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Readings for Adoration and Praise Dec 8, 2019

“A New Leaven” Ministry of the Fellowship of the Holy Name

Weekly Tulsa Area Prayer Ministries of the Fellowship of the Holy Name

Monday at Fellowship Lutheran Church Library 8:45 AM   lectio and quiet prayers

Thursday at 4:45 at Fellowship Lutheran Library  --FHN community prayer

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Pentecostal  Tracts  for  the  Times

AT THE CENTER OF THE JESUS MOVEMENT IS THE CHARISMATIC CHRIST

The readings this week are provided by Kevin Leitch, a Friend of the Fellowship of the Holy Name. Timothy is a member of St Luke’s Episocopal  Church and has chosen Aimilianos of  Simonopetra as a teacher of Christian discipleship

 

Sunday In the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a priest called Zechariah who belonged to the Abijah section of the priesthood, and he had a wife, Elizabeth by name, who was a descendant of Aaron.  Both were worthy in the sight of God, and scrupulously observed all the commandments and observances of the Lord.  But they were childless . .  Luke 1: 5-7

 

The Lord had much to say about the weakness of human nature, and He knew that the only thing capable of giving it strength was the Holy Spirit, the power from on high that God promised to send.  The Way of the Spirit, Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, at 95. 

 

Monday Now it was the turn of Zechariah’s section to serve, and he was exercising his priestly office before God when it fell to him by lot, as the ritual custom was, to enter the Lord’s sanctuary and burn incense there.  And at the hour of incense the whole congregation was outside, praying.  Luke 1:  8-10. 

 

If, by the breath of God, the soul of Adam became a living being, then our own souls, despite their earthly entanglements, have the potential to become spiritual.  But this can only happen if we place ourselves within the power of the grace of the Holy Spirit.  The Way of the Spirit at 95-96.

 

Tuesday There appeared to him the angel of the Lord, standing on the right of the altar of incense.  The sight disturbed Zechariah and he was overcome with fear.  But the angel said to him, “Zechariah, do not be afraid, your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth is to bear you a son and you must name him John.”  Luke 1:  11-13.

 

I say within His power, because the Lord describes our relationship to the Spirit as being clothed in the Spirit.  We are covered by the Spirit as with a garment, and like a garment we put Him on and enter into Him.  The Way of the Spirit at 96. 

 

Wednesday [The angel said to Zechariah:]  “Even from his mother’s womb, [your son] will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and he will bring back many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God.”  Luke 1:  15-16. 

 

At this point, our ears are opened and we begin to hear, just like the man in the Gospel.  Through the intellect I begin to hear the first rustlings of angelic wings.  I hear angels gathering together, just as they did for Daniel, for the Three Children, for Tobias, and for so many others.  The Way of the Spirit at 88-89. 

 

Thursday Mary set out at that time and went quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah.  She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.  Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  Luke 1:  39-41.

 

Now, my beloved children, we are at the final stage of human experience and existence:  the communion of the saints that we feel at the time of prayer.  There is no prayer in isolation.  There is only prayer in spirit and in truth.  The Way of the Spirit at 89. 

 

Friday Meanwhile the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbors and relations heard that the Lord had shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy.  Luke 1:  57-59. 

 

Those who make genuine progress in the spiritual life strive to be united with all mankind.  They feel a deep concern for the salvation of all their fellow creatures, along with a desire to love and embrace everything and everyone, with no exceptions.  When they present themselves to God, they want the whole world to be there with them. 

The Way of the Spirit at 89. 

 

Saturday  Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child . . . .  All their neighbors were filled with awe and the whole affair was talked about throughout the hill country of Judaea.  All those who heard of it treasured it in their hearts.  “What will this child turn out to be?” they wondered.  And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.  Luke 1: 65-66. 

 

When a person reaches this stage and feels that he is in complete harmony and union with all mankind, God grants him conscious perception of communion with Him.  This means that he consciously perceives and feels that he is united to God.  Formerly we spoke to God, but now we hear Him. . . . I understand that I’ve spoken to God, and now God’s answering, so I listen.  The Way of the Spirit at 90. 

 

Responsive Psalm:  Psalm 146:4-9  The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

Song:  Loving Jesus, we are one in you, you are here healing all things

Inviting the bell to sound:  Listen, listen, this wonderful sound calls us to union with all things in the Spirit

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