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Saturday, September 20, 2014

 

9/20/2014, #25, 3rd Quarter 2014

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. (Acts 17:16)
      Holy Spirit, help us to be provoked in our spirits as Paul was when we confront the idolatries of our day in our own communities.

Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;" (Acts 17:22)
      LORD, please help us understand that being "very religious" doesn't help us if the object of our worship is anything other than you.

"for in Him we live and move and have our being," (Acts 17:28a)
      Jesus, please help us live and move and have our being in you.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
      LORD, shepherd me so that I shall not be in want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
      Jesus, bring to places of quietness and rest.

He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:3)
      Holy Spirit, restore my soul and lead me into your paths of righteousness for the sake of the name of Jesus.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
      Jesus, thank you that I can live and die in the hope of the resurrection. Thank you for guiding me and comforting me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
      Lord, over and over again you have provided for me and my family when I am troubled by others. Thank you.

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)
      Thank you, Jesus, for your goodness and mercy. Help me dwell in your presence all the days of my life.

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)
      LORD, I wait on you, strengthen my heart. Thank you.

WORD: Come into my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23*: Acts 17:16-34: John 12:44-50
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Esther 3:1-4:3*: James 1:19-27: Matt. 6:1-6,16-18
Holy Communion
145 or 145:1-8; Jonah 3:10—4:11; Philippians 1:21-27; Matthew 20:1-16

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 20 Trinity Church, Whitehall – The Rev’d Dr. Donna J. Arnold

***** Pray Sister Mary Jean of the Sisters of St. Mary. She is in critical condition at Saratoga Hospital following surgery earlier this week. The Sisters urgently ask for prayer and that there be no visits to the hospital at this time.

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, September 20 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. Childcare is available during the service. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.Mark Pasko and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert and Julie Rickson 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
NT-- indicates received a New Testament
B--indicates received a Bible

State St.

Steve (regular) -- He gave thanks for the business he has had so far this month and we prayed for more.

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

+ 199 Raekwon (young man) -- "To stay out of trouble." He gave his life to Jesus, confessing his sins and made a first time commitment.

Dobine (man) "Hit and Run" prayer

+ Fred (man) -- He was evicted from his apartment and is now warehoused in a motel and needs food.

+ 199 Terrence (young man) -- He is walking with Jesus day by day. We prayed for his continued walk.

+ Agnes (older woman) -- "For my kids."

++ Sharadiant (young woman) -- She cried as she asked prayer for her step-father who has cancer. She took a cross for him.

+ Mark (young man) -- We prayed that God would keep him safe and steady.

+ John (regular, older man) -- He is going to have major surgery on his right leg and knee in about 3 weeks.

+ 199 Junior (man rode up on his bicycle) -- He is living in a bad neighborhood. We prayed that he would be a light shining in the darkness of his neighborhood.

+ Deborah (regular) -- She gave thanks that she is back at work. We also prayed for her friend Miss Mary with whom she stayed when Deborah first returned to Schenectady.

Albany St.

+++ Linda -- She asked prayer for good health, order in her school, her brother James, and for her 3 children.

+ Star -- She wants to get on the basketball team, also asked prayer for peace and kindness.

+ Michael -- Prayer for him as he was passing by on the way to work. Peace and guidance in his life.

Estelle -- For people to be kind and peaceful, for people to more loving and caring.

+ Terrance -- for his body for good health, for provision in his life.

***** Bible Symposium
      The annual Bible Symposium will be on Saturday, September 27th at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 Swan Street, Albany, NY. The speaker this year will be Dr. Garwood Anderson, Professor of New Testment and Greek at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Dr. Anderson's presentation is based on Romans 6-8 and is entitled, "What Then, Shall We Say? The Rest of the Gospel According to St. Paul." The symposium begins at 9:30 am and will conclude at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am. The cost is $20, and you can register by clicking http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/781586 .

Albany Intercessor


Friday, September 19, 2014

 

9/19/2014, #24, 3rd Quarter 2014

Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:42-43)
      Father, we live in a generation that is under great pressure from those who stand for "political correctness" to not confess the name of your son Jesus. Move through this land with your Holy Spirit and give strength of heart and mind to your people to openly confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. Thank you.

But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too." (Acts 17:6)
      Jesus, I pray that such an accusation could be laid against us in this diocese: that we "have turned the world upside down" for the sake of your name.

But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him. (Esther 1:12)
      LORD, raise up more women who will refuse to put themselves on display to gratify male lust.

Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. (Psalm 73:23-24)
      Thank you. Jesus, for the hope you have given me.

WORD: I AM your help in your time of need.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Esther 1:1-4,10-19*: Acts 17:1-15: John 12:36b-43
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23*: Acts 17:16-34: John 12:44-50

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 19 The Rev’d Hugh Wilkes

***** Pray Sister Mary Jean of the Sisters of St. Mary. She is in critical condition at Saratoga Hospital following surgery earlier this week. The Sisters urgently ask for prayer and that there be no visits to the hospital at this time.

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, September 20 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. Childcare is available during the service. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm.

***** From: Bishop Grant LeMarquand, Thursday, September 18, 2014, Subject: car appeal
      Dear folks,
      Greetings from Gambella, Ethiopia. We are sometimes asked if there is some special way that people might help our personal ministry in Ethiopia. IF (and only IF) you are looking to give a one-time gift (maybe for Christmas!), or if you know someone interested in our ministry who might be interested, here's a way.
      When we came to Ethiopia, the Area Committee which oversees our ministry managed to find us a really good Toyota Landcruiser - it was 11 years old (now 13) but it's a pretty solid vehicle. The duty on new vehicles coming into the country is enormous, so replacing it will be expensive - even if we get another well-used one. Anyway, the car takes a beating on the Gambella roads (not many tarmac roads here!). We are hoping that the car will last at least another 5-6 years (we know some that are running after 20 or more), but it seems wise to begin a car fund now rather than later.
      To this end our mission society, The Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders, has set up a car fund for us. The car fund is special because SAMS will not take out any administrative fees from this account, so every penny sent to this fund will be spent on the car (well, except for the bank fees to transfer the funds when we eventually do that). Of course, any gifts will sit in an account in the US for a few years waiting until the are needed for the purchase of a vehicle, but setting up this fund now will prevent us from having to send an emergency appeal at a later date, or being left without transport should the car break down.
      To donate, you can send a cheque to SAMS USA, PO Box 399, Ambridge PA 15003, or go to their website, look up 'LeMarquand' and donate online - be sure to mention that the money is for the "LeMarquand car fund."
      Thanks for considering this. And please remember us in your prayers,
      +Grant LeMarquand, Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:10 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre 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

Emmy (volunteer) -- We prayed for God's blessing on her service.

Ted (volunteer in his 80s) -- He is now back after 5 weeks of illness with 17 days in the hospital. We prayed for him and his granddaughter Camille who has Lyme's disease.

Antonio (volunteer) -- We spent time together praising Jesus and praying for his witness to others.

+ Stephen (man) -- He asked prayer for "love". He is estranged from his sons Stephen (18 ) and Noah (16). We prayed for reconciliation between them.

+ a Richard (man) -- Richard has clearly experienced great trauma in his life. We prayed for deliverance and for the Holy Spirit to bring him to freedom in Jesus.

+Kristal (woman) -- She asked if it was OK to pray to Jesus and not just to God the Father. We assured her that it was OK. We prayed for protection and guidance for her.

Jackie (young woman) -- We prayed for healing of her left foot and that she would be able to get her house done and in order.

Stephen (young man who has also come to the State St. prayer table) -- He prayed for us. It was a joy to see him; we had not seen him for several months.

***** Here are the prayers from our Prayer Table at St. John's, Johnstown:
(+ = cross given)

Angela: strength and comfort
Brian: thanksgiving
Jennifer:support and peace
+ Debbie: husband's sickness
+Doris: new job and new move; husband Phil
Justin: a job
+ Johnny and Clifton: thanksgiving for healing; 12 teeth being pulled today

Thank you for praying for us, Laurie

***** Bible Symposium
      The annual Bible Symposium will be on Saturday, September 27th at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 Swan Street, Albany, NY. The speaker this year will be Dr. Garwood Anderson, Professor of New Testment and Greek at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Dr. Anderson's presentation is based on Romans 6-8 and is entitled, "What Then, Shall We Say? The Rest of the Gospel According to St. Paul." The symposium begins at 9:30 am and will conclude at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am. The cost is $20, and you can register by clicking http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/781586 .

