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Monday, January 31, 2011

 

1/31/2011, #31, 1st Quarter 2011

Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; fighting all day he oppresses me. (Psalm 56:1)
      Jesus, I take refuge in the power of your name. Please hold me in your hand.

My enemies would hound me all day, for there are many who fight against me, O Most High. (Psalm 56:2)
      Holy Spirit, please guide Bishop Bill as he leads this diocese.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
      Father, I love you and I look to you day by day for strength to endure. Please give me this day's strength.

In God (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4)
      Jesus, I thank you that I am in your hands. Please keep me steady in you.

A word received: Seek me; pursue me. I AM waiting.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Isaiah 51:17-23; Galatians 4:1-11; Mark 7:24-37
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Isaiah 52:1-12; Galatians 4:12-20; Mark 8:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Prayer Mail, winter-summer 31 January 2011
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
      This is our weekly public prayer mail for 31 January 2011. It is winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For the progress we have been making in preparation for: orientation, the start of a new year of classes, and moving towards on-line seminary courses. It all gets underway in about a week. Most of our time has been spent on these matters.
      2) For the interesting cultural experiences at the ecumenical service this week at a Roman Catholic Church in Lima on Tuesday, and at the briefing on "what is a healthy person" at the Anglican Cathedral on Thursday.
      3) This week, Bp. Godfrey entrusted Julie and I with the task of drawing up the first canonical exams for the Diocese of Peru (we have had several discussions with him, already, on this subject). We submitted our draft for his review and modification.
Prayers:
      1) For our visa and residency card situation. We move into the next phase on February 8.
      Number of days left on our tourist visas: about 156.
      2) For Julie and I as we continue to plan and prepare for seminary orientation and our courses on Biblical Interpretation. The school year begins next week. We have an important final meeting with the Rector of the seminary on Friday, February 4.
      3) For our part in leading services at the Mision of La Ascension during the month of February (the Vicar of the mission is moving from one house to another, and is leaving services in the care of 4 of us, during that time period). There have been several discussions already with him, and plans are very well set.
      4) For Julie´s CEMO interviews with people in the ordination process over the next month (Commission on Ministry). Also, for Julie and I: we plan to be proctoring canonical exams this coming Saturday.
      5) For my niece who is starting a semester of classes in Jordan, as part of her college studies. She has recently arrived there with my brother, and the report back is that things seem to be relatively calm compared to other countries. Still, prayers would be appreciated as you think about it.
      6) For Lydia who will be going on two up-coming retreats. One with the school she has been attending, and one is a diocesan retreat. In addition, her school is planning a senior high class trip in May, and your prayers for their choice of destination would be appreciated. They should be finalizing the May trip, sometime soon.
      7) For the students whom God wants in our seminary classes. We would like at least 10 students in each seminary class.
      8 ) For our plans to lead services at other missions in the Lima area over the next few months.
      9) For the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru, and our ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      10) That we would be able to keep on top of all the things that God would like us to do.
      Thank you for praying for us. Your praying makes a difference for us, and I pray for you every day.
      God bless you, and this week, have blessed a holy day of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, and for fans of Punxsutawney Phil, have a happy Groundhog´s Day.
In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia
Missionaries of the Diocese of Albany, serving in Lima, Peru.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, January 30, 2011

 

1/30/2011, #30, 1st Quarter 2011

And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain, and when he was seated his disciples came to him. Then he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: (Matthew 5:1-2)
      Jesus, please come and teach us. Help us hear what you are saying.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to the place where we look to our Father in Heaven for our provision each day.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)
      Holy Comforter, come among those of us who mourn and with your comfort.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)
      Father, I looke to you to give me that same Spirit that was in your son Jesus.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
      Lord, bring your righteousness to the Episcopal Church and to this diocese.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us be merciful to those in need.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8 )
      Father, bring us to purity of heart so that we might see you.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)
      Jesus, please help us to make peace in our families, our parishes, and our communities. Let it be your peace and righteousness. Thank you.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)
      Jesus, please help us turn to you when we are persecuted for desiring your righteousness. Thank you.

A word received: Put your trust in me day by day. Look at the last line of Psalm 55.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Isaiah 51:9-16; Hebrews 11:8-16; John 7:14-31
HC: 37:1-18 or 37:1-6; Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:(18-25)26-31; Matthew 5:1-12
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Isaiah 51:17-23; Galatians 4:1-11; Mark 7:24-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 14:53:29 -0500
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: prayer table report
PRAYER TABLE REPORT St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne
(Sat., Jan. 29, 2011; 11:309 a.m.-noon in front of the Parish Hall prior to our weekly Saturday Community Luncheon. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)
Note: Very bright, sun-splashed day and a beautiful day in the Adirondacks! As you will see, people stopped for very serious concerns on their way to our lunch.
a--indicate anointed with Holy Oil
t--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

a--EDITH -- Asked for prayers for many members of family and a close friend as well. Her brother ROBERT, who has been fighting cancer, is having an important doctor visit/consultation on Thursday and we prayed for good news for him. Her sister GRACE, also in a long cancer fight, is still in remission. We prayed for continued healing for her. A friend (who prefers to be anonymous) is enjoying slightly better health in the last few weeks after being ill much of November and December. Edith also asked for prayers for herself. Her niece EUNICE died recently which of course was a great sadness to Edith, and Edith also is bothered by severe arthritis which keeps her awake much of the night. Most of all, we prayed a thanksgiving for Edith that, as she said, "On the whole, things are going pretty good right now." Thank you, Lord!

a--KATHY -- She requested prayers for her daughter SUSAN, who is currently experiencing a lot of depression. Doctors have prescribed medicine for her to take for depression, but Susan doesn't like to take it because she feels the medicine has the opposite effect and makes her more depressed. We prayed for Susan to receive God's healing and that all the anxieties and fears she is experiencing will be replaced by the love and faith and hope that comes only from Christ.

a,t -- PATRICIA -- This lady asked for prayer for the trouble she is having with controlling her diabetes because "nothing seems to be working." We prayed for Patricia's complete return to health.

a--JOE -- This repeat visitor, a regular at our luncheon, asked for prayers for his mother ANNE, who feel getting out of bed one night this week and broke her hip. She is in the hospital. We prayed for her quick recovery and for her to soon be back on her feet.

***** Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.(Proverbs 3:5-6)
      Father God, here we are again lifting up to You, your faithful servants, Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. We thank You that You have been guiding them along the straight path as they discern your instructions for their mission in Peru. Help them to continue to trust You, rely on You and acknowledge You in all their ways so that through the grace of your Son, Jesus Christ, and the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, they continue to do your will in all their ministries.
      We ask specifically, Lord, that You clear the way to a resolution of the visa and residency card situation; that You be with them as they plan for seminary orientation and their course on Biblical Interpretation; that You lead them as they design and prepare on-line courses; that Julie’s interviews with ordination candidates go well; that the classes at the seminary are well enrolled; and that the services that the services that the Mudges lead are filled with Your Holy Spirit.
      Last of all, Lord, we pray for the relationships and spiritual protection of all missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru and that their ministries, finances, resources and priorities are according to Your will. Amen.

[ http://www.thedockchurch.org/ in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland]
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011
From: chris@the-dock.org
Subject: A Titanic Year
Hi all!
      Hope 2011 is going well so far... here in Dock-world there's been loads more progress, momentum and excitement - it's proving to be a good vintage!
      Some news from the past few weeks:
      - We've been invited by TQ Ltd to use the empty shop units at the base of the apartments for a regular (weekly?) meet-the-neighbours event - if you're interested in brainstorming some ideas, there'll be some 'coffeestorming' going on at 12:00noon tomorrow (Saturday 29th) in the Odyssey Streat. More here: http://www.thedockchurch.org/blog/?p=1553
      - An intro to a new initiative called Street Pastors - please let me know if you're interested or want to find out more: http://www.thedockchurch.org/blog/?p=1566
      - Some reflections on a Sunday spent with the Lovely Larnians: http://www.thedockchurch.org/blog/?p=1535 (that's people from Larne, in case you're unclear)
      -A meeting with Alf McCreary off of the Belfast Telegraph, don'tchaknow! - http://www.thedockchurch.org/blog/?p=1528
      - Some thoughts on speed, momentum and the Titanic movie: http://www.thedockchurch.org/blog/?p=1521
      - And a jaw-dropping Titanic Quarter sunrise, captured on Dock video: http://vimeo.com/18586499
      Plenty more happening over the next few weeks - keep checking the site! And as always all prayers, visits, invites to speak to groups and churches across the city, offers of coffee etc are hugely appreciated. This project is the most exciting thing I've ever been involved in, and I hope you're catching the energy from the pages of the blog!
Chris
PS don't forget we're still Dock Walking every Sunday afternoon - 3:33pm at the Odyssey Streat, finishing with coffee (on the house!) at the Premier Inn.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Hi Hugh
I'm writing this at 4am!! And in agony!!
      Think I forgot to mention in my last email about my lower back & pelvis pain, it's called pelvic girdle pain (pgp) or Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)
      I'm now thinking it's best if I do have a C section as I'm in lot of pain before even giving birth. My midwife wasn't that sympathetic & just told me to take pain killers!
      Pls pray for some rest/sleep & pain relief as I have 4 weeks before term, and again safe delivery of baby weather it's C section or not.
Thank you, Michelle

Stan to face alcoholism honestly
John sobrirty & salvation
Maureen waiting medical results god peace needed badly
David stress
Ernest for faith & turning to christ
George peace from worry
Helen neck pain & dizzyness
Jim heart problem
Ian freedom from lust

Thank you Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, January 29, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, January 29, 2011, 9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Cold but pleasant. Torre Bissell, Sue Plaske, and Carol MacNaughton.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
We were able to give out several pairs of gloves and some warm hats.

Bill (regular) -- we prayed that he would be free from epileptic seizures and that God would bless him with a wife and a companion.

+Debra (regular) -- This week went much better at work. She asked prayer for Miss Mary (who drives her to church) and Miss Mary's husband Willie who is sick. We prayed for blessing and comfort and health, and thanksgiving for Debra's ministry.

+Bill -- He is still recovering from back surgery (he is using a crutch to walk). He asked prayer and said, "I want to be 100%." He gave thanks for Deacon Howard Smith praying for him.

+Rosco (young man) -- We prayed that he would be a man after God's own heart.

+Paula (regular) -- We prayed for her health and for her son Zorrie who just turned 5.

+Chris (boy) -- We prayed he would grow into the man God is calling him to be.

++Chris (man) -- We prayed that God would bless his day.

Nash (Muslim man) -- Prayed for him and gave him a Bible in Arabic.

+Frank -- He goes to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in downtown Schenectady.

Anthony (young man who has come before and was wearing one of Dennis Adams' crosses) -- His wife Althea is newly pregnant and has some bleeding. We prayed for her and for the life of their unborn baby.

+Mark -- asked prayer for a job and for his wife Jenny and his baby Alice.

Steve -- We prayed that he would be able to start his own business.

[We have begun to wonder if the house next door is being used as a crack house again. We prayed that God would shut down any activity like that.]

Desdemona from the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St. We prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on their worship this morning.

 

1/29/2011, #29, 1st Quarter 2011

"Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug." (Isaiah 51:1)
      Jesus, you are the rock which does not move or shake -- help us stand on you day by day.

"Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him." (Isaiah 51:2)
      Father, thank you that by faith in your son Jesus you have made us heirs to the promises you made to Abraham.

For the LORD will comfort Zion, he will comfort all her waste places; he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51:3)
      Holy Spirit, we ask you to make the desert places in our lives and parishes bloom with joy and gladness. Help us to be watered gardens where others will find refreshment.

"Listen to me, my people; and give ear to me, O My nation: for law will proceed from me, and I will make my justice rest as a light of the peoples." (Isaiah 51:4)
      Father, open our ears to your Torah and let your light shine on the people of this diocese.

"My righteousness is near, my salvation has gone forth, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands will wait upon me, and on my arm they will trust." (Isaiah 51:5)
      Jesus, we place our trust in you.

"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. for the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will not be abolished." (Isaiah 51:6)
      Jesus, thank you that there is no end to your saving work.

"Listen to me, you who know righteousness, you people in whose heart is my law: do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their insults. for the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but my righteousness will be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation." (Isaiah 51:7-8 )
      LORD, please help us set aside our fears and put our trust in you and your righteousness. Thank you.

Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isaiah 51:1-8; Galatians 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23
      Week of 4 Epiphany
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Isaiah 51:9-16; Hebrews 11:8-16; John 7:14-31
HC: 37:1-18 or 37:1-6; Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:(18-25)26-31; Matthew 5:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 28, 2011

 

1/28/2011, #28, 1st Quarter 2011

Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and he was alone on the land. Then he saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. (Mark 6:47-48)
Lord, many of us are weary with straining at the oars, for the wind is against us. Do not pass us by.

Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior Hymn (with lyrics) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc7erDz5KSU&feature=related

And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." (Mark 6:49-50)
Holy Spirit, please help us hear the words that Jesus is speaking to us. Help us recognize him for who he is and set aside our fears.


Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. (Mark 6:51)
Jesus, please come and be with us and help us know the calm that comes from your presence. Thank you.

For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:52)
Father, soften our hearts -- give us understanding and wisdom. Open your word to us and direct our feet into your path. Thank you.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isaiah 51:1-8; Galatians 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23

Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** The doctor is please with Bishop Dan's eye!

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011
From: chris@the-dock.org
Subject: Hi Dock Prayer Team!
[ http://www.thedockchurch.org/ in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland]
Hello, wonderful praying people!
Well here we are with the first prayer bulletin of 2011 - already turning into a very exciting year in the TQ. I guess the big prayer for this year is that momentum would continue to build and grow in all that's happening here - both in the TQ development itself and in the growth of The Dock.
Sometimes during the first year, it felt as if every little bit of progress happened as the result of pushing hard - but it's as if, having turned one complete revolution, the wheel is now starting to roll with momentum of its own. So many things we've been praying for over the last few months are starting to happen. Prayer works! So here are some more requests for the next season:
1. One major bit of progress was the building of links with the TQ developers and the great success of the Meet The Neighbours event. This has led to the offer from TQ Ltd that we could hold something similar on a weekly basis in one of the shop units at the base of the TQ apartments. Please pray that the right idea, the right time and the right team would come forward to help run this - and that significant links would be made with the TQ community.
2. I'm still hoping for that 'people of peace' - good contacts in Citibank, in the Metropolitan College, in the film studio, and in the apartment blocks. In particular please pray for good relations with the Metropolitan College as they prepare to open their new TQ campus.
3. We're entering into fundraising time! Over the next few months the dock will be seeking major amounts of capital from trusts and government bodies as we seek to purchase a boat and get the project up and running. Please pray especially for Susan, who is our fundraising guru, and for the Management Team as they deal with all the practical issues of this part of the process. And pray for generous donors!
4. In particular, one particular boat has been presented as a viable option for The Dock. If this is the right one, please pray for wisdom, discernment and God's timing as we investigate the possibility of purchasing it.
5. We are still some way off wholehearted acceptance by all the mainstream denominations. Please continue to pray for a new openness to churches working together, and again for the right 'people of peace' to be the significant contacts in each denomination. (This was another answered prayer last term with regard to one of the denominations in particular!)
6. As always it is just so appreciated to have your prayers for me and for Susan - for health, protection, for our marriage and for the energy and discipline to make the most of all the opportunities before us. As I said in the last email, it does sometimes feel as if we are under some spiritual attack, and your prayers for a shield of protection are hugely important to us.
Well folks as always that's plenty to fill your prayer times!! - again many thanks for all you do.
Chris
PS for those of you in the Prayer Team who belong to Willowfield, you might be interested to know that I've been invited to preach there about The Dock this coming Sunday (31st Jan) - if you're there please come over and say Hi!

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 27, 2011

 

1/27/2011, #27, 1st Quarter 2011

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. (Mark 6:30)
      Holy Spirit, please guide our bishops and other clergy and lay leaders so that they report in each day to Jesus. Thank you.

And he said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31)
      Jesus, please guide all your pastors in this diocese so that they and their congregations will make provision for them to "come aside" with you on a regular basis.

So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:32)
      Father, please be with our clergy as they turn aside with your son Jesus.

But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. (Mark 6:33)
      Jesus, please help us respect our clergy's need for time alone with you. Thank you.

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isaiah 49:13-23; Galatians 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

 

1/26/2011, #26, 1st Quarter 2011

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us make a good confession of faith in Jesus, the Son of God. Thank you.

Scripture received as a word: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, (Psalm 46:1-2a)

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isaiah 49:1-12; Galatians 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isaiah 49:13-23; Galatians 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46

Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan who will be having cataract surgery today.

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

 

1/25/2011, #25, 1st Quarter 2011

"Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, my called: I am he, I am the First, I am also the Last." (Isaiah 48:12)
      Jesus, you are our beginning and our ending.

"Indeed my hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has stretched out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand up together." (Isaiah 48:13)
      Call us and help us stand together in you, Jesus.

"All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear! Who among them has declared these things? The Lord loves him; he shall do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans." (Isaiah 48:14)
      Holy Spirit, do your good pleasure among us.

"I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him, I have brought him, and his way will prosper." (Isaiah 48:15)
      Father, please help us hear and respond to your call; help us heed what you are saying.

"Come near to me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. and now the Lord GOD and his Spirit have sent me." (Isaiah 48:16)
      Here we are, Lord Jesus Christ, send us wherever you want us to go.

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go." (Isaiah 48:17)
      Jesus, please lead us and teach us.

"Oh, that you had heeded my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea." (Isaiah 48:18 )
      Father, please help us heed your commandments.

"Your descendants also would have been like the sand, and the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; his name would not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me." (Isaiah 48:19)
      Holy Spirit, draw our children and theirs to Jesus. Thank you!

A word received: Pray that my people will know the power of my name.

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isaiah 48:12-21; Galatians 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isaiah 49:1-12; Galatians 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan who will be having cataract surgery tomorrow.

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011
From: Ray Villegas
Subject: Thank you!
Dear Friends,
      I just want to let you know I had a deeply significant time away this weekend. The Lord provided a beautiful place for me to spend time with Him. I learned a lot through prayer, reading and reflection.
      The end result is: I have drafted what I am calling a Breakthrough Plan for training up Jaden and Reuel. Sarah and I met today and we spent some time discussing the overall plan. Next week, we will look at the specific goals we need to set to move this vision forward.
      I am so excited about the legacy we are going to leave behind for the future generations of the Villegas family!
In Christ, Ray
Ray A. Villegas, MSW
Director of High School Ministry
Schenectady City Life

***** OSL Healing Quiet Day, Morning Of March 19, St. George's, Clifton Pk.
From: Colette Odell
"A Healing Quiet Day"
Saturday, March 19, 2011, 8:45 a.m. - noon
Order of St. Luke at St. George's Episcopal Church
912 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY
Teachings and Meditations, Time for Reflection and Prayer, Healing Teams Available
For more information call: 399-9827, or email mdemler@nycap.rr.com.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 24, 2011

 

1/24/2011, #24, 1st Quarter 2011

Blessed is he who considers the poor; the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. (Psalm 41:1)
      LORD, give us hearts to consider the poor -- hearts to reach out to the lost and the least.

