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Friday, July 31, 2009

 

7/31/2009, #34, 3rd Quarter 2009

O God, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from you. (Psalm 69:5)
      LORD, you know the sins and folly of the Episcopal Church, have mercy on us.

Let not those who wait for you, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek you be confounded because of me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)
      Jesus, don't let me be the cause of anyone stumbling.

Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. (Psalm 69:7)
      Jesus, thank you for the humiliation you went through for us.

I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children; (Psalm 69:8 )
      Holy Spirit, thank you for bringing me into the family of the body of Christ.

Because zeal for your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. (Psalm 69:9)
      Father, please help us to be steady in Jesus and bear whatever reproaches come our way because we are faithful. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the magistrates of this land that true justice will be done. Pray for the judges of this land to know how to balance justice and mercy. Pray for the law to be fairly and honestly applied.

[Note: I will be off-line for a week. Torre]
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 17:1-15; Mark 7:24-37
Saturday: 75, 76; 2 Samuel 5:22-6:11; Acts 17:16-34; Mark 8:1-10
Sunday: 93, 96; 2 Samuel 6:12-23; Rom. 4:7-12; John 1:43-51
Monday: 80; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Acts 18:1-11; Mark 8:11-21
Tuesday: 78:1-39; 2 Samuel 7:18-29; Acts 18:12-28; Mark 8:22-33
Wednesday: 119:97-120; 2 Samuel 9:1-13; Acts 19:1-10; Mark 8:34-9:1
Thursday: [83] or 145; 2 Samuel 11:1-27; Acts 19:11-20; Mark 9:2-13
Friday: 88; 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Acts 19:21-41; Mark 9:14-29
Saturday: 87, 90; 2 Samuel 12:15-31; Acts 20:1-16; Mark 9:30-41

      Notes from the Front Line

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT
Wednesday July 29, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. Deacon Neal Longe 10:45-11:45 a.m.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Very little traffic on the street today.

+Thomas: Continue to walk with Christ. For the youth of Schenectady and for Blaze Fest.

-Middle aged man: Not today

-Young man: Sure, on my way back. Didn’t make it back before the hour.

+Luczenaida, +Heriberto: For the family

Older gentleman: Can’t stop, but yelled back, you can pray for me anyway.

+Doran: Forgiveness and a ticket home.

+Veronica, +Jeremy: Family, life, everything.

+Kathy: Money, money, money

Thank you,

Dcn. Neal
The Rev. Neal P. Longe
71 Hill St
Gloversville, NY 12078

***** Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009
From: Joseph Acanfora
Torre,
      Our youth mission team from Christ Church, Gilbertsville leaves for New Orleans this Sunday, please hold them in prayer for travel mercies, safety, and journey that will bring them and those they meet closer to Christ.
      TEAM: Donna, Kevin and Chris Steckline, Joseph Acanfora, Jr., David Hawkins, Victoria Hawkins, Nick Sebeck, Jennifer Pedersen
In Christ, The Reverend Joseph Acanfora
Christ Church
“We will demonstrate God’s unconditional love and forgiveness daily, following the example of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, July 30, 2009

 

7/30/2009, #33, 3rd Quarter 2009

Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?" He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men--the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do." (Mark 7:1-8 )
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church honors you with its lips but its heart is far from you. It teaches as doctrine the commandments of men. We have laid aside your commandments in order to hold to the traditions of men.

He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition." (Mark 7:9)
      Father, have mercy on us for the Episcopal Church has torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion asunder in order to follow what is politically correct.

"For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.' But you say, 'If a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban"--' (that is, a gift to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do." (Mark 7:10-13)
      Holy Spirit, restore truth and righteousness to the governance of the Episcopal Church. The gifts of generations to the mission of the church are being squandered to engage in law suits against those who seek to be faithful to the gospel and apostolic teaching.

When he had called all the multitude to himself, he said to them, "Hear me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Mark 7:14-16)
      Jesus, what has come out of the mouth of the Episcopal Church at its General Convention defiles it. Restore to the Episcopal Church ears to hear you and a heart to heed your word.

When he had entered a house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. So he said to them, "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?" And he said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." (Mark 7:17-23)
      LORD, all these things which defile a person are coming from within the body of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us and bring the Episcopal Church and its leaders and teachers to their knees in repentance. Thank you.

      A word received: You are in my care. Seek me; pursue me. I will hold you up in the storm.

Thursday: [70], 71; 2 Samuel 4:1-12; Acts 16:25-40; Mark 7:1-23
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 17:1-15; Mark 7:24-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009
From: Jim and Ginny French
Subject: Re: Urgent Prayer Request - Update
      Thanks again for your prayers. Adam is still in ICU but improving and resting well. God is so good.
      Thank you so much everyone for your prayers and outpouring of love for us and Adam. We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends in Christ.
      Adam had a good night. The doctor said he is 95% out of the woods now. The blood in his urine is decreasing, he is getting some color back and there is much less pain. Thanks again for your prayers. I will try and send another update this afternoon.
      God bless you all - Jim+ and Ginny

***** Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009
From: Robert Longbottom
Subject: Final e-mail from the Albany Teen mission to Ireland
Hello friends,
      As the team leader for the Albany Teen mission to Ireland I want to first and foremost thank the team all of their efforts, fundraising and presence on our team. Every one of our students has unique gifts and personalities that was wonderful to get to know. I also want to thank our Chaperones for their willingness to shepherd 18 teens around Northern Ireland and Dublin. Giving up personal comfort, agenda and any plans for sleep, they worked very hard to keep the mission of the team the focus of their mission. Thank you to Tracy Parke and Rob Drumm who handled our daily e-mails. Even though we had major computer issues, you guys came through. Thank you to Fr. John Kelly for being our Chaplain and leading our worship services, morning prayer and being there for all of us. Thank you to Doris Carlson who not only took care of our most important documents (Passports medical forms etc.) but who also was invaluable to our team as a chaperone. Thank you to Megan Goldsmith and Liz who out of all of us had the most expereince working with teens and how to handle teen related situations because of their years of work at Beaver Cross. Your experience in these matters made chaperoning the team so much easier. By the way Liz can really sing. To all the chaperones, thank you for your hard work and for the fact that you, as well as the students, fundraised for the trip. I want to thank the families who entrusted their children to our care for the two weeks in Northern Ireland and Ireland. I hope that you believe that your trust was well placed and that you believe that the trip was everything we billed it to be and more. Finally I want to thank all our supporters and prayer partners. Without you none of this would have been possible. Every day I thank God for you and pray for you as you have been praying for us.
      Fr. Rob Longbottom

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

 

7/29/2009, #32, 3rd Quarter 2009

They shall fear you as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. (Psalm 72:5)
      LORD, please give us in the Episcopal Church a holy fear of you.

He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth. (Psalm 72:6)
      Holy Spirit, come down on us with your living water.

In his days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more. (Psalm 72:7)
      Father, we pray for your righteousness to flourish in the Episcopal Church and for the righteous to flourish.

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Psalm 72:8 )
      Jesus, have dominion in Canada, Mexico, and the United States from sea to sea.

Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before him, and his enemies will lick the dust. (Psalm 72:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help all those who wander in a spiritual wilderness in the Episcopal Church to turn in humility to Jesus, and those who are his enemies to submit to him. Thank you.

      A word received: Come o me; return to me. Let me be your guide. Look to me for guidance. Look to me in the storm. I will hold your hand and lead you.

