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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

 

3/31/2009, #96, 1st Quarter 2009

In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me. (Psalm 120:1)
      Father, thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you; thank you for hearing me even before the words are on my lips.

Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue. (Psalm 120:2)
      Jesus, set me free from the deception of sin.

What shall be given to you, or what shall be done to you, you false tongue? (Psalm 120:3)
      Holy Spirit, cleanse the words that come from my mouth and purify them; don't let my tongue lead me into deception.

Sharp arrows of the warrior, with coals of the broom tree! (Psalm 120:4)
      LORD, discipline me and restore in me the joy of your salvation.

Woe is me, that I dwell in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! (Psalm 120:5)
      Holy Spirit, establish me among your people and surround me with your witnesses.

My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. (Psalm 120:6)
      Jesus, please help me find my rest in you.

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. (Psalm 120:7)
      Father, help me seek for your peace in my heart and protect me from those who revel in strife. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people. Pray they will choose me as their refuge in the storm.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; Jeremiah 25:8-17; Romans 10:1-13; John 9:18-41
Wednesday: 119:145-176; Jeremiah 25:30-38; Romans 10:14-21; John 10:1-18

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Albany Intercessor

Monday, March 30, 2009

 

3/30/2009, #95, 1st Quarter 2009

In you, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in your righteousness. (Psalm 31:1)
      Jesus, thank you for your righteousness; thank you for setting things right between me and your father; thank you for filling me with your Holy Spirit.

Bow down your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. (Psalm 31:2)
      Jesus, you are my rock, thank you.

For you are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for your name's sake, lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)
      Jesus, please lead me and guide me, give me wisdom and discernment for this day's work. Thank you.

Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for you are my strength. (Psalm 31:4)
      Holy Father, protect me from every deception of the evil one.

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. (Psalm 31:5)
      Jesus, thank you for rescuing me from sin and death, thank you for being who you are and for your great mercy to me and my family.

Monday: 31; Jeremiah 24:1-10; Romans 9:19-23; John 9:1-17
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; Jeremiah 25:8-17; Romans 10:1-13; John 9:18-41

      STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL, LESSON 30, April 5, 2009
                    Palm Sunday
             Jesus: the Shepherd and the Lamb
Theme Verse: "Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:1-2
Readings: Isaiah 53; John 10: 1-18,25-33, 39; John 19:28-30
Optional: John 1:29-31; 1 Peter 1:20, 2:24-25
Memory Verse: "I AM the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." John 10:11
       Old Testament prophecy about Jesus' death and its meaning. Isaiah 53
"Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?" (Isaiah 53:1) A word received: I want the children and the adults to choose to believe the report of Scripture about me. "For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him." (Isaiah 53:2) A word received: I had nothing the world values to help me. I had the Holy Spirit -- he is the helper. I want you to have the full power of the Holy Spirit as well.
      "He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him." (Isaiah 53:3) A word received: I AM still despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. I know your grief and I intercede for you. "Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted." (Isaiah 53:4) A word received: I have borne them and I will bear every grief you bring to me.
      "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5) A word received: I want you to be able to say, "Jesus was wounded for my transgressions."
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6) A word received: You are called to recognize and repent of the ways that you have gone astray, as individuals and as the Body of Christ, the church.
      "He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7) A word received: I chose to bear your guilt and your affliction so that you could enter into the freedom of the children of God. "He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare his generation? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people he was stricken." (Isaiah 53:8 ) A word received: I willingly went to the cross for you. "And they made his grave with the wicked-- but with the rich at his death, because he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth." (Isaiah 53:9) A word received: I have told you what is true.
      "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand." (Isaiah 53:10) A word received: My father loves you and sent me to bear the cross for you.
      "He shall see the labor of his soul, and be satisfied. By his knowledge my righteous servant shall justify many, for he shall bear their iniquities." (Isaiah 53:11) A word received: This is my joy -- I have brought many sons and daughters to my father. "Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul unto death, and he was numbered with the transgressors, and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53:12) A word received: Bring your burdens to me: I can bear them.
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       On this Palm Sunday we look at who Jesus is and what he did and what our response needs to be. Jesus is calling us to have a new and transformed understanding of God's love for us, of what he was doing here. He is calling each of us personally to have our understanding transformed.
      Remember that God himself is the Shepherd of his people (Psalm 23) and that the kings of Israel were sometimes referred to as shepherds. Yes, it was commonly a lowly occupation but was also a way of talking about how God loves and cares for his people. In John 10 Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd as well as the Gate. "I Am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved." .An Israelite shepherd would sleep in the entrance to the sheepfold at night to stop any animal or thief from entering. (Jesus also said, "No one comes to the Father (God) but by me." John 14:6) Then Jesus said, "I am the Good Shepherd... and I lay down my life for the sheep (vs.17) "The reason that the Father loves me is that I lay down my life (death), only to take it up again.(resurrection). (vs.18 ) "No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father." Later, in vs. 30 he says, "I and my Father are ONE."
      Notice two things here. Jesus had the power and authority to choose to give his life for his sheep (us) and the power and authority to rise from the dead. Jesus is also saying that he and his Father (God) are ONE, which means that what Jesus is doing, God himself is doing in and through him. (The authorities wanted to stone him to death for this claim but he escaped, as he did many times (John 10:36,39; Matthew 26:53) because it was not the right time for Jesus to die for his sheep. That time came at a certain Passover. Notice the intended parallel of the Passover lamb whose blood on the doors of Israelites in Egypt delivered them from death.
      Jesus is also the Lamb of God. When John the Baptist saw Jesus he said, "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29b) In the sacrificial system of the Old Covenant, the priest offered the sacrifice of a perfect lamb that was killed and laid on the altar as an offering to God so that the sins of the person or nation might be forgiven. Of course this was only a temporary solution and God had something greater in mind. Hebrews 7 talks about how Jesus was the perfect, sinless high priest forever (vs. 26-28:1) "He sacrificed once, for all, when he offered himself. After he rose again he "sat down at the right hand of the throne" (of God)
      Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 5:20b-21 that "we implore you on Christ's behalf: be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." Now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."
      God wants us to understand that he knew about this problem of sin in the people he had made and had a plan for dealing with it himself at the right time. Look at 1 Peter 1:18-21. "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake." "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree(cross) so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and overseer of your souls." ( 1 Peter 2: 24-25)
      God paid the penalty for our sins himself, in Jesus, his Son and his Word made flesh. "God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself." (2 Corinthians 5:19) "God demonstrated his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8 ) God is righteous and sin must be punished but Jesus willingly had the sins of the whole world laid on himself as he died--so that we--and all who receive him, might live a new life that pleases God, free from the power of sin and death through Jesus blood and the power of the Holy Spirit.
       Have you given your life to Jesus and asked him to forgive your sins and have his life within you and be with him forever?
      Look briefly at John 19: 28-30. Look at how Jesus died after he knew that the Scriptures had been fulfilled. When he received the vinegar to drink (Psalm 22:18 ) Jesus said, "It is finished." (Compare Psalm 22:31, a Psalm Jesus quoted from the cross.) It says, "for he has done it." "Done" is a Hebrew root work meaning finish, accomplish, perform, bring to pass. Jesus was announcing that he had completed the work that he had come to do with God the Father before the creation of the world! Then "he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." Luke reports in 23:46 that Jesus said, "Father into your hands I commit my Spirit."

Summary
      Hundreds of years before Jesus came God told us through the prophets how he was going to deal with the cost of our sins. He was going to ask the Messiah, his son, to carry the cost, the penalty of death, for our sins. God laid on Jesus all of the sins of the world, so that we might be healed/saved.
      Jesus died for our sins willingly. No one forced him. God taught the Israelites about the penalty and cost of sins by offering a perfect lamb to God as a sacrifice. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and he rose again from the dead to give us new life if we choose him as our Savior and Shepherd, the one we are to follow.
      God planned this all before he made the world and its people.
       Have you received Jesus' gift for yourself?

