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Monday, December 31, 2012

 

12/31/2012, #89, 4th Quarter 2012

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12)
      Jesus, please help us follow you so that we may walk in your light.

      Holy Spirit, direct our steps day by day.

      Holy Father, please help us daily make the choice to follow Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me daily for light.

Dec. 31: 46, 48 * --; Isa. 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: --; * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6
Holy Name, Jan. 1: 103 * 148; Gen. 17:1-12a, 15-16; Col. 2:6-12; John 16:23b-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 31 Thanksgivings for the blessings of 2012

***** Diocese of Albany
Sunday evening, December 30, 2012

Good evening all,

On Christmas Day, Bishop Ball was admitted to the hospital and since then a number of tests, consultations, etc. have taken place. I will spare you all of the details, but suffice it to say for those of you receiving this as a first email, that his neck has continued to degrade and surgery is necessary.

Monday morning he will undergo surgery to fuse his head and the top part of his spine. This is very delicate surgery and his age complicates the procedure because of the anesthesia. I will send out an email late Monday and advise you all on the results.

For now, I ask you to pray the prayer below. We prayed this at the Cathedral this morning. It starts with the Litany for Healing for all who are on our hearts and minds, and ends with a specific prayer for Bp. Ball.

Thank you for your love and support of him.

Dean Collum

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers.

(Audibly name those for whom you are interceding.)

God the Father, your will for all people is health and salvation;
We praise you and thank you, O Lord

God the Son, you came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly;
We praise and thank you, O Lord.

God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence;
We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Holy Trinity, one God, in you we live and move and have our being;
We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or disabled, that they may be made whole;
Hear us, O Lord of life.

Grant to all who seek your guidance, and to all who are lonely, anxious, or despondent, a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence;
Hear us, O Lord of life.

Mend broken relationships, and restore those in emotional distress to soundness of mind and serenity of spirit;
Hear us, O Lord of life.

Bless physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the suffering, grant them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience;
Hear us, O Lord of life.

Grant to the dying peace and a holy death, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit those who are bereaved;
Hear us, O Lord of life.

Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world;
Hear us, O Lord of life.

You are the Lord who does wonders:
You have declared your power among the peoples.

With you, O Lord, is the well of life:
And in your light we see light.

Hear us, O Lord of life:
Heal us, and make us whole.

We offer before God our prayers for Bishop Ball on the eve of his surgery: Strengthen your servant David, O God, to do what he has to do and bear what he has to bear; that, accepting your healing gifts through the skill of surgeons and nurses, he may be restored to full health with a thankful heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The prayer concludes with the following

LORD our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen

***** I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, December 30, 2012

 

12/30/2012, #88, 4th Quarter 2012

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2)
      Jesus, please help us make a new beginning with you. Do a work of repentance and renewal in us so that we start the new year clearn and fresh with you.

All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
      Lord, we are your own creation, we are stamped with your image -- help us give ourselves freely to you. (See Matthew 22:15-22, the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.)

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
      Jesus, help us see by your light and enter into the new life you offer us.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)
      Lord Jesus Christ, let the light of your Holy Spirit shine forth in our lives and drive the darkness away.

      Father, let the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit bring us to new life in Jesus. Thank you.

      I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley

First Sunday after Christmas; 93, 96 * 34; Isa. 62:6-7,10-12; Heb. 2:10-18; Matt. 1:18-25
First Sunday      147      Isaiah 61:10—62:3
after Christmas       or 147:13-21      Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
            John 1:1-18
Dec. 31: 46, 48 * --; Isa. 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: --; * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 30 The Rev’d Barbara Morgan

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 29, 2012, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Carol MacNaughton and Torre Bissell on State St. and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

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

State St.

STEVE (regular) -- We prayed for blessings and that he would go forward step by step.

a BILL (regular) -- We prayed for protection from seizures and for companionship. He asked prayers for ROSE and BARBARA.

+JOHN -- He asked prayer for health.

JACKIE and TOM -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+++ JANICE (woman) -- We prayed that she would speak to others of God's love. She took crosses to give out to others.

+a PARM (young man) -- We prayed that he would grow into the manhood that God had for him.

++DAN -- He asked for crosses to pass out. We prayed for his headache.

+a DEBRA -- She was in tears: her daughter had dropped the duaghter's 20 year old son on her and cursed her out when she said she needed to take him back. Debra has only a one-bedroom apartment and the daughter has a three-bedroom apartment. The daughter had sent Debra several abusive text messages. Debra announced that she wanted to leave the problem with Jesus and deleted all the messages from her cell phone.

We prayed for a WOMAN walking by muttering and talking to herself. We saw her last week as well.

a MOSES -- He is still dry and sober. We prayed for continued sobriety.

+a RAYMOND -- He asked prayer that his Social Security money would start to come in January 1st.

+a DENETIN (man) -- "I need prayer." We prayed he would be God's man.
+a KEVIN (man) -- We prayed he would be God's man and that God would strengthen him. These two men came together for prayer.

Albany St.

LADIMA (girl walking by) -- Sent blessings for the day.

+ CHANECY (man just released from prison Dec. 12th) -- He asked prayer for protection and to stay strong during parole.

Prayed for BLACK -- man walking by, sent blessings for the day.

Gentleman walking by in red coat.

RICHIE and KEISHA (wife) -- They asked prayer for KEYSHON (15 year old son) and for daily blessings. Richie was released from prison, out 20 months. Prayers for protection, that he would stay clean, and for family. He is coming out with a book in April: Prison Lessons He asked for a church and gave his phone number and lives in Rotterdam. [Intercessor was uncomfortable with him and felt something wasn't right so we have not followed up with a phone call.]

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, December 29, 2012

 

12/29/2012, #87, 4th Quarter 2012

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (John 7:37)
      Jesus, I come to you thirsty for more of you in my life; help me drink deeply of you.

He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38 )
      Holy Spirit, let the river flow!

But this he spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)
      Father, you have glorified your son Jesus and he now sits at your right hand, help all who believe in him receive the full power and anointing of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your peace.

Dec. 29: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; Isa. 12:1-6; Rev. 1:1-8; John 7:37-52
First Sunday after Christmas; 93, 96 * 34; Isa. 62:6-7,10-12; Heb. 2:10-18; Matt. 1:18-25
Christmas Day I      96      Isaiah 9:2-4,6-7
      or 96:1-4,11-12      Titus 2:11-14
            Luke 2:1-14(15-20)
Christmas Day II      97      Isaiah 62:6-7,10-12
      or 97:1-4,11-12      Titus 3:4-7
            Luke 2:(1-14)15-20
Christmas Day III      98       Isaiah 52:7-10
      or 98:1-6      Hebrews 1:1-12
            John 1:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 29 The Rev’d Dr. Gary Kriss

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer
Fri 12/28/2012
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. (Proverbs 1: 2-5)
      As we approach a new year, Lord, we thank You for every blessing that you bestowed upon Father Shaw and his students in 2012 and we ask for more of the same in 2013. May both teacher and pupil know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight, receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity. May they give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth. Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. Amen.

***** December 28, 2012 Urbana Missions Conference Prayer Request
SAMS Messenger
      May you and your family be filled to overflowing with the joy of Jesus this Christmastide! Today is the first full day of the Urbana Student Missions Conference. I encourage you to lift up to the Lord the participants and our SAMS Team here in St. Louis. There are approximately 17,000 university students here, many of whom are seeking the Lord's will for their next steps in vocation. Our SAMS Team desires to help students connect where God is calling.

