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Tuesday, October 31, 2006


10/31/2006, #37, 4th Quarter 2006

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation 11:15)

Father, we long for the day when your rule and the rule of your son Jesus will be manifest to the whole world.

And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, (Revelation 11:16)

Father, help us come to that place of personal humility where we follow the example of the twenty-four elders in their worship of you.

saying: "We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because you have taken your great power and reigned." (Revelation 11:17)

Jesus, we ask you to come with the full power of your Holy Spirit and rule and reign in our hearts.

"The nations were angry, and your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged," (Revelation 11:18a)

Holy Spirit, please cleanse and prepare our hearts for the Day of Judgment.

"And that you should reward your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear your name, small and great," (Revelation 11:18b)

Lord Jesus Christ, help us fear your name, for there is no other name by which men can be saved.

"And should destroy those who destroy the earth." (Revelation 11:18c)

Holy Spirit, please bring to repentance those who wantonly destroy the earth; teach us to be stewards of your creation.

Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of his covenant was seen in his temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail. (Revelation 11:19)

Lord Jesus, help our parishes to be open to all who have a heart for your ways.

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

LORD, please help us come into your courts and praise 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)

Jesus, come and make our hearts into temples of your Holy Spirit so that we may reflect the beauty of Mount Zion.

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

LORD GOD, you are our refuge and we flee to your arms of love.

For behold, the kings assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, they hastened away. (Psalm 48:4-5)

Holy Spirit, help the rulers of the earth to know that they are but men and help them hold Jesus in awe.

Fear took hold of them there, and pain, as of a woman in birth pangs, as when you break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. (Psalm 48:6-7)

Father, help us know that all our works are transitory and that only what is built with Jesus as the chief cornerstone will last.

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)

Father, please give us eyes to see your great city, the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please establish that city and kingdom in our hearts.

Monday, October 30, 2006


Priests and Deacons Update

Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 17:16:52 -0500
From: "Priests and Deacons Update"
Subject: Priests and Deacons Update-2nd send 10/30/06

At the meeting of the Standing Committee today (Oct 30) Bishop Dan Herzog and Bishop Dave Bena advised the members that they each intend to retire in early 2007.

"We have both prayerfully considered what God's will is, and believe that this is the right time to pass on the apostolic ministry.

We have discussed this with Bishop William Love, the Coadjutor of the Diocese, and he is ready to assume leadership as Ninth Bishop of Albany. By the time we retire on January 31, over ten months will have elapsed since his election.

Bishop Bill was for some time a member of the Standing Committee and the Diocesan Council and therefore well acquainted with the vision and operations of the diocese. Since March he has been able to participate in many meetings, ministries and events along side us. He is an able leader, committed to Christ and His kingdom.

Each of us has been especially blessed by having a supportive and prayerful wife. Carol Herzog and MaryEllen Bena have sacrificed time and companionship so we could carry out this ministry. Words are inadequate to express our gratitude.

Both of us have been blessed to labor together in this portion of the Lord's vineyard. We have been particularly blessed by our fellow disciples, both lay and ordained. Both of us are deeply grateful for the help of so many as we endeavored to carry our episcopal ministry across this vast diocese.

In Christ Jesus,

+ Bishop Dan Herzog + Bishop Dave Bena


10/30/2006, #36, 4th Quarter 2006

Awake! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. (Psalm 44:23)

Lord Jesus Christ, we cry out to you for the Episcopal Church; do not cast us off forever.

Why do you hide your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression? (Psalm 44:24)

Remember us, O Lord, remember us!

For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body clings to the ground. (Psalm 44:25)

Jesus, lift us up; help us to stand.

Arise for our help, and redeem us for your mercies’ sake. (Psalm 44:26)

Jesus, in your mercy arise and help your faithful people in the Episcopal Church. Bless their witness. Cleanse and heal your bride. Thank you.

Father, without faith it is impossible to please you; please renew the faith of the Episcopal Church, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us. Thank you. (From Hebrews 11:6)

Sunday, October 29, 2006


10/29/2006, #35, 4th Quarter 2006

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

Holy Spirit, please move in our hearts so that we bless the father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Father, you have blessed us, please help us remember day by day your blessings that you have showered on us.

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

Jesus, by your cross, blood and resurrection we have received the forgiveness of our sins. Please help us day by day triumph over sin and death. Pour out your blessing on all and through all who minister healing among us.

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

What a crown for us to wear: lovingkindness and tender mercies! Jesus, that is the same crown you wear. Help us desire this crown rather than those made with gold.

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

Jesus, the cup of blessing which we receive from you is the communion of your blood and the bread which we break is the communion of your body. Thank you that though we who are many, we are made one through your body and blood. Thank you for satisfying our souls and bodies with such good things and for renewing us by your Holy Spirit. (From 1 Corinthians 10:16-17)

***** New Sunday School lessons have been posted at:

Saturday, October 28, 2006



Jesus Calls Zacchaeus and Matthew
Theme: Good News to Share
Theme Verse: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10b NIV
Readings: Luke 19:1-10, Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 2:13-17
Memory Verse: "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." Luke 19:10

Context in Luke: Jesus was headed for Jerusalem where he would be killed and rise on the third day. The disciples don't get it. Jesus goes by way of Jericho in the Jordan river valley. As he passes by he heals a blind man who cried out to him as he passed by. Zacchaeus, a rich tax collector learns Jesus is passing by and wants to see him. (Jericho was on a main trade route and an important customs center.) As chief tax collector he had contracted for the right to collect revenues from lesser tax collectors in the district. His neighbors despised him for sharing in the rule of the foreign Romans.

NIV note on Mark 2:16, Jewish tax collectors were regarded as outcastes. They could not serve as witnesses or as judges and were expelled from the synagogues. In the eyes of the Jewish community their disgrace extended to their families. They were known as "publicans". They had a bad reputation both because they worked for the hated Roman conquerors as contractors but also because they often demanded unreasonable payments. (See Luke 3:12-14 where John the Baptist tells them "collect no more than is appointed you".)

There were two reasons why people would have scorned and laughed at Zacchaeus. He was a tax collector and he was short. Word received: I don't care what you look like. I love you. I have come that you might have life and have it to the full. I want you to come to Me. Don't be afraid. Word received: I AM not a respecter of persons. I love anyone and everyone who comes to Me. Jesus rescues people that others despise, reject, exclude.

Reread the Memory Verse. "For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost." Word received: I AM the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd seeks every lamb that has wandered off.

The blind man in Jericho cried out to Jesus. Zacchaeus cried out by his actions. He is a rich, chief tax collector but he runs ahead so he could see Jesus and he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see clearly! (Imagine the mayor of Schenectady climbing a tree!) (Note the little touch by someone who was there. It was a sycamore tree.) There is a spiritual hunger here. Word received: I want you to seek Me as Zacchaeus did. He was not stopped by being small. Word received: Come to Me all you who are burdened and I will refresh you. He was burdened by sin and by his work. He came to Me and I lifted the burden off of him.

When Jesus got to that place he looked up and called Zacchaeus by name! Jesus knows your name! Jesus told him to "make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." Word received: I AM the Good Shepherd! I called My sheep Zacchaeus to Me. If I call you, will you come? (Notice how Jesus so often went to people to teach them, to their homes, to the temple and synagogues, streets and lakesides, to draw them into his kingdom. He doesn't wait for everyone to come to him.) So Zacchaeus came down "with haste" and received Jesus joyfully. Word received: Zacchaeus is like my other disciples -- he came immediately. I want you to come with haste when I call you.

Many in the crowd "murmured" when they saw Jesus go to Zacchaeus' house. Word received: Don't complain when I receive a sinner, rather rejoice. The Pharisees were scandalized because their goal was to keep themselves "pure" by not having any contact with "sinners" and tax collectors like Zacchaeus and Matthew. Jesus sought them out and called them. Jesus answer is, "The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost."

The Pharisees responded the same way when Jesus called Matthew and went to a feast for tax collectors at Matthew's house. "It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy not sacrifice' for I have not come to call the righteous but sinners."

1. We should rejoice with the angels in heaven whenever a lost sinner turns to Jesus.

2. "Sacrifice" can refer to those external offerings to God that may or may not go along with a repentant, contrite heart. God. looks for the repentant heart and the actions, like mercy, that flow from it -- not just the externals of worship and the law.

