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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

 

4/25-29/2008, #24-28, 2nd Quarter 2008, São Paulo

============ 4/25/2008, #24, 2nd Quarter 2008, São Paulo

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)
      Lord, I pray for your people to ask, seek, and knock.

============ 4/26/2008, #25, 2nd Quarter 2008, Itacaré

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
      Lord, we pray that your message may spread rapidly thoughout this diocese and be honored by all.

And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. (2 Thessalonians 3:2)
      Holy Father, deliver Bishop Bill and all your faithful witnesses from wicked and evil attacks.

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
      Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness and protection.

We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. (2 Thessalonians 3:4)
      Holy Spirit, "my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteiousness.

May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
      Jesus, thank you for showing us God's love; help us with today's perseverance.

A word received: Yes, Be at rest, this is a day of rest.

============ 4/27/2008, #26, 2nd Quarter 2008, Itacaré

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (James 1:2)
      Jesus, thank you for the trials we are going through in the Episcopal Church. Please use them to refine our joy.

knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (James 1:3)
      Father, come and work in our hearts so that this time of testing of our faith produces patience with one another.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us cooperate with the work you are doing in us so that we reach the maturity you desire for us.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
      LORD, we ask for wisdom for the leadership of this diocese.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church is filled with doubt and is driven this way and that; have mercy on us.

For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:7-8)
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church is being led to its destruction by the double-minded. Please bring us forth by your word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of your creation. (From James 1:18)

============ 4/28/2008, #27, 2nd Quarter 2008, Itacaré

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (Colossians 1:9)
      Lord, please help us pray unceasingly for one another in this diocese. Please fill us with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossians 1:10)
      Father, please flood us and wash us with your Holy Spirit so that we can walk in a manner worthy of Jesus. Help us to please him and bring forth good fruit in everything we do. Help us to grow in our knowledge of you – not just knowledge about you, but knowing you. Let the Diocesan Convention be a place where people come to know you.

strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; (Colossians 1:11)
      Holy Spirit, please strength us for the tasks that are ahead with Jesus' glorious power. Give us all patience and longsuffering with joy in this diocese.

giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Colossians 1:12)
      Father, thank you for qualifying us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints.

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, (Colossians 1:13)
      Jesus, let your light shine forth thgouhout this diocese and throughout the Diocesan Convention. Help us love one another as you love your father.

in whom we have redemption through His blood,[a] the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:14)
      Jesus, thank you for redeeming us from our sins and forgiving us. Thank you for loving us so much.

A word received: Don't be afraid; I Am with you.

============ 4/29/2008, #28, 2nd Quarter 2008, São Paulo

How often they rebelled against him in the desert and grieved him in the wasteland! (Psalm 78:40)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church is in a wasteland and we continue to rebel against you and grieve you.

Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 78:41)
      Holy Spirit, have mercy on us and help us return to the LORD our God.

They did not remember his power -- the day he redeemed them from the oppressor, (Psalm 78:42)
      Jesus, please redeem your faithful people from oppression.

the day he displayed his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan. (Psalm 78:43)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to remember all that you have done for us.

      Notes from the Front Line

Greetings! There will be a prayer vigil on Saturday, May 3, at St. Michael's Colonie from 9-3 for 10/11 year old Joshua who has muscular dystrophy and is not doing well. If you can be there great, 0therwise please hold up Joshua in prayer, especially at that time. I know that we believe that God hears all our prayers and answers them so lets all soak Joshua with God's healing love. Blessings to you all. Deacon Christine Wickman

CHRST CHURCH PRAYER TABLE -- Sat., April 26, 9:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in front of Christ Church's front door.

a -- indicates anointed with Holy Oil
t -- indicates received one of Torre's crosses

RAY --- Returnee to the Prayer Table. Proudly showed me his cross we gave him a few weeks ago. Prayed for him for protection and provision and he said, "Keep praying for me. It works!"

a, t -- MARGARET --- This woman was collecting cans and bottles all along the sidewalks of State Street. She stopped and sought prayer for herself "... To keep Satan away from me. He's been trying to get me!" and also for her daughter, Rebecca, who lives in Albany. She said her daughter "tells lies to her boyfriend" and that the relationship is bad and hopes it ends. We prayed that God will illuminate her daughter's path and help her make the right choices and that He will keep her safe. She took a cross for Rebecca, too.

t,a -- FRANK --- Patiently waited his turn for five minutes in the light rain while I was ministering to Rebecca. Frank was on his way to his own church. He wanted prayers because he said he feels empty and wants God to fill that emptiness. We prayed together that God will fill his empty void in a mighty way.

t,a -- MARIE --- Has seen the Prayer Table in past weeks but said she has been reluctant to stop in the past. She said "Today, something made me come over and talk with you." She wanted prayers for " ... everything bad that's going on around here to stop and to change into something better." Marie also said "I want to start following God's law, because I'm not stupid." We prayed together for provision for her, for protection, for things to be transformed throughout Schenectady starting right in our neighborhood. She wept when I gave her the cross and put it around her neck and said, "Wow. For ME? This is beautiful." An extra great little thing happened right then, because "Ray" from the top of the report was walking back past the table again just then and he showed Marie HIS cross and said "See? I've got one too. It's real! It works!" Praise God.

t,a -- RICHARD -- Was reluctant to stop at first but I kept at him and then he turned back and then muttered, "Aw, what the he__." Richard wanted prayer for further protection from heart attacks. He said he had a heart attack "... about a week ago. Doctors told me I was officially dead for about 5 minutes, but they brought me back." I gave him a cross, anointed him and prayed that he would come to know the God who had spared him. I told Richard that the Lord had saved him for a special reason and that now he has to figure out what that reason is.

