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Saturday, May 31, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

      (In front of Christ Church --State St., Schenectady on 5-31-08,
      9:20 -- 10:40 a.m. Table witnesses for Him this day were Thelma Stearns, Don Foust, Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a-- Indicates person received anointing of Holy Oil

t -- Indicates person received one of Torre's wooden crosses

      EDWARD --- Arrived just as Prayer Table was being set up. Edward is a repeat visitor to the Table; proudly showed us he is wearing his cross. Received prayer for continued grace, protection and direction from God.

      t-- CRYSTAL -- Wanted prayers for provision for herself, her family and her friends.

      t-- JANE -- Jane asked for prayers for continued good health. After the prayers as she put on her new cross, she hesitated a moment, smiled and told us "Something just made me come over here today!"

      t-- PAT (a man) --- Wanted prayers "for everything." Torre prayed for Pat to seek the Lord and find his grace and provision and protection in his life, also for his family and friends.

      t-- MARK -- Very serious, troubled young man. Asked for prayers that he will be able to continue to make the mortgage payments on his house.

      a, t -- JOHN -- There is always one "special" visitor to the weekly Table who stands out as someone in special need, and that the Table obviously was there for him. Today it was John, who is visiting Schenectady from Newark, N.J. He asked that God grant him a "renewal." He admiited he is a Christian who has been "backsliding" and was in obvious need of forgiveness from his guilt of some sin. We prayed for him to ask Jesus to forgive and forget his sins, and he was anointed to feel God's transformation in his renewed life. Torre told John to look for signs today that Jesus is working in his life.

      t -- PABLO --- Stopped out of curiousity, explained right away that he does not speak English. But he understood our upraised hands and that we wanted to pray for him, so he let us pray with and for him.

      t- RAMA and her two sons, a, t --JOSE and a,t -- CARLO -- This adorable little family walked by and at first did not stop, but Carlo's (boy of about 5 or 6) urging caused Mom to stop with her young son in the baby carriage. Torre prayed for an anointing of the Holy Spirit on the whole family. Both boys were anointed with Holy Oil with prayers that they would both in time come to know Jesus and to walk in His path. The mother was very grateful and pleased!

      a,t -- JULIO -- Middle-aged man in a lot of obvious discomfort with a metal-braced kind of splint on his right forearm and hand. He said he had fallen from a van and the fingers had been pushed back up into his hand. Received prayers for healing and soothing grace from God.

      t -- MARLON -- Big, muscular young man who we guessed would never stop in a million years. But when Don and Thelma called out to him, Marlon stopped! He was in need of prayer for provision and that things will get better. He said he was in a hurry, but he stopped and was glad to receive prayer.

      t--JOEY --- Young man who was there because he said he is "dealing with a lot of stress." Don prayed for Joey to be freed from stress and the anxieties of this life.

      t -- ANTHONY --- While we were praying for Joey, Anthony sat down in the other empty chair. We recognized him as a previous visitor to the Table. He is the one whose mother, MARIA, was in the hospital last week with a heart problem. He is happy that she was able to go home yesterday. We prayed for continued healing for Anthony's mother.

      DANIEL --- Another repeat visitor who recently requested prayer for safe travel back and forth to NYC. He is back and made the trip safe and sound. He arrived just as we were taking the Table down.

      Note: After Prayer Table, I visited JIMMY (Larry's son) at his mother's home in Schenectady. He was released from Ellis this week and is getting cared for at his mom's. Jimmy is much happier being home. He told me his big goal is to become well enough to come to Christ Church someday. He wants all of you who have been praying for him to know how much he appreciates it. Believe me, I cannot tell you enough how completely sincere he is. He really, really is thankful for your prayers.

--------------- Deacon Alan

 

5/31/2008, #58, 2nd Quarter 2008

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us desire and do those things which will cause your fruit to grow in our lives.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12)
      Dear Jesus, please help Bishop Bill, the leaders and teachers of this diocese, and all its people fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, and confess your name before the world, the flesh and the devil.

I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, (1 Timothy 6:13)
      Father, please raise up witnesses before Governor Patterson and all others in authority in this state who seek to impose gay "marriage" on us. Please move the hearts of the deputies to the Diocesan Convention to pass the canons on marriage and the licensing of clergy.

that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing, (1 Timothy 6:14)
      Holy Spirit, help us keep this commandment without spot or stain until the day Jesus returns for his own.

which he will manifest in his own time, he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (1 Timothy 6:15)
      Jesus, please reveal yourself to your people by your Holy Spirit.

who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:16)
      For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, Lord Jesus, now and forever.

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
      LORD, thank you for your generosity towards us; please help us to be generous toward others. Thank you.

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge--by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
      Holy Spirit, please help Bishop Bill and all the clergy and lay leaders of this diocese guard what has been entrusted to them. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my hands. Don't be afraid. Speak peace to my people.

Saturday: 42, 43; Proverbs 25:15-28; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Matthew 13:36-43
Sunday: 103; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; Acts 8:26-40; Luke 11:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line


Spring 2008 JUST A REMINDER...
Moving Forward to Summer with Big Expectations
      All of this beautiful weather has us dreaming of camp! So as we plan and prepare for the summer season, we want to make sure you start planning to come spend some time with us. From new friends to long-time supporters, we have great opportunities coming up to help get you plugged in and ready to go.
      If you would like to learn more about the summer camp programs we offer you can visit us online at http://beavercross.com.

      Maybe you are interested, but haven't had a chance to visit the camp or meet the staff. Then mark you calendar to attend the Open House on May 18. See below for more information.
      Many of you are already Beaver Cross almni and want to give back to the camp that has given you so much. The BC Workday is a perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty and help us get the camp ready for the summer season. See below for more information.
      Ready to sign-up for summer camp? You can head to our downloads page for registration forms.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, May 30, 2008

 

5/30/2008, #57, 2nd Quarter 2008

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in him! (Psalm 34:8)
      LORD, it doesn't matter how much water flows over us; if we never open our mouths to receive it, we will have gained nothing. Help us throughout this diocese and at the Diocesan Convention to open our mouths and receive all that you have for us. Thank you.

Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions, my precious life from the lions. (Psalm 35:17)
      Jesus, please come and vindicate and rescue your faithful people out of the hands of those who persecute them. Shut the evil doers' mouths as you did with the lions when Daniel was in their den. Thank you.

I will give you thanks in the great assembly; I will praise you among many people. (Psalm 35:18)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to worship and praise you at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. Keep your eyes on me.

Friday: 35; Proverbs 23:19-21,29-24:2; 1 Timothy 5:17-22(23-25); Matthew 13:31-35
Saturday: 42, 43; Proverbs 25:15-28; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Matthew 13:36-43

      Notes from the Front Line

"OBEY, OBEDIENCE
      In the OT this word is used by translators to bring out the full meaning of the verb 'to hear'. It indicates the right response to 'the voice' or 'the word' of God. To receive the utterance of God in a noncommittal or merely passive fashion is virtually out of the question. 'To hear' is to be persuaded (as the LXX and NT words suggest), and so to obey. The only other possibility is active resistance, for which the translators have used the words 'REBEL' and 'REVOLT' in the OT, and 'disobey' in the NT. The terms must be understood against the background of God's covenant-transaction with men. The fitting response to God's initiative is humble acquiescence, a combination of active obedience and unconditioned trust. The word 'obey' and its associates are used in the closest possible association with 'BELIEVE' and it associates (v. FAITH)."
      [From A Theological Word Book of the Bible, Edited by Alan Richardson D.D., The Macmillan Company, New York, 1952]

Thursday, May 29, 2008

 

5/29/2008, #56, 2nd Quarter 2008

Another parable he put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;" (Matthew 13:24)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for sowing the seed of the Word in our hearts.

