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Tuesday, July 02, 2019


2019 06 28

And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren." Luke 22:31-32 (NKJV)
     Lord, you church is being sifted now, do not let us fail you.

And He said to them, "When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?" So they said, "Nothing." Luke 22:35 (NKJV)
     Jesus, I trust you to provide whatever is necessary for the ministry you give me.

But when the time of the promise drew near which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt till another king arose who did not know Joseph. " Acts 7:17-18 (NKJV)
     Lord, we have rulers who know not Joseph.

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for covering all my sins with your blood.

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32:5 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me acknowledge my sin.

Psalm 32:7 (NKJV)
     Father, you are my hiding place. Thank you.

A Word Received: Look to me for today's bread.

Albany Intercessor

PT/MCJail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, June 26, 2019
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Reporting in on the neighborhood ministries of Prayer Table on our church lawn and Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility this past Monday, June 24th. We were blessed to see the Lord at work, as always, in these vital weekly activities with our neighbors.
     Prayer Table -- On a beautiful, sun-splashed morning we set up the table outdoors with the expectation of a lot of visitors coming by. But ... only 8 people came to the table this morning, mostly for the clean, used clothing we offered. Two older women who are sisters (no names given) DID come early specifically for anointing of Holy Oil and prayer. One of them just got out of St. Mary's Hospital after having heart surgery and recovery. No one asked for the free, non-perishable food we offer, which was surprising. But we learned long ago that every prayer table session is different. You just never know how many people will come by and for what reasons they visit us. And we always remember -- God does not ask us to be successful in our ministries, but he DOES ask us to be faithful.
     MCCF -- We had 20 men attend the services in the three men's pods and three women came to the one ladies' service. Several of the men who have been at this facility for the past eight months are about to be released to go home this week. We're so happy for these inmates and we have witnessed their spiritual lives growing during the time they have served their sentences. We had some lively discussion after the scripture readings of Isaiah, Psalm 22, Galations and Luke. One man, a first-time visitor who said he was coaxed to come by a fellow inmate, asked us how he could draw closer to God because he said he just doesn't feel like he's "getting through" with his nightly prayers to Him. We encouraged the man to keep praying in earnest and to read the bible -- don't start at Genesis but instead "go where you are fed" to whatever book of the bible you feel drawn to. Another man commented that he felt comforted by the psalm verse "Be not far away, O Lord. You are my strength. Hasten to help me." Another inmate pointed out that it was unusual in the Luke reading for Jesus to ask the man He healed from the demonic possession in the tombs to stay behind and witness in his homeland rather than follow Jesus on his journey.
     Please pray for the following inmates who are seeking your intercessory prayers for themselves and noted loved ones: Timothy (and Norma), Emelio, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremie, Jesus (and Jaymane, Arden, Amanda, Jayden), David, Israel (and Triniti), Dupree (and Arugan, Dominique and London), Sean, Charles, Eddie (and Santana), Keandra, Gina, Tiffany (and Orion, Gabby and Bryan.)
     Thank you, prayer warriors, for your support and prayers! God bless you all.

CITY MISSION PRAYER TABLE, Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo, June 27, 2019

