A Celebration of Maundy Thursday . . .

Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the great Easter celebration. The word “maundy” is said to be derived from the Latin word mandatum, the first word of the Latin phrase, “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you”), the statement used by Jesus in John’s gospel to explain the significance of washing the disciples’ feet. Maundy Thursday is also the night that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper with the words, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

A celebration of Maundy Thursday

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

IT IS ALL RIGHT TO BE HUMAN.
When your mind wanders while you are praying, don’t be surprised or upset.
Simply return your attention to Me.
Share a secret smile with Me, knowing that I understand.
Rejoice in My Love for you, which has no limits or conditions.
Whisper My Name in loving contentment, assured that I will never leave you or forsake you.
Intersperse these peaceful interludes abundantly throughout your day.
This practice will enable you to attain a quiet and gentle spirit, which is pleasing to me. 

Sarah Young in Jesus Calling 
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others (it is appreciated and it does make a difference!).
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
Thanks (Praise Reports):

Please Pray For:

  • D’Walla Simmons-Burke – continued healing from recent surgery.
  • Bill Leonard and family – on the loss of his mother, Lavelle Henton Leonard (1918-2013), who died Saturday after a long, long struggle with dementia.
  • Rudy Boone (his wife Renee) – who is continuing to beat breast cancer.
  • Sonia Barbre and family – here sister, Linda Jo Dates, passed away last week
  • Debra Miller and family  seeking comfort; her sister (Artie Moore) passed away last week.
  • Debbie Shannon – continued prayers for her health.
  • Kelliann Miranda-Baltimore. – for her husband who was in a bad accident which caused brain damage.
  • Eddie Haire (for his wife, Amy) – she is at Duke awaiting a Lung transplant.
  • Chad Kirkendall – prayer for healing from a cancerous tumor on his hip.
  • Bill – as he prepares for his exam.
  • Peggy Knox – continued prayers for her health.
  • Tony and Carol Ebron – for his father, George, as he is treated for an illness. Also, for their son, Tony Jr. on presenting himself for Baptism yesterday.
  • Matthew Blyther – Healing of a skin condition
Benediction
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots
  • God is faithful!
Let the eLectronic cHurch say Amen!

We can do better, by Tyler Perry

A couple of days ago a storm came through here that was crazy. I’ve never seen that much hail and rain. It reminded me of when I was living in my old house. Every time there was a bad storm I had to go through some major things to get the lights back on in the house. One time there was a storm so bad that lightning hit the house and all the power went out. I looked across the street and my neighbor had power, so I knew the problem was just in my house.

Stay with me, I’m going somewhere here…

I knew I had to get to the circuit breaker to fix what was going on. Now, in my old house, the breaker box was in the attic, and in order to get to it I had to climb a ladder, go up a flight of stairs and then climb over an air conditioning unit, all the while trying to not step through the ceiling joist or I would go straight through the sheet rock. And imagine trying to do all of this in the dark. But I had to do it if I wanted lights on in my house.

I got to the breaker box and started turning the breakers back on. For those of you who are not up on your DIY (do it yourself, LOL), the circuit breakers protect the house from further damage by turning themselves off if they get too much power or pull too much power to them.

As I was thinking about this yesterday I started thinking about us as people, as souls… me, you and any other human on this planet. What is common about us all is that we all, at one time or another, will go through or have been through a storm, and sometimes the storms are so bad that they turn off circuit breakers in our lives. We can look at others who have gone through the same storm and they are fine, like my neighbor across the street. They had power, but I was in the dark. Same storm, but it affected me differently. Many people can have the same experience and get over it but it affects each of us differently. Never let someone tell you to just get over it because they did. It’s not that simple.

When circuit breakers shut down in our lives they usually turn off to protect us from trauma, but just because they turn off doesn’t mean that they are supposed to stay off. A lot of times we leave them off because we don’t want to do all that is necessary to reach the breaker box to turn them back on. So what happens? We begin to live a life that is not as bright and fulfilling as it was originally designed to be. You just stay in the dark because it’s easier to not go through what you need to go through for healing. Trust me, I’ve been there, lived there for a while until I realized that I wanted all the lights on in my soul. I had to get these breakers back on.

Why am I saying this to you? Well I know that God designed all of us to live the fullest life that we can, to live in the light, love and joy. It is my hope and prayer today that you will start to do the work to turn on some of the breakers that may have been turned off in your life by difficult moments. What do I mean by that? If you have a dream and you stopped dreaming because it got too hard, that’s a breaker that went off. Turn it back on. If you decided that you wouldn’t love anyone else because you’ve been hurt, that’s a breaker that’s been turned off. Turn it back on. If you have decided to give up on life because nothing seems to go right, that’s a breaker that went off. Turn it back on. If you have given up on your kids because they won’t do the right thing, that’s a breaker that went off. Turn it back on.

