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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

 

10/31/2012, #31, 4th Quarter 2012

This is the way of those who are foolish, and of their posterity who approve their sayings. Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling. (Psalm 49:13-14)
      Lord Jesus Christ, we cry out to you for all those who are caught up in the folly of this generation: have mercy on them and turn their steps into your ways.

But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for he shall receive me. (Psalm 49:15)
      "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes--I, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:25-27)
      Jesus, you are my refuge and my redeemer and healer. Thank you.

            A General Confession.
      ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. (BCP 1928 )

A word received: Speak to me. I AM listening.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Ecclus. 28:14-26: Rev. 12:1-6: Luke 11:37-52
Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 33; Ecclus. 31:12-18,25-32:2: Rev. 12:7-17: Luke 11:53-12:12

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 31 For all Church Wardens and Vestry Members

*****. Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012
From: Bishop Dan Herzog
      ELECTION EVE: Monday, Nov 5, LAKE LUZERNE: 7:00pm Service of Healing, including short Evening Prayer, Special Prayers for the Nation, ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 220 Lake Avenue (Rt 9N). A reception will follow sponsored by the Divine Mercy Chapter of the Daughters of the King. Open to all. No offering will be taken.

***** Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012
From: Rev. Jackie Jones
Subject: Election Day prayer Vigil
      I am thoroughly convinced that we are here at "such a time as this" to bring pleas and petitions to our Lord to revive His Church and to bring her into the unity Jesus prayed for in His High Priestly prayer. We are having a non-partisan, Election Day prayer Vigil, at St. Andrew's Scotia, beginning at 6 AM, when the polls open, continuing to 1 PM. We are begyinning with Morning Prayer and ending in Eucharist. We will pray the Great Litany as a body, but there will be lots of time for, private, intercessory prayer also. Please spread the word! Anyone can come for any length of time.

***** Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Invitaiton to the closing...
Dear Souls,
      Please help me "Welcome Home" those combat Veterans who will be attending the Welcome Home Initative (WHI) from the 12-14th Nov.
Please come to the closing at: Wednesday 10.45am 14th Nov, located at:
      The Main Chapel,
      Christ The King Spiritual Life Center
      575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834
      Lunch following for a nominal cost.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

 

10/30/2012, #30, 4th Quarter 2012

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation 11:15)
      Father, we pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We pray that Jesus will be Lord and King of our lives and that he will rule and reign in our hearts.

And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, (Revelation 11:16)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to this same humility where we truly worship God the Father, God the Son and You.

saying: "We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because you have taken Your great power and reigned. (Revelation 11:17)
      Jesus, we thank you for your strength and for coming into our lives with the power of your Holy Spirit.

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should reward your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth." (Revelation 11:18 )
      Lord, this is a time of wrath and your judgment is coming upon your people; have mercy on us.

Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail. (Revelation 11:19)
      LORD, our bodies are the temple of your Holy Spirit; enter into our lives more and more each day. Thank you.

      A General Confession.
      ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen. (BCP 1928 )

A word received: Pray for my people to turn to me in their hour of need.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Ecclus. 24:1-12: Rev. 11:14-19: Luke 11:27-36
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Ecclus. 28:14-26: Rev. 12:1-6: Luke 11:37-52

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 30 For all parishes to become more welcoming in Christ’s Name

*****. Subject: Maridi Mission Trip Update
Monday, December 29, 2012
Diocesan Update
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      As we near the end of our time in the Diocese of Maridi, South Sudan, I give thanks to God for Bishop Justin and all the people of his diocese. I have been deeply moved and humbled by the very joyful and loving welcome that we have received everywhere that we have gone. The children, members of the Mothers Union, Clergy and untold numbers of others have come out to greet and welcome us to their churches, schools, the medical clinic, and their wider communities.
      This morning as we went out to visit one of the poorest rural areas in the Diocese of Maridi (which is saying a lot), I was reminded of how small the world really is and how mighty and creative our Lord can be -- in ways beyond our wildest imaginations. This particular community has no school building. The children meet for school under two large Mango trees where they sit on rocks and logs with an old piece of wood painted black leaning against the tree for their blackboard.
      As we arrived, the kids came running over to meet us. Unlike many of the Diocesan schools where the students wear uniforms, these children wore what little they had. As I was visiting with the kids, one young lady walked up wearing a tee-shirt with advertising for Howe Cavern written on it. For those who may not know, Howe Cavern is located near Cooperstown, NY, in the Diocese of Albany. The chances of this young lady receiving this tee-shirt from the other side of the world and wearing it on the day that we visited unannounced from the Dioceses of Albany and Down and Dromore could only have been arranged by God.
      This is only one of so many experiences that have truly touched me during our time in Maridi. The faith of the people in Maridi (in the midst of such poverty, suffering and loss) is both humbling and inspiring. While I pray that our presence has been an encouragement to Bishop Justin and the people of Maridi, I don’t know that it can compare to the blessing that they have been to me and our whole team.
      I look forward to continue to build upon the special relationship between the Dioceses of Albany, Maridi, and Down and Dromore. Just as it wasn’t by accident that the Lord arranged for that young lady to receive and wear her Howe Cavern Tee-Shirt today, neither is by accident that our three dioceses have been united together in what has come to be described as a “three-fold cord that is not easily broken.” May the Lord Jesus Christ be honored and glorified in this special relationship between our dioceses, and may His Church and people be blessed.
      Tuesday morning Bishop Justin, Bishop Harold and I (along with our Diocesan teams) will come together for one last time (during this visit) as we dedicate a new school building that has just been completed. Following the service, the Albany and Down and Dromore Teams will begin the long journey back to our homes.
      I pray that all of you are safe and weathering the effects of Hurricane Sandy with only minor inconveniences. It is presenting some problems for the Albany Team, but by God’s grace I pray that we all return home safely. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
      Faithfully in Christ, +Bill

***** Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012
From: Deacon alan Hart
Subject: PRAYER TABLE REPORT, St. Ann's of Amsterdam, (Monday, Oct. 29, 10-11 a.m. on the sidewalk in front of our church. We had a busy table today because many neighbors took advantage of the free meal at the Soup Kitchen going on at the Masonic Hall across the street from us. Wind was picking up in front of the impending storm. Muriel Papura and Deacon alan Hart serving at His table today.)

a--anointed with Holy Oil.
t--received cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

a,t -- TONI -- This young woman came for prayer for good health and protection (from the storm) for her and her six children, including two recently born twins. She also asked for prayer for better relationships with her husband and with her mother.

t -- CHANCEY -- This very young girl sought prayer for her "Mommy" because she said she seems "worried a lot lately." (Mom was nearby and wept when she heard the request. Mom joined us in the prayer.)

a,d -- ADELA -- This woman requested prayer for her daughter JORELLI to be safe and secure. (Jorelli lives in California and they seldom see each other.)

t--CHARLENE -- A very quiet, cautious young woman, Charlene had the courage to stop and request prayer for God to help her fight her addictions. We prayed for the Lord to drive out anything that is not of Him and to keep her safe from harm.

ETHEL -- This older Roman Catholic woman always, always stops to thank us for having His table out on the street for our neighborhood to avail themselves of for prayer and contact with Jesus. She was told of the recent death of my (Dcn Alan) mother, and she hugged me and said, "If you let me, from now on I'LL be your mom."