Wednesday: 72; 2 Samuel 3:22-39; Acts 16:16-24; Mark 6:47-56
Thursday: [70], 71; 2 Samuel 4:1-12; Acts 16:25-40; Mark 7:1-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009
From: Deacon Jim and Ginny French
Subject: Urgent Prayer Request
Dear Friends in Christ,
      Please keep our son Adam in your prayers. He had a bad fall at his job today and broke a piece off of one of his kidneys. He is currently in ICU at Berkshire Med. The doctors feel that this will most likely heal itself, but they are monitoring for internal bleeding (he does have some internal bleeding) which they expect to stop soon.
      We are grateful to the Lord for the healing Adam has already received and for the healing God is doing right now in Adam. We are very grateful for your prayers of intercession. We serve an awesome God!
      We will keep you informed of his progress.
Love to all, Jim+ and Ginny

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Please pray
Dear prayer partners
      Jasper has asked us to pray about the camp for young people being held at Kilkeel. Please pray for good health for team members as there is some sickness about. Pray that Jasper will get all the helpers he needs and that nothing will stand in the way of this camp being a significant event in the lives of all those going.
Miriam
      Linda has been speaking to a lady called Claire Stewart who belongs to St Finnian's but comes to Willowfield regularly. Her husband, Raymond, was unwell during their recent holiday (he has a lot of health issues). Today he has pains in his stomach and they had to get an ambulance for him. Claire asks that we pray for healing for him.
Thanks Alan
      Father we ask that your presence will be with Raymond bringing your healing and your loving peace for both Raymond & Claire
      We give thanks, that Angus the baby with swine flu has made a full recovery.
Jennifer
      We give you thanks that you are a loving Father who hears and answer's our prayers; to you we give all the Glory through your son Jesus
Many thanks Hugh

***** Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009
From: jeannegizara@aol.com
Subject: Father Shaw's Prayer Mail 27 July 2009
Dear friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
Praise reports this week:
      1. The Life in the Spirit Seminar prayer session went well last Thursday. I am sure that many lives will be touched in a positive way by what the seminarians experienced.
      2. We are getting to know the diocese a bit better.
      3. Our language skills improve daily.
      4. Julie's chemistry supplies have arrived.
Prayer requests:
      1. Preparing for teaching in October. We plan to be teaching "Introduction to Old Testament" and an introductory theology course.
      2. Improved Spanish speaking and comprehension.
      3. Budget and priorities.
      4. Improvement with cell phones.
      5. A smooth visa process.
      6. Health protection from el gripe (flu): H1 N1.
      7. For the final week or two of the Life in the Spirit Seminar, remaining. It is unclear at this point, precisely how many weeks are left.
      8. Continuing good terms with our landlady and the people in our building.
      9. That we would be a good witness for Christ wherever we go, and that the Kingdom of God would spread by what we do.
Things of note: Prayer requests from the parish we frequently attend (Ascensián), this week include:
      for the economy,
      for the end of the flu,
      for all the missions in the Diocese,
      for the country of Peru in this month of celebrating its founding.
Additional comments pertaining to the above:
      The national equivalent of 4th of July in Peru is on July 28th. I only have one sibling, my brother. He lives in Connecticut, and his birthday is on the 4th of July. Mine is on the 28th of July. However, due to the concern over the flu here, the government has cancelled the usual parades, and schools are taking an extra two weeks vacation, in hopes of minimizing the flu's effects. So, pray for irradication of the flu.
      This week, the Bishop has issued special instructions to the Diocese for the administration of the elements of Holy Eucharist, in light of increased concern about the flu, nationally.
      Having said all that, we do not have any symptoms of the flu, and we do not personally know anyone who has the flu, but there is a daily count in the local newspaper for the country. Prayer for us is precautionary at this point, and prayer is important for the people of the country.
      Thank you for praying for us. I pray for you every day.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia. Lima, Peru

***** Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Weekly Prayer for the Mudges
      I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
      I will sing of you among the peoples.
      For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
      Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
      Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
      Let your glory be over all the earth. (Psalm 56:9-11)
      Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth, especially in Albany and in Lima, Peru. We thank You for Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge and the work that they are doing, sharing your love among the peoples of Peru. Thank You for your everlasting love and your far-reaching faithfulness. Lord, bless the people of Peru especially today, their Founding Day. Protect them from the H1N1 flu. And in particular, bless Father Shaw and his brother, whose birthdays they share with the U.S. and Peru. What a delightful God-incidence, Lord. Thank You. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

 

7/28/2009, #31, 3rd Quarter 2009

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. (Mark 6:30)
      Jesus, please give Bishop Bill and all the clergy of this diocese times of "reporting in" with you.

And he said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat." (Mark 6:31)
      Holy Spirit, please guide all the clergy of this diocese into taking times apart of with Jesus where they can be quiet with him.

So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:32)
      Father, please bless the ministry of the staff of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and the Sisters of St. Mary that the Spiritual Life Center will be that place where people can have quiet time with Jesus.

But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. (Mark 6:33)
      Holy Spirit, please give me that same eagerness to seek out Jesus.

And Jesus, when he came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
      Jesus, please shepherd and guide the flock in this diocese and all who come here seeking you. Bless the veterans and their spouses who are coming to the Welcome Home Initiative next week; we pray for physical, spiritual, and emotional healing for all of them. Thank you.

      A word received: Keep your eyes on me.

Tuesday: 61, 62; 2 Samuel 3:6-21; Acts 16:6-15; Mark 6:30-46
Wednesday: 72; 2 Samuel 3:22-39; Acts 16:16-24; Mark 6:47-56

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer Table: Saturday July 25, 2009, Grace and Holy Innocents

Father Reddie not at G&HI for Prayer Table, so I walked the hall and listened. Soup Kitchen guests talk with me about their concerns. Pray for "Bumpie Johnson," the man with palsy. For some reason he has had trouble getting to Soup Kitchen.

Judy has gone missing again, None of the people who know her were sure if she is home or in hospital.

Glen -- Has been suffering with pain as a result of his attempting to take down a tree.

Pat -- COPD, heart disease and now problems walking due to problem with her legs.

Give thanks for the Baptism of Joseph Vincent

Mary Lou and David -- that she complete her studies at HVCC and find a good job. Her husband, David has had his hours cut resulting is a significant hardship for the family, as his is the only income.

None of the "missionaries" from the Health Care Center came to Soup Kitchen, Continue to pray for jobs and shelter for all seventeen of them.

Prayers and Blessings, Louise Fisher

***** Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
From: Joann Ferris
Subject: Re: 7/27/2009, #30, 3rd Quarter 2009
Dear Torre---
I'd like to share --I added to the prayers.
Ps.56:6 Jesus, defeat all the devious schemes of those who plot against your faithful people---- Come Holy spirit ! come now, come with more power!
and
Ps.56:8
LORD! you know the sorrow!, the grief we feel because the Episcopal Church has walked away from your righteousness -- Please send your Holy Spirit the comforter. Now lord ! to us --Lord --to your faithful people Lord! come with more power, more power Lord! We know Lord the task ahead is never as Great as the POWER behind it Lord. Thank you ! Lord. Oh praise you--Lord!--- Ultreya! FHS, Jo Ferris Albany Cursillo #38

***** Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: invitation to the WHI Closing
Dear soul,
      Please come and welcome home, and say thank you, to 25 men and woman who will be attending the fifth Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) program. The closing ceremony will be at 11am Wednesday 5th August at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center main Chapel.
      "The war is far away, the damaged war torn souls are close to home." NM+
Please come and say thank you as the healing process begins... If you know people locally who might like to come PLEASE forward this email to them... Thank you so very much.
Have a God day, God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

