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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

 

11/30/2010, #61, 4th Quarter 2010

You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians:10-12)
      Holy Father, please help us walk worthy of your grace; help us answer your call into your kingdom. Father, thank you for your apostolic ministers who have been models for us of Jesus' love and humility. Please help us to be faithful and effective witnesses to your grace. Thank you.

Therefore the Lord says, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, "Ah, I will rid myself of my adversaries, and take vengeance on my enemies. I will turn my hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy. I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city." (Isaiah 1:24-26)
      Jesus, please come among us with your justice and mercy and righteousness. Please restore our civic life to the holiness you desire in us and for us.

Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her penitents with righteousness. The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees which you have desired; and you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens which you have chosen. For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water. The strong shall be as tinder, and the work of it as a spark; both will burn together, and no one shall quench them. (Isaiah 1:27-31)
      Holy Spirit, we have become an unwatered garden; come soon and refresh us. Move throughout this diocese and cleanse and renew us. Move our hearts to reach out to the lost and the least. We pray for your little ones that they will find a home and a shelter near your altar. (See Psalm 84:3)

A word received: Pray for my people to hold steady in me.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Isaiah 1:21-31; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 20:9-18
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Isaiah 2:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Luke 20:19-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010
From: Forest Rittgers
Subject: Amazing at Seaway Mall in Welland
Here's another one.
Forest
      Here’s something to start off your Holiday season.....I hope you enjoy this wonderful piece of Handel's Messiah performed in a food court in Australia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

***** Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: correction
I correct my comment: "There is nothing in the mall that you can buy for your soul." I am wrong! There is one thing in the mall that you can buy for your soul, and that is found in a book shop: "The Bible."
Be well, God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010
From: John Boyd
Subject: Joan Graham's mother has gone to live with our Lord in heaven
A message received from Janet Wakefield,
      Joan Graham's Mom died this Advent morning as the sun was rising. Her funeral service will be in Toronto on Wednesday morning. May she rest in peace and light and God's love.
Janet Wakefield
May we pray,
      Lord we pray for the soul of our dearly departed, and take comfort in knowing that your Heavenly Angels have taken her home to be with you. We thank you Lord for the many years you gave her to us and allowed us to share her loving spirit. May that same Spirit now return to your Heavenly Kingdom and be with those who have led the way back home, and may we all achieve what Joan's mom has done, by raising a family surrounded with your love and presence hear on earth, and when our time hear is over to once again dwell within your heavenly city. Give comfort to Joan dear Lord and to Fr. Bob, and to all who now mourn the lose of this child of yours. Give them peace and reassurance of your love, and hold them ever so close in your heart and in our prayers. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 29, 2010

 

11/29/2010, #60, 4th Quarter 2010

One day, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, "Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority." (Luke 20:1-2)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please help the chief priests and elders of the Episcopal Church to recognize and accept your authority and the authority of your Father who sent you. We ask you to move in the life of the congregations of this diocese and preach and teach the gospel among us. Thank you.

He answered them, "I also will ask you a question; now tell me, Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?" (Luke 20:3-4)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear and respond to your call to repentance. Thank you.

And they discussed it with one another, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us; for they are convinced that John was a prophet." So they answered that they did not know whence it was. (Luke 20:5-7)
      Father, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to stop their weasel word answers. We ask as Elijah, your prophet asked the people, "How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word." (1 Kings 18:21)

And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." (Luke 20:8 )
      Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church hear your warning to the church of the Laodiceans: "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:15-16)

A word received: Bless what I AM doing among you.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Isaiah 1:10-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 20:1-8
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Isaiah 1:21-31; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 20:9-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** For the redemption of their souls is costly, (Psalm 49:8a)
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: soul healing, a shared thought.
"There is nothing in the mall that you can buy for your soul."
      I am writing a chapter in my new book and that verse just came to me. The chapter is titled "Therapy" The book is titled, "Post Trauma Healing."
Be well, God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful - Carroll Roberson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7nGuo5ti-M
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoPlwPUYWaw
Praise, my soul the King of heaven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyRIVbdsi4c&feature=channel
Thine is the Glory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK0I9vj2QlI
Hark the herald angels sing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCt1s44cfMM&feature=channel

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
"Hymn For Christmas Day"
Words: Hark How All The Welkin Rings, Charles Wesley (1707-1788 ), Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739
Amended by
George Whitfield (1714-1770), 1753
Martin Madan (1726-1790), 1760
And Others

Music: "Mendelssohn," Felix Mendelssohn, 1840, as part of a cantata honoring printer Johann Gutenberg titled "Festgesant" ("Festival Song") [and specifically "Gott ist Licht" ("God is Light")] Arranged by William Hayman Cummings; first presented Christmas Day, 1855

Lyrics:

1. Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise.
Join the triumph of the skies.
With angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King."

2. Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ the everlasting lord
Late in time behold him come,
Off-spring of the virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail th' incarnate deity
Pleased as Man with men to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.
Hark the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born king!"

3. Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace,
Hail, the Son of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His throne on high,
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born king.

4. Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born king;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"

5. Adam's likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Alternate Third Verse

3. Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that men no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Risen with healing in his wings,
Light and life to all he brings,
Hail! The Sun of Righteousness!
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn king.

Alternate Fourth Verses

4. Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman's conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent's head.
Now display thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

4. Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the Woman's conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the Serpent's head.
Adam's likeness now efface:
Stamp Thine image in its place;
Second Adam, from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,
Glory to the Newborn King.

4. Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;
Stamp Thy likeness in its place;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

Albany Intercessor

 

11/29/2010, #60, 4th Quarter 2010

One day, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, "Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority." (Luke 20:1-2)
Lord Jesus Christ, please help the chief priests and elders of the Episcopal Church to recognize and accept your authority and the authority of your Father who sent you. We ask you to move in the life of the congregations of this diocese and preach and teach the gospel among us. Thank you.

He answered them, "I also will ask you a question; now tell me, Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?" (Luke 20:3-4)
Holy Spirit, help us hear and respond to your call to repentance. Thank you.

And they discussed it with one another, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us; for they are convinced that John was a prophet." So they answered that they did not know whence it was. (Luke 20:5-7)
Father, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to stop their weasel word answers. We ask as Elijah, your prophet asked the people, "How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word." (1 Kings 18:21)

And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." (Luke 20:8)
Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church hear your warning to the church of the Laodiceans: "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:15-16)

A word received: Bless what I AM doing among you.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Isaiah 1:10-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 20:1-8
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Isaiah 1:21-31; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 20:9-18

Notes from the Front Line

***** For the redemption of their souls is costly, (Psalm 49:8a)
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: soul healing, a shared thought.
"There is nothing in the mall that you can buy for your soul."
I am writing a chapter in my new book and that verse just came to me. The chapter is titled "Therapy" The book is titled, "Post Trauma Healing."
Be well, God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful - Carroll Roberson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7nGuo5ti-M
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoPlwPUYWaw
Praise, my soul the King of heaven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyRIVbdsi4c&feature=channel
Thine is the Glory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK0I9vj2QlI
Hark the herald angels sing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCt1s44cfMM&feature=channel

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
"Hymn For Christmas Day"
Words: Hark How All The Welkin Rings, Charles Wesley (1707-1788), Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739
Amended by
George Whitfield (1714-1770), 1753
Martin Madan (1726-1790), 1760
And Others

Music: "Mendelssohn," Felix Mendelssohn, 1840, as part of a cantata honoring printer Johann Gutenberg titled "Festgesant" ("Festival Song") [and specifically "Gott ist Licht" ("God is Light")] Arranged by William Hayman Cummings; first presented Christmas Day, 1855

Lyrics:

1. Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise.
Join the triumph of the skies.
With angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King."

2. Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ the everlasting lord
Late in time behold him come,
Off-spring of the virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail th' incarnate deity
Pleased as Man with men to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.
Hark the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born king!"

3. Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace,
Hail, the Son of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His throne on high,
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born king.

4. Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born king;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new born King!"

5. Adam's likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Alternate Third Verse

3. Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that men no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Risen with healing in his wings,
Light and life to all he brings,
Hail! The Sun of Righteousness!
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn king.

Alternate Fourth Verses

4. Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman's conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent's head.
Now display thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

4. Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the Woman's conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the Serpent's head.
Adam's likeness now efface:
Stamp Thine image in its place;
Second Adam, from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,
Glory to the Newborn King.

4. Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;
Stamp Thy likeness in its place;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, November 28, 2010

 

11/28/2010, #59, 4th Quarter 2010

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:1)
      LORD, please help us heed your word to us.

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. (Isaiah 2:2)
      Father, establish the rule and reign and majesty of your son's house in our hearts.

      Jesus, be exalted in our midst.

      Holy Spirit, guide the footsteps of your people so that they flow into the house of the LORD.

Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; he will teach us his ways, and we shall walk in his paths." (Isaiah 2:3a)
      Jesus, please help us to be rooted in your promises to the patriarchs, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Teach us your ways and help us walk in your paths.

For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3b)
      Holy Spirit, please let your law and your word go forth throughout this diocese and all who intercede for it. Thank you.

He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; (Isaiah 2:4a)
      Jesus, you are the righteous judge; please rebuke us as needed and help us turn our anger into your righteous ways. Please help us beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks.

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. (Isaiah 2:4b)
      Jesus, Prince of Peace, bring this nation to your peace; rule and reign in our hearts.

O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the LORD. (Isaiah 2:5)
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. Please help us take each step by your light and your word (you are the Word). Please shut the lions' mouths as you did for Daniel and stop the strife of tongues. (See Psalm 31:20)

A word received: Look to me: I AM Lord of the battle. Keep your eyes, your attention on me and not on the battle. I AM Lord of the battle -- I will fulfill my purposes. Keep your attention on me.

Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Isaiah 1:1-9; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 25:1-13
      HC: 122; Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 24:37-44
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Isaiah 1:10-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 20:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2010
From: The Rev. Nina George Hacker, FHC
Subject: re: prayer requests on parish website: St. Christopher's, Cobleskill
---- Torre and Jean Bissell wrote:
Question: Does your parish website have a place where people can enter prayer requests to be circulated to your parish prayer line for prayer?
Yes! Visit: http://stchristopherscobleskill.com/Pg_News.html , and scroll down to the bottom of the page
Mother Nina+, Rector, St. Christopher's

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, November 27, 2010

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, November 27, 2010, 9:20 -10:30 A.M. Torre Bissell and Bob Baker from Christ Church Schenectady, and Mark Plasko, Carol MacNaughton and Sue Plaske from St. Michael's Colonie and Larry Skramstad. With six people we were able to run two prayer tables: one on State Street and on Albany Street.

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

State Street:

+Danny -- for my dad, William, that he will live another thirty years.

+Fred -- help and health

+Umaa (man)

+Dorothy and +Arthur (husband and wife) -- Dorothy asked prayer "that I will get a house and that my credit will go up." Arthur came from Poland and "believes in God" and not much else.

+(Woman)

+Patrick -- came up joyfully and thankfully and said that he had been blessed by coming to the prayer table. He said that he had been able to get a part-time job after we prayed for him earlier in the year. We prayed that he would now get a full-time job.

+Jonathan -- (boy about 10 or 11) -- asked prayer that he would be able to see his mom who is temporarily in Canada. He is staying with his father.

+Ed (man on a bicycle) -- stopped and asked that we pray for the government and the protection of the President.

Albany Street:

+Titi and +Jesi -- "watch over Lisa all week"

+Showell and +Slevia -- general blessing

Fred -- blessed from across the street

+Joseph -- needs some help

+Carl -- Blessing

+Rachel and Jason (2 months old) -- help, overwhelmed

+Jahci, +Missik -- prayers for his mom.

++++Jenny and +++Anthony (her son) -- these two came so the team prayed for the entire list: Tara (a friend), Mary (Tara's mom), Carmon (ill, and her mom), Miguel (her father), Olga (sister)

+Dayron -- Blessing

 

11/27/2010, #58, 4th Quarter 2010

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2)
      Sweet Jesus, bring us your consolation; comfort us with your love.

      Holy Spirit, bring this whole diocese into fellowship with one another.

      Father, please help us manifest your affection and mercy to one another.

      Jesus, help us fulfill the joy of Bishop Bill and all the faithful shepherds you have placed over us by being like minded and having the love you have, and being in one accord, of one mind.

      Holy Trinity, one God, thank you for drawing us into you fellowship and life together.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us lay aside all selfish ambition and conceit; help us truly esteem others better than ourselves. Thank you.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:4-5)
      Lord Jesus, please help us have your mind toward others; help us look out for their interests as well as our own. Help us by your Holy Spirit to have your mind about ourselves and others. Thank you.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; * 104; Zechariah 14:12-21; Philippians 2:1-11; Luke 19:41-48
Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Isaiah 1:1-9; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 25:1-13
      HC: 122; Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 24:37-44

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010
From: Bp. Mike and Linda Chapman
Subject: Final move to Ica
Dear Family, Friends, and Intercessors,
      It is 7:15 am. I know that for some of you that is the middle of the day. Our days lately run a little short. Yesterday I preached at a clergy meeting at 8:30am, celebrated Thanksgiving (It is a very important feast for many reasons and to 'Extranjeros' in particular) then came home and began to pack the remainder of our few belongings to move today to Ica (this is our sixth move this year) and begin ,with the team, to strengthen the mission there. Tomorrow we will host a 'defensoria' for women and children.
      Just a few weeks ago, while traveling to Ica, the clutch went out in the van, and we were stranded in the desert. Ministry that weekend became very difficult and costly. Last weekend, Linda and I with the whole team traveled 9 hrs. into the mounains (15,000 ft+) and struggled with altitude sickness. Linda was bedridden with the sickness for half of the mission and yet with unbelievable strength took a harrowing ride further into the mountains with us to minister in far away Yauli. We are blessed that God worked through the mission and many were touched.
      Intercession is very important. In some quarters of the Christian world, there is a belief that intercessors stand in the gap for the team on the ground. We hold to that belief. We are seeking to strengthen our team of intercessors with those that will stand in the gap for the mission and intercede for us during times when we go out on missions. Our experience has been that intercessors hear from the Lord when they intercede for the team. That information is vital to us while we minister. Long term ministry is a little different than short term ministry in that the commitment is for a longer period of time. We are realizing we are in need of more intensive intercession. We appreciate all of your prayers but are asking the Lord to raise up those who would also gather small groups together for times of intercession on our behalf. We would like to ask you to prayerfully consider this. Again, we appreciate all of the prayers that go up before the Lord on our behalf but are realizing the need for more concerted prayer also. Jesus said, "When two or more of you are gathered in my name, I am in the midst of you". Please let us know what you hear from the Lord on this. Also, please pray for us in particular for the following:
      1) Strength and health
      2) Effectiveness in ministry and Diocese building
      3) Resources and Finances
      4) More love, More Power, More of God in our lives
      5) Safety on the long and winding road.
Please pray for us!
      On behalf of the team: The Rev. Misael Varillas, Claudia Varlla Haro, The Rev. Deacon Pastor Zevallos
Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (Hebrews 6:10 NIV)
      We depend on our supporters' faithful partnership to make this ministry possible. Please continue to keep us in prayer and if possible, we would appreciate your financial support.
      By credit card online or by phone: http://samsusa.org/ or call 1-724 22-0669 from 9am to 5pm EST
      By check: Make checks out to "SAMS" and write "Mike & Linda Chapman" in the memo space. Then send them to the address: SAMS; P.O. Box 399; Ambridge, PA 15003
      Please stay in touch! Moral support is greatly apprecitated!

