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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

 

8/31/2011, #63, 3rd Quarter 2011

For in you, O LORD, I hope; (Psalm 38:15a)
      LORD, you are my hope and my strength.

You will hear, O Lord my God. (Psalm 38:15b)
      Jesus, I depend on you, I wait on you. Thank you for hearing me.

For I said, "Hear me, lest they rejoice over me, lest, when my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me." (Psalm 38:16)
      Jesus, you are my rock. Please keep my feet steady on you.

For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me. (Psalm 38:17)
      Father, you know my sins -- none can be hidden from you -- cover me and wash me in the blood of Jesus. Thank you.

For I will declare my iniquity; I will be in anguish over my sin. (Psalm 38:18 )
      Holy Spirit, please help me make a good confession of my sins and be set free of them.

But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; and those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied. (Psalm 38:19)
      Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! (Psalm 38:21-22)

A word received: Pray for the children that they will hear my word.

Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; 1 Kings 9:24-10:13 James 3:1-12 Mark 15:1-11
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; 1 Kings 11:1-13 James 3:13-4:12 Mark 15:12-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 31 For all Sunday School Teachers
      The Rev’d Michael Neufeld


***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011
Subject: Pray for St. James Church, AuSable Forks and Parish Family
Dear Family and Friends,
      We are also called to pray for St. James Church, AuSable Forks and Rev'd. Patti Johnson. As many are recovering from Hurricane Irene, and we see so much focus on the south or on the cities, let us not forget those who are in small communities or in out of the way places that are so easily forgotten about or looked over. St. James Church, and it Parish Families and the community of AuSable has also suffered at the hand of this storm. Please join me in prayer for them and for all those who may not have made the National News but are still in need of our prayers and support. May we simply give Thanks to God that the suffering and damage felt was not worse than what we can bear. Amen.

***** Labor Day Weekend Retreat "To Be a Pilgrim Today"
September 2-5 2011 (Beginning on Friday at Vespers and ending after dinner on Monday)
      The Rev'd Dr. Arnold Klukas, Professor of Liturgics and Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Seminary, will lead a three-day, traditional silent retreat entitled "To Be Pilgrim Today" over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5, 2011, at the convent.
      As a teacher of classic Christian spiritual direction and formation, Dr. Klukas will offer meditations on the disciplines of prayeras the foundation of spiritual development, using pilgrimage as the theme for the Christian's progress in spiritual growth.
      Silence and interior prayer are an important foundation for active ministry. Join the sisters and their Associates in this opportunity to refresh and refocus before the resumption of the busy-ness of the fall season.
      Suggested Donation for the Three Day Retreat: $250.
      CSM Associates' Discount: $209
      Commuter Rate (Meals and Speaker): $175
      For more information, see the posting on our website or call the convent at (518 ) 692-3028. Space is limited, so register soon by calling (518 ) 692-3028 or by e-mailing Mother Miriam.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

 

8/30/2011, #62, 3rd Quarter 2011

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? (James 2:14)
      Lord Jesus, let our faith find its fruit in good works.

If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, (James 2:15)
      Lord, open our eyes to those in need around us.

and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? (James 2:16)
      Holy Spirit, set us free from empty words.

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:17)
      Holy Father, prune away our dead faith and bring forth the fruit of your Holy Spirit in works of faith.

But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18 )
      Jesus, let our lives shine forth by works done in faith and trust in you.

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe--and tremble! (James 2:19)
      Lord Jesus, bring us to a robust faith that gets us outside our church doors and into our communities and the wider world in works of faith.

But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us repent of that kind of piety which never reaches out in faith and is content with itself.

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? (James 2:21)
      Father, thank you for Abraham's deeds done in faith. Help us to go forth at your word as he did. Help us to be children of Abraham by works done in faith.

Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? (James 2:22)
      Jesus, please bring us to maturity and perfection in our faith and works.

And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God. (James 2:23)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to that righteousness that comes from doing the Father's will for us be deeds of faith.

You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. (James 2:24)
      Jesus, bring us to the justification that comes from woks done by faith in you.

Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? (James 2:25)
      Holy Spirit, help me to remember that every prostitute I meet at the prayer table can become a Rahab by faith in Jesus.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26)
      Father, prune away the dead wood in our lives and bring forth the fruit of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me. Look to me day by day. I AM your redeemer and the one who rescues you.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; 1 Kings 8:65-9:9 James 2:14-26 Mark 14:66-72
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; 1 Kings 9:24-10:13 James 3:1-12 Mark 15:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 30 St. Paul’s, Kinderhook – The Rev’d Karl Griswold-Kuhn

***** Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Concert
Torre -- please pray
      1) that those who don’t know Him will come to Jesus
      2) that we are blessed by donations to help rebuild St. Paul’s garage that collapsed under snow and 3) for good weather for Wednesday night - St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenwich is hosting a concert in Mowry Park, next door to the church -- August 31- 7pm (rain date 9/1) featuring Fr. Marty Wendell & Friends -- Rockabilly and Oldies singer, songwriter and recording artist (and priest) -- and Eastbound Jesus -- Country/Bluegrass/ Northern Rock -- current Champions of SPAC Battle of the Bands. Voluntary offering will be collected. Bring a chair and a friend.
Blessings, Beth Strickland

***** Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011
From: Christine Hales
Subject: Bristol Blog
Hello Everyone!
      We are going to Boston tomorrow to see our new grand daughter. Can't wait! Here is the link to our Blog for august - hope you enjoy it!
      Love to hear from you too! Lots of love, Christine and Michael
      Just click here: http://wp.me/pWdrx-5E

***** Special Bulletin from the St. Andrew's Haiti Mission Partnership http://www.stashaitipartners.org/

"Rhythms of Hope--Working in Harmony to Help Haiti--Action H2O" scheduled for tomorrow, August 30, has been rescheduled for the first week in November.
For more information on the new date please visit: http://www.rhythmsofhope.org/?page_id=36

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011
From: Ronnie'O
Subject: Prayer Request
A few Prayer Requests in tonight; the first from Hilary, and the other three came in from the website via Hugh!
Ronnie,
      Please ask the prayer chain to pray for Ben and Gita’s family in Nepal. Ben’s mother took a heart attack last night on her way to speak at a conference in East Nepal. She has now been admitted to hospital in Kathmandu – the same hospital where Stephen Hammerton was a patient when he was taken ill in Nepal. Please pray for her that she makes a complete recovery, and for the whole family at this anxious time.
Many thanks Hilary McClay

Details of Prayer Request: I am currently unemployed,and I have attended a few job interviews. I am looking for employment, and would like prayer that I find a suitable job soon. Ronan Nevin

Details of Prayer Request: Jock; Miserable after his best friend's death. Lifelong atheism of several decades no longer making sense of things.

Details of Prayer Request: Mr X-alcohol addiction. Wife and young child at home. Prayer for insight into his addiction and the courage to change........ Prayer for good support from others.....

