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An English Pilgrimage

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Entry 2, Wednesday, First Week of Advent:
Dawn Over Ireland

O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought us to the beginning of this day, defend us in this day in your mighty power, and grant that this day we fall into no sin, nor run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings may be ordered by your governance, to do always that which is righteous in your sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-The Collect for Grace, John Wesley's Morning Prayers, adapted from The Book of Common Prayer.

Just as this is my dawn over Ireland, John Wesley's preaching brought a new dawn to Ireland-and the latter was the cause of the former; I wouldn't be flying over Ireland toward London if Wesley hadn't preached to my Irish ancestors and if they hadn't responded with repentance and faith.

"And we also bless your holy Name for . . . all your servants departed this life in your faith and fear, and we beseech You to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of your heavenly kingdom."

This evening, in London, the play, "Stones in His Pockets", by the Irish playwright, Maria Jones. Apart from some rough language, it was a brilliant tragic/comic exposition of the Irish problem with self-worth. The author clearly saw that the Irish find our/their self-worth when a stable and satisfying relationship is established between the individual and something larger, most often the extended family. In the background is the traditional but real connection between the family and the Roman Catholic Church. All of this is permeated by a tenuousness, a fragility, perpetuated by a history of being the "extras" in a life drama written, directed, produced, and lead-acted by others.

Oh, if only the Irish could re-discover self-worth in the restoration of the image of God in ourselves/themselves!

The Lord's Supper was ordained by God to be a means of conveying either preventing, or justifying, or preserving grace, according to the several necessities of the people. The persons for whom it was ordained are all those who know and feel that they want the grace of God, either to restrain them from sin, or to show their sins forgiven, or to renew their souls in the image of God. . . .

- Christopher

Theme Verse

Luke 1:78-79

Scripture Lessons

Jun 30: 1 Kings 19:15-21, Psalm 16, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62

Jun 23: Zechariah 12:8-10, 13:1, Psalm 63:1-8, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 9:18-24

Prayer Emphases

Nation: Iran

Denomination: Conservative Congregational Churches

Congregation: First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, CA, and the Rev. Dan Baumgartner

Ministry: Love, INC of the Boise Community

Parishioners: Those living on Poplar Drive

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