Various Scriptures Prayed

April 4, 2014

Then he came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to him, and begged him to touch him. So he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when he had spit on his eyes and put his hands on him, he asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then he put his hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Then he sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.” (Mark 8:22-26)
      Jesus, I need that second touch from you so that I can see clearly. Please put your hands on my eyes again.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as he wills. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
      Holy Spirit, pour out your gifts among us so that the whole Body of Christ is built up.

The entrance of your words gives light (Psalm 119:130a)
      Father, penetrate my heart and mind with your words so that I may have light to see by.

A word received: Come to me for my strength when you are weak.

When he had called the people to himself, with his disciples also, he said to them, “Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8:34)
      Jesus, my heart’s desire is to follow you. Help me deny myself and daily take up my cross and follow you.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. (Mark 8:35)
      “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” An October 28, 1949 entry in the journal of Jim Elliot, martyr who entered into glory January 8, 1956, age 28, in an attempt to bring the gospel to the Waodani people of Ecuador.

      Jesus, help me daily die to myself so that I can gain life eternal with you.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (Mark 8:36)
      Thank you, Father, for providing our daily bread each day. Sometimes it has been tight, but there was always enough for that day.

Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:37)
      Holy Spirit, please help me lay all my worldly desires at the foot of the cross.

For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38 )
      Jesus, help me find my honor and glory by following close after you and living out your words.

And he said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.” (Mark 9:1)
      Holy Spirit, help me to be a true subject of Jesus in his kingdom. Fill me anew today with your power to live out the gospel and proclaim the kingdom of God. Thank you.

A word received: Praise me.

Romans 8:28 A word received: I can make all things work together for good for those who love me.

Friday: 95* & 102 * 107:1-32; Exod. 2:1-22: 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3: Mark 9:2-13
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Exod. 2:23-3:15: 1 Cor. 13:1-13: Mark 9:14-29

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Prayer Table
Trinity Church Watervliet

March 29, 2014
Sue McManus
Candace Palumbo

Prayed for protection and daily provision for all families living in the area
– Mary: Good health and her family
– Joe: Healing for brain cancer, finishing chemo treatments
– Diane and Gary:Assurance phone providers. Prayed for their families and that they would meet their quota of giving cell phones away. Later they came to our community dinner and ave away 6 phones.
– Nancy: Grand daughter Sheaque, gandchildren Giana, Giovani, unite their family
– Saul: Blessing for his family and fiance Areon.
– Nicole: Special Intentions
– Lady in Red Jacket from housing apartment and grocery shops every Saturday, Daily provisions and Blessings.
– Kent Daily Blessings, An advocate for Vets.
-Yvette: Price Chopper worker, Daily provision, Blessings
– Group of young boys (10-12) Protection, good decisions, Bring good role models into their lives.
– Rebecca and daughter: Daily provision and blessings
– Terrance and Shannon: House just burnt down, found a new home but need furniture, clothing, household items. Protection and daily provision.

St Francis Mission Prayer Table
Saturday March 29, 2014
Prayer Team
Candace Palumbo
Linda Becker
Dr Janice Houston Little
It’s finally getting warmer. Prayed for protection and daily provisions for people and families living in the area.
– Pam and George: prayed for a healthy pregnancy and a Baby Girl!! due in August. Gave Pam a Bible.
– Roger (homeless) very disturbed man, shouting and very angry. We started praying for him independently, after praying he came up to us very calmly and asked for prayer. Prayed for anxiety, protection and daily provision. We gave him a prayer card and he showed us a chain with Jesus on it. He remained calm until we left- Praise Jesus!! Please continue to pray for him.
– Mary Alice- protection for her family, financial provisions, she became very upset and cried.
– Frank: daily provision, anger, protection, ( a man who calls himself his friend is harassing him) we smelled alcohol
– Mike: for a job, family especially Uncle Billy who is in prison upstate.
– Doug: to make good choices, a job
– Julia: to move forward in her life.
Prayers for daily provisions for a young father walking his baby
– Rodney: wisdom and revelation
– Marty: Protection and daily provision.
– Gentleman in a gray suit, pray for daily provisions calmness.
– Nadia: family ,daily provision
– Mark: Upcoming court dates.
Ended with prayers for family and people entering lunch

