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Friday, April 30, 2010

 

Oh Happy Day!

Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 3:49 pm
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
April 30, 2010

Statement from the Rt. Rev’d William H Love, Bishop of Albany, on the Restoration of the Rt. Rev’d Daniel W. Herzog

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      As most of you are aware, shortly after his retirement as the Eighth Bishop of Albany, Bishop Herzog resigned his Holy Orders. In so doing, he made one of the most difficult decisions of his life, one that he has struggled with these past three years. He did so in obedience to his understanding of what he believed the Lord was calling him to do at the time in preparation for returning to the Roman Catholic Church, which was the Church of his youth.

      For the past three years, Bishop Dan and I have maintained our friendship and have talked on several occasions about his decision to return to the Catholic Church. After much thought and prayer he has discovered that his heart is still very much with the people and Diocese of Albany whom he truly loves and committed his entire 36 years of ordained ministry serving. Earlier this Spring, Bishop Dan asked if I would be open to him returning to an active ordained ministry as a priest in the Diocese of Albany. I asked him; if possible, would he consider coming back not only as a priest, but as a bishop in order to assist me in ministering to the Diocese.

      On Maundy Thursday, Bishop Dan and I went to New York to meet with the Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev’d Katherine Jefferts Shori. Bishop Dan rescinded his renunciation and the Presiding Bishop with the advice and consent of her Advisory Council, accepted and restored Bishop Herzog effective April 28, 2010.

      Earlier today, while meeting with the priests of the Diocese, during the Annual Priest Retreat, I announced that Bishop Daniel Herzog has been fully restored to the Ordained Ministry of this Church, with the attendant obligations of Ministerial office, and endowed with the right to exercise the gifts and spiritual authority as a Minister of God’s Word and Sacraments in this Church conferred on him in his Ordinations. I invited Bishop Dan to celebrate the closing Eucharist at the retreat.

      Though he has never really been absent from our common life, I invite you to join me in formally welcoming Bishop Dan and Carol back to the full communion of the diocese and the wider church. During the past three years, they have continued to support the work of the diocese and to participate in a non-ordained capacity. His restored role will be of help in carrying out the work of the Church, and I will be asking him to assist in this Diocese under my direction as is true of any retired bishop. Similarly, Bishop David Ball as been assisting me in various ways these past three years and by the grace of God will continue to do so. I am very appreciative to Bishop Ball a nd now Bishop Herzog for their willingness to join me in ministering to the people of the Diocese of Albany.

      All baptized Christians, both laity and clergy, have a share in the apostolic mission the Lord holds out for the Church and I am delighted that Bishop Dan and Carol can officially take their place among us again in the Diocese of Albany. I ask your prayers for all who labor for Christ and his kingdom across these nineteen counties.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,
      +Bill

Statement from the Rt Rev. Daniel W. Herzog on his restoration:

      I want to extend my deep appreciation to Bishop Love and to the Presiding Bishop for their kindness and pastoral solicitude. Carol and I are grateful for the continuing opportunity to serve our Lord and His church in the Diocese of Albany. My only plan is to assist in any way Bishop Bill directs. We are honored to resume a fuller place among the clergy and laity of the diocese.

Your Brother in Christ,
      +Dan

 

4/30/2010, #40, 2nd Quarter 2010

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)
      Jesus, I come to you; in your mercy blot out all my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)
      Holy Spirit, please do this work in me.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:3)
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to such self-knowledge.

Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight--that you may be found just when you speak, and blameless when you judge. (Psalm 51:4)
      Father, come among us at the Diocesan Convention and bring us all to such self-knowledge. Help us truly acknowledge our sins and transgressions against you and your righteousness laws. Please help us receive the forgiveness you are offering us through your son Jesus. Thank you.

      Father, we pray for your work among your people.

      Holy Spirit, we pray we will have hearts to respond to what you are doing among us.

      Holy Spirit, we pray for a revival of faithfulness and truth among your people.

      Jesus, we pray for wells and springs of living water to open up in every parish and at the Diocesan Convention.

Friday: 51; Exodus 34:18-35; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Matthew 5:27-37
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Exodus 40:18-38; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; Matthew 5:38-48;

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkx8WAycYAc&feature=related

***** Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
      Pray for the Holy Spirit will move us to hope at the Diocesan Convention. Pray for a renewal of hope centered in God throughout this diocese. Thank you.

***** This Sunday I will be at Emmanuel Church, Little Falls in the morning for my visitation and confirmations, and then on the Thruway to Albany for the Solemn Evensong in celebration of Dean Marshall Vang’s ministry upon his retirement. The service begins at 3:30 pm and is preceded by an organ recital which begins at 3:00. Clergy are invited to process and sit in the choir. Vesture is cassock, surplice, tippet, and hood. I hope you can attend as we celebrate his ministry to the Cathedral and the whole church. This is his last service at the Cathedral and his retirement is effective June 1. (Bishop Bill)

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, April 29, 2010

 

4/29/2010, #39, 2nd Quarter 2010

When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, (Psalm 114:1)
      Lord, lead us out of bondage to sin; help us walk in the freedom you alone can give.

Judah became his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. (Psalm 114:2)
      Jesus, have dominion over us -- help each of us in this diocese be a sanctuary for your Holy Spirit.

The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back. (Psalm 114:3)
      Father, please help us remember all your mighty deeds and tell them to the next generation. Bless the witness of all those who minister to the children and youth at the Diocesan Convention.

The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs. (Psalm 114:4)
      Lord, we pray that all of your creation will rejoice at what you are doing for your people.

What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back? (Psalm 114:5)
      Father, you made a way through for your people: they passed through the Red Sea and through the Jordan River with dry feet. Help us go through every obstacle and fulfill your purposes for us.

O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs? (Psalm 114:6)
      Holy Spirit, set our hearts to rejoicing as well!

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, (Psalm 114:7)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to awe at what you have done among us; help us praise you as we ought. Turn our hearts to praise and worship of Jesus.

Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters. (Psalm 114:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please turn the stony places in my heart to fountains of living water. Thank you for all that you are doing in my life. Amen.

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:19)
      Father, help me speak your words of rejoicing and praise to my own heart as well. Help me to wake up each morning singing your praises. Thank you.
      A word received: Come to me. Look to me.
      Pray for revival. Pray for my people to be transformed by the power of my Holy Spirit.

      Lord, I pray that I too will be transformed by the power of your Holy Spirit; please move in my heart.