DAVID -- For the past two months or so this former Navy seaman, who at first was wary of coming to the table until he began to trust that we are sincere in wanting to pray with everyone and love our neighbors, has been a regular at the table. Today he talked with us for a good 20 minutes and shared with us the fact that he has been ministering on his own to other veterans who have struggled to feel "welcomed home" in our society after their service. As a wonderful little extra benefit to me (Dcn Alan), I discovered that this was a long-ago classmate of mine from Scotia High who I had not seen in 50 years ... and I didn't even know it. I KNEW there was something familiar about him! When Muriel asked about his last name, that's when I made the connection. Small world? So ... two school chums from the 1960s and reunited at a prayer table in Amsterdam. Thank you, Jesus.

MAN DRIVING BY SLOWLY IN A TRUCK -- He yelled, "Pray real hard that we all get through this storm safely!" We did pray, real hard.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, October 29, 2012

 

10/29/2012, #29, 4th Quarter 2012

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds you did in their days, in days of old: (Psalm 44:1)
      Father, let each of our generations pass on to the next the great deeds you have done for us.

You drove out the nations with your hand, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. (Psalm 44:2)
      Father, thank you for establishing your people Israel in a land of their own. Give them wisdom and compassion as they deal with the surrounding peoples.

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them. (Psalm 44:3)
      Jesus, please help us recognize that all that we have comes from your hand. There is nothing we have done or can do to merit your favor. You give it because you love us. Thank you.

You are my King, O God; command victories for Jacob. (Psalm 44:4)
      Jesus, command victory for Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina.

Through you we will push down our enemies; through your name we will trample those who rise up against us. (Psalm 44:5)
      Father, please defeat the purposes of all those who plot and scheme against your faithful people.

For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. But you have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. (Psalm 44:6-7)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily place our trust in Jesus and what he will do for us.

In God we boast all day long, and praise your name forever. (Psalm 44:8 )
      Jesus, we praise your name and bless you.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Monday: 41,52 * 44; Ecclus. 19:4-17: Rev. 11:1-14: Luke 11:14-26
Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Ecclus. 24:1-12: Rev. 11:14-19: Luke 11:27-36

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 29 The Rev’d Charles Bailey

*****. Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Bishop Bill and Stecklines
      Please add to your prayer list : Please pray for safe travel for Bishop Bill and Dcn Donna and Kevin Steckline who are traveling Sunday 10/21 to Southern Sudan and will be returning on Wednesday 10/31 as part of a joint mission trip with Bishop Harold Miller and others from the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

***** Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012
From: Rev. Jackie Jones
Subject: Election Day prayer Vigil
      I am thoroughly convinced that we are here at "such a time as this" to bring pleas and petitions to our Lord to revive His Church and to bring her into the unity Jesus prayed for in His High Priestly prayer. We are having a non-partisan, Election Day prayer Vigil, at St. Andrew's Scotia, beginning at 6 AM, when the polls open, continuing to 1 PM. We are begyinning with Morning Prayer and ending in Eucharist. We will pray the Great Litany as a body, but there will be lots of time for, private, intercessory prayer also. Please spread the word! Anyone can come for any length of time.

***** Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: PRAYER TABLE REPORT. St. Ann's of Amsterdam. (Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. -12:15 p.m. in our Parish Hall during our monthly Community Meal. Ann DeGroff and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

a-- denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
t--denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

ALLISON -- This woman asked for prayer that a big, old dead tree in her yard will NOT fall during the expected upcoming storm and that the safety of her house and family will not be harmed by this tree possibly falling.

a,t -- KEN -- We prayed for him to feel God's love in a greater and more powerful way.

a,t -- SUSAN -- She asked for prayer for improvement in her health and that her cancer does not return. (She is a proud survivor; she had cancer in her throat several years ago but it has not returned.)

a,t -- BECKY -- We prayed for her to have healing in her arms and shoulders. She is bothered with a lot of pain in those areas.

IAN -- We prayed for this young man for God to help him with his needs.

***** Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: PROCLAIMING CHRISTMAS, Forty Christmas sermons, A New book edited by J.John.
      Contributors: J.John, Philip Yancy, N.T. Wright, R.T. Kendal, Nigel Mumford and thirty five other authors....
      Our churches are never better attended than during the Christmas season. This gives a special opportunity to deliver a message to our congregations, to present God Incarnate and to creatively preach the "original script'.
      J.John asked friends, all known for their gift as creative communicators, for their best Christmas sermon, and the result is this book. This will not only enlighten, encourage and inspire you as you read it, but will inform and equip all preachers with ideas and content.
      Also, this is for anyone who likes reading sermons (like J.John!) to give you a faith-lift.
      Available though Philo Trust, UK. http://www.philotrust.com/shop/viewproduct/642
      Google: Proclaiming Christmas, J. John for ordering information.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, October 28, 2012

 

10/28/2012, #28, 4th Quarter 2012

Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. (Isaiah 59:14)
      Have mercy on us, Lord, for righteousness stands afar off from the Episcopal Church. Protect the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of South Carolina and all your other faithful dioceses and people.

So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. (Isaiah 59:15a)
      Jesus, those who are faithful to you and your word are being attacked -- have mercy on them.

Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. (Isaiah 59:15b)
      LORD, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church call evil good and good evil; have mercy on us.

He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore his own arm brought salvation for him; and his own righteousness, it sustained him. (Isaiah 59:16)
      Holy Spirit, raise up many to join with Jesus in interceding for the Church.

"So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one." (Ezekiel 22:30)
      Jesus, please call many to stand in the gap and intercede for this nation. Help them by your Holy Spirit to heed your call.

"If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
      Jesus, we bear your name -- help us to humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways so that you will hear and forgive our sins and heal this land. Thank you.

A word received: Praise me. Praise me in the hard times as well as the good.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Ecclus. 18:19-33: 1 Cor. 10:15-24: Matt. 18:15-20
HC: Mark 10:46-52; Hebrews 5:12-6:1,9-12; Isaiah 59:(1-4)9-19 Psalm 13
Monday: 41,52 * 44; Ecclus. 19:4-17: Rev. 11:1-14: Luke 11:14-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 28 The Rev’d Kathy Alonge-Coons, The Rev’d Esau McCaulley, The Rev’d Karl Griswold-Kuhn

*****. Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Bishop Bill and Stecklines
      Please add to your prayer list : Please pray for safe travel for Bishop Bill and Dcn Donna and Kevin Steckline who are traveling Sunday 10/21 to Southern Sudan and will be returning on Wednesday 10/31 as part of a joint mission trip with Bishop Harold Miller and others from the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

***** Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012
From: Rev. Jackie Jones
Subject: Election Day prayer Vigil
      I am thoroughly convinced that we are here at "such a time as this" to bring pleas and petitions to our Lord to revive His Church and to bring her into the unity Jesus prayed for in His High Priestly prayer. We are having a non-partisan, Election Day prayer Vigil, at St. Andrew's Scotia, beginning at 6 AM, when the polls open, continuing to 1 PM. We are begyinning with Morning Prayer and ending in Eucharist. We will pray the Great Litany as a body, but there will be lots of time for, private, intercessory prayer also. Please spread the word! Anyone can come for any length of time.

***** Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Cathedral Prayer Table, Wednesday October 24, 2012 Candy Palumbo, Jana Lingo and Dcn.Plaske, We put our sign out at 8:30AM that there would be a prayer table at Noon.

