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Friday, September 30, 2011

 

9/30/2011, #94, 3rd Quarter 2011

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him, (Matthew 8:5)
      Jesus, thank you for receiving and listening to all who come to you. Give us the strength of character to come to you in our hour of need.

saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." (Matthew 8:6)
      Jesus, thank you that you hear our prayers and petitions for others. Thank you for interceding for us. Please raise up many more intercessors throughout this diocese.

And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." (Matthew 8:7)
      Thank you, Jesus, for making house calls.

The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed." (Matthew 8:8 )
      Lord, I am not worthy that you should come to me, but speak the word only and I shall be healed.

"For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." (Matthew 8:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help us truly to be servants operating under the authority of Jesus with your guidance.

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!" (Matthew 8:10)
      Father, bring us to such faith in Jesus.

"And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 8:11)
      Holy Spirit, help us all come throughout this diocese to sit with your saints in your kingdom. Prepare our hearts to come to the Diocesan Convention in June and receive the blessings you have there for us.

"But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 8:12)
      Jesus, many are called, but few are chosen. Help us answer your call day by day.

Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13)
      Holy Father, let our belief in Jesus result in the healing of many. Bless the ministry of healing throughout this diocese. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 2 Kings 19:1-20 1 Cor. 9:16-27 Matthew 8:1-17
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; 2 Kings 19:21-36 1 Cor. 10:1-13 Matthew8:18-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 30 Beaver Cross Reunion (October 7-9)

***** Don't stand aside when your brethren are in need...
            Your help is REALLY NEEDED
      There will be another work day at Grace Church Waterford this coming Saturday, October 1st starting at 9 a.m. The purpose is to help those in the community who were hit by the recent floods. Come and help out those in need.
      People are also needed to run a prayer table in front of the church for one or two hours. Grace Church has a card table and folding chairs for you to use. (Torre can't be there.)

***** Mindless Bureaucracy Division:
      Torre, Chuck R and I went to Waterford today and worked on the trailer. The building inspector stopped by and put a stop work order on us for not having a permit. Paul, the owner of the trailer will get one as soon as he can so work on the trailer is temp. stopped until the permit is issued. I'm sure there is other people that need help. Good luck, I will be at a men's/son retreat this weekend and will not be able to go on Sat. Gil
      Please pray that nothing will interfere with helping those in need from the floods. Don't be put off by this: there is much non-construction work to do in helping people clean out their homes.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 03, October 2, 2011
Theme Verse: 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Matthew 21:33-43; Philippians 3:7-21; Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-14
Optional: John 15:1-17 and When I would gather them, says the LORD, there are no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree; even the leaves are withered, and what I gave them has passed away from them." (Jeremiah 8:13)
On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard it. (Mark 11:12-14)
Memory Verse: Restore us, O God of hosts; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:7)
Next Week: Matthew 22:1-14; Philippians 4:4-13; Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23

      Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43
A word received: Notice: this follows immediately after the parable of the two sons. I want you to consider the role of obedience in the fruit and life of my Holy Spirit.

A word received: How is your obedience to me given? Is it grudgingly given or joyfully given or given not at all? Look at the temptation the tenants faced in their desire to keep everything for themselves. Where are your temptations and how do they affect your obedience?

A word received: Spend time with me and ask me to hold up the mirror of truth to you.

      Epistle: Philippians 3:7-21
A word received: I have given you my Spirit so that you may obey me.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 5:1-7
A word received: I want you to yield up good fruit.

      Psalm: Psalm 80:7-14
(verse 7) A word received: Pray for the restoration that only I can bring to pass.

      John 15:1-17

A word received: My father and I are both there to help you grow and bear fruit. I am the vine and the only place where you can be truly fruitful. My father is the vinedresser and prunes out of his love for you. Turn to him for his pruning with love.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, September 29, 2011

 

9/29/2011, #93, 3rd Quarter 2011

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!' (Matthew 7:21-23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us do your will and hearken to Jesus' words. It is not enough to mouth good deeds; we must also walk the way of Jesus which is straight and narrow.

"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)


      Jesus, you are my rock and my fortress. Help me daily establish my feet on you.

"But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." (Matthew 7:26-27)
      Father, much that seemed sold has proved to have been built on sand and has been swept away. Help us daily stand on Jesus -- he is our rock and our refuge from the storm.

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29)
      Jesus, please help us receive your teaching into our hearts and minds. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me.

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 2 Kings 18:28-37 1 Cor. 9:1-15 Matthew 7:22-29
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 2 Kings 19:1-20 1 Cor. 9:16-27 Matthew 8:1-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 29 Episcopal Charities

***** Don't stand aside when your brethren are in trouble...
            Your help is REALLY NEEDED
      There will be another work day at Grace Church Waterford this coming Saturday, October 1st starting at 9 a.m. The purpose is to help those in the community who were hit by the recent floods. Come and help out those in need.
      People are also needed to run a prayer table in front of the church for one or two hours. Grace Church has a card table and folding chairs for you to use. (Torre can't be there.)

***** Prayer table at Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, Wednesday, Sept. 28

Deacon Sue Plaske and Beth Collum, 12:00-12:30; Linda Davis and Hilda Hardy, 12:30-1:00.

We were blessed with some breaks in the rain.

Mark: prayers for Pat, sexton at St. Peter's Episcopal, for healing of injured ribs from falling in the bell tower.

Prayers for Pam in the loss of her husband during Hurricane Irene.

Beth: prayers for a friend struggling with spiritual oppression.

Our friend Brother Ken stopped to chat and share his wisdom as he usually does. Lord, we pray for peace and a great outpouring of your Spirit on your servant Ken. Bless him and his family, especially his son who just started college at Quinnipiac University.

Paul: prayer for Chris's family in his passing; and for Rita's family. Her funeral is tonight.

Mike: stopped briefly. He didn't want prayer now. (Maybe another time!)

Sue: pray for Laura, who is taking the LSAT this Saturday, for confidence, knowledge, and clear thinking; and for lifting of her spirits.

Carol, Linda's co-worker: We prayed for Carol and her sister Pam, along with Pam's fiance Chris.

-- Hilda

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

 

Don't stand aside when your brethren are in trouble...

Your help is REALLY NEEDED
There will be another work day at Grace Church Waterford this coming Saturday, October 1st starting at 9 a.m. The purpose is to help those in the community who were hit by the recent floods. Come and help out those in need.

Albany Intercessor

 

9/28/2011, #92, 3rd Quarter 2011

But you, O GOD the Lord, deal with me for your name's sake; because your mercy is good, deliver me. (Psalm 109:21)
      Father, I look to you, keep me steady in your ways.

For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. (Psalm 109:22)
      Holy Spirit, heal the wounds of my heart and set me free from every bondage.

I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust. (Psalm 109:23)
      Jesus, I need your strength to endure.

