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Saturday, July 31, 2010

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, July 17, 2010, 9:30 -10:40 A.M. There were two prayer tables today: one in front of Christ Church with Craig Fetherstonhaugh (from Willowfield parish in Belfast) and Torre Bissell, and the other with Carol MacNaughton (from St. Michael's Colonie) and a young man from Christ Church in the SICM parking lot on Albany Street.

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

In front of Christ Church:
+Brown and +Denay (his son) -- Brown was very taciturn.

+Joan and her four children +Tamara, +Mark, +Michael, and +Daniel. We prayed for provision and protection for them.

Connie -- her sister, Patches, trailer caught on fire over by Watertown. All of them got out but the lost most of their clothing and possessions.

+Thelonius -- just had a tooth pulled, could hardly talk.

+Don -- was carried to the ER in an ambulance last Sunday from church.

+Paula and her grandson +Zorie. We prayed for them and then for Paula's friend Teresa who just had a tumor removed from her throat.

+Paul -- asked prayer for relief of stress on him and Connie. He gave his life and his burdens and his sins to Jesus and asked for and accepted Jesus' forgiveness.

+Jerry -- for strength and guidance.

Fr. Peter -- healing of inflammation by his left eye.

+Mary -- "I'm a little bit intoxicated." We prayed for sobriety.

+José -- "for my family"

Torre

In the SICM parking lot on Albany Street:
+Joseph (father) and +Rayn (young girl)

+Jenny and +Anney (lady with boy) Anny wanted special prayer against bad luck

+girl with older lady (no names)

+Julius and +Jeremiah (boys)

+Shaun and +son -- success and health

+Frankie (man) -- peaceful days and healing on his hand.

+Moses -- help and strength to stay on the right path

+Sheila -- health and strength

+Elaine -- has breast cancer

+Donna -- bills and wants an apartment on the bus route

+Travis -- salvation, soul, to be a good man.

Carol

 

7/31/2010, #33, 3rd Quarter 2010

"For David says concerning him: 'I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.'" (Acts 2:25)
      LORD, please help us keep you in sight as David did and know that you are at our right hand so that we will not be shaken.

"'Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.'" (Acts 2:26)
      Holy Spirit, please fill us up with hope so that we can rest in peace.

"'For you will not leave my soul in Hell, nor will you allow your Holy One to see corruption.'" (Acts 2:27)
      Jesus, I know that at the day of resurrection I shall see you face to face and not as a stranger.

"'You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of joy in your presence.'" (Acts 2:28 )
      Father, thank you for leading me to the pathway of life and giving me joy. Help me abide in your presence all the days of my life. Thank you.

Saturday: 23, 27; Judges 5:19-31; Acts 2:22-36; Matthew 28:11-20
Sunday: MP: 34; Judges 6:1-24; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Mark 3:20-30
      HC: 49; Ecclesiastes 1:12-14; Colossians 3:(5-11)12-17; Luke 12:13-21

      Notes from the Front Line [Many to pray for!]

Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010
From: Mother Miriam
Subject: Personal Prayer Reguest
Dear Torre and Jean, Greg and Trudy,
      Once more, I ask for prayer among the Diocesan Intercessors. My mother, Margaret Willis who lives with us at the Convent, has been diagnosed this week with lupus nephritis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes a form of arthritis and attacks the kidneys. Her renal insufficiency is now life-threatening. She will have a kidney biopsy on Monday morning. The biopsy will determine what and if treatment is possible to restore function. May I ask for prayer on her behalf for comfort of the presence of the Holy Spirit through the procedure on Monday and the waiting for the test results for her and me? Please join me in prayer that she be filled with God’s healing grace. If this illness be an attack of the evil one, in His mercy may God heal her completely of mind, body and spirit, and no matter the cause, if it be His Will, may she be given more time with us here.
      Thank you and love in Christ,

***** Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010
From: Chris Bennett
Subject: Dock Prayer update [Belfast, Northern Ireland]
Hi folks
      Just a very quick update today - there's some Titanic-related prayer topics to tell you about but that's for another email!
      Today can I just ask for your prayers for myself and for my wife Susan. We've both had hospital trips this week! - Susan has had pains in her chest and had to go in for several scans to make sure that they weren't caused by another clot. The doctors have ruled out a clot but still aren't much wiser as to what actually was causing the pain.
      Not to be outdone, I've had a flare-up of a frustrating little condition called Optic Neuritis, which means that from time to time my vision in one eye goes all blurry. It usually clears up by itself and I really hope that this will be the case this time.
      A bit of a double whammy in one week, and your prayers for health and for protection from attack would be greatly appreciated!
Many thanks Prayer Warriors! Chris

***** From Deb Gerlach on the Peru Mission Trip (Christ Church Prayer Line)
Request continued prayer for Peru missions trip. Bishop Bill not feeling well and Carol Lucas as well. We return tomorrow after having seen and experienced the Lords Presence and Providence in so many ways. Pray for safety, good connections and that God will continue in us the work He has begun as we return. Pray for Shalom Center, Father Aurelio, Edith and Father Juan Carlos all leaders of community centers / congregations with whom we ministered these weeks. Thanks be to God.

***** Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Peru Mission Trip update 30 July 2010
Dear Mission Friends,
Peace be with you.
      Today was the final full day of the mission trip with preparations underway for tomorrow´s return, resting, wrapping up a few remaining administrative items, some shopping for uniquely Peruvian gifts, early packing, and a Holy Eucharist in the evening at which Bp. Bill presided. Fr. Mike Chapman dropped by at dinner time.
      The Holy Eucharist marked a farewell to Julie by the group. She and Susan Park head for Arequipa tomorrow for a few days on Commission on Ministry (CEMO) matters, via Peruvian Airlines, on a flight before the mission team departs. Julie plans to return to Lima in time for the seminary classes that she will be teaching in Lima next week, as well as for the beginning of Lydia´s next school class cycle in Peru.
      Please pray for safe and timely travel for Julie and Susan as well as for the Mission team. Departure preparations for the mission team get into full swing early, with the bus arriving at the convent 11 am, loading the bus before lunch, and departure from the convent taking place about 1 pm (just after lunch), hopefully getting to the airport about 2 pm or 2:30 pm (depending on traffic).
      Lydia and I plan to be their escort in the bus to the airport. After a few airport matters, Lydia and I will return to our section of Lima by taxi, to take care of final matters relating to the mission trip. The mission team´s plane is scheduled to depart in late afternoon. They have a longer layover in Colombia on the way back than they had coming down, so there is a higher probability that they will not run into the same flight problem that they had on the way to Lima.
      Please keep ailing members of the mission team in your prayers.
      Shortly, today´s photos will be on my Facebook webpage. There are about 125 photos on the webpage: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=230929&id=629731941&l=80ece73599
      God bless you, and thank you for praying for us. I pray for you every day.
In Christ, Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia
Long-term missionaries from the Diocese of Albany, serving in Lima, Peru.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
From: Ivan Durneen
Subject: Please Pray - Wycliffe Engage - Cameroon Aug. 2010
Date: Wednesday, 28 July, 2010, 23:53
Hi Hugh
      Set out below is the detail of the 4 week mission trip to be lead by Sharon Brown leaving next week.
      There is detail of the team / points for which they would like ongoing prayer and their itinerary.
      In addition to the prayer points mentioned can we please pray that the Lord will equip and direct Sharon as she deals with the practical problems of organisation and in motivating and caring for this relatively young team. Also pray that the Lord will equip each team member to deal with the issues arising and particularly in adapting to the very basic food and living conditions.
      Taking account that this area has only very limited Bible translation in their own language pray that the activities will make the most impact.
Wycliffe Engage - Cameroon - August 2010
Team
Sharon (NI), Catherine (NI), Armand (Eng), Elizabeth (Scot), Liisa (Fin), Nathanael (Eng)
Please Pray for
      Safety in travel and for good health throughout the trip.
      Good relations within the team and effective teamworking.
      The childrens clubs in Bambalang and Bamunka and that the team would be an encouragement to the local churches.
      Open hearts to learn from those we rneet and from God.
Timetable -2 August to 1 September
2nd -- Team meet at Heathrow Hotel
3r d- Fly to Yaounde via Brussels (dep 6.50am Arr 16.35pm)
4th - Orientation in Yaounde
5th - Travel to Bamenda
6th - Food shopping in Bamenda and travel to Bambalang
7th - Orientation to village living
8th- -Church in Bambalang
9th-13th - Childrens Club in Bambalang and visits to projects etc
14th - Move to Bamunka
15th - Church in Bamunka
16th - 20th - Childrens Club in Bamunka and visits to projects etc
21st - Move back to Bambalang
22nd - Church in Bambalang and go to local families
23rd -- 24th - Stay with local families (visit market and farms)
25th -Youth Event (?)
26th - Pack up and say good byes
27th -Move to Mbingo
28th -- 29th - Debrief in Mbingo
30th - travel to Yaounde
3st - Free time in Yaounde/fly home at 23.40
1st - Arrive back in UK

