Thursday, May 30, 2019

2019 05 30

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. Matthew 28:16 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us to be on-time at the place of Jesus’ appointing.

When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. Matthew 28:17 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us keep coming to you even when we doubt.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18 (NKJV)
     Father, help us accept the authority you have given to Jesus.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
     LORD, help us make disciples, baptize them, and bring theminto the life of your Spirit.

teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:20 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us teach the truthof your word. Keep us from being led astray by worldly wisdom.

Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set. Proverbs 22:28 (NKJV)
Do not remove the ancient landmark, nor enter the fields of the fatherless; Proverbs 23:10 (NKJV)
     Lord, there are many teachers in the church who are removing the ancient landmarks of faith. Have mercy on us.

A Word Received I Am with you evermore. Give me your fears.

Albany Intercessor

PT/MC Jail Report ,Wed, May 29, 2019,Prayerline of St. Ann's Episcopal Church (saintannsprayerline@gmail.com)
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL-- Reporting in on the Prayer Table and Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility neighborhood ministries which took place on Monday, May 20. Sorry I am so late with this weekly report, but the week just spun out of control on me with the great 25th anniversary getaway to Niagara Falls, etc. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
     Prayer Table -- Very nice sunny, bright morning so we held the table outdoors on the lawn in front of our church on Division Street. We had perhaps 25 persons come by to take advantage of the free, clean and used clothing we offered. A lot of grateful neighbors picked up many items they needed. Thank you for all your contributions. A few people needed some food items, so we were able to help them from our supplies on hand. I gave out 9 wooden crosses made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina. LUCY got anointing and prayer for her older friend JENNIFER, who recently suffered a fifth stroke at her home in Providence, R.I. Then CONSUELA came up for prayer and anointing for her older sister (no name) who recently had open heart surgery and has not bounced back from it yet. DONNA, a young woman who we often see running great distances all over Amsterdam, stopped by for a breather and a prayer.
     MCCF -- We had 21 inmates (16 men, 5 women) come to services this time. That is down just a bit from the normal number, but there have been many court cases in the past few weeks and some inmates have been either released or sent to a state facility to complete their sentences. We had four very moving services with good, stirring discussions in each pod about the readings. Two inmates disagreed about the reading from Acts 11:1-18 concerning the voice telling Peter, "What God has made clean, you must not call profane." One man said "God can make Satan clean, too, if He wants to." Another inmate strongly challenged that with "No ... Satan won't be made clean. He's already been defeated!" The gospel from John 13:31-35 really struck a nerve with many inmates. This was the passage in which Jesus commands the disciples " .. love one another as I have loved you." An inmate pointed out, "It's a difficult thing to live up to what Jesus asks -- no, commands -- us to do by loving one another. It's so hard when people say and do bad things to you and He expects us to forgive and love them. And look what they did to Jesus! He didn't do anything wrong, but Pontius Pilate still condemned Jesus and he was spit on, tortured and crucified." I think one of our favorite moments of the evening came when another man mentioned of the Revelation reading 21:1-6, "You know, I've never understood the Book of Revelation. It's such a strange book with a lot of symbolism that I don't understand." Another inmate smiled and told him, "It's just strange because it hasn't happened yet. It will make more sense to you after it happens."
     The following inmates asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and indicated loved ones: Ray (and children and family), Paul (for his father and family and the people of St Ann's), Timothy (and Barbara and Ralph), Christopher B. (and Kimberly), Michael (and Phonessa and Christian), Austin, Adrian, Charles, Christopher R., Eli (and Naliccia), Israel (and Triniti), Tookie, Clifton, Depree (and Depree II, London, Anga, Dominique.)
     Thank you, all you Prayer Warriors, for your prayers and support for these neighborhood ministries.
     (Note: We did NOT have the Prayer Table or the MCCF services this past Monday, May 27. We have found that on Monday holidays like this Memorial Day was, hardly anyone comes by for the table and attendance at MCCF is very low likewise. We will resume both ministries this coming Monday, June 3.)

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