Come, Ye Weary Sinners, Come

February 19, 2013

By Charles Wesley–

Come, ye weary sinners, come, all who groan beneath your load,
Jesus calls His wanderers home, hasten to your pardoning God!
Come, ye guilty spirits oppressed, answer to the Savior’s call,
“Come, and I will give you rest. Come, and I will save you all.”

Jesus, full of truth and love, we Thy kindest word obey;
Faithful let Thy mercies prove, take our load of guilt away;
Now we would on Thee rely, cast on Thee our every care,
To Thine arms of mercy fly, find our lasting quiet there.

Burdened with a world of grief, burdened with our sinful load,
Burdened with this unbelief, burdened with the wrath of God;
Lo! we come to Thee for ease, true and gracious as Thou art,
Now our groaning souls release, write forgiveness on our heart.

Elizabeth Ferard and Isabella Gilmore, deaconesses

February 19, 2013

Although St. Paul mentioned deaconesses at Cenchreae, and St. John Chrysostom considered the model appropriate for both sexes, deaconesses vanished for hundreds of years until revived among Lutherans in Kaiserswerth, Germany in 1836. The nineteenth century deaconess movement involved women living in community while carrying out traditional deacon ministries, especially teaching and serving the poor in industrializing cities.

Ferard was a gentlewoman from a prominent Huguenot family. Archibald Tait, then Bishop of London and later Archbishop of Canterbury, encouraged Elizabeth Ferard’s religious vocation, particularly her visit to deaconess communities in Germany. In 1858, Ferard visited the deaconess community at Kaiserswerth. With the help of benefactors, Ferard founded the North London Deaconess Institution in 1861. The women dedicated themselves to the Church, to teach and care for the sick, but without taking formal vows. Ferard was ordained a deaconess on 18 July 1862.

Gilmore was a widowed nurse. In 1886, she was recruited by Anthony Thorold, the Bishop of Rochester, to revive the female diaconate in his diocese. In her nearly 20 years of service, she reestablished the female diaconate in the Anglican Communion. She had personally trained at least seven other head deaconesses for other dioceses before she died in 1923.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the lives of Elizabeth Ferard and Isabella Gilmore and for the deaconess movement. Bless the United Kingdom with other religious communities within the Church of England, for the relief of the suffering, teaching, and evangelism. May Your kingdom come, Your will be done in the Church of England as it is in heaven. Amen.

Reference: Wikipedia

Hebrews 3:7-11

February 19, 2013

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested me, tried me, and saw my works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.’ So I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ “ (Hebrews 3:7-11)
      Jesus, please help us hear your voice — let your words soften our hearts. Lord, we have provoked you so many times — bring us to true and lasting repentance so that we may enter your rest.

Prayer of Humble Access
      WE do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord, whose nature is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of you dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen. [Book of Common Prayer, Ireland]

A word received: Make the choice to wait on me and trust me.

Tuesday: 45; *; 47, 48; Deut. 9:4-12; Heb. 3:1-11; John 2:13-22
Wednesday: 119:49-72; *; 49, [53]; Deut. 9:13-21; Heb. 3:12-19; John 2:23-3:15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, 9:45-10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Anne DeGroff, Deb Gerlach and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table this day.) NOTE: It was extremely cold (14 degrees and wind!) today so there was very little foot traffic. For the first time, we had more prayer table presiders than customers. Oh, well. We were there for the ones who came!)

REBECCA — One of our regulars, Rebecca was the very first person to come to the table back on July 9 of last year. Today she asked for prayer that she and her young son MICHAEL will be able to eventually move to a new home in Kentucky. Right now she cannot afford to go. She gladly accepted some warm winter clothing for herself and her son.

DAVID — Another regular visitor, David asked for prayer to help him with financial problems which have hit him recently. David took clothing for other men in the apartment complex he lives in.

Albany Intercessor

Lent Prayers: Forgive what our lips tremble to name

February 19, 2013

Gracious God,
our sins are too heavy to carry,
too real to hide,
and too deep to undo.

Forgive what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us
a consuming fire of judgment.

Set us free from a past that we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed;
and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image,
through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

– from the Book of Common Worship

h/t Trevin Wax

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