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2010 10:00:54 +0000 (GMT)
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Prayer Chain
Dear prayer partners
      Please pray for Pat Turner as she continues to fight her illness at home. Pray for a real sense of God's peace, presence and strength in the days that lie ahead.
      Also continue to prayer for Paul Jardine who is recovering from his fall he had at the New Wine Conference. Give thanks that he is not in pain, put please pray that the healing process would increase enabling him very quickly to have greater mobility leading to a full recovery. Pray for the Lord's protection over Paul, Ruth, Bethan & Joe.
Thank you Hugh

Maria has sent a request for prayer:
Details of Prayer Request: Please pray for Maria's 15-year-old son, that he surrenders his life to God. Pray for his mental, emotional, and physical healing. Thank you very much. Please pray for little James that he will not loose his sight.
Thank you Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Friday, July 30, 2010

 

7/30/2010, #32, 3rd Quarter 2010

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified." (Matthew 28:1-5)
      Holy Angels, daily point us to Jesus.

      Jesus, I seek you -- come into my life more and more each day. Thank you for being crucified for me.

"He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. come, see the place where the Lord lay." (Matthew 28:6)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for raising Jesus from the dead and coming into our hearts with the truth and joy of the gospel.

"And go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead, and indeed he is going before you into Galilee; there you will see him. Behold, I have told you." (Matthew 28:7)
      Father, please help us quickly go and tell our brother and sister disciples everything you have done in our lives. Let the joy of every encounter with Jesus spill over into testimony.

So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples word. (Matthew 28:8 )
      Holy Spirit, bring us to daily Easter joy that cannot be contained but which must be shared with others.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" (Matthew 28:9)
      Jesus, please help us hear your word to these women and to us: "Rejoice!" Jesus my heart is filled with joy this morning, thank you!

A word received: "Pray for my little ones who suffer fro my name's sake.

Friday: 73; Judges 5:1-18; Acts 2:1-21; Matthew 28:1-10
Saturday: 23, 27; Judges 5:19-31; Acts 2:22-36; Matthew 28:11-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Peru mission report, 29 July 2010
Dear Friends in Christ,
Peace be with you.
      This was the second-to-last day of the short-term mission trip from Albany to Lima, Peru, this year.
Notable events of the day:
      1) This was the last day of traveling with our bus driver (and his family).
      The slumber party and Mudges were about half-way to the convent this morning, where the rest of the group was, when our travel bus turned a corner to where we were, on its way to the convent as well. This enabled us to ride the rest of the way. So, this morning, it was a 10 minute walk and then ride, instead of the usual 20 minute brisk pace walk to the convent. Most importantly, it was God's timing.
      The spouse of our bus driver brought the group some mazamorra (jelly, fruit, purple pudding-juice made from purple corn.)
      2) We visited the Archaeological Museum, one of the top museums in Peru, covering the history of Peru from early man to the recent past. Just about everyone wanted to go through the pre-colombian section, so we spent our time there.
      3) Then, we stopped at the Anglican Cathedral of the Good Shepherd for a tour, and to drop off the team's work clothes and tools. The work clothes will be donated to women of the Diocese to help raise funds. The tools are to be used by the Diocese of Peru for future work projects.
      4) After lunch, we went to the Inca Market to buy gifts and such.
      Please pray for the team members as they begin to transition to the United States, and as they begin to integrate their experiences here with their lives in the US.
      For family members and personal friends of the team members: everyone on both continents will have had experiences that the others have not. Perhaps the team's lives will have changed for ever. Maybe their story will inspire other young people too come to Peru. Maybe you will be inspired to come join us in the work, here in Peru, on another short-term mission trip.
      Pray that God would guide us all, in the days and months to come. The team still has a day here, but their thoughts are beginning to head home. This has been a very good group, and we appreciate the fact that they have gone out of their way to include us as part of the team.
      Team members on the whole have been healthy, but your continued prayers for ailing members, would be appreciated.
      God bless you all, and thank you for your prayers. I pray for you every day.
Padre Shaw Mudge, on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia
Long-term missionaries from the Diocese of Albany, serving in Lima, Peru.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, July 29, 2010

 

7/29/2010, #31, 3rd Quarter 2010

And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, were there looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons. (Matthew 27:55-56)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the many women who daily follow you in this diocese. Please raise up vocations to the devout and holy life for the Sisters of St. Mary, the Daughters of the King, the Franciscans of the Holy Cross, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and the many other ministries in this diocese.

Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. (Matthew 27:57-58 )
      Jesus, thank you for all those who daily give of themselves in service to you. Thank you for those who are willing to risk their lives and fortunes to honor you.

When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. (Matthew 27:59-61)
      Father, you watched and waited as your son was executed, have mercy on us and help us watch and wait with all those who suffer for his sake. Bring us to resurrection joy along with all his disciples. Thank you.

Thursday: 74; Judges 4:4-23; Acts 1:15-26; Matthew 27:55-66
Friday: 73; Judges 5:1-18; Acts 2:1-21; Matthew 28:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Peru mission trip 28 July 2010
Dear Friends in Christ,
Peace be with you.
      We had a cultural day today, to know more about Peru. We visited Pachacamac in the Province of Lima on the coast, and we learned that the view of the Inca Empire from a Peruvian perspective is that the Incas were a warrior empire. I have heard elsewhere that they forceably relocated whole villages. We learned that, at the temple of the Son at Pachacamac, twice a year they sacrificed a daughter from one of the ruling families, usually about age 30. I am thankful that Jesus is our once-for-all sacrifice.
      You may wonder how a trip to Pachacamac ties into mission. Pachacamac helps us understand Peruvian culture, and when we understand Peruvian culture, we understand the people better, to minister better. And as I was talking with Fr. Gus Calvo about the religious customs of the Incas that we heard from our guide, it suddenly occurred to me how the religious practices factored into the life of the Incas, and I was struck by parallels that exist in contemporary Peruvian culture.
      Furthermore, Peruvians have asked us Mudges from time to time if we have visited Pachacamac, as an indication of our commitment to the people of Peru. Because Pachacamac is not just about the Incan Empire, it is also about the 3 other empires prior to the Incas, dating back to about 200 AD, at this one location.
      I had a wonderful birthday that included a party at our apartment this evening. Among the attending guests were the Albany Mission team, Bp. Godfrey of Peru and Judith his beloved, and Fr. Mike Chapman and Linda, his beloved.
      Lydia's slumber party is going well.
      Two of our members are feeling slightly under the weather. Please pray for their swift recovery, and we ask for prayers of protection for all the team members' health. Please pray also for the agenda, tomorrow, and that we would do what the Holy Spirit would guide us to do.
      There are about 107 photos of our Peruvian trip on my Facebook page, in public format, if you are interested.
      http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=230929&id=629731941&l=80ece73599
      Some videos from the Albany trip to Peru are about to be placed on my Youtube website. Search "shawmjr" at www.youtube.com if you would like to see them.
      Thank you for praying for us. I pray for you every day.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia
Long-term missionaries from the Diocese of Albany, serving in Lima, Peru.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

 

7/28/2010, #30, 3rd Quarter 2010

And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," he said, "you have heard from me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Acts 1:4-5)
      Father, help us wait for your promise.

