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Thursday, February 28, 2013

 

2/28/2013, #59, 1st Quarter 2013

Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; (Psalm 70:4a)
      The joy of the LORD is our strength -- Holy Spirit, come upon us with your presence and joy.

And let those who love your salvation say continually, "Let God be magnified!" (Psalm 70:4b)
      Jesus, please help us all reach outside our church walls and share the good news of the salvation you have wrought.

But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God! (Psalm 70:5a)
      Father, hold me in your arms of love and sustain me.

You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay. (Psalm 70:5b)
      Jesus, I look to you day by day to clothe me with your full armor and deliver me from all the attacks of the evil one. Thank you for the daily help you give us through your Holy Spirit and for helping us know the Father's love for us.

      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)

A word received 1/1/2013: I want my people to reach out to the community.

Thursday: [70], 71; *; 74; Jer. 4:9-10,19-28; Rom. 2:12-24; John 5:19-29
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; *; 73; Jer. 5:1-9; Rom. 2:25-3:18; John 5:30-47

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 28 Diocesan Council

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 201
      The foundation of revival is repentance. ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Subject: Here is the sermon of Dr. Phil Brown last Tuesday healing service at the SLC       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-i9gtn5HA0&feature=youtu.be

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

 

2/27/2013, #58, 1st Quarter 2013

"We do not presume
A Sermon for Maundy Thursday
Texts: Exod. 12.1-4, 11-14; 1 Cor. 11.23-32; John 13.1-17, 31b-35
      + May I speak and may you hear, in the Name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
      We do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
      This is an all too familiar prayer. Those of you brought up on the 1662 Book of Common Prayer could, no doubt, recite it from memory--with, of course, the prerequisite "thys" and "thous." This prayer of "humble access" is one of my favourite parts of the Communion service. Nonetheless, I greatly fear that the prayer is often entirely wrong. All too often we do presume. All too often we approach this table as if it were our right, rather than a remarkable privilege. What is even worse, I suspect that for many it has become simply a ritual that we go through week by week. Tonight, of all nights, when we commemorate the first Last Supper, tonight when we mark that night when our Lord gave us this remarkable privilege it is wholly appropriate to remind ourselves what this is all about.
      The key to what we do tonight is found in those words of our Lord recorded by St. Paul: "Do this in remembrance of me" and "Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." When eat this bread and drink this cup we remember Jesus, his life and especially his death for us on the cross. But it must not escape our notice that Jesus was a Jew; his disciples with whom he shared that first Last Supper were Jews and that even St. Paul, the former Pharisee, was a Jew. And that meal which Jesus shared with his disciples and which we commemorate tonight, was a Passover meal--that most Jewish of meals. And for Jews the keeping of the Passover meal was never just about remembering, it was not merely the recalling of a past event. No, it is much more contemporary action than that. In the Book of Exodus we read how the Jews were instructed that in the years to come, when they kept the Passover, "You shall tell your child on that day, 'It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt" (Exod. 13.8 ). And generations after generations of Jews until this present day keep Passover as if it included them. In the introduction to a Passover Haggadah which I have on my shelves the editor writes: "Tradition teaches that in each generation, we must consider ourselves as having personally been freed from Egypt." It is as if when they eat the Passover meal and repeat those ancient words they are once again in Egypt keeping vigil and waiting for their liberation in the morning.
      And so when Jesus told his disciples to "Do this in remembrance of me" he meant for them to do something far more contemporary than merely remembering a past event. Every time we gather around this table, every time we eat this bread and drink this cup we do far more than just remember his death on the cross, the breaking of his body and the outpouring of his blood. Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup, we participate in his death, the breaking of his body and the outpouring of his blood.
      Hear the words of St. Paul, from the chapter previous to our reading for tonight: "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not koinonia (??????i,a) with the blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not koinonia (??????i,a) with the body of Christ?" (1 Cor. 10.16). And the Greek word koinonia means "participation, sharing, fellowship." Most decidedly, you cannot have participation with something that is not present. You cannot share something which is not there. And you cannot have fellowship with someone who is absent. If the bread were merely a symbol of the body of Christ, if the wine were just a symbol of the blood of Christ, Paul could not speak of koinonia with them. And Jesus the Jew would not have commanded us, in a Jewish manner, to do this as a remembrance of him.
      In the bread of the Eucharist the broken body of Jesus on the cross is not just portrayed and recalled, it is also present. In the cup of the Eucharist the blood of Jesus, shed for your sins and mine, is not just portrayed and remembered, it is also present. You can ask me how this happens and I will tell; I do not know! Nonetheless, I am convinced that it does. When I was a Baptist I thought this kind of talk was Catholic nonsense. I was at that time hung up on the kind language which spoke of change from this to that, from bread and wine to body and blood. It all suggested to my mind a kind of hocus-pocus magic, and I knew that was far away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What I missed was that the central point was not about change, but about presence and encounter. In the bread and wine of the Eucharist Christ comes to us. In this broken bread and shared cup we encounter Christ. Just as God came to the men and women two thousand years ago in flesh and blood, so now he comes to us in bread and wine. Sometimes I wonder if some Christians reject this belief in the real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist because it asks too much of him. They don't wish to see their Lord humbled yet again. They are like Peter in tonight's Gospel lesson: "Lord, you will never wash my feet!" And I suspect our Lord's answer to them is not unlike his answer to Peter: "If I don't feed you, you have not part in me!"
      For when we receive the bread and the wine, we receive him--and not just symbolically. We really and truly receive him. By eating him we are join to him. I like the image that when we consume him, he consumes us. He consumes our little insecurities, our petty acts of selfishness, our every tendency toward anger and pride and envy. When we consume him, he consumes us, our sins, and continues the process of our remaking. Just as we live because of what we eat and drink, so in the Eucharist Christ becomes the source of our very life. Food and drink is the source of our biological life and in the Eucharist Christ becomes the source of our spiritual, that is, our true life. As the liturgy says, in the Eucharist we "feed on him in our hearts." And I would add, "…and not just in our hearts!"
      But there is more. Just as this meal joins us with Christ, in the eating and drinking of his body and blood we are united with him; in the same way, just because we are united with him, we are also united with one another. "Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share one bread." This meal makes us who we are. It makes us one with Christ and it makes us one with the body of Christ; his people throughout the world, down through history and in this place.
      If all this is true, then does it not follow that this meal is the most remarkable of privileges--one we dare not take for granted, nor one we dare approach trusting in our own righteousness? Now, be careful. I do not mean that one should only approach this table when he or she is worthy of it. For that would mean, none of us would ever come. As the Prayer of Humble Access so poetically reminds us, "We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table." Rather, the more we eat and drink Him, the more we come to Christ in his Eucharist, the more worthy we become. Do not misunderstand St. Paul's words in our reading for tonight. He encourages us to examine ourselves that we might not eat and drink in an unworthy manner. He knows we will never, in this world, be worthy of it. But he also knows that we can come in an unworthy manner or we can come worthily. We can come, in Paul's words, discerning Christ's body in the Eucharist or we can come neglecting to discern Christ's body. We can come conscious of Christ's real presence in the bread and wine and his presence in our brothers and sisters, the wider body of Christ. Or we can come neglecting Him and them. And, in the words of the Prayer Book, we can come presuming it as if were a right, "trust in our own righteousness." Or we can come trusting in the "manifold and great mercies" of God.
      In the words of the Baptist liturgy for Holy Communion, which Bishop John quoted at my induction: Come to this table not because you must, but because you may, not because you are strong, but because you are weak. Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you right to come, but because you need mercy and help. Come because you love the Lord a little and would like to love him more. Come, because He loved you and gave Himself for you. Come and meet the Risen Christ, for we are His Body.
      Amen.
Revd Dr Darrell Hannah
All Saints' Church, London Road, Ascot, United Kingdom SL5 8DQ, http://www.all-saints-ascot.org/meditations/resources-and-sermons/we-do-not-presume

A word received: Give me your fears.

