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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 

9/30/2014, #29, 3rd Quarter 2014

And it happened when he was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored him, saying, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." (Luke 5:12)
      Master, if you are willing, you can make me clean and set me free from my sins.

Then he put out his hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." Immediately the leprosy left him. (Luke 5:13)
      Jesus, thank you for your cleansing touch. Thank you for being willing to touch me.

Now it happened on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. (Luke 5:17)
      Holy Spirit, I pray that your power will be present today to heal the sick.

And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said to him, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." (Luke 5:19-20)
      If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)
      Lord Jesus, bring the leaders, teachers, priests and people of the Episcopal Church to a saving knowledge of you.

Blessed is the man whom you instruct, O LORD, and teach out of your law, (Psalm 94:12)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to enter into this blessing.

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to him with Psalms. (Psalm 95:1-2)
      Jesus, help us come into your presence with thanksgiving and joyful shouts.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
      Pray for our leaders in this time of crisis!

WORD: Come into my hands; let me hold you in my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 30 Raising up of Lay Evangelists

***** Please pray for the thousands of orphans caused Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Extended families are afraid to take in these children because they have been exposed to their dead parents' illness.

***** You are invited to Saint Ann's Episcopal Church's event: Benefit Concert for Dcn. Brenda Nickles. Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30pm at Saint Ann's Episcopal Church, Amsterdam, NY

***** Prayer for Sister Mary Jean
Hi Torre,
      Would you please include a prayer tomorrow for Sister Mary Jean? She continues on the ventilator, so prayers are needed for a clearing of her lungs! Her heart is strong and her other ailments are not a concern at this time. Beth Strickland (on behalf of the Sisters)

Albany Intercessor


Monday, September 29, 2014

 

9/29/2014, #28, 3rd Quarter 2014

When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." (Luke 5:4)
      Jesus, please give each disciple in this diocese the courage to "launch out into the deep" for a catch of souls.

But Simon answered and said to him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net." (Luke 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, please give us this same obedience to your word: that even in the face of previous discouragement we will still "let down our nets".

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:6)
      Bring in the catch of souls you have planned for us, Jesus.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Father, please give us a spirit of cooperation to bring in the catch.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" (Luke 5:8 )
      Father, help us bring our sinfulness to Jesus as Simon Peter did.

Then I will sow her for myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not my people, 'You are my people!' And they shall say, 'You are my God!' " (Hosea 2:23)
      You are my God! Thank you for your mercy!

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help me make your faithfulness known to all generations: to young and old alike.

Psalm 89:1 WORD: Make my faithfulness known to others.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23: Acts 20:17-38: Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 29 Episcopal Charities

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

***** You are invited to Saint Ann's Episcopal Church's event: Benefit Concert for Dcn. Brenda Nickles. Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30pm at Saint Ann's Episcopal Church, Amsterdam, NY

***** Christ The King Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, SEPT 30 at 10:00 a.m.
      St. Michael's and All Angels Chapel, (formerly the Main Chapel)
      ANGELS: Flighty Idea or Spiritual Reality ?
      Angels are Popular, from pop culture to personal perception.
      Bishop Dan Herzog will look at Angels (good and bad) in the Bible, popular piety, public worship and Christian theology. Angels and demons are spread across the pages of the Old and New Testaments. They are part of cosmic life, Israel's history and the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture, Teaching; opportunity for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer ministry, and Reconciliation.
      Bishop Dan was bishop of Albany from 1997-2007 after serving as a parish priest in rural, small town and inner-city churches. He and Carol have been married for nearly 50 years. He invites you to come and bring a friend and experience the healing touch of Jesus.
      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

