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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

 

3/31/2010, #87, 1st Quarter 2010

O God, why have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? (Psalm 74:1)
      LORD, we have sinned against you and departed from your ways: have mercy on us and help us return to you.

Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, the tribe of your inheritance, which you have redeemed--this Mount Zion where you have dwelt. (Psalm 74:2)
      Jesus, in your mercy remember the Episcopal Church and help us return to you and your ways.

Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary. (Psalm 74:3)
      Holy Spirit, come and visit your people and refresh us with your presence.

Your enemies roar in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their banners for signs. (Psalm 74:4)
      Father, please help us once again follow the sign of the cross.

They seem like men who lift up axes among the thick trees. (Psalm 74:5)
      Jesus, we are often frighten by the strength of our adversaries; fill us with the courage you gave David when he faced Goliath and the Philistines.

Arise, O God, plead your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches you daily. (Psalm 74:22)
      Jesus, please do what man cannot do: renew us by your Holy Spirit, revive us daily and guide us through this time of darkness in your church.

Do not forget the voice of your enemies; the tumult of those who rise up against you increases continually. (Psalm 74:23)
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.
      (Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India)

Wednesday: 74; Lamentations 2:1-9; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11; Mark 12:1-11
Maundy Thursday: 142, 143; Lamentations 2:10-18 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32 Mark 14:12-25

      Diocesan Update -- Much to pray about...

Tuesday in Holy Week, 2010

Diocesan Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      It is with sadness that I report the death of Fr. Hap Carrier who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer this morning. He was rector of St. John's, Troy until disability retirement due to his cancer. Visiting hours will be Monday, April 5 from 4 -- 8 at St. John's Church, 146 First St, Troy with his funeral on Tuesday at St. John's beginning at 10 AM. A reception will follow the service.

      We rejoice in the election of the Rev. Mike Chapman, interim rector, St. John's, Troy as Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of Peru. His election now goes through their consent process. Please keep Fr Mike and his wife, Linda, in your prayers. Here is the website for the Diocese of Peru: http://www.peru.anglican.org.

      Since 1922, Episcopalians have been using the Good Friday Offerings to support the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. If you church decides to continue this tradition, the treasurer should sent the check to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, Good Friday Offering, PO Box 12095, Newark, NJ 07101 with Good Friday Offering on the Memo line of the check.

      The Reverend Laurie Garramone-Rohr has been called as the new rector at St. John's, Johnstown. She will begin her new ministry June 1 and her institution as rector will be Saturday, June 5 with the service beginning at 4 PM.

      The institution of the Reverend Adam Egan as rector, St. Stephen's, Delmar is May 11 with the service beginning at 7 PM. Fr Egan begins his ministry at St. Stephen's on April 12.

      A quick reminder, the Priest's Retreat is April 27 -- 30 at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Registrations are due by April 19, and may be made online at http://www.albanydiocese.org/forms/090427.htm or a hardcopy downloaded and mailed. Bishop Ken Good, Diocese of Derry and Raphoe will be leading the retreat. You can read more about Bishop Good at http://www.albanydiocese.org.


      "Take up Your Cross . . . Follow Me!" is the theme for the 142nd Convention of the Diocese and is taken from one our readings for the weekend -- Matt 16:24. Convention is two months away and it's not too early to send in your registrations (download a hard copy or register online at http://www.albanydiocese.org/ministries/convention/index.html ). Fees for the weekend are the same as last year.

      During the business meeting, we will be discussing the proposed Anglican Covenant. In preparation for the discussion and any action by Convention, a DVD was sent to all parishes (attn: rector, vicar, or church wardens as appropriate) to be used for facilitating discussion of the proposed Covenant. We have received calls for additional/individual copies. Unfortunately, we only ordered a sufficient number of copies to send one DVD to each parish. If you are interested in ordering a copy ($10 incl S&H), please send a check or money to the Diocese, attn: Tim George (tgeorge@albanydiocese.org.) We will place the order on April 16.

      Cn Bob Haskell, Fr Peter Schofield, Archdeacon Huth, and I will be holding Holy Orders Interest Meetings on Sunday, April 18th at 3:30 PM at Trinity Church, Potsdam, and Saturday, May 8th at 2 PM at St. George's, Clifton Park. These sessions are meant to acquaint you with the expectations for you (and your spouse) and the process/timeline in the Diocese of Albany. Spouses and fiancé(es) are encouraged to attend as well. Please email Fr Schofield, Chair, Commission on Ministry, at frpetercc@aol.com with a copy to Cn Haskell, Canon to the Ordinary, at rhaskell2@nycap.rr.com, if you are interested in attending.

      Nashotah House Seminary has post-graduate summer courses for "Sharpening Your Tools for Ministry." These can be taken for credit towards a DMin or STM degree or audited. They are also offering a Liturgy Workshop (7/19-23) non-credit. These open to lay or clergy. You can learn more about them at www.nashotah.edu .

      We had a large gathering of clergy and laity at the Chrism Mass last night at the Cathedral. It was a refreshing service. I am off to St. James', Oneonta for tonight's Chrism Mass with the clergy and laity of the Susquehanna and Western Mohawk Deaneries. On Wednesday morning, it's on the road early to arrive in Tupper Lake noon time Chrism Mass with the clergy and laity of the North Country St. Thomas' Church.

May you have a Blessed Easter,

+Bill

      Notes from the Front Line

Subject: Mudge Public Prayer Mail 29 March 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
      April is almost here. On April 20, we will have been here one year, from when we set out. Wow. Lima, Peru, feels like home.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For the election results this past week in Peru. The process includes a series of 5 elections for each position. Each candidate only goes as far as each separate election allows. Fr. Mike Chapman has been the only person elected a Bishop Suffragan for the Diocese of Peru, by three of the five electing bodies that have voted so far. Still ahead for him in May, an executive election from across the Province, as well as an election by the House of Bishops of the Province. It is not over, until it is over.
      2) Praise God for the movement of the Holy Spirit in the prayer and healing ministries here. We had a very good healing service on Sunday evening at La Ascencion in the Surco District of Lima.
      3) For the opportunities to transform people's lives by what we do, and opportunities to be able to make a difference.
Prayers:
      1) For the people, relationships, ministries, finances, resources, and priorities associated with the Diocese of Peru, Saints Augustine seminary, and the Missionaries in Peru (including us). This is an on-going prayer, but it is a crucial one.
      2) For Julie at the New Wineskins and the SAMS conferences next week in North Carolina; and for Julie, Lydia, and I in Pennsylvania and New York State/Connecticut in May/June.
      3) For the upcoming CEMO (ordination process) meetings.
      4) For our service schedule. As of Sunday evening, I am now preaching on Maundy Thursday at La Ascencion, as well. Julie is preaching at the Easter Vigil at Jesus el Salvador. Pray that we would help transform many lives by what we do.
      5) For the Albany short term mission trip plans in late July. Pray for the on-going preparations in the Diocese of Peru and the Diocese of Albany.
      6) For our landlady, her husband, and the others in our apartment building.
      7) Continuing prayers for good health and spiritual protection.
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, March 30, 2010

 

3/30/2010, #86, 1st Quarter 2010

Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him. (Mark 11:27)
      Dear Jesus, please let the Presiding Bishop and the bishops and teachers of the Episcopal Church come to you.

