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Thursday, September 30, 2010

 

9/30/2010, #95, 3rd Quarter 2010

Come, and let us return to the LORD; for he has torn, but he will heal us; (Hosea 6:1a)
      LORD, we, your people in the Episcopal Church, are torn with dissension; help us return to you, guide our steps back to you.

he has stricken, but he will bind us up. (Hosea 6:1b)
      Jesus, bind up the wounds in your body the church. Help us recognize that we are stricken.

After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live in his sight. (Hosea 6:2)
      Jesus, let the power of your resurrection be manifested in our lives.

Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth. (Hosea 6:3)
      Holy Spirit, rain on us; let your living water flow through us to others around us.

"O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud, and like the early dew it goes away." (Hosea 6:4)
      Father, restore in us steadiness in you.

"Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of my mouth; and your judgments are like light that goes forth." (Hosea 6:5)
      Father, your people hear your word and do nothing; help us repent and return to you. Let your words cut us to the heart.

"For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings." (Hosea 6:6)
      Holy Spirit, guide us and teach us. Restore mercy and the knowledge of God to your church and your people.

      Father, you love us so much; help us respond to your love for us.

      A word received: Come to me. Don't hold back. Come to me with all your griefs and pains and sins. Come to me.

Thursday: 105:1-22; * 105:23-45; Hosea 5:8-6:6; Acts 21:27-36; Luke 6:1-11
Friday: 102; * 107:1-32; Hosea 10:1-15; Acts 21:37-22:16; Luke 6:12-26

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

 

9/29/2010, #94, 3rd Quarter 2010

Then He spoke a parable to them: "No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, 'The old is better.'" (Luke 5:36-39)
      Jesus, we keep trying to put patches and Band-Aids on the tears and wounds of your body. Help us drink the new wine of your Holy Spirit and put on new clean garments of praise and worship. Father, help us come into your presence, washed and cleansed by the blood of your son Jesus. Clothe us with your righteousness. Thank you.

      A word received: Hope! Pray for my people to hope in me. I want them to place their hope in me. I AM the only secure foundation; I AM the rock to stand on.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; * 119:121-144; Hosea 4:11-19; Acts 21:15-26; Luke 5:27-39
Thursday: 105:1-22; * 105:23-45; Hosea 5:8-6:6; Acts 21:27-36; Luke 6:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Below is the list of upcoming Sunday 4pm Healing Services at the Spiritual Life Center.

Oct. 3rd.
Oct. 17th

Nov. 7th
Nov. 28th

Dec. 12th
(only one service this month, due to Christmas Holiday)

***** Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: WHI ­ West - Day 2 - Tue, Sep 28th
Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) Retreat West - Day 2 -- Tuesday, September 28th
      ( http://christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/)
      To Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors!
      Today has been another excellent day. Long but very good. Again, your prayers have been very efficacious and we have seen the answer to many of them in the way the day has gone and the healing we have seen. It is certainly true that whenever we pray the Lord always does something!
      After a core team prayer and debriefing meeting followed by a lovely continental breakfast our morning session ran from 9 AM to noon. We had a group discussion on the clinical effects of trauma and then suggested a rationale for spiritual healing in Christ. The trauma discussion, led by our 'on site' trauma nurse, was serious and passionate as retreatants spoke from personal experience. Most participants on this retreat are involved in giving leadership to a variety of ministries dealing with Wounded Warriors, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or in other ethical and moral circumstances. As the morning wore on a prophetic insight received overnight became evident -- that these participants seemed not to be seeking to take care of themselves. So many caregivers first care for others and, as a senior Army Chaplain said two weeks ago, they neglect their personal responsibility to care for themselves. Some discussion took place about this duty and we were all encouraged to allow the Lord to work in us at the personal level on this retreat.
      After another more than adequate lunch of subs and potato salad, we were back in the ministry room listening to a short encouraging talk about the need to debrief and tell our story. Healing often starts with this. A retired USAF Chaplain modeled how to do this for us. He had been the senior of two Chaplains present when the Khobar Towers (Saudi Arabia) truck bomb exploded without warning quite late at night on 25 June 1996. Having had a miraculous escape from being shredded alive by flying glass, he and his fellow Chaplain spent the next many hours at the point of greatest need. Firstly this was at the medical triage facility, where over 250 casualties were dealt with. Then it became the site of the explosion as recovery teams searched for the wounded and dead. Later it was the mortuary where, amongst other tasks, they had comforted those responsible for identifying the mutilated bodies of the 19 US servicemen killed by the bomb. Adrenalin kept the two Chaplains going until they started thinking of the spouses, children and families of those killed. The Lord had healed the Chaplain on our retreat from cancer about a year later, after surgery, and he felt his auto-immune system had been depleted by the lack of sleep and other stress in the few days following the bomb explosion. In spite of this strain he had felt a very tangible and incredible peace from the Lord in the days after the bombing. He was convinced that the Lord would work things out for His glory. Later he had survivors guilt which the Lord healed. Since the bomb he has never taken the gift of life for granted. His faith helped him to be resilient even though he felt exhausted and prayed much for strength. He exhorted us to build our lives on a strong base now, so our spiritual and personal foundations are strong and we can better weather the storms of life. He has found that telling his story has been redemptively good in his and many others lives.
      We split into 4 small work groups in different parts of the church and encouraged the telling of stories. We invited Jesus to heal memories. Hands were laid on several retreatants and others were anointed with oil. We are not able to share much detail about this most intimate part of the retreat in order to respect and maintain confidentiality, but suffice to say that many found significant release from their trauma this afternoon. It was SO GOOD to see the healing taking place in front of one's eyes. But please continue to pray for the wholeness in Christ of two participants who didn't feel able to share or ask for personal prayer. Even so, this ministry is often like the peeling off of the layers of an onion. Everyone has allowed God the Christ to peel off at least one layer of the onion of their life.
      After dinner, we deliberately lightened the atmosphere and St. George's Vicar (responsible for pastoral care, preaching and liturgy) hosted Comedy Central for us. We laughed hilariously at videos of several comedians and then split into teams to play Reverse Jeopardy. In this the answers are given and teams have to guess the questions! It was huge fun and achieved the aim of encouraging healing through laughter.
      As the retreatants wended their way home at the end of the evening, beautiful quilts, from Quilts of Valor (www.qovf.org) were handed to the combat Veterans. They have taken them home to consider the blessing of an unconditional gift of grace. The quilts are made by ladies all across the USA. Their hearts are simply filled with love for Veterans they will probably never meet -- and all to say, "Thank you for your service!" We saw healing this evening as Veterans reacted to their gift.
      Tomorrow is our last day. Please pray with renewed vigor again -- and again!
      After breakfast we plan to have a time of healing prayer where everyone will be offered the laying on of hands, anointing with oil, an opportunity to seek and express forgiveness, and Absolution. As appropriate we hope to anoint 'trigger' fingers, or other parts of the hands which might have carried out legitimate (sometimes illegitimate) acts of horror against an enemy and which the Soldier now wants to be cleansed from.
      The Retreat ends with a closing service of praise and thanksgiving starting at 11:30 Central. It will embody a message of hope for the future from an active duty Army Chaplain who has seen more than his fair share of combat deployments in recent years. Finally, over lunch, the guests at the closing service will have the opportunity to stay on and thank our Veterans for their service and say, "Welcome Home!"

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

 

9/28/2010, #93, 3rd Quarter 2010

So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. (Luke 5:16)
      Jesus, help each of us often find a quiet place where we can pray.


[An art school project where I had to copy a famous drawing.]

