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Friday, March 27, 2015

 

3/27/2015, #17, 1st Quarter 2015

So, when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was. (John 11:6)
      Jesus, please help me accept your timing.

Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. (John 11:21)
      Jesus, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be with us and comfort us in all our griefs.

But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you." (John 11:22)
      Jesus, we ask you to heal us and our families and friends.

Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:23-26)
      Holy Spirit, please help me live and die in the hope of the resurrection.

She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." (John 11:27)
      Jesus, thank you for coming into my life.

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace. (Jeremiah 29:7)
      Help us pray for and seek the peace of our cities, Lord.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
      Father, thank you for the future and the hope you give us.

Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
      Father, help me search for you with all my heart.

I will be found by you, says the LORD, -and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:14)
      LORD, bring the Episcopal Church out of its "Babylonian Captivity". Thank you.

For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has he hidden his face from him; but when he cried to him, he heard. (Psalm 22:24)
      Thank you, Jesus, for hearing us in our times of affliction.

What we heard
WORD: I have held you up by my hand. Trust me to lead you the whole distance.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 95* & 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50

      From the Front Lines

***** City Mission Prayer Table, March 26, 2015 – Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo
+ - Cross

Ted and Camilla – Strength for Ted to continue to live independently and for God’s peace. Camilla got dizzy while driving home after an injection and totaled her car.

Charlie – He has palsy in his hand; pray for better health and healing.

Tiesha – She is going to a new doctor for her stomach condition; pray this doctor can treat her correctly and for healing. Pray for the fire victims.

+++ Carlos – Pray for God’s blessing with his ministry of World Discipleship Christ Recovery Network Nourishing Your Eternal Soul (WDCRN NYES).

Gary – Lift up the persecuted church.

+ Matt – Praying for a job. The last time he asked for prayer for help to receive benefits (from Social Security or Social Services?) and he got them – PTL!

Dan – God’s leading for his daughters.

Bill - Praying to find a place to live.

LeRoy – God’s protection for him.

Frankie – For God’s protection and provision.

Tobias – Pray for him to follow God’s leading in his life.

***** Tuesday Healing Service Speaker Fr. David Haig, Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m., The Oratory Chapel
      Fr. David Haig is a bi- vocational priest who has served in the Diocese for the past 2 years. He has worn many hats over the years - as a trained actor and director, a professional singer, and for the past 27 years a business owner, a licensed builder, a husband and father and a Priest. Fr. Haig served as priest at the Community of Jesus on Cape Cod Massachusetts, as a Curate at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Albany and most recently he has been serving as the long term supply priest at St. Luke's on the Hill in Mechanicville.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, March 26, 2015

 

3/26/2015, #16, 1st Quarter 2015

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. (Psalm 131:1)
      A day for little things, no doubt, but who wold dare despise it. (Zechariah 4:10a) Father, help me keep my attention on the tasks you have given me, not matter what their size or importance to others.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. (Psalm 131:2)
      Holy Spirit, help me find my peace in Jesus.

O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever. (Psalm 131:3)
      Jesus, you are my hope.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to unity of purpose in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. (John 10:1-4)
      Jesus, I hear your voice calling me. Please help me follow where you lead. Thank you for being my shepherd.

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." (John 10:5)
      Holy Spirit, please give me discernment about any false shepherds so that I don't follow them.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)
      Jesus, thank you for give your life for me.


      Thank you for the faithful Egyptian Coptic Christian martyrs who gave their lives confessing your name, Jesus.

But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. (John 10:12)
      Father, there are so many hirelings in the church today -- have mercy on us and cleanse the church by the fire of your Holy Spirit.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:14-15)
      LORD, send forth many throughout this diocese to preach the gospel of peace.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help me hear so that my faith is built up.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments. (Psalm 119:176)
      Shepherd of Israel, seek me out and save me. Thank you.

What we heard
WORD: Pray for the fresh wind of my Holy Spirit.
WORD: I love you. I hold you in my hand to comfort you.
Psalm 31:24 WORD: I AM your hope and your strength.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; *; 140, 142; Jer. 26:1-16; Rom. 11:1-12; John 10:19-42
Friday: 95* & 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50