***** Shaw Mudge, Mudge Making a Difference Prayer Mail for Tuesday, September 30
Dear partners in prayer,
      I am writing this on September 28, with prayers for September 30.
      I have arrived in Belize, and co-led a retreat with Bishop Philip about 4 miles from the Guatemalan border, for people being ordained deacons on Monday. Today, I represented SAMS at the installation of David Alenskis, as Rector of St. Andrew's in San Ignacio, and then we proceeded to St. Hilda's in Santa Helena where I played a part in the consecration of the church bell and celebrated Holy Communion at the Sunday service. I am now in Belize City. Later today, the ordination rehearsal. Tomorrow, the ordinations in Belize City.
      When holding a retreat in the jungle part of Belize, it is always heartwarming to know what to do when possibly encountering the local wildlife while walking around out here. It is the rainy season. Scorpions, usually dry season. Not much to worry about at the moment. Vipers (very deadly) and Boa constrictors (just likely to ignore you). Let them do their job and they won't bother you. Tarantulas, not in the immediate area, not the deadly type, but like scorpions can pack a whallop. Stinging ants. Not much one can do about them. But a surprising lack of mosquitoes, so concern about Dengue fever and Malaria are minimal. So far, so good.
Prayer requests:
      1) Continue to pray for the Mudges especially for me on this trip, parish visitations in the U.S., the Anglican course which is underway, and that I would be a fruitful servant for the Kingdom of God.
      2) Pray for Julie and Lydia while I am away. We seem to have a rash of things happening, that I would rather not have happen. Have to get a new computer, for example. My 2008 casing took a hit in my travel to Belize. It still works, but it is on its last legs.
      3) Pray for the upcoming Albany mission workshop presentation on November 1, on re-entering the home environment.
      4) Pray for a speedy sale of our dwelling in the Albany area. Keep praying for God's buyer.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, September 28, 2014

 

9/28/2014, #27, 3rd Quarter 2014

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
      Father, help me desire your good will and pleasure more and more each day.

The secret of the LORD is with those who fear him, and he will show them his covenant. (Psalm 25:14)
      Father, daily bring me into that secret place with you and establish me in your covenant in peace.

WORD: Come to me and let me carry your burdens.
WORD: You are in my care; my hand is upon you.

Daily Lectionary
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Hosea 2:2-14: James 3:1-13: Matt. 13:44-52
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23: Acts 20:17-38: Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26
Holy Communion
25:1-14 or 25:3-9; Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:28-32

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 27 Women’s Cursillo (October 10-13)
28 The Rev’d James Clarke

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

***** You are invited to Saint Ann's Episcopal Church's event: Benefit Concert for Dcn. Brenda Nickles. Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30pm at Saint Ann's Episcopal Church, Amsterdam, NY

***** Christ The King Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, SEPT 30 at 10:00 a.m.
      St. Michael's and All Angels Chapel, (formerly the Main Chapel)
      ANGELS: Flighty Idea or Spiritual Reality ?
      Angels are Popular, from pop culture to personal perception.
      Bishop Dan Herzog will look at Angels (good and bad) in the Bible, popular piety, public worship and Christian theology. Angels and demons are spread across the pages of the Old and New Testaments. They are part of cosmic life, Israel's history and the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture, Teaching; opportunity for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer ministry, and Reconciliation.
      Bishop Dan was bishop of Albany from 1997-2007 after serving as a parish priest in rural, small town and inner-city churches. He and Carol have been married for nearly 50 years. He invites you to come and bring a friend and experience the healing touch of Jesus.
      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

***** CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD MEAL, September 28, 2014 – Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
+ - Cross

+ Alberto – Aida, his mother, asked for prayer that he would be free of his drug addiction and get his life straight.

+ Diane and son, Julian (6 yrs old) He asked for prayer for school. She is having financial difficulties. Prayed for the Lord’s provision and protection in their lives.

+++++ Michelle asked for prayer for her husband Robert who is in prison. That all would go well with him there so that he would be able to come home in February, if not, he wouldn’t be home until June, 2015. She has 5 children, Masyra (6), Desteny (5), Aniyah (3) and Siera (1), and asked for them to do well in school, to have good health, and for God’s protection and provision.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:10 - 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell and Carol MacNaughton on State St. and Mark Pasko and Dcn. Larry Hubert on Albany 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

Albany St.

Malay & Dawn (sisters) prayer for their families salavation, prayer for their Aunts, Elexis and Missy for healing. 4 crosses given out.

