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Monday, February 26, 2007

 

2/27/2007, #65, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. (John 2:13)

Jesus, please come into the center of our life and worship this Lent.

And he found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. (John 2:14)

Jesus, so many parishes and dioceses of the Episcopal Church are filled with profane teaching and activity; please drive that out of your church.

When he had made a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables. (John 2:15)

Jesus, please come with the full power of your Holy Spirit and cleanse the Episcopal Church.

And he said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make my father’s house a house of merchandise!" (John 2:16)

Father, your house is no longer what it should be -- all sorts of unholy living is being celebrated in the Episcopal Church -- please come with the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit and purify our hearts.

Then his disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Your house has eaten me up." (John 2:17)

Holy Spirit, please bring to all your disciples this same passion to see your church as it should be. Come upon the Bishops assembled together at their meeting next month and give them the mind of Jesus about the state of the Church.

So the Jews answered and said to him, "What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?" (John 2:18)

Lord Jesus, help us recognize the signs of your work among us.

Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (John 2:19)

Jesus, your death and resurrection are the means by which we are saved. Please help the leaders of the Episcopal Church to receive what you have said into their hearts. Anoint Bishop Bill and all your faithful bishops with the sword of your Spirit, your word, so that they can effectively communicate the life changing power of the gospel at the House of Bishops meeting. Thank you.

A word received: I Am calling my faithful people to pray for their shepherds.

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Statement from Bishop William Love, Diocese of Albany

I applaud the Archbishop of Canterbury and all the Primates of the Anglican Communion for their willingness to meet and work together in an attempt to bring reconciliation within the Anglican Communion and to sustain the life of the Communion around its biblical and apostolic core.

The extensive prayer, discussion and generosity of the Primates, seems to have borne fruit. Next month the House of Bishops will meet in Texas to review all the dimensions of the agreement which was supported and signed by all of the Primates in Dar es Salaam, including the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. The Primates agreement can be read in its entirety at: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/articles/42/50/acns4253.cfm

The Diocese of Albany, as demonstrated by the results of the Primates’ meeting, stands in the mainstream of Anglican life and teaching. By the grace of God, we will continue to do so. Keeping our focus on Jesus Christ, it is imperative that we reach out to one another in Christian love and charity, treating all people with dignity and respect. As Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we are called by our Lord to be obedient to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with all who will receive it.

I ask for the prayers of each member of this Diocese as we continue to move forward in answer to our Lord’s call. May God use each one of us as an instrument of His love and healing grace in this torn and broken world.

Faithfully Yours in Jesus Christ,
+ William H. Love
Bishop of Albany

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This will probably be my last posting until March 3rd or 4th. We have been in Manila visiting our daughter and her family for the last two and a half weeks. This afternoon we leave for a couple of days in Singapore with them and then on to the United States. A good prayer resource is Lent & Beyond at http://lent.classicalanglican.net/.
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For your prayer calendars: The US House of Bishops meeting where the bishops will begin to respond as a group to the Primates Communique is March 16 - 21.
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Sunday, February 25, 2007

 

2/26/2007, #64, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

"Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments, his judgments, and his statutes which I command you today," (Deuteronomy 8:11)

LORD, have mercy on us; for the Episcopal Church has forgotten your commands, judgments and statutes.

"lest--when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;" (Deuteronomy 8:12-13)

Father, all these have been multiplied in the Episcopal Church but we have forgotten you; have mercy on us.

"when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;" (Deuteronomy 8:14)

Jesus, the hearts of the leaders of the Episcopal Church are lifted up and they have forgotten the hard wood of your cross by which you brought us out of bondage to sin; have mercy on us.

"who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock;" (Deuteronomy 8:15)

Holy Spirit, beyond all expectation we have seen you bring living water out of the hardness of our hearts; have mercy on us and do the same for all the bishops of the Episcopal Church as they meet in assembly March 16-21.

"who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and that he might test you, to do you good in the end--" (Deuteronomy 8:16)

Father, we ask you to humble us once again that our hearts may be tested and purified.

"then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'" (Deuteronomy 8:17)

Jesus, all that we have has come from you--there is nothing we can call our own--it is your free gift to us; have mercy on us and help us to be poor in spirit so that we may see you.

"And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is this day." (Deuteronomy 8:18)

LORD, help us in this diocese cleave to you and keep your covenant. Please guide Bishop Bill and all our diocesan leaders as they shepherd us in this time of testing and discernment in the Episcopal Church.

"Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish." (Deuteronomy 8:19)

Holy Spirit, please help us this Lent to heed the witness of God in Scripture, lest we perish.

"As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God." (Deuteronomy 8:20)

LORD, please help us remember always that it is your goodness that has brought us this far and not our own.

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For your prayer calendars: The US House of Bishops meeting where the bishops will begin to respond as a group to the Primates Communique is March 16 - 21.
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Saturday, February 24, 2007

 

2/25/2007, #63, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. (1 Corinthians 1:17)

Jesus, we pray that each of us will have the same clarity about our personal vocations that Paul had. Please help us remember that it is what you have done by your cross, resurrection and sending of the Holy Spirit that makes the difference, not the polish of our words.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Holy Spirit, please write the message of the cross on our hearts, for it is the power of God to save.

So he humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 8:3)

Father, please continue to humble us so that we keep fresh in our hearts and minds the knowledge that we need to feed on your word. Give us a heart to share both the bread from our table and your word with the hungry.

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For your prayer calendars: The US House of Bishops meeting where the bishops will begin to respond as a group to the Primates Communique is March 16 - 21.
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You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you. (Deuteronomy 8:5)

LORD, we ask you to chasten the House of Bishops as they prepare to meet to consider the results of the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion. Anoint your servant Bishop Bill with the clarity and simplicity of the gospel as he prepares for this meeting. Thank you.

