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Monday, April 30, 2007

 

4/30/2007, #35, 2nd Quarter 2007

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: (Colossians 1:2a)
      Jesus, thank you for all the saints and faithful brethren who are in this diocese.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:2b)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for all the grace and peace you are pouring out on us.

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; (Colossians 1:3-6)
      Father, thank you for all the people in this diocese. Thank you for the faith, love, hope, and truth we see evident among us. Please help us to be steady in praying for one another.

***** Torre, Molly is still off-line and asks me to extend her thanksgivings to God and to you and to everyone for their continued prayers. She says she can feel the prayers. She asks that people please pray particularly for her patience, as well of course as for her healing, as the doctors continue the discernment of the correct diagnosis and course of action. Thank you, Peg Peterson, Trinity, Whitehall

***** (verses received by intercessor Tom Gibbons) 1 Peter 4:8 - Let your love for another be intense, because Love covers a multitude of sins. I ask the Lord for my love to be intense and selfless.

1 Peter 4:1)- As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace. I ask the Lord that my service be guided by Him and used for His purpose.

***** I have posted all of the Sunday School lessons for this year on a new site so they are easier to use. They are at http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/. Take a look at them. There are MANY words from the Lord among them.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

 

4/29/2007, #34, 2nd Quarter 2007

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, (1 Peter 5:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us humble ourselves before God and seek the honor that come from him.

casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
      Father, we long for the Episcopal Church to know your love, your love as a father. Thank you for caring for us, for carrying the burdens that are too heavy for us to bear.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
      Jesus, please help us recognize the evil we encounter for what it is and where it comes from.

Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. (1 Peter 5:9)
      Holy Spirit, please guide and strength us and prepare our hearts to resist the devil in whatever guise he assumes. Help us daily put on the shield of faith.

But may the God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (1 Peter 5:10)
      Father, please help us build on the rock of Jesus and the faith he once for all times delivered to the saints so that we will be mature, established, strengthened and settled in him while these present storms rage in the Episcopal Church.

To him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:11)
      Jesus, have dominion over us, be Lord of our lives, forever and ever. Amen.

 

1 Peter 5:8-9

 [The image I was after was that no matter how hard he tries, the devil cannot claw his way out from the boundaries that are set by the word of God. Torre]
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Saturday, April 28, 2007

 

4/28/2007, #33, 2nd Quarter 2007

After these things he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And he said to him, "Follow me." (Luke 5:27)
      Jesus, please help us follow where you lead.

So he left all, rose up, and followed him. (Luke 5:28)
      "So he left all." Holy Spirit, please show us what we must leave behind to follow Jesus.

Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. (Luke 5:29)
      Father, I want to invite Jesus more and more into my home life, please show me how to do this.

And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against his disciples, saying, "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" (Luke 5:30)
      Jesus, please let our parishes be so alive with the gospel and the power of your Holy Spirit that "tax collectors and sinners" will be drawn to you there. Don't let us be distracted by the leaders of the Episcopal Church from making the gospel known.

Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Luke 5:31-32)
      Lord, WE need your healing touch. WE need you to heal our bodies, our thoughts, and our spirits. WE need repentance, for we have sinned and need your work in our lives.

Then they said to him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink?" (Luke 5:33)

      Jesus, they are like children in the market place who say, "We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not lament." (From Matthew 11:16-17) There is nothing you could have done to satisfy them. They didn't accept John's baptism and they won't accept yours. (From Luke 7:30) Don't let us get put off by such criticism in our day.

And he said to them, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days." (Luke 5:34-35)
      Jesus, please help us follow your agenda for fasting and prayer.

Then he spoke a parable to them: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old." (Luke 5:36)
      Holy Spirit, the leaders of the Episcopal Church are trying to patch new theology onto the faith delivered to the saints. It isn't working and the church is being torn apart.

"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined." (Luke 5:37)
      Jesus, the leaders of the Episcopal Church are claiming that your Holy Spirit is "doing a new thing" and are trying to put their "new wine" into the Episcopal Church and it is breaking apart because of that. Please stop them from ruining your church.

"But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved." (Luke 5:38)
      Lord, let them go put their "new wine" into new church structures and leave the Christian churches alone. They have ceased to follow you or believe in you, let them have the integrity to leave.

"And no one, having drunk old wine, desires new; for he says, 'The old is better.'" (Luke 5:39)
      Jesus, we have drunk of your Holy Spirit and of the faith delivered to the saints and we desire no other. Please protect your people from all of these innovations that are being foisted on the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

***** Keep praying for Bishop Bill for the Lord's clear guidance, strength, peace, wisdom and times of refreshing. Pray for the Standing committee of the Diocese, the diocesan staff, clergy and lay leaders, and all who take counsel with our Bishop. Keep praying for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and its staff and ministries, pray for vocations for the Sisters. Cry out to the Lord for His Church. Keep praying 2 Chronicles7:14.

      Pray for all persecuted Christians.

      Pray for Molly Minion. More tests are scheduled. Pray for correct diagnosis and healing.

      Pray for healing for Mtr Jeri and her husband Dn. Howard Thompson.

***** Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 00:16:22 -0500
From: Pat Bailey
Torre,
Paul Bailey is home (came home yesterday - Thursday). He's finding himself in quite a bit of pain and weak but happy to be home. (Felt pretty good when he got home ("escaped") from the hospital but I think feeling the affects of no longer just lying in a hospital bed. Thank you for all your prayers.
In Christ's love and peace and joy!
Pat

Friday, April 27, 2007

 

4/27/2007, #32, 2nd Quarter 2007

However, the report went around concerning him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. So he himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. (Luke 5:15-16)

      Father, we pray for all those involved in the healing ministry in this diocese that they will make time to be with you by themselves.

      Holy Spirit, we ask you to anoint the various retreats that take place throughout the diocese; let them be times of rest and refreshment.

      Jesus, we pray that the convent of the Sisters of St. Mary and the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center will be an Elim Springs for many. (Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters. Exodus 15:27)

Thursday, April 26, 2007

 

A reflection by our son Jonathan

Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 12:29:16 -0400
From: "Jonathan Bissell"
Subject: expectations of Jesus

We all have expectations of Jesus. We believe that Jesus should respond to events in our lives in specific ways. When he doesn’t respond the way we want him to, we become discouraged and lose faith in him. Times of trouble are best for revealing our expectations of Jesus. Even Jesus’ disciples experienced this, as you can see below in Mark 4:35-40

35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

When Jesus says, “Let us go,” we expect smooth sailing ahead. But these verses show something different. When Jesus says, “Let us go,” do you focus on the word “go” or on the word “us.” Jesus wants us to focus on both words. The word “go” is a calling, and the word “us” is a relationship. Following Jesus is a calling and a relationship.

