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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

 

7/31/2007, #37, 3rd Quarter 2007

A word received: I want you to tell my people about the cost of being my disciple. The Korean Christians [in Afghanistan] are in peril because they are serving me. Pray for them, pray for my peace in their hearts. Pray for the hostages held in other countries as well. My people are suffering for the sake of the gospel -- pray for them.

A web-site to check out:
http://www.persecution.org/suffering/index.php

 

7/31/2007, #36, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. (Mark 6:30)
      Holy Spirit, please help the bishops of the Episcopal Church know that they too are answerable to Jesus for what they do and what they teach.

And he said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:31-32)
      Father, please help the clergy find quiet times alone with you.

But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. (Mark 6:33)
      Father, please give us such hearts to seek after your son.

And Jesus, when he came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
      Lord, so many people in your church are like that today, they are like sheep not having a shepherd and without anyone to give them your teaching. Jesus, please intervene in the life of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on your people.

Tuesday: 61, 62; 2 Samuel 3:6-21; Acts 16:6-15; Mark 6:30-46
Wednesday: 72; 2 Samuel 3:22-39; Acts 16:16-24; Mark 6:47-56

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Taliban Issues Another Hostage Deadline
By AMIR SHAH, The Associated Press, Tuesday, July 31, 2007; 5:19 AM
      GHAZNI, Afghanistan -- Police discovered the body of a second South Korean hostage slain by the Taliban in central Afghanistan while the group threatened Tuesday to kill more hostages if their demands were not met by Wednesday, the latest of several deadlines.
      South Korea, meanwhile, pleaded with the international community to set aside the normal practice of refusing to cave into hostage-takers' demands, as it urged a peaceful resolution to a standoff. Twenty-one South Koreans remain captive.
      "The (South Korean) government is well aware of how the international community deals with these kinds of abduction cases," said a statement from the president's office. "But it also believes that it would be worthwhile to use flexibility in the cause of saving the precious lives of those still in captivity and is appealing (to) the international community to do so."
      The comments came after Afghan officials found the body of Shim Sung-min, 29, a former information technology worker who was volunteering with the South Korean church group on an aid mission to Afghanistan.
      He was killed Monday after two deadlines given by the Taliban demanding the release of insurgent prisoners passed with no action. Last week the church group's leader, Pastor Bae Hyung-kyu, was fatally shot in unclear circumstances.
      A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said senior Taliban leaders decided to kill Shim because the government had not met Taliban demands to trade prisoners for the Christian volunteers, who were in their 13th day of captivity Tuesday.
      "The Kabul and Korean governments are lying and cheating. They did not meet their promise of releasing Taliban prisoners," Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban, said by phone from an undisclosed location.
      The Taliban commanders set a new deadline of noon on Wednesday.
      Lord Jesus, please set the captives free.

Monday, July 30, 2007

 

7/30/2007, #35, 3rd Quarter 2007

A word received: I AM. I AM calling my people back to me.
Turn to me.
Turn to me and I will lead you through.
Turn to me in repentance and prayer.
Turn to me for this day's strength.

 

7/30/2007, #34, 3rd Quarter 2007

Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; fighting all day he oppresses me. (Psalm 56:1)
      O God, have mercy on those congregations of your people that are being oppressed.

My enemies would hound me all day, for there are many who fight against me, O Most High. (Psalm 56:2)
      Holy Spirit, arm your people with shield of faith, for there are many who fight against them.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
      Father, please help me make this hour by hour and day by day decision to trust in you.

In God (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4)
      Father, we praise your word, your living word: your son Jesus and your word to us in Scripture.

All day they twist my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil. (Psalm 56:5)
      Jesus, please move the hearts of those who twist the words of your faithful people, move their hearts to repentance.

They gather together, they hide, they mark my steps, when they lie in wait for my life. (Psalm 56:6)
      Holy Spirit, please move our hearts to hourly and daily intercession in the face of these attacks on your faithful people.

Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God! (Psalm 56:7)
      Jesus, please cleanse and heal your bride, your church; raise up faithful shepherds to lead your people.
      Father, I praise your word to us. In you I will put my trust; I will not be afraid; what can man do to me when I have such a savior as your son? (From Psalm 56:10-11)
      Holy Spirit, please help your people know and say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely he is God who judges in the earth." (From Psalm 58:11)

A word received: Look to me.

Monday: 56, 57, 58; 2 Samuel 2:1-11; Acts 15:36-16:5; Mark 6:14-29
Tuesday: 61, 62; 2 Samuel 3:6-21; Acts 16:6-15; Mark 6:30-46

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***** Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 16:11:38
From: Jonathan E. Robe
Subject: Nantes, France update
Dear family, friends, and supporters,
      Bonjour! I just wanted to give everyone a brief update of our progress here in France as our team is gearing up for our final week in Nantes. We have very much enjoyed our time here, talking to French students, learning about their culture, and sharing the gospel with them. This past week we performed a drama depicting Jesus Christ's redemptive work in breaking the chains of our sins. We have found that this drama has been the most effective conversation opener. Many people who saw the drama were much more open to hearing the gospel than those who didn't see it. Most of the people we talked to had no clue what story we were telling in the drama, but in our conversations afterward, we were able to explain it to them. Please pray that the doors which were opened by the drama will continue to remain open and that we will be able to reconnect with those we talked to. Please pray that as we enter our final week we will be able to reconnect with all of the people we have talked with over the last three weeks. Our focus is now on establishing connections with the people we have already talked to so that the Campus Crusade STINT team, which arrives in Nantes at the end of August, will be able to continue to minister to these people. Ministry is very hard here but we are encouraged. Pray that God's Spirit will bless our last week three times better than the first three weeks combined. In Christ, Jonathan Robe

Sunday, July 29, 2007

 

7/29/2007, #33, 3rd Quarter 2007

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)
      Holy Spirit, please cleanse our hearts of hypocrisy.
      Father, help us recognize what is evil and shun it.
      Jesus, please help us cling to what is good and do it.

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; (Romans 12:10)
      Jesus, let the Eucharist today be a love feast that honors you.
      Holy Spirit, please help us model Jesus' humility in our lives and give preference to one another.
      Father, you sent Jesus into our midst so that we could see what love looks like; please help us live out his love day by day.

not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11)
      LORD, let the fire of your Holy Spirit burn in our hearts.

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; (Romans 12:12)
      A word received: Pray with hope.
      Holy Spirit, please make our lives fruitful; help us pray with hope.

distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. (Romans 12:13)
      Thank you, Jesus, for all those who have helped us during this time leading up to Jean's surgery and in her recovery. Thank you for their prayers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:14)
      A quote our son Brereton shared with us last week: "Forgiveness is giving up the right to have a better past." Jesus, thank you for my past -- all of it.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15)
      Jesus, help us by your Holy Spirit to enter into the lives of those that cross our path. Thank you.

Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. (Romans 12:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have the mind of Christ.

Sunday: 24, 29; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; Rom. 12:9-21; Matt. 25:31-46
Monday: 56, 57, 58; 2 Samuel 2:1-11; Acts 15:36-16:5; Mark 6:14-29

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***** From: Jo Ferris
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 10:03:35

Please pray for April Coombs, Marilyn and Ed's daughter. She had surgery on Tuesday and spiked a temp of 102 on Thursday. Marilyn and Ed are with her in Saranac Lake.

