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From The Telegraph: Al-Qaeda seizes a village where the original language of Jesus is still spoken.
From Christianity Today: Religious leaders call for prayer. Prayers from the Church of England are included.
From World Magazine: Syrian physician writes letter from Aleppo.
It is near Aleppo that wives were found for Isaac and for Jacob:
Genesis 24:12-14 (NIV)
Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”
Genesis 29:9-14 (NIV)
While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.
As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
Are not the Syrians relatives of Your chosen people? Have not the Syrian Christians been adopted into the household of God?
Protect the household of God in Syria today.
Lead the household of God in Syria today.
Show kindness to the household of God in Syria today.
Provide water for the household of God in Syria today.
Embrace the household of God in Syria today.
Nurture the household of God in Syria today.
Multiply the household of God in Syria today.
Bless the household of God in Syria today. Amen.
A prayer for the still missing Syrian Archbishops may be found here.
Now great multitudes went with him. And he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it– lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:25-33)
Jesus, help us leave behind everything that hinders us from following you and being your disciples.
Then he said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8 ) Lord, I pray that you will send more laborers out into the harvest fields. Here am I, send me.
A word received: Pray for leaders who will hearken to my word.
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; 1 Kings 12:21-33; Acts 4:18-31; John 10:31-42
Proper 18 Closest to September 7: Ps.1; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Philemon 1-20; Luke 14:25-33
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; 1 Kings 13:1-10; Phil. 1:1-11; Mark 15:40-47
Notes from the Front Line
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 7, 2013, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, David Haig, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton, Candy Palumbo 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
Trinity and Sister (in cheerleader outfits)
Steve (regular) — Has gotten insurance for business.
Steven (regular, young man) — Struggling to find a job with a prison record (he was baptized in prison); asked prayers for his father who is now doing better.
a Tobias — He has been hired back to an old job. He asked prayer for deliverance and for his friends: Dianne, Lisa, Yashieva, Malaika, Regena, Maiesha, Monique, and Sharon.
Jerome (man) — “for my family”
David (man) — That his ears would be unclogged.
a+199 Leela and a+199 June (women) — Jobs, finances, love and happiness in homes.
+a199 Jackie (woman) — Asked prayer for her schooling for her three children: Keith, Tyra, and Jacqueline.
+a199 Lance (boy age 11 who has been to the prayer table before) — He is still clear about his commit to Jesus. He asked prayer for his mother, Kelly.
Vincent (father) and Malachi (son) — “Hit and Run” prayer
a199 Priest (man with knife wounds on face) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] — He recommitted his life to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiving and cleansing.
Felix (bottle guy) — “Hit and Run” prayer. This is the first time he has responded to us in all the years he has passed by.
+James (man) — “for a job”
Paula (regular who called in on cell phone for prayer) — Prayed for her and her family.
+a199 Nadice and +a Charles — “for our family” and Nadice has “serious depression”
David and Louise — They prayed for relief from pain for Jean.
Albany St. Saturday 9/7, 9:40 – 10:45, Carol MacNaughton, Candy Palumbo, Mark Pasko and his guitar, Very quiet but unusual day!
Rob – stopped to listen to the music, then went home and got his keyboard! He plays for Friendship Baptist church. We had a mini-Christian concert on the streets! Playing and singing Blessed Assurance, How Great is Our God, Morning is Broken, and several other songs.
Natalie goes to church with Rob, stopped and joined us in singing. (Carol tried to videotape it but apparently need to learn how to do that properly with her “smart” phone.)
Natalie was very excited to tell us all about the choir and her church and invited us there. She also spoke of the Jubilee she sings in – several of the area church choirs combine for a night of Gospel at Proctors and Saratoga.
Rob – prayer for a paying job as a church organist and other work
Natalie – the right job for her
Clarissa – prayer for pain in her back and side
Candy – growth in prayer tables in the diocese
Carol – open up the doors for the Outreach ministries she is coordinating
++ David – prayers for his wife Tina – the cancer in her lymph nodes is now breast cancer
Candy – her daughter to sell her home; discernment for Candy
+ Curtis – healing of his hand; Jesus in his heart
***** ***** 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.
Chaplain Rob Sutherland, 0406 767 757, firstname.lastname@example.org
John 11:35, 40 Amp
Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?
We weep for the nation of Honduras. Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of God, Who has come into the world. You are the Resurrection and the Life. We are believing and relying on You to display the glory of God in Honduras.