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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

 

9/30/2008, #88, 3rd Quarter 2008

O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs--O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth! (Psalm 94:1)
      LORD God, we have sinned and our sins accuse us; let your light shine forth in the Episcopal Church.

Rise up, O Judge of the earth; render punishment to the proud. (Psalm 94:2)
      Jesus, in your mercy bring the proud of the Episcopal Church to humility.

LORD, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph? (Psalm 94:3)
      Father, how long will you permit the wicked to triumph in the Episcopal Church?

      Jesus, they utter speech, and speak insolent things; all the workers of iniquity boast in themselves. They break in pieces your people, O Lord, and afflict your heritage. They depose righteous bishops and priests and drive away parishes that are faithful to the gospel. Yet they say, "The LORD does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understand." (From Psalm 94:4-7)

      Holy Spirit, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church claim to know more than your word; have mercy on us.

Understand, you senseless among the people; and you fools, when will you be wise? He who planted the ear, shall he not hear? He who formed the eye, shall he not see? He who instructs the nations, shall he not correct, he who teaches man knowledge? (Psalm 94:8-10)
      LORD, you know our thoughts, that they are futile; bring us to repentance in the Episcopal Church. (From Psalm 94:11)

Blessed is the man whom you instruct, O LORD, and teach out of your law, (Psalm 94:12)
      Holy Spirit, help us receive this blessing.

That you may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked. (Psalm 94:13)
      Father, help us enter into your rest in these days of adversity.

For the LORD will not cast off his people, nor will he forsake his inheritance. But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it. (Psalm 94:14-15)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus, and visit your people!

A word received: I AM with you.

Tuesday: 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10; Acts 21:1-14; Luke 5:12-26
Wednesday: 119:121-144; Hosea 4:11-19; Acts 21:15-26; Luke 5:27-39

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2008
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Weekly Mudge Prayer

Psalm 103: 20-22
Praise the Lord, you his angels,
You mighty ones who do his bidding,
Who obey his word.
Praise the Lord all his heavenly hosts,
You his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works
Everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.

      We praise You Lord, for your servants who do your will, for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge. We thank You for their upcoming ministry to Peru. Continue to send them your direction and discernment so that they may do your bidding and obey your word. Along with the angels and the heavenly hosts, we praise You, Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We praise you for all your works throughout the world, here in the Diocese of Albany and there in Peru and in all corners of this earth, everywhere in your dominion. Praise You, Lord.
Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, September 29, 2008

 

9/29/2008, #87, 3rd Quarter 2008

When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." (Luke 5:4)
      Jesus, please help us hear and respond when you tell us to launch out into the deep.

But Simon answered and said to him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net." (Luke 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, please encourage all those faithful pastors who have toiled through the night and caught nothing; help them make another effort at Jesus bidding.

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:6)
      Jesus, help us all desire the fruitfulness that comes from obeying your word.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Father, we pray for the churches in any area where your sovereign work is evident, that they will cooperate with one another so that the entire catch is brought in.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" (Luke 5:8 )
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize, as Simon Peter did, that we too are sinful people. Let the signs of your work among us stir us to such a response as his.

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. (Luke 5:9-10a)
      Lord, we long for the day when we are astonished by your work among us. Move in our hearts by your Holy Spirit so that we are expectant of great things.

And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed him. (Luke 5:10b-11)
      Jesus, when you speak to us, when you call any of us to be fishers of men, we pray that we will be willing to forsake all and follow you. Thank you.

Monday: 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23; Acts 20:17-38; Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10; Acts 21:1-14; Luke 5:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for those going to Ireland Oct 1-10. Pray for travel mercies, good health, that God will use them to bless others and that they will receive what God has for them. Fr. John and Tish Kelly, Fr. Bob and Margaret Haskell, Matt. and Brandii Baker, Fr. and Kathleen Trees, Fr. Robert and Mrs. Longbottom; a little later- Bishop Love.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

 

9/28/2008, #86, 3rd Quarter 2008

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

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7b)
      Holy Spirit, help us receive the testimonies of God in Scripture so that we may gain wisdom.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; (Psalm 19:8a)
      Jesus, please help us receive your words so that we may find true and lasting joy.

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (Psalm 19:8b)
      Father, let your commandments guide our sight. Set our nation free from pornography.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; (Psalm 19:9a)
      Holy Spirit, let your cleansing fire come upon us so that we may truly and rightfully fear God.

The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:9b)
      Jesus, please help us seek after your righteousness.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10)
      LORD, restore to your church the sweetness of your word and judgments. Thank you.

Moreover by them your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:11)
      LORD, help us heed the warnings you have given us in Scripture so that we may enter into the great reward: eternal life with you.

Sunday: 19, 46; Hosea 2:2-14; James 3:1-13; Matthew 13:44-52
Monday: 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23; Acts 20:17-38; Luke 5:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Please pray for Michael and Christine Hales who are going on a mission trip to Brazil September 30 to October 14.

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT

Sat., Sept. 28, 2008, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Deacon Howard Smith. It was a "misty, moisty morning" and not many people were out on the street.

+ indicates received a wooden crosses. (Note: the wooden crosses we give out are made by Dennis Adams in North Carolina.)

+Matthew -- young man going to work -- prayed for him on the job.

+Louis -- young man waiting for the bus -- prayed for protection and provision for him and his family and friends.

Howard -- man -- prayed for a new job for him.

Willie -- man (already had a cross) -- prayed for protection and provision for him and his family and friends.

+Jeff -- man age 50 -- "A couple of weeks ago I collapsed -- pain shot down my legs, and I have carpal tunnel -- got fired for being out of work while sick." He told us that he was a good man. We prayed for healing for Jeff and that he would come to know his need for Jesus.

+Charles -- man -- "Get rid of this cold and for my family." he asked about evening services.

Connie -- cut on forehead from hitting a table when she had a seizure. She wanted prayer for the 500 lb. man who killed his baby.

+Flower -- woman -- "God is good." She wanted prayer for "everything."

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, September 27, 2008

 

9/27/2008, #85, 3rd Quarter 2008

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
      LORD, thank you for your goodness and enduring mercy.

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:2)
      Father, thank you for making Jesus Lord over all and showing us your enduring mercy through him.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For his mercy endures forever: (Psalm 136:3)
      Jesus, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit with power on us so that we can know you as Lord of all. Thank you for enduring the cross so that we can know your mercy.

A word received: I AM -- there is no other. Pray for those who are deluded about this. Pray they will turn to me.

A word received: Don't be afraid.

Saturday: 136; Hosea 1:1-2:1; Acts 20:1-16; Luke 4:38-44
Sunday: 19, 46; Hosea 2:2-14; James 3:1-13; Matthew 13:44-52

Please pray for the prayer table ministry today.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, September 26, 2008

 

9/26/2008, #84, 3rd Quarter 2008

Then he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. And they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. (Luke 4:31-32)
      Jesus, please be present throughout this diocese in the teaching that takes place here. So fill the teaching with the power of your Holy Spirit that we too will be astonished by what we hear and by the authority with which the teaching is given. Lord, let all the teaching in this diocese be true to your word.

A word received: Yield this day to me -- let me be in charge this day.

Friday: 91, 92; Esther 8:1-8,15-17; Acts 19:21-41; Luke 4:31-37
Saturday: 136; Hosea 1:1-2:1; Acts 20:1-16; Luke 4:38-44

Please pray for the prayer table ministry tomorrow.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, September 25, 2008

 

9/25/2008, #83, 3rd Quarter 2008

So he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:16-17)
      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear what Jesus is saying.