      A word received: I long to speak to my people: pray for ears that will hearken to my voice.

"but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way." (Matthew 13:25)
      Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church were asleep at the switch a couple of generations ago and the enemy has sowed his seed among us and we are now seeing that bad seed growing to maturity.

"But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared." (Matthew 13:26)
      Father, all around us we see both faith and unbelief mingled together in the Episcopal Church.

"So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'" (Matthew 13:27)
      LORD, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church acknowledge the tares among us.

"He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'" (Matthew 13:28)
      Jesus, please help Bishop Bill and the leaders and teachers of this diocese to come to you for guidance about the tares among us.

"But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.'" (Matthew 13:29)
      Lord Jesus, we cry out to you for your little ones who are being uprooted by the chaos in the Episcopal Church.

"'Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."'" (Matthew 13:30)
      Jesus, we pray that none of the wheat will be lost at harvest time. Thank you.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Proverbs 21:30-22:6; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Matthew 13:24-30
Friday: 35; Proverbs 23:19-21,29-24:2; 1 Timothy 5:17-22(23-25); Matthew 13:31-35

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 05:33:45
From: Laurie Kellington
Torre, Thank you and everyone who prayed for my Uncle. My Uncle died lasted night quietly without pain.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

 

5/28/2008, #55, 2nd Quarter 2008

My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. (Psalm 119:25)
      LORD, send revival throughout this diocese.

I have declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:26)
      Teach all of us your statutes, LORD, help us to be good learners.

Make me understand the way of your precepts; so shall I meditate on your wonderful works. (Psalm 119:27)
      Bless all the deputies to the Diocesan Convention with understanding of your precepts; help them meditate on your wonderful works as they prepare to discuss the proposed canons on marriage and the licensing of clergy in this diocese.

My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28)
      Holy Spirit, our souls melt with heaviness as we contemplate the sin in the Episcopal Church; strengthen Bishop Bill and all of us in this diocese according to your word.

Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me your law graciously. (Psalm 119:29)
      Father, our souls are weighed down by the heresy and apostasy in the Episcopal Church; strengthen us and guide us by your word.



I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me. (Psalm 119:30)
      Jesus, help us, help all the deputies to the Diocesan Convention to choose your way of truth.

I cling to your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! (Psalm 119:31)
      Father, help all of us in this diocese cling to your testimonies so that we will not be put to shame.

I will run the course of your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:32)
      Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. (1 Corinthians 9:24)



      Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, (Hebrews 12:1-2a)

Wednesday: 119:25-48; Proverbs 17:1-20; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Matthew 12:43-50
Thursday: 37:19-42; Proverbs 21:30-22:6; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Matthew 13:24-30

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

 

5/27/2008, #54, 2nd Quarter 2008

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (1 Timothy 2:1)
      Lord Jesus, we cry out to you for your people.

for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:2)
      Lord, we hold up to you:
            George our President,
            David our Governor,
            Brian our Mayor,
            Rowan, Archbishop of Canterbury,
            Katherine Jefferts-Schori our Presiding Bishop,
            Bill our Bishop,
            Brad our Rector,
            Peter our Assistant Rector,
            Alan our Deacon, and
            Howard our Deacon;
      please help us live in all godliness and reverence.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (1 Timothy 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us do all those things which are good and acceptable in the eyes of Jesus.

who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)
      Father, please help all of these we have named come to the knowledge of the truth so that they may be saved. Prepare our hearts for the Day of Judgment.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
      Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to accept the fact that you are the only mediator between God and man. Bring them to a saving knowledge of you.

for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle--I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying--a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. (1 Timothy 2:7)
      Holy Spirit, please raise up preachers and apostles throughout the Episcopal Church who have their appointment from you and will preach the faith in truth. Thank you.

Tuesday: 36, 39; Proverbs 15:16-33; 1 Timothy 1:18-2:8; Matthew 12:33-42
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Proverbs 17:1-20; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Matthew 12:43-50

      Notes from the Front Line

***** A word received for all intercessors who will be attending the Diocesan Convention: Speak my word of peace over the assembly. Ask the intercessors to speak my peace to the deputies as the business sessions begin. Pray for my peace that passes all understanding.

***** Date: Mon, 26 May 2008
From: Laurie Kellington
Torre, Please ask every one to pray. The Doctors are telling my aunt that we need a miracle for my Uncle who had heart surgery a week ago. He has a lung infection plus a small intestinal blockage that can only be removed with surgery which at this point is out of the question until the infection is cleared up. His heart is doing very well. He is back on a respirator. Please pray. Laurie

***** Please hold Raymond and Pat Dague in prayer as their parish in Syracuse goes through a very painful division.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, May 26, 2008

 

5/26/2008, #53, 2nd Quarter 2008

Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in your sight. (Psalm 9:19)
      LORD, do not let man prevail in the Episcopal Church; please re-establish your ways among us.

Put them in fear, O LORD, that the nations may know themselves to be but men. (Psalm 9:20)
      The fear of you, LORD, is the beginning of wisdom; please restore your wisdom to the Episcopal Church.

LORD, who may abide in your tabernacle? Who may dwell in your holy hill? (Psalm 15:1)
      LORD, please re-establish your tabernacle and your dwelling place among us.

He who walks uprightly, (Psalm 15:2a)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

And works righteousness, (Psalm 15:2b)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

And speaks the truth in his heart; (Psalm 15:2c)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

He who does not backbite with his tongue, (Psalm 15:3a)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

Nor does evil to his neighbor, (Psalm 15:3b)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; (Psalm 15:3c)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

In whose eyes a vile person is despised, (Psalm 15:4a)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

But he honors those who fear the LORD; (Psalm 15:4b)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; (Psalm 15:4c)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

He who does not put out his money at usury, (Psalm 15:5a)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. (Psalm 15:5b)
      LORD, have mercy on us and incline our hearts to keep your word in this diocese.

He who does these things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15:5c)
      Lord Jesus, keep our feet steady in you.

Monday: 9, 15; Proverbs 10:1-12; 1 Timothy 1:1-17; Matthew 12:22-32
Tuesday: 36, 39; Proverbs 15:16-33; 1 Timothy 1:18-2:8; Matthew 12:33-42

      
The Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor, The Philippines.

      Lord, help us remember and honor those who have fallen for our freedom.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

 

5/24/2008, #52, 2nd Quarter 2008

Now it happened as they went that he entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. (Luke 10:38 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us welcome Jesus into our homes.

And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word. (Luke 10:39)
      Jesus, I pray that all who are going to the Diocesan Convention will sit at your feet and listen to your words.

      A word received: Encourage my people to persevere, to be steady in me. Encourage daily Bible reading.

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." (Luke 10:40)
      Lord Jesus, so many of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have gotten distracted with much serving and no longer listen to your words. Have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church and raise up leaders and teachers like Mary who will sit at your feet and listen to your words.

And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. (Luke 10:41)
      Father, we too are worried and troubled about many things; grant us your rest and peace at the feet of Jesus.

But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:42)
      LORD, please help us in this diocese choose that good part which will not be taken away form us. Thank you.

Sunday: 114, 115; Proverbs 9:1-12; Acts 8:14-25; Luke 10:25-28,38-42
Monday: 9, 15; Proverbs 10:1-12; 1 Timothy 1:1-17; Matthew 12:22-32


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Saturday, May 24, 2008

 

Prayer for our Veterans and for the Upcoming Welcome Home Initiative in July

Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 16:37:28
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth
Subject: Prayer for our Veterans and for the Upcoming Welcome Home Initiative in July

To the Albany Intercessors:

As we remember our veterans this Memorial Day, say a prayer for the men and women you know who have served their country in armed combat. Many suffer visible and invisible wounds and a level of trauma which you and I were spared because they stepped forward into harm’s way our behalf. Pray that Jesus will intervene in memories of hyper-vigilance, intense danger and the death of comrades on the field. Pray that Christ will heal wounded hearts, minds, bodies and souls.