3. Many Pharisees were self-righteous, right in their own eyes, who could not see themselves as sinners and so could not receive God's forgiveness and see their need of God's mercy. So they missed God's purpose for themselves when they didn't see their own condition. (Luke 7:30) PRAYER: Thank you Lord that you came to save sinners, for without you, we would have no one.

Zacchaeus' response is shown by a total change in behavior. Note that the Old Testament rule for someone who stole something was to "pay double" (Exodus 22:1,4,7) "And he shall make restitution for the harm that he has done ... and shall add one-fifth to it and give it to the priest." (Leviticus 5:16) Zacchaeus was being very honest and generous and promised to restore four-fold! He vows to give half of his goods to the poor. He has had a complete change of heart!

Jesus rejoices and says that "today salvation has come to this house." Remember what Jesus said about how heaven rejoices over the one lost sinner who was found! Word received: I told the thief on the cross that he would be with me in paradise. I told Zacchaeus that salvation had come to his house. Listen for my words of assurance to you.

"Today" In Luke 19 there is emphasis on "today" and "immediately". The other passages indicate an immediate response to Jesus' call to "Follow me." There is an urgency to the message we have to share. What is your response when you have tested the message and are sure that Jesus is asking you to do something? Word received: Today I Am calling sinners to follow me. Every day this world calls today is today to me. Today I Am harvesting the fruits of my laborers who reach out in my name. Today is the day of salvation.

Read the two versions of Matthew's (Levi's) call to follow Jesus as his disciple. What a surprise that must have been to Matthew! He was so used to rejection. The location is the town where Jesus lived -- Capernaum. (Matthew 4:1) Their reaction is similar. Matthew (Levi) got up at once, and followed Jesus. Then he invites all his friends and co-workers to a feast to meet Jesus. The main difference between Zacchaeus and Matthew was the Matthew was called to be one of "the twelve" apostles. Word received: Look at how Matthew obeyed my call. I want you to obey when I call you.

Jesus calls us to be his disciples -- to follow him, to live with him daily, to have his mind and heart about the people around us. He wants us to keep turning to him for guidance about who to speak to and what to say. We only see the outside of people. We don't know what is under the surface -- but the Lord Jesus does and the Holy Spirit can guide us if we ask.

Note on "I desire mercy not sacrifice." (Hosea 6:6) The rest of the quote is "and acknowledgment of God rather than burn offerings" Hosea was a prophet who was asked by God to marry an adulterous wife and children by her (!) to symbolize the spiritual adultery of Israel. They were doing the external religious rituals and sacrifices but in their hearts and behavior they had turned their backs on God and his will. Hosea 11:7 says, "My people are determined to turn from me." The Pharisees were doing the letter of the law in rituals but the obedience that goes with faith and the internal side of faith was not there. God wants our hearts turned to him to love and obey him -- and love others as he does.

Teaching Ideas for Lesson 10
Please read the Study Guide first. Go over Memory Verse to make sure the children understand it and then if they have memorized it.

Remind them their parents need to sign a report slip monthly if they have read the lessons, so they will get credit at the end of the year.

Make sure they know what happened in the story. Get them to tell you.

Basic points of the lesson for little ones:

1.Jesus loves you and he loves everyone.

2. Jesus wants everyone to receive His love and salvation.

3. Jesus changed Zacchaeus' life. Jesus wants to change our lives too.

4. Zacchaeus obeyed Jesus immediately. That's what Jesus wants us to do too.

5. Jesus wants us to come to him so he can lift our burdens and give us his new life. Will you come?



Jesus teaches and heals: the Good News Spreads
Theme: Good News to Share
Theme Verse: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10b NIV
Readings: Mark 1: 21-45
Memory Verse: "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn." Isaiah 61:1-2 (Luke 4: 18-19)

After John the Baptist was put in prison, Jesus begins his ministry proclaiming that God's rule, God's kingdom was near. They needed to turn away from their own ways and return (repent) to God and believe and act on the good news God was sending. After Jesus called several men to follow him and be his disciples, he goes to Capernaum, where he lived for a while (Mark 2"1), and began to teach in their synagogue.

Notice the close relationship between teaching and healing -- each validates and explains the other. Jesus taught "as one who had authority", not as teachers of the law did. Jesus' words had the power of God behind them. When he spoke words of healing, people were healed. When he taught, the power of God was in those words. They were not complicated words or just endlessly quoting other authorities or endlessly trying to ask questions about what the Scriptures meant, as lawyers did -- he knew! and said so! Evil spirits recognized who he was and protested but obeyed! Jesus didn't allow the evil spirits to speak because they knew who he was and any "witness" they would give would distort the truth. People had not seen this before. (Before John the Baptist there had been about 400 years with no real prophets of God.) Word received: The difference between My son Jesus and teachers of the Law is My Spirit. When you have My Holy Spirit you will do the same things Jesus did. Seek after My Holy Spirit.

Notice the man in verse 23 that Evil can't stand to be with the power of God and will fight against it -- but the power of Jesus is stronger! (See also vs.32 & 34) Jesus' word and the power of his Name are stronger than the evil fallen angels we call devils or demons. But when Jesus cast out the evil spirits, people knew they were seeing a glimpse of God's rule, God's power, God's Kingdom at work -- and they flocked to Jesus. Jesus said a number of times "Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even thought you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may learn and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father." -- John 10:37-38 Healing and deliverance are powerful forms of evangelism.

Why don't we see signs and wonders like this in our Christian communities? Word received: I want it to be like this scripture for all of you. Seek Me. Rely on Me. Obey Me. Repent of your sin. Come back to Me. Don't be afraid. I want to heal you too so you can heal others.

Stop and respond to Jesus' word to us and ask for more of His Holy Spirit.

Note that even in a place of worship of God there can be people present who are harassed by evil spirits. (vs.23)

The healings and deliverances and preaching are signs which point to Who Jesus Is and Where He comes from. Jesus said in John's gospel that "he who has seen me has seen the Father." (John 14:9) "I and the Father are one". (John 10"30) When we see Jesus having compassion, healing, delivering people, telling them about God, we see a picture of God the Father. Jesus is giving people a vivid picture of why he came -- to bring God's people back to God, so that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10)

Notice the other healings Jesus did here. He healed Simon Peter's mother-in-law. Call it healing of a clergy family! Jesus responded at once when the family told him. Her response of joy was to immediately serve him and others. Mark also tells us he healed a leper, someone who was ostracized by the community. Jesus had compassion on those who were afflicted. We need to pray for that too.

It just kept going on and on so Jesus had to go out in the country long before daylight to get time alone to pray. Do we put that priority on time with the Lord???
Even Jesus needed to go off by himself to be with his Father in heaven and talk with him and pray for strength, renewal, guidance. Think how much more we need to do this. Word received: Don't get to be so busy that you can't take time for Me. I want you to get to know Me, but how can you if you don't spend time with Me?

But look what happened. Jesus' disciples "pursued" him. They were excited to be disciples of so popular a man. But Jesus' concern was the places where the Good News had not reached. As a result of this fame Jesus had to stay in lonely places (not at his house). It must have been hard -- but people still came. How can we get people to come? We need to spend time alone with Jesus listening to his guidance.

Notice that the leper who was healed didn't obey Jesus about not talking -- and as a result, Jesus' ministry there was hindered. When Jesus tells us to speak or not to speak, we need to listen and obey.

Now read the Memory Verse. Jesus read the first couple of verses of this chapter when he preached in Nazareth. The he "closed the book and sat down and he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:16-21). Read the first four verses. The Lord wants to speak to us also through this passage. This is part of God's good news and shows what God's Kingdom and God's King are about.

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me," (Isaiah 61:1a) A word received: I want my Spirit to rest on you as well.

"Because the LORD has anointed me" (Isaiah 61:1b) A word received: I want to anoint you for my service.

"To preach good tidings to the poor;" (Isaiah 61:1c) A word received: I want you to ask me for eyes to see the poor all around you: those poor in purse and those poor in spirit.

"He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted," (Isaiah 61:1d) A word received: I will heal the broken-hearted -- will you pray for them?

"To proclaim liberty to the captives," (Isaiah 61:1e) A word received: The captives are all around you -- captives to sin and captives to degradation; I long to set them free. Will you pray for them?

"And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;" (Isaiah 61:1f) A word received: I want to set the prisoners free -- prisoners to crime, prisoners to sin, prisoners to hopelessness. Will you pray for them?

