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Thursday, December 31, 2009

 

12/31/2009, #88, 4th Quarter 2009

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. (Revelation 21:1)
      Lord Jesus, we ask for your renewal of the earth.

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
      Holy Spirit, prepare us, prepare your whole church for the coming of Jesus, the bridegroom.

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them and be their God. (Revelation 21:3)
      Thank you, Father, for making yourself known to us. Come and dwell daily in our hearts and minds. Thank you.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!

Then he who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And he said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." (Revelation 21:5)
      Jesus, please write your word on our hearts.

And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts." (Revelation 21:6)
      Spring up, O Well, for we thirst for you!

      Lord, there is a river which refreshes the city of God; send that river through this diocese. Thank you.



Dec. 31: --; 1 Kings 3:5-14; James 4:13-17; 5:7-11; John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Revelation 21:1-6
Holy Name: 148; Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12; Revelation 19:11-16; Matthew 1:18-25

      Notes from the Front Line
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudges public prayer mail 28 December 09
Dear friends in prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail for 28 December 09.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Thanksgiving for Christmas celebrations, and the fireworks in Lima, this year. About fireworks: imagine the main Albany fireworks on the fourth of July, but with that same intensity in every park and section in Lima especially for 20 minutes from about Midnight on December 24, everywhere at the same time, and you get the idea.
      2) Thanksgiving for Skype videocalls with relatives in the United States.
      3) Thanksgiving for the people whom Jesus brought to the church service at Jesus el Salvador on Christmas Day to celebrate his birth with us. Julie preached. I celebrated. We prayed for individual spiritual blessings for people. Lydia liked the music and the sermon. It was great.
      4) Thanksgiving for our friends here and in the United States.
      5) Thanksgiving for the blessings and fruit that the Holy Spirit is producing through the mission endeavor in Peru.
      6) Thanksgiving that Lydia has been asked to help with Sunday School ministry at Ascension.
Prayer requests:
      1) Prayer for our heavenly Father´s mission, ministries, plans, resources, and relationships in the Diocese of Peru, and among the seminary staff and students, and in all the missionary families (including us), here, that through all of the people working together in harmony with God´s intentions, many lives would be transformed in the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.
      2) Prayer for the two missions and for the seminary work that we are currently involved with. The missions are La Ascencion in the Surco District of Lima, and Jesus el Salvador in the Villa el Salvador District of Lima.
      3) Prayer for particular upcoming events:
      January 3 (annual parish meeting at La Ascencion)
      January 6, the 6:30 pm service at Jesus el Salvador (Shaw is celebrating); this is the final day for nominations for the Bishop Suffragan election, here.
      January 10, the 11 am service at Ascension (Shaw is preaching)
      4) Prayer for discernment of God´s plans for Lydia during summer break (summer break is now).
Thank you very much for praying for us. It really, really makes a difference. I pray for you every day.
God bless you and your family. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.
Lima, Peru

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Please pray
Dear prayer partners
      Please can you uphold Dorothy & George Best in your prayers, Dorothy's mother Lily Gray was promoted to Glory and the funeral will be on Thursday morning at the Co Op funeral parlour on the Ravenhill Road at 11am please pray for the Father's peace and comfort around the whole family at this sad time.
      Please can you pray for a good friend of Colin & Esther called Malcolm Chisholm who has been recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a very aggressive type. Malcolm is in his mid-50's, married to Valerie and they have 5 children aged between 13 and 20. Malcolm knows and loves the Lord as does his family. Please pray for healing - truly a miracle as the prognosis is bleak. Please pray the Father's peace and comfort to surround all of the family through the next days and weeks.
      Please pray for the forth coming wedding of Cira and William in February and healing for Cira who has been unwell.
      Please pray for Nell who is an elderly widow also her son Trevor she has been diagnosed with cancer in her neck and is now in a Hospice.
      Please pray for peace, order and good Government in our land, may the Prince of Peace's power be mighty and abundant.
      Can we pray for a lady called Elsie Marie from Sweden. She has ovarian cancer and is visiting her family in Belfast at present.Can we please pray for the Bjorkman family as they have been devastated with this bad news about a dear mother and grandmother.
      Can we also pray for a girl called Hannah who is struggling with depression following the death of her mother.
God bless,
      You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
      Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord is the Rock eternal.
Thank you, Hugh

***** Some of our grandchildren at Christmas:
Natasha, Simon, Torre, and Noah

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

 

12/30/2009, #87, 4th Quarter 2009

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
      Thank you, LORD, for your faithfulness.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
      Jesus, thank you for directing our lives.

He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:3)
      Holy Spirit, please come with your restoring power on the people and parishes of this diocese.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
      Father, so much that seemed solid and enduring in the Episcopal Church is dying away; guide us and discipline us day by day.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
      Jesus, thank you for the Eucharist; thank you for the anointing of your Holy Spirit.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:6)
      Father, thank you for the hope that you have placed in our hearts.

Dec. 30: 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24; 3 John 1-15; John 4:46-54
Dec. 31: --; 1 Kings 3:5-14; James 4:13-17;5:7-11; John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Revelation 21:1-6

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

 

12/29/2009, #86, 4th Quarter 2009 and Update on Fr. Nigel

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. (2 John 3)
      Father, please let you grace, mercy, peace, love, and truth flow through this diocese.

I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. (2 John 4)
      Father, help all of us receive your commandment to walk in truth.

And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. (2 John 5)
      Holy Spirit, help us love one another in this diocese: overcome our divisions with your love.

This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. (2 John 6)
      Jesus, help us love one another as you have loved us.


For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 7)
      Jesus, protect us from all deception and help us daily confess who you are: you are the Christ, the son of the living God.

Dec. 29: 18:21-50; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b; 2 John 1-13; John 2:1-11
Dec. 30: 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24; 3 John 1-15; John 4:46-54

Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Update on Fr. Nigel
Monday 12/28/09
      Fr. Nigel continues to improve, although it is in miniscule amounts, again much like a mustard seed. His mind is far ahead of his body in his recovery. He is extremely uplifted emotionally to be home with Lynn and Megan, but he is frustrated at his lack of strength and stamina. Walking from his room to the living room saps him of his strength. He is amazed and frustrated about his lack of strength in doing even menial tasks. As an example, he enjoys sitting in his recliner, but doesn’t have the strength to get out of it, so he has to call Lynn. He has gone back on the oxygen and is using a tube under his nose which is very manageable. He continues in some pain from the bed sore. He is spending much time in prayer and reflection.
      Lynn is pleased to have him home and not to be driving over an hour each way to and from the rehab facility each day. She can attend to Fr. Nigel’s needs easily at home and help him with his continued rehab and exercises, etc.
Please pray for:
*      Continued healing of his lungs so that he can breathe on his own
*      Building up and strengthening of his muscles
*      Refueling of his energy
*      Complete healing of his bedsore and relief from the pain of the bedsore
*      Deep peace while he communes with our Lord
*      Please also continue to pray for peace and stamina for Lynn and Megan as they nurse him back to health.
      We thank you Lord for your healing touch on your servant Nigel, and we rejoice in celebration at the birth of your Son, our Saviour Jesus, and the rebirth of Nigel. Thank Your Lord Jesus.

***** Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Update -- Monday, December 28, 2009
To Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors—
      Plans are moving forward for our Seventh Welcome Home Initiative, January 25-27, 2010 (note the new date), led by Bishop Dave Bena and Lt. Col. Noel Dawes with the hope that Fr. Nigel Mumford may join us for some portion of the program. We have a handful of reservations already for this WHI and ask your prayers for a full complement of warriors and families to attend, as God's grace provides.
      If you know of a combat veteran of any war who might be interested in this retreat, direct him to our website at http://christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/. Further dates for the Welcome Home Initiative in 2010 include May 24-26 and November 8-10.
      We also ask your prayers for financial provision for this ministry in 2010. God has been gracious in providing the means to offer healing retreats free to combat veterans through generous donations. The Welcome Home Initiative, in common with many ministries in these recessionary times, faces a financial challenge in the New Year. Pray that the generosity of so many will continue and that the Welcome Home Initiative will increase in its effectiveness and ministry to veterans as we move into the new decade.
      Fr. Mumford's Recovery:
      Praise to God for infinite mercy and thanks to all of you who have responded to Fr. Nigel Mumford's medical crisis with fervent prayer. Father Nigel returned home last week for the first time since entering hospital in October – a joyous Chrristmas gift to family and friends and all who love him.
      Over 1000 intercessors from around the world responded to the Diocese of Albany's call for prayer with many others praying from the several blogs which reprinted the Diocesan Intercession updates. Canon Andrew White even wrote that prayer was being lifted for Fr. Nigel at services in Baghdad three days a week.
      It is confirmed now that Fr. Nigel succumbed to H1N1, nearly losing his life to the secondary pneumonia which followed. He was in ICU about 48 days, most of that on ventilation in a medically induced coma, but has been released now to outpatient pulmonary and physical rehabilitation.
      Fr. Nigel is working to recover from the muscle loss which was a result of lying motionless for so long and struggles with a painful bedsore which may require further treatment. Prayers are enjoined for the speedy healing of the bedsore, for complete healing of his lungs, and for steady progress in regaining strength for day-to-day activities.
      Fr. Nigel has written, "A HUGE THANK YOU to all who have been praying for me. There was a night when the doctors told Lynn that they couldn't do anything more for me. That was the night the special request for prayer went out. There was a huge Tsunami wave that washed over me and that is why I am here today."
      May God's blessing be with each of you this Christmastide and in the New Year. As you enjoy holiday celebrations with family or friends, remember the sacrifice that others have made that you might have the freedom to enjoy the simple pleasure of home and hearth. If you know of a combat soldier struggling with issues of return to civilian life, say a prayer and then invite him to our first Welcome Home celebration in the New Year.
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 28, 2009

 

12/28/2009, #85, 4th Quarter 2009

Then they brought little children to him, that he might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. (Mark 10:13)
      Father, please help us welcome families with young children.

But when Jesus saw it, he was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:14)
      Jesus, help us do what pleases you.

"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Mark 10:15)
      Holy Spirit, help those parishes repent that value having elaborate music programs more than little children with their noise and confusion.

And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:16)
      Jesus, help us bless what you bless and shun what you shun. Thank you.

      A word received: You are in my care; look to me for each day's bread and provision.

Holy Innocents: December 28: 2, 26 or 19,126; Isaiah 49:13-23 or Isaiah 54:1-13; Matthew 18:1-14 or Mark 10:13-16
Dec. 29: 18:21-50; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b; 2 John 1-13; John 2:1-11

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 27, 2009

 

12/27/2009, #84, 4th Quarter 2009

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
      Jesus, make a new beginning in us in this diocese; draw us all to you; write your word on our hearts.

He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)
      Father, draw us into your relationship with Jesus.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
      Holy Spirit, set our hearts free from worshipping created things.

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us choose life.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5)
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to lead us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (John 1:6)
      Father, help us heed the witnesses you send us.

This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. (John 1:7)
      Jesus, help us bear witness to your light.

He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (John 1:8 )
      Jesus, please help us be bearers of your light.

That was the true Light which, coming into the world, gives light to every man. (John 1:9)
      Father, shed forth your light in every corner of this diocese. Thank you.

      A word received: Look to me for help.

First Sunday after Christmas: 34; 1 Samuel 1:1-2, 7b-28; Colossians 1:9-20; Luke 2:22-40
St. John: December 27: 97, 98 or 145; Proverbs 8:22-30 or Isaiah 44:1-8; John 13:20-35 or 1 John 5:1-12
Holy Innocents: December 28: 2, 26 or 19,126; Isaiah 49:13-23 or Isaiah 54:1-13; Matthew 18:1-14 or Mark 10:13-16

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009
From: Fr. Kenneth Hunter
Subject: Intercessory Prayer Request
Please pray for my mother, Della Jones, who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Hospice arrangements have been advised. We ask for her healing. If God has a better plan for her, we ask for the grace of assurance for her and for all of us who love her.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Please pray
Dear Prayer Partners
      Hi Hugh, can we pray for Sally's brother-in-law Tony, who has been taken in to hospital this morning with a heart attack. Can we pray for Christ's healing touch and for peace and protection for the family.
      For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1v37
      We pray for the presence of Jesus around Tony and for the power of the Holy Spirit to bring healing to Tony's heart, we pray that there will be no lasting damage to his heart and for the comfort and love of Jesus for Tony and his family
      My cousin Hugh Bowman was promoted to Glory on Christmas eve please can you pray for the comfort, love and presence around his wife Ellen and the whole family. The funeral will be on Tuesday morning please can you remember us in prayer especially on Tues.
      Please can you remember a young man called Stephen who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and needs the miraculous healing power of Jesus to bring total healing and his peace that passes all understanding,
      Father we uphold all these prayer requests before your throne of Grace and ask for these prayers to receive your mercy, healing and compassion through Jesus name.
Many thanks, Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 26, 2009

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report December 26, 9:25-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust

+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Few people were walking through the snow on the day after Christmas. Many of those who stopped by the Prayer Table ventured out this morning only to come to the Prayer Table.

The Prayer Table has become a regular stop for a number of folks in the Neighborhood, and we have added their names to the bottom of the Prayer Table Report.

+Madeline-- "I need a prayer". "I want to get closer to Jesus". Madeline gave her life to Christ, asking forgiveness for sins. Please pray for Madeline as she begins her journey.

Jim (regular)-- "I had a great Christmas". Jim spent Christmas with his widowed sister, her 3 daughters, and their children. We prayed for continued healing in Jim's life. Jim has made so much progress in his journey toward the healing of his past. Please pray that Jim will continue to receive strength.

+Cassandra-- This young woman became emotional as she began to pray. We prayed that the roof and porch on her house be fixed. We also prayed for happiness in her life. Please pray for God's provision for Cassandra.

+ Donor to Christ Church and +his son-- As has been the custom throughout the years a gentleman from a neighboring town pulled his van up next to Prayer Table, then he and his teen-aged son gave Christ Church a generous gift. Even though he is not a member of Christ Church, this man who had a "life-changing experience" at Christ Church continues to remember the Church. We gave thanks to God for this man's generosity and for the example he sets for his son. Please pray for God's faithful servants.

+Rose-- This woman parked her car next to the Prayer Table and came for prayer. We prayed for good health and provision. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. Psalm 119:2.

+Deborah-- This woman came directly from her apartment to the Payer Table for prayer, then returned to her apartment. "Thank God I'm alive." "I don't where I'll be living next week." We prayed that Deborah find a place to live next week. "I have faith." "Everything is possible to one who has faith." Mark 9:23.

