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Restoration Project “20+1+4” Lenten Challenge

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Dear Brothers and Sisters-

Are you looking for a way to enrich the season of Lent in a deeply meaningful way?  Do you miss the challenge and support of the daily spiritual discipline that was our 2013 Bishop’s Bible Challenge?  Well take the opportunity right now to sign up for the Restoration Project’s “20+1+4 Lenten Challenge”!  You will be joining a group of Episcopalians from all over the U.S. Who are making the promise to Pray, Worship and Serve in a very intentional way over the season of Lent.  You find practical encouragement to support your work plus a great virtual community of folks who will join you in this very special Lenten discipline.  Click here to learn more and to sign up today.

 

+ Bishop Barker

 

Interested in a clear and powerful way to experience the Season of Lent?

You are invited to take the Lenten Challenge by clicking here.

 

20 + 1 + 4 = Extreme Faith

During Lent 2014, you are invited to flex some spiritual muscle. Test your endurance for:

 

20 minutes of prayer a day

1 hour of worship a week

4 hours of service a month

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Diocesan Prayer Requests February 6th 2014

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Please pray:
For healing and successful surgery for Mother Judi Yeates, Deacon Pat Sheldon, Deacon Nancy Houston, and Fr. Phil Chapman.
For Mother Nicolette Papanek as she begins her service as Rector-in-the-Interim at St. Augustine’s Elkhorn.
For Fr. Mark Selvey and the people of St. Francis Scottsbluff
For the Diocesan office staff in this time of transition.
For all candidates preparing for ordination.

Please visit  http://necommonprayer.org for our daily diocese-wide pray requests, to post your own intercessions and to join with people from across the state and around the world in praying for each other.

You can also submit a prayer request via email to admin@necommonprayer.org

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Diocesan Prayer Requests January 31th 2014

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Please pray:
For healing and successful surgery for Mother Judi Yeates, Deacon Pat Sheldon, Deacon Nancy Houston.
For the repose of the soul of Don Hanway, Sr., father of Rev. Don Hanway.
For Mother Nicolette Papanek as she beings her service as Rector-in-the-Interim at St. Augustine’s Elkhorn.
For all parishes holding annual meetings.
For the Diocesan office staff in this time of transition.
For all candidates preparing for ordination.

Please visit  http://necommonprayer.org for our daily diocese-wide pray requests, to post your own intercessions and to join with people from across the state and around the world in praying for each other.

You can also submit a prayer request via email to admin@necommonprayer.org

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Diocesan Prayer Requests January 23th 2014

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Please pray:
For healing and successful surgery for Mother Judi Yeates, Deacon Pat Sheldon
For all parishes holding annual meetings
For the Diocesan office staff in this time of transition
For all candidates preparing for ordination

Please visit  http://necommonprayer.org for our daily diocese-wide pray requests, to post your own intercessions and to join with people from across the state and around the world in praying for each other.

You can also submit a prayer request via email to admin@necommonprayer.org

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Diocesan Prayer Requests January 17th 2014

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Please pray:
For healing for Maury Greene, Sr. Warden at St. Alban’s McCook
For insight and leadership for the people of Christ Church, Beatrice
For all parishes holding annual meetings
For healing and successful surgery for Deacon Pat Sheldon
For the Diocesan office staff in this time of transition
In thanksgiving for the ministry of St. Mary’s Blair, and for the vestry and Fr. John Symonds (who has just had his role expanded to be full-time)

Please visit  http://necommonprayer.org for our daily diocese-wide pray requests, to post your own intercessions and to join with people from across the state and around the world in praying for each other.

You can also submit a prayer request via email to admin@necommonprayer.org

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A Christmas Credo

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A Christmas Credo

It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss—This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction—This is true: I have come that they may have life, and it abundantly.

It is not true that violence and hatred should have the last word, and that war and destruction rule forever—This is true: Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, his name shall be called wonderful councilor, mighty God, the Everlasting, the Prince of peace.

It is not true that we are simply victims of the powers of evil who seek to rule the world—This is true: To me is given authority in heaven and on earth, and lo I am with you, even until the end of the world.

It is not true that we have to wait for those who are specially gifted, who are the prophets of the Church before we can be peacemakers—This is true: I will pour out my spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions and your old men shall have dreams.

It is not true that our hopes for liberation of humankind, of justice, of human dignity of peace are not meant for this earth and for this history—This is true: The hour comes, and it is now, that the true worshipers shall worship God in spirit and in truth.

So let us enter Christmastide in hope, even hope against hope. Let us see visions of love and peace and justice. Let us affirm with humility, with joy, with faith, with courage: Jesus Christ—the life of the world.

From Testimony: The Word Made Flesh, by Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

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2013 Advent Devotional Calendar

The Reverend Thomas N. Mousin from Saint John’s Episcopal Church Charlestown, Massachusetts has created his annual devotional Advent calendar for 2013.  You can download the calendar as a PDF by clicking here.  Please fell free to copy it, distribute it, and send the word on to others.

This calendar can may a great Sunday school project for Advent for all ages.

Here is a link to Reverend Mousin’s blog site:  http://thomasmousin.wordpress.com/

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