Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday 2014

For Holy Saturday: Jesus Laid in the Tomb
LORD, God of my salvation;
I cry out day and night before you.
Let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry!
 
For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.
I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am a man who has no strength,
like one set loose among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
for they are cut off from your hand.
You have put me in the depths of the pit,
in the regions dark and deep.
Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves.
 
You have caused my companions to shun me;
you have made me a horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call upon you, O LORD;
I spread out my hands to you.
Do you work wonders for the dead?
Do the departed rise up to praise you?
Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
Are your wonders known in the darkness,
or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
 
But I, O LORD, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
O LORD, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide your face from me?
Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
Your wrath has swept over me;
your dreadful assaults destroy me.
They surround me like a flood all day long;
they close in on me together.
You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
my companions have become darkness.
-Psalm 88 image

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday 2014

 From the cross uplifted high,
Where the Savior deigns to die,
What melodious sounds we hear,
Bursting on the ravished ear!
“Love’s redeeming work is done—
Come and welcome! sinner, come!

Sprinkled now with blood the throne;
Why beneath thy burdens groan?
On My piercèd body laid,
Justice owns the ransom paid:
Bow the knee, and kiss the Son,
Come and welcome, sinner, come.

“Spread for thee, the festal board
See with richest bounty stored;
To thy Father’s bosom pressed,
Thou shalt be a child confessed,
Never from His house to roam;
Come and welcome! sinner, come!

“Soon the days of life shall end—
Lo, I come—your Savior, Friend!
Safe your spirit to convey
To the realms of endless day,
Up to My eternal home—
Come and welcome! sinner, come!”
...Thomas Haweis image

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday 2014

Here at Thy table, Lord, this sacred hour,
O let us feel Thee near, in loving power,
Calling our thoughts away from self and sin
As to Thy banquet hall we enter in.

Sit at the feast, dear Lord, break Thou the bread;
Fill Thou the cup that brings life to the dead;
That we may find in Thee pardon and peace,
And from all bondage win a full release.

So shall our life of faith be full, be sweet;
And we shall find our strength for each day meet;
Fed by Thy living bread, all hunger past,
We shall be satisfied, and saved at last.

Come then, O holy Christ, feed us, we pray;
Touch with Thy piercèd hand each common day;
Making this earthly life full of Thy grace,
Till in the home of heaven we find our place.
...May P. Hoyt image

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How easily we forget...

How easily we forget that the church was founded by disciples who betrayed their master. None was willing to stand by Jesus as the religious and political authorities condemned him to death. At his moment of greatest need, the disciples fled in the darkness. The boldest of the lot, Peter, was the very one who cursed and denied him three times before the cock crew. It was for traitors that Jesus died. ...Philip Yancey image

Two Edinburgh churches quit over gay ordination; The Puppet Mass Returns; Nigerian Schoolgirls abducted...more

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter Prayer Breakfast with invocation
Not hard to guess who...

Edinburgh churches quit Church of Scotland over gay ordination
TWO Edinburgh churches are quitting the Kirk just weeks before the General Assembly over the issue of gay ordination...

The Puppet Mass Returns

NYT: A significant number of people labeled vegetative had received an incorrect diagnosis
...A new study has found that PET scans may help answer these wrenching questions. It found that a significant number of people labeled vegetative had received an incorrect diagnosis and actually had some degree of consciousness and the potential to improve. Previous studies using electroencephalogram machines and M.R.I. scanners have also found signs of consciousness in supposedly vegetative patients.

“I think these patients are kind of neglected by both medicine and society,” said Dr. Steven Laureys, an author of the new study and the director of the Coma Science Group at the University of Liège in Belgium. “Many of them don’t even see a medical doctor or a specialist for years. So I think it’s very important to ask the question, are they unconscious?”...

New Emails Show Lois Lerner Was in Contact With DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups
According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for "lying" about political activity...

Slaughter in Nigeria — Where Is the State Department?
...But even on the very day on which they called Boko Haram terrorists for the first time, the State Department displayed mixed feelings and moral equivalence regarding the jihadists. Testifying at the House hearing, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that “Boko Haram’s activities call our attention not just to violence, but also to poverty and inequality in Nigeria.” It’s true that there is poverty and inequality in Nigeria. But none of it touches Boko Haram. They carried out their latest slaughter in two armored personnel cars and seven double cabin pickups, according to Punch.

In addition, the State Department is always loath to attribute religious motivation to Boko Haram (or any other Islamists)...

At Least 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted
...Various news outlets report Muslim terrorists abducted at least 100 Nigerian schoolgirls on Monday at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok. Nigerian police claim they can’t confirm who is behind the kidnapping, but named the Islamist group known as Boko Haram as the possible perpetrator.

"Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles," Emmanuel Sam, an education official in Chibok, told CNN...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Over 200 dead in terror attack on Nigerian commuters

14 Apr 2014
By George Conger

Over 200 people have been killed in a terror attack at a bus terminal outside the Nigerian capital of Abuja today. While no group has yet come forward to accept responsibility for the blast, the Islamist terror group Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the attack.

A priest of the Church of Nigeria, who asked not to be named as he was not speaking on behalf of the church, told Anglican Ink that witnesses report hundreds of dead and wounded from the explosion in Nyanya some 10 miles outside of Abuja. Wire service reports state that a single bomb exploded in a bus terminal during rush hour at 6:30 am on 14 April 2014 as passengers were boarding four commuter buses. The four high capacity buses, along with several smaller vans and passenger motorcycles known as “okada” were destroyed in the blast.

The attack comes a day after Boko Haram terrorists killed 60 people in North East Nigeria. The United Nations estimated last month that a half million people had fled their homes in Northern Nigeria since Boko Haram began its campaign of violence against Christians and moderate Muslims four years ago. The Church of Nigeria priest gave voice to the frustrations held by many people over the government’s inability to stop the violence, which has claimed several thousand victims this year.

In an interview published on 23 March 2014 on the Codewit website, the Primate of All Nigeria, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh reported that the anti-Christian violence had led the church to close the Diocese of Damatura. “The Bishop has relocated to Jos; the clergy is just being paid to keep it on.”
However, “our church in Maiduguri is miraculously on but the churches are being attacked here and there.  The Bishop has escaped so many attacks, but he is still there; so what we are doing is to find a way to support the Bishop to support his members. The Bishop is there to ensure that the church does not die,” he said.

“Let me say that evil will not win this battle no matter how long it takes,” Archbishop Okoh said.

“We are aware that some people are behind it all, because it is not just the poor Boko Haram person who is perpetrating this evil; there are people behind it who bring the money, who bring the ideology and use these poor boys as cannon fodder. By the grace of God, the evil will be defeated.”

Here at Anglican Ink

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday 2014


The Savior! what a noble flame
Was kindled in his breast,
When hasting to Jerusalem
He marched before the rest!

Good-will to men, and zeal for God,
His every thought engross;
He longs to be baptized with blood,
He pants to reach the cross.

With all his suff'rings full in view,
And woes, to us, unknown,
Forth to the task his spirit flew,
'Twas love that urged him on.

LORD, we return thee what we can!
Our hearts shall sound abroad
Salvation, to the dying Man,
And to the rising God!

And while thy bleeding glories here
Engage our wond'ring eyes;
We learn our lighter cross to bear,
And hasten to the skies.
-William Cowper image