Albany Intercessor

Monday, August 29, 2011

 

8/29/2011, #61, 3rd Quarter 2011

And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes. (Mark 14:53)
      Lord Jesus, even now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have got it turned around: they think it is their job to judge you and your word, when in fact you will come to be our judge. Have mercy on us, Lord!

But Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire. (Mark 14:54)
      Jesus, so many of your people and leaders of your church follow you at a distance. Warm their hearts with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but found none. (Mark 14:55)
      Holy Spirit, have mercy on us and turn your church around.

For many bore false witness against him, but their testimonies did not agree. (Mark 14:56)
      Father, many fear false witness against your son in our day, have mercy on us.

Then some rose up and bore false witness against him, saying, "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.'" But not even then did their testimony agree. (Mark 14:57-59)
      Holy Spirit, give to all of us the hope of Jesus' resurrection and victory over sin and death.

And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, "Do you answer nothing? What is it these men testify against you?" (Mark 14:60)
      Holy Spirit, give us this same freedom that Jesus had -- he did not need to answer his accusers.

But he kept silent and answered nothing. (Mark 14:61a)
      Lord Jesus, please help us know when it is time to speak and when it is time to be silent. (See Ecclesiastes 3:1,7b)

Again the high priest asked him, saying to him, "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" (Mark 14:61b)
      Jesus, thank you for Peter's confession that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Though Peter is currently hiding in the courtyard to see what will happen, later he will be empowered by your Holy Spirit to give his testimony. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit so that we can confess you as well.

Jesus said, "I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." (Mark 14:62)
      Father, restore to your people a true and lively faith that Jesus is the Christ and that we shall see him coming with power on that last day.

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?" And they all condemned him to be deserving of death. (Mark 14:63-64)
      Jesus, even now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church condemn you because of your witness. Have mercy on your people and lead them into the truth.

Then some began to spit on him, and to blindfold him, and to beat him, and to say to him, "Prophesy!" And the officers struck him with the palms of their hands. (Mark 14:65)
      Lord Jesus Christ, even now bring to repentance those who revile you and your faithful people. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your sure defense. Keep your eyes on me.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; 2 Chron. 6:32-7:7 James 2:1-13 Mark 14:53-65
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; 1 Kings 8:65-9:9 James 2:14-26 Mark 14:66-72

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 29 Mother Miriam, CSM
      Holy Spirit, raise up more vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, August 28, 2011

 

8/28/2011, #60, 3rd Quarter 2011

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." (Matthew 16:24)
      Jesus, please help us learn to deny ourselves. We are immersed in a culture ove over-indulgence; have mercy on us and help us daily follow you, carrying our cross.

"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matthew 16:25)
      Holy Spirit, please ehlp us daily find ourselves in Jesus.

"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)
      Jesus, you are my security, not my house or my car or my savings. Help me to count everything rubbish that I may gain you and be found in you. (See Philippians 3:8 )

"For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each according to his works." (Matthew 16:27)
      Father, help me each day to do works of faith and of righteousness. Thank you.

A word received: You are held in the palm of my hand. I will not drop you.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; 1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40) 1 Tim. 4:7b-16 John 8:47-59
HC: 26 or 26:1-8; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:21-27
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; 2 Chron. 6:32-7:7 James 2:1-13 Mark 14:53-65

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 28 For vigor in all the Sunday Schools of the Diocese

***** Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011
From: Deacon Alan Hart
PRAYER TABLE REPORT, St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne, (Sat., Aug. 27, 2011, 11:30 a.m.-noon in front of Parish Hall prior to our weekly Saturday Community Luncheon. Beautiful, sunny day. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

t--denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a--denotes anointed with Holy Oil.

GENERAL PRAYER -- At the start of the Table, I first prayed aloud that the East Coast would have lives spared and hardships limited to bare minimum as the expected hurricane Irene approached us all. I prayed especially for God to spare the people of Hadley-Lake Luzerne-Corinth, who already suffered extensive damage to their homes in April with flooding of the Hudson.

a,t -- CHRIS (woman) -- Asked for prayer for her good friend KEITHA, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this week. Prayed for her to be at peace and to have courage. (She does not plan on anything heroic as the disease is advanced. Her husband died of cancer recently.) Prayed for strength for Chris as well.

a-- EDITH -- A regular at the Table. She came for prayers of thanksgiving because her fight with arthritis has improved and she has not needed medicine as often as she did. Also gave thanks for recent good reports of health on her brother ROBERT and sister GRACE, who have both been fighting cancer.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, August 27, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 27, 2011, 9:20 - 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell, Karen B., and Mark Pasko

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

+Mark (man) -- "My marriage." His wife Terri has just gone through major surgery.

+Joe -- A broken relationship with his girlfriend Cindy.

Mark -- Asked prayer for Pat, a woman he met at the bus stop yesterday (see below).

+Millie -- "I have Hepatitis C and my mother just passed away."

+Joe -- He drove up and parked in front of us with +Rose. He asked prayer that his "cancer would be in remission". He said he used to take care of Fr. Hio when Fr. Hio was at Northwoods.

Debra (regular) -- Her friend Irene asked for prayer. Debra asked prayer for Miss Mary and Mr. Willie. Mr. Willie was rushed to the ER last night with his blood sugar out of control. Debra also asked prayer for her family in NYC and in Virginia for protection from the hurricane.

Connie -- her grandmother is slowly dying of Alzheimer's disease. We prayed that Jesus would take her grandmother in his arms.

William -- "for everyone to stay alive."

Jaime -- He asked prayer for "everything". We prayed the Lord would "sock it to him."

+Sali (young man) -- "I'm so tired."

Bill (regular) -- We prayed that he wouldn't have any more seizures.

+Harold (young man) -- He was just coming from a job fair. We prayed that he would find good work.

Anthony (already had a cross) -- He asked prayer "for a friend getting married today."

Pat (a very distressed woman)

+Shawn -- He asked prayer for his new baby daughter named Mahogany.

+Marcel and +Theodore (son)

+Vinquente -- He asked prayer for a job and for restoration of his family.

+Katrina (young woman) -- "For this storm that everyone will be safe."

+Chris (young man)
+yaailah (young man) -- for healing
+Baki (young man)

Travis (young man) -- "For health and peace.'

+Paula (regular) -- She asked prayer for her family in New York City and in New Jersey that are in the path of the hurricane.

 

8/27/2011, #59, 3rd Quarter 2011

So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening. And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved. So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers, (Acts 28:23-25)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear what the prophets are saying to us in our generation.

saying, 'Go to this people and say: (Acts 28:26a)
      Holy Spirit, give us hearts that are willing to go to your people and speak your word.

"Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; (Acts 28:26b)
      Lord Jesus, our hearing has grown dull -- have mercy upon us.

