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Saturday, December 31, 2011

 

12/31/2011, #92, 4th Quarter 2011

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. (James 5:7)
      A word received 9/24/11: Look to me for strength to endure.
      Holy Father, pour down that latter rain of your Holy Spirit so that we may produce a fruitful crop.

You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:8 )
      A word received 6/15/11: Just keep praying.
      Jesus, establish our hearts for the day of your coming.

Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! (James 5:9)
      Jesus, shut the lions mouths as you did for Daniel. Stop the "strife of tongues" and the backbiting that tears people apart. Hide us in your pavilion. (See Psalm 31:20)

My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. (James 5:10)
      A word received 4/9/11: Pray for my work among you. Pray for my will to be accomplished among you.
      Holy Spirit, help us resolve to immerse ourselves in the whole of the Bible this coming year so that we can learn from your prophets.

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. (James 5:11)
      A word received 9/20/09: Ask for my strength to endure. Pray for my little ones who do not understand what is happening. Pray for my strength daily.
      LORD, as you restored Job after all his suffering, restore those who are in affliction now. Thank you.

      God of Glory, give us strength to endure the cold while doing the prayer table this winter, knowing that your little ones, the lost and the least, are also out there in the cold. Thank you.

A word received: I AM with you.

Dec. 31: 46, 48 * --; 1 Kings 3:5-14: James 4:13-17;5:7-11: John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: --: * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25: Rev. 21:1-6
Holy Name: 103 * 148; Isa. 62:1-5,10-12: Rev. 19:11-16: Matt. 1:18-25
First Sunday after Christmas: 93, 96 * 34; 1 Samuel 1:1-2,7b-28: Col. 1:9-20: Luke 2:22-40
HC: First Sunday after Christmas: 147 or 147:13-21; Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18
HC: Holy Name January 1: 8; Exodus 34:1-8; Romans 1:1-7; Luke 2:15-21

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 07:02:21 -0500
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Read the Ancient News... It's good for you! May the meditations and the medications contained therein heal and restore you, now and forever... Amen.

***** Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      The end and the beginning are here. He is here in the Alpha and the Omega. May Gods "favor" (Luke 61:2) be upon you you this coming year with power, and love, and with signs following... (Mark 16:20). Enjoy you life and all that the Lord has given us... Happy Omega... Happy Alpha. Happy ending, happy beginning.

***** Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011
Subject: St. John's Troy celebrates the Installation of Rev. Stephen Schlossberg
      The Vestry & Wardens invites you to attend the installation of the 24th Rector - The Rev. Stephen Schlossberg on Sunday Jan. 8th at 4pm.
      Reservations are required for the catered reception which will follow the service. Please call the church office at 274-5884 by Jan. 3rd to let us know how many audlts and children will be attending.
      The celebration will be lead by The Rt. Rev. William Love, Bishop of Albany. Clergy note White Stoles.
      Join us for this joyous occasion.

***** Rejoice with St. Ann's Amsterdam as The Rev. Neal Longe begins his ministry there this Sunday, January 1, 2012.

***** Subject: New message from Tracy Parke
      Hi Torre and Jeanne!!!!! I'm asking for your prayers for my father in law, Thomas Parke. He has pancreatic cancer and is not doing well at all. I know how vigilant you both are in prayer and am asking you to add him to your prayer chain. He hasn't been able to really eat in the past week. His last service as our rector at Bethesda is this Sunday, and his heart is overwhelmed with sadness to be moving on from his service to his parish. He's hopeful and glad to be moving into his own home in February ... The first place he has ever lived other than the rectory in 45 years. But it's a difficult transition with the ailments he is suffering with his cancer. I am asking you to please, please pray for him to be able to eat so he can sustain this body he has here to move to this next phase. For Jesus to take this pain away, for Jesus to heal him, here on earth so he can live to enjoy a dream he and my mother in law are building. Would you please add him to the prayer chain? I'm not sure if he'd like for me to add his full name, so if the prayer chain could simply pray for Rev Tom that would be amazing!!!! Thank you!!!
      And I also would like to add that my daddy, Richard is doing very well! He is still with us and I know it is because of the prayers of many that he is still here with us. I thank you for that! My dad asked at Christmas if I had asked you to put my father in law on the prayer chain and I said I hadnt, and he said I must! A miracle happened with my father. And I'm so thankful. My faith is strong and I believe, and the healing that happened with my father is a true witness to what only Jesus can do. Thank you Torre! Your ministry is beyond any words I can express thanks for.
Love you! And thank you!!! Tracy

***** Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011
From: St. Luke's on the Hill, Mechanicville, Father John Hopkins
Padre John's Corner
      As I write my January letter to all of you, I am surrounded by our grandchildren, children and their spouses, my dear wife of 34 years, Cindy, and our two 5-year old labs. It has been a wonderful Christmas even though we did things differently this year. We bought gifts only for the grandchildren. For our children, their spouses, and Cindy's mom, we exchanged gifts worth no more than $25. We re-focused on the "Reason for the Season"- Jesus Christ -instead of what the world says Christmas ("Xmas") is all about. Our family had a real CHRISTmas. It was great. The laughter, the photos, the videos, and the love we shared with each other will be remembered for a long time.
      I received some other wonderful gifts this year. St. Martha's Guild gave me a very unique and incredible present. They purchased an animal from Samaritan's Purse for someone in need. Isn't that a great idea? I have learned that a number of people in the parish purchase animals, canoes, tools and so on, and give them in the name of someone they love. I was so touched that, through their love and generosity they have helped improve someone's life, by giving a gift in my name. I mentioned it to my family and we've agreed to do this next year as a family. How about you and your family? Will you join us?
      Lastly, I have to share with you something that really touched my heart deeply. I spent a lot of time talking with the folks down at the Mechanicville Center. Megan, Beverly, Holly, Meg, Al and Carol and many, many volunteers worked tirelessly putting together the gifting program. Many of you were generous in your time, talent and money. You gave money for food and toys. You adopted families, and you delivered gifts to our seniors. One woman gave me a large amount of money. I knew that her giving was sacrificial, like the widow in the Gospel. When I approached her about it, she said, "There are people who are needier than I. Help them." I saw children from age 6 to 87 put together and deliver gifts to our seniors. Many told me the experience was life changing, especially for their kids. Our kids went with Liz, the Choir, and others from our church to Maplewood Manor to sing carols. A wonderful time was had by all. We sang, laughed and just listened to the residents as they shared their life stories with us. Thank you, Liz, for giving your time so generously.
      And thank you, everyone, for giving of yourself, your time, your talent, your treasure and your love. Together, our church family touched many lives. We did what Jesus told us to do: to reach out to the lost, least, lonely, needy and love them. For Jesus said that what we do to one of the least we also do to Him. Thank you to each one of you for being the light of Christ in a dark and lonely world. Through your love you gave hope to many people. One of the groups who visited with our senior friends said that a woman they met to give one of our gift bags cried when she received it. She could not believe anyone would do something that nice for her. That, my dear brothers and sisters, is what living the Gospel is all about: making a difference in peoples' lives by sharing the love you have received from God and His Son Jesus with others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. More importantly, I am sure God has been deeply moved by what our church has done to help those in need. Let's start to think about next year and how we can do even more. Amen?
Peace. FJ+

***** Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Community of Saint Mary Courses & Retreats - 2012
The Sisters of St. Mary announce the Winter/Spring 2012 Schedule of Classes for St. Mary's Institute of Christian Studies.
How to Be Good: The Virtues and the Formation of Christian Character
      Taught by the Venerable Dr. Christopher Brown. This ongoing course presents our rich Christian tradition regarding the cultivation of virtue, providing practical guidance to help us live in conformity with Christ. New Students are welcome! Tuesdays (monthly) from 4-5:30 p.m.: January 17, February 28, March 27, April 17, May 29. Material Fee (5 sessions): $50.

