Luke 13:10-17

November 7, 2012

Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound–think of it–for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him. (Luke 13:10-17)
      Jesus, please let every Sabbath in every parish of this diocese be a time and a place of healing. Let the healing power of the gospel go forth throughout this diocese.

      Holy Spirit, bless the healing ministry throughout this diocese. Anoint Fr. Nigel Mumford and all those who minister healing at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.

      Father, we pray for all the wounded warriors who are coming to the Welcome Home Initiative next week that they will find the healing and freedom that they long for. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my people.

Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Ecclus. 43:23-33: Rev. 16:1-11: Luke 13:10-17
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Ecclus. 44:1-15: Rev. 16:12-21: Luke 14:18-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2012
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: PRAYER TABLE REPORT, St. Ann’s of Amsterdam (Monday, November 5, 2012, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. First really COLD morning of the year; many people availed themselves of not only prayer but also our offer of free winter hats and gloves made and purchased by members of our congregation. Gail Campbell and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t–received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
h–received hat
g–received gloves

ETHEL — This Roman Catholic woman always, always stops and hugs us, thanks us for “being out here.” She said “You people are such a blessing!”

MAN WALKING BY — Declined actual hands-on prayer, but stopped in front of the table, pointed to the sky and then made a “swirling” kind of gesture to the ground as if to say, “My prayers always go up and they are always being answered down here on Earth by the Almighty.” Just a guess, but I think that’s what he meant.

t,t,g,h,g,h — YOUN MAN AND YOUNG WOMAN — They stopped for a quick prayer and took winter clothing very thankfully. (They were both dressed in summer clothes!)

t,t,g,h — WILFREDO — This young man has just become a father (his baby son’s name is JAVIEL) and he asked for prayer for his newborn. He also was very, very grateful to receive some warm articles for he and his wife to wear.

t,h,g — STEVEN — He asked for prayer for protection, good health and safety, then told us as he thankfully accepted new gloves and a hat, “You are doing great things out here!” (Praise God.)

t,g,h — WOMAN (no name offered) — Asked for prayer for her family’s health, protection, and to come to know the Lord better.

t,g,h — FRANCESCA — This young mother is a frequent visitor to His table and has often brought members of her family here as well. This time she was quite scared because she said a neighbor who doesn’t like her has done Voodoo spells on her and she is afraid. We prayed fervently that whatever demons may be seeking damage to Francesca be immediately sent to Jesus to deal with as he will. We prayed for her to be freed from the fears and that those fears and anxieties would be replaced by the love and faith and hope that comes only from Christ.

h,g — YOUNG MAN — This man did not speak very much English but smiled and actually got kind of weepy as he gratefully took some gloves and a hat to keep warm. (He was dressed in a T-shirt and shorts and was obviously very cold.)

Albany Intercessor

Let My First Thought Today Be of You

November 7, 2012

A wonderful prayer posted recently at Trevin Wax’s blog Kingdom People

Eternal Father of my soul,
let my first thought today be of You,
let my first impulse be to worship You,
let my first speech be Your name,
let my first action be to kneel before You in prayer.

For Your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness:
For the love with which You love mankind:
For the love with which You love me:
For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life:
For the indwelling of Your Spirit in my heart:
For the sevenfold gifts of Your Spirit:
I praise and worship You, O Lord.

Yet let me not, when this morning prayer is said,
think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of You.
Rather from these moments of quietness let light go forth,
and joy, and power, that will remain with me
through all the hours of the day;

Keeping me chaste in thought:
Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech:
Keeping me faithful and diligent in my work:
Keeping me humble in my estimation of myself:
Keeping me honorable and generous in my dealings with others:
Keeping me loyal to every hallowed memory of the past:
Keeping me mindful of my eternal destiny as a child of Yours.

Through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

– John Baillie, 1886-1960

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