"To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD," (Isaiah 61:2a) A word received: Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation. Will you pray for those who need salvation?

"And the day of vengeance of our God;" (Isaiah 61:2b) A word received: There is a day of judgment coming -- will you pray for those who are not yet ready to face it?

"To comfort all who mourn," (Isaiah 61:2c) A word received: I have come that you may have life and have it in abundance. I want you to share the good news with those who mourn.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, console those who mourn among your people. Give them beauty for the ashes of despair; the oil of gladness instead of mourning; the garment of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness. A word received: I want my people to be called trees of righteousness, my planting so that I may be glorified. (From Isaiah 61:3)

If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in. (Isaiah 58:10-12)

Teaching Ideas for Lesson 09
Please read the Study Guide first. Go over Memory Verse to make sure the children understand it and then if they have memorized it.

Remind them their parents need to sign a report slip monthly if they have read the lessons, so they will get credit at the end of the year.

Make sure they know what happened in the story. Get them to tell you.

Basic points of the lesson for little ones:
1.Jesus wants to teach us more about himself.

2. Jesus wants to heal us and use us to heal others.

3.Jesus wants us to share with others what Jesus say and what he can do.

4. Jesus wants us to listen to what he says, to obey and not to be afraid.

5. Ask God to give you His Holy Spirit to give you power to obey him and to pray for others.


10/28/2006, #34, 4th Quarter 2006

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

Father in heaven, we long for your presence in our lives; we long to receive you more and more in our lives.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:2)

Jesus, you have taught us to pray, "Our Father in heaven." Please help us know you and your father more and more so that we may come into your presence.

My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, "Where is your God?" (Psalm 42:3)

Jesus, you have taught us to pray, "Give us this day today's bread." We grieve and mourn for your people and we have eaten the bread of affliction as we think on your church. Please bring us at last to that great wedding feast with you where we may eat with joy.

When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. (Psalm 42:4)

Holy Spirit, thank you for helping us pour out our souls before God as we remember your church and the multitudes that came there with joy and praise. Help us today to keep to the pilgrim's path and eat the pilgrim's feast with our brothers and sisters tomorrow. Thank 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 For the help of his countenance. (Psalm 42:5)

LORD, we are discouraged when we look at the sin and apostasy in your church; our souls are disquieted within us. We turn to you knowing that you can fill our mouths with praise and our souls with hope. Please shine the light of your countenance upon us. Thank you.

A word received: I Am speaking to my people; pray that they will have ears to hear.

***** Cry out to the Lord for His church.

Pray for our Bishops and Standing Committee, the Diocesan and Spiritual Life Center staffs, for clergy and lay leaders in the diocese.

Pray for God's protection of every kind, provision, strength and health and clear guidance from the Holy Spirit for the people of this diocese.

Pray for the Lord to soften hard hearts, open blinded eyes, open closed ears and for a mighty move of God in our church and in this nation.

Pray for God's people to hear what he is saying to his people.

Pray for God's people to have eyes to see what he is doing.

Pray for the Women's Cursillo going on now at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.

Friday, October 27, 2006


10/27/2006, #33, 4th Quarter 2006

Now it happened as they went that he entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. (Luke 10:38)

Holy Spirit, please help us welcome Jesus into our homes.

And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. (Luke 10:39)

Jesus, help us spend the time listening to you so that we can hear your word to us.

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." (Luke 10:40)

Jesus, we pray for our bishops, clergy and lay leaders that they will be set free from the distractions of serving you and actually spend time listening to you.

And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:41-42)

Holy Spirit, help us make that good choice that Mary made and spend time listening to Jesus. Set us free from the bondage of so much serving that we lose what Jesus has for us. Thank you.

Thursday, October 26, 2006


10/26/2006, #32, 4th Quarter 2006

The LORD knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. (Psalm 37:18)

LORD, thank you for knowing us and our days; thank you for giving us a good inheritance among your people.

They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. (Psalm 37:19)

Lord Jesus, the times are evil and men's hearts have grown cold in your church; thank you that we can look to you for our provision.

Lord, my times are in your hand; you are the stability of my times. You are my hiding place; you are my refuge, and underneath are your everlasting arms. Thank you. (From Ps. 31:15, Is. 33:6, Ps. 32:7, Dt. 33:27)

But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the LORD, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. into smoke they shall vanish away. (Psalm 37:20)

Father, we cry out to you for those who are perishing. Once we were counted among the lost but you raised up witnesses for us and rescued us. Please raise up witnesses for those who are now counted among your enemies. Call them to yourself and redeem them by the blood of Jesus.

The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous shows mercy and gives. (Psalm 37:21)

Holy Spirit, help us give of ourselves and what we possess so that your kingdom will be built up.

For those blessed by him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by him shall be cut off. (Psalm 37:22)

Lord, we don't know or really understand why you have chosen to redeem and bless us, but we thank you for paying the price of our redemption by your blood.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23)

Jesus, thank you that when we stumble that you pick us up.

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:24)

LORD, please order our steps and find delight in us.

I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. (Psalm 37:25)

Thank you, LORD, that you open your hand and fill us with all things needful.

He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed. (Psalm 37:26)

Holy Spirit, please help us love mercy and give freely of ourselves and all that you have given into our care. Bless our children and grandchildren and theirs for many generations. Bring them all into a saving knowledge of Jesus. Thank you.

Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell forevermore. (Psalm 37:27)

Please, LORD, help the Episcopal Church depart from its present evil path and do good so that it may be counted among your own forevermore.

For the LORD loves justice, and does not forsake his saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalm 37:28)

LORD, you are faithful even when we are not. Please keep us steady in you and your ways and rescue the lost and the dying. Thank you.

A word received: I Am calling my people back to me. They have wandered far and wide. I Am calling them back to me.

***** Keep on praying for protection, wisdom, provision, health and strength and clear guidance for our Bishops, Standing Committee and other leaders. Pray for the Diocese, the parishes and clergy and lay leaders. Pray for the Spiritual Life Center and its ministries, especially Fr. Nigel and the Healing ministry.

Pray that the Lord give us all ears to hear, eyes to see and hearts to respond to whatever he is doing and wants to do in our midst. Pray that no weapon formed against our diocesan leadership will prosper.

Cry out to the Lord for His church. Pray for repentance for the bishops, clergy and leaders of the Episcopal Church. Pray for revival and renewal in the English speaking world. Pray that the Lord would speak clearly to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Pray for all those who do not know the Lord who are dying. Pray that the Lord will raise up ministers to shepherd them and rescue them.

Pray for dreams and visions of Jesus throughout the Muslim world.

Pray for the "peace of Jerusalem" and for all those caught in the middle: 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 brothers 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)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


10/25/2006, #31, 4th Quarter 2006

Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it." (Luke 10:23-24)

Jesus, thank you for giving us eyes to see what you are doing and ears to hear what you are saying. There is so much spiritual darkness in the church and the world and so much noise; please continue to lead us day by day and step by step. Thank you.

***** Words received for an upcoming Sunday School lesson:

"Comfort, yes, comfort my people!" Says your God." (Isaiah 40:1)

A word received: I want to comfort you; I want to hold you in my arms. I Am he who comforts you.

"Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the LORD'S hand double for all her sins." (Isaiah 40:2)

A word received: My people have been disciplined with my rod because I love them. When I discipline you it is because I love you and want you to grow into the image of my son.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (Isaiah 40:3)

A word received: My people are a desert -- they are dry and barren -- I want to build a road to life in their midst. I sent my servant John to prepare that road for me. I wanted my people to walk in my way that I had prepared. I want them to walk in that way now. Tell them I have prepared a way for them.

"Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth;" (Isaiah 40:4)

A word received: Where are the rough places in your life? Let me make them smooth. Where are the crooked places in your life? Let me make them straight. Where are the low places in your life? Give them to me and I will exalt them. Where are the inaccessible mountains that block your way? Give them to me and I will bring them down and make a way through.

"The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:5)

A word received: I want my word and my glory to be revealed in and through you.

***** Pray for our Bishops and their families, the Diocese and staff, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and staff, the Standing Committee and other Diocesan committees for the Lord's protection, provision and clear guidance. Pray for God's will and purposes to be accomplished in our midst.

Pray for all who are harassed and persecuted for Jesus' sake.