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, March 29, 2009

 

3/29/2009, #94, 1st Quarter 2009

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! for his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)
      Thank you, LORD, for your mercy and goodness towards us.

Let Israel now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:2)
      Father, help your people speak of your enduring mercy.

Let the house of Aaron now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:3)
      Jesus, help the bishops, priests and deacons of the Episcopal Church speak truly of your mercy.

Let those who fear the LORD now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:4)
      Holy Spirit, move in our hearts so that we fear to offend you and know and speak of your mercy. Thank you.

      A word received: Speak of my love. Speak of my enduring love. Tell my people my arms are open wide to receive them. Tell my people to receive my love and mercy.

Sunday: 118; Jeremiah 23:16-32; 1 Corinthians 9:19-27; Mark 8:31-9:1
Monday: 31; Jeremiah 24:1-10; Romans 9:19-23; John 9:1-17

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, March 28, 2009

 

Prayer Table Reports from Schenectady and Coxsackie

PRAYER TABLE REPORT #1
Saturday, March 28 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. First "shift:" Torre Bissell and Don Foust, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Not many people out this morning.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Agnes -- for comfort in grief at the death of her brother.

+Dorothy -- young woman -- prayers for her husband +Sidney and her daughter Denaedia, and for her business and for peace.

Rena -- "for my health, for my whole body, I want God to maintain my health"

+Dawn -- young mother with five children -- +Denashia, +Rakeen, +Khameek, +Katiana, and Khashey (baby), prayed for protection and provision

Linda -- a regular

Lamont and Pete -- from the Gideons Bible Society, stopped by to drum up volunteers

+Katie -- "a lot of pain in my chest, pray nothing is wrong"

Jim -- prayed for comfort about the death of his son Robert

Bill -- his friend Jenn works in a medical field in a very hostile environment

+Robert -- -- older man -- "for my smoking", thinks he still has cancer but hasn't see the doctor since the original diagnosis, "sick in the morning, don't want to get up"

+Barbara -- "I need a better job, I have a sister (Anna) that is going through changes and she needs help

+Shamia, +Teniqua, and +Alex -- two young women and a young man

+Ernest -- older man with a cane -- prayed for relief of pain and for mobility, prayed that his "last days" would be more fruitful than his first

Desdemona and Ursula -- two women going to the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St -- prayerd for Desdemona's grandson Peter who is in jail

Torre Bissell

PRAYER TABLE REPORT #2
(Sat., March 28, 2009; 10:30 - 11:30 -- Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)
[+ --indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

+ Tim – asked prayer for his mom and his daughter – we prayed for health and strength and an awareness of God’s great love for them

++++ DeeDee – asked for prayer for her kids in Long Island – she thinks they are better off in Long Island for now but she misses them very much (her son turned 15 yesterday and she wasn’t able to be with him on his birthday); she also asked prayer for her finances; she took 4 crosses and offered to make a donation for them (which of course we did not take); she thanked us for our prayers and said her day did not start well so this was a blessing to her

+ Pete – man in his 30’s -- asked prayer for his girlfriend who is bi-polar; we prayed for the Lord’s covering, wisdom for the doctors, and most of all for the Lord’s healing; Pete seemed touched afterward and said, “That was nice! Thank you!”

+++ 3-yr-old girl and her mother – the little girl asked prayer for her dad; we gave crosses to her and her mom and she said, “I need one for my brother, Justin!”

+++ Aubrey – young mom in her 20’s, with 2-yr-old identical twin daughters walking next to her as she pushed a stroller with her 9-month old baby; she’s due to give birth again in May; we prayed for a safe delivery (it will be a scheduled c-section), that the baby would be healthy, for the Lord’s peace, and an awareness that God loves them very much

+ Heather – woman returning from church (at the Macedonian 7th Day Adventist church) – asked for prayer for her family and thanked Christ Church for our kindness to their church

David Carlson

Subject: Christ Church Coxsackie Prayer Table Report #8
Date: March 28th, 2009, 11:30-12:30, Weather: Sunny and very warm, 55 degrees
Location: Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie, between the Grand Union and Hoernings Pharmacy
Prayer Ministers: Rev. Nina George Hacker, Dina McGibbon, Carol Starkweather

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)
G indicates received a Gospel Tract
(Note: Since this is a small community, we do not record names.)

Older Gentleman: "No, Thank you"

Middle age woman with young boy: "No Thanks", accepted Nina's offer to return her cart

Middle age man: "yes please! my back is killing me" We each prayed for him in turn-to ease any inflamation, align the spine and discs ect. That it would be done for God's Glory and that he would come to know Christ more and more.

Middle age lady: "Not now, I'm good"

Middle age Man: "I'm okay"

+Middle age woman: asked for prayer for 1) mother with dementia who just went into a care facility; 2) several family members who had recently broken bones; 3) son with injured eye; 4) might lose her job; 5) others worse off then her; 6) general state of the world. Testified to the strength of her faith despite her trials, and then prayed for us!

Teenage Girl: Cousin just became pregnant, asked for prayer for a healthy baby & safe delivery. We also prayed for everyone who would be impacted by this pregnancy

Middle-age woman: asked for prayer for her neighbor (a man) who went into the hospital for a slight case of pneumonia and has since had one illness and procedure after another-starting to get depressed and family is worried. We prayed for his healing, comfort, peace and protection.

+Older Man: asked for prayer for his wife-has a stent w/ 40% blockage

Couple we see every saturday: nodded and said hello, but kept on going. we prayed for them amongst ourselves, against what we discerned as a spirit of unworthiness and for Christ to break the yoke of oppression and set these captives free.

+/G Young Girl (8th grade) : prayers for healing in family where son was shot and killed by father (who's now in prison). Dina witnessed to her about Christ bringing peace and salvation, and prayed for the rest of her school year.

+/G Older Man: Dina prayed for safety for his travel in his maiden voyage of restored classic car, and for safety as he continues to work on it.

Middle age lady: "no thank's, I'm good"

 

3/28/2009, #93, 1st Quarter 2009

Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?" (John 6:60)
      Lord, many in your church are offended by what you have said and done; in your mercy set them free from every deception.

When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples complained about this, he said to them, "Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where he was before? (John 6:61-62)
      Jesus, please help your disciples believe your words and receive them with joy.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for writing Jesus' words on my heart. I ask you to write them on the hearts of all the people of this diocese and on the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray him. (John 6:64)
      Holy Father, set us free from hardness of heart and unbelief.

And He said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to me unless it has been granted to him by my father." (John 6:65)
      Father, move in the hearts of those weak in faith and grant them to Jesus.

From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with him no more. (John 6:66)
      Lord, help us to be steady on the path you have marked out for us; help us to be faithful witnesses to your words and deeds.

Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" (John 6:67)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of those who are considering walking apart from you.

But Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68 )
      Jesus, thank you for Peter's witness; thank you for the way you stood by him when he denied you; thank you for bringing him back to you. Please bring back to yourself all those who have fallen away in the Episcopal Church.