And seeing you will see, and not perceive; (Acts 28:26c)
      Father, we have become spiritually blind -- have mercy on us.

For the hearts of this people have grown dull. their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, (Acts 28:27a)
      Lord Jesus Christ, bring us to such a repentance of our sins and an immersion in your Holy Spirit that our ears and eyes are opened to your word and truth.

Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them."' (Acts 28:27b
      Father, we hope in your word to us: "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

"Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!" (Acts 28:28 )
      Jesus, please help us receive this mighty salvation you have sent to us and give us ears to hear it. Thank you.

      ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men; We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.BCP

A word received: Keep turning to me. Keep praying for my protecting hand.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21 Acts 28:17-31 Mark 14:43-52
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; 1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40) 1 Tim. 4:7b-16 John 8:47-59
HC: 26 or 26:1-8; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:21-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 27 St. Timothy's Church, Westford - The Rev'd Roy Vandermark, The Rev'd Faye Vandermark
      The Rev'd Mary "Vicky" Hunter


***** Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me delight. (Psalm 16:11)
      Father God, we pray for Father Shaw and Mother Julie as you lead them in the path of their lives. May they experience that absolute joy and delight in your presence. May Lydia have a happy birthday at Gordon College and we pray this verse for her freshman year. Lead her in the path of life, Lord. May she experience that absolute joy and delight in your presence. Amen.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011
From: Ronnie'O
Subject: Website - Prayer Request
These Two requests have come in via the church web-site
      Details of Prayer Request: Please pray for the Praise Gathering choir, which is having its first rehersal on Mon 29th Aug in the Ulster Temple. the Choir will be singing in the Waterfront on the 8th Oct. Please pray for the preparations for this event and that God will be Glorified in all that is said and done. Pray for unity in the choir as its made up of many different people from all over N I and Scotland, that together they will sing Praise to Our God. Please pray that the tickets will sell and that all who attend or who are involved in any way,will be richly Blessed. Thank you.
      Details of Prayer Request: Please pray for Rebecca, who is very troubled. She is in a relationship where her boyfriend does not respect her.There are a lot of different problems going on and she is stressed out and finds it impossible to talk about any of them to the Dr. She had stopped going to Church for over a year but has been out a few Sundays recently(thank God). She knows she needs God, but there is just 'a big brick wall' that she doesnt know how to knock down. She has no self esteem and feels worthless. Please pray for the whole situation and also for her friend who feels very inadaquate to deal with this. Thank You. Please also pray for a fella Ian, I dont know where he is or who he is with, but I know he needs God and would just love to know that someone, somewhere is influencing him for good and for God. Thank you again.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, August 26, 2011

 

8/26/2011, #58, 3rd Quarter 2011

Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. (Acts 28:1)
      Thank you, LORD, for all those who escape from shipwreck or other calamity. Give them a due sense of your mercy toward them.

And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. (Acts 28:2)
      Jesus, have mercy on all who are washed up on our shores. You say in your word that there shall be one law for both the native born and the alien among us (Leviticus 24:22). Help us treat the stranger in our midst with the same kindness shown here to Paul and the others.

But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live." (Acts 28:3-4)
      It is true, Lord, that Paul was a murderer, but in his life we see that your mercy triumphed over justice. Have mercy on us who also are sinners and need your help each day.

But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. (Acts 28:5)
      Jesus, thank you for your mercy to Paul and to us.

However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god. (Acts 28:6)
      Father, forgive us when we make wrong judgments about others. Help us see the truth.

In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. (Acts 28:7)
      Holy Spirit, guide us in opening our homes to those in need.

And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. (Acts 28:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us as you did Paul to seize every opportunity to minister healing to the sick and the suffering. We pray for the healing of the wounded warriors and their families at the Welcome Home Initiative in Dayton. Bless the healing ministry throughout the diocese and beyond.

So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. (Acts 28:9)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the ministry of healing you have established among us.

They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary. (Acts 28:10)
      Father, thank you for all the ways you have provided for us; help us provide for the needs of others. Help us show forth your mercy and love to all who are in need. Thank you.

After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days. From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli, where we found brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome. And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. (Acts 28:11-15)
      Lord Jesus, even Paul needed encouragement. Help us reach out to our brethren as these did and encourage those who are in your service. Thank you.

Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him. (Acts 28:16)
      Thank you for the kindness that was shown to Paul as a prisoner. We pray for our intercessors (John, Shane, Frankie, Lori, Amie, Edward, and Bobby) who are in prison or on parole. Jesus, you were a prisoner briefly before your execution and know how terrible it can be in prison. Have mercy on all prisoners.

      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.

      "Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also." Hebrews 13:3

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7 Acts 28:1-16 Mark 14:27-42
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21 Acts 28:17-31 Mark 14:43-52

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 26 Beaver Cross Family Camp Weekend

***** Pray for the Welcome Home Initiative in Dayton, OH.


Albany Intercessor

Thursday, August 25, 2011

 

8/25/2011, #57, 3rd Quarter 2011

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said: (Psalm 18:Preface)
      Jesus, you noted that when the ten lepers were cleansed, only one returned to give thanks. Help us in all things to return to you with thanksgiving on our lips and in our hearts. Help us join with David in singing your praises.

I will love you, O LORD, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)
      LORD, you are enduring strength. Help me to turn to you day by day for your strength and your Holy Spirit.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
      Father, help me daily put on your full armor: 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)

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:3)
      Jesus, I trust you to deliver me from all my enemies and to save me from that last enemy -- death.

The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. (Psalm 18:4)
      Holy Spirit, cleanse my mind and soul and spirit of any fear so that I may turn to Jesus in confidence.

The sorrows of sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. (Psalm 18:5)
      Lord, set me free from the snares of the evil one.

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; he heard my voice from his temple, and my cry came before him, even to his ears. (Psalm 18:6)
      Father, thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you. Thank you for hearing me and using me for your good purposes.

