Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Intercession and Praise

Notes of meeting on 27 April 2010

Picture of Jesus as Good Shepherd with the sheep far away from him.
From his exposed heart emanate notes of music that express that he loves them and invites them to draw close to his heart.

Picture of a white cloth on a table (altar)

Ann Liddell shared with us on how we can move forward in intercessory praise.
To begin we should place our own needs (our hurts, difficulties, worries, sufferings) on the altar to enable our heart, mind, body, soul and spirit to focus on God the Father.
As we become focused on God the Father we can "come to our senses" that is become alert to our senses of touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell. We use our voices and whole body to enter into and push through with our praise of the Father.
As we continue in praise we may experience God showing us perhaps by a word, a vision or picture, or an awareness in our mind or heart of where our praise is being directed.

Picture of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary and many good priests joyfully moving towards them. There are also some priests in the shadows and in the darkness who are being drawn and healed by the light from the two hearts and by the witness of the good priests.

The word of God carries out what it intends to – similarly our praise carries out what God intends of it.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Be at peace

Notes of meeting on 20 April 2010

Be at peace, let my peace be with you.
Be close to me, follow my path.
You are my followers, my disciples, my chosen ones

Luke 10 v 17 - 24

17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" 18 And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." 21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. 22 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." 23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."

Monday, 19 April 2010

Good Shepherd

Notes of Meeting 13 April 2010

Picture of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, with sheep all around him.
His arms are opened wide to embrace us and his heart is exposed.
He holds us close to him and as we are held close to his heart he says “I am the Good Shepherd and I know my sheep”

“…and my own know me”

2 Thessalonians 2

The Man of Lawlessness
1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
5Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendour of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Stand Firm
13But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
16May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

Monday, 12 April 2010

He is risen

Notes of Meeting 6 April 2010

Picture of Jesus standing outside the tomb of Lazarus and then outside his own empty tomb.

Believe and pray for those who do not believe.

He is risen.

2 Timothy 2
1You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. 5Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
11Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
12if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
13if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.


Notes of meeting 30 March 2010

Thank God for the gift of life that we have been given. Also thank him for the gift of our guardian angel.

Ann Liddell joined us tonight and introduced us to praising for a lengthy period of time ‘pushing through’ with the praise even after we felt tired and allowing the Spirit to set a rhythm for the praise. We allow God to use this intercessory praise for his purposes without specifically having in mind any particular intention
While we were praising it was felt that the angels and saints were with us joining in our praise.