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Saturday, February 28, 2009

 

Urgent Prayer Request and Prayer Table Reports

Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009
From: Margaret J. Haskell
Subject: Urgent Prayer Request
Dear Torre and Jean,
      I just received a phone call from Deacon Polly Bailey and she asked if I would get a message to you for the prayer line.
      Deacon Polly Bailey is at Albany Med with her daughter, Leah Coffin. Leah is in the Cardiac ICU and is being put on a respirator. She woke up in the middle of last night with difficulty breathing and the ER at Fox Hospital in Oneonta sent her up here. Please pray for healing and protection for Leah and the baby she is carrying, for wisdom and discernment for the medical personnel in diagnosing and treating Leah, and for God's peace and strength for the whole family. Fr. John Hopkins is on his way to Albany Med to be with them.
      In Christ, Margaret Haskell


      PRAYER TABLE REPORT #1
(Sat., Feb. 28, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady.)

First "shift:" Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

      Note: Very windy, bone-chilling cold morning around 20 degrees at the start; many people this morning passed by not wishing to receive prayer. Most of them were polite, others just ignored us. It was like "pulling teeth" to have people come to the Lord today, unfortunately. But ... that's the way of it sometimes.

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c--indicates received a yellow church info card.

JAMES -- A Prayer Table regular, James was on his way to his church's Saturday morning service and stopped by to be prayed for and also to pray for us.

PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) -- Pat, too, is a regular and a blessing to Torre and Alan. She asked for general prayer for her family, then asked for special prayer for KEITH, her nephew who just got a good job but has not been taking his medicine for high blood pressure. We prayed that he will remember to take this important medicine. Pat also said that Frank is "doing fine" after having a battle with kidney stones recently.

t-TREVON and JUSTIN -- These two young brothers reluctantly came to the Table at our urging, and we prayed for them to be kept safe and to grow into the men who God intends them to be. TREVON, the oldest, accepted a cross readily but Justin declined the cross.

ISHAN -- Torre was most happy to be reunited with this Muslim man, who stopped by a Prayer Table on Albany Street summer before last. At that time Torre and Ishan prayed for Ishan's family. Ishan has been to Morocco recently to visit family. He thanked us for praying with him.

t,c-- AYESSA -- This man stopped for prayer and accepted our prayers for his well-bneing, safety and provision. He was curious about who we were and accepoted one of our yellow cards.

JIM -- This man, whose lost his son Robert died last year, is a repeat visitor. He accepted prayers for safety and protection and he hugged Torre tightly throughout the prayer session. When we finished he said "God bless you two guys!" to us.

EBONY -- This young lady on her way to her Saturday church service wanted to stop but was late for church and just declined to stop but said to prayer for her. We did.


      PRAYER TABLE REPORT #2

(Sat., Feb. 28, 2009; 10:30 -- 11:30am in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)

+--indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

++ Tiffany and Jean – We prayed for protection, provision (spiritual, physical, emotional) and that they would know how much God loves them

Bobby – middle-aged gentleman walking by – he declined prayer at first but did stop to talk briefly – he asked what church we were with and said he also attends church – we prayed the Lord’s blessing and protection over his life

Lester – middle-aged man who has come to the prayer table many times, readily stopped for prayer when we called out to him – we had the sense that he was in pain and prayed for the Lord’s healing and that he would know God’s presence and His love

+ Ron and his 20-month-old daughter Isabella – They waited patiently in line while we prayed for Lester. Ron asked for the Lord’s provision. They are currently staying at a motel nearby and have secured an apartment but cannot get the power turned on because of a back electric bill that needs to be paid. We prayed that the Lord would provide for them and help them to get out of the motel and into their apartment.

Desdemona – asked prayer for her grandson Peter who is incarcerated – we prayed for a hedge of protection for him and that the Lord would set him free in every way. We prayed for peace “that passes understanding” for both Peter and Desdemona.

+ Sean – he has been recently released from prison and is having a hard time transitioning back to “normal” society -- asked prayer to not be depressed – we asked the Lord to direct his steps, provide for him, set him free from any addictions, and give him joy in place of discouragement and depression.

Katie – asked prayer for a stomach condition – we prayed for God’s healing, provision, and peace

Joe – on his way to the bus stop, he said he had recently quit smoking and asked prayer for willpower to continue to stay away from cigarettes – we prayed for freedom from all addictions and anything that would come between him and God, as well as protection and joy in his life

Jemma – said she has already received prayer and a cross before at the table – asked prayer for healing of cancer and very high blood pressure – we cried out to the Lord on Jemma’s behalf for His healing touch

+ Andre – hurried by and said he didn’t have time for prayer as he was already an hour late for work – we started praying for him that he would not lose his job, and then noticed that he had turned around and was heading back to the prayer table – he said he decided that since he was already so late, why not take a few minutes to receive prayer – he asked that the Lord would make him ‘thankful’ today

Pam – asked us to pray for whatever we felt led to pray for – we asked the Lord to guide her steps and use her to bless others around her (family and friends)

 

2/28/2009, #62, 1st Quarter 2009

"If you should say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?'--you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt:" (Deuteronomy 7:17-18 )
      LORD, write your mighty deeds on our hearts and minds--help us remember them at all times and in all circumstances; don't let us be distracted by the issues and problems that confront us in the church and in the nation. You are greater than all of these.

"the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs and the wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm, by which the LORD your God brought you out. So shall the LORD your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid." (Deuteronomy 7:19)
      Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers and people of this diocese set their eyes upon you and your mighty works and lay fear aside.

"Moreover the LORD your God will send the hornet among them until those who are left, who hide themselves from you, are destroyed." (Deuteronomy 7:20)
      Jesus, send forth your hornets on those who would harm this diocese and its people.

"You shall not be terrified of them; for the LORD your God, the great and awesome God, is among you." (Deuteronomy 7:21)
      Father, thank you for coming among us.

"And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you." (Deuteronomy 7:22)
      Lord Jesus, your "little by little" has carried us all these years; thank you.

"But the LORD your God will deliver them over to you, and will inflict defeat upon them until they are destroyed." (Deuteronomy 7:23)
      LORD, win the victory for us; do what we are unable to do ourselves. Help us to know when to turn to you for your help.

      A word received: Pray for my people to return to me -- they have wandered off. Pray for my people to seek me with all their heart. Pray for my people to place their hope in me.

Saturday: 30, 32; Deuteronomy 7:17-26; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; 1 Corinthians 1:17-31; Mark 2:18-22

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009
From: Fr. Jim and Jeanie Shevlin, FHC
Subject: Prayer Request
Torre,
      We at St. Paul's, Sidney are presenting "Healing A Woman's Soul" with Mother Anne Curtin on March 28, beginning at 10am, would you please be in prayer for all who will be attending and for Mother Anne and could you please post this prayer request on your prayer site.
Thank You, Jeanie Shevlin, FHC

Albany Intercessor

Friday, February 27, 2009

 

2/27/2009, #61, 1st Quarter 2009

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as he walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" (John 1:35-36)
      Jesus, please help us point to you as John did. Help us recognize you for who you are.

The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:37)
      Holy Spirit, please help us be disciples who daily follow Jesus.

Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are you staying?" (John 1:38 )
      Jesus, we are seeking more of you in our lives.

He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and remained with him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). (John 1:39)
      Father, help us daily go to Jesus to seek out all that he has for us.
      
One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated, the Christ). (John 1:40-41)
      Jesus, please help us share what we have found in you with our family members.

And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, "You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas" (which is translated, A Stone). (John 1:42)
      Father, we too long to be rock steady in Jesus. Daily anoint us with your Holy Spirit so that we can be steady in him. Thank you.

