Monthly Archives: May, 2012

The Feast of the Visitation

Throughout the world, churches are celebrating Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. Here are some resources for your own celebration: Scriptures for the Day: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Psalm 113 Romans 12:9-16b Luke 1:39-57 From Common Prayer: On May 31, the church celebrates Mary’s visit with her cousin Elizabeth, after she had learned from the angel Gabriel …

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Intercessions from Taize

Lord, make our lives a temple of the Holy Spirit. Grant each of us the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness. May the Holy Spirit speak through the lips of your servants who proclaim your Word. Send your comforting Spirit to all who are in trouble and distress. Send your comforting …

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Fannie Lou Hamer

The folks at Common Prayer offered a quote by Fannie Lou Hamer today as a part of morning prayer.  Fannie Lou Hamer was a 1960’s Civil Rights activist from Mississippi who spoke prophetically about biblical justice. “Christianity is being concerned about your fellow man, not building a million-dollar church while -people are starving right around …

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Enjoy Life

Indian priest Anthony de Mello told this story: “A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a Southern fisherman lying leisurely beside his boat. ‘Why aren’t you fishing?’ asked the industrialist. ‘Because I have caught enough fish for the day,’ said the fisherman. ‘Why don’t you catch some more?’ ‘What would I do …

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Bede the Venerable

The Anglicans are remembering Bede the Venerable today. Bede was a monk in Northumbria in the 8th century.  He entered the monastery at age 7 and remained there his entire life.  He rarely left the monastery and only took brief trips to nearby places. He says of himself: “I have devoted my energies to a study …

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Aldersgate Day

May 24, 1738 was a turning point for the people called Methodists… From various resources: On May 24, 1738, John Wesley, burdened by the rejection of his enthusiastic gospel message by his Anglican brothers, went very unwillingly to an evening society meeting in Aldersgate-street, London. But, as he records in his journal, about a quarter …

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