Please continue to pray for everything related to the Coronavirus and a quick resolution for our United States leadership, communities and country.
Please note: if any chapters want to meet by ZOOM, the national office has a ZOOM account that is available for all chapters to use. Chapter presidents may contact them directly at DOK1885@doknational.org for information and learn how to schedule your meeting.
More information: Please pray collectively with our diocese each morning at 9:00 AM. We pray separately, but, collectively. God hears our call. We are not alone...we always have our Sisters in Christ.
Our DOK National President calls on us to also pray The Lord's Prayer daily at noon in concert with all daughters throughout the world.
Our diocesan worship chair, Elaine Sandburg, created a document for our diocesan DOK to use during these uncertain times. It can be shared. Enjoy, and, Peace be with you.
Nehemiah Prayer Vigil - Tuesday, September 1 to Thursday, October 22, 2020!
The link below will take you to the National Website for details on our GLOBAL 52 day prayer vigil.
We ask you to join us in praying daily for the healing of our world. Pass it on to your congregations - your friends - your communities…
This from Sharon Lundgren, creator, visionary of The Nehemiah Prayer Vigil:
This week I spoke to Theresa Newell, DOK and CMJ-Israel board member. Theresa speaks Hebrew and knows Jewish culture and traditions. She is thrilled over the Nehemiah Prayer Vigil, and when she learned that we begin on
Tuesday, Sept 1, she was overjoyed. She shared that in Jewish custom, Tuesday is a special day. In the Torah Tuesday is the third day of creation. In the creation story, only on the 3rd day does God say "It is good" twice! So
Jewish weddings and special occasions often are planned on a Tuesday....they are "twice good"! Theresa and I believe it is a sign from the Lord that our vigil beginning on Tuesday, Sept 1 - a sign of HIS blessing!
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.....
And from Celtic Daily Prayer - Book Two page 1305 (Charles Ringma)
"When People seek the God of all wisdom things can happen. Then reconciliation occurs. Forgiveness is extended to others. Enemies come to peaceful solutions. Resources are shared. Divisions are broken down.
Community is built. Joy is experienced. Hurts are healed. And thus the signs of God’s kingdom appear. When this happens, THE GOD OF SURPRISES HAS COME AMONGST US. … God asks us to acknowledge
our sins and to lay down our burdens. The Great Lover reaches out to embrace us and to pour healing into our wounds.”
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
I also attach a printable “compact” version of The Nehemiah Prayer, created by Sandra Squires of Province VI for use by DALs and those without computer access.
Blessings to you all as we begin,
Province VI President / Province Presidents Facilitator ~ The Order of the Daughters of the King®
GRACE, pt. 2
Earlier this year I wrote about God’s grace, emphasizing that, since we have free will, we sometimes believe we do not need God’s grace and sin willingly, sometimes violently. We should realize that God does have grace to offer and we should be open to receiving it. Without it, we cannot come to Him.
Let’s revisit this concept of Grace. There is more to be said.
During the second half of August the selected readings for the daily offices have included the death of Stephen, a faithful apostle of Christ. We know the story of this beloved servant of God, who may have been the one to carry the cross for Jesus on the route to Golgotha. He continued to preach the new faith in Jesus Christ, but was not accepted by the Jews or Romans. After coming once again before the Sanhedran, we learn of his stoning and death. Even as he dies, he asks God to forgive the people.
How could God have allowed Stephen to die? Why did He willfully suspend His grace to his faithful servant and strike down his tormentors? Webster’s New World College Dictionary definition of Grace includes this concept "The unmerited love and favor of God toward human beings; divine influence acting in a person to make the person pure, morally strong; the condition of a person brought to God's favor through this influence.” Sounds as though Stephen qualified! He certainly kept his faith and witnessed to everyone about the blessings of God, even asking God to forgive those who were killing him. What was God doing here? Why wasn’t Stephen saved?
But, back up a moment. Did you notice something in that definition above? It states unmerited love and favor of God toward human beings. And passages in God’s Word enforce this idea:
· Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
· Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
· Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
In other words, God loves us all, sinner, nonsinner (or so he thinks), believer and nonbeliever. He extends His grace to all, allowing all people another chance to come to believe in His love and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. In fact, in the telling of the death of Stephen, we learn of a familiar figure in Biblical literature: Saul, who hated the Christians and witnessed the stoning of Stephen, even holding the coats of those who threw the deadly weapons. God granted Saul, and others there that day, His grace to live another day, and another day. Until, one day Saul “saw the light,” repented and became the voice of God to many churches and believers. God spared the life of Saul that day, waiting for him to repent and come to a faith in Jesus Christ. God’s grace was not only for Stephen, who was taken to eternal life, but for the stoners and Saul.
It is always difficult to learn of the death of a dear friend or relative, especially now in these days of the Covid-19 affecting so very many. How many times do you find yourself asking “dear God, why him? He had so much faith that You would protect him.” But, of course, God does protect him—from eternal damnation. He gives His grace to all people, even those who do not (yet) believe, those who disobey His commandments, to those who have not yet heard of Him or have even rejected Him. We all receive His grace to live another day to continue our work here on earth: to please Him, to love Him, to spread the news of Him whenever and wherever we can.
So, let’s be about our work! Continue to please Him. Continue to love Him. Continue to spread His Word. It is what we can do, it is what we ought to do.
A Collect for Grace
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that we, being ordered by thy governance, may
do always what is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Elaine Sandberg, Worship Chair