+ received cross
P - 199 Promises

1. + Joseph has cancer on his throat. We pray for God's healing as Torre laid hands on him. Pray for the Lord to give Joseph hope and peace in Jesus.
2. ++ Nelson has asked for prayer for Madelyn who is suicidal. We pray for protection against the enemy, for God to fill her with His hope and that she will know how much Jesus loves her and values her.
3. P – Alvin asks for prayer to help him stop running away from Jesus. We pray instead, that Alvin realize Jesus is waiting for him with open arms, and that he find the strength in Jesus to stay on the right path.
4. Theresa – We pray for protection and healing on her shoulder, and that she doesn't injure it by doing more than she should. We also pray that she use godly wisdom to know her limitations. Release her from the pain.
5. + Anthony is a City Mission staff member who got a cross. We pray he work with godly discernment as he directs volunteers and staff at the Mission.
6. Dave is in the program at the Mission and came to the prayer table to give thanks for all that the Mission has taught and equipped him with so far. He looks forward to advancing in the program. He also asked for prayer for his daughter (who is living with his sister) that he can make amends for past hurts. We pray for family restoration.
7. Ada is getting the results from his brain scan and we pray there will be clarity of the condition. Give him your peace and strength.
8. Rev. Tyrone and his wife are celebrating 34 years of marriage. We pray for their continued blessing in You. We also pray for complete healing of Angie's back. We pray for God's blessing on Tyrone's ministry to teach and encourage the men at the Mission.
9. Chuck – I give thanks for all those who prayed for me last week, whose prayer helped me get home without incident. Rev. Tyrone and Torre prayed for my continued healing on my hip with no recurring problems.
10. + Rico asked for a cross. We pray that it remind him of the sacrifice Jesus made for him, and how much Jesus loves him.
11. Jordan – We continue to pray that God sustain him with the strength and energy to do the work at the Mission with the joy of the Lord in his heart. We also pray for his health and protection from any and all diseases.
12. Ronnie was agitated by an incident where a friend's baby couldn't get the services it needed. We pray for forgiveness and for God's peace to comfort him. We also pray for godly discernment for those who did not provide for the child's immediate need.
13. +++ John needs a place to live and he asked for God's help to make right choices in his life. John rededicated his life to Jesus, and we pray for God's provision and wisdom.
14. Donna – PTL her colonoscopy revealed there was no cancer of the colon; just a polyp. Also PTL her father is doing very well, but his hip replacement surgery has been postponed. Since he has now made the decision to go forward with the surgery, he would now rather have it sooner than later. We pray that Donna will walk in and realize all that God is providing in her life to prosper her and give her an abundant life.
15. Gail is having family difficulty with her sister, Nicole, who has altered the fenced in the yard so that Gail's dog got out. The dog is missing and Gail is very upset. We pray that the dog will find its way home and that Gail and Nicole can resolve their differences.
16. Tehena continues to come to the table for encouragement that her troubles are lifted up to the Lord. We continue to pray for the Lord to release and cure her of her anxiety, and for His protection and peace of mind.
17. Steven came to the table to reject Jesus. We pray that the Holy Spirit work in Steven to reveal to him the TRUTH as only He can!
18. M. Jordan came to the table to give thanks for our prayers about his girlfriend. He has heard from her and she is on her way back to Schenectady after visiting family in NYC.
19.Carla came to the table very distraught about having to cremate her son because she didn't have money enough for a burial. We pray for the peace of Jesus to comfort her.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


2019 06 26

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:19-20 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life and giving yourself to me.

Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. ... but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." Acts 6:2,4 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help our clergy maintain an active life of prayer and studying your word.

Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; Acts 6:3 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for the deacons you have raised up in this diocese.

And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; Acts 3:2 (NKJV)
     Father, help us give alms to those in need. Don’t let us become corrupt judges of the poor.

Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." Acts 3:6 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us give to the poor and the lame of your Holy Spirit.

If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, Acts 4:9 (NKJV)
     Lord, let us be judged for doing good and not evil.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NKJV)
     Father, please help us recognize that spending time with Jesus empowers us to be witnesses for him.

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. Acts 4:32 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please bless our helping one another.

A Word Received: Come to me, rejoice in me, find your fellowship in me.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, June 22, 2019


20160 06 21

City Mission Prayer Table, June 20,2019, Torre Bissell (Chuck Rinaldo was out with extreme
hip pain)

+ indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199 indicates receive a copy of 199 Promises of God

1. + 199 Corey recommitted his life to Jesus, confessed his sins to Jesus, and received God’s cleansing.
2. Miguel asked prayer for Mark Peter (young man, early 30s) who is in great spiritual danger and also comfort for Mark Peter’s parents.
3. + Brother Clay – we prayed that his eyes would see and heart respond to what Jesus is doing. He repented of his former street life.
4. Daniel – he prayed for healing for Chuck. He distributes Bibles through the Gideons.
5. Jordan – we prayed for the refreshing power of the Holy Spirit and that Jesus’ living waters would flow out from his heart to others.
6. + Angel – she is a young woman who needs work.
7. Taheena –a man is pursuing her to get her to sin. We prayed for protection, that Jesus would build a wall between her and the man.
8. ++ Amanda – emotional healing from a miscarriage. She has two other children, a boy and a gir.
9. Stephen – he prayed for Chuck, we prayed for Stephen for the Holy Spirit to strengthen him.
10. Nelson – for the power of the Holy Spirit to be a better Christian.
11. Torre – prayed for Chuck who is in extreme hip pain.
12. + Rahsaan – he and his lady are getting married. We prayed for God’s blessing on their marriage.
13. Donna – we prayed that she would complete her education. She has a colonoscopy on Wednesday. We prayed for a man after God’s own heart for her, and for a place to live. We prayed for a girl friend who had a benign pollop.
14. Fred – God used him to do miracles for others to provide sneakers and a walker for others.
15. Tyrone – Angie is 90% better, we prayed for the other 10%.
16. + Tim – he confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted his cleansing forgiveness. He was in day 2 of sobriety.

