Heavenward has a very good prayer for those facing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
I recommend it highly

An excerpt:

 Dear heavenly Father, at the break of this very day, there are millions of people in our country who are facing monumental troubles. It’s no mere metaphor. The heart of the sea is raging, waters are roaring and all kinds of things are falling down. A rather genteel named storm, “Sandy,” is wreaking havoc in the northeast part of our country.

     The rich and poor, the proud and the humble; the young and the elderly, alike, are vulnerable, out of control and fearful. We cry out to you on their behalf. Oh, mighty and merciful God, show your arm and your heart, as we trust you for protection and provision. In the surging sea, through the deluging rain, with the falling snow, cause the streams of providence and the river of grace to flow. Bring transcendent peace into the growing chaos; bring heavenly wisdom into the mounting confusion; bring transforming hope into the multiplying fears.
Read it all.

40 days for life

October 30, 2012

Father, You are a holy God, and You cannot share Your glory with lies.
Jesus, Lord of life, in You no death can dwell.
Holy Spirit, open our eyes and our ears that we may recognize the lies and the death sequestered in our hearts.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are our God. Be like a living lever, dislodging the lies and breaking our soul ties with death. Help us to be holy, we pray. Amen.

Leviticus 20:7


Bishopsgate

October 30, 2012

Psalm 107:40 (NASB)
He pours contempt upon princes
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.

Job 12:21 (AMP)
He pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong [disabling them, bringing low the pride of the learned].

Lord Jesus,
You are the Son of God. You appeared for this purpose–to destroy the works of the devil.
We see through a glass darkly. We don’t know if there are demonic forces involved in the disciplinary actions against the Rt Rev. Peter H. Beckwith, the Rt Rev Maurice M. Benitez, the Rt Rev John W. Howe, the Rt Rev Paul E. Lambert, the Rt Rev William H. Love, the Rt Rev D. Bruce MacPherson, the Rt Rev Daniel H. Martins, the Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr, and the Rt Rev James M. Stanton. If there are such forces, we bind them up in Your name, the name that is above every name in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and we ask You, Jesus, to pour Your contempt upon them. Amen.

1 John 3:8


South Carolina

October 30, 2012

Psalm 97:1 (NASB)

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
Let the many islands be glad.

Lord, You are sovereign over the Diocese of South Carolina. Let her coastlands rejoice. Let Bear, Daniel, Daufuskie, Hilton Head, Bay Point, Fripps, Hunting, Pritchards, Edisto, Seabrook, Deweese, Capers, Sullivans, Cape, Murphy, North, South, Isle of Palms, Port Royal, Sandy, James, Johns, St. Helena, Pawley’s, Parris, Morgan, Dreher, Kiawah, Lady’s, Harbor, Goat, Sea, Wadmalaw, Waltes, and Pinckney islands be glad. Amen.


Hurricane Sandy–Psalm 93

October 30, 2012

Psalm 93 (ESV)

The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
the Lord on high is mighty!

Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forevermore.

O Lord on high,
You are a mighty God. You are our protection and provision. Our fate is in Your hands. We thank You for Your tender mercies during this storm, for the lives saved, for the countless acts of generosity and courage.
As the natural winds blow across the northeastern United States, we declare that the move of the Holy Spirit will manifest with even greater power–more power in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, more power in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Rhode Island, more power in Ohio, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Come, Holy Spirit, come. Come now. Come with more power. Amen.


Revelation 11:15-19

October 30, 2012

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15)
      Father, we pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We pray that Jesus will be Lord and King of our lives and that he will rule and reign in our hearts.

And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, (Revelation 11:16)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to this same humility where we truly worship God the Father, God the Son and You.

saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because you have taken Your great power and reigned. (Revelation 11:17)
      Jesus, we thank you for your strength and for coming into our lives with the power of your Holy Spirit.

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should reward your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.” (Revelation 11:18 )
      Lord, this is a time of wrath and your judgment is coming upon your people; have mercy on us.

Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail. (Revelation 11:19)
      LORD, our bodies are the temple of your Holy Spirit; enter into our lives more and more each day. Thank you.

      A General Confession.
      ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. (BCP 1928 )

A word received: Pray for my people to turn to me in their hour of need.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Ecclus. 24:1-12: Rev. 11:14-19: Luke 11:27-36
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Ecclus. 28:14-26: Rev. 12:1-6: Luke 11:37-52

