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Saturday, March 31, 2007

 

3/31/2007, #100, 1st Quarter 2007

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. (Joel 3:14)

      A word received: Be steady -- find your steadiness in me.

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. (Psalm 137:1)

      LORD, we weep when we remember the Episcopal Church as it was.

We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. (Psalm 137:2)

      Our tears are our songs, LORD.

For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" (Psalm 137:3)

      Jesus, those who have captured the Episcopal Church tell us everything is OK, that the Spirit is doing a new thing, and that we should rejoice.

How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a foreign land? (Psalm 137:4)

      Father, we have become aliens in the Episcopal Church; please show us how to sing your song in the midst of it.

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! (Psalm 137:5)

      Holy Spirit, help us remember the faith once delivered to the saints. (Jude 1:3)

If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth-- if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy. (Psalm 137:6)

      LORD, help us make the restoration and re-conversion of the Episcopal Church our aim and you are chief joy.

Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, who said, "Raze it, raze it, to its very foundation!" (Psalm 137:7)

      Father, remember those who would tear your church down to its very foundation stones and build upon some other cornerstone than Jesus.

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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3/31/2007, #99, 1st Quarter 2007

A word received (3/27/07): Come, follow me. That is my word to my disciples today.

A word received (3/27/07): Pray for my people that they will receive their sight.

A word received (3/28/07): Come to me, follow me, feed on me, I will supply.

A word received (3/29/07): Hear my word. I AM. There is no other.

A word received (3/30/07): I AM your rock.

And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, "The Teacher has come and is calling for you." (John 11:28)

      Holy Spirit, help us say those blessed words to our brothers and sisters, "Jesus has come and is calling for you." Please show us how to share Jesus with one another.

As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to him. (John 11:29)

      Jesus, please help us respond as quickly as Mary did whenever you come to us.

Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met him. Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there." (John 11:30-31)

      Father, please guide us by your Holy Spirit in the bringing comfort to those who mourn. Set us free from the fear of making mistakes and therefore doing nothing.

Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." (John 11:32)

      Jesus, please give to each of us that certainty of faith that Mary had.

Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, he groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And he said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." (John 11:33-34)

      Jesus, thank you for entering into our sorrow.

Jesus wept. (John 11:35)

      Jesus, thank you for weeping with us. Please help us join in with weeping with you for your people who are suffering. Lord, we weep for the Episcopal Church.

Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" (John 11:36)

      Thank you for loving us.

And some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?" (John 11:37)

      Jesus, you opened our eyes of faith when we were blind, please keep the Episcopal Church from dying.

Then Jesus, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. (John 11:38)

      Jesus, please come to all those dioceses and perishes that have become tombs with no life in them.

Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days." (John 11:39)

      Lord, there is a stench in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada today. It is the smell of death. Parishes, dioceses, and people are dying, not knowing the hope of the gospel.

Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40)

      Jesus, we believe; help our unbelief so that we may see the glory of God.

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I know that you always hear me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent me." (John 11:41-42)

      Holy Spirit, please help the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada hear and believe that the Father has sent his Son Jesus to us as the savior.

Now when he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" (John 11:43)

      Lord, please speak those words of command to the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.

And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go." (John 11:44)

      Jesus, please raise the dead in faith to new life, loose them and let them go.

Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in him. (John 11:45)

      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to see and believe when people are brought to new life in Jesus.

Now a great many of the Jews knew that he was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. (John 12:9-11)

      Lord, even now the leaders of the Episcopal Church are plotting to destroy those who have found new life in Jesus and share that with others.

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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CANADIAN ANGLICANS will soon vote on a resolution which states that "the blessing of same-sex unions is consistent with the core doctrine of the Anglican Church of Canada."
The vote will take place during the General Synod, which meets every three years, and is the chief governing mechanism of the denomination in Canada. This year's synod will meet June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
The controversial resolution is one of five resolutions on the topic that were agreed on by the Council of General Synod at a meeting March 8 - 11 in Mississauga, Ontario. The Council is a smaller body that serves as an executive between meetings of the General Synod.
The same-sex resolution, if passed, could sever the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) from many other national bodies throughout the worldwide Anglican communion; and it could cause some Canadian members to leave the church.
Michael Pollesel, General Secretary of the General Synod, told CC.com he expects "a heartfelt and deeply searching debate" on the resolution. Noting that Council resolutions are turned down by General Synod "all the time," he added, "How it's going to end, I couldn't say."
One thing Pollesel said he is sure of, however, is that "there will be pain. From what I can see, it's a no-win situation."

      Lord, please help the Anglican Church of Canada repent of this evil. Help them humble themselves before you, pray, and seek your face.

Friday, March 30, 2007

 

3/30/2007, #98, 1st Quarter 2007

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (John 11:1)

      Jesus, the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada are sick.

It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. (John 11:2)

      Jesus, in the past the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada anointed you with the sweet fragrance of our prayers and devotion, but that rarely happens now.

Therefore the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick." (John 11:3)

      Lord, the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada whom you love are sick.

When Jesus heard that, he said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." (John 11:4)

      Jesus, we live in hope for the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada that their present sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God and that you may be glorified.

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. (John 11:5)

      We know that you love us, Jesus.

So, when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was. (John 11:6)

      Jesus, our times are in your hand. (Psalm 31:15) Walking with you means going at your pace, not ours.

Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." (John 11:7)

      Lord, come soon and visit your people.

The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone you, and are you going there again?" (John 11:8)

      Lately, the leaders of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada have rejected you and have sought to drive you from the Church.

Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." (John 11:9-10

      The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada have been walking in darkness and have stumbled. Jesus, you are the light of the world, please help us walk by your light.

These things he said, and after that he said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up." (John 11:11)

      Jesus, send your Holy Spirit on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada and wake us up.

Then his disciples said, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well." (John 11:12)

      Jesus, we keep hoping and praying that the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada will get well.

However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that he was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. (John 11:13-14)

      Lord, parts of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada are dead, they have cut themselves off from the vine.

And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him." (John 11:15)

      Lord Jesus, come soon and visit your people.

Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." (John 11:16)

      Father, this is a choice that many are making.

So when Jesus came, he found that he had already been in the tomb four days. (John 11:17)

      Jesus the Episcopal Church has chosen death instead of life. When it chose to consecrate a non-celibate homosexual as bishop, it chose death instead of life. When it chose to join and organization committed to abortion, it chose death instead of life.

Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. (John 11:18-19)

      Lord, many join in grieving for your church.

Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him, but Mary was sitting in the house. (John 11:20)

      Holy Spirit, please help us go out to meet Jesus.

Now Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you." (John 11:21-22)

      Jesus, we know that whatever you ask of your father, he will give you.

Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." (John 11:23)

      Jesus, we live in this hope.

Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." (John 11:24)

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

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. he who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26)

      Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world. (From John 11:27)

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Thursday, March 29, 2007

 

3/29/2007, #97, 1st Quarter 2007

(Today's PDU from Bp. Love) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Upon my arrival home from the House of Bishop's meeting, I received the attached letter from Bishop Dan, informing me that after a three and half year long period of focused prayer and study, he and Carol have decided to return to their roots and be received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. While I respect Bishop Dan and Carol's decision, it is with great sadness that I receive and pass on this news.

      I know this was not an easy decision, nor was it made without great personal cost. Unfortunately, unlike Bishop Bena's decision to transfer to the Church of Nigeria, continuing as a bishop in good standing in the Anglican Communion, Bishop Dan's decision has necessitated the resignation of his orders as bishop, priest and deacon. As such, he will not be able to function in an ordained capacity within the Diocese or larger Anglican Communion.

      Dan and Carol have been and continue to be good friends of the Diocese of Albany and will always be welcome at all functions in the Diocese. Their decision to return to Rome was not and should not be seen as an attack or lack of love or concern for the Diocese of Albany. As we continue to hold Dan and Carol up in our thoughts and prayers, may God bless them richly in His love and mercy and grace.

      The recent retirement and subsequent departure of both Bishop Dan and Bishop Dave from the Episcopal Church, can't help but have a major impact on each of us and our Diocese. One of my greatest concerns, as your new Bishop, is that others in the Diocese are also struggling with the current issues that threaten to divide the Church. Please know that I am here for you as we work through these issues.

      As your bishop and brother in Christ, I appreciate and give thanks to God for you and every member of our diocesan family. I need you as we move forward. We are blessed with being in a wonderful, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled Diocese. The Lord is doing mighty things in the Diocese of Albany and has even greater plans for the future. It is absolutely essential that we stick together, as one body in Christ, loving, supporting and upholding one another as we answer our Lord's call to act in faith and obedience though the power of the Holy Spirit, living the Great Commandment and Great Commission.
      May our Lord Jesus Christ bless us and use us mightily in His service and always to His glory and the benefit of His Church.
Faithfully Yours in Christ,
      +Bill
      Bishop of Albany

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(the letter Bp. Love refers to: from Dan and Carol Herzog)
612 South Shore Road
Delanson, NY 12053

March 19, 2007
Feast of Saint Joseph

The Right Reverend William H. Love Bishop of Albany
68 South Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210

Dear Bishop Bishop Bill,

I have written to the Presiding Bishop to advise here that last week Carol and I were received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. This action is the result of three and a half years of focused prayer and study. There is a sense of joyful contentment in being in union with the office of Peter and the universal church. There is also an element of sadness at losing a special connection with the devoted clergy and outstanding lay leaders serving Christ in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, and the Anglican Communion

You and many others are aware of the turmoil which has enveloped the Episcopal Church since the decisions and actions of the General Convention in 2003. That turmoil was not merely external. It also caused a lot of hidden tears. To my mind, the power which the Convention claimed to exercise in fact negated any previous authority on which I had relied. It caused me to engage in a fresh examination of apostolic teaching and authority.

In spite of my personal grief over all this, my sense of duty to the Diocese, its clergy and people required that I not walk away from my office and leave vulnerable this diocese which I love. I believed that it was my responsibility to provide for a transition to the future. Your subsequent election and consecration discharged that duty and has given me the liberty to follow my conscience, and now resign my orders and membership in the House of Bishops.

It is certainly no reflection on you or your ministry which Carol and I both admire and respect and for which we pray daily. Needless to say, we have only fondness and appreciation for you and the Diocese in whose ministry Carol and I have invested the past thirty-five years of our lives.

We have now an even greater incentive to pray for that unity which Christ willed for His church, a unity embedded in that faith once delivered to the saints.

With every wish for a holy celebration of Jesus' resurrection, I remain,

In Christ,

Signed/ Daniel W. Herzog

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       (Keep praying for Dan and Carol as they are praying for us. We are still in the Universal Church, the Body of Christ together. Jesus word to us is, whatever the crisis, turn to Me. )

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      I want to share a decision I made two or three years ago: As I looked at what was happening in the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion, I realized that people that I knew (and many that I didn't know) were making decisions about staying in or leaving the Episcopal Church. For one person the decision would be based one reason, for another person the decision would be based on something else. In each case it would be made in sorrow and in prayer.

      I made the decision then that I would not judge any person for the decision they were making or assume that I knew all of the reasons for their decision. I made the decision to accept their decision to stay in or leave the Episcopal Church at face value. That way I can continue to hold them without reservation in love and prayer. These are times that are trying men's and women's souls in the Episcopal Church. I have chosen to respect the choices that are being made, often in great anguish and prayer. I urge you to do the same.

      We have a huge debt of gratitude to Dan and Carol Herzog for the transforming work that God has done through them in this diocese. Lives have been changed and many have come into a personal relationship with Jesus because of their ministry among us. I ask you now, as I have asked you repeatedly these past ten years, to continue to hold them in prayer. I also ask you to express your love and gratitude to them , even as we all are saddened by this decision. Torre (and Jean)

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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3/29/2007, #96, 1st Quarter 2007

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

      Jesus, please bring the Episcopal Church to unity in you, your word, and your Spirit. Help us all desire to be children of your father.

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

      Father, please flood us with the oil of your Holy Spirit.

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

      Holy Spirit, please lead us into this blessing.

