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Friday, November 30, 2012

 

11/30/2012, #60, 4th Quarter 2012

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
      Holy Spirit, come and fill us all with hope -- hope for your church, our diocese and parishes, and hope for our families and communities.

And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur. (Zechariah 14:8 )
      Jesus, let your living waters flow throughout this diocese and its parishes, and through our families and communities. Thank you.

And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be--"The Lord is one," and his name one. (Zechariah 14:9)
      Holy Trinity, one God, come and rule and reign in our heats. Help us daily acknowledge your sovereignty over us. Thank you.

      Pray for God's hand of protection over this diocese.

A word received: You are in my care. I AM your strength.

Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Zech. 14:1-11: Rom. 15:7-13: Luke 19:28-40
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Zech. 14:12-21: Phil. 2:1-11: Luke 19:41-48

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 30 The Rev’d William Cooper

***** Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012
Subject: FRIDAY NIGHT AT BIG DADDY'S
To: "Jan Delaney Willis"
      Come one, Come all to Big Daddy's Bakery for a lively evening with Pete
Jorgensen and Dave Ames. The proprietors promised to have soup and chili
and all those wonderful baked goods and we promise you won't be disappointed
with these talented singers and musicians.

A CHRISTIAN COFFEE HOUSE
with
PETE JORGENSEN AND DAVE AMES
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012
DOTR AND
SGAMBATO FAMILY BAND
FRIDAY,DECEMBER 7, 2012
6:30- 8:30 P.M.
15 W. Main St. Broadalbin

DOTR is the abbreviation for "DISCIPLES OF THE ROCK" and is a band of very
talented home-schooled students, all under 14years old. Caleb Sgambato,
Drums, Cory Sgambato, Bass, Kayden Sluti, Lead, Cassandra Sgambato, Keyboard
and Kaleb Sluti, Percussion. These kids have a great sound and hearts to
worship. You won't be disappointed.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, November 29, 2012, 5:10 - 6:150 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 anointed with Holy Water

+Greg -- Pray to keep on straight path and put God always first in his life.

Peter -- Pray for his brother George that he will follow the Lord's guidance. Pray for his wife Connie and their unborn baby that she will have a safe and easy delivery and a strong and healthy child.

Gary -- Pray for the message that is given at the Schenectady City Mission meals.

Dan -- Pray for his three daughters. Pray they will walk with the Lord.

+Candace (and +for a friend) -- Thanksgiving for all God has done and for his blessing on a new venture.

+a Chuck and +a Kolbe (young son) (regular) -- They are both eager for God's blessing.

Ron -- He was only offered supervised visits with his daughter Isabel.

Jerry -- "I'm doing good. All the people I'm praying for are doing good." Neal only had to have the front of his foot amputated rather than at the ankle. Teresa only had to have her one finger amputated -- there was no sign of cancer beyond that. Donita's hysterectomy was successful. Jerry's grandson is doing good. Jerry gave thanks for being able to go to church on Sunday with his girlfriend and her daughter. The sermon really spoke to him.

Tom -- Pray for a new program starting in January for the 30-day "regulars" at the mission.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, November 29, 2012

 

11/29/2012, #59, 4th Quarter 2012

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Ephesians 1:15-16)
      Thank you, Lord, for all the saints who pray for this and the other faithful dioceses and bishops.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, (Ephesians 1:17)
      Father, please give all your people in this diocese the spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowing Jesus.

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18 )
      Jesus, open our eyes to our calling in you.

and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (Ephesians 1:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to know your power and believe what you can do among us.

which he worked in christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 1:20)
      Holy Spirit, as you raised Jesus to new life after his crucifixion, bring all of us to this diocese to new life in him. Thank you.

far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:21)
      Jesus, yours is the name that is above every name and salvation is found in no other name than yours.

And he put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23)
      Jesus, please bring your body -- the Church -- fully under your control. Please stop the attacks by the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori upon your faithful bishops and dioceses and parishes.

      Pray for God's hand of protection over this diocese.

A word received: Rest in me: I AM your hope.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Zech. 13:1-9: Eph. 1:15-23: Luke 19:11-27
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Zech. 14:1-11: Rom. 15:7-13: Luke 19:28-40

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 29 Chaplains and Members of the Armed Forces The Rev’d Ronald Harrison, The Rev’d Douglas Blakelock, The Rev’d Alan Hart

***** Diocesan Update November 28, 2012
Celebrations Edition: Ordinations
      There are many ordinations happening soon for men and women raised up in the Diocese of Albany. Join in the celebration however you are able - through your prayers or through your presence. May God bless their ministries!
      December 5th: Emily Hylden, Priesthood, St. Michael and St. George, St. Louis, MO
      December 6th: Rodney Roehner, Priesthood, St. Paul's, New Orleans, LA
      December 8th: Dave Beaulac, Priesthood, 11 am, St. Mary's Lake Luzerne
      Visiting Clergy vesting for procession should arrive by 10:30; white stole.
      Vesting will be in the Rectory (north (left) of the church).
      December 9th: Barbara Ayers, Diaconate, 4 pm, St. Michael's, Colonie
      Please RSVP by calling 869-6417 no later than Dec 1.
      December 22nd: Shane Gormley, Priesthood, 11 am, St. Andrew's Scotia
      January 5th: Jill Stellman, Priesthood, 10 am, The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany
Lessons & Carols Around the Diocese
      Take advantage of one (or more!) of the following enhancements to the celebration of the Advent Season:
December 2:
      3 pm - Bethesda, Saratoga Springs (Washington Street near Broadway) Lessons & Carols.
             - Cathedral of All Saints (62 S. Swan St, Albany) Advent Procession.
      5 pm - Christ Church, Cooperstown (46 River Street) Lessons & Carols. A potluck supper will follow in the Parish Hall.
      6 pm - St. Paul's, Greenwich (145 Main Street) Lessons & Carols. Hot chocolate and goodies will be served in the Parish Hall after the service
      7 pm - St. Peter's Hobart (Pine Street) Lessons & Carols. For this long-standing event, St. John's, Delhi, and St. Peter's, Hobart will team up with the Presbyterian Church of Hobart. Special music will be provided by the Delaware Dulcimores, an ensemble of dulcimer and other string players from the Delhi area, as well as by a combined Episcopal/Presbyterian choir. A festive reception will follow at the Hobart Presbyterian Church. For information please call 607-756-3437.
December 9:
      5 pm - St. John's, Johnstown (1 North Market Street) 1662 Candelight Colonial Prayer Service. This is to mark St. John's 250th anniversary. Those attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for St. John's Food Pantry.
December 16:
      5 pm - Zion, Colton (91 Main Street) Lessons & Carols. Covered dish supper begins at 5 pm, Lessons & Carols follows at 6 pm.
December 17 & 18:
      7:30 pm - Christ Church, Ballston Spa (15 West High Street) This is the 19th year of Christ Church' very distinctive festival of Lessons & Carols for Advent from Celtic and African-American traditions featuring John Kirk and Trish Miller along with other friends. This is an ideal opportunity to invite a friend to church to "Come and See." A free will offering will be taken. Refreshments follow in the Parish Hall. CDs of favorite songs from past performances will be available for $15.
December 21:
      7 pm - St. David's, East Greenbush (2647 Brookview Rd, Castleton, NY 12033-9713) Lessons & Carols.
December 23:
      10 am - St. John's, Troy (146 First Street) Lessons & Carols.
      2:30 pm - Cathedral of All Saints (62 S. Swan Street, Albany) Lessons & Carols. Music for Brass and Organ begins at 2:30 pm, Lessons & Carols follows at 3 pm.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

 

11/28/2012, #58, 4th Quarter 2012

Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways. (Psalm 128:1)
      Father, please help us hear you and walk in your ways and enter into the blessing you have for us.

