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Saturday, June 30, 2007


6/30/2007, #98, 2nd Quarter 2007, Notes from the Front Line

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Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table, Saturday, June 30, 2007
+ indicates received a cross or were given crosses for them
+Monique -- marriage in shambles, husband (Victor) on drugs. Also prayed for her daughter, +Sha'rui
+Aneuvi -- pain in side, 3 nights without sleep, also prayed for girlfriend/wife, +Elise
+Debbie -- girl friend (+Linda) just had back surgery and got a Staff infection
(Young man walking by rapidly) "Yeh, you can pray for me."
+Tiny -- prayed for grandmother +Carolyn and girlfriend +Linda
+Tommy -- does a TV show for Jesus [reads sign in front of Christ Church all the time], prayed that he and his wife Tracy would get back together
+Donna -- prayed she would get a job and prayed for her daughter +Krystal Ann
(Convicted sex offender who has given his life to Jesus) -- prayed he would not be thrown out of his house in October when the new law comes into effect or that God would provide another
+Duane --(crying as we prayed for him, then he prayed for us)
+Andrew -- prayed for grandmother +Olive Oil and for his girlfriend Jodi and for his stepson
+Jeanette -- prayed for her family (her father had just died)
+Diana -- prayed for Clarence on drugs and for her mother +Edith for God's will to be done.
(Guy going by on bicycle) crossed himself and said, "God bless you."
+Steven -- prayed for good health and for his two boys, +Brandon and +Earl
+Gema -- for health
+Angie -- for family and self
+Tamika -- "for prosperity and [crying] the situation I'm in."
+Jean -- prayed for sister +Dorothy who has MS
Tanya (walking by) -- "Pray for me."
+Desdemona -- prayed for family and her church and all churches and for world peace, prayed for self "to get closer and closer to the Lord", prayed for travel mercies -- she is traveling to Virginia
(Man walking by) -- "You sure can [pray for him]!"
+Christopher -- "me and my family" for relief financially and that he "will do it the right way"


A word received

A word received: You do not need to be afraid; I AM with you, holding you up. I will be with you in the time of tumult. I AM with you even when you are afraid. You are in my care -- cast your cares on me; I care for you.


6/30/2007, #97, 2nd Quarter 2007

He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; a fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it. (Psalm 107:33-34)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church is drying up, it is withering away, for is has said evil is good and good is evil. Have mercy on us and turn the church around.

He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings. (Psalm 107:35)
      Jesus, please flood the dry places of our lives and parishes and diocese with the living watersprings of your Holy Spirit.

There he makes the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for a dwelling place, (Psalm 107:36)
      Holy Spirit, help us feed the hungry -- those hungry in body and those hungry in soul. Establish our homes and parishes as feeding stations for the hungry.

And sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest. (Psalm 107:37)

      Father, please bring to pass in our day your word to your servant Isaiah: "The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In." (Isaiah 58:11-12)

He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; and he does not let their cattle decrease. (Psalm 107:38)
      Jesus, please bless our parishes and homes and families with your increase. Fill our parishes with children and adults of all ages. Bless the preaching and teaching of your word in our parishes and families. Thank you.

***** Readings for Sunday: Psalm 118; 1 Samuel 10:1-16; Rom. 4:13-25; Matthew 21:23-32

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***** Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007
From: Faye VanDermark
Last Tuesday I got back my latest PET Scan results from the doctor. He told me there were two tumors in the left lung, and one in the right. Also there are tumors on the breastbone and one in the lower spine. This past Monday, June 25, I started on nine treatments of radiation with the possibility of some form of chemo following. Please keep my family in your prayers. God Bless Deacon Faye

Friday, June 29, 2007


6/29/2007, #96, 2nd Quarter 2007

"And when forty years had passed, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai". (Acts 7:30)
      Father, please lead us by the fire of your Holy Spirit.

"When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he drew near to observe, the voice of the Lord came to him," (Acts 7:31)
      Jesus, draw us near to you!

"saying, 'I am the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' And Moses trembled and dared not look." (Acts 7:32)
      Father, help us approach you in fear and trembling, in awe as Moses did, for you are a holy God.

"'Then the LORD said to him, "Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground."'" (Acts 7:33)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear your call to personal holiness; help us respond as we enter into your holy presence.

"'"I have surely seen the oppression of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt."'" (Acts 7:34)
      Jesus, thank you for seeing the oppression of your faithful people who are in the Episcopal Church; thank you for hearing their groaning. Please come down to deliver them. Help us heed your directions to minister deliverance to your people.

"This Moses whom they rejected, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush." (Acts 7:35)
      LORD, help us in our day to follow the leadership of those you appoint to guide us out of the bondage to sin.

"If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell" (Matthew 5:30)
      Jesus, help us leave behind everything that hinders from coming into the freedom you have for your people.

A word received (6/26/2007): I AM. Keep your eyes on me if you want to see clearly.

***** Readings for Saturday: Psalms 107:33-43, 108; 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1; Acts 7:30-43; Luke 22:39-51

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***** Please pray for one of our intercessors, Patty Williams in Troy who will be having bladder cancer surgery next Thursday. Yesterday she was told she also has a small cancerous tumor in her breast. Previously she had endometrial cancer.
      LORD, comfort and relieve your servant Patty. Cleanse her body of every taint of cancer. Thank you.

Thursday, June 28, 2007


6/28/2007, #95, 2nd Quarter 2007

Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! (Psalm 105:1)
      Thank you, LORD, for who you are and what you have done for us. You are I AM and we call upon your name. Please help us make your deeds known in our communities and around the world. Bless those going on the Bolivia mission trip: give them eyes to see and ears to hear what you are doing and saying there and put your words in their mouths to make your deeds known.

Sing to him, sing psalms to him; talk of all his wondrous works! (Psalm 105:2)
      Jesus, please bless the singing in our parishes so that we enter into your presence with praise and worship. Please give us hearts to talk of your deeds with one another -- as you did with the disciples on the Emmaus Road, please join in our conversations as we talk with one another about what you have done.

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! (Psalm 105:3)
      Jesus, your name is holy -- please help us honor your name and rejoice in it and seek you more and more.

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his face evermore! (Psalm 105:4)
      Holy Spirit, help us seek you now while you may be found. Help us know Jesus and the love his father has for us.

Remember his marvelous works which he has done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth, (Psalm 105:5)
      Father, please help us to be a remembering people -- people who remember all that you have done for us.

O seed of Abraham his servant, you children of Jacob, his chosen ones! (Psalm 105:6)
      Father, thank you that you have adopted us and made us heirs by faith to the promises you made to Abraham and Jacob. Thank you for choosing us while we were still sinners. Thank you for your thoughts and plans that you have toward us, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give us a future and a hope. (From Jeremiah 29:11) Please help us press on, that we may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of us. (From Philippians 3:12)

A word received (6/27/2007): I hear your cries to me. You are in my care.

