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Saturday, March 31, 2012

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:25 - 10:305 a.m. Carol Baum, Torre Bissell and Margaret Teetz (Deaconal Intern from St. John's Johnstown at Christ Church) and Mark Pasko from St. Michael's Colonie.

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

+Jason -- He asked prayer for his mom Jacqueline who lives on Long Island and has poor health.

+Wally, +Kathy, ++two sons -- Wally asked prayer for healing of his knee.

+Bob -- He just got out of prison (3 years). He confessed his sins and once again committed his life to Jesus and accepted God's forgiveness. He asked prayer that he could establish a good relationship with his son.

+Horace -- "Forgiveness."

+Emmanuel (regular who has started coming to Christ Church) -- He asked prayer for peace and joy.

Doug -- "Love."

William (regular from next door) -- He asked prayers for his wife Iri and Jallah his step-son who will soon be traveling to Georgia.

+Rahla (young man) -- "A job."

Bill (regular) -- He was recently in the hospital because of an epileptic seizure. He prayed that he would be protected from further seizures.

Kathy (regular) -- We prayed she would know God's love.

+Richard and +Mary -- They came walking up the street shouting and angry with each other. We stopped them as they reached the prayer table and told them they needed prayer. Mary sat down in the chair rather sheepishly but Richard started to walk on. We told him forcefully that he needed prayer as well. We prayed for the two of them and they started to grin. They walked away holding hands.

+Doris -- "Life in general."

+Jim (rushing to work)

Pam and George (rushing by to catch the bus to Watervliet)

+Rizal (young man) -- We prayed that he would walk in Jesus' ways.

+Katrina and young son +Shawn -- "Health and strength."

+Charles (young man) -- "For my family."

+Augustine

+William -- "For my mom and for my brother Robert."

+Calestera (woman) -- "Strength."

Ron (walking by)

 

3/31/2012, #83, 1st Quarter 2012

Now they came to Jericho. As he went out of jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. (Mark 10:46)
      Lord, we cry out to you for those who are blind -- either physically or spiritually -- that you will restore their sight. Please provide for all those who have been reduced to begging: move our hearts with compassion for them.

And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:47)
      How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15a) Raise up and send forth many to preach you word so that the blind may receive their sight. Thank you.

Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:48 )
      Father, please hear the cries of your people. Don't let their cries be stifled by well-meaning people who value decorum over healing and deliverance.

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you." (Mark 10:49)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing the cries of Bartimaeus and our cries as well. Help us all respond to your bidding to be of good cheer and come to you for your blessing and healing. Come with your full power on the Healing Service at the Diocesan Convention in June.

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)
      Holy Spirit, help us throw off everything that would impede our coming to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." (Mark 10:51)
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to purity of heart so that we may see Jesus (see Matthew 5:8 ).

Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:52)
      Lord Jesus, as we receive our sight, help us follow you on the road you have chosen. Thank you.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52
Palm Sunday: 24, 29 * 103; Zech. 9:9-12**: 1 Tim. 6:12-16**; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9***: Luke 19:41-48***
* For the Invitatory: ** Intended for use in the morning: *** Intended for use in the evening
Palm Sunday Holy Communion:
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11      Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72) 15:1-39(40-47)

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 31 St. Augustine, Ilion - The Rev’d John Bassett

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      I am writing in bed it is dark and 5.30am. My dog is dreaming as he leans against me. He is making such cute noises and shaking all over. I wonder what he is dreaming about. Sadly I shall never know. He was born the day before I came out of hospital. He reminds me of "abundant life" as he seems to have such fun and enjoys himself whatever is going on. I need to watch him more...

***** Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Convention Registration Online Available
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Registration for the 144th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany is now open. To register online or print registration forms for mailing, visit the Diocesan website at http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/ministries/convention/index.html
      Online registration is quick and easy and some of us have registered to be the final "tests" to ensure it "works."
      If registering online, please read all the notes on how to enter your information. For example, there are two date entries required on the credit card transaction page, each has a different format. This page is proprietary to the credit card company and we cannot change how the information/date is formatted.
      There are changes for the Youth Rally and VBS this year.
      1. The biggest change is we are grouping the youth by their grade in school as of April 1, 2012.
      2. For the Youth Rally
            a. Youth in grades 7 - 12 will be staying in Zeitfuss Lodge as in prior years.
            b. Youth in grades 5 & 6 will participate in the Youth Rally but will room with their parent(s)/guardians.
      3. VBS is for youth in grades K - 4 who will room with their parents as in prior years.
      There is an updated YOUTH registration form on the website reflecting these changes.
      Convention is Friday, June 8 - 10, 2012 at Camp-of-The-Woods in Speculator, New York. The weekend kicks off with the "early bird special" workshops Friday afternoon and concludes with lunch on Sunday following the "Youth" Mass.
      Our theme this year is "Dare to Share the Joy of Jesus"
[The Diocesan Convention is the premier renewal event in the life of the Diocese of Albany each year. Don't miss out on what God has for you at this Convention. You do NOT need to be a deputy to attend. Jean and I are not deputies and we look forward to going to the Diocesan Convention every year. Torre]

***** Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012
From: Fr. Neal P. Longe
Subject: Free Christian Concert
      St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) will be hosting a FREE Christian concert on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 7pm. The local group 4ever1 will be leading the worship.
      4ever1 has been active throughout the Northeast since 2004. In addition to playing at area parks, community events, canal fests, festivals, churches, and coffeehouses, they minister monthly at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany and at many other area shelters, nursing homes, prisons, fundraisers, and community meals.
      4ever1's music is a blend of contemporary Christian, soft rock, jazz, and country. Their discography includes their newest release, "Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver", which includes some of their most requested songs including " Eternally", "You Died for Me" and "I Will Sing".
      St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010, (518 ) 842-2363

Albany Intercessor

Friday, March 30, 2012

 

3/30/2012, #82, 1st Quarter 2012

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then he took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to him: (Mark 10:32)
      Lord, so often this is our condition when we try to follow where you lead and we realize the things we might have to go through as we follow you. Set us free from the paralysis of fear.

      Holy Spirit, give us courage to daily fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life to which we are called. Help us with Timothy and all your saints to make the good confession of faith in every circumstance we find ourselves (see 1 Timothy 6:12).

