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Saturday, January 31, 2009


1/31/2009, #33, 1st Quarter 2009

"Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug." (Isaiah 51:1)
      Jesus, help us daily look to you -- you are our rock and the quarry from which we were dug.

"Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him." (Isaiah 51:2)
      Father, by faith in Jesus you have made us heirs to your promises to Abraham. Help us daily look to you and answer your call as Abraham did.

For the LORD will comfort Zion, he will comfort all her waste places; he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51:3)
      Holy Spirit, we look to you -- you are our comforter.

A word received: Look to me in the times of desolation.
Look to me for water in the desert places.
Look to me for hope that does not disappoint.
Look to me for strength to endure.
Look to me; seek my face.

"Listen to me, my people; and give ear to me, O my nation: for law will proceed from me, and I will make my justice rest as a light of the peoples. My righteousness is near, my salvation has gone forth, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands will wait upon me, and on my arm they will trust. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will not be abolished." (Isaiah 51:4-6)
      Jesus, give us hearts that respond to your word and assurances.

"Listen to me, you who know righteousness, you people in whose heart is my law: do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their insults." (Isaiah 51:7)
      Father, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Thank you. (From 2 Timothy 1:7)

Saturday: 55; Isaiah 51:1-8; Galatians 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23
Sunday: 24, 29; Isaiah 51:9-16; Hebrews 11:8-16; John 7:14-31

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009
From: Alan Hart
Subject: Ellis update
(Friday, Jan. 30, 2009; Deacon Alan Hart helping Father John Varno with weekly Friday Catholic service.)
      A note: Just wanted you all to know the great news on the two ladies I have been telling you about from the B-5, B-6 Long-Term Care floors who were doing so poorly earlier this month. They are both better!!
       BERNICE -- This is the 91-year-old woman who was a childhood freind of my Dad and his brothers and sister in Carman way back in the 1930s. Three weeks ago today she had Last Rites in the Catholic faith and her family gathered to say goodbye. Instead, God apparently had His own plan and Bernice had gotten better and is now even eating purated food. She can even carry on short one-word guttural conversations. (She had a severe stroke which has left her right side and her speech impaired.) She was clinging to the cross I gave her that Torre Bissell asked me to hand out to "special" residents there. The four crosses came from the Vatican. Bernice has worn it ever since I gave it to her and she was holding it today when I went to see her.
       RITA --- Rita, the 95-year-old sweetheart with the runny eyes and the great sense of humor, also had been doing very poorly in December and January. But she, too, has rallied. She went to mass today for the first time since before Thanksgiving! She was singing along with the hymns. Praise God.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 30, 2009


1/30/2009, #32, 1st Quarter 2009

The Lord GOD has given me a disciple's tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech. Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord GOD has opened my ears. (Isaiah 50:4-5a)

A word received: Pray for my people to return to me. Pray for hearts that are purified by my word. Pray for my people to place their hope and trust in me. Pray for new life in my Spirit for my people.

Friday: 40, 54; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56
Saturday: 55; Isaiah 51:1-8; Galatians 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 29, 2009


1/29/2009, #31, 1st Quarter 2009

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. (Mark 6:30)
      Holy Spirit, guide us into regular times where we "touch base" with Jesus and have him review our work for him and the kingdom.

And he said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31)
      Jesus, help us hear and respond to your call to have quiet times apart with you.

So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:32)
      Father, help us actually make the effort to spend time alone with Jesus. Bless the Sisters of St. Mary and the Spiritual Life Center -- they provide quiet times and quiet places with Jesus.

"Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you." (Isaiah 49:15)
      Jesus, thank you that you never forget us, thank you for continually holding us in prayer and interceding for us.

      Jesus, thank you for bearing the cost of our redemption.

A word received: Rest in me -- leave your troubles in my hands.

Thursday: 50; Isaiah 49:13-23; Galatians 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 40, 54; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56

      Notes from the Front Line

***** If you would like to send help to either the Diocese of Maridi in the Sudan or the Diocese of Jos in Nigeria, make out a check to the "Episcopal Diocese of Albany" and on the memo line indicate the diocese(s) you wish the money to be sent to. You can mail the check to:
      Episcopal Diocese of Albany
      Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
      575 Burton Road
      Greenwich, New York 12834

***** Isaiah 49: 1-3 and 5-6
Listen to me, you islands;
Hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
From my birth he has made mention of my name.
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
In the shadow of his hand he hid me.
He made me into a polished arrow

And concealed me in his quiver.
He said to me, "You are my servant,
Israel in whom I will display my splendor."

And now the Lord says--
He who formed me in the womb to be his servant
To bring Jacob back to Him
And gather Israel to Himself,
For I am honored in the eyes of the Lord
And my God has been my strength--
He says:
It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
To restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
That you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.

Lord, thank You for your calling to Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge. Thank You that You have sharpened their mouths with Your Word, sharp like a sword. Thank You that you have inspired them to proclaim your goodness and deliver your message like a polished arrow. Thank You that You are their strength and that Your Son, Jesus, will shine through them, lights for the Gentiles. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit in them, guiding them every step of the way as they bring your salvation to Peru. We pray in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


1/28/2009, #30, 1st Quarter 2009

I have been crucified with Christ; (Galatians 2:20a)
      Jesus, please help me daily come to your cross.

it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; (Galatians 2:20b)
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily live this new life in Christ.

and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, (Galatians 2:20c)
      Father, in my flesh I am so weak, but if you will fill me anew with your Holy Spirit I shall be strong in Christ.

who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20d)
      Jesus, thank you for all that you have done for me and for giving your life to save mine.

Thus says the LORD: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you; I will preserve you and give you as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; that you may say to the prisoners, 'Go forth,' to those who are in darkness, 'Show yourselves.'" (Isaiah 49:8-9)
      Jesus, thank you for being the covenant sacrifice for us. We hold up those women in prison who intercede for this diocese -- April, Wendy, Renee, and Jeanette -- help them go forth in the power of your Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Keep crying out to me for my people. Cry out to me that they will desire all I have for them.

Wednesday: 119:49-72; Isaiah 49:1-12; Galatians 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29
Thursday: 50; Isaiah 49:13-23; Galatians 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Chuck Cooley. He and his wife Louise were married for almost 67 years. Louise died in her 95th year on Monday. Chuck and Louise have been intercessors for this diocese from Ohio for a number of years. Chuck was the Methodist campus minister for Jean at Ohio University over fifty-five years ago.

***** Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: RE: Shirley Parker
Hello all,
I just spoke with Shirley Parker just moments ago and she was waiting for the paperwork to be signed so that she can get out of the hospital and go home. She said she woke up this morning and said to herself "I got to blow this joint" which just goes to show that Miss Shirley is feeling herself again. She will be doing some therapy to regain some strength in her legs. She plans on being home this evening and would welcome calls tomorrow or the next day or the next.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


1/27/2009, #29, 1st Quarter 2009

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go. (Isaiah 48:17)
      Jesus, you are our redeemer; teach us the way we should go.

Oh, that you had heeded my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. (Isaiah 48:18 )
      Father, please help us heed your commandments; let your peace flow like a river through this diocese.

Your descendants also would have been like the sand, and the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; his name would not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me." (Isaiah 48:19)
      Holy Spirit, please guide our children and our children's children into the ways of righteousness.

Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans! With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, utter it to the end of the earth; say, "The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob!" (Isaiah 48:20)
      Jesus, help us go forth into all the nations to proclaim the redemption you have worked for your people.