Remember, too, military families who fight a quiet battle on the home front, bearing with the long absence of deployment only to find that the internal scars of combat have rendered loved ones changed in fundamental ways. Pray for protection for these families as their soldier-warriors re-integrate back into home and community life.

And join the team at the Oratory of Christ the Healer in praying for our next Welcome Home Initiative retreat, July 28-30, 2008. We again seek a few good Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines (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.

Prayerfully consider supporting the veterans who participate in this upcoming healing retreat by welcoming them home in the WHI Closing Ceremony on Wednesday, July 30, gathering at 11:30 a.m. in CtK Center’s Great Hall.

For more information about the Welcome Home Initiative, see our website: http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome, or call Sandra Lester at (518) 692-9550 x202.

Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Center, Greenwich, NY

 

CHRIST CHURCH PRAYER TABLE

      (in front of Christ Church, Schenectady --- 9:20 a.m. -- 10:40 a.m., 5-24-08; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

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

      (There was a general theme this morning of people seeking for forgiveness and a "second chance" through Christ, and also an affirmation of obvious gratitude from our guests that Christ Church's members have established this Prayer Table which for the neighborhood residents is a sign of stability, hope and peace which comes only from the Lord.)

      a,t,t -- LISA --- Came straight to our table from Swan Street as though she had pondered this visit ahead of time. She admitted she was a prostitute and a drug addict and said she wanted prayers "... because I don't want to live this kind of life anymore; I want to have a new life." We prayed for her to follow in Jesus' path; Torre assured her Jesus has forgiven her and washed her clean. Anointed her for protection. She is afraid of being harmed and doesn't want to live that way anymore. Also took a cross for her friend, who is also a prostitute.

      t-- ARTHUR -- Wanted to thank the Lord for his good health and asked the Lord to watch over his family. We prayed for his continued good health and protection for Arthur and his family.

      a,a,t,t -- JORHAN and RICHARD -- Two Guyanese men who also obviously had decided to visit our Table today after having seen us out there before. They walked directly to us from other side of State Street from the East. Jorhan was very curious about us ... why are we out here and how do we pray for others. Richard wanted prayers to get a job, Jorhan for continued good health. Richard then launched into a long dialogue about how happy he is to be here in America instead of Guyana, where he said there are "bullies" who terrorize the people there. He said it is common for men like this to come to your house, kick down the door and beat you, beat your wife and then take whatever money you have. They both wanted prayers for continued safety living in Schenectady. They thanked us for "being out here!"

      a,t -- SORROJMEE -- Pleasant woman who came to us because she has had pain in her eyes. She went to an eye doctor who dilated her pupils and gave her drops to take but says they are not working well and she doesn't see well out of her right eye. Anointed her for healing. She indicated she saw our Table before but was reluctant to come at first but decided to come today.

      a, t -- DANIEL --- He was a tough sell, but walked back and forth in front of our Table obviously very curious about why we were there, and he finally stopped when we asked him a fourth time! He wanted prayers "... to be successful" and also for travel mercies back and forth to New York City.

      a,t,t -- JAMES --- Wanted prayers for himself and his "future lady" with whom he indicated he has been intimate. Also wanted prayers that he will get a better job. Torre prayed and I for him and then talked with him about James' relationship with this "future lady," and it became obvious that James had come to the Table because he was feeling guilty about his intimacy with this woman outside of marriage. Torre urged James to either "fish or cut bait" and refrain from intimacy with this woman outside of marriage until such time as he marries her. James asked for God's intervention to help him with his sexuality and to do only what is right in the Lord's eyes. He took a cross for his lady as well.

      t--XAVIER --- A young boy walking by with his sisters was staring at our crosses, so we gave him one and asked God to bless him and let him learn to walk in His ways.

       GOSON --- Wanted to thank us for "being out here" on the street and praying for others in need. "People KNOW you are out here and it makes a difference. It really does!" he said. He was on his way to plant flowers at the YMCA and in Liberty Park in front of the Schenectady County Community College.

Note: After Prayer Table, I went to visit JIMMY (Larry's son who is very, very ill) at Ellis Hospital. Jimmy continues to need our prayers to help him face what he must face. He appreciates your prayers and continually asks me to let you all know how appreciative he is that Christ Church is praying for him. My ministry to Jimmy has been to try to assure him that Jesus is right with him through this dark time and is and will always be right in the room with him through whatever happens and will not drop him.
      The other Ellis "regulars" on my weekly list all had good days on Friday. LUANN (Myra's friend) was up and walking around the halls. RITA and BERNICE both went to their Catholic mass. ------------------ deacon alan

 

5/24/2008, #51, 2nd Quarter 2008

Yet he warned them not to make him known, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: (Matthew 12:16-17)
      Jesus, thank you for being the fulfillment of the Scriptures.

"Behold! My servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased! (Matthew 12:18a)
      Father, thank you for the pleasure we find in Jesus.

I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will declare justice to the Gentiles. (Matthew 12:18b)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that all the deputies to the Diocesan Convention will embrace your justice rather than the world's idea of justice.

He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. (Matthew 12:19)
      Jesus, set us free from quarreling in this diocese.

A bruised reed he will not break, and smoking flax he will not quench, (Matthew 12:20a)
      LORD, there are so many bruised reeds among us, thank you for your mercy toward them.

Till he sends forth justice to victory; and in his name Gentiles will trust." (Matthew 12:20b-21)
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places. May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body. May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us. And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen. (Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India.)

      A word received: Pray for hope: pray for my hope to flood this diocese. Pray that my people will look beyond the present struggles to the coming of my kingdom.

      A word received: First and foremost I want you to praise Me. Give Me the adoration that I deserve. Tell others of the things I have done among you. Don't be shy. When you share what I have done, many things are accomplished. First, you put yourself and others in an attitude of worship. Second, you increase the faith of those who hear of My deeds. Third, hard and hungry hearts are softened to receive Me. And when a lost soul comes to Me it is My greatest joy.

      A word received: Offer yourselves to Me. I offered My Son up to die for you. I want a relationship with you, so come with yourself as an offering and I will be able to transform you. Come. I beseech you to come. I love you.

      A word received: Being a living sacrifice is walking out My growing in your life right now. You do not have to wait to become a living sacrifice you just need to come to Me and offer yourself. Then I can work in you.

Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Proverbs 8:22-36; 3 John 1-15; Matthew 12:15-21
Sunday: 114, 115; Proverbs 9:1-12; Acts 8:14-25; Luke 10:25-28,38-42

***** Pray for the Holy Spirit's anointing on Bishop Love's Address, Archbishop Ben Kwashi preaching, Rev. Dr. Russ Parker's preaching, and Bishop Harold Miller's, preaching. Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear what you are saying through these witnesses.
      CONVENTION SCHEDULE
Friday, June 6. 2008
2:00      Convention Weekend Begins
2:00-5:15      Early bird Workshops
2:00      Exhibits and Vendors Open
5:00-7:00      Supper
7:00      Convention Opens - Evening Prayer
      Bishop Love's Address
6:45-9:00      VBS and Childcare
10-11      Chaplains/Reconciliation available
Saturday, June 7. 2008
6:30-8:00      Breakfast
7:00-3:00      Weekend Registration Open
7:00-8:15      CLERGY & DEPUTY registration
6:30      Men's Breakfast
7:45      Business Meeting begins w/Moming Prayer
9:00      Plenary
      Archbishop Ben Kwashi, preacher
8:30-3:00      Exhibits and Vendors Open
8:45-11:30      VBS and Childcare
8:45-11:30       Morning Workshops
9:00-11:10      Chaplains/Reconciliation available
12:00-1:30      Lunch
12:00      Clergy Spouse Gathering
1:30-3:15      Afternoon Workshops
1:00-3:00      VBS
1:00-5:00      Childcare
3:30-5:15      Convention Eucharist
      Rev. Dr. Russ Parker, preacher
5:30-7:00      Supper
7:00-10:00      Healing Service
      Chaplains/Reconciliation available
9:00-11:00      Evening Entertainment
Sunday, June 9. 2008
6:30-7:30      Chaplains/Reconciliation available
7:00-8:00      Breakfast
8:15      Morning Prayer
8:30-11:30      Childcare
8:45      VBS
9:00-9:45      Workshops
10:15      Youth Mass and adjournment
      Bishop Harold Miller, preacher
12:00-1:30      Lunch
Noon - 4:30       Camp of the Woods facilities available

