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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

 

5/31/2006, #80, 2nd Quarter 2006

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, (Ephesians 4:1)

Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese to aspire to this high vocation: walking worthy of the calling with which you have called us.

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, (Ephesians 4:2)

Holy Spirit, move through the business sessions at the Diocesan Convention and the General Convention and give those participating a spirit of lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.

endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

Holy Father, this is not something we can desire or do on our own; so flood us with your Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus that we will all seek the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; (Ephesians 4:4)

Lord Jesus, there is only one body, you body, and we are all in it together. Please help the members of this body cease warring with one another and live in the hope of our common calling: to make you known to the whole world and to make disciples.

one Lord, one faith, one baptism; (Ephesians 4:5)

Holy Father, please help us all make Jesus Lord of our lives and restore to the Episcopal Church that one, common faith made know to the saints through apostolic preaching and ministry and the witness of Scripture.

one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:6)

Jesus, please bring us to that same unity of purpose and will that you have with your father. "Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost." (John XXIII)

***** Keep on praying for Fr. Love to be approved at General Convention. Pray for God to intervene and HIS will to be done there.

Pray for God's hand on the election of a new Presiding Bishop and approvals of bishops elect.

Pray for the Lord to protect our delegation in every way, guide them clearly and deliver them from any traps set for them.

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

Pray for changed and surrendered hearts.

(Diocesan Convention prayer for May 30th) Matthew 8:26: Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Jesus, you are master of the universe and all of nature. We exalt you for your power. We humbly beseech you for favorable conditions at Camp of the Woods. We ask for sunny skies and moonlit nights, for moderate temperatures and weather free of rain and wind; and that Lake Pleasant is just right for swimming and boating. We ask for all living species to be favorable for us. We pray against black flies and other pesty bugs. We ask for no danger from bears, skunks, or other undesirable animals. We thank You, Lord, that you control all of nature and are there to help us when we must weather storms. We exalt you, O God, "For you, O Lord, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods." (Psalm 97:9) Amen.

Keep praying for the Diocesan Convention, all the workshops, Bp. Dan's address, all the worship and business meetings and the Youth events.

Pray for protection, stamina, and clear guidance and travel mercies for our Bishops, Fr. Love, Fr. Nigel and the Healing service, Matt Baker and the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center for God's provision.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

 

5/30/2006, #79, 2nd Quarter 2006

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)

Jesus, you are our rock; help us worship you with joy and thanksgiving.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to him with psalms. (Psalm 95:2)

Holy Spirit, please help us come into the presence of Jesus with joy and singing. Let the Psalms speak for our hearts. Anoint the worship at the Diocesan Convention with your powerful presence.

For the LORD is the great God, and the great king above all gods. (Psalm 95:3)

Father, thank you for who you are: you are our God and there is no other.

In his hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are his also. (Psalm 95:4)

And we also are in your hands, Father.

The sea is his, for he made it; and his hands formed the dry land.(Psalm 95:5)

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our maker; for he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. (Psalm 95:6-7)

Today, if you will hear his voice: "Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness," (Psalm 95:8)

Please help the Episcopal Church to hear your voice, Father: we are in a time of trial and in the wilderness.

"When your fathers tested me; they tried me, though they saw my work." (Psalm 95:9)

Jesus, have mercy on us: we are still testing you in spite of all that you have said and done. Even now, Lord, soften the hearts of those going to the General Convention.

"For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, 'It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know my ways.'" (Psalm 95:10)

Father, have mercy on us, for many of our bishops, priests, and lay leaders in the Episcopal Church grieve your heart by calling good evil and evil good.

"So I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.'" (Psalm 95:11)

Holy Spirit, bring your church to repentance and help us make every effort to enter your rest. (Hebrews 4:11)

***** I got the wonderful picture of Northern Lights a few days ago from the blogsite of Pat Dague of Syracuse, NY. Her blog http://www.transfigurations.blogspot.com/ is a source of wonderful prayers and reflections. Give it a visit.

Monday, May 29, 2006

 

5/29/2006, #78, 2nd Quarter 2006

There will be over 50 workshops offered at this Diocesan Convention. Please choose 2 or 3 and pray for them and their presenters daily.

A Vestry that Makes a Difference, Fr. Derik Roy
An Evangelical Way of Life in the 21st Century: The Franciscan Community of the Holy Cross, Mother Ellen Neufeld
Anglican Relief & Development -- Partnership with the Global South, Nancy Norton
Anglican Relief & Development, Nancy Norton
Another Gospel: Making Sense of the Gospel of Judas & Other "Hidden" Scriptures, Fr. Christopher Brown
Attracting People to Join Your Church in the New Millennium, Lay Canon George Marshall
Bible Images in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Fr. Michael Shank
Breaking Through the 200 Barrier, Fr. Bob Haskell
Christian Believers, Fr. Joel Grigg & Deacon Faye VanDermark
Church Planting, aka Boring Wells, The Rev'd Adrian McCartney
Clergy in Transition , Col. Forest Rittgers
Concerts of Prayer, Fr. James Vreeland & Mother Geri Bissell-Thompson
Cursillo: What is it, and Who is it For?, Fr. Bill Cooper, Kevin & Donna Steckline
Daughters of the King: How to Start a Chapter in Your Parish, Cherie Downs
Developing Faith: What You Need to Know to Teach Kids Effectively, Deacon Laurie Garramone-Rohr
Don't be "Left Behind": Hot Button Legal & Spiritual End of Life Issues, Mother Carola von Wrangel & Chip Strickland
Eucharistic Ministers & Visitors, Deacon Richard Lehmann
Faith Alive, Fr. Paul Bailey & Tom Gizara
Family Healing, Peter Minucci
FAT Ministry in Thin Malawi: The Trinitarian Approach of Being Faithful, Available & Teachable in God's Service, Dean Fanuel Magangani, Mrs. Beatrice Magangani, Mother Miriam and the Malawian Sisters of St. Mary
Friendship Sunday, Fr. David Collum
Getting Started With Junior Daughters of the King, Dcn. Peggy Theodore & Junior Daughters of the King
Growing Churches: A Team Approach, Fr. Harold Carrier
Growing Closer: Healing Our Image of God, Mother Anne Curtin
Health Ministry in a Rural Parish. Susan Olszewski, Micki Thomas & Deacon Polly Bailey
How to Start and Grow a Network of Small Groups. Fr. Robert Haskell
Icons: Visible Symbols of Our Faith, Christine Simoneau-Hales
Inner Healing Through the Trinity, Fr. Steve Hart
Inner Healing/Healing of Memories, Fr. Nigel Mumford
Introducing God, Fr. Bob Haskell
Launching a 40 Days of Purpose Campaign , Fr. Rob Holman
Lectio Divina: How We Draw the Living Word of God into Our Hearts Through Prayer, Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Led by the Spirit: The Ministry of Spiritual Direction, Deacon Laurie Garramone-Rohr
Listening Prayer, Torre & Jean Bissell
Making Missions Work, Canon Cecil Wilson
Meds for Maridi: Mission to the Sudan, Deacon Patti Hanson-Foss, Kevin & Donna Steckline
Natural Church Development, Fr. Robert Haskell, Fr. Samuel Abbott, Mother Geri Bissell Thompson & Fr. Michael Gorchov
Parishes in Transition, Col. Forest Rittgers
Pebbles, Knots, Beads and Prayer, Fr. Robert Limpert
Podcasting for Outreach & Evangelism, Fr. Gary Strubel
Practical Evangelism, Joe Acanfora
Prison Ministry, Fr. Clint Dugger, Tom Gizara & Fr. Kevin Jones
Safeguarding God's Children, The Rev'd Michael and Marianne Gorchov
Short Term Mission to the Dominican Republic, Deacons Charlie & Polly Bailey, Robin Baxter & Susan Olszewski
Starting a Missions Emphasis in Your Church -- A Trinitarian Approach, Mother Eileen Weglarz
Tackling Real Life Problems in Small Groups through New Life Ministries, Scott Evans
Telling Your Spiritual Journey, Fr. Wayne Bowers & Deacon Art Peters
The 12 Steps of AA and Christianity, Fr. Harold Carrier & Fr. Paul Hartt
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, Your Men's Ministry of Choice, Bob Dennis & Dave Ruetsch
The Diocese of Albany at the Movies: The Da Vinci Code Revisited, Fr. Christopher Brown & Fr. Joel Grigg
The Father, Neglected Member of the Trinity, Bp. Daniel Herzog
The Four Seasons -- Liturgically Speaking!, Charlie Giglio
The Henry Higgins Syndrome (Why Can't the Parish be Like Me?), Part II: Prayer & Money, ,Fr. Shaw Mudge
The Trinity and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Fr. Michael NeufeldC
Update for Deacons, Archdeacons Barbara Hanstine & Harvey Huth
What Deacons Do, Deacons David Ousley & Peggy Theodore
What's New with Alpha: Mission to the 25-30 Crowd, Young Professionals, Tech Valley Workers & Educators, Mother Susan Baker-Borjeson, Fr. Peter Schofield, Rob Horan, & Jenny Noyes

