Wednesday, October 07, 2020

2020 10 07

9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him. Matthew 9:9 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us hear and heed your call to follow you.

10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." Matthew 9:10-13 (NKJV)
     Jesus, I too am a sinner; please come and sit at my table.

1 When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. Psalm 126:1 (NKJV)
     LORD, please bring this diocese back from captivity.

5 The LORD bless you out of Zion, And may you see the good of Jerusalem All the days of your life. 6 Yes, may you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel! Psalm 128:5-6 (NKJV)
     Thank you, LORD, for the blessiing of seeing my children's children.

1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD; 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. Psalm 130:1-2 (NKJV)
     LORD, hear our cry for Bishop Bill and for this diocese and your people.

A Word Received: Do not be afraid.

SAINT ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (On the lawn in front of our church at 37 Division Street(

     Prayer Table report -- We have been having very slim numbers to our weekly Monday morning Prayer Table ministry lately. Last week, not a single person came and only three pedestrians walked by in the hour I was there. It was discouraging. But yesterday, Father Neal picked up my spirits and urged me to stick with it, and behold today (Monday, October 5) five persons came by -- two of them receiving prayer, which is the main reason we're out there! CAROL was the first to come by, and she was grateful to take some winter clothing and a bag of food. IVA also took clothing and food, but she also requested prayer for her suffering this autumn. She has a condition in her left leg in which she has bone degeneration going on and she has to take shots for it. We prayed for her healing and comfort. NANCY took clothing and just a little bit of food (she likes soup), and we prayed for an end to this pandemic. She said to me "I think we're in the End Times," and I replied that I think we've been in the End Times for a couple of thousand years. LEO visited and thanked me and the church for being "out here for us."

     I would like to ask all of you who can spare some clean, new or used winter clothing (hats, coats, boots, gloves, etc.) to consider donating items like that to our table. In addition to continuing the Prayer Table on Monday, I have discussed the idea of having a special "Winter Clothing Giveaway" so that we can make sure the many people in our community who need warm clothes this winter can get some from us! Father Neal and I agreed that this is something we will do on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. We have a lot of sweaters and heavy shirts for both genders, but we really could use some of the other needed winter items mentioned earlier. Finally, if you would like to come that day and help us set up the clothing and help distribute, you would be as welcome as the Springtime!

     God bless you all! -- deacon alan (and deacon marycarol)

Albany Intercessor

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