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Sept. 15, 20-14, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Cool, cloudy day. We gave away a lot of non-perishable food, clothing/shoes and winter coats, plus crosses in addition to prayer. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

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

      Note: We also gave out the rest of the school supplied we have been giving to children and families. We gave out most of the seasonal clothing we have gathered from our members, and what we did NOT give out at the table, I brought the rest to the Glenville station of Salvation Army. They will see that needy people in our area use the rest. Beginning next Monday, we will resume giving out winter items -- hats, gloves and socks.

a,f,c -- REBECCA -- She is having trouble with her thyroid getting bigger. In addition to the discomfort she is having trouble sleeping. She has another doctor appointment this week. We prayed for healing.

f,c -- NANCY -- Gave her a blessing for protection and safety. (She lives with her sister.)

DONNA -- She is the distance runner who normally stops. Today she just smiled and said "God Bless you!" as she soared past us!

t,f,c -- ALBERTO -- This a very serious, sensible young man who has come every week this summer. This time he asked for prayers for people who are out of work all over the world to find jobs. He also asked for prayers for his family.

STEVE -- He works at the free meal given out across the street at the Masonic Temple. He didn't want prayer but said "Thank you for helping the people like this."

f,c,t -- BETSY -- She asked for prayer for her sister MARGARET, who does not believe in God. We prayed for Margaret to someday accept Christ and walk with Him.

f,c,t,a -- JULIO -- First-time visitor to the table, just moved here. He asked for prayers for his own well-being and health and for his mother, who still lives in Puerto Rico.

MARSHALL -- He didn't want prayer and did not take anything today we offered, but he was pleasant and said "God bless you" to me. (This was a tremendous breakthrough for Deacon Alan. There was a time not long ago when he used to curse and gesture at me and whoever else was at the table, but table ministers James Bryant and John Banfield have befriended him over the last few months and now he comes and says hello.)

f,c -- MAN and WOMAN (no names given) -- Appeared to be very needy first-time visitors. Prayed for their safety and protection.

f,c,a,t,t,t -- IVA -- First-timer. She said she and her family are trying to buy a house and get into a better living situation, but some problems have come up with the sale. We prayed that the sale will come off if it is what God wants for Iva and her family.

f,c -- EDWIN -- A regular who sometimes prays WITH us for others. He asked for prayer for " ... work getting done on my house." Apparently he is getting repairs and it has made things difficult in some ways he did not explain.

t,a,f,c -- JoLYNN -- First time she has come to the table. She is handicapped but gets around. She asked for prayer for healing and for some other concerns. The Lord knows the details.

f,c -- MAN (No name) -- This man works as a caregiver for several people in Amsterdam. He checks on them every day, makes sure they are up and about and have eaten, taken their medicine, etc. He often stops and takes clothing and food to give to them all. Today he said to us, "It's a wonderful thing your church does here providing for the poor. You know, the poor don't have ANYTHING, and they have no way of getting it!"

f,c,t,t -- DARCY -- A weekly visitor to His table. She asked for continued guidance and safety.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, September 18, 2014

 

9/18/2014, #23, 3rd Quarter 2014

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." (John 12:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, show us how to respond to both Jesus (as Mary did) and to the needs of the poor (as Judas Iscariot did not).

The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. (Psalm 65:13)
      Thank you, LORD, for letting us see this.

Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. (Matthew 18:32)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have compassion on all those who are in debt to us. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. Thank you.

For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. (Romans 14:7-8 )
      Help me to know my place in your body, Jesus, and live so that others may live. Help us to love our brethren as you have loved us.

He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the children of Israel. (Psalm 103:7)
      Thank you for your mercy, Father.

Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40)
      Jesus, we believe and we long to see the glory of God manifested in your church and among your people.

Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. (Acts 15:12)
      Holy Father, we pray that your church will lsten to those through whom you are working.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)
      Holy Spirit, blot out my transgressions. Cleanse my heart, my soul, my spirit of the memories of my transgressions.

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I know that you always hear me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that you sent me." (John 11:41-42)
      Jesus, we know that right now you are interceding for us and we thank you Father that you hear him.

Now when he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go." (John 11:43-44)
      Lord, if we have bound anyone by our resentments or anxieties, help us loose those bindings and let them go.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; (Psalm 139:23)
      Lord Jesus, you have searched me and know all that is in my heart and my soul. Come with your Holy Spirit and calm my anxieties. Thank you.

And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:24)
      Holy Spirit, lead me in your everlasting ways. Lead me across the Jordan River into you land of promise.

The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!" (John 12:19)
      Jesus, help me go after you as well.

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:6-10)
      Acts 16:6-10, WORD: Follow the promptings of my Holy Spirit as Paul and his companions did.
      Father, please help me to be obedient to your Holy Spirit as Paul and the others were.

