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Sunday, November 30, 2008

 

11/30/2008, #59, 4th Quarter 2008

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. (Isaiah 11:)
      Holy Spirit, please give us clarity of vision in our day.

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me; (Isaiah 12:)
      Father, we in the Episcopal Church have been a rebellious people.

The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master's crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not consider." (Isaiah 1:3)
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church no longer walks in your ways and does not acknowledge you as Lord.

Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward. (Isaiah 1:4)
      Father, we have sinned against your righteous ways; have mercy on us and restore us to your bosom.

Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. (Isaiah 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, we have revolted against your righteous words; have mercy on us.

From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment. (Isaiah 1:6)
      Lord, have mercy on us and help us return to you. Anoint us with your Holy Spirit and we shall be healed.

Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; strangers devour your land in your presence; and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. (Isaiah 1:7)
      Father, the Episcopal Church is becoming a carcass picked over by lawyers -- have mercy on us.

So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. (Isaiah 1:8 )
      Holy Spirit, we are surrounded by our sins; lead us back into the ways of your righteousness.

Unless the LORD of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah. (Isaiah 1:9)
      LORD, protect the faithful remnant of your people. Guide us and direct us day by day. Thank you.

Sunday: 146, 147; Isaiah 1:1-9; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 25:1-13
Monday: 1, 2, 3 ; Isaiah 1:10-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 20:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008
From: The Rev. Nigel Mumford
Subject: Official visit to the Pentagon

Military News from Fr. Nigel:
      This coming Friday 5th Dec I have been asked to present "The healing ministry" and the "Welcome Home Initiative" to the Chief of Chaplains for the Army and the Air Force at the Pentagon.
      The focus will be on the crisis of returning combat veterans, PTSD, and Suicide prevention. There will be about 30 army and 30 air force chaplains attending the program. Also the air force is interested in talking about healing services in Air Force chapels for these issues.
      If you pray I would ask for your prayers. If not, just give me a thought between 1500 hrs and 1630hrs (that is 2000hrs - 2130 GMT) on Friday thanks.
      We are pioneering into a great need, one that has not had much attention but has a history even back to ancient Greece where the mothers and wives of returning warriors noticed strange emotional behavior of the combatants.
      For more information on the Welcome Home Initiative please see the link in blue below:
      Thank you for your considerations and prayers.
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another... Fr. Nigel+ <><
The Rev. Nigel Mumford
Director, Oratory of Christ the Healer,
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center,
575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834 USA

healing @ctkcenter.org
www.ctkcenter.org
(518 ) 692-9550

Please look at the Welcome Home Initiative brochure:
http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/Resources/welcome-home-brochure.pdf

"NEW" WEB PAGE for NM Publications: http://www.oratorypress.com

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, November 29, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

Saturday, November 29, 2008, 9:20 to 10:30 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre and Jonathan Bissell. Brisk, some light snow. Please pray for Deacon Alan Hart who had surgery yesterday to help him pass a kidney stone.

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

Greg -- a young man, a Jehovah's Witness -- gave us a tract but wouldn't pray with us.

+Maria -- "I want to pray for everybody -- everything good in the world."

+John -- "Back and legs, lot of pain."

+Krista -- "Health, and for my kids."

Steve -- "For a new job."

(One of the "girls") -- "I've been prayed for three times already."

+Calvin -- "I'm mad at God right now -- burned out of apartment in a fire, need a job to support my family."

James -- an elder in the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.

Jim -- On Wednesday we prayed for his Godson (originally reported as son, but actually Godson) Ernie in Iraq. He has done three tours there. Jim sent Ernie a text message that we had prayed for him. Ernie replied, "Thank you."

+Ashmanie -- -- young woman -- prayed for protection and provision

+James -- "For me and my lady."

+Davy and +Sony -- "Get a job."

Albany Intercessor

 

11/29/2008, #58, 4th Quarter 2008

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, (Philippians 2:1)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts in this diocese to
            consolation in Christ,
            comfort of love,
            fellowship in you,
            affection and mercy.

fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:2)
      Jesus, help us bring apostolic joy to Bishop Bill and fulfill his joy by
            being like-minded in you,
            having love for one another,
            being in one accord,
            of one mind.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:3)
      Father, please help us lay aside selfish ambition and conceit and take on the character of your son Jesus.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)
      Holy Spirit, guide us in bringing in all our tithes into your storehouse so that there may be food in your house and that we will see you open the windows of heaven and pour out your blessing on us. Thank you. (From Malachi 3:10)

A word received: You are in my care.

Saturday: 104; Zechariah 14:12-21; Phil. 2:1-11; Luke 19:41-48
Sunday: 146, 147; Isaiah 1:1-9; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 25:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for Deacon Alan Hart who had surgery yesterday to help him pass the kidney stone.

***** Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Prayer for the Mudges

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:15-19a)
      Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, we give thanks for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge, for their great faith in You and for their love of all the saints. We continue to ask that they receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation and get to know You better every day. May the eyes of their hearts be enlightened so that they may know the hope to which You have called them, the riches of glorious inheritance in the saints and the incomparable great power of faith found in You. Amen.

[Note: Jean and I urge you to go to the link http://www.sams-usa.org/sjmudge.html and click "donate" to sign up and make a regular donation, or phone the South American Mission Society at 724-266-0669. Torre]

Albany Intercessor

Friday, November 28, 2008

 

11/28/2008, #57, 4th Quarter 2008

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1)
      Holy Spirit, lead us in the strength of our faith in bearing the scruples of those weak in faith. Show us daily how to live out faith, hope and charity.

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to building him up. (Romans 15:2)
      Father, please help us behave towards our neighbor so that the body of your son is built up.

For even Christ did not please himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me." (Romans 15:3)
      Jesus, thank you for what you endured for us.

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
      Holy Spirit, help all of us in this diocese find patience and comfort and hope in the daily reading of the Scriptures.

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:5)
      Father, we look to you: grant that your comfort and patience will flow through this diocese so that we become like-minded in Christ toward one another.

that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)
      Jesus, please help us by our words and deeds toward one another to bring glory to your father.

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
      Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts for the Diocesan Convention so that we will receive one another as Jesus has received us. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. Don't be afraid. I AM with you.

Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Zechariah 14:1-11; Romans 15:7-13; Luke 19:28-40
Saturday: 104; Zechariah 14:12-21; Phil. 2:1-11; Luke 19:41-48

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008
From: Julia Mudge
Subject: Our mission update
Dear friends,
The time is getting closer for us to depart to Peru. Please read the attached letter for the details.
In Christ, Shaw and Julie Mudge

[Note: Jean and I urge you to go to the link http://www.sams-usa.org/sjmudge.html and click "donate" to sign up and make a regular donation, or phone the South American Mission Society at 724-266-0669. Torre]

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, November 27, 2008

 

11/27/2008, #56, 4th Quarter 2008

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, (Ephesians 1:15)
      Jesus, let our faith in you spill over to love for all the saints -- even those leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church that we sharply disagree with.

do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Ephesians 1:16)
      Holy Spirit, fill our prayers with praise and thanksgiving for all in your church.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, (Ephesians 1:17)
      Father, please give all of us the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we will know you as the father who loves us.

