And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Matthew 5:1 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us to be disciples who come to Jesus.
Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: Matthew 5:2 (NKJV)
Jesus, please teach us.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help me be content with your provision for me.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please comfort those who mourn.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (NKJV)
Father, bring me to meekness of spirit so that I may enter into my inheritance.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NKJV)
"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1 (NKJV)
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 (NKJV)
Lord, I pray for your mercy, especially for those in prison and their victims.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring me to purity of heart so that I may see you.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 (NKJV)
Father, please help us to be true sons and daughters to you by making peace.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 (NKJV)
Father, help all those who are persecuted for righteousness sake.
"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Matthew 5:11 (NKJV)
Lord, help me turn the other cheek.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:12 (NKJV)
Jesus, you are my reward and my joy.
A Word Received: Look to me when times are evil. I will carry you through them.
Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility Jail Report, October 29, St. Ann's Amsterdam
DCN Alan Hart and DCN MaryCarol Hart -- Just letting all you faithful prayer warriors know that Monday, Oct. 29, saw God's word being spread again in our neighborhood through the Prayer Table and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Here's a short rundown on how the ministries went:
Prayer Table -- It was a chilly, damp morning with light rain, so we set up the Prayer Table indoors in the Parish Hall. We would much prefer to be outdoors so we are more visible, but we did not want our neighbors standing out in the cold and rain. And by now the neighbors know we are there on Mondays and so they showed up in good number -- perhaps 25 people. On the final Monday of each month we hand out food donations as well as free clothing. Many thanks to all the parishioners who have brought in clothing and food items. We handed out the entire amount of clothing that had been stored in the closet in the entryway, so that was a blessing. Three persons also came for prayer, which remains the central focus of what we are doing out there. MARIA asked for anointing, blessings and protection for herself and her toddler daughter, ROSA. LUCY, still recovering from surgery on her left leg and knee, got anointing and prayers for continued healing.
MCCF -- We had less persons attend the services, but we never use attendance as a barometer for this ministry. In one of the men's three pods, we didn't have any takers at all, which was disappointing, but this happens sometimes -- especially when there has been a changeover in inmates. Quite a few men in that pod were released or transferred this month. We did have 11 men and 9 women attend, which was a record number of women. We were thrilled with that!
It is our practice lately to let inmates who wish to read one of the readings do so. We even had one inmate read the Prayers of the People. The more they are involved, the more they pay attention and take part. We had interesting discussions about the readings One inmate said he got a big nudge from the fourth verse of Psalm 126, "The Lord has done great things for us. and we are glad indeed." He said he thinks we all take for granted the many blessings that God gives us every day. How true! Another male inmate liked how blind Bartimaeus refused to take "no" for an answer and insisted to the crowd that he be able to talk with Jesus and be healed. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was when a woman who is new to the facility came into the women's pod service a little late, because she had been showering, stood by her cot on the periphery and was listening to the discussion, then we noticed she was saying the Lord's Prayer with the group. We invited her to sit with us all and she took communion.
The following inmates signed the Saint Ann's Prayer sheet "For Healing and for Special Needs" (the same one we have at our Sunday services in back of the church) and would like you to pray for them and their designated family members: Bob (and daughters and girlfriend), Denzel (and unborn son-to-be, and expectant mother Jennifer), Chris (and mother Nancy), Bruce (and everyone back home), Rakim (and family), Heriberto (and daughter and son), Man (no name) -- for peace in the world, Deshon (and Capri, Diana, Keesha), Cara (and Johnna), Jasmen (and brother King), Tiffany (and Sam, Bryan, Joanne and Troy.)
We deacons and volunteers Anne, Jeff and Gayle thank you for your continued intercessory prayers for this prison ministry. With your sincere prayers, you all help grow the Kingdom of Heaven. God bless you.