1 Samuel 16:1-13 and John 11:32

April 20, 2011

      Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”
      And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.”
      But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”
      So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
      And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.
      So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’S anointed is before Him!”
      But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
      So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”
      And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
(1 Samuel 16:1-13)
      Holy Spirit, please guide the Commission on Ministry and the Standing Committee of this diocese so that they will clearly hear your call as to who should go forward for ordination.

      Father, when you call us to any ministry or task, help us to say, “Here I am, send me..”

      Jesus, thank you for our bishops, priests, deacons, and lay leaders who have answered your call to serve you.

A word received: Call my people back to me.

A word received: Pray for the renewal of my people and my church. Pray they will make the choices that lead to renewal.

A word received: Pray for “a broken and contrite spirit” for my people.

Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:32)
      A word received: I long for my people to come to me as Mary did with all their pain and grief and lay it at my feet. Come to me — I AM waiting. Come to me — I weep with you. Come to me — let me comfort you.

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.
very God of very God,
      Jesus, you and the Father are one; please help us come to know you and him better.
begotten, not made,
      Father, thank you for choosing Mary to bring Jesus to us. Help us to respond as she did.
being of one substance with the Father;
      Jesus, you came to us bearing the image of the Father so that we might know his love for us. You are one with him and there is no division between you. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to know the unity and character that you share with the Father.
by whom all things were made;
      Jesus, everything we have was made by you, there is nothing that we can have that we can call our own except for your cross and resurrection. It is all a free gift of yours; thank you.
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
      Jesus, thank you for being willing to give up the glory of heaven to come and live with us. Thank you that day by day your Holy Spirit is willing to live in us in the midst of all our sin.
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
      Holy Spirit, thank you for Mary’s willingness to receive your over-shadowing and her willingness to risk all to bear Jesus for us.
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
      Thank you, Jesus, for what you endured on the cross for us.

Wednesday: 55 * 74; Jeremiah 17:5-10, 14-17; Phil. 4:1-13; John 12:27-26
HC: 69:7-15,22-23; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 9:11-15,24-28; John 13:21-35; or Matthew 26:1-5,14-25
Maundy Thursday: 102 * 142, 143; Jeremiah 20:7-11 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32 John 17:1-11(12-26)
HC: 78:14-20,23-25; Exodus 12:1-14a; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26(27-32); John 13:1-15 or Luke 22:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Prayer Table report

PRAYER TABLE REPORT, St. Mary’s of lake Luzerne, (Sat., April 16, 2011, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; inside Parish Hall before and during our weekly Community Luncheon. Deacons Alan Hart and Dawn Skramstad presiding at His table.)

a–denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
t–denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

a–MARGE — She asked for prayer for successful cataract surgery Monday on one of her eyes. (She already had a successful operation on the other eye earlier this spring. She also asked for prayers for her grandaughter (name withheld by request) to keep coming back from a difficult time. The Lord knows the details.

a–ANGIE — Needed prayer on behalf of her husband, who is extremely ill. We prayed for both Angie and her husband to know that God is with them, no matter how difficult the journey has become.

a,t — DAVITA — Delightful young girl from our own parish. She asked for prayer for her father DAVID, who has a severe case of bronchitis. We also prayed for Davita to continue to grow in the Lord and to walk in His ways.

***** Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011
From: Carlson, David A
Subject: Prayer Table Report – April 16

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9:25 – 10:30 a.m. Bob Baker and Dave Carlson

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

+ Kevin — “You have prayed for me before. But if I can have another cross you can pray for me again.” We prayed for the Lord’s blessing on Kevin.

+ Klue — “guidance” — he quickly put out his cigarette before letting us pray for him. He said he’ll try to make it to church on Sunday

+ Derrick — Asked prayer for his family and said he has been taking some job training — we prayed for the Lord to provide him with a good job

+ John, + Paula, & + Debbie — drove up in an SUV — they were concerned that Torre (or “chief” as they call him) might be sick when they didn’t see him at the prayer table — we prayed for John for his health; Paula asked prayer for her kids, and Debbie wanted prayer for “health and wealth” — we prayed that the Lord would provide her needs, and a little extra to be able to give to others, to which she responded “Amen!”

2 women and a man — Hispanic folks who spoke very little English — when Bob asked if he could pray for them they said, “free?” – Bob assured them our prayers were free — He gave them crosses and prayed for them — they seemed very touched

+ Jay & + Tiffany – Asked prayer for family and good health

Note: the morning was very chilly and breezy — very little foot traffic — but we trust that the Lord brought people to the table that need to know that God loves them.

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” — James 5:16 — Lord, help me to be that righteous man.

David

Albany Intercessor


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