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Friday, June 30, 2006

 

6/30/2006, #117, 2nd Quarter 2006

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Thank you, Father, that while we were yet sinners, lost and without hope, you sent your son Jesus to die for us so that we might live. Your mercy endures forever! Please help us share this hope with others.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, (Psalm 107:2)

Jesus, your death on the cross was the price for our redemption; thank you for rescuing us from the hand of the enemy. We cry out to you for all those in the Episcopal Church who are ashamed of you and your cross, pour out your Holy Spirit into them and bring them back to you.

And gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. (Psalm 107:3)

Thank you for gathering us into your sheepfold and for loving us, Jesus.

They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in. (Psalm 107:4)

Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church is wandering in the wilderness in a desolate place, guide us back to Jesus and the Father's love for us.

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. (Psalm 107:5)

Jesus, help us feed your hungry people with your word and give them drink of living water.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107:6)

LORD, we cry out to you for your church and your people, deliver us out of our distresses.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a dwelling place. (Psalm 107:7)

Jesus, lead us forth out of the bondage of sin in the Episcopal Church by your right way. Please make a dwelling place for your faithful people.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:8)

Help us give thanks to you, Holy Father; thank you for your goodness and your wonderful works.

For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:9)

Jesus, we are so hungry and thirsty for you, bring your new life to the Episcopal Church once again -- satisfy our souls with your goodness. Lord, we have looked for satisfaction in all the wrong places -- have mercy on us.

Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons-- (Psalm 107:10)

Jesus, we cry out to you for all those in parishes and dioceses where there is great darkness and bondage -- bring them into your light and freedom, set them free from their affliction.

Because they rebelled against the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High, (Psalm 107:11)

LORD, we have rebelled against you and despised your word; have mercy on us and bring us back to you.

Therefore he brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help. (Psalm 107:12)

LORD, the General Convention engaged in much hard labor and produced only resolutions and not changed hearts. We have fallen as a church and no one else can help us but you.

LORD, we cry out to you in our trouble, save us out of our distresses; bring us out of darkness and the shadow of death, break our chains in pieces, help us give thanks to you for your goodness and for your wonderful works to us! Break the gates of bronze and the bars of iron in two. As you led Peter out of prison, lead us out too. Thank you for the prayers of your faithful people then and now. (From Psalm 107:13-16)

***** Fr. Hio is feeling better and hopes they will send him home tomorrow. Keep Akemi in prayer. He said Bp. Dan was quite sick with the flu that he got at General Convention. Pray for complete and speedy healing for Bp. Dan.
***** Continue praying for healing for Fr. Joe Caron's wife, Nancy; she is home from St. Peter's after surgery and is waiting for biopsy results. Pray for good news.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

 

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6/29/2006, #116, 2nd Quarter 2006

For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. (Psalm 105:42)

Lord, remember us and guide us.

He brought out His people with joy, his chosen ones with gladness. (Psalm 105:43)

Jesus, bring us out of the bondage of sin; give us your joy and gladness.

He gave them the lands of the Gentiles, and they inherited the labor of the nations, (Psalm 105:44)

Holy Spirit, guide us into your full provision.

That they might observe his statutes and keep his laws. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 105:45)

Father, help us observe all your righteous ways and cleave to you. Fill our mouths with your praise. Thank you.

***** Keep praying for our bishops and our bishop-elect for the Lord's protection, strength, peace and clear guidance and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Pray also for their families and all who take counsel with them. Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper. Pray for the Lord to show them the next step in this new and difficult time. Pray for unity and peace in the diocese and parishes.

Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people, especially His little ones.

Pray for the Archbishop of Canterbury and the primates of the Anglican Communion. Pray for clear guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Pray for a mighty revival in the USA, starting with the Episcopal Church.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

 

6/28/2006, #115, 2nd Quarter 2006

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, (Romans 4:20)

Father, help us stand firm in your son, Jesus, and not waver in trusting your promises through unbelief. Strengthen our faith so that we may bring glory to you and your son.

and being fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to perform. (Romans 4:21)

Holy Spirit, help us to be fully convinced that what you have promised you are also able to perform.

And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." (Romans 4:22)

Jesus, please bring us to such trust in you and your word that it will be accounted to us for righteousness.

Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. (Romans 4:23-24a)

LORD, thank you for writing this for us.

It shall be imputed to us who believe in him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. (Romans 4:24-25)

LORD, thank you for having mercy on us sinners!

Holy Spirit, please help us press on, that we may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of us. (From Philippians 3:12)

***** Keep praying for strength, protection, wisdom and clear guidance for our Bishops, Bishop-elect, the Standing Committee, the Deans and those who take counsel with them for clear direction, peace and a common mind, the mind of Christ. Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper. Pray for good health and travel mercies.

Pray also for the Spiritual Life Center, Fr. Nigel and Matt Baker and staff for Lord's guidance, protection and provision.

Pray for Fr. Caron, wife, Nancy's surgery today.

Thank you, Lord, for the tractor for the Spiritual Life Center.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

 

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6/27/2006, #114, 2nd Quarter 2006

Blessed is the man whom you instruct, O LORD, and teach out of your law, (Psalm 94:12)

LORD, help the Episcopal Church return to the blessing of being instructed by you from your word.

That you may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked. (Psalm 94:13)

Holy Spirit, let those who hear and receive your instruction find your rest from adversity. We hold up Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and bishop-elect Bill and the rest of the Diocese of Albany deputation to the General Convention for your rest and refreshment.

For the LORD will not cast off his people, nor will he forsake his inheritance. (Psalm 94:14)

Lord Jesus, we trust in you to have mercy on us. We are a sin-filled church and people and we plead your blood over us.

But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it. (Psalm 94:15)

Holy Spirit, that is our hope -- that you will lead this sin-stained people out from judgment and back to your righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow your guidance. Thank you.

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? (Psalm 94:16)

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24); you are that friend, Jesus.

Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul would soon have settled in silence. (Psalm 94:17)

Jesus, you are our help and our strength; please sustain and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

If I say, "My foot slips," your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up. (Psalm 94:18)

Father, the Episcopal Church has stumbled and fallen deeply into sin; please hold us up. Thank you for being faithful to all that you have said.

In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul. (Psalm 94:19)

***** With joy we announce the birth of our eleventh grandchild, Simon Tamba Bissell. He was born to Tamba and Lisa at 12:26 AM today; he is 7# 15 oz and is 20 inches long.

Pray for Nancy Caron who is going into St. Peter's Hospital Albany today for tests preliminary to surgery for cancer tomorrow.

Pray for Fr. Hio who was admitted to St. Clare's Hospital Schenectady last night for trouble with breathing.

Monday, June 26, 2006

 

6/26/2006, #113, 2nd Quarter 2006

How long, LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire? (Psalm 89:46)

Jesus, come soon to visit and cleanse and heal your people. We deserve to be consumed in your wrath, but we plead your passion, cross and blood; we plead your resurrection and we pray for a rebirth of your Spirit in your church.

Remember how short my time is; for what futility have you created all the children of men? (Psalm 89:47)

Father you are from everlasting to everlasting and our years are but a moment in your sight; restore your people while this generation is still in the land of the living. Help us to see your mercy. You let Caleb and Joshua live to enter the Promised Land, let us live to see the Episcopal Church restored to life in you.

What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? (Psalm 89:48)

Holy Spirit, pour out your former lovingkindness on your people; cleanse and renew your church; help us to lift up and praise Jesus for who he is. Thank you.

