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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

 

11/30/2011, #61, 4th Quarter 2011

Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. (Psalm 12:1)
      LORD, raise up godly leaders and teachers throughout the Episcopal Church. Thank you for the faithful sheherds you have raised up in this diocese.

They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. (Psalm 12: 2)
      Jesus, cleanse the seminaries of the Episcopal Church of all idle speech and false teaching. Thank you for the faithful witness of Nashotah House and Trimity School for Ministry.

May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things, (Psalm 12:3)
      Father, shut the mouths of all those who speak flattering and proud things. Bless the words of your faithful witnesses.

Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is LORD over us?" (Psalm 12:4)
      Holy Spirit, there so many lawless and lordless people among us. Help them know their need for Jesus.

"For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he yearns." (Psalm 12:5)
      Lord, you taught David how to be a faithful shepherd and rescue his sheep from the mouth of the lion and the bear. Please raise up faithful shepherds in our day who will resuce the poor and the need out of the clutches of those who would consume them.

The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalm 12:6)
      Holy Spirit, write your words on our hearts and minds. Help us daily walk by the light of your word.

You shall keep them, O LORD, you shall preserve them from this generation forever. (Psalm 12:7)
      Jesus, preserve us and protect us.

The wicked prowl on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men. (Psalm 12:8 )


A word received: Keep turning to me. I can do what you cannot.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 11, December 4, 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: Mark 1:1-8; 2 Peter 3:8-18; Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85
Memory Verse: He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
Next Week: John 1:6-8, 18-28; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28; Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 126

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: Mark 1:1-8

A word received: Remember all those witnesses that pointed to me in your lives as John did in his time. Who are you pointing to me? Look around you; ask for the guidance and power and fire of my Holy Spirit to do this.

      Epistle: 2 Peter 3:8-18

"My times are in your hands." (Psalm 31:15a) (verse 8-9) A word received: I want you to use my gift of time to you to build up my kingdom. Don't be distracted as you wait for my timing of events. Keep your eyes on me. Pray for ears to hear my word to you so that your heart will be ready.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-11

(verse 10-11) A word received: Pray that I will come into your heart now. I long to carry you in my arms as a lamb of my flock. I will lead you. I AM faithful.

      Psalm: Psalm 85

A word received: I want you to see from verse 12 that verses 10 and 11 are what I give. They are not by your good works, but by my mercy and love.

Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Amos 3:12-4:5: 2 Pet. 3:1-10: Matt. 21:23-32
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Amos 4:6-13: 2 Pet. 3:11-18: Matt. 21:33-46

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

 

11/29/2011, #60, 4th Quarter 2011

Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" (Matthew 21:12-13)
      Lord Jesus, it is so easy to get sidetracked by money raising bazaars and projects; restore to our common life in this diocese a clear understanding of the holiness of your sanctuary. Let every parish in this diocese become a house of prayer.

Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. (Matthew 21:14)
      Holy Spirit, move in the healing ministry throughout this diocese: give sight to the blind and restore mobility to the lame. Thank you.

But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant and said to Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes. Have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise'?" (Matthew 21:15-16)
      Father, please help us praise Jesus as we ought and teach and encourage the youth and children in our parishes to do the same.

      Jesus, prepare the hearts of all those who will be going to the Youth Rally at the Diocesan Convention and the various ministries to children there. Anoint all those who will be ministering to them with the power and love of your Holy Spirit.

      Holy Spirit, anoint and guide all those who are planning and preparing for the Diocesan Convention in June. Bring revival and healing to this diocese. Thank you.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Amos 3:1-11; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Matthew 21:12-22
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 1; Amos 3:12-4:5; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 21:23-32

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      The Shepherd leads his sheep to still water. (Psalm 23) Why? Because sheep, like us, like to drink from still water so water does not go up their nose! Allow the Lord, the Shepard of your soul to guide you to still waters.

***** Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Is it faith healing or faith in God to heal? Who needs to have faith, the person who is sick or the prayer team. The onus is on the prayer team. I know someone who was in a coma for three weeks and could not pray. The prayer of the faithful pulled him through! He is alive today because of a mighty prayer team. Thank you and thank you God.

***** Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail, 29 November 2011
Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you.
This is our weekly public prayer mail:
Welcome to Advent, and I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving.
The Week in Review:
      1) This past week there have been several good connections about our future missionary plans, and it would take a while to good while through it all step by step. It has been happening quickly. We are excited. To summarize:
      a) We had a good Skype call with Bp. Philip of Belize about potentially serving in the capital city of Belmopan, potentially looking at us making a several week site visit in the early months of 2012. This is very encouraging.
      b) We have also had other encouraging additional news from SAMS about the possibility of serving in the Diocese of Northern Uganda. A proposal is in the process of being made to the Bishop of that Diocese.
      c) Other possibilities emerged, as well, such as potentially serving in Nairobi, Kenya, or in the northern part of Kenya among nomadic tribes (the latter is a more remote possibility - in more than one sense - at the moment).
      We are prayerfully evaluating all the options.
      2) We had two good Thanksgiving gatherings, one for our immediate family and two friends in New York State, and one with Julie's immediate family, in Connecticut. We enjoyed touching base with our daughters, Ruth, Hannah, and Lydia, and with our parents. Of the options at the moment, our family is giving us feedback on where they might like us to serve, and Belize takes the top vote for just about everyone.
      3) We have enjoyed touching base with supporters during the past week or so. You all are an awesome bunch! We have made new friends along the way.
Prayers:
      1) Please keep Lydia and our parents, particularly Julie's parents, in your prayers:
      a) Lydia's college roommate has departed for the school year, may reenter next Fall. Please keep Lydia in your prayers, for school work, exams, and adjustments.
      b) Julie's sister's family, along with Julie's parents, are considering relocating to Colorado from Connecticut sometime in the near future. We will be included in important family discussions this coming weekend.
      2) Please pray for our finances, meetings, logistics, and the right open doors in the Lord's timing over the next few months.
      3) Bishop Philip of Belize has asked us to keep him, and the Church in Belize, in our prayers. We would appreciate your praying for them, as well.
      God bless you, and I continue to pray for you every day. Your prayers matter to us.
In Christ, Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie+

***** Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011
From: jakedell@gmail.com
Episcopal News Service November 28, 2011
Disciplinary Board dismisses abandonment complaint against South Carolina bishop
Communicants alleged Mark Lawrence aimed to leave Episcopal Church
By Mary Frances Schjonberg
      [Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church's Disciplinary Board for Bishops Nov. 28 said it cannot certify that Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence has abandoned the communion of the church.
      "Based on the information before it, the board was unable to make the conclusions essential to a certification that Bishop Lawrence had abandoned the communion of the church," the Rt. Rev. Dorsey F. Henderson Jr., board president, said in a statement e-mailed to Lawrence and reporters. (Henderson said he informed Lawrence of the board's conclusion by telephone as well.)
      The board met Nov. 22 via conference call to consider information given it by a group of communicants in the diocese.
      Under Title IV, Canon 16, a bishop is deemed to have abandoned the communion of the Episcopal Church by an open renunciation of the doctrine, discipline or worship of the church; by formal admission into any religious body not in communion with the church; or by exercising episcopal acts in and for a religious body other than the church or another church in communion with the church.
      "Applied strictly to the information under study, none of these three provisions was deemed applicable by a majority of the board," Henderson said in his statement.
      In the Nov. 28 statement, Henderson said that the disciplinary board faced what he called a "basic question" of "whether actions by conventions of the Diocese of South Carolina, though they seem -- I repeat, seem -- to be pointing toward abandonment of the church and its discipline by the diocese, and even though supported by the bishop, constitute abandonment by the bishop."
      "A majority of the members of the board was unable to conclude that they do," Henderson said.
      Henderson, the retired bishop of Upper South Carolina, noted that it is "significant that Bishop Lawrence has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to lead the diocese out of the Episcopal Church -- that he only seeks a safe place within the church to live the Christian faith as that diocese perceives it."
      "I speak for myself only at this point, that I presently take the bishop at his word, and hope that the safety he seeks for the apparent majority in his diocese within the larger church will become the model for safety -- a "safe place" -- for those under his episcopal care who do not agree with the actions of South Carolina's convention and/or his position on some of the issues of the church."
      Lawrence told the diocese Oct. 5 that he was being investigated for abandonment. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the House of Bishops were not involved in making the claims, Henderson said at the time via a "fact sheet."
      The package of documents alleging his abandonment of the church that Lawrence said he received Sept. 29 from Henderson, is posted on on the diocese's website. The documents contained 12 allegations of when Lawrence's "actions and inactions" sought to abandon the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church.
      Those allegations cited five specific diocesan convention resolutions that Lawrence supported. In addition, the allegations also claimed that Lawrence has removed all references to the Episcopal Church from the diocesan website and noted that half of the congregations with working website have done the same or offer links to breakaway Anglican organizations.
      "The bishop appears to have done nothing to stop other parishes which are outwardly moving in the direction of withdrawal" from the Episcopal Church, including parishes that have sought or obtained legal advice on those moves, allegation seven said.
      Three allegations referenced comments made by Lawrence about what he calls the Episcopal Church's "false gospel of indiscriminate inclusivity" and his description of the church as a "comatose patient" that has slowed down Anglicanism in the 21st century.
      It is also alleged that missions are being planted in the diocese but Lawrence has not recognized "a congregation of loyal Episcopalians" as a parish or mission.
      The 12th allegation surrounded the circumstances of the ordination of Lawrence's son.
      The diocesan leadership has engaged in a series of moves to distance itself from the Episcopal Church, ultimately stemming from disagreements over human sexuality issues and theological interpretation. In October 2009 the diocese authorized Lawrence and the Standing Committee to begin withdrawing from churchwide bodies that assent to "actions deemed contrary to Holy Scripture, the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this church has received them, the resolutions of the Lambeth Conference which have expressed the mind of the communion, the Book of Common Prayer and our Constitution and Canons, until such bodies show a willingness to repent of such actions."
      That authorization came in response to two General Convention resolutions passed two months earlier that focused on human sexuality and reaffirmed the Episcopal Church's commitment to the Anglican Communion. Resolution D025 affirms "that God has called and may call" gay and lesbian people "to any ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church." Resolution C056 calls for the collection and development of theological resources for the blessing of same-gender blessings and allows bishops to provide "a generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this church."
      In his Nov. 23 interview with the Living Church Lawrence said that provision gave permission to bishops to act contrary to the Episcopal Church's canons, its prayer book, church history and the church's historic teaching on marriage.
      In October 2010, the South Carolina convention approved six resolutions in response to General Convention's 2009 passage of revised Title IV canons on clergy discipline, according to an explanation posted on the diocese's homepage before the convention. The convention met again in February 2011 and passed two of those resolutions again as required, amending the diocesan constitution to remove the accession clause to the canons of the Episcopal Church and to enable the convention to meet more frequently than annually. The diocesan said at the time that the resolutions were meant to "protect the diocese from any attempt at un-constitutional intrusions in our corporate life in South Carolina."
      At Lawrence's direction, Diocesan Chancellor Wade Logan Nov. 16 sent a quitclaim deed to every parish in the diocese. A quitclaim deed generally transfers ownership of the property from the party issuing the deed to the recipient.
      "For 190 years (1789-1979) there had never been any idea that somehow the parishes did not completely and fully own their property," Logan said in his letter. He said the diocese could issue quitclaim deeds because the state Supreme Court has said that the 1979 passage by the General Convention of the so-called Dennis Canon was not binding on the parish of All Saints, Pawley's Island, South Carolina.
      The "Dennis Canon" (Canon 1.7.4) states that a parish holds its property in trust for the diocese and the Episcopal Church.
      Logan said in his Nov. 16 letter to parishes that removing the accession clause was part of the "continued pursuit of our historic unity based on common vision rather than legal coercion."
      The quitclaim action was not included in the original material submitted to the board.
      Lawrence told the Living Church on Nov. 23 that he issued the quitclaim deed in part because "the threat of property disputes" should not be "the only thing that holds us together."
      "Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom, not the keys to the building," he said.
      Lawrence said that when he awoke the day after having decided to issue the deeds he felt that "for the first time, I am the bishop of this diocese."
      The disciplinary board's investigation of Lawrence appears to be among the first it has conducted. The board was created under the revised Title IV canons on ecclesiastical discipline which went into effect on July 1. The board is made up of 10 bishops elected at any regularly scheduled meeting of the House of Bishops, and four priests or deacons and four lay persons initially appointed by the president of the House of Deputies with the Executive Council and thereafter elected by the House of Deputies. Henderson noted in his fact sheet that the board "operates confidentially."
      -- The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 28, 2011

 

11/28/2011, #59, 4th Quarter 2011

Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2 Peter 1:1)
      Father, thank you for the apostolic witness of Peter and Paul and the others Jesus called to this ministry. Do not remove the ancient landmark. (Proverbs 23:10a) Do not let anyone remove the ancient landmarks of scriptural teaching in this diocese. Help us hold steady to your word and the apostolic witness. Bless and anoint the witness of your apostles among us today:
            Bill Love
            Dan Herzog
            David Ball
            David Bena
            Harold Miller
            Mike Chapman
            Mark Lawrence
            And others.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (2 Peter 1:2)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily grow in our knowledge of God the Father and his son Jesus our Lord. Let your grace be multiplied among us.

as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by glory and virtue, (2 Peter 1:3)
      Jesus, help us daily answer your call to glory and virtue.

