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Thursday, June 30, 2011

 

6/30/2011, #88, 2nd Quarter 2011

Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. (Philippians 4:1)
      Lord Jesus, help each of us know in our hearts that we are beloved by you.

I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. (Philippians 4:2)
      Holy Spirit, help each of us know our responsibility for making peace within the Body of Christ.

And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. (Philippians 4:3)
      Father, bless the Sisters of St. Mary and the Daughters of the King in their ministry of prayer and intercession for the diocese. Raise up many more vocations to this life of prayer and intercession.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
      Father, help each of us daily make this choice.

      A word received 8/12/09: Rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5)
      Jesus, thank you for standing by us; help us have your gentleness and compassion for one another.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6)
      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. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and he shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret -- it only causes harm. (Psalm 37:18 )

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
      Father, thank you for the peace you give us -- help us receive it and rest in your arms.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 )
      Holy Spirit, give us grace to restrict what we view on TV or the Web.

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)
      Jesus, help us put into practice the things you have been teaching us. Thank you.

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:10-13)
      Holy Spirit, help us reach out to our brothers and sisters with your love and compassion. Help us learn to be content with what you supply.

A word received: Pray without ceasing.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; 1 Samuel 13:5-18 Acts 8:26-40 Luke 23:13-25
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); 1 Samuel 13:19-14:15 Acts 9:1-9 Luke 23:26-31

      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.

Paul to the Churches
#84 Rejoice in the Lord      Philippians 4:2-9

***** Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
From: An intercessor for the diocese in Aftrica
Subject: Praying for Bp. Love
      Very aware of the need to pray for Bp. Love since I saw the news of NY's vote to allow SSMs, and especially since all the other Episcopal bishops in the State are strongly for this action, and have already started making statements about allowing their priests to officiate a and bless SSMs...
      Was reminded of my compilation of Scriptural prayers for Anglican leaders http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2007/02/15/praying-the-scriptures-for-our-anglican-leaders/ and have been praying some of these passages today for +Bill. I'm particularly reminded of the occasion I met Bp. Bill at New Wineskins in 2007, and how in one of the evening sessions there was prayer for the Lord to release / stir up gifts of the Holy Spirit for various people in frontline ministry. There was a word that the Lord was wanting to anoint Bp. Bill with boldness. Maybe for such a time as this.... May God give him supernatural wisdom & grace in this very difficult time.
      blessings

      Eph 6: 19-20 is the primary passage I've been led to use in praying for Bp. Bill the past two days! I love how God works across oceans and time zones to unite the hearts of His people!

***** Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
Diocesan Update - Albany Teen Leadership Adventure to Northern Ireland, Jun 29 - Jul 9
      The team gathered together today [Wednesday, June 29] at 12:30 pm at St. George’s Clifton Park to drive to Newark Liberty International Airport for a 9:20 pm red eye flight directly to Belfast Northern Ireland. They made it to the airport, through security are boarding as we speak.
      I just got off the Phone with Rev. Scott Garno. The team is on the plane and already having a great time and being evangelists. A young woman is traveling alone to Belfast on the same flight. The team of girls befriended her, encouraged her and made her part of the team (at least for the duration of the flight). The team has about thirty team shirts to give out over the course of their trip and Emily Steckline gave out the first shirt to this young woman. Fr.Scott also reported that as the entire team is wearing their team t-shirts, many people in the airport are stiking up conversations and the team has had several opportunities to talk about their mission and Jesus Christ. So the trip is starting off extremely well.
      Tomorrow the team meets with their hosts with the Diocese of Down and Dromore and gets ready for Summer madness.
      The purpose of these updates is to let you know how the team is doing, what adventures the team is embarking upon and what prayer requests the team has. Though this update is written by me, Rev. Rob Longbottom, the rest of the updates will be written by Rev. Scott Garno and forwarded along by me.
      Prayer requests: A safe flight from Newark to Belfast, team cohesion, that the team acclimates itself to the six hour time difference, that the transformative power of the Holy Spirit would be present with the team at the Summer Madness festival, Pray for Rev. Scott Garno who had complications (infection) from hernia surgery he had six weeks ago. He is doing well, but pray for no infection flare ups while in Northern Ireland. Also pray for continued opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ with anyone and everyone.
Please pray for each of our team members by name as well

Brittany Bala
Rev. Scott Garno
Sarah Garno
Abigail Hampson
Allyssa Hampson
Erin Hampson
C.C. Harding
Diana Hart
Schuyler Keimer
Rev. Lorrie Lyons
Elizabeth Simerman
Hannah Sive
Emily Steckline
Iris White

In Christ, Fr. Rob Longbottom+”

***** ***** Please pray for Intercessor Betty Kukenberger of Christ Church Cooperstown. She has been transferred to Otsego Manor, a rehabilitation center in Cooperstown. It was found that some of the food she has been eating has gone into her esophagus and that is probably causing the pneumonia. Please pray that this pattern can be reversed.

***** Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
From: Mother Anne Curtin
Subject: Dan's Surgery and stuff
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Please pray for Dan's knee surgery tomorrow for no complications and quick healing. Its in the hospital but its not overnight. Thanks Blessings Anne

***** Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011
From: Doris Wood
Subject: Wed. update
Hello,
      First of all. Mom will be med-evacuated from Hilo on Saturday. Specifics are unknown but it will happen. She will flown on a stretcher/gurney with medical personnel. An ambulance will take her Hilo Hospital to the airport where she will loaded on the plane and we will be flown to Albany where an ambulance will transport her to St. Peter's Hospital. I doubt if we will be in Albany until Sunday.
      Mom had 2 units of blood today as her blood count was very low. Not unusual for breaking a hip and having the ball replaced. Her spirits are good. Pain is not too bad unless she moves. She was getting out of bed this pm but I had to leave to take care of some details. I am doing what I can to help her. Since she has iv's in both arms she has trouble eating. Yes, I am taking care of that. I will get her either a milk shake or ice cream before I go back to the hospital. I'll send another update when I can.
      Lorraine

***** Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
From: Christ Church Schenectady
Subject: Christ Church E News June 29, 2011
Heaven’s Song is here tomorrow! [Today, June 30th]
      Thursday, June 30, at 7:00 pm to hear Heaven’s Song (the youth choir from First Baptist Church in Walton, NY). This group of young people, under the direction of Jenny Bartlett (Dave Carlson’s sister) will be finishing up a 10-day tour with their last concert being here at Christ Church. They have a wide variety of musical numbers, both sacred and contemporary. Don’t miss this evening of choral worship and praise! We will take a love offering which will go entirely to the choir to offset their expenses.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

 

6/29/2011, #87, 2nd Quarter 2011

Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see him, because he had heard many things about him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by him. (Luke 23:8 )
      Lord Jesus Christ, help us rightly answer the question you asked: "But what did you go out to see?" (See Matthew 11:9) Help us come to you seeking more than Herod did: he sought some kind of magic trick to entertain him. Help us come to you because you are Lord and Christ and we desire to walk in your ways.

Then he questioned him with many words, but he answered him nothing. (Luke 23:9)
      Father, please help us come to Jesus on his terms and not as Herod did: on Herod's terms.

And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. (Luke 23:10)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts and minds of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to turn to Jesus.

Then Herod, with his men of war, treated him with contempt and mocked him, arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him back to Pilate. (Luke 23:11)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who have mocked you, that your Holy Spirit will soften their hearts.

That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other. (Luke 23:12)
      Holy Spirit, help us examine the basis for our friendships and repent of those that are in opposition to you. Thank you.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 1 Samuel 12:1-6,16-25 Acts 8:14-25 Luke 23:1-12
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; 1 Samuel 13:5-18 Acts 8:26-40 Luke 23:13-25

      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.

Paul to the Churches
#83 The Armor of God      Ephesians 6:10-20

***** Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Lake Luzerne
      PRAYER TABLE REPORT, (St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne, Sat., June 25, 2011 at 11:45-noon in front of Parish Hall prior to our weekly Community Luncheon. Sunny, warm after heavy morning rainfall.)
      Note: Every one of the Prayer Table sessions, no matter whether it is set up on a busy Schenectady Street or outside a Warren County mountain church, is different. Sometimes many people come for a minute or two, sometimes one person comes and stays for 10 minutes. Today was one of the latter for this table at Lake Luzerne. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)
      a--denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
      a--EDITH -- A regular visitor to the table, Edith today had a two-fold request. First, she wanted to give the Lord thanks for prayers answered: her brother ROBERT, sister GRACE and her friend (private, no name) have all had great recent medical reports in their respective battles against cancer. Then she asked for healing for her shoulder, which is giving her great pain and causing her to lose a lot of needed sleep every night.
      (No one else came for prayer, but many walked by and nodded or indicated in some other way that they were glad to see the table there.)

***** Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
From: Doris Wood
Subject: latest news
      We are trying to make arrangements to airlift Mom back to aLBANY(St. Peter's). If we can arrange it we will be back by Thursday or Friday. Mom is doing very well but I think she'd be better to be flown home on a gurney with medical personnel instead of sitting on a plane for hours and hours. I am sure Dr. Czajka will approve of the medical airlift.
      I'll keep you posted as I can. I am going to get her a BIG coffee from McDonald's before I go back to the hospital.
      LJ

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

 

6/28/2011, #86, 2nd Quarter 2011

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 1 Samuel 12:1-6,16-25 Acts 8:14-25 Luke 23:1-12
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; 1 Samuel 13:5-18 Acts 8:26-40 Luke 23:13-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Intercessor Betty Kukenberger of Christ Church Cooperstown who is in hospital with a very serious case of pneumonia.

***** 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.

Paul to the Churches
#83 The Armor of God      Ephesians 6:10-20

***** Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
From: Mary Pasko
Subject: Up date on my niece.
      Hello Prayer Warriors.
      The doctor believes he knows what is causing my niece's illness. They started medicine and it has started working for Tricia. She is home now and is doing "Outpatient" treatment. She has decided to go to a Moravian church. I was told she had gone to it over the last year.
      The Trinity is working in her. Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
      Please continue to pray for a full recovery for Tricia, and for John, Ben & Nona.
      God bless you for your devotion to prayer.
Mary P.

***** Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Prayer Table Report,
      Dear Torre and Jean, We are starting a prayer table at the Cathedral on Thursday afternoons @ 12:30PM. I ordered crosses from Dennis in NC. I was wondering about the prayer table reports. Would it be a burden to report to you with the list of intercessions? [Torre: No burden at all! ]
      We would love for you to come and visit sometime. Sue

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
From: George Newell
Subject: Please pray
Hi Everyone,
      David McClay has been interviewed for Spotlight tonight regarding the recent interface violence and the interview will be a part of tonight's show and he is also now on the panel live where he will answer questions.
      Please pray that David will have wisdom and Godly insight to answer questions tonight as he speaks out not only for the Christian voice in our community but also the silent voice that lives in fear of the paramilitaries . Also pray for God's protection on the family, Rectory and church as this show goes out.
Thanks, George

***** Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
From: Doris Wood
Subject: Status of MOM
      Mom fell in Hawaii yesterday. Not her fault as the workers were washing out a kitchen in a pavilion. The soapy water was pouring out over the walkway and mom stepped in the water and fell. She went down very hard and immediately said,"I broke my hip." The walkway was uneven under the water and there was no way to know that. We got 911 to respond and they loaded her in the ambulance and took her to Hilo, 1.5 hour drive, where there was an orthopedist. After being in the ER for about 10 hours the orthopedist was finally able to see her. They scheduled surgery for ASAP. Surgery started at @10PM AND FINISHED AT 11:30pm. tHE SURGEON WAS VERY PLEASED WITH BOTH mOM AND how she handled things. I saw her in recovery and she was talking. I finally returned to the Hotel to get some sleep. Phone rang @ 4AM and I was awake. Went to the hospital @ 5:15 and she was awake and lucid. I told her to get some sleep and that I would be back later. I have lots to take care of.
      Mom's now a true bionic woman. Artificail knees, a new shiny ball and many other. She told the Dr that she was a "ball buster'.
      i WILL KEEP YOU POSTED AS i CAN SINCE i DO nOT have internet unless I go to McdONALD'S to use theirs.

***** Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Prayers please
      I have just spent time with the Rev. Louise and Butch at the OSL N. American conference in San Diego CA. I have just received this prayer request from them in regard to the fires in Los Alamos:
Dear Nigel,
      We are evacuated, and in a hotel in Albuquerque. Our family is also down here and everyone is safe. We didn't get home, as the evacuation order came through before we got there. The fire grew very rapidly, and is now at least 50,000 acres. The ski areas have burned. It is still 4 miles away from town, but moving quickly. It has jumped onto the lab property, but was contained. All the hazardous materials are secured.
      This one is more scary than the one we fled from 11 years ago. It is moving very fast. Most importantly, however, is that everyone is safe. We are grateful to God for that. If you have never been a displaced person, it is a very strange feeling. At the moment, we have no address, we get no mail, we have no home phone, because we can't go there. We have no idea how long we will be away, or if we will have a home to go back to. We have done this before, and we will do it now. We draw strength from God. We appreciate your prayers.
Blessings to all of you, Louise

***** Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
From: Carol Lukas
Subject: please pray
Hi Torre and Jean,
      We are praying for both of you and hope that you are both having some pain relief.
      Please add the following to your prayers:
      For Greg, Randy’s brother. He had surgery to remove a tumor from his kidney 6/15. Then he ended up back in hospital last week bc he was having problems with his lungs/breathing. He is home now and doing a bit better.
      For Jeff. He has stage 4 lung cancer. He is awaiting test results which will hopefully make him a candidate for surgery to remove the tumor.
Thanksgivings:
      For the graduation of Meredith Lukas this past weekend. She graduated with honors as valedictorian. Praise God that we had good weather and a wonderful celebration of her accomplishments!
      Also for all the graduating seniors, congratulations on your achievements as well!
      For the birth of Olivia Allard on 6/24/11. Thank you Jesus that she is safely here and that she and mom and dad are all home.
Thanks Torre.
Blessings, Carol Lukas

***** Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
From: Nayef Durham
Subject: Prayer requested
Torre,
      Just in case this got missed, Lois Bauer, an prayer intercessor from Trinity Gouv. is in the hospital with pneumonia! Keep her and her daughter Linda in prayer.
IHS,
Gary Durham
St. James, Au Sable Forks

***** Torre: The Orthopedic doctor drew out 33cc of blood and fluid yesterday, Monday. Now I can drive again and was able to go to work today.

Albany Intercessor

 

6/28/2011, #85, 2nd Quarter 2011

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
      Holy Spirit, help us walk in your ways.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:17)
      Lord Jesus, there is a war going on in us: help us daily choose to walk with your Holy Spirit.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18 )
      Father, when we share the gospel with others, keep us from putting under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
      Jesus, we have done so many of these things; help us repent of them and return to you.

      Holy Spirit, help us recognize the cost of practicing any of these works of the flesh.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
      Lord, bring each of us to the place where we daily practice this fruit in our family, our work place, our parish, and our community.

And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)
      Jesus, help us crucify all these passions and desires.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)
      Father, help us live and walk in your Holy Spirit.

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:26)
      LORD, bring your peace to our parishes and communities.

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; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints--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, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
      Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; 1 Samuel 11:1-15 Acts 8:1-13 Luke 22:63-71
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 1 Samuel 12:1-6,16-25 Acts 8:14-25 Luke 23:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Intercessor Betty Kukenberger of Christ Church Cooperstown who is in hospital with a very serious case of pneumonia.

***** 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.

Paul to the Churches
#82 The Fruit of the Spirit      Galatians 5:16-6:10

***** Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011
From: Donna Steckline
Subject: prayers
Dear Family in Christ,
      Please pray for my brother Bob (53 years old). At my son's graduation on Sat., I learned that my eldest brother had just had brain surgery to remove a tumor. We do not have details beyond this at this point.
      Please pray especially for his wife Roxanne, children Russell, Kaitlyn and Richard; and for my parents Jack and Ann and the rest of our family. Thank you so much. God Bless you. FHS, Donna Steckline+

*****

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011
From: Ray Villegas, City Life of Youth for Christ
Finishing Strong.
Dear Family and Friends who pray for me:
      I've crossed several finish lines this year.
      One of them was literally the finish line for the Lake Placid Marathon. Through training and perseverance, I finished that race strong. For me this finish line represented a commitment to exercise balance in the area of physical fitness.
      Another figurative finish line, is one that has to do with the 2nd most important relationship in my life: my marriage relationship. Yesterday, we crossed the finish line of our 12 year anniversary. For me, this finish line represents a commitment to being a faithful husband and to fulfilling my vow to love one woman deeply. Sarah and I are happily married.
      There are other finish lines I've crossed: important projects or relationships that are completed or are at deeper, richer place (i.e. my relationship with my sons Jaden and Reuel).
      I believe that it is because of you who pray, that God is enabling me to cross these finish lines. I want you to know how much I appreciate the time that you take out to talk to the Father on my behalf. It is so important for my work with urban youth, that they see that a person from the hood can grow and experience a healthy balanced life in Christ.
      With that in mind, I am about to cross another finish line. June 30th marks the end of our fiscal year at Youth for Christ. I have just a few days left to finish raising the money it takes to carry on the ministry. Please join me in asking the Father to help me cross this finish line strong. He knows the amount I need. We all know the mission must go on. I covet your prayers.
For the kids,
Ray

Albany Intercessor

Monday, June 27, 2011

 

6/27/2011, #84, 2nd Quarter 2011

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
      Lord, please help me walk according to your Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
      Lord Jesus, I was a captive to sin and death and you have set me free. Thank you.