***** Hi Torre,
      Edd wrote: "Greetings, Mr. Bissell! Edd Lukens here (David's son) Can your prayer family spend some time lifting up the Boulder Street Church of Colorado Springs? We are moving in a direction of deeper commitment and greater maturity as individuals, and more critically as a congregation (that whole Unity of the Spirit thing). There are a few strong traditions and paradigms as well as spiritual forces to overcome. Many thanks for your consideration of this matter. Peace Edd"
      [Note: Edd Lukens was a student of mine in Liberia and the son of Episcopal missionaries there. Torre]

***** Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable. Practice what you've learned and received from me, what you heard and saw me do. Then the God who gives this peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)
      Father God, thank You for the ministry of Paul and especially for the ministry of Your Son, Jesus Christ who came to this earth to show us how to love and serve each other, who died for our sins and then rose again. Thank You for that promise of eternal life with You. Thank You, Lord for the Mudges, who act upon what they read in Paul's epistles and who are obedient to the orders that they hear from You. Thank You that they keep their thoughts on what is right and what deserves praise. Thank You that they reflect their faith in You, and thus are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable and commendable. May Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia always have that peace of knowing that You are with them. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

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Friday, November 26, 2010

 

11/26/2010, #57, 4th Quarter 2010

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
      Jesus, you received us while we were still sinners; please help us receive everyone you send us so that we may bring glory to our God and Father.

Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, (Romans 15:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us become servants of Christ to all you send us to.

and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: "For this reason I will confess to you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name." (Romans 15:9)
      Father, please help us confess and sing the praises of Jesus' name wherever we go.

And again he says: "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people!" (Romans 15:10)
      A word received 8/12/10: Rejoice!

And again: "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud him, all you peoples!" (Romans 15:11)
      Holy Trinity, one God, we laud and praise your name!

And again, Isaiah says: "There shall be a root of Jesse; and he who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In him the Gentiles shall hope." (Romans 15:12)
      Jesus, take root in our hearts and fill us with hope.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
      Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with hope and joy in God's love for us through his son Jesus Christ. Thank you. Amen.

Words received for Lectionary A, First Sunday of Advent
Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44: A word received: What are you doing to be ready for my coming?

Epistle: Romans 13:8-14: A word received: Your job is to be about my (underline my) business. I want you to build one another up in me.

Old Testament: Isaiah 2:1-5: A word received: Pray for my people to learn my ways. I long for them to come to me and for my word to take root in their hearts. You can only know my (underline my) peace by coming to me.

Psalm: Psalm 122: A word received: Come, stand in my courts. Let me make you glad with my presence.

Friday: 140, 142; * 141, 143:1-11(12); Zechariah 14:1-11; Romans 15:7-13; Luke 19:28-40
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; * 104; Zechariah 14:12-21; Philippians 2:1-11; Luke 19:41-48

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Website - Prayer Request
Details of Prayer Request: Helen Lowry commencing Chemotherapy next week.

***** Question: Does your parish website have a place where people can enter prayer requests to be circulated to your parish prayer line for prayer?

Albany Intercessor

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

 

11/25/2010, #56, 4th Quarter 2010

Now as they heard these things, he spoke another parable, because he was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. (Luke 19:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be steady for the long haul, to keep our eyes on Jesus and his work around us and among us.

Therefore he said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas [a mina was worth about three months salary], and said to them, 'Do business till I come.'" (Luke 19:12-13)
      Jesus, please help us to be about your business with the gifts and resources you have given us.

"But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We will not have this man to reign over us.'" (Luke 19:14)
      Jesus, unfortunately many in authority in the Episcopal Church hate your ways and your Father's ways and will not acknowledge your Lordship over them. Have mercy on us and on them.

"And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading." (Luke 19:15)
      Father, we have been given stewardship, not ownership. Help us to be ready at any time to give an account of our stewardship of what Jesus has put in our care.

"Then came the first, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned ten minas.' And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.' And the second came, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned five minas.' Likewise he said to him, 'You also be over five cities.'" (Luke 19:16-19)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be faithful stewards.

"Then another came, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.' And he said to him, 'Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?'" (Luke 19:20-23)
      Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of all those who have hidden the light of the gospel under a basket and have not used the gifts you have given them.

"And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.' (But they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas.') 'For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him." (Luke 19:24-26
      Father, we ask your blessing on all those who faithfully use the gifts they have been given. Pour out your abundance on them.

"But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.'" (Luke 19:27)
      Father, blessed is the people whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. (See Psalm 33:12)

Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; * 134, 135; Zechariah 13:1-9; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 19:11-27
      Thanksgiving Day: 65 or 65:9-14; Deuteronomy 8:1-3,6-10(17-20); James 1:17-18,21-27; Matthew 6:25-33
Friday: 140, 142; * 141, 143:1-11(12); Zechariah 14:1-11; Romans 15:7-13; Luke 19:28-40

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010
From: Michael Hales
A short testimony of healing, quite wonderful. God is always working: http://vimeo.com/16701744

***** Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010
From: Bill Cooper
Subject: prayer request for the Grahams
      I received a call for our prayers from Fr. Bob Graham. Joan's mother is dying and in much pain from an obstruction of the lower bowel. Joan has not left her side for two weeks and is very tired. Bob also is fatigued. Please keep this entire situation in prayer that the time of pain and exhaustion be shortened.
Fr. Bill Cooper

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

 

11/24/2010, #55, 4th Quarter 2010

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: (Ephesians 1:1)
      Father, thank you for the saints in the Diocese of Albany who are faithful in Christ Jesus.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:2)
      Father, thank you for the grace we have received from you and from your son Jesus.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3)
      Father, we bless you and thank you for all the blessings we have received from you. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to us.

just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, (Ephesians 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us show forth the love of Jesus to others that we meet. Thank you for coming into my life with your power.

having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (Ephesians 1:5)
      Father, thank you for adopting me as your child.

to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
      Jesus, thank you for accepting me.

