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Monday, August 31, 2009


8/31/2009, #67, 3rd Quarter 2009

And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes. (Mark 14:53)
      Lord, even today you are on trial before the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church. They are judging you and don't recognize that you will judge them.

But Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire. (Mark 14:54)
      Jesus, so many of your disciples follow you at a distance. Warm their hearts with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but found none. (Mark 14:55)
      Holy Spirit, please guide the bishops and chief priests of the Episcopal Church so that they look in the Bible for true testimony about Jesus.

For many bore false witness against him, but their testimonies did not agree. (Mark 14:56)
      Father, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church hear your testimony about Jesus: "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17) and "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear him!" (Matthew 17:5)

Then some rose up and bore false witness against him, saying, "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.'" But not even then did their testimony agree. (Mark 14:57-59)
      Jesus, please help your church hear your clear testimony about your death and resurrection.

And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, "Do you answer nothing? What is it these men testify against you?" But he kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, saying to him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" (Mark 14:60-61)
      Holy Spirit, help the chief priests and elders of the Episcopal Church ask these questions with humble hearts and help them respond to your answers to these questions.

Jesus said, "I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." (Mark 14:62)
      Lord, help your church hear your answer.

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?" And they all condemned him to be deserving of death. Then some began to spit on him, and to blindfold him, and to beat him, and to say to him, "Prophesy!" And the officers struck him with the palms of their hands. (Mark 14:63-65)
      Father, thank you for loving us so much that you would allow your son to go through all this for our sakes. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people -- pray that they will know me from the least to the greatest.
      Pray for the refining fire of my Holy Spirit.
      Pray for new life and hope for my people.

Monday: 25; 2 Chronicles 6:32-7:7; James 2:1-13; Mark 14:53-65
Tuesday: 26, 28; 1 Kings 8:65-9:9; James 2:14-26; Mark 14:66-72

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2009
Subject: Give thanks and please pray
Dear prayer partners
Hello Everyone,
      It gives me great pleasure to let you know that all your prayers have worked, we finalised both visa's 4 hours before they where meant to fly. God really had his hand over all of this. We are really grateful for the supporters and encourager's associated with Fields of Life and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers. Praise the Lord! God bless, Claire
      We give thanks for this wonderful miracle and look forward to the blessings that the Field of Life choir bring, when we listen to their young voices also please pray that all will go well and that the Father's protection will watch over them during this trip in Jesus name.
      Can you please pray for our nephew Gary who is very ill in Darlington hospital with liver damage and Jaundice's he is in his late twenties please pray that he would have a personal experience with Jesus and that if he makes it through, this would change his whole way of life, please also pray for the Father peace and comfort around his mum Kath & dad Stanley and all the family who are very concerned him. We leave this in your loving hands Father and pray for your mercy through Jesus. Thank you. Hugh

***** Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2009
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer mail for Tuesday 1 September 09
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you.
      Here is this week's prayer mail. I have sent it out earlier than usual this week because of the installation service for us as faculty members of the seminary, tomorrow evening. I forwarded the announcement by email last week so you would be in the loop. Please pray for us. It begins 6 pm, Lima time.
      1) Lydia's birthday party went well. She is a happy girl.
      2) Weather continues to improve.
      3) We have begun planning our participation in our parish services and ministry.
      4) This is Lydia's last week at language school. She is a happy girl.
Prayer requests:
      1) Visa applications.
      2) Course planning. Courses begin on September 14.
      3) Language.
      4) Priority and budget matters.
      5) Since the last prayer mail, Julie and I have been asked to lead Life in the Spirit seminar segments on Saturday mornings, September 12 and 26. This will include 5 segments, over the two Saturdays. These segments are intended especially for clergy and their spouses of the Diocese of Peru.
      6) Julie will be meeting with Bp. Godfrey to discuss Commission on Ministry matters.
      7) We have an all day parish outing on Saturday to a mission in another part of the city.
      8 ) We have a parish ministry planning meeting on Wednesday beginning about 9 am.
      9) SAMS missionaries in Peru meet by Skype/in person on Tuesday at the Cathedral to coordinate schedules for 2010, at 9 am.
      Thank you for praying for us. I can tell that people are praying for us, and I pray for you daily. God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, August 30, 2009


8/30/2009, #66, 3rd Quarter 2009

But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us do those things which will bring us to the mind and character of Jesus.

For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. (1 Timothy 4:8 )
      Jesus, you lived a life of self-discipline which kept you close to your father in heaven; please help us daily take on that same discipline.

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. (1 Timothy 4:9)
      Father, please help us accept all that you are saying to us in the Scriptures.

For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10)
      Jesus, thank you for Bishop Bill and all your faithful apostolic witnesses who have labored and suffered reproach so that we could trust you, the living God.

These things command and teach. (1 Timothy 4:11)
      Holy Spirit, help us receive into our hearts and lives all that you command and teach.

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
      Jesus, please bless all those whom you send to minister to us. Help us receive their ministry; help us receive the ministry of the youth of this diocese.

Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. (1 Timothy 4:13)
      Father, instill in our hearts a hunger for your word, bless those who exhort us to follow Jesus, and bring us all to sound doctrine.

Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. (1 Timothy 4:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help us use all the gifts you have given us so that the Body of Christ may be built up.

Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)
      Father, please help us think on whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. (From Philippians 4:8 )

Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16)
      Jesus, please restore to the seminaries of the Episcopal Church and those who teach and minister there sound doctrine so that they and those who hear them may be saved. Bless the ministry of Nashotah House and Trinity School for Ministry. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to repent.
      Pray that they will turn to me, for I AM the truth.
      My people are led astray by lies and false teaching.
      Pray that they will turn to me for the truth of the gospel.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150; 1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40); 1 Timothy 4:7b-16; John 8:47-59
Monday: 25; 2 Chronicles 6:32-7:7; James 2:1-13; Mark 14:53-65

August 28, 2009 Diocesan Update
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      As most of you know, I am planning to visit each of the eight deaneries in the Diocese, beginning in the second week of September and ending the first week of October. The schedule and format of each of the deanery visitations is listed at the end of this letter.
      The purpose of the Deanery Meetings is to give the members of each deanery (clergy and laity) an opportunity to hear about and discuss the actions taken at the recently concluded 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church which met in Anaheim, California in July. No doubt many of you have already heard about much of what occurred at General Convention and have a variety of thoughts and opinions regarding the actions taken.
      I invite you to come and share your thoughts with me and one another as we discuss General Convention and its impact or potential impact on each of our parishes, the Diocese and the larger Church. I pray that this will be an informative and beneficial time for all who attend. Shortly after the General Convention concluded, I reported on some of the more controversial aspects of General Convention. During our deanery meetings I will try to share with you some of the other business that came before us as well.
      Several members of the Diocese of Albany's Deputation to General Convention have written a report or reflection on General Convention. These may be found on the diocesan website early next week. I look forward to being with you.
Faithfully Yours in Christ, + Bill

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, August 29, 2009


8/29/2009, #65, 3rd Quarter 2009

And it came to pass after three days that Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. So when they had come together, he said to them: "Men and brethren, though I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, who, when they had examined me, wanted to let me go, because there was no cause for putting me to death. But when the Jews spoke against it, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my nation. For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain." Then they said to him, "We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren who came reported or spoken any evil of you. But we desire to hear from you what you think; for concerning this sect, we know that it is spoken against everywhere." So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening. (Acts 28:17-23)
      Holy Spirit, bring all of us to such a knowledge of the Scriptures that we can use them to persuade people that Jesus is the Christ of God.

