(In front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Sat., Dec. 6, 2008, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)
a–indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t–indicates received one of the wooden crosses made by Torre’s friend Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
Note: Very cold (high teens) but we were out in the bright sunshine by the sidewalk and there was no wind, so the setting was perfect.
t–DAWN and male friend — This couple stopped just as we were setting up the Table. Dawn was eager for prayer for provision and protection right away; her friend less so. But as we prayed for Dawn, the friend’s attitude changed and he was grateful to join in. Dawn gave each of us a big hug when we finished and said “Thank you!”
t–AGNES — This needy woman, collecting bottles and cans on the sidwalks, asked for prayers not for herself but “… for the mother and the kids who were hit by the car a few nights ago.” (That of course is Sherry Anderson and her children. More on them later.) We prayed together for the Andersons and then we also asked God to bless Agnes herself and provide her with what she needs. Torre and I were struck by how this woman, so poor, thought of others first before her own needs. There is a kinship among the residents of the Hill. When one hurts, they all feel the pain.
t–MARK — Very shy, nice young teenaged boy. He wanted prayer for safety.
t–SANDY — Here is a woman who has stopped quite a few times recently for prayers. She is trying to find employment and is still looking. She also wanted prayers for her grandson, who she said “… likes to play with my cross when it’s around my neck.” We gave her a cross to give to her grandson and continued prayers for her to find a job.
t–JOSHUA — Young man in his 20s who had a very light jacket on and appeared to be cold. He asked for prayers for his grandmother, SANDY, and his fiancee, TIFFANY, to be healthy and safe. Torre prayed that Joshua would become the man God intends him to be.
DIANE — Another past visitor to the Table. She asked for prayers for “my family to be safe.”
a,t — ANDRE — Still another repeater. Andre and his girlfriend have a son already and he said they have another baby on the way soon. We prayed for the health and well-being of Andre, also for the same for the mother and the son and also for safe and healthy delivery of the next baby. Deacon Alan anointed Andre for protection to be safe from all evils and harm.
JIM — This man likewise has been to the Table many times, always to pray for his godson EDWIN who had been in Iraq for a third tour of duty. Jim wanted to give God prayers of thanks because Edwin is back home safe now! Praise God.
t–KATE — Young woman wanted prayers for her friend ROSE, who has been diagnosed with cancer. We prayed for Rose to return to good health and to strengthen Kate to be able to minister to her friend in this time of need.
— TWO PEOPLE — A woman in her 30s or 40s and a young man maybe 20 walked by after parking in our parking lot. They said they were “in a hurry” for their own church services in the neighborhood but we prayed for them quickly as they walked by and then they scooted quickly across the street while there were no cars around.
t–MARY — Very polite, friendly woman with her daughter CELIA stopped for prayer as they headed for the bus strop. Some others in the group went on to the corner without wanting prayer, but Mary said she wanted prayer for herself and her daughter to “be safe.”
a,t — DONALD — Young man wearing his own metal cross accepted our cross gratefully after he sought prayer for “… protection for everyone on the Hill.” (There again we noted the alliance of all who live and work in the neighborhood of which Christ Church of course is a part!) He was very grateful for the prayer opportunity and thanked us over and over.
— Unknown prostitute — We do not know her name, but this young 25-30ish woman with dyed red hair who obviously is a prostitute and has a drug addiction came as close as she ever has to stopping. We have invited her to prayer many times, and usually she smirks at us and walks by or she is “stoned” and really has trouble walking. This time she almost stopped. Almost. This time she hesitated when we asked her and it looked like she was considering it but then said “No, I don’t think so.” Pray for God to touch her heart and mind to turn to Him. Pray for Torre and ALan and Howard and Scott and all other Prayer Table ministers to find the way to reach these “almost” people who we can’t seem to bring to Christ.
—— AFTER THE PRAYER TABLE ITSELF … Torre and Alan went to the nearby Anderson home with a big container of chocolate ice cream to pray for the family. Sherry’s mother Elizabeth answered the door and told us some good news — apparently little Charles (2 years old) is coming home today from Albany Med, and that Lynn continues to improve. Torre and I prayed for Elizabeth and the whole family on the front porch. She said to thank everyone for their prayers.