 

5/29/2006, #77, 2nd Quarter 2006

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles-- (Ephesians 3:1)

Jesus, thank you for all those saints who endured so much for you so that we could hear the gospel.

if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, (Ephesians 3:2)

Holy Father, we ask for that same dispensation of grace to be poured out on our Diocesan Convention and the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

how that by revelation he made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, (Ephesians 3:3)

Jesus, please reveal yourself to all those, like Saul, who are persecuting your people.

by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), (Ephesians 3:4)

Father, please restore to your people a heart's desire and a will to read the Scriptures.

which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets: (Ephesians 3:5)

Holy Spirit, please reveal to all who hold apostolic office in the Episcopal Church and all who are called to speak your word the fullness and truth of the gospel.

that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, (Ephesians 3:6)

Jesus, thank you that I, who was once under condemnation and without hope, have been made an heir along with all your saints to all your promises through the gospel.

of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. (Ephesians 3:7)

Jesus, thank you for your call to minister among the saints and the gift of your grace given to us by the effective working of your power. Please work in that same way among all whom you have called.

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (Ephesians 3:8)

Holy Spirit, please move the hearts of all of us to make known the unsearchable riches of Christ to those who do not know him.

and to make all see what is the stewardship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; (Ephesians 3:9)

Father, please help us to be faithful stewards of the knowledge you have given us of what you have done through your son Jesus.

to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 3:10)

Holy Spirit, please let your wisdom (which is folly to those who are perishing) be made known to all in your church. Please write this knowledge on the hearts of the seminary faculties and students of the Episcopal Church.

according to the eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Ephesians 3:11)

Please, Father, let your eternal purposes be accomplished in the Diocesan Convention and in the General Convention so that Jesus becomes our Lord in deed as well as in word.

in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him. (Ephesians 3:12)

LORD, please give us the same boldness of faith which you gave Paul.

Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. (Ephesians 3:13)

Jesus, keep us from losing heart at the tribulations your saints are going through. Help us to know that this is our glory.

***** Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 23:02:08 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jeannegizara@aol.com
Subject: Conv Prayer May 29
Matthew 8:16: When evening came, many who were demon possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

Lord, when Saturday evening comes, after a very busy day full of meetings, workshops and ordinations, we pray that many will come to the healing service. We pray for the work of Your Holy Spirit to be evident; we pray for a special anointing on Nigel Mumford and all the healing team members; we pray for all to be healed of physical ailments, addictions, emotional problems and spiritual dis-ease. We expect miracles, Lord, and we thank You in advance for all the healing that will occur. Amen.

Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 21:39:31 -0400
From: dboland@localnet.com
Subject: Good News - I'm home again and doing well
Greetings all,
I was released from rehab yesterday and am now home going over my many e-mails, (most of which are junks mail) I think the original count was 733! I want to thank Darlene for keeping you informed of my progress and want to thank each of you for your prayers. That is what kept me going when the pain was too much to take and I still couldn't bend my knee by myself. With perserverence, continued prayer and the help of the Holy Spirit I will make it through to the other side of this and someday will dance again. Just kidding! Anyway, I am home and I start out patient PT this Wednesday. Darlene was my therapist while I was in rehab, that's how she knew so much.
I hope all is well with each of you.
Love, Denise

Jesus, thank you for Darlene and all those who minister your healing arts.

Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 23:21:03 -0400
From: dboland@localnet.com
Torre,
Thank you and all the many intercessors who have been praying for me these last two weeks. I am now home and resting and will be starting out patient Physical Therapy on Wednesday. I could not have gotten through any of this without knowing how many people were praying for me, and the help of the Holy Spirit. When ever the pain would overtake me I would bring to mind the many prayers which lifted me up and I experienced God's wonderful peace.
God bless, Denise

Holy Spirit, thank you for the faith that sustains us through times of trial and for those who minister hope to us.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

 

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The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)
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5/28/2006, #76, 2nd Quarter 2006

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)

LORD, I am in awe of your mighty deeds.

Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. (Psalm 19:2)

LORD, please reveal yourself to your people and speak to our hearts.

There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. (Psalm 19:3)

LORD, help us to hear what you are saying. The heavens declare your glory and your people have ears that do not hear and eyes that do not see.

Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:4a)

Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear and eyes to see again.

In them he has set a tabernacle for the sun, (Psalm 19:4b)

Jesus, let your light shine in the tabernacle of our hearts.

Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. (Psalm 19:5)

Father, prepare us and restore us so that we will be a fit bride for your son.

Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. (Psalm 19:6)

LORD, your light shines wherever we go but much of your church walks in darkness; please heal our blindness of spirit.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7)

Thank you for your faithfulness, LORD. We trust that you will bring the Episcopal Church to conversion and your wisdom and ways of doing things.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (Psalm 19:8)

Father, we ask you to write your word on the tablet of our hearts so that we may know your joy and light.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:9)

LORD, cleanse our hearts of sin and worldliness; help us walk in your judgments.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10)

LORD, help the Episcopal Church to know once again the sweetness of your judgments.

Moreover by them your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:11)

Jesus, help us to heed the warnings in Scripture and enter into the reward of cleaving to your word and ways. Thank you.