The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; (Psalm 41:2a
      Father, guide us into this blessing -- help us reach out to your little ones.

You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. (Psalm 41:2b)
      Jesus, please protect your little ones, the lost and the least, from those who would harm them.

The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; you will sustain him on his sickbed. (Psalm 41:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for sustaining Nigel Mumford and all your other people who are afflicted with illness. Help us hold them up to Jesus in prayer.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isaiah 48:1-11; Galatians 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isaiah 48:12-21; Galatians 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan who will be having cataract surgery next Wednesday.

Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Prayer Mail, winter-summer 24 January 2011
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
      This is our weekly public prayer mail for 24 January 2011. It is winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For the progress we have been making in preparation for: orientation, the start of a new year of classes, and moving towards on-line seminary courses.
      2) For the repair of the overhead light in our kitchen this week. One part of it suddenly detached from the ceiling. An electrician put it in place again.
      3) We are enhancing our exercise and healthy eating habits. We do a lot more walking here, and it is good exercise.
      4) Lydia introducing me to my "sticky notes" computer program. Now, I have a lot of them (there is much to do in our missionary life). It is a great organizing tool.
      5) For the enhancements in our prayer blog.
      6) For my 4 seminary instructional videos that are nearing completion. I am hoping to have the time to do more.
Prayers:
      1) For our visa and residency card situation. We should move into the next phase in the next week or so.
      Number of days left on our tourist visas: about 163.
      2) For Julie and I as we continue to plan and prepare for seminary orientation and our courses on Biblical Interpretation. The school year begins the week of February 7.
      3) For the design and preparation of our on-line courses.
      4) For Julie´s CEMO interviews with people in the ordination process over the next month (Commission on Ministry).
      5) For the students whom God wants in the classes. We would like at least 10 students in each seminary class.
      6) For our plans to lead services at various missions in the Lima area over the next few months.
      7) For the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru, and our ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      8 ) That we would be able to keep on top of all the things that God would like us to do.
      Thank you for praying for us. Your praying 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, January 23, 2011

 

1/23/2011, #23, 1st Quarter 2011

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." (Matthew 4:12-16)
      Lord Jesus Christ, so many people sit in darkness and say that your light is evil and they want to be "free" to choose the dark. In your mercy let your light shine forth in all our lives. Help us to be children of the light.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear Jesus' call to repentance and his proclamation of the kingdom of heaven.

      Father, help us throughout this diocese enter your kingdom of light and love. Please prepare our hearts to respond to you at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:18-23)
      A word received: I called Peter and Andrew, James and John, so that my light, the light of the kingdom, could shine forth. In every generation I call men and women to my service so that my light can shine forth. Pray that many will heed my call in this generation.

A word received: Look to me -- keep looking to me. Keep your eyes on me.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isaiah 47:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-31; John 5:2-18
      HC: Third Sunday after Epiphany: 139:1-17 or 139:1-11; Amos 3:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 4:12-23
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isaiah 48:1-11; Galatians 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43

      Notes from the Front Line

"I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1hI-1XXgII

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan who will be having cataract surgery next Wednesday.

Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
So then, take you stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God's approval as your breastplate. Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace. In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies. (Ephesians 6:14-17)
      Lord, we continue to lift up Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge to You. We know Lord that they are faithful to You. Help them, Lord, to always have your truth as a belt around their waists and your approval for everything that they do. May they always be ready to spread your Good News that gives peace. Show them more opportunities to spread this Good News to all that they encounter throughout the day. Protect them from the evil one as their faith persists and their hope of salvation, the precious gift of Jesus, propels them every day. Bathe them in the Holy Spirit as they read your word, live your word, and spread your word to all the people of Peru.
      We continue to ask that the Mudges have your guidance in solving their visa dilemma. Be with Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie as they prepare for the course on Biblical Interpretation and explore many avenues for distance learning and on-line teaching. Send them all the students that You are calling into ministry. And we again pray for the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru, their ministries, finances, resources and priorities.
      We ask all of this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, January 22, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, January 22, 2011, 9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Brisk but little wind (thank you, Lord!) Torre Bissell, Sue Plaske, and Mark Pasko.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Selina -- She said, "For a job and an apartment. I want to draw closer to God. We are going to claim this in Jesus' name."

+Ronnie (young man) -- asked prayer for his children, +Ronnie and +Ronette. He is thankful for the blessings of this life.

+Debra (regular) -- (crying) She has a bad situation at work: "I'm the only black person in the office they were accusing me of not doing my job. I don't go over in the corner with the others and gossip. I'm an older woman and I'm mature now." She also asked prayer for her neighbor +Miss Mary (who drives her to church) and Miss Mary's husband +Willie who is sick. We prayed for blessing and comfort and health, and thanksgiving for Debra's ministry.

+Jeanette (De De) for work; she asked to be blessed with a job and +Gary for healing of his shoulder and hip.

+Craig -- he is going through a rough time financially and physically. He fell from a roof and also was hit by a car. We prayed for healing physically and spiritually. He has a hearing on February 14th. We prayed for a good outcome.

+Paula (regular) -- she prayed for the fruit of the Spirit in her life.

+Steve -- asked prayer for a place to live. We prayed that it would come through for him.

Eric and Heather from the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St. We prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on their worship this morning.

 

1/22/2011, #22, 1st Quarter 2011

And when he got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged him that he might be with him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you." (Mark 5:18-19)
      Holy Spirit, help us share with our friends and families the great things Jesus has done for us, and how he has had compassion on us.

And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. (Mark 5:20)
      Father, help us to be faithful in speaking of what Jesus has done for us as this man was. Thank you.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Ephesians 6:10-17)
      Jesus, clothe us daily with your full armor.

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- (Ephesians 6:18 )
      Holy Spirit, help us heed your call to prayer and watching with all perseverance and supplication for your people and your church.

and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, (Ephesians 6:19)
      Jesus, anoint Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori, Bishop Bill, Bishop David, and Bishop Dan of the Diocese of Albany, Bishop Harold of the Diocese of Down and Dromore, and Bishop Dave of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, Bishop Godfrey and Bishop Mike of Peru, and all your other apostolic witnesses, that they may speak boldly to make know the mystery of the gospel.

for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:20)
      Father, we cry out to you for our brothers and sisters who are in chains because of their faithful witness to Jesus: have mercy on them and give their jailers compassion towards them. Help these witnesses continue to speak boldly, whatever the cost. Thank you for their witness.

