But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." Mark 8:33 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help me be mindful of the things of God.
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:34-38 (NKJV)
Jesus, I offer you my life.
But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 1 Corinthians 12:18 (NKJV)
Father, help me find and live out my place in the Body of Christ.
Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. Exodus 1:8 (NKJV)
Lord, we have rulers in our day "who know not Joseph" and your ways. Have mercy upon us.
Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; and he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live." But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. Exodus 1:15-17 (NKJV)
Father, I pray that medical workers in our day will fear you and no longer do abortions.
And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them. Exodus 1:21 (NKJV)
LORD, provide for those who fear you and do your will.
When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Psalm 126:1 (NKJV)
LORD, bring back those who are in captivity.
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 126:2-3 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, restore joy in you to the captives and set them free.
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us go forth with the seed of the gospel so that we may return rejoicing with a plentiful harvest.
A Word Received: Come into my arms; I love you.
Prayer Update / PT and MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, Fri 3/9/2018
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Sorry we are a little tardy with this weekly posting of the Prayer Table and Services from the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility, but we had some storm damage around the property that needed our attention first. Nothing serious; part of Winter, after all.
Prayer Table -- James Bryant, our irreplaceable partner in this ministry to our neighbors, arrived at church even before I did -- he wasn't feeling well but nonetheless stayed to minister to the 30 or so people who came by. We held it indoors in the Parish Hall. We gave away many, many items of clothing for both genders and even for young people. That is rare; we seldom get donations of children or teen clothing, so it is always greatly appreciated by our neighbors. James handed out a lot of free, non-perishable food as well as oranges, bananas, potatoes and paper goods. I (Alan) was busy with anointing people with Holy Oil and praying for their various needs. Please pray for LYDIA, CONSTANCE, MARIA, LUCY, IVA and JOHN. God knows the details of their requests. They all were of a serious nature.
Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- Volunteer Anne DeGroff joined us for the weekly visit to MCCF, and this time we ministered to 18 men and two women. We were happy to be able to hand out the sheets used at the Taize service of last Tuesday led by musicians Lisa and Charlene, and the inmates were glad to get them and learn about what the service was like. Wanted to mention to you all that we picked up on a definite sense or trend this particular night. Many of the inmates in all four pods have discussed their frustration in the past few weeks of not being able to communicate with loved ones on the outside who have shunned them, not returned their calls, refused to come to visit them for one reason or another. Well, we're happy to report that this time many of these same inmates said they had heard word from their wives, children, and friends and that the lines of communication had opened again and they were beaming with new hope. Praise God for this breakthrough for them all. Another especially heartwarming event happened in one of the men's pods. A man named Jesus (pronounced Hay-SOOSE) stayed after the service in that pod for private prayer. He was extremely sorrowful for his sins, his addiction to drugs which has hurt his family members back home and made them ashamed of him. He told us he wanted to be saved. We asked him if he would like to give his life over to Christ. and he said "YES!" We all prayed over this man and told our Christ that this man who bears his name wants to be forgiven of his sins and to be accepted by his savior as one of His own. It was a very emotional time for all of us and it is such a marvel to see God at work in someone's life like that. The man was greatly touched and grateful for the prayer. We assured him that Jesus Christ tells us "If ye seek me, ye shall surely find me" and this was proof for all of us that He wasn't kidding! We also ask you to pray for JOHN, who is awaiting transfer to a state facility where he will finish out what has been a long sentence in the new few months. (John is one of the men who recently had lines of communication reopen with his teenaged children after a long period of silence between them.) The following inmates have asked all you prayer warriors out there to remember them and family members in your prayers this week. They all signed the request paper "For Healing and for Special Needs." Cheri Nethaway urged us to start doing this a few months ago and it is very popular with the inmates. It is the same prayer request form we have every Sunday in the back of the sanctuary. Please pray for: Anthony, Eric (and family), Bob, Boyd (and Alexia, Elle -- a soon-to-be-born baby girl -- and Patricia), Jose (and Maria), Harry (and Donnie and Heather), Nelson (and Elizabeth), Juan (and Luis), James (and children), Ernesto, Jesus, John (and Skyla, Daniel, Amy, Jeanny and the Heflins family), Deanna, Nicole (and Layla).
God bless you all and thank you for your intercessory prayers and support of these vital neighborhood ministries.