***** Readings for Friday: Psalm 102; 1 Samuel 9:1-14; Acts 7:17-29; Luke 22:31-38

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Prayers from the Christ Church Schenectady prayer table last Saturday:
Holly: PTL "God answered my prayer" giving her joint custody of her son Marcus. Prayers for Marcus to be safe and for her husband and that she and her husband (Also Marcus) get back together
"Boogie" (Jamaican) He just sat down and asked for prayer. Nothing special, we prayed for good health, family and protection
A woman walked by with a black eye and facial cuts/bruises, she said she didn't want prayer "Not on this corner, it's too dangerous." We prayed as she went by.
Big PTL, Cathie, came by and said we (Larry, Julie and Torre) had prayed for her 3 weeks ago and "you" (pointing to Julie)" helped my husband a lot- the prayers worked."
Joanne (comes to CC sometimes) needs a liver, loosing a lot of weight.
A friend Peter we prayed for good health- He is recently out of rehab and staying with Joanne and her husband Nate -- Nate needs prayer he is working 2 jobs 7 days a week
Jean needs general prayer
There was a lot going on out on the street. The police waved to us.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


6/27/2007, #94, 2nd Quarter 2007

But You, O GOD the lord, deal with me for your name’s sake; because your mercy is good, deliver me. (Psalm 109:21)
      Thank you for your mercy, LORD
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. (Psalm 109:22)
      Jesus, please heal the wounds of my heart.

I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust. (Psalm 109:23)
      Father, you know the span of my days, keep me in your everlasting arms.

My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness. (Psalm 109:24)
      Holy Spirit, guide me into a life of spiritual discipline.

I also have become a reproach to them; when they look at me, they shake their heads. (Psalm 109:25)
      LORD, I became an alien to my own family because I followed you -- do not let their reproaches fall on me.

Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to your mercy. (Psalm 109:26)
      Jesus, thank you for all that you have done and endured for me; thank you for your mercy to me and my family.

***** Readings for Thursday: Psalm 105:1-22; 1 Samuel 8:1-22; Acts 6:15-7:16; Luke 22:24-30

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Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007
From: Pat Bailey
      This is a praise report and note of thanksgiving. Fr. Paul is getting stronger each day. By God's grace he's made it through the worst part and is on the mend -- I thank God that we didn't lose him that first night in the ER/ICU. Thank you all for your continued prayers, love and support.
      Last Sunday Fr. Paul was able to do part of the service - he did the consecration and communion. That was made possible by Deacon Jay North's willingness to help us at Christ Church in Herkimer. (It had been at least 5 weeks!) This Sunday there will be a baptism at Church and Fr. Paul hopes to do most of the service, again with Deacon Jay's assistance. Our God is an awesome God and Healer. Praise be to thee, O Lord.
      In Christ's love and service and For His Sake, Pat Bailey

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


6/26/2007, #93, 2nd Quarter 2007

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, (Acts 5:27)
      Holy Spirit, we trust and hope that you will be with us when we are called to account for speaking of Jesus and ministering in his name.

saying, "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood on us!" (Acts 5:28)
      Jesus, even now the high priests and teachers of the Episcopal Church do not want apostolic doctrine and teaching to take place. Please bring them to repentance and new life in you.

But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)
      Father, the leaders of the Episcopal Church have turned this around and follow the popular teaching and practices of the culture rather than you. Please help us in this diocese to obey you rather than man.

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. (Acts 5:30)
      Holy Spirit, please help us acknowledge the sins of the Episcopal Church in our day.

Him God has exalted to his right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. (Acts 5:31)
      Holy Father, please help us receive the repentance and forgiveness of sins you are offering us through your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

And we are his witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him." (Acts 5: 32)
      Lord Jesus, please let our obedience to you in this diocese result in our being flooded with the Holy Spirit.

When they heard this, they were furious and plotted to kill them. Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. And he said to them: "Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it--lest you even be found to fight against God." (Acts 5:33-39)
      Lord, have mercy on the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, for they have been found fighting against God!

And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. (Acts 5:40)
      Thank you for the wounds we receive for being faithful to you, Jesus.

So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. (Acts 5:41)
      Holy Spirit, they had learned to count it all joy for this trial they went through; help us in our day to learn this also so that the testing of our faith will produce patience in us. (From James 1:2)

And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:42)
      Jesus, you are the Christ of God and we ask that our parishes and homes and communities would be filled with such apostolic teaching and preaching. Thank you.

***** Readings for Wednesday: Psalms 101, 109; 1 Samuel 7:2-17; Acts 6:1-15; Luke 22:14-23

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***** NEW YORK: Vestal church to sever ties to Episcopal organization Date 2007/6/22 Topic: News By William Moyer Press & Sun-Bulletin [abridged]
      [Note: Fr. Tony and Mary Seel are intercessors for the Diocese of Albany. Please pray for them and the congregation and Bishop Dave's ministry among them.]
      VESTAL, NY -- After months of discussion, a Vestal church vestry voted this week to withdraw from the Episcopal Church and join an orthodox province that believes homosexuality is incompatible with biblical teaching.
      "We're doing what we believe," said the Rev. Anthony Seel, pastor of what is now St. Andrew Anglican Church. "We're not in the same place as the Episcopal Church."
      Seel said the vestry's 8-0 decision Monday came after years of discussions and a recently completed congregational survey that showed 88 percent of St. Andrew's adherents -- between 250 and 275 members -- favored leaving the Central New York Diocese and the Episcopal denomination.
      Central New York's bishop expressed regret Thursday at the local church's decision.
      St. Andrew has aligned itself with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America. CANA describes itself as a convocation of the Church of Nigeria and has provided sanctuary for former Episcopalians who want oversight from a governing province that affirms orthodox teachings.
      Bishop David Bena, headquartered in Fairfax, Va., is scheduled to worship July 1 at St. Andrew to welcome the congregation to CANA, which claims 50 clergy and 30 congregations as members.
      Lord, thank you that you have counted St. Andrew's Vestal worthy to suffer for the sake of your name.

***** Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 15:49:22 -0400
From: Jeanne Gizara
      Tom and I attended a healing service at St. Augustine's in Ilion last night. It was led by Nigel Mumford and there were about 50 people attending. The Holy Spirit was there in power and the attendees seemed to be delighted with Father Nigel, his healing gifts and his sense of humor. The music, led by a young priest from Ogdensburg, was powerful.
      Father Nigel's message included many of the same points that he made at the healing service at the convention. We are being urged to pray scripturally everyday 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." I for one plan to pray this everday for our diocese, our country and the world.
      A second scripture that was emphasized was Jeremiah 29: 11-13. "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.'" This scripture is an answer to Bishop Bill's concern about a spirit of poverty in many of our parishes.
      Heavenly Father, we pray for our parishes. We pray for your plans for our parishes. Make these plans known to the clergy and to the wardens and vestry. We thank You that we will prosper. We thank You that you give us hope. We ask for new members for our parishes. And we ask that all in our parish families seek you with all their hearts. Give us every good gift that we need, Lord, to do the ministry that you have planned for us. Amen.
For His Sake, Jeanne Gizara

Monday, June 25, 2007


6/25/2007, #92, 2nd Quarter 2007

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
      LORD, please give us songs in the night, and day by day help us sing your praises. Bless the choirs and music groups throughout the diocese as they lead us in singing your praises.

For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever; your faithfulness you shall establish in the very heavens." (Psalm 89:2)
      Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness and mercy toward us; thank you for covering over our sins with your own blood.

"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn to my servant David:" (Psalm 89:3)
      Thank you for bringing David forth from the sheepfold. Please bless all your faithful shepherds of the flock in this diocese.