      From the Front Lines

***** Bishop's Message - Holy Week and Easter, March 25th, 2015, Feast of the Annunciation
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The recent martyrdom of Christians in many parts of the world reminds us that the call to follow Jesus is a costly call. It requires our commitment, our will, our time, our treasure and our convictions. The collect for Morning Prayer on Fridays reminds us that the way of the cross is our way of life. Jesus walked the way of the cross so that we might be saved, willingly and obediently suffering death on the cross so that we could inherit eternal life.
      As we continue on toward the height of the Christian year, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, I encourage you to walk the way of the cross with Jesus as His disciples. I encourage you to give up every other activity that may distract you and join in the services of Holy Week and Easter this coming week, so that you can know the saving love of Jesus Christ more fully and more deeply. I encourage you also to invite a friend, family member, or neighbor who does not know Jesus to come with you and experience His saving love and then share with them the hope that we have because of the Cross and the Resurrection. I pray that this Holy Week and Easter will bring each of us closer to the One who is the Savior of the world - Jesus Christ.
      As you continue in your walk with Jesus, I ask your prayers for the persecuted Church throughout the world. I also ask your prayers for all the people of this diocese, clergy and laity, that we may all be courageous and faithful in sharing our faith, strengthening one another as we walk the way of the Cross, filled with the joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior.
      Almighty, everlasting God...stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of your Son as He bore His passion, and let it burn in us to eternal life and to the ages of ages. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, p. 113)
      May you have a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Eastertide.
      Your brother in Christ, +Bill

***** Evangelion Conference
The theme for the 147th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany is "Three Persons, One God Three Streams, One Church." Expand your knowledge of the Evangelical stream by attending the conference entitled Evangelion TEC at St. Stephen's Church, 16 Elsmere Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 from Friday, April 24th through Sunday, April 26th. (There will be a meet and greet social event associated with the Conference on Thursday, April 23rd from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.) Evangelion is a gathering of Evangelicals in the Episcopal Church for networking, prayer, Bible study, worship, and mutual encouragement in Gospel ministry, both as lay and ordained ministers of the Gospel. The Conference will discuss questions such as: What is the history of the Evangelical movement in the Episcopal Church and Anglicanism? How do we identify as Anglican Evangelicals? Who are some of the heroes of the Evangelical movement? Guest speakers include Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, an organization in the U.K. that helps strengthen local churches in biblical faith and shape the Church of England now and for the future, the Rev. Philip Wainwright, Chaplain at the University of Pittsburgh, and Mr. Thomas Isham, author of A Born Again Episcopalian: The Evangelical Witness of Charles Pettit McIlvaine, The Geography of the Soul, and other books. For more information or to register for the conference, click http://www.evangeliontec.org/ or contact St. Stephen's Delmar, 518-439-3265.

***** 40 Days For Life is holding a Special Vigil
      On Thursday, March 26, starting at 10:00 AM, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Bishop William H. Love of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany will join the 40 Days For Life vigil at the Schenectady Planned Parenthood, 1040 State Street, Schenectady.
      Parking will be available at Christ Church front parking lot at 970 State Street and at the back parking lot entrances from Swan or Albany Streets.
      Information, instructions and prayers will be available at both will be at the Christ Church parking lots and at the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood prior to the 10:00 AM vigil.
      40 Days For Life hopes that you will be able to come and our support the Bishops as we show Christian solidarity in support of the Sanctity of Human Life.
      Please come and join us for this special vigil and invite others and spread the word!
      Let us all be in prayer from now through Thursday.

***** St. John’s Episcopal Church Prayer Table Report
+ = cross given

++Marilyn: for her friend suffering from lung cancer
Peter: for his friend Joe’s recuperation in the hospital
Tracy: for his continued healing and strength

***** ST. ANN'S AMSTERDAM PRAYER TABLE

BIANCA -- Anointed her with Holy Oil. Bianca says she has occasional demons about her that scare her. She says that when she comes to the table and gets prayers of protection, the demons go away.

DARCY -- Asked for prayer to be safe and protected.

MARIA -- Sought prayer for her husband BRUCE, who has heart problems.

YOUNG FAMILY (No names) -- Husband and wife and four cute children. Gave them a general prayer for provision and safety. They are very special to us. They speak very little English but they understand we want to help them and love them. We help them with food and clothing. Every Monday, Cheri comes out to give them a treat of "Goldfish" for each of the kids.

LUCY -- Friend of this young family, walks with them. General prayer for protection and well-being.

DAVID -- U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Occasionally asks for prayer, but not this time. He wants to come by and support what we are doing so sometimes he just stops to say hello. This man has directed many, many people to us for prayer. He is kind of a private person, so he never asks for prayer if other people are around to listen.

JOE and two other men (no names) -- They came over as a group and when we asked if they wanted prayer for anything, JOE said "Yes, we ALL do!" Prayed for them all together to be safe and healthy.

