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Friday, November 30, 2007

 

11/30/2007, #67, 4th Quarter 2007

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:8-9)
      Jesus, please help us grow into your compassion for one another so that blessing one another becomes the hallmark of this diocese.

For "He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil." (Quoting Psalm 34:12-16, 1 Peter 3:10-12)
      LORD, please help us turn to you in repentance from evil-speaking of one another. The day of your visitation is coming, purify and prepare our hearts for your day.
      A word received: Pray for the day of my visitation. Pray for my people to turn to me. Pray that many will be moved to bring into my sheepfold the lost and the least. Pray that the shepherds of my people will care for the flock.

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled." (1 Peter 3:13-14)
      Father, these are days of trouble and threats, please help us keep our attention on you.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; (1 Peter 3:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be a people of hope who are always prepared to share our hope for this life and the life to come. Thank you.

Friday: 140, 142, Isaiah 24:14-23, 1 Peter 3:13-4:6, Matthew 20:17-28
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144, Micah 7:11-20, 1 Peter 4:7-19, Matthew 20:29-34

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***** Lent & Beyond has moved to http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/

***** Please pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit on those being ordained:
Dec 2, 4:30 pm -- Trinity Church, Gloversville -- Deacon Jackie Jones to priesthood.
Dec 8, 5 pm -- St. Johns, Johnstown -- Deacon Teri Monica to priesthood
Dec 10, 7 pm -- Lisbon Falls, Maine -- Deacon Beau Wagner to priesthood
Dec 15, 11am -- St. Paul's, Sidney -- Deacon Jim Shevlin to priesthood
Dec 22, 11am -- St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne -- Deacon Bruce Mason to priesthood

***** Please pray for strength and wisdom for Bishop Bill as he carries out his demanding schedule.

***** I would like to lift up for travel mercies the small delegation from St. Andrew's of Scotia which is going out to support their "sister" parish in Vestal on Sunday. (St. Andrew's of Vestal [NY] had its three buildings confiscated by its diocese and is closing its doors for good after Friday night's St. Andrew's service.) On Sunday, the membership is gathering at the Baptist church in Vestal for its service. The Scotia contingent is going out to show its support. My wife, Deacon Mary Carol, has been invited to read the Gospel. Pray also for God's presence in this entire situation. (Deacon Alan Hart)

***** Dear Sisters and Brothers, Praise God! Foot surgery was uneventful, but long. In Christ's Service, Mother Anne Curtin

***** Please pray for these prisoners: Connie, Wendy, Julie, and Lily in Albion State Correctional Facility; April and Jeanette in Taconic State Correctional Facility; and John in the Schenectady County Jail.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; We humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succor all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. 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.

***** Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 07:48:19
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: more prayer needed for the Sheldons
My dear friends,
      Please keep praying for my sister's family Tom, Julie, Mimi and Georgina Sheldon.
      This morning, Mr Darcy the dog was brought home with a drip. The next few days are crucial. As Mr Darcy was being carried in, "Jack" a beautiful white cat belonging to Georgia, a cat that won the "Top Cat" TV Oscars last year in Great Britain ran down the drive into the kitchen and dropped dead!
      Please pray for my niecie Georgina she is ripped apart with grief.
Recap this week:
      Toms dad, Georgina's grandfather, Rodney died on Monday morning at 4am
      Mimi had surgery on her leg 10 am Monday
      Mr Darcy the dog ate 13 aspirin tablets that fell on the floor
      Georgie missed her doctors apt to go over the latest MRI body scan
      Today, Mr Darcy brought home with a drip
      Jack the cat dropped dead in the kitchen
Thank you for your prayers... We pray that this stress on Georgina will keep her counts down... Be well, Fr. Nigel+

Thursday, November 29, 2007

 

11/29/2007, #66, 4th Quarter 2007

Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, to the oppressing city! (Zephaniah 3:1)
      LORD, we are a rebellious people and we have polluted the land.

She has not obeyed his voice, she has not received correction; she has not trusted in the LORD, she has not drawn near to her God. (Zephaniah 3:2)
      Jesus, these are still the sins of your bride; have mercy on us.

Her princes in her midst are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave not a bone till morning. (Zephaniah 3:3)
      Holy Spirit, please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to conversion and repentance.

Her prophets are insolent, treacherous people; her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. (Zephaniah 3:4)
      Father, those who have vowed to uphold your word now deny it, have mercy on us.

The LORD is righteous in her midst, he will do no unrighteousness. Every morning he brings his justice to light; he never fails, but the unjust knows no shame. (Zephaniah 3:5)
      A word received: Keep your attention on me.
      LORD, please help us keep our attention on you and your righteousness. You are the one true light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church. Thank you.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133], Zephaniah 3:1-13, 1 Peter 2:11-25, Matthew 20:1-16
Friday: 140, 142, Isaiah 24:14-23, 1 Peter 3:13-4:6, Matthew 20:17-28

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***** Lent & Beyond has moved to http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/

***** Pray for the Middle East Peace Conference being held in Annapolis, MD.
      Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
      May they prosper that love you.
      Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces.
      And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say,
      "Peace be with you."
      Because of the house of the LORD our God,
      I will seek to do you good. (From Psalm 122:6-9)

***** Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 15:12:12
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: urgent prayer request from Fr. Nigel
My dear prayer warriors,
      This week has been very tough in my sisters house, Julies Sheldon. My niece Georgina has been for more MRI's and test, she had to miss the appointment to find out the results because of the family dog.
      Mimi, my other niece has had surgery yesterday on her leg and is in a lot of pain.
      Julie's husband, Tom's dad, Rodney died the night before last, his wife Pam sat with him from 4am when he died, until 7am when she made the phone call. They live half a mile awasy. He has been sick for a while. To top this week off, and it is only Wednesday, Georgina's dog 'Mr. Darcy" (Shih-tzu) ate 13 ibuprofen tablets that fell on the floor. The acceptable level of toxin for his size is 300 his current posion rating is 2,400. We need a miracle. He will be sick for about 5 days, we pray that he will make it. Please pray for his kidneys and liver.
      Please pray that Mr Darcy be healed we need a miracle and that "The spirit of infirmity" be removed from the Sheldon household.
Thank you so very much for you prayers. There is much sadness in the Sheldon house today... I do thank you so much for your prayers. Be well, Fr. Nigel+
      Father, please bring healing and comfort where there is now concern and fear.

***** Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 07:37:36
From: Laurie Kellington
Dear Torre, Please pray for my niece, Kelly. She is about 4 month pregnant and is experience severe morning sickness. In her last pregnancy she was sick all through the pregnancy up to the time of delivery. She is stationed with her husband in Japan who is in the Navy. Thank you everyone. Deacon Laurie from Illinois

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

 

11/28/2007, #65, 4th Quarter 2007

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, (1 Peter 2:1)
      Jesus, please help us be wise as serpents and harmless as doves as we go through this time of trial with the Episcopal Church. (From Matthew 10:16)

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, (1 Peter 2:2)
      Holy Spirit, please visit every parish and every preacher in this diocese so that the people will be fed with the pure milk of the word and receive the gospel into their hearts.

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

Coming to him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, (1 Peter 2:4)
      Jesus, you and your cross are a stumbling stone to many; please help us keep our footing as we walk with you; don't let us be a cause for others to stumble.

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)
      Jesus, please help us be living stones that build up your church. Thank you.

A word received in preparation for teaching Lesson 12 on December 2nd (see http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/): My people are not prepared; my people are not ready. Look to me; keep your eyes on me if you would be ready. John kept his eyes on me, you are called to do the same. When you look to me, you will be able to point to me.

