Wednesday, June 05, 2019

2019 06 05

Please pray for the the Healing Service and the workshops at the Diocesan Convention. Pray also for the ministry to the youth and children. [I will be doing a workshop on “Leading People To Jesus”.]

Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." Luke 10:17 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help us recognize the power of your name.

And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Matthew 10:38 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me daily take up my cross and follow Jesus.

Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, Ezekiel 11:19 (NKJV)
     LORD, give your people a new heart – a heart of flesh and of the Holy Spirit.

I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. Psalm 9:1 (NKJV)
     LORD, help me to be a faithful witness to all your works.

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:9-10 (NKJV)
     LORD, I seek you; do not forsake me. You are my refuge and my strength in times of trouble.

A Word Received: Listen for my word to you with hope.

Albany Intercessor

PT/MC Jail Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, June 3, 2019
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Just to keep you faithful prayer warriors out there updated on our weekly Monday neighborhood ministries, here's what happened this past Monday (June 3) at the Prayer Table and at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
     Prayer Table -- Though it was a bright sunny morning, we held the Prayer Table inside because so many neighbors had already arrived early during Morning Prayer and had come inside. These people who came by were greatly rewarded by a generous donation of clothing -- much of it brand-new -- from parishioner Becky Hadley. There were shoes, women's clothing, kids' religious coloring books, new stockings, deodorant ... just a potpourri of nice and useful things. (Thank you so much, Becky!) Twenty-five to 30 people came and gratefully accepted almost all of the things she brought to us. Prayed for two people -- one a woman (no name) who was very upset over a family problem, and LUCY in thanks for prayers answered. Last week she came for prayers for a friend who had suffered a fifth stroke in Providence, R.I. Lucy said the woman is much better now and is grateful for the prayer of last week. We gave a "booster shot" prayer this time.
     MCCF -- The four Services From the Reserved Sacrament this week went extremely well. We had 23 people attend -- 17 men and 6 women. Most of the pods have far fewer inmates in them this month. A lot of people have been released to freedom or sent to a state facility, and many more current inmates here are anticipating a change on their court date of June 18. All are praying/hoping for justice and freedom. We had lively discussions over the readings of the day. A light moment concerning the reading from Acts 16: 16-34. "Gee," one male said. "Maybe there'll be an earthquake HERE tonight and all our cell doors will open!" Another answered, "Yeah, but if Jesus is coming very soon (Revelation 22) like he said he is, it won't matter anyway. We'll be free for good!" Men and women inmates both took to heart the Psalm 97 verse "The Lord loves those who hate evil. He preserves the lives of his saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked."
     Now just an important side note: we deacons visited a patient at Pathways (rehab center on Providence Avenue near Ellis Hospital) last month named "Brian." He is a young man whose father asked us after the monthly service there to come in the room and pray for his son who suffered a heart attack during a heroin episode and was presumed to be "brain dead." When we prayed for him that day a month ago, there was little reaction from Brian. But ... you never know what a seriously ill or dying patient hears and understands. Well, we visited him again this Sunday (June 2) and this time, when we prayed there was rapid eye movement in his eyes and it was very clear to us when we anointed him and began praying for him in Jesus Christ's name for healing that this man was obviously aware he was being prayed for. His chest started heaving lightly and there was movement in his limbs. He heard! He knew! Please join us in continuing to pray for this young man's complete healing. Miracles still happen in 2019!
     The following inmates at MCCF have asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and indicated loved ones: Paul (for everyone in the pod), Christopher B. (and Kimberly), Ray (and Mia and his parents), Man, no name (and for relationships with family members), Austin, Mark, Christopher O., Adrian, Jeremie (and family), Charles, Eli (and Nalicia), Edward (and Sonia), Israel (and Triniti), Cliff (and all relatives), Lugo, Walter, Kandra (and for forgiveness from family), Amanda, Tiffany (and Orion, Bryan, Gabby, JoAnne, Roy and Amanda), Kathryn (and Mianna.)

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