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Thursday, May 31, 2007

 

5/31/2007, #68, 2nd Quarter 2007

But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:14)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church will so turn to Christ that the veil will be taken away from their eyes when they read the Bible.

But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (2 Corinthians 3:15-16)
      Holy Spirit, help us all so turn to the Lord that the veil will be taken away from our hearts.

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
      Jesus, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost so that we may fully and truly enter into the liberty of the children of God.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
      Father, we were stamped with your image at the day of creation; continue to transform us back into that same image as we go from glory to glory in Jesus.

From Bishop Bill's pastoral letter to the diocese:
      I am asking each Parish Family to come before the Lord in prayer, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to identify and make a written list of those things that the Parish and Diocese need to repent and be set free of. It could be any number of things: fighting or ill will between individuals or groups in the parish/diocese; an unwillingness to forgive recent or past offences; a scandal past or present; an unhealthy exertion of power and control by a bishop, rector or lay leader, patriarch or matriarch; a spirit of anger; a spirit of poverty; a spirit of depression; a sense of hopelessness; a tendency to gossip or speak ill of others; greed; snobbery; prejudice behavior; etc...anything at all that is a hindrance or obstacle to our ability to live out the Great Commandment and Great Commission as instructed by our Lord Jesus Christ.

I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. (From Daniel 9:4-5)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our rulers, our governors and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. (From Daniel 9:6)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame--the people of the Episcopal Church, both near and far, in all the places where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. (From Daniel 9:7)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

O LORD, we and our bishops, our priests and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. (From Daniel 9:8)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. (From Daniel 9:9-10)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

All the Episcopal Church has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. (From Daniel 9:11)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our leaders by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to the Episcopal Church. (From Daniel 9:12)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. (From Daniel 9:13)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him. (From Daniel 9:14)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of bondage to sin with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. (From Daniel 9:15)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from the Episcopal Church. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made the Episcopal Church and your people an object of scorn to all those around us. (From Daniel 9:16)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. (From Daniel 9:17)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the Episcopal Church that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. (From Daniel 9:18)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your church and your people bear your Name. (From Daniel 9:19)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

***** Please spend time with Jesus by reading his word. The Lectionary lessons for Friday are: Psalm 31; Deuteronomy 5:1-22; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Luke 16:10-18

***** Pray for the preachers at the various services at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for Bishop Bill's address to the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for the Healing Service at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Torre and Jean,
      Would you please ask for prayers for my husband, Paul, again. Just a little info is below. Thank you. We can use all the prayers we can get.
      Just got home from the hospital (St. Luke's, Utica - ICU) a little bit ago. Paul+ is back in the hospital. Took him early this morning by ambulance. It looks like he has a bowel obstruction (one of the possible "hazards" of an embolization. ). They are hydrating him right now with the hopes that everything will "rest after the bowel and stomach areas are free from the infection", etc., and the bowel will become unobstructed on it's own - otherwise it would mean surgery. He is very weak and in a lot of pain. They can't give him pain meds right now until his BP is raised up and his kidneys hydrated - the NG tube and other issues dehydrated him.
      Would greatly appreciate your continued prayers. Thanks. God bless. Pat

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

 

5/30/2007, #67, 2nd Quarter 2007

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your wrath, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure! (Psalm 38:1)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church has sinned against you and has not repented, have mercy on us.

For your arrows pierce me deeply, and your hand presses me down. (Psalm 38:2)
      LORD, you have pierced our hearts as we contemplate the sin of the Episcopal Church, have mercy on us.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger, nor any health in my bones because of my sin. (Psalm 38:3)
      Holy Spirit, show us our sin and the sins of our parish so that in your mercy we may repent of them.

For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. (Psalm 38:4)
      Father, have mercy on us: the sins of the Episcopal Church are more than we can bear.

My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness. (Psalm 38:5)
      Jesus, have mercy on us: come and cleanse and heal your bride. Please give your people ears to hear you and eyes to see what you are doing.

      Do not forsake us, O LORD; O my God, be not far from us! Make haste to help us, O Lord, our salvation! (From Psalm 38:21-22)

***** Cry out to the Lord for his Church. Pray for hearts that will respond to the Gospel.

Our Father in heaven,
We lift the House of Bishops in the Anglican Church of Canada to You in prayer--
      Ronald, Andrew, John, James, James, William, Derek, Gordon, David, Cyrus, Victoria, Claude, Bruce, David, John, Barry, Caleb, Michael, Ralph, Fred, George, Peter, Gregory, Bruce, Donald, Anthony, Rodney, Colin, Percy, and Terrence.
You have called them to be good stewards of Your manifold grace.
You have called them to fervently love one another.
You have called them to watch in prayer.
You have called them to live unto You in their spirits.
You have called them to speak as the oracles of God, glorifying You through Jesus Christ.
      The end of all things is at hand. Your Son Jesus is ready to judge the quick and the dead. If they suffer, may it be as Christians. When they give account of their actions at the General Synod, may Your Son be well pleased by their obedience. In the name of Your Son Jesus, we plea for them. Amen. (1 Peter 4)

***** Please spend time with Jesus by reading his word. The Lectionary lessons for Thursday are: Psalm 37:1-18; Deuteronomy 4:32-40; 2 Corinthians 3:1-18; Luke 16:1-9

***** If you have not yet done so, please send me an email or note telling me which two or three Diocesan Convention workshops you will be praying for. The following workshops have not yet been spoken for:
      12 Step Meetings
      A Taste of True Colors, presented by The Rev'd Kenneth Hunter
      Episcopuppets Seminar, presented by The Rev'd Michael and The Rev'd Beverly Jones
      Father(s) , presented by The Rev'd Simon Richardson
      Interpreting the World Around You, presented by The Rev'd Joel Grigg
      No iPod Required: The All Saints Prayer Service Online, presented by The Rev'd Gary Strubel
      Shackled! The Deceitfulness of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
      There's a Clown in My Pulpit! , presented by Randy Lukas
      Transformation Through Adaptation: Perspectives from a College Student , presented by Shane Gormley

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

 

5/29/2007, #66, 2nd Quarter 2007

Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to him to hear him. (Luke 15:1)
      Jesus, we pray that when sinners are drawn near to our parishes that they will hear you speaking to them.

And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." (Luke 15:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive sinners into our parishes and homes and eat with them.

So he spoke this parable to them, saying: (Luke 15:3)
      Jesus, help us hear the intention of this parable.

"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?" (Luke 15:4)
      Father, please give us all, clergy and laity alike, shepherds hearts to seek after every one that wanders away from the flock.

"And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing." (Luke 15:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us rejoice over every lost sheep that is found and returns to the flock.

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

"I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:7)
      Lord, I need to constantly turn and return to you, for all of my righteousness is as filthy rags in your sight. Help me by my repentance bring joy in heaven.

