Mississippi Delta Christmas

December 25, 2015

Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

By Jill Woodliff

‘Emmanuel’ the organ pipes blare.
‘God is love’ is in the air.
The lakes resound God’s good news
As words of praise fill the pews.
Swamps and rivers clap their hand,
In homage to God o’ our land.
Sycamores raise high their arms
As songs of joy fill the farms.
Pine needles join in the dance
As angels ‘cross their boughs do prance.

Glory to God in underground cisterns,
Glory to God in rows and furrows,
Glory to God in cumulus and cirrus,
Glory to God in tractors and harrows,
Glory to God, O Delta land.

Time, and times, and half a time
Gloria Deus rightly chime,
Glory today, Glory tomorrow,
Glory, O ancient days of sorrow,
Christ has come to save!

At Chimham’s Inn in Bethlehem

December 24, 2015

Genesis 8:1
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.

Darkness reigned in Palestine.
Souls were wild and fearful.
Herod ruled in Palestine
(Terrorized and tearful).

Caesar ordered through the land
Registration for each man.
David’s lineage to uphold,
Joseph walked toward the untold.

Displaced, weary, tremulous,
Mary carried Jesus mild,
In her womb an unborn child–
Holiness and tenderness.

Rachel’s tomb brought mem’ries fresh
Of Mary’s womb of fragile flesh.
Joseph sought a refuge stay
Like David asked of Barzillai.

As Noah’s ark upon the flood,
The stable rose above the press.
The animals beheld a birth
And Hope was placed in courteous creche.

Multitudes of heavenly hosts,
To David’s son, the newborn king,
“Glory to God Most High!
Peace, good will towards men!” did sing.

Star and rainbow, cov’nants new,
Heavenly portents, angels too,
Give honor, glory, blessing true,
To Him to whom all praise is due.

By Jill Woodliff

Note on the title:  In 2 Samuel 19, King David wants to reward Barzillai the Gileadite for providing the king with food while he was in exile during Absalom’s revolt. David offers to include Barzillai in his court in Jerusalem. Barzillai declines because of his great age, but sends Chimham in his stead.

On his deathbed, David instructs Solomon to show kindness to the sons of Barzillai (1 Kings 2:7).  Four centuries later, reference is made to Chimham’s lodging place in Bethlehem (Jeremiah 41:17).  It has been supposed that, considering the stationary character of Eastern institutions, it was in the stable of this inn that Jesus was born.

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 17

December 17, 2015

I will be off-line for three weeks while I visit with family.

Matthew 25:1-4 (NKJV)
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.”
      Holy Spirit, I need your wisdom so that I will be ready when the King comes.

Matthew 25:10 (NKJV)
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
      Father, help me to be ready to go into the wedding feast with your son.

Revelation 4:11 (NKJV)
“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
      Jesus, help me honor you by word and deed.

Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV)
So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.
      LORD of hosts, help me live by your power.

Zechariah 4:10a (JB)
This is a day for small things, who would dare to despise it?
      Jesus, help me rejoice in the small things you do as well as the great.

Psalm 50:3 (NKJV)
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; A fire shall devour before Him, And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.
      Jesus, I would rather have the tempest than the stillness of a lukewarm church.

Psalm 50:23 (NKJV)
“Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”
      Holy Spirit, help me order my conduct aright. Thank you.

Word: I gave my life for you; give me your life so that others may live.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 16

December 16, 2015

Matthew 24:45-46 (NKJV)
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.”
      Holy Spirit, help me be a faithful servant so that when Jesus comes he will find me doing the work he has given me to do.

Revelation 4:8 (NKJV)
The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”
      Holy Trinity, One God, help me join in proclaiming your holiness.

Zechariah 3:3-4 (NKJV)
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”
      Lord, as you did with Joshua, remove my filthy garments and clothe me in your righteousness.

Psalm 49:5-9 (NKJV)
Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him — for the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever — that he should continue to live eternally, and not see the Pit.
      Lord, teach this to the political candidates.

