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Sunday, February 28, 2010

 

2/28/2010, #62, 1st Quarter 2010

Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. (Philippians 3:17)
      Father, thank you for those faithful witnesses and mentors who provide godly examples for us to follow. Please raise up more of these in your church.

For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (Philippians 3:18 )
      Lord Jesus, we are surrounded in the church by such tares. Help us cherish and protect the wheat.

whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame--who set their mind on earthly things. (Philippians 3:19)
      Jesus, protect your little ones and all your faithful people so that we are not swept away by the lies which are being told to your people.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, (Philippians 3:20)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!

who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to his glorious body, according to the working by which he is able even to subdue all things to himself. (Philippians 3:21)
      Jesus, please subdue my mind and my heart to your kingdom purposes.

Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. (Philippians 4:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us stand fast in Jesus. Thank you.

Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis 41:14-45; Romans 6:3-14; John 5:19-24
Monday: 64, 65; Genesis 41:46-57; 1 Corinthians 4:8-20(21); Mark 3:7-19a

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
People should think of us as servants of Christ and managers who are entrusted with God's mysteries. Managers are required to be trustworthy. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)
      Jesus Christ Our Savior, we thank You for your servants, Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. You have entrusted them with your mysteries and given them gifts to enable them to impart these mysteries to seminary students and parishioners in Lima, Peru. We thank You for their trustworthiness and for the excellent fruit coming from their ministries. We thank You for keeping them safe and for the good preaching class last week. We thank You for the healing that resulted from a healing service and continued prayer in a family's home. We thank You that You protected Fr. Shaw from his cat allergy and protected the whole family from harm when their taxi's tire went bad. We ask for continued protection, continued grace, and continued spiritual fruitfulness for the Mudges in Peru. Amen.

***** For many years I have thought that Psalm 103:1 was Mary's daily prayer while she was pregnant with Jesus.


***** Jean Bissell would like a ride to the healing service at the Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, March 2nd. If you can give her a ride, please call 374-5305. We live in Schenectady.

***** Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010
From: Darius Mojollali
Subject: Re: 2/27/2010, #61, 1st Quarter 2010
Hi Torre and Jean,
I am so thankful for today's word - there is nowhere that I can go where God's redeeming love can't get at me.
A thanksgiving: the soaking prayer eventing led at the local AG and for which I played my violin in January was a great blessing and was powerfully anointed.
A prayer request: that Stephanie and I stay steady and brave as we fight battles for new territory for the kingdom of God, and for St. David's in Agawam,MA, where we serve, and that God pour into our people a hunger for transformation in Jesus and a willingness to yield to Jesus and each other as we seek to be a thriving missionary outpost.
I know we are not in the Diocese of Albany for now but the prayers of the saints there would be very encouraging.
Many blessings to you both, Darius
P.S. We will be at CtK on Tuesday 3/2.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, February 27, 2010

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, February 27, 2010, 9:25 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Dave Carlson

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

It was a sloppy weather day with wet snow falling the whole time. Although we had long periods of time with no one passing by, there were many folks who did stop for prayer:

+ Christopher -- asked for prayer for his family, friends, and his job

+ Esau and + Daniel (a teenager carrying a puppy) -- we prayed for the Lord’s provision and protection in their lives

+ Marlene -- believer who has stopped many times before for prayer – we prayed not only for physical provision, but for spiritual blessing; Marlene prayed out loud, agreeing with us in prayer and boldly praising the Lord

+ Doc -- he asked for prayer for his friend + Seth who has kidney stones; he took a cross to give to Seth and he thanked God for His goodness toward him; took out his wallet to make a donation (we thanked him but let him know we don’t accept money for offering prayer)

+ Joe and + James -- two men (brothers) drove up and parked across the street – they came specifically to visit the prayer table (asked us to pray for good health); Joe said he works at Northwood’s and was a caregiver for Father Hio while he was a patient there

+ Theresa – she and her husband were participating in the ’40 days for Life’ ministry in front of Planned Parenthood (to find out more about it, go to http://40daysforlife.com/schenectady/); she asked prayer for her daughter and her daughter’s family who are “in a bad way”

+ Helen – woman walking by with an umbrella, asked prayer for her health

Brown – young man in his 20’s who has stopped many times before – asked us to pray for “everything”

+ Mark – stopped for prayer as we were breaking down the table and chairs at the end – prayed for the Lord’s provision in his life

David

Albany Intercessor

 

2/27/2010, #61, 1st Quarter 2010

Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? (Psalm 139:7)
      Jesus, please help me run into your open and waiting arms.

If I ascend into heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there. (Psalm 139:8 )
      Jesus, wherever I go, you are there and you surround me with your witnesses. Thank you.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:9-10)
      Jesus, help me to find my steadiness in you.

If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," even the night shall be light about me; (Psalm 139:11)
      Lord, let your light shine on my path, and guide me by your word and your Holy Spirit.

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to you. (Psalm 139:12)
      There is no darkness dark enough to hide me from your light, Father; thank you.

Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Genesis 41:1-13; 1 Corinthians 4:1-7; Mark 2:23-3:6
Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis 41:14-45; Romans 6:3-14; John 5:19-24

Albany Intercessor

Friday, February 26, 2010

 

2/26/2010, #60, 1st Quarter 2010

Then he went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them. (Mark 2:13)
      Jesus, teach us as well!

As he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And he said to him, "Follow me." So he arose and followed him. (Mark 2:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us hear Jesus' call to follow him; give each of us a heart to answer the call as Levi did.

Now it happened, as he was dining in Levi's house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him. (Mark 2:15)
      Jesus, we pray that you will come into our home and that all of our friends and family will be gather together to you.


And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to his disciples, "How is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?" (Mark 2:16)
      Father we too are sinners who need Jesus. Thank you for sending him to us. Don't let us be hindered by the scoffers and those who reject him.

When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Mark 2:17)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to lasting repentance. Thank you.

      Jesus, please help us throughout this diocese answer your call to repentance.

Friday: 51; Genesis 40:1-23; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Mark 2:13-22
Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Genesis 41:1-13; 1 Corinthians 4:1-7; Mark 2:23-3:6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** This is the day! Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier. Because of cancer, one doctor has given him 6 months to live; another has given him 3 months to live. I am calling for a committed prayer vigil for Fr. Hap. Pick any 30 minute time in the day or night and pray intensively for him. Please pray specifically that the Lord will remove every cancer cell in his body and restore him to perfect health.

***** Please pray for Fr. Nigel Mumford:
      That the calcium mass will dissolve away.
      That strength will be restored to his legs.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, February 25, 2010

 

Fr. Nigel Update

Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 6:35 pm
From: "Fr. Nigel Mumford+"
Subject: Prayers please and a thank you

God-morrow my dear prayer warriors,

Please pray for Monday 1st when I go back to work part time for the first time in 5 months...and especially for the 10am Healing Service on Tuesday March 2nd. Where Lynn and I will be speaking. You know YOUR prayers work... neat egh... thank you dear friends... Thank YOU God... I so want to write the A word and the H word but, hey, it is Lent.

