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Friday, September 20, 2019

 

2019 09 20

Much prayer is needed for our bishop and for this diocese.

A Message from Bishop Love Regarding the Recent Actions of the Title IV Reference Panel for the Discipline of Bishops

September 18, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am currently at the fall House of Bishops’ Meeting in Minneapolis, where I was informed earlier this afternoon, that the Title IV Reference Panel for the discipline of bishops has met and voted (in accordance with the Canons of the Church) to refer to the Hearing Panel the matter related to my November 10, 2018 Pastoral Letter and Pastoral Directive regarding the 79th General Convention 2018 Resolution B012.

I greatly appreciate the Reference Panel’s decision to expedite the process by referring this matter directly to the Hearing Panel, where I will have the opportunity to address the concerns raised by the issuance of the November 10, 2018 Pastoral Letter and Directive (which upholds the Church’s traditional understanding and teaching on marriage.

Now that the Reference Panel has acted, canonical timelines will be put in place, ensuring that the remainder of the Title IV Process should move much more quickly. It is my hope and prayer that God’s will, will ultimately be accomplished whatever the outcome of the Title IV proceedings.

I appreciate so much all of you who have been holding me and the Diocese of Albany up in prayer. I will keep you posted as I learn more.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,
+Bill
Rt. Rev. William H. Love
Bishop of Albany


CITY MISSION PRAYER TABLE, Torre Bissell, September 19,2019
+ received a wooden cross made by Denis Adams of North Carolina
199 received a booklet 199 Promises of God
1. Miguel – John (for whom we prayed last week following a heart attack) died last Friday. We prayed for the staff and community to live in the hope of the resurrection.
2. + (woman) She picked up a cross and said “Thank you.”
3. Tom (older man who holds up a begging sign by the highway) asked prayer that he would do well Friday (which is a payday).
4. + Jamel – He will be traveling to Massachusetts to live. He finds there are too many things which pull him down in Schenectady.
5. + 199 Roberto – confessed his sins and recommitted his life to Jesus.
6. + Ed – he asked prayer for John and for his own family and for God’s provision for himself.
7. + Lisa – (She used to live across from Christ Church on State St and come to the prayer table there) She has been sober for 3 years now.
8. + Jason – flew from California to help Lisa move.
9. + James – asked prayer for friend’s daughter who delivered a premature baby and for his own family and friends.
10. + Israel – he asked prayer for his mom, Jasmine, who is being threatened with a 10-15 year sentence in prison. She was visiting a friend in Troy when the police raided the house.
11. + 199 Jahnell – he confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior (this was a first time commitment for him).
12. Stephen – he asked advice on an old girlfriend who had contacted him.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

 

2019 09 18

For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, let mercy triumph over judgement in my life.

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:17-18 (NKJV)
     Father, help me live out my faith by doing the works you are calling me to do.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26 (NKJV)
     Jesus, bring me to new life in your Holy Spirit.

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us leave all else behind us and follow you and become fishers of men immediately at your call.

I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 1 Corinthians 2:3 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us go forward, even in weakness, in fear and in trembling.

And Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?" 1 Kings 22:7 (NKJV)
     LORD, raise up prophets of yours that we may inquire of.

And Micaiah said, "As the LORD lives, whatever the LORD says to me, that I will speak." 1 Kings 22:14 (NKJV)
     LORD, let that be our guide: to speak only what you give us.

Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the LORD; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. Psalm 15:1-5 (NKJV)
     LORD, help us abide in your tabernacle.

A Word Received: Cry out to me for help for the nations to live in peace.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

 

2019 09 17

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned." Matthew 4:16 (NKJV)
     Lord, help us see by your light; let it dawn for us.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us recognize the nearness of the kingdom of heaven and repent.

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 1 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
     Father, help us recognize the foolishness of worldly wisdom.

but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24 (NKJV)
     Jesus, be my wisdom – help me embrace the folly of the cross.

that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD." 1 Corinthians 1:31 (NKJV)
     LORD, you are my glory.

Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He has mercy on us. Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scorn of those who are at ease, with the contempt of the proud. Psalm 123:1-4 (NKJV)
     God, we look to you for mercy.