      A word received: Listen to me, my people; listen to my word in Scripture. Listen to me; pray for hearts that heed my word. Listen day by day.

Friday: 31; Deuteronomy 7:12-16; Titus 2:1-15; John 1:35-42
Saturday: 30, 32; Deuteronomy 7:17-26; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, February 26, 2009

 

2/26/2009, #60, 1st Quarter 2009

Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, (Titus 1a)
      Jesus, we pray for Bishop Bill and all your apostolic witnesses that you have sent forth in to the world: give the courage to boldly proclaim your word; set them free from fear.

according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, (Titus 1b)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us to acknowledge the truth which accords with godliness.

in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, (Titus 2)
      Father, I know that my redeemer lives and that he shall stand on the earth at that latter day, and I with him. I know that after my skin is destroyed that I shall see you, and not as a stranger. My heart yearns for that day. (Job 19:25-27)

but has in due time manifested his word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our savior; (Titus 3)
      Jesus, we pray that your word will be faithfully preached throughout this diocese and that we will all be true to the faith that once for all was committed to the saints. (Jude 3)

      A word received: Pray for my people to seek my ways. Pray for them to turn from their ways to mine. Pray for hearts that are softened by my word and Holy Spirit. Pray for my people to repent.

      A word received: Cry out to me. Cry out to me for my people, for my church. I am weeping for my people -- will you join me in my tears? I AM crying out to my father -- will you join me?

But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and much livestock?" (Jonah 4:10-11)
      LORD, thank you for having pity on us and on all your people.

Thursday: 37:1-18; Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Titus 1:1-16; John 1:29-34
Friday: 31; Deuteronomy 7:12-16; Titus 2:1-15; John 1:35-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009
From: Joseph Acanfora
Subject: Prayer Warriors: Becky Sickles Update
Dear Intercessors,
      I just received a call from Dave Sickles who told me Becky is stable right now, awake and feeling Okay. They still don’t know the root cause of her heart attack and are continuing to do more testing. They have let daughter Amanda (who is in Costa Rica) know the situation, but not Robbie who is in Marine boot camp until April 24. They are writing Robbie a letter to explain things as they have more information, and appreciate if no one else gets word to him because they want to explain things themselves. Keep them all in prayer. Becky is not out of danger.
      O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servant Becky, that her weakness may be banished and her strength restored; and that, her health being renewed, she may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Reverend Joseph Acanfora
Deacon Vicar, Christ Church
38 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville, NY 13776

***** Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Subject: Prayer Request
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
      Would you please pray for the success of the two retreats? I am leading one on March 6-8 (Maybe There is a Loving God - Dominican Spiritual Life Center) and co-leading one on March 13-15 (Happy Feet at SLC with Minister Grace Smythe Young). Prayer that people will sign up, that money for intercessors to stay on site will be given (have asked for it); for God to move powerfully.
      God is already showing his power and graciousness. I preached last weekend, will preach this weekend and the following weekend. All at different sites including one Roman Catholic chapel. The Gospels for the first and third are exactly the same and the second the theme from the first is applicable.
      I am also preaching the fourth Sunday and that is different but who knows maybe there is a similar theme there too.
      As a harried priest I am grateful for the common themes. Please also pray for stamina for me and the grace to take care of me.
      In Christ's service, Anne

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

 

2/25/2009, #59, 1st Quarter 2009

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, (Hebrews 12:1a)
      Jesus, thank you for surrounding us with your witnesses: both those we have known in this life and those who have gone before us.

let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, (Hebrews 12:1b)
      Holy Spirit, teach us how to avoid the tricks and traps of Satan to which we are vulnerable.

and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1c)
      Father, let your patience have its perfect work in us so that we do not stumble in the race.

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, (Hebrews 12:2a)
      Jesus, help us keep our eyes on you. Thank you that we are never out of your sight.

who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, (Hebrews 12:2b)
      Thank you, Jesus, for what you endured for us. Thank you for giving us what we did not deserve: forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with your father. Thank you for not giving us what we do deserve: eternal separation from you.

despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2c)
      Jesus, we live in the hope of the resurrection -- that where you have gone, we may follow because of what you endured for us on the cross. Thank you.

      A word received: I AM speaking to my people -- pray they will listen. I AM praying for my people -- join me in prayer. Wait on me, my people; turn your hearts toward me.

      A word received: Pray for my people. Cry out to me for my people. Speak comfort to them. Speak my words of comfort.

      A word received: Pray for my people in this nation. Pray that the leaders and people of this nation will walk in the ways that truly make for peace.

Ash Wednesday: 32, 143; Jonah 3:1-4:11; Hebrews 12:1-14; Luke 18:9-14
Thursday: 37:1-18; Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Titus 1:1-16; John 1:29-34

      Words received for a Sunday School lesson in March on
            A Community Transformed

"'Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word,'" (Acts 4:29) A word received: I want you to pray for boldness in speaking my word.

"'by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.'" (Acts 4:30) A word received: Ask me to stretch forth my hand. My hand has not grown shortened that it cannot save. (Isaiah 59:1a) Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will answer you for the sake of my son Jesus.

"And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness." (Acts 4:31) A word received: Pray for my Holy Spirit to come upon you with power so that you can speak my word with boldness as those disciples did.

"Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common." (Acts 4:32) A word received: This is the power of my Holy Spirit at work. As I worked in them, I want to work in you and your congregation.

"And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all." (Acts 4:33) A word received: I want you to be witnesses with great power to my resurrection. I want to live in your hearts so that you will know that I am alive.

"Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold," (Acts 4:34) A word received: This is the same freedom that the poor widow had when she gave all that she had. I want to set you free from fear as I set these disciples free from fear.

"and laid them at the apostles' feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need." (Acts 4:35) A word received: Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10)

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

 

2/24/2009, #58, 1st Quarter 2009

"Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you." (Deuteronomy 5:16)
      Father, we ask you to restore right relationships in the families of this diocese.

"You shall not murder." (Deuteronomy 5:17)
      Holy Spirit, soften our hearts toward those in harm's way in the inner cities of this diocese.

"You shall not commit adultery." (Deuteronomy 5:18 )
      Jesus, help us as a nation turn away from those programs on TV and on the Web that promote adultery and fornication.

"You shall not steal." (Deuteronomy 5:19)
      Father, we see all around us the devastation caused by living and borrowing beyond our means to repay; bring your order in the finances of your people. Help us recognize usury for what it is and avoid it.

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (Deuteronomy 5:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us speak the truth in love about our neighbors and about our brothers and sisters in your church.

"You shall not covet your neighbor"s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor"s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor"s." (Deuteronomy 5:21)
      Jesus, please help us walk in your footsteps and desire what you want us to desire.

"These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me." (Deuteronomy 5:22)
      LORD, our hearts have become hardened; write your word on our hearts and soften them. Lead us by day and by night through the present wilderness in the church and in the nation. Thank you.



Tuesday: 26, 28; Deuteronomy 6:16-25; Hebrews 2:1-10; John 1:19-28
Ash Wednesday: 32, 143; Jonah 3:1-4:11; Hebrews 12:1-14; Luke 18:9-14

Albany Intercessor

Monday, February 23, 2009

 

2/23/2009, #57, 1st Quarter 2009

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
      Father, please help us throughout this diocese return to "first things" this Lent: Jesus and his cross and resurrection, the Holy Spirit and his power to change our lives, and your love and care for us and all your children by adoption and grace. Thank you.

Monday: 25; Deuteronomy 6:10-15; Hebrews 1:1-14; John 1:1-18
Tuesday: 26, 28; Deuteronomy 6:16-25; Hebrews 2:1-10; John 1:19-28

      Notes from the Front Line

Please pray for April, an inmate in a NYS correctional facility and an intercessor for the Diocese of Albany who is going through a rough time right now.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, February 22, 2009

 

2/22/2009, #56, 1st Quarter 2009

"Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you--'a land flowing with milk and honey.'" (Deuteronomy 6:3)
      LORD, you have marked out the path for us clearly: help us in this diocese fear you and keep your commandments so that we can increase and multiply.