Psalm 53:6 (NKJV)
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God brings back the captivity of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!

Word: I AM with you in the times of trouble and turmoil. Keep looking to me for deliverance.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 15

December 15, 2015

Matthew 24:43-44 (NKJV)
“But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
      Holy Spirit, give us hearts that are ready for the return of the Son of Man, Jesus, and are at the work he has given us to do.

Revelation 3:14-16 (NKJV)
“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
      Jesus, let the fire of your Holy Spirit fall upon all those who are lukewarm and set them on fire for you.

Revelation 3:17 (NKJV)
“Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’–and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked”
      Holy Spirit, help us know our true condition.

Revelation 3:18 (NKJV)
“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”
      Lord Jesus, refine us with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

Revelation 3:19 (NKJV)
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”
      Jesus, help me accept your rebukes and chastening and take them to heart. Help me be zealous in repenting.

Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
      Holy Spirit, help me open the door of my heart to Jesus.

Zechariah 2:10 (NKJV)
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD.”
      LORD, come and dwell among us so that we may sing and rejoice with you.

Psalm 47:7 (NKJV)
For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.
      Holy Father, give me understanding so that I may sing your praises.

Psalm 48:12-14 (NKJV)
Walk about Zion, And go all around her. Count her towers; Mark well her bulwarks; Consider her palaces; That you may tell it to the generation following. For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide Even to death.
      O God, help me tell the next generation how you have guided me.

Word: Pray for my praise to fill your heart and your mind.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 14

December 14, 2015

Matthew 24:31 (NKJV)
And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
      Jesus, gather me in as well!

Revelation 3:10 (NKJV)
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
      Lord, please help me keep your commandments and persevere through all the trials of this life.

Zechariah 1:17 (NKJV)
“Again proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “My cities shall again spread out through prosperity; The LORD will again comfort Zion, and will again choose Jerusalem.” ‘ ”
      “Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
      May they prosper that love you.
      Peace be within your city walls and prosperity within your palaces.
      And for the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say,
      ‘Peace be with you.’
      Because of the house of the LORD our God,
      I will seek to do you good.”
      [From Psalm 122]

Psalm 44:3 (NKJV)
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.
      Father, help me stand in your favor.

Psalm 44:26 (NKJV)
Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
      Thank you, Jesus, for redeeming me.

Word: Be prepared to share what I have done for you.
      Holy Spirit, show me how to prepare for this.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 13

December 13, 2015

Luke 3:8 (NKJV)
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
      Holy Spirit, help me bear fruits worthy of repentance and claim nothing but the the cross, blood and resurrection of Jesus as my hope.

Luke 3:10 (NKJV)
So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”
Acts 2:37 (NKJV)
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
      Jesus, move the hearts of this people to ask, “What shall we do then?” and move their hearts to works of conversion, mercy and charity.

Luke 3:16 (NKJV)
John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
      Jesus, baptize me afresh with your Holy Spirit and with fire.

Philippians 4:4-7 (NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Jesus, help me rejoice in you and be gentle with others. Help me give you my anxieties and pray with thanksgiving and receive your peace into my heart and mind.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
      Jesus, quiet me with your love. Help me hear you singing in times of distress and sorrow.

Psalm 85:1-2 (NKJV)
Lord, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob. You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Selah
      LORD, be favorable to you people and bring them out of captivity to the worldly culture that ensnares them.

Psalm 85:13 (NKJV)
Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.
      Jesus, help me walk in your footsteps.

Word: Wait on me. Do not be afraid; the victory is mine.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 12

December 12, 2015

Matthew 24:12 (NKJV)
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
      Jesus, we live in an age of lawlessness and the hearts of many in your church have grown cold; warm us anew with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

Matthew 24:13 (NKJV)
But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
      Jesus, please help me endure to the end.

Matthew 24:14 (NKJV)
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
      Holy Spirit, help me share the gospel wherever you send me.

Revelation 3:5 (NKJV)
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
      Father, help me by your Holy Spirit to overcome so that Jesus will confess my name before you.

