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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


4/21/2014, #12, 2nd Quarter 2014

[Note: I will be off line for a couple of weeks. Torre]

This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. (Acts 2:32)
      Father, I pray that all those who have had a transforming encounter with Jesus will be witnesses to his resurrection.

I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for being the stability of my life.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. (Psalm 16:9)
      Holy Spirit, you have filled me with hope -- hope which will not disappoint.

For you will not leave my soul in sheol, nor will you allow your holy one to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:10-11)
      "I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:25-27)

A word received: Come to me; look to me; I will direct your path.
A word received: Keep your eyes on me and not on the difficulties you face.
A word received: Place you hope in me.

Holy Communion
Monday in Easter Week: 16:8-11 or 118:19-24; Acts 2:14-22b-32; Matthew 28:9-15
Tuesday in Easter Week: 33:18-22 or 118:19-24; Acts 2:36-41; John 20:11-18
Morning Prayer
Monday: 93, 98 * 66; Exod. 12:14-27: 1 Cor. 15:1-11: Mark 16:1-8
Tuesday: 103 * 111, 114; Exod. 12:28-39: 1 Cor. 15:12-28: Mark 16:9-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

APRIL Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing
19 Zion Church, Colton -The Rev’d Patricia LaVine
20 The Resurrection – For every Episcopalian to proclaim Jesus’ Resurrection
21 Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls – The Rev’d Nancy Goff, The Rev’d Gil DeLaura

***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN's OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, April 21, 2014, 10-11 a.m.; in front of our church on Division Street. Cool but sunny. Beautiful day. We had many people come not only for prayer but for free non-perishable food, free crosses and -- for the first time -- free used but in-good-condition used children's clothing. Almost all of three huge plastic bags of clothing was given out as well as three large containers of food. Many, many people in our neighborhood are in great need of food and clothing. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
t -- accepted wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
f -- accepted free food items (no limit.) c -- accepted free children's clothing (no limit.)

f,c -- REBECCA -- Very sad situation. Her niece ZOEY, who was born last month, is not living with her mom anymore. God knows the details.

f -- STEVEN -- Accepted prayer for protection, good health.

JODDY -- She has become a regular each Monday. She didn't want prayer for herself this time but helped us pray for others for almost the remainder of the table.

a -- ETHEL -- This kindly older woman who delivers food to needy friends and relatives all over Amsterdam stopped for prayer for her balky left wrist which is hurting again. (It all stems from a fall during the winter on slippery sidewalk.)

f,c -- NANCY -- She got prayer for continued good health.

a,t,f -- ANDREW -- Most emotional moment of the hour. He was very sorrowful because of something he did, which he did not want to share with us. That's OK. God knows the details. We assured him that is he is sorry and seeks forgiveness that God has forgiven him and is with him.

t,t -- GIANELLIS -- Said "Sure!" when we asked if he wanted prayer. He did not want prayer for anything in particular, so we prayed for him to be safe and well and to draw nearer to Christ. He accepted crosses for himself and his girlfriend (no name.)

f -- MARSHALL -- This was a real breakthrough! Two weeks ago this man, who appears to have some mental issues, was cursing at us and making gestures from across the street as we closed down the table that day. Today? Today he walked calmly across the street, declined prayer but accepted some food from us and THANKED us for it!

t,f,c -- MARCIA -- This woman from Altamont came last week because she heard we offer free food, and at the time she expressed a need for clothing for her boy DANIEL and daughter FAITH. (They also were with their mom.) We said we would try to help her and to come back today. She came indeed and accepted the used but still-in-good-shape clothing which some of our church members so graciously got ready and brought to church for this family. We were so glad to be able to help this needy family get some food and clothing.

t,t,t,t, f, c -- JESSICA (Very young mom) with four little children (JOEY, JOCELYN, WAYLON and JACOB) -- She came by just as we were closing down the table. We prayed for their health and protection. This young family took most of the rest of the clothing we had to offer, and Mom was so appreciative to get it!

Albany Intercessor

Friday, April 18, 2014


4/18/2014, #11, 2nd Quarter 2014

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life; thank you for being broken for me.

Likewise he also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:20
      Jesus, thank you for pouring out your life-blood for me.

Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom he had raised from the dead. (John 12:1)
      Jesus, thank you for loving me and all your disciples to the end.

There they made him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray him, said, "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" (John 12:2-5)
      Thank you, Jeus, for service me and all your disciples with such humility.