And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved. (Acts 28:24)
      Jesus, that is true of our witness today.

So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers, saying, 'Go to this people and say: "Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive;"'" (Acts 28:25-26)
      Father, have mercy on us for this is true of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church today.

"'"For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them."'" (Acts 28:27)
      A word received (10/8/06): Keep asking for eyes to see.

      A word received (10/9/06): I Am calling my church back to me. I Am calling my bride to me. Pray for listening ears. Pray for this day by day.

      A word received (11/9/06): Listen, listen my people for my word to you. Listen as you read scripture. Listen, listen to what I Am saying to you.

"Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!" (Acts 28:28 )
      Holy Spirit, help us go out with the gospel to all who will hear it.

And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves. (Acts 28:29)
      Lord, that dispute is now raging in the Episcopal Church, in your mercy rescue all who have a heart to receive your gospel. Thank you.

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. (Acts 28:30-31)
      Holy Spirit, please give us a heart as you did Paul to seize every opportunity to preach and share the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you.

      A word received: I told Francis to rebuild my church.
      This is my call to my people now: rebuild my church.
      Set my church on the firm foundation of the faith and gospel I delivered to the saints.
      Solomon built a building for my people to worship in.
      The building is not the church -- the church is my people.
      Pray for my people to be restored to me and made whole again.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52
Sunday: 148, 149, 150; 1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40); 1 Timothy 4:7b-16; John 8:47-59

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report August 29, 9:20-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Howard Smith (It was a "misty, moisty morning, and cloudy was the weather…" Not many people out today.)
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+ Sasha prayers for family and knee
+ John: prayers for family and the Lord's Provision
Woman: walked by, "you can pray for me if you want"
+ Heather: healing
+ Jeff: family
+ Gloria: Family and everything
+ Jim: soft heart and blessings
+++ Howard: for Nicole, for protection
+ Vincent: protection & provisions

Albany Intercessor

Friday, August 28, 2009


8/28/2009, #64, 3rd Quarter 2009

      Notes from the Front Line
Dave & Megan Sheehan
Campus Crusade for Christ in NY's Capital Region
      Christmas for campus ministries comes in August or September ... because this is the time of year that the campuses are flooded with young men and women who are looking for new friends and new places to belong, and they are doing that in a broad, new, unfettered environment. What all those variables add up to is an equation for opportunities - during this brief window - to demonstrate Jesus and proclaim Jesus to young people with higher than average positive results. If we capitalize on this time of year, it is not uncommon for a Christian community on campus to double in size in a matter of weeks. See: Christmas!
      So, we want to paint a picture of what will happen during the next couple of weeks, so you, our ministry partners, can be praying with us during these critical first two weeks of school.
      In most instances, students will receive a free aluminum water bottle, in exchange for completing a really quick questionnaire (RQQ). The RQQ is three questions and contact information; it only takes a minute. On that survey, which is more conversational than evangelistic, a student can make a request to have a conversation about spiritual things. We usually see at least half of the students who respond really do want to know more. Then, each student gets a visit or phone call from staff and students. Often a window opens for the Gospel to be shared. Relationships are frequently forged during the visit leading to continued interaction. This is repeated over and over in cafeterias and dorm rooms during the first two weeks of school. The result should be excited and trained student leaders as well as new involved freshmen. Please pray that God would be moving in the hearts and minds of the incoming freshmen, especially, and opening many doors for new life in Him!
      Five students actually participated in a Campus Crusade for Christ summer project. Each of these students returns to the Capital Region with a fresh fire to walk with the Lord and see their peers encounter Jesus personally. We are so thankful for this small "down payment" of the ministers who will be sent all over the world both during and after their time in college! For more on summer projects, check out

      Aaron Halvorsen is our newest full-time staff member in the Capital Region. He finished raising his financial support and has reported to begin working this fall! We are so excited. Aaron brings with him clear humility, a passion for prayer, good ministry experience, and an immediate jolt to the capacity of our team. He also represents a network of people with clear potential to do great things on the campuses of our area. We see this as another demonstration of the Lord's faithfulness to us and, more importantly, to His great Name being glorified on these campuses.

[Pray for those who minister to students at colleges throughout this diocese. Torre]
Albany Intercessor


8/28/2009, #63, 3rd Quarter 2009

      Notes from the Front Line
            Healing Mission
            Christ Episcopal Church
      300 North Main St, Herkimer, NY (315 866-0551)

            Saturday November 14, 2009
                  9:00 - 4:30pm

The Rev. Nigel Mumford, Director of the Healing Center at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich,NY, will lead the mission with his diverse experience in the Healing Ministry through teaching on the topics of: “The Hand of Christ for Healing”, “When God Appears Not To Answer”, and “Being Christ Bearers in a Broken World”.

This special day will include healing prayer, worship,
music and fellowship.

$20 Early Registration fee if received by September 30, 2009.
$25 Registration fee if received from October 1-October 30th. Registration fee includes lunch, refreshments,
Daycare, and all materials.

Only a certain number of registrations can be taken –
acceptance based on registration date.
Limited scholarships are available.

      Please make checks payable to: Pat Bailey and mail to:
Mrs. Pat Bailey, 320 Henry St., Herkimer, NY 13350.

(For information or directions, please contact Pat at (315) 866-4112 or by email at

NOTE: You are not considered registered unless registration form and fee are received by October 30, 2009. Please include children’s names & ages if day care is needed.

***** Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009
From: John & Terry Bassett
Subject: PTL
Dear Beloved Prayer Warriors,
      PTL--Even better news--Rachel and Byron are now proud parents of a healthy baby girl who arrived this morning at 9:27 at St Mary's in Troy. No interventions and no drugs--just used the deep tub until it was time to push. She weighed in at 7 pounds 13 ounces at 20 1/2 inches long. All three are doing great--healthy and calm. They plan to spend some time together before deciding on her name. We are blessed to have them heading home sometime tomorrow.
      Thank you all dear friends for your prayers. Terry and Fr John Bassett
      "It is such a wonderful thing to be loved by one so fresh from God" (Charles Darwin)

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report August 26, 10:40-11:45 PM Dcn. Neal Longe
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Elomene, +Johnny: Prayed for healing for Elomene’s grandmother.

+Larry: Healing for his sister Cheryl who has MS

+Elizah: Safety and protection

Kevin: Protection and safety

+Lorell: Girlfriend is pregnant and left him due to an argument. He has been unable to reach her. Prayed for reconciliation, patience and guidance.