Wednesday: 119:145-176, Obadiah 15-21, 1 Peter 2:1-10, Matthew 19:23-30
Thursday: 131, 132, [133], Zephaniah 3:1-13, 1 Peter 2:11-25, Matthew 20:1-16

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***** Pray for the Middle East Peace Conference being held in Annapolis, MD.
      Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
      May they prosper that love you.
      Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces.
      And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say,
      'Peace be with you.'
      Because of the house of the LORD our God,
      I will seek to do you good. (From Psalm 122:6-9)

***** Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 07:45:46 -0500
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: an answered prayer and other stuff
Dear faithful praying people,
      A prayer of thanksgiving: (follow up) The athlete teen with the torn ACL spoke to me yesterday in regard to the healing/curing of her knee three weeks ago.
      Her face, again totally radiant, as she told me about her physician. The doctor had booked her for surgery, all the symptoms and the MRI confirmed that she would be off her feet for at least a couple of months and would most likely not return to sports.       When she came for prayer she was so dejected, as if all her dreams were shattered. The teen told me that the doctor, after another check up, told her that she, "Does not understand what happened. The ACL was torn, and now it is fully healed, without surgery!"
      The teen has no pain and the knee is totally normal. THANKS BE TO GOD. OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD. I have asked her to pray about writing about what happened from her perspective, not wanting it to be another homework assignment! I will keep you posted.
      Keep praying people... "PUSH" Pray Until Something Happens...
      We believe God, please help our unbelief...
      I thank God for my friend and former adjutant of 42 Commando Royal Marines who has been made the dean of Coventry Cathedral in the UK and will be installed in the new year.
      Please pray for the healing service today at 10am.... (every Tuesday at the SLC).
      On the 19th Dec I go for my exam to become a citizen of the United States of America. Please pray that I will pass the exam! I have lived in the USA for 26 years and feel it is about time I became a citizen! Thanks be to God. I will keep you posted as to the date of the swearing in ceremony.
      No reply is needed... just keep praying.... Be well, and much love to you all...Fr. Nigel+
The Rev. Nigel Mumford
Director, Oratory of Christ the Healer,
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center,
575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834

healing@ctkcenter.org
www.ctkcenter.org
(518) 692-9559

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

 

11/27/2007, #64, 4th Quarter 2007

Unto you I lift up my eyes, O you who dwell in the heavens. (Psalm 123:1)
      LORD, we look to you: you are our shield and protector.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until he has mercy on us. (Psalm 123:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us keep our attention fixed on Jesus.

Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. (Psalm 123:3)
      Father, we are surrounded by those who hold your word in contempt; have mercy on us and on them.

Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scorn of those who are at ease, With the contempt of the proud. (Psalm 123:4)
      Jesus, you humbled yourself to become a man so that we would know your father's love; please help us humble ourselves so that we too may make his love and his ways know to others. Thank you.

      Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
      May they prosper that love you.
      Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces.
      And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say,
      'Peace be with you.'
      Because of the house of the LORD our God,
      I will seek to do you good. (From Psalm 122:6-9)

A word received: I AM coming. Yield your hopes to me; let me fill you with my hope, faith and love.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123, Nahum 1:1-13, 1 Peter 1:13-25, Matthew 19:13-22
Wednesday: 119:145-176, Obadiah 15-21, 1 Peter 2:1-10, Matthew 19:23-30

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***** Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 06:55:24
From: Deacon Faye VanDermark
Subject: dear friend in Christ
My dear friends, By the time you read this I will be on my way to Binghamton for chemo again (9:30 this morning) Prayers for peace and strength and NO side effects. May the Lord bless you for your ministry, thanks, God Bless Deacon Faye

***** Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 09:03:17
From: Seel, Mary
Subject: St. Andrew's Vestal, NY update
Hi Torre and Jean -- Just an update on what's happening at St. Andrew's, Vestal. Tony and I moved out of the rectory last weekend and are now settling into our new home. Everything went very smoothly with the move. We are thankful to God for his great mercy in this. We found out yesterday that another local church with whom we had been talking about sharing space voted to allow this arrangement. It's a small Baptist church close by where our old buildings are. We will have our last services in the old place on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6PM -- a celebration of St. Andrew's day followed by a dinner in our community center before we turn out the lights and leave for good. The Diocese of Central New York assumes contro on Dec. 1. They were not able to muster enough folks to start even a mission in the old buildings, so we assume they will put all three buildings on the market, though we offered to buy any or all from them. They refused. I'm struck by how we will get to more fully enter into the experience of Mary and Joseph this Advent as, through the kindness of strangers, we share a space not ours as we await the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Please pray for us in this time of transition. It is still very hard for some of our folks. Pray we would know Jesus in this and that we will follow where he leads. Pray that we would recognize and overcome any spiritual warfare in this time as well. Thank you! Mary Seel

Monday, November 26, 2007

 

11/26/2007, #63, 4th Quarter 2007

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (1 Peter 1:1)
Jesus, please help all of us who are pilgrims on the Way hear your word to us in this letter.

elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. (1 Peter 1:2)
Holy Trinity, one God, let your grace and peace be multiplied among us.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3)
Father, thank you for planting that living hope in our hearts; please let it grow and flourish. [Saturday I went out with our son Jonathan to buy a new bed frame for our guest room bed as the leg on the old one had broken. The salesman showed us two frames: one for $39.95 and the other for $99.95. I asked what the difference was between the two frames. The salesman pointed out various ways the more expensive one was stronger and concluded by saying that it came with a lifetime guarantee. I commented to Jonathan that at age 69 a lifetime guarantee is not nearly as impressive sounding as it used to be.] Lord Jesus, thank you that I can live in the hope of your next lifetime guarantee.

to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:4)
Father, thank you that your promises are better than gold.

who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:5)
Holy Spirit, please keep us by your power through faith for the final victory of Jesus over death. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my hands; my church is in my hands. I will mold it and reshape it for it is bent out of shape. I AM the potter and the church is to be of my design.

Monday: 106:1-18, Joel 3:1-2,9-17, 1 Peter 1:1-12, Matthew 19:1-12
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123, Nahum 1:1-13, 1 Peter 1:13-25, Matthew 19:13-22

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***** Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 22:35:13
From: Denise Boland
Subject: Praying for CtK events
Torre,
Just a thought but shouldn't we be praying for everything that happens at the SLC. I know that at the same time as the deacons' retreat and the alpha weekend the UMC is having a youth retreat at the SLC. We are all battling the same devil so maybe we can pray weekly for all that happens there? Or maybe we can have a weekly prayer list of things that are happening around the diocese that we can lift up in prayer?
God's Blessings, Denise
[Suggestion from Torre: week by week click on the Events Calendar for the Diocese http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/news/events/
and pray for the events you will see there. The calendar include both Christ the King Spiritual Life Center events and other diocesan events.]

Sunday, November 25, 2007

 

11/25/2007, #62, 4th Quarter 2007

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:5)
      Holy Spirit, author of patience and giver of comfort, please give us a quiet common mind toward one another in Christ Jesus throughout this diocese.

that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)
      Jesus, please bring us to such a unity in you in this diocese that we glorify your father.

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
      Jesus, thank you for receiving us into your sheepfold; please help us receive one another with the same joy that you received us so that we bring glory to God.

      God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 6:14)

Sunday: 118, Isaiah 19:19-25, Romans 15:5-13, Luke 19:11-27
Monday: 106:1-18, Joel 3:1-2,9-17, 1 Peter 1:1-12, Matthew 19:1-12

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***** Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 16:46:57
From: Jim Tarullo
Subject: Pray for team going to the Dominican Republic:
      Hi Torre and Jean, From Jim Tarullo, Grace Church in Waterford, Please pray for the team going to the Dominican Republic on Jan. 9th there are 28 of us this year, Deacon Charlie Bailey is leaving on Sun. the 6th with John Boyd and our Nurse Laura the rest are leaving on The 9th. Lord may we all have safe trip and may you hold us up in love and compassion.

***** Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 15:19:59
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Subject: Prayer request for foot surgery
Dear Judy and Torre, I think I have already asked for prayer but in case I have not. I am having foot surgery on Wednesday and woudl like prayer that the surgery go well and that recovery be fast and uncomplicated. Thanks, In Christ's Service, Mother Anne

***** Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 08:45:01
From: Terry and Fr John Bassett
Subject: September Marriage Encounter
Dear Torre & Jean and Intercessors,
      We confess that we have been one of the nine instead of the one who returned to give thanks for all He has done, so please let us say a late "thank you" for your prayers over the September Marriage Encounter. We know that we were especially protected from the evil one as we prepared to present that weekend. There was a strong thunderstorm on Thursday night, and as often happens we lost power. John started our generator, which we now realize was struck by lightening. We discovered the next day that current had forced its way backward into our home, leaving smelly black residue around a now melted outside electrical outlet. After work on Friday afternoon we were packing the car to go the SLC and John called National Grid, only to be told that we own the transformer and all the wiring between the pole and our house. They told us to hire a private electrician, which we planned to do sometime after the weekend. We started on our way and about half way to Greenwich we realized that we had forgotten the all-necessary snacks and turned around. Much to our surprise there was a National Grid repairman in front of the house, who checked everything out for us and immediately disabled the burned out outlet that still had current flowing. We praise God for protecting our home and our daughter by sending his angel in a repair van! And, how wonderfully abundant is His provision by putting a local professional electrician and his wife on the Marriage Encounter Weekend. God is Great. The next miracle called Marriage Encounter will be held February 22-24, 2008 In Christ's service, Terry and Fr John Bassett

Saturday, November 24, 2007

 

11/24/2007, #61, 4th Quarter 2007

A word received: Look to me; look to me for help and deliverance. Look to me for the working out of my purposes. Look to me for hope that does not disappoint. Look to me for safety in the storm. Look to me.

 

11/24/2007, #60, 4th Quarter 2007

Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)
      Father, please help us do your commandments and wash our robes in the blood of the lamb.

But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 22:15)
      Jesus, a terrible day of threshing is come: please don't let any of the wheat be lost with the chaff; protect your little ones who are being led astray by lies.

"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." (Revelation 22:16)
      Star of David, light the way for us!

And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17)
      Come!

For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19)
      Holy Spirit, please bring to repentance those who add to or subtract from your word.

He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus, come soon; your bride is in distress.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:21)
      Jesus, we join with all your saints in desiring your grace. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, so our eyes look to you, the Lord our God. Amen. (From Psalm 123:2)

A word received: You are in my hands. I will not drop you. Keep you attention on me in the days ahead.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13), Isaiah 65:17-25, Revelation 22:14-21, Matthew 18:21-35
Sunday: 118, Isaiah 19:19-25, Romans 15:5-13, Luke 19:11-27

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***** [Sorry to have been slow about getting these things out to you. Torre]
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2007 06:23:16
From: Sandy Tatem
Good Morning, Torre and Jean, I feel moved to let you and others know how grateful I am for their prayers over these past months...I have been almost completely healed from the paralyis associated with Bell's Palsy. As I will be participating in the Deacon's Retreat next weekend, it would be my wish that the Intercessors give thanks to God for my healing....I have been sustained by the prayers and love of one and all throughout this Diocese, and I thank God for each and every one of you, but most of all I thank the Great Healer. May our Lord continue to abundantly bless us with His love! In Christ, Deacon Sandy Tatem

Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 08:08:30
From: Donna Steckline
Subject: urgent prayers
      Good Morning Torre & Jean, The communities of Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton have experienced quite a traumatic week as a student in the Senior Class, Carolee Dunham was killed in an auto accident Tues. morning on her way to school. The accident happened very near to the school and several students happened upon the scene. Services are going to be held on Sat. at 11 a.m. (no calling hours) and Dcn. Joseph Acanfora will assist with the service and preach. His son Luke was a very close friend, so this is a particularly difficult situation.
      Our 2nd area Youth Event will continue to take place on Sunday from 6-8:30 p.m. Instead of a party-like atmosphere we will provide a place for the youth to gather and be there for each other. Clergy will also be on hand for support if needed. We will seek to celebrate Carolee's life and each of our memories of her life.
      Our normal Healing service on Sun. at 4:30 will be more directed to reach out to the communities, the school staff and those who are really in need because of this tragedy. Deanery Healing Teams are coming to our aid to assist. We thank God for the love and prayers which have already been offered and ask that you continue to pray as we reach out from our Parish to those who are emotionally devastated by this loss. We need to be His hands, with His Love and Compassion.
Thank you so much. FHS, Donna Steckline

Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 15:02:40
From: Donna Steckline
Subject: Re: urgent prayers
      Hello! Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for all the prayers. The funeral went really well, and was a beautiful tribute to a joyous life! The soccer team had 5 representatives who spoke beautifully of their precious friend Carolee. The senior class had 5 friends who spoke eloquently of their longtime friend, now lost. Dcn Joe Acanfora captured Carolee's spirit beautifully and her Aunt gave a wonderful tribute as well. There was another family member who also spoke, giving a terrific analogy of the waves of grief like ocean waves will come and go.
      On Sunday afternoon, Christ Church held a community healing service which was attended by a few over 20 from our parish and community. Then at 6:30 we had our monthly youth event which had been toned down a bit. We really didn't know what to expect for numbers but were pleasantly surprised that 31 attended and had a wonderful time! We had opportunities for the kids to give thanks and just have a place to hang out, watch a movie, play games or join in the ping pong tourney.
      So thanks be to God and the many who offered their heartfelt prayers. We were bathed in God's mercy. Thank you one and all! I'm sure the Dunham family could use continued prayers, especially through the holidays. Thank you so much.
FHS, Donna

Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 16:51:00
From: Tammy Boyd
       Fr. Curtis Denney Cursillo #9. Continue praying for Fr. and his family as he was in the hospital recently with an infection. Dear lord , Heavenly Father place your healing hand on Fr. Curtis, comfort him in his recovery . Assure the family all will be well. Please strenghen them and uphold them now and in the days and months to come. In Jesus Holy name. Amen.

Friday, November 23, 2007

 

11/23/2007, #59, 4th Quarter 2007

"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)
      Holy Spirit, please touch the hearts in those parishes that do not welcome little children. Help them know the great danger they are in.

For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. (Matthew 18:11)
      Jesus, I was lost and you found me; thank you.

"What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? (Matthew 18:12)
      Father, please give all of us shepherds hearts to see the lost and the dying.

And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. (Matthew 18:13)
      LORD, let every one of our parishes be a safe haven where those who have gone astray can find healing and comfort from you.

Even so it is not the will of your father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:14)
      Father, I cry out to your for the lost and the least: write it on our hearts to seek them out and bring them into your sheepfold.

      Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. (BCP, page 101)

Friday: 102, 1 Maccabees 4:36-59 or Malachi 3:1-12; Revelation 22:6-13, Matthew 18:10-20
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13), Isaiah 65:17-25, Revelation 22:14-21, Matthew 18:21-35

Thursday, November 22, 2007

 

11/22/2007, #58, 4th Quarter 2007

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" (Matthew 18:1)
      Jesus, please help us seek the greatness that only you can give.

Then Jesus called a little child to him, set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:2-3)
      Father, please bring us to the conversion Jesus is speaking of.

"Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:4)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for what you are doing in my life; please help me humble myself as that little child.

"Whoever receives one little child like this in my name receives me." (Matthew 18:5)
      Jesus, help me, help our parish receive all you send us.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:6)
      Holy Father, please protect your little ones and the lost and the least from those who would lead them to sin; protect them from predators.

"Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!" (Matthew 18:7)
      Lord Jesus, have mercy on the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

"If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire." (Matthew 18:8)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make the "better choice" and cast away anything that hinders us from life in the kingdom of heaven.

"And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire." (Matthew 18:9)
      Holy Father, please help us make the "better choice" and cast away anything that hinders us from life in the kingdom of heaven.

Thursday: 105:1-22, 1 Maccabees 4:1-25 or Malachi 2:1-16; Revelation 21:22-22:5, Matthew 18:1-9
Friday: 102, 1 Maccabees 4:36-59 or Malachi 3:1-12; Revelation 22:6-13, Matthew 18:10-20

A word received: Keep your eyes on me.

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***** Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 11:43:05
From: Joseph Acanfora
Answer to prayer:
      Torre, we've been praying for our local Baptist Minister's daughter Valerie, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer late this summer. She was to have a bilateral mastectomy yesterday, but when she went into the hospital on Monday for the final tests/MRI etc, they could find no trace of the cancer. The doctors had no explaination but she did! PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW! AMEN, The Rev'd Joseph Acanfora, Deacon Vicar Christ Church Gilbertsville, NY

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

 

11/21/2007, #57, 4th Quarter 2007

But you, O GOD the Lord, deal with me for your name's sake; because your mercy is good, deliver me. (Psalm 109:21)
      LORD, please help me show the same mercy to others that you have shown me.

For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. (Psalm 109:22)
      Holy Spirit, prompt me and guide me in showing your love to those who are wounded; help me bind up and pour oil on their wounds.

Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to your mercy, (Psalm 109:26)
      Jesus, you are my savior and my mercy.

That they may know that this is your hand -- that you, LORD, have done it! (Psalm 109:27)
      Father, let my life be a testimony of your love and mercy.

Let them curse, but you bless; when they arise, let them be ashamed, but let your servant rejoice. (Psalm 109:28)
      LORD, a great shaking and sifting is coming to the Episcopal Church; please help us be steady in you. Bless those who revile us and help us rejoice in you.

Let my accusers be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle. (Psalm 109:29)
      Jesus, help me to love my accusers as you and Stephen love yours. Help me to bless those who accuse me.

I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yes, I will praise him among the multitude. For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those who condemn him. (Psalm 109:30-31)
      LORD, I want to greatly praise you with my mouth and my thoughts; help me praise you among the multitude. You stand at the right hand of the poor to save him from those who condemn him. Thank you.

"I have finished the work which You have given me to do" (John 17:4).
      Father, help us finish the work you have us to do.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30, 1 Maccabees 3:42-60 or Malachai 1:1,6-14; Revelation 21:9-21, Matthew 17:22-27
Thursday: 105:1-22, 1 Maccabees 4:1-25 or Malachai 2:1-16; Revelation 21:22-22:5, Matthew 18:1-9

A word received: I AM coming.

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***** This is not a new problem in the church: "Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Ain't no room in church for liars" http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/13344

      Have you met him? "Mahalia Jackson - Jesus met the woman at the well" http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/14064

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

 

11/20/2007, #56, 4th Quarter 2007

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. (Revelation 21:1)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus, come soon.

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
      Jesus, we long to see your church made new.

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them and be their God." (Revelation 21:3)
      Holy Spirit, come and dwell in our hearts.

"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
      Father, we long for the day when our unhappy divisions have passed away and your church is made new.

Then he who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And he said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." (Revelation 21:5)
      Father, all your words are true and faithful. Thank you for speaking to us, for holding us in your arms and comforting us with your Holy Spirit.

And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts." (Revelation 21:6)
      Jesus, as the deer pants for the water brooks, so longs my soul for you. Spring up, O Well!

"He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son." (Revelation 21:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help me overcome the sin and separation in my life.

"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8)
      LORD, I pray for those who are now dead in sin that you will raise them to new life so that they escape the second and final death. Thank you.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100], 1 Maccabees 3:25-41 or Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; Revelation 21:1-8, Matthew 17:14-21
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30, 1 Maccabees 3:42-60 or Malachai 1:1,6-14; Revelation 21:9-21, Matthew 17:22-27

A word received: Keep your eyes fixed on me. Do not be distracted by turning to the right or the left. Keep your attention on me. It is my church.

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***** Sunday School lesson 12 for December 2nd has been posted on http://christchurchsundayschool.blogspot.com/2007/11/sunday-school-lesson-12-december-2-2007.html

***** From the Department of Answered Prayer:
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 11:58:07
From: Scott C Evans,
Subject: Prayer for Alpha Holy Spirit Weekend
Hi Torre,
      It went Awesome! Thanks for your prayers, and for all those who prayed. Special thanks to Sue Ellen Ruetsch for organizing the intercessors.
      God showed up in subtle as well as powerful ways for the 27 people that came and all of us recieved the gift of Love! Dave Martin phoned me that the 8 people at his day event on Saturday for Hope United Methodist Church in Troy were extremely blessed as well. So 35 people from 5 churches of 4 different denominations were filled with the Holy Spirit on Saturday thanks in large part to your prayers and intercession!
      The highlight for me was the Eucharist at the end of the day Saturday, celebrated by Bishop Love (who just happened to be availible at the scheduled time) for the multi-denominational group. As a final touch the group gathered at the end of the Eucharist to pray for healing of one of the guests! Praise God!
      Thank you intercessors! Thank-you Bishop Love! Thank you Father! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Holy Spirit!
Amen! Love! -Scott

Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 18:27:10
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Prayer for Alpha Holy Spirit Weekend
      Amen, Hallelujah and Praise God as powerfully and a loudly as we know how!
With Jesus' love and blessings, Noel

Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 06:56:23
From: Christine Wickman
Subject: Prayer for the Deacon's Retreat
Dear Torre and Jean:
      Please thank all your intercessors for their support this past weekend. It was an awesome time - empowering in every way. Lots of questions were answered for me and lots of healing took place. Edwina is truly anointed and such a blessing to all of us.
God bless you all. FHS Dcn Christine

Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 05:28:34
From: Dawn Skramstad
Subject: Thank you!
      Good morning Torre & Jean! I just wanted to say thanks for all your prayers this weekend at the deacon retreat and for organizing prayer coverage for the weekend. We certainly felt the prayers of many and were so thankful for your presence at the weekend. We pray that God will continue to bless your ministry as you bless so many of us with your prayers.
In His Love, Deacon Dawn Skramstad

Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 06:24:31
From: Sandy Tatem
      I, too have purchased and enjoyed the DVD's of J John's workshop at the Spiritual Life Center, as I was involved in Women's Cursillo and couldn't attend. I plan to use the DVD's for our Daughters of the King meetings to "kick off" the new year! It was lovely of you to be with us as intercessors this past weekend - the retreat was just what I needed for focus and renewal! Praise God! Thanks to both of you for your prayers, and especially your prayers for healing.....each day the Bell's Palsy is less noticeable...I know it's almost history! Thank you so much - a Happy and Joyous Thanksgiving to you and yours! Blessings, Dcn Sandy Tatem

Monday, November 19, 2007

 

11/19/2007, #55, 4th Quarter 2007

I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, (Habakkuk 2:1a)
      Holy Spirit, please help us stand our watch in faithfulness.

And watch to see what he will say to me, (Habakkuk 2:1b)
      Jesus, please help me to hear what you are saying to me.

