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Saturday, December 13, 2014


12/13/2014, #14, 4th Quarter 2014

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)
      WORD (11/18/06) Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

      Please burn away all the chaff in our lives and help us bear fruit worthy of repentance.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
      Lord, we ask for your peace.

The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write. (2 Thessalonians 3:17)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for your witness through Paul.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (2 Thessalonians 3:18 )
      Lord Jesus Christ, we daily stand in need of your grace. Amen.

WORD: Look to me for comfort.
WORD: Come to me. Come into my arms. Let me comfort you with my love for you.
WORD: Come to me -- I AM waiting for YOU.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Isa. 8:1-15; 2 Thess. 3:6-18; Luke 22:31-38
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isa. 13:6-13; Heb. 12:18-29; John 3:22-30
Holy Communion
126; Isaiah 65:17-25 or Canticle 3 or 15; 1 Thessalonians 5:(12-15)16-28; John 1:6-8,19-28 or John 3:23-30

      Notes from the Front Lines

DECEMBER -- Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
12 Residents of nursing homes
13 Henry Winter Syle Ministry of the Deaf

***** Bishop Mike Chapman: My wonderful wife Linda is very sick. She is currently in upstate NY and being cared for by our dearest friends Bill and Carol. Linda and I have been married now for 32 years +. Over those years we have become closer every day. For me any separation is unbearable. Here in Huancayo Peru when one of us gets sick the other one seeks the Lord diligently until they are well.
      Linda is very sick right now, I have stayed in Huancayo while she has traveled to the States. Could you please join with me in prayer for her healing and complete recovery. I know that very many of you have many prayer requests on you your lists, but if there are a few seconds that you have free, could you ask the Lord to touch Linda and heal her? Thank you.

***** Prayer Table ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Dec. 8, 20-14, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan presiding at His table today. It was one of the coldest mornings here for the table we can remember. It was 11 degrees at the start. We gave away nearly all of the used, clean clothing and quite a bit of non-perishable food we offer for free. Please continue to bring in your clean but excess or unwanted WARM clothing for our needy neighbors. There are so many of them. We can use clothing for both sexes and ALL ages. Also, we encourage you to bring in cans of soup, boxes of pasta, mac and cheese, tuna fish, etc.)
      NOTE: About 25-30 persons came to the table; most of them also wanted prayer along with the free food and/or clothing. It was so cold my pen would not write! But these were the most vital prayer concerns that I remember. Please pray for these people all week. And please pray for our less-fortunate neighbors around us who are having a hard time making ends meet and getting through each day staying warm and having something to eat.

CONSUELA -- This woman comes for prayer EVERY week. She is battling a serious illness. She comes with her home aide (MARIA) who accompanies her and ALSO gets a general prayer for protection, good health.

JIM -- Sought prayer for continued healing of his heart. (He had operations in July and October.)

DONNA -- FOr her husband JOE, who has heart problems.

REBECCA -- She is having trouble with her leg and also her thyroid glands. Not resting very much during the night.

BIANCA -- SHe says she is bothered by demons who will not leave her alone, but when she comes for prayer they stay away ... for awhile. We prayed that the demons go to Jesus once and for all for binding and to do with as He will.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 13, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Michelle Diaz and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mary on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
SB--indicates received a Bible in Spanish
B--indicates received a Bible in English
w--indicates received warm clothing.

State St.

+ Joel (man drove up to prayer table) -- He asked prayers for his finances.

+ SB Hector (man) -- He asked prayer for his family.
+ SB Santos (man) -- He asked for general blessing and protection in the streets. His child's birthyday is today.

Michelle (woman) -- She asked prayer for her friend Mary.

B Donna (woman) -- She asked prayer for good health and for a good Christmas for the family.

w Katie (woman) -- We prayed that God would keep her safe and warm.

+ Madelyn (older woman) -- She gave her burdens to Jesus and invited him into her heart again.
+ a 199 Rose (woman. Madelyn's daughter) -- She asked prayer for her mom and the family.
+ 199 Joseph (man, Rose's husband) -- He asked prayer for the suffering children in the world. Joseph drove the three of the them to the prayer table.

Florence (woman) -- She asked prayer for her children.

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:05 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Dan (staff) -- We prayed for our children.

Gary (staff) -- We prayed for the message he would give to the community meal.

Ted (volunteer) -- We prayed against any side-effects from the antibiotic he is taking.

+Arturo (man) -- He asked prayer "for me, my family, my kids".

+ Scott (man) -- His life has fallen apart because of drug use. we prayed for him to be restored in Jesus.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


12/10/2014, #13, 4th Quarter 2014

This they said, testing him, that they might have something of which to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger, as though he did not hear. (John 8:6)
      My father-in-law used say that Jesus was writing: "Where is the man?" Lord, please help us speak the truth in love.