Pray for a mighty move of God in our midst and in our society. Pray for hearts to respond.

Keep praying for your parish for the Lord's protection, provision and clear guidance. Pray that His will and purposes will be done. Pray for our clergy, staff, lay leaders and ministries. Pray that all those who come will meet the Lord.

Cry out to the Lord for His church.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


10/24/2006, #30, 4th Quarter 2006

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before his face into every city and place where he himself was about to go. (Luke 10:1)

Lord Jesus, please help us respond to your call to go forth into our communities with the good news of what you have done for us.

Then He said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Luke 10:2)

Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see the harvest all around us and ears to hear the cries of those who are perishing for lack of knowing Jesus.

Lord Jesus, send laborers into the harvest; send me.

"Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves." (Luke 10:3)

There are wolves on every side, Lord, but you are the Good Shepherd and I trust your provision and protection.

"Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road." (Luke 10:4)

Father, help us depend on you and your provision as we go forth, and keep us from being distracted from the mission you have given us by those we know and meet along the way.

"But whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house.'" (Luke 10:5)

LORD, help us speak your words of peace to all those we meet and minister to.

A word received: Pray for vision for my people. They are stumbling in the dark. I want my people to share the light of the gospel with those around them.

***** Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people.
Pray for the Lord's protection, guidance, provision, strength and peace for our Bishops, the Standing Committee, the Diocesan staff and leaders, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, its staff and ministries.
Pray for all clergy and lay leaders that God will do a new work in all our hearts.
Pray for a mighty move of God and hearts to respond to it. Pray for the Holy Spirit of Truth to reveal all lies and what is really true. Pray fro all who are discouraged and have lost their way that the Lord Himself will shepherd them back to safety and Himself.
Pray for God to make a way in those situations where there seems to be no way.
Keep praying for your parish, its clergy, staff, vestry and wardens. Pray for protection and blessing for them and their families. Pray for all who do ministry there for the Lord's anointing and protection. Pray for more families with children and more young adults. Pray for His will to be done in and through us. Pray for new people to be grafted into the Body.
Pray for healing for Dn. Polly Bailey, Dns. Roy and Faye Van Dermark, Georgina ( new tumor on pelvis) and Jean Mumford and Isabel, Marianne Gorchov., Robin Uhr (Bp. Dave)
Pray for the Women's Cursillo weekend this starting Thurs. Pray for the team and the candidates for the Lord to be the center of the weekend for each person and for the Holy Spirit to work freely and powerfully in each person.
Jeanne Clow
Mother Julia Mudge
Pastor Susan Baker-Borjeson
Pastor Amanda Nickles
Karen Grover
Cindy Hopkins
Tammy Boyd
Micki Thomas
Katie Coleman
Edith Abbott
Roxie Hansel
Kathy Ploufe
Dorothea Bisceglia
Laura Farrara
Elaine Taylor
Darlene Tucker
K.K. Konik
Irene Parker
Margaret Roberson
Carla Linnett

Rev. Evette Austin
Florence Duheme
Melissa Knebel
Elizabeth Iseman
Betty Light
Judith Salg
Laura Anderson
Deborah Fish
Laurie Bartlett
Sandra Wall
Wink Diffenbach
Helen Wagar
Sandra Carpenter
Susanna Ruiz
Bonnie Zone
Nancy Beatty
Laurie Brisbin
Victoria Ovitt
Linda Stevens
Joan Wilson
Jerusha Hubert
Julia Duchesne
Wendy Campbell
Linda McFarren
Rebecca Mulwane
Kathryn Gracey
Barbara Stott-Ayer
Jessica Hedrick
Melanie Jane Crawford
Elizabeth Dowd
Vivian Smith
Sandra Governor

Monday, October 23, 2006


10/23/2006, #29, 4th Quarter 2006

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, (Psalm 9:9a)

LORD, be our refuge; be the refuge of all your faithful people, parishes and dioceses.

A refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9b)

LORD, these are troubled times and there is much confusion among your people. Help us turn to you and find in you a refuge from the storms that are gathering.

And those who know your name will put their trust in you; (Psalm 9:10a)

You are the God who saves and redeems your people. Jesus, your name is sweeter than honey and is a strong tower of defense. Write your name on our hearts.

For you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:10b)

Father, day by day give us hearts and a will to seek you and your ways.

Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Declare his deeds among the people. (Psalm 9:11)

Holy Spirit, move in our hearts and on our lips so that we declare the goodness and praise of God by word and song and deed. Please give us songs in the night. Thank you.

***** A missionary friend and former colleague from Liberia will be visiting us for a week. She and her priest husband headed St. John's Episcopal School in Robertsport, Liberia when we were there and he was an interim President of Cuttington College for a year or two when we were there. They retired for a number of years in Virginia and then heard God calling them to go back to war torn Liberia and live the rest of their lives there to encourage the church. The response of the Liberian church was overwhelming! NOTE: we are having a potluck supper at Christ Church Schenectady at 6 PM on this Friday evening to give people a chance to meet Marilyn Robertson and hear her share about what it was like earlier to be a missionary there and what it is like now and what God is calling her to do. (Her husband, Fr. Bolling Robertson, died a few months ago and is buried at his beloved school and church.)

***** Pray for safe return and travel mercies of Bp. Dan and group from trip to Italy and Ireland.

Dn. Polly Bailey -- update: Jean talked with her at the Missions Conference. She said they had done the surgery and got it all and now was in treatment and recovery. She appreciated the prayers. Continue prayers for complete healing. PTL

The Rev. Mary Chilton was able to walk around at the Missions Conference. She can't sit and has to recline on her chair, But SHE CAN WALK! She is taking clusters of shots which are helping. She still takes a lot of pain medicines but not as many as before. PTL

Sunday, October 22, 2006


10/22/2006, #28, 4th Quarter 2006

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" (Matthew 16:13)

Lord, have mercy on the Episcopal Church; for it has refused to answer this question of yours.

So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." (Matthew 16:14)

Christ, have mercy on us: help us to know you for who you are.

He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" (Matthew 16:15)

Lord, have mercy on us; for the day is coming when we shall have to give an answer that will stand for all eternity.

Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16)

Jesus, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God and there is no other.

Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16:17)

Father, please reveal who Jesus is to the Episcopal Church.

Saturday, October 21, 2006


10/21/2006, #27, 4th Quarter 2006

So when they did not agree among themselves, (Acts 28:25a)

LORD, there is little agreement among your people, have mercy on us.

they departed after Paul had said one word: (Acts 28:25b)

Jesus, many are leaving the Episcopal Church -- some going one way, some another -- have mercy on us.

"The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers, saying," (Acts 28:25c)

Holy Spirit, help us hear what you have said in the past and are saying in the present.

"'Go to this people and say: "Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive;"'" (Acts 28:26)

Father, our hearts have grown cold, or even worse, lukewarm. Have mercy on us and restore our hearing and our sight.

"'"For the hearts of this people have grown dull. their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,"'" (Acts 28:27a)

Father, help us make the choice to open our ears to your word and our eyes to see what you are doing.

"'"Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them."'" (Acts 28:27b)

Holy Spirit, bring us to repentance and understanding so that we may be healed. Please heal the wounds in the Body of Christ.

"Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!" (Acts 28:28)

Jesus, all around us are those who are hearing and receiving the gospel; help us in the Episcopal Church to hear and receive it.

And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves. (Acts 28:29)

Jesus, there is a great dispute raging in the Episcopal Church among its leaders and people, have mercy on us and help us turn to you.

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, (Acts 28:30)

Holy Spirit, please help Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bp. Bill, and all our clergy and lay leaders receive those who come to them. Help them receive them with the good news of what Jesus has done for us.

preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. (Acts 28:31)

Father, help all our apostolic leaders preach the kingdom of God and teach the things which concern our Lord Jesus Christ. Help them do this with all confidence, no one forbidding them. Thank you.

Friday, October 20, 2006


10/20/2006, #26, 4th Quarter 2006

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? (Psalm 22:1)

LORD, so many have abandoned you, please do not abandon us!

O My God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. (Psalm 22:2)

Day or night, Jesus, help us be steady in crying out to you for your church and for the lost and the least.

But you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)

Holy Spirit, please move our hearts to praising Jesus so that he will be enthroned among us.

Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you delivered them. (Psalm 22:4)

Father, we in our generation make the choice to trust in you and hope for your deliverance.