A word received: Let me be your guide today.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; 1 Kings 3:16-28 Acts 27:27-44 Mark 14:12-26
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7 Acts 28:1-16 Mark 14:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 25 St. Paul’s Church, West Middleburgh
      The Rev’d Peter Pierson


***** Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Day one update WHI Dayton.
      Day one went very well. We have a full house. I spoke to the receptionist of athletes in Action and she told me about her husband, a vet! I invited him to come. He is here! Team Dayton are very keen. They want to put on four WHI programs a year modeled on this program. There is great excitement. There is a real sense of expectation and joy but there are also some very wounded souls. Day two starts in two hours. I cannot thank you enough for your prayer coverage. Please pray for a very wounded chaplain who is with us he is in great pain. Please pray especially for this afternoon as that will be the unpacking of memories for the vets. Please pray also as Mary Ellen and Sandra lead the spouses in there healing journey. Today is the meat of the program.
May God bless you as you pray for us.
God bless you, Fr. Nigel


***** News from Christ the King Spiritual Life Center A ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Upcoming Events
Labor Day Weekend Retreat "To Be a Pilgrim Today"
      September 2-5 2011, (Beginning on Friday at Vespers and ending after dinner on Monday)
      The Rev'd Dr. Arnold Klukas, Professor of Liturgics and Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Seminary, will lead a three-day, traditional silent retreat entitled "To Be Pilgrim Today" over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5, 2011, at the convent.
      As a teacher of classic Christian spiritual direction and formation, Dr. Klukas will offer meditations on the disciplines of prayeras the foundation of spiritual development, using pilgrimage as the theme for the Christian's progress in spiritual growth.
      Silence and interior prayer are an important foundation for active ministry. Join the sisters and their Associates in this opportunity to refresh and refocus before the resumption of the busy-ness of the fall season.
      Suggested Donation for the Three Day Retreat: $250.
      CSM Associates' Discount: $209
      Commuter Rate (Meals and Speaker): $175
      For more information, see the posting on our website or call the convent at (518 ) 692-3028. Space is limited, so register soon by calling (518 ) 692-3028 or by e-mailing compunun@aol.com.

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North Country School of Healing Prayer® Levels 1& 2
Level 1: September 11-14
Level 2: October 16-19
At St. Thomas' Church in Tupper Lake
Registration Deadline August 31.
For information and to register: contact Joann Ferris at 315-262-2553 or Fr. Bill Cooper at 315-891-6746

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Taizé Healing Service, Aug. 25th, 7:00pm
Service led by Lilli Ana Henderson; open to everyone.
Held in the healing Center Chapel

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

 

8/24/2011, #56, 3rd Quarter 2011

When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. (Acts 27:13)
      Holy Spirit, we are so often deceived by circumstances that seem favorable; guide us each day on the path you have marked out for us.

But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon. (Acts 27:14)
      Lord Jesus, the tempest is blowing in the Church and in the nation; have mercy on us and shelter us in the shadow of your wings.

So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive. (Acts 27:15)
      Holy Father, protect us when we are blown about by the force of circumstances.

And running under the shelter of an island called Clauda, we secured the skiff with difficulty. (Acts 27:16)
      Jesus, thank you for those times of shelter in the midst of the storm.

When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and so were driven. (Acts 27:17)
      Jesus, help us when we are driven by our fears.

And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship. (Acts 27:18 )
      Jesus, thank you for those times of grace when we are able to let go of things that impact our safety.

On the third day we threw the ship's tackle overboard with our own hands. (Acts 27:19)
      Father, help us turn to you in the midst of the tempest.

Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. (Acts 27:20)
      Jesus, you are our hope and our salvation -- help us keep our eyes on you in the storm. Don't let us be drowned by the fears of others.

But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, "Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss." (Acts 27:21)
      Jesus, the church is incurring disaster and loss because we have not listened to the witness of the apostles.

"And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship." (Acts 27:22)
      Holy Spirit, help us speak true words of encouragement and comfort to others.

"For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.'" (Acts 27:23-24)
      Thank you, LORD, for hearing our prayers when we intercede for one another. Help us hear your witness and know that we are caught up in your larger purposes.

"Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. However, we must run aground on a certain island." (Acts 27:25-26)
      Father, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7); therefore let us take heart as we listen to your word to us. Thank you.

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

Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; 1 Kings 3:1-15 Acts 27:9-26 Mark 14:1-11
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; 1 Kings 3:16-28 Acts 27:27-44 Mark 14:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 24 All Saints, Hoosick -- The Rev’d Gary Strubel

***** Please keep the Deacon's retreat in prayer: For all deacons and their rectors/vicars/priests-in-charge/vestries, the Deacons Retreat is October 14 - 16 at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Please save the date on your calendars. Bishop Love excuses all deacons from all parish duties on those 3 days. The retreat is an opportunity for the Bishop and his deacons to live in community with one another, to worship together, to learn together, to pray for healing together, and to return to their ministries spiritually and physically refreshed.

***** Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, (WHI) Dayton, Ohio.
      Please pray by name for the following who are attending WHI Dayton Ohio this week: Drs Jim and Jean, Dave (doc), Mike, Eric, Rosemary, Kathy, Michael and Rebecca, Dave, Jim, John and Sharen, Dan and Gina, Dave, Jeff and Betsy, Dave and Lois, John and Julie, Aaron and Jennifer, Larry and Saadia, Tom, TC and Cindy, Larry, Bob and Penrod. Noel, Bishop Dave and Mary Ellen, Sandra, Nigel. THANK YOU ALL For you much needed prayer coverage.
God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: WHI Dayton Ohio
      The SLC WHI team are all here. We have team meetings this morning and the veterans arrive this afternoon. I will be giving the keynote address this evening at 7pm. The facility is a civil war orphanage that is now a Christian camp for athletes in action and Joni Ericsson Tarda (sp?). Behind the huge chapel there is a grave yard for over a hundred of the kids who died of diphtheria. The dates on the markers are all very close. There is one larger marker of an 18 year old orphan, called Olive who came back to help the other orphans and also died of diphtheria. These kids all lost there parents in the civil war.. Collateral damage. We are here for the veterans of wars for collateral healing. There is a deep sadness here yet also a huge hope. If you are able please get on your knees and pray for us all: bishop Dave Bena, Mary Ellen Bena, Noel Dawes, Sandra Lester, Captain Eric,the rest of team Dayton and for the incoming veterans. God bless you all, and thank you so very much. I will keep you posted.
God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

 

8/23/2011, #55, 3rd Quarter 2011

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
      Jesus, I come to you for your mercy and grace.

O SING unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things. With his own right hand, and with his holy arm, hath he gotten himself the victory. (Psalm 98:1)
      Thank you, Father, for that you have dome among us and for us. Thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to save us. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to us to bring us to new life in you.

      Jesus, thank you for the cross; thank you for remembering me.

The LORD declared his salvation; his righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the heathen. (Psalm 98:2)
      Thank you, Holy Spirit, for giving us eyes to see and ears to hear.

He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel; and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalm 98:3)
      Thank you, Father, for showing us your mighty works, mercy, and truth.

Show yourselves joyful unto the LORD, all ye lands; sing, rejoice, and give thanks. (Psalm 98:4)
      Jesus, please help us show forth our joy in you by singing, rejoicing, and giving thanks.

Praise the LORD upon the harp; sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving. (Psalm 98:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us sing the songs of the redeemed.

With trumpets also and shawms, O show yourselves joyful before the LORD, the King. (Psalm 98:6)
      Spring forth, O Well, and fill my soul with overflowing praise and song.

Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is the round world, and they that dwell therein. (Psalm 98:7)
      Holy Spirit, let your whole creation give praise to God.

Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the LORD. (Psalm 98:8 )
      Lord, we have see the richness of your creation -- we have see the hillsides covered with flocks. (Psalm 65:13) Thank you.