MARTIN -- Wanted prayers for " ... Safety for everyone in the neighborhood." We prayed for an end to the violence in our city. Martin did not want a cross and I did not feel called to ask if he wanted anointing, but ... it was a prayer and it was a start.

OLIVER -- There is always one person who comes to the Table who kind of stands out above all the rest. Today it was Oliver, a middle-aged man who approached the Table with suspicion and distrust. He asked "Why would you want to pray for ME? What good is that going to do me or anybody? You seem genuine and sincere, but remember ... men are basically selfish and after money and don't care about others. If you pray for me that's nice, but it isn't going to to any good. It won't change the way things are!" After about a 10-minute discussion on all this, we agreed that there IS a God and that He loves us all. Therefore, prayer is a connection between all of us and that one, true God. If He loves us, why would He not listen to us and intervene for us? Oliver refused the offer of healing anointing and a cross, but he finally let me touch his shoulder and pray for his safety and provision and good health. God won quite a victory there, I would say.

a,t -- PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) -- Remember last week she wanted prayer for Keith, who was out of work? She said Keith is doing better. She also wants prayer for "Nick," her son-in-law, who is having a bout with Sickle Cell Anemia and just had his tonsils removed. We prayed for healing for Nick and provision for Keith.

t-- JOE -- Joe wanted prayers and two crosses -- one each for his grandsons, Malachi and Jeremiah, ages 3 and 7. He asked for prayers that his grandson would "... come to know the Lord."

------------- deacon alan hart

Thursday, April 24, 2008

 

4/24/2008, #23, 2nd Quarter 2008, São Paulo

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?" (Matthew 6:25)
      Jesus, I put my life in your care once again.

 

4/23/2008, #22, 2nd Quarter 2008, São Paulo

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." (Matthew 6:10)
      Jesus, please bring us freedom from "things." Our whole culture is oriented to amassing possessions; help us repent of this.

"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:20)
      Jesus, plese become my heart's desire, the treasure that I seek above all others.

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)
      Holy Spirit, set my heart on the pilgrim's path to the kingdom of heaven.

      Father, my souls faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. (From Psalm 119:81)

 

4/22/2008, #21, 2nd Quarter 2008, São Paulo

May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. (Psalm 68:1)
      Amen.

As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. (Psalm 68:2)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus.

But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. (Psalm 68:3)
      Holy Spirit, bring your joy to the righteous.

Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds -- his name is the LORD and rejoice before him. (Psalm 68:4)
      Holy Father, help us keep your name holy and rejoice before you.

 

4/21/2008, #20, 2nd Quarter 2008, Parati

Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy. (Psalm 64:1)
      Jesus, hear Bishop Bis and all your faithful bishops as they cry out to you. Protect them from the threats of their enemies.

Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers. (Psalm 64:2)
      Father, hide your faithful people in the palm of your hand.

They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. (Psalm 64:3)
      Holy Spirit, hide the diocesan leadership from the strife of tongues.

They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear. (Psalm 64:4)
      Have mercy on your faithful people, LORD.

A word received: "Have mercy on my people." Keep praying that.

 

4/20/2008, #19, 2nd Quarter 2008, Parati

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, (Hebrews 12:1a)
      Holy Witnesses, help your people hear your voices; your words of encouragement.

let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, (Hebrews 12:1b)
      LORD, your people and your church are entangled by sin and hindered, have mercy on us.

and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1c)
      Holy Spirit, help us develop perseverance for the long run that is set before us in the Episcopal Church.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, (Hebrews 12:2a)
      Jesus, as we run our race in the Episcopal Church, help us keep our eyes fixed on you.

who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, (Hebrews 12:2b)
      Holy Spirit, please help us life in the hope and joy in Jesus' resurrection.

and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2c)
      Father, we long to come into your presence.

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us reflect on the life of Jesus as he endured opposition from sinful men so that we may endure the sin we encounter. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for those who are ordained in your day that they will do all that I require of them.

 

4/19/2008, #18, 2nd Quarter 2008, São Paulo

I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the "gods" I will sing your praise. (Psalm 138:1)
      LORD, help me praise you more and more; help me cast out all those false "gods" which inhibit my praise of you.

I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (Psalm 138:2)
      Jesus, yours is the name that is above every name; help me humble myself before you.

When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted. (Psalm 138:) (Psalm 1383:)
      Holy Spirit, you have worked in my heart and given me boldness I never had on my own; thank you.

May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth. (Psalm 138:4)
      Father, help those who rule the Episcopal Church hear the words of your mouth.

 

CHRIST CHURCH PRAYER TABLE

(In front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Deacon Mary Carol Hart of St. Andrew's of Scotia, and Deacon Alan of Christ Church.) Saturday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

t-indicates received one of Torre's wooden crosses.
a-indicates person was anointed with holy oil

??? --- We prayed right away for safety and forgiveness for a prostitute who was working the street in front of church when we arrived. She didn't want to give her first name but she accepted prayer and then left the area.

t,a---LEROY --- Came across the street after we yelled to him asking if he wanted prayer. He wanted prayer that "things will get better" for everyone in the neighborhood.