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, (Romans 8:3)
      Father, thank you for sending your son to rescue me.

that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:4)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for letting me know that I have been set free.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)
      Holy Father, help us daily set our minds on the things of your Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)
      Jesus, set your church free from being carnally minded.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. (Romans 8:7)
      Jesus, set us free from the false teaching that says, "We can have it all: the things of the flesh and a right relationship with you."

So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:8 )
      Father, please help us please you.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. (Romans 8:9)
      Holy Spirit, baptize the church in this diocese so that we have Christ in our hearts and minds.

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10)
      Christ, come into me day by day.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11)
      Holy Spirit, keep me in this new life day by day.

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors--not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. (Romans 8:12)
      Thank you for cancelling the debt of sin, Jesus. Thank you for your cross.

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)
      Jesus, bring your church to clarity about the nature of the choice that is before us.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Romans 8:14)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for leading me into son-ship with the Father.

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." (Romans 8:15)
      Father, thank you for adopting me.

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (Romans 8:16)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for bearing witness to me: that I am a child of God.

and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:17)
      Jesus, thank you for the hope of glory you have given me.

A word received: Turn to me. Leave your agenda behind. Keep turning to me.

A word received: Prepare the hearts of my people: draw them to my word.

Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; 1 Samuel 10:17-27 Acts 7:44-8:1a Luke 22:52-62
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; 1 Samuel 11:1-15 Acts 8:1-13 Luke 22:63-71

      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.

Paul to the Churches
#80 More Than Conquerors      Romans 8:1-391

***** Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford
Subject: Thank you all SO much.
      The prayer coverage was SO powerful for energy to finish the North American Order of St. Luke conference. Thank you all so much. I even had some to spare TB2G. Blessings you'all! [2 be read in a southern accent]!!!! We fly home tomorrow from LAX.

***** Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford
Subject: Please pray
      My father, The Rev David Mumford is having surgery rt now to repair the botched eye surgery a few months ago. Please pray that this will restore his eyesight. Thank you all so much. He is having a general. Fr. NM+

***** Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Mission prayer mail, for 27 June 2011
Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.
One week to go. Wow.
Thanksgivings, during this past week:
      1) We had a great celebration in our honor at La Ascensión, this morning. Great service. We are appreciative of the nice comments said about us by the clergy of the parish, including the Rector of the seminary. Gifts were exchanged.
      2) It has been an awesome time with the Holy Spirit in the past several weeks.
      3) Praise God that logistical things are coming together for our departure next Sunday.
Prayers, for this coming week:
      1) Service at the Cathedral on Sunday.
      2) Please keep in prayer our luggage, packing, book arrangements and apartment matters over the next week.
      3) We gear up for Lydia´s going to college in August. We ask your prayers for meeting her driver´s license requirements, and for our getting things ready for college.
      4) Prayers for safe and timely travel as we go back and forth over several states in the next few weeks.
      Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.
God bless you. In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.
Missionaries of the Diocese of Albany.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, June 25, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell, Fr. Neal Longe and Mark Pasko

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

+Ron (weeping) -- restoration of his marriage

Torre -- His right knee is swollen and painful.

Mark -- for Tricia for restoration of her mind

+Debra and +Paula (regulars) -- We prayed for their families and they prayed for Torre.

The Bus Driver -- slowed and honked and waved

+Florence and +Hadia (she just graduated for Schenectady High School) "I've been wanting one of these crosses. They don't sell them in the stores."

+Geneva (young woman)

++++Florence and Hadia came back to get four more crosses for the children at home.

+Melinda -- for my grandmother Ann who passed away.

James (wearing a Dennis Adams cross) -- He asked prayer for his mother Clementine.

+Shereef (young man) -- "For my son Jayden who was born last week."

+Ryan -- "That things will go well in my new apartment."

+James -- "For my children and grandchildren that they will turn to God" After we prayed for him he said, "I've got tears in my eyes."

 

6/25/2011, #82, 2nd Quarter 2011

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me. " (Luke 22: 19)
      Jesus, along with the dying thief I have asked you to remember me; now I am asking that by your Holy Spirit you will help me remember you. Thank you for being broken for me; thank you for breaking into my life.

Likewise he also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22: 20)
      Jesus, thank you for pouring out your life-blood for me.

But behold, the hand of my betrayer is with me on the table. (Luke 22: 21)
      Jesus, I have betrayed your trust in me so many times; please help me, as you did Peter, to return to you. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1 Acts 7:30-43 Luke 22:39-51
Sunday: 118 * 145; 1 Samuel 10:1-16 Rom. 4:13-25 Matthew 21:23-32
HC: 69:1-18 or 69:7-10,16-18; Jeremiah 20:7-13; Romans 5:15b-19; Matthew 10:(16-23)24-33

      Notes from the Front Line

[From Torre: I am in a lot of pain. My knee swelled up again yesterday.]

Albany Intercessor

Friday, June 24, 2011

 

6/24/2011, #81, 2nd Quarter 2011

"For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?" (Luke 23:31)
      Jesus, please help us recognize our capacity for sin.

There were also two others, criminals, led with him to be put to death. (Luke 23:32)
      For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP)
      "Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also." (Hebrews 13:3)
      Lord, in your mercy remember Shane, Lori, Renee, Annie, Bobby, and Ed.

And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. (Luke 23:33)
      Thank you, Jesus for what you were willing to endure to set us free from sin and death.


Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided his garments and cast lots. (Luke 23:34)
      Lord, you were stripped of everything -- even your cloths so that you could fulfill all that was written about you in the Scriptures. Please help us remember your sacrifice for us.

And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ, the chosen of God." (Luke 23:35)
      Lord, so many of the rich and powerful still hold you and your little ones in contempt. Help us reverence all your people.

The soldiers also mocked him, coming and offering him sour wine, (Luke 23:36)
      Holy Spirit, help all those whose job it is to guard prisoners and those on parole to have your compassion for them.

and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself." (Luke 23:37)
      Father, you asked your son to endure this for our sakes. Thank you.