+Madeline, +Rose: Pulled over car. Both requested guidance. Lots of issues going on, the Lord knows the details

+Tyron: Successful meeting with his parole officer

There were quite a few people who couldn’t stop and said they were too busy. Prayed that the Lord will help us slow down and that we may never be too busy for the Lord.

-Dcn. Neal

Albany Intercessor


8/28/2009, #62, 3rd Quarter 2009

In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. (Acts 28:7)
      Father, thank you for all those people (and there are many) who have helped us along the way.

And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. (Acts 28:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us (as you did Paul) seize every opportunity you bring us to minister healing to those in need.

So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. (Acts 28:9)
      Jesus, we pray that each parish and home in this diocese will be a field hospital where the sick can find healing and shelter.

They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary. (Acts 28:10)
      Jesus, thank you for all the ways and people that you have sent us to provide for us.

After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. (Acts 28:11)
      Lord, there is a time and a season for everything -- there is a time to go forward and a time to wait. Please help us discern the times and season you have established.

And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days. From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli, where we found brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome. (Acts 28:12-14)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the brethren along the way you have raised up for us on our life's journey.

And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. (Acts 28:15)
      Father, thank you for the encouragement you have given us. Thank you for providing companionship for Paul and for us during the various crises in our lives. Thank you for being a father to us.

      A word received: Pray for my people -- they are wounded by lies.
      Pray for my Holy Spirit to be a balm for their wounds.
      Pray that I will bind up every wound in my body the church.
      Pray for the healing ministry of my Spirit.
      Pray that I will once again find joy in my church.

Friday: 16, 17; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52

      Notes from the Diocesan Update:

Please attend and pray for Bishop Love’s visits to the Deaneries to meet with the clergy and laity to discuss General Convention 2009. (Meetings will end by 9 PM:)
      Sep 8 - Metropolitan Deanery – St. Paul’s, Troy
            6:30 PM, Evening Prayer followed by light refreshments and discussion
      Sep 10 – Southern Adirondack Deanery - St. James, Lake George
            6:30 PM, Evening Prayer followed by light refreshments and discussion
      Sep 15 – Upper Hudson Deanery – Calvary Church, Burnt Hills
            5:30 PM, Evening Prayer followed by light refreshments and discussion
      Sep 17 – Hudson Deanery – Christ Church Coxsackie
            6:30 PM Evening Prayer followed light refreshments and discussion
      Sep 20 – Western Mohawk Deanery – Christ Church, Herkimer
            5:30 PM Evening Prayer followed by dinner and discussion
      Sep 27 – St. Lawrence Deanery – Trinity, Potsdam
            6 PM Evening Prayer followed by dinner and discussion
      Sept 29 – Susquehanna Deanery – St. James, Oneonta
            6 PM Evening Prayer followed by dinner and discussion
      Oct 6 – Northern Adirondack Deanery – Trinity, Plattsburgh
            6 PM Evening Prayer followed by dinner and discussion

      Your prayers are invited for healing of a broken hand and a speedy recovery for the Rev. Nina George Hacker, Rector, St. Christopher’s, Cobleskill. She broke her hand while moving into their new home in Cobleskill.

      Your prayers are invited for Tammy Garno, wife of Dcn Art Garno and mother of Fr. Scott Garno. She will undergo surgery in Burlington, VT on September 3.

      Thank you for your prayers for Fr. John P. Thompson. His surgery went quite well. The doctors were able to repair vice replace his heart valve. This will result in a quicker recovery. Please keep Fr. Thompson in your prayers for healing, a speedy recovery, and a timely return to the pulpit.

      Thank you for your prayers for Patty, Fr. Ed LaCombe’s sister-in-law who had emergency surgery earlier this week. The fear was cancer which it was not. Please continue to pray for healing and a timely recovery.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, August 27, 2009


8/27/2009, #61, 3rd Quarter 2009

I will love you, O Lord, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)
      Jesus, you are my strength each day; help me to love you more and more each day.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
      Holy Spirit, please work these words out in my life so that I will find in Jesus my all in all.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:3)
      Father, you are worthy of all praise and we love you; save us from our enemies and all who hate the truth.

The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. (Psalm 18:4)
      Jesus, the slow death of the Episcopal Church surrounds us and the floods of its ungodliness make us afraid; help us keep our attention on you.

The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. (Psalm 18:5)
      Holy Spirit, please set us free from the snares of death in the Episcopal Church.

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; he heard my voice from his temple, and my cry came before him, even to his ears. (Psalm 18:6)
      Lord, we are in distress for our nation; hear our cries for the unemployed, those without health care, and those who are losing their homes. Have mercy on them. Have mercy on the aliens in our midst. Thank you.

For you will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28 )
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. Please help us take each step by your light. Thank you.

      A word received: I AM speaking to my people.
      Pray for listening ears and hearts.
      Pray for new life for my people -- they have wandered far from me.
      Come to me, my people; let me be your guide.
      Turn away from the false guidance of the world and the guidance of false prophets who speak lies in my name.

Thursday: 18:1-20; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26
Friday: 16, 17; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Weekly Prayer
      But I trust in your unfailing love;
            My heart rejoices in your salvation.
      I will sing to the Lord,
            For He has been good to me.
(Psalm 13:5-6)
      We trust in your unfailing love, Lord Jesus. Our hea rts rejoice in your salvation. We sing praises to You, Lord, for you have been good to us. We thank You Lord, for the new developments this week in the Mudge Mission Ministry. Thank You for Fr. Shaw's selection to be Academic Dean and for Mother Julie's appointment as Registrar of the seminary. Be with them as they talk to the rector of the mission parish so that their role there will be just what You want it to be. Thank You for Lydia. Bless her mightily on her "Sweet 16" birthday. Keep her safe and ever growing in You. Amen.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009
Subject: Give thanks and please pray
Dear prayer partners
Laura Collins has sent a request for prayer:
      Details of Prayer Request: many thanks to all those who have been praying for my son David, over the past year. Last month he started part-time work, on a voluntary basis. Please pray for him in this situation, and especially his line manager Vaughan, as he gets to know David and his autism.
      We pray Lord that you will make David's path an easy path with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, please surround him with your love and protection and that his joy will grow in you Lord Jesus.
Many thanks Hugh

***** Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Update on Fr. John Thompson, Copake Falls
Dear Torre and Jean,
      Fr. John Thompson, Copake Falls, has come through his surgery very well indeed! The surgery just involved repairing his heart valve rather than valve replacement so that is a very good development. Walt Zelley says that he is recovering well in good spirits. Fr. John will be at St. Peter's for about a week.
      Thank you and all the intercessory prayers.
Blessings, Beth Strickland

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


8/26/2009, #60, 3rd Quarter 2009

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! (Psalm 119:1)
      Father, please help us throughout this diocese enter into the blessing of walking in your ways.

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with the whole heart! (Psalm 119:2)
      Jesus, we seek you; help us testify to your love and mercy, your truth and your righteousness.