Spiritual Passages: A Course in Christian Spiritual Development
Taught by the Rev'd Ellen Neufeld
      An exploration of the development of the Christian's relationship with God through stages of human experience, learning to recognize the way God communicates with us and with souls seeking spiritual guidance; based on the book, Spiritual Passages, by Benedict Groschel. This class is intended for spiritual directors and persons receiving direction over a period of several years. Tuesdays (bi-monthly) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: February 7, 21; March 6, 27; April 17, 24; May 8, 22. Materials Fee (8 sessions): $80.

Church History: The Early Church and Ecumenical Councils
Taught by Sister Mary Jean, CSM
The development of the church from the close of Acts to about 500 A.D., concentrating on the formation of Christian theology in the Patristic era through the work of the Ecumenical Councils. Thursdays from 1:30-3 p.m.: March 1, 15, 29; April 26; May 10, 24 Materials Fee (6 sessions): $60.

Register by calling St. Mary's Convent at (518 ) 692-3028

2012 Retreats
A Pre-Lenten Silent Retreat with Bishop Dan Herzog
"Preparing Our Souls to Keep a Holy Lent"
February 17-19, 2012 -- Presidents' Weekend (from Friday Vespers through Sunday lunch) Suggested Donation: $250 (2-day silent retreat with meditations, accommodations & meals) Commuter Rate: $175 (meals only) If you are unable to join in the full 2-day retreat, join us on Saturday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for A Pre-Lenten Quiet Day with Bishop Dan
Schedule:
      Registration and Coffee at 9 a.m.
      Mediation (joining the ongoing retreat) followed by silence and private prayer.
      Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m.
      Silent lunch with reading.
      Conclusion with Benediction at 2:30 p.m.
Suggested donation for Quiet Day: $25

Paschaltide Retreat
"Recovering Simplicity in a Complex World"
Led by the Rev'd Dr. Steven Peay of Nashotah House Seminary and the Diocese of Albany
April 13-15, 2012 ? Low Sunday Weekend (From Friday Vespers to Sunday lunch) Suggested donation: $250 (2-day silent retreat with meditations, accommodations & meals) Commuter Rate: $175 (2-day retreat with meditations and meals only)

Labor Day Weekend Retreat
with Dr. Philip Turner
August 31-September 3, 2012
(Details to come!)

Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 30, 2011

 

12/30/2011, #91, 4th Quarter 2011

So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where he had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him and implored him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe." The nobleman said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies!" Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your son lives." So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. (John 4:4650-)
      Holy Spirit, help us, as you did this man, take Jesus at his word. Give us ears to hear and hearts to believe everything Jesus says to us and act upon it.

And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, "Your son lives!" (John 4:51)
      Jesus, let your new life come into our families.

Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign Jesus did when he had come out of Judea into Galilee. (John 4:52-54)
      Father, please let our encounter with Jesus result in faith in Jesus permeating our families as it did with this man's family. Thank you.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1a)
      Oh holy Child of Bethlehem!
      Descend to us, we pray;
      Cast out our sin and enter in,
      Be born in us today.
      We hear the Christmas angels
      The great glad tidings tell;
      Oh come to us, abide with us,
      Our Lord Immanuel.

The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1b
      Jesus, thank you for being the strength of my life.

A word received: Come to me; leave your burdens at my feet.

Dec. 30: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24: 3 John 1-15: John 4:46-54
Dec. 31: 46, 48 * --; 1 Kings 3:5-14: James 4:13-17;5:7-11: John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: --: * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25: Rev. 21:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Jesus; the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Great Physician, and the Lover of souls. Did you know your soul is loved by God, what a thought.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, December 29, 2011

 

12/29/2011, #90, 4th Quarter 2011

With the merciful you will show yourself merciful; (Psalm 18:25a)
      Holy Spirit, help us do works of mercy and be merciful to others.

With a blameless man you will show yourself blameless; (Psalm 18:25b)
      Jesus, let the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit wash away every sin from our hearts so that we may be blameless before our God and Father.

With the pure you will show yourself pure; (Psalm 18:26a)
      Father, bring us to purity of heart so that we may see you.

And with the devious you will show yourself shrewd. (Psalm 18:26b)
      Lord, defeat the schemes of the devious.

For you will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks. (Psalm 18:27)
      Lord, your mercy is on those that fear you; show forth the strength of your arm and scatter the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

For you will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28 )
      LORD God, so many have walked in great darkness; let your light shine on them. Help us to take each step by your light.

For by you I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. (Psalm 18:29)
      Jesus, help us leap over those walls that divide us from one another in your body the Church.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in him. (Psalm 18:30)
      Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

A word received: I have kept you in the palm of my hand.

Dec. 29: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b: 2 John 1-13: John 2:1-11
Dec. 30: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24: 3 John 1-15: John 4:46-54

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote...
      Practice being a human being today, not a human doing!

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

 

12/28/2011, #89, 4th Quarter 2011

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, (Revelation 21:3a)
      LORD, help hear your voice from heaven.

"Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men," (Revelation 21:3b)
      Jesus, thank you for being "God with us."

"and he will dwell with them," (Revelation 21:3c)
      Father, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit into our hearts.

"and they shall be his people." (Revelation 21:3d)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for making us a people who were not a people -- for helping us find our identity in Jesus.

"God himself will be with them and be their God." (Revelation 21:3e)
      Father, thank you for giving us your Spirit of adoption.

"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;" (Revelation 21:4a)
      Jesus, thank you for sending your Comforter -- the Holy Spirit.

"there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying." (Revelation 21:4b)
      Holy Spirit, thank you that you enable us to live in the hope of the resurrection.

"There shall be no more pain," (Revelation 21:4c)
      Thank you, Father, that we shall be raised up with a body free from pain.

"for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4d)
      Holy Spirit, give us daily the freedom to leave all behind and follow Jesus.

Then he who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And he said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." (Revelation 21:5)
      Jesus, you are faithful and true and you will make all things new. Thank you for the hope you give us daily. Jesus, let the river flow!

A word received: Don't be afraid. Keep coming to me.