"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and scourge him, and spit on him, and kill him. And the third day he will rise again." (Mark 10:33-34)
      Father you asked Jesus to go through this for our sakes. Thank you. Please help us go through whatever you ask of us for our sakes and the sake of others.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask." (Mark 10:35)
      Holy Spirit, please set us free from self-serving prayer. Thank you.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 25, April 1, 2012
Theme Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And 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 11:1-11a; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 45:21-25; Psalm 22:1-21
Memory Verse: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
In two Weeks John 20:19-31; 1 John 5:1-6 or Acts 3:12a,13-15,17-26; Acts 3:12a,13-15,17-26 or Isaiah 26:2-9,19; Psalm 111 or 118:19-24

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 11:1-11a;
A word received: Join my people in praising me. I want Hosannas* that are from your heart. * Hosanna: oh save!; an exclamation of adoration

      Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
A word received: Bow your knee at the mention of my name. Give honor (even in the midst of blasphemy) to my name.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 45:21-25
A word received: Ask how I want you to give honor to my name.

      Psalm: Psalm 22:1-21
A word received: Come to me. Come to the foot of my cross. Join my beloved disciple and my mother and the other women there.

Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 30 Episcopal Marriage Encounter

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Humility (Humus, earth) "A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a lowly opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God's sake." (New Advent Encyclopedia). In the words of St. Paul: "That we may know the things that are given us from God." (1 Corinthians 2:12). In the words of St. Thomas: "The virtue of humility, consists in keeping oneself within one's own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one's superior. Bottom line: "He must become greater; I must become less" John 3:30

Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: We will remember...
      Thank you for being in Greenville, SC this past weekend. I am a Vietnam veteran and while I was not spit upon or verbally assaulted, I was totally ignored when I came back to the USA in 1969. You are the first person who said, "Welcome Home." I will carry the medallion you placed in my hand to remind me of the healing or at least one of the remaining demons. Pastor George

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, March 29, 2012

 

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Richard Barratiere and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Rich -- We prayed for his sister-in-law Flo's visit. Flo is having marital problems.

Gary -- Asked prayer for his son Chris, for Maggie who has pancreatic cancer (for a miracle of healing and deliverance form pain), for Marsha and Joanna his sisters, and for Debbie his wife.

+A man came up and asked for a cross (which he immediately put on) but didn't want prayer.

+Thomas (young man) -- He has newly joined the program at Schenectady City Mission. He asked prayer that he would be steady.

Peter (young man) -- We prayed that he and his brothers who are in business together would continue praying together and making their decisions through common prayer.

+Terrence (man 50) -- He appears to have had a botched knee replacement. His knee is swollen and red and very painful.

+Debbie (woman) -- She asked prayer for her parents who are in the 80s. Her father has heart problems and chest pains and great anxiety about his wife, Debbie's mother. Debbie's mother has diabetes and perhaps Alzheimer's.

+John and his son +Lester (about 10 or 12) -- John is a single parent with Lester and ++two other sons. We prayed for wisdom, strength and guidance for him.

+Sharon -- She has no money to pay the rent and power bill. Her son is unable to help her.

June -- She has re-aggravated her right elbow again while doing some packing in preparation for moving to Delaware. We prayed that her friend there would find a place for them to live.

 

3/29/2012, #81, 1st Quarter 2012

Now as he was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'" And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth." Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me." But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10:17-23)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize where we have become captive to our possessions. Please help us find the freedom to use them for the building up of the kingdom of God.

And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:24)
      Help us recognize the folly of trusting in anything but you Jesus. All of our savings and homes and possessions can be swept away in an instant -- only you remain solid and unyielding.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?" (Mark 10:25-26)
      Father, please help us think in kingdom terms.

But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27)
      Jesus, thank you for doing in me what I am unable to do in myself.

A word received: Hope in me. I AM your strength and your shield.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 140, 142; Exod. 7:25-8:19: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 29The Rev’d William Wheeler

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of      the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      I often find myself quoting Dame Julian of Norwich (ca 8 November 1342 – ca. 1416) an English mystic who said, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." A quote suitable for today written about six hundred and years ago. Three hundred years before the founding of America! Words to ponder.

***** Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Public Prayer mail 28 March 2012
Dear praying friends, This is our public prayer mail for this week.
Thanksgivings:
      1) Julie and I enjoyed our time at St. John's, Ogdensburg, on Sunday.
      2) Progress continues to be made on updating websites, preparations etc.
      3) New presentation materials arrived yesterday.
Prayers:
      1) Upcoming mission presentations/updates as of March 27:
            March 28: Trinity, Lansingburgh
            April 1 (Palm Sunday), April 8 (Easter Day)
            April 15: St. Michael's, Colonie
            April 22: Good Shepherd, Canajoharie
            April 29: St. Thomas', Tupper Lake
            May 6: Christ Church, Ballston Spa
            May 13: St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne
            May 20: Christ Church, Schenectady and Grace Church, Waterford
            May 27: Trinity, Watervliet, to be confirmed.
            June 3: St. James', Ausable Forks
            June 8-10: Diocesan Convention (workshop and booth)
            June 17: Trinity, Potsdam
      2) We continue to monitor Lydia's situation. It is a major factor in our plans. The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is NOT an on-coming train! Your prayers are appreciated. We have some important meetings this week.
      3) For Lydia, as she puts in place her summer plans, implements a new health regimen, works on her current courses, and looks towards her Fall 2012 college schedule.
      4) For the current planning and preparation phase of our mission plans.
      5) Pray that the Lord would bring alongside us those people who share the vision for the Lord's work as we do.
      6) That we would be the missionaries that God has called us to be, wherever we might be.
      Your prayers are important for us, and I pray for you, every day.
God bless you, Shaw+ and Julie+, Missionaries of both SAMS and the Diocese of Albany

***** Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012
From: Christine Hales
Subject: Bristol Blog
      Hello Everyone: Hope you are all well - you are certainly in our prayers, and we believe God has good things in store for each one of us this year. Here is the link to our latest blog. Drop us a line and let us know how you are doing. http://kingdomartsministry.com/ or google kingdomartsministry.com

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

 

3/28/2012, #80, 1st Quarter 2012

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; (2 Corinthians 3:1-2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be living letters showing forth your love and power.

clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. (2 Corinthians 3:3)
      Holy Spirit, write your word on the tablets of our hearts.

