A Full-time Independent Chaplain
Serving Care Facilities In Southwestern Pennsylvania
For More Than 24 Years
SEPTEMBER 27th; LORD'S Day (Sunday); 2020.
THIS WEEK'S HYMN. “Be Still My Soul” by Mrs. Katharina Schlegel (1697-1768). This Hymn was the favorite of Mr. Eric Liddell, the athlete who became famous in the 1924 Olympics for refusing to run on Sunday. How different are the “Christian” athletes today!
THIS WEEK'S THANKSGIVING. There were answers to Prayer last week. 1. A Lady's Uncle came Home from the Hospital. 2. A Lady's Sister-in-law's stomach has improved. 3. There were good Meetings last week among the Care Facilities. 4. In the Outdoor Church Services, the cold weather held off. There were beautiful mornings. Just right for Church Services! 5. A Resident and her Daughter sent a Letter and two Gifts last week. 6. A former Resident sent a Card and a Gift. Revelation 8.3,4 says: “There was given unto Jesus much incense, that He should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God.” Thank GOD there is THE MEDIATOR CHRIST JESUS! I Timothy 2.5 says: “There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
THIS WEEK'S PRAYERLIST. These Prayer Requests have been made by different Residents and Staff in the Care Facilities. 1. A Lady who just returned from the Hospital. 2. Those who are still in the Hospital. 3. Those who are in pain. 4. Those who feel all alone. 5. Many are concerned for their Families. 6. A Gentleman asked Prayer concerning his finger. 7. A Gentleman requested a Bible. 8. A Lady who had two falls last week. 9. Several Care Facilities that are struggling these days. Revelation 7.15 says: “Before the throne of God.” *In the Thanksgiving and Prayerlist sections, the names of the people have been withheld to protect their privacy. Nevertheless, the Thanksgivings and Prayer Requests are real and actual. Respect for privacy is also the reason there are usually no photos of Residents on Dr. Spence's website.
THIS WEEK'S COLPORTAGE REPORT. 1. Last week, besides Dr. Spence's visits in his weekly Care Facilities, there was a Colportage Day. On this day, 145 Printed Sermons were distributed in 1 Hospital and 13 Care Facilities located in Greensburg, Johnstown, Davidsville, Jerome, Friedens, Somerset, and Donegal. This was the first time the Sermons were distributed in Davidsville, Jerome, and Friedens. 2. Would you like a King James Version Bible or New Testament? The Book and the postage are free. These Bibles are gently used. Different Residents have given these dear Books to Dr. Spence during the past year. We would be able to send you up to three of these Bibles of your choice either in large or regular print. 3. Is there anyone who could use the King James Version Book of Psalms in Braille? If you or someone you know could use these Psalms, please contact us. The Book and postage are free.
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST. Please continue to pray for the Sick and Elderly who daily live under the heaviest part of the virus restrictions. Many will live never to forget these days. Others were killed by them. Our governments have violated two essential Verses of Scripture. 1. The Golden Rule. Luke 6.31 says: “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them.” I wonder, could those in leadership live month after month (as in the case of the Skilled Care Facilities) isolated the entire time in their bedrooms? Many of those in leadership have broken the very rules they are forcing others to keep under threat of punishment. 2. The Fifth Commandment. Exodus 20.12 says: “Honour thy father and thy mother.” Is this the way to treat the Sick and the Elderly? Is this the way to treat the Sick and Elderly in their hardest years? Does not such isolation only double their troubles? Instead, should not Mercy have been showed them? In many ways, these people have more social graces than most of us. Why was it not more carefully considered what the sting of isolation would do to such people bearing such commendable qualities? One Owner was lately telling Mrs. Spence that isolation is the real killer. And how come Governor Wolf and his health secretary keep so many Care Facilities in the dark as to what the next step really is? THE LORD have Mercy! Please keep the Sick and the Elderly in Prayer. They need our Prayers at this time. Psalm 142.4 says: “I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.”
IN THIS WORLD, there often arises temporary situations and unique circumstances. People necessarily leave their Homes and move into Care Facilities. Others are confined to their Homes. Very frequently, these people, spiritually, fall between the cracks. They are forgotten and forsaken. For more than 23 years, Dr. Spence has served as a Personal, Domestic, and Care Facility Chaplain meeting the spiritual needs of many of these people. James 1.27 says: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." If you have questions or comments, or if you are interested in Dr. Spence's services, please contact us. Dr. Spence seeks to answer calls here in Southwestern Pennsylvania. However, he tries to go wherever he is requested.
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