And they said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority to do these things?" (Mark 11:28 )
      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to acknowledge and accept Jesus' authority.

But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one question; then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things:" (Mark 11:29)
      Jesus, please help all of us respond with faith when you ask those questions that search our hearts and minds.

"The baptism of John--was it from heaven or from men? Answer me." (Mark 11:30)
      Father, John was your man, your prophet -- he spoke your word to the people. Please help us this Holy Week hear his call to repent and receive the baptism of fire that Jesus offers us.

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men'"--they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed. So they answered and said to Jesus, "We do not know." (Mark 11:31-33a)
      Father, please set the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church free from weasel-worded answers, from "carefully nuanced" answers that deny what you have said and done.

And Jesus answered and said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." (Mark 11:33b)
      St. Augustine, the revered Bishop of Hippo who lived in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, said, "I believe in order to understand" (credo ut intelligam). St. Anselm, who lived primarily in the 11th century AD, echoed this: "I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand." Clearly, these two men answered the question by emphasizing faith. If these statements are any indication, St. Augustine and St. Anselm held to this axiom in Hebrews: "Through faith we understand..." (11:3). (From http://cshayden.blogspot.com/2005/05/credo-ut-intelligam.html)

      Lord, give the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church the gift of faith so that they may believe and understand what you have said and done. Thank you.

Tuesday: 94; Lamentations 1:17-22; 2 Corinthians 1:8-22; Mark 11:27-33
Wednesday: 74; Lamentations 2:1-9; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11; Mark 12:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for the ministry of the Cathedral Church of Down Patrick in the Diocese of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland and for its rector Henry Hull.


The grave of St. Patrick beside the Cathedral Church of Down Patrick.




***** Pray for the ministry of Marriage Encounter. Please pray that God will strengthen the marriages of his people in this diocese.

***** Please join the Good Friday Stations of the Cross through Hamilton Hill in Schenectady. It begins at Christ Church Schenectady and ends at the City Mission. There are rides back from the City Mission back to Christ Church. The walk takes about two hours. There are rides for those who cannot do the whole distance.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, March 29, 2010

 

Dear Prayer Partners

Dear Prayer Partners,

We just received new of one our parish families in desperate need of our prayers, the Gale family. Carrie, wife of Courtney Gale just gave birth to a new baby boy who they have named, Sawyer Dais Gale. Upon entering this new world, baby Sawyer took his first breath, his lungs filled but he was unable to exhale. The doctors performed emergency surgery, they entered the baby's side with a tube moving the heart to the side and entered the baby's lungs releasing the pressure, he was then transported to Upstate Medical, in Syracuse. This is all that we know at present. Please pray with all your heart for this new born baby, his Mom and Dad and all the family. Norma Gale, who would be Sawyer's Grand-mother is a member of Cursillo, although I do not know when she made her weekend, is also in need of our prayers do to her own medical needs. Please pray for dear Norma as well. This family is truly going through a lot, they are weary and their load is heavy, please dear Lord lift them up and give them help, may their faith be ever strong and may they give their burden over to you so that you may carry it in your love. Send your Angels to watch over Sawyer, keeping him safe. We pray to you dear Lord, heal whatever the problem may be with this new gift of life that stems from your love for all man kind. Be with Courtney and Carrie, as they seek your help and comfort in this time of need. Hear us dear Lord, we pray. Amen.




The Rev'd Greg B. Bailey, Deacon Vicar
Trinity Anglican/ Episcopal Church
30 Park Street/ P.O. Box 341
Gouverneur, NY 13642
Ph; (315) 287-0755- Church Office or 315-287-0497- Rectory e-mail; Bgregbailey@hotmail.com or TrintyChurchGou@aol.com

 

3/29/2010, #85, 1st Quarter 2010

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia: (2 Corinthians 1:1)
      Jesus, we pray for Bishop Bill and Bishop Harold and all you have called to apostolic ministry in the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Down and Dromore and for all the saints in these two dioceses.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:2)
      Father, we come to you as your children and ask for your grace and peace to flow through these two dioceses. We come to you asking for what we don't deserve, but knowing it is your heart's desire for us.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, (2 Corinthians 1:3)
      Jesus, thank you for making the love of your Father known to us. Please help us daily come into his arms and receive his comfort.

      Father, thank you for holding us in your arms.

who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and take every opportunity you give us to reach out and comfort others with the grace and mercy and comfort we have received.

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:5)
      Jesus, please help us this Holy Week to receive into our spirits a new understanding of your suffering for us and also receive the consolation you offer us through that suffering. Thank you.

Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. (2 Corinthians 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, please give us strength to endure and perseverance to endure. Let the trials we go through be for the consolation and salvation of others.

And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation. (2 Corinthians 1:7)
      Jesus, please give us a steadfast hope so that as we partake of your suffering we make also partake of your consolation. Thank you for all your blessings on our two dioceses. Thank you you for knitting the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Down and Dromore together with bonds of love and affection.

      A word received: How I long to pass over my people today and know that they are covered by the blood of my son Jesus. Turn to me; receive the blessing I have for you. Come to me in humility and ask for forgiveness of sin. Let me free you from the bondage of sin.

      A word received: Pray for my people to hear my word to them.

Monday: 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Mark 11:12-25
Tuesday: 94; Lam. 1:17-22; 2 Corinthians 1:8-22; Mark 11:27-33



Albany Intercessor

Sunday, March 28, 2010

 

3/28/2010, #84, 1st Quarter 2010

Coming out, he went to the Mount of Olives, as he was accustomed, and his disciples also followed him. (Luke 22:39)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily establish the habits that will cause us to follow Jesus.

When he came to the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." (Luke 22:40)
      Father, we ask you to help us recognize and avoid those patterns of thought and behavior that are the first steps to entering into temptation.

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and he knelt down and prayed, (Luke 22:41)
      Jesus, please help us join you in prayer. Sometimes that "stone's throw" distance can seem like you are miles away from us. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to be right there with you as you pray and intercede. Thank you.

saying, "Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done." (Luke 22:42)
      Father, please help us daily surrender our wills to you as Jesus did. Thank you.

Then an angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening him. (Luke 22:43)
      Father, please send your holy angels to minister to us as well.

And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly. Then his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22:44)
      Jesus, please help us take to heart the pain and agony of soul and body you went through for us. Thank you.

When he rose up from prayer, and had come to his disciples, he found them sleeping from sorrow. (Luke 22:45)
      Father, forgive us for the times Jesus found us asleep when we should have been praying.

