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Thursday, November 30, 2006

 

11/30/2006, #71, 4th Quarter 2006

"In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness." (Zechariah 13:1)

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.
Washed all my sins away, washed all my sins away;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more, be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.

Then in a nobler, sweeter song, I’ll sing Thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.
Lies silent in the grave, lies silent in the grave;
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.

Lord, I believe Thou hast prepared, unworthy though I be,
For me a blood bought free reward, a golden harp for me!
’Tis strung and tuned for endless years, and formed by power divine,
To sound in God the Father’s ears no other name but Thine.


(by William Cowper, 1772)

"It shall be in that day," says the LORD of hosts, "that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land." (Zechariah 13:2)

Lord Jesus, cut off all the idolatries from the Episcopal Church and cause its false prophets and unclean spirit to depart from it. Refine us as silver is refined and test us as gold is tested so that we will call on your name, and you will answer and say to us, "This is my people," and each of us will say, "The LORD is my God." (From Zechariah 13:9)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 

11/29/2006, #70, 4th Quarter 2006

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

Jesus, please help us enter into this blessing by fearing you and walking 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)

Father, our hearts' desire is that our labor would be fruitful for your kingdom.

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)

Holy Spirit, please pour out your blessings on family life throughout this diocese.

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

LORD, please give the men in this diocese a desire to fear you and enter into your blessing.

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

LORD, we choose to receive your blessing and desire to see your goodness poured out on all your people.

Yes, may you see your children's children. (Psalm 128:6a)

Jesus, please let the families in every parish in this diocese be fruitful. Bless us with children and children's children. Please give all of us the joy of seeing our parishes filled with people and children of all ages.

Peace be upon Israel! (Psalm 128:6b)

Grace to us and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (From Ephesians 1:2)


***** Words received for a Sunday School lesson in January

"Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East and have come to worship him." (Matthew 2:2)

A word received: Seek me with the same persistence the wise men had.

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (Matthew 2:3)

A word received: There will always be trouble when I am proclaimed as king and lord.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. (Matthew 2:4)

A word received: It is not enough to inquire as Herod, you must have a heart that seeks after me and my ways.

So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:" (Matthew 2:5)

A word received: It is not enough to know the scriptures as the chief priests and scribes did, I want you to take them into your heart.

"'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'" (Matthew 2:6)

A word received: I want you to respond to this good news now, in your own lives. Don't be just a passive onlooker.

***** An Ecumenical Ceremony of Remembrance

Come and remember your family members and loved ones who have died. Each person will be given a candle to light in memory and is invited to bring an ornament to place on our Tree of Remembrance. Refreshments will follow the service.

Place: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 107 State St. Albany, NY

Date: Tuesday December 12, 2006.
Time: 7:30 pm

Please call the church office at 518-434-3502 if you would like the name of your departed loved ones printed in the program and read at the service

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

 

11/28/2006, #69, 4th Quarter 2006

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. (Psalm 125:1)

LORD, help us place our whole trust in you so that we may stand fast and not be moved.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 125:2)

Jesus, you are our good shepherd and guide; please surround us with your arms of love.

For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity. (Psalm 125:3)

Holy Spirit, protect us from deception by those whose gospel is power and property and not the blood of Jesus shed for our sins.

Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. (Psalm 125:4)

Father, please purify our hearts with the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit.

As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them away with the workers of iniquity. (Psalm 125:5a)

Jesus, please save all who have a heart to repent. Don't let your little ones be led astray to crooked ways.

Peace be upon Israel! (Psalm 125:5b)

LORD, please let your peace come to your people in these troubled times in the church.

***** Cry out to the Lord for His Church and for this Diocese.

Keep praying for our Bishops for protection, strength, wisdom and clear guidance in what they say and do. Pray for the Lord to protect them from any traps set for them and that no weapon formed against them will prosper.

Pray for the Standing Committee and all the committees and staff of the Diocese and the Spiritual Life Center.

Pray for the healing ministry to prosper and grow throughout the Diocese.

Pray for a time of repentance that comes from God during this advent. Pray for the conversion of church leaders who are preaching another gospel. Pray for a Damascus Road experience for Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori and the other leaders of the Episcopal Church.

Pray for God's protection, provision and clear guidance for Christ's Church, its clergy, leaders and people. Pray that God will accomplish His purposes in and through us.

***** Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 23:19:28 -0500
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Subject: Re: Please publicize

Dear Torre,

Will you please let everyone know about our workshop and healing service this weekend? Holy Cross Church Troy (138 Eighth Street) is hosting on Saturday December 2 "Beyond the Serenity Prayer" lead by Rev. Susan Baker - Borjenson who is a practicing clinician and substance abuse counselor as well as pastor and healer.

The workshop starts at 9:00 am with coffee at 8:30 AM. The healing service starts at 2:00 PM. People can come to both or either. We will provide lunch and donations are welcome but not necessary.

Thanks

Peace,

Anne

Monday, November 27, 2006

 

11/27/2006, #68, 4th Quarter 2006

Then they also brought infants to him that he might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Luke 18:15-17)

Holy Spirit, help every parish that does not welcome children come to repentance. Let this Advent be a time of preparation to receive every adult and child you send us.

Father, help us receive your kingdom as little children.

Jesus, please establish Sunday Schools and youth ministries in every parish of the diocese. Help us nurture every child you send us.

LORD, bless the ministries to youth run by the diocese. Help every parish receive the assistance it needs in welcoming children and families with children into their midst.

***** Pray for the conversion of Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori and the rest of the national staff of the Episcopal Church.

Keep praying for our Bishops, the Standing Committee, all committees of the Diocese, the Diocesan staff, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and staff, Fr. Nigel and Matt Baker and staff.

Pray for the Lord's protection, strength, peace and clear guidance. Pray for an island of peace and refreshment in the midst of the storms. Pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper.

Pray the Lord to work powerfully in our diocese to accomplish His whole purpose and will for us. Pray for a mighty move of God to flood this diocese and geographical area and spread. Pray for God's people to LISTEN to His word and for His word. Pray for hearts made ready for His use.

Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people. It is not His will that any be lost. Pray for the Lord to open closed minds, eyes, ears and hearts to what he is trying to shown them. (Over and over the words we've been getting are about listening and seeing and the Lord calling to His church.) Pray for Christ Church and the Diocese that we will hear and respond to the Lord's call to us.

Prayer request from Bp. Bill. The Annual Priests’ Retreat will be held Tuesday evening, Dec. 12th through noon on Friday the 15th. This year’s retreat leader was to have been the Rt. Rev. Bill Frey. He has had a heart attack and will be having quadruple bypass surgery on Tuesday. Please pray for his recovery and that our bishops will discern who should lead the retreat in his place.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

 

11/26/2006, #67, 4th Quarter 2006

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!" (Zechariah 9:9a)

Holy Spirit, please fill our parishes with the sounds of joyful worship.

"Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!" (Zechariah 9:9b)

Father, let us be still no longer; help us shout the praises of your son, Jesus.

"Behold, your King is coming to you;" (Zechariah 9:9c)

Come into our hearts, Lord Jesus, come into our hearts!

"He is just and having salvation," (Zechariah 9:9d)

Holy Spirit, let our hearts burn with the joy of the salvation Jesus brings.

"Lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey." (Zechariah 9:9e)

Holy Spirit, please help us humble ourselves as Jesus is. Let this coming Advent truly be a coming of Jesus into our hearts and lives.

"I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem;" (Zechariah 9:10a)

Father, cut off every weapon that would be used against your faithful people.

"The battle bow shall be cut off." (Zechariah 9:10b)

LORD, we pray that no weapon formed against your faithful people will prosper.

"He shall speak peace to the nations;" (Zechariah 9:10c)

Jesus, speak your peace into our hearts; convert this nation.

"His dominion shall be 'from sea to sea," (Zechariah 9:10d)

Bring conversion to the people of Canada.

"And from the River to the ends of the earth.'" (Zechariah 9:10e)

Father, we pray that all of the nations and peoples of the earth will know your son as Lord and Savior.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

 

11/25/2006, #66, 4th Quarter 2006

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

LORD, help us rejoice in you; please help us enter into the beauty of praise and holiness.

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

Holy Spirit, please give us songs in the night and praise on our lips.

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

"Great and marvelous are your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the saints!
Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before you,
For your judgments have been manifested."
(Revelation 15:3-4)

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

Jesus, you are truth itself; please help us know you so that we may walk in truth.

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

Father, thank you for your goodness and mercy to us.

Friday, November 24, 2006

 

11/24/2006, #64, 4th Quarter 2006

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

Father, thank you for your merciful kindness.

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 us by the shedding of your blood; thank you!

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

Holy Spirit, you brought us together from all parts of this diocese and made us one body in Jesus; thank you!

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

Father, the Episcopal Church like sheep has gone astray -- it has wandered into a desolate way.

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

LORD, we cry out to you for your flock, it is hungry and thirsty for you.

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

Holy Spirit, please give the Episcopal Church a heart to cry out for mercy and deliverance; help it recognize the trouble it is in.

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

Lord Jesus, lead you people forth out of the bondage and into the place of freedom you have prepared for them.

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, give us eyes to see what you are doing and ears and hearts to hearken to what you are saying.

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

Come soon, Lord Jesus, come soon! Give us a heart to stand in the gap with you.

***** Christmas is for worship: In the midst of this busy season a night of worship has been set aside for us to stop, pause, and simply adore Him. This is not just another concert, it is a night of simplicity, a night of singing, a night of worship. Come let us gather together as gifted pianist, singer/songwriter TiffanyAnn Lewis leads us out of the hectic and into His presence.

All are welcome. Please join us for this free concert on December 10th at 7:00 pm St. Georges Episcopal Church located on Rt. 146 Clifton Park. For more information please call 371-6351.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

 

11/23/2006, #63, 4th Quarter 2006, a day to say, 'thank you' to God

Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! (Psalm 105:1)

LORD, help us make your deeds known. Thank you for all that you have done for us.

Sing to him, sing psalms to him; talk of all his wondrous works! (Psalm 105:2)

Holy Spirit, please help us sing the songs of Zion and tell of our father's wondrous deeds.

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! (Psalm 105:3)

Jesus, your very name means salvation to us -- thank you!

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his face evermore! (Psalm 105:4)

Father, we seek your face -- we desire to know you and your strength. Please give us strength to endure. As our days are, so let our strength be.

Remember his marvelous works which he has done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth, (Psalm 105:5)

Holy Spirit, please help us to be a remembering people. Help us call to mind all that you have done among us.

O seed of Abraham his servant, you children of Jacob, his chosen ones! (Psalm 105:6)

You are the LORD our God; your judgments are in all the earth. You have made us heirs of Abraham by faith and grafted us into the people of God. Thank you! (From Psalm 105:7)

A word received: Pray for listening ears.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

 

Prayer Request: Our son Jonathan is pastor of a house church in NYC...

Prayer Request: Our son Jonathan is pastor of a house church in NYC. It is part of a network of house churches that seek to reach out to international students and business people in the NYC area. The goal is to evangelize them, disciple them, and ultimately send them back to their home countries ready to start and pastor house churches there. This is an email sent out by Jonathan's mentor.

Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 10:05:52 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: Jonathan Bissell, jonathan.bissell@earthlink.net
Subject: Fw: NYC Ministry: Prayer Request

-----Forwarded Message-----
From: Kevin King
Sent: Nov 22, 2006 8:35 AM
To: Kevin.King@WorldTeam.org
Subject: NYC Ministry: Prayer Request

Hi Prayer Partners,

Many people wonder what it would is like for missionaries in least evangelized countries to sit and talk with people who have little or no understanding of Jesus or the Gospel. To become friends and show the love of Christ as we listen to their life stories is a powerful thing. Many of these same people have come to us for a short time before going back to their countries and we have the same opportunity that foreign missionaries have to sit and meet with them; actually, it is better because they want to learn about our culture and how we think.

Prayer Request: Tomorrow, we will send out 72 international students into American homes to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with a Christian family. Please pray that God would open the hearts of the students to desire to know about Jesus. Also pray that God would guide the conversations that occur that day.

Thanks for partnership with us in prayer!
Kevin

 

11/22/2006, #62, 4th Quarter 2006

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (James 4:3)

Jesus, please help us pray and ask according to the mind of your Spirit.

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)

Father, have mercy on us: the leaders of the Episcopal Church have climbed into bed with the world.

Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? (James 4:5)

Holy Spirit, draw us back to you; help the Episcopal Church repent of its adultery.

But he gives more grace. Therefore he says: "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6)

Jesus, please bring the Episcopal Church to its knees in humility and prayer so that we may receive your grace.

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

LORD, please help us submit ourselves to you and resist the devil.

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)

Father, please help us draw near to you.

Jesus, please cleanse our hands and purify our hearts.

Holy Spirit, please help us to be single-minded toward our father in heaven.

Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. (James 4:9)

Holy Father, please help us humble ourselves in your sight so that you may lift us up. (From James 4:10)

Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. (James 4:11)

Father, you are the true giver of the law; you are able to save and destroy, please help us repent of judging one another. (From James 4:12)

***** Dear Torre,
Could you kindly ask the Intercessors to pray for the Priests' Advent Retreat, Dec 12 - 15, to be led by Bishop Bill Frey. We all need this as part of our deepening conversion. Pray especially for obstacles to be overcome. Thank you.
Bishop Dan

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

 

11/21/2006, #61, 4th Quarter 2006

Then he said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones." (Luke 17:1-2)

LORD, I cry out to you for your little ones -- for the children who are denied the light of the gospel.

Jesus, I cry out to you for your little ones -- for the children who have been abused and molested.

Dad, I cry out to you for your little ones -- for the children who have never known a parent's love.

Holy Spirit, I cry out to you for your little ones -- for the children who are used as slave labor and in the sex trade.

LORD, I cry out to you for your little ones -- have mercy on them.

A word received: I Am calling my church. Pray it will listen.

Monday, November 20, 2006

 

11/20/2006, #60, 4th Quarter 2006

How long, LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire? (Psalm 89:46)

How long, Lord Jesus, before you come and cleanse your bride?

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

Father, we long to see our days spent on fruitful work for your kingdom. Help your church repent and return to the works of faith you have called us to.

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

Jesus, none of us can do this by our works, but we trust in you to do for us what we cannot. Thank you for your victory over death and the grave.