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, saying, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6)
      Lord Jesus, we ask you to restore your bride the church, wash and cleanse her and give us all wedding garments so that we can go into the feast.

And he said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in his own authority." (Acts 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know what we should know and leave the rest to you.

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8 )
      Father, please bless us with the active presence of your Holy Spirit. Guide us in going forth in our parishes and communities, and throughout this diocese, and to the ends of the earth as witnesses to Jesus. Thank you.

      A word received: I love you.

Wednesday: 119:73-96; Judges 3:12-30; Acts 1:1-14; Matthew 27:45-54
Thursday: 74; Judges 4:4-23; Acts 1:15-26; Matthew 27:55-66

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Peru report, 27 July 2010, 11:40 pm
Dear Friends in Christ,
      Peace be with you.
      We had a great day today, holding a vacation Bible school day in a poor section of Ventanilla, about an hour and a half by bus, north, from the convent where the team is staying in Lima.
      I include two pictures from today, below. Shortly, I hope to set up sample fotos from the mission trip in my Facebook account. To see them, go to the following link: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=230929&id=629731941&l=80ece73599
      We prayed for healing in several peoples´ homes, and had a prayer walk through the community. While we were in the neighborhood, a pregnant lady´s water broke, and so the family and friends wondered if we could drive our bus to the hospital. But our bus driver was away, and in a few minutes, an ambulance arrived and took her to the local hospital.
      Amelia Brown has provided us with marbles, colored pencils, and pencil sharpeners for the ministry at this mission. They are just what is needed, among other things. Thank you to the Browns, especially to her parents who also made this possible.
      Yesterday morning, Catie Love gave a spectacular presentation during our team devotion time, paralleling our experience with the artist at La Ascension to what God does in our lives. I was truly blessed.
      We have had the same bus driver since the day after the team arrived. This morning, one of the bus driver´s sons asked me where there is an Anglican Church in his neighborhood. I put him in touch with one of the leaders of the mission today, who told him of a mission about 3 or 4 blocks from his home in another district of the city. Praise God.
      Please pray for today´s mission and its work and growth. Please pray for our team in its final days in the mission, for all the logistics, and activities. Please pray for me tomorrow. I get to celebrate my birthday along with the birthday of the nation of Peru, and the closing hours include a sleep-over of four teenage girls.
      Having a birthday on the day of the birth of the country, is really interesting, here. I have this feeling from two conversations today that when some people discover this, it is like I have a special relationship with them, that my birthday is a sign that I am part of the national heritage in a special way. Please pray that it would be a special day for us all, here in Peru, and for you in North America, as well, to the glory of God wherever we are.
      Thank you for praying. I pray for you every day. It makes a difference.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia.
Long-term missionaries from the Diocese of Albany in the Diocese of Peru.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

 

7/27/2010, #29, 3rd Quarter 2010

Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear his cross. (Matthew 27:32)
      Jesus, thank you for the many times we have been compelled to do things we didn't want to do and they became great blessings.

      A word received: You are in my hand.

Tuesday: 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Judges 2:1-5,11-23; Romans 16:17-27; Matthew 27:32-44
Wednesday: 119:73-96; Judges 3:12-30; Acts 1:1-14; Matthew 27:45-54

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Bissell Bunch


Albany Intercessor

Monday, July 26, 2010

 

7/26/2010, #28, 3rd Quarter 2010

I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, (Romans 16:1)
      Lord, please help us care for all your servants and deacons.

that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also. (Romans 16:2)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to supply the needs of the deacons of this diocese and their families.

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. (Romans 16:3-4)
      Holy Father, thank you for all those who daily risk their lives in your service. Thank you for all the deacons among us who daily go the extra mile.

Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ. Greet Mary, who labored much for us. (Romans 16:5-6)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to help all who serve you in your church. Thank you.

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. (Romans 16:7)
      Jesus, help us remember in prayer and deed all who are in prison or facing death for your sake. Thank you.

      A word received: Keep asking for my Holy Spirit.

      A word received at Christ Church 7/25/10: You sing, yes you sing -- are you listening? Are you seeking? Are you ready to act? Listen. If you listen you will hear me. Seek. If you seek me you will find me -- then I will be able to tell you what to do. I want you to really listen, really seek and be willing to step out and act.

Monday: 64, 65; Joshua 24:16-33; Romans 16:1-16; Matthew 27:24-31
Tuesday: 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Judges 2:1-5,11-23; Romans 16:17-27; Matthew 27:32-44

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Dear Ones,
      I guess my focus in prayer has shifted off the problems of the Anglican Communion. The problems seem so huge. Years ago I went to a very helpful workshop and the leader talked about praying at the level of your faith. He said, "I don't have the faith to pray for world peace, but I have the faith to pray for peace in my neighborhood." The workshop leader also talked about praying for their son who was mentally retarded. He said that as he and his wife looked at the issue, they realized that they did not have the faith to pray their son's retardation would be taken away. But they found they had the faith to pray that their son would learn to tie his shoes, and he learned to tie his shoes. He said, "Bit by bit his retardation is being taken away as we pray at the level of our faith."
      I try to look at where my faith level is and I find I have faith to pray for the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland. So that is what I largely pray for. I have found real freedom in praying this way.
Torre

***** Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Peru report, 25 July 2010, 11:59 pm.
Dear Friends in Christ,
Peace be with you.
      In place of my usual weekly prayer and praise report, I am passing along a daily mission report. Keep praying for us Mudges, and all that needs to happen over the next few weeks, and please keep praying for the team as they start to move into the second and final week of the trip. I especially ask your prayers for Debbie Gerlach who was a bit under the weather today, and is recovering.
      Thank you to everyone who has sent me a message about the mission reports and the photos, and thank you to Torre Bissell and Jeanne Gizara who have been willing to pass along daily reports. Thank you for praying for us. I pray for you every day. It makes a difference.
      This is today´s report from the Albany mission trip to Lima, Peru:
      Again, there were two parts of the day, today, for the mission team:
      1) There was a healing service during the 11 am Holy Eucharist at La Ascension in the Surco District of Lima during the prayers of the people, led by Bishop Bill Love. Four prayer teams from the group were set up in the different corners around the room. One team was joined by Judith Godfrey (beloved spouse of Bp. Bill Godfrey) and by Linda Chapman (beloved spouse of Fr. Mike Chapman).
      Fr. Mike presided at the Holy Eucharist. Bishop Bill preached (and it was translated by a team member into Spanish). The Diocese of Albany team led the congregation in two of the worship songs. I have included two pictures, one of the Albany team during the service (two team members are playing percussion instruments), and another during a photo session after the service.
      After the service, the congregation of La Ascension gave us a very nice thank-you lunch at the parish, as an example of the famous Peruvian hospitality that we have been experiencing, and in gratitude for all that had been accomplished at the mission. The parish hopes that this is the beginning of a continuing relationship between the Diocese of Albany and the parish of La Ascension.
      At the end of the lunch, Amelia Brown gave an excellent visual presentation in Spanish to everyone, about the Diocese of Albany. About 3:30 pm, the get-together concluded with a spectacular cultural song by the congregation, led by Fr. Alberto Valdivia, the priest in charge of the congregation and an excellent guitarist. Fr. Alberto stands between Bp. Bill and Fr. Mike in one of the photos.
      2) In the evening after about a 45 minute drive, we enjoyed a different kind of Holy Eucharist, at the anniversary celebration of the mission of Jesus El Salvador in the District of Villa El Salvador, a mission at which Julie and I had been serving earlier this year. The service lasted from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.
      Several of the people at this service were people that the team had been meeting during the week. That reunion was great, especially for the team members who had painted the mural at La Ascension with Marco Gomez, the artist; Marco was a leader at the service at Jesus El Salvador, and he lives at Jesus el Salvador.
      And it was very nice service for just about everyone, and there were photos afterwards. Fr. Julio Montoya, the Vicar General of the Diocese, was both the celebrant and the preacher, and he gave an excellent sermon on prayer that was translated by Raul Calvo into English (one of the team members). Our bus driver and his family joined us for the service; he particularly liked the worship band.
      Tomorrow is another interesting day.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia.
Long-term missionaries in the Diocese of Albany.





