Isaac Watts on All Saints Day

November 1, 2012

A Prospect of Heaven Makes Death Easy
By Isaac Watts 1674–1748

There is a land of pure delight
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain.

There everlasting spring abides,
And never-withering flowers;
Death like a narrow sea divides
This heavenly land from ours.

Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood
Stand dressed in living green:
So to the Jews old Canaan stood,
While Jordan rolled between.

But timorous mortals start and shrink
To cross this narrow sea,
And linger shivering on the brink,
And fear to launch away.

Oh could we make our doubts remove,
These gloomy doubts that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love,
With unbeclouded eyes;

Could we but climb where Moses stood
And view the landscape o’er,
Not Jordan’s stream, nor death’s cold flood,
Should fright us from the shore.

40 days for life

November 1, 2012

O Lord,
You are our light and our salvation. Whom shall we fear? You are the strength of our life. Of whom shall we be afraid?
A host of abortion proponents are encamped around the unborn. We cry out, O Lord. Hide not Your face from the United States on election day. Do not forsake us. Take us up and teach us Your ways. We believe in Your goodness, O Lord, and we wait on You. Amen.

Psalm 27

Matthew 25:31-35, Hebrews 13:3 and Luke 11:53-54

November 1, 2012

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.'” (Matthew 25:31-35)
      Holy Spirit, move the hearts of men and women, clergy and laity to hear your call to go into our jails and prisons and minister there.

      For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 1928, adapted)

      “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3

And as he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, lying in wait for him, and seeking to catch him in something he might say, that they might accuse him. (Luke 11:53-54)
      Lord Jesus, things haven’t changed much since you were here among us: the lawyers and leaders of the Episcopal Church are trying to entrap your faithful witnesses today. Bless and protect Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina and Bishop Bill Love and the Diocese of Albany and your other faithful bishops and dioceses.

(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 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 who are in captivity.

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.

Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 33; Ecclus. 31:12-18,25-32:2: Rev. 12:7-17: Luke 11:53-12:12
Friday: 40,54 * 51; Ecclus. 34:1-8,18-22: Rev. 13:1-10: Luke 12:13-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report — Light up the night for Jesus, Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 5:05 – 6:45 p.m. Deacon Larry Hubert, Mary Jones, Chuck and Teresa Rinaldo, and Torre Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko from St. Michael’s Colonie.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates received an anointing with Holy Water
H–indicates received a hat
G–indicates received gloves

a Lisa and a Jason from across the street — both are alcoholics and in need of deliverance and healing. We spent several sessions in prayer with Lisa and Jason during the evening.

+Sarah — “For my and my kids.”

+Carman (woman) — She is moving out of a DSS hotel into an apartment on Thursday. We prayed for protection and provision. She later stopped at the prayer table again to ask prayer for her daughter who has a baby due in November.

+a Patrick (man) — “God answered my prayers and I got a good job with GE.”

+a Josette (woman) — “For all our children.” Her daughter is in college in Vermont.

+a Kevan and +a Rashaad (two early teenage boys) — Kevan asked prayer for his mom and for her to be able to get a job.

+aG Stephen Paul (man) — “He [Jesus] is my best friend.” He went into the church to worship him.

+ William (young man) — We prayed that he would grow into being God’s man.

+ Ron (man) — He has a court date later in November when he hopes to be granted permission to have visits with his daughter Isabel.

+a Anthony (man) — He came up and said that the string on the cross he had been given at the prayer table hand “popped” today and asked for another cross in exchange.

HG 3 young men — They didn’t stop for prayer but blessed us as they left with the hats and gloves.

Person in a Halloween mask

+Elizabeth (woman) — “A good evening.”

+ Shadell (young woman) — She just relocated from Atlanta. “I want my family to be back together again.”

+a Douglas (man) — “Peace in my home.”

+a Chadwick (young man) — “For peace for all of us and for our government.”

+a Brandon

+a Duane — “For my grandmother Linda in New York City for recovery from the hurricane.

+a Joshua (young man) — “For mental health.” He said that he had given his life to Jesus.

+ Alima — “A job.”

+ Ashelia (young girl) — “Blessing.”
+ Amena — “Ashelia is my sister. Blessing.”

+ Mahogany — “Blessing and safety.”

Albany Intercessor

Bless Benghazi

November 1, 2012

This morning, I was worshipping with a group of women, and God brought Benghazi to my mind. I’ve seen scattered newscasts on Benghazi these last few weeks. In that moment of worship, I realized that Benghazi had been an enemy to our nation, and I had not blessed Benghazi. History has proven to be very violent for Libya, with one conqueror after another–Phoenecians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Spanish, Turks, Italians, and British.–JW

Our Father in heaven,
Forgive me for failing to bless Benghazi. I bless this city and the nation of Libya. I bless the land and seas. I bless the winds. I bless the people of Libya. Would that this nation was conquered by love, rather than violence.
Jesus is the Truth, and at His name, the belt of lies that gives strength to Al-Queda is undone.
Father, I cry out for Your glory to rise in this nation, for Your gospel to disseminate to the unreached people groups, for Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done in every sector of Libyan culture. Amen.

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