Lord, where are Your former lovingkindnesses, Which You swore to David in Your truth? (Psalm 89:49)

Lord, we long to see your bride made ready for the wedding feast; come soon, Lord Jesus, come soon!

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

Lord Jesus, we are reproached by many for we do not do the works of righteousness you have called us to. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to repent and turn to you.

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

Father, please help us willingly walk in Jesus' footsteps, whatever the cost.

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

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. (Luke 2:29-32)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

 

11/19/2006, #59, 4th Quarter 2006

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

You are our refuge and underneath us are your everlasting arms. LORD, thank you for holding us up in this present time of trouble in your church.

Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; (Psalm 46:2)

Jesus, you are our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear? You are the strength of our life; of whom shall we be afraid?

Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. (Psalm 46:3)

Jesus, you are our confidence and hope and will carry us through the turmoil ahead. Thank you.

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. (Psalm 46:4)

Father, you have sent forth that river, your Holy Spirit, so that we may be renewed and find gladness and joy. Thank you for your kindness to us. You are in the midst of us and will not let us be moved; you are our help, even now at the break of dawn. Thank you.

***** Pray for healing for Dn. Faye Van Dermark, Jean Mumford and Isabel, Father Kenyon and Mtr. Geri Bissell-Thompson

Holy Spirit, refresh and renew these your servants. Help them rest in our father's arms.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

 

11/18/2006, #58, 4th Quarter 2006

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness. The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the LORD will be a shelter for his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. (Joel 3:14-16)

A word received: Pray for the day of my threshing.
Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff.
Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies.
Pray for my will to be done.

 

11/18/2006, #57, 4th Quarter 2006

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. (Luke 16:10)

Jesus, help me embrace faithfulness in the little things; help me do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you.

Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (Luke 16:11)

Holy Spirit, move your people's hearts to faithfulness, both of this world's riches and the riches of the kingdom of God.

And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own? (Luke 16:12)

Father, you entrusted to your church the good news of your son and it has been unfaithful in that trust; have mercy on us and bring us back to you.

"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Luke 16:13)

Jesus, the Episcopal Church has tried to embrace both you and the priorities of the world and it is not working; help us by your Holy Spirit to repent and return to you. Thank you.

And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word. (1 Kings 18:21)

LORD, some in your church still falter between two opinions, but many have chosen Baal; have mercy on us and bring us back to you. Let the light of your gospel shine forth from this diocese to show the way back to you. Thank you.

***** Keep praying for our Bishops for constant travel mercies, protection, strength, provision, clear guidance and for the Lord's hand on the whole transition in our diocese. Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people. Pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare a way in all our hearts for a mighty revival and cleansing and renewing of His church and that many will come to a saving knowledge of him.
Pray that no weapon formed against diocesan leaders will prosper. Pray for their families and the families of all our clergy and lay leaders.
Pray for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, the staff, Matt Baker, the Healing ministry and Fr. Nigel, the conference today: Alan Hansen/Acts 29 "From Churchgoer To Disciple"8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Pray for the Standing Committee and other diocesan committees.

Friday, November 17, 2006

 

11/17/2006, #56, 4th Quarter 2006

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)

When we were missionaries in Eastern Nigeria in 1967 I heard a wonderful talk to school children by a Scottish Presbyterian missionary. He said that the Greek word for "doer" is "peoeôteôs" from with we also get the word "poet". He challenged us to "be poets of the word and not hearers only." That stuck with me.

"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; (Joel 2:28a)

LORD, we long for the outpouring of your Spirit!

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, (Joel 2:28b)

Jesus, please help all of our children and theirs and all the young people of this diocese to hear your word and speak it to us. Please give us ears to hear what you are saying to us through them and hearts to respond.

Your old men shall dream dreams, (Joel 2:28c)

Father, as you did with Joseph, raise up those who can interpret dreams to us.

Your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28d)

Holy Spirit, give our young men and women eyes to see what you are doing and hearts to respond to that.

And also on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:29)

Holy Spirit, come, come now, and come with more power. Please revive us and form us into a holy people. Thank you.

***** As most of you know, Marianne is recovering from her second major foot surgery in six months. During this period of time we have moved, dealt with three weeks of car trouble, (we are a one car family), and all the usual demands of family life. It would not be possible to thank individually all the people who have made this time not only bearable, but a sacred event in our lives. We know with certainty that we are part of a large and loving family of faith. We have been prayed for, fed, transported, loaned vehicles, moved, entertained, gifted and LOVED. During this time we have also celebrated the fact that we have now been at St.Paul's [Troy] for two years! To just say thank you is really not enough. We can't imagine being anywhere else. We love it here, we love St.Paul's, we love all of you and we love the good God who brought us here to grow His Kingdom of love together with you. Your brother and sister in Christ, Fr. Michael and Marianne [Gorchov]

Thursday, November 16, 2006

 

11/16/2006, #55, 4th Quarter 2006

LORD, you have been favorable to your land; you have brought back the captivity of Jacob. (Psalm 85:1)

LORD, the Episcopal Church is in captivity to the world, the flesh, and the devil; please bring us back and be favorable to us.

You have forgiven the iniquity of your people; you have covered all their sin. (Psalm 85:2)

Jesus, you have covered over our iniquity with your blood, and yet we continue to sin against you. Have mercy on us.

You have taken away all your wrath; you have turned from the fierceness of your anger. (Psalm 85:3)

Father, you have not punished us as we deserve, and yet we continue to offend you.

Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause your anger toward us to cease. (Psalm 85:4)

Holy Spirit, restore us to a right relationship with our father in heaven so that his will may be done on earth as in heaven.

Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? (Psalm 85:5)

LORD, we keep spitting in your face -- have mercy on us and help us repent so that you turn your anger from us.

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6)

Jesus, please send forth the fire of your Holy Spirit among us to revive us.

Show us your mercy, LORD, and grant us your salvation. (Psalm 85:7)

Jesus, bless all the shepherds of the flock in the Episcopal Church with a saving knowledge of you so that they may lead us to your green pastures and rest.

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)

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.

A word received (11/9/06): Listen, listen my people for my word to you. Listen as you read scripture. Listen, listen to what I Am saying to you.

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

Father, help us to fear you as the shepherds did on the night of your son's birth so that we with them may see your glory.

***** Words received for a Sunday School lesson in December:

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)

Is there room in your (underline your) heart for my son? Make room in your heart for my son? Make room in your heart for him. Cast out the affections that get in the way of having him in your heart.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. (Luke 2:8)

Pray that I will raise up shepherds to watch over my flock by day and by night.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. (Luke 2:9)

I want you to seek and see my glory. I want my glory to shine about you as you come to know me and receive me into your life and your heart.

Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people." (Luke 2:10)

I want my joy to be in you so that you can share it as you share the good news of my birth.

"For there is born to you (underline you) this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11)

I came for you (underline you).

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

 

11/15/2006, #54, 4th Quarter 2006

Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to him to hear him. (Luke 15:1)

Jesus, we too are sinners: help us draw near to you to hear you.

And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." (Luke 15:2)

Holy Spirit, please help every parish in this diocese receive sinners with the good news of Jesus' victory over sin and death.

