Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. John 6:53-56 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for giving of yourself to us.
As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven--not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever." John 6:57-58 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for all that you do for us.
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. Hebrews 11:24-26 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help me do and dare for Jesus.
But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together. Genesis 22:7-8 (NKJV)
Father, please help me trust in your provision.
In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." Genesis 22:18 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for the blessing I have received through Abraham.
Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, According to Your word to Your servant. Psalm 119:76 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for your merciful kindness to me.
A Word Received: Wait for me; wait for my time and purposes. Don't rush ahead; stay with me and I will do it.
Prayer Table/MCCF Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam
DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- We are pleased to tell you that both weekly Monday neighborhood ministries of the Prayer Table (in our Parish Hall) and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament (at Montgomery County Correctional Facility) went well yesterday, February 3rd. Attendance is not always that vital a concern, but we were pleased that more people came to both venues this Monday as compared to the downturn of numbers that went on in January.
Prayer Table -- Twelve neighbors came by for the free food items and the free, clean used clothing we offer. Two women requested anointing with Holy Oil and prayer. CONSUELA, a cancer survivor who has not been by in quite awhile, returned and received prayer for thanksgiving for the healing that has already taken place and that her good health will continue. Her daughter MERCEDES also asked for prayer for good health and safety.
MCCF -- A lot of great things happened at the facility this week. Whereas only 9 men and NO women attended last week, this evening we had 11 men and 2 women. The latter number is significant, because at present there are only three women incarcerated there, so 2/3 of the women's pod came eagerly for the service and the prayers!
All four services were lively, and in three of the services inmates chose to read one of the readings. And after the readings, the inmates had some interesting comments and questions. Want to hear some of them? One man liked the verse 5 of Psalm 84 that says, "Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, for the early rains have covered it with pools of water." This man said, "Just like everyone else, I have gone through some desolate valleys of sorts. But this reminds me of when I was baptized -- and I am a Baptist! -- at that Camp of the Woods in Speculator. Boy, was that water cold!" (Camp of the Woods, of course, is where our diocesan convention is held in June.) Another man wanted to know, "Why was it such a big deal for old Simeon to see Jesus if he was only a baby? He never got to see him or hear him do anything as an adult." Good question. We answered him with, "The Holy Spirit obviously gave Simeon a gift of being able to see and hold the long-awaited Messiah before he died, so Simeon therefore would probably also have the gift to perceive what Jesus would become. Simeon even foresaw that Jesus' mother Mary would be present at Jesus' death on the cross when he said to her, "A sword will pierce YOUR heart also."
There was some other good news at MCCF this night. Not only do we minister to the inmates there, but also sometimes the guards who attend them. There is a female guard there that we have been praying with for quite a few months because her daughter, Tamara, who is a cancer survivor, has been trying in vain to become pregnant. Well, the guard told us that this weekend Tamara learned she is indeed with child. They are so excited! Volunteer Jeff Newell and Alan also had a private chat with an inmate who recently was sentenced to a state prison for an accidental crime he committed. He has been a regular attendee each Monday and has also encouraged fellow inmates to come to services, and we can see God's hand on him. We assured him we will continue to pray for him and urged him to write to us at the church and keep in touch, and he said he would.
Please pray for these inmates and indicated loved ones: The Prevost family, Jonathan (and Alice and Sophia), Madeline, Neville (and Ariana), Natalie, John (and Marlene, Sophia and Jayden), Dennis, Kaylee, the Shostek family, the Peterson family.
God bless all of you!