ALBERT -- Very serious, pious young man who comes by now and then. He asked for prayer for healing for cancer victims all over the world. Sought clothing for some members of his family who are soon to mover here from Puerto Rico.

(Important note: Please continue to bring in your non-perishable food items such as soup, mac and cheese, pasta, sauce and tuna. We also are grateful for whatever clean, used clothing items you can give us to give to the needy in our neighborhood. We could use children's outgrown clothing as well. Your donations are greatly appreciated by your neighbors who receive them! Remember Jesus' words, "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me!"))

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, March 22, 2015

 

3/22/2015, #15, 1st Quarter 2015

though he was a Son, yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered. (Hebrews 5:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for what you suffered for me so that you could learn obedience. Please help me to learn obedience as well.

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
      Holy Father, putyour law in my mind and write it on my heart.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
      

What we heard
WORD: Come to me in humility. Let me purify your heart.
WORD: Pray that you will bear fruit for my kingdom.
Romans 8:34 WORD: I am pleading for you right now.
WORD: You are in my care. Keep looking to me for help.
WORD: Remember to have mercy on the weak and the helpless.
Daily Lectionary
Monday: 31; *; 35; Jer. 24:1-10; Rom. 9:19-23; John 9:1-17
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; *; 124, 125, 126, [127]; Jer. 25:8-17; Rom. 10:1-13; John 9:18-41
Wednesday: 119:145-176; *; 128, 129, 130; Jer. 25:30-38; Rom. 10:14-21; John 10:1-18

      From the Front Lines

***** Bishop's Message, March 21st, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      I am pleased to announce that the Most Reverend and Right Honorable George Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury and his wife, Lady Eileen, will be the honored guests of the Community of St. Mary and the Diocese from May 30th until June 7th. I would like to thank Mother Miriam, Mother Superior of the Community of St. Mary, for her active support in coordinating and supporting the Archbishop's visit.
      Archbishop Carey came to faith as a teenager, entered the military, then completed university and seminary. He holds a PhD from the University of Durham. He served as a curate and then in theological education. He became rector of St. Nicholas parish in Durham and in two years tripled the size of its congregation, the story of which is documented in the book The Church in the Marketplace. Lord Carey was appointed bishop of Bath and Wells in 1987, and four years later was enthroned as the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury. Since retiring, he has been an active member of the House of Lords, serving as Lord Carey of Clifton. He still preaches and teaches across the Anglican Communion. I am grateful to the Archbishop for his willingness to spend time with us, to teach us, and to share our common life during his time here. Archbishop Carey will be participating in a wide variety of events during his time with us, giving many of you the opportunity to come and hear him speak. Here are some of those opportunities:
      On Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m., the Archbishop will preach at the service of Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210.
      On Sunday, May 31st, Archbishop Carey will be the preacher for the Mass of the Holy Trinity, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834. A welcome luncheon will be served following the service in the dining room in the Welcome Center. The cost for lunch is $11.00. At 5 p.m., the Archbishop will preach at the Blessing and Rededication of the Chapel at The Community of St. Mary Convent, 242 Cloister Way, Greenwich, NY, 12834.
      On Tuesday, June 2nd, Lord and Lady Carey will speak at the regular Healing service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The service begins at 10:00 a.m. and lunch will follow in the dining room of the Welcome Center. The cost for lunch is $11.00.
      On Wednesday, June 3rd at 5 p.m., the Archbishop will be the preacher at the Corpus Christi Eucharist and outdoor procession. The service will begin in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and will culminate with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the helicopter pad. A light supper will be served in the dining room of the Welcome Center at 6:30 p.m. The cost for supper is $11.00.
      From Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th, Archbishop Carey will join us for the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany at Camp of the Woods Christian Resort and Conference Center, 106 Downey Avenue, Speculator, NY 12164. The Archbishop will be a featured presenter during the Convention. Also joining us at Convention will be Bishop Grant LeMarquand, Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa in the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, Bishop Fanuel Magangani, Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Malawi, Bishop Darren McCartney, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic, Bishop Todd McGrcgor, Bishop of Toliara (Madagascar), Bishop Harold Miller, Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland, and our own retired bishops of the Diocese, Bishop David Ball and Bishop Dan Herzog.
      Our visitors to Convention will give us exposure to the work of the Church in several continents, both where it can work peaceably and where it is persecuted, and show us how that work is grounded in loyalty to Jesus Christ and a desire to see the gospel spread and the church strengthened in every community.
      I invite you all to attend as many of these events as you can, but I especially invite you to come and share the blessings of Convention, where we will explore the theme of Three Persons, One God Three Streams, One Church. Convention is our Diocesan Family Reunion and you can rejoice with your brothers and sisters in Christ across the diocese in worship, healing, workshops, the Youth Mass on Sunday, and the great vitality of our faith. You can register for Convention by clicking here.
      Faithfully yours in Christ, +Bill