***** Update on Bishop Ball and request for prayers
Friday, December 28, 2012
      Good day all,
      I wanted to provide you an update regarding Bishop Ball.
      Bishop Ball was at the Cathedral at the Christmas Eve 4 pm Service where he offered the final blessing.
      On Christmas Day he was experiencing "vertigo like" symptoms and was admitted to St. Peter's Hospital. When he arrived at the hospital those symptoms began to take on the look of a "mini-stroke" (TIA).
      Over the last several days the doctors and staff have sorted out the situation. We have known the the vertebrae in his neck are not healing, but what has become apparent is that the neck brace is not fully doing its intended job.
      His head now leans substantially to the right, this has lead to an artery developing inclusions which reduces blood flow to the brain which they believe is the source of the "vertigo like/mini-stroke like" symptoms.
      Another brace will not work. After consultation with a number of doctors the Bishop has decided to have surgery in an attempt to fuse the vertebrae. This is delicate surgery and comes with some risk. All of that is exacerbated by his health and age, but there is really no other choice. To give you some perspective, the Bishop cannot lift his arm and feed himself without substantial pain.
      He is being transferred to Albany Med where the surgery can be performed. Before the surgery, he will have to be in traction for several days to allow proper alignment.
      Calling him on the phone is a challenge, as he has difficulty picking up the phone unless someone is there.
      Please don't visit yet. They are making the transfer between hospitals today and I expect he will spend the better part of the day getting settled.
      Please pray.
      God bless you,
Dean Collum

***** Our first great-grandchild: Madelynn, with Herman and Taylor (parents)

Albany Intercessor


Friday, December 28, 2012

 

12/28/2012, #86, 4th Quarter 2012

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: "A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more." (Matthew 2:16-18 )
      Holy Spirit, give us hearts like Rachel's to weep and lament for all the innocents who are daily put to death.

      Father, you know what it is to have your own child killed; comfort all those parents who grieve over the untimely death of their children.

      Jesus, even at the last minute you brought peace and comfort to the dying thief on the cross beside you. Comfort and bring into your kingdom all those who turn to you, even at the last minutes of their lives. Thank you.

A word received: I AM the One who gives the increase.

Holy Innocents, December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18
Dec. 29: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; Isa. 12:1-6; Rev. 1:1-8; John 7:37-52


      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 28 For a new start in every life The Rev’d Anthony Morris

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre 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

+ Woman with diabetes and depression who had a full right knee replacement three weeks ago. She wants to get back to work quickly. She doesn't like sitting alone in her apartment.

+a Richard -- He has come back to the mission after falling apart spiritually and physically. Pray that his body will be quickly cleansed of the cocaine, pot, and alcohol he consumed this past week. He is determined to stay connected with the fellowship now and do whatever he has to do to get on the right track with Jesus. He has learned that he needs to reach out to others for help in time of need.

+a Corey (man) -- We prayed that he will be God's man.

+a Reggie (man) -- We prayed that he would speak God's word to those who need to hear it.

a Charlie -- His housing situation is good and he is making progress.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, December 27, 2012

 

12/27/2012, #85, 4th Quarter 2012

This he spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he said to him, "Follow Me." Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on his breast at the supper, and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays you?" Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" (John 21:19a-21)
      Jesus, help us truly heed your call to follow you, whenever and wherever you ask us to go.

      Holy Spirit, help us lay aside concerns about what others will think or say if we follow Jesus.

      Father, please help us as we follow Jesus to make your love for us known to others.

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
      Thank you, Father, for giving us your light to see by.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily have fellowship with Jesus and walk in his light.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
      Thank you, Jesus, that your blood cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8 )
      Holy Spirit, protect us and your whole church from self-deception. So many are calling good evil and evil good.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
      Jesus, please help us confess our sins to you and ask for and RECEIVE INTO OUR HEARTS YOUR FORGIVENESS SO THAT WE WILL KNOW WE ARE CLEAN. Thank you.

A word received: Put your trust in me.

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


"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105 When I was a lay missionary teacher with the Order of the Holy Cross (a monastic order of the Episcopal Church) in Bolahun, Liberia (1962-1963) there were times when I traveled at night using what was called a "bush lantern" (probably what we would call a Hurricane Lantern). Those walking trips through the jungle and the verse above from Psalm 119 have become for me a model of the Christian life. The lantern didn't give off much light, but it did give enough to show me the next step or two. Since I carried it by its wire handle, the lantern was down low next to my feet. Because the lantern was low, any bushes or grass beside the path would throw up large, frightening shadows which I would see if I took my eyes off the light at my feet. Sometimes as I approached a village, I would see the cooking fires in the distance. Their light was a reassurance that I was heading in the right direction, but was useless for seeing where to place the next step. For that I still had to rely on the light from my lantern – going a step at a time. Jesus, I want to walk as a child of the light, please help me to clearly see the next step you want me to take. Thank you.

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 27 For all parishes dedicated to St. John the Evangelist The Rev’d Donna Arnold

***** Diocesan Offices Closed Thursday Dec 27, Due to the snowstorm, the Diocesan Office in Albany is closed today, Thursday, December 27. If you have an emergency and need to contact the staff, call Cn Jerry Carroll at 518 265-7600.

***** Diocesan Update Wed 12/26/2012
      A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany
Holy Innocents' Prayer Service to Honor Victims at Sandy Hook Elementary
      In first-century Palestine, King Herod the Great feared being replaced by Jesus, a newborn infant king, so he ordered the slaughter of all male children under two years old in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. How many were killed is unknown, but for centuries the Christian Church has honored these innocent children as martyrs.
      On the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Friday, December 28 at 6 pm, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Cobleskill will host an ecumenical prayer service to honor and remember the innocent children (and their self-sacrificing teachers and administrators) massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT, approximately two weeks ago.
      The community is welcome and inivited to come and offer their prayers, hear inspiration from Scripture, and sing uplifting hymns. The church is at 121 St. Christopher Place, below the Cobleskill Regional Hospital off Grandview Drive. For more information, call 518-234-3912 or email stchrisoffice@gmail.com.
Read the Bible in a Year
      At the 2012 General Convention, a resolution was passed encouraging every member of The Episcopal Church to read the Bible in its entirety over the course of 2013. The Diocese of Albany is encouraging all of its members to participate in this worthy endeavor. In order to support you in this, links are now available to various plans to read the Bible in a year, so you can choose the plan that will best help you to stay on track and finish the Bible in one year. To provide even more support in this journey, Dean David Collum and Deacon Jill Stellman of the Cathedral will be blogging about their experiences, struggles and insights while following one of the plans listed in the link below. To view information about these plans or to follow the links to them or to the Dean and/or Deacon Stellman's blog sites, click http://www.thecathedralofallsaints.org/teaching/bible-in-a-year/ .
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, First Quarter 2013
      The First Quarter Diocesan Cycle of prayer has been posted on the Diocesan homepage. Click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/ and go to the bottom of the page to download a pdf version.
      Women's Epiphany Retreat - Registration Deadline Fast Approaching!
      Tired from the fast pace of the holiday season? Do you want to rest after the busy-ness of Christmas? Or do you just need some "light" in the "darkness" of winter? Then join us for "Anointed With the Holy Spirit," the 2013 Women's Epiphany Retreat. The retreat runs from 5 pm on Friday, January 11th through 1 pm on Sunday, January 13th. Hear light-hearted and inspiring teaching and participate in activities for the refreshment of your soul. Cost is $180 per person double occupancy, $240 per person single occupancy, $80 per person for commuters. The registration deadline is this Friday, December 28th, and space is limited, so register now! Click here to register.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

 

12/26/2012, #84, 4th Quarter 2012

In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the LORD, saying, (Jeremiah 26:1)
      LORD, send your word to the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church in our day.

