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Monday, July 31, 2006

 

7/31/2006, #32, 3rd Quarter 2006

So the people answered and said: "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; (Joshua 24:16)

LORD, we pray that you will hasten the day when the people of the Episcopal Church will forsake the other gods they are now serving and turn back to you.

for the LORD our God is he who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed. (Joshua 24:17)

Jesus, you have led us by your Holy Spirit and you have redeemed us by your cross and blood, and by your resurrection we have the hope of eternal life with our father in heaven. Thank you.

And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land. We also will serve the LORD, for he is our God." (Joshua 24:18)

Father, help us remember your many deeds by which you have delivered us, and help us make the choice day by day to serve you.

But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. (Joshua 24:19)

LORD, help us remember that you are a holy God and that you required holiness of us.

If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after he has done you good." (Joshua 24:20)

Lord Jesus, I fear for the Episcopal Church: so many of its leaders and people have abandoned you to serve other gods. Have mercy on us and bring us back to you.

And the people said to Joshua, "No, but we will serve the LORD!" (Joshua 24:21)

Holy Spirit, please help us to be steady in our choice to serve the LORD. Help us live out our baptismal covenant day by day. Thank you.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

 

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7/30/2006, #31, 3rd Quarter 2006

"Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!" (Joshua 24:14)

LORD, help the Episcopal Church make the choice to serve you. Help us put away all the gods we have made in our own image. Help us serve you in sincerity and in truth.

"And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15)

Jesus, help us to be clear about the choice we are making: to serve you or to serve some other god; there is no middle ground in this choice, there is no "Via Media" in this choice.

So the people answered and said: "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods;" (Joshua 24:16)

Holy Spirit, help us make the choice of Joshua. Help those who have forsaken the LORD repent and return to him. Help us call many to this choice.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

 

7/29/2006, #30, 3rd Quarter 2006

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

Search our hearts, Lord, and root out any wicked ways among us. Help us to know ourselves as you surely know us so that we may cleave to you. Thank you.

Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 20:7)

Holy Spirit, as we await the consecration of Fr. Bill Love as our Bishop Coadjutor, help us consecrate ourselves to you so that we may keep your statutes and perform them, for you are the LORD who sanctifies us. (From Leviticus 20:8)

Friday, July 28, 2006

 

7/28/2006, #29, 3rd Quarter 2006

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)

LORD, you know our sins, the sins of the Episcopal Church; none of them are hidden from you. According to your tender mercies, blot out our transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)

Holy Spirit, wash us in the blood of Jesus -- baptize us anew and cleanse us with your refining fire.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:3)

Jesus, please help the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church acknowledge our sins.

Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight-- that you may be found just when you speak, and blameless when you judge. (Psalm 51:4)

Father, the Episcopal Church has rejected your word and refused to acknowledge that your son Jesus is the way, the truth and the life; have mercy on us, cleanse and rebuild your church.

***** (Jean)Over and over the Lord keeps on telling us to call his people to repentance, and to turn to Him day by day for what only He can do in us. This is what he gave me to share.

Repentance is turning away from going our own way and turning to God's way. "I am a holy and jealous God. I will not share My Glory with lies." (2/23/05) Some Lutheran nuns in post World War 2 in Germany wrote a book called "Repentance, the Joy-filled Life". As they (who were already living lives dedicated to God) daily refocused their lives on Him and turned away from what seemed like small sins and their own will, God blessed them. Just because we are orthodox and intend to follow Jesus does not release us from the necessity of daily course correction (repentance).

We are walking through an uncharted wilderness and God gives us a daily map to follow. Even a small side trip can lead us far off course unless corrected. Help us, Lord. Recently the Lord said to me for the Sunday School year, "Follow Me. Walk with Me." Lord, help us do that.

We tend to think of repentance of large and medium sized things. Jesus wants us to come/turn to him in ALL circumstances. Re: Psalm 66:10: temptation is not sin but it is a distraction. God refines us by allowing temptation for us to resist and grow stronger by turning to Him. This morning's word was "Call My people to turn to Me." (Refining silver involves turning up the heat till the impurities float to the top and can be removed.)

***** Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 20:58:18 -0400
From: "Kevin and Donna Steckline"
Subject: Health Line Sudan Prayers

Dear Torre and Jean,

Bp. Dave said to contact you with details on a new initiative so that the intercessors could be lifting it in prayer. So here it is!

Health Line Sudan...
As there is a peace agreement in Sudan now, refugees will be headed back to their homeland in droves. One thing we know is that they will return with nothing to a land torn by war. Disease will be rampant and their needs will be severe. The Church is in position to really help, and we are a part of that.

Combined with CMS-Ireland and Dr. Ian Clark, a former CMS missionary, the Albany Diocese will assist in rolling out medical clinics throughout Sudan, beginning in the Diocese of Yei. Dr. Ian Clark has a plan which will meet many needs of these communities and has proven itself fruitful in Uganda.

In late August Kevin Steckline will travel to Belfast Ireland to meet up with David Gough from CMS-Ireland and Jane Corbett of the Diocese of Down and Dromore. Together the three will travel to Uganda to meet with Dr. Ian Clark. Much of this first trip will be considered 'fact finding' and they will return with a much clearer understanding of the needs in this new endeavor. It is being unveiled as "Health Line Sudan" and t-shirts are in the making. We will be in a position to tell much more about it at the Mission's Conference this fall.

Prayer needs to be the backbone of this mission and we are seeking the Diocesan Prayer Warriors for this. Please of course lift the team and their families in prayer for protection and wisdom as they travel to Sudan and back. (Kevin Steckline from Albany Diocese, Jane Corbett from Down and Dromore, David Gough of CMS-Ireland) Dr. Ian Clark with whom much of the work will be accomplished, and his family; the Sudanese refugees as they return to their villages; for the proper individuals from each community to be chosen and trained; for materials, medicines, general provision; for the peace agreement to really take hold throughout Sudan; for forgiveness and a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit.

There are many needs and I feel secure in the fact that the Lord will direct each of your prayers as needed, but these are the ones that come to mind. Thanks so much. FHS, Donna

Thursday, July 27, 2006

 

7/27/2006, #28, 3rd Quarter 2006

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! (Psalm 66:1)

Holy Spirit, please help us in this diocese join in with the shouts of praise to you by your saints throughout the world and through all ages.

Sing out the honor of his name; make his praise glorious. (Psalm 66:2)

Jesus, your name is above every name; please help us sing your praises and make your praise glorious.

Say to God, "How awesome are your works! Through the greatness of your power your enemies shall submit themselves to you." (Psalm 66:3)

Father, please help all those who were ashamed to confess the name of Jesus at the General Convention submit themselves to you. Your works are awesome and we praise your greatness. You have brought us to conversion; bring the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church to conversion.