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10; Acts 21:1-14; Luke 5:12-26
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; * 119:121-144; Hosea 4:11-19; Acts 21:15-26; Luke 5:27-39

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010
From: Noel Dawes
Subject:WHI ­ West - Day 1 - Mon, Sep 27th
      Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) Retreat West Day 1 – Monday, September 27th
      ( http://christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/)
      To Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors!
      Thank you so much for praying through the day with us today! We have truly felt the power of your prayers.
      The day has gone very well and, as always, it was completely different in dynamics, tone and nature to any of the other 7 Retreats previously done at the Spiritual Life Center.
      After a team meeting at 10:30 AM, followed by lunch, the 10 retreatants arrived and registered by mid-afternoon. The facilitators, trauma counselor and triage nurse were already there and we noticed the really good interaction amongst us all right from the start. We hope to be joined by another spouse tomorrow as well as another Veteran on Wednesday, making a total of 22 participants altogether, including 7 Veterans (4 Army, 3 USAF). Our Veterans have served in combat in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm (Gulf War), Operation Northern Watch, Grenada, the bombing at Khobar Towers, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan. Two active duty Chaplains are taking part.
      Bishop Dave Bena introduced the Retreat and asked our host, Canon Mike Williams, to cover necessary housekeeping points. Mike is a WHI ‘alumni’ and a former USAF Chaplain with operational experience. We were led in worship by Bishop Derek Jones, another WHI ‘alumni’ (who has the gift of being able to lead us in the right song with the most appropriate of words for the moment). We introduced ourselves briefly to each other and considered the question, “What do you hope the Lord will do for you during this retreat?” Some want to find healing, others want to learn and be equipped to serve others with similar trauma wounds better. A couple of folk weren’t really sure why they came. Please pray that the Lord will meet the desires of the hearts of all present and make His purposes clear to those who are unsure.
      Bishop Dave led a discussion about the experiential aspects of trauma and asked in what ways did we react to what he had said. Most of us identified with Dave’s experiences in one or more ways, for example, the inappropriate and often sudden sense of rage or the wrong diagnosis of a trauma leading to the wrong medications. The need to forgive was mentioned more than once as a key aspect of healing. Another person said how healing comes day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute as we open our lives up to Jesus (actually sudden and substantial healing has also been our experience too). Someone said that PTSD can never be cured. Later, another said that the trauma that caused the PTSD will always be there and cannot be hidden but that our experience shows that the affect, PTSD or lesser depths of trauma, can be healed by Christ the Healer. Debriefing or talking about traumatic situations was highlighted several times as being essential and someone else found writing poetry to be healing.
      We thanked the team of 5 very warm hearted ladies who are preparing the meals and had an excellent meal of barbecued beef and potato salad followed by key lime pie and ice cream. We assembled back in the discussion room and considered the question of what works in finding healing for trauma. A lively discussion ensued which raised the question of how faith helps us to be resilient and deal with trauma in better ways. It seems that trauma is often a reaction to a situation which has assaulted one’s core value system and that seemed to carry significance for several of us. After considering different ways some of us deal spiritually with danger, we concluded the evening with prayer at about 8 PM.
      Talking of prayer, we must mention again the overriding power of intercession and our encouragement to each of you to pray persistently and with even greater fervor. As we do so, we are exceedingly grateful to the small (3 or 4) ‘on site’ who prayed us through today.
      There is a team meeting at 7:30 AM and, after continental breakfast our program starts at 9 AM. Many participants find the second day to be an emotional one, especially in the afternoon. Please pray for openness to the Holy Spirit’s desire to see each of us made whole in Christ.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Fw: prayer chain
please pray for
      Mickey Moores who has been diagnosed wtih parkinsons disease
      there have been delays in his diagnosis & treatment
      please remember him & his family
      please pray for Betty Gilbert who is having a knee operation
      Please pray for Betty's daughter Barbara who suffers from depression
      Father may your kingdon come we ask for spiritual & physical healing
Thank you, Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Monday, September 27, 2010

 

9/27/2010, #92, 3rd Quarter 2010

So it was, as the multitude pressed about him to hear the word of God, that he stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then he got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." (Luke 5:1-4)
      Jesus, please guide us by your Holy Spirit so that we will know when you want us to launch out into the deep.

      Holy Spirit, please help us to be ready to let down our nets for the catch you have prepared for us.

But Simon answered and said to him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net." (Luke 5:5)
      Jesus, thank you for all those who have toiled through the night with nothing to show for it but are still willing to go forth at your word.

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:6)
      Jesus, surprise us with the catch you have prepared for us.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, help us get past our egos and ask for help from others when we need it.

Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" (Luke 5:8 )
      Jesus, move our hearts as we see your work so that we recognize your holiness and our sinfulness.

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed him. (Luke 5:9-11)
      Father, we too want to be fishers of men. Help us in sharing your love with others. Thank you.

"But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'" (Luke 16:31)
      A word received: This generation has had their ears closed to Moses and the prophets. They have been told many falsehoods. Moses and the prophets are there for your instruction: read them!

Monday: 89:1-18; * 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23; Acts 20:17-38; Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10; Acts 21:1-14; Luke 5:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Prayer
Prayer for Young Persons (BCP p829)
      God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
      Note: This week's prayer is for Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie's three daughters. Ruth, their oldest, lives in Chicago. Hannah, the middle child, was recently ordained to the deaconate and will be ordained a priest, God willing, in December. She and her partner in ministry, Christina Vance, were featured in the religion section of the Albany Times Union today. They have moved into an apartment near RPI in Troy, and they are starting a home church, which they call "Oaks of Righteousness". Their focus will be RPI students and an outreach to the poor in North Central Troy. And you all know of Lydia, who is with her parents in Peru, but applying to colleges in the U.S.
      All three girls (and Christina) are well-grounded in their faith and we expect that there will not be many failures, but those that do happen, will be good learning experiences.
      Lord, we pray for the three Mudge daughters. We thank You for the good upbringing provided by Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and the deep faith that they have in You. They are truly gifts of joy. We pray Lord for their individual lives and aspirations. We pray for Ruth for a career in music and for a satisfying personal life. We pray for Hannah and Christina as they start their ministry. May Oaks of Righteousness be truly fruitful in bringing RPI students into your kingdom and helping out the less fortunate in Troy. And we pray for Lydia about the college application process. Help her to finish all the paper work and may she be accepted at the college that is best for her and for your plans for her life. Thank You, Lord, for these delightful young ladies. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, September 26, 2010

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 03

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 03, September 26, 2010
Lectionary C, Proper 21
Theme Verse: "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
Readings: Luke 16:19-31; 1 Timothy 6:3-19; Amos 6:1-7; Psalm 146
Memory Verse: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12:34)
Next Week: Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Habakkuk 1:1-13; 2:1-4; Psalm 37:1-18
      Gospel: Luke 16:19-31

A word received: You have the capacity to help those in front of you. The rich man knew who Lazarus was and did nothing to help him. Look to me for guidance in your giving and your helping.

A word received: Cry out to me in your sin that I may hear and forgive you. Pay attention to my word and my voice so that you do not end up like the rich man.

[verse 31] A word received: I want you to see the cost of not hearing Moses and the prophets -- it is unbelief in me, even though I have risen from the dead. Moses and the prophets are there for your instruction and nourishment. Read them.

A word received: Those who have little look to me because I AM their only hope. Lay down those things that distract you from centering on me. Center your daily life on me and let me provide what you need.

      Epistle: 1 Timothy 6:3-19

"Now godliness with contment is great gain." (verse 6) A word received: Paul had learned to be content with great gain and great poverty because he looked to me as the source of joy and happiness. I want you to look to me rather than riches as the source of joy.