My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness. (Psalm 109:24)
      Lord, as we get older, restore my strength; work in a redeeming way in the tissues of our bodies.

I also have become a reproach to them; when they look at me, they shake their heads. (Psalm 109:25)
      Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to your mercy, that they may know that this is your hand--that you, LORD, have done it! (Psalm 109:26-27) Thank you.
      

A word received: Walk with me. I will wait for you when you stumble and I will pick you up.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 2 Kings 18:9-25 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Matthew 7:13-21
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 2 Kings 18:28-37 1 Cor. 9:1-15 Matthew 7:22-29

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 28 The Parish Nursing Conference
      The Rev’d James Clarke


"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" - high school summer camp videosong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soaaQxmr3zg

***** Judith MacNutt: Principles of Kingdom Living
October 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is delighted to have Judith MacNutt of Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, FL returning to the Center for her 3rd visit.
Since 1980 Francis and Judith MacNutt have blended their spiritual gifts creating a unique healing ministry. Their combined ministry of teaching and praying for physical and emotional healing has brought completeness to their individual ministries, and is a blessing to many. Their common goal has always been to help people become more aware of the love of Jesus Christ and the power and effectiveness of prayer. For more information and to register click here http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/downloads/MacNutt.pdf

***** Fall Confirmation Retreat Dates: Nov. 4 at 7pm- Nov. 6 at 2pm
      Are you getting ready to be confirmed this year? There is no better way to prepare yourself for this milestone in your faith life than to get away for a weekend of reflection and fun in the gorgeous autumnal setting of the Spiritual Life Center! Father Tyler will be guiding all confirmands through what this decision actually means for their life, and also giving each the opportunity to ask questions and dive deeper into their life of faith in Jesus Christ.
      Youth groups are encouraged to come together, and a chaperone is required for each church represented.
      Questions? Call Fr. Tyler at 518.692-9550 ext 305 or email tslade@ctkcenter.org
      Go to Download page for registration form http://beavercrossministries.squarespace.com/downloads/

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011
From: Ronnie'O
Subject: Fw: Website - Prayer Request
      This is an update on Leah and the news is not promising so Please lets agree that we need to see a miracle from Father God!
Ronnie'O
      Please pray for Leah Bachellor who has had an anersym/stroke - they are reducing sedation today. Because part of brain affected is part that makes rest work prognosis (unless God heals) is death or left only able to blink.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

 

9/27/2011, #91, 3rd Quarter 2011

And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the Lord God of Israel. For the king and his leaders and all the assembly in Jerusalem had agreed to keep the Passover in the second month. For they could not keep it at the regular time, because a sufficient number of priests had not consecrated themselves, nor had the people gathered together at Jerusalem. And the matter pleased the king and all the assembly. So they resolved to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover to the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem, since they had not done it for a long time in the prescribed manner. (2 Chronicles 30:1-5)
      Holy Spirit, help us throughout this land keep in mind your mighty deeds and celebrate them.

Then the runners went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the king and his leaders, and spoke according to the command of the king: "Children of Israel, return to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria." (2 Chronicles 30:6)
      Jesus, send your witnesses throughout this diocese and throughout our nation and call your people back to you.

"And do not be like your fathers and your brethren, who trespassed against the Lord God of their fathers, so that He gave them up to desolation, as you see." (2 Chronicles 30:7)
      Father, help us repent of any ways our fathers and brethren have trespassed against you.

"Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you." (2 Chronicles 30:8 )
      Holy Father, help us repent of being stiff-necked and unwilling to take on the yoke of Jesus. Help us yield ourselves to you and serve you so that your wrath may turn away from us.

"For if you return to the Lord, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him." (2 Chronicles 30:9)
      Jesus, please help us return to you so that we are set free from every captivity and bondage we are in.

So the runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun; but they laughed at them and mocked them. Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. (2 Chronicles 30:10-11)
      Holy Spirit, there are those who mock, but help us welcome all who choose to return to Jesus.

Also the hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders, at the word of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 30:12)
      Father, bring us and our leaders in the Church and in this nation to singleness of heart to obey your commands. Thank you.

Now many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month. They arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and they took away all the incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron. Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the Lord. They stood in their place according to their custom, according to the Law of Moses the man of God; the priests sprinkled the blood received from the hand of the Levites. For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves; therefore the Levites had charge of the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was not clean, to sanctify them to the Lord. For a multitude of the people, many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the good Lord provide atonement for everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary." (2 Chronicles 30:13-19)
      Father, thank you for providing atonement for us through your son Jesus Christ.

And the Lord listened to Hezekiah and healed the people. (2 Chronicles 30:20) and "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)
      Holy Father, help us humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways, so that you will hear in heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my light on your path.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 2 Chron. 29:1-3; 30:1(2-9)10-27; 1 Cor. 7:32-40; Matthew 7:1-12
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 2 Kings 18:9-25 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Matthew 7:13-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 27 Increase in Retreats

***** Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011
From: Ginnie Grupinski
Subject: Linda Chapman
      Hi Friends; Linda is home from Peru and will be at my house on this Wednesday evening. She would love to see anyone who is in the area and able to come for a visit. A casual evening; dress comfortably and come, sit, relax and hear abour what the Lord is doing thru their ministry to the people of the Ica region of Peru. I know she will be happy to see you and looks forward to exchanging hugs and getting updated on everyone's life. Coffee and cake will be served. Please feel free to invite friends who are not on Facebook. It is open house. 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you Wednesday evening! 169 Hewlett Ave. E. Patchogue L.I. N.Y. Message me and I will send you directions. Peace and blessings, Ginnie

***** Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011
From: Steve Hart
Subject: Invitation
      The St. Michael’s Youth Group invites members of your parish to attend a special presentation by Invisible Children. The program is at St. Michael’s Church, Colonie, on Sunday, October 2 at 11:30 a.m. Invisible Children is a program that the youth of our parish are passionate about, and we hope that you can send a contingent of your youth group and any interested members of your church.
      Invisible Children is an aid group that works in Uganda to help families displaced by the war and protect remote villages from attacks by the rebel army. Their particular focus has been to stop the abduction of children for use as forced soldiers.
      There will be a bake sale and specialty coffee bar; proceeds will go to Invisible Children.

