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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

 

12/31/2008, #91, 4th Quarter 2008

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12)
      Jesus, help us follow you step by step so that we walk by your light. Your word is light and truth for us and is a lamp to our feet.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
      Father, help us daily live in Christ so that we are renewed daily and are part of his new creation. We pray that the ministry of your Holy Spirit will bring renewal to all parts of this diocese.

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, (2 Corinthians 5:18 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us minister reconciliation to those inside and outside of your church.

that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
      Father, we want to be fully reconciled with you through your son Jesus. Help us daily live his word of reconciliation.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
      Jesus, help us represent you wherever we go and with whomever we speak. Help people to see you when they see us.

For he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
      Jesus, thank you for your righteousness. Thank you for becoming sin for us so that we might become righteous in your father's sight.

Dec. 31: 46, 48; Isaiah 26:1-9; 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Holy Name (Jan. 1) : 103; Gen. 17:1-12a, 15-16; Col. 2:6-12; John 16:23b-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Ten years ago in December of 1998 Bishop Dan asked me to start up an intercessory email ministry for the Diocese of Albany. I thank God for this daily opportunity to come into God's presence. I ask your continued prayers for Jean and me as I continue this ministry. Torre

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

 

12/30/2008, #90, 4th Quarter 2008

O LORD, you are my God. I will exalt you, I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things; your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. (Isaiah 25:1)
      Father, help us abide in your counsels of old -- they are faithfulness and truth.

For you have made a city a ruin, a fortified city a ruin, a palace of foreigners to be a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. (Isaiah 25:2)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church is becoming a ruin, the leaders are strangers to the gospel; have mercy on us and rebuild your church. Raise up men and women who will follow in the footsteps of St. Francis.

Therefore the strong people will glorify you; the city of the terrible nations will fear you. (Isaiah 25:3)
      Holy Spirit, teach the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. (Isaiah 25:4)
      Jesus, help us make you known to all who come to the prayer table and to our parish; help your people know that you give strength to the poor in their distress, that you are a refuge in the storm, and a shade in the heat.

You will reduce the noise of aliens, as heat in a dry place; as heat in the shadow of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones will be diminished. (Isaiah 25:5)
      Father, still the noise of the aliens who have taken over the Episcopal Church.

And in this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees. (Isaiah 25:6)
      Jesus, we long to sit down at your table with your saints.

And he will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. (Isaiah 25:7)
      Holy Spirit, remove the veil that has been cast over the Episcopal Church and let the light of the gospel shine forth on it.

He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord G OD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8 )
      Lord Jesus, please help us live day by day in the hope of the resurrection.

And it will be said in that day: "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us. this is the LORD; we have waited for him; we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation." (Isaiah 25:9)
      Jesus, you are God, we wait on you and we will be glad and rejoice in your salvation. Thank you.

A word received: Plead with me for my people. Pray that they will walk in my light. I AM. I AM waiting for my people to return to me and my ways.

Dec. 30: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); Isaiah 25:1-9; Revelation 1:9-20; John 7:53-8:11
Dec. 31: 46, 48; Isaiah 26:1-9; 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 29, 2008

 

12/29/2008, #89, 4th Quarter 2008

"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10)
      Holy Spirit, please guide us in every parish and as a diocese in giving priority to ministry to children and youth. Move our hearts to repentance wherever we hold your little ones in contempt.

"For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost." (Matthew 18:11)
      Jesus, come and save all the lost sheep we encounter at the prayer table and in the work place.

"What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?" (Matthew 18:12)
      Father, give us shepherds hearts to seek out the lost and the least!

"And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray." (Matthew 18:13)
      Jesus, disciple us so that we will learn how to be true shepherds of the flock.

"Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." (Matthew 18:14)
      Father, help us fully enter into your will so that none of these little ones perish, either by our actions or inactions. Thank you.

A word received: Hear me; listen to me; seek me; pursue me. I AM near; turn to me. I will listen; cry out to me. Acknowledge me in all your ways and I will direct your paths.

Holy Innocents, December 29 tr. from December 28: 2, 26; Isaiah 49:13-23; Matthew 18:1-14
Dec. 30: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); Isaiah 25:1-9; Revelation 1:9-20; John 7:53-8:11

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 28, 2008

 

12/28/2008, #88, 4th Quarter 2008

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, (Isaiah 62:6)
      Lord, your church has lapsed into silence about you; let the watchmen rouse us up.

And give him no rest till he establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. (Isaiah 62:7)
      Father, give us who speak of your church no rest until it is restored as a praise in the earth.

Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples! (Isaiah 62:10)
      Jesus, let your way be firmly established throughout the world.

Indeed the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world: "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Surely your salvation is coming; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.'" (Isaiah 62:11)
      Holy Spirit, give us sight to recognize wherein lies our salvation.

And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken. (Isaiah 62:12)
      LORD, guide us continually, and satisfy our souls in the present drought, and strengthen our bones; help us to be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. We ask that those among us shall build the old waste places; and shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and we shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (From Isaiah 58:11-12)

A word received: Cry out to me, my people and I will hear you. Cry out to me, and I will answer you.

A word received: Keep coming to me for your children and grandchildren.

First Sunday after Christmas: 93, 96; Isaiah 62:6-7,10-12; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 1:18-25
Holy Innocents, December 29 tr. from December 28: 2, 26; Isaiah 49:13-23; Matthew 18:1-14

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 27, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(In front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Sat., Dec. 27, 2008; 9:30-10:15 a.m.; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a--indicates was anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received a wooden cross (made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.)
c-indicates received one of Christ Church's cards.

Note: Very heavy rain; perhaps the worst day weather-wise in which we or others have manned the Prayer Table in 2008. So much so that we halted things about 15 minutes early because we had no dry spots left on either of us! Fitting for the last Saturday of the year. Foot traffic was very sparse, but we looked upon that as perhaps a blessing that during this time God was driving crime and indecency INDOORS for awhile off Hamilton Hill.

t--LYNETTE -- This young woman was on her way to the bus stop on the corner. She received prayer for security and protection and provision for herself and her family.

MARIE-- Poor Marie is a very sad story. She has often been to the Table this fall and early winter. She is a middle-aged single woman who has very little self-esteem and always, always, always asks us for money. You may recognize her. She often comes up to church members on Sundays and begs to them as well, although she appears physically well enough to go out and find some employment. (?????) Anyway, we asked her over for prayer, and she stopped and consented quickly. She said, "Yes, PLEASE pray for me; I am having a hard time today." She got our prayers and then, of course, asked for money. We said no; we told her that is not what the Prayer Table is about.

a,t,c -- LAURIE -- This perky young woman walked up to us and asked if she could have ANOTHER cross, because she said she had given hers from a previous visit to a friend who she said needed it more than she did. We prayed for her general well-being first, and then she divulged that she has four cracked ribs, so Deacon Alan also anointed her for healing and protection.

DON -- Stopped by for prayer for his wife, PAT, for healing.

t--KAY (or "K") -- This large, young man at first walked up and asked if Bus 55 had stopped recently. We told him, yes, it had just stopped. Then Torre asked if he wanted prayer and he vigorously said "No thanks!" However, about 20 minutes later just as we were preparing to leave during the last deluge of heavy rainfall, he walked over to us and said he had been "thinking it over" and could we pray for him after all? Torre just about tackled him with joy! We prayed for his general provision and protection, and that God would show him signs today that He is working in his life.

t--RAOUL -- Raoul walked right up to us in the rain from Swan Street (like he knew we would be there!) just before we closed up shop and said he "definitely needed prayer!" We did not ask what the specific need was; we just prayed for him and he accepted prayer and was very grateful.