When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. (Psalm 128:2)
      Father, thank you for your provision for us and that we can receive the labor of our hands. We remember before you all those who search for work and can't find it. Guide them to it by your Holy Spirit.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table. (Psalm 128:3)
      Jesus, thank you for the children you have blessed us with -- thank you for the full quiver you have given us. Thank you for all the fruit that has come out of Jean's life and ministry.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. (Psalm 128:4)
      Father, please help us fear you -- to hold you in great awe so that we may receive your blessing.

The LORD bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. (Psalm 128:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us enter into the Father's blessing.

Yes, may you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel! (Psalm 128:6)
      Jesus, thank you that we have gotten to see our children's children. Thank you for your kindness to us.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Zech. 12:1-10: Eph. 1:3-14: Luke 19:1-10
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Zech. 13:1-9: Eph. 1:15-23: Luke 19:11-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 28 Prison Chaplains – The Rev’d Tyrone Reddie, The Rev’d Charles Smith - and the incarcerated

For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From the BCP 1928 )

"Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also." Hebrews 13:3

Give thanks for Tom Gizara, Mark Pasko, Bishop Bill, and the others who bring the ministry of Alpha into the prisons.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 00:32:21 +0000
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Subject: Prayer Request
      I don't think i need to explain the urgency of this Prayer request so please take Alana to your Hearts guys. Thankyou Ronnie'O
      Would you add Alana McCrea to the Willowfield prayer list, stage 3 cancer, aged only 20.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

 

11/27/2012, #57, 4th Quarter 2012

Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Luke 18:35-39)
      Holy Spirit, help us repent of desiring order and decorum more than having people find and meet Jesus.

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he had come near, he asked him, (Luke 18:40)
      Jesus, thank you that you hear us when we cry out to you and bid us come to you. Help each of us respond to your call to us.

saying, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." (Luke 18:41)
      Jesus, thank you that you care to hear our heart's desires. Thank you that you care for us and listen to us. Help us daily listen to you and to each other and pray for each other.

Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. (Luke 18:42-43)
      Father, thank you for sending Jesus into our lives to minister healing to us. Help each of us in this diocese receive new sight at his hands and follow him, giving praise to you. Thank you.

A word received: My laws and my statutes are there to protect you. Don't step outside my protection.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Zech. 11:4-17: 1 Cor. 3:10-23: Luke 18:31-43
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Zech. 12:1-10: Eph. 1:3-14: Luke 19:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 27 For the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, and Trustees The Rev’d Bradley Jones, The Rev’d Congreve Quinby

***** [Note from Torre: Jean saw an Endodontist yesterday afternoon. He cleaned out the two abscesses, but found that her tooth was dead and cracked and would lead to further infections if left in. We have an preliminar appointment with an oral surgeon on December 4th to have it extracted.]

***** Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012
From: Patti Gibbons
Subject: prayer table
A posting on Facebook.
      So I was walking to the bus stop, and the ppl sitting in front of the church by my house asked me if id like to say a prayer for myself or a loved one...so i sat down and prayed for Cherelle, kuanna , phonzo, mary and eddie. I prayed they are all in heaven amd to watch over me and I wished relly a happy bday, and I told them I love them. I also prayed for my family and myself. The man who prayed woth me took my hand and said " god is with you" he gave me a bible and a necklace and told me to have strength, and keep movong forward . I feel refreshed and from this day on I will have faith in the lord wether people like it or not. Have a great day ppl..

From last Saturday's prayer table report:
+Bible Haley (young woman) -- She asked prayer for her best friend Sheryl who killed herself 3 years ago. She would have been 18 tomorrow.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, November 26, 2012

 

11/26/2012, #56, 4th Quarter 2012

Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to 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,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'" And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." So when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, he said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For 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." (Luke 18:18-25)
      Holy Spirit, please show each of us where our possessions stand in the way of entering into the kingdom of God. Help us to let go of anything that blocks our way forward with Jesus.

And those who heard it said, "Who then can be saved?" But he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." (Luke 18:26-27)
      Father, thank you that you can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

Then Peter said, "See, we have left all and followed you." So he said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life." (Luke 18:28-30)
      Jesus, help us daily follow where you lead. Help us leave everything behind that would get in the way of following you. Thank you.

A word received: I want to be Lord of every part of your lives.

Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Zech. 10:1-12: Gal. 6:1-10: Luke 18:15-30
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Zech. 11:4-17: 1 Cor. 3:10-23: Luke 18:31-43

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 26 Non-parochial Clergy

***** From: Theresa Rinaldo
Subject: Christ Church Schenectady, Sunday, November 25, 2012, Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table, Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo

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

+Richard - Hope and perseverence.
+Clara - Widow who is experiencing loneliness. Ask for God's protection from kids in neighborhood. Breaking her windows and general mischief.
+Pete - Protection for his family. Healing of his step-father, Owen, who is very sick. He injured his elbow jumping off of a train. God's protection and provisions in his life.
+Jay - To get his family to church EVERY Sunday and for God's provision for his family.
+McKenzie - Her baby sister, Katerinna (1 yr. old) has been sick. Knows she is sick, but couldn't explain what is wrong with her. Pray for the Lord's healing touch and his protection.
Devon - God's continual provision. He is working temporary but needs a permanent job.

***** Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail for November 26
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail.
      1) Course development work continues, especially on the Holy Spirit series.
      2) We had a good time with family this week.
Prayer requests:
      1) For our family members.
      2) For the students and the courses, to the glory of God.
      3) For the plans to visit the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania in March, and plans to visit Belize after Easter.
      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+

***** [Note from Torre: Jean has an infected tooth -- much pain this weekend, little sleep. We are seeing the dentist at 10:20 this morning.]

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, November 25, 2012

 

11/25/2012, #55, 4th Quarter 2012

Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered him, "Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning me?" Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now my kingdom is not from here." Pilate therefore said to him, "Are you a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice." (John 18:33-37)
      Jesus, I ask you to be king of my heart and of my life.

      Holy Spirit, please help me daily hear the truth that Jesus is speaking to me.

      Father, we pray for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven and for your kingdom to come among us. Thank you.

Sunday: 118 * 145; Zech. 9:9-16: 1 Pet. 3:13-22: Matt. 21:1-13
HC: 93; Daniel 7:9-14; Revelation 1:1-8; John 18:33-37 or Mark 11:1-11
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Zech. 10:1-12: Gal. 6:1-10: Luke 18:15-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 25 Rural Parishes

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, November 24, 2012

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, November 24, 2012, 9:10 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans and Jonathan and Torre Bissell on State St. and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on Albany St. This was a day when both teams confronted raw, human need -- people at the end of their rope. Cold and windy some flurries.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates anointed with Holy Water
H--indicates received a hat
G--indicates received gloves
S--indicates received a scarf

State St.