They also do no iniquity; they walk in his ways. (Psalm 119:3)
      Holy Spirit, cleanse our hearts of iniquity and help us walk in your way.

You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently. (Psalm 119:4)
      LORD, please help us keep your commands in a straightforward way; help us repent of "carefully nuanced" explanations which turn your commandments on their heads.

Oh, that my ways were directed to keep your statutes! (Psalm 119:5)
      Jesus, direct my ways according to your statutes.

Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all your commandments. (Psalm 119:6)
      Lord, we are ashamed of what the General Convention of the Episcopal Church did. Have mercy on us and help us look to you and your commandments rather than the wisdom of the world.

I will praise you with uprightness of heart, when I learn your righteous judgments. (Psalm 119:7)
      Holy Spirit, grant the people of this diocese a hunger for your word so that we can learn your righteous judgments.

I will keep your statutes; oh, do not forsake me utterly! (Psalm 119:8 )
      Jesus, please help us keep steady in you.

      A word received: Yield this day to me for my purposes. Yield your lives to me.

Wednesday: 119:1-24; 1 Kings 3:1-15; Acts 27:9-26; Mark 14:1-11
Thursday: 18:1-20; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


8/25/2009, #59, 3rd Quarter 2009

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. (Psalm 5:1)
      LORD, thank you for hearing me, for knowing my thoughts and still loving me.

Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I will pray. (Psalm 5:2)
      LORD, there is no one else like you; you are the source of true joy; you are my joy and my trust.

My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to you, and I will look up. (Psalm 5:3)
      Father, please help me come to you day by day; help us come as children to a well-loved father.

For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with you. (Psalm 5:4)
      Holy Spirit, give the people of this diocese and of the Episcopal Church understanding that you will never take pleasure in wickedness.

The boastful shall not stand in your sight; you hate all workers of iniquity. (Psalm 5:5)
      Jesus, bring to repentance all those who espouse and do wickedness in the Episcopal Church.

You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. (Psalm 5:6)
      Lord, shut the mouths of those who speak lies in your name.

But as for me, I will come into your house in the multitude of your mercy; in fear of you I will worship toward your holy temple. (Psalm 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, help me come to Jesus in humility day by day.

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before my face. (Psalm 5:8 )
      Holy Spirit, guide Bishop Bill and the leaders and teachers of this diocese; make your way straight before them. Thank you.

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in you; let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them; let those also who love your name be joyful in you. For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor you will surround him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12)

      A word received: Look to me; keep your eyes, your attention on me.
      I AM the standard of righteousness.
      Seek me out; seek my wisdom.
      Look to me for guidance in the storm.
      I will walk with you.
      Invite me daily to guide me.
      There is hope to be found in me.

Tuesday: 5, 6; 1 Kings 1:38-2:4; Acts 26:24-27:8; Mark 13:28-37
Wednesday: 119:1-24; 1 Kings 3:1-15; Acts 27:9-26; Mark 14:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Urgent PTL!!
      Deaon Mary Carol Hart was examined by her gastro surgeon today and got wonderful news: everything looks healed, everything looks normal. She does not have to go back until three months for a precautionary follow-up exam. The seven-week program of chemo and radiation was a success, but ... we all know who the Healer is. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. --- deacon alan hart

Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail, 24 August 09
Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you. This is our weekly public prayer mail.
      1) We are having great weather today, for the first day in a long time. Wow! Praise God.
      2) We have our seminary ministries lined up. Julie accepted a position as the Seminary's Registrar this week. It seems that quite a few clergy are interested in having us visit their parishes; we are leading a prayer time for Diocesan youth leaders tomorrow. And our ministries at the mission parish are beginning to take shape. Course preparation is underway.
      3) Lydia is having a great time with various youth in the area.
Prayer requests:
      1) That we can get everything prepared in time for classes to begin on September 14.
      2) For our Visa process.
      3) For our budget of time and finances, and continuing good relationships with people.
      4) For continuing language progress.
      5) For Lydia's sixteenth birthday on Friday (and for on that occasion, she's having a "slumber" party at our apartment).
      6) For the meeting with the Rector of the mission on Wednesday at 10:30 am (Lima time - same time as Chicago, I believe), as we discuss our up-coming parish ministry opportunities.
Thank you for praying for us. I pray for you all daily. God bless you! In Christ, Shaw+

Albany Intercessor

Monday, August 24, 2009


8/24/2009, #58, 3rd Quarter 2009

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (Psalm 1:1)
      LORD, I pray for the men and women of this diocese, that we will grow into the maturity you desire for us. Help us avoid the traps set by those who counsel ungodly behavior and sin; help us shun those who hold others in contempt.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us find our delight in reading and meditating on the Scriptures. Give the people of this diocese a hunger for your word.

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3)
      Jesus, please establish us beside rivers of living water -- help us live within the ministry of your Holy Spirit -- and help us bring forth to you the fruit that you desire. Help us go forth into the harvest fields to bring forth an abundant harvest for you and the kingdom of God.

The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. (Psalm 1:4)
      Father, we pray that the chaff which clutters up our lives will be blown away by the fresh wind of your Holy Spirit. We pray for the ungodly who resist your counsel and your word that you will turn their lives around.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. (Psalm 1:5)
      Lord, have mercy on those who resist your word: raise up witnesses they can hear and respond to who will lead them back to you and your ways.

For the lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (Psalm 1:6)
      LORD, help us all take to heart that there is a day of judgment coming when all the chaff will be blown away and thrown into a fire that will never go out. Give us wisdom to amend our ways while we still have time to do so. Thank you.

      A word received (11/18/2006): Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

      A word received: Pray that this nation will know and honor my judgments.
      Pray for righteousness, justice and mercy in this nation.
      Pray for revival among my people.

Monday: 1, 2, 3; 1 Kings 1:5-31; Acts 26:1-23; Mark 13:14-27
Tuesday: 5, 6; 1 Kings 1:38-2:4; Acts 26:24-27:8; Mark 13:28-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009
Subject: Update on Allen
Dear Prayer partners
      Just to let you know that Allen went home to his Saviour about an hour ago. I know he is up there, walking, talking and doing all the things he couldn't do on this earth. Thank you all for your prayers, he is at peace. Praise God.
Liz Fetherstonhaugh
      We pray the Father sustaining love and peace to be with you through the days ahead.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, August 23, 2009


8/23/2009, #57, 3rd Quarter 2009

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! (Psalm 146:1)
      LORD, please help us praise you throughout this diocese.

While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 146:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us join together in praising the Father and the Son, from the youngest to the eldest.

Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. (Psalm 146:3)
      Jesus, please help us to place our trust in you; help us make that decision.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish. (Psalm 146:4)
      Father, give those who rule over us the wisdom to turn to you.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God, (Psalm 146:5)
      Father, please help us return to you; help this nation place its hope and trust in you. Please be our daily help.

Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever, (Psalm 146:6)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life. You are our creator and our redeemer.

Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. (Psalm 146:7)
      Jesus, help us join with you in these ministries. Thank you.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. (Psalm 146:8 )
      Jesus, open our eyes so that we may see the truth of the gospel; encourage those who are weary; bless those who are righteous.

The Lord watches over the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turns upside down. (Psalm 146:9)
      LORD, protect and care for the aliens and the "illegals" in our midst; provide for orphans and widows with your love; and defeat the plans of the wicked.

The Lord shall reign forever-- your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 146:10)
      Father, thank you for adopting us as your children. Please help us take into our homes and lives those who are without fathers and mothers and need a home.

      A word received: Hear my voice; hear my word!
      When you read the Scriptures, listen!
      Listen for my voice speaking to you out of my word.

Sunday: 146, 147; 2 Samuel 24:1-2,10-25; Gal. 3:23-4:7; John 8:12-20
Monday: 1, 2, 3; 1 Kings 1:5-31; Acts 26:1-23; Mark 13:14-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report August 22, 9:25-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Julia--Pray "for good things to come".

+Mackenzie--blessings in her life.

+Eddie--provision for this young man

Linda--a regular at the Prayer Table. Bless her and her children back in Guyana.

Eddiberto and Lucinado--This Hispanic couple has stopped many times at the Prayer Table. Both are from Puerto Rico. Lucinado would like a Spanish Bible and would to see her family again in Puerto Rico. Pray for her son Manual who will lose his home if he does not find a job. Manual has an autistic daughter; pray for healing. Pray for Lucinado's sister to keep her faith in God and not stray back into cult religions.

+Gloria--Said she was a Christian woman. Prayed for her family.

+Gladys--middle-aged woman who has bronchitis. Prayed for her health.

+Everett--This middle-aged man was talking on a cell phone. He stopped near the Prayer Table and continued his phone conversation. Five minutes later, he sat down at the Prayer Table. He said his life is in total confusion. He and his wife had just broken up. He sought forgiveness for his sins. We suggested he needs to focus his life on Jesus and seek out other Godly people at a Bible study or at a Church. Tempation is all around him. Everett needs a Bible.

Jim--regular. This week was the 2nd anniversary of his son Robert's death. Jim told us a story of forgiveness. Jim said he had a very stressful job and took-out his frustations on his wife and son, often raising his voice. Six months before his son died, Jim and Robert were having lunch. Jim asked Robert if Robert could forgive him. Robert said that he already had forgiven Jim. Please pray for peace in Jim's life.

+Ryan--for strength to make it through another day of work.

+Depoo and +Sharri--For health, strength and long life. This couple attends Grace Family Fellowhip Church on Albany Street.

Bill--regular- Prayed for health and the prevention of further seizures. Bill is a loner. Last week he was on vacation and he met a woman (Wendy). Bill really enjoyed Wendy's company and hopes they can have a relationship. We prayed that Wendy would contact Bill again.

Christ Church was asked to provide a prayer table for the annual Blazefest program by Youth for Christ this Saturday, August 22, from 1 to 5 pm.

Blazefest Prayer Table Reports from Jerry Burrell Park August 22, 1:00-5:00 PM by Torre Bissell, Steve Ames, Deacon Alan Hart, Howard Smith, Don Foust, and Mark and Darlene Chesnut. Some of the children were going to perform on the stage what they had learned during the week.
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Taylor -- "that I will do well on the stage"
+Daquon -- "for my sins"
+Teosha -- "that I will do well"
+Lisa -- "for the bees" [A hive had been knocked down in the neighborhood and bees were swarming around.]
+Zulayka -- "for Mami" [grandmother]
+Demetrius -- "for my Nana [grandmother] who passed away"
+Edwin -- "that I will do well"
+Mercedes -- "for my sins" [She accepted Jesus' forgiveness.]
+Mike -- "Everything."
+James -- "for guidance about church membership"
+Oddesy -- for her grandmother Debbie
+Stella -- "for my life and my future"
+Casey -- "that I will stop smoking"
+DeJaVu -- "for my family" [prayed she would grow into being the mom, the woman God wanted her to be]
+Mike -- "really tired the last couple of months"
+Julio -- young boy on a bike
+William -- young boy on a bike
+Ulisea -- young boy on a bike
+Ray -- bee situation
+Arrodina -- mother of Julio, William, and Ulisea [above]
+Ray -- for Daniel
Robert -- for prostate cancer and for his family [the Rivera family] [already had a cross but took four for his family]
+Tyson--Pray for my uncle who passed away last year
+Donald--provision in his life
+Maurice--healing for his leg he just hurt playing basketball
+Sugar Mama--for God
+Zulayka and her brother +Raynota--pray for their cousin
+Jennifer--Pray for a normal pregnancy and delivery
+Taishawn and +Naomi--for their families
+Chelsea--Pray for her grandmother Oliva who recently passed away
+Oddesy--Pray for her friend Rebecca
+Peter--41 years old--Pray he continues to walk with God and to do God's will. Pray that he can reach today's youth.
+Dylan--pray for his grandmother Nellie who is dying of kidney failure.
+Diamonique -- for grandfather who died
+Javana -- for provision
+Deshanti -- for grandpa
+Monica -- for brother and sister
+Mike -- feeling tired and for shoulder
+Miss South
+Marcus -- parents divorced, there is a custody battle
+Tropar -- health
+Israel -- starting in new school, 6th grade

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, August 22, 2009


8/22/2009, #56, 3rd Quarter 2009

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. (Psalm 137:1)
      Lord Jesus, your church is in captivity and we weep for it.

We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. (Psalm 137:2)
      Holy Spirit, turn our sorrow for the Episcopal Church into your joy.

For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" (Psalm 137:3)
      Father, those who have hijacked the Episcopal Church and are plundering it expect us to rejoice in what they are doing to it.

How shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? (Psalm 137:4)
      Holy Spirit, teach us anew how to sing your song.

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! (Psalm 137:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us remember to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. (See Psalm 122:6-9.)

If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth -- if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy. (Psalm 137:6)
      Jesus, establish your priorities in our prayers and in the words we speak.

Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, who said, "Raze it, raze it, To its very foundation!" (Psalm 137:7)
      O LORD, the sons of Edom are in our day destroying your church; have mercy on us.

O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, happy the one who repays you as you have served us! (Psalm 137:8 )
      Jesus, please deal with the Presiding Bishop and all those who have brought the Episcopal Church into captivity to the agenda of the world.

Happy the one who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock! (Psalm 137:9)
      Jesus, our hearts desire for them is conversion, not destruction.

      A word received: Look to me; keep your eyes on me.
      Look to me: I AM your provider.
      Look to me: I will guide you.
      Look to me; I AM.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; 2 Samuel 23:1-7,13-17; Acts 25:13-27; Mark 13:1-13
Sunday: 146, 147;; 2 Samuel 24:1-2,10-25; Gal. 3:23-4:7; John 8:12-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009
From: Diane Stevens
Subject: Prayer request?
      May I request prayers for my daughter, Samantha, who is anorexic and very ill with this right now? I attend St. Stephen's in Delmar. Thank you!
In Jesus' Name, Diane Stevens
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in her going out and her coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places. May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver her from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body. May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver her. And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with her this day and always. Amen. (Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India.)

