Glastonbury Chalice Well

January 10, 2013

Chalice Well is a holy well situated at the foot of Glastonbury Tor in the county of Somerset, England. Archaeological evidence suggests that the well has been in almost constant use for at least two thousand years.
Christian mythology suggests that Chalice Well marks the site where Joseph of Arimathea placed the chalice that had caught the drops of Christ’s blood at the Crucifixion. In addition to the legends associated with Glastonbury, the Well is often portrayed as a symbol of the female aspect of deity, with the male symbolised by Glastonbury Tor. As such, it is a popular destination for pilgrims in search of the divine feminine, including modern pagans.

Revelation 22:1 (New King James Version)
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Father in heaven,
As Anglicans, we acknowledge our sins of not speaking out in the public square and failing to influence the public sector. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy.
We cry out for the pure river of the water of life in Glastonbury. Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
May it be so in Glastonbury! Revive the church in Glastonbury that she may be holy and without blemish. Bless Rt. Rev. Peter Price, Bishop of Bath and Wells. Bless the Church of St John the Baptist and the Church of St. Benedict. Bless Rev. David MacGeoch, Rev. Sister Diana Greenfield, Rev. Robin Ray, Margaret Wynn, Larry Schenck, Andrew Pugh, and Derek Dorey. We cry out for a proclamation of Your word troughout Somerset. Flow, river, flow over this land. Amen.

The waters of the United Kingdom

January 10, 2013

Wherever sin, death, and curses have been present in a place it is necessary to pray for the outpouring of God’s BLESSINGS OF LIFE to overcome the effects of such actions. Hence, in preparation for the enthronement of Bp Justin Welby, we are posting a series of prayers regarding the sins of the past. JW

O God,
At creation Your Spirt moved upon the face of the waters. You divided the waters which were under the firmament from those above. You gathered the waters under the heaven and commanded that they be filled with living creatures. And it was good. (Gen 1)
In time the wickedness of mankind was so great that every imagination of their hearts was evil continually, except for Noah. You brought a flood upon the earth and blessed Noah and made a covenant with him. (Gen 6-9)
You delivered the children of Israel from their slave masters by dividing the Red Sea. (Ex 14)
You healed the waters at Marah and made a covenant of healing with Your people. You gave them rest by the twelve wells and seventy palm trees of Elim. (Ex 15)
You brought water out of rock in the wilderness of Sin (Ex 17) and in Kadesh Barnea (Num 20), and that Rock was Christ (1 Cor 10:4).
You brought the priests bearing the ark of the covenant into the Jordan River, cut off the waters, and made the waters stand in a heap. (Josh 3)
You gave us Your Son Jesus, who leads us to water of eternal life. (Jn 4) You have given Him all power in heaven and in earth (Mt 28). Jesus is the Lord of Water.
We exalt You, Jesus, over all the rivers, including the Severn, the Thames, the Trent, the Great Ouse, the Wye, the Tay, and the Spey. Jesus is Lord of the lakes of England and Wales, the loughs of Northern Ireland, and the lochs of Scotland. Jesus reigns over the channels, the seas, the minches, and the firths of the United Kingdom.
We confess the sins of our Celtic ancestors in the worship of pagan goddesses of water, including Sulis Minerva, Boinn, Sabrina and our Roman ancestors in the worship of Neptune, god of the sea. We forgive those who gave themselves to idolatry and brought any curses to the nation of Great Britain and our church.
Jesus, sprinkle clean water upon the nation of Great Britain, the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Sprinkle clean water upon our hearts and cleanse us from our iniquities and idols, we pray. (Eze 36:25) Amen.

Isaiah 65:8-10

January 10, 2013

Thus says the LORD: “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it,’ So will I do for my servants’ sake, That I may not destroy them all. (Isaiah 65:8 )
      Father, preserve and bless your faithful ones and draw the lost and the least to you. Help us abide in your blessing.

I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah an heir of my mountains; my elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. (Isaiah 65:9)
      Holy Spirit, raise up and train the next generation in your ways. Help them know you and serve you.

Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, for my people who have sought me. (Isaiah 65:10)
      Jesus, shepherd the leaders and people of this diocese; fold them in your arms and carry the young. Bless all those who have sought you. Let this diocese be a place of peace where your shep may safely graze. Thank you.

J.S. Bach: Adagios- Sheep may safely graze

A word received: Cry out to me for my people who are in distress.

A word received: Come as children into my arms.

Jan. 10: 138, 139:1-17(18-23) * 147; Isa. 65:1-9; Rev. 3:1-6; John 6:1-14
Jan. 11: 148, 150 * 91, 92; Isa. 65:13-16; Rev. 3:7-13; John 6:15-27

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Bishop’s Update January 9, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      For the past two days (Jan. 8 and 9), I have been participating in a conciliation meeting in accordance with Canon IV.10 in Richmond, VA, concerning complaints raised over an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief that I was a signatory to along with six other bishops in April 2012, involving an ongoing court case in the Diocese of Fort Worth.
      We have reached an agreement in principle which resolves all the complaints brought against me and the other six respondent bishops named in the Fort Worth Complaint. In accordance with Canon IV.14.5, the terms of the Accord still have to be signed by all involved and are not final, thus remaining confidential until approved and released by the Presiding Bishop.
      I greatly appreciate the concern expressed regarding this issue and all the love, support and prayers offered on my behalf and the others involved in this process. As always I am humbled and honored to serve as the Bishop of Albany. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless, guide and lead us as we continue to go forth in His name.
      Faithfully Your Brother in Christ, +Bill

***** Prayer posted by Sally Skinkle, Jan 9
      O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

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