      Holy Spirit, anoint our prayers and witness at the prayer table today. Thank you.


The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet
      Lord, give us a heart to search out the lost and the least.

A word received: Come to me, my children, come to me. I AM waiting. Come to me for rest and refreshment and you shall be a blessing to many.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Isaiah 46:1-13; Ephesians 6:10-24; Mark 5:1-20
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isaiah 47:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-31; John 5:2-18
      HC: Third Sunday after Epiphany: 139:1-17 or 139:1-11; Amos 3:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 4:12-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan who will be having cataract surgery next Wednesday.

Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011
From: Ray Villegas
Subject: Train up a child...
Dear Prayer Partners,
Proverbs 22: 6 (KJV) says: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
      My heart has been heavy, as of late, as I've been reflecting on my life and specifically on the lives of our two sons Jaden (6) and Reuel (2). Sarah and I want to do all that we can to love, nurture and train our boys in the ways of our Lord.
      I'm setting aside tomorrow and Sunday as a personal retreat to seek the LORD. I have two prayer objectives for this time:
      1. To prayerfully develop a plan for discipling my two sons over the next two decades.
      2. To prayerfully develop a more robust discipleship strategy for the City Life ministry.
      So, please pray for me as I sit with the Holy Spirit thinking these things through together. We serve such a good God.
      For the kids (but especially my kids!),
Ray
Ray A. Villegas, MSW
Director of High School Ministry
Schenectady City Life

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Dear prayer partners,
      David has asked can we pray for the Funders both for Mount Merrion & WPCA, that they would show us favour by God's Grace to give us the money to fulfill all our projects to advance his Kingdom.
Thank you, Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 21, 2011

 

1/21/2011, #21, 1st Quarter 2011

Also he said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?" (Mark 4:21)
      Jesus, please help us show forth your light.

"For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light." (Mark 4:22)
      Holy Spirit, help us bring all the hidden things in our lives to the light of Christ. Thank you.

"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." (Mark 4:23)
      Father, restore to you people ears that hear you and heed you. Thank you.

Then he said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him." (Mark 4:24-25)
      Jesus, help us hear you and truly listen to you today. Help us receive all that you have for us. Thank you.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 17, January 23, 2011
            Lectionary A, Third Sunday after the Epiphany
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 4:12-23; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Amos 3:1-8; 139:1-17
Memory Verse: Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24)
Next Week: Matthew 5:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 37:3-7
      Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

A word received: How I long for my people to see by my light and not the light of the world. Look at the Psalm (verses 11-12), there no darkness where I am.

      Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

A word received: The light of the gospel is not made clear by intellectual strength, but by my cross. Paul preached me crucified. He did so without shame, and my light shown forth in the hearts of men.

      Old Testament: Amos 3:1-8

A word received: Hear my word spoken against my people. Pray that my people will repent and return to me. "In returning and rest you shall be saved." (Isaiah 30:15)

      Psalm: 139:1-17

A word received: You are mine -- I made you. You are created in my image -- I want your character to reflect my love for my people.

Friday: 31 * 35; Isaiah 45:18-25; Ephesians 6:1-9; Mark 4:35-41
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Isaiah 46:1-13; Ephesians 6:10-24; Mark 5:1-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan who will be having cataract surgery next Wednesday.

Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011
From: The Rev. Nina George-Hacker, FHC
Subject: Taize worship at St. Christophers - Feb. 5
      Anyone from the Diocese is invited to join us for a service of Taize worship--gentle, candlelit prayer in the Holy Spirit, accompanied by easy-to-sing chants--on Saturday, February 5 at 6 p.m., St. Christopher's Church, Cobleskill NY. Please RSVP to rectorstchris12043@gmail.com (so we know how many chairs to set up, and food to fix, for refreshments afterward). Visit us at www.stchristopherscobleskill.com.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 20, 2011

 

1/20/2011, #20, 1st Quarter 2011

For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: "I am the LORD, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:18 )
      LORD, thank you for your creation and your blessing on it. Help us treat what you have created with reverence and awe. Help us put aside all other gods.

I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, 'Seek me in vain'; I, the LORD, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. (Isaiah 45:19)
      Thank you, LORD, for planting your word in our hearts. Help us hearken to what you are saying to us.

"Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save. (Isaiah 45:20)
      Jesus, please let your people of all denominations, who have set aside idolatry, come together to worship you.

Tell and bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides me. (Isaiah 45:21)
      Jesus, you are just and merciful, and you are our savior.

"Look to me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other." (Isaiah 45:22)
      Father, please help us keep looking to you for your help and mercy each day.

"I have sworn by myself; the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath." (Isaiah 45:23)
      Holy Spirit, plant your word in our hearts and help us bend the knee in humility before Jesus.

"He shall say, 'Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength. To him men shall come, and all shall be ashamed who are incensed against Him.'" (Isaiah 45:24)
      Jesus, we trust that you will work out for their good all those who love you and walk in your ways.

"'In the LORD all the descendants of Israel shall be justified, and shall glory.'" (Isaiah 45:25)
      Father, thank you for making us part of your new Israel.

A word received: Tell of my lovingkindness.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Isaiah 45:5-17; Ephesians 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34
Friday: 31 * 35; Isaiah 45:18-25; Ephesians 6:1-9; Mark 4:35-41

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011
From: Bill Cooper
Hi Torre,
      I saw Barbara Letteney today in the hospital. She was being prepared to go home under Hospice care. It appears that the time is very short until she journeys into the closer presence of Jesus. Please ask all to hold this wonderful Christian woman and her daughter Cindy in prayer.
Fr. Bill Cooper

***** Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011
From: Bishop Dan Herzog
Subject: Michael [Bp. Dan's grandson]
Thank you for the Prayers; Michael had stitches; no concussion. Follow up today.

Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011
From: Bishop Dan Herzog
Dear Torre and Jean,
      With gratitude for the prayers, Michael on the rebound. Stitches; no concussion. Carol and I drove over today for lunch with him and Mary and little Matthew. Michael is a tough little guy. Planning on going back to school tomorrow. Thank you again so much for the prayers.
In Christ, Dan


***** Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Coming in February:

Prayer:
Immersed in the Trinity
A Mid-Winter Retreat
at St. Mary's Convent
led by Mother Miriam
Date: February 18-21, 2011
(Presidents' Day Weekend)
Friday evening
through Monday noon
Cost: $209
Space is limited. Call the Sisters at (518 ) 692-3028 for more information or to register.

