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Sunday, April 30, 2006

 

4/30/2006, #42, 2nd Quarter 2006

Pastor Paul Schlett and his wife Carrol served as pastors of the Hamilton Hill Fellowship, about two blocks from Christ Church Schenectady for over ten years. They are now serving in Missouri and have been intercessors for the Diocese of Albany for several years. Here is his response to my email yesterday about praying for and supporting military chaplains in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pray about supporting a chaplain.

Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 17:20:52 -0500
From: Pastor Paul Schlett, paulschlett@sbcglobal.net

Brother Torre & Sister Jean,

Jose Vega-Rivera is a chaplain's assistant in Iraq with the marines. I had the blessing to see him come to Jesus and to baptize him at Hamilton Hill Fellowship in December of 1993 shortly after HHF started. His life has been very difficult. It is humbling to know that the Lord used HHF to send at least a chaplain's assistant to serve in Iraq.

We love you.

In His grip, Paul

----- Original Message -----
From: Vegarivera RP2 Hiram (GCE LAR BN RP)
To: paulschlett@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 12:17 AM
Subject: Hello! From Iraq.

Hello, Pastor Paul.
Since I e-mail u last, a lot of things has happened; To start, I went to a town name Trebil and when we got there our job is to provide services to the troops, counseling and security while service is held, the situation at the place was that we need it a place to worship, and guess what, we got to worship our Lord Jesus inside a building that was dedicated before the war to worship false gods, on the walls they have figures of humans with animals heads, a lion on top a human figure and the ancient god baal was the main god for what we can see, the place was dark, but we make the sun light to shine and the temple once use to worship the devil, became a place to worship the Lord all mighty.

I love u guys with all my heart, in Jesus.

Jose

 

4/30/2006, #41, 2nd Quarter 2006

Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven demons. (Mark 16:9)

Jesus, there are so many in your church today who need deliverance, please visit your church and set it free of all that is demonic.

Holy Spirit, please make Jesus known to all in your church.

She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. (Mark 16:10)

Jesus, please let us be the bearers of good news to all who mourn and weep.

And when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. (Mark 16:11)

Father, even today many leaders of the Episcopal Church refuse to believe in the resurrection of your son Jesus. Please visit them with your Holy Spirit and make Jesus' victory over sin and death known to them as you did the eleven.

After that, he appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. (Mark 16:12)

Jesus, please come and meet us wherever we are.

And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. (Mark 16:13)

Father, please help us by your Spirit to be bearers of good news as these two and Mary Magdalene were. Please prepare the hearts of those we speak to that they would have ears to hear the good news.

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)

Jesus, please visit the leaders of the Episcopal Church and rebuke them for their unbelief and hardness of heart. Help them believe the witness of those who are faithful. Please speak to them before and during the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in June.

And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)

Holy Spirit, please help us hear your call to go into all the world with the good news of Jesus' resurrection and victory over sin and death.

"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16)

Jesus, thank you for setting us free from condemnation by helping us believe the good news and being baptized with water and your Spirit.

"And these signs will follow those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;" (Mark 16:17)

Father, please let your blessing rest upon the ministry of healing and deliverance in this diocese.

"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 16:18)

LORD, protect us from every poisonous attack and bless with healing those we lay hands on and pray for.

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)

Jesus, thank you for your life of faithfulness, death on the cross, resurrection from the dead, and ascension to your father and ours in heaven.

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

Holy Spirit, please help us all, clergy and laity alike, go forth preaching the good news. Please confirm this with accompanying signs. Thank you.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

 

4/28/2006, #39, 2nd Quarter 2006

From: "Forest Rittgers, Jr." frittger@nycap.rr.com
Torre and Jean -
Fore your information, Arlene contacted me before Christmas to get a line on a chaplain deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan that St. John's Ogdensburg could support through prayer, letters, cards, supplies, etc. A wonderful idea! After several months of trying to make the right contacts, I was able to get her in touch with a chaplain deployed in Iraq, and that ministry is now in operation. Hopefully, she'll be able to provide you some feedback in order to spread word of that important ministry to others who may be inspired to help or perhaps to sponsor another chaplain.
Blessings ...
Forest

----------------

From: "Arlene Monell" amonell@northnet.org
Hi Torre,
Our Starfish Connection at St. John's, Ogdensburg decided to support a Chaplain serving in Iraq with cards, candy, etc. for his/her troops. I was given the name of a Chaplain, Jeffrey Jencks an Episcopal priest from St. John's of Cumberland in Cumberland, RI. I have been in touch with him several times and am in the process of sending him cards and candy from the folks at St. John's in Ogdensburg. His email address is Jencks Jeffrey A LTC MNCI 43rd MP BDE Chaplain - jeffery.jencks@iraq.centcom.mil If your church would like to adopt a chaplain I would have Forrest get you in touch with the national office for deployment. He has the info., I deleted mine. Our church has also adopted a platoon from Fort Drum in Watertown who are deployed to Afghanistan for a year. We have individual names that we are praying for, sending cards, packages, magazines, etc. Larry Caulfield 315 393-7362 has all the info. on who to contact if your church wants to go that route. Jeffrey Jencks is leaving the day after Palm Sunday to go home for two weeks leave and to spend Easter with his own parish. I'm sure he would be happy to hear from you. The site for his own church is St John's of Cumberland and there is a link for pictures of the rector and they are quite touching. We copied some of them off the computer and made a collage which we are displaying at St. Johns, Ogd. so people can see who we are sending things too. We also have a display of the platoon we have adopted. We simply can never pray enough for all these brave people and they should know how much they are loved and supported. I hope this is a help. Let me know how you make out.
Arlene

Please pray about starting this ministry in your parish.

 

4/29/2006, #38, 2nd Quarter 2006

Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. (Exodus 17:1)

LORD, the Episcopal Church is bogged down in a wilderness of sin. It is only by obeying your commandments that we will find a new life. Help us by following your commandments to come to a haven of rest in you.

Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church is dry and parched, pour out your living water on us.

Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, "Give us water, that we may drink." So Moses said to them, "Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the LORD?" (Exodus 17:2)

Jesus, please bring us to repentance and new life in you. We contend and quarrel with those godly leaders you have raised up over us when the fault lies in the sin in our hearts.

And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, "Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?" (Exodus 17:3)

Jesus, the bitterness with which our bishops and clergy are reproached is a sign of our spiritual dryness. Move among us and bring us to repentance.

So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!" (Exodus 17:4)

Father, guide the prayers of Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Fr. Bill, and all your faithful clergy and lay leaders to that they cry out to you for help in time of need as Moses did.

And the LORD said to Moses, "Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. (Exodus 17:5)

Holy Spirit, please guide Bp. Dan, the Standing Committee, and the Diocesan Council so that they are led by you to do what you desire for all of us.

Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. (Exodus 17:6)

Jesus, bring us to those hard, stony places in our hearts and wills and let us be so struck by the rod of your word that living water flows out for us and others to drink from.

So he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah [literally: "tempted" and "contention"], because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?" (Exodus 17:7)

LORD, please help us repent in the Episcopal Church for the ways that we tempt you and contend with you.

Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. (Exodus 17:8)

LORD, we are being attacked and our leaders in this diocese are being vilified. Have mercy on us.

And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand." (Exodus 17:9)

Holy Spirit, please guide Bp. Dan and all our leaders in knowing when to call on others to lead in the battle. Help each of us to do our part.

So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. (Exodus 17:10)

Holy Spirit, you have raised up Bp. Dave and Fr. Bill to be with Bp. Dan to oversee the battle. Thank you.

And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. (Exodus 17:11)

LORD, give Bp. Dan strength of hand so that we may prevail.

But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. (Exodus 17:12)

Holy Spirit, guide Bp. Dave and Fr. Bill and the intercessors for this diocese so that we give support and rest to Bp. Dan and all our leaders and hold up their hands by prayer and intercession.

