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Friday, December 31, 2010


12/31/2010, #92, 4th Quarter 2010

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12)

      Jesus, let your light shine forth in our lives and in the life of our parishes and diocese. Give your light to the shepherds who lead this diocese and the parishes in it. Lord, you word is a lamp unto our feet and light for our path. Thank you.

      Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts for the Parish Leadership Conferences and the Diocesan Convention.

      Father, thank you for giving us light to see by in your word.

      I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
      And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

      From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley.

A word received: Call my people to me. Pray they will refresh the weary with the good news of the gospel.

Dec. 31: 46, 48 * --; Isaiah 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: -- * 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6
Holy Name: 103 * 148; Gen. 17:1-12a, 15-16; Col. 2:6-12; John 16:23b-30
      HC: Holy Name January 1: 8; Exodus 34:1-8; Romans 1:1-7 or Philippians 2:9-13; Luke 2:15-21

      Notes from the Front Line

THE LIGHT OF CHRIST by Donald Fishel
Don Moen - The Light of Christ

***** Please pray for Thomas who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, December 30, 2010


12/30/2010, #91, 4th Quarter 2010

O LORD, you are my God. I will exalt you, I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things; your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. (Isaiah 25:1)
      LORD, restore to the common life of your church and your people your counsels of old, for they are faithful and true.

For you have made a city a ruin, a fortified city a ruin, a palace of foreigners to be a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. (Isaiah 25:2)
      Jesus, we see the ruins of much that we thought was secure and strong in your church: repair the breach and restore the streets to dwell in. (See Isaiah 58:12)

Therefore the strong people will glorify you; the city of the terrible nations will fear you. (Isaiah 25:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us find our strength in you so that we may fear and glorify Jesus and his father (and our father).

For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. (Isaiah 25:4)
      Jesus, you will satisfy our soul in drought and strengthen our bones. You will make of us a watered garden and a spring of water whose waters do not fail. (See Isaiah 58:11) Let the Diocesan Convention of 2011 be a watered garden.

You will reduce the noise of aliens, as heat in a dry place; as heat in the shadow of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones will be diminished. (Isaiah 25:5)
      Father, shut the lions' mouths as you did for Daniel and protect us from the strife of tongues (See Psalm 31:20).

      Lord Jesus, stop the accusers of the brethren as you did with the woman caught in adultery (See John 7:53-8:11). Protect Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina and this diocese.

And in this mountain The LORD of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees. (Isaiah 25:6)
      LORD, help all of us in this diocese hear your call to come to your banquet table.

And he will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. (Isaiah 25:7)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please remove the veil from our eyes.

He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for wiping away the tears from our eyes, for sending your comforter, the Holy Spirit.

And it will be said in that day: "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation." (Isaiah 25:9)
      Behold, LORD, you are our God, we have waited for you, and you will save us; we will be glad in you and rejoice in your salvation.

Dec. 30: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; Isaiah 25:1-9; Rev. 1:9-20; John 7:53-8:11
Dec. 31: 46, 48 * --; Isaiah 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: -- * 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Check out

***** Please pray for and attend the Parish Leadership Conferences (PLC) for 2011 are scheduled for three consecutive weekends in January. For each date, sign-in & coffee begins at 8:15am and the program begins at 9 am and you'll be on your way home by 4 pm.
Jan 15 Cathedral of All Saints
      Hudson, Metropolitan, S. Adirondack, & Upper Hudson Deaneries
Jan 22 Holy Family School, 12 Homestead Place, Malone
      N. Adirondack & St. Lawrence Deaneries
Jan 29 St. Mary's School, 5588 State Highway 7, Oneonta
      Susquehanna & Western Mohawk Deaneries
      If you cannot make the PLC scheduled for you deanery, you are most welcome to attend one of the other Deaneries.
      This year's conferences will be centered on Bishop Love's "focus on the basics" - the Holy Scriptures. He has invited Mr. Whitney T. Kuniholm, President of Scripture Union, USA to be our featured speaker. Mr. Kuniholm is an Episcopalian from the Philadelphia area, and his presentations are titled: "A Call to Bible Reading Revival" and "How to Read the Bible." He describes his first presentation as "How rediscovering God's word releases spiritual power in the church and in the lives of people." His second presentation will focus on the Essentials 100 Challenge, which leads participants to understand the meaning of the Bible through the reading of 100 key passages. He will show you the various ways the E100 Challenge can be used in a church, small, medium, or large, to get people excited about reading the Bible.
      And as in the past, the PLCs will give you the opportunity to enjoy good fellowship, good music, and good worship. There is no charge for the PLCs.

Albany Intercessor


Watered Garden and Loving God

            A Well-Watered Garden
      "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings." (Isaiah 58:9b-12)
      Lord, let us become well-watered gardens, like springs whose waters never fail.

      "Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters." Exodus 15:27
      Lord Jesus, let the gathering of your people be a time and place of Elim springs where your people may find refreshment. When we return to our homes, let springs of living water flow out of us to our communities so that the weary and sin-sick may find rest.

            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!"

            Loving the Lord by John Henry Jowett, 1863-1923
                        Luke 10:21-28
      The secret of life is to love the Lord our God, and our neighbours as ourselves. But how are we to love the Lord? We cannot manufacture love. We cannot love to order. We cannot by an act of the will command its appearing. No, not in these ways is love created. Love is not a work, it is a fruit. It grows in suitable soils, and it is our part to prepare the soils. When the conditions are congenial, love appears, just as the crocus and the snowdrop appear in the congenial air of the spring.
      What, then, can we do? We can seek the Lord's society. We can think about Him. We can fill our imaginations with the grace of His life and service. We can be much with Him, talking to Him in prayer, singing to Him in praise, telling Him our yearnings and confessing to Him our defeats. And love will be quietly born. For this is how love is born between heart and heart. Two people are "much together," and love is born! And when we are much with the Lord, we are with One who already loves us with an everlasting love. We are with One who yearns for our love and who seeks in every way to win it. "We love Him because He first loved us." And when we truly love God, every other kind of holy love will follow. Given the fountain, the rivers are sure.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


12/29/2010, #90, 4th Quarter 2010

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." (John 7:37-38 )

      Jesus, I thirst for more of you, help me come to you and drink.

      Lord Jesus, I believe in you - let your rivers of living water flow out from me.

But this he spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)

      Holy Spirit, fall on us -- fill us anew with your transforming power.

      Father, help us throughout this diocese to receive all that you want to give us. Thank you.

Dec. 29: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; Isaiah 12:1-6; Rev. 1:1-8; John 7:37-52
Dec. 30: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; Isaiah 25:1-9; Rev. 1:9-20; John 7:53-8:11

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


12/28/2010, #89, 4th Quarter 2010

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him." (Matthew 2:13)
      Father, send your angels to us to tell us what and when to flee from that would harm our families.

When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt, (Matthew 2:14)
      Holy Spirit, guide us in removing our children and grandchildren from harmful situations.

and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called my son." (Matthew 2:15)
      Jesus, thank you for your words through the prophets -- help us heed them day by day.

