Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

February 28, 2014

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Dan (staff) — He asked prayer for Taisha (woman) who is a member of the community meal who is having surgery. He also asked prayer for his wife’s cousin Debbie who has Stage 4 cancer.

Gary (staff) — We prayed for his wife Debbie who is in pain; for Joanne who needs a kidney, and for the message he would be giving to those who had come to the meal.

Ted (volunteer) — His granddaughter Camille had a reaction to the antibiotics she was receiving for Lyme’s disease. We also prayed for his peripheral neuropathy.

Ken (man) — His girlfriend of 12 years died; he has lost his job; and he is angry with God. After praying with him, he invited Jesus into his heart.

++John (young man who gave his life to Jesus January 23rd) — He had to press charges against his father to the police (his father had held a knife to John’s throat) and his father was in jail. He asked prayer for his father’s safety. He also asked prayer for his mother who is sick. He took crosses for his father and mother.

+ a 199 Chris (man) — Gary (staff) had been his probation officer 18 years before. Gary invited him to sit down. Chris’ daughter Merjian (age 12) was adopted in Oklahoma without his permission because he couldn’t go there for the hearing. He has not seen his daughter for 10 years. He gave his life to Jesus and invited Jesus into his heart. He was crying.

+Rich (man) — He came up to me and introduced himself. I remembered his face but not his name. He said he had last seen me in 1999 at Christ Church.

Various Scriptures Prayed

February 28, 2014

Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus. But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. (John 12:20-26)

      Holy Spirit, move among us in this diocese to raise up men and women and youths who will give their all for Jesus and so bear much fruit.

      Father, you are Lord of the Harvest: send us into the harvest fields to bring in the full crop you have prepared for us.

      Jesus, I am willing to be a grain of wheat for you. Help me join with you day by day in producing much grain.

A word received (11/18/06): Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. (Philemon 1:23-25)

      Jesus, help us to be fellow laborers for the gospel. Help us join with all those saints down through the ages whose passion for you was greater than any suffering they had to endure. Thank you.

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my family, that You have brought me this far? (2 Samuel 7:18 )

      Father, help me come to that place of stillness where I am at rest in your presence as David was with you. Thank you.

Cause me to hear your lovingkindness in the morning, for in you do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to you. (Psalm 143:8 )

      Jesus, I lift up my soul to you.

A word received (11/28/13): I can set your spirit free from every snare of the evil one.

A word received: I AM living water; come to me and drink.

Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Prov. 8:1-21: Philemon 1-25: John 12:9-19

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Prov. 8:22-36: 2 Tim. 1:1-14: John 12:20-26

Albany Intercessor


February 28, 2014

List of priests and religious murdered or kidnapped in Syria is here.  Hat tip:  T19

Adapted from Psalm 149 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
Let the intercessors for Syria be glad in their Maker;
let them rejoice in their King!
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19 KJV)

Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation.
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19 KJV)

Let the godly exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,
We lift up the sword of the Spirit, Lord. Defend the gospel in loyalty, honor, and commitment! Defend those clergy and religious who are being held captive! Deliver them with a strong hand and an outstretched arm!

to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishments on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment written!
Jehovah Sabaoth, bind the demonic forces of evil at play in these murders and kidnappings with chains and fetters of iron. Execute on them the judgment written!

This is honor for all his godly ones.
Praise the Lord!

Two Exciting Resources for Lent

February 27, 2014

Regrettably, I don’t think my schedule will allow for much, if any, Lenten blogging this year. It would have been fun to do a special Lenten series this year in honor of Lent & Beyond’s 10th anniversary. (We began in February 2004 at the beginning of Lent.)