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A personal note: We went to Corregidor Island (across the Bay of Manila) yesterday. I cried through much of the tour as I remembered all those who perished. Please pray for all who are in harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Friday, February 23, 2007

 

2/24/2007, #62, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, (Titus 3:1)

Jesus, please soften our hearts by your word and your Spirit.

to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. (Titus 3:2)

Jesus, soften our hearts by your word and your Spirit.

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. (Titus 3:3)

Lord, your word and Spirit can do what man cannot do -- change my heart: change my heart, O God.

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, (Titus 3:4)

Father, please let your word and your Spirit appear more and more in my life.

not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, (Titus 3:5)

Holy Spirit, please continue to wash and cleanse our hearts; help us keep a holy Lent.

whom he poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, (Titus 3:6)

Jesus, you are our hope and our joy.

that having been justified by his grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7)

Thank you, Father, for grafting me into your people by the blood of Jesus.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

 

2/23/2007, #61, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

In you, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in your righteousness. (Psalm 31:1)

LORD, we have put our trust in you and you are our help and our strength; defend us from all attacks of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Bow down your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. (Psalm 31:2)

Lord Jesus, our eyes look to you, you are our refuge and fortress in these troubled times in your church.

For you are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)

Father, your word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; help us in this diocese to walk by the light of your word, for all other lights are deceptive and will fail.

Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for you are my strength. (Psalm 31:4)

Holy Spirit, guide Bishop Bill and all our diocesan leaders as they seek the way through for us.

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. (Psalm 31:5)

Jesus, please help us walk in your truth and faithfully proclaim it day by day. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for hearts that are transformed by my Spirit and my word

LORD, we do pray for hearts that are transformed by your Spirit and your word.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

 

2/22/2007, #60, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)

Holy Spirit, please help us this Lent to know Jesus as the one who has come to take away our sins. Bring us to a new cleansing from sin in Jesus.

"This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.'" (John 1:30)

Father, please help us to be like John: putting Jesus first before ourselves.

"I did not know him; but that he should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water." (John 1:31)

Jesus, please let every baptism that takes place be an occasion for revealing you to the world.

And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and he remained upon him." (John 1:32)

Holy Spirit, please help us see and recognize it for what it is when you are at work among us.

"I did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'" (John 1:33)

Jesus, I need, your church needs a fresh baptism in your Holy Spirit. Please come soon!

"And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God." (John 1:34)

Jesus, help us give the good testimony that you are the Son of God. Thank you.

Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, (Titus 1:1)

Father, we pray for all those in apostolic ministry that according to the faith of God's elect that they will acknowledge the truth that accords with godliness. These are days when "multitudes, multitudes are in the valley of decision! For your day is near in the valley of decision!" (From Joel 3:14) Please help the bishops of the Episcopal Church make the right decisions -- soften their hearts.

in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, (Titus 1:2)

Holy Spirit, please restore to all the bishops of the Episcopal Church the hope of eternal life.

but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior; (Titus 1:3)

Jesus, please help all our apostolic leadership through their preaching follow your commandments.

To Titus, a true son in our common faith: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. (Titus 1:4)

Father, help every bishop in the Episcopal Church be a true son in our common faith, let them receive your grace, mercy and peace. Thank you for raising up Bishop Bill as a true son in our common faith in this diocese.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

 

2/21/2007, #59, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)

Lord, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church has despised the teaching and witness of the larger church and has gone its own way.

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector." (Luke 18:10)

A word received: Pray for those who enter my church to pray that they will have hearts turned to me.

Jesus, we pray for all those who enter your church to pray that they will have hearts turned to you.

"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men -- extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.'" (Luke 18:11)

A word received: I want repentance -- not hearts puffed up with pride.

Jesus, in all that is going on in the church, please help us recognize our sin and repent of it. Lord, the Episcopal Church is puffed up with pride -- please bring it to humility before you. Help all of us, liberals and orthodox, return to you with hearts softened by your Holy Spirit.

"'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'" (Luke 18:12)

Lord, help us give of our heart as well as our purse.

"And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'" (Luke 18:13)

Holy Spirit, please help us come along side this tax collector in humility; bring us true repentance this Lent.

"I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)

A word received: That is still my word to my people today: humble yourselves that I may lift you up.

Father, help all of us in the Episcopal Church humble ourselves before you. We have nothing to boast of -- please bring us to repentance this Lent.

Out of the depths I have cried to you, O LORD;
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I do hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning -- yes, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is abundant redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
(Psalm 130)

A word received: I Am calling my church back to me -- pray that it will respond.

Pour out a spirit of repentance and turning on all of us -- orthodox, revisionist, and indifferent alike. Help us heed your call to return to you.

Monday, February 19, 2007

 

2/20/2007, #58, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

A word received: Call my people to me. Call them to repentance and mourning for their sins and the sins of their fathers. Come to me, listen to me, and I will refresh you.

Note from Torre: I am having some difficulties with email here. If nothing comes through for twenty-four hours, then check my blog where I post these prayers: http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/

Then they said to him, "Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?" (John 1:22)

Holy Spirit, when we are asked this question, please help us give a God-centered answer as John did.

He said: "I am 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Make straight the way of the LORD,"' as the prophet Isaiah said." (John 1:23)

Jesus, please help us by our witness to make the path straight that leads to you.

Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. And they asked him, saying, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" (John 1:24-25)

Holy Spirit, John was willing to talk with the party of the Pharisees, please help us be willing to talk with all who come to us.