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 3, 2013, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Dan (staff) — His cousin died of cancer. She died knowing Jesus.
Gary (staff) — He asked prayers for his son who is going through some turmoil in his job. Gary is also experiencing some unsettledness in his job.
+++++ Janice (regular) — She got crosses to give out to others.
Ted (volunteer) — He and his granddaughter Camille when to the healing service and for soaking prayer at the Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday and were blessed by it.
+ a 199 Christa (woman) — Very disturbed. She confessed her sins and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. We also prayed for deliverance for her.
Vicky (volunteer) — We prayed for her son Calvin to come to know and accept Jesus into his life.
+ BJ (volunteer) — He asked prayer for good health and for healthy relationships for the people there.
+ Christine (woman) — She asked prayer that her children would be set free from addiction and that she would be able to complete her course in cosmetology. She also got a cross for her +daughter.

Albany Intercessor


Another Music Resource: SongsandHymns.org

April 4, 2014

Thanks to today’s Lenten Devotional at Bible Gateway, which includes an excerpt from the Hymn “We Come O Christ to You,”  I’ve discovered another good resource site for hymns and worship music:

SongsandHymns.org

They feature a specific hymn each week, providing background and a devotional.

This week’s featured hymn is O Sacred Head.

Listen hereBackground and Devotional here.

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Here’s a list of their featured hymns for Lent & Easter:

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In addition to helping people find great hymns of the faith, they have devotional articles as well, including a specific section devoted to Lenten devotionals designed to help us worship in Lent.

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Here is the list of all the hymns included on the site.   Obviously nowhere near as comprehensive as TheCyberHymnal, but having the devotionals for each hymn, as well as the MP3 recordings of sung performances of each hymn makes this a valuable site.


Ebola virus–4th nation with suspected cases

April 4, 2014

Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone. Now AlJazeera reports three suspected cases in Mali.

Our Father in heaven,

The men and women of Your church in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali are Your children and Your heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.  Teach them to establish Your kingdom in these lands.  May Your kingdom come, You will be done in these lands as it is in heaven.

Commission Your patrolling angels to guard Your children from the persons and animals that carry the Ebola virus.   We cry out for angelic assistance to pump wells of physical and spiritual healing in this present time. Are not the angels all ministering spirits sent forth to minister to the heirs of salvation?  Amen.

Hebrews 1:14


Jerusalem

April 4, 2014

Psalm 138:7
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.

O Father in heaven,

We bless You for hedging Jerusalem behind and before, for keeping Your hand upon her.  Amen.

Psalm 139:5


A Litany of the Passion [from our Good Friday 2006 archives]

April 4, 2014

A wonderful Good Friday prayer.  I first posted this prayer in 2006 at our original L&B blog site.  It’s time to repost it here so folks don’t have to rely on the clunky “web archive” version of this excellent prayer.

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Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.*
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, *
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Jesus, the Eternal Wisdom, Have mercy on us.*

