Monday, May 19, 2014
5/19/2014, #26, 2nd Quarter 2014
LORD, please help us move as you move, and stay as you stay. Help us as a diocese to go forward at your bidding and wait upon you as you stay still.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3)
Jesus, I cry out to you -- strengthen me in my soul.
A word received: Keep coming to me with your burdens. I will refresh you.
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1)
Jesus, I believe in you and I offer the troubles of my heart.
In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
["mansions" -- the word meant dwelling or resting places along the way, e.g., Rest Stops along the expressway.] Lord, thank you for the rest stops you have provided for us along the way of life.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3)
Jesus, I long for that place of rest with you.
And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:4)
Jesus, thank you for being the way, the truth, and the life for us. Thank you for showing us the way to the Father.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
Father, thank you.
But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king--Jesus." (Acts 17:5-7)
Father, I pray that we would be worthy of such a charge being placed against us. Help us turn the world upside down for Jesus' sake.
"When your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?' then you shall say to your son: 'We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the LORD showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. (Deuteronomy 6:20-22)
Holy Spirit, empower and encourage more parents to tell their children what God has done for them.
A word received: Keep holding onto my hand.
Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows--bitter words, that they may shoot in secret at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, "Who will see them?" They devise iniquities: "We have perfected a shrewd scheme." Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep. (Psalm 64:1-6)
Holy Spirit, bring us to repentance for all our gossiping and evil speaking of one another.
So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." (Isaiah 6:5-7)
LORD< we have become a people of profane speech. Have mercy on us and touch our mouths so that we will cease speaking evil of one another and you.
Monday: 56, 57,  * 64, 65; Lev. 16:1-19: 1 Thess. 4:13-18: Matt. 6:1-6,16-18
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Lev. 16:20-34: 1 Thess. 5:1-11: Matt. 6:7-15
Notes from the Front Lines
MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
17 For all Survivors of Abuse
18 For the Anglican Communion
19 Christ Church, Greenville – The Rev’d Mark Diebel, The Rev’d William Clark
***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.
***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Mark Pasko Dn. Larry Hubert on Albany St.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT-- indicates received a New Testament
Asif (young man, Muslim) -- We agreed to pray for each other.
Naru (man) -- We prayed for a restoration miracle of his eye and his arm.
Steve -- He rejoice that he had a custormer this week.
+ 199 Elaine (woman) -- "That more people find Jesus."
+Rafael (man), +Maribelle (woman), and +Carmonita (woman) -- They all asked for "Salud", "Good health". Carmonita also asked prayer for a place to stay.
+ 199 Chris and +Damon (son, 3) -- He asked prayer for a better life. He continues to walk with Jesus.
+ 199 Linda (woman) -- "For everything to go back to normal."
a 199 Rumar (man, regular) -- He is walking with Jesus. We prayed he would be a witness for Jesus.
+ 199 Wynn (man) -- He has been in and out of prison for violations. He is trying to stay with the program.
Tobias (regular) -- He is praying for Torre's upcoming surgery.
(man with 3 kids) -- When we asked if we could pray for him; he said, "You better!"
+ a 199 Daniel (young man) -- He confessed his sins and gave his life to Jesus. He got a big beaming smile on his face when we told him he was now clean. The smile came again when we told him God the Father had adopted him as his child. He practiced saying, "Dad, come help me."
Thomas and Jennifer -- Thomas has been in jail for stealing. Prayed for unity in the family. Prayer for them as they change his life style and come to the Lord.
Raymond -- Prayer for our country.
Bee -- Prayer for back pain and legs.
William -- for his life and protection.
Kenny -- "Hit and Run" prayer
Jaselm -- Life situation and guidance.
Curtsy -- For her daughter Sumard and her boyfriend.
Niquasia -- For herself and family, protection and unity.
***** Watervliet Prayer Table May 17, 2014, Prayer Team: Marilyn Czuwala and Susan McManus outside of Price Chopper
Prayer for all people and families living in Watervliet for provision, protection, daily blessings and spiritual growth.
Sue: cancer in her right lung
David, Anya and Ty: for blessings and daily provision
Mike: for employment
Katherine: fearful of prayer, has been burned before; we prayed for healing and health issues
Marshall, Christine and new baby: for protection and provision and blessing of their relationship. The grandmother does not want this relationship to continue. May 28 court date will determine if this couple can stay together.
***** Mudges: Dear partners in prayer, This is our public prayer mail for May 20. Happy Easter season!
This week's selective overview:
I have arrived in Belize, and Bishop Philip has a full agenda for me. We have had some changes in the schedule already. Flexibility, Organization, and sense of humor - vital for missionaries. So is the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Yesterday, I attended a workshop for Catechists and Youth Chaplains, had a meeting with a person in the ordination process (including an interview over dinner with both spouses). Have been catching up with submitted documentation for various people in the ordination process.
Students consider our online program vital. And many more people seem interested in our public links as well as our courses, especially for learning about Anglicanism, whether in ordination or licensing processes or just for their own personal improvement. So, I am factoring the particular interests into what is ahead. Meanwhile, in another part of the world, our Spanish Anglican focus has begun active development this week.
Back in Belize, as part of my constantly morphing schedule, yesterday, the Bishop sought my opinion on a matter, and I had a briefing on recent developments.
I introduced the Bishop and attendees at the workshop to the Anglican Daily Office Web site that I created over the past few weeks, to help people with Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer according to the rites and holy days of the Church in the Province of the West Indies (creation is still in process, but a great deal has been completed).
Touched base with students. I also talked about aspects of the vocational and ordination processes, and what we offer as a help to folks.
Always a joy to catch up with lay people and clergy, here. Today, touched based with quite a few people at the Cathedral in Belize City, more people in the vocational and ordination processes, including an update on a business venture. Touched base with Cursillistas. Prayed for healing for perhaps 50 people, individually, at the 6:30 am and 8:30 am Cathedral healing services. Gave about 25 young people individual blessings.
Discovered that my 5 minute address to teachers at an Anglican school last visit was remembered to this day and was considered quite good. Praise God. I was asked to address the 7:30 am assembly tomorrow at the same Anglican school.
And today is only half-over. There is quite a bit to go.
Discovered that a person that I had prayed for who had a stroke the last time I was here, is up and about so well (and having seen the person today), I would not have known that that person had had a stroke. Praise God.
My agenda this trip is unfolding hour by hour. My frequent trips to Belize are making me a regular in the Diocese, in a very positive way. It is always interesting. The Holy Spirit is very much part of this trip. Thank you for your prayers and your support.
1) Pray for the trip, for accomplishing what the Holy Spirit would guide those of us involved to do. Safe and timely travel would be good prayer. We are leaving scheduling in God's hands.
2) Pray for the course development work, teaching workload, ministry opportunities, people considering lay vocations, students and faculty. Pray for program discussions that may be taking place in Kasulu, Tanzania, this week.
3) Pray for Julie and my our upcoming plans and for our parish visitation schedule. We will have a booth at the Diocese of Albany Convention. Drop by the booth.
4) I have heard two stories about theft, since my arrival. One in Belmopan and one in Belize City. Please pray for those involved: thieves, victims, and the authorities.
5) Tensions may be running a bit high over certain issues across the country. Pray that God's plans for everyone in the country would prevail.
6) Pray for people in Belize who need the Holy Spirit's guidance and Jesus' healing touch. It is part of what we do, praying for folks, and here is an opportunity for you (as you desire) to enter into this aspect of our mission work as a ministry prayer partner with us.
Thank you, and God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+