"All the earth shall worship you and sing praises to you; they shall sing praises to your name." (Psalm 66:4)

LORD, help us go forth into all lands worshiping you and singing praise to your name. Thank you.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10)

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. (2 Thessalonians 3:13)

Don't get tired praying for our Bishops, Bishop-elect, Standing Committee, the Diocese, and the Spiritual Life Center and its ministries.

Pray for God to defend, guide and protect our leaders and diocese and be a shield and high tower.

Pray for protection against the tricks of the Evil One and from those who have gone astray.

Pray God's Spirit of Truth and Light will break thru the darkness and bring the prodigals back home.

Pray the consecration will go forward smoothly and for special protection for Fr. Love, his family and present parish.

Pray for strength and good health for Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bishop-elect Bill and all our diocesan leaders.

Pray for Bp. John-David Schofield of the Diocese of San Joaquin who has had heart trouble for several years and is under attack by those who hate the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

 

Prayer request from Bp. Dave

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 13:25:16 -0400
From: "David Bena"
Subject: prayer request

Dear Torre and Jean
I just got off the phone with Deacon Polly Bailey. In the process of getting checked out for a bleeding ulcer, the doctor found that she has Stage One Kidney Cancer - an encapsulated tumor in her left kidney. Please get our prayer warriors praying for her immediately. Treatment options are being considered as I write.
Thanks,
Bp. Dave

 

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7/26/2006, #27, 3rd Quarter 2006

Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? (Psalm 49:5)

LORD, you are my light and my salvation; I will not be afraid. (From Psalm 27:1a)

Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him-- (Psalm 49:6-7)

Jesus, you are my strength and my treasure and you have paid the price for our redemption, thank you.

For the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever-- that he should continue to live eternally, and not see the Pit. (Psalm 49:8-9)

This I know: that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27)

"Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me." (Psalm 50:14-15)

Father, these are days of trouble in the Episcopal Church, and we call upon you, we cry out to you for your people. Wickedness is exalted and many think that you are altogether like them. Rebuke those who trouble your people and set things in order before your eyes. (From Psalm 50:21)

***** Pray for God's protecting hand to be on Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bishop-elect Bill.

Keep on praying for the Standing Committee and all who take counsel with them for protection both personal and corporate, for peace, strength, good health, and clear guidance from the Holy Spirit. Pray for the Lord's help in keeping their eyes on him. He is Lord of the Battle.

Pray also for the Diocese for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit on all of us. Come Holy Spirit. Come NOW. Come with more power.

Pray for all to go smoothly with preparation for the Consecration and with the Consecration itself. (Pray for Carol Drummond) Pray special protection of Fr. Bill Love, his family and his present parish in this in-between time.

Pray for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and all the ministries that go on there, including Healing and Beaver Cross. Pray for God's protection, guidance and provision for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.

Pray for the Staff of the Diocese and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

 

7/25/2006, #26, 3rd Quarter 2006

A word received July 23, 2006: Times of trial are coming. Seek my face. Cling to me.

A word received July 24, 2006: Keep your attention on me. I Am. I Am Lord of the battle. It is my battle and I Am sufficient for every need.

[Note: the liberal bishops of California are seeking to get rid of Bishop John-David Schofield, Bishop of San Joaquin. He and his diocese are orthodox. They are claiming that he has abandoned the communion of the Episcopal Church. Under the canon (church law) they are using, they get to be prosecutor, judge, and jury. There is no evidence presented, only the charge. Cry out to the LORD for Bishop Schofield and the Diocese of San Joaquin.]

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in his holy mountain. (Psalm 48:1)

LORD, help us come into your presence to praise you and worship you.

Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. (Psalm 48:2)

LORD, once again help your people in the Episcopal Church enter into the beauty of holiness.

God is in her palaces; he is known as her refuge. (Psalm 48:3)

Lord God, you are our refuge and our strength.

For behold, the kings assembled, they passed by together. (Psalm 48:4)

Jesus, once again the chief priests of your people are conspiring together to harm you and those who follow you. Be the shield and defense for your people.

They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, they hastened away. (Psalm 48:5)

Father, let those who trouble your people be troubled and flee away.

Fear took hold of them there, and pain, as of a woman in birth pangs, (Psalm 48:6)

Holy Spirit, put fear into the hearts of those who trouble your people.

As when you break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. (Psalm 48:7)

Jesus, break up the plans of those who persecute your people.

As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it forever. (Psalm 48:8)

LORD, we cry out to you for your people.

We have thought, O God, on your lovingkindness, in the midst of your temple. (Psalm 48:9)

Jesus, help us remember you and your lovingkindness whenever we enter your church to worship you.

According to your name, O God, so is your praise to the ends of the earth; your right hand is full of righteousness. (Psalm 48:10)

Father, help us keep your name holy; we pray that your righteous will is accomplished throughout this land.

Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your judgments. (Psalm 48:11)

Holy Spirit, once again bring joy to your people as they think on your righteous judgments.

Walk about Zion, and go all around her. Count her towers; mark well her bulwarks; consider her palaces; that you may tell it to the generation following. (Psalm 48:12-13)

LORD, help us by your Holy Spirit to tell our children and grandchildren and all the children in our parishes that you are our God forever and ever; and you will be our guide even to death. (From Psalm 48:14)

Monday, July 24, 2006

 

7/24/2006, #25, 3rd Quarter 2006

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds you did in their days, in days of old: (Psalm 44:1)

LORD, help us to be a generation that is faithful in passing on to our children the deeds you have done for us and our forefathers.

You drove out the nations with your hand, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. (Psalm 44:2)

Jesus, you went before us to make a way for us; thank you.

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them. (Psalm 44:3)

Jesus, there is nothing that we have done or can do to earn our salvation; you have done it all for us on the cross; thank you.

You are my King, O God; command victories for Jacob. (Psalm 44:4)

As you did in the past, please do now: bring your faithful people through to victory.

Through you we will push down our enemies; through your name we will trample those who rise up against us. (Psalm 44:5)

Father, help us cling to you; the enemies of the gospel in the Episcopal Church are many and we are few.

For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. (Psalm 44:6)

Holy Spirit, help us place our trust in Jesus and not in ourselves.

But you have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. (Psalm 44:7)

Lord Jesus, we look to you: save your faithful people from those who hate your gospel.

In God we boast all day long, and praise your name forever. (Psalm 44:8)

Jesus, help us make our boast in you and not in our strength.

