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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

 

6/30/2009, #92, 2nd Quarter 2009

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; 1 Samuel 11:1-15; Acts 8:1-13; Luke 22:63-71
Wednesday: 119:145-176; 1 Samuel 12:1-6,16-25; Acts 8:14-25; Luke 23:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: prayer request
      Please keep my wife Deacon MaryCarol Hart in your prayers today. She had a bad reaction to her chemo/radiation last evening (Monday) and I had to take her to the Ellis ER for her chills, vomiting, headaches, pain in her midsection, etc. They were able to stabilize her and we came back home at 2 a.m. She is resting today and feeling much better. We are going to see her chemo doctor this afternoon for a checkup and reassessment. Please keep praying for her eventual full recovery. THANK YOU for the prayers you have already offered. --- Deacon Alan Hart

***** Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009
From: Canon Mathew Baker
Subject: Prayer request
Hi Torre,
      Summer camp is underway! Great staff, great program and strong numbers. If possible, please add the camp to the prayer list. Need to pray for the staff, the campers, safety, Godly teaching and Godly transformation. The camps (day and overnight) run through August so anytime we can ask folks to keep this in prayer, be much appreciated. Also, be happy to provide a list of summer camp staff for folks to pray for individually if you think this would be helpful. Please let me know how to proceed. And thank you for all you do. Know it makes a difference for far more folks than you may realize.
Thanks, Matt
Canon Mathew Baker
Executive Director
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834
518-692-9550
http:// www.CtKcenter.org

***** Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009
From: Robert Longbottom
Subject: Initial Update from the Albnay Teen Mission to Ireland
Hello Prayer partners, family and Friends,
[Note from Torre: I am passing this on because it is an important ministry of the Diocese of Albany.]
      If you are receiving this e-mail it is because you have indicated to a team member of the Albany Teen Mission to Ireland that you would like daily updates of their Mission. We hope that these updates will be a wonderful way to update family and friends of what we are doinng and how God is working in and through us. It will also be a way to allow you to know how to pray for us. If you do not wish to receive this e-mail update please just delete it before opening it when it arrives on a daily basis. The updates will be coming not from this e-mail, but from the e-mail pepperb143@aol.com. This is the e-mail of one of our Chaperones Tracy Parke who will be making the daily updates from the mission field in Ireland.
I gues it would be prudent to give you apre mission update:
Our Team is as follows
Team Leader: Rev. Rob Longbottom
Chaperones: Rev. John Kelly, Doris Carlson, Tracy Parke, Megan Goldsmith, Liz Griffin
Student Team: Rebecca Belton, Summer Burr, Andrew Carlson, Sarah Copeland, Robert Drumm, Anna Finucane, Charles Griffin, Lee Griffith, Campbell Higle, Mary Hunter, Colleen Kelly, Michael LaMere, Meredith Lukas, Paul Lyons, Landon Moore, Pheobe Moore, Brianna Volkmer, Victoria Waldron
      We are 24 persons from the Episcopal Diocese of Albany participating in a two week mission that will focus on two geographic area and two major events. Our hosts is the Anglican Diocese of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland.
      Our first week, July 1-7 will be at Summer Madness in Belfast, the largest Christian worship festival in Ireland. Here we will camp along with 3000 other young Christians for a a transformative week of worship, workshops discipleship and fellowship. To see more about Summer madness go to their website at www.summermadness.co.uk/
      Our second week, July 7-14 will be in Dublin particpating in a week of street missions through a program called Urban Soul. For more information on this program go to the Urban soul website at www.urbansoul.eu
      We will conclude our mission with two days of Sightseeing in Dublin and then return to Belfast to fly home.
      Each and every one of our students are excited and ready to be transformed by this mission. Our ultimate goal is that through the Mission to Ireland our team would be transformed through the power of the Spirit and be encouraged to be Christian leaders where they live doing everything they can to share the transforming love of Jesus Christ every day of their life. I tall order I know, but have a great big God and he can do all things.
      So we hope that this e-mail update will be a blessing to all of you and that you will send them on to others you know will be interested and will be praying.
Prayer requests
      Smooth departure with all forms needed to be turned in by students to do so.
      timely arrival of team at St. George's clifton park
      Timely arrival of coach bus at Newark airport
      Safety on our travels while in cars, buses and planes.
      All students slated to go go!
      Sad Parents who will sending off their children to a foreign country.
In Christ, Fr. Rob Longbottom & all the Albany Teen Mission to Ireland team

***** Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Mudge Prayer

I lift up my eyes to the hills--
      Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
      The Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip--
      He who watches over you will not slumber nor sleep.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
      Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you--
      The Lord is your shade at your right hand;
The sun will not harm you by day,
      Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm--
      He will watch over your life;
The Lord will watch over your coming and going
      Both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

      Lord, we thank You for watching over the Mudges during this critical time as they get used to a very different culture. Thank You for helping them through the rough spots, language problems and times when confidence disappears. Thank You that You do not sleep, that You are the shade of protection. Thank You for keeping the Mudges from all harm, watching over their lives and watching their comings and goings now and forevermore. Amen.

      (Editorial Note from Jeanne Gizara: I will be in California and Oregon from July 1 to July 11. I will be away from computers most of that time. So, if you need a new Mudge Prayer next week, go to the blog listed below and recycle an older prayer. Prayers, like heaven, are timeless.)
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

 

6/30/2009, #91, 2nd Quarter 2009

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD." (Psalm 122:1)
      Holy Trinity, one God, please give your people joy as they go into your house to worship you.

Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! (Psalm 122:2)
      Father, bring us to your holy place -- your dwelling place. You have chosen Jerusalem as the place for your name. Bring your people there into your presence and your peace.

Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, (Psalm 122:3)
      Jesus, both Israelis and Palestinians dwell there -- help them find a way to peace together.

Where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. (Psalm 122:4)
      Jesus, we give thanks to you for your name -- help us keep your name holy.

For thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. (Psalm 122:5)
      Father, judgment is coming -- you alone know the day and the hour. Please prepare the hearts of your people for that day. Thank you.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces." For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, "Peace be within you." Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good. (Psalm 122:6-9)
      "Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper that love you. Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces. And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say, 'Peace be with you.' Because of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek to do you good."

       A word received: Come to me, come to me my people. Return to me -- my arms are open wide.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; 1 Samuel 11:1-15; Acts 8:1-13; Luke 22:63-71
Wednesday: 119:145-176; 1 Samuel 12:1-6,16-25; Acts 8:14-25; Luke 23:1-12

       Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray daily for Bishop Bill Love and our deputies to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church:
      Canon Bob Haskell
      Rev. John Scott
      Rev. Scott Garno
      Rev. Ellen Neufeld
      Sue Ellen Ruetsch
      Beth Strickland
      David Beaulac
      Debbie Fish
Pray for our deputies, Bishop Bill Love, and others to speak to the truth of the gospel and the faithfulness of Christ.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, June 29, 2009

 

6/29/2009, #90, 2nd Quarter 2009

Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)
      Father, thank you for all that you are doing in our lives and thank you for your mercy towards us.

Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all his praise? (Psalm 106:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us speak of Jesus' mighty acts and praise him for all that he has done for us.

Blessed are those who keep justice, And he who does righteousness at all times! (Psalm 106:3)
      Jesus, guide those in Congress and the State Legislature into doing justice for all. Protect their hearts from those who would pervert justice by favoring only the few.

Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have toward your people. Oh, visit me with your salvation, (Psalm 106:4)
      Jesus, with the dying thief on the cross we say, "Remember me!" now that you have come into your kingdom.

That I may see the benefit of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance. (Psalm 106:5)
      Holy Spirit, please move through this nation and turn our hearts to praising you.

