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Thursday, August 31, 2006

 

8/31/2006, #63, 3rd Quarter 2006

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

Lord Jesus, you have shown us mercy and kindness, help us to show mercy to others.

With a blameless man you will show yourself blameless; (Psalm 18:25b)

Father, thank you that I am covered and washed by the blood of Jesus and that no blame can attach itself to me as long as I remain covered.

With the pure you will show yourself pure; (Psalm 18:26a)

Jesus, please bring me to purity of heart so that I may see you.

And with the devious you will show yourself shrewd. (Psalm 18:26b)

Holy Spirit, please guide me in the path of Jesus; keep me from all devious ways.

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

LORD, bring me to true humility so that I may be preserved in safety.

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

Father, your word is a daily lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

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

Father, you are our God, help us by your Holy Spirit to leap over those walls that separate us from one another.

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)

LORD, thank you for all the ways you have dealt with me. Thank you for being my shield and provider. Thank you for helping me trust in you. Thank you for lighting my lamp -- for giving me light to see by. Thank you.

***** Pray for the lawyers and people of St. Andrew's Syracuse. They have a court date on Friday at 10:00 AM.

Keep lifting up our Bishops Dan, Dave and Bishop-Elect Bill, the Standing Committee and their families for the Lord's covering, protection, health, strength, peace and clear guidance with a daily sense of Jesus' presence with them.

Pray that all the preparations and the Consecration itself will go smoothly and be strongly anointed by the Holy Spirit. Pray for travel mercies for all who come and that no one the Lord wants there will be kept away.

Pray for the Lord to work powerfully in the Diocese with healing, repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation and a fresh anointing to serve Him with joy and strength. Pray for God's provision for the Diocese, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and their staffs.

Pray for the Presiding Bishop and those meeting with him in Sept. Pray for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the Primates for God to speak to their hearts.

Cry out to the Lord for His church. Cry out to Him for his people, both the ones who have gone astray and those who are trying to be faithful under duress.

(Lynn Curtis) Dear friends, I would so much appreciate your prayer coverage for our Hospice team as we travel to Zimbabwe Sept.4-15th (I told them I need to be back before the 16th!). Please pray that the Lord works in and through us powerfully and that we will return safely and on time!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

 

8/30/2006, #62, 3rd Quarter 2006

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:1)

LORD, we long for the day of your appearing. We long to see you working in our lives more and more. We long to see you cleansing your church.

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? (Psalm 13:2)

Jesus, my own thoughts and counsel bring me nothing but trouble. Fill me anew with your Holy Spirit, the Counselor; then my heart will have ease from sorrow and the enemy will not triumph over me.

Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; (Psalm 13:3)

Father, come and visit me, consider and hear me, and set me day by day on the path that leads to you.

Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed against him"; lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved. (Psalm 13:4)

Jesus, you are my rock and the evil one seeks to knock me off that rock. Don't let those who trouble me rejoice to see me moved off the rock. Be my helper and guide today.

But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. (Psalm 13:5)

Father, thank you for your mercy and the joy you have given me in Jesus.

I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:6)

Holy Spirit, thank you for giving me songs in the night. Thank you for dealing so bountifully with me. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me unexpected joy.

***** Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I just rec'd a call from Rory Corbett in Ireland. He rec'd a short text message from Jane that the team has arrived safely in Uganda.

We also have taken notice of news given today of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) who has just signed an agreement to lay down their weapons. This is significant to Uganda, Congo and Southern Sudan. Praise the Lord! They are having them gather in 2 villages in Southern Sudan to relinquish their weapons (over the next 3 weeks,) one of the villages is Juba; Our team will be traveling there! So it is crucial that we continue to pray diligently for them.

Please also pray for the families at home.

FHS, Donna

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

 

8/29/2006, #61, 3rd Quarter 2006

Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?" (John 6:60)

Holy Spirit, help us by faith to receive what Jesus says, even when our minds can't figure it all out.

When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples complained about this, he said to them, "Does this offend you?" (John 6:61)

Jesus, many of your disciples today are offended by what you said and did. Please help us recognize where we are offended and bring that before your throne.

"What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where he was before?" (John 6:62)

Holy Spirit, help us to receive the risen and ascended Christ into our hearts.

"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63)

Jesus, help us day by day to receive your Holy Spirit into our hearts so that we may bring our flesh into obedience to you. Your words to us bring life itself.

But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray him." (John 6:64)

Father, we cry out to you for the Episcopal Church; many of its leaders no longer believe you.

And He said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to me unless it has been granted to him by my father." (John 6:65)

Holy Father, in your mercy draw the bishops, priests, deacons and lay leaders of the Episcopal Church back to Jesus. We hold up the seminary faculties in the Episcopal Church: help them by your Holy Spirit to come to Jesus.

From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with him no more. (John 6:66)

Lord, we cry out to you for all those who are in the Episcopal Church who are no longer walking with you.

Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" (John 6:67)

Jesus, Simon Peter answers for us as well: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (From John 6:68)

"Also we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the son of the living God."(John 6:69)

Jesus, I do believe that you are the promised Messiah, the son of the living God; help me follow you and walk with you.

***** Keep praying for Bp. Dan and Bp. Dave and Bishop-elect Fr. Bill and for the Standing Committee. Pray for protection, guidance, strength, peace and the strong presence of the Holy Spirit with them and at the Consecration in Sept. Pray all falls in place smoothly at the Consecration.

Keep praying for the Diocese, staff and clergy, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center with all its ministries and staff for Lord's covering, provision, protection. Cry out to the Lord for HIS church.

Many thanks to all who prayed for our Couples Cursillo this past weekend. As they say, "God showed up," and lives were changed and Jesus was very much at the center of it. We are very happy and very tired as are all the team members and new Cursillistas. Jean and Torre.

Monday, August 28, 2006

 

8/28/2006, #60, 3rd Quarter 2006

O LORD my God, in you I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me, (Psalm 7:1)

LORD, you are our redeemer and you have set your holy angels round about us. Thank you.

Lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. (Psalm 7:2)

Lord, I have cried out to you for help and you have delivered me from those who would swallow me up. Thank you.

O LORD my God, if I have done this: if there is iniquity in my hands, (Psalm 7:3)

Holy Spirit, you know every iniquity of mine, none of them are hidden from you. Thank you for bringing me back to Jesus.

If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, or have plundered my enemy without cause, (Psalm 7:4)

Jesus, in your mercy move my heart away from wrath; stop me from evil-doing and evil-speaking.

Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; yes, let him trample my life to the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. (Psalm 7:5)

Father, I can only plead the blood of Jesus -- his cross and his resurrection -- as my defense. I deserve death but you have given me new life in Jesus. Thank you.

Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; rise up for me to the judgment you have commanded! (Psalm 7:6)

LORD, those who hate your gospel are many, and they seek to destroy those who believe in you. Have mercy on us and protect us.

So the congregation of the peoples shall surround you; for their sakes, therefore, return on high. (Psalm 7:7)

Jesus, remember the faithful congregations of your people in the Episcopal Church. For your mercy's sake come soon and deliver them.

The LORD shall judge the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity within me. (Psalm 7:8)

Father, judge me not by my righteousness or integrity, for you know they are filthy rags. Judge me by my hope in Jesus' cross and resurrection. My trust is in him.

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. (Psalm 7:9)

LORD, stop the mouths of the lions that would tear your people apart. Have mercy on us and protect us from the hand of those who hate your gospel.

