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.


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