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Monday, October 31, 2011

 

10/31/2011, #31, 4th Quarter 2011

Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates), (Nehemiah 6:1)
      Lord Jesus Christ, rebuild the walls around your faithful dioceses and parishes so that the enemy may not get in.

that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, "Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono." But they thought to do me harm. So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?" But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner. (Nehemiah 6:2-4)
      Holy Spirit, there is a time to speak and a time to remain silent. Show Bishop Bill Love and Bishop Mark Lawrence when it is time to meet and talk with those who oppose them and when it is time to refuse.

Then Sanballat sent his servant to me as before, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand. In it was written: It is reported among the nations, and Geshem says, that you and the Jews plan to rebel; therefore, according to these rumors, you are rebuilding the wall, that you may be their king. And you have also appointed prophets to proclaim concerning you at Jerusalem, saying, "There is a king in Judah!" Now these matters will be reported to the king. So come, therefore, and let us consult together. (Nehemiah 6:5-7)
      Just as with Nehemiah, so now with Bishop Mark Lawrence, false accusations are being leveled against him. Jesus, defend him with your mighty power!

Then I sent to him, saying, "No such things as you say are being done, but you invent them in your own heart." For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, "Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done." Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands. (Nehemiah 6:8-9)
      Holy Father, strengthen the hands of your faithful bishops, priests and deacons and the dioceses and parishes committed to their care. Set them free from fear and help them build up the congregations of your faithful people.

Afterward I came to the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was a secret informer; and he said, "Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you; indeed, at night they will come to kill you." And I said, "Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!" Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. (Nehemiah 6:10-12)
      Holy Spirit, show Bishop Bill and Bishop Mark the true motives of all those who come to them.

For this reason he was hired, that I should be afraid and act that way and sin, so that they might have cause for an evil report, that they might reproach me. My God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat, according to these their works, and the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have made me afraid. (Nehemiah 6:13-14)
      Jesus, defeat the purposes of all those who utter false statements against your faithful people.

So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God. (Nehemiah 6:15-16)
      Lord Jesus, rebuild the wall of your word around your faithful congregations and dioceses so that all falsehood will be kept out. Thank you.

A word received: Ask who I am calling you to encourage.

A word received: Place your hope in me.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Neh. 6:1-19 Rev. 10:1-11 Matthew 13:36-43
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Neh. 12:27-31a,42b-47 Rev. 11:1-19 Matthew 13:44-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
From Revelation 7:17...the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water...
      Lord, thank You that you are shepherding Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge and leading them to springs of living water. May they be directed, empowered and refreshed by your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the missionary program that they are finishing up in California. We pray for safe travel for them and for a good meeting with SAMS on November 7. Be with Lydia as she continues to become adjusted to life in the U.S. and to college.
From Revelation 7:12 Praise and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!
      Amen!

***** Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011
From: The Dock Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland http://www.thedockchurch.org/
Subject: TQ prayer update
Hi Dock pray-ers!
      A long, LONG overdue update for you all - and as always, a massive thank-you for your prayers - they are so vital and so much appreciated.
      It's been a whirl of a month in Dock-World - some really good stuff and some big challenges - so here are some prayer points for the next while!
      1. Sorry to put this at the top of the list, but it would be hugely appreciated if you could pray for Susan's and my health. We've been struggling with health issues both big and small over the last while and both of us are feeling the strain a bit. All in God's good hands - but that doesn't stop us from praying for healing!
      2. A big piece of Dock news - we have a prospective boat! A little team went over to Scotland last week to visit a boat that's for sale near Glasgow. As you know this was a big part of the vision from the very start, but we now need to proceed with lots of wisdom and guidance - there are surveys, cost estimates and such exciting things to be done before a final decision is made. But if this is the right boat, we pray that the practical details would sort out so that a beautiful, welcoming, attractive space for Christian witness would be floating in the Abercorn Basin as soon as possible!
      3. Connected to that, with a boat comes a bill! We are currently going through the final paperwork hurdles to provide The Dock with charitable status, which will enable us to start fundraising towards the boat purchase. Again it's a very practical but very necessary detail of this work - so please pray that our applications fall on receptive ears, even in the current financial climate - and pray especially for Susan who will be co-ordinating the fundraising process.
      4. And on the ministry side of things: Dock Walks and Meet The Neighbours events are still continuing as we seek to witness, worship and welcome in the Titanic Quarter. Please pray for many more chances to connect with the emerging community, and pray for the brave souls who are living, working and studying in the TQ as it approaches this big Titanic anniversary year.
      5. Especially it would be great to pray that we find more ways to connect with young people in the area, particularly in the Metropolitan College and at the T13 skate park.
      6. It would be great to have your prayer for the fantastic teams of people who now keep the Dock project 'afloat' (groan) - the Directors (Michele, Margaret, David, Hugh, Philip, Michael, Sarah) and the Management Team (ChrisH, ChrisB, Susan, Finian, Colin, Gordon, Joe)
      7. It's been a massive blessing over the summer to be part of a chaplaincy team, along with Karen, rather than a 'lone ranger'. Please pray for Karen in all the work she does in Sydenham and at the TQ, pray for our continued unity, and for more churches, denominations and individuals to catch the vision and join the team...
      Well I think that'll keep you praying for a while!
Thanks Prayer Warriors! Much love, Chris
PS please try to keep the evening of 15th November free in your diaries - we'll be holding a birthday party for the dock (2 already!) and sharing the vision for the next while - it would be great if you could be there!

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, October 30, 2011

 

10/30/2011, #30, 4th Quarter 2011

Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who make my people stray; who chant "Peace" while they chew with their teeth, but who prepare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths: (Micah 3:5)
      LORD, there are many false prophets who have risen up in your church and in this nation and lead your people astray; have mercy on us.

"Therefore you shall have night without vision, and you shall have darkness without divination; the sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be dark for them. (Micah 3:6)
      Jesus, we ask you to be our light in the present darkness in your church and in this nation. Lead us step by step in your ways.

So the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners abashed; indeed they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer from God." (Micah 3:7)
      Father, there is a famine of your word in the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us, for we cannot live by bread alone.

But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:8 )
      Holy Spirit, guide the preachers and teachers of this diocese so that they will proclaim your power to transform lives and preach and teach justice and mercy and call us to repentance from our sins.

Now hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity, (Micah 3:9)
      Holy Father, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church abhore justice and pervert equity. Protect the Diocese of South Carolina and the Diocese of Albany. Thank you.

Who build up Zion with bloodshed and jerusalem with iniquity: her heads judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD, and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No harm can come upon us." (Micah 3:10-11)
      Transform the economic life of this nation: the 1% who are wealthy have no end to their greed and care nothing for the 99% who are struggling to keep afloat.

Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest. (Micah 3:12)
      For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17)
      Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

A word received: Keep looking to me.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Neh. 5:1-19 Acts 20:7-12 Luke 12:22-31
HC: 43; Micah 3:5-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, 17-20; Matthew 23:1-12
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Neh. 6:1-19 Rev. 10:1-11 Matthew 13:36-43

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011
From: Ginnie Grupinski
Subject: earthquake in Ica, Peru!
      From Bishop Mike Chapman.......Ginnie, there was a 6.9 earthquake in Ica yesterday around 1:30 pm. TV sources say no damagae Father Misael says there were about 60 families whose homes were destroyed. I am sending money for blankets. I will speak at All Saints in Charlotte tomorrow and bring it up. I will be traveling Monday at 1:30. Please send out a prayer alert with this information. If I hear anymore before I get there, I will let you know!
      Please pray for peace over the land and people...pray that there will be no damaging aftershocks and the earthquake will be a sign to the people that the Power of God is being released in their region to save, heal and deliver them.
      Pray for protection for Bishop Mike as he travels back to Ica and that there will be no issues with connecting flights, buses, etc. that all luggage will arrive with him. If any are able, please send finances to help. Please be assured that no gift is too small and every penny is so very much appreciated! In Jesus, Ginnie
      FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE CHAPMANS - There are three main ways to make your gift:
      By cash or check: Make checks out to "SAMS" and write "Mike & Linda Chapman" in the memo space. Then send the checks to the following address:
            SAMS
            P.O. Box 399
            Ambridge, PA 15003
      By credit card online or by phone: www.samsusa.org or call 1 724 266-0669 from 9am to 5 pm est.
      By electronic transfer: Thie service enables you to make automatic monthly donations from either your bank account or credit card. Visit the SAMS website at www.samsusa.org or call 1 724 266-0669 to learn more.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, October 29, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 29, 2011, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell and Mark Pasko.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
H--indicates received a hat
M--indicates received mittens

Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011
From: Mark Pasko
Subject: Home-Made Hats and Mitts for Prayer Table
Three women from the Colonie Senior Center are offering a huge number of really beautiful hand-made gloves and hats for distribution at the Prayer Table and for other local needs. Right now I have about 40 pounds (!) of goods and I have more to pick up. The women's names are:
      Pauline Layton
      Renee Ferraro
      Natalie VanDyke
They are associated with the Kuhn Center at 2 Thunder Rd. in Colonie.
      The women will be making more (they really crank them out!) and only ask that they not be sold and given to local needs as much as possible. Kay thought that pictures and a display at the Center would be great to advertise and encourage others to participate. Thank you cards should be addressed to Kay Walker at the Center.

In addition to the above hand knitted hats and mittens, we also handed out hats that were donated by Candice Foust of Christ Church and Mark Pasko of St. Michael's Colonie.

It snowed yesterday. Even though it was a rather cold, gray day, we averaged someone stopping once every three minutes. Weather is no indicator as to whether people will come and stop for prayer.

+HM Miguel -- "For my family."

Frank -- Prayed for him and his parish, St. Joseph's downtown.

M Bobby -- He is afraid he will be "sanctioned" (lose his benefits) by DSS.

HM William -- "Family."

+H Mark and +Ernie (in a motorized wheel chair) -- Mark asked prayer for Ernie.

+H Johnny -- "That I will get better and won't be on medication for the rest of my life."

+Martin -- "A job."

+Stephen -- "Courage to get out of my comfort zone" to pray with others. He has had 6 weeks of being dry. We prayed that he would move from "being dry" to true and lasting sobriety.

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

+Betty -- asked prayer for her boyfriend +Dennis "that he would get out of the hospital and into a treatment center."

HM Debra (regular) -- She gave thanks that her father Berry is out of the ICO and asked continued prayers for his healing and healing of her mother Elizabeth with chronic knee pain.

+HM Maurice -- He just had a baby boy. We prayed he would grow into the man that God wants him to be.

H Bill (regular) -- We prayed that he would have no more seizures and for his friend Wendy.

+Nicole and +Daniel (her young son) -- We prayed she would grow into the woman that God wants him to be.

+H Oneness (man)

Art

++Tim -- He asked prayer for his son Andrew to make the basketball team. He gave a substantial check to Christ Church.

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

+Joseph

+Erica (young woman) -- She is going through a hard time. We invited her to come to church. She said that she had never been to a church before but would think about coming tomorrow.

+Tony (bottle guy) -- He asked prayer for his mom.

+HM Bianca -- She is pregnant.

+HM Shavonne (man)

+Joe -- "Health."

10+ Anthony -- He was on his way to visit children in the hospital and took ten crosses to give out to kids.

 

10/29/2011, #29, 4th Quarter 2011

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, (Revelation 7:9)
      Lord Jesus Christ, pleae help us join in that great multitude standing before your throne and giving you honor and praise.

and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" (Revelation 7:10)
      Jesus, is no other name under heaven but yours by which we can be saved (see Acts 4:12).

All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, (Revelation 7:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us join with the angels and elders before the throne and fall down and worship our God and Father.

saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen." (Revelation 7:12)
      "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?" And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Revelation 7:13-14)
      Jesus, this is a time of tribulation for many of your people -- help us all wash our robes and make them white in your blood.

"Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple. And he who sits on the throne will dwell among them." (Revelation 7:15)
      Father, help us serve you day and night.

"They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;" (Revelation 7:16)
      Father, we long for that place of rest and peace with you.

"for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Revelation 7:17)
      Jesus, shepherd us and lead us to fountains of living water.
      Holy Spirit, file us up again with you living, life giving water.
      Father, wipe away every tear from our eyes. Thank you.



A word received: Pray for ears to hear what I am saying to my church.

Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); Neh. 4:1-23 Rev. 7:(4-8 )9-17 Matthew 13:31-35
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Neh. 5:1-19 Acts 20:7-12 Luke 12:22-31
HC: 43; Micah 3:5-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13,17-20; Matthew 23:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
This request came in from Mark
Hi Ronnie,
      Can you please put out a prayer request for a Christian friend's (non-Christian) wife who has a problem relating to the arteries in the back of her neck which affects the temporal nodes, she's having treatment but it's very unpleasant and needs the Lord's merciful touch.
Cheers and God bless, Mark...

***** Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Philo Trust Winter 2011 Magazine Now Online
God Morrow my friend,
      Please read the online magazine from Canon J.John in the UK. I just wanted to point out that both my sister Julie Sheldon and I are in J.Johns magazine... Julie on page
24 my new book on page 30. It is an interesting read... http://issuu.com/philotrust/docs/wintermagazine?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

Albany Intercessor

Friday, October 28, 2011

 

10/28/2011, #28, 4th Quarter 2011

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
      LORD, we pray for patient endurance. Thank you for hearing the cries of our hearts.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      Father, set out feet on the one rock that does not move or shake: Jesus.

He has put a new song in my mouth -- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3)
      Holy Spirit, put songs of praise and worship in our mouths and in our hearts. Help us praise our God and Father and Jesus Christ his son day by day.

Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. (Psalm 40:4)
      Lord Jesus, the proud have us in great derision, but help us keep our eyes fixed on you. Thank you.

A word received: Don't be afraid. Look to me for help.

Friday: 40,54 * 51; Neh. 2:1-20 Rev. 6:12-7:4 Matthew 13:24-30
Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); Neh. 4:1-23 Rev. 7:(4-8 )9-17 Matthew 13:31-35

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 07, October 30, 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 23:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 43
Memory Verse: Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; (Psalm 43:3a)
Next Week: Matthew 25:1-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 70

      Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12

A word received: I did not say, "Do not listen to their teaching." I said, "Do not be taught by their actions. I want you to learn to listen to my word and learn from it. Look for living gospels.

      Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

A word received: I want you to encourage one another.

      Old Testament: Micah 3:5-12

A word received: I do both justice and mercy. Do not confuse my love by talking about forgiveness that needs no repentance. I AM calling my people to repentance so that they will know my love and mercy.

      Psalm: Psalm 43

A word received: Seek your vindication from me. Let me vindicate you. I AM your strength and your redeemer.

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Monica Yost is back in Ellis Hospital because of an infection. They are hoping to get the results from the various tests tomorrow and that the results will be good. Continued prayer for healing and rest.

***** Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011
From: Jake Dell
Subject: Fr. Nigel is the lead story on Episcopal News Service today http://episcopalchurch.org/ens.htm
Link to the article here: http://episcopalchurch.org/79425_130334_ENG_HTM.htm
(The Rev.) Jake Dell
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing and Advertising
Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society
The Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
e: jdellDFMS@gmail.com

Albany Intercessor
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

 

10/27/2011, #27, 4th Quarter 2011

"Therefore hear the parable of the sower:" (Matthew 13:18 )
      Holy Spirit, please give us ears to hear what Jesus is saying to us.

"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside." (Matthew 13:19)
      Jesus, help us daily hear and understand your word to us.

"But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles." (Matthew 13:20-21)
      Father, please give us deep roots in you. Help us to endure and produce fruit into old age.

"Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful." (Matthew 13:22)
      Jesus, we pray for all those whose lives are choked up by the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches that they will leave these burdens at the foot of your cross.

"But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:23)
      LORD, help us receive and graft your word into our lives and produce an abundant harvest for you. Thank you.

A word received: Keep your eyes on me and not on the darkness.

Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 33; Ezra 6:1-22 Rev. 5:11-6:11 Matthew 13:18-23
Friday: 40,54 * 51; Neh. 2:1-20 Rev. 6:12-7:4 Matthew 13:24-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011
From: JAN WILLIS"
      We had the first Coffee House at Big Daddy's Bakery in Broadalbin last night and the chairs were full, the music was great and we are looking forward to many more nights of enjoying the gathering of friends, for good coffee, spicy chili, soup, yummy desserts and a glimpse of some very gifted local Christian Artists. George Cotton opened last night and sang some original songs, as well as some new contemporary worship music and some old favorites. Theophilus ( a 6 piece band) followed with many of their original pieces as well as some sing alongs and ended with a bluegrass gospel piece which got some of us out of our chairs to do a "do si do." The Venue is great and it has a feel of intimacy yet the sound is rich.
      If you would like to play, sing or can recommend someone who would like to
share their giftedness, please contact me.
      Jan Willis. 24 Maple Street, Broadalbin, NY 12025, 518-883-4567. 518-332-1160

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

 

10/26/2011, #26, 4th Quarter 2011

Remember the word to your servant, upon which you have caused me to hope. (Psalm 119:49)
      LORD, your word brings hope to our hearts.

This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has given me life. (Psalm 119:50)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who suffer affliction: that your word will bring them to new life. I remember before you today _____NN_____. Have mercy on them.

The proud have me in great derision, yet I do not turn aside from your law. (Psalm 119:51)
      Holy Spirit, strengthen our hearts and minds to resist all those who hold your word and your people in contempt. Guide Bishop Bill Love of the Diocese of Albany and Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Diocese of South Carolina. Protect and guide us in your work.

I remembered your judgments of old, O LORD, and have comforted myself. (Psalm 119:52)
      Father, your word and your judgments are a sure and steady guide -- keep us on the path of your righteousness. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for ears that are open to my word.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Ezra 6:1-22; Rev. 5:1-10; Matthew 13:10-17
Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 33; Ezra 6:1-22 Rev. 5:11-6:11 Matthew 13:18-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      26th October Wednesday, Entebbe to Cairo arrive at 08.15; Cairo to London arrive at 13.35; London to Belfast City arrive at 17.20, Egypt Air & BMI Confirmed

***** Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011
From: Maggie Hasslacher
Subject: prayer request for Deacon Faye VanDermark
      Prayers are requested for Deacon Faye VanDermark who is undergoing treatment for cancer in the brain. She is thankful for the prayer support she has had throughout her fight against cancer, and asks for a renewal of prayer support, specifically for upcoming treatments and for her doctors. She is hoping to have time with her family in November; so she asks for healing that she might be able to spend the time with her grandchildren.
      Lord we thank you that you hear our prayers. We ask that you uphold Faye at this time, that you give her health and your peace during this season of treatment; and we ask for your presence as she spends time with her family.
Maggie Hasslacher, Administrator
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Pray for the people of southeastern Turkey who have suffered a great earthquake.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

 

10/25/2011, #25, 4th Quarter 2011

On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then he spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Matthew 13:1-9)
      Lord Jesus, please give us ears to hear you.

      Father, give us hearts of flesh in place of our hearts of stone so that the seed of your word can take root there and flourish.

      Holy Spirit, move among us and call us out into the harvest fields.

      Holy Trinity, one God, some of us are called to sow seeds, some to weed, water, and nourish, and some to harvest; help each of us do the work you have called us to do. Thank you.

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

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Ezra 5:1-17; Rev. 4:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Ezra 6:1-22; Rev. 5:1-10; Matthew 13:10-17

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      25th October Tuesday, 08.00, Butembo to Beni by road (2hrs+) flight Beni to Entebbe - stay overnight in Entebbe, Confirmed

***** Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011
From: Maggie Hasslacher
Subject: prayer request for Deacon Faye VanDermark
      Prayers are requested for Deacon Faye VanDermark who is undergoing treatment for cancer in the brain. She is thankful for the prayer support she has had throughout her fight against cancer, and asks for a renewal of prayer support, specifically for upcoming treatments and for her doctors. She is hoping to have time with her family in November; so she asks for healing that she might be able to spend the time with her grandchildren.
      Lord we thank you that you hear our prayers. We ask that you uphold Faye at this time, that you give her health and your peace during this season of treatment; and we ask for your presence as she spends time with her family.
Maggie Hasslacher, Administrator
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Monica Yost
      Monica was released from Ellis hospital before our Sunday morning service. She is staying with her daughter and son-in-law, Hillary and Sean Wendell. You can e-mail her at monicay48@gmail.com.

***** Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011
From: Mary MacDonald
Subject: Prayer for healing needed
      I am asking for prayer for myself. I am on team for Cursillo this weekend and have contracted a nasty sinus infection. I sound like a frog. I need fast healing. Thanks

Albany Intercessor

Monday, October 24, 2011

 

10/24/2011, #24, 4th Quarter 2011

Blessed is he who considers the poor; the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. (Psalm 41:1)
      Father, please give us hearts to consider the poor. Break the cycle of welfare dependence which goes on generation after generation. We pray for the poor of this land that they will be helped rather than hindered by efforts to aid them.

The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; you will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. (Psalm 41:2)
      Jesus, we pray for your hand of protection on all those who minister to the poor and needy in this land, to the lost and the least. Thank you.

The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; you will sustain him on his sickbed. (Psalm 41:3)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts and bodies of all those who minister to the poor, and help them through every sickness and adversity. Give them strength to endure. Thank you.

Additional words on yesterday's readings
      Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46
A word received: They kept testing me, but they didn't turn to me. Remember the Psalm, "Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good." I want you to taste of me. I want you to make the choice to trust me.

      Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20
A word received: Offer your hearts to me for my testing. I want to purify your hearts and let my word work in you day by day.

      Old Testament: Exodus 22:21-27
"There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you." (Exodus 12:49) "You shall have one law for the sojourner and for the native; for I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 24:22)
      A word received 9/2/2009: Pray for the aliens in your midst. Pray that my people will have a heart to reach out to them. Pray that the aliens among you will find a home in me.
      A word received: Do not move the ancient boundary markers.
      Lord Jesus, help us to reach out to the foreigners and "illegals" among us and treat them as you would. Thank you.

