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Thursday, March 31, 2011

 

3/31/2011, #92, 1st Quarter 2011

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)
      Jesus, please bring us to the obedience that produces righteousness.

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, (Romans 5:20)
      Jesus, thank you for multiplying your grace among us.

so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21)
      Jesus, thank you for the gift and hope of eternal life with you.

A word received: Come to me.

Thursday: [83] or 42, 43 * 85, 86; Jeremiah 10:11-24; Romans 5:12-21; John 8:21-32
Friday: 95 & 88 * 91, 92; Jeremiah 11:1-8, 14-20; Romans 6:1-11; John 8:33-47

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Essential One Hundred Challenge
            The Bible reading plan people love to complete
            
Scripture Union's Bible Reading Method™
Pray: before you read, asking God to help you understand.
Read: the Bible passage for the day, perhaps more than once.
Reflect: on the passage. Write your thoughts in a journal.
Apply: what God teaches you from His Word to your life.
Pray: again, asking God to help you live out His Word.

Moses and the Exodus
#19 Passover and Exodus      Exodus 12:1-42

***** Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011
From: John Boyd
Subject: Please Pray For Faye
Brothers and Sisters
      Please join me in prayer for Faye VanDermark, wife of Deacon Roy VanDermark, who goes in to the doctors tomorrow to see if yet more Chemo treatments are necessary for cancer that has returned again!!
Dear Heavenly Father
      We implore you to come to Faye and touch her with your healing power. We ask that you be with both Faye and Roy as they battle this cancer for yet another time together and would give them both your peace and pour out your grace on them as they return to the doctors again. We know that you love them both so dearly and that you care for them as your children.
      Please lift Faye up and help to heal her. make the news from the doctors be positive and protect her from further need of the radiation or chemo treatments, that the cancer would be gone from her and that your healing powers would again prevail.
      This we ask in the name of our living savior, Jesus Christ Amen

***** Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, 10th Retreat, March 28-30, 2011 - Day 3 - Final Day, Wed, Mar 30th - Please Praise God!
      10th Welcome Home Retreat (28-30 Mar 11)
            Day 3 -- Final Day -- Wed, Mar 30th, 2011
To All Our Prayer Warriors Who Intercede for the Welcome Home Initiative:
      The final day of most activities always bring joy, often tinged with a little sadness. It has been so good and refreshing to be in the presence of the Lord, but now we must go out into the world, which is so beautiful yet so dysfunctional in so many ways. We live in the world but must try not to adopt or live in the pattern of its dysfunction. Rather, we aspire to live lives of authenticity and dynamism with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And with our neighbor. So, we went out (home) with joy, praying for each other and particularly praying for those Veterans going home to places such as Brooklyn, NY.
      The joy started at breakfast time with a quick visit from Chaplain (Colonel) Eric Olsen, the State Guard Chaplain for New York State. He is an old friend and a previous Closing Ceremony speaker. He had recently recognized the Spiritual Life Center as a founding member of the NY National Guard 'Partners-in-Care’ program. PIC is designed to encourage local churches and organizations to reach out to their local armories and offer whatever help they can to the Soldiers. Many units will deploy for the second time later this year (many individuals have completed more than two deployments). This will be the biggest deployment of Guard Soldiers from NYS since the Vietnam War and we are privileged and proud to be a founder member of PIC, encouraging others to care for their local Soldiers too.
      After breakfast we were able to spend about an hour or more praying individually for each Veteran, his wife and for other caregivers present. For the first time on a WHI Retreat we split into two groups to pray, one being led by Fr. Nigel and the other by +Dave Bena. This reminded us that this Retreat was the largest one to date. Many said it was the most blessed one to date! Having asked each person, "May we pray for you?" and "How?" we respectfully asked permission of each if they were happy to be anointed with oil and to have hands laid on them. Each person was then prayed for as they asked and as the Spirit led. The Lord was there, ministering His love and grace. It was visible on many people’s faces. Several prophetic words were given. Words of knowledge were shared. For at least one person, the Spirit-filled words came in the language of the Spirit and were received in the same manner. It was a most precious and holy time.
      Then came a sudden change of pace. We needed to be at the Great Hall, up the hill, for the Closing Ceremony. Having several aged and infirm Veterans, this took a little time but we made it for a group photo of the Veterans to take place.
      At around 11 AM, the Veterans 'marched’ in to the beautifully decorated Christ the King Chapel for the Closing. The Chapel was about half full but their applause more than made up for a somewhat disappointingly small turnout (even though it was very pleasing that many had traveled 40 or 50 miles or more to be there.) After the Greenwich Honor Guard had marched in the Colors, a group of about twenty five 5th and 6th graders from a Christian school in Troy presented each Veteran with a thank you card and a beautiful hand painted picture. To see the respectful seriousness with which the boys and girls presented their gifts touched everyone’s heart. Later the group sang the National Anthem very beautifully. A lady from the Willard Mountain group of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented a pin to each Veteran along with the thanks of the whole DAR group for their service. We received greetings and best wishes from a representative of our local Congressman. Then, Major General Bob Dees was introduced and spoke very inspiringly for about 20-25 minutes. Some highlights from his message of encouragement were:
      His Christian candor and honesty was deeply appreciated by all the Veterans, many of who commented most favorably on the inspirational quality of his talk. Each person felt as though Bob was talking individually to them.
      He thanked each Veteran and wife by first name. He thanked each caregiver (including Chaplains present) and each family member for the love and care they give to 'their’ Veteran. "Where would we be without you?", Bob asked each group. He also challenged each caregiver to consider how they might get themselves replenished when their 'wells of courage’ become depleted.
      That for some, today might be the first time anyone had had 'welcome home’ said to them.
      Our Veterans are like the outer skin of the body of the nation. When the 'skin’ gets broken, bruised and hurt it is a serious matter. The nation bleeds. Some wounds heal from the outside in. But often the Veterans’ wound can only be healed from the inside out, since war assaults the soul and mind before it hurts the body.
      An orchestra tunes up for a concert often using middle C as the common note to tune in on. We need to tune our lives in on the central C of creation -- Christ. As the orchestra has a way of 'finding’ middle C, so, if we look for Him, Christ shows Himself to us. Christ knows us and everything about us. He loves us. He wants to make us whole. Bob illustrated his points with some lovely stories about Veterans who had committed themselves to the Lord and had been wonderfully set free in their souls, and then gone on to help others, including a sniper in Afghanistan.
      We were challenged to be better and not bitter. God-reliant and not self-reliant. Bob told two stories of folk from years ago who had experienced terrible and consistent trauma in their lives for many years. They had been able to grow spiritually and, therefore, as human beings, by having good attitudes in spite of all their trials and sufferings. One, Fanny Crosby, blind from a young age, was still able to write the inspiring words of a well known hymn, 'Perfect submission, perfect delight! Visions of rapture now burst on my sight.’ (Hymn Blessed Assurance; underling by the author of this update). And, 'Now Thank We All, Our God’ (German Hymn from 1636), whose author was the only surviving pastor in his city during the Thirty Years War. In one year, he buried over 4,000 people who had died because of famine and plague, including his wife. He frequently had 50 funerals a day). The example of these two saints should inspire us today. As should the example of a Soldier, terribly burned in war, who was so grateful that God had shown him mercy. In spite of the horrible pain and disfigurement he suffers, he has grown in faith and as a person, way beyond the trauma he has suffered. He has (not always easily) learned great patience, been blessed with hope and filled with joy. This is a mystery of God’s healing work in us but it enables us to go and be a comfort to others who suffer in similar ways.
      Finally, Bob commended 2 Cor 4 to us as the 'resiliency’ chapter of the Bible. Read it. Pray for and do what it says and we will manifest the life and ministry of Jesus in our mortal flesh.
      After Bob, came two power-filled testimonies. The first was from a female Veteran who had no idea what the Retreat was about when she arrived on Monday (now that’s faith, to drive 4 hours to come to a Retreat about which she had no knowledge!) and left today so excited and grateful that she came. She saw God’s beauty in the place and in the hearts of those attending. She had received the Father’s blessing from one of our hosts. She said we are healed to be an extension to other’s healing. She offered to work with the SLC and another female Veteran to help us run a Female Veteran’s Retreat at the SLC. We are excited about this and have been praying for it for over 2 years and now it seems the Lord might be putting a suitable team together to organize and run it. Dates will be announced in due course.
      The other testimony was from an Army Vietnam War Warrior in the Big Red One Division. Part of his war job had been to prepare bodies (in all sorts of conditions) to be evacuated by air from the war zone. He had been haunted by staring eyes and broken skulls ever since and had not had a good night’s sleep. Sometimes he suffered terrible nightmares. Fr. Nigel prayed for him on the first afternoon but the prayer seemed not to have been answered on Monday night. He was prayed for again on Tuesday. Today, Wednesday, his countenance was entirely different. He had slept restfully for 8 hours and awoke with a sense of God saying to him, 'go, lay hands on people and pray for them to be healed.’ Today, during the prayer time, he started his new ministry! Hallelujah (even though it’s Lent ).
      Then one of the wives, a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle choir, sang a beautiful prophetic song. The service came to an end and 'Welcome Home’ was said to each Veteran. Then it was time for lunch, final 'goodbyes’ and, for most, a journey to the airport or by car, home.
      John 21:25 -- And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which, if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written.’ (Author’s note: Other deeds included deliverance for at least one Veteran. And, in this day and age I suppose written books must include emails, Facebook pages, blogs, Twitter 'tweets’ etc ).
      The whole Welcome Home Initiative team thanks you so much for all your prayers!

