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Friday, October 31, 2008

 

10/31/2008, #29, 4th Quarter 2008

Then one from the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?" (Luke 12:13-14)
      Jesus, we hold up those dioceses and parishes that are splitting and there is disagreement over how to divide up the in heritance from prior generations. Help them to look beyond questions of property and ownership to your purposes.

And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." (Luke 12:15)
      Jesus, please get our nation and culture back on track: we have made the pursuit of things the goal of life rather than pursuing your kingdom purposes.

Then he spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."'" (Luke 12:16-19)
      Father, we have stored up surpluses of food and things in this nation and much of the world goes to bed hungry. Have mercy on us and bring us to repentance.

"But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:20-21)
      Holy Spirit, please use this time of financial crisis to turn our attention back to your purposes for us.

Then he said to his disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing." (Luke 12:22-23)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to trust in you and do good; to dwell in the land and feed on your faithfulness. (From Psalm 37:3)

"Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?" (Luke 12:24-26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us lay aside fretting because others have prospered and we have not; help us to lay aside envy and cease from anger -- it only causes harm. (From Psalm 37:1,7-8 )

"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." (Luke 12:27)


"If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you." (Luke 12:28-31)
      Jesus, help us throughout this diocese seek after your kingdom purposes.

A word received: Place your hope in me and not in changing circumstances. Turn to me day by day for the help that only I can give. Keep your hearts fixed on me.

Friday: 51; Ecclesiasticus 34:1-8,18-22 or Nehemiah 2:1-20; Revelation 13:1-10; Luke 12:13-31
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Ecclesiasticus 35:1-17 or Nehemiah 4:1-23; Revelation 13:11-18; Luke 12:32-48

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, October 30, 2008

 

10/30/2008, #28, 4th Quarter 2008

O God, you have cast us off; you have broken us down; you have been displeased; oh, restore us again! (Psalm 60:1)
      Jesus, in your mercy restore the Episcopal Church.

You have made the earth tremble; you have broken it; heal its breaches, for it is shaking. (Psalm 60:2)
      Father, we tremble before you as we consider your righteousness. Help us return to you so that you may heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

You have shown your people hard things; you have made us drink the wine of confusion. (Psalm 60:3)
      Holy Father, these are hard times and there is confusion everywhere; we do not know what we should but our eyes are fixed on you. (2 Chronicles 20:12) Guide this nation as we prepare to vote.

Thursday: [59,60] or 33; Ecclesiasticus 31:12-18,25-32:2 or Nehemiah 1:1-11; Revelation 12:7-17; Luke 11:53-12:12
Friday: 51; Ecclesiasticus 34:1-8,18-22 or Nehemiah 2:1-20; Revelation 13:1-10; Luke 12:13-31

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

 

10/29/2008, #27, 4th Quarter 2008

Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? (Psalm 49:5)
      Jesus, I make the choice to trust you.

Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, (Psalm 49:6)
      Father I choose to boast in the riches you have given me in the cross and resurrection of your son Jesus.

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him-- (Psalm 49:7)
      Jesus, you are the one who has paid the ransom to redeem me from my sins; thank you.

For the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever-- (Psalm 49:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please keep reminding me of the cost of my sins that Jesus paid for me.

That he should continue to live eternally, and not see the Pit. (Psalm 49:9)
      Father, thank you that I can live in the hope of the resurrection.

Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house is increased; (Psalm 49:16)
      Father, we have seen crazy increases and decreases of wealth in our day -- help us keep our eyes on you in all circumstances.

For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him. (Psalm 49:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help us cling to the one enduring treasure -- life with Jesus.

Though while he lives he blesses himself (for men will praise you when you do well for yourself), (Psalm 49:18 )
      Jesus, have mercy on this nation, for we have made an idol of wealth.

He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. (Psalm 49:19)
      Lord Jesus, please bring the leaders of business and industry to their senses and give them a true perspective on their responsibilities.

A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, is like the beasts that perish. (Psalm 49:20)
      Lord, give those with great honor and wealth in this land understanding of your kingdom and your purposes. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me, draw near to me, my people. I love you with an everlasting love; yet you turn away from me. You spurn my love; you seek the praise of your companions. All such praise will vanish away. Come to me. Let me be your guide once again.

Wednesday: 49,[53]; Ecclesiasticus 28:14-26 or Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 12:1-6; Luke 11:37-52
Thursday: [59,60] or 33; Ecclesiasticus 31:12-18,25-32:2 or Nehemiah 1:1-11; Revelation 12:7-17; Luke 11:53-12:12

Words Received for a Sunday School lesson in December.

"And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah." (2 Chronicles 20:3) A word received: Look at Jehoshaphat's choises in the face of his fear: he set himself to seek me and he proclaimed a fast.

"So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD." (2 Chronicles 20:4) A word received: See the difference a godly ruler makes: he sought me and he led his people in seeking me.

"Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said: 'O LORD God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven, and do you not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand you?'" (2 Chronicles 20:5-6) A word received: I want my people to have the same clarity about who I AM that Jehoshaphat had.

"'If disaster comes upon us--sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine--we will stand before this temple and in your presence (for your name is in this temple), and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.'" (2 Chronicles 20:9) A word received: "You will hear and save." Jehoshaphat looks at me instead of his fear and he is confident of what I can do.

"'O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.'" (2 Chronicles 20:12) A word received: Jehoshaphat has placed the problem squarely in my hands; he is trusting me and not the circumstances. That is where I want your attention to be as well: on me.

Diocesan Update Addendum: October 22, 2008
Pray for the Teens Mission to Ireland, July 1-14, 2009
      For many years, the Diocese of Albany sent a team of young missionaries to our companion diocese, the Diocese of Down and Dromore, in Ireland. We are renewing this mission trip and inviting teens, ages 15 – 19, to join us. Our journey will take us from the streets of Belfast for Summer Madness, a Christian festival for teens, to Dublin for mission and outreach opportunities and beyond. This will be not only a mission that transforms the hearts of our teens, but also an exciting time of fun and cross-cultural ministry.
      Our team will be limited to 15 teens and 6 adults. We are seeking teens and adults who have a heart for Jesus Christ and for missions. This is not intended as a fun trip oversees, but as a transforming spiritual journey.
      We will be holding our first organizational meeting on Saturday, November 8th, 2 pm at the Spiritual Life Center. Anyone interested in being a part of this overseas mission is highly encouraged to come to this initial interest meeting along with at least one parent. Participants will apply to be on this missions team. Applications are required because we are looking for individuals open to God’s transforming power in their lives and there are very limited space and many, many folks interested in going.       The expected cost of the Missions trip is $1850. We will be discussing various opportunities for fundraising and partnerships to provide financial assistance for the trip. We have set up an informational and team membership site for this trip on Facebook. To access this site go to www.facebook.com and search for the group Albany teen mission trip to Ireland July 2009. You can also e-mail me or call me with any questions you may have regarding the trip. My e-mail is fr-rob@twcny.rr.com and my phone # is (315) 393-5470.
In Christ, Fr. Rob Longbottom St. John’s Ogdensburg, NY

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

 

10/28/2008, #26, 4th Quarter 2008

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation 11:15)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus Christ, and rule and reign in our hearts and in the heart of your church, and rule and reign in the nations and stop our warring madness.

And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, (Revelation 11:16)
      Holy Spirit, please move in the elders of the Episcopal Church, its bishops and teachers, move their hearts to fall on their face before our God and Father and worship him.

saying: "We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty," (Revelation 11:17a)
      Thank you, Father, for all that you have done for us.

"The One who is and who was and who is to come," (Revelation 11:17b)
      Jesus, we long for you to come again; come soon, Lord Jesus Christ.

"Because you have taken your great power and reigned." (Revelation 11:17c)
      Lord Jesus, your father has given you a kingdom and we long to see that kingdom manifested in the life of the Episcopal Church.

"The nations were angry, and your wrath has come," (Revelation 11:18a)
      Holy Spirit, we are a rebellious and angry nation and we look for someone else to blame for our profligate ways; guide us so that we avoid the wrath that is justly ours to receive.

