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Saturday, September 30, 2006

 

9/30/2006, #91, 3rd Quarter 2006

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)

Father, thank you for your mercy and goodness to us.

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:2)

Thank you, Jesus. Thank you for being our God and for making your Father's love known to us.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For his mercy endures forever: (Psalm 136:3)

Holy Spirit, thank you for coming into our lives and for redirecting our footsteps away from death to life.

To him who alone does great wonders, for his mercy endures forever; (Psalm 136:4)

LORD, you only do wondrous things. Thank you!

Friday, September 29, 2006

 

9/29/2006, #90, 3rd Quarter 2006

Then he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. (Luke 4:31)

Jesus, please come into all our parishes throughout this diocese with your Holy Spirit and instruct our hearts and minds.

And they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. (Luke 4:32)

Jesus, please help us recognize the authority of your word to us and then DO what you tell us.

Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. (Luke 4:33a)

Father, please let the ill and the demon possessed come to our parishes for healing and deliverance. Please equip us in every parish to minister to those you bring to us.

And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Let us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" (Luke 4:33b-34)

Holy Spirit, don't let us be put off by manifestations from evil spirits, but rather in the name of Jesus and by your power command evil spirits to leave.

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. (Luke 4:35)

Jesus, thank you for delivering and setting your people free. Please equip every parish with healing teams that are empowered to heal and set your people free.

Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, "What a word this is! For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." (Luke 4:36)

Father, we long to see the authority and power of Jesus manifested in every parish in this diocese. Please equip and train us to do this ministry.

And the report about him went out into every place in the surrounding region. (Luke 4:37)

Holy Spirit, please let the report of what Jesus has done and is doing among us go throughout the surrounding region.

Now he arose from the synagogue and entered Simon's house. But Simon's wife's mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of him concerning her. So he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them. (Luke 4:38-39)

Jesus, please minister healing and restoration to every clergy family in this diocese. They have borne the burden and heat of the day and we ask you to bless them.

***** Pray for the 6th Annual Missions Conference Saturday, Oct. 21st at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Register before Oct. 15 for $15 fee. ($20 later). Pray for it and pray about going.

* Cry out to the Lord for His Church. Pray for the Lord to rebuild His whole church and to do a new work in our parishes. Pray for Him to remove blockages from people's eyes and a heart to see and desire what God sees and wants. Pray for each clergyman and all who minister there. Pray for those who are not ministering that they will hear God's call and respond. Pray for revival and a mighty work of God in our Diocese, the northeast and in the USA and Canada.

* Pray for clear guidance for Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the Southern Cone Primates.

* Please pray for these clergy and lay leader families connected to the Diocese of Albany: Jackie Jones, Roy and Faye Van Dermark, Dn. Polly Bailey, Georgina and Jean Mumford, George Marshall., Marianne Gorchov.

* St. John's Troy is having weekly prayer meetings for the revival, growth and preservation of the Church of Jesus Christ. They are held at 10 am every Thursday morning in the Thompson room in the Church House. All are invited to attend.

* Jean Nolting is returning to do a Spiritual Gifts conference Oct 13-15th at St. John's Troy. All are invited. There is no fee, but a love offering can be made.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

 

9/28/2006, #89, 3rd Quarter 2006

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of him went out through all the surrounding region. (Luke 4:14)

Jesus, please come in the power of your Holy Spirit to our diocese and let news of this go through all the surrounding region.

And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. (Luke 4:15)

Jesus, please teach in all our parishes, and let all glorify you.

So he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. (Luke 4:16)

Jesus, please come into this community and my parish and anoint the reading of the lessons. Speak to us through the Scriptures that are read.

And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:17)

Lord, you know the Scriptures you want us to hear, help us encounter them.

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me," (Luke 4:18a)

Holy Spirit, come upon me.

"Because he has anointed me" (Luke 4:18b)

Holy Spirit, please anoint me also.

"To preach the gospel to the poor;" (Luke 4:18c)

Jesus, I want to preach and speak good news to the poor. Please help me do that.

"He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted," (Luke 4:18d)

Jesus, please use me to heal the brokenhearted.

"To proclaim liberty to the captives" (Luke 4:18e)

Holy Spirit, move among the captives in this and every land and bring them to liberty in you. Help me speak those words that will set captives to sin at liberty.

"And recovery of sight to the blind," (Luke 4:18f)

Lord, so many in your church have eyes and see not; help me minister sight to the blind in spirit and the truly blind in sight.

"To set at liberty those who are oppressed;" (Luke 4:18g)

Jesus, so many of your people are oppressed in spirit and by illness and by evil spirits, minister liberty to them.

"To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." (Luke 4:19)

Lord Jesus, come; come now, and come with more power; help your people know that now is the acceptable time to turn to you.

Then he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:20-21)

Amen, Father, amen. Let this be fulfilled in our hearing and in our day. Thank you.

***** Pray for the healing ministry throughout this diocese and Fr. Nigel and the Healing Center.
Cry out to the Lord for His church and his intervention and transforming hand on all the situations in the Episcopal Church.
Cry out for a mighty move of God's Spirit in our nation and the English speaking world and the Muslim world.
Bp. Dan and Carol will be going to Ireland next Tuesday for a clergy conference, on to Rome on the 13th and returning to Ireland and then home on 23rd. Pray for travel mercies and blessings and God's anointing on the clergy conference.
Holy Spirit, give your servants Bp. Dan and Carol rest and refreshment on this trip. Thank you.
***** General Convention Forum: Saturday, Sept 30, at 2:30pm the Deputation to the 2006 General Convention, which met in June in Columbus, will offer their perspective(s) on the convention. The session is open to all interested Clergy and Laity of the Diocese. It will convene at the Spiritual Life Center in Christ the King main Chapel.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

 

9/27/2006, #88, 3rd Quarter 2006

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

Holy Spirit, please help us go forth each day singing aloud to God our savior.

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

LORD, fill our churches with joyful songs, music and praise of you.

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

Jesus, raise up trumpeters to sound your praises on our festal days.

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

Father, help us come into your courts with songs and shouts of praise.

***** Keep praying for our Bishops, Standing Committee, our Diocesan and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center Staffs and all who minister there.

Pray for our clergy and lay leaders. Pray for Lord's protection, provision and clear guidance.

Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people.

Pray for healing for Jackie Jones, Dn. Roy and Dn. Faye Van Dermark, Dn. Polly Bailey, Georgina and Jean Mumford, Geo. Marshall.

