John 2:1-11

January 20, 2013

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.” (John 2:1-5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us follow Mary’s direction and do whatever Jesus tells us to do.

Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. (John 2:6-7)
      Jesus, please help us follow your directions even if the reasons for them are not immediately clear.

And he said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:8-11)
      Father, help us all enter into that “good wine” that you have reserved for us: walking with Jesus and being filled with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

      Jesus, help us as we see your works and believe in you as your disciples did. Thank you.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Isa. 43:14-44:5; Heb. 6:17-7:10; John 4:27-42
HC: 96 or 96:1-10; Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Isa. 44:6-8, 21-23; Eph. 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19a

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2013
Subject: Quote
      Everyone is healed, some are cured; because something always happens when we pray, of this I have no doubt. ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 19, 2012, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene Chesnut, Bob Baker, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on Albany St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
Albany St.
++ James — Daily provisons, blessings
Candy and Al’s family — Spiritual growth, daily blessings, financial help
Heather — weight loss
Michael & Stephanie — Michael’s job and financial provisions
Timmy & Vanessa — healing for their eye sight
Kevin — Daily blessings
++ Antonio, Richard, and Allen — A group of men who are walking with the Lord. Pray for continued blessings and for spiritual growth.
Thomas — Continued spiritual growth, victory over addictin and anxiety (was listening to Joyce Meyers)
Premnauth — Cold and flu, daily provision
Angel — “Hit and Run” prayer, man going to work.
State St.
+ Quiana (young woman) — “I just had a baby 2 days ago.” Prayed she would be the woman and mon God was calling her to be.
+ Mike (young man) — “For my daughter, Promise.”
Candy — For Denise, she is clean a year but is going through rough times now. Pray for sobriety. She knows the Lord. Pray for her son, Quinlen, that he gets into Equinox.
+a Arturo — He asked prayer for his 15 year old son Edwin who is stealing from him.
+ Orlando — He is from Puerto Rico. He asked if I was a priest and I said, “No.” Then he said that he would pray for us. We also prayed for him. He is a preacher.
Lisa — She showed us a list of AA and NA meeting for the whole region and suggest we have copies available for people as they need them. She has thrown Jason out, he was constantly bring alcohol into the apartment. She has been sober all week.
Will (regular) — He came and brought his two sons for prayer again, William and Grayson. We prayed he would be a good father.
Steve — His medicine and medical care issues are still not resolved.
+Angel (young teenage boy) — He said there was trouble in his family. We prayed for him and his family.

Albany Intercessor

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Stable gate at Canterbury

January 20, 2013

The building set apart for the missionaries stood in the Stable Gate, not far from the ruins of an old heathen temple. Here Augustine and his companions seemed to have established the ordinary routine of the Benedictine rule and the apostolic ministry of preaching. The church dedicated to St. Martin in the eastern part of the city which had been set apart for Queen Bertha’s followers many years before was also thrown open to them.
Augustine’s original building lies beneath the floor of the nave of Canterbury Cathedral.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Your Son Jesus Christ is our salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all people. Jesus is a light to the Anglican Communion and the glory of Your people Israel. He took upon himself the form of a servant and became obedient, even unto death.
We thank You for the birth of Jesus in a stable. We thank You for the birth of the Benedictine mission to Canterbury at Stable Gate.
We thank You for Jesus’s exaltation. We thank You that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. We thank You that at the name of Jesus, all the pagan deities previously worshipped at the the heathen temple near Stable Gate shall bow. We claim Canterbury Cathedral for the exaltation of Christ Jesus.
Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord of the Church of England. Amen.
Luke 2:30-32, Philippians 2:5-11


From Bertha to Caroline

January 20, 2013

Bertha, Queen of Kent, was the daughter of the King of Paris. When she married the pagan King Æthelberht of Kent, she brought her chaplain with her to England. She restored a Christian church in Canterbury, which dated from Roman times, dedicating it to Saint Martin of Tours. The present St Martin’s at Canterbury occupies the same site. Augustine of Canterbury, who was sent by Pope Gregory I to preach the Gospel in England in 596, owed much of his favorable reception there to the influence of Bertha. King Æthelberht subsequently converted to Christianity.

Lord God,
We thank You for the life and ministry of Bertha, Queen of Kent. We ask You to bless Caroline Welby with a steadfast fidelity and quiet piety. May she be a source of godly wisdom, courage, and comfort for Justin. Anoint her with Your Holy Spirit and surround her with Your holy angels. We pray in the name of Your Son, whose cross St. Augustine carried to Canterbury. Amen.


St. Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury

January 20, 2013

Augustine of Canterbury (?-604) was the apostle to the English nation and the first Archbishop of Canterbury. A monk in Rome, he was called by Pope Gregory I to lead a band of missionaries to England. The group landed in 597. As they entered Canterbury, carrying a silver cross and a picture of our Saviour before them, they sang these words:

“We beseech Thee, O Lord, in all Thy mercy that Thy wrath and Thine anger may be turned from this city and Thy Holy House, though we have sinned. Alleluia.”

Their preaching turned thousands of the English to Christianity, including the king.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, in all Thy mercy that Thy wrath and Thine anger may be turned from Canterbury and the Church of England, though we have sinned. Alleluia.

Hat tip: SF


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