Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 26, 2011, 9:25 – 10:30 a.m. Windy and cold. Torre Bissell, Mark Pasko and Sue Plaske on State St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
+Peter — “World peace.”
+Anna — “For my granddaughter Leah in the South, and I took a fall yesterday on Hamilton Hill.”
Steve (regular) — That he can start his own business and for joy.
Connie — “For my friend Dawn. She hasn’t seen her daughter in South Carolina for four years.”
+Delis — We prayed for God’s love to be poured into her heart.
+Debra (regular) — She is having spasm of pain in her back. We prayed for healing.
+Paula (regular) — “Fill me up with blessing.”
Mark — We prayed for a situation with his grandson where there needed to be a healing of the relationship.
+Ricos — He poured out his heart (grief) in not being able to get ahead and reach out to others. He walks with the Lord but he gets dumped on consistently. He asked for a job landscaping. We gave him a Bible.
+Curtis (came last week) — “Prosperity, wisdom and the ability to help others.
Gabriel — for his kids.
Barb — For provision
+June (Older woman) — For her feet — walking with a cart. Her feet hurt!
+Paul (young man) — for his six children. He wanted to donate for getting the prayer but we told him prayer is free.
Leonard — fell; prayed for healing — he is in hospital.
A Great Fourth Day Action Item: The Prayer Table [from the Albany Episcopal Cursillo Newsletter]
by Mark Pasko
Would you like to try an activity to expand your prayer ministry while learning to have your heart broken by what breaks the heart of God? I would suggest that you try the Prayer Table. The Prayer Tables are tables set up at two locations in the vicinity of Christ Church in Schenectady (970 State St.) from 9:30 to 10:30 on Saturday mornings. It has been manned by Torre Bissell for more than ten years and has been an extraordinary source of blessings to both Torre and those in the neighborhood. The method is simple. One asks whoever is walking or biking by if they would like prayer. If yes, we ask what their first name is and what they would like to pray about. We write down their names and prayer requests, pray for them, and tell them that a team of prayer warriors will continue to pray for them during the coming week. We also give them a small Cross to wear as a remembrance that they are cared about and that the Lord is walking with them. That is all there is to it! Torre has handed out approximately 100 crosses per month by manning a table for only one hour per week! Imagine what would happen with two tables or more! Imagine how many souls would be reached if the tables were set up for more than one hour per week! Imagine what would happen if the Tables are set up at other locations!
When I first heard about the Table a year ago I said I didn’t want to do it. I felt both too unspiritual and had too many fears of feeling foolish or being hurt in some way. In November, the Lord began giving me the impulse to grow and push against my boundaries of fear to grow spiritually. I’ve done this now for three months in addition to one week at a Table at the City Mission of Schenectady. It was both easy and wonderful! Believe it or not many, if not most, people who pass by respond favorably to our asking if they would like prayer. They seem genuinely happy to unburden themselves for a couple of minutes and have a friendly arm on their shoulder praying up their strength to advance in their walk with God while fighting the hard battle on the inner city streets. You will pray with many young people, many not fully dressed for the weather (we hand out gloves to many when available), who want to pray for their families, their mental health, their sobriety, their lives in general. You will get a bit of a feeling of what it is like to live in an inner city neighborhood and not in the suburbs. All have been courteous and polite, even those that refused prayer. And with minimal practice, it gets easier and the Lord will reward your efforts to counteract your fears by allowing you to help minister to the orphan, the widow, the lonely, the troubled; all those whom the Lord seeks as his special loved ones! You will be blessed way beyond the time and effort you expend.
If you would like to observe how it is done and pray with others who will take the lead, please call Torre Bissell at 374-5305 or just show up at Christ Church at 9:30 on any Saturday morning. I promise you that you will be amazed and blessed. You will also realize, like me, that many of your fears are boogie men– not real. You may find a new calling for your life as the Lord gives you the privilege of serving Him in the least of His brothers and sisters. You never know what other doors the Lord will open for you (perhaps, the Treasure Hunt!).
[Note from Torre: the prayer table ministry was started at Christ Church by Larry and Jerusha Hubert.]
“Declare this in the house of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah, saying, (Jeremiah 5:20)
Holy Spirit, please help us declare your deeds openly.