Wednesday: 72; *; 119:73-96; Jer. 3:6-18; Rom. 1:28-2:11; John 5:1-18
Thursday: [70], 71; *; 74; Jer. 4:9-10,19-28; Rom. 2:12-24; John 5:19-29

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 27 Christ the King Spiritual Life Center-Lay Canon Mathew Baker, Director

***** Thank you to the many who responded so generously to the appeal for funds for clothing for the poor which went to St. Ann's Amsterdam, NY and is being distributed to other parishes.

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:25 AM
      Victim mentality?
      Victor mentality?
      Victory mentality ?
      It is your choice...
      Victory is a way of life with Jesus.
      ~ Fr. Nigel MACumford+

From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:09 AM
      Where is the onus for your healing?
      Your own faith, faith through others, faith in God's presence?
      Do you need a "faith lift"?
      FAITH is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Hebrews 11:1-11.
      FAITH is the woman with the issue of bleeding who touched the robe of Jesus.
      Mathew 9:20-26 (your own faith)
      FAITH is the anonymous four lowering there paralyzed friend down to Jesus. Mark 2:1-12 (friends and prayer team faith)
      FAITH is Jesus standing at the tomb of Lazarus and shouting "Come out Lazarus..."
      John 11:11-33 (faith in the presence of God even though Lazarus was dead)
      Seek, pray, ask and eagerly desire the gift of faith...
       1 Corinthians 12:9, and 1 Corinthians 12:32
      Pray for the gift of faith for your healing and the healing of others...
      ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** From: Carol MacNaughton
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
      Please consider for your daily blog. (I signed up St Michael's for Hudson Community College)
      February 28th - Collegiate Day of Prayer
      For almost 100 years, pastors and church members set aside a specific day to fervently pray and intercede for America’s college campuses. The churches of our nation united and earnestly prayed together for God to awaken and capture the hearts of their sons and daughters. You can help our nation re-discover and re-launch this historic day of prayer for America’s colleges. The Collegiate Day of Prayer gives each local church a strategic opportunity to re-kindle and re-sow the historic seeds of revival and awakening into the college campuses of today.
      Churches and communities sign up to pray for specific schools. see the Collegiate Day of Prayer websites, videos, and the power of praying students.
       http://collegiatedayofprayer.org

***** From: Ginnie Grupinski [For Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman in Peru]
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 9:17 AM
Subject: Today's important issues!!
      Another update: Need prayers for a meeting (and successful outcome) this morning to discuss planting a church in Huancavelica. Prayers this afternoon for a pastoral call and healing service they are having in another part of Huancavelica.
      They will be leaving first thing in the morning for Huancayo. There had been flooding and landslides on the way to Huancavelica. Prayers needed for safe travel on the way back to Huancayo and that the roads will be open and safe.
      Love and thanks to all, Linda

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Subject: PRAYER TABLE REPORT(S) ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Sunday, Feb. 24, 11:30-12:30 in our Parish Hall during monthly Community Meal. Anne DeGroff and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)
a--anointed with Holy Oil.
t--Accepted wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a--CHERI -- Asked for prayers for continued healing.
a,t -- HELEN -- Needed prayers for healing from a recent heart attack and for discernment on whether or not to take doctor's advice and have bypass surgery ... again.
DAVID -- Raised prayers of thanksgiving for recent development which is easing his financial troubles.
MYRA -- Asked for prayers fopr herself, husband and daughter in dealing with recent death of the family's 18-year-old cat. They are devastated with the loss of this longtime "family member."
JAY -- Accepted prayer for general overall health, then asked what the Episcopalians believe ("Do you have a Creed?", "What are your prayers that you pray in church?") We gave him a copy of the Book of Common Prayer to take home and keep.
DORIS -- Recently lost her hearing aid and cannot afford to replace it. We prayed for an answer to come that, somehow, this situation can be resolved and she can either find the old one or get a new one.
(Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in front of our church on Division Street. Nicest weather day for the table in months!! Sunny, 40 degrees -- about 20 degrees warmer than last week! Becky Hadley and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)
YOUNG FAMILY -- No names given, but a young husband and wife and their daughter stopped. They declined prayer ("We're good!") but took some of the warm winter clothing we offer our community members for free.
ROBERT -- Asked for prayers to regain the wallet he either lost or was stolen. He was retracing all his steps of the last two days in hopes of finding it.
a,t -- SHERRY -- Asked for healing. She has had problems with vision, and a visit to an optometrist revealed she has the beginning stages of MS. She is going for tests this week. We prayed for healing and protection.
DAVE -- General prayer request for continued good health.
t--STEPHEN -- His cousin just passed away (only 52) and STEPHEN is afraid of a recurrence of cancer which he "beat" years ago.
a-SHAQUILLE (infant in baby carriage) -- We prayed that this child will learn to know Jesus and follow in His ways.
t,a -- STEPHANIE (infant's mother) -- This woman's husband is starting to go blind. We prayed for healing, physically and spiritually, for the whole family.
MAN (No name) -- Took some clothing but declined prayer. As he walked away he smiled and said, "God is always goosd to me!"
GEORGE -- This man spotted us from across the street while riding his bicycle. He is unemplyed. He asked for prayer to get a job somewhere.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

2/26/2013, #57, 1st Quarter 2013

So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where he had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him and implored him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe." The nobleman said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies!" Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your son lives." So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, "Your son lives!" Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign Jesus did when he had come out of Judea into Galilee. (John 4:46-54)
      Jesus, please help each of us hear your word to us, believe it, and act upon it. Thank you

A word received: Give your troubles to me.

Tuesday: 61, 62; *; 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Jer. 2:1-13; Rom. 1:16-25; John 4:43-54
Wednesday: 72; *; 119:73-96; Jer. 3:6-18; Rom. 1:28-2:11; John 5:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 26 Church of the Holy Name, Boytonville – The Rev’d Nelson Lundberg

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our Discretionary Fund Benefit Concert on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in our sanctuary, Deacon Alan Hart will present a benefit concert to fortify our parish's Clergy Discretionary Fund. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken, and all proceeds will go to bolster the fund, which Father Neal and Deacon Alan use to help in their ministry to the needs of people of our parish and also members of our community here in Amsterdam. Deacon Alan will play his guitar and banjo and sing some of the songs he has written over the years, including "Chestertown," "Seamy Saw a Tower," "Psalm 23" and others, as well as some of his favorite songs of others. Come and join the fun and help a worthy cause.

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013
Subject: Healing ministry update...
      Dr.Phil Brown chief of staff of the Dartmouth hospital will be out keynote speaker/preacher at the healing service on Tuesday 26th Feb. 10am I do hope you will join us.

***** Christ Church Schenectady, Neighborhood Meal, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2013. Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo

+received a cross

++RIANNA – 6 year old came to ask for prayer for her UNCLE JOSH who she loves and misses very much; wants him to move back to Schenectady. He is living with his mother and she is unable to see him.
+LETITIA and +DARLA – Both women were under the influence. Letitia asked for strength to be clean and drug free. Darla had no idea what was happening but we prayed that God will step into their darkness and show them the truth.
+FESS – Peace in remembrance of HIS BROTHER who died of cancer. Pray for God’s provision for him.
+DEVON – Strength in the Lord
+JAMIEL – 2 year old – Prayed he will grow into what God has planned for him in his life.
DONNA – HIV positive. Pray for God’s provision to get the correct treatment so she can be there for her children; +KRISTEL, +DESTINY, +ASHLEY.
++++CHRISTINA – Has 5 children (the oldest being 11 years old), and is expecting her 6th in May. (She is 28 years old.) She asked to pray for a healthy baby and easy delivery.

***** From: Ginnie Grupinski [for Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman in Peru]
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Subject: Huancayo
      Bishop Mike and Father MIsael are travelling to Huancayo and Huancavelica this morning. Vincent Martinelli is travelling with them. He is interested in working with the people of Peru.please pray for safety as it is winter in the mountains; lots of snow, ice and landslides.
they have the new truck, PTL!!! and that should make their trip easier. Please pray for a mighty outpouring of the love and power of God there, and that all will bring Him much glory. Thank you for your heart to pray; and God bless you when you come in and when you go out.Ginnie

***** From: Ginnie Grupinski [for Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman in Peru]
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013
      Update: I heard from Michael: He said to thank everyone for the prayers - there were huge parts of the roads that were wiped out by massive landslides. The road they are on is now opening up. Also, they are all doing pretty well with the altitude. Again, thanks for praying, it means so much! Praise God!
      this is from Linda. Keep up the awesome work!