Marianne Gorchov goes into the hospital for more surgery on her left foot. The operations she had earlier in the year were not all successful and she needs to have some of it done again. Please pray for her, that she will be restored fully . . . In His Mercy, The Rev. Michael I. Gorchov, St. Paul's Church in Troy

***** Prayer topics from the PDU of 9/26/06: Yesterday was the first Planning Meeting for Convention 2007. The theme will be TRANSFORMATION "Behold, I make all things new."

Tomorrow Bp Dave and Bp Bill and I will spend the day away combining prayer and planning.

Saturday is the Combined Leadership meeting at Christ the King, beginning with coffee at 9:30. It includes the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, Trustees and the Deans.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

 

9/26/2006, #87, 3rd Quarter 2006

How often they provoked him in the wilderness, and grieved him in the desert! (Psalm 78:40)

Holy Father, the Episcopal Church is wandering in a desert wilderness and we provoke and grieve you by our sins; have mercy on us.

Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 78:41)

Jesus, you are the Holy One and we have stood in the way of what you want to do; have mercy on us.

They did not remember his power: the day when he redeemed them from the enemy, (Psalm 78:42)

Jesus, help us by your Holy Spirit to remember our first love for you and how you redeemed our lives.

When he worked his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan; (Psalm 78:43)

Holy Spirit, bring to mind all the mighty deeds God has worked for us.

***** Pray for protection, strength, good health, peace and clear guidance for our Bishops Dan, Dave and Bill, their families, the Standing Committee and others who take counsel with them, the Diocese and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, especially Fr. Nigel and Matt Baker and staffs.

Dn. Roy Van Dermark's surgery has been moved from 9th to 4th October. Pray for successful surgery and complete healing. Keep praying for healing for Dn. Faye Van Dermark too.

PTL for a wonderful weekend in Michigan at Torre's 50th high school reunion. Reconnected with several friends and discovered one couple who had done short term mission work in Cambodia had daughter and husband in NYC who are good friends of our son Jonathan and Liz!!. Pray some of our other conversations will bear fruit for the Lord. Tired and happy.

Diocese: Jackie Jones, Roy and Faye Van Dermark, Dn. Polly Bailey, Georgina and Jean Mumford, George Marshall.

Cry out to the Lord for His church and His people.

Cry out to the Lord for our country. Pray for the "Peace of Jerusalem" and for the Lord's intervention in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and places like the Darfur region in Sudan and for persecuted Christians.

Monday, September 25, 2006

 

9/25/2006, #86, 3rd Quarter 2006

I cried out to God with my voice -- to God with my voice; and he gave ear to me. (Psalm 77:1)

LORD, thank you for hearing us when we cry out to you.

In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; my soul refused to be comforted. (Psalm 77:2)

Jesus, please keep us from turning aside to lesser comforts than what you provide by your Holy Spirit.

I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. (Psalm 77:3)

Father, in the midst of my troubles I cried out to you and you have kept my soul from being overwhelmed. Thank you.

You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. (Psalm 77:4)

Holy Spirit, you know the sorrows of my heart that I don't know myself or know how to bring to them to the surface and utter; please hold me up and sustain me.

I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. (Psalm 77:5)

Father, please help me consider what you have done in the past so that I may gain wisdom for this present time.

I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search. (Psalm 77:6)

LORD, thank you for those times when you have given my songs in the night; please help me reflect on all your mercies to me.

Will the Lord cast off forever? And will he be favorable no more? (Psalm 77:7)

Jesus, please go out searching for the lost sheep of the Episcopal Church: be favorable to us and restore your church.

Has his mercy ceased forever? Has his promise failed forevermore? (Psalm 77:8)

LORD, we cry out to you for your mercy and kindness to your flock in the Episcopal Church: gather up the strays in your arms and set shepherds over the flock who will faithfully feed your sheep.

Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his tender mercies? (Psalm 77:9)

Jesus, my confidence is in you: I trust that your cross and blood can cover even the sins of the Episcopal Church. I know you and I trust you to find a way back to you for the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

 

9/24/2006, #85, 3rd Quarter 2006

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (James 1:19)

LORD, have mercy on me -- I have this turned on its head -- help me repent.

for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (James 1:20)

Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and drain away the anger in the Episcopal Church; for it does not work your righteousness.

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (James 1:21)

Holy Spirit, have mercy on us and cleanse us of the moral filth that is prevalent in our society and in the church. Please let the Word speak to us and lead us all to salvation.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22)

Father, please bring us to a new place in you where we listen to what you are saying to us and then we actually do it. Help us to walk as children of the light.

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror (James 1:23)

LORD, your word is a true mirror, reflecting back to us our true condition.

and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. (James 1:24)

Holy Spirit, so write your word on our hearts that we remember our true condition and our need for Jesus.

But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)

Jesus, help us so look into your word that we find the freedom you have for us. Lord, so many look into your word and see only license or restriction and not freedom. Have mercy on your church and draw us back to you. Thank you, Jesus, you redeem your servants, no one will be condemned who takes refuge in you. (From Psalm 34:22)

A word received: I Am.

 

9/23/2006, #84, 3rd Quarter 2006

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. (Acts 17:16)

Holy Spirit, speak to our hearts about the forms of idolatry in our communities.

So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. (Acts 17:17)

Jesus, please help us reason with people in our churches and in the market place and point to you.

A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. (Acts 17:18)

Father, please help us preach and speak of Jesus' cross and resurrection no matter what the learned think. 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. (From 1 Corinthians 1:18)

Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? (Acts 17:19)

Holy Spirit, please help us have the willingness of Paul to go anywhere to preach Jesus.

You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean." (Acts 17:20)

LORD, you are the only one who can write your word on the hearts of those who hear us.

(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) (Acts 17:21)

Father, there are many in the church and outside of it as well who see the truth of the gospel as merely one more set of ideas to debate. Don't let that stop us from presenting the good news.

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. (Acts 17:22)

Jesus, Paul is starting with where the people are so that he can bring them to you -- help us do the same.

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. (Acts 17:23)

Holy Spirit, please help us proclaim Jesus by word and deed to those who know of him and those who don't. Help us live and move and have our being in Jesus. (From Acts 17:28)

A word received: I Am. That is what you must keep in mind. I Am.

Friday, September 22, 2006

 

9/22/2006, #83, 3rd Quarter 2006

Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:42-43)

Holy Spirit, please raise up rulers throughout the Episcopal Church who will value the praise of God more than the praise of men. Thank you.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

 

9/21/2006, #82, 3rd Quarter 2006

Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, and that a foolish people has blasphemed your name. (Psalm 74:18)

LORD, have mercy on the Episcopal Church, for we have been foolish and have brought dishonor to your name.