We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. (Psalm 106:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us as a nation and as your people to acknowledge our sin and the ways we have walked apart from Jesus.

Our fathers in Egypt did not understand your wonders; they did not remember the multitude of your mercies, but rebelled by the sea--the Red Sea. (Psalm 106:7)
      Father, we too are a generation that is in rebellion against you and your ways. Have mercy on us and draw us back to you and your ways. Thank you.

      A word received: Yield this day to me. Let me have this day for my purposes.

Monday: 106:1-18; 1 Samuel 10:17-27; Acts 7:44-8:1a; Luke 22:52-62
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; 1 Samuel 11:1-15; Acts 8:1-13; Luke 22:63-71

      Notes from the Front Line

The theme for the 2010 Diocesan Convention has been discerned: Take up Your Cross…Follow Me. Pray that we will be a people who will do that.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, June 28, 2009

 

6/28/2009, #89, 2nd Quarter 2009

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

Let Israel now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:2)
      Holy Spirit, please move the hearts of all your people to proclaim and speak about the Father's mercy.

Let the house of Aaron now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:3)
      Jesus, please move in the hearts of all the clergy so that they speak of your love and mercy.

Let those who fear the LORD now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:4)
      LORD, your mercy endures forever!

I called on the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place. (Psalm 118:5)
      Holy Father, help me stay the course where you have placed me; thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you.

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6)
      You, LORD, are my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? (From Psalm 27:1a)

The LORD is for me among those who help me; therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. (Psalm 118:7)
      You, LORD, are the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (From Psalm 27:1b)

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (Psalm 118:8 )
      Jesus, please help us turn to you in our hour of need.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:9)
      Holy Trinity, one God, guide the rulers of your people, but help us keep our eyes fixed on you where true joys are to be found. Thank you.

       A word received: Pray for my people. Pray they will turn to me. Pray for my Spirit to fill them and refill them. Pray for my people to walk in my ways.

Sunday: 118; 1 Samuel 10:1-16; Rom. 4:13-25; Matthew 21:23-32
Monday: 106:1-18; 1 Samuel 10:17-27; Acts 7:44-8:1a; Luke 22:52-62

Christ Church Coxsackie NY, 6/22/09 11:30 am- 12:30 PM Overcast day with occasional slight showers. Ministers: Julia, Dina, Dakota and Kaylie.

Young Lady- starting a new venture to help provide for her family.

Middle aged women- had surgery on her foot three weeks ago and has to return to work without it completely healing. Prayed for complete healing without infection and ability to do all she has to do. Took Gospel of John

Young Man-going into store when asked if he needed prayer said he would have a better day because of it. Asked God's blessing upon him as he went into the store. When he returned he came over and we prayed together for continued blessing and gave thanks for all God is doing for him. He shared his faith has tattoo of a cross with Philippines 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.. Wonderful time of sharing what God can do in our lives . Took a cross and prayed God will use it to guide and strengthen him in his walk.

Prayed with middle aged women for peace. Gave Thanks for her faith and asked God's blessing upon her. Prayed against the spirits of chaos and confusion and disruption to go to the foot of the cross for Jesus to deal with them as He will. Asked The Holy Spirit to fill the void with the peace of God. She took a cross. She talked about the lack of peace coming back. We talked of God's grace and shared Mike Flynn prayer for protection with her and that Satan tries to invade our peace but Christ has won the war for us by his dying for us and that if she prayers to Him , He answers our prayer as He loves us.

Middle aged women- Julie prayed for her to have a happy day and good health. She did the same for her. She bore witness to the fact that a speaker at local graduation told the audience to always remember God and to Pray. Amen.

Prayed for several people who when asked for prayer said no or ignored us. Prayed for their salvation and knowledge of God.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, June 27, 2009

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report June 27, 9:15-10:30AM Jake Dell, Torre Bissell and Don Foust
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Travis -- young man -- asked prayers for his girlfriend Ashley. She was "in a terrible car crash."

+George -- man -- "I just came from Florida. I need a place to stay."

+John

Linda -- a regular -- prayed for protection and provision for family and friends. I gave her the New Testament that I received at the Diocesan Convention (Bishop Bill asked us to pass them on to others).

+Joanna -- woman -- When we asked her what she wanted prayer for she said she wanted to "just give thanks."

Kayla -- young woman who was gang raped last year and wears her hair cut short like a boy (I suspect as a defensive measure) -- we prayed for her brother Joshua who is in the county jail and for her baby son Nasir.

+Fernando -- rushing by to work

(man rushing by to work)

+Nino -- Hispanic guy on bike

+(Young Hispanic woman)

+Mandy -- mother and her baby Jacob. We prayed for protection and provision.

+Robert -- man -- wanted prayer for his girlfriend Sarah. They have at least one child. Robert has been out of work for six months and doesn't feel free to marry Sarah because he can't provide for her. We told him, "God is the provider, not you." We urged him to talk and pray with Sarah about getting married.

Eddiberto and Lucinada -- Hispanic couple -- We prayed for protection and provision.

Kayla came back with Nasir (her baby in a stroller) and we prayed for Nasir. When she goes to visit her brother Josh in the county jail tomorrow we asked her to carry our greetings (Josh has come to the prayer table before).

+Pedro -- young Hispanic man -- he crossed the street for prayer and had a big, beaming smile.

+Gary -- "I'll probably come to the [Neighborhood] Meal tomorrow.

------------ I thought you would be interested in Jake Dell's notes on the prayer table. Jake is a new member of Christ Church Schenectady and lives in New York City. He is an applicant for Holy Orders in this diocese.

Prostitution, drugs, and prayer: essential services for the suburbs

      I just returned from working the prayer table at Christ Church, Schenectady. The Lake Shore Limited was an hour and half late last night because they put the train together wrong in Sunnyside yard. Apparently when the locomotive pulled away, all the cars uncoupled.

      Fortunately, setting up a prayer table is a good deal simpler. I arrived at the church at 9 o'clock with Torre Bissell and we set up a simple 4 x 4 black folding table with five black chairs.

      "Put it here," Torre said, pointing to the crack in the sidewalk that must have been the property line.

      "That way no one can say we're on the sidewalk. And point chairs this way, facing out. That way people don't feel trapped."

      And that was it. A laminated sign which read "Prayer Table" flapped from the front. Torre pulled out a pen and paper and jotted down my name and his and today's date. Then pulled out a bag of wooden crosses and laid out a few along with a thin paperback English Standard Version New Testament.

      "Good morning!" He called to a man walking across the street, "Can we pray for you?"

      The man waved and walked on. Christ Church is on State Street in what is referred to as The Hill. In any city I've lived, The Hill is never a nice neighborhood and Hamilton Hill is no different.

      "The Hill provides two essential services to the suburbs," Torre told me later over lunch, "prostitution and drugs."

      Another man approached.

      "Good morning! What do you need us to pray for?" Torre called.

      There really isn't any way out of that one. It's direct and not a yes or no question. And who doesn't have something weighing on his or her mind?

      "Um, yeah," the man said as he sat down.

      "What's your name?" Torre asked.

      "T --." he replied.

      "T --, what can we pray for?"

      "Um, my girlfriend's been in a terrible car crash. And I'm kind of dealing with that."
      
      We prayed for T -- and his girlfriend A-- He thanked us and left. Torre made a note of the encounter.

      Then G -- approached. You could smell the alcohol.

      "I just came from Florida, and I need a place to stay."

      We joined hands. And we just did it too, no asking "May I touch you?" the fear of insurance and liability bound momentarily while the Spirit moved.

      "Lord, we pray for G -- that he will find a place …"

      "M -- my friend M -- is supposed to help me. I am supposed to call him."