Also we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the son of the living God." (John 6:69)
      Jesus, there is a storm coming upon the Episcopal Church, please hide us under the shadow of your wings. (See Psalm 36:7, Matthew 23:37, and Luke 13:34)

Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?" He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray him, being one of the twelve. (John 6:70-71)
      Father, as we approach Holy Week we ask that you make us mindful of any ways that we are betraying your son Jesus and move our hearts to repentance by your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the shepherds of my people. Pray for shepherds hearts for every priest and deacon in this diocese.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Jeremiah 23:9-15; Romans 9:1-18; John 6:60-71
Sunday: 118; Jeremiah 23:16-32; 1 Corinthians 9:19-27; Mark 8:31-9:1

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Update -- Friday, March 27, 2009
      A Final Word to Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors--
      The fourth Welcome Home Initiative Retreat for combat veterans ended Wednesday afternoon with a chapel filled with well-wishers and prayer warriors who have supported these men through their three days together. The closing ceremony was presided over by the Rt. Rev. William Love, Bishop of Albany. Lt. Col. (Chaplain) Eric Olsen, US Army, gave the homily.
      Much healing occurred over the three day retreat -- most of it cannot be spoken of save among the cadre of brothers in arms formed at this retreat.
      Some small incidentals: Our youngest warrior -- age 29, still in active duty, an infantryman, a "grunt" as he described himself at the ceremony, an ordinary foot soldier carrying his world and his safety on his back in a 80 pound pack through desert tracks and dusty streets -- quickly bonded with our eldest warrior. Our eldest warrior was in service when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He was, he said, an ordinary "rifleman" and through battle after battle throughout the Pacific he did what he needed to see the war through to its end. Both warriors, it turned out, were with the 27th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Both warriors found healing on this retreat.
      We had an observer from the American Bible Society on this retreat and two warriors from Great Britain who represented Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, in London, with its internationally known Alpha Ministry. These men left deeply moved by the possibilities for bringing healing to the armed forces in the U.K. They have been asked to write a report on the Welcome Home Initiative for the chief of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, and we believe their recommendation regarding this retreat will be highly favorable.
      There was a Marine whom I can only describe as the bravest man I have ever met. Multiple decorations won on the field of battle, but now the battle was within. He came on this retreat certain that prayer would heal him. "When will I get prayer?" he kept asking -- then, "I'm not sure I can make it through." Someone suggested that he only needed to get through the next moment, and thereafter he was heard saying, over and over, "Minute... by minute..." The battle inside was terrible, but he stayed on the healing path we offered -- just as he had been faithful on the field of battle so many years ago. He received prayer several times on Tuesday. Wednesday morning he appeared at breakfast beaming -- and then rested in the Spirit during the healing service. As I took my leave from the Closing ceremony, he saluted me at the door, and as I made the sign of the cross in return, he beamed like sunlight breaking across the mountains. He remains the bravest man I have ever met -- both on the field of war and in victory through Christ on the path of healing.
      We saw anger released... and bitterness... and grief... and guilt. We saw warriors who have been through a couple of WHI's tapped for Team in the future. We even saw a couple of calls to the ministry discerned. It was profoundly moving.
      To all of you who have supported this retreat with prayer: you were part of the miracle which God wrought in each man and woman who attended. On behalf of all the Team at this WHI, thank you for lifting us up during these three days. God is good...
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM, For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Friday, March 27, 2009

 

3/27/2009, #92, 1st Quarter 2009

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 )
      Father, please help us answer your call.

For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)
      Jesus, our hearts' desire is to be conformed to your image; continue to work in and among us to bring that to pass.

Moreover whom he predestined, these he also called; whom he called, these he also justified; and whom he justified, these he also glorified. (Romans 8:30)
      Holy Spirit, grant us glimpses of the glory that is to come.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
      Father, help us cast aside every fear as we live in the reality that you are for us.

He who did not spare his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
      Jesus, thank you for providing for us and for carrying us on eagles wings.

Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (Romans 8:33)
      Holy Spirit, write on our hearts Jesus death and resurrection so that we appropriate how we have been justified.

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:34)
      Jesus, thank you for interceding for us; help us join you by standing in the gap and interceding for those around us. Thank you that there is now no condemnation for those whose lives are hid in yours.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Romans 8:35)
      Jesus, none of these things matters so long as we have you.

      A word received: Wait on me, my people. Don't rush ahead with your plans. Wait on me and my plans. Seek me, seek my guidance -- I will show you the way forward if you seek me with all your heart.

Friday: 102; Jeremiah 23:1-8; Romans 8:28-39; John 6:52-59
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Jeremiah 23:9-15; Romans 9:1-18; John 6:60-71

      Notes from the Front Line

From: Deacon MaryCarol Hart
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 11:10 AM
Subject: REJOICE WITH ME!
      I am so excited, thrilled, and very humbled. A priest friend of mine and Alan''s just called me. He was at a healing service last night and another priest who has a powerful gift for healing was there, too. They were praying for me and this priest received a word from God that I am highly-favored and that He likes me A LOT. The word further revealed that I am not to be overly concerned about my health issues and that I am to claim a healing in the name of Jesus Christ! I DO SO CLAIM THAT HEALING!! GOD IS SO GOOD!

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, March 26, 2009

 

3/26/2009, #91, 1st Quarter 2009

The Jews then complained about him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven." (John 6:41)
      Jesus, please help us receive all that you are and have for us. Please help us stop complaining about the way you are handling things.

And they said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he says, 'I have come down from heaven'?" (John 6:42)
      Holy Spirit, please guide the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church into a more complete knowledge of you and your ways.

Jesus therefore answered and said to them, "Do not murmur among yourselves. (John 6:43)
      Father, please work among us and help us stop murmuring and complaining.

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44)
      Father, please draw us closer to Jesus and help us daily live in the hope of the resurrection.

It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. (John 6:45)
      Father, daily teach us by your Holy Spirit so that we come to Jesus.

Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. (John 6:46)
      Holy Spirit, help us today to see the character and love of the Father in Jesus.

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me has everlasting life. (John 6:47)
      Jesus, I believe in you -- thank you for the gift of everlasting life with you.

I am the bread of life. (John 6:48 )
      Jesus, help us recognize you when we receive your body and blood in the Eucharist.

Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. (John 6:49)
      Father, they died in the wilderness because they did not trust you or your provision for them. Help us daily trust you.

This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. (John 6:50)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of life.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." (John 6:51)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life; thank you for being broken for me.

      A word received: Pray for my people -- that they will set their minds on my kingdom and my ways. Pray for them that they will find the freedom and power of my Holy Spirit. Pray for my people to rejoice in me and my ways. I long for my people to know the hope I have for them.

Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; Jeremiah 22:13-23; Romans 8:12-27; John 6:41-51
Friday: 102; Jeremiah 23:1-8; Romans 8:28-39; John 6:52-59

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Prayer update
Thank you all for your concern and prayers for my wife, Deacon Mary Carol Hart. We got sort of "good news/bad news" today when we saw her gastro doctor again ... the day after the scare over the colonoscopy problems in which she had unusual and excessive bleeding. She had a good night here at home Tuesday and was much better still today (Weds), but she has been advised to see a hematologist soon to see why she seems to bleed so easily and so excessively. She also will have some "minor" surgery done sometime next month after she has healed up. Mary Carol and I appreciate all your prayers! Thank you. -- deacon alan
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Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Latest Prayer for the Mudges
Do good to your servant according to your work, O Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands. (Psalm 119:65-66)
      Lord we thank You for every good gift that You have given to Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge. We especially thank You for knowledge and good judgment and faith. Please continue to send these gifts and bless your servants as they get ready to leave for Peru in less than a month. Be with them in every little detail and in every big decision. We praise You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

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Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009
From: Joseph Acanfora
      Please hold in prayer today, John Klies who is in the hospital today having his right lag amputated (his left leg was amputated last year) due to a circulatory disease.

