Posted by: celticanglican | February 17, 2018

Prayer Requests Start of Lent

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers!

I have an urgent prayer request for my brother Terry. He is currently incarcerated on a bogus charge that could lead to him spending 40 to 60 years. My brother is a born again Christian. I would ask that you please pray in agreement with me that God will intervene in this situation and that he will be released very soon. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Rev. Roger

Anna has been going from chills and shivers to burning up feverish hot and very fatigued. On her pnuemonia meds still. Concerned about her. All the stress of trying to continue to afford hotel and find a place is really taking a toll on us. I swelled up again yesterday and still pretty swollen but have to work later after church. Appreciate increased prayers please. The urgent care center is open til ten pm near church, take oyr insurance if need be. Thanks and blessings Jaynne
My husband saw a real bad car wreck on the road awhile ago, please pray for total healing for any injured and salvation if unsaved. God is able and faithful. God bless. Love, Jaynne
From Zara’s mom, losing some of her child’s SSI benefit: Been working on this paper work for about a hour & I’m no where near done. Our current fight is to keep our bigger source of our 2 incomes. Please send prayers. I’m really sick of fighting.
Updates from Teresa:
First, I Praise God for healing me two other times of a breast lump and then a major breast mass. God removed them completely. I am claiming that Victory again in Christ, if it be His will. Please pray in agreement for the biopsy scheduled for Valentine’s Day at 3:30 p.m. to go perfectly to God’s Victory and Glory. Thank you so much! With Love in Christ!
Second update: Thank you so very much for praying about the biopsy today. They went ahead and did a double biopsy. The Doctor was pretty certain the one mass is not to worry about. She didn’t say about the other. I praise God because I felt his presence and your prayers. I have never been treated with more love and tender care than I was by Doctor McCay and two nurses. Then, the director of the center’s assistant came down to give me her card and tell me that she is here for me with anything I need. She hugged me and said ‘God bless you’…the dr. hugged me and one of the nurses, too. I felt God’s Holy Presence, and I trust the results to come back great if God’s will. Thank you for praying for benign goodness in His hands. Love you much!
Dear ones. my Ken has his P.E.T. scan tomorrow to determine whether they got all of the ‘”C’s” he has been fighting for the past 18 months.. I have a deep and calm feeling in my heart that they have…Kenny is a strong person and a hard worker, has a wonderful outlook and happy heart. Father has turned his heart and head in this, to trust in Him. Please continue to pray that he is completely healed of both Lymphoma and Prostate. 

Please pray for Susan, a kidnapping victim
Dear Warriors
Please lift in strong prayer, Dereck Edwards. He is stiff and sore today moving around very slowly. He is working very very hard to sustain himself and build a better future. A lot of physical labor involved here.
Pray for Gods healing hand to ease and soothe all sore muscles and stiffness.
For strength as he gets through his jobs.
For Jody’s brother to connect with strong aftercare support so that he can break the cycle and stay out of prison for good. Pray also that he can reconnect with his children and family.
For Gisele, seeking guidance in letting her 5-year-old son begin a relationship with his incarcerated father. Gisele made the decision to leave the father for their safety, and she would also like prayers for his salvation and maturity while in prison. She will also be moving back to France in a few months with her son, and she hopes that he and his father can maintain a healthy correspondence relationship.
I AM SAD. All of a sudden early Mon- today 6 a.m. or so – starting gaging, coughing, and choking/ bronchitis.
FELT FINE when I went to bed last night/ Sun. UNREAL. Now I was suppose to see the cong. Heart Dr. Wed/ and I need to –
but I can not raise my head/ I am sitting here/ at computer – almost- falling over. THE COUGH IS INCESSANT
NEVER NEVER STOPS. I AM SO TIREd/ HURT SO BADLY. PRay for me. This has me concerned.
With my past 7 pneumonias – from 1994 – till 2009 – oh dear. Anyway- the PA said it probably is not contagious- My regular Dr. was not there today/in office.
BUT HECK/ ?? who knows, and also I am upset/ because it could be cong. heart failure. He took no x rays. I went for labs//potassium today and those results will not be back till Tues A.M.
This is how fluid builds up in one’s heart.??/ so I NEED SO BADLY to get my butt LOL LOL to the specialist/ for CHF on WED. Pray I can get some rest. I do not know why this is showing up in “Blue” type.
Pray I can do it – oh dear. I am going
The bronchitis no one has ever gotten it from me not even pneumonia/ have they gotten. LOVE you, Martha
MY WIFE’S RELATIVE Nikki is having HER 3rd BABY.  SHE IS HAVING COMPLICATIONS.  GOD BLESS YOU.  LOVE Wayne and Jennifer
From Rev. Raul: Please place my brother in law and sister in law both have stage 4 terminal C.