Because Jesus did not respond according to the disciples’ expectations, they accused him of not caring about their lives. Like the disciples, we sometimes accuse Jesus about his lack of care for us. But the cross is Jesus’ ultimate sign of care for us. He gave up his life to die on the cross so that we might have life in God. Then he gave us his Holy Spirit as a personal sign of his eternal relationship with us. The next time you accuse Jesus in your heart of not caring for you, remember the cross and the gift of his Holy Spirit in you.

39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

Jesus calmed the storm with a simple command. He can do the same for us, but first he questions us: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” He wants to get to the root of our unbelief in him. Instead of taking each new storm as a test of Jesus’ power and love for us, he asks us to believe in him.

How can we do this? We talk to Jesus and we preach to ourselves. For example, this is what I might say to Jesus and preach to myself: “Jesus, this storm is really scaring me. I’m afraid I might die or lose everything I hold precious. But I know that you love me because you went to the cross for me. I know that you have the power to calm my storms if you want to, because you rose from the dead in great power. I know that you are in the boat with me even in this storm. Thank you for calling me and starting a relationship with me. Forgive my unbelief and show me how to live in your love and power. ”

In His Peace,
Jonathan

 

4/26/2007, #31, 2nd Quarter 2007

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. (Luke 5:1-2)
      Lord Jesus, it is the same today: "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." (Joel 3:14) Please help people hear and receive your word to them as the basis for making their decisions.

He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. (Luke 5:3)
      Jesus, please come into the middle of my work life as you did with Simon Peter.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." (Luke 5:4-5)
      Jesus, please help me at your word of command to launch out into the deep. I long for my work life to become more fruitful for you. Thank you that Peter was not stopped by previous lack of results and was willing to do this at your word.

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. (Luke 5:6)
      Father, I pray that every priest, deacon, and lay leader in this diocese will launch out into the deep at your word and let down their nets.

So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, let the churches of all denominations see this as a model for helping each other bring in the catch you have prepared for them to receive.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" (Luke 5:8)
      Jesus, please help us recognize our sins for what they are and humble ourselves before you as Simon Peter did.

For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,(Luke 5:9)
      Holy Spirit, let us be surprised by joy at the results of your word as these men were.

and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." (Luke 5:10)
      LORD, help me to be a fisher of men.

So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:11)
      Jesus, help us by your Holy Spirit to leave behind all that would hinder us from following you. Thank you.

***** A note from Jean: Thanks for all the prayers. The really good news is that I got an MRI, some x-rays and saw Dr John Herzog and know what is going on and all in ONE DAY! The bad news is that there is a lot of curvature and deterioration in the bottom of the spine (spine surgery not advisable at my age because it would be too extensive. A lot of deterioration in hips too and at some point will need hip replacements. BUT he ordered some injections in my spine (as soon as I have some tests) to reduce pain and swelling and gave me some pain meds for nerve pain. Also he said that because this all came on so quickly it might also mostly go away again, (i.e. calm down). PTL for this quick breakthrough and for our beloved former bishop's intervention which brought this about. Pray for speedy relief of pain and reduction of the problem. If you are led to pray for more, go for it.

***** A note from Pat Bailey : Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
      It is late but I want to give a Praise report from Herkimer. Fr. Paul Bailey had his surgery today (Wednesday, April 25th) - originally scheduled for 9 am, in around noon and done around 3:15 pm. Dr. Murphy (believes in prayer) was able to embolize 2 tumors on his liver and Fr. Paul is doing so well that unless there are complications during the night, I will be bringing him home tomorrow (Thursday). Praise God and thanks be to God for all His faithful people and their prayers - both of us felt a real peace all day and the doctor and nurses couldn't believe how well the procedure went (given all Fr. Paul's health issues).
      Fr. Paul is to rest for about a week before going back to work. He will have this procedure repeated in 4-6 weeks for the other 2 tumors on his liver (only 2 this time because the kidney could go into shock and shut down if too much is done at one time - or he could experience Carcinoid Crisis during the procedure). But by God's grace, there were NO problems. Thanks be to God!!!
      Again, thank you all for your love, prayers and support and keep up the great work! In Christ's love and service and FHS, Your sister in Christ, Pat Bailey

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

 

4/25/2007, #30, 2nd Quarter 2007

Now he arose from the synagogue and entered Simon's house. But Simon's wife's mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of him concerning her. (Luke 4:38)
      Jesus, please come into our home with your healing presence.

So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them. (Luke 4:39)
      Jesus, please rebuke our illnesses so that we can serve you.

When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. (Luke 4:40)
      You have told us, Jesus, "they will lay lands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:18b) Please anoint the healing ministry throughout this diocese so that many will know your mercy and kindness.

And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, "You are the Son of God!" And he, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that he was the Christ. (Luke 4:41)
      Jesus, you will not allow what is evil to be a witness for you. Please bring the Episcopal Church to repentance so that it may once again be your witness.

Now when it was day, he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought him and came to him, and tried to keep him from leaving them; (Luke 4:42)
      Holy Father, please help us take time away from distractions to be with you as Jesus did.

but he said to them, "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent." (Luke 4:43)
      Holy Spirit, please let the kingdom of God be preached in every city, town, and village in this diocese. Send us forth into the harvest fields wherever you desire the kingdom of God to be preached.

And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4:44)
      Jesus, please let anointed, faithful preaching take place in every parish and mission in this diocese.

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

Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:20, NIV)
      A word received: I want to work with you too.

And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)
      A word received: No one is excluded from this. I want everyone to hear the good news.

"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16)
      A word received: It is not your kingdom and your rules, it is my father's kingdom and his rules that count.

"And these signs will follow those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons;" (Mark 16:17a)
      A word received: I want you to cast out the demonic.

"they will speak with new tongues;" (Mark 16:17b)
      A word received: I want you to receive all my gifts for you willingly.

"they will take up serpents;" (Mark 16:18a)
      A word received: Torre, I preserved your life.

"and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them;" (Mark 16:18b)
      A word received: Jean, I preserved your children.

"they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:18c)
      A word received: Your job is to lay lands on the sick, my job is to heal them.

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)
      A word received: I long for you to be with me.

And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Mark 16:20)
      A word received: When I work with you, there are signs that point to me. Ask me to work with you more so that my kingdom can be built up.

