“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. “ (John 14: 18)
A word received: I have not left you orphans. I AM always with you. You are in my sight and in my care.
And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain, and when he was seated his disciples came to him. (Matthew 5:1)
Lord, help us see the multitudes.
Then he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: (Matthew 5:2)
Holy Spirit, open our ears and our hearts to the teaching of Jesus.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
Father, so many of your people live in a parched and barren land — lead them to the spring of refreshing water, your Holy Spirit. Thank you.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. (BCP, age 134)
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
[A definition I once heard for “meek”: “Strength under control.”] Holy Spirit, bring my strength under your control.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
Jesus, help us come into a right relationship with you — fill us anew with your Holy Spirit.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
Jesus, let your goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life, so that I may dwell in your home forever. (See Psalm 23:6)
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Father, please help each of us by your Holy Spirit to be peacemakers in our parishes, our homes, and our communities. Thank you.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
Lord Jesus, give us a heart to reach out to those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
Holy Father, hide your people in that secret place of your presence from the plots of man: keep them secretly in your household from the strife of tongues. (see Psalm 31:20)
Monday: 56, 57,  * 64, 65; Wisdom 9:1,7-18 or Leviticus 16:1-19; Colossians (3:18-4:1)2-18; Luke 7:36-50
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Wisdom 10:1-4(5-12)13-21 or Leviticus 16:20-34; Romans 12:1-21; Luke 8:1-15
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Sat, 21 May 2011
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: PT report
PRAYER TABLE REPORT, St. Mary’s of Lake Luzerne, (Sat., May 21, 2011; 11:30 a.m.-noon, in front of the Parish Hall prior to our weekly Saturday Community Lunch. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table. Heavy rain began almost the minute I set up the cardboard table and two folding chairs and it continued to rain the whole time I was out there.)
Note: Every prayer table is unique. No two are the same. Today, instead of a flow of people coming to receive three or four minutes of prayer for a need or a thanksgiving, just ONE person came to the table — and she stayed for about 20 minutes. That’s OK; our Lord loves to listen to his people. He does not set time limits.
a–anointed with Holy Oil.
a–ANGIE — This woman is a regular. She is going through a most difficult time because her husband DENNIS is seriously ill and now in a nursing home. We prayed for rest, peace and courage for her husband and that he will know God is with him through this whole ordeal. We also prayed for strength, faith and peace for Angie, who has many added responsibilities keeping her home running now while all this is going on.