Holy Innocents, December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18
Dec. 29: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b: 2 John 1-13: John 2:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011
From: Linda VanCleef
Subject: Prayers please
Merry Christmas to you all.
I unfortunately need to ask you to put my husband, Alton Van Cleef, back on the prayer list, chain anything that will promote prayer from all corners. His cancer is back and we do not know if they will be able to treat it at all this time. Thank you Lord for the time we've had. I will keep you apprised of his progress.
Thank you for your gifts of prayer. Blessings, Linda

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Prayer Request
      Mark Featherstonhaugh has asked us to pray for 9 friends who were told on the Tuesday before Christmas that the business they work in is closing at the end of January and that they will be out of work.
      I don't have any details but this is not good news anytime of year and it could be nine families losing their main income!
Ronnie'O

***** Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Allow the healing balm of Gilead to wash over you this day...

***** Christ the King Spiritual Life Center News:
Order of St. Luke Healing Conference February 4, 2012
"Love - The Heart of the Matter" A day-long healing conference with guest speaker Fr. Nigel Mumford
______________________________________________________
Healing the Shepherds Feb. 8 & 9
A 24 hour retreat for clergy of all denominations. Fr. Nigel leads this time of prayer for clergy who feel burnt out, tired, and need spiritual renewal! This private and confidential retreat is held at the Healing Center. Retreat begins on Wed. at lunch in the dining room of the Welcome Center, and will end at lunch on Thurs. Cost: $100.00 (+ tax) includes overnight accommodation, and meals. (A great Gift for your Pastor!)
______________________________________________________
SonShine Dates: Jr High - Feb 18-20; Sr High - Feb 23-25
      Come to Beaver Cross for some winter fun! We'll be chasing away the cold winter blues with plenty of snow sports, games, songs, and fireside chats. You'll get to connect with friends and revitalize your faith all in the beautiful setting of the Spiritual Life Center. This year is going to be jam packed with all sorts of awesome winter adventures, so you won't want to miss it!

Albany Intercessor
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

 

12/27/2011, #88, 4th Quarter 2011

And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me." Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays You?" 1Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me." (John 21:19b-22)
      Holy Spirit, please help us stop comparing ourselves and the ministries you have given us with other disciples. Help each of us look to Jesus and follow him.

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (2 Corinthians 10:12)
      Jesus, it is stupid ("not wise") to keep comparing ourselves with one another. Help each of us look to you and do the work you have given us to do.

But "he who glories, let him glory in the Lord." For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:17-18 )
      Father, help us daily find our glory in you and look to Jesus to be commended rather that to others. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me.

St. John, December 27: 92 or 92:1-4, 11-14; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24
Holy Innocents, December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011
From: Scott Robe
Uncle Torre-
      I enjoyed our fellowship with you both and look forward to our next opportunity to do so, and to do the prayer table again.
      A prayer- Abba, help me walk in You today. Help me to rest in you and to trust in You as You bring about in me what You are like. So faithful, so good, so loving, so merciful, so constant, so wise. Bring forth these things in the way I actually walk - so pure, so peaceable, so gentle, so willing to yield, so full of mercy and good fruits, so without hypocrisy or partiality, in peace sowing the seeds whose fruit is righteousness, as Your son, so without envy and selfish ambition. Your glory revealed in me. Receive glory in what You do, Abba. In Jesus name. Thank You.
Grace and peace, Scott

***** Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer mail, 26 Dec 2011
Dear Prayer friends,
Peace be with you. This is our Christmas public prayer mail: Hope you are having a Merry Christmas season. Hope you have a great New Year's celebration, as you are able.
The Week in Review (please pray as you read this):
      1) The Ven. David Collum invited us to con-celebrate with him at the mid-night service at All Saints Cathedral in Albany. It was a really great occasion.
      2) Our tip to Uganda has settled down to the first two weeks in February. We are leaving space open on either side of that for any pending Kenya plans.
      3) We will start to set up tentative parish visit plans over the next few weeks.
Additional prayers:
      1) I would ask you to pray Psalm 91 daily for us, not only for the short-term trip to Africa, but also over our entire preparation time (I have included a copy at the end of the prayer mail).
      2) For Discernment. Choosing the right location, based on our site-visit. What needs to be done over the course of the next year, in preparation for our long-term assignment.
      3) For Finances. We are SAMS missionaries on home assignment, even as we prepare for our next venture. Please pray for God's provision for this venture.
      4) For college work. Lydia has some catch-up work to do in January, before next semester. Prayers for timely and good completion of her semester's work would be appreciated.
      5) Setting up and logistics of site visits. We are praying for the right guide in Uganda, to help us get around, show how the bus system works, etc.
      6) For the necessary visas, and other matters in preparation for our site visit.
      7) Safe and timely travel during our site-visit trip: back and forth to Uganda, and on location.
      8 ) That Jesus would shine through what we do. That we minister effectively, as He would want us to, in the course of His visits, His planning, and His long-term plans for us.
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+

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 26, 2011

 

12/26/2011, #87, 4th Quarter 2011

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. (Acts 6:8-10)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the witness of the deacons among us in this diocese. Thank you for giving power to words and works of mercy and charity. Thank you for those who faithfully train the deacons of this diocese and encourage them (and us) by their witness.

      Father, thank you for the many deacons who serve with no remuneration; they serve because they love Jesus and their neighbors.

"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it." (Acts 7:51-53)
      Jesus, guide the deacons in calling us to repentance and a renewed hope in you.

When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. (Acts 7:54)
      Holy Spirit, those who were trying Stephen were cut to the heart. This also happened on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:37). In that case the hearers of the word chose to repent; in this case they chose anger and revenge for what Stephen told them. Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear and hearts to respond with repentance to the witness of the deacons among us.

But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" (Acts 7:55-56)
      Jesus, reveal yourself and your glory to the deacons of this diocese. Bless and anoint their witness. Thank you.

Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." (Acts 7:57-59)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who are being martyred because of their witness (the word "martyr" comes from the Greek word "witness".) of your saving work. Be with them and at the hour of their death. Help them endure with the strength of your Holy Spirit whatever they must go through.

Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:60)
      Father, please help us take to heart your son's words on the cross: "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do. " (Luke 23:34) and Stephen's words at his stoning and learn to forgive so that we may be forgiven. Thank you.

St. Stephen, December 26: 31 or 31:1-5; Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15; Acts 6:8-7:2a,51c-60; Matthew 23:34-39
St. John, December 26: 92 or 92:1-4, 11-14; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Check out the Queen's Christmas Broadcast on the role of family and community: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheRoyalChannel#p/u/7/olEp_3Spc1g

***** Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Boxing day, the day after Christmas, is a traditional day off in the UK and Canada. This was a day when the landed gentry had the left over food (and perhaps small gifts) "boxed" up. They would then go around the estate handing out the boxes, thus: "Boxing day." Perhaps today could be a day to be extra kind to your neighbors...

***** Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Imagination is a gift from God. Use your imagination, unlock your imagination. Imagine yourself healthy, imagine yourself at peace, imagine, with God! Try to give yourself the freedom to use you imagination, in and through the Lord. With Christ and through Christ... See it, believe it, live it. Grandma Moses started her life at eighty six! Imagine!

***** Prayer Table Reports:
Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 24, 2011, 9:00 - 10:35 a.m. Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Cold, not much foot traffic.

+--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
We gave away hats and gloves knitted by women from St. James in Lake George

State St.
+H Ray -- "That I will have a blessed New Year."
+G Shelby -- He asked for gloves and that he would have a blessed New Year.
+Anthony -- "A job."
+Marie -- "Family."
(Man across the street) -- "I've got to run to work. God bless you, brother."
+H Jamie -- "For my family."
Joe -- "That people will be happy tomorrow."
HHH GGG SS M Bobby -- He got hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens to share with neighbors.
+G Billy -- I haven't seen Billy for a long time. He seemed sober. I was thankful for that.
+G Bill -- He was thankful that he had gotten full time work as a "waiver" (someone who stands on the sidewalk in a costume waiving to passing cars, try to get them to come into the store).
+G Adam -- He ask prayer for his grandmother who has dementia.
+H Joe -- He asked prayer that he would be a blessing to others.
(Woman crossing the street) -- "Pray for my family to receive God's blessing this New Year."
Blake -- (He came two weeks ago and forgave a 20 year old bitterness against someone.)
Steven -- ("I've still got my cross.") He said that the surgery on his back was successful and he was now mobile. (When he came a few weeks ago he was using a walker and barely able to move along the street.)
+Vernon -- "For my family."
+Patty -- "For Christmas joy."
Eric (elder of the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) We prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our two congregations.