Monday: 41,52 * 44; Zech. 1:7-17 Rev. 1:4-20 Matthew 12:43-50
Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Ezra 5:1-17 Rev. 4:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      24th October Monday, 08.00, Visit hospitals and schools meet with Diocesan staff. Visit Parishes and orphans, Confirmed

***** Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011
From: Monica
My dear friends,
      My oncologists are continuing to order CT scans, and consulting with several additional top-notch doctors, to determine the cancer type. My case will be presented tomorrow at a medical conference because it is such a rarity. Through all of this consultation, we are hoping for a more precise diagnosis and treatment plan.
      Discharge date is unclear at this point. I've had 3 radiation treatments as of today (Friday), and we think daily radiation (M - F) will continue for 4 - 5 weeks.
      I appreciate all the prayers being offered on my behalf. I give thanks for each and everyone of you.

***** Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Judith MacNutt at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
      Judith MacNutt will be at the SLC Monday night (sold out) please pray that many will healed. Judith will also be the speaker at the Tuesday healing service 10 am CTK main chapel. We look forward to seeing you.

***** Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer mail October 24
Dear Prayer partners, Peace be with you.
This is our public prayer mail for this week.
Thanksgivings:
      1) An awesome birthday week with Julie.
      2) The missionary program is fantastic. About 1.5 weeks to go.
Prayers:
      1) For our transition from the missionary program over the next two weeks, including time zone changes and smooth travel arrangements.
      2) For Lydia's continuing adjustment to college and to the US in general.
      3) For our meeting at SAMS, in Pittsburgh, on Monday, November 7, in two weeks.
God bless you. I pray for you every day.
In Christ, Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, October 23, 2011

 

10/232/2011, #23, 4th Quarter 2011

Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'" (Matthew 22:37)
      Jesus, we pray for all those for whom Christianity is largely a "head trip": help them to love you with their minds as well as their hearts and souls.

"This is the first and great commandment." (Matthew 22:38 )
      Father, restore to the common life of the Episcopal Church a love for you as father.

"And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:39)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize our neighbor in the widow, the orphan, and the alien in our midst.

"On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. " (Matthew 22:40)
      LORD, please help us in every congregation in this diocese get these two commandments right. Help us observe them and live out their importance. Bless all those who reach out with your love to the lost and the least. Thank you.

      Jesus, you loved your father so much that you were willing to lay down your life for us. Help us daily show forth your love in our lives by our deeds and our words. Thank you.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Haggai 1:1-2:9 Acts 18:24-19:7 Luke 10:25-37
HC: 1; Exodus 22:21-27; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46
Monday: 41,52 * 44; Zech. 1:7-17 Rev. 1:4-20 Matthew 12:43-50

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      23rd October Sunday, 08.00, Speaking in Butembo Cathedral meetings with Bishop Isesomo, Confirmed

***** Pray for God's blessing on the preparations and planning for the 2012 Diocesan Convention.

***** Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011
From: Patti Gibbons
Subject: Haiti closes orphanage for child neglect - Yahoo! News
      I don't know if you received this, since you used an older link this morning. Just making sure. Love, Patti
      Personal message: Here is the story! They're safe! A true miracle that arose from the church and moved the immovable Haitian government to act on behalf of children. Praise God! Thank you for praying and sharing the story. In Christ, Patti
      Haiti closes orphanage for child neglect - Yahoo! News http://news.yahoo.com/haiti-closes-orphanage-child-neglect-174719377.html
      An orphanage whose director was accused by U.S. missionaries of not feeding children and selling donated goods was closed Friday in a rare crackdown by Haitian authorities.
      Read the full story http://news.yahoo.com/haiti-closes-orphanage-child-neglect-174719377.html;_ylc=X3oDMTNsMm5zYWl2BF9TAzg0ODk2NzAwBGFjdANtYWlsX2NiBGN0A2EEaW50bAN1cwRsYW5nA2VuLVVTBHBrZwNjMWMzYzkyMi03NDMzLTNjNDAtOTcxNS0xMDA4NTU4NjE1OTYEc2VjA21pdF9zaGFyZQRzbGsDbWFpbAR0ZXN0Aw--;_ylv=3

***** Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011
From: Carol MacNaughton
Subject: Today's Daily Text Reading, The Moravian Daily Texts
Psalm 119:57-64 Ezekiel 27:12-28:10; James 5:13-20

      The Lord will reply to his people: "I am sending you grain, new wine and oil, enough to satisfy you fully." Joel 2:19 (NIV)

      If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill", and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? James 2:15-16

      God of the poor and destitute, bring us together to serve your needy children. Forgive our urge to gather everything for ourselves yet ignore the needs of others. Draw near to the orphans of the world and help them thrive in spite of their lack. We pray our churches will flourish so we may take responsibility for the need in your world. Amen.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Update on 'Y'
This in from Alan Praise God! Here's an update on that previous email that Ivan sent you. Thanks Alan
-------------------------------
From: Steve Norman
Dear Prayer Partner
      irstly, thank you so much for the messages of support and for your prayers. I heard just an hour ago that ‘Y’ was safely rescued this afternoon with no opposition. We rejoice greatly in the fact that our God is able and mighty to save. She is now being looked after. Please continue to pray for her that she will come off the drugs she was forced to take whilst in captivity with no side effects and that she will know the love Christ has for her once again. Thank you so much for your ongoing support. Every blessing Steve
Steve Norman | Director - Ratanak (UK)
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute" (Proverbs 31:8 )

***** Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011
From: Forest Rittgers
Subject: Update on Courtney
      My brother Courtney was discharged from the hospital yesterday. This morning, during a visit by his RN home health care provider, it was determined that his blood pressure was 72/55. The RN directed that he be returned immediately to the hospital from which he had been discharged as those numbers were dangerously low (they had been 110/70 when he was discharged). We took him to the ER, and they ran all sorts of tests, x-rayed his chest, and did an electrocardiogram to trouble-shoot the problem. We feared that he again had internal bleeding. Tests didn't reveal anything, so they are keeping him overnight for observation. It's possible that the low blood pressure was caused by a diuretic he was given to reduce the 18 pounds of fluid he had picked up during a week of hospitalization.
      Request your continued prayers for his healing and for a clear diagnosis and treatment of the current problem.
      I came home this evening from El Paso but am ready to go back if needed. Forest

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, October 22, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 22, 2011, 9:20 - 10:30 a.m. Bob Baker, Torre Bissell and Carol MacNaughton.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Josh (young man) -- "Life."

Richard and Jordan (men from last week)

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

+Paul -- He was born into a Christian family; converted to Islam, and then came back to Christianity.

Bobby (young man) -- We prayed that his new apartment would be brought up to code (a window has to be fixed) so that he can continue there. He asked prayer for his sister Viola who is moving.

+Debra (regular) -- She asked prayer for her mother Elizabeth. We also pray for her father Berry.

+Madelyn and +Susan (women) -- They asked prayer for their kids.

William and Moses (regulars) -- We prayed against spiritual attacks and for their peace.

+Fernando -- We prayed that he would find Christian fellowship.

Joseph

Curtis (regular) -- He asked prayer that he would find a job and greater stability in his life.

+Lloyd -- "Finances."

+Ghoson (man) -- He commented that when you are driving a car there are many places to get "filled up with gas", but the prayer table was one of the few places where you could get filled up spiritually.

Sherri

+Givoni and +hetri -- Guyanese couple and their children: Rachel, Rebecca, Deshin, and Dhanni. We prayed for all of them.

+Bill (young man) -- Today is his seventh anniversary. He got a cross for his wife +Loretta. He asked prayer for her as a friend of hers had died last week.

