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Sunday, September 30, 2007

 

9/30/2007, #111, 3rd Quarter 2007

In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria and carried Israel away to Assyria, and placed them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. For so it was that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and they had feared other gods, and had walked in the statutes of the nations whom the LORD had cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. (2 Kings 17:6-8)
      LORD, we in the Episcopal Church have rebelled against you and have feared the gods of this politically correct culture more than you, and we have sinned against you and have walked in the statutes of the people who surround us. Have mercy on us and rescue your faithful remnant who will not "bow the knee" to other gods. We pray for the lost and the least who have a heart to believe but have not yet made the choice to follow Jesus. Please rescue them as well.

The Collect for Peace.

O GOD, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect for Grace.

O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

2 Corinthians xiii.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

For Prisoners.

O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; We humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die] and Connie, Julie, Lily, and April in Albion NYS Prison. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday: 66, 67; 2 Kings 17:1-18; Acts 9:36-43; Luke 5:1-11
Monday: 89:1-18; 2 Kings 17:24-41; 1 Corinthians 7:25-31; Matthew 6:25-34

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Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 21:26:07
From: Jerusha & Larry Hubert
Subject: Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2007 09 29 in front of Christ Church
First, PTL for a wonderful turn out for Breakfast Club: We have at least 18 children signed up, or who will sign up next week!
Gloria: Prayers for her son DC, he has been ordered by the court to see his father many times per week. (The father who has beaten Gloria and others -unknown if he has beaten DC) prayers for Gloria, for assistance in court next Wednesday, prayers for DC, he has no impulse control and is VERY angry.
The prayer table in front of Christ Church: the weather was warm and breezy. many were at the bus stop. at least 2 prostitutes went by. one woman, who had just smoked crack walked by and was blushing when she said "no thanks" when we asked if she wanted prayer.
Several girls walked by- said they were "Ok" or words to that effect, we said "good" and we prayed for them. Many others went by, it feels like many are aware of us and what we are doing.
+ means we gave them a cross.
Iris and Pedro: For their new home, that they will get their SSI and for Iris' health. Pedro was wearing a hat, he said "excuse me" and took off his hat "Got to give him respect"
Melissa: was under the influence of alcohol. She admitted "When I wake up, I have to have a beer or I get the DT''s". We prayed for her, for her son Joey, he was just beat up and pistol whipped. Melissa also uses drugs. (she admitted her alcohol use, we reminded her that there were people who could help her with that, we invited her to church- she has been to Prayer table before, She looked very bad- bloated- and was crying most of the time.)
Art: for his son Edwin, age 10, who tried to stab him, Art "had to get out of the house" we also prayed for his family.
+ Patricia: she was "drunk" she "just bought a bottle of beer" and said "I'm going to drink it" she was remorseful, crying, she works many hours and lives at a motel, because she can't get 'it together" she has a son who is 7 and doesn't live with her. She asked "can I just sit here a while?" She was very distraught, but wasn't interested in ideas about rehab. she was quick to judge others on the street, she called others over to the table- made derogatory comments to others who went by. We tried to let her know that Jesus loves her (and all the others who were going by) She recited a poem she wrote about a lonely child- it was obvious she was talking about herself.- I suggested that to her, she agreed.
+ Steve, he has been to the prayer table before, Prayers for Thanks, and all is going well.
++ Samantha and Heather prayers for their great grandmother who is not doing well- for them also
Mike prayers for good will.
About 6 people walked by us who were going to the [Seventh Day Adventist] church on Swan Street.
A group of 3 kids came by and they are coming to Breakfast Club next Saturday.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

 

9/29/2007, #110, 3rd Quarter 2007

Saturday: 87, 90; 2 Kings 11:1-20a; 1 Corinthians 7:10-24; Matthew 6:19-24
Sunday: 66, 67; 2 Kings 17:1-18; Acts 9:36-43; Luke 5:1-11

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Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2007 09 29

Torre Bissell, 9:38 AM to Noon in the SICM parking lot near the corner of Craig and Albany Sts., a full morning of prayer! (+ indicates received a cross)
+Rick -- for his father Gary who has a bad heart
+Robert -- "that I will learn how to be the father I'm supposed to be" (bowed down while I prayed)
+Rex -- "for a better life" (riding a bike, stopped for prayer)
+Chris -- (has opened up the barber shop across the street -- I had been praying that it would reopen) asked me to come across the street and bless it (I did.)
+Bill -- (fractured rib and collar bone, later staggered by drunk, I have prayed with him before) Lord, I cry out to you for Bill, please intervene in his life!
+Andrew (staggering by drunk) -- prayed for sobriety and protection. He said, "I know Jesus loves me."
+Iris (prayed with her before) -- asked for prayers for a young mother Ayisha and her little baby -- Ayisha is living with family members who are not helping her.
+Gary and +Maria --"keep peace between us and keep us together" I prayed they would get beyond sex to true married fidelity. Maria asked prayer for "everything in the world"
+George -- "my drug addiction" (was clean for three months, he prayed he would go back to his wife, gave his life to Jesus again, confessed his sins to Jesus and asked for and received Jesus' forgiveness)
+Kalifa ("Oh, this is the prayer table!")-- "for my son to succeed and not leave home again"
+Willie Mae -- "My daughter Tanya has cancer, she is saved and believes, she is in Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts."
+Benjamin (riding by on a bicycle, stopped for prayer) -- "for my girlfriend Tony"
+Irving -- "anything" I prayed for God's provision for him.
+Lisa -- about to move to a new home, prayed for provision and for her career. I prayed her new home would be a haven of peace and blessing for all who entered there.
+Sammy (man), +Tajuwan and +Isaiah (children) -- prayed for God's blessing and protection for these kids (I've prayed for them before, Sammy was wearing his cross but wanted one for his daughter)
+Arnel (young woman) -- "a good job"
+Roberto (prayed for him before) -- "I've been clean for three weeks, but I'm weakening; you prayed for me and it helped." I prayed he would continue to be clean.
+John -- "for myself and my fiancé" I prayed they would enter into a true marriage and urged him to talk with his fiancé about refraining from sex until then.
India (prayed with her last week for her and her mother "it helps a lot") -- "for me to find an apartment"
+Torrence -- "that me and my wife will get back together"
+Cory -- "happiness with my girlfriend" soon to be wife. I prayed that they would enter into a true marriage and refrain from sex until then.
+Carl (works at the barber shop across the street) -- "for a blessed day and for my family"
+Tamesha (came up as I was starting to pack up and said, "I want my name on your list.")-- "for my brothers William, Daryl, and Kareem"
+Marc (came up as I was ready to drive off) -- "for substance abuse (alcohol) and employment"

 

9/29/2007, #109, 3rd Quarter 2007

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;" (Matthew 6:19)
      Holy Spirit, please show us how to have possessions without being possessed by them.