From the American Cemetery in Manila, The Philippines.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, May 23, 2008

 

5/23/2008, #50, 2nd Quarter 2008

The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. (2 John 1-3)
      LORD, we ask for your grace, mercy, and peace to abound throughout this diocese and at the Diocesan Convention.

I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. (2 John 4)
      Father, we pray that all of our children will walk in your truth and in your commandments. Bless the ministry to youth and children at the Diocesan Convention.

And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. (2 John 5)
      Holy Spirit, set us free from a party spirit and help us love one another. Help all those who speak or debate in the business sessions of the Diocesan Convention do so with true love for one another.

This is love, that we walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. (2 John 6)
      Jesus, help us to walk by your light.


      A word received: Invite me into your councils. Invite me into all of the meetings of the diocese. Invite me into your meetings at work.

Friday: 22; Proverbs 8:1-21; 2 John 1-13; Matthew 12:1-14
Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Proverbs 8:22-36; 3 John 1-15; Matthew 12:15-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 07:03:02
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Abortion prayer, please use in your ministry
Dear Prayer warriors,
J. John a British evangelist asked me to write a prayer for those who have had abortions. I would like to share this with you if you ever need to use it while praying for others please do. This prayer will be spoken to 10,000 women in the UK next week...

J.John wrote back to me: Nigel, thanks for the abortion prayer - I can pray this prayer from the stage - Tuesday/Wednesday there will be 10,000 so easier to just pray a prayer -

Healing prayer for ABORTION:
      Father God, show your mercy to every woman who has had an abortion - we pray for any pain, guilt, fear, loss and grief they may feel.
      Please heal them from any pain that sears their heart.
      We pray that this moment may be a funeral for each child as each woman's heart, soul, and mind is healed of their past decision and actions.
      We give you each child and may they rest in your loving arms.
      If any woman was forced into the decision by anyone, including their parents, please help them to forgive them.
We also pray for any husbands and partners here, to receive your forgiveness and healing. Amen

For those of you wanting a child after abortion:
      If any woman's reproductive tissues have been damaged by the procedure or guilt has invaded their soul and have thought that "God does not want them to have a child".
      We now offer those thoughts and issues to you Lord Jesus. Please prepare their womb for a full term, healthy and happy child.
      Please help each woman to know that they are forgiven by the incredible love and compassion of Jesus who came to set the captives free.
      If any woman is captive to this memory and the accompanying issues of "The Procedure" please help them to know that you will never leave them or forsake them.
Amen

Thursday, May 22, 2008

 

5/22/2008, #49, 2nd Quarter 2008

At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes." (Matthew 11:25)
      Father, thank you that Jesus is the true measure of all things and that we need not be put down by those who are worldly wise. Thank you for feeding us day by day with your word.

"Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in your sight." (Matthew 11:26)
      Father, help us desire what is good in your eyes. Help the deputies to the Diocesan Convention desire what seems good to you.

"All things have been delivered to me by my father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal him." (Matthew 11:27)
      Jesus, please reveal your father to all those who are going to the Diocesan Convention. Please reveal your father to all those going to the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem in June and to the Lambeth Conference in London in July. Bless Bishop Bill as he participates in all these meetings.

"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
      Jesus, thank you for these words of comfort. Help us come to you and enter into your rest.

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:29)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have a heart after Jesus' own heart.

"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:30)
      Jesus, please help us be yoke fellows with you. Help each of us place your yoke upon us and do your will. Help each of us take up the burden you have set for us. Thank you.

" that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us " (John 17:21).
      Holy Spirit, please help us find our unity in the Father and the Son.

      A word received: Plead with me for my people to repent. Cry out to me for changed hearts in the Episcopal Church.

Thursday: 18:21-50; Proverbs 7:1-27; 1 John 5:13-21; Matthew 11:25-30
Friday: 22; Proverbs 8:1-21; 2 John 1-13; Matthew 12:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

Bishop Bill will be going to both the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem in June and to the Lambeth Conference in London in July. Sustain him with your prayers.

Please keep Deacons Faye and Roy VanDermark in prayer.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

 

5/21/2008, #48, 2nd Quarter 2008

I beseech you therefore, brethren, (Romans 12:1a)
      Holy Spirit, please help us in our generation and in this diocese hear this apostolic call for us to be brothers and sisters in Christ.

by the mercies of God, (Romans 12:1b)
      Father, thank you for your tender mercies to us in sending Jesus to die for our sins on the cross.

that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, (Romans 12:1c)
      Help all of us in this diocese present ourselves to you as a living sacrifice. Help us, Father, to lay aside our own goals and ambitions for the sake of your kingdom.

holy, (Romans 12:1d)
      For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. (Leviticus 11:44) Father, you are holy and you have called us to be a holy people. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

acceptable to God, (Romans 12:1e)
      Jesus, you have made us acceptable to your father by your passion, cross, and resurrection. Thank you for bearing all our sins on your cross.

which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1f)
      Help us, Holy Spirit, to fully enter into service to Jesus.

And do not be conformed to this world, (Romans 12:2a)
      Jesus, please help the Episcopal Church to stop taking its agenda from the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, (Romans 12:2b)
      Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2c)
      Father, please help us in our walk with Jesus come into the center of that place that is good and acceptable and your perfect will for us. Thank you.

I will extol you, my God, O King; and I will bless your name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:1)
      A word received: I want you to praise me.

Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:2)
      A word received: As you praise me I will bless you.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:3)
      A word received: You will know my greatness as you praise me.

Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Proverbs 6:1-19; 1 John 5:1-12; Matthew 11:16-24
Thursday: 18:21-50; Proverbs 7:1-27; 1 John 5:13-21; Matthew 11:25-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Mon, 19 May 2008
From: Fr. Shaw Mudge
Torre, Peace be with you.
      The Secretary of the Diocese, and I assume Bp. Bill and his advisors, would also appreciate prayers while in the midst of the proceedings, people praying for wisdom, discernment, problem solving, and good decision making. I will be praying, as well.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+

      Workshop Schedule
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Special Session: Friday, June 6, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Domestic Violence: Identification & Prevention Training - What We Can Do
The Rev’d Dr. Anne Curtin and Jerusha Hubert Demarest A

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Special Session: Friday, June 6, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Safeguarding God’s Children
The Rev’d Michael and Marianne Gorchov Zeitfuss Meeting Room
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Session 1: Friday, June 6, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Workshop
      Presenter(s)      Location
Discovering & Answering God’s Call      The Ven. Barbara Hanstine Jeanie Shevlin
      Arts & Crafts CE
Breathing Under Water in a Time of Flood: Living in the River of the Holy Spirit: Part 1
      The Very Rev’d Susan Baker-Borjeson      Arts & Crafts WS
Plant, Nurture & Grow a Health Ministry in Your Church
      Peg Barnewall      Demarest B
Around the Walls of Jerusalem: Where Jesus Walked
      The Rev’d Peter Pierson      Jelinek 1 ↓
How to Organize a Vestry for Growth & Effective Ministry
      The Rev’d Derik Roy      Jelinek 2 ↓
Faith Alive - It’s For You!      The Rev’d Tom Trees & John Hyde      Wigwam