Albany Intercessor

Friday, August 21, 2009


8/21/2009, #55, 3rd Quarter 2009

            Psalm 140, A Psalm of David.

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, (Psalm 140:1)
      Father, preserve and protect President Obama from those who are evil or violent.

Who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war. (Psalm 140:2)
      Father, protect President Obama from those who plan evil.

They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips. (Psalm 140:3)
      Jesus, protect your servant Barack and his family from the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:20)

Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble. (Psalm 140:4)
      Jesus, protect President Obama from the schemes of those who spread falsehood.

The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me. (Psalm 140:5)
      Holy Spirit, give the President wisdom to avoid every evil trap.

I said to the Lord: "You are my God; hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord." (Psalm 140:6)
      Jesus, Barack Obama has made the choice to have you as his Lord and Savior; hear his prayers.

"O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle." (Psalm 140:7)
      Father, be a shield for him in the battle for health care reform. Give him strength to endure.

"Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not further his wicked scheme, lest they be exalted." (Psalm 140:8 )
      Father, do not grant the desires of those who spread lies in the current debate.

"As for the head of those who surround me, let the evil of their lips cover them;" (Psalm 140:9)
      Jesus, deal with those who speak with evil lips.

"Let burning coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire, into deep pits, that they rise not up again." (Psalm 140:10)
      Lord, we look to you for your justice and mercy.

"Let not a slanderer be established in the earth; let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him." (Psalm 140:11)

I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor. (Psalm 140:12)
      Jesus, provide for those who have no health care and those who have lost their jobs.

      [Note from Torre: last October my company took away my health care benefits. I was fortunate that I am 70 and could qualify for Medicare; but what about all those who have lost their coverage and don't qualify for any coverage?]

Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence. (Psalm 140:13)
      Holy Spirit, guide the righteous and preserve the upright in this land. Thank you.

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from me," says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)
      Lord, I pray that no weapon formed against the President will prosper.

      A word received 6/4/2009: 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.

      A word received 6/25/2009: 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.

      A word received: I want my people to praise me -- to turn to me and worship me.
      I want my people to be a holy people.
      I want my people to return to me and my word.

Friday: 140, 142; 2 Samuel 19:24-43; Acts 24:24-25:12; Mark 12:35-44
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; 2 Samuel 23:1-17,13-17; Acts 25:13-27; Mark 13:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Carolyn LaCombe asked for prayers this morning for her sister, Patty, who was admitted to the hospital with internal bleeding.

***** Your prayers are requested for the Rev John P. Thompson, Rector, St. John’s in the Wilderness, for healing and a speedy recovery. He is scheduled for heart valve surgery on Monday, August 24.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report August 19, 1:30-2:15 PM Dcn. Neal Longe
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+Andrea: Prayed for a job

+Arthur: Good health. Recently had surgery for colon cancer

+Laura: Drive away all the demons affecting her life

Middle aged man: “I am fine”. Kept walking

+Joanna: Was driving by and returned to deliver a message. She stated that God wanted us to know that we make a difference. We prayed for strength, and direction regarding Joanna’s son Anthony.

+Bradley and +Kirk: Pulled over their car to come and pray. Stated they have seen everyone wearing our crosses and had to come check it out. Prayed for good health and for Kirk’s grandson.

+Tylasha, +Helen, +Halasa, +Teddy, +Jmoienyee, +Rosetta, +Josephina, +Nazear: Prayed for the family and that the Lord may rule their hearts and lives.

Curt: Already has cross. Prayed for “Everything” . His girlfriend died 3 months ago.

Blessings, -Dcn. Neal

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, August 20, 2009


8/20/2009, #54, 3rd Quarter 2009

Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" (Mark 12:28 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us follow this scribe's example and ask Jesus for his priorities.

Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment." (Mark 12:29-30)
      Holy Father, please restore to the common life of this diocese and the wider Episcopal Church loving you and your ways as the first priority.

"And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:31)
      Jesus, please teach us how to show your love for our neighbors.

So the scribe said to him, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but he." (Mark 12:32)
      Holy Spirit, please help us cast away all other gods we have set up for ourselves.

"And to love him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." (Mark 12:33)
      Jesus, please help us have this kind of clarity about what is truly important.

Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one dared question him. (Mark 12:34)
      Holy Spirit, please draw all who are near the kingdom of God into the kingdom. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the working out of my truth and purposes.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; 2 Samuel 19:1-23; Acts 24:1-23; Mark 12:28-34
Friday: 140, 142; 2 Samuel 19:24-43; Acts 24:24-25:12; Mark 12:35-44

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Weekly Mudge Prayer
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 forever more.
(Psalm 121:5-8 )
      Lord, thank You that You watch over Fr. Shaw, Mother Julie, and Lydia Mudge day and night. Thank You for keeping them safe in Lima, safe from earthquakes, safe from taxicab accidents, safe from the swine flu. Thank You for watching over every aspect of the Mudges' lives, every coming and going both now and forever more. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


8/19/2009, #53, 3rd Quarter 2009

Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him; and they asked him, saying: "Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring. And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise. So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife." Jesus answered and said to them, "Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?" (Mark12:18-24)
      Jesus, please help us all to know the Scriptures and the power of your Holy Spirit.

"For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven." (Mark12:25)
      Holy Spirit, please help us al to live in the hope of the resurrection. Please renew the marriages in this diocese.

But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken." (Mark12:26-27)
      Holy Father, thank you for being "I AM" to us. Thank you for being the God of the living. Please correct us when we are mistaken. Thank you.

      A word received: Yield your lives to me. Keep looking to me.

Wednesday: 119:145-176; 2 Samuel 18:19-23; Acts 23:23-35; Mark 12:13-27
Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; 2 Samuel 19:1-23; Acts 24:1-23; Mark 12:28-34

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009
Subject: Please pray
Dear prayer partners
Name: Liz Fetherstonhaugh
      Details of Prayer Request: My second cousin Allen He is gravely ill, would you please pray that he has a peaceful passing from this world to the next. Allen is 33 and was born with severe Spina Bifida. It looks like God is finally calling him home. If he chooses to heal him that would be great and we pray for that healing if not I wish only that God takes him home without pain. He is dearly loved by us all. God be close to him and hold him close and be a real tangible presence and comfort to his Mum, Dad, sister and our family circle. Liz
      I pray Father that you would hold Allen in your loving arms breathing your comfort and peace into his painful body, we ask that if it it is your will to heal him that you would touch Allen with your miraculous and healing power. If you are taking him home Father we pray there will be no more suffering and you will carry him home in your loving arms and that your Holy Spirit would be a comfort to those left behind, through Jesus Name.