Wednesday: 119:145-176; * 128, 129, 130; Zechariah 12:1-10; Ephesians 1:3-14; Luke 19:1-10
Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; * 134, 135; Zechariah 13:1-9; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 19:11-27

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: The Power of Prayer
Need a faith lift... this did it for me...
Bless you
Nigel+
The Power of a Doctors prayer.....He obeyed the voice of the Lord, http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/vod/SAF13v5_WS

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

 

11/23/2010, #54, 4th Quarter 2010

Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For he will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge him and kill him. And the third day he will rise again." But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken. (Luke 18:31-34)
      Lord Jesus, these things are still hidden from many in your church; please open our ears and our hearts to you word. Please send your Holy Spirit among us and renew us.
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; (Psalm 127:1a)
      Father, there is so much vain labor among your people -- turn our heats back to you.
Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1b)
      Jesus, guard your church and this community -- thieves have broken in and ravage your people.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so he gives his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)
      Holy Spirit, pleae help us rest in our Father's arms.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalm 127:3)
      Father, thank you for the children and grandchildren you have given us.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. (Psalm 127:4)
      Jesus, thank you for the arrows you have placed in our hand.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:5)
      LORD, you have given us six different children -- help us love and minister to each of them as they have need. Thank you for the wonder and joy of Jean's 80th birthday and the joy of seeing all of our children here together.

Jean


Torre and his brother Bret


Brereton


Hillary, Taylor and Selma




Jonathan


Sarah


Steve

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Zechariah 11:4-17; 1 Corinthians 3:10-23; Luke 18:31-43
Wednesday: 119:145-176; * 128, 129, 130; Zechariah 12:1-10; Ephesians 1:3-14; Luke 19:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Spring Public Prayer Mail: 23 November 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Praise God for what he does through the three of us, to transform lives.
      2) For the great healing mission in Lima this past week. It has touched many lives of leaders in the churches and missions here.
      3) The international on-line education plans for the seminary. God seems to be blessing this in incredible ways. Some time ago, I mentioned plans across South America. Now, there are additional plans to go intercontinental, between dioceses and institutions in North America and South America, in addition to dioceses across South America.
Prayers:
      1) For the intercontinental seminary planning meeting on December 8 to 9, here. It is a particularly important meeting, including seminary representatives and bishops from a number of dioceses.
      Our particular prayer requests for this meeting:
      a) to make it perfectly clear what God is doing and how to make it a reality.
      b) for discernment in all this, to guide us, as we as a seminary try to go with what God is blessing.
      2) Prayers for me as I continue in my self-studies to learn the intricacies of Spanish for on-line courses and for seminary course implementation. My current background reading is: "La Biblia de la Computación E Internet," about 1000 pages long.
      3) Prayers for Julie and I as we begin to learn one and possible two different on-line computer program packages, in succession, to further the seminary´s long-distance teaching capabilities.
      4) For our landlady´s responsiveness and openness to what needs to be done in our apartment.
      5) For the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru, and our ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      6) For the classes we are teaching this next week (week 7 of 8; then, exam week).
      7) That we would be able to keep on top of all the daily things that we need to do.
      8 ) For the construction on the apartment building next door. For safety for the workers, good building practices, and that the construction noise, fumes, and dust would not be disruptive to our lives. As they work at the higher elevations, I think at times they really benefit from our prayers.
      Thank you for praying for us. Your praying is very important, really makes a difference for us, 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.
Discípulos que hacen discípulos
Disciples Making Disciples

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 22, 2010

 

11/22/2010, #53, 4th Quarter 2010

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us minister to one another with your guidance and power so that those who have fallen in sin can be restored.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
      Jesus, help us daily fulfill you law of love by bearing our brothers and sisters' burdens.

For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (Galatians 6:3)
      Holy Spirit, protect us from self-deception.

But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. (Galatians 6:4)
      Father, help us examine our own works and recognize your hand in them. Thank you.

For each one shall bear his own load. (Galatians 6:5)
      Father, please help us to do our part., to carry our own load, and do the work you have given us to do.

Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. (Galatians 6:6)
      Thank you, Lord, for those who brought me to faith and instructed me: I hold them up to you for your blessing.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7)
      Holy Spirit, help me sow good seed in good soil, but even more important, help me follow Jesus today wherever he leads.

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:8 )
      Holy Spirit, you raised Jesus from the dead, please raise me to new life in Jesus.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)
      Lord, bring us to a time of Elim springs where we are refreshed by your living water, you Holy Spirit. Thank you. (See Exodus 15:27)

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)
      Jesus, please help us to do good to those who are in your household of faith. Thank you.

Monday: 106:1-18; * 106:19-48; Zechariah 10:1-12; Galatians 6:1-10; Luke 18:15-30
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Zechariah 11:4-17; 1 Corinthians 3:10-23; Luke 18:31-43

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Lake Luzerne PT report, PRAYER TABLE REPORT. St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne
(Sat., Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m.-noon, outside the Parish Hall prior to our weekly free community luncheon. We are proud that our Prayer Table is becoming an integral and accepted part of our luncheon ministry.)
      Note: First very cold, windy Prayer Table day of the late autumn. But ... people still stopped for prayer. Bruce Clark and Deacon Alan Hart serving at His table this day.)
      a--denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
      t--denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

      a--EDITH -- This lady is a regular at the Prayer Table, having stopped nearly every time we have been out there since mid-summer. She has THREE people close to her who are battling cancer, including her brother ROBERT, her sister GRACE and a dear friend whose name she has not disclosed to us for private reasons. Edith has seen improvement in all three people and credits their improved health ("... AND better spirits," she quickly adds) to the power of prayer. Edith herself is coping better now with the depression she naturally confronts because of the illnesses of these three people.

      a,t -- MARYLOU -- First-time visitor to the Table. She said she is healthy and well, so we prayed for this good health and good fortune to continue and that she be blessed today in ways she cannot even imagine. MaryLou then confided proudly to us that her grandson ROBERT, who has spent some time in jail in Colorado, has come to accept Jesus as his savior and that he was recently baptized. Praise God!

      (Unknown man accompanied by his wife) -- Two newcomers to the luncheon, they were puzzled as to what the Prayer Table was. When we asked if either wanted prayer for anything at all, the husband politely declined but told us he recently survived a liver transplant and that he knows where his healing came from. He got a little emotional and pointed at the sky and said, "The Big Guy up there takes care of me!" Amen!

      (Woman who did not identify herself) -- She also politely said "No" to our offer to prayer with and for her, but she looked at us at our Table and said "But I pray for YOU and your table every morning!"

***** Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010
From: Bp. Mike and Linda Chapman
Subject: On to Huancavelica
Dear Family, Friends, and Intercessors,
      The team is on the road yet again. Within the hor we will leave for the bus terminal to head out for our 13 hour ride to Huancavelica. Father Misael, his wife Claudia, and Deacon Pastor Zevallo, have been working in this area for months. Linda and I are excited byhe opportunity to go and minister in this mountain high community and it's ancient people.
Please pray
      1) That we will stay warm and dry in the mountains.
      2) That we will be able to minister without ill effects of altitude sickness
      3) Most importantly: that we might reach many with the saving power of God in Christ Jesus
      As usual we are blessed by all who stand with us in prayer.
      The team will be returning to Lima Tuesday night and traveling to Lima again Friday after celebrating Thanksgiving with Friends on Thursday.
      On behalf of the Ica Ayacucho team we bless God for you!
Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman

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

Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
ACTIVE YOUTH PRAYER REQUEST
      The numbers of young people coming every friday night is growing every week, with over 150 teenagers on our register and around 60 coming each week.
      Last Friday night 2 young girls became Christians and 2 more boys stayed behind who are very interested in becoming Christians. Pray Gods protection over them and that he would continue to speak to them. Early on at active youth the girls expressed that they could feel God in them, and by the end of the night they wanted to become Christians.
      Active Youth is so unlike church, there is football, pool table, girly activities, fun themed nights, etc, and a 5 minute talk at the end of each night. But to these young people that is their church and God is doing amazing things.
Pray points:
      -Protection over the leaders and young people. That they would know more of Gods love.
      -Provision of more leaders for the growing numbers.
      -Provision of youth bibles for those young people that have became Christians and who are interested.
      If anyone feels called to donate bibles, or a money donation for us to buy them, please speak to david jardine, dougie, rory, or cherith. (or any staff member) With a tight budget for running active youth we can basically not afford to buy the young people bibles, but their own personal situations mean they also can't afford to buy them or wouldnt know the appropiate bible for their age group.
      Many Thanks, The Willowfield Youth Team

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, November 21, 2010

 

11/21/2010, #52, 4th Quarter 2010

And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ, the chosen of God." (Luke 23:35)
      Lord Jesus, have mercy on the rulers and teachers of your people who hold you in contempt. Raise up witnesses they can hear and respond to.

The soldiers also mocked him, coming and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save yourself." (Luke 23:36-37)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of all those who are involved in executions.

And an inscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Luke 23:38 )
      Jesus, you are my King -- rule and reign in my heart.

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us." (Luke 23:39)
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From the BCP 1928 )

But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?" (Luke 23:40)
      Jesus, it is only by your mercy that I am not under condemnation. Your blood has covered all my sins. Thank you.

"And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." (Luke 23:41)
      Father, thank you for sending Jesus so that we do not receive our just reward.

Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Luke 23:42)
      Holy Spirit, help me as you helped this dying criminal turn to Jesus in the hour of my death. Thank you.

And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43)
      Thank you!

Sunday: 118; * 145; Zechariah 9:9-16; 1 Peter 3:13-22; Matthew 21:1-13
      HC: 46; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:35-43 or; Luke 19:29-38
Monday: 106:1-18; * 106:19-48; Zechariah 10:1-12; Galatians 6:1-10; Luke 18:15-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. ... The prayerr of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:13-15a,16b)
      Lord, we thank You for the healing mission in which the Mudges served as small group leaders during the last two weeks. Thank You for every blessing and every grace-filled moment. Thank You for every song of praise that was lifted up to You. We pray that many new people learned of the power of healing prayer. Thank You that every prayer offered in faith makes a sick person well in one way or another. Thank You that you raise up the people praying and those being prayer for. Thank You that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Thank You for your healing grace. Amen.

***** Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010
From: chris@thedockchurch.org
Subject: hi Dock Prayer Team!
Hi gang!
      As always, a huge thank you to all of you who have agreed to pray intentionally for The Dock and the work of God in the Titanic Quarter - it is massively appreciated and utterly vital to everything that happens.
      Those of you who are regular receivers of these prayer updates will be pleased to know that your numbers have nearly doubled! - a whole list of people signed up to be Dock Prayer Warriors at the birthday party last Monday night - so to all you newbies, welcome!
      Just a quick reminder for all of the 'team purpose' - well obviously it's to pray! - but as well as general intercession for the Titanic Quarter, I'll send out email updates from time to time with specific prayer requests. As these will maybe include particular situations and individuals, can I ask you to keep any of the details confidential and use them only in private prayer.
      There are some more 'general' prayer requests always on the website ( http://www.thedockchurch.org/), (click 'Connect' and then click 'Prayer'), and these are of course public and can be shared as far and wide as possible! (we are an international team, with members across the UK and America!)
      For now, if those of you who signed up at the birthday party could pop a quick return email back to me, to confirm that I've got your address right and that you're happy with this arrangement (and didn't just get carried away with too much cake!) - that would be much appreciated.
Thanks everybody
Chris
PS just as a reminder of the general prayer requests from the website at the moment, this is the list:
      for the growth of the involvement of different denominations and church leaders
      for a real desire for unity among the churches in Northern Ireland -- and for people willing to put unity into action
      for volunteers, missionaries, helpers and pray-ers to join the work of The Dock
      for good relations with businesses, the film studio, the Metropolitan College, Harbour Commissioners and Titanic Quarter Ltd executives
      for 'God opportunities' to meet the new residents, business-people, students and tourists
      for the process of fundraising -- that the resources will be provided, but also that the project doesn't become all about the money!
      for myself and Susan -- for health, protection and guidance
      - for the Titanic Quarter itself -- for new residents, tourists, businesses... and for all those involved in the development of the area.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, November 20, 2010

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 11

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 11, November 21, 2010
            Lectionary C, Proper 29
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 19:28-44; Colossians 1:3-20; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 46
Memory Verse: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Next Week: Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:8-14; Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122

      Gospel: Luke 19:28-40

A word received: Look to me. I AM the Sun of Righteousness. I AM he who redeems and saves. Look to me. Respond to what I AM doing, not what others think about me.

Note: What is your response to what God has done in your life?
Note: The disciples obey him word for word.
Note: Branches spread on the ground were a sign of honor.
Note: The colt is not broken in: God wants us to give him the first fruits, not something used by others
Note: What do these lessons tell us about who Jesus is?
Note: The religious establishment tried to hush the crowds. There comes a point where you have to do what you think is right.
Note: Jesus wants us to have our attention on him.
Note: Jesus came humbly. God spoke to Elijah in a "still, small voice." Jesus may not come to you with flashing lights. He may come humbly; are you listening?

      Epistle: Colossians 1:3-20

(verses 19-20) A word received: Do what pleases my father. Come to me to be reconciled to him.

      Old Testament: Jeremiah 23:1-6

A word received: I AM the Lord Your Righteousness. Look to me. I AM not a concept or an idea, I AM a person and righteousness comes from having a right relationship with me.

      Psalm: Psalm 46

(verses 10) A word received: That is what I long for my people to do: to "be still and know that I AM God." There is no other: come to me; turn to me, and I will give you rest.

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, November 20, 2010, 9:20 -10:30 A.M. Torre Bissell and Bob Baker from Christ Church Schenectady and Mark Plasko from St. Michael's Colonie.

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

David -- Recovered alcoholic (sober 7 years) "It consumed most of my life."

+Julian (recovering alcoholic) on the way to an AA meeting at the Monastery.

+Cal (young man) -- "I'm in a rush."

+++++Sherri (and her kids) -- Prayed for protection and provision,

James -- "I was baptized in this church (Christ Church) by Fr. Hio.

+Audry -- "I've had a stroke and high blood pressure." She was having trouble getting a Medicade prescription for her medicine that she needed.

+Debra (regular) -- we prayed for continued healing of her side (she was hit by a car a couple of months ago)

+Richard -- asked prayer for his mom, Adelia, who is sick.

+Charles -- crossed the street to get prayer

+James -- prayed he would be the man God wants him to be.

+Kyle (young man) -- "for my brother Ryan who is in jail."