Albany Intercessor

 

12/27/2008, #87, 4th Quarter 2008

So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him." (John 13:31)
      Jesus, thank you for paying such an awful price to bring glory to your father.

"If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him immediately." (John 13:32)
      Jesus, your glory is the way of the cross -- help us take up our cross daily and follow you so that we too may see the glory of God.

"Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek me; and as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going, you cannot come,' so now I say to you." (John 13:33)
      Thank you, Holy Spirit, for coming to us and bringing us your comfort.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." (John 13:34)
      Father, please let the love of Jesus dwell in every heart in this diocese.

"By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35)
      Jesus, please let your love be shown forth in us throughout this diocese. Prepare our hearts with your love as we look forward to the Diocesan Convention in June. Thank you.

A word received: Cry out to me for my witnesses. Pray for my witnesses to keep their eyes on me. Pray for my servants who testify about me that they will be faithful in all circumstances.

St. John, December 27: 97, 98; Proverbs 8:22-30; John 13:20-35
Holy Innocents, December 28: 2, 26; Isaiah 49:13-23; Matthew 18:1-14

Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 26, 2008

 

12/26/2008, #86, 4th Quarter 2008

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. (Acts 6:1)
      Holy Spirit, guide us as you did these first disciples in settling disputes in the church.

Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables." (Acts 6:2)
      Jesus, restore to the apostolic leaders of your church the clear priority of serving your word.

"Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;" (Acts 6:3)
      Holy Father, raise up throughout this diocese men and women who are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom and are of good reputation to serve as deacons.

"but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4)
      Holy Spirit, move the leaders of the Episcopal Church to giving themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.

And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, (Acts 6:5)
      Jesus, bless and guide with your Holy Spirit the vestries, the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, and Bishop Bill in putting forth men and women to be ordained deacons in your church.

whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. (Acts 6:6)
      Holy Spirit, guide Bishop Bill and all the bishops of the Episcopal Church as they pray and prepare to lay hands on men and women for ordination to the deaconate.

Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7)
      Father, we pray that your word will spread to every corner of this diocese and that the number of disciples will be multiplied, and that all of the priests in this diocese will be obedient to the faith. Thank you.


      Holy Spirit, fall upon all of the deacons of this diocese with your power, your gifts, and grow in them your fruit. Thank you.

St. Stephen, December 26: 28, 30; 2 Chronicles 24:17-22; Acts 6:1-7
St. John, December 27: 97, 98; Proverbs 8:22-30; John 13:20-35

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008
From: Rev. Jackie Jones
Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Day. By God's grace and mercy, I was able to go to Christmas Eve service! I even went to my in-laws' for dinner today. Thanks to everyone for their prayers. Prayer works!
God Bless, Jackie+

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, December 25, 2008

 

12/25/2008, #85, 4th Quarter 2008

"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," says the LORD. (Zechariah 2:10)
      Thank you for coming among us, Jesus.

"Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become my people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. (Zechariah 2:11)
      Father, we pray that this nation will be joined to you, that you will abide among us, and that we will all know you have sent Jesus to us.

And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. (Zechariah 2:12)
      Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper that love you. Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces. And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say, 'Peace be with you.' Because of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek to do you good. (Psalm 122:6-9)

Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he is aroused from his holy habitation!" (Zechariah 2:13)
      Holy Spirit, teach us how to keep a holy silence before our Savior and Lord. Thank you.

A word received: I AM calling my people back to me. They have wandered in a desert place. There is no moisture there and they perish for lack of my Holy Spirit. Pray for my people to return to me. I AM calling -- listen to me my people. Return to me. I AM he who can nourish you. Return to me.

Christmas Day: 2, 85; Zech. 2:10-13; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-26
St. Stephen, December 26: 28, 30; 2 Chronicles 24:17-22; Wisdom 4:7-15; Acts 6:1-7; Acts 7:59-8:8

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

Wednesday, December 24, 2008; 11:50-1:00 a.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell, Scott Underhill and Erin Underhill (Scott's daughter).

+--indicates received one of Torre's crosses made by Dennis Adams of N.C.

Note: Rain, cold.

+Joe, +Marianne (Joe's wife), and +Yasir (their son) -- for Joe's "sick brother, Richard and protection for my family."

+Lori and Joe -- she asked for prayers for upcoming shoulder surgery and for members of her family: Ashley and Luise. She was already wearing crosses from two previous times at the prayer table but asked for another one.

+David -- asked prayers for protection and provision for his family.

+Lenore -- asked prayers for problems she has been having at work, thanked God she didn't lose her job, asked for prayers to get a better job. She also asked prayers for her finances and a car.

+Jamal -- prayed for protection and provision

+Tanya (mom), +Timothy, and +Melvin (sons) -- prayed for protection and provision

+Ricky -- asked for prayers for his cousin Johnnie who is having stomach problems.

+Sandra -- wanted prayer because "everything has been going wrong".

+++Mary -- wanted prayers and crosses for herself, her mother and her brother.

++++++Robert -- had come to the prayer table two years ago and was still wearing his cross ("I never take it off, even in the shower or when I'm sleeping.") He was on his was down to Coney Island to see his family for Christmas. He took six crosses to give to his family and friends there.

Albany Intercessor

 

12/24/2008, #84, 4th Quarter 2008

Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: (Luke 1:67)
      Holy Spirit, fill us and enable us to speak your word.

"Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people," (Luke 1:68 )
      Father, thank you for sending Jesus to visit and redeem us. We bless you for your kindness to us.

"And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David," (Luke 1:69)
      Father, thank you for doing what we are unable to do: raising up salvation for us.

"As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who have been since the world began," (Luke 1:70)
      Father, thank you for the witness of your prophets. Please restore to the common life of the Episcopal Church a hunger to heed your word through them.

"That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us," (Luke 1:71)
      Jesus, save us from the hand of all who hate your word.

"To perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant," (Luke 1:72)
      Holy Spirit, please help us remember the covenant!

"The oath which he swore to our father Abraham:" (Luke 1:73)
      Father, thank you that by faith in Jesus we have become children of Abraham and heirs to your promises to him.

"To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear," (Luke 1:74)
      Holy Spirit, please fill us with your peace that passes all understanding so that we may serve Jesus without fear.

"In holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life." (Luke 1:75)
      Father, I long to serve you in holiness and righteousness, please purify my heart.

"And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways," (Luke 1:76)
      Father, thank you for the life and witness of John the Baptist.

"To give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins," (Luke 1:77)
      Lord, this can only be done on your terms, not ours. In John's day the leaders and teachers of your people refused to accept his witness, (Luke 7:30) and they are doing the same in our day. Have mercy on us, Lord.

"Through the tender mercy of our god, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;" (Luke 1:78 )
      Jesus, thank you for all your tender mercies toward us; thank you for visiting and redeeming us.

"To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death," (Luke 1:79a)
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church. Please help us take each step by your light. Thank you.

