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September 5, 2014

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Acts 17 and Psalms 23 & 27

September 20, 2014

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. (Acts 17:16)
      Holy Spirit, help us to be provoked in our spirits as Paul was when we confront the idolatries of our day in our own communities.

Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;” (Acts 17:22)
      LORD, please help us understand that being “very religious” doesn’t help us if the object of our worship is anything other than you.

“for in Him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28a)
      Jesus, please help us live and move and have our being in you.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
      LORD, shepherd me so that I shall not be in want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
      Jesus, bring to places of quietness and rest.

He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
      Holy Spirit, restore my soul and lead me into your paths of righteousness for the sake of the name of Jesus.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
      Jesus, thank you that I can live and die in the hope of the resurrection. Thank you for guiding me and comforting me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
      Lord, over and over again you have provided for me and my family when I am troubled by others. Thank you.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. (Psalm 23:6)
      Thank you, Jesus, for your goodness and mercy. Help me dwell in your presence all the days of my life.

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)
      LORD, I wait on you, strengthen my heart. Thank you.

WORD: Come into my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23*: Acts 17:16-34: John 12:44-50
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Esther 3:1-4:3*: James 1:19-27: Matt. 6:1-6,16-18
Holy Communion
145 or 145:1-8; Jonah 3:10—4:11; Philippians 1:21-27; Matthew 20:1-16

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.Mark Pasko and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert and Julie Rickson on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT– indicates received a New Testament
B–indicates received a Bible

State St.

Steve (regular) — He gave thanks for the business he has had so far this month and we prayed for more.

David (man) — “Hit and Run” prayer

+ 199 Raekwon (young man) — “To stay out of trouble.” He gave his life to Jesus, confessing his sins and made a first time commitment.

Dobine (man) “Hit and Run” prayer

+ Fred (man) — He was evicted from his apartment and is now warehoused in a motel and needs food.

+ 199 Terrence (young man) — He is walking with Jesus day by day. We prayed for his continued walk.

+ Agnes (older woman) — “For my kids.”

++ Sharadiant (young woman) — She cried as she asked prayer for her step-father who has cancer. She took a cross for him.

+ Mark (young man) — We prayed that God would keep him safe and steady.

+ John (regular, older man) — He is going to have major surgery on his right leg and knee in about 3 weeks.

+ 199 Junior (man rode up on his bicycle) — He is living in a bad neighborhood. We prayed that he would be a light shining in the darkness of his neighborhood.

+ Deborah (regular) — She gave thanks that she is back at work. We also prayed for her friend Miss Mary with whom she stayed when Deborah first returned to Schenectady.

Albany St.

+++ Linda — She asked prayer for good health, order in her school, her brother James, and for her 3 children.

+ Star — She wants to get on the basketball team, also asked prayer for peace and kindness.

+ Michael — Prayer for him as he was passing by on the way to work. Peace and guidance in his life.

Estelle — For people to be kind and peaceful, for people to more loving and caring.

+ Terrance — for his body for good health, for provision in his life.

Albany Intercessor


September 20, 2014

Isaiah 33:22-23a (NLT)
For the Lord is our judge,
our lawgiver, and our king.
He will care for us and save us.
The enemies’ sails hang loose
on broken masts with useless tackle.

O Lord, break the masts of the Ebola virus! Care for and save Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


September 20, 2014

Isaiah 33:21 (NLT)
The Lord will be our Mighty One.
He will be like a wide river of protection
that no enemy can cross,
that no enemy ship can sail upon.

O Lord, be a wide river of protection for Israel. Amen.


September 20, 2014

Psalm 64 NLT
1 O God, listen to my complaint.
Protect my life from my enemies’ threats.
2 Hide me from the plots of this evil mob,
from this gang of wrongdoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim their bitter words like arrows.
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent,
attacking suddenly and fearlessly.
5 They encourage each other to do evil
and plan how to set their traps in secret.
“Who will ever notice?” they ask.
6 As they plot their crimes, they say,
“We have devised the perfect plan!”
Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.
7 But God himself will shoot them with his arrows,
suddenly striking them down.
8 Their own tongues will ruin them,
and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
9 Then everyone will be afraid;
they will proclaim the mighty acts of God
and realize all the amazing things he does.
10 The godly will rejoice in the Lord
and find shelter in him.
And those who do what is right
will praise him.

Prayers from today’s lectionary

September 19, 2014

Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:42-43)
      Father, we live in a generation that is under great pressure from those who stand for “political correctness” to not confess the name of your son Jesus. Move through this land with your Holy Spirit and give strength of heart and mind to your people to openly confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. Thank you.

But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” (Acts 17:6)
      Jesus, I pray that such an accusation could be laid against us in this diocese: that we “have turned the world upside down” for the sake of your name.

But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him. (Esther 1:12)
      LORD, raise up more women who will refuse to put themselves on display to gratify male lust.

Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. (Psalm 73:23-24)
      Thank you. Jesus, for the hope you have given me.

WORD: I AM your help in your time of need.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Esther 1:1-4,10-19*: Acts 17:1-15: John 12:36b-43
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23*: Acts 17:16-34: John 12:44-50

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water

Emmy (volunteer) — We prayed for God’s blessing on her service.

Ted (volunteer in his 80s) — He is now back after 5 weeks of illness with 17 days in the hospital. We prayed for him and his granddaughter Camille who has Lyme’s disease.