Then he said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation." (Luke 22:46)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and receive into our lives that prayer is the antidote to temptation.

      Father, help us pray as Jesus prayed.

      Jesus, please help us join you throughout the day in prayer for ourselves and those around us; help us pray according to the mind of your Spirit. Thank you.

      A word received: You thank me for pruning you; I AM giving you new fruit through that.

Palm Sunday: 103; Zechariah 9:9-12; 1 Timothy 6:12-16; Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9; Luke 19:41-48
Monday: 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Mark 11:12-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Bishop's Easter Pastoral Letter
Holy Week and Easter, 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      As the world teeters from one crisis to the next, you and I as Christians can go forward facing the uncertainties and trials of life in confidence, a confidence not from human optimism, but from the salvation and victory won by Jesus Christ against all the forces of evil, hell and death itself.

      With the coming of Holy Week, we have the great honor and privilege to join in celebrating the events of our redemption. We begin with Palm Sunday, whereupon we remember and celebrate how our Lord rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey (as had been prophesied about the coming of the Messiah) and how many greeted Him, singing, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" On Maundy Thursday, we come together to remember and celebrate the Last Supper Jesus and the Disciples were to have together before His arrest, at which time He instituted what we now know as Holy Communion or the Eucharist. In addition, it was then that the Lord stated, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." Jesus would demonstrate the fullness of His love the next day on Good Friday, when He went to the cross, offering Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all the world--dying in order that we might live. Three days later, on Easter Sunday, we join with all the Heavenly Hosts in singing "Alleluia. Christ is risen!" in celebration of our Lord's glorious resurrection, wherein He conquered sin and death.

      As we enter into Holy Week, we not only commemorate the historical markers of those eight days, but rather we are invited to enter in to a deeper relationship with the crucified and Risen Lord. Each of us brings to this Holy Week our own needs and problems and fears, indeed our own wounds. We can do this because we are confident that the Wounds of Jesus are the source of our forgiveness and healing. We especially bring to Christ what we can take to no one else, our sins. In exchange we receive new life and the promise of the resurrection we all hope for.

      But beyond our personal needs and our family needs, the Lord calls us to help others in their own spiritual need. We are surrounded by folks who not only are in need of, but open to experiencing the transforming love of God. I encourage you to invite a friend, a neighbor or a co-worker to come with you this Holy Week. Reach out to someone you care about, and welcome that person to join you on Good Friday to hear the good news of the Savior's love, and on Easter Day to hear the joyous praise that rings out the Resurrection victory.

      As your bishop, I invite you to join the priests and deacons of the diocese at the Chrism Mass in any of three locations across the Diocese, as they renew their commitment to the Lord and to His ministry.*

      May the Risen Lord who offered Himself for us upon the Cross fill you with a renewed faith. And may your family and loved ones be filled with the peace that surpasses all human understanding throughout Holy Week and the whole of the Easter Season.

In Christ our Risen Savior,

The Right Reverend William H. Love
Bishop of Albany

* Monday, 6pm the Cathedral; Tuesday 6pm St James, Oneonta; Wed, 12N, St Thomas Tupper Lake

***** Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: youtube
      Please watch this youtube of part of a talk I did in the UK with my sister Julie Sheldon for J.John an Evangelist at Chorleywood, London. I wanted to introduce you to my sister. This was from last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPHnS_4O6is.

Be well. God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, March 27, 2010

 

3/27/2010, #83, 1st Quarter 2010

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. (Psalm 42:1)
      Lord, I long for more of you.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:2)
      Jesus, there is a hunger and a thirst for more of you that never goes away. I gaze at your likeness each morning and desire more of you.

My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, "Where is your God?" (Psalm 42:3)
      Jesus, I cry out to you for those who do not know you and can only mock. Help them know you. Protect the hearts of your little ones from their mockery.

When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. (Psalm 42:4)
      Jesus, I remember the times of refreshment in the past and the joy of your abiding presence when we worshiped you. Holy Spirit, come and be with us again in power. Thank you.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise him for the help of His countenance. (Psalm 42:5)
      Father, we hope in your love and mercy. Please come and reveal yourself to your people.

O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar. (Psalm 42:6)
      Jesus, when we remember your promises and we look at the church today, we are often discouraged; revive and restore us soon in your mercy.

Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls; all your waves and billows have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7)
      Father, we are often tossed about by events, by wars and rumors of wars; help us hold steady in you.

The Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me -- a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for your lovingkindness and for songs of hope in the night season.

      A word received: You thank me for pruning you; I AM giving you new fruit through that.

Saturday: 42, 43; Exodus 10:21-11:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52
Palm Sunday: 103; Zechariah 9:9-12; 1 Timothy 6:12-16; Zechariah 12:9-11,13:1,7-9; Luke 19:41-48

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, March 24, 2010, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Deacon Neal Longe
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
Today was a very slow day outside. There were many people who passed by, but only two stopped for prayer.

+ Daryl: This guy really started things off on a great note. When I asked how I could pray for him he said. Let’s pray just to pray. You don’t hear that very often, but we prayed just to pray. We thanked God for who He is and that he is doing in our lives.

+Jane: On her way to work for 10 hours. Prayed for a good shift and a safe trip to and from work.

Blessings,
Dcn. Neal
The Rev. Neal P. Longe

***** Meditation by Deacon Howard Smith at Christ Church Schenectady, Friday, March 26, 2010.

Thirsty at the Well - "I thirst."
Meditation 6
March 26, 2010

Readings from the Word of the Lord.

"I thirst." (John 19)

As a deer longs for the water-brooks,
So longs my soul for you, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God;
When shall I come to appear before the presence of God? (Psalm 42:1-3 BCP)

In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them. (Nehemiah 9:15 NIV)

      In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway.
      Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through.
      He asked me, "Have you been watching, son of man?" Then he led me back along the riverbank. When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. Then he said to me, "This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean. But the marshes and swamps will not be purified; they will still be salty. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing." (Ezekiel 47:1-12 NLT)

"You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me.
      I will make you a light to the Gentiles,
      and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 49:6 NLT)

Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' (John 7:37b-38 ESV)

Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:58 ESV)
"I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. (Mark 14:62 ESV)

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall not thirst." (John 6:35 ESV)

So Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever." (John 6:53-58 NLT)

The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe. (John 6:63b-64a)

I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint; *
      my heart within my breast is melting wax.      
My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
      and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
Packs of dogs close me in,
and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
      they pierce my hands and my feet;
      I can count all my bones. (Psalm 22:14-16 BCP)

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst." A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28-30 NIV)

They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
      they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
For the Lamb on the throne[c]
      will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
      And God will wipe every tear from their eyes." (Revelation 7:16-17 NLT)

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said, "I thirst."