THE BUS DRIVER --- Spoke to us from his driver's seat; he said he was saying a prayer for us as the bus was approaching the church. Thanked us all for praying for him all week on our prayer line.

t-- GEORGE --- There was a language barrier with this person, but with hand gestures we used (hands folded and pointed toward sky, nodding our heads, holding up cross, pointing to George) he understood what we were offering and he sat down and we laid hands on him and prayed for him for protection and provision.
t,a --PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) --- Came to our table asking for prayers for her son, Keith. Keith has been laid off from work. MaryCarol anointed her for provision and protection for Keith and for good health for Frank.

t-ERIC --- He wanted prayers for protection and to "get everything done that I have to do today." Eric, a Roman Catholic, was very excited about just having seen Pope Benedict on television. He was worried about getting to Colonie (for an errand) and back to Schenectady in time to go to work. He wanted prayers to stay sober; he has not had a drink in over a year.

t,a ---JOHN --- He is from North Carolina and talked with us for about 10 minutes, and we prayed for him. He does not understand all the crime and gangs and "people lying and all the stuff that goes on around here" and joined us in prayer that all the crime and poverty and ignorance will be sponged away by God from the neighborhood. He kept saying "I just don't get it!" because it is so unlike his native North Carolina. He was happy to get the cross, which comes from Torre's friend in his state of North Carolina.

t,a -- REGINA --- Walked up to us just as we were disassembling the table. She had a puffy face and had a lot of pain because she had just had a tooth removed. MaryCarol anointed her for healing and relief from pain.

----- deacon alan

 

4/18/2008, #17, 2nd Quarter 2008, São Paulo

"You have heard that it was said to those of old,You shall not commit adultery.’" (Matthew 5:27)
Holy Spirit, you said it before and you are still saying it. Help us to honor your word rather than those who commit sexual sin.
"But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:28)
Jesus, please bring me to purity of heart so that I may see you.
"If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." (Matthew 5:29)
Father, please help us learn what is truly for our profit.
"And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." (Matthew 5:30)
Jesus, please teach this to the House of Bishops.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

 

4/16/2008, #16, 2nd Quarter 2008

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." (Matthew 5:17)
      Lord Jesus, there has been so much destruction in the Episcopal Church of your word through the law and the prophets. Please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to the fulfillment you desire for them in your word.

"For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18)
      Holy Father, thank you that your word will abide even when we are weak and unfaithful.

"Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help us be doers and teachers of your word and not hearers only. (James 1:22)

"For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:20)
      Jesus, please help us enter into the righteousness you desire for us. Thank you.

A word received: Keep praying for my church.

Wednesday: 49,[53]: Exodus 33:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:17-20
Thursday: [59,60] or 114, 115: Exodus 34:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Matthew 5:21-26

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

 

4/15/2008, #15, 2nd Quarter 2008

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who remain steadfast in you and your father; let your grace and peace come upon them.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
      Father, thank you for all your faithful people. Thank you for Bishop Bill and Bishop Dave and for all the leadership of this diocese that walk with Jesus.

remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
      LORD, we remember before you the Daughters of the King and the Sisters of St. Mary and all those who minister and do works of faith and labors of love in this diocese. Thank you for their patience of hope in you.

knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
      Thank you, Holy Spirit, that even now at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace scattered throughout the Episcopal Church. (From Romans 11:5)

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, please let the gospel come throughout the whole of the Episcopal Church, not in word only, but also in your power.

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who receive your word in much affliction: grant them the joy of your Holy Spirit.

so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. (1 Thessalonians 1:7)
      Lord Jesus, please help us be good examples of those who have received the word, even in affliction and sorrow.

Tuesday: 47,48: Exodus 32:21-34; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 5:11-16
Wednesday: 49,[53]: Exodus 33:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:17-20

      Notes from the Front Line

To the Albany Diocesan Intercessors:

Join us in praying for the next Welcome Home Initiative retreat for combat soldiers set for July 28-30, 2008. We again seek a few good soldiers (and their "at home support team") who have seen combat in any war -- for the building up of a community of Christian warriors and their families who share the common goal of healing the wounds of war through Jesus’ name.

*      Pray for the Oratory WHI team's analysis of the last retreat and continued discernment of how to better serve our combat veterans.
*      Pray for the development of ministry directly concerned with the needs of soldier's wives and children of various ages.
*      Pray for God's drawing of men and women to join the upcoming retreat -- for referrals by families, friends, chaplains and commanders. Do you know a combat veteran who would be interested in this ministry? (See our website for more information: http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome)
*      Pray for WHI finances and for discernment regarding how to respond to the question of transportation costs for warriors with limited means. (The WHI retreat is free due to the generosity of our supporters, but veterans pay their own travel costs. We have had inquiries from across the country.)
*       Begin praying now whether you can join us in the Welcome Home Ceremony for the July retreat, Wednesday, July 30, at 11:30 a.m. in CtK Great Hall. Help heal the wounds of war by joining us in welcoming home our men and women who have sacrificed much for us and for our country.