Oh, do not deliver the life of your turtledove to the wild beast! Do not forget the life of your poor forever. (Psalm 74:19)

Jesus, please remember us and all your faithful people in the Episcopal Church.

Have respect to the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty. (Psalm 74:20)

Father, please bring the light of the gospel into all the dark places of the Episcopal Church; end the persecution of your faithful people.

Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed! Let the poor and needy praise your name. (Psalm 74:21)

We cry out to you, Jesus, please come and rescue your people, for your church has chosen to go back into bondage to sin.

Arise, O God, plead your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches you daily. (Psalm 74:22)

Holy Spirit, please speak to the hearts of those who oppress your people -- plead of the cause of Jesus to them.

Do not forget the voice of your enemies; the tumult of those who rise up against you increases continually. (Psalm 74:23)

LORD, still the noise of the enemy and his tumult so that your people may once again hear your clearly. Thank you.

***** Pray for protection, strength, wisdom, peace and clear guidance for Bishops Dan, Dave, Bill and the Standing Committee, their families and their counselors. Pray for the Lord's provision for the Diocese and Spiritual Life Center. Pray for an anointing on them and Diocesan and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center staffs and ministries.

Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people. Pray for a mighty wind of the Holy Spirit to blow thru the church with an anointing for repentance and turning to the Lord in a new way.

Pray for the Lord's guidance for meetings of Global South Primates and Camp Allen "Windsor Bishops" meetings. Keep praying for them and for all who intercede for them around the world.

Pray for Diocesan leaders in need of healing: Jackie Jones, Roy and Faye Vandermark, Dn. Polly Bailey, Georgina and Jean Mumford, George Marshall. Keep praying for healing for Forest (whose leg is swollen and painful again. Pray for discernment as to what is going on.)

Pray for travel mercies for us to Michigan for weekend. Jean and I are going to my 50th high school class reunion and meeting with old friend.

Word received on Sunday, September 17th: It is you I want. I want your heart, your mind and your actions. But don't be afraid. I Am gentle, slow to be angry and abounding in mercy. Come taste and see. Just come!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

 

9/20/2006, #81, 3rd Quarter 2006

But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified." (John 12:23)

Jesus, we pray that you will be glorified in our generation as well.

"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain." (John 12:24)

Holy Spirit, please help us die to ourselves so that we may yield up a fruitful harvest to God.

"He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." (John 12:25)

Father, we live in the hope of eternal life with you. Please help us let go of everything, including our lives and the way we live, so that we may have eternity with you. Write eternity on our hearts.

"If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my father will honor." (John 12:26)

Jesus, please pour out your Holy Spirit on us so that we may follow you, step by step and day by day. Help us daily make the choice to be with you and serve you and seek the honor that comes from your father rather than the honor that comes from man. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

 

9/19/2006, #80, 3rd Quarter 2006

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, and cried out: "Hosanna! 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!' The King of Israel!" (John 12:12-13)

Jesus, please help us welcome you into our lives with shouts of joy. Come into our homes, our jobs, our communities, and our parishes. Thank you.

Monday, September 18, 2006

 

9/18/2006, #79, 3rd Quarter 2006

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But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you." (Isaiah 43:1-2)

Thank you, Jesus.

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

Jesus, help me to keep my eyes on you so that I am free from fear of the evil one.

Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, (Psalm 64:2)

Father, set Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bp. Bill and all your faithful leaders in the Episcopal Church free from the plots of the workers of iniquity. Guide the steps of our leaders so that no one can cause them to stumble.

Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows--bitter words, (Psalm 64:3)

Holy Spirit, help our leaders so put on the shield of faith that every fiery dart is deflected, and having stood all, they may yet stand, clothed in your full armor.

That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. (Psalm 64:4)

Jesus, pour out your grace on our bishops so that they take in none of the evil, rebellious thoughts aimed at them.

They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, "Who will see them?" (Psalm 64:5)

LORD, change the way the Episcopal Church goes about its business: intervene in the meetings and business of the church.

They devise iniquities: "We have perfected a shrewd scheme." Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep. (Psalm 64:6)

Holy Spirit, you know our hearts -- you search them out -- set our hearts on the pilgrim's path and keep our feet from the ways of the wicked.

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly they shall be wounded. (Psalm 64:7)

LORD, shoot arrows of love into all our hearts -- so wound our hearts with your love that we turn to you for healing.

So he will make them stumble over their own tongue; all who see them shall flee away. (Psalm 64:8)

Holy Spirit, make every evil word we speak a stumbling block for our feet until we repent of such speaking.

All men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider his doing. (Psalm 64:9)

Father, let the deeds you do in our midst move the hearts of all who consider them.

The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in him. And all the upright in heart shall glory. (Psalm 64:10)

Lord Jesus, come and be the joy of our hearts and make in us upright hearts that glory and are glad in you. Thank you.

Holy Spirit, thank you for leading this diocese through this past year to the consecration of Bp. Bill.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

 

9/17/2006, #78, 3rd Quarter 2006

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. (Matthew 5:21-22a)

Holy Spirit, help us repent of our anger towards our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.

And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matthew 5:22b)

Jesus, help us set a guard on our thoughts and our tongues.

Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

Father, help us choose the more excellent way: love. Write it on our hearts that offerings made without love profit us nothing. (From 1 Corinthians 13:3)

Blessed is the man whose strength is in you, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. (Psalm 84:5)

LORD, thank you for raising up Bp. Bill, thank you for raising up Bp. Dan and Bp. Dave and Bp. David.

As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. (Psalm 84:6)

Holy Spirit, set all our hearts on the pilgrims path, set pools of living water along our path.

They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. (Psalm 84:7)

LORD, thank you for the joy of seeing Bp. Bill's consecration yesterday; may all of us come before you singing the songs of Zion.



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Saturday, September 16, 2006

 

9/16/2006, #77, 3rd Quarter 2006

***** Last night Fr. Bill Love repeated spoke of your transforming love and prayers that have sustained him and his family these past weeks.

A word received: I Am. Your times are in my hand. I will do what you cannot do if you keep your eyes on me.

Lord, my times are in your hand; you are the stability of my times. You are my hiding place; you are my refuge, and underneath are your everlasting arms. Thank you. (Ps. 31:15, Is. 33:6, Ps. 32:7, Dt. 33:27)

I will praise you with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to you. (Psalm 138:1)

LORD, help me sing your praise with an undivided heart.

