Matt. 6:25-34

September 30, 2013

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)
      Lord Jesus, I repent of worrying about the future — you hold the future in your hands.

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26)
      Father, thank you that I am your child in your eyes and that you will care for me.

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27)
      Jesus, deliver me from worry and anxiety. Help me to face each day trusting in your love and care for me.

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; (Matthew 6:28 )
      Jesus, you have never failed to provide for me or carry me through.

and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew 6:29)
      Holy Spirit, please help me see myself as the Father sees me — as a beloved child.

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:30)
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (Matthew 6:31)
      Jesus, I repent of needless fretting — it only leads to trouble (see Psalm 37).

For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (Matthew 6:32)
      Thank you, Father, for knowing my every need. Thank you for this day’s bread.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
      Father, help me each day to seek after your righteousness. Help me to share your love with others.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
      Father, thank you for supplying this day’s bread. I know I can trust you for tomorrow’s bread.

A word received: Ask me to soften your hearts.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 2 Kings 17:24-41; 1 Cor. 7:25-31; Matt. 6:25-34
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 2 Chron. 29:1-3; 1 Cor. 7:32-40; Matt. 7:1-12; 30:1(2-9)10-27

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Neighborhood Meal Prayer Line; September 29, 2013 – Theresa Rinaldo and Larry Hubert prayer warriors.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Nick and wife (?Judy) for God’s wisdom and provision.
++Judy prayed for her son Michael (in prison for drug position) that he is safe and gets out soon.
+Robert for cataract surgery on October 3.
Rianna, 3rd grader, prayed for protection from bullies on the bus.
++++Shaun (8 ) and his sister, Christina (2) to know God. Mother, Mary prayer for her husband, Bryan who is in Albany County jail that she would find out when he will be released and for her peace and God’s provision.
+Carlene asked prayer for God’s peace.
+Kerry has a dry socket in her left arm as well as tendinitis; prayed for healing and relief of pain.

Albany Intercessor


Bahrain-climate

September 30, 2013

Due to the Persian Gulf area’s low moisture, summers are very hot and dry. The seas around Bahrain are very shallow, heating up quickly in the summer to produce high humidity, especially at night. Summer temperatures may reach up to 122 °F under the right conditions. Rainfall in Bahrain is minimal and irregular.

Isaiah 45:5-8 (NIV)
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other. . . .
“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;
let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
let salvation spring up,
let righteousness flourish with it;
I, the Lord, have created it.

Yeah, Lord, there is no God other than You. You created the heavens, and You created Bahrain. May righteousness and salvation flourish in this land and on its seas. Amen.


1 Timothy 6:17-19 and Psalm 146:5-7

September 29, 2013

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Holy Spirit, we are so rich in things and poor in soul and spirit. Help us give of ourselves so that we may have riches in heaven.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. (Psalm 146:5-7)
Jesus, please help us walk in the ways of your Father and care for the oppressed, the hungry, and prisoners.

Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 2 Kings 17:1-18; Acts 9:36-43; Luke 5:1-11
Proper 21 Closest to September 28: 146 or 146:4-9; Amos 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 6:11-19; Luke 16:19-31
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 2 Kings 17:24-41; 1 Cor. 7:25-31; Matt. 6:25-34

Notes from the Front Line

**** St. Christopher’s Church, Cobleskill, Prayer Table Report – Saturday, Sept. 29, 2013, Centre Park, West Main Street, in Cobleskill
Date: September 29, 2013 – 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Occasion: Cobleskill Day, 2013
Prayer Ministers: Joan Bent, Douglas Foland, Mtr. Nina George-Hacker, and Linda Rouleau From St. Christopher’s Church, Cobleskill NY

Louella (middle-aged, handicapped woman) – prayer for healing of fractured ankle

Sharon – prayer for her mom in a wheelchair (no name given)

[Middle-aged couple] “No, we’re good.” We prayed, “God bless you!”

[Teenaged girl] “Not at the moment.” We prayed, “God bless you!”

Lisa (adult) – for sale of her house and an old home purchase and fix up

Joan (adult) – for sale of her farm/house

[Middle-aged couple] “No thanks.” We prayed, “God bless you!”

[Motorcyclist] waved. We prayed for God to bless him.

[Young couple] “No thanks.” We prayed for God to bless them.

[Adult Mother & daughter] just smiled. We prayed for God to bless them.

Terry (older woman) – prayers for peace, and for her daughter Karen, scheduled for surgery for brain aneurysm, in the next few weeks.

[Middle-aged couple] “No thanks.” We prayed for God to bless them.

[Middle-aged man.] waved. We prayed for God to bless him.

[Older woman] “No, too many things [to pray for].” We prayed that she would not be overwhelmed, and would be drawn into a closer relationship with Christ.