"To guide our feet into the way of peace." (Luke 1:79b)
      Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. (Luke 2:29-32)

A word received: Don't be afraid. I AM LORD. You are in my care; my hand upholds you.

A word received: You are in my care. My eye is upon you. Do not fear what men fear, fear me. I AM holy and I call you to be holy.

Dec. 24: 45, 46; Isaiah 35:1-10; Revelation 22:12-17, 21; Luke 1:67-80
Christmas Day: 2, 85; Zech. 2:10-13; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-26

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

 

12/23/2008, #83, 4th Quarter 2008

A word received: Don't be afraid. I AM LORD. You are in my care; my hand upholds you.

A word received: You are in my care. My eye is upon you. Do not fear what men fear, fear me. I AM holy and I call you to be holy.

Tuesday: 66, 67; Isaiah 11:10-16; Revelation 20:11-21:8; Luke 1:5-25
Dec. 24: 45, 46; Isaiah 35:1-10; Revelation 22:12-17, 21; Luke 1:67-80

      Words Received for a Sunday School lesson in January

"Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, "Behold, we are your servants." Joseph said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?'" (Genesis 50:18-19) A word received: Joseph know that I am the LORD and that judgment is mine. His many trials had taught him to trust me.

"'But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.'" (Genesis 50:20) A word received: There is no whitewash here of his brothers' sin against him, there is instead an open acknowledgment both of what they did and what I did. I want you to acknowledge me in all your ways. (Proverbs 3:6, "In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.") Do not cover over sin but expose it to my light.

"'Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.' And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them." (Genesis 50:21) A word received: I want you to make the same effort at reconciliation and restoration of relationships that Joseph did. He is modeling what I did on the cross.

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 09:36
From: Rev. Jackie Jones
Subject: Rev. Jackie Jones update
      I came home yesterday. Praise God! I'm going to try to get to church on Christmas Eve, but it depends on how I feel. Thank you again for praying without ceasing. God Bless, Jackie+

Albany Intercessor

 

12/23/2008, #82, 4th Quarter 2008

Come and see the works of God; he is awesome in his doing toward the sons of men. (Psalm 66:5)
      Jesus, you are awesome in your deeds among us. Help us draw others to you.


He turned the sea into dry land; they went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in him. (Psalm 66:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us rejoice wherever we see the works of God among us.

He rules by his power forever; his eyes observe the nations; do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. (Psalm 66:7)
      Father, we pray that Jesus will rule and reign in our hearts and that the rebellious in the Episcopal Church will cease to exalt themselves.

Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of his praise to be heard, (Psalm 66:8 )
      Father, we bless you; let our praise of you lead us into worship of you.

Who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved. (Psalm 66:9)
      Jesus, you are the rock we want to stand on -- don't let our feet be moved.

For you, O God, have tested us; you have refined us as silver is refined. (Psalm 66:10)
      Holy Spirit, please continue to winnow and refine our hearts so that every impurity is removed. Thank you.

Tuesday: 66, 67; Isaiah 11:10-16; Revelation 20:11-21:8; Luke 1:5-25
Dec. 24: 45, 46; Isaiah 35:1-10; Revelation 22:12-17, 21; Luke 1:67-80

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 22, 2008

 

12/22/2008, #81, 4th Quarter 2008

There shall come forth a rod from the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. (Isaiah 11:1)
      Jesus, we need the rod of your discipline in our common life in the Episcopal Church. Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon.

The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:2)
      Holy Spirit, we need your wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, and knowledge. Restore to our common life the fear of the LORD so that we may gain wisdom.

His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and he shall not judge by the sight of his eyes, nor decide by the hearing of his ears; (Isaiah 11:3)
      Lord Jesus, I trust in you and your judgment.

But with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. (Isaiah 11:4)
      Father, bless us with your son's righteousness so that we may truly minister to the poor and the meek of the earth.

Righteousness shall be the belt of his loins, and faithfulness the belt of his waist. (Isaiah 11:5)
      Jesus, clothe us with your righteousness and faithfulness.

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them." (Isaiah 11:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us come to the Christ Child this Christmas and be lead by him.

"The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox." (Isaiah 11:7)
      Jesus, only you can bring about such reconciliation in the Episcopal Church. Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon.

"The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den." (Isaiah 11:8 )
      Holy Father, John called the leaders and teachers of his day a "brood of vipers". We pray for the day in the Episcopal Church when the young will no longer received harm from its leaders and teachers.

"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9)
      Father, we pray for an end to the hurt and destruction in the Episcopal Church. Help us know Jesus' peace that passes all understanding this Christmas. Thank you.


Monday: 61, 62; Isaiah 11:1-9; Revelation 20:1-10; John 5:30-47
Tuesday: 66, 67; Isaiah 11:10-16; Revelation 20:11-21:8; Luke 1:5-25

      Notes from the Front Line

You're Invited to a Rally for the Mudges!!!!
      -a celebration of their mission launch
      -a time to worship and celebrate our Lord together with Julie playing too
      -a time to pray for them still more
      -a time to fellowship with them before they leave for mission training in CO

Sunday, February 1st 4:30 pm -8:30pm
Christ Church Coxsackie
      4:30-5:30/5:45 Worship, praise of God, making music together
      5:45-7/7:30pm -potluck supper, stories, skits, whatever you want to offer them
      7:30-8:30 Closing Eucharist- Priests con-celebrating, everyone blessing them

RSVP prefereably before January 15 to revsusanbaker@gmail.com or 334 3257
Christ Church will provide beverages and some desserts, green salad

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 21, 2008

 

12/21/2008, #80, 4th Quarter 2008

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
      Father, all around us people are perishing, even in the church, for they have been taught not to believe in your son. Have mercy on us and restore true belief in Jesus to your people.

"For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17)
      Savior of the world, save us!

"He who believes in him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God." (John 3:18 )
      Holy Spirit, rescue the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church out of unbelief; rescue them from condemnation and death.

"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19)
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church. Please help us take each step by your light. Thank you.

"For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed." (John 3:20)
      Jesus, help me to walk in your light.

"But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." (John 3:21)
      Jesus, please help us all throughout this diocese walk in your light. Thank you.


Sunday: 24, 29; Isaiah 42:1-12; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 3:16-21
Monday: 61, 62; Isaiah 11:1-9; Revelation 20:1-10; John 5:30-47

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Prayer
      May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
      We thank You, Lord, for encouragement and good hope for the Mudges. We praise You for the provisions that You have already provided for them: spiritual guidance, financial support, and help with all the organizational details necessary for long term mission work. Continue, Lord, to strengthen Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge in every good deed and word. Amen.

      Thank you for your prayers in 2008 and we hope that you will continue to pray for the Mudges in the new year. A blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

      Prayer blog: http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com
      SAMS webpage: http://www.sams-usa.org/sjmudge.html

      Tax-deductible contributions towards the Mudges ministry work in Lima, Peru, may be made on-line at http://www.sams-usa.org/sjmudge.html or by sending a check payable to "SAMS" (with "Mudge family" in the memo line) and mail to: SAMS, P.O. Box 399, Ambridge, PA 15003 You may also arrange for automatic deductions from your bank account by calling SAMS at 724-266-0669.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 20, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Saturday, December 20, 2008; 9:30-10:30 a.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and David Carlson.)

+--indicates received one of Torre's crosses made by Dennis Adams of N.C.