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

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Luke 23:39-42)
      Jesus, remember me; hold me in your arms. Thank you.

And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43)
      Lord, I live in the hope that your promises give me.

A word received: Pray my people will turn to me.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 1 Samuel 9:1-14 Acts 7:17-29 Luke 22:31-38
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1 Acts 7:30-43 Luke 22:39-51

      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 Travels of Paul
#80 The Trip to Rome      Acts 25:1-28:31

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011
From: Ivan Durneen
Subject: Please pray
Prayer request from David
Hi,
      David McClay [Rector of Willowfield parish in Belfast] has asked if you could include in your prayer requests the young people connected with the youth programs that they will not be caught up in the rioting in the local streets.
Thank you.
Kind Regards, Gary
Gary Harkness
CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR
      Please pray that our young people will not be caught up in the current unrest and that our Lord will soften hearts and give wisdom to those leaders who are trying to resolve matters to restore peace in areas where trouble has flared up.
Regards, Ivan

***** Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011
From: chris@the-dock.org
Subject: Dock Prayer Team Unite! [In Belfast, Northern Ireland]
Hi all
      Another update from the World of Dock, in the middle of a Very Big Week for the whole project.
      On Friday evening we're hosting a very posh dinner at the Drawing Offices to launch the Dock Business Plan. There will be senior politicians, influential business leaders and top-level clergy in attendance, and this is our big chance to share the vision of the Dock and ask for support - not just financial but in terms of influence and endorsement. The launch of the Business Plan is also the launch of our fundraising campaign towards the purchase of the boat - so in the coming weeks we'll be following up on the dinner by asking for contributions from all sorts of trusts, government bodies and individuals.
      So it's all a pretty big deal! - and it's the kind of corporate world where I still feel very much like a beginner. So I would hugely appreciate al your prayers for the event - for the practical details, for the welcome and connections between all these powerful people, for wisdom, passion and clarity as I share the vision, for receptive hearers, and for genuine action (and not just good intentions) to spring from the event.
      And your prayers would be appreciated also for the follow-up. I don't feel very confident asking for money, it's not something I've had a lot of practise at! But I really believe that The Dock vision has a future, and so it will need support over the coming months if it is to become reality.
      And in the midst of all that, all your continuing prayers for Susan's health and mine would be greatly appreciated as well.
      Thanks Prayer Warriors!
Chris http://www.thedockchurch.org/

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, June 23, 2011

 

6/23/2011, #80, 2nd Quarter 2011

Now it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice. (1 Samuel 8:1-3)
      Lord Jesus, we pray for the judges of this land: that just will not be perverted.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations." (1 Samuel 8:4-5)
      Holy Spirit, help us repent of trying to be like the peoples around us.

But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day--with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods--so they are doing to you also. Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them." (1 Samuel 8:6-9)
      Holy Father, please help us recognize they depth of sin we commit when we desire to be like others around us. Help us faithfully walk in your ways. Thank you.

      A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

      A word received 6/25/2009: Pray for the President.
      Pray for my work in his heart and mind.
      Pray for wise and godly counselors for him.
      Pray for wisdom in the storm.
      Pray that he will look to me rather than opinion polls.
      Pray for my word to lodge in his heart.


A word received: Pray that there will be justice and mercy in this land. Pray for the poor and needy -- that others will have compassion on them. Pray for those who are rich in this world's goods that they remember those in need.

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 1 Samuel 8:1-22 Acts 6:15-7:16 Luke 22:24-30
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 1 Samuel 9:1-14 Acts 7:17-29 Luke 22:31-38

      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 Travels of Paul
#79 More Missionary Journeys      Acts 16:1-20:38

***** Pray for peace in Belfast and Northern Ireland: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-13880044

***** Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
      The Bishop’s Address to the 143rd Convention of the Diocese of Albany is available online at http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/download/BpLove143-address.pdf
      The 3rd Quarter (July 1 - September) 2011 Diocese of Albany Intercessory Prayer List is attached as a Word Document and will be available Thursday on the website as a PDF.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

 

6/22/2011, #79, 2nd Quarter 2011

Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (Acts 15:6-10)
      Holy Spirit, show us where we are putting any needless yoke on new (or old) believers who come to Jesus. It is by grace that we have been saved and not by how perfectly we keep the law. (See Ephesians 2:5)

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they." (Acts 15:11)
       [Grace is getting the good we don't deserve; mercy is not getting the bad we do deserve.] Thank you, Jesus, that at the foot of your cross the ground is level -- we all come to you needing your grace and mercy.

Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. (Acts 15:12)
      Father, please help us share with one another the miracles and wonders you have worked among us.

And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, "Men and brethren, listen to me: Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: 'After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.' "Known to God from eternity are all His works. Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath." (Acts 15:13-21)
      Jesus, thank you for the wisdom you gave James in this matter. Anoint and guide Bishop Bill, Bishop Dan and Bishop David, and all your apostolic witnesses who come among us.

Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren. They wrote this, letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings. Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, "You must be circumcised and keep the law"--to whom we gave no such commandment--it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell. (Acts 15:22-29)
      Holy Spirit, please help us keep the moral law and commandments. Thank you for setting us free from the burden of the ritual law. Thank you.

A word received: Don't be afraid. I AM with you.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 1 Samuel 7:2-17 Acts 6:1-15 Luke 22:14-23
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 1 Samuel 8:1-22 Acts 6:15-7:16 Luke 22:24-30

      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 Travels of Paul
#78 The Council at Jerusalem      Acts 15:1-41

***** Check out this seatbelt commercial: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/02/05/video-the-most-beautiful-seatbelt-advocacy-commercial-ever/

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

 

6/21/2011, #78, 2nd Quarter 2011

In my distress I cried to the LORD, And he heard me. (Psalm 120:1)
      LORD, thank you for hearing us when we cry out to you.

Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue. (Psalm 120:2)
      Holy Spirit, let truth with love be spoken throughout this diocese.

