35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. Mark 4 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help us take Jesus just as he is.
37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Mark 4 (NKJV)
Lord, your church is in the midst of a great storm - don't let us sink.
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4 (NKJV)
Jesus, rebuke the storm that is raging in our country and in the church.
40 But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" Mark 4 (NKJV)
Father, please help us to have faith which endures through the present storm.
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!" Mark 4 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us recognize who you are - the chosen one of God and his Son.
6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)
Father, restore the government to its rightful place upon the shoulder of Jesus. Thank you.
A Word Received: Come, rest in my arms. Let me carry your burdens. I Am able to do that.
St. Ann's Amsterdam
DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- We wish we had brighter news about our Prayer Table attendance, but we only had 2 persons stop by in the 45 minutes we were out there today (July 20th) to offer free food, free clothing and -- of course -- prayer. NANCY, who is a regular, came and took a bag of food, some clothing and one of the backpacks we had on hand. JOSE came solely for prayer -- for protection and guidance. Truthfully, only one other walker and one person on a bicycle came by in the 45 minutes we were out on the church lawn.
It is a bit discouraging. In the five weeks we have been out there since reopening the Prayer Table ministry, we had 0 the first week, 5 the second week, 6 the third week, 5 again the fourth week and now 2 today. Part of the reason there is so little foot traffic in our neighborhood is because the free meals on Monday at the Masonic Temple are not being offered yet. That always attracts a lot of people going there who normally also stop by our table for things and prayer. When the meal resumes being served, it will have a big effect on our Prayer Table. In the meantime, remember what the late Yogi Berra said about low baseball attendance one year: "If people don't want to come to the ballpark, you can't keep 'em away!" We'll keep going out there. As far as we're concerned, it was worth our being there today just to give the prayer Jose requested.
On a personal note, please keep my uncle Norman Hart in your prayers. He is my late father's "kid brother" and more of a cousin to me than an uncle. Norm was a schoolboy when my Dad was serving in World War II. Norman is just a few years older than I am, and he has some serious health issues going on -- weight loss, internal bleeding, low hemoglobin (he is on oxygen now) and he is extremely weak. Please pray for him. He is not a church-goer, but he does believe.
We plan to reopen our visits to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in the autumn. Thank you for your support of our neighborhood ministries.