I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for your lovingkindness and your truth; for you have magnified your word above all your name. (Psalm 138:2)

Father, magnify your word in us so that we may worship you and praise your name for your lovingkindness and truth.

In the day when I cried out, you answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3)

Holy Spirit, please help us cry out to Jesus in our hours of need and make us bold with your strength in our souls.

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth. (Psalm 138:4)

Father, we cry out to you for the rulers of the nations and of our own nation, that they will hear and obey the words of your mouth and bring praise and honor to you.

Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. (Psalm 138:5)

LORD, help the rulers f the nations and of this nation to sing of your ways and to desire your glory rather than their own. Thank you.

Though the LORD is on high, yet he regards the lowly; but the proud he knows from afar. (Psalm 138:6)

Jesus, you stoop down and humble yourself to lift up those in need and the lowly; have mercy on us and help us do the same. Save us from pride, Lord.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me; you will stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand will save me. (Psalm 138:7)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; do not forsake the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:8)

LORD, you have formed us into this diocese and you have raised up Fr. Bill to be our next bishop, we ask you to sustain him and Bp. Dan and Bp. Dave and all your faithful people and works in this diocese. Let your hand perfect the consecration service today. Guard and guide all who will be going to it and praying for Fr. Bill and the leaders and people of this diocese. Thank you.

Friday, September 15, 2006

 

9/15/2006, #76, 3rd Quarter 2006

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)

LORD, thank you that we can turn to you in hope.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)

I can wash the outside of the cup, but only you can cleanse the inside. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for that thorough, inner cleansing that you are doing in our lives.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:3)

Jesus, thank you that with the woman at the well we can say, "Come meet a man who has told me everything I have done."

Against you, you only, have i sinned, and done this evil in your sight -- that you may be found just when you speak, and blameless when you judge. (Psalm 51:)

Jesus, our sins personal and corporate in the Episcopal Church are all there in the public record for all to see. We deserve your judgment and plead for your mercy.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. (Psalm 51:54)

Father, we are all heirs of Adam and Eve's sin, we are not doing any better than they did. Thank you for sending Jesus to rescue us from sin and death.

Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part you will make me to know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6)

Holy Father, restore to your people the inner certainty of our need for a savior; bring us to the truth of our condition.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)

Cleanse and purify us, Lord, so that we may faithfully serve you as we ought.

Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones you have broken may rejoice. (Psalm 51:8)

Jesus, the Episcopal Church as broken and cannot be fixed by our own efforts, only you can do that. Bring us to the joy and gladness that will come when we are again set on the pilgrim's path.

Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. (Psalm 51:9)

LORD, thank you that you don't just paper over our sins, but you go after the root cause with your saving grace.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Holy Spirit, give us individually and corporately a heart of flesh instead of a heart of stone -- so many in the Episcopal Church have grown cold and comfortable by compromise with sin. Please renew us and cleanse our hearts.

Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. (Psalm 51:11)

Father, I know what I deserve and I plead your mercy for me and your whole church.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me by your generous Spirit. (Psalm 51:12)

LORD, I cry out to you for your church -- restore to us the joy of your salvation and uphold us by your generous Holy Spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you. (Psalm 51:13)

Jesus, we long to see sinners converted to you; help us do our part in teaching transgressors your ways.

***** Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 21:57:52 -0400 (EDT)
From: Deacon Laurie Rohr
Subject: Christ Church Prayer Line 2006 09 14 Thurs evening

Torre,
Just got home from a volunteer event and checked my machine--my sister, Linda, who had surgery for skin cancer last week had called, and I wish all of you could hear her voice and her message! She was overwhelmed by all the prayer power we mustered on her behalf because the doctor told her that she is 100% cancer-free, but that he could not understand how this was possible (he said this over and over, apparently.) He had rushed her into surgery because he was so sure it had metastasized, in fact, and he had already prepared her for chemo!!
This is the second time that she has been diagnosed with cancer, has called for prayer, and has gone in for follow-up to hear that, miraculously, she is cancer-free! She could not keep the awe and joy and excitement out of her voice.
Praise God, who is the creator of all good things, who loves us as his own, who cares for us in ways we cannot even know or understand! Thanks to all of you prayer warriors who prayed for a woman you did not know--because of you, the power of God is being unleashed in my sister's heart!
With love and thanksgiving,
Deacon Laurie

***** Pray for the Lord to hold our Bishops and Bishop-elect, their families, the Standing Committee and all involved in the Consecration in the palm of His hand. Pray all will go smoothly, for travel mercies and good weather.
Cry out to the Lord for His church. Pray His will be done in the meetings that are going on. "They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength." Pray that all those involved in the Consecration will rest in the Lord inwardly as they go about all the many things they have to do outwardly and that they will experience HIS REST.
Keep praying for the Diocese, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, their staffs and volunteers. Pray for a mighty move of God's Spirit in our midst.

***** PTL, Forests' ankle is much better. Still some swelling but can navigate better. Pray for full & speedy healing.

***** Pray about Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekend for more couples to sign up and Lord's blessing on it. "We are struggling to fill the weekend and not cancel. We have to make the call by 9pm 9/17/06. We would appreciate your help in promoting Healthy Christian Biblical Marriages! Please pray for the weekend. Thank you." Eve & Tom Lansing *** The next Episcopal Marriage Encounter to be held in the diocese, October 13-15, 2006

***** Keep praying for the parishes of this diocese that the Lord will prepare us for whatever he wants to do and/or say on Sunday. Pray for protection, peace, wisdom, guidance for our clergy, staff, vestry, wardens, all who minister and their families. Pray for the Lord to graft in newcomers, bring new families with children and young adults. Pray for God to raise up youth pastors throughout the diocese.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

 

9/14/2006, #75, 3rd Quarter 2006

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. (John 11:5-6)

A word received: Look at my delays. They are there for the building up of my kingdom.

Lord Jesus, teach me and help me to wait on you -- to know your love as I await your time.

The LORD reigns, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed, he has girded himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. (Psalm 93:1)

Lord Jesus, I depend on you and your strength; for my strength is not sufficient. Let your strength be perfected in my weakness.

Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. (Psalm 93:2)

Father, you and your ways are eternal. The present folly of the Episcopal Church will not long endure. We ask that you write eternity and the hope of the resurrection on our hearts.

The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. (Psalm 93:3)

Holy Spirit, there is a torrent of folly tearing apart your church; please turn us back to Jesus and his word so that we may live.

The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea. (Psalm 93:4)

Jesus, you are mightier than the raging torrents tearing through your church. Have mercy on us and preserve your faithful people.