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me," (Luke 4:18a)
      Holy Spirit, come upon us.

"because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;" (Luke 4:18b)
      Jesus, please anoint us to preach the gospel to the poor. Bless the prayer table ministry.

"he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted," (Luke 4:18c)
      Father, we ask for the healing of the brokenhearted throughout this diocese.

"to proclaim liberty to the captives" (Luke 4:18d)
      Father, we pray for those in our city, country and state jails and prisons. We hold up to you our intercessors for the diocese who are in prison: April, Jeanette, Renee, and Wendy. Please bring them to the freedom only your Holy Spirit can give.

"and recovery of sight to the blind," (Luke 4:18e)
      Jesus, give sight to both the physically and spiritually blind in the diocese.

"to set at liberty those who are oppressed;" (Luke 4:18f)
      Holy Spirit, guide those who are being oppressed in the Episcopal Church for their faithfulness to the gospel.

"to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." (Luke 4:19)
      Father, now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation; come among us with the full power of your Holy Spirit.

Then he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:20-21)
      Jesus, you are the fulfillment of what is written in the Scriptures, come among us and renew us and fulfill your promises and words among us.

A word received: Understand the story of Esther: those who hate my people and seek to destroy them are bound for destruction themselves. Understand the story of Job: I may permit much travail for my people but there are limits and boundaries that I set to that.

Thursday: 85, 86; Esther 7:1-10; Acts 19:11-20; Luke 4:14-30
Friday: 91, 92; Esther 8:1-8,15-17; Acts 19:21-41; Luke 4:31-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Praise the Lord! The percent of defective white blood cells in Joan Winhold (who was diagnosed with Leukemia) went from 44% to 16% this past week. Pray for 0%.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

 

9/24/2008, #82, 3rd Quarter 2008

And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." (Acts 19:1-2)
      Lord Jesus, please send your apostolic witnesses through all the regions of this diocese.

      Father, so many have hardly heard that there is a Holy Spirit, let alone encountered him.

      Holy Spirit, move the people of this diocese beyond repentance to the new life you offer them. Raise up leaders and teachers who will lead their flocks into the baptism you offer.

And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism."(Acts 19:3)
      Jesus, so many people have heard only of repentance and not heard about the power and new life your Holy Spirit brings. Anoint the preaching and teaching in this diocese so that all the people enter into the life of your Spirit.

Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus."(Acts 19:4)
      Holy Spirit, please bring people throughout this diocese to a personal knowledge of Jesus so that they may believe he is the Christ, the Messiah.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.(Acts 19:5-6)
      Father, we pray for all your people in this diocese that they may receive the ministry and gifts of your Holy Spirit.

Now the men were about twelve in all.(Acts 19:7)
      Jesus, please help us to see that even small congregations can be seedbeds of the gospel and of your kingdom.

And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.(Acts 19:8 )
      Holy Spirit, send forth your witnesses to boldly proclaim the gospel to every synagogue and mosque in this diocese -- send them forth to all the children of Israel and Ishmael -- to all the children of promise.

A word received: Fear not, for I AM with you. Go forward without fear.

Wednesday: 81, 82; Esther 6:1-14; Acts 19:1-10; Luke 4:1-13
Thursday: 85, 86; Esther 7:1-10; Acts 19:11-20; Luke 4:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Glory Explosion October 3 - 4
We are expecting the presence of the love of God to fall through his healings, miracles, signs and wonders at the Glory Explosion Praise and Healing Conference. Special guest speakers include The Reverend Nigel Mumford, The Reverends Randy and Marie Smith and the Reverend Tony Fiore. Come: All those in need of God's love.

Those wanting meals on site must call Christ the King for reservations at 518-692-9550. For lodging nearby, please contact the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce at http://www.greenwichchamber.org/.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

 

9/23/2008, #81, 3rd Quarter 2008

Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not, (Luke 3:15)
      Father, please give us expectant hearts for what you want to do among us; prepare our hearts to receive your word of truth.

John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Luke 3:16)
      Jesus, please baptize us in the diocese with your Holy Spirit and with fire.

"His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean out his threshing floor, and gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." (Luke 3:17)
      A word received (11/18/2006): Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

      LORD, we pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Please carry your little ones through this time of deception and false teaching in your church.

And with many other exhortations he preached to the people. (Luke 3:18 )
      Jesus, please let the preaching throughout this diocese be marked by exhortation to repent and receive the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit.

But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, also added this, above all, that he shut John up in prison. (Luke 3:19-20)
      Holy Spirit, help the Presiding Bishop hear the rebukes of the Primates throughout the Anglican Communion for illegally deposing Bishop Duncan of Pittsburgh.

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while he prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are my beloved son; in you I am well pleased." (Luke 3:21-22)
      Jesus, as you submitted yourself for the sake of righteousness to John's baptism, help us submit ourselves to your father's righteousness and be filled with the Holy Spirit as you were. Thank you.

A word received: Cry out to me for my people, my church. Grieve with me for my faithful ones. Cry out to me for my justice and mercy in the Episcopal Church. Turn to me; cry out to me. My sheep are wandering over every hillside and the shepherds do not call them back to me. Pray for shepherds who will be faithful in their calling.

Tuesday: 78:40-72; Esther 5:1-14; Acts 18:12-28; Luke 3:15-22
Wednesday: 81, 82; Esther 6:1-14; Acts 19:1-10; Luke 4:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

(From intercessor Jeanne Gizara) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
      We thank You Lord, for the trust that Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge have in You as they listen to your call to serve You in Peru. We know that they acknowledge You in all their ways. Help them to continue to trust and acknowledge You. Thank You that You will make their paths straight from Albany to South America. Amen.

[Check out the Mudge Report website at http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/.]

Albany Intercessor

Monday, September 22, 2008

 

9/22/2008, #80, 3rd Quarter 2008

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: "Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:13-14)
      Holy Spirit, move the hearts of all those leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church who are tempted to remain silent when your faithful people are being persecuted. Help them to recognize that they have been called for such a time as this and speak out against the oppression of your people.

"You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am ... I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master." (John 13:13, 16).
      Jesus, help all your people walk the way of the cross and follow where you lead.

A word received: Stay with me step by step. Let me lead.

Monday: 77, [79]; Esther 4:4-17; Acts 18:1-11; Luke (1:1-4),3:1-14
Tuesday: 78:40-72; Esther 5:1-14; Acts 18:12-28; Luke 3:15-22

A Lent & Beyond [ http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/] proposal for a short House of Bishops prayer campaign

Mon. 9/22 Acts 9:26-28 - for converted Bishops to be received by orthodox leaders

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, September 21, 2008

 

9/21/2008, #79, 3rd Quarter 2008

"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you." (Matthew 6:1-4)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to do charitable deeds according to Jesus' way of doing things. Help us also to be in love and charity with our neighbors.

      Jesus, your church has taken a huge hit by the actions of the House of Bishops; help us continue to desire and do our best for those we disagree with.

      Father, please help us look to you in this life and the life to come for our reward.

"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (Matthew 6:5-6)
      Jesus, please bring us to a renewed life of prayer in this diocese. Move the hearts of your people to pray for your church. Prayer is your answer for the ills of the world. Help us bring the healing power of prayer to bear on the situations around us and in your church.

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." (Matthew 6:7-13)
      Our father in heaven, may your name be held holy; your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day's bread, and because we cannot live by bread alone, please give us this day's word. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. And do not bring us to hard testing, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

A word received: Grieve with me for my people, my church.


