Monday, April 14, 2014
4/14/2014, #9, 2nd Quarter 2014
Holy Spirit, help us give our best to Jesus.
But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, "Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they criticized her sharply. (Mark 14:4-5)
Holy Spirit, set us free from hardness of heart and a "bean counter" mentality. Help us rejoice in whatever anyone gives to Jesus.
But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but me you do not have always. (Mark 14:6-7)
Father, please help us recognize all the opportunities you give us to help the poor.
She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial. (Mark 14:8 )
Jesus, prepare our hearts to understand what you are about to go through for us.
Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her." (Mark 14:9)
Father, help us to be living memorial stones that point to the work of Jesus in our lives. Thank you. (See Joshua 4:19-24)
A word received: You are in my hand. Rest there.
Monday in Holy Week: 36:5-10; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 11:39-12:3; John 12:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9
Tuesday in Holy Week: 71:1-12; Isaiah 49:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:37-38,42-50 or Mark 11:15-19
Monday: 51:1-18(19-20) * 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12: 2 Cor. 1:1-7: Mark 11:12-25
Tuesday: 6, 12 * 94;Lam. 1:17-22: 2 Cor. 1:8-22: Mark 11:27-33
Notes from the Front Lines
APRIL Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing
14 St. James’ Church, Lake Delaware – The Rev’d Patrick Hunt, The Rev’d James Krueger, The Rev’d John Henry II, The Rev’d Fredric Leach, The Rev’d Frank Lockwood
***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.
***** Pray for and attend the 146th Convention of the Diocese of Albany June 6-8. It is the premier renewal event in the life of the diocese each year with great worship, preaching, teaching, healing, etc.
To register, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2014/2014ConventionRegistrationForm.php
***** Mudge Making a Difference Prayer Mail for April 16
Dear partners in prayer, This is a public prayer mail for April 16.
This week's selective overview:
I have been working on several projects for the Bishop of Belize. I am making good progress.
We made our home available to another missionary family.
Preaching went very well on Sunday.
Thank you for praying.
1) Julie preaches on Maundy Thursday.
2) Pray for our parish visitation schedule, that God would connect us with the places that he would like us to visit.
3) Pray for next mission trip in May, and for what Bishop Philip has asked me to do in preparation for that trip.
4) Pray for the proposed new Spanish direction of our program materials - work to begin in May,
5) Pray for the course development work, for people considering lay vocations, for students and for faculty.
6) Pray for the people to be ordained (clergy) or licensed (lay people) soon in Belize.
7) Prayers for discernment. Several family members need God's guidance about decisions.
In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+