Thursday: [59,60] or 114, 115; Exodus 34:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Matthew 5:21-26
Friday: 51; Exodus 34:18-35; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Matthew 5:27-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "How Deep the Father's Love" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8tUP1R6hPo&feature=related

***** Pray for the Holy Spirit will move us to repentance at the Diocesan Convention. Pray for good weather and freedom from mosquitoes, black flies and bears at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Please pray
Dear Prayer partners
      Please pray for a lady called Fiona who has suffered from continual blood loss since the birth of her 2ND child. We ask for healing & her knowledge of you as saviour. I pray Jesus that Fiona like the woman who touched your hem that she to would be immediately healed from this blood loss.
      Thank you for your prayers for Peter, God touched him and released him this week from all his darkness and he gives all the glory to Jesus.
      Please keep praying for Stephen who is suffering great pain and he is not looking at all well, please pray that he would sleep in peace at night and that God would miraculously block out the noise from his new noisy neighbours above him also for healing from the pains in his legs
      We pray Lord that you would have compassion on Stephen and that you would send ministering Angels to comfort him and the power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus to bring total healing to his legs and everlasting peace to his mind.
Thank you Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

 

4/28/2010, #38, 2nd Quarter 2010

Thursday: [59,60] or 114, 115; Exodus 34:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Matthew 5:21-26
Friday: 51; Exodus 34:18-35; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Matthew 5:27-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "Blessed Assurance" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuyf1YQvcwY&feature=related

***** Pray for the Holy Spirit will move us to repentance at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010
From: Sue Ellen Ruetsch
Subject: Prayer request

Dear Torre --
      I will be having surgery on Tuesday, May 4th. I am asking for a prayer cover to deal especially with anxiety and pain.
Many thanks --Sue Ellen

***** Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010
From: Evans, Scott C
Subject: Generational Eucharist Service at Christ Church Ballson Spa, Wednesday, May 5th at 7pm
Hi Torre,
      If you could spread the word about our generational healing Eucharist coming up a week from Wednesday that would be much appreciated.
Thanks and Blessings, -Scott
      Generational Healing involves healing our families and family systems from effects of generational sin and patterns of disease and dysfunction that have been passed down through the generational lines. Christ Church Ballston Spa will be conducting a Generational Healing Eucharist on Wednesday May 5th at 7pm in the church sanctuary. During this Eucharist we will discuss the various aspects of generational healing and participants will have the opportunity to fill out a family tree that highlights areas of woundedness, trauma, patterns of sin and disease, and to offer these family trees to the Lord Jesus Christ for healing. We will have the opportunity to stand in the gap and repent on behalf of ourselves and our families for any ways that our families have turned away from God and sought knowledge or power from any means other than God. Please join us for this opprotunity to bring freedom to our families through the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you would like to download the generational healing family tree handout in preparation for this service it can be downloaded from the Christian Healing Ministries website at the following link: http://christianhealingmin.org/prayer/forms/family_tree_form.pdf

Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010
From the Diocesan Update:
      Please continue to keep Mother Miriam in your prayers as she recovers from her heart surgery. She is making steady progress.

      You can register for Convention online using a credit card or download a registration form for mailing at http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/ministries/convention/

      All intercessory prayer warriors are invited to participate in a prayer walk on Friday, June 11 at Camp-of-the-Woods. The prayer walk will be led by the Daughters of the King. Please gather at Tibbitts Auditorium at 2 PM. The purpose of the prayer walk is to invite the Holy Spirit to come among us and cover the grounds. For further information, contact Trudy Bailey at trudyjbailey@aol.com .

      Please pray for the four member short mission team to Haiti - Cindy Schmehl (St. John's, Troy), Deacon Scott Underhill (St. George's, Clifton Park), Edge Bagg (St. Andrew's, Albany), and Teresa Brobston (To Love a Child). Through the generous donations of many in the Diocese, the Team will visit the towns of Lascahobas, Hautlamouhaie, Lahoye, Corosse, Pouly, and Flande with aid in the form of cash, food supplies, school materials, personal care products, and medical supplies. The team left last we ek and are wrapping up their trip and returning home. St. John's partnership church at Lascahobas estimates that the town had almost doubled in size, and the mission church at Lahoye partnered with St. Andrew's Albany has also seen large numbers of families come even though it is located in one of the farthest locations from Port-au-Prince.

Albany Intercessor

 

4/28/2010, #37, 2nd Quarter 2010

So the Lord said to Moses, "I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in my sight, and I know you by name." (Exodus 33:17)
      Father, help us find grace in you sight; help us know you by name.

And he said, "Please, show me your glory." (Exodus 33:18 )
      Father, show us your glory. Please reveal your glory as we worship you at the Diocesan Convention.

Then he said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." (Exodus 33:19)
      Jesus, we ask you to have compassion on us in our weakness.

But he said, "You cannot see my face; for no man shall see me, and live." (Exodus 33:20)
      Father, help us accept and live by the boundaries you have set for us.

And the Lord said, "Here is a place by me, and you shall stand on the rock. (Exodus 33:21)
      Jesus, you are the rock we want to stand on. You are the rock that does not move or shake.

So it shall be, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I pass by. (Exodus 33:22)
      Father, please hide us in that cleft of the rock where you pass by.

Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen." (Exodus 33:23)
      Father, reveal yourself to us by your Holy Spirit. Help us come to know you more each day and love you more. Thank you.


Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
Text: Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778
Music: Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872
Tune: TOPLADY, Meter: 77.77.77
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM7gt_cSxjw&feature=related

1.      Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
      let me hide myself in thee;
      let the water and the blood,
      from thy wounded side which flowed,
      be of sin the double cure;
      save from wrath and make me pure.

2.      Not the labors of my hands
      can fulfill thy law's commands;
      could my zeal no respite know,
      could my tears forever flow,
      all for sin could not atone;
      thou must save, and thou alone.

3.      Nothing in my hand I bring,
      simply to the cross I cling;
      naked, come to thee for dress;
      helpless, look to thee for grace;
      foul, I to the fountain fly;
      wash me, Savior, or I die.

4.      While I draw this fleeting breath,
      when mine eyes shall close in death,
      when I soar to worlds unknown,
      see thee on thy judgment throne,
      Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
      let me hide myself in thee.

Wednesday: 49,[53]; Exodus 33:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:17-20
Thursday: [59,60] or 114, 115; Exodus 34:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Matthew 5:21-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "Here I Am to Worship" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoxopsRSfdU&feature=fvw

***** Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010
From: Sue Ellen Ruetsch
Subject: Prayer request

Dear Torre --
      I will be having surgery on Tuesday, May 4th. I am asking for a prayer cover to deal especially with anxiety and pain.
Many thanks --Sue Ellen

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

 

4/27/2010, #36, 2nd Quarter 2010

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)
      Father, let your grace and peace come upon us. Jesus, come and move in our hearts.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us pray with thanksgiving for those around us.

remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
      Father, help us remember with unceasing prayer all those who do works of faith, and labor of love, and live in patient hope of what Jesus will do.

knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
      Thank you, Father, for calling us and receiving us with open arms.

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, please come upon us with your full power at the Diocesan Convention. Give all of us in this diocese the assurance of your work among us. Bless Bishop Bill in his untiring labor among us. Help us remember him and his family in prayer each day.

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who are afflicted because they have chosen to follow you. Bless them. Help them rejoice and be exceedingly glad for the hope of the reward you have for them in heaven. (See Matthew 5:12)

so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. (1 Thessalonians 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be good examples to the surrounding dioceses. Let this diocese be an Elim Springs where the weary can find rest and refreshment. Bless the ministry of the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. (See Exodus 15:27)

For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. (1 Thessalonians 1:8 )
      Jesus, let your word go forth with power at the Diocesan Convention and throughout this diocese. Help us daily grow in our faith and trust in you.