      Blessed be the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplications! 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 28:6-7)

***** Cry out to the Lord for his Church. Pray for hearts that will respond to the Gospel.

***** Please spend time with Jesus by reading his word. The Lectionary lessons for Wednesday are: Psalm 38; Deuteronomy 4:25-31; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:17; Luke 15:1-2,11-32

***** If you have not yet done so, please send me an email or note telling me which two or three Diocesan Convention workshops you will be praying for. The following workshops have not yet been spoken for:
12 Step Meeting
A Taste of True Colors, presented by The Rev'd Kenneth Hunter
Breaking Dividing Walls, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Carola von Wrangel
Episcopuppets Seminar, presented by The Rev'd Michael and The Rev'd Beverly Jones
Father(s), presented by The Rev'd Simon Richardson
Heart Transformation for Men's Ministry: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, presented by Bob Dennis and Dick Downs
Interpreting the World Around You, presented by The Rev'd Joel Grigg
Leading Small Group Bible Study: Exposition and Evangelism, presented by The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Millennium Development Goals, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Christopher Brown
Natural Church Development, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell, The Rev'd Dr. Samuel Abbott & The Rev'd Michael Gorchov
No iPod Required: The All Saints Prayer Service Online, presented by The Rev'd Gary Strubel
Open 12 Step Meeting: Saturday, June 9, 7:45 am Demarest B
Prescribing Prevention: A Safe Potable Water Project for the Dominican Republic, presented by Paul Gutman
Shackled! The Deceitfulness of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Special Men's Ministry Morning: Saturday, June 9, 7:00 am The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Sunday, June 10, 8:00 am
The Challenges of a Christian Attorney, presented by Raymond Dague, Esq.
There's a Clown in My Pulpit!, presented by Randy Lukas
Transformation by Becoming a Daughter of the King, presented by Janet Papa
Transformation Through Adaptation: Perspectives from a College Student , presented by Shane Gormley
Transformation Through Preparing a Rule of Life, presented by Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Turning Around Declining Small Churches, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell

Monday, May 28, 2007

 
 Continue to remember.
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5/28/2007, #65, 2nd Quarter 2007

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia: (2 Corinthians 1:1)
      From the intercessors of the Diocese of Albany to the church of God in that diocese and to the wider church throughout the world:

Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:2)
      Father, let your grace and peace pour down on you people through the power of your Holy Spirit and the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of all comfort, (2 Corinthians 1:3)
      Father, we bless you for your mercy; you are the God of all comfort. Thank you.

who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
      Father, thank you for the comfort you have given us in our times of tribulation. Please help us pass this comfort on to others.

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us reflect on the suffering that Jesus went through so that we may reflect his love to others.

Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. (2 Corinthians 1:6)
      Jesus, many of your saints are afflicted as they remain steadfast in the gospel. Let their faithfulness and their affliction bring consolation and salvation to many.

And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation. (2 Corinthians 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, help all the saints in the Diocese of Albany and throughout the wider church know that if one member suffers, all the members suffer (From 1 Corinthians 12:26), and that suffering we partake of will enable us all to be partakers of your consolations.

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. (2 Corinthians 1:8)
      Jesus, do not let us remain ignorant of the troubles of your saints in Vestal and Syracuse, NY, in Virginia, in Florida, in the Sudan, in China, in the Middle East, wherever they are being afflicted for their testimony about the gospel.

Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, (2 Corinthians 1:9)
      Father, wherever your faithful ones are under persecution and even sentence of death, help them put their trust in you, knowing that you raise the dead.

who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, (2 Corinthians 1:10)
      Father, deliver them from death and from the hands of those who persecute them.

you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on your behalf for the gift granted to us through many. (2 Corinthians 1:11)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the gift of prayer and that our prayers are helping your faithful ones who are being persecuted.

***** Cry out to the Lord for his Church.

***** Please pray for the Youth Rally at the Diocesan Convention. The speaker is Adam McLane, the worship music will be led by the band Diagnosis Free, pray also for the program team and the Beaver Cross staff.

***** Please spend time with Jesus by reading his word. The Lectionary lessons for Tuesday are: Psalm 26; 28; Deuteronomy 4:15-24; 2 Corinthians 1:12-22; Luke 15:1-10

***** If you have not yet done so, please send me an email or note telling me which two or three Diocesan Convention workshops you will be praying for.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

 

5/27/2007, #64, 2nd Quarter 2007

***** A pastoral letter from Bishop Bill to help us prepare for the Diocesan Convention: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The 139th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany is only two weeks away. In preparation for the Convention, I have a special request of each parish in the Diocese. I believe our Lord is calling each of our parish families to take a serious look at the life of the Parish, in an effort to identify those things which are a hindrance to our life and ministry together and that which we are in need of being set free of. Just as each of us have our own individual and family history, so do our parishes, much of which is good and honors God, but some of which doesn’t.

As many of you know, the theme of this year’s Convention is taken from the words of our Lord, “Behold, I make all things new.” To better prepare ourselves for the fulfillment of His promise, it is important that we identify and repent of those things that are not of God, inviting Christ into our brokenness, that we might be cleansed, healed and set free to become that new creation that He is calling us to.

To assist us in this process, I am asking each Parish Family to come before the Lord in prayer, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to identify and make a written list of those things that the Parish and Diocese need to repent and be set free of. It could be any number of things: fighting or ill will between individuals or groups in the parish/diocese; an unwillingness to forgive recent or past offences; a scandal past or present; an unhealthy exertion of power and control by a bishop, rector or lay leader, patriarch or matriarch; a spirit of anger; a spirit of poverty; a spirit of depression; a sense of hopelessness; a tendency to gossip or speak ill of others; greed; snobbery; prejudice behavior; etc…anything at all that is a hindrance or obstacle to our ability to live out the Great Commandment and Great Commission as instructed by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Once your Parish has completed its list, seal it up in a plain envelope (no name or identifiable markings) and bring it with you to Convention. At some point during the Convention, I am going to invite representatives from each parish to come forward and nail the sins and brokenness of the Church on the cross. Once each parish has had an opportunity to do this, we as a Diocese are going to offer this up to the Lord and pray that He will cleanse, heal and set us free of all that is not of God, and then fill that void with the Holy Spirit, empowering us to live out and share the Gospel in a new and mighty way, sharing the love of Jesus Christ with all who will receive it.

This can truly be a new and wonderful beginning for each of us, individually, as a parish family and as a Diocese, if we humbly come before the Lord, trusting in Him, seeking His forgiveness, guidance and loving presence as we move forward in faith, for Jesus said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
Faithfully Yours in Christ,
+Bill

"Renew, O Lord, in our day the wonders of your Pentecost. " (Pope John XXIII)

***** Another workshop has been added: Safeguarding God’s Children on Saturday, June 9, 8:30 - 9:30 am

I need intercessors praying for the following workshops (the others are now covered):
12 Step Meeting
A Taste of True Colors, presented by The Rev'd Kenneth Hunter
Breaking Dividing Walls, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Carola von Wrangel
Breaking Free From the Shackles of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Clergy Wives Reunion Sunday, June 10, 9:00 am
Diocesan Update for Deacons, presented by The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth & The Ven. Barbara Hanstine
Directed by the Spirit: The Call to Spiritual Direction, presented by The Rev'd Laurie Garramone-Rohr
Episcopuppets Seminar, presented by The Rev'd Michael and The Rev'd Beverly Jones
Experiencing Joy/The Joy Conference, presented by Allyson Jones Tomkins
Faith Alive, presented by The Rev'd Thomas Trees, Sue McManus, The Rev'd Paul and Pat Bailey
Father(s), presented by The Rev'd Simon Richardson
God's Kingdom Come: Living in the Kingdom NOW, presented by Edwina Thomas
Heart Transformation for Men's Ministry: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, presented by Bob Dennis and Dick Downs
Interpreting the World Around You, presented by The Rev'd Joel Grigg
Leading Small Group Bible Study: Exposition and Evangelism, presented by The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Maintaining a Healthy Marriage, presented by Peter Minucci
Millennium Development Goals, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Christopher Brown
Natural Church Development, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell, The Rev'd Dr. Samuel Abbott & The Rev'd Michael Gorchov
No iPod Required: The All Saints Prayer Service Online, presented by The Rev'd Gary Strubel
Open 12 Step Meeting: Saturday, June 9, 7:45 am Demarest B
Prayer Quilt Ministry: How to Use Your Time, Treasure & Talent to Transform Your Parish Outreach Program, presented by Patricia LaFontaine
Prescribing Prevention: A Safe Potable Water Project for the Dominican Republic, presented by Paul Gutman
Prison Ministry, presented by The Rev'd Kevin Jones, Bob White and Jeanne Gizara
Revive Your Drooping Spirit! (Psalm 23), presented by Charlie Giglio
Safeguarding God’s Children
Shackled! The Deceitfulness of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Special Men's Ministry Morning: Saturday, June 9, 7:00 am The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Special Session: Friday, June 8, 2:00 pm -- 5:00 pm Safeguarding God's Children, presented by The Rev'd Michael and Marianne Gorchov
Sunday School "One Room Style" for 2 to 200 Kids!, presented by Kathleen Trees
Sunday, June 10, 8:00 am
The Challenges of a Christian Attorney, presented by Raymond Dague, Esq.
The Road to Recovery: KATRINA, presented by The Rev'd James Tomkins
There's a Clown in My Pulpit!, presented by Randy Lukas
Transformation by Becoming a Daughter of the King, presented by Janet Papa
Transformation Through Adaptation: Perspectives from a College Student , presented by Shane Gormley
Transformation Through Preparing a Rule of Life, presented by Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Transformed in Body, Mind and Spirit by Christ the Healer, presented by The Rev'd Nigel Mumford
Transforming a Local Parish in Northern Ireland (and Albany?), presented by The Rev'd Roderic West
Turning Around Declining Small Churches, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell
When I Was in Prison You Visited Me.... So What?, presented by The Rev'd Art Peters