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Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Prayer Update, Tuesday evening, March 24, 2009
To All Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors --
      The second day of the fourth Welcome Home Initiative Retreat has come to a close, and the ministry teams here thank each of you for your coverage of prayer for us.
      The morning session, moderated by an outside clinical specialist in PTSD, went well, with the whole retreat group moving deeper in sharing and discussion. In the afternoon the women gathered in the conference room downstairs, and the men divided into three groups upstairs, led by Fr. Nigel, Bp. Dave and Noel. The Intercessors closeted in a prayer room to cover both sessions in prayer.
      The afternoon sessions involve direct prayer for inner healing: opening up a specific memory within the context of prayer, then asking the combatant to look around. Where was Jesus in that moment? This is an intervention which cannot be "led" or coached save by creating a safe environment in which the men can tell their story. When the environment is sufficiently safe for the combatant to open the place in his soul where the wound has festered, our experience is that he always sees Christ with him in the moment of trauma. He sees Jesus in the midst of his deepest horror, and this seeing completely reframes the trauma. Healing comes with the release of the emotions which underlay the memory.
      Creating a safe community in which this kind of inner work can be done -- in this case creating in two days a community of men with the common tie of combat memories and faith in Christ -- is the tricky part. On this Welcome Home Initiative, with so many new men onboard, trust was achieved and deep prayer was accomplished. There was reported much healing in the Oratory Chapel this afternoon.
      We have a couple of men -- true heroes -- who have struggled through this retreat, and I would ask your continued prayer for them. There will be another healing service in the morning, when trigger fingers and bombardier thumbs will be anointed with even more prayer by the united community. Every time we pray with these men, healing takes place. There are some truly broken -- but even more truly brave -- souls who need all the healing that prayer can release.
      On Tuesday night our custom is to "lighten up" with a show by a professional comedian and then having an "open mike" night -- for the inner jokester in all of us. We all laughed until we hurt -- a good release for all the emotion of the day.
      Remember us in prayer again tomorrow. If you live in the local area and are able to come, we hope to see you at the Closing Ceremony at 11:15 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel. God's blessing be with you all.
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM, For the Oratory of Christ the King at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 

3/25/2009, #90, 1st Quarter 2009

Jesus answered them and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. (John 6:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us respond to the signs that Jesus places in our path.

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him." (John 6:27)
      Lord Jesus, we live in a time when the labor and savings of many have evaporated. Give us a heart to labor for what endures to eternal life.

Then they said to him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" (John 6:28 )
      Father, guide us by your Holy Spirit into doing your work.

Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent." (John 6:29)
      Jesus, please help us daily make the choice to believe in you and believe that God the Father has sent you to us.

Therefore they said to him, "What sign will you perform then, that we may see it and believe you? What work will you do? (John 6:30)
      Lord, have mercy on us when we demand signs from you.

Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" (John 6:31)
      Father, those you fed with bread from heaven perished in the wilderness because of the hardness of their hearts. We weekly receive the bread from heaven and many of us have hearts hardened with unbelief; have mercy on us and soften our hearts.

Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but my father gives you the true bread from heaven. (John 6:32)
      Father, thank you.

For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." (John 6:33)
      Jesus, please bring us to new life in you throughout this diocese. Thank you.

       A word received: Pray for my kingdom to come and my will to be done. Pray for church leaders, that they will submit to my will and rejoice in my kingdom. Pray for those who minister to them that they will be faithful witnesses.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; Jeremiah 18:1-11; Romans 8:1-11; John 6:27-40
Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; Jeremiah 22:13-23; Romans 8:12-27; John 6:41-51

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009
From: Jeanie Shevlin
Subject: 'Healing A Woman's Soul'
      Please announce that 'Healing A Woman's Soul' scheduled for Saturday at St. Paul's Church Sidney has been cancelled due to lack of response. Thank You to Mother Anne Curtin for all the work she does for this wonderful Program.
Your sister in Christ, Jeanie Shevlin, FHC

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From Deacon Alan Hart
      Please return my wife Deacon Mary Carol Hart to the Prayer Line. She had a colonoscopy today (Tues) which was supposed to be the final piece of the "puzzle" to clear up whatever landed her in Ellis for four days in February. (She had an undetermined infection/blockage then of some sort with swelling in her intestine/colon juncture. They decided to wait until she had sufficiently healed up inside to have the colonoscopy.) Today's colonoscopy did not go well; there was some unexpected and unusual bleeding in the procedure. After some extra hours of careful observation, the doctor was satisfied that there was no perforation and he allowed me to take her home today. She has to go back tomorrow for an exam. A few scary hours today we did not want to have. Please pray that whatever is troubling MC will go away. -- deacon alan

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      Words received for a Sunday School lesson for Palm Sunday

"Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?" (Isaiah 53:1) A word received: I want the children and the adults to choose to believe the report of Scripture about me.

"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him." (Isaiah 53:2) A word received: I had nothing the world values to help me. I had the Holy Spirit -- he is the helper. I want you to have the full power of the Holy Spirit as well.

"He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him." (Isaiah 53:3) A word received: I AM still despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. I know your grief and I intercede for you.

"Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted." (Isaiah 53:4) A word received: I have borne them and I will bear every grief you bring to me.

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5) A word received: I want you to be able to say, "Jesus was wounded for my transgressions."

"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6) A word received: You are called to recognize and repent of the ways that you have gone astray, as individuals and as the Body of Christ, the church.

"He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7) A word received: I chose to bear your guilt and your affliction so that you could enter into the freedom of the children of God.

"He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare his generation? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people he was stricken." (Isaiah 53:8 ) A word received: I willingly went to the cross for you.

"And they made his grave with the wicked-- but with the rich at his death, because he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth." (Isaiah 53:9) A word received: I have told you what is true.

"Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand." (Isaiah 53:10) A word received: My father loves you and sent me to bear the cross for you.

"He shall see the labor of his soul, and be satisfied. By his knowledge my righteous servant shall justify many, for he shall bear their iniquities." (Isaiah 53:11) A word received: This is my joy -- I have brought many sons and daughters to my father.

"Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul unto death, and he was numbered with the transgressors, and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53:12) A word received: Bring your burdens to me: I can bear them.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

 

3/24/2009, #89, 1st Quarter 2009

Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. (John 6:16-18 )
      Jesus, so many of us are rowing against the wind and are weary; please send the fresh wind of your Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen us.

So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. (John 6:19)
      Jesus, I offer you my fears.

But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." (John 6:20)
      Holy Spirit, please write these words of Jesus on my heart.

Then they willingly received him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. (John 6:21)
      Father, help us receive Jesus into every aspect of our lives. Thank you.

You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 97:10)
      LORD, please help us recognize both good and evil for what they are and help us love the good and hate the evil. Deliver us out of the hand of the wicked.

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. (Psalm 97:11)
      Jesus, let your light shine forth for us; bring us to joy and gladness in your Holy Spirit.

Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holy name. (Psalm 97:12)
      Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to call upon the power of your name and rejoice in you. Thank you.

      A word received: Hear me, my people, I AM among you. Who among you has his face turned to me? Turn your face to me and your footsteps to my path. Turn to me; return to me. Listen for my voice. I AM speaking -- who is listening?

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; Jeremiah 17:19-27; Romans 7:13-25; John 6:16-27
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; Jeremiah 18:1-11; Romans 8:1-11; John 6:27-40

      Notes from the Front Line

General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, who died in 1912, quoted by David Virtue: "I am of the opinion that the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God and heaven without hell."

In 1938 Richard Neibuhr's assessment of mainline liberal theology: "A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross."

Albany Intercessor

Monday, March 23, 2009

 

3/23/2009, #88, 1st Quarter 2009

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?" (John 6:8-9)
      Jesus, help us receive every offering with thanksgiving, knowing that you can multiply it thirty, sixty, a hundredfold. Teach us throughout this diocese to receive what the youth are offering.

Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. (John 6:10)
      Holy Spirit, "to everything there is a season, time for every purpose under heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Please help us recognize and respond to those times when we should be sitting at the feet of Jesus rather than be up and doing.