"And the time of the dead, that they should be judged," (Revelation 11:18b)
      Lord Jesus, we shall all be summoned before your throne for judgment; have mercy on us.

"And that you should reward your servants the prophets and the saints," (Revelation 11:18c)
      Father, thank you for all those who have spoken your word to us and all who have been living gospels for us to read.

"And those who fear your name, small and great," (Revelation 11:18d)
      Father, we pray that your name will be kept holy.

"And should destroy those who destroy the earth." (Revelation 11:18e)
      Holy Spirit, help us repent of our destructive use of your creation.

A word received: Call my people to me. Call my people to return to me. I AM waiting for my people to fix their hearts on me again. Turn to me, return to me. Let me be your guide.

Tuesday: 47,48; Ecclesiasticus 24:1-12 or Ezra:5-17; Revelation 11:14-19; Luke 11:27-36
Wednesday: 49,[53]; Ecclesiasticus 28:14-26 or Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 12:1-6; Luke 11:37-52

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors
To All Our Prayer Warriors Interceding this Week for the Welcome Home Initiative:
      The Third Welcome Home Initiative for Combat Soldiers begins this evening. One soldier has arrived from California; others will begin assembling for the retreat this afternoon.
      The last word that I have had is that we have one new combat veteran and his wife attending this session and several returning from both of the earlier retreats. The intention this week is to run two streams of healing program -- an introductory presentation and an advanced program forr "alumnae."
      Opening the soul to inner healing where the question is laid before a traumatic memory Where was Jesus when this happened to me? is difficult in the initial WHI retreat because the whole concept of prayer having power to open and heal the pain of the memories is new and novel to men accustomed to confronting danger through the realm of the seen and the visible.
      We are delighted at the return of so many soldiers on this retreat, both for the opportunity to take the healing prayer deeper, but also because God is truly raising up a community of men and women in WHI who are committed to taking up prayer as a weapon in fighting the residue of trauma that follows combat experience.
      I commend you all to continue to pray for the men and women assembling this afternoon at Christ the King Center, for the Leadership Team comprised of Fr. Nigel Mumford, Noel Dawes, and Sue Ellen Reutsch, for the Prayer Team and On-site Intercessors. I will write an update for each of you praying off-site this evening.
      If you live in the local area, consider joining us for the Welcome Home Initiative Closing Ceremony on Wednesday, October 29. The public gathers in the Great Hall at 11:30 a.m. to honor the soldiers who have attended the retreat and to say "thank you" for their service on behalf of all of us and our country.
      Finally, before I close, the WHI Intercessors praying last week had a strong, visual "word" emerge in our prayer which we have been reflecting on, and which I commend to each of you as you pray for the men gathering here this week. One of the Intercessors wrote:
       As we prayed I saw a mighty river stretching out before us and a human chain of strong souls linked arm in arm forming a bridge crossing this river: bodies braced with combined strength holding the whole firm against a flood too great for any one soul to withstand. "And behold it was a river I could not ford, for the waters had risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be forded..." (Ezekiel 47:5)
       Together we formed a human bridge able to ford this river, which flows from the throne of God. Some are strong enough to release and swim the flood alone, and great is the power of that release, but the strength of the bridge lies in the link of many souls, strongly clasping each other to hold firm before the overpowering tsunami all around us.
       This bridge that fords the river of God, arm to arm and shoulder to shoulder, is the Body of Christ, the presence manifested through all of us together of the Lord Jesus who has forded the river before us and who now reconciles the larger unsaved, unhealed world to the ways of that river through us.
       And the tsunami flood flowing from the throne of grace is the love of God, so strong, so beyond our mortal capacity to withstand, that, even as St. Paul prayed that the Ephesians would be "strengthen with power through Christ's Spirit in the inner man" in order that they might be so grounded in love that they might know the unknowable love of God and thereby be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:16-19) so we pray that the strength of the building up of this community of healing prayer may empower each of us who are part of this human bridge to ford this healing flood of love and grace.
       And as we stand in this flood of healing grace, the unknowable, invincible, irresistible power of the love of God flows all around and through us, penetrating to the depth of our woundedness and of our mortality with a cleansing and a healing so profound that some of us are made mighty enough to cut free, but that release granted only to draw others into the fording chain of bonded, healed and yet-being-healed souls, withstanding -- and ever giving way before -- an immortal love.
      God's blessing be with each of you as you join the human link of prayer which supports this ministry, and promotes the spread of the healing grace of Jesus Christ in our world today.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Monday, October 27, 2008

 

10/27/2008, #25, 4th Quarter 2008

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, (Zechariah 1:1)
      LORD, let your word come to your people today; give your people hearts to receive your word. Thank you.

"The LORD has been very angry with your fathers." (Zechariah 1:2)
      LORD, we have strayed from your ways like lost sheep -- bring us back to you; bring the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church back to you.

"Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Return to me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts.'" (Zechariah 1:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us return to our God and Father.

"Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets preached, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds."' But they did not hear nor heed me," says the LORD." (Zechariah 1:4)
      Jesus, we in the Episcopal Church have been a rebellious and sinful people; help us and our leaders turn from our evil ways.

"Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? Yet surely my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? (Zechariah 1:5-6a)
      Father, let your words and statutes overtake the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church.

"So they returned and said: 'Just as the LORD of hosts determined to do to us, according to our ways and according to our deeds, so he has dealt with us.'" (Zechariah 1:6b)
      Father, we know that the Episcopal Church is being dealt with because of our sins, but for your mercy's sake and for the love of your son Jesus, help us repent and return to you and your ways. Thank you.

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)
      Holy Spirit, please help us in our generation listen to the words of 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)
      Jesus, drive out from among us all those foreign ideologies that have crept in and taken control of your church.

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)
      Father, we have nothing to boast of except your son Jesus' cross. We look to you to deliver your people today as you have done so many times in the past. Thank you.

A word received for a Sunday School lesson on Deborah and Barak (Judges 4): Hear my voice, my people. I called Deborah and Barak. Each of you has a part to play in my kingdom work. No one is too young or too old, too strong or too weak. Turn to me and I will show you the work I have for you.

Monday: 44; Ecclesiasticus 19:4-17 or Zechariah 1:7-17; Revelation 11:1-14; Luke 11:14-26
Tuesday: 47,48; Ecclesiasticus 24:1-12 or Ezra:5-17; Revelation 11:14-19; Luke 11:27-36

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The next Welcome Home Initiative for Combat Veterans is at Christ the King Center October 27-29. Pray that God will lead those men and women to join us whose hearts He has already prepared for healing and transformation in this retreat. Pray for coordination of the on-site Ministry Team. Pray for good weather, for safety and health for retreatants and team, for travel coordination for the veterans, for protection and support for the office staff and ministry coordinators. Come to the closing on Wednesday, October 29 in CtK's Great Hall at 11:30 a.m.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, October 26, 2008

 

10/26/2008, #24, 4th Quarter 2008

"Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother." (Matthew 18:15)
      Jesus, brother sins against brother in the Episcopal Church and we proclaim it from the housetops rather than go to them privately. Have mercy on us and redirect our relationships in the Episcopal Church.

"But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'" (Matthew 18:16)
      Jesus, please restore such quiet pursuit of reconciliation to the life of the Episcopal Church.

"And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector." (Matthew 18:17)
      Holy Spirit, guide this diocese through the turbulence ahead of us in the Episcopal Church. Set us free from public rancor and posturing; help us live out these words of Jesus to us.

"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 18:18 )
      Father, there are so many things that bind us in the Episcopal Church and in our daily lives: old hurts that have never been forgiven, wounds in families and parishes that have never been allowed to heal; help us in this diocese learn to loose these things on earth so that they are loosed in heaven.

"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)
      Jesus, please show us, teach us how to find a unity in you in this diocese where we ask for things in agreement -- not only in agreement between each other, but also in agreement with your father's will.

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20)
      Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts by gathering us together in Jesus' name. Thank you.

A word received: Wait on me. Turn to me day by day. I will be with you in all your circumstances. Look to me, turn to me, keep your eyes on me.