Sunday: 34; Esther 3:1-4:3; James 1:19-27; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
Monday: 77, [79]; Esther 4:4-17; Acts 18:1-11; Luke (1:1-4),3:1-14

A Lent & Beyond [ http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/] proposal for a short House of Bishops prayer campaign

Sun. 9/21 Acts 9:23-25 - for converted Bishops to be protected from retaliation

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, September 20, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

Sat., Sept. 20, 2008, 9:25 to 10:30 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Deacon Howard Smith. + indicates received a wooden crosses. (Note: the wooden crosses we give out are made by Dennis Adams in North Carolina.)

+Fransisco -- young man -- "Health." He asked about evening services.

+Linda -- young woman -- "For a good day at work and for a safe trip." She interrupted a cell-phone conversation to get prayer.

+Cheri -- young woman -- "For my family."

+Joshua -- young man -- "I'm going to a job interview."

Don -- older man -- We prayed for his family and for health.

+Marlena -- young woman -- "Free from oppression and poverty, get a good job -- full time, the landlord won't sign the eviction papers, restore my marriage."

Prince -- young man -- "For my mother, Ruth."

Bill -- young man -- "For myself."

Eric -- member of Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. -- prayed for his witness and for his son, and for those who were going to be baptized at a service downtown in the afternoon.

+Laurie -- young woman -- "I just got over ovarian cancer."

Desdemona -- member of Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. -- we prayed for her grandson Peter.

Howard -- man -- "I'm putting my resume out there."

+Lynette and +Shalonda -- girls who are sisters -- Both asked for prayer for "a better life." Lynette had her eleventh birthday yesterday.

 

9/20/2008, #78, 3rd Quarter 2008

Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;" (Acts 17:22)
      Father, we have become very religious in the Episcopal Church -- the form is there, but there isn't much content to our religion.

"for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, him I proclaim to you:" (Acts 17:23)
      Holy Spirit, help us proclaim Jesus to those who worship without knowledge of him.

"God, who made the world and everything in it, since he is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands." (Acts 17:24)
      Jesus, help us see beyond our buildings, our liturgies, and programs to you.

"Nor is he worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed anything, since he gives to all life, breath, and all things." (Acts 17:25)
      LORD, you know our works, that the Episcopal Church is neither cold nor hot. We have thought we were rich, but we are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and wicked. Help us repent and buy gold refined in the fire of your love; clothe us in clean garments, and cover the shame of our naked oppression of your faithful witnesses. Anoint our eyes so that we may see the truth of the gospel. (From Revelation 3:15-18 )

"And he has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings," (Acts 17:26)
      Father, have mercy on us, for the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have moved the ancient landmarks which the church fathers have set. (From Proverbs 22:28 )

"so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us;" (Acts 17:27)
      Holy Spirit, please guide us back into the narrow way, for we in the Episcopal Church are groping in the dark.

"for in him we live and move and have our being," (Acts 17:28a)
      Jesus, you are the only way, the truth, and the life, restore us by your mercy, for we are a sinful people.

A word received: I love you. Wait on me; keep your eyes on me.

Saturday: 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23; Acts 17:16-34; John 12:44-50
Sunday: 34; Esther 3:1-4:3; James 1:19-27; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

A Lent & Beyond [ http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/] proposal for a short House of Bishops prayer campaign

Sat. 9/20 Acts 9:19b - 22 - for God to convert one or more Bishops from resistance to advocacy of the Gospel

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Give thanks that intercessor Renee has been declared cancer free.

***** Please pray for the prayer table ministry this morning in front of Christ Church Schenectady.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

 

9/19/2008, #77, 3rd Quarter 2008

But although he had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: "Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?" (John 12:37-38 )
      Lord Jesus, have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church: for our leaders have not believed your word.

      Father, reveal the power of your arm to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them." These things Isaiah said when he saw his glory and spoke of him. (John 12:39-41)
      Holy Spirit, you have mercy on those you choose to have mercy and you harden the hearts of those you choose as well, and all this is to serve the eternal purposes of the Father and the Son. Have mercy on your people in the Episcopal Church for its leaders and teachers have hardened hearts. You chose to harden Pharaoh's hearts so that God's glory would be revealed. Please let the glory of God be revealed to the Episcopal Church.

Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:42-43)
      Lord, not many are willing to confess you any more among the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church. The House of Bishops has chosen to depose Bishop Duncan and other faithful bishops; they love the praise of men more than the praise of God. Have mercy on us, for this is an evil time in the Episcopal Church. Lord Jesus, having done all, help us to stand.

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)
      Father, hear our cries and restore the Episcopal Church to the paths of righteousness.

"You are those who have continued with me in my trials" (Luke 22:28 ).
      Jesus, help us continue with you in your trials in the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

Friday: 73; Esther 1:1-4,10-19; Acts 17:1-15; John 12:36b-43
Saturday: 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23; Acts 17:16-34; John 12:44-50

A Lent & Beyond [ http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/] proposal for a short House of Bishops prayer campaign

Fri. 9/19 Acts 9:15-19a - for Bishops to receive the Holy Spirit

Albany Intercessor

 

Diocesan Update

September 16, 2008
The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Dear Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and Members of the House of Bishops,

The Standing Committee and Bishop of the Diocese of Albany express our grave concern and hereby formally protest the planned deposition proceedings directed against Bishop Robert W. Duncan, called for by the Presiding Bishop in her Memorandum to the House of Bishops, dated September 12, 2008. We urge you in the strongest terms possible, not to proceed in this matter for the following reasons:

1)      From a procedural and fairness standpoint, while it had been widely speculated that deposition proceedings would be brought against Bishop Duncan at the September HOB Meeting, the Presiding Bishop's Memorandum to the House of Bishops, dated September 12, 2008, was the first official notification that such proceedings would in fact occur. There was no mention of deposition proceedings referenced in the draft agenda for the September HOB Meeting sent out on August 20, 2008. In the text of the agenda, it is stated that, "The main purpose of this meeting will be to reflect and deliberate together following the Lambeth Conference." We believe that in a matter of such importance as the deposition of a bishop, every member of the House of Bishops should be notified well in advance of such actions, in order that every effort can be made by them to attend the proceedings. In accordance with the General Rules for Meetings in this House, Rule XIX on page 193 in the Rules of Order, House of Bishops, in order for any resolution to come before the House of Bishops at a special meeting the resolution must have been circulated 30 days in advance to all of the members, unless there is a two-thirds vote to allow the resolution. Should not the deposition of a bishop have, at a minimum, that same level of notification?