      LORD, we are called by your name; please help us humble ourselves, pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways, so that you will hear us from heaven and will forgive our sins and heal our land and the Episcopal Church. Thank you. (From 2 Chronicles 7:14)

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

 

3/28/2007, #95, 1st Quarter 2007

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

      Father, we pray that your word will be heard in every part of this diocese, and that with hearing an increase in faith will come.

But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: "Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world." (Romans 10:18)

      Holy Spirit, please let the ears of your people be attuned to the gospel message.

But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: "I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation." (Romans 10:19)

      Jesus, we see some denominations growing and we see others like the Episcopal Church are slowly dying. Move us to jealousy of those that are growing so that we will have a heart to receive and share the full gospel message.

But Isaiah is very bold and says: "I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me." (Romans 10:20)

      Jesus, many bishops, priests and deacons in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada are no longer seeking you or even asking for you, please show yourself to them.

But to Israel he says: "All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people." (Romans 10:21)

      Holy Spirit, please send forth preachers of the word among us so that many will hear, and in hearing will believe, and in believing will call on the name of Jesus. (From Romans 10:14-15)

      Father, we have been a disobedient and contrary people, please help us to humble ourselves before you, pray, and seek your face. Then hear us from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land and church.

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

 

3/27/2007, #94, 1st Quarter 2007

Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 08:50:10 -0400
From: Deacon Joseph Acanfora
We did the Chronicles prayer as our response to all of the prayers of the people this past Sunday. [Note they used The Prayers of the People, pages 328-330 in the BCP. Torre]

The Prayers of the People

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church and the world.

Almighty and everliving God, who in thy holy Word hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks for all men: Receive these our prayers which we offer unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love.

      "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other ministers [especially________.], that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.

      "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " (2 Chronicles 7:14)

And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.
      "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear the authority of government in this and every land [especially ___________], that they may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world.

      "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honor thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty.

      "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " (2 Chronicles 7:14)

And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succor [______________ and] all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.

      "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " (2 Chronicles 7:14)

And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear [especially__________], beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love and service; and to grant us grace so to follow the good examples of [__________ and of] all thy saints, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom.

      "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Grant these our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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3/27/2007, #93, 1st Quarter 2007

In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me. (Psalm 120:1)

      Jesus, thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you.

      Father, thank you for hearing the cries of your children.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for moving in our hearts.

Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue. (Psalm 120:2)

      LORD, please cleanse the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada of the lies that are being told in them.

What shall be given to you, or what shall be done to you, you false tongue? (Psalm 120:3)

      Jesus, I have no desire for punishment for the deceitful, but rather that you would bring them to conversion and repentance.

Sharp arrows of the warrior, with coals of the broom tree! (Psalm 120:4)

      Holy Spirit, as you did on the day of Pentecost with the 3,000, I ask you to pierce their hearts with your word.

Woe is me, that I dwell in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! (Psalm 120:5)

      Father, there are times when I lament being in the Episcopal Church with its apostasy and heresy, but you have brought me here, so please help me to be faithful in my calling.

My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. (Psalm 120:6)

      Jesus, I am weary of the battle and those who despise your peace, please help me be steady in you.

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. (Psalm 120:7)

      Holy Spirit, work in our hearts so that we know the peace that passes all understanding, that peace which will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

I will lift up my eyes to the hills-- from whence comes my help? (Psalm 121:1)

      Jesus, help me lift up my eyes and look to you for help.

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)

      Father, you have made us, we are the work of your hands; please help us walk in your ways in this diocese.

He will not allow your foot to be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:3)

      Holy Spirit, please establish the feet of Bishop Bill and all your faithful bishops, priests and deacons and those who give them counsel. Keep them steady on the rock so that their feet will not be moved.

Behold, he who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:4)

      Father, thank you for your watchful care for us.

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. (Psalm 121:5)

      Jesus, we take refuge under the shelter of your wings.

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. (Psalm 121:6)

      Jesus, please protect your faithful people from every assault.

The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; he shall preserve your soul. (Psalm 121:7)

      Thank you, LORD. Thank you for the hope you give us.

The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121:8)

      LORD, we lift up our eyes to you, you are our help, our guide and our comfort. Thank you for being who you are. Amen.

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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      LORD, help us humble ourselves before you, pray, and seek your face. Help us repent of any evil we are doing in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada. We cast all our cares on you for you care for us.

Monday, March 26, 2007

 

3/26/2007, #92, 1st Quarter 2007

Now as Jesus passed by, he saw a man who was blind from birth. (John 9:1)

       Jesus, we see all around us those who are blind to the truth of the gospel.

And his disciples asked him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:2)

      Holy Spirit, please reveal to us where the blindness in the Episcopal Church is coming from.

Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. (John 9:3)

      Jesus, there are lots of opportunities for you to show forth the works of God in the Episcopal Church, for there is much blindness.

I must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. (John 9:4)

      Father, night is almost here in the Episcopal Church; while there is still some light left please have your son Jesus to do the work among us that you sent him to do.

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:5)

      Jesus, you are our light, please help us walk in the path you have marked out for us.

When he had said these things, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. (John 9:6)

      Jesus, please anoint the eyes of the blind in the Episcopal Church.

And he said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. (John 9:7)

      Holy Spirit, please wash and cleanse the Episcopal Church so that it comes back seeing what Jesus is doing.

Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" (John 9:8)

       LORD, please give us eyes to recognize what you have done.

Some said, "This is he." Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he." (John 9:9)

      Holy Spirit, please help us to bear faithful witness to what Jesus has done in our lives.

Therefore they said to him, "How were your eyes opened?" (John 9:10)

      Father, help the leaders of the Episcopal Church to ask this question when they encounter your works. Please give them eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to respond.

He answered and said, "A man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed, and I received sight." (John 9:11)

      Holy Spirit, please help the Episcopal Church to be obedient to Jesus' directions so that it can receive its sight again.

Then they said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know." (John 9:12)

      Lord Jesus, please come and meet us when we don't know how to get to you.

They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. (John 9:13)

      Jesus, they brought the formerly blind to the presently blind.

Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. (John 9:14)

      Whoops! You did it again, Jesus.

Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." (John 9:15)

      Thank you, Father, for this man's faithful witness; please help us to be faithful in our witness.

Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This Man is not from God, because he does not keep the Sabbath." Others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them. (John 9:16)

      Jesus, please help the leaders of the Episcopal Church to see the good you are going for what it is.

They said to the blind man again, "What do you say about him because he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." (John 9:17)

      Please help the leaders of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada start asking the right questions, Jesus, and believing the answers your faithful witnesses give about you.

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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      LORD, help us humble ourselves before you, pray and seek your face. Help us repent of any evil we are doing. We cast all our cares on you for you care for us.

***** From Intercessor Muriel Dix:
Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

While doing my bible study Saturday I came across this passage. Along with Bishop Bill's request of 2nd.Chronicles 7:14 this passage has given me some comfort. I am trying to memorize them -- I will pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praises to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we can ask or imagine. Amen.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

 

3/25/2007, #91, 1st Quarter 2007

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)

      Thank you, LORD, for your goodness and mercy.

Let Israel now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:2)

      Jesus, please help the laity of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada know your mercy.

Let the house of Aaron now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:3)

      Holy Father, please help the bishops, priests and deacons of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada know your mercy.

Let those who fear the LORD now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:4)

      LORD, your mercy endures forever.

I called on the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place. (Psalm 118:5)

      Thank you, LORD, that we can call on you at all times -- when the times are good and when they are evil.

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6)

      Thank you for Bishop Bill and all your faithful bishops, priests and deacons. Thank you for the way they point us to you, Jesus. Thank you that you are in charge, Lord, and for caring for us.

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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      LORD, help us humble ourselves before you, pray and seek your face. Help us repent of any evil we are doing. We cast all our cares on you for you care for us.

***** Keep praying for Bishop Bill and all faithful bishops, clergy and lay leaders in our diocese and in the Episcopal Church.

Pray for peace, strength, and clear guidance to know and do the Lord's will step by step.

Cry out to the Lord for His Church. He is still Lord.

Keep praying the prayer from 2 Chronicles 7:14 for ourselves and all the churches in the United States (not just the Episcopal Church).

Pray for God to open the eyes of those revisionists who, as St. Paul said, think they are doing God's will, "but not according to knowledge".

Keep praying for our parish, the Diocese, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, the Sisters of St. Mary (pray that the Holy Spirit will raise up vocations to their order).

***** Dear Sister Mary Angela & All Faithfull Prayer,
I am sorry that I have not been able to keep you updated as before, but will try harder to do so. We are holding a Fund Raiser tomorrow for Fr. Dan, and this has kept me away from the computer more then normal.
Fr. Dan is doing good, progress at this time may be slowing down, but he is still gaining. The problem he was having with his water works has healed itself "Thanks Be To God" and the power of our prayers to him.
He is doing extencive therapy, three times a week, and is now going only with a cane outside the home, and without none inside. His voice is getting stonger each day and I know that before long it will return to normal. The therapist has tryed to have him jump off the first step of a set of stairs, but his brain is telling him, why jump- it's sort of like jumping out of a plane, if it's not going down why jump,why no simply stay inside and enjoy the ride-- after all it's a perfectly good plane.
The same it seems with running, the rehab. center has a unit that keeps him from falling, it goes around him on all sides. His asked to run- but Father can't yet get him feet to go into the running mode-- it's like his brain is saying- Dan why run, we've got all the time we need, so let's just walk and enjoy this second chance at life God has given.
If there is anything that we need to pray about more then his general recovery, I would say it might be his short term memory. So let us focus our prayers there.
God will restore Father's health to it's fullest I know.
May the Lord be with you Sister Mary Angela, and with all of you who continue to pray and, help in so many ways, for Fr. Dan and Pat, but more then just this for all that you do in helping anyone who is in need.
In Love and Faith, Dcn. Greg

Friday, March 23, 2007

 

3/23/2007, #90, 1st Quarter 2007

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

      Jesus, please help us answer your call today. Help us weed out all the other conflicting claims on our time and lives and answer your call.

      Father, please help us so love you that you will work out the good you have for us in our lives.

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

      Father, you have known us and cared for us all our days, even before we were born; please mold us day by day into the image of your son Jesus. Thank you for the many brothers and sisters you have given us to encourage us along the way.

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

      Jesus, please help us answer your call so that we may be justified and enter into your glory.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

      Holy Spirit, please write these words of comfort and hope on our hearts.

      Holy Father, down through the centuries your faithful people have been comforted by your word. In the midst of the sin and confusion in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada we have our eyes fixed on you where true joy is to be found. Thank you for being who you are.

***** (PDU from Bishop Bill)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I will be responding to the actions of the HOB in the next couple of days. I am currently on the road and therefore not able to make an immediate response. I understand many in the Diocese are upset about the two Mind of the House Resolutions dealing with the Primates Communiqué. I share your concern and voted against both resolutions. With that said, it is important that we all stay as calm as possible and not overreact out of emotion or anger. I am very proud of our Diocese and continue to believe that the Lord will use us to help bring healing into the Church. I ask each of you to join me in holding the Church up in prayer and seeking God's wisdom and guidance during these very difficult times. Faithfully Yours in Christ, +Bill

***** Keep praying, as Bishop Bill requested 2 Chronicles 7:14 individually and in our parishs, that we will humble ourselves before God, pray to him, seek his face and repent of our sins.
There will be a prayer meeting 7 PM on Tues, April 3rd, in Holy Week at Christ Church Schenectady just to gather and pray that.

***** Word received by Joann Ferris after hearing about the House of Bishops' decision: "My church, My bride. Oh why! Oh why! have your forsaken Me…you do not know what you do."

***** Time to look again at a word Myra Andresen got for the Christ Church Prayer Line a while ago when feeling overwhelmed. I am carrying you. Let Me carry you. Come to Me.

***** Jean and I are driving to Massena, NY today to do a workshop on "Listening Prayer" on Saturday. Please pray that we and those attending will be responsive to the Holy Spirit. Please also pray for travel mercies, strength and energy for us.