      "We pray, Lord that you would open that door for G -- or if that is not the right path for him show him the place to which he is to go."

      G -- thanked us and got up and left. We gave him a wooden cross necklace.

      Then J -- and L -- and J -- came. Passersby each of them. Several of them needed jobs. One just wanted to "give thanks." Each got a cross.

      K -- came. She's been before. Gang-raped last year she's shaved her head to look like a boy. (Lord, I pray you would restore that sense of her beauty you gave to her as a woman.) Her brother is in prison.

      "I'm seeing him tomorrow. He may get out next month!" She smiled.

      "Lord we pray for K -- and her brother. You have all things in mind for them, lead them."

      Torre looked at his notes and counted, then checked his watch.

      "Not bad he remarked."

      This is the Episcopal Church.

      R -- stopped by.

      "R -- what can we pray for?"

      "Um, my girlfriend and I aren't on the same page. And I'm out of work six months now and that kind of messes up my attitude."

      "We come to you in prayer, Lord and we give R -- and his job and his relationship to you," Torre prayed.

      R -- took his Yankees cap off as we prayed. He wore a customized Yankee tee shirt with a digital print of himself holding a young boy.

      "Is that your son?"

      "Yeah, that's one of my kids."

      "R -- have you accepted Jesus into your life?"

      "Yeah, I did a long time ago when I was young …"

      "Lord, we pray that you would lead R -- back to you as you once led him to you in the beginning."

      Torre interrupts to pray. Conversations with him are punctuated by a different grammar.

      But life is always being interrupted, and why let the devil have all the interruptions?

      "How long have you been with your girlfriend?" Torre was back on point.

      "Oh, for a long time, about six years," R -- answered.
      
      "And have you thought about marriage?"

      "Oh yes."

      "And you both want that?"

      "Yes. But I am not … it's … my financial situation. I am not used to that. As the man I should be providin' and I can't right now."

      Torre nodded his head and reached into his breast pocket and pulled out a diary. He opened to the back page and showed R -- a picture of the Bissell family. There are at least 30 people in the picture: Black, white, and Asian faces flank Torre and his wife Jean.

      "This is my wife," Torre pointed.

      "When we arrived back from Africa," (Torre and Jean had been overseas missionaries) "we had no money. But we had family.

      "What I want to say to you, R --, is that God doesn't want you to live this way. We all want to be comfortable and have nice things, but think about it. Think about making this woman your wife."

      I braced thinking R -- might think he was being judged. I expected a defense or a come back. Instead he rose thoughtfully with a much different look on his face than I would have had. There didn't seem to be any shame or embarrassment. If anything I thought I saw a bit of relief. As if he had been given permission to do something he's really wanted to do for a long time.

      More regulars came and went. The prayer table is located near a bus stop and box-store clerks and other service industry workers stream by. A pretty young Hispanic woman, two younger girls, and their grandmother walked by. I don't think she spoke English, but Torre held the woman's hand, prayed for her, and gave her a cross. Fifteen minutes later passed by again and smiled. She was wearing the cross.

      This is Schenectady.

      A woman passed by pushing a baby. He smiled sweetly as we prayed over his mother, M --.

      Two boys rode by on bicycles laden with cans.

      "There is a can redemption center up the street, but I like to think of Christ's Church as the redemption center," Torre joked.

      The one who had been gang-raped passed by again, this time pushing a baby.

      "Is that her brother?" I asked.

      "It's her son."

      "How old is K --?"

      "Nineteen."
            
      K --'s baby boy looked at us apprehensively. Unlike M -- 's baby, no trusting smile appeared.

      "He doesn't know you," K -- explained matter-of-factly.

      But he knows the darkness.

       (Lord, let there be light.)

      A minute later a minivan drove up. A man and his son sat in the front seats. Torre smiled. The driver's side door opened and the man got out and ran over to us.

      "Here you are, gentlemen – for your efforts," he said, as he handed us a piece of paper.

      It was a check for $500 made out to Christ Church.

      Money follows ministry.

       (Let the church understand.)
      
      Torre was quick to explain that the prayer table does not accept offerings or donations. But this man had had a life-changing experience at Christ Church many years ago and occasionally drives all the way down to The Hill to deliver his support.
      
      "10:30" Torre said, glancing at his watch, "Time to pack it up." And within two minutes, we struck the setting of our low-tech ministry and drove off.

      State Street turned from vacant store fronts to houses and finally to the bull-dozed earth cuts of new development. We turned into Barnes and Noble just adjacent to the Panera in one of those new upscale brick-and-stucco shopping centers that dot the landscape from Milwaukee to Birmingham.

      We were back in Nice America.

      Inside the superstore a mural depicting Faulkner, Rimbaud, Wilder, Waugh, Eliot, Joyce, and countless other literati posing in a Parisian night café created an ersatz sophistication while the product of the New York machine we work so hard to keep going kept redirecting my gaze.

      Everyone was beautiful again.

Jake Dell
June 27, 2009



Albany Intercessor

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 03 September 28, 2008

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 03 September 28, 2008
Zacchaeus and St. Francis
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: Luke 19:1-10
Memory Verse: "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24 (Pre-K to grade 3)
NOTES: Both Zacchaeus and St. Francis are freed from love of money and transformed.
Jericho a lush, green oasis in dessert climate
Zacchaeus was rich and important (a chief tax collector) (They were usually very corrupt.) He was short! and wanted to be big and important. He was drawn to Jesus. He was so hungry to see him he forgot his dignity and RAN and CLIMBED A TREE!
He climbed a sycamore tree to see and hide but you can't hide from Jesus. Jesus knew he was there. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. (Luke 19:2) A word received: There is a choice you can make: looking at the outward man or seeking the inward man. Outwardly Zacchaeus was successful; inwardly he was hungry for me.
Jesus always sees and responds to spiritual hunger and invites himself in. Jesus doesn't pull away from a sinner, he seeks him out. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. (Luke 19:3) A word received: When you seek me, you will find me. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was going to pass that way. (Luke 19:4) A word received: I long for the adults and children to seek me as Zacchaeus did. Jesus befriends the lonely and the lost and the poor (in spirit), the despised and rejected. (Who are we drawn to? Who do we choose to spend time with? Who is Jesus asking us to spend time with?
(lunch room rejects? Bubbas? those who look or act different? the guys at the Mission? people we may not have a lot in common with? etc.) Transformation comes when we walk where Jesus walks.
Jesus calls Zacchaeus by name. (Jesus knows your name!) Zacchaeus came down immediately. Jesus' call requires immediate response.
Jesus is just passing through but decides to stay at Zack's house, and Z welcomes Jesus gladly. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." (Luke 19:5) A word received: I want to come into every home in Christ Church. Zacchaeus welcomed me when I asked. I want you to do the same. So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. (Luke 19:6) A word received: I want you to receive me joyfully into your hearts and your homes. To others Zack is just a tax collector and a sinner. (Why would Jesus associate with someone like that!) But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner." (Luke 19:7) A word received: Notice, they were complaining about me. Remember how I spoke of this generation wanting me to dance to its tune. (Matthew 11:16-19) That has not changed. Neither do I change: I will welcome anyone who comes to me with a heart hungry for me. Jesus calls him a "son of Abraham". (a title of honor. Jesus elevated him.) Jesus' mercy on Z leads Z to have mercy on those he has cheated.
Jesus told Z to "come down" that he was going to stay at Z's house that day. Jesus spoke with authority and Z responded gladly. The choice to spend time with Jesus brings heart transformation. We see the proof of that transformation in vs 8.
Zacchaeus changed. He was going to give to the poor and restore anything wrongly taken. Money is no longer his master and security, but a tool. Jesus is the one he obeys and serves. Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." (Luke 19:8) A word received: Zacchaeus loved me more than money. That is what I want for you as well. Jesus says, "Today, salvation has come to this house." This is who Jesus is, the one who has come "to seek and save the lost." Same change in St. Francis. He turned his back on family wealth to follow Jesus.

