(Mark 14:13-15

August 29, 2013

And he sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” ‘ Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.” (Mark 14:13-15)
      Lord Jesus, bless all the house churches and grant that every home in this diocese will be a place where your people can meet together for fellowship and prayer.

A word received: I speak to you — listen.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Warrior Welcome Home Retreat in Australia
From: Rob Sutherland
Sent: Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:49 PM
      We are looking to run our next Warrior Welcome Home Retreat in Sydney from 9 – 12 September in Sydney. Prayers from your wonderful network would be greatly appreciated. Please pray that those who God wants to heal through this ministry will come and pray for the team that God will give us wisdom and strength and guidance as we prepare.
Blessings, Rob
Chaplain Rob Sutherland, 0406 767 757, revrob@ozemail.com.au

***** All Saints Cathedral Prayer Table report 8/29/13, Hot & sunny, Dcn Sue Plaske, Beth Collum, Jana Lingo, Hilda Hardy

Frank- For continual blessings & for funds in need.

Mike – for his son who was in accident

Natasha – Thank God for a lovely day, getting up, and for us.

Several people politely declined prayer, but we prayed for them anyway. One Lady said “Always, but not right now!”

Valerie – for friend Maggie who had surgery in Africa, but hasn’t been in touch since June

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Aug. 26, 20-13, 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. Very warm and cloudy after morning rain.)

a–anointed with Holy Oil.
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t — RAFAEL — Asked prayer for his family’s safety and good health.

a — ETHEL — Prayed again for healing for her left wrist, which was broken during the winter when she fell while delivering food to friends. It has never really healed.

WOMAN IN BLUE VAN — We prayed for her quickly as she slowed by in her car waiting for the light.

LAWNCARE GUY — He stopped to spray our church lawn for insects. We prayed for his safety.

MAILMAN — We prayed for him for thanksgiving after he was almost hit by an oncoming car.

t–BRIAN — Young man who just moved up here from New York City. He was pleased that we wanted to pray for his safety, good health and preservation.

GAVIN — This pleasant young man on a bike rode past and flashed the wooden cross we gave him at a recent prayer table.

Albany Intercessor


August 29, 2013

From God as a Gardener:

The story begins with Abimelech, King of Gerar and his military commander’s arrival at Abraham’s campsite. The purpose of Abimelech’s visit was to elicit an oath from Abraham that he would not “deal falsely,” but with kindness (friendship) toward Abimelech and his descendents. Willingly, Abraham gave Abimelech his oath. Then Abraham complains to Abimelech about a well that Abraham’s men dug and Abimelech’s servants seized. Abimelech expressed surprise – he did not know his servants had seized the well. Because Abraham wanted the well, he gave Abimelech seven ewe lambs in return for Abimelech’s oath that the well belonged to Abraham. The site became known as Beersheba, “the well of the oath.” After Abimelech returned to Gerar, Abraham planted a tamarisk, or a grove of tamarisk trees, at Beersheba. There Abraham called on El Ôlām, naming God the Eternal (forever, everlasting) God. The Bible recorded that Abraham stayed in the area a “long time” (Genesis 21:34).

Beersheba is the only place that the Bible recorded Abraham planting trees. Today there is still an ancient well located at, or near, this site called Abraham’s well and tamarisk trees grow in the area.

The Tamarisk Tree

Most botanists and Christian scholars are unanimous in their agreement that the trees that Abraham planted were the Tamarix aphylla. It is also called the athel pine, and athel tree. . . . It is evergreen tree and can reach a height of 50 feet. The tree grows needles rather than leaves; Aphylla means “without leaves.” . . . Often needles excrete salt on their surfaces which give the needles a white color. Because the T. aphylla excretes salt, it is sometimes called a “salt cedar.” The tamarisk tree provides shade and a pleasant coolness. At night, moisture increases in the cool air (Hareuveni, 1989). Water vapor adheres to the salt particles excreted on branches and needles and forms droplets. In the morning tiny droplets of water appear on the thin branches. As the morning sun warms the air, the water droplets evaporate and cool the tree and the shade below it. The water droplets are most plentiful after a humid night and generally evaporate before noon.

Genesis 21:33 (New International Version)
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.

El Olam, Eternal God,
We thank You for the faithfulness and obedience of the clergy of Honduras. Grant them a secure well of living water and a refreshing place of repose. Amen.

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