Lynn and I went to Saratoga ICU today to thank some more nurses... it was such a high... they were so excited to see me upright and walking. I was quite surprised to see the nurse that worked on me a lot to be so small... I had only seen her when I was lying down... I was amazed... I thought she was so tall! I suppose it is all a matter of perspective... You know that dynamite comes in small packages!

I was told by a nurse and the hospital chaplain that things had changed a lot in ICU since I was there. The change is prayer. They (the nurses) all now pray for the patients in the ICU thanks be to God... it is so good to have left a legacy. I have been asked back to the hospital
March 22nd to give my testimony to the staff.

They had all read the newspaper article I wrote to the editor. Gosh it was such a high to meet everyone and to properly say thank you... as I again thank you for your continued prayers.
Hope to see most of you on March 2nd...

It is so good to be alive....PRAISE THE LORD....

Much love to you all...

Be well.
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

(518)692-9550
healing@ctkcenter.org
www.ctkcenter.org

Albany Intercessor

 

2/25/2010, #59, 1st Quarter 2010

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11)
      Lord, all other foundations are shifting sand.

Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, (1 Corinthians 3:12)
      Father, please help each of us build with the best we have.

each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. (1 Corinthians 3:13)
      Holy Spirit, burn away the dross in our lives.

If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. (1 Corinthians 3:14)
      Jesus, you are the rock that does not move or shake: help us build enduring work with you as the foundation.

If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:15)
      Jesus, thank you for saving me.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
      Holy Spirit, please come and dwell in me with your power.

If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:17)
      Lord Jesus, cleanse your temple, the Church, which is your body. Drive from it all strange doctrines which excuse and promote the defiling of the body. Bring those who teach such things to repentance. Thank you.

Thursday: [59, 60] or 19, 46; Genesis 39:1-23; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Mark 2:1-12
Friday: 51; Genesis 40:1-23; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Mark 2:13-22

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier. Because of cancer, one doctor has given him 6 months to live; another has given him 3 months to live. I am calling for a committed prayer vigil for Fr. Hap next Friday, February 26th. Pick any 30 minute time in the day or night and pray intensively for him. Please pray specifically that the Lord will remove every cancer cell in his body and restore him to perfect health.

***** Please pray for Fr. Nigel Mumford:
      That the calcium mass will dissolve away.
      That strength will be restored to his legs.

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Public Prayer Mail 22 February 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer, Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail. We started it yesterday, and the final editing was today.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Classes have begun and are off to a strong start. We had a very good preaching class tonight. We team-teach, and my unbiased opinion is that Julie did an exceptional job.
      2) We had special prayer time in a person's home in Villa el Salvador (a District in Lima) on Sunday evening, after the service. The service was good too, and was partly a healing service; we led it with a lay person who is in the ordination process; he went with us to the house visitation, and he was awesome when praying in the home. The service had lasted two hours. Some serious things were going on in people´s lives that needed prayer. After all the above, we met with the in-laws´ family of the person in the ordination process for about an hour or so at the apartment at the church, and listened to their insights on what is making this generation in Peru tick.
      3) Praise God that we did not have an accident either to or from the service on Sunday because of our taxi´s bad tire. Our usual taxi was able to take us, after all, and will do so, next week, as well. That is a real answer to prayer. As for the flat tire, we were at the church and vicinity for about 4 hours or so at night, in part because our taxi driver (another seminarian) had a flat tire, and his spare tire had two holes in it. He spent about 2 hours getting it repaired. We discovered the flat tire on the way to the home-visitation after the service. It just went flat during the service on its own. It is now in tire heaven. The adventure sounds a lot easier than it was, to get the tire repaired.
      4) Praise God that people hung in there through the service on Sunday evening, with the bull-horn from a passing vendor blaring for the first part of the service so loudly, that sitting 10 feet away from the preacher, at times I could not hear the preacher. The vendor was trying to get the attention of the people playing futbol in the park near the church. Wow, and the people in the congregation really hung in there. They liked the prayer time, best. Music was good.
      5) Praise God that I survived a serious cat allergy issue with hardly a symptom afterwords, in the home we visited on Sunday evening. That in itself was amazing. All the time, I kept praying for the other people who were ministering, and doing that, kept the allergy symptoms somewhat in a kind of stasis, and afterwards, nothing. Wow. Amazing.
      6) Praise God for the rest of our week. Orientation week and the matriculation service at the seminary went rather well; the matriculation process and registration process has gone well.
      7) Praise God that we had an opportunity to check in with our daughter, Ruth, in Chicago, on Sunday, between the services at the Mission of Ascencion in the morning and the mission at Jesus el Salvador in the evening. Sunday was Ruth´s birthday. Go, Ruth!
Prayers:
      1) For the people, relationships, ministries, finances, planning, and priorities associated with the Diocese of Peru, Saints Augustine seminary, and the Missionaries in Peru (including us).
      2) For the seminary courses, and for the preparations for the graduation service in April.
      3) For the Albany short term mission trip plans in late July, and the mission trip preparation discussions that continue to take place.
      4) For our landlady, her husband, and the others in our apartment building. We are planning to renew our lease for another year (one year at a time), and we hope that the renewal goes smoothly.
      5) For Julie at New Wineskins and the SAMS worldwide conference in April in North Carolina, and for Julie, Lydia, and I in Pennsylvania and New York State/Connecticut in May/June, including our Diocesan Convention.
      6) For the students and faculty of the seminary. For the improved access to the library and proper use of the computer system and the photocopy machine. For the various other administrative matters over the next year and half.
      7) For the people in and involved with the Bishop Suffragan process. We hope to be hearing a list of candidates soon. The election is in about another month.
      8 ) That the Holy Spirit would raise up the next clerical leadership for Jesus el Salvador, soon. We are helping out, there, in the interim.
      9) For our Spanish. Personally, I pray this for our family every day. There is always something new to learn, and we want to be very good at it.
Thank you for praying for us. It makes a difference. I pray for you every day.
God bless you.
In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia
Lima, Peru

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

 

2/24/2010, #58, 1st Quarter 2010

Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. (Mark 1:29)
      Jesus, please come into our home and bring the fellowship with you. Let your light fill our home.

But Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and they told him about her at once. (Mark 1:30)
      Jesus, __N__ in our family is sick and needs your help.

So he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. (Mark 1:31)
      Jesus, please take __N__ by the hand and lift him up so that he can serve you.

At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. (Mark 1:32)
      Lord, we bring __N__ from our community and __N__ from our fellowship to you.

And the whole city was gathered together at the door. (Mark 1:33)
      Holy Spirit, draw our community to you.

Then he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew him. (Mark 1:34)
      Jesus, come do a ministry of healing and deliverance in our community. Shut the mouths of all the demons that plague our community and drive them out.

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, he went out and departed to a solitary place; and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
      Father, bring us all to that solitary place that Jesus found to spend time in prayer with you.

Wednesday: 49, [53]; Genesis 37:25-36; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; Mark 1:29-45
Thursday: [59, 60] or 19, 46; Genesis 39:1-23; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Mark 2:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier. Because of cancer, one doctor has given him 6 months to live; another has given him 3 months to live. I am calling for a committed prayer vigil for Fr. Hap next Friday, February 26th. Pick any 30 minute time in the day or night and pray intensively for him. Please pray specifically that the Lord will remove every cancer cell in his body and restore him to perfect health.

