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Monday, June 30, 2008

 

6/30/2008, #87, 2nd Quarter 2008

Then Jesus went into the temple and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. (Matthew 21:12)
      Jesus, please come into the Episcopal Church with the full power of your Holy Spirit and overturn and drive out everything that doesn't belong there.

And he said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" (Matthew 21:13)
      Holy Spirit, please restore a life of prayer to your people in the Episcopal Church.

Then the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. (Matthew 21:14)
      Father, please bless the healing ministry that takes place throughout this diocese.

But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant (Matthew 21:15)
      Jesus, even now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are indignant over what you are doing to restore your church and people.

and said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes. Have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise'?" (Matthew 21:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us teach the children in our parishes and at the diocesan summer camps at Beaver Cross to praise you.

Then he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and he lodged there. Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither away so soon?" So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." (Matthew 21:17-22)
      Jesus, bring us all to believing prayer so that the mountains that scar the face of the Episcopal Church may be cast into the sea.

Monday: 106:19-48; Numbers 22:1-21; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 21:12-22
Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Numbers 22:21-38; Romans 7:1-12; Matthew 21:23-32

       A Novena of Prayers for the Increase of Vocations to the Consecrated Life in the Community of St. Mary, Eastern Province

       St. Mary's Convent, 242 Cloister Way
       Greenwich, NY 12834-7922
       (518 ) 692-3028
       www.stmaryseast.org
       e-mail: melizcsm@aol.com

Having planted a new convent in Malawi, Africa, the Sisters of St. Mary in Greenwich, NY, now invite Associates, parishes, clergy and friends to join them in praying for new vocations in America, waiting on God much as the disciples did in the Upper Room in the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost. The following Prayers and Collects may be used as part of a Novena (a Nine-day Cycle) of Prayer or may be incorporated into daily prayer for C.S.M.

The Sisters of St. Mary are looking for a few good women who are…

* committed to giving themselves unreservedly to Jesus as Lord and Savior in the Anglican tradition;
* between the ages of 21 and 50 and are in good physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual health;
* single and unhindered by familial, financial or other personal obligations,
* seeking to know and serve God alone, first in a life of corporate and personal prayer and then by sharing in the ministries and outreach of the Community;
* prepared to consider a lifelong commitment to personal conversion, sanctification and service within stable community life, under the monastic vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience;
* open to learning responsible, adult obedience, accepting a common Rule and the wisdom and judgment of others in community life.

If this description brings someone to your mind, pray that the Holy Spirit may open her heart to considering religious vocation in the Community of St. Mary, and, if appropriate, invite her yourself to explore this possibility.

       A Novena for Vocations to the Community of St. Mary

       Prayers to be Said Daily

       "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
       (Matthew 5:8 )

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

       Collect for the Community of St. Mary:
Almighty God, who chose the blessed Virgin Mary to be the Mother of your Incarnate Son, grant to us your servants who bear her name so to yield ourselves to the operation of the Holy Spirit that we may be acceptable in your sight and may bring forth to you the fruit of good works, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Day: For an Increase in Numbers and Sanctification
O Father and lover of souls, pour upon your Church the spirit of religious vocation and grant the Community of St. Mary an increase in numbers and sanctification of Sisters, to your glory and for the benefit of your whole Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, June 29, 2008

 

6/29/2008, #86, 2nd Quarter 2008

One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4)
      Holy Spirit, please guide us in speaking to the next generation of God's mighty acts. We long to see a new Pentecost in our generation.

I will meditate on the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works. (Psalm 145:5)
      Jesus, please restore meditation on your character and your works to your people.

Men shall speak of the might of your awesome acts, and I will declare your greatness. (Psalm 145:6)
      Father, we pray for the fathers of this diocese, that they would speak of your awesome acts and your greatness to their children.

They shall utter the memory of your great goodness, and shall sing of your righteousness. (Psalm 145:7)
      Father, please bless the witness of the men of this diocese -- help them speak of your great goodness and your righteousness.

The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. (Psalm 145:8 )
      Thank you, LORD, for your goodness to us.

The LORD is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works. (Psalm 145:9)
      LORD, thank you for your tender mercies toward us.

Sunday: 145; Numbers 21:4-9,21-35; Acts 17:(12-21)22-34 Luke 13:10-17
Monday: 106:19-48; Numbers 22:1-21; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 21:12-22

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, June 28, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORTS

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT --- I
(6-28-08, in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

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

      Note: An overall mood of grim gloom and of defiance on State Street today. More people than usual passed by looking angrily at us and shaking "No" or acting disinterested in our offers to pray for them.

t--LEROY -- Didn't want any specific prayers; we prayed for provision and protection for him and his family.

t-- DONNA -- Young mother with two children. She wanted prayers for "Health and Love." When we asked her if we could pray for her, she smiled widely and answered, "You sure can!"

JAMES -- An area minister. Torre prayed that James would get God's words for his message at his church today.

t--ROBERT -- In a hurry, on his way to work. We gave him a blessing for him while he is working.

JOHN --- The most disturbing event of the morning for us. John is a young man about 30 years old who stopped by in a friendly manner and wanted prayers "... for the return of my son." His son, Alex, is 7 months old, and the boy was taken away by social services because the mother is drug-addicted. John refuses any blame in this situation and says he is a good man who works hard 40 hours a week and is trying to get things "worked out" with his girlfriend. After we prayed for the safety of Alex and for God to be in the center of this situation, Torre suggested to John that he ask for forgiveness for his sins and his part in having had 3 children out of wedlock, and John replied that he has no reason to ask for forgiveness. John seems to want forgiveness and God's intervention, but on John's own terms. He admitted to having "a few beers" already this morning and having been in a fight with someone. Pray for this man. Deacon Alan suggested to John that he look for signs today that God is working in his life. Pray that Jesus will enter John's life today and drive away all the anger that is obviously in his heart.

t-ORLANDO -- Spanish-speaking young man. Very pleasant; wanted prayers for his mother and his child. He wanted to know what time our services are on Sunday so perhaps he will visit us Sunday. He came by the Table again a second time and we prayed for him again.

a,t -- ANDREW -- Andrew is an older man, very literate and cerebral. He formulated a long request for us to pray for him for forgiveness for being weak in a situation in which justice must prevail, and the incident in question was his own fault. Feeling very guilty for whatever happened; he did not elaborate and we did not probe. Just pray for this man to let God accept his burden, because it obviously is more than he can bear. Andrew came from the Eastern side of State Street and headed right for the Table when he saw us praying for another visitor.

JIM -- Repeat visitor to our Table. Wanted continued blessing on his life.

(Unidentified man) --- Man who did not want his name written down simply asked for us to pray for peace in the world. We did, in his presence.

PATRICIA and t-OKAYA -- As we were in the process of taking the Table down and putting things away, these two visitors came from different directions. Patricia wanted prayers for " ... a LOT!" We prayed for good health and safety and provision for her family. For Okaya, we prayed for healing and for protection for him and his family.

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      PRAYER TABLE REPORT --- II

(6-28-08 in front of St. Andrew's of Scotia; Deacon Mary Carol Hart and Christine Bissonnette.)