Please pray for me ---I was diagnosed with Asthma on Mon. It was my first attack. Please pray it is the last one I will have. God Bless Dr. Alexander who retired recently. Pray for my new Doctor -- Dr. Kring. I also have something going on in my sinuses which was missed in the emergency room Monday, even though I told them. They seemed to be hung up on the Asthma. God Bless you all!!! Jo Ferris

Saturday, July 28, 2007

 

7/28/2007, #32, 3rd Quarter 2007

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***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table on State St., July 28, 2007, 9:45 - 11:45
(+ means received a cross)
+Lesley -- prayer for his family
(Man walking by with his hands raised in praise) Tell the Father, "Thank you for every breath I take."
+Roy -- for a better life (came by later wearing the cross and said, "I like the cross. It's like "The Old Wooden Cross".)
+(Man walking by with shopping cart) -- "Pray for the men and women that are fighting overseas." (later he and his +friend stopped by and asked for crosses)
+Reginald -- "I'm having a lot of problems in my life." After prayer and receiving a cross he said, "God bless you."
+Annie -- "pray for unity in my family and I have a sister who is not saved." (asked for crosses for +++three grandchildren, and she prayed for God's blessing on Dennis [who makes the crosses for me to give out] )
+Earl -- pulled a leg muscle while riding his bike.
+Pedro -- for a car (+for friend who was walking with him)
(Man walking by) --"Pray for me at work today."
+Ramona -- for finances and for a job
+Tekoyie (and Eumontia her baby)
Agnes -- prayed for neighborhood
+James -- trouble with alcohol and cigarettes and for his two sisters in Brooklyn who are moving.
+Wayne -- trouble with cigarettes
+William (and for his +kid) -- that he (William, a young man) will know how to be a dad to his kid
(Woman going to 7th Day Adventist Church around the corner) -- prayed for God's blessing
+LaToya and +Tajian, her daughter -- prayed for provision
+Roy (riding by on bike, turned around and came back)
+Larry -- cracked clavicle, not enough sleep
+Pat and +Tricia -- prayed for their marriage (they've been married five years)
+John and +Louise (his mom) -- Louise has a bad heart, John just got out of six months jail time and rehab for drugs. He said, "I asked him [for help] in jail and he helped me."
(Man walking by) -- "Peace in the world."

 

7/28/2007, #31, 3rd Quarter 2007

A word received (7/27/2007): Listen.

A word received (7/28/2007): Pray for missionary fire -- for hearts that are on fire to share the gospel I want my people to desire my fire, the fire of my Holy Spirit so that they can be witnesses for me in every place I send them.

Saturday: Psalm 55; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; Acts 15:22-35; Mark 6:1-13
Sunday: 24, 29; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; Rom. 12:9-21; Matt. 25:31-46

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***** From the Diocesan Update (PDU)
July 25th 2007
      For the second time in 18 months an attempt has been made on the life of Bishop Benjamin Kwashi, the Bishop of Jos [Nigeria].
      Early on the morning of Tuesday July 24 at 2.15 a.m. a gang of men, more than five in number bound the two security guards at the gates of his compound and locked up the four domestic staff,
      Armed with guns and knives, they then battered through the doors of the house, went upstairs and marched Bishop Ben Kwashi downstairs and outside.
      They told Bishop Ben, they were going to kill him. Then, inexplicably the men changed their minds, gave up that plan, took him back inside and ransacked the house for valuables. They beat up his teenage son Rinji. Help came after about half an hour.
      "I have seen a miracle", Bishop Kwashi said to me this morning. "Join me in thanking God that my life has been spared again. This is the second time in 18 months that an attempt has been made on my life." (In February 2006 a gang came in search of him to the house, but he was away. They beat up his wife Gloria and left her blinded for a while. Read here. "This is now the second time that       Gloria has seen all this. It is worse for her. Please pray for her." Rinji was taken for x-ray and no bones have been broken.
      "We have been able to mend the broken door temporarily but new doors are being made."
      The intruders stole a lap top, mobile phones, money and jewellery. With the cost of repairs the total cost of replacements and repairs is £3000.
      Anglican Mainstream will receive funds through Paypal, or by cheque to Anglican Mainstream, 21 High Street, Eynsham, OX29 4HE which will be forwarded to Bishop Kwashi. To contribute to repairs and replacement click here. [link missing in online article]
      Bishop Kwashi was a main speaker on Interchange in World Mission at the Wycliffe Hall / Anglican Communion Institute conference on The Anglican Communion in early July.

 

7/28/2007, #30, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then he went out from there and came to his own country, and his disciples followed him. (Mark 6:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us follow where Jesus leads.

And when the Sabbath had come, he began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to him, that such mighty works are performed by his hands! Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" So they were offended at him. (Mark 6:2-3)
      Jesus, the leaders of your church are still offended at you -- they think they know you (and know more than you) and are shocked by your teaching and your deeds.

But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house." (Mark 6:4)
      Father, please restore Jesus to the place of honor in the Episcopal Church.

Now he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. (Mark 6:5)
      Jesus, we long to see more of your mighty work among us. Please bring us to faith so that we are not an impediment to your work. Please come with the full power of your Holy Spirit into the life of this diocese.

And he marveled because of their unbelief. Then he went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:6)
      Jesus, please come into the life of every parish in this diocese with your teaching.

And he called the twelve to himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. (Mark 6:7)
      Jesus, please send us forth into our communities with the power of your Holy Spirit so that all unclean spirits are driven out.

He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff--no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts -- but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics. (Mark 6:8-9)
      Jesus, the indwelling power of your Holy Spirit is sufficient for every situation. Please help us make the choice to trust you for the provisions that will be needed.

Also he said to them, "In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!" (Mark 6:10-11)
      Father, please move our hearts to consider the judgment that is to come on the children of disobedience. Please help us repent wherever and whenever we need to do so.

So they went out and preached that people should repent. (Mark 6:12)
      Holy Spirit, let the preaching in this diocese be marked with calls to repentance.

And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. (Mark 6:13)
      Jesus, please let deliverance and healing be characteristic of every parish in this diocese. Bless the healing ministry in our parishes and at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Come with the full power of your Holy Spirit on the ministry at Beaver Cross and the Sisters of St. Mary. Thank you.

Saturday: Psalm 55; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; Acts 15:22-35; Mark 6:1-13
Sunday: 24, 29; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; Rom. 12:9-21; Matt. 25:31-46

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***** Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 03:25:09
From: Fr. Shaw Mudge
Subject: Couples Cursillo
The Couples Weekend was cancelled yesterday because there were not enough team members. We are encouraging the candidates who signed up to participate in the men's and women's upcoming weekends. God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+

***** Check out this article and video on the Wall Street Journal, "In Liberia, Amputees Find Healing Place: Soccer Field", http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118548364277779348-email.html

***** Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 06:46:42
From: Donna & Christopher Steckline
Subject: We're home!!
Dear Friends in Christ,
      Just a quick note to let you know that the Bolivia Mission team has safely returned. We want to sincerely thank you all for your prayers which sustained us during our time of ministry in Bolivia. We ask your prayers as we process all that we experienced. (the next couple of weeks if you can).
      We were very busy and learned so much. We survived the altitude and all experienced some effects from it, but were able to overcome the difficulties. We are grateful for all we experienced and plan to share it far and wide throughout the diocese. God is ever faithful and we are truly thankful for your prayerful support.
God Bless you all! Thanks so very much. FHS, Donna & Christopher Steckline

***** Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007
From: Fr. Timothy Fountain (an intercessor for the Diocese of Albany in South Dakota)
Subject: Northern Plains Anglicans: Pray for Water
http://northernplainsanglicans.blogspot.com/2007/07/pray-for-water.html
South Dakota needs rain - we are in a drought. Even normally wet Sioux Falls has been without rain for over a month. And the Cheyenne River Tribal water system, serving about 14,000 people on the Reservation, is in distress. Please keep us in your prayers.