***** A word received: Let go, let it all go. Release it; release whatever your expectations and plans are. It is true. You do not know what I want to do among you -- you are NOT in charge. I AM- trust Me for each day. Trust Me for your future. Trust Me.

***** Keep praying for Bishop Bill and his family, the Standing Committee, the Diocese and staff, all the clergy and lay leaders, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and staff and all the ministries there this week. Pray for the healing and youth ministries and the Sisters. Pray for Sister Mary Elizabeth as she prepares to give a workshop at the Diocesan Convention. Pray for all of the other presenters as well. Pray for the Lord's protection, provision and clear guidance for all.

***** Cry out to the Lord for his Church.

***** Please pray for the Youth Rally at the Diocesan Convention. The speaker is Adam McLane, the worship music will be led by the band Diagnosis Free, pray also for the program team and the Beaver Cross staff.

***** Please spend time with Jesus by reading his word. The Lectionary lessons for Tuesday are: Psalm 26; 28; Deuteronomy 4:15-24; 2 Corinthians 1:12-22; Luke 15:1-10

***** If you have not yet done so, please send me an email or note telling me which two or three Diocesan Convention workshops you will be praying for.

 

5/27/2007, #63, 2nd Quarter 2007

"Renew, O Lord, in our day the wonders of your Pentecost. " (Pope John XXIII)

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)
      Jesus, please help our love for you manifest itself in keeping your commandments. Please make yourself known to us and through us.

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, don't let us get hung up on the details of how you do this; help us keep our attention on you and desire that you make yourself known to us.

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)
      Father, I long for that home-coming when you are fully in us and we in you.

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)
      Jesus, much of the Episcopal Church has ceased to love you for they say that your words are null and void. Have mercy on us and raise up throughout the Episcopal Church men and women who will truly love you and your words.

"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. (John 14:25)
      Jesus, thank you for speaking these words to us; please give us ears to hear them.

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)
      Come, Holy Spirit, come and dwell with us. Help your people who have forgotten the words of Jesus to recall them and bring them into their hearts. Thank you.

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)
      Jesus, please help us cease from anger, and forsake wrath and leave off fretting -- it only causes harm. (From Psalm 37:8)

***** Hi Torre, I've been getting a word lately that you seem have been called to pray as well: Lord Have Mercy! On me, my church, my family, my workplace. Lord Have Mercy! I've been praying it nearly continually for the past week or so with great power and fruit - Thanks Be to God! Blessings to you! -Scott Evans

***** Hi, Quick update. The medicine, Lyrica, has almost eliminated my pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise God! I feel better than I have in about 3 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just in time for Ordination!!!!!!!!!!!!! All of my love and prayers to everyone who is praying for me. Jackie Jones

***** Please spend time with Jesus by reading his word. The Lectionary lessons for tomorrow are: Psalm 25; Deuteronomy 4:9-14; 2 Corinthians 1:1-11; Luke 14:25-35

***** If you have not yet done so, please send me an email or note telling me which two or three Diocesan Convention workshops you will be praying for.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

 

5/26/2007, #62, 2nd Quarter 2007

Report from the Christ Church Prayer Table on State St., Schenectady, 5/26/07

Man walking by, no name: Asked us to pray that he would have more faith.
+Holly: Asked for prayer for son, Marcus
+Joe: Recommitted his life to Jesus and asked for prayer for the soldiers and others in Iraq.
+Cindy: Confession of sin, asked for and accepted forgiveness of sins.
+Reashell: Asked for prayers for daughters Miranda and Autumn. Accepted Jesus as her savior.
+Cathy: Asked for prayers for husband, Robert, who has bad depression.
+Joseph: Asked for prayer for Viola.
+Leon: Young man, moved to new apartment, asked prayer for furnishings, a better walk with God, and help with his finances.
+Tashing: Asked to be stress free, accepted Jesus as his savior.
+Luis: Renewed commitment to Jesus.
Keith: God knows the details.

+ received a cross

***** Please spend time with Jesus by reading his word. The Lectionary lessons for tomorrow are: Psalm 118; Isaiah 11:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; John 14:21-29 (The Day of Pentecost, May 27th)

***** If you have not yet done so, please send me an email or note telling me which two or three Diocesan Convention workshops you will be praying for.

 

5/26/2007, #61, 2nd Quarter 2007

And he was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. (Luke 11:14)
      Jesus, so much of the Episcopal Church has become mute and unable to speak of what you have done by your cross, resurrection, and sending the Holy Spirit; please set the Episcopal Church free of this demonic inhibition.

But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons." (Luke 11:15)
      Father, there are those leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church who claim that what you have said and done is evil; have mercy on your people: either bring those leaders and teachers to repentance, or, if they will not repent, get them out of there.

Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven. (Luke 11:16)
      Holy Spirit, please guide us in our thinking, speech, and actions so that we do not put Jesus to the test like this.

But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. (Luke 11:17)
      Lord, have mercy on us: the Episcopal Church is divided against itself and is being brought to desolation.

If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. (Luke 11:18)
      Jesus, have mercy on us: help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church know that what you and your father have said and done is good.

And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. (Luke 11:19)
      Lord, have mercy on the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church: help them see the contradictions of their words and deeds. They reject your word in Scripture, yet they hold office and exercise authority by those same words.

But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Luke 11:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us in the Episcopal Church to recognize and accept the works of God in our midst.

21When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. (Luke 11:)
      LORD, clothe us with your full armor: put on us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace, gird our loins with your truth, put on us the breastplate of righteousness, place on our heads the helmet of salvation, place in our hands the sword of your Spirit which is your word, and keep us steadfast in prayer. Thank you.

But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. (Luke 11:22)

      IN CHRIST ALONE
      In Christ alone my hope is found,
      He is my light, my strength, my song;
      This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
      Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
      What heights of love, what depths of peace,
      When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
      My Comforter, my All in All,
      Here in the love of Christ I stand.

      In Christ alone! - who took on flesh,
      Fullness of God in helpless babe!
      This gift of love and righteousness,
      Scorned by the ones He came to save:
      Till on that cross as Jesus died,
      The wrath of God was satisfied --
      For every sin on Him was laid;
      Here in the death of Christ I live.

      There in the ground His body lay,
      Light of the world by darkness slain:
      Then bursting forth in glorious Day
      Up from the grave He rose again!
      And as He stands in victory
      Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
      For I am His and He is mine --
      Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

      No guilt in life, no fear in death,
      This is the power of Christ in me;
      From life's first cry to final breath,
      Jesus commands my destiny.
      No power of hell, no scheme of man,
      Can ever pluck me from His hand;
      Till He returns or calls me home,
      Here in the power of Christ I'll stand!
      
      Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
      Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music
      CCLI #299308

He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. (Luke 11:23)
      Jesus, help us in this diocese to stand with you and gather in the harvest you have prepared for us. Thank you.