And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks he distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. (John 6:11)
      Jesus, thank you for showing us once again that you are able to provide what we need, when we need it. Help us turn to you in our hour of need with thanksgiving.

So when they were filled, he said to his disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost." Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. (John 6:12-13)
      Jesus, please gather up the fragments of my life so that none of them are lost. Use them all for your kingdom purposes.

Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world." (John 6:14)
      Father, please give us sight to recognize Jesus for who he is.

Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he departed again to the mountain by himself alone. (John 6:15)
      Jesus, you told us that your kingdom is not of this world. Help us seek out your kingdom rather than the kingdoms of this world. Thank you.

Monday: 89:1-18; Jeremiah 16:10-21; Romans 7:1-12; John 6:1-15
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; Jeremiah 17:19-27; Romans 7:13-25; John 6:16-27

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, March 22, 2009

 

3/22/2009, #87, 1st Quarter 2009

O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do it for your name's sake; for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against you. (Jeremiah 14:7)
      Have mercy on us, Lord.

O the Hope of Israel, his savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, and like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night? (Jeremiah 14:8)
      Lord, our sins do testify against us; have mercy on us.

Why should you be like a man astonished, like a mighty one who cannot save? Yet you, O LORD, are in our midst, and we are called by your name; do not leave us! (Jeremiah 14:9)
      Jesus, come and rescue your people.

Thus says the LORD to this people: "Thus they have loved to wander; they have not restrained their feet. Therefore the LORD does not accept them; he will remember their iniquity now, and punish their sins." (Jeremiah 14:10)
      Jesus, none of our sins are hidden from you; have mercy on us and redirect our steps back into your ways. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for new life in my church and for my people. Pray for steadiness in my people -- they wander here and there. Pray for hope to be written on their hearts.

Sunday: 66, 67; Jeremiah 14:1-9, 17-22; Gal. 4:21-5:1; Mark 8:11-21
Monday: 89:1-18; Jeremiah 16:10-21; Romans 7:1-12; John 6:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Prayer
"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:12)
      Lord, what a joyful promise! We pray that Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge will go out in joy and be led forth in peace. In just a little over a month the Mudges will be on their way to Peru. We pray for a special anointing of the Holy Spirit upon them and for all the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (Galatians 5: 22-23) And we pray for joy and peace while Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia take care of all the little details necessary for a long term mission. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, March 21, 2009

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT
Saturday, March 21 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. First "shift:" Torre Bissell and Don Foust, 9:15-10:30 a.m. Not many people out this morning.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Mark -- young man -- "for my family" prayed for protection and provision

+Fred -- man -- wanted prayers for himself and his wife, Terry. They were providing food for the wedding which was taking place at 11 AM at Christ Church.

Pat -- a woman who regularly comes to the table -- "I've come for my blessing."

+Kevin -- man -- "That we will be His servants and for this city"

+Ashley -- woman -- "for my son Anemashan"

Pedro -- a repeat from last week with limited English -- asked for a cross for his wife +Norma

Deb -- woman who was getting married in half an hour -- and for her fiancé John and their children

+Anthony, +Essence, +Teonna, and +Eric -- these four children stopped for prayer on their way to the Dollar General. Three were brothers and sisters and one was a cousin.

+José -- young man -- who was walking by with two other guys -- he was the only one to stop. "Thank you very much."

+Patrick -- young man who is a cook at a restaurant

+Bill -- "for world peace" -- we also prayed for peace here in Schenectady.

       Prayer Table Report, #7 Christ Church Coxsackie
Date: March 21st, 2009 11:30-12:30. Weather: a warm 34 degrees, sunny with a slight breeze. Location: Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie, between the Grand Union and Hoernings Pharmacy. Prayer Ministers: Rev. Nina George-Hacker, John Grayshaw, Carol Starkweather. 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)

G indicates received a Gospel Tract

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

Young Woman: Asked for prayer for herself, for strength as a mom. Nina led as we prayed with her. We also prayed for each of her 3 Children (two with her, one at home.). Took 4 crosses, 2 adult 2 child.

Young Woman: Asked for prayer "In General". Carol prayed for her.

Middle Aged Woman: Nina prayed with her for her husband, just released from the hospital (Pulmunary Fibrosis), and for their son.

Young Woman: Asked for prayer for her husband who has cancer. We prayed together amongst ourselves.

Young Woman with Child: Asked for prayer for her son, who has Pink Eye. John and Carol prayed for healing for the little boy, and strength for the mother. Nina offered a cross to the boy, which he accepted.

Young Man: "Everything's going really well" so we prayed prayers of Thanksgiving, and for him to look to God for any areas in which he might still need help

Couple we see every Saturday: Have so far always ignored us. This morning, the husband responded in kind to our "good morning!".

Older Man: "Not Right now"

Elderly Woman: Asked for prayer for a job for her grandson (so she could stop worrying about him), and for continued good health. Carol led prayer for her requests. Nina drew her out in conversation, and it became apparent that she was having some issues with her memory. After she left us to go into the drug store, we prayed together amongst ourselves for her, her memory, her family, her safety on the road and by herself.

Older Lady: "Not today-I've got too much I've got to get done"

Middle Aged Woman: Asked for prayer for her brother-in-law who recently had a stroke.

Young Man: "No, I'm sorry"

Young Man: Asked for prayer for a job. We all prayed together for him.

Albany Intercessor

 

3/21/2009, #86, 1st Quarter 2009

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. (Psalm 90:1)
      Lord, help us in this time of turmoil in the church and in the economy to find our home in you.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. (Psalm 90:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know the Father's love for us at all times and in all places, in all the circumstances of our lives.

You turn man to destruction, and say, "Return, O children of men." (Psalm 90:3)


For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:4)
      Jesus, our times and seasons are in your hands. (See Psalm 31:15)

You carry them away like a flood; they are like a sleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up: in the morning it flourishes and grows up; in the evening it is cut down and withers. (Psalm 90:5-56)
      So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)

      A word received: I AM waiting for my people. I stand at the door and knock. Open the door of your heart to me. Let me come in and renew your heart. I AM waiting.

Saturday: 87, 90; Jeremiah 13:1-11; Romans 6:12-23; John 8:47-59
Sunday: 66, 67, 46; Jeremiah 14:1-9, 17-22; Gal. 4:21-5:1; Mark 8:11-21