***** Jean and I are making a slow recovery: me from pneumonia and Jean from bronchial spasms. We have appreciated all your prayers. Torre

***** Christ Church Prayer Table, Albany Street, March 21, 2015, Chuck Rinaldo, Michelle Diaz, Keith

+ - Cross
199 Booklet

+ Al – Pray for his recovery from his addiction; for him to have a better relationship with his kids.
+ Tion – Protection on his way to work.
199 Joseph – Pray for him to have the Lord’s strength as he is in recovery and for him to stay clean.
+ Gave a cross to a passing young girl.
Kenny – Pray for God’s presence in the neighborhood and for safety for the children.
Pray for Jean and Torre’s health; for total and complete healing, strength and rest.
+ 199 Jim – His sister Cathy is sick; pray for total healing.
+ Ellie – God’s protection and his provision in her life.

City Mission Prayer Table, March 19, 2015 –Chuck Rinaldo
+ - Cross

Torre Bissell – Pray for total healing of pneumonia and quick recovery.
Ted and Camilla – Strength for Ted to continue to live independently. Enable Camilla to increase her immune system to combat Lyme disease.
PTL – Beth, who we have been praying for in her battle with Leukemia, has been released from the hospital. However, she will continue treatment from home.
+ Greg – His grandmother recently passed away. We prayed for comfort for the family. Prayed also for his mother’s health.
+ Carlos and Mary – Pray for their relationship. Mary is in a program at City Mission; pray for deliverance of substance abuse. Pray for Carlos for his ministry of World Discipleship Christ Recovery Network Nourishing Your Eternal Soul (WDCRN NYES).
++ Pete and Chikea – She is expecting a baby and asked for prayer for a healthy baby. Pray for their relationship to grow in love.
Rich – He went on a retreat last Saturday called “Stepping-up”. Pray for God’s continued leading.
++ Frankie – Pray that God renew his mind and spirit to guide him daily.

***** The Living Gospel Ministry: Matthew & Tina Zawisza
      Imagine a time when the Bible wasn't a book, when the written Word of God was the spoken Word of God. A time of listening with your eyes. Remember, before the Bible was written it was spoken. In fact, 75% of the Bible is written in stories. Jesus could have chosen any method to share His message to the world and He chose storytelling. Why? Because that's how people would remember. This ministry believes today is no different. People need and desire a gospel that they can experience & see, one that is alive & breathing. What this world needs, once again, is the Living Gospel.
      CtK Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. The Chapel of St. Michael & All Angels (a.k.a. The Main Chapel)
The Living Gospel Ministry Presents Peter's Journey
      One of the most talked about events in the Bible was the infamous three denials of Peter. Without a doubt the most difficult ordeal this man would ever face. But what doesn't break you makes you stronger. Hear from the man himself as he takes you back to that fateful night when life would never be the same.
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture and Teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation. A buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.

***** Please pray for and attend the Diocesan Convention in June.
      Three Persons, One God
      Three Streams, One Church

To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php .

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, March 9, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Chilly but not terribly cold as has been the case the past month. We had a steady crowd come to His table for prayer, free non-perishable food we offer, and clean used clothing we offer. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan presiding at His table today. We offered everyone who came one of our red cards with the Holy Week schedule of services on it.)

MAN and WIFE (no names given) and their four adorable children -- This family has been coming each of the last few weeks. The children look forward to seeing Cherie Nethaway, who gives them all "Goldfish" in a paper cup!) They got prayer as a group for general provision and safety.

LUCY -- Friend of this family, She, too, has been coming regularly. Prayed for her well-being and safety.

ETHEL -- She is a wonderful, elderly lady who walks all over Amsterdam giving food to friends and relatives that she picks up at the free meal across the street at the Masonic Temple. She never takes any food or clothing from us but she stops to talk with us. She calls us "The Street Angels." We prayed for her to "keep going" and to continue to minister to the poor and afflicted in her life.

JOSE (and friend, no name) -- This man lives across the street but comes by now and then. We prayed for the safety and good health of both men.

MIKE -- Prayed for a family member of his who just had surgery.

REBECCA -- Received prayer for safety in the surgery she is having this Friday.

IVA -- Prayers sought for God to continue to watch over her.

GEORGIANA -- She came to the table with Rebecca. Received prayer for her sciatic nerve pain she has had to endure. (Note: She and Rebecca both came to our Morning Prayer service today before the table started.)

