Tuesday, March 25, 2014
3/25/2014, #65, 1st Quarter 2014
The Cestello Annunciation by Sandro Boticelli c 1489
Lord, surprise us with your work in our lives as you did with Mary.
Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; Psalm 79:11
O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
"Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also." Hebrews 13:3
Father, remember all those who are in prison. Help us remember them in prayaer. We remember our intercessors who are in prison or on parole. Have mer4cy on them and bring them to the freedom that only Jesus can give. Thank you.
A word received: Keep looking to me for help and act on it.
A word received: I love you and hold you in my arms.
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Gen. 45:1-15: 1 Cor. 7:32-40: Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Gen. 45:16-28: 1 Cor. 8:1-13: Mark 6:13-29
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 24 Ministry to College Students
MARCH 25 The Rev’d Samuel Abbott, The Rev’d Lawrence Hubert, The Rev’d Rodney Roehner
Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.
***** ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM PRAYER TABLE REPORT (Monday, March 24, 2014; 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. It was COLD again today -- 14 degrees at the start -- but no wind. Not many people out and about. We did not anoint anyone with holy oil. We have stopped giving out winter clothing until November because people have stopped picking up the items, but we will give out free non-perishable food throughout the whole year. The need here is great. Muriel Papura, Lionel Gibbs and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)
t -- received wooden cross made by Denis Adams of North Carolina.
f -- received food we offer.
f -- REBECCA -- She asked for prayers of continued good health and well-being on this, her 40th birthday! She also sought prayer for her friend (no name) who is only 13 years old and just gave birth March 7th to a daughter ZOEY. We prayed for God's grace to shine on Rebecca, her friend and the baby Zoey.
ANGELA -- This older woman was very cold and had been walking for awhile but stopped when we asked if she would like prayer. "I pray by myself all the time," she said, "but ... sure. Go ahead!" We prayed for her good health and safety as she went through her day.
t,t,t -- CONSUELlA, JOSE and MARIA -- These three people at first declined our offer for prayer, but then went a few feet and spoke with each other and came back! Maria sought prayer "to get a job" and Consuella asked for prayer for her heart because of health problems she is having. We prayed for the three of them as one and they each accepted a cross but declined food. "No, we are doing OK," Jose explained.
***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for an evening of praise and worship on Saturday, March 29 at 6 pm. The evening will be led by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan, and Ryan Haig. Come and join us as we worship the Lord in song.