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

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

John 10:27-29

September 8, 2014

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)
      Jesus, please help me daily hear your voice and follow you. Thank you for knowing me.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28 )
      Jesus, thank you that I am safe in your hands.

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:29)
      Father, thank you for giving me to Jesus and for holding me in your hand.

WORD: Lay the burdens of your hearts before me.
WORD: I AM with you in the hard times.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Job 32:1-10,19-33:1,19-28: Acts 13:44-52: John 10:19-30
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Job 29:1-20: Acts 14:1-18: John 10:31-42

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** ***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1) from Union Church of Manila Part 1 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 10, 2014

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 – Forgiveness) from Union Church of Manila Part 2 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 17, 2014

***** Sun, Aug 24, 2014, “Healing Our Hearts”, Jesus Heals a Paralytic Part 3 (Luke 5: 17-26) by Pastor Steve Ruetschle:

***** Friends of the Paralytic: Part 4 of Jesus Heals a Paralytic sermon series by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at Union Church of Manila, August 31, 2014.

***** Part 5 “And The Spirit of the Lord was Present to Heal” by Union Church of Manila on Vimeo, September 8, 2014

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:10 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Mark Pasko and Dn. Larry Hubert 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.

+ a José (man) — He asked prayer for good health and a job.

+ Andre (young man) — He asked prayer for “my life and my daughter.”

+ Deborah (regular) — Miss Mary’s brother William is visiting from the South. Deborah got a cross for him. Deborah had an asthma attack this past week.

+Jessie (young man) — When asked if he wanted prayer he said, “I’m a pastor’s son so I don’t mind.” He asked prayer for work.

+ Galinda (mom), +Alex (13), +Evelyn (young girl), +Edward (11), and Jazmin (young girl) — We blessed them as a family that they will receive God’s provision for them and a good year in school.

199 David (man) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] — He gave his life anew to Jesus. He said, “I love Jesus.” He confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness. He had a big beaming smile when told he was clean.

+Sham (man) — We blessed him.

+ 199 Harry (man) and + young son and young +grandson — He drove up in a car and parked beside us and said, “I came to get prayer.” Harry confessed his sins and renewed his commitment to Jesus. He asked prayer for his older son who is backsliding.

+Karim (man) — He was not prepared to give his life to Jesus.

Albany St.

A passing red truck gave us a blessing.

Madelyn — She asked prayer for Uncle James (games) and Uncle James who is sick. He is 99 years old and blind. 2 uncles named James.

+ Jason (man) — He asked prayer for his children who are separated from him, for a good relationship with them, and for frequent and good visits with them.

Ben and Ann — Passing by, quick prayer.

Julie — Needs a new home soon.

Bishem (man) — Continujed better life, his life is improving but he still needs it to be better (we have prayer for him before).

For Hamilton School — Angel and Estelle are having trouble with the new school, fitting in.

Albany Intercessor

Job 19 and Psalm 35

September 5, 2014

“I know that my redeemer lives, (Job 19:25a)
      Jesus, I have seen you change my life and the lives of others so I know that you live.

and he shall stand at last on the earth; (Job 19:25b)
      Jesus, I long for that day of your return.

and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, (Job 19:26)
      Father, I live in the hope of the resurrection.

whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. (Job 19:27a)
      Father, I like the prodigal son will be able to rush into your arms of love.

How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:27b)
      Jesus, I long for the day of your return.

Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” (Psalm 35:3b)
      Holy Spirit, speak your word of comfort to my heart. Thank you.

WORD: Look to me. I AM your hope and I love you.
WORD: Bring the burdens of your heart to me. Rest in me no matter what.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 31 * 35; Job 19:1-7,14-27: Acts 13:13-25: John 9:18-41
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Job 22:1-4,21-23:7: Acts 13:26-43: John 10:1-18

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 4, 2014, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
B–indicates receiving a Bible

Ted (volunteer in his 80s) — He hopes to be back doing volunteer work at the Mission next week. He was in the hospital over two weeks.