Ask to be saved and healed in whatever form it comes.
Thank you, God bless.
From Rod: Prayers are requested for Robins dad and Jeanne’s friend Laurie
both of them are suffering from cancer and would accept all the prayers
available.
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have
made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and
make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission
and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.
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Posted by: celticanglican | February 16, 2018

What We Have Done and Failed to Do

Altar Santa Creu

When I was trying to think of a blog post befitting the start of Lent, I was going to go with the Litany of Penitance that’s in the Book of Common Prayer. I’m still going to post that, but also add some thoughts that have been running through my head since Ash Wednesday.

When a tragedy of the scope of a mass shooting happens, there is, of a course a lot of focus on what was done. Maybe, though, we need to shift our focus to what we have failed to do, both as a society and part of the Body of Christ.

We have failed to stop asking, “How long, O Lord” and not taken action to demand better of our leaders and larger society. Yes, it’s horrifying, sickening, maddening – but the time needs to come for us to get up and DO something about all these evils.

We have allowed pundits motivated by big paychecks to frame our arguments for us and stopped prayerfully and carefully thinking about what we can do to change things. We were gifted with reason and intellect for a reason – we need to use this to take action in whatever ways we are motivated to do so.

We have followed a false gospel that offers cheap grace and demands no accountability while refusing to be Christ’s hands and feet. Offer all the thoughts and prayers you want, but let your sense of Christian charity actually mean something, and stop sitting and waiting for the “end of all things” to happen before you do so.

It’s all too easy for people to offer simplified solutions for deeply rooted problems. It’s part of our human nature, but also a big contributor to our sins of omission that allow tragedies to keep happening that never should have happened.

Maybe instead of waiting for “someone” to do something, maybe we should be asking if that “somebody” might be us. I’ll close with the litany (a couple of days late, but no less timely):

Most holy and merciful Father:
We confess to you and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints
in heaven and on earth,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed;
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and
strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We
have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved
your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the
pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation
of other people,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those
more fortunate than ourselves,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and
our dishonesty in daily life and work,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to
commend the faith that is in us,
We confess to you, Lord.

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done:
for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our
indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our
neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those
who differ from us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of
concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

Almight God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.

Posted by: celticanglican | February 5, 2018

Is the Time Right for a Rescue Networking Social Media Site?

If you’re on Facebook and do a rescue crossposting, you probably know the drill: you share an urgent death row pet to a few groups and possibly join another group in the meantime. The next thing you know – BAM! You find yourself restricted from joining or posting to FB for 24 hours or more.

What can you do? The appeal option doesn’t give you an option to talk to an actual person who could sort things out. You’re basically at the mercy of an algorithim that needs to learn to distinguish between commercial posts and posts affiliated with a shelter.

Some rescuers have argued in favor of ceasing crossposting in favor of directly emailing rescues. However, this isn’t without problems – some rescue websites don’t have valid email addresses listed, some simply don’t respond to emails and others might have trouble coordinating things if you’re emailing about an animal you’re not close enough to to foster yourself.

I think the key might be smarter crossposting, combined with better networking tools than most social networks offer. Here are some tips:

  • Instead of resharing every rescue post you come across, try to focus on animals from your local pound or special groups, such as specific breeds/special needs/seniors/nursing litters or pregnant moms/owner surrenders/animals with few shares
  • When you contact or tag a rescue about an animal, see if there are a few others they may also be interested in – sometimes it’s easier to make an effort to pull more than one, especially if a transort needs to be set up
  • Utilize your Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts if you have them

I think a social networking site meant for crossposting is long overdue, but know such things take time to publicize and build. In the meantime, please visit Stop Pet Euthanasia on Facebook to share your thoughts on this idea.

 

Posted by: celticanglican | February 5, 2018

Several Prayer Requests

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers!

Maxine asks prayers for her friend, Kit, who is trying to stop smoking

Rod asks prayer for Paulette, having breathing difficulties; Angie, who has an undiagnosed infection; and himself as he copes with blood pressure issues

Erin asks prayer for her sister’s recovery folowing carpal tunnel surgery

Continue to pray for all in flu-affected areas

O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servants that their weakness may be banished and their strength restored; and that, their health being renewed, they may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Paisley is a little girl critically ill from flu and pneumonia, she needs all the prayer she can get

Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of the sheep, you gather the lambs in your arms and carry them in your bosom: We commend to your loving care this child Paisley.  Relieve her pain, guard her from all danger, restore to her your gifts of gladness and strength, and raise her up to a life of service to you.  Hear us, we pray, for you dear Name’s sake. Amen.