      Continue to lift up the participants in the last retreat -- for ongoing healing encounters with Jesus, for physical healing, for continued restoration of relationships particularly within families, for favor in gaining access to benefits from the VA system, for financial stability. We have heard heart-warming stories of resurrection and new life from these men and their families, and give God all the praise!
      Also continue to lift up ongoing contacts with regular Army and NYS National Guard chaplains in the upstate New York area. There has been interest in using the WHI retreat as a component in reintegrating troops returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan in late 2008/early 2009: pray for Holy Spirit guidance in these discussions. Pray also for the initial contacts in Britain by one of the participants in the last retreat who is hoping to set-up a similar program in the UK after the WHI model.
      Your prayers carry this ministry on the wings of angels. We thank you all for your caring support!
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM, for the Oratory of Christ the Healer, Christ the King Center, Greenwich, NY

Monday, April 14, 2008

 

4/14/2008, #14, 2nd Quarter 2008

"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake." (Matthew 5:11)
      Jesus, your faithful people are being blessed abundantly, for much falsehood is being said about them in the Episcopal Church.

"Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:12)
      Holy Spirit, help us find our joy in knowing that we have a reward in heaven; thank you for the honor of being counted with the prophets who were before us.

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." (Matthew 5:13)
      Lord, the Episcopal Church is becoming a tasteless mess; have mercy on us.

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." (Matthew 5:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help us shed forth the light of Jesus.

"Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house." (Matthew 5:15)
      Father, we pray for the household of faith that we will all be illumined with the gospel.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
      Father, please help us shine forth with the light of the gospel so that many will see by it and glorify you. Thank you.

Monday: 44: Exodus 32:1-20; Colossians 3:18-4:6(7-18); Matthew 5:1-10
Tuesday: 47,48: Exodus 32:21-34; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 5:11-16

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Book recommendation: The Book of Psalms by Mick Hales of the Diocese of Albany. It is published by Harry N. Abrams Inc. ISBN: 0-8109-9527-1, Hardcover with jacket. Price: $16.95. The photographs which illustrate each Psalm are beautiful and were taken by Michael Hales. The photos are a wonderful invitation on each page to stop and reflect on the meaning of each Psalm. You can order it at http://www.hnabooks.com/category/home/87

Sunday, April 13, 2008

 

4/13/2008, #13, 2nd Quarter 2008

And Jesus, when he came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
      Jesus, shepherd of our souls, teach us and guide us day by day. Raise up throughout the whole of the Episcopal Church true shepherds in every diocese and parish. Please give us all teachable hearts. Thank you.

I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (1 John 2:21)
      Jesus, you are the Holy One and the shepherd of our souls, help us abide in your words of truth.

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22)
      Holy Father, there are many lies circulating through the Episcopal Church and many who deny that Jesus is the only way to you. Have mercy on us and guide us back into the truth so that all will know Jesus as the Christ.

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (1 John 2:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us abide in the teaching we heard at the beginning when our hearts were aflame with love for Jesus: then we will abide in the Son and in the Father. (From 1 John 2:24)

A word received: Wait on me. Ask my people to wait on me, to serve me with their whole heart.

A word received: Hope in me. I AM the resurrection and life. Look to me for hope that does not disappoint.

Sunday: 103: Exodus 28:1-4,30-38; 1 John 2:18-29; Mark 6:30-44
Monday: 64, 65: Leviticus 16:1-19; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

Notes from the Front Line

***** New Sunday School lessons are posted on http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/

***** Jean and I are flying to São Paulo, Brazil to visit our son Brereton and his family. We leave for São Paulo Wednesday, April 16th and return Friday, May 2nd. I anticipate posting prayers by email and on by blog from São Paulo. Please pray for travel mercies for us.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

 

Transformed Soul Conference


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Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 04 12

Dn. Alan Hart and Torre Bissell 9:25 to 11:00 A.M., in front of Christ Church on State St. (+ 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 conversion of man who hosts the parties and those who come to them.

A lot of pain and bitterness today. Three people didn't have places to live.
+Tony -- provision and protection
+Steve -- "a better life"
The Bus Driver -- "God is faithful. He will take care of you and me."
+Bill (bottle man) -- provision and protection
+Eliu -- provision and protection
+John -- "world peace" We also prayed for peace in this neighborhood. John said, "Peace starts at home."
+Evelyn -- "a place to live so I don't go to jail". She is living in a rented truck with her pets. "I just knew I had to turn back" (to come to the prayer table).
+Richard -- "My son is the one who killed the girl." (two years ago) His landlord evicted him because of what his son did. He is in a temporary shelter and in danger of losing that and his pet dog. He gave his life to Jesus.
+Rob -- his brother Jimmy has been in Iraq for three years. He is supposed to come home but now that is being postponed. We prayed for Jimmy's protection and all those who are in harm's way.
Shawn -- (wearing a cross from previous prayer)
+Charles -- "a better life after this", gave his life to Jesus.
+Dana (young woman) -- homeless and pregnant, living in her car, saw the sign and pulled into the Christ Church parking lot to get prayer.
+Myra -- gave her life back to Jesus this morning after a long walk apart.
+Kim -- "I have to walk all the way home. He takes care of me every day."
Woman and her daughter

Deacon Alan anointed many of them with holy oil for healing and protection.

