44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. Luke 23:44-45 (NKJV)
LORD, there is spiritual darkness over the land; have mercy on us.
46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit.' " Having said this, He breathed His last. Luke 23:46 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for all that you have done for us through your death and resurrection.
JESUS, ALL FOR JESUS - ROBIN MARK - REVIVAL FROM BELFAST
47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, "Certainly this was a righteous Man!" 48 And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. 49 But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. Luke 23:47-49 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us also be appalled at what it has taken for our salvation. Thank you for the women who faithfully follow Jesus. Bless the Sisters of St. Mary with vocations.
50 Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. 51 He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. 54 That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near. Luke 23:50-54 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help us risk our reputations to minister to you
CELTIC WOMAN - JESU JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING (LIVE)
9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. 1 Samuel 15:9 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us to be willing to give us as sacrifice that which is good in our sight as well as that which is worthless.
10 Now the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying, 11 "I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments." And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night. 12 So when Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul, it was told Samuel, saying, "Saul went to Carmel, and indeed, he set up a monument for himself; and he has gone on around, passed by, and gone down to Gilgal." 13 Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, "Blessed are you of the LORD! I have performed the commandment of the LORD." 14 But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?" 1 Samuel 15:10-14 (NKJV)
Father, we are so often deluded by our selfish desires.
BE THOU MY VISION -- MY FAVORITE IRISH HYMN!
15 And Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed." 16 Then Samuel said to Saul, "Be quiet! And I will tell you what the LORD said to me last night." And he said to him, "Speak on." 17 So Samuel said, "When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the LORD anoint you king over Israel? 18 Now the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, 'Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.' 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?" 1 Samuel 15:15-19 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us do all of your will for us.
20 And Saul said to Samuel, "But I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal." 22 So Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king." 1 Samuel 15:20-23 (NKJV)
LORD, help us obey you whatever the cost.
1 O LORD my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me, 2 Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. Psalm 7:1-2 (NKJV)
Jesus, defend this diocese and its bishop in this time of adversity.
A Word Received: Put your trust in me and I will sustain you through this time of trial.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY - OH GOD OUR HELP IN AGES PAST
Note from Torre about the music I've been playing recently:
My parents collected early New Orleans jazz, black gospel, and left-wing labor union music. That's the music I grew up with. When my parents died I inherited 560 records which I recorded to my computer. A couple of the records went back to the late 1920s. The rest were in the 30s and 40s. They used to go door to door through black communities along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers asking people if they had any old 78 rpm records in their attics they wanted to sell. It has been a joy for me to find that many of these are on YouTube now. What I respond to the most in this music is the passion. As I was recording the records I realized that most of them were 3.5 to 4 minutes in length on these 10 inch platters. That was the technological limit they faced. Whatever they were going to do, had to be done in 4 minutes. Some of the jazz is just amazing to me in terms of what they could do in 4 minutes.
From the Spiritual LIfe Center: Healing Service Returns! July 7, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. In the Welcome Center. Guest speaker: Reuben Todd, Executive Director, Christ the King Center, Social Distancing and Masks Required