And they did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he caused the waters to flow from the rock for them; he also split the rock, and the waters gushed out. (Isaiah 48:21)
      Holy Spirit, quench our thirst; baptize us afresh in your healing waters.

"There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked." (Isaiah 48:22)
      Father, please help the wicked turn to you and your ways so that they can enter your peace. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my work at [your parish] to be brought to maturity. Pray for hearts and ears and eyes that are open to my work. Pray for new hope and strength for my people.

Tuesday: 45; Isaiah 48:12-21; Galatians 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:49-72; Isaiah 49:1-12; Galatians 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 26, 2009


1/26/2009, #28, 1st Quarter 2009

"For my name's sake I will defer my anger, and for my praise I will restrain it from you, so that I do not cut you off." (Isaiah 48:9)
      Father, in your mercy do not cut off the Episcopal Church; please restrain your righteous anger with us. We are a sinful people and deserve your wrath, but we ask for your mercy instead.

"Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction." (Isaiah 48:10)
      Jesus, your people are being refined in the furnace of affliction -- remove the impurity of sin and unbelief from among us.

"For my own sake, for my own sake, I will do it; for how should my name be profaned? And I will not give my glory to another." (Isaiah 48:11)
      Thank you, Father, for refining us; thank you for being true to yourself and calling us to holiness.

"Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, my called: I am he, I am the First, I am also the Last." (Isaiah 48:12)
      Jesus, you are our all-in-all. Guide us by your Holy Spirit so that we answer your call. Thank you.

A word received: I AM calling my people back to me. I AM with you; don't be afraid.

Monday: 41, 52; Isaiah 48:1-11; Galatians 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43
Tuesday: 45; Isaiah 48:12-21; Galatians 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, January 25, 2009


1/25/2009, #27, 1st Quarter 2009

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have gained him the victory. (Psalm 98:1)
      Jesus, win the victory in our hearts!

The LORD has made known his salvation; his righteousness he has revealed in the sight of the nations. (Psalm 98:2)
      Father, reveal your righteousness to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and make your salvation known to them.

He has remembered his mercy and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalm 98:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us in this diocese remember Jesus' faithfulness and his mercy, and plant in all our hearts the hope of salvation.

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. (Psalm 98:4)
      Jesus, please help us come into your sanctuary with joyful shouts and songs of praise.

Sing to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of a psalm, (Psalm 98:5)
      Father, please help us sing with joy all that you have done for us.

With trumpets and the sound of a horn; shout joyfully before the LORD, the King. (Psalm 98:6)
      Holy Spirit, fill the sanctuary with songs of praise and joy because of what you are doing in our lives.

Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell in it; (Psalm 98:7)
      LORD, your whole creation sings your praise.

Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, (Psalm 98:8 )
      Father, restore your creation that it may joy in you.

For he is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness he shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98:9)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!

A word received for a Sunday School on Daniel 6 this morning: I AM calling my people back to me. I AM calling them to speak words of hope to one another. I want you to be a people of hope. I want you to look at every "lion" and know that I can deliver you from it.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; Isaiah 47:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-31; John 5:2-18
Monday: 41, 52; Isaiah 48:1-11; Galatians 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009
From: Tracy Parke
Subject: Shirley Parker
Good Afternoon all,
      Just got off the phone with Jack Parker. He told me that Shirley was rushed to the hospital last night, and that she is in Samaritan Hospital room # 4001. Jack said Shirley collapsed last night, apparently she can't stand up well due to weakness in her legs. I really do not know any details except that what the doctors have gotten thus far is that she is dehydrated. I wanted you all to know, and also to cover Shirley in prayer.
Thanx! Love, Tracy

Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009
From: Renee Abernathy
Subject: Update on Shirley Parker
Hello Everyone,
      I just got of the phone with Miss Shirley’s daughter Ann. Miss Shirley was resting and not up to talking but Ann said that she will be there for at least a few days while they are running tests. The # to Samaritans is 518-271-3300 Rm# 4001. If I hear anything I will pass it along.
      Please keep the Parkers in your prayers.
Peace, Renee Abernathy, Hospitality Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, January 24, 2009



(Sat., January 24, 2009 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell, David Carlson and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received one of the wooden crosses Torre gets from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c--indicates received one of our yellow Christ Church cards.

      Note: Before I (Alan) left for the Table this morning, my wife Deacon MaryCarol prayed aloud with her hand on my arm for God's anointing on His Table this day. She reminded me that "...Prayer is usually a last resort to a lot of people when, really, it ought to be the FIRST resort." That thought and encouraging prayer has stayed with me all day!

      This was a very blustery morning which swept through us and our visitors and made it feel a lot colder than it was (27 degrees at start), but ... people came!

a,a,a,t -- TRACY --- This very young Mom stopped with her two children, BIANCA and CODY. We prayed for her to be the woman and mother God intends her to be. We anointed her as well as the two children and prayed that the kids will grow up to follow in Jesus' path.

ROGER -- This was a young man who was the front seat passenger in a car driving by but slowing at the light in front of the Table. He rolled down the window of his side and asked us what we were doing, and we answered that we were praying for people. David asked "Would you like us to pray for YOU?" and he told us his name and said "Please do!" We prayed for him as the car drove away.

LINDA - This nice lady is a weekly visitor to the Table who stops on her way to get the bus on the corner. We prayed for her continued safety and provision.

JUNE and t--CHAMPAGNE -- These two young women stopped for prayer. June is a repeater, proudly wearing her cross. Champagne wanted prayer for her friend LYNETTE, but did not go into details. JUNE asked for prayers for "her family." Later, these women returned with a woman who appeared to be the mother of June, but she rejected our invitations for prayer despite June's encouraging to get prayer.

t--REENA -- This one is a whopper and a keeper! Reena approached us from Swan Street and seemed surprised to see us out by the sidewalk. She sat right down at Torre's invitation and said she wanted prayer for her niece SHAKTI, who was involved in a car accident a few days ago. We then prayed for Shakti, but Reena afterward said 'No, you don't understand. I want you to come to our apartment and PRAY for her there!" Reena did not know about the Prayer Table; she had expected to go to our church door and ask a clergyman to come over and pray with the girl. So ... Deacon Alan got up and walked with Reena to the apartment where the four women live upstairs, took off his shoes inside the door as reena did and went in and prayed for Shakti, anointing her forehead with Holy Oil. (She said her head is what hurts the most, although she had a black cast on her right arm.) It was very clean and orderly there, and I could see our church plainly from their front window. What an amazing thing that Reena came to Christ Church for help from God! What a holy honor to be able to do a "house call" and work in His name!

a,t,c -- LAURIE -- This woman, middle-aged, came back today after visiting us two weeks ago. She drove in and parked in our lot. Lauirie is seeking to be free from addiction to smoking. After we prayed for her, she got back in the car and drove away. (She KNEW the Table was there for her!)

(We prayed from a distance for a man on University Place who was collecting bottle and cans for the nickels he obviously depends upon so desperately. He has stopped before; his name is Tom or Bill or something ... we forget. He didn't stop this time but we prayed for him anyway. God protect him.)

A man carrying heavy bags -- This pleasant man nodded at us and thanked us but said he was too busy to stop but wanted us to pray for him. We did --- to be safe, provided for and protected.

CONNIE -- Asked for prayer for two friends who have died this past week. One was JOHN, who Alan remembered as having been a former basketball star for Mont Pleasant back in the 1980s. John died of cancer and was only 38. We also prayed for Connie to be strong and and steady.

BOB and JEANNETTE BALLARD -- They stopped and asked for prayer for EVELYN, who is having fluids drained out this morning at the Ellis campus on McClellan (former St. Ckare's) and for peace of mind for Bob and Jeannette.

