Volume II, Issue 9
Greetings to you in the Name of the Lord,
“Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first He suffered pain, and entered not into glory before He was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it no other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen”
He is risen, Alleluia!
Holy week was quite busy and blessed. Our music plan was demanding this year on me, as I participated in four services, along with my regular schedule of one rehearsal and small group. It is great to see the church so involved and inhabited!
In the daily office for today, the gospel reading tells the story of the women, Mary of Mandela, and Mary the mother of James, who went to the tomb early on the first day of the week. When they arrived, they found the tomb uninhabited and desolate of the body of Christ. The angels appeared and gave them the good news, that Christ was raised. They immediately ran back to town to tell the other disciples. The story is in Luke chapter twenty-four.
The gospel evangelist, Luke, who was a physician and teacher, gives us detail about the story, citing the specific moves of the women and the disciples, but he does not reveal to us what this story really means. In yesterday’s Psalm, we are given a list of accomplishments and blessings that God has done and given to us.
“For God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us-by me, Silvanus, and Timothy-was not “Yes” and “No.” However, with him it is always “Yes.” For all God’s promises are “Yes” in him. And so through him we can say “Amen,” to the glory of God Now the one who makes us-and you as well-secure in union with Christ and has anointed us is God, who has placed his seal on us and has given us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.” II Co 1:20-23
Wow! Think about God’s motive toward us in this passage. He wants to bless us! It is his nature and character to bless and not curse. Check out Psalm 46 from yesterday’s daily office. How many benefits can you find? Here is my list:
We find happiness if we place our hope in Him and keep our faith alive.
God will execute justice for all those e oppressed.
God feeds the hungry.
God opens the eyes of the blind.
God lifts up those bowed down, (depressed, oppressed, and sad)
God loves the righteous. (He has declared us the righteous, even when we do not deserve it)
God watches over even those estranged from Him.
God upholds the orphan.
God upholds the widow.
You may be saying to yourself, what does the resurrection have to do with this? The answer is everything! Because Christ is alive, the resurrection has paved the way for us to receive that same power; the empowerment to accomplish the good works of God listed above, and to receive those works in our own lives. Through to gift of the Holy Spirit, we receive the power of Christ. Through the resurrection, we receive the same life giving force that raised Christ from the dead, (Romans 3, 6, 8). They key to realizing and living in all of this; found in the words of Jesus to the Disciples at the end of Luke and John; scriptures coming up in our daily office: the word receive.
May God radicalize your live in Christ Jesus’ resurrection power!
Anglican Cycle of Prayer – Easter through week two
Sunday 16-Apr-2006 Easter Day Psalm: 118:1-5 Heb. 4:1-11
Jesus Christ is risen, alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! who did once upon the
Cross, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Cape Town – (South Africa) Pray for the Most Revd Njongonkulu Winston Hugh Ndungane Archbishop of Capetown
1. Suffragan Bishop of Cape Town – (South Africa) the RT Revd Christopher John Gregorowski
2. Suffragan Bishop of Cape Town – (South Africa) the RT Revd Merwyn E Castle
3. Suffragan Bishop of Cape Town – (South Africa) the RT Revd Garth Quinton Counsel
Monday 17-Apr-2006 Psalm: 148 Heb. 4:12-16
Carlisle – (York, England) the RT Revd Geoffrey Graham Dow
Carlisle – Penrith – (York, England) the RT Revd James William Scobie Newcome
Tuesday 18-Apr-2006 Psalm: 149 Heb. 6:1-6
Cashel & Ossory – (Dublin, Ireland) the RT Revd Peter Francis Barrett
Wednesday 19-Apr-2006 Psalm: 145:13-21 Heb. 6:7-12
Central Buganda – (Uganda) the RT Revd Jackson Matovu
Thursday 20-Apr-2006 Psalm: 146 Heb. 6:13-20
Central Ecuador – (Province IX, USA) Vacant
Friday 21-Apr-2006 Psalm: 138 Num. 10:1-10
Central Florida – (Province IV, USA) the RT Revd John W Howe
Assisting Bishop of Central Florida – (Province IV, USA) the RT Revd Hugo L Pina-Lopez
Saturday 22-Apr-2006 Psalm: 118:6-14 Num. 10:11-13, 29-36
Central Gulf Coast – (Province IV, USA) the RT Revd Philip Menzie Duncan
Sunday 23-Apr-2006 Easter 1 St. George’s Day
Psalm: 110:1-4 Heb. 7:1-10
O Great Among the Saints and Glorious Martyr George, since you are a deliverer of captives and a defender of the poor, a doctor for the sick and a noble attendant to kings: intercede with us to Christ our God, that He may save our souls. From the Orthodox Tradition (alt)
PRAY for Royal Perculiars Chapels Royal, Religious Peculiars, and Westminster Abbey
Monday 24-Apr-2006 Psalm: 37:3-9 Heb. 7:11-17
Central Melanesia – (Melanesia) Pray for the Most Revd Sir Ellison Leslie Pogo Archbishop of Melanesia & Bishop of Central Melanesia
Tuesday 25-Apr-2006 Psalm: 95:1-7 Heb. 7:18-22
Central New York – (Province II, USA) the RT Revd Gladstone Skip Adams
Wednesday 26-Apr-2006 Psalm: 31:19-24 Heb. 7:23-28
Central Newfoundland – (Canada, Canada) the Revd David Torraville
Thursday 27-Apr-2006 Psalm: 22:27-31 Heb. 8:1-7
Central Pennsylvania – (Province III, USA) the RT Revd Michael Whittington Creighton
Friday 28-Apr-2006 Psalm: 78:1-8 Num. 11:1-9
Central Philippines – (Philippines) the RT Revd Dixie Copanut Taclobao
Saturday 29-Apr-2006 Psalm: 78:9-16 Num. 11:10-17
Central Solomons – (Melanesia) the RT Revd Charles Koete