Lord, hover over your church to accomplish you will. Pour out your Spirit of Truth and repentance. Convict your people of rebellion and unbelief. Reveal both your love and your righteousness. Touch every heart that is still capable of repentance. You are Lord of your church. Have your way with them Lord. Pour out your anointing on your faithful ones; clothe them with your armor, your holy boldness and strength. Give them words to say and your timing. Have mercy on all who have been led astray and all who have led others astray in ignorance. Heal those who have looked for love and affirmation in all the wrong places. Bring them to healing, repentance and wholeness. "Cry out to Me for My church." Protect and defend your faithful ones from all the attacks and traps of the Enemy. We pray that in your straight path your faithful ones will not stumble.

***** Please keep on praying for our Bishops, Fr. Love, and the deputies to General Convention: for rest, refreshment, protection and clear direction. Pray also for the Diocese and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.

(Fr. Brad) Pray for daily safety, protection and good health of the Diocesan Mission Team in Louisiana. Pray for protection from heat related problems. Jean asked if they had had a cool front. He said the temperature had dropped from upper 90's to low 90's!
Pray for healing of Rachel Jones who has a pretty bad sunburn.
Pray that the showers the church there promised to have completely installed this weekend WILL BE installed. Otherwise they will have to go to the "Y" some distance away.
There has been an increase in violence in New Orleans but the "hot spots" are NOT near where they will be.
Fr. Brad was working all day yesterday to prepare for the team and also with his brothers.
Mary had a word about our prayers: Pray that the Lord will work in us what is pleasing in his sight.
Pray that all will go smoothly and safely on trip down and no more problems with tickets. They leave today.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

 

6/25/2006, #112, 2nd Quarter 2006

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; (Psalm 19:7a)

LORD, please speak through your word to us and convert our souls, convert the soul of the Episcopal Church.

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7b)

Jesus, help us hunger and thirst for your testimony so that we may gain wisdom instead of our present folly.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; (Psalm 19:8a)

Holy Spirit, bring joy to the hearts of all those who search out your ways.

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (Psalm 19:8b)

Jesus, please restore sight to the blind in the Episcopal Church; help us embrace your commandments.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; (Psalm 19:9a)

Father, cleanse and purify your church; help us fear you and cease transgressing your righteous ways. We have substituted our righteousness for yours; help us repent; flood the church with your Holy Spirit.

The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:9b)

Father, we have sinned against you for we have chosen our judgment instead of yours; have mercy on us.

More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; (Psalm 19:10a)

Jesus, help us desire you and your ways above all the wealth and accolades that the world offers.

Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10b)

LORD, your words and judgments are sweeter than anything and they revive our souls. Revive the Episcopal Church with your word.

Moreover by them your servant is warned, (Psalm 19:11a)

Father, help us heed your ways.

And in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:11b)

Jesus, please bring us to that great reward -- eternal life with you.

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. (Psalm 19:12)

Holy Spirit, please give the leaders of the Episcopal Church understanding of their errors and cleanse them of their faults; give them truth in the inward part.

Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. (Psalm 19:13a)

Jesus, bring the leaders of the Episcopal Church back from presumptuous sin.

Father, do not let our sins have dominion over us.

Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. (Psalm 19:13b)

Father, help us walk in your blameless ways and be innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

Jesus, let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight; you are our strength and our redeemer. Thank you.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

 

6/24/2006, #111, 2nd Quarter 2006

What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. (Romans 3:9)

Holy Spirit, help us consider others better than ourselves; teach us humility for your mercy endures forever.

As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one;" (Romans 3:10)

Jesus, we have no righteousness of our own, but your mercy endures forever.

"There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God." (Romans 3:11)

Jesus, you seek those who wander off to a far country; seek us for your mercy endures forever.

"They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one." (Romans 3:12)

Father, we have all been prodigal sons at one time or another, now we are prodigal as a church; but you waited for the son to come back to his senses and return to you for your mercy endures forever. Help us return to you.

"Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips"; (Romans 3:13)

LORD, the General Convention has produced poisoned words and words of deceit, but your mercy endures forever; have mercy on us.

"Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness." (Romans 3:14)

Lord, help! The fruit of the General Convention is cursing and bitterness, but your mercy endures forever.

"Their feet are swift to shed blood;" (Romans 3:15)

Lord Jesus, we now even sanction the killing of the unborn, but your mercy endures forever.

"Destruction and misery are in their ways;" (Romans 3:16)

Jesus, we are seeing the destruction of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us.

"And the way of peace they have not known." (Romans 3:17)

Holy Spirit, lead us back into the ways that make for true peace; for your mercy endures forever.

"There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Romans 3:18)

Holy Father, the Episcopal Church no longer fears you for it has made other gods in its own image; your mercy endures forever, have mercy on us.

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. (Romans 3:19)

LORD, stop our mouths in the Episcopal Church for we speak vanity and fraud and are guilty before you. Your mercy endures forever -- have mercy on us.

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in his sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)

Lord Jesus, we have seen in the General Convention and in the Episcopal Church the deeds of the law and of sin. The Episcopal Church knows sin but forgets your cross and can no longer bring itself to say that you are the way, the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except through you. Have mercy on us for we have gone off into a far country.

Friday, June 23, 2006

 

6/23/2006, #110, 2nd Quarter 2006

Then Peter came to him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" (Matthew 18:21)

Lord, show us how to forgive the sins of our brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Church without becoming ensnared in their sin.

Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." (Matthew 18:22)

Jesus, help us stop counting the sins of our brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Church.

"Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants." (Matthew 18:23)

Lord, I am in trouble if you look at my balance sheet without seeing your cross and resurrection there. My debt to you is enormous.

"And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents." (Matthew 18:24)

Have mercy on me, Lord.

"But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made." (Matthew 18:25)

Lord, those who boast in their wealth delude themselves, none of them can by any means redeem himself, let alone his brother, nor give God a sufficient ransom -- for the redemption of a soul is costly, and none of us can pay it -- that we should live eternally, and not see the Pit. (From Psalm 49:6-9)

"The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'" (Matthew 18:26)

Jesus, I can't say that, I can't even begin to claim that I could repay my debt to you. We both know that; please don't let me forget that.

"Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt." (Matthew 18:27)

Thank you, Jesus, for forgiving my debt.

"But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!'" (Matthew 18:28)

Lord, I have to admit it, I would like to seize those who have wounded your church and wounded me by the throat. I have to admit that I want to see them suffer for what they have done. Have mercy on me, a sinner.

"So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'" (Matthew 18:29)

Lord, I'm thinking in my heart, in my corrupt heart, that they don't even ask forgiveness for what they have done to your church and your people. "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?"

"And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt." (Matthew 18:30)

Lord, that's the same prison cell that has my name on it.

"So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done." (Matthew 18:31)

Father, if anyone carries my report to you, I am in trouble.

"Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'" (Matthew 18:32-33)

Yes, Jesus, I should have pity on my fellow servants in the Episcopal Church, just as you have had compassion on me. I know that, but I can't do it without the help of your Holy Spirit.

"And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him." (Matthew 18:34)

Jesus, that means an eternity of torture because I can never repay my debt on my own.

"So my heavenly father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses." (Matthew 18:35)

Father, cleanse our hearts with your Holy Spirit so that we can truly forgive those who have done harm to us and to your church.

Jesus, I forgive; help my unforgiveness.

Holy Spirit, show us how to go forward debt-free because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross.