***** A word received: I Am. You are in my hands and having nothing to be afraid of. Look to me for all that you need.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

 

5/27/2006, #75, 2nd Quarter 2006

***** Mary Jones Has gotten the same word about 5 times in last few days. It is from Hebrews 3:8 & 15. "Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion." Pray for the Lord to reveal to each of us and all of us how this applies to us. Lord, give us hearts that are sensitive and responsive to you that we may hear and obey you.

***** Testimony of an intercessor:

Dear Friends
Apologies to those of you who will receive this more than once due to the fact you are on several e-mail lists
Yesterday it was confirmed via the 3D CT that I do indeed have a 1" hard mass in my left kidney and the doctors believe it is malignant. Dr Fergany wanted to perform the surgery next week however, due to the uncertainty of the extent of the surgery he chose to wait until June 19th, (my youngest son Walt, who recently graduated from law school is getting married June 17th)
Dr Fergany will attempt to remove the lesion through laproscopic surgery, if this is not possible he will open and continue the plan at this time is for the lesion only to be removed, the option is there for removal of the kidney if once he is in he determines this is necessary. (I cover that with the Blood) June 8th I will have a CT scan of my chest to satisfy my doctors it has not spread. I have a good rapport with my surgeon and trust his decisions. The recovery time is 4 to 6 wks. Having said this, Dr. Fergany spoke of a 45yr old patient (women) of his who had a malignant lesion removed laproscopically and 4 wks later entered and completed the Boston Marathon. (26 miles) That of course is not my goal:) but I do believe I am in a race (Marathon) and will continue to run as long as He sets the course.
My soul is saved, my spirit is soaring and I will not be shaken, for I live and move and have my being in Him. The joy of the Lord continues to be my strength which is called forth and ungirded by your prayers in agreement with Jesus. I place my hand in His and the dance goes on step by step
I covet your prayers not only for me but for my children and Grands, as I indicated in an earlier communication they believe I am invicible!
I bless you to know that I am at peace and know He knows the plans he has for me and I am satisfied, Jeremiah 29:11
Blessings and gratitude, Rose-Marie
Praying without ceasing!

***** Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 17:37:28 -0400
From: Darlene Tucker
Subject: Re: Denise
Denise will be going home tomorrow morning! Please continue to pray for her for a full recovery, decrease in swelling and pain and return to a full life with a new knee!
Darlene

 

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5/27/2006, #74, 2nd Quarter 2006

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, (Ephesians 2:19)

Jesus, thank you for taking us in and making us citizens of the household of God. We were far off and you brought us near by your blood.

having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone, (Ephesians 2:20)

Holy Spirit, please guide the Episcopal Church back to building on no other foundation than the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. All other foundations are built on sand and will fall in the storm that is coming. Have mercy on the church and call it back to Jesus and the witness of Scripture.

in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, (Ephesians 2:21)

Father, the building of the Episcopal Church is no longer fitted together and has ceased to be the holy temple you desire it to be. Have mercy on us and draw us back to you.

in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22)

Jesus, thank you for this high calling: being a dwelling place for God in the Spirit. Lord, cleanse your temple, the church, and cleanse your temples, the members of the church, so that we may receive the fullness of your Holy Spirit.

So the LORD said to Moses: "Gather to me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you." (Numbers 11:16)

Holy Spirit, raise up elders in the Episcopal Church who are true to their calling.

"Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone."(Numbers 11:17)

LORD, thank you for raising up Fr. Bill as our bishop-elect. We pray that all others who are raised up as bishops will be truly called by you to be elders of your people to stand before you.

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle.(Numbers 11:24)

Lord Jesus, gather up those, and only those, you are calling to be elders of your people and bring them before you.

Then the LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again.(Numbers 11:25)

Holy Father, please take of the Spirit that is upon Bp. Dan and Bp. Dave and place it on Fr. Bill in his consecration so that he along with them may speak your word to us. Thank you.

Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 20:15:42 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jeannegizara@aol.com
Subject: Conv Prayer May 27
Numbers 11: 16-17: The Lord said to Moses: "Bring me seventy of Israel's elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you. I will come down and speak with you there and I will take of the Spirit that is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you carry the burden of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone."

We pray, Lord, for those to be ordained to the diaconate on June 10. We pray that Your Presence will be felt by all at the ordination service. We pray that the new deacons will be filled to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit and that they will be anointed to serve You, to serve our bishops and to serve our parishes in this Albany Diocese. Lord, we lift up the following: David Haig, Scott Garno, Ginnie Ogden, Sheila McCarthy, Greg Bailey, Tom Bombard, Richard Erickson, Alan and Mary Carol Hart, Barb Letteney, Mark McDarby, Joseph Norman, Sandy and Bill Tatem, and Christine Wickman. Lord, thank You for these faithful servants. Amen.

Please pray for travel mercies for our Irish visitors to the convention:
John and Laura Scott
Gregor and Rosemary McCamley
Paul Rowden
Adrian McCartney
William and Joan Morris
David Gough
Cecil Wilson
Bp Harold Miller

Friday, May 26, 2006

 

5/26/2006, #73, 2nd Quarter 2006

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

Father, help us to do your will.

Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?' (Matthew 7:22)

Lord, have mercy on us.

And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!' (Matthew 7:23)

Christ, have mercy on us, for we have become a lawless church.

"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: (Matthew 7:24)

Lord, have mercy on us; the Episcopal Church is building on sand and lawlessness. Jesus, you are the rock, please help us turn to you in repentance and build again on you.

and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. (Matthew 7:25)

Holy Spirit, as we reach out to evangelize the Episcopal Church, help us build only on Jesus.

"But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: (Matthew 7:26)

Father, have mercy on us; the Episcopal Church is building on sand and that is folly.

and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." (Matthew 7:27)

Jesus, what are good people to do when things fall apart? You are in your holy temple, a temple not built with hands; help us turn to you. Lord, test and purify our righteousness. (From Psalm 11:3-4)

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at his teaching, (Matthew 7:28)

Jesus, help us repent of trimming our sails; there is so little that is taught in the Episcopal Church that would astonish anyone except for its faithlessness and lack of authority.

for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:29)

LORD, set us free from the yeast of the scribes and Pharisees, and once again teach with your authority in the full power of the gospel. Thank you.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

 

5/25/2006, #72, 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 let our Diocesan Convention and the General Convention be appointed times and places where your disciples may meet with you.

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

Holy Spirit, please help your disciples worship Jesus at these conventions. Thank you for letting us come to Jesus even when we doubt. Please help all who doubt to find in Jesus an anchor for their souls.

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

Father, you gave your son that authority and much of the church is in rebellion against that authority; please help us make him Lord of our lives.

"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)

These are our marching orders, Jesus; help your church heed them.

"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)

Holy Spirit, please restore to your people in the Episcopal Church a spirit of obedience to all that Jesus commands us to do. Thank you.

***** ALBANY DIOCESAN CONVENTION, June 9 - 11, 2006, Camp of the Woods

All Intercessors and Daughters of the King are encouraged to join the Prayer Walk on Friday June 9th. We will meet at 2:00 in front of Tibbits Auditorium. As Convention begins, we will do binding prayer and ask God to protect and surround us with His full armor. We will then divide and walk the grounds and buildings including the seats of the auditorium praying for God's intervention and His mighty presence.
Please join with us.