"but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:20)
      Jesus, please guide us in using what we have for the building up of your kingdom. Lord, show us the difference between our needs and our wants and set us free from our culture's pursuit of wants.

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)
      Jesus, you told the parables of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:20-31) and the rich fool (Luke 12:16-21) to warn us of making things our treasure. Help us turn to you where true joy and treasure are to be found.

"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:22-23)
      Lord, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have eyes and see not: many have ceased to worship you and now worship a "Jesus" of their own making contrary to the gospels. Have mercy on us, for there is great darkness in your church.

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24)
      Father, please help us throughout this diocese choose your kingdom and your agenda rather than the kingdoms of this world and their agenda. Thank you.

A word received: Pray that my church will hear my "This is the way, walk in it."

Saturday: 87, 90; 2 Kings 11:1-20a; 1 Corinthians 7:10-24; Matthew 6:19-24
Sunday: 66, 67; 2 Kings 17:1-18; Acts 9:36-43; Luke 5:1-11

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The annual meeting of the Standing Committee, the Trustees of the Diocese, the Diocesan Council, and the Diocesan staff will take place today. They will hear Bishop Bill report on the House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans and the Common Cause meeting in Pittsburgh that followed it. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for the leaders of this diocese.

      I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. (From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley.)

Friday, September 28, 2007

 

9/28/2007, #108, 3rd Quarter 2007

"And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words." (Matthew 6:7)
      Father, we are heard because you love us; thank you.

"Therefore do not be like them. For your father knows the things you have need of before you ask him." (Matthew 6:8)
      Father, thank you for giving us what is best for us and for forgiving us.

"In this manner, therefore, pray: our father in heaven, hallowed be your name." (Matthew 6:9)
      Father in heaven, help us by our words and deeds to keep your name holy.

"Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:)10
      Father, we long to see your kingdom come in the Episcopal Church and in the world; we long to see your will honored and done in the Episcopal Church and in the world.

"Give us this day our daily bread." (Matthew 6:11)
      Father, thank you for providing for our needs all these years. Thank you for this day's provision. You open your hands and fill all things with your plenteousness.

"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." (Matthew 6:12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us rush to forgive others so that we may be forgiven.

"And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." (Matthew 6:13a)
      Jesus, please walk with us through every temptation -- you know them all -- and keep us in your path and away from the path of the evil one.

"For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." (Matthew 6:13b)
      Father, we long to see your kingdom and power and glory manifested in the Episcopal Church. Amen.

Friday: 88; 2 Kings 9:17-37; 1 Corinthians 7:1-9; Matthew 6:7-15
Saturday: 87, 90; 2 Kings 11:1-20a; 1 Corinthians 7:10-24; Matthew 6:19-24

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Please pick a street in your own neighborhood and pray for those living there. Please pick a street in the "Hill and Vale" areas in Schenectady and pray for that one as well.

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 7:24 PM
Dear Friends and Family,
      I have just spoken to Mary Denney on the phone, and she said to thank all who are praying for Fr. Curtis and her. Fr. Denney did break his neck, and there is spinal cord injury, although Mary was not able to remember exactly the name for the injury Fr. Denney had received. She did say that it was going to be a long process and that there may be several surgeries involved. She said that they have been in to turn him three times today, and the doctor will be in to see Father in the morning to make a more in-depth determination on when and what surgery will be needed. Mary said, please continue to pray for a safe and speedy recovery, and Thank You all for your love and support. Fr. Caldwell, a long time Rector of Trinity Church, Gouverneur, who lives just outside of the city was there today to see Fr. Curtis and this helped to lift Fr. Denney's spirits.
      The phone number for University Hospital Patient Information is 315-464-5158. Fr. Denney at this time has not been given a permanent room assignment so there is no way of sending cards or flowers yet but as soon as I know of one I will pass it along.
Pray, Pray, Pray........ In Faith and Prayer, Dcn. Greg

Thursday, September 27, 2007

 

9/27/2007, #107, 3rd Quarter 2007

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us discern those things which are lawful for us and yet are harmful, and give us your grace to avoid them.

Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (1 Corinthians 6:13)
      Jesus, please help us lay hold of those things which are eternal and lay aside gluttony and sexual immorality.

And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. (1 Corinthians 6:14)
      Father, I know that Jesus lives, and that he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see him; I shall see Jesus for myself and my eyes shall behold him and not as a stranger. (From Job 19:25-27a)

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! (1 Corinthians 6:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help us flee from sexual immorality.

Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," he says, "shall become one flesh." (1 Corinthians 6:16)
      Jesus, please help you church recognize the awful consequences of sexual immorality and of espousing or permitting such things.

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
      Holy Spirit, please bond us more closely with Jesus.

Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18)
      Father, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church repent of condoning sexual immorality.

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
      Jesus, as you cleansed the temple in Jerusalem, please do the same with our bodies so that they may be fit temples for your Holy Spirit.

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
      Father, our freedom was bought at a terrible price, please help us glorify you with our bodies, help us glorify you in the body of Christ which is his church. Thank you.

      Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate you have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted together against those you cherish. (From Psalm 83:1-3)

Thursday: 83 or 146, 147; 2 Kings 9:1-16; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
Friday: 88; 2 Kings 9:17-37; 1 Corinthians 7:1-9; Matthew 6:7-15

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***** Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 03:59:06
From: Deacon Dawn Skramstad
Subject: Healing Service
Hi Torre! I just wanted to update you on our Healing Service at St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne. It will be Monday, October 15th at 7pm at the church with Fr. Nigel Mumford as the guest preacher. Would you pass the word along? Thanks so much!

***** Please pray for the diocesan Missions Conference October 6. Jesus, help us respond to your commission to go forth into all the world and make disciples. Ask the Holy Spirit if you should be going to it.

***** I will be giving a workshop on "Conversational Prayer" at Christ Church, Cooperstown on October 13th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Please keep me in prayer as I prepare for it and give the workshop.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

 

9/26/2007, #106, 3rd Quarter 2007

I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner--not even to eat with such a person. (1 Corinthians 5:9-11)
      LORD, a great parting of the ways is coming, for we have many named as brothers in the Episcopal Church who espouse sexual immorality and will not repent. Please show Bishop Bill and all your faithful people in this diocese step by step how to separate ourselves from them.

For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person." (1 Corinthians 5:12-13)
      Holy Spirit, give us clear discernment about those inside the church who support immorality; show us how and when to put away from ourselves such people.

Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, "My camp will be in such and such a place." And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, "Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there." Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, "Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?" And one of his servants said, "None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom." So he said, "Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him." And it was told him, saying, "Surely he is in Dothan." Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:8-17)
      LORD, open our eyes, open the eyes of your faithful people throughout the Episcopal Church so that we can all see that those who are for us are more than those who are with those supporting immorality.