Session 2: Friday, June 6, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Workshop
      Presenter(s)      Location
Please Don’t Stay on the Bus, Gus!
      The Rev’d Michael Shank      Arts & Crafts CE
Breathing Under Water in a Time of Flood: Living in the River of the Holy Spirit: Part 2
      The Very Rev’d Susan Baker- Borjeson
      Arts & Crafts WS
The Prayer Table Ministry
      Torre Bissell &
The Rev’d Alan Hart
      Demarest B
The Powerful 1%
      David Sheehan      Jelinek 1 ↓
Releasing Deadly Toxins: The Sacrament of Reconciliation
      The Rev’d Canon William Cooper      Jelinek 2 ↓
The Parish & the Recovery Ministry
      The Rev’d Dr. Hap Carrier & The Rev’d Paul Hartt      Wigwam
Healing Wounded Parishes
      The Rev’d Dr. Russ Parker      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Session 3: Friday, June 6, 4:30 - 5:15 pm

Workshop
      Presenter(s)      Location
Healing Through Bereavement Support Groups
      The Rev’d Lynne Curtis & The Rev’d John Hopkins
      Arts & Crafts CE
Natural Church Development
      The Rev’d Canon Robert Haskell      Arts & Crafts WS
On a Mission to Haiti: The Trouble with Hurricanes and Riots
      Linda Stevens      Demarest B
Love, Sex & Discipleship
      The Very Rev’d John Scott      Jelinek 1 ↓
First Place: The Bible’s Way to Weight Loss
      The Rev’d Suzanne Cole      Jelinek 2 ↓
Opening the Bible for Ordinary People: Strategies for Bible Study & Biblical Literacy
      The Very Rev’d Dr. Canon Christopher Brown      Wigwam

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Special Men’s Ministry Morning: Saturday, June 7, 6:30 am
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Tee Pee
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Open 12 Step Meeting: Saturday, June 7, 7:45 am
Demarest B
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Morning Prayer: Saturday, June 7, 7:45 am
Tibbitts Auditorium
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Plenary Session: Saturday, June 7, 9:00 - 9:30 am
The Most Rev’d Ben Kwashi
Tibbitts Auditorium
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Session 4: Saturday, June 7, 9:45 - 10:30 am

Workshop
      Presenter(s)      Location
The Powerful 1%
      David Sheehan      Arts & Crafts WS
Discipling (almost) Young Adults (N Ireland)
      Jonathan Beare      Demarest A
Nuns or Nunsuch: An Overview of Monastic Vocation in the Anglican Tradition
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM      Demarest B
The Jewishness of Jesus: Why it Matters to the Church
      The Rev’d Peter Pierson      Jelinek 1 ↓
Starting a Welcome Ministry in Your Church
      Dennis Crimi      Jelinek 2 ↓
More About Prayer
      Torre & Jean Bissell      Wigwam
Your Fourth Day: A Ministry Called Cursillo
      David Dussault & JeriAnn Ottaviano      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Session 5: Saturday, June 7, 10:45 - 11:30 am

Workshop
      Presenter(s)      Location
Here I am, Lord - In the Dominican Republic
      Robin Baxter & Paul Gutmann      Arts & Crafts WS
Inner City Evangelism (N Ireland)
      Capt. George Newell CA      Demarest A
Principles of Discernment in Preparing a Rule of Life
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM      Demarest B
Family Healing
      Peter Minucci      Jelinek 1 ↓
Press On to Know the Lord: You Will Be My Witnesses - Daughters of the King
      Janet Papa      Jelinek 2 ↓
Press On to Know the Lord - Using Tools from the Internet
      Maggie Hasslacher & Michelle Galo      Wigwam
Men’s Ministries: I Will Make You Fishers of Men
      Robert Dennis & Ron Edwards      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Session 6: Saturday, June 7, 1:30 - 2:15 pm

Workshop
      Presenter(s)      Location
Short Term Mission to the Dominican Republic
      The Rev’d Charlie Bailey & The Rev’d Polly Bailey
      Arts & Crafts CE
Diocesan Update for Deacons - Part 1
      The Ven. Barbara Hanstine & The Ven. Harvey Huth
      Arts & Crafts WS
Seek First the Kingdom
      The Rev’d Nigel Mumford      Demarest A
African Theology: Turning the Tables on Western Christian Assumptions
      Mother Miriam, CSM      Demarest B
Welcome the Community to Your Parish: Friendship Sunday
      The Very Rev’d David Collum      Jelinek 1 ↓
Designing, Planning & Implementing a Comprehensive Christian Ed Program in a Small Church
      Tom Sargent Laurie Loughren Victoria O’Donnell The VeryRev’d Jim Loughren
      Jelinek 2 ↓
Sudan: The New Frontier
      Kevin Steckline & The Rev’d Patti Johnson      Jelinek 1 ↑
What Starbucks Taught Me About the Church
      The Rev’d Lorraine Lyons      Jelinek 3 ↑
Reaching the Least, the Last & the Lost for Christ
      The Rev’d Frank Lockwood      Jelinek 4 ↑
Why Churches Grow
      The Rev’d Dr. Hap Carrier      Wigwam
Living for the Praise of His Glory: Entering the World of Contemporary Praise & Worship Music
      The Rev’d Darius & Stephanie Mojallali      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

Session 7: Saturday, June 7, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Workshop
      Presenter(s)      Location
Stress Reduction the Christian Way
      The Rev’d Lynne Crimi      Arts & Crafts CE
Diocesan Update for Deacons - Part 2
      The Ven. Barbara Hanstine & The Ven. Harvey Huth
      Arts & Crafts WS
Work Zone Ahead! Confirmation Program Under Construction!
      The Rev’d Laurie Garramone-Rohr & Tina Mitchell
      Demarest A
Kairos Prison Ministry: A Real Christian Challenge
      The Rev’d William Wheeler & Richard Drumm
      Demarest B
This is My Solemn Vow
      The Rev’d John & Terry Bassett; Tom & Eve Lansing      Jelinek 1 ↓
Do You Have a “Backdoor” Problem?
      The Rev’d Derik Roy      Jelinek 2 ↓
Coming Home: The Reality of Missionary Re-entry Stress
      The Rev’d Patti Johnson & The Rev’d Donna Steckline
      Jelinek 1 ↑
I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church
      The Rev’d Rob Longbottom, The Rev’d Art Garno, Donna Burdick & June Reynolds       Jelinek 3 ↑
Leading Your Parish Through the Bible
      The Rev’d Tom and Kathleen Trees      Jelinek 4 ↑
Your Parish is Unique: How to Meet Your Community’s Culture with the Gospel
      The Rev’d Joseph Acanfora & The Very Rev’d David Collum      Wigwam
Domestic Violence: It’s not love.
      The Rev’d Dr. Anne Curtin      Zeitfuss Meeting Room

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Sunday, June 10, 7:45 am
12 Step Meeting
Demarest B
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Session 8: Sunday, June 8, 9:00 - 9:45 am

Workshop
      Presenter(s)      Location
Going Deeper into the Heart of God
      The Rev’d Ellen Neufeld, FHC      Arts & Crafts CE
Be a Sender: The Long Term Mission Team
      The Rev’d Shaw Mudge & The Rev’d Julia Mudge      Arts & Crafts WS
Workshop TBA
      The Most Rev’d Ben Kwashi      Demarest A
Cell Churches
      The Rev’d Canon Robert Haskell      Demarest B
Anglican Discipleship According to Richard Hooker
      The Rev’d Joel Grigg
      Jelinek 1 ↓
The Powerful 1%
      David Sheehan      Jelinek 2 ↓
Prisons: How Do We Penetrate the Walls?
      The Rev’d Art Peters      Wigwam Workshop TBA      Gloria Kwashi      Zeitfuss Meeting Room
Revised 05/20/08

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

 

5/20/2008, #47, 2nd Quarter 2008

We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:6)
      A word received: Pray for my people to distinguish between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Pray for the deputies to the Diocesan Convention to do that.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)
      Jesus, please help us love one another in this diocese. Please let your love be made manifest during the business sessions of the Diocesan Convention.