Song: Point of Grace
All our mind's attention, all our heart's affection,
Every heart-cry, every rhyme
Everybody's worshipping something
'Cause that's what we were made to do.

CHORUS: And I choose You. All my attention, affection
And all my devotion's something
I choose You.

Before I chose You, You first chose me.
I worship You. You alone are worthy.

What is it look like to serve God? different kingdoms.
eternal kingdom temporal (worldly) kingdom
Lord is my shepherd money is my shepherd
Jesus is my savior money is my savior
God provides money provides
Jesus is my peace money is my peace

Other scriptures: the rich young ruler (Luke 18: 18-29) wanted to follow Jesus but he was unwilling to surrender his money as Jesus asked him to. Jesus knew what he was clinging to in his heart. Jesus said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! Indeed it is easier for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Jesus also said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." (What are some other kinds of worldly riches besides money that people might cling to?)

How to teach word received: Pray for my people to see the power of my invitation to Zacchaeus. I want them to see what can happen when they make someone welcome at Christ Church.

 

6/27/2009, #88, 2nd Quarter 2009

Coming out, he went to the Mount of Olives, as he was accustomed, and his disciples also followed him. (Luke 22:39)
      Holy Spirit, please help us follow where Jesus leads.

When he came to the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." (Luke 22:40)
      Holy Spirit, help us resist every temptation. Help us recognize temptations for what they are; please give us the gift of discernment.

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and he knelt down and prayed, (Luke 22:41)
      Jesus, please help us heed your promptings to spend time apart from others in prayer.

saying, "Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done." (Luke 22:42)
      Father, we pray for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Work in us so that we have surrendered hearts like Jesus' heart.

Then an angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening him. (Luke 22:43)
      Father, please send your holy angels to minister us as well.

And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly. Then his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22:44)
      Jesus, please help us go forward at your bidding, even when we are afraid.

When he rose up from prayer, and had come to his disciples, he found them sleeping from sorrow. (Luke 22:45)
      Jesus, so many of your people are weary with grief and sorrow for your church; help us hear your wake-up call to prayer.

Then he said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation." (Luke 22:46)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to such a life of prayer that we can successfully resist temptation. Thank you.

       A word received: Hear me, listen to me. Pray for my people to have a heart to do that. Pray that their love and their hearts will be unstopped.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1; Acts 7:30-43; Luke 22:39-51
Sunday: 118; 1 Samuel 10:1-16; Rom. 4:13-25; Matthew 21:23-32

       Notes from the Front Line

***** Book recommendation: Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris.

***** Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Weekly Mudge Prayer
      "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." Luke 22:31-32 ()
      The Mudges have asked for prayer for spiritual protection. Lord, we know that You are the great intercessor and that You are praying for the Mudges so that their faith may not fail and their ministry will be strong. We pray that in their weakness, You will be strong, and that You will give them every bit of grace to carry out their mission and to strengthen all those to whom they minister. Protect them, Lord, from the slings and20arrows of Satan and send your guardian angels to keep Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia safe, as well as Hannah and Ruth. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, June 26, 2009

 

6/26/2009, #87, 2nd Quarter 2009

This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD. (Psalm 102:18 )
      Father, we pray for the generations to come -- for those we have not yet seen -- that you will form them into a people who will praise you.

For He looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven the LORD viewed the earth, (Psalm 102:19)
      Father, thank you that we are always in your sight.

To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to release those appointed to death, (Psalm 102:20)
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From the BCP 1928 )

To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem, (Psalm 102:21)
      Jesus, please help us declare your name and praise in the Episcopal Church. Bless Bishop Bill and our deputation to the General Convention -- help them declare your name and praise there.

When the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD. (Psalm 102:22)
      Holy Spirit, gather your faithful people together to serve out your will and purposes. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the President.
      Pray for my work in his heart and mind.
      Pray for wise and godly counselors for him.
      Pray for wisdom in the storm.
      Pray that he will look to me rather than opinion polls.
      Pray for my word to lodge in his heart.


Friday: 102; 1 Samuel 9:1-14; Acts 7:17-29; Luke 22:31-38
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1; Acts 7:30-43; Luke 22:39-51

       Notes from the Front Line

For the past weeks there have been several words from the Lord calling us to pray for our nation and for the Episcopal Church. Jean gathered them together (see below) so that we might pray according to the mind of the Holy Spirit.

      (Proverbs 21:1) "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water, he turns it wherever he wishes." (1 Timothy 2:1-2) "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable like in all godliness and reverence."

Sat.3-7-09 Word Received: Ask for my blessing on your parish. Ask for my blessings to be multiplied. Ask for me to do what only I can do. Wait for me, wait on me. Ask for my peace; ask for me to set you free from fear.

Sun. 3-8-09 Word received: Call on my people to cry out to me for this nation and for my church. Call on my people to turn to me. Call on my people to pray for one another.
      (Sunday School) Look to me. The early church looked to me in the face of threats and persecution. I want you to look to me as well. Keep your eyes, your attention on me.
      (us) Torre and Jean, turn to me--don't be afraid. (help us to recognize fear for what it is and turn to the Lord.)

3-9-09 Word received: Pray for my justice and mercy for the Episcopal Church. Pray for hearts that are made new by my Holy "Spirit. Pray for my purposes to triumph in the Episc. Church.

4-6-09 Word received: Pray for my heritage- my faithful ones who cleave to my ways. Pray for my hand of blessing and protection on them. Pray for new life in my church--my church is withered and barren.

6-4-09 Word received: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

6-18-09 Word received: Pray for my word to go forth to the nation. Pray for healing of my people. Pray for the light of the gospel to shine forth in this nation. Pray that every dark corner will be made light.

6-22-09 Word received: Pray for my people at the General Convention. Pray I will protect them from intimidation. Pray for my light and my word to shine forth in the darkness.

Tues.6-23-09 Word received: Pray for my people as they prepare for the General Convention. Pray that I will prepare their hearts and minds. Pray for my mercy and peace for them. Pray they will hear and speak my word.

Wed. 6-24-09 Word received: Pray for my people. Pray for the shepherds of my people. Pray without ceasing. Come to me, look to me, cry out to me. I will hear you.

Thurs. 6-25-09 Word received: Pray for the President. Pray for my work in his heart and mind. Pray for wise and godly counselors for him. Pray for wisdom in the storm. Pray that he will look to me rather than opinion polls. Pray for my word to lodge in his heart. -

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, June 25, 2009

 

6/25/2009, #86, 2nd Quarter 2009

Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! (Psalm 105:1)
      Jesus, thank you for all that you have done for us. We call upon your name to make your deeds known among the peoples. Thank you for making your father's love known to us. Thank you for baptizing us with your Holy Spirit.

Sing to him, sing psalms to him; talk of all his wondrous works! (Psalm 105:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us sing to Jesus and talk of all that he has done.

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! (Psalm 105:3)
      Father, set our hearts on the pilgrim's path. You are who you are and we rejoice in you.

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his face evermore! (Psalm 105:4)
      Jesus, please fill us anew with the strength of your Holy Spirit. Help us bear your true image on our hearts -- help us be living gospels!

Remember his marvelous works which he has done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth, (Psalm 105:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be a people who remember all that God has said and done, and help us do his commandments.

O seed of Abraham his servant, you children of Jacob, his chosen ones! (Psalm 105:6)
      Father, you have made us heirs by faith to your promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Thank you for all that you have done for us.