Friday, July 27, 2007

 

7/27/2007, #29, 3rd Quarter 2007

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
      Holy Spirit, grow the fruit of patience in our lives as we wait for the move of God in our midst.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      LORD, lift us out of the muck and mire of our lives and establish us on the foundation of the faith delivered to the saints with Jesus being the head cornerstone.

He has put a new song in my mouth -- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3)
      Jesus, you have given us songs of joy, even in the face of death. Therefore even at the grave we will make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. (From the Commendation, BCP page 499)

Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. (Psalm 40:4)
      Father, please help all of us in this diocese make the choice to trust you, to walk in the path you have marked out for us, turning neither to the right nor the left.

Many, O LORD my God, are your wonderful works which you have done; and your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to you in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (Psalm 40:5)
      Jesus, please help us be a people who remember your deeds among us. Thank you.

Friday: Psalms 40, 54; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; Acts 15:12-21; Mark 5:21-43
Saturday: Psalm 55; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; Acts 15:22-35; Mark 6:1-13

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***** Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 07:50:19
From: Jackie Jones
Hi Torre and Jean,
      Praise God that you are home, Jean! I saw my doctor today- I'm getting better! There's only a tiny spot of pneumonia left. I have bronchitis and pleuresy. My doctor thinks that I can be at work on Monday. Thanks to Fr. Darius for letting Mthr. Ginny come to Trinity on Sunday. Thanks be to God for everyone's prayers!!!!! Dcn Jackie

***** From: Joann Ferris
      Dear Lord, Heavenly Father we ask you send your Spirit on those organizing Team for The upcoming Couples Cursillo weekend. Holy Spirit please come now and come with more Power, more Power Lord. We thank you! We ask you speak to those couples you desire to serve as Team. Jesus said " I am the Light of the world." "He also said " We are His light in the world" So encourage Couples to be Your Light, Dear Lord and serve on Team for Albany Couples Cursillo weekend this August. Thank you for those you have already encouraged to serve you. We ask you continue to encourage them. May Yourr Light so shine through them that others will join them. Also encourage Couples to sponsor Couples for this weekend. In Jesus Holy name. Amen

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

 

7/25/2007, #28, 3rd Quarter 2007

On the same day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." (Mark 4:35)
      Jesus, please help us go wherever you want us to go.

Now when they had left the multitude, they took him along in the boat as he was. And other little boats were also with him. (Mark 4:36)
      Jesus, help us to take you as you are and not try and fashion you into our own image.

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. (Mark 4:37)
      Lord, we are in the midst of a great storm in your church and the waves are beating on us.

But he was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" (Mark 4:38)
      A word received: You are in my care.

Then he arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)
      Jesus, we are asking you to give us that great calm in our hearts. The storm still rages but we want your peace and stillness in our hearts. Thank you.

But he said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" (Mark 4:40)
      Lord, we are fearful, but our heart's desire is to be with you.

And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey him!" (Mark 4:41)
      Though we are in distress, LORD, we plead along with David that we would fall into your hand, for your mercies are great; but do let us fall into the hand of men. (From 2 Samuel 24:14)

Wednesday: Psalm 119:49-72; 1 Samuel 25:23-44; Acts 14:19-28; Mark 4:35-41
Thursday: Psalm 50; 1 Samuel 28:3-20; Acts 15:1-11; Mark 5:1-20

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***** Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 23:59:43
From: Pat Bailey
Subject: CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR FR. PAUL BAILEY
      Just wanted to give you an update as to Fr. Paul's "continuing saga" of his health. He is feeling much better since the last bout, getting stronger pretty much each day. This Saturday (July 28th), we leave for Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio to have pre-testing (Monday, July 30th) and then his pacemaker-defibrillator will be replaced on Tuesday, July 31st - won't know the time until Monday PM (the battery is very low and his local doctors said it should be replaced by the end of July. (God's sense of humor having the doctor schedule it for July 31st!!).
      Please keep us both in prayer for travel mercies as well as Paul's procedure being done without any complications (at this point without any complications, he will have the surgery on Tuesday and stay as an "outpatient" for 4 hours afterwards and then we can go home (back to the motel). Please pray that the leads with his current pacemaker-defibrillator are not corroded - if they are they will have to be replaced as well as the unit (they don't change the battery, just the whole unit). That would be a much more invasive surgery and more time in the hospital, I believe. We are going to Cleveland because that is where the pacemaker-defibrillator was implanted 5 years ago this coming August. Cleveland Clinic's cardiovascular unit has been # 1 or in the top ten for many, many years and with Paul's health issues he needs to be in a place of expertise!
      Thank you so much for your prayers. We feel them and couldn't do this without the Lord and your prayer support. God bless you all and your ministries.
In Christ's love and For His Sake, Pat Bailey

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

 

7/24/2007, #27, 3rd Quarter 2007

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 13:52)
      A word received: I want my disciples [today] to be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Also he said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?" (Mark 4:21)
      Holy Spirit, please help us repent of hiding the gospel from others. Let the light of the gospel shine forth from every parish in this diocese. Thank you.

"For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light." (Mark 4:22)
      Jesus, let everything in my life be revealed in the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit. I don't want to hold anything back from you.

"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." (Mark 4:23)
      Father, please give us ears to hear what your Holy Spirit is saying to the church and to us personally. Thank you.

Then he said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him." (Mark 4:24-25)
      LORD, help me repent of listening to gossip at the office.

Tuesday: Psalm 45; 1 Samuel 25:1-22; Acts 14:1-18; Mark 4:21-34
Wednesday: Psalm 119:49-72; 1 Samuel 25:23-44; Acts 14:19-28; Mark 4:35-41

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***** Your prayers are requested for the Community of Saint Mary; particularly for Sister Mary Basil who’s in extremis. She is a native of Barneveld (north of Utica), a graduate of St. Lawrence University, and a past Mother Superior, and for Mother Miriam as she completes a pastoral visit to the successful new house of CSM Sisters in the Diocese of Northern Malawi ( http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/StMarys/AboutMalawianSisters.cfm).

***** Your prayers are requested for our Mission Team in Bolivia. Please pray for them by name: Brittany Bombard, Fr Gus Calvo, Ellen and Tom Edwards, Debbie Gerlach, Cathie Gibbons, Josh Klapper, Bp Bill, Karen, Chris, and Catie Love, Geoff, Zach, and Nate, Miller, Mtr Ellen Neufeld, Nancy Sangster, Fr John and Aidan Scott, & Donna and Christopher Steckline.

Monday, July 23, 2007

 

7/23/2007, #26, 3rd Quarter 2007, Notes from the Front Line

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***** A brief update to ask for reinforcing prayer covering for the health and safety of all the team members in Bolivia. Pray for each team member by name for:
* Protection and healing from the affects of the altitude as they work and rest. There have been a number of team members experiencing illness.
* Protection from bacteria and viruses in food and water due to environment and sanitation.
* Protection from the cold, the place where they are staying is unheated and the lows at night are in the upper 20 degree range, and the work conditions are outdoors.
* Safety at the work site where they are building a church in the midst of an unreached tribal culture.
* Safety when they return to LaPaz and prepare to return home.
* Travel mercies, good health, good spirits, abounding grace for tired travelers, smooth flight connections.
* Pray also for all the family members as we watch and wait and pray for our missionaries.
Check out the Team Bolivia website: http://freetoserve.blogspot.com/

***** From: Dn. Alan Hart
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 09:39:10 EDT
I was in Pottersville yesterday for a few minutes after my daughter Annie and I climbed one of the Adirondack High Peaks. We drove past the small grounds of Christ Church on Route 9, the scene where that beautiful little church was burned to the ground in an act of arson a couple years ago. Well, yesterday Annie and I were overjoyed to see that the congregation and/or people in town volunteering have started building the foundation for a new church! I saw the cement blocks in place all around. Hallelujah!

***** Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 09:35:06
From: Stephen Bugler
Torre,
As I read this 'update from France,' I couldn't help thinking of the culture that Kim, myself and all the Christian ministries face on the SUNY Albany campus.
It is a terribly dark campus [in the top 5 of party schools in the nation for about the last decade] and seemingly devoid of the Holy Spirit at times, even though we know in our minds and hearts that He is there with us. The culture on campus mirrors almost exactly what Jonathan Robe, writes about France. My heart and prayers go out to him.
Few, if any, want to discuss any type of spiritual matters or thoughts, unless it involves some pagan rituals or thinking, and we very often find that most students have difficulty with the possibility that God even exists - much like the French, as stated below. Also, when Mr. Robe stated, "most of them don't see the significance of what we are saying or take the attitude that while God may be true to us, He is not true to them. "... I thought he was talking about the vast majority of SUNY Albany students for a moment.
Please pray for U Albany students - that they would open wide their hearts to allow Jesus to penetrate and wash them in His blood. Also, that they would yearn for a better life and see that Jesus is the deliverer, sustainer, and redeemer of all people and things. Please pray for Kim and I and all the Christian Campus ministries struggling and standing for Jesus on the UAlbany campus. Please pray that we may stand boldly, speak the truth in love, and show God's truth and reality to the Students in Albany.
Thank you for praying. Stephen Bugler

 

7/23/2007, #25, 3rd Quarter 2007

"But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred...But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." (Mark 4:8...20)
      Holy Spirit, please cleanse and make our hearts into holy ground where the word can be sown and bear fruit.

      Jesus, please open our ears to your word; help us receive it and bear fruit.

      Father, you are Lord of the harvest; please send more laborers into the harvest fields. Thank you.

Monday: Psalms 41, 52; 1 Samuel 24:1-22; Acts 13:44-52; Mark 4:1-20
Tuesday: Psalm 45; 1 Samuel 25:1-22; Acts 14:1-18; Mark 4:21-34

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Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 10:52:27
From: Jonathan E. Robe
Subject: URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS
Dear family, friends, and supporters,
I have several urgent prayer requests. I got this information through contacts I met at the Korea conference at the end of June.
1. Please pray urgently for Laos. From what I understand, there is a Campus Crusade project in Loas. Recently 4 pastors were killed and 300 people were put in prison. The project has been canceled. I have not been able to confirm these details. I just got a brief email from someone I had met.
2. Please pray for 20 Korean students on project in Afganistan. They have been put in prison.
Pray that God would encourage these people in prison, that His peace would dwell in their hearts, that as a result of this, God's kingdom would be furthered. Pray that many will hear the gospel. Pray that they would be emboldened. Pray that the gospel will be fully preached. Pray that God will deliver them from every evil work and preserve them for His heavenly kingdom. 2 Timothy 4.
In Christ, Jonathan Robe

 
 
The Bissell Bunch got together this weekend.
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Sunday, July 22, 2007

 

7/22/2007, #24, 3rd Quarter 2007

"Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'" (Matthew 25:24-25)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
      Father, please renew the mind of your church about yourself. Its leaders and teachers have talked themselves into a corner and have convinced themselves of your harshness. Help us all make those choices that will lead to the renewing of our minds. Father, we ask this in Jesus' name. Thank you.

A word received: I AM. You are in my hands. I want you to lay your burdens at my feet.

Sunday: Psalms 63, 98; 1 Samuel 23:7-18; Rom. 11:33-12:2; Matt. 25:14-30
Monday: Psalms 41, 52; 1 Samuel 24:1-22; Acts 13:44-52; Mark 4:1-20

Saturday, July 21, 2007

 

7/21/2007, #23, 3rd Quarter 2007

You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7)
      LORD, in these days of trouble in the Episcopal Church, we ask you to be our hiding place. Please help us by your Spirit to sing songs of deliverance and healing.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (Psalm 32:8)
      Father, we look to you day by day for your instructions and teaching. Guide us by your eye; you see things clearly that we do not.

Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you. (Psalm 32:9)
      Jesus, all we like sheep have gone astray, do whatever is needed to get us back near you.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. (Psalm 32:10)
      Jesus, you are our hope and our trust, thank you for your surrounding mercy.

Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32:11)
      Holy Spirit, you daily give us gladness and joy and fill our mouths with the praise of Jesus. You lift up our heads and we are not downcast. Thank you for the hard times as well as the good.

A word received: I AM. You are in my hands. I want you to lay your burdens at my feet.

Saturday: Psalms 30, 32; 1 Samuel 22:1-23; Acts 13:26-43; Mark 3:19b-35
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98; 1 Samuel 23:7-18; Rom. 11:33-12:2; Matt. 25:14-30

Friday, July 20, 2007

 

7/20/2007, #22, 3rd Quarter 2007

And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, "Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on." (Acts 13:15)
      Holy Spirit, please give us that same eagerness and humility to hear the exhortations of the witnesses you send us.

You shall hide them in the secret place of your presence from the plots of man; you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:20)
      Lord Jesus, please protect Bishop Bill and all your faithful witnesses from "the strife of tongues" and from malicious gossip.

"Those who wait on the Lord ... shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).
      Thank you.

A word received: Rejoice in me.

Friday: Psalm 31; 1 Samuel 21:1-15; Acts 13:13-25; Mark 3:7-19a
Saturday: Psalms 30, 32; 1 Samuel 22:1-23; Acts 13:26-43; Mark 3:19b-35

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Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 13:01:21
From: Sue Luck
Subject: Pls pray for this man...
I don't know if you could put this on the pray line so am just sending to a few of you...
      I got to know this man in Walmart- he worked there and I don't remember how it got started but maybe he just said "God bless you" as he was very low key. So every time I saw him we blessed each other and started talking about our faith.
      Today he was there but told me Walmart had fired him for talking about Jesus. But now he goes in there as a customer and talks to ppl about Jesus- but people he knows - as I said he is low key and doesn't bother anyone. After I left him a Walmart supervisor came up to him and told him to stop that- that he can't do that in here...so I went back and defended him. I told her he was my friend and we were just talking...and so she backed down a bit.
      Anyway he is a good man, a Jesus warrior, Rev. James Allen, so pls keep him in your prayers....thanks and love, Sue

Thursday, July 19, 2007

 

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***** Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 12:56:21 -0500
From: Jonathan E. Robe
Subject: Nantes France Update (Campus Crusade for Christ)
Dear family, friends, and supporters,
      Bonjour! Praise the Lord! We are seeing Him work in marvelous ways in France! It is very difficult to minister here, but we are seeing God work in lives. We have found that the French people we have talked to are interested in discussing spiritual matters with us. However, most of them don't see the significance of what we are saying or take the attitude that while God may be true to us, He is not true to them. But praise God we are seeing many of them begin to question their disbelief in God. We are especially grateful to the Lord to see a man named Batiste come to Jesus last week! Although I wasn't one of those who talked to him, we have all been encouraged by the Lord's working in his life. Please pray earnestly for him. He was actually on vacation with some friends the day we talked to him, so we have no way of connecting back with him. We are specifically praying that Satan will have no dominion over his soul because he has been bought by the blood of the Lamb. Pray that he will connect with someone who can assist and disciple him. Pray also that he would share his faith with his two friends. It is against French culture for a French person to share his faith with other French people. Please also pray for the French students we have met and who are helping us with the ministry. Pray for boldness for our team. We are seeing Satan's attacks against us daily; pray that we shall overcome every single one because we have victory in Christ alone. Pray also for our film festival which we will be holding on Friday. French people are very interested in cinema and the arts; pray that they will understand the message which the films give.
      Most French people don't believe in God, so we have to build from a very basic foundation. We are finding that in order to be effective, we have to first establish the possibility that God exists. Most French people have not really considered that before. But it is interesting to watch God work. The other day we talked to two students and during our conversation, they received four phone calls. Each time they answered the phone, they asked their friends over the phone "What do you believe about God? It's important. Some Americans are asking us these questions." Pray that God will use this opportunity to cause even more people to seek Him (Acts 17)
      Thank you so much for your generous support and continued prayer. France has for so long been a dark country, but we are believing that God can turn the country inside out and upside down.
In Christ, Jonathan Robe

***** Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 05:29:54
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth
Torre--
      Ask our Intercessors to continue to lift Sister Mary Basil up. She was admitted to Saratoga Hospital a week ago with electrolyte imbalance and mild pneumonia – for two days to get the pneumonia under control. While in hospital she contracted a nasty gastro-intestinal bug and is not doing well. Sister is 93 and suffers from some age-related confusion. We want to bring her home but cannot until the intestinal complaint and the continued electrolyte imbalance is resolved. She is one of our saints.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM

***** Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2007 16:38:34
From: Fr. Allen Peyton
Subject: Blessings upon Queen Esther of Persia
      Please pray that our heavenly Father will bless St. Paul's, Greenwich production of the original musical comedy, Queen Esther of Persia. This play is based on the Book of Esther with words and music by Suzanne Cohen. The performance dates are August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

 

7/19/2007, #21, 3rd Quarter 2007

Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. (Acts 13:1)
      Holy Spirit, please raise up prophets and teachers in every parish of this diocese.

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (Acts 13:2)
      Jesus, please help us in our day to minister to you.

      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and affirm those you are setting aside for special ministry, whether as lay people or as ordained. Guide the Commission on Ministry and Bishop Bill in recognizing those you have called to ordained ministry.

Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (Acts 13:3)
      Father, please move us to prayer and fasting prior to the laying on of hands so that we will clearly discern your call.

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. (Acts 13:4)
      Father, please guide us by your Spirit to the places of ministry you have called us to.

And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. (Acts 13:5a)
      Jesus, please let the word of God be preached in every congregation of your people in this diocese.

They also had John as their assistant. (Acts 13:5b)
      Holy Spirit, please show us whom we are to mentor.

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;" (Isaiah 43:1-3a)
      A word received: I AM with you, that is sufficient.

Thursday: Psalm 37:1-18; 1 Samuel 20:24-42; Acts 13:1-12; Mark 2:23-3:6
Friday: Psalm 31; 1 Samuel 21:1-15; Acts 13:13-25; Mark 3:7-19a

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***** Saturday Prayer Table (Larry and Jerusha Hubert) News from the prayer table in front of Christ Church Schenectady:9-11:45 AM, 7/14/07
James: The Lord knows the details
Lisa: Spiritual help
Carol: Sobriety needs help with Drugs
Wayne: for his family
Jamari: hears voices telling him to do bad things
Nancy: for herself and her family
A young girl Samarie (about 7): asked about the prayer table and what it was doing for the people
Kate: needs prayer for a storage facility
Keith: Needs a job, needs help with drugs; and provision to pay his mortgage
Rosie: Healing
Ron: Alcohol addiction
Jay: second Open heart surgery, 7/15/07; pray that all goes well;guidance for Dr.'s
"K K": must move out by 7/28; so far has no place to go (sold her house)

      Holy Spirit, guide us in reaching out to the people in our communities. You sent Barnabas and Saul forth to reach out to the lost and the least; please do that with us as well.

***** The Necessity of Forgiveness, Christ Church Morristown 2007 Retreat, August 17th-19th. It will be conducted by The Rev. Nigel Mumford and Yvonne Conte. Contact Marilyn Coombs for registration information, PO Box 55, Ogdensburg NY 13669; or by phoning her at 315-393-0656, 315-393-7631, or 315-323-0647.

***** Check http://freetoserve.blogspot.comfor the lastest updates on Team Bolivia.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

 

7/18/2007, #20, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then he went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them. (Mark 2:13)
      Jesus, please let the whole multitude of this diocese come forth to you and be taught by your Holy Spirit.

As he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And he said to him, "Follow me." So he arose and followed him. (Mark 2:14)
      Father, please help us respond to the promptings of your Holy Spirit and follow Jesus.

Now it happened, as he was dining in Levi's house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him. (Mark 2:15)
      Jesus, please let our homes be places where our friends and family can meet you and know you; let the blessing that was on Levi's house be upon ours so that many will follow you.

And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to his disciples, "How is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?" (Mark 2:16)
      Jesus, please show us how to welcome the outcasts of our day into our homes where they can meet you.

When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Mark 2:17)
      Jesus, thank you for calling me to repentance; please help me daily heed your call.

Wednesday: Psalm 38; 1 Samuel 20:1-23; Acts 12:18-25; Mark 2:13-22
Thursday: Psalm 37:1-18; 1 Samuel 20:24-42; Acts 13:1-12; Mark 2:23-3:6

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***** Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 03:05:22
From: Deacon Jackie Jones
Hi Torre, My prayers are with you and Jean. I need your and other intercessors prayers once again. I have been diagnosed wit pneumonia and the beginning of pleuresy. I had bronchitis, was on an antibiotic, but I became sicker. My doctor thinks that it's the lupus that caused me to get so sick. I am home and resting in bed. I am on a different antibiotic, however, if I don't get better, my doctor said that I will end up in the hospital. I covet everyone's prayers. Please help me accept this quiet time and please pray that the Lord will provide for our finances, as I've almost exhausted my time off. God Bless You, Jackie

***** Praise the Lord! Jean Bissell came home again yesterday afternoon. Please pray that she can rest and do the Physical Therapy and mend quickly. Thanks, Torre PS. She received wonderful care at Saratoga hospital.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

 

7/17/2007, #19, 3rd Quarter 2007

Vindicate me, O LORD, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the LORD; I shall not slip. (Psalm 26:1)
      LORD, please vindicate those who trust in you and walk with integrity.

Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my mind and my heart. (Psalm 26:2)
      Father, examine and test me, cleanse my mind and my heart.

For your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in your truth. (Psalm 26:3)
      Jesus, please show forth your lovingkindness to all who walk in your truth.

I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, nor will I go in with hypocrites. (Psalm 26:4)
      Holy Spirit, please examine me and cleanse me of all idolatry and hypocrisy.

I have hated the assembly of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked. (Psalm 26:5)
      Jesus, please direct my steps and order my ways. Help me avoid occasions for sin.

I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about your altar, O LORD, (Psalm 26:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help every priest in this diocese wash their hands in innocence as they prepare for the Eucharist.

That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all your wondrous works. (Psalm 26:7)
      Jesus, please give us a heart and a will to proclaim your wondrous works. Thank you.