If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my Father will honor. (John 12:26)
      Jesus, help me to be where you are

Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things! (Psalm 72:18 )
      Jesus, fill me with the wonder of your deeds.

Then Jesus said to them, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. (John 12:35)
      Jesus, please help us daily walk by the light of your word and your Holy Spirit.

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them. (John 12:36)
      Holy Spirit, please help us become children of light.

If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to you. (Psalm 139:11-12)
      Jesus, thank you that there is no darkness dark enough to hide us from your light.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:25)
      Holy Father, I pray that you will send many witnesses into our jails and prisons to sing the songs of Zion and pray so that the prisoners may hear the Good News.

And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30)
      Holy Spirit, help both the prisoners and jailers to come to the place where they ask this questions.

So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:31)
      Holy Spirit, help the jailers and prisoners hear this answer.

Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. (Acts 16:32)
      Lord, raise up men and women who will speak the word of God to them.

And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.' " (Job 28:28 )
      Lord, bring the House of Bishops to this wisdom and understanding.

WORD: Listen to my word for you.
WORD: You are in my care.
WORD: Come to me just as you are.
WORD: Look to me for guidance.
WORD: Come to me; I AM waiting for you.
Acts 16:6-10, WORD: Follow the promptings of my Holy Spirit as Paul and his companions did.
WORD: Share my love with others.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Job 28:1-28: Acts 16:25-40: John 12:27-36a
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Esther 1:1-4,10-19*: Acts 17:1-15: John 12:36b-43

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 12 The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer The Rev’d Nancy Goff
13 For Transitions Ministers
14 HOLY CROSS DAY-For everyone to find the Way of the Cross, the Way of Life Church of The Cross, Ticonderoga -The Rev’d Marjorie Floor; Church of the Holy Cross, Warrensburg – The Rev’d Thomas Pettigrew; The Rev’d John Bartle, The Rev’d Frederick Dennis, The Rev’d Ludwig Wallner
15 Trinity, Granville -The Rev’d Arthur Peters; The Rev’d Robert Witt, The Rev’d Joseph Famulare
16 For Bishop William Love on the 7th Anniversary of his Consecration
17 The Rev’d Jere Berger, The Rev’d Joel Miller
18 For a blessing on our youth

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

9/11/2014, #22, 3rd Quarter 2014

Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:24-26)
      Yes, Lord, I believe this. You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Thank you for coming into my life.

Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they." (Acts 15:10-11)
      Lord, when I bring someone to you, let me not put any burdens on them of the law, but point them to a life of grace -- free grace from you. Thank you.

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless his name; proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day. (Psalm 96:1-2)
      Father, let that new song of joy flow from my lips so that I proclaim the good news of your salvation from day to day. Thank you.

WORD: Share my love with others.
WORD: Come, hold my hand and walk with me.
WORD: I AM with you. Don't be afraid.
WORD: Come to me. Come into my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 93, 96; Job 29:1,31:1-23: Acts 15:1-11: John 11:17-29
Friday: 40,54 * 51; Job 29:1,31:24-40: Acts 15:12-21: John 11:30-44

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 9 For the Primates of the Anglican Communion
10 For Outreach in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, and Argentina
11 Commemoration of those killed thirteen years ago

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities.

***** St. John's Johnstown, Prayer Table Sept 10, 2104
(+ indicates cross was given to person)

+ Arlene: liver and aging problems

+ Lois--lost cat

+Pam: stage 4 lung cancer; prayers for strength

+ Rich: safety on his bike ride later that day

Lee: safe travels to Mississippi

Madalyn: peace and good family time

+Owen: surgery on tear in knee

+Angie: husband Brian is in Afghanistan

+ Ralph: for his creativity and his new dog

+Donna: job was terminated

Windy: for her mom Eileen

Albany Intercessor


Monday, September 08, 2014

 

9/8/2014, #21, 3rd Quarter 2014

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)
      Jesus, please help me daily hear your voice and follow you. Thank you for knowing me.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28 )
      Jesus, thank you that I am safe in your hands.

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father's hand. (John 10:29)
      Father, thank you for giving me to Jesus and for holding me in your hand.