So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, "Strike this people, I pray, with blindness." And he struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. (2 Kings 6:18)
      Jesus, please strike those with blindness who surround and attack your people.

Now Elisha said to them, "This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek." But he led them to Samaria. So it was, when they had come to Samaria, that Elisha said, "LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see." And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria! Now when the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, "My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?" But he answered, "You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master." Then he prepared a great feast for them; and after they ate and drank, he sent them away and they went to their master. So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel. (2 Kings 6:19-23)
      Holy Spirit, Elisha truly defeated the enemy by generosity of spirit and kindness; we pray that your faithful people in the Episcopal Church will win such a victory.

Wednesday: 119:97-120; 2 Kings 6:1-23; 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:8; Matthew 5:38-48
Thursday: 83 or 146, 147; 2 Kings 9:1-16; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

 

9/25/2007, #105, 3rd Quarter 2007

Words received for Sunday School lessons:
A word received: Come to me; come to me and receive from me. I long for you to be filled with my Holy Spirit. Turn to me so that I may do this in you.

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. (John 3:1)
      A word received: So you see that I want even the rulers to know me.

This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." (John 3:2)
      A word received: "Even the darkness is light to me." (Psalm 139:12)

Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3: 3)
      A word received: Purity of heart comes from new birth in me. Purity of heart brings clarity of sight. ["Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8)]

Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:4-6)
      A word received: I want you to be born of the water and the Spirit.

Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' (John 3:7)
      A word received: Many marvel and are offended when I say, "You must be born again." They reject that and live in the flesh.

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8)
      A word received: You don't have to explain yourself to those who are still in the flesh. You cannot explain it, but you can invite them to receive my Spirit.

Nicodemus answered and said to him, "How can these things be?" (John 3:9)
      A word received: Many are asking that question these days; do you have an answer for them?

Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, we speak what we know and testify what we have seen, and you do not receive our witness. (John 3:10-11)
      A word received: I have many faithful witnesses in this generation and their testimony is not received.

If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? (John 3:12)
      A word received: Look at Paul's witness in Athens, he used earthly language to point to heavenly realities and few received what he said. (Acts 17)

No one has ascended to heaven but he who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 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. "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. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." (John 3:13-21)
      A word received: I will always tell you the truth if you ask, but you need to ask. I want you to ask.

      A word received: Again I am speaking of the truth. Those who listen to the truth will be able to see the truth and will know me.

Tuesday: 78:1-39; 2 Kings 5:19-27; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8; Matthew 5:27-37
Wednesday: 119:97-120; 2 Kings 6:1-23; 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:8; Matthew 5:38-48

 

9/25/2007, #104, 3rd Quarter 2007

[Prayer by Intercessor Jill Woodliff:] Jehovah-nissi, Just as Moses sent forth Aaron with incense to go into the congregation to make atonement, we ask You to call forth a priestly leader into the House of Bishops to stand between the dead and the living and to stay this plague of death. With his words, may the prayers of all the holy people of God rise before You, seated in majesty and power in heaven above. Endow this leader with Your authority, bringing forth fruit as surely as Aaron's rod brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. We ask this in the name of our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen. (Numbers 16:44-17:11, Revelation 8:2-4)

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also." (Matthew 5:38-39)
      Holy Spirit, please show us how to live this out. Guide us in resisting evil while we welcome sinners into our midst.

"If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also." (Matthew 5:40)
      Jesus, please help us follow you even if it means losing property or possessions.

"And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two." (Matthew 5:41)
      Father, please help us go the whole distance with Jesus.

"Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away." (Matthew 5:42)
      LORD, those who are ravaging your flock demand money from your people; please show us how to live out this Scripture.

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'" (Matthew 5:43)
      Holy Spirit, please help us cease from taking vengeance and bearing grudges; help us love all our neighbors as ourselves. (From Leviticus 19:18)

"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you," (Matthew 5:44)
      Father, please help us love our enemies and intercede for them; our desire is that we would be found by you standing in the gap for our enemies.

"that you may be sons of your father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)
      Father, you do not cease from doing good to both the evil and the good; help us be true children of yours and do the same.

"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" (Matthew 5:46)
      Jesus, please help us love with your love.

"And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?" (Matthew 5:47)
      Holy Spirit, please help us turn the world upside down by loving with Jesus' love.

"Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your father in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)
      Father, please perfect this good work in us; bring us to maturity in you. Thank you.

Tuesday: 78:1-39; 2 Kings 5:19-27; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8; Matthew 5:27-37
Wednesday: 119:97-120; 2 Kings 6:1-23; 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:8; Matthew 5:38-48

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***** Please pray for the diocesan Missions Conference October 6. Jesus, help us respond to your commission to go forth into all the world and make disciples. Ask the Holy Spirit if you should be going to it.

***** I will be giving a workshop on "Conversational Prayer" at Christ Church, Cooperstown on October 13th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Please keep me in prayer as I prepare for it and give the workshop.

***** Jean Bissell is doing very well. We saw the surgeon this past week and he said she was "slightly ahead of the curve". She is off pain medications and is able to drive now. Please pray that she will recover her strength.

Monday, September 24, 2007

 

9/24/2007, #103, 3rd Quarter 2007

A word received: Continue to cry out to me for my people; I hear your cries. Continue to stand in the gap for my people; I see you standing there. Continue to pour out prayers and entreaties to me.

Monday: 80; 2 Kings 5:1-19; 1 Corinthians 4:8-21; Matthew 5:21-26
Tuesday: 78:1-39; 2 Kings 5:19-27; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8; Matthew 5:27-37

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***** I have posted Sunday School Lesson 04 for September 30, 2007 on the blog http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/.

 

9/24/2007, #102, 3rd Quarter 2007

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' ['worthless' as a term of utter vilification] shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire." (Matthew 5:21-22)
      Jesus, there is so much anger and contempt being expressed at the House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans and throughout the Episcopal Church. Have mercy on us and bring us back to a right relationship with one another.

"Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." (Matthew 5:23-24)
      Jesus, our offerings are unacceptable to you when we are estranged from our brethren in the church. Have mercy on us and help us be reconciled to one another in you.

"Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison." (Matthew 5:25)
      Holy Spirit, please show us in the Episcopal Church how to be reconciled with one another when we disagree about such fundamental issues.

"Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny." (Matthew 5:26)
      Father, our debts to charity mount up to the sky; please show us how to be in charity with one another.

      Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock; you who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth! before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, stir up your strength, and come and save us! Restore us, O God; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer of your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in great measure. You have made us a strife to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. Restore us, O God of hosts; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:1-7)

Monday: 80; 2 Kings 5:1-19; 1 Corinthians 4:8-21; Matthew 5:21-26
Tuesday: 78:1-39; 2 Kings 5:19-27; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8; Matthew 5:27-37

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Prayer table in front of Christ Church Saturday 9/22 -- Julie, Larry and Jerusha sat from 10:50 until 12:30
A young lady was walking the street and walked by about 3 times
Again, Busses and fire engines passed by. Many were standing at the bus stop.
We prayed for:
Stephan: To have a good day
Soranjanee: "I heard about you" She wanted prayer for her "health" "Will He really answer?" As we talked she finally said "I really need a Job" We prayed for that also. She's been "praying and Praying" She feels like there's a wall in front of her between her and God. We told her about the church and Wed. Night Prayer meeting.
A man came by who could hardly walk. Refused prayer
A lady with her child and another on the phone; a boy in a purple sport team shirt.
Chris and his daughter Asia. He said "we can always use prayer", Asia wasn't as sure. Chris asked prayer for "everything". And as we prayed we prayed for School for Asia- Chris said Asia doesn't like school, even though she is smart and does well.
A man said "My bus is coming"
Jeff. asked for prayer for "me" we had long conversation. Everything we prayed for he acknowledged were blessings in his life, "By His grace" he lives with his girl, she has 3 teenage girls- it is all new to him and he needs prayer to grow them up right.
Father with his son Jadin, asked prayer for his mother.
Carol "I'm a Mormon" We prayed for peace in their families, and for her legs. She is in a wheel chair. Her daughter was wheeling her.
Cindy- a car, a place to live. She also had a long conversation- seems to be into spiritualist ideas. (Rakee prayer?)
Michelle: came by as we were leaving, we said we would pray for her.
We gave several people the breakfast Club brochure

Sunday, September 23, 2007

 

9/23/2007, #101, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the LORD and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. (Acts 9:31)
      LORD, please bring the churches throughout this diocese to your peace and edification. Help us recover a holy fear of you and receive the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Bring us to the place where we see the churches multiplied.

The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. (Psalm 93:3)
      LORD, the flood waters are pouring in on the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us.

The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea. (Psalm 93:4)
      LORD, thank you for your strength and might; please drive back the flood waters that are inundating the Episcopal Church.

Your testimonies are very sure; holiness adorns your house, O LORD, forever. (Psalm 93:5)
      LORD, by the power of your Holy Spirit, help the House of Bishops turn to your testimonies so that holiness will adorn that house. LORD, establish your throne in the Episcopal Church.

Sunday: 93, 96; 2 Kings 4:8-37; Acts 9:10-31; Luke 3:7-18
Monday: 80; 2 Kings 5:1-19; 1 Corinthians 4:8-21; Matthew 5:21-26

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Sept 30 @ 2 p.m, Blessing of the animals, led by Fr Nigel Mumford. St. Patrick pavilion, SLC ( pond area near the Oratory). All species welcome, small pets in carriers and others leashed, please.

October 5th Friday 6:00 p.m, Christian dinner theater! Come enjoy comedic skits performed by Act4Him, while enjoying a delicious 3 course dinner. Great Hall, SLC. $30.00 per person, reservations required, please contact Sandra 692-9550 x 202 or by e-mail slester@ctkcenter.org

Saturday, September 22, 2007

 

9/22/2007, #100, 3rd Quarter 2007

Saturday: 75, 76; 2 Kings 2:1-18; 1 Corinthians 4:1-7; Matthew 5:17-20
Sunday: 93, 96; 2 Kings 4:8-37; Acts 9:10-31; Luke 3:7-18

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Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2007 09 22

Torre Bissell, 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM in the SICM parking lot near the corner of Craig and Albany Sts., not many people out at this hour but I had an 11:00 funeral to go to in Troy (+ indicates received a cross)
+Millard -- "that I stay healthy"
+Davidnah (a Hindu) prayed for his son whose birthday was yesterday and for him and his family that they would find Jesus mighty to save
+Jay (driving by in a pickup truck, stopped and got out for prayer) -- "how to work with [his] tenants", (Jay stayed and talked with me for half an hour)
+Alphonso (contractor driving by in a pickup truck, saw Jay who is a friend, stopped and got out for prayer) -- prayed for God's blessing on him and his family
+Prunell -- "for something to eat"
+Jason -- prayed for guidance. He said, "You don't even want any money!" When he received the cross he said, "That's so cool."
+Calvin -- "everybody", prayed for the community, prayed about drugs and booze, prayed for jobs
Margaret -- "pray for our government" (I have prayed with her before. Her mother is Roman Catholic, her father is Hindu, she is functionally a Hindu.)

 

9/22/2007, #99, 3rd Quarter 2007

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)
      Father, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to see your love shining through and fulfilling the Law and the Prophets. Please help them repent of trying to destroy the Law and the Prophets.

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (Matthew 5:18)
      Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are engaged in such futile activity: trying to tear down the Law and the Prophets when you have said they will not pass away.

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help Bishop Bill and all the clergy and lay leaders of this diocese to aspire to greatness in the kingdom of heaven. Help their teaching and preaching bring honor to your kingdom. Thank you.

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)
      Jesus, help all of us throughout this diocese aspire to a righteousness that will lead us into the kingdom of heaven.

Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. (1 Corinthians 4:1)
      LORD, help us to be true servants and stewards; help us be prepared as servants and stewards for that day when we shall be required by you to give an accounting of our stewardship.

Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2)
      Lord Jesus, as you sift through the House of Bishops, please bless those who you find as faithful stewards and bring to repentance those who are unfaithful.

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. (1 Corinthians 4:3)
      LORD, you have declared that judgment is yours alone, help us repent of claiming what is yours alone. You have called us to test and discern what is of you; help us do that faithfully day by day. Please give your faithful people such discernment of your will and ways that we will know how to act during this present crisis in the Episcopal Church.

      I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. (From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley.)

A word received: You are in my care; I AM your strength.

Saturday: 75, 76; 2 Kings 2:1-18; 1 Corinthians 4:1-7; Matthew 5:17-20
Sunday: 93, 96; 2 Kings 4:8-37; Acts 9:10-31; Luke 3:7-18

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There is an excellent sermon video by Bp. Bill Murdock at:
http://www.anglicantv.org/blog/index.cfm/2007/9/17/Bp-Murdoch-Sermon-What-is-the-answer-to-the-question

There is an excellent address by Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Egypt to the House of Bishops which can be read at:
http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/6132/

There are various reports on the House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans on TitusOneNine: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/

There are many prayers for the House of Bishops meeting on Lent & Beyond at:
http://lent.classicalanglican.net/
(I post there also.)

Friday, September 21, 2007

 

9/21/2007, #98, 3rd Quarter 2007

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
      LORD, that knowledge is in our heads, please write it on our hearts as well.