***** Healing a Woman's Soul
A journey of hope.
Helping Domestic Violence victims on their journey
to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually
Third Annual 'Journey of Hope" Fund Raising Event
October 15,2011 at 6-8:30 PM
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
21 Hackett Boulevard
Albany, NY 12208-3496
$50 per person
Jerusha Hubert Scholarship Dedication
Silent Auction
Hot/Cold Buffet
Beverages
To get more information, please contact 518-465-4737


***** Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Quilts of Valor thank you
Dear Catherine,
      Re: Quilts of Valor for the Welcome Home Inititative.
      We have now led ten Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) retreats at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY and one in Dayton, Ohio. This is a free, three day program sponserd by the public to heal the emotional wounds of combat. The quilts are placed in the rooms of each participant, as they open the door of their room, the quilt is the first thing they see! One tough special forces chap said to me, "Fr. Nigel, I was so glad that was in my room, I did not want everyone to see me on my knees crying. Finally I have received a very personal welcome home." another combat veteran said, "This award really touched my soul, I imedeatly saw it as a visual and practical reminder of a thank you from my country." Yet another said quietly, "A medal to be worn... I so wish my buddies got one too." Yet another said, "I came on this retreat not knowing what to expect. I really came in fear, what do these people know about war? I opened the door of my hooch for three days and there it was! I knew I was in the right place. I just dropped my bag on the floor, kicked the door shut and tears just ran down my cheeks. I have come home! They know..."
      To witness these quite and very personal testimonies from very brave men and woman has truly touched the very core of my soul. The quilts for the program are the icing on the cake of this healing program.
      Another veteran asked, "How can I get one for my wounded brother...". We gave him another one to take with him. Talk about a kodak moment... The look in his eyes actually pierced my soul. It was as if he said something without noise; his look spoke a thousand unspoken words.
      I am an Episcopal priest and a former Royal Marine Commando drill instructor who spent a year in combat. I used to make grown men cry as a drill instructor. I still do as a priest! Who would have thought it!
      Catherine, you and your QOV amazing crew are really touching people at the very core of their beings. People are being transformed with your kindness and generosity. The words "Thank you" does not seem enough. This is a soul thing. Please know that your soul has been thanked as you thank those who have given us freedom. Well done good and faithful servants. Each stitch, stitching a wounded soul back together!
      God bless you dear souls, unsung heroes, for unsung heroes.
      Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another. Amen.
      God bless you. Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford.

***** Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer mail September 26
Dear Prayer partners, Peace be with you. This is our public prayer mail for this week.
Thanksgivings:
      1) This week, again, we have been getting quite a lot out of our missionary program, in many areas.
      2) For our visit to Yosemite National Park.
Prayers:
      1) For our missionary program. We have finished up week three.
      2) For Lydia's continuing adjustment to college and to the US in general, and to life away from Mom and Dad.
      3) For continuing discernment.
      4) That we would continue to be a blessing to all whom we encounter.
God bless you. I pray for you every day.
In Christ, Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor

Monday, September 26, 2011

 

9/26/2011, #90, 3rd Quarter 2011

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
      Father, please help us throughout this diocese praise you and sing of your mercies and make known your faithfulness to the generations which follow us.

For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever; your faithfulness you shall establish in the very heavens." (Psalm 89:2)
      Father, we pray that you will establish on earth what you have established in heaven.

"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn to my servant David:" (Psalm 89:3)
      Father, thank you for your faithfulness. Help us daily enter into this covenant life with you.

"'Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.'" (Psalm 89:4)
      Jesus, your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Help us abide in it day by day.

And the heavens will praise your wonders, O LORD; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. (Psalm 89:5)
      Holy Spirit, help join in that assembly of the saints in praising God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ his son.

For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD? (Psalm 89:6)
      Jesus, set us free from worshipping every imitation of your father; set our hearts on the pilgrim's path.

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around him. (Psalm 89:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us enter into your holiness as we join in the assembly of the saints.

O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty like you, O LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds you. (Psalm 89:8 )
      Holy Father, help us daily partake of your faithfulness.

You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. (Psalm 89:9)
      Eternal Father, strong to save, your arm has bound the restless wave. Bless and protect all those must go into harm's way.

You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. (Psalm 89:10)
      LORD, scatter all those who oppose the truth of the gospel. Bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to heel and have them faithfully proclaim your mercy and greatness. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me and I will guide you.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 2 Kings 17:24-41 1 Cor. 7:25-31 Matthew 6:25-34
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 2 Chron. 29:1-3; 1 Cor. 7:32-40 Matthew 7:1-12; 30:1(2-9)10-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 26 The Rev’d Lora Smith

***** Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Dear Souls,
      Thank you so much for your prayers for a spirit filled healing mission at Macon GA this weekend. All went very well. Wonderful praise music. Wonder worship team for soaking prayer. The Lord was here thanks be to God. Men wanting to be involved in the healing ministry. Youth fired up for Jesus and for helping their generation. It was good.
God bless you. Fr. Nigel.

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan as he leads the fall Retreat for Nashotah House seminarians and staff from Mon-Thursday.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011
From: Ronnie'O
Subject: Prayer for Leah
      Please pray for Leah aged 21. She collapsed yesterday and is in intensive care with an anurism in the brain which has split in two. Doctors have said that if she makes it she won't regain speech or movement. Pray for the doctors and Leah's family, as well as Leah, as they make decision this week for her future.

***** Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011
From: Jill Woodliff
Subject: Lent & Beyond
Dear folks,
      I hope you are well. Commencing Oct 2, a coalition of intercessors across the nation will be praying for the US for 51 days, one day for each state plus D.C. I've posted Francis Sayre's prayers for the states on the time stamp. Also, I've posted some religious quotes by civic leaders. God bless, Jill
[Check out the Anglican prayer blog Lent & Beyond. http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/]

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, September 25, 2011

 

9/25/2011, #89, 3rd Quarter 2011

"But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'" (Matthew 21:28 )
      Holy Spirit, guide us in our thinking and in our doing.

"He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and went." (Matthew 21:29)
      Father, give all of us such a heart that we will be willing to go into your vineyard and bring in the fruit you have the right to expect from us.

"Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go." (Matthew 21:30)
      Jesus, help all of us daily express our faith in you by the deeds we do. (See James 2:14-18 )

"Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you." (Matthew 21:31)
      Father, help all of us do your will by going into the vineyard and doing the work you have set before us.

"For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him." (Matthew 21:32)
      Thank you, Jesus, that each week I get to meet the lost and the least on the streets of Schenectady and see them turn to you for help.

A word received: Look to me for strength to endure.

Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 2 Kings 17:1-18 Acts 9:36-43 Luke 5:1-11
HC: 25:1-14or 25:3-9; Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:28-32
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 2 Kings 17:24-41 1 Cor. 7:25-31 Matthew 6:25-34

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 25 The Rev’d Guy Kagey

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, September 24, 2011

 

Prayer Table Reports from Lake Luzerne, Schenectady, and Waterford

Prayer Table Reports from Lake Luzerne, Schenectady, and Waterford

PRAYER TABLE REPORT, (St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne; in front of Parish Hall on Sat., Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m.-noon prior to our weekly free Community Luncheon.)
Personal note: A person very dear to me and whose opinion I greatly respect suggested to me recently that, since we are a parish in a small community where everyone seems to know each other, perhaps it would be more appropriate for us to NOT list the first name of the person for whom we are requesting your prayers. After much consideration and prayer on this serious matter, I have decided that my friend's point is well-taken. Therefore, beginning now we at St. Mary's will only list the person by gender, not by name.
Note: Barbara Breen and Deacon Alan Hart serving today at His table.

a--indicated anointed with Holy Oil.

a--WOMAN -- This lady asked for prayer for her 20-year-old grandson JEREMY, who is " ... having a rough time." About a year and a half ago, his older brother was killed in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle. Jeremy was the person who discovered his brother at the scene of the fatal accident. He is having problems seeking closure, in needing of more faith. etc. We prayed for peace for this young man and for him to see God working in him on how to go forward with faith and courage with his own life. We also prayed for the whole family, including of course the woman requesting prayer.
(Note: Only one person came for prayer today. That's OK. Number does not matter. The trust of the people that they ca come here for help DOES matter.)