We had one young girl who crossed the street and asked for prayers for her sick aunt, Alyssa. Christine and I laid hands on her and prayed for healing, comfort, peace. At the end of our time, Christine and I prayed for the prayer-table ministry to grow and become stronger to the glory of God.

Albany Intercessor

 

6/28/2008, #85, 2nd Quarter 2008

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! for praise from the upright is beautiful. (Psalm 33:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us come into the presence of the Father with songs and hymns and spiritual songs.

Praise the LORD with the harp; make melody to him with an instrument of ten strings. (Psalm 33:2)
      Holy Spirit, come upon all those who provide music at our services with your anointing so that we may praise worship God the Father, God the Son, and you: God the Holy Spirit.

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. (Psalm 33:3)
      Holy Spirit, please bless the hours of preparation of those who provide music in our service to God of worship.

Saturday: 33; Numbers 20:14-29; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11
Sunday: 145; Numbers 21:4-9,21-35; Acts 17:(12-21)22-34 Luke 13:10-17

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 23:33:44
From: Rev Susan Baker Borjeson
Subject: Request from Fr John Miller
      Fr John thanks all the intercessors for their support. He asked me to get 'out on the prayer line' a request that we pray for his right knee to be restored to strength. He twisted it some months ago, and it is not reliable. Given the situation with his bandaged feet, he needs the stability for any movement. He thanks you for your prayers.
      Today he began treatment in the hyperbaric chamber, which he will receive daily, and he is encouraged by that. Hopeful. Doctors still talk about surgery, so let's ramp up the prayers against infection, accelerated growth of new cells, and knitting of tissue and nerve. While we're at it, let's pray for the healing of the diabetes. God is faithful.
      Thank you all for your prayers for Fr John.
Faithfully, Susan Baker-Borjeson

***** Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 08:53:19 -0400
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth
Subject: Prayers to Albany Intercessors for the Welcome Home Initiative
*      The upcoming Welcome Home Initiative, July 28-30, is almost a month away. We ask all our Diocese of Albany Intercessors to intensify their prayers for this Healing Retreat for combat veterans of all wars and their families.
*      There is still space July 28-30 for warriors and their families. Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw men and women for whom this WHI retreat is the right time and the right place to receive Christ's healing for the wounds of war.
*       Pray for preparation of the several ministry groups for the upcoming Retreat: for Fr. Nigel, Bp. Dave and Noel heading up the Ministry Team, for Tina coordinating ministry to youth, for the Intercessors Team (on and off-site), for development of a "caregivers component" for spouses who bear much of the burden of a combatant's reintegration back into family and civilian life, and for Sandra and Lynn, tying it all together in the office.
*      Because of the generosity of so many, the Welcome Home Retreat is free to combat veterans, their spouses and children, but participants must pay travel costs to Christ the King Center. We know of veterans from across the U.S. who have expressed interest but may be deterred by these costs. Pray for wisdom in how to respond to this issue and possibly for donations to specifically help with travel costs.
*      This spring Fr. Nigel and Noel have been active in making contact about WHI with military groups across the country and in the local area. Pray for ongoing contacts with Regular Army and National Guard Units at Ft. Drum and for continuing interest in replicating WHI in Britain. Pray also for new contacts with Air Force and Navy Chaplains, with the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade and with various military-based Alpha groups across the country.
*       Pray especially that the Lord will keep WHI on the "front burner" of interest with those individuals and groups who can connect us with wounded soldiers in need of the kind of community we form on this Retreat to bring healing in Christ's name.
*      Do you know a veteran who might benefit in joining in healing prayer with other military men and women who share the burden of the memories of combat? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you courage to approach that warrior in Christ's name with the opportunity of the Welcome Home Initiative Healing Retreat at Christ the King Center. And join us in honoring these men and women who have sacrificed so much for us at the Welcome Home Ceremony for this retreat on Wednesday, July 30, gathering in the Great Hall at CtK at 11:30 a.m.
*      For more information, to make a donation or to sign up for the July retreat, contact Sandra Lester at (518 ) 692-9550, X202. The Welcome Home Initiative Brochure is available for download at http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/Resources/welcome-home-brochure.pdf.
*      "There is an appointed time for everything...a time for every event under heaven... a time to kill, and a time to heal... a time to tear down and a time to build up... a time to weep, and a time to laughh... a time to mourn and a time to dance... a time to be silent and a time to speak... a time to love and a time to hate... a time for war, and a time for peace." (Ecclesiastes 3:1ff)
*       May the upcoming Welcome Home Initiative be a time to heal....
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM, for the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Friday, June 27, 2008

 

6/27/2008, #84, 2nd Quarter 2008

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)
      LORD, thank you for your goodness and mercy towards us.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, (Psalm 107:2)
      Jesus, thank you for paying the price of my redemption; thank you for rescuing me from the hand of the enemy.

And gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. (Psalm 107:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for guiding us to this diocese.

They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in. (Psalm 107:4)
      Jesus, your church is wandering in the wilderness; please bring us to a place of truth and safety, of righteousness and mercy. Thank you.

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. (Psalm 107:5)
      Father, please give us in the Episcopal Church this day's bread; and because we cannot live by bread along, please give us this day's word.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107:6)
      LORD, deliver your faithful people out of their distresses.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a dwelling place. (Psalm 107:7)
      Holy Spirit, lead your faithful people in the Anglican Communion forth by the right way and bring us to that dwelling place you have prepared for us.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:8 )
      Holy Father, move in the hearts of the men of this diocese so that we will all give thanks to you and show forth your wonderful works to our children.

For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:9)
      Jesus, thank you for feeding our souls with your body and blood.

A word received: Keep on praying; don't be discouraged. I hear your prayers and I answer them. Every prayer is precious to me.

Friday: 107:1-32; Numbers 20:1-13; Romans 5:12-21; Matthew 20:29-34
Saturday: 33; Numbers 20:14-29; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I urge your prayers for Bishop Harold Miller of our companion Diocese, the Diocese of Down and Dromore, and for his family.


***** Prayer updates on the clergy of this diocese:

***** Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 00:27:38
From: Pat Bailey
Subject: UPDATE ON FR. PAUL BAILEY
      Wanted to update you on Paul. He is, and will continue to be, in the Cardiac Thoracic ICU at St. Elizabeth's in Utica. He is in critical but stable condition. He is still on a ventilator but the nurses and doctors are encouraged that his vitals, etc. are getting better. The balloon pump that they inserted in the catherization site is helping his heart not have to work so hard. The doctors are trying to get Paul stronger so he can survive open heart surgery to repair/replace the mitral valve. Paul's cardiologist (Dr. Love) said that he has to have the surgery - there is no option. He cannot survive without it. The plan right now is to keep him sedated and resting for the weekend and hopefully do surgery on Monday, depending on his vitals. He also has been running a fever and he cannot have surgery if there is any chance of infection, but it seems to be subsiding.
      Appreciate your prayers. We need a miracle and we claim that miracle. Paul is on many, many prayer chains and I know the Lord will answer our prayers. I believe God still has work for Paul to do here! Thank you for your love, support and prayers.
In Christ's love and FHS, Pat

***** Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:55:46
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
My nephew Jeff who was almost decapitated last week by a drunk driver is doing WELL. Well means that solely by the grace of God has he any feeling in his body. Its a day by day process right now. He has movement in his feet, sensations in his hands but no movement. And has pneumonia which now seems to be under control. He is still in the trauma unit and rehabilitation will be slow.
Thank you for all your prayers. He is a miracle. Please Keep praying.
Please Lord give Jeff and his family strength and courage to face the everyday ups and downs of recovery. Help them to keep their eyes on you. For you are their strength. We claim healing for this family Lord. You heal our hearts and our bodies. With you there is no fear. Please give them comfort and peace. We ask all of this in the most precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Many many thanks, Blessings, Mother Anne

***** Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 11:27:57
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Your prayers are invited for Fr. John Miller, Vicar, Calvary Church, Cairo, and Gloria Dei Church, Palenville who suffered 3rd degree burns to his toes on both feet. He is in Westchester Medical Center Burn Clinic, Room #19, 95 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla NY 10595. His room telephone for calls after 11am and until 8pm is: 914 789 4444. Visiting hours are after 11am. Please pray for a speedily healing of his wounds, that there be no infection, that he be protected from further limitation, and for his wife, Kathie. Plants and flowers are not allowed in his room.
      Your prayers are invited for Cn Curtis Denney who was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday with pneumonia. Please pray for a speedy recovery for Cn Denney and his wife Mary. He is in Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Room 201, 214 King St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. The hospital phone number is 315-393-3600. He hopes to released on Friday.
      Please continue to pray for the full recovery of Fr Paul Bailey and for his wife, Pat.
Faithfully in Christ, Jerry Carroll, Lay Canon for Administration

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, June 26, 2008

 

6/26/2008, #83, 2nd Quarter 2008

      A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels; Send down upon our Bishops, and Curates, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

      A General Thanksgiving
ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men; We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

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

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

Thursday: 105:23-45; Numbers 17:1-11; Romans 5:1-11; Matthew 20:17-28
Friday: 107:1-32; Numbers 20:1-13; Romans 5:12-21; Matthew 20:29-34

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please commit to daily intercession for Bishop Bill and his family (Karen, Christopher, and Catie) from now through the Reflections Conference October 4th.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

 

6/25/2008, #82, 2nd Quarter 2008

So Moses said to Aaron, "Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar, put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from the LORD. The plague has begun." (Numbers 16:46)
      LORD, please help us respond quickly to your instructions as Aaron did to Moses. Thank you that the blood of Jesus is the atonement for the sins of your people.

Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people. (Numbers 16:47)
      Jesus, our prayers are incense that come before you (Revelation 5:8, 8:4); help us come into the midst of our congregations with our prayers so that all the people are brought to your atoning sacrifice for us.

And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped. (Numbers 16:48 )
      Father, a plague of heresy and misuse of power has broken out in the Episcopal Church; help us by our prayers to stand between the dead and the living so that this plague is stopped.

It is time for you to act, O LORD, for they have regarded your law as void. (Psalm 119:126)
      LORD, we are your servants, give us understanding so that we may know your testimonies. (From Psalm 119:125)

Therefore I love your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! (Psalm 119:127)
      Holy Spirit, help us love what you command and shun every false way. Thank you.

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008
From: Deacon Harvey Huth
Torre,
      How about a prayer vigil sign-up for October 4 to keep Bp Bill bathed in prayer continuously for the duration of the Lambeth Reflections Conference?
Harvey

Look upon me and be merciful to me, as your custom is toward those who love your name. (Psalm 119:132)
      Jesus, look upon Bishop Bill and be merciful to him and his family for he loves your name.

Direct my steps by your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. (Psalm 119:133)
      Holy Spirit, direct Bishop Bill's steps by your word and let no iniquity have dominion over him.

Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep your precepts. (Psalm 119:134)
      Father, protect Bishop Bill and set him free from the oppression of man so that he may cleave to your ways. Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach him your statutes. (From Psalm 119:135)

Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep your law. (Psalm 119:136)
      LORD, we grieve for those who have walked away from your teaching, bring them back to you. Thank you.

***** Please commit to daily intercession for Bishop Bill and his family (Karen, Christopher, and Catie) from now through the Reflections Conference October 4th.

***** A very interesting blog for you to check out is "Openly Episcopal in Albany" run by John White, http://drbones.typepad.com/openly_episcopal_in_alban/ It is one of the very few blogs (actually the only one) that I have encountered that cheerfully lets both liberals and conservatives in the Episcopal Church speak.

***** Please pray for Jean Bissell, she will be having corrective surgery on her hip on Friday.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

 

6/24/2008, #81, 2nd Quarter 2008

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)
      Jesus, you are the rock of our salvation.

      Holy Spirit, please fill the parishes of this diocese with songs and praise for Jesus.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to him with psalms. (Psalm 95:2)
      Jesus, please help us come into your presence with our worship.

For the LORD is the great God, and the great king above all gods. (Psalm 95:3)
      Father, we acknowledge your greatness. Keep us from all forms of idolatry.

In his hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are his also. (Psalm 95:4)
      LORD, the earth and all that is in it belong to you; you created it. Help us to be faithful stewards of your creation.

The sea is his, for he made it; and his hands formed the dry land. (Psalm 95:5)
      You made us as well, Father; you are the creator, we are your creatures.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our maker. (Psalm 95:6)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to a reverence awe of God the Father and Jesus his only begotten son.

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. (Psalm 95:7a)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church has become a wandering flock; please bring us back into your sheepfold.

Today, if you will hear his voice: "Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, (Psalm 95:7b-8 )
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church has become a people of hardened hearts; please put a new spirit in us, your Holy Spirit. Give us hearts of flesh once again. Thank you.

"When your fathers tested me; they tried me, though they saw my work." (Psalm 95:9)
      Jesus, we have seen your work among us, yet we still test you. Have mercy on us.

"For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, 'It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know my ways.'" (Psalm 95:10)
      Father, please teach the Episcopal Church your ways.

"So I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.'" (Psalm 95:11)
      Jesus, please save us from the wrath to come!

Tuesday: 94, [95]; Numbers 16:20-35; Romans 4:1-12; Matthew 19:23-30
Wednesday: 119:121-144; Numbers 16:36-50; Romans 4:13-25; Matthew 20:1-16

Albany Intercessor

 

6/24/2008, #80, 2nd Quarter 2008

"Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father. I, at any rate, cannot separate the two ideas of democracy and tradition; it seems evident to me that they are the same idea. We will have the dead at our councils. The ancient Greeks voted by stones; these shall vote by tombstones. It is all quite regular and official, for most tombstones, like most ballot papers, are marked with a cross." Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton, Doubleday Image Book, page 48 © 1908, 1936 by Dodd, Mead & Company

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, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

      Holy Spirit, please help Bishop Bill, Bishop Dave, and all the other leaders of the Anglican Communion who are meeting at the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON) and at the Lambeth Conference that they will hearken to the witness of the saints in ages past who received the gospel and passed it on to us without blemish. Please help these leaders of the Anglican Communion to hear that great cloud of witnesses that surround us today.

