Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

March 31, 2012

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:25 – 10:305 a.m. Carol Baum, Torre Bissell and Margaret Teetz (Deaconal Intern from St. John’s Johnstown at Christ Church) and Mark Pasko from St. Michael’s Colonie.

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

+Jason — He asked prayer for his mom Jacqueline who lives on Long Island and has poor health.

+Wally, +Kathy, ++two sons — Wally asked prayer for healing of his knee.

+Bob — He just got out of prison (3 years). He confessed his sins and once again committed his life to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiveness. He asked prayer that he could establish a good relationship with his son.

+Horace — “Forgiveness.”

+Emmanuel (regular who has started coming to Christ Church) — He asked prayer for peace and joy.

Doug — “Love.”

William (regular from next door) — He asked prayers for his wife Iri and Jallah his step-son who will soon be traveling to Georgia.

+Rahla (young man) — “A job.”

Bill (regular) — He was recently in the hospital because of an epileptic seizure. He prayed that he would be protected from further seizures.

Kathy (regular) — We prayed she would know God’s love.

+Richard and +Mary — They came walking up the street shouting and angry with each other. We stopped them as they reached the prayer table and told them they needed prayer. Mary sat down in the chair rather sheepishly but Richard started to walk on. We told him forcefully that he needed prayer as well. We prayed for the two of them and they started to grin. They walked away holding hands.

+Doris — “Life in general.”

+Jim (rushing to work)

Pam and George (rushing by to catch the bus to Watervliet)

+Rizal (young man) — We prayed that he would walk in Jesus’ ways.

+Katrina and young son +Shawn — “Health and strength.”

+Charles (young man) — “For my family.”


+William — “For my mom and for my brother Robert.”

+Calestera (woman) — “Strength.”

Ron (walking by)

Mark 10:46-52

March 31, 2012

Now they came to Jericho. As he went out of jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. (Mark 10:46)
      Lord, we cry out to you for those who are blind — either physically or spiritually — that you will restore their sight. Please provide for all those who have been reduced to begging: move our hearts with compassion for them.

And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47)
      How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15a) Raise up and send forth many to preach you word so that the blind may receive their sight. Thank you.

Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:48 )
      Father, please hear the cries of your people. Don’t let their cries be stifled by well-meaning people who value decorum over healing and deliverance.

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you.” (Mark 10:49)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing the cries of Bartimaeus and our cries as well. Help us all respond to your bidding to be of good cheer and come to you for your blessing and healing. Come with your full power on the Healing Service at the Diocesan Convention in June.

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)
      Holy Spirit, help us throw off everything that would impede our coming to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” (Mark 10:51)
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to purity of heart so that we may see Jesus (see Matthew 5:8 ).

Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:52)
      Lord Jesus, as we receive our sight, help us follow you on the road you have chosen. Thank you.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52
Palm Sunday: 24, 29 * 103; Zech. 9:9-12**: 1 Tim. 6:12-16**; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9***: Luke 19:41-48***
* For the Invitatory: ** Intended for use in the morning: *** Intended for use in the evening
Palm Sunday Holy Communion:
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11      Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72) 15:1-39(40-47)

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      I am writing in bed it is dark and 5.30am. My dog is dreaming as he leans against me. He is making such cute noises and shaking all over. I wonder what he is dreaming about. Sadly I shall never know. He was born the day before I came out of hospital. He reminds me of “abundant life” as he seems to have such fun and enjoys himself whatever is going on. I need to watch him more…

Albany Intercessor

A Lenten Confession: Forgive our indifference to the treasures of heaven

March 30, 2012

Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn and live.
Ezekiel 18:30-32


Almighty and most merciful Father, we are thankful that your mercy is higher than the heavens, wider than our wanderings, deeper than all our sin. Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes, our refusal to relieve the suffering of others, our envy of those who have more than we have, our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure, our indifference to the treasures of heaven, our neglect of your wise and gracious law. Help us to change our way of life so that we may desire what is good, love what you love and do what you command, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the March 26 Lenten Devotional at Christ Church Plano

Mark 10:32-35 and Sunday School Lesson

March 30, 2012

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then he took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to him: (Mark 10:32)
      Lord, so often this is our condition when we try to follow where you lead and we realize the things we might have to go through as we follow you. Set us free from the paralysis of fear.

      Holy Spirit, give us courage to daily fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life to which we are called. Help us with Timothy and all your saints to make the good confession of faith in every circumstance we find ourselves (see 1 Timothy 6:12).

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and scourge him, and spit on him, and kill him. And the third day he will rise again.” (Mark 10:33-34)
      Father you asked Jesus to go through this for our sakes. Thank you. Please help us go through whatever you ask of us for our sakes and the sake of others.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” (Mark 10:35)
      Holy Spirit, please set us free from self-serving prayer. Thank you.