+ Sohan (young teenage boy) -- He didn't want prayer but asked for a cross: "Can I have a necklace?"

+a Eric (young man in his 20s) -- He asked prayer for his mom +Tricia who lost her business. He impressed us as a good son who was thinking about his mom.

+a Noel (young man) -- "A job!"

a Bill (regular) -- We prayed for protection against seizures.

+a Nicky and +a Alicia (young women in their 20s) -- "Jobs!"

Steve -- We prayed for God's blessing that he could start his own business.

Man across the street when we shouted to him and asked if we could pray for him said, "Sure!" We prayed for God's provision for him.

+aGH Bible Musin (young man) -- When we asked if he wanted prayer he said, "That's why I was coming. I'm trying to find a job and a place to live."

a Will (man) -- We prayed for joy in his heart.

+Bible Haley (young woman) -- She asked prayer for her best friend Sheryl who killed herself 3 years ago. She would have been 18 tomorrow.

a José (man) -- He is going through tough times. We prayed for God's assurance that God was with him.

+aGS Shawn, Holly, and baby -- He said he was used to going through tough times but "I've lost everything, my 40-hour a week job and everything. They were looking for a place to live. We were reminded of Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay.

+a Ryan -- He asked prayer that he would stay in the drug addiction program he is in.

+Kelly (mom) and +Joseph (teenage son) -- They asked prayer for Kelly's son +Alex who is in the Middle East.

+Kelly (man) -- "A better life."

+Halina (diabetic woman) -- "Health and a job."

Albany St.

+ Anthony and Thomas -- "Daily provisions."

+G Christopher -- Knee, provisions for the day, addiction.

+GS Man who was walking by prayed for us and a prayer of thanksgiving for everyone. We prayed for his daily needs -- what a blessing.

Gwen (she walked by) -- Prayed for her daily needs.

G Andrew -- Daily needs.

Maurice -- Walking by -- prayed for daily needs.


 

11/24/2012, #54, 4th Quarter 2012

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector." (Luke 18:9-10)
      Jesus, forgive me for looking down on anyone. I too am a sinner and have no righteousness of my own. Forgive me when I act like a Pharisee and speak to me clearly about it.

"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'" (Luke 18:11-12)
      Holy Father, forgive me when I "pray thus with myself" instead of turning to you. I am like other sinful people and you know that even better than I do.

"And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'" (Luke 18:13)
      Holy Spirit, please bring me to the humility of the tax collector.

      God, be merciful to me a sinner.

"I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)
      Jesus, I have not justification except what you give me. Lord, "a broken and contrite spirit you will not despise." Help me daily to have such a spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me in the storms of life.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Mal. 3:13-4:6: James 5:13-20: Luke 18:9-14
Sunday: 118 * 145; Zech. 9:9-16: 1 Pet. 3:13-22: Matt. 21:1-13
HC: 93; Daniel 7:9-14; Revelation 1:1-8; John 18:33-37 or Mark 11:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 24 St. Margaret’s Center for Children

***** Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
From: Joann E Ferris
Subject: Prayer Table Report ---Zion , Colton, Friday Nov. 23, 2012 Joann E. Ferris --- Part sun low 50's --wind --felt like 30's
10:00 am to 11:30 am Friday Nov. 23, 2012

Mary --- passed on anointing ---asked for prayers for her nephew --Thomas--mental, physical , finanical . ALSO__ THANKS THAT SHE CAN WALK> ( I don't know what I did --but it just undid)

Louise and hubby --- no thank you as they walked and she puffed on a cigarette. (I prayed for the smoking habit.)

Sherm --- his health and well being at 102 years of age.

Ed--- tooted and waved --prayed for his heart.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, November 23, 2012

 

11/23/2012, #53, 4th Quarter 2012

"Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the LORD, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, he is coming," says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus, and restore righteousness to your church and your people.

"But who can endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like launderers' soap. (Malachi 3:2)
      Holy Spirit, you know the refining that each of us needs and your church needs. Come soon with your fire and burn away the chaff in our lives.

He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness. (Malachi 3:3)
      Father, let the purifying fire of your Holy Spirit lead us in making offerings to you of righteousness.

"Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, as in former years. And I will come near you for judgment; i will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien-- because they do not fear me," says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:4-5)
      LORD, deal with those who exploit the poor and the weak, the lost and the least.

"For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from my ordinances and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts. "But you said, 'In what way shall we return?'" (Malachi 3:6-7)
      "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)
Heal Our Land - Jamie Rivera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zjTSLLLYlk

"Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed you?' In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed me, even this whole nation." (Malachi 3:8-9)
      Jesus, please help us daily make those offerings of tithes, offerings and alms, and of service that you desire.

"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10)
      Father, show each of us the offerings you desire from us and help us by your Holy Spirit to actually carry them out. Thank you.

"And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field," says the LORD of hosts; and all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land," says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:11-12)
      Jesus, rebuke Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her Chancellor, David Booth Beers, and all those who have actively or by silence acquiesced in their devouring your people, parishes and dioceses. Thank you.

A word received: I have given you my word to nourish your heart.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Mal. 3:1-12: James 5:7-12: Luke 18:1-8
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Mal. 3:13-4:6: James 5:13-20: Luke 18:9-14

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 23 The Rev’d Lynne Crimi

*****
Subject: BIG DADDY'S CHRISTIAN COFFEE HOUSE
From: JAN WILLIS
      The Open Mic night on November 23 has been cancelled. Mark your calendars for November 30 and Dec 7. Hope to see you there.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, November 22, 2012

 

11/22/2012, #52, 4th Quarter 2012

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:24-25)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make the daily choice to serve Jesus and lay all our cares and burdens at his feet. Help us appropriate these "Therefores" into our lives.

"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?" (Matthew 6:26-27)
      Jesus, you are Lord and Savior; we look to you to guide us through all the heavy seas and the rocks and shoals that lie ahead for this diocese and the Episcopal Church.

"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 0Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'" (Matthew 6:28-31)
      Father, please help us take this "Therefore" to heart.

"For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:32-33)
      Father we look to you for our daily bread and provision. Help us daily seek your kingdom and righteousness.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:34)
      Jesus, we are in your hands and care. That is sufficient. Thank you.