***** Torre, Jean and the Prayer Warriors,
      Thanks be to God and all of your prayers. Fr. Paul's surgery went very well and the doctor believes he's embolized all the tumors so for now there won't be any more surgical procedures. Fr. Paul is home now and will be recuperating at home for a while. We couldn't have done this without all of our brothers and sisters in Christ praying us thru it all. God bless you all. In Christ's love, Pat Bailey

***** Please spend time with Jesus by reading his word. The Lectionary lessons for tomorrow are: Psalm 118; Isaiah 11:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; John 14:21-29 (The Day of Pentecost, May 27th)

***** If you have not yet done so, please send me an email or note telling me which two or three Diocesan Convention workshops you will be praying for.

Friday, May 25, 2007

 

5/25/2007, #60, 2nd Quarter 2007

Now it happened as they went that he entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. (Luke 10:38)
      Dear Holy Spirit, please help us welcome Jesus into our homes as Martha did.

And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word. (Luke 10:39)
      Jesus, help us spend time as Mary did: sitting at your feet and hearing your word. Please anoint our listening as we read the Bible and as we pray. Please give us listening ears and eyes that see what you are doing.

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." (Luke 10:40)
      Father, we pray for all those who are working on the Diocesan Convention. Please keep them from being distracted by much serving; help them spend time with your son Jesus.

And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things." (Luke 10:41)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize our worries and troubles for what they are: things which can distract us from coming to Jesus. Please help us lay all our burdens at Jesus' feet.

"But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:42)
      Jesus, please help us make the good choice of spending time with you day by day as Mary did.

***** Please spend time with Jesus by reading his word. The Lectionary lessons for tomorrow are: Psalms 107:33-43, 108:1-13; Ezek. 43:1-12; Heb. 9:1-14; Luke 11:14-23

***** If you have not yet done so, please send me an email or note telling me which two or three Diocesan Convention workshops you will be praying for.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

 

5/24/2007, #59, 2nd Quarter 2007

Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! (Psalm 105:1)
      Father, please help us make your deeds known in our communities and in our parishes.

Sing to him, sing psalms to him; talk of all his wondrous works! (Psalm 105:2)
      Holy Spirit, please guide our singing so that we praise Jesus, and guide our speaking so that we make his deeds known.

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! (Psalm 105:3)
      Jesus, by your words and deeds we can come into the throne room of heaven. Thank you for all that you have done for us. Please pour out your Holy Spirit on us so that we can know you and your father better. Jesus, please renew in our day and in this diocese the wonders of your Pentecost! Thank you!

***** Keep praying for Bp. Bill, our Diocese, staff, committees, clergy & lay leaders. Pray for all those clergy and leaders who are sick for the Lord's healing.
       Pray for the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Fr. Nigel, Matt Baker and all the ministries there. Pray for the Sisters also.
       Keep praying for Convention and for the preparations.

***** Report from Jean Bissell: Dr. Herzog listened to me and did some checks and thinks the source of the pain is probably in my hips, not the spine. Will have another test as soon as can get it in and then decide. He told us a hip replacement is a lot better than a spinal surgery. So we'll wait and see.

***** Pray for complete healing of breast cancer for Cynthia Rittgers (Forest and Sally Rittgers' daughter-in-law).

***** Report from Cherie Downs: Daughters of the King had a wonderful retreat and all went smoothly. About 70 attended.

***** Report on Dave Comegys: David,"Doc".Comegys from St. James, Au Sable Forks, is had open heart surgery Wednesday afternoon, around 1pm. Please keep Doc, his wife, Carolyn, as well as his family in prayer. Thank you! Gary Durham

***** Pray for all who are sick in your parish and in need of healing. Pray especially for a breakthrough and a miracle of healing for Tim Gibbons, the son of our diocesan Youth Ministries Coordinator, Patti Gibbons.
***** Bishop Love was at a College of Bishops course for new bishops on Tuesday and then was off to Nashotah House Seminary on Wednesday evening for their Spring Trustees meeting and Commencement. He will return to the Diocese on Saturday, midday, and will celebrate Pentecost at St. Andrew’s, Albany. Lord, we pray for your protection and blessing on Bishop Bill as he travels and ministers in your church.

***** Pick two or three workshops at the Diocesan Convention to pray for. Pray for the presenters and those who will attend them. Thank you. Please let me know which workshops you have picked to pray for.

