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Sunday, November 23, 2014


11/21/2014, #11, 4th Quarter 2014

Then he spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.' " Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge his own elect who cry out day and night to him, though he bears long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:1-8 )
      Jesus, please help me pray according to the mind of your Spirit. I want to pray in a way that makes a difference for the kingdom. Thank you.

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, bring me to the patience and perseverance that produces results in prayer.

And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness (Malachi 3:5a)
      LORD, your witness is true.

Against sorcerers, (Malachi 3:5b)
      LORD, bring to repentance, deliverance, and new life all those caught up in the occult.

Against adulterers, (Malachi 3:5c)
      LORD, restore marriage and family life in this land.

Against perjurers, (Malachi 3:5d)
      LORD, let your truth prevail.

Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, (Malachi 3:5e)
      LORD, hear the cry of those who are oppressed.

And against those who turn away an alien-- (Malachi 3:5f)
      LORD, help us remember that we too were once aliens who were far away from your kingdom. Transform the debate over immigration by your word and your Spirit.

Because they do not fear me," Says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:5g)
      LORD, give us a right understanding of who you are and your authority and majesty.

WORD: Pray for my word to burn in your heart.
WORD: Keep seeking me. Keep seeking my word for you.
WORD: Accept my love for you.
WORD: I have called you -- return to me with thanksgiving.
WORD: Look to me -- I AM your hope and your strength.
WORD: Come into my arms -- I AM waiting for you.
WORD: You are in my care -- give all your fears to me.
WORD: Cry out to me for my little ones who are being led astray.
WORD: Seek my face -- turn to me and I will turn to you.
Psalm 78:72, WORD: Let me be the shepherd of your heart.
      Lord Jesus, Son of David, shepherd me.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Mal. 3:1-12; James 5:7-12; Luke 18:1-8
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Mal. 3:13-4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14;

      Notes from the Front Lines

NOVEMBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
11 Bishop William Love and for all veterans The Rev’d Michael Jones
12 Parish Healing Ministry
13 The Rev’d Linda Servetas
14 Thanksgiving for the Holy Scriptures
15 For Increase in the Daughters of the King The Rev’d Allen Peyton
16 Thanksgiving for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit The Rev’d Mark Diebel
17 The Venerable Barbara Hanstine
18 Vocations of young Adults to Holy Orders and the Religious Life
19 The work of the Salvation Army
20 For Christ to truly reign in all our hearts
21 All Missionaries far away from home

***** Pray for Joe who is incarcerated in the Rensselaer County Jail.

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Nov. 10, 2014; 10:15-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Absolutely gorgeous fall day with sun, no wind. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
f -- received free non-perishable food we offer.
c -- received free clean, used clothing we offer. (We also gave out NEW winter hats. We are all out of gloves and socks but we expect a new shipment soon.)

f,c -- NANCY -- Came by for things she needed/wanted, declined prayer.

a, f, c -- REBECCA -- Got prayer for healing for her sore throat, laryngitis. Gave us good news: her nephew MICHAEL is walking again. (He is the 2-year-old boy who was beaten by an adult male in August and suffered a broken leg.) Prayed a thanksgiving for Michael's healing.

a,f, c -- DARCY -- Always comes to the table for a blessing of protection and safety.

t, f -- ED -- This man always takes a cross to give to someone else he knows, and he always takes ONE can of food for later in the day for himself.

a,t -- LUCY -- First-time visi8tor to the table. She asked for a prayer for good health and for God to protect her.

a, f, c -- CONSUELA -- This woman is very ill and comes to the table regularly with the help of a woman aide who helps her walk. We asked God to continue and complete the healing in Consuela.

a, f, c -- YVONNE -- Third time in three weeks this woman has come for prayer. She is new to the neighborhood. Got prayer for a general blessing.

f,c -- BOB -- Very friendly, big man who is grateful for clothes he gets from us. Prayed for continued healing for his heart.

a -- DAVID -- This is a Vietnam war veteran who not only comes for prayer often but has sent others to us. Asked for prayer today for his health. He has had heart palpitations and has lost a lot of weight this year. David also brought several large cans of tuna fish to give out to people.

a -- JAMES -- He came to the table this summer when he was having problems with an accelerated heartbeat and fainting spells. He has since had heart surgery and is going in soon for more. We prayed for health and protection for James. He declined to take any food or clothing.