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Mal. 2:1-16: James 4:13-5:6: Luke 17:20-37
Thanksgiving Day: 65 or 65:9-14; Deuteronomy 8:1-3,6-10(17-20); James 1:17-18,21-27; Matthew 6:25-33
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Mal. 3:1-12: James 5:7-12: Luke 18:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 22 Thanksgiving Day – That our thankfulness results in action The Rev’d Nathaniel Lee

***** Subject: Special Diocesan Update November 21, 2012
      Diocese of Albany Standing Commitee Endorses
      Communion Partners Bishops' Statement on South Carolina
      The Statement from the Diocese of Albany Standing Committee:
      The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Albany endorses the "Statement from the Communion Partner Bishops on the South Carolina Situation", and shares the Bishops' grave concerns with the deficiencies in Title IV and their hopes and prayers that the Church will be led to new and creative ways to discover Christ's reconciling love and discern God's will in the midst of our differences.
      The text of the Communion Partner Bishops' Statement is as follows:
Statement from the Communion Partner Bishops on the South Carolina Situation
      We, Bishops of The Episcopal Church associated with the Communion Partner fellowship, are grieved at recent developments in the life of The Episcopal Church, specifically in the Diocese of South Carolina. The way in which the complaint was lodged against Bishop Lawrence and the action of the Disciplinary Board itself under the abandonment canon seem to have derailed a good faith attempt on the part of the Presiding Bishop, the Bishop of Upper South Carolina, and the Bishop of South Carolina to address issues of mutual concern. The reaction of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina in its decision to withdraw the diocese from The Episcopal Church is also a source of grief. We lament these developments as symptomatic of a church that is the servant of its procedures rather than the responsible wielder of its own canonical tools.
      We are mindful that our disciplinary canons under Title IV since their revision in 2009 continue to be a subject of concern to many in the church. Among our concerns in this case is the misuse of the abandonment canon. Its application in the complex issues surrounding South Carolina's place in the church have hindered rather than aided the ministry of reconciliation to which we are called. It tragically illustrates the deficiencies in Title IV.
      These events remind us "of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith" (BCP, p. 265). They remind us as well that repentance leads to a new beginning. We join with the Standing Committee of Upper South Carolina and call upon all concerned to seek a non-juridical solution to these difficult matters, and not to be limited by our canonical procedures. Our hope, indeed our prayer, is that this painful moment in the life of the church will lead us to new and creative ways to discover Christ's reconciling love, and to live together in one Body in the midst of our differences.
      The Rt. Rev'd John C. Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee
      The Rt. Rev'd Gregory O. Brewer, Diocese of Central Florida
      The Rt. Rev'd Russell E. Jacobus, Diocese of Fond du Lac
      The Rt. Rev'd Edward S. Little, II, Diocese of Northern Indiana
      The Rt. Rev'd Bill Love, Diocese of Albany
      The Rt. Rev'd Daniel H. Martins, Diocese of Springfield
      The Rt. Rev'd Michael G. Smith, Diocese of North Dakota
      The Rt. Rev'd Gary R. Lillibridge, Diocese of West Texas
      The Rt. Rev'd David Reed, Diocese of West Texas, Suffragan
      The Rt. Rev'd John D. Howe, Diocese of Central Florida, retired
      The Rt. Rev'd Bill Frey, Diocese of Colorado, retired
      The Rt. Rev'd Peter Beckwith, Diocese of Springfield, retired

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

 

11/21/2012, #51, 4th Quarter 2012

      Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
      So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
      And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
      So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well." (Luke 17:11-19)
      Holy Spirit, we have received so many blessings from the hand of Jesus, help us daily return and give God thanks for his blessing and daily provision for us. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Father. Thank you, Holy Spirit. Thank you, Holy Trinity, one God.

A word received: Rejoice! Rejoice in me. I AM LORD.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Mal. 1:1,6-14: James 3:13-4:12: Luke 17:11-19
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Mal. 2:1-16: James 4:13-5:6: Luke 17:20-37
Thanksgiving Day: 65 or 65:9-14; Deuteronomy 8:1-3,6-10(17-20); James 1:17-18,21-27; Matthew 6:25-33

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 21 All Missionaries far away from home

***** Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update November 20th, 2012
Thank You!!!
Excellent Support for the People of Haiti
      The support of Bishop Duracin and the people of Haiti last week was wonderful. Over $4300 was raised and will be going to help the people of Haiti recover from the devastating natural disasters that have occurred over the past few years, in addition to supporting on-going projects. Watch the Diocesan website's mission page for Haiti (click here to access that page) for more information on how your support of these events has helped Haiti as it becomes available.

And Speaking of Missions...
      South Sudan in the Albany Episcopalian
We are mission minded in the Diocese of Albany! Bishop Love's column in the upcoming Advent issue of the Albany Episcopalian highlights the recent mission trip to South Sudan. And because a picture is worth a thousand words, there will be many pictures of the trip as well! The issue will be mailed soon, so look for it in your mailbox in the coming weeks!

Passion for Jesus
      2013 Parish Leadership Conferences
The 2013 Parish Leadership Conferences will be held on January 26th (Malone), February 2nd (Cathedral of All Saints) and February 9th (Oneonta). The format for the Conferences will be slightly different this year, though still in the context of the Holy Eucharist. This year's Conferences will begin with the Liturgy of the Word, then feature a moderated panel discussion, where you can hear the panelists share their passion for Jesus and the positive things that have happened as a result of their willingness to share that passion with others. This will be followed by lunch, then a time for break-out sessions by parish, where the participants from each parish can discuss what they have heard with the other participants from their parish, and how this applies to their parish. Each parish group can write down any questions they may have for the panelists that arise from this discussion. The whole group will then re-convene and the written questions submitted by the individual parish groups will be given to the moderator for discussion by the panelists as time permits. As always, the Conferences will end with the Eucharist. So come and strengthen your passion for Jesus!

Have a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

***** Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012
From: Bishop Grant and Doctor Wendy
Subject: News from Bishop Grant and Doctor Wendy
Of Cows and Considerations... The Church in Nininyang
      Once upon a timr there was a man who had 10 cows and 100 children. All his children needed cows. "Give me a cow so I can feed my many children", said one. "Give me, for I am your newest child and I have nothing". Another said - "Give me a cow for I have lost my house and crops to flooding" "My friends are leaving me for others who are richer", said another. There were school fees, hospital bills, repairs; - many needs. Few cows.
      What to do? The man thought. I could take all my cows and prepare a big feast for my children - but they would be hungry again tomorrow. If I say "yes" to one, then I must say "no" to another, for there is not enough to go around.
      Then he had an idea! Instead of taking from the cows, his children could give to them. Some had grass they could give. One had wood, another had rope- they could build an enclosure to protect them at night. Some had knowledge of how to help the sick and the weak ones. Some could be with them to watch over them. At first his children were unhappy. But little as they had, they gave what they could, and the herd began to grow. The cows became healthy and sleek. Their milk was good and nourishing. Before long, their cows became the ones that everyone wanted to buy. They kept some and sold some, and the herd kept increasing.
      Now I can be in peace, thought the old man - if my children learn how to give what little they can, and to share what they have, and to take care of what they have, then there will always be enough.

      This parable came to mind as we prayed for wisdom in the sweltering heat of the night in Niniyang. "We are poor and powerless - You must give to us a church building, a clinic, a preschool, teachers, supplies. Then we will be a church that will attract people."
"What are your strengths? Your gifts? Your ministries?", we ask. "We need money - then our ministry will be to have a church that can give education, health care and worship," was the reply. How to bless and empower without discouragement and without continuing to foster an unhealthy dependency? How to build a fully African church in its support, propagation, liturgy and government?

