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Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

1/31/2013, #31, 1st Quarter 2013

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. (Mark 6:30)
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to times where we "report in" to Jesus and tell him all that we have doing in the ministry he has given us.

And he said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31)
      Jesus, help each of us come apart to a quiet place with you on a regular basis and find rest in your arms of love for us.

Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters. (Exodus 15:27)
      Father, as you guided the children of Israel through the desert to Elim and pools of living water, guide us to such places of rest and refreshment in you. Thank you.

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isa. 49:13-23; Gal. 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isa. 50:1-11; Gal. 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 31 Clergy Widows and Widowers

***** Subject: Diocesan Update January 30, 2013
A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany
      Solemn Choral Evensong and Benediction for the Feast of Candlemas, St. Paul's Church, 6 Sylvester Street, Kinderhook, is hosting a Solemn Choral Evensong and Benediction for the Feast of Candlemas at 5:30 pm on Saturday, February 2nd. (Candlemas is the presentation of Christ at the Temple). The service will be sung by members of the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Donations will be gratefully accepted, but are not required. A reception will follow immediately in the McNarry Center.
      Don't Miss Out!! Parish Leadership Conferences
      There are only 2 Parish Leadership Conferences left! The first is at Christ Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 on February 9th. The last conference is at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834 on February 16th. Both conferences start with check-in at 8:30 am and the program itself begins at 9 am. The conference will end promptly at 4 pm.
      Hear 6 clergy share how they got their passion for Jesus, how that affects the life of their parish, and how that passion can be encouraged in others! Registration for the Cooperstown conference closes February 1st, and the SLC conference registration closes February 8th, so register now! You can register for either conference by clicking here.
Comments from the Malone Conference:
"The different views and journeys spoke to everyone...It was contemplative, joyous, inspiring, jovial and fun...most everyone got touched in some way today."
"I am encouraged and hopeful."
"Thank you for giving us hope as individuals and as Church that the Holy Spirit is alive and working to make all things new."
"Very powerful experience."
"It was awesome!"
"Greatest workshop I have been to!"
"You touched my heart and soul!"

      Come to a Parish Leadership Conference and fire up your passion for Jesus!
      From the Passion of Jesus to Passion for Jesus
      Continue developing your passion for Jesus by reading the Diocesan Lenten Reflections. There is a reflection for each day beginning Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter Day. Each reflection will be based on the Gospel reading from either the Prayer Book lectionary or Lesser Feasts and Fasts. Contributors are members of the Diocese of Albany, the Community of St. Mary, and the Diocese of Down and Dromore. The reflections will be posted on the Diocesan website, or to receive a daily e-mail containing the reflection for that day, you can sign up on the Diocesan website homepage (right-hand side just beneath the Parish Leadership Conference listing) by clicking here.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

 

1/30/2013, #30, 1st Quarter 2013

For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. (Galatians 2:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily express our faith by the good works that we do, but help us all be clear that our salvation rests on what Jesus has done for us and not on what we have done for Jesus.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; (Galatians 2:20a
      Father, please help each of us find that new life in Jesus -- life where we willingly lay down our lives and receive new life in him.

and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:2b0)
      Jesus, thank you for laying your life down for me so that I might live in you.

I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain. (Galatians 2:21
      Holy Trinity, One God, help us daily live out the grace that comes through faith in you. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my peace and protection.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isa. 49:1-12; Gal. 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isa. 49:13-23; Gal. 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 30 The Clergy Spouses, in thanksgiving for their apostolic support

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Jesus is like the wind. You cannot necessarily see Him, but you can see what He does.

***** Jean Bissell will be having a "reverse shoulder replacement" on March 5th at Saratoga Hospital. For and explanation of this procedure click http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00504

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 

1/29/2013, #29, 1st Quarter 2013

"Come near to me, hear this: (Isaiah 48:16a)
      Holy Spirit, help us draw near to Jesus and hear what he is saying to us.

I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; (Isaiah 48:16b)
      Jesus, you declared openly the desire of your Father's heart -- help us do the same.

From the time that it was, I was there. (Isaiah 48:16c)
      Jesus, you have always been there and will always be there for us. Thank you.

And now the Lord GOD and his Spirit have sent me." (Isaiah 48:16d)
      Lord DOD, send us forth by your Spirit to share the gospel.

A word received: Let me be in charge.

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isa. 48:12-21; Gal. 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isa. 49:1-12; Gal. 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 29 St. Paul’s, Waddington – The Rev’d Arthur Garno

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
Subject: Invitation Welcome Home Initiative #20
      This weekend we are running the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) number twenty. This is the first one specifically for female military veterans. We have General Karen Love as the key note speaker for the closing healing service at 10am Tuesday 29th Jan at Christ the King, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich 12834 Please join us to welcome home these veterans. Hope to see you there. If you can't make it can I count on your prayers please? Thank you so much. Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table REPORT(S) ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Sunday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. during our community luncheon in our lounge. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

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

(Note: Not many people stopped for prayer, but MANY needy people availed themselves of our offer to take free warm, winter clothing. Most of our stock is gone now except for men's socks and gloves.)

a,t -- SUE -- She fell recently in her mother's home and sustained an injury to her right leg. She has a limp from the pain.

a-- KITTY -- She asked for prayers for healing for a medical problem. God knows the details.

ANNE -- She asked for prayers for healing from several falls she has taken recently. She gets dizzy and loses her balance.

a--MARGARET -- She came to the table in Thanksgiving that she knows that her two recently deceased relatives (a woman of 67 and another of 47) were saved because they both were firm believers in our Lord, Jesus Christ.

a,t -- PAIGE --- This woman, too, came for a word of thanks for " ... many prayers answered. Thank you, Lord!"

      ==================

(Monday, January 28, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Another very cold, numbing morning of 22 degrees at start. The cold weather has cut down drastically on the foot traffic in front of our table the past few weeks. So not as many people are stopping for prayer, but ... numbers are of no concern to us. We care about transformed lives. Becky Hadley and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

a--FRANCESCA -- This young woman is a regular. She sought prayer for healing from sickness which she believes is the flu. (She wore a surgical mask to the table so that we would not catch her germs.)

DAVID -- He sought prayers of protection for the "millions of unborn babies" and discernment for mothers-to-be.

MEN IN FIRE TRUCK -- Waved and tooted their horn loudly as they passed the table.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, January 28, 2013

 

1/28/2013, #28, 1st Quarter 2013

The righteous also shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, "Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness." (Psalm 52:6-7)
      LORD, we live in a generation that has trusted in the abundance of its riches. Have mercy on us and help us place our trust only in you.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise you forever, because you have done it; and in the presence of your saints I will wait on your name, for it is good. (Psalm 52:8-9)
      Jesus, we wait on you -- you are our hope and our strength and our daily provision. Help us praise you as we ought. Thank you for giving us a heart to wait on your name, for your name is good.