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 23, 2011, 9:20 - 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell

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

+Debbie (regular) -- "Strength [to endure]. Patience with others."

+Yolanda -- "My sister Chalain."

(Young man going by on a bike, when asked if I could prayer for him said), "Sure."

(Man walking by, when asked if I could prayer for him said), "Thank you."

+Luz (woman) -- "My body."
+Kaila (woman) -- "Life."

+Mohammed Ishmael (Christian man from Guyana) -- He asked prayer because he was being attacked by evil spirits at night. He also asked prayer for a job and his family. I prayed for deliverance and provision.

+Jennifer (woman) and +roommate -- There was a fire in her building 3 weeks ago. They just got back in 2 days ago. Jennifer is being baptized on Sunday.

+Tillek (man on bike)

+Agnes (woman) -- "For my family."

+Danny (man) -- He will be 58 next week. We prayed for birthday blessings.

+Charlie (man, obviously hesitant about whether he could receive prayer) -- "I was drinking last night." I told him Jesus drank and he laughed at that and received prayer. I prayed he would know when to stop. [About 20 minutes later he brought me some Guyanese chicken and roti (naan) as a thank offering. It was good!]

+Andre (man) -- "Turn everything around."

+Nicole, +Kylea (daughter), +Zobbie (son), Fransisco (baby), Sowana (baby), and Zyaire (child not with them.)

James (already had one of Dennis Adams' crosses on), +Lisa (his fiancé)

+Harvey

Felice (young man) and Markly (young man) -- going to the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.

+Charles (on bike, stopped) -- Has had open heart surgery and severe neuropathy in legs.

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

Bill (regular) -- epilepsy, prayed he would have no more seizures and that he would have companionship in life.

Howard -- Strength. He has a bad cold.

Hugh -- prayed for his family.

++Sharon -- 9 months behind on mortgage, getting her regular bills paid. She asked prayer for financial provision, a husband, and foster children to take care of. She has diabetes.

Grace Church Waterford Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 23, 2011, 11:50 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Torre and Jean Bissell

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

+Maeve (young girl in first grade helping out with flood victims)

Cindy

+Darryl

+Jeff -- "For my daughter +Ava."

+Joleen -- "For flood victims."

+Rich -- "That I will get through my flood."

(Woman with little English)

(Man walking by, when asked if I could prayer for him said), "If you want to."

(Man, when asked if I could prayer for him said), "Yes, you may."

+Faith (young woman) -- "For my family."

+Linda -- She asked that her trailer would get fixed from the flood. Has had back surgery. She asked for relief of pain. She and her husband +Paul are currently staying in the Grace Church rectory.

+David -- "To get through all this."

+Brian (teenage boy) -- "For my mom."

+Laurel (woman) -- "For the flood victims."

+Jay (young man) -- "For my brother Randy in Afghanistan."

+Lisa and +Ashley (daughter)

 

9/24/2011, #88, 3rd Quarter 2011

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;" (Matthew 6:19)
Jesus, all around us we see treasure swept away: floods and drought destroying homes and livelihood, and financial meltdown destroying savings. Help us set our hearts on what truly endures.

"but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:20)
Holy Spirit, move in our hearts so that we can put our hope in things which are eternal. Fill us anew with your faith, hope and love. (See 1 Corinthians 13:13)

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)
Father, please help us find the freedom to give of ourselves and our treasure to build up your kingdom.

"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light." (Matthew 6:22)
Jesus, give us clarity of sight. Fill us with the light of your word.

"But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:23)
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 6:19-21) Holy Spirit, help us recognize in ourselves the works of the flesh and repent of them.

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24)
"You cannot serve God and mammon." Father, help us to get this right; help us recognize in ourselves any loyalties to the world, the flesh, or the devil, and repent of them.

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25)


A word received: Come to me -- my arms are open wide.

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 2 Kings 11:1-20a 1 Cor. 7:10-24 Matthew 6:19-24
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 2 Kings 17:1-18 Acts 9:36-43 Luke 5:1-11
HC: 25:1-14or 25:3-9; Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:28-32

Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 24 Raising up of Lay Evangelists
The Rev’d Richard A. Chandler, Jr.


***** There will be another work day at Grace Church Waterford today, Saturday, September 24th starting at 9 a.m. The purpose is to help those in the community who were hit by the recent floods. Come and help out those in need.

***** Order on line at http://www.nigelmumford.com/


***** Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
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)
Commentary from One-Minute Prayers for Women
Don't stop now, Lord. I am finally catching Your vision for my life. It has taken me a while, and I've had to walk through a lot of mistakes, but I am here and ready to receive Your purpose. What would You have me do next? Your patience over the years has shown me that You will not abandon the work You have begun. Lead me to the next step.
When I listen to others or even to my own negative thoughts, I am tempted to quit trying. Your love inspires me to keep going. And each time I move forward, my step is more steady. I am certain You will follow through. And I will follow Your example. So, what's next?
Our Prayer for Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge:
We thank You Lord for the month-long missionary program in which Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge are currently immersed. We pray that they clearly hear your direction for that next step in their ministry. Show them your vision for their life; they are ready to receive your purpose. Thank You for your faithfulness and your love which truly inspires them to keep going. They trust in You, Lord. We are confident that You will guide them every step of the way. We pray in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

*****

Albany Intercessor

Friday, September 23, 2011

 

9/23/2011, #87, 3rd Quarter 2011

O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. (Psalm 88:1-2)
      LORD, thank you for hearing the cries of your people.

For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to the grave. I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength, adrift among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, and who are cut off from your hand. (Psalm 88:3-5)
      Father, our hearts are troubled by the events in the world around us: grant us your peace.

You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the depths. Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you have afflicted me with all your waves. You have put away my acquaintances far from me; you have made me an abomination to them; I am shut up, and I cannot get out; my eye wastes away because of affliction. (Psalm 88:6-9a)
      Jesus, you know our every affliction and temptation: have mercy on us and help us turn to you in our hour of need.