Please continue to pray that the Chinese church will continue to grow

Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Pray for the people of California facing a drought again, especially in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles

O God, heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast promised to all those who seek thy kingdom and its righteousness all things necessary to sustain their life: Send us, we entreat thee, in this time of need, such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth, to our comfort and to thy honor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prisoner-related requests

For Nicole’s brother, preparing for release after 20 years. Pray for strong Godly support to help him adjust to life outside. Pray also for his relationship with his son, who was 1 year old when he was arrested, he is now 21

For David, fighting to maintain his claim of innocence after an accusation. He is extremely distraught to the point of considering ending his life over this ordeal, pray for God to protect David and his family, bring the truth to light, and ultimately bring peace to David’s heart.

Lord Jesus, for our sake you were condemned as a criminal: Visit our jails and prisons with your pity and judgment. Remember all prisoners, and bring the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to your will, and give them hope for their future. When any are held unjustly, bring them release; forgive us, and teach us to improve our justice. Remember those who work in these institutions; keep them humane and compassionate; and save them from becoming brutal or callous. And since what we do for those in prison, O Lord, we do for you, constrain us to improve their lot. All this we ask for your mercy’s sake. Amen.

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify
thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Posted by: celticanglican | January 30, 2018

Prayers for Kenny, Mariana and Bal Krishna

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers!

Requests from Rod:

Prayer is requested from Fran for her friend Kenny who has contracted
lung cancer and is being treated for same.

Also Fran would like to have prayer for her friend Mariana who is suffering from
anemia which is caused by a blood disorder she has contracted.

Request from Bal Krishna, forwarded by Frankie:

My Dear and Honorable Friend in Christ,

Greetings in the gracious name of our Lord Jesus Christ from Bal Krishna and family from Nepal. I hope that You are doing good with everyone in family and Church. Here I am fine with everyone in family and Church family.

Today when I woke up early morning , I listen to GOD’S voice and could feel how important and precious my Christian friends and family like you are and i could pray for you and surrounding in my heart of prayers. I am lifting you on my prayers to the glory of God and i do hope you are doing great. MAY OUR HOLY AND SOVEREIGN GOD BLESS YOU WITH ALL OF HIS RICHES WHATEVER THE YOUR NEEDS ARE AMEN AND AMEN!! Anything the prayers you have please send me so that I can lift you up and your prayers to GOD. I BELIEVE PRAYER IS THE KEY OF CHRISTIAN LIFE!!!

Please remember me on your prayers for God’s guidance, His protection, healing and peace to me because I am feeling some sort of stock/dizziness and not that much fresh. Please pray for me that God would bless my needs too.

Please we never late coming closer on prayers and fellowdhip with God that He is the sources of our prosperous christian life and human’s prosperity and we eccellerate through our fellowship of prayers encouraging, counselling eachother and be lifted through our works amen!!!

Please be blessed! Have a blessed day and week!!

In His Service

Bal Krishna

 

 

 

Posted by: celticanglican | January 29, 2018

Prayers for Sarah, Karen and Two Prisoner Needs

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

Sarah is dying from heart failure complications and may not survive her upcoming surgery, pray for her and her three young sons

Karen, dying of ovarian cancer, her aunt Rita can receive replies

From Prison Fellowship:

Successful reentry for prisoners preparing for release: Luis, Jim, Robert, Brandon, Timothy and Alfred

A Minnesota donor asks that we pray for her friend’s court hearing next month. Pray for God’s favor to be on him and his family. He comes from a strong Christian family, but made a mistake and is paying for it – they would love to see God’s hand of favor work things out for him

 

Posted by: celticanglican | January 28, 2018

Prayers for Ryan

Ryan Ward  is in the ICU unit at New Hanover Hosp, Wilmington NC. He had flu and pneumonia, his lungs collapsed, his kidneys stopped working and he had to have blood transfusions.

He is in very serious condition, he is not awake, however they saw a foot move yesterday. Please, this young man needs fervent prayers. For  his family also

You may send replies to Frankie, she is Ryan’s cousin

Posted by: celticanglican | January 27, 2018

In Light of #MeToo, We Still Can’t Let Things Slide

The #MeToo campaign has helped bring a lot of awareness of how much of a problem sexual violence and assault still are in today’s society. While I think it’s good that people are becoming more aware of how much of a problem this still is even today, I’ve observed there are still a lot of sexist attitudes towards women that you would think would be behind us.

What I’m NOT saying is that these attitudes alone make men into abusers – there is far more to the psychology behind a sexual predator than that and plenty of men have sexist attitudes towards women who never commit a single sexual crime. I am saying, though, that perhaps we women need to stop being complacent about some of these attitudes and address them when appropriate, instead of just ignoring them.

This post isn’t about sexual assault so much as attitudes towards women that often make life difficult. Here are some I’ve encountered:

You shouldn’t be doing that, that’s men’s work – Each household has their own way of doing things, ’nuff said. Some women prefer doing a bit of light yardwork, some men like to cook – it’s really nobody else’s business how tasks are delegated in your home. There should be respect for how each household manages itself.