So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. (Exodus 17:13)

Holy Spirit, please raise up both warriors for the battle and intercessors for our leaders. Both are necessary.

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." (Exodus 17:14)

Holy Spirit, help us be a people who remember what God has done for us. Thank you for the victories you have wrought for us.

And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner; [YHWH Nissi] (Exodus 17:15)

Jesus, you are our banner and we hold your name in awe. Help us keep your name holy.

for he said, "Because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation." (Exodus 17:16)

Father, you have sworn to do battle with those who attack your people; remember us in the day of battle.

***** Torre,
Unfortunately, when I went to the hospital this morning, they decided to put off the surgery because I had an infection in my toe and they didn't want to chance it traveling to the knee so they postponed it until May 15th. Thank you for being so diligent to pass on the information. Hopefully the infection will be gone by then and we can proceed.
God's blessings, Denise Boland [Intercessor]

Friday, April 28, 2006

 

4/28/2006, #37, 2nd Quarter 2006

Prayer request from Bp. Bena: Old Beaver Cross sale: It looks like we will finally close on the property next week, by mail!! Please pray that it all goes smoothly, so that we have the check in our hands and the buyer has the old Beaver Cross in his possession by next Friday.

***** Sunday School lesson 30 is posted at:

http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2006/04/study-guide-sunday-school-lesson-30.html

There are some very powerful words to us all in this lesson: take a look at it.

***** Torre,

A last minute additional request for prayer. Our kick off party for our 40 Days of Purpose campaign is this Saturday April 29 at 3:00pm. Please pray for God to pour out his abundance, for all he intends to come to come and for everyone to commit to the full six weeks of the campaign: reading the book devotionally, attending a weekly small group, hearing all seven sermons starting April 30th, and memorizing the six scripture verses. Please also pray for protection, order and joy in God's presence.

This is a major outreach effort for us. We hope and pray that the Lord will bring many new people to him.

Thanks so much. In Christ, Rob Holman+ - Church of the Good Shepherd, Elizabethtown.

 

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 30 May 14, 2006

The Trial Before Felix
Theme: Living by Faith in Christ Alone
Theme Verse: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 NIV
Readings: Acts 24
Memory Verse: "Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit."

Five days after Paul had been whisked away secretly at night by a small army to Caesarea (the Roman headquarters) the High Priest, Ananias, some of the Elders and an orator (lawyer) came down (literally because Jerusalem is on a mountain and Caesarea is on the coast) to bring their charges against Paul.
Flattery & falsehood vs truth

Tertullus, the lawyer, spoke very eloquently, buttering up Gov. Felix and making all sorts of false charges against Paul. Of course he called on the High Priest and elders to agree with what he said and they did. He also implied that the Roman commander had violently interfered with their dealing with Paul according to their own laws.

Felix is an experienced Governor and gives Paul his chance to speak. (Remember that he knew about the plot to kill Paul and why he was taken down to Caesarea.) Paul has not hesitation about defending himself with the truth. Word received: Always tell the truth. Truth brings honor to My Name. If you tell the truth you don't have to cover up a lie. Then Paul speaks of the real reason for their opposition. He worships the God of Israel as a follower of "The Way" (Christianity) which his accusers call a "sect" (literally-"heresy") and quickly points to the belief he shares with his accusers who were Pharisees, the Resurrection of all, both righteous and wicked. For this reason he, Paul, works at ("exercises himself") at having a conscience without offense toward God and man.

Then Paul tells briefly what happened and again points to the Resurrection of the dead as the reason he was on trial. Recall in 1 Corinthians 15 that the resurrection of Jesus is tied to the resurrection of all the dead. Paul says, if the dead are not raised, then Christ is not raised and you are still in your sins. The Resurrection of the dead and of Jesus is absolutely central and essential to the Christian faith. Word received: It was for Me, Jesus, that Paul was on trial. Paul believed enough to put his life on the line. Are you committed to Jesus enough to put your life on the line like Paul did?

Governor Felix understood what was going on and put off the accusers till later. He had "more accurate" knowledge of "The Way" than the accusers thought he did. Word received: Knowledge is not enough, nor is wisdom enough. There must also be faith. Felix had knowledge, but that wasn't sufficient. You must have faith in Me; I alone am sufficient. Felix planned to wait for the Commander, Lysias, to come down. He ordered Paul kept under guard but with some freedom.

Felix also seemed drawn to Paul and God used it to allow Felix to hear about Jesus from Paul several times. Paul used every opportunity to share the gospel and faith in Jesus with Felix. Felix listened to Paul till Paul began to talk about righteousness, self-control and judgment, then Felix was afraid. It hit too close to home. Felix shows how not to follow Jesus, listen as long as it is interesting and convenient but when it becomes scary, turns away. (He also kept wanting a bribe.) Sometimes when sin meets God's truth there is fear and escape. Word received: I want you to hear My whole message, the pleasant and the difficult. I want your heart, your whole life, turned completely toward Me.

Look at the Memory Verse. Word received: Paul didn't worry because he knew I would be there to help. I will be there to help you too if you can trust Me.

Felix was interested in hearing Paul but his main interest was personal gain: getting a bribe or doing the Jewish authorities a favor (to put them in his debt). He also violated Roman law which said that a Roman citizen couldn't be held in prison more than two years without being convicted. What is our chief motivation? -- self-interest or serving God?? The call and question is still there. Joshua asked the Israelites "Choose you this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15).

Both Jesus and Paul were falsely accused. While Jesus "opened not his mouth", Paul eloquently defends himself. How do we know what to do if we are falsely accused? Listen to the Holy Spirit for guidance. Sometimes it is appropriate to keep silent; other times it is right to speak up. (See Memory Verse.) Example, when false accusations were made against our bishops and staff at the Spiritual Life Center, Bp; Bena wrote an elegant, truthful, convincing rebuttal. Those who had ears to hear were reassured and encouraged.

Paul was left in prison, "bound". Word received: You can be bound in body and free in My Spirit. You can be bound in spirit and in terrible bondage though outwardly you are free. Real freedom comes from Me. Paul was really free even though he was a prisoner. You can be free or you can be bound -- the choice is yours. Ask for the freedom of My Spirit in your life. Let Me have My way in your life so that you can be truly free. Do not pity Paul. He was free in Me in a way that few men are. You have a choice: choose life. (See Deuteronomy 30:19.)

 

4/28/2006, #36, 2nd Quarter 2006

Behold, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who by night stand in the house of the LORD! (Psalm 134:1)

LORD, help us to bless you. Thank you for the many blessings you have poured out on us. Thank you for our bishops, and our faithful clergy and lay leaders. Thank you for the many faithful witnesses to the gospel in our midst. Thank you for the Spiritual Life Center and those who minister there. Thank you for our diocesan staff. Thank you for who you are and what you do.

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. (Psalm 134:2)

Father, I bless you.

Jesus, I bless you.

Holy Spirit, I bless you.

Holy Trinity, one God, I bless you.

The LORD who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion! (Psalm 134:3)

Holy Father, help us call down blessings on one another. Fill this diocese with your blessings so that we truly set our hope on you. Thank you.

***** PLEASE pray for Georgina, (21) Kent England. Georgie is Julie Sheldon's daughter and Fr. Nigel Mumford's neice. Her thyroid nodules are cancerous. Surgery May 9th or 10th.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

 

4/27/2006, #34, 2nd Quarter 2006

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12)

Jesus, this isn't a request you are giving us, it's a COMMAND.

Holy Spirit, please help us look carefully at Jesus' love for us so that we will know how to love each another.

Father, you sent Jesus into a lost and fallen world -- that's us -- because you love us. Help us to know our need for your love so that we can love each other.