LORD, I have called daily upon you; I have stretched out my hands to You. Will you work wonders for the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise you? Shall your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or your faithfulness in the place of destruction? Shall your wonders be known in the dark? And your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? (Psalm 88:9b-12)
      Holy Spirit, bring all of us in this diocese to a daily discipline of prayer and Bible reading so that we may proclaim your righteousness.

But to you I have cried out, O LORD, and in the morning my prayer comes before you. LORD, why do you cast off my soul? Why do you hide your face from me? I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught. Your fierce wrath has gone over me; your terrors have cut me off. They came around me all day long like water; they engulfed me altogether. Loved one and friend you have put far from me, and my acquaintances into darkness. (Psalm 88:13-18 )
      Lord Jesus Christ, we cry out to you for the lonely and the afflicted: have mercy on them and us. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my rest and my peace.

Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 2 Kings 9:17-37 1 Cor. 7:1-9 Matthew 6:7-15
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 2 Kings 11:1-20a 1 Cor. 7:10-24 Matthew 6:19-24

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 23 For Deacon Formation, Faculty and Candidates

***** There will be another work day at Grace Church Waterford this coming Saturday, September 24th starting at 9 a.m. The purpose is to help those in the community who were hit by the recent floods. Come and help out those in need.

***** Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: knife testimony from WHI Dayton
A combat veteran green beret finally surrenders his weapon.
Please watch this to the end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdvKni9tMjM

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, September 22, 2011

 

9/22/2011, #86, 3rd Quarter 2011

Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! (Psalm 83:1)
      LORD, come and visit your people!

For behold, your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate you have lifted up their head. (Psalm 83:2)
      Father, the proud, the arrogant despise your word.

They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted together against your sheltered ones. (Psalm 83:3)
      Jesus, bring us your justice and mercy.

They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more." (Psalm 83:4)
      Holy Spirit, guide us and set us free from those who would destroy your church.

For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against you: the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; they have helped the children of Lot. (Psalm 83:5-8 )
      Father, those who despise your word have taken counsel together.

Deal with them as with Midian, as with Sisera, as with Jabin at the Brook Kishon, who perished at En Dor, who became as refuse on the earth. Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb, yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, "Let us take for ourselves the pastures of God for a possession." (Psalm 83:9-12)
      Jesus, have mercy on us and bring to repentance those who would take possession of the people of God.

O my God, make them like the whirling dust, like the chaff before the wind! As the fire burns the woods, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire, so pursue them with your tempest, and frighten them with your storm. Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O LORD. (Psalm 83:13-16)
      Holy Spirit, move their hearts -- let their shame bring them to the cross of Jesus.

Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; yes, let them be put to shame and perish, (Psalm 83:17)
      Holy Spirit, confuse the counsel of those who would harm your people.

That they may know that you, whose name alone is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18 )
      We are your children, you have put your Spirit into our hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" (See Galatians 4:6)

Thursday: [83] or 146, 147 * 85, 86; 2 Kings 9:1-16 1 Cor. 6:12-20 Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 2 Kings 9:17-37 1 Cor. 7:1-9 Matthew 6:7-15

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 22 For the Episcopal Business Administrators Conference (Sep 27-29)

***** There will be another work day at Grace Church Waterford this coming Saturday, September 24th starting at 9 a.m. The purpose is to help those in the community who were hit by the recent floods. Come and help out those in need.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 17, 2011, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Bob Baker and Mark Pasko.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Marie -- love and compassion

Rose, Joe, Madeline -- health, peace

Joe -- bitter, lost his faith

+Jean and +Tiffany -- to know God's presence in their lives.

+Debbie -- pain in leg, health as she goes to minister to others.

++James -- Bless him and protect his family.

Willie -- sleeping in a car; trying to survive; healing of hip.

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

Jermaine -- needs a job; protection from evil.

Paula -- testimony of blessing; her son is home from Florida; continue to shine to others.

++Harry -- Just out of recovery; help staying sober.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

 

9/21/2011, #85, 3rd Quarter 2011

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)
      Father, help all of us throughout this diocese discover the sweetness of your word.

Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. (Psalm 119:104)
      Holy Spirit, there so much falsehood surrounding us: help us daily discern the true from the false and choose what is right and true.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
      Jesus, give us your light to see by: open our hearts to your word.

A word received: Pray that my people will take seriously their mortality and their need for my salvation.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 02, September 25, 2011
Theme Verse: 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Matthew 21:28-32; Philippians 2:1-18; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:3-9
Memory Verse: Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5)
Next Week: Matthew 21:33-43; Philippians 3:7-21; Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-14

A word received: I want to build you into the church I want. I AM the foundation and cornerstone. Look to me -- let me build you up by my Holy Spirit and my word.

      Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32

A word received: You ask for my will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Are you willing to do my will? The first son did my will, the second did not. It is not sufficient to say you will do my will, you must actually do it.

Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High (Psalm 50:14)

Read: Matthew 7:24-27

      Epistle: Philippians 2:1-18

A word received: I am the model of doing my father's will. I want you to have my mind in you. Ask for the power of the Holy Spirit so that you can do my father's will.

      Old Testament: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

A word received: Look to me: cast the burden of your sin upon me. I came that you may have life in abundance. Turn from sin and do my father's will.

      Psalm: Psalm 25:3-9

A word received: Ask me to teach you and lead you in my ways. I AM patient and faithful.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; 2 Kings 6:1-23 1 Cor. 5:9-6:8 Matthew 5:38-48
Thursday: [83] or 146, 147 * 85, 86; 2 Kings 9:1-16 1 Cor. 6:12-20 Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 21 For Biblical tithing to become the norm in our parishes

***** There will be another work day at Grace Church Waterford this coming Saturday, September 24th starting at 9 a.m. The purpose is to help those in the community who were hit by the recent floods. Come and help out those in need.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

 

9/20/2011, #84, 3rd Quarter 2011

Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. (Psalm 78:1)
      Father, open our ears and give us hearts that heed your words.

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, (Psalm 78:2)
      Jesus, you spoke in parables to your people -- give us hearts of understanding. Let your light penetrate our darkness.

Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. (Psalm 78:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the witness of those who have gone before us.

We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength and his wonderful works that he has done. (Psalm 78:4)
      Jesus, anoint and bless the witness of all those who teach the children of this diocese. Help their parents know how and when to share the good news of what you have done for us on the cross and by sending your Holy Spirit to us.

For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; (Psalm 78:5)
      Holy Spirit, please guide the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church now assembled in Quito, Ecuador so that they hearken to your laws and commands and teach them to the next generation.

That the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, (Psalm 78:6)
      How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15a) Jesus, send forth faithful preachers to every congregation in this diocese so that your people may hear and believe in you and call upon you in time of need.