And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of his glory!" (Isaiah 6:3)
      Help us cry out to one another your holiness, LORD.

So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." (Isaiah 6:5)
      Holy Spirit, clean up the language we use toward one another.

And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged." (Isaiah 6:7)
      Lord, touch our lips with the fire of your Holy Spirit and purge away our sin.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." (Isaiah 6:8 )
      Jesus, please help me to respond to your call.

Psalm 38:21-22 WORD: I have heard your cry and I will answer you.
WORD: I AM the Good Shepherd -- keep coming back to me.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Isa. 6:1-13; 2 Thess. 1:1-12; John 7:53-8:11
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Isa. 7:1-9; 2 Thess. 2:1-12; Luke 22:1-13

      Notes from the Front Lines

DECEMBER -- Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
9 Desire to invite the unchurched this Advent
10 Bishop David Bena
11 For all who minister to the poor

***** Hi Torre: A very, very close friend of mine named Russ Hawkins, who lives in Port Crane, visited Archdeacon Barbara Hanstine today (Tue 12/9/2014) and prayed for her at my request. He said she told him she is probably going to go home and is feeling much better. I thought you would like to know there has been healing. Thanks be to God. And thank you for prayer warriors like my friend Russ. -- Deacon Alan Hart

***** Shaw Mudge Prayer Mail, for Tuesday December 9.
Dear Friends,
      This is our public prayer mail for Tuesday December 9.
Course development and ministry planning for 2015 continue, including our first online course(s) in Spanish. Pray that the Holy Spirit would work in a mighty way through the course preparation as well as the courses themselves.
We've heard back from our dwelling broker this week: the price is solidly appropriate for the market, and the dwelling is in excellent shape. We are waiting upon the Lord's buyer.
Prayer requests:
      1) For ordinations in 2015. We wait upon word from the Commission on Ministry in Belize.
      2) For God's timing of my visits to Belize in 2015.
      3) For my work while in the U.S.
      4) For the preparation for upcoming courses and the completion of the Spanish Prayer Book.
      5) For God's provision for all our needs both here and abroad, including the sale of our dwelling in Wynantskill.
      6) For Lydia as she prepares for Honduras, in less than a month.
God bless you,

***** Healing Service Guest Preacher - The Very Rev. David Beaulac
      The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, December 16th will be The Very Rev. David Beaulac, Rector of St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne and Dean of the Southern Adirondack Deanery. Fr. Dave is a bi-vocational priest and in his secular job he serves the needs of the hearing-impaired through his business, Audiocare Hearing Services in Glens Falls. Fr. Dave's talk is entitled Jesus: A Gift of Healing to the World. The healing service at Christ the King includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, personal prayer ministry and Reconciliation. The Healing service begins in The Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels (the main chapel) at 10 a.m. Lunch is available for purchase ($10.65 including tax) in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

***** Dear Friends and Family:
      As I write this, it is either raining, sleeting or snowing. And windy. Hope you are all warm and safe as we are. We are looking forward to Christmas this year in a special way. May each of you be blessed and enjoy a richer, deeper relationship with God this Christmas season. Here is the link for our blog:
Blessings and Peace, Michael and Christine Hales

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 08, 2014


12/8/2014, #12, 4th Quarter 2014

"Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:27-28 )
      Come soon, Lord Jesus.

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5)
      Holy Spirit, please help me to walk as a child of the light.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21)
      Have mercy on us, Father, for this is the character of our times.

Show me your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; on you I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5)
      Holy Trinity, One God, teach me and lead me day by day.

WORD: Don't be afraid in times of trouble -- I AM your refuge.
WORD: You are in my care.
WORD: Look to me. I AM your help and your strength.
WORD: I AM your hiding place -- flee into my arms.
WORD: Come to me; let me hold your hand.
WORD: I have blessed you -- bless me.
WORD: Keep turning to me in troubled times.
WORD: Look to me for help and light when the times are dark.
WORD: Rejoice in me.
WORD: I seek after my sheep. Pray they will respond to my call.
Luke 19:30-34 WORD: Do the word I speak to you.
WORD: Remember me and all the times I have rescued you.
WORD: Thank me in every circumstance. Offer to me the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
WORD: Come, seek me with all your heart.
WORD: Seek my will.
WORD: Turn to me. Look to me for help. I AM waiting for you to come to me.
WORD: Desire what I have for you.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Isa. 5:8-12, 18-23; 1 Thess. 5:1-11; Luke 21:20-28
Tuesday: 26,; 28 * 36, 39; Isa. 5:13-17, 24-25; 1 Thess. 5:12-28; Luke 21:29-38