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)
      Jesus, help us daily reflect on your promises to us and the hope we have in your resurrection.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)
      Jesus, help us daily abound in these things so that our lives will be fruitful for your kingdom.

A word received: Allow the little children to come to me and forbid them not.
      Lord, speak to those congregations where order is more important to them than allowing children to be there in the service with their noise and confusion.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4; Amos 2:6-16; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 1; Amos 3:1-11; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Matthew 21:12-22

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Big Daddy's, a Christian coffee house with
      BROKEN OAKS
      RECORDING ARTISTS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011, 6:30-9:00 P.M.
15 W. Main St. Broadalbin

***** St Luke's on the Hill Christmas Party
Please join us as we gather to celebrate the true spirit and joy of Christmas together as a congregation, with friends and family
      Friday evening, December 2 at 6:00 p.m.
      Faldoni's, 116 Park Avenue, Mechanicville, NY 12118
      (518 ) 664-4107
      $17
St. Martha's Group will handle the gratuities. Reservations are due to the Church Office by NOON Tuesday, 11/29. (518 ) 664-4834

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, November 27, 2011

 

11/27/2011, #58, 4th Quarter 2011

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming--in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning--lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!" (Mark 13:32-37)
      Holy Spirit, please give us watchful hearts and minds.

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides you, who acts for the one who waits for him. You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers you in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned -- in these ways we continue; and we need to be saved. (Isaiah 64:4-5)
      Jesus, wash us and cleanse us by your blood and heal us by your stripes.

But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and all we are the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8 )
      Father, we ask for your transforming work in our lives.



A word received: Speak my word.

Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 11; Amos 1:1-5,13-2:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Luke 21:5-19
HC: 80 or 80:1-7; Isaiah 64:1-9a; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Mark 13:(24-32)33-37
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4; Amos 2:6-16; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Jesus said, "Ask." If you are not content in your life, ask Him to help you be at peace with yourself and with others. To be content is to be satisfied with what one is or has: not wanting more or anything else. I pray that you may be content with your life. Seek the peace of God that passes all understanding.

***** Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote...
      People ask me, "Father Nigel, how much faith do I need to be healed?" I reply, "How much faith did Lazarus have to be healed? He was dead!"

Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled, so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:7-11)
      We pray Lord, for clear minds for Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge so that they can pray and hear your direction for them. Thank You for every gift that You have given to these loyal servants of yours as they wish to serve others and faithfully administer Your Grace in its various forms. Show them Lord what their new mission is to be and where it is to be. Also give them the strength they need to complete a mighty work for You. And in all they do, may their works bring praise to Jesus Christ, your Son. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, November 26, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, November 26, 2011, 9:17 - 10:45 a.m. Bob Baker and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

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

Albany St.

Anonymous -- Prayer - Blessing: Finding community

+++Audrey -- Keep her safe (crosses for her children)
+++Renee -- Good health, peace of mind, His will be done.
(They were in a car driving by -- pulled over when they saw the table.)

+Joanna -- Prayer for patience; she knows God hears her prayers. (She walked across the street to come to the table.)

++Leelynn -- Good health and good family.

+Sweet -- Prayers for his family; prayers for firefighters.

G Naru -- Blessing.

++++++HG Chris -- His kids

+HG Trish -- Her husband and her strength. Going into recovery.

State St.

+Felicia -- "For my kids and my family."

Steve (man) -- For joy and for his business.

+Joe -- "Health and happiness."
+Joe Jr. (son of Joe -- in his 20s) -- He asked prayer for forgiveness. He confessed his sins to Jesus, asked for and accepted Jesus' forgiveness.
+Rose (wife of Joe) -- "For my family."
(They were driving by and parked on the other side of the street and came over for prayer.)

+Neal (Man who lives in the house next door) -- "For my children."

Bill (regular) -- We prayed for freedom from seizures, companionship for him and for his friend Wendy.

+HG Marquand, +HG Jermaine, and +HG Tarquise -- These three boys crossed the street for prayer.

Eric (He is an elder at the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) We prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on his congregation and on Christ Church.

+Brandy (mother) and +Jayleen (teenage daughter) -- Brandy asked prayer "for my family and my kids."

+Alondia (young man) -- He was carrying some great burden within himself. We led him in prayer in giving that burden to Jesus. He had had a distant relationship with his father who had died early. We prayed that he would come to know the love of God the Father.

+Shaland (young woman) -- In a rush as the bus was coming just then.

+Brenda -- She asked, "How do you change your first name." We asked if she wanted to do that formally or informally. She wanted to do it formally. We thought she would probably have to go through a legal process. She never accepted prayer though she did want a cross.

+++Ebony (wife of Elder Eric) -- We prayed for the children in the Schenectady schools and for her son Gabriel. She asked for the crosses to give to school kids.

Man walking by -- "I'm praying for you guys."

Desdemona -- She was exhausted from moving. We prayed for strength to endure. She said that she had been asked to speak from the pulpit at the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St. this morning. We prayed that she would speak the words that God gave her.

+Lamka (woman) -- "Me and my husband just got reconciled." We prayed for her marriage.

+Alijahwan (Early teenage boy) -- He was burdened by some sin. He had previously accepted Jesus as his savior. We led him in confessing his sin and accepting Jesus' forgiveness.

Anthony (already wearing a cross from previous visits) -- He was on his way to an AA meeting.

 

11/26/2011, #57, 4th Quarter 2011

Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your heritage, who dwell solitarily in a woodland, in the midst of Carmel; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in days of old. (Micah 7:14)
      Jesus, please shepherd your people in this diocese with your staff. Feed us with your word day by day and week by week.

"As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them wonders." (Micah 7:15)
      Holy Spirit, give us eyes to see your wonders.

The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall put their hand over their mouth; their ears shall be deaf. They shall lick the dust like a serpent; they shall crawl from their holes like snakes of the earth. they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of you. (Micah 7:16-17)
      Father, give the nations, give this nation, a holy fear of the judgment to come. So many are deaf to your word; have mercy on us and give us ears to hear and eyes to see.

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? (Micah 7:18a)
      Father, help us minister your love and forgiveness at the prayer table today. You pardon iniquity and pass over the transgressions of your people. Let all who come find cleansing in the blood of Jesus.

He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. (Micah 7:18b-19a)
      Lord, subdue our iniquities. Help us daily delight in your mercy. Help us daily recognize the cost of your mercy on the cross.

You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn to our fathers from days of old. (Micah 7:19b-20)
      Holy Spirit, let your cleansing fire come upon us so that our sins (which are many) may be cast into the depths of the sea. Thank you for giving truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham and to the Church Fathers and Apostles who continue to speak to us today.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Micah 7:11-20 1 Pet. 4:7-19 Matthew 20:29-34
Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 11; Amos 1:1-5,13-2:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Luke 21:5-19
HC: 80 or 80:1-7; Isaiah 64:1-9a; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Mark 13:(24-32)33-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Please do not text or use you phone while driving. Several times I have had cars coming towards me where the driver is not looking ahead and is clearly looking at a phone. I thought my life was over.... How about yours!

