In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2)
Jesus, please help us make a new beginning with you. Do a work of repentance and renewal in us so that we start the new year clearn and fresh with you.
All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
Lord, we are your own creation, we are stamped with your image — help us give ourselves freely to you. (See Matthew 22:15-22, the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.)
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
Jesus, help us see by your light and enter into the new life you offer us.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)
Lord Jesus Christ, let the light of your Holy Spirit shine forth in our lives and drive the darkness away.
Father, let the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit bring us to new life in Jesus. Thank you.
I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley
First Sunday after Christmas; 93, 96 * 34; Isa. 62:6-7,10-12; Heb. 2:10-18; Matt. 1:18-25
First Sunday 147 Isaiah 61:10—62:3
after Christmas or 147:13-21 Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
Dec. 31: 46, 48 * –; Isa. 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: –; * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6
Notes from the Front Line
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 29, 2012, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Carol MacNaughton and Torre Bissell on State St. and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on Albany St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
STEVE (regular) — We prayed for blessings and that he would go forward step by step.
a BILL (regular) — We prayed for protection from seizures and for companionship. He asked prayers for ROSE and BARBARA.
+JOHN — He asked prayer for health.
JACKIE and TOM — “Hit and Run” prayer
+++ JANICE (woman) — We prayed that she would speak to others of God’s love. She took crosses to give out to others.
+a PARM (young man) — We prayed that he would grow into the manhood that God had for him.
++DAN — He asked for crosses to pass out. We prayed for his headache.
+a DEBRA — She was in tears: her daughter had dropped the duaghter’s 20 year old son on her and cursed her out when she said she needed to take him back. Debra has only a one-bedroom apartment and the daughter has a three-bedroom apartment. The daughter had sent Debra several abusive text messages. Debra announced that she wanted to leave the problem with Jesus and deleted all the messages from her cell phone.
We prayed for a WOMAN walking by muttering and talking to herself. We saw her last week as well.
a MOSES — He is still dry and sober. We prayed for continued sobriety.
+a RAYMOND — He asked prayer that his Social Security money would start to come in January 1st.
+a DENETIN (man) — “I need prayer.” We prayed he would be God’s man.
+a KEVIN (man) — We prayed he would be God’s man and that God would strengthen him. These two men came together for prayer.
LADIMA (girl walking by) — Sent blessings for the day.
+ CHANECY (man just released from prison Dec. 12th) — He asked prayer for protection and to stay strong during parole.
Prayed for BLACK — man walking by, sent blessings for the day.
Gentleman walking by in red coat.
RICHIE and KEISHA (wife) — They asked prayer for KEYSHON (15 year old son) and for daily blessings. Richie was released from prison, out 20 months. Prayers for protection, that he would stay clean, and for family. He is coming out with a book in April: Prison Lessons He asked for a church and gave his phone number and lives in Rotterdam. [Intercessor was uncomfortable with him and felt something wasn’t right so we have not followed up with a phone call.]