Gary (staff) — He asked prayer for his wife Debbie that she would be free from pain. We prayed that the message he would be giving would touch hearts.

Dan (staff) — His oldest daughter is turning 34 and is doing well. His middle daughter is moving in a positive direction, and his youngest daughter is back in school and has two part-time jobs.

+ 199 Malik and + 199 Nahquan (two teenage boys) — Each confessed their sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior.

+ B Jerry (man) — He asked prayer for his brother Tony who is in AA and does not believe in God or any other “Higher Power”. Jerry has a job opportunity.

Antonio (volunteer) — He asked prayer for all the lost sheep out there.

+ 199 Dominique (teenage girl) — She asked prayer for the community and invited Jesus into her heart.

+ 199 B Benjamin (young man) — He came storming into the table next to us and immediately started arguing with two friends of his. It got to the point where one of them got up and left the table. Benjamin continued at such a level with the remaining friend that Chuck went over and got Dan (who coordinates the community meal) to intervene. Dan got Benjamin calmed down some and suggested that Benjamin come over to the prayer table, which he did. We had a long (20 minutes or more) conversation with Benjamin. He was badly hurt by the way others had taken advantage of him. We talked with him and led him to confess his sins to Jesus and accept him as Lord and Savior. He still had a very angry countenance. We showed him 1 John 1:9 and told him that he was now clean, there was a radical change in his whole countenance. We have never seen such a visible working of grace penetrating someone’s heart like this. We could feel the Holy Spirit moving in him. We led him to forgive those who had hurt him. At one point he asked, “Isn’t Jesus still pissed at me for the things I have done?” We told him that Jesus was praying for him right then. He told us how thankful he was that we could explain all this in words he could understand. When he was done, his two friends came to him and we asked them to forgive one another, which they did.

+ Stephen (man) — He came to give thanks and a praise report for abundant answers to prayers with him before. He gave thanks for all that God was doing with his wife Sarah, their son Daniel and their baby Baylea.

+James and Christie [already had a Dennis Adams cross on]

Matt (volunteer, young man) — He asked prayer for guidance.

Albany Intercessor

John 9 and Acts 13

September 4, 2014

They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about him because he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. (John 9:17-18 )
      Jesus, we are so slow to recognize what you are doing among us. Open the eyes of our hearts so that we may see you and recognize your work. Thank you.

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (Acts 13:2-3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us discern your call on the lives of the men and women and youths you have set aside for your work.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Job 16:16-22,17:1,13-16: Acts 13:1-12: John 9:1-17
Friday: 31 * 35; Job 19:1-7,14-27: Acts 13:13-25: John 9:18-41

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Prayer table report for St. John’s church, Johnstown, Wednesday prayer table; September 3

Steve: wife died 2 months ago; for ill family members (Katie and Jay)

Lee: for her sister Veronica who is chronically ill.

Marilyn: Thanksgiving! She asked for prayer last week to get a car, and she got one! Hallelujah!
*      Also asked for additional prayer to get the car on the road, and for a Dr. Visit tomorrow
Daniel: for Tina’s knee surgery

Marc: prayers for he presence of Christ to be felt throughout the world.

Frances: for her husband’s emphysema
*      Also for ongoing problems with a leg injury
Dorsey: for Missy and her pregnancy

Jinny: for blessing

Windy: for strength as school begins. She is an aide on the playground.

Romans 8:38-39

Albany Intercessor

John 8, Acts 11, and Psalm 116

August 30, 2014

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
      Jesus, please help me by your Holy Spirit to follow you day by day so that I may walk in your light. The surrounding darkness presses in on me. I need your light of life. Thank you.

When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.” (Acts 11:18 )
      God, bring me also to that daily repentance that leads to life. Thank you.

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. (Psalm 116:1)
      Thank you, Father, for hearing me.

Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:2)
      Father, because of what you have done and are doing, I call upon your for your help. Thank you.

WORD: Seek out my light to walk in.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Job 9:1,10:1-9,16-22: Acts 11:1-18: John 8:12-20
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Job 11:1-9,13-20: Rev. 5:1-14: Matt. 5:1-12
Holy Communion
26 or 26:1-8; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:21-27

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Carol MacNaughton, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
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

199 Heather (woman) — “I’m drinking and smoking.” She asked prayer for her family. Though she was somewhat drunk, she gave her life to Jesus. She was not in good shape.

199 James (man) — He asked prayer for his wife Dori who has a mass in the left lung and has surgery coming up.

Steve (man) — We prayed that he would get more business.

Eric (Pastor Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) — We prayed for Holy Spirit power in his congregation.

199 Freda (woman) — “For my family and for my life.”

NT Kristen (woman) — She is about to be evicted and asked prayer for God’s intervention.

Joe (man) — He asked prayer for do well in his work so he can give more!

++ Deborah — She gave thanks for being able to go back to her old job working with children. We prayed that God would provide a safe place to live. She asked prayer for her friend Loraine who is recovering from a stroke.

Devion (man) “Hit and Run” prayer of blessing

Luis (man) — We prayed that he would walk in the strength and peace of the Lord; commented, “I will not live forever.”

NT + Isaiah (young man) — Prayer for success; gave his life to Jesus; BIG SMILE!

NT + Bernita (woman) — Asked prayer to stay healthy and safe; she asked Jesus to be her savior.

B + Gary (man living in a half-way house) — He gave his life to Jesus.

+Chelsea and her mom — That they would learn to walk with Jesus.

++Luken — He has previously given his life to Jesus. He asked for help with his fight for freedom from alcohol.

+Madeline (woman) — “I just need a good prayer, honey.” Blessing, help, provision, safety.

Rose (woman) — Strength to keep going; prayer for her family.

Albany Intercessor

August 29, 2014

Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not mine, but his who sent me.” (John 7:16)
Father, I pray that more of our clergy will find their doctrine in you.

“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)
Holy Spirit, help us all use righteous judgment.

Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?” So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’ So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.” (Acts 10:29-33)
Jesus, I ask you to arrange more such divine appointments; and give us ears and hearts that are ready to respond.

For you will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28)
LORD my God, light my lamp and let your light enlighten my darkness daily.

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (John 7:37)
Jesus, I come; fill me up.

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)
Flow river flow. Jesus I want to receive more of your Holy Spirit.

To him all the prophets witness that, through his name, whoever believes in him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43)
Father, help us to be witnesses for Jesus as well.

You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
Lord, help me enter into your pleasures.

WORD: Keep on turning to me. [Don't give up.]
WORD: I continue to uphold you.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Job 9:1-15,32-35: Acts 10:34-48: John 7:37-52
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Job 9:1,10:1-9,16-22: Acts 11:1-18: John 8:12-20

Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:00 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre and 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
B–indicates received a Bible

Dan (staff) — All three of his daughters are moving in a positive direction. His wife had a good trip to Tennessee and has returned. Ted (volunteer, age 84) had his first meal since August 13th. He has been fed intraveneously following surgery at Albany Med. He might get out on Tuesday.

Tony (volunteer) — God has been making him strong. We prayed for those who know Jesus and those who don’t.

Gary (staff) — We prayed for the message he would give at the evening meal.

Davon (young man) — “God is working in my life.”

Carmillo (boy going into the 2nd grade) — We prayed for God’s blessing on him and his family.

Sue (woman) — She is having cataract sugery in two weeks and is frightened. She also suffers from epilepsy.

Al (man) — He asked prayer for a friend, Betty, who is on dialysis and for her husband, Bob, who may lose his leg.

Jeff [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] — He is in a half-way house. He needs money for a security deposit. He was abused as a child. He has been clean from drugs for the past year.

