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Sunday, January 31, 2010


Update on Lorraine and Prayer Table Grace and Holy Innocents

***** Update on Lorraine:

PTL there has been a slight improvement. Her white blood count which has been zero (giving her no immunity) has increased. Her repeated blood culture shows no infection which means that she isn't circulating the infection around her body. She still has the localized sinus and brain infection, though. A repeat CT scan will be done to check on the brain swelling. The Drs are very optimistic!!! Continue praying for more improvements, and for a complete recovery. Pray for John for strength and health, and for Shawn and Alene.

***** From: Louise Fisher
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2010 1:17 PM
To: 'Torre Bissell'
Subject: Prayer Table Grace and Holy Innocents
Grace and Holy Innocents Prayer Table: January 30, 2010

Elecia – Prayers for her children: Brienna, recently unemployed, Ellanna, waiting for job placement, Termell, in prison
Marge – Still recovering from pneumonia
Elinann- Severe spinal degeneration and related pain
Patricia – Recovering from surgery, also, her dog of many years is dying
Janet – Pleurisy
William – In prison, being visited by his mother, grandmother and sisters
Dorothy – Her son has died this week. He suffered from cancer. She will now be living alone. Says she “is numb.” Son’s name Maurice, pray for repose.
Donald, Arlene, Eddie, Georgia, Louise – too long absent from GHI
G. Tyrone, for strength, love and the ability to forgive

Thanksgiving for the return of my car undergoing repairs since November of 2009 and a return to independence.


1/31/2010, #32, 1st Quarter 2010

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: (Jeremiah 1:4)
      LORD, let your word come to us as well.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, give us ears and hearts to hear and receive your word through the prophets.

Then said I: "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth." (Jeremiah 1:6)
      Jesus, please help all those who hear your word to speak it. Don't let them be dismayed because of their youth or for any other condition.

But the LORD said to me: "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak." (Jeremiah 1:7)
      Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.

"Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you," says the Lord." (Jeremiah 1:8 )
      Father, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Then the LORD put forth his hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: "Behold, I have put my words in your mouth." (Jeremiah 1:9)
      Jesus, put forth your hand and touch us as well.

"See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant." (Jeremiah 1:10)
      LORD, set your word over this nation and over the Episcopal Church to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.

Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis 18:16-33; Galatians 5:13-25; Mark 8:22-30
Monday: 64, 65; Genesis 19:1-17(18-23)24-29; Hebrews 11:1-12 John 6:27-40

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for continued healing for Fr. Nigel Mumford and Lorraine Coleman.

***** Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors Update -- Saturday, January 30,

To All Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors--

The Seventh Welcome Home Initiative came to a close last Wednesday with a well-filled chapel and applause for our latest WHI Warriors concluding their retreat. Fr. Nigel opened the Ceremony with prayer and gave the final blessing. Still on medical leave, his presence on the platform with Bishop Dave, Noel and Chaplain Olsen brought tears to many eyes, given his near-to-death condition at the time of the last WHI. We look forward to Fr. Nigel's full return to ministry on future retreats.

The morning had begun with a Healing Prayer service which included the anointing of hands which had held weapons in battle and round-robin prayers for each man by all gathered around. An older veteran "sat in" for a younger combatant who had had to leave early for a medical appointment in Maryland, and all prayed for this courageous young man's healing and blessing. When all had received prayer, we adjourned to the top of the hill and the service in Christ the King Chapel.

The homily was preached by Chaplain Eric Olsen of the New York State National Guard. He observed that the military today are masters of violence but are now able to pinpoint that violence with surgical precision. The soldier's world is a black and white world. A good soldier must always remember that he is a child of God first and a soldier second. Without that perspective, reentry into the nuanced world of civilian life is impossible.

Chaplain Olsen recounted a firefight in Samarra, Iraq, he witnessed where a child was caught in cross fire. The family and neighbors of that child did nothing. Then one of his men ran out and swept the child to safety, risking his life. He asked the soldier later "Why did you do that?" and he replied, "I don't know!" Chaplain Olsen believes that the American soldier responded in that way because he instinctively knew that he and that child were both children of God.

Today's military is beset by suicide, violence and alcohol abuse. Chaplain Olsen suggested that for all the resiliency programs and "complete soldier packages" that the armed forces have come up with in answer, what the young Warriors need is simply to know who they are as children of God. "If you can't see God's hand at work in the world around you," he said, "Trust in His heart." That soldier in Samarra was God's hands and reflected the goodness of God's heart.

Once again I thank each of you for keeping the Welcome Home Initiative in prayer both in preparation for and through these three days. The next Welcome Home Initiatives will take place May 24-26 and November 8-9, 2010.

Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Center in Greenwich, NY

***** Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer

You have done many miraculous things, O Lord my God.
You have made many wonderful plans for us.
No one compares to you!
I will tell others about your miracles,
Which are more than I can count.
(Psalm 40:5)

Lord, we thank you for all that you have done so far through Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge and we thank you for the wonderful plans that you have for them in the future. All of their works bring glory to you, as they bear witness to the blessings that you have bestowed upon them and upon those to whom they minister. We thank you especially for the work of your Holy Spirit in the Sunday worship celebrations and in the healing services and in the teaching duties that are about to begin again. Continue to bless the Mudges, Lord. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, January 30, 2010


30January10 Update 7pm on Lorraine Coleman

Subject: 30January10 Update 7pm

Lorraine remains stable with no changes since yesterday. Please
continue to pray against her sinus infection as well as the
meningitis. Prayers also for rest and peace for John, Shawn, Alene and
extended family. Continue to fight for her in prayer.


Update on Lorraine Coleman

Update on Lorraine Coleman - she is stable, no improvement but no worsening either. CT does show a serious sinus infection.

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer wheel continues until 6pm but please continue urgent praying beyond that. We will try to send out updates twice a day.

A word received: Keep coming to me.


1/30/2010, #31, 1st Quarter 2010

for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. (Hebrews 10:34)
      Jesus, once again we offer you ourselves, our money, and our resources; show us how we can better support the apostolic ministry you have given Bishop Bill. Fill us with the hope of the resurrection.

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. (Hebrews 10:35)
      Holy Spirit, please help us cling to all that has enduring value in your sight.

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: (Hebrews 10:36)
      Father, please help us press on toward the goal for the prize of your upward call in Christ Jesus. Help us to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has laid hold of us. Thank you.

Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Genesis 18:1-16; Hebrews 10:26-39; John 6:16-27
Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis 18:16-33; Galatians 5:13-25; Mark 8:22-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for continued healing for Fr. Nigel Mumford and Lorraine Coleman.

***** Pray for those who attended the Welcome Home Initiative that God will continue to heal their wounds.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 29, 2010


Update on John Coleman

John has been released from the ER and is now with Lorraine again. Continued prayers that he can handle the stress.


Emergency Prayer Request for Lorraine Coleman

Emergency Prayer Request for Lorraine Coleman
Please circulate to other prayer lines!

Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 1:08 pm
From: Christ Church Schenectady Prayerline
Subject: 29January10 Prayerline Update
It has been confirmed that Lorraine has Bacterial Meningitis. She is still non-communicative.
Pray for the antibiotics to work quickly and that she will wake up with no pain.

Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 3:55 pm
From: Christ Church Schenectady Prayerline
Subject: 29January10 Prayerline URGENT Update 3:30 pm
Cerebral swelling has increased (brain swelling). Still haven't been able to do the spinal tap because of the swelling. She is now being intubated (ventilated) as she is struggling to breathe. Next 24hrs, she has a 50-50 percent chance of survival.
Please pray God will make it 100% surviving.

side note: being intubated will help decrease the swelling because you can regulate the amount of CO2 in the blood.

