Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. (Acts 17:16)
Holy Spirit, help us to be provoked in our spirits as Paul was when we confront the idolatries of our day in our own communities.
Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;” (Acts 17:22)
LORD, please help us understand that being “very religious” doesn’t help us if the object of our worship is anything other than you.
“for in Him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28a)
Jesus, please help us live and move and have our being in you.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
LORD, shepherd me so that I shall not be in want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
Jesus, bring to places of quietness and rest.
He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
Holy Spirit, restore my soul and lead me into your paths of righteousness for the sake of the name of Jesus.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
Jesus, thank you that I can live and die in the hope of the resurrection. Thank you for guiding me and comforting me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
Lord, over and over again you have provided for me and my family when I am troubled by others. Thank you.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. (Psalm 23:6)
Thank you, Jesus, for your goodness and mercy. Help me dwell in your presence all the days of my life.
Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)
LORD, I wait on you, strengthen my heart. Thank you.
WORD: Come into my arms.
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23*: Acts 17:16-34: John 12:44-50
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Esther 3:1-4:3*: James 1:19-27: Matt. 6:1-6,16-18
145 or 145:1-8; Jonah 3:10—4:11; Philippians 1:21-27; Matthew 20:1-16
Notes from the Front Lines
***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.Mark Pasko and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert and Julie Rickson 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
NT– indicates received a New Testament
B–indicates received a Bible
Steve (regular) — He gave thanks for the business he has had so far this month and we prayed for more.
David (man) — “Hit and Run” prayer
+ 199 Raekwon (young man) — “To stay out of trouble.” He gave his life to Jesus, confessing his sins and made a first time commitment.
Dobine (man) “Hit and Run” prayer
+ Fred (man) — He was evicted from his apartment and is now warehoused in a motel and needs food.
+ 199 Terrence (young man) — He is walking with Jesus day by day. We prayed for his continued walk.
+ Agnes (older woman) — “For my kids.”
++ Sharadiant (young woman) — She cried as she asked prayer for her step-father who has cancer. She took a cross for him.
+ Mark (young man) — We prayed that God would keep him safe and steady.
+ John (regular, older man) — He is going to have major surgery on his right leg and knee in about 3 weeks.
+ 199 Junior (man rode up on his bicycle) — He is living in a bad neighborhood. We prayed that he would be a light shining in the darkness of his neighborhood.
+ Deborah (regular) — She gave thanks that she is back at work. We also prayed for her friend Miss Mary with whom she stayed when Deborah first returned to Schenectady.
+++ Linda — She asked prayer for good health, order in her school, her brother James, and for her 3 children.
+ Star — She wants to get on the basketball team, also asked prayer for peace and kindness.
+ Michael — Prayer for him as he was passing by on the way to work. Peace and guidance in his life.
Estelle — For people to be kind and peaceful, for people to more loving and caring.
+ Terrance — for his body for good health, for provision in his life.