But with Ash Wednesday quickly approaching, I wanted to at least quickly post about two excellent Lent resources:

1) Let us Keep the Feast: Epiphany & Lent

This is a short booklet (64 pages) that provides an overview of some of the history of Epiphany and Lenten observances and gives lots of simple, practical ideas for how to celebrate these seasons at home as a family.  I enjoyed the Advent edition of this series. Jessica Snell, who blogs at Homemaking Through the Church Year, and who is a good friend of this blog, is one of the editors.  Here’s the Amazon Link

2) Lenten music: Lent at Ephesus, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles

When I logged into iTunes about 2 weeks ago, I was very excited to see a featured album of sacred music for Lent.   It’s a release of Lenten music by the Benedictine nuns at the Priory of our Lady of Ephesus.   I loved the album of Advent music these nuns put out two years ago, so this is sure to be another excellent choral feast of sacred music to aid in Lenten devotions.   I haven’t bought this yet.  I plan to download it next week if I can get a decent internet connection (our continual internet outages are yet another reason I’ve not been blogging lately…).  But if it’s anywhere near as good as the Advent at Ephesus album, it is VERY worth buying!  Here’s the iTunes link:  Lent at Ephesus

John, 1 John, and Psalm 135

February 27, 2014

Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom he had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of my burial. For the poor you have with you always, but me you do not have always.” (John 12:1-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see the poor that are all around us.

      Jesus, help us give alms to to the poor in addition to our tithes and offerings. Help us to have compassion towards the poor. Help us recognize our own poverty of spirit before you.

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in his holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)
      Father, please help us have your heart towards the lost and the least. Help us defend them and provide for them. Thank you for having mercy on us; for we too are poor sinners in need of your grace and mercy.

Now this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15)
      Jesus, please help us pray according to the mind of your Spirit and ask for those things that are the Father’s will.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear; nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them. (Psalm 135:15-18 )
      Holy Father, set this nation free from the idolatry of money and personal fulfillment.

A word received: My word is food indeed.
A prayer received: Feed us on your word.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Prov. 6:1-19: 1 John 5:1-12: John 11:45-54
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Prov. 8:1-21: Philemon 1-25: John 12:9-19

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Cathedral Prayer Table 2-26-14, Cold, and It appears that I did not get the word that we would not have a table today, but I set up inside.

Paul – Bishop Ball, Fr. Mc Quade, Tripp, Ryan and his Father Ken, Tyler and Oliva

Otis – in a recovery program, which he has been successfully completing, but his ADHD is giving him problems, and his daughter Daishetta, that she may complete the nursing program is she is enroller in.

FHS, Jana Lingo

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, 11 a.m. – noon in our Parish Hall during our free monthly Community Meal. Muriel Papura, Ann DeGroff and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

JOHN — We prayed for his battle for better health and that he will know God is with him through this ordeal.

MYRA — She sought prayer for her daughter ELISE, who has fought various illnesses her whole life and is getting discouraged. We prayed that God would give her a booster shot of faith.

PAIGE — This woman asked for prayer for her boyfriend PAUL, who she says is “not accepted” by her family and close friends.

(Monday, Feb. 24, 20-14, 10-10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. For the third straight week it was very, very cold with a snow squall and high wind blowing. It made for very little foot traffic and it made it difficult for us to remain out there as long as we would have liked. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table. Did not give out any crosses or anoint anyone with Holy Oil today, partly because my oil stock was frozen!)

NANCY — This very needy woman who lives with her sister came for the free non-perishable food we offer (along with warm winter clothing items) and we prayed for her protection, safety and good health.

TWO WOMEN IN SEPARATE CARS — They were cussing and swearing at each other from their cars idling at the traffic light near our table. The one nearest us rolled down the window and asked us to pray for the OTHER lady top stop swearing and behave! We prayed for both of them to calm down and stop fighting.

JOHNNY — This man came to the table and asked for prayers for his sister (No name) who he says heard the “Seven Trumpets of Heaven” sounding in the sky above her in New York City on Sunday morning. (Supposedly there are people from all over the Earth who have heard strange sounds coming out of the sky lately. YOU TUBE is rife with reports on this.) JOHNNY also sought prayer for his own health and safety, and he took food and clothing with the prayer.

CONCHERA — This young woman came just as we were closing the table and took food. We prayed for her and her young family.

Albany Intercessor

Media and Israel

February 27, 2014

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You that Israel has brought life and hope into the world. We thank You for the Ten Commandments, for the understanding of holiness, for the Sabbath, for covenant, and for the Messiah.
Your Son Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” We call out for truth in the media reports on Israel. Open the eyes of the media to see the events in Israel through the eyes of Christ, and spotlight the truth. Amen.