Scheduled Workshops
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12 Step Meeting Sunday, June 10, 8:00 am
12 Step Open Meeting: Saturday, June 9, 7:45 am
A Taste of True Colors, presented by The Rev'd Kenneth Hunter
A Transformed Relationship with God: The Sacrament of Reconciliation , presented by The Rev'd Canon William Cooper
A Vestry That Works, presented by The Rev'd Derik Roy
Alpha Revival, Workplace Alpha and the Area-Wide Holy Spirit Weekend, presented by Dr. Scott Evans
Being a Christian in the Workplace, presented by Torre Bissell
Breaking Dividing Walls, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Carola von Wrangel
Breaking Free From the Shackles of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Clergy Wives Reunion Sunday, June 10, 9:00 am
Cloning Around: A Light-Hearted Look at the Serious Subject of Bio-medical Ethics, presented by The Very Rev'd John Scott
Cover of Love and Touch of Love: Ministries for the Homeless and the Needy, presented by The Rev'd Jim and Jeanie Shevlin, FHC
Crown Financial Ministries Christy Speers and John Harper will be available to speak with individuals from 1:00 -- 3:00 pm
CSI Coxsackie: A Forensic Approach to Healing a Parish, presented by The Rev'd Susan Baker-Borjeson
Did Jesus Really Die for Our Sins? , presented by The Rev'd Dr. Christopher Brown
Diocesan Update for Deacons, presented by The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth & The Ven. Barbara Hanstine
Directed by the Spirit: The Call to Spiritual Direction, presented by The Rev'd Laurie Garramone-Rohr
Dominican Republic Mission: A Life Transforming Experience, presented by Robin Baxter
Episcopuppets Seminar, presented by The Rev'd Michael and The Rev'd Beverly Jones
Evangelistic Communication: How Telling the Stories of Transformation Can Grow the Church, presented by Maggie Hasslacher
Experiencing Joy/The Joy Conference, presented by Allyson Jones Tomkins
Faith Alive, presented by The Rev'd Thomas Trees, Sue McManus, The Rev'd Paul and Pat Bailey
Father(s), presented by The Rev'd Simon Richardson
First Place: The Bible's Way to Weight Loss, presented by The Rev'd Suzanne Cole
From Beginning to Belonging: Using a Membership Manual to Assimilate New Members, presented by The Very Rev'd Diana Freeman
Gift of the Rose: Healing and Transformation, presented by The Rev'd Faye VanDermark, FHC
God's Kingdom Come: Living in the Kingdom NOW, presented by Edwina Thomas
God's Kingdom Come: Living in the Kingdom NOW, presented by Edwina Thomas
Good Grief, Charlie Brown, presented by The Rev'd John Hopkins and The Rev'd Lynne Curtis
Healing a Woman's Soul, presented by The Rev'd Anne Curtin
Healthline Sudan: Transforming Lives Through Healthcare -- Heartbeat of the South, presented by David Gough, The Rev'd Cecil Wilson, Kevin Steckline
Heart Transformation for Men's Ministry: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, presented by Bob Dennis and Dick Downs
Icons: How to Hear God Speaking to Us, presented by Christine Simoneau-Hales
Interpreting the World Around You, presented by The Rev'd Joel Grigg
Leading Small Group Bible Study: Exposition and Evangelism, presented by The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Let God Transform You -- Don't Let Uncle Screwtape Do It!, presented by The Very Rev'd Michael Shank
Maintaining a Healthy Marriage, presented by Peter Minucci
Member Mission: Discern Your Daily Mission, presented by The Rev'd Wayne Schwab
Millennium Development Goals, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Christopher Brown
Mission Trips: How to Go Without Leaving Home!, presented by Linda Stevens
Missions: Healing the Body, Mind and Soul, presented by The Rev'd Charlie and The Rev'd Polly Bailey
Natural Church Development, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell, The Rev'd Dr. Samuel Abbott & The Rev'd Michael Gorchov
No iPod Required: The All Saints Prayer Service Online, presented by The Rev'd Gary Strubel
No More Sunday School!, presented by The Very Rev'd Diana Freeman
Parish Prayer Ministry Teams: Principles and Practice, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Grant and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand
Prayer of the Heart: Being Transformed by the Will of God, presented by The Rev'd Gustavo Calvo, FHC
Prayer Quilt Ministry: How to Use Your Time, Treasure & Talent to Transform Your Parish Outreach Program, presented by Patricia LaFontaine
Praying for Your Prodigal, presented by The Rev'd John and Tish Kelly
Prescribing Prevention: A Safe Potable Water Project for the Dominican Republic, presented by Paul Gutman
Prison Ministry, presented by The Rev'd Kevin Jones, Bob White and Jeanne Gizara
Reading the Sacred Word of God: Personal Bible Study, presented by The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Rebuild My Church: Transforming Lives Through Community, presented by The Rev'd Ellen Neufeld
Reclaiming a Biblical Worldview, presented by The Rev'd Joel Grigg
Responding to God's Prompting, presented by Torre and Jean Bissell
Revive Your Drooping Spirit! (Psalm 23), presented by Charlie Giglio
Safeguarding God's Children The Rev'd Michael and Marianne Gorchov
Shackled! The Deceitfulness of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
SOMA USA Plenary Session: Saturday, June 9, 9:00 -- 9:30 am Edwina Thomas
Special Men's Ministry Morning: Saturday, June 9, 7:00 am The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Stress Reduction -- The Christian Way, presented by The Rev'd Lynne Crimi
Sunday School "One Room Style" for 2 to 200 Kids!, presented by Kathleen Trees
The Challenges of a Christian Attorney, presented by Raymond Dague, Esq.
The Owner's Guide to Life, or How Bible Study Changes Everything, presented by The Rev'd Laurie Garramone- Rohr
The Road to Recovery: KATRINA, presented by The Rev'd James Tomkins
There's a Clown in My Pulpit!, presented by Randy Lukas
Transformation by Becoming a Daughter of the King, presented by Janet Papa
Transformation Through Adaptation: Perspectives from a College Student , presented by Shane Gormley
Transformation Through Lectio Divina: Drawing Jesus into Our Hearts Through Scriptural Prayer, presented by Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Transformation Through Preparing a Rule of Life, presented by Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Transformed in Body, Mind and Spirit by Christ the Healer, presented by The Rev'd Nigel Mumford
Transforming a Local Parish in Northern Ireland (and Albany?), presented by The Rev'd Roderic West
Transforming Grace: Ways and Means, presented by The Rev'd Bill Hinrichs
Transforming Into a Healthy Parish: Working as a Pastoral Team, presented by The Rev'd John Hopkins and Susan Olszewski, RN-C
Turning Around Declining Small Churches, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell
Utilizing Lay Leadership in Small Groups for Church Growth, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Hap Carrier
Welcome the Community to Your Parish, presented by The Rev'd David Collum
What Deacons Do , presented by The Rev'd Margaret Theodore
What is Cursillo? Why Should I Attend a Cursillo Weekend?, presented by Ron Edwards and Stephen Ames
When I Was in Prison You Visited Me.... So What?, presented by The Rev'd Art Peters
When I Was in Prison You Visited Me.... So What?, presented by The Rev'd Art Peters
Why Every Church Needs a Missions Program, presented by The Rev'd Eileen Weglarz

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

 

5/23/2007, #58, 2nd Quarter 2007

Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (Ezekiel 11:14)
      LORD, let your word come to your people.

"Son of man, your brethren, your relatives, your countrymen, and all the house of Israel in its entirety, are those about whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, 'Get far away from the LORD; this land has been given to us as a possession.'" (Ezekiel 11:15)
      LORD, in our pride we have seen the Episcopal Church as our possession; have mercy on us and bring the Episcopal Church to humility.

"Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone."'" (Ezekiel 11:16)
      LORD, your faithful people are being scattered, please be a sanctuary for them so that none of them are lost.

"Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel."'" (Ezekiel 11:17)
      Restore us, O God; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:3)

"And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there." (Ezekiel 11:18)
      LORD, remove from us all our idolatries and evil practices: let the sins of divorce, abortion, and sexual promiscuity no longer be named among us.

"Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh," (Ezekiel 11:19)
      LORD, its time to do open-heart surgery on your people and upon the Episcopal Church. Wash and cleanse our hearts of the stain of sin and fill us with your Holy Spirit. Bring us to unity in your Spirit.

"that they may walk in my statutes and keep my judgments and do them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God." (Ezekiel 11:20)
      Holy Father, please help us walk in your statutes and keep your judgments and DO them so that we may be your people and you will be our God.

"But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads," says the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 11:21)
      Jesus, the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (From 1 Peter 4:17)

***** Pick two or three workshops at the Diocesan Convention to pray for. Pray for the presenters and those who will attend them. Thank you. Please let me know which workshops you have picked to pray for.

Workshop Schedule
*****************************************************
Special Session: Friday, June 8, 2:00 pm -- 5:00 pm Safeguarding God's Children The Rev'd Michael and Marianne Gorchov
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Session 1: Friday, June 8, 2:30 -- 3:30 pm

God's Kingdom Come: Living in the Kingdom NOW, presented by Edwina Thomas
Reclaiming a Biblical Worldview, presented by The Rev'd Joel Grigg
Reading the Sacred Word of God: Personal Bible Study, presented by The Rev'd Peter Pierson
From Beginning to Belonging: Using a Membership Manual to Assimilate New Members, presented by The Very Rev'd Diana Freeman
Prayer of the Heart: Being Transformed by the Will of God, presented by The Rev'd Gustavo Calvo, FHC
Icons: How to Hear God Speaking to Us, presented by Christine Simoneau-Hales
When I Was in Prison You Visited Me.... So What?, presented by The Rev'd Art Peters

Session 2: Friday, June 8, 3:30 -- 4:15 pm

Shackled! The Deceitfulness of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Interpreting the World Around You, presented by The Rev'd Joel Grigg
Did Jesus Really Die for Our Sins? , presented by The Rev'd Dr. Christopher Brown
Cloning Around: A Light-Hearted Look at the Serious Subject of Bio-medical Ethics, presented by The Very Rev'd John Scott
Let God Transform You -- Don't Let Uncle Screwtape Do It!, presented by The Very Rev'd Michael Shank
Prescribing Prevention: A Safe Potable Water Project for the Dominican Republic, presented by Paul Gutman
Revive Your Drooping Spirit! (Psalm 23), presented by Charlie Giglio
Responding to God's Prompting, presented by Torre and Jean Bissell
Directed by the Spirit: The Call to Spiritual Direction, presented by The Rev'd Laurie Garramone-Rohr

Session 3: Friday, June 8, 4:30 -- 5:15 pm

Breaking Free From the Shackles of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Transforming a Local Parish in Northern Ireland (and Albany?), presented by The Rev'd Roderic West
Transforming Into a Healthy Parish: Working as a Pastoral Team, presented by The Rev'd John Hopkins and Susan Olszewski, RN-C
A Vestry That Works, presented by The Rev'd Derik Roy
Breaking Dividing Walls, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Carola von Wrangel
Transforming Grace: Ways and Means, presented by The Rev'd Bill Hinrichs
Cover of Love and Touch of Love: Ministries for the Homeless and the Needy, presented by The Rev'd Jim and Jeanie Shevlin, FHC
Praying for Your Prodigal, presented by The Rev'd John and Tish Kelly
Transformation Through Adaptation: Perspectives from a College Student , presented by Shane Gormley
Rebuild My Church: Transforming Lives Through Community, presented by The Rev'd Ellen Neufeld