Antonio (volunteer) — We spent time together praising Jesus and praying for his witness to others.

+ Stephen (man) — He asked prayer for “love”. He is estranged from his sons Stephen (18 ) and Noah (16). We prayed for reconciliation between them.

+ a Richard (man) — Richard has clearly experienced great trauma in his life. We prayed for deliverance and for the Holy Spirit to bring him to freedom in Jesus.

+Kristal (woman) — She asked if it was OK to pray to Jesus and not just to God the Father. We assured her that it was OK. We prayed for protection and guidance for her.

Jackie (young woman) — We prayed for healing of her left foot and that she would be able to get her house done and in order.

Stephen (young man who has also come to the State St. prayer table) — He prayed for us. It was a joy to see him; we had not seen him for several months.

***** Here are the prayers from our Prayer Table at St. John’s, Johnstown:
(+ = cross given)

Angela: strength and comfort
Brian: thanksgiving
Jennifer:support and peace
+ Debbie: husband’s sickness
+Doris: new job and new move; husband Phil
Justin: a job
+ Johnny and Clifton: thanksgiving for healing; 12 teeth being pulled today

Thank you for praying for us, Laurie

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Sept. 15, 20-14, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Cool, cloudy day. We gave away a lot of non-perishable food, clothing/shoes and winter coats, plus crosses in addition to prayer. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t — received cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a — anointed with Holy Oil.
f — received free food we offer.
c — received free clothing we offer.

      Note: We also gave out the rest of the school supplied we have been giving to children and families. We gave out most of the seasonal clothing we have gathered from our members, and what we did NOT give out at the table, I brought the rest to the Glenville station of Salvation Army. They will see that needy people in our area use the rest. Beginning next Monday, we will resume giving out winter items — hats, gloves and socks.

a,f,c — REBECCA — She is having trouble with her thyroid getting bigger. In addition to the discomfort she is having trouble sleeping. She has another doctor appointment this week. We prayed for healing.

f,c — NANCY — Gave her a blessing for protection and safety. (She lives with her sister.)

DONNA — She is the distance runner who normally stops. Today she just smiled and said “God Bless you!” as she soared past us!

t,f,c — ALBERTO — This a very serious, sensible young man who has come every week this summer. This time he asked for prayers for people who are out of work all over the world to find jobs. He also asked for prayers for his family.

STEVE — He works at the free meal given out across the street at the Masonic Temple. He didn’t want prayer but said “Thank you for helping the people like this.”

f,c,t — BETSY — She asked for prayer for her sister MARGARET, who does not believe in God. We prayed for Margaret to someday accept Christ and walk with Him.

f,c,t,a — JULIO — First-time visitor to the table, just moved here. He asked for prayers for his own well-being and health and for his mother, who still lives in Puerto Rico.

MARSHALL — He didn’t want prayer and did not take anything today we offered, but he was pleasant and said “God bless you” to me. (This was a tremendous breakthrough for Deacon Alan. There was a time not long ago when he used to curse and gesture at me and whoever else was at the table, but table ministers James Bryant and John Banfield have befriended him over the last few months and now he comes and says hello.)

f,c — MAN and WOMAN (no names given) — Appeared to be very needy first-time visitors. Prayed for their safety and protection.

f,c,a,t,t,t — IVA — First-timer. She said she and her family are trying to buy a house and get into a better living situation, but some problems have come up with the sale. We prayed that the sale will come off if it is what God wants for Iva and her family.

f,c — EDWIN — A regular who sometimes prays WITH us for others. He asked for prayer for ” … work getting done on my house.” Apparently he is getting repairs and it has made things difficult in some ways he did not explain.

t,a,f,c — JoLYNN — First time she has come to the table. She is handicapped but gets around. She asked for prayer for healing and for some other concerns. The Lord knows the details.

f,c — MAN (No name) — This man works as a caregiver for several people in Amsterdam. He checks on them every day, makes sure they are up and about and have eaten, taken their medicine, etc. He often stops and takes clothing and food to give to them all. Today he said to us, “It’s a wonderful thing your church does here providing for the poor. You know, the poor don’t have ANYTHING, and they have no way of getting it!”

f,c,t,t — DARCY — A weekly visitor to His table. She asked for continued guidance and safety.

Albany Intercessor


September 19, 2014

Isaiah 31:4-5 (NLT)
But this is what the Lord has told me:

“When a strong young lion
stands growling over a sheep it has killed,
it is not frightened by the shouts and noise
of a whole crowd of shepherds.
In the same way, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will come down and fight on Mount Zion.
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will hover over Jerusalem
and protect it like a bird protecting its nest.
He will defend and save the city;
he will pass over it and rescue it.”

Dear Heavenly Father,
Hover over Israel and protect her, we pray. Amen.


September 19, 2014

Daniel 2:47
The king answered Daniel, Of a truth your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a Revealer of secret mysteries, seeing that you could reveal this secret mystery.

O Father,
You are indeed the God of gods. If there are demonic entities empowering the Ebola crisis, rebuke them, we pray.
You are indeed the Lord of kings. Turn the governments of the world to take the correct measures to contain the Ebola epidemic and to support the suffering, we pray.
You are indeed the Revealer of secret mysteries. Reveal to the scientists the secrets of preventing and treating this disease, we pray. Amen.


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