Sunday, March 24, 2019

2019 03 24

Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. Ezekiel 18:27 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me turn away from sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:3 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me acknowledge my sin to you.

Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Psalm 51:9 (NKJV)
     Jesus, blot out my transgressions with your blood.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17 (NKJV)
     Father, in your mercy grant me a broken heart over my sins.

So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. Joel 2:3 (NKJV)
     Father, thank you for your merciful kindness to me.

and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matthew 3:2 (NKJV
     Jesus, please help me speak repentance to those lost in sin and death.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9(NKJV)
     Jesus, as I confess my sins to you, make me clean again. Thank you.

A Word Received: Come to my day by day for my cleansing, living water.

Albany Intercessor

PT/MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, March 18, 2019
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Just reporting in on the Prayer Table and Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility for this past Monday, March 18. Sorry this is a bit tardy, but we have had a very hectic week. (MaryCarol had cataract surgery on her right eye, and it went well. She is doing great and the doctor said everything went well. Thank you, Lord!)
     Prayer Table -- To be truthful, this was one of the lowest totals of visitors to the table we have ever had since the very first one back on July 9, 2012. Only four people came by. Three women came and were eager to take clothing for themselves and family (we're still dispensing wintry clothing but will soon switch over to summery things) and one man dropped by for a few food items. This man comes by the Parish Hall a few times a week and never takes more than he needs. He always says, "Other people who need it more than me might come for help." It is easy to be a little disappointed when so few neighbors come by, but we always have to remember that quantity doesn't always tell the story. We were there for the four people who sought our help, and that's all that really matters. God doesn't expect us to be successful but he DOES expect us to be faithful.
     MCCF -- This week the attendance went up a bit -- 20 men came for the three men's pod services, and 6 women came to the ladies' service. We noticed a kind of theme running through the four separate sessions: that many of the inmates seemed "antsy" because apparently there are a lot of court cases involving them going on this week, so there were some concerns about how their trials might turn out. We could sense just a little more intensity as the scriptures were read, when we did Confession, when we shared Communion. And when we formed circles and did a "community prayer" in each pod, many of the inmates chimed in with their individual prayers, and many of them were for justice at their trials. The conversations about the readings were lively. One woman said of the first verse of Psalm 27, "I love that line 'The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear?' I feel that and believe that myself! A man in A pod pointed out from the Genesis reading about Abram, "When the Lord took him out and showed him the heavens and how his descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky, God was talking about each one of us. He took all the trouble to create the world and still had time to make each of us single human beings. That's awesome when you think about it!" Yes, it is. Another man in the B pod noted that when Herod (Antipas) wanted to kill the adult Jesus, that made him the SECOND Herod to want to kill him. Herod (the Great) tried to do it when Jesus was newborn.
     These inmates asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and loved ones noted: Ray (and family and upcoming court case), Manny (and family and court case), Anibal (and wife and son and father), Kenneth (and wife and children), Man (no name given; and daughters and girlfriend), Duane, Austin, Mark, Joshua (and Jamie, court case), Jimmy (and Jamie), Jesse, Layton, Eliot, Israel (and Triniti), Kylie (and son Christian), Woman (no name; and Richard and Jaclyn.)
     Thank you for your prayers for these vital neighborhood ministries. God bless you all!

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