John and Paula (regulars) -- They asked prayer for their daughter Tiffany who started a new job three weeks ago.

Dave (young man) -- We prayed that he would have a relationship with God.

 

10/22/2011, #22, 4th Quarter 2011

Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons." But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." (Matthew 12:24-25)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church has become a house divided against itself: have mercy on us.

      Holy Spirit, restore us to a unity in you where we will with one heart and mind praise and follow Jesus.

      Holy Father, we are erring children: establish us with your discipline and order and love.

"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things." (Matthew 12:33-35)
      Father, raise up good men and women and youths who will speak your word.

      Jesus, put a stop to all the malicious talk directed against Bishop Bill Love and Bishop Mark Lawrence. Protect our dioceses from all assaults of the enemy.

"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:36-37)
      Holy Spirit, there is so much idle talk polluting the airwaves and the internet: have mercy on us and guide our speaking. Protect us from speaking words which lead to condemnation. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me for strength.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ezra 4:7,11-24 Philemon 1-25 Matthew 12:33-42
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Haggai 1:1-2:9 Acts 18:24-19:7 Luke 10:25-37
HC: 1; Exodus 22:21-27; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      22nd October Saturday, 08.00, Goma to Butembo (North Kivu) meeting and dinner with Bishop Isesomo, CETRAC Confirmed

***** Pray for God's blessing on the preparations and planning for the 2012 Diocesan Convention.

***** Date: Friday, 21 Oct 2011
From: Patti Gibbons
Subject: Haiti update
      The children have been taken out of the orphanage and placed in the care of UNICEF. http://www.sethbarnes.com/?filename=on-the-verge-of-breakthrough-in-haiti

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Urgent request for prayer
Hi Ronnie
      Can you please circulate this to the prayer chain. It is an update on a previous email. Also Susan and Liz are part of the team to visit Cambodia shortly. Please request prayer for them and the other members of the team, that the Lord will give them safety in travel, health, protection, and fulfill their physical and spiritual needs on this trip.
Thanks. Regards Ivan

      Please also pray for the team from the UK who leave on 8th November – Tim, Deborah, Liz, Susan and myself. We have a pretty hectic schedule over the days we are in Cambodia and would appreciate knowing that you are praying for us. Please pray that our hearts would be open to see and hear all that God wants us to and that we would be broken by that which breaks his heart. During the time away we will be sending round updates. Thank you so much for being a part of this journey which would not be possible without each of you.
Every blessing Steve
Steve Norman | Director - Ratanak (UK)
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute" (Proverbs 31:8 )

Albany Intercessor

Friday, October 21, 2011

 

10/21/2011, #21, 4th Quarter 2011

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)
      Jesus, you are the rock that does not move or shake; help us daily stand fast on you and find our strength and resolve in your Holy Spirit.

Let all that you do be done with love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
      Father, help us to do all with your love.

I urge you, brethren--you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints-- (1 Corinthians 16:15)
      Holy Spirit, bless all the households of this diocese -- that they will give evidence of your fruit and that we will all be devoted ministering to the needs of those in the Body of Christ.

that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us. (1 Corinthians 16:16)
      Jesus, please help us submit ourselves to one another as you were submitted to your father. Bless all those who work and labor in the harvest fields of the LORD in this diocese.

I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. (1 Corinthians 16:17)
      Thank you, Jesus, for all those who reach out and meet the needs of the saints.

For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. (1 Corinthians 16:18 )
      Jesus, thank you for all those who refresh us. Help us acknowledge the ministry they do among us.

The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. (1 Corinthians 16:19)
      Thank you, Holy Spirit, for all the home fellowships in this diocese. Thank you for the bishops who visit us from abroad at our Diocesan Conventions each year. Thank you for the delegation that comes from the Diocese of Down and Dromore each year.

All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. (1 Corinthians 1620:)
      Thank you, Father, for the fellowship we have with one another in this diocese.

The salutation with my own hand--Paul's. (1 Corinthians 16:21)
      Jesus, thank you for the life and witness of Paul.

If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema. O Lord, come! (1 Corinthians 16:22)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. (1 Corinthians 16:23)
      Amen.

My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. (1 Corinthians 16:24)
      Holy Spirit, please help us show forth our love for one another as Paul did. Thank you.

Friday: 31 * 35; Ezra 3:1-13 1 Cor. 16:10-24 Matthew 12:22-32
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ezra 4:7,11-24 Philemon 1-25 Matthew 12:33-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      21st October Friday, 08.00, Bukavu to Goma by boat -- stay in Goma overnight, Confirmed

***** Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011
From: Fr. Neal P. Longe
Subject: Fwd: Prayer & Praise Announcement
      On Friday, October 21 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, Lisa Longe, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Fr. Bruce Mason.
      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!
Neal+

***** Pray for God's blessing on the preparations and planning for the 2012 Diocesan Convention.

***** Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011
From: Patti Gibbons
Subject: Haiti update
      The update came late last night that high-level Haitian officials are aware of the situation of the orphans, and its urgency. The update is at the link below (Seth Barnes is the head of the missions agency with which I went to Haiti.) The "tomorrow" referenced is today! http://www.sethbarnes.com/?filename=on-the-verge-of-breakthrough-in-haiti

***** 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

***** Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011
From: Greg Bailey
Subject: Healing Service at Trinity Church, Gouverneur and those of other Episcopal Churches within our St. Lawrence Deanery
Dear Family & Friends,
      Please share the attached Healing Service Flyer with all who might like to attend, in addition to our weekly healing service TrinityChurch, Gouverneur is working along side with other Churches in The Episcopal Deanery of St. Lawrence County. In hopes of promoting the Ministry of Healing Prayer. We hope to support each other in this ministry and in doing so we will offer joint Healing Services throughout the Deanery with members from all churches being welcomed to attend and take part.
The following is a list of up coming Healing Services being offered at this time:
      Grace Church, Canton - November 16th. at 7 p.m.
      Trinity Church, Potsdam - November 1st. (First Tuesday) at 7 p.m.
      St. Paul's Church, Waddington and St. John's Church, Ogdensburg - Alternating the 4th. Sundays at 7 p.m., with the next service being held at St. John's.
      Trinity Church, Gouverneur - 4th. Thursday of the month with next service being held on November 27th. at 7 p.m.
      St. Thomas' Church, Tupper Lake - 1st. Saturday of the month at 7 p.m.
      Zion, Colton -
      St. Mark's, Malone - next service November 30th. at 7 p.m.
      Christ Church, Morristown -
      St. John's Church, Massena -
May the Blessings of our Lord be upon each of you, Deacon Greg

***** Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011
From: Donna Rohrmiller
Subject: Donna in Ghana Ministry Intercessors October 2011
      Greetings to all of you! I want to update you on the prayer needs for me and the ministry a little more fully than I do in the newsletters. I appreciate your prayer for these concerns as well as hearing from you about anything you feel the Lord brings to your heart as you pray.

1.      My residence permit for Ghana – My current arrangement for residency coomes to an end 12/10/11, and cannot be continued. I was working on two alternatives, both of which seem to be getting nowhere. I need the Lord's mind on this and His hand to move it. It takes a while to get through the government offices, so I am already "late" in a sense. This can result in financial penalties, if not having to leave the country. The Lord brought to mind one more option today (10/20), so I am starting to work on this. The three options are:
a.      Approval as an NGO (no for profit) – will discuss beloww. Not a current option for the residence permit.
b.      Affiliation with Calvary Charismatic Centre, a church – I thougght this was what would happen, it seemed guaranteed. But nothing is moving, and this week I cannot even get a hold of the local pastor helping me with it. I will keep working on this for now.
c.      Affiliation with Reddekopp Ministries, friend missionaries – Just came to my mind today as I was praying and crying out to the Lord that I had no other options. I am trying to contact them about this.
Even when something opens up, I need intense prayer because of the short time frame.