And what I will answer when I am corrected. (Habakkuk 2:1c)
      Your son Jesus had to learn obedience -- I need to learn that even more. Father, please continue to correct in discipline me.

Then the LORD answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2)
      LORD, please help us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (From Hebrews 12:1)

For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)
      Father, the Episcopal Church has lost its vision, it wanders aimlessly in the wilderness. Please give us watchmen's hearts to wait for the vision you have for us.

"Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith. (Habakkuk 2:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us live by faith. Don't let us get distracted from our mission by the proud.

Monday: 89:1-18, 1 Maccabees 3:1-24; or Habakkuk 2:1-4,9-20; Revelation 20:7-15, Matthew 17:1-13
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100], 1 Maccabees 3:25-41 or Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; Revelation 21:1-8, Matthew 17:14-21

A word received: Ask for my Spirit to reach people's hearts.

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***** Jean and I have been enjoying the DVDs from the J. John Conference at CTK. They have been produced by GNAT TV Manchester VT. This is a three DVD set. The set is available for $28.95 through the Book shop (518) 692-9550 or visit the web site at http://www.ctkcenter.org at CTK. This is money well-spent! [Torre]

***** Some new 78 rpm record postings:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight - Up above my head I hear music in the air http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/13911.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her mother - Ninety-nine and a half won't do http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/13871.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her mother - Daniel in the lion's den (he locked the lions jaw) http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/13870.
I have also uploaded ten sides of Kid Ory, an early Creole Jazz musician. I favorite of mine is Kid Ory - Creole Bo Bo http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/13918.
You can check them all out by going to http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/.

***** David and Megan Sheehan and a team from Campus Crusade for Christ are involved in a strategic mission territory among us: reaching out to our universities and colleges to bring to Christ those who will be future leaders in the church and in the nation. They attend Christ Church Schenectady. If you would like to support them you can send donations to Campus Crusade for Christ International, PO Box 628222, Orlando FL 32862-8222 with a note saying it is for account 0530380 David and Megan Sheehan. Their recent newsletter follows.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

 

11/18/2007, #54, 4th Quarter 2007

And so we went toward Rome. And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. (Acts 28:14b-15)
      Jesus, please help us reach out to meet and encourage one another as the brethren from Rome did with Paul.

Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him. (Acts 28:16)
      Father, thank you for the kindness of that centurion who guarded Paul through storm and ship-wreck. Please let our brothers and sisters who are in prison or jail find such kindness.

And it came to pass after three days that Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. So when they had come together, he said to them: "Men and brethren, though I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, who, when they had examined me, wanted to let me go, because there was no cause for putting me to death." (Acts 28:17-18)
      Thank you for Paul's faithful witness to his people; please help us to be faithful in our witness to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

"But when the Jews spoke against it, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my nation." (Acts 28:19)
      Thank you, Lord, for setting Paul free from bitterness toward his people; please set us free from bitterness toward the leaders, teachers, and people of the Episcopal Church.

"For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain." (Acts 28:20)
      Father, please help us, like Paul, live in the hope of the resurrection. Please set us free in this hope no matter what our circumstances are as you did Paul.

Then they said to him, "We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren who came reported or spoken any evil of you. But we desire to hear from you what you think; for concerning this sect, we know that it is spoken against everywhere." (Acts 28:21-22)
      Holy Spirit, please give the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church the same willingness to hear the orthodox as these leaders of the Jews had to hear Paul. Thank you.

Sunday: 66, 67, 1 Maccabees 2:29-43, 49-50 or Habakkuk 1:1-4(5-11)12-2:1; Acts 28:14b-23, Luke 16:1-13
Monday: 89:1-18, 1 Maccabees 3:1-24; or Habakkuk 2:1-4,9-20; Revelation 20:7-15, Matthew 17:1-13

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Check out "St Paul Church Choir - Yield not to temptation" on http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/12240. It is a good word for us as we prepare for Lent.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

 

11/17/2007, #53, 4th Quarter 2007

From that time Jesus began to show to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. (Matthew 16:21)
      Jesus, help us by your Holy Spirit to follow where you lead. Help us embrace whatever suffering comes our way as we follow in your footsteps, living in the hope of the resurrection.

Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord; this shall not happen to you!" (Matthew 16:22)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize and resist every "cheap gospel"; help us walk the way of the cross.

But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are an offense to me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Matthew 16:23)
      Jesus, please help us recognize when well-meaning advice is an offense to you. Help us neither give nor receive such advice.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
      Amen, Jesus, it is so.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:25)
      Jesus, thank you for help us find new life in you through your Holy Spirit.

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)
      Lord, you have restored my soul, you lead me in paths of righteousness for your name's sake. Thank you. (From Psalm 23:3)

For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his father with his angels, and then he will reward each according to his works. (Matthew 16:27)
      To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in you; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. (Psalm 25:1-2)

Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom." (Matthew 16:28)
      "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10)

Words received at the Deacon's Retreat:
      I AM crying out for my people, for my servant deacons. They are called to be models of my servant ministry. Pray that I will be their model.

      I AM -- I AM here. Ask for my Spirit to make them know that I AM here.

      I AM here -- don't be afraid. I AM doing what man cannot do. I AM cleansing hearts right now. Rejoice with me -- it is a time of harvest.

      Meet me -- meet me in the times of silence. I want you to pray for hearts that can keep silence before me and hear me.

      I want you to pray for the anointed words of my Spirit for Edwina [the retreat leader].

Saturday: 87, 90, 1 Maccabees 2:1-28 or Joel 3:9-17; Revelation 20:1-6, Matthew 16:21-28
Sunday: 66, 67, 1 Maccabees 2:29-43, 49-50 or Habakkuk 1:1-4(5-11)12-2:1; Acts 28:14b-23, Luke 16:1-13

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Check out "St Paul Church Choir - Yield not to temptation" on http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/12240. It is a good word for us as we prepare for Lent.

Friday, November 16, 2007

 

11/16/2007, #52, 4th Quarter 2007

"And it shall come to pass afterward" (Joel 2:28a)
      Father, please let it come to pass soon!

"That I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;" (Joel 2:28b)
      Jesus, we long to see everyone filled with your Holy Spirit.

"Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy," (Joel 2:28c)
      Holy Spirit, please let all the youth of this diocese hear and speak your words.

"Your old men ["old men" translation: elders, senatorial rank] shall dream dreams," (Joel 2:28d)
      Holy Spirit, anoint Bishop Bill and all who give him counsel, so that this diocese is led by you.

"Your young men shall see visions." (Joel 2:28e)
      Jesus, stir up the hearts of the young men of this diocese.

"And also on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days." (Joel 2:29)
      LORD, flood us all with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.



A word received: Ask for my blessing on the Deacons Retreat.
      Jesus, we ask for your blessing on the Deacons Retreat.

Friday: 88, 1 Maccabees 1:41-63; or Joel 2:28-3:8; Revelation 19:11-16, Matthew 16:13-20
Saturday: 87, 90, 1 Maccabees 2:1-28; or Joel 3:9-17; Revelation 20:1-6, Matthew 16:21-28

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For those coming to the Spiritual Life Center to intercede for the Deacons Retreat: I don't yet know the room we will be in. Check in at the Welcome Center and someone there should be able to tell you where we will be. [Torre]

Thursday, November 15, 2007

 

Sorry...

Dear Torre and Father Nigel -

A great idea! However, according to Snopes.com neither the Postal Service nor Walter Reed can accommodate the plan. See the following link for details: http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/soldiercards.asp.

You should consider issuing a correction.

Forest Rittgers

 

11/15/2007, #51, 4th Quarter 2007

Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him asked that he would show them a sign from heaven. (Matthew 16:1)
      Lord Jesus, please set us free from the legalism of the Pharisees and the willful disbelief of the Sadducees.