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)

Jesus, you showed us on the cross how much it cost you to love us, people you called your friends; help us to love one another in the same way you loved us.

Father, you loved the people who scourged, humiliated, and spat upon your son and nailed him to the cross; please help us love one another to the same extent.

Holy Spirit, I am talking about loving one another in the Episcopal Church: I can't do that without your active help and intervention.

"You are my friends if you do whatever I command you." (John 15:14)

Holy Spirit, friendship with Jesus comes at a high cost: loving those like me who are unlovable. I need your help to do this.

Jesus, there is that "COMMAND" word again. Please help me be obedient unto death as you were so that I can enter fully into your friendship.

"No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you." (John 15:15)

Father, thank you for your kindness in speaking to us through the Spirit of your son Jesus so that we too can know your will for us.

Holy Spirit, bearer of the father's love and the son's love, come and speak that love into our hearts and wills.

Jesus, we have been told that the "bonds of affection" in the Anglican Communion have been badly strained, even to the breaking point, by what WE in the Episcopal Church have done. We ask and pray that your father's will be done at the General Convention in June so that the wounds WE in the Episcopal Church have inflicted on your body may be healed.

Father, we saw the wonder of your will being done in the election of Fr. Bill Love as our Bishop Coadjutor, please let your will be done in the election of a Bishop of Tennessee and the other dioceses that are electing bishops in May. Thank you.

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the father in my name he may give you." (John 15:16)

Jesus, please help us go forth and bear good fruit for you. Please help us come to know what it means to have a father in heaven.

"These things I command you, that you love one another." (John 15:17)

Amen.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

 

4/26/2006, #33, 2nd Quarter 2006

A year ago April I received this email from Ken Thomas, an intercessor for the Diocese of Albany in Australia. It was a wonderful visit with Ken and Rosemary. Bp. Dan, Cherie Downs, Jeanne Gizara, Nigel Mumford and others opened their hearts to them and they got to see the Spiritual Life Center and worshiped at Christ Church Schenectady with us.

Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 17:36:41 +1000
From: Ken Thomas
Subject: Albany Diocese

Hi Torre,
We are coming to Canada/ US for a vacation, and we plan to be in Albany Diocese the 4th and 5th June. We are coming solely to worship in your Diocese on the Sunday
Regards,
Ken

K. J. Thomas,
Kyriakon,
Clearys Lane,
WILDES MEADOW 2577
NSW Australia

A few weeks ago Ken became seriously ill. Today we received the following emails from Rosemary. Jean summed it up on the Christ Church Prayer Line: Pray for the family of Ken Thomas, the man who came from Australia to "worship in the diocese of Albany", who died last Thurs. evening. Pray for wife Rosemary and family. "Our grieving is tempered with the realization that he is with his Heavenly Father." He is now worshiping in the presence of the King!
Torre

Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 21:09:34 +1000
From: Rosemary Thomas
Subject: Ken

Dear Torre and Jean,

I am very sorry to say that Ken died last Thursday evening 20th April at 8.20 pm. His funeral was last Monday 24th April at 1.30pm.

You will understand why I have not been able to let you know about it. He died in hospital in Sydney and the funeral was at Mittagong in a private chapel on a rural property, called 'Santo Spirito". It was an Anglo Catholic service and very healing.

Our grieving is tempered with the realization that he is with his Heavenly Father, SAFE in His everlasting arms. He is no longer subject to hideous disease.

Ken always wanted to have 20:20 vision and was sure that when he died he would have it. His time of death was 20:20 in 24 hour time.

The funeral was an occasion of great emotion but not sadness as we celebrated Jesus victory over death.

I had come home last Wednesday to get ready for Ken's return home. He had been told that the tumour had gone and that he could look forward to some more years of life. But on the Thursday night he took a turn for the worse and I was not able to talk with him when I returned on Saturday morning. He did however, give me a kiss on Easter morning when I arrived to see him.

I will email you my address at the funeral, and also what Michael, our son said. I will post to you the order of service.

Love,

Rosemary

Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 21:13:51 +1000
From: Rosemary Thomas
Subject: Eulogy for Ken

The text of Michael's address at Ken's funeral:

Kenneth John Thomas was, to borrow the word of Churchill, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

He was born on June 7th 1937, the only child of Estell and Doris Thomas. Their home was in working class Mayfield in Newcastle. As Ken's oldest son I have had 44 years to seek to puzzle him out, and what I am about to tell represents my best efforts, but is offered with the defence that I often thought I had absolutely no idea…

He attended Islington Public School and then won a place at the selective Newcastle Boys High. At the end of his schooling he worked for Lysaghts and in Automotive Spare Parts before studying Accountancy. As a child Dad was inhibited by poor health, abysmal eyesight and the challenges of being an only child. All these factors were to shape the man he was to become.

While still a young adult, he met and fell in love with an even younger Rosemary Gray. Having read his letters of the period, it was clear that he was utterly besotted with her and they were married on June 6th 1958 in St Phillip's Church Waratah. In old fashioned language, Dad married above himself, and for the rest of his life he was grateful for his good luck.

The home they made in Croudace Street New Lambton gave birth to Dad's lifelong love of gardening, carpentry and homely things. A few years ago he was delighted to learn that the current owners of that house had lovingly restored it including the staircase and Attic room Dad had created.

That home also was the place he and Mum brought the beginnings of their family with my birth in 1961 and Deborah's in 1963. Old Super 8 movie footage shows Dad as a scrawny but doting Father and loving husband.

A desire for a better life for their children saw Mum and Dad leave Newcastle and after a period in Glebe, build their home at Killara. Once in Sydney our family was completed in 1965 by the birth of Lyndall. Dad worked at this time for the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church. In 1966 Mum and Dad felt the call of God on their lives and offered themselves for missionary service. Dad was appointed Administrator of the Diocese of Carpenteria and we spent two wonderful years living on Thursday Island.

During the first wet season Dad spent every spare moment in the steamy corrugated iron shed next to the house building a half cabin timber boat which we then used each weekend exploring the Torres Strait. Again, he was recently delighted to meet a man who was restoring a boat made to the plans he had used 40 years previously.

TI was an idyllic existence. Dad loved working in an office within our house allowing him plenty of time with his young family. But eventually, for the sake of our education, we returned to our home in Sydney.

Then followed a difficult period for Dad when he worked for a succession of Trustee companies. The life of wage slave, the tedious office politics and pathetic power games did not suit Dad. My memories at the time were of him being stressed, bored and unhappy. He did not allow work to dominate his life, and our boat, and amazing holiday adventures began to occupy his energies. Camping on an uninhabited island in the Whitsundays, canoeing in Willandra Lakes and visiting every major National Park in NSW were taken by us for granted but took painstaking research and careful planning.

Eventually Dad stormed out of the office for the last time and he bought a taxi licence. Three years of driving a cab at all sorts of odd hours and numerous hair-raising adventures later, Dad then bought a Hardware business in Liverpool. He worked hard and successfully in this business and at the grand old age of 49 sold out to enjoy his retirement. He had the Midas touch for timing financial decisions.

While at the shop, Mum and Dad bought five acres of overgrown blackberry fields in Wildes Meadow in 1981. Transforming this weed infested mess into beautiful gardens became a labour of love and Dad learnt to grow potatoes and drive a tractor. In 1991 he built their current house and they moved to the Southern Highlands full time.

Sadly in the mid eighties Dad's health took a serious decline. Only after I saw Dad's bravery in facing his final illness did I properly appreciate the manner he dealt with ill health. His much loved Neurologist Dominic Rowe once told me that if one wanted to invent a cruel debilitating illness, Peripheral Neuropathy would be perfect. While isolating and diminishing him, his illness never was allowed to define him and he continued his interests and enthusiasms. During this period his computer and later his internet connection kept him in touch with a wider world.