Theme Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Mark 11:1-11a; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 45:21-25; Psalm 22:1-21
Memory Verse: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
In two Weeks John 20:19-31; 1 John 5:1-6 or Acts 3:12a,13-15,17-26; Acts 3:12a,13-15,17-26 or Isaiah 26:2-9,19; Psalm 111 or 118:19-24

A word received: I want to build you into the church I want. I AM the foundation and cornerstone. Look to me — let me build you up by my Holy Spirit and my word.

      Gospel: Mark 11:1-11a;
A word received: Join my people in praising me. I want Hosannas* that are from your heart. * Hosanna: oh save!; an exclamation of adoration

      Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
A word received: Bow your knee at the mention of my name. Give honor (even in the midst of blasphemy) to my name.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 45:21-25
A word received: Ask how I want you to give honor to my name.

      Psalm: Psalm 22:1-21
A word received: Come to me. Come to the foot of my cross. Join my beloved disciple and my mother and the other women there.

Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Humility (Humus, earth) “A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a lowly opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God’s sake.” (New Advent Encyclopedia). In the words of St. Paul: “That we may know the things that are given us from God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12). In the words of St. Thomas: “The virtue of humility, consists in keeping oneself within one’s own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one’s superior. Bottom line: “He must become greater; I must become less” John 3:30

Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: We will remember…
      Thank you for being in Greenville, SC this past weekend. I am a Vietnam veteran and while I was not spit upon or verbally assaulted, I was totally ignored when I came back to the USA in 1969. You are the first person who said, “Welcome Home.” I will carry the medallion you placed in my hand to remind me of the healing or at least one of the remaining demons. Pastor George

Albany Intercessor

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

March 30, 2012

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Richard Barratiere and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Rich — We prayed for his sister-in-law Flo’s visit. Flo is having marital problems.

Gary — Asked prayer for his son Chris, for Maggie who has pancreatic cancer (for a miracle of healing and deliverance form pain), for Marsha and Joanna his sisters, and for Debbie his wife.

+A man came up and asked for a cross (which he immediately put on) but didn’t want prayer.

+Thomas (young man) — He has newly joined the program at Schenectady City Mission. He asked prayer that he would be steady.

Peter (young man) — We prayed that he and his brothers who are in business together would continue praying together and making their decisions through common prayer.

+Terrence (man 50) — He appears to have had a botched knee replacement. His knee is swollen and red and very painful.

+Debbie (woman) — She asked prayer for her parents who are in the 80s. Her father has heart problems and chest pains and great anxiety about his wife, Debbie’s mother. Debbie’s mother has diabetes and perhaps Alzheimer’s.

+John and his son +Lester (about 10 or 12) — John is a single parent with Lester and ++two other sons. We prayed for wisdom, strength and guidance for him.

+Sharon — She has no money to pay the rent and power bill. Her son is unable to help her.

June — She has re-aggravated her right elbow again while doing some packing in preparation for moving to Delaware. We prayed that her friend there would find a place for them to live.

Lent Quote – Elisabeth Elliot: A poured-out life

March 29, 2012

We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.
Elisabeth Elliot

(Note: I’ve seen this quote on several blog entries about suffering and brokenness, but none with the exact reference.  I know “ashes” and having “material for sacrifice” – offering up even our pain and longings and suffering to God – are frequent themes in Elisabeth Elliot’s writings, including her books “These Strange Ashes” and “Passion and Purity.”  If any of our readers can provide a more exact reference, I’d be glad to have it. – Karen)


Update:  it appears this quote might be from one of Elisabeth Elliot’s “Gateway to Joy” radio broadcasts

A Lent Poem: Barnfloor and Winepress

March 29, 2012

Another of the wonderful daily Lenten poems posted by the Rev. Patrick Comerford, canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, throughout Lent 2012

Barnfloor and Winepress, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

‘And he said, If the Lord do not help thee, whence shall I help thee?
Out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?’
– 2 Kings 6: 27.

Thou that on sin’s wages starvest,
Behold we have the joy in harvest:
For us was gather’d the first-fruits
For us was lifted from the roots,
Sheaved in cruel bands, bruised sore,
Scourged upon the threshing-floor;
Where the upper mill-stone roof’d His head,
At morn we found the heavenly Bread,
And on a thousand Altars laid,
Christ our Sacrifice is made!

Those whose dry plot for moisture gapes,
We shout with them that tread the grapes:
For us the Vine was fenced with thorn,
Five ways the precious branches torn;
Terrible fruit was on the tree
In the acre of Gethsemane;
For us by Calvary’s distress
The wine was rackèd from the press;
Now in our altar-vessels stored
Is the sweet Vintage of our Lord.

In Joseph’s garden they threw by
The riv’n Vine, leafless, lifeless, dry:
On Easter morn the Tree was forth,
In forty days reach’d Heaven from earth;
Soon the whole world is overspread;
Ye weary, come into the shade.

The field where he has planted us
Shall shake her fruit as Libanus,
When He has sheaved us in His sheaf,
When he has made us bear His leaf.—
We scarcely call that banquet food,
But even our Saviour’s and our blood,
We are so grafted on His wood.

Go read the full entry for a reflection on this poem and much interesting background about its writing.

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