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18 )
      Jesus, we pray as blind Bartimaeus prayed, "that I may receive my sight."

and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (Ephesians 1:19)
      Holy Spirit, help us show forth the power and love of Jesus in all that we do and say.

which he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 1:20)
      Father, as you raised Jesus from the dead by the power of your Holy Spirit, we pray for the Episcopal Church that you will raise it to new life wherever it is dead and dying.

far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:21)
      "We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the one who is and who was and who is to come, because you have taken your great power and reigned." (Revelation 11:17)

And he put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, (Ephesians 1:22)
      "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and by your will they exist and were created." (Revelation 4:11)

which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:23)
      "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!" (Revelation 5:12)

      "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!" (Revelation 5:13)

A word received: Pray that my people will enter into my father's love -- that they will know my father's love. I want my people to know that they are children by adoption into my father's love and provision.

Thursday: 134, 135; Zechariah 13:1-9; Eph. 1:15-23; Luke 19:11-27
Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Zechariah 14:1-11; Romans 15:7-13; Luke 19:28-40

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT

Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 1:00 to 2:00 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Scott Underhill. Please pray for Deacon Alan Hart who had to go to the Emergency Room Tuesday evening with a kidney stone.

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

+Mike -- young man with a skate board-- prayed for protection and provision.

+James -- "strength" and "for my family"

+Raymond -- "for my mom, Vera"

+Madelyn -- "That I will wake up tomorrow filled with thanksgiving." and +Rose

Vincent -- "Thanksgiving for life"

+(no name) -- "Pray for yourself."

Mary -- "Pray for Jordan for direction."

Tommy -- "for a job"

+Demetrius -- "for my family"

+Shannon -- young woman -- "health"

+Frankie -- "for my family"

+Eric -- "for work"

+Cooper -- "for life"

+Andre -- (a repeater)

+Diana -- "for +Indira (Diana's mom)"

+Janna -- a Mormon woman who was riding by on a bicycle and stopped for prayer

+Candice -- "my stove broke" "Pray for my sons Joshua and Ty who have lost their faith because of all the hard times I have been through."

+Jim -- "for my son Ernie in Iraq. He has done three tours there, that is enough."

+Donna -- She got off the bus and came directly to the prayer table -- "I am HIV positive. I normally get off the bus two stops down but I saw your prayer table. Pray for my daughter Crystal and for my teenagers Amy and Patrick."

Sandy -- a woman who came to the prayer table on Saturday and said, "I guess I better pray for finances." Sandy came up as I was packing up the car and gave thanks that she has a job interview next week. Pray that the interview will go well and she will get a good job.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

 

11/26/2008, #55, 4th Quarter 2008

Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3)
      Thank you, Father.

just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, (Ephesians 1:4)
      Father, thank you for choosing us and calling us to holiness.

having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (Ephesians 1:5)
      Jesus, thank you for adopting me and helping me know your father's love for me.

to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily enter into the praise of the glory of Jesus' grace.

A word received: Keep crying to me for my people. My people are wandering -- like sheep with no shepherd. Pray that I will raise up faithful shepherds in your day.

Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Zechariah 12:1-10; Eph. 1:3-14; Luke 19:1-10
Thursday: 134, 135; Zechariah 13:1-9; Eph. 1:15-23; Luke 19:11-27

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

 

11/25/2008, #54, 4th Quarter 2008

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
      Holy Spirit, please restore this knowledge to the Episcopal Church -- that we are the temple of God.

If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:17)
      Father, we pray for those who defile their temple by fornication, idolatry, adultery, homosexual practices, theft, covetousness, drunkenness, or extortion: call them to repentance and cleanse their temples. Bring them to holiness. (From 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. (1 Corinthians 3:18 )
      Jesus, the wisdom of this age has become folly and the present financial crisis shows the magnitude of our folly. Have mercy on us and lead this nation and your people back into your ways.

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
      LORD, rebuild us so that we are your building and workmanship. You are the master builder and we want to be built upon no other foundation than that which is laid in Jesus Christ. (From 1 Corinthians 3:9-11)

A word received: Keep to my path. Pray for my people to stay on the path I have marked out for them.

Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Zechariah 11:4-17; 1 Corinthians 3:10-23; Luke 18:31-43
Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Zechariah 12:1-10; Eph. 1:3-14; Luke 19:1-10

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 24, 2008

 

11/24/2008, #53, 4th Quarter 2008

Then they also brought infants to him that he might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. (Luke 18:15)
      Lord Jesus, rebuke us whenever we make infants and little children unwelcome in our parishes. Help us hear and respond when you rebuke us.

But Jesus called them to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God." (Luke 18:16)
      Father, please overthrow any barriers that we have set up which prevent children from fully entering the life of your church.

"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Luke 18:17)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to receive and enter into the kingdom of God as little children. Thank you.

A "How to teach" word received for a Sunday School Lesson on Paul and Silas in jail (Acts 16:16-34): I want you to tell the class of my faithfulness. I was faithful in enabling Paul and Silas to bear the beating. I was faithful in enabling them to sing hymns and songs of praise. I was faithful in sending the earthquake to loose their chains. I was faithful in keeping all of the other prisoners there. I was faithful in bringing the jailer and his family to a saving knowledge of me. I AM faithful in all things.

Monday: 106:19-48; Zechariah 10:1-12; Gal. 6:1-10; Luke 18:15-30
Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Zechariah 11:4-17; 1 Corinthians 3:10-23; Luke 18:31-43

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, November 23, 2008

 

11/23/2008, #52, 4th Quarter 2008

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." (Matthew 21:1-3)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize those whom Jesus sends to us to lay claim on our resources and respond by freely giving them whatever Jesus needs.

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.'" (Matthew 21:4-5)
      Father, help us recognize when you are fulfilling your word to us.

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. (Matthew 21:6-8 )
      Jesus, help us do as these disciples and the multitudes did: they prepared the way for you to come into their city and their lives.

Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:9)
      Jesus, please help us welcome you with praise and thanksgiving into our lives. Thank you for all that you have done for us. We praise you; we praise your holy name. Thank you for letting us bear your cross and your name.

And when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?" So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee." (Matthew 21:10-11)
      Holy Spirit, help us be ready to say who Jesus is when we are asked.

      Jesus, you are the Christ, the son of the living God.

A word received: I have taught you to hope in me. I have given you a testimony of hope. I want all my people to hope in me.

Sunday: 145; Zechariah 9:9-16; 1 Pet. 3:13-22; Matthew 21:1-13
Monday: 106:19-48; Zechariah 10:1-12; Gal. 6:1-10; Luke 18:15-30

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, November 22, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

Saturday, November 22, 2008, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell. It was cold and windy.