For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, (1 Thessalonians 1:9)
      Father, you are the living God: help us turn from every idolatry to serving you.

and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
      Jesus, please help us all wait on you in expectation of your sending the Holy Spirit upon us with power. Give us hearts that tarry, that wait and watch for the work of your Holy Spirit. Thank you. (See Luke 24:49)

Tuesday: 47, 48; Exodus 32:21-34; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 5:11-16
Wednesday: 49,[53]; Exodus 33:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:17-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "Let the River Flow" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGplpTUytfQ&feature=related

***** Pray for those who minister at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010
From: Trudy Bailey
Subject: RE: From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Torre and Jean,
      Thank you for the update on Fr. Nigel. Thanks be to God.
      I have a prayer request concerning my husband Deacon Greg. He fell today and broke a rib. He is home, but in tremendous pain. There is a huge concern because of the lung infection he is still battling. Because of the pain it is hard fot him to take a deep breath, and there is a great risk for pneumonia. If there is anything to be grateful for, it is that he fell on his left side where there is no lung. Please pray for relief from the pain and deep breathing. All prayers are appreciated.
For His Sake,, Trudy Bailey

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Dear prayer partners
      Could we pray for a girl called Michelle, who has a malignant melanoma and was too poorly for her last round of chemo therapy, pray too for good pain relief as the Dr's are having difficulty getting this under control at the moment, Michelle also has a young family who are aware just how poorly she is at the moment, so please pray for a real sense of God's peace upon the whole family at this time. thanks, Janice
      Marcus Dickson and Kris Fisher from church are travelling to Gatwick next Saturday to bring back the Mobile Project Vehicle (double decker bus). They then have a 500 mile road trip via Stranraer getting back to Belfast on the afternoon of Monday 3 May. Please pray for safety for them and Graham (a bus driving instructor from England). Also pray that this MPV will be used to extend our outreach in the Willowfield and Cregagh area.
      We give thanks for those who committed their lives to Jesus after Marion's message yesterday, to God be the Glory.
      Please pray for the Road to Maturity to morrow night that the presence of the Holy Spirit would make it a safe environment for our pasts to be opened up and to be healed with the healing touch of Jesus.
      Please can you keep praying for Andrew that Jesus would take the desire for drugs away and replace it with God's healing presence.
      Please pray for Peter that he would be healed and released through healing power of Jesus.
      We lift all these prayers before your throne of Grace and leave all of them in your care through Jesus name.
Thank you, Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Monday, April 26, 2010

 

From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 7:22 pm
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Thank you for your prayers for last nighs hospital scare
Dearly Beloved,
      Thank you for your prayers. I am fine now. Just had a breathing scare... Lynn has Bronchitis of which I seem to have symptoms, so, combined with the very high pollen count and my compromised lungs...(that ARE healing)... I hit the wall and was admitted back into ICU yesterday at 11.30pm and was released this afternoon at 4pm after many injections, a drip line and many oral medications. My fingers have swollen up with the steroids.... my face is beet red from something... I look like a walking lollipop! Feel fine... panic over... Was given many other things to breathe into and play with... Thanks be to God this was the only set back in 4 months.... not bad... bottom line... the doc says I have to do less... ummm Not sure how to do that God?

      Thank you so very much for your prayers... it was a little scary.... and the needles seem to hurt a lot more than last time... not sure what that is about... just may be it is God saying slow down... ummm OK God I get the picture.

      I feel a bit like King Hezekiah where God gave him 15 more years after he had seen his tears and heard his prayers. Oh God I ask for at least 40 more years.... Hey Jesus you did say ask!

      God bless you all, Lynn and I are so very grateful for you and covet your continued prayers.

      The doc said again that in about a year I will be able to play the bag pipes again... this will happen....

Much love to you all

Be well God bless you Fr, Nigel+
      {\o/}
       /_\

 

Fr. Nigel Mumford has been re-admitted to the hospital

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:58 am
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Fr. Nigel Mumford has been re-admitted to the hospital with breathing difficulty and is in the ICU. Please pray for healing of his lungs, for the doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals treating him, and that the medicines and therapies prescribed will shorten his recovery time. Please keep Lynn, Meagan, and all of Fr Nigel’s family in your prayers.
Faithfully in our risen Lord,
+Bill

 

4/26/2010, #35, 2nd Quarter 2010

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. (Colossians 3:18-20)
      Jesus, please establish your order in the lives of the families of this diocese. Help each of us find our proper place in your order.



Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21)
      Father, please show us how to properly encourage our children. Thank you.

Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. (Colossians 3:22)
      Jesus, please help me obey the managers you have placed over me at work. Help me to be a good and faithful worker serving you. Thank you for my job.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, (Colossians 3:23)
      Holy Spirit, give us joyful enthusiasm in our work.

knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 324:)
      Jesus, thank you for calling us into your service. Help us daily answer your call.

But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. (Colossians 3:25)
      Jesus, cover me and wash me daily in your blood. Thank you.

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37)
      A word received: "They were cut to the heart." I want my people to pray for that. That is a work I do through my Holy Spirit. I want them to desire my cleansing fire. A word received: They have to desire this.

Monday: 44; Exodus 32:1-20; Col 3:18-4:6(7-18 ); Matthew 5:1-10
Tuesday: 47, 48; Exodus 32:21-34; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 5:11-16

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out"There Is Power In The Blood" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vjNJkIPLOw&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W9FMb2wm_8&feature=channel

***** Pray for the Vacation Bible School at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010
From: Evans, Scott C
Subject: Generational Eucharist Service at Christ Church Ballson Spa, Wednesday, May 5th at 7pm
Hi Torre,
      If you could spread the word about our generational healing Eucharist coming up a week from Wednesday that would be much appreciated.
Thanks and Blessings, -Scott
      Generational Healing involves healing our families and family systems from effects of generational sin and patterns of disease and dysfunction that have been passed down through the generational lines. Christ Church Ballston Spa will be conducting a Generational Healing Eucharist on Wednesday May 5th at 7pm in the church sanctuary. During this Eucharist we will discuss the various aspects of generational healing and participants will have the opportunity to fill out a family tree that highlights areas of woundedness, trauma, patterns of sin and disease, and to offer these family trees to the Lord Jesus Christ for healing. We will have the opportunity to stand in the gap and repent on behalf of ourselves and our families for any ways that our families have turned away from God and sought knowledge or power from any means other than God. Please join us for this opprotunity to bring freedom to our families through the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

***** Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 21:38:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Public Prayer Mail 25 April 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer, Peace be with you. This is our weekly public prayer mail.
Thanksgivings:
      1) We have had some really good services this week. The largest one was a major funeral on Thursday at the Cathedral. And the regular worship services (and the healing service on Sunday evening) were good as well. I think that the Holy Spirit has touched a lot of lives through this ministry.
      2) For the progress that the students are making in the evangelism and the preaching classes.
      3) For the opportunities to transform people's lives by what we do, and to be able to make a difference.
      4) For a walk Julie, Lydia, and I took on Sunday in the San Isidro District of Lima through a park that was once an olive grove.
      5) For the youth ministry activities that Lydia has been involved in this past week or so.
      6) That Lydia is nearing the end of 11th grade.
      7) For my family, here and in the U.S. They are awesome. I am so glad to be part of their lives. Wow.
      8 ) For the healing service on Sunday evening at La Ascensión in the Surco District of Lima. We were very pleased with the results.
Prayers:
      1) For the several meetings this week with regards to seminary plans and diocesan needs.
      2) That we would help transform many lives by what we do, especially in the classes we teach, and the healing and prayer ministries.
      3) 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, and it is a crucial one.
      4) 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.
      5) For our landlady, her husband, and the others in our apartment building. We sign our new lease next week. Up to now, there have been discussions. Shortly, we begin the implementation part.
      6) For our plans at the Albany Diocesan Convention.
      Thank you for praying for us. It really makes a difference. I noticed a sense of God's peace and presence this week, particularly, after the funeral on Wednesday, and I attribute it to the Holy Spirit's response to the people who have been praying. And I pray for you every day.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia
Lima, Peru

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, April 25, 2010

 

4/25/2010, #34, 2nd Quarter 2010

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, April 24, 2010, 9:20 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell, Dave Carlson & a friend named Lowell who joined us

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

Jim – one of our regulars, Jim thanked God for his healing and the lovely day

+ Shaquipa and + Malachi – a woman and her teen-aged son – asked prayer for a job

+ mother and young son (toddler) -- she did not speak English but accepted a cross for her son; she smiled as she showed us her own cross around her neck; we prayed for the Lord’s blessing on them

+ Deborah – has been to the prayer table before – she was on her way to see an apartment and asked prayer that she can get this new apartment

+ Jordan and + PJ – two middle-school age boys riding by on a bike (1 of the boys was riding on the handlebars) – they received crosses and said they would like prayer for their families; we prayed for safety for them as they ride on the streets of Schenectady

+ Malcolm -- a man pushing a shopping cart – he had a very positive attitude and spirit and said it was just “great to be alive” – he was on his way to look for cans and bottles; we prayed that he would find lots of them; asked the Lord to protect Malcolm and provide for him

+ Mike -- young man in his late teens or early 20’s – asked prayer for an apartment

+ Rashita – no specific prayer request – we prayed for safety and provision and that she would know how much the Lord loves her

+ Hilda -- asked prayer for her health

+ James -- we prayed for him, his friends and family

+ Kim -- prayed for the Lord to deliver her from drugs

+ Marquana and her 3-yr old daughter + Miana -- for God’s protection and provision for them

+ Bill – one of our regulars – we prayed for his health that he will be seizure-free

David

Sunday: 103; Exodus 28:1-4,30-38; 1 John 2:18-29; Mark 6:30-44
Monday: 44; Exodus 32:1-20; Col 3:18-4:6(7-18 ); Matthew 5:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "Recessional - Hymn 473 - Lift High the Cross": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auHvvjbnFEk&feature=related

***** Pray for the Youth Program at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** The Community of St. Mary, Eastern Province
      242 Cloister Way, Greenwich, NY 12834
      (518 ) 692-3028
On the Web: http://www.stmaryseast.org/
      Join us in praying for vocations to the Community of St. Mary in Greenwich, NY and Luwinga, Malawi, Africa:
      O Father and lover of souls, pour upon your Church the spirit of religious vocation and grant the Community of St. Mary an increase in numbers and sanctification of Sisters, to your glory and for the benefit of your whole Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

***** Mark and Darlene Chesnut give their testimony about the Holy Spirit's work in their lives. Christ Church Schenectady, NY 4/25/10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZFlT8rUTsY

Ryan Dussault gives his testimony about the Holy Spirit's work in his life. Christ Church Schenectady, NY 4/25/10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA9J2FcSfZw

***** Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010
From: Mother Anne Curtin
      Would you please ask for prayers for the Healing a Woman's Soul domestic violence training at the convention?

Albany Intercessor

 

4/25/2010, #33, 2nd Quarter 2010

And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon's porch. (John 10:23)
      Jesus, please come and walk among us today. Help us recognize you when you come among us.

Then the Jews surrounded him and said to him, "How long do you keep us in doubt? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." (John 10:24)
      Jesus, please help us come to you in hope and trust, rather than to dispute with you.

Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my father's name, they bear witness of me." (John 10:25)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize the works that Jesus is doing among us and believe him. Thank you.

"But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I said to you." (John 10:26)
      Jesus, fold us in your arms and help us be your sheep.

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27)
      A word received: Listen.

      Father, please help us throughout this diocese to know the voice of Jesus, to listen to him, and to follow him wherever he leads us. Thank you.

"And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:28 )
      Lord, protect your sheep from the lies of the deceiver.

"My father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my father's hand." (John 10:29)
      Father, thank you that we are in your care. Please help us bear fruit worthy of repentance.

"I and my father are one." (John 10:30)
      Holy Spirit, please let the unity that the Father, Jesus, and you have with each other be a mark of our common life together in this diocese. Thank you for the work you are doing among us to prepare our hearts for the Diocesan Convention.

Sunday: 103; Exodus 28:1-4,30-38; 1 John 2:18-29; Mark 6:30-44
Monday: 44; Exodus 32:1-20; Col 3:18-4:6(7-18 ); Matthew 5:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "Lean on Me Sing-a-long (from 1989 Lean on Me Movie)": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VmRNr9QbxQ&feature=related


Jesus, help us to lean on you. Thank you for being our friend.

***** Pray for the Youth Program at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** Pray for travel mercies for Michael and Christine Hales as they leave for the United Kingdom Monday to begin missionary work there.

***** Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2010, 7:55 a.m.
From: Robert F Haskell
Torre and Jean-
      I want to thank all the pray-ers on your list for praying that Bishop Ken and Mary Good would be able to fly here to lead the Priests’ Retreat and the Clergy Wives’ Retreat. There plane did take off on time, they landed at JFK safely on Thursday night, and Mary Good is right now leading the wives’ retreat.
-Bob
The Rev. Robert F Haskell

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT (St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne, Sat., April 24, 2010, 11:45-12:15 p.m.) before/during weekly community luncheon at Parish Hall); Rev. Bruce Mason, Rev. Alan Hart and Barbara Breen.)
Note: Awesome, gorgeous weather day. Five people stopped for prayer. Praise God.

a--denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
t--denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t,t, a -- NANCY -- Asked for prayers for her son who HAD been struggling in school but is doing better since Nancy asked for prayer at recent church functions. She also received prayer for general health to be able to deal with the continual stress of being a young mother and wife.

a--JOE -- Repeat visitor to the Table. Joe has been praying for several months for a fervent reconnection with his son ROBIN, from who he is estranged. Joe is considering moving to another community to better provide and connect with his elder mother ANNE who is 91. JOE also has problems with his knees and is very uncomfortable. Please pray for all of Joe's concerns and that God will provide for him and protect and preserve him.