***** Keep praying daily for our Bishops, Bishop-elect, his consecration, the Standing Committee, the diocese, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Beaver Cross, staff, clergy and lay leaders. Pray for God's protection, strength, and clear guidance. Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people. Lord, help us keep our eyes on you when we do not know what to do. ( 2 Chronicles 20:12b)

***** Dear Friends,
I do not want you to think that I have fallen off the earth!!! My feet are fully on the ground but my head seems to be in the clouds.... My soul is flying... all is very well.

1) My new book:
"The Resurrection of the Forgotten Touch, the Touch of Christ The Healer" is coming along well. I received the contract from Church Publishing, NY last week. Part one is nearly complete. Two more parts to go! Many blessings are going on as this is being written.

2) "Hand to Hand from Combat to Healing" is getting a face lift, the typos are being corrected (after 5 years!) and it will be coming out soon as a second edition. We are working on a new cover. Any ideas anyone?

3) Please keep praying for my niece Georgina. She will be going into isolation for a week on the 31st of this month. Julie told me that everything she brings with her will have to be destroyed after her stay in isolation as she receives mega doses of radiation. Would you join me in sending mega doses of prayer towards Kent England.... Thank you.

Much love to you all, Yours in Christ
Fr. Nigel+

Sunday, July 23, 2006

 

7/23/2006, #24, 3rd Quarter 2006

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! (Psalm 103:1)

Father, we ask your blessing today and we ask that our words and deeds will bless your name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: (Psalm 103:2)

Jesus, thank you for all you have done for us; please give us a heart to remember what you have done for us; help us to be a remembering people.

Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, (Psalm 103:3)

Holy Spirit, thank you for your cleansing fire and for the gifts of healing you give. Thank you for the Healing Center at the Spiritual Life Center and for all those who minister there. Thank you fo the ministry of healing in our parishes in this diocese.

Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, (Psalm 103:4)

Jesus, thank you for rescuing us from destruction and showing us the tender mercies of your father.

Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

Holy Father, please do a work of renewal throughout this diocese.

The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. (Psalm 103:6)

LORD, we ask you to excute righteousness and justice for St. Andrew's Syracuse and for all other parishes and dioceses that are being oppressed. Thank you.

LORD, we bless you and all your works in all places of your dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul! (From Psalm 103:22)

***** (Nigel Mumford) Please keep praying for my niece Georgina. She will be going into isolation for a week on the 31st of this month. Julie told me that everything she brings with her will have to be destroyed after her stay in isolation as she receives mega doses of radiation. Would you join me in sending mega doses of prayer towards Kent England.... Thank you.

***** Keep on praying for our Bishops, Bishop-elect, the Standing Committee, Diocesan and SLC staff, Beaver Cross, faithful clergy and lay leaders. Pray for protection of every kind, strength, peace, health and clear guidance. Cry out to the Lord for His people and for His church. Pray for all Christians who are being persecuted anywhere.

Thank you, Lord, for our family.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

 

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7/22/2006, #23, 3rd Quarter 2006

Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! (Psalm 43:1)

LORD, vindicate your faithful people and deliver them from the hands of those who are deceitful and unjust.

For you are the God of my strength; why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? (Psalm 43:2)

Lord Jesus, your strength is made perfect in our weakness; we look to you because of the oppression of the enemy. Day by day we mourn because of the disarray in your church; have mercy on your people who call upon your name.

Oh, send out your light and your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your tabernacle. (Psalm 43:3)

Jesus, you are truth; be our light in these dark times: bring us into your tabernacle to worship you.

Then I will go to the altar of God, to god my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise you, O God, my God. (Psalm 43:4)

Father, help us come into your presence and worship you.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise him, the help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm 43:5)

Now abide these three: faith, hope and love. Holy Spirit, fill us anew with your hope and your presence so that our countenance is lifted up and we worship God with hope. Thank you.

Friday, July 21, 2006

 

7/21/2006, #22, 3rd Quarter 2006

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)

Jesus, help us love as you love, embrace what you embrace, shun what you shun. Please give us discernment and wisdom to distinguish between the true and the false.

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;(Romans 12:10)

Holy Spirit, teach us to love one another; teach us to embrace the sinner and not the sin. Help us give honor and preference to one another.

not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;(Romans 12:11)

Father, stir up our hearts to make your son Jesus known.

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;(Romans 12:12)

Jesus, thank you for the hope you plant in our hearts that enables us to go on when everything seems dark. Thank you for being the light to our path. Help us to be steady in prayer for your church.

distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.(Romans 12:13)

Father, give us hearts that reach out to the lost and the least, to the poor, the widow, the orphans, and the strangers in our midst.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.(Romans 12:14)

Father, we ask your blessing on Bishop Adams of the Diocese of Central New York who is persecuting your people at St. Andrew's Syracuse.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.(Romans 12:15)

Holy Spirit, help us enter into the lives of others with your love and compassion.

Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.(Romans 12:16)

Jesus, help us to have your mind toward one another. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Jesus, help us to actually do this. (From James 1:27)

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.(Romans 12:17)

Father, help us embrace whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- help us meditate on these things. (From Philippians 4:8)

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.(Romans 12:18)

Jesus, show us the way through in the days ahead so that we may live peaceably with one another.

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.(Romans 12:19)

Jesus, help us look to you where true justice is to be found.

Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."(Romans 12:20)

Father, help us so cling to you and your word so that the fire of your Holy Spirit will rain down on all of us in the church.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.(Romans 12:21)

You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 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." (From Hebrews 12:4-6)

***** Dear Readers,

It has been an intense, exhausting day for the people of St. Andrew's in the Valley, Syracuse NY. Listening and watching the proceedings (The Diocese of CNY vs. St Andrew's in the Valley, their wardens and vestry), watching Matt Kennedy+ and his fingers flying over the keyboard, seeing the faces of my fellow parishioners as they intently watched, listened and prayed during the proceeding will stay with me forever. Families with babies and young children, teenagers, the elderly. One count estimated that 120 people were in that courtroom-approximately twice the average attendance of parishes in this diocese. (The exception is St. Andrew's whose ASA is 175 over the summer)

St. Andrew's has always been known as a praying church-a worshiping church and I believe this is what truly carried the day and prevented the church from being shut down. We have many brothers and sisters in other churches in the city, indeed all over the country who were with us in prayer. I didn't realize till later that one church had sent a prayer team who prayed out in the hall the whole time we were in the courtroom.

I cannot possibly do any better than linking to other blogs concerning what happened today-so check them out.

And I praise God for all the faithful prayer warriors! This is just the opening volley and there is more to come, so please continue to hold us up before the Lord.

Pat Dague

[Note: you can get more information at http://www.transfigurations.blogspot.com/]

Thursday, July 20, 2006

 

7/20/2006, #21, 3rd Quarter 2006

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

Father, thank you for your mercy to us.