LESTER -- Our friend who stops each week and is trying to battle his addiction to alcohol stopped for prayer very willingly this time. (The past two weeks we have had to hail him over when he was trying to avoid us and hoping we wouldn't see him.) He cheerfully said "I'll see you tomorrow for dinner" as he plans to attend our Neighborhood Meal.

STEVE -- We prayed for provision for Steve; that God will protect him and provide for him.

YOFFI -- Came right to our Table from a block away, heading right for us carrying a cup of coffee he bought at the corner convenience store. Yoffi asked for blessings for himself and his family.

Albany Intercessor


1/24/2009, #26, 1st Quarter 2009

And when he got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged him that he might be with him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he has had compassion on you." (Mark 5:18-19)
      Holy Spirit, help each of us to do as Jesus has directed: to tell our friends all that he has done for us and how he has had compassion on us. Thank you for this help.

And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. (Mark 5:20)
      Jesus, help us to be as faithful as this man was.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- (Ephesians 6:17-18 )
      Father, we ask you to clothe all of us in this diocese with your full armor so that we can go forward, confident of our salvation in Jesus, to intercede with perseverance for all the saints -- our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus around the world. Thank you, Father, for bringing us to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

Saturday: 30, 32; Isaiah 46:1-13; Ephesians 6:10-24; Mark 5:1-20
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; Isaiah 47:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-31; John 5:2-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Please pray for us on the prayer table this morning: it is cold and windy.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 23, 2009


1/23/2009, #25, 1st Quarter 2009

On the same day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." (Mark 4:35)
      Jesus, please help us follow wherever you lead.

Now when they had left the multitude, they took him along in the boat as he was. And other little boats were also with him. (Mark 4:36)
      Holy Spirit, help us take Jesus just "as he is."

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. (Mark 4:37)
      Father, a great financial windstorm has arisen and many are sinking; have mercy on us. Grant wisdom to the world's leaders in dealing with this. Grant us clarity in our own personal responsibility as we deal with this at the individual level.

But he was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" (Mark 4:38 )
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us personally know the care and love of Jesus.

Then he arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)
      Jesus, speak your words, "Peace, be still!" to our hearts and to the financial windstorm. Thank you.

But he said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" (Mark 4:40)
      Holy Spirit, renew our faith as we confront the windstorms in the economy and in the church.

And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey him!" (Mark 4:41)
      Father, please help us know Jesus better. Thank you.

A word received: Speak my word; pray for my people to hear and speak my word.

Friday: 31; Isaiah 45:18-25; Ephesians 6:1-9; Mark 4:35-41
Saturday: 30, 32; Isaiah 46:1-13; Ephesians 6:10-24; Mark 5:1-20

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 22, 2009


1/22/2009, #24, 1st Quarter 2009 and Prayer Table Report

Also he said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?" (Mark 4:21)
      Holy Spirit, let the light of the gospel and the fire of your love shine forth clearly in the Episcopal Church; don't let it be hidden any more.

"For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light." (Mark 4:22)
      Jesus, please help us bring everything in the Episcopal Church to the light of the gospel.

"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." (Mark 4:23)
*      Father, we pray that you will open our ears to the full truth and power of the gospel.

*      Holy Spirit, we pray that every parish in this diocese will see by the light of your fire.

*      Jesus, make the gospel of salvation visible and known to every man, woman, and child in this diocese.

*      Jesus, thank you for being the light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. Please help us take each step by your light. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my people to return to me. Pray for new life in my body. Pray for a renewal of your first love for me.

Thursday: 37:1-18; Isaiah 45:5-17; Ephesians 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34
Friday: 31; Isaiah 45:18-25; Ephesians 6:1-9; Mark 4:35-41

Notes from the Front Line

Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Prayer

      Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3: 8-11)

      Lord, we thank You for the Mudges, for their humility and for their willingness to preach to the Gentiles in Peru. Thank You for the grace that you have already given them and that you will continue to bestow upon them as they do a mighty work for you. We pray that You help them with their Spanish lessons so that they may effectively preach Your Word. We pray that Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge may have clearer understandings of your mysteries so that they may share your manifold wisdom with all Peruvians that You put in their paths. May they always proclaim Your Son, Jesus Christ, and His eternal purpose. Amen.

Tax-deductible contributions towards our ministry work in Lima, Peru, may be made on-line at 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.

(Weds., Jan. 21, 2009, 1 p.m.-1:40 p.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Soon-Deacon-To-Be Scott Underhill and Deacon Alan Hart.)

Note: Extremely cold, windy, uncomfortable day to be at the Table. You will see quickly that strictly in terms of numbers, it was not a success. We only had two people stop for prayer, although we took heart that quite a few people waved at us and smiled from the comfort of their heated cars and trucks. We cut it a little short today because of the cold. Scott and I did not get discouraged, however.)

DANIEL -- This was a boy of about 12 or 13 who stopped for prayer of thanksgiving that Barack Obama is our new president. We were glad to oblige and lifted up hope that Mr. Obama will not only be a good president for our country but will be a great world leader as well. We also prayed for Daniel to grow into the man that God intends him to be and that he will be protected and made safe and provided for. We gave him one of the crosses Torre Bissell gets from Dennis Adams of North Carolina. Nice young man.

JAMES -- James is a Guyanese man who is a regular to the Saturday morning Table and is a member of another area church. He was waiting for a bus to Albany but came over and spoke with us for about 15 minutes. A very interesting man; he said he accepted Christ as a 20-year-old and has been a Christian now the past 44 years, almost 45. He asked for prayers for continued health and strength. James says he gets inspiration daily from the story of Daniel in the lion's den and that he feels protected in the same way that Daniel of old was protected.

Also ... a young man riding on a bike in the bitter cold waved and yelled "God bless you guys!" as he rode past us.

One last note from which I hope you will take inspiration and increased faith: Before I (Alan) got to the church today I helped out at the Protestant service at Ellis Hospital. Prior to the service I visited with BERNICE, the 91-year-old woman I have been telling you about who was a childhood friend of my Dad and his family in Carman in the 1930s. Two weeks ago, she had a severe stroke and doctors prepared Bernice's family for the worst and it appeared Bernice was down to her last days, if not hours. Family from all over the Northeast gathered to say goodbye to her in her room on the B6 floor that week. But ... she fooled everyone! She made it through the weekend and has strangely gotten better each day. Today her eyes were wide open and she tried to communicate with signs and groaned-out single words to me. She ate a meal at breakfast! God apparently had other ideas about her immediate future than the doctors did. I prayed for her to have continued healing and to let God have His way on all this.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


1/21/2009, #23, 1st Quarter 2009

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your wrath, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure! (Psalm 38:1)
      Lord, we plead with you for your mercy for the Episcopal Church.

For your arrows pierce me deeply, and your hand presses me down. (Psalm 38:2)
      Jesus, your church is pressed down and pierced with many arrows; have mercy on us.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger, nor any health in my bones because of my sin. (Psalm 38:3)
      Holy Spirit, you know all the sin in the church; move among us and restore us to health as the body of Christ.

For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. (Psalm 38:4)
      Father, show us how to leave the burden of the Episcopal Church at the foot of the Cross.

My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness. (Psalm 38:5)
      Holy Spirit, give us your wisdom in place of our folly.

I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. (Psalm 38:6)
      Jesus, teach us to mourn because of our sin and turn to you for cleansing and healing.

For my loins are full of inflammation, and there is no soundness in my flesh. (Psalm 38:7)
      Lord, I am troubled for your church; have mercy on us.