Your testimonies are very sure; holiness adorns your house, O LORD, forever. (Psalm 93:5)

Holy Spirit, help us hear your testimony and the testimonies of the saints through the ages. Help us be adorned with the holiness of your house. Thank you.

***** Keep on praying for our Bishops and Bishop-elect and their families.
Pray for protection, health, peace, guidance and Lord's anointing now and at the Consecration. Pray everything goes smoothly. Pray for travel mercies. Pray for Standing Committee and all involved including staff and volunteers.
Cry out to God for His church and for the various meeting of bishops and others going on at present. Pray for our Diocese and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center for protection, provision, guidance.
Forest Rittger's right leg and ankle are swollen and painful to walk on. (Last time he had it docs couldn't diagnose it. He has to help set up for Consecration. Pray for speedy healing.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

 

9/13/2006, #74, 3rd Quarter 2006

Psalm 100, a Psalm of Thanksgiving

Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! (Psalm 100:1)

A word received: I welcome shouts of joy in my kingdom.

Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. (Psalm 100:2)

A word received: Come into my presence with singing and shouts of joy; come with gladness and serve me.

Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; (Psalm 100:3a)

A word received: I have made you, you are mine. I love you and I formed you to serve me.

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Psalm 100:3b)

A word received: You are my people: come to me and I will shepherd and bless you.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. (Psalm 100:4a)

A word received: That is the way to come into my presence: with thanksgiving and praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4b)

A word received: My name is holy: bless my name.

For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, (Psalm 100:5a)

A word received: You are my sheep, the sheep of my flock and my mercy will follow you all the days of your life. (From Psalm 23:6a)

And His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100:5b)

A word received: You are my sheep and I want you to know the freedom of my truth.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

 

9/12/2006, #73, 3rd Quarter 2006

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in his holy mountain. (Psalm 48:1)

LORD, help us throughout this diocese to praise you as we ought. Thank you for your many kindnesses to us.

Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. (Psalm 48:2)

Lord, let every parish be filled with the beauty of holiness. Thank you.

God is in her palaces; he is known as her refuge. (Psalm 48:3)

Jesus, you have been our refuge all these years; you are our refuge today. Thank you.

For behold, the kings assembled, they passed by together. (Psalm 48:4)

Father, there are many who gather together to trouble your people. Thank you that we are in your care.

They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, they hastened away. (Psalm 48:5)

Jesus, let those who would trouble us see what you have done among us and flee away.

Fear took hold of them there, and pain, as of a woman in birth pangs, as when you break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. (Psalm 48:6-7)

LORD, the fear of you is the beginning of wisdom: please give those who trouble your people such a fear of you that it moves them from folly to wisdom. Thank you.

As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it forever. (Psalm 48:8)

Holy Spirit, please give us ears to hear you and eyes to see what you are doing among us so that we may be firmly established in Jesus.

We have thought, O God, on your lovingkindness, in the midst of your temple. (Psalm 48:9)

As we gather together on Saturday for the consecration of Fr. Bill as our Bishop Coadjutor, help us ponder your lovingkindness.

According to your name, O God, so is your praise to the ends of the earth; your right hand is full of righteousness. (Psalm 48:10)

Jesus, you are the God who saves and we bless your name and your righteousness.

Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your judgments. (Psalm 48:11)

LORD, we rejoice in your presence and we thank you for visiting us with your Holy Spirit.

Walk about Zion, and go all around her. Count her towers; (Psalm 48:12)

Lord Jesus, wherever we go in the diocese, help us count our blessings that we have received from you.

Mark well her bulwarks; consider her palaces; that you may tell it to the generation following. (Psalm 48:13)

Father, as we look at all that you have done in our lives, we ask your blessing on those who tell the next generation what you have done. Help each of us play our in doing that.

Bless Dn. Laurie Rohr, Chris Copeland, Patti Gibbons and all those who minister to youth at the diocesan level.

Bless the Sunday School teachers and youth group leaders throughout the diocese. Thank you.

For this is God, our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to death. (Psalm 48:14)

Jesus, thank you for walking through the valley of the shadow of death with us. With your rod and staff to protect and guide us we need fear no evil. You are our shepherd and guide. Thank you.

Monday, September 11, 2006

 

9/11/2006, #72, 3rd Quarter 2006

You make us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to those all around us. (Psalm 44:13)

Dear Lord, we have become a reproach to those Christians who have remained faithful; have mercy on us and draw us back to you.

You make us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples. (Psalm 44:14)

Jesus, your church throughout the world condemns the apostasy of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us and draw us back to you.

My dishonor is continually before me, and the shame of my face has covered me, (Psalm 44:15)

Father, we have held your word in contempt and are not ashamed of doing that; have mercy on us and draw us back to you.

Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, because of the enemy and the avenger. (Psalm 44:16)

Holy Spirit, help the Episcopal Church to listen to your voice and not the voice of the evil one.

All this has come upon us; but we have not forgotten you, nor have we dealt falsely with your covenant. (Psalm 44:17)

Jesus, thank you for sustaining your faithful remnant. Thank you for those godly bishops, clergy, and lay leaders who hold faithfully to their baptismal covenant with you.

Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way; (Psalm 44:18)

Holy Spirit, thank you for holding us steady and helping us go forward when the Episcopal Church has gone back to the bondage of slavery to sin.

Awake! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. Why do you hide your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression? For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body clings to the ground. Arise for our help, and redeem us for your mercies’ sake. (Psalm 44:23-26)

A word received: I love you.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

 

9/10/2006, #71, 3rd Quarter 2006

Sunday School lesson #1 is available at:
http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2006/09/study-guide-sunday-school-lesson-01.html

Lord Jesus, please us take your word personally; help us apply it to our lives.

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." (Matthew 5:13)

Holy Spirit, help us season our homes and families, our work places, our parishes, and our communities with the gospel.

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." (Matthew 5:14)

Jesus, please help us illuminate our communities with your gospel.

"Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house." (Matthew 5:15)

Help us be bold where we have been timid. Help us give your light to our families.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

Father, let our words and deeds reflect the gospel, help us point to your love in sending Jesus to die for us.

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." (Matthew 5:17)

Jesus, help the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church understand your mission.

"For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18)

Holy Spirit, help us in the Episcopal Church to know the enduring work you are doing through the Law and the Prophets.

"Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:19)

Jesus, please help us all seek after the greatness that comes from doing and teaching what you desire.