Sunday: 103; Ecclesiasticus 18:19-33 or Haggai 1:1-2:9; 1 Corinthians 10:15-24; Matthew 18:15-20
Monday: 44; Ecclesiasticus 19:4-17 or Zechariah 1:7-17; Revelation 11:1-14; Luke 11:14-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Report from Shaw and Julie Mudge October 22, 2008
Greetings Family and Friends,
      Since our last letter, much has been happening as we ready ourselves to go to Peru. Although we are actively moving forward, the pathway is lengthy. The process is divided into four phases and we are well into Phase 2.
Phase 1 is completed!
      We have sold our house and downsized into a small condo. This keeps our expenses low and still gives us a place to land. We are now living in Wynantskill, NY, a village 10 miles northeast of Albany, New York. You can still reach us at the same cell phone number, (518 )-788-7873, or our new home number, (518 )-326-4058.
Phase 2: Fundraising
      We are itinerating at every opportunity. During the last couple of months, we have spoken at 12 churches and several special events, including the Diocesan Convention. Currently, we are scheduled to visit 11 more churches with a number more still in the works. Please call if you would like us to visit your parish or group. We estimate that we have reached 45% of our annual pledge goal; however, we have attained 100% our cash goal. Praise the Lord! Thank you for your generosity.

      Phase 2 will be complete when we reach our monthly/annual pledge goal, which is $4,290 per month / $51,484 per year. The cash reserve gets us to the field. The monthly and annual pledges keep us on the field. If you have not done so, please consider making a pledge.
      While we do not know exactly how long it will take to raise the funds, we anticipate leaving for Peru sometime in the spring. When we reach both the cash reserve and the monthly/annual pledge goal, then SAMS will certify us for departure.
Phase 3: Training
      We are scheduled to attend the Missionary Training Institute in Colorado at the beginning of February through the middle of March. While there we will be learning about adjusting to a new culture and specific language acquisition skills. This will be followed by intensive language school in Lima, Peru, which will last six months.
Phase 4 is teaching at the Sts. Augustine Seminary in Lima.

Please keep us in prayer throughout all these phases, and help spread the word.
In Christ, Shaw and Julie Mudge
USA Phone: (518 ) 788-7873

SAMS, P.O. Box 399, Ambridge, PA 15003

shawmudge@sams-usa.org and juliemudge@sams-usa.org

www.SAMSUSA.org
Donation Link:
sams-usa.org/sjmudge.html

***** The next Welcome Home Initiative for Combat Veterans is at Christ the King Center October 27-29. Pray that God will lead those men and women to join us whose hearts He has already prepared for healing and transformation in this retreat. Pray for coordination of the on-site Ministry Team. Pray for good weather, for safety and health for retreatants and team, for travel coordination for the veterans, for protection and support for the office staff and ministry coordinators. Come to the closing on Wednesday, October 29 in CtK's Great Hall at 11:30 a.m.
***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT
(Sat., Oct. 25, 2008, 9:30-10:45 a.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a--anointed with Holy Oil.
t--Received one of Torre's wooden crosses.
c--Accepted one of our church invitation cards.

Note: This was a rainy, damp morning, and at times the rainfall was quite heavy. But it did not deter neighbors from coming to His place of hope and help one tiny bit.

t--JOSHUA -- This man stopped for prayers for his grandmother, who is soon to undergo serious surgery. It was raining hard right at the start; Joshua had an umbrella and he held it over all three of us.

t,a -- ED -- He was resistant at first with his hands kind of "pushing us away" as he said he had already been to the Table before, but Torre encouraged him to come for a "booster shot" of prayer. Ed asked us to pray again for his two sons, Terrence and Edward, that that will be protected and safe. One son is 23, the younger just got out of high school. Ed also came back later in the morning for prayer for a limp in his left leg. He said he had been "jumped" recently by some teen-age thugs.

a,t-- CHADWICK and a,t-- NAIESON -- This couple came by, also during the heaviest part of the rain, for prayer -- mostly for Chadwick to "... not have to go to jail." Chadwick did not reveal what his alleged crime was and we did not ask, but he asked for Christ's forgiveness and Torre assured him that whatever he had done, Christ has now given him a clean slate with which to work. Naeison did not want prayer for anything else, but we prayed for her to be safe, provided for and protected. We prayed that both of them will come to know the Lord.

PAT -- This is Frank Upshur's daughter and a regular visitor to God's Table. We prayed for the whole family; that nephew Keith will take the medicine he needs to take, that Nick will be healthy and safe. Pat told us Nick recently caught pneumonia but has gotten better; we prayed that the pneumonia will not return. We prayed for Frank to come back to Christ Church services again soon, as he did recently.

t--BARBARA -- Very well-dressed, well-spoken and polite woman. Barbara stopped for God's help that she will soon be able to open a restaurant on Albany Street -- oince she gets the sufficient monetary boost she needs. She said she is currently "flipping burgers" and building up the money to get started on her own business.

JIM -- Another repeat visitor, and he too held the umbrella over all of us even though by now it was not raining that hard. Jim this summer lost his son, RICHARD, in an untimely death from a heart attack and therefore of course is still grieving the loss of his son. We prayed for Jim to deal with the sorrow and for the safe repose of his son's soul.

t-,a,c-- HOWARD -- This man was waiting for a bus with his wife and daughter, t--TAYNA. Howard asked for prayer for his grandmother, who is 98 years old. God Bless her! While Torre was praying for Howard, Alan prayed for young Tayna, that she would be protected and watched over by our Lord 24 hours a day for the rest of her life and that she would come to know Him.

t--DOREA -- This was the most troubling of all the cases who came to His Table today for prayer. Dorea is a young man of about 25 or 30 who crossed the street nodding his head at Torre's invitation, saying "Yes, believe me, I sure need prayers!" But when he got to the Table, he just said he needed "protection." We know there was some real fear or guilt or both in Dorea's face and voice, but he did not want to share any of it with us -- just the Lord, in private to himself. That's OK. He came, and the Lord knows the whole situation. Pray for Dorea.

t,-- JONATHAN -- He thought we were "crazy" for sitting out in the rain and praying for people "out here on the street" (yes, by now we were pretty soaked through!), but also thanked us for it. We prayed for Jonathan and his family to be safe and secure, provided for and protected. He conceded that "times are tough" and we prayed that Jonathan and his family will get provision and peace.

t,c ---KATHY -- She asked for prayer for her father-in-law ROBERT, who is going through chemotherapy for cancer that has returned. KATHY is a former parishioner who lives in our neighborhood. We gave her a church card and invited her to return to us and join our loving family at Christ Church.

t--LES -- This older man obviously had been drinking quite a bit and was unsteady, but he nonetheless stopped at our invitation for prayer and sought prayer for himself for safety and provision.

Subject: PT report and hospital
To: torre.bissell@verizon.net
Cc: dcarlson24@verizon.net

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT
(Weds., Oct. 22, 2008; 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.; in front of Christ Church; Alan Hart and Scott Underhill.)

Note: Very raw, damp, drizzling day so we cut it shorter than usual because neither of us had enough warm clothing or gloves to wear!)

t-- indicates received one of Torre's crosses.
c--indicates took one of our green/yellow cards.
(Did not anoint anyone today.)

t,t-SASHA -- This young mother of two is expecting twins VERY soon, so we prayed for the safe delivery of her new children and that her whole family will be safe and be provided for.

t,t-- SAMANTHA -- Samantha came with her son, MEDAEH, and an infant in a carriage. She is looking for a good job, so we prayed for her to find employment and to be protected and watchedc over by our Lord waking and sleeping.

t,-- RICH and t--SUSAN -- This couple came along looking very depressed and serious. Rich asked for prayer that he will find a job. He is out of work and having a hard time. Susan, very polite, did not seek prayer but we prayed for her to be fulfilled, feel God's work in her life today.

Note: More people than usual seemed in a hurry, refused prayer either politely or without answering. Not sure what to make of that.

      ELLIS HOSPITAL REPORT
(Weds., Oct. 22, 2008 -- before Protestant service on B-5 Long-Term Care floor.)