***** On Friday, January 21 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Father Neal Longe. 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. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! Additionally, please pray for the health and safe travel for all involved.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

 

1/19/2011, #19, 1st Quarter 2011

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. (Ephesians 5:1)
      Father, please help us show forth your love and mercy and justice.

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (Ephesians 5:2)
      Jesus, please help us walk and abide in your love -- help us to be living gospels so that others may see you and know you.

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; (Ephesians 5:3)
      Holy Spirit, set your people free from the snares of pornography.

neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. (Ephesians 5:4)
      Thank you, LORD, for working in our hearts and minds.

For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (Ephesians 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us stop listening to the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Spirit of Truth, fill us up anew with your presence.

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:6)
      Lord, cleanse the seminaries of the Episcopal Church of empty, deceptive words. Bless the ministry of Trinity Seminary and Nashotah House.

Therefore do not be partakers with them. (Ephesians 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us walk apart.



For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8 )
      Jesus, you are my light -- let your light shine through me.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Isaiah 44:9-20; Ephesians 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Isaiah 44:24-45:7; Ephesians 5:1-14; Mark 4:1-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011
From: Father Mike Shank
Subject: Healing Service
      Father Mike Shank wrote: Would like prayers for our monthly Healing Service at St.Mary's, Downsville which takes place at 5pm Wednesday the 19th. Prior to the Service there is a Bible Study beginning at 3:30. Deacon Laura and I would really appreciate your prayers that the Holy Spirit will inspire and direct us.
Thanks. Father Mike+

***** Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011
From: Fr. Tyler Slade
Hi Torre and Jean!
      My Uncle has been suffering terribly for the past 2 years and has finally come to a crucial impasse, and if God does not come to his rescue soon it will be too late. My Uncle's name is Ron Slade. He is just over 50 yrs. old, but he has two young kids in their preteens. He got cancer of the base of the tongue almost two years ago, and God healed him miraculously after the believing members of my family all got together and prayed for him. It was wonderful! But then he found out that while in the hospital he somehow contracted Hepatitus C from a contaminated needle, or something from the hospital!! SO frustrating, because now he is worse than ever. His liver is failing, and he is retaining enormous amounts of fluids. And his body is almost shutting down at this point. He is in absolute agony, and there is really nothing the doctors can do because he needs a liver transplant, but they can't give it to him until he gains weight...but he can't hold down food because his liver won't process toxins so he always throws up! It's a catch 22.
      BUT, the miracle in all of this is that he is a full on believer, and he is ADAMANT that it is NOT his time to go. He knows he has more left to do in this life, and he wants to be there for his kids and see them grow up. SO, he is asking everyone that they would pray that his liver gets healed and that the Hepatitus C is cured. I heard a sermon by Bill Johnson just last week in which he said that someone his church prayed for got healed of Hepatitus C just recently!
      SO, I would be so thankful if the intercessors in our diocese would be willing to pray that my Uncle Ron be healed completely, and that the whole family is strengthened and brought into God's fulness and original intent for them all through His miraculous healing of my Uncle. I am SO thankful for your prayers.
      Hope to see you someday soon! God bless you both til then,
Fr. Ty

***** Coming in February:

Prayer:
Immersed in the Trinity
A Mid-Winter Retreat
at St. Mary's Convent
led by Mother Miriam
Date: February 18-21, 2011
(Presidents' Day Weekend)
Friday evening
through Monday noon
Cost: $209
Space is limited. Call the Sisters at (518 ) 692-3028 for more information or to register.

***** On Friday, January 21 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Father Neal Longe. 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. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! Additionally, please pray for the health and safe travel for all involved.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

 

1/18/2011, #18, 1st Quarter 2011

And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?" (Mark 4:13)
      Lord, please give us understanding of your word.

"The sower sows the word." (Mark 4:14)
      Holy Spirit, sow your word in our hearts day by day.

"And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts." (Mark 4:15)
      Father, give us a heart to reach out to those on the wayside -- to the lost and the least.

"These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble." (Mark 4:16-17)
      Holy Spirit, please help us walk beside those who are going through tribulation to encourage them.

"Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful." (Mark 4:18-19)
      Jesus, please speak to those who are choked by the cares and riches of the world -- give them understanding of their plight.

"But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." (Mark 4:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be good soil for your word so that it may grow and flourish in our lives. Help us bear good fruit for the kingdom: 30-, 60-, 100-fold. Please move through the parishes of this diocese and sow and nurture the gospel in the hearts of your people. Thank you.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Isaiah 44:9-20; Ephesians 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Isaiah 44:24-45:7; Ephesians 5:1-14; Mark 4:1-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011
From: Father Mike Shank
Subject: Healing Service
      Father Mike Shank wrote: Would like prayers for our monthly Healing Service at St.Mary's, Downsville which takes place at 5pm Wednesday the 19th. Prior to the Service there is a Bible Study beginning at 3:30. Deacon Laura and I would really appreciate your prayers that the Holy Spirit will inspire and direct us.
Thanks. Father Mike+

***** On Friday, January 21 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Father Neal Longe. 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. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! Additionally, please pray for the health and safe travel for all involved.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 17, 2011

 

1/17/2011, #17, 1st Quarter 2011

And he went up on the mountain and called to him those he himself wanted. And they came to him. Then he appointed twelve, that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: (Mark 3:13-15)
      Lord Jesus Christ, we hold up our bishops, priests, deacons and lay leaders to you. Please help them enter into the fullness of your calling for them:
      1. Help them daily spend time with you.
      2. Help them faithfully preach your word.
      3. Help them heal the sick and cast out demons.

      Holy Spirit, please guide and bless the ministries of
      The Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori
      Bishop Bill Love
      Bishop Dan Herzog
      Bishop David Ball
      Bishop David Bena of Convocation of Anglicans in North America
      Bishop Harold Miller of the Diocese of Down and Dromore
      Bishop Godfrey of Peru
      Bishop Mike Chapman of Peru

      Father, please help all your shepherds manifest your love to the sheep that are in their flock. Thank you.

"I did not know him; but that he should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water." (John 1:31)
      A word received: Look at the role that John the Baptist played in making me known to others. Are you willing to be used by me so that others will know me?