A word received: Let me carry your burdens. Cast your cares on me.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isa. 48:1-11; Gal. 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isa. 48:12-21; Gal. 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 28 St. Paul’s, Troy -The Rev’d Michael Gorchov, The Rev’d Alicia Todaro

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
Subject: Invitation Welcome Home Initiative #20
      This weekend we are running the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) number twenty. This is the first one specifically for female military veterans. We have General Karen Love as the key note speaker for the closing healing service at 10am Tuesday 29th Jan at Christ the King, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich 12834 Please join us to welcome home these veterans. Hope to see you there. If you can't make it can I count on your prayers please? Thank you so much. Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Public prayer mail for January 28
      Dear partners in prayer, Happy Epiphany season! This is our weekly public prayer mail.
This week's overview:
      1) The semester is underway in Belize. We pray that the Holy Spirit would touch the lives of each person.
      2) Our travel plans for Tanzania (late April) and Belize (mid-May) are beginning to take shape. We plan to meet with the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in early March in the U.S.
      3) We are beginning to set up our parish visitation schedule for 2013. For people who are involved in our scheduling, please let us know as soon as possible when you would like us to make a presentation about our missionary work at your parish, conference, or gathering.
      4) We are settling on a medical insurance program, but the process continues.
Prayer requests:
      1) For the students and their families, and that all would be done to the glory of God.
      2) For our travel plans for Western Tanganyika and Belize, that they would be guided by the Holy Spirit.
      3) For our parish visitation schedule in 2013, that we be in the right place at the right time, and that people may be inspired by what we do.
      4) For the plans and decisions in front of us, as we do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus.
      5) For a pleasant resolution to the health insurance search, God's way.
      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+

***** From: Theresa Rinaldo
Subject: Christ Church Schenectady, Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table Report, Sunday, January 27, 2013. Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
1.      Candace - Needs to get in to see a doctor about some problems she believes are bad. Her white blood count is down and she needs to find out why. Had started a resale business and is concerned that she will no longer be able to do this. It was going well before this came to light. Also, her 2 adult sons have been experiencing anxiety as she was away during the day at her shop. She is concerned about how they will react if there is something physically wrong with her. Lord’s protection, healing, direction, hope and peace in their lives.
2.      +Savanah - pray for her family; the Lord’s protection and his provision. Give her His peace.
3.      A woman walked by the prayer table and commented to her son…it’s for your brother who is on the street. Lord, we lift her son up to you for his protection and your provision; peace for his family.
4.      +Albert - enough food at home; and that he can have more friends at school. (5th grader)
5.      +James - Pray for his grandmother, Donna, who is a recovering alcoholic. To give James peace.
6.      +Calista - Pray for the homeless. Gave thanks for her caring and compassion.
7.      +Christopher - 4th grader concerned about being able to do good school work so that he can pass to the 5th grade.
8.      +Rinna - to do better in math.
We prayed for all of the kids who came up for prayer that they would put their hope and trust in Jesus. That he is walking beside them, and that they can pray to him in every situation

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, January 27, 2013

 

1/27/2013, #27, 1st Quarter 2013

And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:17)
      Jesus, we are your disciples and you have taught us to follow you and do what you do.

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, (Luke 4:18a)
      Father, let your Holy Spirit come upon us.

Because he has anointed me (Luke 4:18b)
      Holy Spirit, please anoint us as well.

To preach the gospel to the poor; (Luke 4:18c)
      Jesus, help us get outside the walls of our churches and share the gospel with the poor, the lost and the least.

He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, (Luke 4:18d)
      Father, help us minister your love and healing to the brokenhearted.

To proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18e)
      Jesus, bless the ministry to prisoners in this diocese and raise up more clergy who will be willing to join in this ministry.

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

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

And recovery of sight to the blind, (Luke 4:18f
      Holy Spirit, come with power on all those who minister healing in this diocese. Open the eyes of the physically and spiritually blind.

To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Luke 4:18g)
      Jesus, please help us share with others the freedom that comes from knowing you.

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." (Luke 4:19)
      Father, please help us, help me proclaim that now is the time and the hour to turn to you and accept your son Jesus as both Lord and Savior. Holy Spirit, please give your power and guidance to my words and to those who hear me. Thank you.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isa. 47:1-15; Heb. 10:19-31; John 5:2-18
HC: 113; Nehemiah 8:2-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Luke 4:14-21
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isa. 48:1-11; Gal. 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 27 Men’s Ministries across the Diocese

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
Subject: Invitation Welcome Home Initiative #20
      This weekend we are running the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) number twenty. This is the first one specifically for female military veterans. We have General Karen Love as the key note speaker for the closing healing service at 10am Tuesday 29th Jan at Christ the King, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich 12834 Please join us to welcome home these veterans. Hope to see you there. If you can't make it can I count on your prayers please? Thank you so much. Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Welcome Home Initiative Dayton Prayer
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, January 26, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, January 26, 2013, 9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Zafer Ak and Torre Bissell on State St.

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

MAN walking by as I was setting up said, "Pray for me."

+CASEY (young woman) -- I prayed for protection and provision for her. She asked if there was child care or Sunday School during the service so that she could come to church. I said there was and invited her to come.

+SHANIAH (young woman) -- "For my kids."

+New Testament CHESTER -- He is going to have surgery on his spine. We prayed for healing and guidance for the surgeons.

+a New Testament JASON -- "My mom JAQUELINE died in July. You had prayed for her last year." We prayed for peace and comfort for him.

a BILL -- We prayed for protection from seizures from epilepsy and falls.

ENOCH -- We prayed for the Father's love in his heart. He said he already had a cross we had given him before.

+a RYAN -- He asked for more work. He does restoration work.

JASON and LISA (from across the street) -- He is back in her apartment and she is drinking again. We prayed for sobriety for both of them.

+a MARILYN -- (She goes to Friendship Baptist Church on lower Union St which is now meeting across the street in Friendship House because they have had flooding) -- She was thrilled to see that we were out there in the snow and cold and wanted to find out what we were doing. She is just starting up as minister to youth in her church and we prayed for her in that ministry.

WILL (regular who has often brought his two sons WILLIAM and GRAYSON) -- We prayed for wisdom in being the man and father that God wants him to be.

+New Testament CHRISTINA -- She was in great pain (in her back) and obviously exhausted and distressed.


 

1/26/2013, #26, 1st Quarter 2013

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
      Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

      Blessing from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with you in your going out and your coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver you from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver you.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen.

"Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been upheld by me from birth, who have been carried from the womb: even to your old age, I am he, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you." (Isaiah 46:3-4)
      Father, thank you for carrying us in your arms all these years. Help us daily find our rest in you.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Isa. 46:1-13; Eph. 6:10-24;; Mark 5:1-20
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Isa. 47:1-15; Heb. 10:19-31; John 5:2-18
HC: 113; Nehemiah 8:2-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Luke 4:14-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 26 Christ Church, Hudson -The Rev’d John Perry

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
Subject: Invitation Welcome Home Initiative #20
      This weekend we are running the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) number twenty. This is the first one specifically for female military veterans. We have General Karen Love as the key note speaker for the closing healing service at 10am Tuesday 29th Jan at Christ the King, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich 12834 Please join us to welcome home these veterans. Hope to see you there. If you can't make it can I count on your prayers please? Thank you so much. Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
A Prayer request has come in for a business in East Belfast that may close with the loss of Jobs.
      Please pray for the ongoing problems regarding the flag protest and for those businesses (especially in East Belfast) that are experiencing real hardship over these past weeks to the point that some may close if trouble continues. Please remember all those affected by the situation - we ask for peace & God's rule in this situation

***** From: Susan Plaske
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table report, Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, January 23, 2013 Very Cold around 10 degrees, we are inside the foyer, Candy Palumbo, Beth Collum, Sue Plaske, Jana Lingo
Candy and Al Prayers for their family, Timmy healing for his eyes
Denise Continued sobriety for her son Quinlin to get into Equinox
Debbie and Mark - Mark is in end stage kidney cancer prayers for comfort, peace and the Lord's blessing upon them.
Bonnie - healing from cancer
Bob - healing from cancer
Paul - for Bishop Ball, and for Dave for healing
++Nathasha, Jennifer - for love, that she would find the man of her dreams
for the homeless in this cold weather, Lord provide servants to help and shelter for the cold and hungry. For courage and determination in their lives to keep on going and keep their spirits high.
Otis - for continued blessing - prayers that every think is settled with receiving food stamps.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, January 25, 2013

 

1/25/2013, #25, 1st Quarter 2013

Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. (Ephesians 6:5-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help me apply this in the workplace. Help me receive work direction from my managers without grumbling and do it as service to Jesus. Thank you.

And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with him. (Ephesians 6:9)
      Father, please help me to be a good guide to those you have given to me to direct at work. Help me to manifest your love to those I am called to give direction to. Thank you.

"Look to me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by myself; the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. (Isaiah 45:22-23) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11)
      Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese confess you as our Lord and Savior to bring glory to the Father. Thank you.

Friday: 31 * 35; Isa. 45:18-25; Eph. 6:1-9; Mark 4:35-41
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Isa. 46:1-13; Eph. 6:10-24;; Mark 5:1-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 25 The Rev’d John Zimmerman

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 24, 2013, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

a PETER -- We prayed for his brother GEORGE and gave thanks for how the election came out and prayed that George would know what God is calling him to do next. We also prayed for CONNIE and their unborn BABY and prayed for God's blessing on Peter and Connie as parents.

a ANTHONY -- We prayed that he would be an effective witness to the men as the Mission.

a CHUCK and +a KOLBE (age 2) -- Chuck doesn't have regularity with his bowels and we prayed for that. We gave thanks for the way that Chuck is mentoring his son Kolbe. Kolbe will tell the other people at the dinner table to close their eyes and bow their heads and pray over the food. Chuck is going to NA and we prayed that he would stay clean.

+++ JANICE -- A man, WILL, is currently staying in her apartment. Will's girlfriend recently aborted Will's baby and he is grieving over that. We prayed for peace and comfort and guidance for Will. Janice took extra crosses to hand out.

+ JANET -- She has a broken collar bone which has not set correctly. We prayed for proper care and treatment for her and for healing.

+ SHERAIN -- She and her HUSBAND and CHILDREN have been living in a shelter since November. Now DSS is threatening to throw them out at the end of the month and take the children from them. We prayed for protection and provision for them.

+a LATHAM -- He announced that he wanted to grow closer to the Lord. He is already a believer. He confessed his sins to God and accepted Jesus' forgiveness. He and his wife DIANNE are going to New Jersey to visit his mom DEANNA who is sick. We prayed for blessing on this trip.

GARY -- He asked for blessing on his daughter BECKY who is pregnant.

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013
An Invitation to get "Sorted."
      Take a moment to invite The Lord Jesus Christ into your heart. Don't be shy, just invite Him in. Ask Him to fill or refill your heart with the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to heal the scar tissue and wounds of your life. After you have done that then envisage the Lord standing in front of you. Ask Him to walk right through you, taking with Him your diagnosis, your dis-ease, your fear, your negativity, your anxiety, your worries, your sin. In fact, ask Him to remove anything that you don't want, ask Him to remove the junk in your trunk, the trash, the issues you don't need anymore.
      When you have done that, say thank you to God.
      Matthew 21:22 writes, "And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive." Brilliant... ~Fr.Nigel Mumford+

From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Thoughts on Rejection.
      I wonder if the "fruit" of not being affirmed is a "perception" of rejection. I have experienced that people who have been rejected in life tend to set up scenarios of rejection. Rejection becomes an underlining theme of daily life. It appears that behind every though and action is the question, "Am I going to be rejected again?" Often rejecting others before they are rejected themselves, leaving a trail of destruction. Such a painful existence and way of life, living constantly in self-defense. The victim tends to live in a "high threat" of rejection often setting up a "situation" before it happens so they become the rejector! We pray that the victim moves from victim to victor, to victory, in Christ who will never leave us or forsake us. Thus being set free from this mindset and way of life. We pray that Jesus would stand between the rejector and the rejected, real or perceived. Perhaps, just perhaps, allowing God to push the reset button of life...to Victory and Freedom. ~Fr.Nigel Mumford+

***** Further thoughts on using a cane. We go to the Sunnyview Fitness Center and often see people in wheel chairs or with disabilities. I now always try to acknowledge their existence by looking them in the eye and greeting them. Sometimes when I see someone in a wheelchair I will tell him/her of my experience with the cane. I tell them that I can't change their situation, but I want to let them know that I know they are there and visible to me. Many have expressed their appreciation of this. When I am led to do so, I pray on them. Torre

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, January 24, 2013

 

1/24/2013, #24, 1st Quarter 2013

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, (Ephesians 5:15)
      Holy Spirit, please give us wisdom in our walk with Jesus.

redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)
      Jesus, help each of us to be a part of your plan of redemption in the midst of the surrounding evil.

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:17)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to understand and do the mind and will of Jesus.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18 )
      Help us, Holy Spirit, to avoid all dissipation and be filled to overflowing with your presence.