"For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:20)

Lord, bring us to that inner righteousness that comes from depending on you. Help us by your grace to follow in your footsteps, step by step, day by day. Thank you.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

 

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 01 September 10, 2006

Jesus the Good Shepherd
Theme: Good News to Share
Theme Verse: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10b NIV
Readings: John 10:1-21
Memory Verse: "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me--just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10:14-16)

We believe the Lord wants us to begin by looking at who Jesus says he is in John 10 -- The Good Shepherd. There are many things Jesus tells us about who he is and what he is like -- this is just the beginning. A word received: I Am the Good Shepherd. I know you and I make myself known to you. I want to do that for all the children in the Sunday School. I Am with you as you teach. I will teach through you and the other teachers. I Am able to do this. That is Good News.

TRUTH
Look at the way Jesus begins both of these teachings in Chapter 10: "Truly, truly" or "I tell you the truth". A word received: I always tell you the truth and that is what I want you to share with others -- the truth. Recall what Jesus said (John 14:6) to his disciples the night before he died "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life." Jesus IS the truth and he speaks the truth. That is who Jesus is and his character as well.

Some people will try to lead you with lies -- don't believe them. This is very important because lies destroy and lead to death. This is urgent. It really is a matter of life and death. The current world view is that all truths are relative -- your truth and my truth...no absolute truth. Pontius Pilate would fit right in. He said to Jesus, "What is truth?" He saw only politics and what suited him. If you were lost in the woods and came to a fork in the road and had been told that one path, though not always easy, would take you out of the woods and the other was easy and pleasant at first but ended in a swamp with quicksand and no way around it, wouldn't it make a difference which one was really truly the good path? (See the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:13-14)

Jesus wants us to know the truth -- the truth about who he is and the way to life. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Jesus is the truth. At its core, truth is not just a thing or facts but a person! Jesus IS the way -- the way to life. We have to not only know what truth is, but choose it! The truth, the fact, the reality, Jesus wants people to know in this teaching is that he is the Good Shepherd.

OLD TESTAMENT BACKGROUND
The imagery/picture of God as the Shepherd of Israel is deeply rooted in the Old Testament and that Israel are God's own sheep. An example is Isaiah 40:10-11, "Behold the Lord God comes with might and his arm rules for him (a conquering king); behold his reward is with him and his recompense before him (a righteous judge). He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom and gently lead those that are with young" (pregnant women and those with little babies). In the 23rd Psalm David sings of God as his shepherd -- just as David was a shepherd when he was a boy. But here, God is telling his people that he is a tender, loving shepherd as well as King and judge.

JESUS FULFILLS GOD'S PROMISE
In Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Ezekiel 34:1-24 God is speaking judgment against the false shepherds of Israel (political and religious leaders) who were not taking care of God's sheep, but scattered and mistreated them. So God promised to send--in the future--good shepherds and a descendent of David to rule and shepherd His people. That is fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus fulfills God's promise (vs.11) "I myself will search for My sheep and seek them out." "I myself will be the shepherd of My sheep." (vs. 15)

So when Jesus says that he is the Good Shepherd, he is not only saying that this is who he is but he is pointing to the fulfillment of God's promise centuries before and also to the fact that God the Father is in him and he and the Father are one. (John 10:30) In Jesus, God, our Father, has himself become our Shepherd!

So much is packed into these verses. What are the other most important things Jesus wants us to know about himself as our Shepherd at the start of this year? He wants us to know him personally and to know how to recognize his voice (vs.3, 14, 27). Jesus leads his sheep. He doesn't drive them. "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out."(10:3) A word received: Your name is precious to me. I love you, I love your name, I know your name and you are mine.

JESUS IS THE DOOR, THE WAY IN
Jesus tells us that anyone who does not enter by the "door" but climbs in another way is a thief and a robber (John 10:1). Then Jesus makes it even clearer by saying that he is the door (vs. 7) and anyone/and only those who enter by that door can be saved -- and find pasture and abundant life. Jesus is the Way to the Father, to abundant life, to God's kingdom and sheepfold. That offends a lot of people who want to think that there are "many paths to God" -- but that is not the fact, the reality, the truth. A word received: Which is the way you enter the sheepfold -- over the way or through the door I have opened? Anyone who refuses the way I have opened chooses to climb in some other way. "I Am the way, the truth and the life." There is NO other way into the kingdom. Jesus said it another way in John 14:6, "I am the way...No one comes to the Father but by me."

There are other characters in this teaching about what Jesus is: the "gatekeeper" (vs. 5), the "thief and robber" (vs. 10), and the "hireling", a hired man. The worst is the hired man -- because he seems to be a shepherd but does not really care about the sheep. When he feels threatened he abandons the sheep. But he is the worst because the sheep have trusted him. No doubt Jesus was talking about the religious and political leaders of his day (that is the same as in Ezekiel 34.) The thief obviously wants to make himself rich or famous and takes advantage of the helpless sheep.

The question for us is when God gives us a stewardship leading other people, are we being good caretakers, gatekeepers of God's flock? As teachers, parents, leaders, older brothers and sisters, we have influence and responsibilities for others. How do we care for God's sheep he has put in our care? Another question for us is, "Is Jesus my shepherd?" We cannot be good assistant shepherds unless we are following our own shepherd closely. Am I willing to have Jesus shepherd me and lead me? Do we know his voice? He wants us to spend time with him so we will learn to recognize his voice.

"The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." "I lay down my life, that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay down of my own accord." (vs. 11, 15, 17-18) Jesus is pointing forward to his own death and resurrection. No one makes him do it. Jesus will willingly die for his sheep -- us -- because that is God the Father's will for him. (Remember they are one.) Look again at vs. 14-15, "I Am the Good Shepherd, and I know my sheep and am known by my own. As the Father knows me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. Being "saved", that is, becoming one of Jesus' sheep is a personal choice, a personal relationship, and then we also become part of the larger flock that has Jesus as shepherd.

A word received: I Am with you. I Am a shepherd who stays with the sheep. I do not abandon my sheep under any circumstances. I want the children to know that I will never abandon them. Every child is known to me. I make myself known to my sheep. I come with my Father's love for the children. I lay down my life for the children and I bring them into my Father's kingdom. This is a picture of Jesus that shows how much he loves us and wants to bring us into his sheepfold, his kingdom, his family. A word received: I love you enough to die for you (to lay down my life for you.)

"Jesus used this illustration but they didn't understand the thing which he spoke to them." (vs. 10:6) A word received: My love for you does not depend on your understanding everything all at once. I told my disciples to "learn of me". I want you to learn of me. Learning takes time. I want you to spend time with me, learning of me.

Be quiet a few minutes after asking this question: "What is the good news for you in this lesson?" Then, after getting an answer, ask, "What is the good news Jesus wants you to share with someone this week? We're going to ask for people to share what happened when they shared.