MARSHALL -- Man who used to curse at us now trusts and befriends us. He did not stop, but walked by with his hands in his pants pockets and yelled to us, "God is great!" Indeed, He is!

      Note: Unfortunately, about 10-15 other people came for food and clothing alone. I could not get all their names and invite them to prayer in time. Sometimes, people just come for the food and clothing and are not interested in getting prayer ... at first, anyway. We have also seen that sometimes it takes a few visits before they are comfortable with prayer.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, November 20, 2014, 4:50 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Dan (staff) -- He experienced being used in prayer this week. He asked prayer for his daughter.

Ted (volunteer) -- His granddaughter Camille has started a new drug (she gets two IVs a week for ten weeks). She continues to suffer from Lyme's disease.

Charlie (volunteer) -- He asked prayer for the people who are suffering in Buffalo.

Gary (staff) -- He asked prayer for his many burdens. We also prayed for the message he would give to the community meal.

Ben (young man) -- He had given his life to Jesus a couple of months ago. He came over to greet us and get prayer.

Bruce (volunteer) -- He now has four grandsons under three. His thumb that we prayed for last year continues to do well.

José (man) -- [already had a Dennis Adams cross on]

+ Ricos (young man) -- He asked prayer that he would not lose focus, that he would stay steady in Jesus.

Stephen (Jewish man) -- greatly distressed by the murder of the three rabbis.

+ 199 Joanie (woman) -- She has been to NA meetings at Christ Church. She gave thanks to God that she can walk again and for her health and her family and friends and pets. "Thank God I can praise him."

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 10, 2014


11/10/2014, #10, 4th Quarter 2014

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; (Psalm 79:11)
      Jesus, I pray for those in prison and those on death row, that by the greatness of your power and your Holy Spirit you will bring them to new life.

So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' (Luke 14:21)
      Let our parish be one where the poor, the maimed and the lame and blind are welcomed in, Jesus. All of us are crippled by sin -- help each of us come to your banquet with humble hearts.

Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:18 )
      Jesus, please help us comfort one another by our words and deeds.

"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:1-13)
      Holy Spirit, give me oil for my lamp I pray. Fill up my vessel with your presence, power, and light.

But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay. (Psalm 70:5)
      Jesus, I look to you with hope for deliverance and help. Please do not delay. Thank you.

But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. (Amos 5:24)
      LORD, let your justice and righteousness flow through our community. Bring us to that purity of heart whereby our offerings will be acceptable to you. Thank you.

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

WORD: Bring your pain and your distress to me so that you can praise me.
WORD: Plant the mustard seed of faith in the hearts of my children.
Psalm 27:14, WORD: Wait on me and I will strengthen you in the day of trouble. I will quiet your heart and give you my peace.
WORD: Pray for the oil of my Holy Spirit to fill up your lamp. I want you to be a light to others.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Joel 1:1-13; Rev. 18:15-24; Luke 14:12-24
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11); Rev. 19:1-10; Luke 14:25-35

      Notes from the Front Lines

NOVEMBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
6 Lay Eucharistic Ministers
7 St. Sacrement, Bolton Landing - The Rev’d Dawn Skramstad
8 The Rev’d Charles Blacklock
9 Compassion for the Homeless
10 The Rev’d Paul Carney, The Rev’d Howard Smith

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


11/5/2014, #9, 4th Quarter 2014

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, he called her to him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day." The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound--think of it--for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" And when he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. (Luke 13:10-17)
      Lord Jesus Christ, give us such Sabbaths where those in bondage are set free.

He will judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. (Psalm 72:2)
      Lord, let the people of this land be judged with righteousness and the poor with justice.

