Sunday, February 02, 2014
2/2/2014, #28, 1st Quarter 2014
Holy Spirit, give us a heart to wait on you and your timing as you did with Simeon. Help us in our day to see the consolation of your people.
So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, (Luke 2:27)
Holy Spirit, direct our footsteps for those divine encounters as you did with Simeon.
he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said: (Luke 2:28 )
Father, please help us take up all that you send us and bless you for doing that.
"Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." (Luke 2:29-32)
Jesus, help each of us by meeting you go to our rest in your peace and light. Thank you.
And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him. (Luke 2:33)
Holy Spirit, help us marvel and meditate on all that we see you doing in Jesus.
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Gen. 18:16-33: Gal. 5:13-25: Mark 8:22-30
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: 37:1-18 or 37:1-6; Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:(18-25)26-31; Matthew 5:1-12
The Presentation February 2: 84 or 84:1-6; Malachi 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders
FEBRUARY 2 Canon Delos Wampler, The Rev’d Kenneth Hunter, The Rev’d Dr. Nicolas Hernandez, Jr.
***** From: Richard Lehmann
Sent: Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:03 PM
Subject: Deacon Susan in the ICU
Dear Prayer Ministers & Vestry:
I just received word that Deacon Susan Stewart is at Memorial Hospital, and is awaiting transfer to St. Peter's Hospital. She is having intestinal bleeding, and will be in the ICU.
Deacon Susan would prefer not having any visitors at this time, but asks to be held in your intersessions and prayers.
Please join with me in praying for a miracle on her behalf.
Dear Lord Jesus, by Whose wounds we are healed: look with compassion on your Servant Susan; grant her the healing power of Your Cross, and eradicate this cancer from her body. Strengthen her physically and spiritually. Draw her close to You, that in her time of pain and fear, she will know Your Peace. Lord, You know how much we love her; yet we know You love her infinitely more. We entrust her to Your Love. Amen.
May God's Grace and Peace be with you. In XT - Father Richard + St. Matthew's Church
***** Tyler Slade, Friday, January 31, 2014 11:01 AM, Please pray!
Dear family in Jesus,
I'm writing with two prayer requests.
The first: I'm headed out on a mission starting tomorrow for 11 days to Peru. I am meeting a missionary Bishop there named Mike Chapman (whom some of you will know well). Bishop Mike is doing an incredible Kingdom ministry in Peru, reaching the poorest of the poor with the good news of Jesus Christ, and the signs that Jesus promised would follow His gospel are popping up all over. I asked for permission to visit Bishop Mike for two reasons. One, because I'd like to see if I can bring a group of youth from our ministry hear on mission with him sometime in the new future, so I'm scoping out the viability of a trip like that. And second, because the signs and wonders that Jesus promised would follow His gospel are happening in the third world in places like the Andes Mtns of Peru, and I am under the conviction that our Lord wants them to become just as manifest in the first world...so my prayer is that Jesus will mercifully pour out the same grace on me for the ministry Jesus has called me to in the first world as he has on bishop Mike and many other Christians in the third world. Please pray with me! And for safety! And for my family to be blessed richly while I am away...I am very sad to be leaving them for so long.
The Second: Last week I had a very brief but (I feel) significant vision from Jesus which I want to share. In it I saw God's people standing around the Lord's alter, and the presence of Jesus was on the alter. It looked like a fire. But the fire seemed to be dying down and even dwindling. Everyone seemed anxious and people were saying, we need to keep the fire burning! Quick, somebody put something on the fire so we can keep it burning so that others will see that the Lord is with us. Then someone would put their money on the fire, and another their gifts, another their marriage, etc. And those the fire would increase for a bit, but then it would start dying down again and the anxiety would begin to rise again. It became clear to all of us that we needed to put something on the alter in the fire that would not go out but would burn perpetually so that the presence of the Lord would be fully manifest for us and those who didn't know Jesus in the world. Then the Lord spoke to me and said, "Tyler, put yourself in the fire." I was shaken. I felt a mix of deep fright and exhilaration. I saw clearly that I could offer Jesus all the gifts and possessions I have, but neither He nor I will be satisfied til I offer Him my whole being. I knew it was right and I wanted to give myself fully in that way, but I felt incapable. The opposition from without but moreso from within felt too great to overcome. It wasn't until a few days later when I was at the Parish Leadership Conference in Malone where we spent the day studying Stewardship and Our Giving to the Lord that I felt the Lord call me again to give my whole life and being to Him that I felt the grace to say yes to the call. The call to give up control of my life, and put it FULLY in Jesus' hands. It continues to be a scary but exhilarating ongoing choice to be made over and over. There is so much more I could say about this, but for now I just felt that I was supposed to share it as an invitation to us all to cry out to Jesus for the grace to be fully yielded to His love and purpose for our lives. We are the ones in whom He wants the fire of His presence to burn brightly on His alter for all the world to see!
I love you all and will be SO thankful for your prayers over the coming 11 days in Peru! Tyler
***** St. Francis Mission Prayer Table, 2/1/2014, Candy Palumbo, Janice Houston-Little, and Jana Lingo, Sunny and nice for February
Hank -Daily blessing, and holy spirit
James(G)Continued thanks for sobriety, and for his girlfriend Asia(G) to successfully complete here recovery program.
James and Paula - Phyiscal and Mental health. Paula has only one kidney, and James a spot on his lungs
Stacia - successful completion of Nursing and that she can contact someone about renting the church.
Dolores(G) - Healing for Sinus , and prayers for friend ed, who is grieving for losing his mother.
Carla(G) Daily blessings, and grieving for friend Mitch how passed away.
Pauline - break up with boyfriend Frankie
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Mtr. Lorrie Hart, Jim Kirby, and Torre Bissell on State St.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
+ Jim (man) -- We prayed for a divine encounter for him.
+ 199 Calista (teenage girl) -- She asked prayers that her boyfriend would stay out of trouble.
+ 199 Derek (teenage boy) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and received the cleansing of the Holy Spirit.
+ 199 Irianni (teenage girl) -- She asked prayer for "peace".
+ Ross (man) -- A friend Jack is going into surgery. We prayed for healing.
Ilex (man from the Thursday evening prayer table at the Schenectady City Mission) -- He was baptized long ago. We invited to come to church on Sunday and receive more prayer.
Mtr. Lorrie (woman) -- She wrenched her hip and is in pain. We prayed for relief and healing.
Arupran (man) -- He subjected us to a 10 minute political rant and finally accept prayer.
Katie (woman) -- We prayed for safety and that she would keep warm.
+Nicholas -- Keep him safe and strong.
+Burnice -- Prayers for her friend Patty who is battling cancer.
+Yenenesh -- Prayer for blessing and protection.
+Halimu -- Health and strength.
+Clive -- Health and strength; Tommy -- throat issue.
+Nelda -- Family problems.
+Laleta -- Employment.
+Alexis -- Prayer.
+Dechleon -- Prayer.