Albany St.
Not much foot traffic.
+HHGG Estelle -- Christmas blessing
HGG Chuck -- Christmas blessing
As they were leaving Chuck and Estelle blessed each other
+G Rasheda -- prayers for everything, prayers for her family
We waved at every car that drove by and 80% waved back.

Friday 12/23/11 9-10:15AM Schnectady City Mission Toy Giveaway -- Mark Pasko and Carol MacNaughton
Rocellyesha -- her family, to be strong, positive, and stay good
Mindy -- would not start what she needed -- prayed that God knew and would provide what she needed
Solomon, James -- bless the children's choit
G Cindy (mom of Solomon and James) -- great love
HSGG Donna -- everything, her family
H Annie -- family healing, her daughter, father
Susan -- entire family -- not just immediate (initially did not want prayer until she heard the prayer for Annie)
Mike, Taibtha, Mike Jr, Maya, Jenia, Sunia, Jehela
H Sarah -- faith and wisdom
HH Cincere -- anything, everything, her and her daughter (she just moved here from NYC)
HHGB (baby booties) -- Maria -- her family, relief of problems
H Angel -- his child
Yahidra -- prayers for her, her mom and family, and her cousin Badillo who is in the city and very sick with cancer.
Damon -- salvation
H Laverne -- prayed for her knees
G Dixie -- the health of her family
GG Stephanie -- her family
G Tanis -- prayer for the healing of her leg, her son Carmelo (30 years old with the mind of a 9 year old)
Frankie and Estelle -- prayer for their relationship, prayer for their son Angel
Michelle -- her health
Marcus -- requested prayer all year long -- not just one week! -- health, safetym and security
We gave away all the hats, gloves, scarf, and a pair of baby booties that we had!
The ministry director for the Mission came to speak to us. They would like to have a prayer table -- every day! At 5:30 meal...

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 25, 2011

 

12/25/2011, #86, 4th Quarter 2011



The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2)
      A word received: Pray for my light to shine in my people's lives.

      A word received: Be at peace. I AM the Prince of Peace.

Christmas Day: 2, 85 * 110:1-1(6-7), 132; Micah 4:1-5,5:2-4: 1 John 4:7-16: John 3:31-26
Christmas Day I: 96 or 96:1-4,11-12; Isaiah 9:2-4,6-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14(15-20)
Christmas Day II: 97 or 97:1-4,11-12; Isaiah 62:6-7,10-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-14)15-20
Christmas Day III: 98 or 98:1-6; Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14
St. Stephen, December 26: 31 or 31:1-5; Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15; Acts 6:8-7:2a,51c-60; Matthew 23:34-39

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Ministry photos from Bishop Mike Chapman in Peru:
The City of Huancavelica

Quechua Women gathered in Huancavelica

Quechua children in Huancavelica

Maynay, Huanta, Hungry for the Lord

Greeting the People of Maynay from the Lord's Table

Padre Misael: Delivering the Pastoral Theme

People in Maynay were Hungry for a healing from the Lord

People in Maynay were Hungry for a healing from the Lord


Bp. Mike and Linda Chapman

Dear Family, Friends, and Intercessors,
MERRY CHRISTMAS
During this season of the great blessing of the birth of Jesus Christ, and the hope that awaits us in His second coming in Glory, Linda and I are so thankful to the Lord for his grace and comfort towards us and for all of you that are so faithful in your participation with us in the ministry here in the Central South Region of the Anglican Church in Perú. All Christian ministry has its cost. Finances are very important to continuing long term mission work wherever it is found. However, intercession is very important also. Linda and I are so thankful for so many of you who labor in intercession on our behalf. More and more we find ourselves moving deeper into places where evangelism and pastoral ministry are great needs. Meanwhile, the ongoing ministry of discipleship (Christian Formation) and administration are time and energy consuming. As we seek to extend the pro-diocese we need to also extend our support in every sector.
The first phase of our long term strategy in the region is to go out and preach the Gospel to as many people as possible. In that same phase, is the ministry of community building and discipleship, the coming together for worshiping God and teaching the Church all that Christ has taught us to do. Most of that which we are doing at this time has to do with this first phase.
The second phase, which is equally as important, is what I call the ‘ministry of presence’. We must begin to establish a regular ministerial presence in the places where the Gospel is preached and discipleship/ community building is taking place. We will always continue with the preaching of the Gospel but we must also begin planning for the second phase of the mission, the ‘ministry of presence’.
Our great desire is to begin to establish Missionary Centers/Anglican Communities in three strategic areas of the region. The first one will be built and established here in Ica. The second location will be in the Ayacucho area and the third will be in or around the Huancavelica/Huancayo/Jauja area.
It is very important for us to be able to be walking in the Lord in these plans. We would ask your devoted intercession not only for our finances, safety, and health, but also for these strategies. These plans are a great deal more detailed than what is laid out in this update, but we would ask you to please add these prayerfully to your intercession.
In the Love of God, The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit we are,
+Mike and Linda Chapman

For those who wish to contribute to the financial needs of this outreach, here is the info:
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 5pm est.
By electronic transfer: This 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, December 24, 2011

 

12/24/2011, #85, 4th Quarter 2011

Mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; (Psalm 148:9 NKJV)
      A word received: I want you to be a fruitful tree; let me prune you.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 1:18-20)
      Father, help us recognize and respond to the work of your Holy Spirit.

      Jesus, keep us from expecting the next move your Spirit to be just like the last one. Give us fresh eyes to see your new work among us.

      Holy Spirit, bring your new life to birth in all of us.

"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)
      Father, thank you for the risk that Mary was will to take for us and our salvation.

      Jesus, save us from our sins.

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." (Matthew 1:22-23)
      Jesus, thank you for being with us in all our trials and tribulations.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for coming into our hearts and being with us throughout each day.

Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, (Matthew 1:24)
      Father, guide us by your angels and your Holy Spirit and your word into doing all that you have prepared for us to do.

and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus. (Matthew 1:25)
      Jesus, I pray for the young men of Schenectady that we will meet at the prayer table today and the young men throughout the diocese that they will enter into the sexual discipline that Joseph had -- they will wait until they are married before having sex and that they will grow into the manhood that you have prepared for them.

A word received at Christ Church Schenectady 12/4/11: Cry out, cry out, cry out to me. Who am I? I AM, the Lord god -- worship me and worship me only -- show the world by what you say and what you do -- let me cleanse your hearts and minds.