There will also be a Prayer room on the second floor of Zeitfuss open to all intercessors throughout the weekend.

Come Holy Spirit. Open our hearts and minds. Grant us all things necessary for the extention of your Kingdom. Lead and guide us in our ministries. Protect those who serve you in your most Holy Name. Watch over your Church that your will be done always and in all things.

Come Holy Spirit. Grant us the light of your presence and the glory of life in your name and For His Sake, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

Yours in Christ, Cherie Downs

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

 

5/24/2006, #71, 2nd Quarter 2006

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: (Ephesians 1:1)

LORD, write this epistle on the hearts of the saints in the Episcopal Church who are faithful in Christ Jesus.

Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:2)

Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3)

Father, thank you for the blessings you have poured out on us in the heavenly places through your son Jesus.

just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, (Ephesians 1:4)

Father, thank you for choosing us in Jesus before the foundation of the world. Thank you for calling us to holiness of life so that we may stand before him without blame.

Jesus, you have searched our hearts and you know us. You know our sitting down and our rising up, you understand our thoughts from afar off. You comprehend the path your church is on and are acquainted with all our ways. There is not a word on our tongues, but behold, you know it altogether. Hedge us behind and before and lay your hand upon us. Jesus, the very knowledge of this is too wonderful for us; we cannot attain this on our own. (From Psalm 139:1-6)

having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (Ephesians 1:5)

Where can we go from your Spirit? Or where can we flee from your presence? If we dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead us, Father, and your right hand shall hold us up, for you have adopted us and made us your own. (From Psalm 139:7, 9-10)

to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)

How precious are your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them. If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; and when I awake, I will still be with you, for you have made me acceptable in your beloved son Jesus. (From Psalm 139:17-18)

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7)

Search us and know our hearts, Holy Spirit; try us and know our anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in us. Cleanse us by the blood of Jesus, and lead your church in the way everlasting. (From Psalm 139:23-24)

which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, (Ephesians 1:8)

Jesus, I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and through your wisdom my soul knows that well. Teach us prudence by your Holy Spirit. You have formed us, you have formed your church; such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, and I cannot attain it unless you help me and teach me. (From Psalm 139:6, 14)

having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself, (Ephesians 1:9)

Holy Spirit, help us hate the wickedness in the Episcopal Church and make no compromise with it while we love those who are doing the wickedness. Help us when we have to deal with those who speak against you wickedly, and those who take Jesus' name in vain. (From Psalm 139:19-20)

that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in him. (Ephesians 1:10)

If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on your church," even the night shall be light about me, for you will gather your people together, Jesus, and we will be in one communion with the saints in heaven. Indeed the darkness in the Episcopal Church shall not hide from you, but you will expose it by your light. The darkness and the light are both alike to you. Please let your light shine forth for all to see at the General Convention. Thank you. (From Psalm 139:11-12)

***** Please pray for bishop-elect Fr. Bill who has been sick.

Please pray for those who have been stricken with cancer: we remember those at St. Paul's Greenwich and Georgina.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

 

5/23/2006, #70, 2nd Quarter 2006

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (1 Timothy 2:1)

Lord, we pray for your people, all of them. We give you thanks for all of them.

for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:2)

Jesus, all rulers and all who are in authority are under your authority; please help them to know this. Please guide those in governmental authority to care for widows, orphans, and the aliens in our midst. Please guide those in authority in your church to preach the gospel and make true disciples of all.

Come with the power of your Holy Spirit into all the meetings and committees of the Diocesan Convention and the General Convention and turn the hearts of your people to you and your ways.

Please restore to your people peaceable lives filled with godliness and reverence.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior, (1 Timothy 2:3)

Father, please help us to do all that is good and acceptable in your sight.

who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)

Jesus, please let all who are in authority in the Episcopal Church and all who will be attending the General Convention be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

LORD, fill our Diocesan Convention with your joy. Lead us beside still waters and restore our souls. Please let the convention be a time and a season of refreshment. Fill every meeting with a delight in you and your ways. Drive far from the camp grounds all mosquitoes, black flies, and bears. Bless all those who are working to prepare for the convention and all those who will be serving at the convention. Let the cool breeze of your Holy Spirit blow through us. Thank you.

Please anoint and prepare bishop-elect Bill Love for the work and ministry to which you have called him.

Monday, May 22, 2006

 

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5/22/2006, #69, 2nd Quarter 2006

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (Colossians 1:9)

Holy Spirit, please give us a heart that will remain steadfast in prayer for those who will be going to the Diocesan Convention and the General Convention. Fill them with the knowledge of Jesus' will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossians 1:10)

Jesus, please anoint the bishops, clergy and lay deputies so that they are fully pleasing to you and fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of your father and his ways.

strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; (Colossians 1:11)

Holy Comforter, please visit our deputies and bishops who are going to the General Convention and strengthen them with your might and with all patience and longsuffering that leads to joy. May they know your joy in the midst of the convention.

giving thanks to the father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Colossians 1:12)

Father, we give you thanks for qualifying us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints. Please help us be faithful stewards of that inheritance and walk by your light.

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the son of his love, (Colossians 1:13)

Father, thank you for delivering us from the power of darkness into the kingdom of the son of your love. We cry out to you for all those in the Episcopal Church who are stumbling in the dark; please help them accept the rescue you are offering through your son Jesus.

in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:14)

Jesus, our redemption has been so costly; thank you for shedding your blood to make us clean and forgive our sins.

***** 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

*****

Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 15:27:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jeannegizara@aol.com
Subject: Conv Prayer May 21

John 15:11-12: I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

John 15: 16-17: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit -- fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.

Thank You, Lord, for the joy that comes with abiding in You, loving You, and loving each other. We pray that your love and joy permeate every minute of the convention and every square inch of Camp of the Woods. Thank You for choosing us. Give us everything that we need to bear a lasting fruit. May your love so shine through us that we effectively attract others into Your kingdom. We ask this Father, in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, through your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

 

5/21/2006, #68, 2nd Quarter 2006

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (James 1:2)

Jesus, you use a different accounting system than we do; help us use yours rather than ours.

knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (James 1:3)

Jesus, please burn away the dross in our faith.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4)

LORD, bring us to the maturity of faith you have planned for us.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

Holy Spirit, please give your faithful people wisdom -- your wisdom, not the world's wisdom -- so that we may get through the months ahead doing things your way.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6)

Lord, so much of the church is wind-tossed and blown this way and that; help us stand on you -- you are the rock that does not move or change.

***** Our 42nd anniversary.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

 

5/20/2006, #67, 2nd Quarter 2006

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)

Thank you, Jesus, my Good Shepherd.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)

Holy Spirit, help me to trust you enough to lie down in pastures green; help me to drink deeply of your still and living waters.

He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:3)

Lord, restore the soul of your church; lead us in paths of righteousness; lead us in the power of your name.

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)

Jesus, the Episcopal Church is walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Set us free from being immobilized by fear of the evil one: help us to trust you; comfort and guide us with your rod and your staff.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)

Lord, we are in the presence of our enemies: principalities and powers that war against us. Anoint our heads with the oil of your Holy Spirit. Let your cup of living water run over for us.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:6)

Father, thank you that there is lots of room for us in your house. Let your goodness and mercy lead us into your house forever. Amen.