+Shawn -- we prayed he would be God's man. He needs a new jacket -- the zipper on his present jacket is broken and it is cold.

Mark -- that he would discern God's calling on his life.

+Agnes -- "for my family"

+Victory (young man riding by on bicycle) -- "to get my life in order."

+Carlene -- "Finances"

+Kenny (young man) -- that he would grow into being God's man.

+Paula (regular) --"my daughter [Tiffany] called last night to say she is engaged." We prayed for Tiffany and all her other children.

+Terry (young man) -- "I need a job." He gets up every morning at 5 a.m. to go to Labor Ready.

+Charles (62 year old man on a bicycle) He has trouble breathing. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to move in his lungs and bronchia.

Torre

 

11/20/2010, #51, 4th Quarter 2010

Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)
      LORD, help us recognize our self-righteousness and repent of it. Please help us recognize that the only righteousness we have come from receiving and being covered by the blood of Jesus. Jesus, my own righteousness is as filthy rags -- help me stop complaining about the behavior of others. (See Isaiah 64:6)

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector." (Luke 18:10)
      Jesus, please help me stop "judging the book by its cover." Please help me repent of assuming I know about a person by what their work is or their appearance is.

"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'" (Luke 18:11-12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and repent of such self-satisfied prayers.

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

"I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)
      Father, please help me humble myself before you. Thank you for adopting me and making me your child. Help me now come to you now as a child. Help me make every effort to enter your rest. Thank you. (See Romans 8:15 and Hebrews 4:11)

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); * 33; Mal. 3:13-4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14
Sunday: 118; * 145; Zechariah 9:9-16; 1 Peter 3:13-22; Matthew 21:1-13
      HC: 46; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:35-43 or; Luke 19:29-38

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for Carol Herzog that the next cataract surgery in early December will go as well as the one she just went through.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Fw: Website - Prayer Request
Details of Prayer Request: John Awareness of Christ's presence after bereavement

Albany Intercessor

Friday, November 19, 2010

 

11/19/2010, #50, 4th Quarter 2010

Then he spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, (Luke 18:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be steadfast in prayer, to not lose heart.

      Jesus, prayer is your answer for the ills of the world. Help us to be steady in coming to you.

      Father, please help us each day to bring our families to you in prayer.

saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man." (Luke 18:2)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of the judges of this land that they will with discernment and wisdom do true justice. We pray especially for Family Court judges who often must make very difficult decisions about the placement and welfare of children.

"Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.'" (Luke 18:3)
      Holy Spirit, guide all the elderly that have no other advocate but you. Help them get the help they need.

"And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'" (Luke 18:4-5)
      Father, please give us all strength to endure.

Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:6-8 )
      Jesus, we cry out to you for your justice and mercy to be manifested in this nation and in the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

Friday: 102; * 107:1-32; Mal. 3:1-12; James 5:7-12; Luke 18:1-8
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); * 33; Mal. 3:13-4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Today, November 19 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church in Colonie (49 Killean Park) will celebrate its monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Hannah Mudge, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Deacon Tyler Slade.

***** Praise God for Carol Herzog's successful cataract surgery Thurs. Pray that for good healing with no complications.

***** Subject: prayers for Leia Bailey Coffin
Deacon Pollly Bailey wrote:
      Torre, could you please send out prayers for our daughter who has to have yet another surgery. Her wound for the last one has not healed and is oozing large amounts of fluids and puss. The doctors are taking her back into surgery on Monday the 22 to close the wound from the inside out. AS you know this has been a long journey, she is tired and in constant pain.
God bless, Deacon Polly

***** Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010
From: Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman in Peru
Subject: On the Road Again/Moving in to Ica; Prayer Update
Dear Family, Friends, and Intercessors,
      THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS! I am convinced that your prayers got us out of a tight spot with the vehicle.
      There are two vehicles in Ica. A much needed four wheel drive Nissan Frontier, and the little van. The Nissan needs a new engine ($3800.00) and the van blew the clutch. So far we were able to get the van clutch repaired (not replaced for $89.50). We are now working on raising money to get a used engine placed in the Nissan.
      Tomorrow we will be transporting half of our possessions to Ica and returning to Lima the same day ( 8hr. round trip). Sunday evening we take a bus to Huancavelica (26 hrs. round trip) to do our bi-monthly ministry in the northern end of the region, returning tuesday night. Friday night we return to Ica to host a 'Defensoria' conference for women, mothers, and children who are impoverished and quite often abused.
      We will be remaining in Ica after that except for bi-monthly excursions to Ayacucho, and trips to Lima for activities for the Anglican Diocese of Peru.
      1) Please pray for our travel, health, and safety.
      2) Please pray for the shining forth of the Gospel and the spreading of the Kingdom of God in the new Pro Diocese of Centro Sur.
      We will keep you updated:
      May the Love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and e fellowship of the Holy Spirit remain with you and in your prayers always!
      On behalf of the team: The Revd. Misael Varillas and his wife Claudia, and Deacon Pastor Zevallos,
+Mike and Linda Chapman

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, November 18, 2010

 

11/18/2010, #49, 4th Quarter 2010

He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light in the night. (Psalm 105:39)
      LORD, cover the dioceses of Albany and South Carolina and all your other faithful dioceses and parishes. Please lead us by your light.



The people asked, and he brought quail, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. (Psalm 105:40)
      Thank you, Jesus, for give of yourself every time we receive your body and blood in the Eucharist.

He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river. (Psalm 105:41)
      Father, you will prepare a table for us in the presence of our enemies and will feed and clothe us in the wilderness of the Episcopal Church. (See Psalm 23:5) Thank you.

For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. (Psalm 105:42)
      Holy Spirit, you are the promise of our Father -- please come among us.

He brought out his people with joy, his chosen ones with gladness. (Psalm 105:43)
      Bring this diocese and your other faithful dioceses and parishes forth with joy and gladness.

He gave them the lands of the gentiles, and they inherited the labor of the nations, that they might observe his statutes and keep his laws. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 105:44-45)
      Jesus, please help us remember that all you have given us is a sign of your love for us -- please help us observe your statutes and keep your laws. Praise you and thank you!

Thursday: 105:1-22; * 105:23-45; Mal. 2:1-16; James 4:13-5:6; Luke 17:20-37
Friday: 102; * 107:1-32; Mal. 3:1-12; James 5:7-12; Luke 18:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

***** On Friday, November 19 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church in Colonie (49 Killean Park) will celebrate its monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Hannah Mudge, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Deacon Tyler Slade.

***** Prayers for Carol Herzog. She has cataract surgery Thurs. Prayers that it will go well, steady hand of the surgeon, good healing with no complications.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

 

11/17/2010, #48, 4th Quarter 2010

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. (James 3:13)
      Father, please give mea wisdom and understanding and help me order my conduct according to your will.

      Jesus, please help me do works of faith and bring me to the meekness that comes from your wisdom.

But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. (James 3:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help me lay aside all bitter envy and self-seeking. Cleanse my heart of boasting and lying against the truth.

This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. (James 3:15)
      Holy Spirit, help me recognize worldly wisdom for what it is and shun it.

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. (James 3:16)
      Lord, cleanse your church of envy and self-seeking; end the confusion and evil which corrupt it. Help us throughout this diocese to live peaceable and godly lives.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)
      Holy Spirit, let your fruit be manifested in our lives.

Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:18 )
      Jesus, please bring your peace to our hearts so that the fruits of righteousness may be sown and flourish in our hearts. Thank you.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; * 119:121-144; Mal. 1:1,6-14; James 3:13-4:12; Luke 17:11-19
Thursday: 105:1-22; * 105:23-45; Mal. 2:1-16; James 4:13-5:6; Luke 17:20-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** On Friday, November 19 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church in Colonie (49 Killean Park) will celebrate its monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Hannah Mudge, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Deacon Tyler Slade.

***** Prayers for Carol Herzog. She has cataract surgery Thurs. Prayers that it will go well, steady hand of the surgeon, good healing with no complications.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

 

11/16/2010, #47, 4th Quarter 2010

Then he said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!" (Luke 17:1)
            Lord, I pray for those by whom offenses have come, that even now you will help them turn to you. Please heal aall who have been wounded by them.

"It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones." (Luke 17:2)
      Father, I forgive the man who molested me when I was seven. Even now move in his life and in the lives of any he molested.

"Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him." (Luke 17:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help me forgive all those who have offended or wounded me. Bless them and draw them to yourself. Help me to know how and when to forgive them.

"And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him." (Luke 17:4)
      Jesus, thank you for showing me how to forgive: when I am wounded and on my cross, help me forgive as you did. Thank you.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; * 94, [95]; Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; James 3:1-12; Luke 17:1-10
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; * 119:121-144; Mal. 1:1,6-14; James 3:13-4:12; Luke 17:11-19

      Notes from the Front Line

***** On Friday, November 19 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church in Colonie (49 Killean Park) will celebrate its monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Hannah Mudge, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Deacon Tyler Slade.

***** Please visit this web site on courage and faith a series of talks: http://www.courageandfaith.org/contact.html
Be well
God bless you
Fr, Nigel+

***** Prayers for Carol Herzog. She has cataract surgery Thurs. Prayers that it will go well, steady hand of the surgeon, good healing with no complications.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 15, 2010

 

11/15/2010, #46, 4th Quarter 2010

I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. (Habakkuk 2:1)
      Jesus, please help me to be faithful in standing my watch. Please help me keep alert and listen for the words you are speaking to me.

      Father, please help me as a son to accept and receive your corrections into my heart.

      Holy Spirit, guide my speech when I answer to our Father's corrections.

Then the LORD answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it." (Habakkuk 2:2)
      Father, please help me and all your shepherds in this diocese to make your words clear to your people.

"For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." (Habakkuk 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us wait for the appointed time. Show our part to play each day as we await the appointed time. When the day comes, write the vision on our hearts and minds.

"Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith." (Habakkuk 2:4)
      Jesus, please help us show forth our faith by the works we do each day. Write on our hearts the truth that faith without works is dead. (See James 2:14-26)

      Holy Spirit, set this diocese afire with works of faith. Please guide us and direct us in living out our faith.

A word received: Keep your attention on me.

Monday: 89:1-18; * 89:19-52; Habakkuk 2:1-4,9-20; James 2:14-26; Luke 16:19-31
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100]; * 94, [95]; Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; James 3:1-12; Luke 17:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 19:20:11 +0000 (GMT)
From: Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman
Subject: Important prayer Request
Dear Family, Friends, and Intercessors,
      Peace and Grace to you in Jesus Name!
      We are asking for your prayers for the team: Linda, Claudia, Revds. Misael and Pastor as well as Bishop Mike. We are currently in Ica. Last night in route here, the transmission in the van stopped working about 30 miles from Ica.. By the grace of God we all arrived safely at ...the apartments.
      At present we have returned to the apartment from the morning ministry in San Pedro and are hiding from the desert heat. Meantime we are preparing for this evenings ministry in San Juan Bautista. We leave at five, when the desert begins to cool down, to do home visitiations and then Eucharist at the Church.
      Tomorrow, Monday, we will have the van towed to the dealership to get prepared. The vehicle was bought new in April 2010 and so we expect the work to be done free.
      Please pray that the van can be fixed tomorrow in short order and we can begin the search for an apartment for Linda and I to live in.
Bishop Mike and Linda

***** Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Spring Public Prayer Mail: 14 November 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Praise God for what he does through the three of us, to transform lives.
      2) For the great healing mission in Lima this past week. It continues this next week. It has touched many lives of leaders in the churches and missions here.
Prayers:
      1) For the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru, and our ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      2) For the classes we teach this next week (week 6 of 8, then exam week).
      3) That we would be able to keep on top of all the daily things that we need to do. Particularly, prayer for our time over the next two weeks as we try to fit our regular work week and healing ministry related matters.
      4) For the construction on the apartment building next door. For safety for the workers, good building practices, and that the construction noise, fumes, and dust would not be disruptive to our lives.
      (It is now official: most of the former view from our kitchen window has become a wall, though not as much as we thought. Still, it is a substantial wall. There is some light in the kitchen, but not as much as before, so please keep this adjustment in your prayers for the near future. Part of our living room view has become obstructed, as well)
      Thank you for praying for us. Your praying is very important, really makes a difference for us, 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

Sunday, November 14, 2010

 

11/14/2010, #45, 4th Quarter 2010

"Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist." (Luke 21:14-15)
      Lord, give us hearts that are settled in you, hearts that are not anxious about what we cannot control or imagine beforehand.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 10, November 14, 2010
            Lectionary C, Proper 28
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 21:5-19; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Malachi 3:13-4:6; Psalm 98
Memory Verse: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Next Week: Luke 19:28-40; Colossians 1:3-20; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 46
      Gospel: Luke 21:5-19

A word received: Look to me in all circumstances. I AM. I AM the one who holds the doorway to life. Look to me. I will carry you through it all.

A word received: I AM waiting for you to turn your attention to me. Come to me day by day and I will show you and counsel you on the way through.

      Epistle: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

A word received: Look to me. There is much disorder in the church and among my people. Pray for discernment.

      Old Testament: Malachi 3:13-4:6

A word received: I AM the one who decides who is righteous and who is not. Do not be led astray by what men call righteousness. Look to me and I will show you what is right.

      Psalm: Psalm 98

A word received: Look at the Psalm. I AM and I will be victorious. I AM the vindication of the righteous for I AM righteous. Look to me in the storm.

Sunday: 66, 67; * 19, 46; Habakkuk 1:1-4(5-11)12-2:1; Philippians 3:13-4:1; Matthew 23:13-24
      HC: 98 or 98:5-10; Malachi 3:13-4:2a,5-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19
Monday: 89:1-18; * 89:19-52; Habakkuk 2:1-4,9-20; James 2:14-26; Luke 16:19-31

      Notes from the Front Line

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, November 13, 2010, 9:30 -10:30 A.M. Torre Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady and Donald Walton and James Petteys from Saratoga. Not many people were out on the street and few wanted prayer.

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

Dave -- having a meeting with Pastor Carlow.

+Willie -- strength to endure and control of his diabetes.

+Paula and her oldest son +Tremel (age 22) -- we prayed a blessing on his new car.

+Eric -- "Keep my family and friends safe."

Sharda and her son (about 10) -- "I'm a Hindhu."

Connie -- "I want to pray for all the veterans and those serving."