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!" (Deuteronomy 6:4)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear and know the unity you have with Jesus and his father.

"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." (Deuteronomy 6:5)
      Father, please help us love you and make your love known to all we meet.

"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart." (Deuteronomy 6:6)
      Jesus, please give us softened hearts -- melt our stony hearts with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 6:7)
      Holy Spirit, give us hearts that are diligent in teaching the youth of our diocese and the youth of our parish the way they are to walk in. Thank you.

      A word received: Tell my people, proclaim to my people that I AM LORD, there is no other. Command my people to put away all other gods.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Deut. 6:1-9; Hebrews 12:18-29; John 12:24-32
Monday: 25; Deuteronomy 6:10-15; Hebrews 1:1-14; John 1:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

A great resource to check out is http://www.hymntime.com/tch/ where you can look up and hear many great hymns.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, February 21, 2009

 

Christ Church, Coxsackie Prayer Table Report #3

Date: February 21, 2009 -- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Weather: 34 degrees, mostly sunny, breezy
Location: Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie, between the Grand Union and Hoerning's Pharmacy
Prayer Ministers: Cynthia ("Cindy") Brandreth, Rick Hacker, and Deacon Nina George Hacker

We called out a greeting to everyone who came within hearing range, and asked if they needed prayer. If not, we said, "God bless you," and "Have a wonderful day." (And then prayed for them, silently.)

+ indicates received a free cross necklace (made by Dennis Adams, NC)

(Note: Since this is a small community, we do not record names.)

+ Middle-aged woman: Asked us to pray with her for continued strength and health, following a hip and knee replacement. She also thanked God for walking, after having been in a wheelchair for a year, when doctors thought they would have to amputate her leg and said she would never walk again.

Middle-aged man: Said, "No thanks, I pray all the time."

+ Middle-aged man: Asked us to pray with him for his wife's surgery on March 5, and took a cross to give her. Stayed on, to pray with us for the next person who stopped by the table!

Young woman: Asked Cindy to pray with her for the driver and child passenger who were involved in an auto accident on Route 9W, February 16, in which the grandmother was killed.

Middle-aged woman: Asked us to pray with her, for healing of her back, and about the results of some upcoming medical tests.

Young woman with child: "No thanks."

Middle-aged woman: "No thanks."

Middle-aged man: "No thanks."

Middle-aged man: "No thanks."

Elderly woman: Politely declined prayer, after coming over to the table.

Older man: Responded: "No thanks. I pray every day." So Nina asked, "Can we give thanks to God for your faith?" He smiled and said, "Yes."

Middle-aged man wearing "Vietnam Vet" cap, walking with cane: Declined prayer.

Older woman: "No thanks. I'm fine."

Middle-aged woman: Said she would ask for prayer after going into the pharmacy, but when she exited, walked past the table without looking at us. (We prayed for her anyway!)

Young woman: "No thanks."

Young woman: "No thanks."

Young man: "No thanks."

Middle-aged woman: Said she "would stop back," but didn't.

Middle-aged man: "No thanks, I'm all prayed out." (We stopped and prayed among ourselves for God to refresh his spirit.)

Middle-aged woman: Declined prayer, but said, "We all have a lot to be thankful for." We agreed with her.

Older man: "Not today."

Young man: "No thanks."

Older man: Declined prayer, saying, "I think I'm okay."

Older man: "No thanks."

(At this point, feeling as though some sort of spiritual barrier had been erected, we prayed among ourselves against whatever was keeping people from receiving prayer. A few minutes later, Nina was able to pray with a woman in the parking lot. To God be the glory!)

Older woman wearing portable oxygen tank: Accepted prayer from Nina for peace, healing, strength, and for her family.

Notes by Deacon Nina, from the day's journal kept by Cynthia and Nina.

 

Repose of the soul for Joan Winhold

Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Repose of the soul for Joan Winhold
      Joan Winhold passed away on Friday February 20 after battling leukemia for several months. Joan and John attended Trinity Watervliet regularly for about a year, but then moved on to the Vineyard Church. They continued to attend Trinity's Thanksgiving Service, Maundy Thursday footwashing and communion and Easter Saturday's Vigil. They also continued to attend the Troy Ultreya. Joan led Albany women's Cursillo #24 and her husband, John, served as lay director for Cursillo for two years. Please pray for repose of Joan's soul and for peace and comfort for John and all the family especially daughters Clare, Beth and Allison.
Arrangements:
      Calling Hours: 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, February 23 at Bryce Funeral Home, 276 Pawling Avenue in Troy.
      Funeral: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 24 at the Brunswick Church, 42 White Church Road, which is off of Rte 351 near Route 2 in the Brunswick section of Troy.

 

Prayer Table Report

Saturday, February 21, 2009; in front of Christ Church, Schenectady. Torre Bissell & Steve Evans

It was cold and windy,but ... people came to His table anyway!

+--indicates received a cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Linda -- -- middle-aged woman -- asked for prayers for protection and provision

Steve -- -- middle-aged man -- wanted prayers to start his own business, be his own boss. "If I don't try, I'll never know." He estimated it would take him $30,000 to start his own business.

+Joanne -- -- young woman -- wanted prayer for money to pay for her apartment and prayers for her son Joseph, for Denise who is diabetic and on dialysis, and Dontay and Shemta that they would get their lives in order and for their children.

Akquan -- -- young man -- prayed for protection and provision

+Theresa -- -- young woman -- When I asked what she wanted prayer for she said, "Me."

+Donal -- -- middle-aged man -- Wanted prayer for "serenity".

+Billy -- -- young man age 26 -- weeping, his son, Billy age 5, died last night. He has 3 other kids. He said, "All his mother [the boy's mother] wanted to do was argue with me."

Jim -- -- older man -- prayed for him and for his son Robert.

Pat -- -- middle-aged woman -- her son Keith finally realizes that he has to take his blood pressure medicine regularly. He is trying to get a job as a bus driver.

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

+Barbara -- late middle-aged woman -- "Resolution of difficult situation.

+Becky -- -- young woman -- "Going to South Africa as an educational consultant next week" for travel mercies and blessing on her work.

Eric and his son Eric -- going to the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. -- prayed for an anointed witness at church.

Desdemona -- late middle-aged woman -- going to Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. -- prayed she would enter into the Lord's presence as she worshiped.

+Ron and his baby Isabella in a stroller -- prayed for protection and provision

Albany Intercessor

 

2/21/2009, #55, 1st Quarter 2009

He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; (Psalm 107:33)
      LORD, so much of your church has turned into dry ground; have mercy on us.

A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it. (Psalm 107:34)
      Father, we have ceased to bring the harvest of fruit to you that you have a right to expect; have mercy on us.

He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings. (Psalm 107:35)
      Holy Spirit, come and quench our dryness with living water.

There he makes the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for a dwelling place, (Psalm 107:36)
      Jesus, help us feed the hungry with the meat of the gospel and clothe those poor in spirit with your righteousness, so that we may be established before you.

And sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest. (Psalm 107:37)
      Jesus, please help us sow righteousness, mercy, and peace, and yield up to you a fruitful harvest.

He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; and he does not let their cattle decrease. (Psalm 107:38 )
      LORD, the cattle on a thousand hills are yours (Psalm 50:10); it is time to sell off some them to provide for the poor, the destitute and those who have lost their jobs. Have mercy on your people and provide for them. Please show us our part in this as well.