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

+Shaniqua -- young woman with a baby in a carriage -- prayed for protection and provision for her and her family and friends.

+Josh and +Katie -- Josh twice said, "I need prayer." and Katie said, "I'll pray for you too." I prayed for protection and provision for them.

[People in two passing cars waved to me and a passing man who didn't want prayer said, "God be with you."]

James -- an elder in the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. -- I prayed for him ministry and that he witness would be anointed by the Holy Spirit.

+Danny -- a joyful man -- "To have a good Thanksgiving."

+Christy -- young woman who got off the bus and walked directly up to the prayer table -- "That I will stay clean; that I will stay in the process."

+Sandy -- woman -- "I guess I better pray for finances."

Desdemona and +Ursula -- women going the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.

Eric -- man going to the Seventh Day Adventist Church -- prayed for his family and for his son Eric, Jr.

Albany Intercessor

 

11/22/2008, #51, 4th Quarter 2008

Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)
      Holy Spirit, please bring all of us in the Episcopal Church to repentance for despising those who disagree with us and for trusting in our own righteousness.

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector." (Luke 18:10)
      Jesus, please help us to see beyond labels to the real people you bring to your temple.

"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.'" (Luke 18:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize where we have sinned and come to our father in heaven in humility.

"'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'" (Luke 18:12)
      Jesus, none of these count with you if they are done in pride and without love.

"And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'" (Luke 18:13)
      Father, be merciful to me a sinner!

"I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)
      A General Confession.
      ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those. O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

A word received: I AM with you. I want my people to know that. I want them to hear me when I speak to them. I want them to heed my word and my directions for them.

Saturday: 33; Malachi 3:13-4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14
Sunday: 145; Zechariah 9:9-16; 1 Pet. 3:13-22; Matthew 21:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Prayer for Shaw, Julie, and Lydia Mudge:
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:17)

We thank You, Lord, for every good gift that You have bestowed upon Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge. We thank You for wisdom and guidance and for the good fruit that will result from the Mudges' mission in Peru. We look forward to that harvest of righteousness. On a more practical note, humbly Lord, we ask You to bring forth more monthly pledges so that an early Spring departure for Peru may come to pass.
Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, November 21, 2008

 

11/21/2008, #50, 4th Quarter 2008

"Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, as in former years." (Malachi 3:4)
      Jesus, refine us as silver is refined and purge the dross from our lives so that we may offer to you an offering in righteousness. (From Malachi 3:3)

"And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien-- because they do not fear me," says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:5)
      Father, such were some of us, but we have been washed, we have been sanctified, we have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by your Holy Spirit. Thank you. (From 1 Corinthians 6:11)

A word received: Listen to me, my people, listen to me. Read my word and let it sink into your hearts. Hear me, hear my word to you. It is a living word, it burns like fire: let it consume the dross in your lives. Listen to me, hearken to me.

Friday: 107:1-32; Malachi 3:1-12; James 5:7-12; Luke 18:1-8
Saturday: 33; Malachi 3:13-4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14

      Notes from the Front Line

To all my Beaver Cross friends and family,

Currently the Diocese and Christ the King Center are having to make some tough choices and changes. One of those changes concerns the staffing of the summer camp and youth ministry programs. In order to help make those programs more sustainable on a long-term basis, the decision has been made restructure the Director of Camp and Youth Ministry position. The Director of Camp will become a seasonal position and the Youth Ministry needs are still being evaluated.

With this new structure I will no longer be employed as the Director of Camp and Youth Ministry, but will instead pursue other options. This has been a tough choice for all involved and does not come at an easy time, especially with the approaching holidays.

I ask your prayers for my family as we work through this difficult transition, and ask especially for prayers in regards to us finding new housing. Our family has set down roots in Greenwich, and we would like to provide our children with some stability by being able to remain in the Greenwich school system. But housing is limited in the area, and rental property is in short supply. So please keep us in your prayers.

I want to thank all of you who have supported me in this ministry. This diocese is home to many wonderful people, and I have been blessed and honored to know and work with you over the past seven years. This is a unique diocese with unique challenges, but the fact that there are so many people committed to seeing it thrive makes it a special place.

To the campers, students and summer camp staff, I want to say a special thanks to all of you. My life is a richer for having spent time with you, and I pray that if you have learned nothing else over the years, that you have heard loud and clear that you are fearfully and wonderfully created by an amazingly creative God. He’s a God who has shown over and over that He desires to have a deep, personal relationship with you as He stands at the door of your life desiring to be invited in. If you haven’t already done so, please take the step to invite Him in. You’ll have a life fuller than anything the world can offer on its own. I promise you won’t regret it.

To the staff of Christ the King, I wish to thank you for the hard work you have all put forth in helping create a special camp experience for so many kids. Summer camp is truly a team concept. At times it involves long hours and great dedication, but you strive to do it with grace and style. Thank you for your efforts over the years.

If you wish to correspond with me directly, my personal email address is texnyan@gmail.com. I would enjoy hearing from you, especially if you have any special memories or stories from our time together. Thank you again, and have a blessed Christmas season.

Peace, Chris Copeland

      Please pray for Chris and his family and for the youth ministry of this diocese.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, November 20, 2008

 

11/20/2008, #49, 4th Quarter 2008

For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. (Psalm 105:42)
      Father, help us enter into the promises made to Abraham so that we may be a blessing to the nations.

He brought out his people with joy, his chosen ones with gladness. (Psalm 105:43)
      Lord Jesus, so many of your people are in bondage -- bring them forth with joy.

He gave them the lands of the Gentiles, and they inherited the labor of the nations, (Psalm 105:44)
      Holy Spirit, guide your faithful people in the Episcopal Church into your provision for us. Prepare our hearts for our Diocesan Convention and the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this summer.

That they might observe his statutes and keep his laws. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 105:45)
      Father, help us walk in the way of your commandments. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my people to offer themselves to me. Pray that my purposes will be accomplished.