***** Please pray for Fr. Nigel Mumford:
      That the calcium mass will dissolve away.
      That strength will be restored to his legs.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:

Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Please Pray
Dear Prayer Partners
Please pray for Myla a girl aged 1 who has nasal cancer & a brain tumour and has been given only a few days to live.
      Father we ask that that you would wrap little Myla in your healing love breathing new life into her failing life and to please restore her to fullness in Jesus name.
      Can you please pray for Carol Lyttle, John Lyttle's daughter. Carol has broken some bones that are not healing properly. Please ask people to pray that God would intervene and bring healing to Carol.
Many thanks, David

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

 

2/23/2010, #57, 1st Quarter 2010

Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, (Mark 1:14)
      Lord, preach the gospel throughout this diocese. Give each of us a passion to share the good news with others.

and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:15)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to repentance.

      Holy Father, let your kingdom come into our hearts and minds. Thank you.

      A word received: Thank me for my faithfulness.

Tuesday: 47, 48; Genesis 37:12-24; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Mark 1:14-28
Wednesday: 49, [53]; Genesis 37:25-36; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; Mark 1:29-45

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Fr. Nigel Mumford:
      That the calcium mass will dissolve away.
      That strength will be restored to his legs.

***** Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier. Because of cancer, one doctor has given him 6 months to live; another has given him 3 months to live. I am calling for a committed prayer vigil for Fr. Hap next Friday, February 26th. Pick any 30 minute time in the day or night and pray intensively for him. Please pray specifically that the Lord will remove every cancer cell in his body and restore him to perfect health.

Words received for a Sunday School lesson in March

"And he said, 'Who are you, Lord?' Then the Lord said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.'" (Acts 9:5a) A word received: I want my people to ask that question: "Who are you?" When they ask who I am I always find a way to answer them.

"Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon him, went forward and said to them, 'Whom are you seeking?'" (John 18:4) A word received: "Whom are you seeking?" Are you seeking me, or are you seeking something less which cannot satisfy? Seek me and you will find me.

"They answered him, 'Jesus of Nazareth.' Jesus said to them, 'I am he.' And Judas, who betrayed him, also stood with them." (John 18:5) A word received: They sought me to take me into their power. I tell you: seek me to come under and into my power.

"Now when he said to them, 'I am he,' they drew back and fell to the ground." (John 18:6) A word received: I AM. I AM the one you are seeking. Learn to know me as "I AM".

"Then he asked them again, 'Whom are you seeking?' And they said, 'Jesus of Nazareth.'" (John 18:7) A word received: I ask you once again, "Who or what are you seeking?" Look to me; I will satisfy you with fresh bread -- my living word.

"Jesus answered, 'I have told you that I am he. Therefore, if you seek me, let these go their way,'" (John 18:8 ) A word received: I laid down my life for you. Look to me and receive what I have for you.

Check out what the Lord has said to us in the Sunday School Lessons which have been posted on http://christchurchsundayschool.blogspot.com/.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, February 22, 2010

 

2/22/2010, #56, 1st Quarter 2010

Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. (Daniel 9:3)
      Lord Jesus, help us come to you as Daniel did.

And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, "O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant and mercy with those who love him, and with those who keep his commandments," (Daniel 9:4)
      Father, please help us confess your mighty deeds and judgments and keep the covenant you have made with us through our baptism.

"we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from your precepts and your judgments." (Daniel 9:5)
      We, the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church, have sinned and departed from your word. Have mercy on us.

"Neither have we heeded your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land." (Daniel 9:6)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of Barack our President, the members of Congress, and the Supreme Court to seek after your righteous ways.

"O Lord, righteousness belongs to you, but to us shame of face, as it is this day--to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against you." (Daniel 9:7)
      Jesus, because of the unfaithfulness of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and many of its people, tens and hundreds of thousands have fled the Episcopal Church. Bring the Episcopal Church back to your ways.

"O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against you." (Daniel 9:8 )
      Help us, Holy Spirit, recognize our shame; help us recognize our sin and repent.

"To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him." (Daniel 9:9)
      Father, thank you for the love and mercy you have shown us through your son, Jesus Christ. Help us repent of our rebellion and return to you.

"We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets." (Daniel 9:10)
      Holy Spirit, help us obey your voice and walk in the Word of God day by day.

"Yes, all Israel has transgressed your law, and has departed so as not to obey your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against him." (Daniel 9:11)
      Lord Jesus Christ, we are a people called by your name: help us humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways so that you will hear from heaven and forgive our sins and help our land and your Church. Thank you. (See 2 Chronicles 7:14)

      A word received: Invite me in at the beginning.

Monday: 44; Genesis 37:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-19; Mark 1:1-13
Tuesday: 47, 48; Genesis 37:12-24; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Mark 1:14-28

      Notes from the Front Line

***** A note from Torre: I am convinced that the Jesus is calling us to a sustained period of spiritual warfare where we will need to use the full armor of God and in the power of the Holy Spirit in the area of healing prayer" Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:14-18 )

***** Please pray for Fr. Nigel Mumford:
      That the calcium mass will dissolve away.
      That strength will be restored to his legs.

***** Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier. Because of cancer, one doctor has given him 6 months to live; another has given him 3 months to live. I am calling for a committed prayer vigil for Fr. Hap next Friday, February 26th. Pick any 30 minute time in the day or night and pray intensively for him. Please pray specifically that the Lord will remove every cancer cell in his body and restore him to perfect health.

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Please lift in prayer the following,
      Fr. Curtis Denney, has e-mailed us this afternoon. Letting us know, that his dear wife Mary will be undergoing knee replacement surgery this upcoming week at, University Hospital in Syracuse.
      Please join me in prayer as Mary goes through this surgery and Fr. Denney although, he may not be going through the physical part of the surgery, but will be going through the emotional part. For this loving couple, have gone through so much together, are truly a blessing to all those who know them. They are a true example of what it is to be united together in Holy Matrimony, and bound to each other and to our Lord in love and faith. Be with them dear Lord we pray and see Mary safely through the surgery and let her recovery be swift and complete.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, February 21, 2010

 

2/21/2010, #55, 1st Quarter 2010

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan (Luke 4:1a)
Father, please fill us anew with your Holy Spirit.

and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, (Luke 4:1b)
Holy Spirit, we want to be led by you, even if that means going into the wilderness with Jesus.

being tempted for forty days by the devil. (Luke 4:2a)
Jesus, please clothe us with your full armor so that we can resist the temptations the devil puts in our path.

And in those days he ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, he was hungry. (Luke 4:2b)
Jesus, please restore the discipline of fasting to the life of your church. Give us compassion for those who go hungry because they have nothing. Please help the people of Haiti and the other places of desolation. Thank you.

Sunday: 103; Daniel 9:3-10; Hebrews 2:10-18; John 12:44-50
Monday: 44; Genesis 37:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-19; Mark 1:1-13

Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier. Because of cancer, one doctor has given him 6 months to live; another has given him 3 months to live. I am calling for a committed prayer vigil for Fr. Hap next Friday, February 26th. Pick any 30 minute time in the day or night and pray intensively for him. He needs a miracle of healing. Please pray every day for him between now and them.

