Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

May 10, 2012

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 10, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, 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

Gary — He asked prayer that his kids will want to walk with Jesus. He said, “I need to slow down.” We prayed for discernment for him as to what work he was called to do. He asked prayer that his whole family would come to Jesus and for a Christian woman to come into the life of his son Josh.

Richard — We prayed for protection and deliverance for him.

++Linda — She gave many heavy (family and friends) burdens to Jesus and took an extra cross to give to someone.

+Jacob — He asked prayer for a friend, Tom, who is struggling with alcoholism. Jacob also asked prayer that he would get a good job that he had interviewed for today.

Dan — He asked prayers for his daughters Shannon and Julie who each have big tests in the next two days. He was going home to work in the garden with his wife.

+Charlie — He just ended a seven year relationship with a woman. He hopes to get SSI soon.

+Kevin — He asked prayer that things would continue to go well for him with God.

+Davon (he is struggling with addiction) and +Emily (she wanted prayers for her kids).

Jerry — His friend Neil got a proper fitting artificial leg the day after we prayed for him. Also, Jerry’s feet are now better. His grandson Jarret needs deliverance and Jerry also asked prayer for his neice Debra. Both Jarret and Debra have blood problems. He asked prayer that Beth would find a place to live (she is mentally handicapped).

Leroy — He has been experiencing spiritual warfare attacks.

+Arlene — She is a baby Christian who has been experience abuse and rejection by her family because she has become a Christian and is praying. June asked continued prayer covering over her move to Delaware that the right place would open up for her.

Note: There were times tonight when we were in a spiritual war-zone with some of the people coming for prayer. When Jean and I got home we prayed the following prayer.

                  Prayer To Be Set Free
            (To be prayed following ministry.)
      Lord Jesus, thank you for sharing with us your wonderful ministry of healing and deliverance. Thank you for the healings we have seen and experienced today.
      We realize that the sickness and evil we encounter is more than our humanity can bear. So cleanse us of any sadness, negativity or despair that we may have picked up.
      If our ministry has tempted us to anger, impatience or lust, cleanse us of those temptations and replace them with love, joy and peace.
      If any evil spirits have attached themselves to us or oppressed us in any way, we command you, spirits of earth, air, fire or water, of the netherworld or of nature, to depart–now–and go straight to Jesus Christ–for him to deal with us as he will.
      Come Holy Spirit, renew us, fill us anew with your power, your life and your joy. Strengthen us where we have felt weak and clothe us with your light. Fill us with life.
      And Lord Jesus, please, send your holy angels to minister to us and our families–guard us and protect us from all sickness, harm and accidents. (Give us a safe trip home.)
      We praise you now and forever Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and we ask these things in Jesus’ Holy Name that he may be glorified. Amen.
            (Prayers by Dr. Francis MacNutt.)

Psalm 151

May 10, 2012

Psalm 151 is the name given to a short psalm that is found in most copies of the Septuagint but not in the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible. The title given to this psalm in the Septuagint indicates that it is supernumerary, and no number is affixed to it: “This Psalm is ascribed to David and is outside the number. When he slew Goliath in single combat.” The Eastern Orthodox Church accepts Psalm 151 as canonical. Roman Catholics, Protestants, and most Jews consider it apocryphal.
I find the action of David’s hands interesting: made a harp, fashioned a lyre, drew Goliath’s sword, beheaded Goliath.

1 I was small among my brothers,

and the youngest in my father’s house;

I tended my father’s sheep.

2 My hands made a harp;

my fingers fashioned a lyre.

3 And who will tell my Lord?

The Lord himself; it is he who hears.

4 It was he who sent his messenger

and took me from my father’s sheep,

and anointed me with his anointing oil.

5 My brothers were handsome and tall,

but the Lord was not pleased with them.

6 I went out to meet the Philistine,

and he cursed me by his idols.

7 But I drew his own sword;

I beheaded him, and took away disgrace from the people of Israel.

