Prayer Table Report

April 2, 2011

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 2, 2011, 9:20 – 10:30 a.m. Windy but bright and sunny. Torre Bissell on State St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Curtis (from the last two weeks) — “Prosperity and for my family.” I prayed for the Father’s love and provision to be poured out in this family. [Later, he passed by again and said, “God bless you too.” in response to my greeting.]

+Patrick (from previous times) — I prayed for the Father’s blessing on him and his family.

(Man across the street) — “Please!” when I asked him if I could pray for him.

+Russell — Injured on job; provision; asked for and accepted forgiveness. He asked, “Do you require a donation?” I said, “No, this is free.” When I gave him the cross he said, “This is what I’ve been waiting for.”

+Eddie — “For peace and for Israel.” I prayed for peace in the hearts of men and governments and for the peace of Jerusalem.

+Bill — “That I can get back to the City.” [He was hoping for a handout.]

+Dexter — “I have to get food for my kids.” After I prayed for him and his kids and gave him a cross he said, “Oh, God bless you.”

Billie (came a week or so ago) — Alcoholic, hoping for a handout. “I got booted out of my hotel this morning.” I prayed for shelter for him.

+Tishon (young man) –“For my wife and my kids.” Prayed for the Father’s provision and that he would grow into the man, the father, the husband that God is calling him to be.

Steve (10:00) — Again prayed he could own his own business and for joy. He said I should not be out here on the street by myself and stood guard for the next half hour.

+Andrew (semi-regular) — Alcoholic. Prayed for sobriety and for his kids.

+Jahlyn (teen-age boy) — Prayed for his family and that he would grow into the man, the father, the husband that God is calling him to be.

+Patrick (and young son Scottie) — “I thank the Lord Jesus. I am getting back on my feet. Some friends are setting me on the right path.”

+Jeanette and her son +Jahlyn — They are going to Massachusetts to visit a friend named +Rose who is in rehab. They took a cross for her.

+Paula (regular) — We prayed for blessings and the refreshment of the Holy Spirit. She was heading over to check on Debra, another regular.

The relics of St. John the Baptist

April 2, 2011

According to ancient tradition, the burial-place of John the Baptist was at Sebaste in Samaria, and mention is made of his relics being honored there around the middle of the 4th century. Historians record that the shrine was desecrated under Julian the Apostate around 362, the bones being partly burned. A portion of the rescued relics were carried to Jerusalem, then to Alexandria, where they were laid in the basilica that was newly dedicated to the Forerunner on the former site of the temple of Serapis. Many places claim to have a portion of his relics.

As John the Baptist’s relics are scattered from Halifax, West Yorkshire to West Bengal, from Munich, Germany to Scetes, Egypt, we cry out for his prophetic words to echo through these lands. We join our voices with those living and active words:

Turn away from your sins and be baptized, and God will forgive your sins. . . . The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.


Jeremiah 13:10-11

April 2, 2011

“This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who follow the dictates of their hearts,” (Jeremiah 13:10a)
      Have mercy on us, Holy Father, and help us repent of going our own way. Help us hear your word and walk in your ways.

“and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them,” (Jeremiah 13:10b)
      Jesus, please help us recognize any other gods that we are serving and turn from them to you with an undivided heart.

“shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing.” (Jeremiah 13:10c)
      Holy Spirit, please write on our hearts the truth of your word to us: “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

“For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to me,” says the LORD, “that they may become my people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.” (Jeremiah 13:11)
      Holy Trinity, one God, please help us to hear you and cling to you. Thank you.

A word received 12/29/07: Each day I want you to take a phrase from the Nicene Creed and pray that phrase. My people need to hear what is true and make it their own.

            Praying The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
      Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for being one and thank you for your love for one another. Please help me, help your people live in the reality of your unity and love. Thank you.

We cry out to you, Lord Jesus Christ:
      You are the way, the truth, and the life.
Please teach us where we are currently in ignorance,
      That we may know your truth and abide in it.
Show us where we are stumbling in the darkness,
      And guide us back into your way.
Establish us in the life of your Spirit
      That we correctly discern the true from the false;
And guard us from all false teaching
      And knowledge that would be hurtful to us.
Father, defend us evermore
      Through your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank you.
(Bishop Westcott revised)

            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 9:1-41; Ephesians 5: 22-6:8; Exodus 5:22-6:8; Psalm 105:23-27, 37-45
Memory Verse: For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8 )
Next Week: John 11:1-44; Romans 6:16-23; Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 95:6-11

      Old Testament: Exodus 5:22-6:8

A word received: Pray for my people who are under harsh task-masters.

      Psalm: Psalm 105:23-27, 37-45

A word received: Look to me for help. Let your hearts be turned to me so that you can keep my commandments.

      Epistle: Ephesians 5:8-14

A word received: Look to me for light to see by. I will show you the way to walk in.

      Gospel: John 9:1-41

A word received: This man has see the light. Pray that you will walk by my light as this man is. Consider the ways he is walking in my light.

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Jeremiah 13:1-11; Romans 6:12-23; John 8:47-59
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Jeremiah 14:1-9,17-22; Galatians 4:21-5:1; Mark 8:11-21
HC: 23; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:(1-7)8-14; John 9:1-13(14-27)28-38

      Notes from the Front Line

***** For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3
      Please pray for our prisoner intercessors: Shane, Lori, Renee, and Amie.

Albany Intercessor

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