Rick-- We prayed for Rick's father (Ronald) who is sick. Please pray for those who minister to their parents in their time of need.

Prayer Table Regulars

Kayla-- Pray for healing in her life after being raped. Pray for her mother Laura, her son Nassir, her brother Josh, and Josh's son Deanthony.

Jim--Pray for healing in his life from abusive parents and for his personal peace after the death of his 31 year old son Robert. Jim is bi-polar.

Bill--Pray for his health and no more epileptic seizures. This middle-aged man has lived alone; please pray for companionship.

Lucinada and Eddiberto--Pray for protection for their family

Paulette and her children Monique and Taishawn--Pray for provision for this family

Clarence--Pray for direction as he seeks to change his life.

Linda--Pray for her family in Guyana

Albany Intercessor

 

12/26/2009, #83, 4th Quarter 2009

The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. (Psalm 118:18 )
      Thank you for your kindness to me and your chastening love, LORD.

Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, and I will praise the LORD. (Psalm 118:19)
      LORD, please help me walk in your ways and praise you.

This is the gate of the LORD, through which the righteous shall enter. (Psalm 118:20)
      Jesus, please help me recognize which gates you have opened for me and which gates you have shut.

I will praise you, for you have answered me, and have become my salvation. (Psalm 118:21)
      Jesus, I thank you and I praise you.

St. Stephen: December 26: 28, 30 or 118; 2 Chronicles 24:17-22 or Wisdom 4:7-15; Acts 6:1-7 or Acts 7:59-8:8
First Sunday after Christmas: 34; 1 Samuel 1:1-2, 7b-28; Colossians 1:9-20; Luke 2:22-40
St. John: December 27: 97, 98 or 145; Proverbs 8:22-30 or Isaiah 44:1-8; John 13:20-35 or 1 John 5:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washings of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)
      We thank You, Jesus, for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts that you have bestowed upon us. We praise and exalt You, on this anniversary of your wondrous birth. What a miracle that God would become man! We marvel at your kindness and love and mercy, Jesus, that you would save each and every one of us: The Mudge family, all the Peruvians to whom they minister, and the rest of us who intercede for them. Thank You for the Holy Spirit in our lives, for birth and renewal and all the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit. Thank You that being your heirs, we have the hope of eternal life.
      Lord, thank You for Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. Be with them in a very manifest way, on this first Christmas that they are celebrating away from their immediate families. Continue to bless all their endeavors and give them that peace which passeth all understanding as they strive always to do your will. Amen.
      Note from Jeanne Gizara: In celebration of our 40h wedding anniversary, my husband, Tom, and I will be traveling to Florida and taking a cruise in the Western Caribbean. We will be away from December 26 until January 11. Mudge Scripture Prayers will continue after January 11. Occasionally I will have e-mail access and will try to pass on Fr. Shaw's e-mails when possible. In the meantime, check out the blog for previous prayers that still apply.
       http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/
      Thank you for your prayers in 2009 and we hope that you will continue to pray with us for the Mudges in the new year. A blessed Christmas and New Year to you all.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 25, 2009

 

12/25/2009, #82, 4th Quarter 2009

The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; (Isaiah 35:1)
      LORD, come and heal our land and make it a fruitful garden for you, that you may rejoice in it.

It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the excellency of our God. (Isaiah 35:2)
      Father, we have sowed with tears; help us to come back singing, bringing in the sheaves.

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. (Isaiah 35:3)
      Jesus, our mortal bodies are wearing out, restore us and heal us.

Say to those who are fearful-hearted, "Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; he will come and save you." (Isaiah 35:4)
      Father, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (Isaiah 35:5)
      Holy Spirit, open the eyes and ears of the spiritually blind and deaf to hear and receive the gospel.

Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. (Isaiah 35:6)
      Jesus, let every parish in the diocese be a pool of living water where your people may be refreshed.

The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of jackals, where each lay, there shall be grass with reeds and rushes. (Isaiah 35:7)
      Father, bring us "little by little" into the land of your promise. (Deuteronomy 7:22)

A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. (Isaiah 35:8 )
      Holy Spirit, guide our thoughts and fill our hearts so that we walk on the Highway of Holiness.

No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; it shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, (Isaiah 35:9)
      Lord, protect our children and your little ones from all predators.

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:10)
      Thank you, Jesus, for surprising us with joy.

      Heal Ireland, Jesus. Let your shed blood cover over all the blood and hatred that has been poured out in that land, and heal the land. Help your people there turn to you with thankful hearts for what you have done and are doing there.

      A word received: Trust me, I love you.

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. (Micah 4:1)
      Father, we pray that your work will be exalted above all that we do and that the people of this diocese shall stream to what you are doing.

Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; he will teach us his ways, and we shall walk in his paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." (Micah 4:2)
      Jesus, please teach us your ways so that we may walk in them.

"He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." (Micah 4:3)
      A word received: Come to me for my peace.
      Come to me; let me teach you and show you how to make peace.
      Come to me; come into my open arms.


Christmas Day: 110:1-1(6-7), 132; Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-36
St. Stephen: December 26: 28, 30 or 118; 2 Chronicles 24:17-22 or Wisdom 4:7-15; Acts 6:1-7 or Acts 7:59-8:8

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel Update 4:35 PM

Update on Fr. Nigel 4:35 PM
Wednesday 12/23/09

ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA Fr. Nigel is home. He was released from the hospital today -- Thanks be to God! He will be recuperating for some time at home. He continues to be in pain from the bed sore, so please keep that in your prayers. He will be continuing to build his strength and rebuilding his lung capacity, but the fact that he is home is truly a miracle. Thank you all so much for your faithful prayers. Fr. Nigel has been upheld by them and has been healed by our Lord who has been hearing your prayers.

      Please pray for relief from the pain from the bed sore; building up of his strength in all of his muscles; complete healing of his lungs.
      Please also pray for Lynn for strength, patience, continued wisdom in managing all the medical needs, and our Lord's peace.

May you all have a blessed Christmas knowing that our Lord became incarnate to save us from our sins -- and Rejoice!

From Beth Strickland

 

12/23/2009, #81, 4th Quarter 2009

Praise the LORD! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. (Psalm 111:1)
      Father, help us to praise you.

The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. (Psalm 111:2)
      Holy Spirit, help us study the works and words of Jesus.

His work is honorable and glorious, and his righteousness endures forever. (Psalm 111:3)
      Jesus, thank you for all the righteous deeds you have done among us.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. (Psalm 111:10)
      Holy Trinity, one God, please bring us to enduring wisdom and understanding; help us keep your commandments. Bring us throughout this diocese to that fear of you which will cleanse and purify our hearts and minds. Thank you.

      A word received: You are in my care. Look to me for bread that endures.

Wednesday: 111, 113; 2 Samuel 7:1-17 Titus 2:11-3:8a Luke 1:39-48a (48b-56)
Dec. 24: 45, 46; Baruch 4:36-5:9 or Isaiah 35:1-10; Galatians 3:23-4:7; Matthew 1:18-25

Somehow Van Gogh's "Starry Night" captures for me what I think the first Christmas Eve must have been like. Instead of solemn ranks of angels singing solemn "Hosannas", I suspect the angels were turning Catherine Wheels in the sky and whooping it up for joy over the birth of Jesus. I pray that we can all find that same joy in Jesus this Christmas. Torre

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

 

12/22/2009, #80, 4th Quarter 2009

Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud him, all you peoples! (Psalm 117:1)
      Holy Spirit, please fill our hearts and our mouths with the praises of Jesus.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us, (Psalm 117:2a)
      Father, thank you for your mercy toward us.

