As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And he said to him, “Follow me.” So he arose and followed him. Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matthew 9:9-13)
Jesus, thank you for coming to our table last night and for the ensuing fellowship. Thank you for your kindness to us day by day.
I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in your word. (Psalm 119:147)
Father, morning by morning your word gives me hope. Thank you.
My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on your word. (Psalm 119:148 )
Holy Spirit, stir my heart and my mind with your word. Thank you.
The entirety of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous judgments endures forever. (Psalm 119:160)
LORD, help me receive the entirety of your word — let it all speak to me — and help me hearken to it. Thank you.
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 2 Kings 22:14-23:3; 1 Cor. 11:23-34; Matt. 9:9-17
Thursday: 131, 132,  * 134, 135; 2 Kings 23:4-25; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; Matt. 9:18-26
Notes from the Front Line
***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Church leaders call people to prayer in East Belfast.
The leaders of over 20 congregations from in and around East Belfast have called upon people from that part of the city and beyond to pray for the area on Wednesday, 9 October. Church members, community leaders and others will gather in St Patrick’s Church, Ballymacarrett, at 7.30pm to pray for the local community, the wider city and for Northern Ireland as a whole.
The initiative has grown out of a gathering of church leaders, who met this week to discuss a range of issues pertaining to East Belfast, including the ongoing problems of drugs and drug related violence, suicide, and a widespread sense of disenchantment among many people in East Belfast.
A strong sense came from the meeting that the message of the Christian Gospel is a positive one of hope, and that a response of prayer can make a real difference in an increasingly difficult situation.
The Bible promises that ‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Please join the East Belfast Prayer Gathering on Wednesday 9th October 2013 from 7.30–9.00 pm at St Patrick’s Church, Ballymacarrett, Newtownards Road, East Belfast.
***** Prayer Table Report State Street Schenectady, Tuesday 10/8 1:10PM – 2:15PM, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and his guitar
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
Carol and Rose – protection, God’s guidance in sharing His desires
+Robert – prayers to slow down, God’s wisdom in making correct decisions.
+Benjamin – prayers for everything! he need housing
+Shekir – (Benjamin’s girlfriend) – prayers for her brain aneurysm, cancer in her throat
+Jerome (man) – prayers for more financial assistance.
+ Jerome’s baby due in December and prayers for the mother (Carol did not catch the name)
+Tamara – simply to say Thank You Lord for being so good!
+Shelly – guidance to walk away from any darkness into the light, to be a good wife
+Eric (husband of Shelly) – to be a good leader, a good husband
Bus honked FIRST!
Prince (been to the table before) – he is getting his apartment next week. We thanks the Lord and rejoiced that his life is coming together.
Antonio (Prince’s son in the Navy in Afghanistan)) – prayers for people in our military, keep them safe, may they all know His love.
***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Oct. 7, 2013; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Warm and sunny day but very windy! This was the first day we passed out free hats, gloves and socks for people. Cold weather is coming, and many in our neighborhood are needy of these items. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)
a– anointed with Holy Oil.
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
ED — Declined prayer but took some gloves and a hat and socks. As he walked away, we prayed for his safety and good health.
t — JOSE — Received prayer for safety and protection, preservation. He is a Seventh Day Adventist member and said to us “I believe He is coming soon, and I’m ready for Him!”
Jose also took some needed clothing and was grateful for it.
JULIO — Needed prayer for upcoming surgery to go well.
SHERRY — This woman came to the table during the summer because of pain in the front of her neck. She now has problems with her whole spine and is going to the doctor this week for something to help her with pain control. We prayed for healing for her.
ETHEL — Needed prayer for her wrist which continues to hurt her. (She fell during the winter last year delivering food to others. She says God is never going to heal it, but we keep insisting He will heal her. (She HAS been to a doctor.)
a, t — ANGIE — She said “I can ALWAYS use prayer, thank you!” We prayed for God to watch over her and protect her and give her signs that He is working in her life. She gratefully took some gloves and a hat.
YOUNG COUPLE — Declined prayer just as ED did, but they were very grateful for free clothing. As they left the table, we prayed for them anyway.