Advent blogging suggestions or requests?

November 13, 2012

Hello all,
I’m currently thinking and praying about the possibility of doing some limited Advent blogging this year. It’s something I greatly enjoy, but I may not have much time available to devote to it this year.

It would help me to know what our readers would most appreciate and value in terms of any Advent blogging here. Which of the following would you most like to see Lent & Beyond focus on this advent?

1) Publicizing & Compiling Advent Resources
2) Posting several Advent-themed prayers per week (generally traditional prayers)
3) Posting regular excerpts from Advent devotionals, poems, hymns… (found on other blogs, or in Advent devotional books)
4) Original prayers or devotionals, including “illustrated devotionals” combining artwork, Scripture and a reflection, or music…
5) Other…. (leave a comment)

In an ideal world, I would love to do a lot in terms of original devotionals, but it may not be possible. But if readers here clamor strongly for it, maybe I can find some time.

Please leave a comment with your suggestions or requests, thanks!


South Carolina convention

November 13, 2012

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (AMP)

And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

O Lord, would that our prayers open the gates over the upcoming South Carolina convention so that Your angels could ascend and descend, bringing calls to the appropriate individuals to lead in this hour.
We cry out for a threefold generational alignment with Your will. May the hearts of families be one with Yours. May grandparents, parents, and young people stand as one in Christ Jesus before Your throne. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. We declare it so in the Diocese of South Carolina. Amen.

Revelation 19:10

November 13, 2012

Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10 ESV)

Father, send your Holy Spirit to bear witness to Jesus, even through our spiritually blinded clergy and through our denominational rivalries and strife.

As the High Priest Caiphas prophesied Messiah’s atoning death for our sins, so fill the words of misguided church leaders with testimony to Jesus the way, the truth and the life.

As the Apostle Paul’s ego-driven rivals still spread the Good News of Christ, so let your Word reach those you are saving, even through our broken denominational factions.

We ask this in the only name given for salvation, the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Justin Welby

November 13, 2012

Psalm 111:2 (ESV)
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.

Grant to Your servant Justin, dear Lord, a delight in Your works. Amen.

Psalm 78:52-56

November 13, 2012

But he made his own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; (Psalm 78:52)
      Jesus, shepherd us in the wilderness that the Episcopal Church has become.

And he led them on safely, so that they did not fear; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. (Psalm 78:53)
      Jesus, lead us on safely and overwhelm those who hate your Word.

And he brought them to his holy border, this mountain which his right hand had acquired. (Psalm 78:54)
      Holy Spirit, guide us into the provision you have for us.

He also drove out the nations before them, allotted them an inheritance by survey, and made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. (Psalm 78:55)
      Holy Father, drive out from among us all who hate you and your ways and bring us into the inheritance you have prepared for us. Thank you

Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, and did not keep his testimonies, (Psalm 78:56)
      Holy Spirit, change the hearts of those in the Episcopal Church who call evil good and good evil.

A word received: Keep your eyes on me.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11): Rev. 19:1-10: Luke 14:25-35
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Joel 2:12-19: Rev. 19:11-21: Luke 15:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: PT report, ST. ANN’s of AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Nov. 12, 2012; 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m., in front of our church on Division Street. It was an astoundingly war, gorgeous day straight out of August today, but many visitors to the table availed themselves of our offer for gloves, hats and socks to keep warm during the winter. Our parishioners are supporting the need to help our neighbors who need clothing to get through the hard times ahead. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t–received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
(Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil today.)

ETHEL — This older Roman Catholic woman stops EVERY Monday and hugs me and says something supportive. Today she said, “God boless you. You make my day every time I see you out here for us!”

t–LYNETTE — A first-time visitor, this woman asked for prayer for “… all those who have suffered and are still suffering in Long Island, New York and New Jersey from what happened with the storm Sandy.”

ANNA — She received prayer for “my family’s protection” and was very, very grateful to receive winter clothing articles.

DAVID — This Navy veteran was asking prayer of God’srotection for his young friend DAVID, who is currently serving a military stint in Afghanistan with the Marines.

REBECCA — She asked for prayer for continued healing for her godfather RALPH, who earlier this summer was fighting for his life but (she says) is doing MUCH better since she came to the prayer table multiple times on his behalf. Rebecca is a hard-working young woman who cares for three children as a single mother. Ralph is in a nursing home in St. Johnsville, and Rebecca is the only family he has. She THANKS YOU for your prayers!

t,t — CHRIS — This man asked for prayer for protection and provision for his wife and children as he struggles to “male ends meet.” He, too, was very grateful for winter articles for all members of his family.

***** Check out the Dock Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
      Can you believe it? The DOCK turns three on Thursday 15th November. It’s now a toddler!
      Every year we have celebrated The DOCK’s birthday as a way of marking all the progress of the past year.
      On 15/11/09, we met in the open air
      On 15/11/10, we hired the Pump House Cafe
      On 15/11/11, we used an empty shop unit at the ARC
      And now, on 15/11/12, we have a home… Belfast’s first and only Honesty Box Cafe, the setting for countless friendships and events and conversations throughout this amazing year, the place where the welcome is always warm, the sofas are always squashy and the kettle is always on…
      So much to be thankful for – such an incredible year. And so the DOCK’s birthday this year is our ‘Thanksgiving Day’. There will be a ‘Reasons to be Thankful’ wall in the cafe all day – extra-specially yummy food available – and in the evening, at 7pm, we’ll gather for a birthday party to beat them all, with cake, music, stories, all you can eat and drink – and worship so we can give thanks to God for all these gifts.
      I’d LOVE for you to join us – see you there! Chris
      PS There’s also a fine and noble tradition of Dock-themed birthday cakes every year – will the tradition be maintained in 2012? Over to you, Mum…

Albany Intercessor

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