"'Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.'" (Psalm 89:4)
      Father, thank you for establishing the kingdom of your son Jesus. Please restrain us in the Episcopal Church from presumptuous sins toward him.

And the heavens will praise your wonders, O LORD; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. (Psalm 89:5)
      LORD, let our singing and our praise meld in with that heavenly chorus.

For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD? (Psalm 89:6)
      Father, have mercy on the people of the Episcopal Church who have set themselves up as though they were your equal; have mercy on them and bring them to repentance.

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around him. (Psalm 89:7)
      Holy Spirit, please fill us with awe of God in every gathering and assembly of your people.

O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty like you, O LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds you. (Psalm 89:8)
      Jesus, as we come into your presence, we come into your faithfulness. Thank you.

You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. (Psalm 89:9)
      Jesus, as you spoke in the midst of the storm on the lake, saying, "Peace, be still," please quite our hearts now amidst the storm in the Episcopal Church.

You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. (Psalm 89:10)
      LORD, scatter your enemies in our day. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost. As you gave your apostles boldness to proclaim your word; send us forth with boldness to proclaim your word in our day. Thank you.

***** Readings for Tuesday: Psalms 97, 99, 100; 1 Samuel 6:1-16; Acts 5:27-42; Luke 21:37-22:13

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***** Yesterday's quote from Ecclesiasticus/Sirach 2:5 should have read: "Gold is tested in fire and chosen men in the furnace of humiliation"

***** Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007
From: "Harold Carrier"
Subject: Dcn Sandy Tatem
Torre, please pray for Deacon Sandy Tatem, she has Bell's Palsy and is suffering from facial paralysis on the left side of her face. She is not in pain, but she is unable to close her left eye. Doctors at the hospital say that it will take its course, and she will eventually be OK. please pray that this facial paralysis is taken from her quickly. Thank you and God bless. Hap Carrier+
      Lord, we cry out to you for Sandy, please heal her.

***** From: Charla Brych
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007
My belief is that the Order of St. Luke meetings will be the 3rd Sunday between 3-5 starting in September. Pastor Stephen Slevinski from Watervliet will be directing us in Jesus' miracles and healings. There will be a mission of the OSL at the SLC on May 17, 2008 with Jack and Marie Shefield. Joy in Jesus, Charla

Sunday, June 24, 2007


6/24/2007, #91, 2nd Quarter 2007

James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. (James 1:1)
      Holy Spirit, thank you that these words spoken so long ago speak to us today. Thank you for all your servants who listened to you and recorded your word to us.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (James 1:2)
      Jesus, you told us in this morning's gospel that "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26) With your help and presence in our lives we can "count it all joy," but without you we can't. Please come more and more into our lives with your Holy Spirit.

knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (James 1:3)
      Father, "Gold is tested in fire and chosen men in the furnace of humiliation" (Ecclesiasticus/Sirach 2:5) Thank you for the testing and refining that we are now going through. Thank you for the pure gold of patient endurance you are producing in our lives.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4)
      "Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;" these are the true gold for us to seek after. Holy Spirit, please continue your work of regeneration in us.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
      Father, we ask for wisdom for ourselves, for Bishop Bill, and for all your faithful bishops and diocesan leaders in the Episcopal Church. These are days of great trial: please show them how to lead us day by day.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6)
      A word received (6/21/07): Pray with hope.
      A word received (6/21/07): You are in my care.
      A word received (6/22/07): Don't be afraid.

***** Readings for Monday: Psalm 89:1-18; 1 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 5:12-26; Luke 21:29-36

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***** From: Dina McGibbon
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007
Please pray for Don, he has been having bleeding from the left kidney. Diagnosed with tumor most likely malignant. He is having surgery on either Tuesday or Wednesday to remove the kidney. There is also danger due to his bad heart condition. (He has a defibrillator and pace maker and only has 25% working capacity in his heart) Thank you Dina McGibbon

***** From: Charla Brych
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007
My belief is that the Order of St. Luke meetings will be the 3rd Sunday between 3-5 starting in September. Pastor Stephen Slevinski from Watervliet will be directing us in Jesus' miracles and healings. There will be a mission of the OSL at the SLC on May 17, 2008 with Jack and Marie Shefield. Joy in Jesus, Charla

***** Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007
From: June Krause
Subject: prayer walk
Hi Torre, we will be walking the streets around the church [Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls, I think. Torre] on Sunday probally starting around 12:15 and going to 1:00. Will appreciate your prayers, June

***** Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 11:51:10 -0400
From: Patti Gibbons
Hello brothers and sisters!
Please pass along to the intercessors and the team members and trip benefactors that the upcoming mission trip to Bolivia is making use of the WWW to pass along prayer requests and updates from today until the conclusion of this missionary adventure. The web address for Team Bolivia is and the site is live now. It will be updated as information comes in. Yours in Christ, Patti

***** Some of your have asked for more information on Nick Vujicic who was born without arms or legs. He has a web site at

Saturday, June 23, 2007


6/23/2007, #90, 2nd Quarter 2007

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. (Acts 4:32)
      Holy Spirit, please move in our common life in this diocese so that we will find your freedom to share fully with one another. Please bring us to one heart and soul in Jesus.

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:33)
      Jesus, thank you for the apostolic witness of the bishops of this diocese. Thank you for the grace that was on us all at the Diocesan Convention and that flows in our common life.

Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, (Acts 4:34)
      Father, please bring us to ever greater integrity -- where the inside matches the outside (Bishop Harold Miller at the Diocesan Convention, June 2005).

and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. (Acts 4:35)
      Jesus, please bring us to the freedom you have in giving of yourself to us -- help us give of ourselves to each other and to you.

And Joseph, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, (Acts 4:36)
      Holy Spirit, please let us all be sons and daughters of encouragement. Thank you for the ministry of prayer and encouragement of the Daughters of the King and the Sisters of St. Mary.

having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:37)
      LORD, I think of the ministry of Ezra and Nehemiah who led the rebuilding of the temple; I think of the ministry of St. Francis in rebuilding the church; I think of Barnabas and the poor widow who gave of themselves for the building up of your kingdom. Help us find the freedom to give of ourselves as they did. Thank you.

***** Readings for Sunday: Psalms 66, 67; 1 Samuel 4:12-22; James 1:1-18; Matthew 19:23-30

Friday, June 22, 2007


6/22/2007, #89, 2nd Quarter 2007

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:36)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us throughout this diocese accept Jesus as both Lord and Christ.

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37)
      Holy Spirit, as you renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost, please work through all of the preaching in this diocese so that many will be moved to ask, "Brethren, what shall we do?" Help us all know how to give the answer.

Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
      Father, please touch our hearts: move us to a fresh baptism of repentance so that we may receive the gift and power of the Holy Spirit.

"For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:39)
      Jesus, help us respond as whole families: help everyone in my family hear and respond to this promise.

And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." (Acts 2:40)
      Holy Spirit, anoint the preaching in the Diocese of Albany with apostolic power and truth so that everyone will hear the call to be saved from this perverse generation.

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (Acts 2:41)
      Father, prepare the hearts of our clergy and laity to receive those whose hearts are cleansed from sin and baptize them and graft them into the Body of Christ.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)
      Jesus, please mark our lives in this diocese with such signs of your favor. Thank you.