Albany Intercessor

Friday, March 26, 2010

 

3/26/2010, #82, 1st Quarter 2010

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask." (Mark 10:35)
      Jesus, please help us come to you seeking your desires; help us repent of coming to you as though you were our servant. You came to serve and yet you are Lord of lords and King of kings.

And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" (Mark 10:36)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing us out.

They said to him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left, in your glory." (Mark 10:37)
      Holy Spirit, please guide us in our desires. Refine us so that we desire for ourselves what you desire for us. Set us free from self-seeking ambition.

But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" (Mark 10:38 )
      Father, we usually don't understand the consequences of what we ask for: help us desire for ourselves what you desire for us.

They said to him, "We are able." (Mark 10:39a)
      Jesus, I will only be able to do what you want me to do if you continue to fill me anew with the power of your Holy Spirit.

So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized;" (Mark 10:39b)
      Jesus, you were baptized with water and the Holy Spirit at the Jordan River, and you received the Holy Spirit without measure. Please baptized us afresh and prepare our hearts and minds for all that lies ahead. Thank you.

"but to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared." (Mark 10:40)
      Father, please prepare our hearts for whatever role you have for us in your kingdom. Thank you.

And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:41-45)
      Holy Spirit, please help us throughout this diocese to lay aside self-seeking, jealousy, and resentment of one another. Help us daily come to Jesus in true humility and help us lay aside our agendas for his. Thank you.

Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Exodus 9:13-35; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 42, 43; Exodus 10:21-11:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Fr. Hap Carrier is in Samaritan Hospital in Troy. He has been taken off all life-support equipment and is resting comfortably. Various priests of the diocese have been visiting him and ministering to him. Pray that Jesus who raised Lazarus to new life will also raise Hap to new life.

***** Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      It's clear that you are Christ's letter, written as a result of our ministry. You are a letter written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, a letter written not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Christ gives us confidence about you in God's presence. (2Corinthians 2:3-4)
      Father God, we pray for the ministries of Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. We pray for those to whom they minister and we ask that the Mudges have the same confidence about the Peruvian people that Paul had about the Corinthians. Fill the people of Lima with Your Holy Spirit and may Your Grace and Your Love and Your Mercy be engraved upon their hearts. Continue to empower your servants, the Mudges, to do your almighty work. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, March 25, 2010

 

3/25/2010, #81, 1st Quarter 2010

I cry out to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD I make my supplication. (Psalm 142:1)
      LORD, thank you for hearing us when we cry out to you.

I pour out my complaint before him; I declare before him my trouble. (Psalm 142:2)
      Lord Jesus, you know the sorrows and grief of our hearts; please move in our lives.

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. (Psalm 142:3)
      Jesus, defeat the purposes of those who would harm us and keep us steady in you.

Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. (Psalm 142:4)
      Father, I turn to you; thank you for adopting me as your child and for caring for me.

I cried out to you, O LORD: I said, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." (Psalm 142:5)
      Father, you are my refuge: day by day I flee into your arms and you hold me up and comfort me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

"Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I." (Psalm 142:6)
      Jesus, I depend on you to strengthen me each day with your Holy Spirit.

"Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise your name; the righteous shall surround me, for you shall deal bountifully with me." (Psalm 142:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help me and all your people who are imprisoned by events in their childhood or later. Surround us with your faithful witnesses and deal bountifully with us. Thank you.

      How easy it is
      for me to live with you, Lord.
      How easy it is to believe in you
      when my mind reels from not understanding,
      or when my mind weakens--
      when the most intelligent people cannot think
      beyond the evening and do not know
      what must be done tomorrow.
      You convey to me the
      lucid assurance that you exist,
      that you will see to it that not all paths
      toward good will be closed.
      At the peak of earthly renown
      I look back with amazement at
      that road which by no stretch of the imagination
      I could have devised--
      A remarkable road through despair
      which has led me here
      where I too have been able
      to send mankind
      reflections of your rays--
      As for what I
      won't have time or ability for--
      This means that you have
      reserved it for others.
            Prayer
            Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Thursday: 140, 142; Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Exodus 9:13-35; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Mark 10:32-45

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

 

3/24/2010, #80, 1st Quarter 2010

Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways. (Psalm 128:1)
      Jesus, please help us walk with you day by day.

When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. (Psalm 128:2)
      Holy Spirit, let the work that we do bear fruit for the kingdom of God.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table. (Psalm 128:3)
      Father, thank you for the ways you have blessed us as a family.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. (Psalm 128:4)
      Father, help us grow into the men, the husbands, the fathers, the women, the wives, the mothers you are calling us to be. Help us so fear to offend you that we daily enter your blessing.

The LORD bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. (Psalm 128:5)
      Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
      May they prosper that love you.
      Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces.
      And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say,
      "Peace be with you."
      Because of the house of the LORD our God,
      I will seek to do you good. (See Psalm 122)

Yes, may you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel! (Psalm 128:6)
      We pray for your peace for all your children, Father, and we pray that our children and theirs that they will all be drawn to you. Please cover them all with the blood of Jesus. Thank you.

Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Exodus 7:8-24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16
Thursday: 140, 142; Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

 

3/23/2010, #79, 1st Quarter 2010

      Words received for a Sunday School lesson in April.

"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Luke 11:9) A word received: I long for my people to ask of me what I want to give them -- I want to give more of myself to them.

"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (Luke 11:10) A word received: Come to me, I AM waiting for you. Knock and I will open the door to you.

"If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?" (Luke 11:11) A word received: I long for you to know my father's heart of love; I long for you to receive what he offers. Come to him in hope and trust and ask for more of the Holy Spirit.

"Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?" (Luke 11:12) A word received: I want you to know the truth about my father and his love for you. Pray that you will not be deceived by the lies of the world about my father and his love for you.

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13) A word received: Come to me, receive the living water I offer you. Turn to me in your hunger and thirst and I will satisfy you with my Holy Spirit.

Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Corinthians 14:20-33a, 39-40; Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Exodus 7:8-24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16

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

      Notes from the Front Line: when Fr. Nigel was VERY near death.

      NEVER GIVE IN

*****
      This picture shows Lynn and Nigel in the coma.

*****
      Nigel in the coma with a very high fever.

*****
      Please find attached photo of my sister Julie Sheldon and Ulf in Sweden.
Please pray for Ulf who has had Dystonia since he was 12. The Lord is
healing him very slowly. People around him are coming to know the Lord
because of his healing. My sister and I went to Sweden to pray for him.
It was quite the home visit I can say!

God bless you all... it is SO good to be back... THANKS BE TO GOD.

Albany Intercessor

 

3/23/2010, #78, 1st Quarter 2010

"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea." (Mark 9:42)
      Father, defeat the purposes of all those who would molest children or expose them to pornography. Bring them to repentance, but if they won't repent, stop them anyway you can.

"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched" (Mark 9:43)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize and repent of all those patterns of thought and behavior that lead us into sin.

"For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt." (Mark 9:49)
      Jesus, baptize us anew with the fire of your Holy Spirit: cleanse us, refine us, renew us, make us fit for the kingdom of God.

"Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another." (Mark 9:50)
      Jesus, anoint and salt us with your peace. Shower down your love on us and give us your peace with one another. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people.
Pray they will know the power of my resurrection in their lives.
Pray for hope to come to my people.


Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Corinthians 14:20-33a, 39-40; Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Exodus 7:8-24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16

      Notes from the Front Line

*****       May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.
(adapted blessing from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)

***** Please pray for the Commission on Ministry. Pray they will have wisdom and discernment from the Holy Spirit as to who should go forward for ordination.

***** I have posted the first video from The Dock Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on my blog at http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-post.html. This is in a fairly small format, but you can get a larger screen viewing by checking out the web site: http://www.thedockchurch.org/. Please pray for this ministry.


***** Sign up for the Diocesan Convention at http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/ministries/convention/index.html.

      Pray that there will be streams of living water flowing through the Diocesan Convention. Pray that all those who attend will be renewed by the Holy Spirit.

***** Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010
From: Harvey Huth
Subject: Prayer Requests
Hi Torre, Jean,
      Please ask our intercessors to offer prayers of praise and thanksgiving for Deacon Faye VanDermark. Faye tells me that her breathing and lung capacity have improved and she is feeling quite well. Recent testing shows that although there is some growth activity with her cancer, it is miniscule and Faye is convinced that she is slowly being healed. Praise to our awesome God!!
      As a follow up to my prayer requests for my life-long friend Christopher and his wife Linda, I am saddened to report that his physicians are not optimistic about treatment of his esophageal cancer that has returned with a vengeance since his original surgery 9 years ago. He has two growing tumors in his throat. Because of his reconstructive surgery 9 years ago to create a new esophagus, additional surgery has been ruled out. Because of previous radiation with the initial tumor, further radiation is not an option. A feeding tube has been recommended since he can no longer take solid food thru his obstructed throat and he can barely speak due to the cancer’s destruction of his larynx. These particular tumors are especially aggressive and do not respond positively to chemo in less than massive doses so this is not looking like a reasonable alternative either.
      Nancy and I leave tomorrow (Tuesday) to go down to Florida to be with Chris and Linda and offer them assistance and spiritual support. Your prayers and those of all our diocesan intercessors are so greatly needed. Please pray for God’s grace to be with them, for a miracle if that be His perfect will, and for hope and faith, strength and a sense of peace for both Chris and Linda as Nancy and I pray with them to trust God’s love and His perfect plan for their lives in this world and the next.
      Any messages of encouragement and support would be most welcome and can be sent to Chris via my email at hhuth@verizon.net I’ll be certain that he gets them the same day received.
      With love in Christ, Harvey

The Ven. Harvey Huth
12 Bloomer Road
Voorheesville, N.Y. 12186
(518 ) 765-4625
hhuth@verizon.net

***** Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Back to work
Dear friends,
      THANK YOU all for your prayers for the visit to Princeton Seminary. All went well, the three lectures and the healing service. It was well attended with much enthusiasm being shown. The written questions were very good indeed. It was a thought provoking and Spirit filled time. Personally I have to say it was so good to be able to speak and teach again. I sat down on a raised stool for every talk. We even noticed that in all the 45 min sessions the air in my lungs, that is, being able to say a sentence without taking a breath mid-sentence, got better the more I spoke. I cannot thank you enough for your prayers. They are VERY effective... I seemed to have used the term, "The efficacy of prayer..." several; times during my talks. I wonder why!!!!
      I always like teaching at seminary's. To be able to pass on this ministry to prospective clergy is such a privilege. It is so rewarding to see there eyes open to the word of Christ, in and through the healing ministry. The job satisfaction is out of this world! I have presented the ministry of healing to seminary students at: Nashotah house, WI (seven times) Yale, CT, (twice), Trinity Ambridge, PA, (Theee times) and Whitcliff theological collage, Oxford.
      I had the pleasure of meeting Archbishop Bob Duncan while at the seminary. I met him in an airport lounge a couple of years ago and he remembered me. Amazing.
      I have to say it was a blessed trip. Lynn drove me both ways and carried the bags as I brought up the rear on my stick.
      I confess to feeling very blessed today. THANKS BE TO GOD for HIS healing touch. Again, It is soooooooo good to be alive....
      Keep praying people... it works. I can tell you...... WITHOUT DOUBT....
      On another note please keep praying for Fr. Hap Carrier. He is getting closer to heaven. I hope to see him tomorrow in the hospital.
Be well.
God bless you,
Fr, Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

Monday, March 22, 2010

 

3/22/2010, #77, 1st Quarter 2010

Then he came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?" But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And he sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." (Mark 9:33-35)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know the desires of our hearts for what they are and bring them into alignment with what Jesus desires for us.

Then he took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me." (Mark 9:36-37)
      Father, please help us receive every child and every baby Christian you send us; help us take them into our arms and into our fellowship with the love that Jesus has for them.

Now John answered him, saying, "Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us." But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon afterward speak evil of me. For he who is not against us is on our side." (Mark 9:38-40)
      Jesus, the question is not, "Are they following us?" but "Are they following you?" Please help us get past blind denominationalism and see and recognize with joy all those who follow you. Help us daily enter into fellowship with all our brothers and sisters in the kingdom. Thank you.

Monday: 35; Exodus 4:10-20(21-26)27-31 1 Corinthians 14:1-19; Mark 9:30-41
Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Corinthians 14:20-33a, 39-40; Mark 9:42-50

      Notes from the Front Line

***** One of the most exciting things we saw last week while in Northern Ireland is The Dock Church. This is a new initiative to reach the Titanic Quarter of the city of Belfast. The area where the ship Titanic was built had deteriorated into rubble and ruin. It is now an area of exciting re-development with new business buildings, a metropolitan college, apartments and much more. This is a section of the city with no churches. A young Church of Ireland (Anglican) clergyman, Chris Bennett is heading up this ministry. Check out the web site: http://www.thedockchurch.org/
This ministry is intended to include other denominations as a way of making a new beginning from the "Troubles" of the recent past. There are several delightful videos you can look at. Please pray for this ministry.


***** Please pray for Bishop Bill and Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina and the other faithful bishops attending the House of Bishops meeting this weekend.

***** Pray for Fr. Hap Carrier who has advanced pancreatic cancer. Pray for the fire of the Holy Spirit to go through his body and cleanse it of cancer.

***** Photo taken by Fr. Hap Carrier of one of the nuns from Malawi ringing the Angelus bell at the Convent. Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary, both here in the United States and in Malawi.

***** Sign up for the Diocesan Convention at http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/ministries/convention/index.html

      Pray that there will be streams of living water flowing through the Diocesan Convention.

***** Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Public Prayer Mail, 21 March 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
      This is our weekly public prayer mail. Spring has begun in North America, and Autumn has begun in South America.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For the blessings of this past week which had many challenges. Particularly for the blessing of friends who have helped offset about 3/5 of the $250 a month rent increase that came our way. That has been an incredible sign of the Lord's provision for us and means a lot. That was actually a fair and typical rental increase for this building believe it or not. But it took us a while to get over the sticker shock.
      The irony of it all: I had been praying for a just and fair rental price, expecting a lower price, and the thing is, after looking into it, it is a fair rental price from our landlord. Really. And now, it turns out that even the increase is a very good price for the area where we live. Across the street in a newer apartment, they are asking for an additional $400 a month, over our price increase, and that higher price is more typical of the area. Really. Wow.
      2) For our friends here and in the United States. Thank you for being our friends.
      3) Praise God for the movement of the Holy Spirit in the prayer and healing ministries here.
      4) For the opportunities to transform people's lives by what we do, and to be able to make a difference.
      5) For clean water. There are districts in Lima that do not have running water, and we live in a desert city. Sunday was water day.
      6) For Bishop William Love (Albany) and Bishop William Godfrey (Peru), for the ministries at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, New York, and for the ministries enabled by Cristo Rey (Christ the King) Diocesan Center in Lima, Peru.
      7) That we have our current "Carne de Extranjeria" stickers (an government requirement for our identification card). Normally, this detail should not be anything of consequence. We had arranged for the renewal, and all things being the same, it should have been a simple process of putting stickers on the back of id cards (having paid a fee, and having filled out a form, along with providing all the necessary accompanying paperwork), until it was discovered at the point of putting the actual stickers put on the back of the cards for Julie and myself, that the government office had actually run out of stickers. So, the process had to be continued on another day. Lydia's was fine. She was rejoicing.
      8 ) That there are Andean raspberries in Peru.
Prayers:
      1) For the people, relationships, ministries, finances, resources, and priorities associated with the Diocese of Peru, Saints Augustine seminary, and the Missionaries in Peru (including us). This is an on-going prayer, but it is a crucial one.
      2) For the seminary courses and for the students.
      3) For the Albany short term mission trip plans in late July. Pray for the on-going preparations in the Diocese of Peru and the Diocese of Albany. We had a good visit to the proposed lodging site this week.
      4) For our landlady, her husband, and the others in our apartment building.
      5) For Julie at the 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 people in and involved with the Bishop election process in Peru. The election Synod is this week. There are three positions. I know all three candidates, and for that I am grateful: Fr. John Park, Fr. John MacDonald, and Fr. Michael Chapman. Each has to have a majority of the voters vote for them, so it is not over for each one until the required number of votes are in their favor. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
      8 ) That the Holy Spirit would raise up the next clerical leadership for Jesus el Salvador, soon.
      9) For the CEMO (ordination) process meetings over the next few weeks.
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

Sunday, March 21, 2010

 

The Dock Church Intro Video

video

 

3/21/2010, #76, 1st Quarter 2010

Then he began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time." (Luke 20:9)
      Jesus, please help us acknowledge that you are the owner of the vineyard and that we are only tenants.

"Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed." (Luke 20:10)
      Lord, help us repent of our hardness of heart; help us yield up the fruit you are looking for.

"Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed." (Luke 20:11)
      Jesus, we have not listened to your servants as we should, we have not listened to your word to us in Scripture: open our ears and our hearts.

"And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out." (Luke 20:12)
      Father, we have wounded your servants you have sent us -- we have not listened to their words as we should have. Have mercy on us and help us repent of this.

"Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.'" (Luke 20:13)
      Holy Spirit, so many times we have praised Jesus with our lips but our hearts were cold; have mercy on us and warm our hearts with your fire.

"But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'" (Luke 20:14)
      Jesus, please help us repent of thinking the church belongs to us; it is yours. Help us repent of our stony hearts.

"So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?" (Luke 20:15)
      Lord, we have killed off so many of your initiatives and the work you have wanted to do in our hearts and minds. Bring us to new life in you.

"He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others." And when they heard it they said, "Certainly not!" (Luke 20:16)
      Lord, there is a terrible destruction coming for those who do not repent; help us daily turn to you.

"Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone'? Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder." (Luke 20:17-18 )
      Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and turn our hearts into your ways.

And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on him, but they feared the people--for they knew he had spoken this parable against them. (Luke 20:19)
      Jesus, have mercy on the Presiding Bishop and all the bishops of the Episcopal Church and draw them to yourself. Move among them with your Holy Spirit at the House of Bishops meeting that is going on right now.

      A word received: Pray that my people will recognize that they are in a desert and cry out to me for streams of living water. Pray for living water -- streams in the desert.

Sunday: 145; Exodus 3:16-4:12; Romans 12:1-21; John 8:46-59
Monday: 35; Exodus 4:10-20(21-26)27-31 1 Corinthians 14:1-19; Mark 9:30-41

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Bishop Bill and Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina and the other faithful bishops attending the House of Bishops meeting this weekend.

***** Pray for Fr. Hap Carrier who has advanced pancreatic cancer. Pray for the fire of the Holy Spirit to go through his body and cleanse it of cancer.

***** Sign up for the Diocesan Convention at http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/ministries/convention/index.html



      Pray that there will be streams of living water flowing through the Diocesan Convention.

Albany Intercessor

 

Prayer Table Report and Meditations on the Woman at the Well by Deacon Howard Smith

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, March 20, 2010, 9:30 -10:30 AM Chuck Rinaldo and Dave Carlson

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

Today is the first day of Spring! It was warm and sunny and many folks were out walking and taking advantage of the nice weather.

Clifford -- he told us the last time he came for prayer he was in a “bad way” but today things are much better; I remembered him from the previous time and he looked so much better today; he asked prayer for his family

++ Joe -- asked prayer for his health and his family – asked for an extra cross

+ Sasha – did not want prayer, stating that “life is going well” for her; she did accept a cross though

Jose – we asked if we could pray for him – he said “sure” but kept walking; we prayed that he would know the Lord and draw close to Him

+ a man stopped to get one of our crosses; I remembered his face from a previous visit, but not his name; I said “I forgot your name, sir” – his response was “I didn’t give it to you” – we prayed for him as he walked away that the Lord would meet his needs and draw the man closer to Himself

Arthur -- another man who has come before – very cheerful man – he said “I already have 5 of those crosses. Things are good. When you have the Lord in your heart, things are good.” We prayed for the Lord’s continued blessing on Arthur and his family.

++++Virginia – walked up right after someone had declined prayer and said “I definitely want prayer – please pray for my kids who are in jail” – she said she has 3 kids and they’re all in jail currently. We prayed for encouragement for Virginia, that the Lord would protect her kids while they are in jail, and get a hold of their lives. We assured her that God loves them and has a plan for them. She took crosses for herself and all 3 kids. She also said she and her sister are interested in visiting Christ Church some time for a service. We gave her a card with our church info.