Prayer app

February 26, 2014

From The Telegraph: The Church of England has developed an app of the daily offices for use by commuters.

Hat tip: T19


February 25, 2014

From BBC: A refugee camp in Yarmouk, southern Damascus, has been under a punishing siege for a year. They are unable to move because of the endless fighting. Twenty thousand people are desperate for food.

Dear Jesus, Precious Savior,
You once instructed a disciple to catch a fish and take a gold coin out of its mouth. Another time, you told a disciple to cast his net on the other side of the boat to reap a harvest. You have multiplied bread and fish. Your prophets Elijah and Elisha multiplied oil.
Speak to Your disciples today and give them instructions for relief in Yarmouk. With You nothing is impossible. Amen.

John 11:39-44 and Psalm 127:1

February 25, 2014

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:39-40)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to that level of belief/faith/trust in what Jesus has said that we will see the glory of God.

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I know that you always hear me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” (John 11:41-42)
      Father, thank you for hearing Jesus. Thank you that you hear him now as he ever lives to make intercession for us.

Now when he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:43)
      Jesus, call us forth to new life in you as you did Lazarus.

And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:44)
      Jesus, please give your word of command whereby we will be set free from every bondage. Bless the ministry of deliverance throughout the diocese. Thank you.

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; (Psalm 127:1a)
      LORD, so many attempt to build on other foundations than Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 3:11 ff). Set the Church free of this folly.

Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1b)
      LORD, guard your people, for the enemy is at the city gates and has broken in. Revive our civic institutions and restore good governance and sound morals. Let the river of your Spirit flow through our community and wash away the filth. Thank you.

A word received: Look to my grace and mercy and not to your desires. My grace and mercy are so that you may do my will.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Prov. 4:1-27: 1 John 4:7-21: John 11:30-44

Albany Intercessor


February 25, 2014

From Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel: Israeli planes hit Hezbollah target near Lebanese-Syrian border.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the target was a Hezbollah “missile base.”

Numbers 23:23 (NIV)
There is no divination against Jacob,
no evil omens against Israel.
It will now be said of Jacob
and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’

We stand in agreement with Your Holy Word that no divination or omens will come against the nation of Israel. We loose confusion into every demonic confederacy that seeks to breach the borders of Israel and to destroy it. We claim the bood of Jesus around this nation and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Amen.

John 15, St. Matthais Day

February 24, 2014

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. (John 15:1)
      Father, please prune me so that I may bear fruit for you.

      Jesus, please keep me grafted into you by your Holy Spirit.

If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. (John 15:6)
      Jesus, there are so many withered branches in your church.

      Father, graft them back into the vine so that can receive new life in Jesus.

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to that steady abiding in Jesus whereby we pray according to his will.

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples. (John 15:8 )
      Jesus, help us to be disciples who bear much fruit and bring glory to our Father in heaven.

“As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in my love. (John 15:9)
      Jesus, help us abide in your love and learn to experience our Father’s love more.

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as i have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. (John 15:10)
      Jesus, help us keep your commandment to love one another and show forth your love and the love of your Father to one another.

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to that fulfillment of joy that you have for us.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
      Jesus, please help us live out your commandment day by day.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13)
      Father, help us follow Jesus’ example of laying down his life for his friends, for laying down his life for us.

You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. (John 15:14)
      Jesus, please help us come into that friendship that flows out of obedience to you.

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)
      Thank you for calling us your friends, Jesus.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. (John 15:16)
      Jesus, thank you for choosing me, along with Matthais and your other saints. Help me, like them, hold to the faith once for all delivered to the saints (see Jude 3). Thank you.

These things I command you, that you love one another. (John 15:17)
      Jesus, I am yours to command.

Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Prov. 3:11-20: 1 John 3:18-4:6: John 11:17-29
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Prov. 4:1-27: 1 John 4:7-21: John 11:30-44
St. Matthias February 24: 15; Acts 1:15-26; Philippians 3:13b-21; John 15:1,6-16

Albany Intercessor

From Matthew 5 and Leviticus 19

February 23, 2014

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (Matthew 5:38-397)
      Jesus, please help me to be willing to suffer for righteousness sake — not my righteousness, but yours.

