Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

April 19, 2012

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre 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

Chuck — He and his wife Theresa are recovering from food poisoning. We prayed for a speedy and full recovery.

Torre — He had an automobile accident on Cape Cod last Thursday. We prayed that his car would be fixed quickly (it is still in Massachusetts).

Rich — We prayed the full armor of God on him as he continues making his recovery.

Dan — He has three daughters that don’t get along well. We prayed that they would see Jesus as Lord as well as Savior.

Peter — We prayed for his brother George who holds political office that he would speak God’s truth to all. We also prayed that all of the brothers would be men of prayer together in Christ Jesus.

Melissa — We prayed for peace for her in the midst of the storm.

Bryan — He asked prayer for a good job.

June — We prayed that God would prepare a place for her in Delaware. Her friends Sue and Jim there have to be out of their present apartment by the end of this month and their new apartment won’t be ready until May 15th. We prayed that Jesus would bridge the gap.

+Jerry — He is a 2-year survivor of brain cancer. He has been given a gift of intercession for other veterans. We also prayed for his 12-year-old grandson +Jared who has no immune system.

+Arlene — She is a baby Christian (she just accepted the Lord on Palm Sunday) She started to cry when we gave her the cross.

+Eugene — We prayed that God would lead him to the right job.

Praying for Bishop Elections this weekend

April 19, 2012

Fr. Rob Eaton has a reminder that there are THREE bishop elections on Saturday April 21.

1) Western Louisiana (Diocesan)

2) TEC Pittsburgh Diocese (Diocesan)

3) Virginia (Suffragan)

Rob+ has all the links for more info at his blog.

Below are four excellent prayers for bishops that I first compiled back in April 2004 from the 1928 BCP prayers for the ordination of a bishop – they can easily be adapted to pray for the ELECTION of a bishop with these qualities of faithfulness… (I’ve put in a suggested adaptation for the first prayer as an example…)

ALMIGHTY God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy holy Apostles many excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy flock; Give grace, we beseech thee, to [the diocese of _______ that they will elect a Bishop, and Pastor of thy Church, who will] diligently preach thy Word, and duly administer the godly Discipline thereof; and grant to the people, that they may obediently follow the same; that all may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, giver of all good things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church; Mercifully behold this thy servant, now called to the Work and Ministry of a Bishop; and so replenish him with the truth of thy Doctrine, and adorn him with innocency of life, that, both by word and deed, he may faithfully serve thee in this Office, to the glory of thy Name, and the edifying and well-governing of thy Church; through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, and most merciful Father, who, of thine infinite goodness, hast given thy only and dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer, and the Author of everlasting life; who, after that he had made perfect our redemption by his death, and was ascended into heaven, poured down his gifts abundantly upon men, making some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Pastors and Doctors, to the edifying and making perfect his Church; Grant, we beseech thee, to this thy servant, such grace, that he may evermore be ready to spread abroad thy Gospel, the glad tidings of reconciliation with thee; and use the authority given him, not to destruction, but to salvation; not to hurt, but to help: so that, as a wise and faithful servant, giving to thy family their portion in due season, he may at last be received into everlasting joy; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.

MOST merciful Father, send down, we beseech thee, upon this thy servant thy heavenly blessing; and so endue him with thy Holy Spirit, that he, preaching thy Word, may not only be earnest to reprove, beseech, and rebuke, with all patience and doctrine; but also may be, to such as believe, a wholesome example in word, in conversation, in love, in faith, in chastity, and in purity; that, faithfully fulfilling his course, at the latter day he may receive the crown of righteousness, laid up by the Lord Jesus, the righteous Judge, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Praying for the FCA / GAFCON gathering in London

April 19, 2012

Cherie Wetzel at Anglicans United has a post with information about how to be praying for the FCA / GAFCON leaders gathering in London.

About 200 Anglican leaders from 26 countries and 22 Provinces are meeting in London in from April 23-27th.

The full article is here.

Here are key prayer points:

Again we ask for your partnership in this conference, through your prayers. In particular please pray for:

  • Resolution of any remaining travel matters for delegates (e.g., visas)
  • Safe travel and good health of delegates
  • Faithful and Spirit-filled teaching from the Scriptures
  • Heartfelt unity and fellowship
  • A God-given vision for the future of Anglicanism, in light of the current challenges
  • Clear goals and a common mind in service of Christ

J.I. Packer: Paul struggled with sin because he was a saint

April 19, 2012

A great insight from Dr. J.I. Packer on Romans 7:

How can the regenerate Paul—man of God that he is, and author of Romans 6 and 8—be experiencing such a struggle with sin as we see in Romans 7?

Packer gently leaned over the table, looked me in the eye, and said, “Young man, Paul wasn’t struggling with sin because he was such a sinner. Paul was struggling because he was such a saint. Sin makes you numb. People who sin over and over again become desensitized to sin. The reason Paul’s “struggle” was so intense was not because he was caught in a web of sin, or because he thought of himself as hopelessly doomed to giving into the temptations that he faced. Rather, it was because Paul lived a life so sensitive to the Holy Spirit and passionate about the glory of God that he intensely felt his sins whenever he became aware that he had committed a sin (since he was not, of course, sinlessly perfect).”

The full article is here.

(H/T Trevin Wax at Kingdom People blog)

John 15:12-17

April 19, 2012

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
      Holy Spirit, work in our hearts to bring forth this kind of love — it is not something we can do on our own.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
      Father, please help us show forth your love and ours by laying down our lives for others.

“You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14)
      Jesus, help us enter into this life of friendship with you by doing what you ask of us. Help us hear your commands clearly.

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)
      Jesus, even though you call us friends, please help us serve you and those you send to us.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (John 15:16)
      Jesus, please help us to be vigorous and sturdy and fruitful in old age. Thank you for choosing us. (See Psalm 92:12-14)

      Father, please help us for Jesus’ sake to get our car fixed and back to us and help us with the other challenges we face.

“These things I command you, that you love one another.” (John 15:17)
      Let the Diocesan Convention overflow with love for you and for one another. Help us show forth your love for those who do not know you. Give us the courage to step forth in faith to show what you have done for us. Thank you.

A word received: You are still in my care.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Exod. 16:10-22: 1 Pet. 2:11-25: John 15:12-27
Friday: 16, 17 * 134, 135; Exod. 16:23-36: 1 Pet. 3:13-4:6: John 16:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Psalm 98 or 98:1-5; Acts 4:5-12 or Micah 4:1-5; 1 John 1:1-2:2 or Acts 4:5-12; Luke 24:36b-48 ).

Remember those who have served and pray for the Welcome Home Initiative.

Albany Intercessor

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