BOB -- Another pretty regular visitor. Prayed for his health. (He has a history of heart problems and is doing more walking these days. That is how he found us!)

ED -- Always comes for a wooden cross (made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina) and a can or two of soup. He says he has the crosses hanging "all over my house" to protect him from evil.

Note: Please continue to bring in your cans of soup, pasta boxes, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, etc. as well as your clean, used clothing. Do not forget the needy neighbors in our midst. Jesus told us "Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do unto me." Let's keep doing it!!

***** Prayer Table St. John's Johnstown March 4, 3 volunteers

Prayed for:
Peter: Friend, Joe, who is hospitalized
John: for guidance and awareness

***** CHRIST CHURCH – STATE STREET PRAYER TABLE
February 28, 2015 – Chuck Rinaldo, Mark Pasko and Wally Plock
+ -cross
Leola – Pray for her family and for comfort after the loss of her pet dog.
Gary – Pray for God’s protection.
+ Danny – Provision and God’s protection daily.
+ Shawn - Provision and God’s protection daily.
Deno – He was on the way to work, pray for his safety.
Karen – Concerns for her pet dog that has cancer.
Eric – Pray for his family.
Mark – Pray for his wife, Mary Ann, who is having mental and physical issues; for strength and healing.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015; 10-11 a.m. Because of the second straight week of bitter-cold temperatures -- it was minus 12 at 9:30! -- we held the Prayer Table indoors in our Parish Hall. But whereas last week only three people followed up on the outdoor sign that we would be setting up inside, today 15 adults and several children came to the table for prayer as well as the free good, used clothing we offer and the free non-perishable food we offer. This is a WONDERFUL sign that our neighbors are not the least bit wary of coming inside our doors. Perhaps many of them, unfortunately, used to regard St. Ann's as a big, gray stone church with people inside who don't care about anyone else. Wrong! We at St. Ann's love our neighbors and it is really starting to show. The people in our neighborhood are really getting the message that we love them and care about them. Want to hear MORE good news? Four people who came early for prayer and free items also joined us for Morning Prayer before the table was set up! Therefore, please continue your intercessory prayers for the success of each Prayer Table and continue to bring in your good, used clothing and non-perishable food items. Today we gave away ALL the food that was stocked and most of the warm clothing and shoes, blankets, etc. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan presiding at His table today.)

a -- anointed with Holy Oil
t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina f -- received free, non-perishable food we offer c -- received free clean, used clothing and blankets we offer

f,c -- GEORGIANA -- She has become a regular and joined us for MP. She asked prayers for MaryJo, her friend who is in a nursing facility and is not well.

a,f,c -- REBECCA -- A longtime regular. (She was the first visitor ever to our prayer table back on July 9, 2012.) She is having surgery on March 13 for her back and is very worried that it might not go well. We prayed that she would be brave and strong, to trust in God and for Him to get her through this hard time.

f,c -- "CHIP" -- Accepted our offer to join us for MP. He smiled and said "Sure!" Asked for a general prayer for protection and provision. (This man often brings items to share with others at the table.)

f,c -- SHERRY -- Sought prayers for her upcoming surgery.

JOHN -- Asked for prayers for his in-laws,who are not well.

a,f,c -- IRENE -- This Spanish-speaking woman does not understand English but (with sign language and limited Spanish) understands that we are praying for her. She is very needy and grateful for whatever we give her.

a,f,c -- ALBERT -- He asked for prayers for his brother (no name) who was just arrested last week and is in jail awaiting trial.

a -- WOMAN (no name) -- This person is going through a terrible time in her life and we prayed for the Lord to carry her through this. God knows the details.

t,f,c -- FAMILY -- (Man, woman, children -- no names) -- We gave the little boy in the carriage a cross and gave him a blessing that he will come to know Christ.


f,c,a -- DAVID -- This young man has some very serious problems. The Lord knows the details. We prayed at length for this man.

f,c -- NANCY -- Took many items she needed while we had the lengthy needed prayer sessions with DAVID, but unfortunately left before we could pray for her.

DAVE (no same man as before) -- Frequent visitor to the table, he stopped by to say hello. This is a deeply Christian man from another denomination who has directed many of our neighbors to our table.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 

3/18/2015, #14, 1st Quarter 2015

And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)
      Jesus, please help me receive you into my body and soul.

And this is the will of him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40)
      Thank you, Father. Please help me live and die in the hope of the resurrection.