If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:17)
      Holy Spirit, please cleanse the crud in my heart which so often defiles me. Purge my thoughts of everything evil; I want to be and to remain your holy servant.

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. (1 Corinthians 3:18)
      Jesus, set the House of Bishops free from being worldly wise; Lord, we long to see them become knowledgeable of your ways. Please help them learn the way of cross instead of the way of the world.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; and again, "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile." (1 Corinthians 3:19-20)
      Lord Jesus, please help the House of Bishops lay aside the mantle of the wisdom of the world and instead take up your cross and blood to cover them.

Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: (1 Corinthians 3:21)
      Father, please help us, help the bishops know that you hold us in the palm of your hand. Thank you!

whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come--all are yours. (1 Corinthians 3:22)
      Jesus, I know that you are my redeemer and that you live; and that you shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold him, and not as a stranger. Thank you! (From Job 19:25-27a)

And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's. (1 Corinthians 3:23)
      Father, I pray that all who are Christ's, purchased with his cross and blood, will be one, as you are in Jesus, and Jesus is in you. May we also be one in you that the world may believe that you sent Jesus. (From John 17:21) This is not something we can do on our own, but only with the help of your Holy Spirit. Please let him flood our souls and wash our hearts. Thank you.

Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Kings 1:2-17; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:11-16
Saturday: 75, 76; 2 Kings 2:1-18; 1 Corinthians 4:1-7; Matthew 5:17-20

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Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 22:54:08
From: Fr. Darius Mojallali
Hi Torre and Jean,
      Our healing service with Fr. Nigel went great last night. We had a good crowd, and the Holy Spirit was powerfully present, in Nigel’s preaching, in the music, and in the prayer ministry teams as people came forward in droves for prayer. We had folks from many local churches there, as well as from St. Stephen’s. Thanks for the prayer support. A lot of lives were profoundly touched. I know of at least one person who was very powerfully touched with the Spirit without even asking for it.
Blessings to you both, Darius+

Thursday, September 20, 2007

 

9/20/2007, #97, 3rd Quarter 2007

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me." (John 17:20-23)

A word received: I want my people to turn to me, to ask for ears that are open to my word.

Thursday: 70, 71; 1 Kings 22:29-45; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Matt. 5:1-10
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Kings 1:2-17; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matt. 5:11-16

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                  September 20, 2007
      I arrived in New Orleans yesterday for the House of Bishops Meeting which officially began this morning and will end on Tuesday night, Sept. 25th. I ask each of you to enter into a period of prayer and fasting, keeping not only me, but the entire House of Bishops in your prayers, as well as ++Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the visiting members of the Primate's Standing Committee. We are truly at a critical time in the life of the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion. This is NOT "just one more meeting." I sincerely believe that the decisions made by the House of Bishops at this meeting will be a key factor in determining the future of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.
      I invite you to join me in praying that the Holy Spirit will come mightily upon this House, touching and transforming the hearts and souls and minds of every Bishop here, helping us to discern and carry out the will of God. May His will and only His will be done. Just as Paul encountered the risen Lord on the road to Damascus, may we too have a Damascus road experience in which we, the House of Bishops, are convicted of that which is not of God, repenting and asking His forgiveness of our sins, and then be given the grace to be faithful and obedient in exercising our ministry as bishops in God's holy Church, keeping Jesus Christ at the center of all that we do.
      Archbishop Rowan Williams will be with us through tomorrow afternoon. I pray the Holy Spirit will speak clearly to and through him as he addressed the House of Bishops. May we be open to what he has to say.
      While we will be addressing a variety of issues throughout the meeting, one of the most important things we will deal with is our official response to the Primate's Communiqué to the House of Bishops regarding the Windsor Report. As most of you are well aware, there is much division within the Church regarding what our response should be. Again, it is my prayer that God's will be done. Thank you for yours prayers and your faithfulness.
In Christ Jesus, +Bill

***** Please pray for Connie, an intercessor and prisoner in Albion State Prison, she will be taking her GED exams next Wednesday and Thursday. Holy Spirit, we pray that you will give Connie quickness and aptness of thought.

Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 08:45:24 -0400
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford
Subject: Prayer request
Prayer Request:
      Lynn and I take the 6.30am flight to Newark NJ and then a 4hr flight to Houston Texas on Friday morning. Please pray for the Order of St. Luke gathering at St. Michaels, downtown Houston. I am the key note presenter. I will be talking Friday night, two talks on Saturday morning and then a healing service in the afternoon with a sermon.
      I presented at St. Michaels a couple of years ago and we had a miracle. After the communion the rector nearly wiped off the unconsumed hosts that were arranged in the outline of our Lord, with His hands raised in joy....He even had a halo!
      I was a layman then and I grabbed his arm to stop him cleaning the patten! We both looked on in dropped jaw amazement.
      Those who had received then came around a second time to look at the patten.
      This is what we saw stuck to the patten, it was truly amazing:

much love and God bless you Fr. Nigel+

***** Please pray for Bishop Bill and Karen and their children, for Bishop Dave and Mary Ellen and their children and grandchildren, and Dan and Carol Herzog and their children and grandchildren.

 

9/20/2007, #96, 3rd Quarter 2007

And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain, and when he was seated his disciples came to him. (Matthew 5:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see the multitudes around us and guide us in bringing your teaching to them.

Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: (Matthew 5:2)
      Jesus, please speak your word to us today; teach the House of Bishops so that they will be true teachers of your word.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3)
      Father, please help us know our poverty of spirit as we look toward your kingdom.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)
      Jesus, we grieve and mourn for your church.

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)
      LORD, it is not by might or by power, but by your Spirit that we shall enter into our inheritance; help us seek you and your ways. (From Zechariah 4:6)

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6)
      Jesus, you told your disciples you had food to eat that they knew not; please help us sit down at that banquet table of the righteous. (From John 4:32)

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, please move our hearts to mercy; please help us share the gospel with the lost and the least.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8)
      Holy Spirit, please cleanse our hearts so that we may see God and his works; cleanse the hearts of the House of Bishops so that they may see the path to walk in.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9)
      Jesus, you wept over Jerusalem because it did not know the things that made for its peace; we weep over the Episcopal Church and its House of Bishops because they too are blind to what can bring their peace. Lord, restore our sight! Son of David, have mercy on us! (From Luke 19:41-42)

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:10)
      Jesus, the leaders of the Episcopal Church have persecuted your faithful people and said evil against them falsely; please help your faithful people rejoice and be glad for the reward that is laid up for them in heaven. (From Matthew 5:11-12)

Thursday: 70, 71; 1 Kings 22:29-45; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Matthew 5:1-10
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Kings 1:2-17; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:11-16