***** Reflections on The 76th General Convention (Part I of II), By Bishop William Love
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      It is wonderful to be home. The Albany Deputation and I returned home late Saturday night, July 18th, after having spent 13 days (including travel time) in Anaheim, CA, attending the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. I am very thankful for and appreciative of each member of our Deputation, all of whom did an outstanding job representing not only the Diocese of Albany, but also the conservative orthodox voice still in The Episcopal Church. Although clearly in the minority, we spoke with conviction, but also with love and charity. The Albany Deputation was represented by Fr. Scott Garno, The Rev. Canon Robert Haskell, Mother Ellen Neufeld, Fr. John Scott, Dave Beaulac, Debbie Fish, Sue Ellen Ruetsch and Beth Strickland. While not part of the official deputation, Fr. Chip Strickland (our Diocesan Chancellor) and Sarah Garno also attended and were a real blessing, supporting the team in a variety of ways. Fr. Chip did an excellent job in his daily updates, helping to keep each of you informed about what was occurring at General Convention.
      In writing this, I have struggled with knowing how much detail to add versus just giving my reflections. Recognizing that not everyone will have access to as much information as others, I have decided to err on the side of those who may need more background information. For those who don't need as much information, please forgive me if I am covering things you already know. While I encourage you to read this in its entirety, the last couple of pages contain my thoughts about the potential impact some of the actions of the 76th General Convention may have on the Diocese of Albany and the larger Church.
      For those who may not be familiar with the legislative process of the General Convention, it is made up of two Houses, The House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. Currently any bishop active or retired has a seat, voice and vote in the House of Bishops. The House of Deputies is comprised of eight representatives (4 clergy and 4 laity) from each of the 110 dioceses (foreign and domestic) making up The Episcopal Church. For any piece of legislation to be enacted, it must receive a majority affirmative vote in both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops.
      By the end of the tenth and final day of General Convention, if the report I heard is accurate, (personally I lost count), we had dealt with over 400 separate resolutions. Many were passed, some defeated, and all the rest referred back to committee either to die in committee or be brought back at some future time. Many of the resolutions, although important to those who moved them, in the grand scheme of things will have little if any impact especially in areas of national and international affairs. Consequently we spent a great deal of time debating and voting on resolutions that will do little more than provide a written record in the Convention Journal of the mood and opinion of the majority of those attending the 76th General Convention.
      With that said, there were resolutions and pieces of legislation that do impact us as a Diocese, as well as impacting The Episcopal Church at large and the wider Anglican Communion. While I can't reference each of them, I will try to touch on some of the more significant resolutions. The two resolutions that ultimately captured the most headlines and will most likely have the greatest impact on The Episcopal Church's relationship with the wider Anglican Communion are D025 and C056. Both resolutions deal with different aspects of the ongoing debate concerning those individuals living in homosexual relationships. The text of these two resolutions, B033 from the 75th General Convention in 2009, and the Anaheim Statement (House of Bishops minority report on D025 and C056) is included at the very end of this statement.
      The first three resolves of D025 speak of The Episcopal Church's desire to remain part of and "live into the highest degree of communion possible" with the wider Anglican Communion. The fourth resolve reaffirms the value of "listening to the experience of homosexual persons," and The Episcopal Church's commitment to that process. Unfortunately, based on the actions of this church, I believe we don't seem quite as committed to listening to our brothers and sisters in Christ within The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the wider Body of Christ who in good conscience cannot support or embrace homosexual relationships (making a clear distinction between individuals of homosexual orientation and homosexual relationships or lifestyles). The fifth and sixth resolves speak of the part homosexuals living in life long committed relationships have played in the life and ministry of the Church, stating that "God has called and may call such individuals, to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church." The final resolve acknowledges the ongoing division over these issues within The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, stating that we "are not of one mind, and Christians of good conscience disagree about some of these matters."
      Unlike B033 (passed at the 2006 General Convention) which urged The Episcopal Church to "exercise restraint" in giving further consents to any bishops "whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church," D025 makes no mention of "exercising restraint" and essentially opens the door for the election and consent of future bishops "whose manner of life" would present a challenge to the wider church, as has already been witnessed by the repeated requests of the vast majority of the Primates of the wider Anglican Communion not to ordain individuals living in homosexual relationships or to bless such relationships.
      Resolution C056 calls for the "Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops [to] collect and develop theological and liturgical resources" for the blessing of same gender relationships, and report to the 77th General Convention. In addition it states, "That bishops, particularly in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-gender marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are legal, may provide generous pastoral responses to meet the needs of members of this Church."
      There is great concern by many to include myself, that D025 and C056, while not officially calling for the repeal of B033 (as some had wanted), does in effect repudiate B033 by allowing for the ordination of individuals living in homosexual relationships; calling for the development of liturgies for the blessing of homosexual relationships; and for officially authorizing bishops to "provide generous pastoral responses" i.e. allow for the blessing of homosexual relationships in whatever form that might take. All of these are in direct opposition to that which was asked of us in the Windsor Report, not to mention by the four Instruments of Communion (the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates of the Anglican Communion, the Anglican Consultative Council, and Lambeth Conference). While proclaiming our desire to remain part of the Anglican Communion, D025 and C056 make it clear that it will be on our terms. Actions speak louder than words.
      B033, as imperfect as it was, offered enough to keep the Archbishop of Canterbury from breaking ties with The Episcopal Church. It is still yet to be seen, what impact the passage of D025 and C056 will have regarding The Episcopal Church's future relationship with Archbishop Rowan Williams and the wider Anglican Communion. Addressing the 76th General Convention, the Archbishop cautioned against making "decisions...that could push us further apart." Unfortunately, with the passage of these two resolutions, The Episcopal Church has done exactly what the Archbishop cautioned us not to do. Twenty two of the 37 other Provinces of the Anglican Communion have already declared themselves to be in a state of impaired or broken communion with the majority of The Episcopal Church. Others, to include the Archbishop of Canterbury, may very well follow as a result of the above actions. Time will tell.
      There has been an ongoing call throughout the Anglican Communion, for The Episcopal Church to provide "clarity" as to what it truly believes and its response to that which has been asked of it by the wider Anglican Communion regarding the issues which divide us. The passage of D025 and C056 would seem to provide the clarity that many have been asking for. However, the spin from some deputies and bishops concerning these resolutions continues to muddy the water and send mixed messages. It was stated by several bishops during the debate on D025, that while the resolution does allow for a person living in a homosexual relationship to be elected and serve as bishop, until such a person is elected and ordained, B033 has not been overturned. Unfortunately, I believe such mixed signals will only add to the growing charge of hypocrisy aimed at The Episcopal Church, as a result of our saying one thing, but doing something different.
      So what does the passage of these two resolutions mean for the Diocese of Albany? In the sense of providing clarity, it clarifies what we already knew -- the theologically conservative and orthodox views of the two-thirds majority of the Diocese of Albany are clearly in the minority when compared to the current leadership of the rest of The Episcopal Church. I believe it will make it more difficult for some who have contemplated leaving The Episcopal Church over these issues to stay, thus jeopardizing the stability and health of our parishes and the Diocese as a whole. I believe it will further frustrate those in the Diocese who favor D025 and C056 wishing that Albany would go in a more liberal direction -- something that I cannot and will not support as your bishop because I do not believe it is in accordance with God's will or in the best interest of His Church. I believe it will tempt some on both sides of these issues to withhold financial support, out of protest, thus negatively impacting the life and ministry of the local parishes and the Diocese. Ultimately, I believe it is going to make my job as your bishop all the more difficult as I try to discern God's will in knowing how best to lead the Diocese during these difficult and confusing times, sharing "in the leadership of the Church" with my fellow bishops in The Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion as "one with the apostles...called to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church."(BCP 517). I value and ask for your continued prayers. Finally, I believe it could jeopardize the Diocese of Albany's communion status with the wider Anglican Communion, if our Anglican brothers and sisters in Christ fail to differentiate between those in The Episcopal Church who have honored and upheld that which has been asked of us by the Anglican Communion and those who have gone in a different direction.
      Admittedly, I have just painted a less than favorable, but what I believe to be an honest assessment of what could happen as a result of the passage of D025 and C056. The good news is that what could happen, DOES NOT have to happen. Ultimately, the impact D025 and C056 has on each of us individually; our parishes and the Diocese will be dependent upon how we choose to respond. While both resolutions open the door for The Episcopal Church to continue to go in a direction that I believe is problematic for all the reasons listed above, neither resolution changes the Constitution or Canons of The Episcopal Church, nor do they require us, as the Diocese of Albany, to be anything other than who and what we are.
      By the grace of God, the Diocese of Albany will: continue to uphold the traditional orthodox teachings of the Church; fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, moving from membership to discipleship, equipping, emboldening, and sending disciples to make disciples; proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of the world -- the Way, the Truth and the Life, the only One through whom salvation is possible; recognizing the authority of Holy Scripture; continuing in the apostles' teaching and fellowship; upholding the Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed; teaching that marriage was designed and intended by God to be a life long covenant relationship between a man and a woman and that it is only within the confines of marriage between a man and woman that the gift of sexual intimacy is appropriately shared; reaffirm our constituent membership in the Anglican Communion, our communion with the See of Canterbury, and our commitment to preserve these relationships; reaffirm our commitment to the three moratoria requested of us by the instruments of Communion; and reaffirm our commitment to the Anglican Communion Covenant process, with the hope of working toward its implementation once completed. In addition, I will be talking to the Standing Committee about ways in which the Diocese of Albany can be intentional about working more closely with those dioceses that share similar conservative, orthodox theological views. While we may be in the minority, we are not alone. It is important that we support and uphold one another, sharing God's truth as best we understand it, in order that we might be an instrument of His love and healing grace in this broken and hurting world in which we live.
      I realize that what I have put forward is not going to be easy, given the current state of crisis within The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. I don't pretend to know how everything will turn out, or whether The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion will even survive as we now know them. What I do know, is that what we are experiencing now is nothing new. As I have often said in the past, if you study Church history, you will discover that the Church has had problems from the very beginning. If you are looking for the perfect Church, you won't find it this side of heaven, because the Church is made up of imperfect people. There have always been times of conflict resulting from arguments about theological understandings, false teaching and other concerns introduced by Satan through our fallen human nature. Satan is delighted with the division and fighting going on within the Church. The more he can distract us and turn us against one another, the less effective we will be in sharing the Gospel and bringing people to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Despite the brokenness found in the different parts of the Church down through the centuries, there has always been that faithful remnant in which the Holy Spirit has and will continue to work until our Lord returns. My prayer is that the Diocese of Albany will be part of that faithful remnant, in whatever form that might take. If we are to do so, it is essential that we stick together and keep our focus on Christ and Christ alone. In so doing we will get through to the other side. If we focus on the storm, it will destroy us. The decision is ours! It is imperative that what ever decisions we make in response to the current crisis within The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, be done in prayer, truly seeking God's will and the grace to respond in obedience to His will. Ultimately, our wants and desires are of little consequence. What matters most is what God wants. It is only when we are acting in accordance with His will that we will find true peace and fulfillment.
      There were other resolutions and actions taken at the 76th General Convention that I need to briefly comment on, however, I will save those for Part II of my reflections on General Convention, to be issued later this week.
Faithfully Yours in Christ, +Bill