***** Check out what the Lord has said to us in the Sunday School Lesson for today which has been posted on http://christchurchsundayschool.blogspot.com/.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, February 20, 2010

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, February 20, 2010, 9:25 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Dave Carlson

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

Many folks turned down our offer for prayer. We prayed for each one as they walked by that they would come closer to the Lord and experience His love and provision in their lives. Many motorists waved to us as they drove by. It was a nice morning, with warmer temperatures.

Carolyn -- she said "I'm a little big incognito today" – prayed for an infilling of the Holy Spirit. She said she'll see us in church on Sunday.

Jim -- one of our regulars at the prayer table – "I'd like to give thanks to God for the improvement in my mental health."

+ Maritsa -- very shy, timid woman, asked prayer "for my family"

+ Johnny -- man who rode up on a bike and asked for prayer "for myself" – we gave him a Bible and invited him to attend church tomorrow

+ Moohan -- young Hindu man in his 20's perhaps, very polite with a pleasant smile; we prayed that He would come to know the Lord and His love; he asked if he could make a donation; we do not accept donations at the prayer table but we thanked him for the privilege he gave us to pray for him and his family

Elaine – on her way to participate in the '40 days for Life' ministry in front of Planned Parenthood – we prayed for the unborn and for an end to abortion (Elaine said people can find out more by going online to http://40daysforlife.com/schenectady/)


Father Peter Schofield – on his way to lead the monthly service at Summit Towers – we prayed for the folks who will attend

+ Diane – asked us to pray for her husband Tom – he has been depressed and overwhelmed by finances and circumstances at work

David

Albany Intercessor

 

2/20/2010, #54, 1st Quarter 2010

            Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
      The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
      Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
      When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
      The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
      Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." (John 4:1-10)
      A meditation on John 4:1-10 given by Deacon Howard Smith of Christ Church Schenectady after Stations of the Cross on Friday, February 19th:
            Thirsty at the Well -- Would God Talk to Me?
                  Dedicated to Beverly Rose

In the voice and the person of the Samaritan Woman:

      I thirst.
      I thirst, and it is almost midday and so I sit here in the house with the curtains drawn, watching him sleep and hearing him breath.
      He's a good man, when he's sleeping.
      Hugh, he is drooling. He should be after drinking all night.
      I don't mind him drinking, because when he drinks, he doesn't beat me.
      Usually.

      He'll be waking up soon ---thirsty.
      And he'll be angry that I didn't get water from the well in the morning --- like a good woman should.
      But I hate going out there.
      The whole town hates me. The whole town despises me.

      Mostly I'm invisible. Do you know what it is like to be invisible?
      No one sees you, no one hears you. And if your eye do meet some one else's eyes --- you get hatred, loathing and a quick turn away.

      None of the good merchants will sell me, and the bad ones will when no one else is looking.

      Oh what it would be like to seen, just seen, with out scorn or repute.
      What is there to look at? I'm garbage. I'm crap. I'm a woman who has had 5 husbands. Five!
      And this man sleeping before is not my husband. Though I act like his wife when and how he wants me.
      He looks at me. He sees me.
      And the yelling and the screaming, at least his is communicating with me.
      That is more than I deserve.
      I am lucky to have him, --- for without him, I would have to be a prostitute.
      And I thank God I am not a prostitute.
      So here I sit, thirsty.

      He is waking. He is going over to the water bucket. He's angry. Why am I so surprised we go through this every day.
      Except today he throws the bucket at me.
      "Good for nothing... worthless piece of crap...."
      "Why can't you get water in the morning like all the other woman?"
      So I grab the bucket and run out the door, answering his question in my own mind.
      Why don't I go to the well with the good woman of this town. Because they are so vishes, they snarl and the glare.
      I have had sand thrown in my face, and water dumped on me.
      They tell their daughters to stay away from me.
      "She's no good," they say, "She's dirty."
      There has to be some part of me that's clean.
      There has to be some part of me that worth something.
      If they would really look at me and knew me, they would see it.

      I'm almost at the well, ---good because I'm thirsty.
      There is someone there, in the heat of the day?
      It's a man. It's a Jew. That's all I need. They don't like us Samaritans.
      Today I get to be looked down on by a Jew.
      Like being despised by my own people isn't enough.

      I reach the well and let down my bucket. The man turns and looks at me.
      I'm afraid and act like I don't notice him.
      I'm so thirsty.
      I hurry up my bucket and take a drink.
      I see the man and our eye meet, and yet I am not frightened.
      He looks at me like he knows me. Like we are closer than a brother or father.
      His eyes, are filled with love, real love and hope and light and love!
      He sees me, yet he does not despise me.
      And He says to me, "Please, may I please have a drink?"

Saturday: 42, 43; Ezekiel 39:21-29; Philippians 4:10-20; John 17:20-26
Sunday: 103; Daniel 9:3-10; Hebrews 2:10-18; John 12:44-50

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier. Because of cancer, one doctor has given him 6 months to live; another has given him 3 months to live. I am calling for a committed prayer vigil for Fr. Hap next Friday, February 24th. Pick any 30 minute time in the day or night and pray intensively for him. He needs a miracle of healing. Please pray every day for him between now and them.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, February 19, 2010

 

2/19/2010, #53, 1st Quarter 2010

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier. One doctor has given him 6 months to live; another has given him 3 months to live. I am calling for a committed prayer vigil for Fr. Hap next Friday, February 24th. Pick any 30 minute time in the day or night and pray intensively for him. He needs a miracle of healing. Please pray every day for him between now and them.

*****Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010
From: Deacon Harvey Huth
Subject: A Prayer Request
Please pray for my friend since childhood -- Chris -- and his wife Linda. After nine years of remission, Chris has been diagnosed with a new esophageal cancer -- two tumors in his throat. Please pray for God's healing and for faith and strength for Linda and the family.
In Christ, Harvey

***** Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Fr Nigel Prayer update
My dear and faithful prayer warriors,

As far as I am concerned I have three pressing issues:

1)      The day my pressure sore closed up, thanks be to God, I had pain in my right side chest where one of the chest tubes were inserted. I had an x-ray of it and it shows a calcium mass between ribs 4 & 5. I will be seeing the surgeon next Thursday to find out what needs to be done. It is quite large about 3 inches across and a good half inch high. Apparently calcium grew around the tube and has been growing ever since. I am I am amazed that the prayers were answered in regard to not needing surgery on my rear! Thanks be to God. Please pray specifically that this calcium mass will dissipate naturally within the body. Thank you.

2)      My legs feel like lead. It feels like I am going backwards as far as PT is concerned. It is like one day forward and three back! I am finding it a real effort to walk... not sure what this is about. I should be getting stronger but feel worse! Please pray specifically for a new stamina and new energy for my major muscles in my body. I am calling upon you in need.

3)      Please pray as you have prayed for my life, for Fr. Hap Carrier. He really needs prayer and a lot of love. Please ask the Lord Jesus Christ to heal him with power, love and the 'full on" compassion of the healer Himself, Jesus. Thank you so much. Please pray specifically that the Lord will remove every cancer cell in his body and restore him to perfect health.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your real prayers... the prayers of the righteous ARE powerful AND effective. James 5:16 This has been proven...