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. (Matthew 2:16)
      Father, there is still a daily slaughter of the children by the abortion clinics in this country -- have mercy on us. Have mercy on the children that are caught up in the foster care system and are being destroyed by it.

Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: "A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." (Matthew 2:17-18 )
      Father, help us have your father's heart towards the children among us and help us grieve over the children who are being destroyed among us. Help us have the mind of your Holy Spirit about this.

A word received: Come to me. Make the choice to come to me each day. Listen to me; heed my words to you.

Holy Innocents December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18
Dec. 29: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; Isaiah 12:1-6; Rev. 1:1-8; John 7:37-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010
From: Peter Pierson
Subject: Monday morning update on Kay
Dear Friends in Christ,
      Thank you for your generosity in sending along your prayers and $ in support of KishKush and her recovery. I just got off the phone with Yoel, and he has informed me that she is coming out of hospital very shortly. This is wonderful news.
I have passed on all of your offers and love to KK via Yoel. Once she is out there will be some serious security screening of news about her I imagine. I will keep you all informed as I am.
Yours in Christ, Peter+

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010
From: Ivan Durneen
Subject: Prayer Requests
Hi Folks,
      Thanks - Clifford's cancer has gone away and the hospital have confirmed there is no trace.
      Healing - Geraldine - Has been fighting cancer over the past year, had surgery and was recovering. However it has now been discovered cancer has returned.
      Healing - Laura (21) - As a result of bullying at school Laura finds it difficult to leave the house and suffers from depression.
      Lord, we just pray for Your intervention in these different situations - our Thanks for Clifford's healing and our request for Your healing touch for Geraldine and Laura. Lord we ask that all three may be conscious of your nearness and comfort.
Regards, Ivan

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 27, 2010


12/27/2010, #88, 4th Quarter 2010

This is the message which we have heard from him and declare to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
      Holy Father, please help us see by your light -- help us take each step by your light and your word of guidance.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John 1:6)
      Jesus, my capacity for self-deception is enormous; help me to see myself as you see me.

But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
      Jesus, wash us and cleanse us with your blood. Please help me enter more into that fellowship of those who walk in the light.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8 )
      Holy Spirit, come and help me bring all my sins to Jesus and his cross.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
      Holy Spirit, help me make a good confession of my sins.

      Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness.

      Father, thank you for your mercy in sending Jesus into my life and for baptizing me with your Holy Spirit.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:10)
      Lord Jesus Christ, bring your truth and light to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, for they are walking in darkness.

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
A word received 12/25/10: Be like Mary: Keep the things you have seen me do in your heart and ponder them.

St. John, December 27: 92; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24
Holy Innocents December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2010
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Subject: Good and Sad news
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
      I am fine but sore after the accident yesterday. Very Thankful for safety. Pickup is probably totaled. Some soreness but feeling quite good - the power of prayer. If you have had no or confused messages from me its because I lost my glasses in the crash and the print on the phone was too small to read and then my computer was down. Right now I have drug store glasses which are working enough to type on the computer. I don't need my glasses to drive but I will order them this week so when I get home I will have them.
      Dad is much sicker. Going to Hospice down the street - I hope -please pray for unity among the adults on this decision. He is very disoriented and grumpy and trying to get out of bed. Decision here too should we decrease medicines that are prolonging his life even like this as he has little quality of life now? I believe so. Tough things to decide as well as talk as a family about.
      I am to be here in Wayland this week. If all goes as I hope,this will be a good time for me to help orient my mother who will remain at home a block away (with a whole set of day and night caregivers) with the new arrangements for dad. Thank God for hospice.
Blessings, Anne

***** Please pray for the protection of our clergy as they travel and minister.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 26, 2010


12/26/2010, #87, 4th Quarter 2010

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
      Father, please help us begin each day in your word in Scripture and your living word, your son Jesus.

He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)
      Jesus, please help us make a new beginning in you.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
      Jesus, make us anew into your people -- help us to be faithful to you.

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, light our way.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5)

      Jesus, shine forth in our lives.

First Sunday after Christmas: 93, 96 * 34; Isaiah 62:6-7,10-12; Heb. 2:10-18; Matthew 1:18-25
      HC: 147; Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18
St. Stephen, December 26: 31; Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15; Acts 6:8-7:2a,51c-60; Matthew 23:34-39
St. John, December 27: 92; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2010
From: Anne Curtin
Subject: Prayer request
      Just had car accident on black ice. I am sore but ok. Pickup is not. Thank God for all the help and that I am okay. Please pray against soreness love Anne

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2010
From: Ireland WILLIAM
      To all our dear friends, may God bless all of you this Christmas time, and may you know His perfect peace, guidance and protection now and through out 2011.
All our love Sally &

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 25, 2010


12/25/2010, #86, 4th Quarter 2010

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people." (Luke 2:8-10)
      Holy Father, please help us hear and receive these glad tidings of great joy into our hearts. Help us to be messengers carrying this good news to others.

"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11)
      Jesus, you are the Messiah, the chosen and anointed one; come and be Lord of our lives.

"And this will be the sign to you: you will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." (Luke 2:12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and respond to the signs you give us.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:13-14)
      LORD, please help us have this same goodwill toward all we meet. Thank you.

[Note: I have thought for many years that Van Gogh captured what it must have been like on that first Christmas morning with all the angels doing Catherine Wheels in the sky. Torre]

Christmas Day: 2, 85 * 110:1-5(6-7), 132; Zech. 2:10-13; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-26
      HC I: 96; Isaiah 9:2-4,6-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14(15-20)
      HC II: 97; Isaiah 62:6-7,10-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-14)15-20
      HC III: 98; Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14
First Sunday after Christmas: 93, 96 * 34; Isaiah 62:6-7,10-12; Heb. 2:10-18; Matthew 1:18-25
      HC: 147; Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
Glory and majesty are all around the Lord.
Strength and glory can be seen in his temple.
Praise the Lord, all you nations.
Praise the Lord for his glory and strength.
Praise the Lord for the glory that belongs to him.
Bring an offering and come into the courtyards of his temple.
Worship the Lord because of his beauty and holiness.
All you people on the earth, tremble when you are with him.
(Psalm 96:6-9)
      Lord Jesus, Incarnate God, your glory and majesty are so evident during this Season commemorating your birth. We praise and worship You for your glory, for your beauty, for your holiness. We bring an offering of our prayers and of thanksgiving for all that You have done for Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge in this past year. We especially thank You for Lydia's scholarship and for the joy of the ordination of Hannah and Christina. We pray for your blessings on the Oaks of Righteousness. And we ask for continued rest and relaxation and good times with family and friends for the Mudges through this next week. And then Lord, safe travel back to Peru and blessings throughout the New Year.
      Jesus, thank You for your birth, for your death, and for your glorious resurrection, which brings hope to us all. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 24, 2010


12/24/2010, #85, 4th Quarter 2010

Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people, (Luke 1:68 )
      Father, thank you for visiting us and redeeming us by the blood of your son Jesus. Thank you for making a way for us.