Dec. 24 45, 46 * --; Isa. 35:1-10: Gal. 3:23-4:7: Matt. 1:18-25
Christmas Eve: -- * 89:1-29; Isa. 59:15b-21: Phil. 2:5-11
Christmas Day: 2, 85 * 110:1-1(6-7), 132; Micah 4:1-5,5:2-4: 1 John 4:7-16: John 3:31-26
Christmas Day I: 96 or 96:1-4,11-12; Isaiah 9:2-4,6-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14(15-20)
Christmas Day II: 97 or 97:1-4,11-12; Isaiah 62:6-7,10-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-14)15-20
Christmas Day III: 98 or 98:1-6; Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Triumph: We need the umph and we need to try, we need the triune God to get tri-umph. Put some umph in your day. Try some umph in your day. Seek and find "Triumph" with God in your day today. What great word: "Umph!"
With Christ all things are possible, even umph...

***** Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Bishop Love's Christmas Letter to the Diocese
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      I'm sitting at my desk at home in Chestertown, looking out the window at a beautiful winter wonderland of freshly fallen snow. Growing up as a child in Texas, we never had a white Christmas. The closest we ever got was dreaming along with Bing Crosby as he sang his classic "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!"
      Whether or not, the beautiful white dusting of snow that greeted me this morning will last until Christmas Day is still yet to been seen, but it certainly adds to the moment as I sit here thinking of each of you and the love and appreciation I have for you at this holy time of the year as we come together to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Karen and the kids and I are so blessed to be a part of Albany's diocesan family. We can never thank you enough for your many acts of kindness and love and for all the prayers that are offered on our behalf.
      Just a quick update on the family: Our daughter, Catie, arrived home safely Tuesday evening after completing her fist semester at SUNY Geneseo. She is majoring in "communication" and had a great semester. It is wonderful having her home for a few weeks. Chris and Lauren are at Yokota Air Base, Japan (near Tokyo) where Chris is serving as a Public Affairs Officer. While they won't be able to come home for Christmas, we are looking forward to meeting up with them in Montana later this summer when they are back in the states for a few weeks. Karen is continuing to enjoy teaching math at Hadley-Luzerne High School. She loves working with her students and is committed to helping them do their very best. Lilly, our miniature golden-doodle, affectionately referred to by Karen as "Puppy of the World," thinks she rules the roost. So far, I haven't been able to convince her otherwise. While Lilly doesn't take the place of the kids being gone, she brings great love, joy and entertainment to the family. Finally as for me, I continue to be both blessed and challenged in the ministry the Lord has called me to as Bishop of Albany. I pray by His grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit, I and we as a Diocese will be able to accomplish that which the Lord has planned for us.
      For many of us, Christmas can be an exciting and joyful time as family and friends come together to exchange gifts around the Christmas tree and feast on delicious foods and desserts, enjoying one another's company. As we all know, it can also be a very stressful and exhausting time. For those who have no one to share Christmas with, it can be a very lonely time.
      I pray this Christmas, each of us will discover and be filled with the true joy, peace and love God wants for all people made possible through the gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The love of Christ is the greatest gift we could ever give or receive. May you and your loved ones be bathed in Christ's love and may you share His love generously with all those that God brings into your life. You and I may be the very ones the Lord has chosen to bring His love, joy and peace to that "special someone" who might not receive it otherwise.
      The message proclaimed by the Angel and heavenly hosts that first Christmas night is true -- "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10-11) Merry Christmas!
      In Christ's Love,
      +Bill

***** Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Now this is my type of humor... Merry Christmas all.
Merry Christmas dear friends... And Please forgive me. Nigel+
      A Russian couple was walking down the street in St. Petersburg the other night, when the man felt a drop hit his nose. "I think it's raining," he said to his wife.
      "No, that felt more like snow to me," she replied. "No, I'm sure it was just rain, he said." Well, as these things go, they were about to have a major argument about whether it was raining or snowing. Just then they saw a minor communist party official walking toward them. "Let's not fight about it," the man said, "let's ask Comrade Rudolph whether it's officially raining or snowing."
As the official approached, the man said, "Tell us, Comrade Rudolph, is it officially raining or snowing?"
      "It's raining, of course," he answered and walked on. But the woman insisted: "I know that felt like snow!" To which the man quietly replied: "Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!"


***** Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011
From: The DOCK
Subject: A Titanic Christmas Card

hope you're well! Hope you have a joyful, meaningful, restful, hopeful, friend-ful, laughter-ful, peaceful, wonderful Christmas...

...and that the New Year isn't too shabby either! Keep the faith, people of The Dock - and keep broadcasting Good News! Chris

Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 23, 2011

 

12/23/2011, #84, 4th Quarter 2011

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26)
      Father, help everyone in this diocese enter into the sonship that comes by faith in Jesus Christ.

      Holy Spirit, lead us into sonship and out of bondage to fear. Help us all receive your gift of adoption whereby we can cry out, "Abba, Father!" (See Romans 8:14-15)

      Jesus, help many to make the choice for you this Christmas.

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27)
      Jesus, help us to be clothed daily in your righteousness.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 )
      Jesus, help us throughout this diocese find our unity in you.

And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29)
      Father, thank you for making us heirs to your promises to Abraham by our faith in Christ Jesus.

A word received: Speak of hope to my people. I want my people to place their hope in me.

Friday: 93, 96 * 148, 150; Isa. 33:17-22: Gal. 3:15-22: Luke 1:67-80 or Matt. 1:1-17
Christmas Eve: -- * 89:1-29; Isa. 59:15b-21: Phil. 2:5-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Umumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Someone wrote, "As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. " I like that. Hey, trying putting that one on!

***** Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011
From: Scott Robe
Uncle Torre - A collection of thoughts from the scripture: "Peace, be still. Be still and know that I am God. I Am. I Am God and there is none else. You are in Me. In Me you live. In me you move. In Me you have your being. Look to Me and be saved. Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Rest in Me. Trust in Me, looking not at the things which are visible, but at the things which cannot be seen. The things which are seen were not made out of things which are visible. Abide in Me. Let My word abide in you. I Am with you always. I Am the beginning and the end. I Am your shield. I Am your exceedingly great reward. Believe Me. Walk by faith. Walk in love. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. Be anxious for nothing. Rest in Me. Rejoice. Selah. I will uphold you with My hand. Selah.".

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, December 22, 2011

 

12/22/2011, #83, 4th Quarter 2011

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! (Psalm 146:1)
      LORD, help us to praise you as we ought.

While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 146:2)
      LORD, please help us in every parish of this diocese to sing your praises.

Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. (Psalm 146:3)
      Jesus, set this nation free from the dole; help us look to you and the brethren for help.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish. (Psalm 146:4)
      Lord Jesus, we are all dust and to dust we shall return; yet our hope is in you and your resurrection and righteousness.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God, (Psalm 146:5)
      Father, fill us with hope, faith and love.

Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever, (Psalm 146:6)
      Father, help us to be faithful stewards of your creation.

Who executes justice for the oppressed, (Psalm 146:7a)
      Jesus, help the oppressed peoples around the world. Remember your people in Syria and other troubled countries.

Who gives food to the hungry. (Psalm 146:7b)
      Father, out of your bounty please feed the hungry. The cattle on a thousand hills are yours: it is time to sell off some of them and feed the hungry.

The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. (Psalm 146:7c)
      Holy Spirit, give your freedom to the prisoners. Help them to receive into their hearts all that Jesus has done for them.

      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

A word received: Pray for the barren places -- that they will become fruitful gardens.