Do hope to see you on March 2nd 10am at the healing service at the CtK chapel.

Much love to you all... God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

 

2/19/2010, #52, 1st Quarter 2010

Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. (Philippians 4:1)
      Lord, having stood all, help us to stand.

I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. (Philippians 4:2)
      Holy Spirit, help your people make peace with one another in the parishes of this diocese. Please help all of us lay aside bitterness and resentment toward one another.

And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. (Philippians 4:3)
      Father, please bless the Daughters of the King, the Sisters of St. Mary, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, the Franciscans of the Holy Cross, and all those men and women who labor for the gospel. Raise up more vocations to dedicated service to your son Jesus.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
      Jesus, help us daily make you our joy and crown. Let our joy in you overcome the difficult circumstances of our lives.

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5)
      Father, bless all the shepherds of the flock: that they will deal gently with the sheep entrusted to their care.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6)
      Jesus, please help us cast all our cares on you, for you care for us.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
      Jesus, please come into my heart today with your peace. Thank you for giving me hope which surpasses my understanding.

      A word received: I AM with you; keep your eyes on me.

Friday: 35; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Philippians 4:1-9; John 17:9-19
Saturday: 42, 43; Ezekiel 39:21-29; Philippians 4:10-20; John 17:20-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: prayer request

Dear prayer warriors,
Please pray for a dear friend of mine, a retired col. in the US army who had a heart attack last night. His first name is Steve. I have no other news at this time. Thanks so much.

God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, February 18, 2010

 

2/18/2010, #51, 1st Quarter 2010

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. (Philippians 3:12)
      Jesus, thank you for laying hold of my life; help me press on day by day this Lent; help me answer the upward call.

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, (Philippians 3:13)
      Holy Spirit, please help me find the freedom to let go of past burdens and press on to what is ahead.

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
      Holy Father, though I see through a glass dimly, help me keep my eyes on the prize: life forever in your presence.

Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. (Philippians 3:15)
      Father, bring us to maturity and give us a quiet common mind about the truth of the gospel. Thank you.

Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. (Philippians 3:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us throughout this diocese to have the same mind which was also in Christ Jesus.

Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. (Philippians 3:17)
      Jesus, please raise up leaders and teachers throughout your church who will be effective ministers and mentors of your grace and mercy. Thank you.

      A word received: You are in my care; don't be afraid.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; Philippians 3:12-21; John 17:1-8
Friday: 35; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Philippians 4:1-9; John 17:9-19

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Fr. Hap Carrier was discharged from Samaritan Hospital and sent home. The intense pain was caused by fluid build-up from cancer. Pray for healing for him, and for wisdom and discernment for the doctors.

***** Check out the Anglican prayer blog Lent & Beyond at http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

 

Letter to the Editor from Fr. Nigel Mumford

Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford
Subject: Letter to the Editor

Dear Prayer Warriors,
I have written a letter to the Editor of the local newspapers. I would like to share what I wrote:

Dear Editor,
      I have just gone through a life threatening disease; H1N1, which hit me out of the blue. I was very fit until October of last year. I was in Saratoga Springs Hospital ICU and Sunnyview rehab in Schenectady, for a total of three months. For the first three weeks in a coma. I felt moved to write to thank the medical staff of Saratoga Hospital and the pulmonary doctors of Saratoga for saving my life. A huge thank you to Dr's. Ares, Ying, and Del Giacco. I would like to thank the Sunnyview rehab staff and especially thank the Greenwich Family Medical facility, Dr. Austin Tsai and Dr. Colleen Quinn for their devotion, kindness and compassion. The nurses in ICU and all nurses we have been in contact with in all of the medical facilities, and visiting nurses of Washington County have just been amazing. As horrible as the physical effects of being so ill is, the people that surrounded me have been totally fantastic. I have seen another side of human nature being very kind and considerate, it has refreshed my very soul. So often news is rather negative I just wanted to write something positive to thank all those who saved my life and to remind people that it is good to be alive! I really want to say publicly, thank you to all those who prayed for me and all those involved in my healing.

Yours sincerely, The Rev. Nigel Mumford

 

2/17/2010, #50, 1st Quarter 2010

Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)
      Jesus, you know that we have no righteousness in ourselves; all that we have comes from you. Help us to know that -- write it on our hearts.

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector." (Luke 18:10)
      Holy Spirit, teach us to stop judging by the outward man -- it is what is inside that makes the difference.

"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector'". (Luke 18:11)
      Father, please help us cease "praying thus with ourselves" and turn to you in true humility.

"'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'" (Luke 18:12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make our offerings with humility.

"And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'" (Luke 18:13)
      God, be merciful to me a sinner!

"I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)
      Jesus, please help us humble ourselves this Lent -- help us walk the way of your cross. Thank you.

Ash Wednesday: 102, 130; Amos 5:6-15; Hebrews 12:1-14; Luke 18:9-14
Thursday: 37:19-42; Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; Philippians 3:12-21; John 17:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Fr. Hap Carrier is in Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY. Please pray for him as he is in much pain. Pray for healing for him, and for wisdom and discernment for the doctors and medical staff.

***** Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Public Prayer Mail 16 February 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer, Peace be with you. This is our weekly public prayer mail.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Orientation week at seminary is off and running.
      2) A special healing time in a person's home went well on Sunday afternoon. We had a surprise visit by someone to our apartment; then we all traveled to another district. We prayed for healing. There was a healing, and that led to one person after another asking for healing prayer. The Holy Spirit was very gracious.
      3) The ordination process (which Julie is coordinating) continues to move along nicely.
      4) We believe that the new monthly apartment maintenance-fee process is going smoothly, after a rocky start.
      5) Julie has become involved in the music ministry on Sunday mornings at La Ascencion in the Surco District of Lima. She had been leading music rehearsals. Now, in addition and when we are at la Ascencion, she is playing a keyboard with a mind of its own (prayers for a better keyboard would be good).
Prayers:
      1) For the relationships, ministries, finances, planning, and priorities associated with the Diocese of Peru, Saints Augustine seminary, and the Missionaries in Peru (including us).
      2) For the courses and orientation, for the preparations for the graduation service in April, and for the matriculation service on February 20.
      3) For the Albany short term mission trip plans in late July, and the mission trip preparation discussions that continue to take place.
      4) For our landlady, her husband, and the others in our apartment building. One of our next door neighbors died on Sunday morning at 3 am.
      5) For Julie at New Wineskins and the SAMS worldwide conference in April in North Carolina, and for Julie, Lydia, and I in Pennsylvania and New York State/Connecticut in May/June, including our Diocesan Convention.
      6) For the students and faculty of the seminary. For the improved access to the library and proper use of the computer system and the photocopy machine. For the course registration process, student matriculation process, and various other administrative matters.
      7) For the people in the Bishop Suffragan process.
      8 ) For our ability to go back and forth to Sunday services at Jesus el Salvador in the Villa el Salvador District, in the next two weeks. Our usual transportation arrangement is not possible.
      9) That the Holy Spirit would raise up the next clerical leadership for Jesus el Salvador, soon. We are helping out, there, in the interim.
      10) For the CEMO process (commission on ministry equivalent), and the ordination examination process. I am assisting Julie with the ordination examination ideas. Please pray for the people who will be ordained in a few months, and for those who are waiting in the wings.
Thank you for praying for us. It makes a difference. I pray for you every day.
God bless you.
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia
Lima, Peru

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

 

2/16/2010, #49, 1st Quarter 2010

Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who put their trust in him. (Proverbs 30:5)
      Jesus, you are my trust and hope, you are a shield about me. Thank you.

Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:6)
      Father, have mercy on those who turn your word in Scripture on its head and make it out to say what it does not say: lead them into your truth.

Two things I request of you (deprive me not before I die): (Proverbs 30:7)
      Jesus, you hear the cries of your people: thank you.

Remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches--feed me with the food allotted to me; (Proverbs 30:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help me to be able to say with Paul: "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:11-13)

Lest I be full and deny you, and say, "Who is the LORD?" Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God. (Proverbs 30:9)
      O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
      You know my sitting down and my rising up;
      you understand my thought afar off.
      You comprehend my path and my lying down,
      and are acquainted with all my ways.
      For there is not a word on my tongue,
      but behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
      You have hedged me behind and before,
      and laid your hand upon me.
      Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
      it is high, I cannot attain it.
(Psalm 139:1-6)

Tuesday: 36, 39; Proverbs 30:1-4, 24-33; Philippians 3:1-11; John 18:28-38
Ash Wednesday: 102, 130; Amos 5:6-15; Hebrews 12:1-14; Luke 18:9-14

Albany Intercessor

      Notes from the Front Line

Are you married?
      Do you plan to stay married?
Does life sometimes keep you too busy?
      Is it sometimes difficult to get your spouse’s attention?

Can you remember the last weekend it was just the two of you?

Marriage Encounter might be the best kept secret in the Church!

But….not for long. You and your spouse are invited to the next Marriage Encounter Weekend. The weekend includes short instructional sessions, and ample time for you and your spouse to privately share and explore the presented material. Marriage Encounter is a solid, well-grounded program that was begun 30 years ago, and is now offered nationally and internationally. Lucky for us, the next Episcopal Marriage Encounter Weekend is close by and easy to attend:

            March 5-7, 2010 and November 5-7, 2010
(Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon)
                        at the Hyatt Place in Malta, NY
            (www. saratogamalta.place.hyatt.com or 518-885-1109)

Contact:      Jim & Nancy Montagnino (886-8287)
Tom & Eve Lansing (309-3870)
            The Rev. John & Terry Bassett (584-6812)

Register with Marilyn Irvine (747-4112) or papa@capital.net

Watch couples who have been encountered—discover what they already know! We encourage you to attend and make your good marriage a great marriage.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. John 15:12


Monday, February 15, 2010

 

2/15/2010, #48, 1st Quarter 2010

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ,
      if any comfort of love,
      if any fellowship of the Spirit,
      if any affection and mercy,
fulfill my joy by being like-minded,
      having the same love,
      being of one accord,
      of one mind.
(Philippians 2:1-2)
      Lord Jesus, accomplish this mighty work through your Holy Spirit among us. Thank you.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:3)
      Father, please help us all have a true measure of ourselves. Thank you.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us love our neighbor as ourselves. Help each of us have the mind of Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: I want my people to hunger for my word.

Monday: 9, 15; Proverbs 27:1-6, 10-12; Philippians 2:1-13; John 18:15-18,25-27
Tuesday: 36, 39; Proverbs 30:1-4, 24-33; Philippians 3:1-11; John 18:28-38

***** Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier who has been readmitted to hospital.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, February 14, 2010

 

PRAYER TABLE REPORT at St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne

PRAYER TABLE "REPORT" (Sat., Feb. 12, 2010 at St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne)
Note: We actually did not have a "Prayer Table" per se this week. We have a weekly community luncheon on Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m., and a Table is frequently set up outside to greet visitors as they come in, but Saturday we had a Healing Service at 10:30 which was very well-attended. Seventeen people from the community came for healing prayers, and the service ran past the start of the luncheon! Praise God!
However, I would like you to pray for some people I talked with after the luncheon.
a--anointed with Holy Oil.
t--received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

a- RUTH -- She is a frequent visitor to the Table. She has a grand-daughter MELISSA who has experienced dizziness, nausea and stomach pain, and doctors at two hospitals until this week have been unable to determine what is wrong with her. (This has been going on since December.) But this week, doctors discovered that a severe inner ear illness has been causing her dizziness, and the doctors have been taking steps to cure this. The stomach ailment appears to be unrelated, but Ruth has been assured now that it does NOT appear to be cancer. Please keep praying for Ruth and her grand-daughter. Ruth also asked for prayer of calming from anxiety for her daughter DANA who has moved in with Ruth.

Also, please pray for a woman named (a,t)-GRACE who I met after the service and luncheon at a Glens Falls nursing home. Also pray, please, for her husband (a)-HARRY, who is a Pearl Harbor survivor and a life-long Episcopalian, appears to be very near the end of his life. I prayed for a gentle conclusion for Harry to come in God's time, and for God's peace for Grace, who is taking this all -- of course -- very hard.

Finally, please pray for a woman in our parish named EMILY who fell down some stairs this past week and had injuries to her cheekbone, broke two ribs and hurt her wrist. Thankfully, she did not break any bones in her legs and she can walk.
----- deacon alan

 

2/14/2010, #47, 1st Quarter 2010

The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; let the earth be moved! (Psalm 99:1)
      LORD, move our hearts to awe and wonder at all that you have done and are doing among us now.

The LORD is great in Zion, and he is high above all the peoples. (Psalm 99:2)
      Father, come and move the hearts of those in the Episcopal Church with your greatness.

Let them praise your great and awesome name--he is holy. (Psalm 99:3)
      Jesus, your name is above every name; please write your name on our hearts.

The King's strength also loves justice; you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. (Psalm 99:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help President Obama and those who rule over us to love justice; establish equity, justice, and righteousness through them.

Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool--he is holy. (Psalm 99:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us exalt Jesus and worship at his footstool.

Moses and Aaron were among his priests, and samuel was among those who called upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them. (Psalm 99:6)
      Father, move the hearts of all the clergy of this diocese to call upon the name of Jesus.

He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar; they kept his testimonies and the ordinance he gave them. (Psalm 99:7)
      Holy Spirit, help all our clergy embrace your testimonies and ordinances.

You answered them, O LORD our God; you were to them God-Who-Forgives, though you took vengeance on their deeds. (Psalm 99:8 )
      Jesus, please help all our clergy come to you in humility and find you to be "God-Who-Forgives".

Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy. (Psalm 99:9)
      LORD, please help us in every parish in this diocese to offer you true worship this day. Thank you.

