An Appeal to Heaven–US Navy

February 3, 2015

From Wikipedia:

The Tree Flag (or Appeal to Heaven Flag) was one of the flags used during the American Revolution. The flag, featuring a pine tree flag with the motto “An Appeal to God,” or, more usually, “An Appeal to Heaven,” was used originally by a squadron of six cruisers commissioned under George Washington’s authority as commander in chief of the Continental Army in October 1775. The design of the flag came from General Washington’s secretary, Colonel Joseph Reed. In a letter dated October 20, 1775 Colonel Reed suggested a “…flag with a white ground and a tree in the middle, the motto AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN” be used for the ships Washington commissioned.

A British Brigantine named the “Nancy” was captured by one of our cruisers. On board were muskets, flint, gun powder, and other supplies in abundance. This was the greatest capture of the entire Revolution.

Psalm 76:7-9 (NLT)
No wonder you are greatly feared!
Who can stand before you when your anger explodes?
From heaven you sentenced your enemies;
the earth trembled and stood silent before you.
You stand up to judge those who do evil, O God,
and to rescue the oppressed of the earth. Interlude

O Lord,
We appeal to heaven for the establishment of Your kingdom in the United States of America as it is in heaven. You are greatly to be feared. Who can stand before You? From heaven, You sentence Your enemies in the United States. You judge those who do evil and rescue the oppressed. Raid the supplies of the enemies of Your kingdom for its establishment in the United States. Amen.

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Diocese of South Carolina

February 3, 2015

The Diocese of South Carolina awaits the outcome of litigation. Please pray for Her Honor Judge Diane S. Goodstein, that she may have wisdom beyond measure in the dispensation of this case.

Song of Solomon 4:16
[ Young Woman ]Awake, north wind! Rise up, south wind! Blow on my garden and spread its fragrance all around. Come into your garden, my love; taste its finest fruits.
We invite You, Holy Spirit, to move through the Diocese of South Carolina in this season of waiting.
Dear Jesus, You are much loved in the Diocese of South Carolina. Come into Your garden!

Song of Solomon 5:1
[ Young Man ] I have entered my garden, my treasure, my bride! I gather myrrh with my spices and eat honeycomb with my honey. I drink wine with my milk.
[ Young Women of Jerusalem ] Oh, lover and beloved, eat and drink! Yes, drink deeply of your love!
O Jesus, drink deeply of Your love in the Diocese of South Carolina!

Song of Solomon 6:2-3
[Young Woman] My lover has gone down to his garden,
to his spice beds,
to browse in the gardens
and gather the lilies.
I am my lover’s, and my lover is mine.
He browses among the lilies.


Mark 7, Galatians 4 and Psalm 65

February 3, 2015

And she answered and said to him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” (Mark 7:28 )
      Lord Jesus, I will gladly take whatever crumbs fall from your table.

And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” (Mark 7:37)
      Jesus, please give us ears to hear you and mouths to proclaim your word.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4:6)
      Father, thank you for giving me your Spirit and making me your child.

O you who hear prayer, to you all flesh will come. (Psalm 65:2)
      Jesus, I come to you. Thank you for hearing my prayers.

The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. (Psalm 65:13)
      Jesus, thank you for providing the bounty you have given me.

WORD: Pray for ears that are open to my word.
WORD: Look to me and listen to me.
WORD: I invite everyone into the sonship that comes by faith in Jesus.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Isa. 52:1-12; Gal. 4:12-20; Mark 8:1-10
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Isa. 54:1-10(11-17); Gal. 4:21-31; Mark 8:11-26

      From the Front Lines

***** Prayer table reports, St. John’s Johnstown, Laurie Garramone
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2015 8:27 AM

For Jan 28:
+Kevin–for wife Lisa in Albany Med
Claudine–for healing balm
Joy–for her mom Anna who lost a best friend

For Jan 21:
For Travelers to Toronto church
+Ken–vascular surgery
+Beverly–healing
Judy L–cancer
Dee–who is dying
Lester–pulled calf muscle
Melbourne family–comfort and healing

Romans 8:38-39

***** St. Ann’s Amsterdam Prayer Table Report Friday, January 30, 2015
(Monday, Jan. 26, 2015; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Bitterly cold (11 degrees at start!) but quite a few people out, and many came to His table grateful for the warm blankets and bedcovers, towels, paper goods, clothing and non-perishable food we offer our visitors. We buy some of the clothing (socks, gloves) and some of the food, but most of it is generously donated by members of the parish. About half the people also consent to prayer when we ask them. The others (usually) politely decline. James Bryant, John Banfield and Deacon Alan at His table today.)

t — received free wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a — anointed with Holy Oil.
f — received food.
c — received clothing or blankets.

a,f,c — GEORGIANA — This lady has become a regular. She sought prayer for the sciatic pain she is enduring. She also came early, not only for food and clothing and prayer but to take part in our Morning Prayer service before doing the table. It was the third week in a row she has come!