John answered them, saying, "I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is he who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose." (John 1:26-27)

Father, please help us know our place the kingdom as John did. Thank you for his humility and service. Thank you for all your faithful servants down through the centuries. Please help us to be faithful in our generation.

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. (Hebrews 2:1)

Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church has drifted away because it has not heeded your word. Please bring us back to Jesus lest we perish in the wilderness.

For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard him, (Hebrews 2:2-3)

LORD, have mercy on us for the Episcopal Church has "neglected so great a salvation."

God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will? (Hebrews 2:4)

Father, thank you for the signs and wonders you are doing in our midst and for the gifts of your Holy Spirit you are giving your people. Please help us this Lent to receive everything you are giving us. Thank you.

"You shall not tempt the LORD your God as you tempted him in Massah." (Deuteronomy 6:16)

LORD, hear our cry to you: help us repent and return to you.

"You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, his testimonies, and his statutes which he has commanded you." (Deuteronomy 6:17)

LORD, hear our cry to you: help us repent and return to you.

"And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the LORD swore to your fathers," (Deuteronomy 6:18)

LORD, hear our cry to you: help us repent and return to you.

"to cast out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has spoken." (Deuteronomy 6:19)

LORD, hear our cry to you: help us repent and return to you.

"When your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?'" (Deuteronomy 6:20)

LORD, help us say to our children, "We were slaves to sin, and the LORD brought us out of bondage to sin with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; and he has shown us signs and wonders, great and severe to those who capture his people in sin, so that he might bring us to salvation. And he has commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive and preserve us in righteousness." (From Deuteronomy 6:21-25)

Sunday, February 18, 2007

 

2/19/2007, #57, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

A word received: I Am. I Am calling you more and more into intercession -- into standing in the gap. Pray for more people to stand in the gap. I Am calling -- who will respond?

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (John 1:6)

Father, send us forth into the harvest fields; help us hearken to your call.

This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. (John 1:7)

Holy Spirit, please work in the hearts of those to whom we give witness about the light of Jesus so that they may believe.

He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (John 1:8)

Thank you for John’s faithful witness; help us to be faithful in our generation.

That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. (John 1:9)

Jesus, please help us and those we speak to that we will discern the true from the false.

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world did not know him. (John 1:10)

Lord Jesus, we cry out to you for the lost and the least that surround us in the world -- help us make you known to them. Renew in our hearts this Lent the burning desire that John had to make you known to the world.

He came to his own, and his own did not receive him. (John 1:11)

Father, we cry out to you for the Episcopal Church: help your people receive your son Jesus and the fullness of his teaching.

But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in his name: (John 1:12)

Holy Spirit, please restore to your people in the Episcopal Church a true and lively faith in Jesus -- help us all become children of God by adoption and grace.

who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:13)

Jesus, thank you for making us your children; thank you for choosing us and bringing us to new life in you.

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4)

Jesus, please help us keep a holy Lent so that as your father speaks to us we may hear and respond to his words.

Father, you gave witness of your son on the Mount of Transfiguration, saying, "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear him!" (Matthew 17:5) Please help us hear what Jesus is saying to us today as we enter this time of preparation and repentance of Lent.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

 

2/18/2007, #55, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain." (John 12:23-24)

Jesus, you are the model of what it means to die to self and we are part of the harvest you produced by your death on the cross. Help us die to ourselves so that others may live.

"He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." (John 12:25)

Holy Spirit, whether we cling to what we have now or not, much of what we have in the Episcopal Church is being taken away from us. Help us with your grace and freedom to let go of what we cannot hold on to. Help us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and eternal life with him. Thank you.

"If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my father will honor." (John 12:26)

Father, please help us this Lent and in all the days that follow to follow Jesus wherever he leads. Help us in the Episcopal Church to seek the honor that comes from walking with the way of the cross with Jesus.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22-24)

Jesus, the Episcopal Church is but a pale and corrupt shadow of the church of the firstborn in the New Jerusalem. Help us know in our hearts where our true home is.

"Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged." (Deuteronomy 6:1-2)

LORD God, this is a time of "crossing over" – much will have to be left behind if we are to enter the land of promise and stay in it. Please help us walk in the way of your commandments so that we and our children and theirs may inherit eternal life with you.

"Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you--'a land flowing with milk and honey. '" (Deuteronomy 6:3)

Father, open our ears by your Holy Spirit so that we may receive all that you have promised us in Jesus.

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

LORD, please help us keep our hearts single on you and repent of every double-mindedness. The Episcopal Church wants to worship you and the other gods of this world -- it won't work. Please use this time of Lent for the purification of the Episcopal Church and of our hearts.

"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart." (Deuteronomy 6:6)

Jesus, please write your words on our hearts. Thank you.

***** There is a video of a trip we made to Pagsanjan Falls yesterday at Albany Intercessor. It consists of some still shots and then a video of Jim (our son-in-law) and I going under the falls.

 

Our visit to the Pagsanjan Falls


Friday, February 16, 2007

 

2/17/2007, #54, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. (Mark 12:41)

Jesus, you see and know how we give for your kingdom – have mercy on us and help us give of ourselves to you.

Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites,[a] which make a quadrans. (Mark 12:42)

Lord, this widows giving of herself to you reveals the poverty of our spirits; Please "teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; to give, and not to count the cost, to fight, and not to heed the wounds, to toil, and not to seek for rest, to labor, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will." (Saint Ignatius of Loyola)

So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; " (Mark 12:43)

Heavenly Father, she cast all her cares on you who cared for her; please help us do the same.

"for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood." (Mark 12:441)

Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church is divided into so many entrenched camps, please help us give all to Jesus for his kingdom.