Jesus, help me offer myself to your father's will as you did.

Holy Spirit, help me to be a living sacrifice to God.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Holy Spirit, please bring me to a renewal of my mind and my thoughts; help me enter into the will of God for me.

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)

Jesus, please help us speak and think through the grace given us; give us a right understanding of ourselves and where we fit into your purposes.

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:4-5)

Father, bring us to the unity in the body that you desire for us. Help each of us to do our part.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: (Romans 12:6a)

Jesus, help us use every gift you give us by your Holy Spirit.

if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;
or ministry, let us use it in our ministering;
he who teaches, in teaching;
he who exhorts, in exhortation;
he who gives, with liberality;
he who leads, with diligence;
he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:6b-8)

Holy Spirit, help each of us exercise to the full the gifts and ministry you give us for the building up of the body of Christ.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)

Guide our bishops, the Standing Committee, the Diocesan Council, and the next Diocesan Convention. Help them clearly distinguish between what is evil and what is good -- to abhor the one and cling to the other.

A word received: I Am. That is what my church needs to hear. I Am, and there is no other.

***** For the people of St Andrew's in the Valley, Syracuse, New York:

The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York filed a lawsuit today against St. Andrew’s Church in Syracuse, its priest, and the members of the parish governing board seeking the seizure of the church building, the parish hall, and the rectory. Bishop Adams’ actions follow a trend in dioceses across the country in which revisionist bishops misapply and abuse canon and civil law in order to seize parish property of churches which oppose their agenda. The bishop and the parish are on the opposite sides of a controversy over homosexual bishops and the authority of Scripture which has engulfed the Episcopal Church for the last few years. St. Andrews sticks with the traditional teaching of the church that sex outside of marriage is prohibited by the Bible, while the Bishop and the leaders of the diocese have been outspoken supporters of the homosexual bishop of New Hampshire who divorced his wife to live with his male partner.

He has not made us for nought; He has brought us thus far, in order to bring us further, in order to bring us on to the end. He will never leave us nor forsake us; so that we may boldly say, "The Lord is my Helper; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me." We "may cast all our care upon Him who careth for us." What is it to us how our future path lies, if it be but His path? What is it to us whither it leads us, so that in the end it leads to Him? What is it to us what He puts upon us, so that He enables us to undergo it with a pure conscience, a true heart, not desiring anything of this world in comparison of Him? What is it to us what terror befalls us, if He be but a hand to protect and strengthen us? (John Henry Newman)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

 

7/19/2006, #20, 3rd Quarter 2006

My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. (Psalm 119:25)

Jesus, please revive your church with your Spirit and your word.

I have declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:26)

Father, please teach the Episcopal Church your statutes.

Make me understand the way of your precepts; so shall I meditate on your wonderful works. (Psalm 119:27)

LORD, the Episcopal Church has forgotten your works and no longer considers your ways; have mercy on us and draw us back to you.

My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28)

Holy Spirit, we are weary and our soul melts from heaviness as we consider the Episcopal Church; strengthen us according to your word.

Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me your law graciously. (Psalm 119:29)

Jesus, you are gracious and kind, please remove the lies that have become common currency in the Episcopal Church.

I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me. (Psalm 119:30)

Jesus, you are truth and you are the way to life, help us walk in the way of your judgments.

I cling to your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! (Psalm 119:31)

LORD, help us cling to your ways day by day in this diocese; do not let your faithful people be put to shame.

I will run the course of your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:32)

Holy Spirit, help us say with Paul that we know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize. Help us run in such a way that we may obtain it. Help us be temperate in all things. Others do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we run for an imperishable crown. Therefore let us run: not with uncertainty, and thus we fight: not as one who beats the air. Help us discipline our bodies and bring them into subjection, lest, when we have preached to others, we should find ourselves become disqualified. (From 1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

 

7/18/2006, #19, 3rd Quarter 2006

Oh, continue your lovingkindness to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalm 36:10)

Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to know you more so that we may continue in your lovingkindness. Help us to be upright in heart so that we may continue in your righteousness.

Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. (Psalm 36:11)

Jesus, please protect your faithful people in the Episcopal Church from those who in their pride and wickedness devise plots against them.

There the workers of iniquity have fallen; they have been cast down and are not able to rise. (Psalm 36:12)

Holy Spirit, please guide us in your ways of love, mercy, truth, and righteousness so that we do not fall like the workers of iniquity.

I said, "I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me." (Psalm 39:1)

Holy Spirit, please help us guard our lips, keep us from speaking in anger.

I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good; and my sorrow was stirred up. (Psalm 39:2)

Jesus, help us know when to speak and when to keep silent.

My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. (Psalm 39:3a)

Holy Spirit, this is a time of passion and anger in the Episcopal Church, show us when and how to speak.

Then I spoke with my tongue: "LORD, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. (Psalm 39:3b-4)

LORD, this is a fearful prayer: help us to be faithful to you day by day.

Indeed, you have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before you; certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. (Psalm 39:5)

Father, you are from everlasting to everlasting; help us keep our attention on you and not on the things that are passing away.

Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain; he heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them. (Psalm 39:6)

Jesus, please bring us to maturity and help us see with your eyes; help us gather up the treasures that lead to eternal life; help us seek first your kingdom and its righteousness, trusting that you will add to us everything that is needed. Thank you.

 

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

 

7/15/2006, #18, 3rd Quarter 2006

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15a)

Jesus, you are Lord of the harvest fields, send forth laborers to preach your word so that those whose hearts are prepared for the seed of faith may hear your words, believe in you, and call out to your father in your name.

As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15b)

Holy Spirit, please bring us to the beauty of holiness, to the beauty that comes from sharing your gospel, your good news.

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "LORD, who has believed our report?" (Romans 10:16)

Jesus, we cry out to you for your church: help those who have fallen away from you believe in you once again, please restore their faith and trust in you.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Father, we ask in the name of your son Jesus that he will be preached in Spirit and in truth from every pulpit in this diocese so that faith may come by the hearing of your word. Thank you.

Friday, July 14, 2006

 

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7/14/2006, #16, 3rd Quarter 2006

Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Episcopal Church is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

The Episcopal Church seeks a righteousness that come from keeping the ways of the world. But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

LORD, in your mercy bring the Episcopal Church to a change of heart and a true confession of faith unto salvation. Thank you. (From Romans 10:1-10)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

 

7/13/2006, #15, 3rd Quarter 2006

With the merciful you will show yourself merciful; with a blameless man you will show yourself blameless; (Psalm 18:25)

Father, please have mercy on us, for we are neither merciful nor blameless in all the ways that you desire.

