knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. Galatians 2:16 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help me find my justification in you.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help me live by faith as Paul did.
That You may say to the prisoners, 'Go forth,' to those who are in darkness, Isaiah 49:9a (NKJV)
Jesus, let your light shine in my darkness.
You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, for so You have prepared it. Psalm 65:9 (NKJV)
LORD, let your river of life flow through me.
A Word Received: Look to me for each day's bread.
Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, January 28, 2019
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL (Monday, Jan. 28) -- Pleased to let you know the update on the latest Monday regular neighborhood ministries -- the morning Prayer Table in our Parish Hall and the evening Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Both ministries, which are always unique each week, were successes yesterday.
Prayer Table -- Only one person (woman, name withheld for private reasons) requested anointing and prayer for a personal situation. The number of persons asking for prayer has declined lately, which is a source of concern for me. It is the main reason for the table, after all. However, two other side benefits of the table each Monday is that neighbors know they can come to our church for prayer, needed food to help them get through what may be a tough week, and also for good, clean used (sometimes even new) clothing. Cherie Nethaway was a huge help in getting food and clothing displayed and handed out. We had 20-25 persons come by.
Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- Our attendance at the four pods was down a bit this week, but that is due in part to the fact that many inmates in the last few weeks have been released or transferred to a state facility. This Monday we had 18 men come by and three women for a total of 21. But do not place too much emphasis on attendance. The participation and attention of the inmates was intense. We had great discussion time in each pod over the scriptures, many of which were read aloud by inmates who volunteered. A woman remarked that Verse 14 of the 19th Psalm ("Let the words of my mouth ...") jumped out at her because she said, "It reminded me of who I'm talking to when I pray!" A male inmate was struck by Paul's Letter to the Corinthians and how it mentioned the parts of the body needing each other and how all of us have separate gifts and all are needed to form His one church. "It makes you remember that everyone has a part to play in life, and no one is really more important than anyone else." Still another man wondered what "speaking in tongues" is all about and he said he wasn't sure he believed in it, anyway. Deacon MC explained about the people speaking in strange languages at Pentecost and that some people do indeed have this gift. She also pointed out that still others have the gift of explaining the tongues to others, which is just as important. But perhaps the highlight of the whole three-hour evening of services, for us deacons, was listening to the fascinating witness of one of the men who described how when he was 13 years old he was seriously injured in a car crash as a passenger and suffered a broken spine and was in a coma for five weeks. He was not expected to ever walk again. But now (he is 28) he has been walking since he was 15 and is grateful to God that he never gave up trying. He also was told that because of internal injuries suffered in the accident that he would never have children, but today he has a son who he is eager to see again when he gets out of jail.
Please pray for these inmates (who signed our Prayer List) and the persons they seek prayers for: Tyrell, Christopher, Johannon, Anthony, Ray, Man (no name for privacy reasons) and his two daughters and girlfriend, Eric (and family and the Fort John Fire Company), Manny (and Ashley, Heather, Christie, Jacinta and Yonalise), Maribeth, Nathaniel, Eliot, Estephan (and wife and kids), DePree, Sean, Charles, Diane, Bruce, Melissa and Maria.