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Thursday, February 12, 2015

 

2/12/2015, #12, 1st Quarter 2015

Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me." (Mark 10:21)
      Jesus, by your Holy Spirit please help us give up whatever is holding us back from taking up our cross and following you.

But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:22)
      Father, it doesn't matter if our possessions are great or small; if they possess us, help us give them up to follow Jesus.

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! (Mark 10:23-24)
      Holy Spirit, help me put my trust in Jesus so that I may enter the kingdom of God.

Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)
      Holy Spirit, help the youth leaders of this diocese faithfully teach this.

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1)
      Shine, Jesus shine!

WORD: Keep looking to me for help in time of need.
WORD: I AM the Good Shepherd. I will guide you step by step.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: [83] or 146, 147 * 85, 86; Isa. 60:1-17; 2 Tim. 2:14-26; Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; Isa. 61:1-9; 2 Tim. 3:1-17; Mark 10:32-45

      From the Front Lines

***** Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and for healing of Sr. MaryAngela who broke her ankle. Please pray for Brenda Reid who administers the Healing Center.

***** Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Mass and Ashes | 11:00 am
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
      Ash Wednesday, February 18, inaugurates the holy season of Lent. The Liturgy with Mass and Ashes will be in the main Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at 11:00 a.m. You and your family are most welcome.
      Shrove Tuesday, February 17, was used in England to prepare for Lent by confession and "being shriven" (freed) of sins. On Shrove Tuesday confessions will be heard in the St. Matthew room of the Healing Center from noon until 1:30. All are welcome. No experience necessary except a desire to move closer to the Lord.
      The regular Healing Service will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:00. The teaching will be on preparing for Lent.
      In Christ Jesus, Bishop Dan

*****       2015 Parish Leadership Conferences: Learning to Share our Faith
      Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this year's Parish Leadership Conference! The final Conference for this year will be held on Saturday, February 28th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The Parish Leadership Conference will be a little different than previous years. We'll still be sharing the Eucharist, but instead of an outside speaker or leaders from the Diocese teaching us, we'll learn from each other by sharing our faith stories in a small group setting in an encouraging, friendly environment. Everyone's faith story is unique, and everyone's faith story has the potential to touch a person that doesn't know Jesus, perhaps inviting that person into a relationship with Him. So join us at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center where we'll learn from each other what the Lord is doing in our individual lives and our parishes. Those who attended the first two Conferences were encouraged! Registration, coffee and goodies will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and everyone will be on the road by 3:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided. In order to make sure the right amount of food is prepared for lunch, please register for the Parish Leadership Conference by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/ParishLeadershipConference/2015/2015PLCRegistrationForm.php . Options to request vegetarian meals and child care have been added to the registration form.
Healing Service Guest Preacher - Bp Dan Herzog
      The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, February 17th will be the Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog, Director of Healing and Spiritual Direction at Christ the King. Bishop Dan has been involved in the ministry of healing and teaching for over forty years. He has served as a priest in settings as varied as small towns, rural villages and the inner city. He was bishop of Albany from 1997 to 2007. Since January of 2014 he has served as Chaplain of CtK and now also serves as Director of Healing Ministries and Spiritual Formation. He serves as a retreat and conference leader and spiritual director. Bishop Dan's talk is entitled, Spiritual Prep for Lent: Christian Boot Camp. The healing service includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching, as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, personal prayer ministry and Reconciliation. Please note that the location for the Healing Service has been changed for the winter. The Healing service begins in The Oratory Chapel located in the Oratory of Christ the Healer (a.k.a. The Healing Center) at 10 a.m. Lunch is available for purchase ($10.65 including tax) in the dining room of the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Lent at Ctk
      In the Ash Wednesday liturgy, we are invited to observe a holy Lent, and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is offering a number of opportunities to do so. The Daily Meditations are being offered via email again this year. The meditations are based on the readings contained in the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer. The contributors are laity and clergy of the Diocese of Albany who offer their thoughts and prayers for all of us. If you received them last year, you will receive them again this year automatically. If you received them last year but for some reason do not wish to receive them this year, you may remove your email from the list by clicking the "Safe Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the Daily Meditation email. If you did not receive the Daily Meditations last year but would like to, click here. In addition to the Daily Meditations, Stations of the Cross will be offered at Christ the King every Friday during Lent, beginning February 20th, at 7 p.m. The chapel will open at 6:30 p.m. for quiet reflection.
School for Healing Prayer, Level I - Spaces still available!
      The Healing Center at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is offering the School for Healing Prayer, Level I from Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st. The School for Healing Prayer is committed to carrying out Christ's mission of salvation and healing and is an opportunity for participants to experience His healing power in their lives while also learning how to minister to others in churches and communities. This on-site, four-day intensive class will provide an introduction to the foundations for healing prayer, including the history of healing in the Church, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and instruction on how to become a prayer minister. Learn how to listen, love, and pray! For more information about the School for Healing Prayer, click http://www.ctkcenter.org/message.php?topicID=35904 . To register for Level I, call the Healing Center at (518 ) 692-9550, ext. 201.
Retreat Opportunity -- Silent Retreat at the Community of St. Mary
      The Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich is offering a silent retreat entitled A Garden of Grace February 13 - 15, 2015 (President's Day Weekend). Sister Catherine Clare will offer meditations allowing the retreatants to consider the contrast between the ways of sin and the alternative Way of the Spirit. Rather than finding tools to root the weeds of sin out of their lives, retreatants will ponder how to cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit, God's free gifts of grace. The cost for the retreat with overnight accomodations is $138. To stay an additional night, the suggested donation is $69. To attend as a communter (no overnight accomodations), the cost is $75. To register, call the convent at (518 ) 692-3028.