Thursday: 105:23-45; Malachi 2:1-16; James 4:13-5:6; Luke 17:20-37
Friday: 107:1-32; Malachi 3:1-12; James 5:7-12; Luke 18:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

Dear Torre -
I eagerly await these reports [Prayer Table] and have been fascinated by their contents. You have managed to keep your focus on prayer instead of on trying to deal with the physical issues raised by visitors to the table. Somehow, you gently make it clear (though you don't state it here) that you are there to pray for them, encourage them, show them how to turn their lives over to Jesus but not to hand out money, bags of groceries or bus tokens. They seem to understand that and continue to come back. You are providing a ministry like none other I have seen or know of. It might be helpful to readers of these reports if you were to periodically address what the ground rules are and how you are able to convey that to folks who are used to seeking a handout instead of a handup.
Blessings, Forest

Prayer Table Ground Rules (such as they are)
*      We have learned over time to have nothing on the table that suggested an offering bowl -- we keep the surface of the card table as clean as we can -- only crosses and a pad of paper to write down prayer requests, and an 8.5x11 piece of paper that says, "+ Prayer Table +".
*      We never hand out money or anything else except a cross or an occasional Bible or cards telling the times of our services (if the person seems interested).
*      The prayer table ministry is now in its 9th or 10th year and we are a known commodity. We know that it has been talked about in the bars on the Hill.
*      When the prayer table started nine or ten years ago, it had about a ten percent response rate from the people passing by, now it often has a fifty percent response rate or higher. I think that is because people know about it and trust what we are doing.
*      Our expectation is that God will bring the people forth and that no two times will be exactly the same. Sometimes it is all men who come, sometimes women, sometimes a mixture. The numbers who come are completely independent of the weather.
*      We refuse all donations for prayers.
*      We try to listen both to the people and to the Holy Spirit. This means that we don't "jump" people with the Four Spiritual Laws or any other formula. We try to listen to see if the Holy Spirit wants us to just pray or lead the person to Jesus through confession of sin to repentance or offer prayers for healing, provision, and protection. We try to treat each person as a unique visitor to the table.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Weds., Nov. 19, 2008; 12:45-1:30 p.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Deacon Alan Hart, Scott Underhill and his friend -- David Bayer of St. Michael's in Colonie.)

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

Note: Cut the Table time period a little bit short today; it was very cold and windy. The weather did not stop people from coming, however. Wide spectrum of folks who did and did NOT want prayer.

a,t -- SHERRY -- Asked for prayers for her back problems and for complete healing from recent incident when medication for her back reacted badly with other medicines she was taking; it caused her to be short of breath and scared her! We prayed also provision and protection for Sherry, as well as for her family. (She has seven children.)

STEVE -- Prayed for him and his son, Steve Jr., to be provided for and protected in these hard times and in this often dangerous locale.

t,a,c -- DAYA -- This has only happened a few times in the last 11 months -- a person driving by saw the Prayer Table and pulled over and stopped for prayer! Praise God!!! She said, "I have seen you guys out here before and today I was HOPING you would be here. I really need prayers! Thank you, God!!" DAYA said she is facing serious court problems and is scared that she may be sent to prison for something she says she didn't do. She is afraid not only for herself but for what could happen to her children if she is away in prison. We prayed for her to be at peace, that God knows all the details and is making sure that justice is done and that, whatever happens, her family will be protected. (Scott believes that this was NO coincidence-- that we were there not only for Daya when she needed God but also that his visiting friend, David, could witness this incident and see how valuable and powerful a force the Prayer Table is!)

t,t -- JOEY -- This man was looking for his friend, JACKIE. He said she is a friend and not a girlfriend. She was supposed to be there to meet him but she has not shown up and he is worried about what might have happened to her. Pray for Jackie to be found -- not only by Joey but by God.

t,c -- BOB -- Here is a man who stopped rather reluctantly and said, "Sure, why not?" when we asked if he wanted prayer. But as we talked, Bob confessed he has a serious problem witrh alcohol and he wants to be freed from it. We urged him to go home and pour whatever alcohol he has around his home down the drain and to ask God to help him refrain from buying and drinking any more alcoholic beverages. He said he has been trying to stop and has gone to NA meetings in our church but he can't kick his addiction. Pray for this man. He seems very sincere. He was in tears by the time we were done.

ED -- This man bluntly and completely refused prayer, but we ask you to pray for him anyway! He rides a mechanical chair and he was on his way down State Street toward Swan. He rebuffed our invitation with, "I don't believe in God!" Scott countered by telling Ed that God still believes in him. We got up from the Table and approached him again but Ed got quite upset and angry. He snarled, "Like your God, I REFUSE to bow down to a lesser being!" (Alan later spoke with one of the earlier visitors to the Table who knows Ed personally. This person said Ed was recently bitten by a spider and it has made him quite sick and disagreeable, and Ed is apparently taking all this out on God. Pray for Ed to be touched by God's mercy and intervention, despite his alleged unbelief. Pray for healing for Ed.)

 

11/19/2008, #48, 4th Quarter 2008

"A son honors his father," (Malachi 1:6a)
      Father, help us to honor you.

"And a servant his master." (Malachi 1:6b)
      Jesus, you are our master; help us honor you.

"If then I am the Father, where is my honor?" (Malachi 1:6)c
      Holy Spirit, help the Episcopal Church once again bring honor to our father in heaven.

"And if I am a Master, where is my reverence?" (Malachi 1:6d)
      Holy Spirit, help us show you reverence.

"Says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise my name." (Malachi 1:6e)
      LORD, bring the priests of the Episcopal Church to repentance wherever they despise your name.

"Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised your name?'" (Malachi 1:6f)
      Father, help us recognize where we have sinned against the name of Jesus.

"You offer defiled food on my altar, but say, 'In what way have we defiled you?' By saying, 'The table of the LORD is contemptible.'" (Malachi 1:7)
      Lord Jesus, whenever we come to your table without true repentance, we show contempt for your table; have mercy on us and bring us to repentance.

"And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?" says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 1:8 )
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to offer the best and the first fruits of our labor to our God and Father. Thank you.

A word received: Wake up, wake up, my people. Rejoice with me.

Wednesday: 119:121-144; Malachi 1:1,6-14; James 3:13-4:12; Luke 17:11-19
Thursday: 105:23-45; Malachi 2:1-16; James 4:13-5:6; Luke 17:20-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008
From: John Boyd
Prayer request from Sister Mary Elizabeth,CSM, Greenwich-- please pray for Fr. Nigel as he travels to Washington, D.C. in early Dec. He will be talking about the Welcome Home Initative.
      Dear Lord and Heavenly Father we ask for safe travel for your most faithful servant Nigel. We also ask you provide him with courage and encouagement plus all gifts of the Holy Spirit that he will need while he is in Washington next month. We pray this ministry will continue to produce fruits in abundance. We ask in Jesus' most precious name. Amen FHS, Jo Albany Cursillo #38

      Words Received for a Sunday School Lesson in December

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus," (Philippians 2:5) A word received: This is what I want for you as beloved children: that you learn to think like Jesus.

"who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, (Philippians 2:6)" A word received: I made a choice out of obedience and love for my father. I want you to submit your lives out of obedience and love as well.

"but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:7)" A word received: I laid aside my glory so that I might bring many sons to glory.

"And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:8 ) A word received: My love for my father enabled me to go the whole distance to the cross. I want you to know and experience that same love.

"Therefore God also has highly exalted him and given him the name which is above every name," (Philippians 2:9) A word received: I want you to know the power of my name in your lives.

"that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth," (Philippians 2:10) A word received: There is no place where my name is without power to open what is closed.

"and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:11) A word received: When you confess my Lordship in your life you bring glory to my father in heaven.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

 

11/18/2008, #47, 4th Quarter 2008

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. (Habakkuk 3:1)
      Jesus, please help us as you did Habakkuk to pray according to the mind of your Spirit.