+ Joanne and young daughter + Stephanie – as they were walking by the table we greeted them and offered prayer; the little girl laughed and the mom seemed to not understand; we gave them each a cross and asked the Lord to bless them (we assumed there was a language barrier); a while later they were walking back the other way and this time stopped for prayer. They did speak English and they did want prayer. Joanne asked us to pray for her kids (Stephanie, who is in kindergarten, and her 7-year-old son + Louis). Stephanie picked out a cross to give to her brother.

+ 2 middle-school-aged boys – seemed suspicious of us (which is understandable since we are strangers to them), did not stop for prayer but one of them did accept a cross

A gentleman walking by in a hurry – when we asked how he was doing he said he was “blessed” – he did not stop for prayer but said we could pray for each other; another man walking by said he was not feeling well and had to get home – we prayed for the Lord’s healing

+ Delores – a woman walking by pushing a small cart, on her way to the nearby Dollar General store; she was very cheerful and said she was pleased that she was able to get out and walk to the store; we prayed for the Lord to strengthen her, provide for her, and protect her

We prayed for the people ministering in front of the Planned Parenthood as part of the ’40 days for Life’ – this ministry has been going on throughout Lent and will continue through Palm Sunday – it’s not too late to get involved (for more info go to http://40daysforlife.com/schenectady/)

David

Meditations by Deacon Howard Smith at Christ Church Schenectady:

Thirsty At The Well: Where is my Community?
Meditation 4
March 12, 2010
John 4:7-43

Dedicated to the glory of God and to the loving memory of Beverly Rose.

In the voice and person of the Pastor of the Church of Sychar at the funeral of the Samaritan Woman.

I thirst.
I am thirsty.
One wouldn’t think that going to the well and back would leave one so thirsty.
Visiting the well today was a fitting way to remember our dear sister. She will be remembered forever as the Samaritan Woman who went to the well in the heat of the day. Here is the woman who literally brought our town of Sychar to Jesus, and for this we are eternally grateful.

I speak to you today as your friend and your pastor. But I haven’t always been your pastor. The day our Samaritan Woman met Jesus I was a prominent merchant in this town. I used to sell to our Samaritan Woman when no one else would speak to her. When all shunned her and when most other reputable merchants wouldn’t sell to her at all. Please note I am not patting myself on the back. For I told her back then to only come to my store when none of my good customers where around. Sometimes she would pass by my store many times before she could buy unnoticed. In spite of how I treated her she appreciated my willingness to sell to her. And that I charged her a fair price and treated her better than most. But even then I knew in my spirit, I didn’t treat her right. But, I was motivated by fear and what others might think of me and my own puffed up notions of myself.

I remember the day she met Jesus. She actually sought me out. I had a line of customers and she came running up the street screaming like a mad woman. She came in and pushed some customers out of the way to get to me. She grabbed me by the shirt and yelled, “He told me every thing I have done! Everything I have done!” And then she ran off yelling, “I have found the Messiah! I have found the Messiah at the well! Come quickly before he passes us by!”

I said thoughtfully out loud, “’He told me everything I have done. He told me everything I have done?’
Coming from her?
How can that be good news?”

Then I left everything and went to the well. Like many others I begged Jesus to stay and I hung on every word. And like many others I said to our Samaritan Woman, “Now I believe not because of what you said, but because I have heard for myself.”
The rest is history.

Now here lies our sister. And we rejoice that, “she will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Like all who believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Him, even though they die, they shall live, for everyone who believe in Jesus will never die. So we rejoice in the hope of glory. Yet we mourn for our momentary loss. Her presence here will be dearly be missed.

She lived as an example of the transformation of what Jesus does in our lives. He transforms the darkness into light, fear into hope, hate into love, and isolation into community.

I mourn for our loss, but to be totally honest, I am heart stricken today for my loss. The loss of my opportunity. You see my brothers and sisters, I never loved her like family. In my heart there was a division between her and I, much like the one I had prior to Jesus. Back when I was a merchant and she was the customer I condescended to.

You see, it was enough for me to have a relationship with her in church, only.

It was enough to sit at the Lord’s Table with her, it was enough to eat with her at church potlucks, but I never dreamed of inviting her to my house for supper at my table.

It was enough to pray for her in church and listen to her fears, hopes and dreams. But I have never asked her to pray for me in any meaningful way or share my fears, hopes and dreams with her.

It was enough to be a professional Christian to her and not dirty my hands with her life.

Brother and sisters, tolerance, ….. tolerance is not, has never been, nor will ever be… a Christian Virtue. And I want to confess the sin of tolerance to you today. For truly, I have only tolerated her and never loved her, in an incarnate way.

I have come to realize in our loss that not loving her, was not loving Jesus and the work he was continually doing in her life.

My hope is in the resurrection. That at the last day the trumpets will sound. The dead in Christ will rise. The living will be caught up with Christ. We will be given new bodies. And in my flesh, and in my flesh, and in my flesh I shall see God! Then I will love God perfectly. Then I will love our Samaritan Woman perfectly.

But until that day I can seek Jesus and walk with Him. I can see the Kingdom of God break through into ordinary people and ordinary circumstances. I can love Jesus at work in all people and love the least of these incarnately.

I have found the Messiah and he has told me everything I have done.
This is truly Good News.

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Thirsty at the Well – Where do I Worship?
Meditation 5
March 19, 2010

In the voice and person of a modern day worshiper.

I thirst.
I’m thirsty.

I’m thirsty for more than coffee and tea…
Soda, Red Bull and energy drinks.

I am thirsty for an encounter with the Messiah,
I am thirsty for a well greater
than what our ancestors have dug.
I am thirsty for more
than what I have dug for myself.

I thirst.
I’m thirsty.
I’m thirsty to worship Him in spirit.
I’m thirsty for more than just a mountain top experience.
I am thirsty for more than just Holy Week Services.
I’m thirsty for more than a new favorite worship song.
One that makes me feel like my old favorite
used to.
I am thirsty for more than just an emotional high.
I thirst.


I thirst.
I’m thirsty.
I am thirsty to worship Him in truth.
I am thirsty for more than the next book
that is supposed to change my life.
I’m thirsty for more than just Jesus
on the radio and tv,
…cd, mp3 or dvd.
I am thirsty for more than the next teaching series
or Lenten Meditation.
I am thirsty for more than just a religious experience.
I thirst.

I thirst.
I’m thirsty.
I am thirsty for a new paradigm.
I am thirsty for new assumptions;
the ones necessary - to even begin –
to understand the equation.

I thirst.
I’m thirsty.
I am thirsty for faith to even begin to believe that there is a harvest,
and that it can possible be ready.

Why, why,
oh why does the Samaritan Woman try so hard
to keep Jesus out?
Why don’t the disciples want to do more
than just eat?

Why don’t the people of Jesus’ hometown
honor him?
Why do the people who should know Jesus best,
not get him at all?

I thirst.
I’m thirsty.