Lorraine's husband John is now in the ER for headache and high blood pressure. Pray for him, too.
(Fr Brad)


1/29/2010, #30, 1st Quarter 2010

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)
      LORD, have mercy on us; according to your lovingkindness and in the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out our transgressions. Lead us in this diocese in the way of holiness. Thank you.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)
      Jesus, let the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit move through this diocese.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make a good confession of our sins and receive you more and more into our hearts.

Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight-- that you may be found just when you speak, and blameless when you judge. (Psalm 51:4)
      Father, we return to you; we have sinned against heaven and before you and are no longer worthy to be called your children. In your mercy restore us to a right relationship with you. Father, you will not despise a broken and contrite heart. Thank you.

Friday: 51; Genesis 17:15-27; Hebrews 10:11-25; John 6:1-15
Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Genesis 18:1-16; Hebrews 10:26-39; John 6:16-27

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please for the Parish Administrator of Christ Church Schenectady, Lorraine Coleman. Lorraine's fever has gone. She is being treated for meningitis but they haven't done the spinal tap yet as she needs a plasma infusion before then. Tests showed bacteria in her blood so likely it spread to the spinal fluid. She is in ICU, still unresponsive but resting more comfortably than before. Pray for a successful transfusion, spinal procedure and a miraculous recovery. (Fr Brad)

***** Please pray for continued healing for Fr. Nigel Mumford.

***** Pray for those who attended the Welcome Home Initiative that God will continue to heal their wounds.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Update on Lorraine Coleman

Dear prayer warriors of Christ Church and beyond,

The physician on duty last night may have jumped to a wrong conclusion regarding Lorraine's diagnosis. Lorraine's oncologist spoke with John this morning and is not certain that the cancer has spread to the brain with what he sees in Lorraine's blood work. At this time, a neurologist and disease specialist are looking into the possibility of meningitis. Once her medicine levels are properly adjusted, they plan to do a spinal tap later today. Needless to say, God knows the proper diagnosis.
Pray for:
1. God's sovereign miraculous healing to heal Lorraine.
2. Wisdom and discernment for the medical staff who are in charge of Lorraine's care and treatment.
3. Healing of Lorraine's sinus infection and her kidney functions which are also affecting her condition.
4. Strength, peace and understanding for John, Shawn and Alene as they deal with a barrage of medical staff and questions and explanations throughout the day.
Because of the severity of Lorraine's condition and the number of tests/procedures that she has to go through, please refrain from visiting Lorraine. Not only is she unable to respond to anyone, her immunity system is weak, and John and Shawn and Alene need to be focused on Lorraine's care and not entertaining visitors. Hopefully as Lorraine's condition improves there will be opportunity for visits. I and the other clergy will do our best to keep everyone updated by way of the prayer line.

In Christ,



1/28/2010, #29, 1st Quarter 2010

O God, you have cast us off; you have broken us down; you have been displeased; oh, restore us again! (Psalm 60:1)
      Restore us, O LORD; help us return to you and your ways.

You have made the earth tremble; you have broken it; heal its breaches, for it is shaking. (Psalm 60:2)
      Holy Spirit, teach us to number our days and know how fragile life is, and return to you.

You have shown your people hard things; you have made us drink the wine of confusion. (Psalm 60:3)
      Father, bring us to sobriety of spirit and humility before you.

You have given a banner to those who fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4)
      Jesus, you are the banner that we hold aloft; help us proclaim your mighty deeds and the salvation you offer. Deliver us from fear of openly proclaiming the gospel. Thank you.

      A word received: You are in my care.
      I AM with you; look to me for help that does not disappoint.

Thursday: [59, 60] or 118; Genesis 16:15-17:14; Hebrews 10:1-10; John 5:30-47
Friday: 51; Genesis 17:15-27; Hebrews 10:11-25; John 6:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please for the Parish Administrator of Christ Church Schenectady, Lorraine Coleman.
      Lorraine's cancer has spread to her brain. Please cry out to the Lord for her healing, for His perfect will. Pray for wisdom and discernment as to the correct and perfect treatment. Pray for comfort for John, Lorraine and son, Shawn.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


1/27/2010, #28, 1st Quarter 2010

Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me-- (Psalm 49:5)
      Jesus, you are my light and my salvation, and you stay closer to me than any evil can come. Thank you.

those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches? (Psalm 49:6)
      Lord, we are a nation that is choking on wealth and yet the poor suffer and many go without. Have mercy on us and turn this nation around; help us place our trust and hope in you. Stamp "In God We Trust" on our hearts as well as our money.

No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him-- (Psalm 49:7)
      Jesus, thank you for paying the price of our redemption.

the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough-- (Psalm 49:8 )
      Jesus, you paid the price in full; thank you.

that he should live on forever and not see decay. (Psalm 49:9)
      Father, thank you for sending Jesus to die for me -- I live in the hope of the resurrection.

      A word received: Pray for my blessing.
      Pray for my people to turn to me -- to seek me and pursue me.

Wednesday: 49, [53]; Genesis 16:1-14; Hebrews 9:15-28; John 5:19-29
Thursday: [59, 60] or 118; Genesis 16:15-17:14; Hebrews 10:1-10; John 5:30-47

      Notes from the Front Line

***** If at all possible, attend the closing of the Welcome Home Initiative at the Spiritual Life Center at 11 a.m. today.

***** Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors Update, Tuesday, January 26, 2010

To All Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors---

The second day of this Seventh Welcome Home Initiative has drawn to a close.

      Noel led the morning discussion session, focusing on the questions What is PTSD? What is your comfort level with it? and Why don't we ask for help? with an important sidebar to questions like Is this it? What is it all about? and What am I doing here? He spoke of the lives of Warriors being like a tripod, having elements of mental and physical training but sometimes missing a crucial third leg, that of spiritual preparedness. He recounted how the military equipped him in the mental/physical but it took a long time for him to trust that the spiritual leg of the tripod was valid, much less needed equipping. Vigorous discussion followed.

      Two participants were tapped to share more at length in the early afternoon. The first, a double Purple Heart recipient, described his injury at the battle of Fallujah in November 2004 and the struggle back from horrendous physical wounds. He said,"I don't have survivor's guilt -- my guilt is that I didn't throw the grenade sooner." He said that he and his comrades knew the odds: they had expected that one in four would die in that firefight. They were there to do a job they had trained for. "I chose to be there," he affirmed. "My only regret is that the wounds I took ended my career in the Marines."

      The second Warrior spoke of his experience in Vietnam. He, too, had been there because he chose to fight, to serve his country and to do what he had been trained to do. He described fighting in Laos and in places "it is not permitted to admit we fought", taking the same hills over and over, the only measure of the success of engagement being the body count. Telescope thirty years to being one of the first responders to 9/11: turning a corner in downtown Manhattan to the acrid smell of... napalm? No, it was fuel oil from the planes and burned flesh -- so like the odor of napalm but this, not the odor of victory. He and his buddy were good at what they did: they recovered twenty-six firemen from the rubble before they were relieved by authorized recovery teams. This second service given for his country triggered repressed emotions from Vietnam and it was not until he began to recover the spiritual aspects of his healing that he was freed from the eruption of trauma in his dreams and daily life.

      Both men set the stage for the Healing Prayer that followed. As in the past, we who were noncombatants withdrew, so I have no report from this confidential session. In the evening we reassembled for laughter and singing, and later conversation in the King's Inn Great Room.

      Keep us lifted in prayer tomorrow. We gather after breakfast for a Healing Service with veterans and Team, then walk up to Christ the King Chapel where the assembled local community will cheer these heroes in our midst. Chaplain Eric W. Olsen, Senior Chaplain with the New York State National Guard, will be the guest preacher. If you are available, join us for this Closing Ceremony, thank you and resounding Welcome Home to these veterans.

Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


1/26/2010, #27, 1st Quarter 2010

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." (Genesis 15:1)
      Father, set us free from fear, and help us look to you for protection and reward.