PT/MC Jail Reports, St. Ann’s Amsterdam, June 17, 2019

DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- After taking one week off from the neighborhood ministries of Prayer Table at St. Ann's and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility (because we were away at Convention), it was so good to come home and minister in these areas again this past Monday, June 17. We missed everyone!
Prayer Table -- It was a warm, sunny morning, so Don and I set up a large table on the church lawn and we were greeted with about 25 to 30 persons. Paige Turner was a big help in volunteering to help distribute clean used and sometimes brand-new clothing to the people who came. Some generous parishioner donated a lot of what was given out and it included good jeans, shirts, blouses, sweaters and even shoes for both genders and all ages. Thank you, anonymous donor, whoever you are! Two people received anointing and prayer. LUCY sought prayer for her friend, DONALD, who lives in the apartment building next to St. Ann's and is not feeling well. MICHAEL asked for the Lord's help to get out of an economic problem. Some free, non-perishable food was given to neighbors in need who asked for it.
MCCF -- This Monday we had 20 people come to the three men's services and one women's service. Eighteen men and two women attended. That number is down from recent weeks, but one of the guards escorting us to one of the pods told us that quite a few inmates this month have been released or sent to state facilities. Many of the 18 men who came were first-timers, and the wonderful thing that has happened lately is that some of the regular attendees have been telling other inmates to come and enjoy the service for the readings, the discussions afterward and the chance to receive Holy Communion and take part in the general community prayer we close each mass with.
     The question, comment and discussion periods were very lively in all three pods. Many inmates commented on Paul's statement in Romans that "Suffering produces character." Five of them talked about how unhappy occasions in their lives have actually helped them look back and see mistakes they have made and inspired them not to repeat them. One of the most glowing moments we have ever had at MCCF came in the men's C pod when a man (one of the first-timers) during the ending community prayer vowed to commit the rest of his life to following Jesus. Hallelujah! Another man said he was moved by the Psalm 8 verses which say God is mindful of man and He makes them but little lower than the angels.
The following inmates asked for you intercessory prayers for themselves and indicated loved ones: Ariel, Bryan (and for everyone in here), Amijah (and Chekeeta), Philip (and Norma), Christopher O. (and family back home), Jesus, Mark (and family), Tiffany (and Orion, Bryan, Gabriella, Amnda and Geena), Keandra (and for justice in upcoming court date), Christopher J., Christopher D., Ray (and for wisdom upon upcoming release), Charles, Israel (and Triniti), Sean, Eddie.
We deacons and volunteers Anne DeGroff and Jeff Newell want to thank you many prayer warriors out there for your continue support of these valuable ministries. We feel the strength of those prayers as we see God working in our midst. God bless you all for your faithful support!

Monday, June 17, 2019


2019 06 17

"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105 When I was a lay missionary teacher with the Order of the Holy Cross (a monastic order of the Episcopal Church) in Bolahun, Liberia (1962-1963) there were times when I traveled at night using what was called a "bush lantern" (probably what we would call a Hurricane Lantern). Those walking trips through the jungle and the verse above from Psalm 119 have become for me a model of the Christian life. The lantern didn't give off much light, but it did give enough to show me the next step or two. Since I carried it by its wire handle, the lantern was down low next to my feet. Because the lantern was low, any bushes or grass beside the path would throw up large, frightening shadows which I would see if I took my eyes off the light at my feet. Sometimes as I approached a village, I would see the cooking fires in the distance. Their light was a reassurance that I was heading in the right direction but was useless for seeing where to place the next step. For that I still had to rely on the light from my lantern – going a step at a time. Jesus, I want to walk as a child of the light, please help me to clearly see the next step you want me to take. Thank you.

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Acts 1:4-5 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me wait on Jesus and his promises and not rush ahead.

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish. 1 Samuel 1:10 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us when we cry out to you in anguish as you helped Hannah.

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. Psalm 5:1-3 (NKJV)
     O LORD, I look to you, I cry out to you; hear me when I cry out to you.

A Word Received: I hear the cries of your heart.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, June 15, 2019


2019 06 15

Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?" Luke 20:1-2 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help the chief priests, scribes and elders of the Episcopal Church accept Jesus’ authority in our day.

Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
     Lord, help us reach this maturity.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV)
     LORD, let your grace, love and communion be with us in our diocese.

Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised. Song of Songs 8:7 (NKJV)
     Jesus, let our love for you and each other be unquenchable.

Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. Psalm 63:7 (NKJV)
     Thank you that I can rejoice in you, Lord.