***** Fr. Paul Bailey's surgery is today at 9 am at St. Luke's Utica.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

 

4/24/2007, #29, 2nd Quarter 2007

To you I will cry, O LORD my Rock: do not be silent to me, lest, if you are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. (Psalm 28:1)
      LORD, we have sinned and grieved your Holy Spirit, but please continue to speak to us and call us to repentance.

Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to you, when I lift up my hands toward your holy sanctuary. (Psalm 28:2)
      LORD, we cry out to you, please hear our cry for your bride, the Church.

Do not take me away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts. (Psalm 28:3)
      Father, the leaders of the Episcopal Church look with contempt on your faithful people; have mercy on us.

Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve. (Psalm 28:4)
      As you had mercy on us, Jesus, by drawing us to you while we were yet sinners, draw the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to you as well so that they may repent and be saved.

Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them and not build them up. (Psalm 28:5)
      Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church as you did King Nebuchadnezzar, so that at last it shall be said of them that their reason returned to them, and for the glory of your kingdom, honor returned to them. Bring them to the place where they can say with King Nebuchadnezzar, "Now I praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and his ways justice. And those who walk in pride he is able to put down." (From Daniel 4:36-37)

Blessed be the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplications! (Psalm 28:6)
      Father, thank you for hearing us.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise him. (Psalm 28:7)
      Jesus, help us to praise you as we ought, for truly you walk among us and teach us with words of authority. (From Luke 4:31-32)

The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving refuge of His anointed. (Psalm 28:8)
      You are the eternal God and you are our refuge, and underneath us are your everlasting arms. (From Deuteronomy 33:27a)

Save your people, and bless your inheritance; shepherd them also, and bear them up forever. (Psalm 28:9)
      LORD, as our days are, so let our strength be. (From Deuteronomy 33:25b)

***** A Word Received by intercessor Debbie Bisner at Christ Church Schenectady Sunday: I am raising up leaders. New leaders. Those who will do my will not their own. Step aside and let me do my work. Do not doubt your ability, because then you doubt me. All things come from me. I build up those who love me and I will tear down those who seek to destroy my people.

***** Keep Praying for Bishop Bill Love, and his family, the Standing Committee, Fr. Haskell, other committees, and those who take counsel with him for the LORD's clear guidance, peace, strength, courage, protection, provision. Pray for the Diocesan staff, clergy and lay leaders. Pray for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Matt Baker and staff and all the ministries there. Fr. Nigel, Healing center and staff and volunteers. Pray for the Sisters.
      Cry out to the LORD for his Church. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open hearts, ears, eyes, minds to the LORD and his word and will. Pray for a mighty revival to turn this country around as well as the churches.
      Start praying for Diocesan Convention, June 8-10.
      PTL the Clergy Wives retreat went well.

Monday, April 23, 2007

 

4/23/2007, #28, 2nd Quarter 2007

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of him went out through all the surrounding region. (Luke 4:14)
      Jesus, please return in power to the Episcopal Church..

And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. (Luke 4:15)
      Father, we pray for the teaching in the parishes of this diocese that it will bring glory to Jesus.

So he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. (Luke 4:16)
      Jesus, when we stand for the reading of the gospel, please help us recognize that it is you speaking to us.

And he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had unrolled the scroll, He found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:17)
      Holy Spirit, help all the people of this diocese become familiar enough with the Bible that they can easily find their way in it.

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me," (Luke 4:18a)
      Holy Spirit, please come upon us.

"Because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;" (Luke 4:18b)
      Anoint the clergy in this diocese to preach the gospel to the poor, the lost, and the least.

"He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted," (Luke 4:18c)
      Please heal the brokenhearted among us, Jesus.

"To proclaim liberty to the captives" (Luke 4:18d)
      We pray for Connie in Bedford State Prison, and all those held captive in the conflicts raging around the world; Jesus, please bring them to liberty in you.

"And recovery of sight to the blind," (Luke 4:18e)
      Father, we pray for recovery of sight by those who are physically blind and those who are spiritually blind. We pray for recovery of hearing by those who are physically deaf and those who are spiritually deaf.

"To set at liberty those who are oppressed;" (Luke 4:18f)
      Jesus, please set at liberty those who are oppressed for confessing the truth of the gospel.

"To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." (Luke 4:19)
      "It is time for you to act, O LORD, for they have regarded your law as void." (Psalm 119:126)

Then he closed the scroll, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on him. (Luke 4:20)
      Holy Spirit, help us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:21)
      LORD, give us ears to hear and eyes to see the fulfillment of Scripture.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

 

4/22/2007, #27, 2nd Quarter 2007

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." (John 21:15)
      Holy Spirit, please so work in the hearts of the bishops of the Episcopal Church that they will love you more than they love one another. Help them out of their love for you to feed your lambs.

He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." (John 21:16)
      Holy Father, please help the bishops of the Episcopal Church to love you more than the ways of the world; please guide them in tending your sheep.

He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. (John 21:17)
      Jesus, please help the bishops of the Episcopal Church to get their priorities right and feed your sheep. Let them feed them with food that endures to eternal life.

Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish." (John 21:18)
      Jesus, I pray for your faithful bishops who have suffered and endured persecution, please give them your grace in the day of trial.

This he spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he said to him, "Follow me." (John 21:19)
      Father, please help the bishops of the Episcopal Church face the cost of following you. Help them love you more than the world.

Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays you?" Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow me." (John 21:20-22)
      Holy Spirit, please the bishops of the Episcopal Church stop looking over their shoulders at one another and follow Jesus.

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention. Preparation work is going ahead "full-steam" and prayer covering is needed. Pray for the MANY organizational tasks that need to be done, for the anointing of the Holy Spirit on all the speakers and workshop presenters, for peace and comfort for the Diocesan Staff, and that there will be unity in the Spirit in the business meetings of the convention.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

 

4/21/2007, #26, 2nd Quarter 2007, Prayer Requests

***** Fr. Paul Bailey of Christ Church Herkimer has carcinoid tumors on his liver. The surgeons will be doing a procedure on Wednesday. They will be putting particles near the tumors to kill them off. Too aggressive an approach can cause the liver to shut down. Fr. Paul has an enlarged heart and is diabetic. Pray for healing and wisdom for the doctors and peace and comfort for Fr. Paul and Pat and their family.

***** Mtr. Gerri Bissell-Thompson is having her last chemo treatment in May. Pray for a reduction in side-effects and that this will completely eradicate the cancer. Please continue to pray for Dn. Howard.