For keeping Dad's world from closing down entirely, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to his personal IT consultant, my friend Charlie Williams. Dad just assumed Charlie was available at his beck and call. Wherever Charlie was in the world he could not escape Dad's desire to tell him the minute details of his computing problems or indeed any of the ideas going through his head. More often than not Charlie came up with an immediate solution! Thank you Charlie, your patience, generosity and sheer talent have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated…

Dad proudly saw all three of his children married and became a Grandfather six times over. While the details of relating to all of us was a challenge to him, to others he was boastful and one eyed about us. The man who squandered his own chance at a tertiary education was enormously proud of Deb's PhD, yet being Mr Enigma never managed to tell her of that pride.

Along the way through life he gathered a loyal and varied group of friends, and we are honoured by your presence here today.

Dad was a highly intelligent man with an active and imaginative brain that frustratingly was never properly trained. He always challenged us to question the status quo and many a time he would take up an unpopular intellectual position for no other reason than to rev us up and keep us thinking. In the late 60s he wrote to China and obtained a copy of Chairman Mao's little red book and he took us to Speakers Corner in the Domain

Throughout his life he had numerous enthusiasms, a couple of which Mum will speak of in a few moments. In seeking to list some of them, his cousin Helen suggested it would be easier for me to list things he was not interested in, but let me give it a go…

In no particular order, and at various times, Dad was passionate about aviary birds, carpentry, gardening (including orchids and bonsai), Power boating, sailing, fishing, coffee (the roasting, grinding, making and drinking thereof),Chinese cookery, shopping, Paddy's Markets, Papal encyclicals, Blind woodworking, Solitaire, Dogs, Power tools, Photography, cars, cast iron cookware, Anglo-Catholicism, the Confederate flag, microscopes and reading.

He once spent some weeks rewriting all 150 Psalms, eliminating the violence and, for some bizarre reason that now escapes me, the ancient musical instruments.

I remember him once telling me that the insane rich could get away with the description "eccentric" while he and I would only be considered silly old buggers.

He was a crazy, mixed up complicated puzzle of a man, but he was loved and loving. He will be deeply missed, I don't know what our family will do without him…

 

4/26/2006, #32, 2nd Quarter 2006

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, (1 Peter 2:1)

Holy Spirit, please burn away from among us all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking. Help us recognize and deal with the logs in our eyes as we contemplate the speck in our brothers and sisters' eyes. (From Luke 6:42)

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, (1 Peter 2:2)

Jesus, please help us make those choices which will enable us to grow in you. You are the vine and there is no growth, fruit, or life apart from you. (From John 15:1-11)

if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:3)

Jesus, thank you for your gracious goodness to us; thank you for giving us what we do not deserve. Thank you for your merciful kindness in not giving us what we deserve.

Coming to him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, (1 Peter 2:4)

Jesus, if we build on any other foundation stone than you, we labor in vain. Please restore to the Episcopal Church a true sense of where to find life.

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)

Father, help each parish, each person in this diocese become a living stone built up into a holy temple upon the foundation of the faith you delivered to the saints.

Holy Spirit, please help each of us answer your call. Each of us has a vocation, whether as a lay minister, as a member of a religious order, as a deacon, or as a priest. Mold us into the people you want us to be.

***** Here are the names of those to be ordained, God willing, at the Diocesan Convention. Please pray for them regularly.

Transitional Diaconate: Scott Garno, David Haig, Sheila McCarthy, Esau Mc Caulley (Esau will be ordained in May), Virginia Ogden.

Vocational Diaconate: Gregory Bailey, Thomas Bombard, Richard Erickson, Alan Hart, Mary Carol Hart, Barbara Letteney, Mark McDarby, Gary Norman, Sandra Tatem, William Tatem, Christine Wickman.

Please keep them in prayer.

***** Please pray that men and women will heed the call to enter the religious life. Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary. Please pray that a holy order of men will be raised up in this diocese as well.

 

Sister Martha ties the traditional chitenge around Sister Mary Basil. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

 

4/25/2006, #31, 2nd Quarter 2006

"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18)

Jesus, thank you for giving us the Spirit of adoption by whom we are able to cry out, "Abba, Father!" Thank you that we can be set free from the spirit of bondage and fear. (From Romans 8:15)

"A little while longer and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also." (John 14:19)

Jesus, in you is life, and that life is the light of all who receive you. (From John 1:4)

"At that day you will know that I am in my father, and you in me, and I in you." (John 14:20)

Holy Spirit, please restore to the Episcopal Church this saving knowledge.

"He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him." (John 14:21)

Father, please help us by your Spirit to keep Jesus' commandments so that we can express our love for him and his love will be manifested in us and through us.

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?" Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (John 14:22-23)

Jesus, you are the living word which has come down from heaven; please take up residence in our hearts. Help us love you and keep your word to us. Thank you for showing us your father's love for us.

"He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the father's who sent me." (John 14:24)

Holy Spirit, restore to the Episcopal Church an abiding love for the words which God has spoken to us. Bring those who no longer love Jesus and have ceased to keep his word back to him in true and lasting repentance.

"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you." (John 14:25)

Thank you, Jesus, for all that you speak to us through the Scriptures.

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." (John 14:26)

Holy Spirit, Helper, please visit all those going to the General Convention and give them a heart's desire for the father's will to be done. Restore to the Episcopal Church the knowledge of all that Jesus has said to us.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

There are many who say, "Who will show us any good?" LORD, lift up the light of your countenance upon us. Put your gladness and peace into our hearts. (From Psalm 4:6-7)

"You have heard me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the father,' for my father is greater than I." (John 14:28)

Jesus, help us rejoice in all that you have done, are doing, and will do.

"And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe." (John 14:29)

Jesus, please help us believe your words to us.

"I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in me". (John 14:30)

Jesus, as the ruler of this world sought to destroy you, he seeks to destroy your church today. As you were raised to life again by the Holy Spirit, bring the Episcopal Church to new life by your Holy Spirit.

"But that the world may know that I love the father, and as the father gave me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here." (John 14:31)

Jesus, help us make known your love for your father and the way in which you kept his commandments.

Monday, April 24, 2006

 

Let's be honest about it: if we want God to lead us, it is going to have to be on his terms and in his way, and not ours. That may be terrifying at times, but it is the only way through the wilderness the Episcopal Church is in currently. Posted by Picasa

 

4/24/2006, #30, 2nd Quarter 2006

Let's be honest about it: if we want God to lead us, it is going to have to be on his terms and in his way, and not ours. That may be terrifying at times, but it is the only way through the wilderness the Episcopal Church is in currently.

Our father in heaven,
may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come,
YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN.
Please give us today's bread,
and do not lead us into hard testing,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
forever. So be it.

 

4/24/2006, #29, 2nd Quarter 2006

We asked the LORD how to pray for the General Convention:

A word received: Ask for my will to be done. That is what I want you to pray for the General Convention.

 

4/24/2006, #28, 2nd Quarter 2006

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (2 Peter 1:2)

Holy Spirit, please restore to your church the knowledge of God and of Jesus as Lord so that grace and peace may be multiplied among us.

***** Sunday School lesson 29 is posted at:
http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2006/04/study-guide-sunday-school-lesson-29.html

Bishop elections in the dioceses of Tennessee, California, Northern California, and Eastern Michigan are scheduled for May 6. Please pray that bishops who know Jesus as both Lord and Savior will be raised up in these dioceses.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

 

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 29 May 7, 2006

The Lord Continues To Protect Paul
Theme: Living by Faith in Christ Alone
Theme Verse: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 NIV
Readings: Acts 23: 12-35
Memory Verse: "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

The Plot
After Paul's appearance in front of the Sanhedrin, over forty men formed a plot to kill Paul and vowed not to eat or drink till they had done it. The horrifying part is that they went to the chief priests and elders, told them and got them to join the plot! (Always remember when the text talks about Jews that Paul and the apostles and Jesus were Jews also.) Of course this is not the first time people have tried to kill Paul. Look at the Memory Verse, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Word received: I have not asked you to go anyplace I have not gone. I have walked through that valley to My own death; I will walk through it with you and I will comfort you. Paul would have known this Psalm and probably drew comfort from it.