O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; (Habakkuk 3:2a)
      Holy Spirit, teach us to fear the wrath to come as we read your words and think on the state of your church.

O LORD, revive your work in the midst of the years! (Habakkuk 3:2b)
      Jesus, revive your work among us!

In the midst of the years make it known; (Habakkuk 3:2c)
      Father, make your work among us known. Help us recognize what you are doing among us.

In wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2d)
      Father, we have sinned before you and are no longer worthy to be called your children, but in your wrath remember mercy for the sake of your son Jesus. Thank you.

Tuesday: 94, [95]; Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; James 3:1-12; Luke 17:1-10
Wednesday: 119:121-144; Malachi 1:1,6-14; James 3:13-4:12; Luke 17:11-19

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 17, 2008

 

11/17/2008, #46, 4th Quarter 2008

"There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day." (Luke 16:19)
      Lord, help us recognize the generosity with which you have provided for us: homes, cars, food, work, etc.

"But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate," (Luke 16:20)
      Holy Spirit, give us eyes to see and ears to hear the cries of those who are in want all around us.

"desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores." (Luke 16:21)
      Jesus, help us see the need all around us and recognize the "crumbs" we possess that would help others.

"So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom." (Luke 16:2223-)
      Father, there is a day of judgment coming for us all and that we shall be judged in part by what we have done or left undone. (Matthew 25:31-46) Help us recognize the great danger we are in because we are blind to those in need.

"Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'" (Luke 16:24)
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for we are sinners in your sight. The rich man knows Lazarus' name and still thinks of him as someone who should serve him rather than the other way around.

"But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.'" (Luke 16:25)
      Lord, help us repent of any hardness of heart toward those in need.

"'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'" (Luke 16:26)
      Lord Jesus, help us recognize the enormity and the eternity of that division which will take place at the last judgment.

"Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'" (Luke 16:27-28 )
      Holy Father, speak to the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church who deny Jesus' resurrection and the judgment that is to come.

"Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'" (Luke 16:29)
      Holy Spirit, speak to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, for they deny the relevance of your word in Scripture to us.

"And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'" (Luke 16:30)
      Jesus, you came back from the dead and they have not believed you.

"But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'" (Luke 16:31)
      Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church believe the witness of Moses and the prophets and all that you have said to us in Scripture. Thank you.

Monday: 89:19-52; Habakkuk 2:1-4,9-20; James 2:14-26; Luke 16:19-31
Tuesday: 94, [95]; Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; James 3:1-12; Luke 17:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Fr. Nigel will be speaking about the Welcome Home Initiative to a gathering of military chaplains in Washington, D.C. in early December.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, November 16, 2008

 

11/16/2008, #45, 4th Quarter 2008

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. (Philippians 3:12)
      Father, help us to press on so that we may attain eternal life with Jesus.

Brethren, I do not count myself to have taken hold of it; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
      Holy Spirit, please help us let go of anything that hinders Jesus' call to us and help us press on to new life in him.

Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. (Philippians 3:15)
      Jesus, help us come to maturity in you.

Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. (Philippians 3:16)
      Father, we pray for the Episcopal Church that our common life will be found in maturity in Christ Jesus rather than in canon law.

Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame--who set their mind on earthly things. (Philippians 3:17-19)
      Holy Spirit, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost!

"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in." (Matthew 23:13)
      Jesus, have mercy on the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and turn their hearts to your purposes.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation." (Matthew 23:14)
      Jesus, please stop the endless litigation that is consuming the Episcopal Church.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves." (Matthew 23:15)
      Holy Spirit, we long to see those who come into your church being born again. Show us how to bring people to new life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A word received: Pray that my people will desire my truth, my justice, my mercy. Pray for them that they will turn to me.

Sunday: 19, 46; Habakkuk 1:1-4(5-11)12-2:1; Phil. 3:13-4:1; Matthew 23:13-24
Monday: 89:19-52; Habakkuk 2:1-4,9-20; James 2:14-26; Luke 16:19-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** New prayer for the Mudges

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Joel 2:28-30a, 32a)

      Lord, we know that these words refer to the end times and no one knows when that will be. However, we ask for the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit now for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge. We pray for Lydia that in her youth she will see visions of what You have in store for her and that she may so well know You that she will prophesy and spread Your Word and Your Love to all whom she encounters. We pray for Father Shaw and Mother Julie that they also will prophesy and dream dreams even before they are old. Pour out your Spirit, Lord, upon these three faithful servants. We look forward to wonders in the heavens and on the earth and we thank You that everyone who calls upon Your Name will be saved. Amen.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT
(Sat., Nov. 15, 2008, 9:15-10:30 a.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

t--indicates received one of Torre's wooden crosses.
a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
c--indicates took one of our church cards.

Note: Drizzly, damp day. Not as much foot traffic in the neighborhood today, but ... people STILL came for the hope which comes only from Him.

t--RHONNA -- Young girl walking with another. (She stopped for prayer whereas her friend shyly wanted no part of it.) Rhonna wanted prayers for protection, provision and general well-being.

t,t,t,a,c -- ANNE -- This is a middle-aged, pleasant woman who came out of her way to see us and obviously knew what the Table was. (She came from Swan Street, then went back that way afterwards -- she was NOT passing by us.) Anne said she needed prayer AND advice, because her husband DEREK of 18 years has been verbally abusive, threatening, suspicious and jealous ... NOT a good husband or father as of late. They have 7 children together, and two of them were with her -- young DURAN, who was about 7 or 8, and JEREMY, who is about 11 or 12 and has Autism. We prayed for her to be safe and that all evil and trouble be driven from her home, and that Derek would become a better husband and father. Deacon Alan anointed her for Jesus' protection. Torre also advised her to take Olive Oil and make the Sign of the Cross on the doorways throughout their home, declaring all that is not of God to begone in His name!

t--IRVING -- A nervous man on his way to a dentist appointment stopped for prayer. We prayed that his visit to the dentist would go well and prayed for his protection.

t--ROBERT -- This middle-aged man was ashamed he has a problem with alcohol and wants to be freed of it. We prayed for sobriety for him and also for good general health and protection and provision.

(note: While we were prayed for ROBERT, repeat street visitor LES went by and waved to us happily. He also is battling alcoholism and is showing definite improvement. He is an older man who has been a regular to the Table lately. He showed us he still is wearing his cross!

DON -- Prayed for him for his safety and for the strengthening of his marriage.

t--BILL -- Asked for prayers for "steady employment" and to be able to pay his rent on time.

t,t -- JOHN and LAURIE -- This 30-ish, needy couple had just come from Dollar General. They asked for prayer for "things to get better" for them. Laurie's trailer is being foreclosed. We prayed that God will provide for them and protect them and keep them safe.

t--LYNETTE -- This well-dressed lady came from across the street, not sure what or who we were. We prayed for her general well-being. She asked if she could give us a donation of money, but we assured her that was not what the Table is about.

t--TACK -- Young man with a hoodie and an unusual (to us!) name was with a girl who did NOT want prayer and stood off to the side. We prayed for Tack to be safe and secure today, and that God would show him signs today that he is working in his life. He then got on a bus for Albany and the girl crossed the street and walked away.