Albany Intercessor

Friday, November 25, 2011

 

11/25/2011, #56, 4th Quarter 2011

It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth. (Isaiah 24:21)
      Father, bring the wealthy and the proud to repentance. Give them a heart to regard the lowly and care for them.

They will be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished. (Isaiah 24:22)
      Jesus, this is a time of hardship for many: cause those who exploit the poor to repent of this evil.

Then the moon will be disgraced and the sun ashamed; for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before His elders, gloriously. (Isaiah 24:23)
      Holy Spirit, let the light of Christ shine forth in the darkness and bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to new life in him.

Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, (Psalm 140:1)
      Deliver us, Lord.

Who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war. (Psalm 140:2)
      Deliver us, Lord.

They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips. (Psalm 140:3)
      Deliver us, Lord.

Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble. (Psalm 140: 4)
      Deliver us, Lord.

The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me. (Psalm 140:5)
      Deliver us, Lord, for your mercy is great.

      I said to the LORD: "You are my God; hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD. O GOD the LORD, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle. Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further his wicked scheme, lest they be exalted." (Psalm 140:6-8 )
      

The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. (Psalm 65:13)
      A word received: I have set you in the midst of plenty. Pray for eyes to see my provision.

Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Isaiah 24:14-23 1 Pet. 3:13-4:6 Matthew 20:17-28
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Micah 7:11-20 1 Pet. 4:7-19 Matthew 20:29-34

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Thank you God for the very gift of life. Today, and everyday, give thanks to the Lord our God. Thank Him for everything you can think of. Try to rejoice always, pray constantly and give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ) Those three edicts of life can change yours for the better.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, November 24, 2011

 

11/24/2011, #55, 4th Quarter 2011

"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? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:25-27)
            A Collect for Peace
      O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, you humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP)

"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30)
            A Collect for Grace
      Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP)

"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:31-33)
            A Prayer of St. Chrysostom
      Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. (BCP)

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:34)
            The General Thanksgiving
      Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. (BCP)

A word received: Pray for the lost sheep.
      Father, we pray for faithful shepherds who will seek out the lost sheep and bring them back to the flock. We ask this in the name of our shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Zephaniah 3:1-13 1 Pet. 2:11-25 Matthew 20:1-16
Thanksgiving Day: 65or 65:9-14; Deuteronomy 8:1-3,6-10(17-20); James 1:17-18,21-27; Matthew 6:25-33
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Isaiah 24:14-23 1 Pet. 3:13-4:6 Matthew 20:17-28

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Subject: Concert For Missions
      Deacon Alan Hart of St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne will give a free benefit "Concert For Missions" in the church sanctuary on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to his church's missions fund to help send out missionaries to all parts of the globe in 2012. Hart will sing some of his own songs he has composed over the years, including "Chestertown" and "Spirit of Glens Falls." Hart's wife, Deacon MaryCarol Hart of St. Andrew's of Scotia, will join him for a few songs. If you would like to contribute, the address at St. Mary's is: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 220 Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 211, Lake Luzerne, New York, 12846. (Just note somewhere on the check that it is for Missions Fund.)

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

***** Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote...
      Imagination is a gift from God. If you can dream it, think it, then seek it. If you can see it in your mind let it form. Let your gifts come forward. Is there an unwritten book inside of you? Put aside a specific time each day and get writing. Start anywhere, but start. Hey, live your life to the fullest. With thanksgiving...

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

 

11/23/2011, #54, 4th Quarter 2011

But you are a chosen generation, (1 Peter 2:9a)
      Lord Jesus Christ, help this generation make the choice for you.

a royal priesthood, (1 Peter 2:9b)
      Holy Spirit, help each of us in this diocese enter into the ministry you have called us to.

a holy nation, (1 Peter 2:9c)
      Father, help you people hear the call of you’re your name and help us humble ourselves, and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways, so that you will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land. (See 2 Chronicles 7:14)

his own special people, (1 Peter 2:9d)
      Jesus, we see this great multitude of evil that is coming against your people and your church; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. (See 2 Chronicles 20:12)

that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; (1 Peter 2:9e)
      And he said, "Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.'" (From 2 Chronicles 20:15)

who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:10)
      "You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you." (2 Chronicles 20:17)

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Obadiah 15-21 1 Pet. 2:1-10 Matthew 19:23-30
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Zephaniah 3:1-13 1 Pet. 2:11-25 Matthew 20:1-16
Thanksgiving Day: 65or 65:9-14; Deuteronomy 8:1-3,6-10(17-20); James 1:17-18,21-27; Matthew 6:25-33

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Subject: Concert For Missions
      Deacon Alan Hart of St. Mary's of Lake Luzerne will give a free benefit "Concert For Missions" in the church sanctuary on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to his church's missions fund to help send out missionaries to all parts of the globe in 2012. Hart will sing some of his own songs he has composed over the years, including "Chestertown" and "Spirit of Glens Falls." Hart's wife, Deacon MaryCarol Hart of St. Andrew's of Scotia, will join him for a few songs. If you would like to contribute, the address at St. Mary's is: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 220 Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 211, Lake Luzerne, New York, 12846. (Just note somewhere on the check that it is for Missions Fund.)

***** Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      A mentor of mine once told me, "Have fun." Those two words changed my life. I started to have fun. It was if I had to be give permission to enjoy my life. Strange that.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

 

11/22/2011, #53, 4th Quarter 2011

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, (1 Peter 1:22)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily purify our souls by our obedience to the truth of the gospel. Help us to love one another with a pure heart.

having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, (1 Peter 1:23)
      Jesus, thank you for bringing me to new birth by your word and Spirit and sacraments. Let your word abide in me all the days of my life.

because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. the grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the LORD endures forever." (1 Peter 1:24-25a)
      Father, we know that our mortal lives will end: help us live and die in the hope of the resurrection.

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:25b)
      LORD, let the gospel be faithfully preached in every parish of this diocese. LORD, you are good; a stronghold in the day of trouble, and our trust is in you. (See Nahum 1:7) Thank you for what you do for us each day to keep us on track.

A word received: Don't be afraid.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Nahum 1:1-13 1 Pet. 1:13-25 Matthew 19:13-22
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Obadiah 15-21 1 Pet. 2:1-10 Matthew 19:23-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011
From: Forest Rittgers
Subject: Fwd: Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano
Suggest you send this out. It's very powerful. http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=1312

***** Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
Surround yourself with kind people. It makes life a lot richer.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 21, 2011

 

11/21/2011, #52, 4th Quarter 2011

Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)
      Father, thank you for your enduring mercy and goodness.

Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all his praise? (Psalm 106:2)
      Jesus, help us praise you as we ought and tell of what you have done for us.

Blessed are those who keep justice, and he who does righteousness at all times! (Psalm 106:3)
      Holy Spirit, help us cleave to justice and righteousness at all times. Thank you.

Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have toward your people. Oh, visit me with your salvation, (Psalm 106:4)
      Jesus, we join with the dying thief on the cross and all who have looked to you in hope: remember us with the favor you have toward your people. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me and follow me.

Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Joel 3:1-2,9-17 1 Pet. 1:1-12 Matthew 19:1-12
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Nahum 1:1-13 1 Pet. 1:13-25 Matthew 19:13-22

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, November 20, 2011

 

11/20/2011, #51, 4th Quarter 2011

'For thus says the Lord GOD: "Indeed I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out." (Ezekiel 34:11)
      Jesus, thank you for searching for me and finding me.

"As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out my sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day." (Ezekiel 34:12)
      Jesus, thank you for seeking for me and delivering me out of darkness.

"And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country." (Ezekiel 34:13)
      Thank you, Jesus, for inviting me to your banquet table. I was lost and hungry and you found me and fed me.

"I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel." (Ezekiel 34:14)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the sheepfold you have brought me to: to this Diocese of Albany and to this parish and fellowship of Christ Church Schenectady.

"I will feed my flock, and I will make them lie down," says the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 34:15)
      Day by day, Jesus, I find my rest in you. Thank you.

"I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment." (Ezekiel 34:16)
      Jesus, thank you for letting me see you bring back the lost and see you mend the broken at the prayer table each week. Thank you for doing that in my life as well.

"And as for you, O my flock, thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats.'" (Ezekiel 34:17)
      Father, the day of judgment in coming: prepare our hearts by moving us to:
            Feed the hungry
            Give the living water of your Holy Spirit to the thirsty
            Welcoming the stranger and taking them in
            Clothing the naked
            Visiting the sick
            Going to those in prison (See Matthew 25:35-36)

Malachi 3:7b Received as a word: "Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts.

Sunday: 118 * 145; Isaiah 19:19-25 Romans 15:5-13 Luke 19:11-27
HC: 95:1-7; Ezekiel 34:11-17; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Matthew 25:31-46
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Joel 3:1-2,9-17 1 Pet. 1:1-12 Matthew 19:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." (Isaiah 30:21)
      Father God, we come to you once again asking that you give clear direction to Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. We pray that their ears hear your orders for them. Lead them Lord to that place where you want them to minister for the next few years. Help them to find that destination where You might use them best with their unique spiritual gifts. We pray this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. And Lord we pray for Lydia as she continues to adjust to college life. Send her your love, peace and joy. Let her know that You are with her always in her journey to adulthood. Amen.

***** Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      In your mind and in prayer, place Jesus between yourself and anyone who gives you grief! Perhaps, you might be upset with someone. Have the Lord Himself stand between you and the person of concern. Allow Jesus to filter their words and anger. Allow Jesus to filter your feelings and words. Allow Him to mediate the issue.

***** Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011
From: John Hopkins
Subject: Check out this page on GodTube.com!
      I pray you all have a blessed Thanksgiving. I thought this video appropriate for the season. Peace. John+ Thanksgiving Chair - Inspirational Videos http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KYPKDPNX

***** Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011
From: Donna Steckline
Subject: Kev's home
      Just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers. Please continue to hold Kevin and Patti in prayer as they debrief from this difficult trip. They are safely home, and we give God thanks for that as well as the wonderful ways he was evident in this trip. Thank you God for all our brothers and sisters in Christ who faithfully hold us in prayer throughout life! AMEN

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, November 19, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, November 19, 2011, 9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Bob Baker, 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
G--indicates received gloves
S--indicates received a scarf

+Debra (regular) -- She asked prayer for her granddaughter, +Mahogany 13 years old, who has been missing since yesterday. She lives in Albany. She never came come from school. Debra's father, Berry, is doing much better.

Steve (man) -- I prayed that he would be able to start his own business and for joy.

+G Art -- He asked prayer "that things will go well." He expressed his appreciation that we are out there on the prayer table each Saturday.

+Damien -- He asked prayer for "good health."

+Paula (regular) -- She has a virus. We prayed for healing.

GH Allah (Christian man) -- He asked prayer for "success for everyone."

+G Mahendra (Teenage boy) -- He asked prayer "for my family."

G Bobby

+G Benjamin (man) -- He first checked out who we were praying to before he would let us pray for him. He asked prayer for help with his finances.

+S Jonathan (man) -- He announced, "I want revenge." We led him to confess his anger and sins to Jesus and ask for an receive forgiveness for his sins. After he thanked Jesus for forgiving him, I told him, "I want you to know that you are now clean." A look of startled pleasure crossed his face and he announced that he felt "lighter already" and that he had lost his desire for revenge. [The same look of startled pleasure crossed the faces of the other men who confessed their sins and accepted Jesus' forgiveness today.]

+GH Stephen (older man using a walker) -- He is having surgery this coming Wednesday at 1 p.m. He is 57. He said that all of a sudden his health fell apart. We prayed for him and his children and grandchild. He said, "I'm afraid of the surgery." He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus' forgiveness.

Marion (man from last week) -- He also confessed his sins and accepted forgiveness from Jesus and thanked Jesus for forgiving him.

++Janice (woman) -- She asked prayer for protection.

John (regular, Paula's husband) -- We prayed for healing and strength and that his legs would hold up and that he would not trip or fall.

Eric (Elder at the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) -- We prayef for a blessing on the "Family Health and Wellness Day" at their church on Swan Street on this afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

 

11/19/2011, #50, 4th Quarter 2011

And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" (Revelation 22:17a)
      Holy Spirit, help us heed your bidding and come. Help your bride, the Church, to say, "Come!"

And let him who hears say, "Come!" (Revelation 22:17b)
      Father, give us ears to hear and hearts to share your bidding call and tell others to come.

And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17c)
      Jesus, I thirst and I come to your living waters. I have no money, but I come to buy and eat what you freely offer. I come for your new wine and milk without money and without price. Thank you. (See Isaiah 55:1)

      Holy Spirit, help me repent of spending my money or what is not bread and my wages for what does not satisfy. Help me to listen to you carefully and eat what is good, and let my soul delight itself in your abundance. Thank you. (See Isaiah 55:2)

      Father, I turn my ear to you and come. Help me daily listen and hear so that my soul shall live and I will enter into your everlasting covenant and your sure and certain mercies. Thank you. (See Isaiah 55:3)


A word received: Pray for the poor and those in need of my help in this land.