LORD, I have loved the habitation of your house, and the place where your glory dwells. (Psalm 26:8)
      LORD, help us know the holiness of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Please be our light and salvation so that we may not fear. Be the strength of our life so that we need fear no enemy. Thank you. (From Psalm 27:1)

Tuesday: Psalms 26, 28; 1 Samuel 19:1-18; Acts 12:1-17; Mark 2:1-12
Wednesday: Psalm 38; 1 Samuel 20:1-23; Acts 12:18-25; Mark 2:13-22

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***** Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 13:40:25 -0700
From: Gary and Dianne Roosa
Subject: Couples Cursillo request for add'l team members
      There are still a few openings for team members for the upcoming Couples Cursillo weekend, scheduled for August 23- 26 (Thursday late afternoon through Sunday early evening). Teaming is this Saturday, July 21, and August 11. Attendance is beneficial, but not absolutely required.
      If you feel led or know some who should be considered, please e-mail Dianne Roosa at roosad@sage.edu or Gary Roosa at roosag@alum.rpi.edu or call them at home, 273-1636, usually 5:30- 10:00 pm is the best time to contact us. Please leave a message with your phone number and some good times to be called back. And please do this SOON (this week)!
      Application can be sent to Judy Tarullo, 18 Tull Drive, Albany, NY 12205, cookncats@hotmail.com.
      Lord, we pray for the couples team and candidates for the upcoming Couples Cursillo weekend in August. Lord, we ask you to nudge those couples who You want to fill the remaining spots on the team. Help Your people to earnestly seek your call. Lord, I pray that You would give the current and new team members servant hearts. Fill them with more of Your Holy Spirit and and more of Your discernment. We ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen. Gary and Dianne, Elmwood, 141 Oakwood Avenue, Troy, New York 12180, Phone: 518-273-1636 (H)

***** Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 12:31:53 -0400
From: Patti Gibbons
Subject: Bolivia trip
The Bolivia mission trip site has been updated, http://freetoserve.blogspot.com - please pray for the team daily from now until July 26. Thank you!

***** Bible Conference and Chili Cook-off! On Fire for the Lord -- Saturday, August 18, 2007 at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center from 9 – 5 (Bible Conference 9-3, Cook-off 3-5*). Come learn about starting up and leading a Bible Study. Plenary speaker: Robin Capcara. She will speak on "From Genesis to Revelation in One Hour," and "Building Small Groups in Your Parish." Afternoon workshop tracks: Adult, Youth, or Elementary-age Bible Study. Cost is $15 per person or $100 per parish for ten or more; after August 11, fee is $20 per person. Register: www.albanydiocese.org and click on 'Events'
*Full list of rules will be posted on-line at www.albanydiocese.org and click on 'Events'.

***** Planning has already begun for next year's Diocesan Convention. The Convention will be June 6-8, 2008, so mark your calendars. God willing, our special guests for 2008 will be The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Bishop of the Diocese of Jos, and President of SOMA International; Gloria Kwashi, wife of Bishop Ben; The Rev. Russ Parker, Director of Acorn Healing Ministry in Great Britain; and The Rt. Rev. Harold Miller, Bishop of our sister Diocese of Down & Dromore. All four are outstanding speakers and have much to offer.

Monday, July 16, 2007

 

7/16/2007, #18, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. (Acts 11:22-24)
      Father, please raise up many among us who will be like Barnabas -- sons and daughters of encouragement. Help them see your grace upon us and point to it with gladness so that we will continue in you with purpose of heart. Thank you.

"...how much more will your father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:11).
      Father, we ask for that best gift of all -- the Holy Spirit flooding our souls and pointing us to Jesus. Thank you.

Monday: Psalm 25; 1 Samuel 18:5-30; Acts 11:19-30; Mark 1:29-45
Tuesday: Psalms 26, 28; 1 Samuel 19:1-18; Acts 12:1-17; Mark 2:1-12

Sunday, July 15, 2007

 

7/15/2007, #17, 3rd Quarter 2007

But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): (Romans 10:8)
      Father, let your word of faith be daily near us: in our mouths and in our hearts.

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help us throughout this diocese daily confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that you raised Jesus from the dead.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)
      Jesus, please help us believe with our hearts and confess with our mouths that you are Lord and Savior and are risen from the dead for the washing away of our sins.

For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on him will not be put to shame." (Romans 10:11)
      Lord Jesus, please rescue and vindicate all who believe in you that are under attack in your church.

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon him. (Romans 10:12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us repent of making distinctions that you do not make.

For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
      LORD, please help us daily call upon your name.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15a)
      Father, send forth preachers of your choosing into every corner of the diocese so that your people may hear and call upon the name of your son Jesus and be saved.

As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15b)
      Jesus, please help us enter into the beauty of holiness by preaching the gospel of peace and glad tidings of good things to come. Thank you.

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "LORD, who has believed our report?" So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:16-17)
      LORD, we pray for all those in your church who do not obey the gospel and have not believed the report of your faithful witnesses. Please bring them to faith by the hearing of your word. Thank you.

Sunday: Psalms 148, 149, 150; 1 Samuel 17:50-18:4; Rom. 10:4-17; Matthew 23:29-39
Monday: Psalm 25; 1 Samuel 18:5-30; Acts 11:19-30; Mark 1:29-45

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Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 08:56:42 -0400
From: Arlene Monell
Subject: Prayer
Dear Torre, I am so thankful to hear of Jean's successful surgery. I will continue to pray for all of you. She will probably have physical therapy after the surgery and it can be tough, but I know she will handle it well. She is a very brave lady.
      I have to share this story with you. Yesterday my neighbor and I had a garage sale. My neighbor was unable to be there, so I sat and handled the garage sale by myself. A lady came to the sale and we started to talk. She told me about her daughter Desiree, who lives in Louisiana. She is a single mom, going to school to get her Ph. D and she is in the hospital. She has had surgery before to remove part of her intestine and she now has a twisted bowel and gangrene has set in. She missed an important exam at school and is worried about that. I asked the woman for her daughters name and said I would pray for her which I did and continue to do. You just never know when you are going to be presented with a chance to pray for someone. It's amazing. I'm fairly new at this, and realized after, that I should have prayed with the mother right there and then. I will remember that for the next time an opportunity presents itself. God Bless. For His Sake Arlene

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer #2, corner of Craig and Albany Sts. 9:30-10:30 am. 7/14/07, (+ means received a cross) The hour started off with a woman haranguing us at the top of her voice for about 15 minutes for the conditions that "we" had created in Hamilton Hill. Much of what she shouted at us was true. She repeatedly told us we should be praying for the community (which we did).
+Juanita -- wanted prayer for pregnancy
+Curtis -- wanted general prayers for his life
+Marissa and +Corrie (sister and brother) -- want prayers for her pregnancy (6th child)
+Laiden and +Chris (two teenage boys) -- wanted prayers that God will provide for them, for money, we prayed for good jobs

Saturday, July 14, 2007

 

7/14/2007, #16, 3rd Quarter 2007

Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:14-15)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of every preacher in this diocese tomorrow so that Jesus' message is proclaimed and heard by all: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

And as he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." (Mark 1:16-17)
      Jesus, help us heed your call to follow you and become fishers of men.

They immediately left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:18)
      Father, I pray that "immediately" of Simon and Andrew will become characteristic of the response we make to Jesus throughout this diocese.

      Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, saying, "You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!" But Peter explained it to them in order from the beginning, saying: "I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me. When I observed it intently and considered, I saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.' But I said, 'Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.' But the voice answered me again from heaven, 'What God has cleansed you must not call common.' Now this was done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven. At that very moment, three men stood before the house where I was, having been sent to me from Caesarea. Then the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. And he told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, 'Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter, who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.' And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, 'John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?" When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life." (Acts 11:1-18)
      Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to go forth into our communities "doubting nothing". Thank you.

Saturday: Psalms 20, 21; 1 Samuel 17:31-49; Acts 11:1-18; Mark 1:14-28
Sunday: Psalms 148, 149, 150; 1 Samuel 17:50-18:4; Rom. 10:4-17; Matthew 23:29-39

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***** Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
      Jean and I wish to give thanks and testify to the joy of being surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses who have helped us cast aside many heavy weights.