This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always." Now a great many of the Jews knew that he was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, (John 12:6-10)
      Holy Spirit, please help me receive the service of others with the humility you desire of me.

because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, and cried out: "Hosanna! 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!' The King of Israel!" Then Jesus, when he had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt." (John 12:11-15)
      Father, please help us daily follow Jesus' example of service to others.

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread; (1 Corinthians 11:23)
      Jesus, please help us follow Paul's example of giving to others what we have received from you.

In the daytime also he led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire. (Psalm 78:14)
      LORD, lead us today, by day and by night.

A word received: I have provided for you over and over again. Trust me.

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. (John 19:25)
      Holy Father, bless all those women who stand by the the foot of the cross today with your son Jesus: the Sisters of St. Mary, the Daughters of the King, the altar guilds, and all the others. Thank you for their faithful watching and service. By your Holy Spirit, bring forth many vocations to these ministries of prayer and service.

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, (Hebrews 10:12)
      Jesus, thank you for offering yourself as that perfect sacrifice to take away my sins.

from that time waiting till his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:13-14)
      Holy Spirit, enter that work of perfecting me and making me holy.

And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; Like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire. (Isaiah 33:12)
      Jesus, thank you for interceding for us.

A word received: I have paid the price for your redemption.

Holy Communion
Good Friday: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11 or 40:1-14 or 69:1-23; Isaiah 52:13—53:12 or Genesis 22:1-18 or Wisdom 2:1,12-24; Hebrews 10:1-25; John (18:1-40)19:1-37
Holy Saturday: 130 or 31:1-5; Job 14:1-14; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
Morning Prayer
Good Friday: 95* & 22 * 40:1-14(15-19),54; Lam. 3:1-9, 19-33: 1 Pet. 1:10-20: John 13:36-38**; John 19:38-42***
Holy Saturday: 95** & 88 * 27; Lam. 3:37-58: Heb. 4:1-16**: Rom. 8:1-11***
* For the Invitatory: ** Intended for use in the morning: *** Intended for use in the evening

      Notes from the Front Lines

APRIL Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing
17 St. John’s, Johnstown – The Rev’d Laurie Garramone,
The Rev’d Thomas Pettigrew
18 Good Friday – In gratitude for Jesus’ atoning work on the Cross – FAST DAY, The Rev’d Thomas Gwinn

***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** Pray for and attend the 146th Convention of the Diocese of Albany June 6-8. It is the premier renewal event in the life of the diocese each year with great worship, preaching, teaching, healing, etc.
To register, click

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


4/16/2014, #10, 2nd Quarter 2014

So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And he would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Then he taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it a 'den of thieves.' " (Mark 11:15-17)
      Holy Spirit, restore a life of prayer to every parish in this diocese.

      Jesus, come and cleanse our parishes of anything that corrupts them; and cleanse the temples that are our bodies of any corrupting influences.

      Father, we want to be obedient to your word: make your house a house of prayer that attracts people of every nation, language, and culture. Thank you.

And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy him; for they feared him, because all the people were astonished at his teaching. When evening had come, he went out of the city. (Mark 11:18 )
      Lord Jesus, we stand in the gap with you against all the chief priests of the Episcopal Church who seek to destroy your work. (See Ezekiel 22:30)

A word received: I hold you in the palm of my hand.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34)
      Jesus, please help us to be true disciples of yours and love one another with your love.

By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35)
      Holy Spirit, help our love for one another shine forth as a beacon light that points to Jesus.

The LORD has given me a disciple's tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech. Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciples. (Isaiah 50:4-5a)

A word received: Ask me for a disciple's tongue so that you will know how to reply to the weary.

Holy Communion
Wednesday in Holy Week: 69:7-15,22-23; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 9:11-15,24-28; John 13:21-35 or Matthew 26:1-5,14-25
Maundy Thursday: 78:14-20,23-25; Exodus 12:1-14a 1 Corinthians 11:23-26(27-32) John 13:1-15 or Luke 22:14-30
Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 55 * 74; Lam. 2:1-9: 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11: Mark 12:1-11
Maundy Thursday: 102 * 142, 143; Lam. 2:10-18: 1 Cor. 10:14-17; 11:27-32: Mark 14:12-25

      Notes from the Front Lines

APRIL Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing
15 St. Mary’s Church, Downsville – The Rev’d Michael Shank
The Rev’d Scott Garno, The Rev’d James Brisbin

***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** Pray for and attend the 146th Convention of the Diocese of Albany June 6-8. It is the premier renewal event in the life of the diocese each year with great worship, preaching, teaching, healing, etc.
To register, click

***** A report by Bp. Grant and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand from the Horn of Africa.
Refugees Arrive...