2)      As acknowledged by the Presiding Bishop herself in the September 12th Memorandum, there have been significant differences of opinion expressed in regard to the interpretation of Canon IV.9 and the criteria that must be met as outlined in the canon. Specifically there is much debate centered around two major areas of concern: A) The required number of bishops needed to consent to the deposition of a bishop (whether it be a majority of all bishops in the House of Bishops eligible to vote or simply a majority of those present at the HOB meeting in which the deposition proceedings occur); and B) Whether or not the inhibition of a bishop is a prerequisite to deposition. As you are well aware, the depositions of Bishop Schofield and Bishop Cox on March 12, 2008, were followed by an outcry by many within the Episcopal Church and the larger Anglican Communion. At question was the legality of the actions taken by the House of Bishops, particularly in regard to whether all the criteria outlined in Canon IV.9 were properly met and adhered to. While Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and her Chancellor David Booth Beers have both expressed their belief that they have properly interpreted the canons in regard to these matters, in a letter to the Presiding Bishop, dated March 27, 2008, the Standing Committee and Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, made a strong, well reasoned argument for an interpretation of Canon IV.9 which differs greatly from that held by the Presiding Bishop and her Chancellor. The Dioceses of Central Florida, Northern Indiana, Springfield and Western Louisiana, in statements published by their Standing Committees and or/Bishops in recent months, have raised similar concerns and interpretations of Canon IV.9 as those expressed by South Carolina. Due to these widely differing views and interpretations of Canon IV.9 and the extreme damage that can occur if misinterpreted, we call upon the House of Bishops to refrain from acting on this canon, until the House of Bishops is able to receive a legal interpretation of Canon IV.9 from a panel, consisting of a minimum of five canon lawyers/experts who are not involved in the proceedings against Bishop Duncan or any of the on going legal proceedings dealing with property disputes or parishes or dioceses leaving The Episcopal Church. While we appreciate the Presiding Bishop, her Chancellor and Bishop Stacy Sauls' attempts to provide clarity in interpreting Canon IV.9, due to their current high level of involvement in legal proceedings throughout TEC that could be influenced by the outcome of the interpretation of Canon IV.9, we believe it is important to get an unbiased, outside interpretation of the canon, to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest.

3)      In defense or justification of the Presiding Bishop's interpretation of Canon IV.9 in the depositions of Bishop Schofield, Bishop Cox and the pending deposition proceedings against Bishop Duncan, the depositions of Bishop Davies, the resigned bishop of Fort Worth in 1993, and Bishop Larrea, the Bishop of Ecuador Central in 2004 are cited as precedent, therefore paving the way for future depositions. The fact that no one apparently challenged the 1993 and 2004 depositions does not necessarily mean that the Presiding Bishop and her Chancellor have interpreted the canons correctly. If precedent is going to be used as justification for future actions, it is imperative that the canons are being properly interpreted and applied and that the process is agreed upon by the House of Bishops before action is taken. Again, the recent outcry by many over the believed failure to follow and apply the Canons properly in the depositions of Bishop Schofield and Bishop Cox, have only added to the growing division within TEC and the Anglican Communion.

4)      In a letter to the Bishops of the Episcopal Church, dated August 24, 2008, Bishop Duncan stated, "The proper forum to determine whether I have violated constitution or canons would be a church trial, as I am a Bishop of this Church. But such a trial would have required due process and all the protections of the trial canons. The Course chosen...was an expedient course, requiring none of the justice, none of the expense, none of the rights of the accused, none of the lengthy timetable." We concur with Bishop Duncan's assessment that the proper forum to determine his guilt or innocence in regard to the charges that have been brought against him would be a church or ecclesiastical trial. The deposition of a bishop is an extremely serious matter as you well know. It is equivalent to the death penalty in regard to one's ordained ministry. This is NO time to seek the most "expedient course" in determining one's guilt or innocence. Bishop Duncan has dedicated his life to serving our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. While we question the charges brought against him, if he is to be charged, it should be dealt with in an ecclesiastical trial with all the protections guaranteed in the trial canons. Anything less is doing Bishop Duncan and the Church a great injustice.

5)      In their attempts to explain their interpretations of Canon IV.9, The Presiding Bishop, her Chancellor and Bishop Sauls make numerous references to the "intent" of a canon. In her September 12th Memorandum, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori stated, "...the General Convention in enacting this canon did not intend to give the three senior bishops a "veto" over the House's right to determine whether or not a bishop who has been certified by the Review Committee as having abandoned the Communion of this Church should be deposed. Rather, that decision was intended to be made by the House." First we would argue that is purely a judgment call on the part of the Presiding Bishop and her advisors. Others could well argue that the canonical stipulation that the majority vote of the three senior bishops was inserted to provide another level of discernment and to protect the House from having to deal with frivolous accusations. Second, after studying the history of Canon IV.9, a strong argument could be made that this canon was never intended to be used in the manner in which it was applied in the depositions of Bishop Schofield, Bishop Cox and the pending deposition proceedings against Bishop Duncan. It would seem that the intent of the canon is to deal with those bishops who not only leave the Episcopal Church, but also the Anglican Communion. That is clearly not the case with the three bishops just mentioned. While Bishop Schofield and Bishop Cox may have left TEC and in the case of Bishop Duncan it would appear he has plans to leave TEC, none of the three bishops have abandoned the Anglican Communion, but simply realigned with another province within the Anglican Communion. Because TEC is part of the Anglican Communion, it would seem that a charge of abandonment of Communion has no merit.

Despite the attempts of some to downplay the seriousness of the current situation in which tens of thousands of once loyal Episcopalians are leaving TEC, with no end in sight, the Episcopal Church is in a state of chaos. It is our belief that unless the current downward spiral is reversed, current and future charges of abandonment of communion will be a moot point. Within the not-too-distant future, if things continue as they currently are, there won't be a communion to abandon. If the current on-going depositions of bishops and priests are intended to stop the mass exodus out of TEC, it isn't working, but rather having the opposite effect. More and more clergy and laity are reaching the point that they can no longer accept or tolerate the recent theological innovations that have become so pervasive throughout much of The Episcopal Church's leadership. The current attacks directed against the theologically conservative orthodox Christians within TEC are not scaring or intimidating them, but rather angering and emboldening them. With each new attack, more fuel is thrown on the fire. The depositions and lawsuits must stop. What type of example are we setting for our children and the rest of the world? What are we saying about how Episcopalians treat one another? Jesus commands us to love our enemy; to love our neighbor as we love ourselves; to love one another as He loves us. Clearly many in the Episcopal Church have not heard or listened to His command, when it comes to the way we relate to one another within TEC and the wider Anglican Communion.

The Standing Committee and Bishop of Albany call upon the House of Bishops, the House of Deputies and all involved in the current theological war to call a truce, enabling The Episcopal Church to refocus our time, energy and resources on the difficult but necessary process of figuring out how Christians who passionately hold what appear to be irreconcilable differences in the understanding and interpretation of Holy Scripture and its authority on our lives as well as issues of human sexuality, can move forward in building up the Kingdom of God by sharing the love and Good News of Jesus Christ with all who will receive it. For far too long we have been consumed by politically-charged agendas to the detriment of the Church and the building up of the Kingdom of God. May God give us the grace, the wisdom, the compassion, the humility we need to discern His will, moving forward in His Name to His honor and glory and to the benefit of His Church and people.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Reverend Lorraine M. Lyons
President, Standing Committee of the Diocese of Albany

The Right Reverend William H. Love
Bishop, Diocese of Albany

 

9/18/2008, #76, 3rd Quarter 2008

Then Jesus said to them, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going." (John 12:35)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church is walking in darkness and no longer knows where it is going. Please restore the light of the gospel to its path.

"While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." (John 12:36a)
      Father, grant to the House of Bishops now assembled in Salt Lake City the grace to believe in the light of the gospel. Guide Bishop Bill and your other faithful bishops that that they will clearly point to Jesus. Thank you.



A word received: I AM. I formed you, I know you, and you are in my hands.