***** Lenten Reflections 2015 Day by Day
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
      During Lent we are encouraged to deepen our relationship with the Lord by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. We hear this on Ash Wednesday and are urged to continue thereafter.
      As an aid, a Daily Meditation will be available for reflection to everyone who is on our general distribution roster, along with anyone you wish to add. If you received the meditations last year, you need do nothing. This year's meditations will automatically come to you. You may also choose to opt out by clicking the "SafeUnsubscribe" link at the bottom of this or any future notes.
      The meditations are based on the readings contained in the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer. The contributors are laity and clergy of the Diocese of Albany who offer their thoughts and prayers for all of us.
      During Lent we have the opportunity to engage in a sort of 'spiritual spring training' to strengthen our lives as disciples of our Lord, and to be equipped to carry out the mission and ministry entrusted to each of us. Each day let us pray for all the others who are seeking a deeper conversion in this holy season, with prayers for all our Sisters and Brothers, for our Bishop Bill, and for each parish and ministry within Christ's holy church.
      With best wishes for a devout and holy Lent, I remain,
      Your brother in Christ,
      Bishop Dan Herzog
      Ministry of Healing and Spiritual Formation, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
      575 Burton Road, Greenwich, New York 12834, 518-692-9550
      
      Sign up for Lenten Reflections 2015: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001uxu9h741ik3R_mTvEuYfcA%3D%3D

***** Hello Friends and Family:
      Michael has finished his new video and I really think you’ll like it! Here’s a link to our news and the video too. http://kingdomartsministry.com
      Sending you love and prayers, Christine and Michael Hales

***** Call to Convention 2015
      Three Persons, One God
      Three Streams, One Church

To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php .

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

 

2/10/2015, #11, 1st Quarter 2015

"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea." (Mark 9:42)
      Lord, there are so many out there who are causing your little ones to stumble -- send St. Michael and all your legions of angels to protect your children.

"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.' And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.' And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire-- where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.'" (Mark 9:43-48 )
      Help us recognize those things on the internet or TV or people that are causes of our sin and downfall. Help us cut them out of our lives.

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Timothy 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us encourage the youth and interns of this diocese to stir up the gifts you have given them.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
      Holy Father, help us recognize what is really true - that you do not want us to live in fear, but in confidence of your power and love and right thinking. Thank you.

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:13)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hold fast to sound teaching.

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength and his wonderful works that he has done. (Psalm 78:2-4)
      Holy Spirit, renew and strengthen our Sunday Schools and youth ministries throughout this diocese.

For he established a testimony in jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; (Psalm 78:5-7)
      Jesus, help our children and their children to walk in your ways.

And may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:8 )
      Father, we are a stubborn and rebellious generation -- have mercy on us.

Yes, they spoke against God: They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, he struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can he give bread also? Can he provide meat for his people?" (Psalm 78:19-20)
      Father, you have repeatedly fed us in the wilderness. Thank you.

WORD: Trust me with your children.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Isa. 59:1-15a; 2 Tim. 1:1-14; Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Isa. 59:15b-21; 2 Tim. 1:15-2:13; Mark 10:1-16

      From the Front Lines

***** Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and for healing of Sr. MaryAngela who broke her ankle. Please pray for Brenda Reid who administers the Healing Center.

*****       CtK Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.
      The Oratory Chapel located in the Oratory of Christ the Healer (a.k.a. The Healing Center) The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture and Teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation.
      A buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.
      The Rev. J. Nixon McMillan has been the rector of St. Paul's Church since All Saints Day of 2009. From the age of fourteen, Fr. McMillan has served churches in Canada and the United States as a musician and more recently as a priest. Nixon and Ann McMillan have lived in Ontario, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Connecticut for his education /teaching and her nursing career. For them life has become even more full and rich in Albany with God's people, St. Paul's parishioners.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, February 09, 2015

 

2/9/2015, #10, 1st Quarter 2015

But Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and they told him about her at once. So he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. (Mark 1:30-31)
      Jesus, please lift us up and heal us so that we may serve you.

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:27)
      Holy Spirit, help me discipline my body.

Then he took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me." (Mark 9:36-37)
      Jesus, please help us receive the children you send us so that we may receive you into our hearts and homes.

From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. (Galatians 6:17)
      Holy Spirit, help us to be marked by Jesus.

Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. (Galatians 6:18 )
      Lord Jesus Christ, let your grace be with our spirits. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit and prepare our hearts for the Diocesan Convention.

"Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? (Isaiah 58:6-7)
      Lord, help us keep such a fast.

The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
      Holy Spirit, make me and my home and parish into a watered garden.

Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (Isaiah 58:12)
      Father, we want to be restorers of streets to dwell in. Guide us by your Holy Spirit in this. Thank you.

WORD: Share the good news of what you have seen me do.
Proverbs 3:5-6 WORD: My word to you is still true. Keep turning to me in your need.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Isa. 56:1-8; Gal. 5:16-24; Mark 9:2-13
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Isa. 57:3-13; Gal. 5:25-6:10; Mark 9:14-29

      From the Front Lines

***** Call to Convention 2015
      Three Persons, One God
      Three Streams, One Church


To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php.

***** Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and for healing of Sr. MaryAngela who broke her ankle.

***** CtK Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.
      The Oratory Chapel located in the Oratory of Christ the Healer (a.k.a. The Healing Center)
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture and Teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation.
      A buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.
      The Rev. J. Nixon McMillan has been the rector of St. Paul's Church since All Saints Day of 2009. From the age of fourteen, Fr. McMillan has served churches in Canada and the United States as a musician and more recently as a priest. Nixon and Ann McMillan have lived in Ontario, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Connecticut for his education /teaching and her nursing career. For them life has become even more full and rich in Albany with God's people, St. Paul's parishioners.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:05 - 6:10 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
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Trevor (young man, veteran) -- He is troubled by restless legs syndrome and pain in his artificial knee (he was shot in the knee in Afghanistan). He asked for prayer for healing of memories.

+ Earl (man) -- "daily provision"

Ted (volunteer) -- He asked prayer for provision for Lou who is partially paralyzed from back sugery. We also prayed for Ted's granddaughter Camille.

+ Charlie (volunteer) -- He asked prayer for Ted and for Gary (staff) who is not feeling well.

Rich (man) -- The side effects of medicine make him groggy and sleepy. He is going to see a new doctor.

Vicky (volunteer) -- We prayed for her son Calvin that he would come to know Jesus.

+ Dominique (girl) -- She asked prayer for the environment and for her schooling (grade 6)

Dan (staff) -- We prayed for his daughter Summer and his wife Lorrie.

+ Jim (man) -- He asked prayer for his brother and sister-in-law as they come up from Tampa Bay.

Tobias (man) -- He praised God.

+Sue (woman) -- She asked prayer for her son +Shawn who is dying from AIDS. She and her husband have 8 children (some produced and some adopted).

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, February 7, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Keith Meres, Michelle Diaz, and Torre Bissell on State St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
w--indicates received warm clothing

Michelle and Keith -- They prayed for healing for Torre and Jean.

Mike (man) -- "on my way to work" We prayed for a blessing on him.

Pam (woman) -- "On my way to Missouri to learn to be a truck driver". Was a school bus driver.

+ 199 Christine (woman) and + Shevia (woman) -- Christine asked prayer for her son who has no job.

+ 199 Kevin (young man) -- He had previously given his life to Jesus but renewed his commitment to Jesus by confessing his sins and accepting God's forgiveness and cleansing.

+ Craig (man) -- blessing

+ w Jennifer (mother) and + Roland (little boy) -- Prayers for provision.

+ 199 Anthony (young man) -- He had previously given his life to Jesus but renewed his commitment to Jesus by confessing his sins and accepting God's forgiveness and cleansing.

Stephen (young man who often prays for us) -- We prayed for God's blessing on him and his ministry to his father.

***** Mudge public prayer mail for Tuesday, 10 February 2015.
Dear Friends,
      Thank you for your prayers! Happy Valentines Day this week! Happy Cyril and Methodius Day! (I get excited about missionaries, what can I say...) I have been preparing for my trip to Belize as well as working on a course this week. I finished translating the Triennial Lectionary (about 40 pages) for the Spanish version of the CPWI Book of Common Prayer, and now, I am working on the CPWI Daily Office Lectionary (about 50 pages).
      A student completed an online course this week.
      Julie and I are well on the way to full recovery from our colds.
Prayer requests:
      1) For preparations for the on-the-ground mission trip to Belize (begins in about a week and a half), the agenda, the logistics, safe and timely travel, fruitfulness of the venture, what the Holy Spirit would have me say and do.
      2) For the continuing everyday fruitful mission work with Belize. Several things have come up this week which have been good related to Belize.
      3) For the completion of the CPWI Spanish Prayer Book in a timely manner. Our team is hoping to have our draft completed by the time of my next trip to Belize in another week and a half.
      4) For God's provision for all our needs both here and abroad.
      5) I am looking into the possibility of obtaining a grant for translating my course materials into Swahili (Tanzania) and Garifuna (Belize; one of the three national languages in Belize; I am also exploring the possibility of translating the CPWI Prayer Book into Garifuna, even though Garifuna is primarily an oral language). Several factors play into that, one of which is getting the right translators, and another is how the funding stream might work, in addition to what kind of funding might be available for such a venture. This needs prayer that the Holy Spirit might open doors at the right place and the right time. Putting a feasible proposal together is the first step, which is what I am exploring.
      6) This week, a person from Food for the Poor contacted me, expressing an interest in possibly getting involved with the Anglican Diocese of Belize. I have made the request known to the Bishop of Belize. I ask your prayers that God's will be done.
      7) For the sale of our dwelling in Wynantskill; closing tentatively scheduled for mid-March. Keep praying until the check clears. The prospective buyer's 31 page building inspection report gave us a good bill of health; in the works: an extension to check out a few things outside that have not been possible because of the snow.
      8 ) For Lydia, as she plans for what's next. Julie and I have been helping her consider various options.
      9) For continued prayers for our recovering from the bug that we had. We are really doing well. I'd like to finish the job this week.
      In Jesus' Name, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer Jeanne Gizara, February 7, 2015
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2: 10)
      Thank You, Father God, for Father Shaw Mudge and his family. Thank You that they, like us all, are your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Thank You for their obedience in performing those good works, which You prepared ahead of time. Thank You that You walk with them and us as we perform good works in Your Holy Name.
      We thank You for Lydia’s safe return from Honduras. We pray that the Holy Spirit guides her into the next chapter of her life.
      We thank You for all of Father Shaw’s efforts in the ministry education for Belize. We pray for the courses that he creates and teaches and in particular for the new course that was started last Saturday. We pray for his travel plans to Belize at the end of this month.
      We ask for continuing financial provision for the Mudges. We thank You that the home in NY has a buyer and we pray that all goes smoothly until the closing in mid-March.
      Thank You, Lord, for all the blessings that you bestow upon the Mudge family. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, February 06, 2015

 

2/6/2015, #9, 1st Quarter 2015

And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son. Hear him!" (Mark 9:7)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to hear your beloved son Jesus.