"Thus says the LORD: 'Stand in the court of the LORD'S house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD'S house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word. (Jeremiah 26:2)
      Jesus, by the power of your Holy Spirit, raise up prophets to speak your word to us in our day. Help us hear the words you have already spoken through your prophets in the Scriptures.

Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way, that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings.' (Jeremiah 26:3)
      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear what you are saying to the churches today.

And you shall say to them, 'Thus says the LORD: "If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law which I have set before you, to heed the words of my servants the prophets whom I sent to you, both rising up early and sending them (but you have not heeded), then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth." ' " (Jeremiah 26:4-6)
      LORD, with you there is both judgment and mercy. Help us heed the mercy of your words of warning so that we escape the judgment that comes to those who rebel against you.

So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. Now it happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, "You will surely die! (Jeremiah 26:7-8 )
      Jesus, the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church have reacted in like manner to those who have have spoken your word to us and they have driven many into exile from the Episcopal Church. Have mercy on us and help us repent as a church.

Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, 'This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant'?" And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD. (Jeremiah 26:9)
      Holy Spirit, the question comes down to one of ownership: who does the church belong to? Does the church belong to God or to its people? One bishop in his pride and arrogance said, "The church wrote the Bible, the church can change the Bible." Have mercy on us and help your people accept the sovereignty of Jesus over the church. Thank you.

St. Stephen, December 26: 31 or 31:1-5; Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15; Acts 6:8—7:2a,51c-60; Matthew 23:34-39
St. John, December 27: 92 or 92:1-4,11-14; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 24 The Rev’d Donald Latham 25 CHRISTMAS DAY - Thanksgiving for God becoming Man The Rev’d George Greene, The Rev’d Peter Boyle 26 That the Christ Child will be birthed in our hearts The Rev’d Darius Mojallali

***** Prayer mail for December 26
Dear partners in prayer, Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad! This is our weekly public prayer mail.
This week's overview:
      1) We are between "live courses". Having arranged for students to take courses by Internet, they may finish the 24/7 version of the courses whenever they need to. Which means: students are hiking at different paces along the ministry trail, so to speak.
      2) Julie's dad, and our daughter Ruth have joined us for Christmas day. Julie's dad returns to Colorado shortly, but in the meantime, Julie and I were able to enjoy with holidays with Ruth, Hannah, and Lydia. This coming year should be interesting for all of us.
      3) Lydia has passed through the Advent season with a look at the past, while heading towards the future. She has navigated around a major landmark reasonably successfully, at least as far as we can tell.
      4) We have enjoyed the services we have been attending (or leading), and we have enjoyed telling people what we do. Apparently, it seems to some people that we move about quite a lot. In hindsight, it has been God's plan for us, and I wondered what God was saying to us in all the comments. And then, as I was preparing a sermon on Monday morning, it occurred to me that what we are doing as SAMS missionaries is somewhat like what the Apostle Paul did. He was in Ephesus for about as long as we were in Peru, and we have moved from place to place just as the Holy Spirit led Paul from place to place in his missionary adventures. However, there are differences, as is befitting the times: our missionary home base is Wynantskill, instead of Antioch, and we use the Internet a lot instead of Roman roads.
Prayer requests:
      1) For our family members during the Christmas season. Julie's dad will be staying with us to the 27th. We believe that he has enjoyed his stay with us. It was a bit cramped, but on the whole, we have navigated through this time rather well.
      2) For the students who are concluding their courses, and for the development of the upcoming courses during the live course break.
      3) For safe and timely travel in the first half of 2013: to visit the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania in April, and for the next trip to Belize in May.
      4) For increased financial support.
      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+

***** PT report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), 10-11 a.m. in front of our church. Very raw, cold morning, and not many people out and about this morning. Only had four visitors today, but one stayed for a lengthy chat after prayer. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

a--denotes anointed weith Holy Oil.
tt--denotes recived wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t,a -- ELIZABETH -- This woman was driving on Division Street and was slowing for the traffic light when she spotted the table and wondered why it was there. She pulled into our parking lot and asked for prayer for recently departed rfriend FRANKIE, whose funeral she had just attended. We prayed for the repose of FRANKIE's soul and for peace and faith and hope for ELIZABETH. Then she urged me to " ... go home and read Psalms 18 and 83. Ever since I started praying and using God's name -- Father -- in my prayers, I have felt a closer relationship with him."

t--FRANCESCA
-- This Spanish-speaking woman is a regular at the table. She asked for comtinued prayers for her daughter ANTONIA (God knows the details), and also for herself as she is moving into a new home and wants to be safe and protected.

t,a -- JOSE-- He asked for prayers for safety, protection and provision.

MAN -- This polite man who seemed to be in a hurry declined prayer but was pleased to take winter hats, gloves and socks. "I'm broke!" he said. "This really helps me. Thank you!"

MAN IN FLORIST VAN DRIVING BY -- As he did a week ago, he tooted his horn and waved. I could see him mouth the words "Merry Christmas!"

And ... a Merry Christmas to all of you from the people of St. Ann's! --

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, December 23, 2012

 

12/23/2012, #83, 4th Quarter 2012

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth! (Psalm 80:1)
      Jesus, please lead us and shepherd us, fold us in your arms.

Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, Stir up Your strength, And come and save us! (Psalm 80:2)
      Holy Spirit, stir up the spiritual strength of the Episcopal Church and come and save us.

Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:3)
      Father, restore you people -- let your light shine forth on us.

O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry Against the prayer of Your people? (Psalm 80:4)
      O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with us -- come and answer our prayers for your church and your people.

You have fed them with the bread of tears, And given them tears to drink in great measure. (Psalm 80:5)
      Jesus, we have both wept and raged about the state of your church -- we have come a scorn and a derision to others.

You have made us a strife to our neighbors, And our enemies laugh among themselves. (Psalm 80:6)
      Restore us, O God of hosts; cause your. face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:7)

HC: 80 or 80:1-7; Micah 5:2-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-49(50-56)
Sunday: 24,; 29 * 8, 84; Isa. 42:1-12; Eph. 6:10-20; John 3:16-21
Monday: 61, 62 * 112, 115; Isa. 11:1-9; Rev. 20:1-10; John 5:30-47

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 23 Blessing on the Altar Guilds across the Diocese

***** From: Patricia Beauharnois
Sent: Fri, Dec 21, 2012 8:43 pm
      I just spoke with Deacon Pat LaVine and her husband Rick had a successful outcome today in having a stint put in place. They were not sure if they were going to be able to do this procedure so this is good news. What is a concern is stabilizing is O2 stats. At rest, he is running normal 98% but when he gets up out of bed, it is dropping to low 80's. They are not sure why at this point in time and will be consulting with another doctor tomorrow. Pat appreciates all the prayers and when I spoke with Rick yesterday, he was greatly moved to know that so many people were praying for him.
      Deacon Pat specifically asked if we would pray for Rick's improved breathing, removing any fluid that is blocking the free flow of oxygen in his lungs and comfort particularly during the night.

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer, Fri 12/21/2012
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. (Psalm 126:2-3)
      The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Lord thank you for all the blessings that You have bestowed upon Fr. Shaw and his students in Belize this year. Thank You for the successful start of the on-line theological program. May Father Shaw and his students and his whole family be full of joy, peace and love throughout the Christmas Season. Amen.

