Luke 4:17-19

January 27, 2013

And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:17)
      Jesus, we are your disciples and you have taught us to follow you and do what you do.

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, (Luke 4:18a)
      Father, let your Holy Spirit come upon us.

Because he has anointed me (Luke 4:18b)
      Holy Spirit, please anoint us as well.

To preach the gospel to the poor; (Luke 4:18c)
      Jesus, help us get outside the walls of our churches and share the gospel with the poor, the lost and the least.

He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, (Luke 4:18d)
      Father, help us minister your love and healing to the brokenhearted.

To proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18e)
      Jesus, bless the ministry to prisoners in this diocese and raise up more clergy who will be willing to join in this ministry.

      For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3

And recovery of sight to the blind, (Luke 4:18f
      Holy Spirit, come with power on all those who minister healing in this diocese. Open the eyes of the physically and spiritually blind.

To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Luke 4:18g)
      Jesus, please help us share with others the freedom that comes from knowing you.

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:19)
      Father, please help us, help me proclaim that now is the time and the hour to turn to you and accept your son Jesus as both Lord and Savior. Holy Spirit, please give your power and guidance to my words and to those who hear me. Thank you.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isa. 47:1-15; Heb. 10:19-31; John 5:2-18
HC: 113; Nehemiah 8:2-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Luke 4:14-21
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isa. 48:1-11; Gal. 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
Subject: Invitation Welcome Home Initiative #20
      This weekend we are running the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) number twenty. This is the first one specifically for female military veterans. We have General Karen Love as the key note speaker for the closing healing service at 10am Tuesday 29th Jan at Christ the King, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich 12834 Please join us to welcome home these veterans. Hope to see you there. If you can’t make it can I count on your prayers please? Thank you so much. Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Welcome Home Initiative Dayton Prayer
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

Albany Intercessor

St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland

January 27, 2013

Shakespeare made familiar the name of Malcolm III, King of Scotland. Malcolm’s wife was an English princess named Margaret. Margaret (d. 1093) was married in 1070 despite a leaning to the religious life. At her instigation many abuses were reformed and synods held to regulate the Lenten fast and Easter Communion. Her great personal piety found expression in her personal practice of prayer and fasting and in her charity to the poor. She encouraged the founding of schools, hospitals, and orphanages. Together, Margaret and her husband rebuilt the monastery of Iona and founded Dunfermline Abbey, under the direction of the Benedictine monks.

In addition to her zeal for Church and people, Margaret was a conscientious wife and the mother of eight children. Malcolm, a strong-willed man, came to trust her judgment even in matters of State

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the piety, charity, and godly heritage of Queen Margaret. We humbly ask You to raise up in England cultural leaders who are conscientious in their duties to You, their families, and their nation. Renew a spirit of almsgiving in this land. Amen.

Hat tip: SF

St. Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury and martyr

January 27, 2013

Alphege (954-1012), the Archbishop of Canterbury, gave his witness in the troubled time of the second wave of Scandinavian invasion and settlement in England. He served as a monk at Deerhurst, then as Abbot of Bath, then as Bishop of Winchester. He was instrumental in bringing the Norse King Olaf Tryggvason, only recently baptized, to King Aethelred in 994 to make his peace and to be confirmed.

In 1006, he was translated to Canterbury, and in 1011, he was taken hostage by the Danes. He refused to allow a personal ransom to be collected from his already over-burdened people. He was brutally murdered during a drunken feast, despite the Viking commander Thorkell’s effort to save him by offering all his possessions except his ship for the Archbishop’s life. He is regarded as a martyr because he would not ransom himself at the expense of his poor tenants.

Proverbs 14:31 (NKJV)
He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker,
But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.

We thank You that Archbishop Alphege honored You in his life and in his death. May Bishop Justin Welby and the Church of England bring honor to Your name by their mercy to the poor. Amen.

Hat tip: SF

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