      Old Testament: Amos 6:1-7

A word received: Look at the consequences of ignoring me and my word to you.

      Psalm: Psalm 146

A word received: I want you to do what I do.

 

9/26/2010, #91, 3rd Quarter 2010

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
(Psalm 146:5)
      Lord, you were willing to wrestle with Jacob at Penile, help each of us as we wrestle with you and wrestle with trying to be your people find you mighty to save and transform and help. (See Genesis 32:22-32)

Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
(Psalm 146:6)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life; help us abide in you and the truth you seek to teach us.

Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.
(Psalm 146:7)
      Jesus, help us by our words and deeds to get justice for the oppressed, food for the hungry, and freedom for prisoners. Help us do what you do.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous.
(Psalm 146:8 )
      Holy Spirit, whenever and wherever we are blind, open our eyes and help us lift up those who are bowed down -- those who are weary from the struggle.

The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
(Psalm 146:9)
      Father, watch over all of the illegal and legal immigrants among us in our communities. Protect them from exploitation and help them find their home in you.

The Lord shall reign forever--
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!
(Psalm 146:10)
      Holy Trinity, one God, help us know you as our God and worship and praise you. Thank you you for your many blessings.



Sunday: 66, 67; * 19, 46; Hosea 2:2-14; James 3:1-13; Matthew 13:44-52
      HC: 146 or 146:4-9; Amos 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 6:11-19; Luke 16:19-31
Monday: 89:1-18; * 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23; Acts 20:17-38; Luke 5:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** There is a Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center this afternoon at 4 p.m.

***** Check out the attached flyers.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne
(Sat., Sept. 25, 2010; 11:30-noon outside the Parish Hall prior to our weekly free luncheon for the community. Barbara Breen and Deacon Alan Hart attending His table this morning.)

Note: Just a gorgeous day with colors and lots of sun splashing the countryside. One very important thing to mention about today's table ... two of the visitors to the table said that when they were on their way to the luncheon they were HOPING that there would be a table for prayer this week. They have been to it before and needed the comfort only He can give once again. This is a sure sign that the Kingdom of God is growing in Lake Luzerne!)

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

a--ANDREW --- This is one of the young people in our church who serves as an acolyte and is an absolute delight to us all. He broke his right arm this past week off of a fall from a ladder at home. Thank goodness, though, he is left-handed. He was in need of prayer for being kind of "down" about it all. It is difficult for an active youngster to have to slow down and deal with this. We prayed for quick and full healing and for patience for Andrew.

a-- "WILLIE" -- We prayed for discernment on the part of doctors and nurses to define what is wrong. She has been enduring a lot of intestinal problems over the past 2 and a half months and has lost considerable weight and strength. She is naturally very worried. We prayed for her return to complete health.

a--EDITH -- This visitor to His table is a repeat visitor. She found out earlier this year that three people very close and dear to her are battling cancer. One is her brother ROBERT, one her sister GRACE and the other her good friend who preferred to be not be mentioned by name. Edith is very distraught over each of these three people's serious conditions. We prayed for miraculous healing for all three and also for peace to come to Edith, who has already dealt with much death and sadness in her life. We prayed for Edith to see signs today that God is working in the lives of all these people and also in her own life.

a,t -- SHARON -- Months ago this woman from the community came to the table in prayers for hope that her house would be sold and she would be able to move somewhere warmer with her pet dog. Recently, her house was sold and she is getting ready to move somewhere soon -- she just does not know where as yet. We prayed a thanksgiving that her house was finally sold and she can move on to another, hopefully happier, chapter in her life. We also prayed for travel mercies for her and her dog when they move to a new, warmer destination.

***** Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Re: WHI ­ West Prayer Team Guidance

WELCOME HOME INITIATIVE (WHI) WEST RETREAT, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH TO WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH

Dear WHI Prayer Warriors,
      Here is an update for prayer for the imminent WHI West Retreat which starts in about 42 hours time. It was addressed to the 'on site' prayer team members at St. George's Anglican Church, Colorado Springs, CO but since you are all 'off site' prayer team members please consider this message is for you in every way except for your physical presence at the Retreat!
      As we enter the final day and hours, please recommit yourselves to praying for the Retreat which has come together in some exciting ways, for example, how Canon Williams was introduced to the speaker at the Closing Service. We are convinced we will see the Lord powerfully at work in Colorado Springs next week - remembering that this is the first time a WHI Retreat has been undertaken away from the Christ the King spiritual Life Center at Greenwich, NY.
      This update was compiled by Canon Mike Williams, who retired from the USAF Chaplain Service about a year ago. Mike is assisting priest at St. George's Anglican Church, Colorado Springs and leads the parish's Renewing Our Strength outreach ministry to military members and their families. We are exceedingly grateful to him, his Rector and his church for being so willing to host this historic Retreat.
      For anyone interested the church web site is at http://saintgeorgesanglicanchurch.org and the WHI web site is www.ctkcenter.org/welcomehome
With Jesus' love and blessings,
Noel
757.580.7408
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On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM
Karl, For our Prayer Team:
      1. First of all Thank You to each of you who have stepped up to serve as members of our WHI Prayer Team. Your role is absolutely essential to the healing of all those who attend, if not The Most Critical Element of all. This is because the essence of this ministry is to facilitate an openness by those who attend to receive the healing power of Almighty God. This will only happen as a result of our fervent and focused prayers.
      2. Please pray earnestly during your scheduled times:
      ATTENDEES: Connie, Dennis, Carol, Dale, Jennie, Curt, Mark, Bill, Arthur, Marshall, Steve.
      a. Prayer for each of those attending: for an understanding of how PTS and TBI and how these may be effecting them, for receptivity of what the team members share, for the courage to deal with those things that need healing, and especially for an openness to the ministry of God the Holy Spirit through the WHI. Pray for new and supportive friendships to form. Pray for deliverance from fear and guilt, and for God’s peace within; for restful sleep each night. Ask the Lord to show you how to pray for each one. (We will provide you with periodic updates on particular individuals so that you can focus your prayers for each one.)
      b. Pray for our team members, that each one will be anointed by God the Holy Spirit for this ministry and in all that they share during the WHI. Pray especially for those who will give presentations and those who will share their own stories and experiences, that the Lord will use these presentations and stories to minister healing and renewal of strength to those who hear, and to open hearts and minds.
      TEAM MEMBERS: Bishop Dave, Mary Ellen, Bishop Derek, Father Donald, Canon Mike, Noel, Dennis, Carol, Connie, Gail, Jim, Jean.
      c. Pray for our Hospitality providers, that all of our planning will unfold smoothly toward the good care and feeding of those who attend.
      d. Pray for Fr. Eric Zolner and our fun night on Tuesday, that our attendees will be able to relax and enjoy the evening and return Wednesday morning ready to re-engage.
      e. Pray for our healing service on Wednesday morning for God the Holy Spirit to bring healing to all those for whom we pray.
      f. Pray for the Closing Ceremony to come together smoothly, for a full house, and for this ceremony to be a tremendous blessing and encouragement to our veterans and other attendees.
      g. Please follow along with the WHI schedule and pray in a focused way for whatever is scheduled to be taking place at the time. (Karl will have a schedule for you at the prayer table in the chapel.)
      3. The above prayer guidelines are not meant to be comprehensive; rather, this is only to “prime the pump.” Please listen to and follow the promptings of God the Holy Spirit as you pray.
      4. For those of you who will be present during meal times, there will be a "Reserved" table to keep you somewhat segregated from the attendees. This is where we would like you to sit for your meals.
      Once again, Thank You for joining in this ministry of prayer to help our veterans heal and renew their strength.