Max - Stopped by to give thanks to God for answered prayer. He received
plane tickets to return to his home in Nevada. Prayers for safe travel
Dave - Prayers for family, friends and congregation of Trinity for Blessing and Health.
Torika - for her son Savion, for relief from Asthma. A job for Torika and Improved health.
Sharon - We prayed for Jim, Tareka and James. For Socks (the missing cat)
Jana - thanksgiving for answered prayer for Mom. Also prayers for a project that she has received at work, that she would be able to find an answer.
Happy Birthday to Jonelle. We said a Birthday Prayer (Jana's Mom)
Loretta - Prayer for her family, for the Lord's Blessing and intervention.
Jackie - Her sister passed away 2 weeks ago for comfort.
Candy - for Michael to continue to live without cigarettes.
Paul - for Briana a 4 yr old with Asthma.
Beth - for the Lord's grace and will during her upcoming appts.
Joseph - Good to be walking with the Lord. PTL.

***** Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2012
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail for October 28
Dear partners in prayer,
      This is our weekly public prayer mail.
      This week's update: This week has had everything from the heights of Heaven to the depths of Hell and back again. Well, back again for some of us. Julie is visiting Lydia at this time, and the enemy is working overtime. Meanwhile, they are not far from Salem, Massachusetts, as witches descend, heavy traffic on Route 128. At the full moon, just before Halloween. Before the big storm.
      Praise God for all the great students who are doing wonderful work in Belize. They are a real blessing.
      Praise God for our praying friends. You are a real blessing.
      Praise God for our family. You are a real blessing. All of you.
      Praise God for God. He is a real blessing.
Prayer requests:
      1) Against the storm. Some of our Belizean friends are joining us in this. They have lot of experience praying with hurricanes. They suggest praying the storm into a depression. I suggest praying that the jet stream would move further to the East and in this way, take the storm out over the Atlantic.
      2) For our family.
      3) For the students and the courses. I plan to start a series on the Holy Spirit in about a week and a half.
      4) That people's lives would be transformed by what we do and teach, to the glory of God.
      5) For the plans to visit the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania in March, and plans to visit Belize after Easter.
      6) That the Lord of all the saints would be honored on October 31st, especially in the Salem, Massachusetts, area.
      Your prayers are really important for us. I pray for you every day.
God bless you, and thank you for praying. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, October 27, 2012

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 27, 2012, 9:15 - 10:35 a.m. Bob Baker and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates received an anointing with Holy Water

Albany St.

+Eva -- To have success in life.

+Jemal -- Worked all day and didn't get paid -- for provision

++Jerome -- For Tanya. her son was killed last night

A group of friends of Tanya's son and children came for prayer:
Lahkee -- For friends and family
Chicken -- Mom
+Itie -- For blessings
Joe -- He said, "No one has ever prayed for me before!"
+Junior -- For the parents and dead friend

State St.

+Lionel -- "Struggles with son"

+a Mike -- "For my family"

Mark -- He asked prayer that more men (and clergymen) will be willing to go into the prisons and do ministry.

Fr. Brad -- He asked prayer for Tony who came to him this week and was distraught.

+a Gerald -- He confessed his sins weeping and accepted God's forgiveness. He is moving to Catskill this coming week.

Torre -- He thanked God for the ministry of Dennis Adams in North Carolina who makes the crosses. Torre just got another shipment of 400 crosses from Dennis and wished that Dennis could see the joy and tears with which people received the crosses.

+a Debra (regular) -- She is still having hip pain from being struck by a car a couple of years ago. She asked prayer for Miss Mary who just had an operation and for Mr. Willie.

+Charles and +Nicale (in a rush for an appointment)

+a Sean -- He asked prayer "for my daughter Cameron."

Bob and Torre -- We gave thanks for all those who support the ministry of the Schenectady City Mission.

Steve -- We prayed for healing of a cold sore.

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

+Cherie and +Michelah (teen age girls) -- They asked prayer for "safety." We prayed that they would avoid situations that would put them in danger.

Two young men walked by; the first said, "No," to receiving prayer but the second, +a Joshua (young man) -- He asked prayer for "peace on earth." We prayed that he would be a man of peace and have peace in his heart. We were really struck by his willingness to ask for prayer and resist peer pressure when his friend had first said, "No."

Paula (regular) -- There was a four generation gathering of her family in New York City this past week. It was a time of great joy, especially for the great grandmother.

+a Darcel (Paula's cousin) -- She was still grieving over the death of her companion of 41 years, Harry, last month. We prayed for the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.

+a Davan (young man) -- "Safety"


 

10/27/2012, #27, 4th Quarter 2012

Now it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, that one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1)
      Lord Jesus, teach us to pray!

So he said to them, "When you pray, say: our Father in heaven, (Luke 11:2a)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know that we have a Father in heaven who loves us and cares for us.

Hallowed be your name. (Luke 11:2b)
      So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." (Isaiah 6:5-7)
      Jesus, we are people of unclean lips, help us by the fire of your Holy Spirit to speak as you want us to.

Your kingdom come. your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Luke 11:2c)
      Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." (Isaiah 6:8 )
      Father, we pray that you will establish your kingdom among us -- that we will become kingdom people who will go forth into the harvest fields at your bidding.

Give us day by day our daily bread. (Luke 11:3)
      Thank you, Father, for your daily provision for us.

And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. (Luke 11:4a)
      Father, we ask for forgiveness of our sins in Jesus' name. Help us by your Holy Spirit to minister your forgiveness to others.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." (Luke 11:4b)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily overcome temptation and all the tricks and traps of the evil one. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me. Pray with me for the lost and the least.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ecclus. 15:9-20: Rev. 10:1-11: Luke 11:1-13;
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Ecclus. 18:19-33: 1 Cor. 10:15-24: Matt. 18:15-20
HC: Mark 10:46-52; Hebrews 5:12-6:1,9-12; Isaiah 59:(1-4)9-19 Psalm 13

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 27 For Persecuted Christians around the world

*****. Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Bishop Bill and Stecklines
      Please add to your prayer list : Please pray for safe travel for Bishop Bill and Dcn Donna and Kevin Steckline who are traveling Sunday 10/21 to Southern Sudan and will be returning on Wednesday 10/31 as part of a joint mission trip with Bishop Harold Miller and others from the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

***** Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012
From: Rev. Jackie Jones
Subject: Election Day prayer Vigil
      I am thoroughly convinced that we are here at "such a time as this" to bring pleas and petitions to our Lord to revive His Church and to bring her into the unity Jesus prayed for in His High Priestly prayer. We are having a non-partisan, Election Day prayer Vigil, at St. Andrew's Scotia, beginning at 6 AM, when the polls open, continuing to 1 PM. We are begyinning with Morning Prayer and ending in Eucharist. We will pray the Great Litany as a body, but there will be lots of time for, private, intercessory prayer also. Please spread the word! Anyone can come for any length of time.

***** Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012
From: Joann E Ferris
Subject: Prayer Table ---Wed. Oct. 24, 2012, Cold Brook Dr. South Colton, Ny, 10:00-11:30am upper 40's --overcast

Sheila--loneliness and protection

Hunters ----safety in the woods

Women ---smoking as she drove.

Man ---- smoking as he drove

Concrete trucks and blackop trucks-----safty on the job.

County nurse----wisdom as she takes care of patients.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, October 26, 2012

 

10/26/2012, #26, 4th Quarter 2012

Now it happened as they went that he entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. (Luke 10:38 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us welcome Jesus into our homes and into the lives of our families.

And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word. (Luke 10:39)
      Father, help us each day make the choice that Mary made -- to sit at Jesus' feet [be a disciple] and hear him.