Thursday: 80 * 146, 147; 2 Samuel 7:18-29: Gal. 3:1-14: Luke 1:57-66
Friday: 93, 96 * 148, 150; Baruch 4:21-29: Gal. 3:15-22: Luke 1:67-80 or Matt. 1:1-17

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote...
      Sit down in a quiet place today. Sit and be at peace with God and yourself. Sit a while and actively seek the gift of peace. Then see what the Lord will show you.

***** Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
      Subject: Welcome Home prayer ministry address Brig Gen US Marine Corps
      YouTube of Brig Gen William Weise at the closing ceremony of the last WHI: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08MI5xMioAk
      Have a blessed Christmas and the Lords favor in the new year.
Fr.Nigel Mumford+

***** Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer mail, 21 Dec 2011, 10:30 am
Dear Prayer friends, Peace be with you. This is our Christmas public prayer mail: Have a Merry Christmas!
The Week in Review (please pray as you read this) :
      1) We have had a lot of input and support (in various ways) from family, friends, prayer warriors, and the Holy Trinity, this week. Thank you all.
      2) Family update: Lydia has returned from college campus. Hannah has exciting mission news in Troy. Ruth is soon to arrive here for Christmas vacation.
      3) Julie preached a good sermon at Grace Church, Waterford, this week. Her focus was on the lessons of the week.
      4) We have pursued, prayed, and talked over our several options for 2012, based on the suggestions and developments over the past week or so. This is the net result:
      There are still some important conversations ahead, but as of several phone calls yesterday morning, our current outline is: site visits to Uganda and possibly Kenya in the latter part of January and early February (details to be worked out). Likely long-term assignment start date: latter part of 2012.
      People have asked what Lydia thinks: Lydia feels very comfortable with our site visit plans, and with the idea of Kenya.
      5) Several clergy have already asked us to visit their parishes. Thank you.
We plan to start visiting parishes/deaneries/mission committees/individuals after we arrive back in the U.S. from Africa.
Additional prayers:
      1) For Discernment. Choosing the right location, based on our site-visit. What needs to be done over the course of the next year, in preparation for our long-term assignment.
      2) For Finances. We are SAMS missionaries on home assignment, even as we prepare for our next venture. Please pray for God's provision for this venture.
      3) For college work. Lydia has some catch-up work to do over break, before next semester. Prayers for timely and good completion of her semester's work in January would be appreciated.
      4) That this would be a good preparation year for the entire family.
      5) Setting up and logistics of site visits. We are praying for the right guide in Uganda, to help us get around, how the bus system works, etc. With about 34 or so different local languages/tribes throughout the country (though the common one is English), a guide would be helpful to show us how to navigate the culture.
      6) For the necessary vaccinations, visas, and other matters in preparation for our site visit.
      7) Safe and timely travel during our site-visit trip: back and forth to Uganda, and on location.
      8 ) That Jesus would shine through what we do. That we minister effectively, as He would want us to, in the course of His visits, His planning, and His long-term plans for us.
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+
Disciples Making Disciples.
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Weekly prayer blog updates: http://MudgeMissionReport.blogspot.com/
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You may also arrange for automatic deductions from your bank account by calling SAMS at 724-266-0669.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

 

12/21/2011, #82, 4th Quarter 2011



I know that many of you are going through rough and heavy seas. I pray that you will hear Jesus speaking to the storms in your life, "Peace, be still!" (Mark 4:39)

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?" (2 Samuel 7:18 )
      Father, help us amidst all the business of this season to spend time just sitting in your presence.

      Holy Spirit, move in the life of our family so that we find your unity even though we are scattered around the globe.

      Jesus, speak your words of peace to our hearts this Christmas. Thank you.

A word received: Ask me to carry you.

Wednesday: 72 * 111, 113; 2 Samuel 7:1-17: Titus 2:11-3:8a: Luke 1:39-48a(48b-56)
Thursday: 80 * 146, 147; 2 Samuel 7:18-29: Gal. 3:1-14: Luke 1:57-66

      Notes from the Front Line

On Eagle's Wings http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=MvpjxfWrjzY
Be Not Afraid http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=37UTH2-Vb_8

***** Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote...
      Be at peace with yourself, and with your spouse, and with your family, and with your neighbor. Be at peace with that driver who just cut you off, and with that driver who just turned right on red as you were approaching a green light, with the Christmas crowds, and be at peace with your boss. Especially be at peace with God.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

 

12/20/2011, #81, 4th Quarter 2011

After these things I looked, (Revelation 7:9a)
      LORD, give us eyes to see.

and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, (Revelation 7:9b)
      Jesus, we want to be in that company of your saints.

of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, (Revelation 7:9c)
      Holy Spirit, help us see beyond our borders, to see how vast your church is.

standing before the throne and before the Lamb, (Revelation 7:9d)
      Jean, you are the Lamb of God and we worship you.

clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, (Revelation 7:9e)
      Father, clothe us in the righteousness that comes from Jesus and help us sing, "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!' Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:9)

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, yours is the name that is above every name and there is no other name by which we can be saved.

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)
      Father, help us join you angels and archangels and all the company of heaven in worshiping you.

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!

A word received: Pray for my blessing and peace.

Tuesday: 66, 67 * 116, 117; 1 Samuel 2:1b-10: Titus 2:1-10: Luke 1:26-38
Wednesday: 72 * 111, 113; 2 Samuel 7:1-17: Titus 2:11-3:8a: Luke 1:39-48a(48b-56)

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011
From: Deacon Dawn Skramstad
Subject: Hats & Mittens
      Hi Torre! I just wanted you to know that a group of ladies from St. James in Lake George (called the Knit Wits of which I am now a member) knit and crochet items for charities. I mentioned your prayer table and that you were handing out hats, gloves, scarfs, etc. They knitted some hats and they will be delivered to you by Alan Hart. They also wanted me to ask you that if you are running low on any certain size or item to please let me know so I could pass it along to them. They knit and crochet all year and enjoy sending their gifts wherever they are needed. Thanks for all you do - we may not be able to be with you in body but we are certainly there in spirit. I pray you and Jean will have a very blessed Christmas!
Blessings! Dcn. Dawn

***** Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      On the highway you will see signs. Stop signs, yield signs, do not pass signs, caution signs. You will even see, on some very large construction trucks, a "do not follow" sign! So it is on the highway of life. Pay attention to the signs. Get in the right lane. Slow lane for slow driving, the passing lane when you need to go faster. The key, pull off now and again and rest. Is God saying to you; the highway, the byway, or my way?

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 19, 2011

 

12/19/2011, #80, 4th Quarter 2011

But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth." (Luke 1:13-14)
      Jesus, bring the joy of the new life you offer us into the lives of the families of this diocese.

"For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb." (Luke 1:15)
      Holy Spirit, help many to hear your call and experience your anointing to live a devout and holy life. Raise up vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, the Franciscans of the Holy Cross, and the Daughters of the King.

"And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God." (Luke 1:16)
      Father, raise up witnesses throughout this diocese that will turn many back to you, the Lord our God.

"He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' (Malachi 4:5-6) and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (Luke 1:17)
      Jesus, send forth witnesses in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make us a people prepared for you. Thank you.

