Another National Day of Prayer – Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day 2017 - A Call for National Prayer for Permanent Peace
Memorial Day 2017 – A Call for National Prayer for Permanent Peace

It’s actually amazing on how many times the United States of America has a National Proclamation by the President for National Prayer. Memoria Day is one of those days.

Here is a Prayer for Peace (edited) that I found from Bishop Gregory of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church:

A Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, our God, You said to Your disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”

We come before You in humility and ask that Your peace which surpasses all understanding will descend upon all people around the world, especially those currently in conflict and at war.

Increase understanding and forgiveness between nations. Awaken the longing for a peaceful life in all those who are filled with hatred for their neighbor. Extinguish every dispute and banish all temptations to disagreement. Grant wisdom to civil authorities. Free those held captive, protect those in danger, and comfort those who are suffering and displaced. Implant in all of us reverence for You, and confirm us in love for one another.

Make us worthy to join with the angels in chanting: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men.” For You are the King of Peace and the Savior of our souls and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your most holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

and the Official Proclamation from the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

In honor and recognition of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer. I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance.

I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

Join me in prayer for permanent peace today.

Love in Christ!

Fr. Wade+

 

 

A recap of Prayer Around City Hall 2017 (part 1)

The sidewalk, lawn, and steps of Lakeland’s City Hall were blessed on Thursday, May 4, 2017, as compassionate citizens and clergy gathered for the 66th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. We picked up the torch from prior generations and assembled for Prayer Around City Hall.

Lakeland City Hall sign
Lakeland City Hall and Flowers

A Little History…
Calling the city to prayer was a desire placed in my heart back in 2006.  I was a Deacon at St. Thomas More Old Catholic Mission and serving in the music ministry at Lakeland’s First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). My first objective was to find out what had happened in the past, not wanting to supplant any revival fires already burning. I picked up the mantle and supplies from Janey Stratton and Janice Stringer and in 2006 with the help of my friends, organized the first “Reflections of Prayer” at Lake Mirror.

Reflections of Prayer continued the following year in 2007, however, I was away at a conference.

I had heard about the Global Day of Prayer being observed on the day of Pentecost, so in 2008, our task force began a season of prayer and community service. It was the first year I organized Prayer Around City Hall – an outdoor noon event, followed by Reflections of Prayer at Lake Mirror.

This year was different because for the next TEN DAYS we met at different Churches around the city for prayer. Then the day of Pentecost came where participating Churches prayed the Prayer for the World. Community Service followed with the “40 Days of Blessing” as we encouraged Lakelanders to volunteer their time by partnering with established ministries already serving the Lakeland area.

This year (2017), United City was organizing the evening event at Lake Mirror, but I felt that the Lord wanted me to again facilitate Prayer Around City Hall.

National Day of Prayer – "If My People..."
National Day of Prayer – “If My People…”

Stepping out in faith, I started making some phone calls to connect with people who may be interested. I want to mention Ed Kirkland and Harvest Meat Markets for stepping up to the plate and becoming the first sponsor. Otherwise, this event would not have taken place.

And They Sang a New Song…

And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”

Prayer Around City Hall 2017 • Lakeland, Florida
Prayer Around City Hall 2017 • Lakeland, Florida

Back in March of 2006,  I first shared my dream with others about transforming the landscape of prayer in Lakeland, Florida. I wrote in one email, “I really believe in my heart that the Lord has called me to orchestrate and promote a gathering of Bishops, Clergy, Laity, Ministries, Governmental Officials, Civic and Social Leaders of our community for a Day of Prayer. It is an opportunity to come together, recognize and embrace the diversity of traditions and culture, to petition God for ‘Holy Spirit empowerment’ with fervent love one toward another.

I do not see this as a stiff, stale ‘anglo-only’ assembly. I see it as a vibrant, heartfelt, animated time of fellowship and ministry – a time to humble ourselves as servants of one another, preferring one another and forgiving one another. It’s a time for bitterness and competition to give way to a unified purpose of asking God to forgive us and our land of our sin and wrongdoing. It’s a time of fasting from seeking our own plans and pursuits to becoming instruments of peace in helping the widows and orphans, the poor and the outcast.”

I know that I’m not alone in this vision. This vision is not for a single person or group, but for a city – a community. We might not be able to transform a nation, but we can transform our own life with humility as the Lord opens unto us the Gates of Repentance. Then, one by one, a community begins to heal.
(More to come)

Love in Christ Jesus!

Fr. Wade+
Lakeland, FL

Prayer Around City Hall 2017 • Lakeland, Florida • May 4, 2017
Prayer Around City Hall 2017 • Lakeland, Florida • May 4, 2017

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Saturday Morning Prayers with Fr. Wade 20160917

SATURDAY MORNING PRAYERS with Fr. Wade 20160917

Saturday AM Prayers with Fr. Wade
Saturday AM Prayers with Fr. Wade

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                 The Trisagion Prayers – (Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal)
                 Transformational / Penitential Prayer from Psalm 50 (51)
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7:45 AM Closing Prayers and Blessings

Saturday after Holy Cross
Saturday, Sept 17, 2016
Epistle Reading:
St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 1:26-31; 2:1-5
BRETHREN, consider your call, not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.” When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Gospel Reading: John 8:21-30
The Lord said to the Jews who came to him, “I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” Then said the Jews, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you can not come’? ” He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Even what I have told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” As he spoke thus, many believed in him.

