Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power…

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. ACTS 2:1–4

Most of you know that Anglicans love to worship using different colors throughout the Church year. So we dress the communion table and…

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through…

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7, NLT)

During every one of our worship services, we greet each other with these words: “The peace of the Lord be “always” with you.” Therefore, as we “pass” his peace, we do so with the expectation that the Lord’s supernatural peace rest upon the people we greet.

If you are at all like me, I seem to lose the Lord’s peace not long after I walk out the church doors. If God’s peace is supposed to transcend my worries and troubles, where does it go?

Paul’s words to the Philippians provide the answer. Even though the Lord wants us to walk…

Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

TODAY’S DEVOTION by Nina Sasser:

This beautiful song is perfect to be read, particularly when we live in fear of pestilence, wars, looting, and loss of trust in our institutions. It is worthy of memorization. As you may recall, Satan knew it and wrongly quoted this Psalm to Jesus during the 40 days of Temptation. Jesus knew the Psalm and corrected Satan’s misuse of scripture. Matthew 4:5–7. Nevertheless, the song is vital to us because it directly reveals God’s character and love in the eight promises of protection, he gives to those who trust in him.
The Psalm starts with…

PSALM 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and often quoted passages in all of the Bible; maybe, because it touches on many of our basic human longings. Like David, we need food and guidance and protection and health and peace. Even though David frequently searched for them in many other places, Psalm 23 testifies that he ultimately found them in the Lord, his Shepherd.

The name David used for Lord — YAHWEH — is the same covenantal name God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. Translated “I AM” or “I WILL BE,” YAHWEH is more than a mere…

ISAIAH 40:28b-31

The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Sometimes we are tempted to think that our struggles are hidden from God. On…

PSALM 111
1 I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with his godly people.
2 How amazing are the deeds of the LORD! All who delight in him should ponder them.
3 Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails.
4 He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our LORD!
5 He gives food to those who fear him; he always remembers his covenant.
6 He has shown his great power to his people by giving them the lands of other nations.
7 All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy.
8 They are forever true, to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.
9 He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
10 Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

Psalm 111 is the appointed psalm for Sunday, what the Lectionary calls the Second Sunday of Easter. It begins and ends with reverence and awe for the Lord’s majestic work, which verse 10 describes as the foundation of true wisdom. To fear the Lord, another way to describe reverence and awe is the beginning of wisdom; to follow his principles and directions is to walk in the wisdom his Word reveals to us.

Indeed, that kind of devotion requires commitment. If you are like most Americans, we want to know what we get for the hard work and dedication. …

It all began on a Friday a little less than 2,000 years ago, and to be sure, not just any ordinary Friday. Citizens and visitors to Jerusalem were eagerly celebrating Passover, the annual feast commemorating Israel’s freedom from 400 years of slavery. The evening before, around candlelit tables dressed with Passover foods, fathers and mothers had been retelling the Exodus story to their children as they recalled how YAHWEH had delivered Israel. How the blood of sacrificed lambs had been applied to the entrances of every Hebrew home so that the angel of death might pass over every covered doorway; and how God had outplayed Pharaoh, delivering his people from bondage to this cruel taskmaster.

Every year after that, Israel gathered to remember their freedom. And so, in late March or early April, somewhere between A.D 30 and A.D. 33, once again, people flooded Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside to observe Passover, with one distinct difference. Whereas ancient Israel sacrificed lambs to protect them from God’s judgment upon Pharaoh and his land, at this Passover, God sacrificed his own Lamb to propitiate his judgment on all sin and all sinners.

Today, Good Friday, we meditate on God’s great love for the world revealed through Jesus Christ’s unparalleled sacrifice and crucifixion. As Isaiah foretold: “Our sins…

Psalm 51 is the appointed psalm for this Sunday. I am sure that most of you have read or prayed it during a worship service or your devotions. It is a record of David’s desperate confession after Nathan revealed his covered-up sin: committing adultery with Bathsheba and murdering her husband, Uriah (2 Samuel 11 and 12). If you open your Bible to Psalm 51, more than likely, it begins with these words: “For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.”

Although I have never physically…

Joe Porfidio

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