My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart. (Psalm 7:10)

Father, you have established my heart on the rock -- your son Jesus Christ. Thank you.

God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. (Psalm 7:11)

Thank you, LORD, for defeating the schemes of the wicked.

If he does not turn back, he will sharpen his sword; he bends his bow and makes it ready. (Psalm 7:12)

Holy Spirit, teach the rebels in the Episcopal Church to fear the just wrath of God; help them turn to Jesus in repentance.

He also prepares for himself instruments of death; he makes his arrows into fiery shafts. (Psalm 7:13)

LORD, protect us by the shield of faith. Our sins are many, have mercy on us.

Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. (Psalm 7:14)

Jesus, the wicked have raise up a false gospel in the Episcopal Church. Have mercy on us and protect your faithful people.

He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. (Psalm 7:15)

Lord, unless you had picked us up, we too would still be in that ditch. Have mercy and rescue those who have fallen into sin. Please help them to accept the help you are offering them.

His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown. (Psalm 7:16)

LORD, the violent seek to destroy your people; have mercy and protect them however you will.

I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. (Psalm 7:17)

Holy Spirit, thank you for giving us a heart to join with your angels and your saints through the ages in praising Jesus.

***** Thank you for your prayers for the Cursillo couples weekend. Lives were changed.

 

8/28/2006, #60, 3rd Quarter 2006

O LORD my God, in you I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me, (Psalm 7:1)

LORD, you are our redeemer and you have set your holy angels round about us. Thank you.

Lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. (Psalm 7:2)

Lord, I have cried out to you for help and you have delivered me from those who would swallow me up. Thank you.

O LORD my God, if I have done this: if there is iniquity in my hands, (Psalm 7:3)

Holy Spirit, you know every iniquity of mine, none of them are hidden from you. Thank you for bringing me back to Jesus.

If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, or have plundered my enemy without cause, (Psalm 7:4)

Jesus, in your mercy move my heart away from wrath; stop me from evil-doing and evil-speaking.

Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; yes, let him trample my life to the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. (Psalm 7:5)

Father, I can only plead the blood of Jesus -- his cross and his resurrection -- as my defense. I deserve death but you have given me new life in Jesus. Thank you.

Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; rise up for me to the judgment you have commanded! (Psalm 7:6)

LORD, those who hate your gospel are many, and they seek to destroy those who believe in you. Have mercy on us and protect us.

So the congregation of the peoples shall surround you; for their sakes, therefore, return on high. (Psalm 7:7)

Jesus, remember the faithful congregations of your people in the Episcopal Church. For your mercy's sake come soon and deliver them.

The LORD shall judge the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity within me. (Psalm 7:8)

Father, judge me not by my righteousness or integrity, for you know they are filthy rags. Judge me by my hope in Jesus' cross and resurrection. My trust is in him.

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. (Psalm 7:9)

LORD, stop the mouths of the lions that would tear your people apart. Have mercy on us and protect us from the hand of those who hate your gospel.

My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart. (Psalm 7:10)

Father, you have established my heart on the rock -- your son Jesus Christ. Thank you.

God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. (Psalm 7:11)

Thank you, LORD, for defeating the schemes of the wicked.

If he does not turn back, he will sharpen his sword; he bends his bow and makes it ready. (Psalm 7:12)

Holy Spirit, teach the rebels in the Episcopal Church to fear the just wrath of God; help them turn to Jesus in repentance.

He also prepares for himself instruments of death; he makes his arrows into fiery shafts. (Psalm 7:13)

LORD, protect us by the shield of faith. Our sins are many, have mercy on us.

Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. (Psalm 7:14)

Jesus, the wicked have raise up a false gospel in the Episcopal Church. Have mercy on us and protect your faithful people.

He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. (Psalm 7:15)

Lord, unless you had picked us up, we too would still be in that ditch. Have mercy and rescue those who have fallen into sin. Please help them to accept the help you are offering them.

His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown. (Psalm 7:16)

LORD, the violent seek to destroy your people; have mercy and protect them however you will.

I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. (Psalm 7:17)

Holy Spirit, thank you for giving us a heart to join with your angels and your saints through the ages in praising Jesus.

***** Thank you for your prayers for the Cursillo couples weekend. Lives were changed.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

 

8/24/2006, #59, 3rd Quarter 2006

Psalm 134: A Song Of Ascents.

LORD, please help us ascend into your presence.

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

Father, please help us bless you and be a blessing to you. Please help us by your Spirit to bless you by day and by night.

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

Jesus, so fill us with your Holy Spirit that we are able to fully enter into your praise and worship.

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

Holy Spirit, you hovered over the face of the waters at the beginning, please move over us in all our new beginnings so that what we do may be pleasing to our father in heaven. Help us to be blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil.

A word received: I Am. I Am with you, blessing you. You are my servants and you are in my care.

***** Please pray for the Cursillo Couples Weekend which starts today. Pray for the team and the candidates. Bathe them in prayer.
Cursillo Team
Torre and Jean Bissell
Bp. Dan Herzog
Fr. John and Terry Bassett
Fr. John and Tish Kelly
Dn Kevin and Jacqueline (Jackie) Jones
Gil and Deb Bisner
Gary and Dianne Roosa
Chester and Margaret LeStage
Joe and Beth Acanfora
Michael and Christine Hales
Jo Ferris
Dick Drumm
Candidates
Robert and Denise Shovah, St. Paul's, Troy
Thomas and Jami Ortung, St John's, Johnstown
Karen and Kevin Coffrin, Grace Church, Waterford
Maureen and Randall (Randy) Demler, St. George's, Clifton Park
Eve and Thomas Lansing, Christ Church, Ballston Spa
George and Vivian Curran, Trinity Lansingburgh

***** Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 07:21:44 -0400
From: Kevin and Donna Steckline
Hi Torre and Jean,
Kevin leaves for Belfast on Thurs. (8/24) and then onto Uganda and Southern Sudan from there. Could you continue to have the intercessors pray for this trip. The "Peace" is still tenuous at best in Sudan. He will return 9/12. Thanks so much. FHS, Donna

***** Please pray for the Christian Education Conference at the Spiritual Life Center on Saturday. Lord, raise up many throughout the diocese with a heart to nurture our children in Christ.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

 

8/23/2006, #58, 3rd Quarter 2006

And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks he distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. (John 6:11)

Holy Spirit, please guide us in giving to others what we have received from Jesus. Let such distributions be a sign to people of his love for them.

So when they were filled, he said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost."(John 6:12)

Jesus, please gather up the fragments of our lives and of your church so that nothing is lost.

Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.(John 6:13)

Jesus, when you have gathered up the fragments of our lives and of the Episcopal Church, there will be so much more than there was to begin with. Please make our lives fruitful and bountiful by your Holy Spirit.

Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world."(John 6:14)

Father, we pray that people will see the work of Jesus in our lives and believe in him.

Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he departed again to the mountain by himself alone.(John 6:15)

Jesus, please help us and the Episcopal Church repent of trying to make you meet our agenda. Please help us meet your agenda for us and your church. Thank you.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25)

Jesus, the Episcopal Church at its General Convention was unable to bring itself to proclaim you lordship over the church and our lives and people did what was right in their own eyes. Have mercy on us and help us repent.