Albany Intercessor

Sunday, July 25, 2010

 

7/25/2010, #27, 3rd Quarter 2010

Now it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, that one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1)
      Jesus, please teach us as a diocese how to pray -- teach us how to come together in prayer.

So he said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven," (Luke 11:2a)
      Father, thank you for giving us a spirit of adoption and making us your children.

"Hallowed be your name." (Luke 11:2b)
      Father, we have unclean lips and we dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips (See Isaiah 6:5). Please help us keep your name holy.

"Your kingdom come. your will be done On earth as it is in heaven." (Luke 11:2c)
      Father, we ask for your will and purposes to be accomplished in our lives and in the life of this diocese.

"Give us day by day our daily bread." (Luke 11:3)
      Father, we don't know what to do, but our eys are upon you (See 2 Chronicles 20:12); please help us receive each day the bread you have for us that day. Thank you.

"And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us." (Luke 11:4a)
      Forgive us the sin of wanting our own way -- of substituting our "good" for what you have said is good. Please help us let go of the debts others owe us.

"And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." (Luke 11:4b)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize temptation for what it is and resist it.

      Father, please help us resist every trick and trap of the evil one.

      Jesus, we ask you to establish you kingdom in our hearts and in the heart of this diocese -- give us a will to serve you each day.

Sunday: MP: 8, 84; Joshua 24:1-15; Acts 28:23-31; Mark 2:23-28
      HC: 138; Genesis 18:20-33; Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13
Monday: 64, 65; Joshua 24:16-33; Romans 16:1-16; Matthew 27:24-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, July 24, 2010, 9:20 -10:30 A.M. - David Carlson, Carol MacNaughton (from St. Michael’s in Colonie), & Shane Goodman

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

+ Sheri -- wanted to thank the Lord for her family’s new apartment/house and ask prayer for her teenage daughter Angela

+ Cesar and + Deborah - this couple has been at the prayer table before and asked where Torre was today (note: Torre’s kids and grandkids are all home for a family reunion so he didn’t join us today) – they were very cheerful and upbeat and grateful for our prayers; asked prayer for their family especially their daughter + Danielle

+++Paula (a regular) got 3 crosses to give to friends and family; she wanted to thank the Lord for answered prayer for one of her kids (Zorie) who is home now; she also asked prayer for a friend (Robin) who has terminal cancer and is very tired; Paula asked about Torre and was happy to hear good news about his eye (she has been praying for him); finally, she asked us to pray a blessing on her home

+++Debra (a regular) – asked us to continue to pray for her health; her daughter and 2 grandkids are coming from Albany to spend the day with her – we prayed for all of them

Shane – has an apartment now, which is an answer to prayer; has had a couple 1-day jobs but needs continued prayer for a full-time job

Connie -- prayer for her relationship with her boyfriend

+ Kowin -- man walking by with a +toddler – asked prayer for financial provision – seemed very grateful for our prayers

David

***** Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Dear Torre,
Peace be with you.
      Yesterday, when we went out to the neighborhood in Surco at dusk, Barbara Janke, one of the mission team, took a bag of wooden crosses to hand out to people.
      She started to offer people a cross, with the bag open for them to choose from. Hardly anybody was willing to take any. Our neighborhood guide informed her that in Peru, no one gives away anything for free (a lot of street entrepreneurs do the same kind of thing with a bag with candy etc.). People probably thought she was trying to sell them.
      She then adjusted her strategy as we walked along, and she told people that they were free ("gratis"), and she decided to hold a few in her hand to give out, and not to hold out the bag (someone else carried the bag). Again, not too many takers.
      Then, she moved to plan C, and I believe she asked someone (it could have been me, but I do not remember, as I had my mind on several other things at the moment) for the Spanish word for "gift" ("regalo"). She then told people they were a "regalo," and then, people were very grateful for receiving them, and she gave away quite a few (I am guessing perhaps 15 to 25).
      And I was thinking about that this morning. It came to me that what Barbara did last evening makes an interesting metaphor: Jesus' death on the cross is a gift from God who died for us, and I am truly thankful.
      And I thought to share this story with you because of your ministry with the crosses.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+

***** Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Peru report, 24 July 2010, 10:59 pm.
Dear Friends in Christ,
      Peace be with you. This is today´s report from the Albany mission trip to Lima, Peru.
      Temperatures are a bit on the chilly side on the coast at night, but not life-threatening as in some parts of the sierras. During the day, it was rather pleasant in Lima, and quite a few people were surfing (in wetsuits).
      There were two parts of the day, today, for the mission team:
      1) Youth ministry at a mission in the Villa El Salvador section of Lima in the morning. A photo is attached.
      2) Catching up on things like laundry, changing money, preparing for tomorrow, and taking a walk through a park in the Miraflores District of Lima with a good view of the ocean.
      Tomorrow is a full day.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia.
Long-term missionaries in the Diocese of Albany.



Albany Intercessor

Saturday, July 24, 2010

 

7/24/2010, #26, 3rd Quarter 2010

Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked him, saying, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said to him, "It is as you say." (Matthew 27:11)
      Jesus, please help us daily acknowledge your kingship in our lives by our thoughts and words and deeds. Thank you.

      A word received: Share my love with one another.

Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Joshua 23:1-16; Romans 15:25-33; Matthew 27:11-23
Sunday: MP: 8, 84; Joshua 24:1-15; Acts 28:23-31; Mark 2:23-28
      HC: 138; Genesis 18:20-33; Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
From: Elizabeth Down
To: HUGH BOWMAN
Date: Wednesday, 21 July, 2010, 23:54
Hi Hugh
      I just want to give you an update on mum, she was moved from lagan valley hospital on Saturday into drumlough house respite home but a room has become available in Tullywest Manor. Bobby and I will be taking my mother (Lily) there tomorrow and I would value your prayers at this difficult time. My mum has been very down and is very frail, she knows she is incapable of going home and has really given up on life.
      Thank you so much, Elizabeth Down
      Loving Father we ask for strength for Liz as she goes through this upsetting time in settling her mum Lily into respite, we pray your presence overall of the family as they watch Lily deteriorate. Please surround them with your peace and love and we ask Lord that Lily would feel your peace as you hold her in your loving arms.
Thank you, Hugh

***** Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010
From: Deacon Faye VanDermark
Subject: Faye needs your help.
Hi , just a reminder for you all.. Thank you for you help.. The lockup is Tuesday. For me please give what you can.. Thanks and God bless Faye
For those who have help...THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!!!! https://www.joinmda.org/MyLockup/MyHomepage/tabid/162789/Participant/rvandermark3/Default.aspx

Albany Intercessor

Friday, July 23, 2010

 

7/23/2010, #25, 3rd Quarter 2010

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; (Psalm 51:1a)
      Father, I look to you day by day -- have mercy on me.

According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1b)
      Father, you have blotted out my transgressions with the blood of your son Jesus. Thank you.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)
      Holy Spirit, come upon me and cleanse me of sin. Let the fire of your love go through me.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:3)
      Lord Jesus, you know my sins even better than I do, have mercy on me and cleanse me from my sin.

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)
      Jesus, I claim you cross and blood shed for me as my only defense. There is nothing else I can claim that has any merit. Thank you for dying for me.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. (Psalm 51:5)
      LORD, the stain of sin is built into the very fabric of my life; have mercy on me and cleanse me of all my sin.

Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part you will make me to know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6)
      Father, please bring me to wisdom; help me to see by the light of Christ.

