Ephesians 1:3-6

January 14, 2013

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 1:3a)
      Father, we bless you.

who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3b)
      Father, thank you for the ways you have blessed us through your son Jesus Christ.

just as he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, (Ephesians 1:4a)
      Father, thank you for loving us.

that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, (Ephesians 1:4b)
      Jesus, thank you that your blood cleanses us from all sin and thank you for loving us.

having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (Ephesians 1:5)
      Father, thank you for giving us your Spirit of adoption through your son Jesus, Thank you that is your good pleasure to adopt us as your children.

to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he has made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily give thanks and praise that we have been made acceptable through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A word received at Christ Church Schenectady 1/13/13: My people are waiting and searching for me in the streets of this city. The broken, the fearful, the lost. The streets of the city are crying out for justice and peace. Death and fear, bloodshed and crying are among you. Listen to me my children, hear my words, know my compassion, reach out to the streets and bring them my hope and love. Light the way to me, guide my people to the light. I know each of you by name, my love for you abounds, share that light and love with my people. My people are waiting for you to guide them, go out and lead them; for I am a loving and gentle God, for the time is short.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Isa. 40:12-23; Eph. 1:1-14; Mark 1:1-13
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Isa. 40:25-31; Eph. 1:15-23; Mark 1:14-28

Albany Intercessor

Glastonbury Abbey

January 14, 2013

Glastonbury Abbey has in history been one of the most important religious places in the UK. During the Christian era great numbers of pilgrims flocked to the Abbey to venerate the relics of saints and sages, the most valued relics being those of St.Patrick who ended his days at Glastonbury in 461 AD.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate (adapted)

We bind unto Glastonbury today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

We bind this day to Glastonbury for ever.
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for their salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
We bind unto Glastonbury today.

We bind unto Glastonbury the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

We bind unto Glastonbury today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

We bind unto Glastonbury today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to their need.
The wisdom of our God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give Glastonbury’s Christians speech,
His heavenly host to be their guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar their course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
We bind to Glastonbury these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect this town, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with them, Christ within them,
Christ behind them, Christ before them,
Christ beside them, Christ to win them,
Christ to comfort and restore them.
Christ beneath them, Christ above them,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love them,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

We bind unto Glastonbury the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of our salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

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