      A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Pray for my people to return to me. Pray for the shepherds of the flock -- that they will be faithful to their calling and to their oaths. Pray for my people to receive my word in the Scriptures. Pray for my people to drink deeply of my Holy Spirit.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Isaiah 66:1-6; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Mark 12:35-44
Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Deut. 6:1-9; Hebrews 12:18-29; John 12:24-32

Albany Intercessor

Friday, February 20, 2009

 

2/20/2009, #54, 1st Quarter 2009

Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" (Mark 12:28 )
      Lord, give us an inquiring and discerning heart as you did this scribe.

Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. (Mark 12:29-30)
      Holy Spirit, please restore this commandment to primacy in the Episcopal Church.

And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:31)
      Father, please help our love for you to spill over into loving one another in the Episcopal Church.

So the scribe said to him, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but he. (Mark 12:32)
      Jesus, help us set aside and abandon all other gods that we have created for ourselves.

And to love him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." (Mark 12:33)
      Holy Spirit, please help us get this right.

Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one dared question him. (Mark 12:34)
      Father, bring us all that final distance into your kingdom. Thank you.

Friday: 102; Isaiah 65:17-25; 1 Tim 5:17-22(23-25); Mark 12:28-34
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Isaiah 66:1-6; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Mark 12:35-44

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, February 19, 2009

 

2/19/2009, #53, 1st Quarter 2009

Then they sent to him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch him in his words. (Mark 12:13)
      Jesus, I am so tired of clever arguments and words that are spoken to catch people in mistakes. Please replace the present arguments in the Episcopal Church with the light of the gospel.

When they had come, they said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and care about no one; for you do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? (Mark 12:14)
      Jesus, we look at the outward shell of a person, you look at and know our hearts. Thank you for caring for us even when our hearts are wayward. Please guide us through all the clever words of men by your word.

Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?" But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius that I may see it." (Mark 12:15)
      Holy Spirit, guide me into the truth; guide me through every clever argument of man.

So they brought it. And he said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar's." And Jesus answered and said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they marveled at him. (Mark 12:16-17)
      Father, I am stamped with your image -- you created me; help me to daily give myself to you and your purposes. Thank you.

       A word received: Yield this day to me for my purposes. Turn to me in hope and expectation for what I will do. Thank me for my faithfulness.

Thursday: 105:1-22; Isaiah 65:1-12; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Mark 12:13-27
Friday: 102; Isaiah 65:17-25; 1 Tim 5:17-22(23-25); Mark 12:28-34

      Notes from the Front Line

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
      Because the Lord has anointed me
      To preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
      To proclaim freedom for the captives
      And release from darkness for the prisoners,
To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
      And the day of vengeance of our God,
To comfort all who mourn,
      And provide for those who grieve in Zion—
To bestow on them a crown of beauty
      Instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness
      Instead of mourning,
And a garment of praise
      Instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
      A planting of the Lord
      For the display of his splendor. (Isaiah 61:1-3)

      Lord we pray for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge as they continue their missionary training in Colorado. We thank You for the good friends that they have made this week. We pray for the Mudges and for all the missionaries in training. May Your Holy Spirit be upon them as they get ready to do your work. Anoint them, Lord, to preach the good news to both the poor and the rich. Show them how to minister to the broken hearted, those who are in the captivity of a sinful life, and are imprisoned in worldly ways. Empower them to comfort mourners, to give hope and praise. Keep them in your path of righteousness. And we pray for joy in their lives: for the crown of beauty, the oil of gladness and a garment of praise. May your splendor be visible in their lives. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 

Items of Diocesan-wide interest

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009
From: Nigel W D Mumford
Subject: Soaking Prayer for Fr. Hap Carrier Tuesday 24th 2pm
Dear faithful prayer warriors,
Please join us either physically or in prayer on Tuesday 24th Feb. at 2pm at The Oratory of Christ the Healer Chapel, Christ the King, Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich. We will have a prayer session of soaking prayer for The Rev. Hap Carrier. You do not have to call just show up at 2pm. We look forward to you being with us as we pray for Fr. Hap.
If you cannot join us please join us in prayer at the same time. (2pm EST)
PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ALL THOSE WHO PRAY...
God bless you,
Fr. Nigel+

The Rev. Nigel W D Mumford
Director, The Oratory of Christ the healer,
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834

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Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Subject: Fw: Retreat Updates
Dear Sisters,
Just two retreat updates:
1. Maybe There is a Loving God at the Dominican Retreat Center for survivors of sexual abuse on March 6-8. Call the Center for reservations and information about scholarships at 393-4169.
2. Happy Feet at the Greenwich SLC on March 13-15. Its a retreat for everyone.There is a new price - $168 - its like getting a discount upfront. There is also a limited amount to scholarship money. Please call Sandra at SLC at 692-9550 for reservations and Mother Anne this email or 755 3325 for scholarship info.
Excited to be seeing you.
In Christ's service,
Mother Anne

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Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update Addendum
God willing,
The Right Reverend William H. Love,
Ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany
will ordain
Joseph James North
to the Sacred Order of Priests
in Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
on Saturday, March seventh
in the Year of Our Lord
Two Thousand and Nine,
at eleven o'clock in the morning
at
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
50 Sacandaga Road
Scotia, New York.

Your prayers and presence are requested.
Clergy: White Stoles
Reception: in the Parish Hall following the service
R.S.V.P. regrets only to jnorth2000@gmail.com
or by telephone to 518-374-8391

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Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009
From: Rev Susan Baker Borjeson
Subject: Rock and Blues Service in Coxsackie

Christ Church Coxsackie's monthly healing service is taking a different turn this month. Sunday night the 22nd, we will be offering a Rock and Blues service. Please see the attached PR piece, and please, pass the word to you congregations and friends. We would be grateful for your prayers also!
Many thanks,
Susan B2
--
The Very Rev'd Susan Baker-Borjeson
Christ Church Coxsackie NY
518 731 7761 cell 518 334 3257

 

2/18/2009, #52, 1st Quarter 2009

Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him. And they said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority to do these things?" (Mark 11:27-28 )
      Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are still questioning your authority; have mercy on us.

But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one question; then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John--was it from heaven or from men? Answer me." (Mark 11:29-30)
      Father, your call for us to turn away from sin by repentance is as current today as it was when it was proclaimed by John the Baptist; help us heed your call.

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men'"--they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed. So they answered and said to Jesus, "We do not know." (Mark 11:31-33a)
      Holy Spirit, as in Elijah's day, the people falter between two opinions. (1 Kings 18:21) The choice then is the choice now: following God or following the gods of this world; help us choose to serve Jesus.



And Jesus answered and said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." (Mark 11:33b)
      Jesus, St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo said, "I believe in order to understand." Please restore to the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church a true and lively belief in you so that they may understand. Thank you.

      A word received: Wait for me. Wait for me and my guidance. Wait for me; wait on me. I will shepherd you as a flock. Keep your eyes on me and I will lead you. I will go before you and make a way through for you.