Jesus, sold for thirty pieces of silver, *
Jesus, prostrate on the ground in prayer,
Jesus, strengthened by an angel,
Jesus, in Thine agony bathed in a bloody sweat,
Jesus, betrayed by Judas with a kiss,
Jesus, bound by the soldiers,
Jesus, forsaken by Thy disciples,
Jesus, brought before Annas and Caiphas,
Jesus, struck in the face by a servant,
Jesus, accused by false witnesses,
Jesus, declared guilty of death,
Jesus, spat upon,
Jesus, blindfolded,
Jesus, smitten on the cheek,
Jesus, thrice denied by Peter,
Jesus, despised and mocked by Herod,
Jesus, clothed in a white garment,
Jesus, rejected for Barabbas,
Jesus, torn with scourges,
Jesus, bruised for our sins,
Jesus, esteemed a leper,
Jesus, covered with a purple robe,
Jesus, crowned with thorns,
Jesus, struck with a reed upon the Head,
Jesus, demanded for crucifixion by the Jews,
Jesus, condemned to an ignominious death,
Jesus, given up to the will of Thine enemies,
Jesus, loaded with the heavy weight of the Cross,
Jesus, led like a sheep to the slaughter,
Jesus, stripped of Thy garments,
Jesus, reviled by the malefactors,
Jesus, promising Paradise to the penitent thief,
Jesus, commending St. John to Thy Mother as her son,
Jesus, declaring Thyself forsaken by Thy Father, Jesus, in Thy thirst given gall and vinegar to drink,
Jesus, testifying that all things written concerning Thee were accomplished,
Jesus, commending Thy spirit into the hands of Thy Father,
Jesus, obedient even to the death of the cross,
Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Jesus, made a propitiation for us,
Jesus, taken down from the cross,
Jesus, laid in the sepulcher,
Jesus, rising gloriously from the dead,
Jesus, ascending into Heaven,
Jesus, our Advocate with the Father,
Jesus, sending down on Thy disciples the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete,
Jesus, exalting Thy Mother above the choirs of angels,
Jesus, Who shall come to judge the living and the dead,
Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.

From all evil, Lord Jesus, deliver us. *
From all sin, *
From anger, hatred, and every evil will,
From war, famine, and pestilence,
From all dangers of mind and body,
From everlasting death,
Through Thy most pure Conception,
Through Thy miraculous Nativity,
Through Thy humble Circumcision,
Through Thy baptism and holy fasting,
Through Thy labors and watchings,
Through Thy cruel scourging and crowning,
Through Thy thirst, and tears, and nakedness,
Through Thy precious death and Cross,
Through Thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension,
Through Thy sending forth the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete,
In the Day of Judgement,
We sinners, beseech Thee, hear us.*

That Thou wilt spare us, *
That Thou wilt pardon us,
That Thou wilt bring us to true penance,
That Thou wilt mercifully pour into our hearts the grace of the Holy Spirit,
That Thou wilt defend and propagate Thy Holy Church,
That Thou wilt preserve and increase all societies assembled in Thy Holy Name,
That Thou wilt bestow upon us true peace,
That Thou wilt give us perseverance in grace and in Thy holy service,
That Thou wilt deliver us from unclean thoughts, from the temptations of the devil, and from everlasting damnation, That Thou wilt unite us to the company of Thy saints,
That Thou wilt graciously hear us,
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee,
R. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Let us Pray
Almighty and eternal God, Who didst appoint Thine only-begotten Son the Saviour of the world and willed to be appeased by His blood, grant that we may so venerate this Price of our Salvation, and by its might be so defended upon earth from the evils of this present life, that in Heaven we may rejoice in its everlasting fruit. Through Christ Our Lord Who lives and reigns with Thee in unity of the the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

source: http://www.opusangelorum.org/Prayer/Passionjesus.html


Dr. Peter Toon’s 2004 Reflection on the Good Friday Collects

April 4, 2014

Yes, I know Good Friday is still two weeks away, but many are looking for good Good Friday resources now, so I wanted to repost this article / reflection on Good Friday by the late Rev’d Dr. Peter Toon.  We first posted it at the original Lent & Beyond site 10 years ago, then reposted an excerpt again here at this version of L&B in 2007.

But since the full text can only be found at the Internet Archive site, it seemed good this year while celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Lent & Beyond to repost this entry in full.

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Monday, April 05, 2004


Good Friday

Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross, who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

O Merciful God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live: Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks [Muslims], Infidels and Hereticks, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word: and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle: Hebrews 10. 1-25 The Gospel: John 19:1-37

These Three Collects are united not only in that they are appointed for this most solemn of all days in the Christian Year, but also in that they are based upon the content of the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus (John 17) uttered on the eve of his Crucifixion, as well as upon the achievement of his sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction offered on the Cross for the sins of the whole world.

As Jesus first prayed for his band of disciples, his little flock, so the first Collect is for the specific congregation – “this thy family”. As Jesus consecrated himself to the Father’s will for the sake of his disciples, so he also gave himself up as a sacrifice for the sins of each and every congregation and very member thereof.

