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Thursday, July 31, 2008

 

7/31/2008, #29, 3rd Quarter 2008

And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, (Acts 1:15)
      Holy Spirit, raise up bishops like Peter in our day who will truly lead your people.

"Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; (Acts 1:16)
      Holy Spirit, as you spoke through Scripture to your assembled body then, speak through Scripture to the bishops at Lambeth and those bishops who could not go to Lambeth for conscience sake.

for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry." (Acts 1:17)
      Jesus, there are numbered among the bishops those who betray you now as Judas did.

(Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) (Acts 1:18-19)
      Jesus, we grieve for those bishops who are betraying you by their words and deeds -- even now, draw them back from destruction.

"For it is written in the Book of Psalms: 'Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it'; and, 'Let another take his office.'" (Acts 1:20)
      Holy Spirit, as you did with the church then, do in our day and let other, faithful witnesses take up the office of those who have abandoned their office by their unfaithfulness.

"Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when he was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection." (Acts 1:21-22)
      Father, raise up bishops in our day who know the saving deeds you have worked among us through your son Jesus.

Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the LORD which he had done for Israel. (Joshua 24:31)
      LORD, raise up in our day elders who know your works so that we do not go astray any longer.

A word received: Call my people back to me.

Thursday: 74; Judges 4:4-23; Acts 1:15-26; Matthew 27:55-66
Friday: 73; Judges 5:1-18; Acts 2:1-21; Matthew 28:1-10

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

 

7/30/2008, #28, 3rd Quarter 2008

And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, "which," he said, "you have heard from me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Acts 1:4-5)
      Father, whenever your people assemble together, help us wait for your promise of the Holy Spirit. Baptize us anew with your Holy Spirit.

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, saying, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6)
      Jesus, will you at this time restore the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion? Please come soon!

And he said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:7-8 )
      Father, our times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute your faithful people. (From Psalm 31:15) Empower us daily to be your witnesses to our families, our friends, our parishes, our communities, and the work place.

Wednesday: 119:73-96; Judges 3:12-30; Acts 1:1-14; Matthew 27:45-54
Thursday: 74; Judges 4:4-23; Acts 1:15-26; Matthew 27:55-66

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 23:33:16 -0400
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Prayer Report
Dear Welcome Home Intercessors,
      Thank you for continuing to uphold this retreat in prayer. On this second day the fruit of your prayer is beginning to be evident. Our blessed Lord is present to meet every need of those who need healing.
      The morning presentation on PTSD by the clinical social worker led the veterans to begin sharing their experiences. Afterwards a more private session of Healing of Memories and Telling Their Stories gave opportunity for them to speak more deeply of their issues. Many spoke their stories, and two men had individual prayer ministry. The loving presence of the Holy Spirit was very present and healing has begun for many of the combatants.
      The private ministry to the wives was continued in two separate sessions. This was reported, also, of being very blessed.
      The weather here has been lovely. A cookout at the pond was provided for lunch and there was free time this afternoon for all to rest and relax. A massage therapist was available for those who desired to relieve stress and anxiety.
      After the two stand-up comedians did their show tonight, Nigel opened the floor for any in the audience to tell their jokes. There was much fun and laughter to end a day of tears and released tensions.
      Lift up the veterans and the ministry team during the last healing service in the morning.
      Pray, also, that the Lord will continue the healing that has begun here this week.
       Join us for the Closing Ceremony at the Spiritual Life Center in the Great Hall at 11:00 for 11:30am to honor these veterans.
Lynne Riley and Susan LaDuke On-Site Intercessors

***** Christ the King Spiritual Life Center News:
The School of Healing Prayer®
      Are you interested in the ministry of healing? Perhaps your church has been considering a healing service or healing prayer team, but aren't quite sure where to start. The School of Healing Prayer® is a comprehensive program designed to train individuals for the ministry of healing in their home church. Christ the King Center offers the School of Healing Prayer in three levels, using the program designed by Francis MacNutt.
Christ the King offers the School of Healing Prayer classes throughout the year, in two ways:
      As a four-day class from Sunday evening to Wednesday afternoon, in which participants stay on-site.
      As a six-week commuter class with meetings from 4-9 PM on Sunday nights, dinner included.
Upcoming Classes
      Aug 10-13: Level 3 (4-day)
      Sept 7 - Oct 12: Level 2 (6-week)
      Oct 12-15: Level 1 (4-day)
      Oct 19-22: Level 2 (4-day)
      We offer all three levels in a continuous cycle throughout the year. If you can't make any of these, there will be more! You can always find upcoming dates on our Healing Ministry Events Calendar.
Ready to sign up? Please contact Sandra at 518-692-9550 to register.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

 

7/29/2008, #27, 3rd Quarter 2008

Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear his cross. (Matthew 27:32)
      Jesus, please help us bear your cross, even when it is thrust upon us.

And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, they gave him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when he had tasted it, he would not drink. (Matthew 27:33-34)
      Jesus, you refused the gall which would have deadened your pain on the cross: thank you for taking onto yourself all the pain and suffering of the world. Thank you for receiving my pain.

Then they crucified him, and divided his garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: "They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots." (Matthew 27:35)
      Jesus, everything was stripped from you and you still forgave them; please help us forgive when things are taken from us.

Sitting down, they kept watch over him there. (Matthew 27:36)
      Once again, Jesus, we have the opportunity to watch and pray with you; don't let us fail you this time.


[A lithograph my parents bought in Arizona when I was a baby.]

Tuesday: 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Judges 2:1-5,11-23; Romans 16:17-27; Matthew 27:32-44
Wednesday: 119:73-96; Judges 3:12-30; Acts 1:1-14; Matthew 27:45-54

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for two of our intercessors: Renee and April. Both women have been diagnosed with cancer.

***** Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Retrteat - Monday - Day 1
Dear Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors-
      Blessings with thanksgiving to each of you for your prayers for the second Welcome Home Initiative retreat. The retreatants arrived today, 8 veterans, 2 wives, representing several branches of the American military with combat duty in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Afghanistan. Several have family members serving in Iraq.
      After an afternoon prayer and training meeting of the Ministry Team, the group came together with the retreatants. Each veteran has been paired up this time with a member of the Prayer Team. Pray for open hearts and bonding of these pairs.
      Tonight Fr. Nigel shared his story of combat, his experience with PSTD, and ongoing healing over many years. He encouraged the veteran combatants to believe they can be set free, because "Christ came to set the captives free. The wounds of trauma and the issues of the past need to be handed over to the Lord." We're excited to see the Lord already working as these men open up and begin to share their stories. It speaks to an environment of trust quickly being established.
      On Tuesday morning there will be a clinical presentations on PTSD, followed by a time for healing of memories and "telling your story". An individual ministry for spouses will also take place. Free time has been left open in the afternoon for all to enjoy the beauty of this place and the recreational facilities. This is a time, also, for getting in touch with themselves and sharing their combat stories with each other.
      Please keep the Ministry Team- Fr. Nigel Mumford, Dave Bena, Noel Dawes, and clinical nurse Sue Ellen Ruetsch- as well as members of the Prayer Team and On-Site Intercessors in your prayers. Pray that the Holy Spirit will come upon each person to heal the hearts and souls of these men who have given so much in the service of their country.
      For those of who wish to attend the Welcome Home Closing Ceremony on Wednesday, please meet at the Great Hall at 11am.
Lynne Riley and Susan LaDuke, On-Site Intercessors

Albany Intercessor

 

Crying Out To God Conference





Albany Intercessor

Monday, July 28, 2008

 

Crying Out to God Registration Form

A word received: Listen, my people, listen. Heed my voice, heed my word. Cry out to me that my people will heed my words to them. They are wandering, they pick and choose. Tell my people to choose me -- to choose to obey me.