With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the devious you will show yourself shrewd. (Psalm 18:26)

Holy Spirit, please bring us to purity of heart so that we may see Jesus. Set us free from devious ways in this diocese.

For you will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks. (Psalm 18:27)

Jesus, please help us know and do your humility; save us from the arrogant.

For you will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28)

Father, please let your word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (From Psalm 119:105)

Jesus, there is so much darkness in the Episcopal Church today; help us to be living lambs of your word.

For by you I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. (Psalm 18:29)

Holy Spirit, please help us leap over those walls that separate us from our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in him. (Psalm 18:30)

Jesus, please help us place our trust in you; be our shield. Thank you that your ways are perfect.

For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? (Psalm 18:31)

Jesus, you are our rock of redemption, there is no other who can save.

It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. (Psalm 18:32)

LORD, please help me to walk in your ways step by step so that I do not slip and my way will be made perfect in you.

He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. (Psalm 18:33)

Father, as the deer longs for the water brooks, so longs my soul for you; please bring me to your high places.

He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. (Psalm 18:34)

Holy Spirit, arm and equip our bishops, clergy, and lay leaders to lead us into and through the battles that are coming in the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

Jesus, you have also given me the shield of your salvation; your right hand has held me up, your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip. (From Psalm 18:35-36)

***** Pray for rest and refreshment for Bp. Dan on vacation.

Pray for our Bishops, Bishop-elect , Standing Committee and Diocese for protection, strength, clear guidance by Holy Spirit in the days ahead and especially in the time before Fr. Love's consecration in Sept. Pray for all the preparations and those who do them. Pray for the Lord to prepare and equip Fr. Bill Love. Pray they will all keep their eyes on Jesus and that no weapon formed against them will prosper.

Pray for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center: for protection and God's provision. Pray for the Lord to pour out His Spirit in Revival, repentance and healing. Cry out to the Lord for His Church for Him to rebuild and renew it. Pray for the Lord to renew and cleanse our hearts that we may be ready to follow where He leads.

If anyone has some unused but good condition bikes stored, consider donating them to the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center for use by the Healing Center, interns, and Beaver Cross staff. If you do, contact Patti Gibbons. <>.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

 

7/12/2006, #14, 3rd Quarter 2006

Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD brings back the captivity of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad. (Psalm 14:7)

LORD, hear our cry to you for your people and your church. Many of them are in bondage: bring them out of captivity where they are in unfaithful parishes or dioceses. Hear our cry for them. LORD, all of us are in some measure captive to sin: bring us to new life in you. Thank you.

" till we all come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ " (Ephesians 4:13).

Father, bring us to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

***** Keep praying for our Bishops, Bishop-elect and Standing Committee and others involved for clear guidance of Holy Spirit, protection and peace as the follow the Lord step by step. Pray for protection against any traps or false choices. Pray for peace and unity in the Diocese. The Lord keeps reminding us that He is in charge!

Jesus, Father, Holy Spirit, You are the God of Breakthroughs. Break through the darkness and blindness in many in Your Church. Break through hardness of heart and the spirit of this age with Your Truth and Light. Help many to confront the Reality of Who You Are and repent.

Hold up and encourage Your faithful servants. Renew their strength and health. Pour out on them a Spirit of boldness, praise and thanksgiving (2 Chronicles 20:12, 21-22) in this present situation. Remind them that You are Lord of the Battle as well as Lord of the Church. Rebuild Your Church in our generation. Let the Revival so many have been praying for break out NOW!. Cleanse and renew the hearts of Your faithful ones and help them fix their eyes on Jesus--no matter what happens.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

 

7/11/2006, #13, 3rd Quarter 2006

In the LORD I put my trust; how can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain"? (Psalm 11:1)

LORD, I put my trust and my hope in you. You will show us the way forward through this wilderness the Episcopal Church is in.

For look! The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. (Psalm 11:2)

Lord, you are our refuge and our strength, you are our shield and high tower; clothe us with your full armor.

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)

Father, what is a good person to do when things fall apart? Show us the way forward by your word and your Spirit; things are falling apart in the Episcopal Church. The wicked seek to destroy the foundations of the church.

The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven; his eyes behold, his eyelids test the sons of men. (Psalm 11:4)

Jesus, lead us day by day; bring us into your holy temple to worship you in Spirit and in truth.

The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence his soul hates.(Psalm 11:5)

LORD, the wicked prosper among your people -- they call good evil and evil good. Have mercy on us.

Upon the wicked he will rain coals; fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup. (Psalm 11:6)

Help us save from destruction all who have a heart to turn to you, LORD. LORD, have mercy on your people.

For the LORD is righteous, he loves righteousness; his countenance beholds the upright. (Psalm 11:7)

Father, we are your children, help us walk in your righteous paths; keep us as the apple of your eye. Thank you.

***** Keep praying for our Bishops and Bishop Coadjutor elect and the Standing Committee to be guided step by step as they move through uncharted waters. Pray for the peace that passes understanding and that no weapon formed against them will prosper.

Pray for the arrangements for the Consecration of our Bishop Coadjutor-elect that everything will go smoothly. Pray for Carol Drummond for her responsibilities as Chair of the committee and for all the preparations. Also pray for beginning preparations for our Diocesan Convention next year.

Pray for a mighty move of God's Spirit in Revival, repentance and surrendered lives. Pray for Lord's guidance for ABC Rowan Williams and other Primates.

Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people.

Monday, July 10, 2006

 

7/10/2006, #12, 3rd Quarter 2006

Torre—
As I read your word received this morning I also heard this: I desire you to be strong before Me, to stand upright before the tempests which blow now. Though storms buffet you, know that I strengthen you and you will stand firm in My strength.
Sister Mary Elizabeth

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Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)

Holy Spirit, we trust that you will daily be our help and guide, for we do not even know how to pray unless you show us.

Jesus, our spirits cry out for the refreshment of your Spirit.

Holy Spirit, please intercede for us and through us; give us the gift of prayer.

Now he who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:27)

Jesus, please search our hearts by your Spirit and make intercession for the saints according to the will of your father. Teach us how to intercede for one another.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Father, we know this and we forget it. Write it on the tablet of our hearts so that we remember it in the midst of the storms of life.

For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)

Father, you created us and called us, shape us into the image of your son so that we become day by day his brothers and sisters.