HOW TO TEACH WORD FOR TEACHERS: The way to teach is to keep your eyes on Me. Sheep know where the Shepherd is and can see where he is heading. Your are My sheep; I will guide you as you keep your eyes and your attention on Me.

Ideas for Lesson 01
Please read the Study Guide first. Go over Memory Verse to make sure the children understand it and then if they have memorized it.

Remind them their parents need to sign a report slip monthly if they have read the lessons, so they will get credit at the end of the year.

Make sure they know what happened in the story. Get them to tell you.

Basic points of the lesson for little ones:
1. Jesus always tells the truth.

2. Jesus says that he is the Shepherd, and that we are his little lambs.

3. A good shepherd is like a good daddy to the sheep, and always takes care of them. That is how much he loves each one of us. He will NEVER leave us or abandon us.

4. Jesus and His heavenly Father KNOWS YOUR NAME! He loves you!

 

9/9/2006, #70, 3rd Quarter 2006

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. (Psalm 42:5)

Father, please turn your face toward us and see the afflictions of the Episcopal Church: it is cast down and directionless. Please help us turn to you with praise in our mouths and our hearts.

O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar. (Psalm 42:6)

Holy Spirit, please help the people of the Episcopal Church remember that you are our help. Help us return to Jesus and his ways. Please write your word on our hearts.

Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls; all your waves and billows have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7)

Jesus, we are sinking in a deep place; all your waves are coming over us and still the Episcopal Church has not repented. Move the hearts of the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church to cry out to you in repentance. Thank you.

The LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me-- a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8)

LORD, command your lovingkindness for us in the daytime and give us songs in the night and prayer to you, the God of our life. Thank you.

I will say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?" (Psalm 42:9)

Jesus, you are our rock; there is no other secure foothold on which to stand; do not forget us. We mourn for your church because of the oppression of the enemy.

***** Keep praying for the Lord's protection, peace, health and strength, joy and clear guidance for our Bishops, Bishop-elect and Standing Committee and those who take counsel with them. Pray all goes smoothly with the Consecration, arrangements for it and travel mercies. Pray for a powerful anointing on Fr. Bill, soon to be Bishop Bill, and on the whole service.

Friday, September 08, 2006

 

9/8/2006, #69, 3rd Quarter 2006

For I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; (Job 19:25)

Jesus, thank you for the hope you gave Job; thank you for the hope you give us: come soon, Lord Jesus, come soon!

And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, (Job 19:26)

Jesus, thank you that with the man who was born blind (John 9:25) and with Job we can say, "Though I was blind, but now I see." Thank you for letting us see beyond the grave to the hope of the resurrection.

Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:27)

Jesus, we long for the day of your coming again; come soon, Lord Jesus, come soon! Thank you that because of your father's love for us and by the work of your Holy Spirit we can know you now, so that when you come again we shall know you as a friend. Thank you.

***** Keep holding up the hands of our Bishops, Bishop-elect and Standing Committee and those with whom they take counsel that they will continue in prayer and hearing the Lord's guidance and receive all he has for them (like Moses with Aaron and Hur). Pray for protection, strength, peace, health, joy and clear guidance for them, their families and the clergy and people of this Diocese and the Spiritual Life Center. Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper. Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people.
Pray that all goes smoothly with the Consecration and preparations. Pray for God's Spirit to rest on this gathering and Fr. Bill Love and give him a special anointing for this time and place.
Pray for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and its ministries for protection and provision.
Diocese: Dn. Polly Bailey, Georgina and Jean Mumford, George Marshall who is still supposed to be motionless (for a couple of weeks!) after eye surgery (3rd one) for detached retina. Pray for protection for his sight, full and speedy healing and that he can go to the Consecration.
Pray for "the peace of Jerusalem" and Lord's intervention in the Middle East. Cry out to the Lord for our country for Him to raise up wise and godly leaders in both parties at all levels of government. Pray also for a mighty move of God in our nation.
Keep on praying for Kevin Steckline in Uganda and his group through the 12th. . Pray for Dn Lynn Curtis and her group in Zimbabwe till the 15th.
Please pray the Candidate's and Postulant's Retreat, especially that we would hear the Holy Spirit's voice and walk in God's ways. Please pray also on Sunday for the aspirants who are meeting with the Bishops, as one of the first steps in discerning their call to ordination.

***** The next Episcopal Marriage Encounter to be held in the diocese, October 13-15
Marriage Encounter presents a biblical approach to enriching your marriage and is NOT for couples having serious problems or who have separated. There is no public sharing--the principles presented are discussed with your spouse in the privacy of your own room.
The weekend is to be held in Queensbury, near Exit 19 of the Northway. Contact Marilyn Irvine, registrar at 747-4112 or via email papa@logical.net.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

 

9/7/2006, #68, 3rd Quarter 2006

Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. (Acts 13:1)

Holy Spirit, please raise up prophets and teachers throughout this diocese.

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (Acts 13:2)

Holy Spirit, thank you for separating out Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bishop-elect Bill and all the faithful clergy and lay leaders of this diocese. We ask you to separate out as true apostolic ministers bishops in these dioceses that are having elections:
South Carolina: Walkabout: Sept 9, Election: Sept 16
Newark: Candidate Presentations Sept 6 - 10, Election: Sept 23
Hawaii October 20-21
Tennessee: October 28
Southern Ohio Nov 11, 2006
Arkansas: November 11, 2006 (listed as tentative)
Southwest Florida December 9, 2006

Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (Acts 13:3)

Jesus, please restore to the Episcopal Church the practice of fasting and prayer before laying hands on people to set them apart for your service.

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. (Acts 13:4)

Father, equip and send forth more laborers into the harvest from this diocese.

And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant. (Acts 13:5)

LORD, preaching your word is a mark of apostolic ministry; please restore such preaching throughout the Episcopal Church.

Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell forevermore. (Psalm 37:27)

Holy Spirit, please help the Episcopal Church depart from evil and do good and dwell with you forevermore.

For the LORD loves justice, and does not forsake his saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalm 37:28)

Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness to your saints: please seek out and bring back to your father's house those who have done wickedly. We ask this for your kindness and mercy's sake.

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever. (Psalm 37:29)

LORD, let our mouths speak wisdom and our tongues talk of justice. Let your law be written on our hearts so that none of our steps slide. Thank you. (From Psalm 37:30-31)

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

 

9/6/2006, #67, 3rd Quarter 2006

My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. (Psalm 119:25)

LORD, revive your people by your word and your Spirit.