Albany Intercessor

 

7/28/2008, #26, 3rd Quarter 2008

"Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve him in sincerity and in truth, (Joshua 24:14a)
      Holy Spirit, please help us serve God in sincerity and truth.

and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! (Joshua 24:14b)
      Jesus, help us repent of all our idolatries and the way we have served the gods of our surrounding culture.

And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, (Joshua 24:15a)
      Father, please open the eyes and hearts of those who see serving you and obeying your word as evil.

choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, (Joshua 24:15b)
      Holy Spirit, help the Episcopal Church make a conscious, explicit choice about whom it will serve. Protect and guide those who make the choice to serve the LORD.

whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. (Joshua 24:15c)
      Father, help the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion recognize the real choice that is before them.

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15d)
      Jesus, I make the choice to serve you and obey your words of truth.

So the people answered and said: "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods;" (Joshua 24:16)
      Have mercy on us, LORD, for the Episcopal Church has forsaken you and is now proclaiming another gospel. Bring the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church to repentance and new life in you.



Monday: 64, 65; Joshua 24:16-33; Romans 16:1-16; Matthew 27:24-31
Tuesday: 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Judges 2:1-5,11-23; Romans 16:17-27; Matthew 27:32-44

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, July 27, 2008

 

Crying Out To God

A word received 7/27/08: Cry out to me for my people. They are wandering over every hillside. Call them back to me. Do not be afraid to speak my word to my people. I AM. I AM the Good Shepherd. I care for my flock.


 

7/27/2008, #25, 3rd Quarter 2008

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25)
      Jesus, we live in such a time now in the Episcopal Church where everyone does what is right in their own sight. This is a time of great moral and spiritual chaos, Jesus: come soon and restore your kingship over the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. (Mark 3:20)
      Holy Spirit, this is a wonderful problem to have: please move us out of our church buildings to where the multitudes are.

But when his own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind." (Mark 3:21)
      Even now, Jesus, your "own people" are often confused by what you are doing and try to control you.

And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebub," and, "By the ruler of the demons he casts out demons." (Mark 3:22)
      Jesus, even in our day those who cling to you and your ways have been called "demonic" by the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

So he called them to himself and said to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end." (Mark 3:23-26)
      Father, the Episcopal Church is a house divided against itself -- have mercy on us and restore us to the rule of your son Jesus.

A word received: Yield this day to me.

Sunday: 8, 84; Joshua 24:1-15; Acts 28:23-31; Mark 2:23-28
Monday: 64, 65; Joshua 24:16-33; Romans 16:1-16; Matthew 27:24-31

Albany Intercessor

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORTS -- 7-26-08

Report #1 ---( in front of Christ Church, Schenectady, 9:20 a.m.-10:40.a.m.; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

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

      Note: Every Prayer Table is different. Every Prayer Table at EVERY site has its own sense of time and life. Today's Table at Christ Church was very uplifting; many people came forward. At times we were moved to tears and other moments to laughter. It is a wonderful thing to watch God work wioth His people. How great is our God!

t--ALEX -- Wanted prayers "..for myself and for my stepson -- that he would be the man and the father God is calling him to be."

t--BILL -- He is a frequent visitor to the Neighborhood Meal, and mentioned he is looking forward to tomorrow's dinner. Bill asked for prayers for "everything." We prayed that he would be shown the path God has marked for him today.

(Oops! Forgot to mention that before we set up the Table, we drove by the infamous "Bed and Breakfast" on Upper Union Street which hosts the sex parties on weekends. We prayed against the things going on there and that the people, including the proprietor, would be transformed. Unfortunately, we noticed a large tour bus parked in the back driveway. It seems so shameful that any responsible bus company would knowingly take part in such a depraved enterprise. Pray for a change of heart of the bus company taking part in this scandalous business.)

t--ANNE -- Anne stopped by from across the street after we hailed her with "Would you like prayer today?" She was walking her dog "Fem," a large, friendly dog. Anne wanted prayers for her aunt Jeanne, who is suffering with lung cancer. She mentioned in a friendly way, "I've seen you guys out here before!"

t--USTIN -- We prayed for him for guidance and protection.

t--SARAH -- Young lady who wanted prayers "for my family." Very shy, and we sensed it took a lot of gumption for her to stop and ask for our prayers.

TIM and his son (?) ( did not give a name)) -- Tim pulled up in a van as we were praying for Sarah. He had his son come up to the Table and told us to "Keep up the good work!" Deacon Alan went to the van and Tim, a seemingly nice man and good father, said he came to our church a couple of years ago and had " ... a life-changing experience" and said he likes what our church is doing to help try to change the neighborhood.

t--BILL and his daughters (t--JOCELYN and t-- ASIANA) -- Very poignant moment at today's Table. This man and his two very young daughters were walking by. Bill sat down when we asked him if they wanted prayer, and he said to the oldest daughter Jocelyn (perhaps 8 years old) and Jocelyn answered, "We want prayers that things will get easier for us, for good health for all of us, and that Daddy and Mommy will get back together." We were both forcing back tears with this young girl's sincere and emotional prayer request. We prayed intensely for the three of them. Deacon Alan asked Bill if getting back together with his wife was something he wanted too, and he said "Yes .. absolutely!" Pray for this family!!!

t--YVETTA -- She asked for prayers for her daughter (a baby who was with her in the carriage she was pushing) for "health and to be protected from danger."

PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) -- Pat, a regular at our Table, wanted prayers for her son KEITH, who keeps losing jobs because he has high blood pressure and employers have a problem with it. She wanted prayers, also, for a family member NICK who has a kidney problem and is awaiting a transplant donor. We also prayed for her for the witness for Christ which she is in her family. Much of Pat's family has not yet come to know the Lord.

t--SARAH -- This is a different Sarah than the one from before. She asked for provision for her family. She was very interested in when we might have an evening service so she could come to worship with us. (She works on Sunday mornings.)

t--KATIE -- She wanted prayers for strength and for financial help during these tough times. Katie was one of these Table visitors who declined at first, then thought a moment and decided to stop. (We LOVE that!)

t--SHEILA -- She wanted prayers for " ... my well-being and for my boyfriend's well-being." Sheila, we are sad to report, was obviously "on" something. She was walking unsteadily and her eyes and speech were not normal.

t--CARLOS -- Young man who was pleasant enough but, though he agreed to prayer, said "...You better make it quick." OK, so we prayed quickly. He is hoping to get a job on Monday. He has an interview. Pray that he gets the job he needs.

a--EARL -- Wanted prayers for healing for his hand, which he scalded last weekend with hot coffee. We anointed the injured area with Holy Oil. He also wanted prayers for his ailing sister.

(WE prayed for a man sleeping in the abandoned car next to our parking lot. It was a different man than the two "Richards" who live there as homeless men. Deacon Alan went over there later before the Rudolphsen-MacIntyre wedding later in the day and checked the site; it turns out the two "Richards" are both OK. They were letting this man sleep there awhile.)