The following statement was prepared as a minority report by those bishops who could not support D025 and C056. An open invitation was offered to any other bishops who felt called to sign the statement.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Anaheim Statement, General Convention, 2009
      At this convention, the House of Bishops has heard repeated calls for honesty and clarity. As the conversation has proceeded within the House of Bishops, repeated attempts to modify wording which would have been preferable to the minority in the vote were respectfully heard and discussed, but in the end most of these amendments were found unacceptable to the majority in the House. Many in the majority believed the amendments would make the stated position of this House less honest about where they believe we are as The Episcopal Church.
      It is apparent that a substantial majority of this Convention believes that The Episcopal Church should move forward on matters of human sexuality. We recognize this reality and understand the clarity with which the majority has expressed itself. We are grateful for those who have reached out to the minority, affirming our place in the Church.
      We seek to provide the same honesty and clarity. We invite all bishops who share the following commitments to join us in this statement as we seek to find a place in the Church we continue to serve.
      We reaffirm our constituent membership in the Anglican Communion, our communion with the See of Canterbury, and our commitment to preserving these relationships.
      We reaffirm our commitment to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of Christ as this Church has received them (BCP 526, 538 ).
      We reaffirm our commitment to the three moratoria requested of us by the Instruments of Communion.
      We reaffirm our commitment to the Anglican Communion Covenant process currently underway, with the hope of working toward its implementation across the Communion once a Covenant is completed.
      We reaffirm our commitment to "continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship" which is foundational to our baptismal covenant, and to be one with the apostles in "interpreting the Gospel" which is essential to our work as bishops of the Church of God.
The Rt. Rev'd James Adams, Western Kansas
The Rt. Rev'd Lloyd Allen, Honduras
The Rt. Rev'd David Alvarez, Puerto Rico
The Rt. Rev'd John Bauerschmidt, Tennessee
The Rt. Rev'd Peter Beckwith, Springfield
The Rt. Rev'd Frank Brookhart, Montana
The Rt. Rev'd Andrew Doyle, Texas
The Rt. Rev'd Philip Duncan, Central Gulf Coast
The Rt. Rev'd Dan Edwards, Nevada
The Rt. Rev'd William Frey, Rio Grande
The Rt. Rev'd Dena Harrison, Texas
The Rt. Rev'd Dorsey Henderson, Upper South Carolina
The Rt. Rev'd Julio Holguin, Dominican Republic
The Rt. Rev'd John Howe, Central Florida
The Rt. Rev'd Russell Jacobus, Fond du Lac
The Rt. Rev'd Don Johnson, West Tennessee
The Rt. Rev'd Paul Lambert, Dallas
The Rt. Rev'd Mark Lawrence, South Carolina
The Rt. Rev'd Gary Lillibridge, West Texas
The Rt. Rev'd Edward Little, Northern Indiana
The Rt. Rev'd William Love, Albany
The Rt. Rev'd Bruce MacPherson, Western Louisiana
The Rt. Rev'd Alfredo Morante, Litoral Ecuador
The Rt. Rev'd Henry Parsley, Alabama
The Rt. Rev'd David Reed, West Texas
The Rt. Rev'd Sylvestre Romero, El Camino Real
The Rt. Rev'd Jeffrey Rowthorn, Europe
The Rt. Rev'd William Skilton, Dominican Republic
The Rt. Rev'd John Sloan, Alabama
The Rt. Rev'd Dabney Smith, Southwest Florida
The Rt. Rev'd Michael Smith, North Dakota
The Rt. Rev'd James Stanton, Dallas
The Rt. Rev'd Pierre Whalon, Europe
The Rt. Rev'd, Don Wimberly, Texas

Final Version - B033 -- 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (2006)
      Resolved, That the 75th General Convention receive and embrace The Windsor Report's invitation to engage in a process of healing and reconciliation; and be it further

      Resolved, That this Convention therefore call upon Standing Committees and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion.