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain[a] we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6-10)

Jesus, please help us flee from the entanglement of things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Help us fight the good fight of faith and lay hold of eternal life to which we have been called. (From 1 Timothy 6:11-12)

Holy Spirit, please help us guard what was committed to our trust, avoiding profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge -- for by professing such, some have strayed concerning the faith. Let your grace be with us. Amen. (From 1 Timothy 6:20)

Thus says the LORD: "Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool. Where is the house that you will build me? And where is the place of my rest" (Isaiah 66:1)

Holy Father, our bodies are temples of your Spirit: help us find our rest in you so that we may be a resting place for you.

"For all those things my hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the LORD. "But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word." (Isaiah 66:2)

Father, help the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion tremble at your word – help us have a poor and contrite spirit. Please help the Bishops of the Episcopal Church and the Primates of the Anglican Communion have such a poor and contrite spirit. Thank you.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

 

2/15/2007, #53, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

So the scribe said to him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but he.” (Mark 12:32)

Father, please help us all acknowledge this truth – there is one God, there is no other, and Jesus is the only way to you.

“And to love him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul,[a] and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mark 12:33)

Father, please help us worship you with an undivided heart, and love our neighbors as ourselves.

Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34a)

Holy Spirit, please help all our church leaders speak with the same wisdom as this scribe. Help them draw near to the Kingdom of God and enter into it.

Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. (1 Timothy 5:17)

Lord Jesus, we pray for the Primates of the Anglican Communion and the Bishops of the Episcopal Church that they will rule well and labor in the word and true doctrine and come into double honor.

“It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)

Jesus, we cry out to you for your bride the church: come and wash away every stain of sin and every wrinkle of disgrace.

“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the LORD.” (Isaiah 65:25)

LORD, teach us how to live so that we do no hurt to one another in the Episcopal Church and in all your holy mountain.

***** Up date from Fr. Ed LaCombe - Christ & St John's Church, Champlain 2007/02/14 Wed PM 05:10:57 CST
David,

I went to see Fr. Dan and Pat yesterday at Sunnyview. He is coming around very well and he was able to speak a bit to Fr. Bill Henricks and me (my third visit since the accident). At one point, when I reminded him that he had to cast his eyes toward and enjoyable summer, he proceeded to make like he was casting a fishing line out and reeling in a fish. Now that's progress. P.T.L.!

I sense that he's a bit frustrated, given his current limitations, as he probably doesn't see the progress we all see. However, I am more and more convinced that he will make a very good recovery from his injuries. All in all, both he and Pat need our continued prayers and support.

Fr. Ed+

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

 

2/14/2007, #52, 1st Quarter 2007, Manila

Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” (Mark 12:28)

Holy Spirit, please give our leaders in the Episcopal Church a clear perception that Jesus’ answers are good. Help them turn to him in humility and ask about HIS priorities.

Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. (Mark 12:29-30)

LORD, please help the Episcopal Church and the Primates of the Anglican Communion to get their priorities straight: help them and us to love you with an undivided heart before loving ANYTHING else.

And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)

Holy Spirit, please help the Episcopal Church love God more and his ways more than our neighbor.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

Jesus, we are in that latter time and the Episcopal Church is filled with false teaching – have mercy on us and come with your refining fire.

“I was sought by those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that was not called by my name. (Isaiah 65:1)

Father, thank you for finding us when we did not know how to find you.

I have stretched out my hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts; . (Isaiah 65:2)

Jesus, we are that rebellious people, we are those who provoke you to anger, the Episcopal Church is making sacrifice to other gods – have mercy on us and bring us back to you.

***** There had not been any change in Fr. Dan's condition, beyond that which had been reported by Ray and David. Father can speak in whispered voice and does give thanks to all who are praying for him, and is afraid of having whiskers like Ray so Pat has been keeping him shaved.
That was until last night's report from Pat. Last night she said, that he was able to walk about 35 feet and he had feelings in his right leg and toes. "Praise and Thanks be to God our Father".
I will be sending out another update tonight after we speak to Pat.
In Christian Faith and Love, Dcn. Greg

 

2/13/2007, #51, 1st Quarter 2007, on route to Singapore

Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. (Mark 11:12)

Our hearts’ desire if that the Episcopal Church would minister to your needs, Jesus.

And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. (Mark 11:13)

Lord, the Episcopal Church looks healthy and leafy but it is not producing fruit – in season or out.

In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it. (Mark 11:14)

Jesus, please let what you said to the fig tree be a sign and a warning to the Episcopal Church.

So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. (Mark 11:15)

Lord, drive the money changers out of your church – those for whom the property is more important than the people.

And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. (Mark 11:16)

Lord, please cleanse your temple and your people.

Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” (Mark 11:17)

Holy Spirit, help us be true to our foundation and our calling – help us be a house of prayer for all the nations.

And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching. (Mark 11:18)

Lord, even now the leaders of the Episcopal Church are seeking to destroy those who follow you.

When evening had come, He went out of the city. Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. (Mark 11:19-20)

Father, please help us heed the warning of the fig tree.

***** A word received: I Am. I Am coming to cleanse my church and my people. You are to bear fruit – abundant fruit – and I will cut away every growth that impedes that.

Monday, February 12, 2007

 

2/12/2007, #50, 1st Quarter 2007

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, (1 Timothy 1:12)

Christ Jesus, put into ministry in your church those who are faithful to you and your ways.

although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. (1 Timothy 1:13)

Father, we pray for those leaders of your people who persecute your faithful ones, please bring them out of unbelief, blasphemy and insolence.