***** Prayers for Victims & Families of Newtown Shooting
Diocese of Albany
Fri 12/21/2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Please join with me this morning in holding up in our prayers all those who were tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. one week ago today, and all their families and friends whose lives have been changed for ever.
      Prayer for the children.
      O God, whose beloved Son did take little children into his arms and bless them: Give us grace, we beseech thee, to entrust these precious little children: Avielle Richman, Noah Pozner, Jessica Rekos, Jesse Lewis, Benjamin Wheeler, Emilie Parker, Caroline Previdi, Joey Gay, Jack Pinto, James Mattioli, Olivia Engel, Grace McDonnell, Chase Kowalski, Daniel Barden Charlotte Bacon, Ana Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madalyn Hsu, Catherine Hubbard and Allyson Wyatt to Thy never failing care and love, and bring us all to Thy heavenly kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
      Prayer for the principal and teachers.
      O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of these Thy servants: Dawn Hochsprung, Mary Sherlach, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel Davino and Victoria Soto, and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of Thy saints; through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
      Give rest, O Christ, to all these Thy servants with Thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.
      Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and unto earth shall we return. For so Thou didst ordain when thou createdst me, saying, "Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." All we go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
      Give rest, O Christ, to these Thy servants with Thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Amen.
      Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of Your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen
      In Christ's Love, +Bill

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, December 22, 2012

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 22, 2012, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Carol MacNaughton, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Cold, windy, not many out on street today.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
H--indicates received a hat
M--indicates received mittens
G--indicates received gloves
S--indicates received Scarf
Sk--indicates received socks

STEVE (regular) -- Blessing and protection

++ FAZIA (woman) -- We had prayed for her recently for an apartment and she came to report that she thought she would get one today. She had previously given her cross to her MOM who asked for it. We gave her 2 crosses, one for herself and one to give away.

+a BRANDON (young man) -- I just got out of prison. He asked prayer that he will start on a new path.

+ NATALIE and + ROB

ANDREW asked prayer for his mom, CYMENTRA, who needs healing from depression.

ANTHONY (from the City Mission) -- We blessed his witness. We told him about BRANDON and he said we should have directed him to the City Mission.

+a MARVIN -- For good health

+a DURRELL (man) -- He initially asked prayer for a good year. I "felt the nudge" and asked him if he had ever given his life to Jesus. He said, "No." I asked him if he had ever thought about doing that; he said, "Yes." I asked him if he would like to do that now and he said, "Yes." He gave his life to Jesus and invited him into his heart. He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness. It is always astonishing and wonderful to see someone do that.

We gave some gloves away but forgot to write down who we gave them to.


 

12/22/2012, #82, 4th Quarter 2012

The word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. (Luke 3:2)
      Father, let your word come to us as well. Send your word and Spirit into all the wilderness areas in our lives.

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, (Luke 3:3)
      Jesus, bring us all to repentance and remission of our sins.

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: (Luke 3:4a)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear and respond to your witnesses.

'Prepare the way of the LORD; make his paths straight. (Luke 3:4b)
      Fathter, give each of us a heart to prepare the way for Jesus to come into people's hearts.

Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; (Luke 3:5)
      Jesus, through the power of your Holy Spirit, make all the crooked places in our lives straight.

And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.' " (Luke 3:6)
      Father, help each of us in this diocese see and experience the salvation you brought us through your son Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me. I AM here beside you and in you.

Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isa. 10:20-27; Jude 17-25; Luke 3:1-9
Sunday: 24,; 29 * 8, 84; Isa. 42:1-12; Eph. 6:10-20; John 3:16-21
HC: 80 or 80:1-7; Micah 5:2-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-49(50-56)

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 22 The Rev’d Patricia Beauharnois, The Rev’d John Perry

*****       Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 20, 2012, 5:10 - 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 anointed with Holy Water

Dan -- We prayed for the Lord's work in the lives of his three daughters and for him to know when to speak and when to be silent; and when it was time to speak, what to say.

a Peter -- We prayed for his wife Connie and their baby who is due in April and for his brother George. We prayed that George would follow the Lord's leading in parts of his life.

+a Mike, +Mary, and a Nicole (baby) -- We prayed for God's provision and protection for them.

a Ron -- He is still getting the run-around from DSS on seeing his daughter Isabel, and his lawyer who is supposed to represent him said she was too busy with other clients to do anything and couldn't be bothered.

We heard the people in the dining hall of City Mission singing, "Yes, Jesus loves me..."

+a Michael (young man) -- He has bad arthritis (which runs in the family) and has trouble walking.

+a Tanya -- "That God will watch over me. My friend is kicking me out [of the apartment]."

***** Prayer Request And Update
Patricia Beauharnois
Fri 12/21/2012
      I just spoke with Deacon Pat LaVine and her husband Rick had a successful outcome today in having a stint put in place. They were not sure if they were going to be able to do this procedure so this is good news. What is a concern is stabilizing is O2 stats. At rest, he is running normal 98% but when he gets up out of bed, it is dropping to low 80's. They are not sure why at this point in time and will be consulting with another doctor tomorrow. Pat appreciates all the prayers and when I spoke with Rick yesterday, he was greatly moved to know that so many people were praying for him.
      Deacon Pat specifically asked if we would pray for Rick's improved breathing, removing any fluid that is blocking the free flow of oxygen in his lungs and comfort particularly during the night. Deacon Patty

Albany Intercessor


Friday, December 21, 2012

 

12/21/2012, #81, 4th Quarter 2012

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
      Holy Spirit, give me patient endurance; hear the cry of my heart.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      Thank you for hearing me and lifting me out of the miry clay, Jesus. You are my rock; help me to only build on you.

He has put a new song in my mouth -- Praise to our God; (Psalm 40:3a)
      Father, please give me songs in the night season and fill my heart and my lips with the words of your Holy Spirit.

Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3b)
      LORD, I praise you and trust you. Help me to be a living gospel by which others may come to know you. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me in your pain.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isa. 10:5-19; 2 Pet. 2:17-22; Matt. 11:2-15
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isa. 10:20-27; Jude 17-25; Luke 3:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 21 The Rev’d Colin Belton