And looking at Jesus as he walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" (John 1:36)
      A word received: I AM the perfect sacrifice to atone for your sins.

Isaiah 49:1-9
      A word received: Join me in calling my people back to my father.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Isaiah 44:6-8, 21-23; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19a
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Isaiah 44:9-20; Ephesians 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard and their adult daughter Katharine Johanna.

***** Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Pray: Jesus,Jesus,Jesus...
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
      This week I have started a month of praying the word "Jesus" for 15 minuets each day. A friend of mine in the UK menstioned this and a soul string was plucked in me. He said church leaders are praying this all over the UK.
      Things are different already... amazing.
Here follows instant proof:
A Divine Appointment:
      The night before last, Lynn, Sandra and I went to dinner. We asked for a table and the waitress took the two ladies... I heard myself say to the manager, "Are you praying about something?" She said yes, with very wide eyes, "How did you know?" "How can I pray for you?" I said. She told me and burst into tears, "I lost my wedding ring." I told her I was a priest and that I would pray for the ring to show up. She asked me what Saint to ask, I told her "St. Anthony and also it is good to ask Jesus too!" I then said, "Lets pray right now." I stood in front of the manager, held her hand and prayed right there in the restaurant. I then had to find the table. Ten minuets later the manager showed up, again with tears in her eyes. "My six year old just called to say that she found the wedding ring! She was so grateful. She kept blessing me!
      The bill came at the end of diner. It just said THANK YOU. God does work in such wonderful ways....
      We all had a faith lift... with fries....THANKS BE TO GOD AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
      Pay attention to Divine Appointments...
      Will you join me in praying the "WORD" Jesus over and over for 15 mins each day for a month?
I will be doing this at least until 16th Feb.
Let me know what happens at
healing@ctkcenter.org
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another,
God bless you
Fr, Nigel+

***** On Friday, January 21 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Father Neal Longe. 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. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! Additionally, please pray for the health and safe travel for all involved.

***** Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Prayer Mail, winter-summer 17 January 2011
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail for 17 January 2011. It is winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For the latest computer breakthroughs in the development of course materials this week: both the in-person courses and the on-line courses. I created my first instructional video this week, and we started working with "e-sword" in Spanish as some of the potential materials available to students in various locations.
      2) For just being in Peru. Being here is totally awesome. I wake up every day, thinking to myself that I can not believe that I am here (of course, when I am in the Diocese of Albany, I think something similar to myself, as I am also grateful for the Diocese of Albany).
      3) For the progress that we have made on the next phase of our visa process.
Prayers:
      1) For our visa and residency card situation. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
      Number of days left on our tourist visa: about 171.
      2) For Julie and I as we continue to plan and prepare for seminary orientation and our courses on Biblical Interpretation. We had two days of good buddy time on this, this week. The school year orientation begins the week of February 7.
      3) For the design and preparation of our on-line courses, and the development of related study skill matters. For the preparation and design for on-line courses across South America.
      I am having almost daily meetings with the Rector of the seminary, as we plan on-line course related matters. In the meantime, he has lined up someone to begin working on study skills with the students. Adequate student study skills is a continent wide issue.
      4) For the students whom God wants in the classes. We would like at least 10 students in each seminary class.
      5) For our landlady´s responsiveness and openness to what remains to be done in our apartment.
      6) For the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru, and our ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      7) That we would be able to keep on top of all the daily things that God would like us to do.
      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, January 16, 2011

 

1/16/2011, #16, 1st Quarter 2011

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)
      Jesus, thank you for taking away my sin.

"This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.'" (John 1:30)
      Father, thank you for John the Baptist's witness to Jesus.

"I did not know him; but that he should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water." (John 1:31)
      Holy Spirit, raise up witnesses like John the Baptist among us who will point to Jesus.

And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and he remained upon him." (John 1:32)
      Father, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit upon as well.

"I did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'" (John 1:33)
      Jesus, please continue to immerse us in your Holy Spirit day by day.

"And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God." (John 1:34)
      Jesus, you are the Son of God and the light of the world.

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as he walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" (John 1:35-36)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know Jesus as the Lamb of God.

The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:37)
      Holy Spirit, please move the hearts of the people in this diocese to follow Jesus when they hear testimony about him.

Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are you staying?" (John 1:38 )
      Jesus, please help us spend time with you today.

He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and remained with him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). (John 1:39)
      Thank you, Jesus, for inviting us to stay with you.


One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. (John 1:40-42)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be faithful witnesses to our family as Andrew was. Help us find that freedom in Jesus and the Father's love.

A word received: Pray that my people will know my character and my love for them.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Isaiah 43:14-44:5; Heb. 6:17-7:10; John 4:27-42
      HC: Second Sunday after Epiphany: 40:1-10; Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-41
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Isaiah 44:6-8, 21-23; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19a

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard and their adult daughter Katharine Johanna.

***** The Parish Leadership Conference yesterday was outstanding. If you have not already done so, go to one of the two remaining Parish Leadership Conferences. Their dates and locations are:
      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

***** On Friday, January 21 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Father Neal Longe. 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. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! Additionally, please pray for the health and safe travel for all involved.

***** Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
This is the reason I kneel in the presence of the Father from whom all the family in heaven and on earth receives its name. I'm asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. This way, with all of God's people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. You will know Christ's love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God. (Ephesians 3: 14-21)
      Like Paul prayed for the Ephesians, Lord, we pray for Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. We ask Lord that you continue to gift them from the wealth of your glory. We pray that you give them inner strength and power from your Holy Spirit that Christ's residence within them is evident through their faith. May all of their faith and ministry be rooted in your perfect love and may they and all their students and all to whom they minister understand how wide, how long, how high and how deep is Jesus' love for them, a love which goes beyond any knowledge. May the Mudges be completely filled with You, God.
      Lord, we ask for wisdom for the Mudges to know how to fix their visa and residency card situations. Help them to figure out the best strategy for Lydia and her college plans. Give them peace of mind that all will work out. And continue to guide them and inspire them as they prepare for the February semester and progress in the plans for on-line courses and distance learning. For all their concerns with their landlady and needed improvements in their apartment; for the students whom You want in their classes; for the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru, and for their ministires, finances, resources and priorities: Lord, we put all of this into your hands.
      Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity! Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, January 15, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 9:20 - 10:20 a.m. Fairly cold but little wind (thank you, Lord!) Torre Bissell, Bob Baker, and Mark Pasko.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Andrew (alcoholic regular from summer)

+Kenneth (in a hurry)

+Debbie (regular) -- asked prayer for a co-worker Janet's boyfriend who had surgery and is not doing well.