BERNICE -- My father's old childhood friend from Carman who is in her mid-80s. She continues to be very pained by arthritis, and now add on to that she has a heavy cold in her chest and nose/throat. Poor thing! Please pray for her to recover. Needless to say, she did not go to church today.

ALICE -- Alice is not a resident but a nurse on the floor who is currently out of work because she recently fell down some stairs and hurt her back. She was just in visiting the staff and residents after visiting her doctor. We prayed for her in the hall to be returned to health.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, October 25, 2008

 

10/25/2008, #23, 4th Quarter 2008

Now it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, that one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1)
      Jesus, please teach us in the Episcopal Church how to pray again. Somehow we have gotten off the track and have substituted activism and other things for prayer. Lord, teach us to pray -- you pray -- help us, lead us in prayer.

So he said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, (Luke 11:2a)
      Holy Spirit, as you move through your church, restore to your people the knowledge that they have a father in heaven who loves them.

Hallowed be your name. (Luke 11:2b)
      Father, please help our love and respect for you flow over into keeping your name holy. We are a people of unclean lips and we daily profane your name.

Your kingdom come. (Luke 11:2c)
      Father, we long to see Jesus as king and lord of our lives and of his church -- we long to see the kingdom you have established in him made manifest in our lives and in your church.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Luke 11:2d)
      Father, we ask for your will to be done in the election now before us. Help us see beyond the rhetoric to your choice, your will for this nation.

Give us day by day our daily bread. (Luke 11:3)
      Father, we have looked to Wall Street and almost every other place than you for our daily bread. Please use this present financial crisis to teach us to look to you for our daily bread; and because we cannot live by bread alone, give us a daily word from you.

And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. (Luke 11:4a)
      Father, our sins against charity toward one another in the Episcopal Church mount up to heaven like our national debt. Bring us to our knees in repentance so that we forgive one another and may receive your forgiveness.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." (Luke 11:4b)
      Father, we are going through a hard time right now and our faith is being sifted; have mercy on us and protect us from the tricks and traps of the evil one. Thank you.

Saturday: 42, 43; Ecclesiasticus 15:9-20 or Ezra 4:7,11-24; Revelation 10:1-11; Luke 11:1-13
Sunday: 103; Ecclesiasticus 18:19-33 or Haggai 1:1-2:9; 1 Corinthians 10:15-24; Matthew 18:15-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The next Welcome Home Initiative for Combat Veterans is coming up in just one week! Join us in praying for another Spirit-blessed three days of healing for the men and women God brings to Christ the King Center October 27-29.
Specific requests:
*      We presently have a handful of veterans signed up for the October retreat but we have room for many more. Pray that God will lead those men and women to join us whose hearts He has already prepared for healing and transformation in this retreat. If you know of a veteran who might benefit from this retreat, invite him to join us! See our website at http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/.
*       Pray for coordination of the on-site Ministry Team led this session by Fr. Nigel Mumford, Noel Dawes and Sue Ellen Reutsch and comprised by a direct-ministry team comprised by veterans and spouses, by professional support fro the Vet Center and by the on-site intercessors.
*       Pray for good weather, for safety and health for retreatants and team, for travel coordination for the veterans, for protection and support for the office staff and ministry coordinators.
*      Join us in praise and thanksgiving at the Welcome Home Ceremony for these veterans on Wednesday, October 29. We gather in CtK's Great Hall at 11:30 a.m. to form up a welcoming procession to say "thanks" to these men who have served our country so well. Sister Mary Elizabeth

Albany Intercessor

Friday, October 24, 2008

 

10/24/2008, #22, 4th Quarter 2008

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

And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word. (Luke 10:39)
      Holy Spirit, guide us throughout this diocese so that we daily spend time sitting at Jesus' feet and listening to his word to us. Thank you for the witness of the Sisters of St. Mary and the Daughters of the King. Please raise up many vocations to these orders.

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." (Luke 10:40)
      Jesus, we too easily get exasperated with others who are not serving you as we are. Help us recognize and honor each other's calling. Lord, your church has become distracted with much serving. Please restore our common life to a proper balance of prayer, service, and service of your word.

And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. (Luke 10:41)
      Lord, we are worried and troubled about many things in your church and in this nation. Please help us lay our burdens at your feet.

But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:42)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make the good choice that Mary made and spend time each day at your feet.

      Father, the twelve had their priorities right and understood their call to prayer and the ministry of your word. Please restore this understanding to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. (See Acts 6:2-4)

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel. And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD: "For he is good, for his mercy endures forever toward Israel." (Ezra 3:10-11a)
      LORD, you are good and your mercy endures forever toward your people. Thank you that we are seeing in our day the rebuilding and renewal of your church.

Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers' houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. (Ezra 3:11b-12a)
      We too weep as we remember the Episcopal Church in its days of faithfulness. We pray, Jesus, that the foundation of your renewed and rebuilt church will be laid on the faith once for delivered to the saints with you as the chief cornerstone.

Yet many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off. (Ezra 3:12b-13)
      Holy Spirit, please let the sound of our praise and worship be heard from afar off. Thank you.

Friday: 35; Ecclesiasticus 11:2-20 or Ezra 3:1-13; Revelation 9:13-21; Luke 10:38-42
Saturday: 42, 43; Ecclesiasticus 15:9-20 or Ezra 4:7,11-24; Revelation 10:1-11; Luke 11:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2008
From: Muriel Dix
Thank you for your prayers, Dale did really well and just heard him say I am Home. The results will come on Wednesday, Oct 29. Please keep Dale lifted for good results, For His sake, Muriel and Peter

***** Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008
From: Sr Mary Elizabeth
Subject: Intercession for WHI next week
To all our Diocesan Prayer Warriors:
      The next Welcome Home Initiative for Combat Veterans is coming up in just one week! Join us in praying for another Spirit-blessed three days of healing for the men and women God brings to Christ the King Center October 27-29.
Specific requests:
*      We presently have a handful of veterans signed up for the October retreat but we have room for many more. Pray that God will lead those men and women to join us whose hearts He has already prepared for healing and transformation in this retreat. If you know of a veteran who might benefit from this retreat, invite him to join us! See our website at http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/.

*       Pray for coordination of the on-site Ministry Team led this session by Fr. Nigel Mumford, Noel Dawes and Sue Ellen Reutsch and comprised by a direct-ministry team comprised by veterans and spouses, by professional support fro the Vet Center and by the on-site intercessors.
*       Pray for good weather, for safety and health for retreatants and team, for travel coordination for the veterans, for protection and support for the office staff and ministry coordinators.
*      Join us in praise and thanksgiving at the Welcome Home Ceremony for these veterans on Wednesday, October 29. We gather in CtK's Great Hall at 11:30 a.m. to form up a welcoming procession to say "thanks" to these men who have served our country so well.
      "Come let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us. He is stricken, but He will bind us up. And after two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we might live in His presence." Hosea 6:1-2

Sister Mary Elizabeth
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Cente r in Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, October 23, 2008

 

10/23/2008, #21, 4th Quarter 2008

[Note from Jean: When we lived in Liberia, we always had to sift our flour and even the baby cereal, to get the bugs out before we used it -- even newly purchased stuff. Once we went to Old Sturbridge Village (which is a late 1700s - early 1800s museum) and saw exactly the same kind of flour sifter we used in Liberia. Torre and I both indedpendently thought of this example.]

And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat." (Luke 22:31)
      A word received: Come to me, trust me. Satan continues to prowl around you like a roaring and a ravening lion. But I stand between you and Satan. Look at Job to see how far I may allow his sifting to go. Even Job had to learn to honor me in all circumstances. I want you to offer your lives to me freely so that you too may be sifted. Sifting removes impurities and it prepares the flour for baking.

"But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren." (Luke 22:32)
      A word received: I ever live to make intercession for you. I never stop praying for you to my father. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I want to remove the impurities to your faith so that it will be built on solid rock. There will be times when your faith appears to fail -- those are the times when I let your faith be sifted of impurities. Each time you are sifted, more your faith becomes centered in me. You are to minister to your brothers and sisters every time you return to me. You are to strengthen them as they go through their times of sifting.