Thursday: 74; Job 28:1-28; Acts 16:25-40; John 12:27-36a
Friday: 73; Esther 1:1-4,10-19*; Acts 17:1-15; John 12:36b-43

A Lent & Beyond [ http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/] proposal for a short House of Bishops prayer campaign

Thurs.9/18 Acts 9:10-14 - for Bishops sensing God's inspiration yet feeling afraid

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

 

9/17/2008, #75, 3rd Quarter 2008

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008
Subject: Diocesan Update
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
      As you read this, I will be flying west to Salt Lake City for the post-Lambeth Conference House of Bishops meeting. We meet September 17 -- 19. Keep us in your prayers. +Bill
      Lord, hover over the meeting of the House of Bishops in Salt Lake City to accomplish you will. Pour out your Spirit of Truth and repentance. Convict your people of rebellion and unbelief. Reveal both your love and your righteousness. Touch every heart that is still capable of repentance. You are Lord of your church. Have your way with them Lord. Pour out your anointing on your faithful ones; clothe them with your armor, your holy boldness and strength. Give them words to say and your timing. Have mercy on all who have been led astray and all who have led others astray in ignorance. Heal those who have looked for love and affirmation in all the wrong places. Bring them to healing, repentance and wholeness. "Cry out to Me for My church. " Protect and defend your faithful ones from all the attacks and traps of the Enemy. We pray that in your straight path your faithful ones will not stumble.

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: ... a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (Ecclesiastes 3:1...7b)
      Help Bishop Bill and your other faithful bishops know when to speak and when to remain silent. When it is time for them to speak, give them your word.

Sister Mary Francis of the Community of Saint Mary, Eastern Province, died yesterday, Monday morning. She was life professed for 34 of her 88 years. She has no surviving family and her funeral will be Monday, September 22 at 1 PM at the CSM. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift to the Community of Saint Mary would be appropriate.
      Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the life and witness and prayers of Sister Mary Francis. Please raise up more vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me. Look to me, my people; look to me. I AM. I AM holy and I call you to holiness. Pray for my people to heed my call.

Wednesday: 119:73-96; Job 42:1-17; Acts 16:16-24; John 12:20-26
Thursday: 74; Job 28:1-28; Acts 16:25-40; John 12:27-36a

A Lent & Beyond [ http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/] proposal for a short House of Bishops prayer campaign

Wed. 9/17 Acts 9:1-9 - for those Bishops who, in the name of religion, are fighting against Christ.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

 

9/16/2008, #74, 3rd Quarter 2008

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. (Acts 16:6)
      Holy Spirit, your "No," is as important as your "Yes." Help us heed your directions.

After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them. (Acts 16:7)
      Jesus, please guide us by your Holy Spirit both in what we should not do as well as in what we should do.

So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. (Acts 16:8 )
      Father, guide us day by day in where we go and in what we do.

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." (Acts 16:9)
      Holy Spirit, please guide all who hear your call to go and help those in need. Bless Fr. Shaw, Mtr. Julie, and Lydia Mudge as they answer your call to go to Peru.

Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:10)
      Jesus, please guide us in doing our part to assist those who are called by your Spirit into ministry here and abroad.



      Notes from the Front Line

A Lent & Beyond [ http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/] proposal for a short House of Bishops prayer campaign

Tues. 9/16 Acts 7:58-8:1 - for those Bishops who "stand by" while the Gospel is resisted.

Monday, September 15, 2008

 

9/15/2008, #73, 3rd Quarter 2008

Praise is awaiting you, O God, in Zion; and to you the vow shall be performed. (Psalm 65:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us faithfully live out our vows day by day.

O you who hear prayer, to you all flesh will come. (Psalm 65:2)
      Father, thank you for hearing our prayers.

Iniquities prevail against me; as for our transgressions, you will provide atonement for them. (Psalm 65:3)
      Jesus, you offered your own body on the cross as the atonement for our sins; thank you.

Blessed is the man you choose, and cause to approach you, that he may dwell in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, of your holy temple. (Psalm 65:4)
      LORD, thank you for choosing us to go forth and bear witness to your word and your deeds. Thank you for feeding us with the bread of life week by week.

A word received: Pray for my people to receive the intention of my words into their hearts.

A word received 2nd Quarter 2006: [Jesus is asking us to let him into the small stuff in our lives so that we can be prepared for the big stuff. Here are words we received in preparation for teaching Sunday School Lesson 29 on Acts 23:12-35:] I AM with you when you cry out to me. I was with Paul and I will be with you. What are you willing to bear for me? Many say that they will bear my cross for me and then grumble when there is a small difficulty. Look at Paul's willingness to walk with me through beating and imprisonment. Would you be willing to bear that cross for me? Then why do you grumble about the small difficulties of life?

Monday: 64, 65; Job 40:1-24; Acts 15:36-16:5; John 11:55-12:8
Tuesday: 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Job 40:1,41:1-11; Acts 16:6-15; John 12:9-19

      Notes from the Front Line

A Lent & Beyond [ http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/] proposal for a short House of Bishops prayer campaign

Mon. 9/15 Acts 7:54-57 - for those Bishops who are blinded or deafened by anger.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, September 14, 2008

 

9/14/2008, #72, 3rd Quarter 2008

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment." (Matthew 5:21-22)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church is awash in anger -- have mercy on us and help us repent of our anger towards our brothers and sisters in your body.

"And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council." (Matthew 5:22b) [Note: 'Raca!' -- 'You worthless!', as a term of utter contempt.]
      Holy Spirit, please cleanse our hearts of the contempt and anger we have towards those we believe are corrupting the church.

"But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire." (Matthew 5:22c)
      Father, we are all in great danger in the Episcopal Church -- lead us back into your ways.

"Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you," (Matthew 5:23)
      Holy Spirit, bring to mind anything that a brother or sister may have against me.

"leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." (Matthew 5:24)
      Jesus, clearly having your people reconciled to one another is of greater importance to you than what we offer as a gift on your altar. Help us daily give you this greater gift.

"Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. (Matthew 5:25)
      Holy Spirit, please show us how to "agree with our adversary" in the present divisions in the Episcopal Church. Please show us how to seek peace and pursue it in a way that pleases Jesus.

And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:24b)
      A word received: That is the goal, that is my hearts desire, that my people will choose the way eternal.

Sunday: 8, 84; Job 38:1, 18-41; Rev. 18:1-8; Matthew 5:21-26
Monday: 64, 65; Job 40:1-24; Acts 15:36-16:5; John 11:55-12:8

      Notes from the Front Line

A Lent & Beyond [ http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/] proposal for a short House of Bishops prayer campaign

Sun. 9/14 Acts 7:51-53 - for those Bishops who are suffering for the Truth.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, September 13, 2008

 

9/13/2008, #71, 3rd Quarter 2008

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me; you will stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand will save me. (Psalm 138:7)
      Jesus, please comfort your faithful witnesses in the Episcopal Church who are weary and discouraged. Revive us -- stretch out your hand against those who trouble your people with a false gospel.



The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; do not forsake the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:8 )
      Lord Jesus, bring your servants to maturity and complete your good work in us. Your mercy endures forever; you have made us, do not forsake the work of your hands.

O LORD, you have searched me and known me. (Psalm 139:1)
      Holy Spirit, nothing that I have done or said or thought is hidden from you.

You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off. (Psalm 139:2)
      Father, you comprehend all that I do and think.

You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. (Psalm 139:3)
      Jesus, nothing about me is hidden from you -- you know me better than I know myself.

For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. (Psalm 139:4)
      LORD, where could I hide from you? Even the dark is as daylight to you. Thank you for knowing me and still loving me.

You have hedged me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me. (Psalm 139:5)
      Father, thank you for the boundaries you have set around us by your commandments and your word.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. (Psalm 139:6)
      Jesus, help me understand the depth of your love for me and all your people.

"I have finished the work which you have given me to do" (John 17:4).
      Jesus, you finished the work your father gave you to do; help us finish the work you have given us to do.