And we have such trust through Christ toward God. (2 Corinthians 3:4)
      Jesus, let our trust of you lead us to your Father day by day.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, (2 Corinthians 3:5)
      Father, thank you that the ministry you give us through your Spirit does not depend on our own strength or goodness, but on yours.

who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:6)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for making all of us (lay people, bishops, priests, and deacons) sufficient to do the work you have set out for us to do. Help us daily minister in your love and power and not in legalism or our own strength. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for the river of my Spirit.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Exod. 7:8-24: 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6: Mark 10:1-16
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 140, 142; Exod. 7:25-8:19: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Mark 10:17-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 28 Ministry to College Students The Rev’d David Sutcliffe

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of      the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Sadly, I meet many people who somehow think they are self imprisoned for what ever reason. The sentence; self judgment. It is as if some people are hanging onto the vertical bars of a jail wall. Now, here's the thing. Look to your left, look to your right, look behind you. No walls! So, let go of the bars and walk away... Now you are free indeed. Jesus came to set the captives free. "Therefore there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. " Romans 8:1

Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Re: A message for all from Deacon Pat
      Please be assured of our prayers... Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (3 John 1:2)

***** Lenten Healing Service Led By Nigel Mumford At Christ Church, Gilbertsville

Published on Christ Church -- Gilbertsville, NY ( http://www.christchurchgville.org/)
      This Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM, March 28, Nigel Mumford will be our guest and lead us in a healing teaching and service. He will share a teaching based on the 17th Chapter of the Gospel according to John, on Jesus High Priestly Prayer to the Father for the unity of His Church, how we are to be one as Jesus and the Father are one; one in Him who is our head, and one with each other under His Lordship. It is beacause we are one under Christ that His healing grace is available to us today.
      The service will start promptly at 6:30 PM, we will have live musical accompniment , a reading from scripture and short teaching, and time for individual prayer ministry by Fr. Nigel and trained Healing Prayer Teams. Light refreshments will be offered.       All are welcome to this free expression of God's Healing Ministry. Please come and bring that friend in need of God's healing grace.
      Christ Church is fully handicap accessible, with all facilities available on one floor.
      Nigel Mumford's bio is available at: http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/Healing/Resources/DirectorsBio.cfm

***** Please pray for the prayer table ministries of these parishes in the diocese:
Christ Church, Schenectady, Grace Church, Waterford, St. James, Lake George, Christ Church, Cooperstown, St. Mary’s, Lake Luzerne, Cathedral of All Saints, St. John’s, Ogdensburg [If other parishes have prayer table ministries, please let me know. Torre]

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

 

3/27/2012, #79, 1st Quarter 2012

Then the king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their work? Get back to your labor." And Pharaoh said, "Look, the people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labor!" So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying, "You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.' Let more work be laid on the men, that they may labor in it, and let them not regard false words." (Exodus 5:4-9)
      Father, hear the cries of the working poor in this land and the cries of all those that work for companies where impossible quotas of work are laid on the people.

      Jesus, it says later in your word," I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. " (Exodus 20:2) Set your people free from every bondage and harsh taskmaster so that they make offer you sacrifices of thanksgiving and worship you.

      Holy Spirit, give your people in every work situation your freedom and guidance as they work. Thank you.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Exod. 5:1-6:1: 1 Cor. 14:20-33a,39-40: Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Exod. 7:8-24: 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6: Mark 10:1-16

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 27 Christ Church, Herkimer -The Very Rev’d Paul Bailey

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of      the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      In setting "healthy boundaries" you are teaching others how to set boundaries. Ergo "No" is a complement sentence!

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

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

Albany street prayer table

Andre -- 1.5 weeks out of prison (had been there 15 years) -- needs community, a job, relationship with his family

+ Ron -- asked for salvation -- Mark led in accepting Jesus in his heart (Ron has been in prison 22 year -- but out for 6 years now)

+ Walter -- God's protection and love through his life

Brian -- safety and life (just go out of local prison where he had been 1 year)

++ Kenneth -- forgiveness

Girl (did no provide name -- simply requested prayer

Mark -- prayer for all new Cursillistas (men completing their Cursillo weekend tomorrow)

++ David -- prayer for his mom Debbie's health

Joanna -- quick prayer of blessing and a hug (knows us)

+++ Corey and Dakota (young girl about 7) -- prayer for everyone

++ Nancy -- prayer for Victor's brother in Africa who is suffering from a serious disease the doctors are having problems dispelling

+ Jennifer -- find a job

***** LENTEN HEALING SERVICE LED BY NIGEL MUMFORD AT CHRIST CHURCH, GILBERTSVILLE

Published on Christ Church -- Gilbertsville, NY ( http://www.christchurchgville.org/)
      This Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM, March 28, Nigel Mumford will be our guest and lead us in a healing teaching and service. He will share a teaching based on the 17th Chapter of the Gospel according to John, on Jesus High Priestly Prayer to the Father for the unity of His Church, how we are to be one as Jesus and the Father are one; one in Him who is our head, and one with each other under His Lordship. It is beacause we are one under Christ that His healing grace is available to us today.
      The service will start promptly at 6:30 PM, we will have live musical accompniment , a reading from scripture and short teaching, and time for individual prayer ministry by Fr. Nigel and trained Healing Prayer Teams. Light refreshments will be offered.       All are welcome to this free expression of God's Healing Ministry. Please come and bring that friend in need of God's healing grace.
      Christ Church is fully handicap accessible, with all facilities available on one floor.
      Nigel Mumford's bio is available at: http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/Healing/Resources/DirectorsBio.cfm

***** Please pray for the prayer table ministries of these parishes in the diocese:
Christ Church, Schenectady
Grace Church, Waterford
St. James, Lake George
Christ Church, Cooperstown
St. Mary’s, Lake Luzerne
Cathedral of All Saints
St. John’s, Ogdensburg

[If other parishes have prayer table ministries, please let me know. Torre]

Albany Intercessor

Monday, March 26, 2012

 

3/26/2012, #78, 1st Quarter 2012

Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it. For He taught His disciples and said to them, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day." But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him. (Mark 9:30-32)
      Lord, we often we don't understand your way of doing things -- choosing to go to the cross makes so little sense in worldly terms -- help us follow you even when we don't understand you and your ways.

Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?" But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." (Mark 9:33-35)
      Father, our very silence accuses us. Help us to follow Jesus and leave behind personal ambition.

Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, "Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me." (Mark 9:36-37)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive with joy everyone you send us -- the lost and the least, the weary, the sin-sick souls, children with their mess and noise, all your little ones.

Now John answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us." But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. " (Mark 9:38-40)
      Jesus, we so get into denominationalism and sectarianism. Help us embrace your whole body -- the Body of Christ.

"For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward." (Mark 9:41)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive with thanksgiving everyone who gives us a cup of water to drink, everyone who refreshes our spirits. Help us do the same for others. Thank you.