It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil. (Isaiah 10:27)

Jesus, you told us not be afraid of the oppressor, for you shall deal with him with your rod and lift up your staff against him. (From Isaiah 10:24)

Holy Spirit, thank you for your anointing oil that seeps into our hearts. (From Isaiah 10:27)

Father, thank you for the hope that the day of your indignation with the Episcopal Church will come to an end, as will your anger at the destruction of your church. (From Isaiah 10:25)

LORD of hosts, thank you that you will deal with those who oppress your people, as you did at the Red Sea when you lifted up your hand against Egypt in the day of the deliverance of your people. (From Isaiah 10:26)

 

5/20/2006, #66, 2nd Quarter 2006

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it." (Matthew 7:13)

Jesus, we cry out to you for the Episcopal Church: for many in it have chosen the wide way that leads to destruction. Have mercy on us and lead us back through the narrow gate.

"Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:14)

Jesus, we can't find the narrow gate on our own; guide us by your Holy Spirit through that narrow gate. Have mercy on us, Lord Jesus.

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." (Matthew 7:15)

Good Shepherd, the flock is being ravaged by false shepherds and false prophets; come and rescue your people and your church.

"You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?" (Matthew 7:16)

Holy Spirit, renew the gift of discernment among your people.

"Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit." (Matthew 7:17)

Holy Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to discern the good fruit and trees from the bad and choose the good.

"A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit." (Matthew 7:18)

LORD, there are many in your church today who call evil good and good evil; have mercy on us.

"Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 7:19)

Father, help us willingly cut down every unfruitful part of our lives and nurture the good.

"Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matthew 7:20)

Holy Spirit, please help us choose life and choose the good rather than the evil.

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)

Good Shepherd, help us recognize the true shepherds from the false. Thank you.

Friday, May 19, 2006

 

5/19/2006, #65, 2nd Quarter 2006

"Judge not, that you be not judged." (Matthew 7:1)

Holy Spirit, give us true discernment, both of our own character and that of others. Help us repent of judging others.

"For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matthew 7:2)

Jesus, with the penitent thief on the cross we must agree: "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." With that man we turn to you and say, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (From Luke 23:40-42)

"And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?" (Matthew 7:3)

Father, we pray for the business sessions at the Diocesan Convention and the General Convention that we will look at one another and listen to one another with charity.

"Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?" (Matthew 7:4)

Holy Spirit, please give us true sight of our own condition.

"Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:5)

LORD, set us free from such hypocrisy.

"Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces." (Matthew 7:6)

Lord, guide us in our giving.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)

Behold, Jesus, you stand at the door and knock; help us to hear you and open the door so that you may come in to us. Help us by asking, seeking, and knocking to come and be with you. (From Revelation 3:20)

"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (Matthew 7:8)

Jesus, please help us live in the assurance of your care for us.

"Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?" (Matthew 7:9)

Father, help us be true and faithful fathers to our children and all those you have put in our care.

"Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?" (Matthew 7:10)

Jesus, help us give good gifts to one another.

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" (Matthew 7:11)

Father, help us all turn to you and ask for what we truly need.

"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12)

Father, please let our deeds to one another be marked by the love you have shown us in your son Jesus. Thank you.

***** Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 18:19:01 -0400
From: Jim Tucker
Good morning prayer warriors! I just spoke with Denise Boland and she will not be transferring to Eden Park Rehab today because her red blood count is not high enough and they may have to do another blood transfusion. She really does not want another blood transfusion (the one she had was her own blood, this one would be another donor) so please pray that her blood count goes up high enough so she can transfer to Eden Park tomorrow and continue her rehab. She is thankful for all your prayers.
Blessings!
Deacon Dawn
I just saw her at the hospital and her knee is also hot-she is still trying to stay positive.
Darlene

Thursday, May 18, 2006

 

5/18/2006, #64, 2nd Quarter 2006

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)

Lord Jesus, we heap up anxieties about the Episcopal Church and not one of them bears good fruit by clutching it. Please help us release your church into your care. It is yours anyway and we are only stewards.

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26)

Father, forgive us our needless fears. We are of much greater value; we know that because you sent Jesus to die for us.

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27)

Holy Spirit, please help us to care for your church without being anxious.

"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30)

LORD, help us repent of our needless fears: you are Lord and we are your servants. We trust that you will provide for us. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

 

5/17/2006, #63, 2nd Quarter 2006

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.'" (Leviticus 19:1-2)

Holy Spirit, help us hear your call to be children of Israel by faith.

Father, help us hear your call to holiness of life.

Jesus, raise up men, women, and youths who will faithfully proclaim to the Episcopal Church your holiness and our call to holiness.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; (Matthew 6:19)

'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.'

LORD, help us to see the "treasures" we are clinging to and trusting in. Help us recognize their transient nature and instead cling to you.

but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:20)

'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.'

Jesus, the only thing that will endure to eternity is your cross. Help us cling to your cross and resurrection and the hope you establish in our hearts through faith in you.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.'

Holy Spirit, help us establish a treasury of faith in this diocese.

"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. (Matthew 6:22)

'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.'

Father, please help your church repent of our idolatry -- we have made an idol of the world's wisdom and have been blinded by forsaking your wisdom. Help us to see again through the eyes of faith.

But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:23)

'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.'

Jesus, the Episcopal Church is plunged into great darkness. Have mercy on your people: raise up men and women throughout your church who will shed forth the light of your gospel. Bring your people into the life of your Spirit.

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)

'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.'

Jesus, you are Lord; help us live out your lordship in our lives.

***** Pray for the approval of Fr. Love at General Convention.

Pray for God to sovereignly intervene in the General Convention and accomplish His purposes and will. Cry out to the Lord for His church and His people. Pray for the Lord to cleanse and renew His church. Pray for humble and contrite hearts for the orthodox that they may trust in God's mercy and grace and not in any righteousness in ourselves. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Pray for protection and guidance of all those who are deputies to the Diocesan Convention and General convention and for all Bishops and intercessors.

Pray for Healing Conference this weekend at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center: "Hey that’s my Pew!" It is a conference on congregational Healing by Fr. Nigel Mumford You can still register and pay at the door. Conference starts with dinner at 5:30 Friday May 19th. Call Lynn Mumford at (518) 692-9550 with any questions and to let them know you are coming.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

 

5/16/2006, #62, 2nd Quarter 2006

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. (Matthew 6:7)

Jesus, teach us how to pray: please show us how to pray for the General Convention. Help us pray according to the mind of your Spirit.

"Therefore do not be like them. For your father knows the things you have need of before you ask him. (Matthew 6:8)

Father, thank you for being our father and for knowing what we need before we ask. Help us to ask for the real needs of the Episcopal Church.

In this manner, therefore, pray: our father in heaven, hallowed be your name. (Matthew 6:9)

Father in heaven, help us keep your name holy.

Your kingdom come. your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

Father, we ask that your will be done at the General Convention. We ask you to help us surrender our wills to your purposes as Jesus did in the garden at Gethsemane.

Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)

Jesus, you fed the hungry and gave of yourself so that we might be fed; help us to share all that we receive day by day. Following you means being one beggar showing another beggar where to find bread. Help us recognize our poverty and share what we receive from you.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)

Father, we are deeply in debt to you. Help us remember that as we go through the General Convention. The debts of sin for the Episcopal Church grow daily; help us turn to you for the forgiveness of our debts through the blood of Jesus.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13a)

Father, our battle is not with one another, but with the evil one; help us resist the temptation to demonize one another. Show us by your Spirit how to avoid the evil one's tricks and traps.

For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:13b)

Father, please help us to be about your kingdom purposes. We need your power, the power of your Holy Spirit, if we are to do your will at the General Convention (or any place else for that matter).

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14)

Father, help us seize the opportunity you are giving us to receive forgiveness by forgiving what takes place at the General Convention.

But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:15)

Father, the choice you give us is starkly clear: forgive and be forgiven, or die unforgiven. Help us to choose life by forgiving.

***** Keep praying for Fr. Love to be approved at General Convention as bishop. Pray for God's intervention and will to be done at General Convention. Pray for God's intervention in the elections for Presiding Bishop and head of House of Deputies. Cry out to God for his church.

Pray for our Diocesan Convention. Pray for our Bishops, Fr. Love, Fr. Nigel, Matt Baker and the staff and families of the Diocese & SLC.

Pray for the completion of the sale of the old Beaver Cross and the Lord's abundant provision for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Pray for protection, strength, travel mercies, clear guidance and travel mercies for all. Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper and whatever Satan may intend for evil, God will use for good.

Keep praying for Georgina for a miracle of healing.

Keep praying for your parish and its clergy and lay leaders.

Monday, May 15, 2006

 

5/15/2006, #61, 2nd Quarter 2006

Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. (Psalm 64:1)

Have mercy on us LORD, and set us free from fear of the enemy.

Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, (Psalm 64:2)

Have mercy on us LORD, and hide us from the secret plots of the wicked and those who are in rebellion against you. Help us stand fast in the evil day.

Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows--bitter words, (Psalm 64:3)

Holy Spirit, please help us put on the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one.

That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. (Psalm 64:4)

Jesus, thank you that we can place our lives in your care.

They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, "Who will see them?" (Psalm 64:5)

Father, you see in secret, and we know that you will reward both good and evil deeds. We leave those who encourage themselves in an evil deed in your care. We too were once evil and you rescued us; please rescue them as well.

LORD, the righteous shall be glad in you, and trust in you, and all the upright in heart shall glory. (From Psalm 64:10)

***** Dear Prayer Warriors,
Thank you for your continued prayers for Georgina (20). She came through the surgery on Friday with two complications that seem to have been taken care of. Three malignant tumors were removed one very close to the voice box. Her voice is fine thank God. The Thyroid was also removed. Julie has asked that we pray for the pain to lessen and go away. Georgie is in extreme pain and using a lot of Morphine. The surgery was a lot more invasive than they were led to believe.
Thank you for your prayers and please keep praying...
No need to reply...
JUST PRAY....
Thanks so very very much...
Fr. Nigel+

Sunday, May 14, 2006

 

5/14/2006, #60, 2nd Quarter 2006

You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. (Hebrews 12:4)

Father, please help us recognize our condition for what it is. We are so easily offended and discouraged. Truly the battle is within ourselves as we strive with sin. Help us in the Episcopal Church to hear your son's call in Matthew 5 to a radical change of direction. The words are so familiar that we no longer hear them: write them on our hearts and our wills.


And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by him; for whom the LORD loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives." (Hebrews 12:5-6)

Father, all of us in the Episcopal Church need your chastening. We have all erred and gone astray. Encourage us by your Holy Spirit to receive your corrections: they are a sign of your great love for us.

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? (Hebrews 12:7)

Father, we don't like it, but we need it: please discipline us and bring us back to you.

But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. (Hebrews 12:8)

Holy Spirit, please help us embrace the chastening our father in heaven is sending us. Just as Jesus endured the cross, despising the shame for the joy that was set before him, help us also embrace all that our father in heaven gives us to do. (From Hebrews 12:2)

***** Keep praying for Fr. Love to be approved. Pray for God's will and work at General Convention. Pray for God to cleanse and renew his church, beginning with us.

Just before the battle of Jericho, Joshua saw a man with a drawn sword in front of him. He asked, "Are you for us or for our adversaries?" he said "No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come." Joshua fell on his face and asked, "What does my Lord say?" (Joshua 5:13-15) Pray for us all that we may ask that question.

Word received yesterday morning: I Am . I Am holy. I want you to be a holy people.

Cry out to the Lord for his Church.

(Jeanne Gizara) Prayer for Diocesan Convention, May 13
Exodus 40: 34-38: Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out -- until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during all their travels.

Lord, we pray for your glory to saturate the grounds of Camp of the Woods on June 9 -- 11 as we convene for the Diocesan Convention. We pray for your clear direction and for our obedience to that direction in every aspect of the convention and in every detail of business, worship, fellowship, evangelism, Christian service, preaching and teaching. All for your glory, Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

 

5/13/2006, #59, 2nd Quarter 2006

Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 11:59:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jeannegizara@aol.com
Subject: Litany for Convention
Fr. Allen Peyton took Fr. Shaw Mudge's list of concerns for the convention, and put it into litany form. As you pray through the list, think of other specific intentions we should be lifting up. I will try to send this litany along with the additional intentions, out about once a week.

Prayers for convention:
For the business meetings. We entreat You, Lord.
For the registrars and tellers. We entreat You, Lord.
For the assistant secretaries, the Secretary, our bishops, and everyone on the dais. We entreat You, Lord.
For the ballot counting. We entreat You, Lord.
For the resolution preparations. We entreat You, Lord.
For the candidates. We entreat You, Lord.
For the balloting, other voting, and for the election process.
For Bp. Dan's address. We entreat You, Lord.
For the preparation of all the convention materials. We entreat You, Lord.
For the diocesan staff: before, during, and after convention. We entreat You, Lord.
For those who leave from the diocesan convention and travel to General Convention. We entreat You, Lord.
For the workshop presenters and those attending the workshops.We entreat You, Lord.
For no mosquitos or other bugs. We entreat You, Lord.
For all the deputies and clergy attending the business meetings. We entreat You, Lord.
For the report preparation. We entreat You, Lord.
For the diocesan intercessors who would be praying during convention. We entreat You, Lord.
For God's love, joy, peace, and patience throughout all the proceedings. We entreat You, Lord.
For the processing of all the convention materials after convention. We entreat You, Lord.
For seasonable and enjoyable weather. We entreat You, Lord.
For the audio-visual equipment. We entreat You, Lord.
For our guests who will be attending the convention. We entreat You, Lord.
For all logistical matters which are not covered, above. We entreat You, Lord.
That all would be done to the glory of our Trinitarian God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! We entreat You, Lord.
Lord, hear the prayers of your people; and what we have asked faithfully, grant that we may obtain effectually, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

5/13/2006, #58, 2nd Quarter 2006

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'" (Matthew 5:38)

LORD, have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church.

"But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also." (Matthew 5:39)

LORD, have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church.

"If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also." (Matthew 5:40)

LORD, have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church.

"And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two." (Matthew 5:41)

LORD, have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church.

"Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away." (Matthew 5:42)

LORD, have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church.