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Public Prayer Mail for 17 August 09
Dear friends in Christ,
Peace be with you.
      1) For our language progress so far! Shaw's assessment: Language learning is daily making progress, step by step. Julie's assessment: we have a long way to go. Shaw's unbiased assessment of Julie's assessment: Shaw is impressed by how well Julie can speak Spanish, and she can speak it very well.
      2) We had a good meeting with the Rector of the seminary today (the overall Dean of the seminary), and we have begun planning the next segment of the academic year, as well as looking towards 2010.
      3) Lydia has become part of two youth groups: a diocesan youth group< /SPAN> (Spanish speaking) and an expat youth group (English speaking). She really likes both.
      4) For the Lord's provision for our lives, and for your prayers. They make a difference.
      5) Lydia has begin the advanced course in Spanish at the language school.
Prayer requests:
      1) For our upcoming seminary responsibilities; for our course preparation, administrative goals, and teaching abilities. Prayer for Julie's upcoming choice of responsibilities.
      (Shaw has been asked to be Academic Dean of the Seminary, and he has accepted. Julie is also pondering one of two roles with the seminary. We are going to be team teaching two courses, and also each of us will be mentoring a group of students. Classes begin September 14. It is a bit like jumping into the deep end, at least, initially.)
      2) Our travels across Lima, as we get to know the clergy, students, and their parishes better.
      3) Continued prayers for our finances, priorities, time management, and for continued good relationships with our landlady and other people in our building.
      4) Please pray for the people in the city and buildings.
      (Some people get a little nervous with the tremors. We had another one on Saturday morning that I slept through, but other people noticed it. The buildings in Lima undergo a certain elastic bending and twisting during earthquakes and tremors, so things jar loose, and repairs are needed from time to time - which gets back to the prayer for building maintenance and being on good terms with our landlady.)
      5) For continued improvement in our language learning and comprehension.
      6)20For our participation in the life of Church of the Ascension in the District of Surco, the parish that we attend in Lima (where the diocesan offices are and where the seminary is). This week, Julie has been asked to become involved in the music ministry, and Shaw and Julie have been asked to participate liturgically on a regular basis.
      7) For our visa application process. Courses now begin on September 14, and now, we are not expected to hear back about our visa applications until September 2. We hope to go to a Peruvian Consulate in Chile for a day and return, between the two dates, as part of the visa process. We would like a positive response before September 2, if possible.
      8 ) Please pray for the right person to help us with house-work.
      (We now need someone to help us, because of the increased seminary and diocesan work load and because the amount of dust thrown up by area construction - including: a) a new road surface being put in, on a nearby street starting this week, and b) a new apartment building going up across the street. We are going to need someone to help out20part-time with housecleaning, perhaps two mornings a week, such as Tuesday and Friday.
      Hiring house-help is normal for people in Lima with our responsibilities; we have given it a try without, and now, with better language skills, having finished language school, and having had a time of adjustment, we will try again; such the person would typically help out in other ways, such as language learning and by helping us with local knowledge.)
      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.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


8/18/2009, #52, 3rd Quarter 2009

Unto you I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. (Psalm 123:1)
      Father, we look to you.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy on us. (Psalm 123:2)
      Jesus, we are your servants and we look to you. You have called us friends and we are awed by that. Please help us keep looking to you; thank you for your mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. (Psalm 123:3)
      Holy Spirit, the proud hold us in contempt; help us keep looking to you. Fill our minds with your truth.

Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorn of those who are at ease, with the contempt of the proud. (Psalm 123:4)
      LORD, if it had not been for you who have been at our side when men rose up against your faithful people, they would have swallowed us alive when their wrath was kindled against us; we would have been overwhelmed. But blessed are you, O LORD our God who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowler. Our help is in you, O LORD, who has made heaven and earth. (From Psalm 124)

      A word received: Pray that I will raise up faithful witnesses throughout my church. Pray for my people that they will have a heart to go out into the harvest fields.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; 2 Samuel 18:9-18; Acts 23:12-24; Mark 11:27-12:12
Wednesday: 119:145-176; 2 Samuel 18:19-23; Acts 23:23-35; Mark 12:13-27

Albany Intercessor

Monday, August 17, 2009


8/17/2009, #51, 3rd Quarter 2009

Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, he went to see if perhaps he would find something on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, "Let no one eat fruit from you ever again." And his disciples heard it. (Mark 11:12-14)
      Jesus, you have taught in so many parables about the consequences of not yielding up fruit to you when you expect it. Have mercy on the Episcopal Church and restore us to fruitfulness. Thank you.

So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And he would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Then he taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" (Mark 11:15-17)
      Lord, have mercy on us in the Episcopal Church and come and drive out of it all who corrupt it. Restore to us a common life of prayer.

And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy him; for they feared him, because all the people were astonished at his teaching. (Mark 11:18 )
      Heavenly Father, even now many of the chief priests of the Episcopal Church plot how they might destroy those who are faithful to Jesus. Have mercy on us and protect us.

When evening had come, he went out of the city. Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered away." (Mark 11:19-21)
      Holy Spirit, please help us count the cost of not yielding up the fruit that Jesus expects from us; please help us count the cost of not going forth to the harvest fields.

So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (Mark 11:22-23)
      Jesus, we come to you for those, ____nn____, who have spiritual or emotional mountains that block their way forward. In your name we command those mountains to be removed and cast into the sea.

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." (Mark 11:24-26)
      Holy Spirit, move in all our hearts and set us free from condemnation: help us forgive one another in the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the princes of my people.
      Pray for the rulers of my people.
      Pray they will turn to me for guidance.
      Pray they will hear and receive my guidance.
      Pray for this nation that it will come to new life in me.
      Pray for hope that does not disappoint -- that only comes from me.

      A word received: You can turn to me now, whatever your need or trouble.

Monday: 106:1-18; 2 Samuel 17:24-18:8; Acts 22:30-23:11; Mark 11:12-26
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; 2 Samuel 18:9-18; Acts 23:12-24; Mark 11:27-12:12

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, August 16, 2009


8/16/2009, #50, 3rd Quarter 2009

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)
      Thank you, LORD, for your enduring mercy to us in the midst of all of the confusion in your church and in this nation. Please stop the disinformation about health care reform.

Let Israel now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us throughout this nation know and say, "Your mercy endures forever."

Let the house of Aaron now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:3)
      Jesus, we pray that the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church would know and say, "Your mercy endures forever."

Let those who fear the Lord now say, "His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 118:4)
      Holy Father, thank you for loving us so much, for sending your son to die for us, "Your mercy endures forever!"

I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place [set me free]. (Psalm 118:5)
      Jesus, in our distress over your church we have called on you -- please set us in that place of freedom where we cast all our cares on you.

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6)
      Father, thank you for being there when we need you.

