I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. Jn 5:30 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help me to be like you in seeking your Father's will.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. Jn 5:39-40 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help me to go beyond searching the Scriptures to come to Jesus himself.
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore He teaches sinners in the way. Ps 25:8 (NKJV)
LORD, teach me day by day.
Prayer Table and Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, December 9, 2019
DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- After missing the past Monday's neighborhood ministries of Prayer Table at our church and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility (because of the 27-inch, 3-day snowstorm) we resumed those ministries on Monday, Dec. 9. Attendance was light at both events, but … numbers are not that important. Service is important. God doesn't ask us to be successful, but He DOES ask us to be faithful.
Prayer Table -- Seven women came to the indoor table in our Parish Hall and gladly accepted the free, clean and used winter clothing we offer and the free non-perishable food items we offer. Three of the women (Ebony, Lucy and Maria) all sought anointing with Holy Oil and prayer for various needs. God knows the details.
MCCF -- Once again we did not have any women inmates attend, and this time only 8 men came among the three services in the A, B and C pods. We have noticed that the population at the facility is at the lowest point we have ever seen it.
This was a night of many questions from inmates about the readings and about Christianity in general. We spent a lot of time with one man (he was the only one to come to the service at his pod) who was attending for the first time. He explained that he used to go to the Baptist church in his hometown with his Grandma, who passed away a few years ago. But he wanted to know what "communion" was, and he wondered why we cross ourselves in prayer. Still another inmate in a different pod wondered who the "Gentiles" are or were. So you can see we had the opportunity for a lot of teaching this particular night. Another inmate asked a very good question. He asked, "If John the Baptist was so popular and everyone from all over came out to see him and hear him and be baptized, why was he captured and put to death?" When you think about it, that's a good question. I guess we'd have to ask Herod!
Please pray for these inmates who requested prayer for themselves and indicated loved ones: Kyle, Ron (and Tami and Joe), Bob (and Jackie, Kris, Chad, Derek, Mykenzie, Penelope, Brittany, Elijah and Brooke), Ben, Jeff (and Neville and Ariena), Don.
Thank you all for your intercessory prayers. One note: We have a good supply of clothing to give out that you all have donated so generously. But we are very low on our storage of food, so we could use your donations of mac and cheese, soups, tuna, etc. Any items you bring means that much less we have to purchase at the store. We have had needy persons come by during the week for food and clothing to help them get by, so this is not just for the Monday morning Prayer Table.
God bless you all for your support of these ministries.