He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red'; and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times." (Matthew 16:2-3)
      Lord, please give us wisdom and discernment to understand the times we live in.

"A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." And he left them and departed. (Matthew 16:4)
      Jesus, with Job I can say, "I know that my redeemer lives, and he 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, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me" to see you! (From Job 19:25-27)

      Check out for the hope we have in us: http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/13345 Sister Rosetta Tharpe - "Cain't no grave hold my body down".

Now when his disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." (Matthew 16:5-6)
      Jesus, please help us live in the freedom of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread."
But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?--but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." (Matthew 16:7-11)
      Father, please help us learn the lessons Jesus is trying to teach us.

Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine [teaching] of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Matthew 16:12)
      Jesus, there is so much false doctrine and teaching in the Episcopal Church today, help us avoid the traps of the legalism of the Pharisees and the willful disbelief of the Sadducees. Thank you.

Thursday: [83] or 23, 27, 1 Maccabees 1:1-28; or Joel 2:21-27; Revelation 19:1-10, Matthew 16:1-12
Friday: 88, 1 Maccabees 1:41-63; or Joel 2:28-3:8; Revelation 19:11-16, Matthew 16:13-20

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Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 17:44:41
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Christmas Card Lists
When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get.
When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:
      A Recovering American soldier
      c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
      6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
      Washington ,D.C. 20307-5001

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

 

11/14/2007, #50, 4th Quarter 2007

Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law; and the people stood in their place. So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading. (Nehemiah 8:7-8)
      Father, thank you for those who have made your word clear to your people in generations past; we pray that the preaching and teaching of your word today will be done clearly and that the meaning of your words will be set before us.

And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep." For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law. (Nehemiah 8:9)
      Holy Spirit, as you did in Nehemiah and Ezra's day and as you did on the day of Pentecost, please cut us to the heart by your word.

Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that our repentance will turn from sorrow to joy as we live and move in your strength.

So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved." And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them. (Nehemiah 8:11-12)
      Jesus, we pray that the joy of our conversion will day by day overflow into generosity with one another. Please write your word with understanding on our hearts. Thank you.

Words received for a Sunday School lesson in December:
...an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:20b-21)
      A word received: I want my people to listen to my, to hearken to me as Joseph did.

      A word received: I want my people to let me come into the center of their marriage decisions and of their marriages.

      A word received: I took care of Joseph and Mary and I took care of Jesus. I will take care of you as well if you will receive me into your hearts.

      A word received: I want you to have a heart for my word. Joseph received my word. Listen, listen, my people, I AM speaking to you -- who is listening? Pray for listening ears and listening hearts.

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call his name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." (Matthew 1:23)
      A word received: I want to be "Immanuel" to you. I want to be with you and in you day by day. I want you to know my presence in your life -- actively. I AM Immanuel.

Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn son. And he called his name JESUS. (Matthew 1:24-25)
      A word received: I want you to be obedient to my word and my Spirit as Joseph was.

Wednesday: 119:97-120, Nehemiah 7:73b-8:3, 5-18, Revelation 18:21-24, Matthew 15:29-39
Thursday: [83] or 23, 27, 1 Maccabees 1:1-28; or Joel 2:21-27; Revelation 19:1-10, Matthew 16:1-12

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

 

11/13/2007, #49, 4th Quarter 2007

"But after they had rest, they again did evil before you. Therefore you left them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had dominion over them; yet when they returned and cried out to you, you heard from heaven; and many times you delivered them according to your mercies, and testified against them, that you might bring them back to your law. Yet they acted proudly, and did not heed your commandments, but sinned against your judgments, 'Which if a man does, he shall live by them.' And they shrugged their shoulders, stiffened their necks, and would not hear." (Nehemiah 9:28-29)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church has acted proudly and has not heeded your commandments. We have sinned against your judgments and urged others to do the same. Please help us return to you and live.

Tuesday: 61, 62, Nehemiah 12:27-31a, 42b-47, Revelation 11:1-19, Matthew 13:44-52
Wednesday: 72, Nehemiah 13:4-22, Revelation 12:1-12, Matthew 13:53-58

A word received: My church is like the city of Jerusalem after it was destroyed. My people would not follow Me so I scattered them. Return to Me , heed the words of the past , that I have said before. When you return to Me and repent you shall be restored. I long for you to return to Me. I long for you to repent. I long for you to be restored. Come Back. Come back to Me and repent.

A word received: You are in my care. Look to me for this day's strength.

A word received: Forgiveness is a choice I want you to make and model for others.

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***** I have posted a promo for Nigel Mumford's book and radio program on http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/13263.

***** St Paul Church Choir - "We sure do need him now" http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/12241.

Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 21:34:26
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth
Subject: Prayer for the Welcome Home Initiative
      Please ask our prayer warriors to continue to lift up ongoing plans to minister to returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans through the Welcome Home Initiative at Christ the King Center.
      Specific requests for the Welcome Home Initiative include prayer for
      *      the firming up of plans to minister this December to a small group of the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division Chaplains returning in November from deployment in Iraq,
      *      fruition in ongoing discussions for a larger retreat program for newly returned soldiers and their families in 2008/2009
      *      wisdom and discernment in the development of a training program incorporating the necessary professional expertise and skills which the WHI ministry teams will need to pray with men and women with deep combat trauma.
      Pray also for the stateside Chaplain of the US Army 10th Mountain Division who is presently ministering pastorally to incoming flights of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team returning from Iraq this month, and for the men and women of that team arriving home in time for the holidays.
      Pray for NY National Guard soldiers who have been activated for duty and training in January and expect to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the spring.
      Pray specifically for the sergeant who was recently welcomed on weekend leave to Christ the King whose deployment with her husband in the spring will leave behind a teen daughter in extended family care. Pray for the sacrifices that military families make when loved ones are deployed.
      And when you see one of our veterans this week, thank them for the sacrifices they and their families have made for us, and offer a prayer that they find continued healing and peace in Christ.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM for the Oratory of Christ the Healer, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Monday, November 12, 2007

 

11/12/2007, #48, 4th Quarter 2007

Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, "Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." (Matthew 15:1-2)
      Jesus, please help us keep our attention on the essentials and leave off worrying about the peripherals.

He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'" (Matthew 15:3-4)
      Holy Spirit, please write your cammandments on our hearts. Please restore the Episcopal Church to keeping your word.

      Father, please help us hearken to your commandments to your people. Thank you for bringing us out of bondage. Help us repent of returning to bondage.

I am the Lord your God who brought you out of bondage. You shall have no other gods but me. Amen. Lord have mercy.

You shall not make for yourself any idol. Amen. Lord have mercy.

You shall not invoke with malice the Name of the Lord your God. Amen. Lord have mercy.

Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. Amen. Lord have mercy.

Honor your father and your mother. Amen. Lord have mercy.

You shall not commit murder. Amen. Lord have mercy.

You shall not commit adultery. Amen. Lord have mercy.

You shall not steal. Amen. Lord have mercy.

You shall not be a false witness. Amen. Lord have mercy.

You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor. Amen. Lord have mercy.

A word received: Forgiveness is a choice I want you to make and model for others.

Monday: 56, 57, [58], Nehemiah 6:1-19, Revelation 10:1-11, Matthew 13:36-43
Tuesday: 61, 62, Nehemiah 12:27-31a, 42b-47, Revelation 11:1-19, Matthew 13:44-52

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***** I still have the following times uncovered during the Deacon's Retreat:
SUNDAY, Nov. 18
      10.      8 AM Morning Prayer
      11.      9:30 AM 5th Meditation
      12.      11 AM Holy Eucharist; Noon-Lunch and depart.
      Also: if any of you can, please join us during at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and intercede with us on site.

