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Friday, August 29, 2008

 

8/29/2008, #59, 3rd Quarter 2008

"And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he who was ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead." (Acts 10:42)
      Holy Spirit, please guide those who preach in this diocese so that they will testify week by week that Jesus is ordained by his father to be judge of the living and the dead.

"To him all the prophets witness that, through his name, whoever believes in him will receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:43)
      Father, help us also be witnesses that through his name, whoever believes in him will receive remission of sins.

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. (Acts 10:44)
      Jesus, please let there be such apostolic preaching in this diocese so that your Holy Spirit falls upon all who hear the word.

And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. (Acts 10:45)
      Jesus, we pray that we too will be surprised by the joy of seeing your Holy Spirit fall on new believers.

For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. (Acts 10:46a)
      Father, we long to see the gifts of your Holy Spirit manifested among us.

Friday: 22; Job 9:1-15,32-35; Acts 10:34-48; John 7:37-52
Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Job 9:1,10:1-9,16-22; Acts 11:1-18; John 8:12-20
Sunday: 114, 115; Job 11:1-9,13-20; Rev. 5:1-14; Matthew 5:1-12
Monday: 9, 15; Job 12:1-6,13-25; Acts 11:19-30; John 8:21-32

Subject: Diocesan Update, Thursday, 28 Aug 2008
LAMBETH & THE FUTURE OF ANGLICANISM
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The summer of 2008 witnessed two major conferences within the Anglican Communion, both of which ultimately may very well have a lasting impact on the future of Anglicanism throughout the world, to include the Diocese of Albany. I was blessed to have been among the few to attend both. The first of which was the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON), held June 22 -- 29th in Jerusalem, followed two weeks later by the Lambeth Conference from July 16 to August 3rd in Canterbury, England. In many ways the two conferences were similar, but also quite different. I will try as best I can in the limited space provided, to touch upon some of the similarities and differences between GAFCON and Lambeth as well as their potential implications for Albany and the wider Anglican Communion.
      Turning first to GAFCON, once the decision was made to go forward, organizers had roughly five to six months to put the conference together, compared to ten years for Lambeth. Despite the short notice, overall, GAFCON was well planned and organized. Approximately 1148 lay and clergy participants, including 291 bishops and their spouses, representing roughly one half of the world's 77 million Anglicans participated in the conference. The number attending was restricted due to limited space.
      The Lambeth Conference, designed specifically for bishops and their spouses, had approximately 670 bishops and 500 spouses in attendance, as well as several ecumenical guests. The total number of bishops and spouses attending was down from previous years, due to the decision of approximately 220 bishops, primarily from the Global South, not to accept their invitation to attend. Their absence was greatly felt and is a reflection of the brokenness and division that currently exists within the Anglican Communion. Commenting in The London Times on why he and many of the Global South bishops chose not to attend Lambeth, The Most Reverend Henry Orombi, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, stated, "For more than ten years we have been speaking and not been heard. So maybe our absence will speak louder than our words."
      The theological makeup of those attending both conferences played a major role in setting the tone and ultimately determining what would be the outcome. The organizers of GAFCON restricted invitations, inviting only theologically conservative orthodox Anglicans. GAFCON was not intended to be a time to debate the issues that are dividing the Church, but rather to be a time to come together as a "fellowship of confessing Anglicans...a fellowship of people united in the communion (koinonia) of the one Spirit and committed to work and pray together in the common mission of Christ"... believing that "Anglicanism has a bright future in obedience to our Lord's Great Commission to make disciples of all nations and to build up the Church on the foundation of biblical truth" (GAFCON Statement on the Global Anglican Future). The decision to hold GAFCON in Jerusalem with organized pilgrimages to various holy sites throughout Israel helped reinforce the biblical heritage upon which the Anglican faith is founded and was one of the spiritual highlights of the conference.
      At the conclusion of eight days of prayer, worship, Bible study, workshops, plenary sessions, pilgrimages to holy sights, and Christian fellowship, GAFCON concluded with the issuance of a four page "Statement On The Global Anglican Future," to include a fourteen point document known as The Jerusalem Declaration, which among other things highlights the group's understanding of Anglican identity. The GAFCON Statement in its entirety can be found on the Albany diocesan website. While clearly stating their love and support for the Anglican Communion and intent to remain in it, there is also a clear call for repentance and distancing or separation from those parts of the Communion that have drifted from the orthodox faith to a more revisionist faith particularly in regard to theological understandings of the authority of Holy Scripture; Jesus' unique identity and role as the only begotten Son of God, Lord and Savior of the world; and human sexuality.
      While I am very supportive of the vast majority of the GAFCON Statement to include The Jerusalem Declaration and its strong stance upholding the orthodox faith, there are a couple of things which give me some concern, and require a bit more clarity in what is intended, particularly in regard to the future role of the Archbishop of Canterbury; the role of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; the role of the Primates Council; and the status of revisionist bishops in the wider Communion. Whether one agrees with the GAFCON Statement or not, GAFCON is a reality which I believe will have a major impact on redirecting the life of the Anglican Communion. The exact course it will take is still yet to be seen. As proclaimed in their statement, "GAFCON is not just a moment in time, but a movement in the Spirit..."
      Turning now to Lambeth, unlike GAFCON which has just recently come into being, The Lambeth Conference has been meeting at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury every ten years for the past 140 years. While historically regarded as one of the instruments of unity within the Anglican Communion, there was clearly not a meeting of the minds amongst the 670 bishops gathered at Lambeth, when it came to the issues which have caused such great hurt and division within the Church. Based on all the debates and conversations that occurred throughout Lambeth, it would appear that a majority of those bishops in attendance are conservative and orthodox in their theological understandings, however there was a strong vocal minority, consisting primarily of western bishops, that is quite liberal or revisionist in their theology, particularly regarding issues of human sexuality.
      Recognizing the division and brokenness which currently exists, the Archbishop of Canterbury stated in his August 2008 Pastoral Letter reflecting on Lambeth, "The Conference was not a time for making new laws or for binding decisions...The Conference Design Group believed strongly that the chief need of our Communion at the moment was the rebuilding of relationships -- the rebuilding of trust in one another -- and of confidence in our Anglican identity. And it was with this in mind that they planned for a very different sort of Conference, determined to allow every bishop's voice to be heard..."
      Unfortunately while ample opportunity was in fact given for bishops to speak during the daily Bible studies, Indaba Groups, self-select sessions, and plenary sessions, the western design of much of the Conference made speaking uncomfortable for many non-westerners and -- as earlier attested to by Archbishop Orombi, the fact that one speaks does not necessarily mean they have been heard. The Anglican Communion has been encouraged for over ten years now to participate in a "listening process" as a means of working through the issues that divide us. While I am a firm believer in the importance of listening, even to those that we disagree with, unfortunately when dealing as we currently are with what I have come to believe are theologically irreconcilable differences in the views passionately held by each side of the debate on issues of the authority of Holy Scripture and human sexuality, I seriously question the chance of reconciliation by those on either end of the theological spectrum, barring a Damascus Road experience by one side or the other. No doubt, each side believes it is the other side that Jesus needs to zap.
      This belief was confirmed at Lambeth while listening to some of the debates regarding homosexuality. During one of the sessions, an African bishop made an impassioned call upon the West to restrain from blessing same-sex unions and ordaining individuals engaged in homosexual lifestyles, stating that the Moslem extremists in his country are looking for any reason to attack and kill Anglican Christians. He said the revisionist actions of the West are giving them all the reason they need, resulting in the death and imprisonment of many of his people. Equally passionate, but from the opposite perspective, two Episcopal bishops spoke about justice for their gay and lesbian clergy and people, proclaiming their strong unceasing support for gay rights and that they would not stop the blessing of same sex unions in their diocese.
      Unfortunately in many cases, the very ones calling for others to listen are unwilling to listen themselves. For some, the listening process will not be complete or successful until the other side is worn down and finally agrees with their position. Given the current debate on issues of human sexuality, when virtually every argument both for and against homosexual behavior, sex outside of marriage, and abortion have already been made numerous times over, the question ultimately must be asked -- When is enough, enough? The longer the debate goes on, the more divided we seem to become and the more distracted we are from proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A major distinction between GAFCON and Lambeth concerning this issue is that for GAFCON, the debate seems to be over, for Lambeth, no end is in sight.
      The extent to which the hearts and minds of those bishops sitting on the fence concerning these issues may have been changed or influenced by the personal testimonies during the Indaba Groups or plenary sessions will most likely not be known until something happens within the Communion forcing bishops to respond. General Convention 2009 may very well provide that opportunity. As previously stated, Lambeth 2008 did not allow for any votes or passing of resolutions. That is probably a good thing, given the fact that one fourth of the Anglican bishops representing approximately one half of the Anglican Communion were not present.
      In addition to issues of human sexuality, a number of other items were discussed at Lambeth, to include the proposed Anglican Covenant; the ongoing efforts of the Windsor Continuation Group; Ecumenical relations; the Millennium Development Goals; the effects of Global Warming and Climate Change; various ministries, challenges and developments in Anglican Provinces around the world; the devastation of the Aids epidemic; Domestic violence; and Communion Partners to name a few.
      Next to the issues of human sexuality, the proposed Anglican Covenant proved to be the most controversial. It was heavily supported and promoted by Archbishop Williams. I too am very supportive of an Anglican Covenant -- one that would provide clarity to our Anglican identity and beliefs, and one that would provide guidance on how Anglicans are to live in relationship with one another and work through any differences that might arise within the Communion, giving some sense of accountability to one another. As I discovered, not everyone shares that view. Some bishops, particularly in the west, showed great hesitancy to the idea of a Covenant. Others, while open to the idea, were opposed to anything that would be legalistic or juridical in tone, believing that it would be divisive and could be used against some in the Communion. I couldn't disagree more. One of the reasons the Anglican Communion is in the mess that it currently finds itself, is because that while everyone apparently wants to be in "Communion" many have come to interpret the "diverse" nature of the Anglican Communion to mean you can believe what ever you want with no sense of accountability for the impact of one's beliefs or actions on others in the Anglican Communion. I would argue that one of the things the Anglican Communion is most in need of at the moment is some means of providing clarity and accountability. A well drafted Anglican Covenant, in which all provinces and dioceses wishing to be part of the Anglican Communion must sign, could do just that. As the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested, there may be some who decide to opt out. For that reason, it is important that the Anglican Covenant be voted on not only at the Provincial level, but also at the Diocesan level. A diocese's relationship with the larger Anglican Communion is through their bishop in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury, not through the Province.
      While supportive of Archbishop Williams' desire to build relationships and trust within the Anglican Communion, as earlier stated, I have my doubts as to how successful Lambeth was in bringing about any major change in relationships between those on opposite extremes of the current debates. The major building of relationships which did occur at Lambeth was among bishops and spouses from around the world, similar in theological understandings. The building of these relationships and friendships was truly one of the great blessings of Lambeth. The Diocese of Albany's sister diocesan relationship with Down and Dromore, first began as a result of Bishop Dan and Bishop Harold meeting at Lambeth 1998. Karen and I met several bishops and their spouses who we hope someday to be able to invite to Albany or visit them in their dioceses, paving the way for future diocesan mission trips and opportunities of joint ministries.
      In addition to all the friends and relationships that were made and strengthened, one of the other major blessings of Lambeth was the visible realization that as Anglicans we are part of something much larger than ourselves. To be with 670 Anglican bishops and their spouses from around the world was very special, as was my time with 291 Anglican bishops in the Holy Land. The retreat and worship time at Canterbury Cathedral was powerful and moving. I felt a real sense of connection with countless Christian pilgrims from past generations whose feet and knees have hollowed and worn down the solid granite steps of Canterbury Cathedral. To witness and be part of such a long and proud history within the Church is something I will never forget. Tea with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace was also very enjoyable, not to mention being a once in a lifetime experience. On a somewhat humorous note, for as long as I can remember, anytime someone I knew was going to England, I would jokingly tell them to say hello to the Archbishop and the Queen for me. I was finally able to do it for myself -- granted the Queen was twenty yards away when I said, "Good afternoon your Majesty!" I was blessed with greeting and visiting with the Archbishop of Canterbury on a couple of occasions and not from 20 yards away, but in person.
      There is much more that could be said about Lambeth and GAFCON, unfortunately, neither time nor space permit it. If interested, the official 2008 Lambeth Conference Reflection Paper, entitled, "Lambeth Indaba" can be found on www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org It is a 44 page document which essentially describes our time together at Lambeth, the issues discussed and some of the general thoughts expressed. While I have shared some of my thoughts, frustrations, and concerns, overall I am glad and feel very blessed and honored to have been able to attend both conferences. I am especially thankful to have been able to share Lambeth with Karen. I truly believe the Holy Spirit was at work in both Lambeth and GAFCON, guiding and leading the Church during this very difficult time in our history. The Anglican Communion is in transition. Exactly how it will evolve is still yet to be seen. The Good News is that despite the many frustrations, uncertainties and obstacles, ultimately God's will, will be done. As the Archbishop of Burundi reminded us, "Before the Anglican Communion was, I AM." While the Anglican Communion sorts itself out, our mission in the Diocese of Albany remains the same. It was given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ, himself, in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. May the Lord bless, keep and empower us, as we answer His call in obedience, as part of His faithful remnant, serving as an instrument of His love and healing grace in this broken and hurting world.
      Your Brother in Christ,
      + Bill