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

 

3/30/2011, #91, 1st Quarter 2011

            A Litany for Our Hearts

But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 7: 3)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard (Exodus 7: 13)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of the President and his advisors.

Pharaoh’s heart became hard (Exodus 7: 22)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of the judges in this land.

But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart (Exodus 8: 15)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of the members of Congress.

But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, (Exodus 8: 19)
      Holy Spirit, soften our hearts and help us listen to you.

But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart (Exodus 8: 32)
      Holy Spirit, help us and our leaders repent of our hardened hearts.

But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen (Exodus 9: 12)
      LORD, in our time give us government that heeds you and your word.

He and his officials hardened their hearts. (Exodus 9: 34)
      Jesus, move in the hearts of the officials of this land.

So Pharaoh’s heart was hard (Exodus 9: 35)
      LORD, we say the words, but our hearts are still heart. Move among us and soften our hearts.

"Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials" (Exodus 10: 1)
      Holy Spirit, raise up witness to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and the rulers of this nation.

But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, (Exodus 10: 20)
      LORD, let your word, your living word, lodge in our hearts.

But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 10: 27)
      LORD, come among us and soften our hearts.

Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 11: 10)
      LORD, we have seen your work among us and yet our hearts are still hard; have mercy on us.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Jeremiah 8:18-9:6; Romans 5:1-11; John 8:12-20
Thursday: [83] or 42,43 * 85, 86; Jeremiah 10:11-24; Romans 5:12-21; John 8:21-32

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Essential One Hundred Challenge
            The Bible reading plan people love to complete
            
Scripture Union's Bible Reading Method™
Pray: before you read, asking God to help you understand.
Read: the Bible passage for the day, perhaps more than once.
Reflect: on the passage. Write your thoughts in a journal.
Apply: what God teaches you from His Word to your life.
Pray: again, asking God to help you live out His Word.

Moses and the Exodus
#18 The Ten Plagues      Exodus 6:28-11:10

***** Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011
From: Healing Center
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative - Closing Ceremony
Wed. March 30, 10:45am WHI Closing Ceremony.
      We invite everyone from the area to come to this special ceremony. An opportunity for us to say "thank you" to the veterans who have come to our WHI retreat program. A chance for all of us to say "welcome home!" We are delighted to have the Greenwich Color Guard, Oakwood Christian 5th & 6th grade class, with our special guest speaker; MG(r) Bob Dees. Please join us to show our appreciation to these men and woman who have served our country!

***** Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, 10th Retreat, March 28-30, 2011 - Day 2, Mon, Mar 29th - Please Pray!
10th Welcome Home Retreat (28-30 Mar 11)
Day 2 -- Tue, Mar 29th, 2011
To All Our Prayer Warriors Who Intercede for the Welcome Home Initiative:
      Thank you to everyone who has sent back an email of encouragement and/or inspiration. We are grateful for these, but can you leave them until the retreat is over, please! Time management issues in reading and, sometimes, answering them albeit briefly! But don't want to sound ungrateful one iota!
      After breakfast on Tuesday morning (during which most of the hosts met separately to share experiences and prayer needs) we got started on the PTS Day soon after 9:00 AM. The whole morning session, split into two distinct parts, was moderated by a host in a way designed to get the Veterans and their spouses thinking for themselves and discussing between themselves. We were in one large group considering what is combat operational stress, combat trauma, post-traumatic syndrome all about. The session hinged around the question, "What has it been like for you and your family since your Veteran came home?"
      A couple of times during the morning, Veterans were encouraged and exhorted not to try and put right federal and state systems that might not be working but to give themselves the gift (albeit painful for many) of considering the question from the standpoint of their own personal lives. Some excellent points made. Towards the end of the session, before we stopped for a break, a Navy Veteran, a Chaplain, clearly articulated how his war experiences had driven him to reconsider the whole basis of his life, the attitudes of his birth culture, and his ministry. He decided his past was not going to ruin his present or his future. He felt he had to rise above all that was holding him back from being healed -- his life, his birth culture, his ministry -- and move on. Some would say he was seeking post-trauma healing. Others, that he found resiliency. He had suffered unspeakable trauma, which he never sought or desired, but by the grace of Jesus, the Healer, he eventually found new life and started again. Much as he wanted things to be as they were before he deployed they would never be so. He had changed and so had his family. Although healing didn't happen quickly, or as quickly as he wanted it to, he was transformed by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. He was set free. His soul was given a gift from God, which accepted. He knew that God brought him through the trials and sufferings he had experienced so he could help and comfort others. He had persevered, grown in character, become full of hope instead of despair and had committed his life to helping fellow Veterans. He found a deep love for others which Jesus put into his heart. The layers of his artichoke had been peeled off, leaving a tasty heart! And all this happened to a man who said that when he came back from war, "I was in shock! I couldn't readjust. I could not function with the values and priorities I had when I came home. Too much had changed. I realized that nothing would ever be the same. I went out, got retrained and started life again. This time I wanted to be more like Jesus and wanted to do more for him!" At least one other Veteran shared a similar story but in his own very individual and unique way, coming through the valley of darkness into the light of the Lord. Things are still not easy today, but he is not going backwards and is on the path towards the true and only Light, Jesus.
      This was not an easy session and we 'lost' a couple of Veterans to feelings of nausea, headaches, pain and feeling under the weather. Remarks such as these characterized the conversation:
      USMC Veteran: "I had delayed reaction. It took nearly 10 years to realize I had trauma and I've been fighting it for another 10 years."
      Army Veteran: "My marriage was destroyed. I was destroying it and I didn't recognize it."
      Female Army Veteran: "I was fed up being told I didn't have trauma when I knew I had."
      USMC Veteran: "I put my wife through hell and didn't realize it." Later, "I'm still learning about PTSD."
      Female Army Veteran: "Even though the Army is trying hard to deal with trauma, suicide and divorce issues, they are still stigmas, especially when mentally based. Soldiers are coming forward sooner than before but it is still not soon enough. We are trained to keep it all in."
      Female Army Veteran: "For me, isolating myself was a major factor -- and often I wanted to do it."
      Air Force Veteran: "It has been like opening Pandora's Box and not knowing what is coming out next. I want to get rid of the Box. "
      After a break, we followed up with a brief discussion about the need to keep the different parts of our beings fit and healthy. These are the physical, the emotional, relational and the spiritual - the foundational part upon which all the other parts fit together as a whole. We broke for lunch with the request that we each consider these different parts and think of ideas for ourselves on how we might grow in overall health in each of these areas.
      After lunch we split into two groups -- Veterans and Spouses. In the Veterans group a host explained, using his own experiences, about the value of telling our story. Jesus, the Healer, had ministered to him over the years as he had told his story from time to time in the right environment. Sometimes he had 'seen' Jesus in the depths of a terrible situation taking the burden of it on Himself. Our host had been substantially set free and filled with joy. At this stage the group split into 5 smaller groups and each person in each group was given the opportunity to share his or her story and receive prayer. It was reported that Christ seemed to be doing some significant things in people's souls. In the group the author led, this was certainly so. Meanwhile, the spouses reported back that they also had a good and productive time of sharing, which had ended with many of them making pretty bracelets of colored beads as they talked. During this time, our Closing Ceremony speaker, Bob Dees and his wife, Kathleen, arrived and immediately joined the groups, settling in quickly and contributing measurably to the ministry of the groups they joined. Praise God for answered prayer concerning their travel and also about what Jesus did in the small groups!
      Immediately after small groups, soaking prayer was 'soaked' up by one or two folk and there was an opportunity for anyone who wanted to do so to have their confession heard in private, receiving absolution.
      Tuesday evening saw a change of pace and tone in the retreat as we tried to lighten proceedings with comedy and an inspirational preview of a Christian show called 'Godspell', which is taking place at the SLC on 7, 8 and 9 April. We were wonderfully encouraged by this performance skillfully produced and performed by staff from the SLC. We thanked God that those Veterans who had felt ill earlier in the day felt well enough to join us again, but please keep praying for them as they are still troubled by illness. An informal group met in the Great Room in the King's Inn to fellowship, eat candy and talk. Some good ministry took place during this time too.
      All in all, this was a very long and emotionally tiring day. But we saw God move with great power and Jesus the Healer, heal with beautiful grace and peace. Please keep praying as we enter the third and last day -- might it just be a Resurrection Day for some?
The whole Welcome Home Initiative team thanks you so much for all your prayers!

***** The Holy Spirit and Healing Seminar April 15-16


Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

 

3/29/2011, #90, 1st Quarter 2011

Then Moses said to the LORD, "O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue." (Exodus 4:10)
      LORD, we are so often inhibited by our self-perceptions that we don't speak when we are able.

So the LORD said to him, "Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?" (Exodus 4:11)
      LORD, you are Lord of our lives; you have made us in your image. You are faithful and true. Please put your words in our mouths and help us speak your word to one another.

"Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say. " (Exodus 4:12)
      Holy Spirit, please give us teachable hearts and minds and mouths.

      Lord Jesus, we bless and curse with our mouths. Cleanse our hearts and give us mouths of blessing. Put your words in our mouths and help us speak them. Thank you.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Jeremiah 7:21-34; Romans 4:13-25; John 7:37-52
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Jeremiah 8:18-9:6; Romans 5:1-11; John 8:12-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Essential One Hundred Challenge
            The Bible reading plan people love to complete
            
Scripture Union's Bible Reading Method™
Pray: before you read, asking God to help you understand.
Read: the Bible passage for the day, perhaps more than once.
Reflect: on the passage. Write your thoughts in a journal.
Apply: what God teaches you from His Word to your life.
Pray: again, asking God to help you live out His Word.

Moses and the Exodus
#17 The Burning Bush      Exodus 3:1-4:17

***** Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011
From: Rev Susan Baker Borjeson
Subject: Announcement re Baroness Cox
Hello Torre and Jean,
      Would you be willing to get the word out to your intercessory list about Baroness Caroline Cox's open session Thursday morning the 31st, 10:30 am?
      Baroness Caroline Cox is not only founder and CEO of HART-UK and HART-US, she is a member of Britain's Parliament, in the House of Lord's; and recipient of many humanitarian awards, including The Mother Teresa Award. She is an Anglican [Church of England], a nurse, a former university lecturer, wife, mother, grandmother, just to round things out!
      Come and meet this remarkable woman of God, and learn how each of us can make a powerful difference wherever we work and live.
      Lunch will be available in the Trinity Dining Hall at the usual reasonable rate. In order to have adequate supplies, it would be a great help if people would advise us of their intention to attend, and if they want lunch. Please contact Mtr. Susan Baker-Borjeson at revsusanbaker@gmail.com, or from Tuesday morning, 518 334 3257.

***** Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011
From: Dawn Skramstad
Subject: Prayer Table Report - Lake Luzerne
Prayer Table Report - St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne on Saturday, March 26th in the parish hall at 11:30am prior to the community luncheon with Dcn. Dawn Skramstad. We still have too much snow to hold it outside!

Kathleen - lump on her thyroid which the doctors think is a calcium deposit. She is having tests this week to determine if it is or not so we prayed for healing of the lump and that the tests would be conclusive. Kathleen came to our prayer table last year for prayer prior to eye surgery. Her surgery was very successful and she attributed it to our praying for her so as soon as she saw the prayer table being set up, she came right over for prayer.

Angie - her husband Dennis, who has severe COPD, is in the hospital with an infection. We prayed for healing of the infection, for healing in their marital relationship and healing in their relationships with their son and daughter.

Marge - Prayer for Marge's cataract surgery this week.