      The Confirmation service the next morning was held under a tree - the church had been destroyed by recent flooding (not the only one to have been lost to the floods in Gambella this rainy season). Grant preached on Matthew 28:16-20, the so-called Great Commission: a story about eleven disciples, some of them doubting, sent to change the world. They had no church buildings (or clinics, or schools) - nothing but the power and the Presence of Jesus - with them always: the same Jesus who had died on the cross at the hands of the religious and political authorities of his day, now claims to have all authority. Grant then laid hands on about forty Confirmands (most of them named Martha, it seemed) and commissioned them to go into the world with the message of God's love in the power of the Spirit.

      The first weeks in Gambella have been intense. After a beautiful service of Installation in Addis, with Ethiopian church leaders, international visitors and members of the diplomatic community as witnesses, we then headed to Part II. At the Gambella Installation there were a few more religious and political leaders - but mostly members of the churches from all around the Gambella region - some had travelled for two days to get there. Grant spoke to them about his hopes for this Diocesan Area - that they would be self-expanding (well, they do this already), self-governing (their next bishop should be an African!), self-supporting (they need to move away on depending on outsiders for everything) and self-theologizing (they need to be able to discern God's will for God's mission in this place). Not everyone liked these ideas, Grant soon discovered - especially the self-governing part: a small ethnic group worried that this would mean that the next bishop would be from a different ethnic group. Their fears may or may not be well-founded, but they are fears nonetheless. So they must be taken seriously - but they must also be healed by the perfect love of Jesus who casts out all fear. The self-supporting bit, well it just seemed to them to be impossible.

      In the meantime, we will continue with the self-expanding part (they can plant churches, these folks), and begin work on the self-theologizing - every month when they come to be paid, they will receive two days of theological education, something they have had little of, but which they yearn for.

      Come Holy Spirit - guide and empower us!

Grant and Wendy

Rt Rev Dr Grant LeMarquand and Dr Wendy LeMarquand are missionaries of SAMS-USA. Check out http://www.grantandwendy.com/

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 

11/20/2012, #50, 4th Quarter 2012

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, The Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. (Habakkuk 3:1-3)
      Holy Spirit, revive you work among us. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls -- yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:17-18 )
      Jesus, though I may go through hard times, help me daily make you my chief joy, for you are the God of my salvation. Thank you.

The LORD God is my strength; he will make my feet like deer's feet, and he will make me walk on my high hills. (Habakkuk 3:19)
      Father, you have done what I could not do -- you have given me work and ministry and joy in you day by day. Thank you for taking me to heights and making me your child. Let the river of your Spirit flow through our community and parish. Thank you.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hab. 3:1-10(11-15)16-18: James 3:1-12: Luke 17:1-10
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Mal. 1:1,6-14: James 3:13-4:12: Luke 17:11-19

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 20 For Christ to truly reign in all our hearts

Albany Intercessor


Monday, November 19, 2012

 

11/19/2012, #49, 4th Quarter 2012

A word received 11/17/12: Pray for my little ones who are invisible to the powerful.

A word received 11/18/12: Pray for my people who live with desolation.

"There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores." (Luke 16:19-21)
      Holy Spirit, give us eyes to see your little ones, the lost and the least, and give us hearts to respond to them.

"So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom." (Luke 16:22-23)
      Father, please help us take to heart that there is a day of judgment coming to all of us when some will be brought to everlasting life with you and others to everlasting shame and separation from you.

"Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'" (Luke 16:24)
      Lord Jesus, the rich man knew Lazarus' name and still saw him as someone to serve him. Help each of us recognize the poor among us and serve them.

"But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'" (Luke 16:25-26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize that the day of choice to help others is today. Today is the only day we can make that choice. Every day that comes to us is "today." Yesterday's choices are over and done with, tomorrow has not yet come.

"Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'" (Luke 16:27-31)
      Father, please help each of us appropriate Jesus' resurrection into our lives and choices. Thank you. "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)

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Hab. 2:1-4,9-20: James 2:14-26: Luke 16:19-31
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hab. 3:1-10(11-15)16-18: James 3:1-12: Luke 17:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 18 Vocations of young Adults to Holy Orders and the Religious Life and November 19 The work of the Salvation Army

***** Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Cathedral Prayer table reports. November 7 and 14th Very Cold both days! Beth Collum, Candy Palumbo, Jana Lingo, Dcn Sue
Dave - prayed for all who are still suffering from affects of Hurricane Sandy
Candy - Heather , Jay, Michael, Stephanie for decreased anxiety - provision and for new opportunities to become available
Doug - for employment
Tricia - Friend Fred shattered his knee when he tripped and fell.
Paul - Prayer over our Nation and Congress that they will come together
Trinity Church - prayers fro Hudson Shores Apartments Complex, that God would provide a bible study group opportunity
Sharon - Tereka, Jim and Sock the cat
Dave and Alba - again prayed for victims of Sandy, provision and help for needs
Paul - Victims of Sandy epecially village St Luke in the fields for Brian and his difficulties
Sylvia - wanted a bible for her daughter
Sue - prayers for Dcn Christine - healing

***** Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2012
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail for November 19
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, as you are able.
      1) Even though Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Belize, it is a short week in Belize, as well, since Monday is Garifuna Settlement Day - a national holiday in Belize.
      2) Course development work continues.
      3) There was another very good Internet course lecture time this past Saturday.
      Prayer requests:
      1) For safe holiday travel and good celebrations this week.
      2) For our family members.
      3) For the students and the courses, to the glory of God.
      4) For the plans to visit the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania in March, and plans to visit Belize after Easter.
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+, SAMS missionaries, as well as missionaries of the Diocese of Albany, Serving globally.

***** Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28 )
      And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Joel 2: 32)
      Father God, we call upon You and your Holy Spirit to come in great power. Come in great power and bless and fill to overflowing Father Shaw and Mother Julie and all their family, especially Lydia. Also Lord, please pour out your Spirit on all the students in Belize. May there be gifts of prophecy and dreams and visions among all the people. And may this accomplish the ultimate purpose that everyone will call upon your name and be saved.
      Lord, we say special prayers today for your servant, Velda. We know that she is resting in your heavenly kingdom. Lord, bring comfort to all of Velda's family and her friends.
      Thank You for her great faith and her witness to her family. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, November 17, 2012

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, November 17, 2012, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene Chesnut and Torre Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady on State St. and Candy Palumbo from Trinity Watervliet and Mark Pasko from St. Michael's Colonie on Albany St.

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

State St.

G Jim -- He said, "He blesses me every day."

+a Wendy -- She asked prayer for Veronica who has cancer.

+aG Will -- "Anything."

+aG Carlos -- He is starting doing Community Service at Christ Church. We prayed that it would go well for him.

Louise -- We prayed for her son Joey in the Marines who has an injured back.

+G Blake -- He broke his hip, is using a walker and is in a lot of pain. He spent 6 weeks in traction.

+Lisa

+a Andrew -- He asked prayers for his family and that everyone would have a good Thanksgiving.

+a Danny and +a Latten -- Danny had been to the prayer table before, Latten was new in town. Danny asked prayer for a "good life" and Latten asked prayer for "comfort." Both men were blessed by the prayer table.