They cried to you, and were delivered; they trusted in you, and were not ashamed. (Psalm 22:5)

Jesus, you are our hope, we look to you and trust you.

***** Keep praying for our Bishops, the Standing Committee and their families.

Pray for the Diocese, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and their staffs.

Pray for the Healing Center and ministry.

Pray for God's protection of every kind, His provision and His clear guidance.

Pray that no weapon formed against us will prosper.
Cry out to God for His Church. Cry out to Him for all His lost sheep. Cry out to Him for shepherds who will seek them and bring them back to Him.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


10/19/2006, #25, 4th Quarter 2006

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 19:26:08 -0400
From: Harold Carrier
Subject: Re: 10/19/2006, #24, 4th Quarter 2006

Torre and Jean,
This morning at the Prayer Meeting at St John's there was a confirmation of this feeling of impending disaster. A word was received: "Remember that I am the Lord, when all is dark, I am your light; when chaos is all around you, I am your peace; when the mountains fall before you, I am your Lord and strength." There was a strong sense that something was to happen to the world. God bless and keep us.
Hap Carrier+


10/19/2006, #24, 4th Quarter 2006

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 11:50:04
From: David Bena
Subject: RE: something to pray and discern

Send it out to the diocesan prayer network. Thanks. We all need to have an intense season of prayer right now.


From: Torre and Jean Bissell []
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 11:24 AM
To: Bishops
Subject: something to pray and discern

Dear Bishops, Thurs. Oct. 19, 2006
Torre thinks I need to pass this on to you for your discernment and prayer.
This morning Howard Smith called me to say that he had a strong sense yesterday afternoon that something bad was going to happen. Last time he had that sense was just before 9/11. He didn't know what to do so he just prayed for protection for his family. The sense came back even stronger this morning so he called me to pray for discernment. I felt it was from God. We didn't know whether it was for family, larger group, nation??? so we prayed together for protection in general and against whatever it is.
I called Torre about it and he got a word. Again, don't know if it is happening now or about to happen. The word is: You are in My hands. Pray for those who are perishing. I love them and they are dying. Hear My word to you. This is a time of testing. I love every lost sheep. I ask you to cry out to Me for shepherds to bring lost sheep back to Me.
I called Howard back and he said it fit with his sense of things. So we will pray, mostly in tongues and pass this on to you for your discernment and prayer.

Jean Bissell


10/19/2006, #23, 4th Quarter 2006

Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)

Holy Spirit, please show us those things in ourselves and in our daily life which get in the way of following Jesus. Help us take up our cross daily and follow Jesus wherever he wants to lead us.

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it."(Luke 9:24)

Jesus, so much of the Episcopal Church is clutching at this present life that it is in danger of losing eternity with you. Show us in this diocese how to let go of our present lives for your sake so that we gain eternal glory with you.

"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?"(Luke 9:25)

Holy Father, all around us we see people making choices that lead to destruction -- people are grasping at what can only disappoint. Help us choose Jesus daily.

"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."(Luke 9:26)

Jesus, at its General Convention the Episcopal Church was ashamed of you and could not even bring itself to say that you are "the way, the truth, and the life." Please have mercy on us and bring us to true and lasting repentance and conversion.

"I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."(Luke 9:27)

LORD, please give us eyes to see your kingdom and ears to hear what you are saying to your church. Thank you.

***** Keep praying for our Bishops, Standing Committeeand and other Diocesan committees, staff, SLC and staff. Healing ministry. Pray for spiritual and physical protection, provision and clear guidance. Cry out to the Lord for His Church.

***** (Jackie Jones-Gloversville) Last night, Trinity Gloversville had a prayer vigil for life, from 6 PM to Midnight. We are standing with the national group, Bound 4 Life. You may or may not know that on Election Day, South Dakota will decided whether they will uphold a complete ban on abortion, with the exception of saving the mother's life, or if they will defeat the ban. Pro-life folks strongly believe that if South Dakotans uphold the ban, the matter will end up at the Supreme Court and may be the end of Roe v. Wade.
Many in the Body of Christ are standing together in prayer, begging God's forgiveness for the plague of abortion, begging His forgiveness for inadvertently making those who have had abortions, or have been affected by them, feel like sinners beyond hope. We also believe that other states will ban abortion, if South Dakota is successful.
Please stand with us in prayer. We are praying and fasting in earnest, until Election Day. With the exception of tomorrow, every Wednesday, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, my secretary, Judy and I hold a silent siege on the Capital steps in Albany. Judy holds a silent siege on Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, in Schenectady, by Planned Parenthood. This involves prayer and praise in silence. We wear tape over our mouths, with the word, "LIFE" on it, to signify that the unborn have no voice. We are the voice of the voiceless.

***** Pray for healing for Dn. Polly Bailey, Dns. Roy and Faye Van Dermark, Georgina (new tumor on pelvis) and Jean Mumford and Isabel, George Marshall, Marianne Gorchov., Greg Bailey and Robin Uhr (Bp. Dave)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


10/18/2006, #22, 4th Quarter 2006

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call on the LORD? (Psalm 14:4)

LORD, please bring the workers of iniquity to repentance and protect your people.

There they are in great fear, for God is with the generation of the righteous. (Psalm 14:5)

Holy Spirit, thank you for visiting this generation of your people; help us fear God so that we may gain wisdom. (From Psalm 111:10)

You shame the counsel of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge. (Psalm 14:6)

As our days are, Lord Jesus, so let our strength be. You are our refuge, and underneath are your everlasting arms. Thank you! (From Deuteronomy 33:25b, 27a)

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)

Father, so many congregations of your people are captive to unbelieving bishops and diocese: please let your salvation flow out to them and bring your captives out of bondage so that they may rejoice in you. Thank you.

***** Don't give up praying for our Bishops, Standing Committee, Diocese: clergy, staff, congregations for the Lord to accomplish his will and purposes. Pray for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and the Healing Ministry. Pray for the Lord to pour out His Spirit with repentance, healing, lives made new in this diocese and area. Pray for protection, good health, strength and clear guidance from the Lord.

Pray for all Christians everywhere who are being persecuted.

***** (From our son, Jonathan, about a student in his school) Below is a quote from the blog of (Fumi) Mori [excuse her English – she’s a lower level student], the Japanese student who recently led a fellow student to Christ. Note the sentence I put in bold letters…
“Today, (Tuesday) I had witnness in Washington park. That was tough. Especially, people today doesn't want to listening Gospel. At last, one of the girl freshmen said to me "DON'T TRY TO ME" She really does not want to listen Gospel from me. umm... some times happen. It's same situation to tokyo. so, I don't worry about that. I can just to pray for her. and continualy preaching Gospel in here. Because, If we will stop to share Gospel, We will die in spiritual life. Thank you for your daily pray. Please pray continualy for my ny life. For that will be evangelical and biblical wherenever I life.”

***** (The Rev. Anne Curtin) Will you please announce this is your emails? I know it conflicts with Bishop Salmon's talk but Bishop Dave has given us permission to go ahead with it.
"When God Doesn't Answer" with Rev. Nigel Mumford

Nov. 4, 2006 at Holy Cross Church, 138 Eighth Street, Troy

This is a workshop and healing service on Saturday, November 4 at Holy Cross. It is designed for those who are having or have had those dark times when God seems far away or even ignoring us. All are welcome and may participate in either or both the workshop and healing service.
The workshop will begin with coffee at 8:30 AM and the talks will go from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. A Healing Service will follow. Lunch will be provided. Lunch and the workshop and service are at no cost but an optional love offering will be taken.
Although there is no cost for the workshop we would appreciate you registering by calling Mother Anne Curtin at 518 755 3325 so we can have the number of folks who need lunch.
For further information, please call Mother Anne at the number above.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


10/17/2006, #21, 4th 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 long to flee from these present troubles in the church and society -- help me to put my trust in you and be steady.

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 Jesus, the wicked plot evil schemes against your people -- please defeat their plans.

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

Holy Spirit, the foundations of our faith in Jesus are being attacked -- and by leaders and teachers in the church; show us what to do. Guide Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bp. Bill as they minister to those inside and outside the diocese.

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, you are in heaven; thank you that we are never out of your sight. Refine and purify your people, Lord.

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

Father, teach us by your Holy Spirit to love your ways.

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

LORD, even now bring those who have chosen wickedness to repentance.