4 little boys --- Torre went across to the other side of State Street to talk to 4 young boys who were walking together. The oldest was about 6 or 7 and was taking charge of the younger three. Torre told the youngest to obey the oldest boy, who was taking great responsibility for his three companions -- brothers or family members or friends.

t--WALTER and his son, FERRIS -- Walter wanted prayers for health and safety for himself and his son, Ferris, who is very shy!

      PRAYER TABLE # 2

      (in front of St. Andrew's of Scotia, Sacandaga Road, Deacon Mary Carol Hart, 10-11 a.m.) Once again this week, only one person came over, but he was a person in great need. His name is John. His house burned earlier this year, and he is being evicted from his present housing. He claims to have been raised with the image of God as the "mean old man" handing out punishment. He also confessed an addiction to alcohol. We prayed for provision and especiallly for John to open his heart to the love of Jesus and give his life over to Him. He was invited to attend our healing service tomorrow evening at 6pm as well as the regular Saturday and Sunday services. We prayed for freedom from his addiction.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

 

Crying out to the Lord

Over the past ten years there has been a persistent theme running through many of the words we have received from the Lord: his command that we cry out to him for his church and his people. I have listed a number of these words below (in alphabetical order so that you can see he has repeated himself a number of times) so that you can reflect on his call to cry out to him. Torre [Albany Intercessor]

A word received: Continue to cry out for my church.
A word received: Continue to cry out to me for my church and my little ones.
A word received: Continue to cry out to me for my church.
A word received: Continue to cry out to me for my people; I hear your cries. Continue to stand in the gap for my people; I see you standing there. Continue to pour out prayers and entreaties to me.
A word received: Continue to cry out to me.
A word received: Cry out to me for a circumcision of the heart for my people.
A word received: Cry out to me for my church and my people. False shepherds have risen up to lead the flock. Listen, listen day by day.
A word received: Cry out to me for my Church.
A word received: Cry out to me for my church.
A word received: Cry out to me for my church.
A Word received: CRY OUT TO ME FOR MY CHURCH.
A word received: Cry out to me for my little ones -- the lost and the least. I love them and I hear your cries for them.
A word received: Cry out to me for my people -- that they will heed my word to them. They seek to live and be nourished by everything except my word -- they have created their own famine. Pray that my people will feed on my word.
A word received: Cry out to me for my people who come to the prayer table. Help them cry out to me.
A word received: Cry out to me for my people.
A word received: Cry out to me for my people.
A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Pray for healing of their wounds.
A word received: Cry out to me for my people.
A word received: Cry out to me for those who are crippled by sin.
A word received: Cry out to me in your weariness.
A word received: Cry out to me more.
A word received: Cry out to me, I will hear you.
A Word received: Cry out to Me. I want you to cry out to Me for My church. Cry out to Me for your families. Cry out to Me for yourselves. Seek Me and ask Me for forgiveness. I want you to go deep and deeper still. Don't try to go ahead of Me. I want you to seek Me.
A word received: I Am with you when you cry out to me. I was with Paul and I will be with you.
A word received: I want you to have my power so that you can be my witness. You need the help of my Holy Spirit -- the helper -- to be an effective witness of what I have done. I have not left you orphans; I have given you a Spirit of adoption by whom you can cry out, "Abba, Father." (From Romans 8:15)
A word received: Justice and intercession go hand in hand. When my people cry out to me for justice and mercy in the land, I hear from heaven and answer them. I want my people to renew their covenant with me to be intercessors -- to stand between me and the evils in the church and society. Come, come to me -- hear my call: be intercessors.
A word received: Plead with me for my people to repent. Cry out to me for changed hearts in the Episcopal Church.
A word received: That is My word to you as well, "Do not be afraid". I can deliver you from death and I AM with you when you cry out to Me, in your peril. Cry out to Me for My people that they will turn to Me in their peril.
A word received: You cry out to me; I hear your cries. Don't be afraid.
A word received: You know how sinful Jerusalem became, yet I called for watchmen to cry aloud to me for it. I am giving the same call to the intercessors for my church now. Do not grow despondent or weary -- those are tricks of the evil one. Cry out to me for my church. I know its sin -- even better than you do, I know what it needs. Call out to me; give me no rest till I establish my bride the church.

 

7/26/2008, #24, 3rd Quarter 2008

Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? (Psalm 139:7)
      Father, we pray for all those who like Jonah try to flee from your presence and seek to avoid doing your word.

If I ascend into heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there. (Psalm 139:8 )
      Jesus, help all those who like Jonah have fled from your word to find that you can hear their cries to you no matter where they have gone.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:9-10)
      "I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, and he answered me." Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; all your billows and your waves passed over me. Then I said, 'I have been cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.' The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the moorings of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; yet you have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to you, into your holy temple. Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD." (Jonah 2:2-9)

If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to you. (Psalm 139:11-12)
      Holy Spirit, let your light shine through the darkness at Lambeth. Please guide the bishops into your peace that passes all understanding and into your truth.

      Jesus, there is no darkness dark enough to overcome your light -- shine forth at Lambeth for all to see. Thank you.


A word received: Praise me, call my people to praise me.

A word received: Don't be afraid, I AM in charge.

Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Joshua 23:1-16; Rom. 15:25-33; Matt. 27:11-23
Sunday: 8, 84; Joshua 24:1-15; Acts 28:23-31; Mark 2:23-28

      Notes from the Front Line

Subject: Christ Church Coxsackie, NY Prayer Table

      Christ Church Coxsackie had a prayer table at the annual Coxsackie village-wide-tag-sale, last Saturday, July 19th. Dina McGibbon, Warden, and Randy Lukas Deacon Postulant, offered prayer, free New Testaments, free crosses and information about Healing a Woman's Soul to any interested passersby from 9 AM to 1 PM. Following are the people that requested prayer and the topic of their concerns. "+" means individual received a cross; "B" that they received a bible
      + Barbara, for her sister, +Hazel, with cancer, who appears to be giving up and not fighting. For Barbara's husband Al to be supportive of Barbara. Barbara took a cross for herself and her sister.
      +B, Paul who is concerned about heating his home this winter and his wife, Sara, who is concerned about her disability case being approved for benefits.
      A mom wanted prayer for her son, Robert, who has not been paid for over three weeks by someone who contracted him to do work.
       Louise, wanted prayer for the people of Coxsackie to be safe, and for her 1 month old grandchild J.W. who has a cleft palate and a pus growth that is undiagnosed.
       Vincent, who has a pinched nerve, melanoma, "ancient" pain and appeared to want to argue points of Christian belief.
       Flo, for continued peace and process of grief related to the death of her husband (malignant brain tumor, she noted we prayed for him last year.)
       Nathanael, had an infected blister on his foot from his shoes rubbing.
      +B Linda, a deacon in her church, who lost her husband and is lonely.
       Chris and Joey, members of a local church, who are in the Army and Marine Corps (respectively) and may be shipping out soon, requested by their father Bill, and their young sister, Maddy.
       "Brother M", member of Christian Assemblies of God, for the Holy Spirit to move people.
       Melanie and her son Mattias, for peace, for fruits of the spirit, and against the spirit of poverty.
       Shirline, for her grandson and daughter's pregnancy (names not given).
       Betty for her Mother's wellbeing.
       Tiffany for her friend Lorelei, Lorelei's husband, Rob, who is an alcoholic and up on multiple charges related to a DWI, and their son, unknown if he is at risk of child abuse. Lorelei is abused by Rob and has been unable to get out of the environment. Tiffany is unsure how to help her friend or what to say to her friend to get her friend to act for self-preservation.
       Emma- 2 month's old- concern's for her blood and physical status.
       Merilda separated from her husband and grieving the breakup.
       Bill (a 3 C's church member), who's leukemia appears to be in partial remission.
       Janice (a 3 C's church member), concerns for her sons, concerns for finances and heating her home this winter, concerns for addiction to gambling.
       Candice who needs a car to support her mother's transportation needs related to having a large family. They need a vehicle that is inexpensive and economical.
       Cortney who is pregnant and due in September.
      An unnamed single father caring for his 7 y/o daughter, and his concerns related to her care.
       Karen, who has a 76 y/o sister with scoliosis and one leg shorter than the other.
      An unnamed Mother and Daughter wanted a generally good and safe day.
       Two males (young 20',s late teens), said they wanted prayer but kept walking and didn't name a topic.
      Randy also went to the AME church across from where our table was set and prayed blessings for their barbecue and their cooks and for unity between God's people.
      Plans are being developed to set up a table at the village's River festival in August and the church is considering operating an ongoing table at a local strip mall. Please keep these projects in your prayers as well.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, July 25, 2008