Blessings in Christ Jesus,

Canon Mike

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, September 25, 2010

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, September 25, 2010, 9:20 -10:40 A.M. Torre Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady and Sue Plaske (a Deacon Intern) from St. Michael's Colonie.

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

+Sonia -- going to visit her son.

+Patrick -- "I need a job."

+Debra -- "My father Berry is coming home from rehab on Tuesday. Pray also for my friends Anthony who needs real pray to stop drinking and go to school and Harvey to do good."

+Paula -- limping from pain in her right hip. Pray for Tremel who is a sophomore in college and Trent and Tayvon in Schenectady High School. and also Tiffany and Zorrie.

Uncle Ted (wearing a cross from a previous visit, alcoholic) -- pray for sobriety and protection.

+Rich -- "I have struggles."

+Steven (young man) -- "for my son Michael who is going to North Carolina tomorrow and I won't see him for a year."

+Sheldon -- pray to know the love of God through Jesus.

+Tina

+Bianca -- Prayer for the Father's love to be known.

(Man riding bike) -- God bless you.

+Richard -- When asked what he wanted prayer for he said, "God." We prayed for the knowledge of the love of God for him and Beulah his girlfriend.

+Ronald -- "Many burdens, no money, unable to support wife and children, needs relief of burdens" People owe him money for work he has done; pray that he will receive it.

+Ebony -- prayer for relationship with her boyfriend.

+Eric Sr., +Eric Jr., and +Heather going to Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St. Prayed for Eric Jr. to recover from oral surgery so that he can play the trumpet in church again. Eric Sr. is and elder in the church. We prayed for the fire of the Holy Spirit to go through that church.

[Two regulars insisted on making contributions to the parish. We made certain they understood that the prayers were free. They said they want to help the church out.]

Torre and Sue

 

9/25/2010, #90, 3rd Quarter 2010

Now he arose from the synagogue and entered Simon's house. But Simon's wife's mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of him concerning her. (Luke 4:38 )
      Jesus, please come into our homes and into the midst of our families and heal our diseases.

So he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them. (Luke 4:39)
      Jesus, please rebuke the diseases in our family so that we can fully serve you.

When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. (Luke 4:40)
      Holy Spirit, guide us in bringing the sick to Jesus for healing. Please anoint the ministry of the healing teams around the diocese. Let their hands be the hands of Jesus. Guide us in praying for your people at the various prayer tables around the diocese.

And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!" And he, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that he was the Christ. (Luke 4:41)
      Lord Jesus Christ, even the demons believe in you and tremble (James 2:19), yet many of our church leaders don't believe or tremble before you.

Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought him and came to him, and tried to keep him from leaving them; (Luke 4:42)
      Father, please help each of us find a "deserted place", a quiet place and time, in our lives where we may be alone with you each day.

but he said to them, "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent." (Luke 4:43)
      Holy Spirit, help each of us know, as Jesus did, our calling and be faithful in living it out.

And he was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee. (Luke 4:44)
      Jesus, speak through your Holy Spirit in all the parishes of this diocese.

Saturday: 87, 90; * 136; Hosea 1:1-2:1; Acts 20:1-16; Luke 4:38-44
Sunday: 66, 67; * 19, 46; Hosea 2:2-14; James 3:1-13; Matthew 13:44-52
      HC: 146; Amos 6:1-7; or 146:4-9; 1 Timothy 6:11-19; Luke 16:19-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010
From: +Mike and Linda Chapman
Subject: Tychicus VI-Important Update for Mission to Ica-Ayacucho
Dear Family, Friends, and Intercessors,
      Here is the update I have been promising. Tomorrow we head out to Ica (Sat 5am) Please pray for the team. At this time it will comprise myself +MAC, Misael+, Claudia, Pastor+. My wife Linda will stay in Lima, to recover from 'Gripe' (flu virus). She is recovering but she has opted to rest a little longer and the team is in agreement.
      I thank you for your prayers concerning our immigration status. Today a very sick day and I went to Immigration with Josie our administration angel and Misael+ and we were given our 'Carne de Extrangeria' (residence/more or less) cards. Praise the Lord!       Blessings! +Mike and Linda Chapman
      [See attachment.]

Albany Intercessor

Friday, September 24, 2010

 

9/24/2010, #89, 3rd Quarter 2010

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
      Father, please help each of us have that secret place where we are alone with you.

I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him I will trust." (Psalm 91:2)
      Father, you are my God, my refuge and my fortress; I will trust in you.

Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. (Psalm 91:3)
      Jesus, thank you for all that you are doing to deliver us out of the hands of those who would harm us and from disease.

He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you shall take refuge; his truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4)
      Holy Spirit, heavenly dove, I take shelter and refuge under the shadow of your wings; fill me with your truth and faithfulness. Thank you.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, (Psalm 91:5)
      Jesus, thank you for the freedom and peace you give us.

Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. (Psalm 91:6)
      Jesus, we look to you for our protection; thank you that we are in your care.



Friday: 88; * 91, 92; Esther 8:1-8,15-17; Acts 19:21-41; Luke 4:31-37
Saturday: 87, 90; * 136; Hosea 1:1-2:1; Acts 20:1-16; Luke 4:38-44

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010
From: Joseph Acanfora
Christ Church Gillbertsville, NY is having a PRAYER and PRAISE SERVICE for REVIVAL - Friday, September 24th, 7 PM. This is in conjunction with the 175 Anniversary of the dedication of the Church. The preacher will be Fr. Joseph Acanfora, Rector, Christ Church. All Welcome! Joe Acanfora acan4a@gmail.com 607-316-6002

***** Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010
From: Hannah Mudge
Subject: Oaks of Righteousness Ministry
Greetings Torre!
      Oaks of Righteousness Ministry is in the baby stages. Dcn Christina Vance and I are just beginning to start reaching out to the RPI community in Troy. We are starting as a home-based ministry, focusing on worship, discipleship small group meetings, service, and community, complete with meals. From there, we plan to do ministry in the poor neighborhood in North Central Troy. Beginning on October 3, we will be starting worship services in our apartment near RPI, and we are trying to make connections in the RPI community.
Prayer requests:
      - For an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on RPI campus
      - For divine appointments with students and establishing relationships
      - For the upcoming worship service and for those who will join us
      - For God's guidance and protection for both Dcn. Christina and myself
      - For wisdom in how to proceed in North Central Troy
Thank you for your prayers, and God bless!
Deacon Hannah Mudge

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, September 23, 2010

 

9/23/2010, #88, 3rd Quarter 2010

And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:17)
      Lord, help us find our place in the Scriptures!

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me," (Luke 4:18a)
      Holy Spirit, come upon us.

"Because he has anointed me" (Luke 4:18b)
      Father, we ask for the daily anointing of your Holy Spirit.

"To preach the gospel to the poor;" (Luke 4:18c)
      Jesus, help us faithfully present the gospel to the poor.

"He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted," (Luke 4:18d)
      Holy Spirit, the brokenhearted are all around us; help us recognize them and minister your words and healing to them.

"To proclaim liberty to the captives" (Luke 4:18e)
      Jesus, help us minister your freedom to all who are captive to sin. Set all hostages free, wherever they are in the world.

"And recovery of sight to the blind," (Luke 4:18f)
      Father, help us open the eyes of the blind. Open our eyes where we are spiritually blind.

"To set at liberty those who are oppressed;" (Luke 4:18g)
      Jesus, help us set at liberty all who are oppressed.

"To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." (Luke 4:19)
      Holy Spirit, now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation -- help us proclaim this, help us call people into your flock and your kingdom.