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:8)
      Father, thank you for sending your love to us in the person of your son Jesus.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us in this diocese find new life in Jesus.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
      Father, thank you for loving us so much.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help when we go to the Diocesan Convention to us leave behind the party spirit which is tearing the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church apart.

Tuesday: 10, 11; Proverbs 4:1-27; 1 John 4:7-21; Matthew 11:7-15
Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Proverbs 6:1-19; 1 John 5:1-12; Matthew 11:16-24

Monday, May 19, 2008

 

5/19/2008, #46, 2nd Quarter 2008

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18)
      Father, let your love be manifested in our deeds, in the truth we proclaim, and in the words we speak. Let this be so in the business sessions of the Diocesan Convention.

And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. (1 John 3:19)
      Father, search our hearts by your Holy Spirit and cleanse them from all malice and deceit.

For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. (1 John 3:20)
      Holy Spirit, bring to confession and absolution any whose consciences are seared by sin.

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. (1 John 3:21)
      Jesus, we have this confidence toward your father because of what you did for us by your cross and resurrection and the sending of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:22)
      Father, you are a good father and only give us what will build us up in your son Jesus. Help us to keep your commandments and do those things which are pleasing in your sight so that we may receive all that you have prepared for us.

And this is his commandment: that we should believe on the name of his son Jesus Christ and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (1 John 3:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us love one another at the Diocesan Convention and listen to one another with Jesus' love and compassion.

Now he who keeps his commandments abides in him, and he in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. (1 John 3:24)
      Father, don't let us believe every spirit that speaks through someone, but help us test the spirits, whether they are of you, for there are many false prophets who have gone out into the world. (From 1 John 4:1)

A word received: "Heed", "hearken", "walk", these are all calls to an active life lived in my Spirit. Call my people to the active life in my Spirit. (A "how to teach" word received for teaching http://christchurchsundayschool.blogspot.com/2008/04/sunday-school-lesson-29-may-18-2008.html)

Monday: 4, 7; Proverbs 3:11-20; 1 John 3:18-4:6; Matthew 11:1-6
Tuesday: 10, 11; Proverbs 4:1-27; 1 John 4:7-21; Matthew 11:7-15

      Notes from the Front Line

I ask all intercessors who are going to the Diocesan Convention to attend the business sessions and surround the deputies with prayer. It is possible that there will be contentious debate over the proposed canons on marriage and the licensing of clergy. Please surround the deputies with prayer and pray for God's righteous truth to prevail. Thank you. Torre

Please pray for the passage of these two canons at the Diocesan Convention:

      Marriage
       The canon requires that the only marriage which may be celebrated or blessed in this Diocese shall be that of one man and one woman, and that diocesan or parish property not be used for marriages except that of one man and one woman.
      MARRIAGE
Celebration or Blessing of Marriages by Clergy
      1.1      Members of the Clergy Resident in or Licensed to Serve in this Diocese shall neither officiate at. nor facilitate, nor participate in, any service, whether public or private, for the Celebration or Blessing of a Marriage or any other union except between one man and one woman. Unions other than those of one man and one woman in Holy Matrimony, even if they be recognized in other jurisdictions, shall be neither recognized nor blessed in this Diocese.
Marriages on Church Property
      1.2      Properties owned, controlled, managed, or operated by this Diocese, or any Parish of the Diocese, or any legal entity established by the Diocese or a parish of the Diocese, shall not be the site for an service, public or private, for the Celebration or Blessing of a Marriage or any other union except those between one man and one woman.
      [This Canon, if adopted, will be the last numbered canon before the current CANON 16: AMENDMENT OF THESE CANONS, and all subsequent canons shall be renumbered accordingly.]

      STANDARDS FOR ELECTION, LICENSING,
      ORDINATION AND CONSECRATION
This canon requires that those persons who are ordained, or consecrated, and clergy who are elected, licensed or appointed, be married or celibate.
      CANON 11.8 STANDARDS FOR CLERGY
Standards for Ordination and Consecration
      11.8.a To be eligible to be ordained to the Diaconate or Priesthood, or consecrated a Bishop, a person must live within the covenant of Marriage between one man and one woman, or be celibate and abstinent.
       Standards for Election, Appointing, and Licensing
      11.8.b To be eligible to be elected, appointed or licensed to any position of ordained ministry in the Diocese, a member of the clergy must live within the covenant of Marriage between one man and one woman, or be celibate and abstinent.
      [This canon shall, if adopted, be numbered 11.8 and appear in the canons after Canon 11.7 (which is mislabeled "11.3" in the 2007 Journal).]
      Certification # 1 .-Certification of the Reading of General Convention 2006 Resolutions A020 andA021.
      The convention hereby certifies that General Convention 2006 Resolutions A020 and A021 have been read at Diocesan Convention 2008.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

 

5/18/2008, #45, 2nd Quarter 2008

Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. (Psalm 111:1)
      Jesus, please help us praise you as we assemble in our congregations this morning.

The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. (Psalm 111:2)
      Father, please restore to all the seminaries of the Episcopal Church the desire to study your works. Thank you for the witness and ministry of Nashotah House and Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry.

His work is honorable and glorious, and his righteousness endures forever. (Psalm 111:3)
      We thank you, Holy Spirit, for your works, for the honor of seeing you bring Christ's glory and righteousness into people's lives.

He has made his wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. (Psalm 111:4)
      LORD, thank you for giving us the Bible so that we might remember your works.

He has given food to those who fear him; he will ever be mindful of His covenant. (Psalm 111:5)
      LORD, it is your covenant -- you made it with us -- it is not for us to alter it. Help us to be ever mindful of the covenant as you are.

He has declared to his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. (Psalm 111:6)
      LORD, the works of your hand are verity and justice and your precepts are sure; they stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. (From Psalm 111:7-8) LORD, we long to see your works at the Diocesan Convention. Come with the power of your Holy Spirit upon all the sessions of the Diocesan Convention. We especially hold up to you the business sessions. Visit them with your truth and righteousness. Stop the mouth of the world and its lies -- let your truth be manifest among us. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my blessing on the Diocesan Convention. Pray that I will accomplish my full purpose there. Pray for new life for the Episcopal Church and for those who have been deceived by the lies of the world.

Trinity Sunday: 111, 112, 113: Job 38:1-11,42:1-5; Revelation 19:4-16; John 1:29-34
Monday: 4, 7; Proverbs 3:11-20; 1 John 3:18-4:6; Matthew 11:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for all the details of the Diocesan Convention and those who are doing the work of preparation for it.

I ask all intercessors who are going to the Diocesan Convention to attend the business sessions and surround the deputies with prayer. It is possible that there will be contentious debate over the proposed canons on marriage and the licensing of clergy. Please surround the deputies with prayer and pray for God's righteous truth to prevail. Thank you. Torre

      Prayer Table Report
      (5-17-08 in front of Christ Church, State St.; 9:20 a.m.-10:30 a.m.)