Monday: 31 * 35; Exod. 4:10-20(21-26)27-31: 1 Cor. 14:1-19: Mark 9:30-41
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Exod. 5:1-6:1: 1 Cor. 14:20-33a,39-40: Mark 9:42-50

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 26 Christ Church, Gilbertsville -The Rev’d Joe Acanfora, The Rev’d Donna Steckline

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of      the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Think of those who have encouraged you.
      Encourage others when you can.
      Be a "voice" of encouragement.
      Be a son of encouragement...
      Be a Barnabas!
      Ohh Rah...

***** A Watered Garden, by W. B. Anderson, 1919
      I have a precious memory. It is the memory of a garden that I happened upon one tired midsummer's morning, in the midst of a torrid plain in India. I was weary, and travel-stained, and thirsty, when over the drooping head of the horse, I saw a clump of trees on the far horizon. I hoped it might be a garden. It seemed ages until we should reach it. When we did arrive under the spreading branches of great mango trees, a cool zephyr, as grateful as the fanning of angels' wings, rippled over my parched cheeks. It was still early in the day, when, swinging myself wearily from the hard seat of the springless yekka, I walked straight into the heart of the garden, down the shady aisle of mango and loquat trees. Before dawn there had been a shower of rain, and now the gardener was running the clear, cool water from the irrigating well all about among trees and shrubs. Everywhere leaves were green and flowers were bright. Parrots circled through the cloudless blue, swung upon the swaying branches, calling merrily to one another. The air was ladened with the intoxicating odors of roses and jasmine. The fountain sparkled laughingly in the shaded center of the garden. I stooped to bathe my hands and face in the cool waters of the fountain's basin. Then, from its joyous spring I drank until satisfied. I sat for a few precious moments upon the marble edge of the fountain and reveled in the refreshment of a watered garden. The driver called, and I hurried out again across the stifling, heated plain. I had tarried for so short a time, but I was a new man. I carried away the song of the garden in my heart, and its echoes shall never die from my life.
      I was making the same journey in another year. The road was more uninviting than before, the weather was hotter, and I was not only weary, but ill. But I had a memory! For hours I looked and longed for the place of the garden of refreshing. At last we came to the shade of its trees. Wearily and weakly, but eagerly, I climbed from the seat of the torturing, springless cart. With unsteady steps I entered the door of the garden. The trees were gray with dust. The flowers drooped in the heat. The little water courses were parched and dry. The fountain was stopped. My soul sank with weariness, and I turned away sick at heart to finish the torturing journey unrefreshed. At the door I met the gardener. I asked him why his garden languished so. He explained with guilty look that he had been absent attending to affairs of his own for a week. I asked him if the raja would not be vexed at the neglect of his garden. He explained that the raja had gone to the mountains for a month. Then I knew that the garden had been neglected because the master's orders had been disobeyed. He intended that every traveler might be refreshed; but his gardener had not been faithful.
      I have a precious memory. It is a memory of a friend. Sin-stricken and weary, and far from God, I was traveling one day when I came into his life. His whole life was wet with the dews of Heaven; his garments were redolent with the odors of Paradise; he just breathed the very life of God. I sat and communed with him, and from within his life there flowed into mine rivers of living water. I walked with him through lovely avenues of restful shade in his friendship, and saw heavenly vistas, and drank from life-giving springs. I went out to my life renewed and refreshed. I was a new man, and there rang through all my being a song of the memory of that blessed life. All through eternity shall the echoes of that friendship call from peak to peak for me.
      In time of need and anguish I came again to that friend. I ran to meet him as a shelter from my sore distress. I found him and entered into communion with him. But the fountains of his life seemed dried up. The refreshment seemed to have vanished. His own life seemed parched and drooping. His speech was as the speech of other men. I struggled back to my own life as I came. Later he told me that the King of his life was not being obeyed, and the garden of his heart was not being watered.. The trees and the walks of his friendship were still there, but they no longer soothed and strengthened. The fountain of his friendship was still there, but its waters had been hushed. The King had intended that this garden, this life, should be kept perpetually refreshing for the souls of all who might come to it, but the King had not been obeyed, and the living water had not been kept flowing, and I went away unrefreshed.
      Then I prayed, "Oh God, keep flowing into me, and within me, and from within me Thy rivers of living water for the health and joy of other men! Oh, King of life, make my life a watered garden!"

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, March 25, 2012

 

3/25/2012, #78, 1st Quarter 2012

But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain." (John 12:23-24)
      Holy Father, please help me die to myself as Jesus did so that I may produce a good harvest for your kingdom.

"He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." (John 12:25)
      Father, please help me repent of all those old patterns of thought and deed that seek what the world has to give. Help me to embrace your kingdom.

"If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my Father will honor. " (John 12:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help me to serve and follow Jesus daily.

"Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour." (John 12:27)
      Jesus, in the day of temptation and battle, help me make the choice you made to embrace your Father's plan for you.

"Father, glorify your name." (John 12:28a)
      Father, I ask for your will to be done in my life and in the world around me as it is in heaven.

      Epistle: Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10
A word received: I want you to know who I AM. I AM a priest forever and the Suffering servant (Isaiah 53) spoken of by Isaiah the Prophet. I know your strengths and your weaknesses. I know them because I lived among you as one who cried out with tears to my Father in Heaven. I cried out because my sorrow was great and my love for you was even greater. I want you to know me and join me in crying out for the lost and the weak.

Sunday: 118 * 145; Exod. 3:16-4:12: Rom. 12:1-21: John 8:46-59
HC: John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16
Monday: 31 * 35; Exod. 4:10-20(21-26)27-31: 1 Cor. 14:1-19: Mark 9:30-41

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 25 The Rev’d Samuel Abbott, The Rev’d Lawrence Hubert

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Seen on a sign in Greenville, SC: "A little of the fragrance clings to the hand, that gives the rose." What "fragrance" can you give someone today?

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 25, 2012, 9:305 - 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St. A bit brisk and breezy.

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


The saints on the St. James' Prayer Table Team sent us two of these marvelous prayer table tablecloths like the one they sent to the Cathedral prayer table team (see above) for use on State St. and Albany St. in Schenectady.

State St.

William (from next door) and +Jallah his step-son.

+Terrell (woman drove up in a car and parked next to us) -- She confessed her sins to Jesus and accepted him once again as Lord and Savior. She went away knowing that she is now "clean".