Final Version -- D025 -- 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (2009)
      Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention reaffirm the continued participation of The Episcopal Church as a constituent member of the Anglican Communion; give thanks for the work of the bishops at the Lambeth Conference of 2008; reaffirm the abiding commitment of The Episcopal Church to the fellowship of churches that constitute the Anglican Communion and seek to live into the highest degree of communion possible; and be it further

      Resolved, That the 76th General Convention encourage dioceses, congregations, and members of The Episcopal Church to participate to the fullest extent possible in the many instruments, networks and relationships of the Anglican Communion; and be it further

      Resolved, That the 76th General Convention reaffirm its financial commitment to the Anglican Communion and pledge to participate fully in the Inter-Anglican Budget; and be it further

      Resolved, That the 76th General Convention affirm the value of "listening to the experience of homosexual persons," as called for by the Lambeth Conferences of 1978, 1988, and 1998, and acknowledge that through our own listening the General Convention has come to recognize that the baptized membership of The Episcopal Church includes same-sex couples living in lifelong committed relationships "characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful, honest communication, and the holy love which enables those in such relationships to see in each other the image of God" (2000-D039); and be it further

      Resolved, That the 76th General Convention recognize that gay and lesbian persons who are part of such relationships have responded to God's call and have exercised various ministries in and on behalf of God's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and are currently doing so in our midst; and be it further

      Resolved, That the 76th General Convention affirm that God has called and may call such individuals, to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church, and that God's call to the ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church is a mystery which the Church attempts to discern for all people through our discernment processes acting in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church; and be it further

      Resolved, That the 76th General Convention acknowledge that members of The Episcopal Church as of the Anglican Communion, based on careful study of the Holy Scriptures, and in light of tradition and reason, are not of one mind, and Christians of good conscience disagree about some of these matters.

Current Version* -- C056 -- 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (2009)
* A final version is not listed on the General Convention Website as of Monday, July 27, 2009

      Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 76th General Convention acknowledge the changing circumstances in the United States and in other nations, as legislation authorizing or forbidding marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian persons is passed in various civil jurisdictions that call forth a renewed pastoral response from this Church, and for an open process for the consideration of theological and liturgical resources for the blessing of same gender relationships; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops, collect and develop theological and liturgical resources, and report to the 77th General Convention; and be it further

      Resolved, That the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consultation with the House of Bishops, devise an open process for the conduct of its work inviting participation from provinces, dioceses, congregations, and individuals who are engaged in such theological work, and inviting theological reflection from throughout the Anglican Communion; and be it further

      Resolved, That bishops, particularly those in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-gender marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are legal, may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church; and be it further

      Resolved, That this Convention honor the theological diversity of this Church in regard to matters of human sexuality; and be it further

      Resolved, That the members of this Church be encouraged to engage in this effort.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, July 27, 2009

 

7/27/2009, #30, 3rd Quarter 2009

Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; fighting all day he opresses me. (Psalm 56:1)
      O God, the leaders of the Episcopal Church would oppress and swallow up your faithful people and dioceses.

My enemies would hound me all day, for there are many who fight against me, O Most High. (Psalm 56:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know in every battle we are called to fight for the truth of the gospel that there are more that are for us than those against us. [See 2 Kings 6:8-17, especially verses 16 and 17]

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
      Jesus, you are our strength and hope.

In God (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4)
      Father, thank you for your words in Scripture which is a daily comfort to us.

All day they twist my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil. (Psalm 56:5)
      Jesus, please help us keep our attention on you, for your word is straight and true.

They gather together, they hide, they mark my steps, when they lie in wait for my life. (Psalm 56:6)
      Jesus, defeat all the devious schemes of those who plot against your faithful people.

Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God! (Psalm 56:7)
      Lord, we look to you and your judgments and mercy.

You number my wanderings; put my tears into your bottle; are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8 )
      Lord, you know the sorrow, the grief we feel because the Episcopal Church has walked away from your righteousness; please send your Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to us.

When I cry out to you, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me. (Psalm 56:9)
      LORD, you are our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear? You are the strength of our lives; of whom shall we be afraid? (From Psalm 27:1)

In God (I will praise his word), in the Lord (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Psalm 56:10-11)
      Please help us keep our eyes on you, Jesus; you are our strength and our hope.

Vows made to you are binding upon me, O God; I will render praises to you, (Psalm 56:12)
      Holy Spirit, guide the clergy of this diocese in keeping their ordination vows.

For you have delivered my soul from death. Have you not kept my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? (Psalm 56:13)
      Father, please continue to hold up and sustain Bishop Bill and all the leaders and teachers of this diocese, that they may walk before you by the light of the living gospel. Thank you.

Monday: 56, 57, [58]; 2 Samuel 2:1-11; Acts 15:36-16:5; Mark 6:14-29
Tuesday: 61, 62; 2 Samuel 3:6-21; Acts 16:6-15; Mark 6:30-46

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Please pray
Dear prayer partners
      Got a phone call from a lady called Helen who was given one of our leaflets from the Pray for healing on the Street. She is elderly, has no contact with her family and has had depression for the last 11 years. Pray that Jesus the light of the world would break into her world of darkness and hopelessness - that she would know his presence, healing and peace in her life.
George

***** [Reported by David Virtue:]
      "But clearly the decisions of GC2009 are having an impact. A VOL reporter at the Convention Center ran into The Rev. Ellen Neufeld of the Diocese of Albany with her sandals in her hand. She said she had just left the HOD as a Deputy. She took her sandals off, shook off the dust from the soles, and walked out."

***** Please pray for Blazefest. This is an annual ministry of Youth For Christ to the youth of Hamilton Hill in Schenectady. It takes place in August.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, July 26, 2009

 

7/26/2009, #29, 3rd Quarter 2009

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." (Matthew 25:31-33)
      Lord Jesus, come soon, for your sheep are being pillaged.

"Then the King will say to those on his right hand, 'Come, you blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.'" (Matthew 25:34-36)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to reach out to the lost and the least.

"Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?'" (Matthew 25:37-39)
      Father, please give us eyes to see those in material need and eyes to see those who are in spiritual need, and reach out to them and provide for them.

"And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'" (Matthew 25:40)
      Jesus, the lost and the least surround us daily; please give us eyes to see them and hearts to reach out to them.

"Then he will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave me no food; I was thirsty and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take me in, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'" (Matthew 25:41-43)
      Holy Spirit, even now move the hearts of your people to reach out to those in need with provision and with the light of the gospel.

"Then they also will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?'" (Matthew 25:44)
      Jesus, please restore sight to the spiritually blind.

"Then he will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matthew 25:45-46)
      Lord, your judgments are true and righteous. Have mercy on us and move our hearts to repentance. Move our hearts to become a missionary diocese that reaches out to the lost and the least all around us. Thank you.

Sunday: 24, 29; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; Rom. 12:9-21; Matthew 25:31-46
Monday: 56, 57, [58]; 2 Samuel 2:1-11; Acts 15:36-16:5; Mark 6:14-29

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, July 25, 2009

 

Prayer Table Reports

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report July 25, 9:15-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+John--middle-aged man. Repeat visitor. John has pain in his back and hips. He had an operation in 2005 in which a metal plate was inserted, and now he in pain. He is planning to have an MRI. Prayed for relief of the pain, wisdom for the doctors, and protection for John on the streets.

+Surrita--young woman and wife--"Pray for my unborn child"

+(++++)Hispanic woman--older woman, could not speak English, difficulty in walking. She pointed to the crosses on the table, and we gave her one. Prayed for her protection. 30 minutes later, she returned with this note:



She must have talked to someone who wrote this note. We gave her 4 more crosses and in a heavy accent she said "Bless you". We thank God for her faithfulness.

Lydia--regular--middle-aged woman--prayed for the prosperity of her children in Guyana.

Teen-age boy across the street--"I pray everyday"

Tasha--young woman walking by--did not stop--prayed for blessings in her life and protection

+Raymond (older Hispanic man) and +Raymond (younger Hispanic man)--prayed for protection on the street.

Young man across the street-- "I prayed as soon as I got up this morning".

Bill--regular--middle-aged man across the street--prayed for freedom from seizures.

Woman on a bicycle--When asked if she would like prayer she emphatically said "no" and rode on. She suddenly turned around and came back to the Prayer Table. "I am a woman of the Bible," she said. Prayer is a private matter between a person and
God the spirit. Prayer is not to be performed in public for all to see, it must be done behind closed doors in a private place".