Tuesday: 94, [95]; Numbers 16:20-35; Romans 4:1-12; Matthew 19:23-30
Wednesday: 119:121-144; Numbers 16:36-50; Romans 4:13-25; Matthew 20:1-16

      Notes from the Front Line



LAMBETH REFLECTIONS
Province II will be hosting a conference, being convened by Bishop Councell, on October 4th, called Lambeth Reflections. The Lambeth Reflections Day will be held at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ, at 10AM on Saturday, October 4th. Featured presenters will include the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, Diocese of Maine; The Rt. Rev. Bill Love, Diocese of Albany; The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Diocese of New Hampshire, and Professor Gordon Graham, Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary. We expect all of the bishops from Province II to be present to offer their views on the results of the Lambeth Conference. This event is open to all.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, June 23, 2008

 

6/23/2008, #79, 2nd Quarter 2008

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet: LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:1-2)
      Our father in heaven, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day's bread, and because we cannot live by bread along, please give us this day's word. Forgive our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us, and do not bring us to hard testing, but deliver us from evil. Thank you.

Monday: 89:19-52; Numbers 16:1-19; Romans 3:21-31; Matthew 19:13-22
Tuesday: 94, [95]; Numbers 16:20-35; Romans 4:1-12; Matthew 19:23-30

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, June 22, 2008

 

6/22/2008, #78, 2nd Quarter 2008

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; (Psalm 19:7a)
      LORD, please bring our souls to conversion.

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7b)
      Holy Spirit, give your wisdom to your little ones.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; (Psalm 19:8a)
      Father, please bring us to the joy of your Holy Spirit as we study your statutes and your ways.

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (Psalm 19:8b)
      Jesus, please bring us to purity of heart so that we may see you.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; (Psalm 19:9a)
      Jesus, please let the fear of you bring healing and cleansing to the Episcopal Church.

The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:9b)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to your truth and righteousness. Thank you.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us and all those meeting at GAFCON in Jerusalem to desire what you desire; help us all know the true value of your word -- it is more desirable than gold.

Moreover by them your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:11)
      Father, warn your servants who lead the Episcopal Church of the great danger they are in and the great reward that will be theirs if they return to you and your ways.

Sunday: 19, 46; Numbers 14:26-45; Acts 15:1-12; Luke 12:49-56
Monday: 89:19-52; Numbers 16:1-19; Romans 3:21-31; Matthew 19:13-22

      Notes from the Front Line

Go to http://tinyurl.com/566142 for an outstanding document prepared for the GAFCON meeting entitled "The Way, The Truth and the Life, Theological Resources for a Pilgrimage to a Global Anglican Future". [Thanks to Ray Rockwell for alerting me to it.]

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, June 21, 2008

 

Prayer Tables in Schenectady and Scotia

      Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 06 21

Roxie Hansel and Irene Parker of Christ Church Cooperstown and Torre Bissell 9:20 to 10:40 A.M., in front of Christ Church on State St. (+ indicates received a cross).

+Denise -- "For me getting off drugs, but not by going to jail."
+Crystal -- "For protection over my family"
+Heidi -- For her and her children ages 9 and 5 (her baby 2 years old died in the "shaking baby" case in April)
+Bill -- "For my friend Di", "I'm a Buddhist." [Father was Jewish, Mother was Catholic]
+James and +Mohan Dey -- going to Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.
+Rick -- "I have [to go] to work."
(Young man walking by rapidly) -- ["May we pray for you?"] "Sure."
+Nancy -- "My fiancé, Steve. He is having an operation on his back."
Jim (walking by in street, a regular) -- "I'll say one for you too."
+Dina -- "World peace, an end to prejudice."
Eric (an Elder at Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.) We have prayed with him and his son, Eric, before.
+Chester -- "a business deal I got going"
+Washington (a woman) -- "healing and finances, daughter graduating from high school"
+Addison -- "church and family"

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT --- II

(In front of Schenectady Inner City Ministry building, Albany St.; Manned by Deacon Alan Hart plus visitors David and Anita from Cooperstown, 9:30-10:30 a.m. on 6-21-08.)

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

Note: This started rather slowly but really picked up steam as the hour went along. There was a decided theme of people on the streets wanting things to "be better" and "more safe."

t-EDWARD -- Came right over from across the street just as we set up the Table. Asked for prayers for "fulfillment in his life."
MILLIE -- Wanted prayers for "better life and for direction."
Man on other side of Albany Street waved at us happily and shouted to us, "Praise the Lord!"
t, t -- NATASHA --- She told a very scary story about how she is being repeatedly beaten by her ex-husband, who is of a different race. Natasha is Guyanese, and her family has had little to do with her since she married this man against their wishes. She told us her "ex" had beaten her again last night and threw her cellphone onto the floor and broke it when she tried to call for help. We prayed for her for the Lord's protection and provision, and David also gave her stern advice to go to police about this man. She answered that she has had him jailed before and he gets even more violent afterward when he is released. She is scared of him. She has an order of protection but he is not honoring it. She also told us she is beginning to get back in a better relationship with her Mom, who WAS a Hindu but is now going to various Christian churches up and down ther neighborhood. We prayed a second time for her for God to guide her and keep her safe. She took a cross for herself and for her mother.
t-ARNETTE -- (Stood at the Table while David was still talking to Natasha and advising her to seek police help.) Arnette is a very pregnant young woman; asked for protection for herself and her baby. She told us she " ... just lost her man" and is worried. We prayed for protection for her and for safe delivery of her child and for provision for both of them.
t-IRVING -- He smiled and assured us "Things are not THAT bad" but he wanted prayers for things to get better in his life. Prayed that the Lord would show him signs today that Jesus is working in his life.
t,t,t,t,t -- JENNA (mother), a-DELILIAH (celebrating her 3rd birthday) and PEGGY (roomate) -- Jenna wanted prayers that her family (5 children) would get the new house they are seeking. They are currently in an apartment which the landlord is selling. We also prayed for Peggy to come to know Lord in a more powerful way. Delilah was anointed for protection and to come to know God's love for her and someday soon walk in His ways.
t-GENE -- Gene was a real hoot and holler! He was driving East and saw the Prayer Table, pulled over and gleefully ran up to us from across the street and kept yelling out loud, "Bless you, bless you, bless you!" Gene is a member of Calvary Tabernacle. He asked for prayers that he would " ... learn to listen more to my wife and my daughter!" and also asked us to pray for a reduction of crime and trouble in the Neighborhood.
t-DANIEL -- Wanted prayers for wisdom and discernment about whether to continue to live in Schenectady or go back home to New York City. Thanked us profusely for being "out here" for people.
t-JEFF -- very sad and brave case. He stood away from us awhile and finally decided to come over. He did not sit but leaned on the table and put his head down in an ashamed manner. He said he wanted prayers for "me and my family to get it right." He said his car was broken down and he could not afford to get it fixed and has not been able to pay his rent. We prayed for him to get provision from the Lord somehow to meet his financial obligations, we prayed for him to not be a prisoner to fear because Christ will stand by him. We thought he was very brave to come forward for prayers.
t-LAQUITA -- Came to us just as we were getting set to leave and taking down the Table. She wanted prayers for her "living situation."

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT --- III
(In front of St. Andrew's Church, Scotia; Deacon Mary Carol Hart from 9:50 a.m. to 11 a.m.)