WORD: Lay the burdens of your hearts before me.
WORD: I AM with you in the hard times.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Job 32:1-10,19-33:1,19-28: Acts 13:44-52: John 10:19-30
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Job 29:1-20: Acts 14:1-18: John 10:31-42

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 6 St. Mark’s Church, Malone – The Rev’d Tom Papazoglakis; The Rev’d David Beaulac
7 St. Boniface’s, Guilderland – The Rev’d Steven Scherck
8 Adirondack Mission – The Rev’d Cn Robert Limpert, The Rev’d Michael Webber, The Rev’d Dennis Pressley, The Rev’d Karen Henry; The Rev’d Cn Clinton Dugger, The Rev’d Beverly Jones

***** ***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1) from Union Church of Manila Part 1 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 10, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103041562

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 - Forgiveness) from Union Church of Manila Part 2 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 17, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103623391

***** Sun, Aug 24, 2014, "Healing Our Hearts", Jesus Heals a Paralytic Part 3 (Luke 5: 17-26) by Pastor Steve Ruetschle: http://vimeo.com/104215103

***** Friends of the Paralytic: Part 4 of Jesus Heals a Paralytic sermon series by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at Union Church of Manila, August 31, 2014. http://vimeo.com/104833410

***** Part 5 "And The Spirit of the Lord was Present to Heal" by Union Church of Manila on Vimeo, September 8, 2014 https://vimeo.com/105514637

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:10 - 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Mark Pasko and Dn. Larry Hubert 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
NT-- indicates received a New Testament
B--indicates received a Bible

State St.

+ a José (man) -- He asked prayer for good health and a job.

+ Andre (young man) -- He asked prayer for "my life and my daughter."

+ Deborah (regular) -- Miss Mary's brother William is visiting from the South. Deborah got a cross for him. Deborah had an asthma attack this past week.

+Jessie (young man) -- When asked if he wanted prayer he said, "I'm a pastor's son so I don't mind." He asked prayer for work.

+ Galinda (mom), +Alex (13), +Evelyn (young girl), +Edward (11), and Jazmin (young girl) -- We blessed them as a family that they will receive God's provision for them and a good year in school.

199 David (man) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] -- He gave his life anew to Jesus. He said, "I love Jesus." He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness. He had a big beaming smile when told he was clean.

+Sham (man) -- We blessed him.

+ 199 Harry (man) and + young son and young +grandson -- He drove up in a car and parked beside us and said, "I came to get prayer." Harry confessed his sins and renewed his commitment to Jesus. He asked prayer for his older son who is backsliding.

+Karim (man) -- He was not prepared to give his life to Jesus.

Albany St.

A passing red truck gave us a blessing.

Madelyn -- She asked prayer for Uncle James (games) and Uncle James who is sick. He is 99 years old and blind. 2 uncles named James.

+ Jason (man) -- He asked prayer for his children who are separated from him, for a good relationship with them, and for frequent and good visits with them.

Ben and Ann -- Passing by, quick prayer.

Julie -- Needs a new home soon.

Bishem (man) -- Continujed better life, his life is improving but he still needs it to be better (we have prayer for him before).

For Hamilton School -- Angel and Estelle are having trouble with the new school, fitting in.

***** Welcome Home Initiative
      A three day healing retreat, October 20-22, 2014 for military veterans and spouses of those veterans who have served their country in combat and may be suffering in varying degrees from Post-Traumatic Stress or Moral Injury and are in need of Soul Repair. The Welcome Home Initiative© is designed to bring awareness of the hidden impact of combat service while assuring veterans and spouses of a welcoming and safe place to accomplish essential spiritual and emotional healing.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, September 05, 2014

 

9/5/2014, #20, 3rd Quarter 2014

"I know that my redeemer lives, (Job 19:25a)
      Jesus, I have seen you change my life and the lives of others so I know that you live.

and he shall stand at last on the earth; (Job 19:25b)
      Jesus, I long for that day of your return.

and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, (Job 19:26)
      Father, I live in the hope of the resurrection.

whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. (Job 19:27a)
      Father, I like the prodigal son will be able to rush into your arms of love.

How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:27b)
      Jesus, I long for the day of your return.

Say to my soul, "I am your salvation." (Psalm 35:3b)
      Holy Spirit, speak your word of comfort to my heart. Thank you.

WORD: Look to me. I AM your hope and I love you.
WORD: Bring the burdens of your heart to me. Rest in me no matter what.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 31 * 35; Job 19:1-7,14-27: Acts 13:13-25: John 9:18-41
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Job 22:1-4,21-23:7: Acts 13:26-43: John 10:1-18

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 5 Bishop William Love; The Rev’d Edward Fiebke

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 4, 2014, 5:10 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre 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
B--indicates receiving a Bible

Ted (volunteer in his 80s) -- He hopes to be back doing volunteer work at the Mission next week. He was in the hospital over two weeks.