Albany Intercessor


Monday, February 25, 2013

 

2/25/2013, #56, 1st Quarter 2013

In the meantime his disciples urged him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought him anything to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work. (John 4:31-34)
      Holy Spirit, guide us to such a banquet where our heart's desire is to do the Father's will.

Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! (John 4:35)
      Jesus, give us eyes to see the harvest fields that are all around us.

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.' (John 4:36-37)
      Father, help us all to make the decision to go forth into those harvest fields where we may gather in fruit for eternal life. Help each of us to do our part -- whether it is in sowing or reaping.

I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors." (John 4:38 )
      Jesus, thank you for the labors of those who have gone before us. Thank you that we can enter into their labors. Help us do our part in our generation.

And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans had come to him, they urged him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his own word. (John 4:39-41)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have the confidence in your work that you will bring forth a rich harvest from the words we speak as happened in this city in Samaria. Thank you.

Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world." (John 4:42)
      Help those that we share gospel with meet you, Jesus, for themselves as did the people of Samaria. Give them a personal encounter with you. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me. Let me guide you step by step.

Monday: 56, 57, [58]; *; 64, 65; Jer. 1:11-19; Rom. 1:1-15; John 4:27-42
Tuesday: 61, 62; *; 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Jer. 2:1-13; Rom. 1:16-25; John 4:43-54

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 25 Christ & St. John’s, Champlain -- The Rev’d Patricia Beauharnois The Rev’d Charles Smith

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our Discretionary Fund Benefit Concert on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in our sanctuary, Deacon Alan Hart will present a benefit concert to fortify our parish's Clergy Discretionary Fund. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken, and all proceeds will go to bolster the fund, which Father Neal and Deacon Alan use to help in their ministry to the needs of people of our parish and also members of our community here in Amsterdam. Deacon Alan will play his guitar and banjo and sing some of the songs he has written over the years, including "Chestertown," "Seamy Saw a Tower," "Psalm 23" and others, as well as some of his favorite songs of others. Come and join the fun and help a worthy cause.

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013
Subject: Healing ministry update...
      Dr.Phil Brown chief of staff of the Dartmouth hospital will be out keynote speaker/preacher at the healing service on Tuesday 26th Feb. 10am I do hope you will join us.

Book Review
By The Rev'd. Joseph K. Acton
      "After the Trauma, The Battle Begins. Post Trauma Healing."
      Fr. Nigel Mumford has managed to provide a very helpful and unique kind of book called After the Trauma the Battle Begins: Post Trauma Healing. It is both a study and spiritual reflection on PTSD, providing both clinical and historical understanding of this condition. His book is timely in the wake of the Iraqi and Afghan war veterans returning home and our becoming more aware of the level of trauma with which they are dealing. After the Trauma is also a very personal reflection on Mumford's own experience of trauma and subsequent healing. But perhaps what was most meaningful, was the way he has woven these themes together into a spiritual odyssey, providing insight into God's wonderfully mysterious work of healing for all of us. It is a book not only for PTSD survivors and their loved ones, but for anyone who has experienced trauma, adversity, loss, fear and desires healing.
      There is so much practical help in this book. He provides compassionate encouragement, not only to PTSD sufferers, but to over eaters, the depressed, the anxious, and the doubter. He speaks eloquently of the way words can become "grenades" and illustrates various kinds of interpersonal "terrorism." While the book speaks a great deal about war, it continues to apply spiritual principles to our own very personal everyday battles.
      I am moved by the generosity of this book, as Mumford shares with us the discord and chaos of his personal life as a traumatized Marine, his many near death experiences, and his own "Dark Night" of the soul. Issues of guilt, fear, regret, obsession, are all lifted up into the transforming presence of Christ. Each strand of story telling, each confessed failing, each practical answer, leads to what in the end could be called a Litany of Gratitude, for here is a man who has felt the pain of wounds and the joy of healing. His words clearly focuss the reader on the wounds of Christ, "by which we are healed."
      Finally the book speaks with the authority of a man who had been so close to death he had received last rites three times! Mumford has overcome death most recently by coming out of a coma and what was the final stage of the H1N1 virus. I, along with thousands of others, prayed for Mumford as we heard his condition was going from bad to worse. It is an incredible witness to all of us that today that Nigel Mumford lives and writes, speaks and heals in the name of Jesus. And so with the authority of a modern Lazarus, and the gentle compassion of a lover of Jesus and servant of the Gospel, Mumford has provided a must read for all of us who seek to overcome trauma and adversity, and live in the victory and power of Jesus Christ. Thank you, Fr. Nigel Mumford, for this wonderful book!

The Rev'd. Joseph K. Acton
Executive Director
Desert Call Ministries, Inc.
Pastor, ACTS Church Hemet, CA
The book is available at www.nigelmumford.com Or www.amazon.com Or at Christ the King, Spiritual Life Center.

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Subject: Public Prayer Mail for 25 February
Dear partners in prayer, this is our weekly public prayer mail. We hope you are having a blessed Lent.
This week's overview:
      1) I have just finished developing an Old Testament context course. Now, I move on to an "Introduction to Anglicanism course" which I will be teaching in Belize in May. Julie is working on a Biblical Interpretation course. Pray that all would be the kind of courses that Jesus has in mind for the students' needs.
      2) Now that the dust has settled on our schedule, we have a much better idea of when one of us will be available to visit parishes and make missionary presentations, cover for supply clergy, anywhere in the Diocese, as long as the other of us is in the North Country. Please pray for God's plans for the respective parishes and for us, that all be done to the glory of God.
      2) I am applying for a fellowship to support our mission work, to complete our financial needs. Pray that everything would done to the glory of God and that all the recommendation letters and paperwork arrives on time. I leave the outcome in the Lord's hands.
      3) We get comments from people every once in a while, letting us know that we keep people more informed than other missionaries. Part of that is because we need prayer, every day. The Lord answered our prayers about the Tanzanian trip. I am scheduled to head there in late April, and go from there immediately to Belize in May.
      4) One of the more common questions that people ask us is "where are you?" In my quiet time, the Holy Spirit compared what I am doing to the schedule of the Apostle Philip in Acts 8: the Lord takes us where he wants us. Our upcoming schedule is very complex, including possible holding an interactive session from Tanzania for students in Belize. Pray that the Lord will have us be a blessing through it all, and that his blessing be passed along to others as a result of where he places us.
Prayer requests:
      1) For the students and their families, may the Holy Spirit transform, heal them, and empower them for ministry by what they learn and by what we teach. May what they learn be applied in God's ways, throughout their respective dioceses and denominations.       2) For North Country plans, as well as travel plans for the SAMS missionary retreat in early April, Western Tanganyika in late April, Belize in mid-May, and Albany Diocesan Convention in June.
      4) For my meeting with the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika next weekend, in the US.
      5) For our parish schedule, that we be in the right place at the right time, and that people may be inspired by what we do. For Holy Week planning in Ogdensburg.
      6) For a resolution to the health insurance issue, God's way.
      God bless you, and thank you for praying. I pray for you every day. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ "We are building the ship, while sailing it."

***** http://the-dock.org/

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, February 24, 2013

 

2/24/2013, #55, 1st Quarter 2013

And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said to him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?" And he said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open for us,' and he will answer and say to you, 'I do not know you, where you are from,' " (Luke 13:22-25)
      Holy Spirit, help all who live in the hope of eternal life with Jesus recognize that there is a narrow gate, and that we must shed whatever is necessary to get through that gate. Help us know that we must conform to the gate rather than the gate conforming to us.

      Jesus, on that final day of judgment, we pray that we will come before you and be known to you and not be strangers to you and your ways.

      Father, in your word in Scripture you have laid out a narrow path and anointed your son Jesus as the gate we must pass through. Help us daily to be steady on that path. Thank you for sending Jesus so that we can enter your kingdom.

A word received: Place your hands in my hand and I will hold you up.