I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart. (Psalm 38:8 )
      Father, help us recognize our true condition and turn to Jesus in repentance.

Lord, all my desire is before you; and my sighing is not hidden from you. (Psalm 38:9)
      Jesus, hear the cry of our hearts for your church.

My heart pants, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me. (Psalm 38:10)
      As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

A word received: Wait for me; let me be your guide.

Wednesday: 38; Isaiah 44:24-45:7; Ephesians 5:1-14; Mark 4:1-20
Thursday: 37:1-18; Isaiah 45:5-17; Ephesians 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


1/20/2009, #22, 1st Quarter 2009

So he called them to himself and said to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand." (Mark 3:23-25)
      Lord Jesus, we have been a nation divided against itself in so many ways: by race, gender, economic means, and in other ways. Please let this day be a new beginning in our nation so that we draw together for the common good of all. Father, we thank you for this in Jesus' precious name.

A word received: Yield this day to my purposes.

Tuesday: 26, 28; Isaiah 44:9-20; Ephesians 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35
Wednesday: 38; Isaiah 44:24-45:7; Ephesians 5:1-14; Mark 4:1-20

A prayer for President Elect Barack Obama off the Internet:
      Lord, we pray for optimum health, mental clarity and political prosperity for President Barack Obama. We pray that what he lacks in political 'experience' you make up for with supernatural wisdom and power. We also pray that when his enemies come upon him they will stumble and fall; and that your love will fill his heart to the end that 'Your will' will be done through him.
      We pray mightily for his protection. As we plead the Blood of Jesus over him and his family, we ask you to dispatch legions of angels to protect them from all hurt, harm, danger, and from all accidents and incidents as he is next President of these United States of America.
      We thank and praise you for answering our sincere prayers. In Jesus' Name, AMEN.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 19, 2009


1/19/2009, #21, 1st Quarter 2009

And he went up on the mountain and called to him those he himself wanted. and they came to him. (Mark 3:13)
      Jesus, help us all answer your call and come to you.

Then he appointed twelve whom he also named apostles, that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach, (Mark 3:14)
      Jesus, we pray for Bishop Bill, Bishop Ball, Bishop Dave, and all your apostolic ministers that they will daily spend time with you, and that wherever they go they will preach the good news of salvation.

and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: (Mark 3:15)
      Holy Spirit, come with your power on your servants to heal the sick and cast out evil spirits.

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, (Ephesians 4:1)
      Father, please help each of us answer the call that Jesus has given us. Give us the clarity that Paul had about who is really in charge.

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, (Ephesians 4:2)
      Holy Spirit, work in our hearts and bring forth your fruit of lowliness, gentleness, longsuffering, and bearing with one another in love.

endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)
      Jesus, as we prepare for the Diocesan Convention and the General Convention this summer, move our hearts to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Thank you.

A word received: Let me be in charge.

Monday: 25; Isaiah 44:6-8, 21-23; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19a
Tuesday: 26, 28; Isaiah 44:9-20; Ephesians 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35

A prayer for President Elect Barack Obama off the Internet:
      Lord, we pray for optimum health, mental clarity and political prosperity for President Barack Obama. We pray that what he lacks in political 'experience' you make up for with supernatural wisdom and power. We also pray that when his enemies come upon him they will stumble and fall; and that your love will fill his heart to the end that 'Your will' will be done through him.
      We pray mightily for his protection. As we plead the Blood of Jesus over him and his family, we ask you to dispatch legions of angels to protect them from all hurt, harm, danger, and from all accidents and incidents as he is next President of these United States of America.
      We thank and praise you for answering our sincere prayers. In Jesus' Name, AMEN.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, January 18, 2009


1/18/2009, #20, 1st Quarter 2009

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work." (John 4:34)
      Father, please help us enter into such a feast: daily doing your will.

"Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!" (John 4:35)
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes and hearts to see and go out into the harvest fields that are all around us.

"And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together." (John 4:36)
      Jesus, thank you for the joy we experience in sowing and reaping at the prayer table. Please help all of us throughout this diocese know the joy of sowing and reaping.

"For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'" (John 4:37)
      Father, please help each of us do the work you have called us to.

"I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors." (John 4:38 )
      Father, thank you for the faithful work of those who went before us into the harvest fields.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Isaiah 43:14-44:5; Hebrews 6:17-7:10; John 4:27-42
Monday: 25; Isaiah 44:6-8, 21-23; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19a

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, January 17, 2009



(Sat., Jan. 17, 2009; 9:30-10:40 a.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Prayer servants Torre Bissell, Dave Carlson and Deacon Alan Hart were honored to be joined this day by Rev. Nigel Mumford, Director of the Healing Oratory at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Washington County.)

Note: Very, very cold morning -- zero or below. But ... the Lord had many takers, nonetheless, seeking the hope of mercy and forgiveness which comes only from Him.

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received one of the wooden crosses Torre gets from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c--indicates received a yellow Christ Church invitation card.

IRIS, PEDRO -- This young couple stopped for prayer specifically for Iris, who said she needed healing in her leg. (We were just setting up the Table and chairs at this point so we didn't get to anoint her or give them crosses.

a--PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) -- While the rest of the group was praying for Iris and Pedro, Deacon Alan went to see Pat just stepping off the bus on the corner. Pat requested continued prayer for her family members in need, especially grand-daughter KIESHA who has been diagnosed with a thyroid disease and is "very scared." Pat also wants us to continue to pray for her dad FRANK and her nephew KEITH, who have health issues, and nephew NICK, who needs a good job. Alan anointed Pat for strength and to give thanks for the witness she has become for Christ as she ministers to her family.

(A man waved at us with enthusiasm as he drove past in his car.)

a,t -- DAVE -- Perhaps the most special visitor to the Table all day. We called to him as he walked on the other side of the street to see if he needed prayer and he shook his head "no" and yelled to us that he thought he was "Damned." About five minutes later, we saw that he had changed his mind and he came back to our side of the street. Father Nigel assured him God loves him and that he is not damned at all. Dave obviously had been drinking and smelled like a brewery, but when Father Nigel brought this to his attention Dave bristled and denied it, and he said "I haven't had a drink in 24 hours." Father Nigel anointed him and prayed for him to be freed from addiction, to be sober and to grow in Christ Jesus.

t,a -- ROBBY -- While Father Nigel and Alan were praying with Dave, Robby came along on a bike and sought prayer. Torre and Dave (Carlson) prayed for Robby for protection and provision. Robby smiled at them afterward and said, "Now I'm sure I've got real protection!"

a,t -- DAN -- This young man who came across the street at our invitation and asked for prayer for general provision.

(NOTE: At this point, maybe 15 minutes into the prayer session, Father Nigel remarked, "This is not just a Prayer Table ... it's a Salvation Station! We are saving souls right out here on the street, and funny ... I don't feel as cold when I'm praying!")
t,a -- "D.C. " -- This friendly young man is a repeater from a couple of weeks ago. He asked for continued prayers for safety for himself, his mother and his sisters.