Note: Snowy, not much wind, cold, not a lot of foot traffic this morning.

+Bill -- young man -- shoveling snow, prayed with him for jobs.

+Anual -- young man -- prayed for protection and provision.

+Marlene -- middle-aged woman -- prayed for her business venture; that her husband would come back and their marriage would be stronger; and prayed they would have an apartment by themselves. She prayed for the fire of the Holy Spirit to come to Schenectady.

(At this time one vehicle rear-ended another in front of us -- the streets were icy and snow covered. We prayed for the people involved who were standing across the street.)

(No Name) -- "I believe in God." prayed for protection and provision

+William -- man in his 30s who had first walked by without saying anything and then later came back and apologized, "I'm sick." We prayed for his healing and for his 9-year-old daughter. William works in the cemetery and cremates bodies. "It doesn't pay very well but it's important work." He said his wife is all upset. Their apartment was destroyed in a fire. Welfare provided money for another one but there has been a lot of confusion which has affected his wife. We prayed for peace and protection for them.

(We prayed for the policeman who was across the street helping with the accident.)

(No Name from across the street when we said we were praying for him) -- "OK."

Joe -- wanted prayer for everybody to enjoy Christmas.

+Davida -- -- young woman -- "That my life will get better and that I will get a job."

+Tiny -- young woman -- prayed with her for "a job, my daughter"

+Steve -- young man -- prayed for protection and provision.

Albany Intercessor

 

12/20/2008, #79, 4th Quarter 2008

But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: (Jude 17)
      Holy Spirit, restore to the minds of the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church the apostolic teaching that is preserved in Scripture.

how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. (Jude 18 )
      Jesus, please cleanse and purify your church: the mockers are now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. (Jude 19)
      Father, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost. (John XXIII)

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, (Jude 20)
      Jesus, help us build ourselves up in faith and help us pray in your Holy Spirit.

keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 21)
      Father, please establish us in your love and help us look for the mercy that is found in our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

And on some have compassion who are doubting; (Jude 22)
      Holy Spirit, don't let us be the cause of anyone stumbling or falling who is plagued with doubts.

but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.23
      Jesus, please help us recognize the sins of the flesh for what they are and pull many out of the fire by our witness.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)
      Amen. Come soon Lord Jesus Christ!

Saturday: 55; Isaiah 10:20-27; Jude 17-25; Luke 3:1-9
Sunday: 24, 29; Isaiah 42:1-12; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 3:16-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Jean and I spoke with Mother Jackie Jones last night. Her heart's desire is to be home in time for the Christmas Eve service. Please pray that she will be able to do this.

Pray for Deacon Alan Hart who overdid it working on the prayer table on Wednesday right after his surgery. Pray that he will get the rest he needs.

Please pray for the prayer table ministry this morning. Pray that the wind will die down.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 19, 2008

 

12/19/2008, #78, 4th Quarter 2008

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
      Lord, I cried out to you and you answered me. Thank you.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      Father, thank you for establishing me in Jesus; thank you for making him my rock to stand on in the storm.

He has put a new song in my mouth-- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for giving me the songs of Zion to sing; thank you for writing them on my heart.

A word received: Call my people to me. Call forth witnesses of my truth. Call my people to listen to me and then speak my word. Pray for listening hearts.

Friday: 40, 54; Isaiah 10:5-19; 2 Peter 2:17-22; Matthew 11:2-15
Saturday: 55; Isaiah 10:20-27; Jude 17-25; Luke 3:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Rev. Jackie Jones update
      I spoke with Deacon Kevin Jones tonight (Thursday) on the phone. His wife, Rev. Jackie Jones, had successful surgery Wednesday at Albany Medical Center. He said it went very well and that Mother Jackie was "up and walking around" on Thursday. Kevin and Jackie both want to say THANK YOU for all your healing prayers. Praise God! -- deacon alan

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, December 18, 2008

 

12/18/2008, #77, 4th Quarter 2008

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 3:1-2)
      Holy Spirit, raise up men and women in our day with the ministry of John the Baptist to call this nation and your church to repentance and righteousness.

For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; make his paths straight.'" (Matthew 3:3)
      Jesus, please help us heed those who come speaking your word to us. Prepare the way in our hearts and set us on straight paths. Thank you.

Now John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matthew 3:4-6)
      Father, we get so hung up on packaging the gospel. If the message is authentic, people will come to hear as they did John the Baptist. Help us get our priorities straight.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones." (Matthew 3:7-9)
      Holy Spirit, raise up witnesses to the political and religious leaders of our day and call them to repentance and righteousness.

"And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 3:10)
      Jesus, please cut down all the fruitless trees in my life. Thank you.

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matthew 3:11)
      Jesus, baptize us afresh with your Holy Spirit and fire. We have grown lukewarm and need the fire of your Spirit to kindle our hearts again.

"His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean out his threshing floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:12)
      A word received 2006 4th Quarter: Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

A word received: Look to me; seek me. Look to me for aid in the storm.

Thursday: 50; Isaiah 9:18-10:4; 2 Peter 2:10b-16; Matthew 3:1-12
Friday: 40, 54; Isaiah 10:5-19; 2 Peter 2:17-22; Matthew 11:2-15

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Weds., aft., Dec. 17, 2008; 1:45-2:45 p.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

t--indicates recived one of Torre's crosses made by Dennis Adams of N.C.
c-- indicates took one of our church cards telling them about our Christmas services.
Did not anoint anyone with oil today.)

Note: Very pleasant day; water dripping from the icy tree above us it was so warm. Not much traffic on the road or on the sidewalk. Very quiet afternoon. An oddity about the Table today -- all of those who stopped for prayer were men!

RICKY -- Received a "booster shot" of prayer. He is a past visitor and did not want a cross. He said, "No thanks. I've got one from here already and I wear it all the time." He showed it to us.

t--MICHAEL -- This young man carrying a load of bottles and cans stopped for prayers for safety and protection, and " ... just to have enough money so I can get by."

t,c --DION -- This young man was going to pick up his daughter. Torre prayed that Dion would become the father and the man that God has always intended him to be.

t--MICHAEL -- This man was in a hurry and on his way to work, but we coaxed him to take a quick prayer for protection and provision.

t--DONNIE -- Here was another young man in a hurry; didn't want to stop at first. But we prayed for him for general well-being and protection. He thanked us profusely.

t,t,t; c-c-c KENNY, SEAN and CHRIS.-- This one is a doozy! You won't believe this: a truck suddenly pulled into our church parking lot with three workers in it. The side of the truck said it was some kind of family mulching service. We thought they were coming to work on limbs in the street. Instead, one of them approached us, took off his hat and said, "Excuse us .. we're three guys trying to find work around here. It's really rough where we live in Ohio, so we are trying to find some work. We saw your sign that said Prayer Table. Can we get some prayer for us here to find work?" They had come to the right place! We stood in a circle with hands intertwined and Torre prayed that the men would find work, be safe while working, and have safe travel. Think of it -- the Prayer Table now extends to Ohio!

Albany Intercessor

 

12/17/2008, #76, 4th Quarter 2008

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1)
      Have mercy on us, Lord Jesus, for this has happened in our day.

And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. (2 Peter 2:2)
      Jesus, this is true in our day; have mercy on us.