Thursday, August 28, 2008

 

8/28/2008, #58, 3rd Quarter 2008

I will love You, O LORD, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)
      You are our strength, LORD; help us to love as we ought.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
      Jesus, you are our all in all; help us to find in you our daily bread and strength.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:3)
      Jesus, we call upon your name, trusting that you will redeem and save us.

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

A word received: Pray for hearts that turn to me and my ways.

Thursday: 18:21-50; Job 8:1-10,20-22; Acts 10:17-33; John 7:14-36
Friday: 22; Job 9:1-15,32-35; Acts 10:34-48; John 7:37-52

       Crying Out To God
WHO: The Rev., Alan W. Hansen, Acts 29 Ministries
WHAT: Crying Out To God
WHEN: September 6. 2008
      8:30 a.m. registration
      9:00 a.m. - 4:00 conference
WHERE: Christ Church
      970 State Street.
      Schenectady. NY 12307
COST: $15.00 - includes workbook and lunch
       Crying Out To God is designed lo teach us how to seek the Lord in earnest. Crying out to God, and finding Him strong to save and deliver is repeated throughout scripture. We will address the ancient Christian disciplines of fasting and intercession, individually and corporately, giving practical suggestions to implement these disciplines into the life of the parish.
      Partnering with ACTS 29 Ministries for the Crying Out to God Conference are The Episcopal Diocese of Albany; Christ Church Coxsackie, Christ Church Schenectady; St., Andrew's Church, Scotia: arid Trinity Church Lansingburgh.
       TO REGISTER CONTACT
Lorraine Coleman at Christ Church Schenectady
      518-374-3064

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

 

8/27/2008, #57, 3rd Quarter 2008

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call on the LORD? (Psalm 14:4)
      Father, please protect and provide for your people who work for companies and managers that are ravenous wolves. Help your people be faithful even in such bad circumstances.

There they are in great fear, for God is with the generation of the righteous. (Psalm 14:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help your people in bad work situations fear God rather than their companies or managers. Bless those who are righteous in evil circumstances.

You shame the counsel of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge. (Psalm 14:6)
      Jesus, you are the refuge of the poor -- bless with the counsel of your Holy Spirit those who are poor or in bad jobs.

Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD brings back the captivity of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad. (Psalm 14:7)
      LORD, let your salvation go forth and lead your people out of the captivity of bad employers. Provide for your people, LORD. Thank you.

A word received: I AM with you. Keep your eyes on me.

Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Job 6:1,7:1-21; Acts 10:1-16; John 7:1-13
Thursday: 18:21-50; Job 6:1,7:1-21; Acts 10:17-33; John 7:14-36

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

 

8/26/2008, #56, 3rd Quarter 2008

Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?" When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples complained about this, he said to them, "Does this offend you? (John 6:60-61)
      Jesus, so many in your church are offended by what you have said and done; help us to receive your words.

What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where he was before? (John 6:62)
      Holy Spirit, help your church and your people believe the deeds that Jesus has done for us.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
      Jesus, please speak your words of spirit and life to the Episcopal Church today. It has become mired in the flesh; restore it to a life in your Spirit.

But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray him. (John 6:64)
      Father, bring to faith the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, for many of them betray Jesus by their lack of faith and their words and deeds.

And he said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to me unless it has been granted to him by my father." (John 6:65)
      Father, please grant this mercy for Jesus' sake.

From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with him no more. (John 6:66)
      Jesus, we weep for your disciples who have chosen to walk apart from you.

Tuesday: 10, 11; Job 6:1-4, 8-15, 21; Acts 9:32-43; John 6:60-71
Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Job 6:1,7:1-21; Acts 10:1-16; John 7:1-13

Albany Intercessor

Monday, August 25, 2008

 

8/25/2008, #55, 3rd Quarter 2008

O LORD my God, in you I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me, (Psalm 7:1)
      LORD, turn our hearts to you.

Lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. (Psalm 7:2)
      Father, we cry out to you for your church; we are troubled by the direction of the Episcopal Church and ask you to give us your strength.

O LORD my God, if I have done this: if there is iniquity in my hands, (Psalm 7:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize and repent of our iniquity.

If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, or have plundered my enemy without cause, (Psalm 7:4)
      Jesus, your church is being plundered by law suits, have mercy on us.

Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; yes, let him trample my life to the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. (Psalm 7:5)
      LORD, in your mercy protect us; guide Bishop Bill and the leaders of this diocese in this difficult time.

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)
      Lord Jesus, there is no darkness dark enough to hide us from your light; help us to walk by your light today.

Monday: 4, 7; Job 4:1, 5:1-11, 17-21,26-27; Acts 9:19b-31; John 6:52-59
Tuesday: 10, 11; Job 6:1-4, 8-15, 21; Acts 9:32-43; John 6:60-71

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008
From: Deacon Justine M Guernsey
Subject: Prayers for the Arbers
      For your information. Please keep the Arbers in your prayers.
      I just received a telephone call from Diana-Lynne Arber.
       John was taken my ambulance to the hospital this morning after Diana-Lynne found him unresponsive. He is now conscious but will be staying in the hospital while they run tests to determine what happened. She said they hope that he will be coming home in the next few days but has asked that we all keep them in our prayers.
      She spent most of the day in the hospital with him and sounds exhausted. I'll keep you all posted when I know more.
FHS, Deacon Justine

***** Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008
From: Tammy & John Boyd
Hi Everyone,
      We hope you are enjoying your summertime fun. Despite the lazy weather, it is time to get those applications together for this year's mens and womens weekends. The Men's Cursillo is fast approaching and will take place Oct. 16th-19th. Please keep Don Rohr and the team in your prayers. The Women's Cursillo weekend will take place Oct. 30th-Nov. 2nd. Please keep Terry Bassett and the team in your prayers. The applications can be found by going to the Albany Episcopal Diocese website, clicking on 'ministries' and hitting the Cursillo link. This will bring you to the Cursillo website where you can print the applications. Remember to print all three sections: candidate, sponsor, and rector. Completed applications need to be submitted to Judy Tarullo ASAP.
      The next meeting of the Schenectady-So. Saratoga County Ultreya has been scheduled for Tues., September 16th at Calvary Episcopal Church in Burnt Hills. We will begin with supper at 6:30. Fr. Scott will be our spiritual leader for the evening. Sponsors: please plan to bring your candidates to the Ultreya meeting! Also- time to think about palanca and to have some placemat coloring parties. Or give some placemats to the Sunday school classes to decorate, as they will be gearing up soon.
      Take care, God bless, get off your barmies, and get sponsoring folks! Let's pack these weekends- all to the Glory of God!
In Christ, John and Tammy

***** Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Dates for the Welcome Home Initiatve
Dear Souls,
If you know a combat veteran please let them know about the WHI program. Please let combat veterans know of the following dates of the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) The program is FREE due the generosity of many. These are the dates that are now booked at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center:
      October 2- 29 2008
      March 23 -- 25 2009
      August 3 -- 5 2009
      October 26 -- 28 2009
Please look at the Welcome Home Initiative brochure: http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/Resources/welcome-home-brochure.pdf
Four areas of interest are going on:
      1) Nicky Gumble and Alpha are very interested in what we are doing. I will be talking with the UK next week on this.
      2) Bear Grylls (Man v's wild, Discovery channel) is on board with this program.
      3) I have a very tentative opportunity to present the WHI at a European gathering of military leaders in England in May 2009. It is not confirmed but just the fact that they are interested is wonderful. The "possible" invite is from General Sir Richard Dannett the supreme commander of the British Army.
      3) The program has been filmed in Hi def wide screen DVD to be able to offer others world wide the opportunit y to help welcome home the many wounded combatants. I will let you know when the DVD program will be made available to the public.
PLEASE pray for this extraordinary ministry to such wounded souls.... The Lord has put together a wonderful team, making a difference one person at a time....
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another...
Fr. Nigel+

Sunday, August 24, 2008

 

8/24/2008, #54, 3rd Quarter 2008

Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. (Psalm 111:1)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to praise Jesus!

The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. (Psalm 111:2)
      Father, move our hearts to study and meditate on your mighty deeds. Let the Bible be a living word to your people.

His work is honorable and glorious, and his righteousness endures forever. (Psalm 111:3)
      Jesus, it is by your righteousness that we are saved. Thank you for giving us eyes to see what you have done for us.

He has made his wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. (Psalm 111:4)
      Father, we pray that your mighty acts of salvation will be living memorial stones in the life of your people. (See Joshua 4.)

He has given food to those who fear him; he will ever be mindful of his covenant. (Psalm 111:5)
      Jesus, thank you for the new covenant that was established by the shedding of your blood. Please help us be ever mindful of the cost of our redemption.

He has declared to his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. (Psalm 111:6)
      Thank you, Father, for giving us through your son what we could never earn on our own.

Sunday: 111, 112, 113; Job 4:1-6,12-21; Revelation 4:1-11; Mark 6:1-6a
Monday: 4, 7; Job 4:1,5:1-11,17-21,26-27; Acts 9:19b-31; John 6:52-59

      Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 08 23

Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart in front of Christ Church Schenectady 9:25 - 10:30 am. (+ indicates received a cross.)

Prayed for the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit at the Bed and Breakfast on upper Union Street (which is to be sold at auction later this month).
+Willie
Connie -- asked prayer for Smitty for his addiction. She told us that Minnie was arrested Tuesday with drugs in her possession.
Bibita and Ganesh (her son)
+Nesh (rushing to work)
+Eugene -- that he would get another place to live
Pat -- for her son Keith that he would take his blood pressure medicine, he hurt his hand and had to have stitches, pray that he will get a job; for her grandson Nick that he will receive a kidney transplant (we also prayed for the donor); and for her father, Frank, that he will lose weight
+Josh -- for family and new residences
+++(no names)
Jahlon -- (had been at BlazeFest and was wearing the cross we gave him there)
+Jason (young man stopped for prayer twice) -- said his life was a mess; confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and accepted the forgiveness of his sins
+Luz
Christy (wearing one of our crosses) -- "that I will stay clean"

Albany Intercessor

 

BLAZEFEST REPORT

Subject: BLAZEFEST REPORT by Deacon Alan Hart

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT
(At final day of Blazefest; Jerry Burrell Park, Sat., 8-23-08, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) -- Torre Bissell, Jean Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart

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

NOTE: Very much a mood of grasping for hope on the part of the people who attended this final night; there was food and activity, noise ... and prayer! People came to us seeking hope for something, someone to help them have things be better! (Guess who that Someone is?)