That they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; (Psalm 78:7)
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus' Name.
      Refrain
      On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
      All other ground is sinking sand;
      All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
      Refrain
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
      Refrain
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
      Refrain
Words: Edward Mote, circa 1834

And may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:8 )
      Holy Spirit, move among the bishops assembled in Quito and soften their hearts. Bless the witness of Bishop Bill to them. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me. Trust me.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; 2 Kings 5:19-27 1 Cor. 5:1-8 Matthew 5:27-37
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; 2 Kings 6:1-23 1 Cor. 5:9-6:8 Matthew 5:38-48

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 20 Trinity Church, Whitehall - The Rev’d Dr. Donna J. Arnold

***** Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011
From: "Eve Lansing"
Subject: Marriage Encounter, Calling all Married Couples,
      It’s that time again for another upcoming Marriage Encounter Weekend and the opportunity to give your spouse the gift of your time and undivided attention for two whole days! This November 12 & 13 will be our pilot two day only weekend eliminating the Friday evening and starting early on Sat. thru Sunday. However the Hyatt will offer the same EME Rates to any couple wanting to come on Friday night.
      As always no couple is turned away for lack of funds, there is only the $45 application fee and the rest is on a pay it forward program with donations. What a great gift to give your marriage before the hectic Holiday Season! Sing up know and beat the last minute rush! We need 10 couple to make the weekend happen so please consider this wonderful chance to Re-Discover each other, Restore Communication, Rekindle Romance and Renew Commitment!

Albany Intercessor

Monday, September 19, 2011

 

9/19/2011, #83, 3rd Quarter 2011

Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. (2 Kings 5:1)
      "... but a leper." Lord Jesus, we can have so much power and provision and yet be unable to overcome an illness.

And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife. Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy." (2 Kings 5:2-3)
      Holy Father, your ways are often beyond our understanding: you used the captivity of this young girl to bring a message of healing to a foreign land.

And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel." Then the king of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, "Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy." (2 Kings 5:4-6)
      Jesus, help us respond as Naaman did and seek out the healing you have for us.

And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me." (2 Kings 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, guide our thoughts so that we do not misunderstand the good intentions of others.

So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel." (2 Kings 5:8 )
      Father, thank you for the prophets you have raised up in the past; we ask you to raise up a prophetic witness among us now.

Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha's house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean." But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, "Indeed, I said to myself, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.' Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?" (2 Kings 5:9-13)
      "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' Says the Lord of hosts." (Zechariah 4:6a) "A day for little things, no doubt, but who would dare despise it?" (Zechariah 4:10a) Holy Spirit, help us get beyond our pride and do the little tasks you set before us.

So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:14)
      Holy Spirit, help us do the simple, small tasks you set before us so that we enter into your greater good for us.

And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, "Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant." (2 Kings 5:15)
      Father, bless the healing ministry throughout this diocese so that many find you mighty to save and to heal. Bless and guide Fr. Nigel Mumford and all your ministers of healing in this diocese.

But he said, "As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused. (2 Kings 5:16)
      Thank you, LORD for Elisha's witness that healing is a free gift that comes from you.

A word received: Keep your eyes on me.

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; 2 Kings 5:1-19 1 Cor. 4:8-21 Matthew 5:21-26
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; 2 Kings 5:19-27 1 Cor. 5:1-8 Matthew 5:27-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 19 The Rev’d Hugh Wilkes

***** Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer mail September 19
Dear Prayer partners, Peace be with you. This is our public prayer mail for this week.
Thanksgivings:
      1) We are getting quite a lot out of our missionary program, in many areas, including matters relating to prayer and spiritual gifts.
      2) One of the leaders of the missionary program recommended that we visit a Christian camp up in a national park/national forest area this weekend. It was like Camp of the Woods. Julie and I had an outstanding time in the parks and at the camp. I may be posting some photos on my Facebook page.
      3) For safety. While out walking in the woods in a national park this weekend, we came across a mother bear and two large cubs. Julie saw them first, and so she implemented the "act big, make noise, and walk away" strategy. We and the bears understood the rules, and we all parted company as friends.
Prayers:
      1) For our missionary program. We are finishing up week two.
      2) For our friends who have been supporting us in prayer and with finances. You are all such a blessing.
      3) That we would continue to be a blessing to all whom we encounter.
God bless you. I pray for you every day.
In Christ, Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, September 18, 2011

 

9/18/2011, #82, 3rd Quarter 2011

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?' They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.'" (Matthew 20:1-7)
      Lord Jesus, we cry out to you for all those who have not yet responded to your call to go out to labor in your vineyard -- move their hearts to action.

"So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.' And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius." (Matthew 20:8-10)
      Father, thank you that your free gift of salvation is the same for all of us; help each of us joyfully receive what you offer through your son Jesus.

"And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.'" (Matthew 20:11-12)
      Holy Spirit, help us repent of our grumbling about the provision we receive for our labor for the kingdom.

"But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?'" (Matthew 20:13-15)
      Father, it is your kingdom and you are free to do with us your servants as you please.

      I am no longer my own but yours.
      Put me to what you will,
      rank me with whom you will;
      put me to doing, put me to suffering;
      let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
      exalted for you or brought low for you;
      let me be full, let me be empty,
      let me have all things, let me have nothing;
      I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
      to your pleasure and disposal.
      And now, glorious and blessèd God,
      Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
      you are mine and I am yours.
      So be it.
      And the covenant now made on earth,
      let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
      From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley.

"So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen." (Matthew 20:16)
      Jesus, so many of us are called and so few have answered your call. Help us daily seek out the work you have set for us to do.

      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of the clergy and people of those parishes that were untouched by the recent floods to reach out to those parishes and communities that were devastated by the floods. Help us hear their cries for help and answer your call to go into the vineyard to labor.

A word received: Pray for my will to be accomplished in this nation.

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; 2 Kings 4:8-37 Acts 9:10-31 Luke 3:7-18
HC: 145 or 145:1-8; Jonah 3:10-4:11; Philippians 1:21-27; Matthew 20:1-16
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; 2 Kings 5:1-19 1 Cor. 4:8-21 Matthew 5:21-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 18 Clergy and Spouse Conference (September 28-30)

***** STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 01, September 18, 2011
Theme Verse: 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Matthew 20:1-16; Philippians 1:1-11; Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 145:1-8
Memory Verse: Then he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19)
Next Week: Matthew 21:28-32; Philippians 2:1-18; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:3-9

A word received on Ephesians 2:19-22: I want to build you into the church I want. I AM the foundation and cornerstone. Look to me -- let me build you up by my Holy Spirit and my word.

"Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it." (Psalm 127:1a) A word received in 2006: Let me build up Christ Church. Seek me. Seek my ways. I AM the Master Builder, you are apprentices. Look to me for instructions for Christ Church. [Also] Pray with hope.

      Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
A word received: I want my people to turn to me in expectation that I will do what is right in my sight. You will never be content working for me if you apply the world's standards. Turn to me and look to me for what is truly right.

      Epistle: Philippians 1:1-11
A word received: Paul is writing this letter in chains [See verse 7]. He is a prisoner for the sake of the gospel. I told him when I called him what awaited him [See Acts 9:16]. Are you prepared for the hard times for my sake?

      Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-10
A word received: I have given Jonah a second chance to speak my word and do my will. I will give you a second chance to be faithful to my call to you. Be ready to start out again on the path I have laid out for you.

      Psalm: Psalm 145:1-8
Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:2) A word received: I want you to bless me every day, no matter what your circumstances.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, September 17, 2011

 

Prayer Table in front of Grace Church, Waterford

Prayer Table in front of Grace Church, Waterford during work day for flood victims. 9/17/11. Intercessors, Table Two: Jean Bissell and Mtr. Rose Ann Felty from St. John's, Stockport. (Went from 9:30 to noon)
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Linda. Had back surgery Aug.25, still lots of pain. She and husband Paul living in rectory because Living room. Roof in trailer fell in and main roof leaking. PTL no water damage and PTL lung cancer gone.

+Debby. Needs someone can trust to do lots of repairs, strength. Gave thanks for work in this church.

+Cindy. Needs energy for work to be done today and to teach Sunday School tomorrow (Kg-4-5th grades and for Faith Alive in Va. In two weeks.)

+Nancy. Flood destroyed bottom floor of house where son lives and roof leaks. She is Roman Catholic but knows this church.

Passer-by said No with smile.

Vanessa (Grace Ch. team) Lord said, "Go to the people".. She went house to house , with bleach and food and asked about needs. Lots of completely abandoned houses, looters going in and out. Her house had 6 ft. water outside her door but house clean and dry .

+ Cheryl. First floor flooded and whole yard. She lives on 2nd floor. Pray it will pass inspection so won't have to move.

+Bonnie (Member Grace Ch.) (went to Christ Ch. When Hy Bryant there and Myra a godmother to child. Going to school to get B. degree. Prayer for health issues and son going to Afghanistan in 2 wks for 6 mo. Prayer for Stephen's safety and her own fears.

++Barbara. Asked prayer for sister in law, Rose, dying with cancer.

++Rose. asked prayers for healing and that test results be good.

++ Tiffany (Christ Ch team) prayer for her mother's sore foot.

Man and woman passing by said "Yes" without stopping.

Man passing "No thank you".

Kathy prayers for parish and situation in town.

Intercessors, Table One: Torre Bissell and Linda Davis

Debbie

Mary, Patti, Joshua -- prayers for Stacy who has bronchitis

++++Donna -- leg damaged in 2001, she was hit by a van. She took crosses for her friends.

+Jodi -- "Health" She is separated from her husband and has a 13 year old daughter.

+Cheryl -- She asked prayer for flood victims. She lives in a Section 8 apartment. It will be inspected this week. Pray she doesn't have to move.

David -- He asked prayer for his brother Brandon, his mom, and his step-daughter and her boy-friend in New York City.

+Amanda -- She is pregnant and due in two months. She asked prayer for her baby.
+Delina (Amanda's mom)

+Joe (young man) -- "That I will have a positive impact on another person."
+Chris (young man, served in the military 5 years) -- He asked prayer for our soldiers overseas and for fallen comrades.

+Mike (Postman new to route) -- He asked prayer that he could find all the correct mail boxes.

+Matthew

Woman passing by.

 

9/17/2011, #81, 3rd Quarter 2011

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." (Matthew 5:17)
      Jesus, we ask you to fulfill the law and the Prophets by giving us one heart -- an undivided heart -- and by putting your Holy Spirit within us and giving us hearts of flesh in place of our hearts of stone (see Ezekiel 11:19). Thank you.

"For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18 )
      Father, please keep us steady in you while we await the fulfillment of all that you desire in us and for us.

"Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:19)
      Holy Spirit, move in the preaching and teaching throughout this diocese so that all of our preachers and teachers will be great in the kingdom of heaven.

"For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:20)
      LORD, unless you build us up, all our labor and our righteousness is in vain. Guard our hearts and our minds so that we come into the righteousness you desire for us. Thank you.

A word received: Keep looking to me.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; 2 Kings 2:1-18 1 Cor. 4:1-7 Matthew 5:17-20
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; 2 Kings 4:8-37 Acts 9:10-31 Luke 3:7-18
HC: 145 or 145:1-8; Jonah 3:10-4:11; Philippians 1:21-27; Matthew 20:1-16

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 17 For a blessing on our youth
      The Rev’d Jere Berger, The Rev’d Joel Miller


***** Prayer Table Report - Cathedral of All Saints, Wed., Sept. 14, 2011, Noon - 12:45pm, Prayer Ministers- Dcn. Susan Plaske, Linda Davis, Hilda Handy, Beth Collum (Thor the dog)
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Brother Ken-thankful that his son in college is doing well

+B Alba-(from Calabrai, Italy) lost her house in Slingerlands, prayer for comfort, provision, protection and from husband and family

Dave-prayer for blessing and a beautiful day

Rachuel-prayer for continued blessing and peace and her family

Tata-prayer for God’s wisdom and the Holy Spirit to fill her, guide her speech

Sharon-asked for blessing on relationships and being able to forgive

++ Lee-Ann-prayer for family, Stephan with alcohol problems

Paul-prayer for friend Vonda with cancer, she is on Hospice

+Sharad-for peace

+ given a cross      B given a Bible

***** Diocesan Update September 16, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Bishop Love is attending the House of Bishops Fall Meeting in Quito, Ecuador, through Tuesday, September 20. Wednesday, September is his travel day home. The Iglesia Episopal del Ecuator is part of the Episcopal Church and has two dioceses: Central Diocese of Ecuator and Litoral Diocese of Ecuador. Please hold up in prayer Bishop Love and all the Bishops attending this meeting of the House of Bishops.

      Please keep Mother Miriam and the Sisters of St. Mary in Luwinga, Malawi, Africa, in your prayers as they prepare for the Life Profession of Sister Jane Phiri to take place on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at St. Mark’s Parish in Mzuzu. Sister Jane’s final vows to the consecrated life of a Sister of St. Mary will be received by the Rt. Rev’d Fanuel Magangani, Third Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Malawi and the African sisters’ Bishop Visitor. Anglican religious will be attending from Zambia and Tanzania.
      Sister Jane was one of the last Malawian sisters to receive novitiate training in America, joining us in Greenwich in 2005. Pictures of her are posted in the Albany Intercessors Blogspot archives ( http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2011/09/942011-67-3rd-quarter-2011.html )

      Your prayers are requested for the Rev Donna and Keving Steckline household upon the death of Deacon Steckline’s brother, Robert Hugh Howard. He died this past Wednesday. Per his wishes, there will be neither calling hours nor funeral service.
      Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord; let light perpetual shine upon him. Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP pg 505)

***** Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Hope is alive in the post office
Dateline: The Greenwich NY Post office 8.45am 9/15/11

I (Fr. Nigel) enter the post office and start my transactions.