Then he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:20-21)
      Father we pray that you word will find fulfillment in our lives.

      A word received: Feed my sheep!

Thursday: [83] or 146, 147; * 85, 86; Esther 7:1-10; Acts 19:11-20; Luke 4:14-30
Friday: 88; * 91, 92; Esther 8:1-8,15-17; Acts 19:21-41; Luke 4:31-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010
From: Mike and Linda Chapman
Subject: Consecration pics
Dear famiy Friends, and Intercessors,
Blessings to you all in Jesus Name.
      Saturday September 18th I was consecrated Sufragan Bishop (the first I believe) in the Anglican Diocese of Peru. Consecrating Bishops were, The Rt. Rev. H. William Godfrey Diocesan Bishop of Peru. The Rt. Rev. Frank Lyons of the Anglan Diocese of Bolivia, and The Rt. Rev. Miguel Tamayo Diocesan Bishop of Cuba and the Anglican Diocese of Uruguay. Also in attendance were an Archbishop and two Diocesans of the Oriental Church in Peru.
      Fathers Ian Montgomery Shaw Mudge and Lydia Mudge took many of the pictures and videos found on my Facebook page under: Padre Miguel.
      However, there is a great collection of pictures taken by Father Ian Montgomery that are easily accessed on Father Gary and Judith Dalmasso's RICM website at http://www.ricm.org/. The link is "Latest!! Mike Chapman.
      Father Ian has a cd of fotos he will pass to me and I will be sending them out as soon as get my hands on them.
      Linda and I are eternally grateful for your prayers and support. We were and are blessed by everyone of you. We keep praying for you, please don't forget to pray for us.
      There will be a detailed Tychicus Update coming the heals of this one.
God Bless you all!
+Mike and Linda Chapman

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

 

9/22/2010, #87, 3rd Quarter 2010

And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (Acts 19:1)
      Lord Jesus, send your apostolic ministers among us.

he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." (Acts 19:2)
      Jesus, so many of your people have not so much as heard that there is a Holy Spirit, and if they have, his name is just tacked onto the end of prayers but there is no personal meaning for them.

And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism." Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus." (Acts 19:3-4)
      Father, I pray that your people will go on beyond repentance to the refreshing power of your Holy Spirit and become intimate with Jesus.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Now the men were about twelve in all. (Acts 19:5-7)
      A word received: Pray for the shepherds of my people.

      Holy Spirit, move the hearts of your shepherds to lay hands on the people in their flock so that your power is released in them and they prophesy and speak in tongues. Holy Spirit, bring your people into an intimate relationship with Jesus.


      Jesus, you have won the victory over sin and death by your cross and resurrection. Win the victory in each of our hearts. Thank you.

Wednesday: 119:97-120; * 81, 82; Esther 6:1-14; Acts 19:1-10; Luke 4:1-13
Thursday: [83] or 146, 147; * 85, 86; Esther 7:1-10; Acts 19:11-20; Luke 4:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Hillsong - Mighty to Save - With Subtitles/Lyrics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08YZF87OBQ
Hillsong - At the Cross - With Subtitles/Lyrics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOY0mjjmx8Y&NR=1
Hillsong - He Is Lord - With Subtitles/Lyrics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQaolD8FCwQ&feature=related
Worthy Is The Lamb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR4CCLnmf1Q&feature=related
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus - Hillsong United http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhtppff37pY

*****       I want you to be aware that there will be a Healing Mission, sponsored by the Order of St. Luke Chapter, meeting at St. George's, Clifton Park, at St. George's, on Friday, October 15 (7-9) and Saturday, October 16 (9-3). Luncheon will be served for those making a reservation in the parish hall on Saturday. Anyone can come, but a reservation to Deacon Maureen Demler is needed for the luncheon.
More information will be coming out later this week, but we would like your prayers and good will.
      Thank you all, and God bless you. Grace and peace, Colette Odell, Albany #2, Mission Publicity Helper

***** Sunday Healing Services
      The Healing Ministry at Christ the King has added a Sunday healing service from 4 - 5 PM. The services will held in Christ the King Chapel and will be led by Fr Nigel. Here are the dates for the remainder of the year.
Next one will be held September 26, 2010
Upcoming dates: October 3 & 17, November 7 & 28

***** Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:15:49 -0400
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Winter Public Prayer Mail: 20 September 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For the consecration of Fr. Mike Chapman as Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of Peru.
      Some brief videos from the end of the service can be found on the following webpage:
      www.facebook.com/video/?id=629731941
      2) That Spring approaches. For the great flower show yesterday in our District in Lima. Praise God for beauty. Photos from it can be found among the photos on:
       ;www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=255891&id=629731941&l=c3ca49add4
      3) For the great service we had on Sunday at La Ascension. All three Mudges were involved. I like the fact that our family can have a great time working together as a team.
      4) For the visit of Fr. Charles Smith and Elaina, his beloved, to the Diocese of Peru.
      5) That everyone in our family has basically recovered from colds (due to changes in temperature of the weather).
Prayers:
      1) For our relationships, ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      2) For the students in the final week of classes this cycle. Next week is their final exam week.
      3) For preparations and students for the next cycle of classes which begins the second week in October.
      4) For the administrative needs of the seminary and the Diocese.
      5) That we would be able to keep on top of all the daily things that we need to do.
      6) For the growth of the Mission of La Ascension, where we have been attending.
      7) Mayoral elections are coming up in October, in each District in Lima, and for the Mayor of the entire city. Please keep these in your prayers.
      8 ) For Lydia's college application process. It is almost complete, except for a reference and something else. She could hear back in a few weeks from the time when all the papers are in.
      9) For Church Pension Group paperwork that needs to be completed, as well as other administrative matters in our lives.
      10) For the construction on the new apartment building going up next door to ours. For safety for the workers, good building practices, and that the construction would not be too disruptive in our lives.
      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

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

 

9/21/2010, #86, 3rd Quarter 2010

Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not, (Luke 3:15)
      Holy Spirit, move in our hearts -- give us hearts of expectation about what you will do.

John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Luke 3:16)
      Jesus, please come among us and baptize us afresh with your Holy Spirit and with fire.

"His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean out his threshing floor, and gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." (Luke 3:17)
      Jesus, come and thresh us and remove the chaff from our lives.

And with many other exhortations he preached to the people. (Luke 3:18 )
      Father, please help us hear and respond to the exhortations of your prophets. Thank you.


"How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13b0
      Father, we ask for more of your Holy Spirit. Flood this diocese with your living water.