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (Luke 10:25)
      A word received: Pray for the leaders and teachers and lawyers of the Episcopal Church to ask this same question of me.

He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" (Luke 10:26)
      A word received: I directed his attention to my written word. That is where I am directing his attention: to what does not change.

So he answered and said, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.'" (Luke 10:27, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18 )
      A word received: Pray for those whose understanding has weakened on this. This lawyer knew what is really true but he needed to learn to apply it to his daily life.

And he said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." (Luke 10:28 )
      A word received: Look at what I said: "Do this." That is where I want my people to change their lives: I want them to move from understanding to doing.

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" (Luke 10:29)
      A word received: My people try to justify themselves by something less than trusting fully in me.

Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:30-37)
      A word received: That is my heart's desire for my people: that they will show mercy to those who need it. Pray for my people in the Episcopal Church to have hearts of mercy toward one another. Pray that they will repent of their hardness of heart toward one another. My people treat each other as the Jews and the Samaritans treated one another. Where is my mercy seen in that? I told the lawyer, "Go and do likewise." I AM telling you to do the same.

      A word received: Cry out to me for my mercy for the leaders and teachers and lawyers of the Episcopal Church. Be toward them as the Samaritan was toward him who had been set upon. Cry out to me and grieve for them. Plead with me for them. Stand in the gap for them.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Ecclesiasticus 10:1-18 or Ezra 1:1-11; Revelation 9:1-12; Luke 10:25-37
Friday: 35; Ecclesiasticus 11:2-20 or Ezra 3:1-13; Revelation 9:13-21; Luke 10:38-42

A word received: I AM. Rest in me. I AM in charge.
A word received: Be at peace: I AM in charge. Look to me for help in this time of trouble in my church.
A word received: Keep seeking my word.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

 

10/22/2008, #20, 4th Quarter 2008

How shall I console you? To what shall I liken you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I compare with you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is spread wide as the sea; who can heal you? (Lamentations 2:13)
      Jesus, we turn to you for the Episcopal Church and ask you to heal it; for its ruin is visible to all who look upon it.

Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not uncovered your iniquity, to bring back your captives, but have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions. (Lamentations 2:14)
      Father, we cry out to you for the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church; they have seen false and deceptive visions; they have envisioned for us false prophesies and delusions.

All who pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and shake their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem: "Is this the city that is called 'The perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth'?" (Lamentations 2:15)
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church is self-destructing before our eyes.

All your enemies have opened their mouth against you; they hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, "We have swallowed her up! Surely this is the day we have waited for; we have found it, we have seen it!" (Lamentations 2:16)
      Holy Spirit, guide this diocese through these troubled times, for the powerful in the Episcopal Church seek by force to drive out and depose your faithful witnesses.

The LORD has done what He purposed; He has fulfilled His word Which He commanded in days of old. He has thrown down and has not pitied, and he has caused an enemy to rejoice over you; he has exalted the horn of your adversaries. (Lamentations 2:17)
      LORD, do whatever is necessary to bring the Episcopal Church back to faithful and lively obedience to your word.

      My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. I have declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. Make me understand the way of your precepts; so shall I meditate on your wonderful works. My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me your law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me. I cling to your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! I will run the course of your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:25-32)

Wednesday: 119:25-48; Ecclesiasticus 7:4-14 or Lamentations 2:8-15; Revelation 8:1-13; Luke 10:17-24
Thursday: 37:19-42; Ecclesiasticus 10:1-18 or Ezra 1:1-11; Revelation 9:1-12; Luke 10:25-37

      Notes from the Front Line

There are many in this diocese who are in the discernment process. We have been asked to pray for them. If there are any in the discernment process that you know about who would like to be prayed for by the intercessors of the Diocese of Albany, please send me their names and their parishes [you must ask their permission first!].
      Please pray for Alexander Chirila of All Saints Cathedral who is in the discernment process.

      Prayer Table Report October 18, 2008

(The Prayer Table was manned by Deacon Alan Hart from 9:30 to 10:30 in front of Christ Church Schenectady.)

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil
t--indicates received one of Torre's wooden crosses
c--indicates received one of Christ Church's "Are You Looking For God?" cards

t--LEOPOLDA -- This woman asked for prayer for her son, EDISON, who is currently in jail. We prayed that he will be safe while incarcerated and that when he is released he will find freedom from his problems which landed him there in the first place.

t--AGNES -- Agnes wanted prayer for her granddaughter SHALONDA, that she will be provided for and protected and be safe, and that she will come to know God.

a,t,c-- MARIE --- Marie is a repeat visitor to the Table, and this time she stayed for about 15 minutes of prayer and encouragement. She is very, very depressed because of severe financial difficulties. She asked me, "Do you REALLY think there is a God?" I assured her that I don't "think" so -- I KNOW so! I assured Marie that God loves her. She said "you people here at this church seem to be nice people."

-- (A man passed by just after I was praying for Marie. I asked if he wanted prayer for anything today and he sneered, "Naah! No thanks. I used to believe in God, but I don't believe in him anymore." He got a few paces away and I called after to him, "Well, He still believes in YOU!" He looked back over his shoulder and stopped momentarily but did not respond or come back to discuss it.)

JAMES -- Pastor of a nearby church. I prayed with James that people would come to his sanctuary today and not only truly hear God's word but go home and LIVE that word afterward. He prayed for our Prayer Table ministry as well.

t,c -- LARA -- This woman, a young Schenectady County Community College student, was talking on her cell phone and walking on the other side of State Street when she spotted the Table and came over in curiosity. She said "What's this?" When I told her it was simply out here for people to receive prayers for whatever their needs are, she told the person on the phone "I'll call you back," and stayed for prayer. She is named after the female character in "Dr. Zhivago," and went to a Catholic school all her life until going to SCCC. She asked for prayers for herself, her father and for her grandmother to all be protected and kept safe.

t,t -- REGGIE and ANTHONY -- Two very big men in heavy winter coats on their way to get the bus. They both sought prayers for "guidance" to do what is right and to be in God's sight at all times. Anthony is a repeat visitor; I suspect he talked Reggie into coming over with him this time. Good for him!

JOSEPH -- Another repeat visitor. This Christian man came by two Wednesdays ago when Scott Underhill and I were out here at noontime. He said he was "pressed for time" but wanted a quick prayer for protection.

also ... I'm sorry but in last Wednesday's report I forgot to mention MADELINE and her daughters, ROSE and SUSAN, who stopped by because Madeline's husband, DAVID, has cancer and is not expected to live much longer. SUSAN and ROSE also asked for prayer for financial help. I neglected to put this in the Wednesday report because the page fell out from my notebook and I just found it this morning.

      PRAYER TABLE No. 2
(Sat., Oct. 18, 2008; 1 p.m.-2 p.m., in front of Church of the Holy Cross in Troy; parish members Tony and Elaine plus Deacon Alan Hart.)

t-- GARY -- Man walking past the Table stopped for prayer for his father, who just had surgery recently for colon cancer. Gary said he " ... used to go to this church" when he was a boy. We stood and prayed all four of us with our hands joined for Gary to come to seek the Lord once again in a new and big way and for his father to be restored to health.

ALSO ... we prayed for a young man and his daughter (about 9 or 10) as he was teaching her how to ride a two-wheel bike. (This is difficult in Troy; very hilly, not very level territory at all!)

Pray for Holy Cross to persevere in its Prayer Table. This was only the third week of its existence. They are on the corner of Federal Street and 8th Street in Troy.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

 

10/21/2008, #19, 4th Quarter 2008

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before his face into every city and place where he himself was about to go. (Luke 10:1)
      Lord Jesus, please send your witnesses into every city and village in this diocese and visit those communities with your Holy Spirit.

Then he said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (Luke 10:2)
      Father, send us forth into every harvest field in this diocese and into every harvest field you want us to go to outside this diocese.

"Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves." (Luke 10:3)
      Jesus the wolves are prowling on every side in the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us.

"Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road." (Luke 10:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us follow your directions as we go forth to the harvest fields.

Tuesday: 36, 39; Ecclesiasticus 6:5-17 or Lamentations 1:1-5(6-9)10-12; Revelation 7:9-17; Luke 10:1-16
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Ecclesiasticus 7:4-14 or Lamentations 2:8-15; Revelation 8:1-13; Luke 10:17-24

Albany Intercessor

Monday, October 20, 2008

 

10/20/2008, #18, 4th Quarter 2008

Personal note: I came through the surgery fine but Sunday morning I came down with a virus: vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. I haven't been able to do a prayer note.

      A word received: You live in a time of persecution of my people. Some of it is fairly mild and some of it is lethal. I want you today to say in your heart to me, "Yes, LORD, I will go. Send me." That is the response I want from my disciples. I am not asking you to look fear in the face and choose me instead, I AM asking you to look me in the face and not at your fears.

Monday: 9, 15; Ecclesiasticus 4:20-5:7 or Jeremiah 44:1-14; Revelation 7:1-8; Luke 9:51-62
Tuesday: 36, 39; Ecclesiasticus 6:5-17 or Lamentations 1:1-5(6-9)10-12; Revelation 7:9-17; Luke 10:1-16

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, October 18, 2008

 

10/18/2008, #17, 4th Quarter 2008

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. (Luke 9:46)
      Lord Jesus, we have such disputes among us in the church today; have mercy on us.

And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by him, (Luke 9:47)
      Holy Spirit, please help us learn the lesson Jesus is trying to teach us here.

and said to them, "Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all will be great." (Luke 9:48 )
      Father, please help us receive with joy every child you send our way. Open the hearts of our parishes to receive children into their midst. Raise up Sunday School and youth programs to nourish them. Bond the youth you send us into the body of your son Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Don't be afraid -- keep your eyes on me. I will lead you and guide you. You are in my care. That is sufficient for every need.

A word received: I raised up Saul. I raised up David. I will raise up who I want to, to lead this country. Pray for my choice to be raised up.

Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclesiasticus 3:17-31 or 2 Kings 25:8-12,22-26; Acts 28:17-31; Luke 9:37-50
Sunday: 114, 115; Ecclesiasticus 4:1-10 or Jeremiah 29:1,4-14; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Matthew 16:13-20

Pray for the these diocesan ministries and ministers:
ALPHA The Rev'd Peter Schofield
Assistant Chancellor Thomas Bell, esq
Beaver-Cross Conference Center Chris Copeland
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center Lay Canon Matt Baker
Christian Education The Rev'd Laurie Garramone-Rohr
Clergy Chaplain The Rev'd William Cooper
Commission on Ministry The Rev'd Peter Schofield
Communications Officer Maggie Hasslacher
Community of St. Mary Mother Miriam
Congregational Transformation The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell
Constitution and Canons The Rev'd Canon Charles B. King, Jr.
Counseling Service Peter Minucci
Cursillo Ron Edwards
Daughters of The King Janet Papa
Deaf Ministry The Rev'd Virginia Nagel
Deployment Elizabeth Strickland (Deployment Officer)
Joan Ecker (Deployment Assistant)
Diaconal Ministry The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth and The Ven. Barbara Hanstine
Diocesan Secretary Fr. Shaw Mudge
Diocesan Treasurer Clark Curtis
Down & Dromore (Companion Diocese) The Rt. Rev. Harold Miller
Ecumenism and Interfaith The Rev'd Lorrie Lyons
Education for Ministry The Rev'd William R. Hinrichs, D. Min
Electronic Communications The Rev'd Canon Charles B. King, Jr.
Episcopal Charities of Albany George Marshall
Episcopal Church Women Shirley Parker
Franciscan Community of the Holy Cross The Rev'd Ellen Neufeld
Healing Ministry The Rev'd Nigel Mumford
Hospital Chaplains Father Dennis Pressley
Intercession Ministry Torre Bissell
Legacy Stewardship Lay Canon George Marshall
Marriage Encounter Jim & Kathy Parnapy
Ministry Assistant Lay Canon George Marshall
Missions Linda Stevens, Mission Coordinator
Parish Nursing and Health Micki Thomas
Salary and Benefits Fr. Shaw Mudge
Spiritual Director for Clergy Fr Bill Cooper
Spiritual Life Center Lay Canon Matt Baker
Trustees Ray Rockwell
Web Development Tim George
Vocations Director The Venerable Barbara Hanstine
Youth Ministry Chris Copeland

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008
From: Muriel Dix [Intercessor for the Diocese of Albany]
I am inviting you to join me in prayer for my son, Dale who lives in Texas. He has having surgery Monday, October 20 at 12:30 to remove a brain tumor. It will not be known until they get it if it is cancer. Won't you all join me in lifting Dale up to the Lord in prayer, My family would really appreciate it as would I. The Lord keep you and Bless you. In Christ, Muriel and Peter Dix. For His Sake

Albany Intercessor

Friday, October 17, 2008

 

10/17/2008, #16, 4th Quarter 2008

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? O My God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. (Psalm 22:1-2)
      Lord, your bride the church is wounded and hurting. Have mercy on us and guide the leaders of this diocese.

The Rt. Rev. William Love (Bishop of Albany IX)
The Rt. Rev. David Ball (Bishop of Albany VII, Retired)
Pray for the Diocesan Staff:
Accounting Ass: Caryl Fuda
Accounting Manager: Lorin O'Hara
ADIT Administrator: Kristine Kessler
Albany Episcopalian: Canon George Marshall
Business Officer/Deployment Assistant: Joan Ecker
Canon for Administration: Canon Richard "Jerry" Carroll
Canon for Development: Canon George Marshall
Canon Theologian: The Rev'd Canon Dr Christopher Brown
Canon to the Ordinary: The Rev'd Canon Robert Haskell
Christian Education: The Rev'd Laurie Garramone-Rohr
Communications Officer: Maggie Hasslacher
Database Manager: Maggie Hasslacher
Deployment Officer: Elizabeth Strickland
Director of Healing Ministry: The Rev'd Nigel Mumford
Evangelism: Dennis Crimi
Missions Coordinator: Linda Stevens
Spiritual Life Center Director: Canon Matt Baker
Treasurer: Clark Curtis
Website Administrator: Tim George
Youth Ministries Coordinator: Chris Copeland

A word received: You are in my care.

Friday: 22; Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10,18-27 or Jeremiah 38:14-28; Acts 28:1-16; Luke 9:28-36
Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclesiasticus 3:17-31 or 2 Kings 25:8-12,22-26; Acts 28:17-31; Luke 9:37-50

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Weds., aft., Oct. 15, 2008, 12:45-2 p.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Deacon Alan Hart and Deacon-in-Training Scott Underhill.)

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil
t--indicates received one of Torre's crosses
c--indicates took one of Christ Church green/yellow cards

Note: Our Prayer Tables have been blessed with warm, sunny, fabulous weather conditions lately. Thank you, Lord!

t--JON -- Stopped by for prayer for continuing depression. Had his head bowed low through the whole prayer session.

t--ERNIE -- Older man on a 3-wheel bike collecting bottles and cans. He asked for prayer for his safety and protection, and also that he be reunited with his girlfriend, DONNA.

t,c-- ANDREW -- Very well-spoken, educated man who said he wanted prayer for "financial help" but also confided to us after we started praying with him that he needed to be prayed for to "escape my drug and alcohol addictions." Andrew said he knows God knows of his problems but says the problem is that "Satin knows about it too!" Pray for Andrew to be freed from his troubles, which are intertwined.

t--CINDY and her infant son t,a--JUAN -- This young lady approached the Table after first walking past it from the West on her way by. We prayed for her for general health and well-being of both herself and her son, who was in a carriage. Deacon Alan anointed JUAN for protection and safety and that he would come to know the Lord and walk in his ways.

t--TEIA -- Stopped first to use our bathroom inside, then stopped for prayer as well. Teia confided to us that she is troubled with family worries. Her daughter argued this morning with her boyfriend and it may result in Teia moving out of the apartment. We prayed for peace in her house.

t -- KATHY --- Very upset and weeping when she stopped here. She had just come from an argument with her daughter, CHERYL. We prayed for love and peace to return to her household and the fighting be replaced with love and understanding and mutual respect.

t--MARLENA -- Wanted prayer for herself, for general safe-keeping and provision.