tt-- JESUS -- Wanted prayers "to have a better life."
t--FOUQUAN -- Wanted to be prayed for "... for help with my confidence.")
t--CHYNA -- She just said simply, "I want you to pray for me!"
tt--KYREE -- Wanted prayers for his grandmothers, Eunice and Tamara.
t--AMAURY JR. -- This teen-aged boy was at the Table a day earlier; he asked for prayers for his father who is in jail to "stay out of trouble" when he gets out.
t--JAHLAR -- Sought prayers for general well-being.
a,t-- CONNIE -- Member of the Blazefest staff; she has an injured hand and wrist, sought prayers for healing.
t--EDWIN -- He aske dro prayers for his mom, Alexandria, who has a "contagious disease."
a,t-- ALEXIS (not the same woman as Edwin's mom!) -- Asked fo prayers for relief from tooth and gum soreness and pain.
t-CHARLENE -- Wanted prayers "to be safe."
t--FATIMA-- She asked for prayers "not for anything special, just to be prayed for!"
t--MIKE -- Celebrating his 25th birthday. Mike is happy he is alive. "It is a miracle I have made it to 25," he said."
t--BLANCHE-- Repeat Table visitor from earlier in the week. Blanche asked for prayers for "... the well-being and health of my entire family."
a,tt-- MICHELLE -- This was the person who stood out among all the others. She is very depressed and discouraged and asked for prayers for help from Jesus. She wept when we were done praying that she would become the woman God intended her to be.
a--MACKENZIE -- Anointed for God's provbision, healing and protection and transforming.
t--NANCY -- A self-described "Born-Again Christian" who sought prayers for her whole fanily to follow Jesus and NOT follow the other one.
t--MICHAEL -- Asked for prayers for "... just all kinds of stuff."
a,t-- EBONY -- Young mother who earnestly sought prayers for saety and protection from "all the evil out there" in the neighborfghood. Very scared young lady. Also gave a cross to her daughter, Zaniyah.
t--CONTESSA -- Asked for prayer for ".. doing well this school year."
t--AARON -- A "rap singer" who asked for strnegth "in my work" and for protection and provision as he travels to Boston this fall to become a college freshman. He is quite anxious and afraid about going to Boston.
t,a--TAMI -- Young mother who asked for prayers for safety. Tehn divulged to us that she has just moved into an apartment with her children and the person who used to live there committed suicide. Tami is afraid there are evil spirits lurking there in the residence. Torre prayed at length with Tami to assure her that the house is safe now that evil spirits have retreated at the mention of the sacred name of Jesus.
JOSHUA -- Prayers for "things in general."
t--JAY -- Prayers "... so I will come to see God."
VALERIE -- She asked for prayer " ... to know for sure that God cares about me."
BOBBI JO -- Asked for "God's provision for me."
CURLY -- " .. for my enemies."
t--AMAURY (not the same one as earlier) -- Asked for prayers for " ... Grandad's health."
t--SAFARI -- General prayers.
t,t-- SAMEIRA -- Asked for blessings for her family.
t--LYNETTE -- "... to do well in school."
t--ANGENET -- "... For God to make himself known to me."
t--RICOS -- Big, blustery basketball player of about 25 who surprised us by coming to the Table. "I want to become steady in my walk with Jesus."
t--THAYLA -- Very young girl who asked for general prayer.
tt-KAREN -- Asked for prayers for her mother, Kathy, who is ill.
t--ASHLIEGH -- She asked to be prayee for so she could become closer to God.
(WOMAN) -- Lady came forward and asked us to pray not for her but for her grandson, JAVIER.
t--KATY -- Asked for general prayer.
t--AMELIAN -- for her daughter.
t-MICHELLE -- Prayed for her not to turn to the left or to the right but to stay centered on Jesus.
t,a-- LINDA -- Asked for prayers for healing. She was wearing a medical bracelet.

(The following people came forward to be prayed for with Torre while Alan was videotaping part of the Drama of Disciple of John): LYDIA, TASHAN, MAHOGANY, COLLEEN, SHANTE, JUSTINA, NAGUAN, TIM, BORN, NANI, ADRIAN, FELMA, ANYIA, ELYA< MICHAEL, TINA and VINCENT. They all received crosses.

[Notes from Torre: while the drama going on was at its most intense and everyone's attention was on it, four or five big, hulking, late-teenage boys used that as a cover to come for prayer! So often during the week children who had already received prayer would bring other children for prayer. There was an intensity to the times of prayer this week that was incredible. At 6 p.m. last night Alan and I were both wiped out with fatigue. So often it would be non-stop -- one adult or child right after another asking for prayer. I think we gave out around 150-175 crosses this week.]

Saturday, August 23, 2008

 

8/23/2008, #53, 3rd Quarter 2008

Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." (Acts 9:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us in this diocese to be disciples who respond to your call as Ananias did.

So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. (Acts 9:11)
      Jesus, help us, as you did Ananias, to clearly hear your directions.

And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight." (Acts 9:12)
      Jesus, we pray for your people today that they will be guided by your words and that you will give visions and words of knowledge and wisdom to them.

Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name." (Acts 9:13-14)
      Father, we respond to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church as Ananias did to Saul and the chief priests. Give us your mind about the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church. Help us by your Holy Spirit to discern the true from the false.

But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel." (Acts 9:15)
      Jesus, please help us go to everyone you send us to.

"For I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake." (Acts 9:16)
      Father, help us bear the cross of Jesus in our day.

And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 9:17)
      Jesus, please help us as you did Ananias to be able to see in others the brothers and sisters you have given us.

Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. (Acts 9:18 )
      Father, we pray for those receiving prayer that they will receive their sight.

A word received: Cry out for my help.

Saturday: 104; Job 3:1-26; Acts 9:10-19a; John 6:41-51
Sunday: 111, 112, 113; Job 4:1-6,12-21; Revelation 4:1-11; Mark 6:1-6a

      Notes from the Front Line

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT, Friday., August 22, 2008. At 5th Night of Blazefest at Jerry Burrell Park, Schenectady (put on by Youth for Christ), Torre Bissell
+--Received one of Torre's crosses. (Many kids asked for and were given crosses for other family members.
+John
+Charlene (mom) and +Tarik (son) and +Tamida (daughter)
+Cordell
+Phillip
+Tia
+Sister Annie -- for her great-grandchildren +Destiny and +Alasysia and their mother Nicole and her grandson Derek (that he will be able to sell his house)
+Jack
+Mackenzie
Ashley
+Deanna
+Paula -- "for these children here" (at Blazefest)
+Cliff
Jesus
Josh -- "for Krista to get a teaching job"
Malik -- for his +grandmother

***** Dear Sisters and Brothers,
      Sorry the email got sent before I had completed it. Here is the full information below. Thanks for spreading the word.
      Most of us, at one time or another, have had the feeling that we just don't belong, yet we yearn to find and understand the special place God has for us in His family. To learn about that special place God has in His heart for each of us, please come to the meditation day called, "Questions I've Always Wanted to Ask God."
      I ( Mother Anne Curtin) will be leading it on September 11, 2008 at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center (SLC) in Greenwich NY from 10 Am to 3:30 PM. The cost is $25 which includes lunch.
      To register please call Sandra at the SLC at 518 692 9550 or the web at www.christ-the-king-center.org (go to Healing Center programs) The SLC is about 19 miles north of Troy.
      Thanks for helping me spread the word. Blessings on the rest of your summer, In Christ's service,
Rev. Anne Curtin, Healing A Woman's Soul
Christ Episcopal Church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY 12051, 518 755 3325

***** Check out the "Mudge Report" at http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Friday, August 22, 2008

 

8/22/2008, #52, 3rd Quarter 2008

Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!" But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips. (Job 2:9-10)
      LORD, we have received so many blessing through the years from your hands. Now we are in a time of adversity in the Episcopal Church with much sorrow and affliction. Help us to be steady like Job and trust in your larger purposes as we await the day of your redemption for your people. You give and take away, blessed by your holy name!

Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Job 2:1-13; Acts 9:1-9; John 6:27-40
Saturday: 104; Job 3:1-26; Acts 9:10-19a; John 6:41-51

      Notes from the Front Line

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT, Thursday., August 21, 2008. At 4th Night of Blazefest at Jerry Burrell Park, Schenectady (put on by Youth for Christ), Torre Bissell
+--Received one of Torre's crosses. (Many kids asked for and been given crosses for other family members.
+Tony
+Jessica -- for my grandmother in Puerto Rico that she will have a good birthday
+Shanely -- for me and my sister, and my dad will be less strict, and for my parents to get along.
+Kyree -- for his dad who is in jail that he would stop getting in trouble
+Nasir
+Donald
+Tina
+Frederique
+Ray -- for the City Life Team of Youth for Christ at Jerry Burrell Park
+Imani
+Robert
Jahlani
+Cliff -- (came up for prayer after several false starts)
+Rey -- "that I will have good basketball skills"
+Sashion
+Keishon
+Kendajaha
Josh -- for good and refreshing sleep at night.

      Don't miss what God is doing!

WHO: The Rev., Alan W. Hansen, Acts 29 Ministries
WHAT: Crying Out To God Conference
WHEN: September 6. 2008, 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 conference
WHERE: Christ Church, 970 State Street. Schenectady. NY 12307
COST: $15.00 - includes workbook and lunch
Call now to register. Call: Lorraine Coleman at Christ Church Schenectady, 518-374-3064

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, August 21, 2008

 

8/21/2008, #51, 3rd Quarter 2008

Jesus answered them and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him." (John 6:26-27)
      Holy Spirit, please redirect our footsteps and our desires so that we seek after the food which endures to eternal life.

      Father, give us this day's bread and because we cannot live by bread along, please give us this day's word.

      Jesus, you are the living bread and the living word which came down from heaven, take up residence in our hearts, our minds, and our spirits. Thank you.

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; (Deuteronomy 33:27)
      A word received: Don't be afraid. I AM with you, keeping you in the palm of my hand.

Thursday: 134, 135; Job 1:1-22; Acts 8:26-40; John 6:16-27
Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Job 2:1-13; Acts 9:1-9; John 6:27-40

      Notes from the Front Line

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT, Wednesday., August 20, 2008
At 3rd Night of Blazefest at Jerry Burrell Park, Schenectady (put on by Youth for Christ), Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart
t--Received one of Torre's crosses.
t--Wilfreda and for his mom t--Gloria
t--Kyree and for his mom t--Letrelle
t--Nasir and for his mom t--Nicky
t--Margaret and for her daughter t--Takeya
t--Tara, worried about other and her own expectations for herself
t--John, his 11th birthcay
t--Brandon, for the world
Mel, for his witness
t--Mekenzie
t--Devon
Josh, spent about 30-40 minutes in prayer and Bible verse sharing praying that he will enter into the freedom the Jesus has for him.

      Don't miss what God is doing!

WHO: The Rev., Alan W. Hansen, Acts 29 Ministries
WHAT: Crying Out To God Conference
WHEN: September 6. 2008, 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 conference
WHERE: Christ Church, 970 State Street. Schenectady. NY 12307
COST: $15.00 - includes workbook and lunch
TO REGISTER CONTACT, Lorraine Coleman at Christ Church Schenectady, 518-374-3064

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

 

8/20/2008, #50, 3rd Quarter 2008

After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. (John 6:1)
      Jesus, you gave Paul a vision of a man of Macedonia saying to him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." And here we see you crossing the Sea of Galilee to help the people there. Jesus, our prayer is, "Come over to the Episcopal Church and help us."

Then a great multitude followed him, because they saw his signs which he performed on those who were diseased. (John 6:2)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize the signs of what Jesus is doing among us with the diseased. Bless the healing ministry throughout this diocese and at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.

And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. (John 6:3)
      Father, please bring your order into our lives and schedules so that we have time to sit with Jesus.

A word received: Yield this day to me.

Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Judges 18:16-31; Acts 8:14-25; John 6:1-15
Thursday: 134, 135; Job 1:1-22; Acts 8:26-40; John 6:16-27

      Notes from the Front Line

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT
      (Tues., Aug. 19, 2008 )
      At 2nd Night of Blazefest at Jerry Burrell Park, Schenectady
      --- Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart --
t--Received one of Torre's crosses.
(Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil tonight.)
      Note: Deacon Alan prayed around the perimeter of the entire park for half an hour 3:15-3:45 as the crew was setting up the speakers and tables and chairs and tents. He asked for God's anointing on the evening's activity and for the events of the whole week; that His word would be heard and received by those attending and in earshot. This is Holy Ground all this week because He is here.
(MUSLIM WOMAN WHO DID NOT GIVE HER NAME) -- ... she wanted prayers for her son, Tajah, who was playing basketball with other boys and girls while Blazefest was being set up.
tt--DARRYL --- Young boy of about 12 who wanted prayers for his mother, who recently suffered a torn ACL. He took a cross for himself and his mom.
t-ANGEL --Darryl's coming forward for prayer started a stampede of young people to the tent in a glorious showing of children coming to the Lord for prayer. Angel, a young girl, wanted prayers "to do well in school this year."
t--WILLIE --- Wanted prayers for "everything."
t,t,t,t--MAHALIA --- Impish young delightful girl who was named after singer Mahalia Jackson wanted prayers for "my teacher." (She asked for at least 4 crosses for her family members.)
t--DAMIAN -- Wanted prayers "for everything."
t--JOHN -- Wanted prayer for well-being for his Mom. We prayed for him to be a good son as well.
t--LOUELLA -- Grown woman, wanted prayers for healing for better hearing in her right ear.
t--PASTOR JAY RAMOS -- Wanted prayers for a diffiicult situation at his workplace.
t--MARQUIS, tt-JAVON, t--ELYJAH, t--DEONATYE, tt-WAYNE, t-ALEXIS --- Six young people all swarmed at one time wanting general prayers for protection, provision and safety.
t--LATRICE -- Wanted prayers for her new teachers in school this year-- Miss Alura and Miss Aletha.
t,t,t-- SHA-NYJA -- Wanted prayers for better health for her mother.
t--DAIMERE -- Asked for prayers for his mother and father.
t--MEKHRYA -- She asked for prayers for her mother, who is not feeling well. Her mother's name is Crystal.
t--BRANDON --- Arrived at the park wearing a football uniform as though coming from a Pop Warner practice. He wanted general prayers. As he left, he proudly showed he wears a silver cross as well.
t--DAIMEERE
t--TONY
t--MALIK
t--MCKENZIE
t--TORRE (One litte girl pointed out that I hadn't received prayer and another child, Sha-Nyja prayed for me.)
t--DEVON
t--MICHAEL -- he was helping with the sound system

Note: we were quite literally flooded with children who wanted prayer and crosses. Please pray for these children! Torre

      Don't miss what God is doing!

      Crying Out To God
WHO: The Rev., Alan W. Hansen, Acts 29 Ministries
WHAT: Crying Out To God
WHEN: September 6. 2008
      8:30 a.m. registration
      9:00 a.m. - 4:00 conference
WHERE: Christ Church
      970 State Street.
      Schenectady. NY 12307
COST: $15.00 - includes workbook and lunch
       Crying Out To God is designed lo teach us how to seek the Lord in earnest. Crying out to God, and finding Him strong to save and deliver is repeated throughout scripture. We will address the ancient Christian disciplines of fasting and intercession, individually and corporately, giving practical suggestions to implement these disciplines into the life of the parish.
      Partnering with ACTS 29 Ministries for the Crying Out to God Conference are The Episcopal Diocese of Albany; Christ Church Coxsackie, Christ Church Schenectady; St., Andrew's Church, Scotia: arid Trinity Church Lansingburgh.
       TO REGISTER CONTACT
Lorraine Coleman at Christ Church Schenectady
      518-374-3064

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

 

8/19/2008, #49, 3rd Quarter 2008

Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. (Acts 8:1)
      Jesus, there is a great persecution being raised up against your faithful people in the Episcopal Church and congregations are being scattered; have mercy on us.

