Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 04 21

Pray for a speedy recovery from surgery for Bishop Dan Herzog and strength and rest for his wife Carol.

Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention June 8-10 and the General Convention of the Episcopal Church July 5-13 in Austin, Texas.

"The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned." Matthew 4:15-16 (NKJV)
     Father, we are a people sitting in darkness; let your light shine on us.

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us respond immediately as Peter and "Andrew did.

Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. Matthew 4:21-22 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us immediately leave behind everything as James and John did.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 (NKJV)
     Father, I pray for the Diocesan Convention and the General Convention that there will be no preaching of empty philosophy.

Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations-- "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," which all concern things which perish with the using--according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. Colossians 2:20-23 (NKJV)
     Jesus, set us free from the commandments and doctrines of men.

So Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, "All the words which the LORD has said we will do." Exodus 24:3 (NKJV)
     LORD, help me do your word.

Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, give to the LORD glory and strength. Give to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Psalm 96:7-9 (NKJV)
     LORD, help me freely give to you and worship you.

A Word Received: Long for the day of my visitation.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer table/Jail report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, April 16, 2018
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- The Prayer Table ministry and the ministry of Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility went extremely well again this past Monday, April 16. We would like to relay to you prayer warriors what went on and how people were touched by God.
     Prayer Table -- Once again, James Bryant and Alan held the table indoors in the Parish Hall. Despite heavy rain, about 20 people came and enjoyed the opportunity for anointing and prayer, the free non-perishable food we offer and the free, clean used (sometimes new!) clothing we offer. CORDELIA, LYDIA and CONSUELA all came for individual prayer.
     Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- We (we deacons plus Anne DeGroff) were delighted this evening that three women came to their service. (The last two Mondays, no women chose to attend.) We also had 22 men come to the three services in their pods. We sensed a real theme of camaraderie this evening; the men, especially, instead of asking for prayer for themselves asked for prayer for the blessings of their fellow inmates. There were also plenty of prayer concerns for family members back home whom, of course, they miss. Our discussions of the readings of the day (third Sunday of Easter) were very productive. We talked quite a while about the need to forgive and be forgiven. One man (Germain) asked for God to give him the gift of making good decisions when he is released later this week. He is going back home to Syracuse and is eager to star life anew there. Another man (Esteban) asked for prayer for Jesus to watch over him. Next week he is transferring to a state facility to finish up his sentence before returning home in 30 days. The following inmates asked for your prayers for themselves and for those noted: Harry (and Marybeth), Boyd (and Alexia, Elle and Patricia), Michael, Eric (and family and the Fort Johnson Fire Dept.), Daniel (for children and families affected by gas attacks in Syria), David (and Trisha), Carlos (and Rhonda), Christian, Daniel (and family), Anthony (and family), John (and Sara), Anthony (and the Flores family), Dylan, Nelson, Dante (and Jarey and Montana), Luis, Jose, Pedro (and family), Anna (and Mike and all the sick and suffering in the world), Amy (and her children and her fiancĂ©.)

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