Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd

February 15, 2013

By John Keble–

Gracious Savior, gentle Shepherd,
Our little ones are dear to Thee;
Gathered with Thine arms and carried
In Thy bosom may they be
Sweetly, gently, safely tended,
From all want and danger free.

Tender Shepherd, never leave them
From Thy fold to go astray;
By Thy look of love directed,
May they walk the narrow way;
Thus direct them, and protect them,
Lest they fall an easy prey.

Let Thy holy Word instruct them:
Fill their minds with heav’nly light;
Let Thy love and grace constrain them,
To approve whate’er is right,
Take Thine easy yoke and wear it,
And to prove Thy burden light.

Cleanse their hearts from sinful folly
In the stream Thy love supplied;
Mingled streams of blood and water
Flowing from Thy wounded side;
And to heav’nly pastures lead them,
Where Thine own still waters glide.

Reference: http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/g/r/a/grasavgs.htm


The Oxford Movement

February 15, 2013

The Oxford Movement was a movement of High Church Anglicans, eventually developing into Anglo-Catholicism. The movement, whose members were often associated with the University of Oxford, argued for the reinstatement of lost Christian traditions of faith and their inclusion into Anglican liturgy and theology. It was also known as the Tractarian Movement after its series of publications Tracts for the Times, published between 1833 and 1841.
The Oxford Movement was attacked for being a mere “Romanising” tendency, but it began to have an influence on the theory and practice of Anglicanism. It resulted in the establishment of Anglican religious orders, both of men and women. It incorporated ideas and practices related to the practice of liturgy and ceremony in a move to bring more powerful emotional symbolism and energy to the church. Its effects were so widespread that the Eucharist gradually became more central to worship, vestments became common, and numerous Roman Catholic practices were re-introduced into worship.
Partly because bishops refused to give livings to Tractarian priests, many of them ended up working in the slums. From their new ministries they developed a critique of British social policy, both local and national. One of the upshots was the establishment of the Christian Social Union, of which a number of bishops were members, where issues such as the just wage, the system of property renting, infant mortality and industrial conditions were debated.
The Christian Social Union eventually merged into the Industrial Christian Fellowship.

THE ICF PRAYER
God the Creator, bless me in the things that I do today.
God the Spirit, guide me in the things that I think and plan today.
God the Redeemer, forgive and make good the things that I might spoil today.
In all my work may I find you with me,
and look to the day when all things will be made new
in what you have yet to create in your wisdom and boundless love.

Reference: Wikipedia


John 1:35-39

February 15, 2013

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as he walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:35-36)
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to behold Jesus as the Lamb of God.

The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:37)
      Jesus, help us follow you.

Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are you staying?” (John 1:38 )
      Holy Father, give us hearts that seek to know you and your son Jesus better each day.

He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and remained with him that day (now it was about the tenth hour) (John 1:39)
      Holy Spirit, help us get out of those comfortable places and habits and seek after Jesus — to go where he is working and ministering.

A word received: Place your cares in my hand.

Friday: 95 & 31; *; 35; Deut. 7:12-16; Titus 2:1-15; John 1:35-42
Saturday: 30, 32; *; 42, 43; Deut. 7:17-26; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51

      Notes from the Front Line

***** FREE WILL.
      While on an airplane, yesterday, I had a day time vision. I was half awake. (as opposed to half asleep). In the vision I was in my old picture frame shop and the Lord brought in a white canvas with no paint on it. In the vision He asked me to frame it. He did not give me any perimeters. In my mind I put frame corners on all four sides as He wanted me to make the decision. I chose a very large, ornate, gold leaf, bold, hand carved museum frame. God gives us free will to focus on the pictures of life and on how we chose to frame them. ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 14, 2013, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Kathy Palmatier, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water

In the morning I stopped at a gas station I often go to and when I went inside the attendant (whom I have prayed with several times before) pointed to a young woman standing near her and said, “She needs prayer.” I went to the woman and asked her what she wanted prayer for and she told me that her son, BRAYDON, age 2, is about to have his 3rd open-heart surgery. It will be an 8-hour procedure. I prayed for Braydon and for the surgeons and medical personnel and the mother, +ASHLEY. I gave her a cross which she received with thanksgiving. There are so many opportunities to pray for people! Torre

At the City Mission:

DAN — His daughter JULIA (21) started a job. We prayed that she would do well and that the job would last. Dan reported that PASTOR DAN’S daughter CHRIS is doing better and has been moved to a rehab center.

BRUCE (man) — We prayed for continued healing for his thumb.

+a KIM (woman) — We prayed that she would be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to speak God’s word to people at the evening meal.

GARY (man) — We prayed for God’s provision for him and his family. He was a bit down because he had been turned down for a job that he felt he was qualified for.

REGGIE (man) — He asked prayer for a woman named APRIL who needs to learn to trust God.

+a RICHARD (man) — He is just back from a 30-day stay at a rehab facility in Utica. We prayed for enduring strength for him and healing in his relationship with his wife SOPHIA and his son RICHARD JR. who is almost 6.

RON (man) — He has a meeting with the Public Defender in whom he does not place great confidence and has a court appearance on Wednesday about his continuing desire to have visiting rights with his daughter ISABEL.

Albany Intercessor


Lent Quotes: David Fischler – Lent is really NOT about self-examination

February 15, 2013

Lent, then, is not really about self-examination and agonizing over sin, so much as renewing our vows to live as faithful followers of the Lamb, and in the process to love him with all our heart and soul and strength and mind. Do that, and the problem of sin will take care of itself as the Holy Spirit works within us to bring it about. Lent, far from a time for moping and introspection, is a time for joy.

The Rev. David S. Fischler (DMin Student)
Associate Pastor Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Kingstowne, Virginia

This is excerpted from the Feb. 14th Lenten Devotional published by Trinity School for Ministry. I encourage you to go read the whole entry!

 

Here too is the devotional’s closing prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, I praise and thank You for what You have already done for me in Your incarnate life, Your atoning sacrifice, and Your triumphant resurrection. Take my eyes off myself, and focus them firmly on You, that my whole life might proclaim Your love and grace. Amen.


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