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:19)
      Jesus, help us speak to one another in ways that build each other up in you. Help us to make melody in our heart to you.

giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 5:20)
      Father, thank you for your mercy and love for me in the name of your son Jesus.

submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:21)
      Holy Spirit, help us to be mutually submitted to one another in Christ Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for the seed of my word to produce a rich harvest in you.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Isa. 45:5-17; Eph. 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34
Friday: 31 * 35; Isa. 45:18-25; Eph. 6:1-9; Mark 4:35-41

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 24 St. Luke’s, Catskill - The Rev’d David Sutcliffe, The Rev’d Henry Verdaasdonk

***** A couple of years ago when I started using a cane I noticed an odd thing at work: some people who used to nod to me in the hallways no longer did any more. They didn't know how to handle my disability so I became invisible to them. No matter how disabled I am by sin, I am NEVER invisible to God. I am always in his sight and he acknowledges my presence. Thank you, Jesus! [Note from Torre]

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

 

1/23/2013, #23, 1st Quarter 2013

      And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: "Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
      But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.' "
      And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." (Mark 4:1-20)
      Holy Spirit, show us the seeds we are sowing and the ground we are sowing on. Help us daily sow the word of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

      Jesus, you have called us out into the harvest fields. Show each of us the field you have prepared for us to labor in. Help us by your Holy Spirit to daily go into that harvest field.

      Father, you are Lord of the harvest: unless you bless our labors, we labor in vain. Bless and guide us as we go out into your harvest fields. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my hands and I AM still carrying you.

Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Isa. 44:24-45:7; Eph. 5:1-14; Mark 4:1-20
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Isa. 45:5-17; Eph. 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 23 The Rev’d Carlos Caguiat, The Rev’d Randolph Lukas

***** Patti Gibbons: Praising God for a wonderful weekend with the City Life students at Excel! Of the 18 youth, 2 made first time commitments to Jesus, while all of the other 16 had significant breakthroughs leading them to re-dedicate their lives with new understanding. Please cover them in prayer this week, as the spiritual warfare has already begun in their lives.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

 

1/22/2013, #22, 1st Quarter 2013

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (Ephesians 4:30-31)
      Jesus, we have brought so much grief to your Holy Spirit by our words and deeds. Help us to put all these evils aside and live in peace with one another. Thank you.

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
      Father, please help us daily imitate your love and relate to all your people with compassion and love. Thank you.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Isa. 44:9-20; Eph. 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Isa. 44:24-45:7; Eph. 5:1-14; Mark 4:1-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 22 The Trustees of the Diocese

***** Robin Mark - How Great are You Lord https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLePg4hJrWg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Robin Mark - How Great are You Lord https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs4nXPOR52w&feature=youtube_gdata_player

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, January 21 of 2013, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division STreet. It was very cold (18 degrees at start) but at least there was no wind. Almost NO foot traffic and even very little vehicular traffic today, perhaps due to it being a holiday or the extreme cold. We did have people drive by, however, who may very well be contemplating coming to the table at another time. The important thing is to let people in the community know we are always THERE on Monday morning for prayer. We only had four people stop, but numbers of people who come are not the main concern. Changed lives is what we are out here for. Deb Gerlach, Ann Degroff and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

(Did not give out any crosses or anoint anyone with Holy Oil today. We did give out some warm winter clothing.)

TIM and CAROLYN -- This young couple stopped for prayer for the second week in a row. TIM is having facial bone surgery on Wednesday. We prayed for safe surgery and swift and complete healing, and also for faith and hope and love to replace whatever fears and anxieties Tim and Carolyn are feeling now.

JENNA and EMMANUEL -- I guess today was the day for young couples. We prayed for peace and love to reign for this man and woman as they seek to try to strengthen their marriage. God knows the details.

***** From: Diocese of Albany
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013
Subject: Bishop Ball Update - Times Union Article
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This update is an article, with pictures, from the Times Union: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Bishop-finds-inner-strength-4210081.php

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013 7:14 AM
To: Mumford Nigel
Subject: Quote

Look to The Throne before using the phone...
With Christ, all is well as you uses your cell.
Get the facts before you fax.
Practice knee mail before doing email.
If your vexed don't text.
If your in a fog don't Blog.
Commit it to prayer, to make your mind fitter for Twitter...
At His face-look, before you Face Book.
Better yet,
just talk to God!
Matthew 6:33 writes;
"But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides."
~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Monday, January 21, 2013

 

1/21/2013, #21, 1st Quarter 2013

And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-12)
      Jesus, appoint and send forth into every corner of the diocese apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers so that we are all equipped for the work of ministry and for the edifying of your whole body.

till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, (Ephesians 4:13a)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to unity in our faith in Jesus and our knowledge of him.

to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; (Ephesians 4:13b)
      Father, bring us to the maturity/perfection you desire for us so that we grow into the full stature of Christ.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Isa. 44:6-8, 21-23; Eph. 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19a
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Isa. 44:9-20; Eph. 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 21 Episcopal Church Women

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Public prayer mail for January 21, 2013
      Dear partners in prayer, Happy Epiphany season! This is our weekly public prayer mail.
This week's overview:
      We have added a couple of people to our prayer mail recipient list this week.
      The Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Belize is pleased with my annual report, and they have asked me to teach a diocesan-wide intensive course in Belize in mid-May, the week before Pentecost.
      Semester classes began this week. Our inventory of courses is building, with several more in process of development. The goal is to continue to develop the 24+ courses over the next three years.
      It is really awesome having interactive courses with students in Belize. It's not like email; it is more like text message teaching in a group session, and the effect is incredible. It is almost as if we are all "right there" alongside everyone (wherever each person's "there" is), even though the students are in different parts of the country of Belize at the same moment. Someone might be able to describe what this experience like, somewhat adequately, but that does not do the experience sufficient justice. When experienced, the result is a jaw dropping "Oh, wow!" It is a relational culture. These are relational courses.
Prayer requests:
      1) For our classes and for the students in the various classes. We pray that the students would participate as led by the Holy Spirit.
      2) The search continues for a suitable medical insurance premium. We are tracking down potential leads. I appreciate everyone who has been praying for us about this. We are also praying for others in the same situation.
      3) For our travel plans for Western Tanganyika in April and for Belize in May.
      4) For the plans and decisions in front of each of our family members.
      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+

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Subject: Quote...
      "Saints are men who permit God's forgiveness to come into them so fully that not only are their sins washed out, but also their very selves, their egos, and the root of their self-will. And again we see, the intensity of their power really to forgive is in exact proportion to the degree that they have permitted themselves to be forgiven and so brought back to God." ~Unknown
      Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, January 19, 2013

 

1/19/2013, #19, 1st Quarter 2013 and please pray for the prayer table ministry this morning

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 3:14)
      Holy Spirit, please us such a spirit of humility that we may submit ourselves to the Father in heaven in all things.

from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, (Ephesians 3:15)
      Father, thank you for the family you have given me. Thank you for the extended family you have given me and thank you for my church family.

that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, (Ephesians 3:16)
      Holy Spirit, strengthen me in the inner man and grant me according to the riches of my Father in heaven's glory.

that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (Ephesians 3:17)
      Jesus, come and dwell in my heart by faith so that I am rooted and grounded in love.

may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height--to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:18-19)
      Holy Spirit, help me comprehend the full dimension of the love of Jesus and be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Ephesians 3:20)
      Jesus, thank you that it all depends on you and what you can do in me and not on what I can do by myself.

to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:21)
      Father, I pray that the glory of Jesus will dwell in the generations of my family. Amen.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Isa. 43:1-13; Eph. 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Isa. 43:14-44:5; Heb. 6:17-7:10; John 4:27-42
HC: 96 or 96:1-10; Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 19 The Standing Committee The Rev’d Patti Johnson

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, January 19 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/ .

***** Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Subject: Quote...
Here it is, the actual bottom line;
      I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14.
Smiling? Me too!
~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Friday, January 18, 2013

 

1/18/2013, #18, 1st Quarter 2013

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; TO THE INTENT THAT NOW THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD MIGHT BE MADE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH TO THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES, (Ephesians 3:8-10)
      Lord Jesus Christ, it seems like all the knowledge transfer is going the other direction: the church is being informed and fed by the world and principalities and powers instead of the world and principalities and powers being informed and fed by the church.

      Holy Spirit, please help us earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3b)

      Father, you are able to keep us from stumbling and bring us faultless into the presence of your glory with great joy. You along are wise and we pray that your glory and majesty, dominion and power will be shown forth among us in this diocese, both now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)

A word received: You are in my care.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Isa. 42:(1-9)10-17; Eph. 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Isa. 43:1-13; Eph. 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 18 The Rev’d Lawrence Steuer

***** Join us this Friday night, January 18 at 7pm at St. Michael's to spend time with the Lord, to pray for healing for the ailing and for the church. Doug Ames will be sharing about Growing in the Lord. Come and share and hear this powerful testimony! Music team will be led by Fernando Gomes.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, January 19 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/ .

***** Update on Jean: Ortho surgeon recommends surgery. MRI next Wednesday then appt with shoulder surgeon will follow ASAP. Should know in a couple of weeks surgery date and exact type of shoulder surgery; hemi or reverse shoulder.

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2013
      Please join us for a very special healing service Jan 29th at 10am at Christ the King, Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Rd. Greenwich, NY. We will be honoring female military veterans from all wars. The guest speaker is General Karen Love (Rt USAF). Please come and thank our veterans. (Service led by Fr. Nigel Mumford).
Be well, God bless you, Fr. Nigel+
The Rev. Nigel W.D. Mumford, 575 Burton Road. Greenwich, NY 12834 USA (518 ) 692-9550 http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/index.cfm and http://www.nigelmumford.com/ and Blog; http://nigelmumford.wordpress.com/

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Subject: Quote...
      Angry?
      Remember, someone once said,
      "If a blow a fuse, you will be in the dark..."
      Isaiah 2:5 writes,
      "O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord."
      ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, January 17, 2013

 

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 17, 2013, 5:05 - 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

+a MAX -- We prayed for his migraine headache and bad arthritis. He wants to go to Florida for an experimental coral bone graft.

a GARY -- He has a job interview tomorrow. We prayed for his daughter Becky's pregnancy and his wife's pain and for financial provision and for the message he was going to give to those coming to the meal.

PETER -- He gave thanks that "it will all be over noon tomorrow" for his brother GEORGE and the election. His wife CONNIE and the BABY are doing well.

DAN asked prayer for PASTOR DAN AND WENDY CRAGAN on the staff of Schenectady City Mission. Their daughter-in-law CHRIS has been in a coma. Their son SETH put on Facebook "Broken". Seth and Chris have a 7 year old son ELI. Pray that Chris will come out of the coma whole and well in mind, body, and spirit.

a JUSTIN (a volunteer from Potsdam University who came to the table last week). -- He reported that his girlfriend, CARLA-LEIGH, had a wonderful day the next day with the at-risk kids she works with after we prayed for her last week. We asked Justin if he had ever accepted God's forgiveness for his sins and he said, "No." Then we led Justin in accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior, confessing his sins to Jesus and accepting God's forgiveness. A look of stunned wonder came over his face when we told him that he was now "clean".

REGGIE -- We gave thanks for Justin's decision for Christ and for the Schenectady City Mission being such a rich harvest field.

LEROY -- He was robbed but gave thanks that he was still able to pay his rent.


 

1/17/2013, #17, 1st Quarter 2013

Praying the Apostles' Creed

He descended into hell;
      Jesus, you went to the place of the dead to preach to the dead that they might live according to God in the spirit. Come and visit all the dead branches of your church and graft them back into the vine. Thank you. (1 Peter 4:6)

Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh--who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands -- that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:11-13)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who are without hope and without you, that they will be found by you and brought to new life and hope in you. Thank you.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Isa. 41:17-29; Eph. 2:11-22; Mark 2:1-12
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Isa. 42:(1-9)10-17; Eph. 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 17 Christ Church, Ballston Spa -The Very Rev’d Derik Roy, The Rev’d Scott Evans, The Rev’d Lynne Crimi, The Rev’d Albert Moser, The Rev’d Bill Pearson

***** Join us this Friday night, January 18 at 7pm at St. Michael's to spend time with the Lord, to pray for healing for the ailing and for the church. Doug Ames will be sharing about Growing in the Lord. Come and share and hear this powerful testimony! Music team will be led by Fernando Gomes.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, January 19 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/ .

***** Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:59 PM
Subject: Diocesan Update January 16, 2013
A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany
Parish Leadership Conferences: A reminder that the Parish Leadership Conferences are coming up soon!
The PLC sites and registration cut-off dates are:
Date       Place       Deaneries       Registration Deadline
January 26       Holy Family School
12 Homestead Park, Malone, NY 12953      Northern Adirondack
St. Lawrence       January 22
February 9       Christ Church, Cooperstown
46 River Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326      Susquehanna
Western Mohawk       February 1
February 16       Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834      Hudson, S. Adirondack,
Metro, Upper Hudson       February 8
You can register online by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/2013PLCRegistrationForm.php .
Daily Lenten Reflections
      The Liturgy for Ash Wednesday urges us to the observance of a holy Lent, and reminds us of our need to continually renew our repentance and faith, partly through reading and meditating on God's holy Word. In order to help all the members of the Diocese of Albany observe a holy Lent in this way, the Diocese will be providing a set of Lenten Reflections: From the Passion of Jesus to Passion for Jesus. The Reflections will be based on the Gospel reading from the Prayer Book lectionary and Lesser Feasts and Fasts. The Reflections will begin Ash Wednesday and continue through Easter Day. Contributors are members of the Diocese of Albany, the Community of St. Mary, and the Diocese of Down and Dromore. You can sign up to receive a daily e-mail containing the Reflection for that day on the Diocesan website homepage http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/ .
We'll Be Missing You...
      The Reverend Rob Longbottom, Rector, St. John's, Ogdensburg, has accepted a call as Rector of the Church of St. Luke and St. Paul in St. Cloud, Florida. His last day at St. John's is January 27 and his first day at St. Luke and St. Paul is February 3. Many attendees of the Sunday Youth Mass at Convention will remember Fr Rob in his various costumes helping with the VBS skit and who can forget this past year in his old time leather pilot's hat and goggles? We pray that Fr Rob, Amee, and their girls will be richly blessed in untold ways in their ministry in Florida.
Update on Fr. Jay North
      Fr. North is doing well following his stroke and he has been told he can transfer to a rehabilitation facility in Texas. The facility is within a mile of where the Norths' daughter and son-in-law live, and Monica will stay with them while Fr. North continues his rehabilitation. Please continue to pray for healing for Fr Jay and for patience and perseverance for Fr. Jay, Monica, and their family as the rehabilitation process continues.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

 

1/16/2013, #16, 1st Quarter 2013

Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and they told him about her at once. So he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. (Mark 1:29-31)
      Jesus, come into our families with healing so that we all may serve you.

At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew him. (Mark 1:32-34)
      Jesus, minister to our communities with healing and deliverance.

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, he went out and departed to a solitary place; and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
      Holy Spirit, move through this diocese and give your people a hunger for times of prayer with Jesus and his Father.

And Simon and those who were with him searched for him. When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is looking for you." But he said to them, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth." And he was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. (Mark 1:36-39)
      Father, out of his times of prayer Jesus had utter clarity about his calling. Grant to your people in this diocese that same life of prayer and clarity of calling.

Now a leper came to him, imploring him, kneeling down to him and saying to him, "If you are willing, you can make me clean." Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed." (Mark 1:40-41)
      Jesus, we know that you are willing to heal, please show us our part in removing any impediments to healing. Thank you.

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

Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Isa. 41:1-16; Eph. 2:1-10; Mark 1:29-45
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Isa. 41:17-29; Eph. 2:11-22; Mark 2:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 16 For the Alpha, Cursillo, and Disciples Courses in the Diocese The Rev’d Alex Riffee

***** Join us this Friday night, January 18 at 7pm at St. Michael's to spend time with the Lord, to pray for healing for the ailing and for the church. Doug Ames will be sharing about Growing in the Lord. Come and share and hear this powerful testimony! Music team will be led by Fernando Gomes.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, January 19 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/ .

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

 

1/15/2013, #15, 1st Quarter 2013

Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:14-15)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that everyone in this diocese will hear and receive Jesus' proclamation: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

And as he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:16-18 )
      Jesus, please help us answer your call to follow you and become fishers of men. Help us respond immediately as Simon and Andrew did when you called them.

When he had gone a little farther from there, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him. (Mark 1:19-20)
      Father, help us leave behind anything that hinders our following Jesus, knowing that we have you, our Father in heaven, who will watch over us. Thank you.

A word received: I AM here -- at your side.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Isa. 40:25-31; Eph. 1:15-23; Mark 1:14-28
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Isa. 41:1-16; Eph. 2:1-10; Mark 1:29-45

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 15 St. James, Ausable Forks - The Rev’d Patti Johnson

***** Join us this Friday night, January 18 at 7pm at St. Michael's to spend time with the Lord, to pray for healing for the ailing and for the church. Doug Ames will be sharing about Growing in the Lord. Come and share and hear this powerful testimony! Music team will be led by Fernando Gomes.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, January 19 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/ .

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2013
Subject: PT report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, January 14, 10-11 a.m., in front of our church on Division Street. In the high 30s but very windy today; not many people out and about. Don Robertshaw and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

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

DAVID -- Navy veteran; a regular who comes EVERY week. Asked for prayer for peace in our country. Also, see item below!

a,t,t -- MONICA -- Just to show you the power of His table and how it is reaching out to all, DAVID (above) asked his friend Monica to come with him to the table for prayer. She came! She sought prayer for her daughter AMBER (the Lord knows the details) and also for travel mercies back to her home in Ohio this week.

ETHEL -- Received prayer for continued healing of the injuries she sustained when she fell last week walking down one of the hills near her home.

MAILMAN -- Again declined actual "sit-down" prayer but we prayed for him to have safe travel and said "God bless you!" and he thanked us and said, "You too."

TIM and CAROLYN -- This young couple came last week for prayer as they were moving into a new apartment and asked for prayer for safety and provision. This time, Carolyn sought prayer for "Grace and Mercy." Tim thanked us for the prayer and they (like Monica) took some of the free warm winter clothinhg we give out thanks to the generosity of people who make and purchase the warm items our visitors so badly need.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, January 14, 2013

 

1/14/2013, #14, 1st Quarter 2013

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 1:3a)
      Father, we bless you.

who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3b)
      Father, thank you for the ways you have blessed us through your son Jesus Christ.

just as he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, (Ephesians 1:4a)
      Father, thank you for loving us.

that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, (Ephesians 1:4b)
      Jesus, thank you that your blood cleanses us from all sin and thank you for loving us.

having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (Ephesians 1:5)
      Father, thank you for giving us your Spirit of adoption through your son Jesus, Thank you that is your good pleasure to adopt us as your children.

to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he has made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily give thanks and praise that we have been made acceptable through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A word received at Christ Church Schenectady 1/13/13: My people are waiting and searching for me in the streets of this city. The broken, the fearful, the lost. The streets of the city are crying out for justice and peace. Death and fear, bloodshed and crying are among you. Listen to me my children, hear my words, know my compassion, reach out to the streets and bring them my hope and love. Light the way to me, guide my people to the light. I know each of you by name, my love for you abounds, share that light and love with my people. My people are waiting for you to guide them, go out and lead them; for I am a loving and gentle God, for the time is short.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Isa. 40:12-23; Eph. 1:1-14; Mark 1:1-13
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Isa. 40:25-31; Eph. 1:15-23; Mark 1:14-28

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 14 St. Ann’s, Amsterdam – The Rev’d Neal Longe, The Rev’d Alan Hart

***** Diocesan Update January 13, 2013
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Subject: Bishop's Update - Passing of Dcn Faye VanDermark
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      It is with sadness that we announce the death of The Rev. Faye VanDermark, Deacon, St. Timothy’s, Westford, on Saturday evening following a courageous 13 year battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully at home with her husband Deacon Roy VanDermark and family present.
      Visiting hours are Friday, January 18th, from 5-7 pm at Westcott’s Funeral Home, Main St., Unadilla, NY. Bishop Love will officiate at Deacon Faye’s funeral on Saturday, January 19th, at 3 pm, at St. Matthew’s Church, Unadilla. Bishop Herzog will be the preacher. Clergy wishing to vest and process should arrive by 2:30pm and RSVP to Fr. Scott Garno at frscott@frontiernet.net by Friday, January 18th.
      Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord; let light perpetual shine upon her.
      Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, January 19 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/.

