Matthew 25:31-46

December 21, 2013

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46)
      Jesus, please give us eyes to see and ears to hear the crying of the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the prisoner.

      Holy Spirit, help us reach out to the lost and the least with the compassion of Jesus.

      Father of the fatherless, help us receive the orphans and those caught up in the foster care system with your love and caring. Thank you

A word received: Remember the poor and needy.

A word received: Wait on me, turn to me. I AM your hope.

Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zech. 8:9-17: Rev. 6:1-17: Matt. 25:31-46
Sunday: 24,: 29 * 8, 84; Gen 3:18-15: Rev. 12:1-10: John 3:16-21
Fourth Sunday of Advent: 24 or 24:1-7; Isaiah 7:10-17; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 21, 2013, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, David Haigh, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

One of the things that is always fascinating to us is that weather is no indicator of the number of people that will stop for prayer. It was raining, and yet the people came.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
g–indicates received gloves
h–indicates received a g\hat
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

State St.

g Elizabeth (older woman) — She asked prayer that she would be kept safe and warm.

Steve (man) — We prayed that he would get a location to start his business.

ggghh 3 guys stopped for gloves and hats.

+ h g Todd (young man) — Todd first asked, “What are you doing here?” We said we were here to pray for people who needed prayer. He asked prayer that he would get health care coverage. When he left he said, “Thank you, my brothers.”

Stephen (young man, regular) — He was out getting stuff for his father, trying to help his father out.

+ g h Boogie Boogie (man) — General prayer.

+ Andrew (man) — He asked prayer for a woman named Linda who is being evicted on Monday.

Tobias (regular) — He wanted prayer to get free from sin.

Walter (regular) — We asked prayer that God would keep him safe.

The Bus Driver honked and waved to us.

+ 199 Tony (young man) — He had previously given his life to Jesus but he had “backslid”. We helped him “frontslid” by confessing his sins to Jesus, asking for forgiveness and accepting God’s forgiveness. We gave him If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) and explained to him that he was now clean. A look of real joy on his face.

++++ 199 Janice (regular) — She got four crosses to pass out to others. She had already passed out the ones we gave her at the City Mission on Thursday.

+Len (young man) — He said, “Pray for me.”

Vincent (man) — We prayed that God would provide for him.

+Marcus and Anaili (young girl, 5)

+ a 199 Ashley (young woman) — She said the devil is trying tear her down. We prayed against all demonic spirits attacking her and prayed for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

+Donna

+++ Casey (mom), Guiyani and Srianmari (2 young girls)

+ 199 Sarah — She came up to the table and said, “I want to get back to Jesus.” She confessing her sins to Jesus, asking for forgiveness and accepting God’s forgiveness. We gave her If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) and explained to her that she was now clean.

Albany St., 9:40-10:45, Carol MacNaughton Mark Pasko and guitar. It was raining slightly, we prayed for the rain to stop and it did.

Ranu – (man blind in one eye, visited the table last week) – was there as soon as we sat up! He is doing better! He has found a church and is pursuing God. We prayed again for the healing of his eye.

H Clarice (regular) prayers for her son Scott’s safety, coming home soon. We also prayed for relief of her back pain.

GH Allah – prayers for his family

GH – unknown man who blessed us

++ Jailon – we prayed for his life in total, feeling lonely at Christmas. We also prayed for Nasya – his 3 year old daughter which a single kidney which is in failure

HG Robert – prayers to make better decisions, keep the peace with his landlord

HG Prim – general blessing

HHHH, ++ Stella and her daughter Angel (regulars) – Stella reports her pastor is doing better since he was prayed for (had a heart attack) and his brother is in ICU – also doing well. We prayed for hastened healing to amaze the doctors. We prayer for Angel’s healing of ADHD. (The extra hats and crosses were for Stella to give away to people she knows who need them)

+H Fernando – his upcoming trip to Peru and for the light of Christ to shine in him and out of him

Tom (regular) – a smooth transition on financials and relationship with his son Paul, about to turn 21.

H+ Latricia (pulled over in her car to come get prayer) – everything (tears as we prayed)

Albany Intercessor


Church of England

December 21, 2013

Psalm 138:1-2 (NKJV)
I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

Our Father in heaven,
We thank Your word and Your holy name, Your lovingkindness and Your truth. May Your word be blessed and Your name be praised in the Church of England. Amen.


Golden bowls for Syria

December 21, 2013

Revelation 5:8 (ESV)
And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Our Father in heaven,
I do not understand the economy of prayer in heaven. Are they used to make music or pleasant odors or colors or healing anointings? How do they affect heaven and impact earth? Can You multiply the prayers the way Jesus multiplied the bread? Are there missing prayers–prayers that in our sin and ignorance we know not how to pray?
This is a mystery too great for me. Have mercy and bless the golden bowls of prayers for Syria. Amen.


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