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention. Preparation work is going ahead "full-steam" and prayer covering is needed. Pray for the MANY organizational tasks that need to be done, for the anointing of the Holy Spirit on all the speakers and workshop presenters, for peace and comfort for the Diocesan Staff, and that there will be unity in the Spirit in the business meetings of the convention.

***** Please pray for Jean. She has hip degeneration (not bad enough yet to do a replacement), but is in continuing pain in her legs and is not getting sleep at night because she can't find a comfortable position to sleep in. Pray for wisdom and discernment for the doctors and for the healing power of the Holy Spirit to rest on her.

***** Thank you.

 

4/21/2007, #25, 2nd Quarter 2007

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days he ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, he was hungry. And the devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'" (Luke 4:1-4)
      Jesus, please restore to the Episcopal Church the desire to live by your word.

Then the devil, taking him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to him, "All this authority I will give you, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and him only you shall serve.'" (Luke 4:5-8)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church is mired in the kingdoms of this world; please bring us back to worshiping you alone.

Then he brought him to Jerusalem, set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here. For it is written: 'He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'" And Jesus answered and said to him, "It has been said, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'" (Luke 4:9-12)
      Father, the Episcopal Church has repeatedly tempted you by falling away from your word. Have mercy on us and guide us by your Holy Spirit into a right relationship with you. Thank you.

Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. (Luke 4:13)
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen. (Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India)

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of him went out throughall the surrounding region. (Luke 4:14)
      Jesus, please help the Episcopal Church return to the power of the Spirit.

***** We would like to ask for prayers to cover and lift up a revival meeting we are organizing in our little village of Philmont, with three churches, St Mark's Episcopal, Philmont Reformed Church and Philmont United Methodist Church. The evangelist Dr. Wayne Gwilliam will be ministering here May 10th thru 13th. Philmont is in the center of Columbia county which has been under an oppressive spirit for a long time and we really need prayers to herald the work of the Lord here.
      We are praying for a BREAKTHROUGH of God's Holy Spirit in this town and the surrounding area.We are praying to see the youth set free of satan's grip on their hearts and minds. We are praying for the salvation of many souls, and for God's work to be continued in His churches through fellowship and spiritual leadership. We also need prayer for protection from the strategies and plans of evil coming against this gathering and all those envolved. Many thanks in anticipation. Michael and Christine Hales.

***** Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
      Bishop Steve Jecko has returned to the hospital. These have been particularly difficult days. Although I cannot go into any detail (not being medically trained, of course), I can tell you that he is in pain and still recovering from near renal failure last week. Joan has asked for prayers for the doctors and medical staff treating the Bishop. I ask you to offer your own prayers, and enlist the Daughters of the King and other intercessors on his behalf.
      Although I am sure that many, if not all, of you would love to visit him, what he needs now is rest and recuperation. Your prayers will be sufficient.
       "Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servant and bishop Steve, the help of your power."
Faithfully,
The Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton
Bishop of Dallas
The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas
1630 N. Garrett Av.
Dallas, TX 75206
Office: (214) 826-8310

***** This update on Molly Minon just in-
      Yes it does look like a miracle may well be in the making. The power of prayer is at work, we see it everyday- and the Lord's power is at work in Molly- Thanks be to the Lord, may His mercy shine upon Molly and may the cancer be healed and be gone from her body, the Lord hears our prayers and answers them as best for us. Burn out the Cancer cells from Molly's body, with your healing power that nothing that comes from man can do, but through you alone are we healed. Thanks be to God, all praise and glory is His. Amen. Amen.
The Rev'd Greg Bailey, Dcn.

Friday, April 20, 2007

 

4/20/2007, #24, 2nd Quarter 2007

Preserve me, O God, for in you I put my trust. (Psalm 16:1)
      Father, I have put my trust in you, please carry me through this time of trial.

O my soul, you have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from you." (Psalm 16:2)
      Jesus, I cannot claim any goodness apart from you -- you know that my righteousness is as filthy rags. Please keep me close to you.

As for the saints who are on the earth, "They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight." (Psalm 16:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for all those holy witnesses you have raised up to guide me along the way.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; their drink offerings of blood i will not offer, nor take up their names on my lips. (Psalm 16:4)
      Holy Spirit, please keep me, preserve me from offering worship to any other god. Do not let me waver because of politeness or fear; keep me steady in Jesus.

O LORD, you are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; you maintain my lot. (Psalm 16:5)
      LORD, I look to you day by day to maintain me.

The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance. (Psalm 16:6)
      Thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed on me.

I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons. (Psalm 16:7)
      Father, please give me an undivided heart toward you so that I may receive all that you have prepared for me. Please help me find rest and refreshment in the night seasons.

I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8)
      Jesus, please help me keep my eyes fixed on you where true joy is to be found. Keep my feet from slipping off the path.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. (Psalm 16:9)
      Jesus, you fill me with the joy of knowing you; help me share that joy with others.

For you will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will you allow Your Holy One to see corruption. (Psalm 16:10)
      Jesus, because of your resurrection I have the hope of eternal life with you. Thank you for all that you went through to give me that hope.

You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life -- in you I have put my hope and my confidence; I trust that you will lead me by your Holy Spirit to the Father. Thank you.

***** Keep on praying for Bishop Bill Love and family, the Standing Committee and all Diocesan committees and staff. Pray for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center staff and ministries. Pray for the Sisters. Cry out to the Lord for His church.

*      Keep the students and faculty who were touched by the Campus Crusade outreach on SUNY campus last week to be protected and to persevere. Pray for God's continued work there.
      Pray for all the Campus Crusade ministers who were here last week that the Lord opens doors and blesses the seeds planted about the work of the Holy Spirit.
      Pray for physical and spiritual protection on all campuses in the Capital District. Pray for all Koreans who are taking this tragedy as a personal shame. Pray for people to reach out to them.

*      Keep praying for a good response to the Christian Ed conference on the 28th and for the Lord's anointing on it. Pray for Dn. Laurie and her team.

*      Keep praying for the clergy wives retreat this weekend for travel mercies and that it will be a time of refreshment and blessing. Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach, heal and restore where needed.

*      Keep praying for our nation and our military. Pray for God's intervention in the Middle East and Afghanistan and Darfur.

*      Keep praying for all persecuted Christians.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

 

4/19/2007, #23, 2nd Quarter 2007

I will love You, O LORD, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)
      Father, please help me by your Holy Spirit to love you with all my heart, mind, soul, body, and strength.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
      Jesus, you are my all in all.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:3)
      LORD, I call upon you and I trust that you will save me from the last enemy, death and Hell.