It was exciting to "kick off" our prayer table at St. Andrews this morning. I spoke to several people walking by, and they declined prayer. There were lots of stares from passing motorists, and one man (a Red Sox fan) crossed the street and then re-crossed a little way down the road. Guess he really did not want prayer, but I shot off a long-distance prayer for him anyway. A man named Ted walked by with his next-door neighbor, John. Ted is well-acquainted with the parish and is being treated for cancer. Prayers for strength, healing, and patience were said for him. Not a bad start.

Albany Intercessor

 

6/21/2008, #77, 2nd Quarter 2008

The Pharisees also came to him, testing him, and saying to him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?" (Matthew 19:3)
      Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are still testing you on this.

And he answered and said to them, "Have you not read that he who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." (Matthew 19:4-6)
      Jesus, please restore this teaching to the life of the Episcopal Church.

They said to him, "Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?" He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. (Matthew 19:7-8 )
      Jesus, the real issue is the hardness of our hearts in the Episcopal Church. Have mercy on us and soften our hearts by your Holy Spirit.

And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery." (Matthew 19:9)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church and the surrounding culture are wandering around in the Desert of Sin; we are lost in a wilderness of sin. Please bring us back to a place of refreshment and restoration in your Holy Spirit -- to a place of Elim Springs. (See Exodus 15:27-16:1)

His disciples said to him, "If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry." But he said to them, "All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it." (Matthew 19:10-12)
      Holy Father, we pray that you will give all those who are not called to marriage the gift of celibacy and abstinence. Restore to your people the desire and the ability to receive and live by your teaching. Thank you.

Saturday: 136; Numbers 13:31-14:25; Romans 3:9-20; Matthew 19:1-12
Sunday: 19, 46; Numbers 14:26-45; Acts 15:1-12; Luke 12:49-56

      Notes from the Front Line

Subject: Diocesan Update
June 20, 2008
      Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      In just a few hours I will be leaving for the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) which takes place in Israel the 22nd through the 29th of June. After that I will be heading to Ireland for a wedding and onto Scotland en route to England for the Lambeth Conference taking place July 16th through August 4.
      Before leaving I wanted to thank once again all those who helped organize and lead this year’s Diocesan Convention, all who attended and everyone who was holding it up in prayer. It was wonderful to be with so many of you from around the Diocese. As I mentioned in my address Friday night, I am greatly appreciative of the sacrifices, both financially and of time, everyone made in order to attend Convention. It is an honor to serve our Lord and His Church with each of you.
      I also want to extend a special thank you to all the clergy and deputies who handled the difficult issues we were confronted with in such a Christlike manner, treating one other with dignity and respect.
       Please keep my travel in your prayers and I look forward to being with you all again when I return from Lambeth. If you should need to contact me for any reason while I'm away, please contact Canon Bob Haskell or Canon Jerry Carroll at the Diocesan Office. I will be in touch with them on a regular basis. God Bless You!
Yours in Christ, +Bill

Friday, June 20, 2008

 

6/20/2008, #76, 2nd Quarter 2008

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
      Father Almighty, please help each of us find time to be alone with you; bring each of us to that secret place of rest with you.

I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him I will trust." (Psalm 91:2)
      Jesus, you are my refuge, my fortress, my God, in you will I trust!

Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. (Psalm 91:3)
      Jesus, please bring Bishop Bill and Bishop Dave into the full freedom of your Spirit as they go to the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem June 22-26. Please give them journey mercies as they travel; protect their families while they are away, and help them recognize false choices for what they are.

He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you shall take refuge; his truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4)
      Father, please let the covering of your Holy Spirit rest upon this diocese.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. (Psalm 91:5-6)
      Jesus, no matter what may come at us, you are more than sufficient to meet it, and we place our confidence in you.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. (Psalm 91:7)
      Holy Spirit, having stood all, we trust that you will help us continue to stand. Thank you.

Friday: 91, 92; Numbers 13:1-3,21-30; Romans 2:25-3:8; Matthew 18:21-35
Saturday: 136; Numbers 13:31-14:25; Romans 3:9-20; Matthew 19:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Subject: Ministry update
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford
Dear faithful people,
      Two years ago next week, we had a mother and daughter "walk-in" to the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. It is a rare occurrence to have walk-ins as most people make an appointment. "Can we talk" the mother said. We assured them into the one of the prayer rooms, the daughter's face looking like a dear caught in the headlights of an on coming car. The mother told us that her daughter had been convicted of drunk driving "a few times" and this time she had been sent to jail. They were actually on route to the jail for two years, and on impulse stopped by for prayer. Next week she will be released. I remember being rather shocked by this visit and I am amazed that two years have passed already. Quick for me but I am sure a very traumatic two years for this mother and daughter. I hope they will pop in on the way home.... I will let you know....
      Sometimes in life we need to be reminded of the things in life that we do not experience… bby the Grace of God.
      Slow down, drive carefully and for God's sake don't drink and drive.
God bless you, Fr Nigel.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, June 19, 2008

 

6/19/2008, #75, 2nd Quarter 2008

Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause your anger toward us to cease. (Psalm 85:4)
      LORD, in your mercy restore the Episcopal Church and cause your anger toward us to cease.

Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? (Psalm 85:5)
      Father, we have provoked you and despised your word to us; have mercy on us and restore the Episcopal Church.

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6)
      Jesus, on the day of Pentecost you visited a sinful people who had killed you; please come and visit the Episcopal Church with your Holy Spirit.

Show us your mercy, LORD, and grant us your salvation. (Psalm 85:7)
      Holy Spirit, in your mercy come upon us in the Episcopal Church.

I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people and to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. (Psalm 85:8 )
      LORD, we have turned away from you toward folly: the last couple of General Conventions have held your word in contempt and done what was right in their sight and not in yours.

Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. (Psalm 85:9)
      Holy Father, let your mercy and truth meet once again in the Episcopal Church and let your righteousness and peace be embraced. Thank you. (From Psalm 85:10)

Thursday: 85, 86; Numbers 12:1-16; Romans 2:12-24; Matthew 18:10-20
Friday: 91, 92; Numbers 13:1-3,21-30; Romans 2:25-3:8; Matthew 18:21-35

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

 

6/18/2008, #74, 2nd Quarter 2008

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" (Matthew 18:1)
      Jesus, please help us honor those who are honored in your sight.

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

"Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:4)
      Father, help us humble ourselves before you.

"Whoever receives one little child like this in my name receives me." (Matthew 18:5)
      Jesus, please bless the Sunday Schools and youth ministries in the parishes of this diocese and at Beaver Cross (the Spiritual Life Center). Help us receive and nurture every child you send us.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:6)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for all those children who are in harm's way from predators or who are in harm's way from false teaching about their sexuality. Please preserve and rescue them.

"Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!" (Matthew 18:7)
      Holy Spirit, even now bring the offenders to true repentance.

"If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire." (Matthew 18:8-9)
      Father, please help us let go of everything that causes us to sin.

Wednesday: 81, 82; Numbers 11:24-33(34-35); Romans 1:28-2:11; Matthew 18:1-9
Thursday: 85, 86; Numbers 12:1-16; Romans 2:12-24; Matthew 18:10-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Please pray about how you and your parish can support the Mudges in their call to ministry in Peru.


Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

 

6/17/2008, #73, 2nd Quarter 2008

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
      Jesus, we pray for all those in your church who are ashamed of the gospel and offended by your cross; have mercy on them and bring them to a saving knowledge of you.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help us desire your righteousness so that we may live by faith throughout this diocese.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Romans 1:18 )
      Father, we cry out to you for the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church: they have suppressed the truth in unrighteousness; bring them to conversion and protect them and us from the wrath that is to come.

because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. (Romans 1:19)
      Father, we pray that when you show the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church your ways that they will respond to you.

For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, (Romans 1:20)
      LORD, you see through all our excuses and deceptions, bring us all to clarity of sight.

because, although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21)
      LORD, let the light of the gospel shine forth in our hearts; we have all sinned and fallen short of your glory.

Professing to be wise, they became fools, (Romans 1:22)
      Jesus, please protect us from the folly of this age.

and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:23)
      Holy Spirit, please set us free from the idolatry of worshiping the earth and your creation.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, (Romans 1:24)
      Jesus, we have all sinned and fallen short of your glory; please set us free from the lust of our hearts and bring us back to you.

who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:25)
      Jesus, your truth has been exchanged for a lie by the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church: they have ceased worshiping you and instead worship what you have created; have mercy on us.

Tuesday: 78:40-72; Numbers 11:1-23; Romans 1:16-25; Matthew 17:22-27
Wednesday: 81, 82; Numbers 11:24-33(34-35); Romans 1:28-2:11; Matthew 18:1-9

Albany Intercessor

Monday, June 16, 2008

 

6/15/2008, #72, 2nd Quarter 2008

To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: (Romans 1:7a)
      Jesus, please help all of us in the Diocese of Albany, beloved of God and called to be saints, answer your call.

Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:7b)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive the grace and peace that are coming from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. (Romans 1:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for the faith you have bestowed on us: let your light shine forth through us to others.

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, (Romans 1:9)
      Holy Father, please let our prayers for all your saints ascend to you as fragrant incense.

making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. (Romans 1:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us strive to come together in Deanery and Diocesan wide meetings.

For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established-- (Romans 1:11)
      LORD, whenever we come together in this diocese, please help us impart spiritual gifts to one another.

that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. (Romans 1:12)
      Father, raise up many Barnabases, many Sons of Encouragement, among us so that we may encourage one another by our mutual faith. Thank you.

Monday: 77, [79]; Numbers 9:15-23,10:29-36; Romans 1:1-15; Matthew 17:14-21
Tuesday: 78:40-72; Numbers 11:1-23; Romans 1:16-25; Matthew 17:22-27

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, June 15, 2008

 

6/14/2008, #71, 2nd Quarter 2008

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: (Numbers 6:22)
      LORD, please help us heed your word to us as Moses did.

"Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:'" (Numbers 6:23)
      Holy Father, help us bless others as you have blessed us.

"'"The LORD bless you and keep you;"'" (Numbers 6:24)
      Jesus, please keep us in the shelter of your wings.

"'"The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;"'" (Numbers 6:25)
      Jesus, help us walk by the light of your countenance. Thank you for your grace for this day's journey.

"'"The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."'" (Numbers 6:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know your peace which passes all understanding.

"So they shall put my name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:27)
      Jesus, please help us faithfully bear your name each day. Thank you.

Sunday: 34; Numbers 6:22-27; Acts 13:1-12; Luke 12:41-48
Monday: 77, [79]; Numbers 9:15-23,10:29-36; Romans 1:1-15; Matthew 17:14-21

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, June 14, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

      (In front of Christ Church --State St., Schenectady on 6-14-08,
      9:20 -- 10:40 a.m. Table witnesses for Him this day were Torre Bissell, Don Foust, and Andy Foust.)

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

       JEROME --- Walking by--didn't stop, but asked that we pray for him.

       Man walking by-- Wanted prayers for a job.

       CALVIN -- walking by--"Pray for me"

      t-- MARISOL CRUZ and and her 2 year old son t--JONATHAN--This mother and son and first were not going to stop, but Marisol thought twice and joined us at the Prayer Table. Her husband (Francisco) was recently taken away by Immigration. On this day before Father's Day, we prayed for Fransico's return. Marisol is also pregnant and we prayed for a safe delivery of her child. On their way back, Jonathan was wearing his cross and he gave us a big smile.

       JIM--- Walking by in street. Did not stop, but asked that we say a prayer for him and he would pray for us.

      t- PAT--Pray for his family.

      t -- BRIDGETTE-- Pray for financial provision.

      t--HEATHER and t--GABRIEL--This mother and her teen-age son were on their way to services at the Seventh Day Adventist Church aroung the corner. Gabriel, appropriately, had his trumpet in hand. We prayed for a spirit-filled service of praise and worship.

       Man Assisting at Friendship House--The church across the street was having a special service for a visiting clergyman. We prayed for the service.

      t--ELIZABETH--This middle-aged woman was walking with her friends. She stopped while the others walked on. We prayed for her family to "get on track" and for financial provision.

--------------- Don Foust

 

6/14/2008, #71, 2nd Quarter 2008

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1)
      LORD, send forth your light into the surrounding darkness; light the way for your faithful people; set us free from fear. Please light the way for Bishop Bill as he prepares for GAFCON and Lambeth.

The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
      Father, please fill us anew with the strength of your Holy Spirit so that we can press on to know Jesus and his cross and resurrection in our lives. Set us free from worldly fears and doubts.

When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. (Psalm 27:2)
      Jesus, defeat every enemy that comes against us; thank you for defeating the last enemy: death.

Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. (Psalm 27:3)
      Holy Spirit, fill us with confidence in Jesus. Even though this diocese is surrounded by many enemies, help us to know, as Elisha's servant learned, that there a more for us than there are against us.

And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-17)

Saturday: 23, 27; Numbers 3:1-13; Galatians 6:11-18; Matthew 17:1-13
Sunday: 34; Numbers 6:22-27; Acts 13:1-12; Luke 12:41-48

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out the Welcome Home Initiative web site at http://christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, June 13, 2008

 

6/13/2008, #70, 2nd Quarter 2008

Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. (Galatians 6:6)
      Jesus, help us bless and honor all faithful teachers of your word. Please raise up more teachers with a passion to teach the next generation.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7)
      Holy Spirit, please drive out all spirits of deception from the Episcopal Church.

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:8 )
      Father, help us minister new life in your Spirit to all around us.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)
      Jesus, help us to be steady in you.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and respond to the opportunities for doing good that are place in our path each day. Thank you.

"...come, follow me." (Luke 18:22)
      Jesus, help me follow you today. Thank you.