Please pray for the prayer table ministry.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Isaiah 65:17-25 Revelation 22:14-21 Matthew 18:21-35
Sunday: 118 * 145; Isaiah 19:19-25 Romans 15:5-13 Luke 19:11-27
HC: 95:1-7; Ezekiel 34:11-17; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Matthew 25:31-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011
From: Ginnie Grupinski
Subject: Lima
      Bishop Mike is in Lima tonight. Tomorrow he will be ordaining 3 deacons: Dimas, Marco, and Zoila.Please pray for these three in particular and the rest of those taking part, that the anointing of the Lord might fall like rain in the Cathedral. Please pray for a mighty move of the Spirit in these proceedings and a wave of revival to come to Lima and all of Peru! Ask that signs and wonders would follow the preaching and ordination of these men and that God would be glorified in everything.The ordination will take place in the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Mira Flores, Lima, Peru at 5 in the afternoon. Thank you so much !
Blessings and Peace, Ginnie

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      SAMS
      P.O. Box 399
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***** You are invited to "Come!"
      Last night at St. Michael's Church monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service many answered the call to "Come!" and were blessed.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, November 18, 2011

 

11/18/2011, #49, 4th Quarter 2011

"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10)
      Father, give us a heart to reach out with love to your little ones and to the lost and the least. I cry out to you for the children of Schenectady -- those growing up in families with addiction or violence or want. Have mercy on them. Guide us by your Holy Spirit when we talk with them and pray with them.

"For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost." (Matthew 18:11)
      Jesus, help me daily share the gospel of salvation with your people.

            Praying the Apostles' Creed
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      As with the dying thief on the cross, we too say, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Luke 23:42)

"What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." (Matthew 18:12-14)
      Holy Spirit, raise up true shepherds throughout this diocese who will go out looking for the lost sheep. They are all around us -- help us to see them and help bring them into the flock. Thank you.

"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:19-20)
      Jesus, thank you for being with those who minister at the various prayer tables around the diocese.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 10, November 20, 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 25:31-46; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Ezekiel 34:11-17; Psalm 95:1-7

      Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

A word received: There is judgment coming. I will test what you have done and not done. I want my people to take the General Confession seriously. If there is no repentance, there is a block to my grace.

"we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone."

      Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

(verse 22) A word received: I want you to find your life in me.

      Old Testament: Ezekiel 34:11-17

(verse 16) A word received: I will gather up the fragments of your lives just as I had my disciples gather up the fragments of bread at the feeding of the 5,000.

      Psalm: Psalm 95:1-7

(verse 7) A word received: I want you to know me as your shepherd.

A word received: In his hand. [Both the great and the small] What is the character of the Shepherd? God doesn't excuse sin, but he forgives sin. Prayer: Lord, help us to be under faithful shepherds.

The high mountains are for the wild goats (Psalm 104:18 ). We look at the mountains and are impressed by them and see them as important. From God's perspective they are a playground for the goats.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Malachi 3:1-12 Revelation 22:6-13 Matthew 18:10-20
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Isaiah 65:17-25 Revelation 22:14-21 Matthew 18:21-35

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Hold the door open for wheelchair bound people. Do not shout at them, most likely their hearing is fine! If you are able, get down to their level. It does not take long to get a stiff neck looking up from a wheelchair.

***** Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Cathedral of All Saints Prayer Table Report, 11/16/11 Wed 12 Noon - 1PM Beth Collum, Hilda Hardy, Linda Davis, Deacon Sue and Thor the dog
Dave (Trinity) - Giving thanks for warm weather
Connie and Sharon - for Tereka for recovery from cancer and for Blessing and continued grace and peace for Jim
Sue - Kristen recovering from breast cancer, relief from residual pain
      Kim help and provision, the Lord's guidance
      Felecia relief of Back pain
      Barb and Wendy God's presence in their lives
+Angela - Reconciliation, Health and Provision
Jim - Healing, grace, peace and blessing
+Anthony - Needs an apartment and a good job. provision
David - for relief of back pain
Laura - dizziness, healing of infection, relationship with her mother, Christian friends for her and Dan
David - for relief of back pain and healing
Amy - provision and coming back to Jesus
Invitation to anyone who has a calling to pray with people or support this ministry please contact Deacon Sue and we will help you to find your place in the ministry.

***** You are invited!
      Today, November 18 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 Ryan Haig, Lisa Longe, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Fr. Steve Hart. This is a very relaxed service. Come when you can and stay as long as the Lord leads. If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord please plan to attend. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! If you have never been to one of these services please plan to attend if you are available. These services are always a powerful time with the Lord and we promise you will be blessed!

***** Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011
From: Donna Steckline
Subject: update
      Praise the Lord!! Kevin and Patti have arrived in Entebbe, Uganda and are there for the night. They acquired flights out for tomorrow evening, so will arrive in Newark around 1:30 pm on Sat.
      Kev said Patti is doing somewhat better and probably got Giarrdia (sp?) which he has been treating her for and she is getting better. She just doesn't feel like traveling. Praise God they are safely on their way. They will still need to coordinate getting a different flight or route home for Patti from Newark, but we'll figure that out easily.
      Thank you sooooo much for your prayers!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! FHS, Donna+

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Fw: Cambodia update 3 and 4
      From the Faithful husband Mark: Please continue to Pray for Liz and Susan until they are back with us at Willowfield
Thanx Ronnie'O
Hi all,
Updates 3 and 4:
"Beauty for Ashes
      Today was the day I was so very much looking forward to since this trip became a reality. It is the day we spent with our partners from Hagar – an organisation who, to quote the words of staff, deal with the things in the too difficult basket. That resonates with everything I am and everything we strive to be as an organisation. When this journey began just over 3 years ago I was warned to stay away from working with sexually exploited in Cambodia as 'it is too difficult and too dangerous'. How far away from the truth can that be. Is it difficult? Yes. Is it dangerous? Sometimes yes. Is it impossible – with God absolutely not. In him can be found all hope and through him full restoration can be found and through him all things are possible..
      After a day out we freshened up before a tuk tuk drive through a totally gridlocked Phnom Penh to the mall and Lucky Burger. I would like to describe this as rush hour though we were rushing nowhere!! I was so excited for this moment. Here we met up with some Hagar staff and 10 girls from 2 foster care homes funded by Ratanak International – 1 from the UK and 1 from Canada. We sat amongst the girls and chatted about family and what brought us to Cambodia like old friends as we shared a meal together. These kids have suffered abuse on a scale that a normal human being cannot and should not be able to conceive. That humanity would stoop so low to exploit a child to such an extent is beyond my levels of comprehension.
      After eating it is time for gifts with Liz and Susan handing out bracelets, toiletries and hair bands. Girls chatter comparing their new gifts with beaming faces. I reached into a bag I brought over and took out a bunch of Ratanak teddy bears. The gasp is audible and as each bear is received it is hugged and held onto tightly before being decorated with the bands and bracelets then hugged a little more. A little 8 year old girl then leans over and asks my name before naming her teddy after me. After ice cream and more conversation it is time to say farewell and head off. At the bottom of a set of steps the same 8 year old wanders over and asks her mentor how to say some words to me in English. I kneel on the pavement as she look into my eyes and says, 'Thank you, I will never forget you'.
      Tonight, once again, my heart aches but this time it is with the joy of seeing young lives rescued and restored. I am now beginning to understand with a little more clarity what it means to be in awe of God as I witness his hand at work in the lives of these children. Moreover, I appreciate more fully that we serve a mighty, mighty God who is able to do everything we can ask or imagine – and often more than we dare imagine.
      Please pray for the Hagar staff who work with these and many more children and who listen to the terrible stories many times. Pray for strength and wisdom for them and that they will experience more of God at work through them. Pray also for the team of Liz, Susan, Tim & Debs from the UK, Brian & Melissa from Canada, Brian & Jason from Australia and Lisa who now lives here together with all those around the world that volunteer their help with us. Thank you."