But Abram said, "Lord GOD, what will you give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" (Genesis 15:2)
      Jesus, please bless those couples who have no children with children; hear the cry of their hearts. Thank you for the children you have given us.

Then Abram said, "Look, you have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!" And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir." (Genesis 15:3-4)
      Father, thank you for your promises to Abraham. Please make us heirs by faith to those promises.

Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." (Genesis 15:5)
      Father, we pray for this diocese that we will produce spiritual children in great numbers for you. We pray that the ministries of this diocese will be fruitful.

And he believed in the Lord, and he accounted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us believe Jesus' promises to us and let that be accounted to us as righteousness. Thank you.

Tuesday: 47, 48; Genesis 15:1-11,17-21; Hebrews 9:1-14; John 5:1-18
Wednesday: 49, [53]; Genesis 16:1-14; Hebrews 9:15-28; John 5:19-29

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:30 pm
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Update -- Monday, January 25, 2010

To All Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors--

      Our Seventh Welcome Home Initiative began brilliantly with Fr. Nigel joining the assembled company for a short time in the afternoon, sharing a little of his recent healing from H1N1 and staying long enough to hear the introductions of all the Warriors.
      Many have heard the story of Fr. Nigel watching his fellow Royal Marine buddy Tim being shot on the streets of Northern Ireland and of watching in anger and horror as children danced in blood left after his friend was removed to safety. We have also heard of the vision of Jesus's intervention in that memory years later when Nigel went back to the place of trauma in prayer. Nigel shared with joy that a couple of weeks ago he found his friend again -- after all these years -- and that he has been able to correspond with Tim by e-mail.

      Fr. Nigel commended the process of healing that the warriors would engage in WHI. "We had a 92 year-old who saw battle in the Pacific in WWII," he said, "who had never had a chance to tell his story and I can tell you there was not a dry eye in the house when he told it here," adding, "I had to wait 30 years for my critical incidence debrief." His parting words to the Warriors were, "Healing is contagious. We are here to help each other."

      Bishop Dave led the evening session on the practical aspects of PTSD. He shared stories of men he has known who have suffered from combat operational stress who have been treated with counseling or sometimes simply medicated. He said, "What we are trying to do on these retreats is to bring the faith element back into the healing of PTSD."

      Bp. Dave shared his own experience of battle -- of adrenaline rushes and enjoying perfect bombing missions -- of suppressing guilt, then struggling with rage and a need to drive very fast. He said simply, "Stuff gets on us and we get squirrelly; then we self-medicate to keep the squirrels under control." He described the slow process by which God confronted his denial and how he was healed. As recently as last March he realized the reason he got so incredibly tense while driving in snowstorms was because it reminded him of flak coming at his bomber in Vietnam. The WHI team had prayed into that memory and a week later he was caught out in a storm: the fear was gone!

      "I have learned," he said, "that Jesus was in the cockpit with me when we flew those missions. If we had been shot down, He would have been with me in the parachute. If I had died, He would have taken me and I would have been with Him forever." He closed his talk with a quotation from John 16:33: Jesus said, I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In the world you will have trauma, but take heart! I have overcome the world."

      Keep us all in steady prayer tomorrow. Noel will present on the clinical aspects of PTSD in the morning and the veterans will go into closed session in the afternoon to tell their stories and inner healing prayer. The afternoon session is crucial -- pray for wisdom and discretion for the Prayer Team and for a safe space (interior and exterior) in which the men can release the burdens on their souls. There are some very new to the possibility of a journey with Christ the Healer -- pray for faith for these men. Many have come with the stated purpose of taking something of WHI back to their ministries at home: pray that the Holy Spirit will break through the armament of "ministry" to touch deeper interior needs and bring healing.

Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 25, 2010


1/25/2010, #26, 1st Quarter 2010

Because finding fault with them, he says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah--" (Hebrews 8:8 )
      Lord, you know our faults; help us return to your covenant with us.

"not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord." (Hebrews 8:9)
      Jesus, lead us by the hand; bring us out of bondage to sin and captivity to our culture.

"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." (Hebrews 8:10)
      Holy Spirit, write your laws anew in our minds and on our hearts. Help us to be your faithful people.

"None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them." (Hebrews 8:11)
      Father, please bring us all to a saving knowledge of you.

"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." (Hebrews 8:12)
      Father, thank you for your mercy and grace. Please help all of us in this diocese respond to your love. Thank you.

Monday: 44; Genesis 14:(1-7) 8-24; Hebrews 8:1-13; John 4:43-54
Tuesday: 47, 48; Genesis 15:1-11,17-21; Hebrews 9:1-14; John 5:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for Welcome Home Initiative Monday - Wednesday of this week.

***** Jean was able to go to church Sunday and we taught the Adult Class together. Torre

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, January 24, 2010


1/24/2010, #25, 1st Quarter 2010

And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help us move in your power and be able to find our way in the Bible as Jesus did.

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me," (Luke 4:18a)
      Holy Spirit, come upon us as you came upon Jesus.

"Because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;" (Luke 4:18b)
      Jesus, the poor are all around us; help us share the Good News with them.

"He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted," (Luke 4:18c)
      Father, help us minister the love of Jesus to the brokenhearted.

"To proclaim liberty to the captives" (Luke 4:18d)
      Jesus, so many in our neighborhood are in and out of jail; help us bring the freedom of the gospel to them.

"And recovery of sight to the blind," (Luke 4:18e)
      Lord, open our eyes to see the harvest fields all around us: in our community, our work places, our families.

"To set at liberty those who are oppressed;" (Luke 4:18r)
      Holy Spirit, please help us minister deliverance to the oppressed.

"To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." (Luke 4:19)
      Jesus, help us boldly proclaim that the Kingdom of God is near at hand. Thank you.

Sunday: 103; Genesis 13:2-18; Galatians 2:1-10; Mark 7:31-37
Monday: 44; Genesis 14:(1-7) 8-24; Hebrews 8:1-13; John 4:43-54

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for Welcome Home Initiative Monday - Wednesday of this week.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Welcome Home Initiative closing Wed 27th 11am

Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative closing Wed 27th 11am

Please come to say thank you to those who have served this country in combat. The Welcome Home Initiative closing is Wednesday 27th Jan 11am at the main Chapel of Christ the King, Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Rd. Greenwich, NY 12834

For more details call Sandra at (518)692-9550

I do hope you will come and pray for peace and say thank you to a veteran.

This program is free to veterans of all wars and is made possible by you, individuals who care.

God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

The Rev. Nigel W D Mumford+
Director, The Oratory of Christ the healer,
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834



Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, January 23, 2010, 9:30 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Dave Carlson

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

We prayed in advance for the ones God would bring to the table today – for the great harvest field of people who need Jesus.

+ Roxanne and her son +Wasin -- Roxanne said she had been at the prayer table about a month ago but has been sick recently. She said she would like to come to church but was concerned because she didn’t have any money to put in the offering. Torre assured her she does not need money to come to church.

Jim – one of our “regulars”, Jim asked us to pray for the people of Haiti and stated “there’s a lot of work to be done.”

+ Rob – insisted he didn’t have time for prayer, but as we started praying for him he interrupted and said, “pray for my daughter and my girl too.”

Michael – man who came for prayer last week to ask for “strength” – this week he asked us to pray about his “worries and fears.” Michael is staying at a shelter. One of his fears is that the time he is allowed to stay at the shelter will end before he has another place to stay. Torre invited him to church and said God doesn’t want him to face things alone.

+ Thomas -- seemed very hesitant when we offered to pray for him – “you want to pray for me?” But he did receive prayer, asking for physical and spiritual strength for himself and his family

+ Winchester -- walking by on the other side of the road, he responded “why not?” when we asked if he would like prayer. He asked prayer for strength. He was already wearing one of our crosses but asked for another one.