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Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. " Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Thursday, March 22, 2007

 

3/22/2007, #89, 1st Quarter 2007

      And Moses said, "The people whom I am among are six hundred thousand men on foot; yet You have said, 'I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month.' Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to provide enough for them?" The LORD answered Moses, "Is the LORD'S arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you." (Numbers 11:21-23)

      Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD. And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Genesis 18:22-25)

      The US House of Bishops meeting has finished and it has rejected the demands of the Primates of the Anglican Communion. I have received emails asking "What shall we do?" and "Where shall we go?" and "Who do we look to for help?" I am convinced more than ever that Jesus is asking us to look to him. Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. "

Once again I urge you to gather in your parishes during Holy Week
      to humble yourselves before God,
      to pray to him,
      to seek his face, and
      to repent of your sins.
For those in the Capital District (if your parish does not do this) Christ Church Schenectady, 970 State St., Schenectady will be hosting an evening of prayer on Tuesday, April 3rd starting at 7 PM.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

 

3/21/2007, #88, 1st Quarter 2007

Then they said to Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" (John 6:28)

      Jesus, in the midst of all the conflicting claims for our time and energy, please show us what you want us to do.

Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent." (John 6:29)

      Holy Spirit, please restore that good work to your church: that we believe Jesus whom the Father has sent to us.

Therefore they said to him, "What sign will you perform then, that we may see it and believe you? What work will you do? (John 6:30)

      Jesus, when hearts are hardened I don't think any sign will convert them; please soften the hearts of your people by pouring out your Holy Spirit on us.

Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" (John 6:31)

      Father, you have given us the bread of life in the Eucharist, Jesus' own body and blood, and still your people do not believe.

Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but my father gives you the true bread from heaven. (John 6:32)

      Father, thank you.

For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." (John 6:33)

      Jesus, thank you for giving us that new life in you; please help the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada receive what you are offering.

Then they said to him, "Lord, give us this bread always." (John 6:34)

      Holy Spirit, please help the church recognize this is a package deal: when we receive this bread we must also be willing to have our lives changed by you, we must be willing to repent of sin.

And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)

      Jesus, please help us come to you and believe in you.

But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. (John 6:36)

      Holy Spirit, please renew the faith of your church.

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will by no means cast out. (John 6:37)

      Jesus, please help us all come to you.

For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. (John 6:38)

      Father, we long to have your will worked out in the church and in our hearts.

This is the will of the Father who sent me, that of all he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. (John 6:39)

      Father, we cry out to you for your little ones who are being led astray by lies; we pray for your will to be done: that none of them will be lost.

And this is the will of him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40)

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

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The US House of Bishops meeting where the bishops will begin to respond as a group to the Primates Communiqué is March 16 - 21 (Right now) .
Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Make the commitment to pray this individually and as parishes.
The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Dearest Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

I once more am calling for your powerful prayers to be offered up for one of our most loved and faith filled friends, Molly Minon. Word has just reached me that Molly has Breast Cancer, and will under go surgery. As I write to you, I have not more information then this.

We have been asked to offer up our prayers for her, and I also ask thpray for her family. Molly has been a rock for so many of us who know her, and she has always been one of the first to offer up prayers for those in need.

May we join our prayers together to form a chain of prayers, forged in faith, strengthened with love, and linked with the knowledge that with our Lord Jesus all can be made well.

      Lord hear our prayers and heal Molly, our sister, and allow her to be returned to total health and well being, so that she may carry on her many ministries, helping and praying for all in need and always for the glory of your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.

With Faith in the healing power of our Lord,

Dcn. Greg

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

 

3/20/2007, #87, 1st Quarter 2007

Jesus answered them and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled." (John 6:26)

      Jesus, please help us see the signs of your work among us and discern them for what they are. Please give us hearts to respond to your signs.

"Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him." (John 6:27)

      Father, so much of what we labor for perishes, please restore to the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada a hunger for the food which endures to eternal life.

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)

      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize our dependence on you to do anything that is good and to avoid evil.

Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited." (Jeremiah 17:5-6)

      LORD, please help the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to repent of putting their trust in their own strength and works.

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit." (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

      LORD, please help us to so put our trust in you in this diocese that we yield up a fruitful harvest to you. Thank you.

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The US House of Bishops meeting where the bishops will begin to respond as a group to the Primates Communiqué is March 16 - 21 (Right now) .

Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Monday, March 19, 2007

 

3/19/2007, #86, 1st Quarter 2007

In 1999 we went to Jean's 40th reunion of her graduation from Yale Divinity School (it was a great school then!) and we heard a memorable sermon by the Rev'd. Philip Turner. In it he described going to visit an elderly parishioner (I think she was in her 90s). During his conversation with her she said that she had given up reading the New York Times for Jeremiah. She said, "The news is just as bad, but the perspective is different!"

      Lord, please give us that different perspective!

Bishop Bill has asked us to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14
"I would like to share with you the following scripture passage, which the Lord placed upon my heart the other night as Fr. Nigel and I were returning from the Lenten Healing Service in Malone. I invite each of us to pray that God's word, as revealed below, will be fulfilled in each of our lives, our parishes, the Diocese and throughout the Church:"

      "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14)

To that end Christ Church Schenectady, 970 State St., Schenectady will be hosting an evening of prayer on Tuesday, April 3rd starting at 7 PM. This will be an opportunity for us to
      humble ourselves
      pray
      seek God's face
      turn from our wicked ways
so that God will hear from heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land. Come join us. I invite other parishes to take up Bishop Bill's call for corporate, humble prayer seeking God's face.

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The US House of Bishops meeting where the bishops will begin to respond as a group to the Primates Communiqué is March 16 - 21 (Right now) .

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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3/19/2007, #85, 1st Quarter 2007

"If you return, then I will bring you back; you shall stand before me; if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them. (Jeremiah 15:19)

      Jesus, please help the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada return to you. Lord, the day of your threshing is coming; separate out the wheat from the chaff. Lord, we pray that none of the good grain will be lost with the chaff; we pray for your little ones who have been led astray by lies -- please bring them back to you.

