Saturday, June 16, 2007
Harp and bowl prayer
We are having an introduction to harp and bowl prayer that is being taught by Greg Burnett. This will be presented over several nights next week in the chapel at Resurrection Lutheran Church as a launching point for what will be aweekly intercessory worship meeting that will be "in the spirit of the tabernacle of David".
The outline for this introduction is as follows:
October 21, Monday evening, 7-9PM "What God has said in the past about prayer, and what He is saying about prayer today" Also included in this session will be addressing the practical issues of how "harp and bowl" prayer is structured
October 22, Tuesday evening, 7-9PM "The Divine Romance, part 1: What God thinks about us, His Church" Identifying the right motivations for prayer
October 23, Wednesday evening, 7-9PM "The Divine Romance, part 2: Our pursuit of God" Dealing with additional obstacles to prayer. The latter part of the evening will include the formal launch of a weekly Wednesday evening harp and bowl prayer meeting. For additional information you can contact Greg Burnett.
Here is part of the email I sent out on October 25 after the launch:
This past spring I wrote a few lines as I came out of a time before the Lord. I'd like to forward the following to you as I perceive the Lord will establish a prayer movement in Charlotte in our day that will be sustained continuously, night and day, in a manner similar to this writing:
Now the procession comes into view
We're following Jesus, we look like you
We heal the sick and we raise the dead
We carry our cross and talk of blood He shed
Set us free to love You more
We want to be burning as our faith's reward
Open the heavens, let fire come down
Consuming our lives as we cast our crowns
As the procession comes into view
the winter is over for Gentile and Jew.
Prayer is ascending, God's song being sung -
A joyful assembly for an audience of One
As the procession continues its way
Their lovesongs for Jesus makes nations to sway
His glory's knowledge now filling the earth
As a passionate bride aches for His return
In closing, I must thank the Holy Spirit for His leading and faithfulness. He is jealous for us to know Jesus deeply and is faithful to make that possible. I must also thank everyone who helped in unseen ways, such as my wife Caryn who made herself available to provide child care for 3 nights during our harp and bowl "launch" this week. And there are many others who have helped with sound, seating and the various details that are important to have comfortable occasions to meet at the church building. May the Lord show you His joy for serving us this week!
Please join me in prayer as we look for more musicans and prayer leaders to join in in our intercessory worship. And, as the Lord is pleased, to link with other fellowships in Charlotte, to the end that ministry to the Lord might at some day be sustained night and day until Jesus returns to [His] Church.
Its interesting to review the touchstones of the past, noting what got us where we are today. This fall it will have been 5 years since the simple beginnings. In 5 more years there will be such a difference, it will be more dramatic than even what we've seen so far. Thank you, Jesus, for building your house of prayer in Charlotte.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Iceland will take over the operations of a NATO radar system from the US on August 15, as announced after a meeting between the Icelandic government and the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns yesterday.
Iceland will cover the cost of operating the system; ISK 800 million (USD 12.6 million, EUR 9.5 million) every year, but the US may help cover some of the costs of maintaining the system, Fréttabladid reports.
Read more here.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
VOM News and Prayer Update: June 12, 2007"For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. "(Psalm 9:1-4)
Three Sunday School Teachers Released from Prison – VOM Sources/ Compass Direct News
Praise God! Dr. Rebekka, Mrs. Eti and Mrs. Ratna have been released after two years in prison. We rejoice and thank you for your prayers. According to Compass Direct News, a crowd had gathered to welcome the women as they walked free from Indramayu district prison in West Java. An eyewitness told Compass, "The women appeared happy and peaceful as they emerged from the prison gates. All three said they had no fear for the future and were convinced that God would protect and guide them forward." Psalm 46:7, 1 Peter 2:9-10, Psalm 32:7
UPDATE: House-Church Leader Sentenced to Six Months – China Aid Association
On June 4, 2007, Beijing house-church leader Hua Huiqi was secretly sentenced to six months in prison at Chayang District People's Court. According to China Aid Association (CAA), Hua's wife and lawyer were not allowed to attend the trial which lasted about two hours. CAA expects Hua to be released from prison next month. Pray Hua and his mother are strengthened and encouraged in prison. Pray for their release and for God to heal Shuang Shuying. Psalm 103:1-5
Two Christian Leaders Killed, VOM Coordinator Attacked – VOM Sources
Believers Forced to Pay Village Leader for Being a Christian – VOM Sources
The head of Nam Thuam village has set a rule that people in his village cannot become Christian. According to The Voice of the Martyrs' contacts, anyone who converts to Christianity has to pay 500,000 Kip (about $52 U.S.) or their family will be evicted from the village. Three families have accepted Christ and they do not have money to pay the leader of the village. Pray for protection for these families and for other believers in Laos. Psalm 5:11-12
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Paterson became fascinated with glaciers on her travels to Iceland and has now established a microphone in Jökulsárlón lagoon at the foot of Vatnajökull, Fréttabladid reports.
Callers can listen to rumbles when the glacier melts, breaks into pieces and icebergs fall into the lagoon. The telephone number (in England) is +44-(0)7758-225698.
(Article from IcelandReview's daily news)
Monday, June 11, 2007
Box at the top says: Father's Day gift guide
Main headline: City continues to push its limits
Side headline: Labor shortage threatens harvest
For him who has ear to hear.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I was listening to Brian Doerksen's recording this morning of 'Simply Said' by Monique Tute... it goes aptly with these images.
All of earth's most lovely words
Spoken from the purest lips
Can't begin to tell You how I feel
Ev'ry note the world has heard
Played with tender skill and care
Can't contain the rhythm of my heartbeat
Simply said simply said
I love You
Simply said simply said
I love You
All the shades that canvas wears
Drawing thoughts so strong and soft
Couldn't paint the colour of my view
Ev'ry fragile heart that's won
Captured by a longing glance
Only knows a taste of this emotion