Oh, Perfect Love

December 27, 2009

Oh, Father,
That ancient serpent called Satan leads the whole world astray. He led Adam and Eve astray, and he leads me astray. In Your holiness, You cannot share Your glory with lies. Adam and Eve and I believed a lie and could no longer walk in the garden with You. We were dead in sin.
But I rejoice. I rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Christ died for me.
How many barbed lies are still snagged in my spirit?
But I rejoice. I rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Christ died for me.
I proclaim Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed One. I magnify His Holy Name. He is the perfect sacrifice for my sins. He is Truth, and He covers my lies.
How I rejoice. I rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Christ died for me.
Oh, Perfect Love, who left infinite wonder to be enclosed in a womb so that I, too, can experience this joy. Oh, Perfect Love, who died for the lies so that I can live in Truth. Oh, Perfect Love who left the purity of heaven to walk among the lies so that I can walk in the garden with You, Father. Oh, Perfect, Perfect, Perfect Love!
Revelation 12:9, Ephesians 2:1, Romans 5

John 1:1-9

December 27, 2009

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
      Jesus, make a new beginning in us in this diocese; draw us all to you; write your word on our hearts.

He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)
      Father, draw us into your relationship with Jesus.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
      Holy Spirit, set our hearts free from worshipping created things.

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us choose life.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5)
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to lead us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (John 1:6)
      Father, help us heed the witnesses you send us.

This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. (John 1:7)
      Jesus, help us bear witness to your light.

He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (John 1:8 )
      Jesus, please help us be bearers of your light.

That was the true Light which, coming into the world, gives light to every man. (John 1:9)
      Father, shed forth your light in every corner of this diocese. Thank you.

      A word received: Look to me for help.

First Sunday after Christmas: 34; 1 Samuel 1:1-2, 7b-28; Colossians 1:9-20; Luke 2:22-40
St. John: December 27: 97, 98 or 145; Proverbs 8:22-30 or Isaiah 44:1-8; John 13:20-35 or 1 John 5:1-12
Holy Innocents: December 28: 2, 26 or 19,126; Isaiah 49:13-23 or Isaiah 54:1-13; Matthew 18:1-14 or Mark 10:13-16

Albany Intercessor

Oh, vulnerable love

December 27, 2009

Oh, vulnerable love shown in the birth of Jesus! What an unspeakable comfort to know that we are chosen!
We place our destiny in Your hands, for we know Your will, Your mercy, Your justice, and Your love will triumph. We trust in You, Lord, and we trust in the precious blood of Christ Jesus. His blood be on us and on our children. Amen.
Matthew 27:25, 1 Corinthians 10:16

Prayer Table Report

December 27, 2009

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report December 26, 9:25-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust

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

Few people were walking through the snow on the day after Christmas. Many of those who stopped by the Prayer Table ventured out this morning only to come to the Prayer Table.

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.

+Madeline“I need a prayer”. “I want to get closer to Jesus”. Madeline gave her life to Christ, asking forgiveness for sins. Please pray for Madeline as she begins her journey.

Jim (regular)“I had a great Christmas”. Jim spent Christmas with his widowed sister, her 3 daughters, and their children. We prayed for continued healing in Jim’s life. Jim has made so much progress in his journey toward the healing of his past. Please pray that Jim will continue to receive strength.

+Cassandra— This young woman became emotional as she began to pray. We prayed that the roof and porch on her house be fixed. We also prayed for happiness in her life. Please pray for God’s provision for Cassandra.

+ Donor to Christ Church and +his son— As has been the custom throughout the years a gentleman from a neighboring town pulled his van up next to Prayer Table, then he and his teen-aged son gave Christ Church a generous gift. Even though he is not a member of Christ Church, this man who had a “life-changing experience” at Christ Church continues to remember the Church. We gave thanks to God for this man’s generosity and for the example he sets for his son. Please pray for God’s faithful servants.

+Rose— This woman parked her car next to the Prayer Table and came for prayer. We prayed for good health and provision. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. Psalm 119:2.

+Deborah— This woman came directly from her apartment to the Payer Table for prayer, then returned to her apartment. “Thank God I’m alive.” “I don’t where I’ll be living next week.” We prayed that Deborah find a place to live next week. “I have faith.” “Everything is possible to one who has faith.” Mark 9:23.

Rick— We prayed for Rick’s father (Ronald) who is sick. Please pray for those who minister to their parents in their time of need.

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. Jim is bi-polar.

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

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