Prayer Table Report

December 19, 2009

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report December 19, 9:25-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust

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

The below freezing temperatures and gray skies did not stop people from coming to the Prayer Table, but it did limit the time they stayed and talked.

The Prayer Table has become a regular stop for a number of folks in the Neighborhood, and we have added their names to the bottom of the Prayer Table Report.

Bill (regular)— “Pray for my friend Deanne who is in New Jersey during this snow storm.” We also prayed for an end to Bill’s seizures and for companionship. Bill later stopped by and gave us Christmas cards. We thank God for those whose faith is steadfast.

+Darryl— “I’m in a hurry to get to work.” We prayed for protection and provision. We thank God for those who take time in their busy schedule to stop and pray.

+Vanessa— “I want to do God’s will.” Vanessa has recently returned to Schenectady from Florida in order to be with her family; however, her family wants nothing to do with her because of Vanessa’s past drug use. She is living in an apartment with a friend. Vanessa has stopped taking drugs, but her room-mate is a drug-user. She finds temptation all about her. We prayed that God would give Vanessa the strength to resist drugs one day at a time. We also prayed for reconciliation between Vanessa and her family. Vanessa is also looking for a Church to attend and we gave her a listing of services at Christ Church. After prayer Vanessa said, “I feel better already.During Advent, we pray for reconciliation between man and God and between family members.

++ Cadessa— This young woman came across the street and directly to the Prayer Table. “Today is my mother’s (Wynette) birthday.” Wynette suffers from seizures and constant pain from a herniated disc in her back. We prayed for healing. We thank God for family members who minister to each other.

Jim (regular)— “Merry Christmas to both of you.” Jim revealed for the first time that he is a psychiatric patient with a bi-polar disorder. We prayed for healing in Jim’s life. We thank God that in the midst of terrible personal afflictions, people still turn to God.

Bonita— “I am a child of the Living God.” Bonita was driving by, saw the Prayer Table, stopped her car, and wanted to know if we needed something hot to drink. We said we were fine and asked if she needed prayer. Bonita suffers from tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears. We prayed for healing. We thank God for those who look out for the welfare of strangers.

++Blake— “It’s too cold to pray,” but Blake stopped anyway. “Pray for my mother Phyllis who is in pain.We thank God for those who put the well-being of their family above themselves.

Howard— Minister from Seventh Day Adventist Church on Swan Street. “I have a ministry program next Thursday (Christmas eve). Please pray for its success.We thank God for all those who minister to the people of Hamilton Hill.

+Walter— We prayed for a job. In a land of abundance, we pray for those in need.

+Crystal— “I need a prayer” We prayed for a job. We thank God for those who turn Him in times of need.

+Samantha— We prayed for happiness. We thank God for those who seek His favor.

+Michael— “Pray for peace.Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.–Luke 2:14

Prayer Table Regulars

Kayla— Pray for healing in her life after being raped. Pray for her mother Laura, her son Nassir, her brother Josh, and Josh’s son Deanthony.

Jim–Pray for healing in his life from abusive parents and for his personal peace after the death of his 31 year old son Robert.

Bill–Pray for his health and no more epileptic seizures. This middle-aged man has lived alone; please pray for companionship.

Lucinada and Eddiberto–Pray for protection for their family

Paulette and her children Monique and Taishawn–Pray for provision for this family

Clarence–Pray for direction as he seeks to change his life.

Linda–Pray for her family in Guyana

Albany Intercessor


Thanksgiving

December 19, 2009

Psalm 138:3 The Message
The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.

Psalm 138:3 New Living Translation
As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.

Psalm 138:3 New International Version
When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.

O Heavenly Father,
You are faithful, loving, steadfast, and true! You answered when we cried out for Nigel. You enlarged his breathing; he now breathes without a ventilator. You gave him strength; he now walks. You gave him courage; he perseveres. You have enlarged his life from total paralysis.
We praise You. We give You thanks. We sing of You because You are good.
Holy is the Lord. Amen.


Zechariah 8:11-17

December 19, 2009

“‘But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ says the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 8:11)
      LORD, please help us to be a faithful remnant in the Episcopal Church.

“‘For the seed shall be prosperous, the vine shall give its fruit, the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew– I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these.'” (Zechariah 8:12)
      Father, our eyes are on you and we look to you to grant us increase in this diocese.

“‘And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, let your hands be strong.'” (Zechariah 8:13)
      Jesus, please help us to be a blessing to all we meet, and give us strength to endure. Set us free from baseless fears.

“For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Just as I determined to punish you when your fathers provoked me to wrath,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘and I would not relent, so again in these days I am determined to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear. These are the things you shall do: speak each man the truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;'” (Zechariah 8:14-16)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us speak truth to his neighbor and give righteous judgments with truth, justice, and peace.

“‘Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ says the LORD.” (Zechariah 8:17)
      Holy Trinity, one God, help us to love what you love and shun what you hate. Thank you.

“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.” (Matthew 25:26-28 ) [From yesterday’s lectionary reading.]
      A talent is an amount of money. We asked what an equivalent to putting money in the bank would be in terms of the gifts and abilities that the LORD gives us. We got the following word.
      A word received: It’s caring that I gain benefit from what I have given you. It’s doing the minimum with what I have given, but that is better than doing nothing.

Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zechariah 8:9-17; Revelation 6:1-17; Matthew 25:31-46
Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis3:18-15; Revelation 12:1-10; John 3:16-21

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night on Tuesday, December 22nd.

Albany Intercessor


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