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Special Men's Ministry Morning: Saturday, June 9, 7:00 am The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
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Open 12 Step Meeting: Saturday, June 9, 7:45 am
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Plenary Session: Saturday, June 9, 9:00 -- 9:30 am Edwina Thomas, SOMA USA
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Session 4: Saturday, June 9, 9:45 -- 10:30 am

Shackled! The Deceitfulness of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Being a Christian in the Workplace, presented by Torre Bissell
Transformation Through Lectio Divina: Drawing Jesus into Our Hearts Through Scriptural Prayer, presented by Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Prayer Quilt Ministry: How to Use Your Time, Treasure & Talent to Transform Your Parish Outreach Program, presented by Patricia LaFontaine
Healthline Sudan: Transforming Lives Through Healthcare -- Heartbeat of the South, presented by David Gough, The Rev'd Cecil Wilson, Kevin Steckline
Experiencing Joy/The Joy Conference, presented by Allyson Jones Tomkins
Parish Prayer Ministry Teams: Principles and Practice, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Grant and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand

Session 5: Saturday, June 9, 10:45 -- 11:30 am

Breaking Free From the Shackles of the World's Economy, presented by John Harper
There's a Clown in My Pulpit!, presented by Randy Lukas
Leading Small Group Bible Study: Exposition and Evangelism, presented by The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Heart Transformation for Men's Ministry: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, presented by Bob Dennis and Dick Downs
The Road to Recovery: KATRINA, presented by The Rev'd James Tomkins
Transformation by Becoming a Daughter of the King, presented by Janet Papa
Father(s), presented by The Rev'd Simon Richardson

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Christy Speers and John Harper of Crown Financial Ministries will be available to speak with individuals from 1:00 -- 3:00 pm
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Session 6: Saturday, June 9, 1:30 -- 2:15 pm

Transformed in Body, Mind and Spirit by Christ the Healer, presented by The Rev'd Nigel Mumford
A Transformed Relationship with God: The Sacrament of Reconciliation , presented by The Rev'd Canon William Cooper
No More Sunday School!, presented by The Very Rev'd Diana Freeman
Stress Reduction -- The Christian Way, presented by The Rev'd Lynne Crimi
CSI Coxsackie: A Forensic Approach to Healing a Parish, presented by The Rev'd Susan Baker-Borjeson
Why Every Church Needs a Missions Program, presented by The Rev'd Eileen Weglarz
Welcome the Community to Your Parish, presented by The Rev'd David Collum
Dominican Republic Mission: A Life Transforming Experience, presented by Robin Baxter
A Taste of True Colors, presented by The Rev'd Kenneth Hunter
No iPod Required: The All Saints Prayer Service Online, presented by The Rev'd Gary Strubel
Good Grief, Charlie Brown, presented by The Rev'd John Hopkins and The Rev'd Lynne Curtis
Diocesan Update for Deacons, presented by The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth & The Ven. Barbara Hanstine

Session 7: Saturday, June 9, 2:30 -- 3:15 pm

Natural Church Development, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell, The Rev'd Dr. Samuel Abbott & The Rev'd Michael Gorchov
Maintaining a Healthy Marriage, presented by Peter Minucci
Healing a Woman's Soul, presented by The Rev'd Anne Curtin
Utilizing Lay Leadership in Small Groups for Church Growth, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Hap Carrier
Episcopuppets Seminar, presented by The Rev'd Michael and The Rev'd Beverly Jones
Missions: Healing the Body, Mind and Soul, presented by The Rev'd Charlie and The Rev'd Polly Bailey
Member Mission: Discern Your Daily Mission, presented by The Rev'd Wayne Schwab
Prison Ministry, presented by The Rev'd Kevin Jones, Bob White and Jeanne Gizara
Faith Alive, presented by The Rev'd Thomas Trees, Sue McManus, The Rev'd Paul and Pat Bailey
What is Cursillo? Why Should I Attend a Cursillo Weekend?, presented by Ron Edwards and Stephen Ames
Sunday School "One Room Style" for 2 to 200 Kids!, presented by Kathleen Trees
What Deacons Do , presented by The Rev'd Margaret Theodore

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Sunday, June 10, 8:00 am 12 Step Meeting
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Sunday, June 10, 9:00 am Clergy Wives Reunion
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Session 8: Sunday, June 10, 9:00 -- 9:45 am

God's Kingdom Come: Living in the Kingdom NOW, presented by Edwina Thomas
Transformation Through Preparing a Rule of Life, presented by Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Gift of the Rose: Healing and Transformation, presented by The Rev'd Faye VanDermark, FHC
First Place: The Bible's Way to Weight Loss, presented by The Rev'd Suzanne Cole
Mission Trips: How to Go Without Leaving Home!, presented by Linda Stevens
Alpha Revival, Workplace Alpha and the Area-Wide Holy Spirit Weekend, presented by Dr. Scott Evans
Turning Around Declining Small Churches, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell
When I Was in Prison You Visited Me.... So What?, presented by The Rev'd Art Peters
Evangelistic Communication: How Telling the Stories of Transformation Can Grow the Church, presented by Maggie Hasslacher
The Challenges of a Christian Attorney, presented by Raymond Dague, Esq.
Millennium Development Goals, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Christopher Brown
The Owner's Guide to Life, or How Bible Study Changes Everything, presented by The Rev'd Laurie Garramone- Rohr

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

 

5/22/2007, #57, 2nd Quarter 2007

After these things the Lord appointed seventy-two others also, and sent them two by two before his face into every city and place where he himself was about to go. Then he said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:1-2)
       Jesus, please send forth many more laborers into the harvest. Don't let any grain go unharvested. Please show me who you want me to go with into the harvest fields and show us both where you want us to labor. Thank you.

***** Pick one or two workshops at the Diocesan Convention to pray for. Pray for the presenters and those who will attend them. Thank you.

Workshop Schedule
*****************************************************
Special Session: Friday, June 8, 2:00 pm -- 5:00 pm
Safeguarding God's Children
The Rev'd Michael and Marianne Gorchov
Demarest C
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Session 1: Friday, June 8, 2:30 -- 3:30 pm

God's Kingdom Come: Living in the Kingdom NOW, presented by Edwina Thomas
Reclaiming a Biblical Worldview, presented by The Rev'd Joel Grigg
Reading the Sacred Word of God: Personal Bible Study, presented by The Rev'd Peter Pierson
From Beginning to Belonging: Using a Membership Manual to Assimilate New Members, presented by The Very Rev'd Diana Freeman
Prayer of the Heart: Being Transformed by the Will of God, presented by The Rev'd Gustavo Calvo, FHC
Icons: How to Hear God Speaking to Us, presented by Christine Simoneau-Hales
When I Was in Prison You Visited Me.... So What?, presented by The Rev'd Art Peters

Session 2: Friday, June 8, 3:30 -- 4:15 pm

Shackled! The Deceitfulness of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Interpreting the World Around You, presented by The Rev'd Joel Grigg
Did Jesus Really Die for Our Sins? , presented by The Rev'd Dr. Christopher Brown
Cloning Around: A Light-Hearted Look at the Serious Subject of Bio-medical Ethics, presented by The Very Rev'd John Scott
Let God Transform You -- Don't Let Uncle Screwtape Do It!, presented by The Very Rev'd Michael Shank
Prescribing Prevention: A Safe Potable Water Project for the Dominican Republic, presented by Paul Gutman
Revive Your Drooping Spirit! (Psalm 23), presented by Charlie Giglio
Responding to God's Prompting, presented by Torre and Jean Bissell
Directed by the Spirit: The Call to Spiritual Direction, presented by The Rev'd Laurie Garramone-Rohr

