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,; 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
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