And the truth of the LORD endures forever. (Psalm 117:2b)
      Jesus, you are the living word and your truth endures forever.

Praise the LORD! (Psalm 117:2c)
      Holy Trinity, one God, we praise you and we bless you. Thank you for all that you are doing among us.

Tuesday: 116, 117; 1 Samuel 2:1b-10; Titus 2:1-10; Luke 1:26-38
Wednesday: 111, 113; 2 Samuel 7:1-17 Titus 2:11-3:8a Luke 1:39-48a (48b-56)

      Notes from the Front Line

***** TODAY, I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of today or tonight, December 22nd.

***** Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009
From: Vaughan Clark
Torre,
I have been blessed over and over again in praying for Father Nigel. He came to Houston years ago and touched my heart.

May I ask you to pray for a member of my church family in Texas? Please pray healing for Judy Neptune- she has an infection in the bone around her knees and has had her replacements removed to speed the healing- she cannot have new knees until the infection is healed. Her husband, Don is her caregiver and she is in rehab now-please help lift this sweet couple to the throne of our God, Savior and Healer of all.

Advent blessings to you and a very merry Christmas,
Vaughan Clark
Houston, Texas

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 21, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel Update 12:35 PM

Update on Fr. Nigel 12:35 PM
Monday 12/21/09

Fr. Nigel has been given the green flag by his doctor to go home on Wednesday 12/23. He will have to return to the hospital after the holidays for some minor surgery concerning the bedsore, but then home for good, God willing. He is still experiencing a good deal of pain from the bedsore. He had his trach capped and is receiving a very small amount of oxygen from a small tube that goes under his nose. THANK YOU LORD!!! With his trach capped, he is able to speak in full sentences again, but he still gets a bit winded trying to talk at any length. His lungs need to continue to build up and heal. He has been walking more and more every day, but he is still experiencing some slight dizziness off and on.

Please Pray For:
      Healing of the bedsore and relief from the pain that it is causing
      Strength for all of his muscles, especially for his leg muscles
      Healing and rejuvenation of his lungs
      Healing of the dizziness when he stands
      Strength, stamina and peace for Lynn as she prepares for Fr. Nigel’s homecoming

Please give PRAISE and THANKS to our Lord for the healing that has taken place and for the healing to come. Our God listens to our prayers and as He did for St. Thomas, He relieves us of any doubts that we may have.

The following message has been sent by Fr. Nigel’s family in England to all the wonderful prayer warriors throughout the world:

Dear Beth and All, This is to greet you at the beginning of Christmas Week and then into the Blessed Day. David and I send you all Greetings for a very God-filled and therefore Joyous Season. We particularly thank you Beth and the Bissells and all the faithful "Prayers" who have stood by our son Nigel and dear Lynn through all these long and difficult weeks. What incredible fruit the prayers have brought forth - how our Lord has Blessed them - we are very mindful of His Love and Blessing. Ups and downs there have been - and may continue -- BUT GOD IS IN CHARGE and that is our great comfort and strength. THANK YOU ALL. With our most sincere Love. David and Jean Mumford and Family.

From Elizabeth Strickland

 

12/21/2009, #79, 4th Quarter 2009

Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, (Luke 1:1)
      Father, we pray for your word to be fulfilled among us.

just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, (Luke 1:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be faithful witnesses who pass on to others all that we have seen Jesus do.

it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, (Luke 1:3)
      Jesus, show each of us how to set forth the things we have seen you do in an orderly way so that others may understand the power of your love.

that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. (Luke 1:4)
      Father, we pray that our witness to your mighty acts among us will have the compelling certainty of your Holy Spirit's witness in our hearers' hearts.

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. (Luke 1:5-6)
      Jesus, we pray for the priests and deacons and their spouses who minister in this diocese that they will be righteous and walk in all your commandments in a blameless way.

But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. (Luke 1:7)
      Father, we pray for those who have no children that you will bless them with children. Thank you for all the children you have given us. Help us daily show forth your father-love to them. Thank you.

Monday: 112, 115; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Titus 1:1-16; Luke 1:1-25
Tuesday: 116, 117; 1 Samuel 2:1b-10; Titus 2:1-10; Luke 1:26-38

      Notes from the Front Line

***** TOMORROW I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night on Tuesday, December 22nd.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 20, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel Sunday 12-20-09, 3:30 PM

Fr. Nigel gives Thanksgiving for life itself and also says Thanks for your prayers.

Praise God that he is off the "trake" which has been capped. Pray that it can be removed soon and for complete healing of his lungs.
Other requests
      Pray for complete healing of "pressure wound" (bed sore). Pain level high.
      He has alternate cold and sweats with side effects and dizziness. Pray for end of these and stabilization of his body when standing.
      Pray he can be upright longer.
      Pray for increase of strength of body muscles.

Albany Intercessor

 

12/20/2009, #78, 4th Quarter 2009

And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord," (Luke 1:46)
      Holy Spirit, please move in our souls as you did with Mary.

"And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior." (Luke 1:47)
      Jesus, we rejoice because of the salvation you have worked for us.

"For he has regarded the lowly state of his maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed." (Luke 1:48 )
      Father, thank you for regarding Mary and all those of low estate. We bless you for what you have done in their lives.

"For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name." (Luke 1:49)
      Father, please help us keep your name holy; thank you for all that you have done for us.

"And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation." (Luke 1:50)
      Jesus, help us fear to offend your father and help us daily remember his great mercy of sending you to redeem and save us.

"He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts." (Luke 1:51)
      Jesus, please scatter the proud in government and business who have gold-plated health care and pensions but deny basic coverage to others.

"He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly." (Luke 1:52)
      Jesus, please topple from power those who misuse their power, and raise up and provide for the lost and the least.

"He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty." (Luke 1:53)
      Father, thank you for your justice and mercy.

"He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy," (Luke 1:54)
      Father, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

"As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever." (Luke 1:55)
      Holy Spirit, as you spoke to prior generations and brought them to repentance and new life in Christ Jesus, do that with our generation -- for this generation has gone astray.

      A word received: Pray for my word to be written on my people's hearts.

      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.


Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis3:18-15; Revelation 12:1-10; John 3:16-21
Monday: 112, 115; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Titus 1:1-16; Luke 1:1-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night on Tuesday, December 22nd.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 19, 2009

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report December 19, 9:25-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust

+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

The below freezing temperatures and gray skies did not stop people from coming to the Prayer Table, but it did limit the time they stayed and talked.

The Prayer Table has become a regular stop for a number of folks in the Neighborhood, and we have added their names to the bottom of the Prayer Table Report.

Bill (regular)-- "Pray for my friend Deanne who is in New Jersey during this snow storm." We also prayed for an end to Bill's seizures and for companionship. Bill later stopped by and gave us Christmas cards. We thank God for those whose faith is steadfast.

+Darryl-- "I'm in a hurry to get to work." We prayed for protection and provision. We thank God for those who take time in their busy schedule to stop and pray.