He will bring justice to the poor of the people; he will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. (Psalm 72:4)
      Lore, break in pieces those who oppress the children of the needy.

WORD: Pray for justice and mercy in this land.
WORD: I will lead you by the hand; trust me.
WORD: You are in my flock and I care for you.
WORD: Come to me with your fatigue and let me refresh you.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Ecclus. 43:23-33 or Neh. 13:4-22; Rev. 16:1-11; Luke 13:10-17
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Ecclus. 44:1-15 or Ezra 7:(1-10)11-26; Rev. 16:12-21; Luke 13:18-30

      Notes from the Front Lines

NOVEMBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
1 Thanksgiving for the Communion of Saints The Rev’d Thomas Ortung
2 For All the Faithful Departed, especially in families and parishes
3 The Rev’d Laurie Garramone, The Rev’d John Miller
4 Saints, Martyrs and Confessors of the Anglican Communion
5 The Rev’d David McSwain, The Rev’d William Tatem

Albany Intercessor

Friday, October 31, 2014


10/31/2014, #8, 4th Quarter 2014

And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." (Luke 12:15)
      Holy Spirit, help us as a people to recognize the truth of what Jesus is saying to us.

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." ' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:16-21)
      Lord, we live in a poverty stricken country -- rich in things and poor in spirit. Have mercy upon us.

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Luke 12:27)

But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:31-33)
      Father, move our hearts to seek after your kingdom.

And I said: "I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, you who keep your covenant and mercy with those who love you and observe your commandments, please let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, that you may hear the prayer of your servant which I pray before you now, day and night, for the children of the Episcopal Church your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Episcopal Church which we have sinned against you. Both my father's house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against you, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which you commanded your servants Moses and Jesus. Remember, I pray, the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to me, and keep my commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for my name.' Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power, and by your strong hand. O Lord, I pray, please let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who desire to fear your name; and let your servant prosper this day, I pray," (Nehemiah 1:5-11a adapted)
      Holy Father, we are a church that is being scattered day by day. Restore us, bring us back to you.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      LORD, establish my steps.

WORD: You are in my care -- keep looking to me for help.
WORD: Come to me; let me help you with your labors.
WORD: Don't be afraid.
WORD: Look to me.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Ecclus. 50:1,11-24 or Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36; Rev. 17:1-18; Luke 13:31-35
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Ecclus. 51:1-12 or Ezra 9:1-15; Rev. 18:1-14; Luke 14:1-11;

      Notes from the Front Lines

OCTOBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
27 For Persecuted Christians around the world
28 The Rev’d Kathy Alonge-Coons, The Rev’d Esau McCaulley, The Rev’d Karl Griswold-Kuhn
29 The Rev’d Charles Bailey
30 For all parishes to become more welcoming in Christ’s Name
31 For all Church Wardens and Vestry Members

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4:50 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Kermit (man) -- "Hope for my girlfriend."

Dan (staff) -- We prayed for his daughter's marriage.

Ted (volunteer) -- "For everybody." His granddaughter Camille is having all of her old mercury based fillings drilled out and replaced with newer materials.

+Stephen (young man who has prayed for us) -- We prayed for courage for him to share the gospel. He blessed us with joy.

Sandra (young woman) -- "Pray for my mom Frances. She has cancer."

+Michael (man) -- "My wife has been dead for 6 years and I miss her so much."

+++Ricos (young man) -- Pray for Go to watch over me and my family and friends."

+Clarence (man) -- "For a job and for my son [who is in jail up the street] that he will get out of jail."

Albany Intercessor

Monday, October 27, 2014


10/27/2014, #7, 4th Quarter 2014

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, "The LORD has been very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Return to me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 1:1-3)
      LORD, you are rightfully angry with us. Help us return to you.

Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel." ' And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my judgments and do them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:17-20)
      Lord Jesus, the Episcopal Church is being scattered and has gone after many abominations. Have mercy on us, restore us, and give us hearts of flesh in place of our hearts of stone. Then we shall be your people and walk in your ways.

