CoE–Lancelot Andrewes

February 9, 2015

Lancelot Andrewes (1555 – 25 September 1626) was an English bishop and scholar, who held high positions in the Church of England during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I. During the latter’s reign, Andrewes served successively as Bishop of Chichester, Ely and Winchester and oversaw the translation of the Authorized Version (or King James Version) of the Bible. Andrewes’ name is the first on the list of divines appointed to compile the Authorized Version of the Bible. He headed the “First Westminster Company” which took charge of the first books of the Old Testament (Genesis to 2 Kings). He acted, furthermore, as a sort of general editor for the project as well.

From Devotions of Bishop Andrewes, Vol. I:

PRAYER FOR GRACE

My hands will I lift up
unto Thy commandments which I have
loved.
Open Thou mine eyes that I may see,
incline my heart that I may desire,
order my steps that I may follow,
the way of Thy commandments.
O Lord God, be Thou to me a God,
and beside Thee none else,
none else, nought else with Thee.
Vouchsafe to me, to worship Thee and
serve Thee
1. in truth of spirit,
2. in reverence of body,
3. in blessing of lips,
4. in private and in public;
5. to pay honour to them that have the
rule over me,
by obedience and submission,
to shew affection to my own,
by carefulness and providence;
6. to overcome evil with good;
7. to possess my vessel in sanctification
and honour;
8. to have my converse without
covetousness,
content with what I have;
9. to speak the truth in love;
10. to be desirous not to lust,
not to lust passionately,
not to go after lusts.

(THE HEDGE OF THE LAW, i.e. PRECAUTIONS)

Father in heaven,
We thank You for the life and ministry of Lancelot Andrewes, and we stand in agrrement with his prayer for grace. We humbly ask that Church of England, particularly the General Synod and the members of the House of Bishops, be likewise informed, molded, and protected by Your holy law. Amen.

Reference: Wikipedia, Christian Classics Ethereal Library

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Mark, Galatians, Isaiah, 1 Corinthians, and Prayer Table

February 9, 2015

But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told him about her at once. So he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. (Mark 1:30-31)
Jesus, please lift us up and heal us so that we may serve you.

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:27)
Holy Spirit, help me discipline my body.

Then he took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” (Mark 9:36-37)
Jesus, please help us receive the children you send us so that we may receive you into our hearts and homes.

From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. (Galatians 6:17)
Holy Spirit, help us to be marked by Jesus.

Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. (Galatians 6:18)
Lord Jesus Christ, let your grace be with our spirits. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit and prepare our hearts for the Diocesan Convention.

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? (Isaiah 58:6-7)
Lord, help us keep such a fast.

The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
Holy Spirit, make me and my home and parish into a watered garden.

Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (Isaiah 58:12)
Father, we want to be restorers of streets to dwell in. Guide us by your Holy Spirit in this. Thank you.

WORD: Share the good news of what you have seen me do.
Proverbs 3:5-6 WORD: My word to you is still true. Keep turning to me in your need.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Isa. 56:1-8; Gal. 5:16-24; Mark 9:2-13
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Isa. 57:3-13; Gal. 5:25-6:10; Mark 9:14-29

From the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:05 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Trevor (young man, veteran) — He is troubled by restless legs syndrome and pain in his artificial knee (he was shot in the knee in Afghanistan). He asked for prayer for healing of memories.

+ Earl (man) — “daily provision”

Ted (volunteer) — He asked prayer for provision for Lou who is partially paralyzed from back sugery. We also prayed for Ted’s granddaughter Camille.

+ Charlie (volunteer) — He asked prayer for Ted and for Gary (staff) who is not feeling well.

Rich (man) — The side effects of medicine make him groggy and sleepy. He is going to see a new doctor.

Vicky (volunteer) — We prayed for her son Calvin that he would come to know Jesus.

+ Dominique (girl) — She asked prayer for the environment and for her schooling (grade 6)

Dan (staff) — We prayed for his daughter Summer and his wife Lorrie.

+ Jim (man) — He asked prayer for his brother and sister-in-law as they come up from Tampa Bay.

Tobias (man) — He praised God.

+Sue (woman) — She asked prayer for her son +Shawn who is dying from AIDS. She and her husband have 8 children (some produced and some adopted).

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, February 7, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Keith Meres, Michelle Diaz, and Torre Bissell on State St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
w–indicates received warm clothing

Michelle and Keith — They prayed for healing for Torre and Jean.

Mike (man) — “on my way to work” We prayed for a blessing on him.

Pam (woman) — “On my way to Missouri to learn to be a truck driver”. Was a school bus driver.

+ 199 Christine (woman) and + Shevia (woman) — Christine asked prayer for her son who has no job.

+ 199 Kevin (young man) — He had previously given his life to Jesus but renewed his commitment to Jesus by confessing his sins and accepting God’s forgiveness and cleansing.

+ Craig (man) — blessing

+ w Jennifer (mother) and + Roland (little boy) — Prayers for provision.

+ 199 Anthony (young man) — He had previously given his life to Jesus but renewed his commitment to Jesus by confessing his sins and accepting God’s forgiveness and cleansing.

Stephen (young man who often prays for us) — We prayed for God’s blessing on him and his ministry to his father.

Albany Intercessor


CoE General Synod–Richard of Chichester

February 9, 2015

Deathbed prayer of the Bishop of Chichester (1197-1253)

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ

For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.

Dear Jesus,
We thank You for the life and ministry of St. Richard and stand in agreement with his prayer. If there are any delegates to
General Synod whose hearts are not yielded to You, we bless them. May they be so anointed by Your love, they will seek to know You more clearly, love You more dearly, and follow You more nearly. Amen.


Church of England–open truth

February 9, 2015

2 Corinthians 4:2
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.

Our Father in heaven,

The Church of England is tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Your Son Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We declare that at the name of Jesus, the spirits of cunning and deceit must bow their knees, in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and at General Synod. Amen.

Ephesians 4:14, Philippians 2:5-11


Church of England General Synod

February 9, 2015

General Synod is on February 10-12 in London.

Our Father in heaven,

May You inhabit the praises of Your people at the General Synod.

O Lord, may those who worship in the chapels and environs of the Synod surrender their burdens to You as they come into Your presence. Descend upon them, Holy Spirit, and stir their hearts to confess their sins. Father, in Your tender mercy, forgive them their sins and cover them with the Blood of the Lamb. May they come into Your presence with clean hands and pure hearts, in humility and truth.

May Your priests who minister there teach Your people the difference between the holy and the common, the pure and the profane, the clean and the unclean. May they follow Your laws and keep Your Sabbaths holy. May they honor Your appointed days of feast and fast.

May Jesus be their bread and Your word be their clean, sweet water.

May those who minister there speak Your word in the full confidence that it will not return to You empty, but accomplish what You desire and achieve the purpose for which You have sent it. May the angels, excelling in strength, bless You, do Your commandments, and hearken to the spoken voice of Your word in this place. May the heavenly hosts descend upon General Synod and do Your pleasure. Amen.

Ezekiel 44:17-30, John 6:35, Ephesians 5:25-27, Psalm 19:9-10, 22:3, 103:20-21, 119:103, Isaiah 55:11


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