Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." John 8:24 (NKJV)
Please help us throughout this diocese receive Jesus’ warning into our hearts.
As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. John 8:30 (NKJV)
When we hear Jesus’ words, Father, help us believe in him.
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us know and receive the truth of the gospel.
For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Romans 5:17 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for the gift of new life in you.
For the shepherds have become dull-hearted, and have not sought the LORD; therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. Jeremiah 10:21 (NKJV)
Father, restore the shepherds among us so that they earnestly seek you.
One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. Psalm 27:4 (NKJV)
LORD, help me dwell in your house all the days of my life.
A Word Received: Wait on me; my timing is perfect.
PT/Jail Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, March 25, 2019
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Here's our weekly report on the Monday neighborhood ministries of Prayer Table and Services from the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility. This morning (Monday, March 25) was a very moving experience at the Table, and the four evening masses at MCCF were even holier. Thank you for your continued prayers in support of these ministries to our neighbors.
Prayer Table -- Have to be honest as I can be about this: I totally forgot that this would be the last Monday of the month, which is the day we have established as the regular date we distribute large amounts of free, non-perishable food and paper goods each month. As a result, when a man came early and asked for paper goods, I told him that would be next week. Then he pointed out correctly, "But .. today's the last Monday of March!" I did go into our church storeroom and got him a roll of paper towels and tissue, so he didn't go away wanting. Then sexton Don Clifford and volunteer Paige Turner helped me set up two tables on the front porch entrance -- one for clothing and one for food. We did have a fairly big supply of canned and boxed food that has been left over from last month, so we were able to pass out a good amount of food (and winter clothing) for the 15 or 20 people who came by. The best thing, by far, this day was that after a couple of weeks of no one seeking prayer and anointing, this time three people also came for anointing and prayer. LUCY asked for a prayer of thanksgiving for the healing in her left leg and for the healing to be continued and completed. (She no longer needs a cane to walk.) First-time visitor ROSCOE sought prayer for pains in his back, legs and hips . A woman (name withheld) asked for prayers for good news in an upcoming series of serious tests with her doctor. The Lord knows the details. Incidentally, next Monday will probably be the last day we will distribute winter clothing. It is supposed to turn more like Spring this midweek and continue into next week. Then we will store remaining wintry items away for the summer and start giving out spring/summer clothing on April 8. We welcome contributions of T-shirts, short-sleeve things, shorts, jeans, etc.
MCCF -- This night we had 20 men and 3 women attend, which is down a bit from the last two weeks. However, a lot of inmates have been transferred and released in the past couple of weeks. We had three stirring men's services and one intense ladies' service. The most gripping moment of all was when we deacons and volunteer Anne DeGroff joined hands and stood in a circle with four male inmates in C Pod. (This is something we have been doing recently; having a "community" prayer for all present instead of individual anointing and prayer. The inmates seem to like it better.) What happens is the celebrant opens with a prayer for all, and if anyone wants to chime in with a special intention, then they can do so. In this C Pod service, each of the four inmates added a prayer of their own, and in each case they spoke it in Spanish. What a moment that was!
The discussion time after the readings was lively in all four pods. This is a time when inmates can talk about something that jumped out at them, ask a question, or just make a point of interest. One male inmate observed of Luke's gospel story about the fig tree parable, "We need to produce good fruit, too. The other side of that, though, is that this story tells us God is patient with us and won't 'cut us down' because he will give us another chance. And we ALL need a second chance, don't we?" One of the women inmates pointed out of Paul's 1st Letter to the Corinthians, "I liked the verse that said 'God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength.' I like that, and I think it is very true. He never gives us more than we can handle." A man in A pod was touched by the Collect of the Day. "I agree with this part," the inmate said, "That says 'God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves.' I mean, I want to be clean and lead a good life, but I have grown to realize that I need His help. I can't do it alone, but I know that He is helping me."
These inmates asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and noted loved ones: Anibal (and wife and children), Raul (and family), Ricardo (and sons), Jorge (and wife), Joshua (and girlfriend and Ryan), Cayden, Jamie, Heriberto (and children), Thomas, Justin, Depree (and family), Maria, Eli (and wife), Woman (no name; and Richard and Jacklyn.)