Sunday: 24, 29; *; 8, 84; Jer. 1:1-10; 1 Cor. 3:11-23; Mark 3:31-4:9
HC: 27 or 27:10-18; Genesis 15:1-12,17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:(22-30)31-35
Monday: 56, 57, [58]; *; 64, 65; Jer. 1:11-19; Rom. 1:1-15; John 4:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 24 Preparation for the Diocesan Convention (June 7-9)

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our Discretionary Fund Benefit Concert on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in our sanctuary, Deacon Alan Hart will present a benefit concert to fortify our parish's Clergy Discretionary Fund. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken, and all proceeds will go to bolster the fund, which Father Neal and Deacon Alan use to help in their ministry to the needs of people of our parish and also members of our community here in Amsterdam. Deacon Alan will play his guitar and banjo and sing some of the songs he has written over the years, including "Chestertown," "Seamy Saw a Tower," "Psalm 23" and others, as well as some of his favorite songs of others. Come and join the fun and help a worthy cause.

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Behold, Jesus is not a mamby pamby Jesus. He is a man who speaks the truth in love, with callused hands of a Carpenter. He has so much to offer...Take it. Then, You shall not perish, but will have eternal life. ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** From: Diocese of Albany
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013
Bishop Ball Update February 22nd, 2013
Good evening everyone,
      It has been over two weeks since my last communication with you regarding Bishop Ball. Part of this time I was away on a mission trip.
      There are a few areas of his health and well-being to report on.
      First, his neck. You may recall the surgery was December 31 and following a very sucessful surgery the prognosis was that he could be in the neck brace (aka "halo") for up to 12 weeks. A week ago he had an evaluation of his neck and they reported "moderate healing." At first this might seem like "luke warm" news. In reality, it is good in that his neck is healing - before the surgery it was not. Furthermore, at the time of the evaluation he was about half way into the 12 weeks. So this part of his body is going in the right direction, but we need to keep praying.
      Next is his eyesight. This is not improving and creates a tough situation. He is a voracious reader and with so much time in the hospital he is now unable to occupy his mind by reading. We are working on several solutions. Also, people will call him on the phone and read Evening Prayer with him - consider doing that with him! Unlike the healing of his neck, there is not a firm course of action for his eyesight.
      Next he is having some digestive troubles. I will spare you the details, but if you visit please be sensitive to his dignity.
      Lastly, and this is in regards to visits, he has contracted one of those hospital infections, "C-Diff". This means when you visit, you are to be gowned and gloved. Before you enter the room you need to check with the nurse. Before you leave, you remove your gloves and protective garments and thoroughly wash your hands.
      As you can see, much prayer is needed. His spirits are mostly up, but as you might imagine there certainly are some times it gets to him.
      We really need your prayers, and your cards (I read him many today as I visited). And you can visit, especially on weekends when he has quite a bit of time on his hands.
      God bless you, Dean Collum

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, February 23, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, February 23, 2013, 9:10 - 10:35 a.m. Ray and Linda Davis and Torre Bissell on State St. and Louise Popa, Tonie Loveless, Candy Palumbo, and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Cold and windy, glad we had gloves to give out.

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

Albany St.

STEVEN -- walk by - daily blessings
+G RAHNIEM -- Family blessings, family protection
+G TRACY -- For his family of 10 children, blessings and health, alcohol addiction
+QUINTON -- Daily blessings
+ MARK -- SHARON (mom), back surgery and daily blessings
+ MIKE -- Grandmother pass away 2010, daily blessings
++MOVO -- Prayer for his mom SHARON who has back problems
+SG RUSSELL -- Job, keep his apartment, give up cigarettes
+ CHRIS -- Work
+ JODY -- Family, her children, daily blessings
+ MOHAMAD -- daily blessings
+DOROTHEA -- daily blessings, alcohol addiction
+JAMAL -- daily provisions, home
+LAMAR -- daily provisions and blessings
+ MALCOLM -- daily provisions and blessings
+ ANGEL -- for protection
++ JUAN and KELLY -- daily protection, needs, blessings

State St.

TOM (older man) -- "Pray for my dead mother." We prayed for the assurance of eternal hop and life and that she would be in Jesus' arms.
+a SHERRI -- She ask for prayer for a speedy settlement from an accident where her daughter was struck by a car a couple of years ago. We prayed that she would have wisdom in spending any settlement.
+LARRY (taxi driver who pulled up in front of us for prayer) -- We prayed for protection and blessing.
+aG NURSE (man) -- He asked prayer for his whole family and an apartment, and for his wife's healing.
+aG TOM -- He was going to visit is son in the Schenectady County Jail. He also wanted prayer healing of his relationship with him. He also asked prayer for guidance about taking up a relationship with an old girlfriend.
+TONY -- "Hit and Run" prayer
+LESLIE ANN -- She asked prayer for her family.
RON (a regular from the Schenectady City Mission) -- We prayed for his meeting with his daughter ISABEL on Monday (the first time in 7 or 8 months being able to see her).
+STELLA -- For good health.
+G KEITH -- Healing.


 

2/23/2013, #54, 1st Quarter 2013

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to him, "How is it that you, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." (John 4:7-10)
      Jesus, please give all of us in this diocese that thirst for the living water of your Holy Spirit. Let it well up in us and flow out of our hearts to others as it did with this woman of Samaria. Thank you.

A word received: Pray that you will hear and act on my word.

Saturday: 55; *; 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Deut. 11:18-28; Heb. 5:1-10; John 4:1-26
Sunday: 24, 29; *; 8, 84; Jer. 1:1-10; 1 Cor. 3:11-23; Mark 3:31-4:9
HC: 27 or 27:10-18; Genesis 15:1-12,17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:(22-30)31-35

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 23 Diocesan Commissions and Committees Canon Ray Donahue, The Rev’d Ted McConnell

Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4gej0K_LRo

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our Discretionary Fund Benefit Concert on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in our sanctuary, Deacon Alan Hart will present a benefit concert to fortify our parish's Clergy Discretionary Fund. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken, and all proceeds will go to bolster the fund, which Father Neal and Deacon Alan use to help in their ministry to the needs of people of our parish and also members of our community here in Amsterdam. Deacon Alan will play his guitar and banjo and sing some of the songs he has written over the years, including "Chestertown," "Seamy Saw a Tower," "Psalm 23" and others, as well as some of his favorite songs of others. Come and join the fun and help a worthy cause.

***** From: jeanne gizara
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation, say continually, “Great is the Lord!” (Psalm 40:16)
      Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Great are You! May all who seek you, especially Father Shaw and Mother Julie and their students, rejoice and be glad in You. May they always praise Your Holy Name.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46: 10-11)
      Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we beseech You to give rich quiet times to Father Shaw and Mother Julie and their students. May they seek and find You as they are still before You. May You always be exalted among the nations, especially in Belize and the United States and Tanzania. Be with Father Shaw and Mother Julie and their students and protect them from all harm, because You are their fortress. Amen.

***** From: Barbara Ayers
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013
Subject: My Prayer for All of You
      Was just doing powerpoint for this Sunday. I have sung this hymn countless times and never really looked at the words till today. Please check this out. I like what some of the other hymnals say at the end of the first verse: "bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more. . ."
      This is my prayer for all of you today. I look forward to worshiping with many of you Sunday and being united with you in our mutual worship of and love for our Lord. For those of you who attend other churches, we are still united as sisters and brothers in Christ. You have all been awesome influences on my life.
      Be blessed!

GUIDE ME, O THOU GREAT JEHOVAH

Guide me, O thou Great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but thou art mighty
Hold me with thy powerful hand
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed me now and evermore
Feed me now and evermore

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer
Be thou still my strength and shield
Be thou still my strength and shield

When I tread the verge of Jordan
Bid my anxious fears subside
Death of death, and hell’s destruction
Land me safe on Canaan’s side
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever give to thee
I will ever give to thee

Dcn Barb

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013
      You know, something is brewing...Mystery solved!
      I enjoy a good cup of tea. The best way to brew tea is to use a tea pot. There is a protocol for making a good cup of tea. A healing balm! Fill an empty kettle with fresh cold water and bring to the boil. Warm the pot with an inch of boiling water. Empty the water out and add LOOSE tea. One tea spoon per person and one for the pot! Then add an inch of BOILING water. Let it "steep"
      For 15 seconds. Then add more boiling water to the pot. Let the pot "steep" for at least three minutes... Never stir the pot!
      Use a tea strainer to strain the leaves and a tea cosy to keep the pot warm.
      As you like, either pour milk in your cup first and then pour the tea. Add sugar if you wish or just a slice of lemon.
      Two keys to success, "boiling water"and "steep time."
      Sit back, relax, and sip the tea...
      "Let God reassess your stress" as you sip your tea.
      What a healing balm.
      Enjoy a cupa now and again.
      More tea vicar?
      ~Fr. Nigel Mumford+

From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013
Subject: Amazing bible verse...
      And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. -- Hebrews 10:24,25

Albany Intercessor


Friday, February 22, 2013

 

2/22/2013, #53, 1st Quarter 2013

John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. (John 3:27)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to receive everything you want to give us.

