Thursday, March 01, 2018

2018 03 01

Also He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." Mark 4:21-23 (NKJV)
     Lord, let your light shine forth from me.

Then He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him." Mark 4:24-25 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please give me wisdom and discernment in what I choose to listen to.

And He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." Mark 4:26-29 (NKJV)
     Father, let your kingdom grow in me and bear good fruit

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NKJV)
     Father, help me shun what is not helpful for me.

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, renew my life.

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for paying the price to set me free.

When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad. Psalm 126:1-3 (NKJV)
     LORD, as you set us free, fill our mouths with laughter and our hearts with joy in you.

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5 (NKJV)
     Father, I have sown in tears; help me reap in joy.

A Word Received: Follow me and you will not lose your way.

Albany Intercessor

PT/MC Jail Report, 2/28/18, Prayerline of St. Ann's Episcopal Church

     From DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- After missing a Monday (Feb. 19) of both Prayer Table and Montgomery County Correctional Facility services due to the nagging illness (bacterial infection of sinuses) we both went through for about two weeks, we are happy to say that both neighborhood ministries were up and running again yesterday, Feb. 26.
     Prayer Table: With a breezy but warm day to work with, James Bryant and I (Alan) set up the table outdoors for the first time in a few months. We had 35 to 40 neighbors show up for the free, non-perishable food and the free clean, used clothing and coats and blankets we offered along with anointing and prayer. The end of a month always results in higher attendance at the Prayer Table. We are pleased that someone donated a whole large cardboard box full of women's pocketbooks which were gratefully received by many women. We moved a lot of clothing that had stored up the last few weeks and quite a lot of food was distributed. Please pray for BIANCA, LUCY, MARIA, JOHN, IVA and DARCY who all came for anointing and prayers. God knows the details.
     Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- The Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility were inspirational. Volunteer Gayle Campbell joined us and though the number of attendees was down (only 19 men and one woman), we do not get discouraged about that because many factors are at play. Many inmates may have been moved to a state facility or released, and there were a larger number of visitations going on simultaneously with our services than usual. The new format of inviting inmates to tell us what stood out from the three readings and the psalm (rather than one of us giving a short sermon) has proven to be successful. Tonight, two of the men in B Pod disclosed that on Sundays they have a weekly bible reading together and they afterwards discuss what they read. They are currently going through Matthew's Gospel. Another inmate from C Pod asked about how/why people in the Old Testament lived so much longer than we do today, but we answered that theologians tell us that perhaps time was measured in different ways in that culture. So many events in the bible lasted 40 days, for example. Maybe the length was not exactly 40 days but rather "... a long time." Another inmate wondered why we do not say "Alleluia" during Lent. Good questions, all. Shelby, the one female who attended tonight, remarked that the reading from Paul's letter to the Romans reminded her of the promise of eternal life to believers in John 3:16. Quite an observation.
     Please pray for these inmates who requested your prayer on the form "For Healing and for Special Needs," the same one we have at the back of the sanctuary for Prayers of the People every Sunday: Daniel (for all of God's children), Anthony, Boyd (and Alexia and Elle and Patricia), Eric (and family), Harry (and Heather, his niece), Isaac, John (and Skyla and Daniel, for Jenny and the Heflin family), Jose, Daniel (and Elizabeth), Anthony (and Heidy), Jonathan (and Liduvina, Betsy, Mima and Abigail), Michael (and James), and Shelby (and her daughter, Cassidy.)
     Thank you all for your support of these vital neighborhood ministries. God is truly at work in them, because we can see it and hear it and feel it! God bless you all.

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