Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Luke 18:9 (NKJV)
Lord Jesus, my trust is in you.
"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. Luke 18:10 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us recognize that those who go to church are a mixed bag.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. Luke 18:11 (NKJV)
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12 (NKJV)
The Pharisee “prayed thus with himself.” Help us recognize when we are really talking to ourselves and not to you, God.
I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' Luke 18:12 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us recognize that “all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6b)
And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' Luke 18:13 (NKJV)
Father, be merciful to us sinners.
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Luke 18:14 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help us humble ourselves before you. You are our only righteousness.
A Word Received: Bring your burdens to me, I can bear them for you. You needn't be afraid.
PT/MCCF Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, February 24, 2020
DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- Reporting in as usual on the Monday neighborhood ministries of Prayer Table in our Parish Hall and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility for Monday, Feb. 24th. Both were highly successful events this day.
Prayer Table -- After taking a week off from this ministry for Presidents Day, we were pleased to have 14 people come by on a delightful, sunny and warm morning. We were tempted to set up outdoors but neighbors started coming early and we didn't really have time to move out to the sidewalk. We began a new system of passing out food this week. We began making up bags of seven or eight assorted items of non-perishable food (and also some tangerines) and then gave one bag to each person who came by. This way, we know there will be no reaching and grabbing and attempting to get in front of someone else, and this way we can insure that everyone gets virtually the same food items and no one takes more than a fair share. It seemed to work out extremely well and no one complained about this change in the way we distribute food. The free clothing was also a popular endeavor. We are just about done passing out the wintry clothing. Over the next two Mondays we will probably finish the winter clothing distribution and then begin passing out the lighter, warm weather clothing we have stored upstairs in the nursery. Only one person (ANGELO) asked for healing anointing and prayer.
MCCF -- We had nine inmates attend -- all men -- the three services we celebrated along with volunteer Jeff Newell. All three were very reverent services, with the inmates really eager to come and hear the word and to take part. One person pointed out the similarity between part of the Collect ("... Because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace") and one of Paul's comments to the Corinthians ("So neither the one who plants and the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.") Another inmate liked the Deuteronomy reading where Moses tells the people, "Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God and obeying him." He noted, "That was over 2,000 years ago, and it is still true today! We still have that same choice." We all spent quite a few minutes listening to the testimony of a new inmate who admits he is in a relationship with a divorced woman, and he is wondering if God is punishing him for this now. We urged this man to spend a lot of time in prayer and to read scripture to help him with this matter. (The Matthew reading from the Sermon on the Mount concerning adultery and divorce really bothered him. We hope we helped!)
These inmates asked for your intercessory prayer for themselves and indicated loved ones: John, The Prevost family, Man-- no name (for Jennifer), the Beekman family, the Peterson family, Neville (and Ariana,) Mike (and Michelle.)
God bless you all. Please continue to pray for these invaluable neighborhood ministries.