You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before him.' (John 3:28 )
      Holy Spirit, thank you for those witnesses you sent before us to lead us to Jesus.

He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. (John 3:29)
      Jesus, help us rejoice in you and what you are doing among us.

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily decrease so that Jesus may increase in and through us.

He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. (John 3:31)
      Jesus, you are above all and at your name every knee should bow.

And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no one receives his testimony. (John 3:32)
      Father, please help us daily testify to what we have seen Jesus do.

He who has received his testimony has certified that God is true. (John 3:33)
      Holy Spirit, write the testimony of the Scriptures on our hearts.

For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. (John 3:34)
      Jesus, immerse us and fill us up with your Holy Spirit till we are overflowing with his love and grace. Thank you.

Friday: 95* & 40, 54; *; 51; Deut. 10:12-22; Heb. 4:11-16; John 3:22-36
Saturday: 55; *; 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Deut. 11:18-28; Heb. 5:1-10; John 4:1-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 22 Good Shepherd, Canajoharie – The Rev’d Virginia L. Ogden The Rev’d Neal Longe

***** From: Bob Haskell
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013
      Torre-Could you put Pat Bailey, the wife of the Rev. Paul Bailey, on your prayer list. She was in the hospital last week for dehydration and the doctors found some other problems which need our prayers.-Bob

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 21, 2013, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre Bissell, Kathy Palmatier, 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 -- He asked prayer for his daughter SUMMER and her husband BOB who have just had another miscarriage. We prayed that she would soon get pregnant and carry a strong and healthy and normal baby to full term. Bob and Summer will soon be moving to Rotterdam Junction. We prayed for that move to go well.
a RON -- Good news! He is to have 2 hours with his daughter ISABEL on Monday. Pray that visit goes well. It has been about 7 months since he was able to see her. Isabel is now 6 years old.
+a JOE -- We prayed that God would win the victory in him over all the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
KATHY -- She asked prayer for SONIA who is a Russian immigrant woman who has stage 4 breast cancer.
+a LINDA -- She has left a domestic violence relationship down south and has just moved here. We prayed for healing and provision.
REGGIE -- He asked prayer for MIKE who has just stepped down from his job.
+a RICH -- He lives at the mission and is trying to get on Medicaid so that he can the medicine he needs. The person at the Department of Social Services was trying to get him to move out of the mission and into a half-way house as a condition for receiving Medicaid. He reported that he was able to spend time with his wife SOPHIA and his son RICHARD JR. on Sunday.
SMILEY -- We prayed for his work with the volunteers who serve the meals at the Schenectady City Mission.
KIM (woman) -- We prayed that God would anoint her to minister to the people at the mission.

***** From: Susan Plaske
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Subject: Cathedral Prayer Table, Wednesday Feb. 20, 2013 Very Windy and Cold, Beth, Jana, Hilda, Dcn. Sue
JIM - God's presence
CANDI'S grandson JOSEPH , new born with respiratory problem,in St. Peter's for healing
TABITHA, PETER and the TEAM IN HAITI on Medical Mission, Thanks giving for safe return and successful trip for Haiti Solar and School Team
HOMELESS MAN SLEEPING IN THE SANCTUARY - prayers for protection and the Lord's plan for him. FATHER EGAN brought coffee for him.
SHARON, CONNIE - for TERIKA, JIM, ROY JACKIE AND ANNA
HILDA - for relief and direction and intervention for work issues.
PAUL - BISHOP BALL, also for knee surgery next week

***** From: Danielle Bailey
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Subject: Kindle a Flame, Day 21
      Isaiah 49: 6c-"I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth." Thousands of international students-THE NATIONS-study on our campuses in NY/NJ. University of Buffalo, Rutgers, Cornell, Columbia, NYU and others are temporary home to students from countries where missionaries cannot enter or where it is a life-threatening situation to convert to Christianity. Lord, today we pray that you would draw into your fold students who have sought their education here in the States, but who come from places where they have never heard of the name of Jesus. Bring them to yourself, Jesus. May we be a light to the nations, aflame for you.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, February 21, 2013

 

2/21/2013, #52, 1st Quarter 2013

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
      Father, please help us understand the depths of your love for us. Help us by your Holy Spirit to share the good news that you sent your son Jesus to die for us to rescue us from sin and death. Father, we ask you to overcome in us the world, the flesh, and the devil. Help us daily make the choice to use the sword of your Spirit which is your word so that others will believe and be saved. Help us by your Holy Spirit to recognize and seize every opportunity you give us to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Father, we ask all this in Jesus' precious name. Thank you.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isaiah 43:2)
      A word received: Look to me to carry you through the deep waters.

Thursday: 50; *; [59, 60] or 19, 46; Deut. 9:23-10:5; Heb. 4:1-10; John 3:16-21
Friday: 95* & 40, 54; *; 51; Deut. 10:12-22; Heb. 4:11-16; John 3:22-36

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 21 The Rev’d Frederic Guile

***** Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Subject: Diocesan Update February 20, 2013, A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany
Short Term Missions Conference
      The Missions Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany is hosting a Short Term Missions Conference on Friday, March 1st from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, March 2nd from 8:30 am to 5 pm at Christ Church, Ballston Spa. The Conference will be led by Lynn Bouterse, Short Term Missions Coordinator, Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS). Members of the Missions Committee will also provide insight gained from their experience in missions. There is no cost to attend this conference, and lunch will be provided on Saturday. At this Conference, you can learn more about selecting your missions team, creating a budget, fundraising, cross-cultural orientation, spiritual development, logistics, working with the poor, what to expect when the team returns home and more! This conference is designed for any church member who is interested in missions activity and might want to develop mission activities in his or her church. Be a missionary or a sender! For more information or to register, contact Tom Gizara, Chairman of the Missions Committee, by e-mail at TAGValatie@aol.com or by phone at (518 ) 784-9612.
Lenten Quiet Day
      The Cathedral of All Saints All Saints Chapter of the Daughters of the King is hosting a Lenten Quiet Day on March 2nd. The Day begins at 8:30 am with morning refreshments, followed by a celebration of Holy Eucharist at 9 am. After Eucharist, from approximately 9:30 am until 11 am, there will be a time of teaching and quiet reflection. The Quiet Day is completed with a soup lunch at 11:30 am. If you plan on attending, please send an e-mail to webmaster@albanydiocese.org so that the Daughters of the King All Saints chapter can plan for the meals.
Men's Cursillo Weekend
      Are you a man interested in continuing to grow in your faith? Then consider attending the Men's Cursillo Weekend from March 14th through 17th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Cursillo is a ministry within the Episcopal church that is focused on continued Christian growth and leadership skill development. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us. The weekend is filled with fun, song, learning, new friendships, and most importantly...God. If you are interested in attending this weekend, see your Rector.
      There will also be a Couples Cursillo weekend August 22nd through 25th, and a Women's Cursillo weekend October 10th through 13th, both at the Spiritual Life Center.
Diocesan Chrism Masses
The Chrism Masses for the Albany Diocese for this year are as follows:
Monday, March 25th, 6 pm, Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210
Tuesday, March 26th, 6 pm, St. James, 305 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820
Wenesday, March 27th, 12 pm, St. Thomas, 8 Brentwood Avenue, Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Priests Retreat
      The Priests Retreat will be from April 16th at 5 pm through April 19th at 1:30 pm at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The retreat is being led by The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Bishop of Springfield. The overall theme for the weekend is Representing the Good Shepherd: The Iconography of the Priesthood. There will be individual presentations on Priest As Icon, Priest as Provider, Priest as Leader, Priest as Intercessor, and Priest as Victim. Registration is coming soon!