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

Holy Spirit, help us love what you love. Thank you.

***** Keep praying for our Bishops, clergy, Standing Committee and other Diocesan committees, the Diocese and staff, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and staff, the Healing Center, the Sisters, for protection, provision and guidance.

Cry out to the Lord for His church. Pray for repentance, changed hearts and lives, eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to respond.

Pray for healing in the Diocese: Dn. Polly Bailey, Dns. Roy and Faye Van Dermark, Georgina ( new tumor on pelvis) and Jean Mumford and Isabel, George Marshall, Marianne Gorchov, Greg Bailey and Robin Uhr (Bp. Dave)

Monday, October 16, 2006


10/16/2006, #20, 4th Quarter 2006

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? (Micah 7:18a)

Father, thank you for pardoning our sins, for passing over them because they are covered by the blood of your son, Jesus.

He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in mercy. (Micah 7:18b)

Thank you, Father, that your delight is in showing mercy. Help us by your Holy Spirit to turn to you and receive your mercy.

He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. (Micah 7:19a)

Jesus, my iniquities need subduing. Please help me turn to you day by day.

You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19b)

LORD, the sins of the Episcopal Church stink to heaven; have mercy on us and cleanse your church, restore us and cast our sins away from us.

You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn to our fathers from days of old. (Micah 7:20)

Jesus, you are truth; restore truth to the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


10/15/2006, #19, 4th Quarter 2006

Being reviled, we bless; (1 Corinthians 4:12b)

Holy Spirit, help us bless those who revile us.

being persecuted, we endure; (1 Corinthians 4:12c)

Holy Spirit, help us grow in endurance.

being defamed, we entreat. (1 Corinthians 4:13a)

Holy Spirit, help us pray for those who defame us.

We have been made as the filth of the world, (1 Corinthians 4:13b)

Jesus, though the world sees us as dirt, you have washed and cleansed us with your blood; thank you.

the offscouring of all things until now. (1 Corinthians 4:13c)

Father, though the world rejects those who love your ways, you have made us righteous through the cleansing power of your Holy Spirit; thank you.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


10/14/2006, #18, 4th Quarter 2006

Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. (Matthew 13:5)

LORD, break up the stony places in my heart so that your word can be planted there and flourish. You know where those hard and intractable places are in my life; please work in them at your good pleasure.

And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; (Matthew 13:14)

LORD, help me to hear and see.

A word received: I Am. I Am in your hearing and seeing. Ask me for my blessing on your hearing and seeing. I want to be Lord of your eyes and ears.

Holy Spirit, help me surrender to you what I look at and what I listen to.

But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; (Matthew 13:16)

Thank you for this blessing.


10/14/2006, #17, 4th 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)

Thank you, LORD, for all that you have done and made.

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

Jesus, we are surrounded by your bounty; please help us be wise stewards of all that you have put in our care.

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

Holy Spirit, help us enter into the play and joy of your creation.

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

Father, we also wait on you for your provision for us. Thank you for all that you have done for me.

Another Sunday School Lesson has been posted at:

Christ Church Coxsackie
St. Andrew's, Scotia

This is a workshop in two, consecutive sessions on Tuesday, October 17 and 18 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at St, Andrew's Scotia.
This is designed to reach the commuters of the capital region who seek a deeper knowledge of life in the Holy Spirit, and practical application of His power.
Presenters are Jean Nolting and Rev. Susan Baker-Borjeson of Christ Church.
There will be prayer following each session for individuals and groups.
There is no cost but would appreciate registration. Please call St.Andrew's Scotia at 518-374-8391 or Christ Church 518-731-9883 to register and for directions.
A love offering for Jean Nolting will be gathered and is entirely optional.

Friday, October 13, 2006



Jesus Shares the Good News
Theme: Good News to Share
Theme Verse: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10b NIV
Readings: Mark 1:14-20, Luke 5:1-7
Memory Verse: "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18)

Notice God's timing. John the Baptist's work of preparation was over and it was time for Jesus to begin. We too need to be sensitive to God's timing, so we neither run ahead nor fall behind. "The time is fulfilled" refers to the time of God's fulfilling all those prophecies in the Old Testament about a coming Messiah and Shepherd. God's Kingdom (God's rule on earth) was breaking into their history and time. (Mark 1:15 is the Good News in a nutshell.)---and they had to make a choice. The choice was to "repent", turn away, from evil thoughts and deeds and their own ways and turn to Jesus and believe in the good news of God which confronted them. (Jesus came to save us from the ways of death in us and give us life!) John's arrest would provoke fear in some but God is still in charge here. Sometimes we too are fearful to speak out for Jesus. A word received: I Am. You are in My hands, don't be afraid to point to Me and My kingdom.

Part of the Good News is that Jesus is seeking us out and calling us to "follow me". When we respond to Jesus, we do not need to know the way or the future because we are following the one who IS THE WAY, and holds the future in his hands. "My times are in your hands." (Psalm 31:15)

Jesus sees Peter and Andrew fishing and says to them, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." A word received: I want you to seek out others for My sake and the sake of My kingdom. A word received: Do not be afraid, I Am speaking My word all around you. Listen to My voice, speak My words to the people I Am bringing. It is Jesus who will make us into fishers of men. As we yield our lives to him and follow him and listen, Jesus will equip us as we obey. Word received: I Am calling My people to tell what I have done for all people. How did these disciples respond when Jesus called them? -- immediately! A word received: My disciples responded immediately when I called. That is what I want you to do too. Respond immediately when I call you.

This reminds us of the way Abraham responded to God's call. Do we delay when the Lord calls us? Do we say, "Yes, after I do this or that."? The time to repent is always "Now".

Now look at Luke's version. It gives us some other details. Look at how spiritually hungry the crowds were -- they "pressed upon him to hear the word of God." Jesus' humanity also shows here. He was being pushed around! He needed a little breathing room so he could teach the people. Peter willingly loans Jesus his boat.

Then Jesus speaks to Peter, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." We can read "the deep" here both literally and symbolically. "The deep" was where the fish were and "the deep" was Jesus asking Peter to act beyond his own experience and knowledge in obedience to Jesus' word. Of course, Peter objected -- after all he was the fisherman and Jesus was a carpenter as well as a traveling rabbi! We can imagine his tone of voice (!) -- but he obeyed at Jesus word. That is the important part. Prayer: Help me to lay aside my training and experience to hear your guidance. Thank you. Simon was willing to leave his understanding and training behind at Jesus' word.

God wants us to put everything we are and all that we have at his disposal. He wants to teach us his word and his ways in our own vocabulary and lives -- like he tells the fishermen they will catch men.

A word received: Listen to Me and then obey. That is what Simon did. When Simon thought he couldn't do any more, Jesus asked him to try one more time -- and that is when he reaped a huge harvest. When we're tired and Jesus asks for more---lean into him and you will have his strength.

Simon Peter is stunned at the huge catch of fish. He doesn't really know who Jesus is yet, but he recognizes that something supernatural is going on and he is afraid.

Always when we see who Jesus is we can see who we are clearly. Always when we see ourselves and recognize him, he says to us, "Do not be afraid." Like Job when he encounters the Living God, he put his hand to his mouth and "repents in dust and ashes."

Jesus tells Peter and the others, "Don't be afraid," and calls them to follow him and be his disciples. He tells them they will be catching men. [Note their fishing was not with hooks and like hunting. They found out where the fish were and cast their nets (a gentle way).]

When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. [They didn't start a new fishing business!] A word received: When they left their nets they left their livelihood and trusted that I will provide. When you hear Me call, know that I will provide when you answer. Very often when people come face to face with the truth they will walk away from their old ways and work and life and follow Jesus.

Look at the people Jesus called -- they were fishermen, small businessmen, tax collectors, zealots -- ordinary people -- not the scribes and leaders and "big shots". Jesus wants everyone to follow him. [He is not elitist like many of the leaders and like the Gnostics, "Christian" and pagan, who despised ordinary people.] He came to call sinners to new life and he teaches these ordinary men to share this Good News. What is the Good News for you in this lesson? How is Jesus calling you to follow him? What is he asking you to leave behind?

Jesus' call to repent, believe the Good News and leave your old life behind and follow him comes to us all -- but in many ways. Are we prepared to respond to Jesus' call? -- immediately?

Teaching Ideas for Lesson 08
Please read the Study Guide first. Go over Memory Verse to make sure the children understand it and then if they have memorized it.

