Prayers for May 2018

  • God continues to provide for us in remarkable ways. We are pleased to let you know that our family is growing! We are expecting our second child, a boy, on August 29th! So far, the pregnancy has gone smoothly, and Grace is excited to have a real baby to care for. Please pray for us and this new child! We also are blessed to have recently celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. We were given some time away from school and work to stay at a bed and breakfast, relaxing and exploring a part of Maryland that we had never experienced (and to meet some new friends–see photo!). We are very thankful to have had this time together.

  • Please pray for my discernment process.  In January I met with a committee of the diocese called the Commission on Ministry, a group responsible for vetting God’s call to ordination. They recommended to the bishop that I continue, and I was given the status of Postulant. The next step will be to go before the Commission on Ministry and the Standing Committee, together representing the main leadership of the diocese, for my Candidacy interview. This is a check-in step to see how I am progressing, tentatively scheduled for this summer.

 

  • Also this summer, I will be completing two other important requirements of the ordination process, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and a Summer Internship. CPE is an accredited program designed to give ministers and chaplains experience in a clinical setting like a hospital or nursing home. The summer internship is an opportunity to put into practice some of the knowledge and skills gained from seminary. I will be serving at St. Helenas  church in Beaufort, SC for the summer as I complete these requirements, serving among old friends in a new place. St. Helenas will provide a different experience in ministry than I have had before, and because I am already close with Jamie, Shay, and Todd, I’ll be able to dive in and contribute right away. I can’t wait to be back in a church setting again, even if it’s only for a few months!

(note: this hymn is well known, but it also has a unique story.  I encourage you to read about it here)

Just as I am – without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
– O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
– O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – though toss’d about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
– O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
– O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
– O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
– O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
– O Lamb of God, I come!

CHARLOTTE ELLIOT (1789–1871)

Prayers for September 2017

  • Thanksgiving for the past month that we have had to settle in before classes started.  This time has truly been a blessing.  Though we certainly miss being home, the time together as a family getting oriented with the town, finding a church, exploring the area, and meeting the people has brought us together as a family and sharpened our understanding of our call to be here.
  • Thanksgiving for the last piece to fall into place regarding Cory’s job!  She is working three mornings at the Mother’s Morning Out program of St. Stephens church.  Grace is also attending MMO, and though she has some separation anxiety, she is really doing quite well!  On Tuesdays and Thursday mornings, Cory is taking care of another seminarian’s 2 year-old little boy, Sam.  After researching various kitchen options, the Lord offered up this alternative which covers our budget needs, relieves Cory of the pressure of running a business, and reduces the investment needed to make an income (and maybe means more cookies baked at home for fun…)
  • Pray for my studies!  I am enrolled in five classes:  Greek 1, Pastoral Care & Counseling, God the Father, Church Planting, and Prayer Book (check my Book Wishlist if you want to see the books I’ll be reading).  Please pray that I remain diligent in my work, free from unnecessary distractions, yet cognizant of necessary ones–mainly, my family, who need me to remain an attentive husband and loving father.
  • Please continue to pray for Grace!  She really has been such a good sport.  She gets along well with Sam, and she is getting used to the school setting.  She has also started really engaging in worship–she will periodically raise her hands during worship, and has even started passing the peace.  Seeing her comfortable and happy has done wonders on her weary parents’ souls!
  • Lastly, please know that we are praying for you, who may be experiencing first hand anxiety from the plight of the diocese of SC, or from the effects of Harvey, Irma, Jose, and whatever else may be on the horizon.  The hardest part of seminary so far has been the isolation from day-to-day life with many of you.  Please know you remain on our hearts and in our minds!

 

Behold, how good and pleasant it is
    when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
    life forevermore.

PSALM 133

Prayers for August 2017

  • We have just arrived!  Thankfully, the trip was uneventful. Grace couldn’t have done better, and so far it seems everything arrived in one piece. Please pray that this new town might quickly become home to us!
  • Thanksgiving for Cory’s dad Chris and my parents for making the journey to help get us settled in. There is no way we could repay them for the help and support they have been.

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Prayers for July 2017

  • Prayers for Cory and her family.  Grandmother was unable to recover after her stroke.  The funeral was a difficult but hopeful celebration of her life, both here with us on earth, and now in heaven.
  • Now that my job at Good Shepherd has come to an end, please pray that we may continue to trust in the Lord’s provision, and that we don’t become consumed with worry about our financial security over the next few years.  We have seen some positive results from our fundraising, and we have received some promises and pledges as well.

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Prayers for June 2017

  • Continued prayers for our house! Finding renters is one of the last big hurdles left. Pray that God reveals the right people at the right time so that this house may continue to be a blessing for someone.
  • Prayers for our financial needs over the seminary years. I’m thankful to be receiving a full tuition scholarship from Trinity, and that Ambridge has a low cost of living. Our plan currently is for Cory to work part-time covering half of our living expenses, and for the other half to be covered through fundraising.

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