For he cometh to judge the earth. With righteousness shall he judge the world and the people with equity. (Psalm 98:9)
      Thank you, Jesus, that it will be your righteousness and not our own with which you will judge us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Second Collect at Evening Prayer.
O GOD, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee, we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Third Collect, for Aid against all Perils.
LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

A word received: Pray for my people to be faithful to my word -- to accept the boundaries I have set for them.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; 1 Kings 1:38-2:4 Acts 26:24-27:8 Mark 13:28-37
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; 1 Kings 3:1-15 Acts 27:9-26 Mark 14:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 23 Trinity Church, Watervliet - The Rev’d Martin Wendell, The Rev’d William Tatem

Albany Intercessor

Monday, August 22, 2011

 

8/22/2011, #54, 3rd Quarter 2011

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (Psalm 1:1)
      Holy Father, help us enter into this blessing. Help us daily turn away from ungodly counsel, fellowship with sinners, and scorn of your people.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
      Father, help me delight in your righteous judgments and laws and ponder them in my heart.

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3)
      Jesus, please help me to flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon; plant me in the house of the LORD and let me flourish in the courts of our God. Then I shall bear fruit in old age and shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is not unrighteousness in him. (See Psalm 92:12-15) :Lord, plant me by rivers of living water so that I may bear good fruit for you and your kingdom.

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever -- do not abandon the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:8 )
      A word received: Trust in me for my purposes for you.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; 1 Kings 1:5-31 Acts 26:1-23 Mark 13:14-27
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; 1 Kings 1:38-2:4 Acts 26:24-27:8 Mark 13:28-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 22 The Rev’d Cn. Dr. Mary Chilton

***** Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
For we do not proclaim ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake. For God, who said "Let light shine out of the darkness," is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ. (2Corinthians 4:5-6)
      We thank You Lord for the light of Jesus Christ in the lives of Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. May your light continue to shine through them as they commence new aspects of ministry. Be with Lydia as she starts her studies at Gordon College, and be with Shaw and Julie as they spend this week in Maine. Give them good weather to enjoy your awesome creation of nature. May they have a time of relaxation, reflection and renewing of their spirits, readying themselves for whatever mission You have waiting for them. Whatever they will be doing, Lord, we trust that Jesus will continue to shine in their hearts as they share their glorious knowledge of You in the face of Christ. Amen.

***** From: Linda F. Stevens
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 9:52 AM
Subject: Haiti Event - Please Join us!
The Empire Haiti Coalition invites you to
"ACTION H2O"
AUGUST 30th - 5pm to 10pm
at the Cathedral of All Saints
68 Swan Street, Albany

      St. Andrew's Albany, St. George's Clifton Park; St. John's Troy and the non-profit "To Love a Child" are sponsoring a fun filled evening in support of their clean water project. We ask your help to take action to provide clean drinking water for the people of the high plateau in Haiti. Our mission team has just returned and will be on hand to talk with you about the need to curb the Cholera outbreak.
Action H2O will be an evening filled with fun, food and festivities for your entertainment. Join us for this end of summer party. Music will be supplies by the Latin group Las Manos and the ever popular Agape Singers. Among our honored guests will be Fr. Kesner Ajax, head of the Haiti Partnership. Reservations and tickets are available at our churches as well as on line at http://www.rhythmsofhope.org/ or by calling 518-859-4424.
Linda F. Stevens, Mission Coordinator
St. John's Church, 146 First Street, Troy, NY 12180
Home: 13 Robin Lane, Troy, NY 12180
Home: 518-279-9612
Church: 518-274-5884

*****       Please pray for the upcoming Welcome Home Initiative taking place August 23-25 in Dayton, Ohio.
      Father Nigel Mumford, Bishop Dave and Mary Ellen Bena, Noel Dawes, Sandra Lester and other members of the SLC team are joining WHI alumni Eric and Jayne Chen and their team in Ohio in offering a healing retreat modeled after the Christ the King WHI program to sixteen combat veterans and wives at a retreat center near Dayton. The assembled warriors have seen combat ranging from the Korean War to current Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts.
      Pray for travel mercies for the Team and veterans and that the Lord will even now prepare hearts and souls for the healing He intends for each warrior and for their families. Pray for an abundance of healing grace for each veteran and for a warm welcome by the local community at their closing ceremony on Thursday.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
On behalf of the WHI Team at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, August 21, 2011

 

8/21/2011, #53, 3rd Quarter 2011

"Listen to me, my people; and give ear to me, O my nation: (Isaiah 51:4a)
      Lord Jesus, give us ears to hear you and hearts to respond to you. Turn this nation around.

For law will proceed from me, (Isaiah 51:4b)
      Holy Spirit, guide the congress and the legislatures so that our laws come from the heart of the Father.

And I will make my justice rest as a light of the peoples. (Isaiah 51:4c)
      Father, we have sat in darkness so long -- let the light of Jesus shine forth in this nation and in the Episcopal Church.

My righteousness is near, (Isaiah 51:5a)
      LORD, we long for your righteousness to be shown forth in our lives.

My salvation has gone forth, (Isaiah 51:5b)
      Come, Lord Jesus; come into our hearts and minds throughout this diocese. Help us know that our salvation rests on what you have done and not on what we have done.

And my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands will wait upon me, and on my arm they will trust. (Isaiah 51:5c)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily put our trust in Jesus and what he has done through his cross and resurrection. Thank you.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will not be abolished. (Isaiah 51:6)
      Holy Trinity, one God, it is your righteousness that counts, not ours. Help us repent of going our own way and doing what seems right in our eyes and not yours. Thank you.

      Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. (BCP)

Sunday: 146, 147 111, 112, 113; 2 Samuel 24:1-2,10-25 Gal. 3:23-4:7 John 8:12-20
HC: 138; Isaiah 51:1-6; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; 1 Kings 1:5-31 Acts 26:1-23 Mark 13:14-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 21 For Seminarians and Diaconal Students
      The Rev’d Laura Miller


Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 20, 2011, 9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Mark Pasko and Torre Bissell.

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

+Chris -- asked prayer to stop smoking.

+Julie -- "a place to live"

+Jay (drove up in a car) -- "I don't want to do it my way any more; I want to do it God's way."

Moses (regular) -- "Peace and strength."

The Bus Driver -- slowed, honked, and waved to us.

+hamame (young woman), +Jah'like (son), and +Dam'eoa (very young son)

Mark -- for his relationship with his grandson and that he would not be dragged down by all the bad news on the TV.

+Gendawetew (woman)

+Shawn -- "I'm looking for a job."

+Brian -- "To help me find work."

+Okaya -- We told him he has a father in heaven who loves him. Struggling with illness.

Steve -- We prayed that God will lead him step by step.

+Robert (in a hurry)

+Tenesha (young woman) -- "In need of God's bless and peace."

