Sunday, December 01, 2013
12/1/2013, #55, 4th Quarter 2013
Holy Spirit, please give us hearts that weep when we remember how far your church has fallen from the truth of the gospel.
We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. (Psalm 137:2)
Lord, even now we grieve in the midst of its sins.
For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" (Psalm 137:3)
Those who have carried the Episcopal Church away captive to all their politically correct theologies expect us to rejoice. Have mercy on us Father and raise up faithful shepherds throughout the Episcopal Church to lead your people back to you.
How shall we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land? (Psalm 137:4)
LORD, how are we to sing the songs of Zion when your church is carried away captive?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth -- if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy. (Psalm 137:5-6)
Jesus, please help me at all times to remember that New Jerusalem which is and is to come!
Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, who said, "Raze it, raze it, to its very foundation!" (Psalm 137:7)
O LORD, deal with those who would destroy the foundation of your church -- apostolic faith with Jesus as the chief cornerstone.
O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, happy the one who repays you as you have served us! Happy the one who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock! (Psalm 137:8-9)
Even now, Jesus, help them recognized the judgment that is to come and repent and return to the apostolic foundations of the church.
Blessed be the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle--my lovingkindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and the one in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)
Holy Spirit, train us for the battles that are to come. Help us daily put on the full armor of God.
Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)
but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness--indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 2:8-10)
Holy Spirit, help us love one another in both word and in deed.
Jesus, help us follow your example and lay down our lives for one another.
For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (Romans 2:11-12)
Father, only you know when Jesus will return; help us to be about our master's business when he does return. Help us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
(for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, (Romans 2:13-14)
Holy Spirit, please help us stop making excuses for making provision for the flesh. Please help us put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh. Thank you.
O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of the LORD. (Isaiah 2:5)
Jesus, I want to walk as a child of the light.
A word received: I can set your spirit free from every snare of the evil one.
A word received: Wait on me. Heed my word.
First Sunday of Advent: 122; Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 24:37-44
Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Amos 1:1-5, 13-2:8: 1 Thess. 5:1-11: Luke 21:5-19
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Amos 2:6-16: 2 Pet. 1:1-11: Matt. 21:1-11
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 30 The Rev’d William Cooper
Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 1 Observance of a devout Advent
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, November 30, 2013, 9:20 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Mark Pasko, and Torre Bissell on State St. Cold, but no wind until the last 10 minutes, so it was OK.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
g--indicates was given a pair of gloves
+ Shawn (young man) -- I was just setting up the prayer table when Shawn came up and asked for a cross. I prayed for God's blessing on him.
+ 199 Xavier (young man) -- I was still setting up the prayer table when Xavier came rushing up and announced that he needed to confess his sin and receive forgiveness. He was clearly a committed Christian and confessed his sin and accepted God's forgiveness and cleansing. I gave him the verse (1 John 1:9) "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Tobias (regular) -- He was baptized on Tuesday. We prayed for the power of the Holy Spirit to come on him.
++ Darrylshay (young woman)
+ Neal -- He asked prayer for his family and kids.
Mark (man) -- He asked prayer for his brother-in-law Tony who has advanced Alzheimer's and for his sister Louise, Tony's wife and Mark's sister. Tony is starting to get violent and has to be sedated.
Steve (regular) -- We prayed for him as he rebuilds his shower.
g Shada (woman) -- We prayed for God's blessing on her and her family.
Stephen (young man who came bouncing up) -- We prayed that he would recognize and take the next step in his life that God has for him.
(woman) -- She asked prayer for a different job and for unsaved family members.
+ 199 Kwesi (young man from Guyana) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and asked for and received God's forgiveness. I gave him the verse (1 John 1:9) "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
++ g 199 Christine (woman) -- We prayed for a good health report. She has had one breast removed because of cancer. We also prayed for her granddaughter.
+ g 199 Alan (man) -- He is moving to Tennessee this week.
Stephen (see above) -- He came bouncing by again for more prayer. His shoulder is badly damaged and he has been told he needs a shoulder replacement, but he has heard bad things about such replacements and is afraid of the consequences of such a replacement. I told him Jean had done well. We prayed for healing and restoration of his shoulder.
Jim (man) -- He has worked in an abuse shelter for 35 years. It is his ministry.
***** Healing Service at Christ the King
The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, December 3rd will be the Right Reverend Daniel Herzog, Chaplain of Christ the King and Director of Healing Ministries and Spiritual Formation. Bishop Dan has been involved in the ministry of healing and teaching for over forty years. He firmly believes that the Lord continues to touch and transform lives by the power of the Holy Spirit, the spiritual gifts enumerated in the New Testament, the Sacraments of Christ Jesus (especially the Eucharist, Anointing and Reconciliation), the steady nurture of the Word of God, and love. His overarching vision is to see everyone transformed from being religious consumers to serving as spiritual providers through the love of Jesus, the power of the Spirit and the promise of the Scriptures. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.