WORD: Care for the widow and the orphan and the poor and stranger among you.
WORD: Hear me, my people, I AM speaking to you.
WORD: Do not be afraid of the wicked; for I see them.
Luke 10:2 WORD: Pray for laborers to go forth into my harvest fields.
WORD: Pray for the teachers to be taught by me.
WORD: Come to me and know me.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 41,52 * 44; Ecclus. 19:4-17 or Zech. 1:7-17: Rev. 11:1-14: Luke 11:14-26
Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Ecclus. 24:1-12 or Ezra 5:1-17: Rev. 11:14-19: Luke 11:27-36

      Notes from the Front Lines

OCTOBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
25 Those who suffer from AIDS and those who minister to them The Rev’d Lorrie Hart, The Rev’d Sue Waldron
26 Priests’ Retreat (November 4-7) 27 For Persecuted Christians around the world

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Mark Pasko and Torre Bissell on State St. Sparkling clear day

+--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
w--indicates received warm clothing (hat, gloves, scarf, etc.)

+ 199 Jazz (an old man worn out by life's battles)

+ Kenny and + Brian (2 young men) -- We prayed for joy for them and that they will grow into the men God wants them to be.

+ 199 Edmund (young man) and + Kenny (young man) -- Both asked prayer for guidance and protection.

Mary (woman) -- We prayed for freedom from oppression.

+ a 199 Stephen (young man) -- He wanted to renew his commitment to Jesus but when it came to confessing his sins to Jesus he said, "I don't know where to begin." We told him to start any place. He did and spent a lengthy time with his head bowed in prayer. He asked for and accepted God's forgiveness and adoption. He is facing a legal matter down-state. He went away much happier than when he came.

+Chelsea (young woman) -- We prayed for God's blessing on her. + Kimberly (young woman) -- We prayed for her father Charles who has cancer.

+ Tyrell (man) -- He asked prayer that things will go well for him. We gave him God's blessing.

+ a José (man) -- He asked prayer for good health and for his living conditions.

+ Mary (woman) -- Her husband just had a hip replacement. She asked prayer that he will walk again. + Josephine (woman) -- She asked prayer for her son Gershon and for health.

+ 199 Donna (woman) -- She asked prayer for God's blessing for Josiah (his wife just died of cancer)

+ 199 Malcom (Older man) -- He was initially unwilling to give his life to Jesus because he did not want to be a hypocrite (because of the sin in his past). We explained that confessing his sins to Jesus and asking for and accepting God's forgiveness would cover all that. He then went ahead and gave his life to Jesus confessing his sins. When he got up from the prayer table he called to two friends across the street and told them to come over for prayer (which they did).

+ a 199 w Tyrone (Older man) -- We prayed for God's blessing on him. + w Enola (woman) -- We prayed for good health and strength for each new day.

+ Lisa and + James -- They drove up and parked near us in the lot and got out to ask for prayer. They are both going through a lot and are moving to Georgia.

+ Angie (woman) -- "For me and my family to be healthy."

***** Shaw Mudge
Dear Friends,
      This is our public prayer mail for Tuesday October 28. The week has been filled with various stages of the next courses of the online program and preparing for the Diocese of Albany missionary presentation: “Becoming a 3rd culture citizen: reentry adjustment” (long and short term missionary reentry, back into the U.S.). Julie had a good birthday.
Prayer requests:
      1) Preparation of the next people/person to be ordained Deacon (early 2015).
      2) For God's timing of my visits to Belize in 2015, for my work in the U.S. for the Diocese of Belize, and for my work while in Belize.
      3) For contributions and parish visitations in 2015.
      4) For the Diocese of Albany Mission Workshop that is coming up on Saturday; that I would say what the Holy Spirit would lead me to say.
      5) For Lydia's mission work in Honduras (beginning early January).
      6) For God's provision for all our needs both here and abroad.
God bless you, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia

***** Christ Church Neighborhood Meal, October 26, 2014 – Chuck & Theresa Rinaldo

+ - Cross

Germaine – It was his 41st birthday and we asked that God bless him.