Angela increase in faith, getting rid of her desire for drinking beer, cross given out,

Robin (man) in the hospital with liver cancer, cross taken to him by friend.

Shekia (lady) for a strong relationship with the Lord, and for a good life. Cross given

Ben (man) homeless, needs a place to live. Asked the Lord into his life for the first time, cross and bible given.

Angel Young lady who has been coming for prayer for a month now, continued prayer for her time in school. Getting good reports every week.

Estel young ladys mother (angel) continued good family life, getting to know God better

Pastor John for a good birthday

Kerry (lady) for finances and a good life cross given

Linda prayer for healing ( brain cancer) have a close relationship with the Lord. Cross sent to her by a friend

State St.

+ 199 Dahlia (young woman) -- "I'm relocating and I'm afraid." She gave her fears to Jesus.

+ 199 Eric (young man) -- "For my family."

+ Barry (man) -- "I'm on my way through."

+ 199 Melissa and + 199 Tisha -- Both of these women confessed their sins to Jesus and recommitted their lives to him again and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing.

+ 199 Zanaya (young girl) -- She asked prayer for her walk in in school.

+ 199 Jessica (young woman) -- She asked prayer for God to make her to be the mom God wanted her to be and for her young child with a cast on his arm for his healing.

Deborah (regular) -- She has pain in her foot and leg from being hit by a car several years ago. We prayed for healing of her nerves and that the Lord would take away her fear of needless things.

+ Marie -- "Sanity"

+++ 199 Phillip -- He asked pray for his family.

+ 199 Manuel (young man who spoke little English) -- He gave his heart to Jesus.

++ 199 Amanda -- We blessed her and her children including her son Evan who was with her.

José (Older man) -- [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] We blessed him and he blessed us.

+ 199 Angel -- Lord, give her rest, bless and protect her. Did ask Jesus in her heart.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, September 26, 2014

 

9/26/2014, #26, 3rd Quarter 2014

And they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. (Luke 4:32)
      Jesus, help us accept your authority when you speak to us.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
      Holy Spirit, help each of us in this diocese have that secret place and time with the Father and abide under his shadow. Thank you.

I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him I will trust." (Psalm 91:2)
      LORD, you are my fortress and my refuge, my God in whom I will trust. Thank you for being who you are.

Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, (Psalm 92:13-14)
      Plant us in your house, LORD, so that we may flourish and bear fruit in old age. Thank you.

WORD: Keep looking to me for help.
WORD: Turn to me for comfort when you are filled with sorrow.
WORD: Look to me in times of trouble and times of plenty. Keep your eyes on me.
WORD: Remember me and I will remember you.
WORD: Let me lead you by my hand.
WORD: Thank me for my kindness and mercy.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; Esther 8:1-8,15-17*: Acts 19:21-41: Luke 4:31-37
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Hosea 1:1-2:1: Acts 20:1-16: Luke 4:38-44

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 21 For the Episcopal Business Administrators Conference
22 For Biblical tithing to become the norm in our parishes
23 For Deacon Formation, Faculty and Candidates
24 The Rev’d Richard A. Chandler, Jr.
25 The Rev’d Guy Kagey
26 The Rev’d Lora Smith

***** Pray for 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, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

WHO has posted a series of updates "Ebola at 6 months" reviewing the course of the disease in each of the affected countries:
Guinea: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/ebola-6-months/guinea/en/

Sierra Leone: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/ebola-6-months/sierra-leone/en/

Liberia: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/ebola-6-months/liberia/en/

Nigeria / Senegal: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/ebola-6-months/nigeria-senegal/en/

Daniel Herzog, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:30 PM
Subject: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in 4 Months, C.D.C. Estimates - NYTimes.com http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/health/ebola-cases-could-reach-14-million-in-4-months-cdc-estimates.html?referrer=

***** You are invited to Saint Ann's Episcopal Church's event: Benefit Concert for Dcn. Brenda Nickles
Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30pm at Saint Ann's Episcopal Church, Amsterdam, NY