Tuesday: 78:1-39; * 78:40-72; Esther 5:1-14; Acts 18:12-28; Luke 3:15-22
Wednesday: 119:97-120; * 81, 82; Esther 6:1-14; Acts 19:1-10; Luke 4:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

*****       From: Jo Ferris
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2010
      O Lord, we give you thanks for Christ the King, SLC in Greenwich,ny. for you are good and your mercy endures for ever. ( Ps. 136:1) O Lord,we give you thanks for your foundation is seen and felt in the Holy Mountains surrounding the CTK, SLC. Lord we know you love the gates there. Thank You! Those who visit there speak glorious things of you -O God. May they continue to seek you there each passing year. May it continue to be a place where your singers and players of instruments continue to gather for many generations --O Lord and Heavenly Father. All of our well springs are in you --O Lord --for you are our Living Water. Thank you. Amen (Ps.87:1-3 &7) Jo Ferris, Albany Cursillo #38

***** Please pray for the Men's Cursillo Weekend which takes place this weekend.
Candidates:
Jim Parnapy, Christ Church Ballston Spa
David Vaules, Christ Church Cooperstown
Gil DeLaura, Church of the Messiah Glens Falls
Tom Thompson, Zion , Hudson Falls
Charles Ferris, Zion, Hudson Falls
Mark Whitney, St. Andrews, Schroon Lake
Brian Wind, Christ Church, Gilbertsville
David Webb, Christ Church Gilbertsville
Brian Crouth, Christ Church Ballston Spa

Team:
Jeff Gulock - Rector
Fr. John Hopkins
Fr. Derik Roy
Fr. Dave Ousley
Ryan Greenhall
John Cairns
Dave Glowinski
Heath Decelle
Alton Van Cleef
Jim Tarullo
Paul Guilmette
Dave Comegys
Gary Rosa
Ed Raquet
Mike Bartlett

***** Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Grazing, snacking and over eating...
Dear friends,
      I have been on meds that have made me ravenous. Sadly, I have almost put on the 53lbs that I lost with the Swine Flu diet! I have found a road block to STOP me snacking. I have placed a bible outside of the fridge and one on the inside of the fridge in a zip lock bag! The idea came to me a while ago while in prayer for this matter.
      The plan, if I felt like snacking I would first open the bible and read something. Then if that still lead me to open the door of the fridge I would then take out the zip lock bag and then take the second bible out of the bag and read some of that. The idea was to snack on "The Word" of God. Now if I still had to snack then I would pray that the desire would leave.
      Well. so far the plan has not worked the way I thought it would!
      I have not needed to open either of the bibles or the fridge door! The desire to graze has gone, It is amazing... I have totally stopped snacking and grazing as I used to. I am trying to exercise some as I am able... Still have a slight problem seeing my toes but I am sure the weight will go down... ummm I wonder why Yo-yo Ma comes to mind!
      If you have a concern with grazing... try this... and let me know the outcome... thanks.
      Be well, do good works, and for the sake of God love one another... and by the way: go take a hike! (I am speaking the truth in love!)
Be well. God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

Monday, September 20, 2010

 

9/20/2010, #85, 3rd Quarter 2010

Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. (Luke 3:2)
      Father, let your word come to men and women throughout this diocese.

      Father, let your word come to Bishop Bill as he meets with the House of Bishops this week.

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, (Luke 3:3)
      Holy Spirit, send forth these men and women throughout this diocese preaching a baptism of repentance, a baptism of turning to Jesus, and then as those who repent turn to Jesus, baptize them with your power.

as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying:
      "The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
      'Prepare the way of the Lord;
      Make His paths straight.'"
(Luke 3:4)
      Father, prepare our hearts to receive Jesus in a fresh new encounter with him.

      "'Every valley shall be filled
      And every mountain and hill brought low;
      The crooked places shall be made straight
      And the rough ways smooth;
(Luke 3:5)
      Lord, there are so many rough places and hills and valleys to get past; make our way smooth before us. Thank you.

      And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'" (Luke 3:6)
      Thank you, LORD, for your unending kindness to us. Help us respond with love for you and joy in you for all that you are doing among us.

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
"Your God reigns!"
(Isaiah 52:7)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to proclaim the good news and glad tidings of salvation.

The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
(Isaiah 58:11)
      Holy Spirit, let each parish in this diocese be a well watered garden where people can find strength for their bones and satisfy their souls from the drought.

Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
(Isaiah 58:12)
      Jesus, help us join you in repairing the breach and restoring streets to dwell in. Raise up many to do this in Hamilton Hill (in Schenectady) and Arbor Hill (in Albany). Thank you!

      A word received: Ask them what it means to be a steward.

      A word received: Call my people to a life of stewardship. Call my people to turn to me. They are to be stewards for me.

Monday: 80; * 77, [79]; Esther 4:4-17; Acts 18:1-11; Luke (1:1-4),3:1-14
Tuesday: 78:1-39; * 78:40-72; Esther 5:1-14; Acts 18:12-28; Luke 3:15-22

      Notes from the Front Line

*****             A Watered Garden, by W. B. Anderson, 1919
      I have a precious memory. It is the memory of a garden that I happened upon one tired midsummer's morning, in the midst of a torrid plain in India. I was weary, and travel-stained, and thirsty, when over the drooping head of the horse, I saw a clump of trees on the far horizon. I hoped it might be a garden. It seemed ages until we should reach it. When we did arrive under the spreading branches of great mango trees, a cool zephyr, as grateful as the fanning of angels' wings, rippled over my parched cheeks. It was still early in the day, when, swinging myself wearily from the hard seat of the springless yekka, I walked straight into the heart of the garden, down the shady aisle of mango and loquat trees. Before dawn there had been a shower of rain, and now the gardener was running the clear, cool water from the irrigating well all about among trees and shrubs. Everywhere leaves were green and flowers were bright. Parrots circled through the cloudless blue, swung upon the swaying branches, calling merrily to one another. The air was ladened with the intoxicating odors of roses and jasmine. The fountain sparkled laughingly in the shaded center of the garden. I stooped to bathe my hands and face in the cool waters of the fountain's basin. Then, from its joyous spring I drank until satisfied. I sat for a few precious moments upon the marble edge of the fountain and reveled in the refreshment of a watered garden. The driver called, and I hurried out again across the stifling, heated plain. I had tarried for so short a time, but I was a new man. I carried away the song of the garden in my heart, and its echoes shall never die from my life.
      I was making the same journey in another year. The road was more uninviting than before, the weather was hotter, and I was not only weary, but ill. But I had a memory! For hours I looked and longed for the place of the garden of refreshing. At last we came to the shade of its trees. Wearily and weakly, but eagerly, I climbed from the seat of the torturing, springless cart. With unsteady steps I entered the door of the garden. The trees were gray with dust. The flowers drooped in the heat. The little water courses were parched and dry. The fountain was stopped. My soul sank with weariness, and I turned away sick at heart to finish the torturing journey unrefreshed. At the door I met the gardener. I asked him why his garden languished so. He explained with guilty look that he had been absent attending to affairs of his own for a week. I asked him if the raja would not be vexed at the neglect of his garden. He explained that the raja had gone to the mountains for a month. Then I knew that the garden had been neglected because the master's orders had been disobeyed. He intended that every traveler might be refreshed; but his gardener had not been faithful.
      I have a precious memory. It is a memory of a friend. Sin-stricken and weary, and far from God, I was traveling one day when I came into his life. His whole life was wet with the dews of Heaven; his garments were redolent with the odors of Paradise; he just breathed the very life of God. I sat and communed with him, and from within his life there flowed into mine rivers of living water. I walked with him through lovely avenues of restful shade in his friendship, and saw heavenly vistas, and drank from life-giving springs. I went out to my life renewed and refreshed. I was a new man, and there rang through all my being a song of the memory of that blessed life. All through eternity shall the echoes of that friendship call from peak to peak for me.
      In time of need and anguish I came again to that friend. I ran to meet him as a shelter from my sore distress. I found him and entered into communion with him. But the fountains of his life seemed dried up. The refreshment seemed to have vanished. His own life seemed parched and drooping. His speech was as the speech of other men. I struggled back to my own life as I came. Later he told me that the King of his life was not being obeyed, and the garden of his heart was not being watered.. The trees and the walks of his friendship were still there, but they no longer soothed and strengthened. The fountain of his friendship was still there, but its waters had been hushed. The King had intended that this garden, this life, should be kept perpetually refreshing for the souls of all who might come to it, but the King had not been obeyed, and the living water had not been kept flowing, and I went away unrefreshed.
      Then I prayed, "Oh God, keep flowing into me, and within me, and from within me Thy rivers of living water for the health and joy of other men! Oh, King of life, make my life a watered garden!"

***** Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: The Welcome Home Initiative mentioned in the US Chaplians Association
      Please visit the following web site of the MCA Military Chaplains Association about the Welcome Home Initiative at: http://www.mca-usa.org/2010/09/17/the-welcome-home-initiative-is-looking-for-armed-forces-members-veterans/
Thank you, Be well, God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** Pray for the Clergy Conference:
The Clergy Conference is just 12 short days away. It is Wednesday evening September 29 through Friday lunch October 1 at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. This is for all priests and deacons, active and retired, and their spouses. The theme is "Vital Lessons for life and ministry, Learning from 'the lesser knowns'." Bishop Ken and Helen Clarke, Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardgah , Church of Ireland, will be lead the conference. You may register online or download a registration form for mailing at http://www.albanydiocese.org/forms/100929.htm . Scholarships are available. Deadline for receiving registrations is September 24. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Canon Haskell at rhaskell2@nycap.rr.com.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, September 19, 2010

 

9/19/2010, #84, 3rd Quarter 2010

"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much." (Luke 16:10)
      Lord, help me to be faithful in the little things -- give me steadiness in doing the daily round of tasks that I might (and so often do) put off to another day.

"Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?" (Luke 16:11)
      Holy Spirit, please guide me in the use of money. Show me daily how to lay up treasure in heaven.

"And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own?" (Luke 16:12)
      Father, help me to be a faithful steward of all that you put in my hands. Thank you.

"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Luke 16:13)
      Jesus, please help me to be faithful in serving you. Forgive me when I turn aside to serve mammon and bring back into your sheepfold.

      A word received: Pray for my wandering sheep that they will return to the flock.

Sunday: 93, 96; * 34; Esther 3:1-4:3; James 1:19-27; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
      HC: 138; Amos 8:4-7(8-12); 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13
Monday: 80; * 77, [79]; Esther 4:4-17; Acts 18:1-11; Luke (1:1-4),3:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Consecration photos of Mike Chapman
Dear Friends,
Peace be with you. If you are interested in seeing photos from Saturday´s consecration of the new Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Peru (at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Lima), the link below might be of interest. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=255875&id=629731941&l=2037534e7e
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw Mudge, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.

***** Words received for Lectionary lesson for today:
      Gospel: Luke 16:1-15 [The word translated "Manager" in the NIV is really "Steward".]

A word received: I AM calling my people and my church to give an account of your stewardship. Are you being faithful in using the gifts and talents I have given you for my (underline my) service?

      Epistle: 1 Timothy 2:1-15

A word received: I desire that you lift up holy hands to me and pray for the just and the unjust. If you had known the unjust steward and what he had done, would you have prayed for him? You are exhorted to pray for kings and others in authority. Many of those in authority in Paul's life-time were cruel and unjust, such as Nero. Would you have prayed for Nero knowing what he was doing to your fellow Christians?

A word received: I make my rain fall on the just and the unjust -- I want you to pray for the just and the unjust.

      Old Testament: Amos 8:4-12

A word received: My judgment may be slow in coming so that people have time to repent, but come it does. "Behold the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD." You know the way to end the famine: "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14)

      Psalm: Psalm 138

A word received: "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me." (Psalm 138:1a) I AM the one who can revive you and make you whole -- return to me and let me heal you and heal this land.

A word received: Yes, I AM on high, but I know and love those who are lowly -- those who look to me for justification and not to themselves and their accomplishments.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, September 18, 2010

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, September 18, 2010, 9:00 -10:30 A.M. Torre Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady and Carol MacNaughton from St. Michael's Colonie.

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

Darcel -- "My foster children's [Tonia and Audrey] father passed [away this week] so that new they are home with the mom. They came with me [to live with me] because of the father. They are now spending alternate weeks with us." Darcel asked continued prayer for Harry. He has problems with drinking.

Debra (regular) -- Pray for her father Berry and mother Elizabeth for healing. He wants to get out of rehab and go home.

+Reina and +Hassain (he is one of Reina's 10 children) -- She asked God's blessing for this day and her family.

Kevin (bottle man from last two weeks wearing one of Dennis Adams' crosses) We pray for his safety and that no one would hassle him.

Paula - Prayer and thanksgiving for her father Johnny and thanked God for the work he has done on her house. She asked continued prayer and blessing for her son Tremel who is a sophomore in college and for her young daughter Zorrie.

+Postell (woman driving by who saw the prayer table sign) -- asked prayer for her family and especially her eldest son Clarence (who had been a minister and then got messed up with an unbelieving girl-friend). She also asked prayer for her right hip and for the Lord to lighten her load.

+Frank needs a place to live.

Unknown man -- did not speak much English. Gave a simple blessing.

Julie -- had a cancerous mole removed (very frightened). Debbie from Christ Church who was with Julie prayed with us for her. We gave her 2 Timothy 1:7, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind." to help Julie battle her fears with God's truth.

Debbie -- going to lead prayers at Summit Towers.

+Avisto -- little English, general blessing.

Torre

 

9/18/2010, #83, 3rd Quarter 2010

"For I have not spoken on my own authority; but the Father who sent me gave me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that his command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told me, so I speak." (John 12:49-50)
      Father, your commands are life and health to us and you love for us sustains us.

      Jesus, continue to speak the Father's word to us.

      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear what the Father and Jesus are saying to us. Thank you.

      Holy Trinity, one God, help us speak your words of life to people we meet. Thank you.

      A word received: Look to me -- keep your eyes on me. Keep praying for eyes to see what I AM doing and ears to hear what I AM saying. Look to me. I AM the way.

Saturday: 75, 76; * 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23*; Acts 17:16-34; John 12:44-50
Sunday: 93, 96; * 34; Esther 3:1-4:3; James 1:19-27; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
      HC: 138; Amos 8:4-7(8-12); 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010
From: Elizabeth Collum
Subject: prayer request
Torre,
      Please ask folks to pray for the Bible Symposium being held at the Cathedral of All Saints on Sat. the 18th. Please pray for the speaker, Dr. Peter Walker, that he will have travel safety and be anointed with words to speak to each heart. Please pray for all those attending that God would open hearts to what He wants to teach. Registration has been very good - thank the Lord!!
In Christ, Beth Collum

***** Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010
From: Joe Acanfora
PRAYER and PRAISE SERVICE for REVIVAL --Friday, September 24, 7 PM
Christ Church, 166 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, NY 13776
      If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord, please plan to attend as they celebrate their 175 Anniversary of the dedication of the Church. Contemporary Prayer and Worship music will be offered by RESURECTION PRAISE. The preacher will be Joseph Acanfora, Rector, Christ Church

Albany Intercessor

Friday, September 17, 2010

 

9/17/2010, #82, 3rd Quarter 2010

These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
But although he had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
      "Lord, who has believed our report?
      and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
      "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
      lest they should see with their eyes,
      lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
      so that I should heal them."
These things Isaiah said when he saw his glory and spoke of him.
Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
(John 12:36b-43)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us repent of not confessing Jesus when you gave us the opportunity to do so.

      Father, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church repent of loving the praise of men and this culture more than your praise.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life, and you are the only way to the Father. Help us as you helped Paul to depend completely on you and to know only you and you crucified.

      A word received: Pray that I will order your steps.

Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; * 73; Esther 1:1-4,10-19; Acts 17:1-15; John 12:36b-43
Saturday: 75, 76; * 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23*; Acts 17:16-34; John 12:44-50

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010
From: Elizabeth Collum
Subject: prayer request
Torre,
      Please ask folks to pray for the Bible Symposium being held at the Cathedral of All Saints on Sat. the 18th. Please pray for the speaker, Dr. Peter Walker, that he will have travel safety and be anointed with words to speak to each heart. Please pray for all those attending that God would open hearts to what He wants to teach. Registration has been very good - thank the Lord!!
In Christ, Beth Collum

***** On Friday, September 17 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church in Colonie (49 Killean Park) will celebrate its monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Prayer and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe and Karin Ryan. The preacher will be Bishop Daniel Herzog, Bishop of Albany, Retired.
      If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord please plan to attend. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend!
In Christ, Neal+ Longe

***** Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: prayer request
Please pray for my neighbor Jim who broke his neck falling off his bike on labor day.
He is paralyzed at the moment and is in Sunnyview rehab, a place I know well.
Thank you so much.
Fr. Nigel+

***** Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010
From: Joe Acanfora
PRAYER and PRAISE SERVICE for REVIVAL --Friday, September 24, 7 PM
Christ Church, 166 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, NY 13776
      If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord, please plan to attend as they celebrate their 175 Anniversary of the dedication of the Church. Contemporary Prayer and Worship music will be offered by RESURECTION PRAISE. The preacher will be Joseph Acanfora, Rector, Christ Church

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, September 16, 2010

 

9/16/2010, #81, 3rd Quarter 2010

Then Jesus said to them, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." (John 12:35-36a)
      Jesus, help us walk each day by the light you give us. Thank you for your light in the midst of the surrounding darkness in the church and in the nation.

These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them. (John 12:36b)
      Father, reveal you Son to all your wandering sheep. Send your Holy Spirit upon those sitting in great darkness so that Jesus will be revealed to them. Thank you.

      Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts for your coming.

Thursday: [70], 71; * 74; Job 28:1-28; Acts 16:25-40; John 12:27-36a
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; * 73; Esther 1:1-4,10-19; Acts 17:1-15; John 12:36b-43

      Notes from the Front Line

***** On Friday, September 17 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church in Colonie (49 Killean Park) will celebrate its monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Prayer and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe and Karin Ryan. The preacher will be Bishop Daniel Herzog, Bishop of Albany, Retired.
      If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord please plan to attend. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend!
In Christ, Neal+ Longe

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Dear Prayer partners
      Please can you remember Stephen Hammerton in prayer as he has recently been diagnosed with polio that the healing power of the Holy Spirit would stop this illness right now in Jesus name.
      Please can you pray for Mags brother Stanley who is having a double by pass on his heart this Friday please pray that all will go well with the operation and he would the presence of Jesus bringing him peace and comfort.
      Prayer Request- Eva for a peaceful death. For comfort for the family who have been sitting with her in hospital
Thank you, Hugh
Answered prayer:
From: Alan Higgins
Subject: FW: Callum Taylor
Hi Hugh,
      Please see below an email I received from Callum's dad David Taylor. As you can see Callum is doing well and all our prayer chains prayers are appreciated. Maybe you could forward this to everyone on the chain to let them see that their prayers are making a difference.
Thanks, Alan
From: David Taylor
Sent: 13 September 2010 19:20
To: Alan Higgins
Subject: Callum Taylor
Alan,
      Just writing to again thank you for everything you did when Callum was poorly. My family appreciate all that you did and I do believe it made a difference to him recovering. Callum's surprised the doctors with his recovery and he was back playing football on Saturday six weeks to the day after he was in intensive care. Please can you pass on to everyone our thanks. Also Alan I'd like to thank your personally for taking and making time for my dad. He's obviously having issues with what we believe may be mental illness for some time now but the church is important to him. He's a good man with a heart of gold.
Thanks again for everything you did and continue to do for my family. David

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

 

9/15/2010, #80, 3rd Quarter 2010

Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments. (Psalm 119:73)
      LORD, continue to fashion me according to your purposes; give me understanding so that I may walk in your commandments. Help me to walk in your commandments so that I may have understanding.

Those who fear you will be glad when they see me, because I have hoped in your word. (Psalm 119:74)
      Holy Spirit, write your word on my heart and make me a man of hope.

I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. (Psalm 119:75)
      Jesus, thank you for the hard times as well as the easy times.

Let, I pray, your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to your word to your servant. (Psalm 119:76)
      Father, I long for another touch of your Holy Spirit.

Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight. (Psalm 119:77)
      Father, your tender mercies have carried me to this day.

Let the proud be ashamed, for they treated me wrongfully with falsehood; but I will meditate on your precepts. (Psalm 119:78 )
      Holy Spirit, bring humility to the proud.

Let those who fear you turn to me, those who know your testimonies. (Psalm 119:79)
      Jesus, please help me to be a faithful and effective witness for you.

Let my heart be blameless regarding your statutes, that I may not be ashamed. (Psalm 119:80)
      Purify my heart, Lord; I want to be holy -- to be your man. Thank you.

Wednesday: 72; * 119:73-96; Job 42:1-17; Acts 16:16-24; John 12:20-26
Thursday: [70], 71; * 74; Job 28:1-28; Acts 16:25-40; John 12:27-36a

      Notes from the Front Line

***** On Friday, September 17 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church in Colonie (49 Killean Park) will celebrate its monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Prayer and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe and Karin Ryan. The preacher will be Bishop Daniel Herzog, Bishop of Albany, Retired.
      If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord please plan to attend. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend!
In Christ, Neal+ Longe

***** Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010
From: Joseph Acanfora
Subject: Youth Mission Trip Video
I uploaded the Youth Mission Trip video to Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJW91Apst3k
I uploaded the Youth Mission Trip video to Youtube.

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Subject: Prayer request for Fr. Curtis and Mary Denney from Fr. Rob
      All of you know of Mary’s continuing decline, but some may not know that Fr. Denney has been diagnosed with COPD and as seen some decline in his lungs. He is currently in the hospital at Claxton Hepburn after going to the emergency room last night. He was having great trouble breathing. His Doctor has told him he does not have pneumonia nor is at risk right now of developing it. The doctor calls it an anomaly from which he should recover just fine. He is expected to go home Thursday. Mary is staying with their son Dan and his wife for the time being as she can no longer be at home alone. Please pray for Curtis and Mary not only for curtis’ current ailment, but for the situation surrounding their health needs and concerns.

***** Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Winter Public Prayer Mail: 14 September 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you. This is our weekly public prayer mail.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For what the students are learning.
      2) The weather is getting warmer. Spring approaches.
      3) That our fellow missionaries are returning from the US and the UK.
      4) For the great service we had on Sunday at La Ascension.
      5) For Hannah and Christina having found a place to live in Troy.
      6) That we are in recovery from a cold.
Prayers:
      1) For our relationships, ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      2) For the students in our classes this week. Next week is their final week of this cycle before exams.
      3) For the Consecration of Fr. Mike Chapman on Saturday at the Cathedral in Lima. This is a major event for the diocese, and it is the first consecration of a Suffragan Bishop in the history of the Diocese. Pray for Fr. Mike, Linda, the MC, and that there would be appropriate places for all the invited guests. This looks to be an overflow situation, filling the nave, the parish hall, and more.
      4) For the administrative needs of the seminary and the Diocese.
      5) That we would be able to keep on top of all the daily things that we need to do. That the residual effect of the cold would go away, especially for Julie.
      6) For the growth of the Mission of La Ascension, where we have been attending.
      7) Mayoral elections are coming up in October. Please keep these in your prayers.
      8 ) For Lydia's college application process.
      9) For Church Pension Group paperwork we need to complete because of our switching careers to our missionary situation, as well as other administrative matters in our lives.
      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.

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