Lord, you have paid my debt; help me to forgive my brother's debt.

 

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

 

6/22/2006, #109, 2nd Quarter 2006

Special Prayer Request:

Whenever two or three of you are gathered together for ANY purpose, spend a few minutes (or more) interceding for our Bishops and bishop-elect and for this diocese. There is much anger and hurt and we need lots of prayer if we are to find a way through.

Come Holy Spirit, come now, come with more power and wisdom on Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and bishop-elect Bill and this diocese. Show us the way through. Lead us by day and by night. You have done it before, please do it now.


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6/22/2006, #108, 2nd Quarter 2006

"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10)

Jesus, you told the Pharisees over and over again that their purity of doctrine was insufficient; please help us in the days ahead to remember to care for the lost and the least and to repent of despising your little ones who have been led astray.

"For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost." (Matthew 18:11)

Jesus, you have come to the right place: the Episcopal Church has lost its way; save us from ourselves.

"What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?" (Matthew 18:12)

Help, Lord, it is the ninety-nine who have gone astray! Help us go after every sheep that has been led astray.

Holy Spirit, thank you for the high honor and calling you have given us: you have placed us in one of the most exciting mission fields in North America, the Episcopal Church. Help us to be faithful in answering your call.

"And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray." (Matthew 18:13)

Father, you have given us the opportunity to bring great joy to you and your son by bringing the ninety-nine back to you. Help us fulfill your joy!

"Even so it is not the will of your father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." (Matthew 18:14)

Father, as we seek out the lost and the least, we know that we are in the center of your will; help us remain there.

"Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother." (Matthew 18:15)

Jesus, brother sinned against brother at the General Convention: all sinned and fell short of your glory; help us go to one another in love.

"But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'" (Matthew 18:16)

Holy Spirit, help us to be faithful witnesses to one another; help us lead and call people back to Jesus.

"And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector." (Matthew 18:17)

Lord, this is from Matthew's gospel and he was a tax collector and you went after him and saved him. Help us remember that you are calling us to seek out the lost both inside and outside the church.

"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 18:18)

LORD, give us a heart to loose and set the captives free.

"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)

Holy Spirit, bring us to a quiet common mind in you as we seek the will of Jesus for this diocese and for the Episcopal Church so that the father's will may be done on earth as in heaven.

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20)

Thank you, Jesus, for being here among us. Thank you that we are not alone, for you are with us.

A word received: I Am, don't be afraid.

***** Hi,
I spent 5 hours in the ER last evening while they checked out if I had congestive heart failure and/or a "silent" heart attack. Neither was the case! (Thank you, Lord!) While there I got to pray with the other guy in the room and give him a cross. I keep praying for opportunities to give away crosses. I am sometimes surprised at the way God finds to answer that prayer.
Love and blessing, Torre

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

 

6/21/2006, #106, 2nd Quarter 2006

Sing aloud to God our strength; make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob. (Psalm 81:1)

LORD, you are our joy and our strength, we praise you and bless you.

Raise a song and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the lute. (Psalm 81:2)

Holy Spirit, help us sing the songs of Zion; help us sing for joy because of all that Jesus has done for us.

Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast day. (Psalm 81:3)

Jesus, you are Lord and we rejoice in all that you have done for us on the cross. Thank you.

For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob. (Psalm 81:4)

Father, write your statutes and your laws on our hearts; give us hearts that know and rejoice in your truth.

This he established in Joseph as a testimony, when he went throughout the land of Egypt, where I heard a language I did not understand. (Psalm 81:5)

LORD, we no longer speak the same language that most of the Episcopal Church speaks. We hear their words and they are not your words.

"I removed his shoulder from the burden; his hands were freed from the baskets." (Psalm 81:6)

Jesus, we are burdened with the weight of sin the Episcopal Church is espousing.

"You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah." (Psalm 81:7)

Jesus, we have cried out to you for your church; we ask you to deliver us in the time and manner of your choosing. You are testing your church and we leave the judgment in your hands.

"Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to me!" (Psalm 81:8)

LORD, help us to hear you, to receive your words of admonishment.

"There shall be no foreign god among you; nor shall you worship any foreign god." (Psalm 81:9)

Holy Spirit, help the Episcopal Church put away all the foreign gods that it now worships.

"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." (Psalm 81:10)

LORD, you are our portion and our strength; deliver us from the household of bondage.

"But My people would not heed my voice, and Israel would have none of me." (Psalm 81:11)

Father, the Episcopal Church has not heeded the voice of your Holy Spirit; have mercy on us.

"So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels." (Psalm 81:12)

Oh, that the Episcopal Church would listen to you and would walk in your ways, LORD! (From Psalm 81:13)

Jesus, please subdue our enemy of pride and turn your hand against our adversaries: the agenda of the world, the flesh, and the devil. (From Psalm 81:14)

LORD, those who hate you pretend submission to you; reveal their words for what they are. (From Psalm 81:15)

Father, your heart's desire is to feed us with the finest of wheat and with honey from the rock; Jesus is our rock and the bread of life; help us find our satisfaction in him. (From Psalm 81:16)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

 

6/20/2006, #105, 2nd Quarter 2006

Joint session of Bishops & Deputies Tomorrow
Frank Griswold, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, has called for a Joint Session for Wednesday, June 21 to address the Windsor Report. This would be a historic moment for the church to see if the Episcopal Church is at a place where it can be honest and clear about where the church stands regarding the requests made to it by the Anglican Communion.

Please pray for the Father's will to be done.

 

6/20/2006, #104, 2nd Quarter 2006

A word received: I Am with you. I really experienced that yesterday afternoon: I was weary and discouraged because of the news from the General Convention. I talked with a brother on the telephone and he reminded me that God is in charge and then he prayed with me over the phone. I experienced a lightness of spirit and renewed hope. Thank you, Howard.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

Jesus, we cry out to you for your faithful ones at the General Convention -- no matter what is said or done -- that they will continue to believe in you and not be ashamed of your gospel. Steady them with your Holy Spirit and hold them up.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17)

Holy Spirit, let faith speak to faith as your faithful people speak to one another of your righteousness.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Romans 1:18)

Father, the truth is being suppressed by unrighteousness at the General Convention; have mercy on your people; reveal yourself to your faithful ones.

because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. (Romans 1:19)

LORD, you have made yourself known through your Son and your Holy Spirit and your word in Scripture; help those who practice and promote unrighteousness at the General Convention to repent.

For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20-21)

Lord, have mercy on us.

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:22-23)

Jesus, the leaders of the Episcopal Church have fashioned a god made in their own image; have mercy on us.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:24-25)

Lord, have mercy on the Episcopal Church, for we have sinned and exchanged your truth for the lies of the world. Help us repent!

Monday, June 19, 2006

 

Words received during 2004 about a time of desolation coming:

A word received June 30: There is a time of desolation coming. Cling to me; I will hold you steady. I Am the rock to stand on. There is no other.

A word received July 6: Don't be afraid. The times are evil, but I Am greater.

A word received July 11: "Be strong and of good courage" -- that is for you too.

A word received July 13: Let me be your guide. Much that seems solid will be cast down. Much that appears weak will be strong. In all this keep your eyes on me.

A word received July 16: I Am with you. Keep your eyes on me; not on the problems. That is the way to get through -- keep your eyes on me.

A word received July 17: I Am your strength. Call on me for my strength.