Albany Intercessor

Friday, March 20, 2009

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 29

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 29, March 29, 2009
       Transformation - the Work of the Holy Spirit
             "Living Water"
Theme Verse: "Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:1-2
Readings: John 7:37-39
Optional: John 4; Jeremiah 2:13; Psalm 107:33-38; Isaiah 44:3,4; Ezekiel 47; Acts 2:17-18; Acts 10:45; Luke 1:15; Acts 4:8; John 7
Memory Verse: "If a man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." John 7:37-38 (Pre-K to grade 3)
      Background. Water is a theme running through the Old and New Testaments like an underground river that comes to the surface from time to time. It sees water as a symbol for the Holy Spirit as well as literal references to water as a part of the creation and as a vehicle and symbol of ritual and spiritual cleansing. "Living water" is especially important. Literally and symbolically it refers to fresh, free flowing water that is continually renewed. In passages that refer to God's Holy Spirit, he is often spoken of in terms of a liquid: "pour out" and "filled". (NOTE)
      Now read John 7:37-39. This takes place at the Feast of Tabernacles. The Lord Jesus wants us to believe in him and believe him for he is the source of "living water", the Holy Spirit. We need to be thirsty for more of Jesus and his Holy Spirit!! The Lord wants to refresh us and cause his living water to flow out of us to others.
      "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. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" (John 7:37-38 ) A word received: I want the children and the adults to examine what they believe. The first thing Jesus is asking here is for us to examine where we are with him. Do we believe in him, that he is God's Word made flesh, the Son of God, the Savior of all who come to him? Then do we believe him, that is, trust our lives into his keeping and try to obey and follow him? Then, are we hungry and thirsty for more of him and what he longs to give us? This involves being intentional about a choice for Jesus and intentional about asking for more of his Spirit. A Word received: Pray that my people will seek all that I have to offer them. Pray that they will not stop half way. I long for my people to receive my grace and my Holy Spirit. I long for them to know my father's love. I long for them to lay their burdens at my feet. Come to me; I AM waiting for you.
      Remember the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). At first she thought that Jesus was talking about regular water when he offered her "living water" but when he finally told her he was the Messiah she believed him and through her word the whole village found new life in Jesus, that "living water".
      Now let's look at some of the Old Testament references to water as a symbol for the Holy Spirit and for God himself. God had rescued his people from slavery and given them a good land and a covenant with him but they were always disobeying, wandering of to be like their pagan neighbors. God tells Jeremiah that this is like choosing stale water from a cistern, sometimes even empty ones over the plenty of fresh water. (Jeremiah 2:13) "My people have forsaken me, the spring of living water and have dug their own cistern, broken cistern that cannot hold water. " That is what God's people do when they turn to their own way and away from God. Psalm 107:33-38 also contrasts the consequences of choices for and against God. For those who go their own way, fruitful land becomes a desert and for those who choose God, a desert will become a land of flowing springs.
      What God wants for his people is expressed in Isaiah 55:1,4. "Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters... Then he says "Seek the Lord while he may be found. Call upon him while he is near. " Isaiah 44:3,4 "For I will pour water on the thirsty ground...I will pour out my Spirit on you offspring and my blessing on you descendents. " But Israel, God's people, mostly turned their backs on God in that time --so they ended up in the desert of exile. God longs to provide abundantly for his people--IF they will only turn back to him and desire him and his Holy Spirit.
      We see a picture of this in Ezekiel 47 where the prophet Ezekiel sees a vision of a river of water flowing out of the Temple of God. First the water (think Holy Spirit) was ankle deep, then knee deep and finally it was a river so deep you have to take your feet off the ground and swim. Now along the river bank were lots of fruit trees , having leaves of healing. There were lot of fresh fish for people to eat because the water was fresh, running water.
      In the New Testament the book of Acts uses water to represent the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:17-18 and 10:45 talk about the Holy Spirit being "poured out" and of people being "filled" with the Holy Spirit. See Luke 1:15 and Acts 4:8 )
      Jesus longs to refresh our thirst and fill us to overflowing (like a spring) so the water of life, the Holy Spirit, will flow out to others. There is both a personal and a corporate side to being filled with the Holy Spirit, so that not only we, but the whole Body (the church) and thirsty people outside the church will be impacted.
             A word received: I want your hearts to be transformed by my Holy Spirit. I want to flood you with my Spirit. I want my Spirit to flow out of you. I want you to be changed by my presence in your heart.
      Look again at the Memory Verse. A word received: I want to refresh you. I want you to be wells of my Spirit. I want others to be able to drink deeply of my Spirit because you believe and thirst and receive.
       PRAYER: Dear Lord, make us hungry and thirsty for more of you. Fill us to overflowing with your Spirit.
      There is always more that God wants for us, beyond what we have already received.
       Attached is an article written in 1919 that shows the impact of our choices about allowing the Holy Spirit to have free reign in our lives, on others as well as ourselves.

       NOTE: "The Gospel of John uses water almost exclusively to express his theology of the Spirit, which is closely linked to the activity of the Spirit." "The key to this understanding lies in the water libation ritual of the Feast of Booths (Feast of Tabernacles). which was accompanied by a prayer for the "latter rain" of fall which the early church believed to be the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Jesus announces that he is the source of such "living water" at this very ceremony. " (See John 7) Page 1047-48, Eerdman's Bible Dictionary.

             A Watered Garden, by W. B. Anderson, 1919
      I have a precious memory. It is the memory of a garden that I happened upon one tired midsummer's morning, in the midst of a torrid plain in India. I was weary, and travel-stained, and thirsty, when over the drooping head of the horse, I saw a clump of trees on the far horizon. I hoped it might be a garden. It seemed ages until we should reach it. When we did arrive under the spreading branches of great mango trees, a cool zephyr, as grateful as the fanning of angels' wings, rippled over my parched cheeks. It was still early in the day, when, swinging myself wearily from the hard seat of the springless yekka, I walked straight into the heart of the garden, down the shady aisle of mango and loquat trees. Before dawn there had been a shower of rain, and now the gardener was running the clear, cool water from the irrigating well all about among trees and shrubs. Everywhere leaves were green and flowers were bright. Parrots circled through the cloudless blue, swung upon the swaying branches, calling merrily to one another. The air was ladened with the intoxicating odors of roses and jasmine. The fountain sparkled laughingly in the shaded center of the garden. I stooped to bathe my hands and face in the cool waters of the fountain's basin. Then, from its joyous spring I drank until satisfied. I sat for a few precious moments upon the marble edge of the fountain and reveled in the refreshment of a watered garden. The driver called, and I hurried out again across the stifling, heated plain. I had tarried for so short a time, but I was a new man. I carried away the song of the garden in my heart, and its echoes shall never die from my life.
      I was making the same journey in another year. The road was more uninviting than before, the weather was hotter, and I was not only weary, but ill. But I had a memory! For hours I looked and longed for the place of the garden of refreshing. At last we came to the shade of its trees. Wearily and weakly, but eagerly, I climbed from the seat of the torturing, springless cart. With unsteady steps I entered the door of the garden. The trees were gray with dust. The flowers drooped in the heat. The little water courses were parched and dry. The fountain was stopped. My soul sank with weariness, and I turned away sick at heart to finish the torturing journey unrefreshed. At the door I met the gardener. I asked him why his garden languished so. He explained with guilty look that he had been absent attending to affairs of his own for a week. I asked him if the raja would not be vexed at the neglect of his garden. He explained that the raja had gone to the mountains for a month. Then I knew that the garden had been neglected because the master's orders had been disobeyed. He intended that every traveler might be refreshed; but his gardener had not been faithful.
      I have a precious memory. It is a memory of a friend. Sin-stricken and weary, and far from God, I was traveling one day when I came into his life. His whole life was wet with the dews of Heaven; his garments were redolent with the odors of Paradise; he just breathed the very life of God. I sat and communed with him, and from within his life there flowed into mine rivers of living water. I walked with him through lovely avenues of restful shade in his friendship, and saw heavenly vistas, and drank from life-giving springs. I went out to my life renewed and refreshed. I was a new man, and there rang through all my being a song of the memory of that blessed life. All through eternity shall the echoes of that friendship call from peak to peak for me.
      In time of need and anguish I came again to that friend. I ran to meet him as a shelter from my sore distress. I found him and entered into communion with him. But the fountains of his life seemed dried up. The refreshment seemed to have vanished. His own life seemed parched and drooping. His speech was as the speech of other men. I struggled back to my own life as I came. Later he told me that the King of his life was not being obeyed, and the garden of his heart was not being watered.. The trees and the walks of his friendship were still there, but they no longer soothed and strengthened. The fountain of his friendship was still there, but its waters had been hushed. The King had intended that this garden, this life, should be kept perpetually refreshing for the souls of all who might come to it, but the King had not been obeyed, and the living water had not been kept flowing, and I went away unrefreshed.
      Then I prayed, "Oh God, keep flowing into me, and within me, and from within me Thy rivers of living water for the health and joy of other men! Oh, King of life, make my life a watered garden!"

Albany Intercessor

 

3/20/2009, #85, 1st Quarter 2009

They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?" (John 8:33)
      Father, they were slaves in Egypt and you set them free; please help us recognize the times and place where we have been in bondage and you set us free; help us recognize where we are currently in bondage and prompt us to turn to you for deliverance and the freedom of your Spirit.

Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin." (John 8:34)
      Father, we are all sinners in your sight; have mercy on us.

"And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever." (John 8:35)
      Holy Spirit, fill us with the knowledge of our adoption as children of God and heirs to the promises made to Abraham.

"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:36)
      Jesus, bring all of us in this diocese, liberal and conservative, young and old, men and women, homosexual and heterosexual, [whatever divides us], into the freedom that only you can give. Bathe us all in pools of living water and let your word abide in our hearts. Thank you.

      A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Cry out to me and give me no peace; for my people have wandered far from the flock. Cry out to me -- pray that I will be a shelter in the storm.

Friday: 88; Jeremiah 11:1-8,14-20; Romans 6:1-11; John 8:33-47
Saturday: 87, 90; Jeremiah 13:1-11; Romans 6:12-23; John 8:47-59

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, March 19, 2009

 

Welcome Home Initiative Update

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Update
To all our Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors--
      Our fourth Welcome Home Initiative retreat for combat veterans begins this coming Monday afternoon, March 23.
      At this time we have over twenty warriors and their wives planning to attend who have collectively seen fire in conflicts ranging from Pearl Harbor in WWII through Vietnam and the Cold War's Berlin Crisis to present Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. All but one couple on this retreat are new participants.
The breakdown of registrants:
      Warrior      Air Force Vietnam
      Warrior      Air Force (unknown)
      Warrior      Army National Guard Iraq
      Warrior      Navy Vietnam
      Warrior      Navy Vietnam
      Warrior & Spouse      Army Vietnam
      Warrior      British Army Northern Ireland
      Warrior      British Royal Marines Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Kosovo
      Warrior & Spouse      Army (Unknown)
      Warrior      Army Berlin Crisis
      Warrior      Army World War II
      Warrior, Spouse, Children      Army/Marines Iraq
      Warrior      Army National Guard Iraq
      Warrior      Army (active duty) Iraq
      Warrior      (tentative)
      In addition to Fr. Nigel Mumford, Bishop Dave Bena and Noel Dawes (Leadership Team), Sue Ellen Reutsch (Psychiatric Nurse), Dawn Smith (Child Care) and Sandra Lester and Lynn Mumford (Administration), pray for the Prayer Team and On Site Intercessors who will assemble on Monday.
      Because of the large number of new participants on this retreat, pray for wisdom for the Leadership Team in imparting both basic information regarding PTSD and concepts of inner healing prayer and opening enough opportunities for building a community of trust in which the warriors and their wives can share the memories that haunt their adjustment and wholeness in civilian life. Jesus ministered to individuals personally, as we want to. Pray this will happen even though this is the largest retreat so far.
      We are especially thrilled this WHI to have with us a 93 year-old warrior who saw combat at Pearl Harbor. His heart is for the younger men, and he has said over and over, "I want to serve..." Pray for a special blessing for him this retreat and that he might impart the blessing he desires to the young warriors attending.
      Pray for travel mercies for all the men and women; for good weather; for the preparation of rooms on Monday with the cards and baskets put together by our diocesan Daughters of the King; for arrangements for entertainment on Tuesday night; for any last minute administrative crises. Pray for protection for the men, their families at home and CtK, that God's purposes to open healing to these participants will be unhindered by any larger spiritual warfare around us. Pray for the outpouring of Christ's healing grace at this retreat.
      And pray that there be a good attendance at the Closing Ceremony at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. Fr. Nigel has issued the following announcement -- please pass it on to all those who love and pray for our military who might be able to join us that morning.

      Closing Ceremony for Armed Forces Healing Retreat
Wednesday, March 25th ~ 11.15 am ~ CtK Chapel
      Twenty veterans will participate in the Welcome Home Initiative program offered at the Healing Ministry of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center taking place March 23-25, 2009. Among those to participate are members of all four branches of the armed forces including a 92-year-old World War II Veteran. The public is invited to a closing ceremony on March 25th at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel. Come show your support of these brave individuals who served our country.
      For more information about this service or the WHI program please call Sandra at 518-692-9550 x 202.
      Lunch will be served in the Trinity Dining Room following the ceremony for those interested. The cost is $8.50 and includes salad bar, soup, entree choices, dessert, beverages, coffee and tea. Children 5 and under eat free.
      This retreat flies on wings of your prayer. Thanks to all of you who pray for the men and women who serve in our military.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual LIfe Center, Greenwich, NY.
See our website at http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/

 

3/19/2009, #84, 1st Quarter 2009

As he spoke these words, many believed in him. (John 8:30)
      Jesus, please help us believe the words you speak.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed." (John 8:31)
      Jesus, please help us daily abide in your word.

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)
      Lord Jesus, please bring us to that freedom which comes from abiding in the truth of the gospel.

      A word received: Pray that my people will seek all that I have to offer them. Pray that they will not stop half way. I long for my people to receive my grace and my Holy Spirit. I long for them to know my father's love. I long for them to lay their burdens at my feet. Come to me; I AM waiting for you.

Thursday: [83] or 42, 43; Jeremiah 10:11-24; Romans 5:12-21; John 8:21-32
Friday: 88; Jeremiah 11:1-8,14-20; Romans 6:1-11; John 8:33-47

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Weds., March 18, 2009, 1-1:40 p.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; soon-to-be-deacon Scott Underhill and Deacon Alan Hart.)

Note: An afternoon straight out of the middle of May -- 60 degrees, sunny. Not much foot traffic on State Street, though. And not many people stopped for prayer. Hard to figure why on a 10-degree, snowy day people will stop in droves but few will not come by on a Spring-like day. We just never know!

t-- received one of the wooden crosses Torre gets from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c--accepted one of our yellow church cards. (Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil today.)

t,t,c-- PATRICIA -- This pleasant, middle-aged woman wanted prayer for "economic stability." She explained she lives on "a fixed income" and we prayed for God to provide for her and keep her safe. She also wanted prayers for her boyfriend, PATRICK. She took a cross for each of them.

t--HUGH -- Another extremely pleasant 30-ish man. He took off his leather train engineer's hat and asked for prayers " ... for a job and to have continued good health." When we were done praying for him, Hugh said "Bless both of y'all."

(Not sure of spelling of this name FISHTA or PHISHTA?) -- This older Middle Eastern man rode by on the sidewalk on his bicycle in front of the Table, and he spotted the sign and turned around. He was very curious as to what we were doing. "What is your program?" he asked. There was a language barrier but we tried to make him understand we were just praying for people on the street. "Praying?" he asked. "Thank you ... thank you so much!"

(Mailman) -- We have two mailmen who we often see on this route and we always pray for them. One is very friendly, the other is very withdrawn and never speaks. This time we got the friendly one and he said to us something like "Top of the Charts to you boys today!" We prayed for his safety as he goes from door to door delivering the mail.

(girl on a cellphone) -- Nice young woman who was talking on the cell slowed as she passed the Table. She shook her head negatively at our invitations for prayer, but as she walked away, Scott called out to her "God bless you." She held the phone away and yelled back to Scott, "You too, Sweetheart!"

Albany Intercessor

 

3/18/2009, #83, 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, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path; help me daily choose to walk by your word and your light.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1)
      Jesus, thank you for bringing us to peace with your father; thank you for the gift of faith.

through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us stand firm in the hope of the gospel message; please write that message on our hearts.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:34-)
      Father, this is a time of tribulation in the church and in the nation; please help us persevere so that we all become people of hope. Please guide President Obama and his advisors.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, guard and guide our footsteps today. Thank you.

