Matthew 8:5-13 and Sunday School Lesson 3

September 30, 2011

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him, (Matthew 8:5)
      Jesus, thank you for receiving and listening to all who come to you. Give us the strength of character to come to you in our hour of need.

saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” (Matthew 8:6)
      Jesus, thank you that you hear our prayers and petitions for others. Thank you for interceding for us. Please raise up many more intercessors throughout this diocese.

And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” (Matthew 8:7)
      Thank you, Jesus, for making house calls.

The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8 )
      Lord, I am not worthy that you should come to me, but speak the word only and I shall be healed.

“For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Matthew 8:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help us truly to be servants operating under the authority of Jesus with your guidance.

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” (Matthew 8:10)
      Father, bring us to such faith in Jesus.

“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 8:11)
      Holy Spirit, help us all come throughout this diocese to sit with your saints in your kingdom. Prepare our hearts to come to the Diocesan Convention in June and receive the blessings you have there for us.

“But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)
      Jesus, many are called, but few are chosen. Help us answer your call day by day.

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13)
      Holy Father, let our belief in Jesus result in the healing of many. Bless the ministry of healing throughout this diocese. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 2 Kings 19:1-20 1 Cor. 9:16-27 Matthew 8:1-17
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; 2 Kings 19:21-36 1 Cor. 10:1-13 Matthew8:18-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Theme Verse: 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Matthew 21:33-43; Philippians 3:7-21; Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-14
Optional: John 15:1-17 and When I would gather them, says the LORD, there are no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree; even the leaves are withered, and what I gave them has passed away from them.” (Jeremiah 8:13)
On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. (Mark 11:12-14)
Memory Verse: Restore us, O God of hosts; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:7)
Next Week: Matthew 22:1-14; Philippians 4:4-13; Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23

      Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43
A word received: Notice: this follows immediately after the parable of the two sons. I want you to consider the role of obedience in the fruit and life of my Holy Spirit.

A word received: How is your obedience to me given? Is it grudgingly given or joyfully given or given not at all? Look at the temptation the tenants faced in their desire to keep everything for themselves. Where are your temptations and how do they affect your obedience?

A word received: Spend time with me and ask me to hold up the mirror of truth to you.

      Epistle: Philippians 3:7-21
A word received: I have given you my Spirit so that you may obey me.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 5:1-7
A word received: I want you to yield up good fruit.

      Psalm: Psalm 80:7-14
(verse 7) A word received: Pray for the restoration that only I can bring to pass.

      John 15:1-17

A word received: My father and I are both there to help you grow and bear fruit. I am the vine and the only place where you can be truly fruitful. My father is the vinedresser and prunes out of his love for you. Turn to him for his pruning with love.

Albany Intercessor

Rosh Hashanah

September 30, 2011

Traditionally, the shofar is blown on the Jewish New Year.

Genesis 21:4-6 (MSG)
God visited Sarah exactly as he said he would; God did to Sarah what he promised: Sarah became pregnant and gave Abraham a son in his old age, and at the very time God had set. Abraham named him Isaac. When his son was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him just as God had commanded.
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born.

Sarah said,

God has blessed me with laughter
and all who get the news will laugh with me!

We thank You, God, for new beginnings.

Matthew 7:21-29

September 29, 2011

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us do your will and hearken to Jesus’ words. It is not enough to mouth good deeds; we must also walk the way of Jesus which is straight and narrow.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

      Jesus, you are my rock and my fortress. Help me daily establish my feet on you.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:26-27)
      Father, much that seemed sold has proved to have been built on sand and has been swept away. Help us daily stand on Jesus — he is our rock and our refuge from the storm.

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29)
      Jesus, please help us receive your teaching into our hearts and minds. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me.

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 2 Kings 18:28-37 1 Cor. 9:1-15 Matthew 7:22-29
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 2 Kings 19:1-20 1 Cor. 9:16-27 Matthew 8:1-17

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer table at Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, Wednesday, Sept. 28

Deacon Sue Plaske and Beth Collum, 12:00-12:30; Linda Davis and Hilda Hardy, 12:30-1:00.