Edith - thanksgiving for her sister's mammogram coming back clear and her brother continuing to feel well. We prayed for Edith to have relief from the arthritic pain in her shoulder and arm and for the arthritis to be healed.
Blessings! Dcn. Dawn

***** Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:24:30 -0400
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, 10th Retreat, March 28-30, 2011 - Day 1, Mon, Mar 28th - Please Pray!
      10th Welcome Home Retreat (28-30 Mar 11)
            Day 1 -- Mon, Mar 28th, 2011
To All Our Prayer Warriors Who Intercede for the Welcome Home Initiative:
      The Retreat started immediately after lunch Monday and we had an excellent, Spirit-led afternoon and evening. It was a much, much different beginning to any precious WHI Retreat. Everyone seemed very ready and willing to move deeply into prayer and ministry, which on previous Retreats we have not got into until the afternoon of the second day.
      We have a full house of Veterans, male and female and spouses but, in record time and without contriving to do so, we quickly got round all the basic introductions of "What is my name? Where have I come from? Which campaign(s) made me a combat Veteran? Which service did or do I serve in?" Several of us were praying silently asking the Lord, "What do we do now -- we still have nearly 1 ½ hours of program time before dinner at 6 pm!" Fr. Nigel bowed his head and suddenly knew what we were to do! The Holy Spirit gave him clear guidance. We prayed for a number of deep healing needs that had been mentioned during the introductions, including sleeplessness, nightmares and terminal cancer diagnoses. Those we prayed for were more than willing to be prayed for, to be anointed with sacred oil and to have hands laid on them. Tears and praises were shared.
      After this, the whole group still assembled together, we had a time of quiet, peaceful personal prayer, simply opening ourselves up to meet God and receive from Him whatever He wanted to give us. In effect this was a time of soaking prayer, although we didn’t refer to it as such. We know from numerous feedback reports that this time was blessed for most, if not all of us, especially some of the team whose lives have been 'stretched out’ recently. The peace of the Lord that passes all understanding was tangibly present and very refreshing! Thank you Lord for this rather surprising but wonderful start!
      After dinner, Fr. Nigel gave an uncomplicated outline of what PTS is about, its history and some of its effects. He developed his talk to include his own personal experience of 95% plus healing from the PTS he had been diagnosed with 3 years after serving in Northern Ireland. Basically he had 'imploded’ when he heard about the deaths of four Marines whom he was told he had trained. He felt the training he had imparted to them was inadequate, somehow causing their deaths. He had stuttered and then become totally speechless for a long period of time. He had been hospitalized and his friends were told not to visit him -- after all he was not 'normal’ any more. He eventually became well enough through psychiatric and medical help to be able to function well and carry on normal life, even though still having many of the usual symptoms of PTS. Many years later, just three years ago in Boston, Fr. Nigel received full and instantaneous healing from the trauma of one shooting/sniper incident he was involved in and much healing has come since then for other deeply traumatic situations. One of our group was puzzled that he had been told authoritatively that PTS cannot be healed, so Fr. Nigel’s story of complete healing spoke powerfully to that. Fr. Nigel discovered only 2 years ago that the Marines who had been killed that day were not, in fact, one’s whom he had trained. Please pray for the group as even this gentle and encouraging telling of a combat story and healing was causing some abreaction in a couple of the Veterans. Pray that none of us, for any reason, will allow our past to ruin our lives now, or in the future.
      We finished the formal proceedings around 9 pm and most retired to the Great Room in the Kings Inn to talk together over a cup of coffee and some candy that one of the team always provides. Some were tired and went almost straight to bed. We look forward in the morning to hearing from the Veteran we prayed for to have a good night’s sleep and for the nightmares to stop.
      The Veteran who was taken to hospital on Sunday morning with severe stomach pains and vomiting rejoined the Retreat in time for the beginning, seeming to be fit and healthy again. Praise God and thank you for your prayers which have been answered! Thank God that everyone we expected to arrive did so and in good time!
      The books from Military Ministry arrived today, having been promised arrival by Tuesday, so that was another lovely blessing and answer to your prayers! Thank you God!
      Tuesday is usually the most difficult day of the Retreat, when people’s emotions and memories are deliberately stirred, so please pray much for us during the day. Pray for the separate Spouses (Wives) breakout group in the afternoon.
      Lastly, here are some statistics of interest (don’t try and add the figures up, as several Veterans served in more than one service and more than one campaign!):
      *      We have 11 Army Veterans, 4 Navy, 5 Air Force and 6 Marines.
      *      Two Veterans served in WW2, 1 in Korea, 10 in Vietnam (one doing two deployments), 1 in Somalia, 1 in the Dominican Republic, 2 in Northern Ireland, 4 in the first Gulf War (Desert Storm/Desert Shield), 1 in Rwanda, 1 in Grenada, 1 in Bosnia, 4 in OIF (Iraq), 2 in OEF (Afghanistan),
      *      Our Veterans have a total of 382 years of military service between them. One female Veteran is currently active duty Army and another (male) is serving full time in the National Guard. One is a full time Veterans Administration Chaplain.
      *      We have 3 female Veterans here (the most on a single Retreat to date).
      *      Seven wives are present.
The whole Welcome Home Initiative team thanks you so much for all your prayers!

***** Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011
From: Rev Susan Baker Borjeson
Dear Jean and Torre,
      We have another one: In church Sunday, a woman who was prayed for last Sunday about three bad teeth has three new/repaired teeth: she sees the dentist today and will know which it is-repaired or new! This is the person in the earlier testimony I posted, who felt something happening in her mouth as we were praying.
      Her testimony yesterday was that she received a new tooth/healing in church....by the time she got home from service, one was completed; next day there were two, and as she came to church this morning the third! What she hadn't told us last week is that she actually had four bad teeth...only three bothered her, so she only asked for prayer for three. She is now hoping for the fourth, and we got to praying for that!
      As this woman is deeply faithful, of great humility financially and doesn't have a telephone or computer, we won't know whether or not she received it until Wednesday night...but I am believing that by the time she gets to the dentist, the fourth will be there.
      We know this woman well. Honest as can be. For skeptics, a close friend lives with her and bears witness to this time frame also. Glory to God!
      What God does in one place {Toronto in the case of teeth}is a paradigm for the Church. He will do it elsewhere among people of faith. We had heard this; we hoped this; we finally believed for it and took hold of 'the substance'; and we now can testify to the truth of this also. All glory be to God who will do more than we can ever hope or imagine out of His great love for us.
SusanB2+

***** "an intercessor for Libya" sent this.
      Heavenly Father, could we ask now that You pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your Bride, Your earthly church right now, this week, that we could see things from Your perspective, hear Your voice, and echo Your prayers as You intercede for Libya and for other things? Grant us grace to pray with boldness and faith, clarity and authority, so as to join you in destroying and undoing the works of darkness, as well as visualizing and realizing the establishment of the Kingdom of light in these dark places. Raise up the veil and bring Your Kingdom into plain view as you break evil strongholds. Let Your glorious will be done on earth as You have it planned in heaven. Move Your people all over the globe to join together as ONE in You, to see God movements launched in Libya, with nothing less than the rapid expansion of multiplying communities of faith dedicated to Jesus. Take out every person and structure that would oppose or block this movement, and open the way for people to embrace You in Your fullness. Pour out Your Spirit on us, and then keep filling and pouring it out as more and more people join this prayer movement. Give us grace to be wonderfully responsive to Your urgings and whispers. Amen.

***** Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Mission Prayer Mail, 27 March 2011
Dear Partners in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
      This is our weekly public prayer mail for 27 March 2011. I can not believe it is almost April. The weather continues to change.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Julie and I received our residency visas this week. That was as exciting as it was a surprise. Wow.
      2) Lydia and I worked our way through some computer programs, together, this week. That was fun.
Prayers:
      1) For my teaching an Anglicanism class on the Lectio Divina, Monday 28 March (covering for another faculty member).
      2) For students as they prepare to decide what courses they will take next cycle. We are getting to the point where they starting thinking about signing up. The current cycle ends the week of April 10, and the next cycle begins after Easter Week.
      3) For our course preparation for the next cycle. We will be teaching two courses: a course on Acts, and the second part of studying and interpreting the Bible.
      4) For the annual diocesan synod on April 2, beginning at 2 pm, New York time. For the people being considered for the various positions, and the topics that will be presented and discussed (and perhaps voted on).
      5) For Lydia´s preparing-for-college trip in July/August.
      6) For which churches and groups to visit in the Diocese of Albany, during July and August, to talk about our work in Peru. If you would like us to visit, please let us know.
      7) For the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru, and for our ministries, finances, resources, and priorities.
      6) 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

Monday, March 28, 2011

 

3/28/2011, #89, 1st Quarter 2011

Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; and he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live." But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?" And the midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them." Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them. (Exodus 1:15-20)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of medical personnel in this country to fear God as Shiphrah and Puah did and save the lives of all the children who are in the womb.