 

4/12/2008, #12, 2nd Quarter 2008

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take my offering. (Exodus 25:1-2)
      LORD, please help us throughout this diocese to give offerings to you from our hearts with joy.

And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats' hair; ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood; oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. (Exodus 25:3-7)
      LORD, there are so many ways we can give to you, but help us also give our hearts to you.

And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. (Exodus 25:8)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make our hearts a sanctuary for you to dwell in; help us make our parishes a sanctuary for you to dwell in and where hearts are won to Jesus.

According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it. (Exodus 25:9)
      Jesus, please help us so order the things that are in our sanctuaries that people see in them a model of your father's glory.

Oh, send out your light and your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your tabernacle. (Psalm 43:3)
      Father, please help us by the light of your truth to come into your tabernacle and into your sanctuary and worship you.

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise you, O God, my God. (Psalm 43:4)
      Father, help us come to your altar with joy, thanksgiving, and songs of praise.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise him, the help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm 43:5)
      LORD, there is much in the church to cause me disquiet, but I make the choice to hope in you and praise you; you are the help of my countenance and my God.

Saturday: 42, 43: Exodus 25:1-22; Colossians 3:1-17; Matthew 4:18-25
Sunday: 103: Exodus 28:1-4,30-38; 1 John 2:18-29; Mark 6:30-44

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Healing conference at Christ the King Spiritual life center May 17th 2008
       The Rev. Dr. Jack and Anna Marie Sheffield, speakers for the International Order of St. Luke the Physician will be at Christ the King Spiritual life center on May 17th 2008. 9am-4pm. The title of the healing conference: "Triumph of the Transformed Soul".       Jack and Anna Marie are very passionate, warm and funny people. They really get the healing message of Jesus across with love and generosity. You will be blessed attending this program.
      $42.80 before May 12th (includes lunch)
      $50 after May 12th (includes lunch)
      Please download registration form at http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/Resources/sheffield-conference.pdf

      I hope you will join us at this conference. God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Friday, April 11, 2008

 

4/11/2008, #11, 2nd Quarter 2008

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he departed to Galilee. (Matthew 4:12)
      Lord, your saints are still being put in prison and persecuted, some to death, for their faithfulness to you. Be with them and their families and friends in their hour of trial.

And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." (Matthew 4:13-16)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for all those are sitting in darkness in our diocese, that your light, the light of the gospel, will dawn for them. Thank you.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)
      Holy Spirit, move all of us in this diocese to repentance so that Christ's light can shine forth in our lives. Thank you.

Friday: 105:23-45: Exodus 24:1-18; Colossians 2:8-23; Matthew 4:12-17
Saturday: 42, 43: Exodus 25:1-22; Colossians 3:1-17; Matthew 4:18-25

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Update:
140th Convention of the Diocese of Albany. Convention Weekend is June 6,7,8 and the theme for this year is "Press on to know the Lord." Our guest preachers will be Archbishop Ben and Gloria Kwashi from the Diocese of Jos in Nigeria, Bishop Harold and Liz Miller, and the Reverend Dr. Russ Parker from the United Kingdom. Registration material will be available online by April 18. Weekend rates will be the same as 2007 and for those who want to send in the registration material sooner vice later, feel free to use last year's form.
      Lord Jesus, come with your power and light on the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

 

4/10/2008, #10, 2nd Quarter 2008

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, (Colossions 2:6)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please help us make use of everything we have received of you; bless our walk today so that our feet are shod with the preparation to share your gospel of peace. Thank you.

rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving. (Colossions 2:7)
      Holy Spirit, please nurture the roots we have in Jesus so that we may be built up in him and established in faith with thanksgiving.

And God spoke all these words, saying: (Exodus 20:1)
      Holy Father, please write all your words on our hearts.

"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (Exodus 20:2)
      LORD, so many of your people in the Episcopal Church have chosen to be back into the bondage of sin; have mercy on us.

"You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3)
      LORD, help us come to you on your terms; anything else is to go after other gods.

A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Pray for healing of their wounds.

Thursday: 37:19-42: Exodus 20:1-21; Colossians 1:24-2:7; Matthew 4:1-11
Friday: 105:23-45: Exodus 24:1-18; Colossians 2:8-23; Matthew 4:12-17


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

 

4/9/2008, #9, 2nd Quarter 2008

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now he has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in his sight--if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1-21:23)
      Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese to be grounded and steadfast in our faith in you so that we may live out and share the hope of the gospel which we heard. Please come with the full power of your Holy Spirit upon the Diocesan Convention so that every speaker, every ministry, every workshop, every business session, and all our worship will be grounded and steadfast in the hope of the gospel. Thank you.

A word received: You are to hope in me. Place your hope in me.

A word received: Elijah was a man of my choosing. Pray that I will raise up such among you -- men and women who will call my people back to me.