BILL -- Another man who has been to the Table before. He was carrying a big, heavy bag of laundry and got general prayers for protection and for provision. He told us over and over how grateful he was for the prayers.

c,t,a -- LEVI and ROSE -- This young couple came along and smiled and stopped before we even asked them if they wanted prayer. Levi said he especially needed prayers that the two of them would have discernment about what to do and what NOT to do concerning the living arrangement they currently have. Certain other people apparently are living with them; Levi did not go into details but the arrangement has made them uncomfortable. We prayed together that the situation would be resolved by our Lord.

t,a -- CARL -- This quiet, humble young man stopped and politely waited until we were done praying for Levi and Rose. He asked for healing prayer for his grandmother CASSANDRA, who is ill.

a,t -- (woman who did not give her name) -- This young lady stopped oh-so-briefly because she said she was "... on my way to a class" but we prayed for her to have a good class and a great day.

a,t -- JIM -- A frequent visitor to the Table, Jim asked for prayer for his son ROBERT. Jim told us some months ago when he first came to us how he still is in deep sorrow over the death of another son RICHARD who had died a year ago.

a-- LESTER -- By now you are no doubt familiar with this man who is struggling so with his addiction to alcohol. He is at the Table each week and frequently comes to Neighborhood Meal. Today he again needed prayers and had been drinking overnight and/or this morning. He just turned 52 this month but, frankly, he looks like a man in his late 70s. Pray for Lester; he really is trying but cannot get free. He still wears the cross Torre gave him in October. Father Nigel prayed as he anointed Lester that he would "turn from alcoholic spirits to the Holy Spirit." We gave Lester a spare pair of gloves that we had with us.

a,t -- ANDRE -- Yet another returnee to the Prayer Table, Andre gladly stopped for prayer as he walked by from the Swan Street side, talking on his cellphone. As we finished a general prayer for his protection and safety, Andrew went right back to the cellphone conversation he was having. That was so great that he stopped for prayer, because -- when you think about it -- the person listening at the other end of the phone call also received the same prayers!

a,t,c -- ELI -- Another very special visitor. This man said he has already given his life to Jesus, but Torre suggested to Eli that he needed to reaffirm that decision. Right on the spot he confessed his "whole bunch" of sins in private to Jesus and Torre reminded Eli of the Good News that he now is "just squeaky-clean" because he has been forgiven by God.

a,t,t -- MADELINE and ROSE -- Rose has been to the Table before but this time she brought her mother, Madeline. We prayed for both women's general needs and health concerns.

a,c -- JAMAAL and ASHLEIGH -- As we were taking the Table and chairs away, this young couple was walking by and we prayed for them both but especialty for Ashleigh when Jamaal asked us to pray for her.

(NOTE from Deacon Alan: Torre: As I was putting this report together, it struck me how its is not a bad idea idea at all to have multi-number prayer servants at any given Table. There were three instances today when one or more of us was praying for someone and, right then, someone else came along and needed prayer too. When we have extra people like we have the last three weeks, we can minister to people we might otherwise miss. And .. it might cause people to stop and see and listen and say, "Hey, maybe they will pray for ME, too." Just a thought. Can you imagine someday our Prayer Table looking like our Sunday healing time during communion with people lined up waiting for prayer? God might just make that happen.)

      Report on the Prayer Table by Fr. Nigel Mumford

Torre, my brother in Christ,
Thank you so much for allowing me to spend the morning with you, the Deacon and David. I am very impressed at the prayer table ministry at Christ Church. I was impressed with the "Proactive" approach in asking people if they would like prayer. I was even more impressed at the 95% response in the positive. One chap caught my attention after the invitation was launched across the busy street as he just replied "I'm dammed" We all heartily responded that he was loved deeply by the Lord. Less than five minuets later he came by on our side of the street! He then decided he would accept prayer. WONDERFUL. I was surprised at the amount of foot traffic there was. Good to be right next to a bus stop!

The "Prayer table" or as I saw it Christ's "Salvation Station" is a truly anointed ministry even though my oil was getting crunchy! That has never happened before... my oil was frozen! No one on the team complained of the cold, not once. I did note that as we prayed the cold seemed to go and the heat of the provision of the Holy Spirit came upon us. Thanks be to God. (My car registered -4c)

I was deeply touched as you gave out gloves to those who did not have them.

I was deeply privileged to pray with you all today and I thank God for your ministry and those who received so readily. I saw the love of Jesus in action today. Well done good and faithful servants. My soul has been touched by your ministry.

Jesus told his disciples to Preach the Kingdom AND to heal the sick (Luke 9:4) and I saw you all doing just that. "BRILLIANT"

Gosh imagine if all the churches offered such a ministry. Bringing salvation and healing to people one at a time on the streets... right in front of the church... we should all be doing this.

I will be keeping you in prayer on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Thanks be to God.

You were right; it took me 45 minutes in the car to warm up! I wonder if I will need an oil change!

Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another...

Fr. Nigel+


1/17/2009, #19, 1st Quarter 2009

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 3:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help me bow my knee before God the Father, to reverence and honor him with my thoughts, words, and deeds. Thank you.

from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, (Ephesians 3:15)
      Jesus, help us find our identity in the Father's love and in your love.

that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, (Ephesians 3:16)
      Holy Spirit, I need your strength: both the outer and the inner man are weak; come and renew me and restore my first love for Jesus.

that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (Ephesians 3:17)
      Jesus, help me to be rooted and grounded in your love -- come and dwell in my heart through faith.

may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-- (Ephesians 3:18 )
      Holy Spirit, give us such an understanding -- this is not something we can learn on our own.

to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19)
      Jesus, as you visited and refilled the apostolic church with your Holy Spirit, visit and fill us anew with your Holy Spirit so that we can know your love in our hearts.

Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
      So be it, Lord! Let your glory shine forth through us and upon us as you did with the shepherds at your birth. Thank you.

      Lord, you have formed me and said to me: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine." When I pass through the deep waters, you are with me; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow me. When I walk through the fire, I shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch me. For you are the LORD my God, the Holy One of Israel, my savior; I am precious in your sight. You have honored me, and you have loved me; therefore I will not fear, for you are with me. Thank you. (From Isaiah 43:1-5)

A word received: I AM with you in the fire.
I AM with you in the flood.
I AM with you in the day of calamity, and I will hold you up.
Let me be your strength; I AM sufficient.

A word received: Keep on praying; don't give up. I AM in charge.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); Isaiah 43:1-13; Ephesians 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6
Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Isaiah 43:14-44:5; Hebrews 6:17-7:10; John 4:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009
From: Tom Ortung
Subject: Ortung priestly ordination announcement and missionary support request Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      It is with great joy that I am able to write to you of my upcoming ordination to the priesthood on The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Bp. Bill has asked Bp. Gregory Rickel, Diocese of Olympia, to ordain me to the priesthood on his behalf. Due to the considerable distance between Albany and Seattle, I have opted for an email announcement rather than the expense of individualized mailings.
      Since Josh and I are raising money for a mission trip to Guatemala with our church youth group in June ’09, we thought we would focus our time and money there. We are excited to be a part of this trip, the first for both of us. We will be partnering with Hope Haven International and Bethel Ministries, whose focus is to serve children with disabilities. Our team will work alongside various missionaries as we help out in an orphanage for disabled children, work at a school for disabled children, and distribute food, supplies and wheelchairs to families in need. Here is a link to Dick Rutger’s missionary journal that will show you better who and where we will be serving:

      As is customary, any gift offerings for my ordination will go towards my discretionary account with the special intention of raising support for our Guatemala ’09 team. Our cost for the trip is $1,800 per team member and we are fielding a group of five youth and eight adults. I hope and pray that you will consider celebrating my ordination to the priesthood with prayerful support of our Guatemala mission team. We hope to have half the amount needed by February 1st. Support may be sent to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 127 State Street, Kirkland, WA 98033. Or, you may call or email the church office to see about using our soon to be up and running PayPal account: 425.827.3077 or
      While our distance from you is considerable, please know that we pray daily for you and for the life and ministry of the diocese of Albany. We know that in the Body of Christ, we are never far apart. We ask that you would continue to hold us in prayer as we begin this next chapter in our ministry. I will be staying on as an assisting priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kirkland, where I have been serving as a deacon since July. It seems fitting to me that I will begin my priestly ministry at St. John’s, since it is from St. John’s, Johnstown where I was nurtured and raised up for ordained ministry.
      Jami and I would love to hear from you: 425.999.9708 or
Faithfully yours in Christ, Tom
By the Grace of God, and God’s People Assenting,
The Right Reverend Gregory Rickel
Eighth Bishop of Olympia
will ordain, on behalf of,
The Right Reverend William H. Love
Ninth Bishop of Albany,
Thomas Edward Ortung
to the
Sacred Order of Priests
in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church
on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
Sunday, the twenty-fifth of January
in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nine
at four o’clock in the afternoon
St. John’s Episcopal Church
105 State Street
Kirkland, WA 98033
Your prayers and presence are requested.
Reception to follow Clergy: White Stoles
R.S.V.P. to St. John’s 425.827.3077 or

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 16, 2009


1/16/2009, #18, 1st Quarter 2009

Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them. (Mark 2:13)
      Jesus, teach us as well.

As he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And he said to him, "Follow me." So he arose and followed him. (Mark 2:14)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear Jesus' words to follow him, and then do it.

Now it happened, as he was dining in Levi's house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him. (Mark 2:15)
      Father, thank you for all of the outcasts and sinners who come to the prayer table. Please help us draw them inside for the heavenly banquet Sunday by Sunday.

And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to his disciples, "How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?" (Mark 2:16)
      Jesus, thank you for the support we receive from the leaders and teachers of this diocese and our parish for the prayer table ministry.

When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Mark 2:17)
      Holy Spirit, help us minister healing and repentance throughout this diocese and at the prayer table.

A word received: Pray for my people; pray they will come to me with their wounds and their griefs.

Friday: 16, 17; Isaiah 42:(1-9)10-17; Ephesians 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); Isaiah 43:1-13; Ephesians 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for Molly Minon who is under Hospice care at home. Pray for healing and comfort.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 15, 2009


1/15/2009, #17, 1st Quarter 2009

And again he entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that he was in the house. (Mark 2:1)
      Jesus, let it be heard that you are in our homes!

Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And he preached the word to them. (Mark 2:2)
      Jesus, we pray that your word will be preached to us week by week throughout this diocese.

Then they came to him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. (Mark 2:3)
      Father, we pray that every parish in this diocese will be a place where people are drawn to Jesus for healing.

And when they could not come near him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. (Mark 2:4)
      Holy Spirit, give us that same persistence in prayer that these four men had in bringing their sick friend to Jesus.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." (Mark 2:5)
      Thank you, Jesus; I was paralyzed by sin and you forgave me. Thank you.

And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" (Mark 2:6-7)
      Lord, set us free from grumbling, murmuring, and complaining.

But immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, he said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?" (Mark 2:8 )
      O LORD, you have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. (Psalm 139:1-6)

"Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--he said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." (Mark 2:9-11)
      Holy Spirit, help all of us in this diocese know and proclaim that Jesus has the power to forgive sins.

Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!" (Mark 2:12)
      Jesus, visit us with your mighty deeds. Set us free from the paralysis of "politeness" that keeps us from sharing the good news of salvation. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my children to be drawn to me.

Thursday: 18:1-20; Isaiah 41:17-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 2:1-12
Friday: 16, 17; Isaiah 42:(1-9)10-17; Ephesians 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22

Update from Fr. Shaw Mudge: Our transition plans are moving along, and we anticipate going down to Lima on or about April 20. We will be at the Missionary Training Institute in Colorado from about February 8 to March 13. We thank you for your prayers

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip-he who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you-the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm-he will watch over your life;
The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Lord we thank You for your help for the Mudges and that You help them whether they are gazing upon hills in Duanesburg or Wynantskill or Colorado or Peru. Thank You Supreme Creator, Maker of heaven and earth. Thank You that you will not allow Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, or Lydia Mudge to stumble; You always watch over them. You will keep them from all harm as you watch over them day and night. You watch over there coming and going both now in the Albany Diocese, in a few weeks in Colorado and then in Peru and forevermore.. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, January 14, 2009



(Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 12:45-2:00 p.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Scott Underhill)

Note: Neither Deacon Alan nor Torre could make the table this afternoon, so I did it solo for the first time. God provided people despite the frigid temperatures (~10 deg) and wind (wind chill -10 deg).

t--indicates received one of the wooden crosses Torre gets from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

MAIL MAN -- As the table was being set up, the mail man walked by stating if you are out tomorrow, he really will be impressed. Forecast for tomorrow calls for colder temperatures.

FERNANDO -- As he quickly walked by, he did not stop for prayer because he was on the way for an interview. Prayed him success in his job search (a common theme among today's visitors).

c -- ROBIN -- This young man asked for work so he could provide for his family. He gave thanks for his family's good health.

(Four middle age woman in a nice SUV stopped in front of the table because of the traffic light. The passenger window came down a bit and the driver yelled out "Prayer! We need more prayer!" AMEN sister I yelled back)

(Man with a cane walked by politely refusing prayer but saying "You sure are dedicated")

c -- TONY -- Young man came from across the street when I yelled to him. When he found out what the table was for he sat down. We prayed for him to find work and a good place to live. I asked him if he needed prayer for anything else and he stated he had just come from the funeral of his ex-girlfriend's grandmother. We prayed for her soul and comfort to the grieving family and friends.

(A man in the minivan pulled into the driveway and stopped next to the table. He rolled down the window and said "I got to ask you, what possess you to be out here on a cold day like today?" I simply say "God!" "Figures" he replies. When asked if he wanted prayer, he said no thank you and turned around in the parking lot and drove off.)

(A man on a bike rides by on the opposite side of the street for the second time. He gets off the bike and bends down to pick something off of the street. It is a crushed cigarette container. Seeing it empty he throws it back onto the ground. I yell, "Do you need prayer?" He looks back at me and laughs..."No prayer there" indicating lack of cigarettes. He leaves, riding into the cold wind. I pray for those who live in conditions like that).

IVAN -- As this older gentleman walks by I ask him if he needs prayer. He said, "Got Work?" I reply "I have God who can help you with work." Ivan continues to walk down the street. I get up to offer him a cross, but due to the cold in my thighs, I couldn't catch up.

2 Young Ladies come across the street asking if this is where the drug tests are done. I tell them no, but I would like to pray for them. They are in a hurry, saying they will be back. As they go to leave, one of them starts to say "I am having a difficult situation..." but before she can continue, she is dragged away from the other.

MARJORIE -- An older woman who has been to the table before. She said she did not have any prayer request, so we prayed for continued health and protection.

c,t -- JAMIE -- This proper woman got off the bus and was hesitant when asked for prayer. With a smile she sits down. "I am homeless. I was living in an apartment in Troy with a woman who was doing drugs. I had to get away from the scene, so I came to the City Mission in Schenectady a couple days to get away. I really need an apartment." We prayed that God would open up an avenue for her that would lead her to the life He wanted her to lead. After praying she asked for directions, which I did not have, so I took her to see Lorraine, the parish secretary, who helped her out and gave her our news letter. I invited her to church on Sunday morning and asked her if she knew Barbara Ayers, a parishioner who works at the City Mission. Amazingly, Jamie said yes, Barbara lead the morning devotional. Pray that Jamie finds her physical needs being met and comes worship our Lord with us on Sunday.

