Then they sent to him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch him in his words. When they had come, they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and care about no one; for you do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?” But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius that I may see it.” So they brought it. And he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him. (Mark 12:13-17)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness” (Genesis 1:26a)
The image is Caesar’s and the inscription says, “The worshipped son of a worshipped god.
We are made in God’s image, not Caesar’s. We should give to God what belongs to him: ourselves and our worship.
LORD, please help us clearly recognize what belongs to you and what belongs to the rulers of this world. Help us daily give to you all that belongs to you.
Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to make you truly Lord of our lives. Help us place all that belongs to you in your care.
Father, help us daily reject all the false claims of sovereignty of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Thank you.
(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.
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 2 Samuel 18:19-23; Acts 23:23-35; Mark 12:13-27
Thursday: 131, 132,  * 134, 135; 2 Samuel 19:1-23; Acts 24:1-23; Mark 12:28-34
Notes from the Front Line
Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple, August 21 For Seminarians and Diaconal Students, The Rev’d Laura Miller
***** Prayer Table Report, 8/20 12:30 -1:45PM, State Street, Schenectady, NY, Carol MacNaughton, Terry Volpe, Mark Pasko
+ Daniel – help in cashing check (expired state id); help facing his challenges
+ Jerry – need help for himself and his children
+ Tony – received Christ for the 1st time; pray the Holy Spirit continue to grow and bring forth fruit in His life
+ Dayquan – 15 year old young man – do well in high school, success, a great year, now a fisher of m en
+ Simone – her future, she is a senior in school
+ Leon – her fiancé
+ Jayden – young man (12?) – blessing, protection
Tony & Louise – intervention for safety
++ Knesiah with her baby son Zakai – need an apartment
++Mita – blessed her and her child (1.5 years old)
+Alicia (from Saturday on Albany street!) – she is happy! Packing, doing well, prayers of success and joy in the Lord
Laura – issues in her job
++ Elizabeth and her small daughter (1.5 years) – redirected her life to the Lord
Bus driver honked – before we waved!
Gary – release of anxiety, dependency on alcohol
+++ William – blessings (extra crosses for his daughter and wife he is separated from)
+Mark – another cross to give away!
++Kenya and her small son Adam (asleep in his carriage) – owes back rent