+Vanessa-- "I want to do God's will." Vanessa has recently returned to Schenectady from Florida in order to be with her family; however, her family wants nothing to do with her because of Vanessa's past drug use. She is living in an apartment with a friend. Vanessa has stopped taking drugs, but her room-mate is a drug-user. She finds temptation all about her. We prayed that God would give Vanessa the strength to resist drugs one day at a time. We also prayed for reconciliation between Vanessa and her family. Vanessa is also looking for a Church to attend and we gave her a listing of services at Christ Church. After prayer Vanessa said, "I feel better already." During Advent, we pray for reconciliation between man and God and between family members.

++ Cadessa-- This young woman came across the street and directly to the Prayer Table. "Today is my mother's (Wynette) birthday." Wynette suffers from seizures and constant pain from a herniated disc in her back. We prayed for healing. We thank God for family members who minister to each other.

Jim (regular)-- "Merry Christmas to both of you." Jim revealed for the first time that he is a psychiatric patient with a bi-polar disorder. We prayed for healing in Jim's life. We thank God that in the midst of terrible personal afflictions, people still turn to God.

Bonita-- "I am a child of the Living God." Bonita was driving by, saw the Prayer Table, stopped her car, and wanted to know if we needed something hot to drink. We said we were fine and asked if she needed prayer. Bonita suffers from tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears. We prayed for healing. We thank God for those who look out for the welfare of strangers.

++Blake-- "It's too cold to pray," but Blake stopped anyway. "Pray for my mother Phyllis who is in pain." We thank God for those who put the well-being of their family above themselves.

Howard-- Minister from Seventh Day Adventist Church on Swan Street. "I have a ministry program next Thursday (Christmas eve). Please pray for its success." We thank God for all those who minister to the people of Hamilton Hill.

+Walter-- We prayed for a job. In a land of abundance, we pray for those in need.

+Crystal-- "I need a prayer" We prayed for a job. We thank God for those who turn Him in times of need.

+Samantha-- We prayed for happiness. We thank God for those who seek His favor.

+Michael-- "Pray for peace." Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.--Luke 2:14

Prayer Table Regulars

Kayla-- Pray for healing in her life after being raped. Pray for her mother Laura, her son Nassir, her brother Josh, and Josh's son Deanthony.

Jim--Pray for healing in his life from abusive parents and for his personal peace after the death of his 31 year old son Robert.

Bill--Pray for his health and no more epileptic seizures. This middle-aged man has lived alone; please pray for companionship.

Lucinada and Eddiberto--Pray for protection for their family

Paulette and her children Monique and Taishawn--Pray for provision for this family

Clarence--Pray for direction as he seeks to change his life.

Linda--Pray for her family in Guyana

Albany Intercessor

 

12/19/2009, #77, 4th Quarter 2009

"'But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,' says the LORD of hosts." (Zechariah 8:11)
      LORD, please help us to be a faithful remnant in the Episcopal Church.

"'For the seed shall be prosperous, the vine shall give its fruit, the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew-- I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these.'" (Zechariah 8:12)
      Father, our eyes are on you and we look to you to grant us increase in this diocese.

"'And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, let your hands be strong.'" (Zechariah 8:13)
      Jesus, please help us to be a blessing to all we meet, and give us strength to endure. Set us free from baseless fears.

"For thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Just as I determined to punish you when your fathers provoked me to wrath,' says the LORD of hosts, 'and I would not relent, so again in these days I am determined to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear. These are the things you shall do: speak each man the truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;'" (Zechariah 8:14-16)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us speak truth to his neighbor and give righteous judgments with truth, justice, and peace.

"'Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; and do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,' says the LORD." (Zechariah 8:17)
      Holy Trinity, one God, help us to love what you love and shun what you hate. Thank you.

"But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents." (Matthew 25:26-28 ) [From yesterday's lectionary reading.]
      A talent is an amount of money. We asked what an equivalent to putting money in the bank would be in terms of the gifts and abilities that the LORD gives us. We got the following word.
      A word received: It's caring that I gain benefit from what I have given you. It's doing the minimum with what I have given, but that is better than doing nothing.

Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zechariah 8:9-17; Revelation 6:1-17; Matthew 25:31-46
Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis3:18-15; Revelation 12:1-10; John 3:16-21

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night on Tuesday, December 22nd.

*****       Christmas, 2009
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      "God so loved the world that He gave his only-begotten Son." No greater message has ever been spoken. No greater gift has ever been given.
      The Feast of Christmas is the celebration of that reality. In the middle of the dark winter night may we pause to contemplate and give thanks and praise to God for the great Gift who came down from heaven "for us and for our salvation".
      This year as we gather in our churches to celebrate Christmas, our nation marks eight years of war in distant lands and a growing economic crisis at home and abroad. In the midst of this turmoil and suffering we can look to the Prince of Peace, the only Son who comes to bring peace and joy to our hearts, our lives, our families our communities.
      I encourage each of us to open our arms to receive the Christ Child -- the Prince of Peace, and to extend that embrace to our neighbors especially the lonely and the lost. Jesus came for us all. I ask all of us through the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to work to ensure that each parish in the Diocese of Albany is a place of welcome, forgiveness, love and a new beginning to everyone who comes in search of God's love and forgiveness. May we take time to invite those who share our lives to come and share the true joy of Christmas found in Christ.
      Christmas can be a great time of healing and reconciliation if we remember what it is truly about and keep Christ at the center of our celebration and time together. The Christ child in the manger extends His hands, just as the saving Lord Jesus stretched out His hands of love on the hard wood of the cross. May we join our hands to His and welcome neighbor and stranger to the Inn.
      I pray that you, your family and all your loved ones have a blessed and joyful Christmas, filled with Christ's love and peace. I promise to keep you in my daily prayers throughout the coming year. I would be most thankful if you would please keep me and my family in your prayers as well.
      In Christ's Love,
      + William H. Love
      Bishop of Albany

***** Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009
From: Joann Ferris
Subject: Thank you and prayer request for N.C. School of Healing Prayer--April
Dear Torre and Jean
      I am and will be praying for Jean' surgery. [January 12th]
      I will take 6-6:30 am to pray on Tuesday the 22nd of Dec. for Nigel and Lynn.
      I would like to take this opportunity (if I haven't already) to thank you for your ministry and many thanks for sending out to the intercessors the prayer request for Level1 in Sept.09 at Tupper Lake. It was a big success-- God was there --we thank him.
      This is now the N.C. School of Healing Prayer. The bishop has approved putting dates in the Diocesan Update.
      Would you please send out prayer request for the next Level 1 School of Healing Prayer April 18th thru the 21st? We need prayers for our facilitators Fr. John Kelly and Tish, Others on the team -- Mtr. Evette Austin, Jo Ferris, Phoebe Rogerson, The Cook, the Cook's main helper and a part time helper. Prayer teams for the Healing Service on Tuesday night April 20th@ 7:00, St. Thomas Tupper Lake, Pray the Lord will send participants (all denominations welcome) Please hold Mtr. Evette in prayer as she plans this service and seeks others to assist her in the service such as another clergy person.
      Pray God will send us 1 to 2 more mentors for practicum times. Please pray for protection for all aspects including planning which is already in progress. Please pray for St. Thomas as a facility and The Park Motel as housing for out of towners.
      May God Bless you now and during this very special time of year as we prepare for the Savior's birth.
Ultreya! FHS, Jo

***** Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009
From: jg
Subject: Mudge Mission Scripture Prayer
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6b)
      Father God, we thank You for your Holy Spirit and the way that this Spirit has been working in the ministries of Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. It is not their earthly talents but your spiritual gifts that have allowed them to accomplish so much in a very short time in Peru. We ask you to continue to guide them in every step of their journey and by your Holy Spirit may they have many more achievements in the New Year. Amen. http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 18, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel Update 9:53 AM

Update on Fr. Nigel 9:53 AM
Friday 12/18/09

Today there is some wonderful news. Fr. Nigel has been told that the work that he is doing in PT and OT is being done well enough for him to plan to go home on the 23rd! THANK YOU LORD – AND THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS! He has walked far enough and long enough, he has been climbing stairs, and he has been working out his hands, arms and legs to meet the criteria for release. His drive to get better and get home has been extraordinary and he says that he can feel and is uplifted by your prayers. He has experienced a recurrence of dizziness when he is walking, which had disappeared for a few days. The only element that could be "a fly in the ointment" to his release is the condition of his bedsore – whether it is healed enough.