*****       A Pastoral Letter and Christmas Message
            From Bishop Love
            Christmas 2012
      Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The Christmas season is supposed to be a very special and holy time during which family and friends throughout the world come together to celebrate the birth of God’s Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – “Emmanuel” (God with us), the “Prince of Peace,” the “Lord of Lords and King of Kings.”
      Tragically, however, for untold numbers in and around Newtown, Conn., as well as throughout the nation and world, this Christmas will be a time of great sadness, where families, friends and neighbors come together to comfort one another, mourning the horrific and senseless death of 20 innocent young school children and eight adults, including the very troubled young man who committed the murders. As the father of two children that I dearly love, and the husband of a school teacher that I love and hope to spend the rest of my life with, I can only imagine what the parents and families of all those who died in Newtown are going through.
      This Christmas will also be particularly hard for hundreds of thousands of others in New York, New Jersey and other areas along the East Coast as they continue to try to deal with the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy, mourning the lives of over100 people killed in the storm and the challenge of starting all over amidst the destruction of tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
      While not making the national and international news, hundreds if not thousands of others throughout the world (some in our own communities) will also die this Christmas season, leaving behind family and friends who will miss them dearly. Some will pass away peacefully at home from old age, but many will be the victims of illness, accidents, acts of nature, acts of violence, war, starvation, poverty, neglect, and broken hearts.
      At a time when there is such sadness, tragedy, loss and need, one could rightfully ask, where is the “MERRY” in Christmas, or the “PEACE & JOY” that traditionally are associated with Christmas? If Jesus is “Emmanuel” (God with us), where is He? If He is the “Prince of Peace” why has He allowed such atrocities to occur? If He is “Lord of Lords and King of Kings” why doesn’t He do something to stop this madness and terrible suffering?
      While there are no easy answers to these or the countless other questions that could be asked when faced with such insanity and tragic loss and unbearable grief, I believe the answers can in fact be found in the very Feast Day we are now preparing to celebrate – the birth of our Lord.
      It was on that very first Christmas some 2000 years ago that the Angel of the Lord announced to a group of shepherds a message to be shared with all generations throughout the world: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)
      Doing as the Angel of the Lord commanded, the shepherds went and found the baby Jesus just as they had been told. As they gazed down upon the tiny infant before them, they looked into the very face of God. In that moment, had the baby Jesus not been constrained by the limitations of a new born infant (as He freely chose to be), He might have greeted them with this message:
      My dear children, you look down and see an innocent little baby lying before you for that is what I am, but I am also God, the very one who created you, the one in who’s “image” and “likeness” you were formed. (Genesis 1:26) Out of Our immeasurable love and compassion for you, My Father and the Holy Spirit and I decided that I must come and live among you, taking your flesh upon myself through my mother, the Virgin Mary, just as was reported by the Angel Gabriel when he spoke to her saying, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:31-32)
      It will be written of Me, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:l,14).
      I know the things I am telling you seem impossible and in fact many people will refuse to believe, but trust Me. What I am telling you is true, for “I am the Truth” (John 14:6). “I Am who I Am.” (Exodus 3:14.) I am the One Isaiah and the Prophets of old spoke of: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9: 6).
      Over the next 33 years I will grow and mature in my human nature just as you, with the exception that I will never succumb to Satan and the powers of evil in this world and commit sin. Out of my total and unconditional love and obedience to My Father, I will not betray Him, for He and I are One.
      As I live amongst you and teach you and minister to you these next 33 years, healing the sick of all illness and disease; giving sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf; cleansing the leapers; healing the lame and crippled; casting out demons; forgiving sins; feeding the hungry; calming storms and other miraculous signs of God that you can’t even imagine to include raising the dead; I will reveal the true power, nature, love and will of God in ways that only I can make known for “I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me…The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work.” (John 14:10).
      My dear children, as I look through the expanse of time, my heart is deeply grieved as I see the evil, brokenness and chaos that have come upon the world. When Adam and Eve disobeyed my Father in the Garden of Eden and ate of the forbidden fruit, misusing and abusing their gift of “free will,” EVERYTHING changed. Sin and death entered into the world creating a barrier between God and His people, threatening Creation itself. The more people turn away and rebel against God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, the further they slip into darkness and the greater the atrocities and sufferings of the world.
      My heart breaks as I see the slaughter of innocent children. I feel the pain and agony of those who suffer with illness and disease. I weep with those who mourn the death of loved ones. I know what it is like to be caught in a storm and threatened by the wind and waves. I know what it is to have no home or any place to lay my head. I know the tremendous hurt and sorrow of being betrayed and abandoned, the pain and frustration of being misunderstood and hated. I know what it is to be stripped of my clothing and dignity and spat upon. I know the horrors of war and the pain and agony of being attacked and beaten mercilessly. I have and will experience the cruelty and inhumanity of man at its very worst, being nailed to a cross to die. I know the immeasurable burden and sacrifice of carrying all the sins of the entire world upon Myself and the shear agony and sense of helplessness of being separated from the Father, crying out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). I know what it is to die a painful and unjust death.
      My dear Children, even though I know all these things and the price I will pay on the Cross – in obedience to my Heavenly Father, I have chosen to humble Myself and come and be with you, being born this day of the Virgin Mary. I love you more than you can possibly know.
      Despite the many times that you and the people of this world will turn and sin against Me, I love you so much that I have chosen to offer myself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world – for your sins and the sins of all people. I have chosen to die for you and all people in order that the power of sin and death that enslaves the world may be destroyed. As a sign of My victory over sin and death, on the third day, I will rise to new life.
      My dear Children, I invite you and all who will believe and trust in me, accepting me as Lord and Savior of their life to share in My new resurrected life. You will be adopted by God the Father and become members of My Body and inheritors of My eternal Heavenly Kingdom.
      Even though, I will ascend back into Heaven following My death and resurrection, to sit at the right hand of the Father, until I come again to judge the living and dead, I promise never to abandon you. “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt 28:20) Just as My Father has promised, I will send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter to come and live within you – guiding and leading you as you continue on your faith journey, giving you strength and courage in the difficult and frightening times, comforting you in the sad and sorrowful times, giving you peace and joy even in the midst of the chaos of this life.
      My dear Children, “The Kingdom of Heaven is near,” (Mt.4:17) but it has not yet fully arrived. Satan and the powers of evil will remain in the world for a time longer, doing great harm. People will turn against themselves and one another committing great atrocities: “Brothers will betray brothers to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents…All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Mt 10:21-22); Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places…There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now. False Christs and false prophets will appear.”(Mt.24:7, 21).
      My dear Children, there will be times in your life and faith journey where you and your loved ones will be treated unjustly and will experience great sorrow and loss – having some of the people and things dearest to you taken away. It will seem like your whole life has been turned upside down and that you have been plunged into the “dark night of the soul,” where you feel abandoned in the desert all alone – crying out why? What have I done? Why is this happening? How can a loving God allow such things to occur? Where are You Lord? Do You even exist?
      My dear Children, I hear all of your prayers and know and share both the joys and sorrows of your heart. I know the burdens you carry. While it may seem at times that I have abandoned you, I have not, nor will I. There will be things that you cannot fully understand in this life as you go through them, but know that even the most horrendous and tragic events in life can be transformed through the power of My love. Invite Me into your sorrows and pain; your struggles and questions. Invite me into the very depths of your soul in order that My healing light might shine forth, driving out all darkness. Let me lift the burdens you now carry and wipe away every tear from your eyes.
      “The day will come when “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will pass away. I am making everything new! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” (Rev. 21:4-6).
      Dear Friends, the message of Christmas is the message of God’s love – His total, unconditional, all sacrificial love. Let us be open to that love and share it joyfully with one another. There is no greater gift we can receive or give this Christmas – than the love of God as so perfectly revealed through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray an abundance of God’s love for each of you my brothers and sisters and upon all those in Newtown, Conn., New York, New Jersey, and throughout the world who are struggling to find the “MERRY” in Christmas and the “PEACE” & JOY” Christ Jesus brings into the hearts of His people.
      In Christ’s Love, +Bill, Bishop of Albany

**** On Friday, December 21 St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music. The preacher will be Rev. Tyler Slade. This gathering is special because it is the preparation for the Marriage of Mother Lorrie Lyons and Father Steve Hart. Please join us! As always, prayers for healing and presence and a deeper intimacy with our Father will be offered. NOTE: The service time this month will begin earlier, at 6:00 PM.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, December 20, 2012

 

12/20/2012, #80, 4th Quarter 2012

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 3:1-2)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please help us recognize the times and season of your visitation. Bring us to repentance and let your kingdom come into our hearts and lives.

For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.' " (Matthew 3:3)
      Father, help us in our day make straight paths and prepare the way for Jesus to come into people's lives.

And John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for John's willingness to live with your provision. Please help us do the same.

Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matthew 3:5-6)
      Holy Spirit, move in our communities and diocese and bring people to conversion and repentance.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Matthew 3:7-10)
      Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to recognize the wrath that is to come and repent.