*****
From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2013 6:23 PM
To: Rev. Shaw Mudge
Subject: Public prayer mail for January 15
Dear partners in prayer, Happy Epiphany season! This is our weekly public prayer mail.
This week's overview:
      Typical missionary week: Ups and downs. Great highs. Deep lows. Tremendous Insights. Dead ends. Living close with the Holy Spirit. Living life on the edge. Life on a super highway with God. Sometimes the back roads. In other words: fine, overall.
Prayer requests:
      1) For Dcn. Roy VanDermark and his family. Faye died over the weekend. He and Faye have been long term friends of ours, and we have appreciated their ministry.
      2) Our classes for Belize resume this coming Saturday, so we pray that the students would participate as led by the Holy Spirit. In addition, students could use prayer for their personal circumstances and for their goals.
      3) Finding a suitable medical insurance premium. We found out on Thursday that our medical premium would double in 2013 unless we found an alternate plan. So we are tracking down potential leads.
      4) For our travel plans for Western Tanganyika in April and for Belize in May which may become more defined over the next week to week and a half.
      5) For the plans and decisions in front of each of our family members.
      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+
Disciples Making Disciples.
Discípulos Haciendo Discípulos.
      To leave text messages: 518-577-2578
Seminary: https://sites.google.com/site/onlineanglicancampus/home
Mission society matters: http://samsusa.org/users/shaw-and-julie-mudge
Newsletters: http://MudgeMissionReport.blogspot.com/

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, January 13, 2013

 

1/13/2013, #13, 1st Quarter 2013

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. (Luke 3:15-16)
      Holy Spirit, please give us expectant hearts that eagerly await what you will do in our lives.

      Jesus, you are the Christ, the anointed one of God. Baptize us anew with your Holy Spirit and fire.

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while he prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased." (Luke 3:21-22)
      Father, help us take the same pleasure you do in your son Jesus. Thank you.

Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Isa. 40:1-11; Heb. 1:1-12; John 1:1-7, 19-20, 29-34
HC: 89:1-29 or 89:20-29; Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-38; Luke 3:15-16,21-22
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Isa. 40:12-23; Eph. 1:1-14; Mark 1:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 13 St. Peter’s, Albany -The Rev’d Paul Hartt, The Rev’d Susan Waldron The Rev’d John C. Smith

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, January 19 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/ .

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, January 12, 2013

 

1/12/2013, #12, 1st Quarter 2013

"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:14-16)
      Lord Jesus Christ, we cry out to you for all those who are lukewarm -- those who say they are Christians but never put their faith on the firing line.

      Holy Spirit, put your fire in their hearts and guts so that they will reach out to their communities with the Father's love.

      Father, bring all the Laodiceans among us to a saving knowledge of Jesus and to the choice of making him Lord of their lives.

"Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--" (Revelation 3:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us recognize our true condition in your sight.

"I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent." (Revelation 3:18-19)
      Jesus, help us heed your rebuke and chastening so that we may draw close to you.

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily open the door of our heart to Jesus and his Father's (our Father's) love.

"To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." ' " (Revelation 3:21-22)
      Father, please help us overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil so that we may sit with Jesus. Give us ears to hear what you are saying to us through your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Jan. 12: 98, 99, [100] * --; Isa. 66:1-2, 22-23; Rev. 3:14-22; John 9:1-12, 35-38
Eve of 1 Epiphany; -- * 104; Isa. 61:1-9; Gal. 3:23-29; 4:4-7
Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Isa. 40:1-11; Heb. 1:1-12; John 1:1-7, 19-20, 29-34
HC: 89:1-29 or 89:20-29; Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-38; Luke 3:15-16,21-22

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 12 St. Paul’s, Albany –The Very Rev’d J. Nixon, The Rev’d Nancy Rosenblum The Rev’d Susan Plaske

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013
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)
      Father God, we ask for an increase in spiritual gifts for Father Shaw and Mother Julie and their students. Grant them Lord: wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and fear of the Lord.       Lord, we pray today especially for Mother Julie as she prepares to teach her first course to the students in Belize and as she starts classes in Pastoral Clinical Education in Hartford. Guide and direct her Lord, so that Your will will be done in her life. We also pray about Father Shaw’s plans to visit Belize and Western Tanganyika in the next few months and we ask that he have sufficient financial support for his endeavors. Thank You Lord for every good gift that you bestow. Amen.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, January 19 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/.

***** Four Generations: Hillary, Jean, Madelyn, and Taylor

Albany Intercessor


Friday, January 11, 2013

 

1/11/2013, #11, 1st Quarter 2013

However, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks-- (John 6:23)
      Jesus, you lived a life of giving thanks to your Father -- please help us join in that life of thanksgiving.

      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to give thanks to our Father in Heaven in all the circumstances of our lives.

      Father, thank you for your care for us. Thank you for being my father -- for daily showing me your love and care and provision. Thank you for who you are and what you do.

      Holy Trinity, One God, bring this diocese to a life of daily thanks giving. Amen.

A word received: Don't be afraid.

Jan. 11: 148, 150 * 91, 92; Isa. 65:13-16; Rev. 3:7-13; John 6:15-27
Jan. 12: 98, 99, [100] * --; Isa. 66:1-2, 22-23; Rev. 3:14-22; John 9:1-12, 35-38
Eve of 1 Epiphany; -- * 104; Isa. 61:1-9; Gal. 3:23-29; 4:4-7

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 11 Grace & Holy Innocents, Albany – for renewal of its ministry in Arbor Hill

***** Bishop Ball Update January 9, 2013
Good evening all,
      I visited with Bishop Ball yesterday evening he sends his love to all of you.
      He is doing well. I say that, but we all need to "re-calibrate" our understanding of what "doing well" means. Doing well for a person who has undergone traumatic surgery, has a "halo-brace" that weighs seven pounds on his head, and is working on getting his strength back is a relative term.
      These last three days he has been going through Physical and Occupation Therapy. During one of those sessions, even with an attendant on each side, he fell. He is OK and fortunately did not hit his head, he went down on his "bottom." Today he had x-rays to make sure nothings was broken. The attendant tried to stop, but rather than jerk the Bishop he slowed his fall and prevented the injury.
      I share this with you not to give you undue concern, but to help you get a better sense of what he is able to do right now, and what he is not yet able to do. My prayer is that with this information people can understand the restraint I am encouraging. Some people have asked if they can visit. It really is based on the day and what he is going through.
      I do not know how many days he will be in Albany Med, but I am expecting that when he is discharged it will be to a Nursing Home or a facility with a fairly high degree of care.
      Keep praying and God bless you,
Dean Collum