Torre

***** Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:08:34 -0500
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, 9th Retreat, Third (and last) Day
      This is the last report concerning the 9th WHI Retreat. The next Retreat is 28-30 March 2011 at the Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY 12804 - book now! Retreats are in increasing demand!
      We will send prayer updates out again shortly before the next Retreat.
      9th Welcome Home Retreat -- Third Day
      Where does the time go? I meant to type this summary on Wednesday but by the time I got home all I wanted to do was draw breath and relax. Thursday was focused on being with my granddaughter, and then a visit to a WHI alumnus who pastors a church south west of Albany. I was due to go with Sandra, who administers the WHI, but she wasn't feeling too good (she is better now). WHI had a table display at the church and Pastor Jim asked me to speak about WHI. About 40 people were at this special Veterans Day 'Thank You' dinner, of which some 20 were Veterans. They appreciated a salute of thanks from a British Army Vet and fellow ally and seemed to find my words acceptable telling how Jesus has healed several specific Veterans. The stories told were with the relevant Veteran's permission. Friday was spent catching up on some of my other ministry responsibilities, followed by working out in the afternoon (it is important to keep the physical part of our lives in balance, remembering that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit). We hosted a friend for dinner on Friday evening and then today, Saturday, has been spent ministering at our church's monthly healing service, raking some leaves, and now -- at long last -- writing up about the third day!
      So, back to the last day of the Retreat - Wednesday. How apt that it was the third day and that so much healing was in evidence. Fr. Nigel said that he thought this WHI Retreat was probably the most effective yet and certainly the one which he had enjoyed the most! Praise God!
      But the day started very differently. As you know from previous reports, we felt we had received a full measure of ill health amongst host team members and guests. And now we had a medical emergency before breakfast! To protect confidentiality names will not be mentioned but a really valuable and highly respected host fainted and an ambulance was called. The person, who, glory to God, made an amazing recovery and was back at the Spiritual Life Center on Thursday afternoon, was taken to Saratoga Hospital. None of the many tests that were done there showed up any problems, so we simply rejoice it was not more serious and that our friend is now home and well, even though it meant missing the Third Day. On health, two others who had been ill during the Retreat seemed to have relapses and took little or no part in the Retreat (although they were, of course, prayed for frequently). Thankfully both managed to make their way home even if feeling energy-less and really under the weather. As to Hal, who was rushed to hospital with esophageal hemorrhaging last week, we heard from his wife that he went home today, Wednesday, too! Praise God for these recoveries and for giving those who were ill the strength they needed. We praise God too that there was no anxiety within the host team about the illnesses even though we had huge concern for those who were ill. This Retreat was characterized by the overshadowing peace of the Lord -- it really does pass all understanding -- and the certain realization that the Retreat doesn't depend on anyone, let alone those we might think have key roles to play. The Holy Spirit guided those who stepped up to the plate and He healed people anyway! Thank you, Jesus!
      Another WHI related event on Wednesday was the blessing and dedication of a new US Old Glory flag and its raising on a new flag pole at the SLC. Those not engaged helping the medical emergency went to the flag site by the bungalows near the Library and stood in the raw, cold wind praying as Fr. Nigel blessed the flag. Then we saluted as two Retreatants raised and secured it at the top of the pole. The flag was presented by an alumnus, a Marine and Wednesday was the USMC's 235th birthday and this was celebrated periodically throughout the day, including a lovely cake at lunchtime.
      After a quick breakfast for the Veterans and an 'eat/update/pray' meeting of the hosts, we all gathered in the Oratory Chapel for a photo and prayers. We filled the room! Fr. Nigel prayed personally with every one of the Veterans, anointing their trigger fingers (or other finger as desired) pronouncing an absolution over each person, setting them free to be new and healed. It was a joy to anoint and pray for the sole female Veteran present. Many tears were shed and there was much relief and joy on, literally, every face as each person met Jesus, the Healer in those few minutes before the Closing Ceremony. Meanwhile, Fr. Mike, a host and a former Army Chaplain, again heard private confessions for at least one Veteran. He was set free from whatever had bound him since he left Vietnam over 40 years ago. At the start of the prayer time, Fr. Nigel, standing in the center of the Chapel, prayed for God to be present with us. A Veteran reported, "At that very moment the sun broke through the clouds and a sunbeam shone into the Chapel from rear to front. It went across the floor, illuminating Fr. Nigel and then climbed up and through the 'Breakthrough Cross' hanging above the altar." Coupled with the way the clouds suddenly cleared as we walked up the hill from the Oratory to the Christ the King Chapel for the Closing Ceremony, he felt this was a real affirmation of Fr. Nigel's prayer.
      The Closing Ceremony was a great time of praise and thanks. The guests were awestruck by the large congregation welcoming them with loud applause when they came into the Chapel. The whole service was one of celebration coupled with reverential and meaningful testimony and thanks for what the Holy Spirit had done in our lives over the previous 3 days. After an encouraging message from an envoy sent by one of our local Congressmen, several Veterans gave testimony. One read a very evocative and tearful poem he had written. Another Veteran, under treatment at the Brooklyn VA Hospital, told of how he wanted a deeper relationship with the Lord (he also said that his grandfather had earned the Victoria Cross -- the UK equivalent of the Medal of Honor -- in the Boer War). A Veteran from Australia spoke about how spiritual healing is so often lacking in combat stress healing plans, and it is this that the WHI focuses on. He said to the school children and Boy Scouts present, "Your presence here speaks to our souls, to our spirits. When we are here and see spiritual healing, we feel we are home." Another Brooklyn Veteran told of how much he wanted to come to the Retreat but everything to "make me not come happened." He continued, "I've slept like a baby both nights I've been here, the first time in 20 years. To have prayer and share my story is like a lifetime experience for me. It's been marvelous!" An active duty Veteran who came back from Afghanistan 6 months ago also said that a lot had happened to stop them coming to the Retreat. He said, "This Retreat has been healing for me. I want to bring it home to my unit." Two Boy Scouts honored and thanked the Veterans by reading a recitation and praying a very beautiful prayer. A senior US Army Reserve officer apologized to those present for anything that the officer corps had done to fail the enlisted corps in any way -- lording it over them, lack of effective leadership, for example -- and Fr. Nigel, donning his Royal Marine beret and with pace stick under his left arm, asked for forgiveness on behalf of overbearing drill sergeants who had traumatized anyone present. Bishop William Love, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, WHI's sponsor, referring to John 25:9-13, spoke eloquently about loving others and how we as a human race "haven't quite got it yet." He said that simply putting on a military uniform expresses "your willingness to sacrifice yourself unto death, to lay down your life for another." He continued, "Thank you for your sacrifice, your faithfulness, to your wives and families. I pray WHI has been the beginning of your healing, surrounded by God's love, mercy and grace. I pray the Lord's perfect peace and joy for each of you. Be set free from the things that haunt you and prevent you from receiving that perfect peace and joy; and I bless you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit." After a closing hymn and a joy-filled time of hand shaking, hugging, "thank yous" and "welcome home" between the congregation and the Veterans, most of us moved to the Trinity Dining Room for lunch followed by departure for home locations.
      Thank you God! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Holy Spirit! A tough, challenging but brilliant Welcome Home Initiative Retreat! Amen!

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