A Prayer Litany for those in Hurricane Irma’s path

September 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma is currently a CATASTROPHIC Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds, and threatening to make a direct hit on many of the islands in the Caribbean tonight / Wed a.m., including Barbuda and Anguilla and others further north & west.

Barbuda

Projected track of Irma in relation to Barbuda and Anguilla (using Storm Carib’s Closest Point of Approach tool)

 

Here is a prayer we have posted often at Lent & Beyond in the past.  May the Lord lead all in the storm’s path to places of safe shelter!

L: Lord, have mercy.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: Christ, have mercy.
C: Christ, have mercy.

L: Lord, have mercy.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of peril and apprehension, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of mighty winds, thunderous sounds, strong rains, and surging waves, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of complete uncertainty, as well as concern for our loved ones, here or elsewhere, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: In the face of our own vulnerable mortality, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For the strength that God alone can give us, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For all that it takes to keep our children calm and safe, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For faith that can move mountains and remove all fear, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For trust in God’s loving presence in our midst, even at this very hour, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: For trust that in life and in death, God will not abandon us, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

L: Almighty God, we poor creatures place our lives into your hands that you might protect and guide us according to your will; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: Do not hold our sins against us, but remember us in our faith and love for you; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: Be our light in the darkness, our hope in the storm, our peace in the chaos, our trust in the unknown; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: Mighty are your works, O Lord, and mighty is your saving hand.
Turn your ear to our petitions and supplications; Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear, our prayer.

L: God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of our whole community in your hands, be with is in the peril of this day/night. Help us to release our anxieties and fears into those same caring hands, knowing in faith that your will for us is life and everlasting good. Send your holy angels to watch over us and guard us. May they spread their holy wings to give us shelter against the storm. For you alone, O God, are all good, all life, all love, and that love is for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen

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A modified version of the final section of the Litany, suitable to be prayed as a stand-alone collect:

God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of [all in Irma’s path] in your hands, be with all those in peril this day/night. Help them to release their anxieties and fears into your caring hands, knowing in faith that your will for us is life and everlasting good. Send your holy angels to watch over them and guard them. May your angels spread their holy wings to give all in danger shelter against the storm. For you alone, O God, are all good, all life, all love, and that love is for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 


Centenary of Planned Parenthood

October 16, 2016

From Breitbart: Planned Parenthood was founded 100 years ago today.

Matthew 25:40 (AMP)
The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’

O Father,
Tens of millions of lives destroyed. Tens of millions of lives created in Your image.
We are an iniquitous nation. Have mercy.


From the Lectionary for 2016 02 15

February 15, 2016

Mark 1:1 (NKJV)
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
      Holy Spirit, help me begin each day with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:8 (NKJV)
“I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
      Jesus, please baptize me afresh with your Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:1 (NKJV)
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
      Jesus, help us answer your call as Paul did.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV)
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
      Father, help me embrace the cross of your son Jesus.

Genesis 37:11 (NKJV)
And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
      Holy Spirit, please help me keep in mind as Jacob and Mary did what you have said and done.

Psalm 44:26 (NKJV)
Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
      I look to you for help, redemption and mercy. Thank you.

Word: You are in my care.

A word received (10/8/06): Keep asking for eyes to see.

A word received (10/9/06): I Am calling my church back to me. I Am calling my bride to me. Pray for listening ears. Pray for this day by day.

A word received (11/9/06): Listen, listen my people for my word to you. Listen as you read scripture. Listen, listen to what I Am saying to you.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 02 11

February 11, 2016

John 17:9 (NKJV)
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.
      Jesus, thank you for claiming me as your own.

John 17:17 (NKJV)
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
      Holy Spirit, make me holy by your word of truth.

Philippians 3:12 (NKJV)
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
      Father, help me press on as Paul did.

Habakkuk 3:2 (NKJV)
O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.
      Revive your people, LORD.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NKJV)
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls — yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
      Father, help me joy in you no matter what happens.

Psalm 37:24-25 (NKJV)
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.
      Jesus, you have held me and blessed my children.

Psalm 37:40 (NKJV)
And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.
      LORD, I trust in you and your saving work in my life. Thank you.

Word: I AM your blessing and your eternal reward.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 02 01

February 1, 2016

John 6:29 (NKJV)
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
      Jesus, help me do the work of God by believing you and believing in you.

John 6:35 (NKJV)
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. “
      Holy Spirit, help me feed on Jesus.

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
      Father, help me live a life of hope and faith.

Psalm 65:3 (NKJV)
Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them.
      Jesus, thank you for providing the atonement for my iniquities.

Psalm 65:13 (NKJV)
The pastures are clothed with flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.
      LORD, clothe our land with your bounty and help us rejoice in your goodness.

Word: Let me be your guide today.

I had a wonderful weekend visit with my brother Bret and his family in New Haven, CT. Our son Brett and his wife Sandra came over from Stamford. It was a great time. The cat was glad to see me back and almost immediately led me to the bag of Kitty Treats.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 01 29

January 29, 2016

John 6:5-7 (NKJV)
Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
      Thank you, Jesus, that my resources are inadequate for the task at hand and I will have to look to you to provide.

John 6:11 (NKJV)
And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
      Jesus, thank you that I get to be in the supply chain of your work and ministry.

Hebrews 10:17 (NKJV)
then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
      Father, thank you that my sins are covered by the blood of Jesus and that you remember them no more.

Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
      Holy Spirit, help me hold fast to my confession of faith.

Psalm 51:3 (NKJV)
For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
      Holy Spirit, help me acknowledge my transgressions to you.

Psalm 51:10 (NKJV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
      Bring me to lasting renewal, Jesus.

Psalm 51:17 (NKJV)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart — these, O God, You will not despise.
      Jesus, give me a broken and contrite heart.

Word: I will comfort you in your day of sorrow.

Schenectady City Mission prayer table, Chuck Rinaldo and Torre Bissell, 1/28/16
Ted (volunteer) — That he can live independently, help with his walking and ofr his son and granddaughter Camille.
Charlie (volunteer) — For healing of the palsy in his right arm.
Tony (volunteer) — Blessing
Jordan (staff) — He feels good and has recovered from the 5th chemo treatment. Prayed that he will regain weight he has lost and for energy.
+ Elaine (volunteer) — A friend died that morning. Prayed for peace and comfort and the hope of the resurrection. Elaine is now 4 years cancer free.
Devon (man) — Blessing
Chuck (volunteer) — his sister Fran had an MRI at the end of the 2nd round of chemo, hasn’t heard the results yet. Going on a Mediterranean cruise with her husband. Prayed for protection, sight seeing and enjoyment.
+ Josh (young man) — He is about to start basic training in the Army. Prayed for protection and strength.
Dan (staff) — We prayed for his daughters Julia, Summer, and Shannon.
+ Robert (man) — He asked prayers for a friend named Florence who is in recovery from crack.
+ Priest (man) — He is homeless. Prayed that he will get his life back together.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 01 22

January 22, 2016

John 4:23-24 (NKJV)
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 2God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
      Father, please help me worship you in spirit and in truth.

John 4:26 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
      Jesus, help me know and acknowledge who you are.

Genesis 12:1-3 (NKJV)
Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
      Holy Spirit, help me enter into the blessing you have given Abraham. Help me leave behind anything that hinders that call of yours.

Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
      “It doesn’t matter how much water flows over us; if we don’t open our mouths to reeive it, we will have gained nothing.” Jean in a Cursillo talk 12-6-97

Word: Open your mouth and receive what I have for you.

Albany Intercessor


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