A word received July 18: There are times of trouble coming but I don't want you to be afraid. Keep your attention on me. I was there in the many times of trouble you have been through before and I Am still there. That is the perspective I want your to have.

A word received July 19: Yes, I Am. Don't fear; fear only me. I Am. I Am in charge of my church and my people.

A word received August 16 on Hebrews 11:8 ("By faith Abraham obeyed...and he went out, not knowing where he was going.") By faith Abraham obeyed: his faith in me led him into obedient action. That is what I want your faith in me to do: to lead you into obedient action.

 

6/19/2006, #103, 2nd Quarter 2006

To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: (Romans 1:7a)

LORD, I pray for all who are in this diocese or at the General Convention or in the wider church, beloved of God and called to be saints.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:7b)

Holy Father, we need your grace and peace in our hearts.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. (Romans 1:8)

Jesus, I thank you for all your faithful ones throughout your church who have been steadfast in these times of trial. I thank you for your faithful ones at the General Convention who are surrounded by apostasy and who have remained steady in you.

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, (Romans 1:9)

Father, help us serve you as Paul did, body, soul, and spirit for the gospel of your son. Help us be steady in prayer for your saints. Sustain them with your Holy Spirit.

Jesus, we cry out to you for your church.

making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. (Romans 1:10)

Holy Spirit, show us how to reach out to the saints in need to fulfill the will of our father in heaven.

Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire. So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents. At the command of the LORD the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped. (Numbers 9:15-18)

Holy Father, please help us move as you move and stay as you stay. If there is to be a new Exodus, help us as your people to stay in step with you.

Jesus, you are our shepherd and we are your flock; protect us from the wolves that are gathering round.

Holy Spirit, guide us through the wilderness of the Episcopal Church. Anoint Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and bishop-elect Bill and all our deputation and other faithful deputations and bishops at the General Convention. Sustain and comfort and bless them.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

 

6/18/2006, #102, 2nd Quarter 2006

Posted on Kendall Harmon's blogsite, Titusonenine:
U.S. Episcopal leader says church must be inclusive
Church leaders moving carefully
What happened to Bill Love in the House of Bishops?
(Bill Love is bishop-elect of Albany–KSH).
Why was he asked to come before the entire House and address issues and answer questions recently? Who requested that this happen? What kind of precedent does it set?
There is a story here which someone needs to track down and write up.
Oh and by the way–good for Bishop Stacy Sauls for standing up and saying something is not right about this in response. I was very sad to hear about it–KSH.
This entry was posted on Sunday, June 18th, 2006 at 8:13 am.

 

6/18/2006, #101, 2nd Quarter 2006

And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?" (Luke 12:42)

Lord Jesus, we thank you for the faithful and wise stewards you have raised up to lead this diocese: Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and bishop-elect Bill. We ask you to raise up faithful stewards throughout the Episcopal Church to lead your people. Raise up a bishop after your own heart to be Presiding Bishop today. Jesus, we cry out to you for your church: raise up stewards who will feed your people.

"Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes." (Luke 12:43)

Jesus, we ask you to bless those faithful bishops, priests, deacons and lay leaders who are doing your bidding.

"Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has." (Luke 12:44)

Jesus, we pray your blessing on those who have been faithful with a few talents; make them stewards of more. Please cast out the unprofitable stewards. (From Matthew 25:29-30)

LORD, we pray for all your faithful stewards and people in the Episcopal Church that you will bless us and keep us; you will make your face shine upon us, and be gracious to us; lift up your countenance upon us, and give us peace. (From Numbers 6:24-26)

Saturday, June 17, 2006

 

6/17/2006, #100, 2nd Quarter 2006

Fr. Bill approved by House of Bishops (see below)
Episcopal News Service
Friday, June 16, 2006
From Columbus: Beisner gets committee nod with reservations; five others join House of Bishops
By Melodie Woerman and Nicole Seiferth
Deputy members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Consecration of Bishops on June 16 voted to recommend that the House of Deputies consent to the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Barry Beisner as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Northern California.
The vote was not unanimous and a minority report will be attached to that recommendation. Matthew Chew, deputy chair of the committee, said the recommendation and the minority report may be filed with the House of Deputies Secretariat as early as Saturday.
Bishop members of the committee did not make a recommendation on Beisner's election, a departure from their earlier approval of the other five bishop nominees considered by the committee at this General Convention. Bishop Chester Talton, suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and bishop chair of the committee, said that only a vote by deputy committee members is required, since the resolution to consent to Beisner's election will go first to the House of Deputies.
When asked why the bishops had offered consent to the other nominees, Talton said, "We clarified for ourselves this morning how this voting really goes. Deputy votes get counted, so we decided to record it that way. When the resolution comes to the House of Bishops, I may be called upon to make a report. If I am, I will."
Questions about Beisner have arisen since his election, focused on the facts surrounding his two divorces and third marriage. Besiner addressed the issue in his testimony before the committee June 14. He said it was not a concern within the diocese when he was elected May 6, but has been raised since by people from outside the Diocese of Northern California. Beisner currently is canon to the ordinary in that diocese.
In a related development, the House of Bishops consented to the election of five bishops June 16. The House welcomed Bishop Marc H. Andrus as bishop-elect of California; the Ven. Dena Harrison as suffragan bishop-elect of Texas; the Very Rev. Canon William H. Love as bishop coadjutor-elect of Albany; the Rev. Steven Todd Ousley as bishop coadjutor-elect of Eastern Michigan and the Rev. David Mitchell Reed as suffragan bishop-elect of West Texas.
The bishops-elect were each welcomed with standing ovations and were given the opportunity to address the house briefly. Andrus, who currently serves as suffragan bishop of Alabama, said, "You have inspired me with...your grace and your love, and I've been honored to serve with you for five years."
Harris thanked the bishops for their "many expressions of support and welcome" and Love said he was "very honored and humbled to be invited to be a member of this house."
Following the introductions, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold invited the bishops-elect to be seated with the house.
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| let me know. It also contains a receipt |
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6/17/2006, #99, 2nd Quarter 2006

And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there: and he said, "The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a bursting flood." Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. [Baal Perazim means the Lord of breaking through.] (2 Samuel 5:20)
O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you." ... So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe his prophets, and you shall prosper." And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: "Praise the LORD, for his mercy endures forever." (2 Chronicles 20:12, 20-21)

Jesus, Father, Holy Spirit, you are the God of break-throughs. Break through the darkness and blindness of many at the General Convention. Break through hardness of heart and through the spirit of this age with your Truth and Light. Help many to confront the Reality of Who You Are and repent.

Hold up and encourage your faithful servants. Renew their strength. Protect their health. Pour out on them a Spirit of boldness in praise and thanksgiving even in this present situation in Columbus. Remind them that you are Lord of the Battle as well as Lord of the Church. Rebuild your church, Lord, in our day. Let the revival so many of your people have been praying for break through NOW! Cleanse and renew the hearts of your faithful ones and help them to fix their eyes on Jesus -- no matter what happens!

Here is the list of the Diocesan New Orleans Mission Team (22 total):
From Christ Church, Schenectady:
Fr. Brad Jones
Mary Jones
Jennifer Jones
Rachel Jones
Matthew Jones
Julie Rickson
David Carlson
Jeremie Carlson
Larry Hubert
Nancy Chesney
Jessica Zeleznowa
Cathie Gibbons
Joe Popa
From Holy Cross, Troy:
Mother Anne Curtin
From Calvary, Burnt Hills:
Deacon Peter Sweeney
Megan Sweeney
Holly Schubert
Haley Sive
Aisling Sive
From St. James, Oneonta:
Deacon Charles Bailey
Vicky Hunter
Becka Hunter

The Jones family leaves Monday for New Orleans. Team flies out on June 26, returning July 3. Pray for travel mercies for all and that all the details will fall into place quickly. Pray for protection and blessing on the Mission Trip.