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11)
      Jesus, please baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:12)
      Jesus, please burn away the chaff in our lives. Thresh us and separate out the good from the bad in our lives. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me for comfort in the storm.

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 33; Isa. 9:18-10:4; 2 Pet. 2:10b-16; Matt. 3:1-12
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isa. 10:5-19; 2 Pet. 2:17-22; Matt. 11:2-15

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 20 Hospitality in our Churches this Christmas Season

**** On Friday, December 21 St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music. The preacher will be Rev. Tyler Slade. This gathering is special because it is the preparation for the Marriage of Mother Lorrie Lyons and Father Steve Hart. Please join us! As always, prayers for healing and presence and a deeper intimacy with our Father will be offered. NOTE: The service time this month will begin earlier, at 6:00 PM.

***** From: Kevin King
Sent: Dec 17, 2012 9:42 AM
Subject: Some Thoughts About Prayer
      Hey All, Over the last couple days I have been thinking about prayer. In grace, it seems the Holy Spirit was bringing my heart to conviction about prayer. Anyway, I started to think about the question, "What is the difference between a person who prays and a Person of Prayer. So, I started to think about some characteristics of a person of prayer. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, just some ideas God brought to my mind.
A Person of Prayer is someone who:
1. regularly sets aside significant amounts of time for prayer, listening and solitude with God
2. prays throughout the day as they interact with people and with God
3. sees the needs of others and prays with/for them...they are known by others as a person of prayer
4. calling out to God through fasting is a regular part of their life
5. prays for needs and then waits in expectation for God to answer...they are looking for God's answers
6. glorifies God by telling others about how God answered specific prayers
7. prays regularly for lost people to come to Jesus
8. senses the Holy Spirit moving them to pray for specific things and people ... also at specific times
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Kevin

***** NEWTOWN MISSION day 2
      I visited Sandy Hook memorial this morning with tears pouring down my face as I prayed. Spoke to several people and was approached by the press for an interview, I declined. I have posted photos on Face Book. The candles, the cards, the notes the flowers, it was so moving. Praying around Newtown, seeing funerals at most churches was gut wrenching. Witnessing corporate grief but knowing that behind closed doors lurks the unseen private grief of broken hearted parents, in a struggling town.
      I sat in Trinity Episcopal church praying. It was quiet to start with. Then six men in black came in carrying the ashes of Benjamin. As they were preparing for the wake, twice I was left in silence, just his ashes and I... I cannot tell you about the grief. It was if we had two private sessions together... I sat for nearly two hours with him. What an honor. I heard the briefing for the police, "Keep the press away... The family wants to be left alone."
      I went for lunch and spoke with firemen who gave me "the look." Such sadness and unspoken words of sorrow. I then went to the Newtown police dept as a representative of the Albany Police dept. ( I am a police chaplain). Everything was fine until I asked how they were doing. No need to add to that.
      I then went to the ambulance station and again was attacked by very polite but persistent news crews. Again being asked for an interview, I again declined. The ambulance crews were very grateful for the prayers of the Albany diocese and the Albany police dept.
      To add to the stress and sadness there seemed to be an almost constant scream of emergency vehicle sirens going off up and down Main Street.
      Keep praying dear souls for the people's of Newtown and the surrounding area. Fr. Nigel Mumford+ 12/19/12 And for those in Canada and the UK 19/12/12

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

 

12/19/2012, #79, 4th Quarter 2012

Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (Mark 1:6-8 )
      Jesus, please come into our common life with your might and set things to right in the Episcopal Church.

      Father, thank you for that best gift of all -- your Holy Spirit.

      Holy Spirit, come and immerse us in the fire of your love. Help us share the love of Jesus with all we meet.

A word received: Keep coming to me.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isa. 9:8-17; 2 Pet. 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 33; Isa. 9:18-10:4; 2 Pet. 2:10b-16; Matt. 3:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 19 The Lonely in the Christmas Season The Rev’d Joel MacCollam

**** On Friday, December 21 St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music. The preacher will be Rev. Tyler Slade. This gathering is special because it is the preparation for the Marriage of Mother Lorrie Lyons and Father Steve Hart. Please join us! As always, prayers for healing and presence and a deeper intimacy with our Father will be offered. NOTE: The service time this month will begin earlier, at 6:00 PM.

***** On location at Newtown Ct.
Tue 12/18/2012 8:43 PM
Dear souls,
      It has been quite the day. A healing service this morning at CTK and then a 3.25 hr drive to Newtown Ct.
      Driving into the town was very moving. I was greeted with a sign, "Newtown, please pray for us." Choked me up. Then the very familiar flag pole in the middle of the street. I lived in Newtown for eight years but was "strangely surprised" to see the flag on the pole at half mast! I guess I was so used to seeing at the top of the pole. Very strange feeling. There are groups of twenty six flags everywhere and a feeling of incredible sadness looming over the town.
      Driving by the fire house and the ambulance station reminded me of those who give so much. There were police cars everywhere. It was all rather surreal, like some sort of movie set, where life was supposed to be Idilic and everything has gone so wrong. Seeing parents and children walking just pierced my heart.
      I spent time at Trinity Episcopal Church "listening" to several people. It was very moving as some just poured out words... With shell shocked looks... I spent time in the diner and there was lots of eye contact and smiles. The TV reporters and crews were exceptionally friendly and compassionate.
      I drove by St.Rose, Catholic church where a funeral was taking place. A very long line of people waiting to get in. The empty hearse sitting in front of the church... Tears poured down my face.
      I wonder what The Lord is going to do tomorrow... I am just being available...
      Please continue to pray for the people's of Newtown.
      God bless us everyone. Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. It was a drizzly, damp morning but many people came by and either stopped for prayer or just wished us well and thanked us for "being out here." Many of the people who stopped for prayer availed themselves of the opportunity to take free winter clothing (hats, gloves, socks, scarves) and they were, as always, grateful for the generosity of the people who donated clothing they made or purchased. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table this day.)

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

JAMES -- Stopped for prayer again. Last week he came asking prayer to hopefully be a better father to his children, and he said he has done "better" since receiving prayer. I gave him a "booster shot" of prayer for the same thing, that the Lord will keep up the good work in James.

ETHEL -- This older Roman Catholic woman always hugs me and thanks me for the church having the table "out here for us." She's a sweetie!

t,t -- CAROLYN and TIM -- This young couple came at first attracted by the clothing, but also gladly accepted the offer for prayer. They sought prayer for "God's guidance and forgiveness" as they begin a life together in a new apartment.

MAN IN FLORIST VAN -- He slowed down (for a red light), honked his horn, then rolled down the window and said "God bless you!"

REBECCA -- This young woman is a regular. (She was the first visitor to His table back on July 9.) SHe asked for prayer for relief from tooth pain. SHe broke a tooth over the weekend and is having the tooth extracted on Wednesday morning.

a,t -- JOSE -- He asked for prayers to be "safe" and that God will provide for him and his family. This man, like almost everyone who stopped for prayer, also asked for prayer for all the children killed in Connecticut last Friday. He was very shaken by the incident and now fears for the safety of his own children. He stayed for a good 15 minutes!

JAY -- This middle-aged man asked for prayers for his niece TRACY, who has two autistic sons and one of them is causing her a lot of problems trying to care for him. We prayed for God's peace to come to this family and to calm Tracy and give her the strength and knowledge and faith she needs to keep going.

