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Monday, March 31, 2008

 

3/31/2008, #94, 1st Quarter 2008

"If you love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help our love for Jesus overflow into keeping his commandments.

"And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever--" (John 14:16)
      Father, we join with Jesus in asking for the help of the Holy Spirit today.

"the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:17)
      Jesus, please set the Episcopal Church free from looking to the world for what it should do so that we may receive your Holy Spirit of truth.

"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18)
      Father, please help all of us in the Episcopal Church receive your Spirit of Adoption by whom we may cry out to you, "Abba, Dad." (From Romans 8:15)

Monday: 4, 7: Exodus 14:21-31; 1 Peter 1:1-12; John 14:(1-7)8-17
Tuesday: 10, 11: Exodus 15:1-21; 1 Peter 1:13-25; John 14:18-31

Sunday, March 30, 2008

 

3/30/2008, #93, 1st Quarter 2008

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
      Jesus, I offer you the burdens of my heart.

In my father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
      Jesus, I make the choice to trust you for your provision.

      A word received: Don't be afraid -- look to me for sustenance and rest.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; I long to be received into your arms.

And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:4)
      Holy Spirit, I trust you will show me the way to Jesus day by day.

Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?" (John 14:5)
      Father, thank you for Pentecost and for pouring out your Holy Spirit so that we can know the way to Jesus.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
      Jesus, please write this verse on the hearts and minds of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

"If you had known me, you would have known my father also; and from now on you know him and have seen him." (John 14:7)
      Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church know Jesus as he is so that they can know the Father as well. Help them set aside their ideology and political correctness so that they can know Jesus.

And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." (Exodus 14:13-14)
      Thank you, LORD, for winning the victory for us.

He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; (Isaiah 59:16)
      Holy Spirit, please raise up more intercessors for this diocese and for the Episcopal Church.

Sunday: 111, 112, 113: Exodus 14:5-22; 1 John 1:1-7; John 14:1-7
Monday: 4, 7: Exodus 14:21-31; 1 Peter 1:1-12; John 14:(1-7)8-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 10:19:18
Subject: Re: 3/25/2008, #88, 1st Quarter 2008
From: Joann Ferris
Dear Torre
      I say "AMEN ! " "AMEN !" " AMEN !" especially to Mark 16:17a, Mark16:18a and Revelation 12:9
      Please keep praying for a school of healing prayer for the North Country. I spoke to Fr. Nigel again. He confirmed the need and said others asked. The Lord laid this on my heart in Nov. 2006 and I spoke with him them following his instructions of the last 16 months. When the Lord spoke this time in Feb -- the vision was slightly different -- The people here NEED educating especially in awareness of the evil one and how he works. This is taught in the levels and I "see" with Godly vision -- it is a missing piece quite often in the healing process -- especially up here.
      I said to Fr. Nigel "We are pussy footing around the elephant in the room." He thanked me for my Passion and he will take it from here and get back to me. He hopes to have an answer either way by April 9th when he and the bishop are up here. This isn't ready for all intercessors yet -- but I pray it will be.
      Our Ultreya is putting on 2 workshops on the Practice of Soaking Prayer -- one Canton -- one Tupper Lake. More details to follow when more prayer will be needed. Please keep me in your prayers as I raise up to the Lord the need to raise the awareness levels of the evil ones presence, and how he works, in the N.C. I also told Fr. Nigel "the evil one is having a heyday and is running rampart" We are doing these workshops on soaking prayer since you were unable to come this May. It is probably what the Lord had in mind all along.
      I Praise him daily. God Bless! Ultreya! FHS, Jo

Saturday, March 29, 2008

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 03 29

Dn. Alan Hart and Torre Bissell 9:30 to 10:35 AM, in front of Christ Church on State St. It was cold and windy this morning -- not many people out, not many willing to stop for prayer. (+ indicates received a cross).

On our way to Christ Church we stopped and prayed at the Bed and Breakfast on Union St. that hosts sex parties. We prayed for the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit to come there.
+Ernest -- for his kids, the neighborhood and its children
the Bus Driver -- I went to the door of the bus to tell him that we were praying for him, and for his wife to come back to him daily. He said, "That will be a miracle, but God is in the miracle business." Big smile.
Pat -- "I look for you every Saturday." prayed for her family.
+Rafael and +Rafael (his teenage son) -- prayed for health and happiness.
+Esther -- prayed for her, her family and friends
+Eleanor -- young woman who almost died of a heart attack
Belinda -- prayed for her, her family and friends

 

Welcome Home Initiative fruit and healing stories

Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 17:13:17
Subject: more Welcome Home Initiative fruit and healing stories
From: Nigel Mumford
      A couple of "Welcome Home Initiative" de-brief phone calls: (I have permission to share these stories from the vets)
      The Vietnam vet (code named, "The Tupper Lake Tuxedo) told me: that he was totally uplifted by the whole experience. He liked staying up till 2am each night talking about war issues. Found it all very healing. He wants to come back and help with other programs.
      Another chap (Code name: The Chaplain, he was not a chaplain! more on this below) and his wife had a huge healing. They said they really needed this. There Spirits are getting better. It was an awesome experience. I cannot explain the experience. She called her aunt and she said, You sound very different." They are exhausted but elated. The wife said that her heart does not hurt anymore. She said now her husband holds her at night and even tells her his dreams. She told me she is even reading her bible again! it was a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful experience.. (yes 3 times) They said that they both felt the Holy Spirit when they came on sight.
      The wife told me that there 5 year old is telling everyone about WHI. His ears were healed and his aggressive allergies have gone, completely gone... He has been on a high dose medication regime for six months and now does not need any meds at all...
      She said he has been cured of his allergies. She has canceled the appointment with the doctor as all the symptoms have gone.
Thanks be to God....

Reflections on the Welcome Home Initiative
From an Intercessor/prayer team member...
      I believe one of the most profound things that happened during the entire experience was summed up in one question asked by one of the participating veterans: "Can we come and live here?" This man had gone to Iraq with his National Guard unit from Vermont. In his unit in Vermont, he was known as the "Chaplain", although he was not an ordained minister. Everyone in the unit knew that he was an active Christian and would come to him to ask for advice from a Christian perspective. His experience in Iraq was so horrendous that he actually came home questioning God's existence. As prayers were being said for him and as we prayed for him directly on the retreat during the healing service, I believe he had a renewed experience of God's love in his life. I believe he is on his way back to God and is experiencing real healing in his life. After the healing service, he asked us, "Can we come live here?" He felt God's presence again. Isn't that what this WHI is all about? We are called to bring these veterans into a closer walk with God. In this way, God can begin the healing process. I believe we started the healing process on this retreat. I think an important thing to remember about these retreats is that they are Christian retreats. If we lose sight of that fact, we will not be the least bit helpful or effective in caring for these veterans.
Blessings Fr. Nigel+

Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 22:58:00 -0400
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) Retreat (17-20 Mar 08) – Personal First Impressions

I rejoice at the many, many blessings of the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) retreat. Some of them, for me, were:

*      Up until the time the retreat began, it looked like there would be only five people taking part, three of whom were organizers. At the first event, dinner on Monday evening, four more folk showed up. We had no idea were coming. They were two National Guardsmen, now medically discharged, one of whom came with his wife and 5 year old son.