The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: "Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause you to hear my words." Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?" says the LORD. "Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel! (Jeremiah 18:1-6)

What we heard
WORD: Live your life blessing others.
      P.S. I have pneumonia. All prayers gratefully received. Torre
WORD: Remember the times of my victory in your life and give me thanks.
WORD: Come into my arms. Let me hold you and comfort you.
WORD: Come to me, my arms are open wide.
WORD: Look to me, even when others reject me.
WORD: When you walk alone, remember that I AM walking with you beside you.
WORD: Let me be your foundation stone.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; *; 119:121-144; Jer. 18:1-11; Rom. 8:1-11; John 6:27-40
Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; *; 73; Jer. 22:13-23; Rom. 8:12-27; John 6:41-51

      From the Front Lines

***** Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and for healing of Sr. MaryAngela who broke her ankle. Please pray for Brenda Reid who administers the Healing Center at Christ the King.

***** The Living Gospel Ministry: Matthew & Tina Zawisza
      Imagine a time when the Bible wasn't a book, when the written Word of God was the spoken Word of God. A time of listening with your eyes. Remember, before the Bible was written it was spoken. In fact, 75% of the Bible is written in stories. Jesus could have chosen any method to share His message to the world and He chose storytelling. Why? Because that's how people would remember. This ministry believes today is no different. People need and desire a gospel that they can experience & see, one that is alive & breathing. What this world needs, once again, is the Living Gospel.
      CtK Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. The Chapel of St. Michael & All Angels (a.k.a. The Main Chapel)
The Living Gospel Ministry Presents Peter's Journey
      One of the most talked about events in the Bible was the infamous three denials of Peter. Without a doubt the most difficult ordeal this man would ever face. But what doesn't break you makes you stronger. Hear from the man himself as he takes you back to that fateful night when life would never be the same.
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture and Teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation. A buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.

***** Please pray for and attend the Diocesan Convention in June.
      Three Persons, One God
      Three Streams, One Church

To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php .

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 

3/11/2015, #13, 1st Quarter 2015

And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:11)
      Jesus, thank you for reconciling me to your Father.

Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me," says the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:6)
      Lord Jesus, cleanse the seminaries of the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep your word. (Psalm 119:101)
      Holy Spirit, please help me restrain my feet from every evil way so that I keep your word in my heart.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
      Light my path, Lord, by your word.

My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments. (Psalm 119:120)
      Holy Spirit, please teach me to fear you so that I may gain wisdom. Thank you.

What we have heard:
WORD: I will hold you up when you are afraid.
WORD: You are still in my care. Look to me with hope.
WORD: Let me cleanse the temple of your heart.
WORD: You are in my care. Look to me day by day for the help only I can give.
WORD: Pray for righteousness among my people.
WORD: Come to me; let me hold you in my arms.
WORD: Do not let the sin of others be an excuse for yourself.
WORD: Place your hand in mine. Let me lead you.
WORD: I will bless your struggles to share my word.
WORD: Place your hand in mine - I will lead you.
WORD: Place your trust and your hope in me.
WORD: Come to me; I AM waiting.
WORD: Pray for the fresh wind of my Spirit.
WORD: Pray for my body, the church.
WORD: Wait on my goodness.
WORD: When the storm comes, look to me for help.
WORD: Look to me for help in the storms of life.
WORD: You are in my care.
WORD: Cry out to me in your hour of need. I will listen.
WORD: I hear the cries of my people.
WORD: I AM your shelter in the storm.
WORD: Seek my righteousness and my ways.
WORD: Wait on me. Trust me to do what is right.
WORD: You have come into my presence and I love you.
WORD: Yield up your lives and whatever possesses you.
WORD: Learn to love what I love.
WORD: Trust me with your children.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 119:97-120; *; 81, 82; Jer. 8:18-9:6; Rom. 5:1-11; John 8:12-20
Thursday: [83] or 42,43; *; 85, 86; Jer. 10:11-24; Rom. 5:12-21; John 8:21-32

      From the Front Lines

***** Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and for healing of Sr. MaryAngela who broke her ankle. Please pray for Brenda Reid who administers the Healing Center at Christ the King.

***** Please pray for and attend the Diocesan Convention in June.
      Call to Convention 2015
      Three Persons, One God
      Three Streams, One Church

To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php .

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, February 12, 2015

 

2/12/2015, #12, 1st Quarter 2015

Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me." (Mark 10:21)
      Jesus, by your Holy Spirit please help us give up whatever is holding us back from taking up our cross and following you.

But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:22)
      Father, it doesn't matter if our possessions are great or small; if they possess us, help us give them up to follow Jesus.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:23-24)
      Holy Spirit, help me put my trust in Jesus so that I may enter the kingdom of God.

Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)
      Holy Spirit, help the youth leaders of this diocese faithfully teach this.

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1)
      Shine, Jesus shine!

WORD: Keep looking to me for help in time of need.
WORD: I AM the Good Shepherd. I will guide you step by step.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: [83] or 146, 147 * 85, 86; Isa. 60:1-17; 2 Tim. 2:14-26; Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; Isa. 61:1-9; 2 Tim. 3:1-17; Mark 10:32-45

      From the Front Lines

***** Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and for healing of Sr. MaryAngela who broke her ankle. Please pray for Brenda Reid who administers the Healing Center.

***** Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Mass and Ashes | 11:00 am
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
      Ash Wednesday, February 18, inaugurates the holy season of Lent. The Liturgy with Mass and Ashes will be in the main Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at 11:00 a.m. You and your family are most welcome.
      Shrove Tuesday, February 17, was used in England to prepare for Lent by confession and "being shriven" (freed) of sins. On Shrove Tuesday confessions will be heard in the St. Matthew room of the Healing Center from noon until 1:30. All are welcome. No experience necessary except a desire to move closer to the Lord.
      The regular Healing Service will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:00. The teaching will be on preparing for Lent.
      In Christ Jesus, Bishop Dan

*****       2015 Parish Leadership Conferences: Learning to Share our Faith
      Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this year's Parish Leadership Conference! The final Conference for this year will be held on Saturday, February 28th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The Parish Leadership Conference will be a little different than previous years. We'll still be sharing the Eucharist, but instead of an outside speaker or leaders from the Diocese teaching us, we'll learn from each other by sharing our faith stories in a small group setting in an encouraging, friendly environment. Everyone's faith story is unique, and everyone's faith story has the potential to touch a person that doesn't know Jesus, perhaps inviting that person into a relationship with Him. So join us at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center where we'll learn from each other what the Lord is doing in our individual lives and our parishes. Those who attended the first two Conferences were encouraged! Registration, coffee and goodies will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and everyone will be on the road by 3:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided. In order to make sure the right amount of food is prepared for lunch, please register for the Parish Leadership Conference by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/ParishLeadershipConference/2015/2015PLCRegistrationForm.php . Options to request vegetarian meals and child care have been added to the registration form.
Healing Service Guest Preacher - Bp Dan Herzog
      The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, February 17th will be the Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog, Director of Healing and Spiritual Direction at Christ the King. Bishop Dan has been involved in the ministry of healing and teaching for over forty years. He has served as a priest in settings as varied as small towns, rural villages and the inner city. He was bishop of Albany from 1997 to 2007. Since January of 2014 he has served as Chaplain of CtK and now also serves as Director of Healing Ministries and Spiritual Formation. He serves as a retreat and conference leader and spiritual director. Bishop Dan's talk is entitled, Spiritual Prep for Lent: Christian Boot Camp. The healing service includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching, as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, personal prayer ministry and Reconciliation. Please note that the location for the Healing Service has been changed for the winter. The Healing service begins in The Oratory Chapel located in the Oratory of Christ the Healer (a.k.a. The Healing Center) at 10 a.m. Lunch is available for purchase ($10.65 including tax) in the dining room of the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Lent at Ctk
      In the Ash Wednesday liturgy, we are invited to observe a holy Lent, and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is offering a number of opportunities to do so. The Daily Meditations are being offered via email again this year. The meditations are based on the readings contained in the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer. The contributors are laity and clergy of the Diocese of Albany who offer their thoughts and prayers for all of us. If you received them last year, you will receive them again this year automatically. If you received them last year but for some reason do not wish to receive them this year, you may remove your email from the list by clicking the "Safe Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the Daily Meditation email. If you did not receive the Daily Meditations last year but would like to, click here. In addition to the Daily Meditations, Stations of the Cross will be offered at Christ the King every Friday during Lent, beginning February 20th, at 7 p.m. The chapel will open at 6:30 p.m. for quiet reflection.
School for Healing Prayer, Level I - Spaces still available!
      The Healing Center at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is offering the School for Healing Prayer, Level I from Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st. The School for Healing Prayer is committed to carrying out Christ's mission of salvation and healing and is an opportunity for participants to experience His healing power in their lives while also learning how to minister to others in churches and communities. This on-site, four-day intensive class will provide an introduction to the foundations for healing prayer, including the history of healing in the Church, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and instruction on how to become a prayer minister. Learn how to listen, love, and pray! For more information about the School for Healing Prayer, click http://www.ctkcenter.org/message.php?topicID=35904 . To register for Level I, call the Healing Center at (518 ) 692-9550, ext. 201.
Retreat Opportunity -- Silent Retreat at the Community of St. Mary
      The Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich is offering a silent retreat entitled A Garden of Grace February 13 - 15, 2015 (President's Day Weekend). Sister Catherine Clare will offer meditations allowing the retreatants to consider the contrast between the ways of sin and the alternative Way of the Spirit. Rather than finding tools to root the weeds of sin out of their lives, retreatants will ponder how to cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit, God's free gifts of grace. The cost for the retreat with overnight accomodations is $138. To stay an additional night, the suggested donation is $69. To attend as a communter (no overnight accomodations), the cost is $75. To register, call the convent at (518 ) 692-3028.