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***** Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 13:56:52 -0400
From: Scott Evans
Please lift in prayer our "Alpha Training Day", this Saturday, September 22 and the leaders/churches that are training teams to run Alpha this fall - listed below.
Thanks and Blessings, -Scott
Leader Name      Church
Fr Holman      Good Shepard, Elizabethtown
David Martin      Hope United Methodist, Troy
Gary Roosa      Holy Cross Episcopal, Troy
Noel Dawes and Bruce Mason      St. Mary's Episcopal, Lake Luzern
Micki Thomas      Zion Episcopal, Hudson Falls
Joe Bena      Grace Chapel of Clifton Park
Emad Andarawis      1st Presbyterian Church, Schenectady
Jim Hale      Saratoga Chapel

***** Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 09:34:08
From: Tracy Parke
Hi Torre,
      I went to Connecticut last weekend to see my dad and he was doing great. Truly cancer and leukemia have been ruled out and the doctors have come up with a diagnosis. my dad has plastic anemia. His blood cell counts are still significantly low and the doctors have started him on a drug therapy they call chemo, but it isn't really the typical chemotherapy we are used to hearing about. he had a rough day yesterday and when my mom phoned to tell me the latest she said she'd never seen my dad in so much pain and ever so ill.
      Thank you all for your prayers, I'm relieved we now have a diagnosis and that my dad can move forward with treatment. Eventually the only known cure is for a bone marrow transplant, but that is down the line. Right now the concern is to get my dads immune system back up and blood cell counts higher.
      Thank you all for your prayers, my dad says he knows he is in the Lords hands and that that is the best place to be. The pastors from his church (Lutheran) have been over to see and pray with him almost everyday and the ladies from their prayer shawl ministry brought him a prayer shawl yesterday. There are cards of encouragement and prayer from his fellow choir members so i know he really is feeling the Lords grace being poured out upon him. Again thank you for the prayer coverage over my dad, I truly, truly thank you. Please keep the prayers going In IHS Service, Tracy Parke

***** Please pray for Dan and Carol Herzog's eldest son Bill for healing. Bill Herzog is being reevaluated Monday, September 24, 7:30 AM. Pray for the doctor's wisdom and discernment.

***** Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 17:57:21
From: Chuck Cooley
Subject: Rick Warren should be in prison!
Dear friend,
      Imagine walking into your local library, planning to read a theologian such as Reinhold Niebuhr or Karl Barth, or a popular inspirational work, such as Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life or Harold Kushner's When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
      But instead of finding such important and popular titles, you discover that the religion section had been decimated - stripped of any book that did not appear on a government-approved list.
      That's exactly what's happening right now to inmates in federal prisons under a Bush administration policy. As The New York Times put it, "chaplains have been quietly carrying out a systematic purge of religious books and materials that were once available to prisoners in chapel libraries."
      I've just sent a message to the Federal Bureau of Prisons protesting this absurd policy. Will you join me? Just go to: http://go.sojo.net/campaign/prisonlibraries

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

 

9/19/2007, #95, 3rd Quarter 2007

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:18-19)
      Jesus, please help our following of you bring the same result: that we will become fishers of men.

They immediately left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us respond immediately as Peter and Andrew did to Jesus' call.

Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. (Matthew 4:21-22)
      Father, please help us leave behind everything in order to follow Jesus. James and John left their father and their profession to follow Jesus; help us leave anything behind that hinders us from responding to Jesus. Thank you.

Wednesday: 72; 1 Kings 22:1-28; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; Matt. 4:18-25
Thursday: 70, 71; 1 Kings 22:29-45; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Matt. 5:1-10

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***** Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 20:16:08
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth
Subject: Request for Prayer
I will be giving a lay witness to God’s power to heal the heart at the Healing Service at St. George’s Church in Clifton Park on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. Could you remember me in your prayers? With love, Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM

***** Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 10:05:46
From: Mick Hales
Dear Torre and Jean:
      We thank you so much for your support and prayers. We so much need Godly counsel as we walk out this calling, so please keep us in your prayers.
      I believe God is going to use us to bring revival to the different areas He calls us to. Of course, Revival begins with repentance and that is what my prayers are focusing on - Lord, give me eyes to see and ears to hear what You would say to me concerning the ways I have grieved You. Help me to repent, O Lord. Show me how I can repent for my country and my church. Use us Lord, for Your Kingdom to come here on earth.
Love, Christine and Michael

***** A word received for Sunday School Lesson 3: I want to come into your life with my Holy Spirit. I want to do a deeper cleansing in your life. Invite me in.

Sunday School Lesson 5 verses and words.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
      In the beginning ... God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. (Genesis 1:1...3) A word received: When I speak there is light to see by. I have always been there speaking my light into being.

He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)
      A word received: I was there as the Word of God at the beginning of all things that you know. Let my word speak into your life and bring light.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
      Then God said, "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3)
      Then God said, "Let there be a firmament" (Genesis 1:6)
      Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered" (Genesis 1:9)
      Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass" (Genesis 1:11)
      Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament" (Genesis 1:14)
      Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures" (Genesis 1:20)
      Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature" (Genesis 1:24)
      Then God said, "Let Us make man in our image" (Genesis 1:26)
      A word received: Look around you; what can you see that I did not speak into existence? I want to speak my word into your heart; will you let me come in?

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
      But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. (Deuteronomy 30:14) I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19a) A word received: Choose life so that my light can shine on your path and you will not stumble.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)
      If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You." (Psalm 139:11-12) A word received: Look at the darkness -- it is light to me. Look at the night -- is day bright to me. Look at the darkness in your heart; my light can shine there as well.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

 

9/18/2007, #94, 3rd Quarter 2007

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." (Matthew 4:12-16)
      Lord Jesus, the Episcopal Church sits in great darkness, please help us all to see by your light. Let your light dawn on the Episcopal Church for it sits in the shadow of death. Please let your light shine through Bishop Bill and the other faithful bishops at the House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans this week.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)
      Holy Spirit, move the hearts of the leaders and shepherds of the Episcopal Church to repentance and new life in Jesus. Thank you.

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (1 Corinthians 1:20)
      Father, the Episcopal Church has embraced the wisdom of this world; please help it repent of this folly.

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21)
      Jesus, please help us in the Episcopal Church hear and believe the apostolic message of your cross and resurrection. Thank you for saving those who believe this message.

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, (1 Corinthians 1:22-23)
      Holy Spirit, please let Christ crucified be preached in every parish of this diocese.

but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:24)
      Father, thank you for calling us and giving us faith to believe your son Jesus. Thank you for your power and wisdom; please let them drive worldly wisdom far from us. Our hope is in you.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:25)
      Help us see our calling; though we are not counted wise according to the flesh or mighty or strong, you have chose us to put to shame the things of the mighty. Father, you have chosen the lowly things of the world and those who are despised by the world to bring to nothing the wisdom of the world. Thank you for giving us the wisdom of your Holy Spirit, your righteousness, and sanctification in Christ Jesus. Help all of us in this diocese find our glory in you. Thank you. (From 1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

A word received: Ask my people to turn to me, to repent. Ask my people to put their trust in me.