The second Collect recognizes that the Church throughout the world and also in its local expressions is composed of many different kinds of persons – “all estates of men” – and thus prayer is offered that each kind of person and each member will serve the Lord truly in his vocation and ministry, led by the Holy Spirit.

In his Priestly Prayer Jesus moved on to pray for those who would believe on his Name, asking that they be brought together in unity and communion with the Father. So the third Collect, mindful that in the death of Jesus is a propitiation not for our sins only but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2), makes intercession for those living outside the fellowship of the Church of God. Prayer is offered for the Jews, who, while they acknowledge the Father, deny the Son, whose very office is to reveal the Father. Intercession is offered for the Turks [Muslims], who while they admit that Jesus is a prophet, deny that he is truly the Son of God made flesh. Supplication is made for Infidels, who know neither the true God not Jesus Christ whom he has sent into the world. And petition is made for Heretics, those who have once known and received the truth as it is in Jesus and then have corrupted and perverted it. Such prayers are wholly appropriate if it be the case that in the message of Christ crucified is the real and true salvation of the world. The aim is that they will not be merely one flock of Christ but one fold, with all divisions removed that have separated them.

The origin of the three collects is of interest. In its Latin form the first was the final prayer of the Mass on Wednesday of Holy Week. The people were asked to bow their heads and this prayer was said over them. The second was one of eighteen prayers said after the Gospel on Good Friday in the ancient Church. In the Sarum Missal used widely in England it comes between a prayer for the bishops and one for the king. The third is a compilation based on several of these prayers said after the Gospel on Good Friday. When these prayers were first composed and used in the fourth and fifth century there were no Muslims and so they were not prayed for. However, all other kinds and types of non-Christians were prayed for as their conversion was desired.

GOOD FRIDAY – this name is peculiar to the Church of England (and thus to English culture where the Church has had an impact).

Of all Fridays of the year, there are profound reasons for giving this one the title of “GOOD.”

It is the Day when the only One who was GOOD enough as a Person (for he was righteous and without sin) to pay the price of our sin, actually paid that price as the sacrificial Lamb on the Cross.

It is also the Day when the supreme GOOD of mankind – communion and friendship with the Lord – was made possible when the Son of God incarnate took away all barriers to realizing and experiencing that good. The supreme end and good of man is to enjoy and glorify God forever and this is only possible through the reconciliation wrought by Christ Jesus on the Cross.

Further it is the Day when GOOD triumphed over evil as God the Father turned what could have been the world’s greatest tragedy – the crucifixion of the most innocent of men – into the salvation of mankind, and as He turned an evil act and apparent defeat into the victory over Satan, sin and death and showed it in Resurrection.

Finally, it is the Day which provides the world with GOSPEL, that is GOOD NEWS, a message of hope to all the nations. The GOOD news is that there is forgiveness, a right relation with the Father, eternal life in the age to come, and friendship with God through the saving work of the Lord Jesus on the Cross.

Yet, while it is most certainly and surely a GOOD Friday, it is also a day of Fasting for the Church, the Bride of Christ, since it is the Day when the Bridegroom is taken away from his Bride [the Lord Jesus from his disciples – see Mark 2:19-20] as he descends into Hades to announce and proclaim his finished, saving and good work to those who have died and wait for their full redemption.

Thus the Church fasts for this whole day, or even for this day and the next day, until the great cry – CHRIST IS RISEN. ALLELUIA – is heard on Easter morning. Then with the victorious and faithful Bridegroom returned she can eat with him at his banqueting table and her first food is his sacramental body and blood, at the Easter Eucharist.

The Book of Common Prayer (1662) provides Collects, an Epistle and Gospel for this GOOD Friday and the general Anglican tradition has been to have only Ante-Communion this day and to encourage meditation, prayer and quiet in church and at home.

The Rev’d Dr. Peter Toon M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon.),
Christ Church, Biddulph Moor & St Anne’s, Brown Edge;
Vice-President and Emissary-at-Large
of The Prayer Book Society of America


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