Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side. And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Ezekiel 47:1-3 (NKJV)
Jesus, help all your people take that first step into the river of your Spirit.
Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Ezekiel 47:4 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us go farther and deeper in your river.
Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. Ezekiel 47:5 (NKJV)
Father, help me go deep enough that I have to take my feet off the bottom and go with the flow of your Spirit.
He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. Ezekiel 47:6 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me see what you want in my life and give it to you.
When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: "This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. Ezekiel 47:7-9 (NKJV)
Father, let the river of your Spirit bring healing to this diocese.
A Word Received: Stay with me; keep instep with my Spirit.
PT/MC Jail Report, St. Ann’s Amsterdam, October 28, 2018
DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- After a couple of weeks of being away (because of conflicts and illness) from our neighborhood ministries of the Prayer Table and Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, it was a joy to return to these services for the Lord this past Monday (Oct. 28.) Here's a capsulized look at what happened.
Prayer Table -- Rather a disappointing turnout of only three women, despite the fact that it was 60 degrees and NOT raining! We set up the table on our front lawn on Division Street. But one regular who comes to every prayer table session (LUCY) came for anointing and prayer on behalf of her sister JOANNE, who is ill in a hospital in Boston. God knows the details. Please join us in praying for her and her sister. All three women took just a little of the non-perishable food we offer and also some of the clean, used clothing we offer. (Note: Our clothing supply is bountiful, but our supply of food is pretty low. The reason is in recent weeks we have had some inmates from MCCF being released and they have all sought our help in getting back on their feet with some food items and clothing. If you would like to help build our food storage back up, we can always use donations of things like soups, stews, mac and cheese, tuna, peanut butter. etc. The more parishioners donate, the less we have to buy out of our discretionary fund.)
MCCF -- We had 17 persons come to the four pod services this time -- 16 men and just one woman. I want to be sure to relate one thing in particular: in the last men's pod we entered, just a couple of inmates stepped into the service room and asked for individual prayer and a bible. They were new inmates who just arrived and they had not intended to stay for the service. But one regular attendee came in with a chair and sat down and encouraged the other two men to stay and listen and take part. They did! The regular told us afterward, "If just one guy comes in to hear the service, I think it makes others want to come, too." So true, and therein lies a lesson for us all. Ask someone to come to church with you this Sunday!
The readings stirred some interesting comments and questions. One man was struck by how faithful and brave the Apostle Paul was when he was talking about facing his death in the 2 Timothy epistle reading. ("I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and kept the faith.") Another man observed from the end of the Luke story, "It always is important to remember to humble yourself before God. I have found myself in the midst of a lot of trouble the last few years, but I always turn to Him and he never fails to forgive and revive me. He's God and I am not!" )
These inmates signed the Saint Ann's Prayers request sheet (the same one we use for Prayer of the People in our services) and requested your intercessory prayers: Keith (for Cathy), Jeffrey, Mike, Ron, Bob, Jim, Dave, Jesibelle.