      Holy Father, stop the slaughter of innocents in this country -- stop the abortions.

      Jesus, please guide the men and women of this country to take responsibility for their sexual activity. Show them how to be the men and women, the fathers and mothers, and the husbands and wives you are calling them to be.

Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:23-24)
      Holy Trinity, one God, hear the groaning of the many in bondage in the Arab world and set them free of the harsh task masters and rulers over them. Restore the people's dignity to them. They are children of promise through Ishmael, have mercy on them.

      Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper that love you. Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces. And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say, "Peace be with you." Because of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek to do you good. (See Psalm 122:6-9)

      Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. (BCP)

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Jeremiah 7:1-15; Romans 4:1-12; John 7:14-36
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Jeremiah 7:21-34; Romans 4:13-25; John 7:37-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Essential One Hundred Challenge
            The Bible reading plan people love to complete
            
Scripture Union's Bible Reading Method™
Pray: before you read, asking God to help you understand.
Read: the Bible passage for the day, perhaps more than once.
Reflect: on the passage. Write your thoughts in a journal.
Apply: what God teaches you from His Word to your life.
Pray: again, asking God to help you live out His Word.

Moses and the Exodus
#16 Birth of Moses      Exodus 1:1-2:25

***** Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011
From: Mary Sherwood
Subject: Mary Sherwood update
Hello All:
      Good News ... Mary's surgery is now in the "past tense" ... finally it happened on Thurday afternoon. No surprises... all went as expected. She was still pretty groggy last night (Friday) but this morning she has requested a list of things to be brought to the hospital ... so that is a good sign.
      Thank you for patiently waiting with her in thought and prayer over the past while ... please continue during this time of recovery and healing. Many thanks to you.
Her sister, Marjorie

***** Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:56:47 -0400
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, 10th Retreat, March 28-30, 2011 - Arrival Day, Sun, Mar 27th - Please Pray!
            10th Welcome Home Retreat (28-30 Mar 11)
            Arrival Day -- Sun, Mar 27th, 2011
      If you do not wish to receive this prayer update any longer, please let Noel Dawes know and he will remove your name from the distribution list immediately.
      To All Our Prayer Warriors Who Intercede for the Welcome Home Initiative:
      The Retreat has been under way for the last several days. Much work has been going on at the Christ the King (CtK) Spiritual Life Center (SLC), Greenwich, NY to get ready for the Veterans and their spouses. Rooms have been allocated by Front Desk staff. As this weekend’s Cursillo course left on Sunday afternoon, rooms needed to be cleaned and made ready for their new arrivals, several of whom arrived today. Pray for administrative flexibility as plans change as Veterans arrive or not as the case may be.
      Pray imaginatively for this fully registered Retreat. We never know who is finally coming until they arrive. And we never know anyone’s full combat, health and other experiences until they share them with us (or not) during the sessions, starting Monday afternoon.
      At least one Veteran arrived on Saturday and was met at Albany airport by one of our team members, being safely brought to the SLC. Others arrived Sunday. We are so blessed to have volunteers who are prepared to drive considerable distances from their homes to the airport to the SLC and then back home again in order to bless these Veterans.
      We were equally blessed on two days ago, on Friday, by a team of lady volunteers from a church nearly an hour’s drive from the SLC. Five ladies came to the SLC and made up the small 'welcome’ bags that each Veteran finds in his or her room. We thank God for you ladies, and we thank you! One of the ladies who helped told me today that she was definitely coming to the Closing Ceremony at 10:45 AM on Wednesday, March 30th. She is an Air Force Veteran, albeit without combat experience. She said there was no way she would miss helping today’s Veteran’s through bag packing and being at the Closing. Praise God for the commitment of these ladies!
      Thank God for the huge help that the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ has given us with three of their publications, which have been extremely popular on every Retreat. MilMin made the publications available to us at a very reasonable price (we needed this given the challenging financial circumstance so the SLC at this moment!) MilMin was expeditious completing and mailing our order so it arrives in time for Tuesday morning (please pray it does!). They have asked to join our intercessors distribution list so will be getting this update and all future ones. Praise God for and pray their own ministry to combat Veterans, Bridges to Healing (see http://www.militaryministry.org/families/bthm-2/), will grow and develop strongly. Pray our partnering relationship with MilMin will also grow and develop.
      Please praise and pray for the several female combat Veterans on this Retreat. We have 4 or 5 coming -- the most we have ever had. Their experience spans several wars and they bring a new and refreshing dynamic to the Retreat.
      Praise God that Major General (USA, Ret) Bob Dees and his wife Kathleen plan to arrive on Tuesday afternoon to experience some of the Retreat before Bob gives the final talk at the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday. Without going into detail, I cannot begin to tell you how much this couple, whose son served in challenging combat in Iraq, have devoted their lives to helping traumatized combat Veterans. Bob has been an inspiration to everyone as he has frequently said that in this war, as in others, we must do all we can with all we have to minister God’s love, comfort, strength, resiliency and, above all, hope, to as many combat Veterans as we can.
      Pray against the spiritual warfare that has been going on with some Veterans for the past several days. One couple traveling at least 1/3rd of the way across the USA has had recurring physical vomiting for the past several days, sufficiently to put their flights in jeopardy. Thankfully they overcame this and should have arrived Sunday afternoon. Another combat Veteran, having arrived, could not stop vomiting Sunday morning and had to be taken to Urgent Care - haven't had a further update on this yet. These Veterans and their spouses are ready to be on the Retreat. Yet the evil one will not let them go. Everything we read in the Bible about Satan is true -- I’ve seen enough to know! Please, please pray for physical, mental/emotional/spiritual protection for everyone coming on the Retreat.
      Please thank God for the services of all at the SLC who have been and are involved in supporting the Retreat in any way. Already, their ministry, especially that of the WHI Administrator, who prefers not be named, has been incredibly powerful and effective. Long hours have been spent in listening to Veterans who call in and the Administrator has been crucial in 'loving our neighbor as ourself’ to the extent that those several who have wavered about coming are in fact coming.
      Thank God and ask for His guidance for the future development of an exciting new relationship with the Times Square Church, NYC. This arose out of an invitation from the NY State Guard Chaplain (a long standing friend of the WHI) for our two ministries to be present and honored along with a third spiritual organization at the recent dedication and opening of a new Spiritual Fitness Center at Camp Smith, NY, a major base for the NY National Guard. The 3 ministries were thanked for the help they have already given the Guard and we became the first three member of a new Partners-in-Care organization that aims to support the Guard as they move towards deploying over 5,000 Soldiers later this year -- their largest deployment since Vietnam, if not WW2. Times Square Church also has a strong relationship with the Brooklyn VA hospital, whose Chaplain brought 10 Soldiers to Retreat 9 and is bringing more to this Retreat.
      The whole Welcome Home Initiative team thanks you so much for all your prayers!