 

7/25/2008, #23, 3rd Quarter 2008

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
      Holy Spirit, please renew our hope and fill us with all joy and peace in believing what you can do in your church.

Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. (Romans 15:14)
      Jesus, please restore our confidence in one another in the church; fill us with goodness and knowledge of you and your ways, and help us admonish one another for the building up of your church. We pray this also for the bishops assembled at Lambeth and those bishops who could not attend for conscience sake.

Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, (Romans 15:15)
      Father, anoint the hearing of your bishops so that they may hear those filled with grace given by you to speak your word at this time.

that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:16)
      Jesus, please help us minister to those who do not yet know you, and help us with joy receive the offering of those are sanctified by your Holy Spirit.

Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. (Romans 15:17)
      Christ Jesus, please help us find those reasons that Paul did to glory in you and in all things pertaining to God. Thank you.

Friday: 51; Joshua 9:22-10:15; Rom. 15:14-24; Matt. 27:1-10
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Joshua 23:1-16; Rom. 15:25-33; Matt. 27:11-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008
From: Pat Bailey
Subject: QUICK UPDATE ON FR. PAUL BAILEY
      Praise to the Lord and THANKS TO EACH OF YOU for your love, prayers, and cards.
      Fr. Paul is getting stronger (however still very weak). The Physical Therapists came to the house today and had him "do a tour of the house" and outlined how to "get back to normal". They said he's doing so well they won't be back but needs to continue to get stronger so he can get the go ahead to take outpatient cardiac rehab in a few weeks.
      We are gradually seeing all of his doctors and pray for his continued healing (BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD).
I'll update you again soon. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH. Love and prayers, Pat Bailey

***** Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008
From: Bailey, Patricia A
       Fr. Paul is getting a little better each day and hopes to start cardiac rehab soon. We thank God for all your prayers and support and love and claim a miracle in Christ’s precious name.

***** Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008
From: Patti Gibbons
Subject: prayers for Judy Wendell
Please add Judy Wendell, wife of Fr. Marty Wendell, to the prayer line. She will be having abdominal surgery tomorrow (Friday) at 11 am Samaritan Hospital. Prayers for successful surgery, healing, and her family who will be at her bedside.

***** Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008
From: Mother Anne
Subject: Update on Jeff's progress
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
      Praise God! My nephew Jeff who was in the motorcycle accident is doing better. He can walk with help. When he can walk alone for a distance he can go home. Arm movement is better but needs much work. thank you for all your prayers. Please keep them up!
      Please pray to strengthen his faith and his body. His wife Christina is also very tired. Please pray for her and the other family members who are helping Jeff.
In Christ's service, Anne

***** Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008
From: The Rev. Nigel Mumford
Subject: Prayers please for 2nd Welcome Home Initiative
My dear brothers and sisters,
       I ask your prayers for Monday 28th July - Wednesday 30th July as we run the second Welcome Home initiative healing retreat for combat veterans. This program will have vets from every war since WW2... amazing... this machine is growing.. .thanks be to God. We have 14 vets + families.... plus the prayer teams and the intercessors... mostly 2 on one... this is a big retreat.... for such a subject... we REALLY need your prayers....
      This program is free for the combat veterans and there families.
      I really thank those of you who are fasting for this... God bless you....
      Please check out the brochure at www.ctkcenter.org
            go to healing
            go to WHI
            go to brochure....
      THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYER SUPPORT....
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another... Fr. Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, July 24, 2008

 

7/24/2008, #22, 3rd Quarter 2008

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1)
      Holy Spirit, please move in our hearts in such a way that we will hold up and support all those who are weak in faith.

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. (Romans 15:2)
      Jesus, please help us reach out in love to those neighbors in our diocese that we disagree with so that the whole household of God will be built up.

For even Christ did not please himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me." (Romans 15:3)
      Jesus, please help us walk the way of your cross in this diocese.

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
      Father, help us so immerse ourselves in the Scriptures that we become people of hope.

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:5)
      Jesus, please help the bishops assembled at Lambeth to enter into your patience and comfort so that they become like-minded in love toward one another.

that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)
      Holy Spirit, please give the bishops assembled at Lambeth a common mind and a common mouth to glorify the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
      Jesus, you received us while we were yet sinners and you brought glory to God in doing that; please help us receive one another, even while still in sin, so that God may be glorified.

Thursday: [59,60] or 66, 67; Joshua 9:3-21; Rom. 15:1-13; Matt. 26:69-75
Friday: 51; Joshua 9:22-10:15; Rom. 15:14-24; Matt. 27:1-10

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

 

7/23/2008, #21, 3rd Quarter 2008

Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? (Psalm 49:5)
      Holy Spirit, you are closer than any fear or enemy. Thank you.

Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, (Psalm 49:6)
      Jesus, let our boast be in you -- in your cross and resurrection.

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him-- (Psalm 49:7)
      Jesus, you have paid the full cost for our redemption. Thank you.

For the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever-- (Psalm 49:8 )
      Father, you have called us to do good works, but we are not saved by those works, we are saved by the shed blood of your son Jesus. Thank you.

That he should continue to live eternally, and not see the Pit. (Psalm 49:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help us live in the hope of the resurrection. Thank you.

A word received: I AM with you: that is sufficient.

Wednesday: 49,[53]; Joshua 8:30-35; Rom. 14:13-23; Matt. 26:57-68
Thursday: [59,60] or 66, 67; Joshua 9:3-21; Rom. 15:1-13; Matt. 26:69-75

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Fourth Annual Feast of Our Lady Pilgrimage Barbecue & Open House
You are invited to join the Sisters and Associates of St. Mary and the CtK community for a barbecue at St. Mary's Convent. We will begin with cold refreshments on the lawn at 3:30, enjoy a barbecue picnic together and conclude with sung evening prayers. Sunday, August 17, 3:30 - 7:30 PM

Suggested Donation: $15 per person
Please RSVP to Mother Miriam at 518-692-3028 or compunun@stmaryseast.org.

***** Discovery Weekend at St. Mary's Convent August 16-19
Have you ever wondered if the religious life is where God is calling you? Here's an opportunity for Christian single women, ages 20-45, to experience the life of the Convent and ask all the questions you want of God and the Sisters. To register, please contact Mother Miriam at 518-692-3028 or email compunun@stmaryseast.org. There is no cost to serious inquirers.

***** Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Prayers for Welcome Home Initiative
To our Diocese of Albany Prayer Warriors:

The next Welcome Home Initiative Retreat for combat veterans is now less than a week away.

We have nine veterans enrolled, three accompanied by their wives, attending from as far away as California and Minnesota and as close as New Jersey, Vermont and New York State. Others may come at the last moment.

Our retreatants have seen combat or combat deployment out of Korea, Vietnam, Kosovo, Iraq Desert Storm, Kuwait, and current Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. They represent Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and National Guard Units.

Prayer Requests for the men and women coming next week:

      For Travel: Pray that angels will go before and bring up the rear guard for each soldier who has committed to the Welcome Home Initiative -- that God's providence and abundant mercy will see each warrior and family safely as they travel to the retreat.

      For Community Formation: Pray that the Holy Spirit will begin to soften hearts and prepare souls even now to bond with each other so that they may open up to Christ's work for them on this retreat.

      For Hearts and Souls Ready for Healing: The most difficult second step is to permit others to pray into exposed wounds. Pray that the Lord will begin now to pour out faith -- even that of a mustard seed -- and give these warriors hope in the possibility that interior wounds can be healed by prayer.

      For Christ to Reveal Himself to souls seeking Him: Some men find Christ on the battlefield. Others become so caught up in the hyper-vigilance of survival that they lose the inborn interior awareness of His presence we all possess in some form. They become spiritually hardened. Pray for a softening of souls to feel the gentle moving of the Spirit within -- that still small voice often lost in battle's din.

      "Where was Jesus when...?" is a question that can be asked in prayer with astonishing results in the healing of a soul yearning for God. It takes courage to ask this of a memory of deep trauma.

      Pray that the gentle camaraderie of other warriors who have taken up this particular cross of the memory of combat trauma and come through to the other side of knowing God's felt presence in their lives, may draw the new men into asking the Lord, "Where were you?" during the times of trauma.

      Pray that Jesus might reveal His love to these men by whatever means they are ready to receive.

      Weather: Pray for good weather and safety in activities like the ropes course, lake front or trails so the men and families can enjoy to the fullest the facilities we offer.

      For the Leadership Team: Pray for a fresh anointing for Fr. Nigel Mumford, Bp. Dave Bena and Noel Dawes who will lead and have presentations during the retreat, for Mary Ellen Bena as she ministers to wives, for Sue Ellen Reutsch in overseeing mental health issues, for Lynn Mumford and Sandra Lester coordinating details in the office, for Lynne Riley coordinating on and off-site Intercession and for any others taking a leadership role during the three-days.

      For the Direct Ministry Team: Among others on the team this summer, we are delighted to have Hal Wilson returning as a Prayer Team Member. Hal was a USMC vet who saw combat in the jungles of Vietnam/Laos. He found healing at the last WHI by mentoring the younger men who had seen more recent combat duty in the deserts of Iraq. Hal became known at that retreat for his distinctive attire: boots, jeans, plaid flannel shirt and bright red suspenders. One of the comedians during the mid-retreat entertainment asked him, "What do you call that outfit?" Without missing a beat Hal replied, "It's a Tupper Lake Tuxedo."

      Hal wrote recently that he was able to give "the longer view" to the younger men, admittedly one in which combat trauma took a lifetime toll. Ultimately he found peace in Christ and within himself. Hal said of the last retreat, "I was fulfilled and vitalized and left with a peaceful mind and a soul at rest," and added, "I intend to be there for my brothers and sister warriors at every WHI retreat: mostly listening, sometimes sharing my stories, and always on their side."

      Pray for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit and for emotional, mental and spiritual protection for each participating veteran on team for whom new exposure to the raw emotions of trauma carries the potential to have his or her own wounds re-opened. Pray for wisdom and vigilance for the mental health team and for the Team Leaders.

      For On-site Intercessors and Other Participants: Pray for an anointing for all the unseen, peripheral work of the three days, and for gifts of wisdom and humility in those who work as prayer or behind-the-scenes support to the larger retreat effort.

      And PLEASE! join us for the Closing Ceremony of this second Welcome Home Initiative Retreat! We gather on Wednesday, July 30, at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall at Christ the King Center to welcome these men home with joy and enthusiasm!

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

 

7/22/2008, #20, 3rd Quarter 2008

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! (Psalm 47:1)
      Lord Jesus, as you came into Jerusalem and the people acclaimed you; come into our hearts with your word and Spirit so that we may acclaim you.

For the LORD Most High is awesome; he is a great king over all the earth. (Psalm 47:2)
      LORD, come and rule and reign in our hearts with your Holy Spirit.

He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. (Psalm 47:3)
      Jesus, please help us trust you to do what we are unable to do in our own strength: bring our unruly affections into your order and set us free from fear.

He will choose our inheritance for us, the excellence of Jacob whom he loves. (Psalm 47:4)
      Father, thank you for bringing us into such a glorious inheritance: the promises made to Jacob, that we would be your people and you will be our God.

      Holy Spirit, anoint Bishop Bill and all your faithful people at Lambeth and empower them to speak your word of truth to the assembly.

Tuesday: 47,48; Joshua 8:1-22; Rom. 14:1-12; Matt. 26:47-56
Wednesday: 49,[53]; Joshua 8:30-35; Rom. 14:13-23; Matt. 26:57-68

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2008
From: Linda F. Stevens, Albany Episcopal Diocese Missions Coordinator
Torre,
      We have had additional communication on Friday from Fr. Gus Calvo and the Bolivia Mission Team and we want folks to know in order to send prayers for the mission.
      All are safe and comfortable but the building project they has expected to work on has hit a snag and work activities are being modified. Tough times have hit the support group for the shoe shiners in Bolivia (just as they have so many in all parts of the world) and some of the original activities for the mission team are being modified. We all know that every mission team needs to be flexible, very flexible.
      Fr. Gus and Geoff Miller the team leaders have all under control, but it is disappointing when original plans need to be changed. More info to follow in a day or so.
Faithfully, Linda

Albany Intercessor

Monday, July 21, 2008

 

7/18-21/2008, #19, 3rd Quarter 2008

7/18/08

A word received: Be still before me. Be still before me. I AM. You are in my care.

7/19/08

Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! (Psalm 43:1)
      LORD, vindicate your faithful witnesses at the Lambeth Conference and deliver them from deceitful and unjust witnesses.

For you are the God of my strength; why do you cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? (Psalm 43:2)
      Lord Jesus, we do mourn because of the oppression wrought by those who come against your faithful people. You are our strength and our joy; do not cast us off with those who have forgotten your name.

Oh, send out your light and your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your tabernacle. (Psalm 43:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us walk by the light of your fire.

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

A word received: Pray for my presence among your children.

7/20/08

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! (Psalm 103:1)
      Father, help us by our lives and witness to bring honor to your holy name. Help us to keep your name holy.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: (Psalm 103:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be a people who remember all the God has done for us.

Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, (Psalm 103:3)
      Father, help us forgive others as you have forgiven us through your son Jesus. Please heal our diseases -- especially we ask for healing for Jesus' bride, the church.

Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, (Psalm 103:4)
      Jesus, help us all truly desire and seek such a crown.

Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)
      LORD, renew your church and your people! Help us to be satisfied with the good things you offer us and reject the forbidden fruit that Satan tempts us with. Thank you.

Bless the LORD, you his angels, who excel in strength, who do his word, heeding the voice of his word. (Psalm 103:20)
      Father, send your angels among us who will do your word and heed your voice.

Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, you ministers of his, who do his pleasure. (Psalm 103:21)
      Father, we desperately need the help of your hosts -- your ministers -- who will do your word among us.

7/21/08

      The Second Collect at Evening Prayer.
      O GOD, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

      The Third Collect, for Aid against all Perils.
      LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, "Sit here while I go and pray over there." (Matthew 26:36)
      Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to watch with you in prayer.

And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. (Matthew 26:37)
      Jesus, you are a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Help us in our walk with you to not shy away from sorrow and grief that we encounter in others.

Then he said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with me." (Matthew 26:38 )
      Jesus, help us enter into your passion and sorrow and watch with you.

He went a little farther and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:39)
      Father, help us when we pray as Jesus taught us to truly mean, "Your will be done," not our will, but your will. Help us to mean what Jesus meant here in Gethsemane.

      Jesus, the church is in a place of being pressed down and broken [a gethsemane was an olive press where the olives were crushed to yield their oil.] Help us to yield up to you the oil of your Holy Spirit.

Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "What! Could you not watch with me one hour? (Matthew 26:40)
      Holy Spirit, please wake the church up to heed Jesus call to pray and watch with him.

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41)
      Lord, your people have grown weak and entered into temptation: renew our life of prayer by your Holy Spirit. Lord the night is far spent, the day is at hand; help us cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. (From Romans 13:14)

A word received: Keep praying for my church. Don't lose heart -- keep on praying.

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT --- I

(Darlene Chesnut and Deacon Alan Hart, in front of Christ Church, Schenectady on Saturday, July 18 -- 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.)

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

NOTE: A definite mood of affirmation to the both of us today that this mighty Prayer Table is changing lives in this neighborhood. We had repeat visitors who were longing to come back and to get the love and hope which this Table provides in His holy name.

t-MARIA -- She arrived just as Deacon Alan was pulling in the parking lot. She waved and smiled and said "I know YOU! You are always at the Sunday (Neighborhood) Meal." Asked if she wanted prayer, she looked back incredulously and asked, "You mean ... you want to pray for ME?" She said she was " ... in a bad place; I have a really big need. I don't have very much money and I don't know how I'm going to get it." Prayed for Maria for provision and protection.

t-- KEVIN -- Wanted prayers for continued good health.

PAT -- Wanted prayer for "everything." We prayed for protection, provision, good health and that he would have "a good day" and get signs that the Lord is working in his life.

t--PABLO (older man) and t--EDDIE-ALBERTO (young man) -- Two men who had just bought a stack of scratch-offs and Lotto. They hesitated at first after we asked them if they needed prayer, but they agreed and we asked for general answers to needs for both of them.

JESSICA -- Repeater from last week. She is the young woman with the son who works in Albany and takes the bus. She needs better housing for her and her son. They live in one of the motels down the street. We prayed for her that God will provide and protect them both.

t, t--NATASHA -- You may remember Natasha from a few weeks ago. She is the young Hindu woman who said her ex-husband keeps coming uninvited to her apartment and beating her. On one occasion he took her cell phone and smashed it when she was trying to call for help. She thanked us for "being out here for people" and gave thanks that the cruel man has stopped trying to see her and has not harmed her since we prayed. Wanted a cross for her mother and also wanted one to hang on her door because she keeps hearing noises in the night. Praise God that these beatings of this woman have stopped.

t--GARY and his baby sons a,t-- ANTHONY and a,t-- JOSEPH -- Today's most "special" visitors to the Table. Gary is a young man with a real sense of how important it is to be a good father. He was pushing a stroller with the two sons; Anthony is 2 years old and Joseph just a 9-month-old. Darlene prayed that Gary will continue to know how important it is to be a good father and he interrupted and asserted, "Yes, it IS important to be a good Daddy!" Pray for this young family. Anointed both children with Holy Oil for the Lord's protection.

t--PORTIA --- Young woman wanted prayers for healing as she was on her way to a doctor's appointment. We prayed for her to get the healing she needs and for the doctor to have the skill and knowledge to help her.

TIM -- Asked for prayers for encouragement.

THOMAS -- He wanted prayers for success in the enterprises he is working on.

t,t -- DESDEMONA -- While we were praying for Tim and Thomas, Desdemona waited a few paces away and said when the two men left, "I want prayer too!" Desdemona has a son, b, who is in jail and is awaiting trial. We prayed for the truth to come out at the trial and for protection for Peter. We prayed that Desdemona will get relief from the worry and anxiety she is going through.

t,t -- DONALD -- Another repeat visitor to the Prayer Table. He is a member of Mt. Olivet and has stopped before. He said he wanted "another cross" for the woman who has come into his life.

      PRAYER TABLE -- II
(Deacon Mary Carol Hart in fron of St. Andrew's Scotia, 10-11 a.m.)

One woman came today. Her pain was evident. She lost her younger brother recently in a tragic plane crash. We talked for a long time and prayed for comfort for all those who mourn his passing. We prayed for the repose of his soul and that all who loved him and remember him will come to faith in Jesus Christ that they will all be together at the resurrection.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, July 18, 2008

 

7/18/2008, #18, 3rd Quarter 2008

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)
      Jesus, please set the Episcopal Church free from the hypocrisy of calling good what you have called evil and calling evil what you have called good.

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; (Romans 12:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us truly love and desire the best for one another in the Episcopal Church, even when we sharply disagree.

not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11)
      Father, please give us a missionary zeal by your Holy Spirit to share the good news of Jesus with everyone.

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; (Romans 12:12)
      Jesus, this a time of tribulation in the Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion, please help us truly live in the hope of the resurrection and continue steadfastly in prayer.

distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. (Romans 12:13)
      Jesus, please help see you in the hungry and feed you.
      Jesus, please help see you in the thirsty and give you drink.
      Jesus, please help see you in the stranger and take you in.
      Jesus, please help see you in the naked and clothe you.
      Jesus, please help see you in the sick, or in prison, and come to you.
      Jesus, please help us serve the least of your brethren so that we may serve you. (From Matthew 25:37-40)

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help us apply this to those we disagree with in the Episcopal Church; help us truly bless and desire the best for those who persecute your saints.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15)
      Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this day, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

A word received: Continue to cry out to me for my people.

Friday: 35; Joshua 4:19-5:1,10-15; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 26:17-25
Saturday: 42, 43; Joshua 6:1-14; Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 26:26-35

[We will be in Massachusetts visiting our son and his family for a long weekend. Albany Intercessor]

Thursday, July 17, 2008

 

Christ Church Morristown Retreat August 15-17






 

Update on the Sheehans


 

7/17/2008, #17, 3rd Quarter 2008

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
      Jesus, please help us offer up all that we have to you for your purposes. In today's gospel (Matthew 26:1-16) the disciples couldn't see beyond their own expectations to your larger purposes. Help us and the bishops assembled at the Lambeth Conference surrender our lives to you in ways that serve your larger purposes.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
      Father, the Episcopal Church has become conformed to the world; have mercy on us and transform our minds by your Holy Spirit. Help us know and do all that is good and acceptable to you and is your perfect will for us.