+ Roland and +Katelyn – couple asking prayer for financial provision.

+ Kimberly and her son + Dominic – asked prayer “that my kids will be safe and healthy” – after praying for a hedge of protection around her children, we said (as we always do) – “here’s a cross for you – we’ll be praying for you all week” – Kimberly thanked us and responded, “and we’ll be praying for Haiti.”

+ Paul – man pushing a shopping cart in the street, picking up cans and bottles. We prayed for God’s provision and protection for Paul.

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’” (Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV)


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

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.

Albany Intercessor


1/23/2010, #24, 1st Quarter 2010

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work." (John 4:34)
      Lord, please help us also eat of that food and daily do the will of your father.

"Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!" (John 4:35)
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see the harvest fields all around us. Help us reach out to the lost and the least.

"And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together." (John 4:36)
      Father, please help us daily do the reaping and sowing that you have called us to. [Bless the prayer table ministry that it will be such a harvest field.]

"For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'" (John 4:37)
      Jesus, help each of us do the sowing and reaping that you have called us to do.

"I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors." (John 4:38 )
      Jesus, please help us recognize and honor the labor of those who have gone before us. Thank you.

Saturday: 42, 43; Genesis 12:9-13:1; Hebrews 7:18-28; John 4:27-42
Sunday: 103; Genesis 13:2-18; Galatians 2:1-10; Mark 7:31-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary, the Daughters of the King, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and the Franciscans of the Holy Cross. Pray that each of us will recognize our daily vocation to sow and reap.

***** Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer

The Lord said to Abram,
"Leave your land, your relatives, and your father's home.
Go to the land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation,
I will bless you.
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you.
(Genesis 12: 1-3a)

      Father God, we thank You that the Mudges have heard your call to leave their family in the U.S. and the Diocese of Albany and go to Peru. Thank You for the many blessings that You have bestowed upon them and the good things that they are doing in Your Name. Thank You, Lord, for their intercessors and for the blessings that you have showered upon them as well. We pray for continued blessings, especially on the new Seminary semester to start in February, on Mother Julie's trip to New Wineskins, and on the visit of the Mudge trio to the Diocesan Convention in June. We so look forward to seeing them in person again. Thank You, Lord for Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 22, 2010


1/22/2010, #23, 1st Quarter 2010

And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; it shall rejoice in his salvation. (Psalm 35:9)
      Jesus, please renew in us our first love for you and our joy in the salvation you have worked for us.

All my bones shall say, "LORD, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?" (Psalm 35:10)
      Father, we do not know what to do in this time of darkness and confusion in the Episcopal Church, but our eyes are upon you.

Fierce witnesses rise up; they ask me things that I do not know. They reward me evil for good, to the sorrow of my soul. (Psalm 35:11-12)
      Holy Spirit, please comfort and guide Bishop Bill; surround him with your peace and stop the mouths of those who malign him and your other faithful witnesses in this diocese. Thank you.

Friday: 35; Genesis 11:27-12:8; Hebrews 7:1-17; John 4:16-26
Saturday: 42, 43; Genesis 12:9-13:1; Hebrews 7:18-28; John 4:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, January 20, 2010, 10:50 -11:35 AM Deacon Neal Longe

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

This was a very unique day in my prayer table ministry. There were at least 24 people who passed the prayer table this morning. However, no one stopped for prayer today. This has been a first for me.

However, one of the things that I love about the prayer table so much is that even if they don’t want to stop everyone gets prayed for anyway!


-Dcn. Neal

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 21, 2010


PS from Fr. Nigel

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 10:39 a.m.
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: PS

      PS. I was just talking to my dear friend from the UK, an evangelist by the name of J.John. I have been praying for him to become more involved in the healing ministry and he has been praying for me to become more involved in evangelism. We have based our missions on the words from Luke 9:2 to Preach the Kingdom AND heal the sick.

      He gave me two passages: one from the 23 Psalm: He MAKES me lie down in green pastures... well the Lord had done that. The second is from Psalm 27:14 Waite for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

      It can be so helpful for all of us to be given a verse or two to keep us on the path of healing.

      God bless you all, Fr. Nigel+

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 16:20 p.m.
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: PPS

      PPS. I had a take home device to test my oxygen blood saturation last night. This is to determine if I can come off all night oxygen. Had a response this afternoon that I have to stay on nighttime oxygen until May!

God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Albany Intercessor


Update on Fr. Nigel

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:47 a.m.
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Update on Fr. Nigel

Dear loyal yokefellows, (Philip 4:3)

      Thank you again for your continued prayer. Day by day, very slowly I am continuing the healing process. Having an allergic reaction to the new meds for the pressure wound at the moment. Not fun. The wound is a lot smaller and is healing but is causing a lot of pain. Joints feel stiff and tired. Still short of breath! The docs said it would be a year before I play the bag pipes again! I start another rehab next Thursday at the new medical facility here in Greenwich. So looking forward to coming back to work. Will let you know when I will be speaking/leading at a Tuesday healing service. The visiting nurse comes to see me twice a week and we are off to see the doc in a hour. More blood work and a new set of chest x-rays. Sleeping well, and feel very close to our Lord. God is good all the time, in fact God is BRILLIANT.

      My cousin from Australia who is living in NY city right now has a mild form of H1N1 she has not been hospitalized. She came to see me a couple of times when I was in a coma. She is a former medical doctor and certainly was a help for Lynn, medically speaking. She is amazed at what this thing has done to her body. Total exhaustion. Quite a few people I know have received the vaccination for H1N1 because of what happened to me. Even a few nurses told me that they were so shocked at the ferocity of this virus they also went for the vaccine.

      Keep praying dear people. Pray especially for the peoples of Haiti.

      Thank you all for your prayers. I have no doubt that I am alive because of them.

      God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Albany Intercessor


1/21/2010, #22, 1st Quarter 2010

Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, (Psalm 37:34a)
      LORD, help us wait on you and cling to your ways.

And he shall exalt you to inherit the land; (Psalm 37:34b)
      Father, help us enter into your full provision.

When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. (Psalm 37:34c)
      Jesus, thank you that judgment is in your hands and not ours.

I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. (Psalm 37:35)
      Holy Spirit, bring confusion to the purposes of all those who seek to do evil to your people.

Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed I sought him, but he could not be found. (Psalm 37:36)
      Jesus, we pray for the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church that you will bring them to conversion and repentance. You are our strength, salvation and hope in these times of trouble. Thank you for all that you are doing for us and for the great deliverance you are working for your faithful people.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Genesis 11:1-9; Hebrews 6:13-20; John 4:1-15
Friday: 35; Genesis 11:27-12:8; Hebrews 7:1-17; John 4:16-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Update Addendum, January 20, 2009

"Your prayers are invited for Jos, Nigeria. According to BBC and CNN, riots have once again broken out between Muslims and Christians. They are blaming the violence on a number of factors, most of which are speculation and avoid discussing spiritual implications. Archbishop Ben Kwashi and Mama Gloria remain safe in their compound, but rumors abound of potential bombings. Several churches have once again been affected.
Please pray for:
God's peace and love to fall upon the region with such weight that the enemy is unable to move further protection for Bishop Ben, Mama Gloria, the clergy, their families, their spiritual children, Wisdom to be released into the hearts and minds of those in the Nigerian government overseeing the crisis Healing to be released into all areas of the region that the spirits of misinformation and spin doctoring be bound, gagged and laid at the foot of the cross that The Light would penetrate this region funding and support for rebuilding to be released and a strengthening of the faith, a gifting of faith to be released into the hearts of the Christians, and in that faith to be found the love for their brother and sister, and end to violence and a call to build"

This request for intercession for Jos was initiated by Dcn Frank Lockwood, Christ Church, Coxsackie.