+++++++Nathan (young man) -- He got a cross for himself one for each of his brothers and sisters. He said, "Thank you for making a difference in our community."

Tom (wearing a cross made by Dennis Adams) -- He has just gone into retirement and his first retirement check won't come until May 1st. We prayed that he would find favor with his landlord because he didn't have money yet to make the April rent payment.

+Curtis -- "A job."

Steve -- We prayed for the pain in his hands and knee.

+Alfonso (man aged 60) -- He cried out to the Lord that He would provide him with a wife and for help with his finances. He said, "I thank God that this [prayer table] is here."

A man who has prayed for those manning the prayer table several times stopped to shake my hand.

+Nick (young man) -- "I'm not a religious person." He had come to do community service at Christ Church. We prayed for his torn rotator cuff.

+Paula (regular) -- She came to give thanks and express her great joy that her daughter Tiffany is expecting a baby girl in July. She reported that all her family is doing well. We prayed for a safe and easy delivery and a strong and healthy child.

+Tony (man) -- "I want to get all these vibes off my back." I prayed for spiritual protection and told him Jesus is a rock he can stand on.

+Singh (young man) -- I prayed that he would grow into the man God is calling him to be.

+Ed -- His girlfriend just broke off the relationship with him last night and he was hurting. He also asked prayer for his mom Debbie who is in Albany Med.

Rumar -- He was full of the joy of the Lord.

+Gloria (woman) -- She is a Christian woman who has been married to a man for 25 years. He has been doing drugs for many of those years and that has killed off much of her love for him. He is currently in a rehab program. She doesn't know if she can continue with him. We prayed for guidance for her.

Albany St. report to come later.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, March 24, 2012

 

3/24/2012, #77, 1st Quarter 2012

Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. (Exodus 2:23)
      LORD, so many of your people are in bondage -- please hear their cries and come and set them free.

      Holy Spirit, make intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (see Romans 8:26).

So God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. (Exodus 2:24)
      Father, thank you for hearing us when we cry out to you. Thank you for the covenant you established with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Thank you that we have become heirs to your promises to them by our faith in your son Jesus.

And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:25)
      Jesus, in your mercy look upon us and acknowledge us as sheep of your own fold, lambs of your own flock, sinners of your own redeeming. Receive us into your arms of mercy and peace. (From BCP page 499)

A word received at Christ Church Schenectady 3/11/12: Wake up, My people. I AM crying out for you to come to Me -- Come confess your sins so that you truly will be a temple where I can dwell -- Come to Me -- confess that I can make you whole.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 24, March 25, 2012
Theme Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16
Memory Verse: Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. (John 12:26)
Next Week: John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16

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.

      Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:31-34

A word received: I want my people toknow me. Look at the lesson in the light of desiring to know me.

      Psalm: Psalm 51 or 51:11-16

A word received: David had to learn to come to me on my terms, not his.

      Gospel: John 12:20-33

A word received: The Greeks came desiring to see me. My desire is that all would be drawn to me. I came to do my Father's bidding. If you want to know me (rather than just see me), you must accept why I came.

A word received: I AM now applying the Beatitudes to myself. Have the class look at Matthew 5:3-12 and identify the parallels in this passage in John.

Now is the judgment (Greek: Krisis) of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. (John 12:31)

A word received: I AM calling my people to make a decision for me.

      Epistle: Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Exod. 2:23-3:15: 1 Cor. 13:1-13: Mark 9:14-29
Sunday: 118 * 145; Exod. 3:16-4:12: Rom. 12:1-21: John 8:46-59
HC: John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 24 Good Shepherd, Elizabethtown – The Rev’d David Sullivan

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Change the low case "c" of cancer to an upper case "C" for Christ. In no uncertain terms, command, through prayer, with authority, all cancer cells to leave. They are not welcome, get out in the name of Jesus Christ. Command any juvenile cells that are even thinking of misbehaving to cease and desist. We have authority given by Christ Himself to pray in such a fashion. For it is written: "He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully. " Luke 4:10.

***** Fr. Neal Longe: Thursday. Home with my sick little man : Noah has strep throat. Please pray for a speedy recovery and the health of the rest of the family.

***** Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Parris island visit
      Fr. Nigel spent a day at Parris Island, the East coast training camp for the United States Marine Corps. He met with chaplains, drill instructors, the commanding officer of third battalion, and the commanding officer of the weapons battalion. The subject of conversation, the Welcome home Initiative (WHI) and healing of PTSD. A lot of interest was shown over his new book. He was given the VIP treatment as the US Marine corps and the Royal Marines have very high regard for each other in fact they share the globe on their uniform. The Royal Marines one side the US Marines the other! Col. Greg Kitchens took him around the base. Brigader General William Weise (a WHI attendee and former base second in command) and Gen. Charlie Baldwin former chief of Chaplains were influential in setting up the visit. His objectives were far exceeded. Oooh rah. Semper Fi.
      Photo: Col. Dan Wilson, Commanding officer, weapons battalion and Fr. Nigel Mumford. Taken at the range, Parris Island.


Nigel MumfordPreaching at St. Michaels Charleston, SC. and Memories for Fr. Nigel as he was a former Drill Instructor


Ship shape accommodation at Parris Island and Driil instructors info


Albany Intercessor

Friday, March 23, 2012

 

3/23/2012, #76, 1st Quarter 2012

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:27-31)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us in this diocese find and use the ministry gifts you have given us to build up the whole Body of Christ. Help us desire to use the gifts you have given us.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. (1 Corinthians 13:1)
      Jesus, there is so much sounding brass and clanging cymbals in your church today -- and so little love. Have mercy on us.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2-3)
      Father, all of our good deeds mean nothing unless there is love. Have mercy on us and give us your heart of love for one another. Thank you.

A word received: Don't be afraid -- keep looking to me.

Friday: 95* & 102 * 107:1-32; Exod. 2:1-22: 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3: Mark 9:2-13
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Exod. 2:23-3:15: 1 Cor. 13:1-13: Mark 9:14-29

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 23 The Commission on Ministry

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Words of wisdom from a loving Grandmother in the south who was comforting her Granddaughter over the rather large issue of tax she owed that April. Lois Steger said, "Don't ever cry over something that cannot cry over you." Something to ponder, something to think about. Perhaps this might put something in perspective in your life... especially on the 15th!

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2012
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Fw: Prayer request
This came in from Mark Featherstonhaugh yesterday
Hi Ronnie,
      Liz's Dad fell today and hit his head, they're keeping him in hospital overnight. It would be appreciated if we could have prayer for him, for Liz's Mum and for Liz; as you know Liz has the doctor's appointment with her Mum tomorrow too and prayer for that would be great too please.
Cheers and God bless, Mark.

***** Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Prayer Table Report March 21, 2012 12-1PM Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, NY; Sunny and beautiful in the 70's Beth Collum, Dcn Plaske, Hilda Hardy, Linda Davis, Tricia McCrossan
Alba - walked by at first and then came back. prayer for her back, herniated disk, for her brother Cosmo who is suffering from depression and has left home and they don't know where he is.
Diane - needs to get her paperwork for state retirement and praying that things will get moving.
+Daniel - prayer for everything wife , family, finances
Connie - Teriqua, Jim and Cindy, Michael (surgery) Agnes (cancer) pray for healing
+ family walking by with a small daughter who accepted a cross!
+ Raymond - 3 deaths in the family recently. He remarked that we were here last year and we're still here. Praise God!
David - repose of the soul of Joan and many family issues
+++++Regina - stay free from drugs, 4 sons and 9 grandchildren
+ Milton - had asked for prayer for a business venture in November; returned today for a praise report - bank accepted loan application
The Picture attached is Beth Collum sitting at our prayer table at the Cathedral with a new table cloth made by; Bunny Morgan who graciously made this for us. We thank her for thinking of this ministry and using her talent to help. Blessings, Sue


***** Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012
From: Joseph G.V. Acanfora
      Don’t forget to pray for the men’s Cursillo weekend beginning tonight Faith, hope and love abide... but the greatest of these is love. (1Cor. 13:13)

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, March 22, 2012

 

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Richard Barratiere and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Rich -- We prayed for a safe journey for Sophia (Rich's wife)when she travels to visit her native Kenya. We also prayed for her sister Debbie who lives with Rich and Sophia.

Dan -- He had two prayer requests: 1) For Tamara who is giving her witness at Victory Church in Albany about being set free from smoking; and 2) for a man who is in rehab -- that he will make genuine progress from his addiction.

+++++++Janice -- got 7 crosses to hand out to others. She joined us in praying for Dan's prayer requests.

+Nathan (young man) -- We prayed that he would be filled with and guided by the Holy Spirit. He also asked prayer for a man who was recently shot nearby in Schenectady.

Chuck -- He gave a Praise the Lord! For a phone call from his brother Robert on Chuck's 71 birthday this past week. Robert is experiencing real physical healing of a massive diabetes related infection in his upper arm. What excited Chuck was that Robert asked for prayer.

Torre -- He asked prayer for more and better sleep.

+++Gary -- He asked continued prayer that he would not be slammed around by circumstances. He got 3 crosses to hand out to others.

June -- She reported that her elbow is better. We continued to pray for help for her when it comes time to move.

+Chuck -- He asked prayer for work.
+Sabrida (Chuck's girl friend) -- She asked prayer for a new life.

Evelyn -- Continued prayer for more organization in her life.

 

3/22/2012, #75, 1st Quarter 2012

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Mark 8:31)
      Jesus, you are "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." You were despised and rejected. Even today many of the chief priests and elders of the Episcopal Church reject you and your words and deeds.

He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. (Mark 8:32)
      Holy Spirit, none of us like to confront the hard sayings of Jesus. He makes us uncomfortable as we look at the depths of sin in our hearts.

But when he had turned around and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Mark 8:33)
      Father, please show us how to be good leaders and examples to others. Jesus saw that Peter was a bad example for the other disciples. Correct us and help us recognize it whenever we would lead the other disciples astray. Help us daily be mindful of what you care about rather than what the world cares about. Thank you.

When he had called the people to himself, with his disciples also, he said to them, "Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:34-38 )
      Jesus, please help us embrace the cost of discipleship daily. Thank you.

And he said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power." (Mark 9:1)
      Father, we long to see your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

      Jesus, come and rule and reign in our hearts day by day. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your strength -- keep turning to me.

Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Exod. 1:6-22: 1 Cor. 12:12-26: Mark 8:27-9:1
Friday: 95* & 102 * 107:1-32; Exod. 2:1-22: 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3: Mark 9:2-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 22 St. John’s, Essex – The Rev’d Margaret Shaw

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Sometimes my mind races with thoughts so often scattered.
      There is no apparent theme. Then, in, through, and with prayer there is focus. Perhaps it is like an automatic aperture on a camera, only the automatic bit is manual! Then, like a worked lump of clay, suddenly there is shape. Thank you God, now I see it, now I recognize it. Now I know... The catalyst is prayer, the answer is You Lord. I did not even realize there was a question, but now I know the answer.

***** Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012
From: Welcome Home Initiative Dayton Prayer
Subject: WHI Dayton Prayer Request and Praise Report 2012 03 21
      [You can find more information on the Welcome Home Initiative by clicking on http://christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/]
      Jesus said, ... Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? (Matthew 9:4-5 NIV)
      Lord Jesus, you said and did both with ease. Lord Jesus, forgive our sins and heal us. We believe.
      1. Fr. Nigel presented WHI to USMC at Parris Island. Chaplains and resilience caregivers at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling MD, Joint Base Andrews MD, WPAFB OH, Walter Reed Hospital, US Military Academy at WP, and many Christian communities in DC/VA and OH areas are getting to know WHI.
      2. Pray that service academy cadets and midshipmen can attend events like WHI; spiritual basic training for tomorrow's servant leaders.
      3. Pray that WHI be hosted at R&R locations. Service members are given several days of R&R during their deployment and are allowed to consume three alcoholic beverages per day. Won't it be great for their R&R be extended for one or two more days, alcohol free, if they volunteer to take part in WHI before their return to combat duties?
      4. Cadet Clyde - improve the quality of his relationship with his dad. Instructor John, a combat vet, and his dad Jim, a Vietnam vet. Jim, now a Christian, is serving 10-year prison sentence and trying to restore broken relationships with ex-wife, children, relatives, and friends.
      5. US government civilian employees serving in crime-ridden and war-torn areas. Traumatized, they got sent home, found unfit for service, many got laid off. Caring human resources colleagues cannot reverse many of these terminations and get them the help they need to return to duty.
      6. After wounded warriors are discharged from the military, it may take 1 to 2 years in processing paperwork before VA benefits and care are available to them..
      7. Many military spouses have lost their jobs / income. With military downsizing, many service members are afraid to seek help fearing they may be discharged.
      8. Ch. Scott needs second surgery. Fr. M's mom passed away. Fr. Mike works long hours caring for silent professionals. Ch. Jack to deploy in May.
      9. WHI Washington DC 10-12 Apr is now open to all hands, all ranks.
      10. WHI Dayton 17-19 Apr is reaching 40 attendees (30 vets, 10 spouses) and 20+ facilitators; doubling the size of the Aug 2011 retreat. Awareness and fundraising event on 29 March evening. Lots of planning, coordination, and actions.