I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
      Jesus, please help me walk in in your Spirit.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
      Jesus, guide us through this dry and weary land -- we see the works of the flesh all around us -- in the church and in the nation.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
      Holy Spirit, there is no law against your fruit -- help us leverage the power of your fruit in our work places, in our communities, and in our churches.

Thus says the LORD: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for my salvation is about to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; who keeps from defiling the sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil." (Isaiah 56:1-2)
      Father, please help us enter into this blessing.

Even them I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that every parish in this diocese will be a joy-filled house of prayer.

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, which has horns and hooves. (Psalm 69:30-31)
      LORD, help us praise you and honor your name day by day. Thank you.

WORD: Let me refine the desires of your heart.
WORD: Find your rest in me. Let me be your hiding place where you may find rest in my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Isa. 56:1-8; Gal. 5:16-24; Mark 9:2-13
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Isa. 57:3-13; Gal. 5:25-6:10; Mark 9:14-29

      From the Front Lines

***** Call to Convention 2015
      Three Persons, One God
      Three Streams, One Church


To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php.

***** CtK Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.
      The Oratory Chapel located in the Oratory of Christ the Healer (a.k.a. The Healing Center)
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture and Teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation.
      A buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.
      The Rev. J. Nixon McMillan has been the rector of St. Paul's Church since All Saints Day of 2009. From the age of fourteen, Fr. McMillan has served churches in Canada and the United States as a musician and more recently as a priest. Nixon and Ann McMillan have lived in Ontario, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Connecticut for his education /teaching and her nursing career. For them life has become even more full and rich in Albany with God's people, St. Paul's parishioners.

***** WELCOME HOME INITIATIVE© DATES 2015
All Women WHI | March 15-18
Spring WHI | May 17-20
Fall WHI | November 8-11
For more information or to register: phone. 518-692-9550 ext. 201
email. healing@ctkcenter.org Welcome Home Initiative© Copyright: By His Wounds, Inc., 2013 All Rights Reserved
      The generosity of organizations, individuals and parishes enables Christ the King to provide Welcome Home Initiative Retreats for combat veterans and their families at no cost to them. It is our way of saying thank you for their service to our Country. Join us today to thank a veteran with your tax-deductible sponsorship of $300 directly enabling this vital outreach of Christ the King. Checks should be made payable to "Christ the King" with "WHI 2015" on the Note Line.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, February 05, 2015

 

2/5/2015, #8, 1st Quarter 2015

But when he had turned around and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Mark 8:33)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be mindful of what is important to you and not be swayed by the opinions of others.

"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." (Isaiah 55:1)
                  A Watered Garden, by W. B. Anderson, 1919
      I have a precious memory. It is the memory of a garden that I happened upon one tired midsummer's morning, in the midst of a torrid plain in India. I was weary, and travel-stained, and thirsty, when over the drooping head of the horse, I saw a clump of trees on the far horizon. I hoped it might be a garden. It seemed ages until we should reach it. When we did arrive under the spreading branches of great mango trees, a cool zephyr, as grateful as the fanning of angels' wings, rippled over my parched cheeks. It was still early in the day, when, swinging myself wearily from the hard seat of the springless yekka, I walked straight into the heart of the garden, down the shady aisle of mango and loquat trees. Before dawn there had been a shower of rain, and now the gardener was running the clear, cool water from the irrigating well all about among trees and shrubs. Everywhere leaves were green and flowers were bright. Parrots circled through the cloudless blue, swung upon the swaying branches, calling merrily to one another. The air was ladened with the intoxicating odors of roses and jasmine. The fountain sparkled laughingly in the shaded center of the garden. I stooped to bathe my hands and face in the cool waters of the fountain's basin. Then, from its joyous spring I drank until satisfied. I sat for a few precious moments upon the marble edge of the fountain and reveled in the refreshment of a watered garden. The driver called, and I hurried out again across the stifling, heated plain. I had tarried for so short a time, but I was a new man. I carried away the song of the garden in my heart, and its echoes shall never die from my life.
      I was making the same journey in another year. The road was more uninviting than before, the weather was hotter, and I was not only weary, but ill. But I had a memory! For hours I looked and longed for the place of the garden of refreshing. At last we came to the shade of its trees. Wearily and weakly, but eagerly, I climbed from the seat of the torturing, springless cart. With unsteady steps I entered the door of the garden. The trees were gray with dust. The flowers drooped in the heat. The little water courses were parched and dry. The fountain was stopped. My soul sank with weariness, and I turned away sick at heart to finish the torturing journey unrefreshed. At the door I met the gardener. I asked him why his garden languished so. He explained with guilty look that he had been absent attending to affairs of his own for a week. I asked him if the raja would not be vexed at the neglect of his garden. He explained that the raja had gone to the mountains for a month. Then I knew that the garden had been neglected because the master's orders had been disobeyed. He intended that every traveler might be refreshed; but his gardener had not been faithful.
      I have a precious memory. It is a memory of a friend. Sin-stricken and weary, and far from God, I was traveling one day when I came into his life. His whole life was wet with the dews of Heaven; his garments were redolent with the odors of Paradise; he just breathed the very life of God. I sat and communed with him, and from within his life there flowed into mine rivers of living water. I walked with him through lovely avenues of restful shade in his friendship, and saw heavenly vistas, and drank from life-giving springs. I went out to my life renewed and refreshed. I was a new man, and there rang through all my being a song of the memory of that blessed life. All through eternity shall the echoes of that friendship call from peak to peak for me.
      In time of need and anguish I came again to that friend. I ran to meet him as a shelter from my sore distress. I found him and entered into communion with him. But the fountains of his life seemed dried up. The refreshment seemed to have vanished. His own life seemed parched and drooping. His speech was as the speech of other men. I struggled back to my own life as I came. Later he told me that the King of his life was not being obeyed, and the garden of his heart was not being watered.. The trees and the walks of his friendship were still there, but they no longer soothed and strengthened. The fountain of his friendship was still there, but its waters had been hushed. The King had intended that this garden, this life, should be kept perpetually refreshing for the souls of all who might come to it, but the King had not been obeyed, and the living water had not been kept flowing, and I went away unrefreshed.
      Then I prayed, "Oh God, keep flowing into me, and within me, and from within me Thy rivers of living water for the health and joy of other men! Oh, King of life, make my life a watered garden!"