+Donna -- From Friendship House across the street where they were handing out free clothing.

+Selina

Debra (regular)

Marie (bi-polar street person) -- Needs peace

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, August 20, 2011

 

8/20/2011, #52, 3rd Quarter 2011

Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel: (2 Samuel 23:1)
      Jesus, let our last words be to your honor and glory.

"The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and his word was on my tongue." (2 Samuel 23:2)
      LORD, let your Holy Spirit speak through us, let your word be on our tongue.

"The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: 'He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." (2 Samuel 23:3)
      Jesus, you are my rock -- you do not move or shake. Help me find a firm footing n you, Jesus. Please speak to us.

      Father, raise up rulers over us in the Church and in the nation who will do justice and mercy and rule in fear of you.

"And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, By clear shining after rain.'" (2 Samuel 23:4)
      Holy Spirit, let your tender mercies come upon us: revive us and refresh us with your Holy Spirit; let your light come upon us.

"Although my house is not so with God, yet he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For this is all my salvation and all my desire; will he not make it increase?" (2 Samuel 23:5)
      Father, bring my home and my family into your good order.

"But the sons of rebellion shall all be as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands." (2 Samuel 23:6)
      Jesus, protect us and our family from the sons of rebellion who you shall thrust away.

"But the man who touches them must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they shall be utterly burned with fire in their place. " (2 Samuel 23:7)
      Father, arm us and clothe us with your full armor:
      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)

A word received: Come to me. Let me be your guide.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; 2 Samuel 23:1-17,13-17 Acts 25:13-27 Mark 13:1-13
Sunday: 146, 147 111, 112, 113; 2 Samuel 24:1-2,10-25 Gal. 3:23-4:7 John 8:12-20
HC: 138; Isaiah 51:1-6; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 20 Christ Church, Walton - The Rev’d Sue Cole
The Rev’d Kathryn Boswell


***** Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Prayer Table Report Cathedral of All Saints, Thursday 8-18-11 12:00-12:40PM. Windy but, warm. Hilda Hardy, Dcn Sue Plaske, Jim Gwynn came and joined us at the table.

George from the Parking Garage behind the offices told us bricks had fallen from the chimney of the Cathedral onto the roof. He gave praise to God for a good report from his cardiologist. He Said "God always come through for me."

Brother Ken - stopped by and gave us some bookmarks with Bible verses to give out.

Jim - for Good things

Dave - led us in prayer for our troops in Afghanistan, world peace and and end to world hunger.

Paula - for Cathy and Jim, relationship healing and prayer for healing from cancer. God knows the details.

Linda - for healing of her foot pain.

Dean Collum - Thanksgiving for safe return home from Haiti

***** Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011
From: Tom Gizara
Subject: Madagascar Mission Trip 2012
      A few of you got this but I think everyone should know about this. Spread the word, contact Beth, pass around any information. You never know who the Lord might call to this if they know about it.
Tom Gizara
-----Original Message-----
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Sent: Tue, Aug 16, 2011 11:21 pm
Subject: Madagascar Mission Trip 2012
Hi all,
      I am sending out this note to try to start the process of investigating the possibility of a mission trip to Madagascar in 2012. If you are receiving this it is because I have received your name from Bishop Todd and Patsy McGregor or from Ed McNamara. I have included Linda Stevens because I had heard that there were some parishioners at St. John's in Troy that have expressed an interest. If I have anyone's name by mistake, please let me know so that I can discontinue sending these emails to you.
      I think that it might be best to try and have an organizational meeting ASAP if travel might be next August or next fall. A burning question is approximately how much will this cost? Ed has estimated that the cost for a 10 day trip would be about $3900 – airfare, hotel, food, miscellaneous (which I believe includes a possible day or two of sightseeing). OK – you can get up off the floor now. It will certainly take some fundraising. The trip takes about 20 hours from JFK airport with a 2 hour layover in Paris to get to Antananarivo, Madagascar, where we would spend the night and then go on to Toliara the next day. (I'm a bit sketchy on this Ed so feel free to correct me.)
      I have attached a Short Term Mission Kit that is put together by People Reaching People (PRP) which is the organization that supports the McGregors and their mission work in Madagascar. I hope that it will provide some information that will be helpful in your prayer and discernment process. Ed McNamara, the Masons, Mtr. Laurie Garramone-Rohr and I met with the McGregors at the Diocesan Convention last June to discuss some preliminary ideas and if I recall the discussion correctly, there was a leaning toward a medical and teaching focus for this mission. Please correct me, attendees, if I heard that incorrectly or if you would like to add some comments.
      If any of you has already started planning for a trip to Madagascar, please let me know so that the rest of us can come up to speed with you. This group is spread from South New Berlin to Potsdam, so meeting in a central location might be a problem. Clergy – Are you coming to the Clergy Conference at the CtK SLC September 28-30? That might be the best opportunity to get everyone together. If you are not clergy and you are coming from far away and would be able to come on one of those dates, I have a couple of spare bedrooms in the rectory in Greenwich just 5 minutes from the CtK SLC. We do have one clergy person who is interested in joining us who is in the Diocese of Mississippi - Mtr. Catherine Rickett. That would be a long trip, but perhaps we can Skype Mtr. Catherine in on the meeting.
      I am sure that I have missed some very important points, but let's start a dialogue. When you respond, please hit REPLY ALL so that everyone can be privy to comments and suggestions.
Blessings,
Beth
Transition Minister
Diocese of Albany
518-692-3350 x504

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011
From: Ronnie'O
Subject: Praise GOD for answered prayer!!
It is really good to hear back from those who request prayer
This in from our dear friend and brother Hugh
Hi Ronnie
      I would like to thank the prayer team for their faithful prayers, all went well at the funeral last thursday and the presence of God was strong also I have just received good news from Cheslea mum, that the tumor has shrunk and her lungs have significantly improved, what an awesome Father who hears and answer the request from his children. Thank you everyone for your faithfulness, please keep praying and give all the Glory to Jesus. Hugh
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Please continue to pray for Hugh's family, and that Chelsea will eventually get the all clear!
Thanks Hugh and The Lord Jesus Bless you Real Good Amen
      Ronnie PTL.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, August 19, 2011

 

8/19/2011, #51, 3rd Quarter 2011

Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. (Mark 12:41)
      Lord, help us make our offerings in humility and not for show.

Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. (Mark 12:42)
      Jesus, thank you for the offerings of the poor -- help your church receive them with special thanksgiving.

"So he called his disciples to himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;" (Mark 12:43)
      Holy Spirit, give us eyes of compassion and hearts of understanding. Help us see things as Jesus sees them.

"for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood. " (Mark 12:44)
      Father, help the people of this nation repent of their selfish ways. Businesses and the wealthy rape and pillage the economy and resent having to contribute to the general welfare. There are many called "benefactors" who only give out of their abundance; bless those who give out of their poverty. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for the details of your lives. I have never dropped you or forsaken you.

Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); 2 Samuel 19:24-43 Acts 24:24-25:12 Mark 12:35-44
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; 2 Samuel 23:1-17,13-17 Acts 25:13-27 Mark 13:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 19 For Ministries to College Students

***** Pray for all the Children of Promise -- the children of Israel and Ishmael -- to receive the good news of Jesus Christ.

***** Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: After the Trauma, The Battle Begins: book cover

My new book has gone to the printers. Should be ready in a week to ten days.
It will retail at $17.99
In about 3 weeks it will be available through http://www.amazon.com/ and in 2 weeks through http://www.nigelmumford.com/ or just shoot me an email order.

      This book is on the healing of PTSD both for combat veterans and those who have experienced combat/trauma in the private home or in the work force. It should be helpful for emergency workers, first responders and as suggested by a psychiatrist further reading for therapist.

Be well, do good works, and for the sake of God, love one another.
God bless you,
Fr. Nigel+
Fr. Nigel Mumford
575 Burton Road. Greenwich, NY 12834 USA

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, August 18, 2011

 

8/18/2011, #50, 3rd Quarter 2011

Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" (Mark 12:28 )
      Jesus, help us ask you what is most important to you: show us your priorities for our lives.

Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the Lord is one." (Mark 12:29)
      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear!

"And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment." (Mark 12:30)
      Father, please cleanse my heart and soul and mind, and fill them with love for you and give me your enduring strength.

"And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:31)
      Jesus, help me love my neighbor with your love -- my love is so fleeting and unreliable.

So the scribe said to him, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but he." (Mark 12:32)
      Jesus, help us, as you did this scribe, recognize the truth when you speak it.

"And to love him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." (Mark 12:33)
      Holy Spirit, please help us speak your words of truth with our own lips.

Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one dared question him. (Mark 12:34)
      Lord Jesus, give us your wisdom in our answers when people ask us about our faith in you. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my lost sheep. Pray for faithful shepherds to seek them out.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; 2 Samuel 19:1-23 Acts 24:1-23 Mark 12:28-34
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); 2 Samuel 19:24-43 Acts 24:24-25:12 Mark 12:35-44

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 18 St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls -- The Rev’d John Thompson
      The Rev’d Henry Verdaasdonk


***** Pray for all the Children of Promise -- the children of Israel and Ishmael -- to receive the good news of Jesus Christ.

***** On Friday, August 19 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 Karin Ryan, Fernando Gomes, and Lisa Longe. The preacher will be Pastor Howard Sheffey of the Old Stone Church in Ballston Spa. 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!

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

 

8/17/2011, #49, 3rd Quarter 2011

I cry out with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes. (Psalm 119:145)
      LORD, give me an undivided heart so that I may cry out to you and to no one else.

I cry out to you; save me, and I will keep your testimonies. (Psalm 119:146)
      Jesus, I am not able to bargain with you and say, "I will do such and so if you do this or that." In your mercy hear my cry and save me and help me keep your testimonies.

I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in your word. (Psalm 119:147)
      Holy Spirit, your word gives me hope morning by morning. Thank you.

My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on your word. (Psalm 119:148 )
      Lord Jesus, I live in the hope that your word gives me. Thank you for the time with you morning by morning.

Hear my voice according to your lovingkindness; O LORD, revive me according to your justice. (Psalm 119:149)
      Father, thank you that your justice is not like man's justice. Thank you for seeing us with your lovingkindness and hear our prayer to you.

They draw near who follow after wickedness; they are far from your law. (Psalm 119:150)
      Holy Spirit, don't let me be turned aside into the ways of the wicked: help me to be steady on the path you have marked out for me..

You are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are truth. (Psalm 119:151)
      Father, thank you for showing us what is true and what is false. Help me cleave to what is true.

Concerning your testimonies, I have known of old that you have founded them forever. (Psalm 119:152)
      Father, your word is an enduring word and gives me strength each day to endure. Thank you.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 2 Samuel 18:19-23 Acts 23:23-35 Mark 12:13-27
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; 2 Samuel 19:1-23 Acts 24:1-23 Mark 12:28-34

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 17 For all Sunday School Staff in their preparations

*****       On Friday, August 19 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 Karin Ryan, Fernando Gomes, and Lisa Longe. The preacher will be Pastor Howard Sheffey of the Old Stone Church in Ballston Spa. 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!

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 

8/16/2011, #48, 3rd Quarter 2011

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

Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue. (Psalm 120:2)
      Jesus, I especially ask you to deliver me from the lies I tell myself -- all those falsehoods that Satan or others have planted in my heart.

What shall be given to you, or what shall be done to you, you false tongue? (Psalm 120:3)
      Holy Spirit, help me repent of all false speaking.

Sharp arrows of the warrior, with coals of the broom tree! (Psalm 120:4)
      So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged." (Isaiah 6:5-6) Holy Father, send your angels with their burning coals from your altar and touch my lips and cleanse my speech. Thank you.

Woe is me, that I dwell in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! (Psalm 120:5)
      Lord, there is so much falsehood that is being broadcast in our nation. Woe to us if we receive it in our hearts and believe it. Help us choose wisely what we listen to.

My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. (Psalm 120:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us repent of evil speaking and guide us in seeking the peace of Christ.

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. (Psalm 120:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us discern what is in the heart and mouth of others. Thank you.

A word received: Pray that my people will stay the course -- that they will look to me for endurance and enduring strength.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; 2 Samuel 18:9-18 Acts 23:12-24 Mark 11:27-12:12
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 2 Samuel 18:19-23 Acts 23:23-35 Mark 12:13-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 16 The Rev’d William Gray, The Rev’d John Garceau

"Show Me Your Glory" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1DFBr-pd0E

*****       On Friday, August 19 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 Karin Ryan, Fernando Gomes, and Lisa Longe. The preacher will be Pastor Howard Sheffey of the Old Stone Church in Ballston Spa. 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!

***** Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      We give thanksgiving for the birth of Nathaniel Mariano Augustin this morning to Deacon Kino and Elsie Vitet. Nathaniel is a wee one - under 2 lbs - and your prayers for his health and growth, and a strong recovery for Elsie are requested.
      Volunteers are needed to help corn and vegetables from the garden at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The Lord has greatly blessed the efforts of Dave Ruestch & his faithful assistants in providing a bumper crop. Please contact Brenda Reid at CTK: (518 ) 692-9550, x112.
Faithfully your brother in Christ,
+Bill

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011
In from Alan Higgigs
Another prayer request from Billy Black:
      Please pray for his uncle Bertie Black suffering with lung problems/COPD. For healing and comfort as he struggles with his breathing.
      Father we bring Bertie Black before you in the name of your son Jesus and we ask Lord that you would bring healing and comfort to Bertie, we pray and ask that you would bring relief to Bertie's chest that the production of mucus would decrease and that would have a reduction inall the symptoms in Jesus Name Amen
Thankyou again Ronnie

Albany Intercessor

Monday, August 15, 2011

 

8/15/2011, #47, 3rd Quarter 2011

So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. (Mark 11:15)
      Lord Jesus, come and clear the temple of your church in our day - cleanse my heart of al that should not be there.