And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, (Luke 1:69)
      Jesus, you are that "horn of salvation". Thank you.

As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who have been since the world began, (Luke 170:)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for all the prophets you have raised up to give witness to us and call us back to the Father's love.

That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, (Luke 1:71)
      Jesus, please continue your saving work among us and protect us from the hand of all those who hate the gospel.

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, (Luke 1:72)
      Father, thank you for remembering your holy covenant with us in the times we have forgotten you and gone astray. Thank you for bringing us back to you!

The oath which he swore to our father Abraham: (Luke 1:73)
      Jesus, thank you for making us children of Abraham by faith in you.

To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, (Luke 1:74)
      Jesus, please protect this diocese and your other faithful dioceses and parishes from the hand of our enemies.

In holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. (Luke 1:75)
      Father, you are holy and awesome -- bring us back to a life of holiness and awe.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the highest; for you will go before the face of the lord to prepare his ways, (Luke 1:76)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for sending John the Baptist and all the prophets who gave their witness about Jesus.

To give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins, (Luke 1:77)
      Holy Spirit, please help us grow in our knowledge of the salvation Jesus has wrought for us.

Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; (Luke 1:78 )
      Father, thank you for your tender mercies.

To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:79)
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to guide us in this time of darkness in your church and in the nation. Please help us take each step by your light. Thank you.

Dec. 24: 45, 46 * --; Isaiah 35:1-10; Rev. 22:12-17, 21; Luke 1:67-80
Christmas Eve: -- * 89:1-29; Isaiah 59:15b-21; Phil. 2:5-11
Christmas Day: 2, 85 * 110:1-5(6-7), 132; Zech. 2:10-13; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-26
      HC I: 96; Isaiah 9:2-4,6-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14(15-20)
      HC II: 97; Isaiah 62:6-7,10-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-14)15-20
      HC III: 98; Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2010
From: Rev Susan Baker Borjeson
Subject: Fwd: news from Jerusalem
      I'm forwarding this email to the intercessors who pray for Fran Boyle [The Falls Church Anglican in VA] who ministers to Sudanese refugees in the US and in the Middle East. In this message she gives details I've not seen previously re the attack on Kay and Kristine, with an update on Kay. Therefore, I have copied the others of you who aren't aware of Fran [or maybe you are!] but who have been praying for Kay and Kristine Luken. Blessed Christmas to you all. Susan B2+

---------- Forwarded message ----------
      Merry Christmas everyone!. It will be Christmas Eve here in a few hours. We are eight hours ahead of you.
      I crashed here last night in the French Convent( across from the Garden Tomb)in a sparse little room off the garden and did not stir until around 7 this am. Tel Aviv had been exhausting and the nights of sleep were short. The crazy rooster who crowed all night outside my window and the quarreling cats, and the mosquito buzzing around my head did not help the cause of sleep.
      Today I attended the memorial service of the young woman Kristine Luken from Virginia who was murdered the day I arrived in Tel Aviv.I attended with my friends the Simons who are assigned to Christ Church here for the next six weeks. I am sure you heard the story on the news there.The two young women working with CMJ in Ministry among Jews were walking in a Park near Bet Shemesh. Bet Shemesh is an Orthodox Jewish area between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. I visited an Orthodox friend there two years ago. Arabs don't go there. The theory is that these two Arabs may have been on an initiation assignment. They didn't seem to be sure if they were going to kill, abduct or both. Kristine (44yearsold) was with CMJ. she had been here at Christ Church where the .service was held. It must have been a real witness to the members of the press. I understand that the FBI is here investigating. Kay Wilson also with CMJ is still in the hospital here with terrible wounds and in great pain. Please remembr to pray for her and pray that some good comes out of this awful thing.
      Tomorrow we plan to attend a choral service at Christ Church and then go to Bethlehem.
      John Simons (an Anglican Priest) along with his wife Mildred have agreed to go with me back to Tel Aviv on Sunday to the Sudanes Church.. John will bring a message to them.. I know that John will be a real blessing to them.
      There are two Sudanese Community leaders here that I plan to meet with before I take off next week.
      I am going to put some Christmas Music on my computer now and settle in for a good rest. There is little sign here of Christmas outside of the Church. I look forward to Bethlehem tomorrow, though I realize that it is largely a lot of pomp. We have to each find a way to make it the most meaningful.. I hope to have a little time to just stand in the shepherd's field and try to visualize the shock and awe that they felt.
      Love to everyone there and have a Blessed Merry Christmas. Fran

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, December 23, 2010


12/23/2010, #84, 4th Quarter 2010

And Mary said:
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever."
(Luke 1:46-55)

A word received: Tell the intercessors I AM waiting for them. The gap is there -- will they stand in it?

Thursday: 80 * 146, 147; Isaiah 29:13-24; Rev. 21:22-22:5 Luke 1:39-48a(48b-56)
Dec. 24: 45, 46 * --; Isaiah 35:1-10; Rev. 22:12-17, 21; Luke 1:67-80
Christmas Eve: -- * 89:1-29; Isaiah 59:15b-21; Phil. 2:5-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010
From: Laurie Kellington
      Please pray for Mike and Geraldine. Mike has stage 4 cancer and currently undergoing chemo. He also has a staff infection in his arm in the form of a boil. Mike and Geraldine are a wonderful Christian couple. Please pray that the Lord heal Mike's body completely, and strengthen his immune system. And also that the Lord would give strength and rest to Geraldine.
Thank you, Deacon Laurie

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


12/22/2010, #83, 4th Quarter 2010

And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you;" (Luke 1:35a)
      Holy Spirit, please come upon us and overshadow us; accomplish your full purpose in our lives as you did with Mary.

"therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35b)
      Jesus, come to new birth in our lives.

"Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren." (Luke 1:36)
      Father, take our lives and wherever they are barren; bring forth good fruit as you did with Elizabeth.

"For with God nothing will be impossible." (Luke 1:37)
      LORD, please help us take these verses to heart and wherever there are "impossible" things, we ask you to come into them and transform them. Thank you.

Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38 )
      Father, let your word be unto us as it was to Mary: living words and streams of living water. Come into our hearts and minds and bodies as you did with Mary and Elizabeth. Bless the ministry of the Sisters of St. Mary and the Daughters of the King; come with power on the Franciscans of the Holy Cross and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Bring forth many vocations to these vowed orders. Thank you

A word received: Continue to pray for my people. Call out to me for new life in my body.

Wednesday: 72 * 111, 113; Isaiah 28:9-22; Rev. 21:9-21; Luke 1:26-38
Thursday: 80 * 146, 147; Isaiah 29:13-24; Rev. 21:22-22:5 Luke 1:39-48a(48b-56)

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010
From: michael hales
Subject: Bristol Release 2010/ Michael Hales.
Hello Friends,
      Here is a Release Conference video I put on U Tube. You can feel the energy and presence of the Lord of the conference. Please pass it on to a friend if you like it.
      There was a longer version which had a lot of the healing testimonies in it but , after good advice from Christine, I cut it down to this so we could post it on U tube.
      I will do another one which is Healing based and covers more than just the conference with a lot of the other testimonies of what God is doing in Bristol.
Bless you and have a great Christmas. Michael and Christine.

***** Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010
From: MotherAnne Curtin
Subject: Sad news
      My dad after rallying for two weeks has apparently taken a turn for the worse. We will know for certain tomorrow morning but it appears that his kidneys have all but shit down Please pray for dad Jim Fahy and my mom Anna Fahy. And for us all. Blessings Anne

***** Check out Lent and Beyond. It is an Anglican prayer blog to which I and others post prayers:

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 20, 2010


12/20/2010, #81, 4th Quarter 2010

I can of myself do nothing. (John 5:30a)
      Jesus, please help us recognize how powerless we are in our own strength and our daily need for your Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

As I hear, I judge; (John 5:30b)
      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear Jesus and our Father in heaven speaking to us.

and my judgment is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the father who sent me. (John 5:30c)
      Father, please help us daily seek your will in our lives, and the lives of our families, and our parish families.

      Holy Spirit, please help me lay down my will at the foot of the cross and seek the Father's will.

      Jesus, please come into my heart and mind with the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me; come to me. I came to you as a baby. I was defenseless and humble. Come to me in the same way.

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010
From: Peter Pierson
Subject: update
Dear Torre and Jean,
      Thank you for your faithful prayers. I am attaching a copy of the updated prayer requests from Israel pertaining to our friend Kay. You have by now seen the reports that Kay's friend Kristine was found murdered.
Your in Christ, Peter Pierson+
1) Rest and Relief From Images of the Attack
      Whenever Kay closes her eyes, she sees horrible images of the attack, so she has not been sleeping and is reluctant to take a sedative.
      Let's pray that the Lord will sovereignly allow her to rest without the torment of re-experiencing the attack.
2) Protection from Pneumonia
      Kay has several broken ribs that are pressing against her lungs. She is also breathing very shallowly, and so it is easy for fluid to accumulate in her lungs. Please pray that the Lord will protect her from getting infected with pneumonia.
3) Emotional Healing
      As you may imagine, the emotional wounds from this kind of trauma can be much deeper than the physical ones. Please ask the Lord to touch Kay's heart and do a profound and ongoing work of healing that will both bring glory to God and great joy to Kay.
4) Kristine's Family
      Kristine's family are in a terrible state of shock and not sure how to plan their next steps in terms of a funeral, etc. Please pray that the Lord would touch and save them (they are not believers yet) and give them wisdom as to what to do next.

***** Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
Give praise to the One who is able to keep you from falling into sin. He will bring you into his heavenly glory without any fault. He will bring you there with great joy. Give praise to the only God. He is our Savior. Glory, majesty, power and authority belong to him. Give praise to him through Jesus Christ our Lord. Give praise to the One who was before all time, who now is, and who will be forever. Amen. (Jude: 24-25)
      Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Triune God for all eternity, we praise You for every blessing, and especially for the blessing of Jesus Incarnate, Our Savior and Lord. Thank You for the joy of salvation. We give You glory and wonder at your power and authority and majesty. We bring You praise just for Who You Are. And we thank You specifically for Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. Thank You that they arrived safely in the U.S. Thank You for the ordination to the priesthood of their daughter, Hannah. Bless her mightily and anoint her with Your Holy Spirit so that she will be a mighty warrior for You. Bless the Oaks of Righteousness Ministry. And bless all the Mudges dring their remaining time in the U.S. May they have a wonderful Christmas Holiday and safe travel back to Peru. Thnak You, Father God, Jesus Incarnate, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

***** Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010
From: Mark Pasko
Subject: Write Up for the Prayer Table
      Are You Looking For An Easy Way To Expand Your Prayer Ministry?
      I would suggest that you try the Prayer Table. The Prayer Table are tables set up at two locations in the vicinity of Christ Church in Schenectady from 9:30 to 10:30 on Saturday mornings. It has been manned by Torre Bissell for more than ten years and has been an extraordinary source of blessings to both Torre and those in the neighborhood. The method is simple. One asks whoever is walking or biking by if they would like prayer. If yes, we ask what their first name is and what they would like to pray about. We write down their first names and prayer request, pray for them, and tell them that we will continue to pray for them during the coming week. We also give them a small Cross for them to wear as a remembrance that they are cared about and that the Lord is walking with them. That is all there is to it! Torre has handed out approximately 100 crosses per month by manning a table for only one hour per week! Imagine what would happen with two tables or more! Imagine how many souls would be reached if the tables were set up for more than one hour per week! Imagine what would happen if the Tables are set up at other locations!
      When I first heard about the Table a year ago I said I didn't want to do it. I felt both too unspiritual and had too many fears of feeling foolish or being hurt in some way. A month ago the Lord began giving me the impulse to grow and push against my boundaries of fear. I've done this now for four weeks in addition to one week at a Table at the City Mission of Schenectady. It was both easy and wonderful! Believe it or not many, if not most, people who pass by respond favorably to our asking if they would like prayer. They seem genuinely happy to unburden themselves for a couple of minutes and have a friendly arm on their shoulder praying up their strength to advance in their walk with God while fighting the hard battle on the inner city streets. You will pray with many young people, many not fully dressed for the weather, who want to pray for their families, their mental health, their sobriety, their lives in general. You will get a bit of a feeling of what it is like to be in an inner city neighborhood and not in the suburbs. All have been courteous and polite, even those that refused prayer. And with minimal practice, it gets easier and the Lord will reward your efforts to counteract your fears by allowing you to help minister to the orphan, the widow, the lonely, the troubled; all those whom the Lord seeks as his special loved ones! You will be blessed way beyond the time and effort you expend.
      Right now we have about five persons sitting at tables. If you would like to observe how it is done and pray with others who will take the lead, please call Torre Bissell at 374-5305 or just show up at Christ Church at 9:30 on any Saturday morning. I promise you that you will be amazed and blessed. You will also realize, like me, that many of your fears are boogie men-- not real. You may find a new calling for your life as the Lord gives you the privilege of serving Him in the least of His brothers and sisters. You never know what other doors the Lord will open for you.

***** Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Swine flu: half of worst afflicted were previously in good health - Telegraph
My dear friends,
      PLEASE I really urge you to PLEASE get your H1N1 and H3N2 flu inoculations.
      This issue seems to have gone dormant in the USA at the moment but in the last week in the UK 17 people have died.
      I really urge you to get you injection. It is totally without pain and after effects. I so wish I had had
      mine 18 months ago. BTW Thursday 23rd Dec will be the anniversary of coming out of hospital
      I was home for Christmas. My body still is in pain and my breathing is still not right! I even have a
      mobility scooter to get around long distance.... This is very nasty illness to say the least.
      If you would like further knowledge of the results of H1N1 please contact me.
      I cannot urge you enough... PLEASE I would not what you to go through what I went through.
      I was stupid and naive not to get mine. "Oh" I said that will
      never happen to me!" There is not much I can add to that!
      I have now!!!!
      If you have any doubts PLEASE contact me.
      They are even giving it to pregnant woman as they seem to be the highest risk. So that must say
      something about the trust they have in the injection!
      If this email saves one life... I shall be happy.... it this email saves many lives GOD will be very happy....
      Subject: Swine flu: half of worst afflicted were previously in good health - Telegraph
Fr Nigel Mumford+

Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: People shunning swine flu due to myths

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 19, 2010


12/19/2010, #80, 4th Quarter 2010

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." (Matthew 1:22-23)
      Jesus, we really need to experience and know your presence with us.