HENRY -- The enthusiastic young man with a large smile asked for a new job; he was out delivering brochures. I looked at his bare hands. "Do you have gloves," I asked. "No." I gave him my gloves. He was truly grateful. How wonderful Jesus is.

CONNIE -- A parishioner at Christ Church asked for strength in her fight to remain clean. After putting the table away, was able to drive her downtown to where she was staying.

One a final note: I was at a conference this Monday, where several people from churches outside of the Schenectady Area commented how they love receiving this prayer table report and praying for those who come. Thank you all for the prayers; this ministry is truly a blessing. Attached are a couple pictures I took today to give you an idea of what the prayer table looks like and where it is situated (today the table was set up in the driveway to be in the sun).

The prayer table

[Prayer table outlined -- it's amazing how God gives people driving by the ability to see it.]


1/14/2009, #16, 1st Quarter 2009

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, he went out and departed to a solitary place; and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
      Holy Spirit, build into the lives of your people in this diocese the daily discipline of watching with Jesus in prayer for an hour. Help us all offer up the first fruit of our day by rising early and spending time alone with him.

A word received: Hope in me; wait on me.

Wednesday: 119:1-24; Isaiah 41:1-16; Ephesians 2:1-10; Mark 1:29-45
Thursday: 18:1-20; Isaiah 41:17-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 2:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009
From: Rev. Christine Wickman
Subject: PTL
      Thank you all for your prayers over the past few days. Tom was sent home on Sunday pm and, after an exhausted and slightly confused day yesterday, he is vastly improved today. All levels are satisfactory and we have cancelled all appointments this week except for the neurosurgeon on Friday afternoon. Praise God everything is moving towards a complete healing. The diagnosis was confused but we now understand so much better what is going on. A tough way to learn. Nigel Mumford's CD on Healing and Relaxation has been a blessing! The Lord certainly works through it. Blessings to you all. Christine

***** PEACE
      Peace is a play that is dedicated to Father Nigel and Jesus Christ. The playwright, Michael Kassin experienced a dramatic healing 12 years ago. His story was featured in Guidepost magazine, February 2006. This play was inspired by two real events- Michael Kassin's healing, and the scientific investigation of The Shroud of Turin.
      The play will take place on January 17th at the CtK Chapel. An opening reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend.
      We hope to see you this weekend! If you have any questions about these or any other program at Christ the King please call 692-9550. You may also find more information on our website,

***** PTL! My eye surgery to remove a cataract seems to have gone well. Now I have two plastic eyes, just like Jean. Torre

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


1/13/2009, #15, 1st Quarter 2009

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Ephesians 1:15-16)
      Lord Jesus, we pray that our common life in this diocese will be marked by faith in you and love for one another, that we will pray and give thanks for each other.

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 us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of you.

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 )
      Holy Spirit, please open the eyes of our understanding so that we will all know the hope of Jesus' calling and the riches and glory of his inheritance in the saints of this diocese.

and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (Ephesians 1:19)
      Jesus, by the greatness of your power you replaced our unbelief with belief and gave us hope in your resurrection. Thank you.

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)
      Jesus, thank you, that by your death and resurrection and the sanctifying power of your Holy Spirit, we can have confidence in you when we come before you for judgment.

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)
      Father, we pray that every power, might, dominion, and authority in the Episcopal Church will submit itself to the lordship of your son Jesus Christ.

And he put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, (Ephesians 1:22)
      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church to acknowledge you as head over all things in the church and then live that out.

which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:23)
      Jesus, as your physical body was raised to new life at your resurrection, we pray that your body the church will be raised to new life by your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Prepare the way for me; prepare the way for me by prayer and intercession.

Tuesday: 5, 6; Isaiah 40:25-31; Ephesians 1:15-23; Mark 1:14-28
Wednesday: 119:1-24; Isaiah 41:1-16; Ephesians 2:1-10; Mark 1:29-45

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 12, 2009


1/12/2009, #14, 1st Quarter 2009

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you." (Mark 1:1-2)
      Father, thank you for the messengers you sent to me to prepare the way for me to turn to Jesus.

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; make his paths straight.'" (Mark 1:3)
      Holy Spirit, when I was lost in a wilderness of sin, you sent your witnesses who prepared the straight pat to Jesus, for me. Thank you.

John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (Mark 1:4)
      Jesus, thank you for giving me a heart to receive a baptism of repentance for the remission of my sins. Thank you for baptizing me with your Holy Spirit.

Monday: 1, 2, 3; Isaiah 40:12-23; Ephesians 1:1-14; Mark 1:1-13
Tuesday: 5, 6; Isaiah 40:25-31; Ephesians 1:15-23; Mark 1:14-28

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, January 11, 2009


1/11/2009, #13, 1st Quarter 2009

      Notes from the Front Line

On Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, Beverly Simon came to the Christ Church Schenectady prayer table for prayer. The next day she started coming to Christ Church. Today Beverly was baptized. Beverly served in the Air Force for 21 years. She is originally from Trinidad and will be returning to Trinidad on Tuesday. Below are some photos of her baptism.

Beverly with Kaitlin Klink and Moriah Jones (acolytes) prior to baptism wearing the cross she received at the prayer table.

Beverly at her baptism with Christ Church children looking on.

Fr. Brad Jones anointing Beverly with holy oil.

Beverly (center), Fr. Brad Jones (behind), and Jean and Torre Bissell (Beverly's sponsors for baptism).

Beverly with the celebration cake after the service.

Albany Intercessor


1/11/2009, #12, 1st Quarter 2009

"Comfort, yes, comfort my people!" says your God. (Isaiah 40:1)
      Father, please send your Holy Spirit upon your people to comfort them.

      Holy Spirit, comfort us with your presence.

"Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the LORD'S hand double for all her sins." (Isaiah 40:2)
      Jesus, please bring the Episcopal Church to repentance so that we may hear your words of pardon. Please bring the warfare in the Episcopal Church to an end.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 40:3)
      Lord Jesus, turn our crooked ways into straight paths, into a highway for you.

Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; (Isaiah 40:4)
      Holy Father, do such a work among your people in our day. Thank you!

The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:5)
      Jesus, please let your glory be revealed to this generation and help us hear the word you are speaking to us. Thank you.

Sunday: 146, 147; Isaiah 40:1-11; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-7, 19-20, 29-34
Monday: 1, 2, 3; Isaiah 40:12-23; Ephesians 1:1-14; Mark 1:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009
From: Rev. Christine Wickman
Subject: Prayers for Tom Wickman
Dear Torre and Jean:
      I am requesting prayers for my husband, Tom, who was admitted to St. Peter's hospital yesterday. His blood pressure alternates between normal and very low. His INR (Coumadin level) is very high, and his pulse rate is very high. He is on a lot of medication and the doctors have so far not been able to correct the problems. Tom also has early stage prostate cancer and a compression fracture in his lower spine, the latter from a fall he had on November 8 but only just diagnosed. We are both rather discouraged and he is still in a lot of pain. We would very much appreciate the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009
From: Torre Bissell
Subject: Cataract eye surgery
      I will be having my left eye lens replaced on Tuesday (I had the right done three years ago). I would appreciate prayers for a successful outcome and for clarity of sight (both physical and spiritual). Thanks!

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, January 10, 2009



(Sat., January 10, 2009, 9:30-10:45 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell, David Carlson and Deacon Alan Hart.)

Note: Every single Prayer Table is an amazing experience. Today we had a lot of people coming for prayer and reassurance and hope ... and they stayed to talk with us at length in many cases. Bear in mind that this was one of the coldest days in the Table's history -- 10 degrees at the start. The weather was not a deterrent, as you will see.