Wednesday: 119:25-48: Exodus 19:16-25; Colossians 1:15-23; Matthew 3:13-17
Thursday: 37:19-42: Exodus 20:1-21; Colossians 1:24-2:7; Matthew 4:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 06:16:04
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Healing conference at Christ the King Spiritual life center
      You are invited to a Healing conference: May 17th 2008
       The Rev. Dr. Jack and Anna Marie Sheffield, speakers for the International Order of St. Luke the Physician will be at Christ the King Spiritual life center on May 17th 2008. 9am-4pm. The title of the healing conference: "Triumph of the Transformed Soul".       Jack and Anna Marie are very passionate, warm and funny people. They really get the healing message of Jesus across with love and generosity. You will be blessed attending this program.
      $42.80 before May 12th (includes lunch)
      $50 after May 12th (includes lunch)
      Please download registration form at http://christ-the-king-center.org/

      I hope you will join us at this conference. God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

***** Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 06:10:15
From: Faye VanDermark
Subject: Peace be with you
Dear Friends,
I want to let you know that on Friday the 11th I will be having PET/CT Scan at 7:00 Am. then Roy and I will be off to Philadelphia again the 16th and 17th, we Fly out at 7:15 Am. I ask you to believe with me that the cancer is gone and I will not have to have any more Chemo. In prayer last week the Lord spoke to me and said "A new chapter has begun in your life." That night I saw this black crusty looking thing in my hand, it looked like a bat and I threw it to the ground, it turned into a beautiful butterfly. The Lord said "new life.." so I truly believe that I AM HEALED.
God Bless, Deacon Faye

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

 

4/8/2008, #8, 2nd Quarter 2008

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, (Colossians 1:1)
      Thank you for the apostolic ministry you have raised up and for the faith that you have proclaimed through them in all places and down through the centuries.

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: (Colossians 1:2a)
      Father, we pray for the saints and faithful brethren in the Diocese of Albany.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:2b)
      Father, please help us enter into the peace and grace that you have for us in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, (Colossians 1:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us as we give thanks to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ that we will keep the people of the Diocese of Albany in daily prayer.

since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; (Colossians 1:4)
      Jesus, please help us be steady in our faith in you and in loving the saints throughout your church.

because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, (Colossians 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be always ready to share the hope that is in us and the truth we have received.

A word received: Let me have this day.

Tuesday: 36, 39: Exodus 19:1-16; Colossians 1:1-14; Matthew 3:7-12
Wednesday: 119:25-48: Exodus 19:16-25; Colossians 1:15-23; Matthew 3:13-17

Monday, April 07, 2008

 

4/7/2008, #7, 2nd Quarter 2008

The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: (1 Peter 5:1)
      Father, we hold up Bishop Bill and all the priests, deacons, and lay leaders of this diocese for your anointing today.

Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; (1 Peter 5:2)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of the leaders of this diocese so that they will all give willing and eager service to the flocks entrusted to them.

nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; (1 Peter 5:3)
      Jesus, please help every shepherd in this diocese take you as a model of service so that they may serve as models for the flock entrusted to them.

and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. (1 Peter 5:4)
      Lord, we long for the day of your appearing!

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." (1 Peter 5:5)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to be submitted to our elders as Jesus was submitted to you.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, (1 Peter 5:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us in this diocese humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God the Father.

casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
      Father, thank you that we are in your care.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
      Jesus, please help us resist the devil by being steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings we endure are experienced by our brothers and sisters around the world. (From 1 Peter 5:9)

But may the God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (1 Peter 5:10)
      Lord Jesus, please help us embrace the suffering that comes with your cross so that we may be brought to maturity in you, and established, strengthened, and settled in you.

To him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:11)
      Jesus, we pray that your glory and dominion will be manifested throughout this diocese and at the Diocesan Convention in June. Thank you.

Monday: 9, 15: Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew (1:1-17), 3:1-6
Tuesday: 36, 39: Exodus 19:1-16; Col. 1:1-14; Matthew 3:7-12

Sunday, April 06, 2008

 

4/6/2008, #6, 2nd Quarter 2008

Later he appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and he rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him after he had risen. (Mark 16:14)
      Lord Jesus, please set the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church free from unbelief and hardness of heart; help them believe those you send them who know you personally.

And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily go outside our church buildings 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, you are Lord and these are your rules; help us abide by what you have said.

"And these signs will follow those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:17-18)
      Jesus, we ask for "signs following" for all those who believe in you and minister in your name.

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, thank you for letting us see glimpses of your glory in Jesus.

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, thank you for working with us as we go forth to preach and share the gospel.

Sunday: 114, 115: Exodus 18:1-12; 1 John 2:7-17; Mark 16:9-20
Monday: 9, 15: Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew (1:1-17), 3:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2008 08:43:55
From: The Rev. Nigel Mumford
Subject: a testomony about Down Syndrome
Dear prayer partners,
      This is an out take from a blog from Macon GA. Where we led a healing mission recently. This is about Jack who was born with Down Syndrome. I would ask your prayers for Jack and his parents please. His mother is writing:
      "Jack has been SO prayed over. Countless of people that we know and don't know have prayed for him and we are so grateful. The people at the ministry that my mom is involved with laid hands on me while I was pregnant and prayed for me. After Jack was born we attended a healing conference that was put on at our old church. The leader is an Episcopal priest from NY. At the end of the day he was going to have the prayer ministers pray for anyone there who needed healing (physical, emotional etc.) but before this started he said he knew that there were a couple of children who needed prayer and he asked us to come forward. Trey and I brought Jack to the front and he actually laid him on the altar and prayed for him. It was so incredibly beautiful and moving. I really felt like God was reaching down and holding Jack in his arms while he prayed. He then turned to me and Trey and prayed for us that we would be healed of the emotional wounds. Once again I felt like the miracle did occur."
      I just thought you might like to read this... Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another... Fr. Nigel+

***** Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2008 07:39:26
From: Fr. Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudges in Peru - 3 Abril 2008
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you.
      We are having a wonderful time in Peru.
      Lydia's health has improved, and the taxis are fine.
      There are quite a few stories we could tell, but a question on people's minds may be: "how is our being here benefitting people in Arequipa?" We've noticed that our being here has made a positive difference. Several people appear to have benefitted from Julie's presentation on inner healing.
      Shaw gave a presentation on discipleship that included 7 approaches for making disciples. Shaw had people divide up into tables to discuss which approach might work best for Arequipa. One table group has run with this, modified an approach, and plan to implement it. Luis, a member of the table, does not want us to leave.
      Shaw think's the sharing of ideas and opting for a Peruvian application
      is a good way to go. It's like putting everything in a blender and
      allowing for the Lord to make a great fruit drink.
      I hope you are all having a blessed time in whatever you are doing.
God bless you. Dios te Bendiga. In Christ, Shaw+ and Julie+

Saturday, April 05, 2008

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 04 05

Dn. Alan Hart, Howard Smith and Torre Bissell 9:22 to 10:35 A.M., in front of Christ Church on State St. (+ 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 conversion and a rehab of hearts to come there.

+Roop
+Andrew -- accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, accepted forgiveness of his sins [first time]. "I don't know what made me ride by here today [on his bicycle]." When we asked if he wanted to give his life to Jesus, he said, "I think I need to." [Tears]
The Bus Driver -- I went to the door of the bus to tell him that we were praying for him. He got off the bus, "Pray for me, I'm really suffering. I really appreciate seeing you guys every week."
+James [bottle man] -- prayed for protection and provision
+Luis -- prayed for him and for his daughter Angelica who has asthma.
+Darnel
+Roopram -- provision
+Arthur -- "that I will live the life the Lord wants me to"
+Jemma -- healing and for +Victoria [her daughter] that she would open her heart to the Lord.
+Anthony -- health and prayers for his son Anthony
+Abenine -- for her children and family, for provision
+Madeline -- health
+Susan

Deacon Alan anointed many of them with holy oil for healing and protection.

 

4/5/2008, #5, 2nd Quarter 2008

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. (1 Peter 4:7)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to steadiness in our prayers for one another in the church.

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8)
      Jesus, send the fire of your Holy Spirit on us to warm up our cold or luke-warm love for one another.

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9)
      Father, help us repent of grumbling.

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us use all our gifts for building up the Body of Christ.

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)
      Jesus, have dominion over us and our common life in the church.

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; (1 Peter 4:12)
      Bless and help Bishop Bill and all the leaders and teachers of this diocese as they go through these fiery trials. Bless and help Bishop Dave as he ministers to us and to the CANA congregations.

but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when his glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. (1 Peter 4:13)
      Jesus, we know that as we partake of your sufferings, we will also partake of your glory. Thank you.

If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part he is blasphemed, but on your part he is glorified. (1 Peter 4:14)
      Thank you, Jesus for the reproaches we receive because we remain steadfast in you and in the faith delivered to the saints.

A word received: Wait on me. Look to me for rest and provision.

Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117: Exodus 17:1-16; 1 Peter 4:7-19; John 16:16-33
Sunday: 114, 115: Exodus 18:1-12; 1 John 2:7-17; Mark 16:9-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008 17:30:47
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: elephant painting
I found this worth watching.... rather moving in fact... This is absolutely amazing -- takes a few minutes, but worth the watch!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He7Ge7Sogrk


Friday, April 04, 2008

 

4/4/2008, #4, 2nd Quarter 2008

"These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. (John 16:1)
      Jesus, please help us keep our eyes on you, you are the author and finisher of our faith. (From Hebrews 12:2)

They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. (John 16:2)
      Father, we live in such times now in the Episcopal Church.

And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor me. (John 16:3)
      Holy Spirit, please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to a saving knowledge of Jesus and the Father.

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 3:14)
      Jesus, please help us count it all joy that we are going through these various trials, for we know that the testing of our faith produces patience. (From James 1:2-3)

But sanctify Christ as Lord 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; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. (1 Peter 3:15-16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us sanctify Jesus as Lord daily and keep his name holy -- sanctify our tongues so that we do not misuse his name. Please prepare our hearts so that we are ready to speak of the hope that is in us. Thank you.

For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. (1 Peter 3:17)
      Father, please help us have your perspective on all that we in the Episcopal Church are going through now.

"Indeed the hour is coming that you will be scattered" (John 16:32)
      Jesus, your flock is being scattered, have mercy on us.

A word received: You are in my care, continue to encourage N.
      Jesus, help us encourage those around us.

Friday: 134, 135: Exodus 16:23-36; 1 Peter 3:13-4:6; John 16:1-15
Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117: Exodus 17:1-16; 1 Peter 4:7-19; John 16:16-33

Thursday, April 03, 2008

 

4/3/2008, #3, 2nd Quarter 2008

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
      Jesus, this is something we are really struggling with in the Episcopal Church -- our love for one another has grown cold. Renew our love for you and for each other. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. (John 15:13)
      Holy Spirit, please show us when and how to lay our lives down for one another.