By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. (2 Peter 2:3)
      Holy Father, much destruction has already come upon the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us.

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:4-5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us and the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to take these words to heart.

A word received: Call out to me in your need. I will hear you. Call out to me; I will answer.

Wednesday: 119:49-72; Isaiah 9:8-17; 2 Peter 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8
Thursday: 50; Isaiah 9:18-10:4; 2 Peter 2:10b-16; Matthew 3:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Thank you!
      Just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers over the past three weeks. Glad to report that today the surgeon took out the stent and also got the kidney stone out. Yay!!! Strangely, the stone had moved up higher rather than lower.
      Now, please, I ask your prayers in earnest for Mother Jackie Jones of Johnstown. She is having very serious surgery on Wednesday. We prayed for each other over the phone last night. I must tell you something that touched me; she said, "Alan, God loves us and watches over us, but when we call out to Him in prayer for our needs and especially for the needs of others, the floodgates of Heaven really open up!" So ... open them up for Mother Jackie tonight.
      Thanks again! -- deacon alan

      Words Received for Sunday School lesson on Daniel 3 in January

"You shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace." (Daniel 3:5b-6) A word received: This is idolatry. It is an abomination to me. "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image...you shall not bow down to them nor serve them." (Exodus 20:3,4...5)

"Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews." (Daniel 3:8 ) A word received: Remember how the men sought to charge Daniel: "Then these men said, 'We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.'" (Daniel 6:5) Is there anything in your character by which you could be charged for being obedient to me? The three young men and Daniel placed their lives on the line because of me.

"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.'" (Daniel 3:16-18 ) A word received: The three young men have placed their lives on the line. They have made a decision to trust me no matter what. I want you to trust me as well.

"'Look!'" he answered, 'I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.'" (Daniel 3:25) A word received: But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;" (Isaiah 43:1-3a)

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

 

12/16/2008, #75, 4th Quarter 2008

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; (Isaiah 9:6)
      Father, thank you for sending Jesus to us as a helpless baby. Thank you for being so vulnerable in your love for us.

And the government will be upon his shoulder. (Isaiah 9:6)
      Jesus, guide and help with your strength George Bush and Barack Obama and all who bear the burden of government.

And his name will be called wonderful, counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us to praise Jesus as we ought.

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, (Isaiah 9:7)
      Jesus, please in your mercy exercise your governance and peace in the Episcopal Church.

Upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. (Isaiah 9:7)
      Lord Jesus, please teach the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church your good judgment and justice.

the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:7)
      Father, we ask all this in Jesus' name. Thank you.

A word received: Cry out to me; cry out to me for my people. My people are wounded by false teaching and there are few who are speaking words of truth. Pray for a ministry of truth among my people. Pray for an increase in shepherds who will teach the truth.

Tuesday: 45; Isaiah 9:1-7; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69
Wednesday: 119:49-72; Isaiah 9:8-17; 2 Peter 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for Rev. Jackie Jones who is having surgery at Albany Med on Wednesday, December 17th, to remove her large colon.

***** Pray for Deacon Alan Hart: he will be having surgery today to remove the stent and the kidney stone.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 15, 2008

 

12/15/2008, #74, 4th Quarter 2008

Coming out, he went to the Mount of Olives, as he was accustomed, and his disciples also followed him. (Luke 22:39)
      Holy Spirit, build into our lives accustomed places and times of prayer.

When he came to the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." (Luke 22:40)
      Father, I pray that I will not enter into temptation.

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and he knelt down and prayed, (Luke 22:41)
      Jesus, there are times when you seem withdrawn from us; help us by your Holy Spirit to join with you in prayer even in those times.

saying, "Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done." (Luke 22:42)
      Holy Spirit, bring us throughout this diocese to the place where we can all join with Jesus in praying: "Father, not my will, but yours, be done."

Then an angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening him. (Luke 22:43)
      Father, please send your angels to minister to us and strengthen us. Thank you.

Monday: 41, 52; Isaiah 8:16-9:1; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Luke 22:39-53
Tuesday: 45; Isaiah 9:1-7; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008
From: Rev. Jackie Jones
      Praise God for His protection! I'm having surgery at Albany Med on Wednesday, December 17th, to remove my large colon, because of the Crohn's Disease. I will have a permanent ileostomy. I covet your prayers and all the prayers of the saints, who I know have kept up a barrage of heaven on my and my family's behalf. Thank you and praise God for each and every one of you.
God Bless, Jackie+

***** Pray for Deacon Alan Hart: he will be having surgery on Tuesday, December 16th to remove the stent and the kidney stone.

      PRAYER TABLE ADDENDUM

Torre -- I'm sorry, but my hands were so cold Saturday that I dropped one of the pages out of my notebook. Please add this to the Prayer Table report. (It's the last two people who came by.)

t--COREY -- This young man who seemed very "edgy" stopped when we asked if he wanted prayer. He said point-blank,"I almost died a minute ago." We prayed for him and then Alan asked, what he meant by his near-miss: had he just had a car almost hit him or something?. He just paused and said, "Let's just leave it at that, OK?"

LISA -- This woman asked for prayers for general safety and provision in these hard times.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 14, 2008

 

12/14/2008, #73, 4th Quarter 2008

A Psalm Of David When He Was In The Wilderness Of Judah.
      LORD, the Episcopal Church is wandering in a wilderness; come and help us as you helped David.

O God, you are my God; (Psalm 63:1a)
      Father, I choose you as my God; I want no other.

Early will I seek you; (Psalm 63:1b)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for waking me morning by morning to seek you.

My soul thirsts for you; (Psalm 63:1c)
      Jesus, I hunger and thirst for more of you in my life.

My flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1d)
      Lord Jesus, the world around me will never satisfy: help me keep seeking what only you offer.

So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see your power and your glory. (Psalm 63:2)
      Father, help me when I enter your sanctuary this morning to come into your presence and worship you.

Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. (Psalm 63:3)
      Holy Spirit, help me to daily speak of Jesus' lovingkindness to me.

Thus I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name. (Psalm 63:4)
      Jesus, your name is above every name; help me by my words and deeds to bless you as long as I live.

My soul follows close behind you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:8 )
      Father, hold me up and help me follow close behind you. Thank you.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled " (John 14:27).
      Jesus, help us this Christmas season to seek the peace that only you offer. Thank you for offering us yourself.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; Isaiah 13:6-13; Hebrews 12:18-29; John 3:22-30
Monday: 41, 52; Isaiah 8:16-9:1; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Luke 22:39-53

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for Deacon Alan Hart: he will be having surgery on Tuesday, December 16th to remove the stent and the kidney stone.

***** A Praise the Lord! : Yesterday at 5 pm Nationalgrid turned off our power (there was a live wire under the tree that fell) and the city crews immediately cut the tree up and hauled it away. Then Nationalgrid re-wired the connection to our house and we had power back on around 6:30 or 7:00 pm.

***** Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2008
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Update and Prayer
      Mudge Update: Fr. Shaw had a meeting with Stewart Wicker of SAMS for lunch this week. Mr. Wicker believes that the Mudges are in good shape for SAMS certification at the appropriate moment for a late March departure for Peru. The travel arrangements have been made for a February 9th start at Mission Training International in Colorado.
      When I sent you out without a purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything? (Luke 22:35)
      We thank You Lord that the Mudges will lack not a thing as they get ready to serve You in Peru. We just ask for your blessings for them. And we humbly pray for their mission and for ours in the following prayer.
      Lord, teach us anew to go out into the world and tell the good news. Teach us to go with nothing, so that we might appreciate how much we have. Teach us to appreciate and use what you give us: hands, eyes, ears, skills, and money. And through all, prayer; and through all, the love of God. Amen. (from the commentary for December 13 in Forward Day by Day.
      Check out the blog. http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT
(Sat., Dec. 13, 2008, 9:15-10:30 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received a cross (made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.)
c--indicates took one of our Christ Church cards.

      Note: Quite possibly the coldest day temperature-wise for the Prayer Table in '08, but the sun shone brightly and the people came! (Not many people were out walking.) Almost everyone who passed by the Table either stopped for prayer or at least nodded pleasantly. Only one man (who has groused at us in the past) was of a negative mind towards us. He said cynically after Torre asked if we could pray for him, "Sure, pray for me all day if you want." Pray for this man to have a change of heart. (He has been a problem at Neighborhood Meal in the past.)

EDDIE -- He was on his way to work but stopped for a quick prayer for protection.

t--DANNY -- He asked for prayer that he would be granted "... a new life; a second chance."

DON -- Offered prayers of thanks that his home has been spared damage from the ice storm. His furnance went out but he had it repaired for $75 and was thankful.

t--ELS -- This middle-aged man was waiting for a bus but came over and asked for prayer for safety, good health.

a,t -- MICHELLE -- This woman at first shook her head at Torre's request for prayer, but then she stopped in the middle of State Street and said out loud, "You know, I sure DO need some prayer." She just got out of the hospital last night. We prayed for her continued return to health.

c--KEITH -- Keith is a repeater to the Table. He has been to God's Table four or five times this year. This time, he asked for prayers for his mother, DOLORES, who recently suffered a stroke. We prayed for both of them.

MARY and NIJAHA -- This mother-daughter combination has also been to the Table before. They have no power and lights and were stocking up on food from the Dollar General. We prayed for them to be protected and safe through this power outage. They did not want new crosses because they were already still wearing theirs from past visits.

(NO NAME; this is the girl with the dyed red hair who ALMOST stopped last week but not quite) -- This time she was having difficulty walking straight and upright. She obviously was "on" something. We told her we have been praying for her all week and hoping she would come. She just said "Pardon me?" and "God bless you" after we told her we were praying for her. Then she went on around the corner on Swan Street and, about a half hour later, walked back past us in the company of a man. Please pray for this woman to be freed from this addiction of prostitution and drug use. It was very apparent last week she wants to change her life but is "stuck" in it.

t--LAURIE -- This sad woman said she is in danger of losing her home, and she is about to undergo surgery and is scared.

c,t,a -- ALEX and KALEENA -- This couple stopped by and requested prayers for different things. Torre prayed with ALEX, who wanted "to have the mind and courage to be a real man!" Alan prayed with KALEENA, who wanted safety and protection and "a good life" for her parents and for their child. Alex and Kaleena are not married. Torre spoke to Alex about the need to marry -- to marry in a church and that it need not be expensive and fancy, but it DOES need to be holy and sanctified. Alex seemed interested in coming to one of our church services soon. Pray for them to attend!!

c,a-- CONTESSA -- This pretty young lady stopped and asked for prayer for her mother, CAMILLA, but did not offer any details. The Lord knows the details, so we leave it up to Him.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 13, 2008

 

12/13/2008, #72, 4th Quarter 2008

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2)
      Lord, the Episcopal Church has been walking in great darkness; help us see your light; we have been dwelling in the shadow of death, let your light shine upon us.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize those things which will truly make for our peace and seek them out and do them so that Jesus will be with us in every way.

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Psalm 32:1)
      Father, please bring us to this place of blessing.

Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Psalm 32:2)
      Jesus, thank you for all that you have done for us.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. (Psalm 32:10)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please help us place our full trust in you so that this diocese will be surrounded by your mercy. Thank you.

A word received: Wait on me: turn to me. Turn to me and receive my blessing.

A word received: I AM with you. I AM calling you to new hope in me. I want you to choose to trust me day by day: make it a daily choice.

Saturday: 30, 32; Isaiah 8:1-15; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18; Luke 22:31-38
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; Isaiah 13:6-13; Hebrews 12:18-29; John 3:22-30

We were in the ice storm. The tree in our front yard came down and fell between our house and our neighbor's house. It broke a window in each house. We are very thankful there was so little damage.



Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 12, 2008

 

12/12/2008, #71, 4th Quarter 2008

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
      Father, thank you for the many brothers and sisters you have given us in this diocese and in our parish.

      Jesus, thank you for the love you have shown us by bringing so many to salvation among us.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for calling us to steady belief and truth through your word to us in the Bible.

to which he called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:14)
      Father, thank you for the good news we have obtained through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help us stand fast and hold steady in the traditions of faith and worship that we have been taught in Scripture.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
      Jesus, thank you for the love, consolation, hope, and comfort you have given us. Please establish us throughout this diocese in every good word and work. Thank you.

A word received: Put your hand in mine; I will lead you step by step.

Friday: 31; Isaiah 7:10-25; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5; Luke 22:14-30
Saturday: 30, 32; Isaiah 8:1-15; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18; Luke 22:31-38

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, December 11, 2008

 

12/11/2008, #70, 4th Quarter 2008

Do not fret because of evildoers, (Psalm 37:1a)
      Holy Spirit, set us free from fretting and anxiety.

Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. (Psalm 37:1b)
      Holy Spirit, cleanse our hearts of envy.

For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. (Psalm 37:2)
      Jesus, thank you that judgment rests with you and not with us.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; (Psalm 37:3a)
      Father, keep us from leaning on our own understanding; help us place our trust and hope in you.

Dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness. (Psalm 37:3b)
      Father, help us to be faithful stewards of the land you have placed in our care.

Delight yourself also in the LORD, (Psalm 37:4a)
      Jesus, you are our delight.

And he shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4b)
      Holy Spirit, purify the desires of our hearts.

Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5)
      Jesus, we commit our way to your care. Thank you that we can do that.

      Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall ¬£direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

A word received: Look to me for peace in the storm.

A word received at Christ Church Schenectady: I want you to pray that I will circumcise your hearts yet again so that you can hear what I have to say to you. Only then will you respond and follow me. Cry out to me. Cry out to me. Cry out to me. Repent, repent, repent. Leave behind those things you are even unaware of. Leave behind all barriers between me and you. Listen, listen to my voice. Take the time necessary to listen to my voice. Take into your heart what I say and then respond. Respond the way I ask you to respond. Ask me how to respond. I will tell you. I am faithful and I love you.

A word received at Christ Church Schenectady: Seek me. Seek me. Renewal begins with each one of you. Repentance begins as you search your heart. Search you heart and I will show you how to repent. Ask me what to change. I will show you. Then be ready to follow through. Remember you are not alone.

Thursday: 37:1-18; Isaiah 7:1-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 22:1-13
Friday: 31; Isaiah 7:10-25; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5; Luke 22:14-30

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT

Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell, Scott Underhill and Dave Bayer (until 1:00 PM).

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

God provided for little rain despite rainy forecast. Traffic, however, was very light with only a few prayer requests.