2.      NGO – This process has bogged down in the local Social Welfare office. They need to do an investigation report. The man has pretty much indicated the need for a bribe (grease) to get it moving. Pray and ask the Lord to apply the grease so that they do the work that needs to be done.

3.      IAM Bible School, Sunyani – This is the school I am director of. We are finishing up our first year and planning for gradation in December. Pray for a good ending to the school year and a graduation that will show the benefits of the program to the public and honor the graduates and teachers. There is still a lot to do and plan for, and the time is closing in! Pray also for the Lord to identify and call a local pastor to be the director during this next year.

4.      Ministry Relationships – There have been some problems with these, but they seem to be straightening out. It has made my initial time back a real challenge. Please pray for the Lord's protection on relationships and communication. The theme for me in particular: discernment and wisdom!

5.      All IAM Bible Schools – pray:
a.      For the Lord's wisdom and direction for the IAM program in Ghana.
b.      For the directors and teachers to hear the Lord's calling and to carry the vision for the schools.
c.      For understanding on how to reach those who would benefit from being students in the schools.
d.      About 2 referrals for possible new schools, will probably meet with them early November.

6.      Financial Provision – Things are still tight financially. I am praying about thiss. It is difficult to be aggressive in ministry without the financial means to do it. I have been praying about this. I need a lot of wisdom and discernment to know if I am spending according to the Lord's will. While I have not "wasted" money, I may have given some out of my own heart instead of as directed by Him.

7.      Health Insurance for the Needy Elderly – Preliminary prayer for the planning that neeeds to go into this. Because of other demands, we want to wait till sometime after the new year.

Thank you all! Please keep in contact. I love hearing from you.

Love, Donna

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, October 20, 2011

 

10/20/2011, #20, 4th Quarter 2011

"Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen," (Matthew 12:18a)
      Father, please help us choose what you have chosen.

"My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!" (Matthew 12:18b)
      Father, help us love those whom you love and find pleasure in what pleases you.

"I will put My Spirit upon Him," (Matthew 12:18c)
      Holy Spirit, come upon us as well.

"And He will declare justice to the Gentiles." (Matthew 12:18d)
      LORD, let your justice run down like water and your righteousness like a mighty stream in the Episcopal Church (see Amos 5:24).

"He will not quarrel nor cry out," (Matthew 12:19a)
      Jesus, let your peace that passes all understanding fill our hearts and minds.

"Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets." (Matthew 12:19b)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear when Jesus speaks to us.

"A bruised reed He will not break," (Matthew 12:20a)
      Father, please help us bind up the bruised and broken-hearted.

"And smoking flax He will not quench," (Matthew 12:20b)
      Jesus, don't let us quench the fire of your Holy Spirit -- help us fan it into flame.

"Till He sends forth justice to victory;" (Matthew 12:20c)
      Jesus, win the victory in us; help us bring forth your justice and mercy in the diocese and in this land. Bring forth your justice and mercy in Haiti and in every place where there is trafficking in children.

"And in His name Gentiles will trust." (Matthew 12:21)
      Holy Spirit, help all those who do not know Jesus come to place their trust in him. Thank you.

A word received: Let me carry your heavy burden.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 06, October 23, 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 22:34-46; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20; Exodus 22:21-27; Psalm 1
Memory Verse: "Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt." (Exodus 22:21)
Next Week: Matthew 21:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 43

      Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46

A word received: The order is important: first, loving me, and second, loving your neighbor. Love that does not begin with me can produce all sorts of evil.

      Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20

A word received: Paul is a living model of the order of love in the gospel. His love for me compels him through every danger and hardship. His love for the Thessalonians shines forth with love for me.

      Old Testament: Exodus 22:21-27

A word received: My love should be shown forth in the way you treat the widow, the orphan and the poor among you. If you say you love me, then show forth love to the little ones and to the lost among you. Look around you -- they are everywhere around you.

      Psalm: Psalm 1

A word received: Look at the way love is to be lived out. You cannot mock my little ones and say that you love me. One of the ways my righteousness is lived out is by the way you treat my little ones.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Ezra 1:1-11 1 Cor. 16:1-9 Matthew 12:15-21
Friday: 31 * 35; Ezra 3:1-13 1 Cor. 16:10-24 Matthew 12:22-32

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      20th October Thursday, 08.00, Diocesan staff and meeting with Bishop Bahati, Confirmed

***** Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011
From: Fr. Neal P. Longe
Subject: Fwd: Prayer & Praise Announcement
      On Friday, October 21 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, Lisa Longe, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Fr. Bruce Mason.
      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!
Neal+

***** Forest Rittger's brother, Courtney, needs surgery that is risky otherwise he only has about 3 months to live. Prayers for guidance, protection, healing and peace for all.

***** Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011
From: Faye VanDermark
Subject: WE NEED PRAYER
      Thing are moving slow, people are still try to get there life back in some order. Some road are still closed. It will take time. Unadilla and Sidney churches is being the rebuilding. many people in pain and don't know if there want rebuild. so we need prayer for peace and wisdom and God grace.
God bless Faye

***** Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011
From: The Rev. Dr. Nina George-Hacker, FHC
Subject: Our Service of Healing Prayer, October 22
      For the Diocesan Intercessors: Kindly keep in your prayers our first Service of Healing Prayer, planned for Saturday, October 22 at 6 pm, St. Christopher's Church, Cobleskill. The spiritual warfare has already "taken out" our two lay persons that are gifted with the charism of healing, and were scheduled to serve as our prayer ministry team: One had to care for family out of town, the other is ill. We are asking the Lord to bring to this worship service whoever is in need of healing--of any kind--and to protect this ministry, and all who take part in it, with the Blood of Christ and His holy angels. Thank you so much. The Rev. Dr. Nina George-Hacker, Rector.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

 

10/19/2011, #19, 4th Quarter 2011

The LORD has purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion. He has stretched out a line; he has not withdrawn his hand from destroying; therefore he has caused the rampart and wall to lament; they languished together. (Lamentations 2:8 )
      LORD, the walls that protected your church and your people have been cast down and your people languish.

Her gates have sunk into the ground; he has destroyed and broken her bars. Her king and her princes are among the nations; the law is no more, and her prophets find no vision from the LORD. (Lamentations 2:9)
      Father, your word and your law are regarded as nothing, our leaders and teachers in the Episcopal Church speak false visions.

The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground and keep silence; they throw dust on their heads and gird themselves with sackcloth. The virgins of Jerusalem bow their heads to the ground. (Lamentations 2:10)
      Jesus, your faithful people mourn for your church -- have mercy on us.

My eyes fail with tears, my heart is troubled; my bile is poured on the ground because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, because the children and the infants faint in the streets of the city. (Lamentations 2:11)
      Lord, we are troubled by the events in the Episcopal Church -- give us your peace and the comfort of your Holy Spirit.

They say to their mothers, "Where is grain and wine?" As they swoon like the wounded in the streets of the city, as their life is poured out in their mothers' bosom. (Lamentations 2:12)
      Holy Spirit, feed your people with your word. Anoint the preaching in the Diocese of Albany and in the Diocese of South Carolina and in all your faithful parishes.