Update From Mother Jackie Jones:
      It is with the greatest of joy and unmeasureable thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that I am not only alive, but God the Holy Spirit has given me a new spiritual gift of Words of Knowledge! My strength is returning daily and my doctors are sending me home tomorrow! Glory be the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!!!!!!! I hve some residual brain damage from seiZures so my typing isn't the best. But please , I prAY, JOIN me in praising God for the many miracles He has granted his now humble servant. I will write more when I am able. I will, by the grace of God be HOME tomorrow, Friday, October 17th. It will make 13 wks that I have been in Albany Medical Center. Please also join me in prayer, as when my surgeon says it's time, I have to return to have my entire large colon removed and have an ostomy. I know that my Lord and Savior will be with me and heal me. I believe, Lord, help my unbelief as the thought of another surgery and hospitalization is not something I'm looking forward to. Thy will not mine be done!
God Bless, Jackie+

Personal Note: Jean and I came through our procedures well and are resting at home.

Torre, Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

 

10/15/2008, #15, 4th Quarter 2008

Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly. (Jonah 2:1)
      Jesus, no matter how impossible our circumstances may seem, help us turn to you in prayer.

And he said: "I cried out to the lord because of my affliction, and he answered me. (Jonah 2:2a)
      Jesus, in the midst of our afflictions we cry out to you. Thank you for answering us.

Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice." (Jonah 2:2b)
      Jesus, you even went and spoke to the dead. No matter where I am you can hear my voice; I am never out of your sight.

"For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; all your billows and your waves passed over me." (Jonah 2:3)
      Lord, you discipline and test us to cause us to turn to you. Thank you.

"Then I said, 'I have been cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'" (Jonah 2:4)
      No matter what foolish things I say, I know that I am never out of your sight and your care for me.

"The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head." (Jonah 2:5)
      Lord, I came to a place where you were the only one who could help me and you did. Thank you.

"I went down to the moorings of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; yet you have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God." (Jonah 2:6)
      Who can redeem his own soul? It is too costly, Jesus, but you paid the price for me. Thank you.

"When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; and my prayer went up to you, into your holy temple." (Jonah 2:7)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for helping me turn to Jesus.

"Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD." (Jonah 2:8-9)
      Father, you are my mercy. Thank you.

So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. (Jonah 2:10)
      LORD, please speak to my circumstances so that I may find you mighty to save.

A word received: Pray for my righteousness in the Episcopal Church. Pray that hearts will be turned to me and my ways. Pray for repentance and new life at every level of the Episcopal Church.

Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Jonah 1:17-2:10; Acts 27:9-26; Luke 9:1-17
Thursday: 18:21-50; Jonah 3:1-4:11; Acts 27:27-44; Luke 9:18-27

Words received for Sunday School Lesson 11, Acts 16:16-34, Paul and Silas in Jail

Therefore by him (Hebrews 13:15a) A word received: You do this by me and through me.

let us continually offer (Hebrews 13:15b) A word received: Look at the word "continually". I want you to commit to continually offering me praise.

the sacrifice of praise to God, (Hebrews 13:15c) A word received: Praise is costly when times are hard. Look at Paul and Silas, beaten and in Jail and they are praising me. I want you also to praise me when times are hard.

that is, the fruit of our lips, (Hebrews 13:15d) A word received: What is the fruit of your lips?

giving thanks to his name. (Hebrews 13:15e) A word received: Call upon my name, give thanks to my name. My name has power. Giving praise to my name releases that power.

But do not forget to do good and to share, (Hebrews 13:16a) A word received: Be doers of the word and not hearers only. (James 1:22)

for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Hebrews 13:16b) A word received: This kind of sacrifice is obedience to my word to praise me in all circumstances.

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, (Ephesians 4:1) A word received: Hear my cry through Paul. Paul is no stranger to jails and prison. He is able to praise me in all circumstances because he knows me. Ask me, ask my Holy Spirit, to help you know me better.

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, (Ephesians 4:2) A word received: Paul is able to love his jailer because he loves and knows me. He is able to bear with his jailer, call out to him, and keep him from killing himself because he knows my love.

endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3) A word received: This is the fruit of lips and deeds made holy by my Spirit and my love.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

 

10/14/2008, #14, 4th Quarter 2008

Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide in times of trouble? (Psalm 10:1)
      LORD, we cry out to you: the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion are exceedingly troubled.

The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. (Psalm 10:2)
      Father, the leaders of the Episcopal Church persecute those who cleave to your word; rescue them out of their affliction.

For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire; he blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD. (Psalm 10:3)
      The leaders of the Episcopal Church are using money endowed for missionary work to sue and harass faithful congregations and dioceses; have mercy on us.

The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. (Psalm 10:4)
      Lord Jesus, the leaders of the Episcopal Church are Unitarians and Universalists and you are not in their thoughts; have mercy on us.

His ways are always prospering; your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. (Psalm 10:5)
      Holy Spirit, please bring those who are afar off to Jesus.

He has said in his heart, "I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity." (Psalm 10:6)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of our leaders; set them free of their arrogance.

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity. (Psalm 10:7)
      Father, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church speak peace, but pursue your faithful one to cast them out; have mercy on us.

      Jesus, you have seen, for you observe trouble and grief, the helpless commit themselves to you, you are the helper of the helpless; have mercy on us. (From Psalm 10:14)

      Holy Spirit, you have heard the desire of the humble. You will prepare their hearts; you will hear their cry and comfort them. Thank you. (From Psalm 10:17)

A word received: Hear my word, my people. Listen for my word. I AM speaking; who is listening? Stop talking and listen. Listen as you read the Bible. Listen in your quiet times with me. Stop talking and listen.

Tuesday: 10, 11; Jonah 1:1-17a; Acts 26:24-27:8; Luke 8:40-56
Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Jonah 1:17-2:10; Acts 27:9-26; Luke 9:1-17

Albany Intercessor

Monday, October 13, 2008

 

10/13/2008, #13, 4th Quarter 2008

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. (Psalm 4:1)
      Hear us, LORD, for we are in distress about your church; have mercy on us and hear our prayer.

How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood? (Psalm 4:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear the words of your prophet David and repent and love what is enduring and eternal -- help us love your word.

But know that the LORD has set apart for himself him who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to him. (Psalm 4:3)
      Jesus, we know that the day is coming when you will separate the wheat from the chaff; prepare our hearts for that day.

Be angry, and do not sin. meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. (Psalm 4:4)
      Holy Spirit, do not let our anger at what is being done in the Episcopal Church cross the line to sin. Help us to be still and rest in our Father's arms.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. (Psalm 4:5)
      Jesus, help us offer ourselves to you and seek after your righteousness -- the righteousness that comes by faith and trust in you.

There are many who say, "Who will show us any good?" LORD, lift up the light of your countenance upon us. (Psalm 4:6)
      Father, please help us walk by the light of your word.

You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased. (Psalm 4:7)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for those moments of unexpected joy.

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8 )
      Jesus, I choose to cast all my cares on you, for you care for me.

A word received: Be at peace, I AM in charge.

Monday: 4, 7; Micah 7:1-7; Acts 26:1-23; Luke 8:26-39
Tuesday: 10, 11; Jonah 1:1-17a; Acts 26:24-27:8; Luke 8:40-56

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, October 12, 2008

 

10/12/2008, #12, 4th Quarter 2008

With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? (Micah 6:6)
      LORD, you do not find delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices; you desire obedience which is better than sacrifice and that we should heed your word. (From 1 Samuel 15:22)

Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? (Micah 6:7)
      Father, the sacrifice you desire is a broken and contrite heart; you will not despise such an offering. (From Psalm 51:17)

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 )
      Jesus, we cry out to you for the Episcopal Church and for its leaders and teachers: the righteous are being deposed and the apostate are being honored; have mercy on us -- help us to love mercy and walk humbly before you.