You see what I mean? Go through your life and look at all the people who have hurt you. Look at all the situations that have left you in the dark. Turn those breakers back on. Live in a full house. One of my favorite scriptures says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.” Light up your soul!

Tyler Perry online

Prayer for today . . .

Guide and Friend of every seeking heart,
You take upon yourself all that burdens our lives:
our days of doubt, our divided hearts, our physical weakness
and that fear of the future which is often our companion.
And You transfigure them, freeing us of all that weighs us down.
Lord of the perplexed, enable us today to rediscover Your amazing truth —
that in Your strength we truly can begin to walk anew
with lightened step and clearer vision,
moving from the shadows into the clear flowing waters
of Your healing, gentle grace.

– shared by Fil Snderson

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

 
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
 
Psalm 118: 24

 
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
 
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others (it is appreciated and it does make a difference!).
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
Thanks (Praise Reports):

Please Pray For:

  • D’Walla Simmons-Burke – healing from recent surgery.
  • Sonia Barbre and family – here sister, Linda Jo Dates, passed away yesterday.
  • Debra Miller and family  seeking comfort; her sister (Artie Moore) died this week.
  • Debbie Shannon – for her health.
  • Kelliann Miranda-Baltimore. – for her husband who was in a bad accident which caused brain damage.
  • Betty Grooms and family – her daughter-in-law, the mother of a small child, committed suicide last week.
  • Eddie Alameda – for his mother who is hospitalized for a heart problem in Puerto Rico.
  • Eddie Haire (for his wife, Amy) – she is at Duke awaiting a Lung transplant.
  • Chad Kirkendall – prayer for healing from a cancerous tumor on his hip.
  • Bill – as he prepares for his exam.
  • Peggy Knox – for her health.
Benediction
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots
  • God is faithful!
Let the eLectronic cHurch say Amen!

Prayer by O. Hallesby . . .

To pray is nothing more involved than to lie in the sunshine of His grace,
to expose our distress of body and soul to those healing rays
which can in a wonderful way counteract and render ineffective the bacteria of sin.
To be a man or woman of prayer is to take this sun-cure, to give Jesus, with His wonder-working power,
access to our distress day and night.
To be a Christian is in truth to have gained a place in the sun! 


from Prayer by O. Hallesby

 

Nigel Alston on Lent leads to regular ‘good morning’ . . .

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Kiss slowly, play hard, forgive quickly, take chances, give everything and have no regrets. Life’s too short to be anything but happy.

— Unknown

Somewhere around the third day of intercessory prayer, every morning from 6 a.m. to 6:15 a.m., the conference call became known as the “Good Morning Club.”

Read the rest of the story . . .

Thomas Merton on Prayer . . .

In the spiritual life there are no tricks and no short cuts…
One cannot begin to face the real difficulties of the life of prayer and meditation
unless one is first perfectly content to be a beginner and really experience oneself as one who knows little or nothing,
and has a desperate need to learn the bare rudiments…
Prayer means yearning for the simple presence of God,
for a personal understanding of his word, for knowledge of his will and for capacity to hear and obey him.

Thomas Merton

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Gracious and holy God,
give us wisdom to perceive You,
intelligence to understand You,
diligence to seek You,
patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate on You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord.
 

Saint Benedict

 
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
 
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others (it is appreciated and it does make a difference!).
  • Remember to send me your prayer requests to add.
Thanks (Praise Reports):
Please pray for:
  • Please pray for healing for Mary Fisher, Margaret B, Jean Small, Loretta Sherrill, and Ellen Miles.
  • Debbie Shannon – for her health.
  • Kelliann Miranda-Baltimore. – for her husband who was recently in a bad accident which caused brain damage. He is currently in ICU and has limited mobility of his body
  • Betty Grooms and family – her daughter-in-law, the mother of a small child, committed suicide last week.
  • Eddie Alameda – for his mother who is hospitalized for a heart problem in Puerto Rico.
  • Deborah Miller – for her sister, Artie Moore, who had emergency surgery last surgery in Atlanta.
  • Eddie Haire (for his wife, Amy) – she is at Duke awaiting a Lung transplant
  • Chad Kirkendall – prayer for healing from a cancerous tumor on his hip
  • McLennan Maxwell – she is back home in Phoenix. She withdrew from college in CO, and her parents are continuing her recovery. Please continue to pray for them.Please for her healing and for strength for parents Wynn and Mike.
Benediction
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots
  • God is faithful!
Let the eLectronic cHurch say Amen!

 

A Prayer for today . . .

Gracious and holy God,
give us wisdom to perceive You,
intelligence to understand You,
diligence to seek You,
patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate on You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Saint Benedict