      Holy Spirit, be merciful to the bishops assembled at the Lambeth Conference and bless them; show them the light of Jesus' countenance and be merciful to us. Make Jesus' way known upon earth and your saving health among all the provinces of the Anglican Communion. Help us to praise you and the Father and the Son; yes, let all the peoples praise you. Let the peoples represented at Lambeth rejoice and be glad, for Jesus shall judge us all righteously and govern the nation upon earth. Let the people praise you, O God; yes, let all the people praise you. Then the earth shall bring forth its increase and you, even our own God, shall give us his blessing. (From the Deus mesereatur, Psalm 47 of Evening Prayer)

A word received: You are in my hands. Keep your attention on me.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Joshua 3:14-4:7; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 26:1-16
Friday: 35; Joshua 4:19-5:1,10-15; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 26:17-25

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

 

Glory


 

7/16/2008, #16, 3rd Quarter 2008

Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. (Psalm 119:33)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life; please teach the bishops assembled at Lambeth your statutes and your way.

Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. (Psalm 119:34)
      Holy Father, please give the bishops an undivided heart so that they may cleave to your way.

Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. (Psalm 119:35)
      Holy Spirit, please help the bishops of the Anglican Communion walk in the path of your commandments and find their delight in doing that.

Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to covetousness. (Psalm 119:36)
      LORD, set your church from covetousness and fights over property.

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way. (Psalm 119:37)
      Holy Spirit, free your people from pornography.

Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing you. (Psalm 119:38 )
      Holy Spirit, reestablish your word to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church; bring them to a full devotion to you.

Turn away my reproach which I dread, for your judgments are good. (Psalm 119:39)
      Jesus, please take away the reproach of the Episcopal Church and turn all our hearts to your good judgments. Thank you.

Behold, I long for your precepts; revive me in your righteousness. (Psalm 119:40)
      Jesus, please bring a revival of your righteousness to the Episcopal Church and to this diocese. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

Wednesday: 119:25-48; Joshua 3:1-13; Romans 11:25-36; Matthew 25:31-46
Thursday: 37:19-42; Joshua 3:14-4:7; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 26:1-16

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

 

7/15/2008, #15, 3rd Quarter 2008

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them." (Matthew 25:14-19)
      Lord, help us use the talents you have given us for the building up of your kingdom.

"So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'" (Matthew 25:20-23)
      Lord, help us use the talents you have given us for the building up of your kingdom.

"Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'" (Matthew 25:24-25)
      Lord, help us repent of not having done all we could for the building up of your kingdom.

"But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents." (Matthew 25:26-28 )
      Lord, help us use the talents you have given us for the building up of your kingdom.

"'For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'" (Matthew 25:29-30)
      Lord, help us repent of not having done all we could for the building up of your kingdom.

A word received: Remember when you do the prayer table that I chose Rahab the prostitute as a vehicle of my grace. Continue to welcome and pray for the prostitutes who come seeking me.

Tuesday: 36, 39; Joshua 2:15-24; Romans 11:13-24; Matthew 25:14-30
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Joshua 3:1-13; Romans 11:25-36; Matthew 25:31-46

Albany Intercessor

Monday, July 14, 2008

 

7/14/2008, #14, 3rd Quarter 2008

I say then, has God cast away his people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. (Romans 11:1)
      LORD, we trust that you will not utterly cast away from yourself the Episcopal Church.

God has not cast away his people whom he foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, (Romans 11:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us all to know what the Scriptures are saying to the Episcopal Church.

"LORD, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life"? (Romans 11:3)
      LORD, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are driving your prophets from the church and tearing apart those parishes that are faithful to you.

But what does the divine response say to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." (Romans 11:4)
      Jesus, reserve for yourself and protect all those who have remained faithful to you.

Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (Romans 11:5)
      Jesus, please protect and defend your faithful remnant in the Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion.

And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. (Romans 11:6)
      Holy Spirit, please bring the Episcopal Church to true freedom from dependence on works. Help us repent of replacing grace with the Millennium Development Goals.

What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (Romans 11:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help the Episcopal Church and the bishops assembled at Lambeth to truly seek a closer walk with Jesus. Guide us in this time of darkness in the church by your light.

Just as it is written: "God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day." (Romans 11:8 )
      O Lord, open thou our lips.
      And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
      O God, make speed to save us.
      O Lord, make haste to help us.
      Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
      As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
      Praise ye the Lord.
      The Lord's Name be praised.

Monday: 9, 15; Joshua 2:1-14; Romans 11:1-12 Matthew 25:1-13
Tuesday: 36, 39; Joshua 2:15-24; Romans 11:13-24; Matthew 25:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Prayer Update for the Albany Diocesan Intercessors
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 22:16:07
To the Diocese of Albany Intercessors

Our second WHI retreat is a little over two weeks away, July 28-30. Seven combat veterans are signed up and are traveling from as far away as California, New Jersey and Missouri as well as from nearer locations in Vermont and New York state. Three men will be accompanied by family, bringing the total curremt registration to 11. A couple of veterans are still prayerfully considering attending, and there may be more whom we don't know being prompted by the Spirit as well.

We are not at liberty to release names, but the configuration of the retreatants can be summarized thus:
Army            combat deployed in Korea
Navy            combat deployed in Vietnam
Navy and Air Force            combat deployed in Vietnam
Marines            combat deployed in Vietnam
National Guard            combat deployed in Kosovo and Iraq
Army            combat deployed in Iraq Desert Storm and Afghanistan
National Guard            combat deployed in Kuwait

Keep the following issues in prayer this week:

For the Leadership Team: Pray for a fresh anointing for Fr. Nigel Mumford, Bishop Dave Bena and Noel Dawes who form the core of the Leadership Team and who will have presentations during the three days; for Mary Ellen Bena as she prepares to minister to wives; for Sue Ellen Reutsch, overseeing mental health issues as our clinical nurse; for Lynn Mumford and Sandra Lester coordinating details in the office; and for any others taking a leadership role during the three-days.

Pray for a fresh anointing on those preparing program presentations, or providing oversight for hospitality, logistics or other unfolding choices for the upcoming Welcome Home Initiative.

For Prayer Team Selection: Selection is being made for direct ministry Prayer Team this week. We hope to have two Prayer Team ministers available for each retreatant through the three days.

Pray for wisdom and discernment to the Leadership Team as this process is completed. Pray for a fresh anointing of the Spirit on those who offer their time and skills as Prayer Team members.

For Travel Mercies: We know of one vet signed up for the current retreat who is on short term deployment and will arrive back in the states just before the retreat -- if not delayed. We thank God for generous local donors who have picked up the travel costs of some who were flying in from a great distance.

Pray that angels will go before and bring up the rear guard for each soldier who has committed to the Welcome Home Initiative -- that God's providence and abundant mercy will see each warrior and family safely as they travel to the retreat.

For Community Formation: The group assembling will be composed of men from different service and combat experience and of differing ages and generational perspectives. It is essential that community form quickly on this retreat and that the combat veterans be able open up to one another.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will begin to soften hearts and prepare souls now to bond with each other so that they may open up to Christ's work for them on this retreat. Pray for a Spirit-infused wisdom for those with more experience of inner healing and for a balm of healing grace to pour out even now for the more deeply wounded by the memories of combat.

A blessing to each of you who pray for us. This prayer release is a recap of a longer update for persons who have requested to be Intercessors for the Welcome Home Initiative. Unfortunately computer issues may have negatively impacted our list. If you wish to be on the WHI Intercessors list, contact me at melizcsm@aol.com. (An update went out Sunday, 7/13.)

Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM, for the Oratory of Christ the Healer, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, July 13, 2008

 

7/13/2008, #13, 3rd Quarter 2008

Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. (Mark 1:21)
      Jesus, please enter every parish and seminary of the Episcopal Church and teach your people.