***** Readings for Saturday: Psalms 87, 90; 1 Samuel 4:1b-11; Acts 4:32-5:11; Luke 21:20-28

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***** [Note from Torre: my list of parishes holding healing services is out of date. Please let me know when your parish is holding healing services. Be specific as to whether it is a weekly or a monthly service.]

***** Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007
From: Tom and Kathleen Trees
Subject: Prayer Request for Healing Service
      Fr. Nigel will be visiting St. Augustine's on Sunday evening for a healing service. People from other churches in the Mohawk Valley will be coming as well. Please pray for us that the Holy Spirit will show up in a powerful way. Many of our parishioners have never been in a service like this. I believe it could be a very special time for us.
God bless, Tom Trees+

Thursday, June 21, 2007


6/21/2007, #88, 2nd Quarter 2007

And he looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and he saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So he said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had." (Luke 21:1-4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us in all our giving to give of ourselves; help us to be able to say with David, "nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing." (2 Samuel 24:24)

      Teach us, Good Lord,
      To Serve Thee as Thou deservest;
      To give and not to count the cost;
      To fight and not to heed the wounds;
      To labor and not to ask for any reward,
      save that of knowing that we do Thy will.
      Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.
By St. Ignatius of Loyola (24 Decemember 1491 - 31 July 1556)

***** Readings for Friday: Psalm 88; 1 Samuel 3:1-21; Acts 2:37-47; Luke 21:5-19

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***** Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
Dear Friends,
      We are putting the finishing touches on the new Retreat Lodge! Wednesday June 27 and June 28
      On June 27th and 28th, Wednesday and Thursday next week please plan to join us in putting together the guest rooms, cleaning rooms and setting up beds, and bedding.
      Anyone able to help with this and is free on either or both days from 9 a.m. to 4 PM can come for all or part of that time. This will be a wonderful opportunity to visit Christ the King and see all that is taking place.
      In preparation for putting the rooms together there is still some furniture being finished and if you have time, and are able to help put the finish on the bedroom furniture we are doing that around the clock every day between now and next Wednesday, so call or email us to join in!
      Call Josie Meeker at the Spiritual Life Center (518) 692-9550 or you can email her at to volunteer, ask questions or for directions to 575 Burton Rd, Greenwich NY. or go to and download the directions from there.)
      Please call and let us know when you can come so we may plan accordingly. We will provide lunches for all volunteers.
      Volunteers are such an important part of the ministry here at Christ the King, and we always have avenues for volunteering. If you would like to find out how you might help, please be sure to let Josie know when you call that you would be interested in learning about other volunteer opportunities. There are rooms to be cleaned, gardens to be planted and weeded, and a host of other ways you can be a part of what is happening at your Spiritual Life Center.

***** Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007
From: Fr. Darius Mojallali
Subject: A message for the Daughters and others
Greetings, fellow disciples --
      I am asking our sister Dianne to pass these prayer requests along to all of you Daughters.
      First, about six weeks ago I was approached by the associate pastor of the Delmar Reformed Church asking me if we would be interested in participating in a shared service of worship with Bethlehem Community Church, Delmar Reformed, and Delmar Full Gospel, on Sunday, July 15, at 10 a.m. on the lawn of Delmar Reformed. I said YES! So we will cancel our usual 10 a.m. liturgy on that day and share in worship, praise, and prayer with some of our fellow Christians in the community. The purpose of this is to bring Christians of the Bethlehem community together to worship and pray, and the offering taken up will be used to help Bethlehem Senior Services purchase a new vehicle to help with their great transportation program. That is the background.
      Now, today, I was visited by Pastor J. J. Jeune, assistant at Bethlehem Community Church, and he is overseeing the intercessory prayer support for this service. What I am asking of all of you is will you be willing to intercede for this service between now and July 15? And are there some of you who would be willing to gather for prayer with the intercessors from the other churches on Saturday, July 14 at a place and time to be announced?
      This strikes me as a great opportunity for us to come together in prayer and worship and I really appreciate that you all are there to support the ministries of this church!
      Second, would you also pray daily for the success of our summer camp, and for Stephanie and Patti, the leaders? We have low enrollment so far and I would appreciate prayers for lots more boys AND girls to come to camp so this can be a successful summer season.
      Third, please also pray for the success of our new organizational structure, embraced by the vestry at our meeting on Monday. It will be an exciting new way of getting God's work done here, and those who were at the Parish Gathering had a part in helping us prepare for this step. You will hear more details soon, but in the meantime, please PRAY!
      Finally, I had a dream last night that I think was a word from the Lord. I was playing my violin with a praise band (the one that leads Convention music) and after playing some amazing music, we had a break, and there was in front of me an old tattered King James Bible, with cracks in its leather cover, but obviously well-used and loved. I sensed God saying to me, "Dynamic, joyful praise, worship, and music, combined with teaching of the basics of the Bible is where I want you to be moving. " So please pray about that vision, and if it is of God, it will come to be.
      Thank you so much for being there as prayer warriors!
Blessings, in Jesus, Fr. Darius+

***** From: Deacon Greg Bailey
Subject: Prayer & Healing Service
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007
      I just wanted to send this along to you, so that you might add our church to those holding Healing Services, for anyone who might be in need and passing through our community.
      Trinity Church, Gouverneur, holds Healing Services every Wednesday Evening at 7 p.m. with celebration of The Holy Eucharist following, we also have Intercessory Prayer teams each Sunday Morning Worship at 10 a.m., during and following Holy Communion.
      Thank you for the work you continue to do for our Diocese and our Lord.
In Faith, Dcn. Greg
      [Note from Torre: my list of parishes holding healing services is out of date. Please let me know when your parish is holding healing services. Be specific as to whether it is a weekly or a monthly service.]

***** From: Charla Brych
Subject: FYI and your daily e-mail
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007
       The International Order of St. Luke the Physician is an ecumenical organization dedicated to the Christian healing ministry. Members fellowship together in local chapters to study and discuss Scripture and other books on Christian healing. We are having an informational meeting of the OSL to establish a chapter in our area. We will meet on Sunday, June 24, 2007 from 3 to 5 PM at St. George's Church in Hatlee Hall. Contact Charla Brych at 518-371-7583 or for further information.

***** Update on Jean Bissell:
      Jean's levels of pain have continued to increase to the point where she isn't getting sleep, nor can she find a comfortable position when awake. My concern has been her increased instability as she walked with a cane and the danger of her falling and breaking something. (She has gone back to using the walker.)
      This morning she had another injection into her hip to try and lessen the pain (as a temporary measure). It helped some, but not as much as the injection on June 1st. After the injection we went over to the surgeon's office to see if the date of the operation could be moved up. They were able to move it forward two weeks, from July 27th to July 13th. We ask your prayers that there would be a cancellation so that she could get in even earlier.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


6/20/2007, #87, 2nd Quarter 2007

Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. (Psalm 119:97)
      Father, please help us love your word and your ways and meditate on them.

You, through your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. (Psalm 119:98)
      Holy Spirit, please give your faithful bishops, dioceses, clergy and laity daily wisdom in dealing with their enemies.

I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. (Psalm 119:99)
      Holy Spirit, please give your faithful servants a heart to meditate on the witness of the Bible.

I understand more than the ancients, because I keep your precepts. (Psalm 119:100)
      Understanding comes from keeping to your ways, Jesus; help us walk in your footsteps.