And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. (Acts 8:2)
      Father, we grieve for the victims of persecution and we rejoice at their faithful witness to the end.

As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. (Acts 8:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us stand with the martyrs/witnesses in every land where they lay down their lives for Jesus.

Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. (Acts 8:4)
      Jesus, help us bear good seed and good fruit wherever we are scattered. Thank you.

When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. (Psalm 126:1)
      LORD, bring back the captivity of those in the Episcopal Church.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." (Psalm 126:2)
      Holy Spirit, move throughout this diocese and fill us with such joy in Jesus that people will say, "The LORD has done great things for them."

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad. (Psalm 126:3)
      Father, thank you for showing us your power and love.

Bring back our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South. (Psalm 126:4)
      Jesus, bring back all those who have been carried away captive to various ideologies.

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. (Psalm 126:5)
      LORD, we have sowed many prayers with tears for the Episcopal Church and we live in the hope of the joyful harvest that is to come.

He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:6)
      Jesus, as we prepare our hearts for the "Crying out to God" Conference, help us return to our parishes bearing sheaves of the harvest with us. Thank you.

A word received: Be at peace, I love you.

Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Judges 18:1-15; Acts 8:1-13; John 5:30-47
Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Judges 18:16-31; Acts 8:14-25; John 6:1-15

      Don't miss what God is doing!

      Crying Out To God
WHO: The Rev., Alan W. Hansen, Acts 29 Ministries
WHAT: Crying Out To God
WHEN: September 6. 2008
      8:30 a.m. registration
      9:00 a.m. - 4:00 conference
WHERE: Christ Church
      970 State Street.
      Schenectady. NY 12307
COST: $15.00 - includes workbook and lunch
       Crying Out To God is designed lo teach us how to seek the Lord in earnest. Crying out to God, and finding Him strong to save and deliver is repeated throughout scripture. We will address the ancient Christian disciplines of fasting and intercession, individually and corporately, giving practical suggestions to implement these disciplines into the life of the parish.
      Partnering with ACTS 29 Ministries for the Crying Out to God Conference are The Episcopal Diocese of Albany; Christ Church Coxsackie, Christ Church Schenectady; St., Andrew's Church, Scotia: arid Trinity Church Lansingburgh.
       TO REGISTER CONTACT
Lorraine Coleman at Christ Church Schenectady
      518-374-3064

      Notes from the Front Line

       Blazefest PT Report 2008 08 18

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT
      (1st evening of Blazefest '08 and Hip-Hop Camp)
      Mon., Aug. 18 at Jerry Burrell Park, Schenectady

            Torre Bissell --- 4:05 -- 5:10 p.m.

What was striking for me was that I didn't have to call out to anyone, teens and youths came up for prayer on their own in a steady stream. (+ indicates received a cross)

+Thomas -- prayed about going on a mission trip to Ireland next year.
Pastor Amos -- prayed for the anointing of the Holy Spirit on his ministry.
+Jahlani -- "everything"
+Josh -- struggles with doubt
+John
+Andy -- for anointing on his ministry and family
+Tark -- protection on the streets and for his family
+Kwame -- protection and for his wife
Marlena -- "myself, my family, my friends"
+Tavone -- "family and friends"
+Connie -- "mom, sister, brother"

            Deacon Alan Hart --- 5:30 --6:45 p.m.

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

t--MACKENZIE -- A very young lady who asked for prayers "for everything."
t--AMEL -- Cautiously came to the Table, seemed to look around to see if anyone he knew was watching him, but then seemed to say... "What the heck" and sat down for prayer. Amel asked for prayer for help in spiritual guidance in his life.
a,t -- BLANCHE --- Middle-aged woman with her grand-daughter, KZYA. Blanche asked for prayers for herself and her whole family. She said "...times have been very hard for me; I have been trying to get back on my feet, but I just can't seem to do it."
a,t -- KZYA -- Blanche's young grand-daughter, just cute as a button with braided hair and a wide-eyed expression as she watched the Christian goings-on at the Park. I anointed her and prayed that she would come to know the Lord and walk in His path forever.
t--RASHAD -- Asked for prayers " ... for things to get better.." for him. He smoked a cigar through the request and the entire prayer itself, but he was genuine and sincere.

      Just an aside: Much of the hour was very casual, with loud Christian hip-hop blaring from speakers, boys playing basketball and various young people participating in mime and dancing steps out on the center of the court.
      Toward the end of the evening, though, there was a formal welcome and remarks from Schenectady City Life director Ray Villegas, some testimonies, and then a stirring dramatic performance. The drama was a visit from "John, the Beloved Disciple" who stepped out of a red pickup truck and entered the park dressed in robe and sandals, and he recounted (over the loudspeakers reverberating all over the neighborhood!) the story of the events at the garden of Gethsemane and at the cross at Calvary. The actor is Matthew Zawisza of the husband-wife traveling drama ministry team of "ACT4HIM" along with his wife, Tina. On Saturday, the team will be enacting the entire Passion of Our Lord, including the Resurrection, at the Blazefest. They do not have the time pinpointed yet, but Matthew told me it will be "toward the end of the evening." The Saturday Blazefest runs from 1 to 7 p.m., and I urge you to get there to see and hear ACT4HIM perform because it will give you goosebumps. Don't miss it!
      The Blazefest Exhibition runs all this week at Jerry Burrell Park from 4 to 7 p.m.
      ---------- deacon alan

Albany Intercessor

Monday, August 18, 2008

 

8/18/2008, #48, 3rd Quarter 2008

When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. (Acts 7:54)
      Father, bring true repentance to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" (Acts 7:55-56)
      Thank you, Father, for all your faithful witnesses.

Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; (Acts 7:57)
      Holy Spirit, we are church of stopped ears, because we have not wanted to hear what your witnesses have had to say to us on your behalf. Pry our fingers loose from our ears so that we may hear again.

and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. (Acts 7:58 )
      Lord, they are still casting your saints out of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us.

And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:59-60)
      Father, help us all to be faithful witnesses to your son, even to the point of death, as Stephen was. Thank you.

A word received: Hear the cry of my people, my lambs. They cry out for food and living water. Pray for shepherds who will feed by sheep and lead them to living waters.

Monday: 106:19-48; Judges 17:1-13; Acts 7:44-8:1a; John 5:19-29
Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Judges 18:1-15; Acts 8:1-13; John 5:30-47



Albany Intercessor

Sunday, August 17, 2008

 

8/17/2008, #47, 3rd Quarter 2008

I will extol you, my God, O King; and I will bless your name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:1)
      Father, help us remember your mighty deeds and extol them as we ought.

Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:2)
      Jesus, your name is above every name and we are blessed daily to bear your name and your cross.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:3)
      Holy Spirit, search our hearts and cleanse them so that we may praise Jesus as we ought.

*      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
*      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
*      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
*      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.
*      (Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)

A word received: Pray for the people who have lost their hope. Pray that I will restore hope in their lives.

Sunday: 145; Judges 16:15-31; 2 Corinthians 13:1-11; Mark 5:25-34
Monday: 106:19-48; Judges 17:1-13; Acts 7:44-8:1a; John 5:19-29

      Notes from the Front Line

Light in the Darkness, Darkness within the Light
A Silent Retreat at St. Mary's Convent August 29 - September 1
      A three-day silent retreat based on the three-fold way of classic Christian spiritual direction, led by Sister Mary Elizabeth.
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Albany Intercessor

Saturday, August 16, 2008

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 08 16

Torre Bissell and Darlene Chesnut in front of Christ Church Schenectady 9:15 - 10:20 am; Deacon Howard Smith was prayer walking through the neighborhood while we manned the table. (+ indicates received a cross.)