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." (Luke 10:40)
      Jesus, it is so easy to get distracted with "much serving" that we cease to hear what you are saying to us. Help all of us in this diocese serve according to your agenda, not ours.

And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:41-42)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear Jesus when he admonishes us and corrects us. Help us cease fretting and being envious of others, it only causes harm. Help us to trust you and do good at your bidding. Thank you. (See Psalm 37:1-11)

A word received: Turn to me.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Friday: 31 * 35; Ecclus. 11:2-20: Rev. 9:13-21: Luke 10:38-42
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ecclus. 15:9-20: Rev. 10:1-11: Luke 11:1-13;

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 26 The Rev’d John Kelly

*****. Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Bishop Bill and Stecklines
      Please add to your prayer list : Please pray for safe travel for Bishop Bill and Dcn Donna and Kevin Steckline who are traveling Sunday 10/21 to Southern Sudan and will be returning on Wednesday 10/31 as part of a joint mission trip with Bishop Harold Miller and others from the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

***** Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012
From: Rev. Jackie Jones
Subject: Election Day prayer Vigil
      I am thoroughly convinced that we are here at "such a time as this" to bring pleas and petitions to our Lord to revive His Church and to bring her into the unity Jesus prayed for in His High Priestly prayer. We are having a non-partisan, Election Day prayer Vigil, at St. Andrew's Scotia, beginning at 6 AM, when the polls open, continuing to 1 PM. We are begyinning with Morning Prayer and ending in Eucharist. We will pray the Great Litany as a body, but there will be lots of time for, private, intercessory prayer also. Please spread the word! Anyone can come for any length of time.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell 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
a--indicates being anointed with Holy Water.

Nathan (young man) -- Prayed for him to be steady in Jesus.

Dan -- We prayed for Peter who is "out there wandering around." We prayed for Ron and Paula to be able to quickly sell their house so that they are free to go on to new ministry in Massachusetts.

Gary -- We prayed for unity and reconciliation in his church. We prayed for his daughter who is expecting a baby in March.

a Ron -- He has a new court date November 29th when he hopes to be given greater access to his daughter Isabel.

a Tom -- A third of his pension is taken up with child support payments for his son Paul who is attending college. God has provided Tom with unexpected ways to make additional money to make up for the payments. We prayed that his son Paul would have a change of heart and life-style.

a Leroy (regular) -- "I've been fighting with Satan. The Lord has been so good to me." We gave him a Bible with Ephesians 6:10-20 marked and urged him to pray those verses each day.

+a Davan (young man) -- We prayed that the joy of the Lord would be his strength. We also prayed that he would get the job he has applied for.

+a Irving -- We prayed for him and for his girlfriend Quandoria that they would be free from stress.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, October 25, 2012

 

10/25/2012, #25, 4th Quarter 2012

For unto us a Child is born, (Isaiah 9:6a)
      Jesus, thank you for coming to us with all the vulnerability of a child.

Unto us a Son is given; (Isaiah 9:6b)
      Father, thank you for giving us your Son.

And the government will be upon His shoulder. (Isaiah 9:6c)
      Jesus, no matter what happens in this election, thank you that the government is upon your shoulder. That is a weight we could not bear by ourselves.

And His name will be called Wonderful, (Isaiah 9:6d)
      Jesus, thank you for the power and majesty of your name. Yours is the name that is above every name.

Counselor, (Isaiah 9:6e)
      Jesus, thank you for the guidance and counsel you give us through your Holy Spirit.

Mighty God, (Isaiah 9:6f)
      Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Mighty God -- thank you for coming into my life.

Everlasting Father, (Isaiah 9:6g)
      Father, thank you for adopting me as your child; thank you for give me your Spirit of adoption.

Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6h)
      Jesus, please come and bring your peace to the Episcopal Church. We long for your peace and truth to have their way with us. Thank you.

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

Praying The Nicene Creed

God of God, Light of Light,
      Jesus, you are God and you are the light to take us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. You are the word of God and are a lamp to our feet.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Ecclus. 10:1-18: Rev. 9:1-12: Luke 10:25-37
Friday: 31 * 35; Ecclus. 11:2-20: Rev. 9:13-21: Luke 10:38-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 25 Those who suffer from AIDS and those who minister to them The Rev’d Lorrie Lyons, The Rev’d Sue Waldron

*****. Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Bishop Bill and Stecklines
      Please add to your prayer list : Please pray for safe travel for Bishop Bill and Dcn Donna and Kevin Steckline who are traveling Sunday 10/21 to Southern Sudan and will be returning on Wednesday 10/31 as part of a joint mission trip with Bishop Harold Miller and others from the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

***** Subject: Diocesan Update from Maridi South Sudan
October 23, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The Diocese of Albany and Diocese of Down and Dromore Mission Team arrived safely in Maridi yesterday around 11:00 a.m. (local). We are all doing well and feel very blessed to be here. Bishop Justin and the Diocese of Maridi came out in force to make us all feel very welcome -- it has actually been overwhelming.
      We have spent yesterday and today visiting the local diocese sponsored primary schools, the medical clinic, the cathedral and local churches as well as meeting some of the local leadership. The Youth Conference begins tomorrow. We have a full schedule planned for the rest of our time.
      Email access is very limited and unreliable. Faithfully in Christ, +Bill
[Ed. Note: South Sudan is 7 hours ahead of Albany so the team’s 11 am was 4 am here]

From the Diocese of Down and Dromore Communications & Website Director who is part of the mission team.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
      We’re here!
      After a perfect flight with MAF via Arua in Northern Uganda, we touched down on Maridi’s grass airstrip to an incredible welcome. Bishop Justin and Mama Joyce were the first to embrace us before we loaded up the luggage and made the short trip to the Diocesan compound.
      What followed was, in Bishop Bill’s words, truly humbling. I think every schoolchild was there in the singing, swaying guard of honour which started with the youngest and ended with the eldest secondary school pupils. When we reached the gates of the compound a group of Mothers’ Union representatives, one from every church in the diocese, was waiting with tinsel garlands for Bishop Harold and Bishop Bill. Some of these women had travelled great distances and spent hours on awful roads just to greet us with singing and dancing and ululation. It was quite overwhelming.
      But the welcoming ceremonies weren’t over. We were formally welcomed in song by the school children and youth group before the MU came in to wash our feet, one by one. What a beautiful, gracious gesture and a welcome one after the heat and dust (though do ask John Hamilton about his very tickly feet!).
      We’ve had a splendid lunch and are now doing a bit of strategy for the week ahead whilst realising that at any time things could change ? goes without saying -- this is Africa.
      Thank you for your prayers and texts. Bishop Harold and Bishop Bill have brought thanks and greetings from both dioceses and we are looking forward to this short time with our brothers and sisters here in Maridi. Relationship is at the heart of this trip and this partnership so pray for a deepening of our mutual trust and love and a strengthening of the threefold cord.
      [Annette]
      You can follow the short mission trip at the following Diocese of Down and Dromore blog site: http://www.cmsireland.org/blog/maridi2012

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

 

10/24/2012, #24, 4th Quarter 2012

My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. (Psalm 119:25)
      Revive your church, LORD, for we are in great distress.

I have declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:26)
      No matter what happens, Father, help us declare your ways.

Make me understand the way of your precepts; so shall I meditate on your wonderful works. (Psalm 119:27)
      Holy Spirit, give us understanding and a heart to respond to your marvelous works.

My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28 )
      Jesus, our souls melt with heaviness at the evil being done in your church to your faithful people. Bless and protect Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina and Bishop Bill Love and the Diocese of Albany and all your other faithful bishops and dioceses. Thank you.

Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me your law graciously. (Psalm 119:29)
      Lord, remove from the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church the lies and deceptions they have fallen into.

I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me. (Psalm 119:30)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily choose the way of truth and your judgments that you laid before us.

I cling to your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! (Psalm 119:31)
      LORD, we cling to yo -- do not let your faithful people be put to shame.

I will run the course of Your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:32)
      Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
      Jesus, please help us run the way of your commandments and seek after the victor's crown. Thank you for surrounding us with so great a cloud of witnesses.

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

Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Ecclus. 7:4-14: Rev. 8:1-13: Luke 10:17-24
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Ecclus. 10:1-18: Rev. 9:1-12: Luke 10:25-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 24 Diocesan Counseling Service The Rev’d Evette Austin, The Rev’d Deborah Beach

*****. Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Bishop Bill and Stecklines
      Please add to your prayer list : Please pray for safe travel for Bishop Bill and Dcn Donna and Kevin Steckline who are traveling Sunday 10/21 to Southern Sudan and will be returning on Wednesday 10/31 as part of a joint mission trip with Bishop Harold Miller and others from the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

***** Subject: Diocesan Update, October 23, 2012

Bishop's Update: The South Carolina Situation

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      I am currently in route to the Diocese of Maridi, South Sudan. It was with great concern and sadness that I learned a few days ago, while attending the Clergy Conference in our sister Diocese of Down and Dromore (Northern Ireland), that Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has placed a "Restriction of Ministry" on The Right Reverend Mark Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina, after he had been charged with "abandoning The Episcopal Church," by a majority of the 18 member panel of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops of The Episcopal Church.
      In a letter dated October 15th, the Presiding Bishop stated, "Accordingly, I have this 15th day of October, 2012, at noon EDT, placed a restriction on the exercise of ministry 'until such time as the House of Bishops shall investigate the matter and act thereon.'" Unless a special House of Bishops' meeting is called, the next regularly scheduled HOB meeting is March 8-12, 2013.
      This latest action taken against Bishop Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina is indicative of the brokenness and ongoing division within The Episcopal Church and wider Anglican Communion over a number of important theological, moral, and societal issues, not the least of which include: the interpretation and authority of Holy Scripture as the Word of God; the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as "the way, the truth and the life"; the responsibility and means by which a bishop is to "guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church"; the true purpose and nature of marriage as intended by God; as well as the never ending debate over human sexuality and sexual relations outside of marriage between one man and one woman.
      Closely tied to all of this, is the current debate over the true polity or structure of The Episcopal Church which directly impacts the numerous lawsuits within the Church over property and assets (totaling untold millions of dollars).
      I mention all of this, because I believe it plays a major role in the controversy over the constitutional and canonical changes approved by the Diocese of South Carolina and other actions taken by Bishop Lawrence, which unfortunately has led to the current charges accusing him of failing to fulfill his ordination vows to "guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church," and the charge that he "abandoned The Episcopal Church by an open renunciation of the Discipline of the Church."
      One of the major issues at hand in regard to the case against Bishop Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina (as well as others before them) is what to do when a bishop and or diocese honestly believes that the legislation passed by General Convention, or the actions or views held by the majority are in violation of the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, or are in contradiction with Holy Scripture and the ordination vows taken by the bishop.
      Sadly, we seem to have reached a point in the life and history of the Church, that any action taken by a conservative bishop or diocese to uphold their understanding of Holy Scripture and the traditional teaching, polity and Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, risks having charges brought against them if their actions are deemed to threaten or challenge the majority view, particularly in regard to polity issues and the control of Church property and assets. If the conservative voice is to have any future in The Episcopal Church, there must be a way to address controversial issues and to differentiate from that which is believed to be inappropriate or offensive.
      Bishop Mark Lawrence is and continues to be a dear friend and Brother in Christ. I believe he is one of the finest and most capable bishops to serve in the House of Bishops in recent history. Despite what some have been led to believe, he has been working extraordinarily hard under very difficult and unique circumstances to keep the Diocese of South Carolina together and remain in The Episcopal Church, while not compromising his or the Dioceses' strongly held beliefs.
      As one of the original founding dioceses of The Episcopal Church, South Carolina and its bishops have faithfully served God and His Church for well over 200 years. It has been and continues to be one of the strongest and most vibrant dioceses in the Church. The current state of affairs is not only unnecessary; it is tragic -- adversely impacting the entire Church and the mission we have been given by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Great Commission.
      It is my most sincere prayer that the Holy Spirit will guide and lead Bishop Lawrence, the Diocese of South Carolina, the Presiding Bishop and the House of Bishops in bringing about an appropriate and just resolution that will ultimately bring healing to all involved, glorifying God and building up His Kingdom. As the Bishop of Albany, I will do everything within my power to work toward such a resolution.
      Faithfully Yours in Christ, +Bill

***** Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: THANK YOU...REBIRTH-DAY
      It was three years ago today (10/23/09) that I was in a coma and my wife was told by the doctor they had done everything they could do, medically speaking, to save my life. She was told that my liver and kidneys were shutting down and that my legs were pooling. Apparently by the 25th I was pulling out of the death curve. It was about two weeks later that my pulmonary doctor said, "Nigel, I have never seen anyone so close to death, without dying, as you."
      A HUGE THANK YOU to God and to all of you who, through prayer, saved my life. God bless you. Lord I really appreciate every breath and the gift of life... Jesus, I give you all the glory....
      Fr. Nigel+

***** Photo of St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church in Belize City, Belize (courtesy of Fr. Shaw Mudge). This is the church where I was converted in 1961.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

 

10/23/2012, #23, 4th Quarter 2012

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before his face into every city and place where he himself was about to go. (Luke 10:1)
      Jesus, send your witnesses among us and set your face to come into our city.

Then he said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Luke 10:2)
      LORD, the harvest fields are there all around us -- send more laborers into them. Give your people a heart to go into the harvest fields. Bless those who serve on prayer tables around the diocese.

"Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves." (Luke 10:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us go forth as lambs among wolves knowing that Jesus is our shepherd and he will be with us whatever happens.

"Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road." (Luke 10:4)
      Father, keep us from getting side-tracked thinking we need a lot of "stuff" to do ministry.

"But whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house.'" (Luke 10:5)
      Jesus, please help us go forward with your word of "Peace" as we meet people. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me. I AM light in the darkness.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Ecclus. 6:5-17: Rev. 7:9-17: Luke 10:1-16
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Ecclus. 7:4-14: Rev. 8:1-13: Luke 10:17-24

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 23 For the Sanctity of Marriage

*****. Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Bishop Bill and Stecklines
      Please add to your prayer list : Please pray for safe travel for Bishop Bill and Dcn Donna and Kevin Steckline who are traveling Sunday 10/21 to Southern Sudan and will be returning on Wednesday 10/31 as part of a joint mission trip with Bishop Harold Miller and others from the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

***** Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012
From: Harvey Huth
Subject: An Update on Luke Gamble
      We received the following update on16 year old Luke Gamble from his Dad -- Rev. Ian Gamble from Down and Dromore and he asked that we share with all the prayer warriors across our diocese:
Hi Adam
      Hope all well in Delmar? I missed the Down and Dromore Clergy Conference last week, Luke was again in hospital for major surgery on his leg. He is now home and recovering, though in a lot of pain. Last time he had major surgery on his leg, he was in a coma (something he quite hasn't grasped, this time round!) We continually praise God that we have him! His memory is slowly improving, but nowhere near enough to go to school. Please make this a point for prayer, along with increased mobility! Thanks to all the EDA folks who I know have been praying. Not being at the Conference I wasn't able to pass this on to +Bill.
      But to you and our Albany family, a sincere thank you.
      I hope that the Parish is thriving and your family well. I'm trying to get back to a full working day, it is difficult, Luke requires a daily trip to Belfast to the Brain Rehab Unit.
      Hope that you all may be able to cross the pond at some point. Again can I ask you to circulate the update in EDA.
      May the Lord continue to bless you all!
      Your friend in Christ's service, Ian R Gamble Donaghadee

***** Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail for 23 October
Dear partners in prayer, this is our weekly public prayer mail.
This week's update:
      1) Developments continue for connecting with two other theological colleges (seminaries) in the Caribbean: one is in Jamaica and the other is in Barbados. Of the two, Jamaica appears more likely, probably because of their online capabilities.
      Further discussions are anticipated when the Provincial Synod (the equivalent of General Convention for the entire Province of the West Indies) meets in Jamaica on November 9 to 17. It is an exciting venture, always keeping one on the edge of one's seat.       2) Lydia came home from college for a few days on break, and has returned. Ah, college life. With its ups and downs.
      3) Students are settling into their studies. Some students have interesting cultural approaches to education. Some surprises.
      4) We have also been preparing for another experiment this week: holding evening interactive lecture times during the week for students who can not attend the lectures on Saturday mornings.
      5) We have been planning for an experiment in bilingual education (which begins this week): to see if it is feasible for Spanish speaking students (from the West of Belize) to join with English speaking students (in other parts of Belize), each speaking their own language, as part of the same interactive lecture, at the same time. I get to teach in this environment and to respond to each group. This experiment has potential cultural significance as well as a being an experiment in linguistic technique.
Prayer requests:
      1) For a cessation of violence in the West of Belize. Several young women/girls have been murdered. Unusual for this area.
      2) For the Holy Spirit's guidance with the various educational initiatives that I have mentioned, above.
      3) For the students.
      4) That people's lives would be transformed by what we teach, to the glory of God.
      5) For the plans to visit the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania in March, and plans to visit Belize after Easter.
      6) For the addition of new students this week, and more in January. As we continue to develop courses in the direction of the "24/7" version, it is becoming increasingly possible for students to start a course at any time.
      Your prayers are really important for us. I pray for you every day.
God bless you, and thank you for praying. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

***** Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012
From: Prayerline of St. Ann's Episcopal Church
      Fr. Neal: Please pray for a relative of mine, Harry, who is current in intensive care at Albany Med. he had a fall last week and just recently underwent neurosurgery to relieve some bleeding on his brain. He is currently on a respirator. Please pray for an increase in respiratory and neuro function, as well as strength for the family.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, October 22, 2012

 

10/22/2012, #22, 4th Quarter 2012

I will praise you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvelous works. (Psalm 9:1)
      Holy Spirit, guide each of us in this diocese in speaking of the marvelous works of God in our lives.

I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:2)
      Father, thank you for the joy that you give us each day in knowing that you have adopted us and take us into your heart.

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9)
      Jesus, be a refuge for Bishop Mark Lawrence and the people of the Diocese of South Carolina. Be a refuge for all your faithful people in this time of trouble in the Episcopal Church.

And those who know your name will put their trust in you; for you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:10)
      Jesus, please help us all to know the power of your name and put our trust in you, for you have not forsaken those who seek you. Thank you.

Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Declare his deeds among the people. (Psalm 9:11)
      LORD, no matter what happens in the Episcopal Church, help us daily sing your praise and declare your mighty deeds among the people. Thank you.

A word received: Trust in me. Trust in my provision for you. I AM faithful.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Ecclus. 4:20-5:7: Rev. 7:1-8: Luke 9:51-62
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Ecclus. 6:5-17: Rev. 7:9-17: Luke 10:1-16

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 22 Lay Readers in the Parishes of our Diocese

*****. Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Bishop Bill and Stecklines
      Please add to your prayer list : Please pray for safe travel for Bishop Bill and Dcn Donna and Kevin Steckline who are traveling Sunday 10/21 to Southern Sudan and will be returning on Wednesday 10/31 as part of a joint mission trip with Bishop Harold Miller and others from the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2012
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Thanks for your Prayers
      Just to say a Big Thankyou to everyone for their Prayers this past week while i was in hospital, It's Good to be home. God Bless you all Real good!!

***** Bishop Grant and Doctor Wendy LeMarquand
Listening and Learning
      Language learning is about sharing and relationship. Our Amharic class is self- dubbed, 'The Ferenge Show' because of the particular giftedness we Ferenge ('foreigners') seem to have for causing our Ethiopian friends to weep with laughter. In fact, we love nothing better than to share stories of our latest spectacular failures in communication. One classmate left her egg seller bewildered when she asked for, "One dozen frogs, please", and gave the man who grabbed her arm on the street a totally wrong impression when she responded, "Ow!" - which is the Amharic word for "Yes!" Together we are discovering, in language, an interwoven tapestry of communication and culture, meaning and relationship.
      It was the story of the Afar that brought this home most vividly to me. Imagine with me that you are in the tribal court of the Afar, listening with the elders gathered to hear a case. Arguments and counter arguments are put forth. Then everyone is quiet. In poetry, the elder designate stands and sings the two sides of the case. Only now is it legitimate. Only now the arguments, presented in song, poetry and metaphor, are ready to be decided upon.
      The Afar dictionary is a fraction of the thickness of those of other languages. But one sentence in metaphor, conveys the essence of an entire story, culturally nuanced to convey much more than the spoken word. Leaders must undergo years of training in eloquence before being given the honour and responsibility of judging the words of another. When we learn a language, we get to learn a people.
      Wendy

***** Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Spaces available...CLERGY HEALING RETREAT, This week...
      Oct. 24 & 25 "Healing The Shepherds" 24 hour retreat for Clergy of all denominations. A time for clergy/pastors, who may feel burned out, tired, stressed, or just need to be refueled, refreshed, and be renewed in the Lord's love. Program is led by Fr. Nigel Mumford, director of the Healing Ministry @Christ the King SLC.
      Cost: $107.00 per person. (Includes accommodations and meals)
      Program begins: at Noon on Wed. for lunch and concludes after lunch on Thurs.
      Contact: healing@ctkcenter.org. (518 )692-9550 x214
      Conference location: Christ the King, Spiritual life Center, 575 Burton Rd. Greenwich. NY 12834
      If you want to give your clergy a gift, this wold be a great opportunity to show your apreation to your pastor or clergy person.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, October 21, 2012

 

10/21/2012, #21, 4th Quarter 2012

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
      LORD, let your word pierce our hearts. Come into the thoughts and intents of our hearts with your Word and Holy Spirit.

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)
      Jesus, nothing is hidden from your sight. Move in our hearts and minds and cleanse them with your healing touch.

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. (Hebrews 4:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us in this diocese be steady in confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior, Redeemer and Friend.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
      Jesus, thank you for understanding us better than we understand ourselves. Help us in all of the temptations we face. Thank you.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
      Father, we come to the throne of grace trusting that we will obtain mercy and find grace to help in our hour of need. Thank you.