And he would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. (Mark 11:16)
      Holy Spirit, help us all recognize that we are on holy ground when we come into your temple.

Then he taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" (Mark 11:17)
      Father, restore a life of prayer to your people; help us daily join with Jesus as he intercedes for us and for the world. Thank you.

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know." (Ezekiel 37:1-3)
      Lord, send own your Spirit to bring to new life the dead and dry bones in your Church. If you say it, the dry bones can be covered with flesh and live. Come Lord Jesus.

A word received: Keep coming to me -- I AM your strength.

Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; 2 Samuel 17:24-18:8 Acts 22:30-23:11 Mark 11:12-26
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; 2 Samuel 18:9-18 Acts 23:12-24 Mark 11:27-12:12

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 15 Community of Saint Mary in this Diocese and Malawi
      Holy Spirit, continue to call many to this life of prayer and intercession. Raise up vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary here in the US and in Malawi. Thank you.

Tennessee Ernie Ford and Odetta - What A Friend We Have In Jesus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaTTm2F57pc

Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011
From: Mary MacDonald
Subject: Prayer Table report St James Lake George, August 12,2011, 4-5pm Beautiful Afternoon. Mary and Mac MacDonald

+ indicates cross made by Dennis Adams given

Tom -- Pray for everyone impacted by September 11 attack
Young man and woman -- Sorry we are late for our job
2 young girls and young man -- no thank you
man and woman -- not today
man on bike -- not today
Courtney and family (drive up)+++++ Pray for good health for my children
Luka+ -- Pray for my brother Adam to stay out of trouble
2 ladies -- not today
John -- Pray for peace
Erin++ -- Pray for Kiersten she just lost her dog
Rob+ -- Pray for me

*****       On Friday, August 19 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 Karin Ryan, Fernando Gomes, and Lisa Longe. The preacher will be Pastor Howard Sheffey of the Old Stone Church in Ballston Spa.
      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!

***** Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011
From: Tom Gibbons [Used with permission]
Torre,
      I was praying the other night about my running. I've been hurting and having trouble running on a consistent basis. So while I was running and praying this morning I got this message: "I've been waiting for you to ask ME." Goes with today's gospel your faith has healed you.
Tom

***** Hope for the Journey
October 15th 2011, 6:00-8:30 pm
      Join us for our third annual fundraiser to benefit victims of domestic violence. Please come and enjoy refreshments and a silent auction, as we as welcome our new board members and volunteers. This years even will be located at St. Paul's Church on Hackett Blvd in Albany. 518-465-4737 or email: healingwomanssoul@berk.com

***** Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Mudge Mission prayer mail, for 14 August 2011, and August newsletter
Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
      This is our public prayer mail for this week and next week. (We will be on the road a lot over the next two weeks, and I do not know if I will be able to send a prayer mail next weekend.)
Update, during this past week:
      We have been having a good time meeting with friends and family this week, and getting our home more organized. Still some ways to go.
      Had a wonderful time helping the Revs. Hannah Mudge and Christina Vance with their ministry in Troy to the community on Sunday.
Prayers, for this coming week:
      1) For Lydia. Her pre-orientation wilderness program in the Adirondacks ends about Friday. Pray for a strong ending to this Phase I of her entering college. May she be strengthened in her faith because of her experiences.
      2) Phase II of launching Lydia at college begins this week. We reconnect with her in Massachusetts about the 18th, for orientation.
      Pray for our part in orientation weekend at Lydia´s college, and for helping her get settled in.
      Pray that she would find the college setting a place for growing spiritually. Pray that Lydia find a good church home and that she can easily set up a bank account.
      3) For Julie and my travel schedule this week, to Connecticut and Massachusetts. We plan to spend several days with family and with ministry friends. Prayer for good weather would be nice.
      Pray that the Lord would guide us and that we would be good witnesses for Jesus.
      4) For reuniting with items which have arrived for us from South America.
Prayers for the following week:
      1) For our time with family and friends in Downeast Maine.
      Pray that it would not only be a time of refreshment, but also a kind of retreat: a special uplifting time of closeness, peace, and tranquility with our Lord. Prayer for good weather would be nice.
      2) For Phase III of launching Lydia at college: our celebrating her 18th birthday with her about a week after orientation, in Massachusetts. Her birthday is a significant threshold for every member of our family.
      We pray that Lydia would learn what she needs to learn over the next year and would grow in the power of the Holy Spirit because of her experiences in college.
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

Sunday, August 14, 2011

 

8/14/2011, #46, 3rd Quarter 2011

Thus says the LORD: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for my salvation is about to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. (Isaiah 56:1)
      LORD, help us cleave to your justice and righteousness in our nation and in your church. Reveal yourself and your righteousness to your people.

Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil." (Isaiah 56:2)
      Jesus, help us daily walk in your righteous ways. Transform our understanding of the Sabbath and its purpose. Keep our hands from doing any evil.

Do not let the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD speak, saying, "The LORD has utterly separated me from his people"; nor let the eunuch say, "Here I am, a dry tree." (Isaiah 56:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us welcome everyone you send to us.

For thus says the LORD: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose what pleases me, and hold fast my covenant, (Isaiah 56:4)
      Holy Spirit, give us hope that you can make every dry and withered parish bloom again with your new life.

Even to them I will give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. (Isaiah 56:5)
      Holy Father, just as you made Hannah fruitful when she cried out to you, we in our generation cry out to you: make our lives and our parishes and your church fruitful. Let the gospel go forth in them and us with your power. Thank you.

"Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants -- everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast my covenant -- (Isaiah 56:6)
      Jesus, please show us how to incorporate new people who come to you into your body, the Church.

Even them I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7)
      Lord GOD, make each parish in this diocese into a house of prayer where all are welcomed. Thank you.

The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, "Yet I will gather to him others besides those who are gathered to him." (Isaiah 56: 8 )
      Lord Jesus, in your mercy and love, gather in all the outcasts into your church and into your church family. I once was an outcast and you embraced me; help me embrace all you send my way. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for hearing ears.

Sunday: 118 * 145; 2 Samuel 17:1-23 Gal. 3:6-14 John 5:30-47
HC: 67; Isaiah 56:1(2-5)6-7; Romans 11:13-15,29-32; Matthew 15:21-28
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; 2 Samuel 17:24-18:8 Acts 22:30-23:11 Mark 11:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 14 The Rt. Rev’d William Love, The Rev’d Micki-Ann Thomas

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