***** Christ The King Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, SEPT 30 at 10:00 a.m.
      St. Michael's and All Angels Chapel, (formerly the Main Chapel)
      ANGELS: Flighty Idea or Spiritual Reality ?
      Angels are Popular, from pop culture to personal perception.
      Bishop Dan Herzog will look at Angels (good and bad) in the Bible, popular piety, public worship and Christian theology. Angels and demons are spread across the pages of the Old and New Testaments. They are part of cosmic life, Israel's history and the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture, Teaching; opportunity for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer ministry, and Reconciliation.
      Bishop Dan was bishop of Albany from 1997-2007 after serving as a parish priest in rural, small town and inner-city churches. He and Carol have been married for nearly 50 years. He invites you to come and bring a friend and experience the healing touch of Jesus.
      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

***** 9/25 Sister Mary Jean
A quick update and thanks for the Intercessors’ prayers--
      Today the doctors removed all the tubes from Sister. Her heart signs are better. Her lungs need more clearing, but she is doing that herself with good productive coughing. She is beginning a liquid diet. She recognized me and wanted to talk, but her throat is so sore from the tubes that I cut my visit short so that she would not waste her energy. Prayers are working, God is good. Still no visitors except the Sisters and Chaplain is best. The doctors continue to say she will have a long convalescence.
      In Christ, Mother Miriam, CSM

***** City Mission Pray Table - September 25, 2014 – Torre and Jean Bissell, Chuck Rinaldo
* Steven – Has cancer in his neck and chest. Asked for strength and peace.
* + Rich – Pray for his family, and his wife who is expecting a baby, and for protection for the baby. Asked for God’s love and provision for his family.
* Carmelo – 8 year old son of Rich. He was thankful for the meal from City Mission.
* Dan and his daughters
      * Praise the Lord, his daughter, Summer, got a full-time job at the Baptist Retirement Home. Pray that she will stay with the job.
      * Shannon got a new job in Tennessee. Pray protection over her and for God’s peace.
      * Julie has 2 jobs and is getting her GED. Pray the Lord sustain her during this time.
* Benjamin – Praise the Lord he has a job and is still walking with Jesus. Pray that he keeps his eyes on Jesus.
* ++Ricos – Pray the Lord keep him safe and steady.
* Stephen – He learned the “Golden Rule” – treat others as he wants to be treated. Pray the Lord will enable him to walk in love.
* Ted –Pray for his healing and continued good health. Pray for h is daughter, Camille who has Lyme disease.
* Tobias – His girlfriend, Odetta, has a trichotomy. Pray that the Lord heals her and restores her voice back.
* Jackie – She knows Jesus, but she’s in a spiritual battle with the devil. She hears demons. Pray she expels the demons and fills the void with the Holy Spirit. Pray for a hedge of protection around her.
* Gary – Pray for God’s provision for his family, for family unity, and to know when to speak and when not to speak.

***** Here is the current Mudge prayer from Jeanne (my wife for those who don't know).       Much is taking place in many areas by people from the Albany Diocese. God is working through us to others. God bless us all. Tom Gizara, Chairman, Missions Committee for the Albany Episcopal Diocese
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make straight your paths.
(Proverbs 3: 5-6)
      Father God, we thank You that Father Shaw Mudge trusts You with all his heart and acknowledges You in all his ways. Thank You that You keep his paths straight.
      Lord we send up special prayers for Father Shaw’s trip to Belize. This will be the longest stay to date. We pray for travel mercies both to Belize on Friday September 26 and returning to the US on October 13. Be with him throughout his travels and in every activity that the bishop assigns to him.
      We pray specifically for the special presentation he will make at the Synod; for his leading of the pre-ordination retreat; and for his participations in the installation of a rector and in the ordinations. May your Holy Spirit be with him as he spreads the love of Jesus to the people of Belize. May every interaction be a blessing as Father Shaw will be a fruitful servant for the Kingdom of God.
      We pray for the Mudge family while Father Shaw is away. Lord, keep them healthy and safe. We pray for a buyer for their town house in the Albany area and for continuing financial provision.
      Thank You Lord for every blessing! Amen.

