Thursday, May 22, 2014
5/22/2014, #28, 2nd Quarter 2014
LORD, let your joy be our strength.
pray without ceasing, (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Holy Spirit, let our prayer, like incense, rise up to the throne of God.
in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 )
Jesus, thank you for all the arthritis and for the upcoming knee replacement. Thank you for the joy of 50 years marriage with Jean.
Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
Holy Spirit, move in my heart day by day.
Do not despise prophecies. (1 Thessalonians 5:20)
Father, thank you for speaking to us now through your Holy Spirit.
Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Holy Spirit, give us the discernment to know what comes from you and holod on to that.
Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
Helpo us recognize evil for what it is and shun it.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
Jesus, bring us to your holiness and peace.
Brethren, pray for us. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)
Father, we pray for all those who are on the front lines. Anoint them and guide their words and works. Thank you.
'When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:9-10)
Holy Spirit, please help us remember those who are destitute and give alms to the poor and leave over part of our earning for those who have not.
"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26)
Jesus, I trust you to continue to provide for us just as you always have. You have always been right on time and never late.
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27)
Holy Spirit, please help me to lay my anxieties at the foot of your cross.
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29)
Father, thank you for your provision for me and my family.
Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (Matthew 6:30-32)
Father, thank you for knowing what we need and providing for us.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
Father, please help me to seek your kingdom and your righteousness.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
Father, I leave tomorrow in your hands.
Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
A word received: Keep turning to me in your pain.
Thursday: , 71 * 74; Lev. 19:26-37: 2 Thess. 1:1-12: Matt. 6:25-34
Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Lev. 23:1-22: 2 Thess. 2:1-17: Matt. 7:1-12
Notes from the Front Lines
MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
22 Thanksgiving for Altar Guild workers
***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.
***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.
***** PRAYR TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, May 19, 2014; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Sunny, pleasant. Forgot to bring my stock of Holy Oil today so we did not anoint anyone. James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)
t-- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
f-- received free non-perishable food we offer.
c -- received free clean, used clothing we offer.
f,c -- NANCY -- This needy woman who lives with her sister is a regular who depends on us for the food we offer to get through the week. Prayed for her safety and preservation.
f,c -- REBECCA -- She is having surgery Wednesday on the left knee that has bothered her all winter and spring.
f,c,t -- EMILIO and another companion (no name given) -- These were first-time visitors who were curious why we would be "out here" giving away free things. (It is always a little heartbreaking, and surprising, to us that people are wondering why we care about them!) We prayed for their good health, safety and protection.
f,c -- DARCY -- This woman who speaks limited English (but certainly understands what we are doing!) has stopped the last few weeks for prayer. This time she walked right over to us and held our hands seeking prayer without saying a word at first.
t,t,f,c -- MARCIA -- This woman from Altamont has come often in the past two months. She is very needy and is grateful for the help and prayer we offer her. We prayed for her special need this time -- problems within her family. The Lord knows the details.
t,f,c -- WILL -- This first-time visitor heard about us from friends attending the free meal across the street at the Masonic Temple. He took a cross from us, kissed it and put it on immediately. We prayed for his protection and safety.
f-- MARSHAll -- This man (who seems to have some behavioral problems he cannot help) used to curse and gesture at us, but he has gained our trust and respect in recent weeks. This time he stopped by and smiled at us. He trusts us now.
f,c -- BIANCA -- She asked for a simple prayer for a blessing. We have prayed in recent weeks that demons that have been bothering her would be driven out and sent to Jesus to bind and deal with as He will. She said she is "better" now.
t,f -- JOTTY -- This pleasant woman from Fort Johnson has become quite a regular and sits down to stay and pray with people for awhile when she comes. This time she sought prayer for herself for an infected tooth, and also asking for a prayer of thanksgiving for the recent birth of her first grandchild -- EVELYN.
t,t,f,c -- EDWIN and wife MARIA -- These people came to our last Community Meal and have been coming to the prayer table ever since. They always say "God bless you!" after we pray for them to be safe and protected.
t,f,c -- MAN and WOMAN (no names given) -- Came for a general blessing and took some of the free things we offer.