DOROTHY -- Asked for prayers for general good health and well-being for herself. It was obvious she wanted to tarry and talk some more but she did not want to delay her friends who were with her.

t,a -- MARY LOU -- This elderly, friendly woman wanted prayers for God's protection for her grand-daughter CHRISTIE who is pregnant with her first child. Pray that the pregnancy will go well and the child will eventually walk with the Lord. Mary Lou is ecstatic that she will soon have a great-grandchild!

VIRGINIA -- This woman stopped somewhat reluctantly -- but with certainty -- on her way to her car and asked that we pray for the soul of her nephew ROBERT who recently passed away. She said Robert was a believer in Christ. I assured Virginia we would pray for Robert.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Please pray
Dear Prayer partners
      Please pray for --David--- who has given up smoking but is finding it hard with cravings. His cat has also gone missing pray for its safe return & that David will come into Christ's kingdom
      Please remember Helen & Rory as they seek work
      Please remember Jacqueline and Nearchos as Nearchos looks -for building contracts
      We ask for a future & hope for these families & their children that all of them will find the greatest treasure of all
      Please pray for Michael as he goes through the darkness that he would see the light of Jesus breaking through and taking con troll of his mind and filling it with love and peace.
      Thank you, Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, April 24, 2010

 

4/24/2010, #32, 2nd Quarter 2010

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)
      Father, please help us seek your heavenly Jerusalem; raise us to new life in Jesus through the power of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us meditate on:
            whatever things are true,
            whatever things are noble,
            whatever things are just,
            whatever things are pure,
            whatever things are lovely,
            whatever things are of good report,
            whatever things are of any virtue and praiseworthy
            Help us hold fast to the things which we have learned and received and heard and saw in the apostolic faith. Help us daily do these things and enter into your peace. (From Philippians 4:8-9)

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)
      Jesus, help us put to death in our lives the old Adam, and help us put on our new life in you.

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4)
      Father, please show forth the glory of Jesus at the Diocesan Convention. Help us seek his glory and his peace.

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. (Colossians 3:5-7)
      Jesus, help us make a new beginning in you; help us take up our cross and follow you. Thank you.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
      LORD, let your peace rule in our hearts, and help us daily pour forth thanksgiving for all that you have done for us and for the Body of Christ in this diocese. Thank you.

Saturday: 42, 43; Exodus 25:1-22; Colossians 3:1-17; Matthew 4:18-25
Sunday: 103; Exodus 28:1-4,30-38; 1 John 2:18-29; Mark 6:30-44

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "We're marching to Zion": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duCwuZ3D4F0

***** Pray for the business meeting at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, April 23, 2010

 

4/23/2010, #31, 2nd Quarter 2010

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." (Matthew 4:12-16)
      Father, we pray for the light of the gospel to shine forth in all our hearts and lives.

      Holy Spirit, please help us minister the good news of Jesus' victory over sin and death to all who sit in the shadow of death.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)
      Jesus, move us to true and lasting repentance. Thank you.

Friday: 105:23-45; Exodus 24:1-18; Col 2:8-23; Matthew 4:12-17
Saturday: 42, 43; Exodus 25:1-22; Colossians 3:1-17; Matthew 4:18-25

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "There is a fountain": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeXe3j9vS6o&feature=channel

***** Pray for the preaching at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, April 21, 2010, 11:10 AM -12:00 PM Deacon Neal Longe
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Cadezia: Prayed for strengths and good health. Asked for wisdom to raise her children +John and +Sonnet a Godly way. She is recently divorced.

+Charles: Charles spent 20 minutes or so at the table. He is having a situation with his mother Cathy who has Bipolar disorder. Recently his mother called CPS [Child Protective Services] on Charles. Charles said CPS said there was no claim and he believes his mother is angry with him because he doesn’t want his kids going to her house, because she smokes in the house. Our first prayer was for Charles that he might have the wisdom to continue to raise his kids in an upright manner. Prayer for protection for him and his wife Nades and their children Mykhale, Shanequa, Nyre, Atrivian, Adjiano. Prayed that the Lord may intervene in the situation and bring clarity to the situation. I gave him crosses to bring to his wife and children. Our final prayer was that God would soften his heart and his mother’s heart. That he would bring them both to repentance and that the Spirit may prompt to Charles to reconcile with his mother. He recognized his anger and that he said things he didn’t mean. Asked for the Lord’s forgiveness. I gave him a cross to bring to his mother that he can give her once they have reconciled.

+Rosetta, +Mary, +Josephine: Rosetta brought her daughter Josephine and friend Mary across the street. They said we saw you and couldn’t pass up this opportunity. Prayed for their families for continued health, guidance, and knowledge of the Lord.

Blessings, Dcn. Neal

***** Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer

      We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in our prayers for you. We thank God because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God's people. You have these because of the hope which is kept safe for you in heaven. Some time ago you heard about this hope in the Good News which is the message of truth. This Good News is present with you now. It is producing results and spreading all over the world as it did among you from the first day you heard it. At that time you came to know what God's kindness truly means. (Colossians 1:3-6)
      For this reason we have not stopped praying for you since the day we heard about you. We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through every kind of spiritual wisdom and insight. We ask this so that you will live the kind of lives that prove you belong to the Lord. Then you will want to please him in every way as you grow in producing every kind of good work by this knowledge about God. We ask him to strengthen you by his glorious might with all the power you need to patiently endure everything with joy. You will also thank the Father, who has made you able to share the light which is what God's people inherit. (Colossians 1:9-12)
      Father God, we thank You for your servant Paul who has written such a beautiful prayer. And we thank You for the Mudges for whom we never stop praying. We thank You for their faith in Christ Jesus and their love for all of God's people and the hope that has been given to them and to all of us who believe in You. We thank You for the Gospel and that this Good News is with Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia right now. We thank You that they are spreading this Good News, the message about your tender kindness and mercy and grace, all over the world, but particularly in Lima, Peru, and in the months to come in Pennsylvania and New York and Connecticut.
      Lord, we ask that you continue to fill the Mudges with the knowledge of your will through every kind of spiritual wisdom and insight. Let them continue to be fruitful doing work that is oh so pleasing to You. Strengthen these good people by your glorious might with power and with joy. Let your light shine through them bringing light and warmth and joy to all to whom they minister.
Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, April 22, 2010

 

4/22/2010, #30, 2nd Quarter 2010

For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, (Colossians 2:1)
      Lord, thank you for the faithful and steady witness of your apostolic witnesses you have raised up for us in this diocese. Thank you for Bishop Bill in this diocese and for Bishop Harold in the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, (Colossians 2:2)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us each day the encouragement and riches of understanding of your purposes. Knit us together in a fellowship of love.

in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3)
      Jesus, please bring us to this treasure of wisdom and knowledge. Bless the teaching at the Diocesan Convention.

Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. (Colossians 2:4)
      Father, we cry out to you for your people -- that you will protect them from all who would deceive them with persuasive words of deception.