      A word received: You are in my care. I want my people to know what it means to be cared for by my Holy Spirit. He is the Comforter -- he will speak comfort to your heart and soul. I want you to invite him in for his comfort in this time. Thank me for sending the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; Isa 63:15-64:9; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Mark 11:27-12:12
Thursday: 105:1-22; Isaiah 65:1-12; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Mark 12:13-27

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

 

Welcome Home Initiative

To All Who Support the Welcome Home Initiative with Prayer--

Our next Welcome Home Initiative approaches in five weeks – March 23 through 25. Begin laying down a covering fire of prayer for this WHI:

*      for Fr. Nigel Mumford, Bishop Dave Bena and Noel Dawes as they prepare to lead the retreat.
*      for Sandra Lester and the administrative details she oversees.
*      for Sue Ellen Reutsch and the oversight of mental health issues; for Mary Ellen Bena and ministry to military wives.
*      for the raising up of Prayer Team members for this retreat and for the on-site Intercessors Team; for wisdom and guidance in the selection of those who will have direct contact with the men and women God is calling to attend this retreat.
*      for the hands which prepare and the hearts that pray over quilts and care b askets made up for the warriors and their families. Care baskets are assembled by our local Daughters of the King but more volunteers could be used.
*      for sound ministry finances in these difficult economic times; for the continuing donations which enable us to offer this Retreat free to warriors and their families.
*      for God's call to warriors to come to the Welcome Home Initiative Retreat. At present we have had expressions of interest in the upcoming March WHI from warriors in the British Armed forces, from chaplains processing returning troops across the U.S., from ministry streams hoping to contribute to healing and prayer for the armed forces; even from a warrior/minister serving in Israel. Pray for the right mix of men and women attending this retreat, f or their travel, and for ministry to the families they bring with them. We know of some with interest for whom the travel expense is a barrier: pray that God will break down any barrier, if this is the time and place for these men and women to begin to be healed by Christ.
*      for good weather that week. A winter storm during the last retreat interfered with some arrangements and dampened attendance to the Closing Ceremony. Pray for God's providence through all circumstances and for His will to be done at this retreat.
*      for continued, enthusiastic local community support to be shown at the Closing Ceremony, Wednesday, March 25, gathering at 11:00 a.m. in the CtK's Great Hall.
*      Pray also for Noel Dawes this week as he travels to Florida, speaking primarily to a group of military, fire, police and hospital chaplains, as well as making other contacts for the several military ministries he represents. Pray for travel mercies, for good contacts made at the Lord's initiation, for the various presentations he has to make, and for lives to be touched and transformed by the message of the ministry of healing in Christ's name. Noel and Meryl's 18-month old granddaughter is currently undergoing treatment for cancer – a major concern in their lives right now: pray for compplete healing and protection for little Charlotte.

And offer praise to God for the outpouring of opportunities to share about the Welcome Home Initiative in the larger military community which have been forthcoming in the past several months. In the wake of Fr. Nigel's key visit to the Pentagon in December, healing prayer is now being offered at services for the military in the Washington, D.C., area at Ft. Belvoir, VA, with hope to begin services in the Pentagon Chapel very soon. A senior Army Chaplain present at the December meeting is planning to attend the School of Healing Prayer here at the Oratory of Christ the King. Fr. Nigel, Noel and Sandra are representing the WHI at various conferences this spring and summer. More details for prayer coverage will be released soon.

If you know of any member of the armed forces -- currently serving, recently released from combat duty or having seen combat in any military conflict – please recommend them to the Welcome Home Initiative Healing Retreats. The Welcome Home Initiative is free to combat veterans of all wars and their immediate families: they are only responsible for their travel expenses. For more information see our website at www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome or call Sandra Lester at (518 ) 692-9550 ext. 202.

God's blessing to each of you who has a heart for praying for t he men and women who have risked so much to defend our freedoms.

Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

 

2/17/2009, #51, 1st Quarter 2009

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (1 Timothy 2:1)
      Jesus, please help all of us pray according to the mind of your Spirit.

for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:2)
      Father, we pray for wisdom for your servants who govern us:
            for Barack, our President
            for David, our Governor
            for Brian, our Mayor
            for Katherine, our Presiding Bishop
            for Bill, our Bishop
            for Brad, our Rector
      Anoint all of these with wisdom and discretion and protect them and their families.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior, (1 Timothy 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know and do the good you have set before us.

who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)
      Jesus, please help us desire what you desire, and do what you want us to do. Guide us and help us speak your truth and share the gospel with all we meet.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5)
      Jesus, thank you for paying the price for us, thank you for interceding for us day by day.

who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, (1 Timothy 2:6)
      Father, thank you for sending Jesus to pay for the debt of my sins.

for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle--I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying--a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. (1 Timothy 2:7)
      Holy Spirit, anoint the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church with your words of truth -- help them to be faithful witnesses to all.

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; (1 Timothy 2:8 )
      Father, help us lift up holy hands in prayer wherever we are and pray according to the mind of your Spirit. Thank you for the Daughters of the King, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and the Sisters of St. Mary who daily intercede for us. Raise up more vocations to this life of prayer.

      A word received: Pray for my kingdom. Pray for my will to be established in my body, the church. Pray for hearts that are turned to me in repentance. Pray for my people to place their hope and trust in me. Pray for my people to hunger for my word.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; Isaiah 63:7-14; 1 Timothy 1:18-2:8; Mark 11:12-26
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; Isa 63:15-64:9; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Mark 11:27-12:12

Albany Intercessor

Monday, February 16, 2009

 

2/16/2009, #50, 1st Quarter 2009

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; (Psalm 89:1a)
      Thank you, Jesus, for your mercy toward us -- for not giving us what we deserve.

With my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1b)
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily speak of Jesus' faithfulness toward me and my family.

For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever; your faithfulness you shall establish in the very heavens." (Psalm 89:2)
      Father, build up your mercy in the Episcopal Church. Help us daily treat one another with your love and compassion.

"I have made a covenant with my chosen," (Psalm 89:3a)
      Father, help us live out our covenant life in faithfulness.

"I have sworn to my servant David: 'Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.'" (Psalm 89:3b-4)
      Jesus, please establish your kingdom in our hearts and minds.

And the heavens will praise your wonders, O LORD; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. (Psalm 89:5)
      Lord Jesus, please help us praise you; help us praise your name whenever we assemble together as your body. Thank you.

Monday: 89:1-18; Isaiah 63:1-6; 1 Timothy 1:1-17; Mark 11:1-11
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; Isaiah 63:7-14; 1 Timothy 1:18-2:8; Mark 11:12-26

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, February 15, 2009

 

2/15/2009, #49, 1st Quarter 2009

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, 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.

The Pharisees therefore said to him, "You bear witness of yourself; your witness is not true." (John 8:13)
      Holy Spirit, convince the leaders and teachers of your people today of the truth of Jesus' witness.

Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I bear witness of myself, my witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. And yet if I do judge, my judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the father who sent me. It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am one who bears witness of myself, and the father who sent me bears witness of me." (John 8:14-18 )
      Father, help us to hear your witness about Jesus.

Then they said to him, "Where is your father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father. If you had known me, you would have known my father also." (John 8:19)
      Jesus, thank you for making your father known to us.

      A word received: I AM waiting for my people to return to me. I AM waiting for hearts that are warmed by the fire of my Holy Spirit. I AM waiting for my people to desire more of me. Come to me; I AM waiting for you.

Sunday: 66, 67; Isaiah 62:6-12; 1 John 2:3-11; John 8:12-19
Monday: 89:1-18; Isaiah 63:1-6; 1 Timothy 1:1-17; Mark 11:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009
From: Dan Herzog
Subject: Thank you
Thank you for your prayers. Carol’s procedure yesterday morning went very well and she returned home this afternoon. We are deeply appreciative of your prayerful support.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, February 14, 2009

 

Update on Carol Herzog

Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009
From: Dan Herzog
Subject: Thank you
Thank you for your prayers. Carol’s procedure yesterday morning went very well and she returned home this afternoon. We are deeply appreciative of your prayerful support.

 

Prayer Table Reports from Schenectady and Coxsackie

PRAYER TABLE REPORT
(Sat., Feb. 14, 2009; 9:30 - 10:30 in front of Christ Church, Schenectady.)

Note: This was the first of what we hope will be many, many "piggy-back" Prayer Table sessions where two prayer warriors at a time take an hour and then another two follow them for another hour. Today, Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart took the first "watch" from 9:30-10:30 a.m., and then David Carlson and Dianne Gambill took over from 10:30-11:30.
It was a miserably cold, windy wintry day -- to be blunt. But ... people came to His table anyway!

a--indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received a cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c--indicates took a yellow church card.

