Saturday, March 29, 2014
3/29/2014, #68, 1st Quarter 2014
Jesus, come and meet us where we are as you did with your disciples. If our hearts are hardened (as their's were), soften them and help us understand your purposes.
And he said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." (Mark 7:20-23)
Father, please help us repent of all these things which defile us.
Jesus, speak to our hearts and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.
Holy Spirit, convict us of all sins that are hidden in our hearts and minds, and help us bring them to Jesus.
Who remembered us in our lowly state, for his mercy endures forever; and rescued us from our enemies, for his mercy endures forever; who gives food to all flesh, for his mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:23-26)
Father, thank you for remembering us when we were in need. Thank you for providing for us year after year. Thank you! For your mercy endures forever.
A word received: Walk WITH me.
A word received: Abide in me. Let me be your strength.
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Gen. 47:27-48:7: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Mark 7:1-23
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Gen. 48:8-22: Rom. 8:11-25: John 6:27-40
Fourth Sunday in Lent: 23; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:(1-7)8-14; John 9:1-13(14-27)28-38
Notes from the Front Lines
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 27, 2014, 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
a--indicates anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
Dan (staff) -- His wife Lorie's cousin Debbie has cancer. They have stopped the chemo and have given her one to two weeks to live. Lorie and Debbie are the onlyh believers in the family; all the others are our of control with grief. Dan also prayed for Torre's back.
Ted (volunteer) -- He is taking his granddaughter to the Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday for the Healing Service and then lunch and soaking in prayer in the afternoon in the hope of seeing Camille cured of Lyme's disease.
Greg (man) -- I am a veteran and I am homeless.
++John (young man, regular) -- He is reading his copy of "199 Promises of God". He got an extra cross for his mom. His dad is due to get out of jail (his dad is in jail because he held a knife to John's throat).
+ a 199 Art (man) -- He asked prayer for his family. He is going to the meetings at the Mission and wants to get free from his addiction. He confessed his sins to God and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing, and that he had been adopted as a child of God.
Us (Torre, Jean and Chuck) -- We prayed for full restorationof Smiley from a stroke.
+Michelle (young girl) -- She asked prayer for her grandmother.
+Matthew (man) -- He asked prayer for all of God's little ones.
***** 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.
***** Mudges Public Prayer Note
Dear partners in prayer,
This is a public prayer mail for March 29. The awesome mission trip, part 2. I am attaching a summary of the trip in a newsletter format. With the exception of my next mission trip in the second half of May, I am available up through July for missionary presentations, missionary clerical supply, and making a difference parish visits, on a first come, first served, basis. Holy Week has already been claimed. Either contact me by phone or email. And for Diocese of Albany clergy, Julie and I will be at the clergy and spouses retreat this week, so you can contact us there. We will have a booth at the Diocese of Albany convention in June, and you can contact us there.
This week's selective overview: Regarding the Belizean mission trip highlights:
Preached twice at the Cathedral, and in doing so, addressed a pastoral concern in my sermon for which I was uniquely the right person at the right time, an issue that had been hovering in the background for a long time. I believe the Holy Spirit was actually lifting an air of inertia from the congregation while I spoke. The congregation seemed to come alive. As a matriarch of the congregation said: "you can come back to Belize, anytime." God is moving in Belize.
This being healing Sunday, Bishop Philip and I anointed many for healing at both morning services at the Cathedral. That was a moving experience. At the second service, at a separate time, we also blessed the many children who came forward at the altar rail as a group. God is good.
Strategy planning session with Bishop Philip as to the next phase of ministry. Very awesome.
Hospital visitations with Bishop Philip. Very moving. Very important. Made a difference in the lives of the people we visited.
Gave a brief devotional talk during the daily Morning Prayer service for teachers at the Anglican Cathedral College (elementary school). It was well received. May the Holy Spirit use the comments to his glory.
A clergyman of a prominent parish requested that I write a summary article of the trip for the Diocesan Newspaper. In talking with the Bishop about the request, he reiterated that he would like me to write bulletin inserts for each Sunday of Vocation Month (May) for all the parishes in the Diocese, and he added that he would like me to write a regular newsletter article for each issue of the Diocesan newspaper on "vocation and ministry".
Is what we are doing making a difference? Absolutely. Thank you, everyone, for making it possible.
Your prayers and continued support are very important for what we do to make a difference.
1) Pray that our parish and presentation visitation schedule, and our making a difference work that we do for Belize in the U.S. be the Holy Spirit's schedule and blessing.
2) Pray for making a difference on the next mission trip and on what we do in the meantime.
In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+