      Notes from the Front Line

*****. Subject: Maridi Mission Trip Update
Monday, December 29, 2012
Diocesan Update
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      As we near the end of our time in the Diocese of Maridi, South Sudan, I give thanks to God for Bishop Justin and all the people of his diocese. I have been deeply moved and humbled by the very joyful and loving welcome that we have received everywhere that we have gone. The children, members of the Mothers Union, Clergy and untold numbers of others have come out to greet and welcome us to their churches, schools, the medical clinic, and their wider communities.
      This morning as we went out to visit one of the poorest rural areas in the Diocese of Maridi (which is saying a lot), I was reminded of how small the world really is and how mighty and creative our Lord can be — in ways beyond our wildest imaginations. This particular community has no school building. The children meet for school under two large Mango trees where they sit on rocks and logs with an old piece of wood painted black leaning against the tree for their blackboard.
      As we arrived, the kids came running over to meet us. Unlike many of the Diocesan schools where the students wear uniforms, these children wore what little they had. As I was visiting with the kids, one young lady walked up wearing a tee-shirt with advertising for Howe Cavern written on it. For those who may not know, Howe Cavern is located near Cooperstown, NY, in the Diocese of Albany. The chances of this young lady receiving this tee-shirt from the other side of the world and wearing it on the day that we visited unannounced from the Dioceses of Albany and Down and Dromore could only have been arranged by God.
      This is only one of so many experiences that have truly touched me during our time in Maridi. The faith of the people in Maridi (in the midst of such poverty, suffering and loss) is both humbling and inspiring. While I pray that our presence has been an encouragement to Bishop Justin and the people of Maridi, I don’t know that it can compare to the blessing that they have been to me and our whole team.
      I look forward to continue to build upon the special relationship between the Dioceses of Albany, Maridi, and Down and Dromore. Just as it wasn’t by accident that the Lord arranged for that young lady to receive and wear her Howe Cavern Tee-Shirt today, neither is by accident that our three dioceses have been united together in what has come to be described as a “three-fold cord that is not easily broken.” May the Lord Jesus Christ be honored and glorified in this special relationship between our dioceses, and may His Church and people be blessed.
      Tuesday morning Bishop Justin, Bishop Harold and I (along with our Diocesan teams) will come together for one last time (during this visit) as we dedicate a new school building that has just been completed. Following the service, the Albany and Down and Dromore Teams will begin the long journey back to our homes.
      I pray that all of you are safe and weathering the effects of Hurricane Sandy with only minor inconveniences. It is presenting some problems for the Albany Team, but by God’s grace I pray that we all return home safely. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
      Faithfully in Christ, +Bill

Albany Intercessor


40 days for life

October 30, 2012

Dear God,

You give life to all things.  Help the voters in next week’s election keep Your commandments without stain or reproach as they await the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In the name of Him who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, we pray.  Amen.

1 Timothy 6:13-15


Hurricane Sandy: I’m out of words… pray for first responders & emergency officials

October 30, 2012

I’m out of words tonight.  I’ve been blogging extensively here and on other sites about Hurricane Sandy since Friday when I became aware of how historic and severe the storm was likely to be.  I’m sad that my extreme concern was not off base, but has proven to be warranted and that we are watching a terrible natural disaster unfold before our eyes.

And even though the storm has made landfall, the worst will not be over for many many hours yet.  Tropical storm force winds are predicted to continue in many areas for more than 24 hours, and the record storm surge flooding we’re seeing all over the region will not recede quickly with such winds continuing to push them ashore.

While I’ve been focusing alot (for instance in my comments at TitusOneNine) on the NYC area (because that’s where the media is focused, and where the news is available)  I’m actually most concerned right now for some of the areas we’re NOT hearing from on the Jersey Shore (Atlantic City, Brigantine, Point Pleasant…), Long Island, Connecticut,  Delaware…

A little while ago I was reading some of the tweets from the Ham Radio Emergency Response network.  They’re talking of fires, water rescues on Coney Island, people stranded in Brooklyn, a response vehicle overturned while trying to rescue someone on Fire Island, etc. etc.

Tonight as I get ready to close down my computer, I would urge people to pray for first responders and emergency officials.

I’m too tired (it’s nearly 2 am in my time zone) to write an original prayer, but I’ve adapted a prayer I found online:

Father in Heaven,
Please make [our first responders and emergency officials] strong when others are weak,
brave when others are afraid
and vigilant when others are distracted by the chaos.
Provide comfort and companionship to their families when they must be away.
Serve beside them and protect them, as they seek to protect others.
Amen

[by the Rev. Robert A Crutchfield. found here]

See also here for another prayer.


Why Hurricane Sandy is so extremely dangerous

October 29, 2012

I just posted the following comment over at TitusOneNine, trying to give a summary of why Hurricane Sandy is so unusual and EXTREMELY dangerous.  I hope it helps people to prepare and to pray.  I will try to post more prayers later…

One of the things I think people fail to appreciate with this storm is its EXTREME LOW PRESSURE.

The latest recon flight (14:00 GMT Oct 29) has just found pressure of approx 940mb.

The record low pressure for the area was previous 946mb in the “Long Island Express” hurricane of 1938.  Other areas like Baltimore or Richmond, the previous record low pressures are around 960 – 970.  Don’t know yet for Boston or further north, still need to research.

So basically this is like a “Category 3” or worse storm, even though it “only” has “Category 1” winds.  It has the potential to do severe damage.