***** Diocese of Albany, Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:39 PM
Bishop's Update - House of Bishops' Meeting
September 21, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      I am currently attending the Fall House of Bishops' Meeting, which this year is being held in Taipei, Taiwan. You might be wondering - "Why Taiwan?" If so, you are not alone. That is a question that was asked by many people, to include a large number of bishops. As you may or may not be aware, Taiwan is one of ten overseas dioceses (not counting the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe), that are officially part of The Episcopal Church. It is, in fact, the most distant of all the overseas dioceses (a 20.5 hour plain ride from Albany).
      Most House of Bishops' Meetings are held in one of the U.S. dioceses for convenience and cost reasons, however, occasionally a House of Bishops' meeting will be held in one of the overseas dioceses as a means of honoring them and sharing the travel burdens experienced by our overseas bishops. Taiwan was chosen this year in honor and recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Taiwan in 1954. Episcopal laymen serving in the U.S. military and stationed in Taiwan were among the first to ask the Episcopal Church to establish a missionary presence in Taiwan. For the past 60 years, The Episcopal Church in the United States has been a major supporter of the Diocese of Taiwan and its ministry not only to Americans in the region, but most importantly to the Asian people. According to the Bishop of Taiwan, the Rt. Rev. David Lai, "In the Chinese culture, 60 years is a very significant landmark event," and for that reason, he was especially pleased that the House of Bishops could come at this time, marking its first ever House of Bishops' meeting in Asia.
      One of the greatest obstacles to spreading the Gospel in Taiwan is the strong negative response from Buddhists' family members. Individuals who leave Buddhism to become Christians often do so at the risk of losing their families by being totally rejected or cut off from their family and former life. Honoring ancestors during special prayer and food ceremonies in the Buddhist temple is very important within Buddhism. Elderly parents are concerned that if their children become Christians (especially their sons) there will be no one to go to the temple and offer prayers and ceremonial food on their behalf and that of their ancestors after they are dead. While it may seem strange to us, it is very important to them.
      One of Bishop David Lai's motives for inviting the House of Bishops to come to Taiwan was to help better expose bishops (most of whom had never been to Asia) to the Asian culture, religion, lifestyle and society in order that we might be better able to do ministry and share the Gospel to the growing number of Asian people living in the United States. So far the trip has been very informative and enlightening. In addition to meeting, visiting and worshipping with the people and clergy of four different parishes in Taiwan, we have also received or will be receiving briefings from bishops and representatives from Hong Kong, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines to learn about and have a greater appreciation of the societal and theological contexts and unique mission challenges found in each of those countries.
      So far the visit and House of Bishops' Meeting is going very well. As you might imagine, the climate is quite different from that of upstate New York. The temperature each day has been in the upper 90's and on at least one occasion hit 103 degrees with very high humidity. Needless to say, I haven't needed the light jacket that I brought with me. What started out as Typhoon Fung-Wong (now downgraded to a tropical storm) hit the Taipei area last night and is still going on as I write to you. Although we have had some high winds and rain, it has not been as severe in this area as in other parts of the country, where at least one person was killed and several others were injured. According to the newspaper, it should start clearing up later this afternoon.
      The House of Bishops' Meeting concludes Tuesday evening and I will begin the journey back to Albany on Wednesday morning, arriving late that night (September 24th - Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of New York). In our remaining time here, besides learning more about ministry challenges and opportunities in the countries mentioned above, we are also scheduled to receive committee briefings on the following topics: The Restructuring of The Episcopal Church (TREC), the Task Force on Marriage, the Presiding Bishop Nominating Committee Report, and various other business items leading up to General Convention which meets this coming summer in Salt Lake City, Utah.
      I would ask your prayers for the remainder of the House of Bishops' Meeting and for safe travel on Wednesday. I would also ask your prayers for Bishop Lai and the people and Diocese of Taiwan. They have been wonderful hosts and are a blessing to the wider Church. Please know you are all in my prayers.
      Faithfully Yours in Christ, +Bill

Albany Intercessor


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


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