And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)
      Jesus, reclaim the teaching authority that is rightfully yours in the Episcopal Church. The leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church no longer acknowledge your authority.

Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, "Let us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" (Mark 1:23-24)
      Holy Spirit, please come and cleanse your people of every unclean spirit.

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!" (Mark 1:25)
      Jesus, please rebuke every demonic influence in the Episcopal Church.

And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." (Mark 1:26-27)
      Father, please help the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church to acknowledge the authority of your teaching.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25)
      Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church no longer acknowledge you as sovereign over them and each does what is right in his own sight. Have mercy on us and rescue us from this moral chaos. Thank you.

Visit, we beseech you, O Lord, the Lambeth Conference, and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell there to keep you bishops in peace; and may your blessing be upon the Anglican Communion evermore. Through Jesus Christ your son our Lord, who lives and reigns with with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

      Prayer Of St Ignatius
Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to look for rest; to labour and not to seek for any reward; save that of knowing we do thy will. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

A word received: Prepare, my people. Prepare for my coming among you.
      Holy Spirit, help us welcome you among us.

Sunday: 114, 115; Joshua 1:1-18; Acts 21:3-15; Mark 1:21-27
Monday: 9, 15; Joshua 2:1-14; Romans 11:1-12 Matthew 25:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Jeanne Gizara has begun a blog to provide information about Fr. Shaw and Mtr. Julie Mudge and their daughter Lydia as they prepare to answer God's call to be missionary teachers in Peru. Check it out at http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, July 12, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLES REPORTS

       (Sat., July 12, 2008)

       Prayer Table I
(Deacon Mary Carol Hart, 10-11 a.m., in front of St. Andrew's, Scotia)

Praise be to God! We had people who actually stopped by and requested prayer!

There was John, a man who had stopped going to church, but of late has been feeling the need to return. He also asked prayer for the whole world. We prayed together for all those who are seeking Jesus, that they will surely find and be found by Him.

We also prayed for Dora, a Jewish woman who has cancer. We prayed for God's love and healing and that her faith be renewed in the sureness of His holy presence.

Pedro and his daughter, Chloe, asked for prayers for Chloe's health and also took some time to chat and play with Fr. Mike (Neufeld) and Mother Ellen's dog, Pickles.

At the start, a man walking by with groceries asked for prayer for "everything", but couldn't stop because he was "loaded down." Prayers for his burdens to be lightened and that it be put upon his heart to seek Jesus.

       Prayer Table II
(Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart, 9:25-10:45 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady)

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

Note: Just an absolute firestorm today of people in need of the hope which comes only from the refuge of Christ's extended arms of love. For the first 20 minutes or so we had constant traffic flocking to the table. NO ONE passed by not wanting prayer. Some of them obviously were waiting for us to get there.

t-- JESSICA --Young woman wanted prayers "for everything to get better" for her and her son, MIGUEL. First and foremost, they need a place to stay. We prayed for protection and provision and housing.

a,t,t -- EVANIQUE -- Woman who hesitated at first because she said " ... language" as if it were a problem, but we persisted and she sat down with us. She wanted general prayer for " ... her life." Alan anointed her for continued good health and protection. She wanted a cross for someone else, too.

KIRBY -- Very nice, polite older man who said he was a Jehovah's Witness. He was one of three men we encountered today gathering bottles and cans on the street and sidewalk. He declined a cross ("I don't wear them, but .. thanks.") but accepted our prayers for provision and protection and he in turn prayed for us.

JAMES, MOHAN and t-LILLY --- Area minister and his wife stopped by and were accompanied by their friend, Lilly. We prayed for James' anointing for his message at church today and prayed that the Lord would bless all three of them today.

a,t,t -- MARILYN -- EVERYONE who comes to God's Prayer Table is "special," but there is always one visitor to the Table each week who stands out above all others. Today, it was Marilyn. Marilyn sat down while we were praying for James, Mohan and Lilly and immediately began asking for prayer for freedom from addiction. (She said, "I just sniff out now.") She described herself as a former "street girl" who stopped doing that in 2003. She recognized Alan from his visits to the county jail to see others there. Marilyn has a daughter, ADRIENNE, who is 2 1/2 and who at the moment was in some other person's care while she was trying to "get money." Marilyn also asked for the times of our church services, so we gave her one of our church cards. After about 10 minutes of prayer and anointing for protection, Marilyn got up and appeared to be soliciting men driving by in cars and vans. She got inside of one van with a man, but two blocks down the street the brake lights of the van came on and Marilyn jumped out. Pray for Marilyn to turn away from all drugs, prostitution and everything not of God. She is trying to make the important first steps toward a clean and sober life. She obviously needs help and prayer.

t,t --JOE -- Stopped by while we were praying for Marilyn. Waited patiently. We prayed for Joe's protection, good health and provision. Also prayed for a return to good health for his mother, JUSTINE.

PAT -- (Frank Upshur's daughter) -- Pat, a frequent visitor to the Table in past months, has just returned from a trip to see family in Atlantic City and we were all glad to see each other. Pat's son, Keith Sr., recently got the job we were praying he would get, and he wants prayer to get an even better-paying position. Also prayed for grandson, Keith Jr., who just had a birthday. Also prayed for family member NICK, who has been ill and is waiting for an operation.

t-TIM --- Prayed for this young man to get encouragement in his job.

t-DAVID and t,a --JENNY -- This couple approached us cautiously and very curiously, but both obviously were seeking prayer very badly. While Torre prayed for David (who just got out of jail and just had a grandmother named Katharine pass away), Alan prayed for and with Jenny, who wanted prayers for thanks for prayers answered and for continued provision. David said he has given his life to Jesus "a couple of times" but keeps falling back and was in need of a "boost."

t--SONDRA -- Very pleasant lady pushing an empty baby carriage (filled instead with some grocery items) asked for prayer for herself and her daughter, NAVEJA, and for her "man" CARL. She said Carl will successfully come through an upcoming operation.

t--JIM -- An older man who has passed by the Table for the past several weeks dismissing prayer politely decided this time to stop. He obviously has been carrying a lot of inner pain. He said his son ROBERT died last August at age 31 of a heart attack in an apartment near of St. John the Evangelist. We prayed for Jim to have some peace over the loss of his dear son.

a,t -- MALCOLM -- Second of the three men with bottles/cans in a cart. Very friendly man who walked toward us with hand extended and couldn't seem to wait to get the prayer boost he was seeking. He wanted prayer for return to health from an injury (hip and head) he sustained not too long ago. We prayed also for him to safely get the bottles and cans to the redemption center safely without coming to harm.

t-- IAN -- A young man on his way to work stopped for quick general prayer, and he thanked us.

ERIC, ERIC JR. and a woman with them -- Another area minister with his son (a musician of the liturgy) and a friend all stopped for prayer after parking in our church lot. We prayed for anointing on their church service, and Eric (the minister) also asked for a blessing on the Table.

JERMAIN -- Asked for prayer "for everything" and we prayed for things to be better in his life.

RICHARD -- This older man who stopped last week waved to us as he walked toward the opposite corner. He is the man with the golf putter for a cane who lives out of the abandoned car in the empty house next to our parking lot.

KEVIN -- The third and final bottle/can collector trying to get some honest money off the street. He stopped just as we were closing down the Table and accepted prayer for protection and safety.

Thank you, Jesus, for bringing your people forward today at TWO sites to receive the hope, love, protection and provision which comes only from You.

Albany Intercessor

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