Tuesday: 61, 62; 1 Kings 21:17-29; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Matt. 4:12-17
Wednesday: 72; 1 Kings 22:1-28; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; Matt. 4:18-25

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***** Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 18:08:17
From: Fr. Darius Mojallali
Hello Torre and Jean,
Here is an urgent prayer request for the healing service we will be having here on Wednesday of this week (September 19) with Fr. Nigel Mumford leading. Local parishes in Bethlehem have been invited and there is an increasing sense of cooperation among the clergy of a number of churches here, with many of us meeting most Tuesdays for prayer at the Delmar Full Gospel Church. We would really appreciate prayer that God bless this event, that many people in need of restoration and healing would come, that our church will be filled with people who are seeking God’s saving, restoring love. Thank you for interceding for us. Blessings, in Jesus, Fr. Darius Mojallali, St. Stephen’s, Delmar

***** Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 01:08:16
From: Paula Sutcliffe
I am writing because Anglicans for Life is presenting a wonderful petition which they hope will get lots of signatures to send to Lambeth 08 (who knows where we will be then but still......). You think you could log onto Anglicans for Life and read the Petition at http://www.anglicansforlife.org/petition2/index.asp. Thanks for your consideration. Your sister in Christ- Paula Sutcliffe, Albany NY

***** Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 07:37:05
From: The Rev. Nigel Mumford
Thought people might like to read this submission to Philo Trust magazine:
      J. John Conference, Reflection, Sept 2007, By The Rev. Nigel Mumford
      I have just spent the weekend with J. John and Killy. "Fasten your seatbelts" would have been a good word of knowledge before meeting them both, oh my goodness what a weekend it has been. As one of my fellow clergy put it, "He made me laugh so much the medicine went down easily." My sister Julie Sheldon introduced me to J. John a while ago by showing me a video of a conference he was leading. That afternoon we drove across London for Julie to speak at St. John's, Chorleywood. We got there early and went to someone's house for tea. My sister, in sibling love and fun, had me ring the door bell of the house where we were to have tea, the door opened and my eyes just about popped out of my head; J. John answered the door... my jaw dropped and for a change I was speechless... After a few seconds and after shaking his hand I said "Julie, you didn't tell me we were having tea with Killy and J. John!" She got me a good one that day!
      I picked Canon J. John and Killy up at the Saratoga Springs train station in the Albany diocese last Friday, I took them to the Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich NY (www.ctkcenter.org). That afternoon my co-host and I interviewed him for a TV show called "The Forgotten Touch." The high energy and the Lord's power was flowing...
      That evening we had two hundred for dinner and the starting gun was fired... he was off...people were crying... with laughter... with love... the fruit was ready to be picked... revival released, the power of the Holly Spirit convicting and converting... how can I even put this into words, the joy of the Lord was filling hearts and souls... people were changing...he we was addressing souls.... I took a second to look around to see the radiance of the Glory of the Lord on two hundred faces. At the end of the two day conference I found myself massaging my cheeks as they hurt from laughing and smiling so much. I even had to lead a healing service last night and J. Johns enthusiasm has infected me, thanks be to God. Now that is evangelism. Personally, I have been so focused on healing that I have been forgetting that Luke 9:2 says Preach the Kingdom AND heal the sick. We have to do both... and I for one realize that Jesus healed to bring people into the Kingdom. I have been stretched spiritually and a part of me has been awakened, it is "Both and" when it comes to Kingdom ministry and Healing ministry. It is a question of balance and in how we bring people to know the Lord. I thank God for people like Canon J. John. Our diocese has had an awakening this past weekend.
      One of our diocese clergy at the beginning of the conference asked me to keep an eye on his thirteen year old daughter. Not an easy thing to do when you are the MC for 200 people. That evening, J. John in his affect of loving generosity walked around with a $100 bill that was now dirty and crumpled in his hand. I could see that the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord was upon him. He gave the $100 to the thirteen year old! A priest's kid with the biggest look of surprise and joy on her face. I thought to myself, her dad said "Look after her." God said, "I will do it." I feel that my soul has been spoken to.
      I gave him a copy of my new book; he gave me five copies of his books... what a man of generosity.
      Thank you J. John for your most powerful talks and for bringing people to know the Christ from the very core of there being. I thank my sister Julie for the joke at the door and most of all I thank the Lord Jesus for this divine appointment, changing lives as we preach the Kingdom and heal the sick in His name.

Monday, September 17, 2007

 

9/17/2007, #93, 3rd Quarter 2007

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, (1 Corinthians 1:1)
      Jesus, please sift through the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church and remove all those who hold apostolic office and are not called by you, and bless and confirm with signs following all those who are called by you to apostolic office.

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:2)
      Father, please bless the church in the Diocese of Albany; help us all hear the call to holiness of life; and help us truly make Jesus Lord of our lives, our parishes, and this diocese.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 13:)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive God's grace and peace in our lives.

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, (1 Corinthians 1:4)
      Thank you, LORD, for the grace and mercy you have poured out on us.

that you were enriched in everything by him in all utterance and all knowledge, (1 Corinthians 1:5)
      Jesus, please help us all know you as Lord and Savior and speak of what we know of you.

even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, (1 Corinthians 1:6)
      Jesus, please confirm our testimony about you. Please confirm Bishop Bill's testimony when he speaks in the House of Bishops meeting.

so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Corinthians 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, please move through the whole of this diocese so that we come up short in no gift and are eagerly waiting for Jesus to be revealed to the whole world.

who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:8)
      Jesus, please keep us steady to the end and blameless in the day of your coming.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9)
      Father, thank you for your faithfulness in calling us into fellowship with your son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
      Jesus, please bring us in this diocese to a quiet, common mind in you. Thank you.

A word received in preparation for teaching the adult Sunday School class yesterday morning: Ask for my Spirit to move in the hearts of the class.

Monday: 56, 57, 58; 1 Kings 21:1-16; 1 Corinthians 1:1-19; Matthew 4:1-11
Tuesday: 61, 62; 1 Kings 21:17-29; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Matt. 4:12-17

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***** I have posted Sunday School lesson 3 for September 23rd on http://christchurchsundayschool.blogspot.com/

***** Please pray for the Marriage Encounter weekend September 28-30. Holy Spirit, please renew the marriages in this diocese and let your fruit be manifest in them.

***** Please pray for the diocesan Missions Conference October 6. Jesus, help us respond to your commission to go forth into all the world and make disciples.