So He spoke this parable to them, saying: (Luke 15:3)

Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to know what Jesus is saying to us by his parables.

"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?" (Luke 15:4)

Give all of us in this diocese a heart to search out the lost and the least.

"And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing." (Luke 15:5)

Holy Spirit, so work in our hearts that we rejoice over every person who is brought back to the flock.

"And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'" (Luke 15:6)

Jesus, help us all truly desire that joy which comes from restoring lost sheep to the fold.

"I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:7)

Father, thank you that I can bring you joy by my repentace. Please help me repent in every area you want me to. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

 

11/14/2006, #53, 4th Quarter 2006, Jean's 76th birthday!

Restore us, O God, make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. (Psalm 80:3)

You are Lord and I thank you.
You are King and I worship you.
You are Savior and I cry out to you.
You are "lover of our souls" and we love you.
You are our Master and we follow you.
Father, Son, Holy Spirit, we yield our lives to you today.

Then a voice came from the throne, saying, "Praise our God, all you his servants and those who fear him, both small and great!" (Revelation 19:5)

Praise you, LORD! Thank you for giving us a heart to respond to your love for us.

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (Revelation 19:6)

Jesus, please rule and reign in our hearts.

Let us be glad and rejoice and give him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready." (Revelation 19:7)

Holy Spirit, please help us to be ready!

And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (Revelation 19:8)

Father, we long for that day when your church will be clothed in righteousness.

Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'" (Revelation 19:9a)

Father, help us all to accept your invitation to the marriage supper of your son. Thank you.

Pray for all the revisionist Bishops and clergy in the Episcopal Church and other denominations that the Lord would open their eyes and hearts. God knows which ones are hardened and which are "zealous for God but not according to knowledge". (Romans10:2) Pray that He will touch those people like He did St. Paul.

***** (Howard Thompson) Mother Jeri Bissell-Thompson is now home. Came yesterday afternoon. She has Stage 3C cancer. Removed whole uterus and ovaries. Had perforated uterus in 2 places so took a few lymph nodes. Docs are pretty sure they got it all. Pray that they did and that it does not recur. On Friday they go back to doctor in Plattsburgh and he will tell them what treatment they will use. She is up and about a little but just wanted to go to bed. Last night was first good night's sleep in a long time. Pray for complete and lasting healing and NO recurrence.
They left last Wed and got back last night. It was 2 weeks ago today that she was diagnosed and had surgery last Thursday. Howard said she went to Christ Church, Morristown the day before the surgery (60 mi. one way) so they people could see her and be encouraged.
It was discovered because she would occasionally lose consciousness during the services and they thought it was the Holy Spirit. Bp. Dan told her to find a doctor she trusted. She had several tests and the last one was for hemogloblin. She needed 4 pts.!
Pray for Howard too. Pray they both feel the Lord's presence and guidance.

Monday, November 13, 2006

 

11/13/2006, #52, 4th Quarter 2006

Gird yourselves and lament, you priests; wail, you who minister before the altar; (Joel 1:13a)

Holy Spirit, guide our clergy so that they all lament the state of the Episcopal Church.

Come, lie all night in sackcloth, you who minister to my God; (Joel 1:13b)

Holy Spirit, guide our lay people so that they all lament the state of the Episcopal Church.

For the grain offering and the drink offering are withheld from the house of your God. (Joel 1:13c)

Jesus, all our offerings of money and service are nothing if we do not give our hearts to you as well.

Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. (Joel 1:14)

Holy Father, give us a heart to gather together in sacred assembly and cry out to you for your people and your church.

Holy Spirit, help us heed the call of Fr. Nigel to join him in such an assembly December 8 and 9.

[It is indicative of the state of the Episcopal Church that Joel 1:14 is not included in the lectionary readings. Today's reading is Joel 1:1-13, tomorrow's is Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11). That is why such an assembly is needed.]

Fr. Nigel Mumford is organizing a 24-hour prayer vigil to take place at the Healing Center at the Spiritual Life Center between 5pm Friday 8th December and 5pm Saturday 9th December. If you cannot be there physically, join them in prayer from your homes.

Note: most of the times have been taken on Friday, but there are many openings on Saturday, especially in the early hours. You can gather at the Spiritual Life Center or you can pray from your homes. Telephone the healing center at (518) 692-9550 (main number) or (518) 692-3198 or email: healing@ctkcenter.org and give a time you can join in prayer.

From Fr. Nigel:
Lord, we pray for our time of "righteous, effective and fervent prayer" (James 5:16) between 5pm Friday 8th Dec and 5pm Saturday 9th December at The Oratory of Christ the Healer at C+K Spiritual Life Center; the 24 hour prayer vigil.
We pray in agreement with those who cannot be there for: Peace, that another 9/11 type issue will not happen again, for the cessation of terrorist activities, for the transfer of the bishops, for healing and other issues that will be posted at the chapel as we pray.
Lord Jesus thank you for such a place of spiritual refreshing where the veil is thin between heaven and earth and where God wants us to be healed, refreshed, renewed and indeed revived.
Thank you God,
Thank you Jesus,
Thank you Holy Spirit,
Thank you Holy Trinity.
In the name of Jesus the healer, be well...God bless you Nigel+

Sunday, November 12, 2006

 

11/12/2006, #51, 4th Quarter 2006

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)

LORD, help me join with David and all your saints in blessing you; I want my mouth filled with your praise.

My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. (Psalm 34:2)

Holy Spirit, please guide me to that humility which will enable me to hear the praises of the saints.

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3)

Father, guide us throughout this diocese today so that we magnify your name.

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)

Jesus, thank you for giving me an ear to hear you and for delivering me from fear.

They looked to him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. (Psalm 34:5)

Father, please let me join with Moses and all your witnesses whose faces were radiant from having spent time with you.

This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. (Psalm 34:6)

LORD, thank you for hearing us when we cry out to you in pain and distress; thank you for delivering us out of trouble!

The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear him, and delivers them. (Psalm 34:7)

LORD, please send you angels to do picket duty around us. Thank you.

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in him! (Psalm 34:8)

LORD, you are sweeter than honey in the honeycomb; thank you for blessing us with trust in you.

Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints! there is no want to those who fear him. (Psalm 34:9)

Thank you for the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit; thank you for providing for us.

A word received: Cry out to me for my church and my people. False shepherds have risen up to lead the flock. Listen, listen day by day.

