Gracious and holy Father, please give me intellect to understand you, reason to discern you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, a spirit to know you, a heart to meditate upon you, ears to hear you, eyes to see you, a tongue to proclaim you, a way of life pleasing to you, patience to wait for you, and perseverance to look for you. Grant me a perfect end, your holy presence, a blessed resurrection, and life everlasting Amen. (Benedict of Nursia, Book of Common Prayer 2019)
Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom:
Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
June 29th Collect of the Day
St. Peter and St. Paul
- We have refused to listen attentively to our black and brown brothers’ and sisters’ cry for justice. Lord, have mercy.
- We have been deaf to the prophet’s call: “And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.” (Isaiah 5:7b). Lord, have mercy.
In this moment… this “kairos” moment… let us not shrink back. Let us be renewed in the Holy Spirit. Let us be filled with the Spirit in this time. Let us be anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Body of Christ for this time.
Pour your Spirit out on your Church and let us walk boldly in justice. This is not about “get me out of here, Lord” but about your Kingdom come, your will be done.
Anoint us for this hour. Amen.
My reading has me moving through Numbers and Chapter 16 offers a powerful picture of what intercession looks like in the Kingdom of God. A plague was sweeping the camp of Israel and Moses instructed Aaron to take the censer and put fire from the altar in it. He was then to go out and raise it among the people. It is a powerful picture of intercession.Continue reading “Intercession in the time of coronavirus”
In our time of coronavirus we are watching business and market volatility. The stock market has lost a lot of “value” in these weeks. That can create panic.
It also creates a “buying” opportunity for investors who have cash ready to get into stocks that were overpriced and now have “value” in their price.Continue reading ““Buying” mode in the time of coronavirus”
Being part of the Anglican Church in North America (which is part of a larger worldwide body known as GAFCON), there is a call for prayer and repentance on March 22. Why not take this as a call to all of us?Continue reading “A call to prayer and repentance in the time of coronavirus”
We continue to pray for all healthcare workers. Hospitals and senior living facilities are tightening up outside visitors and healthcare workers are seeing an added stress in this time.Continue reading “Prayer in the time of coronavirus”
But Jacob stayed apart by himself, and a man wrestled with him until dawn broke. When the man saw that he couldn’t defeat Jacob, he grabbed Jacob’s thigh and tore a muscle in Jacob’s thigh as he wrestled with him. The man said, “Let me go because the dawn is breaking.”
But Jacob said, “I won’t let you go until you bless me.” (Gen. 32:34-26, CEB)
I have found my life to be a twisting journey where struggle comes far more easily than rest and resolve.
I am Jacob.Continue reading “Aren’t you tired yet?”
There are two passages of Scripture I came through in my reading this week that describe what I am “seeing” in prayer during this time in our culture and the American Church.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matt. 3:12)Continue reading “The winnowing process of the Kingdom of God”