Akula: a forest of tiny ‘pup-tent’-like dwellings fronted by cooking fires and filled with children. The tiny faces peeking out to stare at the “Kawaja” (white folks) walking by, break into sudden and delighted smiles as we greet them. Dozens of little hands try to hold mine as we wind our way to the ‘church’ - a large tree around which 3,000 Christians from many denominations are gathered. The new refugee camp of Akula, now one month old, is already sheltering 33,000 with more arriving daily.

Glimpses of the stories of those who have fled here for shelter were seen in the prayer requests.
“My sister died on the way. Her children were suffering from dehydration so they were brought here for medical care without being registered. Now they are with me, but they are not registered, so I cannot get food ration cards for them. Pray that I can get rations to feed them”
“My husband Jacob has been missing since December 15th. I can get no news. I pray to know if he is alive or dead.”
“Not all of us are here. Our beloved elders...”

A few stand up to share their reflections.
“We should not be surprised at the calamity which has fallen upon us. It says in the Bible that these things can happen. But be encouraged, for nothing, not even this, can separate us from the love of God.”

“It was quarreling that brought us here. We must forsake quarreling.”
Sadly, poignantly, many tried to make sense of overwhelming evil: “It was our greed. It was our idolatry”

The congregation breaks out in song.
“Let us greet one another, and when Jesus comes, we will all love one another.”
“Let us kneel together before our Jesus”

Grant is invited to preach: “Jesus hates suffering and death. He wept at the tomb of his friend, Lazarus. A couple of weeks later, he gave himself to die on the cross and to rise again, defeating suffering and death. Because Jesus rose from the dead we know that one day there will be no death, there will be no suffering - God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. And on that day people from every tribe will be together around the throne - white people and Chinese and Arab and Nuer and Anuak and Dinka and Murle - so we should get used to being together now!”

Snap shots of life in the Horn of Africa:
February: We had a wonderful time with a team of engineers and architects who came to help design new structures for the Gambella Centre so we can accommodate a new theological college in next year.
March: The rain is coming soon - we worked hard to organize the construction of as many new, simple church buildings as possible before the rains come in April - 30 new churches under construction. It seems that we now have about 80 Anglican congregations in this part of the world.

March: While Wendy was in Canada visiting her father, Grant preached and led worship at St Matthew’s, our English congregation; collected large piles of used clothes for refugees in Gambella; met with house group leaders from a non-Ethiopian part of our Episcopal Area (a country about which I can’t say too much); arranged for our Opo priest (David Onuk) to attend a one month course on Bible translation (David and two others have now finished translating the Gospel of Mark into Opo, the first book of scripture in their language)

March: Grant spent three days doing Bible teaching and leading worship with a congregation made up of students (some Ethiopian, some from other countries) whose only common language is English; learned of at least three other university cities where groups of students are meeting to worship in English in new Anglican congregations ... the Bishop is always the last to know.

March: With Wendy back we headed to Egypt: Grant teaching New Testament exegesis of the passion narrative of Mark’s gospel at the Alexandria School of Theology, as well as having diocesan meetings and preaching at five different congregations.

Last night: Back in Gambella our deacon, Gabriel Luot was arrested in Gambella on his way home to Sherkole refugee camp from our monthly clergy training session. Fighting between Dinka soldiers from South Sudan and Anuak from Abol the previous night (one from each side killed just a few kilometers outside of Gambella town) has heightened tension against the Dinka - and Gabriel is Dinka. Darash, our Anuak (!) priest went to the Gambella police and was able to get Gabriel released.

Today: David Onuk, John Bol and Isaac Pur work in our office meeting room, translating the gospel of Mark into the Opo language. Today they will finish Chapter 15 and 16 and then bring it to the Opo people and read the whole thing on Easter day - then the process of editing will begin.

Still today: Two Anuak women have been walking around our compound cursing the Gambella Anglican Centre and trying to pull up our fence in an attempt to extort thousands of Birr (Ethiopian money) from us for land they (falsely, according to local authorities) claim to own. This claim might have had more weight if there weren’t several others also claiming ownership of (and therefore compensation for) this previously uninhabited and unused land, and all of whom refuse our offer to take these claims to the municipality where the land ownership history and title deeds are known and kept.