 

6/17/2006, #98, 2nd Quarter 2006

A deputy from the Diocese of Albany to the General Convention is quoted on an American Anglican Council news release as saying, "If we want to truly repent, which is my hope and the hope of many, let us say so. If it is the mind of the church not to repent, say that. Together or apart, but honestly."

Psalm 27, A PSALM OF DAVID, a psalm for us all.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

LORD, help your faithful ones at the General Convention know your light and salvation; be their strength and set them from fear of man.

When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. (Psalm 27:2)

Jesus, the wicked have come against your faithful people to swallow them up; have mercy on us and let us see your victory at the General Convention.

Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. (Psalm 27:3)

Father, we are so thankful we are your children, for a might army is risen up against us, but our confidence is in you. You are our father and we shall not fear.

One thing I have desired of you, LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in your house, LORD, all the days of my life, to behold your beauty, and to inquire in your temple. (From Psalm 27:4)

Father, in the time of trouble you shall hide us in your pavilion; in the secret place of your tabernacle hide us; set us high upon a rock -- that rock is Jesus. (From Psalm 27:5)

Jesus, now our heads shall be lifted up above our enemies all around us; therefore we will offer sacrifices of joy in your tabernacle; we will sing, yes, we will sing praises to you, for you are Lord. (From Psalm 27:6)

Jesus, hear when we cry out to you for your church! Have mercy also upon us, and answer us. (From Psalm 27:7)

When you said, "Seek my face," my heart said to you, "Your face, LORD, I will seek." (Psalm 27:8)

Do not hide your face from us; do not turn your servants away in anger; you have been our help; do not leave us nor forsake us, O God of our salvation. (From Psalm 27:9)

When the elders of your church forsake us, then you, LORD, will take care of us. (From Psalm 27:10)

Teach the Episcopal Church your ways, O LORD, and lead us in a smooth path, because of our enemies. Do not deliver us to the will of our adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against us, and such as breathe out violence. (From Psalm 27:11-12)

Holy Spirit, we would have lost heart, unless we had believed that we would see your goodness, in the land of the living. (From Psalm 27:13)

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)

LORD, we wait on you! Steady our hearts in you as we wait.

***** Apparently, Father Love has been approved by House of Deputies.

***** Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 18:01:51 -0400
From: "Priests and Deacons Update"
The Beaver Cross Medical Team wants you! We are still in need of folks who can serve on our medical team this summer. What does it take to be on the medical team? Basically you need to have current certificates in: CRP and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer and Responding to Emergencies. All of these courses are available throughout the year at dozens of places around the region. People who are doctors, nurses, EMTs, teachers, coaches, or care givers are obviously good candidates for this roll.

The weeks we have open are CC5 (July 30-Aug 4), and CC6 (July 6-11). This is an onsite position and comes with fine housing, great meals, and a very rewarding purpose in what you do. If you think this is something you might be interested in, please call the camp director, Chris Copeland, at 518 692-9550. All team members will receive training from our Medical Director, Sheila Smith.

Still Time to Register... There is still time to register your camper for this season! With the extra bed space we've added, we are still accepting registrations. The two middle school aged sessions, CC3 and CC4, are almost full, so act fast on those. We did have a waiting list last year. Camp registration forms can be downloaded online at http://beavercross.com, or by calling the camp office at 518 692-9550.

Prayer Warriors Welcome Staff training begins on Wednesday, June 21st and the first day of camp is June 28th. Please keep the staff and campers in your prayers daily as we progress through the season. Prayers for safety, energy, wisdom, and patience are always good. Also, pray that campers may come to know Christ in real and personal way during their time at camp. We want this season to be a blessing of fun and faith for all involved.

Peace, Chris

Friday, June 16, 2006

 

6/16/2006, #97, 2nd Quarter 2006

Word received: CRY OUT TO ME FOR MY CHURCH. Lord, hover over your church meeting in Columbus to accomplish you will. Pour out your Spirit of Truth and repentance. Convict your people of rebellion and unbelief. Reveal both your love and your righteousness. Touch every heart that is still capable of repentance. You are Lord of your church. Have your way with them Lord. Pour out your anointing on your faithful ones; clothe them with your armor, your holy boldness and strength. Give them words to say and your timing. Have mercy on all who have been led astray and all who have led others astray in ignorance. Heal those who have looked for love and affirmation in all the wrong places. Bring them to healing, repentance and wholeness. "Cry out to Me for My church." Protect and defend your faithful ones from all the attacks and traps of the Enemy. We pray that in your straight path your faithful ones will not stumble.
Keep praying for approval for Fr. Love at General Convention. Pray for God's will and purposes to be accomplished there. Pray for God to change hearts and minds.
NOEL is working at General Convention. to reverse the January decision of the Executive Committee to join the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. I don’t know the status of any legislation. (Prayers by Jean)

 

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6/16/2006, #96, 2nd Quarter 2006

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)

Jesus, baptize us afresh with your Holy Spirit so that we may live and walk in him. Anoint your faithful bishops and deputies at the General Convention so that they can minister to those who are weak in the faith.

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:26)

Holy Spirit, you give your gifts as you choose and know what is best for each of us and for the whole body of Christ. Help each of us rejoice in what you have done in ourselves and in our brothers and sisters. Help your faithful people at the General Convention to make use of every gift you have given them as they minister to the lost and the weak there.

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

Father, fill your faithful ones at the General Convention with a spirit of gentleness as they seek to minister to the lost and the weak in faith.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

Jesus, please guide our bishops and deputies so that they bear one another's burdens and come into the righteousness of your son Jesus.

For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (Galatians 6:3)

Holy Spirit, we have nothing that is our own, even love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are your work in our lives. Help us to reach out in the humility of Jesus as we minister to one another.

But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. (Galatians 6:4)

Jesus, guide us in self-examination so that we make both a good confession of sin and a good profession of faith.

For each one shall bear his own load. (Galatians 6:5)

Jesus, please guide us into doing the work you have given us to do.

Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. (Galatians 6:6)

Holy Father, please help us support with prayer and encouragement and this world's goods those who are faithful teachers of your word. We hold up in prayer your faithful witnesses at Trinity School for Ministry, Nashotah House, and the other seminaries of the Episcopal Church. We hold up those who do clergy training in this diocese for our deacons and priests.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

LORD, we come against the spirit of oppression at the General Convention in the name of Jesus and pray that your faithful ones there will sow in the power of your Spirit. Please prepare the soil of the hearts of those they minister to so that they may receive the seed of your word and bear a fruitful harvest in their turn.

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:8)

LORD, there are so many in your church who have listened to the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and who are convinced that sowing in the flesh yields a rich harvest in the Spirit. Send forth your Spirit of Truth among them. Speak to the hearts of any who still have ears to hear.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)

This is another day O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make the Albany delegation ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If they are to stand up, help them to stand bravely. If they are to sit still, help them to sit quietly. If they are to lie low, help them to do it patiently. And if they are to do nothing, let them do it gallantly. Make these more than words, and give them the Spirit of Jesus. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. (JoAn Ferris)

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

Holy Spirit, guide us, guide our bishops and deputies at the General Convention into seizing every opportunity you give to do good to those who are of the household of faith.