      Father, come and fill us anew with your Holy Spirit so that we can know Jesus' presence in our lives.

      Holy Spirit, move in our hearts today. Let this truly be a day of Advent -- of Jesus coming into our lives. Thank you.

A word received: Give me your burdens.

            Lectionary A, Fourth Sunday of Advent
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: Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 1:1-7; Isaiah 7:10-17; Psalm 24
Memory Verse: Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
Next Week: No Sunday School Dec. 26th or Jan. 2nd. Lessons for Jan. 9th: Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 10:34-38; Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 89:1-29
      Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25

A word received: I long for my people to have a heart like Joseph. Listen to me; accept my guidance.

      Epistle: Romans 1:1-7

(verse 1) A word received: I want my people to be separated to me and my gospel. I want them to know and live out that separation -- to be in the world, but not of it.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-17

A word received: I want the birth of my son to be a sign to you of my love for you. I want you to see him as a sign pointing to me.

      Psalm: Psalm 24

(verse 6) A word received: I want you to be of the generation who seek my face. Turn to me; I AM waiting.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Isaiah 42:1-12; Eph. 6:10-20; John 3:16-21
      HC: 24; Isaiah 7:10-17; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25
Monday: 61, 62 * 112, 115; Isaiah 11:1-9; Rev. 20:1-10; John 5:30-47

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, December 18, 2010, 9:20 -10:20 A.M. Torre Bissell, Mark Plasko and Carol MacNaughton.

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

State Street:

+Christine -- Restoration of hearing

+René and +Bilmare -- Should they get married? They wanted to know, "Is it of God?"

+Debra (regular) -- Blessing on her family (She is going to visit them in New York City for Christmas. She took four crosses to give them.) She said it has been two years since she has had an epileptic seizure. We prayed that she would be protected from this.

Torre -- fell and bruised his hip earlier in the week.

Bill (regular, across the street) -- we prayed for protection from epileptic seizures.

+Gloir and +Alana (daughter about age 11)

+Paula (regular) -- just buried a 22 year old nephew who was attacked and killed. Prayed for relief of hip pain.

+Chuck -- "For my kids." He took crosses for his two daughters.

+Crystal and +Michael (boy) -- She also took a cross for her husband.

+Jordan (boy) and +Autumn (girl) -- Both kids were about 11 or 12. They wanted prayer for their family.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 18, 2010


12/18/2010, #79, 4th Quarter 2010

Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?" (Luke 3:7-10)

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:36-37)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that in every parish of this diocese people will be moved by the preaching to ask, "What then shall we do?" and in asking they will hear the Biblical answer.

Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:38-39)

He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise." (Luke 3:11)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to repentance; help us receive your full power and do works fruitful of faith and repentance. Thank you.

Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isaiah 10:20-27; Jude 17-25; Luke 3:1-9
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Isaiah 42:1-12; Eph. 6:10-20; John 3:16-21
      HC: 24; Isaiah 7:10-17; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: watch this!
The Nativity today, very clever:

***** Closing the gap?

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of 2010, I would like to make an appeal on behalf of the many kids we have relationships with. Please prayerfully consider giving an extra year-end gift to the Youth for Christ City Life ministry.

We have a $10K gap that we would like to fill so that we can offer Schenectady youth scholarship money to attend 3 spiritually significant trips that are coming up, as well as money needed to develop marketing materials for Blaze Fest, our innovative Hip Hop camp.

Please take a moment, now, and join me in asking God to fill this gap.
If you are seeking to make an extra offering to the LORD this Christmas season, would you consider the Youth for Christ City Life ministry?

I will send you all "The Spillage" 2nd qtr., 2010-2011 newsletter to catch you up on what we've been doing to reach lost kids.

So many kids, so much to do.
Help us close the gap.

For His fame,

Ray A. Villegas, MSW
Director of High School Ministry
Schenectady City Life

Capital District Youth for Christ
293 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110
Office. 518.783.5332 Ext. 19
Fax. 518.783.5094
Cell. 518.817.3830

Schenectady City Life Center
550 Ontario Street
Schenectady, NY 12306

***** Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010
From: Joseph Acanfora
Subject: Christ Church, Gilbertsville New web site
Although far from done, it’s functional and taking shape; check us out at:

Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 17, 2010


12/17/2010, #78, 4th Quarter 2010

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
      Holy Spirit, please give us patient endurance as we await Jesus' move among us.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      Jesus, you are the rock that does not move or shake; establish our steps in you.

He has put a new song in my mouth-- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3)
      Father, thank you for putting the songs of Zion in our mouths; please help us rest in your arms and trust you. Thank you.

Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. (Psalm 40:4)
      LORD, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, help us enter into this blessing. Thank you.

Many, O LORD my God, are your wonderful works which you have done; and your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to you in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (Psalm 40:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us today to speak of the wonderful works which you have done.

A word received: Yield this day to me; pray for my purposes to be accomplished in and through you.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 10:5-19; 2 Peter 2:17-22; Matthew 11:2-15
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isaiah 10:20-27; Jude 17-25; Luke 3:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

***** On Friday, December 17 at 7 PM, St. Michael's, Colonie will celebrate the monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Deb Quackenbush. The preacher will be Mother Lorrie Lyons. This is a very relaxed service. Come when you can and stay as long as the Lord leads. If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord please plan to attend.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, December 16, 2010


12/16/2010, #77, 4th Quarter 2010

"Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune, which they have prescribed" (Isaiah 10:1)
      Lord, bring our rulers in the Episcopal Church and in the nation to your righteousness.

"To rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless." (Isaiah 10:2)
      Father, protect your little ones from the schemers and the greedy.

"What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory?" (Isaiah 10:3)
      Holy Spirit, give the schemers and plotters hearts like Zacchaeus' to turn to Jesus in repentance and restitution.

"Without me they shall bow down among the prisoners, and they shall fall among the slain." For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. (Isaiah 10:4)
      A word received (11/18/2006): Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

A word received: Don't be afraid.

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 33; Isaiah 9:18-10:4; 2 Peter 2:10b-16; Matthew 3:1-12
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 10:5-19; 2 Peter 2:17-22; Matthew 11:2-15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** There are four prisoners who receive these prayer notes: Shane, Lori, Renee, and Annie. Please pray for them this Advent and Christmas season.

***** Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Prayer Table Mission
      Hi Father Brad , Just wanted to let you know we had a good prayer table time at the Mission Christmas Store. Started out in doors in the area where everyone comes in and checks in at the desk and all the gift wrappers (6-8 ) are lined up for wrapping. The coordinator wanted us to mingle and join the people at a large round table to talk to them and pray for them so, we started doing that but, noone wanted prayer and they were basically there for a long time. Alsom Mark is partially deaf and could not hear with all the background noise, so Mark suggested we go get the prayer table and chairs, which is what we did and we set up outside the door. We had about 20 people stop to pray both christmas shoppers and volunteers. Chris , director of ministries stopped by and several other workers there to see how we were doing. I think they took pictures. It was pretty awesome at 22 degrees. Anyway. I don't recommend everyone do that unless it warms up. But, they may have something a little better set up tomorrow for it. If not whoever goes there will just need to tell them that they need chairs and bring a prayer table sign with them. Thanks, Sue and Mark

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010
Dear Prayer partners
      Please can you pray for a friend of Billy Black called Clifford who is suffering from ear cancer, please pray for the comfort and healing presence of Jesus to touch Clifford right now in Jesus name.
      Please can you pray for friends of Alan's Mr&Mrs Frank from Donohoe, Carrick on Shannon who have been very ill, please pray that the presence of the Holy Spirit would touch them with the healing touch of Jesus also for Alan's wife Betty who received her hospital results today that Jesus touch would be very close to Betty bringing her peace and that she would have a personal experience. Please also for Alan's daughter who is suffering serious nose bleeds that the miraculous and healing touch of Jesus would heal this right now in the name of Jesus.
      Pleas can you remember Billy Spence who has been having chest infection over the last few weeks, Billy was at church on Sunday, please pray God's protection over his life in Jesus name.
      Please can you pray for a girl called Linda who has received serious news regarding her health, that the miraculous and healing power of the Holy Spirit bring her back to full health and strength in Jesus name.
Thank you. Hugh

From: Chris Cupples
Subject: CAP Centre Prayer Update
Date: Tuesday, 14 December, 2010, 18:23
Hi Hugh,
Could you send the following Prayer Request out regarding the CAP Centre at Willowfield:
Please Pray for:
      - Finances - We have applied for a number of grants and trusts for funding and need these to allow us to continue our work into next year. Please pray that more people will support our work and give what they can.
      - Client Salvation's - We have seen 4 clients become Christians in the last two months - Pray for more to come to Christ but also for the right discipleship and development of faith
      - Christmas - Pray that clients will feel blessed, loved and supported as we give them Christmas Hampers over what will be a difficult time
Thanks, Chris Cupples
Centre Manager - Belfast Central
Christians Against Poverty
t: 07541 211459

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


12/15/2010, #76, 4th Quarter 2010

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Mark 1:1)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear and receive the gospel.

As it is written in the Prophets: "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you." "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; make his paths straight.'" (Mark 1:2-3)
      Send your messengers into every parish in this diocese to prepare our hearts to receive you, Jesus.

John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (Mark 1:4)
      Father, let your messengers preach repentance to us to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus anew.

Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. (Mark 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us all acknowledge and confess our sins and repent of them.

      Holy Father, thank you for John's witness and life and all that he endured to prepare the way for Jesus to come into our hearts.

Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. (Mark 1:6)
      Jesus, thank you for John's witness and life.

And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. (Mark 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, bring to the same humility John had where we can truly acknowledge Jesus' greatness.

I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (Mark 1:8 )
      Jesus, please baptize us with you Holy Spirit and with fire. Purge away our sin and help us live into the ministry you have for us.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isaiah 9:8-17; 2 Peter 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 33; Isaiah 9:18-10:4; 2 Peter 2:10b-16; Matthew 3:1-12

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


12/14/2010, #75, 4th Quarter 2010

Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, as when at first he lightly esteemed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. (Isaiah 9:1-2)
      Lord Jesus Christ, let your light shine forth in the Episcopal Church -- so many sit in darkness and gloom -- let your light shine upon them and upon us.

You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy; they rejoice before you according to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. (Isaiah 9:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us know the joy of harvest -- let there be a great harvest of souls brought to you.

For you have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. (Isaiah 9:4)
      Father, by your might and great power break the yoke and the rod of oppression that afflict your people.

For every warrior's sandal from the noisy battle, and garments rolled in blood, will be used for burning and fuel of fire. (Isaiah 9:5)
      Lord, we are battle weary -- bring us to a place and a time of rest in you.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
      Thank you, Jesus, for coming in such an unexpected way -- continue to surprise us with joy and prepare our hearts for your coming.

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:7)
      Holy Spirit, we pray for the increase of Jesus' governance in the Episcopal Church and in the government of the United States.

      Jesus, we trust your zeal will turn us around. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my light to shine forth among my people.

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isaiah 9:1-7; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isaiah 9:8-17; 2 Peter 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Subject: Diocesan Update Addendum
December 10, 2010
      The Parish Leadership Conferences (PLC) for 2011 are scheduled for three consecutive weekends in January. For each date, sign-in & coffee begins at 8:15am and the program begins at 9 am and you'll be on your way home by 4 pm.
      Jan 15 Cathedral of All Saints: Hudson, Metropolitan, S. Adirondack, & Upper Hudson Deaneries
      Jan 22 Holy Family School, 12 Homestead Place, Malone: N. Adirondack & St. Lawrence Deaneries
      29 St. Mary's School, 5588 State Highway 7, Oneonta: Susquehanna & Western Mohawk Deaneries
      If you cannot make the PLC scheduled for you deanery, you are most welcome to attend one of the other Deaneries.

      This year's conferences will be centered on Bishop Love's "focus on the basics" - the Holy Scriptures. He has invited Mr. Whitney T. Kuniholm, President of Scripture Union, USA to be our featured speaker. Mr. Kuniholm is an Episcopalian from the Philadelphia area, and his presentations are titled: "A Call to Bible Reading Revival" and "How to Read the Bible." He describes his first presentation as "How rediscovering God's word releases spiritual power in the church and in the lives of people." His second presentation will focus on the Essentials 100 Challenge, which leads participants to understand the meaning of the Bible through the reading of 100 key passages. He will show you the various ways the E100 Challenge can be used in a church, small, medium, or large, to get people excited about reading the Bible.

      And as in the past, the PLCs will give you the opportunity to enjoy good fellowship, good music, and good worship. There is no charge for the PLCs.

      Rhythms of Hope - Working in Harmony to help Haiti is an insppirational evening of music, food, inspirational stories, auctions, and other exciting activities on the anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. The evening is a celebration of those who survived to rebuild Haiti and to honor those that lost their lives. The evening is sponsored by St. Andrews, Albany, St. Georges, Clifton Park, St. John's, Troy, and To Love a Child, Troy. Tickets for the evening are available at each sponsor. Parishes should have received a flier for posting on their bulletin boards. For details, visit
      Healing Service at St. Luke's, Chatham. St. Luke's is doing their visitation slightly different. They are inviting the Diocese to a healing service led by our Bishop Bill Love this coming Wednesday, December 15 at 7 pm. They are inviting healing teams from St. Andrew's Scotia and a few other parishes to assist. Mtr Ellen Neufeld and the parishioners of St. Luke's are praying with confidence that it will be a truly blessed evening. Please invite anyone you know who is in need of healing of any kind to come. St. Luke's is at 12 Woodbridge Avenue in the village of Chatham. A flier for posting on bulletin boards will be sent separately.