"An Extravagant God
      After a hectic week it has been great today to have a slightly more relaxing day allowing the team time to reflect and catch up a little. This morning we headed off to Bloom Vocational Training Centre and Café to meet with Ruth, Murray & Tanya from Australia. Carrying the strap line 'Too beautiful to eat too delicious to resist' Bloom rightly describes itself as an oasis in the middle of Phnom Penh. Here 32 girls take lessons and have qualified in a variety of hospitality and catering subjects – including cake making and decorating. The cakes meet the description and are totally breath taking –tasting pretty good too! The final pieces made for the exams are on display and are extravagant in their design together with a cabinet of simply amazing cupcakes. These cakes are sold to a largely local clientele and through the café for a variety of occasions and have attracted media coverage around the globe.
      The centre has only been operating since January 2010 and has clients from the Prime Minister down. Capable of making and decorating cakes of up to 7 tiers this centre is a hive of industry. As you know Tim & Debs are here as part of their honeymoon and to celebrate their marriage we had a cake made!
      As I have thought more on the day and the opulence of these cakes I reflected on the character of God. The exceeding abundance with which he loves us, cares for us and desires to live our lives to the fullest measure are reflected in the magnificent creations which exceed anything you could imagine. We should be eternally thankful that we serve a God who wants to bless us to excess and lavish himself on us for no other reason than he can do it.
      Tomorrow we head to Daughters and the visitor centre which was the first project we funded from the UK. It's likely to be more cake I'm afraid...!"
Cheers and God bless...

Albany Intercessor

 

Sheehans for Campus Crusade for Christ


 

Sons & Daughters


Thursday, November 17, 2011

 

11/17/2011, #48, 4th Quarter 2011

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. (Revelation 22:1)
      Holy Spirit, let that river of life flow through me.

In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:2)
      Father, please help me to bear and yield up to you the fruit of my life and of your Holy Spirit. Plant that tree with leaves for healing in every parish of this diocese.

And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. (Revelation 22:3)
      Jesus, bless all those who have entered into your service. Bless the diocesan staff as they prepare for the 2012 Diocesan Convention. Help all of us enter into your service there.

They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. (Revelation 22:4)
      Jesus, please write your name and your word on my heart now.

There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:5)
      Jesus, thank you for being our light in this time of darkness in the church and in the nation.


A word received: Keep seeking me. Keep seeking my word.

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Malachi 2:1-16 Revelation 21:22-22:5 Matthew 18:1-9
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Malachi 3:1-12 Revelation 22:6-13 Matthew 18:10-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote...
      Today say,"How may I pray for you" to someone. Then pray! These six words may change your life, or even someone else's life!
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote
      The more you say thank you to God, the less pain you will be in.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Update from Susan in Cambodia
      For those of you not on Facebook this in from Susan in Cambodia Please remember them everyday in Prayer!
Ronnie'O
      Yo yo yo! so wanted to ask for some prayer requests. During my time here ive seen the bad, the ugly but also the good, and I put that last because you can really see God moving in the dark places and there is hope.
      I've met some amazing people That God has called to work here. You can see it and hear the passion in their voice as they talk about the people here. I've been challenge by their humility and their servant heart. Here are some of the names of people who are really sticking their neck out for God. Helen, Bridget and don, su

Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Liz on facebook from Cambodia
      Again for those who have a life, "I mean don't have facebook" Liz posted this on monday worth reading!
Ronnie'O
      Hello from a very warm sunny Cambodia. We are ok and God is blessing us in so many ways. Kids club today was amazing. The children were so glad to see us and had lots of questions and hugs. Tomorrow is another busy day. Thanks for all your prayers. We have seen Satan's liar he has reigned here for far to long. I am glad to say he is losing his grip on it. God will take this land back and I look forward to that day. Keep praying for the people of Cambodia.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

 

11/16/2011, #47, 4th Quarter 2011

The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. (Malachi 1:1)
      Father, you have given that burden to your servants
            Bill Love
            Dan Herzog
            David Ball
            David Bena
            Harold Miller
            Mike Chapman
            Mark Lawrence
            And others.
      Help them each day by your Holy Spirit. Give them enduring strength to carry this burden.

Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand." So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. (Exodus 17:8-13)
      Jesus, raise up "Aaron and Hurs" to hold up te hands of these bishops so that your faithful people will prevail in the battle with those who fight against the people of God. Thank you.

A word received: Hear me. Listen to me.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Malachi 1:1,6-14 Revelation 21:9-21 Matthew 17:22-27
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Malachi 2:1-16 Revelation 21:22-22:5 Matthew 18:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011
From: Donna Steckline
Subject: updates
      Please pray for health and well being of our South Sudan team and also for details related to their travels. Thank you! FHS, D

***** Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote...
      When brushing your teeth, in your mind, slowly pray the Lords Prayer. That way you will brush your teeth longer and you will have prayed!

***** You are invited!
      On Friday, November 18 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 Ryan Haig, Lisa Longe, and Fernando Gomes. The preacher will be Fr. Steve Hart. 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!