These men were zealous about the wrong thing. The Jewish tradition had many rules to make sure that justice was done and innocent blood not be shed but these men are not following that.

God continues to protect Paul
How did Paul's sister's son find out about the plot? We don't know. We don't even know his name. Perhaps we are not told to protect the one who exposed the plot to the nephew. Look at the courage it took for the nephew, a young man, to go to Paul in prison and then to the commander. It took courage to expose this wrong. He had to live among the people who did the plotting. This is an example of the power of one, one person who acts on behalf of what is right. God used that to bring Paul where He wanted him. The young man was a part of God's plan. Don't bypass what might look trivial to you. It might be part of God's larger plan. See how God can use one person. Word received: Nothing can hide from Me. Nothing escapes My knowing. Here we get a glimpse at who God is. He knows everything. "From Him no secrets are hid." He not only knows everything, He can do anything. The forty thugs didn't consider God's power or nature. God reaches out and protects Paul.

Both the centurion and the commander (Tribune) were very responsive to Paul. They were treating him as an important prisoner, probably also because he was a Roman citizen. They let the nephew in to see Paul, listened to Paul's request, opened doors (literally and figuratively) and took him to the commander, who listened and acted on the confidential information----immediately!

A big chunk of the Roman army in that place was protecting Paul. Look at the size of the group that took Paul half way (to An/tip'/i/tris) about 30 miles as a bird flies- but longer by road) and on to Caesarea, another 30plus miles. There were 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen and 200 spearmen plus horses for Paul to ride. The Lord did things in a big way! All of this was prepared immediately to go late that night (9-10 PM). They were to turn him over to the Roman Governor, Felix, who would guard Paul in his fortress.

Already, God's word to Paul the night before was taking shape. "Take courage, for as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also at Rome." Paul would have been remembering that word. Word received: You can always trust what I say to you. Paul trusted Me. You can trust Me too.

Look at how God takes care of Paul. "He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it."(1Thessalonians 5:24) Word received: When I call you, I will equip you. When I call you, I AM able to keep you safe. I called Paul. I equipped him and I kept him safe. There is no need to be afraid. I AM sufficient for every circumstance.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?" (Psalm 27:1a) Word received: You do not need to be afraid when you are in My service. You do not need to fear for I AM near you. "The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"(Psalm 27:1b) Word received: I was David's strength; I was Paul's strength, and I will be your strength.

What is God calling you to do? Are you afraid? Notice how God used something bad for His good purposes (as we have recently seen in our diocese.)

 

4/23/2006, #27, 2nd Quarter 2006

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me." (John 14:1)

Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to lay aside the troubles of our hearts. Help us believe in Jesus in a way that makes a difference in our lives.

"In my father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2)

Father, thank you that there is a place for us in your house.

Jesus, thank you for preparing a place for me in your father's house.

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3)

Jesus, I long for the day when I will be there with you. Thank you that I may be with you. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit as a first deposit on all that I will receive.

"And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:4)

Lord, guide us step by step along the way.

Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?" (John 14:5)

Holy Spirit, thank you for Thomas and all his questions. Please help me voice all my questions and doubts with the same freedom that he had with Jesus so that Jesus can deal with them.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." (John 14:6)

Jesus, please restore to your church the certainty that you are the way, the truth, and the live, and that you are the way to the Father.

"If you had known me, you would have known my father also; and from now on you know him and have seen him." (John 14:7)

Jesus, please help us know you more and more so that we can know your father more clearly.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

 

4/22/2006, #26, 2nd Quarter 2006

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Father, thank you for the interior life of the Spirit that you give us. Thank you that even while our mortal goodies are growing old, we are daily being renewed by your Spirit.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, (2 Corinthians 4:17)

Jesus, thank you for the hope of glory and life eternal in your presence.

while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Holy Spirit, so often we have eyes and see not; please help us see and hold fast to the things which are eternal. Please restore sight to those in the church who are blinded by the things of the world.

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (2 Corinthians 5:1)

LORD, this tent, this tabernacle of your Spirit is slowly wearing out. Thank you for the hope of the resurrection and eternal life with you.

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, (2 Corinthians 5:2)

Lord Jesus, we long for the day of your appearing.

if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. (2 Corinthians 5:3)

Lord, so much of your church has been stripped and found naked. It no longer knows the Scriptures nor your power. (From Mark 12:24)

For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. (2 Corinthians 5:4)

Father, you are not God of the dead, but of the living; please restore to the life of your Spirit those who have cast away hope in you. (From Mark 12:29)

***** Jean and I had a wonderful two days at the Convent of the Sisters of St. Mary at the Spiritual Life Center. It was a refreshment to our spirits to be among those who have their eyes firmly fixed on things eternal while living in this world.

 

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Friday, April 21, 2006

 

Jean and I are doing a two-day retreat at the convent of the Sisters of St. Mary. Please pray that we will receive all that the LORD has for us. Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary. Posted by Picasa

 

4/21/2006, #25, 2nd Quarter 2006

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-- (1 Corinthians 15:51)

LORD, I long for that day of change.

in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

Jesus, thank you for the hope of that change.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:53)

Holy Spirit, thank you for writing this hope on my heart.

So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." (1 Corinthians 15 54)

Thank you, Father, for the hope that is set before me: "Death is swallowed up in victory!"

"O Death, where is your sting? O Death, where is your victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:55)

Jesus, thank you for giving us the victory over sin and death by your death and resurrection.

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. (1 Corinthians 15:56)

Father, thank you that your love is stronger than sin and death and the law; truly death is swallowed up in victory.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Father, thank you for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Holy Spirit, write Jesus' victory on the tablet of my heart so that I will never forget it. Please help me to be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that my labor is not in vain.

Jesus, please win the victory over sin and death in the Episcopal Church and at its General Convention. Please help the bishops, clergy, and lay deputies recognize the corrupt for what it is and choose the hope of what is incorruptible.

***** Jean and I are doing a two-day retreat at the convent of the Sisters of St. Mary. Please pray that we will receive all that the LORD has for us.

***** Pray for our 2006 deputation to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church:

House of Bishops: Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog, Rt. Rev. David Bena, Rt. Rev. David Ball

Diocese of Albany Deputation
(Laity): Doris Bedell, Cn. Richard (Jerry) Carroll, Cn. George Marshall, John Iseman

(Clergy): The Rev. Dr. Shaw Mudge, The Rev. Ellen Neufeld, The Very Rev. John Scott, The Rev. Dr. Carola von Wrangle

(Alternates laity): Andy Ewart, Sally Hansen

(Alternates Clergy): The Rev. Joel Grigg, The Rev. Robert Haskell, The Rev. Richard Knudson, The Rev. Michael Shank

***** Pray for Shirley Parker and Muriel Dix who will be attending the Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW).

Thursday, April 20, 2006

 

4/20/2006, #24, 2nd Quarter 2006

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)

Jesus, please help us to be faithful in going where you send us.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)

Holy Spirit, please speak to our doubts and fears.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth." (Matthew 28:18)

Father, please teach the leaders of the Episcopal Church where their authority comes from and that it is not theirs by right but by being stewards.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (Matthew 28:19)

Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to be disciples who are making disciples.

"teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:20)

Father, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit into our hearts so that we have Jesus with us.

Jesus, please baptize your church afresh with your Holy Spirit. Thank you. Amen.

***** Fr. Nigel asks you to please keep Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in your prayers for the first ever School of Healing Ministry Teen Edition. Please hold Father Nigel, Patti Gibbons and team in your prayers. Pray that new ministers will be born.