What shall be given to you, or what shall be done to you, you false tongue? (Psalm 120:3)
      Lord Jesus Christ, set our parishes free of malicious gossip.

Sharp arrows of the warrior, with coals of the broom tree! (Psalm 120:4)
      Father, pierce our consciences with your word.

Woe is me, that I dwell in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! (Psalm 120:5)
      Lord, set us free from all that would harm us and cause us to sin.

My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. (Psalm 120:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us choose our friendships wisely.

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. (Psalm 120:7)
      Holy Trinity, one God, bring us into the unity and peace that you know and show forth. Thank you.

A word received: I rejoice when my people praise me. I rejoice when they come to me as children to a father who loves them.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 1 Samuel 6:1-16 Acts 5:27-42 Luke 21:37-22:13
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 1 Samuel 7:2-17 Acts 6:1-15 Luke 22:14-23

      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 Travels of Paul
#77 The First Missionary Journey      Acts 13:1-14:28

***** Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Mission prayer mail, for 21 June 2011
Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week. Happy longest/shortest day of the year (depending on your hemisphere of residence), and the start of summer/winter (also depending on your hemisphere of residence).
Thanksgivings, during this past week:
      1) Julie Mudge and I had a great anniversary celebration, and we enjoyed celebrating Lydia´s graduation at the same time.
      2) Lydia has graduated high school, and is in the process of saying good-bye to folks like her who are being launched across the globe.
      Highlights of graduation can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdYYklMw_y4
      (8 minutes along. It takes a while to load.)
      3) We are winding down here in preparation for our travel to the US. Less than two weeks to go. I can not believe it. We leave behind seeds that have been planted. Things done for our Lord.
      4) I enjoyed Father´s Day. Great conversations with friends and family.
Prayers, for this coming week:
      1) We have a Chapter meeting at the Cathedral on Tuesday evening, and we have a closing out celebration scheduled at La Ascension in Surco on Sunday.
      2) Please keep in prayer our luggage, packing, book arrangements and apartment matters over the next few weeks. Things are going smoothly, but still a ways to go.
      Your prayers make a difference, and I pray for you daily.
God bless you. In Christ,
Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia.
Missionaries of the Diocese of Albany.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, June 20, 2011

 

6/20/2011, #77, 2nd Quarter 2011

Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." (Acts 9:10)
      Lord, help us to be disciples like Ananias who hear you calling and respond immediately. Lord, teach us to hear you.

So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying." (Acts 9:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear and follow your instructions.

"And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight." (Acts 9:12)
      Father, let it come to pass in our day that you will pour out your Spirit on all flesh. Have our sons and daughters prophesy, our old men and women dream dreams, and our young men and women see visions. Pour out your Spirit in our day on all who serve you and show your wonders in the heaves and in the earth. Thank you. (See Joel 2:28-30)

Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem." (Acts 9:13)
      Jesus, thank you that we can bring our fears to you!

"And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name." (Acts 9:14)
      Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts to speak to those who have authority over us.

But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel." (Acts 9:15)
      Lord Jesus, choose many among us to go and bear your name before those who do not know you, those in authority, and those in your church.

"For I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake." (Acts 9:16)
      Thank you, Jesus, that Paul was willing to go forward, knowing what he was to suffer. Give us such steadfast courage.

And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 9:17)
      Holy Father, help us reach forth our hands in blessing as Ananias did and receive those you have chose as our brothers and sisters. Thank you.

Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. (Acts 9:18 )
      Holy Spirit, please give sight to all those who are blinded by hardness of heart or bigotry. Empower our ministry to all whom you send us to. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my Sabbath rest for my people. Pray that my people will find their rest in me.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 1 Samuel 5:1-12 Acts 5:12-26 Luke 21:29-36
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 1 Samuel 6:1-16 Acts 5:27-42 Luke 21:37-22:13

      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 Travels of Paul
#76 The Road to Damascus      Acts 9:1-31

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, June 19, 2011

 

6/19/2011, #76, 2nd Quarter 2011

Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. (Psalm 69:1)
      LORD, do not let me be swept away by the flood waters of sin and death.

I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. (Psalm 69:2)
      Jesus, even though I am passing through deep waters, I know that you are with me and will not alow me to be swept away. Thank you. (See Isaiah 43:2)

I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God. (Psalm 69:3)
      Lord, make haste to help me; make speed to save me.

Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully; though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it. (Psalm 69:4)
      O God, put on me and the clergy and people of this diocese your full armor: put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

O God, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from you. (Psalm 69:5)
      Let not those who wait for you, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek you be confounded because of me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)

Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. (Psalm 69:)7
      Father, I turn to you and choose to rest in your arms, knowing that youlove me and have sent your son Jesus to die for me and rescue me. Thank you.

I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children; (Psalm 69:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for giving me a church family.

Because zeal for your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. (Psalm 69:9)
      Jesus, give us your passion for your church and your people. Help us to endure any reproach, knowing that you are there with us.

A word received: Keep your eyes on me.

Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 1 Samuel 4:12-22 James 1:1-18 Matthew 19:23-30
Trinity Sunday; 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Ecclus. 43:1-12(27-33); Ephesians 4:1-16; John 1:1-18
HC: 150 or Canticle 2;      Genesis 1:1-2:3; 2 Corinthians 13:(5-10)11-14 or 13; Matthew 28:16-20
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 1 Samuel 5:1-12 Acts 5:12-26 Luke 21:29-36

      Notes from the Front Line





Albany Intercessor

Saturday, June 18, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 18, 2011, 9:25 - 10:40 a.m. Bob Baker, Mark Pasko and Torre Bissell

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

+Troy (young man on his way to work, looked for bottles in the corner trash can)

+Correl -- "a place to stay" We prayed that Jesus who knew what it meant not to have a place to lay his head would help Correl find a place to stay.

+Frank (a communicant of St. Joseph's R. C. Church) He saw all the people at Refreshing Springs Church for the funeral yesterday of the young man who was shot to death. We prayed for protection for the youth of the community.