Moreover whom he predestined, these he also called; whom he called, these he also justified; and whom he justified, these he also glorified. (Romans 8:30)

LORD, I love these sequences in Paul's letters; lead me on: predestined, called, justified, glorified! I want all of it. Thank you.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

 

Happy Special Birthday
Bishop Dan Herzog of Albany!
"He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it." Titus 1:9
We praise You, Father, for Your faithful servant Dan. Prosper him and give him many more years of service to You. Favor him with good health and grace him with your abundant blessings!
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7/9/2006, #11, 3rd Quarter 2006

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in his commandments. (Psalm 112:1)

LORD, the fear of you is the beginning of wisdom. There is neither fear of you in the Episcopal Church nor wisdom and the Episcopal Church no longer understands your commandments nor delights in them. Have mercy on us!

Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD! (Psalm 113:1)

LORD, help us by your Holy Spirit to bless your name from this time forth and forevermore! (From Psalm 113:2)

From the rising of the sun to its going down the LORD’S name is to be praised. (Psalm 113:3)

Holy Father, morning and evening and noontime too, help us praise your name and keep it holy.

A word received: Wait on me. Keep your attention on me. I want intercessors who will stand in the breech of my choosing. I want intercessors who will listen for my voice of direction, who will pray with the mind of my Holy Spirit. Continue to lay down your agenda. Let me be your guide and standard.

Jesus, help us to clasp this word to our hearts and do it.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

 

7/8/2006, #10, 3rd Quarter 2006

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your possessions-- (Psalm 104:24)

O LORD, we are your children -- you have made us and we are your creation.

This great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great. (Psalm 104:25)

Father, we are part of a great symphony which you have composed.

There the ships sail about; there is that Leviathan which you have made to play there. (Psalm 104:26)

Holy Spirit, help us to know the part we should play and rejoice in doing that.

These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. (Psalm 104:27)

Jesus, we wait on you; we look to you for food for our bodies and food for our souls.

What you give them they gather in; you open Your hand, they are filled with good. (Psalm 104:28)

Holy Spirit, guide us so that we may receive all that our Father wants to give us.

You hide your face, they are troubled; you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. (Psalm 104:29)

Father, help us see by the light of your face.

You send forth your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 104:30)

Father, please send forth your Spirit and renew the Episcopal Church. We pray that your glory may endure forever and that you will find joy in us once again. (From Psalm 104:31)

Friday, July 07, 2006

 

Standing Committee of Diocese of Albany Statement

Episcopal Diocese of Albany
68 South Swan Street, Albany NY 12210
(518) 465-4737 ∙ Fax (518) 436-1182
Diocese@albanydiocese.org
The Right Reverend Daniel W. Herzog, Bishop
The Right Reverend David J. Bena, Bishop Suffragan

July 7, 2006

STATEMENT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF ALBANY ON THE RESPONSE OF THE 75th GENERAL CONVENTION TO THE WINDSOR REPORT



The history leading up to the 75th General Convention needs little introduction. It is important, however, to realize that much of the debate has been shaped by the secular media and groups within and without the Episcopal Church holding passionate views and agendas. It is important for this reason to step back. Some things can and must be clearly affirmed now. Some things will require theological reflection within the Communion which will necessarily take some more time.

The outline to that further process and its theological underpinnings is found in the recent communiqué of the Archbishop of Canterbury, entitled “The Challenge and Hope of Being an Anglican Today: A Reflection for the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Anglican Communion.” The Standing Committee and Bishops receive Archbishop Rowan Williams’ Reflection enthusiastically and commend it to your prayerful and careful reading.

The Reflection outlines a process of Covenant. The Covenant process was recognized and affirmed by the 75th General Convention in Resolution A166. The form of the Covenant proposed by Archbishop Rowan Williams centers in “constituent” or “associated” membership in the Anglican Communion. Those member Churches that conform to and live in accord and full cooperation with the Anglican Communion Covenant will be full or constituent members of the Anglican Communion. Those who will not accept the discipline of our mutual life as defined by this Covenant will be considered “associated” churches only. They will not have a vote in the councils of the Anglican Communion.

This brings us to what can and must be clearly said now. The Windsor Report required compliance with both the spirit and letter of its content. Most pressing was the complete moratorium on the consecration of bishops engaged in sexual contact outside the union of marriage between one man and one woman. Relatedly, the Windsor Report required a moratorium on the authorization of blessing of same-sex unions or any associated rites.

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Albany affirms the following:

1. The 75th General Convention has willfully failed to meet both the spirit and letter of the Windsor Report in areas of human sexuality and to show proper regard for “the bonds of affection” within the Anglican Communion.

2. We thankfully receive as the way forward the communiqué of the Archbishop of Canterbury, entitled “The Challenge and Hope of Being an Anglican Today: A Reflection for the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Anglican Communion.”

3. We hold without reservation the witness of Holy Scripture and the historic teaching of the Church that sexual relations are to occur only in the context of marriage between one man and one woman. Neither rites nor blessings of same-sex unions are authorized in this Diocese because both are clearly contrary to Holy Scripture and Christian Tradition. It is our intention to be in full compliance with the Windsor Report.

4. While finding the 75th General Convention’s Resolution B033 an inadequate response to the Windsor Report, we affirm our full compliance with the Resolution as it stands. This Standing Committee will "exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion."

5. We reaffirm our full commitment to the Lambeth Conference 1998: Resolution 1.10 Human Sexuality, including sections 3 & 4:

“This Conference: 3 recognises that there are among us persons who experience themselves as having a homosexual orientation. Many of these are members of the Church and are seeking the pastoral care, moral direction of the Church, and God's transforming power for the living of their lives and the ordering of relationships. We commit ourselves to listen to the experience of homosexual persons and we wish to assure them that they are loved by God and that all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ; 4 while rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture, calls on all our people to minister pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of sexual orientation and to condemn irrational fear of homosexuals, violence within marriage and any trivialisation and commercialisation of sex....”

6. We commend to careful and prayerful reading the following words of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Reflection, believing that much misunderstanding of motivation lies at the heart of our divisions. Quoting Archbishop Williams:

The Anglican Communion: a Church in Crisis?

“What is the current tension in the Anglican Communion actually about? Plenty of people are confident that they know the answer. It’s about gay bishops, or possibly women bishops. The American Church is in favour and others are against – and the Church of England is not sure (as usual).

‘It’s true that the election of a practising gay person as a bishop in the US in 2003 was the trigger for much of the present conflict. It is doubtless also true that a lot of extra heat is generated in the conflict by ingrained and ignorant prejudice in some quarters; and that for many others, in and out of the Church, the issue seems to be a clear one about human rights and dignity. But the debate in the Anglican Communion is not essentially a debate about the human rights of homosexual people. It is possible – indeed, it is imperative – to give the strongest support to the defence of homosexual people against violence, bigotry and legal disadvantage, to appreciate the role played in the life of the church by people of homosexual orientation, and still to believe that this doesn’t settle the question of whether the Christian Church has the freedom, on the basis of the Bible, and its historic teachings, to bless homosexual partnerships as a clear expression of God’s will. That is disputed among Christians, and, as a bare matter of fact, only a small minority would answer yes to the question.”