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

t, t -- RICKY --- Asked for prayers for his mother Rose, who died while he was an infant. He wanted prayers for her because he is not sure where his mother went after she died; he thinks she is in "a good place" but is worried that she might not be. We prayed for the repose of Rose's soul and that Ricky would come to know peace in this regard and to follow in God's path himself. Ricky said he is not exactly "a believer" but he is curious and wants to know more. I invited him to come to one of our services on Sunday, and he said maybe he'd "check it out."

a, t-t-t-t -- APRIL -- April wanted prayers for her and for her three children, taking a cross for herself and each of her kids. She wanted prayers to stay "clean and sober" so she could be a better mother. I anointed her for healing and freedom from her addiction to alcohol and for her to become the mother God wants her to become.


t--SHALONDA -- Young lady; very shy. Asked for prayers for protection from "all the bad s--- going on around here" and to be safe. We prayed for safety for her and to be able to stay away from all the bad things around the neighborhood, that God would shield her from anything that is not of Him.

HOWARD --- Howard is a repeat visitor to the Table; one of several who appeared today. Howard is an older, nattily-dressed and polite man. He still wears the cross he received over the winter here. He said to me "Thank you for what you guys are doing here; you are showing the people here that there is hope for us to be happy here on Earth and that we don't have to wait until we get to heaven... God bless you!" He immediately began to recite The Lord's Prayer and I joined him. He left saying "Thank you" again. (That thank you is for ALL of us at Christ Church, not just people at the weekly Prayer Table.)

a--RICHARD --- Richard is another repeater. He was at the Table a week or two ago praying for peace in the world and to be free from alcoholism. Well, he needed a booster shot of prayer today because he said he spent all the money he had last night on drinking and that he slept in an abandoned house overnight. I anointed him for protection from harm and for God to give him freedom from his addiction to drinking. Pray for Richard to stop drinking and to be safe. He is still wearing the cross he got at the Table on the earlier visit.

a-- PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) --- Pat is going on a trip this week to Atlantic City to see her granddaughter who is soon to give birth. She asked for travel mercies and also to be protected once she gets there. "I'm going to be in Satan's territory; there are a lot of bad things going on down there with all those casinos, and I will be with a lot of relatives who are not going to be too receptive to my Christianity. Some of them believe but not all of them." Pray, too, for her family members (Frank, Keith and Nick) who need our prayers. Keith has found a job; pray that he has success in it. Nick has a disease similiar to Sickle Cell Anemia but not quite the same.

a , t -- CHRISTINA -- Here is today's story which stands out among all the rest (there is always one!) Christina walked toward the table from the parking lot side in obvious distress. She was crying. She saw the Prayer Table sign and then saw me and Steve Evans (who was taking a break from trimming our front hedges.) She sat down with us and said her marriage is falling apart and she wanted prayers to save it... that she and her husband would love each other again. I anointed her for healing and God's intervention in this situation, that God would become central to their lives and their marriage and to heal all the hurt that is there now. Amazingly, she then reached into her pocketbook and took out a wad of money and tried to hand it to me and said "Here, take this! It's all the money I have, and I want you to have it." I told her of course no such thing would happen, and she tried again. I could see there was a $10 bill and a bunch of dollar bills all folded up, and I told her we don't want your money, we just want to help. Steve chimed in and said "That's not what this Table is about!" She then asked what time our services are and would I write the times down for her. I did, and she said she would be coming to church tomorrow. God bless her. Please pray that she comes tomorrow to one or both of the services.

t-- ROBERT and MIGUEL -- Just after Christina left, these two men started from across the street with their eyes right on Steve and myself. Steve said, "Looks like you've got two more customers coming!" He was right. Robert is a repeater at the Table, still wearing his cross. He wanted me to pray for "things to get better." Miguel, a first-timer, wanted prayers for his ex-wife. Robert laughed and asked why, and Miguel said with a straight face -- "Why NOT? She's a good woman. I want prayers for her." Robert, too, said he was coming to church tomorrow.

(Nameless man) -- A man walked by and at first said "I'll be back." A few minutes later he came from the convenient store on the corner and came to me and tried to hand me two quarters. He said 'I want you to have this because I appreciate what your church is doing with this Table. You are showing everyone on the streets around here that you CARE, and I want to help you." I politely refused the money and invited him to accept prayers, but he put up his hands and said "No, I'm good. But thanks."

THE BUS DRIVER -- After two weeks without seeing him, the bus driver stopped just as I was closing down the Table. He opened the doors and talked from his driver's seat for a half minute or so. He said he is "not too good, not too bad..." and is grateful for our prayers for him and his wife."

also ---- after I closed the Table I visited JIMMY (Larry's son) at Ellis Hospital. Several relatives were in the room, as was our Erich Kaminsky. Jimmy was about the same as Friday, maybe a tiny bit better. I anointed him for God's love to pour out in a mighty way on Jimmy and to let him feel God's love through this whole thing, to know He is right in the room through everything. He smiled when I told him I would be back tomorrow and he gave my hand a strong squeeze and said "BE here!"

-------- Deacon Alan Hart


Saturday, May 17, 2008

 

5/17/2008, #44, 2nd Quarter 2008

These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. (Psalm 104:27)
      Father, we too wait for you and your provision for us. Please give us this day's bread, and because we cannot live by bread alone, please give us this day's word.

What you give them they gather in; you open your hand, they are filled with good. (Psalm 104:28)
      Jesus, please open your hand to us so that we will be filled with your good.

You hide your face, they are troubled; you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. (Psalm 104:29)
      Father, you have hidden your face from the Episcopal Church and it is dying for lack of the breath of your Holy Spirit. Have mercy on us and restore us to new life in you.

You send forth your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 104:30)
      Holy Spirit, come forth upon us in this diocese and renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works. (Psalm 104:31)
      Amen, LORD, give us your blessing.

A word received: Pray for my people to be faithful as they prepare of the Diocesan Convention. Pray that they will listen to my voice. Pray for my will to be accomplished there.

Saturday: 104; Ezekiel 47:1-12; 1 John 3:11-18; Matthew 10:34-42
Trinity Sunday: 111, 112, 113: Job 38:1-11,42:1-5; Revelation 19:4-16; John 1:29-34

      Notes from the Front Line

The following workshops have not yet been selected for prayer. Please select two or three workshops to pray for and let me know the ones you have selected. Thanks, Torre
      Convention 2008: Press On to Know the Lord
      Workshop Tracks and Preliminary Listing of Offerings*

Christian Education: "Learn From Me"
Around the Walls of Jerusalem: Walk Where Jesus Walked
      The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Please Don't Stay on the Bus, Gus! – A Look at CS Lewis's The Great Divorce
      The Rev'd Michael Shank

Healing: "Seek First the Kingdom"
Plant, Nurture and Grow a Health Ministry for Your Church
      Peg Barnewall

Pray for all the details of the Diocesan Convention and those who are doing the work of preparation for it.


Friday, May 16, 2008

 

5/16/2008, #43, 2nd Quarter 2008

"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master." (Matthew 10:24)
      Help us to follow where you lead, Jesus.

"It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!" (Matthew 10:25)
      Help us to be like you, Jesus, whatever the cost.

"Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known." (Matthew 10:26)
      Jesus, set us and all our diocesan leaders free from fear. Reveal for all to see the intentions and motives of those who attack our diocesan leaders.

"Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops." (Matthew 10:27)
      Holy Spirit, put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace. Help us proclaim the gospel openly and fearlessly.

"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28)
      Father, help us all daily put on the shield of faith by which we may quench every fiery dart from the evil one.

"Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will." (Matthew 10:29)
      Lord, you have borne us up on eagles' wings and you have never dropped us. Thank you.

"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." (Matthew 10:30)
      Jesus, you are the one who sets the rising and the setting of the sun. All our times are in your hands. Set us free from fear.

"Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:31)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into our lives and redeeming us at the cost of your precious blood.