So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
      Father, accomplish your word in me.

Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare your strength to this generation, your power to everyone who is to come. (Psalm 71:18 )
      Jesus, please help me declare your saving work to this generation.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Isa. 55:1-13; Gal. 5:1-15; Mark 8:27-9:1
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Isa. 56:1-8; Gal. 5:16-24; Mark 9:2-13

      From the Front Lines

From: Diocese of Albany
Sent: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:13 PM
Subject: Call to Convention 2015


      Call to Convention 2015
      Three Persons, One God
      Three Streams, One Church

The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth
Secretary of the Diocese
January 25, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you.
In accordance with Article I of the Constitution of the Diocese of Albany, the Bishop of Albany has issued a Call to the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany to be held on June 5-7, 2015 at the Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York, the Right Reverend William H. Love, presiding.
A proposed schedule for the convention business meetings is:
Friday, June 5:
2:00 - 7:00 PM
Deputy registration
(Purdy Center Basement)
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Opening business meeting
& Bishop's address
(Auditorium)
Saturday, June 6:

7:00 - 8:45 AM
Deputy registration
(Purdy Center Basement)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Second business meeting
(Auditorium)
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Third business meeting (if needed)
(Auditorium)

The materials available for download here contain business session information and respective forms. If you have questions you may e-mail me by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?diocsec , or you may contact me by phone at (518 ) 765-4625, or by mail at 12 Bloomer Road, Voorheesville, N.Y. 12186.

The business meeting registration tables will be in the lower level at the far end of the Purdy Center. Information about accommodations and/or other convention matters will be sent from the Diocesan Office.

To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php.

May God bless you.
In Christ,
Harvey C. Huth
The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

 

2/4/2015, #7, 1st Quarter 2015

"I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with me three days and have nothing to eat. (Mark 8:2)
      Jesus, please help us have your compassion on the hungry who follow you.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Isaiah 52:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us enter into this beauty that comes from proclaiming salvation.

For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. (Isaiah 52:12)
      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:6)

From the end of the earth I will cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalm 61:2)
      Holy Spirit, lead me daily to Jesus.

So he said to them, "How is it you do not understand?" (Mark 8:21)
      Jesus, my heart is still hard and I lack understanding -- visit me anew with your Holy Spirit and give me understanding and a softened heart.

Then he put his hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. (Mark 8:25)
      Jesus, I need a second touch from you.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from me," says the LORD. (Isaiah 54:17)
      Father, I pray for your protecting hand on the leaders and clergy of this diocese -- that no weapon formed against them shall prosper. Thank you for protecting this diocese and the Diocese of South Carolina.

He will bring justice to the poor of the people; he will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. (Psalm 72:4)
      Jesus please come and help your little ones. Break in pieces those who oppress the poor and the weak.

WORD: Look to me when times are hard.
WORD: I AM a sure and steady refuge for those who trust in me.
      Lord, you are my rock and my refuge.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Isa. 54:1-10(11-17); Gal. 4:21-31; Mark 8:11-26
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Isa. 55:1-13; Gal. 5:1-15; Mark 8:27-9:1

      From the Front Lines

***** CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD MEAL, January 25, 2015 – Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
+ - Cross
R – Jesus rock from Sharon
Mary – Prayer for pain from sciatica. Being lead to spend time with people at meal (Jesus’ light); asking God’ to enable her to do this.
++ RR – Emily’s Nana died around Christmastime and she is missing her. Asked for Jesus to fill her with good memories of her Nana and to remember how much her Nana and Jesus both love her, and to fill her heart with this love. Her Mom, Holly (Nana’s daughter) asks that she be able to know how to help her get past this. She has started taking her to church and Sunday School, which has helped.
+R – Greg asked for prayer for his Mom, Theresa, who has HepC liver disease.
+R – Aniyh’s dad (Harry) is in prison and he has had a couple of strokes. They have told him that if he has any more, he will probably die. Prayed for her and her brothers to trust in the Lord and not to be anxious, but to pray for their Dad.