Session 3: Friday, June 8, 4:30 -- 5:15 pm

Breaking Free From the Shackles of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Transforming a Local Parish in Northern Ireland (and Albany?), presented by The Rev'd Roderic West
Transforming Into a Healthy Parish: Working as a Pastoral Team, presented by The Rev'd John Hopkins and Susan Olszewski, RN-C
A Vestry That Works, presented by The Rev'd Derik Roy
Breaking Dividing Walls, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Carola von Wrangel
Transforming Grace: Ways and Means, presented by The Rev'd Bill Hinrichs
Cover of Love and Touch of Love: Ministries for the Homeless and the Needy, presented by The Rev'd Jim and Jeanie Shevlin, FHC
Praying for Your Prodigal, presented by The Rev'd John and Tish Kelly
Transformation Through Adaptation: Perspectives from a College Student , presented by Shane Gormley
Rebuild My Church: Transforming Lives Through Community, presented by The Rev'd Ellen Neufeld

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Special Men's Ministry Morning: Saturday, June 9, 7:00 am
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Tee Pee
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Open 12 Step Meeting: Saturday, June 9, 7:45 am
Demarest B
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Plenary Session: Saturday, June 9, 9:00 -- 9:30 am
Edwina Thomas, SOMA USA
Tibbitts Auditorium
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Session 4: Saturday, June 9, 9:45 -- 10:30 am

Shackled! The Deceitfulness of This World's Economy, presented by John Harper
Being a Christian in the Workplace, presented by Torre Bissell
Transformation Through Lectio Divina: Drawing Jesus into Our Hearts Through Scriptural Prayer, presented by Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Prayer Quilt Ministry: How to Use Your Time, Treasure & Talent to Transform Your Parish Outreach Program, presented by Patricia LaFontaine
Healthline Sudan: Transforming Lives Through Healthcare -- Heartbeat of the South, presented by David Gough, The Rev'd Cecil Wilson, Kevin Steckline
Experiencing Joy/The Joy Conference, presented by Allyson Jones Tomkins
Parish Prayer Ministry Teams: Principles and Practice, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Grant and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand

Session 5: Saturday, June 9, 10:45 -- 11:30 am

Breaking Free From the Shackles of the World's Economy, presented by John Harper
There's a Clown in My Pulpit!, presented by Randy Lukas
Leading Small Group Bible Study: Exposition and Evangelism, presented by The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Heart Transformation for Men's Ministry: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, presented by Bob Dennis and Dick Downs
The Road to Recovery: KATRINA, presented by The Rev'd James Tomkins
Transformation by Becoming a Daughter of the King, presented by Janet Papa
Father(s), presented by The Rev'd Simon Richardson

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Christy Speers and John Harper of Crown Financial Ministries will be available to speak with individuals from 1:00 -- 3:00 pm in Jelinek G
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Session 6: Saturday, June 9, 1:30 -- 2:15 pm

Transformed in Body, Mind and Spirit by Christ the Healer, presented by The Rev'd Nigel Mumford
A Transformed Relationship with God: The Sacrament of Reconciliation , presented by The Rev'd Canon William Cooper
No More Sunday School!, presented by The Very Rev'd Diana Freeman
Stress Reduction -- The Christian Way, presented by The Rev'd Lynne Crimi
CSI Coxsackie: A Forensic Approach to Healing a Parish, presented by The Rev'd Susan Baker-Borjeson
Why Every Church Needs a Missions Program, presented by The Rev'd Eileen Weglarz
Welcome the Community to Your Parish, presented by The Rev'd David Collum
Dominican Republic Mission: A Life Transforming Experience, presented by Robin Baxter
A Taste of True Colors, presented by The Rev'd Kenneth Hunter
No iPod Required: The All Saints Prayer Service Online, presented by The Rev'd Gary Strubel
Good Grief, Charlie Brown, presented by The Rev'd John Hopkins and The Rev'd Lynne Curtis
Diocesan Update for Deacons, presented by The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth & The Ven. Barbara Hanstine

Session 7: Saturday, June 9, 2:30 -- 3:15 pm

Natural Church Development, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell, The Rev'd Dr. Samuel Abbott & The Rev'd Michael Gorchov
Maintaining a Healthy Marriage, presented by Peter Minucci
Healing a Woman's Soul, presented by The Rev'd Anne Curtin
Utilizing Lay Leadership in Small Groups for Church Growth, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Hap Carrier
Episcopuppets Seminar, presented by The Rev'd Michael and The Rev'd Beverly Jones
Missions: Healing the Body, Mind and Soul, presented by The Rev'd Charlie and The Rev'd Polly Bailey
Member Mission: Discern Your Daily Mission, presented by The Rev'd Wayne Schwab
Prison Ministry, presented by The Rev'd Kevin Jones, Bob White and Jeanne Gizara
Faith Alive, presented by The Rev'd Thomas Trees, Sue McManus, The Rev'd Paul and Pat Bailey
What is Cursillo? Why Should I Attend a Cursillo Weekend?, presented by Ron Edwards and Stephen Ames
Sunday School "One Room Style" for 2 to 200 Kids!, presented by Kathleen Trees
What Deacons Do , presented by The Rev'd Margaret Theodore

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Sunday, June 10, 8:00 am
12 Step Meeting
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Sunday, June 10, 9:00 am
Clergy Wives Reunion
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Session 8: Sunday, June 10, 9:00 -- 9:45 am

God's Kingdom Come: Living in the Kingdom NOW, presented by Edwina Thomas
Transformation Through Preparing a Rule of Life, presented by Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Gift of the Rose: Healing and Transformation, presented by The Rev'd Faye VanDermark, FHC
First Place: The Bible's Way to Weight Loss, presented by The Rev'd Suzanne Cole
Mission Trips: How to Go Without Leaving Home!, presented by Linda Stevens
Alpha Revival, Workplace Alpha and the Area-Wide Holy Spirit Weekend, presented by Dr. Scott Evans
Turning Around Declining Small Churches, presented by The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell
When I Was in Prison You Visited Me.... So What?, presented by The Rev'd Art Peters
Evangelistic Communication: How Telling the Stories of Transformation Can Grow the Church, presented by Maggie Hasslacher
The Challenges of a Christian Attorney, presented by Raymond Dague, Esq.
Millennium Development Goals, presented by The Rev'd Dr. Christopher Brown
The Owner's Guide to Life, or How Bible Study Changes Everything, presented by The Rev'd Laurie Garramone- Rohr

Sunday, May 20, 2007

 

5/20/2007, #56, 2nd Quarter 2007

"Therefore whoever confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my father who is in heaven." (Matthew 10:32)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make a good confession of our faith in Jesus before all men. I am mindful of Paul's admonition to Timothy: "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing," (1 Timothy 6:12-14) Holy Spirit, please help us do the same.

"But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my father who is in heaven." (Matthew 10:33)
      Holy Spirit, have mercy on us: so much of the Episcopal Church is denying the saving power of Jesus and the need to make a choice for him. Rescue your little one from those who are telling them lies.

"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword." (Matthew 10:34)
      Jesus, we ask you to bring your sword of division to the Episcopal Church and cut away all of the cancerous growth in it.

"For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.'" (Matthew 10:35-36)
      "Therefore I will look to the LORD, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me." (Micah 7:7) I will trust in you to carry me and my family through to victory.

"He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:37)
      Jesus, thank you for giving me my church family when my own family would have none of you.

"And he who does not take his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:38)
      Father, I want to follow in Jesus' footsteps; please help me take up today's cross.

"He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matthew 10:39)
      Jesus, help us throughout this diocese to lay down our lives for your sake. Bring us all into the kingdom of God.

"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me." (Matthew 10:40)
      Jesus, please help us receive all whom you send us so that we may receive you.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

 

5/19/2007, #55, 2nd Quarter 2007

And this word, yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:27-29)

For thus says the LORD of hosts: "Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory," says the LORD of hosts. (Haggai 2:6-7)
       A word received by Mtr. Ellen Neufeld and confirmed by others: Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, only that which cannot be shaken will remain.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, (Psalm 92:12-14)
       A word received by Dave Dussault: It's not your strength that matters, it is my strength working in you.