*      The whole group – organizers, ‘on site’ intercessors and retreatants –bonded together in unity within 18 hours of the retreat starting. This was very special and lasted the whole retreat, even though one person struggled with faith issues and did not take part in all the worship opportunities (mainly Morning Prayer and Compline). Eight of us were at the ‘closed’ sessions and 14 at the ‘open’ sessions. The small boy had his own special program and was delighted by it. We have offered every one the opportunity to keep connected with our new and growing WHI ‘family’. We pray they will do so.

*      Fr. Nigel Mumford’s positive and sure leadership kept us on track and in line with the overall God-given vision of the WHI. He was most ably supported by the rest of the organizational and intercessory prayer team, which proved a faith-filled and very effective mix of people through which the Holy Spirit ministered – to us all!

*      There was an excellent half day presentation by three gifted counselors from the Albany Veteran’s Center. If all Veteran’s Centers are staffed by folk of this caliber, then Wounded Warriors from all wars can safely and confidently seek help through them.

*      No one was any different to anyone else. We all had trauma from the past and the Lord healed something in each one of us. Several had serious, multi-level trauma issues and one man was diagnosed with 100% PTSD. I was hugely blessed by the evident truth spoken about Jesus in Matthew 12:15-21. He ministered with love, grace, gentleness and mercy to the ‘bruised reeds’ - the Wounded Warriors – and the ‘smoldering wicks’ – Warriors questioning their faith as well as themselves. Let us pray they will be completely cured and totally reconciled to Him, their neighbors and themselves.

*      A Vietnam (VN) veteran, a former US Marine Corps NCO and a quite new Christian, was crucially used by the Lord to minister very effectively to the two former National Guardsmen. The VN Vet has agreed to be part of the WHI ministry team in the future. It seems like the Lord has a special role for VN Veterans. They can help significantly those with trauma from Iraq and Afghanistan; and are well respected by them.

*      The second day was, of necessity, ‘heavy’ and long. That evening, we were extremely thankful to relax to a lovely time of humor from two comedians brought in for the occasion. One of our group proved funnier than the comedians, even though he said he was acting completely out of character! The comedians will feature in future retreats.

*      The ‘behind the scenes’ folk at the Spiritual Life Center were magnificent. Each knew what the retreat was about and its importance. Each ministered to the WHI group in loving, friendly and truly helpful ways. The Diocese is wonderfully enriched and blessed to have the services of such folk, including many who volunteer their help irregularly. They are too numerous to be mentioned by name and most would not want that anyway.

*      The retreatants gave excellent feedback about the whole WHI program, even though several were emotionally deeply hurting. Without exception, all were extremely warm about their experience, including the Warrior who opted out of some of the worship times. They were also extremely positive about the food, accommodation and peaceful beauty of the Spiritual Life Center and its staff. Everyone was moved by the numerous gifts donated by many and placed in bedrooms to await their arrival.

*      At least 95 people came to support the Warriors at the Welcome Home Closing Ceremony. Over 100 people were in the Christ the King Chapel, including a Color Guard, Bugler, a State Senator and 2 TV crews. The Ceremony was deeply moving, worshipful and patriotic. Praise God the blend of patriotism and worship was not unduly jingoistic but real and meaningful from both perspectives. Many tears were shed! An electronic bugle was presented to the Greenwich VFW. The Ceremony was briefly on Channel 13 News that evening (but the WNYT news editor, sadly, couldn’t resist integrating it with a political report about the 5th anniversary of the Iraq War starting).

*      An observer came from the UK and is very actively considering how a similar ministry to WHI can be started there. We will work closely with him as his vision develops. He recently retried from the UK Royal Marines and has considerable combat experience.

The Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission were preached "all the time, sometimes with words".

We have much work ahead. It is clear that small retreats such as this are a very powerful way of opening the door of healing to Wounded Warriors on an almost one-to one basis. It is also clear that, as word gets around, there will be a call for larger retreats involving more Warriors, ministry team members and intercessory pray-ers, from the current and past wars. Some may be in places other than the SLC. The challenge of coping and managing all this is considerable. We at WHI feel very much like St. Paul did – inadequate, taking one step at a time, keeping focused on Jesus, and allowing the Holy Spirit to take the lead and guide us. We are very expectantly curious as to where this is all going to end up!

Please keep us in your prayers and please keep your support pouring in – we need significant finance and practical help.

If we didn’t use your help this time, or if we were not as good as you hoped at keeping in touch with you, please forgive us. And stay in touch!

It was a high honor and a huge privilege to take part in the WHI. I pray it will develop under the Lord's hand from this tiny mustard seed into the largest of trees in His garden – the world we live in. A seed was planted. It will grow, attracting many birds to come, perch and nest in its branches. These birds - fellow human beings created in the image of God - are those the Lord will, in His grace, bring to us so He can heal them (Matt 13:31-33). Brilliant! Thank you, Lord!

With Jesus' love and blessings,

Noel








 

3/29/2008, #92, 1st Quarter 2008

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your possessions-- (Psalm 104:24)
      Thank you, LORD, for all that you have done for us; help us to recognize your provision for us for what it is.

These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. (Psalm 104:27)
      LORD, please help us wait on you and receive with thanksgiving all your provision for us.

May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works. (Psalm 104:31)
      LORD, let your glory and your light shine forth in our lives. You have made us, we are your workmanship; we pray that you will be able to rejoice in us.

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 104:33)
      May my meditation be sweet to him; I will be glad in the LORD. (Psalm 104:34)

Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD! (Psalm 104:35)
      Hallelujah! Amen.

A word received: Listen me, listen as you read my word, listen to me.

Saturday: 104: Exodus 13:17-14:4; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10; Mark 12:18-27
Sunday: 111, 112, 113: Exodus 14:5-22; 1 John 1:1-7; John 14:1-7

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:53:31
From: Julia Mudge
Subject: prayer for our trip
Dear Team:
Specific prayer needs during our trip to Peru.
1. of course - safe travel
      Flights:
      Monday Mar. 31 depart Albany 6:40 am to Newark, depart Newark 2:50 pm, arrive Lima 9:50 pm, stay overnight
      Tuesday April 1 fly to Arequippa (afternoon flight - specifics will probably change)
      Sunday April 6 scheduled to return to Lima on Mon April 7th, but will probably change to Sunday afternoon.
      Monday April 14 depart Lima at 11:00 pm
      Tuesday April 15 arrive Newark 7:55 am, depart Newark 4:40 pm, arrive Albany 5:57 pm
2. Teaching schedule: anointing
      Tuesday - Friday night first week (Arequipa) (and maybe Saturday)(April 1-4 or 5)
      Monday - Friday night second week (Lima) (April 7-11) April 12th - I will be leading a clergywives retreat (8-3 or 9-4) - followed by a dinner with the area clergy
3. On top of this, we need to explore the area to get answers on where to live, and what projected expenses will be. We will probably also be taken around to see various ministries. We need to have all the information needed to put together a budget when we return. (internet, phone, rent, etc.)
4. Most important: We need to discern whether the Lord is calling us to Lima or to Arequipa.
5. Discernment about any pastoral assignments we might be involved with in addition to the teaching.
6. Good pictures for brochures (and that i have time to learn how to work the camera)
7. Getting by with our limited Spanish. Related to this will be looking at the Spanish Acquisition School in Arequipa.