She was referencing Matthew 6, 5-6.
5 "When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

We explained that we are ministering to the prostitutes, the addicts, the homeless, the lonely, the lost sheep. Many of these people do not know how to pray. Many of the people who stop are looking for comfort. With our card table and folding chairs, we are not looking for glory or public recognition.

As we were talking to this young woman, +Howard and +Julian sat down at the Prayer Table and asked for prayer, Howard asked for prayer for his family. Julian was a repeat visitor; he asked for a change in his life. He knows he is on the wrong path and wants to set his life right, but there is so much temptation. We prayed for guidance and strength for this young man.

+Victor--prayed for health for his wife's grand-daughter.

Ishawn--a repeat visitor--this friendly young man is from Morocco. We prayed for his family.

++++Aubry--this young mother had her 5 children (all under the age of 6) with her. She and her children crossed the street for prayer.--2 children were in a stroller--the older boy helped the twin girls across the street. Aubry had stopped by the Prayer Table several months ago when she was pregnant with her youngest child. We prayed for protection of this family and blessings on each of the children.

PRAYER TABLE REPORT Christ Church Schenectady
(Sat., July 25, 2009; 10:30 - 11:30 – David and Doris Carlson)
[+ --indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

+ Marie – woman reluctantly sat down for prayer -- she said she is very discouraged and said, “I don’t think it will help.” She is bipolar, has no money, and is not sure God is there for her. We prayed for provision and healing and asked the Lord to reveal Himself to her.

Eric – stopped for prayer on his way to the Macedonian 7th Day Adventist church.

Man walking by, did not stop for prayer but said, “God bless you!”
Note: We had much less foot traffic by the church today than normal for a Saturday, and many who did walk did not want prayer.

+ Issa – woman said she was in a hurry but did stop briefly for prayer – asked prayer for “everything” especially her family

Man walking by – we offered prayer but he did not speak English. He was wearing one of the wooden crosses we give out at the prayer table. He showed it to us and kissed it. We prayed for the Lord to meet his needs.

David Carlson

Albany Intercessor

 

7/25/2009, #28, 3rd Quarter 2009

Then He went out from there and came to his own country, and his disciples followed him. And when the Sabbath had come, he began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to him, that such mighty works are performed by his hands! Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" So they were offended at him. (Mark 6:1-3)
      Jesus, please help us to be disciples who follow you and not be among those who are offended at you.

But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house." Now he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. Then he went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:4-6)
      Jesus, you have ceased to be honored in the Episcopal Church. It pays lip-service to you and then does what it wants to do, rather than what your word says.

And he called the twelve to himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff--no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts--but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics. (Mark 6:7-9)
      Holy Spirit, help us become a true missionary diocese: help us send forth teams to the surrounding dioceses equipped with your power and the word of the gospel. The lost and the dying surround us on every side; give us hearts to go forth to them with the good news of what Jesus has done for us through his cross and resurrection.

Also he said to them, "In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!" (Mark 6:10-11)
      Father, there are those who will not hear the gospel; don't let us be distracted by them. Help us search out those who are hungry for the good news.

So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. (Mark 6:12-13)
      Jesus, help us go forth to all the surrounding dioceses and preach repentance, forgiveness of sins, and through the power of your Holy Spirit set the captives of sin and sickness free from oppression and disease.. Thank you.

      A word received: Hear me. Listen to me. Heed my word. It is a living word. Choose life and not death.

Saturday: 55; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; Acts 15:22-35; Mark 6:1-13
Sunday: 24, 29; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; Rom. 12:9-21; Matthew 25:31-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2009
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Please pray
Dear prayer partners
      Please pray for a girl called Ellie who is going into P5 in September. She has been diagnosed with leukemia for the past year. She will be travelling to London soon, her family is concerned at her risk of exposure to infection as her immunity is low due to her illness. We ask for healing& a revelation of you for the whole family
Jenifer Patterson
      Father I pray that you will cover Ellie with your protection as she travels to and from London, through Jesus name.
Many thanks Hugh

***** Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2009 12:30:04 -0400
From: Rev. Ginny Ogden
Subject: Request for prayers from Fr. Darius
      The following is a request for prayer forwarded to me from Fr. Darius at St. David's in Agawam. The e-mail originated from one of St. David's Vestry members:
God's blessings to you all!
Dear Friends,
      Many of you will remember Jillian Lawson, Bev and Danny's youngest daughter (also Rick's and my Goddaughter). She has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. As yet she does not have a surgery date, but will be scheduled soon. Please pray for Jill, for complete healing, for her doctors, her husband, Brandon, and for her family. If you are connected with any other prayer chains or lists, kindly add Jill for healing of thyroid cancer. Your prayers are most appreciated. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

 

7/25/2009, #27, 3rd Quarter 2009

Give ear to my prayer, O God, and do not hide yourself from my supplication. (Psalm 55:1)
      LORD, hear our cry to you for your church and your people.

Attend to me, and hear me; I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily, (Psalm 55:2)
      Father, we are agitated and disturbed by what went on at General Convention.

Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked; for they bring down trouble upon me, and in wrath they hate me. (Psalm 55:3)
      Jesus, they listened to the world, the flesh, and the devil at General Convention and said they were listening to you; have mercy on us. Lord, they would bring down trouble on all your faithful people.

My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. (Psalm 55:4)
      Holy Spirit, we are troubled by the choices made at General Convention -- they can only hasten the death of the Episcopal Church.

Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. (Psalm 55:5)
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for they have called good evil and evil good.

So I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. (Psalm 55:6)
      Holy Spirit, heavenly dove, help us and all your faithful people find their rest in Jesus.

Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest." (Psalm 55:7-8 )
      Father, each week a thousand "wander far off" and leave the Episcopal Church. Show us what we should do as a diocese, for the windy storm and tempest are upon us.

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in the city. (Psalm 55:9)
      Lord, when the people of Shinar in their pride sought to build a tower to challenge you, you confused their speech (Genesis 11). The leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have sought in their pride to build structures to challenge you as well; divide their tongues and bring confusion to their work.

Day and night they go around it on its walls; iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it. (Psalm 55:10)
      Jesus, they have increase iniquity in the church, they have brought lawsuits against your faithful people and have called it "mission"; have mercy on us.

Destruction is in its midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets. (Psalm 55:11)
      Holy Spirit, help us build up what has been laid waste, and raise up foundations of many generations built on the cornerstone of Jesus and apostolic teaching. Help us repair the breach between Jesus and the Episcopal Church and be restorers of streets to dwell in. Thank you. (From Isaiah 58:12)

For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng. (Psalm 55:12-14)
      We pray that no weapon formed against Bishop Bill and this diocese, or any of your faithful people will prosper, and that you will condemn every tongue that rises up in judgment against your people. (From Isaiah 54:17)

Let death seize them; Let them go down alive into hell, for wickedness is in their dwellings and among them. (Psalm 55:15)
      Holy Spirit, please bring Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori and the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to conversion or get them out of there.

As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me. (Psalm 55:16-18 )
      Amen.

      A word received: Ask for my help and guidance.

Saturday: 55; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; Acts 15:22-35; Mark 6:1-13
Sunday: 24, 29; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; Rom. 12:9-21; Matthew 25:31-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From the Diocesan Update 7/24/2009
      Your prayers are invited for Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM, and her extended family upon the death of her father, Charles, on Thursday, July 23 in Texas.
      Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord; let light perpetual shine upon him.
      Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP pg 505)

Albany Intercessor

Friday, July 24, 2009

 

7/24/2009, #26, 3rd Quarter 2009

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
      LORD, we are waiting for you -- not very patiently I'll admit -- but we are waiting for you; please hear our cry: show us and your other faithful people what you want us to do given the apostasy of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      Jesus, you are our rock, and the Episcopal Church has become miry clay; please establish our steps.

He has put a new song in my mouth-- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:3)
      Holy Spirit, please put that "new song" of praise to God in our mouths and help us trust Jesus.

Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. (Psalm 40:4)
      Father, we pray for Bishop Bill and all the other faithful leaders and teachers who have trusted in you: guide their footsteps. Do not let any of them turn aside to the lies of the proud and arrogant in the Episcopal Church.

Many, O Lord my God, are your wonderful works which you have done; and your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to you in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (Psalm 40:5)
      Jesus, thank you for remembering us, thank you for having us in your thoughts and for your many mercies toward us. Please continue your wonderful works among us. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people. Do not cease from praying for them. Pray for my people that they will return to me.

Friday: 40, 54; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; Acts 15:12-21; Mark 5:21-43
Saturday: 55; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; Acts 15:22-35; Mark 6:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009
From: Jonathan Bissell [in New York City]
Subject: pray for Yvonne
      One of the Taiwanese converts (an older woman) who just went home on vacation wrote this message below; please pray with her:
      "I ask a friend to help me to look for a pastor and fellowship to help me to clean my home to burn the idol statue of my home at 2:00pm on this Sunday (7/26). Please pray for me. Cleaning house--Burning the idol statue is very important and serious for a Taiwanese being a Christ. I need the fellowship and the body to pray for me and my family and my parents."

***** Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009
From: Teresa M. Hio
Subject: Re: Fr. Hio
      Hi Jean, how are you? Yes, he's back at Northwoods and may or may not recognize people. It's hit or miss but he is definitely declining. Hospice services started for him last week. The need to go back and forth to the hospital will decrease and his comfort level will hopefully increase.
      My Mom is doing great! She's made some really good friends at her facility which takes a little bit of pressure off of me because I know she's happy. I still try to go everyday to see her to make sure she gets to go for a walk.
Say hi to everyone. Take care, Teresa

***** Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Urgent prayer from Northern Ireland
Dear prayer partners
      We are still waiting for a decision from the Home office regarding Sponsorship License - their promise to let me know before the weekend before last was broken and when speaking to them this week they can give me no date when they will even consider our application. Please pray that someone would deal with our application quickly and we would be successful. We have several over seas people waiting to join the team but if we don't get this notification of the license before I go on holidays on Monday they will have to reconsider their options for the Autumn.
Thanks George
      Please let us unite our hearts to break through all the red tape and pray that God would make the way for the answer ASAP.
Many thanks Hugh

***** Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009
From: Rev. Neal P. Longe
Subject: Christ Church Schenectady Prayer table report
Here is my prayer table report from Wednesday, July 22 10:45 am -- 11:45 am. Minister: Deacon Neal Longe

Pleasant young lady. "On a schedule. Can't stop now." Prayed that the Lord would slow us down to hear his voice.

+Lisa: Better living situation. Recently she lost her mother and her kids were in a car accident. Prayed for comfort, healing and trust that the Lord may lift her up.

-Several others passed by but said were too busy to stop right now.

+Pat: Prayed for peace.

+Screll and +Serina: Health and healing for family.

+Aubrey: Desiring baptism for her five children +Analiz, +Isabella, +Gabriella, +Celso, and +Evan. Invited her to this Sunday's service. Prayed that the Lord may come into their hearts and be Lord of their lives.

+A worker from project safe. Wouldn't stop but said we should pray for increase and for release from the hold of the devil.

+Linda: that her children may come to know the Lord.

+Ashley, +Tiffany, and +Abraham: Prayed for a life savior, that the Lord may come into their hearts and their lives.

+Amy: Blessing and protection.

+Theodore: Reconciliation

+Stephanie: Prayed for renewal. Said her life is a mess and over. Prayed that the Lord may raise her up and strengthen her.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, July 23, 2009

 

7/23/2009, #25, 3rd Quarter 2009

Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. (Mark 5:1)
      Lord Jesus, please bring more of your disciples into the Episcopal Church.

And when he had come out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, (Mark 5:2)
      Jesus, I pray for all those in the Episcopal Church who have an unclean spirit, that they will meet you as this man did.

who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, (Mark 5:3)
      Jesus, so many are living lives of death in parishes and churches that are spiritually dead -- they are in living tombs.

because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. (Mark 5:4)
      Father, so many of your people are in spiritual bondage; have mercy on us.

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. (Mark 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, like this man, the Episcopal Church is on a self-destructive path.

When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him. (Mark 5:6)
      Jesus, please help the lost in the Episcopal Church run to you and worship you.

And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore you by god that you do not torment me." (Mark 5:7)
      Jesus, so many in the Episcopal Church live tormented lives: they want you but are afraid to let go of their sins and heresies.

For he said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!" (Mark 5:8 )
      Jesus, please command the evil spirits to come out of your body the church.

Then he asked him, "What is your name?"And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many." (Mark 5:9)
      Jesus, the spirits which afflict the Episcopal Church are so many.

Also he begged him earnestly that he would not send them out of the country. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them." And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. (Mark 5:10-13)
      Jesus, please make a way to set the Episcopal Church free from those spirits which hold it in bondage.

So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened. (Mark 5:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be witnesses of what Jesus has done.

Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. (Mark 5:15)
      Lord, we long for the day when the Episcopal Church will be clothed with righteousness and in its right mind.

And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine. (Mark 5:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us share with others how you have set us free.

Then they began to plead with him to depart from their region. (Mark 5:17)
      Please, Lord, don't let the Episcopal Church make this choice -- to plead with you to leave it.

And when he got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged him that he might be with him. (Mark 5:18 )
      Thank you, Holy Spirit, for letting us be with Jesus at all times and in all places.

However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he has had compassion on you." (Mark 5:19)
      Father, please help us all take Jesus words to heart: that we should share with our friends and neighbors the great things he has done for us and how he has had compassion on us.

And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. (Mark 5:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us proclaim all that Jesus has done for us. As this man went throughout his whole region, help us go throughout the whole diocese sharing the good news of what Jesus has done for us. Thank you.

       A word received: Pray for my church. Pray for new life in my church. Pray for faithful teaching in my church. Pray for hope for my people. Pray for my people to keep their eyes on me.

Thursday: 50; 1 Samuel 28:3-20; Acts 15:1-11; Mark 5:1-20
Friday: 40, 54; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; Acts 15:12-21; Mark 5:21-43

       Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009
From: Hap Carrier
      The scan on Tuesday showed that he is continuing to hold his own and make progress with the tumor on his pancreas.

***** Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Subject: Update
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
      Thank you for all your support. Healing a Woman's Soul has had two great news bursts: we received the UTO grant in full and we are now a tax exempt organization. We just received the official IRS letter. Yes !!!!!!!!!! Its a great encouragement. Blessings, Anne

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

 

7/22/2009, #24, 3rd Quarter 2009

And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, (Acts 14:21)
      Father, we pray that the gospel will be truly and effectively preached in our community and that many will be made disciples of your son Jesus.

strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)
      Holy Spirit, this is a time of tribulation for your faithful people in the Episcopal Church; please help us continue steadfast in the faith that you once and for delivered to the saints.

So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. (Acts 14:23)
      Jesus, please raise up and appoint faithful elders in every parish and diocese of the Episcopal Church. We commend those elders to you in whom they have believed.

And after they had passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. Now when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. (Acts 14:24-25)
      Holy Spirit, as we travel and go from place to place, help us seize every opportunity you give us to preach and share the word.

From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed. (Acts 14:26)
      Jesus, please help us by your grace complete the work we are given.

Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. (Acts 14:27)
      Father, please help us share in our parishes every open door of faith you give us.

So they stayed there a long time with the disciples. (Acts 14:28 )
      Holy Spirit, help us come and go at your bidding. Thank you.

      A word received: "Heal this land." Pray that my people will turn to me and that I will heal this land.