Prayed for the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit at the Bed and Breakfast on upper Union Street (which is to be sold at auction later this month).
+Dale (young man) -- "for everyone who is suffering"
+Jim and +Anita (his wife) -- "everything" He talked about reading our church sign and has just started going to church again after many years.
+Ron (young man) -- "for a good job"
+Chexeau (older man) -- "good health"
Alan -- Repairing roof: rain poured in last night during a downpour
+Joel (young man) -- "for being good" He made a lengthy confession of sin to Jesus and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He accepted God's forgiveness for his sins.
Connie -- She finally got the old man, "Bubba", to go to the hospital -- he has low blood sugar problems.
David -- general prayers

Albany Intercessor

 

8/16/2008, #46, 3rd Quarter 2008

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. (John 5:2-4)
      Jesus, I seem to have missed the stirring of the waters -- I'm still wounded by my parents ' alcoholism and by being molested as a child.

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. (John 5:5)
      Jesus, you have healed me in so many ways; help me to wait on you while you complete my healing -- it's been such a long time coming!

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" (John 5:6)
      Yes, Lord, show me whatever it is my part to do and help me by your Holy Spirit to do it.

The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." (John 5:7)
      Jesus, I've gotten in the line to be prayed on by others so many times -- it has helped, but I still need your healing touch. Only you can do for whatever it is that needs to be done to set me from the wounds of my past.

Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." (John 5:8 )
      Lord, Jesus, I long to hear those words from you!

And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. (John 5:9)
      Holy Spirit, help me respond immediately whenever Jesus tells me to do something.

The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed." He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.'" (John 5:10-11)
      Father, help be obedient to whatever Jesus tells me to do and ignore what others may think of me. I want to be his man and walk with him. Help me ot know when it is really him speaking to me. Thank you.

Saturday: 33; Judges 16:1-14; Acts 7:30-43; John 5:1-18
Sunday: 145; Judges 16:15-31; 2 Corinthians 13:1-11; Mark 5:25-34

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008
From: Stephen Bugler
Subject: my dad's surgery - prayer request
hello everyone,
      my dad [The Rev. David R. Bugler] has been diagnosed with colon cancer. he has a 7-10 centimeter tumor on his colon. in addition another surgeon wants to take his gallbladder out [in the same surgery]. He is very weak and on dialysis 6 days a week. Neither he nor i am sure if he will make it through the surgery. I have been praying a lot for his healing.
      his surgery starts at 2 pm tomorrow.
      I have spent most of the last week with him. it has been a rather exhausting week. I know death comes to us all and that my father knows Jesus, but i was hoping he could see my future children someday [that's not an announcement btw].
      please pray for my father and his wife joan and the doctors.
thank you -s

Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008
From: Stephen Bugler
Subject: dad's surgery results
hi,
      I am in the waiting room at the moment. The doctor just came to speak with joan and i. He said that he removed a massive tumor [the size of two fists] from my dad [The Rev. David R. Bugler] but that the surgery went about as best as it possibly could. As of now we are simply waiting for them to let us see him until he is out of recovery.
      the doctor said that with dialysis patients the immune system is severely deficient and that probably contributed to the cancer growing as fast as it did. he also said this cancer was fairly well advanced and the prognosis does not look good for the future, as it probably has spread due to the advanced nature of the cancer.
      it seems as though my dad may not have too long to live going forward. at least the nice part is that the weakness and nausea that he was experiencing, may decrease and raise the quality of his remaining days.
thank you for your prayer! please keep it up as he recovers. he will need it! -s

Albany Intercessor

Friday, August 15, 2008

 

Lambeth Spouse Conference 2008 -- A bishop's spouse perspective

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      I am so thankful to the Diocese of Albany for allowing me to attend the Lambeth Spouse Conference. It was truly an absolutely wonderful opportunity to share a very special ministry with spouses from across the global. I am returning home blessed with friendships I have made and touched by stories of struggles and witnesses from Anglican brothers and sisters all over the world. This e-mail serves to summarizes the conference and share some personal observations.
      As approximately 670 bishops gathered for the Lambeth Conference at Kent University, near Canterbury, England, about 500 bishop spouses joined together in prayer, bible study and sessions for the Lambeth Spouse Conference. Led by Jane Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury's wife, our conference focused on what we could accomplish together through fellowship. For many of us, just being able to participate was a humbling and amazing experience. Almost every nation or province of the Anglican Communion gathered and the world became smaller and closer for me.
      For most of the days, the spouses' venue had a set routine which included, in the following order, Eucharist, breakfast, plenary sessions, bible study, lunch, self-select activities (optional programs to learn or do more), Evening Prayer, dinner and a joint activity with the Bishops or optional event. In the self-selects, I was able to learn more about the history and the dynamics of the Anglican Communion. A real highlight was meeting Nicky Gumbel. After attending an Alpha Course at St Mary's this past winter, I was simply floored meeting a man who is helping millions learn more about the Christian faith.
*      There were also a couple of very special days peppered in between the weeks. Some of the highlights included:
*      Opening Eucharist at the Canterbury Cathedral was awesome with all the Bishops and spouses completely filling the cathedral. The procession alone took over ½ hour before the service.
*      London Day included a march for the Millennium Development Goals, lunch at Lambeth Palace, and tea at Buckingham Palace with the Queen. (No, I was not lucky enough to personally meet her!).
*      Over 20 of us walked at 13-mile pilgrimage like those written about by Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, followed by Evensong at the Canterbury Cathedral.
*      Closing Eucharist again at the Canterbury Cathedral brought me a real sense of hope in the Anglican Communion. Receiving communion from Archbishop Williams was very moving.
      The real blessings of the Lambeth Spouse Conference were the bible studies and the relationships established. I made friends with spouses all over the world. In my bible study, I had two ladies from Madagascar, two ladies from England, one from Zimbabwe, one from Zambia, one from Burundi, one from Pakistan, one from Paris (Europe), one from Ireland, one from North Carolina and myself. Not all our members stayed the entire 3 weeks due to work and family needs. But, by praying and studying St John's "I AM" statements, we became closer despite religious, cultural, political or linguistic differences.
      I mention linguistics because my group consisted of many languages. English was primarily spoken in my Bible study and at the two conferences, but two ladies in our Bible study spoke the Malagasy language and French. So everything was translated into French and then back again. It was a reflection of the Lambeth Conference. There were so many different languages spoken. Primarily 8 languages were translated into English. Many of the services were conducted in different languages. To hear the Our Father spoken by every tongue at the same time was Pentecostal.
      Personally, hearing stories about war, violence, AIDs, hunger, religious persecution, orphans, and more made the challenges I face seem small in comparison. What struck me was the deep faith in Jesus Christ these wives professed despite their trials. I heard stories of people in Pakistan that cannot buy food in the marketplace or hold decent paying jobs if they are Christians. Many of the African spouses talked about living in a country of political unrest, where thousands have been killed and many more become refugees. Hunger and poverty in Africa are not uncommon. It is not uncommon for them to have people knocking on their doors multiple times a day, asking for help or food. One of the wives now runs an orphanage to help children as so many people in her area have been killed by violence and AIDS. These stories don't compute to life in our backyard where perhaps our biggest problem in the USA is spiritual poverty. My bible study friends gave me the witness and prayers I needed to continue to be a disciple of Jesus. They encouraged me to do whatever I can do both in the Diocese of Albany and abroad.
      During the Lambeth Spouse Conference, I tried to be positive, prayerful, and engaged with everyone I met. I prayed and shared with many spouses from all over the world. There were also many laughable moments. The University of Kent has no air-conditioning. We were blessed with extremely hot weather for almost 10 days. Put 1000 people under a tent or 500 in an assembly, and you are tempted to loose all positive Christian thought. Housed in college dorms, we were all put in separate rooms. Eight folks on our floor shared a one bathroom, one shower and one tub. After the magpies woke me at 4:30 am each day, I would hop in the shower. Once done, I knocked on the wall to wake Bill up. My favorite part was queuing up for meals. There were two main dining halls to eat in and a very tight schedule to do it in. Once we left Eucharist or Evening Prayer, everyone descended into the dining halls. Our latest wait in line was over 1 1/2 hours long. After awhile, even I became a patient person. Through it all, I tried my best. I was sent to the Lambeth Conference to participate in the spouses' conference, represent the Diocese of Albany and provide love and support to my best friend and love, Bill.
      I left the 2008 Lambeth Conference with a sense of HOPE. More than ever, I am praying for the Anglican Communion...more than ever, I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer...more than ever, I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and no one comes to the Father without Him. I am a sister in Christ with other Bishops and Spouses that I have prayed, laughed and shared with. I am blessed to be a part of this great communion. I am rededicating myself to be a witness in all I do.
      Again, thank you for your support and prayers during the Lambeth Conferences. Bill and I are blessed to be members of the Diocese of Albany. We truly appreciate the continued love and support you provide to Chris, Catie and us. We are so grateful for the opportunity to attend Lambeth 2008 and look forward to sharing the conferences even more in the future.