Keep praying for our Bishops & Bishop Coadjutor-elect for protection, wisdom, clear guidance, strength, preparation for whatever is ahead.

Pray for Fr. Love to be approved at the General Convention.

Pray for Lord's intervention in the Episcopal Church and the General Convention.

Pray for a mighty move of God in this nation and in His church (all of them).

Pray for God's blessing and guidance and protection on our diocese, its clergy and people and our own convention.

Pray for protection and blessing and abundant provision for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and healing and other ministries there.

Pray for completion of sale of old Beaver Cross.

Pray attacks will stop and none will succeed.

Pray that whatever Satan means for evil, God will use for good.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

 

1 Thessalonians 5:24 Posted by Picasa

 

4/19/2006, #23, 2nd Quarter 2006

Verses and words received for a Sunday School lesson on Acts 23:12-35:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

A word received: I have not asked you to go any place I have not gone. I have walked through that valley to my own death; I will walk through it with you, and I will comfort you.

The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

A word received: When I call you, I equip you. When I call you, I Am able to keep you safe. I called Paul. I equipped him and I kept him safe. There is no need to be afraid; I Am sufficient for EVERY circumstance.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1a)

A word received: You do not need to be afraid when you are my service. You do not need to fear, for I Am near you.

The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1b)

A word received: I was David's strength, I was Paul's strength, and I will be your strength.

***** Keep on praying for the Lord to work in a powerful way at the General Convention and for our bishop coadjutor-elect to be approved. Pray for the Lord to do a work of preparation for Fr. Love.
Pray for the Lord's work in the others who were candidates.
Pray for God's protection, strength, clear guidance for our Bishops, Bishop-elect, Fr. Nigel, Matt Baker and for travel mercies.
Pray for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in our Diocese and in the wider church and in this nation.
Pray that we will all keep our eyes on the Lord no matter what happens. Pray for God's Truth and Light to overcome the darkness.
Pray for the above and all faithful clergy & lay leaders to keep on wearing God's full armor.
Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper.

Monday, April 17, 2006

 

4/17/2006, #21, 2nd Quarter 2006

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, (1 Corinthians 15:1)

Jesus, please help us stand on the truth of the gospel.

by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:2)

Father, thank you for the salvation you offer us and which we receive through the life, death, and resurrection of your son Jesus.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:3)

Holy Spirit, thank you for those faithful witnesses who believed and told us the whole gospel.

and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:4)

Jesus, thank you for enduring the agonies of death on the cross for us.

Holy Spirit, thank you for raising Jesus from the dead on the third day.

and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:5)

Thank you, Jesus, for showing yourself to your disciples. Thank you for making yourself known to us through faithful witnesses and by your Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit, please restore to the Episcopal Church the knowledge of Jesus' resurrection and victory over sin and death.

Holy Father, help us all make a joyful shout to you and sing out the honor of your name. Help us to make your praise glorious for all that you have done for us. How awesome are your works! (From Psalm 66:1-3)

***** Keep praying for our Bishops, our diocese, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, the approval of Fr. Love at the General Convention, Fr. Nigel and Matt Baker. Pray for the Lord's will to be done at the General Convention and his will and purposes in our Diocesan Convention.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

 

4/16/2006, #20, 2nd Quarter 2006

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

Jesus, please let all my beginnings and endings be in you.

Holy Spirit, please write Jesus on my heart; let him be the living Word to me.

Father, thank you for sending your only son to us so that we could be adopted as your children. Help us to receive and nurture all the children you put in our care.

***** Sunday School lessons 27 and 28 are posted at:

http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2006/04/study-guide-sunday-school-lesson-27.html

http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2006/04/study-guide-sunday-school-lesson-28.html

Saturday, April 15, 2006

 

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 28 April 30, 2006

Paul before the Sanhedrin
Theme: Living by Faith in Christ Alone
Theme Verse: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 NIV
Readings: Acts 22:30-23:11
Memory Verse: "The following night the Lord stood near Paul & said, 'Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.' " (Acts 23:11)

Remember why Paul was here in the first place: the riot started by some falsely claiming that Paul taught against the Law, the "people" and the temple (Acts21:28). He is rescued by the Roman soldiers and gets a chance to witness from the steps of the barracks to the hostile crowd.

The next day the Roman officer brought Paul before the Sanhedrin to get evidence (not to try him) as to why the Jews accused him. (Remember that Paul and the apostles and most of the Christians in Jerusalem were also Jews.) Paul looked directly into the eyes of the Council and calls them, "Brethren"! The he directly challenges the charge against him. "I have lived before God in all good conscience up to this day." Word received: That is what I want you to be able to say: that is why I want to cleanse your hearts with the fire of My Holy Spirit. Paul's past has been forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus and the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit. That is why he can say this. God wants to cleanse our hearts (body, mind, spirit) with the fire of the Holy Spirit. Our sins are forgiven at the cross and the Holy Spirit wants to keep on making us "a new creation" by his power. The same Spirit who raised Christ Jesus from the dead can also raise us to new life. Word received: Can you say what Paul said? I want you to be able to say that you too have fulfilled your duty to Me with a good conscience. This is not to say we are perfect or sinless but the direction and purpose of our lives is to follow Jesus in obedience and love. As Paul says, I have kept the faith. I have finished my course (race). Remember how Jesus said, "I have not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it." (Matthew 5:17)

The high priest, Ananias (held office 47-58 AD under the reign of Claudius and Nero and was assassinated about 66AD) was a very corrupt one, notorious for his greed and was killed by the Zealots for his pro-Roman sympathies. (p.35, The New Bible Dictionary, Eerdmans) He gave orders that Paul be hit on the mouth and we see Paul's temper flare at this unfair breaking of the Law. Word received: My people will be misunderstood and suffer ridicule for My Name. That is still happening today. What we see in verse 3 is Paul, who knew the Law well, objecting to someone, who was breaking the law himself, presuming to judge him (Paul) by that same Law. Word received: Be careful how you judge others because you will be judged by how you judge others. The high priest was breaking the Law he claimed to be upholding. Paul called him on it---just as he called Peter on his double mindedness in Galatians 2:11-13.

Remember how Jesus said in Matthew 7:1f, "Judge not that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged." Paul comments on this in Romans 2:23 "You who boast in the Law do you dishonor God by breaking the Law?" Jesus goes on to say that we need to examine ourselves before God before trying to help another who has sinned. "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." Jesus also says, "By their fruits you will know them." As our Bishop says, "We are not to be judges (God's role) but we are to be 'fruit inspectors'." We are to exercise discernment but without assuming God's role. We are also to be accountable to one another.

Paul knows God's Word and backs down somewhat because he knows he needs to speak respectfully to the high priest, even though he is wrong. (Paul had just compared him to a whitewashed tomb which was considered unclean and full of death!)

What is happening here when Paul recognizes the theological gulf between the Sadducees and the Pharisees? I would suggest that Jesus gave him an idea on the spot of how to speak -- to divide his accusers and turn them against each other and still witness to Jesus' resurrection -- the absolute core of the Christian faith. READ 1 Corinthians 15:12-17. Paul has one shot at it and wants to go right to the heart of the matter. It will also divide his opponents. The Pharisees end by letting Paul off the hook. Word received: If you were facing judgment as a Christian, what would the basis for your defense be? Paul's is the hope and the resurrection of the dead.

God's protection takes the form of a violent dispute between two groups of accusers. Word received: I was there to guide and protect Paul. As you speak My Truth, I will be there to watch over you too.

Now see how Jesus encourages Paul. "The following night the Lord stood by him and said, 'Take courage, for as you have testified about Me at Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also at Rome.' " Word received: "Be of good courage. It is I; do not be afraid." (Matthew 4:27). That is the word that I speak to My people when they are afraid. I want you to believe my words of comfort -- they are spoken in time of need.