I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep your word. (Psalm 119:101)
      Jesus, your words are words of life!

I have not departed from your judgments, for you yourself have taught me. (Psalm 119:102)
      Holy Spirit, please continue to be our teacher and guide throughout this diocese.

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)
      Father, help us feed daily on your word.

Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. (Psalm 119:104)
      Jesus, please teach us to abhor every false way and every false teaching.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
      LORD, please help us walk by the light of your word.

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ in the daily readings for Thursday: Psalms 83, 34; 1 Samuel 2:27-36; Acts 2:22-36; Luke 20:41-21:4

***** Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007
From: Nayef Durham
Subject: I'M Back!!
Hello to one and all,
      I have returned home from the hospital on Sunday, June 17, just in time for Fathers day. The Sternum repair went well. I had a bone that was floating free and irritating my body. I am still sore and a little groggy, but all that will dissipate. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts. Gary

      Lord Jesus, continue to knit Gary's bones back together.

***** "The Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends" (Job 42:10).
      Jesus, as we pray for one another and for your church, please restore to us what has been lost.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


6/19/2007, #86, 2nd Quarter 2007

"... do you love me? ... Tend my sheep" (John 21:16)
      Lord Jesus, please give us a heart to love you and tend the sheep you have placed in our care.

Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. (Psalm 78:1)
      LORD, give us ears to hear you.

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, (Psalm 78:2)
      LORD, please restore the light of your word to the Episcopal Church.

Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. (Psalm 78:3)
      LORD, we no longer listen to what you have told us; we no longer pay attention to what prior generations learned of you and your ways; have mercy on us and restore us.

We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength and his wonderful works that he has done. (Psalm 78:4)
      Holy Spirit, please restore true and faithful teaching from the Bible to the Sunday Schools and youth programs of the Episcopal Church. [Note: The Christ Church Schenectady Sunday School lessons for the year 2004-2005 are now posted in the June folder on The lessons for 2005-2006 are in the May folder, and the lessons for 2006-2007 are in the April folder.]

For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; (Psalm 78:5)
      Father, please help us be true fathers to our children and teach them what you have done for us.

That the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, (Psalm 78:6)
      LORD, if we do not tell our children your deeds, how will they know to tell their children? Have mercy on us and lead us back to right teaching of our children.

That they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; (Psalm 78:7)
      Jesus, please let the children and youth of this diocese set their hope in you. Anoint and bless all of the ministers, workers and youth counselors at Beaver Cross this summer. Anoint and guide all who minister to youth this summer.

And may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:8)
      Jesus, this generation of the Episcopal Church has been stubborn and rebellious and has not set its heart aright on God; have mercy on us and lead us back into your ways. Thank you.

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ in the daily readings for Wednesday: Psalm 119:97-120; 1 Samuel 2:12-26; Acts 2:1-21; Luke 20:27-40

***** Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007
From: Bp. Bill Love
Subject: RE: A heartfelt THANK YOU!
Dear Sue Ellen and ALL Workshop Leaders,
      THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You all did an outstanding job. Special thanks goes to you, Sue Ellen, for organizing all the work shops. The Diocese has been blessed by all of your efforts.
In Christ,

Monday, June 18, 2007


6/18/2007, #85, 2nd Quarter 2007

Then he began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. (Luke 20:9)
      Jesus, we don't own the Episcopal Church; you are the owner and we are stewards.

Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. (Luke 20:10)
      Father, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have been unfaithful in their stewardship, for they have persecuted your faithful witnesses.

Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. (Luke 20:11)
      Lord, have mercy on us, for we have sent your servants away empty-handed.

And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out. (Luke 2012:)
      Have mercy on us, Lord, so many of your people have been wounded by the actions of the Episcopal Church.

"Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.' (Luke 20:13)
      "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17-17)

But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.' (Luke 20:14)
      "He who believes in him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:18-19)

So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? (Luke 20:15)
      Lord Jesus, we have practiced evil in the Episcopal Church and have hated your light and have not come to you in repentance, lest our deeds should be exposed for what they are. (From John 3:20)

He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others." And when they heard it they said, "Certainly not!" (Luke 20:16)
      Holy Spirit, even now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are in denial; please speak to their hearts and help them recognize the dangerous place they are in.

Then he looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone'? Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder." And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people--for they knew He had spoken this parable against them. (Luke 20:17-19)
      Lord, you have spoken this parable against the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us and lead us back to safety.

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ in the daily readings for Tuesday: Psalm 78:1-39; 1 Samuel 1:21-2:11; Acts 1:15-26; Luke 20:19-26

***** To all of you who volunteered, prayed, prepared and presented workshops at the 139th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany
      I want to extend my deepest and sincerest thanks. Your faithful service and sacrifice played an integral part in God’s blessing on all who attended.
      The evidence of Transformation will continue to unfold as we continue to seek the Lord’s will and way individually and corporately.
      Let us stand on the promise found in Isaiah 55:11 (NIV): “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
      May God bless you all abundantly.
Sue Ellen Ruetsch

Sunday, June 17, 2007


6/17/2007, #84, 2nd Quarter 2007

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: (Numbers 6:22)
      Father, please speak to Kathryn and all the primates of the Anglican Communion.

"Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: (Numbers 6:23)
      Holy Spirit, please guide the bishops and clergy of the Episcopal Church so that they speak blessings at your direction.

"The LORD bless you and keep you; (Numbers 6:24)
      Jesus, please help us receive your blessing; keep us safe in the palm of your hand.

The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; (Numbers 6:25)
      Jesus, please help us see by the light of your face; thank you for being gracious to us.

The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace."' (Numbers 6:26)
      Jesus, please help us gaze on your lovely face and receive your peace.

"So they shall put my name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:27)
      Father, place the name of Jesus on our hearts and bless us. Thank you.

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ in the daily readings for Monday: Psalm 80; 1 Samuel 1:1-20; Acts 1:1-14; Luke 20:9-19

Saturday, June 16, 2007


6/16/2007, #83, 2nd Quarter 2007

Now it happened on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted him and spoke to him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Or who is he who gave you this authority?" (Luke 20:1-2)
      Jesus, that is the same thing that is going on today: the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are so clear about their authority and so unclear about yours. Today they confront you, but that great and awful day is coming when you will confront them. Have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church.

But he answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, and answer me: The baptism of John--was it from heaven or from men?" (Luke 20:3-4)
      Jesus, it was from heaven and we are still being called to a baptism of repentance. In your mercy please bring the Episcopal Church to that baptism of repentance soon.

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet." So they answered that they did not know where it was from. (Luke 20:5-7)
      Father, this is the same "carefully nuanced" garbage kind of answer that the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are giving today. Have mercy on us.

And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." (Luke 20:8)
      Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to hear what your Holy Spirit is saying to the churches: "because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth." (From Revelation 3:16)

      Holy Spirit, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church say, "I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing" -- and do not know that they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. Please help them to buy from you gold refined in your fire, that they may be rich; and white garments, that they may be clothed, that the shame of their nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint their eyes with eye salve, that they may see. (From Revelation 3:17-18)

      Jesus, rebuke and chasten us in the Episcopal Church; please help us be zealous and repent. Help us hear your invitation: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me." (From Revelation 3:19-20)

      Jesus, I open the door of my heart to you -- please come in and dine with me and I with you. Thank you.