Judy asked for prayer for her son Michael who is in jail. He is 23 years old and doesn’t know the Lord. She asked for protection for him and for the Lord to make himself known to him while he is in prison.

++ Stephanie wants to be able to provide for her children. Just found a house and prayed for a smooth transition (she is in a hotel right now). Asked for God’s continued provision. Doesn’t want to live in subsidized housing. We prayed the Lord would watch over her children; daughter, Sadie (1 year) and son, Jaleel (2 years) who has down-syndrome and needs to get medical services he requires. We prayed the Lord would direct her path, and for him to continue working in her life, opening doors she should enter and closing those she should not.

++++ Sharon continues to ask prayer for her health. She is having problems with her eyes, she has asthma/COPD and the doctors are trying to determine if she is able to have surgery on her arm. We pray for clarity and discernment for the doctors for her to be able to have the surgery she much needs to have.

+ A young man came in at the end of neighborhood meal, asking for prayer for a girl who had been abducted. Not sure of all detail, whether a relative. But Lord, we know you are aware of all of the details and ask for protection for her and for her to return unharmed. Peace for this young man.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, October 24, 2014


10/24/2014, #6, 4th Quarter 2014

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. (Luke 10:38 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us welcome Jesus into our home as Martha did.

      Jesus, you are welcome here.

And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." (Luke 10:39-40)
      Jesus, help me listen to you as Mary did. Help me put aside all distractions so that I may hear you.

And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:41-42)
      Father, please help me make the better choice that Mary made. Thank you.

WORD: Come to me -- let me be your guide today.
WORD: Do not be afraid of the wicked; for I see them.
WORD: Pray for my word to lodge in your heart.
Luke 10:2 WORD: Pray for laborers to go forth into my harvest fields.
WORD: Pray for the teachers to be taught by me.
Matthew 22:37-40 WORD: Let loving me and loving your neighbor become the priorities of your life.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 31 * 35; Ecclus. 11:2-20 or Ezra 3:1-13: Rev. 9:13-21: Luke 10:38-42
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ecclus. 15:9-20 or Ezra 4:7,11-24: Rev. 10:1-11: Luke 11:1-13

      Notes from the Front Lines

OCTOBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
19 For a deep love of the Scriptures by all our people
20 Daughters of the King Assembly Fall Retreat (November 7), The Rev'd Wayne Schwab, The Rev'd Julia Mudge
21 The Urban Parishes
22 Lay Readers in the Parishes of our Diocese
23 For the Sanctity of Marriage
24 The Rev'd Evette Austin, The Rev'd Deborah Beach, The Rev'd Paul Hunter

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:05 - 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Ted (volunteer) -- We prayed for his granddaughter Camille (she has been suffering from Lyme's disease for a year and a half). She is getting all her mercury fillings coated. This week Ted was able to help a resident of the Mission move his hospital equipment to his room in the mission.

199 Stephen (young man) -- He came over and prayed for Torre. He said Torre prayed for so many others; Torre needed someone to pray for him. He said he could tell Torre was burdened. Stephen was converted while in state prison and was baptized there December 24th, 2012. He reads the Bible daily and prays. He took a "199" to pass on to someone else.

199 (man at the table next to us) -- He asked for a copy of the "199".

Leroy (regular) -- We prayed that he would get his own apartment; he is currently living with his son. We prayed for stability in his finances. He is walking better though still using a cane.

Torre, Jean, and Chuck -- We prayed for the upcoming women's conference at Christ Church Schenectady.

+ 199 B Levi (young man, 30) -- Levi came to us just as we were packing up to go. He asked how he could honor his mother when she was a drug addict. His father is dead and Levi had spent years in foster care. He wants to be a good father to his children but he is burdened by the past. We led him to give his burdens and sins to Jesus and once again accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He asked for forgiveness of his sins and slowly accepted God's forgiveness. We showed him that when he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior that God the Father adopted him as his child (Romans 8:15) -- that he was no longer a foster child (his previous self-identity), and that he now had a permanent father who loved him and would always be there for him. This brought him to tears. We gave him a Bible with "I am not a foster child. Rom 8:15" written on the front cover.