***** Another opportunity for intercession is the Alpha Holy Spirit Weekend, November 16-17. Please pray for those attending this Weekend.

***** Some Letters to the Editor of the Schenectady Gazette:
No need for animosity over religious differences
      Rev. Alan Hart's Oct.21 letter represents the trouble that can be caused by religious differences.
      He takes issue with the statement attributed to Unitarian minister Linda Hoddy that Jesus was a "great religious leader." He says this characterization "belittles" the "son of the living God", "my saviour." Of course, Rev. Hoddy surely knows that most Christians hold these beliefs but she is not a Christian; as a Unitarian she is indicating that has respect for Jesus and his mission. She is not likely to write a letter saying that Rev. Hart is disrespecting her religion but he does seem to be asserting that her characterization of Jesus is a serious mistake when it is simply the case that she holds different religious beliefs. Unfortunately, Rev. Hart cannot resist belittling Rev. Hoddy with his crack about her divinity school education.
      Rev. Hart goes on in his letter to state that he was "talking" to Jesus "a few minutes ago." If this is not delusional, then why doesn't he let us know what Jesus had to say to him so we can all benefit from the information that was imparted?
      MICHAEL FOSTER, Niskayuna

Thankful to be a member of God's delusional family
      As one of those delusional people who talk to Jesus every day, I would like to respond to Mr. Fosters letter of October 29th. During the time I spent talking to my Savior this morning, I thanked Him for all of the millions of other delusional people in this world who intercede for me and all other members of God's family who call on them day or night when we are in need of prayer. I thank God for the blessing of knowing and serving with Alan Hart in different ministries. I know him to be a very accepting and loving person who has a servant's heart. If you don't believe me then just show up at Christ Church in Schenectady on the last Sunday of the month.
      Mr. Foster, I cannot tell you what Jesus says to Alan but I will let you in on what He told me this morning when I was talking to Him. He told me that as a member of His family He commands me to love my neighbor as myself. He didn't say only those who know Him. He told me to hate the sin but love the sinner because I am a sinner. He told me that He not only prayed for those who knew and loved Him but for those who did not and that is what He is calling His church (the whole body of Christ) to do. He told me that I am loved regardless of my many faults. He told me that He would always walk beside me and even carry the weight of my burdens if I would only surrender them to Him.
      I do not know Rev. Hoddy, nor do I pretend to know much about the Unitarian church but unless I misunderstood the title Rev. then I would venture to guess that she has been delusional more than once or twice and spoken to God. So we are more alike than we are different in our beliefs. Regardless of whether you talk to just God the Father or to God the Father and God the Son, I believe that all of us make the one true God smile when He hears our voice.
      Whether you believe the bible to be just an instruction book written by man or the word of God written through man like I do, in the 16th chapter of the Gospel of Mark Jesus tells us to "go out into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" and I want to thank God for the opportunity to do that when you asked in your letter "let us know what Jesus had to say so we can all benefit from the information that was imparted".
      If only one person benefits from the good news that Jesus spoke to me when I talked to Him this morning then my prayers have been answered.
      Debbie Bisner West Charlton

Sunday, November 11, 2007

 

11/11/2007, #47, 4th Quarter 2007

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. (Psalm 96:1)
      LORD, please help us sing the songs of Zion.

Sing to the LORD, bless his name; proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day. (Psalm 96:2)
      Jesus, we bless your name.
      Holy Father, we bless your name.
      Holy Spirit, we bless your name.
      I AM, LORD, we bless your name.

Declare his glory among the nations, his wonders among all peoples. (Psalm 96:3)
      Holy Spirit, I declare the wonder of what you have done in this diocese: you have brought many of us to new life in Jesus. Thank you.

For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. (Psalm 96:4)
      LORD, many in your church worship gods of their own making; give us a holy fear of you so that we may truly worship and praise you as we ought.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. (Psalm 96:5)
      Jesus, please help us repent of worshiping things created by human hands or human thought; help us turn to you and worship only you.

Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. (Psalm 96:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us join with King David as he came into your sanctuary and acknowledged your greatness and you great deeds.
      Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD? "What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant. (2 Samuel 7:18-21)
      Sovereign LORD, thank you for the great distance you have brought our diocesan family. Please help us go the whole distance with you.

Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, give to the LORD glory and strength. (Psalm 96:7)
      LORD, please help us give to you of ourselves: our hearts, our minds, our bodies, our strength, our possessions.

Give to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts. (Psalm 96:8)
      LORD, help us bring thank offerings into your courts.

Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before him, all the earth. (Psalm 96:9)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to the beauty of holiness! Thank you.

Sunday: 93, 96, Ezra 10:1-17, Acts 24:10-21, Luke 14:12-24
Monday: 56, 57, [58], Nehemiah 6:1-19, Revelation 10:1-11, Matthew 13:36-43

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***** I still have the following times uncovered during the Deacon's Retreat:
SATURDAY, Nov.17
      6.      4 PM 4th Meditation
      7.      5 PM Evening Prayer
SUNDAY, Nov. 18
      10.      8 AM Morning Prayer
      11.      9:30 AM 5th Meditation
      12.      11 AM Holy Eucharist; Noon-Lunch and depart.
      Also: if any of you can, please join us during at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and intercede with us on site.

***** Another opportunity for intercession is the Alpha Holy Spirit Weekend, November 16-17. Please pray for those attending this Weekend.

***** Please pray for Bishop William Cox, Bishop Andrew Fairfield, and Bishop David Bena who are being targeted by the Episcopal Church for their faithful witness to the gospel. Please pray for all of the other faithful witnesses who are being targeted by the diocesan bishops and leaders of the Episcopal Church.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

 

11/10/2007, #46, 4th Quarter 2007

Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. (Matthew 14:22)
      Holy Spirit, please help us do Jesus' bidding.

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, he was alone there. (Matthew 14:23)
      Father, please help us to have time alone with you in prayer as Jesus did.

But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. (Matthew 14:24)
      Jesus, the winds are contrary for us in the Episcopal Church and we are being tossed about; please send the fresh wind of your Holy Spirit to help us reach our destination.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. (Matthew 14:25)
      Jesus, please come to us as well.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. (Matthew 14:26)
      Jesus, please help us recognize you when you visit us.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid. " (Matthew 14:27)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to let these words of Jesus sink into our hearts. Thank you.

Saturday: 75, 76, Ezra 9:1-15, Revelation 17:1-14, Matthew 14:22-36
Sunday: 93, 96, Ezra 10:1-17, Acts 24:10-21, Luke 14:12-24

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***** Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2007 09:33:49
From: Our son Jonathan
Subject: video
Hi, click on the link below to see a video starring Llewelyn [our granddaughter, Torre] which our friend Wendi made in our apartment. She jokingly calls her "production company" Sunnyside Up because she lives in a neighborhood in Queens called Sunnyside. The video is a little long, but listen to the music and it gets better and better as it goes. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/wc2137 Jonathan

Friday, November 09, 2007

 

11/9/2007, #45, 4th Quarter 2007

When Jesus heard it, he departed from there by boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed him on foot from the cities. (Matthew 14:13)
      Jesus, as we confront the evil and tragedies of our time, please help us find a quiet place where we can be with you.

And when Jesus went out he saw a great multitude; and he was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14)
      Jesus, have compassion on us who are in the Episcopal Church: it is sick and diseased and persecutes your saints; heal its wounds, for they are festering.

      Jesus, in your mercy protect and bless Bishop Dave and all those who are being persecuted by the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

When it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." (Matthew 14:15)
      Lord, in your mercy show us how to provide for those who come seeking you.

