Friday, November 15, 2013
11/15/2013, #41, 4th Quarter 2013
LORD, we pray that you will pour out your Holy Spirit upon all of our sons and daughters. We pray that they will hear and speak your word and that they will receive new vision from you.
And also on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:29)
Lord Jesus Christ, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. (Joel 2:30-31)
LORD, help us recognize and respond to the signs of the times. Our times are in your hand (Psalm 31:15).
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. (Joel 2:32a)
Jesus, please help all your people throughout this diocese call upon your name and be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls. (Joel 2:32b)
Holy Father, we want to be a part of that faithful remnant when whom you have called. Thank you.
For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, (Joel 3:1)
Jesus, bring back all those who have become captive to the empty philosophies of our day.
A word received: I will be with you in the deep valley.
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 1 Macc. 1:41-63 or Joel 2:28-3:8; Rev. 19:11-16; Matt. 16:13-20
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 1 Macc. 2:1-28 or Joel 3:9-17; Rev. 20:1-6; Matt. 16:21-28
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 15 For Increase in the Daughters of the King, The Rev’d Allen Peyton
***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, November 16. This service will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, Eucharist will be celebrated, and prayer will be offered for those in need of healing or any other needs.
***** Two excellent books on discipleship and evangelism:
Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale
The Father Glorified by Patrick Robertson and David Watson
Both are available as paperbacks and on Kindle. Both books show effective ways for ordinary Christians to share their faith in a compelling way.
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, November 14, 2013 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
Ted (volunteer, 83) -- His granddaughter Camille who has lymes disease is doing better.
Gary -- He asked prayer for Terry, that she will come to the Lord.
Dan -- He asked prayer for his daughter Julia.
The people sang "Happy Birthday" to Jean and an eleven year old girl and gave them birthday cakes.
Mike (from the Salvation Army) -- We prayed for the lost and the least, that they will be cared for and hear the gospel.
+Terry (man) -- He asked prayer for loved ones who have died.
***** State Street Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Thursday 11/14 1:40 - 2:30PM, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and his guitar, Bright sunny day - little foot traffic at this time
Marie - prayers for the healing of her leg
Marcus - showed us his cross but did not stop - blessings in his walk
School bus driver waved
Brian - hit and run prayer
Kiki (been to the table before) - prayers for protection for her and her family (stayed to hear 2 songs about amazing grace)
Dave - walk by blessing; yelled a blessing at us
+++Arlington - prayers for his wife, family, and friends
Paul - take of his bug heart
***** The view from the pulpit.
Climbing the stairs, ascending, looking over the sea of heads.
Parted in the center, was Moses here already?
Preaching the word to so many faces,
Some smiling, some sad, some quizzical, some frowning in concentration.
Some just blank... nothing, switched off or sponging up the presence?
(I pray some more)
One face peaking around the pillar! Not really wanting eye contact.
Eyes, looking, wanting to be fed. Yearning...
An ear cupped near the back. Sit closer next time man.
In the zone, such fun and joy. The presence palpable. Yes Lord.
Sometimes its lonely up there.
Where are you God?
Where am I going?
"Tell 'em about Jesus," the words of a mentor pop up.
If I am struggling I look at the smilers.
If I am riding the wave I look at the frowners... And smile!
A distraction as someone looks at their watch.
Hang in their, my point is just around the corner. Two blocks!
How many sermons has the wall at the back actually heard?
Fishing with words as the message sits and then,
sinks into the Soul.
The takeaway delivered.
After all, Jesus said, "Preach the Kingdom and heal the sick."
Gently, I climb down the stairs.
What just happened?
Is that what it felt like on the cross,
Without the physical pain?
Fr. Nigel Mumford+
***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
We've received a request from Mark Fetherstonhaugh to pray for his son Adam who is out in Cambodia. It is really important that we are vigilant in our prayers for Adam as he has been finding it really tough. There is a lot of darkness in Cambodia and Adam is well aware that he is under spiritual attack from the enemy. Pray for not only his physical protection but also the guarding of his heart. Pray also that he will see things from a Kingdom perspective and will always be able to see the hope that God is bringing to people.