A Word Received: Look to me for blessing.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, September 15, 2019

 

2019 09 15

If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation." John 11:48 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, set us free from obsession about place and position.

And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. Acts 5:40-41 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for those who willingly suffer for the sake of your name.

Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us hear and obey your “still small voice”.

Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him." 1 Kings 19:18 (NKJV)
     Father, help us remember that we are not alone.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11 (NKJV)
     Teach me by your word, Lord. Convert my soul.

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Psalm 19:12 (NKJV)
     Cleans me from my secret faults, Lord.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, give me words of your wisdom to speak.

A Word Received: Come to me; let me prevail in your heart.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, September 14, 2019

 

2019 09 14

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. Matthew 3:16 (NKJV)
     Father, baptize us anew with your Holy Spirit.

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17 (NKJV)
     Father, help us become your beloved children.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
     Jesus, I long for that day of transformation into the kingdom of heaven.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us rejoice in Jesus.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
     Lord, I give you my anxieties.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)
     Lord GOD, let your peace come upon us.

Then the hand of the LORD came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel. 1 Kings 18:46 (NKJV)
     LORD, let your hand come upon us also.

Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat." Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. 1 Kings 19:5-6 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for providing for us in the wilderness of the Episcopal Church.

Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, Psalm 104:1 (NKJV)
     LORD, I seek your blessing.

A Word Received: Keep waiting on me for my time and purposes.

Albany Intercessor

CITY MISSION PRAYER TABLE, Torre Bissell, September 12, 2019
+ received cross
A number of the prayers were for John, the crew chief for the community meal who had a serious heart attack with possible brain damage and who is in a coma.
1. Miguel – for John and the staff.
2. Jordan – we prayed for Johan and for continuing protection from cancer for Jordan
3. + (woman) – she asked for a cross for someone else.
4. Paul – we prayed for John and for Paul’s court case that it would be dismissed without a fine.
5. Tom – we prayed that he would recover all his credentials (his wallet was stolen).
6. Connie – things are going well for her.
7. + Daniel – he is a volunteer from Scotia Glenville High School. He is in his senior year and thinking about journalism.
8. Bruce – he heads of ghe Scotia Glenville High School volunteer program. We prayed for the kids who volunteered.
9. Ray – we prayed for John (he had heard that the doctors had taken John off the life support machine. We prayed that John would go to Jesus without fear or pain.
10. + Ray - he asked for prayer for himself and his brother.
11. + Ashawn – he asked prayer for a clear path forward.
12. + Wendy – she and her fiancé are looking for an apartment. She also asked prayer for a friend who is in jail.
13. A man came up to me and gave me a hug and said, “God bless you.”
14. Dave - prayer for John and for the staff and for him and his family.
15. Taleetha – she said, “I’m taking it one day at a time.” We prayed she would be steady in doing that.
16, Stephen – “God has helped me work today.”

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

20119 09 11

Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:20-25 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help me seek after you and your wisdom.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me leave aside all clever arguments and wisdom and know only Jesus Christ and him crucified.

I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 1 Corinthians 2:3 (NKJV)
     Father, your strength is made perfect in my weakness.

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NKJV)
     LORD, help me live and move in the power of your Holy Spirit.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:2-5 (N     KJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me count it all joy the present trials your church is going through. Father, thank you for giving me wisdom without reproach.

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; James 1:19 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me restrain myself.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 (NKJV)
     Help me be a doer of your word.

A Prayer Received: Lord, give me your wisdom.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

2019 09 10

And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?" Mark 16:3 (NKJV)
     Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit roll away the stones that keep us from Jesus.

But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. Mark 16:6 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us live in the power of the resurrection.

But go, tell His disciples--and Peter--that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you." Mark 16:7 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me tell others what I have seen and heard.

And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. Mark 16:11 (NKJV)
     Jesus, set your church free of unbelief.

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. Mark 16:14 (NKJV)
     Lord, rebuke us when and where we need it.

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us go forth preaching the gospel.

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:17-18 (NKJV)
     Father, help us see signs following as we minister.

And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:20 (NKJV)
     Lord, confirm your word by accompanying signs.

A Word Received: Look to me for signs following.

Albany Intercessor

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