      Jesus, please help us in this diocese overcome so that we may sit with you on your throne, as you also overcame and sat down with your father on his throne. (From Revelation 3:21)

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ in the daily readings for Sunday: Psalms 93, 96; Numbers 6:22-27; Rev. 15:1-8; Matthew 18:1-14.

Keep praying for Bishop Bill and the Diocese, staff, clergy and lay leaders, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Matt Baker, Fr. Nigel and healing center, Beaver Cross, and the Sisters.
      Keep praying for Christ's Church.
      Cry out to the Lord for His Church.

***** Jean Bissell -- update: right hip replacement on July 27th. Pain had increased a lot in last few days. Docs will allow another injection for pain next Wed. morning 8:30 AM. PTL when checked on knee replacements to see if being damaged by extra stress, doc said they "looked like they were done yesterday"!! Please pray for reduction of pain, protection from falling and healing. Pray for wisdom for me and Torre and that the Lord will give peace to our kids and a wonderful, if brief, time together in July. Pray I can get the pain management I need without all the light headedness and nausea.

***** Pray for revival and Lord's guidance in our country. Pray for protection for our military and civilians abroad and Lord's intervention in Middle East and Afghanistan.

***** Pray for protection for missionaries and Christians under persecution.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


6/14/2007, #81, 2nd Quarter 2007

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. (2 Corinthians 12:7)
      Father, thank you for those "thorns in the flesh" you allow us to receive to keep us humble before you.

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. (2 Corinthians 12:8)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing us when we cry out to you. I want to have a heart to thank you even when your answer is, "No."

And he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
      Jesus, please let your strength be perfected in our weaknesses.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help me find joy in Jesus in all those places of weakness that the world despises. Thank you.

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. (Ecclesiastes 11:1)
      Father, please help us cast our bread upon the waters so that we may find your provision for us. Help us to trust you enough to let go of what we are holding on to. Thank you.

Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth. (Ecclesiastes 11:2)
      LORD, there is so much evil in the world; please help us give generously of our time, our talents, and our treasure so that we enter fully into your kingdom work.

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ reading and listening to the Lord in the daily readings for Friday: Psalm 69:1-38; Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:14; 2 Corinthians 12:11-21; Luke 19:41-48

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


6/13/2007, #80, 2nd Quarter 2007

Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore he said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.' But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We will not have this man to reign over us.' "And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned ten minas.' And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.' And the second came, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned five minas.' Likewise he said to him, 'You also be over five cities.' (Luke 19:11-19)

"Then another came, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief.'" (Luke 19:20)
      Master, we in the Episcopal Church have kept the gospel hidden away; have mercy on us.

"'For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.'" (Luke 19:21)
      Jesus, our view of you in the Episcopal Church is really messed up by our lack of conversion; have mercy on us.

"And he said to him, 'Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.'" (Luke 19:22)
      If the Episcopal Church is going to be judged by its own words about you, Father, we are in real trouble; have mercy on us.

"'Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?'" (Luke 19:23)
      Jesus, we have done even that, for you can see that the Episcopal Church is shrinking rather than growing (and our Presiding Bishop even boasted about that!); have mercy on us.

"And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.'" (Luke 19:24)
      Holy Spirit, please move our hearts in this diocese to share the good news of what Jesus has done for us before this awful sentence is pronounced on us.

"(But they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas.')" (Luke 19:25)
      Jesus, as you said to Peter about John, "What is that to you?" Please help us stop looking over our shoulders at others and do the work you have called us to. [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 21:21-22)]

"'For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.'" (Luke 19:26)
      Lord, we can see the fruit of the unfaithfulness of the Episcopal Church: year by year it is shrinking away, and the little we have is being taken from us; have mercy on us and turn us around.

"'But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.'" (Luke 19:27)
      Father, this is the other side of the coin: just as we need the saving work of Jesus on the cross, so also those who reject it face the Day of Judgment without hope. Have mercy on us and turn our hearts into the way of the gospel. Thank you.

***** A prayer of thanksgiving for God's loving care and healing for my by pass surgery. On May 19th I had severe angina while doing music ministry with KAIROS Prison Ministry at the Clinton Correctional Annex which resulted in by-pass surgery. I wish to thank God for the staff, KAIROS team, and the residents at Clinton Annex for their rapid evacuation of me from the facility to CVPH and the magnificent facility and staff at CVPH. They are truly a gem here in the Adirondacks. The ER was quick to attend to my needs and I rapidly progressed from reception to EKG to blood tests to stress test to CAT scan to surgery. And God’s presence was apparent in all from surgeons to aides, from administration to custodial staff. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was as if surrounded and cared for by family. They could not have been more attentive, more skilled, more considerate. The ICU for cardiac care was so open, yes, loving, and I greatly appreciate your attentions. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge all the wonderful family and friends that prayed for me throughout this event, the cards, the visits, and the calls. May God bless you all. In the love of Christ, Doc [Dave Comegys]

***** Update on Molly Minon, Mon, 11 Jun 2007: I had a short conversation with Molly today. Upbeat as always but she said she had been sleeping a lot. She says the surgery went "great" - in on Friday by 7 AM and out by noon. The surgeon removed a large carcinoma but spared the breast. Her daughter is with her. Molly said she could feel the prayers and appreciates all of them but would like to have us continue to hold her up in prayer. We can do that. Thank you Molly for all your ministries. God the Father and Jesus is watching over you through the power of the Holy Spirit and they love you dearly. Charla Brych

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ reading and listening to the Lord in the daily readings for Thursday: Psalms 70, 71; Ecclesiastes 11:1-8; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Luke 19:28-40

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Could this happen?

A meditation by our son Jonathan on

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Could this happen?

Dear friends,

As I was reading in 2 Kings 7 last night, I came across a powerful passage which I would like to share with you. The context of the passage is a severe famine in the city, which caused food prices to rise so dramatically that some mothers even began to eat their own children. Convinced that the famine was from the Lord, the king of Israel became so frustrated and angry that he went with one of his officers to kill the Lord's prophet, Elisha. Below is Elisha's response to the king and to the king's officer.
1 Elisha said, "Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria."

2 The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, "Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?"
"You will see it with your own eyes," answered Elisha, "but you will not eat any of it!"

The first impact of this passage comes from the reminder of God's power to completely transform even the most desperate situation overnight. We become blind to the power of God because we rest in the sin of unbelief. To protect ourselves emotionally, we make excuses for why God is not transforming our situation - but the deeper reality is that we are beginning to doubt his power.

The sin of unbelief is a bitter root which can destabilize and cause hopelessness in even the most committed Christian. It is better to protect ourselves from the sin of unbelief than to have a mindset that "must know" why God is not doing a certain work in our lives in the timing that we find acceptable.

The second impact of this passage comes from the realization that the officer of the king represents me! When I am in a desperate situation, I sometimes say or think, "Could this happen? Could God really change this desperate situation I'm in?"

Elisha's response to the officer is shocking: "You will see it (God's provision) with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!" Literally, the next day, the officer of the king saw the provision of God yet was trampled to death by people running to get it! This is shocking and frightening because we are also in danger of letting our circumstances lead us into unbelief and an inability to receive the Lord's provision when it comes.