Sunday: 114, 115; Ecclesiasticus 48:1-11 or Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Luke 9:18-27
Monday: 9, 15; Proverbs 27:1-6,10-12; Philippians 2:1-13; John 18:15-18,25-27

***** Please pray for Fr. Hap Carrier who has been readmitted to hospital.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, February 13, 2010

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, February 13, 2010, 9:20 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Dave Carlson

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

+ Teresa -- When asked what she wanted us to pray for she responded, “I don’t care” - she thanked us for praying for her

+ Brown -- asked prayer for “everything”

Jim -- Jim is one of our regulars that comes for prayer almost every week - he wanted to give thanks for how far God has brought him with his mental health

+ Teddy -- asked us to pray “for a good day” - we prayed that the Lord would meet all his needs

+ Roselle -- a mother with ++2 sons (1 middle school age, 1 high school) - stopped to ask prayer for her family

+ Francisco -- he got a cell phone so he can keep in touch with his sister but has had trouble activating it; Torre called the phone company this morning and entered all the required info to get the phone working; Francisco was very grateful for the assistance and told us that a while back he was being threatened by someone in the neighborhood for no apparent reason; he came for prayer once at the prayer table and the threats ceased;

+ Melinda - asked prayer for a job; we asked the Lord to provide just the right job for her, one that would provide for her and her family

+ Marlene - one of our repeat visitors to the table, Marlene is a committed believer and said she is trusting God for financial provision - believing that 2010 will be her “year of Jubilee” - the Lord has given her several temp jobs lately for which she gave thanks

+ Kyron - and his middle-school age son + Antonio were waiting at the bus stop - they came over to the prayer table and Kyron asked prayer that he will be a witness for the Lord at work (he works in a barber shop)

+ Howard - asked prayer for a couple situations at work - he works as a maintenance man and he lost his set of work keys - we prayed that they would be found; he also has a difficult work relationship with his supervisor - we asked the Lord would bring peace into his work environment and help him to get along with his boss

David

 

Fr. Nigel Mumford Update

Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 11:46 am
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Fr. NM Update

God-morrow prayer warriors,
      Great news, yesterday I was able to play my violin again for the first time in 5 months. Because of the paralysis I thought that was it, but thanks be to God, I can still play it and even play many tunes that I used to play. It feels good to start feeling normal again. Still need pray for my lungs... have not tried playing the clarinet yet!!!!

      I did ask the doctor if I could play the piano after all of this. He said yes. I said well that is funny, I could not play it before I was sick! Ironic that...

      The wound specialist has signed me off. She is very pleased at the progress of the wound.

      God bless you, and again thank you for your prayers. I am alive because of them, of this I have no doubt.

Fr. Nigel+

PS. Mark your calendar for the healing service at 10am March 2nd, Christ the King main chapel.

Albany Intercessor

 

2/13/2010, #46, 1st Quarter 2010

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
      Thank you, Jesus, for your mercy toward us.

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:2)
      Father, thank you for all that you have done for us.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For his mercy endures forever: (Psalm 136:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for coming into our hearts with your purifying fire.

To him who alone does great wonders, for his mercy endures forever; (Psalm 136:4)
      LORD, we depend on your mercy day by day. Thank you for all that you have done for us and are doing for us right now.

To him who by wisdom made the heavens, for his mercy endures forever; (Psalm 136:5)
      Holy Spirit, teach us your wisdom.

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
      Jesus, please get your church out of foster care and into the adoption you have prepared for us. Thank you.

Saturday: 136; Genesis 29:1-20; Rom. 14:1-23; John 8:47-59
Sunday: 114, 115; Ecclesiasticus 48:1-11 or Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Luke 9:18-27

***** Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010
From: Mary Scott
      Thank you for keeping Keith in your prayers. We are home from Boston and the surgery went well. Blessings, Mary Scott

***** Mudge Misión In Lima, Peru, 14 February 2010
Those Who Serve
      I am inspired by the resiliency of the people among whom I work, both the missionaries from away who work in Peru, and God´s people from here alongside whom we work.
      There are several common factors which contribute to resiliency, that particularly stand out for me among everyone, including: a) flexibility in the face on constantly changing circumstances, b) a sense of humor even in times of deepest need, c) organizational ability, to help keep priorities in perspective, and to help keep the main thing, the main thing, d) and behind it all, is the Holy Trinity, quietly guiding what we do.
      Flexibility, a sense of humor, organizational ability, and the guidance of the Holy Trinity add up to resiliency, the ability to keep going with God, even in the face of what seem to be insurmountable difficulties. Through earthquakes. Earthquakes are very common here. Through tragedies. Tragedies are very common here.
      One story comes to mind of a seminarian who was in a microbus accident in the past few weeks. He and his wife are praising God that although he lost some teeth and was knocked around, he was not more seriously injured and did not die. Several others did die. And he came through the accident with fewer injuries than he might have had otherwise, in part because he had with him a large bible which protected his intestines from further injury. And he is healing quickly. He should be back at his normal duties in March. Wow. Resiliency.

Some of the people at the Mission of Jesus el Salvador in the Villa el Salvador district of Lima, where we help out in a rota with other seminary faculty.

Plans: We plan to visit The Albany Diocesan Convention in June 2010.
May your Valentines Day be filled with God´s love.

Prayer Requests:
*      For the students in the seminary.
*      For the lay people, clergy, congregations, and seminary in the diocese of Peru.
*      For the ministries, relationships, priorities, and finances of God´s people in Peru (including ours).
*      That we may spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ 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

Friday, February 12, 2010

 

2/12/2010, #45, 1st Quarter 2010

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. (Romans 13:11)
      Lord Jesus, you are the Christ, the chosen one of God; please awaken the Episcopal Church out of sleep.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12)
      Holy Spirit, clothe us with your full armor; help us resist doing the works of darkness.

Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. (Romans 13:13)
      Father, these are the values that are daily promoted on TV; help your people turn away from these values.

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:14)
      Lord Jesus Christ, help the Episcopal Church put on your character rather than fulfilling the lusts of the flesh.

Friday: 91, 92; Genesis 27:46-28:4,10-22; Rom. 13:1-14; John 8:33-47
Saturday: 136; Genesis 29:1-20; Rom. 14:1-23; John 8:47-59

Correction on what I sent out last night: Fr. Nigel will be at the healing service 10am Tuesday March 2nd at Christ the King Chapel.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, February 11, 2010

 

Update on Fr. Nigel

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 7:29 pm
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: invitation
Dear friends,
God willing I will return to work on March 1st. Tuesday March 2nd I plan to lead and preach at the healing service. I am still on a cane but starting to forget it at home... a good sign I am told...or is it age? Not sure

Still, I would love to see you at 10am Tuesday March 1st at Christ the King Chapel. Mark Kelso will be leading the music.

I would like to thank you personally for your prayers. I am alive because of the miracle of answered prayer as I know that something always happens when we pray.

God bless you, and I hope to see you on March 2nd...much love in Jesus the healers name, 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

(518)692-9550
healing@ctkcenter.org
www.ctkcenter.org

 

2/11/2010, #44, 1st Quarter 2010

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed." (John 8:31)
      Jesus, please help us abide in your word -- make us all true disciples of yours.

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to that freedom which comes from knowing Jesus.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)
      Jesus, help us daily choose you and your ways.

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; (Romans 12:10)
      Father, help us daily show forth your love to one another; help us take Jesus as our model. Thank you.

not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11)
      Holy Spirit, renew us; help us renew our commitment to follow Jesus.