If you’re a woman, you NEED to be in the women’s group – Part of a church’s ongoing growth should include acknowledgement that many church-affiliated women’s groups pre-dated womens’ ordination and things were traditionally done with a different take on gender roles in mind. A model that focuses too much on meetings with inconvenient times for working women or “kitchen duty” is simply not going to entice a lot of younger women. Maybe there needs to be more focus on the unique abilities of each person that help build up the congregation, regardless of gender/identificatuon.

You need a man around here – Often said in reference to a messy yard or house in need of a paint job, this is problematic thinking that doesn’t acnowledge the fact that sometimes there is a “man of the house” with physical disabilities or the family has limited financial resources to hire professionals and busy job schedules with limited time for DIY jobs.  The insinuation is that women can’t or shouldn’t do certain tasks for arbitrary reasons. Once again, this is another situation that is no one else’s business unless they are in a position to offer legitimate help that is asked for and welcomed.

Unasked for offers of help, only offered BECAUSE you are a woman – Ever been out mowing your own lawn and had a random guy offer to do it for you and be particularly persistant about it when you politely decline? There is nothing gentlemanly  or chivalrous about men not understanding that no means no, especially if they showed zero interest in offering to help the man the next house over with an obvious knee injury. Boundaries need to be respected, and not grasping a clear no is a major boundary violation, regardless of whether it’s soliciting unrequested help or something more intimate.

No wonder these women have gotten assaulted, they dress/act like whores – No woman deserves to be assaulted, regardless of their dress or how they conform to someone else’s conventions. Modesty varies across cultural and religious groups, and many feel modesty is more a matter of attitude than dress. One’s cultural or religious prejudices should never impact their respect for basic human dignity.

Why aren’t you married/don’t you have kids/ aren’t you worried about being an “old maid” – Single women and/or non-mothers are not deficient as human beings, and it’s sad that many still imply this even in the 21st century. There’s something wrong with the equation when single men are called the relatively neutral “bachelor”  and single women are called derogatory names like spinster or old maid. Peoples’ reasons, regardless of gender, for remaining unmarried or childless are theirs and are also no one else’s business.

Climbing down off my soapbox, but hopefully I’ve given ya’ll something to think about 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: celticanglican | January 27, 2018

Great Updates from Teresa

Her updates are below and you can contact her at this link:
Yeah Jesus! Praise God forever!
* PAM: Rita Pickering’s daughter Pam is home resting. See her message below. Please pray for full healing and no more pain for Pam. Thank you!
* GALEN GOT THE JOB/ PROMOTION. Galen got the project position with his company. He will serve as the liaison for projects between Sales, Executives, Customers and Operations. He will also do some business development. He starts Monday! Praise God! Thank you for praying.
BRAXTEN. Praise God, he is back in track and loving it. He wants to try out as a jumper. Please pray for God’s favor over him and for victory.
MEYANA. She received a letter from Harvard and the National Association of Future Medical Professional inviting her to a special project this summer. She has chosen to stick with the other National Scholar program focusing on the FBI (biology/forensics) and National Security. She’s also hearing from other colleges. Please pray for God’s chosen plan and wisdom for her especially. Thank you!
MOM and DAD. Praise God! Mom continues to be free of Xanax and feeling better and better every day. Dad loves the job driving cars. Please pray for his safety in traffic and for no accidents…and for Mom to continue to be free.
ME/ UPDATE. I received a referral to Baptist Breast Center today. I love those precious people. I will have a biopsy appointment set soon after drs. there review the scans they just got from the other center today. Last mass, we stepped back and prayed 30 days for God to remove it and He did! So, if God’s will, this may be what is happening again…Please pray in full agreement that as my Precious Friend Pat claims and my family and I claim, “there will be nothing there to biopsy!” Let it be to God’s glory! Yeah Jesus! Love you all!
The update from Rita:
 Yes it did and she is home.  The nerve block they gave her is keeping the pain away temporarily.  When that wears off in 12 to 24 hours she may have some pretty significant pain.  We appreciate your prayers and those on your prayer chain so very very much!!

Love you!
Rita and Pam
Posted by: celticanglican | January 26, 2018

Prayers for Rita and Carl

Prayer partner Teresa shared the following prayer requests:

Hello Dear Friends,
Would you please lift our Precious Rita Pickering’s daughter Pam in prayer? Pam will be having rotator cuff surgery [today]. She has been in pain for weeks and needs God’s incredible healing and relief. Will you pray all goes perfectly, smoothly and she is powerfully healed….thank you! Yeah Jesus! Love you all!

Praise God for Carl Abbs’ surgery Feb. 6 and that he is on the mend completely. May all be finalized, healed and relieved via this surgery. May our Wonderful Friend and Brother experience God’s Holy and Powerful Healing Victory. Please join us in this prayer. In Jesus’ Love! Thank you!

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