Coming out, he went to the Mount of Olives, as he was accustomed, and his disciples also followed him. When he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and he knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:39-42)
A word received: Make the choice to desire my Father’s will above your own.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)
Holy Spirit, please help us recognize every yoke of bondage for what it is and reject it.
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)
Jesus, help us show forth your love to one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)
Father, as you did with the Good Samaritan, give us eyes to see those in need around us and love them with Jesus’ love.
But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! (Galatians 5:15)
(Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
Jesus, please help us daily walk in your Spirit. Thank you.
A word received: Don’t be afraid. I have you in my hand.
Sunday: 118 * 145; 1 Samuel 10:1-16; Rom. 4:13-25; Matt. 21:23-32
Proper 8 Closest to June 29: 16 or 16:5-11; 1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; 1 Samuel 10:17-27; Acts 7:44-8:1a; Luke 22:52-62
Notes from the Front Line
***** Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you may be aware, the social and political situation in Egypt is filled with unrest. Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa and President Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East has issued a letter to all in the Anglican Communion to pray against violence in Egypt. I would like to encourage all of you in the Diocese to pray for peace in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, that the tensions would ease and the love of Christ prevail.
The letter from Archbishop Anis is below, or you can read it by clicking http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2013/06/bp-mouneer-pray-against-violence-in-egypts-protests.aspx .
Faithfully your Brother in Christ, +Bill
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene Chesnut Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
Steve (man) — We prayed that the Lord would prosper him and lead him in starting up his business.
a Tobias (regular) — He keeps trying to live the Christian life on his own and needs to be steady in some Christian fellowship. We prayed for steadiness for him.
+aNT Joe (young man rode up on his bicycle) — He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God’s cleansing forgiveness. We showed him Romans 8:15 and Ephesians 1:5 which speak of the adoption as sons that God has prepared for this. He got a huge smile on his face at this good news.
Deacon Alan Hart — He came by to anoint Torre as Torre prepares for retirement. July 3rd is my last regular day at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and July 4th is Independence Day!
+a James (man) — He was on his way to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
+a Charlie (young man) — He asked for prayer about his anger issues.
+a199 Corey (young man) — He came and prayed for us and prayed for forgiveness of his sins. He accepted the cleansing from sin that Jesus offered him.
+a Latara (young woman) — She had just had a wisdom tooth pulled Friday and was still in pain.
Darlene — She asked prayer for travel mercies for her family as they come for a visit.
+++ Sherry and 2 children — She asked for prayer as she visits her children and for a good visit.
+a Moses (regular) — We gave thanks for his continued sobriety.
+ Terry — Has a job interview Monday at 11:00.
+a Eric — Engineer in need of employment. We prayed that he would release his problems into Jesus’ care.
+a Donny (man, drunk) — We prayed that God would provide help and bless him and bring him to sobriety.
a Paula (regular) — We prayed for her whole family, children and grandchildren, and for her husband John that he would not fall.
Lomai — Asked prayer for Carrol who has possible cancer.
Mike — Prayer for God’s priorities.
Ken (man) — We prayed that he would be steady in God.
Albany St. 9:35 – 10:40, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and his guitar
+ Randy – he said “Everytime I pray, it comes true!” We blessed him.
Anonymous walk by.. “boy, do I need prayer” but did not stop. Please do pray for him!
++ Estelle – an apartment, also prayers for her son Isaiah to come home
+ Bishon (been to the table before) admitted he had already been drinking today – prayers to reform his life, help with his struggles with alcohol, pray that he sleep well (he got goose bumps on his arms as he was prayed for)
+ Alfredo – a van was driving by, pulled over to get a cross – we blessed Alfredo the driver and his friends who jumped out to get the cross.
+++++ Jessica – prayers for her family (husband Peter and 3 children) and the neighborhood
++ Ricky – prayer for his pastor Felicia and her family as she returned to their church, all his his family (wife Adrianne), and the community
++ Tashina – was past talking on the cell phone but turned around and came back) prayers for her to be strong, successful, and to stay focused on her life with Christ, also her cousin Shabar who was shot 9 times this monring in NYC,
+ Kamil – (young man) – his health, removal of a fever
+ Scott – (very young man – about 10) – his school
+ Emmanuel – strength, courage, and wisdom
Anonymous – asked us to pray for the Terry family – (family with 4 killed in the fire several weeks ago and 1 child severely burned)