If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. (Matthew 5:40-41)
      Holy Spirit, please help me let go of the worldly stuff so that your purposes are served.

Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. (Matthew 5:42)
      Father, soften my heart. Give me a heart of flesh instead of this heart of stone. Help me to respond to those in need.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (Matthew 5:43-44)
      Jesus, please help me to forgive, even as you did. Help me let go of old wounds and hurts and the anger and resentment I feel towards those who have hurt me.

that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45)
      Father, help me to recognize the plank in my own eye so that I may love and have compassion on the evil as well as the good.

For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:46-48 )
      Holy Spirit, please help me to love with Jesus’ love from the cross so that I may enter my Father’s will and kingdom. Thank you.

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. (Leviticus 19:1-2)
      Father, I pray that every servant of yours throughout this diocese will preach your call to holiness of life this day. You are holy, please help me desire to be like you.

      Father, it has been said that man was created in your image and ever since man has been trying to return the favor. Help us repent of making gods in our own image and seek you the true and only God. Thank you.

‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:9-10)
      Jesus, help us make provision for the poor among us.

      Then he said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8 ) Lord, I pray that you will send more laborers out into the harvest fields. Here am I, send me.

      Father, help me go into your harvest fields with Jesus’ humility and meet and serve and provide for your little ones. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me, come into my presence and worship me.

Sunday: 118 * 145; Prov. 1:20-33: 2 Cor. 5:11-21 Mark 10:35-45
Seventh Sunday after Epiphany: 71 or 71:16-24; Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23; Matthew 5:38-48
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Prov. 3:11-20: 1 John 3:18-4:6: John 11:17-29

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Amazing & touching.
From Streams of the River, making glad the city of God
      Pope Francis speaks to Evangelicals, Pentecostals and Charismatics about Unity
      I was alerted to the following video by Bishop Greg Venables (Anglican Bishop of Argentina) on his Facebook page a few days ago. It was made during a 14th January meeting with the Rt Rev’d Anthony Palmer, a bishop and international ecumenical officer with the Independent Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a Charismatic denomination in the Anglican tradition.
      Pope Francis and Bishop Palmer Palmer knew each other well and worked together closely when the Pope was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The video is unusual in part because it was made and released in such an informal manner. Pope Francis had invited Palmer to spend some time with him in the Vatican. When Palmer told him that he was about to go to the USA to speak at a Kenneth Copeland pentecostal and charismatic pastors and leaders conference it was Francis who suggested a video message be made and played at the conference. The Pope’s message was recorded on Palmer’s iPhone!
      This is so moving in its spontaneity. It really does make you wonder how in all conscience other churches (especially member churches of the Anglican Communion) can persist in creating significant new obstacles to Christian unity. Really, how CAN that be of God?

Albany Intercessor

Diocese of Bath and Wells

February 23, 2014

This diocese encompasses Somerset County, where neopaganism is common.

He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You that the testing of our faith develops perseverance, which leads to maturity and completion, not lacking anything. How could we not lack anything unless we have the mind of Christ? How can we not lack anything unless we are filled with Your Spirit?
We pray for the Christians in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, who are being tested. Pour out upon them a spirit of thanksgiving, that they may see Your salvation. As they walk each day in You, direct their footsteps. As they talk to non-Christians, teach them to say the right word at the right time. To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is! Amen.
James 1:2-4, Proverbs 15:23

Psalm 33

February 22, 2014

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. (Psalm 33:1)
      LORD, you are my joy and I delight in what you do. I praise you for your faithfulness and kindness to me.

Praise the LORD with the harp; make melody to him with an instrument of ten strings. (Psalm 33:2)
      Father, you have not given me the ability to carry a tune or play an instrument, but I will still praise you.

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. (Psalm 33:3)
      Jesus, please help me to sing to you with joy, whether I am in tune or not.

For the word of the LORD is right, and all his work is done in truth. (Psalm 33:4)
      Holy Spirit, wirte your word onmy heart and fill me to overflowing with your truth and righteousness. Thank you for your mighty works that you have let me see.