CHERI — Asked for prayer for the family of Charles Brown, who passed away last week.

JOHN — Received prayer for health and well-being of people in his family.

ALAN — Sought prayer for another table regular REBECCA, who did not come this week because of having surgery.

a,f — SUSAN — This woman brought me (Alan) a handsome cross a few weeks ago as a gift for ” .. caring about us.” I felt strange accepting such a nice gift, but I think it would have insulted her if I said No. (Note: I do not wear it but I keep it on a knick-knack shelf in our living room with other treasured items. It reminds me every day of the many needy neighbors in our area.)

f,c — SHERRY and MIKE — Sherry asked for prayer for an upcoming surgical procedure she is anxious about.

a,t,f,c — LUCY — Bubbly young Spanish-speaking lady who comes often but not every week. Asked for prayer for MARIA, a relative who is very ill.

t — STEVE — Sought prayer for his wife (no name) to be well.

a, f, c — MARIA — Another frequent visitor. She wanted prayer for “better health.”

f,c — BOB — politely declined prayer.

a, f,c — YVONNE — She was extremely happy to get a woman’s winter coat and a pair of gloves, plus some food. Also declined prayer. (She came in a sweatshirt and jeans, no coat and bare hands!)

f,c — MARSHALL — This man has come to gradually trust the people at the table and our church. He spoke to us at some length about about some things that were bothering him, then went away graciously giving us the two-fingered “peace sign” of the 1960s.

DAVID — Very religious, quiet man who was a Navy serviceman during the Vietnam War. He is a big supporter of the table and has sent many people to us. He never takes anything and sometimes seeks prayer, but not today. He just wanted to talk. That’s OK!

f,c — JOSE — Man who lives across the street from the church, came for the second week in a row with a friend (no name.) Declined prayer.

Note: Some others came early in the prayer table time and took food and clothing while I was praying for other people, and we did not get their names. In all, about 30 people came to the table and we gave away a LOT of food and clothing and blankets, towels on a very cold winter morning. Please continue to bring in your offerings of soups, mac and cheese, tuna, etc. Believe me, it doesn’t go to waste and it is very much appreciated. When we give to the poor and needy among us, we live out the Gospel!)

***** Friday night I looked at the forecast for Saturday morning (below zero with wind) and I cancelled the Saturday morning prayer table. I guess what I am really saying is: there is no hard and fast rules for this. I can handle zero, but not zero plus wind. We do what we can with the strength God gives us and then leave it in his hands. Torre

***** PRAYER TABLE ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM Monday, Jan. 26, 2015; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Bitterly cold (11 degrees at start!) but quite a few people out, and many came to His table grateful for the warm blankets and bedcovers, towels, paper goods, clothing and non-perishable food we offer our visitors. We buy some of the clothing (socks, gloves) and some of the food, but most of it is generously donated by members of the parish. About half the people also consent to prayer when we ask them. The others (usually) politely decline. James Bryant, John Banfield and Deacon Alan at His table today.)

t — received free wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a — anointed with Holy Oil.
f — received food.
c — received clothing or blankets.

a,f,c — GEORGIANA — This lady has become a regular. She sought prayer for the sciatic pain she is enduring. She also came early, not only for food and clothing and prayer but to take part in our Morning Prayer service before doing the table. It was the third week in a row she has come!

CHERI — Asked for prayer for the family of Charles Brown, who passed away last week.

JOHN — Received prayer for health and well-being of people in his family.