Prayers after our return:
1. Our presentation at diocesan convention and our workshop at convention. Pray for diocesan support.
2. We were blessed this week to receive our first pledge of support. Pray that they will begin coming in. (Need monthly pledges for monthly support and $20,000 in cash before we can leave)
3. Need to quickly design and print brochures, pledge cards, prayer cards, etc. for handing out at speaking visits.
4. Visitations: please pray that there will be many invitations, and that they will be arranged quickly and with ease. (People are generally willing, but getting it on the calendar is another matter.)
5. Discernment and timing regarding: selling of house (when to put on the market), buying a small condimium, whether to sell both cars, etc. all the decisions involoved in downsizing
6. Getting Lydia's schoolwork chosen and organized for the rest of her high school classes. (Deciding when she will be finished and off to college.)
That's all I can think of now. God bless you all. Julie

[Note from Torre: There is an on-line way of contributing, through SAMS. The website address is: http://www.sams-usa.org/donate_sjmudge.html]

Friday, March 28, 2008

 

3/28/2008, #91, 1st Quarter 2008

"So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.'" (Exodus 13:14)
      Jesus, you have redeemed our lives out of the bondage to sin and death at such great cost to yourself, help us effectively tell the next generation about what you have done for us.



Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)
      Thank you, Father for your goodness and mercy toward us.

A word received: I AM with you.
      Thank you, Holy Spirit.

Friday: 118: Exodus 13:1-2,11-16; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Luke 24:1-12
Saturday: 104: Exodus 13:17-14:4; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10; Mark 12:18-27

Thursday, March 27, 2008

 

3/27/2008, #90, 1st Quarter 2008

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make those meeting times and places that Jesus has appointed for us; don't let us get distracted along the way to them.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)
      Jesus, please all of us in this diocese worship you -- even those with doubts.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)
      Lord Jesus, it is your authority, not ours; please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to claim only that authority you have given them. Restore a right order to our common life in the Episcopal Church.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19)
      LORD, help many in this diocese to go forth to make disciples and baptize them in your name. LORD, this nation and the Episcopal Church have become prime mission territory -- help many go forth to bring them to conversion and discipleship.

teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
      Jesus, thank you for sending us your Holy Spirit so that you can take up residence in our hearts and be with us daily. Help us daily be obedient to all that you have commanded us to do. Thank you.

A word received: Let me carry you through this day. Leave your burdens at my feet.

Thursday: 148, 149: Exodus 13:3-10; 1 Corinthians 15:41-50; Matthew 28:16-20
Friday: 118: Exodus 13:1-2,11-16; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Luke 24:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 07:48:31
From: Deacon Faye VanDermark
Subject: Hello friends
Dear Friends,
      Just checking in to let you know things are going well, it's been three week's and it's that time again to go back to Philadelphia. We will be flying out Friday at 7:15 AM from Binghamton. I will have neopathia treatment along with two chemo treatments. Please pray for the weather it does not look good on Friday or on Saturday. We return Sat at 12:05 PM.
      Your prayers are keeping me strong and filled with grace. Thank you. Have a blessed Easter. Deacon Faye
      Lord Jesus, please pour out your healing balm on Deacon Faye and anoint Roy's ministry to her day by day.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

 

3/26/2008, #89, 1st Quarter 2008

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." (1 Corinthians 15:33)
      Holy Spirit, come and lift the veil of deception from the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:34)
      Jesus, awaken the church to righteousness and the knowledge of God.

But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?" (1 Corinthians 15:35)
      Father, thank you that I can leave all of these "hows" in your care. I know that my redeemer lives and that I shall see him at the last day, and not as a stranger. Thank you.

A word received: Listen to me, my people; listen to me. I AM speaking to you; who is listening?

Wednesday: 115: Exodus 12:40-51; 1 Corinthians 15:(29)30-41; Matthew 28:1-16
Thursday: 148, 149: Exodus 13:3-10; 1 Corinthians 15:41-50; Matthew 28:16-20


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

 

3/25/2008, #88, 1st Quarter 2008

And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
      Holy Spirit, please move us out of our church buildings, out onto the streets of our communities with the gospel.

He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)
      Jesus, please bring all the people in the Episcopal Church to belief in you and what you have done for their salvation.

And these signs will follow those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; (Mark 16:17a)
      Holy Father, please help us cast out all that is demonic in the Episcopal Church.

they will speak with new tongues; (Mark 16:17b)
      Jesus, please help us receive and use all the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

they will take up serpents; (Mark 16:18a)
      Jesus, we long for the day when that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world, will be cast down, and his angels with him. (From Revelation 12:9)

and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; (Mark 16:18b)
      LORD, much poison is being poured out in the church today: lies, deceptions, false gospels, etc. We pray for your faithful people that they will not be harmed by these poisons.

they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:18c)
      Holy Spirit, please come with your power into the healing ministry throughout this diocese. Come with your full power on the healing service at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)
      Father, help us run our race in such a manner that we receive an imperishable crown. (From 1 Corinthians 9:24-25)



And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Mark 16:20)
      Jesus, help us go out of our church buildings and preach the gospel everywhere; we ask you to confirm the word with signs following. Thank you.

A word received: Pray that my people throughout the Episcopal Church will accept and believe the reality of my death and resurrection.

Tuesday: 111, 114: Exodus 12:28-39; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; Mark 16:9-20
Wednesday: 115: Exodus 12:40-51; 1 Corinthians 15:(29)30-41; Matthew 28:1-16

Monday, March 24, 2008

 

3/24/2008, #87, 1st Quarter 2008

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! (Psalm 66:1)
      Holy Spirit, help us join in this joyful celebration.

Sing out the honor of his name; make his praise glorious. (Psalm 66:2)
      Jesus, yours is the name that is above every name in heaven and on earth; help us bring honor to your name in this diocese.

Say to God, "How awesome are your works! Through the greatness of your power your enemies shall submit themselves to you." (Psalm 66:3)
      Father, it is not by our might or power that we shall prevail, but by your Spirit. (From Zechariah 4:6)

"All the earth shall worship you and sing praises to you; they shall sing praises to your name." (Psalm 66:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us today to join in this chorus of praise.

Come and see the works of God; he is awesome in his doing toward the sons of men. (Psalm 66:5)
      Father, your ways are awesome; help us retain a daily wonder at what you have done for us.

Monday: 66: Exodus 12:14-27; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8
Tuesday: 111, 114: Exodus 12:28-39; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; Mark 16:9-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 15:11:16
From: Tom Gizara
Subject: Thanks from Tom
      I just got back from the heart speialist. He says that I am doing fine. He changed two of my medications, scheduled me for an EKG and stress test in three months. I can go back to my usual routine plus a strict diet and exercise. Spread the word. I'm fine. Tom Gizara
      Father, we continue to pray for healing for your servant and witness, Tom, that you will restore him to full health.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

 

A word received

A word received: I long for my people to turn back to me; I long for them to return to my arms of love. I hold out my arms to them and they turn away. Weep for my children who have gone astray; cry out to me for them. This should be a day of rejoicing for my people. It grieves me to see my people wandering away from me -- for my people have abandoned my gospel and listen to what pleases them.