My friend from work, Maggie, enters the post office.

I say "Hi."

As I finish the transactions I point to the ceiling and say to Maggie, "Say hello to the Boss when you see him…"

Maggie replied, "I won't see him but I will be talking to him during the day..."

I said, "Brilliant…"

Kathy the postmistress said, "I do hope you don't see him too soon but if you do, tell him I love him and I"ll see him in due time…"

Albany Intercessor

Friday, September 16, 2011

 

9/16/2011, #80, 3rd Quarter 2011 - Notes from the Front Line

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:09:17 -0400
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Hurrican Irene/Tropical Storm Lee Update
Diocesan Update, 16 September 2011
At the Bishop’s suggestion, Mtr George-Hacker was asked to write an article about the impact of hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee on the Schoharie Valley area.
            Unprecedented Disaster Visits the Schoharie Valley
                  An Opportunity to Be Christ's Church
            by the Rev. Dr. Nina George-Hacker, FHC
            Rector, St. Christopher's Church, Cobleskill NY
      Today's bright sunshine and dry ground too easily lull one's attention from the widespread devastation that continues to afflict Schoharie County in upstate New York.
      As the pounding rains of Hurricane Irene roared through our valley on August 28, 2011, rivers, streams, and creeks rapidly rose and began jumping their banks. Then, as water in the Schoharie Reservoir peaked beyond all previous flood-stage projections, a temporary restraining wall at the Gilboa Dam broke. Over 100,000 cubic feet of water per second cascaded into Schoharie and all the way to the Mohawk River.
      Within hours, hundreds of homes, businesses, public buildings, churches, and farms were destroyed. Cows drowned, horses were swept away, bridges caved in, and roads were demolished. Fields ready for harvest were ruined. Cars, mobile homes, and sheds floated away and slammed into stores and houses. People in the mountains thought they were safe, until water burst out of the granite and raced downhill. Residents far from any flood plain had 6 feet of mud and water in their homes.
      Then, just as this community began to organize for recovery, on September 7, the remnant of Tropical Storm Lee dumped another 6 to 8 inches of rain on Schoharie, Middleburgh, Central Bridge, Sloansville, Esperance, and Cobleskill. Most residents already in distress experienced a second round of flooding. And many who were spared during Irene now saw their homes swept off foundations, stores put of out of business, and farms drowned.
      What those outside of this community may fail to realize is that such widespread devastation affects every level of human existence: As hundreds are homeless and dislocated, and jobs, services, and revenues are lost, we are facing a social and economic disaster. With rivers and creeks having rerouted their paths through places they never were before, and vast acreages of farming land ruined, we are approaching an ecological and agrarian disaster. In Schoharie County, 800 structures have been destroyed or condemned, 85% of which are residential; 11 bridges have been compromised, 5 of which must be completely rebuilt; sections of highways are still out in several places. As such, the very infrastructure of the Valley is in crisis.
      Although local residents--and friends from all over America--have responded with enormous compassion and generosity, helping to shovel out homes, donating food, clothing, housing, and funds, the widespread emotional and spiritual distress affecting people here cannot be minimized.
      This is one area where the Church can help. I think it's no coincidence that in the past ten days, two new families have shown up at St. Christopher's in Cobleskill. There may not be much we can do to rebuild homes and stores, and we may not have much money to share. But we can offer people what no other organization can: The love, mercy, and peace that is ours through Jesus Christ.
      As Bishop Bill told the Susquehanna Deanery clergy on September 12, "Now is the time for people to see the Church at our best," as we practice the ministry of presence: We can hold the hand of a those grieving losses, give them a shoulder to cry on, surround them with a loving parish family, and assure them with the promise of the Gospel. Our mission is to spread hope throughout this devastation, reminding those in despair that God is with them, and we are there for them, too.
      May the Lord use this time of crisis and loss to bring all who suffer into a deeper, closer, more vital relationship with Himself.
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***** Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011
From: Eve Lansing
Subject: Marriage Encounter
Calling all Married Couples,
      It’s that time again for another upcoming Marriage Encounter Weekend and the opportunity to give your spouse the gift of your time and undivided attention for two whole days! This November 12 & 13 will be our pilot two day only weekend eliminating the Friday evening and starting early on Sat. thru Sunday. However the Hyatt will offer the same EME Rates to any couple wanting to come on Friday night.
      As always no couple is turned away for lack of funds, there is only the $45 application fee and the rest is on a pay it forward program with donations. What a great gift to give your marriage before the hectic Holiday Season! Sing up know and beat the last minute rush! We need 10 couple to make the weekend happen so please consider this wonderful chance to Re-Discover each other, Restore Communication, Rekindle Romance and Renew Commitment!
      Feel free to share this flyer in your parishes, schools, work, friend and family!
In His Service, Eve & Tom Lansing, Presenting Team
Fr. John & Terry Bassett, Presenting Team


Albany Intercessor

 

9/16/2011, #79, 3rd Quarter 2011

Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. (Psalm 69:1)
      Father, we cry out to you for all those whose homes and lives have been troubled by the recent floods. Help them find consolation by your Holy Spirit in your word and: But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; (Isaiah 43:1-3)

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, be with us when the floods of life overwhelm us.

I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God. (Psalm 69:3)
      Holy Spirit, meet us in our weariness and give us rest and refreshment.

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)
      Jesus, turn aside the sword of all those who hate this nation.

O God, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from you. (Psalm 69:5)
      Father, I ask your forgiveness for my sins -- none of them are hidden from you.

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)
      Jesus, don't let me be a stumbling block to others.

Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother's children; (Psalm 69:7-8 )
      Jesus, thank you for all that you endured to rescue us from sin and death.

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

Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; 2 Kings 1:2-17 1 Cor. 3:16-23 Matthew 5:11-16
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; 2 Kings 2:1-18 1 Cor. 4:1-7 Matthew 5:17-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: September 16 For Bishop William Love on the 5th Anniversary of his Consecration

***** Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011
From: Rev. Ginny Ogden
Subject: Westward Ho!
Dear Family and Friends,
      Last evening, Church of the Good Shepherd, Canajoharie (45 minutes due west of Albany. This was the home of Beechnut Foods.) voted to call me as their priest. For the past 5 months they have gotten to know me as I was one of 7 priests in a rotation who did services for them on the weekends.
      Ken and I will be packing up the house and putting it on the market so any and all prayers for a buyer are appreciated! There is a four bedroom Victorian, which the church owns, out there waiting for us - a perk of the 'job'. We are most excited about this next phase of our lives and ministry. This seemed like a long time coming but my prayer all along has been, "Lord, prepare me for them and them for me." and that He has done.
      I know many of you are rejoicing with us and of course there will also be tears. I want to thank so many of you for your prayer support this last year and a half. It was and is most appreciated and still is!
Love, Ginny+

Albany Intercessor

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