I’m thirsty for more than coffee and tea…
Soda, Red Bull and energy drinks.

Am I ready to meet Jesus at the well?
To be held – in his eyes?
To be touched – by his word?
To experience new creation?

Am I ready for a Jesus
who asks me for water?

Jesus give me this water,
so that I will not be thirsty
or have to come here again.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, March 20, 2010

 
============ 3/20/2010, #75, 1st Quarter 2010

Prayer item from the diocesan intercession calendar for today: Vibrant Evangelism in this diocese.
      LORD, give us a heart to joyfully share the gospel.

Jesus said to him, "'If you can!' All things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9:23)
      Holy Spirit, help us believe in Jesus with great faith.

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24)
      Lord, we believe; help our unbelief!

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!" (Mark 9:25)
      Jesus, cast out the unclean spirits that keep us deaf to the call to share the gospel and dumb that keep us from speaking of you when you place opportunities before us.

Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead." (Mark 9:26)
      Father, the Episcopal Church is greatly convulsed now and many say it is dead, but we say that just as you raised Jesus from the dead by the power of your Holy Spirit, you can raise the Episcopal Church to new life, and we thank you for that.

But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. (Mark 9:27)
      Jesus, please take us by the hand and lift us up.

And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" (Mark 9:28 )
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to the place where all of us ask Jesus why we are unable to do the works we see in Scripture and that he has commanded us to do.

So he said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." (Mark 9:29)
      Lord, please bring us to a deepened life of prayer and fasting. Thank you.

      Prayers and Words Received while in Northern Ireland:

      A word received (3/12/10): Pray for my people to reach out to me.

      A word received (3/13/10): I want my people to come to me and bless what I bless.

      A word received (3/14/10): Bless me.

People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said. "He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak." (Mark 7:37)
      Lord Jesus, speak your word to us: unstop our ears and give our tongues words of praise for you.

      A word received (3/15/10): Pray for my people to praise me.

      A word received (3/15/10): Be prepared to share how I have led you in reading my Scriptures. They are my words for my people. I want them to open them with expectation, with hope.

O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth. (Psalm 94:1)
      Lord, bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to repentance.

Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. (Psalm 94:2)
      Lord, if we received what we deserved, we would all be in trouble. In your mercy bring the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church to repentance.

How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked be jubilant? (Psalm 94:3)
      Holy Spirit, move in our hearts and bring us to repentance.

They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting. (Psalm 94:4)
      Jesus, as you shut the lion's mouths for Daniel, shut the mouths of those who speak arrogant words to your people to harm them.

They crush your people, O LORD; they oppress your inheritance. (Psalm 94:5)
      Protect the dioceses of South Carolina and Albany and all your faithful dioceses, parishes, and people.

      A word received (3/16/10): Speak what I give you.

      A word received (3/17/10): Thank me for my blessing.

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34)
      Jesus, please help us hear your call to us. Please help us daily deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow you.

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it." (Mark 8:35)
      Holy Spirit, show us each day what we must let go of.

"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:36)
      Father, help us to so fear you that we gain wisdom. All around us we see those who seek to gain what the world has to offer and are losing their souls. Have mercy on them and on us.

"Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:37)
      Jesus, please teach us the true value of our souls.

"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us learn the true value of knowing Jesus; help us daily make him our Lord, whatever the cost.

And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power." (Mark 9:1)
      Father, help us see your kingdom and the power of your Holy Spirit made visible among us in this diocese. Thank you.

      A word received (3/18/10): Tell them I am asking them to join me in my work of intercession.

Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him, since he ever lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
      A word received (3/18/10): Pray for my people to desire my work.

Saturday: 33; Exodus 2:23-3:15; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Mark 9:14-29
Sunday: 145; Exodus 3:16-4:12; Romans 12:1-21; John 8:46-59

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Bishop Bill and Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina and the other faithful bishops attending the House of Bishops meeting this weekend.

***** Check out these reflections by Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina: http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/bp-mark-lawrence-who-are-these-birds-that-can-sing-in-the-dark/


***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, March 13, 2010, 9:30 -10:30 AM Chuck Rinaldo and Dave Carlson

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

Today was a rainy day. There were less pedestrians than usual, and many of those who passed by were in a hurry to get out of the rain. Yet there were still those who stopped for prayer, including some of our "regulars." We prayed for people as they passed by, that the Lord would meet their needs and draw them close to Himself, in His time.

+ Marie -- asked prayer for her boyfriend, that he would stop doing drugs

Jim – one of our "regulars" – he thanked God for peace of mind

+ Kayla -- one of the young women who used to come frequently for prayer – we haven't seen her for a while and have been wondering if she had moved, so it was great to see her today; we have prayed for her brother, Joshua, in the past while he was in jail; today Kayla came to the prayer table pushing her infant son in a stroller and asked us to pray for Joshua again -- he is back in jail and has been sentenced to 3 years in prison; she asked us for another cross, as she gave her other cross to her brother; we prayed for protection for Joshua while in prison and that he will get on the right path with the Lord

Bill -- another man who has come before to the prayer table – he was on his way to the bus stop but came for prayer first, asking us to pray for his health; he made the sign of the cross before we prayed and again after we finished praying, thanking us sincerely for our prayers

Kelly and Larry – parked their cars in our parking lot and stopped for prayer [they were on their way to participate in the '40 days for Life' ministry in front of Planned Parenthood (to find out more about it, go to http://40daysforlife.com/schenectady/)]; we prayed for protection for all those who are ministering in this way today, and we prayed for an end to abortion in America
Elaine, teen-aged daughter Becky, and their friend Pam – also on their way to the '40 days for Life' ministry

+ Howard -- this man stopped at the table and prayed for us (that the Lord would use us and keep us faithful)! He then asked us to pray for him that he would have the Lord's guidance and that he would have a close walk with God; we prayed that the Lord would lead him in a plain path, and that he would keep Howard steady in his faith

David

***** Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010
From: jeannegizara@aol.com
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
I will glory in the Lord; let the humble hear and rejoice.
Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;
Let us exalt His Name together.
(Psalm 34:1-3)

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5: 20)
      Heavenly Father, again we thank You for the Mudge family, Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia. They are ambassadors for You and for Jesus Christ, Your Son, and for the Holy Spirit, three in one. We thank You for the good results in the Peruvian mission field: for the increased attendance at services, for the inspired preaching, for the teaching in the seminary and for the healing that is taking place. You are truly exalted through the work that the Mudges do for you. We ask for Your continued protection and provision for the Mudges as they bless You and praise You and bring glory to You. Amen.

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

Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Please pray
Dear prayer partners
Please can you pray for a girl called Susan who is going through a difficult time, that the presence of Jesus would with her bring comfort and peace to her mind.
Please pray for Jean sister who is suffering with cancer, that the healing and miraculous power of Jesus would bring total healing in Jesus name
Thank you, Hugh

***** 126 emails in the in-basket this morning!

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