      Notes from the Front Lines

NOVEMBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
22 Prison Chaplains – The Rev’d Tyrone Reddie, The Rev’d Charles Smith - and the incarcerated The Rev’d Nathaniel Lee
23 The Rev’d Lynne Crimi, The Rev’d Ana Maria Rivera-Georgescu, The Rev’d Ray Rockwell
24 St. Margaret’s Center for Children
25 Rural Parishes
26 Non-parochial Clergy 27Thanksgiving Day – That our thankfulness results in action; The Rev’d Bradley Jones, The Rev’d Congreve Quinby
28 For the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, and Trustees
29 The Rev’d Ronald Harrison, The Rev’d Douglas Blakelock, The Rev’d Alan Hart
30 Observance of a devout Advent The Rev’d William Cooper
Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
1 Chaplains and Members of the Armed Forces
2 Bishop William Love
3 For the Great Commission and the Great Commandment as personal foundations
4 The Rev’d Richard Lehmann, The Rev’d Richard Littlejohn
5 Thanksgiving for the Holy Men and Women of the Past
6 Shut-ins and Invalids
7 The Rev’d Robert Lewis
8 The Very Rev’d Marshall Vang, The Rev’d Paul Hartt

***** Please pray for Deacon Barbara Hanstine who is in UHS Wilson Medical Center, 33-57 Harrison Street, Johnson City, NY 13905. She has had a stroke.

***** From: jeanne gizara
Sent: Sat, Nov 29, 2014 5:00 pm
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
Philippians 2: 5

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.

Heavenly Father, this is our constant prayer. Bless Father Shaw Mudge and continue to send your Holy Spirit so that his mind is in agreement with Jesus' mind. May it always be the inspiration of Father, Son and Holy Spirit that leads him as he prepares those new courses for the theology students in Belize.

We thank You for every blessing during this Thanksgiving weekend and as we get ready for the new church year to start tomorrow. We pray for the whole Mudge family. Bless them, provide for them, prosper them. We pray for Lydia as she gets ready for her mission in Honduras. We pray for Mother Julie and her hospital ministry. And for the student getting ready to be ordained to the diaconate and for those new deacons who will progress to the priesthood next year.

Thank You for the increase in donations and in parish visits.We know that You will provide, Lord. We pray especially for a timely selling of the Mudge town house in Wynantskill NY.

We all give thanks with grateful hearts, Lord. Amen.

***** City Mission Prayer Table
December 4, 2014 –Chuck Rinaldo
+ - Cross
• Ted and Camille – Pray for God to sustain Ted to be able to live independently. PTL for Camille for the procedure she had in removing the metal fillings from her teeth that may have contributed to her Lyme disease. They will be testing for metal levels in her blood. Pray the results show her levels have been reduced and that she begin to heal.
• + Karyn – Forgiveness and peace in her life.
• + Tyisha – She has stomach problems, with intestinal bleeding. The medicine is no longer working and she needs proper treatment and healing.
• + Brandon – Pray for a proper relationship with his fiancé.
• ++ Tiffany and Graham – They are a couple. Pray for perseverance in their living conditions and for their relationship.
• Devon – He stopped by to give thanks for his jobs. We prayed he have the strength to handle both jobs and not to get over burdened.
• Gary – A Friend bought a car which turned out to have paperwork problems, meaning it cannot be registered. The car is needed for work. We pray for resolution and protection for Gary as he addresses the problem with the seller.
• Wesley, the 1 year old grandson of one of the volunteers was born with congenital heart condition that needs an operation this spring. We pray for Wesley’s health as he waits and that the surgery will be successful with no complications. Pray for the families peace.
• + Margaret, a student volunteer – Her grandfather has just been diagnosed with cancer, she’s not sure what type. We prayed for correct care, proper therapy, no side-effects from treatment; for peace and strength for the family.

***** From: Laurie Garramone, St. John's, Johnstown
Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 10:26 AM
Subject: Prayer table Dec 3

+ means a cross was given

Mike--leukemia treatments at Mayo clinic
+Les --for the love of mankind
+Alicia--for her future and the future of her 7 yr old son
Peter--for relief of stress and for daughter Cassie Windy--stress and medical tests
+Tricia--prayers for 13 yr old son Andrew to go to school
Amy and baby--health and well-being
Lady in car marked 'Spirit medium' --for conversion to the true Power

Romans 8:38-39

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, November 23, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Notes from the Front Lines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 10, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Notes from the Front Lines

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

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

      Notes from the Front Lines

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

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Friday, October 31, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Notes from the Front Lines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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