We can walk in step with the Spirit of God by being a people who continually preach to ourselves against our hardness of heart. Pray with me now: "O Lord, my heart is so hard. I have made so many excuses to myself about why you have delayed the provision that I am waiting for. In my heart of hearts, I have doubted your power.

Forgive my unbelief Lord Jesus. Forgive my unbelief. I yield to you and give up my need to know how you are at work and when you will answer me - only do not let me miss out on tasting of your provision when it comes. I want to persevere with you to the end, believing that at any moment you can radically transform my situation. O Lord, even if you choose to keep my situation as it is - for purposes greater than I can see - cause my heart to soften and to rejoice in your great power! Let my heart sing your praises just as king David did in the depths of his despair. O Lord, How Great Thou Art! How Great Thou Art."

Let your soul sing in the Lord Jesus, Jonathan

Monday, June 11, 2007


6/11/2007, #79, 2nd Quarter 2007

Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. (Luke 18:31)
      Jesus, you knew where you were going and what was coming to you. We know that the Episcopal Church is going through a bad time now, but where it will all end up only you know. Help us all, Bishop Bill, our clergy and laity, keep our eyes fixed on you.

For he will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. (Luke 18:32)
      Jesus, you were delivered into the hands of those who did not believe in you and you endured humiliation and pain for us; help us walk the way of the cross for your sake.

They will scourge him and kill him. And the third day he will rise again." (Luke 18:33)
      Jesus, you went the whole distance for us; please help us by your Holy Spirit to have patient endurance to go the distance for you.

But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken. (Luke 18:34)
      Lord Jesus, we trust that as we and our diocesan leadership and clergy need to know and understand what is now hidden from all of us that you will reveal it at the right time.

Then it happened, as he was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. (Luke 18:35)
      Holy Spirit, please give us the humility to acknowledge our spiritual blindness, to recognize it for what it is and beg for your help.

And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. (Luke 18:36)
      Holy Spirit, help us ask the questions that will lead us closer to Jesus. We trust you to provide the answers in this time of darkness in the church.

So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. (Luke 18:37)
      Father, please give us the grace to share the good news that Jesus is near.

And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Luke 18:38)
      Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us and on your church!

Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Luke 18:39)
      Son of David, have mercy on us and on your church!

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he had come near, he asked him, (Luke 18:40)
      Jesus, please help and guide us so that we bring those who do not see by the light of the gospel near to you.

saying, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." (Luke 18:41)
      Lord, that the Episcopal Church may receive its sight.

Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." (Luke 18:42)
      Holy Spirit, please restore faith in Jesus and the power of his cross and resurrection to the Episcopal Church so that it may receive its sight.

And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. (Luke 18:43)
      Jesus, thank you for the praise and worship at the Diocesan Convention.

      Thank you for the preaching, teaching, healing, and workshops at the Diocesan Convention.

      Thank you for what you are doing in our hearts in this diocese.

      Thank you for the ministry to children and the Youth Rally. Thank you for the ministry of the children and youth to the adults.

***** Pictures of the Diocesan Convention can be seen at

***** Pray for Bishop Bill and Fr. Nigel Mumford as they fly to Ireland today to minister in the Diocese of Down and Dromore. Thank you, Lord, for the two-way ministry we have the Down and Dromore. Thank you for those who came from Ireland to the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for Fr. Walter Collins who is undergoing chemo at this time. Lord, we ask you to bless your servants Walter and Alice. Give them the peace and comfort of your Holy Spirit.

***** I still need prayer support for Geoff Miller, Nancy Sangster, and Debbie Gerlach on the Bolivian Mission Trip.
      Let me know whom you have chosen so we can cover them all in prayer.

***** If the Spirit moves you: send contributions made out to Calvary Episcopal Church with "Bolivian Mission Trip" written on the memo line of the check. The address to send them to is:
      Calvary Episcopal Church
      PO Box 41
      Burnt Hills, NY 12027-0041
That way the contributions can be distributed to team members most in need of assistance for plane fares, etc.

***** Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007, Torre & Jean, Praise the Lord! Fr. Paul Bailey came home from the hospital yesterday (Saturday) and is home for the 60th birthday. We are so thankful for God's continued healing grace and prayers and love our of brothers & sisters in Christ. It will take him a while to recover but being out of the hospital is a good beginning. God bless you all. In Christ's love, joy, peace and service, Pat Bailey

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ reading and listening to the Lord in the daily readings for Tuesday Psalms 61, 62; Deuteronomy 30:11-20; 2 Corinthians 11:1-21a; Luke 19:1-10

***** Holy Spirit, thank you for surrounding the Diocesan Convention with prayer.

***** Jean will be having hip replacement surgery on Friday, July 27th. Lord, please guide us in organizing our home and lives for the post-operative period.

Friday, June 08, 2007


6/8/2007, #78, 2nd Quarter 2007

Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)
      Jesus, please help us throughout the Episcopal Church, liberal and conservative alike, to repent of trusting in our own righteousness. All our righteousness is "like filthy rags". (Isaiah 64:6)

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (Luke 18:10)
      Holy Spirit, we already know that the Pharisees are "the bad guys". Help us hear this parable with newly cleaned ears and see ourselves with newly opened eyes.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' (Luke 18:11-12)
      Father, so many of my prayers are really addressed to myself and not to you. Have mercy on me and on the Episcopal Church: help us repent of self-satisfied prayers.

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

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)
      LORD, humble us in the Episcopal Church. Bring us to that place where the only thing we dare plead before you is the shed blood of Jesus Christ to cover our sins. Thank you.

***** I still need prayer support for Geoff Miller, Nancy Sangster, and Debbie Gerlach on the Bolivian Mission Trip.
      Let me know whom you have chosen so we can cover them all in prayer.

***** If the Spirit moves you: send contributions made out to Calvary Episcopal Church with "Bolivian Mission Trip" written on the memo line of the check. The address to send them to is:
      Calvary Episcopal Church
      PO Box 41
      Burnt Hills, NY 12027-0041
That way the contributions can be distributed to team members most in need of assistance for plane fares, etc.

***** Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2007, Torre, Follow up - Fr. Paul's out of ICU and in Rm 270 of St. Luke's on a liquid diet for now and the doctor's will build him up to a regular diet slowly and regulate his sugar at the same time. May the Holy Spirit anoint this year's convention, bringing EVERYONE to their knees to proclaim Jesus as our Lord, Savior, Redeemer and Healer! Know you are all in both Fr. Paul's and my prayers through this Diocesan Convention weekend. In Christ's love and service, Pat Bailey

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ reading and listening to the Lord in the daily readings for Saturday -- Monday:
Saturday       Psalm 55; Deuteronomy 29:2-15; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Luke 18:15-30
Sunday       Psalms 24, 29; Deuteronomy 29:16-29; Rev. 12:1-12; Matthew 15:29-39
Monday       Psalms 56, 57, 58; Deuteronomy 30:1-10; 2 Corinthians 10:1-18; Luke 18:31-43

***** Please surround the deputies to the Business session Saturday morning with prayer. Pray for the Father's will to be done.

***** Please pray for Jean and me as we present our workshops: Responding to God's Prompting on Friday afternoon and Being a Christian in the Workplace on Saturday morning. Jean will be having hip replacement surgery on Friday, July 27th.