***** Dear Friends,
This is our public prayer mail for Tuesday, 3 February 2015. Church in the Province of the West Indies Lectionary calendar: Anksar, Missionary Bishop in Sweden, 865.
      Lydia returned on Saturday evening from Honduras. A great trip. Saw her photos and videos, with commentary. Had an excellent time catching up.
      Julie and I came down with colds over the weekend. We are on the mend.
      I have been preparing for my trip to Belize as well as working on courses this week. A new course began on Saturday.
      I have been working on the 100 or so pages of the lectionary for the Spanish version of the Church in the Province West Indies Prayer Book.
Prayer requests:
      1) For preparations for the on-the-ground mission trip to Belize, the agenda, the logistics, safe and timely travel, fruitfulness of the venture, what the Holy Spirit would have me say and do.
      2) For the continuing everyday fruitful mission work with Belize.
      3) For the completion of the Spanish Prayer Book in a timely manner. We hope to have completed as much as we can for presentation at the time of the Provincial Synod in early April.
      4) For God's provision for all our needs both here and abroad.
      5) For the sale of our dwelling in Wynantskill; closing tentatively scheduled for mid-March. Keep praying through the building inspection and until the check clears.
      6) For Lydia, as she readjusts back to the US.
      In Jesus' Name, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

 

2/3/2015, #6, 1st Quarter 2015

And she answered and said to him, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs." (Mark 7:28 )
      Lord Jesus, I will gladly take whatever crumbs fall from your table.

And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak." (Mark 7:37)
      Jesus, please give us ears to hear you and mouths to proclaim your word.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" (Galatians 4:6)
      Father, thank you for giving me your Spirit and making me your child.

O you who hear prayer, to you all flesh will come. (Psalm 65:2)
      Jesus, I come to you. Thank you for hearing my prayers.

The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. (Psalm 65:13)
      Jesus, thank you for providing the bounty you have given me.

WORD: Pray for ears that are open to my word.
WORD: Look to me and listen to me.
WORD: I invite everyone into the sonship that comes by faith in Jesus.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Isa. 52:1-12; Gal. 4:12-20; Mark 8:1-10
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Isa. 54:1-10(11-17); Gal. 4:21-31; Mark 8:11-26

      From the Front Lines

***** The Community of St. Mary, Sesquicentennial Events
      The sisters in Greenwich will begin their sesquicentennial year with a quiet celebration and observance of the Feast of the Purification of St. Mary on February 2nd, following a week's silent retreat at the Community of St. Mary Convent. During the sisters' annual retreat, January 26 through February 1, the convent will be closed for ordinary business. Guests are welcome to join in the Divine Office or daily Eucharists but there will be no public afternoon Tea or visiting that week. Associates and friends are welcome to join the community in its solemn offering of worship and praise on its Founding Anniversary at the Mass of the Purification of St. Mary on Monday, February 2, at 7:00 a.m. (Matins at 6:30 a.m.) This quiet celebration will feature the community's traditional plainsong responsories and the renewal of the sisters' vows.

Special Healing Service Event
      On Tuesday February 3 at 10:00 a.m., the regularly scheduled Healing Service will relocate to St. Mary's Convent as a kick-off to their year-long 150th anniversary celebration with the celebration of Holy Eucharist of the Purification of St. Mary (transferred) and healing prayer. The featured speaker will be The Rt. Rev. Harold Miller from the Diocese of Down and Dromore, Northern Ireland. As always, the service includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, personal prayer ministry and Reconciliation. Praise music will be led by the CtK Youth Ministry Intern staff. The Blessing of Throats for St. Blaise Day will be offered at the end of the service. A pot-luck luncheon will follow for one and all. Bring a dessert or dish to share. Carpooling is encouraged.
      PARKING FOR TODAY
Dear Prayer Team and Intercessors...
Parking is very limited at the convent soooooo here's the plan: PLEASE PARK AT THE WELCOME CENTER. We will then bus you over to the convent. The bus runs will begin at 9:00 a.m. This will leave room at the convent for our guests. Thanks so much and ... see you tomorrow!
Blessings, Dcn. Marian

***** Prayer table reports, St. John's Johnstown, Laurie Garramone
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2015 8:27 AM

For Jan 28:
+Kevin--for wife Lisa in Albany Med
Claudine--for healing balm
Joy--for her mom Anna who lost a best friend

For Jan 21:
For Travelers to Toronto church
+Ken--vascular surgery
+Beverly--healing
Judy L--cancer
Dee--who is dying
Lester--pulled calf muscle
Melbourne family--comfort and healing

Romans 8:38-39

***** St. Ann's Amsterdam Prayer Table Report Friday, January 30, 2015
(Monday, Jan. 26, 2015; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Bitterly cold (11 degrees at start!) but quite a few people out, and many came to His table grateful for the warm blankets and bedcovers, towels, paper goods, clothing and non-perishable food we offer our visitors. We buy some of the clothing (socks, gloves) and some of the food, but most of it is generously donated by members of the parish. About half the people also consent to prayer when we ask them. The others (usually) politely decline. James Bryant, John Banfield and Deacon Alan at His table today.)

t -- received free wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
f -- received food.
c -- received clothing or blankets.

a,f,c -- GEORGIANA -- This lady has become a regular. She sought prayer for the sciatic pain she is enduring. She also came early, not only for food and clothing and prayer but to take part in our Morning Prayer service before doing the table. It was the third week in a row she has come!

CHERI -- Asked for prayer for the family of Charles Brown, who passed away last week.

JOHN -- Received prayer for health and well-being of people in his family.