***** Pray for our Bishops, Bishop-elect, the Standing Committee and their families for wisdom and guidance from the Lord, protection, strength, health and sense of Jesus' presence.
Pray for all to go well for the Consecration and the preparations for it.
Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the whole Diocese and each missionary outpost.
Pray for God's protection, provision and guidance for Diocese and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and their staffs and ministries. Pray special covering for Fr. Nigel and Matt Baker, Beaver Cross, and the Sisters of St. Mary. Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people (both the rebellious ones and the ones who are "trying to do it His way").
Pray for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and all the bishops and Primates of the Anglican Communion.
Diocese: Please pray for Mary Denney, recovering from arm surgery. Please pray also for Lay Canon George Marshall who is having surgery to repair a torn retina, Dn Polly Bailey, Georgina and Jean Mumford, Nancy Caron, Shirley Parker, Ed Coombs.

***** Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 23:44:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: Laurie Rohr
Subject: Re: Prayer Line 2006 08 22-PS-Tues.
Torre,
1. Please put my oldest sister Linda on the list. She will be having surgery in early Sept for scar tissue that seems to have become cancerous (she was severely burned as a child). She would like us to pray for her husband, Butch, that he has the strength to endure the difficulties that may lie ahead. She would also like us to pray for peace of mind for her so that she can deal with whatever diagnosis comes back after surgery. She is afraid to ask for healing for herself so I cry out to the Lord on her behalf, that she may be completely healed of any cancer.
2. PTL that more than 75 people have signed up for the Christian Ed Conference on Saturday! We even have people coming from outside the diocese--non-Episcopalians!--to attend. God has surrounded all of us on the committee with a spirit of joy and excitement that we will have this opportunity to teach those who teach others the Good News.
(It's not too late to sign up: www.albanydiocese.org We promise you this will be a fun-filled conference--complete with power tools!)
Thanks, Torre. I'll see you and Jean this weekend, and we will be praying for Cursillo all week.
Peace and grace,
Laurie Rohr

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

 

8/22/2006, #57, 3rd Quarter 2006

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

Thank you, LORD, for your church; help us to look beyond the outward signs of buildings and see that eternal kingdom founded on Jesus.

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

LORD, guard this diocese and its parishes from the assaults of the world, the flesh, and the evil one.

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)

Jesus, we have risen early and stayed up late, and we have eaten the bread of sorrows for your church and people. Please give us rest, refreshment, and good sleep. Thank you.

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

Father, you have blessed us with children in our family and our parish; please teach us how to nurture them.

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

Holy Spirit, help our children be faithful arrows in the struggles and battles that are ahead.

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)

LORD, our quiver is full -- bless our care for the youths and children in our family and our parishes. Anoint all the speakers at the Christian Education Conference on Saturday -- give us ears to hear what you are saying to us through them. Thank you.

"I indeed baptize you with water ... but he ... will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11).

Jesus, baptize us with your Holy Spirit and fire to prepare and strengthen us for the work you have given us to do. Thank you.

Monday, August 21, 2006

 

8/21/2006, #56, 3rd Quarter 2006

They made a calf in Horeb, and worshiped the molded image. (Psalm 106:19)

Lord have mercy on the Episcopal Church, for it has fashioned and worships gods of its own making.

Thus they changed their glory into the image of an ox that eats grass. (Psalm 106:20)

Jesus have mercy on the Episcopal Church, for it has sold its birthright for a mess of worldly potage.

They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, (Psalm 106:21)

Lord have mercy on the Episcopal Church, for it has forgotten your mighty deeds by which you delivered us from the bondage of sin.

Wondrous works in the land of Ham, awesome things by the Red Sea. (Psalm 106:22)

LORD, by faith we too were at the Red Sea when you parted the waters. By faith we pray that you will deliver you people from the world, the flesh, and the evil one. Please make a way through for us now as you did then at the Red Sea.

Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen one stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he destroy them. (Psalm 106:23)

Holy Spirit, help us stand in the breach before our Father in heaven, to turn away his wrath, lest he destroy the Episcopal Church.

Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his word, (Psalm 106:24)

Holy Father, we have sinned as a church: we have despised your gospel and do not believe your word. Have mercy on us and draw us back to you.

But complained in their tents, and did not heed the voice of the LORD. (Psalm 106:25)

Holy Spirit, move in our hearts so that we repent of grumbling and complaining and can hear and heed your voice.

Therefore he raised his hand in an oath against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness, (Psalm 106:26)

Jesus, have mercy on us -- the Episcopal Church is lost in a wilderness of its own making; do not overthrow us, instead please call us back to you.

To overthrow their descendants among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. (Psalm 106:27)

Lord, even now the Episcopal Church is being scattered -- we have lost a third of our number in a generation. Please raise up shepherds who will seek after the lost and the least and those who have wandered off.

They joined themselves also to Baal of Peor, and ate sacrifices made to the dead. (Psalm 106:28)

Lord, have mercy on you people; we have sinned and done evil in your sight.

Thus they provoked him to anger with their deeds, and the plague broke out among them. (Psalm 106:29)

Christ, have mercy on us; we have provoked you to anger with us.

Then Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stopped. (Psalm 106:30)

Lord, help us to be like Phinehas and stand between the living and the dead and stop the plague that is destroying your people. Bless our prayers of intercession for your church and your people.

And that was accounted to him for righteousness to all generations forevermore. (Psalm 106:31)

Holy Father, help us seek the righteousness that comes from doing your will. Show us day by day how to intercede for the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

***** Please hold the Couples Cursillo weekend in prayer throughout this week, both the team and candidates. A number of us are under spiritual attack.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

 

8/20/2006, #55, 3rd Quarter 2006

The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. (Psalm 145:8)

Jesus, please help me to be like you: gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.

The LORD is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works. (Psalm 145:9)

Father, you are good to all, and your tender mercies are over all.

All your works shall praise you, O LORD, and your saints shall bless you. (Psalm 145:10)

Help us praise and bless you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and talk of your power, (Psalm 145:11)

Lord Jesus, help us make you the center of our lives and conversations.

To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. (Psalm 145:12)

Father, help us make know to others the kingdom of your son, his mighty acts and his glorious majesty.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. (Psalm 145:13)

Jesus, your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The LORD upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look expectantly to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Psalm 145:14-16)

LORD, you uphold all who fall and raise up all who are bowed down. Our eyes look expectantly to you, and you provide for us in due season. You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Thank you.

***** Please hold the Couples Cursillo weekend in prayer throughout this week, both the team and candidates.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

 

8/19/2006, #54, 3rd Quarter 2006

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. (Psalm 33:1)

LORD, help us keep our attention on you -- our thoughts keep wandering and we get distracted by the world, the flesh, and the evil one. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit so that we may praise you and enter into the beauty of holiness.

Praise the LORD with the harp; make melody to him with an instrument of ten strings. (Psalm 33:2)

Praise you, LORD, we want to praise you at all times and in all seasons.

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. (Psalm 33:3)

Jesus, place that new song in our hearts and on our lips so that we may praise you with shouts of joy.

For the word of the LORD is right, and all his work is done in truth. (Psalm 33:4)

LORD, your word is right and true and so is all that you do. Help us by your Holy Spirit to walk in your ways. Thank you.

He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. (Psalm 33:5)

Jesus, help us to love what you love: righteousness, justice and mercy. Help us see your goodness in the world around us. Thank you.

***** We had a good trip to and from Ogdensburg and the retreat there is filled with the work of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, August 18, 2006

 

8/18/2006, #53, 3rd Quarter 2006

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Thank you, LORD, your mercy endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, (Psalm 107:2)

Jesus, you have redeemed me from the hand of the evil one, thank you -- your mercy endures forever.

And gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. (Psalm 107:3)

Father, I had wandered far from you and yet you drew me back to yourself -- thank you, your mercy endures forever.