ALAN — Sought prayer for another table regular REBECCA, who did not come this week because of having surgery.

a,f — SUSAN — This woman brought me (Alan) a handsome cross a few weeks ago as a gift for ” .. caring about us.” I felt strange accepting such a nice gift, but I think it would have insulted her if I said No. (Note: I do not wear it but I keep it on a knick-knack shelf in our living room with other treasured items. It reminds me every day of the many needy neighbors in our area.)

f,c — SHERRY and MIKE — Sherry asked for prayer for an upcoming surgical procedure she is anxious about.

a,t,f,c — LUCY — Bubbly young Spanish-speaking lady who comes often but not every week. Asked for prayer for MARIA, a relative who is very ill.

t — STEVE — Sought prayer for his wife (no name) to be well.

a, f, c — MARIA — Another frequent visitor. She wanted prayer for “better health.”

f,c — BOB — politely declined prayer.

a, f,c — YVONNE — She was extremely happy to get a woman’s winter coat and a pair of gloves, plus some food. Also declined prayer. (She came in a sweatshirt and jeans, no coat and bare hands!)

f,c — MARSHALL — This man has come to gradually trust the people at the table and our church. He spoke to us at some length about about some things that were bothering him, then went away graciously giving us the two-fingered “peace sign” of the 1960s.

DAVID — Very religious, quiet man who was a Navy serviceman during the Vietnam War. He is a big supporter of the table and has sent many people to us. He never takes anything and sometimes seeks prayer, but not today. He just wanted to talk. That’s OK!

f,c — JOSE — Man who lives across the street from the church, came for the second week in a row with a friend (no name.) Declined prayer.

Note: Some others came early in the prayer table time and took food and clothing while I was praying for other people, and we did not get their names. In all, about 30 people came to the table and we gave away a LOT of food and clothing and blankets, towels on a very cold winter morning. Please continue to bring in your offerings of soups, mac and cheese, tuna, etc. Believe me, it doesn’t go to waste and it is very much appreciated. When we give to the poor and needy among us, we live out the Gospel!)

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 29, 2015, 4:55 – 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

Trevor (young man) — Prayers for restless leg syndrome.

+ Mike (man) — He asked prayers

Dan (staff) — We prayed for his daughter Summer, for God’s order in her life and for Dan’s son-in-law Bob. We prayed for peace for Dan & his wife.

Ted and Camille (Ted’s granddaughter) — We prayed about the side-effects of the medicine she is taking for Lyme’s disease. We prayed for her friend Louise whose youngest daughter’s husband has become paraplegic following back surgery.

Rich (young man) — He looks much better. He went to Open Arms Church on Sunday. He has been studying the book of Jonah.

Tony (man) — He asked prayer for the IS captives to be set free.

+ 199 Karyn (young woman) — “for college” and for her mom, + Brendan (her finance) “for finances”

+Sam (man) — His business parftners have taken advantage of him.

Gary (staff) — We prayed for the message he would give to the community meal and about the corporate greed in America.

++ Chester (man) — He asked prayer for Daniel who is an alcoholic.

+ 199 a Taisha (young woman) — She has a mass growing in her stomach which needs healing. She is in pain all the time. She seems to have a stead faith in Jesus.

+++++ Christine (woman) — She is separating from her husband. There is constant fighting in the family over custody of the children.

+ Matt — His friend just lost faith. He needs a breakthrough in hearing for employment.

***** prayer table neighborhood meal Christ Church Schenectady 12/28/14, Larry Hubert

Ada: For her children, and for Alberto who has a drug problem

Aniyah ( young girl) For pain in her foot

Jacaigh: ( young boy) For pain in his head

Sharcls: ( young girl) For pain in her body

Micaiah: ( young boy) For Harry foe his heart and to keep him out of jail.

Anne Marie: For family & children, help with imigration problem

Rupina: For heart problem, recovery from stroke

***** prayer table 12/24 St. John’s

Laurie—for frustrations
Madalyn—for help with illness
Jack—prayer of thanks and blessing

***** prayer table,albany st. 1/10/15
John,help with life.Friend died(Summer)left 3 children.Prayed for children.Levi,for provision.Keri,prayed for youth,passing lady,prayed for cold.Passing man ,for a relationship with God.

***** I had the privilege today to help with St.John’s (Johnstown) prayer table.
      Prayers
Bridget in need of comfort ,guidance & direction.

Harold and his wife Kathy. Comfort and strength needed in marriage. Kathy has been in a nursing home since her stroke 2 yrs ago. 2 crosses were given to Harold one for his wife.

We ask all this in His name.
Amen
Many blessings to you and your family
Pam Miller

Albany Intercessor


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