Gary (staff) -- He asked prayer for his wife Debbie that she would be free from pain. We prayed that the message he would be giving would touch hearts.

Dan (staff) -- His oldest daughter is turning 34 and is doing well. His middle daughter is moving in a positive direction, and his youngest daughter is back in school and has two part-time jobs.

+ 199 Malik and + 199 Nahquan (two teenage boys) -- Each confessed their sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior.

+ B Jerry (man) -- He asked prayer for his brother Tony who is in AA and does not believe in God or any other "Higher Power". Jerry has a job opportunity.

Antonio (volunteer) -- He asked prayer for all the lost sheep out there.

+ 199 Dominique (teenage girl) -- She asked prayer for the community and invited Jesus into her heart.

+ 199 B Benjamin (young man) -- He came storming into the table next to us and immediately started arguing with two friends of his. It got to the point where one of them got up and left the table. Benjamin continued at such a level with the remaining friend that Chuck went over and got Dan (who coordinates the community meal) to intervene. Dan got Benjamin calmed down some and suggested that Benjamin come over to the prayer table, which he did. We had a long (20 minutes or more) conversation with Benjamin. He was badly hurt by the way others had taken advantage of him. We talked with him and led him to confess his sins to Jesus and accept him as Lord and Savior. He still had a very angry countenance. We showed him 1 John 1:9 and told him that he was now clean, there was a radical change in his whole countenance. We have never seen such a visible working of grace penetrating someone's heart like this. We could feel the Holy Spirit moving in him. We led him to forgive those who had hurt him. At one point he asked, "Isn't Jesus still pissed at me for the things I have done?" We told him that Jesus was praying for him right then. He told us how thankful he was that we could explain all this in words he could understand. When he was done, his two friends came to him and we asked them to forgive one another, which they did.

+ Stephen (man) -- He came to give thanks and a praise report for abundant answers to prayers with him before. He gave thanks for all that God was doing with his wife Sarah, their son Daniel and their baby Baylea.

+James and Christie [already had a Dennis Adams cross on]

Matt (volunteer, young man) -- He asked prayer for guidance.

***** Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
JOIN US FOR THE HEALING SERVICE, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Guest Preacher: Fr Christopher Brown will offer biblical, personal and theological insights into the Lord's gift of Himself in the Eucharist.
      The Healing Service begins at 10 a.m. and includes a time of praise, testimony, teaching, Eucharist, anointing and options for personal ministry from a prayer team as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
      Fr Brown holds a PhD from Union Seminary and is Canon Theologian of the Diocese. He was the preacher at our spring Corpus Christi festival and was warmly received. Healing and the Eucharist are intertwined, and Fr Brown's witness will help us deepen our appreciation of this Sacrament.
      Buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.
      Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, located at 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, N.Y. 12834 (518 )-692-9550

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, September 04, 2014

 

9/4/2014, #19, 3rd Quarter 2014

They said to the blind man again, "What do you say about him because he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. (John 9:17-18 )
      Jesus, we are so slow to recognize what you are doing among us. Open the eyes of our hearts so that we may see you and recognize your work. Thank you.

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (Acts 13:2-3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us discern your call on the lives of the men and women and youths you have set aside for your work.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Job 16:16-22,17:1,13-16: Acts 13:1-12: John 9:1-17
Friday: 31 * 35; Job 19:1-7,14-27: Acts 13:13-25: John 9:18-41

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 4 The Rev’d Stephen Schlossberg

***** Prayer table report for St. John's church, Johnstown, Wednesday prayer table; September 3

Steve: wife died 2 months ago; for ill family members (Katie and Jay)

Lee: for her sister Veronica who is chronically ill.

Marilyn: Thanksgiving! She asked for prayer last week to get a car, and she got one! Hallelujah!
*      Also asked for additional prayer to get the car on the road, and for a Dr. Visit tomorrow
Daniel: for Tina's knee surgery

Marc: prayers for he presence of Christ to be felt throughout the world.

Frances: for her husband's emphysema
*      Also for ongoing problems with a leg injury
Dorsey: for Missy and her pregnancy

Jinny: for blessing

Windy: for strength as school begins. She is an aide on the playground.

Romans 8:38-39

Albany Intercessor


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