A word received: Trust in me.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 4:1-10: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Matt. 16:13-20
HC: Mark 10:35-45; Hebrews 4:12-16; Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91 or 91:9-16
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Ecclus. 4:20-5:7: Rev. 7:1-8: Luke 9:51-62

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 21 Deacons’ Retreat (November 2-4)

*****. Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Prayer for Bishop Bill and Stecklines
      Please add to your prayer list : Please pray for safe travel for Bishop Bill and Dcn Donna and Kevin Steckline who are traveling Sunday 10/21 to Southern Sudan and will be returning on Wednesday 10/31 as part of a joint mission trip with Bishop Harold Miller and others from the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, October 20, 2012

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 13, 2012, 9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell and Darlene Chesnut of Christ Church Schenectady and Candy Palumbo of Trinity Watervliet on State St. It was a beautiful Fall morning. Several bus drivers waved to us.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--anointed with Holy Water

+a Tyson (young man) -- He came to ask prayer for his brother, Timothy, who is in Afghanistan. [A carry-over from three weeks ago.]

Steve -- He asked prayer for Beth who was fired from her job on Friday.

+Larry -- He asked prayer for relief of pain from a toothache.

a Debra (regular) -- She is feeling better and was filled with joy. We also prayed for Paula and John who are regulars that she would be seeing later in the morning.

a Joe (man who I had not seen for several months because he was down in Virginia) -- He said he was "doing really well. If I complained about anything it would be a lie." It was such a delight to see the joy on Joe's face. When he first came a year or two ago he was a man utterly lost in bitterness. At some point he was able to give that to Jesus and he is a new man now.

+a Singh (man) -- "I am a Christian." We prayed for protection and provision for him.

Candy -- She is going into a women's prison tonight. We prayed that God would give her the words to speak. She also asked for prayer for peace in her family and for Mary who has back problems. She rejoiced that her son Michael is still not smoking and also asked prayer for her daughter Heather and her financial problems.

+a Roberto (man) -- He asked prayer for "everybody" and said he lived behind the church.

+a Reneé (woman who drove into our parking lot for prayer) -- She asked prayer because she was currently "going through a storm." She said, "I used to be one of those girls on the corner." She had been an addict for 20 years, but has been clean for two years and three months.

+a Blaney (young man) -- He was burdened and gave his burden (loneliness) to Jesus. He gave his burdens and sins to Jesus and was washed in the blood of the Lamb. He received God's Spirit of adoption. He never knew his birth father but now knows he has a Father in heaven who loves him.

Darlene -- She asked prayer for her son Owen to find a job. Her daughter-in-law Angela is expecting their 3rd child in March.

+a Khali (man) -- He asked prayer for "success."

Fr. Peter -- He asked prayer for his ministry at Summit Towers where he was going to lead a service.


 

10/20/2012, #20, 4th Quarter 2012

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. (Psalm 116:1)
      Thank you, LORD, for hearing our cries for your faithful bishops and dioceses. Protect Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina and this Diocese of Albany.

Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:2)
      Jesus, we call upon you -- protect your people.

The pains of death surrounded me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
(Psalm 116:3)
      Father, there is so much trouble and sorrow in the Episcopal Church because of its unfaithfulness.

Then I called upon the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I implore you, deliver my soul!" (Psalm 116:4)
      Holy Spirit, guide our prayers as we call out to our Father in heaven for protection and deliverance.

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yes, our God is merciful. (Psalm 116:5)
      Jesus, you are full of grace and mercy -- bring Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori to conversion and repentance.

The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and he saved me. (Psalm 116:6)
      Jesus, when I was down, you lifted me up and saved me. Thank you.

Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. (Psalm 116:7)
      Jesus, in the midst of all of the turmoil in this nation and in your church, help us daily find our rest in you. Thank you.

For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. I believed, therefore I spoke, "I am greatly afflicted." I said in my haste, "All men are liars." (Psalm 116:8-11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know that even now there is still that "seven thousand" in the Episcopal Church who remained faithful and never bent the knee to the idolatries of our day. (See 1 Kings 19:18 ) Thank you for preserving a faithful remnant in your church.

A word received: I AM your light in the darkness.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclus. 3:17-31: Acts 28:17-31: Luke 9:37-50
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 4:1-10: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Matt. 16:13-20
HC: Mark 10:35-45; Hebrews 4:12-16; Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91 or 91:9-16

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 20 Daughters of the King Assembly Fall Retreat (October 27) The Rev’d Wayne Schwab, The Rev’d Julia Mudge

*****. Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2012
From: Forest Rittgers
Subject: Re: 10/19/2012, #19, 4th Quarter 2012
Torre -
      I respectfully suggest that you provide this distribution list a link to the Diocese of South Carolina's website where a fuller presentation of this matter is detailed. In particular, it presents Bishop Lawrence's position with respect to the findings of the Disciplinary Board and is therefore important for your readers to understand. http://www.dioceseofsc.org/
Forest

***** From the website of the Diocese of South Carolina:
Episcopal Church Abandons Bishop and Diocese
      Written by Administrator Friday, 19 October 2012 08:26
      Anglicans have been worshiping in South Carolina since its establishment as a British Colony. From the beginning, they have defended and upheld the doctrine, discipline and worship of the faithful generations who came before them. That freedom is now under direct assault.
      As a founding Diocese of the Episcopal Church, we have taken steps in recent years to defend our freedom of worship and order of gathering. On Monday of this week (October 15), the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence (14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina) was informed by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church that a disciplinary board had certified that he was guilty of abandonment of the communion of the church – that he had, in effect, by his words and actions, left the church. We believe that these actions of the Episcopal Church are both invalid under the Constitution of the Episcopal Church of this Diocese and violations of rights and freedoms which all Americans hold dear. We emphatically reject them, as well as the attempted restriction upon the ministry of our Bishop.
An Assault on the Bishop
      This action is a deplorable assault upon the Bishop of this Diocese. The attack came in the midst of negotiations whose stated intent was to find a peaceful solution to our differences with the Episcopal Church. It involved a process in which there was no prior notice of the proceedings, no notice of the charges against him nor any opportunity to face the local accusers (who remained anonymous until today).
      Also deeply concerning is the fact that all of the stated reasons for “abandonment” were known nearly a year ago, when an earlier attempt to remove him failed. This second attempt is double jeopardy of the most egregious sort and is contrary to the very canons they have used. Worst of all, canons that were originally meant for the removal of clergy who had well and truly “left” the church are now being used to purge a Bishop who has diligently sought to keep his Diocese both intact and within the Episcopal Church.
An Assault on the Diocese
      These actions, however, are not just an attack upon Bishop Lawrence. They also represent an assault on this Diocese and its congregations. Two of the three actions that the Episcopal Church claims prove his abandonment are in fact actions of the Diocesan Convention. These were actions of the entire Diocese, all its parishes and missions, expressing together in duly elected convention what they needed to remain in the communion of this denomination. In effect, the Episcopal Church has said it does not care what the parishioners of this Diocese, who are its sole supporters, have to say about their own future. The final action for which the Episcopal Church claims Bishop Lawrence was found guilty was for confirming, by the release of quit claim deeds, that our congregations own their own property.
Abandoned
      Bishop Lawrence’s actions have been taken to protect the integrity of the Diocese and its parishes. In the exercise of his freedom of speech, he has stated his personal good faith beliefs concerning the theology and polity of this Diocese. The parishes of this Diocese have repeatedly joined him in expressing those same beliefs. The actions taken by the Episcopal Church make it clear that such freedom of expression is intolerable to them. It is this Diocese and its Bishop who have been abandoned; left behind by a denomination that has chosen a radically different path from that of its founders. For that reason, we have disassociated ourselves from the Episcopal Church and will meet again in Convention on November 17th to consider further responses to these actions by the denomination we helped found. By God’s grace, we look forward to many more generations freely exercising the faith first brought to these shores so many generations before us.

***** Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: HEALING SERVICE 10am EVERY TUESDAY
      You are invited to the weekly healing service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center 575 Burton rd. Greenwich, NY 12834 At 10am every Tuesday.

***** Check out the blog. http://radiantfaith.blogspot.com

***** Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
From: Tom Gibbons
Subject: A word received
      Wed - Based on the daily readings, "Trust in ME is all things."

***** Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
From: Joann E Ferris
Subject: A thought for today --Oct. 18, 2012

God is in His Holy temple

God is in His Holy

God is in His

God is in!!!

God is ........

GOD !!!!

***** Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2012
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness and joy; at your right hand are pleasures forever more. (Psalm 16:11)
      Father God, we thank You for every blessing, especially for all the positive results of Father Shaw's visit to Belize. Thank You that he had fruitful visits with the Archbishop of the West Indies and the Bishop of Belize and some of his students. We thank You that the on-line program is growing and that students from the US and Tanzania can start benefitting from the curriculum.
      Lord, continue to be with Father Shaw as he develops new courses. Also, show Mother Julie what her role is to be in this effort. We pray that Lydia is doing well in college and that Hannah and Ruth are thriving as well.
      Indeed, Lord, You make known the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
      In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, October 19, 2012

 

10/19/2012, #19, 4th Quarter 2012

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. (Psalm 22:1-2)
      O my God, great evil is being done against your faithful people in the Episcopal Church. Have mercy on us.

But you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you delivered them. They cried to you, and were delivered; they trusted in you, and were not ashamed. (Psalm 22:3-5)
      Jesus, in the midst of the anxieties about the Episcopal Church we make the choice to praise you and bless you and trust you.

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All those who see me ridicule me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, "He trusted in the LORD, let him rescue him; let him deliver him, since he delights in him!" (Psalm 22:6-8 )
      Holy Spirit, Bishop Mark Lawrence and your other faithful bishops trust in you to lead them and their dioceses to a safe place of refuge. We trust you to rescue them. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me -- I AM your help in the time of trouble.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Ecclus. 1:1-10,18-27: Acts 28:1-16: Luke 9:28-36
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclus. 3:17-31: Acts 28:17-31: Luke 9:37-50

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 19 For a deep love of the Scriptures by all our people

*****. Mark Lawrence, Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina

***** Diocesan Update October 18, 2012
Bishop Love will be issuing a statement regarding the following media release soon.
Media Release from The Episcopal Church:
      Disciplinary Board for Bishops Certifies That South Carolina Bishop Has Abandoned the Church
      [October 17, 2012] The Disciplinary Board for Bishops has advised Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori that the majority of the 18-member panel has determined that Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Diocese of South Carolina has abandoned the Episcopal Church "by an open renunciation of the Discipline of the Church."
      Following complaints of 12 adult members and two priests of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, the determination was made under Canon IV.16(A).
      The 18 member board - composed of 10 bishops, four clergy, four laity - issued a letter dated September 18. Following the assembly of numerous documents, the Presiding Bishop received the letter in her Church Center office on October 10; the letter was received via U.S. Mail.
      On Monday October 15, the Presiding Bishop called Lawrence and, speaking directly with him, informed him of the action of the Disciplinary Board. She also informed him that, effective noon of that day, the exercise of his ministry was restricted. Therefore, under the canon, he is not permitted to perform any acts as an ordained person.
      From here, Lawrence has 60 days to respond to the allegations in the certification.
Acts of abandonment
The Disciplinary Board for Bishops cited three particular acts of abandonment:
      "Bishop Lawrence failed to 'guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church' by presiding over the 219th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina on October 10, 2010, at which the following acts were adopted, without ruling them out of order or otherwise dissenting from their adoption, but instead speaking in support of them in his formal address to the Convention."
      "Bishop Lawrence further failed to 'guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church' by presiding over the 220th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina on February 19, 2011, at which Resolution R-6 was finally adopted on the second reading, without ruling it out of order or otherwise dissenting from its adoption."
      "On October 19, 2011, in his capacity as President of the nonprofit corporation known as The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, Bishop Lawrence signed, executed, and filed with the Secretary of State of the State of South Carolina certain Articles of Amendment, amending the corporate charter 4 as stated in Resolution R-11, described in paragraph 7.c above. That amendment deleted the original stated purpose of the corporation 'to continue the operation of an Episcopal Diocese under the Constitution and Canons of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America' and replaced it with the stated purpose 'to continue operation under the Constitution and Canons of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina.'"
      "On about November 16, 2011, in an apparent effort to impair the trust interest of The Episcopal Church and of the Diocese of South Carolina in church property located in that Diocese, Bishop Lawrence directed his Chancellor, Wade H. Logan, III, to issue quitclaim deeds to every parish of the Diocese of South Carolina disclaiming any interest in the real estate held by or for the benefit of each parish."
      A pdf of the Certificate of Abandonament can be found http://www.diosc.com/sys/images/documents/tec/tec_certification_of_abandonment.pdf.
      A pdf of the Restriction of Ministry can be found http://www.diosc.com/sys/images/documents/tec/tec_restriction_of_ministry.pdf.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, October 18, 2012

 

10/18/2012, #18, 4th Quarter 2012

Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, "Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish?" (Jonah 3:6-9)
      Lord, let the people of this nation humble ourselves before you as the people of Ninevah did.

Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that he had said he would bring upon them, and he did not do it. (Jonah 3:10)
      Father, please turn your fierce anger from us for we know that if we humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways that you will hear from heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land. (See 2 Chronicles 7:14)

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the Lord, and said, "Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!" (Jonah 4:1-3)
      Holy Spirit, so many desire judgment for others and mercy for themselves. Have mercy on all of us and let your mercy triumph over judgment. (See James 2:12)

Then the Lord said, "Is it right for you to be angry?" (Jonah 4:4)
      Jesus, please help us let go of our anger and rejoice over your cross and your mercy. Thank you.

Heal Our Land - Jamie Rivera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zjTSLLLYlk

A word received: Pray for the poor of the land. Pray for my protecting hand upon them. Pray for their protection from those who would eat them as bread.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Jonah 3:1-4:11: Acts 27:27-44: Luke 9:18-27
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Ecclus. 1:1-10,18-27: Acts 28:1-16: Luke 9:28-36

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons. October 18 For a heart for the unchurched in our communities The Rev’d John Scott, The Rev’d Mary Carol Hart

***** Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012
From: Fr. Neal P. Longe
Subject: Service Announcement
      St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, October 20 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/.

***** On Friday,October 19 at 7 pm, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered. This is a very relaxed service; come and stay as long as you are led. If you have a heart for revival or for deeper prayer and praise, please join us. These services are beginning to harvest the seeds of revival planted in this region. Hope each of you can come and bring a friend!

***** Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012
From: Fr. Neal P. Longe
Subject: PRAYER TABLE REPORT: St. Ann's of Amsterdam, (Monday, October 15, 10:15-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Muriel Papura and Father Neal Longe presiding at His table this morning.)

a--denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
t--denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Gentleman who didn't speak English. We prayed for blessing.

Alisa - Prayed for God's presence and peace as she works through her grief.

Two or three others passed by and did not stop for prayer, so we prayed for a blessed day for them.

James - for healing and good health.

Albany Intercessor


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