(Young man in a brown coat walking by) --- He was very troubled. He said he "... needs to take a walk" but when he got a few feet away he turned around and said "I'll definitely be back for that prayer in a little while on my way back." Unfortunately, the man never came back. Pray for him. God knows the details.

(OLDER MAN with bottles and cans) --- He did not want to give his name but asked for prayers "... for peace in the world."

a--SHERRY (Anderson) and daughters ANGELA and ELIZABETH -- Sherry, who needs no introduction as the mother from our church involved in that awful accident while walking with most of her children that evening in early December, asked for prayers for continued healing of her knee and for success for her opeartion on that knee next Friday (Feb. 20.) She also reiterated her request for a ride to the hospital that day to and from, and for someone to watch her children at her home while she is out. We also prayed for continued healing for LYNN, who is doing much better.

a--LINDA -- A regular at the Table who stops for prayer each Saturday on her way to get the bus. We prayed for her protection and provision.

a--PAT (Frank Upshur's daughter) -- Pat was full of news and prayer requests for family members. FRANK, praise the Lord, has passed that kidney stone which was giving him trouble a couple of weeks ago. Nephew NICK needs prayers to fight depression because the disabiklity checks have been slow to come in. (He needs a kidney operation.) Nephew KEITH recently got the job he needed but still has problems with high blood pressure. KEISHA, the grand-daughter, recently was found to have a growth on her thyroid gland. PAT herself wanted prayers for covering because she may have to go to New Jersey in May for the summer if things down there with her family do not improve.

t--RICKY -- This young man asked for prayers "... to be better" because he just got laid off from his job.

(A man in a red car tooted at us in approval as he drove past the Table.)

MARLENE -- A middle-aged woman who has been to the Table before and is having problems in her marriage walked hurriedly past us but asked us to pray for her and said to "Put my name down, Sweetie!"

(A man on the other side of the street) -- This man, who has stopped in the past, this time simply waved at us and said "God bless you! Keep up the good work!" We will.

(Friendly young red-haired man) -- Did not stop but waved at us as he walked by and said "Thank you!"

t-JEFF and t-AKEEM -- These two older teen-agers both slowed their pace when they saw the Prayer Table sign, and they seemed quite serious and in need of prayer. Jeff asked for prayers for "a better life," while Akeem, the older of the two, requested prayer for safety for his brother THOMAS who is currently in jail.

t,a -- WILLIE -- Another man collecting bottles and cans stopped with his cart. He wanted prayers "to change my life around."

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PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Sat., Feb. 14, 2009; 10:30 -- 11:30 am in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)

+--indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+--Rose -- asked for financial provision (she is unable to work because of a disability) -- We cried out to Lord, our Provider, on behalf of Rose

+--Joseph -- asked for prayer for upcoming knee surgery next Tuesday -- we prayed for successful surgery, speedy recovery, and the peace of God that passes all understanding

--Eric (and 2 other men) -- on their way to the 7th Day Adventist church -- we asked God to bless them and make them a blessing to others today

+++ -- Joseph -- another man named Joseph who asked for "happiness and good will." We prayed that he would have the joy of the Lord. He asked for 3 crosses for his nephews and nieces.

-- Lester -- we called out to him from the other side of the road; he crossed the street and came over for prayer -- no specific prayer request -- "whatever you feel led to pray for" -- we prayed for the Lord's provision (specifically shelter and food) and the Lord's protection.

+ -- David -- asked for prayer for his relationship with his girlfriend and prayer for his 6-year-old daughter Maya . He took a cross for his daughter.

+ -- Pam -- asked for prayer for salvation -- we asked her if she has ever invited Jesus into her heart and life -- she said "many times." We prayed that she would have the assurance of salvation.

-- Derrick -- another gentleman on his way to the 7th Day Adventist church -- he asked prayer for his elderly mother who is very sick -- we prayed for the Lord's healing and peace for his mom

-- Donald -- asked for prayer for strength to serve the Lord -- he goes to a Baptist Church in Hamilton Hill and is in charge of some function coming up -- he asked for the Lord's strength -- we reminded him that when the Lord calls us to do something, He also empowers us -- we prayed for the Lord to use him mightily

-- Joe -- was walking by as we were breaking down the chairs and table -- we asked if we could pray for him -- he said "yes" but kept walking -- we prayed for him that the Lord would give him a good week and that he would remember that we had prayed and know that God answers prayer

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Christ Church, Coxsackie -- Prayer Table #2 Report

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Place: Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie NY -- between the Grand Union and Hoerning's Pharmacy
Weather: 34 degrees, mostly sunny, a little breezy
Prayer Ministers: Dina McGibbon, Julia ("Julie") Moore, Deacon Nina George Hacker
Our corner was busy! The local Cub Scout den was holding a bake sale on one side of us (which drew a lot of shoppers), and a dad and some of the scouts were playing catch on the other side of us. To everyone we saw, we called out, "Happy Valentine's Day! God loves you!" If anyone paused to respond, we gave them a kid's valentine card with Disney characters on it. Each card was addressed "To You with Love, from God," and on the cards we wrote Scripture verses about God's love (e.g., John 3:16, Isaiah 43:4). If the person was willing to stop for a moment, we asked if we could pray for or with them. (We prayed among ourselves, for everyone we encountered to know the love of Jesus Christ.)
(Note: Because this is a small community, we do not record names.)

+ = received free wooden cross necklace (by Dennis Adams, NC)
G = received free Gospel of John (NLT) booklet
V = received valentine card

+ / V Young couple: Accepted a couples' valentine and cross for the woman. Asked that we join them in giving thanks and praise for the sale of their house, and getting a new one. We prayed with them for God's help with the legal aspects of selling one home and buying another, and for the logistics of the move. Nina felt led by the Holy Spirit to pray for their marriage, and a deepening of their love for each other--and then they told her today is their wedding anniversary!

V Older woman: Didn't want prayer.

V Middle-aged man: Gave thanks to God for his two dogs' 14th birthdays.

V Young man: Was told "God loves you." Responded: "I know that."

V Older man: Asked for prayer for his 86-year-old mother.

V Young man: Came out of the pharmacy, clutching his prescription, looking distressed. Welcomed prayer for healing of his bronchi and lungs.

V Young couple: Asked for prayer for good health.

V Middle-aged man: Told "God loves you!" Responded: "I'm sure He loves you too!"

V, V Two middle-aged men: Gave thanks to God for doing well.

V Middle-aged woman: Told "God loves you!" murmured "Thank you," with her head down, and kept moving. (After she left, we prayed for God to bless her, and give her joy.)

V Woman: Asked Dina for prayer for health and happiness.

+ / V / G Young boy (Scout) : After his grandmother said the boy was despondent that he was too old to get a valentine in school and hadn't received any, Nina gave him one. This opened up a conversation, in which the boy asked for a cross necklace and a Gospel of John, but didn't want any prayer. (We prayed for him after he left.)

Elderly man: Walking slowly with a cane, would not accept any assistance, a valentine, or prayers. But when Nina said, "God bless you," he stopped and said, "Thank you. I need all the help I can get." (We prayed for him after he left.)

V 40-year-old woman: Julie prayed with her, for her health.

V Middle-aged woman: Accepted valentine but didn't want prayer.

V Middle-aged woman: Dina prayed with her for healing of her right hand.

V Middle-aged woman: Asked Dina for prayer for all the children at the school where she teaches. Dina prayed with her, especially for healing for the kids, and for those with special needs.