They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in. (Psalm 107:4)

Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church is wandering in the wilderness and doesn't know where it belongs; your mercy endures forever: please draw it back to you.

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. (Psalm 107:5)

Your people are hungry and thirsty, their soul faints within them, and the leaders of the Episcopal Church do not know how to feed them or give them living water to drink. In your mercy please raise up faithful shepherds throughout the Episcopal Church who will know to point them to you, Jesus, for food and drink. Thank you for the faithful shepherds you have raised up in this diocese.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107:6)

Holy Spirit, help the people throughout the Episcopal Church to recognize the famine of the word they are in so that they may cry out to Jesus for his help and deliverance.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a dwelling place. (Psalm 107:7)

Jesus, as your people cry out to you, lead them in your right and straight way back into your kingdom.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:8)

LORD, thank you for all your mighty works that you have done for us: your mercy endures forever. Bless Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bishop-elect Bill and their families.

For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:9)

Jesus, I hunger and thirst for more of you, fill my soul with your goodness.

Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons-- (Psalm 107:10)

Lord, have mercy on your people in the Episcopal Church, for they sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

Because they rebelled against the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High, (Psalm 107:11)

Father, the Episcopal Church has rebelled against you and your words to us in Scripture, we have despised your counsel, have mercy on us and draw us back to you. Raise up faithful and effective witnesses in every parish and diocese in the church.

Therefore he brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help. (Psalm 107:12)

Jesus, the Episcopal Church has looked every place for help except to you; have mercy on us and draw us back to you.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107:13)

Time and time again when your people have cried out to you for help, LORD, you have delivered them out their affliction. Move the hearts of many clergy and lay leaders to preach repentance, forgiveness of sins and receiving the power of your Holy Spirit to lead new lives.

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces. (Psalm 107:14)

Jesus, bring your people out of darkness and the shadow of death; break our chains of sin in pieces.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:15)

Thank you, LORD!

For he has broken the gates of bronze, and cut the bars of iron in two. (Psalm 107:16)

Jesus, deliver your faithful people, parishes, and dioceses out of bondage; break down the gates that close your people in. Help us by your Holy Spirit to walk in the freedom of the children of God. Thank you.

***** Keep on praying for protection, strength, good health and clear guidance for our Bishops, Bishop-elect, and the Standing Committee. Pray all goes smoothly for the Consecration and arrangements for it. Pray for the Diocese, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, the Christian Education Conference, and the Couples Cursillo weekend.

Keep praying for Christ's Church, clergy, vestries, wardens, all who minister, for clear guidance, protection, and provision. Pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our midst and for a good response to that.

***** Jean and I will be giving a teaching on Saturday on "Listening Prayer" at the Christ Church Morristown Retreat at Wadhams Hall near Ogdensburg. Please pray that we will be able to both give and receive according to the mind of Christ. Thank you.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

 

8/17/2006, #52, 3rd Quarter 2006

For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. (Psalm 105:42)

Thank you, LORD, for remembering your faithful servant Abraham and your promise to him. Help us to be faithful in our generation. Remember us as you establish your kingdom.

He brought out his people with joy, his chosen ones with gladness. (Psalm 105:43)

Jesus, bring your faithful people out of bondage in our day.

He gave them the lands of the Gentiles, and they inherited the labor of the nations, (Psalm 105:44)

Father, we are your children and the work of your hand, help us receive all that you have prepared for us.

That they might observe his statutes and keep his laws. (Psalm 105:45a)

Holy Spirit, please help us observe your righteous ways faithfully -- write them on our hearts. Thank you.

Praise the LORD! (Psalm 105:45b)

***** Pray for the "peace of Jerusalem" and for the Lord's intervention in the Middle East. Pray for godly wisdom for our leaders and protection for our military and citizens and all innocent bystanders. Pray for the Lord to raise up godly, wise statesmen (both men and women) to be elected and lead our country (in both parties).

Keep praying for Christ's Church, protection, provision , guidance and that his will and purposes will be done in our midst. Pray for clergy and families, staff, vestries, wardens, all who lead and do ministry, for those who come seeking that the Lord will help us to recognize them and minister to them.

Cry out to the Lord for his Church. Pray that we will be continually renewed in our following Jesus that he may accomplish his whole purpose through us.

Pray for the Couples Cursillo weekend (8/24-27/06) and Christian Education conference (8/26/06) at the Spiritual Life Center.

Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 21:06:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: Nidge13601@aol.com
Subject: Prayers please The Mumford Report

Dear prayer partners,
Please keep praying for my mother Jean Mumford. The hip replacement surgery went well and she walked today... thanks be to God. Now there is an outbreak of MRSA (staph infection) in the ward. Please pray that she will not be infected. All being well she will be going to my sisters house on Monday and to Burswood, a Christian hospital in Kent on Thursday for ten days rehab.

Please keep praying for Georgina. The radiation treatment has taken it's toll... she is very tired and lethargic... thank you so much for all your prayers...
in Christ's love
Nigel+

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

 

8/16/2006, #51, 3rd Quarter 2006

Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. (Psalm 119:129)

Holy Spirit, please write you testimonies on my heart so that I may keep them, for they are wonderful.

The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119:130)

LORD, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path, please give me good understanding. (From Psalm 119:105)

I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for your commandments. (Psalm 119:131)

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

Look upon me and be merciful to me, as your custom is toward those who love your name. (Psalm 119:132)

Jesus, there is no other name but yours by which we can be saved. By the power of your name, bring the Episcopal Church back to you.

Direct my steps by your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. (Psalm 119:133)

Guide Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bishop-elect Bill and all our diocesan leaders. Protect them and us from any missteps.

Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep your precepts. (Psalm 119:134)

Father, you people are being oppressed because they believe in you and they believe your word, have mercy on us and send your angels to guard us.

Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:135)

Jesus, you had to learn obedience and accept the discipline of Joseph and Mary, please help us to learn obedience and accept the discipline of obedience to your word.

Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law. (Psalm 119:136)

Holy Spirit, we weep and we cry out to you because of those in the Episcopal Church who have abandoned your ways. Have mercy on us: come now and come with more power. Thank you.

A word received (8/14/06): I want my people immersed in my living waters. Pray for pools of living water for my people.

A word received (8/15/06): They need to hear the truth that I Am the good shepherd. They need to make the choice to believe the truth.

"that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins" (Acts 5:31)

Lord we pray that you would pour out a spirit of repentance and turning on us and upon your whole church. Deliver us all from double mindedness. Give us the mind of Christ. Empower us with your Spirit to do your will in all we undertake. Give us your love and your guidance as we try to reach out to those who have gone astray, to those who have never known you, to those who are going through difficult times. Give us your strength each day for each day's tasks. You are our Shepherd. Thank you that we can trust you to always be with us in every circumstance. Help us to live in the knowledge that we belong to you and you hold us in the palm of your hand.

***** Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 08:31:19 -0400
From: "Kevin & Donna Steckline"
Subject: a dream

Torre,

In a dream I received two scriptures, but I can only recall one at this time. Isaiah 55; the whole chapter is beautiful of course, however I felt that vs. 6-13 were the ones I was directed to. I felt comfort for our Diocese in these words!

6 Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near. 7 Give up your crooked ways and your evil thoughts. Return to the Lord our God. He will be merciful and forgive your sins. 8 The Lord says: "My thoughts and my ways are not like yours. 9 Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours." 10 "Rain and snow fall from the sky. But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat. 11 That's how it is with my words. They don't return to me without doing everything I send them to do."