Bobby (on the bus waved to us)

Torre -- healing of kidneys, heart, and for knee replacement.

+Chandel (teenage girl) -- We prayed for her family and for protection.

+Mike -- "For my grandmother Tomastina who is in a nursing home and hear the end of her life" We prayed that she would be surround by God's angels and witnesses. We prayed for comfort for Mike and his family.

+Will and +Simon his young daughter -- "Bills." We prayed for the Father's provision for Will.

+Dwayne (young man) -- "For my mother Melody." We prayed he would grow into the man the son of God is calling him to be.

+Paula (regular) -- "hip, for my sister Patricia in Virginia who is not doing well, and all my kids."

+Charles -- for his nephew Jaiden who is sick.

+Ram, and his two boys +Alvin and +Arvin -- "I am a Hindu."

+Peter (young man) -- We prayed for his parents and his family.

John (Paula's husband, above) -- We prayed for Father's Day blessing and healing of his legs.

+Uncle Ted (a fixture on the street)

+Tony -- He knelt on the sidewalk in front of the prayer table while he waited his turn for prayer.

+Harry and +Darcel

+Naymir (young man)

+Richard asked prayer for his son and then gave his life to Jesus for the first time and asked for and accepted forgiveness of his sins.

+Troy -- He reported that he is still walking with the Lord.

Eric -- He is a pastor at the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.

 

6/18/2011, #75, 2nd Quarter 2011

"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
      Holy Spirit, set us free from all cultural and religious relativism and syncretism, and help us faithfully acknowledge that it is only through Jesus that we can be saved.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
      Jesus, move among the laity of this diocese and give all who walk with you boldness to be faithful witnesses to the truth of the gospel.

And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. (Acts 4:14)
      Father, empower our witness to Jesus by the signs and wonders and healing that you work among us by your Holy Spirit.

But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, "What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name." So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. (Acts 4:15-18 )
      Lord Jesus, do not let us be intimidated by those in authority who would stop us from sharing the full gospel. Thank you.

But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." (Acts 4:19-20)
      Holy Spirit, strengthen our resolve to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified and risen from the dead, and strengthen our determination to share this good news.

So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed. (Acts 4:21-22)
      Father, it is not a theory that we proclaim, but it is our experience of Jesus Christ and his saving work in our lives that gives us the power to proclaim him.

And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, you are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against his Christ.' "For truly against your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. (Acts 4:23-28 )
      Lord Jesus, accomplish your full purpose among us.

"Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus." (Acts 4:29-30)
      Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to us your servants that with all boldness we may speak your word, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)
      Holy Spirit, shake us, sift us, and fill us anew so that we speak the word of God with boldness.

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. (Acts 4:32)
      Jesus, bring us to one heart and one mind in you.

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:33)
      Jesus, bless the witness of Bishops Bill Love, Dan Herzog, David Ball, Dave Bena, Harold Miller, and Mike Chapman to your resurrection so that your great grace may be upon all of us. Thank you.

We cry out to you, Lord Jesus Christ:
      You are the way, the truth, and the life.
Please teach us where we are currently in ignorance,
      That we may know your truth and abide in it.
Show us where we are stumbling in the darkness,
      And guide us back into your way.
Establish us in the life of your Spirit
      That we correctly discern the true from the false;
And guard us from all false teaching
      And knowledge that would be hurtful to us.
Father, defend us evermore
      Through your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank you.
(Bishop Westcott revised)


A word received: Cry out to me for my lost sheep who have wandered away.

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 1 Samuel 4:1b-11 Acts 4:32-5:11 Luke 21:20-28
Eve of Trinity Sunday; -- * 104; Ecclus. 42:15-25; Ephesians 3:14-21
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 1 Samuel 4:12-22 James 1:1-18 Matthew 19:23-30
Trinity Sunday; 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Ecclus. 43:1-12(27-33); Ephesians 4:1-16; John 1:1-18
HC: 150 or Canticle 2;      Genesis 1:1-2:3; 2 Corinthians 13:(5-10)11-14 or 13; Matthew 28:16-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** [Note from Torre: I saw the orthopedic surgeon yesterday and he said that my right knee is "bone on bone" and that I need a knee replacement. However he is unwilling to do any surgery until the issues with my heart and kidneys have been resolved. Please pray that these issues will be quickly resolved and that I will be able to get the needed medical appointments so that I can have the surgery.]

*****       Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer Request
Dear Torre and Jean,
      Please add this to your prayer list on behalf of Mother Donna Arnold. Blessings, Beth Strickland
      I’d like to request prayers from the diocese for my sister. Her name is Debra Wheeler and she lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Debbie is only 56 years old. A couple of weeks ago I learned that they were suspicious that she was suffering from a rare form of dementia that strikes younger people. Yesterday it was confirmed. She has frontal lobe dementia and I believe it progresses rather aggressively.
Donna+

***** Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:10:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: jeannegizara@aol.com
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
So Eli said to Samuel, "Go back and lie down. When he calls you say, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went back and lay down in his place. (1Samuel 3:9)
      Lord, your servants, Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge, are asking that you speak clearly to them. They ask for a word of knowledge, an inflooding of Jesus' presence and his certainty about what path to take as part of the next phase of their ministry. Just as Samuel said, "Here I am, Lord", so the Mudges are in your presence awaiting their orders. Let them hear You calling them in the night. Paraphrasing a favorite song, "They will go, Lord, if You lead them. They will hold Your people in their hearts." Let Your Holy Spirit guide them into the next chapter of their work for You.
      And be with them, Lord, as they deal with all the minutiae of leaving Peru and coming back to the U.S. Guide them as they make arrangements for packing and luggage and apartment matters and donating books and book shelves to Bishop Michael Chapman's ministry in Peru.
      And Lord, we ask special prayers for Lydia Mudge as she graduates from high school and gets ready for college. Thank You for the part that she played in the Mudges' Ministry in Lima, Peru. Amen.

