A Word Received: My word is a wall of protection for you. Find your shelter in me and my word.
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.
(Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)
Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)
Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. John 6:2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help us see Jesus' signs and follow him.
And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. John 6:11 (NKJV)
Jesus, please multiply my loaves and fishes so that others may be fed.
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Revelation 3:1-2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, bring new life to dead and dying parishes.
I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts; Isaiah 65:2 (NKJV)
Lord, we are a rebellious people. Please restore us.
He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. Psalm 147:15 (NKJV)
Father, let your word run swiftly among us.
Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, Jan. 7, 2019
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- So pleased to return to "normal" and back to our neighborhood ministries of the Monday morning Prayer Table and the Monday evening Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility this past Monday (Jan. 7.) We had not done either ministry in the prior two Mondays because of the holidays, and we missed seeing all the people involved.
Prayer Table -- Truthfully, not as many persons showed up as usual this day even though we had told everyone for the past month that we would be passing out free non-perishable food and paper goods along with free clean, used clothing as well as opportunity for anointing and private prayer. Because of the biting cold and wind, we held the table indoors in the Parish Hall, which could account for part of why the attendance was lower than normal. About a dozen people were on hand at first, then maybe another four or five came along later in the hour. (Note: We will be giving out food next on January 28th.) Please join us in praying for one man and one woman (no names) who came for prayers. God knows the details.
MCCF -- We received a very warm reception in all three men's pods and the one ladies' pod this evening. We could tell the two-week absence from the jail had made the inmates especially hungry for God's word, and they came in great numbers to take part in the services and hear the readings and share in Holy Communion. We had 40 men and 3 women attend, which we believe is the highest total we have had there since we resumed this weekly jail ministry in June of 2017. Some insightful discussions followed the readings in every pod. We were pleased to hear one male inmate point out, after hearing Matthew's gospel account of the visit from the Wise Men, "You know, you have to give Joseph a lot of credit for sticking by Mary. I don't think that every husband would necessarily believe it if his wife told him a Holy Spirit had descended upon her and she was going to have a baby because of that. He had to have had a lot of faith!" This was from a man who a few weeks ago told us he was really struggling with his own faith because he had landed himself in jail and was feeling guilty about it all, feeling as though God had abandoned him. Another man wanted to know what Paul meant (Ephesians reading) when he called himself "the very least of all the saints" when he was still alive and not yet a saint. We explained that we believe Paul meant that in a figurative way, not literally. And we pointed out that Paul also referred to himself "a servant according to the gift of God's grace."
Please pray for the following inmates and their family members mentioned. They signed the paper "For Healing and for Special Needs" which is the same one we use for Prayer of the People in the back of the church sanctuary: Johnathan (and Betsy, Justin and Ledvina), Christopher, Man (no name -- and two daughters and girlfriend), Eric (and family and Fort Johnson Fire Company), Richard, Bruce, Justine (and Matthew), Ashley (and Amber and Alicia), Daniel (and Maria), Charles, Israel (and Triniti), Danny (and family), Eliot, Sean, Joquin (and Elizabeth, Nacyma, Elijah, Debbie, Dominique, April and Robert.)