V Young man: With earrings, tattoos, and a cigarette. Accepted valentine. Didn't want prayer, but smiled when Nina said "God bless you."

V 40-ish couple: Asked for prayers of thanksgiving for their blessings.

V Middle-aged woman: Asked for prayers of healing for her son.

V, V / G Teenaged girl and her father: Said they didn't need any prayer.

V 40-ish man: Said he didn't need any prayer.

V Middle-aged woman: Julie gave her a valentine and talked with her in the parking lot. Her reaction to the Prayer Table: "How interesting!" but she wouldn't come over to us.

V Middle-aged man. Accepted valentine, but refused prayer.

V Middle-aged man: Asked for prayer for his finances; for the stimulus bill in Congress; and for encouragement for Father Tyrone Reddie and his parish, Grace and Holy Innocents, Albany.

Older woman: Didn't want a valentine or any prayer (we prayed for her after she left).

V 60-ish woman: Asked for prayer for good health.

+ / V Middle-aged couple: Said they didn't need prayer, but accepted a cross from Dina.

V Older woman: Nina prayed with her, for her healing and strength, and for her grandchildren to be drawn closer to the Lord.

 

2/14/2009, #48, 1st Quarter 2009

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
      Father, give the parents in this diocese steadiness in Jesus so that they will train up their children and grandchildren knowing the Holy Scriptures. Bring the children and youth of this diocese to wisdom for salvation which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16)
      Holy Spirit, please shape our hearts by the daily reading of the Scriptures.

that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:17)
      Jesus, please complete the work you have begun in us and bring us to maturity in you, ready and equipped for every good work you have appointed for us to do. Thank you.

      I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; For he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. (Isaiah 61:10-11)

For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. (Isaiah 62:1)
      For the Diocese of Albany's sake I will not hold my peace, and for the sake of Schenectady I will not rest, until their righteousness goes forth as brightness, and their salvation as a lamp that burns.

A word received: I AM speaking to my people; pray for listening hearts. Pray for ears that hear me speaking through my word in Scripture. Pray for hearts that turned around by my word.

Saturday: 87, 90; Isaiah 61:10-62:5; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Mark 10:46-52
Sunday: 66, 67; Isaiah 62:6-12; 1 John 2:3-11; John 8:12-19

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update Addendum
February 13, 2009
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
       Molly Minon, a member of the Commission on Ministry, Cursillista, and secretary of the Southern Adiondack Deanery, died last night. Molly discovered the Leatherstocking Farm property which became our Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.
      Friends and family will gather on Sunday at Trinity Church, Whitehall from 4 - 7 PM and Molly's memorial service will be Monday, February 16 at 11 AM.
      Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord; let light perpetual shine upon him.
      Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP pg 505)

[Molly was a long-time intercessor for the Diocese of Albany. Torre]

Albany Intercessor

Friday, February 13, 2009

 

2/13/2009, #47, 1st Quarter 2009

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and His kingdom: (2 Timothy 4:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of the clergy and lay leaders of this diocese to receive this charge.

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2)
      Father, as Jonah went into Nineveh and preached your word and the people repented, so move the hearts of your people to go through the communities of this diocese preaching your word. Give us your word to speak at all times and in all places, by day and by night, at morning and at evening.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; (2 Timothy 4:3)
      Jesus, this is a generation with itching ears that cannot endure sound doctrine; have mercy on us and unstop our ears.

and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Timothy 4:4)
      LORD, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have turned aside from the truth and have listened to the fables of the gay agenda and those "scholars" who teach with no faith; have mercy on us.

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us throughout this diocese to be watchful in all things, enduring whatever afflictions come our way, doing the work of an evangelist, and faithful in the ministry you have given us.

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. (2 Timothy 4:6)
      Jesus, you poured you life out for us, help us to follow in your footsteps.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)
      Amen, Lord Jesus; let this be true of your people throughout this diocese.

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8 )
      Father, please prepare our hearts for the day of Jesus' appearing. Thank you for the treasure that is laid up for us in heaven.

A word received: Keep looking to me; I will provide. Set your hope in me; anchor it there. Hope in me for hope that does not disappoint.

Friday: 88; Isaiah 61:1-9; 2 Timothy 3:1-17; Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 87, 90; Isaiah 61:10-62:5; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Mark 10:46-52

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009
From: Dan Herzog
Subject: Prayer
Dear Torre and Jean,
Could you put on the prayerline:
Please pray for Carol Herzog who is having a heart catheterization at Ellis Hospital Friday morning.
Thank you

Father we ask for your healing and protection and blessing for Carol and all her family.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, February 12, 2009

 

Prayer request for Carol Herzog

Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009
From: Dan Herzog
Subject: Prayer
Dear Torre and Jean,
Could you put on the prayerline:
Please pray for Carol Herzog who is having a heart catharization at Ellis Hospital Friday morning.
Thank you

Father we ask for your healing and protection and blessing for Carol and all her family.

Albany Intercessor

 

2/12/2009, #46, 1st Quarter 2009

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10:23)
      Jesus, we as a nation have been distracted from the kingdom of God by our possessions; please help us turn to you and your ways in this time of economic crisis.

And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:24)
      Holy Spirit, please help us place our trust in Jesus.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:25)
      Father, please help us strip off every encumbrance that keeps us from entering your kingdom.

And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?" (Mark 10:26)
      Holy Spirit, we only look at the surface while you search the heart; keep us from being blinded by surface success and help us present the gospel to everyone in need.

But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27)
      Father, thank you!

Then Peter began to say to him, "See, we have left all and followed you." (Mark 10:28 )
      Father, help all of us in this diocese make the choice of Peter: to leave all behind to follow Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my sake and the gospel's, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first." (Mark 10:29-31)
      Jesus, thank you for the blessings we have received in following you.

A word received: I AM with you; don't be afraid. I will care for you; you are in my hands. Don't let the enemy steal your joy; keep your eyes on me.

Thursday: [83] or 146, 147; Isaiah 60:1-17; 2 Timothy 2:14-26; Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 88; Isaiah 61:1-9; 2 Timothy 3:1-17; Mark 10:32-45

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009
From: Rev. Christine Wickman
Subject: Tom Wickman
Greetings dear praying friends:
      I request youir prayers again for my husband Tom. He went for a check-up with the cardiologist today and we went straight from the office to St. Peter's Hospsital. They are having difficulties getting the balance of his medications right and need to make careful changes under observation. Needless to say, Tom is very nervous but I know he will be helped by Nigel's tape. I am just heading back to spend the night in the hope that he will not become as disoriented as he did a few weeks ago.
Love and blessings to you all.
Deacon Christine

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Prayer
      Teach me to do your will, for You are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143:10)
      Lord we pray for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge as they start their missionary training in Colorado. May they be especially attuned to hear Your Holy Spirit and to absorb all necessary to equip them to be your servants in Peru. As they are nestled in the mountains of Colorado or the mountains of Peru, may they hear your voice and be led on level and Holy Ground. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
       http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

 

2/11/2009, #45, 1st Quarter 2009

Then they brought little children to him, that he might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. (Mark 10:13)
      Holy Spirit, bring children to our parish so that Jesus may touch them. Make every one of us eager to receive children into our common life.

But when Jesus saw it, he was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:14)
      Father, let your kingdom come among us, your will be done among us.

Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Mark 10:15)
      Jesus, please give us a heart and a desire to receive the kingdom of God on your terms, not ours or the world's terms.

And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:16)
      Jesus, please take me up in your arms, lay your hand on me, and bless me. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me; return to me. I AM waiting for you to return to me. Let my guide you throughout this day. I will do what you cannot; I will show you the path to walk in.