       A word received: Pray for my people. Pray for the shepherds of my people. Pray without ceasing. Come to me, look to me, cry out to me. I will hear you.

Thursday: 105:1-22; 1 Samuel 8:1-22; Acts 6:15-7:16; Luke 22:24-30
Friday: 102; 1 Samuel 9:1-14; Acts 7:17-29; Luke 22:31-38

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

 

6/24/2009, #85, 2nd Quarter 2009

When the hour had come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. Then he said to them, "With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;" (Luke 22:14-15)
      Holy Spirit, give us a fervent desire to share the communion cup and bread with Jesus.

"for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." (Luke 22:16)
      Jesus, thank you for your willingness to lay down your life and what you cherished for our sakes. Thank you for suffering for us.

Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." (Luke 22:17-18 )
      Jesus, thank you for all that you were willing to give up for me, for us.

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life. Thank you for being broken for me.

Likewise he also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you." (Luke 22:20)
      Father, thank you for Jesus being willing to pour out his life blood for us.

"But behold, the hand of my betrayer is with me on the table. And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!" (Luke 22:21-22)
      Father, please bring to repentance all those who would betray Jesus in our day.

Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing. (Luke 22:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us recognize those ways in which we betray Jesus. Thank you for help us repent of such betrayal.

       A word received: Pray for my people as they prepare for General Convention. Pray that I will prepare their hearts and minds. Pray for my mercy and peace for them. Pray they will hear and speak my word.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; 1 Samuel 7:2-17; Acts 6:1-15; Luke 22:14-23
Thursday: 105:1-22; 1 Samuel 8:1-22; Acts 6:15-7:16; Luke 22:24-30

       Notes from the Front Line

***** Jonathan and Liz received the results of the Monday's MRI yesterday. There is no indication the other breast or lymph nodes are involved. Liz's prayer is, "I don't want to just be a survivor, but that there will be eternal fruit from this."

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 

Prayer Table Reports

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report June 20, 9:25-10:30AM Howard Smith and Don Foust
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+ Ryan--Asked for discernment. Many new changes in his life. Prayers for his girlfriend and for a good summer.

+Bob--Prayers for his family.

Lydia (regular)--Prayers for family.

Gerald--Stopped by the Table last week. Got a new job. Prayers of thanksgiving. "Thank you".

+Robert--A very confused young man. Robert has stopped by the Table several times. He is highly educated, but is still searching for meaning in his life. Robert has trouble with relationships, he has problems trusting others. He said he is considering suicide to end his problems. We told him suicide is not God's plan for him. Robert can not discern God's voice from that of Satan. During this time, his girlfriend Sharon stopped at the table. A dispute erupted between the two, and we separated Robert and Sharon. Sharon believes Robert is schizophenic and is trying to get help for him, but Robert is turning his anger toward her. After several minutes, we re-united the couple and together we all prayed for understanding and for listening to God in times of difficulty

+Mike--Prayed for family. Mike is seeking a deeper knowledge of God. Mike was raised as a Pentacostal and has started re-reading the Bible. He has started reading Revelation and the Acts of the Apostles. Mike is very confused. We prayed for discernment. Suggested that he read the Gospel of John.

+Andrew--Prayed for his father (Edward).

+Keyona--Prayed for her children Cecil and Jaquez. Both are disabled. She then told use she had just seen a man die on Emmett Street. The man was bloodied from being stabbed; the police and para-medics could not revive him. We prayed for God's peace in her life following this event and for an end to violence in the Neighborhood.

+Tyshawn and +Monette (brother and sister)--These children stopped by the Table last week. Prayed for their mother and baby sister. Reminded them to say their prayers before they go to bed at night.

PRAYER TABLE REPORT Christ Church Schenectady
(Sat., June 20, 2009; 10:30 - 11:30 -- Deacon Howard Smith and David Carlson)
[+ --indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

Monet & Tyshawn -- 2 young children who walked by with their mother who was pushing a stroller; the mother politely turned down our offer for prayer -- as they walked by the kids turned around and said, “please pray for our mom” -- we prayed for the whole family

+ Bernie -- a man standing at the bus stop; he asked prayer for his heart condition; Deacon Howard anointed him for healing

+ John -- man on a bike; asked for prayer for his family, with all the violence and shootings, that they would be protected; as he rode away he said, "Onward Christian soldiers!"

Desdemona -- we have prayed for her many times on her way to services at the 7th Day Adventist church – continued prayer for her friend’s daughter Beyonca and for Desdemona’s grandson Peter

+ Maleek -- boy waiting at the bus stop with his father; he saw the crosses and asked if we were selling them -- we told them they were free and he gladly received one; did not want us to pray for him

+ Heather -- young woman walking by, talking on her cell phone; she asked us to pray for "relationship issues"

+ Kayla -- young woman who has stopped before for prayer -- asked us to pray for her brother Josh who is in jail and for her 1-yr old son

David Carlson

Subject: Prayer Table Report Christ Church Coxsackie
June 20,2009 Place Hope Plaza Coxsackie NY Ministers Dina McGibbon & Carolyn Grayshaw
Mild overcast morning

Middle Aged Women--Said we could pray for her , but didn't want to pray with us. She said her mothers and sisters church help her out. Prayed for her health and salvation.

Older Gentleman--Said he didn't believe in "that baloney" We prayed for him to be softened in his heart so he could hear God's message of salvation.

Middle Aged man-- allowed us to pray with him for his wife who was traveling in NYC with a school trip. Asked for travel protection for safe trip home for all. Thanked God for caring parents who support their children.

Middle aged women-- Asked us to pray with her for her husband who suffers from bad headaches and no one can tell them why. We prayed for the wisdom for his Dr's. Healing and relief from pain and peace for his wife. Thanked God for her and her devotion to her husband and asked God to bless this. She thanked us for the ministry of prayer.

Young women--No thank you but thanked us for our "God Bless You"

God gave Dina a message to go to a car and pray with an older women who was sitting alone in a truck. Prayed against the spirit of illnesses, depression and oppression for them to go to foot of the cross for Jesus to deal with them.. Asked Holy Spirit to fill her and protected her. Her husband then came back and prayed Mike Flynn's prayer of protection over them She accepted a cross.

Young Man-- I've got my mother to do that. Prayed for blessing on him and his mother.

Older man-- Asked for prayers for his daughter,' that she would change her ways'". We prayed for her needs that God knows, to bless her father and give him the words to use when he ministers to her.

Older women--No thanks I do that for myself.

Young man-- said "okay" but kept walking, not looking at us. Prayed for his needs known to God and time to hear him.

Young Family-- asked for prayer for continued health and well being of the family. We prayed protection over them that they would be protected by the blood of Jesus. The two children took the crosses offered and we asked God to bless the crosses and that they would remind them that they are in His hands and that He loved them.

Albany Intercessor

 

6/23/2009, #84, 2nd Quarter 2009

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood on us!" (Acts 5:27-28 )
      Holy Scripture, please give our deputation to the General Convention the words to speak and the courage to speak them. Set them free from fear and intimidation.

But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29)
      Holy Spirit, help Bishop Bill and your other faithful bishops speak this clearly to the House of Bishops: that obedience to God comes before obedience to man.

"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree." (Acts 5:30)
      Holy Spirit, guide all your faithful witnesses at the General Convention in confessing Jesus Christ and him crucified. Let your light, the light of the gospel, shine forth at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this summer.

"Him God has exalted to his right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins." (Acts 5:31)
      Jesus, you are exalted to the right hand of your father, please bring repentance to all attending the General Convention and forgiveness of sins.

"And we are his witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him." (Acts 5:32)
      Father, please help your faithful bishops and deputies to be witnesses to Jesus' death and resurrection and the work and power of your Holy Spirit.

