“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Father, thank you for loving us so much; help us respond to your love.
“For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
Father, your hearts desire is that we would turn to you and live and escape condemnation; accomplish that in us.
“He who believes in him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God.” (John 3:18 )
Holy Spirit, raise up a ministry of evangelists throughout this diocese to restore true belief in Jesus.
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
Jesus, help us daily walk by your light and turn away from the deeds of darkness. Thank you.
“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3:20)
Jesus, please expose our deeds to the light of the gospel so that we may be cleansed from sin.
“But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:21)
Jesus, help us willingly come to your light; bring us to confession of sin and true repentance throughout this diocese. Thank you.
A word received: Pray for my people — join me in interceding for my people.
My people have wandered over every hillside; pray I will draw them back to me.
Pray for my people to repent of drinking from empty cisterns.
Pray for my people to receive my living water.
Thursday: 50; Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5; Hebrews 4:1-10; John 3:16-21
Friday: 40, 54; Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Hebrews 4:11-16; John 3:22-36
ELLIS HOSPITAL REPORT
(Wednesday, March 4, Before/after weekly Wednesday Protestant service at Ellis Center, B-5 and B-6 long-term care floors, Deacon Alan Hart)
BERNICE — This 91-year-old lady grew up in the Carman area of Rotterdam with my father and his brothers and sister in the 1930s. She is amazing. She had Last Rites of the Roman Catholic faith in early January, but … she survived and is bouncing back grandly! She still is not able to go to mass or Protestant services (she always went to both before her massive stroke.) But today I stopped in to say hello and we prayed the Lord’s Prayer together (she speaks some words) and had a short conversation. You know, she just may outlive us all!
RITA — Rita is 95 and just a joy to be around because of her love for others and for her sense of humor. She has a recurrent problem with “runny eyes” and sometimes stays out of church because of that, but today I encouraged her to go anyway. She shrugged her shoulders and said, “What the heck … if I can’t see at least I can HEAR the service. Let’s go, Honey!”
HELEN — This is a relatively new resident on the floor. She was not able to get cleaned up and scrubbed and out of bed in time, and she felt badly she couldn’t make it to church. So I saw her afterward and gave her communion and anointed her with Holy Oil. She told me to make sure I get her to Catholic mass on Friday.
PHYLLIS — Another fairly new resident, Phyllis is another charming lady. She missed church because she wasn’t feeling well. When I stopped to bring her communion, I saw her knitting something and asked what it was. It turns out she makes little hats for newborn infants in various colors. She showed me the two she had already made today, and she was workling on a third. What a blessing she is.
PRAYER TABLE REPORT
(Weds., March 4, 2009, 12:50 -1:15 p.m. in front of Christ Church.)
Note: Sunny but very windy, cold and bitter. I had to cut it short today because I had an appointment at 1:30 at the Schenectady Museum. Deacon Alan Hart)
a,t — KATHY — This middle-aged woman stopped for prayer for her neighbor and friend, CHARLES. It seems Charles is an alcoholic and has developed Cirhossis and now needs surgery. She accepted the cross for Charles, and we prayed together for him to get the help he needs and to be freed from his terrible addiction. Then I anointed Kathy for protection and a blessing to be able to continue to care for her friend.
(Older man with a knit hat) — The best way I can describe this man is to tell you that he looked like an identical twin brother of folk legend Pete Seeger. I half expected him to pull out a banjo and start singing “If I Had a Hammer.” Anyway, “Pete” (who would not give his name but was VERY interested in the Table, said “You don’t need to pray for me, but please let’s pray for peace in this crazy, mixed up world!” I held his hand in mine and we prayed together that there would indeed be peace all over the planet and that it will happen soon … and last forever.