Please keep up your prayers for:
      Immediate healing of the bedsore – the tissues, the capillaries and whatever else is involved
      Continued healing of his lungs so that the oxygen level can be decreased even further and the trach can be removed
      Healing of whatever is causing him to experience dizziness when he walks
      Strengthening of his leg muscles to help with his walking and all of his muscles
      Patience for Fr. Nigel as he continues to heal
      Strength and peace for Lynn as she continues to walk this path with Fr. Nigel

Praise and Glory be given to our Lord who has answered all of our prayers in so many ways. Thanks be to God!

From Beth Strickland

 

12/18/2009, #76, 4th Quarter 2009

Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, (Zechariah 7:8 )
      LORD, let your word come to the people of this diocese.

"Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother.'" (Zechariah 7:9)
      Holy Spirit, give us hearts of mercy and compassion to our brothers and sisters throughout this diocese. Teach us the meaning of true justicek.

"'Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.'" (Zechariah 7:10)
      Jesus, we ask you to provide for the widows of this nation and those who have to depend solely on Social Security. We ask for your mercy and provision for the children caught up in the foster care system. We pray for the aliens (legal and illegal) and the poor among us that we will have hearts of compassion towards them. We ask you to end the civil war in the Episcopal Church which pits brother against brother. Help us remember your command that there shall be one law for both the native born and the foreigner in our midst. Thank you.

      "And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:33-34)

      "You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 24:22)
      Holy Spirit, write these commands on our hearts.

Friday: 51; Zechariah 7:8-8:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Matthew 25:14-30
Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zechariah 8:9-17; Revelation 6:1-17; Matthew 25:31-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night on Tuesday, December 22nd.

***** Date: Sat, 05 Dec 2009
From: John and Cindy
Subject: Worship and Praise
Dear Torre,
      Would you please send the following information to all the prayer warriors? Thanks. Peace, Fr. John Hopkins
      For years now there have been many prophecies from throughout the nation and world that the Albany NY area will be the site of one of the Lord's next great revivals.
      In response to these prophecies, several clergy of the diocese of Albany have been gathering on Friday nights in different locations to worship, praise and seek the Lord and His will as well as to pray for healing.
      Please plan to join us on Friday December 18 at 7:00PM at St. Michaels, Killean Park in Colonie

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, December 17, 2009

 

12/17/2009, #75, 4th Quarter 2009

Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. (Zechariah 4:1)
      LORD, send your holy angels to wake the Episcopal Church out of its slumber.

And he said to me, "What do you see?" So I said, "I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left." So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, "What are these, my lord?" Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, "Do you not know what these are?" And I said, "No, my lord." (Zechariah 4:2-5)
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see and understand the things of the kingdom of God.

So he answered and said to me: "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts.'" (Zechariah 4:6)
      Jesus, please help us seek after and receive the power of your Holy Spirit.

"'Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! and he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!"'" (Zechariah 4:7)
      Jesus, let every mountain that blocks our way to you be leveled by your grace.

Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth." (Zechariah 4:8-10)
      Father, please set us free from contempt of "small things." Help us do each task, whether great or small, that you put in front of us. Thank you.

      A word received: Look to me.

Thursday: [59, 60] or 33; Zechariah 4:1-14; Revelation 4:9-5:5; Matthew 25:1-13
Friday: 51; Zechariah 7:8-8:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Matthew 25:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night on Tuesday, December 22nd.

***** Date: Sat, 05 Dec 2009
From: John and Cindy
Subject: Worship and Praise
Dear Torre,
      Would you please send the following information to all the prayer warriors? Thanks. Peace, Fr. John Hopkins
      For years now there have been many prophecies from throughout the nation and world that the Albany NY area will be the site of one of the Lord's next great revivals.
      In response to these prophecies, several clergy of the diocese of Albany have been gathering on Friday nights in different locations to worship, praise and seek the Lord and His will as well as to pray for healing.
      Please plan to join us on Friday December 18 at 7:00PM at St. Michaels, Killean Park in Colonie.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel Update 8:49 AM

Update on Fr. Nigel 8:49 AM
Wednesday 12/16/09

On Monday Fr. Nigel had a minor procedure on his bedsore to help with the healing process. It has caused him a lot of pain and discomfort, so please keep the healing of the bed sore in your prayers. Although he had that procedure on Monday, he was up on Tuesday and walked a short distance. He reports that he experienced no nausea or dizziness while he was walking. PRAISE GOD for that healing. He has not been able to do much else because the pain from the bedsore has sapped him of his strength.

Please pray for:
      Complete healing of the tissue involved with the bedsore and relief from the pain being caused by the bedsore
      Continued healing of his lungs so that he can be weaned from the oxygen
      Peace for Fr. Nigel as he struggles with anxiousness to be home
       Peace and strength for Lynn as she journeys down this road with Fr. Nigel
       Healing of Fr. Nigel so that he may be home for Christmas

Please give thanks to our Lord for His healing touch in so many ways for Fr. Nigel, but especially for the relief from the dizziness and nausea.

Thank you Lord for the prayers of all the faithful friends, of the acquaintances and of those who don’t even know Fr. Nigel. Thank you Lord for listening to the cry of your people. Praise God, Praise God, Praise God.

 

12/16/2009, #74, 4th Quarter 2009

Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? (Psalm 49:5)
      Jesus, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, (Psalm 49:6)
      Father, my boast is of your son Jesus and his cross and resurrection.

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him-- (Psalm 49:7)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the many things that I am unable to do in my own strength, but that I can do with your power.

For the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever-- (Psalm 49:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for paying the cost of my redemption.