The LORD's voice cries to the city-- Wisdom shall see your name: "Hear the rod! Who has appointed it? Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the short measure that is an abomination? Shall I count pure those with the wicked scales, and with the bag of deceitful weights? For her rich men are full of violence, her inhabitants have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth." (Micah 6:9-12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us build up the old waste places, help us raise up the foundations of many generations built on the faith once for all delivered to the saints. We pray that we shall be a generation of whom it is said, "They were 'Repairers of the Breach' and the 'Restorers of Streets to Dwell In.'" (From Isaiah 58:12 and Jude 3)

A word received: Pray for my will to be done.

Sunday: 111, 112, 113; Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 15:21-28
Monday: 4, 7; Micah 7:1-7; Acts 26:1-23; Luke 8:26-39

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, October 11, 2008

 

PT Report ... I and II, October 11, 2008

(The Prayer Table was manned by Deacon Alan Hart and Torre Bissell from 9:30 to 10:30 in front of Christ Church Schenectady. Note: Another beautiful, classic Autumn morning. Many people walking the streets. Some neighbors stopped for prayer, some did not. One woman was quite indignant in her refusal saying she was a Jehovah's Witness who does her own praying!)

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil
t--indicates received one of Torre's wooden crosses
c--indicates received one of Christ Church's "Are You Looking For God?" cards

ROBIN -- Repeat visitor to the Table. She asked for continued healing for her sore throat.

PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) -- She is returning to visit Atlantic City next month and asked for prayers for her as she witnesses to her family members, most of whom are not Christian. She was pleased to hear that Frank was in church last week.

t--CRYSTAL -- A pregnant woman who asked for prayer for the upcoming birth of her child. She also wanted prayer for her son Melchisedek, a 15-year-old who is in jail. Torre prayed that the boy will come to know the Lord and stay out of trouble when he gets out.

t-CHESTER -- Man collecting soda and beer cans, riding a bike. He is from Jamaica. We prayed for him to have provision and protection.

LOUIS -- Came for prayer last week. Again needed prayer for protection, shelter and provision.

STEVE -- Still another repeat visitor. Still wearing his cross from his past visit. We gave him a "booster shot" of prayer.

BILL -- Did not ask for prayers for himself but rather for "world peace" and we prayed that that peace wouls start right here on Hamilton Hill.

t,t,t,a,a,c -- JENNIFER --- Another young, pregnant woman who is new to the area. She came with her children Elise and Cassier. We anointed Jennifer for protection. She was excited to see us out there and took a card, intends to come to one of our services tomorrow and perhaps Sunday School.

t,t -- ELBERTA and ESCENSIA -- This couple came for prayer "for everything in general."

t-JASON --- This boy was celebrating his 12th birthday today. He came with his dad, who did not introduce himself but also received blessings and prayers for protection and safety.

a,t,t,c -- BILLY (dad), JESSICA (Mom) and JAYDA (baby in carriage) -- This little family came by with Dad pushing the baby carriage. We prayed for their well-being and protection and provision, then anointed the baby that it will be protected and will come to walk in His ways. They, too, said they would come to one of our services.

ANDREW -- Andrew came to the Table this past Wednesday. We prayed for him to be strong in his faith, to focus on his studies at Schenectady CCC. We also prayed for JODIE, his girlfriend who is not allowed to visit her son and has not seen him in two years. (Andrew, too, said he is coming tomorrow to a service.)

(Man with bottles) --- Did not want prayer for himself but asked us "... to pray for people who believe they are saved.")

      PRAYER TABLE No. 2
(Sat., Oct. 11, 2008; 1 p.m.-2 p.m., in front of The Church of the Holy Cross in Troy; parishioners Tony Humler and Elaine Taylor plus Deacon Alan Hart of Christ Church.)

Note: Gorgeous, sunny Fall afternoon. This is only the second week that Holy Cross has had the Prayer Table in operation, so it is just starting out and has not yet become "known" in its neighborhood for the purposes which God has in store for the people there. It will happen! The neighborhood has a lot of automobile traffic but not very many pedestrians going back and forth.

STAR -- Young lady wanted prayers for travel mercies and that "all will go smoothly" as she moves in the near future from her home in Albany to a new residence in Waterford.

(Two men walking by) -- Two men on the other side of the street were carrying heavy grocery bags. We called out to them and asked if they wanted prayer. They stopped a moment and did not want to come over but allowed us to pray for them across the street. Then one of them thanks us out loud.

Also ... two RPI students (female) walked by. They did not want prayer THIS time, but one seemed very interested and we have a feeling that next time she goes by she will stop. Furthermore, many cars slowed down as they passed the Table and read the "Prayer Table" sign and smiled. Some waved in approval, and a woman in a minivan even tooted her horn to us!

Albany Intercessor

 

10/11/2008, #11, 4th Quarter 2008

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your possessions-- (Psalm 104:24)
      LORD, the earth and everything in it is your; give us a reverence for your creation.

This great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great. (Psalm 104:25)
      Holy Spirit, teach the peoples of the earth that we are stewards (not owners) of the earth; help us repent of pillaging the earth and destroying your creation.

There the ships sail about; there is that Leviathan which you have made to play there. (Psalm 104:26)
      Holy Spirit, help us take joy in your creation.

These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. (Psalm 104:27)
      Lord Jesus, many are going hungry as their incomes and resources collapse in this economic crisis; please give them their food in due season.

What you give them they gather in; you open your hand, they are filled with good. (Psalm 104:28 )
      Jesus, please open your hand and provide for your people.

You hide your face, they are troubled; you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. (Psalm 104:29)
      Jesus, you have hidden your face from many in the Episcopal Church; if you take away the breath of your Holy Spirit they will die in sin.

You send forth your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 104:30)
      Lord, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost. (John XXIII) Out of the dead ashes of the Episcopal Church recreate and renew it. We pray that your glory will endure forever and that you will rejoice again in your works. (From Psalm 104:31)

A word received: Keep your attention on me.

Saturday: 104; Micah 5:1-4,10-15; Acts 25:13-27; Luke 8:16-25
Sunday: 111, 112, 113; Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 15:21-28

Albany Intercessor

Friday, October 10, 2008

 

10/10/2008, #10, 4th Quarter 2008

Now it came to pass, afterward, that he went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, (Luke 8:1)
      Jesus, please pass through every city and village in this diocese and preach and bring the glad tidings of the kingdom of God to the people. Raise up apostolic witnesses to do this.

and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities--Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for him from their substance. (Luke 8:2-3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the many women you have called to minister to Jesus in this diocese by prayer and supplication through the Daughters of the King and the Sisters of St. Mary. Please raise up more vocations to this life for these orders. Thank you.

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to him from every city, he spoke by a parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." (Luke 8:4-8a)
      Father, please help us sow the seed of the gospel on whatever ground you give us, knowing that only some of the seed will produce a crop. So many that come to the prayer table or our parish lead lives that are chocked with thorns, lack the living water of your Holy Spirit to give moisture to the seed, or have hardened hearts. Help us remember that those who receive the glad tidings of the gospel will yield a crop a hundred fold.

When he had said these things he cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Luke 8:8b)
      Jesus, please give us ears to hear that are anointed by your Holy Spirit.

A word received: Don't be afraid.

Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Micah 3:9-4:5; Acts 24:24-25:12; Luke 8:1-15
Saturday: 104; Micah 5:1-4,10-15; Acts 25:13-27; Luke 8:16-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2008
From: Pat Bailey
Subject: MISSIONS CONFERENCE - SAT. OCT. 11TH
Torre,
      Would you please put on your intercessory list that the Missions Conference will begin promptly at 9 am at the Spiritual Life Center in the Chapel. Registration/Sign In is from 8:30 - 9 am (refreshments available at this time). THANK YOU!
      If you have any questions, please email at work Thursday at Patricia.Bailey@labor.state.ny.us.
In Christ's love and service, Pat Bailey

Albany Intercessor

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