Yours in Christ, Karen Love

 

8/15/2008, #45, 3rd 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 toward us.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, (Psalm 107:2)
      Jesus, you have redeemed me from death and living death by your cross and passion. Thank you.

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 bringing us from West Africa to this good diocese.

They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; they found no city to dwell in. (Psalm 107:4)
      Jesus, my life was desolate and empty until you came into it. Thank you for all the faithful witnesses who pointed me to you.

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. (Psalm 107:5)
      Father, as was done for me, help me share the bread of life and living water with the hungry and thirsty.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107:6)
      Once again I cry out to you -- hear the cry of my heart, Father.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a dwelling place. (Psalm 107:7)
      LORD, lead your faithful people forth to that dwelling place of your choosing. Have mercy on us and rescue your faithful remnant in the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:8-9)
      LORD, we give you thanks for all that you have done, are doing, and will yet do.

A word received: Look at the many times I have rehearsed my deeds through Scripture [e.g., yesterday's lessons from Acts and Psalm 105]. They are there to remind you and teach you and guide you. Pray for my people to read the Bible daily.

Friday: 107:1-32; Judges 14:20-15:20; Acts 7:17-29; John 4:43-54
Saturday: 33; Judges 16:1-14; Acts 7:30-43; John 5:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

From Unless the Lord build the house... by Ralph Martin, 1971, A Charismatic Renewal Book
      If six years ago the basic foundation was weak, today it is not uncommon to find a "theology" and system of values that is quite solid, but which also happens to function as a counter-foundation not only significantly different from authentic Christianity, but outrightly hostile to it even though it continues to use Christian language and forms. It is not uncommon for those who are involved in this counter-foundation to exhibit a number of the characteristics described by Paul to Timothy in his second letter. In fact, a good way of summing up what's going on is that people are holding to the form of Christianity but denying its power.
      "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive ... holding the form of religion but denying the power of it ... the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." (2 Tm 3:1-5; 4:1-5)
      There is not only the need today to undertake a fundamental evangelization recognizing the secondariness of so much of the renewal so far, but also a need to come to grips with the counter-gospel attitudes that the very incompleteness of the renewal has produced. I believe that this can best be communicated by sharing in some detail a number of the actual situations I've been involved in over the past six years.
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Albany Intercessor

Thursday, August 14, 2008

 

8/14/2008, #44, 3rd Quarter 2008

The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the people, "Come, see a man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" (John 4:28-29)

      Father, please let our encounters with Jesus bring us all to the same honesty in our public professions as occurred with this woman of Samaria.

Thursday: 105:23-45; Judges 14:1-19; Acts 6:15-7:16; John 4:27-42
Friday: 107:1-32; Judges 14:20-15:20; Acts 7:17-29; John 4:43-54

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008
From: Kevin & Donna Steckline
Good Morning all!
      They finally got word that Bob's [Kevin's Dad] blood levels are not quite where they want them prior to surgery, due to meds he had been on. They anticipate scheduling Bob for the surgery to place the pacemaker - defibrillator on Thurs at some point. He is still on complete bed rest which frustrates him. They will perform a chemical stress test today. So please continue in prayer for his protection.
      Our daughter Emily's 13th birthday is today and she is fearful for Grandpa on her birthday, if you know what I mean. So please pray God's mercy over the entire situation and we also pray for many blessings on Em's birthday.
Thanks for your prayers! FHS, Donna

Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008
From: Kevin & Donna Steckline
Dearest Friends,
      Kevin would like to pass along his thanks (ours) for all the prayers for his Dad. Bob had a nuclear stress test this afternoon, which took 4+ hours. They were pleased with the results and are comfortable moving ahead with the pacemaker - defibrillator Thurs. Long story short...he is scheduled for 8 a.m. tomorrow! Praise the Lord!!
      Kev, his brother Bob and sister Pat and of course their dad Bob are all quite relieved to have the surgery scheduled. Bob is planning to return to Chicago Sat.; Kev is planning to return tomorrow trusting that the surgery goes well.
      Emily had a nice birthday despite missing her dad! Gram and Gramp took us out to dinner.
Thank you all again for your prayers. Glory to God!! FHS, Donna

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

 

8/13/2008, #43, 3rd Quarter 2008

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to him, "How is it that you, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." (John 4:7-10)

      Father, please help us know and receive your gift, your Holy Spirit.

      Holy Spirit, please help us know Jesus.

      Jesus, please baptize us and fill us anew with your living water.



Words received for a Sunday School lesson on mercy in October:

Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. (Acts 4:1-2)
      A word received: My mercy extends even to those who oppose me. I want my people to have mercy on those who oppose my name.

And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. (Acts 4:3)
      A word received: Those who persecute my people need my mercy just as much as those they persecute.

However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. (Acts 4:4)
      A word received: My mercy is taking place even where there is persecution. It is happening in China today, it is happening in many countries. My mercy knows no national boundary.

And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. (Acts 4:5-6)
      A word received: Wait for my word when you confront the powers of this world. Wait for my word of guidance. Part of my mercy is to guide and guard my flock when the wolves are prowling around the flock.

And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power or by what name have you done this?" (Acts 4:7)
      A word received: Are you ready to give an answer for your deeds as a Christian?

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:" (Acts 4:8 )
      A word received: Here you see my mercy: Peter is filled with my Holy Spirit and he is able and ready to give an answer because of that. Seek for the mercy of the active presence of my Holy Spirit in your life.

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
      A word received: I want to write my name on your heart. I AM, there is no other who can save and redeem you. I AM the way, the truth, and the life.

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; (Psalm 127:1)
      A word received: The house that will stand is the house built on the rock of my son.

A word received: Pray for my peace in the midst of the storm.

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (1 Samuel 17:45)
      A word received 1/12/2003: David understood the nature of the contest: it was not between him and Goliath, it was between me and Goliath. Knowing that, David knew that I could give him the victory. Know that, when you confront sin in any of its disguises, that I can give you the victory. You do not have to be like the army of Israel -- immobilized with fear. I AMi captain of the host.

Wednesday: 119:121-144; Judges 13:15-24; Acts 6:1-15; John 4:1-26
Thursday: 105:23-45; Judges 14:1-19; Acts 6:15-7:16; John 4:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008
Subject: Diocesan Update
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The Reverend Canon Walter Collins, retired priest of our Diocese, entered into eternal life Sunday evening, August 10. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Alice, at their home address.
      Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him.
      Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP pg 505)
Faithfully in Christ Jesus, +Bill

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008
Subject: Diocesan Update
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      For those who may not have received yesterday’s Diocesan Update, our brother in Christ, the Reverend Canon Walter Collins died on Sunday evening and has entered into life everlasting through his Saviour, Jesus Christ. His funeral is this coming Saturday morning, August 16, at 11 AM at the Cathedral of All Saints. Clergy attending the Liturgy for Canon Collins are invited to vest in cassock alb and white stole. The Crypt is reserved for this purpose. Please be ready to be led to the ambulatory by a MC no later than 10:50.
      To facilitate preparations, it would be appreciated if clergy desiring to participate contact Dean Vang at mvang@nycap.rr.com or Deacon Carpenter at 518-465-4891 no later than noon, Friday, August 15

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