The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. (Psalm 18:4)
      Jesus, all around me I see institutions and denominations dying, but I trust in you and am not afraid, even in the floods of ungodliness in the Episcopal Church I will trust in you.

The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. (Psalm 18:5)
      The ungodly set snares for your people, but I trust that you will lead us through, Jesus.

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; he heard my voice from his temple, and my cry came before him, even to His ears. (Psalm 18:6)
      Thank you, LORD, for hearing the cries of your people.

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because he was angry. (Psalm 18:7)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church is being shaken and it trembles because of your anger at its sin. Let this shaking bring your people to repentance.

Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; coals were kindled by it. (Psalm 18:8)
      Father, send the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit upon the Church.

How easy it is
for me to live with you, LORD.
How easy it is to believe in you
when my mind reels from not understanding,
or when my mind weakens--
when the most intelligent people cannot think
beyond the evening and do not know
what must be done tomorrow.
You convey to me the
lucid assurance that you exist,
that you will see to it that not all paths
toward good will be closed.
At the peak of earthly renown
I look back with amazement at
that road which by no stretch of the imagination
I could have devised--
A remarkable road through despair
which has led me here
where I too have been able
to send mankind
reflections of your rays--
As for what I
won't have time or ability for--
This means that you have
reserved it for others.
      Prayer
      Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

 

4/18/2007, #22, 2nd Quarter 2007

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)
      Father, please help us recognize where the love of the world is a hindrance to our loving you. Please help us repent of this and love you instead.

For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. (1 John 2:16)
      Holy Spirit, the lust of the flesh is held up as good by the leaders of the Episcopal Church. Help them repent of their pride and contempt for your word.

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:17)
      Jesus, you surrendered everything the world had to offer out of love for your father; please help us abide in that same love for your father so that we may be with you forever.

So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. (Daniel 2:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make the choice to spend time seeking your will and your word as Daniel did.

Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. (Daniel 2:17-18)
      Holy Spirit, please help us gather in our homes and parishes and diocesan conventions to seek God's mercy so that we might not perish with those filled with the wisdom of the world.

Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven. (Daniel 2:19)
      Jesus, please reveal to Bishop Bill and all your faithful bishops, clergy, and lay leaders the way through the present darkness in the church. Please give them clear vision.

Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him." (Daniel 2:20-22)
      Father, your word and revelation are a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.

"I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king's demand." (Daniel 2:23)
      Father, thank you for your faithfulness to your saints down through the ages. Thank you that we can count on you to lead us through the present time of confusion in the church.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

 

4/17/2007, #21, 2nd Quarter 2007

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure. (Psalm 6:1)
      LORD, we have sinned; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. (Psalm 6:2)
      LORD, we grieve and are in pain because your church has gone astray.

My soul also is greatly troubled; but you, O LORD--how long? (Psalm 6:3)
      Father, we grieve for those going astray; have mercy on them and lead them back to you.

Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for your mercies' sake! (Psalm 6:4)
      Jesus, hear our cry for your people who are mired in sin.

For in death there is no remembrance of you; in the grave who will give you thanks? (Psalm 6:5)
      Holy Spirit, people and parishes are dying for lack of your word; have mercy on us.

I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. (Psalm 6:6)
      Jesus, please help us in our grief for the Episcopal Church to keep our eyes on you and listen for your word to us.

My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies. (Psalm 6:7)
      Father, the Episcopal Church calls evil good and good evil; have mercy on us.

Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. (Psalm 6:8)
      Thank you, LORD, for hearing our cries to you.

The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. (Psalm 6:9)
      And afterwards you will receive us into your glory, thank you, Father, for hearing our prayers to you.

Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly. (Psalm 6:10)
      LORD, please defeat the purposes of those who lead your people astray.

***** Dear Friends and Family in Christ,
This message is from Charla Byrch,
      Talked to Molly for a minute today and she said more tests are being scheduled for this week. She requests continued prayers.
Charla

Let us pray,
      Dear LORD, we pray to you for our sister, Molly Minon. Please fill her with your love and reassurance. We ask that the testing she is to go through prove to be painless and that the doctors may learn whatever they need to treat Molly effectively and may that treatment bring about total healing and recovery to this your servant and dear friend. Amen.
The Rev'd Greg Bailey, Dcn.

***** Please continue to pray for Mother Gerri Bissell-Thompson and Deacon Howard Thompson.

Monday, April 16, 2007

 

4/16/2007, #20, 2nd Quarter 2007

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (Psalm 1:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us shun such companions so that we may enter into the full blessing of God.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
      Father, help us find our delight in your law and your ways; help us think on those things which are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Help us meditate on those things which are virtuous and praiseworthy. (From Philippians 4:8)

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3)
      And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (From Philippians 4:7)

The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. (Psalm 1:4)
      Jesus, we pray for the day of your threshing, that none of the wheat will be blown away with the chaff. We pray for your little ones who are being led astray by lies; please write your words of truth on their hearts and minds.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. (Psalm 1:5)
      Father, we pray that as many as possible among the leaders and teachers in the Episcopal Church will be brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (Psalm 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, as our father in heaven works his purposes out, we pray that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Help us to be anxious for nothing, but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make our requests know to God. (From Philippians 4:7,6)

***** Please pray for intercessors Tom and Jeanne Gizara and their family:
Dear Intercessors,
      Tom's Mom, Jennie Gizara, died at age 95 today. Her passing was peaceful. The funeral will be local and I will send an e-mail with the particulars after the arrangements have been made. We thank you for your prayers.
Jeanne Gizara

***** Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007
From: Megan Sheehan
Subject: thanks for praying!

      Last week, we asked you to pray for our Launch Week efforts at UAlbany. Thank you for praying. We were trusting God specifically to help us meet key student leaders on campus and to help us meet enough students that we can pursue official student organization status on campus. Praise God for providing abundantly more than we could have asked for!
      The St. Louis team was amazing, a real asset to our efforts. We believe God honored our commitment to prayer during the week. Here's a brief snapshot to help you give thanks:
             Steven trusted Christ for the first time.
             Students heard the Good News about Jesus for the first time!
             We connected with the football team in a positive way and we'll continue that relationship.
             We discovered pockets of students who are following Jesus, wanting other students to experience Jesus, and want to work with us!
      Now, if you think of us, pray that we would be faithful with what has been entrusted to us. Pray that God would help us continue to connect with these students in a meaningful way. Pray that we would use our time wisely and as good stewards. Thanks!
Megan

Sunday, April 15, 2007

 

4/15/2007, #19, 2nd Quarter 2007

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
      Jesus, as I look at the Episcopal Church my heart is troubled; help me look at you instead. I believe in God and I believe in you, please help me lay the burden of the Episcopal Church at your feet.

