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

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