      Women's Epiphany Retreat - "What Shall I brinng" at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is January 7 -- 9 and online registration in now available at . Deacons Justine Guernsey, Donna Steckline, Patti Johnson, and Dawn Skramstad have put together a terrific weekend of quiet, fellowship, worship, and fun. The weekend begins on Friday evening with dinner and ends with lunch on Sunday. Cost is $135 dbl/triple occupancy and $198 single occupancy. These are subsidized rates and includes lodging, meals, and material. A flier and registration form (mail or fax) will be sent separately. For more details or questions, contact Deacon Guernsey at

      Click of follow this link to the bottom of the front page of the diocesan webpage for the Bishops upcoming Visitation schedule.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 13, 2010


12/13/2010, #74, 4th Quarter 2010

Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2 Peter 1:1)
      Jesus, please help us receive the words of this letter from Peter and you into our hearts.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (2 Peter 1:2)
      Jesus, please help us know you better.

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (2 Peter 1:3)
      Jesus, as we grow in our knowledge of you, let your divine power work in us and bring us to glory and virtue.

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us live in the hope that comes from these precious promises.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, (2 Peter 1:5)
      Father, help our lives reflect your virtue. Please help us to be diligent in acquiring the knowledge that comes by faith.

to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (2 Peter 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, bring your people to self-control, perseverance, and godliness.

to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (2 Peter 1:7)
      Father, we want to jump straight to love, but that is the fruit of diligence, faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, and brotherly kindness. Help us by your Holy Spirit to practice all these so that love may abound.

For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8 )
      Lord Jesus Christ, let our lives be fruitful in our knowledge of you.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isaiah 8:16-9:1; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Luke 22:39-53
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isaiah 9:1-7; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: we have arrived, 12 December 2010, 3 Advent
Dear friends and family,
Peace be with you.
      We have arrived in Wynantskill. It was a long day or two, but we are here, safe and sound. We will be in New York State and Connecticut until just after New Year's Day. We return to Peru on January 4. Next task: get the car jump-started tomorrow.
God bless you.
In Christ, Shaw+

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 12, 2010


12/12/2010, #73, 4th Quarter 2010

"But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying: 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not lament.'" (Matthew 11:16-17)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please help us by your Holy Spirit to stop expecting you to dance to our tune. You are Lord of the dance -- help us keep in step with you. Thank you.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isaiah 13:6-13; Heb. 12:18-29; John 3:22-30
      HC: Matthew 11:2-11; James 5:7-11; Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isaiah 8:16-9:1; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Luke 22:39-53

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Healing ministry update a message of hope

Dear friends,
      It is so good to be back full time and back to traveling and healing missions. The recovery time is so much longer! It is so good to be alive.
      I just want you to know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and that God is still in the business of healing.
      Personally Dec 23rd is the one year anniversary of leaving "full time" hospital rehab and coming home. (I have used up all 30 rehab session since then!) That made a new meaning of the song: "I'lll be home for Christmas." I was home for Christmas, thanks be to God.
      Two weeks ago I was able to play the small bagpipes publicly, a step in the right direction to be able to play the great highland pipes again. A huge healing for my lungs of which I am told that I am working with 2/3rds lung capacity.

Here are some ministry updates:
      1) Last week at the invitation of a Rabbi we prayed for a woman who was paralized from the neck down. That night she raised both her hands. TBTG.
      2) Last week I had the privilege of speaking to a retired police officers group. The subject PTSD. It was a very special time. We even anointed a trigger finger! (If you do not know about anointing trigger fingers send me an email at
      3) Last weekend Lynn and I spoke at a healing mission in Washington DC. 380 came to the Friday and Saturday workshops and over 500+ came to the healing service. TBTG. Now here's the thing a neuro surgeon brought his patient for prayer and asked that his hands be anointed again. This surgeon was going to be performing surgery, on the brain of the woman he brought, the next day! He told me that we had annointed his hands two years ago and that he has prayed for every patient since! Now that is a miracle people.
      4) I found this very interesting: My sister Julie Sheldon was at a dinner function last week and sat next to the Chaplain of the Tower of London. (His boss is Gen Sir Richard Dannett the man who is writing the forward of my new book, Post Trauma Healing.) The chaplain told Julie that he is living in the house where, the kings and queens of England who had just had their heads cut off at the tower, were taken into his kitchen to have there head sewn back on before burial. That tradition was held only for kings and queens. Others were tossed in, in two parts. Something the history books don't tell you! I wonder what it is like for him to get a midnight snack?

      On that note I pray that you will all have a most blessed Christmas and for those praying for a sign of hope and a sign for healing here is your sign:

      "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. The Virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son. and will call him Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

      God bless you, again thank you for praying for Lynn and me. I AM ALIVE BECAUSE OF THE HOPE OF JESUS AND THROUGH THE POWER OF CORPORATE PRAYER. I give God all the Glory....

      I pray that you will have a blessed and anointed Christmas and that next year WILL BE the year of the Lords favor for you and yours.

In the most incredible love of Jesus: Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another.

God bless you

Fr, Nigel+

The Rev. Nigel W D Mumford+
Director, The Oratory of Christ the Healer,
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834

(518 )692-9550

Jesus said: ASK and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, December 11, 2010, 9:30 -10:30 A.M. Torre Bissell, Bob Baker and Sue Plaske.

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

State Street:

Bill (regular) -- asked prayer for he and his friend as they travel.

+Debra and +Paula (regulars) -- prayed for health and strength and Christmas joy.

+Anthony (bottle man) -- prayed for his mom, Florence, in New York City.

Jim (street guy from last week)

+Paul -- (little English, probably Eastern European)

+Cassandra (young woman and her little girl) -- asked prayers for her unborn baby. We prayed she would have a safe and easy delivery and a strong and healthy child.

+Deanna -- "for my baby Luray. We prayed she would grow up in God's ways.

+Gio (young man) -- has been "clean" for two years from drugs and alcohol. He is in recovery and going to meetings. He has various health problems from before when he used other people's needles including Hepatitis C.

+Heather -- "for my two kids Anthony and Christian."

+Ed -- "for a job and health and that His light would shine through me."


12/11/2010, #72, 4th Quarter 2010

I will extol you, O LORD, for you have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me. (Psalm 30:1)
      Lift us up, Father; win the victory in our lives and in the lives of our parishes.

O LORD my God, I cried out to you, and you healed me. (Psalm 30:2)
      Jesus, please bless the healing ministry in this diocese. Bless and guide those who minister healing at the Oratory of Christ the Healer at the Spiritual Life Center. Bless with healing all those who cry out to you in the parishes of this diocese.