In my father's house are many dwellings; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
      I know that you are with us and I know there have been times of crisis in your church before; please guide us so that we come at last to that dwelling place you have prepared for us, Jesus.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3)
      Lord, we long to be with you; please come soon.

And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:4)
      Father, we know the way because we know Jesus; please help us make him known to others.

Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?" (John 14:5)
      Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church is filled with "Thomases" who have no clue where you have gone or the way to get there themselves; please help us be faithful witnesses in pointing the way to Jesus.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
      Jesus, write this truth on the hearts of the leaders of the Episcopal Church.

"If you had known me, you would have known my father also; and from now on you know him and have seen him." (John 14:7)
      Father in heaven, please make your son known to the clergy and laity of the Episcopal Church so that they can know you and your love for them.

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, (1 Peter 2:1)
       LORD God, please help us lay these aside; have mercy on us and help us repent of these evils.

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby up to salvation, (1 Peter 2:2)
      Holy Spirit, restore "the pure milk of the word" to the Episcopal Church so that it may grow and not die.

if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:3)
      Jesus, please help your people taste and see that you are good. (Psalm 34:8)

Coming to him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, (1 Peter 2:4)
      Father, please help us all in the Episcopal Church come to Jesus and build only on him.

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us all be living stones who take our proper place in the building up of the church and the people of God. Thank you.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

 

4/14/2007, #18, 2nd Quarter 2007

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5)

       [You and I as "living stones" are the building we call the Church. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you are to be placed in that edifice. Torre]

      Come, Holy Spirit, come with more power, and show me the work and ministry that you have called me to in Christ's Church.

***** Everybody into the pool! By Bob Shovah (St. Paul's Troy)
      St Paul's is a busy place. There is such a variety of lay ministry tasks to be done, week after week.
      Alas we are limited in what we can do by having a very small pool of volunteers to draw from. When you draw from the well too often, you're in danger of having that well dry up.
      Why not jump into that pool... or at least get your feet wet? Step forward now and then; ask to learn something new. Just because you volunteer to help with something once in awhile doesn't mean that you'll inherit it, alone and forever.
      Help is always needed in the following areas: Altar guild. Acolyte, Clothing Nook, Greeting, Ushering, Steward, Coffee hour...
      And the list goes on. So many jobs, so few people. We keep asking a relatively few folks to commit themselves week after week. Imagine if everyone burned out at once.
      Imagine some Sunday scripture lessons don't get read ... no one helps give Communion (which may be just as well, since nobody cleaned the vessels from last week) ... and (shudder) ... No COFFEE HOUR!!!
      St Paul's is your family; families need to work together, to help each other getting things done. Your brothers and sisters need your help.

***** Good morning Torre! I am involved in the National Day of Prayer breakfast we are holding in Glens Falls and guess what the verse is this year - II Chronicles 7:14! I copied from the National Day of Prayer website the verse below and thought if you would like to forward it on, please do. It is so appropriate for both our church and our nation. By the way, the National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 3rd.
If - the condition
my people - corporately
who are called by my name - the Church
will humble themselves - ask for His intercession
and seek my face - desire for His sovereignty
and turn from their wicked ways - confess and repent
then I will hear - God's commitment
I will forgive - His response
and I will heal their land - That's His promise.
How will we respond?
      There has never been a more desperate time for God's people to rise up in unity and fall down in repentance. Only then can we stand firm on God's promise to redeem, restore, and revive our broken nation....
      If My People...
The momentum has started. God's solution is here. It's time.
Blessings!
Deacon Dawn Skramstad

***** The Episcopal diocese of Albany’s fifth annual
      Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Conference
May 11th 12th, 2007
      Stories of Hope and Healing

      Speakers at this year’s conference will be sharing stories of their journeys in faith, and how they have learned to share the healing powers of God with others in their faith communities.
      Special Guest: Pamela Evans-Waters, Episcopal Banker from Oil City, PA, who became a Hospice Volunteer and Healer!
      Pastor Eric Shaw, Bethel Baptist Church, Troy, Speaking on Spirituality and Healing
      Overnight Accommodations are available at the beautiful Christ the King Spiritual Life Center for the day on Saturday.
      Registration and Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Conference begins Friday evening at 6 pm and Saturday 8:30am4:00pm
      Overnight Accommodations and Conference, including Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast & Lunch: cost $ 85
      Conference Only, includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday: cost $ 30 (no charge for Clergy)
      Commuter: Friday Eve Dinner & Program, Saturday Conference including Breakfast and Lunch: cost $ 40
      For Registration, send name, address, e-mail, parish, and check made payable to "SSEHM” (Southern Saratoga Episcopal Health Ministries"
      S. Olszewski, RN-C St. George’s Church 912 Rte 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 for more information: Parishnurse@aol.com

 

4/14/2007, #17, 2nd Quarter 2007

Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. (John 16:31-32)
      Jesus, your flock in the Episcopal Church is being scattered: this parish here, that parish there; have mercy on us and bring us all under your sheltering arms.

These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
      Jesus, the philosophies and goals of the world have invaded the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada and have taken over their leaders, and we are having tribulation in the church. Please help us so to be in you that we abide in your peace. Thank you.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men [One translation says, "ordinary laymen".], they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
      Jesus, please help us to so spend our time with you that others will perceive the difference. Thank you that "ordinary laymen" can be witnesses for you and do mighty deeds in your name.

And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. (Acts 4:14)
      Holy Spirit, come now, come with more power on the healing ministry in this diocese. Bless Fr. Nigel and those who minister at the Healing Center and those who minister healing in our parishes.

But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, (Acts 4:15)
      Holy Spirit, come and work in the ruling councils of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.

saying, "What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name." (Acts 4:16-17)
      Father, this is amazing, they don't care that a wonderful thing was done in your son's name, only that their power and position be maintained. The same thing is happening in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, the leaders don't want Jesus' name mentioned.

So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. (Acts 4:18)
      Bring the leaders of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to repentance, for they seek to suppress the name and words of Jesus.

But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." (Acts 4:19-20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us throughout this diocese make the same choice that Peter and John made -- that we will continue to speak of the things we have seen and heard Jesus do and say.