And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:14)

Jesus, we need your exceedingly abundant grace with faith and love in your church.

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)

Holy Spirit, we pray for the Presiding Bishop, all the other bishops of the Episcopal Church, and all our clergy and lay leaders that they will accept fully the statement that Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on him for everlasting life. (1 Timothy 1:16)

Father, we pray that the leaders of the Episcopal Church will obtain mercy and will become a pattern of conversion for all those who are going to believe on Jesus for everlasting life.

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)

Amen. LORD, let your honor and glory be manifest at the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion this week. Move all our hearts to prayer for them.

"I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with me. For I have trodden them in my anger, and trampled them in my fury; their blood is sprinkled upon my garments, and I have stained all my robes." (Isaiah 63:3)

Jesus, we are justly objects of your wrath, have mercy on us and bring us to repentance.

"For the day of vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed has come." (Isaiah 63:4)

LORD, vengeance is yours alone -- restrain our lips and our hands from seeking vengeance; let this be the year of your redeemed.

"I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore my own arm brought salvation for me; and my own fury, it sustained me." (Isaiah 63:5)

Father, help us be the men and women you seek who will make a wall of prayer and stand in the gap before you on behalf of this land and the Episcopal Church so that you will not destroy us. (From Ezekiel 22:30)

LORD, help us mention your lovingkindness and your praises, according to all that you have bestowed on us, and your great goodness toward us. (From Isaiah 63:7)

This will be my last letter to our US Mail intercessors as we will be in the Philippines and Singapore for the next three weeks. We return on Friday, March 2nd. If you have access to a computer, I will be posting prayers on my blog, Albany Intercessor, http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/. I will also be sending out prayers by email with some gaps for travel and exhaustion. Our boy Steve will be manning the fort here; he turns eighteen on Tuesday, February 13th. Any and all prayers for him and for us are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

 

2/11/2007, #49, 1st Quarter 2007

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12)

Jesus, thank you for your light.

Thank you for lighting our paths day by day with your word.

Thank you for the guidance you are giving Bishop Bill.

Thank you for giving forgiveness of our sins.

Thank you for giving us eyes to see by the light of your word.

Thank you for giving us ears to hear your word.

Please come with your Holy Spirit and touch our hearts with your light.

Please show us, reveal to us the light of your father's love for us and all your church.

Thank you for making yourself known to us.

Please help us show forth your light to others today.

***** Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 12:16:07 -0500 (EST)
From: DSullivan
Dear Friends, God is answering prayer for Father Dan in a powerful and wonderful way! On Friday 2/9/07 Father John and Tish Kelly visited Dan at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady. They prayed, wept and laughed together. Fr Dan is speaking in whispers (tracheotomy is healing) and he is able to process information. Dan asked John and Tish to sing Hymns of Praise for his healing. God is performing a miracle before us. We Praise You God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Your brother in Christ,
David

***** Sean Wendell's open heart surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 13 at 7:30 AM at Ellis. Father God, we thank you that you go before us always. Annoint the hands of the surgeon and his team, guide and direct them during the surgery. Pray against any side effects of the anesthesia or medications. Give your peace and comfort to Sean and Hillary and his family. We pray for Sean's total healing and thank you, Lord, for all the miraculous healings that have already taken place. Amen.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

 

2/10/2007, #48, 1st Quarter 2007

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom: (2 Timothy 4:1)

Jesus, we pray for Bp. Bill that his heart will be prepared for the work you have called him to and for the hard decisions he will have to make for this diocese.

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2)

Help Bp. Bill and all our clergy and lay leaders to preach the word, to be ready in season and out, to convince, rebuke, and exhort with patience and teaching that fills the soul with what is good.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; (2 Timothy 4:3)

Lord, much of the Episcopal Church will not endure sound doctrine any more. They run with itching ears to every new teaching that justifies their desires. Have mercy on us and raise up faithful shepherds for the flock.

and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Timothy 4:4)

Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church has turned its ears away from the truth and is following after fables. Have mercy on us.

Come soon, Jesus, and turn us back to you and the ways of your father.

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5)

Help our bishop and leaders in this diocese to be watchful in all things, to do the work of an evangelist, and to fulfill the ministry you have given them, Jesus. Thank you.

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. (2 Timothy 4:6)

Thank you, Jesus, for the ministry of Bp. Dan, Bp. Dave and Bp. Ball and all the saints who have led us on the way.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

Father, help us all to fight the good fight, to finish the race, and to keep the faith.

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)

Jesus, please help us keep our eye on the prize and endure to the end. Thank you. Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon.

The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:22)

PRAYER OF ST IGNATIUS
Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to look for rest; to labor and not to seek for any reward; save that of knowing we do your will; who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.

Friday, February 09, 2007

 

2/9/2007, #47, 1st Quarter 2007

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask." (Mark 10:35)

Holy Spirit, please help us and all your church repent of such self-centered prayers.

Jesus, please help us pray according to the mind of your Spirit. Thank you for your patience with us.

And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" They said to him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left, in your glory." (Mark 10:36-37)

Father, please help us recognize our self-centered prayers for what they are. Help the leaders of the Episcopal Church repent of seeking their own honor and glory and come to you as little children. Anoint the Primates of the Anglican Communion as they meet so that they will desire your will for your church.

But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" (Mark 10:38)

Lord Jesus, help us when we come to you in blindness and ignorance to seek your larger purposes.

They said to him, "We are able." (Mark 10:39a)

Holy Spirit, please help us live out the commitments we have made to Jesus. We cannot do that in our own strength, but only by your help and grace each day.

So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; (Mark 10:39b)

Jesus, thank you that we can leave the disposition of our lives in you care.

but to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared." (Mark 10:40)

Father, help us enter into all that you have prepared for us. Thank you.