For new Diocesan Update subscribers, Archbishop Kwashi was our guest preacher at Diocesan Convention 2008, and last year we sent three clergy, Fr Gus Calvo, Fr Mike Neufeld, and Dcn Frank Lockwood, to visit Jos and explore the possibility of short missions to Jos.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


1/20/2010, #21, 1st Quarter 2010

My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. (Psalm 119:25)
      Jesus, please bring revival to the parishes of this diocese.

I have declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:26)
      Holy Spirit, please teach us.

Make me understand the way of your precepts; so shall I meditate on your wonderful works. (Psalm 119:27)
      Father, help us come into your presence and reflect your ways.

My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28 )
      Lord, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me your law graciously. (Psalm 119:29)
      Jesus, please help me walk in your grace and mercy.

I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me. (Psalm 119:30)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life; help us walk in your straight and narrow path.

I cling to your testimonies; O Lord, do not put me to shame! (Psalm 119:31)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the faithful way Bishop Bill and the other diocesan leaders proclaims your testimonies; please keep this diocese on the right track.

I will run the course of your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:32)
      Father, please help us all run the way of your commandments. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people.

Wednesday: 119:25-48; Genesis 9:18-29; Hebrews 6:1-12; John 3:22-36
Thursday: 37:19-42; Genesis 11:1-9; Hebrews 6:13-20; John 4:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Update, Tuesday, January19, 2010
To all our faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors--
      Our Seventh Welcome Home Initiative begins a week from today, January 25- 27, 1010, with ten Warriors registered to participate. Together they represent Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Units and have seen combat in Vietnam or in Iraq and Afghanistan.
      In addition to combatants with PTSD, we also welcome to this retreat Warriors with secondary PTSD derived from their role as a Chaplain assisting in reintegrating combatants stateside or as a mortuary affairs officer who processed over 4000 casualties. There is also a higher level of physical disability in some of the veterans attending. We have three returning WHI Alumnae.
      Our full compliment looks like this:
Veteran (alumnae)      Air Force      Libya, Gulf War
Veteran (alumnae)      Air Force      Afghanistan
Veteran (alumnae)      USMC      Vietnam
Veteran      USMC      Iraq
Veteran      USMC      Iraq
Veteran       Air Force      Iraq
Veteran       Army      Vietnam
Veteran      Army      Vietnam
Chaplain      Navy      Iraq
Veteran      Not Known      Not Known
(Pray also for 3 other participants, whose details we are unable to give.)
      This Seventh Welcome Home Initiative will be co-led by Bishop Dave Bena and Lt. Col. Noel Dawes (Ret) with hopes that Fr. Nigel Mumford will be able to join sometime during the course of the retreat. Sue Ellen Ruetsch returns as our mental health consultant and nurse. Sandra Lester is Logistics Coordinator.
*      Keep this Leadership Team in prayer this week as they prepare for their program presentations and iron out any last minute details and changes. Keep the Prayer Team which will assemble on Monday lifted up as well.

We anticipate severe trauma in some of these men – strong warriors who have held their interior issues at bay with fortitude.
*      Pray for clinical wisdom on the part of our nurses and prayer ministers; for a safe opening of the mental and emotional wounds which have been carried from the battlefield; and for provision by the Holy Spirit to meet each man's anguish with the healing presence of Christ. .

Some may need to make a faith commitment to Christ in some form during the retreat; others may need a deepening of their experience of His love and healing grace.
*      Pray for the opening of new or renewed faith for each man attending.

Much of the success of WHI rests on the rapid building of community during the two days and for a melding of Vietnam and Iraqi/Afghanistan combat experiences.
*      Pray for camaraderie and trust to develop quickly, as between brothers with a common goal.

Pray for smooth running of logistical details.
*      Pray for travel mercies for the men, seasonable weather, safety on the grounds; for the ability of the Tuesday evening entertainer and Wednesday morning Closing Ceremony guest speaker to make it to CtK in a timely way;

Pray for unbounded welcome to surround this retreat in even the smallest details.
*      Pray for the loving work of the SLC hospitality team; for the volunteers who prepare the baskets and quilts for the rooms and do unseen work behind the scenes; for the smiles that greet each Warrior as he arrives; for an abundance of laughter to offset the more difficult issues raised.

The mid-winter WHI is the most difficult retreat for which to have good attendance at the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday. If you live in the local area, please consider attending, to welcome these Warriors home and to thank them for the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms. Join us for this Closing Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, in Christ the King Chapel at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Lunch follows in Trinity Dining Hall; cost is $8.50 plus tax.

Finally, pray for financial provision for the Welcome Home Initiative in 2010. We are committed to providing these healing retreats to our combat veterans free of charge, but we anticipate a shortfall beginning with this January WHI.

Your prayers cover our Teams and these warriors with mercy and grace from afar and are an integral part of this work. I thank each of you for your faithfulness.

Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY.
See our website:

***** Words received for lesson 18, February 7, 2010 (check out the other Sunday School Lessons which have been posted on

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him." (1 John 3:1) A word received: I came to show my father's love for you.

"Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when he is revealed, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:2) A word received: I have given you a Spirit of adoption so that you can know me as your father.

"And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure." (1 John 3:3) A word received: I AM calling you to purity of heart so that you can see and know my father. (See Matthew 5:8 )

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." (Romans 8:14) A word received: I want you to be led by my Holy Spirit.

"For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father.'" (Romans 8:15) A word received: "Abba, Father" is not just a cute title -- it is a relationship I want you to have with my father.

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26) A word received: I want you to come to maturity of faith. I want you to be sons of my father in word and deed.

"And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his son into your hearts, crying out, 'Abba, Father!'" (Galatians 4:6) A word received: Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah's spirit -- the portion of an eldest son. I want you to have that same fervent desire -- the desire to be my son and receive that "double portion" as Elisha did. (See 2 Kings 2:9)

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Dear Prayer Partners,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail of Tuesday, 19 January 2010.
      1) The Global missions course at the seminary this past week went really well. We had a good time with the people who gave their presentations as well as a good time with the students who attended. I recommend Meredith Borel of Rock the World if you are looking for a presenter, and whatever she suggests.
      2) Julie has registered for the New Wineskins for Global Mission conference in North Carolina in April, and she will be attending the world-wide SAMS missionary gathering on our behalf. Lydia and I will be here in Lima during that time.
      3) We have tickets for a visit to the Diocese of Albany in May and June. We plan to visit Hannah´s graduation from TSM in Mid-May in Pennsylvania, work our way through college visitations with Lydia, ultimately end up in the Diocese of Albany for Hannah´s ordination in June, and a week later, attend the Albany Diocesan Convention in Speculator. And then, we will return to Peru.
      4) Thanksgiving for some great cultural experiences in Lima, in the past week.
      5) Thanksgiving for a great mission team to work with.
      6) Thanksgiving for the youth mission team from Pennsylvania which is here at one of the missions this week, and that Lydia is participating in the events of the week.
      7) For the prayer time at the mission of Jesus el Salvador in the Villa el Salvador District of Lima, last night at the Holy Eucharist. It was a divine blessing for everyone.
      1) For the mission, ministry, relationships, and finances of the Diocese of Peru, the seminary here, the missions of Ascension and Jesus el Salvador, and the missionaries here, including the Mudge family.
      2) For the Diocese of Albany short-term mission trip in late July.
      3) For the services that we will be involved with/leading at the Mission of Ascencion in the Surco District of Lima, over the next three weeks, including the healing service on the evening of February 7.
      4) For the preparation for our upcoming courses in preaching and evangelism, for the upcoming seminary orientation presentations in mid-February, and for the CEMO ordination process parts that Julie is putting together, including the selection of the people to be on the committee. That the Holy Spirit would be bless all those involved with discernment and wisdom.
      5) For the current phase of the Bishop Suffragan process, having the nominees send in their applications for review. We would like the Holy Spirit to make it abundantly clear who the candidates of his choice are to be.
      6) For the seeds that were planted at the Global Missions course this week would sprout and grow, guided and cultivated by the Holy Spirit.
      7) For our supporters in prayer, as well as those who support us financially. That would include you, in one or both of those categories.
      8 ) For continuing good relationships with our landlady and the people in our building. There is a new building maintenance-fee-paying process in the works, and we would like your prayers for that, that the next billing cycle would go smoothly and in a timely manner.
      9) For the 17 goals handed out at the annual meeting of the Mission of Ascencion in Surco, for 2010.
      10) An anniversary prayer for my mom. Today is her wedding anniversary. My dad passed away on January 23, 2001. They had been married for 50 years.
      Thank you for praying for us. I pray for you, every day. Your prayers make a difference.
God bless you,
In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.
Lima, Peru

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


1/19/2010, #20, 1st Quarter 2010

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
      Father, in your love and mercy draw the people of this diocese to your son Jesus. Give your people a hunger for your word. Thank you.