So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. (Acts 4:21)
      Holy Spirit, please help the laity throughout the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada be so filled with joy and give glory to God that their leaders will be stopped from punishing your faithful witnesses. Thank you.

***** On April 17, Archbishop Williams will be in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where he will lead a one-day retreat at the spring meeting of the Anglican House of Bishops. Pray for the retreat of the Canadian Bishops with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. "There can be but one prayer for this occasion, the prayer that is beneath every prayer: Father in Heaven, we praise and adore thee, Thy will be done. Amen. " (Rick Harris)

***** We would like to ask for prayers to cover and lift up a revival meeting we are organizing in our little village of Philmont, with three churches, St Mark's Episcopal, Philmont Reformed Church and Philmont United Methodist Church. The evangelist Dr. Wayne Gwilliam will be ministering here May 10th thru 13th. Philmont is in the center of Columbia County which has been under an oppressive spirit for a long time and we really need prayers to herald the work of the Lord here.

      We are praying for a BREAKTHROUGH of God's Holy Spirit in this town and the surrounding area. We are praying to see the youth set free of Satan's grip on their hearts and minds. We are praying for the salvation of many souls, and for God's work to be continued in His churches through fellowship and spiritual leadership. We also need prayer for protection from the strategies and plans of evil coming against this gathering and all those involved. Many thanks in anticipation. (Michael and Christine Hales)

***** Keep praying for the Campus Crusade outreach at SUNY Albany this week.

      Update on SUNY outreach: Fr. Nigel talked to the whole team of Campus Crusade. They are not familiar with gifts of the Spirit. Two asked questions. He prayed for some people with colds. Pray that the Lord will show them that He heals today, that they will believe it and explore the possibilities.

      PTL, another person became a Christian. David Sheehan [of Campus Crusade] had lunch with three students he hopes will become student leaders. Pray they will sign on. Pray there will be a student organization by fall. PTL, there are continuing contacts.

Friday, April 13, 2007

 

4/13/2007, #16, 2nd Quarter 2007

      Father, thank you for your provision and that this is not a day of good luck or bad, but of your blessing and care for us.

"These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble." (John 16:1)
      Jesus, help us so abide in your word that we do not stumble.

"They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service." (John 16:2)
      Father, various bishops and priests of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada delight in casting out your faithful servants, they delight in persecuting your faithful witnesses, and claim to be in your service.

"And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor me." (John 16:3)
      Holy Spirit, please in your mercy make Jesus and the Father known to those who persecute your faithful witnesses.

"But these things I have told you, that when their time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. "And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you." (John 16:4)
      Jesus, thank you for the warnings you give us in Scripture and by your Holy Spirit.

"But now I go away to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'" (John 16:5)
      Jesus, please help us move in the freedom of your Spirit as we seek to understand your words.

"But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart." (John 16:6)
      Jesus, whatever sorrow we experience now is nothing compared to the joy we will have when we join you at the resurrection of the dead. Come soon, Lord Jesus, come soon!

"Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you." (John 16:7)
      Jesus, you know what is best for us.

      Holy Spirit, please come upon us with more power; help us abide in the truth that Jesus is telling us.

"And when he has come, he will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:" (John 16:8)
      Holy Spirit, we long for the conviction you give because it leads to life and not death. Being with you is a life sentence.

"of sin, because they do not believe in me;" (John 16:9)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for those who are dying in sin because they have not known you.

"of righteousness, because I go to my father and you see Me no more;" (John 16:10)
      Holy Spirit, help us understand the righteousness of God.

"of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." (John 16:11)
      LORD, help your people in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada understand that judgment is coming.

"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." (John 16:12)
      Jesus, you know the measure of our strength and what we can bear, thank you that we can cast all our cares on you because you are for us.

"However, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak; and he will tell you things to come." (John 16:13)
      Holy Spirit, Spirit of truth, please come upon the seminaries and leaders of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada. Help them turn away from error and abide in the truth.

"He will glorify me, for he will take of what is mine and declare it to you." (John 16:14)
      Speak the word to us, Holy Spirit.

"All things that the Father has are mine. Therefore I said that he will take of mine and declare it to you." (John 16:15)
      Thank you, Jesus,

      Thank you, Holy Spirit.

      Thank you, Father.

      Please guide Bishop Bill, Bishop Dave, and Bishop Ball as they minister among us. Please guide Bishop Dan into the new ministry you have for him. Please bless and guide the families of these your servants. Amen.

***** PRAISE report on Campus Crusade SUNY Albany Launch:
      Fr. Nigel will be speaking to students about healing on Friday at 9 AM. Others will do prayer support . Please pray for the meeting.
      So far: on the first day they made contact with 20 people who want to be re-contacted and one received Jesus!
      They put out feelers to coaches offering to provide a spiritual component. Only the football coach responded. They will meet with him Friday at 5 PM after practice. Pray for the meeting.

***** Please pray for Fr. Hio and Akemi. He is in St. Clare's Hospital, Schenectady.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

 

4/12/2007, #15, 2nd Quarter 2007

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! (Psalm 146:1)
      Holy Spirit, help us praise our God and Father as we ought.

While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 146:2)
      Holy Spirit, help us to be vessels of praise to God.

Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. (Psalm 146:3)
      LORD, it is folly to put our trust in the princes of the church or state, help us put our trust in you.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish. (Psalm 146:4)
      All the plans and schemes of the leaders of the Episcopal Church will perish if they are not consistent with your will and word, LORD.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God, (Psalm 146:5)
      Father, you loved Jacob, even while he was unconverted; thank you for loving all of the unconverted people of the Episcopal Church and for loving us. As you brought Jacob and us to conversion, please bring all of the people in the Episcopal Church to a saving knowledge of you.

Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever, (Psalm 146:6)
      LORD, you made us, please keep us in your truth forever.

Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. (Psalm 146:7)
      Jesus, please give freedom to all your faithful people, parishes, and dioceses that are held captive in the Episcopal Church.

The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; the LORD raises those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. (Psalm 146:8)
      Father, please help us abide in your righteousness and love; raise up to your joy all those who have grown weary in the Episcopal Church, and give sight to those blinded by the lies of the world.

The LORD watches over the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turns upside down. (Psalm 146:9)
      Holy Spirit, please watch over all the immigrants, legal and otherwise, in this land; relieve and comfort all those who have not known a father's love, and provide for the widows among us.