And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. (Mark 10:41)

Holy Father, please help the primates as they meet in Tanzania to be so desirous of your will that they can lay aside their displeasures with one another. Thank you.

A prayer to be used for the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Feb. 12-19) adapted from 1928 BCP)
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who by your Holy Spirit did preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and has promised, through your Son Jesus Christ, to be with your Church to the end of the world; We beseech you to be with the Council of your Church about to assemble in your Name and Presence. Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of your great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech you, so to direct, sanctify, and govern them in their work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death; till at length the whole of your dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life; through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

***** On Monday, February 12th, Jean and I and our granddaughter Taylor (age 12) are flying to the Philippines to visit our daughter Sarah and her family. We will be returning March 2nd. Please pray for travel mercies for us and God's blessing and protection on this trip. I will attempt to post prayers on my blog site, Albany Intercessor, Albany Intercessor and on Lent and Beyond, Lent and Beyond . There will be some gaps as it is a 24-hour flight each way and we will be doing some traveling while there.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

 

2/8/2007, #46, 1st Quarter 2007

Arise, shine; for your light has come! (Isaiah 60:1a)

Jesus, you are the light of the world, please help us walk by your light.

And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1b)

LORD, let your glory shine upon us -- drive away the darkness from your people.

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; (Isaiah 60:2a)

Jesus, the Episcopal Church is in deep darkness, send forth your light upon it.

But the LORD will arise over you, and his glory will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:2b)

Father, when people look at us, let them see your glory.

The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:3)

Holy Spirit, help us speak to everyone without fear or favor -- to high and low alike -- so that many will come into your light.

"Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather together, they come to you;" (Isaiah 60:4a)

Jesus, please give us eyes to see those who are coming to you so that we can help point the way to them.

"Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side." (Isaiah 60:4b)

Father, no matter how far our children have strayed, draw them to yourself, bring them out of every far country.

"Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy;" (Isaiah 60:5a)

LORD, we long for that day of rejoicing.

"Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you." (Isaiah 60:5b)

Jesus, help us enter into your full and abundant provision for us. Thank you.

***** Sean Wendell is having open heart surgery on Tues 13th at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Pray for protection and healing for Sean, discernment and guidance and skill for surgeons and doctors. Pray for complete recovery. Pray for Hillary Sarah and the family. NOTE: Please pray for him daily.

***** Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 20:40:54 -0500
From: Donna Steckline
Subject: update on Kevin Steckline's surgery
Hello all!
We returned from our vacation celebrating my parents 50th anniversary! It was splendid to have so much of the family together and we all really enjoyed it!
We returned late Sun., and Kev had his back surgery Mon. around mid-day. The surgeon was able to remove the disc which was pushing on a nerve and has given Kevin much relief. Of course he is in pain due to the surgery but can appreciate the relief of the procedure. He should be home for at least 3 weeks if we can manage to keep him laying low! We certainly appreciate your prayers.
Many blessings! FHS, Donna, Kevin, Christopher & Emily

***** (Urgent message from Jean Nolting) Jean's daughter, Victoria, was admitted to hospital last night because she couldn't breathe...discovered clots in her lungs and one in a leg. She was due to have a biopsy of lump in a breast on the 14th. You probably are aware of this.
This evening, the report is grimmer. There may be tumor/tumors throwing clots; and the MDs are going to biopsy the lump tomorrow morning. I don't know much about these things, but I don't see a breast tumor throwing clots, so that means things...to me...brain, liver etc.
She is in a small NJ hospital. That is driving Jean nuts.
Jean is caring for grandchildren so that Vicky's sisters can be with her at hospital.(Pray for all the needed miracles and for the doctors.)

***** Hi Everyone,
Father Dan is fully awake, he is speaking more everyday, mostly in whispers. The site of his trach is not fully closed, but healing. He has 6 hrs. of intensive therapy everday.
Pat said, it's like watching a flower bud opening. He is combing his own hair, brushing his teeth, and is learning to dress himself with direction from his therapists.
The prayer concerns are still for movement in his right leg (none so far, but he has said that it felt sore). Also please pray for the removal of the infection within his lungs. He has bronchitis. Please pray also for respite for Pat and good eating habits.
In Faith, Dcn. Greg

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

 

2/7/2007, #45, 1st Quarter 2007

Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. (Isaiah 59:15b)

LORD, please restore justice, mercy and righteousness to your church and your people.

He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; (Isaiah 59:16a)

Holy Spirit, please move your people to a life of prayer and intercession. Help us stand in the gap. (See Ezekiel 22:30) Please raise up vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and guide them in their life of prayer and intercession. Give them and us wisdom in how to pray. Establish your priorities in all our lives.

Therefore his own arm brought salvation for him; (Isaiah 59:16b)

Jesus, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross, thank you.

And his own righteousness, it sustained him. (Isaiah 59:16c)

Father, thank you for your righteousness; please help us walk in your ways as Jesus did.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

 

2/6/2007, #44, 1st Quarter 2007

A word received: Rest in me. Carry no burden that I have not asked you to.

***** A 20 minute video of the Installation of Bp. Bill Love can be seen on my blog, Albany Intercessor at Albany Intercessor , or you can go to it directly at http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2007/02/installation-of-bp-bill-love.html. I have included the first part of Bp. Bill's sermon.

Lord, thank you for the anointing you have given Bp. Bill to serve among us.

"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42)

Jesus, we cry out to you for your little ones who are being led astray by lies. Please draw them back to you and to the truth of the gospel.

Father, I pray for your will to be done among your people. Draw us back to you.