+No Name - just sat down; did not ask for a specific prayer.

+Jasmine and +Jordan - Jasmine sat down and requested prayer for herself and her child, still in her womb (due March 31) while Jordan stood off to the side. Jordan eventually came a little closer and soon found his hand in Torre's hand. Inspired, Torre asked if Jordan was the father, Jordan said yes, and Torre asked if they were yet married, Jordan said no. Without hesitation, we prayed that Jordan be the man God is calling him to be, to marry Jasmine and provide for the family. Torre then took out a photo of his family (reminded me of Jacob and his twelve sons) and showed him how God has blessed his marriage. We asked if they were going to a church and Jasmine said she wanted to but Jordan had shown no interest. We gave them a card to Christ Church and told them that the wedding could be as simple as the two of them, a minister and Jesus as witness. Keep this young couple in your prayers that they may be united together through God.

No Name - Walked by informing us how much of a man he is. We thank God for his sense of humor.

+Caleb - walked by quickly but did shout his name.

Ernie - man who rides a three wheeled bike; we prayed for protection and fortune in finding many empty bottles.

      Notes from the Front Line

To all our Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors:
      I want to give you all a praise report from the visit with the Chief of Chaplains for the Army and to thank you so much for your prayer coverage.
      This past weekend was a mountain top experience for me personally. I flew to Washington DC and was picked up by an Army Chaplain and driven to an auxiliary office of the Pentagon. (The offices for the Army Chaplains are being refurbished at the Pentagon proper.)
      I met with General Douglas Carver, the Chief of Army Chaplains and a 4-star General, with 15 other Army chaplains. The briefing and prayer before we met in the conference room was interesting. As I was listening to the Colonel briefing me. I noticed that the sun was casting a shadow from his neck rest on the wall beside him. I told him not to move his chair but to turn his head. It looked like a helmet placed on a reversed rifle... the symbol of respect for a deceased veteran. &nbbsp;
      I spent an hour and a half presenting the 'Welcome Home Initiative," hosting questions, and praying.
      As an example I offered prayer for the healing of memories for one of the chaplains. While this was happening I was given a word of knowledge that was backed up by the General who, at the same moment, had the same vision. The power of the Holy Spirit was at work!
      I ended the session by offering an anointing of the hands of the chaplains. The 4-star General was the first up. All followed and presented their palms for anointing and commissioning for offering healing prayer. I hav e been asked back to the Pentagon and was told that the next time I would get the tour of the building.
      As a former corporal in the British Royal Marines, to present to these high ranking U.S. Army Chaplains was at first rather intimidating, but we had some good banter in regard s to a Marine presenting to the Army. I was able to invite these men, either individually or as a corporate group, to come to the SLC for a retreat or for them to join the WHI retreats next year.
      While there I was presented with three coin medallions: from the chief of Chaplains, from the Chaplin to the Pentagon and a Chaplains coin. Such an honor. I now have nine such medallions from the American military.
      That evening I had a phone call from the McNutts at Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, FL, who told me that they had been praying for the visit at the Pentagon office. When they had told their Level Three Healing School that we were doing this...< the class applauded... Both Francis and Judith were on the phone and they wanted to hear all the details of the Chaplains visit. They were thrilled.
      The immediate fruit of this visit is that one of the Colonels wants to do a healing service once a month at the Pentagon. Thanks be to God! I will keep you updated with any further fruits of this visit.
      THANK YOU so much for your prayers.... we must not limit God in any way....
      I have to say that this visit was such a privilege to offer help in anyway we can to returning combat veterans of all wars....
      
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another...
      Fr. Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

 

12/10/2008, #69, 4th Quarter 2008

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith with power, (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
      Dear Jesus, thank you that so many of your people have been counted worthy to suffer for the sake of your name in our generation. Fulfill all your good pleasure in them with works of faith through the power of your Holy Spirit.

that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.(2 Thessalonians 1:12)
      Father, let your grace so manifest itself in us that it brings glory to the name of your son Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care; don't be afraid.

Wednesday: 38; Isaiah 6:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; John 7:53-8:11
Thursday: 37:1-18; Isaiah 7:1-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 22:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 02:09:52 -0500
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: PT-related experience
      Hi Torre and Jean: Just wanted to tell you about a nice little Prayer Table-related story that happened to me yesterday (Tuesday.)
      I was at Ellis in the morning to get my scheduled Pre-Admission things done for my procedure next week, and the third nurse who attended to me on the B2 floor looked vaguely familiar. I figured probably I had seen her in an elevator there, etc. She was a hefty, jovial African-Americanm woman named Nina, and when I went into her cubicle there she led me past a wall and one of her Christmas ornaments started to slide down and she said something like "Oh, there goes one of my Christmas decorations starting to slide down. I better tape it back up."
      Then she said something about "her church" making sure people actually speak up and say "Christmas" instead of just "holiday," and I was pleased so I asked her what church she belongs to. SHe mentioned it was one of our neighboring churches (forget which one) and I told her I am a deacon at Christ Church at State and Swan, and she immediately beamed and pointed at me and said "THAT'S where I know you from! I thought you looked familiar! You're one of those fellas who sits at the little table in front of the church and prays for people. That's a wonderful thing you do. I stopped there for prayer one time when I really needed it."
      She told me she lives on Frank STreet, a few blocks east of us. Then when I had to lift my shirt for my EKG she was giving me, she saw my wooden cross and started talking about the Table again. She told me she sees those crosses "... ALL the time" up there at her office.
      Torre and Jean, it was so nice to have experienced this. We are really seeing the fruits of the Prayer Table lately, are we not? And I really feel like the Lord has His hand on this whole procedure thing I have to go through. This was further proof. --- deacon alan

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

 

12/9/2008, #68, 4th Quarter 2008

And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, (1 Thessalonians 5:12)
      Thank you, Jesus, for Bishop Bill and all the leaders and teachers of this diocese who labor for you in your vineyard.

and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves. (1 Thessalonians 5:13)
      Holy Spirit, give each of us a right understanding of ourselves and our role in the ministry of your kingdom.

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
      Father, please help us do all these things out of love -- the love that you bear for each of us.

See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
      Holy Spirit, help us think and do those things which are noble, just, pure, lovely, and are of good report. (Philippians 4:8 )

Rejoice always, (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
      Jesus, help us give you thanks and praise in all circumstances and help us rejoice in you.

pray without ceasing, (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
      Father, give us a spirit of prayer and intercession such as you have given your son.

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 )
      Jesus, please make the rough places plain in our lives by our giving thanks to you in all circumstances.

Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
      Father, please let your Holy Spirit flow freely in our lives.

Do not despise prophecies. (1 Thessalonians 5:20)
      Holy Spirit, give us all a heart to hear and speak your word to us.

Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
      Holy Spirit, give us the gift of discernment to know what truly comes from you; help us cling to what is true.

Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
      Father, guide us in this diocese through all the rocks and shoals that are ahead of us.

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
      Father, we ask for this in Jesus' name.

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)


Brethren, pray for us. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)
      Brethren, we pray for you who receive this that you will be blessed with the gift of prayer and we ask you to pray for us as well.

Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. (1 Thessalonians 5:26)
      Holy Spirit, guide us into appropriate relationships with one another.

