This is our public prayer mail for Tuesday 22 September 2015.
Among the highlights of this past week:
1) Preparations continue for the upcoming Belize trip which begins in mid-October.
2) Finished my notes regarding the A200 General Church History and Liturgy online course, 24/7 version. I have moved on beyond the basic content of interweaving history and Christian liturgical development - including the development of the Prayer Book, and the more specialized topics of the development of the episcopacy, Scriptures, beliefs, and the Church in England. This week, I have worked on various focused topics such as history of Christian art and architecture, history of liturgical music; the liturgical calendar; and mission, ministry, and evangelism. As this is general church history, I am weaving together a comparative narrative of Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Anglicanism (particularly Belize), and generic Protestantism from the time of Jesus to the present day.
4) The A301 Pastoral Ministry course, live version, continues.
5) Parish visitations are going very well. We finished our visitation at St. Paul's, Brookfield; it was a phenomenal time with the Holy Spirit at the parish.
1) Pray for the October trip to Belize, now about 3 weeks away, including the Cursillo weekend, the Synod between synods, and my part in representing the Diocese of Belize for the visiting team from England.
2) Pray for the continuing online seminary education program in Belize that all would be done to God's glory, for our ministry fruitfulness and for the students, faculty, parish clergy, Commission on Ministry members, and diocesan staff involved.
3) Pray for the people in the ordination process and my role as Examining Chaplain in Belize; and pray for the continuing plans for ordinations.
4) Please pray for the developments at Kasulu Bible College, and for what the Holy Spirit may have in mind for us, there, as the current trip winds down. This part of the trip would be mostly likely the time such discussions would come up, just before the end.
5) For the ongoing Belizean projects, including the actual publishing of the Prayer Book, and for the theological library plans.
6) Pray that I would listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit on what to say and do in the next several months, especially at St. Mary's in Manchester (CT) in October, the parish mission conference at St. James in Farmington (CT) in November. Pray for Julie at Trinity, Tariffville (CT).
7) Pray for our overall upcoming parish visitation schedule and trip plans, that they would continue to be according to the Holy Spirit's schedule, where and when.
8) Please keep various family members in prayer about: relationships, events and appointments, decisions to make, educational goals, gainful employment, and fruitful ministry.
9) Pray for Lydia and Julie in their studies. Julie's course on Ascetically theology begins at Nashotah House this week; she completed her course on Anglicanism, this past week. Lydia has just entered the first round of test season.
Your prayers are very important. I pray for you every day.
God bless you,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie.