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Sunday, May 31, 2009

 

Thank you for your prayers

Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 06
From: SisterMaryElizabeth
Subject: Thank you for your prayers
To all our faithful intercessors in the Diocese of Albany and beyond:
The Sisters of St. Mary in Greenwich, NY, thank all of our friends who have been interceding for us through the past year and ask your continued prayer for vocations to our community.

On February 22, 2009, a new sister was clothed as a novice in our community, taking the name in religion of Sister Mary Lucia, N/CSM. She is the first fruit of our prayer for vocations, and we are confident that, even now, God is preparing the hearts of more women to hear His call to join us in consecrating their lives in Christ as Sisters of St. Mary.

Continue in your prayer for us. Mother Miriam is currently in Malawi, Africa, visiting our sisters in Luwinga. Pray for discernment and guidance as their community deliberations continue over the next ten days.
We updated our website this past winter -- http://www.stmaryseast.org -- now with many more photos. It is a work in progress: we hope to fill out and add to it as the year progresses.
God bless each of you who are faithful in prayer! I hope to see many of you at Diocesan Convention next weekend.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Director of Vocations
melizcsm@aol.com

 

5/31/2009, #61, 2nd Quarter 2009, Pentecost

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1)
      Father, it doesn't depend on how smart we are or how highly trained we are when we talk with people about Jesus, but on our relationship with Jesus and the working of your Holy Spirit.

For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)
      Jesus, please write your cross on our hearts.


I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. (1 Corinthians 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for enabling Paul to go forward to the Corinthians, even though he was weak and afraid.

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, (1 Corinthians 2:4)
      Holy Spirit, show yourself whenever we speak about Jesus.

that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5)
      Father, please help us take this verse to heart and rely on you and your power when we go forth to speak about Jesus.

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. (1 Corinthians 2:6)
      Jesus, through the working of your Holy Spirit please set us free in this diocese from all the politically correct nonsense in our culture.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, (1 Corinthians 2:7)
      Lord, reveal yourself and your ways to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Corinthians 2:8 )
      Lord Jesus, please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to a saving knowledge of you.

But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9)
      Father, please help us enter into all that you have prepared for us.

But God has revealed them to us through his Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10)
      Holy Spirit, search our hearts and cleanse them of every impurity.

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:11)
      Holy Spirit, please move through the Diocesan Convention and teach us of the things of God.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12)
      Father, please help us receive everything you want to give us.

These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:13)
      Holy Spirit, help us receive your teaching throughout this diocese.

       A word received (5/11/09): I want you to praise me for what I have done, what I AM doing and what I will do.

       A word received (5/11/09): Don't stop worshiping me -- Don't give up when times get hard. Lean on me and I will give you the strength to worship me.

       A word received: I AM here among you. Look to me, I know your need. Turn to me for the help only I can give. Look to me with hope and expectation. Look to me for joy in your soul. Look to me and I will give hope. Let me have your despair and hopelessness, I will give you a heart filled with hope. Open your heart to me and I will come in.

The Day of Pentecost: 118; Isaiah 11:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; John 14:21-29
Monday: 41, 52; Deuteronomy 11:13-19; 2 Corinthians 5:11--6:2; Luke 17:1-10

       Notes from the Front Line

"Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father. I, at any rate, cannot separate the two ideas of democracy and tradition; it seems evident to me that they are the same idea. We will have the dead at our councils. The ancient Greeks voted by stones; these shall vote by tombstones. It is all quite regular and official, for most tombstones, like most ballot papers, are marked with a cross." Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton, Doubleday Image Book, page 48 © 1908, 1936 by Dodd, Mead & Company
       Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2) Thank you Jesus for surrounding us with that cloud of witnesses who speak to us today. Please help us heed their voice.

***** from Dcn Alan Hart
      Please keep my sister, BONNIE, and my wife, Deacon MARY CAROL, in your prayers. BONNIE, who has been getting chemo for ovarian cancer since February, is in St. Peter's with some strange problem which developed today (Friday.) She was nauseous and dehydrated and is getting tests tomorrow. They stabilized her tonight. She was sound asleep and "out of it" when I went to see her tonight. They are keeping her for tests tomorrow and maybe Sunday as well.
       MARY CAROL HART, who is soon to undergo chemo treatment herself after a biopsy from her May 19 surgery revealed a cancerous element this week, is still in need of your prayer. She had a really nice day today with her son and grandson riding on a train up north. It was a great getaway for her. But she is anxious about what is before her in the coming two months and I would appreciate you praying for her. Thank you so much. -- deacon alan hart

***** from Fr Peter Schofield
       Father Hio was admitted to Ellis Hospital, room A507, earlier this week due to breathing difficulties. Pray for wisdom and patience for the doctors to assist in a complete healing so that he can return to Northwoods.

***** from Elizabeth Strickland
      The prognosis is good - 5 more weeks of radiation and then medicine to take daily for several years. It was caught very early and they think they have caught it all but are doing the radiation to be sure. Thank you again - I feel so wonderfully covered in prayer by everyone.
Blessings, Beth

***** Pray for the Holy Spirit to blow through the Camp of the Woods and clean out all black flies, mosquitoes, bears, and other wildlife for the Diocesan Convention. Pray for good weather and for travel mercies going and coming.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, May 30, 2009

 

Prayer Table Report

Prayer Table Report
Saturday, May 30, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. Don Foust and Torre Bissell, 9:09-10:09 a.m. There was so much cotton-wood fluff in the air that at times it was like a snow storm.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Lenice -- young woman waiting for the bus

+Barat -- man (probably Muslim) -- prayed for protection and provision for family and friends

+Will -- man -- "One day at a time. I see you here every weekend; you must be doing something right."

+David -- young man -- "for success in this job interview"

+Chanel -- young woman -- "on my way to school"

+Joe -- man -- "Let me sit down here and get some prayer -- for another nice week."

(Young woman rushing by) when we asked if we could pray for her said, "Yes."

(Man walking by) when we asked if we could pray for him said, "Yes, you can."

Bill -- "for my Dianne, that she arrives home safe and sound"

+April -- young woman -- "that my toothache will go away." She asked for a second cross for her +little cousin.

Angel and son +Joshua -- that had been prayed for last Sunday.

+Carl "for everyone"

Linda -- Christ Church Schenectady woman -- woken up in the middle of the night and given sixty people to pray for. She wrote them down and brought the list to us to join with her in prayer for them.

Subject: Christ Church Coxsackie - Prayer Table Report #15
Date: May 30, 2009
Weather: Sunny. Lower 70’s
Location: Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie NY
Prayer Ministers: Dina McGibbon, Cindy Brandreth
Due to scheduling conflicts the table was set out from 1:20 – 2:30 pm instead of the usual time of 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.
+ = received a free cross necklace (made by Dennis Adams, NC)
G = received free Gospel of John booklet
(Note: Because this is a small community, we do not record names.)

G Middle Aged Woman asked for prayers for her sister’s 14 year old nephew-in-law recovering from brain surgery for herself for being alone and her granddaughter who was with her received prayer for a good summer. A financial donation was offered but was declined.

Older Middle Aged Man asked for prayers for peace and serenity for those who are around him. He said he had quite a time in the past year but did not elaborate.

Middle Aged Man Asked for prayers in memory of his friend’s mother who just passed away as well as for his friend. Asked us what church we were from. Said he attended an Episcopal church at one time.

Middle Aged Woman Asked for prayers for her health. She did not elaborate. Held her hands out in front of her palms up while we prayed for her.

Middle Aged Woman who has been by our table before. Has liver and cardiac issues. We prayed for her health.

Young Couple walking by Stopped when we asked if they wanted prayer but did not come over to table. Did let us pray briefly for the safe delivery of their unborn baby.

Middle Aged Woman Asked for prayers for safe travel during her upcoming trip. She could not stay long as her children started to wander into the grocery store.

Young Middle Aged Man Said yes while walking into a store. Said he was a minister said he would be back later. When he did not return we thought he really did not want prayer. Looked up across the parking lot to see the he was backing a semi tractor trailer into a very tight spot near the walk in medical clinic. Felt we were to pray for him. On our way out of the plaza we pulled over by him and offered prayer. He appreciated it and asked for prayer for all truck drivers. His companion was having back pain and was in the walk in medical clinic.

We prayed for all who passed by & declined prayer. We prayed that the Lord would protect them, provide for them, and bring them closer to Him.

Faith in Action Sunday (May 24th)
Last Sunday morning Christ Church Schenectady reached out to our neighborhood of Hamilton Hill in a variety of ways for two hours: Painting a Scripture footpath through out parking lot where people take a shortcut, going door to door handing out potted plants, giving out free ice cream, four prayer tables at different locations in the neighborhood, planting flowers in Jerry Burrell Park (the playground for Hamilton Hill), cleaning the neighborhood streets, a prayer team praying for the teams going out, and a team providing lunch when the other teams came back. About 200 people from Christ Church were involved in this. Listed below are the various prayer table reports.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
Team 1
+Luz and +Eddieberto (from yesterday)--prayed for daughter-in-law, their son is in the Navy. We prayed for protection for all, and comfort for the family while he is serving. They are looking for a church and are feeling pulled in many directions. We wrote down times of worship services at CC.

Young Woman walking by--"Pray for my children."

Sharon and Robert (repeat visitors)--He was on his way to work; she was going to the laundromat. He asked for prayer for forgiveness of his shortcomings. He said that human nature is such that if a tragedy occurs we think, "Thank God it happened to someone else and not me." But Robert said Jesus was different, for He said, "Thank God it happened to Me for you."

+Champaigne--Young lady--asked for prayer for health, strength and protection.

+Woogie--Young man--for protection.

+Deborah--Middle-aged woman--for her family.

+Earlly--Older man--for a job.

+Tracy--Teen-age girl--We prayed for God to give her the strength and ability to say,"No," and for discernment and wisdom in situations. As she left, she told us, "You've made my day."

+Anthony--Young man--He was catching a bus to visit his +Aunt Lucille who will be starting chemo for breast cancer tomorrow. We prayed for protection and for him to have comforting words for her.

Team 2
(On the way to Park) a woman crying -- prayed for her peace, drew her to refreshment stand at church

Prayed for several passerbys on bikes

+Jacki -- pray for school, teachers, new kindergarten, children on bicycle rode by again and waved

+Blanche -- for strength (while on cell phone)

People were driving by -- "Peace sign" waved

"I'm going to church right now, God bless you."

+Tammy -- to get out of the neighborhood, provision (had cross in past and lost it)

Backed up van -- prayer sent

Car passing -- they said, "God bless you."

"Not today." man walked by...

+Marquita -- for my family to get better

Prayed for the small church down the street -- loud singing

+Arian -- prayed for protection and provision

Prayed for the Prayer Team: prayed for Linda and Ray to have a safe trip to Pennsylvania. Prayed for Dave Dussault's brother Paul in a Long Island hospital with rectal bleeding -- had transfusion, prayed for doctor's wisdom. Thank you Lord for stopping the rain, for sunshine at the prayer tables.

++Father pushing son in stroller across the street -- asked if we could pray for his son. Father resistant at 1st. son Joshua, father Angel. prayed for protection and for Angel to be the dad God want him to be. Thankful.

Team 3
+Alan and +Kayrone -- young men -- prayed for family and friends

Florence -- healing of her back, wisdom for doctors, take away fear

Prayed for cleansing of drugs from store across the street

+Tim and +Austin -- boys on bikes for grandmother Sandy in hospital

+Angelo -- "No speak English"

James (walking by)

+Melissa -- for mother +Jeannie

+Deborah and her daughter +Deborah

+Andrew -- for myself, my family, my kids

+Sonya -- young woman -- had received plants from another team going door to door

+Eddie

+Jim -- had heart attack and lost job and health benefits

+Linwood -- man -- for a mate, for my children and grandchildren, for affordable housing

(Passing car) "Praise the Lord!"

+Stan -- man -- "stomach pain"

Bobby (man, already had a cross), +Asheen (6, son), +Josiah (5, nephew)

Joe (walking by) "I can use it."

+Fernando

Team 4
+Bob -- Thanks for President breaking down racism

Shawn -- lower back injury working at the park and broken jaw recently is healing. Back spasms.

Timothy and Jonali -- Christ in our marriage, in our lives, and in us.

+++++Kiara and family -- bless infant, pray for mom especially and also family

Albany Intercessor

 

5/30/2009, #60, 2nd Quarter 2009

O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. (Psalm 108:1)
      Father, please give us a steadfast heart; help us sing and give praise to you.

Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. (Psalm 108:2)
      Jesus, please give us songs in our hearts; help us begin each day praising you.

I will praise you, O LORD, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations. (Psalm 108:3)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts at the Diocesan Convention to praise Jesus; let our praises go forth to the world.

For your mercy is great above the heavens, and your truth reaches to the clouds. (Psalm 108:4)
      Holy Father, we can never praise you or thank you enough for sending your son to die for us. Thank you also for sending your Holy Spirit to us and writing your words and your law on our hearts. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

       A word received: Pray for my people. Pray that my people will return to me. Pray they will come to me with thanksgiving in their hearts and on their lips.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Ezekiel 43:1-12; Hebrews 9:1-14; Luke 11:14-23
The Day of Pentecost: 118; Isaiah 11:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; John 14:21-29

       Notes from the Front Line

      Today, Saturday, May 30, at 11AM is the ordination of eight deacons at the Cathedral of All Saints. To be ordained are Deborah Beach, Paul Carney, Maureen Demler, Scott Evans, Larry Hubert, Vicki Hunter, Neal Longe, and Scott Underhill. AND, from 9:30-11AM in the basement of the Cathedral is a Holy Orders Interest Meeting for those who would like to find out more about the requirements for ordination, expectations, characteristics of one who is in Holy Orders, and what the process/time line is within our diocese. Presenters are Bishop Love, Cn Haskell, Fr Schofield, and Archdeacon Huth. Please contact Canon Haskell at rhaskell2@nycap.rr.com to let him know you are coming or if you have additional questions.

      Convention weekend is just a short week away. You will find a list of the workshops, workshop descriptions, convention business meeting booklet, and the Diocese’s audit report on the Diocesan website: http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/. Please pray for safe travel for our special guests: Bishop Todd and Rev Patsy McGregor, Bishop Harold and Liz Miller, Bishop Alpha Mohammed, and the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Down and Dromore who are attending our Convention. Please pray for good health and stamina for those who have been working to make this Convention possible: our convention planning team, the diocesan and SLC staffs, the Camp of the Woods Staff, the workshop presenters, and above all, give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ for all our many blessings and this opportunity to gather for worship, fellowship, and education while conducting our annual business meeting. Over 775 are registered. Are you? We can accept last minute registrations using credit cards online or via fax. If paying by check, you will need to register on-site at Camp of the Woods.


      Saturday, June 20, 9 -- 5, Grace and Holy Innocents, Albany is holding a PRE-FATHERS' DAY RALLY and COMMUNITY RECLAMATION MARCH with the theme: "ONLY MEN CAN BE FATHERS". There will be workshops as well. For more information contact Louise Fisher at Louise.Fisher@nycap.rr.com

***** Date: Fri, 29 May 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Prayer

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (Psalm 90:1)

       Lord, You are our dwelling place and the dwelling place of Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge in Peru. Your Holy Spirit dwells with us and we are so thankful for that. Lord, we send up special prayers for the Mudges as they get settled in a new earthly dwelling place. Help them to get situated in their new, more permanent apartment. Let them stay on good terms with their landlady, and let those things that need fixing get repaired in a timely fashion. Let the internet problems be resolved, Lord, so that the Mudges can use Vonage to stay in more direct contact with their daughters, Hannah and Ruth, in the U.S. Thank You for the sense of humor and the organizational skills and the flexibility that you have given Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia, qualities that are helping them through this period as they get to know Lima. Help them to progress in their language study and be with them as decisions are made about the particulars of their ministry in Lima. Most of all, protect them from any danger and keep them in good health, protecting them from any food-borne illness. We praise You, Lord, and we thank You fo r all that the Mudges have learned in their first month in Peru. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

***** Pentecost Evening Revival and Healing Service at Christ Church Coxsackie-5:30pm
      The last Sunday of the month revival and healing service at Christ Church Coxsackie will have a special focus on Pentecost evening, as we continue the joyous celebration of the release of God's Holy Spirit to all who would believe in Jesus Christ.
      At our joyous celebration there will be time given to everyone who wishes personal prayer for restoration, encouragement, and prophetic prayer by the team in the ministry room.
      Following the service there will be a campfire with s'mores. For more information please contact Ralph and Pastor Susan Baker-Borjeson at 622-3431.
      Christ Church is 5 minutes from NY Thruway exit 21b in Coxsackie. Google directions to 70 Mansion Street.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, May 29, 2009

 

5/29/2009, #59, 2nd Quarter 2009

"I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods." (Ezekiel 34:25)
      Lord Jesus, bring your peace and blessing us; help us dwell in the safety that only you can give.

"I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing." (Ezekiel 34:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us walk in those showers of blessing.

"Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them." (Ezekiel 34:27)
      Father, please help us to be a fruitful people who bring in an abundant harvest to you. Please break the yoke of every bondage among us. Thank you.

"And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid." (Ezekiel 34:28 )
      Jesus, protect your faithful people from every attack of the evil one.

"I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. " (Ezekiel 34:29)
      Holy Spirit, help us be a well-watered garden where others may find refreshment.

"Thus they shall know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are my people," says the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 34:30)
      Father, we want our lives to be a faithful witness of your love so that when people see us they will know you are our God.

"You are my flock, the flock of my pasture; you are men, and I am your God," says the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 34:31)
      Jesus, thank you for making us members of your flock. Thank you for being a faithful shepherd of the flock.

       A word received: Lay your burdens at my feet. I AM with you -- you are in my care. I will never leave you or forsake you. Look to me. I will provide.
      Thank you.

Friday: 102; Ezekiel 34:17-31; Hebrews 8:1-13; Luke 10:38-42
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) ; Ezekiel 43:1-12; Hebrews 9:1-14; Luke 11:14-23

       Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 28 May 2009
From: Welcome Home Initiative
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative - Please Pray for WHI Facilitators at European Military Christian Conference This Weekend
To all our faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors:
      Your prayers are requested for Father Nigel Mumford and Noel Dawes as they participate in the European regional conference of the worldwide Association of Military Christian Fellowships, taking place in the UK this Friday, May 29, through Tuesday, June 2. Fr. Nigel will lead workshops on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Combat Operational Stress and will serve as a prayer leader for the conference.
      For more information about the conference, see http://www.amcfeuroconf.info/. Further information for specific prayer for this conference is posted at http://www.amcfeuroconf.info/Prayer%20Guide%205a.pdf
      Fr. Nigel will also lead similar workshops at the AMCF North American Conference August 17-21, 2009, at Estes Park, CO.
      Pray that Fr. Nigel and Noel will also make contacts this weekend -- as the Holy Spirit leads -- in promoting the healing of PTSD and other wounds of war through prayer.
      We have been delighted to learn that the UK Armed Forces Christian Union (AFCU) is hosting The Warriors’ Return, June 26-28, a program similar to the Welcome Home Initiative but appropriately adapted to the British military culture. Keep this foray into healing prayer for combat veterans in the British Armed Forces in your prayer. More information about The Warriors’ Return can be found at http://www.afcu.org.uk/docs/warriors_brochure_jun_09.pdf.
      And remember also to pray for our next Welcome Home Initiative, August 3-5, 2009. If you know of a veteran who might benefit from healing prayer for the internal or external wounds of combat, encourage him to join us. For more information, see http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, May 28, 2009

 

5/28/2009, #58, 2nd Quarter 2009

Moreover he called for a famine in the land; he destroyed all the provision of bread. (Psalm 105:16)
      Lord Jesus, you used these bad circumstances to provide for the family of Jacob so that it would survive. Please use the present bad economy and the circumstance of our lives to protect and prosper this Diocese of Albany family in the future.

He sent a man before them-- Joseph--who was sold as a slave. (Psalm 105:17)
      Here we are, LORD, send us.

They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. (Psalm 105:18 )
      Jesus, so many among us are in various kinds of bondage: as you brought Joseph through to victory, bring us also through these times to your victory.

Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. (Psalm 105:19)
      Holy Spirit, let word test and refine us.

The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free. (Psalm 105:20)
      Father, you have raised up your servant Barack to rule this nation; guide his heart into your ways (Proverbs 21:1). Give him wisdom to choose godly counselors to advise him as you had Pharaoh choose Joseph.

He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom. (Psalm 105:21-22)
      LORD, teach the elders of this nation -- the Congress, the Courts, the Executive Branch -- your wisdom, law, justice, and mercy. Thank you.

       A word received: I AM. I AM waiting for you. Return to me. Turn your heart to me. Let me be your comfort so that you may live.

Thursday: 105:1-22; Ezekiel 18:1-4,19-32; Hebrews 7:18-28; Luke 10:25-37
Friday: 102 ; Ezekiel 34:17-31; Hebrews 8:1-13; Luke 10:38-42

       Notes from the Front Line

***** From Deacon Alan Hart
       Deacon Mary Carol Hart had the results of her biopsy today (26 May 2009) and shows cancer. She will start a 6 week course of chemo and radiation. Please pray for complete healing and peace for the Harts.

***** Date: Sun, 24 May 2009
From: Louise Fisher
Subject: Grace and Holy Innocents Prayer Table Reports
      Prayer Table at G&HI yesterday was sparse. Father [Reddie] and I prayed for the Parish, a safe return of my son from India and for my sister, Ruth, who has been hospitalized with severe asthmatic bronchitis. Several of the "regulars" were there, but did not come to the table, although they did speak with us. We had a problem with Soup Kitchen, as St. George's did not show up, leaving Janet Benson, The Michaels, Robert Payne, and the two nurses doing blood counts and pressures to wing it. There was about a 30 minute wait before we could serve them. Guests were testy to the point of obscenity. Father Reddie defused the nastiness.
      We then had a planning meeting for the pre-Fathers' Day march, lunch and workshops. Please have your people bring this before the Lord.
Peace and Blessings, Louise

***** Date: May 23, 2009
From: Dina McGibbon
Subject: prayer table at Christ Church Coxsackie
Unable to meet at 11:30 due to work schedules. Met at 1 PM to 2 PM. At Hope Plaza shopping center. Just off the pharmacy entrance. Julia Moore, Barbara Cook and Dina McGibbon

Prayed with a mid age woman for a friend in end stages of Cancer for healing of her spirit.

Asked people as they went by if they wanted prayer. Several people denied need for prayer. Ages varied from middle age to older. We asked God to bless them.

Mid aged man asked for prayer for our world.

Young lady asked for prayer for her friends Mother who is ill.

Older man came and ate his lunch by the table and talked with us but denied need for prayer. Prayed after he left for him and his needs known to God.

Prayed with an older lady for better health with arthritis and diabetes control.

Prayed with mid aged women for a service man injured in Iraq who we have been praying for healing of injuries.

Passer by didn't stop but asked for prayer for his wife who has terminal cancer.

Neighbors asked prayer for ill neighbors for better health.

Prayed for women just discharged from the hospital for continued improvement in health.

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail 26 May 09
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Peace be with you.
      I started to write you on Memorial Day observed. There are war memorials to both Americans and British at the Anglican Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Lima.
Praise reports:
      1) We just started to move into our new apartment on May 25th, Monday. It's a start of several days of moving in. Considering the potential pitfalls, this has been a very good move, so far.
      2) We are getting to know Lima. Today, I bought an etiquette book written for people living in Lima: "Ese dedo meñique..." This is one of many ways to get to know the culture of Lima.
      3) We are approaching our one month anniversary in language school. Language school has been very helpful. Every day, something comes together in a new way.
Prayer requests:
      1) For the move. While it has been a good move so far, it seems that we keep uncovering things that need attention. Pray that we will remain on good terms with our landlady, and that things will continue to go smoothly.
      2) Communications. We keep getting closer to the ideal situation, but we are not there quite yet. Our internet is up and going (somewhat tenuously at the moment), but if Vonage is going to work, we still need some additional matters taken care of.
      3) Getting to know Lima. A veteran missionary said something that I think is true: "everything takes twice as long as you think it will, and three times as long as it should." I am reminded of three qualities that are important for a missionary: a sense of humor, organizational skills, and flexibility. I think we are doing rather well, but this is always something to keep in prayer.
      If all goes according to established missionary patterns, in about two weeks, we should be entering the stage of adjustment entitled "chaos," in which it all suddenly catches up with you, and the "honeymoon" phase has been completed. You may remember that stage if you have moved from place to place, yourself. But once you get through that stage of chaos, then you land on solid ground with both feet, and the country begins to make more sense, and you keep going. So, keep us in prayer as we go through this phase of adjustment.
      4) Preparation for our ministry. We had a meeting with the Bishop of Peru this past week, and he apparently gave us a green light to go ahead, because he asked us to begin the licensing process, and he personally introduced Lydia to quite a few people at the Cathedral during a reception on Saturday (an occasion of 3 ordinations). I plan to meet with the Dean of the Seminary next week to discuss teaching plans.
      5) Language learning. It is a lifelong process, even though we are making more immediate progress. There is always more to learn. People in Lima speak very fast, compared to elsewhere in the country, and the manner of speaking seems to vary from person to person. So, keep our language comprehension and our ability to speak into situations, in your prayers.
      6) Health. The water in Lima is good, and in our part of the city, it has chlorine in it. But everyone drinks bottled water, Inca Cola, Chicha Morada, or tea, or something, instead. However, sooner or later, you end up eating something that, well..., may not agree w ith you. Happens to everyone, even veteran missionaries. The discomfort does not last too long, but it is a subject to keep in prayer.
      I continue to pray for you all daily. Thank you for your prayers. You and your prayers really make a difference for us.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

 

5/26/2009, #56, 2nd Quarter 2009

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before his face into every city and place where he himself was about to go. (Luke 10:1)
      Lord Jesus, please send forth your witnesses into every community in this diocese. Help us go forth two by two at your command.

Then he said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. " (Luke 10:2)
      Father, the harvest fields belong to you. We pray that you will send out laborers into every field. Help us repent of being spectators rather than laborers.

"Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. " (Luke 10:3)
      Lord, the wolves are already carrying away members of the flock. Help us to be faithful shepherds like David.

"Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road." (Luke 10:4)
      Jesus, your grace is enough. Help us trust in you. Father, we ask for this day's bread and provision. Holy Spirit, keep us from being side-tracked by the people we know.

"But whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house.'" (Luke 10:5)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that every home we enter will become a haven of your peace and blessing. Thank you.

"And heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'" (Luke 10:9)
      Help us hear your call, Jesus, to heal the sick and proclaim, "The kingdom of God has come near to you." Thank you.

       A word received: Wait on me. Look to me. Keep your eyes on me. Invite me in to refine your heart. I desire to cleanse the hearts of my people. Pray for my cleansing fire.

============ 5/27/2009, #57, 2nd Quarter 2009

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in your sight." (Luke 10:21)
      Father, thank you for revealing your love to us. Thank you for all that seems good in your sight. Thank you for the gift of faith and the hope of the resurrection that you have given us.

"All things have been delivered to me by my father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal him." (Luke 10:22)
      Jesus, thank you for making your father's love for us known to us.

Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it." (Luke 1023:-24)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for giving us eyes to see and ears to hear. Help us share the Good News with those who do not yet see or hear.

       A word received: Speak to my people of my love for them. Tell them to look to my cross to see my love. I do not call you to idle hope; I call you to hope in me. Keep your eyes on me. -- I will do what man cannot.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; Ezekiel 11:14-25; Hebrews 7:1-17; Luke 10:17-24
Thursday: 105:1-22; Ezekiel 18:1-4,19-32; Hebrews 7:18-28; Luke 10:25-37

       Notes from the Front Line


Jean and I had a wonderful trip with Stephen Stewart to a wedding in College Station, Pennsylvania on Monday. We arrived with fifteen minutes to spare before the wedding. Stephen was a huge help with the driving. We returned yesterday afternoon.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, May 24, 2009

 

5/25/2009, #55, 2nd Quarter 2009


      "Here rests in honored glory A COMRADE IN ARMS known but to God"
             [The American Cemetery in Manila, The Philippines]
                  Memorial Day, 2009

      A word received: Invite me in with my love. Invite me in and I will do for your heart what you are unable to do yourself. Invite me in and I will give you peace that passes all understanding. Invite me in and I will help you give your cares to me.

Monday: 89:1-18; Ezekiel 4:1-17; Hebrews 6:1-12; Luke 9:51-62
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; Ezekiel 7:10-15,23b-27; Hebrews 6:13-20; Luke 10:1-17

Albany Intercessor

 

5/24/2009, #54, 2nd Quarter 2009

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! (Psalm 66:1)
      LORD, please help us worship you today with overflowing joy.

Sing out the honor of his name; make his praise glorious. (Psalm 66:2)
      LORD, let our words and deeds today bring you honor and glory.

Say to God, "How awesome are your works! Through the greatness of your power your enemies shall submit themselves to you." (Psalm 66:3)
      Jesus, your words and your works are awesome! We pray for those who despise your word that they will submit themselves to you.

"All the earth shall worship you and sing praises to you; they shall sing praises to your name." (Psalm 66:4)
      Holy Father, please help us to be faithful shepherds of your creation so that all of your creation joins in praising you.

Come and see the works of God; he is awesome in his doing toward the sons of men. (Psalm 66:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us invite others to see your works. Thank you.


       A word received: You have been carried on eagles' wings. I have never forgotten you. You are in my hands; you are in my arms of love. Don't be afraid; I AM sustaining you day by day.

Sunday: 66, 67; Ezekiel 3:16-27; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 10:24-33,40-42
Monday: 89:1-18; Ezekiel 4:1-17; Hebrews 6:1-12; Luke 9:51-62

       Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 23 May 2009
From: Anita Born
Subject: Cooperstown Prayer Table Report
      We prayed last year for 89 people, gave out 48 crosses, and 21 prayer cards. We have 7 prayer volunteers, and are open about one hour each Sat. As traffic can be minimal, we are trying to determine when would be a better time to be out on the street. We restarted the first Sat. in May, and we'll see what happens.
With thanks, Anita Born

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, May 23, 2009

 

Prayer Table Reports

PRAYER TABLE REPORT
Saturday, May 23, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. Don Foust and Torre Bissell, 9:15-10:30 a.m.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Ruby -- woman carrying a large plastic bag of clothes -- "for my family and for health" We also prayed for protection and provision for her and her family.

+Junior -- young man -- When we told him we would be praying for him all week, he touched his heart and said, "I can feel it right now."

+Hugh and +Agnes -- older couple in Christ Church -- We prayed for protection and provision.

+Keith, +Eustace, and +King James -- 3 young men who stopped for prayer. Eustace asked for a cross for his +wife as well.

Patrick, Heather, Eric Sr. , and Eric Jr. -- All going to the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. They happily stopped for prayer.

+William, a man, and +Trinity, his young daughter

+Cain (on bike) and +Eric -- young boys -- went back the way they had come from -- clearly came for prayer.

(man walking by) "Pray if you want to."

+Victor -- man -- "I don't speak English."

+Raymond -- getting married on June 27th to +Olga -- We prayed with him that he would find a place to hold the reception. He has been coming to Narcotics Anonymous meetings at Christ Church for the past 5 years. We prayed that he would be steady in resisting drugs and for his marriage.

Jim -- a regular -- He told us he came from a broken home and that he is so very thankful he was raised Catholic by the Sisters.

+Luz and +Eddieberto -- older couple -- We prayed for them and her sons Manuel and Joseph.

+Ebony -- -- young woman -- She teaches Sunday School at the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. She asked special prayer for young people to be kept safe on the long weekend.

+Briana and Andrew (baby boy)

Don -- We prayed for his breathing.

+Swindell -- young man -- We prayed for protection and provision.

+Mike -- young man -- passed us by three times and then stopped for prayer. "I just got out of 30 months incarceration yesterday." He is in a half-way house near-by. "I want prayers for my addiction." We told him about asking Jesus for help when he is tempted and then prayed with him for strength to resist drugs and endure.

+Edward -- young man -- Going to the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.

+Dayseh -- young girl on bike -- She stopped for prayer for herself and her family.

+Gene -- older man on a motorized wheelchair -- He said he saw that his granddaughter, Dayseh (above), had stopped for prayer and that made him comfortable to get prayer for himself. We prayed for protection as he drove his wheelchair through traffic.

PRAYER TABLE REPORT

(Sat., May 23, 2009; 10:30 - 11:30 -- Dianne Gambill, Lowell Jones, and David Carlson) Christ Church Schenectady [+ --indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

+ Kathy – asked us to pray for “abundance” – we prayed that the Lord would give her the abundant life the Jesus spoke of – as she walked away she looked back and said “I always feel much better when I get prayer”

Gerald – asked prayer for his relationship with his fiancé, for housing and a job; he thanked God for health and strength

Desdemona – asked us to pray for her grandchildren --- Peter needs provision of assisted living where he can be helped and monitored so he stays on his meds; Beyonca is in middle school and has been teased and taunted because of her weight; her parents have taken her out of school; Desdemona thanked God that we can stick together as Christians and support each other, even when we go to different churches from different denominations

+++ Robert – asked prayer for his family who lives in New York City; he said his apartment was broken into while he slept yesterday – he had just been paid and they stole his wallet with all his money – he asked that we pray that the Lord forgive the people who stole from him and said he is not mad at them; he showed us the wooden cross around his neck that he was given at the prayer table 3 years ago – he wears it all the time; took 3 crosses to give to family members

+ – woman walking by seemed very skeptical about what we were doing – she did not want prayer but did accept a cross

+ Luis – pleasant, cheerful man walking by with his middle-school-age son on his bike – said “this is a good thing you are doing – this prayer table” – he said things are going well for him and his family and he had no specific prayer requests – we prayed that the Lord would continue to provide for them and protect them

+ Joseph, + Sean– two men stopped for prayer as we were breaking down the table and chairs; Joseph asked for prayer for his family and for a good job; Sean asked for a job also and for “prosperity”

David Carlson

Albany Intercessor

 

5/23/2009, #53, 2nd Quarter 2009

Then he said to me: "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them." (Ezekiel 3:4)
      Father, please help us, empower us to go throughout the Diocese of Albany and at the Diocesan Convention and speak your words.

"For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel," (Ezekiel 3:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us lay aside our fears, for they are our own people.

"not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you." (Ezekiel 3:6)
      Jesus, give the people of this diocese listening ears and hearts.

"But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted." (Ezekiel 3:7)
      Holy Spirit, help us repent of hardness of heart.

"Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads." (Ezekiel 3:8 )
      Holy Spirit, help us to be strong in the face of opposition.

"Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house." (Ezekiel 3:9)
      Lord, we in the Episcopal Church are a rebellious people; have mercy on us and help us repent.

Moreover he said to me: "Son of man, receive into your heart all my words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears." (Ezekiel 3:10)
      Father, help us receive your words into our hearts; give us hearing ears.

"And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD,' whether they hear, or whether they refuse." (Ezekiel 3:11)
      Holy Spirit, help us go forth into the streets of our communities and set the captives to sin free; help us speak to them.

Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: "Blessed is the glory of the LORD from his place!" (Ezekiel 3:12)
      Father, help us be able to say, "Blessed is the glory of the LORD from his place!"

I also heard the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, and a great thunderous noise. (Ezekiel 3:13)
      Jesus, help us hear the living creatures of heaven.

So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. (Ezekiel 3:14)
      Jesus, let your hand be upon us so that we cease speaking to one another in bitterness of spirit.

Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. (Ezekiel 3:15)
      LORD, move our hearts to astonishment as we recognize the depths of sin to which we are in captivity.

Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (Ezekiel 3:16)
      LORD, help us hear what you are saying to us.

"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from my mouth, and give them warning from me:" (Ezekiel 3:17)
      Father, give us watchmen's hearts to guard your people and give them warning.

"When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. "Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul." (Ezekiel 3:18-21)
      Holy Spirit, help us take to heart the cost to us of not speaking. Please give us the courage to speak to those mired in sin. Help us speak words of hope and joy rather than condemnation. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to receive my word. Pray for my word to be grafted into their hearts. Pray for a new spirit of compassion for the lost and the least. Pray that the ancient boundary markers will be restored to my people.

Saturday: 87, 90; Ezekiel 3:4-17; Hebrews 5:7-14; Luke 9:37-50
Sunday: 66, 67; Ezekiel 3:16-27; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 10:24-33,40-42

      Notes from the Front Line

From: Fr. Hap Carrier
May 22, 2009
      Hap is having a scan this coming Tuesday, May 26th. He is praying that it will show there have been good results from the chemo: that the tumor will have shrunk, etc. He invites you to join him in praying for this. He also is having some major dental work done at this time. He is thankful for all that he has, including a life of sobriety. He thanks all those who have been praying for him and feels that he is seeing the results of your prayers.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, May 22, 2009

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 01

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 01-adult class September 14, 2008

September Theme: Transformation
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: Romans 12:1-2
Memory Verse: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 (Pre-K to grade 3)
      A word received: Transformation is what I do in hearts through my Holy Spirit. Invite me into your heart for my transforming work.
      " I beseech you" (Romans 12:1a) (Beseech is a lot stronger word than urge, it is like implore.) Word received: Look at that word "beseech". I AM beseeching My people to turn to Me, to lay aside their agenda for Mine. That is the heart of transformation--choosing to do it My way rather than yours. Hear My cry to you--"I beseech you". It involves a choice.

      Look at "Transformations" video, Eskimo segment. (What similarities do you see to our city/situation?) Word received: Ask them to pray about where I AM asking them to do it My way rather than theirs. (Stop and pray and then discuss.) What does this mean personally and what does it mean for our congregation, diocese and city?

      Not all transformations are to make us more active. Look at this, especially for those going through a difficult time.
      "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever". (Psalm 23) (Peace & security instead of fear.)
      A word received: Look at Psalm 23. It is a model of the transformation I want to work in you. I want you to know what it means to lie down in peace. That is a transformation greater in value than pure gold.

      As friends, parents and members of the same Body of Christ, what is one of the things God wants us to do for all our children? A word received: I want every child to know that they are "one of my little lambs." I want each child to know the transforming love of my father.
      What else does this theme of transformation in Christ have to do with God's agenda for each of us and for Christ Church, our diocese and community? Word received: I long for My people to come into My will--My good, pleasing and perfect will. I want My people to invite those standing on the outside to come in.

 

5/22/2009, #52, 2nd Quarter 2009

LORD, you have been favorable to your land; (Psalm 85:1a)
      LORD, be favorable to this diocese.

You have brought back the captivity of Jacob. (Psalm 85:1b)
      Bring us back to you, Lord Jesus; bring all back who are captive to sin.

You have forgiven the iniquity of your people; (Psalm 85:2a)
      Father, forgive our sins for Jesus' sake.

You have covered all their sin. (Psalm 85:2b)
      Holy Spirit, cover over our sin with the blood of Jesus.

You have taken away all your wrath; (Psalm 85:3a)
      Father, take away your wrath from the Episcopal Church; turn our hearts back into your ways.

You have turned from the fierceness of your anger. (Psalm 85:3b)
      Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause your anger toward us to cease. (Psalm 85:4)

"...that they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us..." (John 17:21).
      Holy Spirit, move through this diocese and the Diocesan Convention and bring us to unity in Jesus and to repentance and renewal.

       A word received: Wait on me; turn to me. Yield this day to me for my purposes. Look to me: I AM sufficient for every need.

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 21 May 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Prayer
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8 )
       Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we thank You for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge and we thank You that You have called them to be your witnesses in Lima. We ask for an extra dose of your Holy Spirit for them, as they get acclimated to living in a new culture with a new language to learn. We ask for your blessings as they move into their more permanent apartment. May they always be guided by Your Holy Spirit and may they bless You with mighty work as they minister to all those they meet in Peru. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, May 21, 2009

 

5/21/2009, #51, 2nd Quarter 2009

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us keep those divine appointments you have set up for us.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)
      Thank you, Jesus, that we can come to you with all our doubts and fears.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth." (Matthew 28:18 )
      Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese submit to your authority.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (Matthew 28:19)
      Father, please help us daily be faithful disciples who make more disciples of Jesus.

"teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
      Jesus, please bless the teaching ministry throughout this dioceses. Help us experience your presence with us through your Holy Spirit as we hear teaching done in your name. Thank you for being with us day by day. Amen.

      A word received: Come to me, turn to me. I AM waiting for you.

Ascension Day: 8, 47; Ezekiel 1:1-14, 24-28b; Hebrews 2:5-18; Matthew 28:16-20
Friday: 85, 86; Ezekiel 1:28-3:3; Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Luke 9:28-36

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Today is our 45th wedding anniversary.

"More than yesterday, less than tomorrow"

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

 

5/20/2009, #50, 2nd Quarter 2009

Then he said to his disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on." (Luke 12:22)
      Father, as our days are, so let our strength be. Thank you. (From Deuteronomy 33:25b)

"Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing." (Luke 12:23)
      Jesus, you have called us, you will not fail us. Thank you.

"Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?" (Luke 12:24)
      Father, just as you commanded the ravens to feed Elijah, we trust you for this day's bread. (From 1 Kings 17:4)

"And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?" (Luke 12:25)
      LORD, you are eternal and you are our refuge; your everlasting arms are underneath to hold us up. Thank you. (From Deuteronomy 33:27a)

"If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?" (Luke 12:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us cast our cares on Jesus, for he cares for us. (From 1 Peter 5:7)

"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind." (Luke 12:27-29)
      Father, thank you for this day's bread and this day's provision. Help us keep our eyes on you.


"For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things." (Luke 12:30)
      Holy Spirit, help us set aside the world's agenda for your guidance.

"But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you." (Luke 12:31)
      Jesus, please help us follow you each day; help us follow your lead and guidance.

       A word received: Pray for my people. Pray for a Spirit of revival to move through my church. Pray for a return to me of the lost and the strays from the flock. Pray for my anointing on those who desire to speak and preach my words. Pray for listening ears -- ears and hearts that hear what I am saying.

Wednesday: 119:97-120; Baruch 3:24-37 or Leviticus 26:27-42; James 5:13-18; Luke 12:22-31
Ascension Day: 8, 47; Ezekiel 1:1-14,24-28b; Hebrews 2:5-18; Matthew 28:16-20

       Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray that all those who attend the Diocesan Convention will place their hope and confidence in Jesus.

***** Date: Tue, 19 May 2009
From: Faye VanDermark
Subject: FYI
Hello everyone, just wanted to let you know, I have a web site it is http:// www.godswhiterose.org. FYI Having a PET/CT scan tomorrow at 7am. The mass that was in the arm pit had cancer cell. Pray for a vein that the hardest part of the test. Monday I had a head to toe bone scan.. I am doing well, I know God is in control and He is keeping me well. God Bless Faye


***** From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail, 19 May 09
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you.
Diocesan Convention is coming up on the Diocesan calendar, and as of tomorrow, we will have been in Lima for a month.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Learning Spanish is a life-long endeavor, but we are making great progress, daily.
      2) We are getting to know Lima better, and we have great friends to help us.
      3) Thank you for praying for us. I pray for you daily.
Prayer requests:
      1) Preparing for and settling in to our new apartment, starting next Monday.
      This process will take several days, probably, between language-school sessions: to retrieve books stored in a garage, furniture stored at the cathedral, belongings stored in another apartment, and our clothes and some belongings in our current apartment, etc.
      2) Learning Spanish. We have sensed your prayers on this.
      3) Learning Lima and preparing for teaching classes.
      4) Continued prayers for health. We are doing better.
God bless you!
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

 

5/19/2009, #49, 2nd Quarter 2009

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; (James 1:19)
      Lord, if any contentious issues are debated in the business sessions of the Diocesan Convention, let these words guide us.

for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20)
      Holy Spirit, help those who speak in debate at the Diocesan Convention desire your righteousness more than winning debating points.

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21)
      Father, plant your word in our hearts and help us lay aside everything that hinders us from running the race you have set before us.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)
      [The word "doers" come from the Greek word "poeta" from which we also get the word "poet".] Lord, help us to be poets of your word -- speaking your word to one another with grace and beauty.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (James 1:23-24)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see ourselves reflected in your words in Scripture; help us recognize our need each day for Jesus to be our savior, our friend, and our redeemer.

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)
      Jesus, please help each of us in this diocese look into your perfect law of liberty and continue in it. Don't let any of us use our freedom in Christ to be a stumbling block for anyone else.

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. (James 1:26)
      Father, please help each of us bridle our tongues.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)
      Jesus, please help us receive into our homes and hearts children and the elderly so that they may be nurtured with your love. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my light to shine forth on my church and on this nation. Pray for my light and my leading of my people. Pray for a restoration of my light in the church.

Tuesday: 78:1-39; Deuteronomy 8:11-20; James 1:16-27; Luke 11:1-13
Wednesday: 119:97-120; Baruch 3:24-37; James 5:13-18; Luke 12:22-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray that we will be doers of God's word at the Diocesan Convention, and not hearers only.

***** Date: Mon, 18 May 2009
from Dcn Alan
      Please pray for my wife -- Deacon Mary Carol Hart -- and my sister, Bonnie Munro. Both of them have a big day coming up Tuesday. Mary Carol is having the surgery/procedure finished which was started to fix an intestine/colon problem back in March which had to be stopped because of unusual and intense bleeding. This surgery was supposed to happen again in late June but it has been moved up to Tuesday because of her increased discomfort. Please pray that the surgery (being done at the old St. Clare's part of what is now Ellis) will go well and this episode will be all over. Meanwhile, my sister is scheduled to have her third chemo session on Tuesday. The last one went very badly and she was in pain for three nights and could not sleep. Please pray that this session will not be so traumatic and that God will heal both MaryCarol and Bonnie. -- deacon alan hart

Albany Intercessor

Monday, May 18, 2009

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 33

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 33 May 17, 2009
"Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is" Romans 12:2
"Find out what pleases the Lord." Ephesians 5:10
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: Hebrews 11:1-12:2
Memory Verse: "We don't know what to do, but our eyes are fixed on you." 2 Chronicles 20:12b
      Word received: I want you to look at the Faith chapter. Word received: Look at my word to you. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1) I want you to live in hope of what you have not yet seen. I want you to remember the heroes of faith. Their way was often difficult and lonely, but they kept their eyes on me. That is what I want you to do.
      Let's look at some of the actual responses of faith that were pleasing to God in the Bible, especially in Hebrews 11. Each person in the class should take one person, pray and listen to what the Lord is showing you, and then share it.
      Abraham set off to go to a place where he was to receive his inheritance, not knowing where he was to go. (Genesis 12:1-4) He surrendered his son, Isaac, the child of God's promise, and was ready to sacrifice him till God intervened. (Genesis 22) He and Sarah by faith believed and she conceived and bore a son, Isaac, when she was past child-bearing age.( Genesis 21)
      Joseph lived a life of obedience and faith, and not only prophesied about the Exodus but planned to be eventually buried in the land of Canaan. (Genesis 50:24-25). He also refused to bear a grudge against his brothers but told them "As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good...so do not fear." (Genesis 50:20-21)
      Moses was willing to be identified with his own people instead of living the life of a prince, and had to escape into exile after killing an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave. When God called him many years later to return to Egypt and lead the people out, he went, very reluctantly, and by faith kept the Passover and lead the Israelites across the Red Sea and through many difficult years in the wilderness, interceding with God for them.
      Joshua lead the Israelites out of the wilderness into the promised land, leading them across the flooded River Jordan and seven times around Jericho till the walls fell down and they conquered it. He was faithful in leading his people all his life and at the end challenged them: "Now therefore fear the Lord ...put away the gods your fathers served...and serve the Lord....Choose this day whom you will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:14--15)
      Gideon by faith obeyed the Lord and led his people against the enemy even though when God called him he was hiding inside a wine press. He continued obeying even when God drastically reduced the size of his army.
      Samuel as a child responded to God's voice, "Speak Lord, your servant is listening," and faithfully led the nation. Although he grieved over King Saul and was afraid, he obeyed and anointed David, the future king.
      David, who though escaping from King Saul's jealous hatred, never lifted his hand against the King but waited for God to give him the kingdom. By faith and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he wrote some of the Psalms which talked about events in Jesus' life. He committed terrible sin and when God's prophet, Nathan, confronted him, he deeply repented (Psalm 51) and was forgiven (even though many consequences remained.)
      Daniel "stayed the mouths of lions". He was faithful to God as a captive in a foreign land. He and his three friends trusted and obeyed God even in the face of death in the fiery furnace ("quenched the fury of the flames") and God rescued them.
      Isaiah: I read years ago that it was a Jewish tradition that Isaiah was martyred by being "sawed in two". When God called him and showed him a vision of himself and his holiness, he recognized his own sin. After God cleansed his lips, he heard God ask, "Who shall I send?" Isaiah replied, "Here am I, send me." (Isaiah 6:8 )
      Others were Rahab, the Canaanite prostitute who hid the Jewish spies because she said, "I know the Lord has given you the land...for the Lord your God is he who is God in Heaven above and on earth beneath." They rescued her and her family when Jericho was destroyed and she became an ancestor of David and Jesus. (Matthew 1:5)
       Queen Esther was another who risked likely death to go to the Persian king, her husband, to plead for the lives of her people. She went saying, "If I perish, I perish."
* * * * * * * * *
      Notice at the end of Hebrews 11 are the references to many whose names are not known who were persecuted for their faith in God, and by faith remained faithful to God. We live in a time when this is true in many parts of the world. The Lord is calling us to trust him, believe in him, and keep our eyes on him--no matter what!
      Now read Hebrews 12:1-2. God is calling us to lay aside everything that draws us away from him and to "run with perseverance the race (of life) that is in front of us, looking to Jesus."
      The heroes of faith expressed their faith in many ways. They were not perfect. They lived in hope of what God will do. They desired to please him. When Jesus called his disciples, he didn't give them any details. He said, "Follow me." After the Resurrection when Peter asked about another disciple, Jesus said, "What is that to you? Follow me."
      How is God calling us both personally and corporately to live by faith and obedience to him? Let us keep our eyes and attention on Jesus.

 

5/18/2009, #48, 2nd Quarter 2009

Then he said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." (Luke 9:23)
      Holy Spirit, help me begin this day denying myself and taking up my cross to follow you.

"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." (Luke 9:24)
      Jesus, help us throughout this diocese make the choice to give our lives over into your care.

"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?" (Luke 9:25)
      Father, please help us re-order our priorities so that we seek those true riches which can only be found in your kingdom.

"For whoever is ashamed of me and my words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his own glory, and in his father's, and of the holy angels." (Luke 9:26)
      Jesus, have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church and raise up bishops and leaders who are not ashamed to confess you and your cross.

"But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:27)
      Holy Father, we pray for your kingdom to come and for your kingdom to be revealed throughout this diocese and for your will to be done here. Thank you.

Monday: 80; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; James 1:1-15; Luke 9:18-27
Tuesday: 78:1-39; Deuteronomy 8:11-20; James 1:16-27; Luke 11:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the various ministries to children and youth at the Diocesan Convention.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, May 17, 2009

 

Prayer Table Reports

Prayer Requests 5/16/09, Grace & Holy Innocents, Albany, NY
From: Louise Fisher Sat, 16 May 2009

Wayne -- Wearing his wooden cross. Wants prayer for a positive attitude

Katy -- A regular- Asked prayer for health so that she may move forward in her ministry

Joan -- healing from chicken pox-(she is not contagious) She is also afflicted with Crones disease

Mark -- Gone AMA following 12 hours of surgery for throat cancer

David -- My son. Protection and travel blessings. He is in India, flying home Memorial Day.

Joshua -- That the love of Jesus may surround him as he starts a "real" job

Jubilate Deo Emanuel -My dog, suffering with a life-threatening allergic reaction

All those with pulmonary disease allergies and arthritis

Christ Church Coxsackie Prayer Table Report #14
Saturday May 16, 2009

Unfortunately we were not able to do the prayer table today due to illness and scheduling conflicts. Please pray that the Lord would raise up more people for this ministry, as we are down a few volunteers at this point in time. Thank you and God Bless.

Sincerely, Cindy Brandreth

PRAYER TABLE REPORT
Saturday, May 16, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. Don and Candace Foust 9:20-10:30 a.m.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

At first it was a bit slow, with people declining prayer ("No, I'm late for work" or "No, I pray myself everyday and I read the Bible" or "No, I'm good, thank you." Later people stopped by and wanted to talk, not leaving until another passerby stopped for prayer.
While we were at the table, paramedics and a Fire Department SUV came down the block, we prayed for whoever needed help, although they didn't pick anyone up. When the FD vehicle left, the man on the passenger side waved to us.

+John-- who crossed the street just for prayer for his back and upper leg. He had had surgery and is in daily pain. We prayed for him to be more comfortable and for Jesus to reveal himself to John. John thanked us and said, "Keep the faith."

Robert--a repeat visitor who had crossed the street, and who had had a new TV stolen. We prayed for an easier life, protection and for his health.

+Chris-- a teenager who shyly came to the table after we called to him. We prayed for protection for his family and for a bright future.

Pedro-- a repeat visitor, we prayed for protection and provision for him and his wife Norma.

+Rob, +George--asked that we pray for Schenectady's renewal and for the teenagers here. Rob said he had benefited from meetings at Christ Church for addiction, and he was becoming increasingly aware of how God wanted him to be a better person.

+Marie--came willingly for prayer and said, "I'm a real person, no one cares about me. Why do bad people prosper and good people suffer?" We prayed for provision and for hope.

+Chester--55, crossed the street on his bicycle for prayer. He said he got very drunk last night. He recalled a sermon he heard in Jamaica years ago about two roads in life, one right and one wrong. We prayed for health for him and his family and that he would stay on the right road. He reminded us that we all need to praise God for what He has done; twice Chester told us to look up Psalm 68:4: Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him.

Jim--a repeat visitor, he is doing better after a hospital stay, he is getting stronger and not pale anymore. We prayed for his health.

Desdemona--a repeat visitor, we prayed for her granddaughter Bianca who is in middle school and stressed, and we prayed for her grandson Peter.

PRAYER TABLE REPORT Christ Church Schenectady
(Sat., May 16, 2009; 10:30 - 11:30 -- Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)
[+ --indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

Note: We had much less foot traffic by the prayer table than usual, and several did not want prayer. We had prayed at the beginning for divine appointments -- that the Lord would send the ones He wanted to come, and we trust that He did that:

+ Jennifer -- we prayed for her "struggle with addictions" that the Lord would set her free; she thanked us and said our prayers were "right on time"

++ Calvin -- asked prayer for a job -- we prayed for God's provision for Calvin, for a good job with benefits; he asked for a cross for himself and his daughter

+ Danny -- didn't have a specific request -- asked us just to pray for "life" in general; we thanked God for Danny's life and prayed for protection and provision, and that Danny would know the Lord and walk with Him

+ Malcolm -- asked prayer that the Lord would keep him "strong and healthy"

Dan -- said he had stopped for prayer before for healing of sickness and that it had helped a lot -- he asked us to pray for healing for him again

++ Bill -- man stopped for prayer as we were breaking down the table and chairs and asked for prayer for his family and "an end to this recession"

David Carlson

 

5/16-17/2009, #46-47, 2nd Quarter 2009

============ 5/16/2009, #46, 2nd Quarter 2009

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us enter into the patience and comfort that are there in the Scriptures. Fill us with hope from reading the Scriptures.

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:5)
      Amen. So be it.

that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)
      Jesus, please bring us to a quiet, common mind and a common life of prayer in this diocese so that we bring glory to your father. Thank you.

      Now may the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (From Romans 15:13)

       A word received: You are in my care.

============ 5/17/2009, #47, 2nd Quarter 2009

The LORD reigns, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed, he has girded himself with strength. (Psalm 93:1a)
      Jesus, please come and rule and reign in our hearts.

      Father, please clothe us with the strength and power of your Holy Spirit.

Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. (Psalm 93:1b)
      Jesus, so much that seemed solid and enduring in the church and in our culture has given way; please help us find a steady foothold in you.

Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. (Psalm 93:2)
      Jesus, you are from everlasting to everlasting; you have defeated death and the grave. Come visit us with your power at the Diocesan Convention.

The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. (Psalm 93:3)
      Father, the floods of ungodliness have risen up in the Episcopal Church and they threaten to overwhelm us. com and visit us in our hour of need.

The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea. (Psalm 93:4)
      Jesus, please speak your word, "Peace, be still," to the gathering storm in the Episcopal Church.

Your testimonies are very sure; holiness adorns your house, O LORD, forever. (Psalm 93:5)
      Jesus, please let the homes of this diocese be your dwelling place and bring us to holiness.



       A word received: Let me be your guide through these days. Keep your eyes on me where true joy and hope may be found. Turn to me for what only I can do.

Sunday: 93, 96; Ecclesiasticus 43:1-12 or Leviticus 25:1-17; 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Matthew 13:24-34a
Monday: 80; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; James 1:1-15; Luke 9:18-27

       Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 14 May 2009
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail 13 May 09
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Peace be with you.
      I only have about 7 minutes before class. Hope I can fit our prayers in. If not, just keep us in prayer.
      We had a great Mother's Day. Mother's Day is very important in Peru.
Praise reports:
      1) Communications are coming along.
      2) Language is coming along. We have started Intermediate level 2.
      Prayers:
      1) Communications arrangements. Cell phones, landlines, etc. It begins to add up, and we are making progress in sorting it all out. What do we really need, both in US and in Peru?
      2) Banking arrangements.
      3) Relationship with new landlord and with the current one. Apartment leases are different in Peru than in the US, and we would like this to be an on-going prayer item, to remain on good terms, and not let the relationships get bogged down in details.
      4) Language learning. We're doing well, and we need to keep doing well.
      5) Residential Visa and Carnet requirements; they just changed 5 weeks ago, which means that as they are now, eventually we have to start in Lima, go to Chile and come back, perhaps subsequently doing the same for Lydia. We plan to start the process at the end of language school in a few months.
      6) Getting to know Lima better. We are learning a lot.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Albany Intercessor

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