Church of England

December 16, 2013

Dear Lord,

When Jacob saw Rachel, his heart was so transformed by his love for her, a huge stone proved no barrier to uncovering the well of water. When he served Laban seven years for Rachel, they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

Oh, that the love of the Church of England for You would prove so passionate–a love that would transform hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, a love to uncover wells of living water.

Oh, that their days would be so filled with adoration that time would loose its grip. Creator of heaven and earth, of space and time, may they live and move and have their being in You. Amen.

Genesis 29, Ezekiel 36:26, Acts 17:28


North India praise report

December 16, 2013

In 2008, a wave of persecution against Christians in North India resulted in hundreds of churches and thousands of homes being burned. The deaths included an Anglican lay leader.  One of L&B’s prayers included :

We confess the sins that the United Kingdom and the United States have committed in the development of this crisis. In colonization, we exploited the people and the resources of this land. In post-colonial times, we turned a blind eye to its poverty. We did not do unto our brothers and sisters as we would have them do unto us.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Death has come upon this land. Your life always overpowers death. Your blessings always overcome curses.

We pray for the outpouring of God’s blessings of life to overcome the effects of these sins. We come together in the Name of Jesus to pray for the Light of Christ, the Blessing of the Almighty Father, and the power of the Holy Spirit to shine brightly where once darkness reigned.

In the words of Jesus (Matthew 6:14): “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Therefore, today we will also choose to forgive those in the UK, the US, and Northern India who gave themselves over to the enemy and brought such despair upon this land. We will leave their sins to You and to Your judgment, but we will forgive those who committed the sins, so that our unforgiveness does not keep the effects of their sins bound to this land.

Today there are reports of Hindus coming to faith in Christ because of the forgiveness of the Christians.  Praise God!


December 16th: Art for Advent

December 16, 2013

The Rev. Patrick Comerford’s “Art for Advent” reflection today is perhaps the best in his entire series.  His entry today focuses on traditional Orthodox icons of the nativity and he explores their rich theological symbolism.

I highly recommend reading the full entry.

 


An Advent Prayer of Praise: Joining in Mary’s Song

December 16, 2013

I really was encouraged and challenged by Pastor Scotty Smith’s Advent prayer at his blog Heavenward on Sunday. Here’s an excerpt:

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. Luke 1:46-50

[…]  Though Mary’s story is singularly unique, yet I join her Advent refrain today. I can sing her song. I must sing her song, for you’ve been so mindful of my humble, broken, sinful state. I have nothing to boast in but you, Lord Jesus. You came to me when I wasn’t seeking you. You are being formed in me as surely as you entered the world through Mary’s womb—O holy and glorious mystery.

I’m a blessed man because you’ve done great things for me, and you continue to do great things for me and in me. Holy is your name, Lord Jesus! I have no concern for what any generation may say about me. It’s enough to know what you say about me: That I’m yours—forgiven by you, righteous in you, beloved of you, and kept for you. Hallelujah, many times over!

Jesus, with Mary I can say, your mercy has been extended to my generation, and to me personally. Therefore, my soul glorifies you, and my spirit rejoices in you—my God and my Savior. As the gospel goes deeper into my heart, free me from all fears except the fear of the Lord; and liberate me to love others as you love me. So very Amen I pray, in your tender and triumphant name.

Here’s the link for all his Advent prayers.


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