Tuesday, October 15, 2013
10/15/2013, #13, 4th Quarter 2013
Father, so often the real limits in our lives are our doubts. Help us to live knowing that nothing is impossible with you. Thank you.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call his name JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:18-21)
Holy Spirit, thank you for what you brought forth in Jesus.
Jesus, thank you for saving me from my sins.
So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. (Luke 2:3-5)
by a Liberian student
Father, thank you for giving Mary and Joseph strength for the journey. Please give us strength to do all that you ask of us.
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. (Matthew 2:16)
Jesus, we pray for your suffering church and all who will die today for the sakeof your name: give them strength to endure to the end. Thank you.
So when they saw him, they were amazed; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Look, your father and I have sought you anxiously." And he said to them, "Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?" (Luke 2:48-49)
Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to daily be about your Father's business. Give us the same clarity about our vocations that you had. Thank you.
A word received: Pray for my people to have a passion for my ways.
A word received: Keep looking to me.
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Jer. 36:27-37:2; 1 Cor. 14:1-12; Matt. 10:16-23
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Jer. 37:3-21; 1 Cor. 14:13-25; Matt. 10:24-33
Notes from the Front Line
Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 15 The Rev’d Jay North
***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, October 19 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org .
***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
This was sent in by Liz Fetherstonhaugh
Client BP has an ongoing addiction to drugs. She goes out at night and frequently misses work because of it. BP has a young daughter who lives with her, but she has neglected building a relationship with her and seems to not know her own daughter. BP’s mother also lives with them and has been caring for the daughter. Recently, BP has been showing up to work more consistently and seems to be making an effort to be punctual. Please pray that BP continues to show up to work and stops using drugs and going to clubs. Please pray that she would feel a responsibility to be a good mother to her child and would make an effort to build a relationship with her. Pray for strength to end her addiction and that she would be open to receiving help from social workers.
Client PY is experiencing a lot of stress and physical burden. She is married and pregnant, but she often doesn’t have money to buy food and goes for long periods without eating. PY is responsible for debts from her wedding, but her husband has been taking all of her salary each month and spending it on food and drugs for himself. Her husband's family does not allow PY to eat with them, and her husband has threatened to sue her if she seeks a divorce. Social Workers are trying to find a way to provide her with food and a legal way for her to separate from her husband if she expresses a willingness to do so. Please pray for PY's physical and emotional strength. Pray that she would have food each day and that her husband would allow her to keep some of her wages. Pray for protection for her baby as it grows and for social workers to find resources that will free PY from her current situation.
***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Subject: Prayers needed for Fr. Paul Bailey and wife Pat
Would you please pray for Paul+? He is in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica with a strangulated hernia and bowel obstruction. The surgeon hopes to relieve the obstruction and then operate to put the hernia back in place. As you know Paul is a very poor candidate for any type of surgery, especially with his heart being so weak. So please pray for another miracle for Paul+ and total healing so that we may celebrate our 38th anniversary on the 18th.
***** Prayer request from Cathy Littlejohn for her sister
I have a sister who is in her fourth stage of cancer. She is in Syracuse and wants to come home. Pray that she will be strong enough to come home and spend some quality time with our family. She is very weak at the moment and has had 2 pints of blood. The doctor will not let her go home until she is strong enough. I would like for our Mother to see her a couple more times before she gets too bad and our Mother can not make a trip to Syracuse. God Bless You All, Cathy Littlejohn
***** Prayer Table ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Oct. 14, 2013; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Cloudy but still warm. We have begun passing out free hats, gloves, scarves and socks to people at the table. It is early fall, but people who need these items for the coming cold weather are gratefully taking them. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)
NOTE: Someone asked me recently "Why do you bother to have the Prayer Table? Why not just ask them to come to your church?" A fair question, but I will try to answer it from my (Alan) perspective: Among the people who come to any Prayer Table-- wherever it is -- are people who would not feel comfortable going inside a church if they have never been in one or had a bad experience in one. But ... they WILL approach a prayer table because he or she does not feel threatened by people sitting at a table on the sidewalk of a street. And -- weren't Jesus' last words to us before He ascended to "Go ye therefore and spread the Gospel to all nations" so that His word would be heard, followed, and lived afterward? He didn't say to do it we had time, or if we sort of felt like it if we were bored. No, Jesus said "GO ...!" That, my brothers and sisters, is why we at St. Ann's "bother" to have a Prayer Table!
a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
REBECCA -- Gave prayers of thanksgiving for healing that has taken place in her right knee. She has been taking therapy and does not need her cane anymore.
t, t -- THERESA and grandson JOHN -- They stopped for some clothing and also asked for prayers for protection, safety and provision.
DAVID -- Requested prayers for strength to minister to others. He is a Navy veteran from VietNam and he frequently ministers to other veterans, and he feels he is losing some of his spiritual strength and gets discouraged sometimes when others do not listen to him. We prayed for him to get a "booster shot" of strength and faith to continue to be a witness for Christ.
t -- D'ARCY -- This was a wonderful reunion of sorts, which sometimes happens at His table. This woman asked for prayers for her children, who are now in their 30s. One is a son named WILLIAM who now lives out of state. She pointed to the Community Crossroads Church down the street and she said "Some years ago William almost drowned in a pool down there when it used to be the YMCA, but someone saved his life." Muriel smiled and told her that the man who saved William was Muriel's nephew, Mike Cook! How fitting this reunion took place at the prayer table.
JOSE -- Took some clothing and requested prayer for continued good health.
t -- AMELIA -- Requested prayers for her family to be closer to each other and to God.
t,t -- MICKEY and son ANGEL -- We asked Mickey what special needs for prayer he had and he said, "A lot!" We prayed for their safety, protection, good health.