 

3/23/2008, #85, 1st Quarter 2008

Are you not the one who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that made the depths of the sea a road for the redeemed to cross over? (Isaiah 51:10)
      LORD, you did all that and you gave them guidance by day and by night. Guide and deliver us in our generation as well.



So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 51:11)
      Thank you, Jesus.

"I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass?" (Isaiah 51:12)
      Thank you, Holy Spirit.

"And you forget the LORD your maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth; you have feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he has prepared to destroy. And where is the fury of the oppressor?" (Isaiah 51:13)
      Thank you, Father, for all that you have done to set us free from the oppressor.

Easter Day: 113, 114, or 118; Exodus 12:1-14; John 1:1-18; Isaiah 51:9-11; Luke 24:13-35, or John 20:19-23
Monday: 66: Exodus 12:14-27; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8

Saturday, March 22, 2008

 

The Welcome Home Initiative

Here follows a preliminarily report on "The Welcome Home Initiative" from Fr, Nigel Mumford.

I will write a full report on the WHI retreat but here are four immediate thoughts:

1) The Colonel Royal Marines who was with us for the program is fully intending to set up the same program for returning British veterans in the UK. I am so excited about this international possibility and the knock on effect. The SLC Albany diocese team has offered to help in any way we can. Look at the bigger picture here... God clearly has His blessings on this project. Please keep this in your prayers. To help heal the "wounded soul" of the war veteran and his or her family.

2) I am still amazed at something that happened that was totally unexpected. That is the interaction between the Vietnam vets and the new war veterans.... the Vietnam vets became grandfather figures, they really knew and understood what these chaps have been through, they have had thirty plus years to try to process this horror of war and now were turning it around right in front of us. For me that was the miracle of the WHI. The camaraderie and the compassion... the ever flowing tears... and then the healing laughter...
Personally, in this life of the call to the healing ministry, this has been a most blessed, unique and extraordinary experience. At least one Vietnam vet will be coming back as a mentor for the next program.

3) I have been having very long conversations with my dear wife although I am too old now to pull an all nighter... hahaha. One thing we have been talking about is the thought, "Is PTSD contagious?" That is within the family unit. Some time ago I had the privilege of working with people of the Jewish faith whose parents were in Nazi concentration camps. The siblings I worked with, were not in the camps but were showing "full on" symptoms of PTSD. The realization of the collateral damage in the long term effect is so important that family's come to the retreat.

4) The presentation digital bugle to the Greenwich group of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) went well. Many were very moved.

We have a lot of work to do...

More later...

I pray that you will all have a most blessed Easter...

God bless you and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped, prayed, payed, made baskets, made wonderful blankets, and helped make this project a huge success.

Thank you Jesus for the healing that has begun in so many....

And to the many veterans.... WELCOME HOME

Be well,

Fr. Nigel+

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 03 22

Dn. Alan Hart, Howard Smith, and Torre Bissell 9:20 to 10:30 AM, in front of Christ Church on State St, (+ indicates received a cross).

+Tina -- protection and provision for family and friends
+Dina -- world peace, protection and provision for family and friends
+Agnes -- her sister, Maisey, whose health is not good, is moving up from NYC and for Hugh's blood pressure which keeps going up and down
the Bus Driver -- I went to the door of the bus to tell him that we were praying for him and his wife daily. He said he was praying for us and thanked us for praying for him. Big smile.
+William -- young man who said he was arrested on a felony assault charge last night. He became an atheist five years ago when his mother died horribly of cancer. He said his family was very religious. He said he had stopped drugging and drinking two nights ago. I told him his mother was probably with Jesus and asked him if he wanted to end up with his mother and Jesus. He said, "Yes." He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Deacon Alan anointed him with oil.
Sally -- asked prayer that their house would sell.
+Pat -- going to visit her family in New Jersey for Easter in Atlantic City. She is the only Christian in her family. She said, "Atlantic City is the Devil's play ground." She asked for prayer for protection and for her daughter Keista who is having her first baby in May. Alan anointed Pat.
+Cathy -- her brother has gone back to the girl friend who stabbed him. Prayed for protection and deliverance.
+Darnel -- he asked for prayer for guidance. He gave his life to Jesus for the first time and accepted forgiveness of his sins. Alan anointed him.

 

3/22/2008, #84, 1st Quarter 2008

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
      Lord, the Episcopal Church has embraced the flesh and has not listened to your Spirit; have mercy on us and help us be in you so that we may escape the just condemnation that is coming.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
      Father, there are only two choices: the law of your Spirit in Christ Jesus or the law of sin and death; help us throughout this diocese to choose the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: he condemned sin in the flesh, (Romans 8:3)
      Father, you loved us so much that you gave your only begotten son so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. (From John 3:16)

that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:4)
      Father, you did not send your son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. Have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church and help us receive the salvation he offers. (From John 3:17)

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us in the Episcopal Church to believe in Jesus so that we will not be condemned. (From John 3:18)

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)
      Father, you have sent the light of the gospel into the world, but we have loved darkness rather than light, and our deeds are evil; have mercy on us. (From John 3:19)

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. (Romans 8:7)
      Jesus, everyone who practices evil hates your light and does not come to your light in repentance, lest their deeds should be exposed. Have mercy on the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church: help them walk in the light of your word. (From John 3:16)


So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:8)
      Holy Spirit, please help us do the truth of Scripture so that we may come to the light and our deeds will be clearly seen to be done in God. (From John 3:21)

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. (Romans 8:9)
      LORD, the leaders of the Episcopal Church are choosing the law of the flesh rather than the law of the Spirit as they seek to stop the ministry of those who are faithful to the gospel; have mercy on us.

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10)
      The LORD is our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear? (From Psalm 27:1a)

But if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11)
      The LORD is the strength of our lives; of whom shall we be afraid? (From Psalm 27:1b)

      Jesus, thank you for giving me the Spirit of adoption whereby I may cry out, "Abba, Father!" (From Romans 8:15)

A word received: Grieve for my people; they are being led astray. Pray for faithful shepherds to be raised up for them.

Holy Saturday: 27; Lamentations 3:37-58; Hebrews 4:1-16; Romans 8:1-11
Easter Day: 113, 114, or 118; Exodus 12:1-14; John 1:1-18; Isaiah 51:9-11; Luke 24:13-35, or John 20:19-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 15:24:08
From: Rob Holman
Subject: Re: Prayer Request
      I guess cyber space got the update I sent you. I was looking for it in your broadcasts and didn't see it. Thanks for getting back to me.
Update:
       Mana rounded the corner some time Tuesday night after the fifth unit of blood. They sent home Benjamin with me on Wednesday but kept Mana for observation sans all IV's till Thursday. Dad and his youngest son had a special first night together.
      Thursday morning I picked up Mana to bring her home and she was actually hungry so I took her to lunch for miso soup and other Japanese comfort food. What a joy and a relief. Mana is now home resting and her mom is here to cook for her. We are so grateful for everyone's prayers.
      The doctors don't want her to do anything but rest for the next two weeks and full recovery may take a long time.
      Please pray for help with all the things that need to happen at home so Mana can rest (and for me to get over the cold I picked up in the middle of all of this.) Now if we can just get little Benjamin to switch his night time liveliness and appetite with his day time calm sleepiness!
After a blessed and trying holy week, Rob Holman+

Friday, March 21, 2008

 

3/21/2008, #83, 1st Quarter 2008

Remember my affliction and roaming, the wormwood and the gall. (Lamentations 3:19)
      Jesus, remember me now that you are come into your kingdom.