ALAN -- Sought prayer for another table regular REBECCA, who did not come this week because of having surgery.

a,f -- SUSAN -- This woman brought me (Alan) a handsome cross a few weeks ago as a gift for " .. caring about us." I felt strange accepting such a nice gift, but I think it would have insulted her if I said No. (Note: I do not wear it but I keep it on a knick-knack shelf in our living room with other treasured items. It reminds me every day of the many needy neighbors in our area.)

f,c -- SHERRY and MIKE -- Sherry asked for prayer for an upcoming surgical procedure she is anxious about.

a,t,f,c -- LUCY -- Bubbly young Spanish-speaking lady who comes often but not every week. Asked for prayer for MARIA, a relative who is very ill.

t -- STEVE -- Sought prayer for his wife (no name) to be well.

a, f, c -- MARIA -- Another frequent visitor. She wanted prayer for "better health."

f,c -- BOB -- politely declined prayer.

a, f,c -- YVONNE -- She was extremely happy to get a woman's winter coat and a pair of gloves, plus some food. Also declined prayer. (She came in a sweatshirt and jeans, no coat and bare hands!)

f,c -- MARSHALL -- This man has come to gradually trust the people at the table and our church. He spoke to us at some length about about some things that were bothering him, then went away graciously giving us the two-fingered "peace sign" of the 1960s.

DAVID -- Very religious, quiet man who was a Navy serviceman during the Vietnam War. He is a big supporter of the table and has sent many people to us. He never takes anything and sometimes seeks prayer, but not today. He just wanted to talk. That's OK!

f,c -- JOSE -- Man who lives across the street from the church, came for the second week in a row with a friend (no name.) Declined prayer.

Note: Some others came early in the prayer table time and took food and clothing while I was praying for other people, and we did not get their names. In all, about 30 people came to the table and we gave away a LOT of food and clothing and blankets, towels on a very cold winter morning. Please continue to bring in your offerings of soups, mac and cheese, tuna, etc. Believe me, it doesn't go to waste and it is very much appreciated. When we give to the poor and needy among us, we live out the Gospel!)

***** Friday night I looked at the forecast for Saturday morning (below zero with wind) and I cancelled the Saturday morning prayer table. I guess what I am really saying is: there is no hard and fast rules for this. I can handle zero, but not zero plus wind. We do what we can with the strength God gives us and then leave it in his hands. Torre

***** PRAYER TABLE ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM Monday, Jan. 26, 2015; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Bitterly cold (11 degrees at start!) but quite a few people out, and many came to His table grateful for the warm blankets and bedcovers, towels, paper goods, clothing and non-perishable food we offer our visitors. We buy some of the clothing (socks, gloves) and some of the food, but most of it is generously donated by members of the parish. About half the people also consent to prayer when we ask them. The others (usually) politely decline. James Bryant, John Banfield and Deacon Alan at His table today.)

t -- received free wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
f -- received food.
c -- received clothing or blankets.

a,f,c -- GEORGIANA -- This lady has become a regular. She sought prayer for the sciatic pain she is enduring. She also came early, not only for food and clothing and prayer but to take part in our Morning Prayer service before doing the table. It was the third week in a row she has come!

CHERI -- Asked for prayer for the family of Charles Brown, who passed away last week.

JOHN -- Received prayer for health and well-being of people in his family.

ALAN -- Sought prayer for another table regular REBECCA, who did not come this week because of having surgery.

a,f -- SUSAN -- This woman brought me (Alan) a handsome cross a few weeks ago as a gift for " .. caring about us." I felt strange accepting such a nice gift, but I think it would have insulted her if I said No. (Note: I do not wear it but I keep it on a knick-knack shelf in our living room with other treasured items. It reminds me every day of the many needy neighbors in our area.)

f,c -- SHERRY and MIKE -- Sherry asked for prayer for an upcoming surgical procedure she is anxious about.

a,t,f,c -- LUCY -- Bubbly young Spanish-speaking lady who comes often but not every week. Asked for prayer for MARIA, a relative who is very ill.

t -- STEVE -- Sought prayer for his wife (no name) to be well.

a, f, c -- MARIA -- Another frequent visitor. She wanted prayer for "better health."

f,c -- BOB -- politely declined prayer.

a, f,c -- YVONNE -- She was extremely happy to get a woman's winter coat and a pair of gloves, plus some food. Also declined prayer. (She came in a sweatshirt and jeans, no coat and bare hands!)

f,c -- MARSHALL -- This man has come to gradually trust the people at the table and our church. He spoke to us at some length about about some things that were bothering him, then went away graciously giving us the two-fingered "peace sign" of the 1960s.

DAVID -- Very religious, quiet man who was a Navy serviceman during the Vietnam War. He is a big supporter of the table and has sent many people to us. He never takes anything and sometimes seeks prayer, but not today. He just wanted to talk. That's OK!

f,c -- JOSE -- Man who lives across the street from the church, came for the second week in a row with a friend (no name.) Declined prayer.

Note: Some others came early in the prayer table time and took food and clothing while I was praying for other people, and we did not get their names. In all, about 30 people came to the table and we gave away a LOT of food and clothing and blankets, towels on a very cold winter morning. Please continue to bring in your offerings of soups, mac and cheese, tuna, etc. Believe me, it doesn't go to waste and it is very much appreciated. When we give to the poor and needy among us, we live out the Gospel!)

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 29, 2015, 4:55 - 6:10 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
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Trevor (young man) -- Prayers for restless leg syndrome.

+ Mike (man) -- He asked prayers

Dan (staff) -- We prayed for his daughter Summer, for God's order in her life and for Dan's son-in-law Bob. We prayed for peace for Dan & his wife.

Ted and Camille (Ted's granddaughter) -- We prayed about the side-effects of the medicine she is taking for Lyme's disease. We prayed for her friend Louise whose youngest daughter's husband has become paraplegic following back surgery.

Rich (young man) -- He looks much better. He went to Open Arms Church on Sunday. He has been studying the book of Jonah.

Tony (man) -- He asked prayer for the IS captives to be set free.

