23 He also swore to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom." 24 So she went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist!" 25 Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter." 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison, 28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. Mark 6:23-28 (NKJV)
Jesus, keep us from ill-considered oaths and evil promises.
4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. Acts 16:4-5 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, send such evangelists among us to strengthen us in faith.
1 It happened after this that David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah?" And the LORD said to him, "Go up." David said, "Where shall I go up?" And He said, "To Hebron." 2 Samuel 2:1 (NKJV)
LORD, help us inquire of you when we make decisions.
1 Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, 3 Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows--bitter words, 4 That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. Psalm 64:1-4 (NKJV)
Father, protect Bishop Bill and this diocese from all who plot evil against us.
A Word Received: Look to me for help in the storm.
THERE IS A BALM IN GILEAD
FOR ALL THE SAINTS - LSB 677 (TE DEUM CONFERENCE - 2015 MI)