Remind them their parents need to sign a report slip monthly if they have read the lessons, so they will get credit at the end of the year.

Make sure they know what happened in the story. Get them to tell you.

Basic points of the lesson for little ones:
1.When Jesus calls us, he wants us to listen & obey immediately.

2. When Jesus asks us to do something, He will teach us and help us understand what we need to know to follow Him.

3. We can trust Jesus. He will always show the way. Jesus holds us in His hands. He doesn't want us to be afraid.

4. Jesus wants us to share His love with others that we meet.

Suggestion for older kids: tell the story with you in it. Who are you and how do you react? What are you thinking? Use the senses to make it more real.


10/13/2006, #16, 4th Quarter 2006

Now it came to pass, afterward, that he went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, (Luke 8:1)

Jesus, through the power and anointing of your Holy Spirit, please pass through every city and village in this diocese with preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. Anoint Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave, Bp. Bill and Bp. David and all our clergy -- all you send forth -- that they will proclaim your kingdom with the anointing of your Holy Spirit.

and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities--Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for him from their substance. (Luke 8:2-3)

Thank you, Jesus, for those women who have heard the call to serve you: the Sisters of St. Mary, the Daughters of the King, the many priests and deacons who follow you, and all the lay women who minister in this diocese.

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. (Micah 4:1)

LORD, we pray that you will be exalted in this diocese and that peoples shall flow into your house.

Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; he will teach us his ways, and we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Micah 4:2)

Thank you, Father, for the thousands who have been drawn to the healing ministry and the various teaching ministries at the Spiritual Life Center. Thank you that your word has gone forth from there to the nations. Bless the staff of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and all who serve in diocesan ministries. Thank you.

***** Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 23:08:52 -0400
From: "David Bena"
Subject: RE: Greg's health update from Trudy
My dear Trudy
My heart goes out to you as you wait. Please know that Mary Ellen and I are in prayer for you and Greg. I am contacting our diocesan prayer warriors, Torre and Jean Bissell, so that they can get the prayer warriors of the diocese praying for Greg.
Sent: Thu 10/12/2006 9:41 PM
To: David Bena
Subject: Greg's health update from Trudy
Dear Bishop Dave,
I wanted you to know that Greg is having a heart catherization on Tues. Oct. 17 at Crouse Irving in Syracuse. We already know that there is extensive calcification and probably multiple blockages. He is NOT a candidate for open heart surgery or a stent. They may be able to do angioplasty, or there is a very real possibility that can do nothing. He is at 25% risk with this procedure because of his other health issues and only having one lung. I am counting on the other 75%, and of course, God. Greg told me yesterday that he is getting sicker everyday and asked me please not to ask him to lie down. He said I will lay down when Jesus calls me home and not before. So, he continues everyday to go to the nursing home and whatever else God is calling him to do. I am doing my best to do as he asks, but it is difficult. I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he would stop trusting me so much.
Please pass this along to Bishop Bill and anyone else who is a prayer warrior. Just pray, pray,pray.
For His Sake,

Thursday, October 12, 2006


10/12/2006, #15, 4th Quarter 2006

Psalm 134: A Song of Ascents.

LORD, please help us to keep on the pilgrim's path, help us encourage one another as we go.

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 to be faithful servants of your son, Jesus.

Holy Spirit, help us bless Jesus day by day.

Jesus, help us stand in your presence, to love you and serve you.

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

LORD, when we come into your sanctuary, help us lift up our hands to you in praise, thanksgiving and worship; help us bless you, help us be a blessing to others.

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

LORD, we long for your blessing. You have made us and we are yours, we are the work of your hand. Thank you.

A word received: Keep crying out to me for my people. I Am grieving over their sin and blindness and hardness of heart.

***** Sunday School lessons 6 and 7 have been posted at:

***** Please pray for the team and candidates of Men's Cursillo Weekend #52 which takes place at the Spiritual Life Center starting tonight and running through Sunday.

John Hyde, Coordinator, Hoosick Falls
Fr. Dan Moore, Gouvenuer
Fr. Craig Hacker, Waddington
Dcn. Jay North, Gloversville
Dave Dussault, Ballston Lake
Leslie Crichton, Herkimer
Tony Ploufe, Westport
John Radigan, Saranac Lake
Tim Schlachter, Greenfield Center
Bill Finucane, Essex
Randy Lucas, New Lebanon
Larry Skramstad, Lake Luzerne
Music Team: Ray Farrara, Don Rohr, Gary Roosa

David Glowinski, Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls
Shafi Thomas, Trinity, Watervliet
Theodore Knebel, St. Mark's, Hoosick Falls
Peter Bombard, Church of the Messiah, Glens Fall
Lawrence Hubert, Christ Church, Schenectady
Donald Dudden, Grace Church, Waterford
John Gracey, Christ Church, Schenectady
George Ovitt, St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne
Gardner North, St. Andrews, Scotia
Dane Elwell, St. Andrews, Scotia
David Sullivan, St James, Ausable Forks
Steven George, St. Andrews, ScotiaBob Cartwright, St Mark's, Malone

Wednesday, October 11, 2006



The 1st Disciples Follow Jesus
Theme: Good News to Share
Theme Verse: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10b NIV
Readings: John 1:35-51
Memory Verse: "Then Nathanael declared, 'Rabbi, you are the son of God; you are the King of Israel.'" John 1:49

The Jewish culture of Jesus' day had a special understanding of being a disciple. In some ways it is similar to the medieval European ideas of apprentices. A rabbi or Master would choose his disciples or apprentices. They would come and live with him, travel with him and learn everything he knew and copy not only his specialty but how he lived his life. (See note at the end.)

John the Baptist had his disciples as did many of the ancient prophets like Elisha and Elijah. (See 1 Kings 19:19-21 for the calling of Elisha, and 2 Kings 2:1-3 for another reference to schools of disciples.) John the Baptist was special in his humility and in the way he was able to release his own disciples to follow one greater than himself -- Jesus. Look at what he says in John 1:29-31. 'The next day as John was standing with two of his disciples he looked at Jesus and said, "Behold the Lamb of God'." Two of his disciples heard this and left him and followed Jesus!!! John recognized that the purpose of his ministry was to point others to Jesus! Word received: I AM the Lamb of God, there is no other. Pray for hearts that will recognize Me. Do we pray for hearts to recognize Jesus as he passes by in our daily lives?

John recognized the uniqueness of Jesus. Do we? John's obedience made his witness possible. John is a model of witnessing. Word received: I want you to be like John. John was willing to let go of what was his to allow Jesus to use it. Are we?

Jesus notices the two following him and asks, "What do you seek?" This is one of many times when Jesus ( who already knew) asks people questions like this. "Do you want to be healed?" "What do you want me to do for you?" "Who do you say that I am?" Word received: What do you (underline you) seek when you come after Me? I AM the Bread of Life; do you seek new life from Me? Come to Me and I will give you Living Bread.

Jesus already knew what people wanted or needed and was giving them a chance to put their thoughts into words and come directly to him and ask for it. He wants us to do the same. It's OK if we don't have enough faith or insight to know what Jesus can really do in our particular situation. We just need to come to him where we're at. Often later we can look back and see how much more God did for us than what we asked for. But it is important to ask. Jesus can meet our need at whatever stage we are at. Do we seek wisdom? He can give it. Do we seek healing? He is the healer. Do we want to know God as Father? He can show us the Father. Do we seek the truth? Jesus is the truth and there is no deceit in him. Whatever we seek, Jesus can use it to bring us to Himself as Savior and Lord (Master).

Do we only want some blessing or do we want Jesus himself? When the two answered, Rabbi, where are you staying? they made clear that they wanted to be with him and get to know him better. Remember the pattern of disciples living with and following a rabbi. How much time do we spend with the one we call Lord? Word received: Ask Me and I will show you the way to find new life in Me. Do we want to be Jesus' disciples??? Do we want everything Jesus has to give and teach us or do we want to pick and choose -- to retain control of our own lives -- or surrender our live to Jesus and follow him -- wherever he leads?

Jesus recognizes that they are interested in being his disciples and invites them to "Come and see" -- to check it out. Word received: That's an open invitation to you (underline you) I am inviting you to come and see. God gives the same invitation to us and through us to others.