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Saturday AM Prayers with Fr. Wade 20160917
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FRIDAY Morning Prayers with Fr. Wade 20160909

FRIDAY MORNING PRAYERS with Fr. Wade 20160909

Friday AM Prayers with Fr. Wade 20160909
Friday AM Prayers with Fr. Wade 20160909

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7:45 AM Closing Prayers and Blessings

Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 9/9/2016
 
Saints and Feasts:
The Holy & Righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna,
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos,
Memory of the Third Holy Ecumenical Council in Ephesus
 
Epistle Reading:
St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:22-27
BRETHREN, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married.”
Gospel Reading:
Luke 8:16-21
The Lord said, “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light. Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

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Friday AM Prayers with Fr. Wade 20160902

FRIDAY MORNING PRAYERS with Fr. Wade 20160902

20160902 Friday AM Prayers
20160902 Friday AM Prayers

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7:05 AM – Invitation to the Holy Spirit
                 The Trisagion Prayers – (Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal)
                 Transformational / Penitential Prayer from Psalm 50 (51)
7:15 AM Scripture Readings for the Day
7:30 AM Intercessions and Thanksgivings for one another, our leaders, and Holy Church
7:45 AM Closing Prayers and Blessings

Readings for 9/2/2016
Epistle Reading:
St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:13-18
BRETHREN, having the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Gospel Reading:
Matthew 24:27-33, 42-51
The Lord said to his disciples, “As the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man. Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
“Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.”

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Readings for 8/29/2016
Saints and Feasts:
Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet,
Forerunner and Baptist John
Epistle Reading:
Acts of the Apostles 13:25-33
IN THOSE DAYS, as John was finishing his course, he said, “What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.” Brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning him. Though they could charge him with nothing deserving death, yet they asked Pilate to have him killed. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead; and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus.
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:14-30
At that time, King Herod heard that Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; because he had married her. For John said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee. For when Herodias’ daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it.” And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” And she went out, and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the baptizer.” And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb. The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.

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#PrayForOrlando Prayer 20160615 FriarWade

A 2 min. FriarWade VLOG to #PrayForOrlando
Lord, have mercy

FriarWade
Fr. Wade says, “Pray for Orlando!”

Hello! Good Morning! This is
FriarWade here in Lakeland, FL
and normally I’d be coming to you
with a one moment of
motivation and inspiration.
However, today, because of the recent
tragedies in Orlando, maybe it’s
a good time we just pause and pray.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!
Glory to You, Lord! Glory to you!
O Heavenly King, Comforter,
Spirit of Truth, You are everywhere
present. You fill all things.
You are the Treasury of every
good thing and the Giver of Life.
Come and live with us. Cleanse us from
every stain of sin and save our souls
O Good Lord.

Lord, You are the lover of
mankind and You hear and answer the
prayers of those who call upon you with
an open and contrite and humble heart.
And today we come, bringing up the
citizens in the City of Orlando, those
who have suffered loss, those lives have
been lost; the incident at the club, the
incident at the Disney World Resort, and
the tragic shooting of the singer.
Lord, we don’t claim to understand
but we ask for mercy for those
who are suffering. We ask that Your grace
will be there for people that need help.
Let Your Spirit fill them.
and the peace of God that passes all
understanding, guard them,
I pray that You would sent angels
to minister unto them,
to hold them up, support them in love.
We commit this to Your will and we pray,

Our Father in Heaven, Holy is Your Name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation but
deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the Kingdom
and the Power and the Glory
of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit,
now and ever, and unto
the ages of ages. Amen

This is FriarWade,
here in Lakeland, Florida,

Praying for you, praying for our friends in Orlando,

May the Lord have mercy and
may healing and restoration begin.

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Thoughts on the Door

Ah, the wonder of metaphors and illustrations, yes?

In one illustration, Jesus said, “I am the door.” (John 10) He also mentions a doorkeeper who opens the door so the shepherd can come in to care for the sheep.
 
There are many in our society today who have adopted a
“Jesus and thee, no need for three, the institution of the Church, just ain’t for me” attitude.
That’s one ditch.
The other ditch is…
“It’s only the Church, the pillar of truth, but encounter the Trinity is too deep for me.”
 
In Scripture, we see Jesus working through His Church that He institutionalized. He proclaimed, “I will build my Church…!” (Note: People sometimes have a knee-jerk reaction when their hear “institutionalized Church” because of the stories they have heard as well as their own personal encounters with so-called “leaders” in the Church.) Nevertheless, the Church was visible and recognizable as an institution with structure, officers, policies, organizations, and even property and buildings. A person was either IN the Church or not.
 
Leaders of the Church, such as the Apostles, gave themselves to the ministry of the Word and prayer, while others, also full of the Holy Spirit, managed and did the work of the ministry, such as the deacons.
 
This living institution made judgment calls, commissioned evangelistic activities, the ministry to the poor and suffering, and managed property and finances.
 
The Holy Spirit worked with, in, and through the Church and many miracles were done by the Church confirming the Word which was spoken.
 
Sometimes, Jesus would make special appearances as he did to a persecutor of the Church named Saul. Yet Jesus sent him (Saul) to the Church, specifically a leader in the Church named Ananias to completely fling the door wide open. (Acts 9)
 
Jesus gave the commission to His Church, gave them responsibilities and authority to act in His Name.