A word received: Pray for peace -- peace that passes all understanding. Pray for my people to return to me so that they may know my peace.

Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Job 38:1-17; Acts 15:22-35; John 11:45-54
Sunday: 8, 84; Job 38:1, 18-41; Rev. 18:1-8; Matthew 5:21-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008
From: Jim and Ginny French
Subject: Prayer Request
Dear Friends in Christ,
      We at St. Luke’s Chatham, NY are having our first healing service on Sunday September 21, at 6:30 PM. We ask that you join us in praying for the service and the community ­ that the Holy Spirit would be powerfully present and the healing power of Jesus Christ be manifest. If you can possibly join us for the service (we would be very grateful for intercessors) or cover the service in prayer that would be wonderful!
      We believe that God is doing something very wonderful in Chatham!
Thank you and God bless you! Deacon Jim French

***** Please pray for the prayer table ministry this morning in front of Christ Church Schenectady.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, September 12, 2008

 

9/12/2008, #70, 3rd Quarter 2008

Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days." (John 11:39)
      Jesus, so often our human understanding and knowledge gets in the way of following your directions: when we hear the guidance of your Holy Spirit, please help us follow it completely.

Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40)
      Holy Spirit, please help our belief in Jesus translate into deeds so that we may see the glory of God.

Then they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me." (John 11:41)
      Father, I thank you that you hear us and that you hear Jesus who ever lives to make intercession for us.

"And I know that you always hear me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that you sent me." (John 11:42)
      Father, please help us in all our circumstances believe that you sent Jesus to us; please restore this belief to your church.

Now when he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" (John 11:43)
      Jesus, we long to hear you cry out, "Episcopal Church, come forth!"

And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go." (John 11:44)
      Jesus, please speak these same words to the Episcopal Church in its present bondage: "Loose her, and let her go." Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my righteousness to prevail.

Friday: 51; Job 29:1, 31:24-40; Acts 15:12-21; John 11:30-44
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Job 38:1-17; Acts 15:22-35; John 11:45-54

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, September 11, 2008

 

9/11/2008, #69, 3rd Quarter 2008

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me. (Psalm 59:1)
      Deliver us from our enemies, O our God; defend us from those who rise up against us.

Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloodthirsty men. (Psalm 59:2)
      Deliver us from the workers of iniquity, and save us from bloodthirsty men.

For look, they lie in wait for my life; the mighty gather against me, not for my transgression nor for my sin, O LORD. (Psalm 59:3)
      For look, they lie in wait for our lives; the mighty gather against us, not for our transgressions nor for our sins, O LORD.

They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine. Awake to help me, and behold! (Psalm 59:4)
      They run and prepare themselves through no fault of ours. Awake to help us, and behold!

A word received: Pray for those in affliction. All around you there are people suffering -- pray for them. Pray for eyes to see them and words and deeds to comfort them. Pray for my comfort, my Holy Spirit, to come to them.

Thursday: [59, 60] or 93, 96; Job 29:1,31:1-23; Acts 15:1-11; John 11:17-29
Friday: 51; Job 29:1, 31:24-40; Acts 15:12-21; John 11:30-44

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

 

9/10/2008, #68, 3rd Quarter 2008

Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. (Acts 14:19-20)
      Lord, in China and in other places your church has been persecuted and people thought it was dead, but behold, it is alive and growing. We pray for your faithful witnesses in the Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Church of Canada who have been persecuted; help them rise up as Paul did and continue their ministry and witness.

And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:21-22)
      Holy Spirit, please anoint the preaching throughout the Diocese of Albany so that disciples are made, souls are strengthened, people continue in the faith, and overcome every tribulation to enter the kingdom of God.

So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. (Acts 14:23)
      Jesus, guide the search committees, Beth Strickland (the Diocesan Deployment Officer), the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, and Bishop Bill as they bring forth priests and deacons in the parishes of this diocese.

      Holy Spirit, help us commend one another to Jesus in who we have believed.

And after they had passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. Now when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed. (Acts 14:24-26)
      Father, please help us wherever we go to preach the good news of your son Jesus.

Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. So they stayed there a long time with the disciples. (Acts 14:27-28 )
      LORD, help us as we gather, to share all that you have done with us and the doors to faith you have opened for others. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my people to enter into the life of my Spirit. I long for my people to receive that new life that comes from my Holy Spirit. Come to me all you who labor and are weary and heavily laden and I will refresh you.

A word received: Come to me, come to me, my people, and I will refresh you.

Wednesday: 49,[53]; Job 29:1,30:1-2,16-31; Acts 14:19-28; John 11:1-16
Thursday: [59,60] or 93, 96; Job 29:1,31:1-23; Acts 15:1-11; John 11:17-29

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

 

9/9/2008, #67, 3rd Quarter 2008

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! (Psalm 47:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us praise and honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as we should.

For the LORD most high is awesome; he is a great king over all the earth. (Psalm 47:2)
      Jesus, please be enthroned as king of our hearts.

He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. (Psalm 47:3)
      Jesus, please subdue all those who are in rebellion against you and your word.

He will choose our inheritance for us, the excellence of Jacob whom he loves. (Psalm 47:4)
      Jesus, thank you for making all who come to you in faith heirs to the promises made to Jacob.

God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. (Psalm 47:5)
      Father, you are in heaven and we praise you and honor you with joy.

Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our king, sing praises! (Psalm 47:6)
      Jesus, help us sing your praises -- give us songs in the night.

For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with understanding. (Psalm 47:7)
      Holy Spirit, give us understanding and the wisdom to praise you and the Father and Jesus as we ought.

God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. (Psalm 47:8 )
      LORD, reign and rule over the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion; reign and rule in my heart.

The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted. (Psalm 47:9)
      LORD, be exalted in every assembly of your people in this diocese. Help us all put on the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one. Thank you.

A word received: My people are hungry for good news. Pray for my people to receive into their hearts and minds and spirits the good news of salvation. Pray for those who are impoverished in spirit.

Tuesday: 47, 48; Job 29:1-20; Acts 14:1-18; John 10:31-42
Wednesday: 49,[53]; Job 29:1,30:1-2,16-31; Acts 14:19-28; John 11:1-16

Albany Intercessor

Monday, September 08, 2008

 

9/8/2008, #66, 3rd Quarter 2008

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds you did in their days, in days of old: (Psalm 44:1)
      Father, please help us to be a people who listen to those who have gone before us as they testify to your mighty deeds. Help us listen to your witnesses in Scripture and to the church fathers.

You drove out the nations with your hand, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. (Psalm 44:2)
      Holy Spirit, help us to know and tell the next generation the mighty deeds of salvation that you and the Father and Jesus have done. Anoint the Christian Education programs and Sunday Schools of this diocese with your presence. Draw families and children into those programs.

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them. (Psalm 44:3)
      Jesus, there is nothing that we have done we can boast of except what you have done for us by your death and resurrection and sending the Holy Spirit to us. Thank you.

A word received: I AM. I AM calling my people to me. I AM calling my people to new life in me. Pray for my people to heed my call.

Monday: 44; Job 32:1-10,19-33:1,19-28; Acts 13:44-52; John 10:19-30
Tuesday: 47, 48; Job 29:1-20; Acts 14:1-18; John 10:31-42

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, September 07, 2008

 

9/7/2008, #65, 3rd Quarter 2008

A word received: I AM with you. Keep your eyes on me. Plead for my people to look to me.