But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." (Matthew 14:16)
      Holy Spirit, please show us how to respond to Jesus' commands to us.

And they said to him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." (Matthew 14:17)
      Father, we know how this incident comes out -- Jesus blesses what they have and multiplies it -- but we so often act as though we had never heard this before. Please increase our hope and expectation of what Jesus can do in our circumstances.

He said, "Bring them here to me." (Matthew 14:18)
      Holy Spirit, please help us bring all our resources to Jesus.

Then he commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. (Matthew 14:19)
      Father, please help us do our part: help us be disciples who distribute to the multitudes what we have received from Jesus.

So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. (Matthew 14:20)
      Jesus, please gather up the fragments and broken pieces of our lives and use them for your kingdom.

Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:21)
      LORD, help us feed both the hungry in body and the hungry in soul. Thank you.

A word received: Don't be afraid or fearful.

Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38, Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36, Revelation 15:1-8, Matthew 14:13-21
Saturday: 75, 76, Ezra 9:1-15, Revelation 17:1-14, Matthew 14:22-36

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***** Please pray for Connie, one of our intercessors who is Albion State Prison. She has been diagnosed with cancer.
      Jesus, come and cleanse Connie's body of cancer and fill her with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

 

Elder Beck -- There's a dead cat on the line.

[You can hear this on http://torres78rpmrecords.podcastpeople.com/posts/12732.]
Now give an "Amen."
       Amen.
Clear the line before you talk.
Christ is set so far above.
If you expect to get an answer, you better clear the line before you talk.
And all the people said, "Amen."
       Amen.
And my friends this morning I want to call your attention to Second Chronicles Chapter Seven verse Fourteen, and it reads, "If my people, which are called by my name, if they will humble themselves, and pray, then will I hear from heaven, and I will heal their land."
My subject is "There's a dead cat on the line."
My friends one time a cat went out and crawled up the telegram pole, went out on the wires and died from electrocution.
They couldn't get a message through.
They were trying very, very hard.
Well, well, well, well, we can't get this message through.
So finally they sent out the lineman.
The lineman went out and sent the message back, he said, "We've found a dead cat on the line."
... they took the dead cat off, then after a while the messages began to go on through.
Well, church, get that dead cat off the line.
If you're backsliding, you've got a dead cat on the line.
If you're backbiting, you've got a dead cat on the line.
Ah, Lordy, if you're whiskey drinking, you've got a dead cat on the line.
... your number playing, sitting up here with number slips in your pocketbook, there's a dead cat on the line.
Well, well, well, you better clear your line before you call.
... waiting on your pastor, can't get through, cause you've got a dead cat on the line.
Some of you sittin' up here, won't speak to your neighbor, mad at the preacher, mad at the teacher...get that dead cat off the line.
Now clear the line before you call.
Well, Christ is set so far above.
Well, if you expect to get an answer, well clear the line, well clear the line before you call.
Christ is set so far above.
Well, if you expect to get an answer, well clear the line before you call.
Now, give me, "Amen."
       Amen.

What are the dead cats on your line?

 

11/8/2007, #44, 4th Quarter 2007

Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O LORD! (Psalm 70:1)
      Father, please bring me to the freedom you desire for your sons and daughters by faith.

Let them be ashamed and confounded who seek my life; let them be turned back and confused who desire my hurt. (Psalm 70:2)
      Holy Spirit, please bring confusion to the counsel of those who seek to harm your faithful people. As you did with the counsel for Absalom (2 Samuel 15-17), so do in our day with those leaders of the Episcopal Church who rebel against Jesus.

Let them be turned back because of their shame, who say, "Aha, aha!" (Psalm 70:3)
      Jesus, turn back in shame those who mock your people.

Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; and let those who love your salvation say continually, "Let God be magnified!" (Psalm 70:4)
      Let God be magnified!

But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay. (Psalm 70:5)
      LORD, we look to you, we wait on you to deliver your faithful people out of the hand of those who persecute them.

We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26).
      Holy Spirit, this is a time of groaning and travailing in your church, please intercede for us.

Thursday: [70], 71, Ezra 7:(1-10)11-26, Revelation 14:1-13, Matthew 14:1-12
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38, Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36, Revelation 15:1-8, Matthew 14:13-21

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***** Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2007 17:18:33
From: Rev. Rob Holman
Subject: RE: Men's Retreat
      Dear friends, Sorry to not get back to you sooner. I wanted to thank you for your prayers. The men's retreat far exceeded my hopes. The LORD really spoke to us through his word, created deep unity among us in Christ and met us powerfully in prayer by his Holy Spirit. In hindsight, it seemed to me to be a God appointed time of equipping for ministry. Praise God from whom all blessings flow -- and for his intercessors who are agents of such grace! May the LORD multiply his blessings upon you. Blessings, Rob+

***** Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2007 12:37:03
From: Brad Jones+
Subject: Joy Conference
Dear Brothers and Sisters of Christ Church,
WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS!!!
      Whether you were interceding, setting up or breaking down chairs & tables, playing a musical instrument, promoting the conference, rescuing the technically-challenged Rector and his sister, or any other critical role in this past weekend's conference, your work for the kingdom is greatly appreciated. As I told Mark after the conference, I believe the weekend was exactly what God intended. Allyson told me how critical the prayer covering was and she was blessed to minister among you all (or should I say "y'all").
Now may we bear fruit befitting the kingdom of God and glorifying his Name. I thank you all and thank God for y'all! In Christ, Brad+

***** Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 08:02:01
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Would you also put me on the prayer line for an upcoming foot operation just after Thanksgiving? Thanks Blessings, Anne

***** I really need some intercessors who can be on-site. Even an hour or two for one of the sessions would be a real help. Please sign up if you are within driving distance. Torre

       Bishop Bill has asked us to undertake a special work of intercession: praying during the Deacon’s Retreat, Nov.16-18. A room is being set aside for 4-8 intercessors to pray at the Spiritual Life Center during the retreat.
      I know that most of you cannot easily get to the Spiritual Life Center, therefore there will be two groups: 1) at home interceders and 2) at the Spiritual Life Center interceders. I have broken the time of the retreat into the twelve segments below. Please pick a segment of the retreat to pray. Let me know the segment and whether you will be doing it at home or at the Spiritual Life Center. For those praying at the Spiritual Life Center I will send details of where we are meeting for prayer.

FRIDAY
1.      5 PM Evening Prayer, Psalm 91, 92; Joel, 2:28-3:8; Matthew 16:13-20; Dinner 6 PM; 1st Meditation
2.      Compline 9 PM
SATURDAY
3.      8 AM Morning Prayer; Psalm 87, 90; 1Maccabees 2:1-28; Rev 20:1-6; 8:30; Breakfast; 9:30 2nd Meditation
4.      11 AM Holy Eucharist- Hugh of Lincoln; Psalm 112:1-9 or 15; Titus 2:7-8,11-14; Matthew 24: 42-47; Noon-lunch
5.      1:30 PM 3rd Meditation
6.      4 PM 4th Meditation
7.      5 PM Evening Prayer; Psalm 136; Joel 3:9-17; Matthew 16:21-28; 6 PM Dinner
8.      7 PM Healing Service
9.      9 PM Compline
SUNDAY
10.      8 AM Morning Prayer; Psalm 66, 67; 1 Maccabees 2:29-43, 49-50; Acts 28:14b-23; 8:30 Breakfast
11.      9:30 AM 5th Meditation
12.      11 AM Holy Eucharist Proper 28; Psalm 98 or 98:5-10; Malachi 3:13-4:2a, 5-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19; Noon-Lunch and depart.

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