"For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17)
      Jesus, do a mighty work of salvation throughout this diocese. Draw the people to yourself.

"He who believes in him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18 )
      Holy Spirit, give the gifts of faith, hope and love to all the people of this diocese.

"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19)
      Holy Spirit, help us set our affections on Jesus and his cross so that we escape condemnation.

"For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed." (John 3:20)
      Jesus, help us daily embrace your light.

"But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." (John 3:21)
      Father, help us abide in your truth and righteousness; help us daily walk in your light. Thank you.

Tuesday: 6, 39; Genesis 9:1-17; Hebrews 5:7-14; John 3:16-21
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Genesis 9:18-29; Hebrews 6:1-12; John 3:22-36

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the 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 Further dates for the Welcome Home Initiative in 2010 include May 24-26 and November 8-10.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 18, 2010


1/18/2010, #19, 1st Quarter 2010

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night (John 3:1-2a)
      Holy Spirit, bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to Jesus -- whether by day or by night -- but draw them to Jesus.

and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." (John 3:2b)
      Jesus, you gave Nicodemus eyes to see your work as a sign of your father's favor; give the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church eyes to see your work among us.

Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
      Father, please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to a new birth in Jesus. Baptize them with your Holy Spirit.

Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" (John 3:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help your people see beyond the limits of the flesh to what you can do.

Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." (John 3:5)
      Jesus, bring us to that place where you will rule and reign in our hearts. Thank you.

"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:6)
      Father, move through this diocese and bring us to new birth in your Spirit.

"Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'" (John 3:7)
      Father, bring us to new birth in you.

"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8 )
      Lord, there is a great mystery here: some are drawn to you and receive new life and others turn away. Only you can see into their hearts; in your mercy draw the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to you and into the life of your Spirit. Do open heart surgery on them. Thank you.

Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "How can these things be?" (John 3:9)
      Holy Spirit, prompt the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to ask this question and to seek the answer in Jesus.

Monday: 9, 15; Genesis 8:6-22; Hebrews 4:14-5:6; John 2:23-3:15
Tuesday: 6, 39; Genesis 9:1-17; Hebrews 5:7-14; John 3:16-21

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, January 13, 2010, 1:00 -1:45 PM Deacon Neal Longe

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

The temperatures Wednesday afternoon were very cold and there wasn’t much foot traffic out today. During the 45 minutes I was outside only 7 people passed the table and bus didn’t even stop at the corner. None the less, two people did stop for prayer.

+Ron: He initially walked by and said no thanks. I am ok. He made it to the church driveway and immediately came back for prayer. This is one of my favorite parts of the prayer table. I love to see the Lord stop people and ask them to turn around. We prayed for continued provision for him and his family. That he may have everything he needs to care for his kids.

+Larry: Was due in family court this afternoon, but his ride never showed up. Tried to call the court but was told he needed a lawyer to call the court. Prayed for understanding from the court and that the situation would be worked out favorably.


-Dcn. Neal


1/17/2010, #18, 1st Quarter 2010

For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. (Isaiah 62:1)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for the Episcopal Church: let your righteousness and salvation shine forth from it.

The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will name. (Isaiah 62:2)
      Father, when I was baptized I received a new name; baptize the Episcopal Church with your Holy Spirit so that it may receive that new name.

You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. (Isaiah 62:3)
      Jesus, we ask for your grace and peace and faithful witness; come and rule over us and wash us and free us from our sins. Make us kings and priests to our God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (See Revelation 1:4-6)

You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. (Isaiah 62:4)
      Father, we pray that your people who are called by your name will humble themselves, and pray and seek your face and turn from their wicked ways so that you will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal our land. (See 2 Chronicles 7:14)

For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5)
      Jesus, we long for the day when you will rejoice over the Episcopal Church. Come soon, Lord Jesus, and cleanse and renew your people. Thank you.

Sunday: 114, 115; Genesis 7:1-10, 17-23; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19
Monday: 9, 15; Genesis 8:6-22; Hebrews 4:14-5:6; John 2:23-3:15

Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. (Genesis 6:22)
      A word received: Pray for obedience to my word.
      I have spoken and my people do not listen.
      I have commanded them and they go their own way.

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Fr. Hap Carrier fell and broke a rib last week.

***** Jean has a skin infection in the lower right arm (the one that was operated on).

***** Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Mission Scripture Prayer

Praise God in his holy place.
Praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his mighty acts.
Praise him for his immense greatness.
Praise him with sound from horns.
Praise him with harps and lyres.
Praise him with tambourines and dancing.
Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes.
Praise him with loud cymbals.
Praise him with crashing cymbals.
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
(Psalm 150)
      Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior, and Precious Holy Spirit, we praise you with everything that we have. Thank You for your mighty acts and for your immense greatness. Especially thank you for everything that you do through Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. Thank you for the outstanding year that they have had as they began their mission work in Peru. Thank You for all that You are going to do through them in this new year of 2010. We pray especially for the worship services that they lead and participate in. May there be lots of praise and joyful noise and plentiful gifts of the Spirit. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, January 16, 2010, 9:30 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Dave Carlson

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

It seemed that most people were not in as much of a hurry today, maybe because the weather was so much warmer. We were struck again, by the great needs of the people who stopped for prayer. Jesus is the answer to those needs! He came "to preach the gospel to the poor…to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed…" (Luke 4:18 NKJV)

+ Marilyn and her son +LaMore -- LaMore is a student at Hudson Valley Community College and needs financial aid. We prayed for the Lord's provision.

Jim -- One of our "regulars" who frequently comes for prayer, Jim asked us to pray for the people of Haiti who are struggling in the aftermath of the earthquake

Howard – Deacon Howard will be ministering at a parish in Canajoharie today. We prayed for the Lord's anointing on him and that the Lord would do a mighty work there today.

+ Jay -- was rushing by but did stop briefly for prayer; we prayed that the Lord would meet all his needs

Tim -- Tim has stopped for prayer several weeks in a row now – he asked prayer for God's blessing on his cleaning business.

+ Michael -- asked for "strength"

+ Clifford -- asked for the Lord to set him free from addictions to drugs and alcohol; He was clean for 3 years and then relapsed

+ Bobby -- This man was walking by on the other side of the road balancing a plastic bag of laundry on his head. We called out to him to see if he would like prayer. He crossed over and asked prayer "for things to get better…and for my family."

+ Ramona and her daughter +Nyera – they passed the table without stopping for prayer; when they were passed the other way later we asked them if they would like crosses. They stopped to get a cross and also received prayer.

+ Katrina – young woman who came around the corner with 2 friends to go to the bus stop; she saw the prayer table and made her way over to us. She motioned to her friends to join her but they stayed at the bus stop. Katrina asked prayer for her family.