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our Discretionary Fund Benefit Concert on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in our sanctuary, Deacon Alan Hart will present a benefit concert to fortify our parish's Clergy Discretionary Fund. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken, and all proceeds will go to bolster the fund, which Father Neal and Deacon Alan use to help in their ministry to the needs of people of our parish and also members of our community here in Amsterdam. Deacon Alan will play his guitar and banjo and sing some of the songs he has written over the years, including "Chestertown," "Seamy Saw a Tower," "Psalm 23" and others, as well as some of his favorite songs of others. Come and join the fun and help a worthy cause.

***** Check this out: http://oneheartcry24-7.com/

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

 

2/20/2013, #51, 1st Quarter 2013

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
      Jesus, thank you for redeeming us. Thank you that with Job we can say, "I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!"

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isaiah 43:2)
      Father, we are passing through deep waters now -- we trust that you will carry and guide us through to you.

For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. (Isaiah 43:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily KNOW that Jesus is our savior.

Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. (Isaiah 43:4)
      Holy Trinity, One God, help us remember daily that we are precious in your sight. Thank you.

A word received: I AM a faithful guide.

Wednesday: 119:49-72; *; 49, [53]; Deut. 9:13-21; Heb. 3:12-19; John 2:23-3:15
Thursday: 50; *; [59, 60] or 19, 46; Deut. 9:23-10:5; Heb. 4:1-10; John 3:16-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 20 Bishop David Ball on the 29th Anniversary of his Consecration

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Subject: The overwhelming love of the Father. ...
      Someone at the SLC healing service said to me this morning, one day soon, God is going to let us know how much our soul is loved by Him. There will come a time in the near future where people will suddenly stop what they are doing and know the love, the real, supernatural love of The Father. This insight will be the mirror image of how much YOU are loved by God. We will be totally overwhelmed. I have seen perhaps 1, 1/10 of that love and thought I was going to burst into flames... Actually my face hurt from smiling so much, I had to massage my cheeks! Stand by my dear friends. This knowledge is coming... This global insight is within arm's reach... We actually have no idea how much you are loved... ~Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** News from Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
February & March
Friday Lenten Fish Fry Dinners 5-7 p.m. 2/22, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
Eat in Menu - salad bar, soup of the day, bread, fish& chips, coleslaw, desserts & beverages. $15.95 includes tax. Senior Special $11.95, (non-fried fish available upon request) Take Out Menu-fish & chips, coleslaw, bread & dessert, Dinner $9.95 includes tax Call 518-692-9550 for reservations.
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Easter Brunch, Sunday, March 31st ~ 9am to 2pm ~ CtK Trinity Dining Room $14.95 plus tax per person ~ $6.00 plus tax children 5-12 ~ Under 5 free, For reservations please call 518-692-9550 Easter Brunch Menu: Quiche, French Toast, Bacon, Sausage, Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes, Maple Glazed Ham, Fresh Fruits, Assorted Breads, Assorted Pastries, Full Salad Bar, Assorted Deli Meats, Coffee, Tea and Juice.
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Beaver Cross 2013 Registration now open!Registration for 2013 Beaver Cross Camp is now open! Registration forms can be found on the Beaver Cross website: http://beavercrosscamp.com/registration-camp-forms/ or you can call us to register at (518 )-692-9550.
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Come for SonShine Retreat '13, Don't miss - an action-packed weekend, 3 full days and 2 nights of outdoor winter adventures, snowtubing, sledding, snowball slingshots, broomball and much more.... Spend time with old and new friends, growing together in your relationship with Jesus. Date: Sr. High Feb 21-23, Arrive: Day one at 10:00 a.m. and depart Day 3 at 4:00 p.m. Registration: $99.00 Visit Youth Ministry on our website http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/index.cfm Call: 518-692-9550
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2013 Lenten Luncheon Series Greenwich Interfaith Lenten Luncheon Series at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center February and March. Join Us: Wednesday, February 20th and 27,Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, Lunch Time:
12:00p.m. - Soup, bread and beverage 12:30 An Interfaith clergy or laity will share a brief message. The gathering will conclude about 1:00 with announcements. Series Topic: Gandhi"s Seven Deadly Social Sins: Price: $6.00 is the cost of the lunch. Washington County Senior Meal tickets may be used if you wish. Please contact:Brenda Reid at CtK for a lunch reservation - 518-692-9550 x 112

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
      If you are waiting in line, waiting for a plane, or a train, or just hanging out, think about going through your contact list on your cell phone and pray for those names that jump out at you. Pray for those around you and watch what happens... 1 Thessalonians 5:17 writes, Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly)

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

 

2/19/2013, #50, 1st Quarter 2013

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested me, tried me, and saw my works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.' So I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.' " (Hebrews 3:7-11)
      Jesus, please help us hear your voice -- let your words soften our hearts. Lord, we have provoked you so many times -- bring us to true and lasting repentance so that we may enter your rest.

Prayer of Humble Access
      WE do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord, whose nature is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of you dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen. [Book of Common Prayer, Ireland]

A word received: Make the choice to wait on me and trust me.

Tuesday: 45; *; 47, 48; Deut. 9:4-12; Heb. 3:1-11; John 2:13-22
Wednesday: 119:49-72; *; 49, [53]; Deut. 9:13-21; Heb. 3:12-19; John 2:23-3:15

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 19 Grace Church, Canton - The Rev’d Evette Austin

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, 9:45-10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Anne DeGroff, Deb Gerlach and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table this day.) NOTE: It was extremely cold (14 degrees and wind!) today so there was very little foot traffic. For the first time, we had more prayer table presiders than customers. Oh, well. We were there for the ones who came!)

REBECCA -- One of our regulars, Rebecca was the very first person to come to the table back on July 9 of last year. Today she asked for prayer that she and her young son MICHAEL will be able to eventually move to a new home in Kentucky. Right now she cannot afford to go. She gladly accepted some warm winter clothing for herself and her son.

DAVID -- Another regular visitor, David asked for prayer to help him with financial problems which have hit him recently. David took clothing for other men in the apartment complex he lives in.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, February 18, 2013

 

2/18/2013, #49, 1st Quarter 2013

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, (Isaiah 61:1a)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the way you came upon Jesus; come upon us as well.

Because the LORD has anointed me (Isaiah 61:1b)
      Father, anoint us daily with your Holy Spirit.

To preach good tidings to the poor; (Isaiah 61:1c)
      Jesus, please help us join with you in preaching and speaking good tidings to the poor in our communities.

He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, (Isaiah 61:1d)
      Father, send us forth with Jesus to heal the brokenhearted.

To proclaim liberty to the captives, (Isaiah 61:1e)
      Jesus, help us reach out to those in prison or on parole so that they will find their liberty in you.

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (Isaiah 61:1f)
      Holy Spirit, open up the prison doors for all those who are in bondage to the evil one.

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, (Isaiah 61:2a)
      LORD, this is the year, this is the day when we should proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection and victory over sin and death.

And the day of vengeance of our God; (Isaiah 61:b2)
      LORD, vengeance is yours and we leave to your judgment all those oppress your people.

To comfort all who mourn, (Isaiah 61:2c)
      Holy Spirit, comfort those who mourn.

To console those who mourn in Zion, (Isaiah 61:3a)
      LORD, so many in your church mourn and receive so little comfort; flood them with your Holy Spirit.

To give them beauty for ashes, (Isaiah 61:3b)
      Jesus, help them see their beauty in your eyes.

The oil of joy for mourning, (Isaiah 61:3c)
      Holy Spirit, pour out the oil of joy on all who mourn. This morning I hold up to you _____ and _____ and _____ for you oil of joy.

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; (Isaiah 61:3d)
      Jesus, lift off your church and your people the spirit of heaviness and give us garments of praise.

That they may be called trees of righteousness, (Isaiah 61:3e)
      Father, we want to be trees of righteousness.

The planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified." (Isaiah 61:3f)
      Jesus, we want to be good soil for the seeds you plant in us so that we may bring forth an abundant harvest for you this day. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me; I will give you rest.