A Word Received: Wait for my time and purposes.

Albany Intercessor

CITY MISSION PRAYER TABLE, Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo, June 13, 2019

+ received cross
P - 199 Promises
C - Card by Torre (see above)
1.     +C- Paul asked for prayer that the Lord go before him and smooth the results of his misdemeanor charges and that the penalty will not be severe.
2.     ++++ Nelson had a recent stroke and is suffering from disorientation and headaches. We pray for God's healing touch to clear away any blood clots as a result of the stroke, and to relieve his residual symptoms. Nelson also asked for crosses to send to his sons.
3.     + Freddie rededicated his life to Jesus and asked for God's help to get him back on track. Freddie just got back from Puerto Rico where he helped take care of his mother, and helped rebuild her house after sustaining hurricane damage. He was there for 8 months, but during that time the stresses began to ware him down and he started making wrong choices. He knew it was time to come back to the Mission to get help in straightening and strengthening his life again.
4.     C - Jordan recently got back after a short break. We pray for God to renew his strength and joy in the Lord. We also pray against any disease that would jeopardize his health. We pray that Jordan will be filled to overflowing with the living waters of the Lord as he ministers to all who come tot he Mission.
5.     C - Tahena - We continue to pray for her mental healing as a result of past trauma. We pray for those wounds to be covered by the blood of Jesus. We pray she feels the Father's love to sustain her in the weeks ahead.
6.     + Tom claimed he has been sober for the past 6 months and he asks for God's help in keeping him sober. He also asked for prayer for his daughters, (one who recently past away from cancer). We pray for the Lord's strength and the peace of the Lord to sustain him in his struggles, and assure him as he grieves, that God is taking care of his daughter.
7.     + Randy was recently mugged and is without resources. This concerns him because his father, Richard, is having health problems, and he wants to be there to help him. We pray that Randy can forgive those that harmed him. We pray for the healing touch of the Lord to be with his father, and that the peace of Jesus will comfort him.
8.     C - Miguel asked for prayer that his ministry at the Mission will flourish in Christ.
9.     C - Donna has an upcoming colonoscopy and she is still fearful of cancer. We pray that the procedure will show no problems, and that she will be released from her fear. Please continue to pray for her to stop smoking, to remain steadfast in her studies, and for a future Godly husband and family.
10.     Connie and her daughter, Christine, had an argument. We pray for family reconciliation and restoration, and for both of them to be set free.
11.     P - Dave rededicated his life to Jesus. He struggles in keeping his priorities straight and spends his money on frivolous things and then runs out at which point he can't make ends meet. We pray for Godly wisdom when it comes to his financial responsibilities. He also gives a thanks to the Lord in that he will be spending time with his daughter this Father's Day.
12.     William has a walking disability and we pray a protection for him to walk and not stumble or fall, but that the Lord give him sure footing.
13.     + Amy asked for a cross on her way to an N/A meeting. We pray that she get the help she needs and that she stays straight. Bring someone into her life that will be a good sponsor, mentor, and someone that will make her accountable for making good choices; someone she will have respect for and trust in.

Friday, June 14, 2019


2019 06 14

Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. Ezekiel 47:1 (NKJV)
     LORD, bring us to the water flowing from your temple.

He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side. Ezekiel 47:2 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us come to your living water.

And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Ezekiel 47:3 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us step into your living water; help us get our shoes and feet wet in you.

Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Ezekiel 47:4 (NKJV)
     Father, help us go knee deep and then waist deep; help us enter into the life of your Spirit more each day.

Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. Ezekiel 47:5 (NKJV)
     LORD, help us reach the time and place where we have to take our feet off the bottom and flow with your Holy Spirit.

He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: "This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. Ezekiel 47:6-8 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us come to your healing waters.

Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine." Ezekiel 47:12 (NKJV)
     Father, bring us to that place of fruitfulness in you. Thank you.

A Word Received: You are in my care; keep going forward in my Spirit.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


2019 06 11

Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. Luke 19:1-4 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please give us the same determination to see and know Jesus that you gave to Zacchaeus.

And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. Luke 19:5-6 (NKJV)
     Father, help us make haste to welcome Jesus into our homes.

But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner." Luke 19:7 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help us rejoice whenever a sinner repents.

Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." Luke 19:8 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us live out works of faith as Zacchaeus did.

And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:9-10 (NKJV)
     Jesus, let your saving, redeeming work be manifested in our homes as well. Thank you for seeking out and saving the lost.

A Word Received: Pray for hearts that will join me in seeking out and saving the lost.

Albany Intercessor

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