      A word received: Pray for my people at the General Convention. Pray that I will protect them from intimidation. Pray for my light and my word to shine forth in the darkness.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; 1 Samuel 6:1-16; Acts 5:27-42; Luke 21:37-22:13
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; 1 Samuel 7:2-17; Acts 6:1-15; Luke 22:14-23

       Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Jake Dell
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009
Subject: Prayers for Bishop Pope
Dear Torre,
Would you add my benefactor and dear friend, Bishop Clarence Pope (Fort Worth, Ret.) to your prayer list? I received word from him today that the build-up of fluid in his brain continues rapidly. This stems from a childhood injury. Thanks! Jake

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer mail for 23 June 09
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Peace be with you.
      This is our regular weekly prayer mail this week, and it is a public one.
      Life as a missionary has its moments. This week, we have encountered a bit of spiritual static among our whole family, both here in Lima as well as in the US, but most of it seems to have settled down for the moment, though we are all still on high alert. And, as long as we are preparing for the Life in the Spirit seminar, please keep us all in special prayer; we enter week three of seven in the seminar course, this week.
Praise reports:
      1. In various ways we have been discussing aspects of our faith in language class. It is good practice for the future. Sometimes the teacher asks us outright about topics relating to Anglicanism, prayer, the Bible, and so on, and so we respond.
      2. We are settling in. I suppose we will continue to settle in further for some time, but we are getting used to our neighborhood, and its ways. This is one sign that we are in the chaos stage.
      3. Some of our family members in the US have discovered Skype. They sound like a kid in a candy store when we talk with them. They can't believe they can talk directly to us and see us on video in Peru at no extra cost. Skype has been a good way for us to keep in touch with various family members.
      4. Language learning. We're making progress, though from the driver's seat, it seems slower than we'd like. Yet there are moments of assurance that we are on the right path. Today, for example, Julie's teacher mentioned that Julie is making great progress for the amount of time that we have been "in-country."And our teacher has seen quite a few students. I had a compliment yesterday at the Cathedral Spanish service that my Spanish is more Castilian sounding than a month ago (more like someone who is a natural Spanish speaker would sound). And I notice daily that Lydia has a great accent and picks up the language very quickly.
Prayer requests, this week:
      1. Spiritual protection
      2. Finances in general.
      3. Language learning.
      4. Preparing to teach.
      5. Getting to know Lima.
      6. Our continuing relationships with friends, neighbors, and landlady.
It is an honor to pray for you all every day. Thank you for praying for us.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, June 22, 2009

 

6/19-22/2009, #80-83, 2nd Quarter 2009

6/19/2009

"Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:36-37)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts when we hear the gospel set forth as you did these hearers to respond as they did. Help us ask the same question: "What shall we do?" Let the preaching in throughout this diocese move us to respond.

Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:38-39)
      Father, please move our hearts to repentance and enable all of us to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit with power. Help us and our children and theirs receive all that you have prepared for us.

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." (Acts 2:40)
      Jesus, help all of us recognize the corruption in this generation and make the choice to follow you.

       A word received: Pray for my word to go forth to this nation. Pray for healing of my people. Pray for the light of the gospel to shine forth in this nation. Pray that every dark corner will be made light.

6/20/2009

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (Psalm 90:1)
      Lord, thank you that we have found a home in you.

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:2)
      Jesus, you are the everlasting. Though we change, you remain the same: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Thank you that we can count on your steadiness.

You turn men back to dust, saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men." (Psalm 90:3)
      Father, you created us out of the dust of the earth, and to dust we shall return; but we live in the hope of that resurrection day when we shall rise with all the saints to be with you. How I long to rest in your arms.

For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us gain good sense as we see things from your perspective in Scripture.

You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning -- (Psalm 90:5)
      Holy Spirit, please guide us in our use of our remaining days -- that we will build up the kingdom of God.

though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered. (Psalm 90:6)
      Jesus, you can make us fruitful, even in old age; please pour out your Spirit on us.

       A word received: Look to me, keep your eyes on me.

       A word received for a couple getting married: Look to me and I will bless you. Look to me and I will be at the center of your marriage. Look to me to be your protector. Look to me.

6/21/2009

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, (James 2:2)
      Lord, I'm not there yet: I'm facing trials and I don't find joy in that. Help me to have your mind about this and praise you in all circumstances.

because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. (James 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help me persevere in this time of testing and trials.

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 2:4)
      Father, I keep wanting to "slide" into maturity and it doesn't work that way. Please help me each day take those steps that will bring me to maturity; give me steadiness and perseverance in doing this.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 2:5)
      Father, thank you for your generosity; please give me the wisdom each day for the tasks you have set before me. Thank you.

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (James 2:6)
      Jesus, you know what's in a person, you know what's in me. Please deal with my doubts and replace them with full belief and trust in you.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 2:12)
      Jesus, please help me persevere under trials as you did so that I may receive the crown of life.

       A word received: Don't be afraid. I AM with you.

6/22/2009

Then he spoke to them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place." (Luke 21:29-32)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize the signs of the times and interpret them by your mind.

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away." (Luke 21:33)
      Father, your word endures forever -- please write your word on the hearts of your people in this diocese. Write your word on the hearts and tongues of Bishop Bill and our deputation to the General Convention. Let the name of Jesus be on their lips and ours. Thank you.

       A word received: I AM. Look to me; keep your eyes on me. Hear me; listen to me; heed my voice.

Monday: 89:1-18; 1 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 5:12-26; Luke 21:29-36
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; 1 Samuel 6:1-16; Acts 5:27-42; Luke 21:37-22:13

       Notes from the Front Line

***** Jean and I ask your prayers for our daughter-in-law, Liz Bissell. The breast cancer is clearly beyond "stage zero" and the surgery date has been moved up to July 2nd. Torre

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, June 18, 2009

 

6/18/2009, #79, 2nd Quarter 2009

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)
      LORD, I bless you. Holy Spirit, please fill my mouth with the praises of Jesus.

My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. (Psalm 34:2)
      Father, please help me boast of what you have done, not what I have done. Bring me to a place of humility where I can hear and see what you are doing.

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3)
      Jesus, please help us bring honor and glory to you and praise to your name.

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
      Father, thank you for hearing our prayers and delivering us from fear.

They looked to him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. (Psalm 34:5)
      Jesus, we pray for our deputation to the General Convention -- that your love will shine forth from them.

      A word received: Wait for me. I AM with you. Look to me. I AM faithful.

Thursday: [83] or 34; 1 Samuel 2:27-36; Acts 2:22-36; Luke 20:41-21:4
Friday: 88; 1 Samuel 3:1-21; Acts 2:37-47; Luke 21:5-19
Saturday: 87, 90; 1 Samuel 4:1b-11; Acts 4:32-5:11; Luke 21:20-28
Sunday: 66, 67; 1 Samuel 4:12-22; James 1:1-18; Matthew 19:23-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I will be off-line for three days. Torre

***** Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 05:05:53 -0400
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford
Subject: Spring travel report of UK, Sweden, the diocese convention and Maine
Dear prayer team and others,
      I thought you might like to see my report of the last three weeks on the road. THANK YOU for your prayers. Please pray as I come off the mountain top. Blessings Fr. Nigel+

Spring Travel 2009, A report from Fr. Nigel Mumford, May 21st- June 14th 2009 (23 days)