Thank you, Jesus, for the many faithful shepherds you have raised up in this diocese. Thank you for Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bp. Bill. We cry out to you: please cleanse and renew your whole church and raise up faithful bishops and clergy throughout the Episcopal Church. Please give us listening ears and hearts that will respond to what you say.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

 

11/11/2006, #50, 4th Quarter 2006

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

LORD, you are my dwelling place and refuge, and underneath me are your everlasting arms. Thank you. (From Deuteronomy 33:27)

Jesus, one thing I desire of you, that will I seek: that I may dwell in your house all the days of my life to behold your beauty and inquire in your temple. (From Psalm 27:4)

Father, these are times of trouble in the Episcopal Church and I trust that you will hide us in this diocese in the secret place of your tabernacle. You have set us high on a rock and that rock is Jesus. Thank you. (From Psalm 27:5)

Jesus, you have said, "Seek my face," and our hearts say to you, "Your face will I seek." (From Psalm 27:8)

Holy Spirit, teach us your ways and lead us in a smooth path; do not deliver us into the will of our adversary, the devil. He is a false witness and a liar. Holy Spirit, please fill us with your truth and love. (From Psalm 27:11-12)

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)

LORD, I wait on you. As my days are, so let my strength be. (From Deuteronomy 33:25b)

***** A new Sunday School lesson has been posted at:
http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2006/11/study-guide-sunday-school-lesson-11.html
* Pray for the Lord's CLEAR guidance, protection and provision for our Bishops, clergy and lay leaders. Pray for Him to change hearts and minds in this diocese and that revival will not only break out but continue here and spread quickly.
* Pray for Dn. Faye Van Dermark, Georgina and Jean Mumford and Isabel, Father Kenyon and Mtr. Geri Bissell Thompson, George Marshall, and Marianne Gorchov.
* Today, Nov. 11th, there will be a Cursillo reunion, beginning at 9a.m., at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Pray for travel mercies and the Lord's presence.
* Pray for the "peace of Jerusalem." Lord, protect your people Israel from those who would destroy them utterly. Guide them and bring them to repentance where they are wrong and reveal their Messiah to them. Protect the Messianic Jews and Christian Arabs from both sides and deliver them. Protect the Christian shepherds of Bethlehem who are in danger of losing their homes and fields.
* Pray for Laura Miller, about 23, Bishop Harold Miller's younger daughter who has a genetic disorder of the spine and is in much pain. Pray they will get her to the right doctor and for a miracle of outright healing. Pray for the protection of the Blood of Jesus over the whole family.
* Prayer request from Bp. Dave: Torre and Jean, If you have not already done so, please ask for prayers of thanksgiving after Mother Geri Bissell-Thomson's surgery. The physicians think they cut out all the malignancy, and are working on a chemotherapy program for her. Pray that there will be no recurrence of cancer. Thanks, +Dave

Friday, November 10, 2006

 

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 11 November 19, 2006

Feast of First Fruits, Feast of Booths (Sukkot)
Do Not Be Anxious
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: Leviticus 23:9-14, 39-43; Matthew 6:25-34
Memory Verse: "For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:32-33. (Pre-K to grade 3)

Word received: I want my people to remember; I want my people to remember.

Remembering what God has done is very basic both to Judaism and Christianity. We are to remember with thanksgiving. This is a basic part of the worship God desires. The other basic part of remembering with thanksgiving is to give back to God first, a part of what he has given us. That helps us remember that it all comes from him.

What are the ways God calls us as Christians to remember his saving acts? What does this remembrance do to change your behavior?

God gave directions to his people whom he had just delivered out of slavery in Egypt about how to celebrate. It was to be "a lasting ordinance". They were to remember yearly and forever the historical saving acts of God and also they were to celebrate the agricultural bounty of God in their harvests. The instructions were there to help them celebrate these harvest seasons in a way that gave glory to the real God who created and gave them everything rather than celebrating harvests like the pagans around them who tied the harvests to myths about their pagan gods (many of which were fertility gods, with all sorts of immoral, sexual activity). Remember how easily they slipped into the worship of the golden calf soon after God brought them out of Egypt. Over and over the Israelites fell away from God, the I AM, the creator and ruler of everything, and worshiped the pagan gods of the people around them. (Talk about the influence of culture!)

THE CELEBRATIONS and special times of remembering.

Before any special occasions they were to remember God's Sabbath weekly. (Spring) The first feast and celebration of the year in the, 1st month, was Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread to celebrate God's saving them from slavery in Egypt. What do Christians remember at Passover time?

The offering of First Fruits (waving a sheaf of grain as an offering to God) took place the day after the final Sabbath of the feast of Unleavened Bread, that is, at the beginning of the barley harvest in April. They were not to eat any of the grain until after they had made this offering to God first.

Remember what we say at the time of the offering every Sunday: "Of your own have we given you." When we give our tithes and offerings out of our incomes, God wants us to give to him off the top, first, and not out of what is left over after we have spent what we want. Remember that God gave us his first and his best in Jesus. He is only asking us to do what he has already done.

Seven weeks and 50 days later was the Feast of Weeks, also called Pentecost (means fifty). which celebrated the wheat harvest. Again they were to offer the first fruits to God. (Interestingly they were reminded NOT to reap the harvest to the borders of the field or pick all the grapes but leave them for the poor and the stranger--because they had been poor and strangers in Egypt.)

Pentecost also held a historical meaning. Jewish tradition held that God gave the Law to Moses and to them at Mt. Sinai seven weeks after the deliverance from Egypt.
What do Christians remember at Pentecost?

In the seventh month (Sept.-October) the first feast was the Feast of Trumpets on the 1st day of the Jewish New Year (called Rosh Hashanah). This year it was on Sept.22.). It celebrates the Creation of the World. In the same month is the Day of Atonement, (Yom Kippur-began this year eve of Oct.1st) a time of fasting, when they gave offerings to make atonement for their sins before God. How do Christians find atonement for their sins?

On the 15th day of the 7th month was the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles after they had gathered the harvests. (Also called Sukkot which means booths.) This was a feast of Thanksgiving but also a historical feast remembering how the Israelites lived in such temporary shelters when they lived in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land. They were remembering where they came from, how they had nothing and how God provided shelter for them. while they were traveling through the wilderness. They were not to forget their poverty and helplessness then and how God had cared for them, fed them, guided them by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night and brought them safely to the Promised Land. Have you seen booths around Schenectady's synagogues this time of year?

What about us? We don't even have a harvest with out God. Fill in the blank. We don't even have_______ with out God.

God knows that having physical and symbolic acts helps us to better remember what he has done. What are the physical actions that help us remember what God has done in Baptism and Holy Communion?

With all this as part of the experience of the first disciples, what is Jesus trying to teach them and us? The Matthew passage begins with "Therefore" because we cannot serve both God and money. We need to choose not to be anxious about what we need but trust our Father who made us and loves us even more than he does the birds and lilies. It is not that we sit back and do nothing, but we are not to be anxious and preoccupied. We are to be thankful and remember what God has done in our past and the past of his people. (God told us personally to start and keep a remembering sheet and look at it every day.) Instead of being anxious, we are to first seek God's kingdom and his righteousness and know that all necessary things will be ours as well.

Now read the Memory Verse again. Word received: What do you choose to run after? What do you make haste to seek? I want you to seek after Me and My ways. Matthew 6:25 says "Therefore I say to you, do not worry " Word received: You can make a choice about what is important to you. You are (underline are) more important to Me than what the advertisements say you are. Look to Me for approval, look to Me for My grace. I will be with you, loving you, when all the TV advertisements are forgotten.

Matthew 6:25 says, "Look at the birds of the air…"….Word received: I want you to measure yourself by the love of My cross. That is the measure of My love and care for you.

Matthew 6:27 "Which of you by worrying…"….Word received: Lord, help me to lay aside my worries and anxieties and trust and follow you. You are the faithful One. Thank you for your love for me. Share times when God provided for you in surprising ways or taught you not to worry.