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'" (Matthew 5:43)

LORD, have mercy on us; we have not even loved our neighbors in the Episcopal Church.

"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you," (Matthew 5:44)

LORD, in your mercy prepare our hearts to do it your way at the General Convention.

"that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)

Jesus, you came to show us the father's love for us on the hard wood of the cross, please help us walk in your footsteps.

"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" (Matthew 5:46)

Holy Spirit, you are willing daily to enter into our sinful lives to point us to Jesus; please help us have the same humility you do.

"And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?" (Matthew 5:47)

Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and help us do it your way.

"Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

Father, we pray that your will be done in our lives as it is in heaven.

***** Sunday School Lesson 31 has been posted at:
Sunday School Lesson 31 This completes the 34th year that the Holy Spirit has provided the weekly Sunday School lessons for Christ Church Schenectady. It is an awesome record of God's faithfulness. Listed below are the URLs for all the lessons for this year in case you want to use them.
Sunday School Lessons 2005-2006

Sunday School Lesson 1
Sunday School Lesson 2
Sunday School Lesson 3
Sunday School Lesson 4
Sunday School Lesson 5
Sunday School Lesson 6
Sunday School Lesson 7
Sunday School Lesson 8
Sunday School Lesson 9
Sunday School Lesson 10
Sunday School Lesson 11
Sunday School Lesson 12
Sunday School Lesson 13
Sunday School Lesson 14
Sunday School Lesson 15
Sunday School Lesson 16
Sunday School Lesson 17
Sunday School Lesson 18
Sunday School Lesson 19
Sunday School Lesson 20
Sunday School Lesson 21
Sunday School Lesson 22
Sunday School Lesson 23
Sunday School Lesson 24
Sunday School Lesson 25
Sunday School Lesson 26
Sunday School Lesson 27
Sunday School Lesson 28
Sunday School Lesson 29
Sunday School Lesson 30
Sunday School Lesson 31

Friday, May 12, 2006

 

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 31 May 21, 2006

Paul's Witness to Jesus
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 26
Memory Verse: "I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." Acts 26:17b-18

Background
After the hearing before Gov. Felix, Paul was held in prison for two years as a favor to the Jewish authorities even while Felix listened to Paul frequently. The next Governor, Festus, went first to Jerusalem and the Jewish authorities "urgently requested" him to transfer Paul to Jerusalem (so they could ambush and kill him). Festus told them to come to Caesarea. Once again there were many serious charges against Paul which could not be proved, so Gov. Festus asks Paul again to go to Jerusalem to be tried there before himself. (Again this was a favor to the Jewish authorities.) Paul speaks up and says, "you know very well" that "I have not done any wrong". "I appeal to Caesar!" Festus agrees.

A few days later King Agrippa (of the Herod family) comes to welcome Festus and they talk about this unusual case. Note that Festus states that the dispute was about "a dead man, named Jesus, who Paul claimed was alive." Paul's witness was clear. King Agrippa and Bernice and lots of important people wanted to hear this famous prisoner, so they bring out Paul again.

It is an indication of the importance Luke gave to Paul's testimony that it is repeated three times in Acts. (Probably Luke heard it many more times.)

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Word received: Agrippa gave Paul permission to speak in defense of himself and Paul chose to give his testimony to Me. When you need to defend yourself point to Me and give your testimony. I was honored in Paul's day and I want to be honored by you too.

Paul starts his testimony at a place he has in common with other Jews -- his hope in God's promise of a Messiah to their forefathers. "And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers." (v.6) Word received: What are you willing to stand on? Where do you place your hope? Will you stand with Paul? Will you hope in the promises made long ago by Me?

Paul is very open about what he was like before he met Jesus and Jesus turned his life around. He describes his personal encounter with the living Jesus. "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads." (v.14b) Word received: Where are you kicking against the goads and are you willing to repent of this? (A goad was a long stick with a pointed spike attached to make oxen move.) Think about what Jesus says next! When people persecute Jesus' people, they are persecuting him! In a similar way Jesus said, if you help one of Jesus' least followers you are doing it for Jesus himself! (Matthew 25:40)

Now Jesus tells Paul that he has chosen Paul as his servant and witness. What is Jesus calling you to do and be -- large or small?

Jesus promises to protect Paul -- and lets him know he will need protection! What is the task? Read the Memory Verse. What is God doing here? Word received: I AM making you into a holy people. That is what God wants to do with us too.

"Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision." Word received: I want you to be obedient; I want you to call the children to obedience. Disobedience leads to death. I want you to choose life. (See Deuteronomy 30:19) Paul was obedient to Jesus' call and was a faithful witness. He was not always successful, that is God's job. Our job is to be obedient and be a faithful witness.

Now Paul starts talking about repentance and turning to God and the core of the Gospel: Christ suffered and rose from the dead -- for both Jews and Gentiles. This makes Festus very agitated and he shouts that Paul is insane. In talking to Agrippa before the hearing Festus had said that the charge was "about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive." Paul points to the resurrection of Jesus again and again. That's what makes US Christians. That is why it is so important. Word received: I want you to point to Me in the way you live -- your actions, your speech and your thoughts.

Note that Paul was sure King Agrippa knew about what Christians believed. It was very open and public (both the event and the preaching). (This is an issue again today with several Gnostic writings being published.)

Then Paul seizes his chance and asks the King if he believes in the prophets. Agrippa gives Paul a sarcastic answer. (See note at end.) But Paul doesn't react to this brush-off but makes a personal appeal to all those who were listening. Word received: Paul looked for opportunities to witness. I want you to do the same.

Paul's appeal to Festus and Agrippa point to his own confidence in Jesus and his peace in being where God put him. God wants that for us too.

Paul has followed Jesus for many years. He has seen the interplay of the Lord's promptings and power against evil forces working through the actions of people. He sees how God often works through the unwitting actions of men. Recognizing this as one way God works has helped foster Paul's trust in God. While it might look like a good thing for Paul to have been set free, Paul knows that however unpleasant the road might be, this is part of God's plan. The prize at the end of the road is to preach to Caesar! He has already witnessed to Kings and Rulers!

When Paul speaks to the King and says, "Do you believe in the prophets? I know you do." he is attempting something big for Jesus -- to touch the heart of King Agrippa. Word received: What are you willing to dare for My sake? Paul was willing to attempt great things for Me at My direction. I want you to follow him and imitate him.

All of us have a conversion story or a God-moment that we can share. Paul uses his story as a tool to witness to Christ. Word received: Recognize what God has done for you. Hold onto it and hold it out to shine as the Light of how God's plan and workings are in your life. Paul could have been set free they said, but God had other plans.

Paul's circumstances are anything but perfect yet he is steadfast in his purpose. Your circumstances may be "down the drain" or on a mountaintop but whatever is going on in your story of God's intervention in your life is still there as a beacon to a God who does not change, our Father who lives and cares for us, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Note on King Agrippa: He was the great-grandson of Herod the Great. In 50 AD he succeeded his uncle Herod in Lebanon and soon Nero added more territory. He had little favor with the Jews because he was married to his sister. He controlled the priesthood in Jerusalem. In the Jewish revolt against Rome he sided with the Romans. In 70 AD after the destruction of Jerusalem, he accompanied Titus to Rome. He was the last Herod.