From: Vegarivera RP2 Hiram (GCE LAR BN RP)
To: paulschlett@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2006 5:30 AM
Subject: Services Pic

Services pictures,

Pastor Paul, I am not sure if you got my last email, that’s why I am re-mailing these pictures. At this time (Sunday Iraq) we have done our job, even knowing that tomorrow we have to begin all over. The deck plate ministry (combat) is kind of and inner city ministry, the same frustrations that come with the job day by day, but we can give up, Jesus never gave up on me when I was lost.

The other week we got a call from an Iraqi Military man, he was in need of Jesus, he just need it some information. Today he came to our church The Chapel of Hope and Strength to have communion. Victory is one soul at time.

Also I heard form Linda, about Delvis I do think that he went to the State Prison in Camp Hill, is not a bad place I was there for 2 years. Pray for my family, I will keep praying for yours.

Hiram Vegarivera
Religious Program Supervisor
Camp Korean Village, Iraq

[(See picture above) Projected on the screen:] THE COMMUNION OF GOD'S PEOPLE

Chaplain: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Holy and gracious Father, In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and when we had fall into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.
Jesus stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world. Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

All: Christ has died!
Christ is risen!
Christ will come again!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

 

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6/15/2006, #95, 2nd Quarter 2006

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)

Father, we ask for a new day of Pentecost, and further we ask that it take place at the General Convention so that all those promoting the lust of the flesh would be cut to the heart and be enabled to walk in your Spirit.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:17)

Jesus, please raise up anointed witnesses who can make this choice plain to all the bishops and deputations at the General Convention.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18)

Holy Spirit, please make it plain to those at the General Convention that true freedom comes from you and not from fulfilling the lusts of the flesh.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

Lord, have mercy on your church, for we are being told that some of these very things are a fresh move of your Spirit.

Holy Spirit of truth, show these lies that are being old your people for what they are.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Father, so bless our bishops and deputation and all other faithful bishops and deputations that they show forth openly the fruit of your Spirit.

Holy Spirit of truth, come upon those faithful deputations and bishops with your full Pentecostal power so that they become effective witnesses as Peter was at the birth of your church.

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)

Jesus, give everyone there a heart's desire to crucify the flesh with its passions and desires. Bring them into the full freedom of your Spirit.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)

Holy Spirit, your word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, help us walk in your light; help all you faithful people at the General Convention walk in your light.

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:26)

Holy Spirit of love, move in the hearts of those assembled in Columbus so that they find your peace and joy. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

 

6/14/2006, #94, 2nd Quarter 2006

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)

Lord, our true freedom comes from you and not from the entanglements of the world, the flesh, or the devil.

Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. (Galatians 5:2)

Jesus, thank you for giving me a circumcised heart by the work of your Holy Spirit. As you did on the day of Pentecost, please do now by moving the hearts of those assembled at the General Convention.

And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. (Galatians 5:3)

Holy Spirit, please help the church return to Jesus from the works of the flesh.

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4)

Father, help us place our confidence in your son Jesus rather than in the works of the flesh or the works of the law.

For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. (Galatians 5:5)

Holy Spirit, sustain those faithful bishops and deputies to the General Convention as they wait in hope for your righteousness by faith.

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6)

Dear Jesus, please sustain your faithful people at the General Convention with faith working through love.

You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? (Galatians 5:7)

Holy Spirit, please help the Episcopal Church abandon those leaders who hinder it from obeying the truth; help us once again to run the race for the eternal prize that never fades away.

This persuasion does not come from him who calls you. (Galatians 5:8)

Jesus, please help those at the General Convention recognize for what they are the false teachings with which they have been persuaded. Help them to make the choice for you.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)

False teaching has permeated the most of the Episcopal Church; Holy Spirit, please help us return to your good teaching and guidance.

I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. (Galatians 5:10)

Lord, we ask you to deal with those who promote false teaching in the Episcopal Church: please either bring them to conversion or get them out of office.

And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. (Galatians 5:11)

Jesus, please bring the Episcopal Church back to your cross; help it repent of works of the flesh. It is for freedom you have set us free, not to be in bondage to license.

I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! (Galatians 5:12)

Jesus, please deal with those who trouble the church by promoting the works of the flesh.

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)

Father, help us hear this admonition: please restore the hearing of your word to the Episcopal Church.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14)

Father, help us return to that true love of our neighbor and of ourselves that does not give way to license.

But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! (Galatians 5:15)

Holy Spirit, thank you for the peace and freedom you gave us at our Diocesan Convention; please give your faithful ones at the General Convention that same peace and freedom. Thank you.

***** Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 17:11:05 -0700
From: Fr. Bill Love

Dear Torre, Jean & Everyone Who Has Been Holding Me Up In Prayer,
Thank you so much for all the prayers. I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me knowing that so many of you are keeping me and my family as well as our Diocese in prayer. The Joint Consecration Committee Meeting met this morning and voted to recommend me for approval to both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. I don't know when each House will take action on this, so please keep the prayers coming. Peace my Friends!!
Yours in Christ,
Bill+

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Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 20:40:45 -0400
From: The Rev. Michael I. Gorchov

My Marianne was not able to go to convention because of her slow recovery from foot surgery. She is healing but slowly. She has had much swelling, two pin site infections and extreme tarsel tunnel pain. I had to do the child sex abuse prevention training sessions alone. They went very, very well - with great participant response and evaluations. I think the program we do is a practical approach to make our parishes very unattractive to predators. I also think Marianne is a very good presenter and I miss doing the sessions with her.

Thank you and God bless, M+

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

 

6/13/2006, #93, 2nd Quarter 2006

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)

Jesus, please help all those who have never known a father's love to know your father's love. Write his love on their hearts; help our hearts to melt with his love for us.

God sets the solitary in families; he brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. (Psalm 68:6)

Father, bless and renew family life in this diocese. Anoint those who participate in Marriage Encounter as they bring your light to marriages. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon them.

O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth shook; the heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. (Psalm 68:7-8)

Holy Spirit, wind of God, go before Fr. Bill and stir the hearts of the committee this morning to approve him as our Bishop Coadjutor. Holy Spirit, rain down on the General Convention and march through that wilderness with your faithful people.

You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, whereby you confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary. (Psalm 68:9)

LORD, send the plentiful rain of your Holy Spirit upon your inheritance at the General Convention when they are weary. Thank you.

***** Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 08:50:32 -0400
From: Joann Ferris
Dear Torre and Jean
It truly was a wonderful God filled weekend. I --however have a cold --the first in many years. I was fighting it there under poor circumstnces as in very little sleep and then the draft on Sat. I was in bed by 8:30 pm last night.
I received a word to share the following. In the Forward for May 30 I read the following. It spoke to me and I have been praying it each morning since. When I read your prayers this am --I received another word. "Share this " The prayer is from the Prayer Book p.461 --the bottom. I feel encouraged to share as a prayer for faithful bishops, clergy and delagates at General Convention.:
This is another day O Lord . I know not what it will bring forth, but make the Albany delegation ready , Lord, for whatever it may be. If they are to stand up, help them to stand bravely. If They are to sit still, help them to sit quietly. If they are to lie low, help them to do it patiently. And if they are to do nothing, let them do it gallantly. Make these more than words,and give them the Spirit of Jesus. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
I asked God Saturday evening --"Was he trying to get my attention with the 2 sleepless nights prior to Convention? The answer came--Loud and clear--Yes. Now to keep listening. "What is HE trying to tell me ?" With Love, your sister-in-Christ, Ultreya, FHS, Jo Albany #38

***** Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 11:07:09 -0400
From: "Arlene Monell"
Hi Torre,
Yes, Jesus definitely showed up as did the Holy Spirit. It was so good to see you again. It's too bad we don't have more gatherings like the convention so we could get to visit more. I'm sure the next big event will be Fr. Love's consecration in September. I know in my heart that he will be accepted at General Convention this week as he is God's chosen. (However, I am praying)
The Healing Service was so filled with the Holy Spirit, you could feel it. I am not usually one to be anointed, but felt really compelled to do that Saturday night. What happened was just the most incredible thing I have ever experienced. When Fr. Bill placed his hands on me, my whole body began to shake. I can't describe everything that I felt, but I do know the Holy Spirit entered my body and I was so at peace. It is an experience that I will carry with me always.
It was so nice to meet Jeanne Gizara, and find out she is also a DOK. I so enjoyed her prayers for the convention. We are so blessed by God in everyway. We are so blessed to have the Albany Diocese and all the wonderful, loving, God filled people in the diocese. Take care and God Bless.
For His Sake, Arlene

***** Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 19:01:01 -0500
From: Timothy Fountain
Subject: Re: FROM COLUMBUS
Here's a passage we might pray for all those ministering in an oppressive environment:

II Timothy 4:16At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.
Lord, your faithful in Columbus feel isolated. Satan seeks to agitate them. Keep your faithful unified. Keep your faithful patient and gentle with one another.

17But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.
Lord, come and stand by your faithful, and fill their mouths with your words. Open the ears of those caught up in worldly ways that they might hear the message spoken by your faithful witnesses.

And I was delivered from the lion's mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.
Lord, deliver your faithful from every evil attack and keep them on the path toward your kingdom.

To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
We praise you, Lord. We acclaim you to the creation, seen and unseen. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And blessed be His kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Matthew 24:31)

The Reverend Timothy L. Fountain
Church of the Good Shepherd
2707 W. 33rd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

***** Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 21:55:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jeannegizara@aol.com
Subject: Final Convention Prayer
Diocesan Convention is ended and our bishops and delegates have moved on to General Convention. I am sure that you all are lifting up the General Convention in prayer, and especially that Fr. Bill Love gets approved as our next bishop.
We thank You, God, for all that occurred at Camp of the Woods. We thank You that we now have 15 new deacons. We thank You for the diocesan budget passing without controversy. We thank You for the healings that happened on Saturday night. We thank You for the joyous spiritual singing of our visitors from Malawi and the young sisters. We thank You for new insights into the meaning of the Trinity. (I especially appreciated one times one times one is still one. Multiplication is always more powerful that addition, anyway!) We thank You for the glorious celebration of Cursillo's 25th anniversary. We thank You for the wonderful fellowship and the family reunion atmosphere of each of our diocesan conventions. We thank You for the glory of the Holy Trinity. Thank You Father God Creator. Thank You Jesus Christ Redeemer. Thank You Mighty Holy Spirit Comforter, Encourager, Sustainer. Amen.
Thank you, intercessors, for praying with me for this diocesan convention. If any of you have thanksgivings that you would like to share with the rest of your fellow intercessors, I would be happy to send them on. God bless you all!
FHS, Jeanne

Monday, June 12, 2006

 

6/12/2006, #92, 2nd Quarter 2006

Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. (Psalm 64:1)

Jesus, please preserve Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Fr. Bill and our whole deputation to General Convention from fear of the enemy. Preserve all your faithful bishops and deputations from fear of the enemy.

Father, hide them from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, who sharpen their tongues like a sword and bend their bows to shoot their arrows -- bitter words. (From Psalm 64:2-3)

Holy Spirit, the workers of iniquity shoot in secret at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at them and do not fear. They encourage themselves in things you have said are evil and talk of laying secret snares. (From Psalm 64:4-5)

LORD, we ask you to deal with them: make them stumble over their own tongues. Be the defense of the faithful deputations so that they may declare your works and wisely consider your doings. (From Psalm 64:7-9)

LORD, let the righteous be glad in you and trust you, and all the upright in heart in your church shall glory. (From Psalm 64:10)

Praise is awaiting you, O God, in Zion; and to you the vow shall be performed. (Psalm 65:1)

LORD, we have vowed to tell of the greatness of your works and your mercy to us. You came and visited your people at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you for your mercy and your work among us. Thank you for the ministry to our youth and children there.

O you who hear prayer, to you all flesh will come. (Psalm 65:2)

Jesus, you have provided atonement for our sins by your cross and resurrection.

Iniquities prevail against me; as for our transgressions, you will provide atonement for them. (Psalm 65:3)

Father, your ways are awesome and you gave us peace and joy in your Holy Spirit at our Diocesan Convention; thank you.

Blessed is the man you choose, and cause to approach you, that he may dwell in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, of your holy temple. (Psalm 65:4)

By awesome deeds in righteousness you answer us, O God of our salvation; you are our confidence wherever we go. (From Psalm 65:5)

Who established the mountains by his strength, being clothed with power; you who still the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples. (Psalm 65:6-7)

LORD, you have created all things and by your might and the working of your Holy Spirit, you will still the noise and tumult in the Episcopal Church.

They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of your signs; you make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice. (Psalm 65:8)

Lord Jesus, we are in your hands: morning and evening rejoice in you.

Father, you visit and care for the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; your river is full of water; you provide our grain, for so you have prepared it. Thank you that the river of your Holy Spirit never runs dry for those who seek you. (From Psalm 65:9)

Holy Spirit, please water our ridges with your abundance and settle all our furrows; soften our hearts with your showers and bless us with growth in you. (From Psalm 65:10)

You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance. (Psalm 65:11)

Thank you for your goodness and abundance at the Diocesan Convention, Father.

They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side. (Psalm 65:12)

Thank you, LORD, for making the joy of your presence known to us in the lovely surrounds of the Adirondacks and Lake Pleasant. Thank you for Camp of the Woods and its staff.

The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. (Psalm 65:13)

Holy Spirit, thank you for gathering such a flock at the Diocesan Convention and for our shouts of joy and singing there. Thank you for the singing of the Sisters of St. Mary from Malawi as they welcomed bishop-elect Fr. Bill.

 

6/11/2006, #91, 2nd Quarter 2006

This is a posting on the Anglican prayer web site posted on http://lent.classicalanglican.net/ by Jill W. an intercessor from the Diocese of Mississippi @ 9:12 am:

The diocese of Albany holds their convention this weekend.
Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you for all the gifts You have entrusted to this dear diocese. Today, as they worship, may they draw water from the wells of salvation with joy. In the name of Jesus, the source of living water, we pray. Amen. Isaiah 12:3, John 7:37

A brief summary of the Diocesan Convention by a tired and happy Torre: Jesus showed up and there was peace and joy and worship in the Holy Spirit. Several workshops were maxed out on attendance with people standing. The budget was passed Friday evening without contention. Probably 500+ showed up for the healing service on Saturday evening.

Pray for travel mercies for our bishops and deputation to the General Convention, they are in route now. Pray for strength, peace, and supernatural wisdom, the full armor of God and protection of every kind for them. Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper.

Father, show our bishops and deputation when to speak and when to be silent. When they are to speak, give them the words to speak. When they are to be silent, give them the words to pray. Father, we pray that your will be done in Columbus as it is in heaven.