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, March 27, 2011

 

3/27/2011, #88, 1st Quarter 2011

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." (John 4:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear Jesus whenever he asks anything of us or speaks to us.

For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. (John 4:8-9)
      Father, please help us see past our cultural and denominational blinders to the opportunities Jesus gives us to share his living water.

Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God," (John 4:10a)
      Father, help us to know your gift to us.

"and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,’" (John 4:10b)
      Jesus, help us know you.

"you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." (John 4:10c)
      Jesus, please give us your living water; fill us up with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

      Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. (BCP)

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Jeremiah 6:9-15; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Mark 5:1-20
HC: 95 or 95:6-11; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26(27-38 )39-42
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Jeremiah 7:1-15; Romans 4:1-12; John 7:14-36

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for the team and candidates on the Cursillo weekend. Pray the candidates will give a good testimony of what God has done in their lives this weekend.

***** Please pray for the team and veterans who will be coming to the Welcome Home Initiative.

***** Please pray for the safety and wee-being of the people of Syria, Jordan, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Algeria that there may be peace and righteousness established among them.

***** Please pray for the victims of the tsunami and radiation in Japan.



Albany Intercessor

Saturday, March 26, 2011

 

Pray for the Victims of the Japanese Tsunami


 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 26, 2011, 9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Windy and cold. Torre Bissell, Mark Pasko and Sue Plaske on State St.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

State St:

+Peter -- "World peace."

+Anna -- "For my granddaughter Leah in the South, and I took a fall yesterday on Hamilton Hill."

Steve (regular) -- That he can start his own business and for joy.

Connie -- "For my friend Dawn. She hasn't seen her daughter in South Carolina for four years."

+Delis -- We prayed for God's love to be poured into her heart.

+Debra (regular) -- She is having spasm of pain in her back. We prayed for healing.

John

+Paula (regular) -- "Fill me up with blessing."

Mark -- We prayed for a situation with his grandson where there needed to be a healing of the relationship.

+Ricos -- He poured out his heart (grief) in not being able to get ahead and reach out to others. He walks with the Lord but he gets dumped on consistently. He asked for a job landscaping. We gave him a Bible.

+Curtis (came last week) -- "Prosperity, wisdom and the ability to help others.

Gabriel -- for his kids.

Barb -- For provision

+June (Older woman) -- For her feet -- walking with a cart. Her feet hurt!

+Paul (young man) -- for his six children. He wanted to donate for getting the prayer but we told him prayer is free.

Leonard -- fell; prayed for healing -- he is in hospital.

A Great Fourth Day Action Item: The Prayer Table [from the Albany Episcopal Cursillo Newsletter]
            by Mark Pasko
      Would you like to try an activity to expand your prayer ministry while learning to have your heart broken by what breaks the heart of God? I would suggest that you try the Prayer Table. The Prayer Tables are tables set up at two locations in the vicinity of Christ Church in Schenectady (970 State St.) 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 names and prayer requests, pray for them, and tell them that a team of prayer warriors will continue to pray for them during the coming week. We also give them a small Cross 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. In November, the Lord began giving me the impulse to grow and push against my boundaries of fear to grow spiritually. I've done this now for three months 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 (we hand out gloves to many when available), 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 live 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.
      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 (perhaps, the Treasure Hunt!).
[Note from Torre: the prayer table ministry was started at Christ Church by Larry and Jerusha Hubert.]

 

3/26/2011, #87, 1st Quarter 2011

"Declare this in the house of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah, saying, (Jeremiah 5:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us declare your deeds openly.

'Hear this now, O foolish people, without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not: (Jeremiah 5:21)
      Jesus, please give us eyes to see what you are doing among us, and ears to hear what you are saying, and hearts bold to speak of that.

Do you not fear me?’ says the LORD. 'Will you not tremble at my presence, who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? and though its waves toss to and fro, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it. (Jeremiah 5:22)
      Holy Spirit, establish your boundaries in our hearts.

But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; they have revolted and departed. (Jeremiah 5:23)
      Jesus, we have sinned and the Episcopal Church as a people has not been faithful to you.

They do not say in their heart, "Let us now fear the LORD our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. he reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest." (Jeremiah 5:24)
      Father, help us acknowledge all that you do for us.

Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good from you. (Jeremiah 5:25)
      Holy Spirit, please help us repent so that we can receive what the Father longs to give us.

'For among my people are found wicked men; they lie in wait as one who sets snares; they set a trap; they catch men. (Jeremiah 5:26)
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.

As a cage is full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. therefore they have become great and grown rich. (Jeremiah 5:27)
      Father, defeat those who plunder the poor and the helpless.

They have grown fat, they are sleek; yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked; they do not plead the cause, the cause of the fatherless; yet they prosper, and the right of the needy they do not defend. (Jeremiah 5:28 )
      Jesus, defend the rights of the needy.

Shall I not punish them for these things?’ says the LORD. 'Shall I not avenge myself on such a nation as this? ’ (Jeremiah 5:29)
      Lord Jesus Christ, come with your justice and your mercy. Thank you.

"An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and my people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end? (Jeremiah 5:30-31)
      LORD, please help us recognize how far we have drifted away from your ways. Thank you for call us to repentance.

      Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. (BCP)

A word received: I want you to look to me for help in the storm.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 25, March 27, 2011
            Lectionary A, Second Sunday of Lent
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 4:5-42; Romans 5:1-11; Genesis 37:1-36; Psalm 105:17-22
Memory Verse: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 )
Next Week: John 11:17-44; Romans 6:13-23; Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 95:6-11
      Gospel: John 4:5-42

(verse 10) A word received: Have you asked me for living water?

(verse 14) A word received: I long to see that water welling up in my disciples' hearts.

(verse 35) A word received: I want you to have eyes to see the harvest fields. Pray for eyes to see them.

(verse 42) A word received: I want you to believe because you have met me.

      Epistle: Romans 5:1-11

(verse 1) A word received: Come to me for my peace; not as the world gives, but as I give.

(verse 8 ) A word received: I want you to take this verse to heart: while you were sinners I loved you. Memorize this verse.

      Old Testament: Genesis 37:1-36

(verse 11) A word received: Look at the parallel with Mary. I want you to keep what I have done in your heart and ponder those things. (See Luke 2:19)

      Psalm: Psalm 105:17-22

(verse 19) A word received: Will you let my word refine and test you? Come, offer me your hearts.

A word received: Ask them to read until a verse jumps out at them. Have them ask me what I am saying to them in that verse. Then pray accordingly.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Jeremiah 5:20-31; Romans 3:19-31; John 7:1-13
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Jeremiah 6:9-15; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Mark 5:1-20
HC: 95 or 95:6-11; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26(27-38 )39-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for the prayer table ministry this morning.

***** Check out the Cathedral's new web site: http://www.thecathedralofallsaints.org/

***** Please pray for the team and candidates on the Cursillo weekend.

***** Please pray for the team and veterans who will be coming to the Welcome Home Initiative.

***** Please pray for the safety and wee-being of the people of Syria, Jordan, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Algeria that there may be peace and righteousness established among them.

Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He that is mighty hath done great things and holy is His Name. (Luke 1:46-48 )
      As the Virgin Mary succumbed to the will of God, bringing forth our great Savior, so the Mudges have been obedient in the Holy Spirit's calling to them to minister in Peru. We thank You Lord, for every good gift that You have given to the Mudges as they teach and minister in Peru, bringing so many more people today and tomorrow into knowledge of You. May the spirits of Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia rejoice in You and be full of joy as You do great and holy things through them.