Summary:
      Places visited: Chorleywood, London; Stockholm, Sweden; HTB Church Plant at St Marks Batersea Rise, London; High Leigh, Herts, AMCF Military conference; The diocese conference; The Rockies Colorado; Boston; Lisbon Falls Maine and Hulls Cove (Bar Harbor) Maine. (Before May 21st: A healing mission in Lufkin Texas.)
      Flights: 14 flights.
      Talks: 15 talks, 4 sermons, 6 healing services and 2 full on healing missions!
      Number of people prayed for/laid hand on: approx 1,563
People met:
      Ulf, being healed of Dystonia in Sweden.
      Brother Yun, Persecuted in China because of his faith. Author: The Heavenly Man. (Christian book of the year 2003) and Living Water.
      Cannon J. John, British Evangelist, author of 27 books, including: The Jesus I know, The Happiness Secret, Jesus the Evangelist, etc.
      The Rev. Dr. John Stott CBE, (87) Former Chaplain to the Queen, Author: Basic Christianity, The letter of John, The Cross of Christ, The message of Romans, The Lausanne Covenant, etc. My father and I prayed for John at the Collage of St. Barnabas. What a privilege.
      Gen. Sir Richard Dannett, Chief of Staff, British Army, (Met in regard to WHI)
      Admiral Alan Richards, Royal Navy and Royal Marine finances. (WHI)
      The Rev. Cannon Andrew White, The Vicar of Bagdad. Author.
      The Rt. Rev. David Pitches. Revival at St. Johns Chorelywood. Founder New Wine.
      Christian Military representatives from 30 countries. Including Russia, and Mongolia!

Highlights:
      Chorleywood: A walk with J. John before the healing service. Went to his offices. He pointed at the world map and said, "This is my parish" I was amazed at the size of his ministry. Went to supermarket, woman dropped an avocado on my foot. She was so embarrassed and said she was having a bad day. I told her it would get better, come to the healing service tonight! Then bumped into Sarah the wife of Admiral Alan Richards who works with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines finances, through her gave him by book. He is very interested in the Welcome Home Initiative. He called me and we had a good talk. The healing service at Christ Church Chorleywood was amazing. Full church wonderful music. Met Andrew White the vicar of Bagdad.

      Sweden: Flew to Stockholm with my sister Julie Sheldon to pray for Ulf. I have to say I was deeply moved in meeting him. I had a good weep. So much went on. Julie and I led a talk for the pastor's church in the evening and then the next day went to Ulf's house and prayed for a couple of hours for him. The immediate outcome was the fact that his feet and hands became warm. They have been cold for years. Evidence of new blood circulation. We were given books on the history of Ulf, who has been deaf since he was 2 from viral meningitis and has had Dystonia since he was 14. He is now 45. At 17 he jumped out of a 3rd floor window because he was being teased at school about his feet that, at this stage had turned inwards. He looked so young. The book we were given has many blank pages on it to record the progress of Ulf's healing.

      St Marks Batersea Rise: About 50 chairs were put out.. 168 came. There was a major football game on TV: Manchester United Vs Real Madrid but many men came. I asked the woman to applaud them! They did, with cheers…. Had a word of knowledge, about toes, very specific toes. One woman stepped over and through the chairs, pushing her way forward. Two more followed. The first woman was so keen to get prayer. Her daughter was sitting next to my sister Annie Topping and told her that she was VERY surprised that she was coming forward as she is not a believer. I was about to pray for the three ladies when a man pushed in front of me between the first woman. I could smell alcohol. I asked him are you drunk? He said yes. I asked him are you an alcoholic, he said yes. I asked him if he knew Bill W, he said no. We prayed for him. He wept… I found out the next day that the first woman up who crashed through the chairs was also an alcoholic…The Lord put the first alcoholic between her and me… thanks be to God. There was so much enthusiasm at St Marks for healing.

      The Collage of St. Barnabas: a retirement community for Anglican Clergy. My father introduced me to The Rev. Dr. John Stott. I have to say going into his hospital room was rather like going into the cell of a saint. I had the privilege of laying my hands on John. It was certainly a very Godly moment in my life.

      AMCF Military conference, High Leigh: 30 countries represented. Pentecost Sunday, we all said the Lords prayer in 30 different languages… I wept and could not get through it. To watch Russian miliitary praising God… with there arms raised… I wept ag again. I gave two workshops on healing and PTSD and so many individual sessions I lost count. It was such a privilege. Brother Yun made a very passionate presentation… very powerful, translated just as passionately be a German Pastor. If you have not read "The Heavenly Man" I strongly recommend it. I met with Gen. Sir Richard Dannett and we spoke about the Welcome Home Initiative. The UK will be doing a similar program called "Warriors Return" The UK are sending 2 people over to monitor the WHI before they run the Warriors Return. There is so much I would like to write about on this but due to individual and national confidences it would not be right to do so. Fill in the blanks.

      The diocesan convention: Led one and a half workshops and a very well attended healing service. The Holy Spirit was moving with power… we are having very good feed back from the healing service, thanks be to God. Bishop Alpha from Africa was very enthusiastic with heart felt positive comments.

      The Rockies: Lynn, my wife's family reunion. What fun. Gold mines, family fun etc. It was a very brief but good break. Being at nearly 12,000 feet was interesting… headaches and no stamina at all never had slight altitude sickness before….What a powerful reminder that I need to loose weight! The place is beautiful and reminded me of Switzerland.

      Lisbon Falls, Maine: The Rev Wagner. Many people came for the healing service. Many words of knowledge. It was a powerful time, the Lord moving with power and love. Such nice people. Had a very long chat to the owner of the hotel I was staying in. She is a Christian, had a word of knowledge to quantify the healing ministry!

      Hulls Cove (Bar Harbor) Maine: The Rev. Chuck Bradshaw. So good to see Cadillac mountain and Bar Harbor again. What a beautiful place it is. Full on healing mission. Eleven denominations represented. A Very powerful time with the Lord. Powerful music ministry. Preached on Sunday at the Church of Our Father at the 7.30am and 9am services. The Holy Sprit moving so much… so much love, the people were amazing. Many men and woman weeping at the end of both services at the narthex. The Holy Spirit touched many; Me too! I travel a lot and see a soup de jour in sickness in many cities and towns. BC for example; bad necks. I noticed in Maine that many people had missing fingers.. I have not noticed that in farming communities. Perhaps it is a fishing/lobster hazard. I spoke to one of our diocese clergy who was a vicar in a fishing village. He confirmed what I said and noted that he had not thought about the fact that indeed many fishermen have lost digits. I noticed it in shaking hands and in the giving of the Holy Eucharist. Just an interesting observation.

      Conclusion: There is a colloquial Maine saying, "You can't get there from here!" well I had to go to two countries, a diocese convention, Keystone Colorado and Boston Mass to get to Maine… I think that saying is true! At the end of this mammoth trip I conclude that Jesus is STILL in the business of healing and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I am emotionally and physical drained… but will be fine in a few days. I am so at peace in knowing that the work in the vineyard is so covered by the Lord. I am drained and bone tired but feel so blessed. God is good all the time. In fact, God is Brilliant all the time.

      It is indeed such a privilege to "Preach the Kingdom and heal the sick" Luke 9:2 as a representative of the diocese of Albany.

God bless you and thank you for reading this report and for praying for this ministry.

Fr. Nigel+, 16th June 2009

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

 

6/17/2009, #78, 2nd Quarter 2009

And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?" (Acts 2:5-7)
      Holy Spirit, fill us in our day with wonder at what you are doing.

"And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?" (Acts 2:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear as you helped these men and women.

"Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs--we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God." (Acts 2:9-11)
      Jesus, please help Shaw, Julie and Lydia Mudge speak of the wonderful works of God in Spanish to the Peruvians. Help every member of this diocese that goes forth on mission within and without the diocese speak clearly of your wonderful works. Help the deputies to General Convention and Bishop Bill speak clearly of your wonderful works.