      Lord, as you led your people to turn the world upside down in the past, help us do that in our day as well. (Acts 17:6)

The LORD shall reign forever -- your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 146:10)
      LORD, thank you for dwelling in the midst of our praises. You are holy, set us aside for your holy purposes. (Psalm 22:3)

***** Keep praying for Bishop Bill and family, the Standing Committee, Fr. Haskell, the Diocese and staff, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center staff and ministries, the Sisters. Pray for strength, wisdom, courage, and clear guidance by the Holy Spirit. Pray for God to move powerfully in our Diocese and region.

      Cry out to the Lord for his church.

      Keep praying for the Campus Crusade for Christ outreach at SUNY-Albany. Pray for Lord's clear direction, mighty works, an anointing on the whole ministry and for protection.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

 

4/11/2007, #14, 2nd Quarter 2007

"I am the true vine, and my father is the vinedresser." (John 15:1)
      Father, please help your faithful people continue to abide in Jesus.

"Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away; and every branch that bears fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit." (John 15:2)
      Father, please cut off the unfruitful parts of my life -- help me let go of them; please prune the fruitful parts of my life so that they can bear more fruit for you.

"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you." (John 15:3)
      Jesus, thank you for the cleansing fire of your word. Help us abide in it and see by its light.

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." (John 15:4)
      Lord, branches of the vine are falling away from as we speak, help your faithful people abide in you.

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
      Jesus, the leaders of the Episcopal Church are trying to do ministry without you. Please help them repent; and help us repent whenever we rush off on our own.

"If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." (John 15:6)
      Holy Spirit, a terrible fire is coming to the Episcopal Church, in your mercy let the fire of your love burn in every withered heart that can be re-kindled so that they may be grafted back into the vine.

"If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." (John 15:7)
      Jesus, please help us ask for only those things that are consistent with your word.

"By this my father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples." (John 15:8)
      Father, please help us be fruitful disciples that bring you glory.

"As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in my love." (John 15:9)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to abide in the love of Jesus.

"If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my father's commandments and abide in his love." (John 15:10)
      Father, please help us love and obey you with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves. Please help the Episcopal Church repent of fostering abortion, divorce, fornication and adultery.

"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:11)
      Jesus, please continue to speak these things to us by your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

***** A word received: Pray for the increase of my harvest.

A word received about the resurrection: I AM. That is what it all comes down to: I AM alive.

***** Keep praying for the Lord's protection, peace and strength, provision and clear guidance for Bishop Love and all those who take counsel with him. Pray for the Diocese and staff, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and staff, and Matt Baker, the Sisters, the healing ministry and Fr. Nigel, the youth ministry and Christian Ed. ministry.
      Cry out to the Lord for His church and for a mighty move of God in His church, this nation and your community.
      Keep praying for your parish. Pray for His protection, provision and clear guidance. Pray for clergy, staff, vestry and wardens and all who minister. Pray for new people to be grafted in and find a closer walk with Jesus and their ministry.

***** Christ Church Coxsackie will be holding our regular Healing Service this week, the second Thursday of the month at 7 PM. The Lord is encouraging us to announce this far and wide. By this we understand that He will be present with strong purpose. We are also given to understand that His heart is to heal broken relationships as well as broken bodies at this service.
      We would be grateful for your intercessory support for us about this ministry.
God bless you if you pass the word to others who may need encouragement and healing.
      At 3Cs we never take up a collection at these services. We believe the Lord has instructed His church: 'Freely you have received; freely give.' No one should be embarrassed to come 'empty-handed.' From our perspective, that's when the Lord can work with what you do have: a broken heart, a life-issue that is in need of repair or restoration; a repentant heart.
      For those coming a distance, there are coffee, tea and snacks available in the Fellowship Hall before the service from 6 PM until 7.
      May the Lord have all the glory in His Church, forever! Blessings to you, Susan+

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

 

4/10/2007, #13, 2nd Quarter 2007

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15)

      Jesus, please help us live out our love for you by keeping all your commandments.

And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever-- (John 14:16)

      Father, we need all the help we can get; please come and make your home in our hearts.

the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:17)

      Holy Spirit, the Episcopal Church has bought into the lies of the world: that divorce, abortion and fornication are OK. Please restore sight and hearing to the church so that it can return to your truth.

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:18)

      Father, thank you for giving us your Spirit of adoption; please get the Episcopal Church out of foster care and into the adoption you desire for us. (Romans 8:15)

"A little while longer and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also. (John 14:19)

      Father, we need another touch of your Holy Spirit so that we can live a life filled with the Spirit of Jesus.

At that day you will know that I am in my father, and you in me, and I in you. (John 14:20)

      Jesus, we long for that day when we and all your people will be filled with such knowledge.

He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him." (John 14:21)

      LORD, the Episcopal Church has broken its covenant relationship with you; we plead with you that the day will soon come when you reestablish that covenant relationship with the Episcopal Church. You have said that you will not turn away from doing good us, but will put your fear in our hearts so that we will not depart from you. (Jeremiah 31:31-32, 32:40)

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?" (John 14:22)

      Lord, the world neither knows you nor sees you; please help us follow you and not the ways of the world.

Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23)

      Jesus, please help the Episcopal Church once again keep your word. Please come among your faithful people who keep your word and with your father make your home in our hearts.

He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me. (John 14:24)

      Lord, have mercy on the Episcopal Church and reestablish a love for your word in it. Renew the seminaries and teaching in the Episcopal Church.

"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. (John 14:25)

      Holy Spirit, have mercy on us: give the Episcopal Church ears to hear what you are saying to the churches.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)

      Holy Spirit, please come and teach us and bring to mind all that Jesus has said to us.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

      Father, I know that all things work to the good of those who love you and are called according to your purpose. Please help all of us in the Episcopal Church answer your call. (Romans 8:28)

***** Prayer request from David and Megan Sheehan, members of Christ Church Schenectady and Campus Crusade for Christ staff members:

We covet your prayers this week for our concentrated efforts at the University at Albany, 17,000+ students and a part of the State University of New York system. Staff friends from St. Louis, MO, are coming to help with the launch week (April 10-13). Though many of you will also receive this information in the mail, we also wanted to email our prayer request. Please feel free to share this email with others you know who will pray.

PLEASE PRAY. Ask God to:
      help us connect with key students on campus
      give us new believers in Jesus through our efforts that week
      help us connect with community partners

At the end of this week, we want to see God provide:
      student leaders and student organization status at UAlbany
      inroads in key campus communities (i.e., athletics)
      increased local community support
      mutual encouragement for both

Thanks for your faithful partnership and prayers. Megan and Dave for the launch week team

***** Keep praying for Bishop Bill and Karen and their children, Chris and Catie, the Diocese and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and your parish.

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