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Thursday, July 25, 2013

 

7/25/2013, #18, 3rd Quarter 2013

      And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question. So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren. And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them. But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."
      Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 1 Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they." (Acts 15:1-11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive all whom you send to us in faith. Keep us from testing you by imposing on them customs of culture or piety that do not flow from hearts purified by faith.

      Jesus, please help us repent of every yoke of bondage that we would impose on those who come to you in faith.

      Father, please help us receive with joy and thanksgiving every child of faith you send to us. Thank you.

A word received: Listen to me.

Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 66, 67; 1 Samuel 28:3-20; Acts 15:1-11; Mark 5:1-20
Friday: 40,54 * 51; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; Acts 15:12-21; Mark 5:21-43

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Healing Ministry in every parish, July 25 Church of the Nativity, Star Lake, The Rev’d Jerry Adinolfi, Jr.

***** All Saints Cathedral Prayer Table Report, 7/24/13, sunny & beautiful, Dcn. Sue Plaske, Beth Collum, Jana Lingo, Hilda Hardy
Loretta - pray for health and a better job.
Marc - pray for brain cancer and that he be included in a new clinical trail
Joan & Lynn - overwhelmed at work, need divine intervention
Alba- Travel to Italy, Safety
Jana - Travel to Memphis
Connie - Terika, Roy,Jim, & Jackie - health "Glad you are here."
Paul - Bishop Ball, David Janower, Tripp, and Pastor Paul (st. John's Lutheran - surgery) and thanks for the weather.
FHS, Jana

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer
Jeanne Gizara
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forever more. (Psalm 16:11)
      Father God, there are so many reasons to thank and praise You and this verse provides three of them. We thank You, Lord, that You make known the path of life; that in your presence is fullness of joy; and that at your right hand are pleasures forever more.
      We thank You for the guidance that you send to Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. Thank You for showing them your plans for their mission. Be with them as they prepare new courses, give presentations at churches and missions conferences, and as Father Shaw plans for an October trip to Belize.
      We thank You for the gifts of joy and pleasure. May these be evident as Shaw celebrates his big birthday and as the Mudges get ready for a little vacation time.
      We thank You, Lord, that You make known the path of life; that in your presence is fullness of joy; and that at your right hand are pleasures forever more. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


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