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; (Romans 12:12)
      Jesus, please help us daily join you in interceding for those around us.

distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. (Romans 12:13)
      Father, please help us honor you by giving of ourselves, our money, and our resources for the advancement of your kingdom. Thank you.

Thursday: 85, 86; Genesis 27:30-45; Rom. 12:9-21; John 8:21-32
Friday: 91, 92; Genesis 27:46-28:4,10-22; Rom. 13:1-14; John 8:33-47

Pray daily for Nigel and Lynn Mumford and the healing ministry of this diocese..

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

 

2/10/2010, #43, 1st Quarter 2010

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
      Father, please help all of us in this diocese enter your service by being living sacrifices to you.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
      Holy Spirit, help us think on those things which are true, noble, just, and pure, on those things which are lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. (See Philippians 4:8 )

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)
      Jesus, help us to have this mind which was in you, you humbled yourself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (See Philippians 2:5, 8 )

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:4-5)
      Jesus, help us do and say those things which will build up your body, the church. Thank you.

Wednesday: 81, 82; Genesis 27:1-29; Rom. 12:1-8; John 8:12-20
Thursday: 85, 86; Genesis 27:30-45; Rom. 12:9-21; John 8:21-32

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010
From: Louise Fisher
Subject: Grace and Holy Innocents Prayer Table, January 6, 2010
Marge – Requests prayer for Margery Nelson – Stage III cancer
Russel – Prayer for Ellen Norrie (my sister) has had several mini strokes since last Thursday and is in intensive care
Ethel – prayer for Ruth – Recovering from eye surgery
Marge – Prayer for Janet Benson home from St. Peter’s, has pneumonia complicated with COPD
Elecia – Prayer for her children, especially Termell
Lisa – Prayers for her children, especially William, also for Pat and her dog
Prayer for Lillianann, a teen with fainting problems that have no diagnosis

***** Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Public Prayer Mail 9 February 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail.
As I look around us, I am struck more and more poignantly about the need to have people praying for us.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Lydia had a great time at the retreat this past week, and came back renewed, and with a strong sense of her personal goals.
      2) That the Sunday service went well at Jesús el Salvador on Sunday morning (I am attaching a photo from Sunday of some of the congregation of the mission. Please take a moment to pray for at least one person in the photo).
      3) Praise God that the Holy Spirit touched the lives of people who at the healing service at the Church of the Ascencion on Sunday evening.
      4) We took a moment to familiarize ourselves with Peru a bit on Saturday, by going to Parque de las Leyendas, one of the large zoos in Lima, in another District in the city. I like zoos. This zoo gave me a feeling for other parts of the country, and also it gave me an appreciation for God creation, that I might not have had otherwise.
      5) That preparations are well underway for orientation week (begins February 15) and the next cycle of courses at the seminary (begins February 22).
      6) That the ordination process (which Julie is coordinating) is moving along nicely.
Prayers:
      1) For the relationships, ministries, finances, planning, and priorities associated with the Diocese of Peru, Saints Augustine seminary, and the Missionaries in Peru (including us).
      2) For the seminary student review meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings of this week in which the seminary Registrar (Julie) will be participating.
      3) For the course and orientation preparations currently underway at the seminary, as well as for the preparations and plans for the graduation service in April, and the ramping up of the Commission on Ministry process that is underway.
      4) For the Albany short term mission trip plans in late July, and the mission trip preparation discussions that are currently taking place.
      5) For our landlady, her husband, and the others in our apartment building. Also, for the new system for paying the monthly maintenance fee. It is on its "shake-down" cruise.
      6) For Julie at New Wineskins and the SAMS worldwide conference in April in North Carolina, and for Julie, Lydia, and I in Pennsylvania and New York State/Connecticut in May/June, including our Diocesan Convention.
      7) For the students and faculty of the seminary. From time to time students and faculty seem to be under some kind of spiritual attack. Just one example: a student was recently hurt, but not killed, in a rather gruesome microbus accident in the past week or so. The driver and some others were killed. One of the things that prevented the student´s injuries from being more severe was the large Bible that he had by his side, that protected his intestines from injury. And this example represents just one of several significant matters which are playing out at the moment. Please keep all the students and faculty in your prayers.
      8 ) For the people in the Bishop Suffragan process, for those who will be elected and those who will not be elected: that the Holy Spirit would guide them all to what he has called each to do, every step of the way, for the rest of their lives. They are marked as Christ´s own for ever.
      I am reminded daily, that our legacy is what Jesus wants us to accomplish in the lives of the people around us. And I am reminded daily that praying for others helps accomplish this.

Thank you for praying for us. It makes a difference. I pray for you every day. God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia
Lima, Peru

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

 

2/9/2010, #41, 1st Quarter 2010

Now early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him; and he sat down and taught them. (John 8:2)
      Jesus, please come into our parishes and teach us; help us all come to you.

Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. (John 8:3-4)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church has been caught in adultery -- it has gone after the lords and culture of this world.

Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do you say?" (John 8:5)
      Jesus, have mercy on us.

This they said, testing him, that they might have something of which to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger, as though he did not hear. (John 8:6)
      [My father-in-law used to say that Jesus was writing, "Where is the man?"]

      Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to find some way to rescue your people out of the adultery of the Episcopal Church.

So when they continued asking him, he raised himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." And again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. (John 8:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us recognize where we have been complicit in the sins of the Episcopal Church and repent.

Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. (John 8:9)
      Father, move all of us to conviction of sin and help us turn to your son Jesus.

When Jesus had raised himself up and saw no one but the woman, he said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" (John 8:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us move beyond condemnation of the sins of the Episcopal Church to bringing the light of the gospel wherever it has grown dark.

She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more." (John 8:11)
      Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church turn to Jesus in repentance and cease excusing sin.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12)
      Jesus, please help us daily follow you. Thank you for your light.

Tuesday: 78:40-72; Genesis 26:1-6,12-33; Hebrews 13:17-25; John 7:53-8:11
Wednesday: 81, 82; Genesis 27:1-29; Rom. 12:1-8; John 8:12-20

Albany Intercessor

Monday, February 08, 2010

 

2/8/2010, #40, 1st Quarter 2010

Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1)
      Jesus, help us show your love to one another.

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us truly welcome all who come to our churches.

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also. (Hebrews 13:3)
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 1928 )

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4)
      Father, please intervene in the life of the Episcopal Church so that it ceases supporting sexual immorality and perversion. Restore marriage to its rightful place among us.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For he himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
      Jesus, please help us daily place our trust and hope in you.

So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:6)
      Lord, we don't know what to do, but our eyes are upon you and we trust that you will lead us day by day.

Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. (Hebrews 13:7)
      Thank you, Father, for those who lead us in this diocese. Please guide Bishop Bill daily by your Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please shut the mouths of those who claim that Jesus would now permit sexual immorality.

Monday: 77, [79]; Genesis 25:19-34; Hebrews 13:1-16; John 7:37-52
Tuesday: 78:40-72; Genesis 26:1-6,12-33; Hebrews 13:17-25; John 7:53-8:11

Albany Intercessor

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