Wednesday: 119:97-120; Isaiah 59:15b-21; 2 Timothy 1:15-2:13; Mark 10:1-16
Thursday: [83] or 146, 147; Isaiah 60:1-17; 2 Timothy 2:14-26; Mark 10:17-31

      Words received for a Sunday School lesson in February
"And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, 'Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?'" (Luke 10:25) A word received: This is the acid test: "What will I do to enter the kingdom of God when I die?" I want you to be ready to answer that. I want you to know beyond any doubt why and how you are saved.

"He said to him, 'What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?'" (Luke 10:26) A word received: I want you to read the whole of the Bible. Do not let anyone cheat you out of that treasure. I want you to know what I have said in the Scriptures.

"So he answered and said, '"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind," and "your neighbor as yourself."'" (Luke 10:27) A word received: I want you to know this as well. I want you to ask me to write it on your hearts.

"And he said to him, 'You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.'" (Luke 10:28 ) A word received: Loving God with all that you have and are and loving your neighbor as yourself is my desire for you.

"But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?'" (Luke 10:29) A word received: If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. (1 John 4:20-21)

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

 

2/10/2009, #44, 1st Quarter 2009

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, (2 Timothy 1:1)
      Jesus, thank you for the apostolic witnesses you have raised up among us: Bishop Bill, Bishop Ball, Bishop Dave, and Bishop Dan.

To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. (2 Timothy 1:2)
      Father, help us all to receive your grace, mercy, and peace.

I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, (2 Timothy 1:3)
      Holy Spirit, prompt and help us to remember one another in prayer throughout this diocese.

greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, (2 Timothy 1:4)
      Jesus, help us to be mindful of one another and reach out to one another with joy and love.

when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. (2 Timothy 1:5)
      Father, please help us to be repositories of faith in Jesus so that faith is handed on to succeeding generations.

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Timothy 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, help each of us receive and use the gifts you have given us.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
      Lord Jesus, fear stalks throughout this nation: help us to set aside fear and turn to you. Thank you for replacing our fears with the power of your Holy Spirit, and love, and a sound mind.

A word received: When my people cry out to me, I hear them. When you are in sorrow, I send my comfort, the Holy Spirit. When you rejoice, I am there in the midst of you. When you trust me, I am filled with joy.

Tuesday: 78:1-39; Isaiah 59:1-15a; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 119:97-120; Isaiah 59:15b-21; 2 Timothy 1:15-2:13; Mark 10:1-16

Albany Intercessor

Monday, February 09, 2009

 

2/9/2009, #43, 1st Quarter 2009

"If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, (Isaiah 58:9b)
      LORD, transform the relationships of your people in this diocese.

If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, (Isaiah 58:10a)
      Holy Spirit, give us Jesus' compassion for the hungry and afflicted.

Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:10b)
      Jesus, help us walk by your light in this time of darkness in the church and in the nation.

The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
      Father, help me to be a well-watered garden where others may find refreshment.

      [Take a look at the meditation A Watered Garden, by W. B. Anderson, 1919: http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/news/feature/070111.html]

Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (Isaiah 58:12)
      Lord Jesus, hear the cries of your people -- that the streets of Hamilton Hill and Schenectady and all the communities of this diocese will be safe to walk in. Help us by our words and deeds bear witness of what you have done to repair the breach between God and man, and make us restorers of streets to dwell in.

Monday: 80; Isaiah 58:1-12; Galatians 6:11-18; Mark 9:30-41
Tuesday: 78:1-39; Isaiah 59:1-15a; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Mark 9:42-50

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, February 08, 2009

 

2/8/2009, #42, 1st Quarter 2009

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (John 7:37)
      Jesus, I am thirsty for more of you and I come to you; help me to receive all that you have for me.

He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38 )
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! Let the river of your Holy Spirit flow out from me.

But this he spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)
      Jesus, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." (John 7:40-41a)
      Father, please let all the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church recognize in Jesus the fulfillment of your word in Scripture. Help us all to know him for who he is.

But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" So there was a division among the people because of him. Now some of them wanted to take him, but no one laid hands on him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought him?" (John 7:41b-45)
      Father, even now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church seek to lay hands on those who follow your son faithfully.

The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!" (John 7:46)
      Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church hear the witness of those whose hearts are touched by Jesus.

Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in him?" (John 7:47-48 )
      Father, the leaders then and the leaders now are rejecting your purposes for them. (See Luke 7:30)

"But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." (John 7:49)
      Father, move the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to see beyond their theological training to what Jesus is doing in the hearts of your people. Thank you.

A word received: Listen to me, my people. Heed my word. Return again to my word. My word is there before you: open it, read it. Pray for my people to return to daily reading of my word.

Sunday: 93, 96; Isaiah 57:14-21; Hebrews 12:1-6; John 7:37-46
Monday: 80; Isaiah 58:1-12; Galatians 6:11-18; Mark 9:30-41

       Notes from the Front Line

Christ Church Coxsackie has started a prayer table. A report of it can be viewed on-line at http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2009/02/christ-church-coxsackie-prayer-table.html.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, February 07, 2009

 

Christ Church Coxsackie Prayer Table Report

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2009 -- 11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.
Weather: 29 degrees F, partly sunny, a little breezy
Location: Hope Plaza in West Coxsackie, between the Grand Union and Hoerning's Pharmacy

Prayer Ministers: Deacon Nina George Hacker, parishioners John Grayshaw and Carol Starkweather

To everyone entering the stores, we cheerily called out "Good morning!" or "Good afternoon." If they came closer, we asked "Would you like prayer for anything?" As they exited the stores, we called out, "God bless you!" We prayed silently for each person we saw, especially those who did not respond at all. Three people asked, "What are you selling?" and seemed surprised when we said, "Nothing! We're just here to pray for anyone who wants that."

[Note: Because this is a small community, we do not record names.]

+ indicates received free cross (by Dennis Adams, NC)
G indicates received free Gospel of John (NLT) booklet

+ / G older woman walking with cane Turned down Carol's offer to help load groceries into her van. But responded to Nina when she volunteered to return the lady's shopping cart. Welcomed prayer for healing of post-polio syndrome, with which she has suffered since age 2, and for difficulty swallowing, as she cannot eat solid food. Also wanted prayer for reconciliation with alienated family members and a church she formerly attended, and for comfort in her ongoing grief over daughter's death 2 years ago. Is a believing Christian, lives in Athens and attends a church in Hudson. Looking for a closer church. Nina invited her to CCC, and assured her that we will pray for her throughout this week. She gave Nina a hug and said, "God bless you."

young man: Seemed in a hurry. Did not want to stop at the table, but asked for "prayer for world peace." We prayed among ourselves.

older man: In response to our greeting, said he "had already prayed this morning," but, as he went into the Grand Union, asked us to "pray for more people to love one another." We did. When he came out of the store, he said that "he was just joking" about his earlier prayer request. But then he asked us, sincerely, to pray for: 1) President Obama, and the Congress--that the Congress will stop bickering among themselves and work with the President to fix the country's problems; and 2) for a new minister for First Reformed Church. He asked what church we were from, but did not want to pray with us. We prayed among ourselves.

young man: Was coughing and sniffling as he walked toward the pharmacy, but turned down our offer of prayer. So we called after him, "We'll ask God to make you well," and he said, "thank you."

middle-aged woman: Responded to Carol's offer to return her grocery cart. Said she had just been diagnosed with osteoporosis in her arms and was depressed about the diagnosis. Asked what church we were from, but didn't want prayer. As she entered the pharmacy, we prayed for her healing, for her treatment, and for her heart to be touched by God for comfort. When she came out, Nina offered her a free cross, but she said, "No thanks, I already have one at home." We assured her that we would pray for her throughout this week. She said "thank you," and seemed cheered by our concern.

God is good, and to Him be the glory!

Report by Deacon Nina, from the prayer journal kept by Carol and Nina.

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