+a Josh -- He asked prayer for his brother, Bo, who is having trouble seeing his daughter. We prayed for peace for Bo. Josh said he had a job interview in a few minutes. We prayed for that.

+ Melonie and her daughter + Heather -- They gave thanks for all that was good for them.

+Scott and +Patty -- We prayed they would have a good Thanksgiving.

+a Bill -- "World peace." We also prayed for peace on the streets of Schenectady and for everybody to have a good Thanksgiving.

Eric (Pastor of Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) --We prayed for his family and the Macedonia congregation. He said the people down in his congregation in Far Rockaway are really suffering.

a Jan -- We prayed for her last week. She got the apartment we prayed for last week. We prayed that she would be able to move into it this week.

Darlene -- She said her son Owen has a seasonal job with UPS. We prayed for a long-term job for him. He is currently attending an archaeological conference in Chicago.

G (A man walked over from the Albany St. prayer table which had run out of gloves to hand out. They suggested he try our table.)

Paula (regular) -- We prayed for her whole family. They are all going to New Jersey for Thanksgiving.

Albany St.

+Alven -- Asked prayer for sobriety. Going to Narcotics Anonymous.

+HG Deborah -- She has MS. She asked prayer for her family and for mental health.

A Supervisor for the Women's Center at the Albany City Mission.

D enise -- She asked prayer for continued sobriety, success at her new job and to be hired beyond the Christmas season.

Gerome -- Protection and daily provision.

+G Elijah, Aden (4 months old, son) -- Daily provision

+HG Pat -- Family and daily needs.

+Terrell -- family, strength, daily provision.

Heather, Jay -- finances
Michael -- finances and that he would continue to not smoke.
Katy and Vennessa -- pregnancy

+Gerome -- He is in a shelter, homeless.

Mark -- For his spiritual discernment and trusting and accepting God's will.

+H Zaterah -- family, protection, daily provision.

+HG Al's discernment and Margaret -- Headache.
+HG Margaret -- Prayer for pain in her head.

Mary Ellen and her Dad -- Health.

Linda -- Health, depression

Sean -- (Hit and run blessing)

++ Adrea -- Lord

+H Sandorg -- General Prayer for family and health.


 

11/17/2012, #48, 4th Quarter 2012

"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Luke 16:13)
      Jesus, we are so double-minded. Help us daily make the choice to serve you.

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "You stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool," have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. (James 2:1-9)
      Holy Spirit, direct our hearts and our feet so that we go out to the highways and byways and bring to the wedding feast of the Lamb all who are willing.

      Father, give us a heart for the poor, the lost, and the lonely, and bring them into the wedding feast you have prepared for them.

A word received: Pray for my little ones who are invisible to the powerful.

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Joel 3:9-17: James 2:1-13: Luke 16:10-17(18 )
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Hab. 1:1-4(5-11)12-2:1: Phil. 3:13-4:1: Matt. 23:13-24
HC: Mark 13:14-23; Hebrews 10:31-39; Daniel 12:1-4a(5-13); Psalm 16 or 16:5-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 17 The Venerable Barbara Hanstine

***** Date: Mon, 12 Nov 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 HealingEucharist on Saturday, November 17 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/.

***** St. Paul's Greenwich Prayer Table Report, Thursday, November 15, 2012, 2:30-3:30 pm. Stephen Stewart, Kate Dashiell and Audrey Slade.

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

+Alyssa-prayer for her father, David, who has health complications.

Beth- stopped her car and asked for prayer for her car ride to Gilbertsville.

Mary- asked for prayer for Greenwich, America, and Jeruselum

***** Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012
From: Bob Haskell
Subject: Paul Bailey
      Paul Bailey went in St. Elizabeth’s, Utica last night (Thur night) He has an intestinal problem which might be dangerous for him. Please pray that any obstructions be removed and that everything work well. -Bob
The Rev. Robert F Haskell, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Albany

***** Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: True story... Whats your final destination?
      I was on a plane, wearing my clergy collar on my way to Lead a combat veterans retreat. A man sitting next to me said, "Whats your final destination?" I replied with a smile, "Heaven" He thought that was hilarious... I then said, "Washington..."
NM+

Albany Intercessor


Friday, November 16, 2012

 

11/16/2012, #47, 4th Quarter 2012

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; (James 1:19)
      LORD, please help us to lay aside fretting, anxiety, and wrath; help us to be swift to hear what the other person is saying, and slow to speak.

for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20)
      LORD, I get so angry about the evil being done in the Episcopal Church; please help me daily turn to you and lay aside my wrath.

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21)
      Holy Spirit, help me receive your word in my heart and in my mind. Thank you.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (James 1:22-24)
      Father, help me to actually do your word and your will and not just mouth the words.

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)
      Holy Spirit, help me daily look into your perfect law of liberty and be guided in my deeds and words by your word to me.

Friday: 88 * 91, 92; Joel 2:28-3:8: James 1:16-27: Luke 16:1-9
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Joel 3:9-17: James 2:1-13: Luke 16:10-17(18 )

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 16 Thanksgiving for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit The Rev’d Mark Diebel

***** On Friday, November 16 at 7 pm, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Mark Kelso and Brooke Bernthon. The preacher will be Steve Hart. This is a very relaxed service. Come when you can and stay as long as the Lord leads. If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord please plan to attend. We will be speaking about the gift of Prophecy in the Church. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! These services are always a powerful time with the Lord and you will be blessed!

***** Date: Mon, 12 Nov 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 HealingEucharist on Saturday, November 17 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/ http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:15 - 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
a--indicates anointing with Holy water

Dan -- A young man who had led a fairly wild life recently died as a believer in Jesus Christ. He was rejected by his parents. We prayed for his parents and the whole situation.

a Peter (regular) -- Connie and the baby are doing well. We prayed for his father George and his brother George.

+a Maurice (he runs the men's shelter) -- We prayed for God's anointing on him as he worked.

Reggie -- He came up and prayed for Jean when he heard that she turned 82 on Wednesday.

a Smiley -- He talked about his ministry to the volunteers who came from various churches to serve at the evening meals. He talked about how he to help them relax and enjoy their volunteer work. We prayed for an anointing on him as he did this.

a Gary -- He had many concerns: his family, his back, and the Mission. He gave thanks that his wife Debbie is doing well now.

a Eleanor -- She a home health aide and finds the work fairly stressful. She got a cross for her boyfriend +Gerald who is in a state prison.

a Jerry (regular) -- His grandson Jerret is doing well. Neal still does not have a prosthetic leg that fits him properly. Donita (with ovarian cancer) is still the same. A friend Teresa just discovered that she has a rare form of cancer on her finger and the doctors are going to amputate the finger. They are concerned that it might have spread to her lymph nodes.

Michael (very angry) -- We prayed after he left against any demonic attack and for a filling with the Holy Spirit.

Evelyn -- She was distressed about First Methodist Church on State St. being vandalized and that this would compromise the good work that church does.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, November 15, 2012

 

11/15/2012, #46, 4th Quarter 2012

James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. (James 1:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be faithful and true servants of Jesus.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (James 1:2-3)
      Lord Jesus Christ, help us keep our attention on you as we go through the trials that lie ahead.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, you led the Children of Israel through the wilderness; lead this diocese and Bishop Bill through the wilderness that the Episcopal Church has become. Bring us to that maturity and perfection that come from trusting your guidance.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
      Father, please give Bishop Bill and the leaders of this diocese wisdom in dealing with the attacks from the national church.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us ask in faith, never doubting in your guidance and love.

