Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also. Hebrews 13:3
O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; We humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [For Prisoners adapted from 1928 BCP.]
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (NKJV)
Jesus, I pray for those who have fallen away -- please rescue them.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 2 Thessalonians 2:7-9 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us recognize the lawless ones for what they are.
But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)
Father, please fill my heart with thanksgiving.
Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! Psalm 147:12 (NKJV)
LORD, give me a heart to thank and praise you.
For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. Psalm 147:13 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for my children and theirs.
Yesterday's word should have read: A Word Received: Look to me for joy that does not disappoint.
A Word Received: Seek my judgments so that you may know my freedom.
Prayer Table/Prison Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, December 3, 2018
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- So pleased to report to you that the weekly Monday neighborhood ministries of Prayer Table and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament went extremely well this past Monday (Dec. 3) with the Lord's presence felt mightily as always. We deacons and volunteers are so grateful for all of your intercessory prayers and physical support of these ministries. God bless you!
Prayer Table -- Due to unusual sun and warmth (about 45 degrees!) the table was able to be set up outdoors on the sidewalk in front of the entrance to the Parish Hall. We had 16 persons come by for the prayers and anointing and also for the free used (even sometimes brand-new!) clothing we offer each Monday. We gave out many sweaters, coats, socks, shoes and even a few blankets. Thank you to all who have brought in warm clothing for our needy neighbors. Please pray for Irene, Lucy, Bob, Steve, John, Maria and JoAnne. The Lord knows the details of their prayer needs.
MCCF -- Whereas last week we were only able to visit two pods, this week volunteer Jeff Newell joined us in visiting all three men's pods and the one makeshift women's pod. (There was a problem with the heating system of the one ladies' pod last week and they have been temporarily moved to what used to be the E Pod where kitchen workers normally sleep. They hope to get that repaired soon.) We had 28 men attend services and 5 women. As always, inmates were invited to read some of the lessons and we had lively discussion periods at each service. We had questions like "What does Advent actually mean?" and "When Judgment Day comes, why should we be afraid and want to run and hide from Jesus? After all, isn't he coming to save us and take us home with Him?" Very good point. Why be afraid, indeed. That was one of the main points of Father Neal's sermon this past Sunday. Another male inmate said he took great hope from the third verse of Psalm 25 -- "Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths." He said, "That is just what I want and need and what I am always praying to Him about. I want Him to show me the way so I can stop screwing up my life and to get straightened out and never come back here again."
The following inmates signed the prayer sheet asking for your prayers for themselves and indicated loved ones. Please join us in praying for them: Ty (and my sons and their mother), Depree (and family), Jonathan (and a grandson soon to be born), Jimmy (and Autumn and Ashley), Rocky, Woman (and sons Jace and Kaiden and her boyfriend), Jorge (and family), George (and son and mother of son), Kyle (and family), Eli (and Elizabeth), Charles (and all fellow inmates.)