Circle me O God
Keep hope within
Despair without

Circle me O God
Keep peace within
Keep turmoil out

Circle me O God
Keep calm within
Keep storms without

Circle me O God
Keep strength within
Keep weakness out.

by David Adam, a former vicar of St Mary’s Church on Holy Island

CIRCLE ME O GOD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI-bBbarFJU
You Are Near http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdSRl5Sjew0&feature=related

Oh, how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for those who fear you, which you have prepared for those who trust in you in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of your presence from the plots of man; you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:19-20)
      Protect us from "the strife of tongues" and from those who spread poison and hatred into our civic life.

Monday: 61, 62 * 112, 115; Zeph. 3:14-20: Titus 1:1-16: Luke 1:1-25
Tuesday: 66, 67 * 116, 117; 1 Samuel 2:1b-10: Titus 2:1-10: Luke 1:26-38

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011 07:11:15 -0500
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote...
      Right now I am sitting in the dark, and in the silence, and in the peace of expectancy. The Lord is coming soon, very soon. Everything is ready, I have all that I need for the great day. Nothing more, nothing less. The Christ child is on His way. Listen to the silence. What an entire peace... Here, I give you some divine peace...

***** Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
From Luke 1: 28, 30, 37,38
      The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid. For nothing is impossible with God. Let it be with me according to your word.

A Prayer for the Mudges and their intercessors:
      Thank You Lord that You are always with us and that we need not be afraid. We ask Lord for your blessings and especially for your discernment about the special roles that You have for us. Let it be with us according to your word. And it will come to pass because nothing is impossible with You, God. Thank You Lord. Amen.
Luke 1: 35
      The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
A prayer for the Mudges:
      Lord we petition for a very special gift of discernment for Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. We ask that Your Holy Spirit come upon them and that Your Power will overshadow them so that they may yield to your perfect will for them. In the months ahead as they visit Belize and they visit Africa, be with them Lord so that they correctly sense the mission that is your desire for them. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

***** Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: The Tear Drop...
      Yesterday there was a single tear drop on the paten as I celebrated the Holy Eucharist before the staff and volunteers Christmas party. It was located at the farthest point in front of me. Was it your tear Lord? A single tear drop at the loss of life for those who died in the Iraqi war as the last troops left Iraq yesterday. The Bible writes, "Peace on earth and goodwill to mankind." Will we see this peace in our lifetime Jesus?

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 18, 2011

 

12/18/2011, #79, 4th Quarter 2011

Now to him who is able to establish you (Romans 16:25a)
      Jesus, you are our rock and our foundation; help us to be firmly established on you. Preserve us from building on sand.

according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (Romans 16:25b)
      Holy Spirit, help us earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (see Jude 3). Establish us daily in the teaching of the apostles.

according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began (Romans 16:25c)
      Father, thank you for revealing yourself in your son Jesus.

but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, (Romans 16:26a)
      Holy Spirit, restore to your church and your people the daily reading of the Scriptures and meditating on them. We are told that Mary pondered all these things in her heart (see Luke 2:19). Please give us such a heart.

according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith-- (Romans 16:26b)
      Jesus, bring all of us in this diocese to the obedience of faith.

to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. (Romans 16:27)
      Father, we ask for your wisdom -- fill up what we lack (see James 1:5).

Sunday: 24,: 29 * 8, 84; Gen 3:18-15: Rev. 12:1-10: John 3:16-21
HC: 132 or 132:8-15; 2 Samuel 7:4,8-16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
Monday: 61, 62 * 112, 115; Zeph. 3:14-20: Titus 1:1-16: Luke 1:1-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011
From: Nigelmumford
Subject: Daily quote...
            Ask the Lord for the gift of peace. Remember His words, "Peace I give to you, My peace I leave with you. I do not give as the world gives! Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid." The peace of God therefore is out of this world. Receive the gift of peace this Christmas season.

***** Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: New Facebook page
Dear friends,
      I have opened a Facebook page and closed my Facebook profile. If you would like to see the new page please click (or cut and paste) this the following link and then click on "Like" http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nigel-Mumford/152592231510236?sk=wall
      I publish daily quotes and healing ministry updates on this new Facebook page.
      Thank you Have a blessed Christmas dear souls. God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 17, 2011

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 17, 2011, 9:20 - 10:35 a.m. Bob Baker and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St. A bit cold.

+--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 (36 pairs of gloves were donated anonymously)
S--indicates received a scarf
A woman in Norway sent me a pair of hand-knitted woolen socks yesterday, so my feet were toasty warm this morning. [Torre]

State St.

+G Joe -- "I have no complaints." Joe is a man who has recovered from great bitterness of spirit.

+Walter -- "For a Merry Christmas and for peace around the world." We also prayed for peace on the streets of Schenectady.

+G Rizon (man) -- "For me and my kids."

+Bruce (man) -- "For my family and for health." He has emphysema and diabetes runs in his family.

+G Michelle (with young daughter)

++++G Janice -- After she left we prayed that God would re-wire her brain (there is evident mental disturbance).

+G Chet (and +nephew) -- "For my family."

GGGG Viki (young Guyanese man) -- "I'm a Hindhu. I hear you give out gloves.) After giving him the gloves, I prayed with him that he would come to know Jesus.

+GMH Miss Mary (a good friend of Debra, a regular) -- After praying for her, we prayed for her husband, Mr. Willie.
Debra (regular) -- We prayed for her parents (Berry and Elizabeth).

We prayed for the house next door. There was a steady stream of "customers" there.

+Larry -- "For a blessing. I need some work."

++++++++Ebony (she is Pastor Eric's wife of the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) She gives the crosses to her students at a school.

+G Rumar (man) -- "For my family and for Christmas."

+Kevin -- "For my family." We prayed that he would be God's man.

+GH Nathan (man) -- Nathan rode up on a bike. When I asked if he wanted prayer he said, "No." I asked him if he would like a pair of gloves and he said, "Yes, my hands are bitter cold." Then we suggested he pick out a hat from the box of hats knitted by the ladies in Colonie. He picked out one that he liked and put it on with tears running down his face. He then said that he had grown up in the Roman Catholic Church and had been an altar boy. When we asked he said he had given his life to Jesus. We suggested it was time to do that again, which he did. He confessed his sins to Jesus and gave Him his burdens. He accepted forgiveness and received a cross. We urged him to get into a Christian fellowship.

Heather (She attends the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) -- She thanked us for praying for her.

+Anna and +Lorraine (Anna's daughter)

Albany St.

+++Shequan -- His New Year resolution is to be positive, strong and healthy

HHHHHHG+++++ Alexis -- "Pray for children of the neighborhood."

+H Rose and Levi (baby) -- She asked prayer for her family and her finances.

+Levi -- "Strength, financial help, walk closer to Christ"

+++Eric -- He asked prayer for his kids, Jasmine and Jessica

Car driving by -- Rolled down his window -- we blessed him.

++HH Marely -- Asked prayer for a paying job.

 

12/17/2011, #78, 4th Quarter 2011

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory." (Matthew 25:31)
      Jesus, thank you that week by week we get glimpses of your glory in the bread and the wine. Thank you for inviting us to the wedding feast.

"All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." (Matthew 25:32-33)
      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church and of this nation know that we are but men and that you will judge us and separate us at the end.

"Then the King will say to those on his right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" (Matthew 25:34)

      For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." (Romans 8:14-15)

      Jesus, we long to hear your words of blessing.

      Father, thank you for giving us your Spirit of adoption so that we can know you as our father.

      Holy Spirit, lead us day by day.