For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. (Colossians 2:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us bring joy to our bishops by our good order and steadfastness of faith.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, (Colossians 2:6)
      Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese receive you as Messiah and Lord so that we may walk in you. Help us take up our cross and follow you.


rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:7)
      Father, let our common life as a diocese and our personal lives be built up on the foundation of apostolic teaching with Jesus as the chief cornerstone. Help us to be properly taught so that we abound in thanksgiving. Thank you.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Exodus 20:1-21; Colossians 1:24-2:7; Matthew 4:1-11
Friday: 105:23-45; Exodus 24:1-18; Col 2:8-23; Matthew 4:12-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "Shall we gather at the river?": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fIOyBZzxOM&feature=related
      A very old hymn about Our Eternal Destiny. by Robert Lowry, this is his story:
      One afternoon in July, 1864, when I was pastor at Hanson Place Baptist Church, Brooklyn, the weather was oppressively hot, and I was lying on a lounge in a state of physical exhaustion. My imagination began to take itself wings. Visions of the future passed before me with startling vividness. The imagery of the apocalypse took the form of a tableau. Brightest of all were the throne, the heavenly river, and the gathering of the saintsI began to wonder why the hymn writers had said so much about the river of death and so little about the pure water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb. As I mused, the words began to construct themselves. They came first as a question of Christian inquiry, Shall we gather? Then they broke in chorus, Yes, well gather. On this question and answer the hymn developed itself. The music came with the hymn.

***** Pray for the healing service at the Diocesan Convention. Pray that the power of the Holy Spirit will come upon all those how minister in this service. Anoint their hands; anoint their words that they may speak healing to all who come forward. Thank you.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
      Please pray for this day of training in the healing ministry.
From: paul jardine
Subject: Praying for Healing training day
Date: Wednesday, 21 April, 2010
Hugh & Margaret
Hope you are well.
      We wanted to make sure you knew about the training and equipping day on Praying for Healing that is happening on Saturday 8Th May. It is a day to build/renew confidence to pray for healing and it is open to everyone.
      It is a really good introduction to the principles and practices of praying for healing, as well as being a refresher for those who have been before.
      It is important for all those who wish to be part of the prayer ministry team at Sligo to come along if you haven't been to one of these days in the past three years.
      The day is hosted by Margaret Saunders and the speaker will be John Cole's who is the director of New Wine in England and is in Willowfield Parish Church, Woodstock Road, Belfast.
The schedule is:
9.45am Registration
10.00am Session 1
11.15am Coffee break
11.35am Session 2
1.00pm Lunch break
1.45pm Session 3
3.00pm Finish

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

 

4/21/2010, #29, 2nd Quarter 2010

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled (Colossians 1:21)
      Thank you, Jesus, for your reconciling work among us. Thank you for the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit. Please renew our minds and our ways of thinking. Thank you.

in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in his sight-- (Colossians 1:22)
      Father, thank you for sending Jesus to us to die on the cross so that we can be reconciled to you by his blood.

if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1:23)
      Holy Spirit, please move in our hearts throughout the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Down and Dromore and the other dioceses of the Anglican Communion so that we continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast in the hope of the gospel. Help us daily hear in our hearts and minds the good news of Jesus' victory over sin and death. Help us go forth to share and minister this good news with everyone we meet.

      A word received: I love you; don't be afraid.

Wednesday: 119:25-48; Exodus 19:16-25; Colossians 1:15-23; Matthew 3:13-17
Thursday: 37:19-42; Exodus 20:1-21; Colossians 1:24-2:7; Matthew 4:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "God Be With You Till We Meet Again": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hvaysA1MYQ&feature=channel

***** Pray for the healing service at the Diocesan Convention. Pray that the power of the Holy Spirit will come upon all those how minister in this service. Anoint their hands; anoint their words that they may speak healing to all who come forward. Thank you.

***** Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010
From: Sue Ellen Ruetsch
Dear Sisters and Brothers --
I have just learned that I am facing a significant health challenge and I may be undergoing treatment for up to six months.
I plan to stay involved with the Convention, as much as I am able.
God has given me a wonderful assistant this year: Debbie Fish.
Debbie and I will be working with Carol Drummond to create the workshop schedule and booklet.
I covet your prayers and I promise I will pray for you all.
Love in Christ -- Sue Ellen Ruetsch, Workshop Coordinator
      Lord, we pray that you will quickly restore Sue Ellen to complete health.

***** Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010
From: SisterMaryElizabeth
Subject: Mother Miriam is now home! Alleluia!
      Praise God! Mother Miriam was released from Albany Medical Center this afternoon and is recuperating at home in the convent. She believes that the turn-around in her heart arrhythmia on Tuesday was due to God’s grace and answered prayer and is grateful to all who have kept her lifted up in prayer for the past eight days. Thank you all for your faithfulness.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM

***** Words Received for Sunday School lesson 28

"'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts." (Zechariah 4:6b) A word received: It is not your power or strength that matters; it is my Spirit and his power that matters. The weakest person (by human measures) can be the strongest person with my strength, with my Spirit.

"Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city £of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:49) A word received: Sometimes doing nothing but waiting for me to move is the most difficult form of obedience. Are you willing to wait on me and my Spirit? "Wait," I say; tarry until you are filled with my Holy Spirit.

"He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." (1 Thessalonians 5:24) A word received: I want you to know and experience my faithfulness. Come to me; let me fill you up with my Spirit so that you will know my faithfulness.

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

[Note from Torre: week by week for 38 years the Lord has been providing us with words for the Sunday School lessons at Christ Church Schenectady.]

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

 

Cry out to the Lord

20April10 Prayerline 9:31AM

(Deacon Howard Smith)
      I have a real sense that we should cry out to God today for this Nation, our Towns, and our Families. That the winds of change will not be driven by the spirit of this age, but be fueled by the fire of the Holy Spirit. That as the day unfolds, God will manifest His presence through us and use us to advance His Kingdom.

 

4/20/2010, #28, 2nd Quarter 2010

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" (Matthew 3:7)
      Lord Jesus, have mercy on the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church and turn our hearts into your ways; help us flee from the wrath that is to come.

"Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance," (Matthew 3:8 )
      Holy Spirit, do that work in all of us: help us bear the fruit of repentance.

"and do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones." (Matthew 3:9)
      Father, give us hearts of flesh in place of the stony hearts we so often have. Help us become by faith in Jesus children of Abraham.

"And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 3:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help all those who have wandered away from the flock to recognize the peril they are in and return to Jesus.

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matthew 3:11)
      Jesus, please baptize us anew with your Holy Spirit and with fire. Burn away everything that keeps us from you.

"His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:12)
      A word received (11/18/2006): Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

      Lord, we pray for your little ones: that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the many who have not heard my gospel -- my good news. Pray for hearts that are open to my word.

Tuesday: 36, 39; Exodus 19:1-16; Colossians 1:1-14; Matthew 3:7-12
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Exodus 19:16-25; Colossians 1:15-23; Matthew 3:13-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out "If we've ever needed the Lord before, we sure do need him now." by St. Paul's Baptist Church in Los Angeles (a 78 rpm record): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m9x-cT7cKs

***** Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010
From: Dan Herzog
Subject: The United Diocese of Down And Dromore (Church of Ireland - Anglican/Episcopal) http://www.downanddromore.org/index.cfm?do=news&newsid=1105

[Note from Torre: these videos are well worth watching. Jean and I have enormous respect for Chris Bennett.]