More today: A Regional Dean for the Anglican Diocese of Malakal, South Sudan, displaced by the war, came for help to give him transportation and food/accommodation as he makes his way to Addis, and then to Kenya to be re-united with his family. We had a very helpful visit from leaders of the ‘Ethiopian Network of Religious Leaders living with HIV-Aids’, an organization started by our deacon, Ayano, now deceased.

Tonight: We discover news of “Koma” people (the name of the Opo people who live in South Sudan) who have fled to Opo villages in Ethiopia to escape forced conscription into the so-called ‘white army’ of South Sudan. Their villages having been burned, they are now being housed and fed by our Opo Christians.

Right now: We welcome Michael Anyar’s wife Elizabeth and their five children, now needing to flee threats of violence against them due to their Dinka ethnicity. They will stay in our compound until we can arrange transport for them to Addis.

In Gambella the refugee situation caused by the fighting in South Sudan continues to worsen. The latest official (UN) figures cite 92,448 registered South Sudanese refugees in the Gambella region with 13,000 listed as waiting registration. Estimates predict between 150,000 to an unbelievable 300,000 arriving by the end of this year, nearly doubling the population in this already under-serviced area. Christian friends from all over the world have been providing much needed support for our ministry among these new exiles.

Visits to refugee churches will dominate the next month. Pray for these dear Christians who need to know that their suffering is caused by human evil and is not a result of God punishing them (sadly a common explanation for their plight).

***** From: Diocese of Albany
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:38 AM
Subject: Bishop's Prayer Request Prayer Request for the Diocese of Egypt, with North Africa and the Horn of Africa from The Rt Revd Dr Grant LeMarquand, Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa, April 15th, 2014
      There are now officially 92,000 refugees from South Sudan in the area, with more arriving daily. We've set up churches in several camps and have been able to provide some token practical help (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - the UN Refugee Agency - and the United Nations World Food Program are doing the heavy lifting).
      The specific request is to pray for 120 of these refugees from South Sudan named 'Koma' people. They are really the same people as those called Opo in Ethiopia. The Koma have had their three small villages burned by rebel soldiers in South Sudan who were trying to conscript them to fight in the conflict there. When the Koma people refused to fight, their homes were torched. This weekend they arrived in our Opo villages and are being cared for by the church there. We were able to send a big cooking pot, some clothes (from our church in Addis), some mosquito nets and ground sheets. The good news is that David Onuk, our Opo priest, is also taking home a copy of the Gospel of Mark in Opo - finished this week. This is the first book of the Bible in the Opo language. They will read it straight through this Easter weekend.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, April 14, 2014


4/14/2014, #9, 2nd Quarter 2014

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on his head. (Mark 14:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us give our best to Jesus.

But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, "Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they criticized her sharply. (Mark 14:4-5)
      Holy Spirit, set us free from hardness of heart and a "bean counter" mentality. Help us rejoice in whatever anyone gives to Jesus.

But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but me you do not have always. (Mark 14:6-7)
      Father, please help us recognize all the opportunities you give us to help the poor.

She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial. (Mark 14:8 )
      Jesus, prepare our hearts to understand what you are about to go through for us.

Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her." (Mark 14:9)
      Father, help us to be living memorial stones that point to the work of Jesus in our lives. Thank you. (See Joshua 4:19-24)

A word received: You are in my hand. Rest there.

Holy Communion
Monday in Holy Week: 36:5-10; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 11:39-12:3; John 12:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9
Tuesday in Holy Week: 71:1-12; Isaiah 49:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:37-38,42-50 or Mark 11:15-19
Morning Prayer
Monday: 51:1-18(19-20) * 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12: 2 Cor. 1:1-7: Mark 11:12-25
Tuesday: 6, 12 * 94;Lam. 1:17-22: 2 Cor. 1:8-22: Mark 11:27-33

      Notes from the Front Lines

APRIL Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing
14 St. James’ Church, Lake Delaware – The Rev’d Patrick Hunt, The Rev’d James Krueger,
The Rev’d John Henry II, The Rev’d Fredric Leach, The Rev’d Frank Lockwood

***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** Pray for and attend the 146th Convention of the Diocese of Albany June 6-8. It is the premier renewal event in the life of the diocese each year with great worship, preaching, teaching, healing, etc.
To register, click