We were blessed with some breaks in the rain.

Mark: prayers for Pat, sexton at St. Peter’s Episcopal, for healing of injured ribs from falling in the bell tower.

Prayers for Pam in the loss of her husband during Hurricane Irene.

Beth: prayers for a friend struggling with spiritual oppression.

Our friend Brother Ken stopped to chat and share his wisdom as he usually does. Lord, we pray for peace and a great outpouring of your Spirit on your servant Ken. Bless him and his family, especially his son who just started college at Quinnipiac University.

Paul: prayer for Chris’s family in his passing; and for Rita’s family. Her funeral is tonight.

Mike: stopped briefly. He didn’t want prayer now. (Maybe another time!)

Sue: pray for Laura, who is taking the LSAT this Saturday, for confidence, knowledge, and clear thinking; and for lifting of her spirits.

Carol, Linda’s co-worker: We prayed for Carol and her sister Pam, along with Pam’s fiance Chris.

— Hilda

Albany Intercessor

Psalm 109:21-27

September 28, 2011

But you, O GOD the Lord, deal with me for your name’s sake; because your mercy is good, deliver me. (Psalm 109:21)
      Father, I look to you, keep me steady in your ways.

For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. (Psalm 109:22)
      Holy Spirit, heal the wounds of my heart and set me free from every bondage.

I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust. (Psalm 109:23)
      Jesus, I need your strength to endure.

My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness. (Psalm 109:24)
      Lord, as we get older, restore my strength; work in a redeeming way in the tissues of our bodies.

I also have become a reproach to them; when they look at me, they shake their heads. (Psalm 109:25)
      Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to your mercy, that they may know that this is your hand–that you, LORD, have done it! (Psalm 109:26-27) Thank you.

A word received: Walk with me. I will wait for you when you stumble and I will pick you up.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 2 Kings 18:9-25 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Matthew 7:13-21
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 2 Kings 18:28-37 1 Cor. 9:1-15 Matthew 7:22-29

      Notes from the Front Line

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” – high school summer camp videosong

***** Judith MacNutt: Principles of Kingdom Living
October 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Albany Intercessor

40 Days for Life

September 28, 2011

This fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign, from September 28-November 6, will be the largest and longest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history.
This prayer is from Anglicans for Life:

Lord God, thank you for creating human life in your image. Thank you for my life and the lives of those I love. Thank you for teaching us through Scripture the value you place on life.
Help me to uphold the sanctity of life in my church and community. Give me the strength to stand up to those forces that seek to destroy the lives of those most vulnerable, the unborn, the infirm and the elderly.
Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of respecting life. I commit myself to protecting and defending the sacredness of life according to Your will, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

20,000 missiles

September 27, 2011

From Fox News: A recent secret White House meeting revealed that an estimated 20,000 portable, heat-seeking missiles appear to have vanished from an Army warehouse in Libya.

Psalm 18:14 (GNT)
He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; with flashes of lightning he sent them running.

Psalm 77:17 (GNT)
The clouds poured down rain; thunder crashed from the sky, and lightning flashed in all directions.

Activate Your saints to go forth and proclaim Your word. May deliverance explode throughout the earth. Send forth Your angels in power and might. Let Your glory rise. Amen.

20,000 missiles

September 27, 2011

From Fox News: A recent secret White House meeting revealed that an estimated 20,000 portable, heat-seeking missiles appear to have vanished from an Army warehouse in Libya.

Psalm 18:4-6 (GNT)
The danger of death was all around me; the waves of destruction rolled over me. The danger of death was around me, and the grave set its trap for me. In my trouble I called to the Lord; I called to my God for help. In his temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help.

O Father,
We thank You for the promises of Holy Scripture. We love you, Lord! You are our defender. You are our protector and strong fortress.
Our God is our protection, and with him we are safe. He protects us like a shield; he defends us and keeps us safe. We call to the Lord, and he saves us from our enemies. Praise the Lord!

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