Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested me, tried me, and saw my works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.’ So I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ “ (Hebrews 3:7-11)
Jesus, please help us hear your voice — let your words soften our hearts. Lord, we have provoked you so many times — bring us to true and lasting repentance so that we may enter your rest.
Prayer of Humble Access
WE do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord, whose nature is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of you dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen. [Book of Common Prayer, Ireland]
A word received: Make the choice to wait on me and trust me.
Tuesday: 45; *; 47, 48; Deut. 9:4-12; Heb. 3:1-11; John 2:13-22
Wednesday: 119:49-72; *; 49, ; Deut. 9:13-21; Heb. 3:12-19; John 2:23-3:15
Notes from the Front Line
***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, 9:45-10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Anne DeGroff, Deb Gerlach and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table this day.) NOTE: It was extremely cold (14 degrees and wind!) today so there was very little foot traffic. For the first time, we had more prayer table presiders than customers. Oh, well. We were there for the ones who came!)
REBECCA — One of our regulars, Rebecca was the very first person to come to the table back on July 9 of last year. Today she asked for prayer that she and her young son MICHAEL will be able to eventually move to a new home in Kentucky. Right now she cannot afford to go. She gladly accepted some warm winter clothing for herself and her son.
DAVID — Another regular visitor, David asked for prayer to help him with financial problems which have hit him recently. David took clothing for other men in the apartment complex he lives in.