[Middle-aged man] waved. We prayed “God bless you!”

[Two Dunkin Donuts Drivers in truck stopped opposite us] waved. We thanked God for them, and for donuts, and prayed for their safe travel.

Sam — a DOG — received a pet blessing.

[Two women] “No thanks.” We prayed for God to bless them.

[Three ‘lost looking’ women who ignored us] – We prayed for them to have a hunger for Christ and to meet Him when least expected, and have their lives transformed by His grace.

Marilyn (older lady) with Taffy – a POODLE – who received a pet blessing. Then we prayed for Marilyn and her husband Jared, a local pastor in the Reformed Church, whose legs are weak. We prayed for him to stand in Christ’s strength.

[Middle-aged man] waved. We prayed “God bless you!”

[Large family of 6 with a dog, ignored us.] We prayed for God to bless them.

Mary Ann (middle-aged woman) – asked for prayers for MEG, who has a bad heart and has had 2 strokes after giving birth to one-month-old Vaeda.

Arvid – told us he feels blessed, and was wearing a T-shirt that read, “I love my Church”

[Father with two young children in a stroller, kept on walking] We called out, “God bless you!”

[Man in a wheelchair, kept on going] We prayed for God to bless and heal him.

Joyce – prayers for Harold in a nursing home

Chuck – prayers for healing from a rare disease and help for doctors to find a cause and cure

Sharon (middle-aged woman) – with Finn – A DOG – received a pet blessing.

Gizmo – a PUPPY – received a pet blessing.

Terry – prayers that her new job goes well

Kathy (middle-aged woman) – Prayers for Ginny, who recently went on a cruise, came down with Salmonella and has been ill for 2 weeks with the doctors unable to cure her

ZJ (middle-aged man) – greeted us in a friendly way–had attended our Healing Service last week. [No prayers.]

[Middle-aged couple] “No thanks.” We prayed for God to bless them.

[Woman with child in stroller.] We prayed for God to bless them.

Maria – from the Full Gospel Church. We prayed for God to bless her.

Jeff – prayers for foot pain; sometimes he can’t walk. We asked the Lord to heal him.

Kim – looking for a church home. We gave her information and a brochure about St. Christopher’s Church.

[A young man] asked about free hot dogs [we were giving them away at church]. We prayed he would get there safely and be fed.

Harvey (middle-aged man) – on his way back from Fam5K run, asked for prayers for healing of his mother Alberta’s eyes.

Marge (older lady) – prayers for healing and strength.

Donna [older woman in wheelchair] and her husband Ed – prayer for healing of her wrist.

Mary Ann – healing and strength to be able to continue quilting. We prayed for her hands.

Brenda (older lady) – prayers for “peace & joy” for her and her husband Bill.

Doreen (older lady) – prayers for comfort as she continues to grieve the death of her husband.

Caroline (older lady) – prayers to be delivered from traumatic nightmares as she continues to grieve the deaths of her son Anthony, brother Sal, and husband Robert. We prayed for the dead, for her comfort and inner healing, and for protection from the nightmares. She also asked for prayers for her niece Brianna, who is a lesbian, that she be delivered from this lifestyle and raise her baby in a Christian manner. She’s a Roman Catholic, and we discerned that God was telling us to give her a rosary, so we did.

Huckleberry – a DOG – received a pet blessing.

Kristen – prayers for her family’s health and wellbeing, and for her mother, Pauline, who’s had a career change and now has a hard commute.

[Group of 5 with 2 boxer dogs] waved. We prayed for God to bless them.

Mia (middle-aged, totally bald woman) – asked for prayers for continued healing from her double-mastectomy cancer treatment, and not to have to take Tamoxifen.

[3 middle-aged women] waved. We prayed for God to bless them.

Gloria (older woman) – asked for prayers for joy and comfort as she continues to mourn the loss of her mother, and prayers for healing of her horse’s eyes.

Dave – in passing, shouted out that he wanted prayer to win the lottery. After he left, we prayed that the Lord would stop him from gambling!

Albany Intercessor


Bahrain–St. Christopher’s Cathedral

September 29, 2013

The first Anglican came to Bahrain as a missionary in 1896. In 1949 a site had been obtained for the building of a church when the Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa gave a plot of land to the Jerusalem And East Mission. In 1986, St. Christopher’s was proclaimed the cathedral of the diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.
Within the leafy green setting of the Bahrain Petroleum Company compound in Awali there is a second Anglican church, (shared with the Roman Catholic community).

Ephesians 3:14-20 (NLT)
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Amen.


Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

September 28, 2013

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Elaine Carrubba, Darlene Chesnut, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State 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

Several copies of “199 Promises of God” were handed out to people this morning, but we forgot to write them down.