+ Debbie – crossed the street while talking on her cell phone, intentionally making her way to the prayer table. She asked us to pray that "the lights will stay on" and that she can find a different apartment.

Lord, we pray that the "lights will stay on" for everyone that needs your light and hope. You are the Light of the world! We pray that your light will shine on our city in this time of great darkness.
"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined." (Isa. 9:2)


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

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.

Albany Intercessor


1/16/2010, #17, 1st Quarter 2010

For if Joshua had given them rest, then he would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. (Hebrews 4:8-9)
      Jesus, please help us enter that rest; for many are weary.

For he who has entered his rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:10)
      Lord, help us lay aside the burden of "doing" and have a Sabbath Day's rest.

Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us follow those who are good examples of obedience to your word; help us make every effort to rest in the arms of Jesus.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
      Father, we ask for your word to pierce our hearts.

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)
      Father, you see us as we are -- nothing is hidden from you -- draw us by your Holy Spirit into the life of your son. Thank you.

Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Genesis 6:9-22; Hebrews 4:1-13; John 2:13-22
Sunday: 114, 115; Genesis 7:1-10, 17-23; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19

      A word received: Thank me and praise me for all that I have done for you.
      Come to me in your time of need.
      I will be there with you.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 15, 2010


1/15/2010, #16, 1st Quarter 2010

But you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us fill our homes and parishes and places of work with the praise of Jesus so that he will be enthroned there.

Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you delivered them. (Psalm 22:4)
      Father, please restore to the common life of the Episcopal Church trust in you and prayer to you.

They cried to you, and were delivered; they trusted in you, and were not ashamed. (Psalm 22:5)
      Jesus, we ask you to deliver the Episcopal Church from trusting in worldly wisdom rather than your word in Scripture. Thank you.

Friday: 22; Genesis 6:1-8; Hebrews 3:12-19; John 2:1-12
Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Genesis 6:9-22; Hebrews 4:1-13; John 2:13-22

      A word received: I love you.

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Jean came home yesterday in the early afternoon. Praise the Lord!

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 14, 2010


1/14/2010, #15, 1st Quarter 2010

For you will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28 )
      Lord, let your light shine forth in our lives and on our paths.

For by you I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. (Psalm 18:29)
      Father, please help us leap over the walls of sin and doubt that separate us from you and from one another.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in him. (Psalm 18:30)
      Jesus, you are our shield; protect this diocese and your other faithful dioceses and parishes from all assaults of the evil one.

For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? (Psalm 18:31)
      Jesus, you are our rock and our hiding place; you are the rock that does not move or shake.

It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. (Psalm 18:32)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily put on your full armor.

He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. (Psalm 18:33)
      Father, our lives are in your hands; place us wherever you will.

He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. (Psalm 18:34)
      Jesus, prepare and armor our hearts for the day of battle that is coming. Thank you.

Thursday: 18:21-50; Genesis 4:17-26; Hebrews 3:1-11; John 1:43-51
Friday: 22; Genesis 6:1-8; Hebrews 3:12-19; John 2:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Jean should be coming home this morning. We felt she was a bit weak to come home yesterday.

Mudge Misión In Lima, Peru, 14 January 2010
Precautions against Disease

It is Epiphany season, and we have been helping out by leading some worship services at the Mission of Jesus el Salvador in the Villa el Salvador District of Lima, in addition to our seminary duties, and in addition to helping out at the Mission of Ascension in the Surco District of Lima.

To help ward off the swine flue (la gripe porcina, otherwise affectionately known as A1H1), the Diocese of Peru follows recommended health guidelines for communion. One of the guidelines is for the celebrant to use alcoholic-based waterless hand cleaner just before the Eucharistic Prayer. The usual place for this cleaner, for use during the service, is on the credence table.

So, at our first service at Jesus el Salvador (on Christmas Day), I dutifully had the familiar looking blue substance put on my fingers. As I was rubbing my hands, however, I noticed that it was starting to foam. "Ah ha," I thought to myself, "this is liquid soap, not waterless hand cleaner. It is not evaporating. It is spreading."

Then followed a contingency plan, a liturgical rite known as "the pilgrimage to find some water and a paper towel." However, the sacristy did not have water or towels, so Julie and I ventured further into the mission, ultimately into the kitchen of the mission while the congregation continued to sing. And, praise God, within a few minutes, we managed to find a workable faucet and something to wipe my hands on, and the liturgy resumed in a timely manner.

Celebrations: We enjoyed the elaborate fireworks displays all over the city of Lima for the first 20 minutes of Christmas Day and again for the first 20 minutes of New Year´s Day.

Plans later in the year: We plan to visit The Albany Diocesan Convention in 2010, visiting the US for a few weeks in late May/early June, for: Hannah´s graduation from seminary and her ordination to the Diaconate, and for Lydia to look at colleges, before we return to Peru.

Prayer Requests:
* For course preparations.
* For the seminary, the missions, and the diocese: ministries, relationships, priorities, and finances.
* That we spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all that we do in the power of the Holy Spirit.
* For the Diocese of Albany short-term mission trip to Lima in late July.

God bless you, and thank you for your continuing support! – Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


1/13/2010, #14, 1st Quarter 2010

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared in the same, that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, (Hebrews 2:14)
      Jesus, Son of Man, thank you for partaking of all our weakness and the frailty of our human flesh. Help us know the power of your resurrection and victory over Satan and death.

and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:15)
      Lord, set the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church free from their bondage to empty philosophy which leads to eternal death.

For indeed he does not give aid to angels, but he does give aid to the seed of Abraham. (Hebrews 2:16)
      Jesus, thank you for sending the Helper, the Holy Spirit, to us.

Therefore, in all things he had to be made like his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:17)
      Lord Jesus, our High Priest, come and rescue those who have been captured by the empty philosophies of the world.

For in that he himself has suffered, being tempted, he is able to aid those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18 )
      Jesus, come and win the victory in us; help us in all our temptations. Thank you.

      A word received: Wait for me: keep your eyes on me.

Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Genesis 4:1-16; Hebrews 2:11-18; John 1:(29-34 )35-42
Thursday: 18:21-50; Genesis 4:17-26; Hebrews 3:1-11; John 1:43-51

      Notes from the Front Line

Prayer request by Deacon Neal Longe 1/11/10
The company that I work for just called and cancelled all of my shifts that were scheduled for the rest of the month. The hospital that I was being sent to is now not using any temp nurses. Please pray for God’s provision and discernment in how to proceed.

Prayer request by Deacon Neal Longe 1/12/10
PTL! I forgot that the company had changed my schedule for next week to send me to a different hospital. So, I will be working 24 hrs next week at a different hospital. Thank you for your continued prayers for discernment.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Jean came through the surgery VERY well.

Jean came through the surgery VERY well. She was only on the table for an hour. They may let her come home tomorrow. Love, Torre

Albany Intercessor


1/12/2010, #13, 1st Quarter 2010

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" (Genesis 3:1)
      Holy Spirit, help us to be sober and vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (From 1 Peter 5:8 )

And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'" (Genesis 3:2-3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us take to heart the rulings that you have given us in Scripture.

Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:4-5)
      Father, even now many are being deceived by the lies of Satan.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6)
      Father, thank you for your mercy to us: thank you for Jesus' sacrifice for us on the cross to repair the damage done by our willful sin.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (Genesis 3:7)
      Open the eyes of the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church and help us all know our poverty and nakedness before you, Jesus. Thank you.

      A word received: I AM. I AM going before you.