Glorious things are said of you, O city of God (Psalm 87:3)
       Lord, we long for the day when glorious things will be spoken of Schenectady.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
       Help the clergy of this diocese to dwell in the secret places of prayer and fellowship so that they may find rest in you, Jesus.

***** Keep praying for Bishop Bill, his family, the Standing Committee, the Diocese, staff, other Diocesan committees, clergy and lay leaders, the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, its staff and ministries, Fr. Nigel, Matt Baker, the Sisters.

      Keep praying for the Lord's presence and anointing on the Convention and for the preparations.

      Pray for all the transitional deacons being ordained at convention.

      Cry out to the Lord for His Church. Pray for eyes and ears to be opened to reality and to God's truth.

      Keep praying for the Daughters of the King retreat this weekend.

      Dcn Polly Bailey originally had done well in her surgery yesterday, however began bleeding last night. She had to go back into surgery. She is in ICU and doing much better now. Please continue to cover her in prayer.

      Pat Moore had a total hysterectomy and tumor removal yesterday. Pray for speedy healing and benign tumor.

      Other Diocesan requests: (Kevin Coffrin) for Gillian Nelson, Doctors found irregular cells on her Cervix. We are praying for healing for her.

      Pray for Fr. Dan Moore, Jackie Jones, Mtr. Jeri and Dn. Howard Thompson, Molly Minon, Joella Biddle.

 

5/19/2007, #54, 2nd Quarter 2007

Lord, you have been our refuge in all generations. (Psalm 90:1)
      LORD, we look to you, you are our stronghold and our refuge.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. (Psalm 90:2)
      You have always been there and you will always be there for those who love you. Father, we bless you for who you are.

You turn man to destruction, and say, "Return, O children of men." (Psalm 90:3)
      When we are disobedient, you discipline us because you love us; please help us turn back to your ways.

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:4)
      LORD, our times and seasons are in your hand, help us hear and see as you hear and see.

You carry them away like a flood; they are like a sleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up: in the morning it flourishes and grows up; in the evening it is cut down and withers. (Psalm 90:5-6)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church has become dry stubble, it has withered and is being cut down. Have mercy on your little ones and your faithful people; help us receive the life-giving water of your Holy Spirit.

For we have been consumed by your anger, and by your wrath we are terrified. (Psalm 90:7)
      Father, the leaders of the Episcopal Church do not change and they have no fear of you; save us from the wrath that is to come!

You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance. (Psalm 90:8)
      Father, nothing is hidden from your sight, have mercy on us and lead us out of the destruction that is to come as you led Lot out of Sodom. Help us cease looking back at what was lest we become as Lot's wife. (Genesis 19:26)

Prayers about the spiritual strongholds in the parishes of this diocese:

Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. (Psalm 24:7)
      Jesus, you are the King of glory, please come into all those spiritual strongholds in the parishes of this diocese. Lift up their gates and enter in. Cleanse us and set us free.

Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. (Psalm 24:8)
      Jesus, there is a war going on in the Episcopal Church, you are strong and mighty and equipped to handle it. Help us follow the leading of your Holy Spirit as the battle progresses.

Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. (Psalm 24:9)
      Jesus, help the clergy and people of the parishes in this diocese recognize the spiritual strongholds in our common life for what they are so that we may invite you in. Lord, life up those gates and enter in with the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit.

Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. (Psalm 24:10)
      Jesus, so many of the leaders of this diocese, both lay and clergy, are being afflicted with disease; come with your glory among us and heal them. Let our strongholds and our diseases be nailed to your cross. Help us bring everything to the foot of the cross.

On ministering to those in affliction among us: listen to the words of Job, a man of God who suffered: "Listen, only listen to my words; this is the consolation you can offer me. Let me have my say." (Job 21:2-3a JB)

My free translation: "I know you can't fix my problem, but just once, listen to me. I'm not asking you to fix my problem -- I know you can't -- I just want you to listen to me, listen to my pain.
      LORD, help us repent of a "fix it" attitude to those who suffer; help us listen to their pain and grief as we pray with them and for them. Thank you.

Friday, May 18, 2007

 

5/18/2007, #53, 2nd Quarter 2007

Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. (Ezekiel 1:28a)
      LORD, we bless you for your glory; please manifest your glory to your servants today.

So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking. (Ezekiel 1:28b)
      LORD, help us humble ourselves before you and hear your voice speaking.

And he said to me, "Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you." (Ezekiel 2:1)
      Holy Spirit, speak to us as well, speak to the Diocesan Convention.

Then the Spirit entered me when he spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard him who spoke to me. (Ezekiel 2:2)
      Jesus, please send your Holy Spirit into us as well so that we may hear you and hearken to what you are saying.

And he said to me: "Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day." (Ezekiel 2:3)
      Father, you have placed us in the Episcopal Church, a rebellious people who have rebelled against you; we and our father have transgressed against you to this very day.

"For they are impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'" (Ezekiel 2:4)
      LORD, the leaders and people of Episcopal Church is very impudent and stubborn, help us speak your word to them.

"As for them, whether they hear or whether they refuse--for they are a rebellious house--yet they will know that a prophet has been among them." (Ezekiel 2:5)
      Jesus, whether the Episcopal Church hears or refuses to hear--for they are a rebellious church--help your people to know and listen to those you have sent them with your word.

***** Update from Deacon Faye: Polly Bailey's surgery last over three hours. They did a hernia and a hysterectomy and there were no signs of cancer. Praise the Lord! They are hoping she can go home on Sunday. Lord, we pray for speedy and uneventful healing for Polly.

Deacon Faye is doing training for Level 1 healing in the Susquehanna Deanery. She needs prayers for protection and healing and that the results of minor tests will go well. Jesus, we ask you to place your healing hands on Deacon Faye.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

 

5/17/2007, #52, 2nd Quarter 2007

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)
      Jesus, please guide our footsteps so that we go to the places and do the things you have appointed for us. Please let the Diocesan Convention be place of meeting you.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)
      Holy Spirit, you know all our doubts and fears, help us worship Jesus in spite of them. Please help all of us worship you at the Diocesan Convention.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth." (Matthew 28:18)
      Scripture describes moral chaos as, "In those days there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his own eyes." (Judges 17:6, 21:25) Father, we live in such a time; please help us accept and live under the authority you have given your son Jesus.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (Matthew 28:19)
      Father, immerse us in the authority you have given Jesus; immerse us in the obedience of Jesus; immerse us in the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Father, the Episcopal Church desperately needs a fresh baptism of repentance and your Holy Spirit, come soon and visit your people.

"teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
      Jesus, you did not teach as the scribes did, for you taught the people as one having authority. (Matthew 7:29) Bring the leaders and clergy of the Episcopal Church under your authority so that they can teach as you taught. Lord, we are a people in rebellion against all authority, doing what is right in our own eyes and not what is right in your sight; please help us repent and return to you and your ways. You submitted yourself to the Father's authority and purposes; please help us do the same. Thank you.

      A word received: I long for my people to know me.

***** The Daughters of the King retreat is at Spiritual Life Center this weekend, Friday to Sunday. (Some are coming from National office and dioceses that agree with the national church.)
      Lord, we pray that this will not be a problem and disruption in the meetings. We pray for peace and unity in you. Raise up intercessors among the Daughters who will sit around the edge of the meetings and pray for the Lord's protection, peace and unity. We also pray that if anything is brought up which is meant as a challenge to your teaching that it will just not be heard.

***** Holy Spirit, we cry out to you for Polly Bailey who is having surgery today. We pray for healing for Jackie Jones (Chron's disease and Lupis) , Mtr. Jeri & Dn. Howard Thompson, Molly Minon, and Joella Biddle. Please visit these servants of Jesus with his healing power. Thank you.

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