Friday: 73; Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:14; Galatians 5:25-6:10; Matthew 16:21-28
Saturday: 23, 27; Numbers 3:1-13; Galatians 6:11-18; Matthew 17:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Please place on your calendars the closing for the Welcome Home Initiative at the Spiritual Life Center on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:30. All are welcome. Lunch is available following the service at our regular lunch rate of $8 plus tax.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, June 12, 2008

 

6/12/2008, #69, 2nd Quarter 2008

I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
      Jesus, please guide the preaching and teaching that goes on in this diocese so that we will all learn how to walk in your Spirit and cease fulfilling the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:17)
      Father, your kingdom is our hope and our goal, yet we so often stumble over the lust of the flesh; please guide us in our choices so that we walk in your Spirit.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18)
      Holy Spirit, please lead us day by day and help us follow where you lead.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
      LORD, these are all daily fare on the TV. Help us discipline our eyes and our minds to keep our attention on you. The cost of such self indulgence is horrendous -- eternal separation from you. Bring us to repentance and new life in you throughout this diocese.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
      Jesus, please bring us more and more into the life of your Spirit; help us with patience nurture the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)
      Holy Spirit, please help me crucify my flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)
      Father, help me continue on this journey toward your kingdom.

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:26)
      Father, we have nothing to boast of except the cross of your son Jesus; help each of us rejoice in the gifts you have given us. Thank you.

They said to him, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." (John 1:38-39)


Thursday: 74; Ecclesiastes 11:1-8; Galatians 5:16-24; Matthew 16:13-20
Friday: 73; Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:14; Galatians 5:25-6:10; Matthew 16:21-28

      Notes from the Front Line

Please pray for Bishop Bill as he travels this summer to the GAFCON meeting in the Middle East, the Lambeth meeting in England and visits to Ireland and Scotland.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

 

6/11/2008, #68, 2nd Quarter 2008

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)
      Father, please help everyone in this diocese discern wherein lies freedom and wherein lies bondage. Help us all embrace the freedom of the gospel.

Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. (Galatians 5:2-3)
      Holy Spirit, please bring all of us to the circumcision of the heart where we will choose Christ Jesus and a life of grace.

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. (Galatians 5:4-5)
      Holy Spirit, Jesus, came to fulfill the law, not to abolish it. Please show us how to live out the spirit of the law and not be entangled by the letter of the law.

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from him who calls you. (Galatians 5:6-8)
      Jesus, please help us lay aside all those things which hinder us that come from the world, the flesh, and the devil; and help us work out our faith in love for one another and all who come to us seeking freedom in you. Thank you.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)
      Jesus, the leaven of worldly wisdom has worked its way through much of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us.

I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. (Galatians 5:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us come to a quiet, common mind in the truth of the gospel and lay aside all bitterness or speaking with malice toward one another in this diocese.

And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. (Galatians 5:11)
      Father, we pray for all those who suffer persecution for the sake of the gospel. Protect them and provide for them and their families. Please protect Archbishop Ben Kwashi, Bishop Harold Miller, Bishop Bill Love, Bishop Dave Bena, and all your faithful shepherds who proclaim the gospel.

I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:12-13)
      Father, please help us by your Spirit to serve one another in true love as your son Jesus did.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! (Galatians 5:14-15)
      Jesus, help us have your mind toward one another and walk in your footsteps. Thank you.

Wednesday: 119:73-96; Ecclesiastes 9:11-18; Galatians 5:1-15; Matthew 16:1-12
Thursday: 74; Ecclesiastes 11:1-8; Galatians 5:16-24; Matthew 16:13-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Please pray for Bishop Bill as he travels this summer to the GAFCON meeting in the Middle East and Lambeth meeting in England.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

 

6/10/2008, #67, 2nd Quarter 2008

But the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren, you who do not bear! Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband." Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. (Galatians 4:26-28)
      Jesus, please move in all of the barren places of our lives and of this diocese and make them fruitful for your kingdom.

      Holy Spirit, please help us break forth with singing and shouts of praise as you make us a fruitful land.

      Father, thank you for sending Jesus and the Holy Spirit to fulfill all your promises to us.

A word received: I AM with you. You have cried out to me and I have answered you. The peace you enjoyed at the Diocesan Convention was my gift to you and many.

Tuesday: 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Ecclesiastes 8:14-9:10; Galatians 4:21-31; Matthew 15:29-39
Wednesday: 119:73-96; Ecclesiastes 9:11-18; Galatians 5:1-15; Matthew 16:1-12

Albany Intercessor

Monday, June 09, 2008

 

6/9/2008, #66, 2nd Quarter 2008

Praise is awaiting you, O God, in Zion; and to you the vow shall be performed. (Psalm 65:1)
      O God, we cannot praise you enough for all that you did at the Diocesan Convention. Please help us each day to live out the vows we have made to you.

O you who hear prayer, to you all flesh will come. (Psalm 65:2)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing our prayers and interceding for us; please let all who do not know you yet in this diocese come to you in faith.

Iniquities prevail against me; as for our transgressions, you will provide atonement for them. (Psalm 65:3)
      Jesus, thank you for providing the atonement for our sins, for my sins.

Blessed is the man you choose, and cause to approach you, that he may dwell in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, of your holy temple. (Psalm 65:4)
      Father, better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere!

By awesome deeds in righteousness you will answer us, O God of our salvation, you who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of the far-off seas; (Psalm 65:5)
      Holy Spirit, you have given us confidence to go forward on the path of righteousness that Jesus has marked out for us; thank you. And thank you for bringing to us your witnesses from across the far-off seas to the Diocesan Convention.

Monday: 64, 65; Ecclesiastes 7:1-14; Galatians 4:12-20; Matthew 15:21-28
Tuesday: 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Ecclesiastes 8:14-9:10; Galatians 4:21-31; Matthew 15:29-39

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Deacon Faye VanDermark. The doctors have told her she should be dead by now, but behold: she lives.
      Father, cleanse every cell of Faye's body with the full power of your Holy Spirit and set her body free of cancer. Thank you.

***** Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2008
From: Doug VanIderstyne
Subject: payer
      Need your group to pray for my 2 sisters. My sister Ruth has been placed in a home for dementia and my other sister, Virginia, is under going treatment for the start of dementia. Both are from Canton NY and their church does not have a prayer group. I was at the convention and said many prayers during all services, so I am asking for the groups help.
Thank you, Doug VanIderstyne, Schenectady NY

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, June 08, 2008

 

6/8/2008, #65, 2nd Quarter 2008

"Do not fear, little flock, for it is your father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32)
      Father, thank you for the things that give you pleasure.

      A word received: Don't be afraid.

"Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys." (Luke 12:33)
      Jesus, help us move into the full freedom you have for the children of God.

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12:34)
      Holy Spirit, we treasure what you are doing among us in this diocese. Thank you.

Sunday: 8, 84; Ecclesiastes 6:1-12; Acts 10:9-23; Luke 12:32-40
Monday: 64, 65; Ecclesiastes 7:1-14; Galatians 4:12-20; Matthew 15:21-28

      Notes from the Front Line

      Thank you all for your prayers for the Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of Albany. It began Friday noon and ended shortly after noon today, Sunday up at Camp of the Woods in the Adirondacks. It was marked by VERY powerful, gospel-based evangelical preaching, testimony and teaching by Bishop Bill Love, Archbishop Ben and Gloria Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria, and Bishop Harold Miller of the Diocese of Down and Dromore, Northern Ireland. In addition there was anointed and powerful preaching and teaching and testimony on the healing ministry of the church by Dr. Russ Parker of Acorn Ministries in the UK and Fr. Nigel Mumford of the Diocese of Albany. The healing service last night was attended by at least 400-500 people and lasted about three hours.
      The two proposed canons on marriage and the licensing of clergy were passed overwhelmingly. The canon on marriage forbids any blessing of same-sex unions by any clergy licensed in the Diocese of Albany or the use of church property for such an activity, and the canon on the licensing of clergy requires that all candidates for licensing or ordination in the diocese by either in a one-man-one-woman marriage or be celibate.
      All of the debate was marked by a clear determination to assume the best in others opinions. The convention followed Bishop Bill's admonition that there be no partisan clapping or demonstration of support or opposition.

