Psalm 119:1-, Amos 4:11, and Psalm 18:28-29

December 5, 2013

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! (Psalm 119:1)
      LORD, help us walk in your ways.

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek him with the whole heart! (Psalm 119:2)
      Jesus, help us keep your testimonies and seek you with our whole heart.

They also do no iniquity; they walk in his ways. (Psalm 119:3)
      Holy Spirit, keep us from doing works of iniquity.

You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently. (Psalm 119:4)
      Father, please help us keep your righteous precepts diligently.

Oh, that my ways were directed to keep your statutes! (Psalm 119:5)
      Jesus, direct my steps so that I do not stumble.

“I overthrew some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; yet you have not returned to me,” Says the LORD. (Amos 4:11)
      LORD, just as you plucked John Wesley from the burning fire to lead England back to you in his day, raise up others in our day to lead this nation and your church back to you.

For you will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28 )
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. Please help us take each step by your light. Thank you.

For by you I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. (Psalm 18:29)
      Holy Spirit, please help us by your strength to leap over every wall of bondage that keeps us locked inside. Thank you.

      The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted. (Psalm 18:46)

A word received: Rejoice in me and my ways.

A word received: Surrender all to me.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Amos 4:6-13: 2 Pet. 3:11-18: Matt. 21:33-46
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Amos 5:1-17: Jude 1-16: Matt. 22:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Cathedral Prayer Table report 12/4/13, Dcn Sue Plaske, Candy Palumbo, Hilda Hardy, and Jana Lingo, Nice day for December

Connie – Chris and her family, ray, Jackie, Jim, Tereka, Robin, Kelly’s Uncle, and Wilma – blessings and comfort for all

Natasha – Thanksgiving and easy winter for the homeless

Deacon nick- health

Hilda’s job – God’s will to be done at work – desire for stability, thanksgiving for wonderful weekend with son.

Paul – Bishop Ball, Bailey family, Tripp, Ryan, Health and Daily provisions

Candy – shrinking for Michael’s adenoids, Clearing his lungs, and asthma

FHS Jana

***** ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM PRAYER TABLE (Monday, Dec. 2, 2013; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church at 37 Division Street. Sunny and 36 degrees — more than twice as warm as last Monday! A lot of people out and about. We continue to give away a lot of warm winter clothing (hats, gloves, socks) and non-perishable food (soups, mac and cheese, tuna fish, pasta, etc.) and the people are grateful for the helping hand. We continue to thank the people from our church and from outside who have sent checks to help us keep feeding and clothing the people in need. There are so many of them. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

a– anointed with Holy Oil
t — received wooden cross from Dennis Adams of North Carolina
c– received clothing
f– received food items

ETHEL — Asked for prayer for ” … things to continue to go well.”

f, c — TEQUINA and WILLIAM — This couple took food and clothing, and they were so grateful. It seems the heat went out in their apartment; it was either turned off by the landlord or went out because the furnace failed. We prayed for them to get the heat back in their home.

c, f — NANCY — This very needy woman comes every week for food, especially. We help her to get through the week because she has little means of obtaining food. We prayed for her continued safety and protection and preservation.

YOUNG MAN — Wondered what we were “selling.” We told him the food and clothing were free. He looked at everything but did not take anything. We asked him if he would like prayer and he said politely, “No thank you” and walked on. It was a sad moment. Muriel and I prayed for him from a distance to come closer to Christ this week.

LOU — This older man asked for prayer for protection from people trying to “hurt” him. He did not go in detail but the Lord knows what he needs. We prayed for his safety.

a,f,c — REBECCA and MICHAEL — Rebecca is a regular at the table who takes care of her nephew Michael, and this is the second week in a row she brought Michael with her. Last week he was bitten by a spider all over his face while sleeping and we prayed for healing (after she had taken him to the doctor.) He was anointed today for continued healing and we prayed for both Rebecca and Michael to be safe, to have enough to eat and for Michael to be safe from future insect bites.

t — MAN IN CAR (no name) — HE saw us by the sidewalk and stopped the car. He asked if he could have a cross. We gave it to him and prayed for him to have Jesus’ protection. He put the cross on right away.

c– IRENE — She came to the table a few weeks ago asking for freedom from wanting to hate other people. We asked for continued prayer for her to try to love others as Christ loves us.

t — TINA — This woman driving a van was the second to pause along us at the stop light and ask for one of our crosses. This has never happened before. Praise God!

Albany Intercessor

Advent quotes: Henri Nouwen – Waiting in order to learn

December 5, 2013

I came across the following quote by Henri Nouwen Tuesday while looking for artwork on the theme of “waiting” to include with Matt Redman’s song “In the Waiting”. [Make sure to give that song a listen if you’ve not yet checked it out!  It is PERFECT for Advent!]

May we truly make it our aim this Advent to not merely wait for Christ but to learn more about Him each day, that when He returns, our hearts will be like His.

Nouwen - waiting (Advent)

UPDATE:  The graphic is not always displaying properly.  Sorry!  The quote reads

“Waiting is a period of learning. 

The longer we wait, the more we hear about him for whom we are waiting.”

H/T: There will be bread blog

Church of England

December 5, 2013

1 John 5:6-8 (NIV)

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ.

Sprinkle clean water on the Church of England, dear Lord, and she shall be clean.

He did not come by water only, but by water and blood.

Cleanse her from all her impurities and from all her idols, we pray.

And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

Give her a new heart and put a new spirit within her.  Put Your Spirit in her and move her to follow Your decrees and to keep Your laws

For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

Remove her heart of stone and give her a heart of flesh.  O that the Church of England would be Your people and You would be their God.  Amen.

Ezekiel 36:24-28


December 5, 2013

Zechariah 1:13-17 (MSG)

God reassured the Angel-Messenger—good words, comforting words—who then addressed me: “Tell them this. Tell them that God-of-the-Angel-Armies has spoken. This is God’s Message: ‘I care deeply for Jerusalem and Zion. I feel very possessive of them. But I’m thoroughly angry with the godless nations that act as if they own the whole world. I was only moderately angry earlier, but now they’ve gone too far. I’m going into action.

“‘I’ve come back to Jerusalem, but with compassion this time.’
This is God speaking.
‘I’ll see to it that my Temple is rebuilt.’
A Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
‘The rebuilding operation is already staked out.’
Say it again—a Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies:
‘My cities will prosper again,
God will comfort Zion again,
Jerusalem will be back in my favor again.’”

Father, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  Amen.

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