 

5/12/2006, #57, 2nd Quarter 2006

Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. (1 Thessalonians 3:11)

Jesus, the divisions and separations in your church are so great that we cannot see a way through to one another, but you are the way, the truth, and the life, and we ask you to direct our way towards one another.

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, (1 Thessalonians 3:12)

Lord Jesus, help us see beyond the labels we have placed on one another in the church, and see each other with your love, just as you do to us.

so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:13)

Have mercy upon us, O god, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, establish our hearts before you blameless in holiness. (From Psalm 51:1)

Jesus, please help us in the Episcopal Church to acknowledge our transgressions and sins before you so that you may cleanse us from them. (From Psalm 51:2-3)

Father, when we have sinned against each other by thought, word, or deed; we have sinned against you and done this evil in your sight. It is we who have sinned and you are just when you speak and blameless when you judge us. (From Psalm 51:4)

Holy Spirit, we were born stained by sin. Help us to see the truth you desire in us as we look at the hidden places in our lives. Make us know wisdom as we do this. (From Psalm 51:5-6)

Jesus, purge us, purge your church, wash us and we shall be whiter than snow. Help us by your Holy Spirit to know your joy and gladness so that the broken places in our lives may rejoice. Hide your face from our sins and blot out all our iniquities. (From Psalm 51:7-9)

Create and make in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Do not cast us away from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from us as we deserve. (From Psalm 51:10-11)

Father, please restore to us the joy of the salvation you have wrought through your son Jesus and uphold us by your generous Spirit. Then we will be able to faithfully teach transgressors your ways and sinners will be converted to you. (From Psalm 51:12-13)

Holy Father, deliver the Episcopal Church and its leadership from the guilt of the wounds we have inflicted on one another. You are the God of our salvation, help us see and know your righteousness. O Lord, open our eyes and let our mouths show forth your praise. You do not desire sacrifices, you do not delight in our offerings, you delight in a broken and trained spirit and a contrite heart; help us offer these to you, you will not despise such an offering. (From Psalm 51:14-17)

Jesus, in your good pleasure, rebuild the Episcopal Church; then you will be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness and with our offerings. Thank you. (From Psalm 51:18-19)

***** Pray for our bishop coadjutor-elect to be approved at General Convention.
Pray for the Lord to accomplish His will and purposes there.
Pray for the Lord to anoint our deputies and Bishops with His Spirit for wisdom and strength. Help them to speak boldly in the power of the Spirit.
Pray for God's will in election of Presiding Bp. and Head of House of Deputies. Pray for the Lord to intervene in all the elections for bishops going on now.
Pray for the Lord to guide us in our prayers for the Convention.
Cry out to the Lord for His Church.

(Fr. Nigel) Would you be so kind as to pray for my niece Georgina Sheldon (20) in Kent, England. At 9am GMT that is 4am EST until 8am EST Friday 12th May. Georgie will be having her thyroid taken out, two grade 4 cancer tumors, one grade 5 cancer tumor in her throat, and also several lymph nodes will also be removed. Please pray for Georgie, her mum and dad, Julie (my sister) Tom her husband and Mimi her sister. The surgery will take place in London.
Georgie had a malignant brain tumor removed ten years ago (when she was 10) and has been suffering from radiation poisoning for the past ten years. Georgina's story is told in Julie's book "One Step at a Time" published by Hodder and Stoughton, London. (Amazon.uk.com).
I do thank you all so very much for your prayers. You need not reply to this... Just pray....

Pray for travel mercies for Bp. Dan and Carol to Virginia and Maryland for several days. Pray for travel mercies for Bp. Dave, Fr. Love and Diocesan and Spiritual Life Center staff who are frequently traveling.
Pray for protection of every kind, strength, wisdom and clear guidance for them and for all our faithful clergy and lay leaders. Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper. Pray for God to work in hearts and minds in our diocese.
Pray for God's provision for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and for completion of closing on old Beaver Cross.
Pray for God's anointing and presence on our Diocesan Convention. Pray for Lord's guidance on all the preparations, practical needs and for talks, meetings, workshops. Pray for good weather, no black flies, mosquitoes or bears. Pray for hearts ready to respond to the Lord's guidance. Pray for the Lord's preparation on all who will be ordained there.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

 

5/11/2006, #56, 2nd Quarter 2006

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' [O empty one, that is, thou worthless (as a term of utter vilification):--Raca.] shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matthew 5:21-22)

Holy Spirit, help us in the Episcopal Church recognize the grave danger we are in by our divisions, anger, and bitterness towards one another. Please bring us to repentance. If we do not bridle our tongues, we deceive ourselves and our religion is worthless. (From James 1:26)

Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

Jesus, please help us take your command to love one another and be reconciled to one another seriously.

Father, help us repent of offering you sacrifices blemished with sin, anger, and resentment towards one another.

Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny. (Matthew 5:25-26)

Beloved brethren, let us be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath, for our wrath does not produce the righteousness of God. (From James 1:19-20)

Father, please help us lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the word you are planting in our hearts which is able to save our souls. (From James 1:21)

Holy Spirit, help us to be doers of the Jesus' words to us, and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves. (From James 1:22)

Jesus, if we are only hearers and not doers of your word to us, we are like those who look in a mirror and go away and forget what we have seen. Help us look into the perfect law of liberty and continue in it, and not be forgetful hearers but doers of your word and so enter into your blessing. (From James 1:23-25)

Holy Spirit, please prepare our hearts for the Diocesan Convention. Help us commit ourselves to steady prayer for all aspects of it. This morning we cry out to you for the Youth Track and all the ministry to children and their nurturing that will take place there. Help all the children and youth enter into the blessings you want to impart to them. Fill them and anoint them, comfort and heal them. Guide the diocesan staff and volunteers who minister to children and youth at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 13:45:41 -0400
From: "Rev. Rob Holman"
Subject: Praise Report and Thanksgiving for your prayers

Dear diocesan intercessors,
Thank you so much for your prayers! Our Purpose Driven Life Campaign is in its second week and we have upwards of 115 people in 17 small groups. And new people keep trickling in. (Our goal was 160 people in 20 small groups.) This is a huge thanksgiving to God -- for a church in which the average attendance was 53 last year. People are really enjoying it and growing. Lots of people are in groups who have never been in a bible study before, a good number don't attend a church. Pray that friendships will form, faith will rise and commitments will be made to start attending a church. But mostly, give praise and thanks to God for answered prayers and pouring out his abundance on this small parish and the raising up of workers for the harvest . Thank you for your faithfulness -- 2 Cor. 1:11.
In Christ,
Rob Holman+
Church of the Good Shepherd, E'town

***** Dear Faithful Witnesses of Our Lord God,
The Dixes and the Parkers are unable to attend the ECW Triennial (concurrent with General Convention in Columbus) due to some medical concerns with Peter Dix. We will be there in prayer just like the rest of you! Please add Peter's name to your own personal list for an uncomplicated diagnosis and a simple solution to his problems. He and Muriel will be ever-grateful for your intercessions. The four of us are thankful for your prayers as we had begun to prepare for our trip to Columbus.
Shirley Parker

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