Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." Isaiah 6:8 (NKJV)
Here I am Lord
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. John 14:1 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help us give our troubled hearts to Jesus.
In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me find my rest in you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3 (NKJV)
Jesus, receive me into your arms.
And where I go you know, and the way you know." Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:4-6 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us follow where you lead.
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:13-14 (NKJV)
Father, help me pray according to the mind of your Holy Spirit.
A Word Received: Look to me for help in times of trouble. I will be there with you.
PT/MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Sat, Apr 20, 2019
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Sorry I am so late with this weekly report on the Monday ministries of Prayer Table and Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County correctional Facility. Not to make excuses, but this is Holy Week, and besides that we have had car repair appointments, doctor appointments, etc. But it is all good. Jesus has been walking with us through not only the blessed week of services but in our daily activities. And ... it looks like Spring is finally here. Even the big snowbank next to the church entrance is gone!
Prayer Table -- We set up the table on the porch because of light rain. Maybe 15 people came by and some got prayer, some took clean, used clothing we offer and some took paper goods and food -- but only what they needed. It is as if our visitors to the table are well aware that there is always some one else out there who is more needy than we are, so they make sure to take only what they need and to leave some for others.
MCCF -- We had three men's services and one women's service this Monday (April 15) with 18 men and 8 women attending. Again we had lively discussions on the readings of the day (Palm Sunday) and again some of the inmates read scripture for their pod. We decided to use the Luke 19 reading of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem rather than read the Passion according to Luke. But we did encourage them to keep the bulletins, as always, and read the passion story on their own this week. Many inmates picked up how the Isaiah reading and Psalm 31were prophesying the suffering and death that would happen to Jesus. "It says, 'I have set my face like flint' ," one inmate said of the Isaiah reading. "And that's what Jesus did. Nothing was going to stop him from what the father had asked him to." Another inmate asked why Jesus rode on a colt into Jerusalem after doing so much walking through his entire ministry before that. Someone had a good answer, we thought. He said it was Jesus showing humility riding on a colt and donkey rather than riding in on a white horse and bearing a shining sword, like many people were expecting their Messiah to do. It also may be that it was to fulfill another line of scripture from Isaiah.
We will be celebrating Easter there this coming Monday, April 22.
These inmates asked for your prayers for themselves and noted loved ones: Ray (and family, for good health and for justice in court case coming up), Timothy (and Jetty), Ricardo (and family), Austin (and Kelly, Dorothy), Israel (and Triniti), Josh (and family), Lugo, Katie (and Mianna), Depree (and family), Jamie (and family and upcoming court date), Renee (and family.)
Thank you, all you prayer warriors. God bless you all!