We too can call on the Lord for encouragement! He wants to give it to you. He wants you to testify about him. Share about a time when the Lord encouraged you in a difficult time. Have you ever been in an impossible spot and the Lord told you what to say or do?

 

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 27 April 23, 2006

Paul Arrested and Tried
Theme: Living by Faith in Christ Alone
Theme Verse: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 NIV
Readings: Acts 21:17-22:29
Memory Verse: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

The Elders of the church in Jerusalem not only welcomed Paul and the others, they praised God for all that God had done through Paul's ministry. They had a problem, however. Thousands of Jews had come to believe in Jesus as their Messiah and had become very zealous for the Law. But all sorts of false rumors had been spread about Paul (see vs. 21). The solution the church Elders in Jerusalem proposed was to have Paul join four of the disciples in some purification rites to show the rumors were false. Paul did this for the sake of the unity of the church and that the truth would be known. Word received: Guard My unity as Paul did.

But the plan didn't work. When "some Jews from the province of Asia" saw Paul in the temple they assumed (how many troubles start with people assuming things!) he had brought a Gentile into the temple and they started a riot. These Jews may well have been some of the same group who opposed Paul in "Asia" and were spreading false rumors about him as they had before. Word received: There will always be those who will try to destroy My church with false statements, confusion and deception. Pray for and speak the truth in love anyway as Paul did. This experience of Paul's is kind of like what has happened to our Bishops Dan and Dave.

Paul was willing to try this plan not only for the unity of the church but, as we see later in this lesson, he was willing to "be all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some" (1 Corinthians 9:22). He was not compromising anything basic, he was willing to adapt to secondary things in order to win a hearing for the gospel, just as he had said he was willing to not eat meat if it caused a Christian brother to stumble.

Another example of how Paul was willing to go to great lengths to share the Good News of Jesus is when the rioters capture him in the temple, start beating him to try to kill him and he is rescued by Roman (Gentile!) soldiers. Paul asks to speak to the crowd. (He got the officer's attention by asking in Greek.) Paul turns a truly life threatening situation into an opportunity for witness. (Even though the people didn't accept it, they did hear the gospel. They became quiet when Paul began to speak their own language.

"Brethren and fathers, hear my defense before you now (22:1). Word received: Look at how Paul addresses those who are seeking to kill him--"Brethren and fathers". I want you to be able to address those who attack you with the same love that Paul has. First he speaks of how he was like them in the past. Word received: I want you to meet people where they're at, just as Paul did. Then he tells about his conversion. "Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" (Acts 22:6-7) Word received: I want you to know that when people persecute you for believing in me, they persecute me. "So I answered, 'Who are you, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting." (22:8) Word received: I long for more of My people to ask who it is when I speak to them instead of thinking it is a passing thought. "Then a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there, came to me; and he stood and said to me, 'Brother Saul,' And at that same hour I looked up at him" (22:12-13). Word received: I long for you to go to one another and speak that word 'Brother' to those who have persecuted you. Will you go for My sake?

When Paul got to the place in his story where Jesus sends him to the Gentiles, they started screaming and wanting to kill him again. Word received: Being faithful to Me is not a popularity contest. Bishop Dan has said that he has a constituency of One, Me. I want to be your constituency as well.

Now look at God's protection through all this. Paul could easily have been killed when the rioters started beating him but the Roman soldiers rescued him. The second time was when God allowed Paul to use his Roman citizenship to escape a flogging to try to get evidence against him. Word received: As you witness to Me and My love, I will always watch over you.

God sometimes uses persecution to be an opportunity for witness and evangelism. Moments of doubt and persecution are opportunities to love and serve God. The Jews who opposed Paul couldn't accept that God loves all people, even though their own scriptures contained prophecies that God would reach out to the "nations", the Gentiles in the future.

 

4/15/2006, #19, 2nd Quarter 2006

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

Holy Spirit, please guide our walk.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

Holy Spirit, please bring us to freedom in Christ Jesus.

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: he condemned sin in the flesh, (Romans 8:3)

Father, thank you for doing for us what we could not do by ourselves through your son Jesus.

that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:4)

Father, it is only by your mercy that we are counted righteous by what Jesus did for us on the cross. Help us all receive your mercy.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)

Jesus, please renew our minds and our thinking by your Holy Spirit. As he restored you to life, please bring us to new life in you.

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

Jesus, please restore your church to life and peace and set it free from what leads to death -- being carnally minded.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. (Romans 8:7)

King Jesus, intervene in the Diocesan Convention and in the General Convention in June and turn the hearts and minds of those whose minds are at enmity with you.

So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:8)

LORD, have mercy on the Episcopal Church, for it seeks to justify the deeds of the flesh. Turn us around: set us back on the path of life and peace with you.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. (Romans 8:9)

Holy Spirit, flood your church with your new life; bring revival with repentance.
Jesus, the Episcopal Church has wandered off into adultery and seeks a divorce from you; cleanse and heal your bride.

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10)

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us -- come and dwell in us.

But if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11)

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors--not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. (Romans 8:12)

Jesus, thank you for canceling our debt -- please help us keep debt free and not fall back into the deeds of the flesh.

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)

Holy Spirit, please help us die to ourselves and the deeds of the flesh.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Romans 8:14)

Holy Spirit, lead us into being children of God.

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." (Romans 8:15)

Dad, fill us up by your Spirit with the hope and reality of our adoption as your children.

Holy Spirit, bear witness in our spirits that we are children of God. (From Romans 8:16)

A word received: Keep praying for My people in Tennessee.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1a)

LORD, let your light shine forth on the clergy and lay deputies in the Diocese of Tennessee. Set them free from fear.

The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1b)

LORD, give them the strength of your new life and set them free from fear.

Holy Spirit, you have not given them a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Please help them to live that out as they seek to elect a bishop for the Diocese of Tennessee.

Jesus, teach them your ways and lead them in a smooth path and defeat their enemies. (From Psalm 27:11)

Friday, April 14, 2006

 

4/14/2006, #18, 2nd Quarter 2006

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)

Holy Spirit, help us also to wait patiently, knowing that Jesus hears the cry of our hearts.

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)

Thank you, Jesus, for being our rock; thank you for establishing the path we should walk on.

He has put a new song in my mouth -- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3)

Father, thank you for the songs of hope and joy you give us in the night seasons. Please help us sing and tell of your love for us so that many will see and hear and will trust in you.

Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. (Psalm 40:4)

Please help our diocesan and parish leaders trust in you, Jesus, and not in the proud and arrogant who speak lies about you.

Many, O LORD my God, are your wonderful works which you have done; and your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to you in order; if i would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (Psalm 40:5)

Holy Spirit, please help us remember our Father's many mercies and blessings which he has done among us through his son Jesus. Please help us remind each other of all that has been done for us.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears you have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering you did not require. (Psalm 40:6)

Jesus, thank you for being the sin offering for us.

Then I said, "Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. (Psalm 40:7)

Jesus, thank you for writing our names in your book of life. Help us delight in doing your will day by day.

Holy Spirit, please guide the clergy and laity of Tennessee into doing your will as they prepare again to elect a bishop.

I delight to do your will, O my God, and your law is within my heart." I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, you yourself know. (Psalm 40:8-9)

LORD, please help our delegation proclaim your righteousness in the General Convention in June. Help all of us proclaim your righteousness in our Diocesan Convention in early June.

I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart; I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your lovingkindness and your truth from the great assembly. (Psalm 40:10)

Holy Spirit, guide us in our hearing and speaking so that your truth is made plain and clear in the councils of the church. Help us repent of not speaking openly of your lovingkindness and truth.