For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:7-8 )
      Jesus, we pray for the double-minded among us -- those who claim to be part of your church, yet they call evil good and good evil. Have mercy on us and on them. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me; I AM the way through your troubles.

Thursday: [83] or 23,27 * 85, 86; Joel 2:21-27: James 1:1-15: Luke 15:1-2,11-32
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; Joel 2:28-3:8: James 1:16-27: Luke 16:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 15 For Increase in the Daughters of the King The Rev’d Allen Peyton

***** On Friday, November 16 at 7 pm, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Mark Kelso and Brooke Bernthon. The preacher will be Steve Hart. This is a very relaxed service. Come when you can and stay as long as the Lord leads. If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord please plan to attend. We will be speaking about the gift of Prophecy in the Church. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! These services are always a powerful time with the Lord and you will be blessed!

***** Date: Mon, 12 Nov 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 HealingEucharist on Saturday, November 17 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/.

***** Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Velda update
      Dear friends in Christ, Thank you for your prayers for Velda [in Belize]. I have been informed that she has died. In the process of notifying me, someone mentioned that over the course of her life, she had been a member of over 30 church committees. She will be missed. God bless you, Shaw+ and on behalf of Julie.

***** Beaver Cross 2013 Registration now open! Register early and get gifts... Registration for 2013 Beaver Cross Camp is now open! And this year we are offering a Christmas special of 10% off every week of camp for which you register before December 25th , plus an additional Christmas gift from us of your choosing (choices include a Beaver Stuffed Animal, Beaver Cross Duffle Bag, or Beaver Cross T-shirt). This is a great deal so if you are planning to send your kids to camp this summer please don't miss out on this opportunity! Registration forms can be found on the Beaver Cross website: http://beavercrosscamp.com/registration-camp-forms/ or you can call us to register at (518 )-692-9550.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 

11/14/2012, #45, 4th Quarter 2012

Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to him to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." So he spoke this parable to them, saying: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:1-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please give each of us a heart to go out searching for the lost sheep.

      Jesus, please help us bring that great joy to your Father in heaven when we bring a lost sheep back into the flock.

      Father, help the parishes of this diocese line up with your priorities: help us go out searching for the lost and the least instead of spending all our time and efforts on those who have no need of repentance.

      Jesus, thank you that you receive and eat with sinners. Thank you for inviting me to your table.

A word received: Look to me when you are weary.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Joel 2:12-19: Rev. 19:11-21: Luke 15:1-10
Thursday: [83] or 23,27 * 85, 86; Joel 2:21-27: James 1:1-15: Luke 15:1-2,11-32

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 14 Thanksgiving for the Holy Scriptures

***** On Friday, November 16 at 7 pm, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Mark Kelso and Brooke Bernthon. The preacher will be Steve Hart. This is a very relaxed service. Come when you can and stay as long as the Lord leads. If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord please plan to attend. We will be speaking about the gift of Prophecy in the Church. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! These services are always a powerful time with the Lord and you will be blessed!

***** 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.

***** Date: Mon, 12 Nov 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 HealingEucharist on Saturday, November 17 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/.

***** Today is Jean's 82nd birthday!

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

 

11/13/2012, #44, 4th Quarter 2012

But he made his own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; (Psalm 78:52)
      Jesus, shepherd us in the wilderness that the Episcopal Church has become.

And he led them on safely, so that they did not fear; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. (Psalm 78:53)
      Jesus, lead us on safely and overwhelm those who hate your Word.

And he brought them to his holy border, this mountain which his right hand had acquired. (Psalm 78:54)
      Holy Spirit, guide us into the provision you have for us.

He also drove out the nations before them, allotted them an inheritance by survey, and made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. (Psalm 78:55)
      Holy Father, drive out from among us all who hate you and your ways and bring us into the inheritance you have prepared for us. Thank you

Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, and did not keep his testimonies, (Psalm 78:56)
      Holy Spirit, change the hearts of those in the Episcopal Church who call evil good and good evil.

A word received: Keep your eyes on me.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11): Rev. 19:1-10: Luke 14:25-35
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Joel 2:12-19: Rev. 19:11-21: Luke 15:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 13 The Rev’d Linda Servetas

***** On Friday, November 16 at 7 pm, St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be offered by Mark Kelso and Brooke Bernthon. The preacher will be Steve Hart. This is a very relaxed service. Come when you can and stay as long as the Lord leads. If you have a heart for revival and/or desire a deeper relationship with the Lord please plan to attend. We will be speaking about the gift of Prophecy in the Church. We hope to see you there, and bring a friend! These services are always a powerful time with the Lord and you will be blessed!

***** 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.

***** Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: PT report, ST. ANN's of AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Nov. 12, 2012; 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m., in front of our church on Division Street. It was an astoundingly war, gorgeous day straight out of August today, but many visitors to the table availed themselves of our offer for gloves, hats and socks to keep warm during the winter. Our parishioners are supporting the need to help our neighbors who need clothing to get through the hard times ahead. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t--received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
(Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil today.)

ETHEL -- This older Roman Catholic woman stops EVERY Monday and hugs me and says something supportive. Today she said, "God boless you. You make my day every time I see you out here for us!"

t--LYNETTE -- A first-time visitor, this woman asked for prayer for "... all those who have suffered and are still suffering in Long Island, New York and New Jersey from what happened with the storm Sandy."

ANNA -- She received prayer for "my family's protection" and was very, very grateful to receive winter clothing articles.

DAVID -- This Navy veteran was asking prayer of God'srotection for his young friend DAVID, who is currently serving a military stint in Afghanistan with the Marines.

REBECCA -- She asked for prayer for continued healing for her godfather RALPH, who earlier this summer was fighting for his life but (she says) is doing MUCH better since she came to the prayer table multiple times on his behalf. Rebecca is a hard-working young woman who cares for three children as a single mother. Ralph is in a nursing home in St. Johnsville, and Rebecca is the only family he has. She THANKS YOU for your prayers!

t,t -- CHRIS -- This man asked for prayer for protection and provision for his wife and children as he struggles to "male ends meet." He, too, was very grateful for winter articles for all members of his family.

***** Date: Mon, 12 Nov 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, November 17 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/.

***** Check out the Dock Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland: http://the-dock.org/
      Can you believe it? The DOCK turns three on Thursday 15th November. It's now a toddler!
      Every year we have celebrated The DOCK's birthday as a way of marking all the progress of the past year.
      On 15/11/09, we met in the open air
      On 15/11/10, we hired the Pump House Cafe
      On 15/11/11, we used an empty shop unit at the ARC
      And now, on 15/11/12, we have a home... Belfast's first and only Honesty Box Cafe, the setting for countless friendships and events and conversations throughout this amazing year, the place where the welcome is always warm, the sofas are always squashy and the kettle is always on...
      So much to be thankful for - such an incredible year. And so the DOCK's birthday this year is our 'Thanksgiving Day'. There will be a 'Reasons to be Thankful' wall in the cafe all day - extra-specially yummy food available - and in the evening, at 7pm, we'll gather for a birthday party to beat them all, with cake, music, stories, all you can eat and drink - and worship so we can give thanks to God for all these gifts.
      I'd LOVE for you to join us - see you there! Chris
      PS There's also a fine and noble tradition of Dock-themed birthday cakes every year - will the tradition be maintained in 2012? Over to you, Mum...