12 When you are set free, you will celebrate and travel home in peace. Mountains and hills will sing as you pass by, and trees will clap. 13 Cypress and myrtle trees will grow in fields once covered by thorns. And then those trees will stand as lasting witness to the glory of the Lord. (CEV)

FHS, Donna Steckline

Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 20:58:18 -0400
From: "Kevin & 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

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

 

8/15/2006, #50, 3rd Quarter 2006

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood on us!" (Acts 5:27-28)

Jesus, even now there are bishops and priests who object to teaching in your name. Have mercy on the Episcopal Church and bring us back to you.

But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

Holy Spirit, please help your faithful people throughout the Episcopal Church to make the same choice as Peter and the others.

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. (Acts 5:30)

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 101)

Him God has exalted to his right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. (Acts 5:31)

Father, with the power of your Holy Spirit you raised Jesus from the dead; with that same power raise the Episcopal Church from the dead and bring us to repentance and forgiveness of sins.

And we are his witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him." (Acts 5:32)

Father, please let the leaders of the Episcopal Church once again be witnesses of these things and so filled with the Holy Spirit that they will once again obey you.

When they heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them. (Acts 5:33)

Jesus, even now the leaders of the Episcopal Church seek to depose and get rid of all who proclaim the gospel in the Episcopal Church. They hate those who are faithful to your word. Have mercy on us and protect us.

Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. And he said to them: "Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it--lest you even be found to fight against God." (Acts 5:34-39)

LORD, as we look around the Episcopal Church we see many who are fighting against you.

And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. (Acts 5:40)

Lord, we are still in apostolic times -- have mercy on St. Andrew's Syracuse, Bp. John-David Schofield and the Diocese of San Joaquin, and all your faithful witnesses who are being persecuted in the Episcopal Church.

So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. (Acts 541:)

Thank you, Jesus, for Bp. Dan and Bp. Dave, Fr. Nigel, Matt Baker, the staff of the Spiritual Life Center and the Diocese who have been counted worthy to suffer shame for your name.

And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:42)

Holy Spirit, so fill us with your power, your words, and your boldness that every parish and home in this diocese will be a hotbed of gospel teaching and preaching, proclaiming Jesus as the one, true Messiah. Thank you.

Holy Spirit, come now, come with more power, and fill us with boldness.

Monday, August 14, 2006

 

8/14/2006, #49, 3rd Quarter 2006

But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him, and in my name his horn shall be exalted. (Psalm 89:24)

Jesus, you are faithfulness and mercy.

Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers. (Psalm 89:25)

Father, we pray that Jesus will have dominion over this land from sea to sea.

He shall cry to me, "You are my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation." (Psalm 89:26)

Father, thank you for sending your son Jesus to us: because of him we can say, "You are my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation."

Also I will make him my firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. (Psalm 89:27)

Holy Spirit, please move through the "corridors of power" in this land and cause our federal and state governments to come under the rule of Jesus.

My mercy I will keep for him forever, and my covenant shall stand firm with him. (Psalm 89:28)

Jesus, please restore the Episcopal Church to a covenant relationship with you and have mercy on us, for we have sinned.

How long, LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? Will your wrath burn like fire? (Psalm 89:46)

How long, LORD? Restore the Episcopal Church so that we walk in your ways.

Remember how short my time is; for what futility have you created all the children of men? (Psalm 89:47)

LORD, have mercy on us; please let us see the restoration of the Episcopal Church in our life times.

What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? (Psalm 89:48)

Jesus, restore to the leadership of the Episcopal Church a true knowledge of their dependence on your grace and mercy. Help them to know that none of their works can deliver them from the power of the grave.

Lord, where are your former lovingkindnesses, which you swore to David in your truth? (Psalm 89:49)

Bring us back, LORD; restore to us knowledge of our need for your lovingkindness.

Remember, Lord, the reproach of your servants-- how I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples, (Psalm 89:50)

Jesus, you have born our sorrows and our sins upon the cross and you have opened the gateway to eternal life by your death and resurrection. Thank you.

With which your enemies have reproached, O LORD, with which they have reproached the footsteps of your anointed. (Psalm 89:51)

Jesus, you walked the way of the cross for us; thank you. Have mercy on those who now despise your cross.

Blessed be the LORD forevermore! Amen and Amen. (Psalm 89:52)

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him. (Hebrews 12:5).

Lord, you have rebuked the Episcopal Church for its sin and arrogance, have mercy on us and help us accept your chastisement of us.

***** Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006 20:10:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: Nigel Mumford
Dear prayer partners,
Please pray for my mother Jean Mumford who was hit by a cyclist crossing the road in front of my parents' house this afternoon in England. She has broken her hip and will be having a full hip replacement tomorrow, Monday 13th Aug. I do not know at what time. I do not know how the cyclist is.
Thank you so much for your prayers.
God bless you
Nigel+

Sunday, August 13, 2006

 

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8/13/2006, #48, 3rd Quarter 2006

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; (Psalm 19:7a)

LORD, please write your law on our hearts and convert us.

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7b)

Holy Spirit, place your testimony on our hearts and in our mouths so that we may speak with wisdom.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; (Psalm 19:8a)

Jesus, bring joy to our hearts by your word.

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (Psalm 19:8b)

Father, bring the light of your commandments back into the Episcopal Church so that we may see.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; (Psalm 19:9a)

LORD, fearing you and your righteous ways is the beginning of wisdom; help us by your Spirit to fear you so that we may be made clean and whole again.

The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:9b)

Jesus, help us in the Episcopal Church to repent of substituting our judgments for your righteous judgments. Thank you.

***** A word received 8/9/06: Come and see. That was my word then; that is my word now. Call my people to come and see what I can do.
A word received 8/10/06: Hear me, pray that my church will hear me.
A word received 8/11/06: Bless me, bless my work.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

 

8/12/2006, #47, 3rd Quarter 2006

"For truly against your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever your hand and your purpose determined before to be done. Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus." (Acts 4:27-30)

Now, Lord, look on the threats of those who come against your faithful people in the Episcopal Church, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)

Lord, come upon your faithful people with a fresh visitation of the power of your Holy Spirit: fill us with your Holy Spirit and help us speak your word with boldness.

 

8/12/2006, #46, 3rd Quarter 2006

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! for his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)

LORD, thank you for your merciful kindness to us.

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:2)

Thank you, Father, for rescuing us from false gods -- you are the true God.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For his mercy endures forever: (Psalm 136:3)

Jesus, thank you for being Lord of our lives and for rescuing us from all who worship the Baal's of this generation.

To him who alone does great wonders, for his mercy endures forever; (Psalm 136:4)

Holy Spirit, thank you for your great mercy in bring us to new life. Please come upon your church with power and the conviction of sin: come now, and come with more power. Thank you.

***** Please pray for the Cursillo Couples Weekend #51, Aug.24-27 at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
Team:
Torre and Jean Bissell
Fr. John and Terry Bassett
Fr. John and Tish Kelly
Dn Kevin and Jacqueline (Jackie) Jones
Gil and Deb Bisner
Gary and Dianne Roosa
Chester and Margaret LeStage
Joe and Beth Acanfora
Michael and Christine Hales
Jo Ferris
Dick Drumm
Candidates:
Robert & Denise Shovah, St. Paul's, Troy
Thomas & Jami Ortung, St John's, Johnstown
Karen & Kevin Coffrin, Grace Church, Waterford
Maureen and Randall (Randy) Demler, St. George's, Clifton Park

Friday, August 11, 2006

 

8/11/2006, #45, 3rd Quarter 2006

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

Father, bring us day by day into that secret place of communion with you so that we may abide in your presence.