***** Subject: Mudge Public Prayer Mail 19 April 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For the students who graduated on Saturday. It was a great service. The whole day was wonderful. The graduation retreat was very good, as well.
      2) For the great services that we had yesterday at the Anglican Cathedral in Lima.
      3) For all the visitors here this past week, attending graduation, including Denise Cox from SAMS.
      4) For the opportunities to transform people's lives by what we do, and to be able to make a difference.
      5) For our one year anniversary in Lima, on April 20th. The year went by so fast. It does not seem possible.
Prayers:
      1) For the placement of graduates throughout the Diocese of Peru, and for the ordinations coming up on May 1.
      2) For our periodic self-review of how we are doing, to help keep our focus fresh on what God is blessing and get behind it, amid the constantly changing circumstances on the ground, here. Simply put, this task means of the things we have been doing over the past few months: "Prune what is draining life, water where there is life, and plant seeds in other areas for the growth of God´s Kingdom."
      3) That we would help transform many lives by what we do, especially in the classes we teach, and the healing and prayer ministries.
      4) For the development of a diocesan lay studies curriculum.
      5) 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, and it is a crucial one.
      6) 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.
      7) For our landlady, her husband, and the others in our apartment building.
      8 ) For our plans at the Albany Diocesan Convention.
      9) For the people trying to travel across Europe at this time, who are prevented because of ash from the volcano in Iceland. There are some people in Peru trying to return to England.
      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

***** Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: article by a Christian Doctor
My friend Dr. Jane Ulva sent me this. It is worth reading and is very moving.
      God bless you
Fr. Nigel+

      Dying with Dignity
      by Jane L. Uva, MD, MPH
      "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
      "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? (John 11: 25-26)
      Personally, as a Christian these two bible passages are fundamental to my faith and give me hope for life after death. However, as and emergency physician I still struggle with watching patients with cancer suffer and die. One of the reasons I went into emergency medicine is because I like to make people better and to fix things. I find it painful to witness dying especially if I know the patient and family. It actually breaks my heart. Furthermore, patients who have a terminal illness often require a multitude of services that can make caring for them in the emergency department challenging. Due to the lack of time in the department it is difficult to reflect the compassion, comfort, and support these patients deserve.
      Several years ago, I met a remarkable Christian man who I believe walked with Jesus Christ during his illness and died with dignity reflecting God's glory. I had the privilege to care for him multiple times during the course of his illness. He taught me more than any text book or medical journal about the process of dying. He had a zest for life, love, family and friends. He always gave me a hug and a smile. He would say, "God bless you honey"!
      Randomly, he would stop by the emergency department while at the hospital for chemotherapy, radiation or other procedures just to say hi. I am convinced that he found his meaning in life, overcame the fear of death and gave much more than he ever took. I got to know his family during his frequent visits. His daughter once said to me that the bible gave them hope and strength. One particular passage gave them comfort.
      "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)
      My patient taught me that even though everyone dies we are not alone. Jesus meets us and comforts us if we believe. Moreover, he actually comes for us and leads us home to eternity.
      "There are many rooms in my Father's house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am. " (John 14: 2-3)
      Often throughout the course of his illness, I would see him and his family at various church healing services. I was amazed at their faith. They would go up for healing prayer. He told me he did this because he believed it made him better and he would live longer. He lived about 8 years after the diagnosis of terminal cancer. He made me realize that healing is not just physical, but that spirituality is essential to healing the mind and the soul. His faith in Jesus Christ and the power of prayer complemented his medical care and gave him tremendous peace.
      If you are interested in healing prayer, here are two services that are available. Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester on Wednesday at 12:15 and Christ the King in Cambridge on Tuesdays at 10 am. For questions call Zion at (802)362-1987 and Christ the King at (518 )692-9550.
      I witnessed God's love first hand when I visited him in the hospital when he was too sick to come to the emergency department anymore. I missed seeing him. He touched my heart and became precious to me. He had a wonderful spirit of courage and fought his illness all the way. It was so hard to watch him deteriorate physically. His spirit never wavered and he had unbelievable hope in his faith. He would sing:
"Jesus loves me! This I know
For the bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong."
      The last hours that he was alive I went to visit him and he was surrounded by his family. The love was evident to any healthcare provider that came into the room. He slept peacefully at last. I believe that Romans 8:38-39 illustrates the love that embraced him during his last day.
      "For I am convinced that neither death nor life; neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
      I want to thank him and his family for allowing me to take care of him. Thank you for touching my life so deeply with your faith and love of the Lord. I am so blessed to have known you. I pray to live my life with the dignity that you revealed to me during your walk through this life.
      Right after he died, I was driving home from work and I heard a fabulous song based on a bible passage that made me think of my patient and smile with hope because he left me with the precious gift of knowing him. I realize how blessed I am to be a physician.
      "But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. And I know that after this body has decayed, this body shall see God! Then he will be on my side! Yes, I shall see him, not as a stranger, but as a friend! What glorious hope!" (Job 19:25-27)

Albany Intercessor

Monday, April 19, 2010

 

4/19/2010, #27, 2nd Quarter 2010

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, (Matthew 3:1)
      Holy Spirit, please guide the preaching that takes place in this diocese. Move in the wilderness areas of our lives where we are still untouched by the gospel.

and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 3:2)
      Holy Spirit, move us to true and lasting repentance. Let the kingdom of heaven be manifested among us.

"For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight."'" (Matthew 3:3)
      Father, give us ears and hearts to respond to all preaching inspired by your Holy Spirit. Help us discern the true from the false.

Now John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4)
      Jesus, thank you for all those messengers you send to us. Bless them and provide for them. We pray that Bishop Ken Good and his wife, Mary, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, will be able to fly here to lead Priests' Retreat and to lead Clergy Wives' Retreat. We pray that the disruption in air travel will quickly end.

Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him (Matthew 3:5)
      Holy Spirit, draw multitudes from all over this diocese to the Diocesan Convention to hear your word to us.

and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matthew 3:6)
      Jesus, move among us at the Diocesan Convention to confess our sins and repent of them. Then help us take up our cross and follow you. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my living waters to flow.
      Lord, give us a thirst for what you want to give us. Come, Holy Spirit, and do a work of preparation in us.
      A word received: Trust me.