Wednesday: 119:49-72; 1 Samuel 25:23-44; Acts 14:19-28; Mark 4:35-41
Thursday: 50; 1 Samuel 28:3-20; Acts 15:1-11; Mark 5:1-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Continue to Pray for Life in the Spirit Baptism of the Holy Spirit
      Could you please let everyone know that the session for praying for the baptism in the Holy Spirit was postponed from last Thursday to this coming Thursday, the 23rd. Thanks to everyone who prayed last week. There seems to be a lot of effort to keep this prayer time from happening.
In Christ, Julie Mudge

***** Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009
From: Intercessors Joe & Tina Rhodes of South Carolina
      In these days within the Episcopal Church, any other denomination, or independent church; these words from Bishop Mark Lawrence's pastoral letter to the Episcopal Diocese of SC in response to the actions taken by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church are well worth while to heed: "(This) is not a time for alarm. It is a time for thoughtful and steady resolve. We face significant challenges. They are no longer the challenges of tomorrow they are the challenges of today. This cannot be brushed aside as if it is of little consequence." (You can read the entire letter here http://www.dioceseofsc.org/mt/archives/000415.html)

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

 

7/20/2009, #22, 3rd Quarter 2009

My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. (Psalm 45:1)
      Jesus, my heart is overflowing with a good theme: you are my king. Give me a disciple's tongue that I may know how to speak to those who are weary. (Isaiah 50:4)

You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. (Psalm 45:2)
      Fairest Lord Jesus, help us hear the grace that comes from you lips.

Gird your sword upon your thigh, O Mighty One, with your glory and your majesty. (Psalm 45:3)
      Gird up you sword, Jesus; for your people are being attacked from within and without your church.

And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; and your right hand shall teach You awesome things. (Psalm 45:4)
      King Jesus, restore truth, humility, and righteousness to the Episcopal Church and to this nation.

Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies; the peoples fall under you. (Psalm 45:5)
      Jesus, use your arrows to prick the consciences of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and the rulers of this nation. Thank you.



      A word received: You are in my care. Keep looking to me -- I AM your provider. What was true before the General Convention is still true. Nothing has changed -- I AM still Lord.

Tuesday: 45; 1 Samuel 25:1-22; Acts 14:1-18; Mark 4:21-34
Wednesday: 119:49-72; 1 Samuel 25:23-44; Acts 14:19-28; Mark 4:35-41

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009
From: Rev. Jackie Jones
There must be something about this time of year. I have to have an excision biopsy on Friday, July 31st, to see if I have breast cancer. God is faithful and I'm trying hard to rest in His everlasting arms. As always, I ask for your prayers.
God Bless, Jackie+

***** There are a number of new videos posted at Anglican TV as well as the new video of Bishop Bill on Anglican TV: http://anglicantv.org/; listen to it.

***** From: The Mudges, 20 July 09
Dear Friends in Christ,
      Peace be with you.
      Somehow, 40 years ago in this past hour, men landed on the moon. I have been reviewing internet recollections of that mission to the moon; it still seems awesome. And in some way, mission work on earth is like that, as well. The task seems awesome, but somehow God pulls through.
Praise reports:
      1. Julie and I have officially finished our five day a week language school program, and now we begin the next phase. We still continue twice-a-week in language study, with the help of two tutors.
      2. We are enjoying the variation among Anglican worship services in Lima, as we get out and about, visiting congregations.
      3. We are getting to know the city better, and we have ventured into the world of autobuses. Autobuses are a great way to see the city at a very inexpensive price, especially if you think the bus is taking you where you want to go, which may not always be the case....
Prayer requests:
      1. That Julie would get her homeschool chemistry supplies through customs.
      2. For our financial situation.
      3. For our priorities, that we would be ministering as Jesus would have us minister.
      4. For preparation for teaching in the Fall.
      5. For the Life in the Spirit seminar, which is now in week 5 of 7.
      6. For language speaking and comprehension.
      7. For our visa process which is just getting underway.
      8. For our house and car insurance situation in Wynantskill. Without warning, we found out today that our insurance company is cancelling our policies next month, because we are living in Peru, over the objections of our agent. Our agent is arranging insurance with another company. We plan to have the transition take place on August 6. Transfiguration day. Hmmm. When our policies will be transformed.......?
      God bless you, and thank you for praying for us. I am praying for you daily.
In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: New Weekly Mudge Prayer
      For this is what the Lord has commanded us: "I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth." When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. (Acts 13: 47-48 )
      Heavenly Father, again we lift up Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge to you. We thank You that you have made them a light for the Peruvians so that they may bring salvation to the people of Lima. We pray that when they minister, the people will be glad and honor Your Word, and all those whom You have appointed for eternal life will believe. Lord, we pray especially for those attending the Life in the Spirit seminar that they may know Your Holy Spirit; and for all those that attended the Spanish mass said by Father Shaw this past Sunday that they may come into that saving relationship with Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You, Lord, for every blessing with which You have blessed the Mudges. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Monday, July 20, 2009

 

7/19/2009, #21, 3rd Quarter 2009

He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?" (Mark 4:21)
      Lord, the Episcopal Church has hidden your word away and have not walked by its light; have mercy on us. Help us to bring forth the light of your word so that all may see by it.

"For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light." (Mark 4:22)
      Holy Spirit, reveal the hidden things in the life of the Episcopal Church by your light. Bring repentance and new life to Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori and the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." (Mark 4:23)
      Father, please give us ears to hear what you are say8ing and hearts to respond to your words and deeds. Thank you.

Monday: 41, 52; 1 Samuel 24:1-22; Acts 13:44-52; Mark 4:1-20
Tuesday: 45; 1 Samuel 25:1-22; Acts 14:1-18; Mark 4:21-34

      Notes from the Front Line

***** There is a new video of Bishop Bill on Anglican TV: http://anglicantv.org/; listen to it.

***** Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009
From: "Louise Fisher
Prayer Table Grace and Holy Innocents, July 18,2009
      Judy is back. Walking with some difficulty. She is on several medications for blood pressure and has appointments at Whitney Young this week. She knows that we have been praying for her and asks us to continue. She seems afraid.
      Fr.Reddie prayed with a young man about his addiction to drugs and alcohol.
      One of a group of men ("missionaries") from Dr. Bob's group have been "released" and will need to find homes and jobs by August 1st. There are 17 of them.
Prayers and blessings, Louise

***** Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009
Subject: Prayer table Christ Church Coxsackie
7/18/09 12-1 PM Hope Plaza Coxsackie. Beautiful day a blessing. Ministers Barbara Cook and Dina McGibbon.

Crosses from Dennis Adams from N. Carolina Small Gospels of St. John.
Book Mark With Bible on time with The Answer to your Prayers and Bible verse John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Middle aged women and teen daughter--Mom recovering Alcoholic (3 weeks into recovery) Asked for prayer for recovery. Gave thanks for sobriety and blessing for protection of the Holy Spirit and St. Gabriel to watch over her and help in the battle. Protection for triggers for alcohol use. Asked blessing on daughter for the love she has for her mother and her protection. Both took crosses mom took Gospel of John and book mark.

Middle aged man --prayed for loneliness after loss of wife. For continued health. Gave thanks for children who are close to him. Took book mark.

Older man--stopped on way out of pharmacy and told us he is from Grace Covenant church in Ravena, Prayed against memory loss and healing from cancer. He is on tube feedings. Wonderful spirit laughed that pizza can't go down the tube but he is doing well with God's grace. Gave thanksgiving for a wonderful brother in Christ and prayed for his church.

Middle aged women--from gospel church in town and we all gave thanksgiving to the Lord for abundant blessings and for continued growth in the Lord and His protection.

Older man---passed by had prayers last week and we sent him that God will continue to bless him and protect him.

Older women--prayed for her children to come to know the Lord and their salvation,safety and health.

All took bookmarks. fewer passerby's this week as there is a community wide yard sale.

Albany Intercessor

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