SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 27, April 10, 2011

April 9, 2011

Lectionary A, Fifth 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 11; Romans 6:13-23; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130
Memory Verse: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Next Week: Matthew (26:36-75) 27:1-54 (55_66); Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 45:21; Matthew 21:1-11
      Gospel: John 11

A word received: I want you to do the whole chapter. I want you to see Lazarus’ death and resurrection and mine in the context of sin and suffering. I AM the resurrection and the life — whoever believes in me will see life eternal. They tried to destroy Lazarus, they could not overcome my work. Look to me. I AM. I AM more powerful than sin and death. That is the victory this chapter proclaims.

A word received: Look at Martha’s faith and her affirmations. [This takes place in the context of a real challenge to her faith.]

[notes: Jesus wants to move Martha from general belief about himself to personal knowledge of who he is and what he can do.
*      Jesus wept even though he knew what he would do. He joins in our weeping.
*      (verse 40) Lois Gould is cancer-free after move than 25 years.
*      (verse 44) “take off grave clothes and let him go” — symbolic of what Jesus wants to do in our lives.]

      Epistle: Romans 6:13-23

A word received: See this in the context of Ezekiel. I can make your dry bones come to life. I can bring you to new life just as I did Lazarus.

[Note: you have to look at the choice between sin and death, and life and what Jesus wants to do. He wants to bring us to new life.]

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) A word received: I want you to see in the Corinthians passage that you (underline you) can have victory over sin.

      Old Testament: Ezekiel 37:1-14

(verse 6) A word received: When I bring you to new life, you will know that I AM LORD.

(verse 10) A word received: I AM raising up an army of my Spirit.

(verse 12) A word received: Behold, I will bring you up out of your graves, take you out of your grave clothes, and bring you into the land and life of my promise.

(verse 13) A word received: I want you to know that I AM LORD.

(verse 14) A word received: I will put my Spirit in you and you shall live.

      Psalm: Psalm 130

(verse 1) A word received: Cry out to me — I will hear you.

(verse 4) A word received: Accept my forgiveness — it leads to life.

(verse 5) A word received: Hope in me — I AM faithful.

(verse 7) A word received: I AM able to redeem you from all your sins.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table Report

April 9, 2011

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 9, 2011, 9:25 – 10:35 a.m. Bright and sunny. Torre Bissell and Alyssa Plaske on State St. and Mark Pasko and Sue Plaske on Albany St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

State St.:

Frank — “I already have a cross. I want prayer for the people who are suffering in Japan, for the Congress, and for my health.”

+Richard — “That I make it through.”

+Brandon (Bottle guy) — “Pray for friends and enemies” He already had a cross he was wearing but said he would pass this one on to someone else.

+Cathy — Asked prayer for a friend named Sharon, her son Jonathan want to quit college after his Associates and start working; Sharron wants him to continue in college. Cathy also asked prayer for her friend Pam who has a weak immune system and she has just been diagnosed with Lupus and previous had breast cancer.

+Willie — “Get my life together; I love Jesus, I love God.”

+Michael — “My kids, stay healthy, things of that nature.” He said as he was leaving the prayer table about a cross we had given him at some time in the past, “The cross saved my life.”

+Pershad — He asked prayer for his daughter back home in Guyana.

+Debra (regular) — Her daughter Melika is traveling from Virginia to visit her. She had gotten as far as Brooklyn on the bus when Debra asked for prayer.

+Larry (Driver in a cab) — He pulled up and asked for blessing. I also prayed for protection.

+Paula (regular) — “Happiness, kids, safety.”

Alan — Prayer for his sister Bonnie, has found some inner peace.

Mary Carol — “For our children and grandchildren.”

+Dick — “For my brother-in-law who has Parkinsons.”

+Joe — “I’m a Christian — for guidance.”

+Tetelia — “For Strength.” Her grandson, +Osiris, “To be smart.”

Albany St.

+(Young Guy) — Prayers for everything in his life — He needs Jesus to take over.

+(Young Man) — He approached the prayer table with two older men who were arguing — the other man recognized us as “those who prayed” — smiled.

+Thadeus — “Pray for cousin who died last year;” for comfort and peace for Thadeus.

+Leona — Out of jail

+Kytasia (14) and Kynem (14)

+Gary — “Discernment.”

+Sylvia — “Healing.”

+Janet — Guidance

+Precious and +Ashante — Peace and God’s blessing.