Monday: 41, 52; *; 44; Deut. 8:11-20; Heb. 2:11-18; John 2:1-12
Tuesday: 45; *; 47, 48; Deut. 9:4-12; Heb. 3:1-11; John 2:13-22

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 18 Grace Church, Cherry Valley – The Rev’d Kyle Grennen The Rev’d Jacob Dell

***** From: Susan Plaske
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table Cathedral February 13, 2013 Ash Wed. Beth Collum, Sue Plaske Candi Palumbo, Hilda Hardy, Jana Lingo
Candi - prayers for the whole family. Children and Grandchildren spiritual growth, daily blessings for Heather's knee.
Beth - for the mission team in Haiti
Sue - Bishop Ball for continued healing and renewed health
B +Jeremy - asked that the people that God provided would stay in his life and that next month would be better
Eugene - for eternal life
Natasha - peace and restoration comfort and grace
Hilda - work frustrations in the office, prayers for the Lord's peace
Mary - Michelle her sister that the Lord would help in improving the relationship
Greg - Brother Brian has brain cancer, Son Autism and scoliosis for the Lord's provision and will .
Sharon - Jim Tareka, Roy, Ray's wife
Joan - for John - Julien, Carolyn - family need and Blessings
Tanya - Blessings for her new job for success discernment for a Godly Man
Margaret - prayers that God would bring a man after His own heart into her life.
Tyler - guidance for chosing a grad school
Edward - Continued healing for eyes

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Subject: Revival.
      Something is brewing...
      I truly believe that a "powerful and sustained" healing revival is coming to the church. We have been praying for this for years and it has been prophesied by many that this is going to happen in Albany. Souls of all denominations need the healing balm of Gilliad, the love of Christ proclaimed. Friends, The fire of renewing and revival is on the way. Of this I have no doubt... I feel it in my bones. Last night I dreamed I was told to get my ring stock anointing oil ready and to arrange a large ornate tin filled with blessed anointing oil... In preparation for many souls...
      Stay tuned. Aslan is on the move...
      The Holy Spirit is hovering... waiting, brewing...
      ~Fr. Nigel Mumford+
      Ps. Anyone know where I find a large ornate tin that can hold oil?

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2013M
Subject: Public Prayer Mail for 18 February
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. We hope you are having a blessed Lent.
This week's overview:
      1) Current courses are moving forward; we are preparing the next round of courses that begin after Easter.
      2) I am resuming Swahili lessons and refreshing my Latin American Spanish.
      3) We are in the process of developing our parish visitation schedule. Our Mudge Mission office is going to be split between supply at St. John's Ogdensburg over the next few months, starting March 5th, as well as: a) visiting parishes in the North Country, and b) as well as visiting parishes in the regions farther south, nearer Albany. The current plan allows us to take mission trips and allows us to continue with our online teaching.
      4) How does the schedule work? While either one of us is at St. John's, the other will be available to be out and about, to visit parishes in the St. Lawrence Deanery, as well as the Metropolitan Deanery and surrounding deaneries, as well as mission trips and related matters. We have already had a few requests from parishes nearer to home. We are open to requests from North and South.
      A little of this, a little of that, and the mission boat floats. It all helps.
      3) We are still working on the medical insurance issue, but we have a short term plan for the time being.
Prayer requests:
      1) For the students and their families, may the Holy Spirit transform them by what they learn and by what we teach. May what they learn be applied in God's ways.
      2) For travel plans for the SAMS missionary retreat in early April, Western Tanganyika in late April, and Belize in mid-May.
      3) You prayers for the Tanzanian trip would be appreciated, especially, as the plans just got complicated due to the health of a relative of one the key participants for making the Tanzanian trip happen. Please pray for the person's health situation. I may have to go to plan B with regards to planning the trip. It may be too early to tell yet, but time is moving closer to when we need to make decisions.
      4) For my meeting with the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika on the weekend of March 2nd, in the US.
      5) For our parish schedule, that we be in the right place at the right time, and that people may be inspired by what we do.
      6) For a resolution to the health insurance issue, God's way.
      As I tell our students, "we are sailing the ship while building it...." It's an adventure, and that's missionary life. Your prayers are really important for us to be able to do this. I pray for you every day.
God bless you, and thank you for praying. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, February 17, 2013

 

2/17/2013, #48, 1st Quarter 2013

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days he ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, he was hungry. And the devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' " (Luke 4:1-4)
      Father, please help us live this way: by every word that comes from you. Help us daily feed on your Word, Jesus. Guide us by your Holy Spirit through every temptation as you did with Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Keep trusting in me.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; *; 103; Deut. 8:1-10; 1 Cor. 1:17-31; Mark 2:18-22
HC: 91 or 91:9-15; Deuteronomy 26:(1-4)5-11; Romans 10:(5-8a)8b-13; Luke 4:1-13
Monday: 41, 52; *; 44; Deut. 8:11-20; Heb. 2:11-18; John 2:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 17 St. Mark’s Church, Hoosick Falls – The Rev’d Lorraine Lyons

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, February 16, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, February 16, 2013, 9:05 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Salvatore Zarrelli, and Torre Bissell on State St. and , Darlene Chesnut, Bob Bake, 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.

It was often non-stop and very intense at the State St. table this morning and so there often wasn't a lot of time to record details of people's requests.

+MIKE (man) -- His friend DAN had won a huge amount of money on the lottery. We prayed that Dan would use the money wisely.

BILL (regular) -- We prayed for protection from seizures and for good companionship for him.

a ROBERT (man) -- "That I will get it right."

+a JOE (man) -- We prayed that he would be God's man and he asked for prayer for guidance for a friend of his.

+a DANNY (man) -- "I got laid off from my job." We prayed that God would quickly lead him to a new job.

DARLENE (woman) -- We prayed for CHERIE who had had a stroke, that she would quickly recover.

BRANDEN -- We prayed for provision for him.

+MARY JOE, +RICH, +VICTORIA, and +EMILLY -- They were all going to the 30 Days for Life demonstration at Planned Parenthood.

a RICHARD (man) -- He was on his way to an AA meeting at the convent. We prayed for continued sobriety for him.

+ARTHUR, +BRE, and +ROSA (early 20s) -- They were on their way to a City Life (Youth for Christ) program, spotted us and stopped for prayer and to greet us.

+a KEITH

JOSÉ

LISA and + JASON -- She might be pregnant by Jason. Jason is going into a 30-day rehab program on Tuesday. They are both alcoholics. We prayed with Lisa and urged her to stop drinking because of fetal alcohol damage to the baby. We urged her to go to AA and to the Alpha Pregnancy Care Center at Christ Church. At the end of the prayer table Salvatore led us in prayer against the demonic strongholds in Lisa's life.

+DEBRA (regular) -- She has been suffering from depression and there has been no improvement in her relationship with her daughter LATINA.

+LISA (mother) and +MIA (little girl) -- Lisa asked for prayer for good health.

+a CHRIS (young man) -- He asked for and accepted forgiveness of his sins. He is a believing Christian.

+LIZ (mother), +ANDREA, and +ALICIA

+MALORY (young woman) -- She asked prayer that she would find a place to live.

JUAN (no English so we prayed a general prayer for protection and provision)

+SHAWN (young man)

+a JOE (man, 57) -- He has never been married. He asked prayer that he would find a good Christian wife.

Albany St.

+BREMNAUTH -- Speed up process to get money from Social Services.

+++ JULIO -- He has a wife and 5 kids. Prayed for protection and blessing as a father.

++JANET -- Health

+SCOT and +IRVING -- Prayer for [can't read notes]

ANGEL and MARIO -- Prayer for father and son.

JEROME "Hit and Run" prayer
LITISHA "Hit and Run" prayer

++TOBIAS (regular) -- He asked prayer for a job and his church, discernment and protection. He also asked prayer for the following friends: KEVIN who was fired from his job, LISA who is friend of daughter, SHIESHA daughter, DIWLA, SHARON, BRIDGET, MAIWANE granddaughter.