Friday: 51; Joshua 9:22-10:15; Romans 15:14-24; Matthew 27:1-10
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Joshua 23:1-16; Romans 15:25-33; Matthew 27:11-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I saw the retina specialist again Thursday morning. He gave a good report. I will always have some floaters in my eye but he said I "will get used to them." There was no further sign of any bleeding or other problems. Torre

***** Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:47:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Peru mission trip report, 22 July 2010
Dear mission friends,
Peace be with you.
      It was a very good day today in Lima, Peru.
      We were at Christ the King Diocesan Center in the District of Surco, the same building where the Mission of the Ascensión is and where the seminary is. We return tomorrow.
Accomplishments and noted events:
      Some team members saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time, today.
      Part one of a wall mural for the nursery in the Mission of the Ascension began. A photo of the mural from earlier in the day is attached. The team started with a blank wall. One of the recent seminary graduates drew the template, and the team is painting it. The work continues tomorrow.
      The NGO office is being painted at the Diocesan Center. NGO stands for "Non-governmental organization," and this NGO is an organization that coordinates a lot of the diocesan social outreach work. The painting continues tomorrow.
      Study Bibles and history books were taken to the seminary.
      Team members were able to make Internet and or Skype connections with family members and friends.
      Fr. Mike Chapman made a brief cameo appearance at one point during the day, en route to a meeting in the same building.
      The team joined with members of the Church of the Ascension to go out into the neighborhood invite people in the neighborhood to the Sunday healing service this coming Sunday morning. We went in small groups. One of our bus driver´s sons was part of one of the teams.
      Part 2 of the trek through the neighborhood continues tomorrow. Initially, this was a stretching moment for some, but in the end, from the reports, this appeared to be a very positive experience.
      The mission team leaders and the diocesan support team both have been fantastic and are coordinating well. The team itself is a great one. Top notch.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia
Missionaries from the Diocese of Albany in the Diocese of Peru.



Albany Intercessor

Thursday, July 22, 2010

 

7/22/2010, #24, 3rd Quarter 2010

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1)
      Jesus, please give us your heart of compassion for the weak. Help us serve them as you would.

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. (Romans 15:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us build up one another with your love and compassion.

For even Christ did not please himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me." (Romans 15:3)
      Father, please help us die to ourselves as Jesus did. Help us love others with your love.

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
      Holy Spirit, restore daily reading of the Scriptures to the Body of Christ so that we may learn from them and have hope.

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)
      Amen and Amen! Now may the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (See Romans 15:13)

      A word received: Give me the honor that is due to me.

Thursday: [59,60] or 66, 67; Joshua 9:3-21; Romans 15:1-13; Matthew 26:69-75
Friday: 51; Joshua 9:22-10:15; Romans 15:14-24; Matthew 27:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Protection prayer cover
Dear prayer partners
      Can you please cover Craig with your prayers on his youth mission in Albany that he would be covered by the full armour of God, that the presence of the Holy Spirit would give him wisdom in working with the young people, that the joy of the Lord would be his strength. For safe travel wherever he goes in Jesus Name.
Thank you, Hugh
      [Note from Torre: Craig Featherstoneaugh arrived Tuesday and we are really enjoying his presence in our home.]

***** Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mission update, 21 July 2010, 10:20 pm
Dear Friends in Christ,
Peace be with you.
      This is an update from the Albany mission trip to Lima, Peru.
      I do not know if you will be able to see the attached pictures, but I have included two from the mission trip.
      One of the key objectives of a good mission trip is to spread the love of Christ. The pictures that I am including, show some of the interaction of the mission group with the people among whom we are working.
      If you are able to, pick a person in a photo, and pray a prayer of Christ's love for that person, whether you choose one of the people in the mission group or one of the people from the Lima area.
      Yesterday, en route to the destination, we walked past a work crew building a retaining wall. This is a group photo from that encounter (photo dscn2363).
      Today, we drove to the Municipal District of Comas in the northern part of Lima and sanded and painted tables and benches for one of the missions (dscn2395).
      Before we began work today, one of the recent graduates from the seminary gave a briefing on the recent history of the mission, and it was so powerful a testimony, that it may been one of the reasons that our bus driver and his assistant decided to help us with the sanding and painting.
      Back at the convent tonight, one of the people there saw one of the photos that I took and thought that the work of the mission team today was a very good project.
      Tomorrow, we go to another project.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw
Disciples Making Disciples.
Discípulos Creciendo Discípulos.




Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

 

7/21/2010, #23, 3rd Quarter 2010

And those who had laid hold of Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. (Matthew 26:57)
      Have mercy on the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, Lord.

But Peter followed him at a distance to the high priest's courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end. (Matthew 26:58 )
      Jesus, so many of your people "follow at a distance." Please help us all draw near to you.

Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put him to death, (Matthew 26:59)
      Father, so many of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have sought after false testimony about Jesus; have mercy on us.

but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward (Matthew 26:60)
      Holy Spirit, we ask you to confuse the testimony of all false witnesses against Jesus.

and said, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.'" (Matthew 26:61)
      Lord Jesus, rebuild the temple of your body, the Church, in our day. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost among us.

And the high priest arose and said to him, "Do you answer nothing? What is it these men testify against you?" (Matthew 26:62)
      Jesus, you knew when to speak and when to keep silent; help us know the same.

But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to him, "I put you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God!" (Matthew 26:63)
      Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church accept the answer you give to this question.

Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." (Matthew 26:64)
      Holy Father, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church see things as they truly are with your son.

Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard his blasphemy! What do you think?" They answered and said, "He is deserving of death." (Matthew 26:65-66)
      Lord, have mercy on us, our leaders and teachers call good evil and evil good.

Then they spat in his face and beat him; and others struck him with the palms of their hands, saying, "Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck you?" (Matthew 26:67-68 )
      Holy Spirit, please bring repentance and renewal to your people.

      Jesus, forgive us when we hurt you.

      Father, thank you for loving us so much that you sent Jesus to endure this for us.

      A word received: I will be your guide -- that is my promise. Listen for my guidance.

      Jesus, please help us wait and listen for your guidance. Thank you.

Wednesday: 49,[53]; Joshua 8:30-35; Romans 14:13-23; Matthew 26:57-68
Thursday: [59,60] or 66, 67; Joshua 9:3-21; Romans 15:1-13; Matthew 26:69-75

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Check out the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center web site for news and information: http://christ-the-king-center.org/

***** Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mission Trip Update, 20 July 2010, 15:00 pm
Dear Prayer partners,
Peace be with you.
This is an update on the Albany Mission trip to Peru.
      1) The Good News. Everyone arrived in Lima about 1:15 am, and they got to bed by about 3:30 am, today.
      2) The unusual parts:
      a) Our taxi driver to the airport (second attempt of the day), only took about 21 minutes, door to door. Sometimes it can take an hour, to an hour and a half, to get to the airport. At about 11:30 pm, it was a breathtaking experience.
      b) The mission team enjoyed excellent Colombian hospitality for about 7 hours, while they waited for a later plane than was anticipated.
      c) The our bus driver waited at our end for them for about 7 additional hours at the Lima airport, with a minimal additional charge to the team. He really went out of the way for the team, and
      d) The mission team was up and going for today´s initial effort after about 4 or so hours of sleep this morning. It was a fruitful day, learning about some of the missions in the Diocese of Peru, firsthand, and putting a roof on a mission station.
      3) So, we are off and running, and it has been an awesome trip so far. And these are awesome people.
      God bless you, and thank you for praying.
      In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.
      Diocese of Albany missionaries serving in Lima, Peru.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

 

7/20/2010, #22, 3rd Quarter 2010

For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. (Romans 14:7)
      Jesus, thank you for calling us to a life lived in you. Help us die to ourselves and live for you.

For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. (Romans 14:8 )
      Jesus, thank you that I am in your hands -- that in life and death you will be there with me, holding my hand and saying, "This is the way, walk in it."

For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. (Romans 14:9)
      Jesus, be Lord of my life!

But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. (Romans 14:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help me recognize the difference between discernment and judgment -- to do the former and not the latter.

For it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." (Romans 14:11)
      Father, write your word on my heart.

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:12)
      LORD, even now, help me give a true account of myself to you day by day. Thank you for drawing me to you.

      A word received at Christ Church 7/18/10: It is time; it is time to repent of those things in your lives that cause separation from me. Come -- come and bring your sin. I died to bring reconciliation and to tear down the walls you have built between us. Come and be set free from the barriers between us. All of you still have barriers. Come and be free from them.