That he should continue to live eternally, and not see the Pit. (Psalm 49:9)
      For I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27)

Wednesday: 49, [53]; Zechariah 3:1-10; Revelation 4:1-8; Matthew 24:45-51
Thursday: [59, 60] or 33; Zechariah 4:1-14; Revelation 4:9-5:5; Matthew 25:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

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***** Date: Sat, 05 Dec 2009
From: John and Cindy
Subject: Worship and Praise
Dear Torre,
      Would you please send the following information to all the prayer warriors? Thanks. Peace, Fr. John Hopkins
      For years now there have been many prophecies from throughout the nation and world that the Albany NY area will be the site of one of the Lord's next great revivals.
      In response to these prophecies, several clergy of the diocese of Albany have been gathering on Friday nights in different locations to worship, praise and seek the Lord and His will as well as to pray for healing.
      Please plan to join us on Friday December 18 at 7:00PM at St. Michaels, Killean Park in Colonie

***** Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge public prayer mail for 14 Dec 09
Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you. This is our weekly public prayer mail, for December 14.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Thanksgiving that our missionary team is coming together.
      2) Thanksgiving that we Mudges have gotten through a rather intense two weeks, spiritually stronger.
      3) Thanksgiving that our daughter Hannah became a candidate for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Albany.
      4) Thanksgiving for our family and friends.
Prayers:
      1) The faculty of the seminary are beginning a team sacramental ministry for perhaps two months in the Villa el Salvador district of Lima. Please pray for all of the work at the Mission of Jesus el Salvador, there.
      2) For the finances, ministries, priorities, and relationships of the Diocese of Peru, Saints Augustine seminary, and ourselves.
      3) For the ordination process meetings and presentations that Julie makes, and for our preparations for classes; classes begin on January 25.
      4) For our daughter Hannah as she prepares for canonical exams, and for both Ruth and Hannah as they travel for Christmas.
      5) For God´s plans for the Arequipa branch of the seminary, which is under current assessment.
      6) For the Bishop Suffragan process in the Diocese of Peru, that the Holy Spirit would guide the process, and that our heavenly Father´s will be done.
      7) For Bp. Godfrey in his travels outside of Peru, which begin this week, and for those who are covering for him.
      8 ) That you would have a very Merry Christmas.
      The next week or so could be particularly challenging, spiritually, perhaps the next several weeks. Thank you for praying for us. It makes a difference. I pray for you every day.
In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia
Lima, Peru

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

 

12/15/2009, #73, 4th Quarter 2009

"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:'" (Revelation 3:14)
      Jesus, you are the faithful and true witness of your father's love and will; please help us daily receive your witness into our hearts and minds.

"'"I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth."'" (Revelation 3:15-16)
      Jesus, let the fire of your Holy Spirit run through this diocese. Set on fire all those who have settled into a "comfortable Christianity" which does not challenge them to holiness and obedience to you.

"Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.'" (Revelation 3:17-18 )
      Father, give us eyes to see our true condition.

"'"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent."'" (Revelation 3:19)
      Holy Spirit, help us joyfully embrace Jesus' discipline.

"'"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me."'" (Revelation 3:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us open the door of our hearts to Jesus.

"'"To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my father on his throne."'" (Revelation 3:21)
      Jesus, please help us overcome everything that hinders us in running the race.

"'"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."'" (Revelation 3:22)
      Father, please give us ears to hear what your Holy Spirit is saying to the churches. Thank you.

Tuesday: 47, 48; Zechariah 2:1-13; Revelation 3:14-22; Matthew 24:32-44
Wednesday: 49, [53]; Zechariah 3:1-10; Revelation 4:1-8; Matthew 24:45-51

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for vocations to the Franciscans of the Holy Cross.

***** Date: Sat, 05 Dec 2009
From: John and Cindy
Subject: Worship and Praise
Dear Torre,
      Would you please send the following information to all the prayer warriors? Thanks. Peace, Fr. John Hopkins
      For years now there have been many prophecies from throughout the nation and world that the Albany NY area will be the site of one of the Lord's next great revivals.
      In response to these prophecies, several clergy of the diocese of Albany have been gathering on Friday nights in different locations to worship, praise and seek the Lord and His will as well as to pray for healing.
      Please plan to join us on Friday December 18 at 7:00PM at St. Michaels, Killean Park in Colonie.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 14, 2009

 

12/14/2009, #72, 4th Quarter 2009 and Update on Fr. Nigel

Awake! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. (Psalm 44:23)
      Lord Jesus, come and help the afflicted and those who suffer for your name's sake.

Why do you hide your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression? (Psalm 44:24)
      A word received: Let me be Lord of every difficulty you face.

      Lord, I offer you my burdens, especially the burden of XXX.

For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body clings to the ground. (Psalm 44:25)
      Holy Spirit, come and revive us.

Arise for our help, and redeem us for your mercies’ sake. (Psalm 44:26)
      Father, we are your children and we look to you for help. Thank you for the help you are sending us. Thank you for your faithfulness to us each day.

      A word received: Come to me.

Monday: 44; Zechariah 1:7-17; Revelation 3:7-13; Matthew 24:15-31
Tuesday: 36, 39; Amos 7:10-17; Revelation 1:9-16; Matthew 22:34-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2009 22:22 PM
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Update on Fr. Nigel
Monday 12/14/09

      Fr. Nigel continues to mend. He is walking, with the help of a walker, the length of the hall outside of his room, which is about 80 feet. He is doing about 3 hours of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy per day, which is exhausting him. He has sustained work-outs for his arms and legs. His mind wants to do more than his body is able to do at this point. When he walked down the hall Saturday, the nausea and the dizziness had subsided somewhat, so keep those prayers coming because that issue is showing signs of healing. Fortunately he has Sundays to recover and rest.
      His bed sore continues to be a source of pain and discomfort, but the new bed is a help.
      Fr. Nigel said that he has had some "remarkable prayer time". He has also been able to pray with some of the nurses that are attending to him. They have come up to him and said that they are Christians, and then they have prayed together.
      Fr. Nigel has asked for prayer for his concern over a couple of procedures which may take place this week -- removal of a port and a procedure on the bed sore.
Please pray for:

*      Healing of his lungs so that he can be weaned from the oxygen

*      Building up strength in his arms and legs so that he can increase his walking

*      Patience and endurance for his PT and OT and for the long road to recovery ahead

*      Elimination of the dizziness and nausea

*      God's Peace for his mind and spirit as he faces some challenges this week both physically and emotionally

*      Strength, endurance and peace for Lynn as she faces the marathon ahead

      Please give Thanks and Praise to our God who is so awesome. He listens to your prayers and is answering them. Fr. Nigel is getting a little better every day. God's will be done! Thank you Lord Jesus!

***** Please pray for vocations to the Franciscans of the Holy Cross.

***** Date: Sat, 05 Dec 2009
From: John and Cindy
Subject: Worship and Praise
Dear Torre,
      Would you please send the following information to all the prayer warriors? Thanks. Peace, Fr. John Hopkins
      For years now there have been many prophecies from throughout the nation and world that the Albany NY area will be the site of one of the Lord's next great revivals.
      In response to these prophecies, several clergy of the diocese of Albany have been gathering on Friday nights in different locations to worship, praise and seek the Lord and His will as well as to pray for healing.
      Please plan to join us on Friday December 18 at 7:00PM at St. Michaels, Killean Park in Colonie

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 13, 2009

 

A Prayer for Fr. Nigel's Bedsore

Continue to lift up prayer for Father Nigel’s bedsore.

      Bedsores form when pressure prevents oxygen from reaching an area of soft tissue -- causing cells to die, sometimes at a deep level erupting outward to the skin. During critical care in ICU the choice to preserve life often affects ordinary nursing practice of moving the body frequently, and bedsores can be a result of this choice for Life. A three-month prognosis for the healing of this wound indicates a serious bedsore. The intense pain Fr. Nigel feels (often a 9 or a 10 pain level) indicates that nerves were not damaged.

      The best cure comes from the body’s own regenerative power aided by careful nursing practice which promotes unimpeded blood and oxygen flow to the wound by keeping new pressure off the wound through frequent re-positioning of the body. The new bed will help tremendously.