I have declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:26)

Jesus, you know the ways of the Episcopal Church; teach us your statutes so that we may walk in your ways rather than our own.

Make me understand the way of your precepts; so shall I meditate on your wonderful works. (Psalm 119:27)

Holy Spirit, help the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church to understand the way of your precepts so that we can meditate on your wonderful works.

My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28)

Father, the Episcopal Church is melting away; strengthen us according to your word.

Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me your law graciously. (Psalm 119:29)

Holy Spirit, please set the Episcopal Church free from lies and self-deception and grant that we may return to your gracious ways.

I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me. (Psalm 119:30)

"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (From John 6:68)

I cling to your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! (Psalm 119:31)

LORD, bring us back to you and take away our shame and disgrace. Revive us by your Spirit and your word.

I will run the course of your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:32)

Father, we need open heart surgery in the Episcopal Church: put your Spirit and your word in our hearts. Please help us to return to Jesus and the good news of the salvation he has won for us. Thank you.

***** Pray for the Lord to pour out blessings and His covering on our Bishops, Bishop-elect, the Standing Committee, and all who make decisions with them and their families.

Pray for the Lord's protection , guidance and blessings on the Consecration and preparations for it. Pray that nothing will happen to disturb it.

Pray for Lord's Spirit to move powerfully in this Diocese, its clergy and parishes and the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Cry out to the Lord for His church. Cry out to the Lord for His people.

(Kevin Steckline in Sudan) 5th Yei to Meridi, see Maria's grave, meet with Bp. Justin. 6th Meridi, 7th- to Yei, drive to Uganda, 8th meet with Bishop Joel in that area. Pray for protection, good health, direction in discovery and planning process.

(Dn Lynne Curtis) I would so much appreciate your prayer coverage for our Hospice team as we travel to Zimbabwe Sept.4-15th (I told them I need to be back before the 16th!). Please pray that the Lord works in and through us powerfully and that we will return safely and on time! With many thanks

The Court date for St. Andrews, Syracuse on Friday went well. Praise the Lord!

Cry out to the Lord for our country. Pray for godly wisdom for its leaders. Pray for protection for our military, civilians as well as those of other countries who are trying to help. Pray for an end to the fighting and that the Lord will intervene in the Middle East and other areas of warfare. Pray that the Lord will stop Iran and N. Korea.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

 

9/5/2006, #66, 3rd Quarter 2006

How precious is your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7)

Thank you for the cross, Jesus, thank you for the cross!

They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your pleasures. (Psalm 36:8)

Father, thank you for the river of your Spirit. Thank you for letting us drink deeply of him.

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)

Jesus, thank you for the light you give us day by day.

Oh, continue your lovingkindness to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalm 36:10)

Jesus, thank you for raising up Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bishop-elect Bill in this diocese. Bless them as they prepare for Fr. Bill's consecration. So flood this diocese with your Holy Spirit that we are all consecrated to your service.

Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. (Psalm 36:11)

LORD, protect this diocese and all your faithful people and congregations from the hand of the wicked who no long believe your gospel.

There the workers of iniquity have fallen; they have been cast down and are not able to rise. (Psalm 36:12)

Jesus, in your mercy, bring them to repentance and new life in you. Defeat their schemes but bring them to the victory of your gospel. Thank you.

***** Pray for our bishops, priests, deacons and lay leaders that they will know God's peace.

Monday, September 04, 2006

 

9/4/2006, #65, 3rd Quarter 2006

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9)

LORD, you have been our refuge all of these years. Thank you for being a rock we can cling to in the storm.

And those who know your name will put their trust in you; for you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:10)

Jesus, thank you for saving us and for the power of your name. Thank you for helping us put our trust in you. You hold up the poor and the oppressed; all who seek you are in your care. Thank you.

Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Declare his deeds among the people. (Psalm 9:11)

Holy Spirit, you have taught us to sing the songs of Zion; you give us songs in the night. Thank you.

When he avenges blood, he remembers them; he does not forget the cry of the humble. (Psalm 9:12)

Father, you have stooped down to lift us up, thank you.

***** A personal note: Jean and I were truly blessed to connect with several of our former students from the Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Liberia this weekend. We were deeply touched by the outpouring of affection we received. We taught there for three and a half years: 1967 - 1970.

Friday, September 01, 2006

 

9/1/2006, #64, 3rd Quarter 2006

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (John 7:37)

Jesus, I am really dry and I've been running on empty; help me come to you and drink.

He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38)

Holy Spirit, I believe, please help my unbelief. You can turn the parched ground into pools of living water; touch me again and flood my soul.

But this he spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)

Father, I have believed and received your Holy Spirit, but I need a fresh start. I'm weary and I ask you to flood me so that not only I can drink, but others can too. Thank you.

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. (Acts 10:44)

Father, give us ears to hear the word that is preached so that the Holy Spirit will fall on us too.

And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. (Acts 10:45)

Father, surprise us all with an outpouring of your Holy Spirit. He is your best gift; please help us receive him fully.

For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. (Acts 10:46a)

Holy Spirit, help us receive and use ever gift you give us: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, faith, hope and love, and there are more besides these, such as prayer...help us receive and use every gift you have for us.

Then Peter answered, "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" (Acts 10:46b-47)

Jesus, help us like Peter to recognize when you have trumped all our man-made rules and respond to what you are doing in the lives of others.

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days. (Acts 10:48)

Holy Spirit, help us to stretch and reach out as Peter did, and willingly enter into the homes and lives of others with the good news of Jesus Christ. Thank you.

***** Keep on praying for our Bishops and Bishop Elect, the Standing Committee and the Consecration and arrangements for it and travel mercies. Pray for Lord's covering and anointing.

Pray for the Diocese, staff and clergy and lay leaders. Pray for Spiritual Life Center, staff and ministries.

Cry out to the Lord for His church and His people. Pray the Lord will guide us all clearly and day by day. Pray that God will be glorified.

We are leaving Friday morning for NYC to a reunion of Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Liberia where we taught when our oldest was a toddler about 35 years ago! Many are in the USA now and want to honor their former teachers. We will stay with Jonathan and Liz. Please pray for travel mercies and any "God appointments" he has for us.

Kevin Steckline and Irish team are in Juba and meeting with the Archbishop and British Consul. Pray for protection, health and clear guidance. Pray the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) will completely and permanently disarm.

Pray for the lawyers and people of St. Andrew's Syracuse. They have a court date today at 10:00 AM. Pray protection for them and for Bp. Schofield and the Diocese of San Joaquin in California.

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