SHERRY -- This young woman who visited the table last week asking for prayer for her severe neck pain returned for more prayer. Her surgeon late last week took an X-ray which revealed that she probably needs more surgery, and Sherry has to decide whether or not to have the operation. She is afraid it will only make things worse. We prayed for God to give her healing either directly or through surgery, if she decides to go through with it.

a,t -- BETSY -- This woman's plea for prayer broke my heart, and I'm sure also broke our Lord's. She said her daughter MARGARET not only is not a Christian (as Betsy IS) but she HATES God. Betsy said her daughter called her last Friday afternoon during the long newscasts of the Connecticut tragedy and yelled at her "There's your God for you, Mom. See? If he's really God, how could he let this happen?" Betsy and I prayed at length for Margaret after I reminded Betsy that the next world is perfect, but this one isn't. We must remember that Jesus has overcome the world.

a,t -- LISA -- Another very sad visitor. This young woman asked for prayer to help her break free from her addiction to drugs. She sobbed after receiving prayer to be strong against this awful temptation.

t -- PEDRO -- I conversed briefly with this young man in my limited knowledge of Spanish (I'm trying to learn the language!) and he smiled and agreed to prayer. We prayed for safety, provision and peace for him. He is a single man.

FRANCESCA -- This young woman is another regular. She asked prayer for her daughter ANTONIA, who she said " ... has made some bad choices lately." The Lord knows the details. We prayed for Antonia to take Jesus' yoke upon herself and get the guidance she needs to walk with Him again.

***** Diocesan Update December 18, 2012
A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany
2013 Parish Leadership Conferences - Passion for Jesus
Parish Leadership Conference Schedule:
Date: Place
January 26: Malone
February 9: Christ Church, Cooperstown
*NEW DATE*
February 16: The Cathedral of All Saints
Upcoming Ordinations
December 22nd: Shane Gormley, Priesthood, 11 am, St. Andrew's Scotia.
January 5th: Jill Stellman, Priesthood, 10 am, The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany.
January 19th: Paul Hunter Deacon, 11 am, St. James, Oneonta.
The Bible in a Year
      The Diocese of Albany wholeheartedly supports the General Convention 2012 Resolution encouraging every member of The Episcopal Church to read the Bible in its entirety during 2013. Everyone in the Diocese of Albany is encouraged to participate in this spiritually fufilling endeavor. In order to help everyone in the Diocese to participate, there will be links soon on the Diocesan website to a number of different programs for reading the Bible in a year. Some will start at Genesis and work through to Revelation, some will have you read Scripture in chronological order, some will provide e-mail reminders. So that you do not travel through the rich countryside of the Bible alone, The Venerable David J. Collum, Dean of The Cathedral of All Saints, and Deacon Jill Stellman, Transitional Deacon at the Cathedral, will be blogging about their adventures reading the Bible in a year. (Each of them will be using a different program for reading the Bible in a year). Make a New Year's resolution to read all of the Bible in 2013!
Women's Epiphany Retreat
      Tired from the fast pace of the holiday season? Do you want to rest after the busy-ness of Christmas? Then join us for "Anointed With the Holy Spirit," the 2013 Women's Epiphany Retreat. The retreat runs from 5 pm on Friday, January 11th through 1 pm on Sunday, January 13th. Hear light-hearted and inspiring teaching and participate in activities for the refreshment of your soul. Cost is $180 per person double occupancy, $240 per person single occupancy, $80 per person for commuters. Space is limited so register soon! Click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/2013WomensEpiphanyRetreat.html to register.

***** Check out the Dock Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=26b20f20d4f003a4e52e0118b&id=57493673f1&e=08162b2aea

***** Welcome Home Initiave - Military Women Only
      January 27- 29, 2013 Our goal is to minister prayerfully and practically to combat veterans of the armed forces and their families providing support and resources to help them heal and thrive.
      Contact: healing@ctkcenter.org
      Sandra Lester: Welcomehomeinitiative@gmail.com
      There is no cost for a female veteran to attend the program

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

 

12/18/2012, #78, 4th Quarter 2012

Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest's house. But Peter followed at a distance. (Luke 22:54)
      Jesus, so many follow you at a distance. Give us all the courage to draw near to you and confess our relationship with you. Thank you.

Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, "This man was also with Him." But he denied Him, saying, "Woman, I do not know Him." (Luke 22:55-57)
      Holy Spirit, please give us the courage to acknowledge our relationship with Jesus in the midst of secular and unbelieving people.

And after a little while another saw him and said, "You also are of them." But Peter said, "Man, I am not!" Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, "Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean." But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So Peter went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:58-62)
      Father, bring each of us to tears of repentance and conversion. Thank you.

A word received: Keep your eyes on me. I AM your strength and stability.

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isa. 9:1-7; 2 Pet. 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isa. 9:8-17; 2 Pet. 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 18 The Rev’d Alan Tatlock

**** On Friday, December 21 St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music. The preacher will be Rev. Tyler Slade. This gathering is special because it is the preparation for the Marriage of Mother Lorrie Lyons and Father Steve Hart. Please join us! As always, prayers for healing and presence and a deeper intimacy with our Father will be offered. NOTE: The service time this month will begin earlier, at 6:00 PM.

***** Prayer coverage please
Mon 12/17/2012
Dear prayer warriors, I ask your prayer coverage for the following:- As you may or may not know I lived in Newtown Ct. for eight years. I know several clergy there and feel led to go and pray with them, the first responders (I am a police chaplain for the Albany Police Dept) and anyone else that the Lord puts in my path. I would ask your prayers for wisdom and energy, as I listen, love and pray. I also will be available for critical incident debriefing (CID). I was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown for eight years and will make that my base camp. Please pray for safe travel. Thank you so very much I deed. Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 1:2

Be well,
God bless you,
Fr. Nigel+

***** Mudge Prayer mail for December 18
Mon 12/17/2012
Dear partners in prayer,
This is our weekly public prayer mail. This week's overview:
      1) We are winding down the semester with this semester's live course, and the semester keeps going with 24/7 courses.
      2) It is quite possible that I may be connected with online course planning for the online part of the Anglican seminary in Jamaica, this week.
      3) In 1985, Julie and I visited Trinity School for Ministry and stayed with the Lang family as our student hosts. Years later, one of the Rev. Dale Lang's sons was shot and killed in his high school in Canada as part of a Columbine copycat incident. Dale Lang's response to what happened to his son has served as a courageous example for me: http://www3.telus.net/st_simons/cr0207.htm. You can also find out about him on YouTube.
      4) The horrific events in Connecticut this week remind me that when I travel to places such as Belize, I travel and work by the grace of God. By that I mean that I never can be certain that I am going to be alive at the end of the day, every day of such a mission trip. I am reminded of that whenever the Bishop drops me off at a house and waits for me to enter the house safely before he drives off. In Belize City in July of this year, people said there were safe areas. When I returned in October, people not only said there no longer safe areas, but also, there were a rash of murders of young women in the Western part of the country, highly unusual. I think one of the things that grabs my attention when I visit Belize City is the nightly news tv report that lists by name all the murders that took place that day, one murder victim per screen at a time. I am convinced that your prayers help keep me safe.
Prayer requests:
      1) For our family members and the upcoming Advent and Christmas plans. Julie's dad will be staying with us from the 21st to the 27th. He has advanced Parkinson's disease.
      2) For the students and the courses, to the glory of God. Particularly that current students of the live course would end on a strong note, on/by December 21st, and that students taken the 24/7 would keep going strong.
      3) For safe and timely travel in the first half of 2013: to visit the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania in April, and for the next trip to Belize in May.
      4) For increased financial support.
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


Monday, December 17, 2012

 

12/17/2012, #77, 4th Quarter 2012

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; (Isaiah 9:2a)
      Jesus, so many of your people are walking in darkness -- help them see your light.

Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2b)
      Jesus, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; and your rod and your staff they comfort me. Thank you. (See Psalm 23:4)

A word received: I AM with you.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isa. 8:16-9:1; 2 Pet. 1:1-11; Luke 22:39-53
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isa. 9:1-7; 2 Pet. 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 17 Missionaries in foreign lands

**** On Friday, December 21 St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music. The preacher will be Rev. Tyler Slade. This gathering is special because it is the preparation for the Marriage of Mother Lorrie Lyons and Father Steve Hart. Please join us! As always, prayers for healing and presence and a deeper intimacy with our Father will be offered. NOTE: The service time this month will begin earlier, at 6:00 PM.

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer
Jeanne Gizara
Sun 12/16/2012

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. (Psalm 100:1)

      As Christmas approaches Lord, we pray for your joy to permeate all of our gatherings and all of our busy-ness. We pray for the students in Belize who are finishing up their first semester of seminary work. Bless them mightily Lord and lead and guide them to get all of their projects done. Bless Father Shaw as he continues to develop courses and give him some rest during the break between semesters. Also bless Julie and Lydia and Hannah and Ruth and we pray for some quality family time during the holiday. And we pray for financial provision, Lord. May a benefactor looking for end of the year donation opportunities step forward and be an answer to this prayer. We know You will provide, Lord. Thank You.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, December 16, 2012

 

12/16/2012, #76, 4th Quarter 2012

Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. (Luke 3:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us heed your warnings to repent. Keep us from the folly of depending on anything except Jesus' love, mercy and grace.

And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Luke 3:9)
      Father, help us bear fruit worthy of repentance. Let the fruit of your Holy Spirit be shown forth in our lives: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?" He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise." Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Collect no more than what is appointed for you." Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, "And what shall we do?" So he said to them, "Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages." (Luke 3:10-14)
      Jesus, help each of us look at our lives and resources and use them for your kingdom purposes. Help us give of ourselves in your service. Thank you.

Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not, John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire." And with many other exhortations he preached to the people. (Luke 3:15-18 )
      Jesus, please baptize us anew with the fire of your Holy Spirit. Burn away all the chaff in our lives. Thank you.

A word received: No matter what happens, praise me.

A word received: Remember why I came to this world. I came because I loved you then. I love you now. I will always love you. Respond to my love.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isa. 13:6-13; Heb. 12:18-29; John 3:22-30
HC: 85 or 85:7-13 or Canticle 9; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7(8-9); Luke 3:7-18
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isa. 8:16-9:1; 2 Pet. 1:1-11; Luke 22:39-53

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 16 Clergy spouses and families

**** On Friday, December 21 St. Michael's Church (49 Killean Park, Colonie) will celebrate our monthly Prayer & Praise Worship Service. Contemporary Praise and Worship music. The preacher will be Rev. Tyler Slade. This gathering is special because it is the preparation for the Marriage of Mother Lorrie Lyons and Father Steve Hart. Please join us! As always, prayers for healing and presence and a deeper intimacy with our Father will be offered. NOTE: The service time this month will begin earlier, at 6:00 PM.

**** Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Sat 12/15/2012
Newtown, CT

PEACE ON EARTH AND GOOD WILL TO ALL MANKIND
OH GOD WHAT ABOUT MAN-UNKIND?
      I lived in Newtown, Ct for eight years. It was a lovely place to live. The flag pole, (in the middle of the road) Trinity Episcopal church, the fourth of July parade and so much more. It was an Idyllic place to raise your kids. Now evil has touched the town and healing will slowly take place over many years. I lived in Newtown when a pilot shoved his wife through a wood chipper! I lived next door to the woman who sold him new bedroom carpet!
      What happens when someone just loses the plot? What goes through the mind of someone who has become mad. What happened between mother and son? Why did a mother, with perhaps a problem child have an automatic assault rifle and two powerful hand guns in her house? So many questions arise when something as heinous as this touches lives.
      I woke up this morning with such a heavy heart for those who have lost little ones.
      Are we going to have to build brick walls around our schools so they look like prisons? Are we going to have to build panic rooms so everyone can be safe in a “Situation?” Do we take away all the guns and the resort to knives and stabbing which seems to be the trend in the UK!
      Jesus we really, really need you NOW. The Christmas story includes the words “Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind. Sadly there are many who fall into the gap of “man- unkind.” People who are so bitter they suffer from Post Traumatic Embitterment disorder (PTED) a diagnosis I think we shall be seeing in the new DSM-V next year.
      Our hearts and prayers go to all the souls that were lost. The Mothers and Fathers, siblings of the lost, families that are so traumatized, struggling through Christmas and every Christmas for the rest of their lives. We pray and hang onto the words, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted by the Holy Spirit.”
      Come Holy Spirit, come now and come with more power.
      In the words of Tiny Tim, rather appropriate for this horror,
      “God bless us everyone…”
Fr. Nigel Mumford+
The Oratory of Christ the Healer
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, December 15, 2012

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 15, 2012, 9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene Chesnut, and Torre Bissell on State St., and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

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

State St.

MOSES -- Continued sobriety

DARLENE -- Pray for the PEOPLE OF NEWTOWN, CT, that God will comfort them and wipe away every tear. Lord, hear our cry as we pray for them and for our country.

+JANAT (man) -- We prayed for protection and provision.

+CARMEN (woman) -- "I don't feel well." We prayed for healing.

DARLENE -- We prayed for her son OWEN AND HIS FAMILY who are sick and that he would get a long-term job after Christmas.

BILL (regular, across the street) -- We prayed for protection from seizures and for companionship.

WOMAN walking by talking to herself -- We prayed for her.

+a DEBRA (regular) and her daughter +a LATINA -- We prayed for continued healing for Debra (she was struck by a car a couple of years ago), and blessing for Latina.

LISA (fairly regular) -- We prayed that she would be able to give her burdens over to Jesus. She gave thanks that she is earning enough to pay her rent. Alcoholism is still a big problem for her, but she has been able to keep her job.

a JASON -- We asked him to give his alcoholism to Jesus and let Jesus sort it out. He is very thin. We prayed that he would grow in maturity. He sleeps on Lisa's floor at night.

STEVE -- We prayed for God's continued blessing and guidance for him.

WOMAN -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+DECIL (man) and +ANJALINE (woman) -- This husband and wife asked prayer that they would be able to return to Guyana.

KATY (woman) -- We prayed for God's provision for her.

Albany St.

+RICHIE -- His brother RAVI and RAG are having a baby. Prayed for the baby to be healthy

GARY -- "Hit and Run" prayer for daily blessing

+TODD -- Daily blessing and for a good life and AL's family

CANDY -- For a blessed Christmas, health, finances and spiritual growth

+ELLEN -- For a job, daily needs

MITCHELL -- Daily needs ("Hit and Run" prayer)

+KENNY -- Continued sobriety from drugs (2 years, 8 months clean)

Continued prayer for victims of SANDY.

Prayers for the family, victims, friends of the shooting in CONNECTICUT.

+ZATERAH, +BAHKEE, +JUNIOR (EARL), +KYREE, They received a total of 8 crosses. This was a group of teenage boys. They asked prayer for their families, school, jobs, blessings.

CARLOS -- for choosing his career job and for his family

++JOSEPH -- Daily blessing for him and his family

+MARGARET -- for health and +RODNOG -- Health and daily needs, protection and for her husband -- continuous ringing in his ear.


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