Holy Spirit, restore us; help us come into the presence of Jesus and worship him.

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched--where 'Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.' (Mark 9:43-44)

Holy Spirit, please give us a clear discernment of what is of greater importance what is of lesser importance. Help us let go of the chaff in our lives so that only the good grain remains. Thank you.

And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched--where 'Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.' (Mark 9:45-46)

Holy Father, please help us lay aside everything else for the sake of the gospel of your son Jesus Christ.

Jesus, as the true and the false are revealed for what they are in your church, help us choose the true no matter what the cost.

And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire--where 'Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.' (Mark 9:47-48)

Holy Spirit, please bring us under your discipline over the time we spend watching TV and surfing the 'net. Help us leave behind those programs and sites which are not edifying. Bring us to modesty of sight.

"For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another." (Mark 9:49-50)

Jesus, season us with the salt and fire of your gospel -- help us reject all the salt substitutes offered by the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Timothy 1:6)

Holy Spirit, help Bp. Bill and all the priests, deacons, lay leaders, and the Sisters to stir up the gifts you have given them. Build up the Body of Christ by the fruitful use of your gifts.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Jesus, please anoint Bp. Bill and all your faithful bishops and primates with power, love, and soundness of thought. Do not let them be deterred by any threats or fears.

For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. (2 Timothy 1:12)

Father, bring us to the freedom of your Spirit in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please bring to repentance all those who desire the praise of the world and are ashamed of the cross of Jesus.

Jesus, please help us hold fast to the pattern of sound words which we have heard in Scripture and in the faith and love that are in you. (From 2 Timothy 1:13)

Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity. (Isaiah 59:1-3)

LORD, your hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor is your ear heavy that you cannot hear. The iniquities of the Episcopal Church have separated it from you. Our sins have hidden your face from us, so that we do not hear. We are being defiled with iniquity; the lips of the Episcopal Church leaders have spoken lies, their tongues have muttered perversity.

LORD, please set St. Andrews Vestal, NY, St. Andrews Syracuse, NY, and the parishes in Virginia that hold fast to the gospel free from those who seek their harm.

LORD, we have transgressed and lied against you in the Episcopal Church, we have departed from you and your ways, we speak oppression and revolt, we conceive and utter words of falsehood from our hearts. Have mercy on us and bring your bride back to you -- cleansed and forgiven.

So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. (Isaiah 59:15a)

Jesus, re-establish your truth among us and protect those who have become prey to those who value the world more than you.

 

Installation of Bp. Bill Love


Monday, February 05, 2007

 

2/5/2007, #43, 1st Quarter 2007

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth! (Psalm 80:1)

Jesus, please let your light shine forth for your faithful people. Thank you for being our shepherd and guide. Thank you for the guidance you are giving Bp. Bill.

Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, stir up your strength, and come and save us! (Psalm 80:2)

Lord, come and rescue your faithful people, parishes, and dioceses out of the hands of those who would oppress them.

Restore us, O God; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:3)

Restore your people, Father, send your Holy Spirit among us -- then we shall be a well-watered garden.

O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer of your people? (Psalm 80:4)

Father, your people are mired in sin and say that you would have it so; bring us to repentance and new life in your son Jesus.

You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in great measure. (Psalm 80:5)

Jesus, even with this the Episcopal Church has not turned back to you as we should.

You have made us a strife to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. (Psalm 80:6)

Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church has become a bed of thorns, please bring us back to the Father's ways.

Restore us, O God of hosts; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:7)

Restore us O God of hosts, cause your face to shine upon us, and we shall be saved. Thank you.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

 

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Disciples

Sunday School Lesson 19, 2/4/07, Matthew 9:35-10:42

A word received: See my hearts desire for my people: teaching that comes from me in the churches, preaching that is good news, and healing of every sickness and every disease. That is what I did, that is what I taught my disciples to do, that is what I want my disciples now to do.

A word received: Pray for my people to see the baggage they carry with them -- pray that they will see it for what it is and leave it behind. I AM. I AM calling my people to follow me -- they are hindered by the baggage they bring with them.

 

2/4/2007, #42, 1st Quarter 2007

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." (John 7:37-38)

Jesus, I thirst -- I thirst for more of you; I believe -- help my unbelief; let my life be an Elim Spring where the thirsty may drink of you. (See Exodus 15:27)

***** Hi Again Everyone,

We just talked to Pat and she was able to give us a mailing address for Fr. Dan, and for herself, since this will be her mailing address as well for a while.

Fr. Dan Moore
c/o Sunnyview Rehab. Hospital, Room 375
1270 Belmont Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12308


God Bless, Dcn. Greg

Saturday, February 03, 2007

 

2/3/2007, #41, 1st Quarter 2007

Dear Friends
I thought you might like to see the cover of my new book, The Forgotten Touch, that will be out in June '07 from Seabury Press.
Blessings
Fr. Nigel+
It is posted at: http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post_5577.html

 
 
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2/3/2007, #40, 1st Quarter 2007

You, yourself, are to be feared; and who may stand in your presence when once you are angry? (Psalm 76:7)

Father, humble your people so that they may fear you and worship you as we should.

You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to judgment, to deliver all the oppressed of the earth. (Psalm 76:8-9)

Jesus, the day of your threshing is coming -- please prepare our hearts. I cry out to you for your little ones who are being led astray by lies. I pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Come with your Holy Spirit and set your people free. Thank you.

Friday, February 02, 2007

 

2/2/2007, #39, 1st Quarter 2007

And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved son. Hear him!" (Mark 9:7)

Father, please help us in our generation to hear what Jesus is saying to us. Unstop our ears and help us hearken to him.