Albany Intercessor

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT

      (In front of Christ Church --State St., Schenectady on 6-7-08,
      9:30 -- 10:50 a.m. Table witnesses for Him this day were Thelma Stearns, Don Foust, and Andy Foust.)

On this hot and humid Saturday, many of the people stopping by the Prayer Table were concerned about friends and family.

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

      t--EMMANUEL --- Was looking for his sins to be forgiven.

      t-- WALLACE -- Wanted prayers for things to get better in his life.

      t-- DEBBIE -- Debbie stopped and talked with us a long time. Her room mate t--GAIL has a bad back and Debbie went out shopping for her. Debbie had several bags she was carrying back to Emmitt Street on this hot and humid day. We prayed for Gail's back and strength for Debbie. Debbie had given up smoking so as not to offend her room mmate. Debbie also took a cross for Gail.

      t-- ROXANNE and her daughter -t--ROXANNE--This mother and daughter had just moved back to Schenectady from Georgia. Roxanne (the mother) wanted prayer for finances. Roxanne the daughter wanted prayer for her grandfather (VINCENT) in Florida who has bad knees. This family is looking for a Church to attend in the neighborhood. Roxanne (the daughter) reads her Bible every day.

      t-- JOSHUA -- Very serious, troubled young man. Wearing a shirt adorned with skulls. Was on his way to visit his mother (t-LAURIE). Asked for prayers for his girl friend (t-FIQUISHA) who will be giving birth to his child in the next 2 weeks. Joshua stayed and prayed with others at the table. Joshua loves his family but is so young to be starting his own family. Took crosses for his mother and girlfriend.

      t -- CAROLINE-- Asked for prayers for finances and arthritis in her knees.

       JIM--- Walking by in street. Did not stop, but asked that we say a prayer for him and he would pray for us.

      t- LISA --Cut short her telephone call to come to the table. Lisa is very down now and is looking for a better life. She asked us to pray for everything.

      t -- DeLORES -- Lives in the neighborhood. Working two jobs (nurse and Dunkin' Donuts). Her Aunt (RACHAEL JACKSON) just passed away and she asked for prayers for her aunt.

--------------- Don Foust

Friday, June 06, 2008

 

6/6/2008, #64, 2nd Quarter 2008

***** From: SOMA Office
Sent: 5 June, 2008 16:49
To: Jerry Carroll
Subject: Alert the intercessors!

Dear Jerry,
      ++Ben and Mama Gloria arrived in DC safely last night in the midst of wild thunderstorms and tornado warnings.
      However, the news re. getting on an earlier flight tomorrow does not look hopeful—but for God. I just got off the phone with United Airlines—what a challenge to finally speak with a real person. The lady was not encouraging about the possibility of stand-by for either of the earlier flights. She said that they were both sold out.
      Since there were 5-7 seats still available on the 12:27 pm flight yesterday, Edwina will take them to Dulles around 8:00 am tomorrow and investigate the possibility of getting them on the standby list. Once we know how that stands, she’ll call Lynne. Don’t worry, she won’t leave them languishing at the airport all day.
      So, alert the intercessors. Our God is big enough to make a way when there seems to be no way! He has big plans for you all this weekend and will not be thwarted. Blessings, Carol

Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2008 21:10:32
From: Jerry Carroll
Subject: Intercessory Prayer for ++Ben and Gloria Kwashi

Dear Torre,
      Please ask your intercessors to pray that God would facilitate the Kwashi’s getting on an earlier flight out of Washington’s Dulles International Airport so they arrives in time for Evensong and the opening of Convention. And needless to say, safe travel for them and the Curtis’s (Dcn Lynne and Clark) who are meeting them and driving them to Speculator. In Jesus our Saviour, Jerry

***** Then his disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" (Matthew 15:12)
      Lord Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are still offended by what you have said.

But he answered and said, "Every plant which my heavenly father has not planted will be uprooted. (Matthew 15:13)
      Holy Spirit, guide us as we deal with the tares in our lives and in your church.

Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch." (Matthew 15:14)
      Jesus, please help Bishop Bill and the leaders and teachers of this diocese to keep their attention on you and not on the blind leaders of the Episcopal Church.

In the day when I cried out, you answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3)
      Father, thank you for hearing my cries to you.

Friday: 51; Ecclesiastes 5:1-7; Galatians 3:15-22; Matthew 14:22-36
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Ecclesiastes 5:8-20; Galatians 3:23-4:11; Matthew 15:1-20
Sunday: 8, 84; Ecclesiastes 6:1-12; Acts 10:9-23; Luke 12:32-40
Monday: 64, 65; Ecclesiastes 7:1-14; Galatians 4:12-20; Matthew 15:21-28

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, June 05, 2008

 

6/5/2008, #63, 2nd Quarter 2008

He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed him on foot from the cities. (Matthew 14:13b)
      Jesus, please receive and bless the multitudes that follow you to the Diocesan Convention. Give them journey mercies, fair weather, and freedom from biting bugs and unpleasant wildlife.

And when Jesus went out he saw a great multitude; and he was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14)
      Jesus, in your compassion, please heal the sick who come to you at the Diocesan Convention.

When it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." (Matthew 14:15)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to compassion for those seeking Jesus. Don't let us send them away empty.

But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." (Matthew 14:16)
      Father, please help us respond with joy to Jesus' call to feed your lost sheep.

And they said to him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." (Matthew 14:17)
      Father, our resources will always be inadequate but yours are infinite. Help us, like Jesus, look to you for what is needed.

He said, "Bring them here to me." (Matthew 14:18)
      Holy Spirit, help us bring our meager resources to Jesus for his blessing and provision.

Then he commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. (Matthew 14:19)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the clergy who week by week look up to heaven, bless and break the bread and bless the wine so that we may be fed with your body and blood.

So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. (Matthew 14:20)
      Father, please gather up the fragments of our lives so that nothing is lost and let all who come to the Eucharist at the Diocesan Convention be filled with the presence of Jesus.

Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:21)
      Holy Spirit, please let all the men, women, and children who come to the Diocesan Convention meet Jesus and return to their homes having been fed by him.

      Pray for the Diocesan Convention. Pray for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit among all who are going to it.

Thursday: [59, 60] or 8, 84; Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3; Galatians 3:1-14; Mat. 14:13-21
Friday: 51; Ecclesiastes 5:1-7; Galatians 3:15-22; Matthew 14:22-36

      Notes from the Front Line

From an intercessor for the diocese: "Jesus promised his disciples three things -- that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble." -- G.K. Chesterton

Albany Intercessor

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