My soul still remembers and sinks within me. (Lamentations 3:20)
      Lord, I get discouraged by the persistence of sin in my life.

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. (Lamentations 3:21)
      Holy Spirit, please help me think on those things which will give me hope in Jesus and his resurrection.

Through the LORD'S mercies we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (Lamentations 3:22)
      Thank you, Father, for your unfailing compassion and mercy toward us.

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23)
      Holy Spirit, morning by morning you wake me up and in your faithfulness open the Scriptures to me. Thank you.

"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in him!" (Lamentations 3:24)
      Jesus, you are my portion in the land of the living and you are my hope when I die. Thank you.

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. (Lamentations 3:25)
      LORD, I seek after you, I hope and thirst for more of you; help me never slack off from desiring you.

It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:26)
      Jesus, I wait in hope for the new life you will bring to the Episcopal Church, I wait for the fresh wind of your Holy Spirit to blow through it.

It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth. (Lamentations 3:27)
      Holy Spirit, help me continue to bear the yoke with Jesus.


For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though he causes grief, yet he will show compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. For he does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. (Lamentations 3:31-33)
      Jesus, you bore our afflictions on the cross so that we may know your father's love and mercy. Please help us follow you today as we walk the way of the cross so that we may know your compassion for us. Thank you for not casting us off.

A word received: Pray for my people to come to me, to return to me. Too many of my people are content to complain about the church -- I want them to come to me in prayer.

Good Friday: 40:1-14(15-19), 54: Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33; 1 Peter 1:10-20 ; John 13:36-38; John 19:38-42
Holy Saturday: 27; Lamentations 3:37-58; Hebrews 4:1-16; Romans 8:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** You are invited to participate in the public Stations of the Cross which will take place in Schenectady starting at 12:00 noon at Christ Church, 970 State Street. Bishop Bill will lead off the Stations. It takes about two hours as you walk from station to station in the Hill and Vail areas of Schenectady.

***** Check out this link for another view of what I am doing. http://drbones.typepad.com/openly_episcopal_in_alban/2008/02/prayer-warrior.html#more

***** Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 09:14:33
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Good Friday healing message from Fr Nigel+
Do not meditate on your wounds,
Meditate on My wounds.
Your wounds hook you to the past
Jesus wounds liberate you for the future;
RESURRECTION
Wounds bleed
A healed wound stops bleeding
Be set free from your wounding.

Father forgive them...

Have a blessed and Holy Good Friday....
God bless you Fr. Nigel+

Thursday, March 20, 2008

 

3/20/2008, #82, 1st Quarter 2008

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take,

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, "This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. (Mark 14:22-24)
      Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit receive what you are offering us.

      Father, help us know the cost of this bread and wine, this body and blood.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for helping us enter this new covenant.

A word received: Call out to me for my people. Call out to me. Plead for my people who have gone astray. Join me in interceding for them.

Maundy Thursday: 142, 143: Lamentations 2:10-18; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32; Mark 14:12-25
Good Friday: 40:1-14(15-19), 54: Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33; 1 Peter 1:10-20 ; John 13:36-38; John 19:38-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** A book to read: Appointment in Jerusalem by Derek Prince.
      "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 brethren 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)

***** The closing service of the Welcome Home Initiative was powerfully anointed by the Holy Spirit.

Albany Intercessor

eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, "This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. (Mark 14:22-24)
      Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit receive what you are offering us.

      Father, help us know the cost of this bread and wine, this body and blood.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for helping us enter this new covenant.

A word received: Call out to me for my people. Call out to me. Plead for my people who have gone astray. Join me in interceding for them.

Maundy Thursday: 142, 143: Lamentations 2:10-18; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32; Mark 14:12-25
Good Friday: 40:1-14(15-19), 54: Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33; 1 Peter 1:10-20 ; John 13:36-38; John 19:38-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** A book to read: Appointment in Jerusalem by Derek Prince.
      "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 brethren 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)

***** The closing service of the Welcome Home Initiative was powerfully anointed by the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

 

3/19/2008, #81, 1st Quarter 2008

Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, and that a foolish people has blasphemed your name. (Psalm 74:18)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church has become that foolish people; have mercy on us.

Oh, do not deliver the life of your turtledove to the wild beast! do not forget the life of your poor forever. (Psalm 74:19)
      Jesus, protect your faithful dioceses and people; remember your little ones and the poor who look to you in hope.

Have respect to the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty. (Psalm 74:20)
      Father, we are asking you to be faithful even when we have been unfaithful. The Episcopal Church has become a place of cruelty where aged and faithful bishops and clergy are hunted down.

Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed! Let the poor and needy praise your name. (Psalm 74:21)
      Jesus, remember us, now that you have come into your kingdom.

Arise, O God, plead your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches you daily. (Psalm 74:22)
      LORD, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have become a daily reproach to you; have mercy on us.

      Do not forget the voice of your enemies; the tumult of those who rise up against you increases continually. (Psalm 74:23)

A word received: You are in my care. Don't be afraid.

Wednesday: 74: Lamentations 2:1-9; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11; Mark 12:1-11
Maundy Thursday: 142, 143: Lamentations 2:10-18; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32; Mark 14:12-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 18:24:15
From: Fr. Rob Holman
Subject: Prayer Request
Dear Torre,
       Mana gave birth to our beautiful boy Benjamin last Tuesday but had to have an emergency hysterectomy a few hours later. She is still in the hospital now a week and counting. Please pray that her GI tract will start working so she can begin eating and she can nurse. This is not the kind of Lenten fast we want. She developed a fever today and her blood count is still too low so they are giving her another unit. We so appreciate everyone's prayers. -- In spite of all the needs we are so thankful for this precious child, so much wonderful medical care, and friends helping with the children and meals. -- "Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."(1 Thess. 5:18)
In Christ, Rob Holman

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

 

A prayer for the Welcome Home Initiative

Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 15:43:20
From: Linda McHugh
Subject: Re: Keep praying dear people... there is healing going on... we really really need your prayer coverage...
Heavenly Father/Abba-God:
We are here to praise, live, adore, love and receive and give to and for you alone!!! Lord, pour our your Holy Spirit and empower the healing that is transpiring right now. Lord, touch your wounded children, close th wounds and set them free. Holy Spirit, fill that place with your healing and total anointing. Work thorugh Fr. Nigel so powerfully - he's there knowing you are doing what you need to do. We are here praying and Lord, we know your are answering. We trust, believe and adore you. You are the almighty healer in spirit and in truth. Thank you Lord, we praise you!!!!!! In the name of your precious son, Jesus Christ, Amen & Amen.
In God's Love-
Linda

 

Keep praying dear people... there is healing going on... we really really need your prayer coverage..

Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 05:56:10 -0400
From: nidge13601@aol.com
Subject: A Holy Week Healing Message

A Holy Week Healing Message.
Good Friday:
      Do not meditate on your wounds.
      Meditate on My wounds.
      Your wounds hook you to the past
      The Wounds of Jesus liberate you for the future; resurrection.
      Wounds bleed.
      A healed wound stops bleeding.
      Be set free from the personal wound.
      Look at the wounds of Christ.
      Know that by His stripes we are healed...

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Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 06:17:59 -0400
From: nidge13601@aol.com
Subject: WHI update for immediate release please
      Torre, you are so kind to post these thoughts... I cannot thank you enough... the message needs to be out there... Please feel free to send out this update:
      The program is going very well, thank you for your prayers but there is so much pain, so much trauma... off the charts... the stories are gut wrenching...these young chaps - torn in two... One chap, a medic, was sitting eating his rations when his world was shattered...so physically wounded, so emotionally wounded...his job was to save people... people died.... PLEASE KEEP PRAYING we need your prayers.... the Vietnam vets are helping and mentoring the "new vets"... it is wonderful to see, I was not expecting to see that... Jesus said that he would not give us more that we can bear... I do wonder sometimes! I am sitting here with tears pouring down my face... deeply moved. Watching war hardened men come alongside the wounded...
      This is very emotional.... the Lord is here and He is healing.... thank you for your prayers....
      What a privilage it is to be with such men and woman. What an awesome thing it is to watch the Lord heal such wounded souls.
      Battle Trauma is being released with the Lord.
      Keep praying dear people... there is healing going on... we really really need your prayer coverage.. ..
Fr. Nigel+

 

3/18/2008, #80, 1st Quarter 2008

"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses." (Mark 11:25)
      Jesus, you have taught us so much, help us learn this week, as we contemplate your cross, how to forgive one another in the Episcopal Church. Have mercy on us, there is so much holding of grudges against one another.

"But if you do not forgive, neither will your father in heaven forgive your trespasses." (Mark 11:26)
      Lord Jesus, there are so many trespasses on all sides in the Episcopal Church and so much unforgiveness; have mercy on us and bring us to repentance as a church.

Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him. And they said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority to do these things?" (Mark 11:27-28)
      Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd: bring us back under your authority, for we have all wandered off in one way or another. Use your rod and your staff with us so that we may find your comfort.

But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one question; then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John--was it from heaven or from men? Answer me." (Mark 11:29-30)
      Father, this is a question addressed to us in our generation: John came preaching a baptism of repentance; are we willing ourselves to repent of our sins? Are we willing to acknowledge the authority from you with which he still speaks to us today?

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men'"--they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed. So they answered and said to Jesus, "We do not know." (Mark 11:31-33a)
      Holy Spirit, such thinking is so contemporary in the church; move us to repentance for all our weasel words.

And Jesus answered and said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." (Mark 11:33b)
      Holy Spirit, this where all our "carefully nuanced" words lead us in the Episcopal Church: we miss hearing what Jesus has to say to us. Help us repent of this during this Holy Week so that we may make a good profession of faith on Easter morning. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me, my people; turn to me.

Tuesday: 94; Lamentations 1:17-22; 2 Corinthians 1:8-22; Mark 11:27-33
Wednesday: 74: Lamentations 2:1-9; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11; Mark 12:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line
***** From: Joann Ferris
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 8:23 AM
Subject: Rachel Morrow, 94, Albany Cursillo #9
I ask for prayers for Rachel's soul. She peaceably gave up this earthly life to be with her Lord and Savior on Sat. 3-15-08. Her breathing just stopped after a 4 week battle with lung cancer. Lord --I thank you for her life and the times we shared. I look forward to seeing her again. Jo Ferris, Albany Cursillo #38

[Rachel was one of the intercessors for the Diocese of Albany. What I remember most about Rachel is the evident joy that radiated from her. She sparkled with an inner delight and wonder. Quite literally, the joy of the Lord was (and is) her strength. Torre]

***** Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 06:48:11
From: The Rev. Nigel Mumford
Subject: Prayer request for Welcome Home Initiative
Dear Torre and the prayer warriors,
      I ask your prayers for today, Tuesday and Wednesday as you intercede for the Albany diocese Pilot program of the Welcome Home Initiative. We have fifteen people coming so far and may even get some walk ins. I am really looking forward to watching the Lord work on the minds and souls of wounded warriors. I truly expect to see invisible bandages being removed as the Lord heals. Right index fingers will be anointed as we think about the words from Eccl 3:3 there is a time for everything, a time to kill and a time to heal. This is the time to heal.
      To help you pray and to give you an insight to the trauma of war I wrote the following in 1978. "The mind is witness to a catastrophic event. The intellect cannot cope with what is has seen. The body reacts physically under duress. The heart receives emotional scar tissue, The soul weeps. This mental trauma is a total body reaction." NM+ 1978
      I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your intercessory prayers. You are very kind to keep us in prayer these three days.
      Don't forget: Please come to the closing at 11.30 for noon, Wed 19th March at the great hall at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.
Be well, Fr. Nigel+

Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Fr. Nigel+

      Lord Jesus, we pray that the Welcome Home Initiative will be a time of healing and peace for the veterans. Thank you for what you are doing in their lives.

Monday, March 17, 2008

 

3/17/2008, #79, 1st Quarter 2008

So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And he would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. (Mark 11:15-16)
      Jesus, please come into every parish in this diocese and drive from them everything that is an offense to you. Come into our hearts and souls and cleanse them of every impurity as well.

Then he taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" (Mark 11:17)
      Holy Spirit, restore to the common life of the Episcopal Church a life of prayer to the Father.

And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy him; for they feared him, because all the people were astonished at his teaching. (Mark 11:18)
      Even now, Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church seek how they might destroy your faithful witnesses.

      Father, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church has gone off the rails; draw us back to you and your ways. Thank you.

Monday: 69:1-23: Lamentations 1:1-2,6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Mark 11:12-25
Tuesday: 94; Lamentations 1:17-22; 2 Corinthians 1:8-22; Mark 11:27-33

      Notes from the Front Line
***** Sunday afternoon, with the permission of the people there, Fr. Brad went through the former crack house next door to Christ Church Schenectady and cleansed the house with prayer and holy water.

***** Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 11:08:55
From: Deacon Faye VanDermark
Dear Torre and Jean
      I have a dear friend who has been diagnose with small cell lung cancer. This week George will be going for some more test and then began treatment. I will give you a prayer that Deacon Harvey has prayed for me. We need this prayer for all cancer patients. special prayers for Carol his wife...
      Lord Jesus, just as you entered the Temple and cast out all those who were desecrating the temple with ungodly activity; so empower and enable this medicine as instruments of your divine will that they will cast out of George's lungs and his body any organism that is not of your will. As the Temple of the Holy Spirit, cleanse his body of everything and anything that is not of you.
      Come Holy Spirit, come now and come with great power to drive out of your temple – your son George – every evil, every agent or organism of pain, discomfort or dysfunction. Strengthen and free him to love, serve and worship you. We pray this for your blessed name’s sake. AMEN Thanks ... God Bless Deacon Faye

Sunday, March 16, 2008

 

3/16/2008, #78, 1st Quarter 2008

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? (Psalm 22:1)
      Father, I have sinned, Jesus did not sin; thank you for his willingness to experience the horror of separation from you that sin produces.