I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him I will trust." (Psalm 91:2)

Jesus, you are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in you will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. (Psalm 91:3)

Jesus, please deliver Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bishop-elect Bill, Bp. Schofield, the people of St. Andrew's Syracuse, and all your faithful people from the tricks and traps of those who seek to ensnare and harm them.

He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you shall take refuge; (Psalm 91:4a)

Jesus, you are our shield of faith.

His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4b)

Help us, Jesus, to abide in your truth, for that is where true safety is found.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, (Psalm 91:5)

LORD, you are my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? (From Psalm 27:1a)

Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. (Psalm 91:6)

LORD, you are the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (From Psalm 27:1b)

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. (Psalm 91:7-8)

LORD, help us by your Holy Spirit to make you our refuge and our dwelling place so that no evil shall befall us, nor shall any plague come near our homes; for you will give your angels charge over us, to keep us in all our ways. Thank you. (From Psalm 91:9-11)

***** Keep on praying for our Bishops and Bishop-elect, the Standing Committee and their families. Pray for strength, protection, peace and clear guidance. Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper. Pray for the Consecration to go smoothly. Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people.
Pray for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, the Healing ministry, Beaver Cross. Pray for protection, clear guidance and provision.
Pray for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams: for the Lord's mind about all the issues he must consider. Pray for revival and changed hearts and minds in the churches in the English-speaking world.
Pray for the Christian Education Conference on Aug. 26.
Pray for the Couples Cursillo weekend, Aug 24-27.
***** Cry out to the Lord for the peace of Jerusalem and for the Middle East.

Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper that love you. Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces. And for the sake of my brethren and companions, I will say, 'Peace be with you.' Because of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek to do you good. (From Psalm 122:6-9)

Pray for the Lord's guidance for our leaders.
Pray for the protection of our military and all innocent bystanders.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

 

8/10/2006, #44, 3rd Quarter 2006

I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people and to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. (Psalm 85:8)

LORD, give us hearts and ears to hear you so that we may receive your peace. Turn the Episcopal Church back from folly.

Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. (Psalm 85:9)

Jesus, please let your glory dwell in our land and in your church. We need only turn to you to receive salvation -- please help us do that.

Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed. (Psalm 85:10)

Holy Spirit, lead the bishops, clergy and lay leaders of the Episcopal Church into mercy, truth, peace, and righteousness.

Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. (Psalm 85:11)

Father, bring us to that place where truth and righteousness come together.

Yes, the LORD will give what is good; and our land will yield its increase. (Psalm 8512:)

Father, we look to you to receive what is truly good for us; help us by your Holy Spirit to yield up a plentiful harvest of righteousness to you.

Righteousness will go before him, and shall make his footsteps our pathway. (Psalm 85:13)

LORD, let your righteous ways be our guide: help us to follow in your footsteps step by step. Thank you.

***** Keep on praying for our Bishops and Bishop-elect, Fr. Bill Love, the Standing Committee and their families.

Pray for protection, strength, peace, health and clear guidance from the Holy Spirit. Pray that things move forward smoothly for the Consecration.

Pray for the Diocese for the Lord's work in all our hearts. Pray that all of us will keep our eyes on Jesus and follow His lead.

Pray for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Fr. Nigel, Matt Baker and staff, Beaver Cross: staff, counselors and kids. Pray for protection and provision.

Pray for guidance for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and those who counsel him for grace to know what the Lord wants him to do and to do it.

Pray for God's protection for Bp. Schofield and St. Andrews, Syracuse and others like them. Cry out to the Lord for His church. Cry out for His people.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

 

8/9/2006, #43, 3rd Quarter 2006

"Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! (Psalm 81:13)

Holy Spirit, help all of us in the Episcopal Church to listen to you and help us walk in your ways.

I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries. (Psalm 81:14)

Jesus, I trust that as we follow you, you will subdue our enemies and turn your hand against our adversaries.

The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to him, but their fate would endure forever. (Psalm 81:15)

Have mercy on the Episcopal Church and its leaders, for many pretend submission to you while they engage in evil against your faithful people.

He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you." (Psalm 81:16)

Father, you are our provider; help us to look to you and receive all that you have for us. Thank you.

Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me" (John 11:41).

Father, thank you for hearing Jesus as he intercedes for us. Thank you for hearing us as we cry out to you.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

 

8/8/2006, #42, 3rd Quarter 2006

How often they provoked him in the wilderness, and grieved him in the desert! (Psalm 78:40)

LORD, the Episcopal Church is wandering in a wilderness and provoking and grieving you. Have mercy on us.

Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 78:41)

LORD, we have tempted you to anger and limited what we are willing for you to do in our lives and in your church. Have mercy on us.

They did not remember his power: the day when he redeemed them from the enemy, (Psalm 78:42)

Jesus, your people have forgotten the meaning and power of your death and resurrection and how you have redeemed us from the enemy. Have mercy on us.

When he worked his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan; (Psalm 78:43)

Father, you have called us to be a remembering people, and the Episcopal Church has chosen to forget what you have done and said. Have mercy on us.

Turned their rivers into blood, and their streams, that they could not drink. (Psalm 78:44)

Jesus, it is by your blood you have won the victory and not by our own deeds. Have mercy on us.

He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them. (Psalm 78:45)

Jesus, you have plagued the enemy and we have forgotten. Have mercy on us.

He also gave their crops to the caterpillar, and their labor to the locust. (Psalm 78:46)

LORD, all these events now are described as mere works of nature and not as the work of your hand. Have mercy on us.

He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost. (Psalm 78:47)

LORD, how much destruction will we have to endure in the Episcopal Church before we repent? Have mercy on us.

He also gave up their cattle to the hail, and their flocks to fiery lightning. (Psalm 78:48)

LORD, our divisions testify against us and the riches of generations are being wasted. Have mercy on us.

He cast on them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, by sending angels of destruction among them. (Psalm 78:49)

LORD, have mercy on your faithful people who worship you in Spirit and in truth.

He made a path for his anger; he did not spare their soul from death, but gave their life over to the plague, (Psalm 78:50)

Spare your people, LORD; spare your people for we have sinned and done what is evil in your sight.

And destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt, the first of their strength in the tents of Ham. (Psalm 78:51)

LORD, have mercy on us: separate your faithful people from the idolaters -- those who go after false gods of their own making.

But he made his own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; (Psalm 78:52)

Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd, guide us through this wilderness like a flock.

And he led them on safely, so that they did not fear; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. (Psalm 78:53)

Jesus, guide us by your Holy Spirit and let your love set us free from fear of our enemies.

And he brought them to his holy border, this mountain which his right hand had acquired. (Psalm 78:54)

Lord Jesus, lead your faithful people to the place of your choosing.

He also drove out the nations before them, allotted them an inheritance by survey, and made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. (Psalm 78:55)

LORD, you have done this for your people in the past, do it now for your people in the Episcopal Church. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost; form us into the people you want us to be. Thank you.

Monday, August 07, 2006

 

8/7/2006, #41, 3rd Quarter 2006

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:36)

Holy Spirit, please help the Episcopal Church to know that Jesus is both Lord and Messiah.

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37)

Father, raise up apostolic ministry in the Episcopal Church that will know how to answer this question.

Holy Spirit, please move through the preaching and teaching in our parishes so that people are cut to the heart and moved to ask what they should do.

Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

Jesus, please let Holy Spirit inspired repentance be preached in the Episcopal Church.

"For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:39)

Lord Jesus, the promise is for us and for our children: help us receive this good news and share it with our children. Come with the power of your Holy Spirit on the Christian Education Conference at the Spiritual Life Center August 26th. Draw many and inform them how to share this good news with the children in our parishes. Raise up many as Sunday School teachers and ministers to youth.

And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." (Acts 2:40)

Father, this is a perverse generation in the Episcopal Church, help many to recognize it for what it is and be saved.

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (Acts 2:41)

Jesus, please move the hearts of many to gladly receive this apostolic message and be baptized and receive the power of your Holy Spirit.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)

Holy Spirit, please bring the Episcopal Church back to apostolic teaching and doctrine and the fellowship of the saints. Help us to receive Jesus in our hearts through the breaking of bread at Communion and in our prayers.

Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. (Acts 2:43)

Jesus, "the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom", please bring the Episcopal Church to that holy beginning place. Give us good understanding of your commandments. Thank you. (From Psalm 111:10)

***** The Sisters of St. Mary at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center invite all their friends in the diocese to an Open House on Sunday, August 13th, at 3:30 pm. The sisters are celebrating St. Mary's Feast and the first anniversary of the Convent's dedication. The afternoon activities will conclude with sung evening prayers and a barbecue picnic. Suggested donation for the barbecue is $15 per person.

***** A Special Healing Service has been scheduled at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Thursday, August 10th, 5:00 pm. Dinner follows between 6:30 - 7:00 pm. Cost of dinner is $12.00. Fr. Nigel Mumford will do a homily. Hope you can come. Bring and/or tell a friend. If you cannot come, please pray at 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 10th.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

 

8/6/2006, #40, 3rd Quarter 2006

Sorry for the delay in getting this out!

Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2006 20:25:21 -0400
From: "jparke2"
Subject: Here is my story - and I am staying with it!
To: "Torre and Jean Bissell"

As my body went hurdling into the cast iron railing (Troy's historic finest) and made impact, I began to pray for God's protection and mercy. Right behind me, Katie Tobler began screaming for someone to call 9-1-1 and she too began to pray for protection. I sat with my hands cupped below my eyes and the blood began to pour out of me. (I have taken blood-thinners for years and will for the rest of my life.) People began to charge out of the parish house. Someone was calling for ice - no ice in the kitchen - suddenly Sue Rielly ran to the door with a package of frozen Ball Park hotdogs and Pat Rielly and Norris Pearson began to apply pressure to my head. Those hot dogs were gloriously cold! Cindy Tysiak stood behind me and I pressed my back against her legs = she gave me her strength. Within three or four minutes the Troy Fire Department EMT men were at my side. They asked me my name, address, what had happened - I answered all of their questions, still praying silently.

Soon they had me immobile on the stretcher and began to lift me. I told them - I'm pretty heavy! They told me - we are okay. I asked if anyone had a camera. Hap said no. I said - good. He had just anointed my chin. and later I learned that this was the only dry surface on my face. It was my first ambulance ride and I didn't think too much of it - very hard and bumpy ride. The MET was trying me out - touching fingers and toes and having me name them. No problem. I knew that my Savior had spared my brain! At the hospital, they took care of me immediately - house rule - bleeding or chest pain gets immediate attention. Jack arrived as they began to stitch me. Ann and her gentleman friend arrived moments later. They all watched. I prayed quietly. After 57 stitches, I suggested to the ER doctor that we might go on display at the Washington County Fair in the needlework competition. Soon, Anne Fairbanks came in to see what was going on. Next - dear friends, Paul and Marilyn Carney and then Hap came to my side as soon as the Mass had ended. I'll bet that was a fast sermon! I suggested that we had enough folks for a coffee hour! Hap brought my food and Jack, Ann and Al joined me for the feast - what a glorious Sunday dinner - and I had feared I would be missing it! Then, I took a ride for a CAT scan and an hour later was on my way home.

Our Heavenly Father took care of me once again. Someone suggested that perhaps our Lord has some future plans for me. I am not sure about that. He will let me know when it is time. Thank you God the Father. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Holy Spirit. Torre and Jean - thanks to all your intercessors, thanks to all the cursillistas who joined in, too. Thank you pray-ers who were non-affiliated with DOK and parish prayer groups. May I humbly ask all of you to remember me for a few more days - at least until the stitches come out and I get all of the ook and goop out of my eyes and hair. Blessings to all of you.

 

8/6/2006, #39, 3rd Quarter 2006

But this I say: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Holy Spirit, please bring us to the freedom of sowing bountifully.

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Jesus, you gave fully of yourself for us; help us find the freedom to give fully of ourselves for you.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Father, your provision is sufficient for every circumstance; help us walk in your provision.

As it is written: "He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." (2 Corinthians 9:9)

Father, please help us sow with the same generosity of spirit that you sow.

Now may he who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, (2 Corinthians 9:10)

Holy Spirit, you are the model of giving, for you come into our hearts while we are still filled with sin and cleanse us. Help us give of ourselves with that same freedom that you have.

while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Jesus, help us rejoice and give thanks at every sign of your liberality and generosity.

For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, (2 Corinthians 9:12)

Holy Spirit, guide our bishops and diocesan and parish leaders as they administer the offerings of your people so that there may abound to our father in heaven glorious thanksgiving.

while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, (2 Corinthians 9:13)

LORD, help our giving bring glory to you: let it point to you and not to ourselves.

and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. (2 Corinthians 9:14)

Jesus, please let there be prayers of thanksgiving because of the exceeding grace of God at work in us.

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)

Amen and amen!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

 

8/5/2006, #38, 3rd Quarter 2006

One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. (Psalm 27:4)

LORD, help us make this desire of our hearts as well.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret place of his tabernacle he shall hide me; he shall set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:5)

Jesus, this is certainly a time of trouble for your people in the Episcopal Church; thank you for being our rock and our hiding place.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in his tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. (Psalm 27:6)

Lift up your heads, O you gates! and be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Jesus, you are the King of glory, the LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Thank you for lifting up our heads, thank you that though there are enemies of your gospel all around us, we need not fear, for you are with us. Thank you. (From Psalm 24:7-8)

***** Please pray for the Cursillo Couples weekend at the Spiritual Life Center on August 24-27. Pray for the team and the candidates. Lord Jesus, we ask you to be our rock and our hiding place. Let this be a time of refreshment and renewal for those who have borne the heat and the burden of the day. Thank you.

Thank you to all those who signed up to pray for Fr. Bill from now through his consecration. We have got him covered 24/7.

Friday, August 04, 2006

 

8/4/2006, #37, 3rd Quarter 2006

Hi Torre!
As I am pulling together final details for the CE conference on Aug 26th, I'd like to add my presenters to the prayer list. Thanks! : Laurie Rohr

Please pray for all the presenters at the diocesan Christian Ed Conference to be held on Sat., August 26th as they pull together workshops.

Please pray for:
Holly Schubert
Patti Gibbons
Kathleen Trees
Kim Harding
Katie Tobler
Stephanie Mojollali
Fr. John Bassett
Fr, Bill Hinrichs
Mother Ellen Neufeld
Deacon Laurie

Holy Spirit, please grant inspiration and guidance for each of these presenters as they plan to teach others how to spread the word of God with more effectiveness, more joy and more knowledge. Praise and thank you, God, for their willingness to share their gifts with a wider audience.