God wants us to seek him FIRST just as he wanted his people to give him the first fruits of the harvest--before they took any for themselves. Often the first fruit is the biggest and best. When we give God the leftovers it means that we don't trust him to provide what we need and want and we don't really trust him to provide for us. People who tithe have learned that when they give it first, there is always enough for them. Word received: I want you to give back to Me the best of what I have given to you. I want you to recognize the provision and love I have for each one of you. It is also a sign of honor and respect to give to God before you take for yourself.

Teaching Ideas for Lesson 11
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:

Intro: Soon it will be Thanksgiving. It is not really about a big, fancy meal. It is about giving thanks to God for all the good things He has given us and done for us.

1. What historical event do we remember at Christmas What do we thank God for then??
We remember Jesus' birth in a manger at Bethlehem.
We thank God the Father that He sent His Son to be like us, to save us.

2. What historical event do we remember at Easter? What do we thank God for then?
We remember that Jesus rose from the dead after dying on the cross for us.
We thank God that by rising from the dead Jesus showed us that he had victory over sin and death.

3. What historical event do we remember at Pentecost? What do we thank God for then?
We remember that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to give God's power to the first Christians.
We thank God that we too can receive the Holy Spirit and His power to know Jesus now and follow him.

4. Because God loves and cares for us, Jesus told us not to worry but to bring our needs to him , to thank him, trust him and follow him and love him back.

 

11/10/2006, #49, 4th Quarter 2006

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

LORD, please bring us to purity of heart so that we may see your goodness.

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

I need only say, "I am slipping," and your love, Yahweh, immediately supports me, and in the middle of all my troubles you console me and make me happy. (Psalm 94:18 JB)

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

Jesus, please help me keep my attention on you and not walk after the way of the wicked.

But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works. (Psalm 73:28)

Father, you draw me to yourself by your Holy Spirit; thank you. I will put my trust in you and not be afraid. Please help me declare all that you have done for me.

***** A word received: Listen, listen my people for my word to you. Listen as you read scripture. Listen, listen to what I Am saying to you.

Keep praying for our Bishops and clergy for God's protection, provision and CLEAR guidance, strength, health and Lord's covering for their families. Pray the same for Standing Committee, Diocesan and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center staff, Fr. Nigel and Matt Baker.
Pray for Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams Rowan Williams and those who are planning the next Lambeth conferemce.
Cry out to the Lord for His church and his people.
(word received 10-12-06) Keep crying out to Me for My people. I AM grieving over their sin and blindness and hardness of heart. (Jer.2:13) "For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns -- broken cisterns that can hold no water." Pray for God's people to desire God's living waters and choose to dwell beside them.
(Bp. Bill-PDU) Please keep Mother Geri Bissell-Thompson in your prayers. She underwent major surgery, Thursday, Nov. 9th, in Burlington. I would also ask your continued prayers for Fr. Jeffrey Neuberger, a member of our Diocese, and chaplain in the Armed Forces, serving in Balad, Iraq.
This Saturday, Nov. 11th, there will be a Cursillo Re-union, beginning at 9a.m., at Christ the King SLC. (Pray for travel mercies and the Lord's presence.)
Cry out to the Lord for our country. Pray for Lord to raise up wise and godly statesmen (and women) to lead our country. Pray for protection and guidance for our military. Pray for a mighty revival in our nation and in our churches (including the Episcopal Church).

Thursday, November 09, 2006

 

11/9/2006, #48, 4th Quarter 2006

Then he said, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?" (Luke 13:18)

Jesus, please reveal more of the kingdom of God to us.

"It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches." (Luke 13:19)

Father, please let our faith in you grow like that mustard seed so that many will find shelter among us.

And again he said, "To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?" (Luke 13:20)

Holy Spirit, help us set our minds on the kingdom of God.

"It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened." (Luke 13:21)

Jesus, let the faith of your people in this diocese be a leaven that works its way through the whole church.

And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. (Luke 13:22)

Jesus, please go through the cities and villages of this diocese with your teaching. Bring us all to the heavenly Jerusalem.

Then one said to him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?" And he said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able." (Luke 13:23-24)

Jesus, please help us do it your way -- striving to enter by that narrow gate. Give us a heart to reach out to those around us who are not yet able to enter.

"When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open for us,' and he will answer and say to you, 'I do not know you, where you are from,'" (Luke 13:25)

Holy Spirit, please help the leaders of the Episcopal Church to know that Jesus is master of the house, not they. Help us to have a passion for making Jesus known and for being and making disciples.

"then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.'" (Luke 13:26)

Jesus, such knowledge of you is not sufficient: restore the people of the Episcopal Church to a right relationship with you.

"But he will say, 'I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.'" (Luke 13:27)

LORD, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth on that day when we see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and many thrust out. Have mercy on your church; bring all its people to a saving knowledge of you. Thank you. (From Luke 13:28)

***** Keep praying for our Bishops for protection, provision, clear guidance, peace and strength now and in the weeks ahead and in the transition. Pray for the Standing and other committees, for the Diocesan staff, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and staff. Pray especially for Fr. Nigel and Matt Baker and the Sisters.
* Cry out to the Lord for His church and His people.
* Cry out to the Lord for revival and that He will prepare OUR hearts to totally cooperate with whatever He wants to do.
* Pray for all who are persecuted, in war zones or isolated (spiritually or physically).
* Pray for the protection of Christian leaders, Bishops, clergy and lay people from all the tricks and traps of Satan. Pray Satan's plans will be thwarted.
* PTL for good Daughters of the King retreat.
* Pray for complete healing and protection for Mother Geri Bissell Thompson who has surgery today for malignancy in uterus. Pray it is contained and that they get it all.
* Pray for Laura Miller, about 23, Bishop Miller's younger daughter who has a genetic disorder of spine and is in much pain. Pray they will get her to the right doctor and for f miracle of outright healing. Pray for the protection of the Blood of Jesus over the whole family.
* Pray for special protection for all clergy families and lay leaders.
* Check out Fr. Christopher Brown's new blog. He says, "Its a new thing, and I don't know where I am going to take it." http://the-mercy.blogspot.com/
* Fr. Nigel Mumford is organizing a 24-hour prayer vigil to take place at the Healing Center at the Spiritual Life Center between 5pm Friday 8th December and 5pm Saturday 9th December. If you cannot be there physically, join them in prayer from your homes.
Lord, we pray for our time of "righteous, effective and fervent prayer" (James 5:16) between 5pm Friday 8th Dec and 5pm Saturday 9th Dec at The Oratory of Christ the Healer at C+K Spiritual Life Center; the 24 hour prayer vigil.
We pray in agreement with those who cannot be there for: Peace, that another 9/11 type issue will not happen again, for the cessation of terrorist activities, for the transfer of the bishops, for healing and other issues that will be posted at the chapel as we pray.
Lord Jesus thank you for such a place of spiritual refreshing where the veil is thin between heaven and earth and where God wants us to be healed, refreshed, renewed and indeed revived.
Thank you God,
Thank you Jesus,
Thank you Holy Spirit,
Thank you Holy Trinity.
In the name of Jesus the healer, be well...God bless you Nigel+

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 

11/8/2006, #47, 4th Quarter 2006

Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments. (Psalm 119:73)

LORD, please help us in this diocese to learn your ways and walk in them.

Those who fear you will be glad when they see me, because I have hoped in your word. (Psalm 119:74)

Father, I have placed my hope in your living word, Jesus, your son.

