Human trafficking

January 27, 2012

In the ninth chapter of Daniel, he confesses his own sins and the sins of the nation Israel. In 1619 at Jamestown, slavery was introduced to North America. This is a prayer of confession for our nation based on the ninth chapter of Daniel. (I think it particularly important to say this prayer if you are a blood descendant of a Jamestown settler.–JW)

O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us the inhabitants of the United States of America belongs open shame because of the treachery that we and our ancestors have committed against you. To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Our nation has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us. We suffered much in the Civil War. The vestiges of slavery are still with us.
And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly. We confess that our ancestors introduced slavery to the continent of North America, and we confess our own indifference to the 27 million people enslaved today.
O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from the United States because of our sins, and the iniquities of our fathers. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servants and to our pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your people. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the church that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your people are called by your name.

John 6:1-15

January 27, 2012

After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed him, because they saw his signs which he performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” (John 6:1-7)
      Lord Jesus, so often we look at our resources and strength and say, “I can’t do what you have asked of me.” Help us to look to you and the resources and strength of heaven to do what you are calling us to.

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” (John 6:8-9)
      Holy Spirit, help me keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and know that he can do what I cannot.

Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. (John 6:10-11)
      Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you have fed and led your people through the years. You gave them manna from heaven, water from the rock, and the food for the five thousand, and you have fed us with your word daily. Thank you.

So when they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” (John 6:12)
      Jesus, gather up the broken fragments of my life so that nothing is lost.

Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” (John 6:13-14)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see the “signs following” that mark ministry directed sustained by Jesus. (See Mark 16:17)

Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he departed again to the mountain by himself alone. (John 6:15)
      Jesus, please help us accept you for who you are and stop trying to fit you into our agenda. Thank you.

A word received: Pray that my people will thank me.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Gen. 17:15-27: Heb. 10:11-25: John 6:1-15
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Gen. 18:1-16: Heb. 10:26-39: John 6:16-27

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday (Mark 1:21-28; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111) so that you can receive all that God has for you.

***** Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Strive to live in the present moment. Try not to linger in the past. Hope in the future and live you life to the fullest, now, and with great abundance.! Hebrews 13:8 writes, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.

***** Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012
From: Bob Downey
      Have you heard of the little man from St. George St in Sydney? This is a story about him in case you haven’t heard of him before.

Albany Intercessor

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

January 27, 2012

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday January 26, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre Bissell, Richard Baratiere and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady and Carol MacNaughton from St. Michael’s Colonie. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Rich (young man) — He asked prayer that he would be God’s man, father, and husband and that he would no longer run from responsibility. His son is Richard Jr. and his wife is Sophia.

Anthony (a regular from the Christ Church prayer table) — “For my family.” He took eight crosses to hand out to other people.

+Kevin — He asked prayer for a job and for a closer walk with Jesus.

+Ron — He asked prayer that communication would be reestablished with his daughter Isabella that he has not seen since Thanksgiving.

+Richard — He asked prayer for his wife +Mary Ellen who has just had major back surgery and is in a lot of pain.

Peter — He asked prayer for a big meeting he has on Wednesday.

+James — “I have lung cancer and my brother died of a heart attack this week.”

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