+Micky (man) — “for my grandmother Mary who is sick”

a José (man) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] — “health and more work.”

+a Ken (semi-regular) — “long health, prosperity, longevity” He also asked prayer for a young lady named Brandi, that God will keep her in his path.

+Mike (young man) — general prayer

Darlene — She asked prayer for Mark to be able to finish his term paper for seminary.

a Jamal (the young man who had a gun held on him a few weeks ago and trusted in Jesus) — He has just had surgery on his left shoulder. We prayed for speedy healing and no infection, and that he would continue his walk with Jesus. (overflowing joy)

+Keven (young man) — general prayer

+Michael (teenage boy) — “fame”

+a Shannon (man with self-inflicted burn marks all over his arm) — He confessed his sins and gave his life to Jesus again and accepted God’s forgiveness. Heavy prayer is needed for Shannon to overcome his self-destructive patterns.

+Jeff and +Brandi and ++++ 4 children — God has been closing some doors for them and opening others.

+Kisha (woman) — She has a brand-new granddaughter. We prayed for health and safety for her and her whole family.

+Cheryl (young woman) — Her family is coming back together.

+a Felix (Older man) — He has leg pain, and diabetes. He has come from New York City and is having difficulty with DSS getting services.

+Albert (young man) and +Justin (his son) — He asked prayer for a “good day”.

+Dianne (woman) — She asked for healing of her back and announced when she got up out of the chair that the pain was gone.

An Arabic Bible was given to a woman at the 40 Days for Life campaign up the street at Planned Parenthood.


A variety of Scriptures

September 28, 2013

Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
      Jesus, help me daily follow where you lead. I trust you to be my chart and compass and lead me into the life you want for me.

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
      Jesus, come and rule and reign in our hearts with your righteousness. Come into the life of the Episcopal Church and help us dwell in safety. Thank you.

And He shall stand and feed His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God; And they shall abide, For now He shall be great To the ends of the earth; (Micah 5:4)
      Jesus, you have fed me and clothed me and provided shelter for me and my family all these years. Thank you. Help me go forward day by day in your strength.

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)
      Jesus, thank you for coming to me in lowliness — for meeting me where I am.

Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you. (Zechariah 9:12)
      Father, I too am a prisoner of hope — I live in the hope of the resurrection and I live in hope for what you are doing for me now. Thank you.

“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10)
      LORD God, pour your Spirit of grace and supplication upon those who know Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. (Zechariah 13:1)
      Lord, we mourn for the state of your church and its people. Open up that fountain of your Holy Spirit so that we may be made clean and set free from the power of sin. Thank you.

For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. (Leviticus 16:30)
      We pray for the clergy of the Episcopal Church — that they will communicate to all your people the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ and his power to set free from sin. Thank you.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)
      A word received: Pray for clarity of spiritual sight.

A word received: Hearken to my voice.

Chris Tomlin – Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkAZteruVAw

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 2 Kings 11:1-20a; 1 Cor. 7:10-24; Matt. 6:19-24
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 2 Kings 17:1-18; Acts 9:36-43; Luke 5:1-11
Proper 21 Closest to September 28: 146 or 146:4-9; Amos 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 6:11-19; Luke 16:19-31
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      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 5:15 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water

David (young man) — “I am now clean, I have a job and a car.”

Dan — He is working toward reconciliation with his daughter Julia.

Smiley — “It’s easy to get down and hard to get up.” Problems with growing older.

We prayed for peace at the Schenectady City Mission Community Meal.

+Fred — “Gratefulness that I can have a meal. My wife +Judy needs 24/7 oxygen. I have had a 3-way heart bypass. My sister is a nun.

Stephen (Jewish man) — He was much less hostile to Christianity this time. He still did most of the talking and little listening.

Gary — We prayed for Stephen (above), for Gary’s family, and he prayed for us.

Albany Intercessor


Bahrain–islands

September 28, 2013

In Arabic, Bahrayn is the dual form of bahr (“sea”), so al-Bahrayn means “the Two Seas.”

Map of Bahrain

Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Bahrain,
you islands of Bahrain, and all who live in them.
Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices;
let the settlements rejoice.
Let the people of Jesus sing for joy;
let them shout from the mountaintops.
Let them give glory to the Lord
and proclaim his praise in the coastlands.
The Lord will march out like a champion,
like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;
with a shout he will raise the battle cry
and will triumph over his enemies.
His name is above every name on the Bahrain Island, Nabih Saleh, Jidda Island, Umm as Sabaan, and the Hawar Islands. At His name, every knee shall bow in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
Sing to the Lord a new song.

Adapted from Isaiah 42:10-13


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