I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. (Psalm 119:75)

LORD, please help me receive your judgments and trust that the afflictions you send my way are for my good. Help me to receive your good corrections.

Let, I pray, your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to your word to your servant. (Psalm 119:76)

Jesus, I would have perished but for your merciful kindness. Thank you.

Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight. (Psalm 119:77)

Holy Father, please help me delight in your ways.

Let the proud be ashamed, for they treated me wrongfully with falsehood; but I will meditate on your precepts. (Psalm 119:78)

Jesus, please preserve your saints and encourage them by your Holy Spirit and your word.

Let those who fear you turn to me, those who know your testimonies. (Psalm 119:79)

Holy Spirit, help me know your testimonies so that I may turn to Jesus day by day.

Let my heart be blameless regarding your statutes, that I may not be ashamed. (Psalm 119:80)

LORD, I long for more of you; please cleanse my heart and heal my wounds.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

 

11/7/2006, #46, 4th Quarter 2006

Words Received for a Sunday School lesson on Luke 2:21-40

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. (Luke 2:25)

Prayer: Holy Spirit, come upon us -- help us to be just and devout, waiting for your consolation.

And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. (Luke 2:26)

Simeon lived in the hope of what I would reveal. I want you to live in that same hope.

So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, (Luke 2:27)

Think of Philip who also was at the right place at the right time. If you let me guide you by my Holy Spirit, that will happen to you as well.

he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said: (Luke 228:)

He saw with eyes of faith and responded to what he saw: pray for such eyesight for yourself and those around you.

"Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation (Luke 2:29-30)

He had eyes to see my salvation: pray for such sight; pray that blind eyes will see my salvation.

Which you have prepared before the face of all peoples, (Luke 2:31)

My salvation has been prepared for everyone; pray they will receive what I have prepared.

A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." (Luke 2:32)

I want my light to shine forth to all people; I want my word, my revelation to bring light to the nations.

And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him. (Luke 2:33)

I want your heart to be touched as well.

 

11/7/2006, #45, 4th Quarter 2006

Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let those also who hate him flee before him. (Psalm 68:1)

Arise, O LORD, and scatter those in the Episcopal Church who hate you and your ways. Please drive them from the seats of power.

As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. (Psalm 68:2)

Jesus, please come and cleanse your temple, the church.

Holy Spirit, please come and cleanse your people, the church.

Father, your word is true and everlasting -- write it on our hearts.

But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before god; yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. (Psalm 68:3)

Holy Spirit, please help us to sing to the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to sing his praises and the praises of his name, and rejoice before him. (From Psalm 68:4)

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)

Father, we cry out to you for all those children in foster care and those being raised by single moms who do not know a father's love; reveal your love to them. We ask you also to protect and defend widows and all who are destitute.

***** Keep praying for our Bishops, the Transition, the Standing Commitee, the Diocese and the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center with their staffs. Pray for God's protection, provision and guidance.

Cry out to the Lord for His church.

Pray for a mighty revival from God to cleanse and renew His church.

***** Fr. Nigel Mumford is organizing a 24-hour prayer vigil to take place at the Healing Center at the Spiritual Life Center between 5pm Friday 8th December and 5pm Saturday 9th December. If you cannot be there physically, join them in prayer from your homes.

Lord, we pray for our time of "righteous, effective and fervent prayer" (James 5:16) between 5pm Friday 8th Dec and 5pm Saturday 9th Dec at The Oratory of Christ the Healer at C+K Spiritual Life Center; the 24 hour prayer vigil.

We pray in agreement with those who cannot be there for: Peace, that another 9/11 type issue will not happen again, for the cessation of terrorist activities, for the transfer of the bishops, for healing and other issues that will be posted at the chapel as we pray.

Lord Jesus thank you for such a place of spiritual refreshing where the veil is thin between heaven and earth and where God wants us to be healed, refreshed, renewed and indeed revived.
Thank you God,
Thank you Jesus,
Thank you Holy Spirit,
Thank you Holy Trinity.


In the name of Jesus the healer, be well...
God bless you
Nigel+

PS: there are still several slots that are available if you can come and pray. A few people have signed up to pray for 24 hrs, they will be pulling an all nighter... if you cannot join us, please agree to pray over that 24hr period at home or work. Thank you.

(518) 692-9550
healing@ctkcenter.org
www.ctkcenter.org

Monday, November 06, 2006

 

11/6/2006, #44, 4th Quarter 2006

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth -- to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people -- (Revelation 14:6)

LORD, please send that angel to this diocese and throughout the Episcopal Church -- help us all hear and appropriate the everlasting gospel.

saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water." (Revelation 14:7)

LORD, help us to fear you and give glory and honor to you. The hour of judgment is coming -- help us to be ready; help us to worship you alone.

Praise is awaiting you, O God, in Zion; and to you the vow shall be performed. (Psalm 65:1)

Holy Spirit, please help us in keeping the vows we made to you at our baptism and confirmation.

Please help the clergy to keep the vows they made at their ordination.

Please help the married couples to keep their vows to one another. Thank you.

***** A word received: Respond to me -- ask for more of my Holy Spirit.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

 

11/5/2006, #43, 4th Quarter 2006

Then Peter came to him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" (Matthew 18:21)

Lord, I can only plead your mercy for I know that I have sinned against my brothers and sisters. Please help me to forgive them -- I live in the hope they will forgive me.

Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." (Matthew 18:22)

Jesus, by your cross, help me to forgive and to be forgiven.

"Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents." (Matthew 18:23-24)

Father, my debt is so much greater than I can repay.

"But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made." (Matthew 18:25)

Father, the debt of my sins affects even my family.

"The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'" (Matthew 18:26)

Jesus, I cannot even plead that, for the redemption of my soul is more costly than anything I possess.

"Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt." (Matthew 18:27)

Jesus, thank you for paying my debt by your cross and passion.

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

Yesterday I listened to the sermon of the new Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. It was a sermon that would have been acceptable in the Unitarian church I grew up in. The Unitarianism I grew up with could not effectively speak to my sin. It had no answer for my knowledge that I was a sinner without hope for change or forgiveness. But thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ: he has paid the price for my sins and by his Holy Spirit I find the power to change my behavior and deal with the sin in my life. That is why I left Unitarianism behind and became a Christian.

"But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!'" (Matthew 18:28)

Lord, have mercy on me -- help me forgive as I have been forgiven. Help me to forgive those I disagree with.

"So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'" (Matthew 18:29)

Holy Spirit, help me to have the same patience with others that you have had with me.

"And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt." (Matthew 18:30)

LORD, have mercy on me and help me repent of my unjust judgments of others.

"So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done." (Matthew 18:31)

Father, have mercy on me if I have given others cause to cry out to heaven for what I have done.

"Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'" (Matthew 18:32-33)

Yes, Father, I should have. Help me by your Holy Spirit to repent and to have compassion for all my fellow servants -- even those who have gone astray.

"And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So my heavenly father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses." (Matthew 18:34-35)

Jesus, help us throughout this diocese to forgive one another's trespasses. Help me to do this as well. Thank you.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 

11/4/2006, #42, 4th Quarter 2006

The lessons this morning (11/4/06) had a strong theme of being ready for the LORD's service (Nehemiah 3-4 and Luke 12:32-48). I asked the LORD to teach me about being ready.

