Church of the Redeemer will welcome Kathleen Carnali on Saturday, March 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for worship and ministry. The Rev. Jessica Lee will lead ministry and reflections on the Women at the Well. All are invited to come. You can learn more about Kathleen Carnali at her website: http://www.kathleencarnali.com/
The Anglican House Media Ministry recently released To Be Silent: The Too Busy Church by the Rev. Dr. Craig Stephans. To Be Silent promotes the spiritual formation of readers through the means of grace of spiritual disciplines with an emphasis on the practice of silence in the Lord’s presence. The book includes contributions by over a dozen Anglican leaders writing on the value of the spiritual practice of devotional silence. Readers will come away inspired to seek the Lord and to renew their spiritual disciplines.
At the recent annual synod of the Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Rev. Dr. Stephans led a workshop on the topics of the book. The recording of the workshop can be accessed on our diocese website or via the Church of the Redeemer podcast here and on iTunes.
To Be Silent: The Too Busy Church is available on Amazon and at Church of the Redeemer.
This year’s annual Blessing of the Animals occured on Sunday, October 6th at 2pm on the lawn of Church of the Redeemer. Last year for the Blessing of the Animals, the Rev. George Stonikinis gave a sermon on God’s gracious gift of animals.
Click on this here to see pictures of last year’s animal blessing.
These are three prayers that can be helpful in engaging in spiritual warfare for yourselves and others.
A Prayer of Submitting to God and Resisting the Enemy
Father I come to you in the name of Jesus. I submit to you and resist Satan and all the powers of darkness. I ask you clothe me in the full armor of God.
I place upon my head the helmet of salvation by which I take my thoughts captive to the Lord Jesus Christ and submit my mind to the control and rule of the Holy Spirit that it would be full of life and peace. I reject the thoughts, accusations and lies of the enemy who comes to condemn and criticize. I reject thoughts of self-hatred, failure, pride and other sinful attitudes.
I place upon my heart the breastplate of righteousness. I clothe myself in the perfection of Jesus. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I fasten about me the belt of truth and pray that your Holy Spirit would lead me into all truth.
As shoes on my feet, I secure my footing with the readiness of the gospel of peace and of the kingdom of God and Jesus Christ. I stand firm on your word against the storms and oppression of this world. Help me to stand firm against the anxieties of this life, fear of loss and the temptations and delusions of this world.
I take in my hand the shield of faith by which I shall block all of the attacks of the enemy. Help me to walk by faith knowing that you are an ever-present help to me and that your promises are all “Yes” to me through Jesus.
I take in my other hand the sword of Spirit, the word of God that is sharp and double-edged and shall never pass away. Inspire me to speak your powerful, life-giving word into my circumstances, against the enemy, into my own mind and life. Help me to speak blessings over my life and over my loved ones.
Father help me to rejoice in the Lord always. I receive the joy of the Lord that is my strength. Lord send and empower your angels to minister to me and to be a shield around me. Father protect me from evil and rebuke every messenger of evil from me. Let the light of your face shine upon me and fill me with your Holy Spirit, his fruit and gifts.
Dear Lord, make my home a peaceful, secure, restful and godly dwelling place. Bless and place your hand upon my family. We belong to you through the mighty name of Jesus. Amen
Prayer for Protection
Heavenly Father, I praise and thank you for all you have given me. Please cover me with the protective, precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ, and increase your Holy Spirit in me with His gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, hunger for prayer, guidance and discernment to help me know your will and surrender to it more completely.
Father please heal my negative emotions and any wounds in my heart and spirit. Send the sword of your Holy Spirit to sever and break all spells, curses, hexes, voodoo and all negative genetic, inter-generational and addictive material, past, present or to come, known or unknown, against me, my relationships and family, finances, possessions and ministry. Father I forgive, and I ask forgiveness for my sins and failings. I ask that my whole person, body and mind, heart and will, soul and spirit, memory and emotions, attitudes and values lie cleansed, renewed and protected by the most precious blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Dear Holy Spirit please fill up any void in me to overflowing with your presence and great love. All this Father I pray in the name of Jesus Christ by the guidance of your Holy Spirit. Amen
(Say to spiritual forces of evil) In the name, power, blood and authority of Jesus Christ I bind and break the power and effect in or around me of any and all evil spirits who are trying to harm me in any way and I command these spirits and their companion spirits in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to leave me peacefully and quietly and go immediately and directly where Jesus commands you and never again return to me or my family. Amen
Spiritual Warfare Prayer by Victor Matthews: warfare-prayer1