Tuesday: 10, 11; Genesis 3:1-24; Hebrews 2:1-10; John 1:19-28
Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Genesis 4:1-16; Hebrews 2:11-18; John 1:(29-34 )35-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010
From: Mary Scott
Subject: Great Prayer Need
PLease put Fr.Keith Scott on your prayer list. Tests and second opinion in Boston on Friday. Pray for healing.
Mary Scott

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010
Subject: Please pray
Dear prayer partners

      Please pray for Elaine Carson who is in recovery after going through surgery today, that she would feel the presence of Jesus bringing healing and comfort for a speedy recovery. Please pray that God would bring assurance to her son Brian aged 7 that his mum is under the healing touch of Jesus, also for Elaine mum & dad and all the family.
      From Alice Mitchell.

      please pray for Paul Matier's mother who has been discharged from hospital
      her carers have recently announced that they will no longer assist his mother downstairs which means that she is confined upstairs
      she is a very slight lady
      Paul is therefore going home every lunch to bring his mum downstairs
      please pray for full recovery & the correct care package

      Father we ask that the answer will come quickly, to enable an early solution, to bring Paul mum to live a normal life. That she can have comfort in her own home. Father we unite our hearts in agreement for this to happen asap.

      For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call me and come to pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29 v 11-13

Thank you, Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 11, 2010


Great Prayer Need

Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 14:55:05 -0500
From: Rev Susan Baker Borjeson
Subject: Great Prayer Need

Please take on a great ministry to me and our church leadership, our families' health and safety, as we get into the crunch for our fundraising winter party for Walkabout Mountain School, a pioneering alternative ed high school in our county.

My son is stricken in MA with another kidney stone/infection; Ralph is on the road all week again in KY; Pastor Frank who is 50% of the cooking team is vulnerable to sickness and his wife is down now; the other 50% has been battling issues related to her husband's failing health, which wears her down greatly. She is our pizza mama, and we need her. We need Frank's incredible spaghetti and meatballs. And our children/spouses/the school need our protection.

Blood of Christ, heal us and render us invisible to the enemy and his cohorts. For Jesus sake and the glory of God the Almighty, Triune Majesty! Amen

I would be grateful for 24hour coverage now through 9pm Saturday when we should have tidied up and left the venue.

Please pray for the success of this snow party and Italian supper, that we will raise the goal of $2,500.00 That's a lot of guests at $15 per!

Thank you....and me....I'm on the road most of today and evening, have a grant application deadline for the school due tomorrow night, and need just as much protection as all the rest of us! Thank you. I am praying for all of you, and always do.
God's abundant glory be with you.
Susan Baker-Borjeson
Jubilate Deo Ministries
518 622 3431 cell 518 334 3257
Romans 6:11 'Let us live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.'


Please pray for Bishop Bill

Please pray for Bishop Bill as he attends the Province II Bishops Meeting January 11-13.

Albany Intercessor


1/11/2010, #12, 1st Quarter 2010

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, (Hebrews 1:1)
      Holy Father, please us heed your word to us by your prophets; write the words of David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, and all your prophets on our hearts.

has in these last days spoken to us by his son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds; (Hebrews 1:2)
      Dear Jesus, continue to speak to us and to your church; help us hear what you are saying.

who being the brightness of his glory and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Hebrews 1:3)
      Jesus, let the brightness of your light shine forth through the Diocese of Albany and throughout the Episcopal Church.

having become so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (Hebrews 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, help us bring honor to the name of Jesus today. Thank you.

Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, "Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, he is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed." (Deuteronomy 31:7-8 )
      Father, as you enabled Moses and Joshua to go forth at your word, help us in our generation to go forth into all that you have prepared for us to do. Thank you.

Monday: 4, 7; Genesis 2:4-9(10-15)16-25; Hebrews 1:1-14; John 1:1-18
Tuesday: 10, 11; Genesis 3:1-24; Hebrews 2:1-10; John 1:19-28

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, January 10, 2010


1/10/2010, #11, 1st Quarter 2010 and Fr. Nigel Update

Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 7:51 pm
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: update
Dear faithful prayer partners,
      Again I write to thank you all for your heartfelt prayers. I can now climb the stairs of my house (slowly) and sleep in our bed. I am starting to feel "normal" again. To be free of a hospital bed for 3 months to the day is amazing. Sleeping without oxygen is a little frightening. I am encouraged to use it when moving and to remove it when stationary. Slowing one's breath down at night is a little uncomfortable and reminds me of the close shave I have had with death. Funny how much we take so much for granted. This morning I caught my wife just looking at me. Smiling when I caught her. She said it is so good to have you back, it is so good that you are alive. We wept. I have had a lot of opportunity to weep over the past three months.

      The band aids are off my throat and feeding tube area. The stage three pressure sore is now half what it was. Will be starting a new medical protocol on Monday. I do not want my lungs to be subject to a general anesthetic so I am avoiding surgery at all costs. here is still a hole, but it is closing from the inside out as it should. Thanks be to God. Having had yet another close shave with death my emotions are rather fragile. My prayer life is amazing. I feel so close to Jesus. Just knowing that so many prayed for me when I was in a coma,the prayers of the people literally carrying me to life, just moves my soul to the amount of love that has been poured out in and by so many.

      My friends in Christ keep praying, pray for your loved ones, pray for the sick, pray for peace, pray for the church. You know its time we all got back on our knees. When was the last time you got on your knees with your spouse to pray? I strongly recommend that you continue what the Lord has put on your heart over the past three months. Pray. Pray without ceasing. Use one part of your brain for daily functions and conversations and use another part of your brain to simultaneously pray. Pray a simple prayer. Pray a prayer of a child, pray the Lords prayer, pray for protection, pray for your own health and the health of those you know and don't know. I put it to you to look at what the Book of Common prayer states on page 137 in the daily devotions for individuals and families. Three quarters of the way down the page it writes "Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others." The BCP suggests that we pray for ourselves first and then others. Just a thought.

      I send you all such love, those I know, those I do not know, those who have head me speak, those who have sent beautiful prayer shawls, and wonderful quilts, get well cards and letters. We have been so swamped and I so sick that I do apologize to those I should have sent thank you cards. I have been remiss please forgive me. Please know that you are deeply appreciated as we store up treasures in heaven. It is so good to be alive, thank you all, thank you God, thank you Jesus, thank you Holy Spirit, thank you Holy Trinity.

Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another. Keep on praying dear souls... May God bless you richly, Fr. Nigel+

      Notes from the Front Line

O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 131:3)
      A word received: Hope in me; I AM your strength.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." (Revelation 22:13)
      A word received: How do you make me the beginning and the end of your day?
      What do you do to give me that place in your life?

      A word received: Hear me, listen to me, let me be your daily guide.

      A word received at Christ Church Schenectady:
      You say to me, "Remember your people..."
      I not only remember you, I know you.
      I know you so well that I know your very thoughts -- before you speak.
      I AM here -- I AM calling you.
      Do you hear me? Are you even listening to me?
      If you listen you will hear me -- I want to be in every part of your life.
      You can choose to listen for me and to me.
      Choose life.
      Come to me; I will never turn you away.

Monday: 4, 7; Genesis 2:4-9(10-15)16-25; Hebrews 1:1-14; John 1:1-18
Tuesday: 10, 11; Genesis 3:1-24; Hebrews 2:1-10; John 1:19-28

***** My wife, Jean, will be having shoulder replacement surgery at Saratoga Hospital on Tuesday, January 12th. She is expected to return home on Thursday. It has become "painfully clear" that the surgery is necessary.

***** Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010
From: Darius Mojallali
Hello Torre,
      Your daily prayer/meditations are a blessing to me. Thank you.
      We know we are where God wants us to be but we deeply miss the Diocese of Albany sometimes. Please continue to pray for me and Stephanie as we seek God's grace to be instruments if his renewing love at St. David's in Agawam. There are signs of hope and restoration but they are small and a "trickle". We need a flood! Please pass this on to the intercessors if you can, and it comes with our love and prayers for our friends in the Diocese of Albany.
      We are amazed and thankful for what God has done with Nigel's healing. What a testimony of God's power!
      Love to you and Jean, in Jesus, Darius+

Albany Intercessor

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