"for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.'" (Matthew 25:35-36)
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see and hearts to respond to those in need. Help us hear and see the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and those in prison.

"Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?" (Matthew 25:37)

      But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)

      Father, we have no righteousness of our own -- ours is as filthy rags in your sight. Thank you for the righteousness you give us through the blood of your son Jesus.

"When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?'" (Matthew 25:38-39)

      What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:14-18 )

      Father, mold us by your hands so that we will see and hear the lost and the least.

"And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'" (Matthew 25:40)
      Jesus, please help us daily be doers of your word, and not hearers only. (See James 1:22) Help us daily show forth our faith in you by the works we do. Bring us to the obedience that comes from true faith in you. Thank you.

      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 )

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 13. December 18, 2011
Theme Verse: 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Luke 1:26-38; Romans 16:25-27; 2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16; Psalm 132:8-15
Memory Verse: "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." (Luke 1:38a)
January 8: Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 or Luke 2:41-52 or Matthew 2:1-12; Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a; Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 84


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: Luke 1:26-38

A word received: Look to Mary as a model of obedience.

      Epistle: Romans 16:25-27

A word received: I AM able to establish you on the firm foundation of my son, Jesus.

      Old Testament: 2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16

A word received: My word is true and every word of it shall find fulfillment. Look to me, read my word.

      Psalm: Psalm 132:8-15

(verse 12) A word received: Look at the obedience that is called for here. Look at Mary and see the fruit of obedience.

Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zech. 8:9-17: Rev. 6:1-17: Matt. 25:31-46
Sunday: 24,: 29 * 8, 84; Gen 3:18-15: Rev. 12:1-10: John 3:16-21
HC: 132 or 132:8-15; 2 Samuel 7:4,8-16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

      Notes from the Front Line

*****       Last night at the prayer and praise service at St. Michael's Colonie, many lay their burdens down before the Lord.

***** Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote...
      Pray for the people who surround you today. Look at there faces, look at the back of their heads as they pass you or stand in front of you and really pray. I am doing that right now as I sit on an airplane behind a woman who has lost all her hair... cancer?

*****. Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011
From: Lauren Corley
Subject: Need Christian Healing Ministries Alumni Help in Rochester, NY
Hello New York Alumni,
      I received a request from a fellow CHM School of Healing Prayer participant. Her name is Amy O’ Neil and I have copied her on this email. Her nephew was recently in a car accident in Rochester, NY. Amy was hoping there were CHM alumni in or near the Rochester area who would be able to meet pray with her nephew. Does anyone live near Rochester or know of anyone trained through CHM in that area?
      Your help is most appreciated! Merry Christmas! Blessings, Lauren Corley
Executive Assistant to Francis MacNutt
Christian Healing Ministries, Inc.
(904) 765-3332 ext. 211

***** Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011
From: Bishop Dan Herzog
Subject: The Tablet - Review: Love Unknown
http://www.thetablet.co.uk/issue/1000289/booksandart


***** Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011
From: Nigelmumford
Subject: My friend Canon Andrew White is commended in the House of Lords. Baroness Cox is mentioned in the article.
Dear friends,
      LORDS DEBATING PLIGHT OF CHRISTIANS IN MIDDLE EAST REPEATEDLY COMMEND WORK OF CANON ANDREW WHITE.
      On Friday, an entire day in the House of Lords was devoted to discussing the plight of Christians in the Middle East. A total of nine of their Lordships praised the work of Canon Andrew White in their speeches.
      FRRME Director, Peter Marsden, listened to the debate.
      The debate was introduced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams with the words; "My Lords, many people these days have a short and skewed historical memory. It is all too easy to go along with the assumption that Christianity is an import to the Middle East rather than an export from it."
      I couldn't help but think of Andrew's comic descriptions of "The miserable evangelists to Iraq", Jonah and Doubting Thomas. Iraq has indeed a long history of worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
      Lord Mackay was first to respond, saying:
      "Today I want particularly to mention the position of Canon Andrew White as the vicar of Baghdad. He has played a very important part in maintaining Christian witness in Iraq under extremely difficult circumstances."
      Speaking of time spent with Andrew in Israel, he recalled, "I have to say that the relationships he had with people from right across the community were very remarkable. He has shown in more recent times a fine example of Christian fortitude in the troubles that now beset Iraq.
      "I wish particularly to pay tribute to Andrew White's work and I hope that he will be able to continue for a long time in his office."
      This was greeted with cries of "Hear! Hear!" from the 80 Lords in the chamber.
      Lord Patten urged both their Lordships and the Government to act in response to religious persecution, saying, "There can be no walking on the other side of this road, even in the Palace of Westminster. I hope that our secular leaders in the coalition will restate religious freedom as a human right."
      Lord Turnberg and Lord Palmer commended Andrew's work, Lord Alton spoke of his "indomitable spirit and incredible courage" and Baroness Cox paid tribute to "his magnificent work in Iraq, especially in improving interfaith relations".
      Lord Carey praised Andrew's "remarkable work [as] one of the key players in the Alexandria Declaration" bringing together parties for the religious track of the Israel Palestine peace process. He went on to state that Andrew "is currently making a powerful contribution to harmony in Iraq and the Middle East."
      Lord Hylton spoke at length about "my friend Canon Andrew White" and the work with the High Council of Religious Leaders in Iraq. "Lives have undoubtedly been saved as a result."
      The Minister of State, Lord Howell, stated that, in the view of the Government, religious freedom is a basic human right. He confirmed Government support for the Alexandria Declaration and "the High Council of Religious Leaders in Iraq, which seeks to bring together religious leaders and combat sectarian violence, and of course to continue the invaluable work of Canon Andrew White."
      Lord Howell concluded:
      I end my comments by saying that, unlike Mr Richard Dawkins, I have faith in the faiths. We will continue to highlight and condemn all instances of violence and discrimination against individuals because of their beliefs, wherever they occur.
      Archbishop Rowan Williams wound up the debate by thanking their Lordships for their high calibre contributions to the debate and observed, "Not the least among those was the admiration widely expressed for the work of Canon Andrew White in Baghdad, and I am happy to associate myself with that admiration."
      When I spoke with Andrew afterwards, he said:
      "It was wonderful that the House of Lords debated this issue and took seriously the plight of Christians in the Middle East. What really matters is that we must make sure that the political world gets behind the religious means of working at reconciliation. This is the only hope for all minorities in the Middle East."
      In characteristic form, he went on to talk about his beloved St George's.
      "As usual, this Sunday was wonderful here in Baghdad. On Saturday we were joined by four very important people from "Open Doors" in Holland. They are one of the world's foremost charities serving persecuted Christians across the globe.
      "Unfortunately, despite having visas from the Iraqi Embassy in Holland they were refused entry to Iraq and were threatened with deportation. As soon as we heard this we immediately started liaising with the government at the highest level. Three hours later we got them in.
      "We have worked very hard with Open Doors in the last two days, dining with Yonadam Kanna and Sargon Slewa the two highest Iraqi Government Christians and meeting other religious and political leaders. They were so surprised and delighted to see how developed our church complex was, with its clinic, school and Mothers Union. This was highlighted even more when we paid visits to other churches which unfortunately have very limited facilities.
      "To me, it just demonstrated how incredibly blessed we are by the Almighty and how we all totally rely on Him."
      Wishing you every blessing, Peter Marsden, Director, The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME)

Albany Intercessor

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