Monday: Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew (1:1-17),3:1-6
Tuesday: 36, 39; Exodus 19:1-16; Colossians 1:1-14; Matthew 3:7-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 9:26 pm
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth
Subject: Mother Miriam
Torre and Jean--
      Mother Miriam asks specific prayers for stabilization of her heart beat. She has developed an abnormality common with surgery of this nature -- one in three patients experience it. Pray for a slowing and regularity in her sinus rhythm. She is very eager to come home, but this must be resolved before the hospital will release her.
Sister Mary Elizabeth

***** Pray for Fr. Adam Egan as he begins ministry as the new rector of St. Stephen’s, Delmar.

***** Mary Jones gives her testimony about the power of the Holy Spirit working in her life       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSh51739-WA

Dave Dussault gives his testimony about the power of the Holy Spirit working in his life       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muxaSUUNtnM

***** Check out "Nearer My God To Thee" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A19Fx7A_GI&feature=channel This is a clip from the 1936 movie "San Francisco" with Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, and Jeannette MacDonald. Pray for those caught up in natural disasters lately, e.g., Haiti, Chile, China, and elsewhere.

***** Please pray for the Diocesan Convention, June 11-13, 2010, at the Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York

      Pray that the worship at the Diocesan Convention.

      Pray that we as a diocese will truly take up our cross and follow where Jesus leads.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, April 18, 2010

 

4/18/2010, #26, 2nd Quarter 2010

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way he showed himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We are going with you also." They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. (John 21:1-3)
      Lord, so much of our fishing for men has been fruitless (as far as we can see). Help us meet you once again and receive the guidance of your Holy Spirit.

But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. (John 21:4)
      Jesus, how many times have you stood on our shores and we haven't recognized you?

Then Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any food?" They answered him, "No." (John 21:5)
      Jesus, we need the food for our souls that only you can give; fill us anew with your Holy Spirit. Help us receive you into our hearts when we receive your body and blood today.

And he said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. (John 21:6)
      Jesus, help us cast our nets at your bidding. Please make our evangelism and work as fruitful as this.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. (John 21:7)
      Jesus, clothe us with your righteousness and give us the same desire to plunge in to get to you that Simon Peter had.

But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. (John 21:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us bring our catch to Jesus.

Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. (John 21:9)
      Jesus, help us see the feeding you have prepared for us.

Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish which you have just caught." (John 21:10)
      Father, help us bring our catch to Jesus.

Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. (John 21:11)
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see such wonders when we go fishing for men.

Jesus said to them, "Come and eat breakfast." Yet none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?"--knowing that it was the Lord. (John 21:12)
      Jesus, please help us come to you at your bidding.

Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. (John 21:13)
      Thank you, Jesus, for feeding us.

This is now the third time Jesus showed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. (John 21:14)
      Lord, reveal yourself to us and help us go forth with the good news of your resurrection from the dead. Thank you.

Sunday: 114, 115; Exodus 18:1-12; 1 John 2:7-17; Mark 16:9-20
Monday: Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Matthew (1:1-17),3:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010
From: Vaughan in San Antonio, Texas
      Thank you all for your prayers. John Spikes body was found this morning. He has set his feet upon a Rock, our sweet Lord and Savior. Please continue to keep his wife, Virginia in your prayers.
      Thank you all for the blessing of praying together.
In Christ, Vaughan

***** Check out "For All the Saints Who From Their Labours Rest" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH2UcunPAR0

***** Please pray for the Diocesan Convention, June 11-13, 2010, at the Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York

      Pray that the Black Flies, mosquitoes and bears will exit the Camp of the Woods during the Diocesan Convention.

      Pray that we as a diocese will truly take up our cross and follow where Jesus leads.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, April 17, 2010

 

4/17/2010, #25, 2nd Quarter 2010

Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Exodus 17:1-16; 1 Peter 4:7-19; John 16:16-33
Sunday: 114, 115; Exodus 18:1-12; 1 John 2:7-17; Mark 16:9-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Fr. John and Tish Kelly who will be running the Level 1 healing training at Tupper Lake Sunday April 18th-21st.

***** Please pray for the Diocesan Convention, June 11-13, 2010, at the Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York



      Pray that we as a diocese will truly take up our cross and follow where Jesus leads.

***** Check out "what a friend we have in Jesus" Tennesse Ernie Ford and Odetta circa 1960 sing the hymn together http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k531QQvBtYI&feature=fvw

Albany Intercessor

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, April 17, 2010, 9:20 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell & Dave Carlson
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+ Virgil and + Delores – They came seeking bread to eat (they heard that we have free bread at Christ Church). In addition to the physical bread we prayed that they would receive bread from heaven that would fill their souls.

+ Josephine -- crossed the street to get prayer for her health.

+ Jason – prayed for provision and protection for him and his family

+ teen girl – walked by with 2 women – they did not want prayer, but the girl accepted a cross

+ Angel -- a man with a bandaged finger – we prayed for healing

+ Tyheme -- young man in his late teens or early 20’s – asked prayer for a “prosperous life” – we prayed both for financial prosperity and spiritual prosperity -- that his soul would prosper

+ Lowell -- man got off the bus and walked over to the table; Lowell is a believer who has come for prayer and has helped intercede for others before at the prayer table; he has been in Connecticut and just recently returned to Schenectady; we prayed for him and his family; he stayed at the table for the remainder of the hour and helped pray for folks who stopped; he plans to join us for the 9am breakfast Sunday morning and the special Sunday School teaching series on the Holy Spirit

+ Mike -- young man asked prayer for good health

+ Larry -- older man, said he would like prayer for his family but he needed to get back to work – we prayed for him and his family, for good health and God’s provision

+ Bobby -- a man walking by playing the harmonica; when we offered prayer he made the sign of the cross and came to the table to receive prayer; we prayed for God’s blessing and provision and that Bobby would have a personal relationship and walk with the Lord

+ Charles -- young man on his way to the bus stop – prayed for God’s protection and provision for him and his family

Bill (regular) health and work problems.

David

Albany Intercessor

 

4/17/2010, #24, 2nd Quarter 2010


"These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
      Jesus, please overcome what is worldly in me. Win the victory in me and bring me to good cheer.

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. (1 Peter 4:7)
      Holy Spirit, come and move in my heart as I pray.

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8 )
      Thank you, Lord, that your love and your blood have covered my sins.

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9)
      Holy Trinity, one God, you have brought us into your fellowship with one another. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as you have done that for us, help us do that for others. Thank you.

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)
      Father, please help us daily give and receive ministry to and from others in the body of your son Jesus.

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. (1 Peter 4:11a)
      Holy Spirit, help me speak at your bidding.

If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, (1 Peter 4:11b)
      Father, please help me daily use the gifts and talents you have given me for the building up of your kingdom.

to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11c)
      Jesus, please help us daily bring you glory. Have your way with us so that your dominion will be evident in our lives. Thank you.

      A word received: Wait on me. Turn your attention to me. Keep me in focus. Don't be dismayed or distracted by the folly of the world and flesh.

Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Exodus 17:1-16; 1 Peter 4:7-19; John 16:16-33
Sunday: 114, 115; Exodus 18:1-12; 1 John 2:7-17; Mark 16:9-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Check out "There Is Power In The Blood" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vjNJkIPLOw&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W9FMb2wm_8&feature=channel

***** Please pray for the Clergy wives' retreat which is next Fri-Sun, April 23-25th and the Priest's retreat which is Tues April 27th - 28th. Please pray that all of the clergy and their wives will be able to go to these events and will do so.

Albany Intercessor

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