Isaiah 50:1-6, 9

January 6, 2013

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1)
      LORD, let your light, the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, shine on our path.

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and his glory will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:2)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who walk in deep darkness that your light will shine on their path.

The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:3)
      Holy Spirit, draw those who don’t know Jesus to him and turn the hearts of those in government to him

“Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. (Isaiah 60:4)
      Father, draw all of our children and theirs to Jesus.

Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. (Isaiah 60:5)
      Father, we pray for your abundance to come to us: to our families and communities, to our parishes and diocese.

The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD. (Isaiah 60:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us welcome into our parishes the large immigrant populations that surround us.

Surely the coastlands shall wait for me; and the ships of Tarshish will come first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, to the name of the LORD your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he has glorified you. (Isaiah 60:9)
      Jesus, your name is holy — help us go forth to our communities in the power and strength of your name and your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me with hope.

Epiphany: 46, 97 * 96, 100; Isa. 52:7-10; Rev. 21:22-27; Matt. 12:14-21
HC: The Epiphany January 6: 72 72:1-2,10-17; Isaiah 60:1-6,9; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
Jan. 7 * : 103 * 114, 115; Isa. 52:3-6; Rev. 2:1-7; John 2:1-11

Albany Intercessor


The Church of England–from the past to the future

January 6, 2013

Canterbury Cathedral

This post will remain at the top of the blog until March 21.  Look below for new entries.

In preparation for Bishop Justin Welby’s enthronement on March 21–

For Bishop Welby and his enthronement
Participants and visitors at the enthronement
Into the unknown

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A bidding prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect

January 6, 2013

Originally written by the Rev’d Dr. Peter Toon for Abp. of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Petition and Intercession for the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect, Justin Welby, on his birthday

Let us in all sincerity of spirit fervently pray for the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, the Body of Christ, dispersed throughout the world, that it may please God to confirm and strengthen it in pure faith, holy life and perfect love and to restore to it visible unity at the local and international level.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us also in sincerity of spirit and fervently pray this day for the Anglican Communion of Churches, together with other Anglicans bodies joined in fellowship and service, that all may be true to their calling and seek to know and do God.s will, and to serve and worship him acceptably.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us especially pray for Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect, in his vocation as .first among equals. amongst the bishops of the Anglican family, and in his work as the Primate of all England and bishop of the diocese of Canterbury, that he may be given all the necessary virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit to perform and fulfill his tasks.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin in his relation to the Queen and the British Government and for his own position and work in the House of Lords, that God will give him the wisdom and discernment to speak and act as a Christian statesman.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin in his relation to the General Synod and House of Bishops of the Church of England, that he may provide godly, learned and appropriate guidance and leadership in the many issues and problems faced by the National Church of England today.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin in his work as a Christian apologist via the media and as a theologian in church and academia, that he may be faithful to the faith once delivered to the saints and make this faith meaningful and attractive to people today.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as he acts as the .primary instrument of unity. in the Anglican Communion, that he may receive wise counsel and godly help as he seeks to relate to, and serve with, all the Primates and leaders, and as he attempts to bring all the Provinces into faithful commitment to biblical Faith and Morality and to Anglican witness as Reformed Catholics.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as he seeks to understand and provide guidance and help to the Provinces of Canada and the U.S.A. in this period of crisis and controversy, that he will truly represent the mind of Christ Jesus, the Head of the Church, and the heart of love of the same Lord Jesus in his ministry to them.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as he represents the Anglican Churches in relations to other Churches . e.g., Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, & Presbyterian . and to other religions — Judaism and Islam — that he will speak and act with wisdom, grace and courage.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as a family man that he may make and find the time to spend quality time with his wife and children, and that his family will grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as the individual Christian believer before God the Father, that he may be sustained in union with Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, through meditation on sacred Scripture, and the use of the daily offices, the holy Sacrament and other means of grace.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin that he may be given sound physical, mental and social health so as to have the energy to fulfill his many roles and tasks.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for all who work closely with Justin at Lambeth Palace and other places, that they may provide for him excellent service, guidance and assistance, that he may be enabled the more fruitfully to serve the Lord of the Church.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Finally, let us praise God the Holy Trinity for his creation, salvation and redemption of the world, and let us give thanks for the long and sustained witness of the See of Canterbury to the Faith, Worship and Order of the holy Catholic Church over many centuries.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

These prayers and praises let us humbly offer up to the throne of heaven as we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


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