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

 

3/21/2012, #74, 1st Quarter 2012

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us use the gifts you have given us to build up the Body of Christ.

There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. (1 Corinthians 12:5)
      Jesus, help each of us to know and do the unique ministry you have given us and in real, practical ways make you Lord of our lives.

And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. (1 Corinthians 12:6)
      Father, please help each of us in our several callings accept your work in our lives.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: (1 Corinthians 12:7)
      Holy Trinity, one God, help us show forth the ministry of the Holy Spirit in such a way that the whole body is built up.

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)
      Father, help each of us accept and use the gifts your Holy Spirit has given us for the building up of the body of your son Jesus.

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (1 Corinthians 12:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us accept the work and gifts that you are manifesting in each of us. Don't let us be jealous of another's gifts, but rather recognize and use the gifts you have given us. Thank you.

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)
      Father, thank you for making us one -- help us to live that out day by day.

A word received: Pray that I will raise up Aarons and Hurs throughout this diocese to lift up the arms of the bishops, priests and deacons who are weary. (See Exodus 17:8-13)

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Gen. 50:15-26: 1 Cor. 12:1-11: Mark 8:11-26
Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Exod. 1:6-22: 1 Cor. 12:12-26: Mark 8:27-9:1

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 21 Financial Provision for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Do you ever get a bible verse stuck in you mind for a few days? Rather like a song that just keep playing, as the needle on the LP is stuck and it just keeps playing over and over again. Well this verse is doing that right now, "You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit. " Job 10:12 How can one say thank you to God? THANK YOU GOD...THANK YOU JESUS, THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT, THANK YOU HOLY TRINITY. Amen.

***** Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012
From: Ray Rockwell
      Please add Ellen Williams to the prayer list as she has requested prayers for healing. She has stomach cancer and started chemotherapy last week. She is a member of Trinity Church, Granville.

***** Christ the King News:
      Friday Fish Fry Lenten dinners continue through Friday April 6th. (3 more weeks) Call for reservations. Click http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/index.cfm for more information.
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      March 31, 2012 - Spring Clean up Day Save the Day! ... Come join us and help CtK's staff get ready for spring and summer fun. Christ the King's annual Spring Clean Up Day will be Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 and then enjoy lunch together in the Trinity Dining Room. Let us know you are coming so we can be organized with teams for each area and ready to feed you when the work is done! Contact Brenda Reid at ext. 112 or breid@ctkcenter.org
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      Cathedral Lock-in: March 23 sign up here. Look for and download the registration form for the Lock-in reistration form- mail or fax it. There is still time to sign up before Friday's Lock-in led by Fr. Tyler Slade. ...life giving teaching about and worship of Jesus, and much much more!
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      Beaver Cross Registration is open for 2012 Registration forms online! Click http://beavercrossministries.squarespace.com/downloads/ to download register now. OR Register online with a credit card here: https://registration.campbrain.com/Portal/Login.aspx?H=BeaverCross&G=119
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      The Community of St. Mary Presents: Paschaltide Retreat: April 13-15, 2012 "Recovering Simplicity in a Complex World"
       A two-day silent retreat with the Rev'd Dr. Steven Peay of Nashotah House Seminary
      "Purity and simplicity are the wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature." --Thomas á Kempis
       For more information and to register click here http://stmaryseast.org/Paschaltide%20Retreat.html
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      April 3- 10am Tues. Healing Service -Fr. Herbert Sanderson will be our guest speaker.
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      April 5th - 7pm Evening Soaking Prayer

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

 

3/20/2012, #73, 1st Quarter 2012

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: (1 Corinthians 11:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily share with others what we have received from Jesus.

that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread; (1 Corinthians 11:23)
      Jesus, please feed us with the bread from heaven.

and when he had given thanks, he broke it (1 Corinthians 11:24)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life and being broken for me.

and said, "Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me." (1 Corinthians 11:24)
      Father, please help us receive all that you are offering us through Jesus. Help us remember all that he has done for us, and in remembering, let our hearts be changed.

In the same manner he also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." (1 Corinthians 11:25)
      Jesus, thank you for pouring out your life-blood for me.

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
      Holy Spirit, help us throughout this diocese eat this bread and drink this cup in such a manner that we proclaim Jesus' death and resurrection until he comes again.

A word received: Pray for my people to return to me.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Gen. 49:29-50:14: 1 Cor. 11:17-34: Mark 8:1-10
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Gen. 50:15-26: 1 Cor. 12:1-11: Mark 8:11-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 20 Vibrant Evangelism in the Diocese

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Look for Christ in everyone, really look. Easy in some, hard in others, but keep looking. You might just find Him! After all we ARE made in HIS image.

***** Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012
From: Maggie Hasslacher
Subject: Praise report from Deacon Faye VanDermark
      Deacon Faye thanks everyone for their prayers and thanks God for his continued love and healing.
      She had results from a recent MRI that indicate the cancer in her brain is stable and she will need to go back in three months to be re-checked.
      She asks for prayer for a whole body PET scan on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. for peace for her, correct diagnoses and the Lord’s will in all.
      She would very much like to be able to continue working as the Lord directs her in her parish and in the healing ministry.
      Her son Steve has gotten a job -- praise God. The prayers of everyone sustain her, and she thanks you for your prayers on her behalf.
Maggie Hasslacher

***** Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Public Prayer mail 20 March 2012
Dear praying friends, This is our public prayer mail for this week.
Thanksgiving:
      1) Julie and I enjoyed our time at Christ Church, Coxsackie, on Sunday.
      2) Great progress being made on updating websites this week. More work to go, this week.
      3) This week, we seem to be getting much closer to definitive answers on medical issues with Lydia. Praise God! She is now back at college after this week's break, and is happy to be back.
Prayers:
      1) Upcoming mission presentations/updates as of March 19:
            March 25: St. John's, Ogdensburg
            March 28: Trinity, Lansingburgh
            April 1 (Palm Sunday), April 8 (Easter Day)
            April 15: St. Michael's, Colonie
            April 22: Good Shepherd, Canajoharie
            April 29: St. Thomas', Tupper Lake
            May 6: Christ Church, Ballston Spa
            May 13: St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne
            May 20: Christ Church, Schenectady and Grace Church, Waterford
            May 27: Trinity, Watervliet, to be confirmed.
            June 3: St. James', Ausable Forks
            June 8-10: Diocesan Convention (workshop and booth)
            June 17: Trinity, Potsdam
      2) Over the course of the next three weeks, we will waiting upon a few remaining parts to fall into place (regarding Lydia's health, and then, subsequent conversation(s) with East Africa in light of that), as to which site would be the best mission site for us in Africa; we are within our current time frame for selecting a site.
      3) For Lydia, as she puts in place her summer plans, works on her current courses, and looks towards her Fall 2012 college schedule.
      4) For the current planning and preparation phase of our mission work.
      5) For increases in pledges in support of our mission venture. Pray that the Lord would bring alongside those people who share the vision for the Lord's work in East Africa, through us.
      6) That we would be the missionaries that God has called us to be, to spread the Gospel, and to help grow the church with our brothers and sisters in Christ, wherever we might be.
      7) For timely arrival and preparation of some presentation materials.
      Your prayers are important for us, and I pray for you, every day.
God bless you, Shaw+ and Julie+, Missionaries of both SAMS and the Diocese of Albany

Albany Intercessor

Monday, March 19, 2012

 

3/19/2012, #72, 1st Quarter 2012

Then they brought to him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged him to put his hand on him. (Mark 7:32)
      Lord, your church as a speech impediment and does not proclaim the gospel clearly. Put your hand on us and set us free to do the work you have called us to.

And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers in his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. (Mark 7:33)
      Jesus, take each of us aside and put your finger in our ears so that we may clearly hear you and touch our tongues so that they may speak your word.

Then, looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." (Mark 7:34)
      Jesus, please speak that word -- "Be opened." -- to each of us. Help us to be open to what you are doing now.

Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. (Mark 7:35)
      Holy Spirit, immediately open our ears and loose our tongues to praise Jesus and speak the gospel clearly.

Then he commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more he commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. (Mark 7:36)
      Father, please help each of us know when it is time to speak and when it is time to be silent.

And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak." (Mark 7:37)
      Jesus, you do all things well. Make your deaf church hear and your silent people proclaim the gospel. Thank you.

(John 6:4-0) A word received: I long for my people to look to me for help in their time of need.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Gen. 49:1-28: 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1: Mark 7:24-37
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Gen. 49:29-50:14: 1 Cor. 11:17-34: Mark 8:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 19 Christ Church, Coxsackie – The Rev’d Frank Lockwood

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      Lions, tigers and bears,
      Oh my!
      Angels, archangels and the whole company of heaven...
      Oh Wow...
      Does it get any better?

***** Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Prayer Table Report Cathedral of All Saints
Dear Torre, Some prayer reports from the past two weeks. In Peace, Deacon Sue
March 7th 12 - 1PM Beth Collum, Deacon Sue, Hilda Hardy
Jim G - Thanksgiving for good health
Dave+ Fr. Marty , Marleen, Bonnie for healing
Sharon - Jim, Cindy for blessing and healing
David - prayers for the visit tot Dr for guidance for upcoming treatment
Elizabeth - for daughter , Victoria , husband James - happiness and togetherness
Mike + - physical health, and for family and friends, esp Kelly - recently raped
Marva+ - son and family, relationships, son is in prison
For Linda - complete healing of dizziness and for her feet
Brother Ken - Lord's Prayer

March 14th 12-1PM Beth Collum, Deacon Sue, Hilda Hardy and Linda Davis, Sunny but a bit windy on S. Swan St.
Graham - for physical safety as they move riser for the concert on Tuesday
David - for problems with his back
Dave prayed for Fr. Marty, Bonnie and Marlene
For Laura to do well on her MBA test (she did do well)
Connie - Jim and his wife (Sharon's ) Teriqua and Michael
Darnel - Stopped the car and got out to pray with us . He prayed thanking the lord for his provision , prayed for God's continued blessing, prayed for tose in need.
Jim - Marcia RIP Funeral today God's Peace
Sue - for her talk that night.
Katie+ said no thank you but then turned around and asked us to explain wjat we are doing. This was clearly a new concept for her. She had a just come from her therapist an didn't share details but, we prayed with her for all her need.
Linda's Co workers - for an opening a new beginning for people's hearts
Sylvia+ for Jamie's; reliease to return home, Christopher and Jonita - getting married in June

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, March 18, 2012

 

3/18/2012, #71, 1st Quarter 2012

Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" But this he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little." One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?" (John 6:4-9)
      A word received: I long for my people to look to me for help in their time of need.

      Jesus, thank you that when our resources are insuffictient you can open the floodgates of heaven for us.

Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks he distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. (John 6:10-11)
      Jesus, thank you for showing us over and over again that you are sufficient for every situation.

So when they were filled, he said to his disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost." Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. (John 6:12-13)
      Jesus, please gather up the fragments of my life so that nothing is lost and I can be made whole and complete in you. Thank you.

A word received: Rejoice with Me.

Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Gen. 48:8-22: Rom. 8:11-25: John 6:27-40
HC: John 6:4-15; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Chronicles 36:14-23; Psalm 122
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Gen. 49:1-28: 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1: Mark 7:24-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 18 Christ Church, Duanesburg – The Rev’d William Hinrichs, The Rev’d Debbie Beach

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote...
      From the West country, Devon, England, where I was brought up there was a saying, "There's nowt stranger than folk..." scooting through a crowded airport on a mobility scooter is quite the lark! It is just amazing how people react to issues of mobility... or not! I am learning so much. There is much to learn. Bit like salmon swimming up a river, all intent on the destination! Fascinating actually. If only they all had a focus on the Lord! Still, life is fun and interesting. Smiling as I write this. Pray for the salmon.
~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+
      Ps. Making friends with the staff at Albany airport, they all recognize me as I am there so often! Lots of ministry opportunities. Now they know how to deal with mobility issues and the salmon!

***** St. Patrick's Breastplate [Note vs 6 & 7 which are omitted from the Hymnal.]
1. I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

2. I bind this day to me forever
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

3. I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet 'Well done' in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors' faith, Apostles' word,
The Patriarchs' prayers, the prophets' scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

4. I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun's life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

5. I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

6. Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.

7. Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart's idolatry,
Against the wizard's evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

8. Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

9. I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Albany Intercessor

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