Thursday, June 07, 2007


6/7/2007, #77, 2nd Quarter 2007

Then he spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, (Luke 18:1)
      Holy Spirit, move more of your people into the ministry of hopeful prayer.

saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man." (Luke 18:2)
      Jesus, there are many in such positions of authority in both the church and state who have no fear of you nor a regard for those in their care. Turn their hearts so that our society may once again be guided by you.

"Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.'" (Luke 18:3)
      Father, please help us hear the cries for justice and mercy by your little ones. Move our hearts to care for those who have no one to care for them.

"And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'" (Luke 18:4-5)
      Jesus, help us cry out to your father with the same persistence of this widow.

Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said." (Luke 186:)
      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear you.

"And shall God not avenge his own elect who cry out day and night to him, though he bears long with them?" (Luke 18:7)
      Father, we cry out to you for the Episcopal Church. Its leaders and teachers have become corrupted by their power and neither fear you nor regard man. They oppress your faithful people; have mercy on us and cleanse the church.

"I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)
      Holy Spirit, please kindle the flame of faith in the Episcopal Church. Move in the hearts of your faithful people; renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

***** Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2007
Torre & Jean, A quick update on Fr. Paul Bailey. He's feeling much better and his pain is gone. Praise God! But as of today (Wednesday), he's still in ICU at St. Luke's in Utica. They took out the NG tube late this afternoon and he now is allowed to have water and juice (first time in over a week for any kind of liquid or food). We are hopeful that he will be moved out of ICU tomorrow (Thursday) and they will begin the process of getting him to eat and make sure his bowels will continue to function correctly with no problems. Thank you for your continued prayers. In Christ's love and service, Pat Bailey

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ reading and listening to the Lord in the daily readings for Friday: Psalms 40, 54; Deuteronomy 26:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24; Luke 18:9-14

***** Please surround the surround the deputies to the Business session Saturday morning with prayer. Pray for the Father's will to be done.

***** Please pick two members of the Diocesan mission team to Bolivia to pray for (one adult, one youth):
Bp. Bill Love, Karen, Christopher and Catie (2 youth); Fr. Gus Calvo; Brittany Bombard (youth) ; Josh Klapper (youth) ; Fr. John Scott and Aidan (youth) ; Mother Ellen Neufeld; Geoff Miller, Zach and Nate (2-youth) ; Donna Steckline and Christopher (youth) ; Ellen Edwards and Tom (youth) ; Cathie Gibbons(youth) ; Nancy Sangster; Debbie Gerlach
      Let me know whom you have chosen so we can cover them all in prayer.

***** If the Spirit moves you: send contributions made out to Calvary Episcopal Church with "Bolivian Mission Trip" written on the memo line of the check. The address to send them to is:
      Calvary Episcopal Church
      PO Box 41
      Burnt Hills, NY 12027-0041
That way the contributions can be distributed to team members most in need of assistance for plane fares, etc.

***** Please pray for Jean and me as we present our workshops: Responding to God's Prompting on Friday afternoon and Being a Christian in the Workplace on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


6/6/2007, #76, 2nd Quarter 2007

      Keep praying for Bishop Bill, the Standing committee, the Diocese and staff, clergy and lay leaders, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and staff, Fr. Nigel and the healing ministry, youth ministry, the Sisters. Pray for the Lord's protection, clear guidance, peace, strength and provision.
      Pray for the Lord's covering for the whole Convention, anointing for Bishop Bill's message, all business meetings, other presentations, workshops, healing service, children and youth activities, and all the preparations. Pray for the Prayer Walk before things start ( 2 PM Friday from the auditorium) and for the work of intercessors. Pray that God's light and truth will prevail in love at the business portions of the convention. Pray for hearts that are soft and responsive to the Lord throughout the weekend.
      Pray for travel mercies, good weather, no bugs or unwelcome animals.

       Please commit to surrounding the Business Meeting of the Diocesan Convention 8:30 Saturday morning with prayer.

***** Bishop David Bena Confirms nearly 80 at The Falls Church on Trinity Sunday

***** (From Lois Bauer) Please pray for Gary Durhan [one of our diocesan intercessors], he has to have new surgery on his breast bone. He also had a by pass done. For some reason, the wire sutures didn't keep that bone together. Please lift Gary up in prayer.

***** Join with many in the Body of Christ reading and listening to the Lord in the daily readings for Friday: Psalms 40, 54; Deuteronomy 26:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24; Luke 18:9-14

***** Please pick two members of the Diocesan mission team to Bolivia to pray for (one adult, one youth):
Bp. Bill Love, Karen, Christopher and Catie (2 youth); Fr. Gus Calvo; Brittany Bombard (youth) ; Josh Klapper (youth) ; Fr. John Scott and Aidan (youth) ; Mother Ellen Neufeld; Geoff Miller, Zach and Nate (2-youth) ; Donna Steckline and Christopher (youth) ; Ellen Edwards and Tom (youth) ; Cathie Gibbons(youth) ; Nancy Sangster; Debbie Gerlach
       Let me know whom you have chosen so we can cover them all in prayer.

***** If the Spirit moves you: send contributions made out to Calvary Episcopal Church with "Bolivian Mission Trip" written on the memo line of the check. The address to send them to is:
       Calvary Episcopal Church
       PO Box 41
       Burnt Hills, NY 12027-0041
That way the contributions can be distributed to team members most in need of assistance for plane fares, etc.


6/6/2007, #75, 2nd Quarter 2007

"If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'--which you have not known--'and let us serve them,'" (Deuteronomy 13:1-2)
      LORD, many such prophets have risen up in the Episcopal Church who desire that we serve other gods; have mercy on us and protect us from such folly.

"you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deuteronomy 13:3)
      LORD, many in the Episcopal Church have failed the test; have mercy on us and keep us from turning aside to follow after other gods; help us to love you and be steady in you.

"You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him, and keep his commandments and obey his voice; you shall serve him and hold fast to him." (Deuteronomy 13:4)
      Father, please help us to be steady in you and abide in your love for us.

"But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst." (Deuteronomy 13:5)
      Jesus, rather than obeying and honoring you, the Episcopal Church has given obedience and honor to such false prophets. Have mercy on us and guide us in this diocese by your Holy Spirit so that we walk step by step with you. Guide Bishop Bill and all the leaders of this diocese so that such false prophets gain no place or position here. Thank you.

***** (From Lois Bauer) Please pray for Gary Durhan [one of our diocesan intercessors], he has to have new surgery on his breast bone. He also had a by pass done. For some reason, the wire sutures didn't keep that bone together. Please lift Gary up in prayer.

***** The Lectionary lessons for Thursday are Psalm 50; Deuteronomy 16:18-20, 17:14-20; 2 Corinthians 8:1-16; Luke 18:1-8

***** Please pick two members of the Diocesan mission team to Bolivia to pray for (one adult, one youth):
Bp. Bill Love, Karen, Christopher & Catie (2 youth); Fr. Gus Calvo; Brittany Bombard (youth) ; Josh Klapper (youth) ; Fr. John Scott & Aidan (youth) ; Mother Ellen Neufeld; Geoff Miller, Zach & Nate (2-youth) ; Donna Steckline & Christopher (youth) ; Ellen Edwards & Tom (youth) ; Cathie Gibbons(youth) ; Nancy Sangster; Debbie Gerlach
      Let me know whom you have chosen so we can cover them all in prayer.

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