+Cynthia, +Kamiah, +Saquaia, +Destiny, +Camil (family) — “For blessing.”

Cathy (friend of Sue’s from office) — asked prayers for Sean, Sharon, her son Jonathan, and Pam. Cathy asked for safety and patience.

+Kim — “Health and rest.”

Here is love

April 9, 2011

An old Welsh hymn

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Lovingkindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten,
Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.

Let me all Thy love accepting,
Love Thee, ever all my days;
Let me seek Thy kingdom only
And my life be to Thy praise;
Thou alone shalt be my glory,
Nothing in the world I see.
Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me,
Thou Thyself hast set me free.

In Thy truth Thou dost direct me
By Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
And Thy grace my need is meeting,
As I trust in Thee, my Lord.
Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
Thy great love and power on me,
Without measure, full and boundless,
Drawing out my heart to Thee.

Romans 9:14-15 and 2 Chronicles 7:14

April 9, 2011

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! (Romans 9:14)
      Father, please help us put off the old man and put on the righteousness that comes from knowing your son and walking in his ways. Thank you for your righteousness.

For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” (Romans 9:15)
      Jesus, have mercy on us, have compassion on us. Let your light shine forth in the present darkness in the church and in the nation.

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
      Holy Spirit, move us and the leaders of our church and government to humble ourselves and pray and seek your face. Holy Spirit, heal our land.

      A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

      A word received 6/25/2009: Pray for the President.
      Pray for my work in his heart and mind.
      Pray for wise and godly counselors for him.
      Pray for wisdom in the storm.
      Pray that he will look to me rather than opinion polls.
      Pray for my word to lodge in his heart.

Praying the Nicene Creed, 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.
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.
the Father Almighty,
      Father, thank you for being a father to me. Thank you that by your might you have made your son Jesus known to us so that we can become your children.
maker of heaven and earth,
      Thank you, Father, for your creation. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to be better stewards of your creation.
and of all things visible and invisible;
      Father, we know that we are surrounded by your angelic hosts and that whole company of heaven, that cloud of witnesses that has gone before us. Help us to be steady in you till we reach that place of rest. Thank you.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      Father, guide us by your Holy Spirit so that every other “lord” in our lives is brought under the sovereign rule of Jesus and he becomes our one Lord. Thank you.
the only begotten Son of God,
      Father, thank you for sending your one and only son to us so that we might become your children.
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
      Jesus, you have always been there; help us receive you into every part of our lives.
God of God, Light of Light,
      Jesus, you are God and you are the light to take us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. You are the word of God and are a lamp to our feet.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Jeremiah 23:9-15; Romans 9:1-18; John 6:60-71
Sunday: 118 * 145; Jeremiah 23:16-32; 1 Corinthians 9:19-27; Mark 8:31-9:1
HC: 130; Ezekiel 37:1-3(4-10)11-14; Romans 6:16-23; John 11:(1-17)18-44

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for the prayer table ministry this morning.

***** Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Noel Dawes Update Friday April 8th
Dear Philothea (Souls that love God),
      Here follows a “Noel” update:
      Noel is home, very happy, and upbeat. He had a cardiac MRI at 6.30am today.(Friday)
      He is wearing a portable defibrillator. They are still assessing the tests and they
      should be ready midweek-ish.
      Noel and Meryl are VERY grateful for you prayers and feel;
       “The Peace that surpasses all understanding” 24/7 from all or you.
      PLEASE keep them and their family in your prayers for good results next week.
      Noel tells me that he has been reading “Healing Everywhere” by The Rev. Gaynor Banks
      (founder of the OSL). Noel told me, “Gaynor’s words have really been touching my heart as
      I rest. God is in control.”
      I will keep sending Noel updates as needed.
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another,
God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** 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 succor 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
      Remember those who are imprisoned in the Middle East because of their desire for democracy and dignity, e.g., in Syria, Bahrain, Egypt, and Libya.

Albany Intercessor


April 9, 2011

Ezekiel 46:1-2a (New Living Translation)
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The east gateway of the inner courtyard will be closed during the six workdays each week, but it will be open on Sabbath days and the days of new moon celebrations. The prince will enter the entry room of the gateway from the outside. Then he will stand by the gatepost while the priest offers his burnt offering and peace offering.

Jesus, You are the Prince of Peace. Come by _______ Church and enter our worship this Sunday. Amen.

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