Tuesday: 47, 48; Joshua 8:1-22; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 26:47-56
Wednesday: 49,[53]; Joshua 8:30-35; Romans 14:13-23; Matthew 26:57-68

Albany Intercessor

Monday, July 19, 2010

 

7/19/2010, #21, 3rd Quarter 2010

      A word received at Christ Church 7/18/10: It is time; it is time to repent of those things in your lives that cause separation from me. Come -- come and bring your sin. I died to bring reconciliation and to tear down the walls you have built between us. Come and be set free from the barriers between us. All of you still have barriers. Come and be free from them.

Suggest you pray these verses from Psalm 24:
      Lift up your heads, O you gates!
      And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
      And the King of glory shall come in.
      Who is this King of glory?
      The Lord strong and mighty,
      The Lord mighty in battle.
      Lift up your heads, O you gates!
      Lift up, you everlasting doors!
      And the King of glory shall come in.
      Who is this King of glory?
      The Lord of hosts,
      He is the King of glory.
(Psalm 24:7-10)

Monday: 44; Joshua 7:1-13; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 26:36-46
Tuesday: 47, 48; Joshua 8:1-22; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 26:47-56

      Notes from the Front Line
      Listed below are the summer camp staff at Beaver Cross. Please pray for them by day over the next week. Their witness to the youth of the diocese is really important and needs to be supported by our prayers. If you are able, continue praying for them through the summer.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010      Adamo, Justin
      Adamson, Honesty
      Allen, Cheree
      Ames, Caleb
      Austin, Kristin
      Austin, Kristin
      Baker, Brandii
      Bartlett, Tyler
      Blair, Casey
      Brockway, Kevin
      Brominski, Stephen
      Bromirski, David
Wednesday, July 21, 2010      Brown, Emily
      Clark, Coty
      Cole, Tim
      Colton, Grace
      Daly, Jennifer
      DeGarmo, Maxine
      Drumm, Robert
      Dussault, Ryan
      Dziemianzuk, Joseph
      Ellithorpe, Erin
      Ellithorpe, Laurie
      Fearon, Cheryl
Thursday, July 22, 2010      Fitzgerald, Kyra
      Fuda, Andrew
      Galiley, Joshua
      Galiley, Shimon
      Galiley, Yael
      Garnsey, Sarah
      Gijanto, Jean
      Gionet, Maddeleine
      Goldsmith, Megan
      Graves, Haley
      Griffin, Elizabeth
      Hamel, Ryan
Friday, July 23, 2010      Hardy, Tyler
      Hasslacher, Stephen
      Heffern, Ed
      Heffern, Judy
      Henderson, Mary
      Henning, Rachel
      Hill, Diane
      Huth, David
      Hyde, Daniel
      Johnson, Jenika
      Jones. Jennifer
      Leskovec, Mark
      Losee, Randy
Saturday, July 24, 2010      Martin, Christine
      Maynard, Kayla
      McMurray, Peter
      Monteith, Lauren
      Mudge, Hannah
      Niles, Lauren
      Patrick, Jonathan
      Patterson, Ben
      Patterson, Brett
      Patterson, Brittany
      Sherman, Cody
      Shippee, Hillary
Sunday, July 25, 2010      Sica, Ryan
      Simon, Mary
      Sive, Aisling
      Smith, Dawn
      Smyth, Bronagh
      Spiezio, Laurie
      Stuart, Kathleen
      Tarullo, Gwenna
      Tarullo, Scott
      Tate, Kate
Monday, July 26, 2010      Truax, Tyler
      Tully, Edward
      Valyou, Heather
      Vance, Christina
      Waite, Tom
      Walker, Cassie
      Walton, Donald
      Wulff, Grace
      Zebielski, Juliana

Albany Intercessor

 

7/19/2010, #20, 3rd Quarter 2010

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds you did in their days, in days of old: (Psalm 44:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us listen to the wisdom of the Church Fathers -- ground us in apostolic teaching and faith.

You drove out the nations with your hand, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. (Psalm 44:2)
      Father, please deal with every trick and trap of the evil one -- drive him far away from us.

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them. (Psalm 44:3)
      Jesus, the battle is yours and the victory is yours: please help us walk by the light of your countenance. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to choose "the better part" that Mary chose. I want my people to learn of me and learn from me. Pray for my people to be instructed by my Holy Spirit.

Monday: 44; Joshua 7:1-13; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 26:36-46
Tuesday: 47, 48; Joshua 8:1-22; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 26:47-56

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, July 18, 2010

 

Urgent Prayer Request

Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010
From: Faye VanDermark
Subject:Prayer Request
Torre
      Could you please get this out to our prayer warriors..
God Bless Faye
Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ;
      Please read the forwarded E-Mail from Polly Bailey below! We need to cover Leia and the Bailey family with prayer! If you could put this out on your churches
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Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 16:42:36 -0700
From: polly Bailey
Subject: Re: Prayer Request
To: jjshevlin@msn.com
      father Jim, Leia has has yet another relapse, she is in ICU at bassit hospital with full blown pneumonia again
Polly
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Subject: Prayer Request
Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ;
      I have received an E-Mail from Polly Bailey requesting prayers for her daughter Leia and their family. Leia is now completely disabled, she is at home on IV antibodies and total protein nutrition; which is basically keeping her alive. She will be having surgery on August 10th to reconstruct stomach damage. We need to pray for her for strength in her body and in her spirit. We also need to pray for The Holy Spirit to cover both Leia and her family in this time of crisis.
      We ask the Lord Jesus Christ Himself to hold Leia and to lay His hands upon her head; that she may be healed in His name. AMEN (N. Mumford)
God Bless and Thank You!
Jim Shevlin+

 

7/18/2010, #19, 3rd Quarter 2010

      A word received: You are in my care -- keep your attention on me.

Sunday: MP: 103; Joshua 6:15-27; Acts 22:30-23:11; Mark 2:1-12
      HC: 15; Genesis 18:1-10a(10b-14); Colossians 1:21-29; Luke 10:38-42
Monday: 44; Joshua 7:1-13; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 26:36-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Prayer Request
--- On Fri, 16/7/10, website@willowfieldchurch.co.uk wrote:
Name: myrtle montgomery
Details of Prayer Request: My daughter, rosemarie is a nurse and is living in Glasgow. She is living with her partner and has a 5 year old boy, Christopher. She is also expecting another child on 25.7.10. She was very outgoing and when she was in her teens she gave her life to the Lord. However, when she went to university all that changed and although she goes to church and takes Christopher with her, I don't believe she believes in the Lord and is reluctant for me to pray with her. I have been to this church with her and although everyone is very friendly there is no real biblical teaching and it does not operate in the gifts of the spirit. About six years ago she started having a fear of travelling. At one point she couldn't even go by car on a motor-way,and she couldn't get on a bus or train. However things seemed to have greatly improved and I noticed the last time I was over, she was able to go on the motor-way to take me to the airport. She doesn't like us to discuss any of this with her. The problem is that she cannot fly or come home by boat, which means we always have to visit her or else we wouldn't see her or Christopher. It also means she rarely sees her brothers and sister and their children and I feel that Christopher is missing out on so much of our family life. I believe that it isn't just a matter of praying that God will take away rosemarie's fear of travel,(and be able to come home) but that Rosemarie herself has to be right with God and re-commit her life to Him. I also feel that Rosemarie herself longs to come home for good and that she has a deep seated depression. At one point she did confess very tearfully as I was leaving her to come back home that she awoke most mornings weeping and not even wanting to get up. She is now on anti-depressants. She has been to counselling (not Christian). Please pray for her.
      Father we pray through Jesus that you would break this mind set that Rosemary has over her life right now and fill her with her with the healing power of Jesus to set her free and the presence of the Holy Spirit would direct her back into the Fathers arms
Many Thanks, Hugh

***** Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: St. Mary's prayer table PRAYER TABLE REPORT
(St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne; Saturday, July 17, 2010; during our annual summer bazaar on the church property from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We had five sets of two members praying for our visitors for an hour at a time. The response was magnificent and further proof that Jesus heals today because he LIVES today. Prayer member teams were: Chris Roe and Barbara Beaulac, Barbara Breen and Sandy Williams, Deacon Dawn Skramstad and Catie Love, Jacquie Walker and Deacon Alan Hart, and Linda Lynch and Jamie Albright.)

a-- indicates anointed by a deacon with Holy Oil.
t--indicates received on of Dennis Adams' wooden crosses.

t--MELODY -- She wanted prayers for her father, DAN, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

a--CHRIS -- Asked for prayer for an illness he is battling.

t--KATHY --- This lady wanted prayers for her family to "work things out;" apparently there is some discontent going on in the family. God knows the details.

t,t -- SHARON -- She approached the Table with her daughter, who stood off to the side and listened. Sharon asked that God intervene and push along the sale of her son's house so that "life can go back to normal." There has been no closing date set for the house sale and the family is upset.

t,t -- PAULA -- Very emotional time praying with and for this woman. She broke into tears as she talked about her daughter, SHERENE, who has been stricken with leukemia. We prayed for miraculous healing for Sherene.

t--OWEN -- He is going on a trip and asked for prayers for a safe journey back and forth.

t-MATTHEW, LINDA, KEVIN and SUSAN -- This entire family came forward for prayer for the family's general well-being and good health.

WENDY -- Prayer wanted for a health issue.

t--JOYCE -- requested prayer for a family of friends.

LINDA -- Asked for prayer for an endoscopy and heartburn.

JUNE --- Asked for prayer because she recently lost $50.

JUDY -- Gave thanksgiving for "... the change in my mom's heart and mind" about going into assisted living.

MARY -- requested prayer for continued coverage and protection for her daughter LISA, who has been healed from an addiction.

ERIN and JESSICA -- Jessica (daughter) had wisdom teeth extracted. Erin asked for prayer for her father's troublesome back.

(NO FIRST NAME) --- This woman said she came to the Prayer Table last year at the bazaar and at that time Deacon Dawn prayed for her. The woman had been pregnant last year and there were complications, but Dawn prayed for her and gave her a cross last year. This year, the woman came back -- WITH the baby and her other child -- and proudly showed she is still wearing the cross and that the baby is fine! Praise God. She was glad we were having the Prayer Table again!

t--PAM -- Requested prayer for peace in family relationships.

FATHER NIE --- This gentle African priest, who is visiting our neighboring Roman Catholic church in Lake Luzerne this week, stopped by. We prayed for the success of his own church in AFrica, and for a safe journey home.

a--PAUL -- This is Paul Pritchard, our St. Mary's church member who is currently a resident in a nursing facility in Corinth and was enjoying the bazaar with friends who had transported him. He asked for prayer for good health. He has been advised to have some surgery and he is trying to discern whether or not to have the operation.

a--LINDA -- She asked for prayer because she has the umcomfortable feeling that the "Dark One" is after her and trying to frustrate her life. We prayed for protection from the devil for her and that she will have general good health all-around.

DEBBIE --- This woman told us that last year she came to the Table and asked for prayer for her husband, who was to have serious surgery and was very scared about it. We prayed for him at the time and gave Debbie a cross to take home to him. Debbie, who started to weep in thanks to God, told us the good news... she had taken the cross home to her husband that day last year and told him people at St. Mary's were praying for him. He put the cross on and he eventually had the surgery and is back to good health. He has never taken the cross off!

JAMIE -- Asked for prayer for better health for her father, JIM.

RICH -- This man was from Colorado. He asked for prayer for his daughter, CHARITY, who is a professional skier and was recently injured and needs knee surgery.

CATHY -- She asked for prayer because her brother is visiting now after being away for many years. She prayed that the visit will go well for all involved.

Albany Intercessor

 

7/18/2010, #18, 3rd Quarter 2010

"Hold your peace with me, and let me speak, then let come on me what may!" (Job 13:13)
      Holy Spirit, I look to you to give me speech: the only defense I will give is Jesus' blood shed for me.

"Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hands?" (Job 13:14)
      Jesus, I put my life in your hands.

"Though he slay me, yet will I trust him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before him." (Job 13:15)
      Father, I should be an object of your wrath, but in your love and mercy you sent your son to die for me. I know that whatever you do with my life is best for me and I will trust you. Thank you for helping me see Jesus. Thank you for giving me sight of your kingdom. I see it from afar now, but then I shall see you face to face. Thank you.

"He also shall be my salvation, for a hypocrite could not come before him." (Job 13:16)
      Jesus, I know that you are my redeemer and that you live and that at the last day you will stand on the earth and I shall see you with my own eyes, and I shall behold you as a friend and not as a stranger. Thank you.

"Listen carefully to my speech, and to my declaration with your ears." (Job 13:17)
      LORD, please help me to be a fruitful and effective witness to your death and resurrection. Give people ears to hear my witness.

"See now, I have prepared my case, I know that I shall be vindicated." (Job 13:18 )
      Jesus, you are my vindication and my hope; you are the rock I stand on.

"Who is he who will contend with me? If now I hold my tongue, I perish." (Job 13:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily speak of the your father's love for me. Don't let the evil one confuse me or my counsel. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray that my people will come to me for my guidance. Pray for my Holy Spirit's ministry of guidance and counsel.

Sunday: MP: 103; Joshua 6:15-27; Acts 22:30-23:11; Mark 2:1-12
      HC: 15; Genesis 18:1-10a(10b-14); Colossians 1:21-29; Luke 10:38-42
Monday: 44; Joshua 7:1-13; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 26:36-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010
From: Carol Lukas
Subject: prayers for Peru mission team
Dear Torre,
      Please pray for me and for Meredith and the 16 other members of our team that is heading to Lima, Peru at 8 a.m. Monday morning. Please pray for travel mercies, that the Lord will fill us each with His Holy Spirit as we work and worship and minister to and with the people in the diocese of Peru. Pray especially for our team leaders, Gus Calvo, Geoff Miller, Karen and Bishop Bill Love. Pray that every one of us will be a blessing to all whom we meet and that the light of Jesus will shine through us.
Thank you. Peace and Blessings, Carol Lukas

***** Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 21:22:35 -0400
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: From the Diocesan Update
      Prayers for safe travel and a fruitful visit are requested for Deacon James Brisbin, St. David's Church, East Greenbush as he travels to Thailand to visit the refugee camps in Thailand near Mae Sot. This is an outgrowth of the ministry Fr. Jim and Pat Kenyon to refugees from Mynamar (formerly Burma). Mae Sot is one of the largest concentrations of Mynamar refugee camps in Thailand.
      Please pray for safe travel and a fruitful mission trip for Karen, Catie, myself and our whole mission team as we head for Peru. We leave this Sunday evening, July 18 and return Aug 1. While in Peru, we will be involved in a variety of ministries and projects to include: constructing a roof over a workshop area; painting tables and benches; painting a mural in the NGO Office; prayer walk; helping to lead Vacation Bible School and a Bible Study; leading a healing service; construct a small wooden dining area; as well as visiting with the Mudges and Bishop Godfrey.
      The Healing Ministry of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is now holding a monthly Sunday Healing Service. The service is at 4 PM, is open to everyone, and is led by Fr. Nigel. The next service is August 8.
      Here is the list of "Guest Speakers" for upcoming Tuesday Healing Services (all services are led by Fr. Nigel):
Jul 20 Fr. Marty Fisher
Jul 27 Fr. John Hopkins (Eucharist offered)
Aug 3 Fr. Nigel Mumford
Aug 10 Pastor Laura Mitchell
Aug 17 Bishop David Bena
Aug 24 Fr. Nigel Mumford
Aug 31 Fr. Derik Roy (Eucharist Offered)
      Thank you to those of you who have sent in your favorite Bible memory verses. At the recent Diocesan Convention, I invited each parish or individuals to send in to the Diocese the ten Bible verses that have been most meaningful or helpful. We hope to compile a list of 50 to 100 of the most popular verses and share them throughout the Diocese, with the hope that they will be a help and encouragement to others. If you have not yet had a chance to do so, you may respond by sending your favorite verses to: BibleVerses2010@albanydiocese.org. Please include the translation used, book, chapter, and verse number(s).
      Faithfully Yours in Christ, +Bill

***** Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Winter Public Prayer Mail, 18 July 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail.
      If all goes according to plan, the short-term mission trip to Lima will be arriving on Monday (19th of July) and departing on Saturday, July 31.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For the amount of work accomplished in the past week, particularly for:
      the Commission on Ministry meetings that Julie coordinated,
      seminary coursework preparations, and
      mission trip preparations (the Albany area trip and the trip from Worcester Diocese in England).
      Julie really cranked out a lot of things, and continues to do so, in the midst of our daily living. Phenomenal effort. Proverbs 31 comes to mind.
      2) For my family: Julie, Ruth, Hannah, and Lydia. I used the Facebook picture (taken by Jim Beavers of all five of us) as my computer workspace background this week. All of these ladies are an awesome group of God´s servants.
      3) For the safe and timely arrival of Bp. Suffragan-elect Mike Chapman and his beloved Linda.
      4) For the opportunities before us to transform lives by what we do.
      5) For what God is doing through us, here in Peru. It is really amazing at times.
      6) For a good start with class registration, so far.
      7) For you.
Prayers:
      1) For our relationships, ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      2) For the Albany/Peru short term mission trip, and that everything would go according to God's plan, including safe and timely travel through Colombia.
      There are people from diverse backgrounds on the trip, not just from the Diocese of Albany, and we pray that everyone involved (including those of us on the ground) would take with them from the impact of the trip: seeds of the Kingdom of God for the future.
      Please pray for the team participants: Fr. Gus Calvo (team leader), Geoff Miller (Assistant). Bp. Bill Love, Karen Love, Catie Love, Carol Lukas, Meredith Lukas, Michael Greene, Brandon Turner, Amelia Brown, Debbie Gerlach, Barbara Jenke, Raul Calvo, Olivia Calvo, Zach Miller, Nate Miller, Chris Klapper, Joshua Klapper
      Ground support in Lima: Susan Park, Fr. Shaw Mudge, Mtr. Julie Mudge, Lydia Mudge, The Convent of the Sisters of Dorothy in Miraflores (where the team will be staying), Lima diocesan administration and parishes, The bus and other transportation that we use
For the plans for the visits and work at the following locations this week, including:
      a) Epifania,
      b) Sagrada Familia,
      c) Diocesan Center/Ascención/el seminario de los Santos Agustín (same building)
and plans for next week:
      d) Ascención (special healing service),
      e) Jesus el Salvador (area youth gathering),
      f) Shalom,
      g) San Patricio,
      h) Pachacamác (cultural background visit),
      i) Los Mudges
      There are other things that may take place as well, perhaps some meetings with notable personalities in the life of the Church and the Diocese, the national holidays, and resting.
      As there is a tendency for plans to change on mission trips, please pray that our Lord´s plans be the ultimate ones that take precedence, and that the Holy Spirit would touch the lives of all of us as well as the people we visit.
      As would be desirable in all missionary ventures anywhere in the world, we pray that all missionaries would be noted for: fruitfulness, a continued sense of humor, flexibility, and a sufficient amount of organization in all that transpires.
      3) For seminary class registrations.
      4) For the Diocese of Worcester short-term-mission-trip visitors from England to the seminary, on August 16 and 19, led by Archdeacon Fred Trethewey.
      5) For course preparation work, and the classes and mentor groups which begin the week of August 1.
      6) For Julie´s CEMO (ordination process) meetings in Arequipa, planned between the end of the short-term mission trip and the beginning of classes.
      7) For Lydia´s college application process.
      Thank you for praying for us. Your praying really makes a difference, and I pray for you every day.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia
Missionaries of the Diocese of Albany, serving in Lima, Peru.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, July 17, 2010

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, July 17, 2010, 9:30 -11:00 A.M. Torre Bissell (in front of Christ Church).

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

+William -- for health, for my family, for drawing close to God.

+Leona -- I'm in a gay neighborhood and want out of there to another apartment. I want to get my kids back.

+Debra (a regular) -- "I've been praying for you. Pray that my health is good and that I continue to do good and for my family." She got a cross for her granddaughter.

+Sierra (young woman) -- "for strength to keep going on"

+Jerry (boy) -- "for my family"

(Young man) -- that he can find a job paying $12/hour.

+Diana -- "for family and friends"

+Ma'are (young woman)

+Jermaine (young man)

+Paula (a regular) got crosses for her children +Zorie, +Kathy, and +Trent. She asked for continued prayers.

+Ramel (young man) -- "for good health"

+David

Eric (an elder at the 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.)

Torre

Larry Skramstad and Carol MacNaughton did a prayer table on Albany St in the SICM parking lot this morning. (I forgot to tell Larry and Carol to note who had received crosses, but it is clear from the bag of crosses that many did. Torre)

Nash -- for health

(Unknown male) -- pray for his safety, well-being and his baby.

(Unknown male) -- general blessing, fell the Father's love.

Sonny -- prayer for housing.

Miller -- pray for his electricity to be truned back on; also for his high blood pressure; prayer for his neighborhood.

Tommy -- in prison -- gave cross to his little brother to give him

Terrell -- Carrivel -- in prison

Renee -- prayer for her two daughters

Carmine -- prayer for her mother and family.

Tito -- prayed for a good job and the baby on the way.

Carol

 

7/17/2010, #17, 3rd Quarter 2010

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." (Matthew 26:26)
      Jesus, thank you for being broken for me, thank you for breaking into my life, thank you for giving of yourself to me, thank you for making me a disciple.

Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 26:27-28 )
      Jesus, thank you for pouring out your life blood for me, thank you for forgiving my sins. Please help me tell others what you have done for me.

"But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my father's kingdom." (Matthew 26:29)
      Jesus, thank you for giving up so much and going through so much so that we too can enter your father's kingdom.

      A word received: Keep looking to me. You are in my care. I AM your provider.

Saturday: 42, 43; Joshua 6:1-14; Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 26:26-35
Sunday: MP: 103; Joshua 6:15-27; Acts 22:30-23:11; Mark 2:1-12
      HC: 15; Genesis 18:1-10a(10b-14); Colossians 1:21-29; Luke 10:38-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010
From: Mary MacDonald
Subject: St. James Prayer Table Report, Lake George, NY
7/15/10 5-6 pm Deb Tatro Mary MacDonald

Laurie personal prayer, safety for Layla 17, Ben 18 doing in the navy

Anna ran across the street to the table when she saw us. She's from eastern Europe and asked that we pray for her parents Natalie and Alexander

Boston Red sox fan for his girl-friend's mom Alice who is having a biopsy

Lady in green for everyone to be happy

Bunny for Len's health

3 young girls no thanks

Angela, Alba and Frankie for themselves

Jackie for Dana and Kathy her grandparents and Shasta who had a premature baby

***** Note from Torre, Friday - 7/ 16/10: I went to see my ophthalmologist for a follow-up appointment this morning. There was still so much blood in my eye she could not tell what was happening and sent me immediately to a retinal specialist to see if I had a detached or torn retina. I was examined by two specialists and told that at this time there is no detachment or tear in the retina but there was a 50% chance I would get one. I have a follow-up appointment with the specialist next Thursday morning. I need to continue to behave myself (sleep with head elevated, no lifting grandchildren, etc.). Please pray for clarity of sight -- both physical and spiritual. Saturday - 7/17/10: I was prayed on at the service at St. Michael's Colonie last night. For the first time this morning in a week and a half I was able to see and recognize Jean's face. While the red cloud of blood and long "floaters" of blood are still there, it is much better this morning. I still can't read with the right eye. Last Tuesday I took Jean to the ER. She had and area of blood behind her right knee as big as my hand. It turns out she has a partially torn hamstring. Please continue to pray for both of us.

***** Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: a look into WW1 PTSD
A brief look into WW1 PTSD or shell shock as it was called then: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS1dO0JC2EE
Be well
God bless you
Fr, Nigel+

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