O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. (Psalm 22:2)
      Jesus, please help us, as we look at the devastation that sin has caused in the Episcopal Church, cry out to your father day and night for mercy and relief.

But you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)
      Father, you have chosen to dwell in the midst of our praise of you; help us by your Holy Spirit to fill our lives with your praise.

Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you delivered them. (Psalm 22:4)
      That was true then, Father, but it is not true now; show us where we went astray so that we may repent.

They cried to you, and were delivered; they trusted in you, and were not ashamed. (Psalm 22:5)
      LORD, we cry out to you, please deliver us from the bondage of those leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church who have chose sin and death; we trust that you will deliver us from their shame.

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. (Psalm 22:6)
      Father, it doesn't matter what others think of us, it only matters what you think of us. We claim the blood of Jesus for our covering; when you look at us we trust that you will see his love and sacrifice for us.

All those who see me ridicule me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, "He trusted in the LORD, let him rescue him; let him deliver him, since he delights in him!" (Psalm 22:7-8)
      Father, you did deliver Jesus from the power of the grave by raising him from the dead by your Holy Spirit; we trust that all of us who believe in him and confess his sacrifice and resurrection will be raised from the dead at that latter day. Thank you.

But you, O LORD, do not be far from me; o my strength, hasten to help me! (Psalm 22:19)
      Holy Spirit, you are our strength and we look to you to guide us in this time of darkness in the church.

Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion's mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered me. (Psalm 22:20-21)
      Father, I know that my redeemer lives and that you will answer me; you hear my cries and see my tears and have not abandoned me. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people: they are wandering over every hillside; pray that the lost will be found.

Palm Sunday: 103: Zechariah 9:9-12; 1 Timothy 6:12-16; Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1,7-9; Luke 19:41-48
Monday: 69:1-23: Lamentations 1:1-2,6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Mark 11:12-25

Saturday, March 15, 2008

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 03 15

Dn. Alan Hart, Mark Chesnut, and Torre Bissell 9:20 to 10:30 AM, in front of Christ Church on State St, (+ indicates received a cross).

We started by going over and giving thanks to God at the crack house next door for its sale and the physical cleansing it was undergoing. We prayed for a spiritual cleansing as well and asked God to fill it with the presence of the Holy Spirit and to keep out any further evil.
+Madelyn and +Rose -- we prayed for their families and friends, for their provision and protection.
+Joe -- asked prayer for his mother +Deborah who was just diagnosed with advanced cancer in the stomach (it has eaten through the stomach walls)
(The bus driver) -- no one got on or off so he honked at us and waved to us with a big smile as he went by
+Sheri and +Susan (her daughter) -- prayed for them and her husband Ed, for their provision and protection.
+Winston
+James -- on his way to teach Sabbath School at the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.
Robbie and Heidi -- on the run past us, asked us for prayer
+Takwana and +Rara (her son) -- Dn. Alan anointed them for healing and protection.
+Woman waiting for bus
+Sid -- needs a job
+Cathy

Albany Intercessor


 

3/15/2008, #77, 1st Quarter 2008

Now they came to Jericho. As he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. (Mark 10:46)
      Lord Jesus, we pray for all those who sit by the wayside begging because of their blindness: open the eyes of the physically blind, and open the hearts of and minds of the spiritually blind.

And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:47)
      Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on those who cannot see you and know you.

Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:48)
      Holy Spirit, help your people ignore all those whose only desire is to be undisturbed; help your little ones by the wayside cry out to Jesus all the more.

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you." (Mark 10:49)
      How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Isaiah 52:7) Holy Spirit, help us to be bearers of the good news that Jesus is calling people to himself.

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)
      Father, please help us throw aside anything that hinders our coming to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." (Mark 10:51)
      Holy Spirit, plant such a request in the hearts and minds of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church. Grant that they will receive their sight. Help me where I am walking in darkness to receive my sight.

Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:52)
      Jesus, help us make the choice of Bartimaeus: to follow you wherever you go.

      Lord, this is a time of great blindness in your church and there are many in your church of whom you spoke about through your prophet Isaiah: "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20) Have mercy on your people, Jesus, and let the blind see!

      A word received: Come to me, my people, come to me. Ask for my blessing.

Saturday: 42, 43: Exodus 10:21-11:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52
Palm Sunday: 103: Zechariah 9:9-12; 1 Timothy 6:12-16; Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1,7-9; Luke 19:41-48

      Notes from the Front Line

Would you be so kind as to forward this link about the Welcome Home Initiative to combat veterans of all wars: http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/
Thank you so much. Fr. Nigel+

Friday, March 14, 2008

 

3/14/2008, #76, 1st Quarter 2008

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask." (Mark 10:35)
      Holy Spirit, set us free of self-serving prayer; help us pray according to your mind.

And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" (Mark 10:36)
      Thank you, Jesus, for listening to us.

They said to him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left, in your glory." (Mark 10:37)
      Father, thank you for the true humility of Jesus; help us follow him in his passion and on the way to the cross this coming week.

But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to him, "We are able." (Mark 10:38-39)
      Jesus, we are often pretty clueless in the things we ask of you; thank you for saying, "No," to us when it is for our best welfare.

A word received: Pray for my people; pray that the captives will be set free.

Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12): Exodus 9:13-35; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 42, 43: Exodus 10:21-11:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52

Thursday, March 13, 2008

 

3/13/2008, #75, 1st Quarter 2008

Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, (Psalm 140:1)
      Deliver us, O LORD, from those who are doing violence to the truth of the gospel.

Who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war. (Psalm 140:2)
      Jesus, please defeat the plots of those who reject the gospel in the Episcopal Church.

They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips. (Psalm 140:3)
      Father, we hear words of reconciliation from the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, but their deeds toward your faithful people are venomous.

Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble. (Psalm 140:4)
      Holy Spirit, please guide my steps so that I do not stumble.

The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me. (Psalm 140:5)
      Jesus, there seems to be no limit to the pride of those who set traps for your little ones, but with your help we can escape from their net.

I said to the LORD: "You are my God; hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD. (Psalm 140:6)
      Father, help us pray as Jesus prayed: "Father, your will be done."

O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle. (Psalm 140:7)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily put on the helmet of salvation; for the battle rages all around us.

Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further his wicked scheme, lest they be exalted. (Psalm 140:8)
      LORD, those who speak of "reconciliation" and "diversity" wage war on your faithful people; do not grant their evil desires.

"As for the head of those who surround me, let the evil of their lips cover them; (Psalm 140:9)
      Jesus, this diocese is surrounded by dioceses that have gone astray; protect and deliver us from their evil desires.

Let burning coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire, into deep pits, that they rise not up again. (Psalm 140:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us return love for hatred so that the fires of the wicked will be quenched.