I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)

Jesus, help us heed your word to us; help your church walk in your Spirit so that we cease fulfilling the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:17)

Father, the leaders of the Episcopal Church are saying that the flesh and the Spirit are in harmony; have mercy on us and lead us out of this folly.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18)

Holy Spirit, please lead us so that we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh and come under the judgment of the law.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

Have mercy on us Jesus, the Episcopal Church is casting away its inheritance for a mess of potage!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering/patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Holy Spirit, please help us daily do all these in our families, our parishes and communities, and in the work place.

And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)

Jesus, be our guide and helper today in doing this. You have done it, show us how to crucify our flesh with its passions and desires so that we come under the control of your Holy Spirit.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)

LORD, there is no cheap grace here -- this is daily walking the narrow way. Have mercy on us and help us do this today. I am asking for today's grace, today's bread. Tomorrow will take care of itself, please help me walk the narrow way today.

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:26)

Jesus, there is no room for conceit here, we can only do this step by step and minute by minute with the help of your Holy Spirit.

Thus says the LORD: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for my salvation is about to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it." Father, help us receive this blessing! (From Isaiah 56:1-2a)

***** Keep praying for Bp. Bill, our new Diocesan Bishop, for the Lord's covering, anointing, strength, wisdom and peace and for his family. Pray that he can allow the Lord to carry his burdens day by day. Pray for all who counsel with him.

Pray for the Diocese, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, their staffs, the Sisters, the Healing ministry in the diocese and in our parishes, the youth ministry and all clergy and lay people who minister.

Pray for all intercessors.

Please pray for Jean, for healing both of sciatica pain in hip and leg and nausea from some virus. Pray that we all will be healthy for our trip and protection for us and Stephen who will be here. [We will be visiting our daughter Sarah and her family in the Philippines February 12-March 2.]

(PDU) Pray for the Men’s Ministry Morning "Courage and Strength: Our Faith in Action" Sponsored by Diocesan Men’s Ministry and The Brotherhood of St Andrew. They will gather on Saturday, February 17th, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM, at Calvary Episcopal, 85 Lake Hill Road, Burnt Hills 12027 for Prayer, Breakfast, Music, Invited Speaker, and Eucharist.

***** Dear Friends and Family in Christ,
Day 19 of Fr. Dan's recovery, he is now in a state of awakening. He ate ice chips today.
His trach has been capped, so that he may speak, although he has not as of yet.
The Blood Clot that is in his lower leg, is not in the main artery, and is being treated accordingly.
The Best News Is !!! That in the morning (Friday) at about 8 o'clock he is being transferred to Sunnyview Rehab. Center in Schnectady. Pat will follow the transport, (trip taking about 3 hrs.) and their daughter Kelly will be leaving her home in Conn. (also traveling about 3 hrs.) meeting them at the Center, and staying for the weekend.
Please focus prayers on the continued healing of Fathers brain and for the blood clot in his leg to be dissolved, and for movement of that leg. There has been no movement in his right leg since the accident. Some small movement of the toes but nothing else.
In Faith & Christian Love,
Dcn. Greg & Trudy

Thursday, February 01, 2007

 

2/1/2007, #38, 1st Quarter 2007

"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;" (Isaiah 55:1a)

Holy Spirit, please give us such a thirst for your living water that we will be satisfied with nothing less.

"And you who have no money, come, buy and eat." (Isaiah 55:1b)

Jesus, please help us proclaim your good news to the poor -- those poor in spirit and those poor in purse.

"Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." (Isaiah 55:1c)

Father, help all in the Episcopal Church to receive the free salvation that you offer through your son Jesus.

"Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?" (Isaiah 55:2a)

LORD, our folly is so great -- give us wisdom to pursue what is of enduring value: a life lived in you.

"Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance." (Isaiah 55:2b)

Jesus, please open our ears so that your word will be grafted into our souls.

"Incline your ear, and come to me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you-- the sure mercies of David." (Isaiah 55:3)

Jesus, please help us listen to your good news so that we may live and not die.

Father, the covenant relationship with you is there, ready and waiting; help us receive what you are offering on your terms, for we cannot receive it on ours. David turned from his sin to you and found your mercy, please help the Episcopal Church to do this as well.

"Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people." (Isaiah 55:4)

Jesus, son of David, have mercy on us and help us hearken to your leading and your commands. Help us love one another as you and the Father love one another.

"Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and the Holy One of Israel; for he has glorified you." (Isaiah 55:5)

Jesus, the very stones will cry out in praise of you if we do not. Help us worship you and praise you as we ought. Help us repent -- help us seek you while you may be found and call upon you while you are near. (From Isaiah 55:6)

Jesus, thank you for the faithful witness of Bp. Dan and Bp. Dave. Please bless the witness of Bp. Bill.

***** There will be a healing conference March 2-3 with Fr. Russ Parker from England and Fr. Nigel Mumford. It is called Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven. Call Christ the King Center at (518) 692-9550 to find out about registering for the conference. The cost per person is $80 (no lodging) or $135 (with lodging), and for couples $150 (no lodging) or $260 (with lodging).

***** A quote sent by intercessor Chuck Cooley:

EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM

The only real argument for Christianity is a Christian experience. It may be that sometimes we have to argue with people until the intellectual barriers, which they have erected, are battered down and the citadel of their mind capitulates. But in the great majority of cases the only persuasion we can use is to say: "I know what Jesus is like and I know what Jesus can do. All that I can ask you to do is to try Him yourself and to see what happens." Effective Christian evangelism really begins when we can say: "I know what Christ has done for me," and go on to say: "Try Him and see what He can do for you."

-- William Barclay in "The Gospel of John"

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