Friday, June 09, 2006

 

6/9/2006, #90, 2nd Quarter 2006

Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. (Ecclesiastes 5:1)

Father, when we assemble as your people in our parishes, at the Diocesan Convention, and at the General Convention, help us walk prudently. Help us to be slow to speak and quick to listen to the guidance of your Holy Spirit. Keep us from offering the sacrifice of folly.

Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few. (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

Holy Spirit, please guide us as we assemble so that we do not yield to making hasty judgments about one another.

Our Father in heaven, help us keep your name holy. We ask for your kingdom to come and your will to be done in our parishes, at the Diocesan Convention, and at the General Convention.

For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:3)

Jesus, keep us from rushing into heedless activity and speaking without restraint.

When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed-- (Ecclesiastes 5:4)

Jesus, help us to keep our vows to you.

Better not to vow than to vow and not pay. (Ecclesiastes 5:5)

LORD, we have vowed to make you lord and savior of our lives: please help us to be diligent in keeping that vow.

Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands? (Ecclesiastes 5:6)

Have mercy on us LORD: keep us from offending you with rash and hasty words.

For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God. (Ecclesiastes 5:7)

LORD, fearing you IS the beginning of wisdom. Give us the good understanding that goes with keeping your commandments. Help us give you enduring praise. (From Psalm 111:10)

If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them. (Ecclesiastes 5:8)

Jesus, high officials in the Episcopal Church watch over oppression and perversion of justice and perversion of your word and do nothing. You are Lord of the Church, save your poor and those who look to you for justice and righteousness.

Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field. (Ecclesiastes 5:9)

Lord God, your flock has become prey and your flock has become food for every beast of the field because those who are called to be shepherds have failed to protect the flock and search out the lost. The shepherds have fed themselves and not fed your flock: they have given heresy rather than the pure milk of your word to the flock. Lord God, set your face against theses false shepherds in the Episcopal Church and require your flock at their hand. Cause them to cease feeding themselves off the flock. Deliver your flock from these ravening wolves in sheep's clothing. Search for your sheep and bring them back home to you rejoicing. (From Ezekiel 34:8-11)

Jesus, thank you for the faithful shepherds you have raised up in this diocese: thank you for Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Fr. Bill, and all your faithful priests, deacons and lay leaders.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

 

6/8/2006, #89, 2nd Quarter 2006

When God brings back the captivity of his people (Psalm 53:6)

A word received: Pray that I will set the captives free.

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? (Galatians 3:1)

Jesus, please rescue the Episcopal Church from its folly: help all in the church to recognize the depth of our sin and the cost of the remedy of that sin. You were crucified to pay the penalty for us. Thank you.

This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (Galatians 3:2)

Holy Spirit, please open our ears so that we may hear with faith the words that you are speaking to us.

Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:3)

Father, the Episcopal Church has abandoned even the pretense of works righteousness and has embraced license that knows neither the Spirit nor the law. Please bring the church to conversion.

Have you suffered so many things in vain--if indeed it was in vain? (Galatians 3:4)

Father, lead us to the cross of your son Jesus again.

Therefore he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?-- (Galatians 3:5)

Jesus, please help us hear with faith again. Help all those who will assemble at the General Convention to heed the promptings of your Holy Spirit.

just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." (Galatians 3:6)

LORD, please help us repent of believing the lies of the world and flesh, and instead believe you.

Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. (Galatians 3:7)

Father, help us by faith enter into the adoption you have prepared for us -- becoming your children by faith. Thank you.

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the nations shall be blessed." (Galatians 3:8)

Father, help us at our Diocesan Convention this weekend enter the full blessing you intend for the children of faith in you. As Abraham entered your promises by faith, please help us do the same. Write Jesus on our hearts. Thank you.

So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. (Galatians 3:9)

Holy Spirit, help us by faith to be blessed with believing Abraham. Thank you.

***** Dear Prayer Partners,
This is an update on my niece Georgina Sheldon (20 in Kent England). Thank you for your continued prayers:

Julie writes: We're ok - waiting for the oncology appointment - I think they were meeting today to discuss Georgie - but we can't really plan anything until we know when the treatment will be. She is SO fatigued - it's awful - only watching Dvd's really and pottering about a little. Thank you for your prayers....Fr. Nigel+

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

 

6/7/2006, #88, 2nd Quarter 2006

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

But as for me, I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hand. (Psalm 30:14-15a)

A time to be born, and a time to die; (Ecclesiastes 3:2a)

Jesus, much that had seemed solid in the Episcopal Church is dying away, please help your people to be born again by your Holy Spirit.

A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; (Ecclesiastes 3:2b)

Holy Spirit, please guide this diocese in rightly using its resources: show us where and when and how to plant new churches.

A time to kill, and a time to heal; (Ecclesiastes 3:3a)

Holy Spirit, please help us put to death our unruly affections and minister healing to one and all at the Diocesan Convention.

A time to break down, and a time to build up; (Ecclesiastes 3:3b)

Father, much that seemed solid in the church was built on sand and is breaking down; help us build only on the rock: your son Jesus Christ.

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (Ecclesiastes 3:4)

Jesus, please help us rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; (Ecclesiastes 3:5a)

Father, please help us know what to let go of and what to hold on to; to know what is passing away and what is eternal.

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (Ecclesiastes 3:5b)

Jesus, please help us hold on to and embrace the truth of the gospel.

A time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; (Ecclesiastes 3:6)

Jesus, the rich, young ruler who came to you could not let go of his riches; help us count all things as loss for the excellence of the knowing you. Help your church suffer the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that we may gain you. (From Philippians 3:8)

A time to tear, and a time to sew; (Ecclesiastes 3:7a)

Holy Spirit, help us refrain from sewing new patches on old garments; guide us in what we do so that we work for the kingdom of God.

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (Ecclesiastes 3:7b)

Holy Spirit, please guide our deputation to the General Convention and all the other faithful deputations so that they will know when they should keep silence and when and how they should speak.

A time to love, and a time to hate; (Ecclesiastes 3:8a)

Father, please help us do as you do: love the sinner and hate the sin.

A time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:8b)

Jesus, this is a time of war in the camp, help us hold fast to the gospel so that we may know your peace.

Father, help us to be crucified with Christ so that it is no longer we who live, but Christ living in us; and the life which we now live in the flesh we live by faith in your son, who loved us and gave himself for us. (From Galatians 2:20)

What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? (Ecclesiastes 3:9)

Jesus, help us keep our eyes fixed on you and the hope of eternal life as our reward.

I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. (Ecclesiastes 3:10)

Holy Spirit, help us recognize the God-given tasks we have been set to do and be occupied in doing them.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also he has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Father, thank you for placing eternity in our hearts, thank you for letting us see the beauty you have made. Help us rejoice in that beauty at the Camp of the Woods this weekend at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for Fr. Love to be approved at General Convention, and for the Lord to do a work of preparation in him and his family. Pray for God's will to be done at General Convention. Pray for travel mercies, physical and spiritual protection for our delegation and all God's faithful ones for wisdom and clear guidance. Pray for God's full armor for them and their families and that they are protected from any traps set for them. Pray no weapon formed against them will prosper and that whatever may be intended for evil, God will use for good.

Pray also for travel mercies for all to the Diocesan Convention, the presence of the Holy Spirit with power to touch all hearts and accomplish His purposes. Pray for good weather and things to dry off, no biting bugs or scary wild animals. Pray for all the ordinands

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