      A word received: Continue to call out to me. Continue to pray for the restoration of my body. My body is wounded and torn. Pray for the healing of my body.

      A word received: Pray for my people. Pray for my people to hope in me -- to set their hearts on me. Pray for my people to become a people of hope -- a beacon shining in the dark. Pray for my people to hope even when hope seems folly.

      Words received for a Sunday School lesson March 29:

"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. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" (John 7:37-38 ) A word received: I want the children and the adults to examine what they believe.

      A word received: I want your hearts to be transformed by my Holy Spirit. I want to flood you with my Spirit. I want my Spirit to flow out of you. I want you to be changed by my presence in your heart.

      A word received: I want to refresh you. I want you to be wells of my Spirit. I want others to be able to drink deeply of my Spirit because you believe and thirst and receive.

Wednesday: 119:97-120; Jeremiah 8:18-9:6; Romans 5:1-11; John 8:12-20
Thursday: [83] or 42, 43; Jeremiah 10:11-24; Romans 5:12-21; John 8:21-32

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009
From: Robert F Haskell
Subject: Global School of Supernatural Ministry
Dear Friends-
      Students from Randy Clark's Global School of Supernatural Ministry will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenwich this weekend.
The schedule is:
Friday,      7 pm, Worship with Teaching
Saturday,      9 am to 4 pm -- Workshops
            7 pm -- Healing Service
Sunday,      9 am -- Holy Eucharist with teaching, healing prayers and ministry.
      The workshops on Saturday will teach praying for the sick; deliverance; words of knowledge; and prophecy.
      Lunch will be offered on Saturday at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center for $8.50 per person.
      Please let Mtr. Amanda Nickles know you are coming. Call her at 518-673-3440 or write her at goodshep@telenet.net .
      Another team from the Global School was at Christ Church, Coxsackie, for a similar conference last weekend. Mtr. Susan Baker-Borjeson reported that there were many answers to prayer during this conference. Two of the more remarkable ones Mtr Susan told me about were:
      "A woman came from western NY State in hopes of healing and with faith to receive healing. She is related to someone in our deanery. She had suffered from excruciating back pain related to spine and other skeletal issues for over 20 years. She also is experiencing kidney disease and was told to expect to have dialysis soon. On the first night of the conference, her back was realigned, discs restored, and she left the church jubilant, pain free. When she returned Saturday for the workshops, she bore witness to the complete healing of her spine/skeleton, by touching her toes for the first time in years. She received additional prayer throughout the conference, continues to remain pain free, and when she returns home to western NY, anticipates that the nephrologist will find she no longer needs dialysis.
      This is a breakthrough witness: A woman we know well was completely delivered from the compulsion for alcohol and received inner healing through a prophetic word from a Global team member that spoke directly to her heart issues and of God's plan for her. This woman hadn't been attending any part of the conference, she felt compelled to come into the afternoon session, and neither she nor the team member who was presenting the talk had ever seen each other before. This woman renewed her commitment to Christ, was given hope, purpose, and remains compulsion and alcohol free, despite a very difficult life situation."
      -Bob

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

 

3/17/2009, #82, 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)
      Lord, I come to you.

He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38 )
      Jesus, I believe in you; let your rivers flow out of my heart. Make me a well-watered garden where others may find rest.

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)
      Holy Spirit, help us all throughout this diocese receive more of you; move in our hearts today.

Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." 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 7:40-45)
      Father, even now the chief priests and leaders of the Episcopal Church seek to contain what your son is doing.

The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!" (John 7:46)
      Jesus, speak to our hearts as well!

Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in him? (John 7:47-48 )
      Holy Spirit, please do in our generation what was done before: let the good news of Jesus Christ spread throughout the Episcopal Church no matter the lack of faith of its leaders.

But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." (John 7:49)
      Father, it is still true in our day what was true then: the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church hold the faith of the common people in contempt. Their "learning" has blinded them. Let the gospel message continue to spread among us. Thank you.

Tuesday: 78:1-39; Jeremiah 7:21-34; Romans 4:13-25; John 7:37-52
Wednesday: 119:97-120; Jeremiah 8:18-9:6; Romans 5:1-11; John 8:12-20

      Notes from the Front Line

      As Jean and I were praying about our personal finances and the finances of the parish, we got the following word: Offer your money, your resources to me daily. Make it a daily offering. Torre

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March 13, 2009, From the Diocesan Update
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      I am very appreciative for all the prayers that are regularly offered for me and my family. Your prayers are such a blessing and gift of love. I would ask you to please not only keep me and my family in your prayers, but ALL the clergy and clergy families as well. An unusually high number of clergy and their families seem to have come under physical and spiritual attack. I especially ask your prayers for Fr. Hap Carrier (pancreatic cancer); Fr. John Thompson (recovering from surgery); Fr. Gary Kriss (recovering from surgery); Leia and Charles Coffin (suffered a miscarriage) -- daughter of Deacons Charlie and Polly Bailey; Star Brown (recovering from surgery). May the Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, poor out his love and healing grace upon all those who are suffering in mind, body and spirit, and may He send his holy angels to place a hedge of protection around all Christian ministers and their families.
      The Spring House of Bishop’s Meeting begins today (13th) and ends on Thursday (19th). My daughter, Catie, is starring tonight as the Fairy God Mother in her school musical “Cinderella.” I will be flying out of Albany tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. for the meeting. I wasn’t going to miss Catie’s debut. Please keep me and all the bishops in your prayers. We NEED them!!!
Yours in Christ, +Bill

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Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009
From: Joann Ferris
      Well since then God spoke to me again and I talked with Fr. Nigel again and in the fall ---things started to happen. There will be a school modeled after MacNutts and SLC in Tupper Lake. There is a committee of four of us. Phoebe Rogerson (school of H.P. grad) --Grace, Canton, Mtr. Evette Austin (grad of the school)--Grace Church -Canton, Jo Ferris (grad)---Zion, Colton and Fr. Bill Cooper---St. Thomas, Tupper Lake. We are presently putting together a mailing to go to all churches within a 1 hour radius of Tupper. there will be a letter to the clergy person, a flyer with registraton form, and a writing by Fr. Bill on Why we pray for Dis-ease. We will mail this out the end of this month--which is about 6 months ahead---The school runs from Sun. Sept. 13, 3:30 till Wed. Sept.16, 3:30.

Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009
      For now prayers of protection for the team and all involved in getting this school set-up. Also prayers for the Lord to lead people to come---that we have a full house. Pray that we have such a response that we run Level 1 again in the fall before we go unto Level2 in the spring.

      The ones to pray for now are: Gary and Dianne Roosa (facilitators)---protection We are praying for a male clergy (preferably been thru the levels) to assist Mother Evette in the case a person has that need during the Level. We need more help with the practice sessions. We have 2-3 of us but will need 5---preferably been thru the levels but having done level 1 at least. Fr. Bill Cooper and Margo Cooper ( she is in charge of cooking for the meals) Pray for individuals to help her. The USPS---for the mailings.

There will be a Healing service on the Tuesday night---prayers for planning and music, prayer teams etc.. Mother Evette is in charge of that. Pray all goes well with Grace Church's printer as they print--approximately 1200 pieces of paper. This will be done before the 31st. We meet in Tupper on the 31st to collate, stamp and address. Pray for safe travel for "the team". Fr. Bill, Mother Evette, Phoebe, and myself especially that day ---but I'm experiencing some attacks --so--protection is needed for all planning this event--starting now. We are accommodating people at the Park Motel in Tupper Lake --within a short walk of the church. Please pray for protection for that Motel and its Christian owners.

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