I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. (1 Thessalonians 5:27)
      Father, give us a heart to read and receive your word to us day by day. Give us a steady discipline in reading your word.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (1 Thessalonians 5:28 )
      Amen. Thank you.

Tuesday: 26, 28; Isaiah 5:13-17, 24-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28; Luke 21:29-38
Wednesday: 38; Isaiah 6:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; John 7:53-8:11

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 08, 2008

 

12/8/2008, #67, 4th Quarter 2008

But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5:8 )
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to a sober assessment of the times and seasons and clothe us with your full armor.

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
      Father, bring us to the salvation you have ordained through your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and protect us from the wrath that is to come upon the disobedient.

who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. (1 Thessalonians 5:10)
      Jesus, we live in the hope of eternal life with you.

Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
      Father, guide us with your Holy Spirit so that we build each other up in faith, hope, and love, and comfort us day by day as we await the return of Jesus. Thank you.

Monday: 25; Isaiah 5:8-12, 18-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Luke 21:20-28
Tuesday: 26, 28; Isaiah 5:13-17, 24-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28; Luke 21:29-38

      Notes from the Front Line

Birthday cards received from my grandchildren, Torre and Natasha, for my 70th birthday yesterday:

Torre

Natasha

Sunday, December 07, 2008

 

12/7/2008, #66, 4th Quarter 2008

Show us your mercy, LORD, and grant us your salvation. (Psalm 85:7)
      LORD, restore to the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church the knowledge of what makes for our salvation. We are wandering in the desert; come and save us.

I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people and to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. (Psalm 85:8 )
      Jesus, the reason so many of us in the Episcopal Church are "backslidden" is that so many of us have never "frontslidden". Help us all make the choice for you to be our Lord and Savior; set us free from the folly of thinking we can earn our salvation by our works.

Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. (Psalm 85:9)
      Jesus, help us who are called by your name to humble ourselves and return to you so that you will heal our land.

Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed. (Psalm 85:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us embrace mercy, truth, righteousness, and peace.

Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. (Psalm 85:11)
      Father, let your truth and righteousness meet in the Episcopal Church.

Yes, the LORD will give what is good; and our land will yield its increase. (Psalm 85:12)
      Father, we trust that you will give us what is good for us. Thank you.

Righteousness will go before him, and shall make his footsteps our pathway. (Psalm 85:13)
      Jesus, please help us walk by the light of your word; then we won't stumble. Thank you.


A word received for a Sunday School lesson on King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20: 1-30): Look at the difference Jehoshaphat made for the whole people of God. He kept his eyes on me and they followed him. You can make the same difference during the present economic crisis by keeping your eyes on me.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Isaiah 5:1-7; 2 Peter 3:11-18; Luke 7:28-35
Monday: 25; Isaiah 5:8-12, 18-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Luke 21:20-28

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2008
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Prayer for the Mudges
Psalm 20:4-5
May the Lord give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.

We ask, Lord, that You look favorably upon the Mudges and grant them the desires of their hearts. Please make their plans succeed and bless them with answers to their prayers and ours. We pray about financial provision and arrangements being made for mission training in Colorado and for the hoped for departure to Peru at the end of March. In the name of Jesus, Our Savior, we pray for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge. Amen.

Check out the blog: http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/ It is new and improved!

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 06, 2008

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(In front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Sat., Dec. 6, 2008, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received one of the wooden crosses made by Torre's friend Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Note: Very cold (high teens) but we were out in the bright sunshine by the sidewalk and there was no wind, so the setting was perfect.

t--DAWN and male friend -- This couple stopped just as we were setting up the Table. Dawn was eager for prayer for provision and protection right away; her friend less so. But as we prayed for Dawn, the friend's attitude changed and he was grateful to join in. Dawn gave each of us a big hug when we finished and said "Thank you!"

t--AGNES -- This needy woman, collecting bottles and cans on the sidwalks, asked for prayers not for herself but "... for the mother and the kids who were hit by the car a few nights ago." (That of course is Sherry Anderson and her children. More on them later.) We prayed together for the Andersons and then we also asked God to bless Agnes herself and provide her with what she needs. Torre and I were struck by how this woman, so poor, thought of others first before her own needs. There is a kinship among the residents of the Hill. When one hurts, they all feel the pain.

t--MARK -- Very shy, nice young teenaged boy. He wanted prayer for safety.

t--SANDY -- Here is a woman who has stopped quite a few times recently for prayers. She is trying to find employment and is still looking. She also wanted prayers for her grandson, who she said "... likes to play with my cross when it's around my neck." We gave her a cross to give to her grandson and continued prayers for her to find a job.

t--JOSHUA -- Young man in his 20s who had a very light jacket on and appeared to be cold. He asked for prayers for his grandmother, SANDY, and his fiancee, TIFFANY, to be healthy and safe. Torre prayed that Joshua would become the man God intends him to be.

DIANE -- Another past visitor to the Table. She asked for prayers for "my family to be safe."

a,t -- ANDRE -- Still another repeater. Andre and his girlfriend have a son already and he said they have another baby on the way soon. We prayed for the health and well-being of Andre, also for the same for the mother and the son and also for safe and healthy delivery of the next baby. Deacon Alan anointed Andre for protection to be safe from all evils and harm.

JIM -- This man likewise has been to the Table many times, always to pray for his godson EDWIN who had been in Iraq for a third tour of duty. Jim wanted to give God prayers of thanks because Edwin is back home safe now! Praise God.

t--KATE -- Young woman wanted prayers for her friend ROSE, who has been diagnosed with cancer. We prayed for Rose to return to good health and to strengthen Kate to be able to minister to her friend in this time of need.

-- TWO PEOPLE --- A woman in her 30s or 40s and a young man maybe 20 walked by after parking in our parking lot. They said they were "in a hurry" for their own church services in the neighborhood but we prayed for them quickly as they walked by and then they scooted quickly across the street while there were no cars around.

t--MARY --- Very polite, friendly woman with her daughter CELIA stopped for prayer as they headed for the bus strop. Some others in the group went on to the corner without wanting prayer, but Mary said she wanted prayer for herself and her daughter to "be safe."

a,t -- DONALD -- Young man wearing his own metal cross accepted our cross gratefully after he sought prayer for "... protection for everyone on the Hill." (There again we noted the alliance of all who live and work in the neighborhood of which Christ Church of course is a part!) He was very grateful for the prayer opportunity and thanked us over and over.

-- Unknown prostitute -- We do not know her name, but this young 25-30ish woman with dyed red hair who obviously is a prostitute and has a drug addiction came as close as she ever has to stopping. We have invited her to prayer many times, and usually she smirks at us and walks by or she is "stoned" and really has trouble walking. This time she almost stopped. Almost. This time she hesitated when we asked her and it looked like she was considering it but then said "No, I don't think so." Pray for God to touch her heart and mind to turn to Him. Pray for Torre and ALan and Howard and Scott and all other Prayer Table ministers to find the way to reach these "almost" people who we can't seem to bring to Christ.

------ AFTER THE PRAYER TABLE ITSELF ... Torre and Alan went to the nearby Anderson home with a big container of chocolate ice cream to pray for the family. Sherry's mother Elizabeth answered the door and told us some good news -- apparently little Charles (2 years old) is coming home today from Albany Med, and that Lynn continues to improve. Torre and I prayed for Elizabeth and the whole family on the front porch. She said to thank everyone for their prayers.

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