      We thank You Lord, that the visa issue has finally been resolved. We thank You for the safe return of Bishop Michael and Linda Chapman and we ask that You bless their ministry too. Thank You for the Anglican mission in Oasis; we ask for an increase in volunteers from the community and other necessary resources, so that this mission may truly be an oasis for You. Please continue to inspire Father Shaw and Mother Julie and all at the seminary who play a role in creating and implementing on-line courses. That the Mudges would be able to keep on top of all the things that You want them to do, Lord, we ask for your blessing. And for the relationships and spiritual protection of missionaries and other diocesan team members in Peru and for their ministries, finances, resources, and priorities, we ask all of this in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, March 25, 2011

 

3/25/2011, #86, 1st Quarter 2011

Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; does my father still live?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. And Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come near to me." So they came near. Then he said: "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt." (Genesis 45:3-4)
      Father, please bring reconciliation into the lives of the families of this diocese. Where there is bitterness, let it be replaced by love. Give us a heart like Joseph's to reach out to those who have wronged us.

"But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life." (Genesis 45:5)
      Holy Spirit, you gave Joseph an understanding of your larger purposes for his life. Please give us that same clarity of your purposes.

"For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting." (Genesis 45:6)
      Jesus, help us recognize that the hard times -- the times of famine and druought -- can be times of your greatest work among us.

"And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance." (Genesis 45:7)
      Father, send us forth to preserve a posterity of spiritual children. Work a great deliverance among us.

"So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt." (Genesis 45:8 )
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize your work among us. Bring us to those circumstances, as you did with Joseph, that will enable us to cooperate with your larger purposes.

"Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph: "God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry. You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children’s children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have. There I will provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty; for there are still five years of famine." (Genesis 45:9-11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us and guide us in making provision for the needs of our families. Bless the families of this diocese.

Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:19-21)
      Holy Trinity, one God, you did this mighty work in Joseph's heart and mind -- please do such a transforming work in our hearts and minds. Help us recognize the truth of your word:

      Do not fret because of evildoers,
      nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
      For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
      and wither as the green herb.
      Trust in the LORD, and do good;
      dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
      Delight yourself also in the LORD,
      and he shall give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalm 37:1-4)

      Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
      and lean not on your own understanding;
      in all your ways acknowledge him,
      and he shall direct your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Friday: 95 & 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Jeremiah 5:1-9; Romans 2:25-3:18; John 5:30-47
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Jeremiah 5:20-31; Romans 3:19-31; John 7:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Essential One Hundred Challenge
            The Bible reading plan people love to complete
            
Scripture Union's Bible Reading Method™
Pray: before you read, asking God to help you understand.
Read: the Bible passage for the day, perhaps more than once.
Reflect: on the passage. Write your thoughts in a journal.
Apply: what God teaches you from His Word to your life.
Pray: again, asking God to help you live out His Word.

The Story of Joseph
#15 Joseph Reveals His Identity      Genesis 45:1-46:7

***** Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Prayer for my father the Rev David Mumford please.
Dear Philothea (souls who love God)
      Please pray for my father, The Rev. David Mumford. He had a cataract removed from is left eye but the doctor made a huge mistake! The lens broke in his eye. He was on the table for 1 1/2 hours. My father told me that the Doc was asking the nurse for advice while he was doing the surgery! My father was then taken to hospital for a second surgery to have the rest of his lens removed. His eye my sister tells me looks really bad. Please pray that the eye will heal in readiness for the third surgery to insert a new lens and that there is no permanent damage. Right now he is now blind in his left eye! I really thank you for your healing prayers for my dad. Please pray for the French Doctor who did this, for the medical inquiry on Monday and for the lady before my fathers surgery who had the exact same thing happen to her. Thank you so much for your prayers.
      I thank God for the Doctors and nurse of this country...
      Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another,
God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011
From: Edgar LaCombe
Subject: Prayers for Patty Beauharnios's Mother, Judy Layo
Torre and Jean,
      Would you please place Patty Beauharnios' mother, Judy Layo on your prayer list? (Patty attends Christ & St. John's in Champlain and is in the process of completing her studies for the diaconate with Canon Christopher and Fr. Joel) Judy had a host of medical issues, including low lung function. However, she recently took a bad spell and has been in Fletcher - Allen Hospital in Burlington for a week. She had surgery last for a long standing and very serious gastrointestinal problem. Because of her low lung capacity, they couldn't undertake the lengthier surgery need to really attempt to correct it. Instead, she had a two hour surgery to provide her some relief.
      To complicate matters, Judy developed a blood clot in her lungs (apparently unrelated to the surgery), which is a break off from a much larger clot in one of her legs and has been placed in the ICU. Upon further tests, they then discovered that Judy has a spot on her liver and other medical factors pointing to possible advanced cancer. Unfortunately, they can't address the potential cancer threat until they resolve the issue with the blood clots. Of course, her compromised lungs fairly much limit what they can do surgically.
      Needless to say, this is a very difficult time for Patty, Judy and the family. Patty specifically asked to have her mother put on the prayer lists.
Thanks!
Y.I.C.J.,
Fr. Ed

***** Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Belfast trip
      Tom and I are recently back from the St. Patrick's Day trip to Belfast. We had great weather (sunny, but cold) and enjoyed all the activities that Bishop Harold and his team had planned for us. A highlight was the Titanic tour with Chris Bennett and I was so excited to see the BBC article! Chris said that I should send you a picture of the Titanic Building which was just a hole in the ground when you saw it last year. It's about halfway built right now. I'm attaching a few pictures if you care to look at them.
Thanks, Torrre. Jeanne




Albany Intercessor

Thursday, March 24, 2011

 

3/24/2011, #85, 1st Quarter 2011

for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; (Romans 2:13)
      Father, help us to be doers of your word and not hearers only (see James 1:22).

      Holy Spirit, give us in this diocese ears to hear your word spoken to us.

      Jesus, you are the living word, help us daily hearken to you and your words to us. Thank you.

Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Jeremiah 4:9-10,19-28; Romans 2:12-24; John 5:19-29
Friday: 95 & 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Jeremiah 5:1-9; Romans 2:25-3:18; John 5:30-47

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Essential One Hundred Challenge
            The Bible reading plan people love to complete
            
Scripture Union's Bible Reading Method™
Pray: before you read, asking God to help you understand.
Read: the Bible passage for the day, perhaps more than once.
Reflect: on the passage. Write your thoughts in a journal.
Apply: what God teaches you from His Word to your life.
Pray: again, asking God to help you live out His Word.

The Story of Joseph
#14 The Brothers Return      Genesis 43:1-44:34

***** Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Prayers please for my father
      Please pray for my father The Rev. David Mumford. He had cataract surgery, successful on the first eye, but on Monday the surgery went very wrong. He was on the table, awake for 1 1/2 hours as they tried to get the now broken lenses out... no luck. He was admitted into hospital where another surgery was performed. The eye has to heal before they can attempt to put another lens in the eye. He will not be able to drive for fly or carry out his amazing hobby of building scratch built model boats (152 so far). Please pray for the healing of his eye. Please pray for the Doctor who damaged his eye. There is a full medical inquiry on Monday.
      Lynn and I were going to have a vacation with my parents over here but he cannot fly now.
      Please pray for a miracle for my father. Thank you so much.
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another,
God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** Welcome Home Initiative Closing
March 30 @10:45am
      The public is invited to join us for the Closing Ceremony for our Welcome Home Retreat Veterans.
      Our guest speaker is: Major General (retired) Bob Dees. We invite everyone to show their appreciation and support to our veterans!
      Welcome them Home! A time to say Thank you! We have over 20 men and woman attending this retreat next week!
      Ceremony will be held in the CtK Chapel. Lunch is available for a nominal fee after the program.