Haggai 2:9 (NKJV)
The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.”
      LORD, I live in the hope of seeing your glory.

Psalm 42:1-2 (NKJV)
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
      O God, I long to come into your presence and slake my thirst for you.

Psalm 42:5 (NKJV)
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
      Holy Spirit, fill me with hope and praise.

Word: I want you to live in hope for what you do not yet see.
      “I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27)

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 11

December 11, 2015

Matthew 23:27 (NKJV)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites [actors]! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”
      Lord, preserve me from merely acting the part of a follower of the Way without the inward content of a changed heart.

Matthew 23:37 (NKJV)
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”
      Jesus, please help us abide under the shelter of your wings.

Revelation 2:26 (NKJV)
“And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations”
      Holy Spirit, help me overcome and keep the works of Jesus in my heart.

Haggai 1:2 (NKJV)
“Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built.” ‘ ”
      Jesus, help us rebuild your church and not be distracted by self-centered concerns.

Haggai 1:8-11 (NKJV)
Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD. “You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
      Holy Spirit, help me set aside selfish concerns and labor for what will endure in your kingdom.

Psalm 35:23 (NKJV)
Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, To my cause, my God and my Lord.
      Jesus, be Lord of my tongue — help me praise and worship you daily.

Word: Look to me for unfailing righteousness — I will not disappoint you.

***** City Mission Prayer Table, December 10, 2015, Chuck Rinaldo

Louis – Lost his bifocals and needs a large print bible. Pray he finds his bifocals and that he gets a bible. He has not had any alcohol for 40 days and asked for prayer for him to continue to be sober and straight. He feels that he is being attacked by an evil spirits after he accepted Jesus as his Savior. We pray he continue to call on Jesus for his strength and protection.

Trevor – He has an upcoming court appearance for a settlement of an accident. He has to give a deposition and we prayed for confidence and for the Lord to give him the words to speak, and that a true and right resolution be determined.
Pray for his son who is living with his ex where there are bad influences around him. Pray for his son’s protection and pray that Trevor can be the dad that Jesus is calling him to be.
Pray for his friend Liz who needs a stable place to live and a stable job so that she can be reunited with her family.
Pray for his Mom and her many health issues, and for compassionate health caregivers.

Jordan – Pray for his strength and his battle against cancer. Pray that the treatments he is given will do only what they are designed to do and that he will have no side-effects. Pray for safe travel and for a blessed time with his daughters during the Christmas/New Year break.

Jamie – She needs to confess her faults and repent; to walk a true faith as a Christian believer.

Ted – For continued strength to live independently. Pray for Camille’s treatments of Lyme disease that they will help her.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 10

December 10, 2015

Matthew 23:26 (NKJV)
Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
      Holy Spirit, please do that work of inward cleansing of my soul that is needed.

Revelation 2:10 (NKJV)
“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
      Jesus, set me free from fear of death and help me to be faithful to you until the end.

Revelation 2:11 (NKJV)
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
      Father, please give your people ears to hear what your Holy Spirit is saying to the churches.

Amos 9:9 (NKJV)
“For surely I will command, and will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground.
      WORD (11/18/06) Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

      Please burn away all the chaff in our lives and help us bear fruit worthy of repentance.

Psalm 37:25 (NKJV)
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.
      LORD God of Hosts, thank you for your faithfulness to us and our family.

Matthew 21:28-29 (NKJV)
“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.”
      Father, help me regret my bad choices and go and do your will. Thank you.

Word: I long to see my people return to me and do the work I have prepared for them.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 09

December 9, 2015

Matthew 23:4 (NKJV)
“For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”
      Jesus, when we share the gospel, help us share grace and not law.

Matthew 23:12 (NKJV)
“And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
      Holy Spirit, help me live out that being humble that Jesus speaks of.

Revelation 2:4 (NKJV)
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
      Father, bring me back to my first love for Jesus.

Revelation 2:7 (NKJV)
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
      Holy Spirit, please give me an ear to hear what you are saying to the churches.