7. We stand in solidarity and deepest sympathy with our sister Dioceses that have found the actions and inaction of the 75th General Convention to require an appeal to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Panel of Reference for various aid and relief.

8. We repudiate all false expressions of our Christian Faith that would seek to dilute or avoid Jesus’ clear words: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6.)

In conclusion, we support and uphold our bishops in their statement of June 30, 2006 that “being part of the greater Church is necessary to prosper and we are confident that Albany will hold to that higher course.”

This statement unanimously approved by the members of the Standing Committee undersigned, meeting on the 7th day of July, 2006 at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, New York.

The Rev’d Paul J. Hartt, President
Mr. David Beaulac
Mr. Richard Drumm
Mrs. Patricia Gibbons, Secretary
The Rev’d Scott Harding
The Rev’d Robert Holman
The Rev’d William Love
The Rev’d Lorraine Lyons
Mrs. Sue Ellen Ruetsch
The Rev’d Derik Roy

 

7/7/2006, #9, 3rd Quarter 2006

Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle him in his talk. (Matthew 22:15)

Jesus, you saw the way through their plots; we pray that our bishops and the Standing Committee will see the way through all the plots and entanglements that surround them.

And they sent to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do you care about anyone, for you do not regard the person of men. (Matthew 22:16)

Lord, you do care for us; you care for the lost and the least; you care for the widow, the orphan, and the alien in our midst. You cared enough to stretch out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross. Please help us care as you care.

Tell us, therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" (Matthew 22:17)

Holy Spirit, guide us in this diocese so that we will know how to place our loyalties; our loyalties to Jesus, to the Anglican Communion, to the Episcopal Church, and to one another in this diocese and in our parishes. This has become a time of deeply conflicting loyalties -- please show us the way through these conflicts.

But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test me, you hypocrites? (Matthew 22:18)

Jesus, please give us the gift of discernment by your Holy Spirit so that we may recognize false choices for what they are.

Show me the tax money." So they brought him a denarius. And he said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" (Matthew 22:19-20)

Holy Spirit, please guide us as we look at the evidence of what people have said and done. Help us know the right questions to ask as Jesus did.

They said to him, "Caesar's." And he said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:21)

Father, we are stamped with your image: show us what we should render to you, to the Anglican Communion, to the Episcopal Church, and to one another in this diocese and in our parishes.

When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left him and went their way. (Matthew 22:22)

Jesus, help our bishops, the Standing Committee and all of us in this diocese to know the truth and be set free to do it. Thank you.

"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. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14).

Jesus, you are the gate keeper: help us find our way to and through that narrow gate and avoid the destruction that is coming to those who choose the broad way of the world. Thank you.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

 

7/6/2006, #8, 3rd Quarter 2006

A word received 7/6/06: Call My people to Me. Call My people to prayer and repentance. Call My people to Me.

Lord, we cry out to you for this Diocese, for our Bishops and Bishop-elect and the Standing Committee. Help them to fear nothing but the loss of you. Speak your word of direction and guidance to them. Give them protection, health and peace. Protect them from the Evil One. We ask that no weapon formed against them will prosper and that whatever Satan throws against them, you will turn to good.

Clothe them and us with your full armor. We cry out to you for your children who have gone astray. Please bring the prodigals back. We ask this in Jesus' Name.

We pray for your provision for those churches which have suffered loss in the floods.

 

7/6/2006, #7, 3rd Quarter 2006

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

Holy Spirit, give us a unity in Jesus that the world and the flesh cannot give.

Jesus, so guide our bishops and the Standing Committee as they meet tomorrow that their decisions will show us a way forward together in this diocese in unity.

Father, your son prayed that we all might be one; let that be the prayer and cry of our hearts: Father, make us one!

It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. (Psalm 133:2)

Father, we pray for that precious anointing of your Holy Spirit so that we find our unity in your son. Guide us by your word and your Spirit into unity.

It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing-- life forevermore. (Psalm 133:3)

Rain down, Holy Spirit, rain down!

Jesus, please command this blessing for us -- life forevermore with you! Thank you.

The parched ground shall become a pool... (Isaiah 35:7).

LORD, let the parched ground of our souls become pools of living water!

***** Watch, fast and pray tomorrow for our bishops and Standing Committee as they meet.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

 

7/5/2006, #6, 3rd Quarter 2006

Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 21:11:57 -0400
From: Patti Gibbons
Subject: Re: 7/5/2006, #5, 3rd Quarter 2006
To: Torre and Jean Bissell

Dear Torre,

People in the Diocese who would like to form work teams to help the flooded parishes and people may contact me at Christ the King SLC, pgibbons@CtKcenter.org or 518-692-9550, where I'm coordinating those who would like to help with the projects that need to be done on behalf of the Diocese. This coordination happens as information becomes available, as the needs are still being determined as clean- up begins.

If you would please let people know to call me to coordinate, rather than bombard the affected churches, I'd be grateful.

In Christ,
Patti Gibbons

 

7/5/2006, #5, 3rd Quarter 2006

Subject: Priests and Deacons Update
UPDATE FROM BISHOP DAVE
July 5, 2006
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
Last Sunday, Mary Ellen and I worshiped with the faithful at St. Matthew's, Unadilla. As you may be aware, the village of Unadilla flooded last week about this time. The bottom floor of the Rectory was submerged, destroying everything on that level. The basement of the church was also submerged, destroying the office - furniture, computers, records, files, equipment, plus the Sunday School rooms, furniture, and equipment...All destroyed!
As I led the Eucharist and Scott Garno preached, I saw God in action, comforting His people, focusing them on Him. Jesus was present to them in the Eucharist and in the Word read and preached. Although many of the people in the congregation had experienced uncontrolled water running through their homes, they had hope. And now they are all digging out - cleaning mud, throwing away destroyed treasures, trying to figure out what to do next. Please pray for these good people. I told them you would. By the way, this was Scott's second Sunday as Rector!
We next drove to Sydney, to visit with St. Paul's Church. Alas, the town was closed! National Guardsmen were at the roads leading into town. I called Deacon Jim Shevlin on his cell phone. He was at the church assessing the damage. The bottom floor of St Paul's is also destroyed - parish hall, kitchen, office, Sunday School rooms...totally destroyed. The downtown area was under water. It will be months before things return to normal. Please pray for the people of St. Paul's, Sydney as they dig out.
We have heard from Mother Sue Cole at Christ Church, Walton. Although they had little damage to the church and rectory (water in the basements), the downtown area of Walton was totally flooded. It will be a long time before things return to normal there. A number of parishioners were affected. Pray for them.
We are still trying to get in touch with priests, deacons of parishes along the rivers. Parishioners of Grace, Mohawk were flooded, though the church received no damage. Canajoharie was flooded, though the church and rectory are on high ground - have not heard of any damage to those buildings. St. John's, Delhi, suffered no damage, though some parishioners got flooded out. St James, Oneonta, had their church basement flooded - the youth room badly damaged.
I have just given you a review of everything I know. The other thing I know is that most insurance policies do not cover floods, unless there has been a flood rider purchased. The affected parishes are checking their insurance now to see if they are covered. FEMA has promised some assistance. Episcopal Relief and Development and Anglican Relief and Development have been contacted, to provide relief. If you would like to personally help, you might write a check to the two churches most affected - St Matthew's, Unadilla and St. Paul's, Sydney.
Thanks for caring and for praying.