A word received: Speak to my people. Speak of hope that does not disappoint. Pray for my people to be a people of hope -- people who hope in me and my word.

A word received: Keep your eyes on me.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, to such as keep his covenant, and to those who remember his commandments to do them. (Psalm 103:17-18 )
      LORD, please help us remember your mercy as we pray about the sin and corruption of the Episcopal Church. Father, we are members of that church and parties to its corruption. Holy Spirit, help us remember our father's mercy to us through his son Jesus as we pray and intercede for the Episcopal Church.

In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans--in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. (Daniel 9:1-2)
      Father, the Episcopal Church is in the midst of desolation and we do not know how long it will continue. Help us keep our eyes on you as we await the redemption of your church and your people.

"Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. (Daniel 9:3)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to prayer and supplication with fasting and humility. Help us stand in the gap for your people as Daniel did.

And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, "O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant and mercy with those who love him, and with those who keep his commandments," (Daniel 9:4)
      Jesus, please help us to love you more and keep your commandments.

"we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from your precepts and your judgments." (Daniel 9:5)
      Father, have mercy on us; for the Episcopal Church has rebelled against your word and your commandments.

"Neither have we heeded your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land." (Daniel 9:6)
      Holy Spirit, the words you spoke through the prophets are dismissed as irrelevant to our "modern knowledge and understanding".

"O Lord, righteousness belongs to you, but to us shame of face, as it is this day--to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which you have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against you." (Daniel 9:7)
      Jesus, even now individuals and parishes and dioceses are going into exile because of the unfaithfulness of the Episcopal Church.

""O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against you." (Daniel 9:8 )
      Father, shame of face belongs to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, but they have no shame, they acknowledge no sin.

"To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him." (Daniel 9:9)
      Jesus, we plead your cross and blood shed for us and your mercy and forgiveness, even though we have rebelled against you.

"We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets." (Daniel 9:10)
      Holy Spirit, please restore to your church and your people the reading, marking, and inwardly digesting of your word to us in Scripture.

"Yes, all Israel has transgressed your law, and has departed so as not to obey your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against him." (Daniel 9:11)
      Father, we are all parties to the sin and apostasy of the Episcopal Church, therefore your judgment is being poured out on us. We plead your mercy, not because of our own righteousness, but because of the righteousness of your son Jesus.

"And he has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; for under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem." (Daniel 9:12)
      LORD, never before in the life of the Episcopal Church has an admitted, practicing homosexual been made a bishop, and the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church claim that this is your will. Have mercy on us.

""As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand your truth." (Daniel 9:13)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to repentance so that we may gain understanding.

"Therefore the LORD has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed his voice." (Daniel 9:14)
      Jesus, we tremble as we remember the righteousness of your father and his commandment to live holy lives, to be a holy people.

"And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made yourself a name, as it is this day--we have sinned, we have done wickedly!" (Daniel 9:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help us, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to acknowledge our sin and wickedness.

""O Lord, according to all your righteousness, I pray, let your anger and your fury be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people are a reproach to all those around us." (Daniel 9:16)
      Father, the Episcopal Church has become a reproach to most of the Anglican Communion because of our sin; have mercy on us and restore us to a right relationship with our brothers and sisters in faith throughout the Anglican Communion.

"Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord's sake cause your face to shine on your sanctuary, which is desolate." (Daniel 9:17)
      Father, please hear the prayers of your servants for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ and cause your face to shine on your church which is desolate.

"O my God, incline your ear and hear; open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by your name; for we do not present our supplications before you because of our righteous deeds, but because of your great mercies." (Daniel 9:18 )
      Lord Jesus, hear our cry to you and have mercy on your sinful people by drawing us back to you and your word. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit.

"O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for your own sake, my God, for your city and your people are called by your name." (Daniel 9:19)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!

Sunday: 103; Job 25:1-6, 27:1-6; Rev. 14:1-7,13; Matthew 5:13-20
Monday: 44; Job 32:1-10, 19-33:1,19-28; Acts 13:44-52; John 10:19-30

      Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2008 09 06
(Sat., Sept. 6, 2008; 9:15 - 10:15 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady. God's Prayer Table this morning had Deacon Alan Hart as witness.)

t-- indicates received one of Torre's wooden crosses. (I did not anoint anyone today with Holy Oil. Sometimes one is moved to do so, other times not.)

NOTE: Started out prayer by walking around front of the church and Swan Street side of the church, praying for success in all ways for the Crying Out for God Conference going on inside. I could hear the song "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord" inside being led by the praise worship team. Blessed be His name indeed!

SANDY -- Young woman was in a hurry to get to our front door because she was running late for the Conference, but when I asked her if she needed prayer she stopped and nodded and said she wanted prayers for her son, MATTHEW. She did not give details, but we prayed for his protection and provision. Sandy said "Thank you. I feel better for him already. Keep praying for him!" We will.

JOSEPH -- Older man who came straight from Dollar General. He stopped and chatted quite awhile. He spoke at length about how badly he feels about "how the neighborhood has become run down." He has lived further up off State Street (Edward Street) for 30 years and he said it saddens him to see all the boarded-up buildings there are around us now. We prayed that God will cleanse, renew and transform the city in ways we cannot even imagine -- cosmetically and spiritually. Joseph said he is a Roman Catholic and said, "Your church does a lot of good things around here. Keep it up!"

t,t -- MELODY -- very pleasant middle-aged lady who asked for prayers for her daughter, SHEENA, who a month ago had a baby named PRECIOUS. We prayed for the safety and protection for the new mother and baby and that grandmother, mother and baby will all come to have a closer walk with Christ.

RICK --- Young man about 25 who is in a very bad emotional place. He told me he is very, very angry at a co-worker who is making his life miserable at work. He asked if there is "some kind of prayer that fits this?" so we prayed together that God will remove this intense anger Rick is feeling because it is a poison only to Rick himself.

PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter; a Table regular) -- Pat asked for prayer for her son KEITH, that he will get a good job and start taking his medicine. Also wanted prayers for NICK, her nephew, who needs a kidney transplant and is in poor health. Pat also wanted prayer for herself and her family " ... that I will stand fast and know that God is in control."

t,t -- CHARLES -- Very polite, 20-ish young man who directly approached the Table from across the street after coming out of the convenience store on the corner. Charles asked for prayer for "my family to stay together and grow stronger." Accepted crosses for himself and for his mother-in-law.
-------- deacon alan

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, September 06, 2008

 

9/6/2008, #64, 3rd Quarter 2008



As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, "Where is your God?" (Psalm 42:1-3)
      Lord God, I look to you; I cry out to you. Come and visit and renew your church and your people. Thank you.

Saturday: 42, 43; Job 22:1-4,21-23:7; Acts 13:26-43; John 10:1-18
Sunday: 103      Job 25:1-6,27:1-6; Rev. 14:1-7,13; Matthew 5:13-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Please pray for the Crying Out To God Conference which takes place this Saturday at Christ Church Schenectady. Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit among all who attend.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, September 05, 2008

 

9/5/2008, #63, 3rd Quarter 2008

For I know that my Redeemer lives, (Job 19:25)
      Holy Spirit, help all of us in the Episcopal Church know this.

And He shall stand at last on the earth; (Job 19:25)
      Jesus, we long for the day of your coming again.

And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, (Job 19:26)
      Father, I long to see you.

Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. (Job 19:27)
      Father, I live in the hope of resting in your arms.

How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:27)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing the cry of my heart!