      Father Nigel always counsels praying as specifically into a physical healing as possible – targeting, even pinpointing, prayer. Many of you have battled this kind of infirmity and have an intuitive sense of the need. Nevertheless, let all of us concentrate our prayer on asking the Lord to heal this wound.

A Prayer for Healing of the Bedsore

      Heavenly Father, we thank You for saving our friend’s life, and we ask now that you send your Holy Spirit’s power to renew and enliven all cells – skin and deep tissue alike – which have been traumatized by pressure during Fr. Nigel’s long stasis in coma. We pray that the healing power of Your Son Jesus may touch and rebuke this small but potent stronghold of pain and infirmity. Protect the wound from any invasion of infection. Repair capillaries which have been damaged and draw fresh blood to the healing wound. We pray for a visible reduction in the size of this bedsore, asking boldly for an astonishing shrinking of the circumference of the wound, of its depth, of any deep tissue involvement and of its pain.

      We thank you for the hands which chose life at every juncture of Fr. Nigel’s care in ICU -- hands which gave substance to our prayer that You might spare his life. We pray now for the hands which choose healing for broken and traumatized flesh: for the hands that position our friend in bed while he builds up muscular strength in his lower body, that monitor for infection and check progress in healing, and that apply creams and medicine to the wound. May those medicines be salves of salvation in Jesus’ name.

      We praise You now, Father, for work begun and for the healing You are working even now in our friend. We lift all our petitions and offer thanks and praise in the name of God -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

An Upstate Intercessor

 

12/13/2009, #71, 4th Quarter 2009

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
      Father, thank you for choosing us for salvation and holiness.

      Jesus, thank you for loving us.

      Holy Spirit, continue to bring us to sanctification and the love of Jesus.

to which he called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:14)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please help us daily answer the call of the gospel so that we may enter into your glory.

Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
      Father, please help us receive and stand fast in the apostolic teaching in the epistles.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
      Lord Jesus Christ, come and establish Bishop Bill and the leaders and teachers and people of this diocese in every good word and work.

      Holy Spirit, guide Fr. Nigel and Lyn and all your people who are ill and their families by your grace into the everlasting hope you have given us. Thank you.

Sunday: 103; Amos 9:11-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3,13-17; John 5:30-47
Monday: 44; Zechariah 1:7-17; Revelation 3:7-13; Matthew 24:15-31

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Weekly Mudge Mission Scripture Prayer
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. (Revelation 2:18-19)
      Lord, these words apply so well to Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. You know about their deeds and their love and faith, their service and perseverance, and that they are doing so much for You and Your Kingdom. Continue to guide them every step of the way and give them correct discernment about those tasks that You have set for them to do. Thank You for all the accomplishments of this past year. Bless the Mudges especially during this Advent and Christmas Season, their first out of country. May they be able to feel Your Love and Peace and Joy as they await this seasonal celebration of the birth of Your Precious Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 12, 2009

 

Prayer Table Reports from Schenectady and Lake Luzerne

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report December 12, 9:15-10:15 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust

+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Torre had received the Word, "Pray that people would not make 'false choices' ". Near the end of the Prayer Table session, the Word Received came to life when Robert stopped.

Although it was a sunny day, people did not stay long at the Prayer Table today since the temperature was below freezing.

The Prayer Table has become a regular stop for a number of folks in the Neighborhood, and we have added their names to the bottom of the Prayer Table Report.

+Robert-- "I've got a good body and a good mind; I just need to put them to use." We prayed for good choices in Robert's life.

+Travis-- We prayed for blessings in his life.

+Dennis--We prayed for protection and provision for Dennis and his family.

+Champaign--This young woman was waiting for the bus to take her to her job at Sears. We prayed for today's blessings.

+Danny-- We prayed for protection from false choices.

Jack-- This older gentleman had stopped at the Prayer Table last week. He has difficulty in walking because of his diabetes. Because of the snow on the sidewalks, he was in the street using a walker to travel up State Street. We prayed for healing of his legs.

Jim --regular-- "If there is a God, why are there so many homeless people. Why are we sending 30,000 more boys to Afghanistan?" We talked about free will and prayed for our leaders to make good choices.

+D'Andrea-- "Pray for my girlfriend Sarah. She is going into the military." We prayed for safety for Sarah and that relationship would grow during their separation.

+Robert-- Robert was walking in the street with his headphones on. When we asked if he wanted prayer, he responded, "What the hell. OK." When asked what was on his heart, Robert began to cry and said, "Where do I begin?" Robert said he had recently stopped taking drugs because of "bad dreams caused by demons". He also stopped taking drugs because he was adversely affecting the children around him. Robert recently lost his job and is fearful that he will lose his home. He has served time in prison and is on parole. As we began to pray, tears gushed down Robert's face as if a faucet had been turned on. We prayed for freedom from fear. Torre wrote down a verse from 2 Timothy 1:7 for Robert to remember: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Robert told us that we will be attending Schenectady County Community College next term to study Hotel and Restaurant Management. We also thanked God for the wise choices Robert has begun make in his life (ending his drug use and his continuing education) and encouraged Robert to attend Church services. Robert said he was raised Catholic. I was quite obvious that Robert was the living example of someone who had made "false choices". Please pray for Robert. He has the desire to change his life, but he is full of fear.

+Omar and his young son +Ocyrus-- We prayed for protection and blessings in their lives.

Prayer Table Regulars

Kayla-- Pray for healing in her life after being raped. Pray for her mother Laura, her son Nassir, her brother Josh, and Josh's son Deanthony.

Jim--Pray for healing in his life from abusive parents and for his personal peace after the death of his 31 year old son Robert.

Bill--Pray for his health and no more epileptic seizures. This middle-aged man has lived alone; please pray for companionship.

Lucinada and Eddiberto--Pray for protection for their family

Paulette and her children Monique and Taishawn--Pray for provision for this family

Clarence--Pray for direction as he seeks to change his life.

Linda--Pray for her family in Guyana

PRAYER TABLE REPORT St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne
(Sat., Dec. 12, 2009; 11:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.; inside the Parish Hall before and during the start of our weekly Community Luncheon; Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

Note: This was the first time we manned His table indoors; we usually hold it outdoors whatever the weather conditions in front of the Hall entrance. But today I moved indoors not because of the weather but because our rector, Rev. Bruce Mason, is worried that it might be a safety concern because with the snow collecting we only have a small area for cars to pass and it might endanger people stopping for prayer. This is a very legitimate and wise concern. The difference? Fewer people seemed to stop, but ... the ones who came REALLY wanted prayer.)

a--Indicated anointed with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received handmade cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

a,t -- PAT (a woman) -- She asked for prayer for good health and happiness. She said she is in generally good health but has "a few things wrong." She did not go into detail and I did not push. She is a Methodist but has not been able to attend her services lately because she works on Sunday. She was very grateful for prayer.

a-- JOE -- This kind, middle-aged man is a repeat visitor to the Table. He wishes to be reunited with his son, who is 20 years old. He has only seen him twice in the boy's whole life. Joe also has a bad knee and he winced in pain when he sat down at a chair for prayer. I offered to pray for his knee too, but Joe said "No ... just pray for my desire to be reunited with my son. That's what I REALLY want."

a-- PEGGY -- This woman, a member of our church, has problems with her lungs and asked for healing. She has attended Healing Services at our church and she swears that since she started getting healing prayer for her lungs, the illness had been "under control" and not getting worse. We prayed for continued and complete healing.

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