***** Mudge Making a Difference Prayer Mail for April 16
Dear partners in prayer, This is a public prayer mail for April 16.
This week's selective overview:
      I have been working on several projects for the Bishop of Belize. I am making good progress.
      We made our home available to another missionary family.
      Preaching went very well on Sunday.
      Thank you for praying.
Prayer requests:
      1) Julie preaches on Maundy Thursday.
      2) Pray for our parish visitation schedule, that God would connect us with the places that he would like us to visit.
      3) Pray for next mission trip in May, and for what Bishop Philip has asked me to do in preparation for that trip.
      4) Pray for the proposed new Spanish direction of our program materials - work to begin in May,
      5) Pray for the course development work, for people considering lay vocations, for students and for faculty.
      6) Pray for the people to be ordained (clergy) or licensed (lay people) soon in Belize.
      7) Prayers for discernment. Several family members need God's guidance about decisions.
In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, April 13, 2014


4/13/2014, #8, 2nd Quarter 2014

Now they came to Jericho. As he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:46-47)
      Holy Spirit, please help all who lack clarity of sight, whether physical or spiritual, call out to Jesus: "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Thank you for all those who come to the prayer tables in the diocese.

Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:48 )
      Lord Jesus, don't let me be the one who tries to quiet someone calling out to you.

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you." (Mark 10:49)
      Jesus, in all my spiritual blindness, bid me come to you.

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)
      Father, help me throw off anything that would hinder me coming to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." (Mark 10:51)
      "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight."

Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:52)
      Holy Spirit, please help me follow wherever Jesus leads me.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 )
      Jesus, renew me day by day so that I may set my sight on the things which are eternal. Thank you.

A word received: Ask me to heal your blindness.

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." (Matthew 21:1-3)
      Lord Jesus, help me surrender everything you have need of to your use.

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.' " (Matthew 21:4-5)
      Lord, come into my life more each day and fulfill your word in me.

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:6-9)
      Holy Spirit, please help me join that throng crying out: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!"

And when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?" So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee." (Matthew 21:10-11)
      Father, move this city as Jerusalem was moved. Let the river of your Spirit flow through our city and revive our churches and civic institutions. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me and not your circumstances.

Holy Communion
Palm Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew (26:36-75) 27:1-54(55-66)
Monday in Holy Week: 36:5-10; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 11:39-12:3; John 12:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9
Morning Prayer
Palm Sunday: 24, 29 * 103; Zech. 9:9-12**: 1 Tim. 6:12-16**; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9***: Luke 19:41-48***
Monday: 51:1-18(19-20) * 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12: 2 Cor. 1:1-7: Mark 11:12-25
* For the Invitatory: ** Intended for use in the morning: *** Intended for use in the evening

      Notes from the Front Lines

APRIL Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing
12 The Rev’d George Rogers, The Rev’d Margaret Shaw
13 Palm Sunday – For deep devotion to our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection, The Rev’d Steven Scarcia

Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

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***** Watervliet Prayer Table April 12, 2014, Prayer Team: Candy Palumbo and Susan McManus

Prayer for all people and families living in Watervliet for provision, protection, daily blessings and spiritual growth.

Sam: a 14 year old who needs direction and guidance and to heal her relationship with her mom. Prayers that she comes to Trinity or to another supportive church

Jamie: for empowerment; for healing from anxiety and depression; help in preparing for a test on June 14; for her significant other Daryl

Tonya: to complete her dissertation for college; for peace and motivation

Leslie: health and peace

Abdul: for mutual understanding in a relationship; for calm and peace in his life

Shirley: lungs, breathing, comfort and peace as she is still grieving for her husband.

Marge: for all her grandchildren; for Domimique to do well in school and finish; for Kathleen to become clean and sober and able to take care of her children.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Elaine Carrubba, Bobbie Young (Belleview Reformed Church), Ray Rockwell, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Louise Popa and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Albany St.

+ 199 Janet -- peace and happiness.

+ Tony -- for his family.

+ 199 Samantha -- A friend's mom, Susan, has cancder. Prayed for Samantha to recommit life to Jesus -- has Jehovah Witness influences from her past.

+ 199 Raymond -- Provision in his life and the neighborhood.

Jonathan -- Blessing.

State St.

+ 199 Dave -- "That things will go better -- that things will be better for me."

