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Thursday, April 30, 2009

 

Special Guests at the Diocesan Convention



      Special Guests at the Diocesan Convention

Bishop Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor, Diocese of Tulear (Tolaria), Madagascar. Bishop McGregor & his wife have a passion for Mission & Evangelism. Their ministry focuses on economic development, education and evangelistic missions.

Bishop Alpha Mohamed Recently retired Bishop of the Diocese of The Rift Valley returns for his second Albany Convention. In retirement, he leads his Anglican Evangelistic Association team conducting missions throughout Tanzania and other parts of Africa.

Bishop Harold Miller It is always our pleasure to welcome "home" Bishop Miller from our companion diocese - Down & Dromore - in the Church of Ireland.

Questions: 518-465-4737

Albany Intercessor

 

4/30/2009, #30, 2nd Quarter 2009

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that he stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, (Luke 5:1)
      Jesus, we pray for all those going to the Diocesan Convention that we will press in to hear your word.

and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. (Luke 5:2)
      Jesus, come into our work lives as you did with Simon.

Then he got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. (Luke 5:3)
      Holy Spirit, guide us in our work lives so that they become the means by which people are taught by you.

When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." (Luke 5:4)
      Father, please help us heed Jesus' commands and launch out into the deep to let our nets down. Help us recognize and respond to the mission opportunities you place before us.

But Simon answered and said to him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net." (Luke 5:5)
      Jesus, Master, help us go the extra mile for you.

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:6)
      Father, please help us bring in the catch you have for us.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us assist one another throughout the diocese to bring in the catch.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" (Luke 5:8 )
      Jesus, help us acknowledge our sins before you as Simon Peter did.

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; (Luke 5:9)
      Jesus, surprise us with joy at the catch you bring in.

and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." (Luke 5:10)
      Father, help us set aside our fear of the unknown and become effective fishers of men.

So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed him. (Luke 5:11)
      Jesus, help us throughout the diocese to forsake all to follow you. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people. Cry out to me for my people. Listen to me, my people. Hear my word, heed my word. Let my word take root in your hearts.

Thursday: 37:1-18; Daniel 5:13-30; 1 John 5:13-20(21); Luke 5:1-11
Friday: 105:1-22; Daniel 6:1-15; 2 John 1-13; Luke 5:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009
From: Thom Bombard
Subject: Peter
Torre and Jean,
Thanks to all the prayer warriors. Praise to God to whom they pray. Peter is out of the hospital, he was there for only twelve hours. He is still pretty banged up and sore but is getting better every day. I ask that you still keep him in prayer for his continued physical healing and also healing for his emotions and family things that are going on. What a powerful ministry.
Alleluia Christ is Risen
Deacon Thom Bombard

***** Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009
From: Joe & Tina Rhodes
Subject: Prayers Requested
      I head to Lee State Prison tomorrow for Kairos. Your prayers are requested for the team and the inmates for the next three days.
Thanks in advance, Fr. Joe
The Rev Canon Joe & Tina Rhodes
2280 Clematis Trail
Sumter, SC 29150

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

 

4/29/2009, #29, 2nd Quarter 2009

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your wrath, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure! (Psalm 38:1)
      LORD, you know the sins of the Episcopal Church; correct us and guide us and draw us back to you.

For your arrows pierce me deeply, and your hand presses me down. (Psalm 38:2)
      Holy Spirit, pierce the hearts of the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger, nor any health in my bones because of my sin. (Psalm 38:3)
      Jesus, your body the church is wounded and ill, have mercy on us and help us repent of our sins.

For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. (Psalm 38:4)
      Jesus the burden of the sin in the Episcopal Church is more than we can bear, please come and help us.

My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness. (Psalm 38:5)
      Father, deliver us and heal us.

I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. (Psalm 38:6)
      Holy Spirit, teach us in this diocese to mourn for the sins of the Episcopal Church.

For my loins are full of inflammation, and there is no soundness in my flesh. (Psalm 38:7)
      Holy Spirit, gird our loins with your truth.

I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart. (Psalm 38:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us turn to Jesus for the help only he can give.

Lord, all my desire is before you; and my sighing is not hidden from you. (Psalm 38:9)
      Lord Jesus, restore us with the strength and compassion of the Holy Spirit and let the light of your word illumine our path.

      A word received: I AM. You are in my care. Look to me, keep your eyes on me. Let me guide you.

Wednesday: 38; Daniel 5:1-12; 1 John 5:1-12; Luke 4:38-44
Thursday: 37:1-18; Daniel 5:13-30; 1 John 5:13-20(21); Luke 5:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

      Holy Spirit, help us at the Diocesan Convention grieve for the sins of the Episcopal Church and turn to Jesus in repentance.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

 

4/28/2009, #28, 2nd Quarter 2009

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1a)
      Lord Jesus, once again I make the choice to trust you in my present circumstances.

The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1b)
      Holy Spirit, fill me today with your strength and new life.

When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. (Psalm 27:2)
      Father, thank you for being my shelter in the storm, for holding me in your arms.

Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. (Psalm 27:3)
      Father, please help me to hear what you said to King Jehoshaphat, "Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's." (2 Chronicles 20:15) With Jehoshaphat we say, "For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." (2 Chronicles 20:12)

      A word received: Don't be afraid -- turn to me. Look to me for my provision.

Monday: 25; Daniel 4:19-27; 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30
Tuesday: 26, 28; Daniel 4:28-37; 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 4:31-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Holy Spirit, we ask you to move through all the administrative details and work that goes on in preparing for the Diocesan Convention. Bless those who labor in this ministry.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, April 27, 2009

 

4/27/2009, #27, 2nd Quarter 2009

So he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:16-17)
      Jesus, please open the word to us as well.

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, (Luke 4:18a)
      Holy Spirit, come on us with your power and comfort.

Because he has anointed me (Luke 4:18b)
      Holy Spirit, we ask for your anointing.

To preach the gospel to the poor; (Luke 4:18c)
      Father, please help us preach the gospel to the poor as well; help us meet your people where they are.

He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, (Luke 4:18d)
      Jesus, please heal the brokenhearted among us.

To proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18e)
      Father, we cry out to you for all those who are held captive, whether by pirates, terrorists, or whomever: set them free.

      We pray for those who are captive to drugs or alcohol: set them free.

      We pray for those who are captive to generational cycles of poverty: set them free.

      We pray for those who are in jail or prison: set them free.

      Help all of these find their freedom in your son Jesus.

And recovery of sight to the blind, (Luke 4:18f)
      Jesus, let light shine forth for the spiritually blind and put your hand on the eyes of the physically blind to heal them.

To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Luke 4:18g)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for all who have lost their jobs, their health insurance, or are under any kind of oppression that you would bring them to liberty.

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." (Luke 4:19)
      LORD, you are in charge of our times and our seasons: let this be a year where your glory and provision are made manifest to your people. Thank you.

      A word received for teaching the adult Sunday School class: Pray for my intervention in the class. Pray for my word to pierce the hearts of the class. Pray for my word to have power in the lives of those in the class.

Monday: 25; Daniel 4:19-27; 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30
Tuesday: 26, 28; Daniel 4:28-37; 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 4:31-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Jesus, draw your people to the Diocesan Convention for the renewal of their lives. Pour out your Holy Spirit on all who go there. Please intervene in the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this summer and turn it around.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, April 26, 2009

 

Prayer Table Reports from Albany, Schenectady, and Coxsackie, NY

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT
Saturday, April 25, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. Torre Bissell and Don Foust, 9:20-10:30 a.m.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Pablo -- older Hispanic man with little English -- we prayed for provision for him and his family.

+Leroy -- man on bicycle -- asked prayer for his daughter +Ashley that he would get visiting rights to see her and for his mom +Shirley.

+Robert -- he asked prayer for his health.

+Kevis -- young man -- his mom just died and we prayed for the comfort of the Holy Spirit for him and his sister Yolanda just had brain surgery and we prayed for healing and recovery for her.

Linda -- a regular -- prayed for protection and provision for her and her family.

(Young man walking by) -- When we asked him if he wanted prayer he said, "No, I'm a Wicken." We prayed for deliverance from witchcraft and conversion for him.

+Richard -- "Me." We prayed for Jesus' victory in his life.

+Whong -- "Everything!" We prayed that Jesus would reveal himself to Whong.

(Man on other side of the street) "I'm going to pray for you."

+Matt -- young man -- "For a job." We prayed that the Holy Spirit would guide his search.

(Man on other side of the street) "Say a prayer for me."

+Lori -- She asked prayer for Louise, her mom, who recently "lost her loved one."

+Donna -- asked prayer for her +boyfriend.

+Issa -- a repeat customer lately -- She was on her way to visit her friend +Belinda. We pray for God's blessing on the visit. She said her mom was doing OK.

+Hassan -- a man and his little girl in a stroller, +Nakayia -- We prayed for him to grow into the man and father God wanted him to be.

Jim -- a regular -- prayed for the comfort of the Holy Spirit because of the death of his son Robert.

+Ebony -- young woman -- We prayed for the anointing of the Holy Spirit on her witness as she was going to teach the children at the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT #2 (Christ Church Schenectady)

(Sat., April 25, 2009; 10:30 - 11:30 -- Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)

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

+ Amin & ++++ Marcus – two men stopped for prayer – Amin is staying at the mission and asked prayer for a job and housing; Marcus asked prayer for provision and to be able to have a family; we invited them to visit us Sunday morning at the 10:20 service; Marcus said he plans to come to church tomorrow; he later went by the other direction and yelled out “10:20!”

Paul – man stopped for prayer, said “I don’t want to hold hands or anything but you can pray for me” -- we ended up talking to him for at least 15 minutes – he has a lot of deep questions and has a problem with the idea that Jesus is the only way to Heaven; he said he is more concerned about the “now life” and asked prayer for peace; while we were talking a woman named Renee stopped and said “I want to pray too!” – she prayed a powerful prayer; we prayed that the Lord would reveal himself to Paul

+ Iris & + Pedro – couple walking by – stopped for prayer when we invited them to – Iris is using a walker and asked prayer for healing of her legs; she also just had a tooth extracted this morning; they thanked us for our prayers and kissed the crosses before putting them on

+ Pedro – didn’t speak English but clearly wanted prayer – he was very enthusiastic and eager for us to pray for him; he accepted a cross and thanked us

++ Sapeca, Angela, and their dad – part of the Anderson family that we have been praying for (most of the family was involved in a serious accident back in December) – Mr. Anderson said they are doing well

+ Aata – young man in his 30’s walking his dog – stopped for prayer at our invitation – wanted to thank God for family and for good health

+ Elliot – man stopped on his bike, knelt down before us while shaking our hands; there was a language barrier but he was very eager for prayer; he began to cry and said “I need God!” – we prayed that the Lord would reveal Himself to Elliot – we assured him that God loves him, no matter what has happened in the past, and invited him to come visit us for church in the morning; as he got on his bike he looked up and said “thank you God!”

David Carlson

      Prayer Table Report from Grace and Holy Innocents, Albany, NY
Noon to 12:50 pm at the parish soup kitchen, Louise Fisher and Torre Bissell
[+ --indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

[Louise told me that her step-son Mark can speak and use his right arm. He is still in the ICU. She asked prayer for Katy who has a brain tumor and is going to Boston for treatment.]

+Ophelia -- "Everything!" Then she prayed for us.

+Jim -- man -- Asked prayer that he could get his work done and that people would have his interest at heart and that he could get free from debt.

Katy -- woman -- Asked prayer "for my song career to be successful, for finances, health, and education."

+Maxwell -- a man with cerebral palsy

(Man who previously got prayer) -- came back for a cross for his +wife.

Darryl -- prayed for him and his wife.

      Christ Church ,Coxsackie Prayer Table Report
April 25,2009 11:30 am to 12:30 PM Grand Union Plaza Coxsackie NY. Weather is sunny and warm near 80 degrees. Prayer ministers are Julia Moore and Dina McGibbon

Called out to passers by and offered prayer and prayed for those who went by.

Middle 40's male offered prayer and he came over to give a donation. Explained prayer is free what we received freely from God we give freely to others. Accepted prayer in thanksgiving for his generous spirit.

Older Couple- Prayed for blessings on their marriage and life.

Older male-prayed for healing of grief over death of his brother several weeks ago. Then he stayed and talked of his feelings and his faith. Left to move car and then returned to talk.

Father and 2 young boys with middle ear infections stopped by and we prayed for healing.

Middle aged women- prayed for her physical and mental health. Accepted Gospel of John.

Albany Intercessor

 

4/26/2009, #26, 2nd Quarter 2009

Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, and his praise in the assembly of saints. (Psalm 149:1)
      LORD, please move through every congregation in this diocese and help us praise and worship you today. Help us sing the songs of Zion.

Let Israel rejoice in their maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their king. (Psalm 149:2)
      Jesus, help us all, adults and children, rejoice in you.

Let them praise his name with the dance; let them sing praises to him with the timbrel and harp. (Psalm 149:3)
      Bless those who lead us in singing and praise.

For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he will beautify the humble with salvation. (Psalm 149:4)
      Father, please help us bring you pleasure; help us put on the garment of salvation.

       [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. (Isaiah 61:10)]

Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. (Psalm 149:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us sing the songs of Zion at all times and in all places; fill our mouths and our hearts with the praise of Jesus.

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, (Psalm 149:6)
      Lord Jesus, please equip us for the battle ahead to reclaim the Episcopal Church for the gospel. Place in our hands the sword of your Spirit which is your word.

To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; (Psalm 149:7)
      LORD, vengeance is yours alone. Help us do only what you want us to do.

To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; (Psalm 149:8 )
      Father, please help the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church come to recognize the bondage they are in and turn to Jesus for the freedom he offers.

To execute on them the written judgment -- this honor have all his saints. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 149:9)
      Father, the day of judgment is coming when the sentence written against those who oppose your people will be carried out; have mercy on us and rescue as many of the oppressors as you can. You turned the heart of St. Paul into your ways, do this with the oppressors of you people now. Thank you.

      A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Pray my people will wait on me. Pray they will put their hope and trust in me. Pray for my people that they will find new life in me. Wait on me. Turn to me. Hope in me. Let me be at the center of your life.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Daniel 4:1-18; 1 Peter 4:7-11; John 21:15-25
Monday: 25; Daniel 4:19-27; 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the ministry of healing and the healing service at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
April 25, 2009
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The Anglican Communion Institute just recently released a document entitled Bishops’ Statement on the Polity of The Episcopal Church signed by 15 bishops in The Episcopal Church to include myself. I believe the document is very well written, researched, reasoned and accurately states the true polity or structure and organization of The Episcopal Church as outlined and reflected in its constitution.
      There have been recent actions taken by the Presiding Bishop and her chancellor, which if left unchallenged, could very easily turn The Episcopal Church into something it is not, and never has been. This document is not intended, nor should it be interpreted as, an attack on the Presiding Bishop, but rather an attempt to provide clarity at a time in which there seems to be great confusion as to the true governance and organizational nature and relationship between each of the dioceses that make up The Episcopal Church and each diocese’s relationship with the wider Anglican Communion. This is especially important as the world wide Anglican Communion is presented with an Anglican Covenant for its consideration.
      I highly commend the Bishops’ Statement on the Polity of The Episcopal Church for your review at http://www.anglicancommunioninstitute.com/?p=391.

Faithfully in Christ, +William H. Love, Albany

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, April 25, 2009

 

4/25/2009, #25, 2nd Quarter 2009

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; (Psalm 20:1)
      LORD, hear our cries to you; have mercy on us. You met Jacob at Peniel and you defended him in his hour of need. Please meet us and defend us as well.

May he send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; (Psalm 20:2)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for the help only you can give.

May he remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. (Psalm 20:3)
      Jesus, with the thief on the cross we cry out to you, "Remember me!"

May he grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. (Psalm 20:4)
      Father, we want our hearts ' desires to line up with your good purposes for us.

We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. (Psalm 20:5)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the joy you give us; help us daily trust in the name of Jesus; help us cry out to our father in heaven knowing that he cares for his children. Thank you for your help and comfort.

      A word received: Pray for my people. Pray for my people to turn to me, to return to me. Pray they will be set free from bondage. Pray for my people to desire to be rescued from sin and death.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); Daniel 3:19-30; 1 John 3:11-18; Luke 4:1-13
Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Daniel 4:1-18; 1 Peter 4:7-11; John 21:15-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for Bishop Bill's address to the Diocesan Convention that we will hear the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

***** Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009
From: Thom Bombard
Torre and Jean,
I would like to get prayer for my son Peter. He was in a car accident (he ran into a house) and has been at the GF Hospital since then . The accident happened at 11:11pm last night. His mother has been with him since 11:45pm. They are still doing tests and his condition has not been determined. Thanks, Deacon Thom

***** Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Prayer
       We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, For we trust in His Holy Name. May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, Even as we put our hope in You. (Psalm 33:20-22)
      Lord, You are our help and our shield. All of our hope is in You. We thank You for the help and protection that you are sending out to Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge as they begin their adventure in Peru and bring your hope to the people there. Let their hearts rejoice as they trust in Your Holy Name. May the Mudges always feel your unfailing love rest upon them as everyday they put their hope in You. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Friday, April 24, 2009

 

4/24/2009, #24, 2nd Quarter 2009

Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not, (Luke 3:15)
      Holy Spirit, please give us expectation and hope about what you will do among us.

John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Luke 3:16)
      Jesus, please baptize us all with your Holy Spirit and with fire.

"His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean out his threshing floor, and gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." (Luke 3:17)
      Jesus, please come soon and thoroughly clean out the church and gather your faithful ones to yourself.

And with many other exhortations he preached to the people. (Luke 3:18 )
      Father, help us hear and respond to the exhortations of your witnesses.

But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, also added this, above all, that he shut John up in prison. (Luke 3:19-20)
      Jesus, rebuke those who call evil good and good evil.

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while he prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are my beloved son; in you I am well pleased." (Luke 3:21-22)
      Father, thank you for opening a way to heaven for us through your son Jesus. Let your Holy Spirit come on us daily so that we know we have been adopted by you and can call you, "Abba, Father." Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people -- pray they will be set free from deception. Pray for new hope for my people -- pray they will put their hope and trust in me. Pray for a spirit of generosity to flow through the diocese. Pray that my people will be generous with their time and talents and resources. Pray that they will be wells of living water overflowing with my Spirit. Pray for a generous outflow of my Spirit throughout the diocese.

Friday: 16, 17; Daniel 3:1-18; 1 John 3:1-10; Luke 3:15-22
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); Daniel 3:19-30; 1 John 3:11-18; Luke 4:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Check out Lent & Beyond at http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/. This blog is a wonderful prayer resource.

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention that it will be a threshing floor of the Holy Spirit.

***** Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009
From: Roy VanDermark
Subject: Prayer needed
We need the prayer warriors.
      Prayers need for Robert. About four years ago his kidneys failed and they give him a new one. He has been doing fine up on till now. He has been in the hospitable with fluid building up and backing up into lungs and around the heart. They have found some spots on liver and on one lung. They think that the kidney might be going bad. They don't know why he keeps filling up with fluid. He is home now but is having problems breathing and getting around, also can not lay down at all.
      Kristina is in ICU after having surgery for a torn bowel. She had to go back in for more surgery to have some more bowel removed. Please pray for her healing and wisdom for Doctors.
      Faye is going in on Tuesday for surgery to have a lump removed form under her left arm. The surgery is set for 9 am. They will biopsy this after removal. Pray for a negative biopsy.
      Deacon Roy

***** Pray for Beth Strickland that she will bounce back from the surgery.

***** Pray for the Priests’ Retreat ending today, Friday, and the leader, Bp Ed Salmon.

***** Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009
From: John & Terry Bassett
Subject: Update on Tim Rock
To all the Prayer Warriors,
      We want to pass on an update regarding Tim Rock. Following the car crash, Tim has been at AMCH in a drug induced coma, has endured total body chilling and rewarming, and now is progressing to the point the hospital has lessened his sedation and he was responding to familiar voices through eye movement and squeezing of hands. In his own Tim way, he also was trying to remove the ventilator tubes. Praise to You Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank you Holy Trinity. All our hope is on You.
      Thank you for your prayers and please keep praying for Tim, Corrin and their three small children.
In His Name, Terry and Fr John Bassett

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, April 23, 2009

 

4/23/2009, #23, 2nd Quarter 2009

the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. (Luke 3:2b)
      Holy Father, let your word come to us.

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, (Luke 3:3)
      Holy Spirit, help all of us receive your word and go forth throughout this diocese calling people to repentance for the remission of their sins.

as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the lord; make his paths straight. (Luke 3:4)
      Jesus, we ask your blessing on all those who are called to be witnesses where they are alone: bless them with the fellowship of your Holy Spirit.

Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; (Luke 3:5)
      Jesus, transform the landscape of our lives -- make the rough places plain and level out the hills and valleys of our lives so that we can go forward in you.

And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'" (Luke 3:6)
      Lord, we pray for all those whose hearts are not yet won to you that they will see and receive your salvation.

Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. (Luke 3:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us be doers of the word and not hearers only.

And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Luke 3:9)
      Father, protect us and this diocese from the wrath of evil persons and restore your church, let new life spring forth from it by the power of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people who are distracted by the things of the world and of the flesh. Pray they will turn their eyes back on me and seek my help to overcome temptation. Pray for a new birth, a new baptism in my Spirit for my wandering people. Pray they will be restored to me and be made whole once again.

Thursday: 18:1-20; Daniel 2:31-49; 1 John 2:18-29; Luke 3:1-14
Friday: 16, 17; Daniel 3:1-18; 1 John 3:1-10; Luke 3:15-22

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Check out Lent & Beyond at http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/. This blog is a wonderful prayer resource.

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention that we will have good weather.

***** Pray for Fr. Hap Carrier on Tuesday through Thursday. Pray that his chemo does what it is supposed to do without noxious side-effects.

***** Pray for Beth Strickland, the Diocesan Deployment Officer who had surgery on Monday April 20th. Pray for complete recovery.

***** Pray for the Priests’ Retreat beginning Tuesday , through Friday, and the leader, Bp Ed Salmon.

***** Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009
From: Anne Curtin
Subject: Prayer Update
Dear Torre,
      I have uneven Internet access here. Even when they say they have the Internet often it doesn't work. Would you please let Faye and anyone you might have told that my brother Jim is much better. The surgery to remove the pus in his lung yesterday was successful and he is off the ventilator. He is expected home this week. PRAISE GOD!
      Many thanks. I have your Internet address as I get your emails but I don't have my own address list so.. unless someone has written me like Faye did I don't have their address and then I only have for that time.
      My technology gene is damaged.
Love, Anne

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 12:48 pm
Subject: We're here!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Peace be with you.
      We have arrived safely in Peru. What we shipped down has all arrived safely with the exception of two bags coming down tomorrow. We have a temporary visa of 183 days. We will be applying for a residential visa in due course.
      We are settling in. We do not have internet at our temporary apartment, but there is wi-fi at the language school where we will be studying; we start language school on Monday.
      Right now, we are writing from the rectory of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Lima.
      Language learning accelerates in the culture. It has been said that a thousand exposures to a word puts it in mid-term memory, and when in-culture, there are a lot of exposures to words.
      God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Weds., April 22, 2009; 1-1:30 p.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Deacon Alan Hart and Soon-To-Be-Deacon Scott Underhill.)

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

MOSES and BLANCHE -- Young couple passing by stopped at the woman's insistence (Moses was reluctant, but agreed.) Blanche said we have prayed for her alone here in the past and wanted prayers ... "For US!") She said Moses is the man she asked for prayers about in a recent stop at the Table.

JOE -- Was going to pass by at first, but stopped and suggested we pray for "President Obama." We prayed that our new president will be led by our Lord to make the best decisions he can to benefit the many people who are in need.

QUINN -- This older man stopped by on his way from having just attended church service at St. Joseph's. We prayed for his general well-being and that God will show Quinn signs today that He is working in his life.

t,c,a -- DENISE -- This young woman riding a bicycle saw the Table and stopped for prayer that she will soon conceive a child. We prayed that God will grant this woman her prayer if He deems it His will for her, and if so that she will be safe and protected throughout her term.

(A man on his way to work) -- Pleasant man walking briskly past told us "Thanks!" but did not have time to stop.

Albany Intercessor

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 31

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 31 April 26, 2009
"Be Transformed by the Renewing of your Mind"
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: Luke 10:38-42
Memory Verse: "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3
      Again and again this question has come up this year---how do we become transformed in our minds? It is clearly something that requires God's intervention but it is also a choice, a repeated choice that we make. The goal is to "Have the mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus." Jesus' pattern during his earthly life was to find a quiet time away from distractions to listen to his Father and spend time with him. He knew the scriptures from childhood. Remember how he chose to spend time in the temple with the teachers of Israel when he was twelve years old.
      Let's look first at the story of Mary and Martha of Bethany. It is clear from the several references to them that Jesus had stayed there a number of times. Note: In first century Judaism it was a common saying, "Let your house be a meeting place for the rabbis, and cover yourself in the dust of their feet, and drink in their words thirstily.." "The Jews of Jesus' day greatly prized the study of scriptures. Many of their most gifted teachers walked from town to town teaching...asking no pay...but people were expected to open their homes", providing food and shelter to these wandering teachers and their disciples." ("Sitting at the feet of Rabbi Jesus" Spanger & Tverberg, p.14) Martha's hospitality was an important help to Jesus' ministry. "Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house." (Luke 10:38 ) A word received: I want you to welcome me into your homes as Martha did. What kind of a place does Jesus have in your home life?
      In the book quoted above it says that in Jesus' day, teachers sat on pillows or low chairs and their disciples would sit on the ground or mats so "sat at his feet" was an idiom for leaning from a Rabbi. (See also Acts 22:3 describing Paul.) so Mary was being described as being a disciple. The author said that in the First Century women were encouraged to sit in on advanced discussions in synagogues if they were able and a few were even educated to a level to contribute to rabbinic debates and a few are still on record. The custom of separating men and women in worship arose several centuries later. Wealthy women sometimes took charge of the family charitable giving and sometimes supported rabbis, like Joanna and others supported Jesus. (Luke 8 ).
      "And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word." (Luke 10:39) A word received: I want you to make the choice that Mary did: she sat at my feet and listened to me. Mary's first choice was to take the time from serving Jesus to listen to him and spend time with him. Remember the remark the Jewish authorities made about Peter and John, "they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13) Disciples in Jesus time left their families and work and went to live with their teacher or Rabbi. They learned not only what the Master taught but also how he lived. It was like the old apprenticeship pattern in Europe and America in earlier times.
      "But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, 'Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.'" (Luke 10:40) A word received: I want you to make the choice that Martha made -- she brought the problem to me. Martha was distracted with much serving (Jesus says "many things") Martha was determined to serve Jesus but she had gotten so bound up in serving her Lord, that she was totally forgetting to spend time with him and listen to him. Do we do that too? (Think Bible reading and prayer!) Have you asked the Lord if there is something you should stop doing?? Martha had also become resentful of her sister. But Martha did the right thing---she went to Jesus about the problem!
      Are we doing what the world thinks will honor someone, acting according to the habits of a lifetime, or are we doing what Jesus, our Lord and Master wants us to do at that time? Do we check in with him or just follow our usual patterns? We had a missionary friend who years ago was traveling to supporting churches speaking. After church two women took her home and left her alone and hungry in the living room for two hours while they fixed an elaborate meal for her. What she really wanted was companionship and a sandwich!
      Look at what Jesus said to Martha. "And Jesus answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.'" (Luke 10:41) A word received: I want you to recognize when you are "distracted with much serving." Bring it to me as Martha did. "'But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.'" (Luke 10:42) A word received: "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." (Isaiah 26:3)
      Where is your mind "fixed" or "stayed"? In a time of social distress and personal problems, the Lord is showing us the way to find peace and a way through the problems while knowing what he had for us to do. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus tells a church, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him and he with me." Jesus says his sheep know his voice. Eating together in Near Eastern cultures was and is an important part of life, the basis of friendship and building trust. That church had grown lukewarm and Jesus was calling them to a renewed close relationship with him, listening, learning. The letter of the Apostles mention again and again the importance of what we "set our minds on". In Romans 8:5-6 Paul says, "those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires." Paul told the Philippian church (4:6-7) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition (talking to God), with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Then he tells them to fill their minds with what is right and true.       
      In the story of the prophet Elisha, in a city surrounded on every side by an enemy army of horses and chariots, his servant was paralyzed by fear. Elisha told him not to be afraid and prayed for God to open the servant's eyes. When God opened his eyes he saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire, God's army, round about Elisha. He saw his situation from God's perspective. Later when Elisha captured the army and his servant wanted to kill them, Elisha said no, give them a feast and let them go. Again God's perspective was different from the human one and the raids stopped. (2 Kings 6:8-18)
      Our goal needs to be this: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5) A word received: This is not an idle request. I have sent my Holy Spirit to you so that you can have him in your thoughts and in your mind.

 

4/22/2009, #22, 2nd Quarter 2009

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word;" (John 17:20)
      Jesus, we believe because of the faithful witness of those who shared the gospel with us; help us share the gospel with others who do not yet know you.

"that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me." (John 17:21)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us throughout this diocese enter into the life that Jesus shares with his father and live out their unity to that the world may believe.

"And the glory which you gave me I have given them, that they may be one just as we are one:" (John 17:22)
      Father, please help us joyfully receive the glory that comes from being one in you.

"I in them, and you in me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them as you have loved me." (John 17:23)
      Jesus, please help us receive your love today.

"Father, I desire that they also whom you gave me may be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which you have given me; for you loved me before the foundation of the world." (John 17:24)
      Holy Spirit, help us find our glory in Jesus' cross.


"O righteous Father! The world has not known you, but I have known you; and these have known that you sent me." (John 17:25)
      Father, thank you for sending Jesus to us.

"And I have declared to them your name, and will declare it, that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:26)
      Jesus, please help us receive your love.

      A word received: I AM never offended by your cries to me. I AM a father who longs to hear the voice of his children. I AM a father who longs to hold my children in my arms and comfort them. I AM a father and my arms are open wide to receive you.

Wednesday: 119:1-24; Daniel 2:17-30; 1 John 2:12-17; John 17:20-26
Thursday: 18:1-20; Daniel 2:31-49; 1 John 2:18-29; Luke 3:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray the Diocesan Convention that we will find our unity in Jesus.

***** Pray for Fr. Hap Carrier on Tuesday through Thursday. Pray that his chemo does what it is supposed to do without noxious side-effects.

***** Pray for Beth Strickland, the Diocesan Deployment Officer who had surgery on Monday April 20th. Pray for complete recovery.

***** Pray for the Priests’ Retreat beginning Tuesday , through Friday, and the leader, Bp Ed Salmon.

***** Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009
From: John & Terry Bassett
Torre,
Tim made it through the night, ask people to keep praying.
John Bassett

***** Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009
From: Evans, Scott C (GE, Research)
Subject: GE Research Alpha in the Workplace Update and Prayer Request
Hi Torre,
      Thanks very much for your prayers for our Alpha in the Workplace course running Wednesdays at noon at GE Research. We will be viewing talk 8 this week: "Who is the Holy Spirit?" We had a course high of 15 people last week for "How Does God Guide Us." - Praise God!
      Please pray for continued protection and blessing for the guests and team as we move through the talks on the Holy Spirit these next few weeks. May we all be filled to overflowing the the Power of the Holy Spirit! Amen!
      Thanks and Blessings In Christ! -Scott
Guests
Sergei, Alex, Sladjen, Kristen, Marc, Randy, Jennifer, Woele, Bernie, Shawn, Jack, Daniel, John
Team
Emad, Jason, Roger, Jeff, Anthony, Scott
Remaining Schedule:
April 22: Wednesday 12-1pm "Who Is the Holy Spirit?"
April 29: Wednesday 12-1pm "What Does the Holy Spirit Do?"
May 6: Wednesday 12-1pm "How Can I Be Filled With the Holy Spirit?"
May 13: Wednesday 12-1pm "How Can I Resist Evil?"
May 20: Wednesday 12-1pm "How and Why Should I Tell Others?"
May 27: Wednesday 12-1pm "Does God Heal Today?"
June 3: Wednesday 12-1pm "What About the Church?"

***** Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: they're here!
      As indicated in the e-mail below, the Mudges arrived safely in Peru. Thank you for your prayers.
Hi everyone,
      Fr Shaw, Mother Julie and Lydia made it in fine last night. They had a slight delay due to some storms over Newark, but arrived safe and sound with all their luggage. We got them to their apartment about midnight last night so they could crash. We have a busy few days planned ahead, but are flexible.
      The Peruvian telephone number for the apartment is (+511) 778-1338. We are not sure when we can get the vonage line hooked up, so just be patient.
Blessings, Susan
Susan Delgado-Park
SAMS missionary

***** Pray for Mark who will have a 10 hour surgery on Wednesday, 4/22. They will be removing most of his mouth, lower jaw and much of his throat. Elements of his right arm will be used in reconstruction. He is 66 years old and has done drugs and alcohol for years.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

 

4/21/2009, #21, 2nd Quarter 2009

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger, nor chasten me in your hot displeasure. (Psalm 6:1)
      LORD, I cry out to you for your mercy for your people and for myself and my family.

Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. (Psalm 6:2)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for the peace and comfort of your Holy Spirit.

My soul also is greatly troubled; but you, O LORD--how long? (Psalm 6:3)
      Father, we wait on you for your provision and mercy.

Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for your mercies’ sake! (Psalm 6:4)
      Holy Spirit, move in our hearts and minds and bodies, and bring us to new life in you. Thank you.

      A word received: Cry out to me for my people: they are wandering and leaving the flock. Pray for my flock -- pray that I will raise up faithful shepherds for the flock. Pray that I will protect my flock from wolves within and wolves without.

Tuesday: 5, 6; Daniel 2:1-16; 1 John 2:1-11; John 17:12-19
Wednesday: 119:1-24; Daniel 2:17-30; 1 John 2:12-17; John 17:20-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit blows the mosquitoes, black flies, and bears away from Camp of the Woods during the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for Fr. Hap Carrier on Tuesday through Thursday. Pray that his chemo does what it is supposed to do without noxious side-effects.

***** Pray for Beth Strickland, the Diocesan Deployment Officer who had surgery on Monday April 20th. Pray for complete recovery.

***** Pray for a good adjustment by Akemi Hio to her new residence in Virginia near her daughter, Teresa.

***** Pray for the Priests’ Retreat beginning Tuesday , through Friday, and the leader, Bp Ed Salmon.

***** Dear Torre,
Please send out to all the prayer warriors--
Tim Rock is a colleague at Broad Street school, and today he drove off the road, into a house. He is currently on a ventilator at Glens Falls Hospital. Tim and his wife have three children under the age of 10. Please place him in Jesus' hands for complete and speedy healing.
In His name, Fr John and Terry Bassett

Albany Intercessor

Monday, April 20, 2009

 

4/20/2009, #20, 2nd Quarter 2009

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (Psalm 1:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize the heavy cost of the counsel of the ungodly, the paths of sinners, and being scornful. Help us shun these and enter God's blessing.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
      Father, please help us delight in your word and teaching. Please graft your word into our hearts.

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3)
      Jesus, plant us by streams of living water, and make our lives fruitful for your kingdom. Bless the work of our hands and minds so that it prospers.

The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. (Psalm 1:4)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for those who don't know you, that you will bless them with a saving knowledge of you.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. (Psalm 1:5)
      Father, help us to be faithful and effective witnesses to those who do not know your love for them.

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (Psalm 1:6)
      LORD, help us walk in your righteous ways. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my little ones who walk by faith. Pray they will catch glimpses of me in their daily lives. Pray for their oppressors -- pray they will repent. Pray for my little ones -- for the lost and the least; pray they will find me mighty to save.

Monday: 1, 2, 3; Daniel 1:1-21; 1 John 1:1-10; John 17:1-11
Tuesday: 5, 6; Daniel 2:1-16; 1 John 2:1-11; John 17:12-19

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the travel to and from the Diocesan Convention that it will be guided and directed by the Holy Spirit and guarded by the holy angels.

***** Pray for Fr. Hap Carrier on Tuesday through Thursday. He has chemo on Tuesdays and it really knocks him out for three days or so.

***** Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2009
From: Louise Fisher
Subject: RE: Prayer Table Reports: Albany, Coxsackie, and Schenectady
Torre,
Thank you for the list. Would you add my step-son, Mark to the list for Grace and Holy Innocents? He has cancer of the mouth/throat and will has a 10 hour surgery on Wednesday, 4/22. They will be removing most of his mouth, lower jaw and much of his throat. Elements of his right arm will be used in reconstruction. He is 66 years old and has done drugs and alcohol for years.
In Jesus’ name, Louise Fisher

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, April 19, 2009

 

4/19/2009, #19, 2nd Quarter 2009

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
      Jesus, our hearts are often troubled; please help us turn to you with belief in you and trust in you. Thank you.

In my father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
      Jesus, thank you for preparing a place for us.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3)
      Father, we long for that day when we are received into Jesus' open arms.

And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us keep our eyes on Jesus so that we will know the way.

Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?" (John 14:5)
      Father, we cry out to you for all those in the Episcopal Church who do not know where Jesus has gone, neither do they know the way to get there.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
      Jesus, please help all of us in the Episcopal Church to know you as the way to the Father, the truth, and the life. Help us receive the new life in your Holy Spirit that you offer us.

"If you had known me, you would have known my father also; and from now on you know him and have seen him." (John 14:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to know Jesus as he is and his father. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to turn to me. Pray for my church to receive me into their hearts. Pray for my people to be a faithful witness.

Sunday: 146, 147; Isaiah 43:8-13; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-7
Monday: 1, 2, 3; Daniel 1:1-21; 1 John 1:1-10; John 17:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the times of rest and the breaks that they will be times of bonding by the Holy Spirit.

Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Special Mudge Prayer
      Details on the Mudges' trip to Peru: Please hold Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge in prayer throughout the day on Monday, April 20. Debbie Fish from Duanesburg and Mother Susan from Coxsackie will pick them up in Wynantskill at 9:00 A.M. and drive them to Newark Airport. Their plane leaves for Lima at 2:40 P.M. and they will arrive in Peru at 10:45 P.M. Eastern time. They will then settle down in a temporary apartment for about a month. Pray for travel mercies and protection for the Mudges and for Debbie and Mother Susan.

Excerpts from Jesus' Prayer in John 17
      I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them….And glory has come to me through them. ….Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one.

      Jesus Our Savior, we pray along with you for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge. We pray especially for their protection as they travel on April 20 and for protection throughout their time in Peru. May they know your glory and spread your glory. May they bring more glory to your name. And may they be one with you and Your Father, one with each other, and one with the whole Christian community.

      …so that they may have the fulll measure of my joy within them… My prayer is not that you take thhem out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one…Saanctify them by the truth; your word is the truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

      Jesus, Our Lord, we continue to pray with you that the Mudges will have the full measure of your joy within them. Protect them from the evil one and sanctify them by your truth. You have sent them into the world, Jesus. May they be truly sanctified to do your work in Peru.

      My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them, even as you have loved me.

      Jesus, Son of God, again we pray with you for all those in Peru to whom the Mudges will minister. May they be one as You and Your Father and the Holy Spirit are one. May the full blessings of the Trinity be within them so that they may let the world know of your everlasting love. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, April 18, 2009

 

Prayer Table Reports from Albany, Coxsackie, and Schenectady

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT
Saturday, April 18, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. Torre Bissell and Don Foust, 9:20-10:30 a.m.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.


Torre and Don "Our low-tech operation"

+Clifford -- middle-aged man -- for his baby girl named Journey and Akida, for his family, and all the sick and suffering and the poor -- "that God keeps me on the right path and I thank him for everything I have."

+Alex -- young man who stopped last week also -- "for me and my family" he passed the prayer table when he saw we were praying with someone else and then came back when we were done.

+Charles -- young man -- "for my friend +Cody, a couple of days ago got held up at gun point" prayed for protection and provision

+Issa -- young woman who has come the last couple of weeks-- "for my brother Michael who is in Missouri being trained for combat, my mother is OK."

Pedro -- young man -- he got a job, looked very happy, we also prayed for his wife Norma.

+Luis -- man --got thrown out of half-way house, on the street, goes to Narcotics Anonymous meetings at Christ Church, gave his life anew to Jesus. He said he walked by the prayer table last week and didn't stop, this week he did.

+Patricia -- grandmother with grandson +Jihad -- broken little finger from taking care of Jihad, Patricia has congestive heart failure. Wanted prayer for Beth Ann "my baby girl", Richard her son who is "paraplegic and terminal", and daughters Christina and Michelle who are diabetic.

+Amin -- man -- at City Mission, just got out of jail

Robert -- man -- confused but looking

Jim -- man, a frequent visitor -- prayed for the comfort of the Holy Spirit for him because of the death of his son Robert at age 31.

Hussein -- Muslim man, a repeat customer from last year -- crossed the street to get prayer

Eric and Eric Jr. (with trumpet) -- on the way to the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.

Christy -- woman, a repeat from last year -- "that I will stay clean and lead a good life."

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT #2 (Christ Church Schenectady)

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

PRAYER TABLE REPORT #2

(Sat., April 18, 2009; 10:30 - 11:30 -- Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)

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

+++ David – young man in his 20’s who was walking by as we were “changing shifts” from the first hour of the prayer table – Torre asked what he would like prayer for and he said “happy family” – we did pray that they would be happy and that they would know that Jesus loves them; David took crosses for himself and his 2 kids

+ mother with a toddler and a baby – politely declined our offer for prayer but she did allow her little girl to accept a cross

+ Marcus – 14-yr-old on a bike – stopped for prayer and seemed to have something on his mind – we asked if school is going well and he said ‘no’ – we prayed for him, his family, for school – protection and provision; we assured him that God loves him and has a plan for his life; we both felt that there was something else he wanted to say, some burden – we told him the prayer table is open on Saturdays between 9:30 and 11:30 and that he can always come back for prayer any time

++ Serita – stopped at the table and asked prayer for her marriage, which we did; she came back about 20 minutes later and asked if we know anyone who can provide marriage counseling; we gave her one of the Christ Church cards and told her to call the church office and ask for Pastor Brad; she said she is reading the book, “The Power of a Praying Wife”

+ Cedrick – young teenage boy – seemed uncomfortable but was willing to let us pray for him and his family

middle-aged man – asked for prayer for his friend in NYC (woman named Bahesia) who has been fighting cancer off and on since 1998; we prayed for her healing and also prayed for the man that the Lord would bless him and make him a blessing to others; he thanked us and said “it’s not every day that you get prayed for!”

++ Bita – woman walking by to catch a bus – said she didn’t have time to stop – we said that we’re always here on Saturday mornings if she has a burden – she then stopped and asked prayer for her 17-yr-old son Brandon who is in jail; we prayed for protection for him and the Lord’s covering over all the details

++ Joshua and Jordan – 2 teenage boys who rode up on their bikes and waited patiently while we prayed for someone ahead of them – Joshua asked prayer for his family, Jordan asked prayer for healing

+ Pablo – older man who also stopped last week – said everything is good in his life – we prayed that it would stay that way

David Carlson

Prayer Table Report from Grace and Holy Innocents, 498 Clinton Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Noon to 12:50 pm at the parish soup kitchen, Louise Fisher and Torre Bissell
[+ --indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

[Louise told me that Eugene who had received prayer last Saturday came to Mass the following day.]

+Alfred -- young man -- "clean for three months after seven years on drugs, know I could slip back very easily" He is not a Christian; I suggested that he ask Jesus to reveal himself to him.

(man, no name) prayed for protection and provision

+little girl

+Wayne -- prayed for protection and provision

+Daro -- man -- prayed for protection and provision

+Julia -- woman, crying -- for her sister +Betty who has Alzheimer's disease to get better.

+++Ijer -- boy age 6 got crosses for himself and siblings

+Marge -- woman with heart failure

+Janet -- "my health and a family issue"

+Nadia -- woman -- for herself and for her family "some making bad decisions"

+Dora -- woman -- prayed for protection and provision

+LaVerne -- woman with breast cancer

+++++5 little kids who wanted crosses

+Henry -- man with palsy

+Dilbert -- man -- prayed for protection and provision, "I'm from Cuba."

+Jim -- man -- "that the rain will hold up and that my strength will hold up."

+Bernadette -- woman -- asked prayer for "Change."

Christ Church, Coxsackie -- Prayer Table Report #11

Date: April 19, 2009
Weather: 55 degrees, mostly cloudy, and windy
Location: Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie NY
Prayer Ministers: Barbara Cook, Dina McGibbon, Deacon Nina George Hacker

Note: Our prayer table and prayer journal were mysteriously missing from the church, so we used two TV tables and bought an inexpensive notebook!
(Because this is a small community, we do not record names.)

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

Middle-aged woman: Said we had prayed for her before, and God had answered. "The blessings are continuing." She thanked us and God.

+ Young man with child: Took a cross for the child, and received prayer from Dina and Barbara for his Bell's palsy.

Middle-aged man: Received prayer for his health.

Older man: Received prayer for "everything in general" in his life, but Nina discerned a need to pray for reconciliation among some loved-ones, too.

+ / G Young man: Received prayer for healing, strength, peace, and forgiveness, after major reconstructive surgery and having suffered injustices at the hands of incompetent doctors. Gave thanks for his surviving an operation for which the doctors said he had only a 5 percent chance to live.

Middle-aged man: Insisted on giving us $2 despite our protests. Nina will donate the money to the Coxsackie-Athens Ecumenical Council's community emergency fund. Man said, "I'm a spiritual person but I don't want any prayer." Walking away, he declared, "I'm more of a political person, and I'm so mad about what the previous Administration did to this country!" (We prayed for him, after he left.)

Young man selling baked goods: A Christian who attends a church in Troy, he accepted prayers for blessings on his fundraising efforts.

Middle-aged woman: Refused prayer and didn't even want us to say "God bless you." (We prayed among ourselves, for her salvation.)

Young woman, half of the couple we see every week, who always ignore us: In the drugstore, had a pleasant conversation with Nina about spring. It's a start!!

+, +, G, G Middle-aged woman: Received prayer for healing for her teenaged daughter and for herself. Our prayers claimed the Scriptural precedent of Jesus healing Jairus' daughter, and interceded for His same "long-distance" healing for this girl.


Albany Intercessor

 

4/18/2009, #18, 2nd Quarter 2009

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
      Jesus, please help the laity of this diocese to daily spend time with you and give us boldness in proclaiming the truth of the gospel and in telling all that you have done for us.

And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. (Acts 4:14)
      Bless the ministry of healing throughout this diocese, Father, and let it be a witness to your love for us.

But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, (Acts 4:15)
      Holy Spirit, come in a transforming way into the councils of the Episcopal Church.

saying, "What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. (Acts 4:16)
      Jesus, please let the miracles you do among us move the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to turn to you. Don't let them miss what you have prepared for them.

But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name." (Acts 4:17)
      Father, don't let the hearts of your faithful witnesses be moved by any threats, don't let your witnesses be silenced by fear of reproach by church leaders.

So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. (Acts 4:18 )
      Holy Spirit, help us disobey every such command. Don't let us give in to any demands for political correctness.

But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." (Acts 4:19-20)
      Jesus, let our hearts burn with the desire to speak the things we have heard and seen you do. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to remember my mercy. Pray they will know their need for my mercy. Pray for a new openness to my word and my Spirit. Pray for hearts that are warmed by my Spirit.

Saturday: 145; Isaiah 25:1-9; Acts 4:13-21(22-31); John 16:16-33
Sunday: 146, 147; Isaiah 43:8-13; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-7

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Diocesan Convention to equip us to be disciples who boldly proclaim the gospel.

Subject: Mudge Mission newsletter

Dear friends,
      I have just found out two things: many of you are receiving junked versions of the letter I sent out, and (according to Lydia) I needed to save and send it in compatibility mode. So I am sending it out again. If you received the first without a problem, please forgive the repeat. If you have any further problems, please let me know.
Julie Mudge


Where are Shaw and Julie Mudge now….
      In an exciting final whirlwind, all the pieces are coming together for the Mudges to leave for Peru: suitcases and book boxes have been shipped, goodbyes to family and friends are being said, affairs arranged, car sold, Easter celebrated, and funding sufficiently completed. And so on April 20th a small contingent of friends will see Shaw, Julie and Lydia Mudge off at the airport in Newark, bound for Lima, Peru. And that very night will find them resting in the temporary apartment that SAMS team members have located for them. The following week, April 27th, they will bravely start language school, and as of May 18th-20th, they will be in their long term apartment.
You can stay in contact with the Mudges in any of the following ways:
All of us:      Vonage phone number: 518-326-4058 (will ring in Lima
      Lima apartment phone number: 011 - (51-1) 242 5726 (as of May 20th)
Shaw:        shawmudge@sams-usa.org
       shepherd110@yahoo.com
Skype name: shepherd110
Cell phone in Lima: 011 - 51-99651 3124¬ (as of May 20th)
Julie:             juliemudge@sams-usa.org
       mrsdalian@yahoo.com
       Skype name: Julia.H.Mudge
      Cell phone in Lima: 011 - 51-99651 3123 (as of May 20th)
Lydia:       sjrhl5@yahoo.com
       Skype name: lyds.mudge
Weekly prayer blog updates: http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com
Monthly newsletter updates, about the 14th: www.3mudges.webs.com
SAMS webpage: www.sams-usa.org/sjmudge.html
Snail mail:       Shaw and Julie Mudge
c/o SAMS
            P.O.Box 399
            Ambridge, PA, 15003-399
Donations: Tax-deductible contributions towards our ministry work in Lima, Peru, may be made
* on-line at http://www.sams-usa.org/sjmudge.html
* or by sending a check payable to:
      SAMS (with "Mudge" in the memo line), and mail to:
      SAMS, P.O. Box 399, Ambridge, PA 15003.
* You may also arrange for automatic deductions from your bank account by calling       SAMS at 724-266-0669.
We are grateful beyond words for your prayers, your love and support, and your financial contributions. You will never be far from our hearts or minds.
      Faithfully yours, Shaw, Julie and Lydia Mudge

Albany Intercessor

Friday, April 17, 2009

 

4/17/2009, #17, 2nd Quarter 2009

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
      LORD, thank you for your enduring mercy.

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:2)
      LORD, so often you called your people to repentance and told them to put away their idols so that they could worship you with a pure heart. Help us put aside every idolatry so that we can worship you as we should.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For his mercy endures forever: (Psalm 136:3)
      Jesus, you are Lord of heaven and earth; thank you for your mercy.

To him who alone does great wonders, for his mercy endures forever; (Psalm 136:4)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily tell others of your great mercy to us.

To him who by wisdom made the heavens, for his mercy endures forever; (Psalm 136:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us to worship the creator, not the creation.

To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, for his mercy endures forever; (Psalm 136:6)
      Father, help us to be faithful stewards of your creation.

To him who made great lights, for his mercy endures forever-- (Psalm 136:7)
      Jesus, please help us to walk by your light.

The sun to rule by day, for his mercy endures forever; (Psalm 136:8 )
      Jesus, help us to walk by your "sonlight" -- to be faithful children of your father.

The moon and stars to rule by night, for his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:9)
      Jesus, there is no darkness dark enough to hide us from your light. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to rest in me. Pray that my people will look to me for rest and refreshment. Pray that they will receive my Holy Spirit with open hearts.

Friday: 136; Daniel 12:1-4, 13; Acts 4:1-12; John 16:1-15
Saturday: 145; Isaiah 25:1-9; Acts 4:13-21(22-31); John 16:16-33

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Diocesan Convention to be a time of renewal and rest for all who attend.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, April 16, 2009

 

4/16/2009, #16, 2nd Quarter 2009

"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:11)
      Jesus, please help us enter into the joy you have prepared for us.

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12)
      Jesus, help us love one another throughout this diocese. Please help us lay aside old rancor and bitterness. Help us see beyond ideology and know the love you have for those we disagree with.

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)
      Holy Spirit, help us show forth this love at the Diocesan Convention.

"You are my friends if you do whatever I command you." (John 15:14)
      Father, please help us to do all that Jesus commands us to do.

"No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my father I have made known to you." (John 15:15)
      Father, no matter what the national church does, help us in this diocese walk by the light you have given us in your son Jesus.

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you." (John 15:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us show forth your fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Help us have the mind of Jesus when we pray to the Father so that we enter fully into his will.

"These things I command you, that you love one another." (John 15:17)
      Lord, we have so often messed up on the first ten commandments, don't let us fail on this as well. Help us daily embrace your cross, Jesus. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to listen to me. Pray for them to read the Bible with understanding that leads to repentance. Pray for my word to be grafted into their hearts. Pray for hope based on my word.

Thursday: 146, 147; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 3:11-26; John 15:12-27
Friday: 136; Daniel 12:1-4, 13; Acts 4:1-12; John 16:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the ministry to the youth at the Diocesan Convention.

***** The note yesterday on the Christian Healing Ministry Conference date should have read Wednesday, June 24-27 at Mount Snow VT.

***** Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Prayer
      Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. (Psalm 105:1-4)
      Lord, we worship You mightily this Easter week, this week of remembering your resurrection. We thank You for your death on the cross for our sins and for the promise of eternal life for those that believe in You. We thank You for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge who are preparing to leave for Peru to make known among the nations what You have done. We sing your praises and pray for Mother Julie and her musical talents and hope that she finds opportunities to share her music as a witness to You. May all three of your servants glory in your name and minister to those who will seek You with all their hearts. May the Mudges and their contacts always look to You for strength and seek your face always. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

 

4/15/2009, #15, 2nd Quarter 2009

"I am the true vine, and my father is the vinedresser." (John 15:1)
      Father, thank you for grafting us into your son Jesus.

"Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away; and every branch that bears fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit." (John 15:2)
      Father, prune us so that we can bear good fruit for you.

"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you." (John 15:3)
      Jesus, please let your words be a cleansing fire in our hearts and souls and bodies.

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." (John 15:4)
      Jesus, there are so many fruitless branches in the Episcopal Church, please graft them back into the vine and let your Holy Spirit flow through them.

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
      Jesus, help us abide in you each day, keep us from stumbling or trying "to do it on our own."

"If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." (John 15:6)
      Jesus, prune away the withered parts of our lives so that we may bear fruit for you.

"If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." (John 15:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily abide in Jesus, and let his words abide in us. Help us to desire and pray as we ought.

"By this my father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples." (John 15:8 )
      Father, we want to be fruitful disciples of Jesus and bring you glory. Anoint us for this day's service. Thank you.

      A word received: Wait, wait on me for my word. Look to me for guidance in adversity. Look to me for help in the storm. Keep your eyes fixed on me; let me guide you. I AM the true shepherd of the flock.

Wednesday: 97, 99; Micah 7:7-15; Acts 3:1-10; John 15:1-11
Thursday: 146, 147; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 3:11-26; John 15:12-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the ministry to the youth at the Diocesan Convention.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

 

4/14/2009, #14, 2nd Quarter 2009

"If you love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily keep Jesus' commandments; help us love one another -- let the Diocesan Convention manifest the love of Jesus.

"And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever--" (John 14:16)
      Father, please fill us anew, anoint us anew with your Holy Spirit, the helper.

"the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:17)
      Jesus, help all of us listen to your Spirit of truth; set us free from worldly wisdom which contradicts the gospel.

"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18 )
      Jesus, thank you for giving us your Spirit of Adoption whereby we can cry out, "Abba, Father." (From Romans 8:15)

      A word received: Pray for my people to know that I AM risen from the dead, that I know them and love them.

Tuesday: 103; Isaiah 30:18-21; Acts 2:36-41(42-47); John 14:15-31
Wednesday: 97, 99; Micah 7:7-15; Acts 3:1-10; John 15:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the ministry to children at the Diocesan Convention.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, April 13, 2009

 

4/13/2009, #13, 2nd Quarter 2009

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
      Lord, I bring you the burdens of my heart.

In my father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
      Holy Spirit, Jesus has prepared a place for me; help me daily prepare a place for him in my heart.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3)
      Jesus, please help me fully enter into what you have prepared for me.

And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:4)
      Jesus, lead us to your father.

Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?" (John 14:5)
      Father, help us bring all our doubts and confusion to Jesus as Thomas did.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
      Jesus, please help us walk in your way today, abide in the truth of your word, and receive the new life you offer us in your father. Thank you.

"If you had known me, you would have known my father also; and from now on you know him and have seen him." (John 14:7)
      Jesus, help us to know your father and his love for us more and more each day.

      A word received: Come to me, return to me, my people. I have held you to by bosom with love all these years. Return to my love, receive my love, let it fill your hearts. Come to me; leave your burdens with me.

Monday: 93, 98; Jonah 2:1-9; Acts 2:14,22-32; John 14:1-14
Tuesday: 103; Isaiah 30:18-21; Acts 2:36-41(42-47); John 14:15-31

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the workshops at the Diocesan Convention that they will show forth the love of Christ.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, April 12, 2009

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009; 8:30-9:40 a.m. in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Deacon Alan Hart.)

Note: Very windy and raw, maybe 40 degrees. We normally do not have a Prayer Table on Sunday mornings, but it seemed a natural and perfect idea to have God's Table available for our neighbors today on this day of all days. After all, the greatest news that man has ever heard happened on this day many years ago --- Jesus has risen from the grave and has conquered death for all who believe! Praise God!

t--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina. Did not anoint anyone today; did not give out any yellow schedule info cards today.

PAUL -- Prayed for general provision and protection for this young man walking on his way to his job.

t--(Man walking his dog and talking on cell phone; did not give his name.) -- Another general prayer of thanksgiving and protection, provision for this man and his pet. He said "Thanks! Happy Easter! God bless you."

(Older woman hurrying as fast as she could to get to the bus stop) -- She said, "Sorry, I can't stop; I have to get the next bus to get to church, but ... God bless you and God bless your church here!" About a half minute later, she got on her bus. She had just made it.

KAY -- General prayers for safety and provision.

PEDRO -- Young man passing by listening to his music looked up and removed the earplug from his ear when he saw me ask if he wanted prayer. He replied, "Sure! I don't have any big problems, but if you would, just pray for me anyway." We prayed together that his life would continue to be blessed with good health and provision and protection in these hard times.

(Unidentified man on his way to Dollar General)-- Declined prayer for himself but thought a moment, stopped to look back and said, "But if you don't mind, please pray for our troops. They all need our prayers." As he left I prayed for all our men and women in military service, and also for all who serve in police and fire departments and for all emergency personnel.

--- A man and woman in a maroon car slowed curiously as they went by on State Street headed East, then tooted the horn enthusiastically and they both waved at me after seeing the Prayer Table sign.--

--- An emergency vehicle suddenly sped by toward Brandywine and turned right. I repeated my prayer for the safety and well-being of all who serve us as ambulance and EMT workers. --

PAUL and CONNIE -- On their way into our church service; asked for prayers for "tranquility" as they prepare their wedding plans. They also asked for prayers for travel mercies for Connie's family.

(Well-dressed man in a red car who was picking up a relative who lives across the street to take him somewhere looked over and waved. He then cupped his hands and yelled over, "Happy Easter. God bless you people for being out here for the people!")

t,t -- ISSA -- This young woman who three days ago literally hopped off an arriving bus and enthusiastically came to the Table was walking by this time with her friend, BELINDA. Issa asked for continued prayers for her whole family, especially this time for her Aunt PALINA. (Palina lives in NYC.) Issa took a cross for her aunt and said,"If I ever get back to New York I will give her this cross!" The other cross was for Belinda. Issa said to Belinda as they walked from the Table, "See? I told you these people here have been praying for me!"

Albany Intercessor

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