The breath of God, fire, God within and around us. Through our readings today, on this day of Pentecost, we get an intoxicating feeling of being surrounded and held up by the mysterious power and presence of God through the Holy Spirit. Every year on this day, as we read together from the Acts of […]
Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church, that we may all be one. Hear us, O God, for your mercy is great. Grant that every member of the church may truly and humbly serve you, that your name may be glorified by all people. We pray for the Church in the Province of the West
Almighty God, we pray for your church and all who serve you, including Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Melissa, our Bishop Provisional; and Joseph. our vicar. In the Anglican Cycle of prayer, we lift up the Church of the Province of West Africa. In our diocese we pray for St. John’s, Gig Harbor; Faith, Poulsbo; and
Come behold the wondrous mystery/Slain by death the God of life/But no grave could e’er restrain Him/Praise the Lord; He is alive!/What a foretaste of deliverance/How unwavering our hope/Christ in power resurrected/As we will be when he comes.
In you, O God, does your church take refuge. Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit to do great works in Jesus’ name. May your church glorify you in all our doings. Bless Michael, our presiding bishop; Melissa, our Bishop Provisional; and Joseph, our vicar. We pray for the Church in Wales; and for the faith
This is Jesus making an authoritative claim to be the way of salvation, salvation for the whole of the cosmos. Jesus’ being the way is not being the access point, a directive to turn or burn. Rather Jesus through Jesus — because of Jesus — we have the truths of God and through those truths we have life abundant….None of the Abrahamic religions’ truth claims is a call to dominance. Rather each of them is a call to their adherents to embrace the love of God and do the work God has given them to do. They’re calls to deepen one’s faith and trust in the fullness and goodness of God.
Eternal God, we pray for Your church and all who serve You, especially Joseph, our priest; Melissa, our Bishop Provisional; and Michael, our presiding Bishop. In the Anglican Communion we pray for The Episcopal Church, and in our diocese we pray for St. Stephen’s, Oak Harbor; and St. James, Sedro Woolley. We pray also for
Luke’s point is that in life in Jesus we are drawn to care for one another, to care for all of our neighbors and the whole of creation, and that the Spirit empowers us and draws us into that care. … In Jesus’ defeat of death, in the sending of the Spirit, and in our gathering together to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers, abundant life has been made available to us.