+ 199 Karyn (young woman) -- "for college" and for her mom, + Brendan (her finance) "for finances"

+Sam (man) -- His business parftners have taken advantage of him.

Gary (staff) -- We prayed for the message he would give to the community meal and about the corporate greed in America.

++ Chester (man) -- He asked prayer for Daniel who is an alcoholic.

+ 199 a Taisha (young woman) -- She has a mass growing in her stomach which needs healing. She is in pain all the time. She seems to have a stead faith in Jesus.

+++++ Christine (woman) -- She is separating from her husband. There is constant fighting in the family over custody of the children.

+ Matt -- His friend just lost faith. He needs a breakthrough in hearing for employment.

***** prayer table neighborhood meal Christ Church Schenectady 12/28/14, Larry Hubert

Ada: For her children, and for Alberto who has a drug problem

Aniyah ( young girl) For pain in her foot

Jacaigh: ( young boy) For pain in his head

Sharcls: ( young girl) For pain in her body

Micaiah: ( young boy) For Harry foe his heart and to keep him out of jail.

Anne Marie: For family & children, help with imigration problem

Rupina: For heart problem, recovery from stroke

***** prayer table 12/24 St. John's

Laurie—for frustrations
Madalyn—for help with illness
Jack—prayer of thanks and blessing

***** prayer table,albany st. 1/10/15
John,help with life.Friend died(Summer)left 3 children.Prayed for children.Levi,for provision.Keri,prayed for youth,passing lady,prayed for cold.Passing man ,for a relationship with God.

***** I had the privilege today to help with St.John's (Johnstown) prayer table.
      Prayers
Bridget in need of comfort ,guidance & direction.

Harold and his wife Kathy. Comfort and strength needed in marriage. Kathy has been in a nursing home since her stroke 2 yrs ago. 2 crosses were given to Harold one for his wife.

We ask all this in His name.
Amen
Many blessings to you and your family
Pam Miller

***** 2015 Parish Leadership Conferences, Learning to Share our Faith
      As the Bishop mentioned in his recent message, this year's Parish Leadership Conferences will be a little different than in past years. We'll still be sharing the Eucharist, but instead of an outside speaker or leaders from the Diocese teaching us, we'll learn from each other by sharing our faith stories in a small group setting in an encouraging, friendly environment. Everyone's faith story is unique, and everyone's faith story has the potential to touch a person that doesn't know Jesus, perhaps inviting that person into a relationship with Him. So join us at the Parish Leadership Conference that is closest to you or best fits into your schedule, where we'll learn from each other what the Lord is doing in our individual lives and our parishes. Registration, coffee and goodies will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and everyone will be on the road by 3:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided. In order to make sure the right amount of food is prepared for lunch, please register for the Parish Leadership Conference you will be attending by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/ParishLeadershipConference/2015/2015PLCRegistrationForm.php . Options to request vegetarian meals and child care have been added to the registration form. The dates and locations of the Parish Leadership Conferences are as follows:
Date      Place
January 31, 2015      Holy Family School, Malone

February 7, 2015      Christ Church, Cooperstown

February 28, 2015      Christ the King
Spiritual Life Center

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer, Jeanne Gizara, Saturday, January 31, 2015 3:13 PM
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
(Ephesians 2:10)
      We thank You Lord, for all of your creation. We thank You for every person that You have created. We thank You that we are your workmanship and that you have made us in Christ Jesus for good works. We thank You for all who have walked in the good works that you have prepared even before we were born. And we especially thank You for the Mudges and all that they do for You.
      We pray for Lydia as she returns from Honduras. We hope that her trip was fruitful and satisfying both to her and to You. Guide her into the future works that You have for her.
      We rejoice at the good news that the sale of the Mudge home near Albany NY is in the works. We pray that all goes well with the building inspection and the clearing of all checks. Thank You for your provision, Lord.
      And we continue to pray for Father Shaw as he gets ready for another trip to Belize. May your Holy Spirit guide his every step on this journey: the agenda, the logistics, safe and timely travel, fruitfulness of the venture; and that every word spoken and every action taken be according to your will.
      Amen.

***** 1-19-2015 SAMS
      "Dear Friends of Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman,
      Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of the Bishop Mike and Linda. I am writing to tell you about an urgent concern.
      As you know, Bishop Mike and Linda have ministered tirelessly in the Diocese of Peru for almost five years. In recent weeks their missionary support account has dropped to levels the threaten (their) ability to remain in Peru. (They) need an additional $8,000.00 dollars to continue their ministry.....if the account continues to remain low, SAMS will have to ask them to remain in the states to raise further support."

Please pray for a financial miracle/outpouring for them. It would be so sad for them to have to wait to return to the land and people that have captured their hearts. If you can, please make a one time gift. Perhaps you can increase monthly giving, or know someone who would like to join as a prayer or support partner for them. Maybe your church doesn't support any missionaries at this time, but would like to do so.
      Thank you everyone for your continuing prayers and support. You are dearly loved and appreciated by Bishop Mike and Linda.
      Blessings and peace, Ginnie
there are three main ways to make your gift:
By cash or check: Make checks out to "SAMS" and write "Mike & Linda Chapman" in the memo space. Then send the checks to the following address:
      SAMS
      P.O. Box 399
      Ambridge, PA 15003
By credit card online or by phone: www.samsusa.org or call 1 724 266-0669 from 9am to 5pm est.
By electronic transfer: Thie service enables you to make automatic monthly donations from either your bank account or credit card. Visit the SAMS website at www.samsusa.org or call 1 724 266-0669 to learn more.

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