St. Matthew's Church
Interim Deacon: The Rev'd Roy VanDermark
Mail: Box 537, Unadilla, NY 13849-0537, Telephone: 607-369-3081
E-mail: stmatts@wpe.com

St. Paul's Church
Deacon: The Rev'd James Shevlin
Location: 25 River St, Sidney, NY 13838-1132, Telephone: 607-563-3391
E-mail: stpaulsidney1@mkl.com

 

7/5/2006, #4, 3rd Quarter 2006

For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. (Romans 7:19)

Lord, have mercy on us!

Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. (Romans 7:20)

Christ, have mercy on us!

I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. (Romans 7:21)

Lord, have mercy on us! We cannot do anything good without your help.

For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. (Romans 7:22)

Father, I know the good I should do and the evil I should avoid, but that is not what I do.

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (Romans 7:23)

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God -- through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25a)

So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:25b)

Father, 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. (From Romans 8:1)

Jesus, help us in this diocese to have your mind and to walk according to your Spirit.

Holy Spirit, please guide our bishops and the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Albany when they meet on Friday. Show us the way forward.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

 

7/4/2006, #3, 3rd Quarter 2006

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; (Psalm 127:1a)

LORD, build up your church in this diocese; help us labor at your direction, set your church free from the vanity of building to man's design.

Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1b)

LORD, be our shield and buckler, be our guard and defender. Those who are supposed to be guardians of the Episcopal Church have welcomed in the enemy; defend us, LORD!

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so he gives his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)

Holy Spirit, give rest and refreshment to Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bishop-elect Bill and all the leaders of this diocese.

Jesus, this is a time of sorrow in the Episcopal Church: we grieve for your people who have been led astray and we cry out to you for your mercy on your church.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalm 127:3)

Father, have mercy on us: the Episcopal Church now supports abortion on demand, have mercy on the unborn children who are being killed off. Have mercy on the Episcopal Church, for it says evil is good and good is evil. Call us back to your ways.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. (Psalm 127:4)

Jesus, help us welcome the children you give us and nourish them with your truth and love. Bless the ministry of Beaver Cross the youth of this diocese. Bless all the diocesan and parish ministries to children and teenagers.

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:5)

Jesus, thank you for the newest arrow in our quiver, Simon Tamba Bissell!

 

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Monday, July 03, 2006

 

7/3/2006, #2, 3rd Quarter 2006

Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the Gentiles, to give thanks to your holy name, to triumph in your praise. (Psalm 106:47)

LORD, save us for the Episcopal Church has made its home among those who do not know you. Help us to thank you for the holiness of your name and find victory in praising you.

Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD! (Psalm 106:48)

LORD, you are blessed from everlasting to everlasting and we join your sainst through the ages in blessing and praising you. Amen!

***** Cry out to the LORD throughout this week for wisdom and guidance for our bishops and the Standing Committee of the diocese. Pray that they will recognize true from false choices and choose the true in obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

 

7/2/2006, #1, 3rd Quarter 2006

Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. (Luke 13:10)

Jesus, come and teach in our parishes.

And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. (Luke 13:11)

Jesus, the Episcopal Church has had a spirit of infirmity these many years and cannot raise itself up by its own strength.

But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” (Luke 13:12)

Jesus, please speak these same words to your bride, the Church.

And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. (Luke 13:13)

Lord, we long to see that day when the Episcopal Church will be made straight and glorify God.

But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” (Luke 13:14)

Lord, the leaders of the Episcopal Church have things turned around just like the ruler of the synagogue.

The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? (Luke 13:15)

Lord, move through the parishes of the Episcopal Church this Sabbath and set the captives free by your Holy Spirit.

So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” 7 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him. (Luke 13:16-17)

Amen. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! Help all of us sing this: "Spring up, O well!" Jesus, help us drink deeply of the Holy Spirit! (From Numbers 21:17)

Lord, you are gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and great in mercy. Lord, you are good to all and your tender mercies are over all your works. Help us praise you and let all your saints bless you. (From Psalm 145:8-10)

Lord, let your people in the Episcopal Church speak of the glory of your kingdom and talk of your power. Help us make known to the children of men your mighty acts and the glorious majesty of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and your dominion endures throughout all generations. (From Psalm 145:11-13)

Lord, you uphold all who fall, and raise up all who are bowed down; we look to you expectantly and ask that you will do that for the Episcopal Church. Thank you. (From Psalm 145:14-15a)

Lord, feed your people with your word; open your hand and satisfy our longing hungry souls. (From Psalm 145:15a-16)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

 

Please pray for our bishops and the Standing Committee of this diocese.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The aftermath of the 2006 General Convention is being played out across the nation and the whole Anglican Communion taking up much space on the Internet.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is exercising primatial leadership in calling the Episcopal Church to full partnership in the Anglican Communion. We are grateful for the Archbishop’s leadership and we are concerned that the American church will fail to heed his voice.

We believe that the Windsor Report offered a way forward and we believe that the GC failed to meet the minimal expectation that Windsor called for.

The Standing Committee of the Diocese will meet next Friday to review the outcome of the Convention and will give a statement of its position for all of us to consider.

The Consecration for Bishop-elect Bill is firmly set for Saturday, September 16, at 1:00pm at the New York State Convention Center. As before, a Diocesan-wide choir will contribute to the consecration liturgy. Dean Vang will soon be contacting each parish for all who wish to sing in the Choir. It is not necessary to be a member of a parish choir to be included.

We believe that being part of the greater Church is necessary to prosper and we are confident that Albany will hold to that higher course.

Your Brothers in Christ,

Bishop Dan, Bishop Dave, Bishop-elect Bill

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