LINDVALL -- This area pastor stopped for prayer, then in turn prayed for US and thanked us for "being out here."

t,c-- HOWARD -- Very needful of a job. We prayed for him to be able to find steady employment ... and soon.

(NO NAME) -- Man who said he was VERY LATE for work stopped briefly for a quick prayer of protection. He didn't have time to give us his name but thanked us.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, November 15, 2008

 

11/15/2008, #44, 4th Quarter 2008

"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much." (Luke 16:10)
      Jesus, please help us to be faithful in the daily round of small things: prayer, service, honesty, fidelity, work, so that we can grow into greater faithfulness.

"Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?" (Luke 16:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and repent of the small compromises with integrity that lead to greater sins.

"And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own?" (Luke 16:12)
      Father, please help us answer your call to daily be faithful stewards of what has been placed in our care.

"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Luke 16:13)
      LORD, we are deeply conflicted in the Episcopal Church, for we try to serve the goals of the world and you as well; and it isn't working. Please lead us out of this double-mindedness. Thank you.

A word received: Pray that my people will desire my righteousness.

Saturday: 136; Joel 3:9-17; James 2:1-13; Luke 16:10-17(18 )
Sunday: 19, 46; Habakkuk 1:1-4(5-11)12-2:1; Phil. 3:13-4:1; Matthew 23:13-24

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford
Subject: FYI: Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) update
      God morrow to those praying for the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) I just wanted to update you on my Dec 5th military visit to Washington... this just in from Chaplain (Col) Jim see below.
      Keep praying people... God really is up to something here... thanks be to God... Healing services for the military... never heard of that before... God is so good.... Keep praying....
NM+

Hi
      Just a quick update. I spoke with the Air Force Chief of Chaplains CH (MG) Richardson last evening at dinner and we spoke about healing. He was very excited about the possibilities of conducting healing services in AF chapels. I have send his executive officer, CH Glass the information about the healing conference and our time with Nigel on Friday.
God is at work! Jim, Chaplain (Colonel) James J. Puchy

Albany Intercessor

Friday, November 14, 2008

 

11/14/2008, #43, 4th Quarter 2008

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; (James 1:19)
      Father, you have told us that there is a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3: 1,7b); help us discern when to do each, give us listening ears and hearts.

for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20)
      Jesus, please help us lay aside wrath in the Episcopal Church and seek after your righteousness.

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21)
      Holy Spirit, cleanse the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church of their present support of evil and help us all receive your word into our souls.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)
      Father, help us live out and do your word; set us free from self-deception.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (James 1:23-24)
      Jesus, as we hear and do your word to us; graft into our hearts a true and lasting knowledge of ourselves and your love for us.

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)
      Holy Spirit, help us look into and continue in the perfect law of liberty that has been won for us by Jesus' death and resurrection.

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. (James 1:26)
      LORD, we have a lot of useless religion in the Episcopal Church, bridle our tongues: help us be swift to hear and slow to speak and slow to wrath.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)
      Holy Spirit, guide and bless the prayer table ministry: help us visit the orphans and widows and those in trouble with your healing love as we pray with them. Thank you.

A word received: Turn to me and I will comfort you. Turn to me and I will revive you. Turn to me.

Friday: 91, 92; Joel 2:28-3:8; James 1:16-27; Luke 16:1-9
Saturday: 136; Joel 3:9-17; James 2:1-13; Luke 16:10-17(18 )

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008
From: Tracy Parke
Jack's surgery time was changed and it happened yesterday... I just put a call into Shirley this morning and she told me all went well, but somewhere in the middle of the night Jack was internally bleeding around his sternum and he had to go back into surgery and the doctors stopped the bleeding. He is recovering right now, and the doctor phoned Shirley and told her he should be sitting up talking to her in bed within a day.
So, asking for prayer coverage for Dear Jack and also for Shirley.
Thank you Torre and thank you prayer warriors!
Love, Tracy xoxo
      Lord, please protect and heal Jack Parker and comfort Shirley.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, November 13, 2008

 

11/13/2008, #42, 4th Quarter 2008

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (James 1:2-3)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the many trials that are coming our way in the Episcopal Church and in the economy. Please let this testing produce the good fruit of patience in us.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, please let your perfecting work of patience bring us to maturity in Christ Jesus.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
      Father, we ask you to move in the hearts of George our president, Barack our president-elect, and Bill our bishop, that they would all turn to you for wisdom.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6)
      Jesus, please help our leaders come to you, leaving doubt behind. Thank you.

A word received: Hear me, listen to me, I AM speaking to you, my people. Seek me, pursue me, I desire to have you walk with me.

Thursday: 85, 86; Joel 2:21-27; James 1:1-15; Luke 15:1-2,11-32
Friday: 91, 92; Joel 2:28-3:8; James 1:16-27; Luke 16:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008
From: Tracy Parke
Just found out that Jack Parker's surgery is set for Thursday morning at 7am.
Thank you! Tracy xo
      Lord, please protect and heal Jack and comfort Shirley.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Weds., aft., Nov. 12, 1 p.m.-1:50 p.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Scott Underhill and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received one of Torre's wooden crosses.
c--indicates took one of our "Are You Looking for God?" cards.

Note: The weather was chilly and damp -- definite gloves and wool hat weather, but our neighbors flocked to the Table for His forgiveness, love and hope.

LAURIE -- Pray for this woman whose daughter recently was allegedly raped by three men. (The daughter has been to the Table three times herself for prayer since the incident.) LAURIE said her daughter is being stalked by one of the three men allegedly involved and is worried for her. Supposedly, the police are investigating and the issue is heading to some kind of conclusion. Pray for this family.

t--HECTOR -- This young man stopped by, first seemingly on kind of a lark. He laughed and said "Pray for Me? Sure. Why not?" But when we began to pray for him to be happy, provided for, made safe and protected, it became obvious to us that the young man was clearly moved by the severity of what we were doing in God's name and that God was claiming this young man. He became very serious and bowed low. He took a cross and was grateful for the prayers.

t--BILL -- Here is a middle-aged man who asked for prayer that his son, JASON, will not be taken from him by his mother-- with whom Bill obviously is not getting along with well at the moment. Bill prayed that Social Services will not take his son away from him. Scott prayed for Bill that the family will find peace and understanding and get back together in harmony and unity. Bill was a very, very sad man.