Albany Intercessor


Monday, November 12, 2012

 

11/12/2012, #43, 4th Quarter 2012

The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. (Joel 1:1)
      Jesus, let your word come to the people of this diocese.

Hear this, you elders, and give ear, all you inhabitants of the land! Has anything like this happened in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? (Joel 1:2)
      Father, please give ears to hear you and eyes and hearts to see and recognize and respond to what you are doing among us.

Tell your children about it, let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. (Joel 1:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us share the Good News with the next generation.

A word received: Come, follow me.

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Joel 1:1-13: Rev. 18:15-24: Luke 14:12-24
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11): Rev. 19:1-10: Luke 14:25-35

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 12 Counseling Service Satellites

***** Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer Mail for November 11
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail.
      It has been another interesting week. I am glad to have Lydia with us (I am also glad to be keeping in touch with the rest of my family). We continue to adjust to the new path ahead. I am pleased with the way things are going, but then, I am an optimist.
      In the midst of it all was veterans day, a time to honor those who have sacrificed their time and talent in the service of our country. And there was elections day.
      And what comes to mind today is one of my students in Belize (and a Cursillista), Velda. She is a true "veteran of the faith" if you will, not in the military sense, but in the sense of being a life-long saint. Velda has entered a medically induced coma, and tomorrow, her family will have to make a tough decision.
      I am humbled by the observation that another of our students emailed to me about Velda, today: "I saw Velda last night and her hand was on the study Bible. Her children said that she referred to it constantly as she taught members of her family."
      The study Bible was the study bible version that I felt led to ask the students to get for the courses and which the Diocese of Belize provided the students for that reason a few months ago. You just never know what God will do with his gifts.
      1) We survived the storm of the week without a problem or a snowflake. My brother had 5 inches of snow in Connecticut.
      2) With editorial help from family members and with suggestions from students, I continue to develop additional teaching materials for the Belize courses. Thank you, every one.
Prayer requests:
      1) For Velda and her family.
      2) For our family. Each of us has our own challenges and opportunities, including Lydia's next steps.
      3) For the students and the courses.
      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.
      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


Sunday, November 11, 2012

 

11/11/2012, #42, 4th Quarter 2012

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! (Psalm 146:1)
      LORD, I praise you and thank you for restoring my soul.

While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 146:2)
      Holy Spirit, help me daily sing the praises of Jesus as long as I live.

Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. (Psalm 146:3)
      Father, please help me daily place my confidence in you and look to your hand for my provision. (See 1 Kings 17:8-16)

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish. (Psalm 146:4)
      Jesus, we've just been through all the noise and confusion of the election; help us recognize what is truly eternal and what will pass away.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God, (Psalm 146:5)
      LORD, Jacob had to wrestle with you to enter into your blessing. Help us strive to enter your rest and blessing. (See Hebrews 4:11)

Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever, (Psalm 146:6)
      Father, truth is to be found in you and your Word, Jesus. Jesus, you are the way, the truth and the life.

Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.
the LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.
(Psalm 146:7)
      Jesus, set all the captives to sin free; give justice for the oppressed and food and lodging for the hungry and homeless. Thank you.

The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; the LORD raises those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. (Psalm 146:8 )
      LORD, open the eyes of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and the other leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church. LORD, you love the righteous: 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 diocese and parishes. Thank you.

The LORD watches over the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turns upside down. (Psalm 146:9)
      Jesus, watch over the aliens among us and relieve the fatherless and widows. Protect all those who have been caught up in the welfare system and help them get back on their feet.

The LORD shall reign forever-- your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 146:10)
      Jesus, come and rule and reign in our hearts. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care -- look to me for help in time of need.

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Ecclus. 51:13-22 or Ezra 10:1-17;: 1 Cor. 14:1-12: Matt. 20:1-16
HC: Mark 12:38-44; Hebrews 9:24-28; 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 146 or 146:4-9
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Joel 1:1-13: Rev. 18:15-24: Luke 14:12-24

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 11 Bishop William Love and for all veterans The Rev’d Michael Jones

***** Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012
From: Joann E Ferris
Subject: Prayer Table Report Zion , Colton --Prayer Table --Cold Brook Dr. S. Colton
Fri. Nov.9, 2012 --- 10:00 am to 11:30 am Overcast, low 30's Joann E. Ferris

Jerry --- I can always use prayer --asked for prayers as he took a senior for appt.

Jim --- just smiled when I asked and changed the subject.

Roland ---He backed his truck up and pulled over. Yes he would like prayer ---we all could use prayer. No anointing as he was hunting. Asked prayers for getting a deer. He started his conversation by asking what he could do for me --I explained what I was doing and asked if he would like prayer. after prayer --he actually offered me money ---I said No thanks prayer is freely given.

a---Arlene ---Pain in her chest and for her husband Edwin

Man ---smoking in his car and going very fast.

Driver --as he passed by as he had given his approval by blinking his headlights.

***** Encouraging: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9667071/Justin-Welby-is-the-Alpha-male-tosave-the-Church-of-England.html

***** Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2012
From: Ginnie Grupinski
For: Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman
      It seems that we have been getting slammed with attack in a lot of the pioneering work we are doing here. All at once it seems that it is coming from every direction. Please pray for break though and for safety and for the Lord's clear guidance for us, we would really appreciate it. much love, Linda

Please pray according to Psalm 91, Isaiah 54:17

Deuternomy 28:1-14, especially this: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.....blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.. The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. vss.3a,6-7 vs. 8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hands to. THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL BLESS YOU IN THE LAND HE IS GIVING YOU. Please pray and declare this truth for the outreach in Peru. Thank you all for your faithfulness to hold the Chapmans in your hearts and in your prayers. Your work of prayer is as important as the work they do on the ground.
In Him, Ginnie

***** Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2012
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2)
      Holy Spirit, come. Come with all your power and might. Rest upon Father Shaw. Fill him completely as he prepares lessons about You. Be with all his students as they reflect upon You and learn how to live in the power of You, Holy Spirit. May Father Shaw and his students be full of the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
      We pray these words for all of the Mudge family as well. Be with them Lord. May each member know the love of Jesus Christ and the joy of His Spirit, and ever grow in You according to your perfect will. Amen.

Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)
      Holy Spirit, wash over me that I might live daily in Your truth and understanding and be born anew in the Kingdom of God. Amen. (From a document of the Daughters of the King)
      Holy Spirit, wash over Father Shaw. Holy Spirit wash over Mother Julie and Lydia and Hannah and Ruth. Holy Spirit wash over all the students in Belize. May all live daily in Your truth and understanding. May they be born anew everyday in Your Kingdom. Dwell in them and swell in them so that they may do their parts in the growing of Your Kingdom. Amen.

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