Thomas Bray, priest and missionary

February 5, 2013

The Reverend Dr Thomas Bray (1658 – 1730) was an English clergyman, who spent time in Maryland as an Anglican representative. After leaving university he wrote his Catechetical Lectures. The Bishop of London appointed him in 1696 as his commissary to organize the Church of England in Maryland, and he was in that colony in 1699–1700. He took a great interest in colonial missions, especially among the Native Americans, and it is to his efforts that the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (founded 1701), now known as Us., owes its existence.

He also projected a successful scheme for establishing parish libraries in England and America, out of which grew the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (founded 1699). Bray envisioned a library for each parish in America, funded by booksellers and stocked with books donated by authors. These libraries were meant to encourage the spread of the Anglican church in Britain’s colonies, and as such were primarily composed of theological works. It was a major endeavour, as at the time the only other public libraries in the American colonies were at a small number of universities. At the time of his death he had succeeded in establishing 80 such libraries in England and Wales and 39 in America.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the life and ministry of Thomas Bray. We cry out for a resurgence of clergy within the Church of England whose primary mission is the propagation of the gospel and the promotion of Christian knowledge. May Bishop Justin Welby lead the church in that goal.
Guard and bless the Anglican theological libraries throughout the Communion. We pray that the work of Us. and the SPCK will be for the establishment of Your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Reference: Wikipedia

Jeremy Taylor, author and bishop of Down and Connor

February 5, 2013

Jeremy Taylor (1613 – 1667) was a cleric in the Church of England who achieved fame as an author during the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell. He is sometimes known as the “Shakespeare of Divines” for his poetic style of expression and was often presented as a model of prose writing.

Taylor was under the patronage of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury. He went on to become chaplain in ordinary to King Charles I as a result of Laud’s sponsorship. This made him politically suspect when Laud was tried for treason and executed in 1645 by the Puritan parliament during the English Civil War. After the parliamentary victory over the King, he was briefly imprisoned several times. At the Restoration, he was made Bishop of Down and Connor in Ireland.

Look at that beautiful butterfly, and learn from it to trust in God. One might wonder where it could live in tempestuous nights, in the whirlwind, or in the stormy day; but I have noticed it is safe and dry under the broad leaf while rivers have been flooded, and the mountain oaks torn up from their roots.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Bishop Justin Welby is becoming Arhbishop of Canterbury in the midst of a tempest. May he trust in You and come under Your wings for refuge. Amen.

Ruth 2:12

Mark 8:1-10

February 5, 2013

In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.” (Mark 81-3:)
      Jesus, help us to your compassion on all the poor and those in need who come seeking you.

Then his disciples answered him, “How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?” He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.” (Mark 8:4-5)
      Holy Spirit, guide us in sharing what we have with those in greater need.

      We really need more gloves to give out at the prayer tables. A woman at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Amsterdam has an arrangement with an Army/Navy store where she can get good quality work gloves that are lined with Thinsulite and are warm. If you would care to donate, send a check to St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 37 Division St., Amsterdam, New York 12010 and mark the memo field “Clothing Fund”. God bless you!

So he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, he said to set them also before them. So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments. Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And he sent them away, 1immediately got into the boat with his disciples, and came to the region of Dalmanutha. (Mark 8:6-10)
      Multiply our loaves and fishes Father so that your little ones are fed. Thank you.

Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Isa. 52:1-12; Gal. 4:12-20; Mark 8:1-10
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Isa. 54:1-10(11-17); Gal. 4:21-31; Mark 8:11-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Prayerline of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 6:02 AM
To: St. Ann’s Church Prayerline
Subject: Prayer Request
Anne DeGroff: I was at St Mary’s for an x-ray this afternoon. A young woman was there in a great deal of pain. When I was finished she was still waiting (on obvious agony) as she had to drink that horrible “stuff”..3 of them! She was alone and so uncomfortable so I kept her company and prayed for her. Her name is ANDREA, she is 37, previously had a stent in a kidney. I stayed until a nurse came to get her. All I know about her is that she has no family except for an 8 YEAR OLD SON. She seemed very nice and appreciated my company. I left her my name and phone number in case I could do anything. I have not heard anything more. Please keep her in your prayers. Thank you!

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” Ephesians 6:18

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Hi Guys, Here is a request in from Hannah in Durham,
      Could you all please pray for my teacher in school, her name is Trish and she is attending hospital today for treatment of leukaemia. This is the teacher whose class I teach when out at school for work experience. Please pray that todays treatment goes well and that she is healed of this cancer Thankyou.

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 10-1040 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. It was extremely windy and cold (22 degrees) today, and for the fourth week in a row very little foot traffic — probably because of the extreme weather. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. We cut our hour short because the wind was whipping up the prayer table cover, we had trouble holding down the wooden crosses from blowing away. And we were, quite frankly, very cold!)

t–received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina. (Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil today.I think the oil might have frozen on the spot!)

OLDER WOMAN — She smiled and thanked us for coming out, but declined prayer, saying “I’m Roman Catholic and I have already been praying a lot today myself. But … thank you!”

t–LISA — She stopped for gloves, a scarf and a hat from our winter clothing table, and also asked for prayer ” … for everything to be better in my life.”

DAVID — This man is a VietNam veteran who served in the Navy and always comes to talk to us. He told us a story of how he taken a pair of gloves he had taken from our table earlier in the winter and in turn passed them on to a homeless person he saw over the weekend — in the same spirit of giving. “He needed them more than I did!” David said. He took a new pair today along with some pairs of socks. He stayed to pray with us with our next visitor.

t–ELSA — This young mother had a little guy named JOSHUA with her, in a baby carriage. ELSA asked for prayer for preservation and safety for herself and her baby son, and she took an armful of warm winter garb for herself and the baby.

(Again, MANY thanks to all of you who have donated clothes or money toward clothes for the poor we see out here each week and on Community Meal Sunday at the end of each month. God bless you!)

Albany Intercessor

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