Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. (Matthew 12:6)
Holy Spirit, help us recognize and honor the authority of Jesus by our words and deeds.
But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. (Matthew 12:7)
Holy Spirit, work on our desires so that we desire what Jesus desires: mercy and righteousness.
For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:8 )
Jesus, come and be Lord of our Sabbaths. Help us enter into true worship of our Father in heaven and worship of you.
Now when he had departed from there, he went into their synagogue. And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”–that they might accuse him. Then he said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. (Matthew 12:9-13)
Father, let our Sunday services become true service to you where healing is ministered and received. Thank you.
Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! (Psalm 38:21-22)
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Lam. 2:8-15; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; Matt. 12:1-14
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Ezra 1:1-11; 1 Cor. 16:1-9; Matt. 12:15-21
Notes from the Front Line
***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Oct. 21, 2013; 10-11 a.m. Cool but sunny morning. Lots of people out and about! Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)
a– anointed with Holy Oil.
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
Note: For the last 3 weeks we have begun offering free winter hats, gloves, socks and scarves to our neighbors who need them. The response has been heavy. There is a need in our neighborhood, and the cold weather is at our doorstep. We are thankful to be able to help our neighborhood folks in this way.
[If you would like to contribute towards gloves and hats for those in need, send a check to St. Ann’s Episcopal Church’ 37 Division St, Amsterdam, NY 12010-4398 and mark the memo line “Clothes for the poor”. Torre]
t — ED — Asked for prayer for his mother SHARON, who had quadruple bypass recently and is not bouncing back as was hoped or expected.
t,t — SHERRY — This woman has suffered with spinal pain since early this summer and is seeking relief from the pain. She has a doctor appointment on November 5th and is both looking forward to it and scared at the same time. We prayed for her to be healed and to be freed from both pain and anxiety about it.
t — BIANCA — She asked for protection from demons. She is convinced that evil spirits are “after her” all the time.
REBECCA — This is a young woman who has problems with her knees. She walks with a cane up and down the hills of the city. Until recently she was getting helpful physical therapy, but her health coverage didn’t allow her to continue past a certain number of visits. She is now experiencing back pain as well. We prayed for healing for her.
a, t — MARIA — This woman is a distance runner who has run past His table each of the past few weeks without stopping. (She would always wave and say “God bless you!” as she passed us.) This time, she finished her run and came back to seek prayer. She asked for prayer for her and her husband to be safe and well.
t — THERESA — She wanted prayer for her grandson JOHN’s health and well-being, and for “peace all over the world.”
MOTHER AND SON (no names) — They gratefully took winter clothing but politely declined prayer. “We’re good!” she exclaimed. We prayed at a distance anyway that they would draw closer to Him.
t — ANGELA — First she asked for prayer for her grandsons (no names) to be safe from harm. As she was leaving she mentioned that she is battling cancer, so we called her back and prayed for healing for her.
DAVID — Sought prayer for his Native American friend, a blind woman named DAKOTA. David took two walking canes we were offering for free that were left over from a recent ECW rummage sale. David said Dakota would gratefully use them.