So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "Whatever could this mean?" (Acts 2:12)
      Father, please help us ask this question whenever we encounter your works. Give us inquiring and discerning hearts.

Others mocking said, "They are full of new wine." (Acts 2:13)
      Jesus, don't let us be put off by others mocking us.

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.'" (Acts 2:14-21)
      Holy Spirit, please give us the words as you did Peter when it is our turn to testify to what you are doing.

      Jesus, we pray that you will pour out your Spirit on our sons and daughters, our young men and maidens, our old men and women, your menservants and your maidservants so that all of us in this diocese can testify by your Spirit what you are doing in our day.

      LORD God, please help all we speak to call upon your name and be saved. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my people.
Pray they will seek me to rule and reign in their hearts.
Pray for new life for my people.
My people are being led astray; pray for faithful shepherds to lead them back to me.


Wednesday: 119:97-120; 1 Samuel 2:12-26; Acts 2:1-21; Luke 20:27-40
Thursday: [83] or 34; 1 Samuel 2:27-36; Acts 2:22-36; Luke 20:41-21:4

***** ***** Pray daily for Bishop Bill Love and our deputies to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church:
      Canon Bob Haskell
      Rev. John Scott
      Rev. Scott Garno
      Rev. Ellen Neufeld
      Sue Ellen Ruetsch
      Beth Strickland
      David Beaulac
      Debbie Fish
Pray for our deputies, Bishop Bill Love, and others to speak to the truth of the gospel and the faithfulness of Christ.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

 

6/16/2009, #77, 2nd Quarter 2009

And Hannah prayed and said: "My heart rejoices in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation." (1 Samuel 2:1)
      Jesus, you are the source of true joy; turn our hearts into your ways.

"No one is holy like the LORD, for there is none besides you, nor is there any rock like our God." (1 Samuel 2:2)
      Holy Father, please help us find our resting place in you. Help us desire to be a holy people.

"Talk no more so very proudly; let no arrogance come from your mouth, for the LORD is the God of knowledge; and by him actions are weighed." (1 Samuel 2:3)
      Jesus, you know all things and you search our hearts with your Holy Spirit, help us walk humbly beside you.

"The bows of the mighty men are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength." (1 Samuel 2:4)
      Father, clothe us with the strength and power of your Holy Spirit.

"Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, and the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has borne seven, and she who has many children has become feeble." (1 Samuel 2:5)
      Jesus, you have set a table for us in the wilderness and you have brought down the proud and arrogant.

"The LORD kills and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and brings up." (1 Samuel 2:6)
      Father, I know that Jesus my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my body is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see him and my eyes shall behold you, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns to be with you. (From Job 19:25-27)

"The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and lifts up." (1 Samuel 2:7)
      Jesus, hold us up and sustain us.

"He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he has set the world upon them." (1 Samuel 2:8 )
      Lord, we are a diocese that depends on you. Defend us in the days ahead.

"He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail." (1 Samuel 2:9)
      Holy Spirit, guard our feet and help us walk in the way of the cross. Help us daily seek and rely on your strength and not on our own.

"The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken in pieces; from heaven he will thunder against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed." (1 Samuel 2:10)
      Father, please help us honor those you honor. Thank you.

       A word received: I AM working my will among my people.
      Pray that my people will choose me and my ways.
      Pray for my light to dawn in the darkness.
      Pray for my people to see and walk by my light.


Tuesday: 78:1-39; 1 Samuel 1:21-2:11; Acts 1:15-26; Luke 20:19-26
Wednesday: 119:97-120; 1 Samuel 2:12-26; Acts 2:1-21; Luke 20:27-40

***** Pray daily for the deputies to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church:
      Canon Bob Haskell
      Rev. John Scott
      Rev. Scott Garno
      Rev. Ellen Neufeld
      Sue Ellen Ruetsch
      Beth Strickland
      David Beaulac
      Debbie Fish

Albany Intercessor

Monday, June 15, 2009

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 02 September 21, 2008

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 02 September 21, 2008
Theme: Sept.: Transformed Lives
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 7:36-50; Luke 18:9-14; John 7:45-49
Optional: John 4:1-42
Memory Verse: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
Notes: ( The term "a sinner" usually meant sexual sin (prostitutes, etc.). Tax collectors were often very corrupt and despised.)
       The woman and the tax collector were forgiven and changed. The woman showed love and gratitude to Jesus.
      Jesus speaks directly to the woman and when she heard "Your sins are forgiven, it had already happened She admits she was a sinner and Simon didn't. She expressed gratitude. Both had a need to be forgiven but only she recognized it and experienced God's forgiveness.
      (Jesus said she was truly sorrowful. Psalm 51:17 "a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart" 2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance- which leads to salvation.) There is a difference between remorse/feeling bad and repentance. Repentance is an action, not an emotion, though there may be emotions involved.
      Simon, the Pharisee, was proud and self-righteous and lacked love. He had been forgiven little because he lacked repentance. (see vs.47) The Pharisee "turned to himself' and the tax collector turned to God in repentance.
      (costly worship is like the expensive perfume. )
      Jesus want to give us a new beginning and to help others find a new beginning.
      God's love and mercy flow in forgiveness where there is genuine repentance.

A word received: Keep your eyes on me -- that is the essence of the lesson. Those who had their attention fixed on me responded in one way, those who did not in another. Humility or not and where your attention is fixed is the difference. The tax collector and the prostitute had their attention on God and their own need for mercy and forgiveness. The Pharisee in the temple had his attention on himself and on the tax collector, and Simon the Pharisee (Jesus' host) had his attention on what others would think. He projected his own judgment of the woman (or lack of it) on Jesus). Neither Pharisee saw any reason why the woman or the tax collector should receive mercy (this was really offensive to Jesus). Remember the parable of the Unforgiving Servant: "should you not have had mercy?"

Look at the consequences that flow out of the choices these four people made. Two are forgiven/justified before God and receive new life (not a formula process -- their attention was on Jesus/God -- huge.) They saw their condition by the light of Jesus/measured themselves by God. "Those who walked in darkness have seen a great light" and they walked into the light. Jesus saw in the woman and in the tax collector true repentance and his love flowed out in forgiveness. The two Pharisees measured themselves by something else (themselves).

WORDS about other things Jesus wants us to learn: What are our attitudes to open sinners who have come to Christ Church?
And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, (Luke 7:37)
      A word received: People come to the prayer table, people come and sit in the back of the church; welcome them as I welcomed this woman.

and stood at his feet behind him weeping; and she began to wash his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed his feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. (Luke 7:38 )
      A word received: Remember the man who shed tears of repentance on the prayer table and I told you that was holy water. I want you to value, as I do, tears of repentance.

Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." (Luke 7:39)
      A word received: I want you to examine your hearts when you meet my little ones who have been led in sin. Remember my parable of bringing every lost sheep back on my shoulders rejoicing. Never despise the one I have rescued.

And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." (Luke 7:40)
      A word received: Will you hearken to my words to you?

God is love, but he is not indulgent (a contemporary view).

Sunday School Lesson #2 Sept. 21, 2008---Bullet points for little ones
1.- God loves us no matter what we have done.
      BUT sin (wrong doing) separates us from God, so He wants to bring us back to Himself-like a lamb brought home on Jesus' shoulders.

2.- Jesus wants to give us a new beginning- make us a new creation.
      And Jesus wants us to help others find that new beginning. HOW?

3.- First we need to recognize and admit we are sinners.
      And to come to Jesus for help. a CHOICE
      Then Jesus will forgive us and give us a new beginning.

NOTE
The Pharisees in the two stories did not see any sin (wrong doing) in themselves (only in others) so they didn't repent. That meant they could no be forgiven till they had. Each of the four made a choice. (Two were changed and two were not.)

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