t,t,a,c -- ANDREW -- If possible, this man was even more sad than Bill. (They arrived about 5 minutes apart.) Andrew, who said he has come and prayed in our chapel before, wanted prayers because he said his marriage is falling apart. His wife, HEIDI, is angry because he just lost his job. He said he wanders the streets looking for work and is not finding any employment, and then he comes home and says he has to hear his wife complain. Andrew was in tears by the time he got done explaining. We prayed that the Lord will intervene in this marriage and save it, that He will help this couple to realize the love that still exists between them and to make it grow stronger. We asked God to help them in the areas where the marriage is weak.

t,t,t,t,t,c -- From one extreme to another -- a very happy, bubbling family of five came to the Table. The father ALONZO was smiling and brought his wife GALINDA and their three young children over. (The boys are EDWARD and ALEX, the infant girl is EVELYN.) Alonzo said "You just can't get enough of prayer!" The wife Evelyn said she came to our church about 10 years ago and got help toward going back to school. She now has a college degree! They said they were interested in coming to our church Sunday. Please welcome them to our family if they do!

t,t,a -- LISA -- This woman came hesitantly to Deacon Alan while Scott was still praying for the children mentioned above. She said, "I'm a prostitute and I have a drug habit. Is it still all right for you to pray for me?" Alan answered her that Christ came for ALL us sinners and immediately anointed her for protection and provision. He asked if she wanted to come to repentance about what she is doing, and she started crying and said "Yes!" By now Scott had joined Alan in the prayers for her. We prayed that God would free Lisa from her addictions and from prostituting herself; that she would instead find the gifts God has given her and begin to use them in a safe and productive way so that she can turn her back on her present life and look ahead to a new and bright one following God. She took a cross for herself and for the elderly man who she says lets her live with him.

t--LES -- This is a blessing. This old, alcoholic street man who has come by the Table regularly in the past few weeks has sometimes been so unsteady on his feet that he can hardly walk. Today, he stopped for prayer and was quite coherent. He told us "I want to praise the Lord because I got my ID back!" We prayed for his continued healing and protection. He hugged Deacon Alan and said, "You will never know how much these prayers you have given me have meant to me."

t--(NO NAME) -- A young man was in a hurry but stopped quickly and asked for a cross for his nephew ALLEJANDRO. The young man showed us his own cross he is still wearing from a previous visit.

t--SASHA -- Like Bill and Andrew, another very sad visitor. This young lady is the sister of the Albany Street woman whose young son died last week after a long illness. (It was a death widely written about in the newspapers and reported on TV last week.) Sasha wanted prayers for the whole family for healing. The mother, especially, is having a very hard time coping with the death of her boy.

Albany Intercessor

 

11/12/2008, #41, 4th Quarter 2008

Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to him to hear him. (Luke 15:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us sinners draw near to Jesus to hear him.

And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." (Luke 15:2)
      Jesus, thank you for receiving us at your table.

So He spoke this parable to them, saying: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?" (Luke 15:3-4)
      Father, please give us a heart to go seeking out the lost and the least.

"And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'" (Luke 15:5-6)
      Jesus, we pray that every parish in this diocese will know the joy of seeing lost sheep return to the fold.

"I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:7)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of all your people in this diocese and bring all of us sinners to repentance so that there will be great joy in heaven.

Then the LORD will be zealous for his land, and pity his people. (Joel 2:18 )
      Father, in your zeal restore the Episcopal Church and have pity on your people.

The LORD will answer and say to his people, "Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations. (Joel 2:19)
      Thank you for your mercy on us, Jesus.

"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to me. hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you-- the sure mercies of David. (Isaiah 55:1-3)
      Lord, I come to you!

He also chose David his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the ewes that had young he brought him, to shepherd Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. (Psalm 78:70-72)
      A word received: I raised up David as a true shepherd of my people. Pray that I will raise up true shepherds throughout my church.

      Father, we pray for your true shepherds that you will give them wisdom and strength, that you will go before them and guide them step by step. Protect and anoint them and their families. Pour out on your whole church a spirit of repentance and turning and renew that "first love" (Revelation 2:4) in your people.

Wednesday: 81, 82; Joel 2:12-19; Revelation 19:11-21; Luke 15:1-10
Thursday: 85, 86; Joel 2:21-27; James 1:1-15; Luke 15:1-2,11-32

Words receive for a Sunday School lesson in December:

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 1:18 ) A word received: Look at the evidence of my work in your life. Can you see what I have done in your life? Look to me for my work in your life.

"Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly." (Matthew 1:19) A word received: Look at my work in Joseph's life: in him you see both justice and mercy.

"But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.'" (Matthew 1:20) A word received: I gave Joseph direction for his ministry as a husband and a father. I want all my people to desire my guidance and take it as Joseph did.

"'And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call his name JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins.'" (Matthew 1:21) A word received: My saving work is evident in Jesus' name and in Jesus' life.

"So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:" (Matthew 1:22) A word received: I have come into the world through my Spirit so that I may be with you day by day. Look to me for new life from my father.

"'Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,' which is translated, 'God with us.'" (Matthew 1:23) A word received: Joseph was obedient as a son and he was truly called a son of David. (Matthew 1:20)

"Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn son. And he called his name JESUS." (Matthew 1:24-25) A word received: I long for my people to have the restraint and the courage of Joseph.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

 

11/11/2008, #40, 4th Quarter 2008

"Now, therefore," says the LORD, "Turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning." (Joel 2:12)
      LORD, help us return to you and your ways.

So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and he relents from doing harm. (Joel 2:13)
      Jesus, thank you for giving us what we do not deserve, and for not giving us what we do deserve.

Who knows if he will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him-- a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? (Joel 2:14)
      Holy Spirit, help us in true humility bring our offerings to you.

Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; (Joel 2:15)
      Father, move the hearts of the clergy and leadership of your church to call us to a season of fasting and prayer.

Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room. (Joel 2:16)
      Holy Spirit, move all our hearts to turn to Jesus.

Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar; let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD, and do not give your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'" (Joel 2:17)
      Spare your people, O LORD, and do not give your heritage to reproach.

A word received: Come to me, my people. Return to me, come to me. I have rest for the weary.

A word received: Pray for my purposes to be accomplished. Pray that future generations will not be blinded by circumstances. Pray for my hope to be lodged in their hearts.

Tuesday: 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11); Revelation 19:1-10; Luke 14:25-35
Wednesday: 81, 82; Joel 2:12-19; Revelation 19:11-21; Luke 15:1-10

       Notes from the Front Line

Pray for Mother Jackie Jones; she is not out of the woods yet.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 10, 2008

 

11/10/2008, #39, 4th Quarter 2008

Then he also said to him who invited him, "When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just." (Luke 14:12-14)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to do this for our Thanksgiving feasts: show us who is without family or friends that we should invite into our homes.

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; (Psalm 79:11)
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From BCP 1928 )

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also. (Hebrews 13:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us remember them.

So we, your people and sheep of your pasture, will give you thanks forever; we will show forth your praise to all generations. (Psalm 79:13)
      Jesus, turn our hearts to praising you for all that you have done in our lives. Help us this Thanksgiving to be a people truly mindful of your great deeds and give thanks for what you have done.