+Crystal -- "for my family"

+Glenny -- his family is traveling here from NYC -- prayers for their safety (took 4 crosses for his family)

+Shaquille, +Danosp, and +Davior (three teenagers) -- Shaquille asked prayer that he would find work.

+Pedro (young man) -- "stress"

Desdemona -- on her way to the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.

+Paula (regular) -- has an abscessed tooth.

+Kevin (young man) -- "mental confusion"

+Harvey -- He asked, "You don't got to pay for this?" We assured him that the prayer was free.

 

1/15/2011, #15, 1st Quarter 2011

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;" (Isaiah 43:1-3)
      LORD, please write these words on our hearts; help us to hearken to your words. Please prepare our hearts to worship you. Thank you.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 16; January 16, 2011
            Lectionary A, Second Sunday after Epiphany
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: John 1:29-42; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-9; Psalm 40:1-10
Memory Verse: The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. (John 1:41-42)
Next Week: Matthew 4:12-23; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Amos 3:1-8; 139:1-17
      Gospel: John 1:29-42

A word received: What was your response when I was proclaimed to you? John proclaimed me to his two disciples and they followed me. Are you still following me, or are there places where you have slipped off the path?

      Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

A word received: I have called you into the fellowship of my son. I want you to walk with him in fellowship each day. Begin each day by coming into his presence.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 49:1-9

(verse 7) A word received: I AM the holy one, the Redeemer. Pray that I will come through your community and redeem lives that are lost and forsaken.

      Psalm: Psalm 40:1-10

A word received: I want your response to be like David's response.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Isaiah 43:1-13; Eph. 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Isaiah 43:14-44:5; Heb. 6:17-7:10; John 4:27-42
      HC: Second Sunday after Epiphany: 40:1-10; Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-41

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please continue to pray for Nancy Carron, the wife of Fr. Joe Carron. Nancy is taking chemotherapy. Please pray that the medical treatments would alleviate the fluid buildup that Nancy is experiencing. Please pray for God's healing of Nancy and peace and comfort for her and Joe.

***** On Friday, January 21 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Father Neal Longe. 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. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! Additionally, please pray for the health and safe travel for all involved.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 14, 2011

 

1/14/2011, #14, 1st Quarter 2011

Sing to the LORD a new song, and his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you coastlands and you inhabitants of them! (Isaiah 42:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us sing that new song of praise to Jesus and his father.

Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. (Isaiah 42:11)
      Jesus, fill our cities and towns and villages with songs of praise to you.

Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare his praise in the coastlands. (Isaiah 42:12)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to give your glory and declare your praise.

The LORD shall go forth like a mighty man; he shall stir up his zeal like a man of war. he shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; he shall prevail against his enemies. (Isaiah 42:13)
      LORD, stir up in us your zeal -- help us to shout aloud your praise and please prevail against your enemies. Thank you.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Isaiah 42:(1-9)10-17; Eph. 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Isaiah 43:1-13; Eph. 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Nancy Carron, the wife of Fr. Joe Carron. Nancy is taking chemotherapy. Please pray that the medical treatments would alleviate the fluid buildup that Nancy is experiencing. Please pray for God's healing of Nancy and peace and comfort for her and Joe.

***** On Friday, January 21 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer and Praise Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Father Neal Longe. 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. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! Additionally, please pray for the health and safe travel for all involved.

***** Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011
From: Brett Bissell in Brazil
Subject: Technology naming ridiculed
http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/21/bbc-comedians-ridicule-tech-naming-schemes-make-us-laugh-along/


***** Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011
From: Eve Lansing
Subject: A request
Hello Torre & Jean,
      Would you please attach this Episcopal Marriage Encounter Application Flyer to your daily e-mails? We are praying to have at least 10 couples so that the weekend is a go!
      Just a note as well, Tom & I are privileged to be part of the team for a very special Marriage Encounter in late March. We will be on the team for the first ever "Military Sponsored". The US Army out of Ft. Bragg has 25 Couples all signed up for us to present the Marriage Encounter Weekend to for returning troops and their spouses at a local military retreat center. If you would please hold us all in prayer that weekend of March 25th -27th , 2011.
Eve & Tom Lansing

***** The doctor told Bishop Dan that his eye was better than he anticipated. Praise the Lord!

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 13, 2011

 

1/13/2011, #13, 1st Quarter 2011

And again he entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that he was in the house. (Mark 2:1)
      Jesus, please come into our community with your word and your Spirit.

Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And he preached the word to them. (Mark 2:2)
      Jesus, preach the word to us. Help us to hear your words.

Then they came to him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. (Mark 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, bring all the paralyzed to Jesus for healing: those paralyzed by strokes or other infirmity, those paralyzed emotionally or spiritually.

And when they could not come near him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. (Mark 2:4)
      Father, please help us and guide us in bringing our friends to Jesus. Help us break through every barrier.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." (Mark 2:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear Jesus' words to us: "Your sins are forgiven you."

And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" (Mark 2:6-7)
      Jesus, don't let us get sidetracked by the negativity of the "learned".

But immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, he said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--he said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." (Mark 2:8-11)
      Jesus, thank you for dealing with the doubts of those with much head knowledge and little heart knowledge.

Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!" (Mark 2:12)
      Father, help us glorify you for all that we see Jesus doing. Thank you for sending him to us.

A word received: Look to me.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Isaiah 41:17-29; Eph. 2:11-22; Mark 2:1-12
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Isaiah 42:(1-9)10-17; Eph. 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Bp. Dan Herzog's cataract surgery went well yesterday. He has a checkup today. Please pray for a speedy and good recovery of sight.

***** Thank you for all your prayers for me. I have been able to work this week. Torre

***** Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Linebacker
This You Tube video titled "The Evangelism Linebacker" is hysterical! Here is the link if you want to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvYFvhx1dcY

***** Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011
From: michael hales
Subject: A Short Healing video.
Hello Torre and Jean,
      We hope you are both doing well and send you our blessings.
      Here is a short video on some of the healings which God has been doing. It is a call for people to pray for healing. Sometimes when we see a testimony of God working it is easier for us to press in with our prayers even for people who have had long term conditions. It is good also to see God working in one's own neighborhood as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIrUh-Qw1eo
      Thank you for your continued ministry and we follow your prayer requests.
Blessings Michael and Christine Hales
Bristol, England.

Albany Intercessor

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