He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. (Psalm 33:5)
      Father, help us love what you love. Help me to be a faithful witness to your goodness and love. Thank you.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. (Psalm 33:18-19)
      Holy Trinity, One God, we hold you in awe and reverence. We trust you to carry us through every famine. You have done so in the past and we trust you for the future.

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)
      Jesus, we wait on you and your timing. Our times are in your hand (see Psalm 31:15) and we are content to leave them there.

A word received: Let me change you as I changed Jacob.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Gen. 35:1-20: 1 John 3:11-18: John 11:1-16
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Gen. 29:20-35: 1 Tim. 3:14-4:10: Mark 10:23-31
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany: 119:1-16 or 119:9-16; Ecclesiasticus 15:11-20 or 2 Kings 5:1-15b; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-24,27-30,33-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St.

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

Steven (young man) — He picked me [Torre] up after a slipped and fell on the ice in the church parking lot.

+ a NT William (Older man) — “I’m getting confused.” He gave his life to Jesus and received forgiveness of his sins.

Steve — He needs God’s intervention to get his business started.

+Robin (mom) and +Scott (son , 10) — She asked prayer for her son Vinnie who is going through a bad time.

+ a 199 NT Rumar (man) — He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus’ cleansing forgiveness.

+ 199 NT Shantae (young woman) — She confessed his sins and accepted Jesus’ cleansing forgiveness.

+ 199 NT Pat and + 199 NT Ellen (two older sisters) — They need a safe apartment to live in.

+ 199 NT Henry (man) — He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus’ cleansing forgiveness. His wife Donna is on dialysis and he struggles being patient with her.

Albany Intercessor

1 John 3:1-3

February 21, 2014

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)
      Father, thank you for making yourself known to me and adopting me as your child. Thank you for giving me your Spirit of adoption whereby I can cry out to you, “Dad, come and help me.”

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when he is revealed, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
      Jesus, I long for that day of revelation when we shall all see our Father in heaven and know the embrace of his loving arms.

And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:3)
      Holy Spirit, I long for that final baptism whereby I shall be totally clean, made new in the new creation, and become the son the Father intends for me to be. Thank you.

A word received: I hear the cry of your heart.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Gen. 32:22-33:17: 1 John 3:1-10: John 10:31-42
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Gen. 35:1-20: 1 John 3:11-18: John 11:1-16

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT– indicates received a New Testament

We had 3 men give their lives to Jesus: Ronnie, Lincoln, and Kevin. We led them to two key passages of Scripture: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. and James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. We explained the role of confessing our sins to receive forgiveness and being accountable to a brother with honesty about our sins to receive healing. We urged them to seek out Pastor Tyrone or one of the other staff at the Schenectady City Mission and become accountable to them on a regular basis. We also said that we were available as well.

+Bill (Older man) — He has severe pain in his upper and lower jaws.

Gary (staff) — We prayed for his marriage and for his ministry. He also told us that Smiley (regular) had probably had a stroke.

++Duane (prayer by Gary’s cell phone) — We prayed that he would know Christ within him and that he would call upon Christ in his times of need. We also prayed for his girlfriend.

Ten (volunteer) — Camille, his granddaughter, is unchanged. She is still undergoing the intravenous injections of antibiotics for Lyme’s disease. We also prayed about Ted’s peripheral neuropathy.

+ 199 NT Ronnie (man) — He has a hearing on Monday to try and get full custody of his daughter Isabel. He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and accepted God’s cleansing of his sins.

+ a 199 NT Lincoln (man) — He had never given his life to Jesus before but felt that his life had been changed by a Christian book he had just read. He confessed his sins and accepted God’s cleansing forgiveness. We urged him to connect with members of the staff of Schenectady City Mission to receive more ministry and become accountable for his behavior.

+ NT Kevin (man) — He walked up to the table and said, “I want to get right with God.” He confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness and cleansing. We urged him to connect with the pastors of the Schenectady City Mission and become accountable to them before God.

Sue (regular) — She asked prayer for her boyfriend Allen of 12 years who is in with a bunch of guys that are leading him into trouble. We urged her to talk with Allen and the pastors of Schenectady City Mission about marriage and getting pre-marital counseling.

Albany Intercessor

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