The Lord is for me among those who help me; therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. (Psalm 118:7)
      Father, my heart's desire for those who hate your faithful people is that you will bring them to conversion and repentance. Thank you.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. (Psalm 118:8 )
      Jesus, you are our confidence and our hope.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:9)
      Father, please help us keep our hope and our trust fixed on you where true joys are to be found.
      We pray for the princes of your church -- the bishops -- that they will turn to you.
      We pray for the princes of this nation -- the President and the governors, the congressmen and legislators, and the judges -- that they will turn to you and seek your guidance. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to have my mind about the events in the Episcopal Church.
      Pray for my people to hold me as the standard of measurement.
      Pray for my people to return to my word and truth.
      Pray for my people to desire my will and purposes to be worked out in the Episcopal Church.

Sunday: 118; 2 Samuel 17:1-23; Gal. 3:6-14; John 5:30-47
Monday: 106:1-18; 2 Samuel 17:24-18:8; Acts 22:30-23:11; Mark 11:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Ministering at Helping Military Families Conference
      Meryl and I are ministering at the Helping Military Families Conference in CO from Sun 16 Aug to Fri 21 Aug inclusive. Conference details are at and we would welcome your prayers for us and the conference as a whole.
      Many thanks and blessings!
      P.S. If you have served your country in a war zone, especially in Iraq or Afghanistan - or in any of the many battles and actions the men and women our armed forces have fought since World War 2 up to today - you may be interested to look at

      Click on the links. Download a brochure and pass it on to a friend.
      If you feel a Welcome Home Retreat is for you, either as a helper or a guest, please call Sandra Lester at 518.692.9550 ext 202. Donors have been generous and the Retreat is offered free of charge. We have huge hearts to minister Christ's healing grace to Warriors' lives. Our fifth, very successful, Retreat took place from 3-5 August 2009.
      The last Retreat date for 2009 is 26-28 October. Dates for 2010 will be publicized very soon.
      Y'all come - be refreshed from the wellspring of life!
      [Note: Pray for the Welcome Home Initiative!]

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Prayer Table report

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

It was a very slow day at the corner of State and Swan in Schenectady today. There were times when the streets were totally quiet; no cars, no busses, no ambulance sirens, no children playing, not even the hum of locusts in the trees.

+Shamir and +Alex--this young couple is expecting a child. We prayed for a healthy and safe delivery of the baby. We also prayed that this couple and their baby would become a family.

Man across the street--Did not stop, but made the sign of the cross when we said hello.

+Laura and her young son +Julius--We prayed for protection for this family. Julius' eyes became large and a huge smile appeared on his face when we gave him the wooden cross.

+Albert--prayed for good fortune.

+Charles--"The Lord knows..."

+Glenn--Young man--Among his multiple tattoos was a pair of Praying Hands. Asked for strength to make the correct decisions in his life.

+Austin--This young man wearing a tie-dyed tee-shirt and matching head band first passed by on the other side of the street. On the return he cheerfully stopped and asked for prayer for his upcoming trip. He is going to Eugene and Portland Oregon. We prayed for Travelling Mercies.

+Will--This young man said is about to make a major decision in his life--to end his addiction to alcohol and drugs. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to give him strength.

Albany Intercessor


8/15/2009, #49, 3rd Quarter 2009

He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; a fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it. (Psalm 107:33-34)
      LORD, so much of the Episcopal Church has turned into barren and dry ground; it no longer yields up to the fruit of righteousness.

He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings. (Psalm 107:35)
      Holy Spirit, come and flood us with your living water. Give us a heart's hunger that will not be satisfied with anything less than you.

There he makes the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for a dwelling place, and sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest. (Psalm 107:36-37)
      Jesus, we long for our parish and this diocese to be fruitful and well-watered gardens where your people may find rest and refreshment. Help us sow in your Spirit and bring to you a fruitful harvest.

He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; and he does not let their cattle decrease. (Psalm 107:38 )
      Father, we turn to you and desire your blessing.

When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction and sorrow, he pours contempt on princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way; (Psalm 107:39-40)
      Lord Jesus, please deal with those who hold your truth and your little ones in contempt and despise the good news of your cross and resurrection. Bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to a saving knowledge of you.

Yet he sets the poor on high, far from affliction, and makes their families like a flock. The righteous see it and rejoice, and all iniquity stops its mouth. (Psalm 107:41-42)
      Father, set the poor in spirit under the shelter of your wings and shepherd them. Give us your joy in what you are doing among us.

Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord. (Psalm 107:43)
      Holy Spirit, please give us understanding of the Father's lovingkindness as we observe what you are doing among us. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people.
      Pray they will be restored to me.
      So many of my people have wandered away; pray they will return to me.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); 2 Samuel 16:1-23; Acts 22:17-29; Mark 11:1-11
Sunday: 118; 2 Samuel 17:1-23; Gal. 3:6-14; John 5:30-47

      Notes from the Front Line

      Mudge Misión In Lima, 14 August 2009
      "The many languages of Lima"
      I have heard several people in the U.S. say that Spanish is an easy language because there are so many words like English.... Well, that probably is true for the first year or two of Spanish in High School or College. Once you get on the ground in a country like Peru, however, Spanish is as complicated as any other Romance language.
      Here in Lima, there is a wide variety of Spanish that is spoken. About a week ago, a linguist in Lima pointed out to us, that the kind of Spanish which one speaks in Lima depends on several factors. Our linguist friend mentioned 4 different kinds in Lima alone. And Spanish in Peru varies in the jungle, mountains, and other coastal areas, as well. That is just Spanish. Then, there are varieties of other languages in the country.
      As seminary professors, we need to understand the variety of Spanish that students may use when they ask questions, so we are trying to learn at least two different kinds of Spanish for that: two different languages, in effect.
      The first kind is the one you learn in language school. The other is the one spoken by many people on the street, with words that are not found in the dictionary, or if they are in the dictionary, have different meanings on the street. Both languages represent different worlds. Even people born and raised in Peru, who speak the first language, can not understand the second. That is how different it is. I call the street language "taxi" or "maintenance" because it seems that many taxi drivers and maintenance workers speak this second language.
How are we doing?
      Language school: Julie and I have finished language school. We have two tutors who help us weekly. Our language abilities increase daily. We are on track for what we need to do.
      Present Ministry: Julie has been asked by Bp. Godfrey to be his equivalent of Fr. Peter Schofield in the Diocese of Albany, with respect to coordinating matters relating to people in the ordination process. Julie and I are also preparing to teach our next courses as a team at the seminary: in October. We are visiting parishes and learning Lima.
      Residency papers: We are well on the way, we hope, to get our residency visas and carnets. It is an interesting process. Much patience is needed.
Prayer Requests:
*      Listening and Speaking skills
*      Seminary courses
*      Continuing adjustment and good health
*      Residency papers process
Blessings! – Julie, Shaw, and Lydia
Thank you for supporting us. We pray for you daily. Depending on our mutual schedules, we have the ability to visit with your mission committee or vestry, by telephone.
Contact information for the Mudges:
Skypename: shepherd110 (The call is free if you use Skype: download at
Skype phone number (Albany, New York, area code), with voicemail: 518-632-4058.

Home phone in Lima: 011-51-1-242-5726.
Cell phone in Lima: 011-51-1-996513124.
Lima is in the same time zone as Chicago.

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