***** Lenten Reflections 2015 Day by Day
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
      During Lent we are encouraged to deepen our relationship with the Lord by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. We hear this on Ash Wednesday and are urged to continue thereafter.
      As an aid, a Daily Meditation will be available for reflection to everyone who is on our general distribution roster, along with anyone you wish to add. If you received the meditations last year, you need do nothing. This year's meditations will automatically come to you. You may also choose to opt out by clicking the "SafeUnsubscribe" link at the bottom of this or any future notes.
      The meditations are based on the readings contained in the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer. The contributors are laity and clergy of the Diocese of Albany who offer their thoughts and prayers for all of us.
      During Lent we have the opportunity to engage in a sort of 'spiritual spring training' to strengthen our lives as disciples of our Lord, and to be equipped to carry out the mission and ministry entrusted to each of us. Each day let us pray for all the others who are seeking a deeper conversion in this holy season, with prayers for all our Sisters and Brothers, for our Bishop Bill, and for each parish and ministry within Christ's holy church.
      With best wishes for a devout and holy Lent, I remain,
      Your brother in Christ,
      Bishop Dan Herzog
      Ministry of Healing and Spiritual Formation, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
      575 Burton Road, Greenwich, New York 12834, 518-692-9550
      
      Sign up for Lenten Reflections 2015: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001uxu9h741ik3R_mTvEuYfcA%3D%3D

***** Hello Friends and Family:
      Michael has finished his new video and I really think you’ll like it! Here’s a link to our news and the video too. http://kingdomartsministry.com
      Sending you love and prayers, Christine and Michael Hales

***** Call to Convention 2015
      Three Persons, One God
      Three Streams, One Church

To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php .

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

 

2/10/2015, #11, 1st Quarter 2015

"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea." (Mark 9:42)
      Lord, there are so many out there who are causing your little ones to stumble -- send St. Michael and all your legions of angels to protect your children.

"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.' And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.' And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire-- where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.'" (Mark 9:43-48 )
      Help us recognize those things on the internet or TV or people that are causes of our sin and downfall. Help us cut them out of our lives.

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Timothy 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us encourage the youth and interns of this diocese to stir up the gifts you have given them.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
      Holy Father, help us recognize what is really true - that you do not want us to live in fear, but in confidence of your power and love and right thinking. Thank you.

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:13)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hold fast to sound teaching.

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength and his wonderful works that he has done. (Psalm 78:2-4)
      Holy Spirit, renew and strengthen our Sunday Schools and youth ministries throughout this diocese.

For he established a testimony in jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; (Psalm 78:5-7)
      Jesus, help our children and their children to walk in your ways.

And may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:8 )
      Father, we are a stubborn and rebellious generation -- have mercy on us.

Yes, they spoke against God: They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, he struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can he give bread also? Can he provide meat for his people?" (Psalm 78:19-20)
      Father, you have repeatedly fed us in the wilderness. Thank you.

WORD: Trust me with your children.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Isa. 59:1-15a; 2 Tim. 1:1-14; Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Isa. 59:15b-21; 2 Tim. 1:15-2:13; Mark 10:1-16

      From the Front Lines

***** Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and for healing of Sr. MaryAngela who broke her ankle. Please pray for Brenda Reid who administers the Healing Center.

*****       CtK Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.
      The Oratory Chapel located in the Oratory of Christ the Healer (a.k.a. The Healing Center) The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture and Teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation.
      A buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.
      The Rev. J. Nixon McMillan has been the rector of St. Paul's Church since All Saints Day of 2009. From the age of fourteen, Fr. McMillan has served churches in Canada and the United States as a musician and more recently as a priest. Nixon and Ann McMillan have lived in Ontario, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Connecticut for his education /teaching and her nursing career. For them life has become even more full and rich in Albany with God's people, St. Paul's parishioners.

Albany Intercessor


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