Amos 8:4-7 (NKJV)
Hear this, you who swallow up the needy, and make the poor of the land fail, saying: “When will the New Moon be past, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may trade wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, falsifying the scales by deceit, that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals — even sell the bad wheat?” The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their works.
      Lord, bring the wealthy of this land to repentance when they oppress others.

Amos 8:11 (NKJV)
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.”
      Father, there is a famine of hearing your word in our land; have mercy on us.

Psalm 119:25 (NKJV)
My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word.
      Revive me, Lord! Revive your church!

Psalm 119:36-37 (NKJV)
Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.
      Holy Spirit, please help me repent of covetousness. Turn my eyes from what is worthless.

Psalm 119:45 (NKJV)
And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts.
      Jesus, please help me find the liberty of walking in your ways.

Word: Pray that my people will seek after my word and my ways.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 08

December 8, 2015

Matthew 22:36-40 (NKJV)
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
      Holy Spirit, please help us put God first while loving our neighbor. Help us live by your priorities. Thank you.

Revelation 1:9 (NKJV)
I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
      Jesus, thank you for giving us brothers and sisters in our times of tribulation.

Revelation 1:10a (NKJV)
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day,
      Jesus, help us to be in the Spirit on your day.

Amos 7:12-13 (NKJV)
Then Amaziah said to Amos: “Go, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah. There eat bread, and there prophesy. But never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is the royal residence.”
      Father, set the church free from captivity to the state and to the culture.

Psalm 36:7-9 (NKJV)
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.
      Holy Spirit, help me drink from the river of your pleasures. You are the fountain of my delight and give me light to see by. Thank you.

Word: Listen to my counsel. Seek out wisdom and pursue it.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 07

December 7, 2015

Matthew 23:23 (NKJV)
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
      Holy Spirit, guide me into the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith.

Matthew 23:25-28 (NKJV)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
      Holy Spirit, cleanse me of all hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Revelation 1:3 (NKJV)
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
      Jesus, help me “read, mark and inwardly digest” your words.

Amos 7:7-9 (NKJV)
Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line In the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. The high places of Isaac shall be desolate, And the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. I will rise with the sword against the house of Jeroboam.”
      LORD, you have set the plumb line of your word against your church and we are out of kilter with your word; have mercy on us and bring us into the alignment with your word.

Psalm 9:9-10 (NKJV)
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
      Thank you for being my refuge in times of sorrow and distress.

Psalm 15:4 (NKJV)
In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the LORD; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
      Lord, give me a right view of your desires for me.

Word: Be content with my blessing.

Albany Intercessor

From the Lectionary for 2015 12 06

December 6, 2015

Luke 3:2 (NKJV)
while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
      Holy Father, let your word come to your people today.

Luke 3:3 (NKJV)
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,
      Holy Spirit, move faithful witnesses to preach repentance for the remission of sins in our day.

Luke 3:4-6 (NKJV)
as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”
      Jesus, make the crooked places in our national life straight and the rough places plane so that we may see your salvation.

Philippians 1:3-6 (NKJV)
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
      Jesus, complete your good work in me.

Psalm 126:5-6 (NKJV)
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
      LORD, I have sown in tears; help me reap in joy, bringing in a fruitful harvest for you.

Word: Look to me for mercy in the day of sorrow.

Word: Look to me when you cry — I will comfort you.

Albany Intercessor

Advent Music: Fantastic Rendition of Veni Veni Emmanuel (The Gesualdo Six)

December 5, 2015

Thanks to @StBarnabasMusic  who tweeted this wonderful version of Veni Veni Emmanuel earlier this week.  It is by the British group The Gesualdo Six.

Just Stunning.  As you’re listening, thank the Father that Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us, and invite Jesus to come near, filling your heart with more of His Spirit, more of His light and life.

If you are a lover of sacred choral music, I HIGHLY recommend following @StBarnabasMusic on Twitter.  I’ve discovered some beautiful selections through their tweets, especially during the major liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent & Easter.

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