Prayer Requests 8-18-17

It’s Friday, so please remember to pray for Mumsee, Mike, and the Nestlings.

Anyone else?

Psalm 11

In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
    to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
   He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.

11 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 8-18-17

  1. This from my Priest regarding our nation at this time.

    August 17, 2107

    Re: Pastoral Letter and Response

    Dear Family and Friends of Church of the Apostles

    It has been on my heart and mind since this past weekend to write a pastoral letter to you all speaking into the most recent exhibition of hatred and violence (Charlottesville, Va.) that has wounded yet again the fragile cords that hold together our diverse nation, in truth our world. Much prayer and conversation with those whom I consider my companions in Christ was first needed before I attempted to form my final thoughts. All that I could say does not follow here, but rather some thoughts that will hopefully assist us in our journey to love what our Lord Jesus says are the first and second great commandments: To love the Lord our God with all your heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. Echoing this call to unity, Paul writing to a broken and divided world says that “Christ, who is himself our peace, has broken down the dividing walls of hostility.” Ephesians 2.14

    I had a very helpful conversation with Fr. Blake Johnson, who is currently serving a new church plant in Charlottesville. Two things he told me in our conversation that I believe are important to share. First, hearing of the upcoming march in protest by the ‘white supremacy’ group he gathered with members of the faith community in Charlottesville to pray for their community. The gathering was at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and was attended by representatives of most if not all of the churches of their community. ‘It was a picture of the Kingdom of God’ were his words. No press coverage of this gathering just people of all races gathered around the throne praying for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.

    The second thing he told me was that after the events of the day he went home and rewrote his sermon for the next day. He made three points (imagine that J) 1) The Gospel puts an end to racial bigotry, 2) the Gospel gives us a new identity, 3) the Gospel gives us a new community.
    He is going to send me his sermon and for those of you who are interested in it please let me know and I will get it to you. The stirrings for me and for many of you here at Apostles to be a part of the solution of our nation and our world’s struggles are gospel provoked. Can we who follow Jesus deny hearing, if only faintly, the call of God for all peoples of every tribe and nation to come into his saving embrace? I invite you all to go to our website and listen to the sermon Wendell preached on July 16th.

    I have attached a Litany to assist those who wish to pray more earnestly for the healing of the racial divides of our world. I also invite conversation with you all about how we can better be serve our world in a climate of darkness and uncertainty.


    A Litany for Racial Hostility in our Country

    Leader: Lord Jesus, your Kingdom is good news for a world caught in racial hostility. We ask that you would give us grace for the deep challenges facing our country.
    Response: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

    Leader: Lord, we confess our anger and our deep sadness for the hatred in our world as well as our collective sense of weakness to see this world healed through our own strength.
    Response: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

    Leader: Lord, we honestly confess that our country has a long history of racial oppression, that racism has been a strategy of evil powers and principalities.
    Response: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

    Leader: Lord, we confess that the gospel is good news for the oppressed and the oppressor. Both are raised up. Both are liberated, but in different ways. The oppressed are raised up from the harsh burden of inferiority. The oppressor from the destructive illusion of superiority.
    Response: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

    Leader: Lord, we confess that the gospel is your power to form a new people not identified by dominance and superiority, but by unity in the Spirit.
    Response: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

    Leader: Lord, we ask that you would help us name our part in this country’s story of racial oppression and hostility. Whether we have sinned against others by seeing them as inferior, or whether we have been silent in the face of evil. Forgive us of our sin.
    Response: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

    Leader: Lord we pray for our enemies. For those who have allowed destructive powers to work through them. Grant them deliverance through your mighty power.
    Response: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

    Leader: Lord, we ask that you would form us to be us peacemakers. May we be people who speak the truth in love as we work for a reconciled world.
    Response: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

    Leader: Lord we commit our lives to you, believing that you are working in the world in spite of destructive powers and principalities. Bring healing to those who are hurt, peace to those who are anxious, and love to those who are fearful. We wait for you, O Lord. Make haste to help us.
    Response: Oh Lord, only you can make all things new.

    Written by Rich Villodas on August 12, 2017

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  2. Prayer for eighteen year old as he sets out. That he would be surrounded by Christians: friends, fellow students, teachers, employers. And that he would keep his focus and not get caught up in the college scene. Happily, he chose any school other than the U of Idaho, my school before dropping out.

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  3. Update: Miguel is getting stronger an starting to heal. He got to be in a wheelchair today. I wheeled him around the floor for 1/2 hr. We waited over an hr for them to come help him back in bed, so we managed it ourselves. That was a big victory.

    Please pray against infection. His white count was up this morning. Please pray that his bowels will move, and stay regular. We finally have his blood sugar under control.

    He will be completely non weight bearing for 3 months.

    I miss my son.

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  4. We prayed for you and Miguel and your family in Bible study this morning, RKessler. Thanks for the update. Will continue in prayer.

    Praying for 18, Mumsee.

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  5. Sorry to report, son has not made it to school yet. They are pulled over waiting for a tow with maybe a blown head gasket. He just keeps shaking his head, saying, “Ever since I loaned my sister the car….” Yep. Husband is there with him, He will offer to bring him back once they are done off loading and let him take our Ford Ranger down that is on its last legs according to every college student who has brought it back after using it the four years. It has been to school at the U of I, worked in Seattle, schooled in Arizona. Before that it drove me and a trailer across the country to Georgia, up to New York and back here. It has done a lot for us. Maybe it has another couple of years in it.

    Anyway, pray for son and his attitude and a quick resolution as school starts next week. He was apparently surprised to hear that the service stations are all closed for the eclipse. Apparently did not realize anybody but me thought it was interesting. And prayer for husband as he returns through all the eclipse traffic along the path.

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  6. 6, thanks for asking about my foot. Turns out that after walking on it for 5 ½ weeks, I should not weight bear and it might be a month on crutches. Not as bad as what others are going through but more frustrating than anything.

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  7. I imagine it is frustrating, Kare. Our feet have to take a lot — something I don’t think about much until they’re hurting. I hope everything heals up well for you.

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