You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. (John 15:14)
      Jesus, please help us do whatever you command us.

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)
      Jesus, thank you.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. (John 15:16)
      Father, please help us bear the fruit you are expecting from us. Please prune away anything that hinders our bearing even more fruit for you and your kingdom.

These things I command you, that you love one another. (John 15:17)
      Jesus, we trust you to light our lamp, to enlighten our darkness. With your help we can leap over the walls that divide us in the Episcopal Church and show forth your love for one another. (From Psalm 18:29-30)

"If you had known in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes" (Luke 19:42).
      LORD, help us hear this rebuke.

      A word received: I want you to remember my mercy. I want you to turn to me in thanksgiving for my mercy.

Thursday: 18:21-50: Exodus 16:10-22; 1 Peter 2:11-25; John 15:12-27
Friday: 134, 135: Exodus 16:23-36; 1 Peter 3:13-4:6; John 16:1-15

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

 

4/2/2008, #2, 2nd Quarter 2008

"I am the true vine, and my father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away; and every branch that bears fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit." (John 15:1-2)
      Father, please come into our common life in this diocese and take away all that is unfruitful and prune that which is fruitful so that it may bear more fruit for Jesus. With the help of your Holy Spirit give us hearts that are willing to let go of those things that are not fruitful for you.

"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you." (John 15:3)
      Jesus, thank you for the cleansing power of your word: help us receive it in every part of this diocese.

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." (John 15:4)
      Holy Spirit, we cry out to you for those parishes and individuals who are trying to be fruitful without abiding in Jesus; please bring them to repentance and graft them back into the vine.

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
      Holy Spirit, write this on the hearts and minds of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church. A thousand people are leaving the Episcopal Church each week; many because of its refusal to abide in Jesus; have mercy on us.

"If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." (John 15:6)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church is self-destructing; have mercy on us.

"If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." (John 15:7)
      Jesus, let our common and personal prayers come out of lives that abide in you and you in us.

"By this my father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples." (John 15:8)
      Father, no matter what happens in the rest of the Episcopal Church, help us bring your glory in this diocese.

      Father, we pray that all aspects of the Diocesan Convention will be fruitful.

"As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in my love." (John 15:9)
      Jesus, thank you for loving us while we are still sinners. Help us abide in you today.

"If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my father's commandments and abide in his love." (John 15:10)
      Jesus, help us keep your commandments so that we may abide in you. Thank you.

"... the Lord Jesus ... has sent me that you may receive your sight " (Acts 9:17).
      Jesus, help us minister sight to the inwardly blind -- to those who have been blinded by the world's wisdom.

      A word received: Encourage one another in the ministries and gifts I have given you. I want you to encourage one another.

Wednesday: 12, 13, 14: Exodus 15:22-16:10; 1 Peter 2:1-10; John 15:1-11
Thursday: 18:21-50: Exodus 16:10-22; 1 Peter 2:11-25; John 15:12-27

      Notes from the Front Line

CHURCH OF NIGERIA PRAYS FOR GAFCON on Church of Nigeria website http://www.anglican-nig.org/
( http://www.anglican-nig.org/main.php?k_j=12&d=167&p_t=main.php?k_j=34
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      The Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Revd. Peter Akinola has called on all God's people throughout the Church of Nigeria for Massive Intercessory Movement for the forthcoming Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON).
      The prayer coordinator for this movement, Most Revd. Benjamin Kwashi asked that intensive prayer be made for the 2-week long conference and pilgrimage holding in Jordan and Jerusalem in June this year.
      Specific areas to pray for include courage, strength, vision and wisdom for the Primate and other faithful Anglican leaders in the global church; that God may speak to His church, give clear direction for the Anglican Church worldwide and glorify His Name.
      Archbishop Kwashi also requested that the Church intercede for the organizers of GAFCON and for God's guidance in all practical arrangements and safety in travel.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

 

4/1/2008, #1, 2nd Quarter 2008

Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us keep Jesus' words so that we may fully enter into his father's love.

He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me. (John 14:24)
      Jesus, the love of many in the Episcopal Church for you has grown cold for they do not keep your word.

"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:25-26)
      LORD, give us teachable hearts!

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
      Jesus, you are our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear? You are the strength of our lives; of whom shall we be afraid? (From Psalm 27:1)

Tuesday: 10, 11: Exodus 15:1-21; 1 Peter 1:13-25; John 14:18-31
Wednesday: 12, 13, 14: Exodus 15:22-16:10; 1 Peter 2:1-10; John 15:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

      Torre, I wanted to make sure you know that the young woman "Eleanor" for whom we prayed on Saturday morning was a first-time guest at our Neighborhood Meal! I spotted her in line when I was refilling the bread basket and went up and said hello. She said she was glad we prayed for her and was feeling very good. She wondered if you were at the Meal but I told her you had gone home after Sunday School and church service. I told her to come back and see us again. I mention all this because it is proof for ME, at least, that these two ministries of Prayer Table and Neighborhood Meal, while somewhat different, are starting to become connected and each has started to work off of the other. Our Table is starting to bring people in to eat and receive still MORE care and love from our church once they get inside, and the Meal in turn is letting people know when they come to our Table that we are well-meaning and also offering God's love to them in a different way. I think the two ministries are not all that dissimilar after all.
      Deacon Alan

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