And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; and they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you to save you and deliver you," says the LORD. (Jeremiah 15:20)

      Holy Spirit, make Bishop Bill and your other faithful bishops a bronze wall at the House of Bishops meeting. Though the unfaithful fight against them, do not let them prevail over your faithful servants. Help Bishop Bill and the others know that you are with them to save and deliver them.

"I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible." (Jeremiah 15:21)

      Holy Father, please deliver your faithful dioceses, parishes, and people out of the hand of the wicked who have abandoned your ways, and redeem them from the grip of the terrible.

"And it shall be, when you show this people all these words, and they say to you, 'Why has the LORD pronounced all this great disaster against us? Or what is our iniquity? Or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?' then you shall say to them, 'Because your fathers have forsaken me,' says the LORD; 'they have walked after other gods and have served them and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and not kept my law. And you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to me. Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night, where I will not show you favor.' (Jeremiah 16:10-13)

      LORD, we have sinned; the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada have forsaken you; we have walked after other gods and served them and worshiped them, for each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to you.

"Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "that it shall no more be said, 'The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,' but, 'The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where he had driven them.' For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. (Jeremiah 16:14-15)

      Jesus, please guide us by your Holy Spirit so that your faithful dioceses, parishes, and people are delivered out of the bondage of sin and restored to the faith that you delivered to the saints. Thank you.

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The US House of Bishops meeting where the bishops will begin to respond as a group to the Primates Communiqué is March 16 - 21 (Right now) .

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Sunday, March 18, 2007

 

3/18/2007, #84, 1st Quarter 2007

O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do it for your name's sake; for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against you. (Jeremiah 14:7)

      Jesus, our deeds do testify against us, but for the honor of your name, please bring us back to you.

O the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, and like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night? (Jeremiah 14:8)

      Jesus, you are our hope and our savior in this time of trouble in your church. We are not on the Emmaus Road with you, but we long to be. As with those two disciples, we ask you to turn aside and tarry with us, but not as a stranger.

Why should You be like a man astonished, like a mighty one who cannot save? Yet you, O LORD, are in our midst, and we are called by your name; do not leave us! (Jeremiah 14:9)

      Jesus, the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada have chosen to reject you and your ways and have despised the salvation you offer because it requires repentance, but in your mercy, do not leave us! Bring us back to you!

      A word received: Pray for my people to turn back to me and my ways.

Thus says the LORD to this people: "Thus they have loved to wander; they have not restrained their feet. therefore the LORD does not accept them; he will remember their iniquity now, and punish their sins." (Jeremiah 14:10)

      LORD, please do whatever it takes to bring us back to you.

      Holy Father, we bless you and your faithful people praise you. You keep our soul among the living and do not allow our feet to be moved. You have tested us and you have refined us as silver is refined. You have brought us into confinement and laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over your faithful people, we are going through fire and water, but we know that you will bring us out to a rich fulfillment if we stay with you. Thank you. (From Psalm 66:8-12)

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The US House of Bishops meeting where the bishops will begin to respond as a group to the Primates Communiqué is March 16 - 21 (Right now) .

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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To see the progress on the Retreat Lodge at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, click on this link: http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/CurrentProjects/RetreatLodge.cfm.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

 

3/17/2007, #83, 1st Quarter 2007

Hear and give ear: do not be proud, for the LORD has spoken. (Jeremiah 13:15)

      Holy Spirit, please help the Episcopal Church hearken to what you are saying; please help it repent of its pride.

Give glory to the LORD your God before he causes darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and while you are looking for light, he turns it into the shadow of death and makes it dense darkness. (Jeremiah 13:16)

      Father, the Episcopal Church has cease to give you glory and it has stumbled in the darkness and sits in the shadow of death. Please let your light shine on it. Guide Bishop Bill and your faithful bishops, dioceses, clergy, and parishes, that we may walk by the light of the gospel.

But if you will not hear it, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock has been taken captive. (Jeremiah 13:17)

      Jesus, you wept over Jerusalem and you weep over us now. Please help us this Lent to comprehend the sorrow we are causing you.

      Return, O LORD! How long? And have compassion on your servants. Oh, satisfy us early with your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days! Make us glad according to the days in which you have afflicted us, the years in which we have seen evil. Let your work appear to your servants, and your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:13-17)

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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 (Right now).

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Friday, March 16, 2007

 

3/16/2007, #82, 1st Quarter 2007

Scriptures and words for Sunday School Lesson 26

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; he is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)

      A word received: You are to take these two passages to heart if you are going to understand my passion and suffering. I chose to lay down my life so that you can live. I lay down my life so that you can live with me and my father forever.

When he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that he sent two of his disciples, saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, 'Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of it.'" (Luke 19:28-31)

      A word received: Take this passage as an invitation to join in my work of being servants. Will you be willing to do what may embarrass you for my sake at my word of command?

And as he went, many spread their clothes on the road. (Luke 19:36)

      A word received: What are you willing to lay down so that I may receive honor?

And some of the Pharisees called to him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." But he answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out." (Luke 19:39-40)

      A word received: Are you willing to shout my praise when the leaders of your day disapprove that?

Now as he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, (Luke 19:41)

      A word received: Weep for my sinful people!

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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 Communiqué is March 16 - 21 (Right now) .

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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"...For as a belt is bound around a man's waist, so I bound the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to me," declares the LORD, "to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened." (Jeremiah 13:11)

      A word received by Larry Hubert: I am binding my house together to strengthen my people, to make them as one. My house has become splintered and broken. My people are straying and becoming lost. My people are being fooled and are being deceived. My people are becoming lost and are crying in the streets. My people are destroying the temples that I dwell in. The cries of my people are increasing in volume to my ears.

       My compassion and love for you is great, there are divisions and strife in my church, I have not created it that way. You say you love me with all your heart, then you turn around and neglect me in the same breath. Why do you neglect me, have I not provided for all of your needs?

       I created my church to be a place of light and hope, a place of compassion and giving. Why have my people distorted my word? Why do you not follow my words more carefully? I gave them to you as a guide, a helper, a place of shelter in the storms of this world. I gave them to you to eat and digest. My words are clear, they will give you vision My words are passionate, not dull. I gave you my words to be used every day, to be used with great care, to be used prayerfully.