O LORD, you brought my soul up from the grave; you have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. (Psalm 30:3)
      Holy Spirit, you raised Jesus to new life and brought him forth from the grave. Raise us up to new life by your power as well. Thank you.

            Lectionary A, Third Sunday of Advent
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: Matthew 11:2-11; James 5:7-11; Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146
Memory Verse: Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come ... he will come to save you." (Isaiah 35:4a)
Optional: Matthew 11:1, 12-19
Next Week: Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 1:1-7; Isaiah 7:10-17; Psalm 24
      Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11

A word received: What is your expectation? What do you expect of me? I AM who I AM. The question is: "What do I expect of you?" I expect you to look at the evidence of what I AM doing. I expect you to heed my words to you. I expect you to change your behavior and your expectation based on who I AM.

      Epistle: James 5:7-11

A word received: The one you are waiting for, the one you are longing for is me. Look to Me; keep turning to me for perseverance and strength to endure. I will see you through it all.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 35:1-10

(verse 6b) A word received: I AM the stream in the desert. I AM the living water. Come to me, turn to me and I will refresh you.

      Psalm: Psalm 146

(verse 5) A word received: Blessing, true blessing comes from having me be your helper and your guide. Look to me for help in the hard times.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Isaiah 8:1-15; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18; Luke 22:31-38
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isaiah 13:6-13; Heb. 12:18-29; John 3:22-30
      HC: Matthew 11:2-11; James 5:7-11; Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer request
Hi Torre,
      Would you please add Dcn. Barbara Letteney (Lake Placid) to your prayer list? She has been diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and she has a tumor on her brain. She is cheerful and has complete faith in our Lord and Savior. She is accepting telephone calls and loves to chat.
Blessings, Beth Strickland

***** Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      May the Lord Jesus Christ encourage and strengthen you to do and say everything that is good. (2Thessalonians 2:17)
      May the Lord direct your lives as you show God's love and Christ's endurance. (2Thessalonians 3:5)
      Lord, Jesus Christ, we thank You for everything that You are doing in the lives of Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge, and all that they do for You. Thank You for encouraging and strengthening them and sending them Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the direction that You send them so that through this guidance they show your love and they persevere in their mission work in Peru.
We pray for their daughter Hannah as she prepares for her ordination to the priesthood and we ask for good travel for the Mudges as they come back to the U.S. for this joyous occasion and for a family Christmas. Help Lydia to find the time to study and guide her so that she finds the right internet connection so that she can take her exam on-line. Thank You for the good results on her SAT exam. And we pray for good health, especially for Father Shaw. Please, Lord, let his allergy symptoms completely subside.
We praise You and give You the glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

***** Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010
From: chris bennett
Subject: A Titanic Campervan
Hi all!
      I hope you're all enjoying these Christmassy days - snow, dark nights, Christmas lights, what more could you want...
      Well, how about some Dock news for the festive season? The big event over the next few weeks is called 'Meet The Neighbours', and it's a chance (maybe the first formal, organised chance) for all the new neighbours, residents, workers, visitors and Chaplains in the Titanic Quarter to properly meet up! Mulled wine served from the VW campervan, Christmassy nibbles, a deckchair cafe, a blazing brazier... I can't wait! Drop by any time between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 16th Dec - just look for the campervan parked near the Kit scultpure at the base of the Arc apartments behind the Odyssey Arena. All details here:
      If you fancy hearing Dock on the radio, tune in to BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday morning at 10:15, when yours truly will be leading the Sunday morning service. Did I manage to shoehorn in some references to the Titanic Quarter and The Dock? Well, what do you reckon...?! All details here:
      As always, the website contains all the news of events in Dock-world. Over the past few weeks there's been news about
      - wintery Dock Walks:
      - men with beards:
      - Dock Book Group:
      - Hallelujah choruses and eating words:
      - and my long-anticipated chance to have a good nosey around the interior of the Arc apartments:
Enjoy! Chris

***** Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Prayer Mail, 10 December 2010
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail for 10 December 2010.
      1) Praise God for the end of the semester. On to the next.
      2) Praise God for the on-line seminary planning meeting that concluded yesterday. Three countries are directly and enthusiastically involved with this opportunity to enhance ministry preparedness: Uruguay, Peru (several locations in Peru including Ica, where Bishop Michael Chapman is), and Bolivia. Part of this involves working with a seminary consortium in the US and possibly with a seminary in the UK and possibly Canada, as well.
      There is a now working group of four people to coordinate matters between the dioceses here, selected by the Bishops involved. Concerning one of the members of that working group: Bp. Godfrey said that all the bishops thought I was was the obvious choice for..... Secretary. And so, I am the Secretary of the group.
      3) Praise God that the on-line seminary plans have simplified so that we only have to work through one major computer learning experience, rather than two.
      4) Lydia has done rather well in her AP English class in Lima. Pray for her final exam test taking for that course on Tuesday morning on-line from New York State.
      5) For the healing story that follows this email.
      1) For safe and timely travel back and forth from the US, particularly Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th.
      2) For Julie and I as we continue to plan and prepare for February seminary orientation, and our regular courses on Biblical Interpretation. We are team teaching the next course, beginning in February, 2011.
      3) For our landlady´s responsiveness and openness to what remains to be done in our apartment. Matters will continue while we are away. Looks like the emergency water situation in our bathroom necessitates replacing several storys' worth of old pipe.
      4) For Lydia's driving practice in the US.
      5) For the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru, and our ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      6) That we would be able to keep on top of all the daily things that God wants us to do.
      7) For the construction on the apartment building next door. It is quieter today. The concrete structure has been completed at the roof level. The air is better. The next phase continues.
      Thank you for praying for us. Your praying is very important, really makes a difference for us, and I pray for you every day.
      We hope to see some of you at the ordinations at St. John's in Troy in about a week. We plan to attend Oaks of Righteousness in Troy, on Sunday, the 12th, if all goes according to plan.
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
      The healing story: A priest from Bolivia was sharing his healing story with me. He had been in stage 4 of cancer, and one of his last requests was to go on a trip to Israel. At the Church of the Nativity he kneeled down, and felt very warm, and over the time of the warmth, he was healed. He went back to his doctors, who could not believe it, but acknowledged it by saying: "you have a God" or words to that effect.
      Now, as this priest was in the midst of telling this story, he put his hand on my shoulder, and his hand was hot. I seem to remember that warm hands indicated healing, and I took this as an indication that maybe the Lord was doing something even as this priest was telling his story, perhaps like an extension of what happened to the priest in Israel that time ago, was being passed on to me. And has he did so, stiffness disappeared from my arm and shoulder. The stiffness had been bothering me for some months. As that warmth stayed with me, I noticed a difference. I could move my arm without difficulty. I had not been able to do that, even two days before, the last time I had tried to do it.
      An interesting thing is, that the priest was just telling his story and had did not have any idea that it had occurred. I like healing that way. Short. To the point, and effective. Only a silent prayer on my part, more like recognizing and allowing God to do what he wanted to do.
God bless you.

Albany Intercessor

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