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:

Craig and Liz Featherstonhaugh ministering at Willowfield Parish in Belfast. Craig lived with us during the summer of 2010. A report by Liz, his mom, is below:
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011
From: Ronnie'O
Subject: Fw: Cambodia
      This in from Mark Featherstonhaugh; As most of you know Liz and Susan are in Cambodia on a two week mission and this is an update on some of the things they are involved with and there is quite a bit of detail as it came to me in two emails so please take the time to read through all of this; One thing if you are unable to read detail of abuse of children PLEASE DELETE and email me and i will send you an edited update
      Many on the prayer chain will have seen these from Steve in Cambodia, if so appologies for sending them again. Please pray for all of the team in Cambodia:
      "A Weekend in Siem Reap
      The two days spent in Siem Reap have produced so many memories and encounters. From the official dedication on the library through the majesty of Angkor Wat to a final farewell to children and university students working tirelessly to effect change not only on their own lives but also on their communities.
      The opening ceremony was attended by nearly 300 people from all walks of life including Government officials, the Chief of Police, community elders and the children. To have a celebration with such an overtly Christian content amongst such dignitaries is in itself unusual. Here I was able to present the Chief of Police with a speed radar which was kindly donated for me to bring over. What followed was a radio call and an impromptu training session to around 15 members of the local force! We all stood in the middle of a dirt track whilst they took it in turns to ride up and down so each could observe and learn. The hope is that with some official endorsement lives will be saved on the surrounding roads.
      The community library project provides opportunities for up to 10,000 children in the catchment area to access the internet and use the library and sports facilities. This is the only internet anywhere in this area and for the first time children are able to experience the wider world. They work tirelessly to perfect their reading and computer skills as well as enjoying the recreational facilities. These children live in some of the poorest situations imaginable so readily grasp these opportunities to change their situations.
       I also had the privilege to meet the two young men who we are sponsoring through university as they sat and shared devotions and a personal time of worship. Both are doing well in their first term.
      Today we visited Angkor Wat, a world heritage site and location of some 1200 year old temples. As I looked at these vast monuments with their intricate carvings all I could ponder was how much time and energy was put into building these over centuries. Then I reflected on how much time I sometimes put in to my relationship with God and stood ashamed.
      Now we are back in Phnom Penh and the tougher second week begins with a visit to S21 – a prison during the Khmer Rouge reign where between 14 and 22,000 people were ritually tortured. It is then on to Cheoung Ek – the killing where each of these individuals were executed including children and babies. To see this is to begin to understand the tragedy experienced by the majority of the populous.
      The team are doing great and this evening we have been joined by Jason from Australia who has fitted right in. Thank you again for your messages of support and ongoing prayers."
      "Hope Where There Is No Hope
      Today has been a long day. We set out this morning for a visit to Tuol Sleng Museum in the heart of Phnom Penh. This former secondary school was turned into a prison of torture during the Khmer Rouge campaign between 1975-79. Between 14 and 22,000 people of all ages were systematically and brutally tortured to admit crimes against the revolution they had not committed. Each victim was meticulously photographed before being subjected to unimaginable horror. As I walked around I read of the Buddhist belief that unless a person receives a proper burial then they will wander around as ghosts and not find rest. This is a huge issue in this nation and, given that over 2.5 million people died at the hands of this regime, it is understandable why the faces of many are downcast for their relatives who they believe are still in this place.
      From Tuol Sleng we took a 15km tuk tuk ride to Cheoung Ek – a genocide memorial and the final resting place for the thousands of tortured victims. Walking around this is a peaceful environment with large colourful swallowtail butterflies and dragon flies in an assortment of colours. And yet – only a few short years ago, while I was a happy 11 year old, thousands of people met their end with the cruel blow of a bamboo pole to the skull and babies were smashed against a tree which still bears the marks. Along the walkway bones and teeth are visible as the earth gives up the dead after the rains. To imagine this place back then is beyond imagination. It is a necessary experience and yet an unpleasant one. I have walked this path before 2 years ago and was saddened the – today I am broken.
      I thank my Lord tonight for the stability of the nation in which I reside.
      Tomorrow we will be visiting NewSong and Svey Pak. In the afternoon we will be at the kids club where we will join 350 children – many of whom are being subjected to sexual assault as I type. We will also visit The Sanctuary and Rahab’s house and see that there is hope even in this darkest of places. A hope that Christ only can bring."
      God bless, Mark...
Hi all,
Another update just in and a prayer request:
      "Light in the Darkness
      Today we headed over to NewSong to meet with Bridget. Living here are 54 girls between 5 and 20, all who have been subjected to some of the most unimaginable abuse. It is so hard to create a picture of this place for you. The surroundings are beautiful and the staff are beyond words. Their love for these children is so clear and that is reciprocated by the kids. Here children recover something of their lost lives. It is an incredible experience and blessing to come here and meet children who arrived with the belief that they were worthless, dirty and unlovable. This could be no further from the truth and through the patient work and testimony of the staff lives are being changed. These kids have come to know the love of Christ who died for them and loves unreservedly and without condition. One little girl aged somewhere around 14 was never far away - she now suffers from minor brain damage following the amount of drugs forced into her in the brothels.
      Then we were treated to lunch with the girls – green Thai curry! To sit amongst these kids, many of whom have been the victims of white western men, is an honour again I can barely describe.
      After lunch we take another long tuk tuk drive to visit The Sanctuary, Rahab’s House and The Lords Gym. As we arrived a bus full of very young children pulled up who were brought in from the brick kilns where their families are held in bonded labour. The last time I was here The Sanctuary was an aspiration and a wreck. Today it resonates to the sound of children at the kids club singing songs to Jesus and being allowed the luxury of being children for 2 hours of the day. Many of these kids will leave here and be sold tonight to satisfy the cravings of the men who prey on them. Bridget commented, “We live at the gates of hell – but there is a lot of hope here.” It cannot be put more succinctly than that. In the midst of a tangible darkness the light of Christ burns with a fierce intensity. This community is being turned around one life at a time.
      As we wander through the buildings I meet with girls making bracelets. I ask for one with my wife’s name on and am told it will take around 30 minutes. True to form the bracelet is delivered by a lovely girl who says a few words and leaves. I then find out that she has hardly spoken a word since her rescue several years ago – so deep is the trauma locked inside.
      Don & Bridget are an incredible couple who acted in response to a need. Described so aptly today as Nike Christianity – they just did it. No qualifications or experience in this area – just a heart for children in a land far from home who needed help. Pray for them and the staff who they work so closely with. Pray for safety in a hostile environment, for provision to do more and for wisdom to act in the right way at the right time. Pray for these children and for their protection and for this community that it will turn to Jesus and away from the trade it is world renowned for."
      "Must go to bed as it's 12! Just a quick request - please can you pray for an
      issue that has arisen today. We have a strong chance of buying a piece of
      land at the rear of the sanctuary for a very good price. Decisions will be
      made in a few days and it is likely to progress quickly. There is another
      very interested party but we have the first option. This would be an
      incredible opportunity to expand this work - in fact it's the only free land
      in the area and is about half an acre.
      Presently is a sewerage dump and moves up and down when you walk on it!!
      Please pray for clarity as we work through this while here and wisdom to act
      in a timely and appropriate manner.
      Thank you - apologies for filling your inbox but this was too important to
      miss!!"
      Thank you all for your prayers, please pray particularly for the team as this week is the most challenging time for them.
Cheers and God bless, Mark...

Albany Intercessor

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