       Again, I ask you, why do you distort my words? They were not meant to be changed to your own interpretation.

       I have created each of you for a particular reason, to serve my Kingdom and it's people, to build up my church, not tear it down. Again, I am calling you together as one body- not many- with different plans. I have one plan for my people, one direction, one mind, one heart, one body. Mend the divisions among you! Be of one mind and spirit.

       My people are looking to my church for direction, not confusion, for love, not hate. Who gave you the right to choose the direction of my church? Who gave you the right to accept or reject my people? Who gave you the right to alter my words? Who gave you the right to tear my church apart?

       Now is the time to come together in unity and peace, to be passionate about my word, to be my disciples in a fallen world. Keep your eyes on me, and you will not be distracted from the truth. Love me with all your heart, and come follow me, I will take care of the rest.

***** Keep praying for the Lord's anointing on Bp. Bill and other faithful bishops. Pray for the Holy Spirit to come with power on the House of Bps' mtg. Cry out to the Lord for His Church. Pray for HIS will to be done in S. Carolina and in TEC and our diocese.

***** (PDU) Your prayers are invited for Fr. Ted Monica who underwent heart by-pass surgery yesterday – Thursday.

***** Your continued prayers are invited for Fr. Dan Moore who was released from the rehab hospital and is now convalescing at home.

***** Bishop Love is at the House of Bishops meeting which is being held at Camp Allen, Navasota, Texas.

***** Two Upcoming Events:
"Come to the Father Through Jesus" - A Lenten Day Retreat
Led by the Franciscan Community of the Holy Cross.
Come join us for Prayer, Activity, and Recreation!
Date: Saturday, March , Time: : a.m. to : p.m.
Place: Barry House Library, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY
Cost: $ per person (includes lunch) Register at www.albanydiocese.org and click on "Events" Questions? Call Deacon Laurie at () - ext

For Your information:
REGISTER SOON FOR THE NEW WINESKINS CONFERENCE
Every three years the New Wineskins for Global Mission conference takes place and this year is the year. The next one will not occur until , so it is worthwhile to block it out on your calendar this year and go.
New Wineskins takes place from Wednesday, April to Sunday, April , at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in western North Carolina. For details and registration forms, go to http://www.newwineskins.org. Please note you need to register separately for the Conference and for lodging at Ridgecrest Conference Center.
There will be worship and a plenary address each morning, followed by two workshop periods each afternoon, followed by worship and a plenary address each evening.
Plenary addresses: "Good News for the Somalis", "Training Leaders in Peru", "Microenterprise Development with the Poor", and "Partnering to Reach India's Unreached" to name just half of them.
Workshops: "The Prayer Driven Church", "Power Evangelism", "Preparing Missionaries for Spiritual Warfare", "What Makes Muslims Tick", "The Gospel and Islam: Power Encounters and Intercession", "Church Planting and Evangelism in Western Europe", "Share the Gospel with Jewish Friends", "Planting an Innercity/Urban Church" along with about others.
Workshop presenters include: Dr. Les Fairfield, Fr. John Guernsey, Fr. Whis Hays, Bp. Bob Duncan, Bp. John Rodgers, Edwina Thomas, Fr. Mike Flynn, Dean Robert Munday, Dean Peter Moore, Rev. John MacDonald, and Dr. Steve Noll plus about others.
Every missionary organization in North America (or so it will seem) will have an exhibit and a representative to answer questions.
The costs of the conference are, roughly, $ for registration and $ for nights and meals. In addition, if you want to fly to the Asheville-Hendersonville airport, it will cost about $. If you want to drive, it will take about hours, but with a full car you can save some money.
If you have questions, please write the Rev. Bob Haskell at rhaskell@nycap.rr.com.

 

3/16/2007, #81, 1st Quarter 2007

"We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ " (2 Corinthians 5:10).

      Have mercy on your faithful people, Lord.

The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, "Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and say to them, 'Thus says the LORD God of Israel: "Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant which I commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, 'Obey my voice, and do according to all that I command you; so shall you be my people, and I will be your God,' that I may establish the oath which I have sworn to your fathers, to give them 'a land flowing with milk and honey,' as it is this day."'" And I answered and said, "So be it, LORD." Then the LORD said to me, "Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying: 'Hear the words of this covenant and do them. For I earnestly exhorted your fathers in the day I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, until this day, rising early and exhorting, saying, "Obey my voice." Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone followed the dictates of his evil heart; therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but which they have not done.'" (Jeremiah 11:1-8)

      Lord, you are the one who has established the covenant with us, not we with you. You are master of the covenant. Have mercy on us for we have broken your covenant with us. The Episcopal Church has said that what you hate is good and is your will. Bring the Episcopal Church to repentance.

      Please guide Bishop Bill and all your other faithful shepherds at the House of Bishops meeting today. Help them speak the truth against the lies that are being told. Give ears to hear that truth to any bishops capable of repentance. Thank you.

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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 Communiqué is March 16 - 21.

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Jean talked to Stephanie Mojallali (8:30 PM last night) who had just talked to Teri Monica. Fr. Monica is out of surgery. All went well. He is recovering in the ICU and she is waiting to see him. PTL and keep praying for healing and no complications.

Pray for the joint ALPHA Holy Spirit Weekend at the Spiritual Life Center on the Prayer line for Friday and Saturday. Pray for safe travel to and from the Spiritual Life Center and a mighty movement of the Holy Spirit upon all present. Pray for good weather for travel.

Keep praying for Bishop Bill and the House of Bishops meeting. Pray for God's will to be done in South Carolina.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

 

3/15/2007, #80, 1st Quarter 2007

Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. (Jeremiah 10:1)

      LORD, please help us hear you when you speak to us!

For the shepherds have become dull-hearted, and have not sought the LORD; therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. (Jeremiah 10:21)

      LORD, the shepherds of the Episcopal Church have become dull-hearted; please come with the power of your Holy Spirit on the House of Bishops meeting. Please help them to seek you and your ways.