***** March 28-30 Pray for the Welcome Home Initiative Retreat
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: WHI honored at Camp Smith
Press Release:
      The Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) was honored by the Army, the New York National Guard and the Army Reserves at Camp Smith Tuesday 15th March. Col. Eric Olsen presented the team a plaque and thanked us for the work we are doing for combat veterans. We then were given lunch and a tour of the new building. A huge three story facility. We also prayed at the Spiritual Fitness Center where troops are helped spiritually pre-deployment and post-deployment. Names of those who lost their lives last week were read, with a ringing of the bell.
      Fr. Mumford has finished his third book, it is now in the editing stages. Post Trauma Healing, After the Trauma, Another Battle Begins. Hopefully it will be published by May 2011.
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another,
God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
Proverbs 1: 1-7a
      The proverbs of Solomon, David's son who was king of Israel, given to grasp wisdom and discipline, to understand deep thoughts, to acquire the discipline of wise behavior—righteousness and justice and fairness—--to give insight to gullible people, to give knowledge and foresight to the young—a wise person will listen and continue to learn, and an understanding person will gain direction—to understand a proverb and a cclever saying, the words of wise people and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
      Lord, we pray for Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. We pray that You continue to send them wisdom and that they continue to exercise discipline in their lives of ministry in Peru. May their ministry always be full of righteousness, justice and fairness as they give insight and knowledge and spiritual insight to the people of Peru. May they continue to learn and gain direction from You as they live in awe and reverence of You, that reverence being the beginning of knowledge.
      We also pray Lord for a final resolution to the visa issue, for guidance as the Mudges plan for Lydia's start at college and the trip to the USA for that purpose, for continuing progress in on-line education. As always, we pray for the relationships and spiritual protection of all missionaries and diocesan team members in Peru and for their ministries, finances, resources and priorities. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

 

3/23/2011, #84, 1st Quarter 2011

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please help us come before you and acknowledge all our sins and offenses against you. Help us make a good confession and receive your forgiveness. Move our hearts to true and lasting repentance so that we too can say, "Such I was, but I am that no longer. I have been justified in the name of our Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Thank you."

Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Jeremiah 3:6-18; Romans 1:28-2:11; John 5:1-18
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Jeremiah 4:9-10,19-28; Romans 2:12-24; John 5:19-29

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Essential One Hundred Challenge
            The Bible reading plan people love to complete
            
Scripture Union's Bible Reading Method™
Pray: before you read, asking God to help you understand.
Read: the Bible passage for the day, perhaps more than once.
Reflect: on the passage. Write your thoughts in a journal.
Apply: what God teaches you from His Word to your life.
Pray: again, asking God to help you live out His Word.

The Story of Joseph
#13 Ten Brothers Go to Egypt      Genesis 42:1-38

***** March 28-30 Pray for the Welcome Home Initiative Retreat
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: WHI honored at Camp Smith
Press Release:
      The Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) was honored by the Army, the New York National Guard and the Army Reserves at Camp Smith Tuesday 15th March. Col. Eric Olsen presented the team a plaque and thanked us for the work we are doing for combat veterans. We then were given lunch and a tour of the new building. A huge three story facility. We also prayed at the Spiritual Fitness Center where troops are helped spiritually pre-deployment and post-deployment. Names of those who lost their lives last week were read, with a ringing of the bell.
      Fr. Mumford has finished his third book, it is now in the editing stages. Post Trauma Healing, After the Trauma, Another Battle Begins. Hopefully it will be published by May 2011.
Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another,
God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
Proverbs 1: 1-7a
      The proverbs of Solomon, David's son who was king of Israel, given to grasp wisdom and discipline, to understand deep thoughts, to acquire the discipline of wise behavior—righteousness and justice and fairness—--to give insight to gullible people, to give knowledge and foresight to the young—a wise person will listen and continue to learn, and an understanding person will gain direction—to understand a proverb and a cclever saying, the words of wise people and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
      Lord, we pray for Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. We pray that You continue to send them wisdom and that they continue to exercise discipline in their lives of ministry in Peru. May their ministry always be full of righteousness, justice and fairness as they give insight and knowledge and spiritual insight to the people of Peru. May they continue to learn and gain direction from You as they live in awe and reverence of You, that reverence being the beginning of knowledge.
      We also pray Lord for a final resolution to the visa issue, for guidance as the Mudges plan for Lydia's start at college and the trip to the USA for that purpose, for continuing progress in on-line education. As always, we pray for the relationships and spiritual protection of all missionaries and diocesan team members in Peru and for their ministries, finances, resources and priorities. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

 

3/22/2011, #83, 1st Quarter 2011

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, (Romans 1:16a)
      Holy Spirit, set us free from shame about sharing the gospel with others.

for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, (Romans 1:16b)
      Holy Father, let the power of your Holy Spirit come into our words and deeds.

for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16c)
      Jesus, thank you for making a way for the Gentiles to come to your father and ours.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17)
      Father, the only righteousness we have comes by faith in the blood of Jesus. Help us go from strength to strength in that faith. Thank you.

Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Jeremiah 2:1-13; Romans 1:16-25; John 4:43-54
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Jeremiah 3:6-18; Romans 1:28-2:11; John 5:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Essential One Hundred Challenge
            The Bible reading plan people love to complete
            
Scripture Union's Bible Reading Method™
Pray: before you read, asking God to help you understand.
Read: the Bible passage for the day, perhaps more than once.
Reflect: on the passage. Write your thoughts in a journal.
Apply: what God teaches you from His Word to your life.
Pray: again, asking God to help you live out His Word.

The Story of Joseph
#12 Prison and a Promotion      Genesis 39:1-41:57

***** March 28-30 Pray for the Welcome Home Initiative Retreat

***** Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011
From: Chris Bennett, chris@the-dock.org
Subject: Titanic fame at last
Hi everyone
Bit of a celeb day today!
      Up early this morning for a live interview on Good Morning Ulster. (You can hear the interview - complete with slight Dalek-style vocal effects - starting at about 1:52:20 into the programme here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00z2lmm/Good_Morning_Ulster_21_03_2011/)
      Then a phone call from the BBC asking for a mugshot - they were writing the text of the interview into an article for the BBC website. (You can find the mugshot - and the article - here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12804637)
      What a great day of publicity for The Dock! Hopefully just one more sign that the vision is catching - exciting times!
      As always you can catch up with all the latest news at www.the-dock.org - including:
      - a visit to the boat beside the woman with the hoop: http://www.thedockchurch.org/blog/?p=1796
      - further adventures in living the Shared Medley: http://www.thedockchurch.org/blog/?p=1751
      - some great links to brilliant, creative, local initiatives: http://www.thedockchurch.org/blog/?p=1783
      ...and loads more!
      Don't forget you can connect with The Dock every week by joining us at 3:33pm at the Odyssey Streat for the Dock Walk - or join us as we Meet The Neighbours at the Arc Apartments from 11-1 on the first Saturday of every month.
      Off now to sign some autographs and greet my adoring fans. It's a heady thing, this celebrity...
Be well, Chris

Albany Intercessor

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