Another note: Before the Table began, Torre mentioned he had been studying Psalm 138 today. He kept repeating what he had read and felt inside ("...I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your Name.") We believe that the praise we felt just extended to the Prayer Table today.

a--indicated anointed with Holy Oil.
c--indicates received one of our yellow Christ Church cards.
t--indicates received one of the wooden crosses Torre gets from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t--ANDRE -- Repeat visitor who has come a few times off and on but not lately. He asked for prayer for success in finding a job. His girlfriend is pregnant (they already have a 3-year-old together) and he needs work. Besides his own troubles, he said his sister " ... is locked up right now because she was found in the wrong place at the wrong time." He said he and his girlfriend plan to be married by a Justice of the Peace on Valentine's Day.

LINDA -- This likeable lady comes to the Table every week on her way to get the bus. We prayed for general provision and protection and that she will received signs today that God is working in her life.

c,t -- DAVID -- Deacon Alan and David prayed for this young man (and Linda, too) while Torre was still praying for Andre. David wanted prayer " ... to be freed; for deliverance." The Lord knows the details, but that was all David would divulge. We prayed for his freedom for whatever he needs to be released from.

(A man in a Mooradian's furniture truck waved at us enthusiastically ad he drove by. That always gives us a big lift!)

PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) -- Pat, another regular, asked for continued prayers for her nephews NICK (kidney illness) and KEITH (needs job), and also for grand-daughter KIESHA (has thyroid disease; getting tests this week and is "kind of scared."

a,t,c -- CHARLIE -- Sat and talked with us for quite awhile. He said he just started a new job and wants prayer that the job will last and he will succeed with it. He also asked for God's help in trying to stop smoking and is proud that he has not had a smoke since the New Year began and wants it to continue. He is a member of another church in our neighborhood but said he may come by Sunday to visit our church as well.

a,t,c -- ROBIN -- Middle-aged woman who asked for prayer for protection from cancer because she said "... there is a lot of it in our family right now." We prayed for her protection from cancer and all diseases of body, mind and spirit.

VIVIAN -- A young girl, perhaops 13 or 14. She asked for prayers " ... just for everything, I guess."

c,t -- MATTHEW -- This man, perhaps in his late 20s, was not dressed very warmly -- just a couple of heavy sweaters but no coat or gloves or hat. Matthew said he is living at the motel down the street for now but wants to get back home to Ithaca where he has a house. Right now he cannot go there because there is "a technicality." He recently was incarcerated and just got out. We prayed for him to be safe, provided for, and to be able to go home soon.

MARLENE -- The enthusiastic young lady who stopped the last two weeks (and gave us hugs!) was in a big hurry today and just waved and blew kisses at us as she walked by. "I can't stop today, but ...God bless you!" she said.

DONNA JEAN -- David called out to this woman walking in the street rather than the sidewalk (which was very icy), and she came over to the edge of the sidewalk and we carefully prayed for her overall provision, protection and safety right there.

a,t,t -- EZEKIEL and his young son, ANDREW -- They were walking by after ALMOST stopping earlier from the other direction. Ezekiel has an infection in his left ear, so we anointed him and prayed for healing. Andrew received prayer to grow up to become "...the man God intends him to be."

t--CECIL -- This well-dressed, well-spoken man was on his way to a service at another area church and freely accepted our offer for prayer. He said, "Hey, ... you can never get enough prayer."

t,c -- LAURA -- Perhaps the most unusual visitor we have ever had at the Table. She was the passenger in a van which pulled up in front of the church and stopped near the bus stop. She got out, set up a tripod and put a camera on it, pointed it at us and said, "Do you fellows mind if I take your picture praying for someone?" She came over and spoke to us afterward. It turns out Laura and her husband, JIM, have begun a project what they hope will be a book of photos and anecdotes and that it will be called "America Still Prays!" She intends to travel to all 50 states and take photos of people in all kinds of praying situations. She has already taken pictures of people praying in diners, in front of buildings, etc. We told her some of the stories of people who have stopped in the past year.

t--MARCUS -- This teen-aged boy stopped for prayer for everything in general. We prayed God will guide him today and all days.

One final note: After the Table, Deacon Alan visited BERNICE, his 91-year-old family friend who is facing her final days/hours at Ellis Hospital's Long-Term Care unit. She is still coherent, not receiving water and quite sedated. She still recognizes familiar faces. We prayed together for her at her bedside. She still clings to the Vatican cross Torre gave Alan to give to her.


1/10/2009, #11, 1st Quarter 2009

I will praise you with my whole heart; (Psalm 138:1a)
      Holy Spirit, please prepare our hearts to worship and praise Jesus.

Before the gods I will sing praises to you. (Psalm 138:1b)
      Jesus, help us leave behind all other gods and worship and praise only you.

I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for your lovingkindness and your truth; (Psalm 138:2a)
      Father, cleanse the temples of our hearts so that we can worship you and abide in your love and truth.

For you have magnified your word above all your name. (Psalm 138:2b)
      LORD, magnify your word in the Episcopal Church.

In the day when I cried out, you answered me, (Psalm 138:3a)
      Thank you for hearing my cries Jesus.

And made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3b)
      Holy Spirit, give us such strength in our souls that we are made bold with the gospel.

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth. (Psalm 138:4)
      Father, move the hearts of the rulers of this nation to action to help those who are in distress.

Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. (Psalm 138:5)
      LORD, help us to see and sing of your glory.

Though the LORD is on high, yet he regards the lowly; but the proud he knows from afar. (Psalm 138:6)
      Holy Spirit, give us humble hearts.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me; (Psalm 138:7a)
      Lord Jesus, this nation walks in the midst of trouble; please revive us.

You will stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand will save me. (Psalm 138:7b)
      Father, stretch out your hand and rescue your people.

The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; (Psalm 138:8a)
      LORD, bring me to holiness and maturity. Perfect that which concerns me.

Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; (Psalm 138:8b)
      Thank you.

Do not forsake the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:8c)
      Have mercy on us LORD; have mercy on us. Thank you.

A word received: I love you. Wait on me. I will comfort you in the day of trouble. Keep your attention on me. Let me be the desire of your heart.

Jan. 10: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isaiah 65:1-9; Revelation 3:1-6; John 6:1-14
Sunday: 146, 147; Isaiah 40:1-11; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-7, 19-20, 29-34

      Notes from the Front Line

Ellis Hospital Report, (Ellis Center; B-5, B-6 long-term care floors, Deacon Alan Hart)
This is an update from Wednesday on the two ladies there who were very ill:

      BERNICE -- I am very sad to say Bernice, who was a childhood friend of my Dad and his brothers and sister in Carman during the 1930s, is apparently near the end. She was taken off water this morning and was given Last Rites of the Roman Catholic faith. I visited with her with chaplain Father John Varno after today's Catholic service; he anointed her and we prayed the Our Father at her bedside with many of her family members. I read the 121st Psalm to her. She was coherent and even tried to sing for us, but she cannot speak. (She suffered a stroke over last weekend which has paralyzed her whole right side. She is 91. Her daughter today told me Bernice has 22 great-grandchildren, so she has been blessed. She is still wearing the Spanish cross which I gave her two weeks ago. Torre Bissell gave me four of them to pass out to special residents I see. Bernice's daughter says she holds it constantly.)

      RITA -- The news on Rita is much more cheerful. She was sitting up in a chair and she could see me today. She said she still "hurts" and she is still getting oxygen. Two days ago she could not see anything. Rita is 95 and just a joy to be around. I prayed with her and anointed her today for continued healing.

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