Now they came to Jericho. As he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:46-47)
Holy Spirit, please help all who lack clarity of sight, whether physical or spiritual, call out to Jesus: “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Thank you for all those who come to the prayer tables in the diocese.
Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:48 )
Lord Jesus, don’t let me be the one who tries to quiet someone calling out to you.
So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you.” (Mark 10:49)
Jesus, in all my spiritual blindness, bid me come to you.
And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)
Father, help me throw off anything that would hinder me coming to Jesus.
So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” (Mark 10:51)
“Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:52)
Holy Spirit, please help me follow wherever Jesus leads me.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 )
Jesus, renew me day by day so that I may set my sight on the things which are eternal. Thank you.
A word received: Ask me to heal your blindness.
Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” (Matthew 21:1-3)
Lord Jesus, help me surrender everything you have need of to your use.
All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ “ (Matthew 21:4-5)
Lord, come into my life more each day and fulfill your word in me.
So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:6-9)
Holy Spirit, please help me join that throng crying out: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
And when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:10-11)
Father, move this city as Jerusalem was moved. Let the river of your Spirit flow through our city and revive our churches and civic institutions. Thank you.
A word received: Look to me and not your circumstances.
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew (26:36-75) 27:1-54(55-66)
Monday in Holy Week: 36:5-10; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 11:39-12:3; John 12:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9
Palm Sunday: 24, 29 * 103; Zech. 9:9-12**: 1 Tim. 6:12-16**; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9***: Luke 19:41-48***
Monday: 51:1-18(19-20) * 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12: 2 Cor. 1:1-7: Mark 11:12-25
* For the Invitatory: ** Intended for use in the morning: *** Intended for use in the evening
Notes from the Front Lines
***** Watervliet Prayer Table April 12, 2014, Prayer Team: Candy Palumbo and Susan McManus
Prayer for all people and families living in Watervliet for provision, protection, daily blessings and spiritual growth.
Sam: a 14 year old who needs direction and guidance and to heal her relationship with her mom. Prayers that she comes to Trinity or to another supportive church
Jamie: for empowerment; for healing from anxiety and depression; help in preparing for a test on June 14; for her significant other Daryl
Tonya: to complete her dissertation for college; for peace and motivation
Leslie: health and peace
Abdul: for mutual understanding in a relationship; for calm and peace in his life
Shirley: lungs, breathing, comfort and peace as she is still grieving for her husband.
Marge: for all her grandchildren; for Domimique to do well in school and finish; for Kathleen to become clean and sober and able to take care of her children.
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Elaine Carrubba, Bobbie Young (Belleview Reformed Church), Ray Rockwell, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Louise Popa and Mark Pasko on Albany 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
+ 199 Janet — peace and happiness.
+ Tony — for his family.
+ 199 Samantha — A friend’s mom, Susan, has cancder. Prayed for Samantha to recommit life to Jesus — has Jehovah Witness influences from her past.
+ 199 Raymond — Provision in his life and the neighborhood.
Jonathan — Blessing.
+ 199 Dave — “That things will go better — that things will be better for me.”
Mark — He will be doing musical programs at the Albany County Nursing Home next Wednesday and Easter from 2-3 p.m. We prayed for a blessing on that. Mark and his wife Mary had a seminarian, Judith, stay with them the last couple of days. We prayed for Judith.
+Gershon (man) — He put down a can of beer to get prayer.
+ Anna — general blessings
+ Boogie (Rastafarian from Jamaica) — general blessing.
Michelle (woman) — We prayed for the Altar Guild as they prepare the church for Easter and Holy Week.
Paul (man, formerly a Christian, now a Muslim) — At first he was unwilling to receive prayer but then relented. He was happy the prayer table was there to encourage and help people.
+ a Raymond (man) — He just came out from 26 years in prison. His knees are badly deteriorated and painful and one of the has to be replaced. We invited him to church and he came this morning (Sunday) and announced that there was less pain in his knee. At the end of the service he went to one of the healing teams for more prayer.
Jason (man) — “Hit and Run” prayer
Evan (young woman) — We prayed for God’s blessing on her work.
Elaine — She gave thanks that her son Anthony got a job at Global Foundries. We also prayed for the 40 Days For Life campaign up the street at Planned Parenthood.
+ a 199 Sean (young man) — He is just out of jail. He has given his life to Jesus. His birth father left just after he was born. We showed him Romans 8:15 and told him that in accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior he was now an adopted child of God and he could cry out “Dad, help me.” We had him practice doing this. Big hug afterwards.
Take a look at Children of God by Third Day on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6jO7xhU_Pw
+Romainne (father), +Latrell (young girl), and +Ebony (mother)
+ 199 Nathan (man) — He had already given his life to Jesus but need to take care of some sins that have come up in his life. We led him to 1 John 1:9 to let him know that he is now clean.
+ Leon (man) — He has already given his life to Jesus. We prayed for God’s blessing on him.