South Sudan

December 31, 2013

Power struggle within South Sudan has left many dead and displaced.

Dear Lord,
Sudan is replete with rebels bent on harming and killing Your people, taking land that is not theirs, and disrupting the government of Southern Sudan.
If any marauders start out with evil intent, we beseech You to send swarms of hornets to drive them away from Your children, just like You sent hornets against the Hittites, Canaanites, and Hivites.
If any armed gunmen on horseback set out to harm the innocent, we humbly ask that You commission an angel to stop their horses, just like You stopped Balaam’s ass.
If militia use weapons upon Your children, stop their weapons the way You closed the mouths of the lions for Daniel.
If an army seeks to destroy Your people, we plead with You to obstruct their view, like the pillar of cloud that gave darkness to Pharoah’s army at the Red Sea.
If any of Your children are being hunted down, we ask that strangers will hide them, like Rahab hiding Joshua’s two spies under stalks of flax, or give them means of escape, like Paul escaping King Aretas of Damascus through a window in a basket. If any babies are in peril, we ask that they be spared, like Moses in the bulrushes.
If Your children are oppressed by thirst, open their eyes to see a well, like Hagar in the wilderness. If their strength wanes, grant them provision from unexpected sources, like Jonathan’s honeycombs in the fields.
Jehovah Sabaoth, You are God-of-the-Angel-Armies, and we proclaim Your Holy Name over South Sudan. Amen.
Genesis 21:19, Exodus 2:3, 14:19-20, 23:28, Numbers 22, Joshua 2:6; 10, Judges 14:8-9, 1 Samuel 14:25-27, 2 Corinthians 11:32-33

Isaiah 65:24, Psalm 139:1-6, and John 5:5-9

December 31, 2013

“It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing me.

O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. (Psalm 139:1-6)
      Thank you, Father, that I am in your hands. You know me through and through; you know all my sins of thought, word, and deed, and yet you love me enough to send your son Jesus to die for me, and you fill and refill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:5-6)
      Jesus, I too want to be made well. I want to see your healing power manifested all around me.

The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. (John 5:7-9)
      Lord, speak your word and I shall be made well. Speak you word and those around me shall be made well. Speak your word and this diocese will be a well-watered garden of delight and healing. Thank you.

Dec. 31      46, 48 * –; 1 Kings 3:5-14: James 4:13-17;5:7-11: John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: –: * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25: Rev. 21:1-6
Holy Name: 103 * 148; Isa. 62:1-5,10-12: Rev. 19:11-16: Matt. 1:18-25
Holy Name January 1: 8; Exodus 34:1-8; Romans 1:1-7 or Philippians 2:9-13; Luke 2:15-21

      Notes from the Front Line

***** ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013; 11-12 noon in our Parish Hall during monthly Community Meal. Anne DeGroff and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

SUE — Received prayers for her father and sister, who both are seriously ill.

DAVID — Asked for prayers for the safety of children from predators.

(Monday, Dec. 30, 2013; 9:45 — 10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Very raw, windy and brutally cold day after a mixed precipitation storm last night froze solid and turned the streets, sidewalks and parking lots of Amsterdam into a three-inch cake of dangerous ice. The meal usually served at the Masonic Temple across the street was not open today (probably because of the awful weather) so many people who came turned to us for the free non-perishable food we offer at the table now. Some also took winter clothes, which we also offer those who come for prayer. Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil or give out any wooden crosses today.

OLDER MAN (No name given) — Received prayer for safety and took some gloves and a hat and socks.

ANGEL (young man) — Gratefully took food and clothing for his young family. He filled a generous bag with things like pasta, sauce, mac and cheese and soup and said “Thank you so much. Now we can eat today … after all!” We prayed for the safety and preservation of his family.

DAVE — Asked for prayer for the coming year to be better financially for him than this one was. Took food and clothing items for friends in need.

NANCY — This woman comes every Monday and takes all the food items she can carry in her cloth grocery bag. (We don’t mind how much people take.) She told me a few weeks ago that St. Ann’s ” … gets (her) through the week with your food” and she is very grateful. We prayed for her to be safe and to not be afraid.

DONNA — During the hot summer months, this young woman would always run down the street and wave and say “God bless you!” as she ran past. One day, she finally stopped and said hello and asked why we were out on the sidewalk. When we told her it was to offer prayers for needs for yourself or someone else or for a thanksgiving, she got prayer and has come ever since. Today she, too, was in need of food for her family to get through a tough time. We are so glad we are able to help people in need, and there is, unfortunately, much need in downtown Amsterdam.

Albany Intercessor

Church of England House of Bishops

December 31, 2013

John 10:14-15 (NIVUK)
‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.

O Good Shepherd, thank You for laying down Your life for the Church of England.

Hebrews 13:20 (NIVUK)
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,

O Great Shepherd, thank You for conquering death for the Church of England.

1 Peter 5:4 (NIVUK)
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

O Chief Shepherd, we pray that the House of Bishops in the Church of England will humble themselves under God’s mighty hand that they may be lifted up in due time. Guard them from dishonesty. May they cast their anxiety upon You and remain in the hope that You Yourself will restore the church and make her strong, firm, and steadfast. Help them stay alert and sober, resisting Satan and standing firm in faith. Amen.

Syrian chemical weapons

December 31, 2013

The US-Russia deal for Syria to surrender more than 1,000 tons of chemical agents averted US-led military strikes after a chemical weapons attack on August 21 near Damascus that the United States says killed 1,400 people. The December 31 deadline to have the most dangerous chemicals loaded on a ship will not be met. However, Assad’s government appears to be making an effort to cooperate.

Our Father in heaven,
We pray that the chemical weapons will safely leave the nation of Syria. Dissipate any plans to capture the chemicals as war booty! Scatter the activists involved.
We pray for the safety of all persons involved in the transportation and destruction of these chemicals.
We bind any spirits of lawlessness, violence, chemical warfare, propaganda, lies, hatred, theft, and anti-Semitism that are seeking to hijack this international plan. We bind all interaction, interplay, and communication of demonic spirits surrounding the transport personnel, the organizers, and the specialists who will destroy the weapons.

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

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