 

2/16/2013, #47, 1st Quarter 2013

"If you should say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?'-- you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt: (Deuteronomy 7:17-18 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us set aside all fear and place our trust in our Father's provision for us.

the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs and the wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm, by which the LORD your God brought you out. So shall the LORD your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. (Deuteronomy 7:19)
      Thank you for all the wonderful things we have seen you do, Jesus. Help us daily remember that you can deliver us out of the hand of all who would harm us.

Moreover the LORD your God will send the hornet among them until those who are left, who hide themselves from you, are destroyed. You shall not be terrified of them; for the LORD your God, the great and awesome God, is among you. (Deuteronomy 7:20-21)
      Father, set us free from terror and fear and help us lean on you.

And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. (Deuteronomy 7:22)
      LORD, thank you for your "little by little". Thank you for leading us and providing for us for all these years.

But the LORD your God will deliver them over to you, and will inflict defeat upon them until they are destroyed. And he will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from under heaven; no one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. (Deuteronomy 7:23-24)
      Father, thank you that you hand of protection is upon this diocese and all your faithful people.

A word received: Look to me for hope and strength.

Saturday: 30, 32; *; 42, 43; Deut. 7:17-26; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; *; 103; Deut. 8:1-10; 1 Cor. 1:17-31; Mark 2:18-22
HC: 91 or 91:9-15; Deuteronomy 26:(1-4)5-11; Romans 10:(5-8a)8b-13; Luke 4:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 16 St. George’s, Clifton Park -The Rev’d John Henry II, The Rev’d Karen Henry, The Rev’d Robert Roach, The Rev’d Scott Underhill

***** In Belfast, Northern Ireland
Hope you're well!
      I think I've just made the best-ever Dock movie... It's the traditional Dock day-in-the-life snapshot of Titanic Quarter at the beginning of each new year.
      Most of the footage was actually recorded back at the beginning of January (honest!) - but as a sign of how busy life has become here in the TQ, I didn't finish editing the movie until Valentines Day. Which is appropriate really - as it turned out to be a bit of a love letter to the TQ - the place that gives me hope for Belfast city.
      I found myself getting quite emotional as I edited the footage together - interviews with people in the TQ about their memories of 2012 and their dreams for 2013, and some clips of the unprecedented, unmatched joy of being part of the Titanic Year in the Titanic Quarter.
      It made me realise how quickly even I (with my pathological inane positivity) had started to forget or discount those memories of joy and optimism in the dark days at the start of 2013. It's really important that we keep telling the stories of life. So I'd love you to make the time to click the link and watch the vid:
      A Day In The Life of TQ - January(ish) 2013 http://vimeo.com/59741598
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Albany Intercessor


Friday, February 15, 2013

 

2/15/2013, #46, 1st Quarter 2013

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as he walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" (John 1:35-36)
      Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to behold Jesus as the Lamb of God.

The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:37)
      Jesus, help us follow you.

Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are you staying?" (John 1:38 )
      Holy Father, give us hearts that seek to know you and your son Jesus better each day.

He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and remained with him that day (now it was about the tenth hour) (John 1:39)
      Holy Spirit, help us get out of those comfortable places and habits and seek after Jesus -- to go where he is working and ministering.

A word received: Place your cares in my hand.

Friday: 95 & 31; *; 35; Deut. 7:12-16; Titus 2:1-15; John 1:35-42
Saturday: 30, 32; *; 42, 43; Deut. 7:17-26; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 15 Sr SONshine Weekend (February 21-23)

***** Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie this Friday night, February 15, at 7pm for our regional monthly Prayer and Praise service. Come and grow in intimacy with the Lord and the depths of the Father's love. Blessings. Steve Hart

***** FREE WILL.
      While on an airplane, yesterday, I had a day time vision. I was half awake. (as opposed to half asleep). In the vision I was in my old picture frame shop and the Lord brought in a white canvas with no paint on it. In the vision He asked me to frame it. He did not give me any perimeters. In my mind I put frame corners on all four sides as He wanted me to make the decision. I chose a very large, ornate, gold leaf, bold, hand carved museum frame. God gives us free will to focus on the pictures of life and on how we chose to frame them. ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 14, 2013, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Kathy Palmatier, 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

In the morning I stopped at a gas station I often go to and when I went inside the attendant (whom I have prayed with several times before) pointed to a young woman standing near her and said, "She needs prayer." I went to the woman and asked her what she wanted prayer for and she told me that her son, BRAYDON, age 2, is about to have his 3rd open-heart surgery. It will be an 8-hour procedure. I prayed for Braydon and for the surgeons and medical personnel and the mother, +ASHLEY. I gave her a cross which she received with thanksgiving. There are so many opportunities to pray for people! Torre

At the City Mission:

DAN -- His daughter JULIA (21) started a job. We prayed that she would do well and that the job would last. Dan reported that PASTOR DAN'S daughter CHRIS is doing better and has been moved to a rehab center.

BRUCE (man) -- We prayed for continued healing for his thumb.

+a KIM (woman) -- We prayed that she would be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to speak God's word to people at the evening meal.

GARY (man) -- We prayed for God's provision for him and his family. He was a bit down because he had been turned down for a job that he felt he was qualified for.

REGGIE (man) -- He asked prayer for a woman named APRIL who needs to learn to trust God.

+a RICHARD (man) -- He is just back from a 30-day stay at a rehab facility in Utica. We prayed for enduring strength for him and healing in his relationship with his wife SOPHIA and his son RICHARD JR. who is almost 6.

RON (man) -- He has a meeting with the Public Defender in whom he does not place great confidence and has a court appearance on Wednesday about his continuing desire to have visiting rights with his daughter ISABEL.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, February 14, 2013

 

2/14/2013, #45, 1st Quarter 2013

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.' I did not know him; but that he should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water." And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and he remained upon him. I did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God." (John 1:29-34)

      Holy Spirit, descend on us. Fill us with the fire of your love. Give us such a love for Jesus that we will be compelled out into our communities and workplaces to share the good news of what Jesus has done for us. Help us daily share the Father's love with others. Thank you.

Thursday: 37:1-18; *; 37:19-42; Deut. 7:6-11; Titus 1:1-16; John 1:29-34
Friday: 95* & 31; *; 35; Deut. 7:12-16; Titus 2:1-15; John 1:35-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 14 For the Community of St. Mary at the Spiritual Life Center and for new vocations

***** Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie this Friday night, February 15, at 7pm for our regional monthly Prayer and Praise service. Come and grow in intimacy with the Lord and the depths of the Father's love. Blessings. Steve Hart

***** From: Diocese of Albany
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2013
Subject: A Message From Bishop Todd MacGregor
Dear family and friends,
      This is just to let you know that I have been elected as the first bishop in the newly created diocese of Toliara this morning just before noon on the first ballot by over 90% of the vote. There were two candidates. The other candidate served during the 1990s here in Toliara. This was an emotional day for me as I saw God's Grace abound. It was very humbling for me to receive this vote of confidence and be honored by my clergy and laity. As I was reminded as Joshua went into the promise land, the Lord told him to take courage. I pray that my courage would always be based on the Lord. May He be glorified in my life. Thanks for all of your prayers. Serving Christ Together, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd A. McGregor Assistant Bishop of Antananarivo Area Bishop of Toliara

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Subject: MEDICATIONS.
Do you say Grace over your food?
May I suggest you say Grace over your medications.
Pray that they will hit the target, do what they are supposed to do and and have no side effects.
I am praying for your healing in Jesus name.
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Ps. For more information read Sirach 38:4-8 (Apocrypha)
4 The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible person will not hesitate to use them. 5 Didn't a tree once make bitter water fit to drink, so that the Lord's power[b] might be known? 6 He gave medical knowledge to human beings, so that we would praise him for the miracles he performs. 7-8 The druggist mixes these medicines, and the doctor will use them to cure diseases and ease pain. There is no end to the activities of the Lord, who gives health to the people of the world.

Repent this Lent. Have a Holy Hunger this Lent. Have a Holy Thirst. Go to the well four times a day at least... Ingest "The Word. " Grab it, take a hold of it. Shove it in your ear. Be filled with the very love of the Very God from Very God. Have no doubt. Get a quiver in your liver as my friend J.John puts it. Smile, Aslan is on the move. Got it? ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

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