***** Give Dad gift of forgiveness on Father's Day By DIANE CAMERON
First published in print: Saturday, June 19, 2010
      In the book, "Alcoholics Anonymous," Bill Wilson wrote, "Resentment is the number one offender." You might expect the founder of AA to say that booze or too much drinking was the big problem. But no, Wilson, 20th-century self-made philosopher and self-made alcoholic, knew better.
      He continued in the same paragraph, "From resentment flows all forms of spiritual disease."
      Most of us know that, but it's hard to get unstuck when a good, juicy resentment takes hold of you, so I like this pithier saying: "Holding a resentment is like setting yourself on fire and hoping the other person dies of smoke inhalation."
      Resentment as a topic as Father's Day approaches? But of course.
      All of us had fathers. And with today's social changes -- divorce and remarriage -- some of us have two or more, so there's plenty of fuel for those fires. Our parents disappoint us and we, in our turn, disappoint our children. In some families the injuries are bad: Fathers may abuse, abandon, deprive or neglect. What do you do when you smell the smoke?
      The antidote to resentment is, of course, forgiveness. Perhaps that will be the theme for some sermons tomorrow and surely a forgiveness story will show up on the Hallmark Channel as well. But life is not a made-for-TV movie, so how do you save yourself from the heat of resentment?
      I had to extinguish a fiery resentment that I carried for years about my father. When I was young, my dad worked many hours, traveled a lot, left us with my mother, who was ill, and then died young.
      I had a big box of matches and I struck them all over myself. I had this idea that I just didn't get what I needed from my father. More than one therapist agreed that my "issues" did indeed come from that deprivation. That intellectual understanding helped me to a certain degree but it also functioned as dry tinder for my favorite fire.
      Then a few years ago on a retreat, I was telling my story and the retreat leader gave me a surprising bit of redirection.
      I was telling her how my dad had maybe given me 30 to 40 percent of what I needed as a kid and, well, poor me and bad him.
      "Well, yes," the retreat leader said, "He may have only given you 40 percent percent of what you needed but what if 40 percent was all he had?" (He was a man whose parents died when he was young. He had grown up in poverty and he'd never been given a minute of emotional resource he could rely on).
      "So, she continued, "when your dad gave you that 40 percent, he was really giving you 100 percent of what he had."
      It was like a bucket of cold water poured on my head.
      A proverb says: "A father is a son's first hero and a daughter's first love." And human nature says that a father is likely to be a son or daughter's first disappointment.
      To forgive does not mean to pardon, it means to let go. Jesus, another great teacher, said, "Forgive them for they know not what they do." In his language, Aramaic, he used the word shaw for forgive; shaw means "to untie."
      So if you have tied yourself to a resentment that is pulling you down -- or if like me you set yourself on fire with victim-approved matches -- untie yourself. Forgive your father and free yourself.
      Forgiveness makes a great Father's Day gift. You give it to yourself.
Diane Cameron is a Capital Region writer. Her e-mail address is dcameron6@nycap.rr.com.

***** Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: a thank you
Hello Torre:
      It was so good seeing you and Jean and praying with you at Convention!
      Could you please put this small blurb in your daily prayer/scripture letter someday soon? I want to thank all who sent money for Brittany:
      The recent "Concert for Brittany" at St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne raised a total of $1,108.57 in contributions toward our church member Brittany Bala's mission trip to Ireland later this month. Thank you so much for helping this bright, cheerful young lady in her efforts to be a witness for Christ in Ireland. Thank you!!! --- deacon alan hart

Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Update on Bonnie Munro [the sister of Dean Alan]
      I have asked you in the past for prayers for my sister, BONNIE MUNRO, who has been battling ovarian cancer for over two years. I just ask that you continue your prayers in the coming days as she is apparently very near the end of her journey. We have family members taking turns staying with her around the clock now as she has vehemently chosen to end her time in her own home, not in a Hospice center. She sleeps about 22 hours a day now and the end appears near. Please know ... she is at peace with the Lord and knows He has his hand on her. Bonnie is not a church-goer but very much a believer. (In fact, we were baptized together in 1955 by immersion in our Baptist church as young kids.) God bless you and thank you for your prayers for her.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, June 17, 2011

 

6/17/2011, #74, 2nd Quarter 2011

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:36)
      Holy Spirit, help us confront the reality of our sin so that we may truly repent.

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37)
      Jesus, move the hearts of all those you are calling to yourself today to ask that question of your witnesses: "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"

Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38 )
      Help each of us, Father, know what to say that will point people to Jesus.

"For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:39)
      Lord, we pray that all of our children and grandchildren will receive this promise of new life in you.

And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." (Acts 2:40)
      Lord Jesus, save your people from the hands of this perverse generation.

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (Acts 2:41)
      Holy Father, help all of us receive your word with joy and gladness.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)
      Jesus, please help us continue steadfastly in the apostolic teaching and doctrine, in the fellowship of your Holy Spirit, in the breaking of bread, and in prayer.

Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. (Acts 2:43)
      Jesus, work your signs and wonders among us, and give us eyes to see what you are doing and ears to hear what your are saying.

Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. (Acts 2:44-45)
      Holy Spirit, bless our common life together and help us support and help one another as there is any need.

So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, (Acts 2:46)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to a steady participation in the life of prayer and breaking of bread in your church. Bring us to gladness and simplicity of heart and of life.

praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47)
      Father, fill our hearts and your church with the praise of you and your son and your Holy Spirit. Add to our numbers daily those who are being saved. Thank you.

A word received: Don't be afraid.

Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 1 Samuel 3:1-21 Acts 2:37-47 Luke 21:5-19
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 1 Samuel 4:1b-11 Acts 4:32-5:11 Luke 21:20-28

      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 Church Is Born
#75 Good News for All      Acts 10:1-11:18

*****       On Friday, June 17 at 7 pm, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Sarah Metcalf. The preacher will be Fr. Darius Mojalalli
      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! If you have never been to one of these services please plan to attend if you are available. These services are always a powerful time with the Lord and we promise you will be blessed!

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