B Leroy (regular) — His shoulder, neck and back are all out. He is experiencing a better relationship with his son. He is trying to get a house.

***** ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 10-11:15 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Beautiful late summer morning; lots of people out and about. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

Important note: We still need a second person (we always want to have at least TWO people out there) to sit with John Banfield at the table on Monday, Sept. 8, as James and Alan will both be out of town. No one has come forward as yet to pray with John and help distribute food and clothing. It would be a shame to not have the table that day as so many of our neighbors have come to expect us to be out there for them every Monday. Could someone step forward, and tell Father Neal you are coming? Thank you!)

a — Anointed with Holy Oil
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina f — received free non-perishable food we offer c — received free used, clean clothing we offer.

(Second note: We also gave out free book bags and school supplies to some needy families in our neighborhood who are regulars at our table.)

a,f,c — REBECCA — She asked for continue prayer for her two-year-old nephew MICHAEL, who was badly beaten earlier in the month by a man who is not a member of the family. (The man is in jail now.) Michael has a broken leg in a cast and many bad bruises.

f,c — NANCY — Nancy is a regular who is a Roman Catholic who has started to share faith stories with us. She gave me (Alan) a book about prayer today to keep and read called “Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer.” How nice of her!

t,f,c — EDWIN — Gave him a blessing for safety and protection. Then .. we had something unfortunate — the first argument we’ve ever had at the table. Edwin is like most of the people who come to the table for prayer, food and clothing: he only takes what he NEEDS for the next day or two. Well, Edwin apparently resented that one of the other people at the table was taking more food than she needed. (There is a kind of an unspoken code at the table that you may take all you want but to not take more than you really need, since others need food, too.) After the verbal spat broke up and the other person left, we told Edwin it is OK that she took “too much.” It is not for us (presiding at the table (or him!) to judge how much people need. Our only concern is to feed the hungry.

f,c — DARCY — Asked for prayers for a friend of hers. God knows the details.

a,t — ANGIE — She asked for prayers for continued good health and safety for herself, her two sons and her daughter.

t — ED — Asked for a cross. We prayed for his safety and well-being.

MIKE — This man helps out at the Masonic Temple meal across the street. He thanked us for ” … being out here” for the neighborhood needy.

a,f,t — SANDY — First-time visitor who had just been visiting her mother in the apartment building next to us. She asked what we were doing out here, then sought prayer and some small items of food for her mother.

t — BIANCA — She has not been to see us in awhile. She first came a month or so ago and asked if we could pray against demons who are constantly pestering her. At that time we asked God to drive out of her anything that is not of Him and to send them to Jesus to bind and deal with as He will. She said the prayer “worked” a month ago but that the demons are back! We repeated the prayers against the evil things surrounding Bianca. She took a cross and nothing else.

f,c,t — EVELYN — First-time visitor. Asked for a general prayer for safety and good health.

a,a — CONSUELA and OLIVIA — Olivia is bi-lingual and is healthy. Her friend Consuela speaks only Spanish and is very sick. (God knows the details.) We prayed for the healing of Consuela, and Olivia translated our English so she could understand. After the prayer, she held my hand firmly and nodded her head in thanks.

t, — DAVANI — Very young boy who came with his father (no name) and wanted one of our crosses and a box of juice. We prayed for him to be healthy and safe and to continue to walk with the Lord.

a — JAY — Frequent visitor the last two years, but not lately. We prayed for him to remain in good health and to be safe. (I was embarrassed at first because I mistakenly called him “John,” and he stopped me at the beginning and smiled and said “If you’re going to pray for me, you better use my right name. It’s Jay!”)

t,f,c — EDDIE — This man came with his wife and two young boys. We prayed for their safety and well-being. We noticed they were all wearing clothes they had received at the table in past visits. Our clothing distribution IS helping our neighbors!

f,c — BOB — Came just as we were closing the table down. Prayed for Jesus to continue and complete the healing Bob has experienced since having heart issues early in the summer.

Albany Intercessor


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