So Andrew and the other man came, saw and stayed with Jesus that day. Look at Andrew's heart. He immediately thinks of his brother. (As a family they must have been seriously longing for the Messiah.) Andrew always focused on others. He overheard John the Baptist, spent some time with Jesus and went to get Peter and introduced him to Jesus. Word received: I want you to see My people. I want to open your eyes to see those who need to meet Me. Andrew was the one who spotted the little boy with the lunch and brought him to Jesus who used it to feed the 5,000! The first thing Andrew did the next day was to find his brother. He wastes not time in sharing the Good News. Word received: I don't want you to waste time either. My Good News is important -- important enough to save lives.

Notice the pattern here that repeats itself with Andrew and Philip. They observed Jesus, spent time with him and introduced a friend to him. This is often called Friendship Evangelism. Philip finds his friend Nathanael and brings him to Jesus. His answer to Nathanael's question is the same as Jesus' answer, "Come and See". Prayer: Help us to hear your call to us. Show us who we are to tell. Give us words of introduction so we can invite others to 'come and see'. Word received: Know Me.

Another pattern is when Jesus goes and finds Philip and calls him to "Follow Me". Word received: That is My invitation to you too: Follow Me. Jesus called Matthew the same way. (Matthew 9:9-10) Matthew in turn invites his co-workers.

Jesus knows your name! Notice that Jesus already knows all about each person he calls and who comes to him. He knows Peter and gives him a name that will not fit till after the Resurrection and Pentecost. Nathanael is cynical and asks how do you know my name? Then he is stunned when Jesus tells Nathanael he saw him under the Fig tree and knew what he was doing. That convinces Nathanael that something supernatural is going on and convinces him to follow Jesus.

NOTE: The Fig tree was a traditional place for rabbi's disciples to study the scriptures. Nathanael would have known the law and prophecies. He sees that Jesus was the one pointed to. The Fig tree was also used as a symbol for peace and prosperity (to sit under your vine and fig tree). and as a symbol for the nation. The blighted fig tree symbolized national peril or God's judgment. (Hosea 2:12 and Luke 13: 6-9).

What should we be doing? Word received: Look at your day -- how many opportunities do you miss because you just didn't see them? Ask Me to open your eyes, your spiritual eyes too and I will show you the opportunities. Word received: Are you so caught up in your own day and your own way that your can't see My way or My day?

Even though their understanding of who Jesus was is very inadequate, they left everything behind and followed him. To recognize who Jesus is, however imperfectly, is a call to follow him. A missionary in Nepal described his thinking before his conversion during high school, " something I had always referred to as "god" -- a god, however, that was for me more of a concept to be acknowledged than a person to be encountered." ( p13, Don't let the goats eat the Loquat Trees by Thomas Hale, Zondervan c. 1986)

The response of these men was to follow Jesus. They didn't just say "How nice" and do nothing. It was not just an interesting fact that he was the Messiah, it changed their lives. Prayer: Jesus help me to proclaim you and follow you.

NOTE: Look at all the names given for Jesus in this passage: Lamb of God vs29, 36 , Holy Spirit will remain on him, vs.32, will baptize with Holy Spirit vs.33 , Son of God vs.34,49 Son of Man, vs.51, Rabbi vs.38, Messiah vs. 41, the one Moses wrote about, vs.45, Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph vs.45, King of Israel vs. 49.

NOTE: The people of Israel were longing for a Messiah, a political warrior and king who would deliver them from foreign rule. That was why Jesus often told his followers not to say he was the Messiah till he had re-interpreted it. The term Lamb of God would have a familiar ring because of Temple sacrifices and the Passover but they couldn't understand it really till after Jesus' death and resurrection. Similarly the term "son(s) of God" would have been understood as a reference to the King, or to worshipers of God rather than as they later understood it. (Could also refer to members of a guild or profession "sons of the prophets" or "sons of the singers".) Sometimes it referred to the whole of Israel (Jeremiah 31:20 "Is Ephraim my dear son?")

Teaching Ideas for Lesson 07
Please read the Study Guide first. Go over Memory Verse to make sure the children understand it and then if they have memorized it.

Remind them their parents need to sign a report slip monthly if they have read the lessons, so they will get credit at the end of the year.

Make sure they know what happened in the story. Get them to tell you.

Basic points of the lesson for little ones:
1.Jesus want you to know and recognize Him as the Son of God.

2. Jesus wants you to be one of his disciples. What is your answer to Him?

3. Whenever you have questions, Jesus wants you to come to Him.

4. Jesus has a plan for you and He want you to seek that plan.

5. Jesus wants you to come to Him everyday, and follow Him every day.



PRAYER WALK: praying and sharing.
Theme: Good News to Share
Theme Verse: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10b NIV
Memory Verse: "Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18 (Pre-K to grade 3)

Words received for Prayer Walk October 15, 2006

Psalm 100:2 Word received: Come into My presence with singing and go forth with singing. When the classes go forth to pray and walk, I want them to begin with singing.

Psalm 100:4 Word received: When the class returns (from prayer walking) I want them to give thanks to Me.

Word received: You are walking with my cross in hand. I want you to hold on to my cross as you walk. I want you to know the cost of redeeming the neighborhood around Christ Church. There is no "cheap grace" in this; there is only grace, abundant grace and mercy.

Teaching Ideas for Lesson 06
Please read the Study Guide first. Go over Memory Verse to make sure the children understand it and then if they have memorized it.
Remind them their parents need to sign a report slip monthly if they have read the lessons, so they will get credit at the end of the year.
Make sure they know what happened in the story. Get them to tell you.
Basic points of the lesson for little ones:
1. Stretch out your arms wide to show the little ones how big Jesus' love and forgivenss are. Then give them a cross and tell them that is what Jesus did: he stretched out his arms of love on the cross.


10/11/2006, #14, 4th Quarter 2006

Psalm 128: A Song Of Ascents.

LORD, help us ascend into your presence as we worship you.

Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways. (Psalm 128:1)

LORD, please bring us to the freedom of fearing only you so that we may walk faithfully in your ways.

When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. (Psalm 128:2)

Jesus, we ask your blessing on our labor so that it is well with us.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table. (Psalm 128:3)

Thank you for the children you have given us: help them to grow in you. We pray, Father, that every child will have a home where it is loved and nourished. We pray for those who cannot produce children that they will find the freedom to adopt. Thank you, Father, for giving us your Spirit of adoption and making us your children; thank you for adopting us.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. (Psalm 128:4)

Holy Spirit, please guide us into every blessing you have for us.

The LORD bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. (Psalm 128:5)

Father, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper who love it. We pray for peace inside its city walls and prosperity among all its people. For our brethren and friends' sake we say, "Peace be with you, Jerusalem!" Because this is the city you have made your own, Father, we will seek its good by prayer and deed. (From Psalm 122:6-9)

Yes, may you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel! (Psalm 128:6)

Thank you for your provision for us, Jesus.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


10/10/2006, #13, 4th Quarter 2006

When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. (Psalm 126:1)

LORD, we live in the hope of the resurrection, and we live in hope of the restoration of the Episcopal Church.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." (Psalm 126:2)

LORD, you have done great things for us, thank you.

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad. (Psalm 126:3)

LORD, thank you for the joy you give us as we turn to you.

Bring back our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South. (Psalm 126:4)

Holy Spirit, your church is captive to the empty philosophies of this age: please bring us back to you.

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. (Psalm 126:5)

Jesus, we weep for your church: bring us back to you.

He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:6)

No matter what the rest of the church does or doesn't do, Father, help us go forth bearing the seed of the gospel. We know that if we preach Jesus, even with weeping, we shall bring in a rich harvest for you. Thank you.

***** Keep on praying for all our Bishops: travel mercies and refreshment for Bp. Dan and Bp. Bill and wisdom and strength for Bp. Dave. Pray for God's protection, strength, peace, health and clear guidance from the Holy Spirit for them, their families, the Standing Committee and other committees, the Diocese and staff, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and staff, the Healing ministry and youth ministries.
Cry out to the Lord for His church and His people.
Pray for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit to turn God's people back to him in repentance and changed hearts and minds.
Cry out for those who are being persecuted for Jesus' sake.

Monday, October 09, 2006


10/9/2006, #12, 4th Quarter 2006

A word received (10/8/06): Keep asking for eyes to see.

A word received (10/9/06): I Am calling my church back to me. I Am calling my bride to me. Pray for listening ears. Pray for this day by day.

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