A graphic of Psalm 25:4-5 is posted at http://photos1.blogger.com/hello/212/6910/640/Psalm25%2C4-5.jpg

 

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

 

4/13/2006, #17, 2nd Quarter 2006

I cry out to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD I make my supplication. (Psalm 142:1)

LORD, we pour out our prayers to you like water, and still your church does not repent.

I pour out my complaint before him; I declare before him my trouble. (Psalm 142:2)

Jesus, hear the cry of our hearts for your people who have abandoned your ways.

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. (Psalm 142:3)

Holy Spirit, direct the steps of your faithful people so that we may avoid every snare of the evil one.

Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. (Psalm 142:4)

Holy Father, you are our refuge and you will not fail us, no matter what the enemy does or says.

I cried out to you, O LORD: I said, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." (Psalm 142:5)

LORD, thank you for hearing the cry of my heart.

"Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I." (Psalm 142:6)

Deliver us in this diocese from all who persecute us with false charges.

"Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise your name; the righteous shall surround me, for you shall deal bountifully with me." (Psalm 142:7)

As you have dealt bountifully with us in this diocese, deal with the Diocese of Tennessee so that the man of your choosing is raised up as bishop. Holy Spirit, please guide the clergy and laity to a quiet, common mind about your choice for bishop.

"Cast your burden on the LORD." (Psalm 55:22).

LORD, we cast our burdens on you, for you care for us. (From 1 Peter 5:7)

A graphic is posted at http://photos1.blogger.com/hello/212/6910/640/CastCares.jpg

Pray for bishop coadjutor-elect Bill Love to be approved by General Convention and consecrated without problems. Pray for the Lord to prepare and equip him for this task and whatever is ahead.

Pray for comfort and clear direction for those candidates not elected.

Pray for protection and provision for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and its completion.

Pray for the speedy completion of the sale of the old Beaver Cross.

 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

 

4/12/2006, #16, 2nd Quarter 2006

Then he began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country." (Mark 12:1)

A word received: I have set a hedge around my vineyard, my people -- it is my word of truth.

 

4/12/2006, #15, 2nd Quarter 2006

Then he began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country." (Mark 12:1)

Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church to remember that we are not the owners of the church, but merely stewards for Jesus.

"Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers." (Mark 12:2)

Jesus, thank you for all those faithful witnesses you have sent among us seeking the fruit of the harvest that is rightfully yours. Help us hearken to their words.

"And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed." (Mark 12:3)

Father, we cry out to you for those dioceses and parishes that maltreat your faithful witnesses: bring them to repentance and new life in you through your Holy Spirit.

"Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated." (Mark 12:4)

Holy Spirit, help your people repent of their shameful treatment of your faithful witnesses.

"And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some." (Mark 12:5)

O God, do not cast us off forever: do not let your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture. We have sinned and gone astray; have mercy on us and bring us back. (From Psalm 74:1)

"Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, 'They will respect my son.'" (Mark 12:6)

LORD, Holy Father, remember your congregation which you have purchased with the blood of your son; you have redeemed us and made us your inheritance, yet we have rejected your mercy. Call us back to you. (From Psalm 74:2)

"But those vinedressers said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'" (Mark 12:7)

O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever? (Psalm 74:10)

"So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard." (Mark 12:8)

Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, and that we are a foolish people who have blasphemed your name. Oh do not deliver the life of your turtledove to the enemy! Do not forget the life of your little ones forever. (From Psalm 74:18-19)

"Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others." (Mark 12:9)

Oh, do not let the oppressed among your people return ashamed! Let your faithful ones praise your name. (From Psalm 74:21)

"Have you not even read this Scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?" (Mark 12:10-11)

Father, you wrote this very thing to us, lest you should have sorrow over those from whom you ought to have joy. (From Psalm 2 Corinthians 2:3)

Holy Spirit, help us repent.

Jesus, bless those servants of yours who come among us in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling, whose speech and preaching are not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that our faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (From Psalm 1 Corinthians 2:3-5)

***** "Rebuild, Restore, Revive: The Healing Heart of God" Healing Conference May 19 & 20, 2006

"They will REBULD the ancient ruins and RESTORE the places long ago destroyed. They will REVIVE them, though they have been empty for many generations" (Isaiah 61:4).

Mrs. Julie Sheldon (Fr. Nigel's sister) from the UK, will be our guest speaker here at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Schedule for this event is as follows:
May 19th, Friday evening: 7:00 pm Julie Sheldon will give her testimony.

May 20th, Saturday 9:00 am-4:00 pm: The Rev'd. Nigel Mumford and Julie Sheldon will offer teachings and an afternoon healing service.

$49.00 per person for program. (Includes Friday and Saturday program, & lunch on Sat.)

Optional: Dinner will be offered Friday evening at the dinning hall at 5:30pm: Requested donation of $12.00 per person. Reservations are required.

An overnight accommodation package is also available.

***** Hi Torre,

We have a wonderful group of 35 dedicated men and women studying in anticipation of eventual ordination to the diaconate. We gather together for a weekend of study, worship, and fellowship at our Spiritual Life Center April 21-23. May I ask that our faithful intercessors hold these candidates and postulants and their clergy instructors in prayer both before and during this weekend? Please pray that the Holy Spirit will move among us and speak powerfully to our hearts and minds as we study to prepare for His service.

Your fellow servant in Christ,

Harvey

The Ven. Harvey Huth
12 Bloomer Road
Voorheesville, N.Y. 12186
(518) 765-4625

hhuth@verizon.net (home)
huthh@nyscseapartnership.org (work)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

 

4/11/2006, #14, 2nd Quarter 2006

Begin praying for the School of Healing Ministry: Student Edition. It's being held April 21-23, with Fr. Nigel Mumford and Patti Gibbons doing the teaching and program for students 15-18 years old. It's an exciting cooperative ministry of the Healing Center and the Center for Youth Ministry. More information here, http://www.beavercross.com/youth_ministry/email/healing_school_email.htm

*****

Isaiah 49:6b "I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth."

John 12:46 "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness."

Jesus, You are our Light and we praise You for that. You have brought us out of darkness. We exalt You for that. You have given us salvation and we can never thank You enough for that. We thank You for your ultimate gift, your death on the cross. We wonder at your resurrection from the dead and marvel at this extreme miracle which gives us our hope of eternal life with You.

Lord, we pray that you equip us to help you to bring salvation to all the ends of the earth. We pray that through every program at the SLC many will be encouraged to work for your kingdom. We pray for all who visit the SLC from all the ends of the earth. May they see your light in the beautiful grounds. May they see your light shining through the staff members. May they be encouraged to carry your light to the rest of the world.

Thank You, Father God, for the gift of the SLC. Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus to us. Thank You Jesus for the gift of eternal salvation. Thank You, for the presence of your Holy Spirit at the SLC and in our hearts. Amen.

-Jeanne Gizara

 

4/11/2006, #13, 2nd Quarter 2006

A word received: Keep praying for My people in Tennessee.

Pray for God's intervention, for changed hearts and minds and election of God's man for bishop (2 hung elections)

***** Pray that Fr. Bill Love, our bishop-coadjutor-elect will be approved at General convention and consecrated without problems.

Pray for God to do a work of preparation in him for whatever is ahead.

Pray for God to comfort all the candidates who were not elected and show them what he has for them.

Pray for protection, strength, peace and clear guidance for Bishops Dan & Dave, Fr. Nigel and Matt Baker and SLC and its ministries. Pray for travel mercies.

Pray for speedy closing on old Beaver Cross and God' bountiful provision for the SLC and this diocese.

Praise God again for the grace and presence of the Holy Spirit at our special election convention.

Pray for that mighty work of God to continue and increase in our midst.

Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper and that whatever Satan might use for evil, God will use for good.

Pray for a miracle of God's work at General Convention in Columbus. Remember he can raise the dead and make dry bones live!

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