"Therefore whoever confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my father who is in heaven." (Matthew 10:32)
      Help us to openly confess you, Jesus. Place in our hands the sword of your Spirit which is your word.

"But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my father who is in heaven." (Matthew 10:33)
      Father, Just as you shut the mouths of the lions so that they could not devour Daniel, we ask you to shut the mouths of all those who would attack your faithful ones. Please do this mighty work at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. I AM with you. Pray for the restoration of true faith in the Episcopal Church.

Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Ezekiel 39:21-29; 1 John 3:1-10; Matthew 10:24-33
Saturday: 104; Ezekiel 47:1-12; 1 John 3:11-18; Matthew 10:34-42

      Notes from the Front Line

The following workshops have not yet been selected for prayer. Please select two or three workshops to pray for and let me know the ones you have selected. Thanks, Torre

      Convention 2008: Press On to Know the Lord
      Workshop Tracks and Preliminary Listing of Offerings*

Christian Education: "Learn From Me"
The Jewishness of Jesus: Why it Matters to the Church
      The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Around the Walls of Jerusalem: Walk Where Jesus Walked
      The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Please Don't Stay on the Bus, Gus! – A Look at CS Lewis's The Great Divorce
      The Rev'd Michael Shank

Missions: "Go into All the World"
Here I Am, Lord
      Robin Baxter & Paul Gutmann
Coming Home: The Reality of Missionary Re-entry Stress
      The Rev'd Patti Johnson & The Rev'd Donna Steckline
Be a Sender: The Long Term Mission Team
      The Rev'ds Shaw & Julia Mudge
On a Mission to Haiti: The Trouble with Hurricanes and Riots
      Linda Stevens

Healing: "Seek First the Kingdom"
Releasing Deadly Toxins: The Sacrament of Reconciliation
      The Rev'd William Cooper
First Place: The Bible's Way to Weight Loss
      The Rev'd Susan Cole
Stress Reduction the Christian Way
      The Rev'd Lynne Crimi
Plant, Nurture and Grow a Health Ministry for Your Church
      Peg Barnewall

Special Extended Workshops
Safeguarding God's Children
      The Rev'd Michael & Marianne Gorchov

Thursday, May 15, 2008

 

5/15/2008, #42, 2nd Quarter 2008

"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16)
      Guide Bishop Bill as attends meetings of the House of Bishops. Guide Bishop Dave as he goes forth to minister to those who have left the Episcopal Church.

"But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues." (Matthew 10:17)
      Lord, the councils of the Episcopal Church have become corrupt in their use of power -- please protect and guide all who must come before them.

"You will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles." (Matthew 10:18)
      Holy Spirit, please help your faithful people give a good testimony wherever they are brought.

"But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;" (Matthew 10:19)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for your faithful witness to and through your saints.

"for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you." (Matthew 10:20)
      Father, please send your Holy Spirit upon those who speak for the cannons on Marriage and Standards for Clergy at the Diocesan Convention.

"Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death." (Matthew 10:21)
      Father, we are in such a time when so many do what is right in their own eyes without heed of you; have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church.

"And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved." (Matthew 10:22)
      Jesus, help us stand our ground and endure to the end for your sake.

"When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes." (Matthew 10:23)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus, for many flee the Episcopal Church daily.

"... that you may know what is the hope of his calling... " (Ephesians 1:18).
      Holy Spirit, help all of us in this diocese to know the hope of our calling in Jesus.

A word received: Keep praying for the Episcopal Church. It is my church; it belongs to me.

Thursday: 134, 135; Ezekiel 37:21b-28; 1 John 2:18-29; Matthew 10:16-23
Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Ezekiel 39:21-29; 1 John 3:1-10; Matthew 10:24-33

      Notes from the Front Line

The following workshops have not yet been selected for prayer. Please select two or three workshops to pray for and let me know the ones you have selected. Thanks, Torre (torre.bissell@verizon.net)

Convention 2008: Press On to Know the Lord
Workshop Tracks and Preliminary Listing of Offerings*

Discipleship: "Take My Yoke Upon You"
This is My Solemn Vow: Christian Marriage
      The Rev'd John & Terry Bassett, Tom & Eve Lansing
Your Fourth Day: A Ministry Called Cursillo
      David Dussault & JeriAnn Ottaviano
Discovering and Answering God's Call
      The Ven. Barbara Hanstine & Jeannie Shevlin
Principles of Discernment in Preparing a Rule of Life
      Sister Mary Elizabeth
Daughters of the King: Pressing On to Know the Lord
      Janet Papa
Work Zone Ahead! Confirmation Program Under Construction!!
      The Rev'd Laurie Garramone-Rohr &
Tina Mitchell
Men's Ministries: I Will Make You Fishers of Men
      Ron Edwards and Bob Dennis
Love, Sex and Discipleship
      The Rev'd John Scott

Christian Education: "Learn From Me"
The Jewishness of Jesus: Why it Matters to the Church
      The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Around the Walls of Jerusalem: Walk Where Jesus Walked
      The Rev'd Peter Pierson
Please Don't Stay on the Bus, Gus! – A Look at CS Lewis's The Great Divorce
      The Rev'd Michael Shank
Leading Your Parish Through the Bible
      The Rev'd Thomas Trees

Evangelism: "You Will be My Witnesses"
Your Parish is Unique: How to Meet Your Community's Culture with the Gospel
      The Rev'd Joseph Acanfora & The Rev'd David Collum
The Prayer Table Ministry
      The Rev'd Alan Hart & Torre Bissell
Welcome the Community to Your Parish: Friendship Sunday
      The Rev'd David Collum
Natural Church Development
      The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell
Cell Churches
      The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell
Kairos Prison Ministry: A Real Christian Challenge
      The Rev'd William Wheeler & Richard Drumm
What Starbucks Taught Me About the Church
      The Rev'd Lorraine Lyons
Do You Have a Backdoor Problem?
      The Rev'd Derik Roy
How to Organize a Vestry for Growth and Effective Ministry
      The Rev'd Derik Roy
The Powerful 1%
      David Sheehan
Starting a Welcome Ministry in Your Church
      Dennis Crimi

Worship and Music: "Come into His Presence"
Living for the Praise of His Glory: Entering the World of Contemporary Praise & Worship Music
      The Rev'd Darius & Stephanie Mojallali

Missions: "Go into All the World"
Short Term Mission to the Dominican Republic
      The Rev'ds Charles & Pauline Bailey
Here I Am, Lord
      Robin Baxter & Paul Gutmann
Coming Home: The Reality of Missionary Re-entry Stress
      The Rev'd Patti Johnson & The Rev'd Donna Steckline
Be a Sender: The Long Term Mission Team
      The Rev'ds Shaw & Julia Mudge
Sudan: The New Frontier
      The Rev'd Patti Johnson & Kevin Steckline
On a Mission to Haiti: The Trouble with Hurricanes and Riots
      Linda Stevens

Healing: "Seek First the Kingdom"
The Parish and Recovery Ministry
      The Rev'd Harold Carrier & The Rev'd Paul Hartt
Releasing Deadly Toxins: The Sacrament of Reconciliation
      The Rev'd William Cooper
Healing Through Bereavement Support Groups
      The Rev'd Lynne Curtis & The Rev'd John Hopkins
Family Healing
      Peter Minucci
First Place: The Bible's Way to Weight Loss
      The Rev'd Susan Cole
Domestic Violence: It's not love.
      The Rev'd Dr. Anne Curtin
Stress Reduction the Christian Way
      The Rev'd Lynne Crimi
Plant, Nurture and Grow a Health Ministry for Your Church
      Peg Barnewall

Special Extended Workshops
Safeguarding God's Children
      The Rev'd Michael & Marianne Gorchov

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