‘Hear this now, O foolish people, without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not: (Jeremiah 5:21)
Jesus, please give us eyes to see what you are doing among us, and ears to hear what you are saying, and hearts bold to speak of that.
Do you not fear me?’ says the LORD. ‘Will you not tremble at my presence, who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? and though its waves toss to and fro, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it. (Jeremiah 5:22)
Holy Spirit, establish your boundaries in our hearts.
But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; they have revolted and departed. (Jeremiah 5:23)
Jesus, we have sinned and the Episcopal Church as a people has not been faithful to you.
They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. he reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” (Jeremiah 5:24)
Father, help us acknowledge all that you do for us.
Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good from you. (Jeremiah 5:25)
Holy Spirit, please help us repent so that we can receive what the Father longs to give us.
‘For among my people are found wicked men; they lie in wait as one who sets snares; they set a trap; they catch men. (Jeremiah 5:26)
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
As a cage is full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. therefore they have become great and grown rich. (Jeremiah 5:27)
Father, defeat those who plunder the poor and the helpless.
They have grown fat, they are sleek; yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked; they do not plead the cause, the cause of the fatherless; yet they prosper, and the right of the needy they do not defend. (Jeremiah 5:28 )
Jesus, defend the rights of the needy.
Shall I not punish them for these things?’ says the LORD. ‘Shall I not avenge myself on such a nation as this? ’ (Jeremiah 5:29)
Lord Jesus Christ, come with your justice and your mercy. Thank you.
“An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and my people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end? (Jeremiah 5:30-31)
LORD, please help us recognize how far we have drifted away from your ways. Thank you for call us to repentance.
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. (BCP)
A word received: I want you to look to me for help in the storm.
STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 25, March 27, 2011
Lectionary A, Second Sunday of Lent
Theme Verse: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Readings: John 4:5-42; Romans 5:1-11; Genesis 37:1-36; Psalm 105:17-22
Memory Verse: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 )
Next Week: John 11:17-44; Romans 6:13-23; Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 95:6-11
Gospel: John 4:5-42
(verse 10) A word received: Have you asked me for living water?
(verse 14) A word received: I long to see that water welling up in my disciples’ hearts.
(verse 35) A word received: I want you to have eyes to see the harvest fields. Pray for eyes to see them.
(verse 42) A word received: I want you to believe because you have met me.
Epistle: Romans 5:1-11
(verse 1) A word received: Come to me for my peace; not as the world gives, but as I give.
(verse 8 ) A word received: I want you to take this verse to heart: while you were sinners I loved you. Memorize this verse.
Old Testament: Genesis 37:1-36
(verse 11) A word received: Look at the parallel with Mary. I want you to keep what I have done in your heart and ponder those things. (See Luke 2:19)
Psalm: Psalm 105:17-22
(verse 19) A word received: Will you let my word refine and test you? Come, offer me your hearts.
A word received: Ask them to read until a verse jumps out at them. Have them ask me what I am saying to them in that verse. Then pray accordingly.
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Jeremiah 5:20-31; Romans 3:19-31; John 7:1-13
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Jeremiah 6:9-15; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Mark 5:1-20
HC: 95 or 95:6-11; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26(27-38 )39-42
Notes from the Front Line
***** Please pray for the prayer table ministry this morning.
***** Please pray for the team and veterans who will be coming to the Welcome Home Initiative.
***** Please pray for the safety and wee-being of the people of Syria, Jordan, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Algeria that there may be peace and righteousness established among them.
Radioactive water leak at all four Fukushima reactors.
Romans 8:19-22 (New Living Translation)
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
We don’t know what Fukushima looks like in the heavenly realm. Is there a demonic cloud? We speak the name of Christ over all that is unseen. We apply the Blood of Christ over the spiritual portals of all four reactors–portals in time and in space. We claim the light of Christ over the land and sea and throghout the atmosphere. The cross of Christ is our banner! Death and decay must pass these portals by. Through his humility and obedience, Christ has triumphed over death and decay!
Jesus reigns over Reactor 1! Jesus reigns over Reactor 2! Jesus reigns over Reactor 3! Jesus reigns over Reactor 4! He reigns. Amen.