***** From: Deacon Patricia Beauharnois Christ & St. John's, Champlain
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Hi Torre,
      I hope the new year is off to a good start for you and your family! I wanted to update you on prayer in our church and ask for your continued prayers, please. The Prayer Table is a bit on hold at the moment. We have one location we are waiting to hear back on, so still hopeful. In the meantime, God has opened a new door. In October we started a weekly Prayer Meeting. It initially was held in the church but the request came could we move the location to the local senior housing and this past Tuesday is where we met. This brings prayer into our communities in a whole different way. We are thinking that a group size about of 8 feels comfortable and over that may not give enough time in the group to share their concerns. We are at 8 right now and are anticipating starting another small group in the near future. One of the group members is willing to lead a Prayer Group Meeting in his home. As soon as the numbers grow beyond the current 8 that is the next plan. So God is moving prayer into our community just not in the way I originally envisioned. Just wanted to share with you. Take care and God bless.
Deacon Patty

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 10, 2013, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre 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 -- Gary (regular) is ill. We prayed for Gary and that as Dan gave the message at the evening meal that people would have ears to hear and be cut to the heart. We also prayed for Dan's three daughters: one is getting her own apartment, one is trying to get a job, and the other is beginning to be reconciled with Dan.

a CHUCK and a+ KOLBE (age 2) -- Kolbe's mother keeps promising to show up and do things with Kolbe and give him presents, but never does.

PETER and CONNIE are doing well. Their baby is due April 11th. Peter led us in prayer for JEAN who was not well enough to come to the prayer table.

+a JUSTIN -- He is a grad student at Potsdam. He had a childhood faith which he lost and is now coming back to faith in Jesus.

a NATHAN (young man) -- We prayed that the Holy Spirit would move in his life.

a+ JJ (young man) -- We prayed for guidance for him. NATHAN brought him for prayer.

a RON (regular) -- He had another court hearing Thursday trying to get custody of his daughter ISABEL without success.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, January 09, 2013

 

1/9/2013, #9, 1st Quarter 2013

I will lift up my eyes to the hills -- from whence comes my help? (Psalm 121:1)
      Jesus, you are my help and my strength.

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)
      Jesus, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit day by day to guide and help me.

He will not allow your foot to be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:3)
      I am in your care and love 24/7; thank you Jesus.

Behold, he who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:4)
      Father, we look to you to hold us up and sustain us.

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. (Psalm 121:5)
      Father, I find shelter in your arms -- thank you.

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. (Psalm 121:6)
      Father, you have protected me and carried me all these years. Thank you.

The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; he shall preserve your soul. (Psalm 121:7)
      Holy Spirit, guide my steps so that I do not wander off that straight and narrow path Jesus has set for me.

The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121:8 )
      LORD, our times are in your hands (Psalm 31:15) and we are in your care. LORD, preserve this diocese and its leaders and people from all harm. Thank you.

Jan. 9: 121, 122, 123 * 131, 132; Isa. 63:1-5; Rev. 2:18-29; John 5:1-15
Jan. 10: 138, 139:1-17(18-23) * 147; Isa. 65:1-9; Rev. 3:1-6; John 6:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish, January 9 Parish Leadership Conferences (January 26, February 2, 16) The Rev’d Julia McPartlin, The Rev’d David Sullivan

***** Diocesan Update Urgent Prayers - Northern Ireland
January 8, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      As you may be aware, in recent days tragedy and violence has once again broken out in Northern Ireland, especially in and around East Belfast. A decision by the Belfast City Council to limit the flying of the Union Flag on the Belfast City Hall to certain days has triggered protests and acts of violence, bringing back the memories and wounds of the past.
      Please join with me in holding up in prayer +Bishop Harold Miller, all our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Down and Dromore, and all the people of Northern Ireland (especially East Belfast) during this very difficult and dangerous time.
      Dear Heavenly Father, please send your holy angels to watch over and protect Bishop Harold, his family, all the people of the Diocese of Down and Dromore, and the people of Northern Ireland, especially in and around East Belfast. We ask Lord Jesus that You would speak to and through Bishop Harold and all those who are working to bring peace and order into the current chaos. Guide and lead them in the power of the Holy Spirit, empowering them to be a channel of Your love and mercy and healing grace. We ask Lord that You would bring healing to the wounds of the past and present. May Your perfect will be done. In Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.
      The following is an overview of the current situation and prayer request from +Bishop Miller.
      Your Brother in Christ, +Bill
      
Request for Prayer for East Belfast in the light of recent violence. From The Rt Revd Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Dromore
      The last days have been tragic and difficult ones in Northern Ireland, and especially in East Belfast which is in the Diocese of Down and Dromore. Protests have taken place about a decision of Belfast City Council to fly the Union Flag only on designated days on Belfast City Hall, rather than 365 days a year, and many of these protests have led to scenes of violence and mayhem, which have become a regular occurrence, and which have been broadcast throughout the world.
      Lying behind all of this is the sense in parts of the loyalist community that they have lost a great deal over the past years, especially in terms of identity, and that has led to a fear of the future being uncertain. These protests have given a platform to a new generation of younger ‘loyalists’ who have never been through the suffering of the earlier ‘troubles’ but who have imbibed the sectarianism of the past. It is also happening alongside the dangerous re-grouping of dissident republicans which has been the concern of the police for some time.
      Those who have experienced the divisions and violence of the past in Northern Ireland are deeply concerned about the potential trajectory which is in place at the moment. The adrenalin flowing, the sense of purpose and significance provided by violence, and the urban myths spread all too easily by social media - often believed and passed on without being checked out - are a dangerous and heady mix.
      I have personally observed at first hand some of the violence, the throwing of petrol bombs and bricks at the police, the threatening atmosphere of gathered crowds in the semi-darkness, the burning of cars, and the fear in old people and families living nearby as their neighbourhoods are rubbished. I have asked how the Gospel of the Prince of Peace can be proclaimed and lived out in this context, and I have been brought back again and again to the vulnerability of the Christ-child, born in a world of dangerous political intrigue and power-broking.
      I am asking all of our Christian brothers and sisters wherever they are, to pray for us: for wisdom for the churches in what they say and live, for the grace of God to extend even to those intent on destruction, and for the Spirit of Love and Peace to be poured out again, so that we may learn to live together in harmony and to love one another with the costly love of forgiveness and reconciliation across all divides.
      Pray the ‘Peace Prayer’ on http://vimeo.com/13346533
      +Harold Down and Dromore

Albany Intercessor


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