Friday: 35; Job 19:1-7,14-27; Acts 13:13-25; John 9:18-41
Saturday: 42, 43; Job 22:1-4,21-23:7; Acts 13:26-43; John 10:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Please pray for the Crying Out To God Conference which takes place this Saturday at Christ Church Schenectady. Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit among all who attend.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

 

9/4/2008, #62, 3rd Quarter 2008

Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. (Acts 13:1)
      Holy Spirit, please raise up prophets and teachers throughout the church that is the Diocese of Albany.

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (Acts 13:2)
      Holy Spirit, please guide the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, the Bishop, and all your people so that we will clearly hear your call and recognize those you have set aside for ministry (both lay and ordained). Help us to minister to Jesus by our worship and praise as the church at Antioch did.

Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (Acts 13:3)
      Father, guide us into fasting and prayer before we lay hands on people to commission them for ministry.

A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Cry out to me for healing and deliverance. Cry out to me for new life in my church. Cry out to me with hope and expectation.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Job 16:16-22,17:1,13-16; Acts 13:1-12; John 9:1-17
Friday: 35; Job 19:1-7,14-27; Acts 13:13-25; John 9:18-41

      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

***** INVITATION
Dear Friends,
      A year old chapter of the Order of St. Luke, the Physician, meets monthly, at St. George's Episcopal Church, 912 Route 146, Clifton Park. The organization provides an opportunity to learn about Christian healing through Bible study, discussion, speakers, and occasional travels.
      The next meeting is on Sunday afternoon, September 21, from 2-4. All are cordially invited to this ecumenical gathering.
      Clergy advisors are Rev. Stephen Slevinsky of Watervliet and Father John and Mother Karen Henry, of St. George's.
      The meeting will be held in the parish hall, the building on the east side of the property.
      For additional information, you can email me (Colette Odell, threeschnitzels@aol.com), or Charla Brych, also from St. George's, at charlaed@aol.com.

***** Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2008
From: Terry Bassett
Would like to add that I also visited and prayed with Mother Jackie this evening--they are hoping to take her off the ventilator again tomorrow. Keep those prayers coming! FHS, Terry Bassett

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

 

Updates on Jackie Jones and Faye VanDermark

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2008
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Mother Jackie Jones
      Visited Mother Jackie Jones of Johnstown today at Albany Med. (she has had various health problems most of this summer, including pneumonia, pancreatitis and most recently a heart attack this past Saturday.) She is in room D-372 at AMC. When I got there Rev. John Kelly and his wife, Tish, of Trinity in Troy were there and also Mrs. Jones, mother of Deacon Kevin Jones-- Jackie's mother-in-law. We all gave thanks for the healing which has taken place so far and prayed for continued healing for Mother Jackie. We said Psalm 121, and we sang one of her favorite songs, "Be Not Afraid," for her at her bedside. She is awake and aware of who comes to see her. An AMC chaplain I spoke to before going into the room says there has been " ... a steady stream of Episcopalian clergy" to visit her this week. Please keep her in your prayers. --- deacon alan


Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2008
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Subject: Faye - for Prayer Line
Dear Torre and Jean,
      I have heard from Faye and she would like you to know the following and to please put out a thank you on the prayer line:
      Faye's cancer is stable. The doctors have recommended that they keep monitoring the cancer for six months but she will not have chemo during that time. This will allow her body to recover from the effects of chemo. This is not a cure or remission, but the growth has stopped.
      Praise God! Please know how thankful she is for all the prayers and keep praying.
L, Anne

 

9/3/2008, #61, 3rd Quarter 2008

Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. (Psalm 119:33)
      Father, please teach us to walk in the way of your son Jesus. Help us to be steady in him till the end.

Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. (Psalm 119:34)
      Holy Spirit, please restore wisdom and understanding to the Episcopal Church; help us follow Jesus with an undivided heart.

Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. (Psalm 119:35)
      Jesus, help us delight in your father's commandments.

Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to covetousness. (Psalm 119:36)
      Jesus, set us free from envy and strife and give us a heart to delight in your testimonies. Thank you for the Bible and for the witness of your faithful people down through the ages.

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way. (Psalm 119:37)
      Father, help us keep our eyes fixed on the hope of the resurrection.

Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing you. (Psalm 119:38 )
      Holy Spirit, establish your word in the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church so that they may learn to fear you.

Turn away my reproach which I dread, for your judgments are good. (Psalm 119:39)
      LORD, you know how easily sin clings to us; help us live by the light of the gospel so that the reproach of sin is turned away from us.

Behold, I long for your precepts; revive me in your righteousness. (Psalm 119:40)
      Jesus, it is your righteousness that gives us hope.

Wednesday: 119:25-48; Job 12:1,14:1-22; Acts 12:18-25; John 8:47-59
Thursday: 37:19-42; Job 16:16-22,17:1,13-16; Acts 13:1-12; John 9:1-17

Urgent Prayer Request for Jackie Jones:
(From Tish Kelly) Mtr. Jackie Jones had a heart attack Saturday night (her heart is functioning at 25%). She also has Pancreatitis. She is in Albany Medical Center. Please for God's sovereign intervention: fast and pray as the Lord directs you.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

 

9/2/2008, #60, 3rd Quarter 2008

How precious is your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7)
      Jesus, please bless the ministry to children and youth throughout this diocese -- the Christian Education programs, the Sunday Schools, Beaver Cross.

They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your pleasures. (Psalm 36:8 )
      Father, please help us all in this diocese step into the river of your Spirit.

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)
      Jesus, please restart the fountain of your Spirit throughout the Episcopal Church and this diocese. Thank you.

Oh, continue your lovingkindness to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalm 36:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know the lovingkindess of Jesus and his father.

Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. (Psalm 36:11)
      Lord Jesus, please keep us steady in you throughout this diocese.

There the workers of iniquity have fallen; they have been cast down and are not able to rise. (Psalm 36:12)
      Father, vindicate your faithful people. Thank you.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed." (John 8:31)
      A word received: Abiding is an ongoing process. You need to encourage one another as Barnabas and then Paul did for my people to abide in me and my word. (See Acts 11:19-30)

A word received: Pray for my people; pray for Barnabas encouragers for my people.

Tuesday: 36, 39; Job 12:1,13:3-17,21-27; Acts 12:1-17; John 8:33-47
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Job 12:1,14:1-22; Acts 12:18-25; John 8:47-59

      Notes from the Front Line

Jean and I had a wonderful, long weekend with our son Jonathan and his wife Liz and their two small children in New York City. We were blessed to worship with their house church on Sunday.

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT
(In front of Christ Church --State St., Schenectady on 8/30/08, 9:45 -- 11:30 a.m. Table witnesses for Him this day was Howard Smith)

a-- Indicates person received anointing of Holy Oil
t -- Indicates person received one of Torre's wooden crosses

+ Bruce -- Wanted prayers for an all around blessing

Connie -- prayers for Kattie, her mom died. Gave Connie cross to give to Kattie.

+ James -- Wanted to thank God for today.

+ & a Tracy (male) -- Prayer for suffering. Also gave a bible.

+ James -- Wanted prayer for wife and kids.

+ & a Smitty -- Healing of feet and ankles, healing of diabetes, and for the bonds of addition to be broken.

a Reena -- healing of high blood pressure and for a job. Prayed in the church for -- hour. She is a Hindu. When she came out had a lot of questions about the Christian faith.

Robert -- prayer covering for the entire family. Had a cross on. Ask for 6 crosses for his family. + x6

+ Chester -- prayer for blessing and protection.

a James -- prayer for Repose of the Soul for this son who died about 1 year ago and comfort for James.

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