Matthew 6:31-34

May 10, 2012

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?'” (Matthew 6:31)
      Father, you have provided for us all these years; help us rest in your arms in the certainty of your love and care for us.

“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6:32)
      Jesus, thank you for showing us your Father’s love and care for us.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily do those righteous deeds that you are asking of us. Help us to be disciples who do what Jesus shows us to do.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)
      Holy Spirit, please help us cease from fretting and worry, anger and wrath — they only cause trouble. Help us daily commit our lives and wills to Jesus. Thank you. (See Psalm 37:1-8 )

A word received: Don’t be afraid.

Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Lev. 19:26-37: 2 Thess. 1:1-12: Matt. 6:25-34
Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Lev. 23:1-22: 2 Thess. 2:1-17: Matt. 7:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I strongly recommend the book Miraculous Movments by Jerry Trusdale © 2012. It is in paperback and Kindle. While the theme of the book is the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who are turning to Jesus, the real focus of the book is on how to effectively disciple non-Christians and bring them into a living relationship with Jesus where they will lead others to Christ. It is one of the most exciting books Jean and I have read in several years. Torre

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Ps. 33 or 33:1-8,18-22; Acts 11:19-30 or Isaiah 45:11-13,18-19; 1 John 4:7-21 or Acts 11:19-30; John 15:9-17) .

***** Date: Wed, 09 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Broken? Wondering? Lost?
      A distracted mind…
      You know the Lord is near, but where?
      Issues of life blocking you living?
      The extreme weight of life upon your shoulders,
      The burden pressing down.
      We carry it for sometime and then,
      We remember!
      Hand it all over.
      Give it all to the Lord.
      Here God, for goodness sake;
      You do it.
      Thank you.
      Feel better now?
      Me too…

~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Date: Wed, 09 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Technology – is it really connecting us?

Something to think about, from Nigel Mumford. Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” That said read this:


(From The Flight From Conversation, by Sherry Turkle. NYTimes Sunday Review)

We expect more from technology and less from one another and seem increasingly drawn to technologies that provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of relationship. Always-on/always-on-you devices provide three powerful fantasies:

      that we will always be heard;
      that we can put our attention wherever we want it to be;
      and that we never have to be alone.

Indeed our new devices have turned being alone into a problem that can be solved.

When people area alone, even for a few moments, they fidget and reach for a device. Here connection works like a symptom, not a cure, and our constant, reflexive impulse to connect shapes a new way of being.

Think of it as “I share, therefore I am.” We use technology to define ourselves by sharing our thoughts and feelings as we’re having them. We used to think, “I have a feeling; I want to make a call.” Now our impulse is, “I want to have a feeling; I need to send a text.”

So, in order to feel more, and to feel more like ourselves, we connect. But in our rush to connect, we flee from solitude, our ability to be separate and gather ourselves. Lacking the capacity for solitude, we turn in to other people but don’t experience them as they are. It is as though we use them, need them as spare parts to support our increasingly fragile selves.

We think constant connection will make us feel less lonely. The opposite is true. If we are unable to be alone, we are far more likely to be lonely. If we don’t teach our children to be alone, they will know only to be lonely.

(By Sherry Turkle, psychologist and professor at MIT, in NYTimes Sunday Review, April 22, 2012)

Date: Thu, 10 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Nursing week, thank a nurse this week.
      Last night I went to dinner with a fellow clergyman. Curry. Very good. Met two English blokes there. This is what one of them wrote to me today. Brought a tear to me eye, it did.

      Iain here from the Indian – I wanted to touch base, your name rung a bell today, I initially thought it was just the fact it was typically British. I know you mentioned your stay at Saratoga hospital but I actually remember you in ICU room 1. In fact I remember one weekend when you had a sky rocketing temperature and were not expected to make it the next couple of days!
      Albeit I am still new to healthcare I have never met a former patient as I went about my daily life. Quite ironic with it being nursing week that we met today – I was delighted to see doing so well!! It really made my day!

Albany Intercessor

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