      O LORD, correct them, but with justice and mercy, not in your anger, lest you bring them to nothing. (From Jeremiah 10:24)

Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold your peace, and do not be still, O God! (Psalm 83:1)

      LORD, we await the day of your visitation -- please come soon.

For behold, your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate you have lifted up their head. (Psalm 83:2)

      Jesus, your enemies have come inside your church and they make much tumult and confusion.

They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted together against your sheltered ones. (Psalm 83:3)

      Father, defeat the counsel of the wicked -- those who reject you and your ways.

That they may know that you, whose name alone is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)

      Holy Spirit, please help all your faithful ones in the Episcopal Church to know that Jesus alone is LORD and is Most High over all the earth. Thank you.

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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 Communiqué is March 16 - 21.

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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***** Keep on praying for Bishop Love and all the bishops who meet this weekend. Pray that the Lord will anoint the words and message of Bishop Bill and his faithful bishops with the power of the Holy Spirit and change hearts and minds.
Pray for the Diocese and staff, committees, clergy and lay leaders. Pray for the Sisters and their ministry and the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Fr. Nigel, Matt Baker and all the staff there.
Cry out to the Lord for His Church. Pray for the conversion of Presiding Bishop Schori, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and the conversion of many clergy who have never actually heard the gospel!

***** Fr. Ted Monica's quintuple bypass postponed till next Mon. the 19th. Pray for protection till then and safe, successful surgery and healing. He serves in Johnstown and is in Ellis Hospital.

***** Fr. Hio said yesterday that they were talking about sending him home soon. He has more and more problems, pray for healing. PTL Akemi is able to handle day to day things for now.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

 

3/14/2007, #79, 1st Quarter 2007

Now early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him; and he sat down and taught them. (John 8:2)

      Jesus, please come into our parishes and teach us by your Holy Spirit.

Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. (John 8:3-4)

      Jesus, your bride, the church has been caught in adultery, the very act; have mercy on us, for we have gone after the gods of this world.

Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do you say?" (John 8:5)

      Father, we deserve to be condemned, but we plead the cross and blood of Jesus. Have mercy on us and help us by your Holy Spirit to repent.

This they said, testing him, that they might have something of which to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger, as though he did not hear. (John 8:6)

       LORD, we provoke you to anger every day; please help us remember, "You shall not tempt the LORD your God as you tempted him in Massah." (From Deuteronomy 6:16)

So when they continued asking him, he raised himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." (John 8:7)

      Holy Spirit, please help each of recognize our complicity in the sins of the Episcopal Church. Guide Bishop Bill and your other faithful bishops as they speak at the House of Bishops meeting later this week.

And again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. (John 8:8-9)

      Holy Spirit, please so move the hearts of the bishops as they assemble that, whether liberal or conservative, they will acknowledge their sin and cease from condemning each other.

When Jesus had raised himself up and saw no one but the woman, he said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" (John 8:10)

      Father, please restore to your church this Lent a clear understanding of our need for repentance. Help us cease listening to the Accuser and instead listen to you.

She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more." (John 8:11)

      Jesus, please help us in the Episcopal Church to truly repent and sin no more. Help us cease being advocates for sin as though that were our right. Help the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church to hear your call to personal holiness this Lent.

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)

      Holy Spirit, please help Bishop Bill and all your faithful bishops walk by the light of Jesus at the House of Bishops meeting. Let them bring his light into the darkness there. Help them to know that you are going before them. Help them trust in you and rest in you. Let them know their strength lies in you and that you will show them the way. Thank you.

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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.

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

 

3/13/2007, #78, 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." (John 7:37)

      Jesus, we thirst for more of you in our lives; we long for your church to hunger and thirst for more of you.

"He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38)

      Holy Spirit, please help us believe in Jesus in a way that will cause your living water to flow out of us.

But this he spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)

      Father, we ask you to baptize your church with your Holy Spirit. Immerse us in the fire of your love.

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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.

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Monday, March 12, 2007

 

3/12/2007, #77, 1st Quarter 2007

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.

The upcoming Canadian Synod is June 19 - 25 in Winnipeg.
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Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 11:59:25 -0500
From: Celinda Scott
Subject: prayer request
      Here is my special prayer request: that carefully documented (200-300 pages of documentation) and packed (all according to requirements) books meant for a secondary school in the Diocese of Dos, Nigeria, are allowed to be shipped. No reason for lack of clearance has been given by the official responsible for the clearance in Nigeria. Gathering the books was led by two parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, St. Martin's Monroeville, and Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill. Church members worked long hours doing the necessary sorting (not all books were suitable), documentation, and packing. They are still in the warehouse after almost two years, waiting for clearance from an official in Nigeria. No reason for the lack of clearance is given.
      I just talked to the Rev. Doug Sherman, the project leader, this morning. He had been in Nigeria in December; the school has hired a librarian to take care of the books, and is eagerly awaiting their shipment.
      [Note from Torre: this is clearly a "spiritual warfare" problem so please pray accordingly.]
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Come to the Father Through Jesus
A Lenten Day Retreat Led By the Franciscan Community
of the Albany Diocese

Saturday, March 24, 2007
At Barry House Theological Library
At Christ the King SLC
Greenwich, NY
Join us for Prayer,
Activity and
Recreation!
Cost: $15 per person
Register online at www.albanydiocese.org
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch included

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Christian Ed Conference 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007 at
Christ the King SLC
Time: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15
Register online: www.albanydiocese.org
Join the Christian Ed Committee for a fancy dinner, music, a guest speaker and more surprises than we can list here!!
Must RSVP by April 21, 2007 to be on our Guest List!!

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Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 11:33:23 -0400
From: Healing Center
Subject: After the Trauma the Battle Begins
Dear people who pray,
I started writing a new book on Saturday. Nearly finished the second chapter already. The working tile of the book is: After the Trauma the Battle Begins, A journey through Post traumatic Stress Disorder. For those diagnosed and for loved ones witnessing those suffering from PTSD both from military combat aboard and from combat at home, in families.
Please keep this project in your prayers.
Have a great week my dear friends,
God bless you
Fr. Nigel+

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