A word received:

Your heart and your thoughts are turned to me -- that is where readiness begins.

You put on my armor and use it -- that is being ready. The armor is not just decoration -- it is there to be used.

 

11/4/2006, #41, 4th Quarter 2006

I will praise you with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to you. (Psalm 138:1)

LORD, no matter what gods are raised up by the world, I will continue to worship you alone.

I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for your lovingkindness and your truth; for you have magnified your word above all your name. (Psalm 138:2)

Jesus, please magnify your word in my heart and in my life.

In the day when I cried out, you answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3)

Father, we do cry out to you for your help -- we are your children and we need your daily bread and care. Please make us bold by your Holy Spirit with strength in our souls.

***** Keep on praying for our Bishops, the Standing Committee and other other diocesan committees, the transition from Bp. Dan and Bp. Dave to Bp. Bill, the Diocese, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Fr. Nigel and Matt Baker.

Pray for Revival to come like a rushing river into our Diocese and parishes, into our state and nation. Pray for repentance that comes from the Lord. Cry out to the Lord for His Church and His people.

Word received by intercessor Ralph Borjeson for the Episcopal Church in July: I am deeply grieved, you forget it is My Church.

Another word was received by Sister Mary Elizabeth: I desire you to be strong before Me, to stand upright before the tempests which blow now. Though storms buffet you, know that I strengthen you and you will stand firm in My strength.

Pray for conference with Bp. Salmon at the Spiritual Life Center and the Healing conference at St. John's Troy with Fr. Nigel today.

Cry out to the Lord for our country and for revival.

Pray for the "peace of Jerusalem" and Lord's intervention in Middle East.

Pray for the elections next week for the Lord to guide voters

Friday, November 03, 2006

 

11/3/2006, #40, 4th Quarter 2006

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

Holy Spirit, help us acknowledge our transgressions and bring our sins to confession so that we may be reconciled to the father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Father, we have sinned against heaven and before you, and we are no longer worthy to be called your sons and daughters; have mercy on us and cleanse and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

Restore us the joy of your salvation, Jesus, and uphold us by your generous Spirit.

***** Cry out to the Lord for His church and His people for repentance and revival in this area, in USA, in our church and all denominations.

Keep holding up Bp. Bill in prayer for protection for him and his family, Bp. Dan and Bp. Dave and their families, the Standing Committee and other committees of the Diocese, the clergy and parishes (especially for your own parish), the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and Healing center and ministries there and throughout the Diocese. Pray also for provision and clear guidance.

Pray for the two conferences on Saturday: Fr. Nigel at Holy Cross Troy and Bp. Salmon at the Spiritual Life Center.

Cry out to the Lord for our country and the Lord's intervention in the Middle East.

Holy Spirit, please help us vote on Tuesday according to your mind and will.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 

11/2/2006, #39, 4th Quarter 2006

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, (Nehemiah 1:1)

Holy Spirit, help us hear and receive your word to us through the prophets.

that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 1:2)

Lord Jesus, give us a heart to be concerned with your faithful remnant scattered through the Episcopal Church.

And they said to me, "The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire." (Nehemiah 1:3)

Jesus, the hedge of protection that should be there by faithful preaching of the gospel has been broken down in many parts of the Episcopal Church.

So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. (Nehemiah 1:4)

Father, move our hearts to fasting and prayer as we consider the condition of the Episcopal Church.

And I said: "I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, you who keep your covenant and mercy with those who love you and observe your commandments," (Nehemiah 1:5)

LORD, you are faithful with your faithful people.

"please let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, that you may hear the prayer of your servant which I pray before you now, day and night, for the children of Israel your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against you. Both my father's house and I have sinned." (Nehemiah 1:6)

Jesus, I acknowledge my personal sin before you and the sin of your people in the Episcopal Church; have mercy upon us.

"We have acted very corruptly against you, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which you commanded your servant Moses." (Nehemiah 1:7)

Father, we have sinned before heaven and you and are not worthy to be called your children, for we have not kept to the way that Jesus commands. Have mercy on us.

"Remember, I pray, the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations;'" (Nehemiah 1:8)

LORD, we have been unfaithful to you and we are being scattered -- parishes and people are leaving the Episcopal Church daily.

"'but if you return to me, and keep my commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for my name.'" (Nehemiah 1:9)

Father, we pray that you will soon restore your faithful people who keep your commandments and do them.

"Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power, and by your strong hand." (Nehemiah 1:10)

Jesus, restore your people by the power of your Holy Spirit and your strong hand.

"O Lord, I pray, please let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who desire to fear your name; and let your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." For I was the king's cupbearer. (Nehemiah 1:11)

O Lord, I pray, please let your ear be attentive to my prayer and the prayer of all your servants who desire to fear your name. Let your servants prosper this day and find favor and mercy with those in authority. Father, I ask this in Jesus' name.

Jesus, prepare your servant, Bp. Bill, as he prepares to assume leadership of this diocese. Anoint and comfort him day by day with your Holy Spirit. Let your protecting hand hold him and his family in your safe keeping. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

 

11/1/2006, #38, 4th Quarter 2006

Hear this, all peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world, (Psalm 49:1)

Holy Spirit, please give us ears to hear what you are saying and eyes to see what Jesus is doing.

Both low and high, rich and poor together. (Psalm 49:2)

Father, whatever our condition, please help us respond to you.

My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall give understanding. (Psalm 49:3)

Jesus, let your Holy Spirit govern the words of my mouth, let him speak to my heart and give me wisdom and understanding.

I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will disclose my dark saying on the harp. (Psalm 49:4)

Father, help me apply your wisdom to my life and please help me to sing with all your saints.

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

LORD, you are my light and my salvation; I will trust in you and not give way to fear.

Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, (Psalm 49:6)

Jesus, you are my chief joy and consolation. I count myself wealthy for knowing you; forbid that I should boast except in your cross by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (From Galatians 6:14)

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him -- (Psalm 49:7)

Lord, I have no power or wealth that I could pay such a cost.

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

Jesus, you have paid the cost for us on the cross; thank you.

Holy Spirit, we ask that you give Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bp. Bill wisdom so that by their witness many will be drawn to Jesus. Thank you.

***** Pray for the Lord's special anointing and protection, strength and clear guidance for Bp. Love and the transition period.

Pray for Bps Dan and Dave, the Diocese, the Spiritual Life Center , the Standing Committee and other diocesan committees.

Pray for a mighty revival to come and sweep the churches and our nation.

Pray for our clergy, parish staffs, vestries and wardens, for youth pastors and Lord's protection, provision and clear guidance.

Dn. Polly Bailey (recovering well after surgery) Roy and Faye Van Dermark (Roy's surgery went well), Georgina ( new tumor on pelvis) and Jean Mumford and Isabel.

Cry out to the Lord for our country. Pray for God's intervention in the choices for members of Congress. Pray for guidance for the voters.

Pray for the "peace of Jerusalem" and an end to fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and Darfur. Pray for God' s intervention in Iran and N. Korea.

Pray for protection for our military, civilians and aid workers. Pray for protection for local people who are trying to work for the good of their country.

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