***** Christ the King ECUMENICAL HEALING SERVICE, Tuesday, OCT 28, at 10:00 a.m. St. Michael's and All Angels Chapel (formerly the Main Chapel)
      10/28 Deacon Mark Chesnut -- Mark is currently a transitional deacon, due to be ordained to the priesthood December 14, 2014. He is serving as Deacon at St. John's Episcopal Church in Johnstown, New York. He also operates a real estate appraisal business in Albany and lives with his wife, Darlene, in Niskayuna. The topic of Mark's homily emerges from Mark 5:1-20: the demon possessed man.
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture, Teaching; opportunity for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer ministry, and Reconciliation. 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

***** St. John's Johnstown NY prayer table, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Our prayer table was held outside this morning from 9:00-10:00. Doris and Pam prayed for

Laura she asked for prayers with her direction in life. She left feeling confident wearing one of our wooden crosses.

Helen asked for prayers in guidance and reassurance. Her son Randy is in prison and this is his last appeal. She also has limited means of transportation. She left with a cross.

Bob stopped by while going to the bank. He asked for prayers to help him with his direction in life.He left with a cross.

It was a chilly morning and I Thank God his direction and guidance with our prayer table
Many blessings, Pam Miller, St.John's Johnstown NY

***** St. Francis Mission Albany Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11:00 - 12:00 noon.
Fr. Steve Hart, Clearice Harris on Clinton Ave. Raining.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
P--indicates received a Prayer Card

+Richard (Prayer for finding a surgeon)

+Christine (For knees)

+Madisha (For an apartment. And that the rain would stop.) [It did!]

+Dresella (for strength)

+Douglas (for financial blessing, and for wife Linda's health. Also for help dealing with grief)

+PMichael (for blessing)

+PBrian (for blessing and provision)

+P Hilton (for protection)

Gary (for healing of pain in his arm) "It's better!!"

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, October 18, 2014


10/18/2014, #5, 4th Quarter 2014

And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. (Luke 9:43a)
      Jesus, bring us to that same awe of God's majesty.

"Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men." (Luke 9:44)
      Lord, you are still being betrayed into the hands of sinful people.

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by him, and said to them, "Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all will be great." (Luke 9:46-48 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us come to Jesus as little children.

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. (Acts 28:30-31)
      Father, help us receive all who come to us, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching all that concerns the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence as Paul did.

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:1-2)
      LORD, I love you -- thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you.

WORD: Come to me and know me.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclus. 3:17-31 or Jeremiah 38:14-28; Acts 28:17-31; Luke 9:37-50
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 4:1-10 or Jer. 29:1,4-14: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Matt. 16:13-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

OCTOBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
18 The Rev’d John Scott, The Rev’d Mary Carol Hart

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans, Toni Loveless, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Rain, heavy at times.

+--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
B--indicates received a Bible

State St.

Mark (man) -- "healing for Mary"

Coretha (blind woman) -- We prayed for protection and that she will reach her destination.

(Muslim man) -- "I already prayed."

Torre & Steve (men) -- We prayed for Steve's business and for Jean.

Toni (woman) -- She has an infected tooth which is causing her pain. We prayed for healing and guidance for the dentist.

Will (man) -- We prayed that he would be the man and father God is calling him to be. We also prayed for his sons Will, Jr. and Raymond.

a Lincoln (man)

Moses (regular) -- He had an operation on his pancreas.

a 199 + Alex (young man) -- He gave his burdens and his sins and life to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing.

+ 199 B Ishmael (young man) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. He was thrilled to know that he had a Father in heaven that he can cry out to. I showed him Psalm 130 as a model for crying out to God.

Albany St.

Eric -- for provision and protection for the dog.

Teligza and Tibel (son) --for protection

Tinia -- Protection in his life.

Rodney -- "Hit and Run" prayer on way to work.

Mike (mailman) -- Protection on the street

Kasie -- Asked prayer for Mary her sister who is having a baby.

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