Mark -- He will be doing musical programs at the Albany County Nursing Home next Wednesday and Easter from 2-3 p.m. We prayed for a blessing on that. Mark and his wife Mary had a seminarian, Judith, stay with them the last couple of days. We prayed for Judith.

+Gershon (man) -- He put down a can of beer to get prayer.

+ Anna -- general blessings

+ Boogie (Rastafarian from Jamaica) -- general blessing.

Michelle (woman) -- We prayed for the Altar Guild as they prepare the church for Easter and Holy Week.

Paul (man, formerly a Christian, now a Muslim) -- At first he was unwilling to receive prayer but then relented. He was happy the prayer table was there to encourage and help people.

+ a Raymond (man) -- He just came out from 26 years in prison. His knees are badly deteriorated and painful and one of the has to be replaced. We invited him to church and he came this morning (Sunday) and announced that there was less pain in his knee. At the end of the service he went to one of the healing teams for more prayer.

Jason (man) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Evan (young woman) -- We prayed for God's blessing on her work.

Elaine -- She gave thanks that her son Anthony got a job at Global Foundries. We also prayed for the 40 Days For Life campaign up the street at Planned Parenthood.

+ a 199 Sean (young man) -- He is just out of jail. He has given his life to Jesus. His birth father left just after he was born. We showed him Romans 8:15 and told him that in accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior he was now an adopted child of God and he could cry out "Dad, help me." We had him practice doing this. Big hug afterwards.

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+Romainne (father), +Latrell (young girl), and +Ebony (mother)

Vincent (man)

+ 199 Nathan (man) -- He had already given his life to Jesus but need to take care of some sins that have come up in his life. We led him to 1 John 1:9 to let him know that he is now clean.

+ Leon (man) -- He has already given his life to Jesus. We prayed for God's blessing on him.

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Friday, April 11, 2014


4/11/2014, #7, 2nd Quarter 2014

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
      Father, thank you for this command by which we are able to see your glory reflected in the face of Jesus.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
      Jesus, thank you that your strength is perfected in my weakness.

We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (2 Corinthians 4:8-10)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the life of Jesus that you show forth in my life.

Psalm 95:8 A word received: Do not harden your hearts.

A prayer received: Help us to do your word.

Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52

      Notes from the Front Lines

APRIL Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing
The Rev’d Irving Ballert
11 St. Paul’s, Greenwich – The Rev’d William “Chip” Strickland, The Rev. Micki-Ann Thomas

***** Pray for and attend the 146th Convention of the Diocese of Albany June 6-8. It is the premier renewal event in the life of the diocese each year with great worship, preaching, teaching, healing, etc.
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***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:05 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates anointed with Holy Water

Ted (volunteer) -- His granddaughter Camille has had some good days. They are going back to the Spiritual Life Center for more prayer next Wednesday morning.

Dan (staff) -- He gave the opening talk and prayer and urged us to looke for opportunities to be Good Samaritans.

Chuck -- He asked prayer for kid he is mentoring at the high school -- that he would open up..

++Howard (man) -- He works at the Salvation Army across the street from the Schenectady City Mission. He asked for travel mercies as he goes today (Friday) to visit North Carolina for the first time in 30 years.

Sue (woman) -- She asked prayer for her boyfriend who is being harassed by his housemates.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014


4/10/2014, #6, 2nd Quarter 2014

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:23-25)
      Holy Spirit, please help me know where I have actually placed myh trust. Help me, please, to daily put my whole trust in Jesus and his Father's love and mercy. Thank you.

And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:26-27)
      Jesus, help me daily cling to your cross. Help me love you more and more each day. Thank you.

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
      Father, bring us into that place of abundant liberty in your son Jesus through your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Come walk with me. Give me your hand.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 140, 142; Exod. 7:25-8:19: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45

      Notes from the Front Lines

APRIL Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing
The Rev’d Irving Ballert

146th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, Online Convention Registration Is Now Open!
      The online registration for the 146th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany is now open! As with last year's registration, you can register multiple individuals at a time and pay for them all at once with one credit card charge. This year, you also have various options to send confirmation e-mails. You may send a receipt to an individual registrant, which will include all the registrations done in that session, along with the costs for each individual registration and the total charged to the credit card. You may also send a confirmation to each individual registrant on a multiple registration, and those e-mails can include just that individual's registration or you can include all the registrations for that session. You have the option of including the individual cost and total cost in the confirmations as well.
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