***** Please pray for Michael and Christine Hales who will be on a mission trip to Brazil September 25 - October 9.

***** Hello Torre.
      As you know the Men's Cursillio weekend was cancelled but we are going to have a one day celebration on Saturday 10/13/07. It now appears that 75-100+ men may show up.
      I ask for prayers for the presenter's as well as all the men who will come. I believe the Lord will act in a mighty way that day and provide us with a renewed spirit. Also I ask prayer for myself as I will be M/Cing the day and constructing the agenda.
      I thank God for the men who will rise up and step up to God's service that day. I thank the Lord mightily for your prayers and leadership and to all the pray warriors you have. With out them nothing could be achieved.
      May the peace of our Lord Jesus be with each of you. Thanks again to you all.
Yours in Christ's service, Larry Skramstad

Sunday, September 16, 2007

 

9/16/2007, #92, 3rd Quarter 2007

And they [the council] agreed with him [Gamaliel], 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. So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. (Acts 5:40-41)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who have been counted worthy to suffer for your name, please grant them the same joy the apostles knew. [Check out this web site, http://www.persecution.org/suffering/index.php, for those who suffer for the name of Christ.]

And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:42)
      Holy Spirit, please fill our churches and homes with this same apostolic teaching and preaching of Jesus as the Christ.

So he [Elijah] arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. (1 Kings 19:8)
      Father, help us so feed upon the Eucharist today that we will find strength to endure and come into your presence.

And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 19:9)
      LORD, please let your word come to us.

So he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life." (1 Kings 19:10)
      LORD God of hosts, so many in the Episcopal Church have forsaken your covenant and tried to shut down those parishes where there is faithful preaching and teaching. Comfort all those who feel abandoned by their church and are alone.

Then he said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear your still small voice. We are deafened by the storms and earthquake and fire that are devastating your church. Help us listen for your voice in the midst of the noise and confusion of battle.

So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 19:13)
      Jesus, please help us give a true accounting of our time and talents when we are asked that question by you.

And he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life." (1 Kings 19:14)
      LORD, have mercy on your faithful witnesses.

Then the LORD said to him: "Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus...Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him." (1 Kings 19:15...18)
      Thank you, LORD, for your faithful ones in this generation who have not bowed their knees to the gods of this culture, nor have they embraced them. Help us to be faithful witnesses to your son Jesus and the truth of your word in Scripture. Thank you.

A word received: Do not be afraid. I AM going before you. You do not need to know how I do this; trust me that I do.

Sunday: 24, 29; 1 Kings 19:8-21; Acts 5:34-42; John 11:45-57
Monday: 56, 57, 58; 1 Kings 21:1-16; 1 Corinthians 1:1-19; Matthew 4:1-11

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Praise report from Fr. Nigel Mumford:
      Thank you for your prayer coverage for the Emerging Leaders Conference at Travers City Michigan. I was on team with Judith MacNutt and Mike Evans.
      WOW.... many men, many Catholics, prayed with many Roman priests...
      this was an amazing conference... I am still on a high.... Judith had me speak on Physical Healing, The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Warfare... I am so filled today... and amazed, totally amazed at what God is doing... THANKS BE TO GOD.
      Answered prayer/praise reports from the Oratory of Christ the Healer, CTK, SLC:
      1) A teen we prayed for at a youth healing service for a Lutheran confirmation class at the SLC had been violently and painfully hiccuping for four years. She made loud hiccups during the service so much so that I stopped the service and we prayed right there and then. I was surprised and concerned. This was a month ago. Yesterday I received a very excited email from her mum, "My daughter has only hiccuped four times with NO pain since you all prayed, just gentle normal hiccups! The rate before the prayer was 4-8 times an hour, with pain. The poor kid was exhausted.... and is now healed, we had taken her to so many doctors, the Great physician has healed her. My daughter Victoria is healed. (name used with permission) THANKS BE TO GOD.
      2) The prayer team prayed for a man at the healing service a week and a half ago. He came desperately for prayer. He informed the prayer team that he had been having violent nightmares for the past twenty years. The condition was so bad he even tied himself in bed each night for his own safety. If he did not he would find himself on the floor bruised and cut/bleeding after falling out of bed! This man came for prayer "with the prayer team" then the following week, the very distinguished gentleman stood to give his testimony. He had not had a single nightmare since the prayers!!!!!! For the first time in twenty years no dreams at all....PRAISE THE LORD... ALL GLORY TO YOU LORD JESUS CHRIST.
      3) In the past three weeks we have had reports from two women cured of Fibromyliga. One was healed instanly the other was slowly healed over a one week time period. THE LORD BE PRAISED....TO GOD THE FATHER ALL GLORY...
      IF YOU HAVE A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE PEOPLE PLEASE SPEAK. Acts 13:15
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Saturday, September 15, 2007

 

9/15/2007, #91, 3rd Quarter 2007

Saturday: 55; 1 Kings 18:41-19:8; Phil. 3:17-4:7; Matt. 3:13-17
Sunday: 24, 29; 1 Kings 19:8-21; Acts 5:34-42; John 11:45-47

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Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2007 09 15

Torre Bissell, 10 am to noon in the SICM parking lot near the corner of Craig and Albany Sts., cool and breezy (+ indicates received a cross)
+Daniel (teenager on bike, stopped for prayer) -- his girlfriend moved away.
William (Spanish speaking -- prayed with him before) +William (his nephew about 10)
John -- prayed for God's blessing and protection
+John -- "I feel a little radioactive today...I got a new book, it's called the Book of Common Book" Prayed against evil spirits.
+Casilda -- drugs and drinking
+Roberto -- drinking, "I have been clean for three months but last night I drank again." (He kissed the cross when he put it on.)
+Edward -- for my oldest son, Edward 22, "he is incarcerated."
+Gloria (driving by, parked, got out of car for prayer) -- "for my family that will turn their lives to God and [I will] get a job." Her "husband has turned from God."
+Eric -- for protection
+DonnaJean -- for boyfriend, Matthew, he was beaten up, broken rib and internal injuries.
+Essence -- "for my mom Cheryl who is sick" When I gave her a cross, she said, "Oh, that's where my mom got this cross. This is cool."
+Bill -- "for my brother Dean who had a heart attack." Bill has a fractured shoulder , is in pain and supports himself by picking up discarded bottles and soda cans.
+Frank -- "for myself and my family"
+India-- "me and my husband"
+Jessica -- "for my future and God acceptance", she "left church a while ago" but still has Jesus in her heart
+Mary Blanchard (wanted her whole name written down so I would pray specifically for her and not just any "Mary") -- confessed sins and asked for forgiveness, wants to get back with her children. ("You prayed for my brother [Edward, see above]."

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