Let not a slanderer be established in the earth; let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him." (Psalm 140:11)
      LORD, hunt out all the lies in the Episcopal Church and cleanse it with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor. (Psalm 140:12)
      Jesus, you are our rock, our shield, our great high tower, and we run to you for safety.

Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence. (Psalm 140:13)
      Father, help us find our rest in your arms of love.

A word received: Hear, my people; hear me when I speak to you. Pray that my people will listen when I speak.

Thursday: 140, 142: Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12): Exodus 9:13-35; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Mark 10:32-45

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

 

3/12/2008, #74, 1st Quarter 2008

Then they brought little children to him, that he might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. (Mark 10:13)
      Holy Spirit, move the hearts of many to bring children to our parish to you for your touch; please don't let anyone hinder them or discourage them from coming.

But when Jesus saw it, he was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:14)
      Jesus, please help us receive with thanksgiving every child and every adult who brings them.

"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Mark 10:15)
      A word received for the Sunday School teachers for the Palm Sunday lesson: Ask the teachers and the class to follow me with humility on Palm Sunday. I went in on a donkey to Jerusalem and was proclaimed as a king; yet I went on to the cross as a lamb sacrificed for my people.
      [See http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/]

      Father, please help us come to you as your children by adoption and faith.

And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:16)
      Jesus, please take me up in your arms, lay your hands on me, and bless me.

Wednesday: 128, 129, 130: Exodus 7:8-24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16
Thursday: 140, 142: Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31

      Notes from the Front Line

Praise the Lord for answered prayer! Fr. Brad called yesterday to say that the dumpster was in front of the crack house next to Christ Church Schenectady and the house was being cleaned out for the new owner.

Pray for the House of Bishops meeting, March 7-12, Camp Allen, Texas:
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
      May the Holy Spirit manifest Himself in a mighty way during this gathering, touching and transforming the hearts, minds and souls of every bishop here, guiding and leading us in all that is said and done, that it will be in accordance with His will, and to His honor and glory and the benefit of His Church and people. Come Holy Spirit! Come now and come with power to cleanse and redeem your Church. We need you Lord Jesus. Amen.

***** Words received for Sunday School Lesson 25, April 6

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. (1 Samuel 3:1a)
      A word received: I want the children to minister to me.

And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. (1 Samuel 3:1b)
       A word received: I want to pour out my word and my Spirit on my people. Pray for hearts that are prepared for my gifts.

And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, (1 Samuel 3:2)
      A word received: Eli had two kinds of blindness; the worst was spiritual blindness.

and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, (1 Samuel 3:3)
      A word received: I long for my people to rest in my presence.

that the LORD called Samuel. And he answered, "Here I am!" (1 Samuel 3:4)
      A word received: I want you to hear and answer me when I call to you.

So he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." And he said, "I did not call; lie down again." And he went and lay down. (1 Samuel 3:5)
      A word received: You will not always know whether it is my voice or the voice of another. Go to someone with discernment if you are not sure.

Then the LORD called yet again, "Samuel!" So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." He answered, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." (1 Samuel 3:6)
      A word received: I will keep calling you until you recognize my voice.

(Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him.) (1 Samuel 3:7)
      A word received: I want to reveal my word to you. I want you to know me. I want every child to know me.

And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you did call me." Then Eli perceived that the LORD had called the boy. (1 Samuel 3:8)
      A word received: I want the adults to recognize when I am calling to the youth; I want them to discern this and encourage the youth to hear me as Eli did with Samuel.

Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and it shall be, if he calls you, that you must say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (1 Samuel 3:9)
      A word received: Pray for adults who will mentor the youth as Eli did Samuel.

Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel answered, "Speak, for your servant hears." (1 Samuel 3:10)
      A word received: Pray for listening hearts.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

 

3/11/2008, #73, 1st Quarter 2008

"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea." (Mark 9:42)
      Jesus, please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to repentance, for they are causing many to stumble by the false gospel they are proclaiming.

"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched--where 'Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.'" (Mark 9:43-44)
      Holy Spirit, please bring the House of Bishops to repentance: they are casting out those who believe the gospel, help them be willing to cut off those members that are fully committed to sin.

"And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched--where 'Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.'" (Mark 9:45-46)
      Father, please move the hearts of the House of Bishops to repentance.

"And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire--where 'Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.'" (Mark 9:47-48)
      Jesus, once again I pray for your little ones who are being led astray by lies. Protect their hearts, don't let them become chaff to be thrown into the fire when the day of your threshing comes.

"For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt." (Mark 9:49)
      Lord Jesus, there is a fire that is coming to the Episcopal Church. Please let the fire of your Holy Spirit come first to rescue those who are headed toward the fire of Hell.

"Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another." (Mark 9:50)
      LORD, I pray for all of us in the Episcopal Church, that we will be seasoned with the salt of the gospel so that we may have peace with one another. Thank you.

A word received: I AM calling my people, my faithful ones, to a new hope in me. Pray for a restoration of hope among my people.

Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]: Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Corinthians 14:20-33a, 39-40; Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 128, 129, 130: Exodus 7:8-24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the House of Bishops meeting, March 7-12, Camp Allen, Texas:
"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith." (1 Peter 5:5-9)
      May the Holy Spirit manifest Himself in a mighty way during this gathering, touching and transforming the hearts, minds and souls of every bishop here, guiding and leading us in all that is said and done, that it will be in accordance with His will, and to His honor and glory and the benefit of His Church and people. Come Holy Spirit! Come now and come with power to cleanse and redeem your Church. We need you Lord Jesus. Amen.

***** Notable and Quotable Posted by Kendall Harmon
      Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all...As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. --G.K. Chesterton

***** Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2008 08:20:17
From: The Rev. Nigel Mumford
Subject: Invitation
Dear friend,
      I would personally like to invite you to the closing ceremony of the three day healing retreat for combat veterans, on the Welcome Home Initiative.
      Please be at the great hall at the Spiritual Life Center at 11.30am Wednesday 19th March To say thank you.
      There will be a color guard, a bugler, Senator Betty Little will give the address, there will be a wonderful presentation gift given (I cannot disclose that yet as it is a surprise for the recipients) and a letter of citation from President Bush.
      I am hoping for at least 100 people to attend... PLEASE come and say thank you to a vet... PLEASE help me welcome home these men and woman who have given of themselves... this Welcome Home Initiative is a diocesan event of great magnitude...
      There are still spaces available for combat vets... if you know anyone who would like to attend let me know.
      The hand out is seen at www.ctkcenter.org go to WHI brochure. thanks so much...
       If you cannot be there, PLEASE pray for us... or write a letter of thanks to be left on the pillows in the evening for the vets.
Send the letter to:

       WHI Veteran
       Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
       575 Burton Road
       Greenwich, NY 12834
      I have sent this to many overseas friends... I know you cannot make it but please just pray for this retreat. Thanks.
      I want to tell you of this miracle... I have said all along that I do not want to do this because of my own War experiences. The miracle is two fold: 1) I am now really excited about this and 2) I have not asked anyone for funding for this and yet the money has come in to put this healing retreat on. It has really been amazing. THANK YOU.
God bless you. Fr. Nigel+

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