The other very unique thing about this storm is its massive size.  Last night the hurricane was producing tropical force winds in Bermuda and North Carolina (830 miles apart) SIMULTANEOUSLY!!!  Unheard of.
I *think* Sandy is now the largest storm on record in the Atlantic.  (I need to verify that, but she is certainly in the top 3.)

What that means is twofold.
1) Sandy is pushing a HUGE HUGE HUGE amount of water forward.  Her storm surge potential is currently estimated by the NHC / NOAA to be at a level of 5.8 on a 0 – 6 scale.  WORSE THAN KATRINA.

2) There will be SUSTAINED tropical force winds over most of the area (all of NJ, NYC, Long Island, Philly, CT, etc.) for probably 24 hours or more.

Finally, it is the ANGLE OF SANDY’s LANDFALL with the coast that makes her exceptionally dangerous to NYC.  She is expected to come in with a hard left turn into central NJ, thus basically coming in perpendicular and continuing W – NW.  That is nearly unheard of, and what it will mean is that she will push a massive wall of water NORTH into NY Harbor & Long Island sound.

This is quite a combination of “worst-case scenarios” I’m afraid.  ANYONE IN A FLOOD ZONE needs to take extreme precautions and heed any evacuation orders!!

I’m not an expert, but I’ve been a hurricane geek for nearly 40 years, and I’ve been monitoring this storm nearly non-stop since Friday afternoon.

Please pay attention to NHC and NWC and local officials.  But please believe me that this is a storm that must be taken extremely seriously!


Bishopsgate and South Carolina

October 29, 2012

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
C. S. Lewis

Dear Jesus,

We acknowledge You as our bright morning star. Would that all of us in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion could see the disciplinary actions against the ten bishops through Your eyes, could speak with Your words, and could serve with Your hands and feet. Would that we could be a witness to Your goodness, Your righteousness, Your justice, and Your mercy.

We especially beseech You to shine Your face upon those dioceses whose bishops have been charged–Texas, Central Florida, Albany, Dallas, Western Louisiana, Springfield, and South Carolina–and upon Nashotah House.  Bring their hearts into alignment with Your heart so that Your light be reflected in their lives.  Amen.


Storm Surge – it keeps getting worse

October 29, 2012

Update: Apparently the color scale on these maps have changed since yesterday. Yesterday deep red = 16ft, today 10 ft. That’s very confusing, to say the least. But in any case, still, a HUGE swath of the Eastern seaboard is expecting 10ft plus storm surge / tides. That is going to be severe coastal flooding any which way you color it.

My hands are shaking as I type this – literally.  These storm surge projections just keep getting worse.  Truly the stuff of “worst case scenarios” for the east coast from near Delaware Bay to St. John’s Canada from what I can tell.  I’m not an expert, but from my years of following hurricanes, these look very very alarming.

Here’s the map for the full East Coast. No one’s been talking much of Maine or Canada, but this is looking severe up there.

Note: these are screen shots from my computer taken from the CERA site (Coastal Emergency Risk Assessment) as of 11:30 UTC Oct. 29.


Hurricane Sandy – just look at her size

October 29, 2012

From the National Hurricane Center (NHC) here is a map of the areas expected to be affected by at least Tropical Storm force winds. Just amazing. Last night there were tropical storm winds from Sandy in both North Carolina and Bermuda simultaneously – a situation that I believe is unheard of!

I’ll be posting more later.

Here’s the link to an excellent Hurricane Litany Prayer  which I first posted a few days ago.

For all the Lent & Beyond posts about Hurricane Sandy, follow this link.


Psalm 44:1-8

October 29, 2012

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds you did in their days, in days of old: (Psalm 44:1)
      Father, let each of our generations pass on to the next the great deeds you have done for us.

You drove out the nations with your hand, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. (Psalm 44:2)
      Father, thank you for establishing your people Israel in a land of their own. Give them wisdom and compassion as they deal with the surrounding peoples.

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them. (Psalm 44:3)
      Jesus, please help us recognize that all that we have comes from your hand. There is nothing we have done or can do to merit your favor. You give it because you love us. Thank you.

You are my King, O God; command victories for Jacob. (Psalm 44:4)
      Jesus, command victory for Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina.

Through you we will push down our enemies; through your name we will trample those who rise up against us. (Psalm 44:5)
      Father, please defeat the purposes of all those who plot and scheme against your faithful people.

For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. But you have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. (Psalm 44:6-7)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily place our trust in Jesus and what he will do for us.

In God we boast all day long, and praise your name forever. (Psalm 44:8 )
      Jesus, we praise your name and bless you.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Monday: 41,52 * 44; Ecclus. 19:4-17: Rev. 11:1-14: Luke 11:14-26
Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Ecclus. 24:1-12: Rev. 11:14-19: Luke 11:27-36

Albany Intercessor


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