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I only have one time slot left to complete the round the clock prayer for Fr. Bill from now through his consecration September 16th:
1:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Come on, Night Owls, let's go for it!
Torre

 

8/4/2006, #36, 3rd Quarter 2006

Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart. (Psalm 73:1)

Holy Spirit, please bring us to purity of heart so that we may see the goodness of God.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. (Psalm 73:2)

Jesus, keep us steady in you as we seek to follow in your footsteps.

For I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. (Psalm 73:3)

Father, help us make you our boast and pride: center our attention on you.

Thus my heart was grieved, and I was vexed in my mind. (Psalm 73:21)

LORD, we are grieved for your people and vexed in our minds at the enormity of the task before us. We cannot do it without your constant help and guidance.

I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before you. (Psalm 73:22)

Jesus, you know our foolish ways, the Episcopal Church has wandered over every hillside; bring us back to you.

Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold me by my right hand. (Psalm 73:23)

Father, take us by the hand and lead us in your pathways.

You will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. (Psalm 73:24)

Holy Spirit, guide us with your counsel and bring us to glory.

LORD, we have no one in heaven besides you and there is no one on earth that we desire as much as you. Our hearts and our flesh fail waiting for you, be our strength and our portion forever. Thank you. (From Psalm 73:25-26)


***** Fr. Bill would be grateful for more prayer coverage. We would like to provide around the clock prayer coverage for him and his family from now through his consecration September 16th. Please sign up for an hour when you will normally be free. [This does not mean that you need to pray continuously through the hour, but that you will lift him and his family up in prayer several times during that hour.] The following times are not spoken for yet.

1:00 AM to 2:00 AM
3:00 AM to 4:00 AM
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
11:00 PM to 12:00 AM

***** Keep on praying for Bishops Dan and Dave and for Bishop-elect Bill for God's protection, strength, peace, health and clear guidance.
Pray for their families and for Fr. Love's parish for their protection in transition.
Pray the Consecration plans and occasion will go forward smoothly.
Pray for protection and guidance for Standing Committee.
Pray for Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for the Lord to speak clearly to him. Pray that he will know what to do and do it.
Pray for Lord's covering for Diocese and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and their staffs. Pray for Beaver Cross, staff, counselors and kids.
Pray no weapon formed against them will prosper and protection from tricks and traps of the Evil One.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

 

8/3/2006, #35, 3rd Quarter 2006

Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, and that a foolish people has blasphemed your name. (Psalm 74:18)

LORD, truly the Episcopal Church has been foolish and has brought dishonor on your name: have mercy on us, remember us and take away this reproach from us.

Oh, do not deliver the life of your turtledove to the wild beast! Do not forget the life of your poor forever. (Psalm 74:19)

Jesus, deliver your faithful people out of the hand of those who hate your word; do not forget your little ones who trust in you.

Have respect to the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty. (Psalm 74:20)

Father, we cry out to you for Bp. John-David Schofield and the Diocese of San Joaquin, St. Andrew's Syracuse, and all your faithful people who are being oppressed: come and deliver them.

Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed! Let the poor and needy praise your name. (Psalm 74:21)

Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and our mouths with God's praises.

Arise, O God, plead your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches you daily. (Psalm 74:22)

Arise, LORD, and speak on your own behalf; help us to speak when you bid us and set us free from the reproach of the foolish.

Do not forget the voice of your enemies; the tumult of those who rise up against you increases continually. (Psalm 74:23)

LORD, the Episcopal Church is filled with the noise and tumult of those who hate your word: have mercy on us and fill us with your peace that passes all understanding. Thank you.

***** Fr. Bill would be grateful for more prayer coverage. We would like to provide around the clock prayer coverage for him and his family from now through his consecration September 16th. Please sign up for an hour when you will normally be free. [This does not mean that you need to pray continuously through the hour, but that you will lift him and his family up in prayer several times during that hour.] The following times are not spoken for yet.

1:00 AM to 2:00 AM
3:00 AM to 4:00 AM
4:00 AM to 5:00 AM
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
11:00 PM to 12:00 AM

***** Keep on praying for our Bishops and Bishop-elect, Fr. Bill Love, the Standing Committee and their families. Pray for protection, strength, peace, health and clear guidance from the Holy Spirit. Pray that things move forward smoothly for the Consecration.

Pray for the Diocese for the Lord's work in all our hearts. Pray for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Fr. Nigel, Matt Baker and Beaver Cross: staff, counselors and kids. Pray for protection and provision. Pray for guidance for the Archbishop of Canterbury and those who counsel him for grace to know what the Lord wants him to do and to do it.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

 

8/2/2006, #34, 3rd Quarter 2006

My soul faints for your salvation, but I hope in your word. (Psalm 119:81)

Father, morning by morning your word fills me with hope that I will see your victory among your people in the Episcopal Church.

My eyes fail from searching your word, saying, "When will you comfort me?" (Psalm 119:82)

Jesus, please send your Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the promise of our father, upon us. Help us to wait for him to come and guide us. (From Acts 1:4-8)

For I have become like a wineskin in smoke, yet I do not forget your statutes. (Psalm 119:83)

Holy Spirit, revive us, for we are weary.

The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to your law. (Psalm 119:85)

LORD, the bishops and leaders of the Episcopal Church are flouting no only your law, but even their own rules: have mercy on your people and raise up faithful shepherds for them.

All your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully; help me! (Psalm 119:86)

Help your people, Lord; help us keep your commandments faithfully.

They almost made an end of me on earth, but I did not forsake your precepts. (Psalm 119:87)

Jesus, those who hate your word would soon make an end of us unless you intervene.

Revive me according to your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of your mouth. (Psalm 119:88)

Holy Spirit, come now, come with more power; revive us, write your law on our hearts so that it will be the testimony of our mouths. Thank you.

***** Fr. Bill would be grateful for more prayer coverage. We would like to provide around the clock prayer coverage for him and his family through his consecration September 16th as Bishop Coadjutor. Please sign up for an hour when you will normally be free. [This does not mean that you need to pray continuously through the hour, but that you will lift him and his family up in prayer several times during that hour.] I already have volunteers for 3 AM to 5AM.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

 

8/1/2006, #33, 3rd Quarter 2006

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! (Psalm 68:19)

Lord Jesus, we bless you and thank you. Thank you for your daily grace and mercy. Thank you for being the author of our salvation. Thank you for filling us with your Holy Spirit.

Our God is the God of salvation; and to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death. (Psalm 68:20)

Father, the whole history of your people is a record of your saving love for us and the way you have chose to set us free from death through the death and resurrection of your son Jesus. Thank you.

***** (Fr. Nigel) Dear Prayer Warriors, Today my niece Georgina (20) has gone into isolation for the week for intensive radiation. Hopefully she will be finished late Friday. She has been taken off all her meds so there are medical concerns...Please keep her in your prayers. Thank you so much for your dedicated prayers. God bless you dear souls...Fr. Nigel+

***** Keep on praying for our Bishops, Bishop-elect, the Standing Committee and their families.

Pray for protection of every kind, strength, grace, good health, peace and clear guidance from the Holy 'Spirit. Pray for St. Mary's Lake Luzerne for guidance and protection during this transition. Pray all goes smoothly with plans for the Consecration and the Consecration itself.

Pray for the Diocese, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and its ministries and their staffs, Beaver Cross and its staff, counselors and kids.

Pray for protection for Bp. Schofield of the Diocese of San Joaquin and St. Andrews Syracuse.

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