How shall I console you? to what shall I liken you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I compare with you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is spread wide as the sea; who can heal you? (Lamentations 2:13)
      Jesus, you are our healer and the healer of your church. Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!

Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not uncovered your iniquity, to bring back your captives, but have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions. (Lamentations 2:14)
      Father, shut the mouths of all those who speak false visions and words to your people.

All who pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and shake their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem: "Is this the city that is called 'The perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth'?" (Lamentations 2:15)
      Lord, many mock your church and your people. Restore us to the beauty of holiness and let the good news shine forth among us.

A word received: Pray for my heart and my mind to be in you.

A word received: Take my yoke upon you and find the freedom of my service.

Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Lam. 2:8-15 1 Cor. 15:51-58 Matthew 12:1-14
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Ezra 1:1-11 1 Cor. 16:1-9 Matthew 12:15-21

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      19th October Wednesday, 07.00 , Bukavu Archdeaconry visits, MU, schools and other projects, Confirmed

***** Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011
From: Fr. Neal P. Longe
Subject: Fwd: Prayer & Praise Announcement
      On Friday, October 21 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, Lisa Longe, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Fr. Bruce Mason.
      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!
Neal+

***** Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Prayer Request and e-mail request for Monica Yost
      Ellis Hospital has an email service if you would like to send prayers and wishes to Monica Yost. Click the link below and enter the requested information. Please change the hospital to "EllisHospital" and enter your message. She's already gotten a few and it really brightened her day! Thanks again for your prayers. https://www.ellismedicine.org/PatientsampVisitors/PatientGreetings.aspx

***** St. Luke's Cambridge will be hosting Dr. Mark Virkler and Communion With God Ministries on November 4 & 5, 2011 for a seminar entitled "How to Hear God's Voice". Mark has authored over 60 books and since 1984 has taught people all over the world how to distinguish God's voice from the clamor of the world. The cost for the seminar is $25.00. More details are available at http://stlukescambridge.org/default.aspx. This conference is not just a study about God, but an encounter with God.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

 

10/18/2011, #18, 4th Quarter 2011

At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes." (Matthew 11:25)
      Holy Father, "wise and prudent" normally seem like good characteristics, but Jesus is saying something else here. Help us to get past cold calculations and find the freedom to go into your arms that babes have. Thank you.

"Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in your sight." (Matthew 11:26)
      Father, please give us eyes to see as you see, to weigh things in the balance as you do.

"All things have been delivered to me by my father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal him." (Matthew 11:27)
      Jesus, please help us enter into the life of that heavenly banquet and fellowship that you share with your father and the Holy Spirit.


"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 )
      Holy Spirit, help us lay our burdens at the foot of the Jesus' cross and enter into his rest.

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:29)
      Jesus, help us learn from you and take on your character and find rest for our souls.

"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:30)
      
      Holy Spirit, set us free from being stiff-necked and wanting our own way; help us take on Jesus' yoke and lay aside all the needless burdens and baggage we have picked up in life. Thank you.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Lam. 1:1-5(6-9)10-12 1 Cor. 15:41-50 Matthew 11:25-30
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Lam. 2:8-15 1 Cor. 15:51-58 Matthew 12:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      18th October Tuesday, 07.00, Goma to Bukavu by boat, Welcome meetings, Confirmed

***** Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011
From: Fr. Neal P. Longe
Subject: Fwd: P&P Announcement
      On Friday, October 21 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, Lisa Longe, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Fr. Bruce Mason.
      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!
Neal+

***** The Athanasian Creed
      Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is all One, the Glory Equal, the Majesty Co-Eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father Uncreate, the Son Uncreate, and the Holy Ghost Uncreate. The Father Incomprehensible, the Son Incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost Incomprehensible. The Father Eternal, the Son Eternal, and the Holy Ghost Eternal and yet they are not Three Eternals but One Eternal. As also there are not Three Uncreated, nor Three Incomprehensibles, but One Uncreated, and One Uncomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not Three Almighties but One Almighty.
      So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not Three Gods, but One God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not Three Lords but One Lord. For, like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion to say, there be Three Gods or Three Lords. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father, and of the Son neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

      So there is One Father, not Three Fathers; one Son, not Three Sons; One Holy Ghost, not Three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is afore or after Other, None is greater or less than Another, but the whole Three Persons are Co-eternal together, and Co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity.

      Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting Salvation, that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man.
      God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the substance of His mother, born into the world. Perfect God and Perfect Man, of a reasonable Soul and human Flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His Manhood. Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but One Christ. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into Flesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God. One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by Unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one Man, so God and Man is one Christ. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into Hell, rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire. This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.

***** Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer mail October 18
Dear Prayer partners, Peace be with you. This is our public prayer mail for this week.
Thanksgivings:
      1) For Julie. Her birthday is this week.
      2) The missionary program continues to be really awesome. About 2 weeks or so, to go.
      3) For the great church service yesterday.
Prayers:
      1) For the people who have asked us for prayer this week, that their prayers for discernment be answered.
      2) For Lydia's continuing adjustment to college and to the US in general.
      3) That we would continue to be a blessing to all whom we meet. And for a strong close to our missionary program.
      4) For our meeting at SAMS, in Pittsburgh, on November 7.
God bless you. I pray for you every day.
In Christ, Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor

Monday, October 17, 2011

 

10/17/2011, #17, 4th Quarter 2011

"But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying: 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not lament.'" (Matthew 11:16-17)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us and your church to maturity. So many in the church expect Jesus to dance to their tune and their agenda. Help us recognize the folly of such expectations and behavior and repent of that.

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children." (Matthew 11:18-19)
      Father, help us repent of our hardness of heart. You have sent the witness of your prophets to your people and they have rejected them. You have sent the witness of your son to your people and they have mocked and killed him. Father, our human wisdom leads us into such folly -- help us repent and accept your Living Word to us.

Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes." (Matthew 11:20-21)
      Woe to you, Episcopal Church! Many mighty deeds have been done in you and you and your leaders and teachers have hardened your hearts against the Living Word, Jesus. Have mercy on us.

"But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you." (Matthew 11:22)
      Jesus, help the people of the Episcopal Church, its leaders and teachers and all who have been led astray by political correctness to repent and return to you.

"And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you." (Matthew 11:23-24)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church is filled with so many Lot's wives who are dying by looking back (see Genesis 20:26) at what is being destroyed and dead. Send your witnesses to the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of South Carolina as you did to Lot in Sodom and guide us by your word. Thank you.

Additional words received on Sunday's Communion lessons:
      Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22
A word received: Look at the whole chapter.
A word received: I want my people to come to me. They can come to me as they are -- full of sin and selfishness, but they must come to me on my terms -- with hearts that are open to me and my word.

      Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
A word received: Ask the people to share times of joy in the midst of affliction and suffering.

      Psalm: Psalm 96:1-9
A word received: How I long for my people to come to me and give me themselves.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Jer. 44:1-14 1 Cor. 15:30-41 Matthew 11:16-24
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Lam. 1:1-5(6-9)10-12 1 Cor. 15:41-50 Matthew 11:25-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for David Gough, CMS Ireland as he travels to Egypt, South Sudan and, for the first time with CMS Ireland, to 3 Partner Dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
      17th October Monday, 07.00, Fly back to Goma -- stay in Goma overnight, Confirmed

***** Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011
From: Fr. Neal P. Longe
Subject: Fwd: P&P Announcement
      On Friday, October 21 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, Lisa Longe, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Fr. Bruce Mason.
      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!
Neal+

***** Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Update on Monica Yost
      Monica is being weaned off oxygen. She is very anxious about this. Please pray for peace. She was moved out of ICU Friday night but still requests no visitors
yet please She is doing better each day. We are still waiting on further results. Thank you for your continued prayers.

***** Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011
From: Patti Gibbons
Subject: Haiti: When words can not be allowed to fail
Dear Torre,
This is my blog post about the orphans; it has links to the details. I'm also attaching a photo of "Dodo" and I from last January (he is the boy in the striped shirt). Thank you for raising your voice for these little ones!
In Christ, Patti

Haiti: When words can not be allowed to fail via the intersection of life and grace by patti on 10/16/11 http://pattigibbons.com/?p=1257&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pattigibbons%2FmQZg+%28pattigibbons.com%29

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Often attributed to Edmund Burke, the sentence above has been running through my mind as frequently as I think of Haiti. In the past 24 hours, between bouts of intense agony and anger, it has been at the top of my mind. I must speak because this evil can not triumph. But, I'm ahead of myself.

Last winter I travelled to Haiti [see my posts about that trip here] to serve the people of Port-au-Prince as they struggled to recover from the earthquake of January 12, 2010. Among the locations at which we ministered to children was an orphanage called Son of God. I sensed something was wrong there, more than just poverty, very quickly after our arrival. The children were more than just eager for attention, they were desperate for it. They held on so tightly, as though to say, "Don't leave me here." They were sick, malnourished, improperly clothed, and the glimpses of their sleeping areas were frightening. Children I'd seen in friends' photos of the same place were not present. This was more than post-quake situational poverty. My second visit confirmed that my sense of the place was not simply initial shock. Something was wrong, but I couldn't back it up.

Yesterday I read a blog post in which Seth Barnes of Adventures in Missions http://adventures.org/ requested help in spreading the word about the dire situation existing at the Son of God Orphanage in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The same orphanage our group visited. The information Seth shared is the culmination of a year-long investigation regarding the orphanage, the welfare of the children there, and those charged with their care. From Seth's post:

Backed by corrupt government officials, an orphanage we work with in Carrefour/Port-au-Prince, Haiti has been trafficking its orphans.

Suspecting foul play, we've been investigating for the last year. We've not been ready to go to the media until we had the facts.

As a result, the orphanage director is now in jail, but the 75 children left in the orphanage are still in danger. A worker said, "The kids are in terrible condition -- the doctor gave them some prescriptions, but we doubt that the medicine will ever be administered to the children. Instead, the medicine will probably be sold."

Please click here to read the facts revealed on Seth's blog. http://www.sethbarnes.com/?filename=help-stop-haitian-officials-from-trafficking-orphans The information requires us to act; 75 children are in imminent danger and many are complicit in their circumstances. Read it and then consider to whom you will tell this story. "No one" is not an option. Thus far, I have emailed several reporters, my senators and congressman. I have told the story to many at my church and a wider audience via my social media accounts. I will not stop telling their story and I dare you to tell it too. These children have no voice of their own and they are desperate for you to lend them yours.

This situation is an extraordinarily painful one, especially for Americans. We can not throw money at this problem because money will not fix the corruption of the human hearts at whose sinful inclination these children have been starved, left ill and improperly clothed, educated or loved. To stop the crimes of humanity, humanity must intervene.

Speak.

Speak now.

I do not exaggerate when I say their very lives depend upon our voices.



***** Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011
From: Joseph G.V. Acanfora
Subject: Please lift our Sunday evening time of worship healing and recovery at Christ Church Gilbertsville. There are so many in need of His healing grace, Pray that God will send those who need to come and that we will be instruments of His peace.
Faith, hope and love abide... but the greatest of these is love. (1Cor. 13:13)
Joe Acanfora+
607-316-6002
Celebrate Recovery

"When we come to the place where the road and the sky collide...
Throw me over the edge there and let my spirit fly."
Jackson Browne - The road and the sky - Late For The Sky- 1974

      I love the image of a road heading toward the horizon and disappearing over a hill. It conjures up in me anticipation, the mystery of what could be over the hill, the hope of something beautiful and better, tinged with just a bit of healthy fear of the unknown. Overall though, it's one of excitement that change is possible, when change is needed.
      That's what the road to recovery entails; fear, mystery, anticipation and hope for a better life.
      Over the past year, we've been praying and preparing to bring to fruition a recovery program for this area that would address a wide variance of needs with a concise program anchored in Christ. Our goal is to provide a tangible means for folks of all ages and backgrounds, struggling with areas of their lives they want to be set free from, to lead more joyful and productive lives.
      I believe we've found just what we're looking for in Celebrate Recovery by John Baker and Rick Warren of Saddleback Church.
      It's a recovery program based on eight principles we find in the Beatitudes. This is what Jesus shared with his followers in his Sermon on the Mount in the fifth and sixth chapters of the Gospel according to Matthew. It gives us the acronym RECOVERY:

Realize I'm not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.

      Blessed are those know they are spiritually poor. - Matthew 5:3

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, and that he has the power to help me recover.

      Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted -- Matthew 5:4

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control.

      Blessed are the meek. -- Matthew 5:5

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.

      Blessed are the pure in heart. -- Matthew 5:8

Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.

      Blessed are they whose greatest desire is to do what God requires. Matthew 5:6

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I've done to others, except where to do so would harm them or others.

      Blessed are the merciful. Blessed are the peacemakers. -- Matthew 5:7, 9

Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.

      Blessed are the pure in heart. They shall know God. Blessed are the righteous-- Matthew 5:8, 20

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others both by my example and words.

      Blessed are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires and let their light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. -- Matthew 5:10, 16*

      So there you have it. Eight principles, that lead to twelve steps that empower us along the road to blessed living; the life God intends for us, a life of fullness, security and peace. Because the road won't always be easy, it's a road we won't travel alone, but have others to accompany us, encourage us, and we to encourage them. Last week, our guest preacher, Betty Currier told us "recovery is contagious." That we can catch it from others like we can catch a cold. But unlike a cold it can sustain us, and help us heal while offering us the means to "give" it to others. Imagine that! No better yet, live it!

      At Christ Church we're offering the means to live it with our Celebrate Recovery gathering on Sunday evenings. We'll begin at 6:30 with worship, where we'll have the time to put aside the hassles and busyness of the world and get in touch with the one true higher power, Jesus Christ. It will be a time to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the peace and security he brings. It will be a safe time and place to indeed Celebrate Recovery as we praise God, hear His word, experience His healing and learn how to live out His life giving power. This will be followed at 7:30 with Recovery Small Group Discussion, where we'll have separate spaces with people in a similar place in their own lives to talk, listen and be empowered with God's truth in our lives through a concise program. There will be separate groups for adults in recovery themselves and those dealing with issues in the lives of those they love, along with separate grouping for youths. Of course they'll be refreshments, and folks will be welcome to linger and chat into the evening after the one-hour discussion time is over.

      You are invited! Join us on this road. Journey with us, be challenged to experience the life changing power of God in your life, and all it entails. You may come crawling, walking, or even carried by someone else, the first few steps may be the most difficult, but ease is not the promise. Fullness of life and a spirit that flies in Christ is.

For God's honor and glory,

JA+

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Prayer request
I meant to send this out yesterday; Angela stopped me yesterday morning before the 11.30 service to ask if WE as a fellowship would pray for her young cousin Kane. Kane is 4yrs old and has been diagnosed with leukemia. Please pray for Kane that Father God would completely heal him and also pray for his family! Angela is from a non-Christian family but as a recent convert believes, with this many praying for Kane God will heal!!

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