Monday: 77, [79]; Joel 1:1-14; Revelation 18:15-24; Luke 14:12-24
Tuesday: 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11); Revelation 19:1-10; Luke 14:25-35

      Notes from the Front Line

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

      Please pray for President Bush and Laura daily.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, November 09, 2008

 

11/9/2008, #38, 4th Quarter 2008

Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly. (Ezra 10:1)
      "Now, therefore," says the LORD, "Turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning." So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and he relents from doing harm." (Joel 2:12-13)

And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, spoke up and said to Ezra, "We have trespassed against our God, ...; yet now there is hope in Israel in spite of this. (Ezra 10:2)
      Jesus, please help us confess our sins and turn to you; for you are our hope and our salvation.

Now therefore, let us make a covenant with our God ..., according to the advice of my master and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. (Ezra 10:3)
      Pray for hearts that will tremble before God because of the sins of his people.

Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it." (Ezra 10:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us take personal responsibility for our deeds and for your call to us to return to Jesus and his ways.

Then Ezra arose, and made the leaders of the priests, the Levites, and all Israel swear an oath that they would do according to this word. So they swore an oath. (Ezra 10:5)
      Father, help each of us do our part in bringing your church and your people back to your ways. Thank you.

Sunday: 34; Ecclesiasticus 51:13-22 or Ezra 10:1-17; 1 Corinthians 14:1-12; Matthew 20:1-16
Monday: 77, [79]; Joel 1:1-13; Revelation 18:15-24; Luke 14:12-24

      Notes from the Front Line

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

      Please pray for the President Elect and his family daily.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, November 08, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008; 9:15-10:30 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--received one of our church "Are You Looking for God?" cards.

Note: Very overcast, cool day but only some occasional rain. The rain did nothing to deter people from stopping! God had one of the busiest Prayer Tables yet this day.

DON -- We prayed for blessing on his marriage and for continued good health.

t--ANDRE -- Young man who wanted prayers for his young son, Andre Jr., and for his next baby who is on the way, and for his woman. (They are "talking about marriage" at this point.)

t,c -- BEVERLY -- This is a woman just out of the Air Force. She is retired after serving 21 years in Trinidad. She is trying to locate in this area and said she is searching for a home and for a nice church community to settle into.

t,t -- JIM -- Please pray for this man, who asked for prayers on behalf of his sister KATHLEEN who was just beaten up badly by her ex-boyfriend. He also wanted prayers for thanks that he himself is alive and in good health.

a--PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) -- PAT asked for prayers for herself this time as well as for her son KEITH (who just got a job!) and her nephew NICK, who still needs a transplant donor for a serious medical issue. PAT feels "the devil keeps coming at me" and is trying to prevent her from praying for -- and helping -- her family.

t--EDDIE -- Wanted to say prayers of thanks that he is "still kicking at 64!" and is happy to be alive. He was collecting bottles and cans on the street.

t--BILL -- Asked for prayers for his woman, DIANE. This woman lives in New Jersey and they love each other and are trying to work things out so they can be together and get married and have a church wedding. Right now, they are in separate states and do not see each other very often.

a,t -- LISA -- This young woman wanted prayers for her two children, JAYDA and JOSHUA. We prayed for their protection and provision and for the Lord to bless this little family.

a,t -- JOSHUA -- Joshua, a young man in a sweatshirt, spotted us from across the street but then looked away until we called out to him and he came! He seemed to want to be invited. He wanted prayers for safety and protection from all the "stuff" going on around the neighborhood.

a,t,t -- LAURIE and JOSH -- This is the mother and the older brother of the young woman we have been telling you about who recently was raped by three men and is trying to deal with all the trauma and worry that naturally has surrounded that attack. LAURIE is the one who first told this girl to come to the Table for prayer and encouragement. LAURIE asked for prayers for her whole family to find some peace. JOSH also asked for prayer for his infant son, DEANTHONI, who has a serious digestive problem and is losing weight because he cannot properly digest food because of a stomach blockage. (The attacked girl prayed for him on Wednesday.) Please pray for this family which has had so many problems! We asked the Lord to take all these problems unto himself and send peace to these people.

a,t -- CALVIN -- This man at first said he wanted prayers for a job because he had no money and his wife was ready to "kick me out" and that his daughter was disappointed in him. But when Torre sensed Calvin was not telling us the "whole story," Calvin admitted he has a drug addiction and that all the money he has is going for marijuana and he is putting the drug first and his family second. He asked for prayer to be freed of his addiction and for forgiveness.

t--EBONY -- She wanted prayer for her husband, CECIL, to be healthy and safe. She also asked for prayer for her brother ROLANDO and her sister, KATHY. EBONY was on her way to church services.

ERIC -- Another man on his way to a local church service stopped by for prayer for protection and provision. He also prayed for US!

JIM -- This man stopped quickly for prayer for his son, ROBERT, to be safe.

t,t -- MATTHEW and WALTER -- Two young men on their way to the Dollar General stopped for prayer for "everything in general." A third young man, a repeater to the Table, got a quick "booster shot" of prayer. He showed us he is still wearing his cross.

Albany Intercessor

 

11/8/2008, #37, 4th Quarter 2008

At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the LORD my God. (Ezra 9:5)
      LORD, bring us to a season of fasting, prayer and repentance.

And I said: "O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to you, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens." (Ezra 9:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us in the Episcopal Church acknowledge our guilt before you as Ezra did for the sins of his people.

"Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been very guilty, and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to humiliation, as it is this day." (Ezra 9:7)
      Lord Jesus, we and our fathers in the Episcopal Church have been guilty of politeness when we should have made no compromise with the heresy and unfaithfulness that has crept into your church.

"And now for a little while grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in his holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage." (Ezra 9:8 )
      Father, help us use the grace you have given us to walk by your light.

"For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but he extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem." (Ezra 9:9)
      Lord, the defenses of your church are broken down and we are captive to Unitarians and Universalists; have mercy on us.

"And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments," (Ezra 9:10)
      Father, show us how to pray in the present circumstances of the Episcopal Church, for it has abandoned your commandments.

We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26)
      Holy Spirit, continue to intercede for us and teach us how to pray.

Saturday: 23, 27; Ecclesiasticus 51:1-12 or Ezra 9:1-15; Revelation 18:1-14; Luke 14:1-11
Sunday: 34; Ecclesiasticus 51:13-22 or Ezra 10:1-17; 1 Corinthians 14:1-12; Matthew 20:1-16

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2008
From: Tracy Parke
Subject: Prayer coverage for Jack Parker
Hi Torre, asking for prayer for Jack Parker. Jack went down to Albany med today to have a stint replaced and while there he was admitted and is going to have double bypass surgery sometime next week. Asking for prayer coverage for Jack, but also for Shirley as she is here in Greenwich and does not drive.

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