***** From: Deacon Greg Bailey
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 1:13 PM
       Allen Rogerson was diagnosed with liver cancer on Wednesday 7-11-07after a biopsy on Monday 7-9-07. He died at 10:15 this am.--Friday 7-13-07. Please pray for Phoebe and family.
      Allen and Phoebe attended Albany Cursillo #7
      Dear Lord--your faithful servant, Allen has come home to you. We thank you for his ministries among us. We thank you that he didn't suffer. We hold Phoebe and family up to you---that they will feel your loving touch and grace filled presence in their lives as they walk this valley. May they know and see your light at the end of this valley--dear Lord. May they know you will carry them through. You are the shepherd, dear Lord and Savior---We thank you. In Jesus name. Amen

***** Rachel Morrow Albany Cursillo #9
      During a recent trip to the hospital an X-ray disclosed a spot on the lung. She has had a cat scan. They are not sure what it is. She is 94 years old. She has decided to give it to the Lord to take care of. She will not be having a biopsy. I am sending this as she has requested prayers.
       Dear Lord, Rachel is asking you to heal her lung according to your will. You know her inside and out --better than we do --dear Lord. She continues to be your faithful witness to us all. We thank you for her life with us. We ask you hold her in your loving arms and asssure her in her decision--Dear Lord. Thank you, precious Jesus. In your name we pray. Amen

***** Opened Prayer Table at Christ Church entrance for an hour on Friday (purposely from 1 to 2 p.m., which was part of the time during which Jesus suffered on the cross on another rainy, cloudy Friday many years ago) ----
       WILLIAM --- Needed prayers for healing from his illnesses in order that he will be well enough to make the trip to travel back to his own home (Didn't say where and I didn't ask.) He is currently living with his daughter in our neighborhood because he cannot care for himself alone while he is sick.
       CARLA -- Asked for prayers that her "man" will come home and be a husband to her and a father to their two children.
      Please join me in praying for these two people who came forward and accepted my offer of prayer help. I also ask for your prayers for a young man who was wearing a red and white baseball cap turned around backwards who said nothing but spat on the cement near my feet and walked on after I asked if he had any prayer needs. I called after him that I would pray for him anyway. Let's all pray for him that he will come to know Christ, someday, somehow if we keep after him.
      While I was there, many persons went by and smiled, waved, and some said (when I asked if they had prayer needs) that they would "think about it" and maybe come back sometime. Pray for these people who have not yet found their way, or who have lost it and may still be trying to find it again. We have what so many people in this world, not just our little inner city community, want so badly. Pray for the light of Christ to come into their world.
      Also, while I was there I prayed continually for Jean Bissell who, with Torre, so often sits in the very spot in which I was humbly sitting in their place -- that her surgery today would go well and that her recovery would be swift and sure. And I prayed for Larry and Jerusha, who also pray so often in that very spot, to persevere in their prayer for this community.
      And ... I simply prayed for our Christ Church to be a lightning rod for Christ in our community. Lord help us make it so. If a tree is known by its fruit, Christ Church's membership has shown itself already to be an orchard of good trees bearing good fruit. But that is not enough. We do not have to content ourselves with that. We can be an orchard of great trees which bear fruit that is great, not just good.
      I urge you to listen to what Father Brad and Father Peter have said to you in recent weeks: Do not be afraid of this ministry to go out to the people. For every person who passes by or stops and spits at your feet, there will be at least one who accepts your offer of prayer. That person needs it. It is worth all the other stuff that happens.
      ------------ from Deacon Alan

***** Sent: Fri 7/13/2007 2:16 PM
Subject: Report on Jean Bissell
Mom's surgery went very well, and she's in recovery now. The surgeon told dad that mom's ball joint crumbled apart in his hand when he took it out - so the moved up surgery date was a Godsend. Love, Jonathan

Friday, July 13, 2007

 

7/13/2007, #15, 3rd Quarter 2007

And [John] preached, saying, "There comes one after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose." (Mark 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have the humility before Jesus that John the Baptist had; help us know our condition for what it is.

"I indeed baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (Mark 1:8)
      Father, please bring us to the baptism of the Holy Spirit throughout this diocese.

It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. (Mark 1:9)
      Jesus, you submitted yourself to your father's will to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15), please help us do the same. Thank you.

And immediately, coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove. (Mark 1:10)
      Holy Spirit, please descend upon us.

Then a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mark 1:11)
      Father, thank you for adopting us as your children as we accept the saving work you did through your son Jesus.

Immediately the Spirit drove him into the wilderness. (Mark 1:12)
      LORD, your faithful people in the Episcopal Church are being driven into the wilderness.

And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him. (Mark 1:13)
      Jesus, we are sorely tempted by Satan to lash out at one another here in the wilderness; please bring into our common life the spiritual discipline you knew in the wilderness. Please have your holy angels minister to us in our hour of need. Thank you.

A word received: I know you and I love you.

Friday: Psalms 16, 17; 1 Samuel 17:17-30; Acts 10:34-48; Mark 1:1-13
Saturday: Psalms 20, 21; 1 Samuel 17:31-49; Acts 11:1-18; Mark 1:14-28

Thursday, July 12, 2007

 

7/12/2007, #13, 3rd Quarter 2007

And he opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. (Luke 24:45)
      Jesus, please open our understanding so that we comprehend the Scriptures.

Then he said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, (Luke 24:46)
      Jesus, there those in the church who are offended by the idea that you had to suffer and die for us; please open their eyes to your truth.

and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47)
      Holy Spirit, please move through every parish in this diocese so that repentance and remission of sins are preached in Jesus' name. Help the mission team to Bolivia do this as well. Thank you.

And you are witnesses of these things. (Luke 24:48)
      LORD, please help us be faithful witnesses in our day.

Behold, I send the Promise of my father upon you; but tarry in the city until you are endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:49)
      Father, please send your promise of the Holy Spirit upon us; help us wait on you until we are clothed with his power.

And he led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands and blessed them. (Luke 24:50)
      Jesus, please lead us forth day by day and bless us.

Now it came to pass, while he blessed them, that he was parted from them and carried up into heaven. (Luke 24:51)
      Jesus, thank you for your ascension to your father's right hand.

And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen. (Luke 24:52-53)
      Jesus, though we now often sow with tears, we live in the hope that we shall reap with joy. (From Psalm 126:5) Let the parishes of this diocese become pools of living water as we praise and bless you. Thank you.

"...till we all come...to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ " (Ephesians 4:13).
      Father, bring us all to the full measure of the stature of Christ. Thank you.

Thursday: Psalm 18:1-20; 1 Samuel 16:14-17:11; Acts 10:17-33; Luke 24:36-53
Friday: Psalms 16, 17; 1 Samuel 17:17-30; Acts 10:34-48; Mark 1:1-13

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***** Please pray for Sister Mary Basil of the Sisters of St. Mary who is in Saratoga Hospital. Pray for God's blessing on those who minister to her of God's healing grace.

***** Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 12:08:39
From: Healing Center
Subject: Testimony received recently at the Oratory of Christ the Healer CTK center
A Testimony from a parishioner from an Episcopal Church in South Carolina
      Just over a year ago, while my husband was attending seminary in Oxford, England, I attended a Healing Prayer Service where Fr. Nigel and prayer team, prayed for my then unborn son, David. We knew from an ultrasound that our baby had a club foot, and we were unsure as to whether there were any other concurrent, more serious medical issues. The Doctors were encouraging us to have amniocentesis and that terminating the pregnancy was an option. We did not do the amnio, and would not consider abortion. We had to wait a month until the next ultrasound for any more information. This was a very difficult time for us.
      Fr. Nigel's healing prayer service took place during this month of waiting. During the service, I experienced the Power of the Holy Spirit in a most powerful way. Fr. Nigel laid his hands on me and David moved almost violently. Fr. Nigel commented on it while he prayed, and it happened a second time. I experienced healing on many levels that day, but most profoundly, a resting in the peace of God and the assurance that He would never abandon me - whatever the outcome.
      David is now a healthy baby who turned one years old in April. He has had multiple casts, surgery, a year of physical therapy, and orthapedic shoes....but his foot is corrected, and now his is beginning to take his first steps. God's presence in the treatment of his foot has been profound.
      I cannot wait to tell David the story of the day that he and his desperate mother received the most amazing healing prayer!

***** Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 09:57:27
From: Dan Herzog
Subject: Tiny tablet provides proof for Old Testament Text
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/07/11/ntablet111.xml&CMP=ILC-mostviewedbox

***** Jean Bissell has surgery to replace her right hip tomorrow at Saratoga Hospital.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

 

7/11/2007, #12, 3rd Quarter 2007

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! (Psalm 119:1)
      LORD, please help all of us in this diocese know the blessing of walking undefiled in your ways.

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with the whole heart! (Psalm 119:2)
      Holy Spirit, please write the testimonies of God on our hearts: please give us an undivided heart.

They also do no iniquity; they walk in his ways. (Psalm 119:3)
      Jesus, please help us correct one another with your love so that no iniquity will be found among us.

You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently. (Psalm 119:4)
      Father, help us to be diligent in keeping your word in all that we do.

Oh, that my ways were directed to keep your statutes! (Psalm 119:5)
      Direct our ways, LORD, into your truth.

Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all your commandments. (Psalm 119:6)
      Jesus, please set us free from shame and guilt through the working of your Holy Spirit.

I will praise you with uprightness of heart, when I learn your righteous judgments. (Psalm 119:7)
      Father, I want to learn your righteous judgments so that I may praise you with uprightness of heart.

I will keep your statutes; oh, do not forsake me utterly!? (Psalm 119:8)
      Jesus, when I stumble in keeping your statues, please pick me up again and set me in your way. Thank you!

      Father, but what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (From Philippians 3:7-11)

Wednesday: Psalm 119:1-24; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Acts 10:1-16; Luke 24:12-35
Thursday: Psalm 18:1-20; 1 Samuel 16:14-17:11; Acts 10:17-33; Luke 24:36-53

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***** Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 15:18:16 -0400
From: Jerusha Hubert (she and her husband Larry first organized the prayer table at Christ Church Schenectady)
Hi Torre and Jean.
      I had a thought this AM about the reading from 1 Samuel.
      Saul thought himself little in his own eyes. (Remember he hid when he was first to be anointed) Samuel said "You felt little in your own eyes but look at what the Lord did for you- where He took you. (Jerusha translation)
      So, What is the difference between how Saul saw himself and how David saw himself?
      I think it is the difference between insecurity and humility:
      Saul thought himself little; David saw all the God could do through him.
      Saul worried about what others thought and what they might think
      David had lots of faults but worrying about what people thought was not one of them.
Saul hid
      David said "I met the bear and the lion and the Lord gave them over to my hand".
      Saul hid and then was very concerned about his own kingship always going after David. Saul even was about to have his own son killed. Not because he didn't do what God said, but because Saul himself had made a decree (Don't eat until we get the victory) He had not enquired unto the Lord- But because Jonathan had not done what he, Saul, had said, he would have killed his own son.
      David said "you come against me with spear and sword but I come against you in the name of the Lord.
      Saul was disobedient to the Lord- (divination) and arrogant(Idolatrous)
      David trusted what the LORD would do through himself.
      Insecurity is not trusting that God will do what He says He will do.
      Humility is knowing how big God is and trusting that God will do what he says He will do.
      God can take his anointing away from us if we fail to acknowledge and appropriate His strength- He can find another to take a ministry or take over a ministry or do a certain job-Humility is Always putting the "I" under His headship- submitting "I" (our understanding, our knowledge, our experience) to Him

***** Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 11:41:00
From: Muriel Dix (an intercessor for the Diocese of Albany)
      Torre: Peter and I read the bible every day and we have just read 1st ,2nd,3rd., John also Jude. Jude gives us a call to persevere because in the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who will deceive you, also divide you. They do not have the Holy Spirit, but you pray and hold yourself up by following the Holy Spirit.
      I feel that I was remiss to sit in my church for all these years and not realize what was going on. I ask God to forgive me for not raising my voice and not reading the word every day. I know better now and God gives me a voice, therefore, I am crying out to the Lord to hear my prayer; God our Father, please turn the hardened hearts of my brothers to the truth. Take care of your young children who grow up in a church with untruth and never learn the true story of your love, who died for each one of us and rose again to sit on the right hand of his father. Follow His command Love one another as I have loved you. No one loves us like God! For His Sake, Muriel Dix

***** Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 05:17:51
From: Jim Tarullo (an intercessor for the Diocese of Albany)
Subject: Faith Alive Weekend
We at Grace Church in Waterford are having a Faith Alive Weekend the last of September. Please put the incoming team in prayer for travel and the home team in prayer for continuing faith to make it all happen, in Jesus Name we pray. Yours in Christ, Jim Tarullo, General Chair

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

 

7/10/2007, #11, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how he spoke to you when he was still in Galilee, saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'" And they remembered his words. (Luke 24:5-6)
      Holy Spirit, whenever we are afraid, help us remember Jesus' words to us.

Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. (Luke 24:9)
      Holy Spirit, give us grace and courage to share all that we have seen and heard from the Lord Jesus with others.

It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. (Luke 24:10)
      Father, please bless the witness of the women in this diocese; give us ears to hear and hearts to hearken to what you are saying to us through them.

And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. (Luke 24:11)
      Help us repent of our hardness of heart, Jesus; help us hearken to the witnesses you send among us.

But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. (Luke 24:12)
      Even now, Lord, help the leaders of the Episcopal Church run to check out your word to them as Peter did.

So Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he also has rejected you from being king." (1 Samuel 15:22-23)
      LORD, help us heed the cost of rebellion, stubbornness, and rejecting your word to us.

Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD." (1 Samuel 15:24-25)
      Jesus, please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to true repentance: the voice of the crowd and public opinion have become more import to them than your word.

But Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel." (1 Samuel 15:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help our leaders and teachers heed to cost of rejecting your word to us.

And as Samuel turned around to go away, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore. So Samuel said to him, "The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For he is not a man, that he should relent." (1 Samuel 15:27-29)
      LORD, even now the fabric of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church are being torn asunder because we have not heeded your word to us.

Then he said, "I have sinned; yet honor me now, please, before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD your God." So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD. (1 Samuel 15:30-31)
      LORD, the bishops of the Episcopal Church have valued collegiality more than your word; like Saul they have sought honor from one another rather than you. Have mercy on us and protect your people as the consequences of this sin are worked in our day. Thank you.

Tuesday: Psalms 5, 6; 1 Samuel 15:24-35; Acts 9:32-43; Luke 23:56b-24:11
Wednesday: Psalm 119:1-24; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Acts 10:1-16; Luke 24:12-35

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***** From: Br Joseph OSA (an intercessor for the Diocese of Albany)
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007 18:42:27 EDT
Dear Brothers and Sisters;
      Thanks for the prayers during my past Operation and illness,
      I am on the road to recovery the shadow was found to be malignant but the Dr feels that they have removed the growth and I have nothing to worry me. I wish too thank GOD for this report as he reassured me that is what it was going to be. The day before the operation I heard this small, still voice said that "There is nothing to worry about as I am with you." So I have given everything up to him.
      Your Brother in CHRIST.
      BR JOSEPH

***** Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 19:20:32
From: Marian Kramer (an intercessor for the Diocese of Albany)
Torre, Please pray for my mother who is in a coma on a ventilator at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. The doctors are giving us hope, but the road to recovery is not easy. She would feel that she still has God's work to do in this world. Thank you, Miriam

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