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Sunday, March 31, 2013

 

3/31/2013, #89, 1st Quarter 2013

"And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead." (Acts 10:42)
      Holy Spirit, help us in our day to preach and speak of the good news of Jesus' resurrection and victory over sin and death and that he has been ordained by the Father to be judge of the living and the dead.

"To him all the prophets witness that, through his name, whoever believes in him will receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:43)
      Holy Spirit, please help us join with all the prophets in their witness that through Jesus' name whoever believes in him will receive remission of sin.

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. (Acts 10:44)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear the good news of Jesus' resurrection and fall on us as you did Cornelius and his household. Thank you.

A word received: Pray that my people will desire me more than anything else.

Easter Day: 148, 149, 150; *; 113, 114, or 118; Exod. 12:1-14**; --;; John 1:1-18**; Isa. 51:9-11***; Luke 24:13-35, or John 20:19-23***
Easter Day
The Great Vigil: See pages 288-291.
Early Service      Use one of the Old Testament Lessons from the Vigil with 114; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10
Principal Service: 118:14-29 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 51:9-11; Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43; Luke 24:1-10
Evening Service: 114 or 136 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 5:29a,30-32 or Daniel 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 or Acts 5:29a,30-32; Luke 24:13-35Holy Saturday; 95** & 88; *; 27: Job 19:21-27a; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***
Monday: 93, 98; *; 66; Jonah 2:1-9; Acts 2:14,22-32*; John 14:1-14
Monday in Easter Week: 16:8-11 or 118:19-24; Acts 2:14,22b-32; Matthew 28:9-15

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 31 The Resurrection – For every Episcopalian to proclaim Jesus’ Resurrection

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, March 30, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Saturday, March 30, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady, Jonathan Bissell from the The Bridge Church in New York City, and Mark Pasko from St. Michael's Colonie. The weather was lovely, but there was a quality of "life in the raw" to many of the prayer requests.

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

State St.

Mahendra (teenage boy, regular) -- He asked prayer for his family.

+a Ocya (19 year olf woman living in a shelter, her mother is a crackhead, her aunt is dead) -- "No one cares about me." (We were really touched by her.)

a Debra (regular) -- We prayed a blessing on her prayers and for her daughter Latina to repent of her abuse of Debra.

+John -- He wants a "nice prayer."

+Onika (woman) -- "For everything."

a Jason (regular) -- He asked prayer for Lisa and for her sister who is sick in the hospital.

+Alima -- She asked prayer for health and a job.

Lisa (she came across the street following a cell-phone call from Jason) -- We prayed for a release from her alcoholism (she said she could only go 15 to 30 minutes without a drink). She started cursing at people who wouldn't stop for prayer (it was quite a scene).

+Ed -- He asked prayer for health and for his family.

+Mike (regular) -- He asked prayer to shake a cold.

Connie -- She asked prayer for her daughter Christina who has given her baby up for adoption. She said Christina tried to overdose.

+a John -- He asked prayer for his son Paul (age 17) who has chosen bad friends.

+Joe -- He asked prayer for liver problems (cirrhosis).

+James -- He asked prayer for his family and how to be God's man. Torre asked him if he had ever given his life to Jesus. He said once but had backslidden. Torre led him in recommitting his life to Jesus and accepting forgiveness of his sins.

+Thomas -- "My street name is 'Magic'." He wanted prayer for a job. "My heart is with Jesus."

Dan -- We prayed for his wife Louise and for his sons Matt and Joe.

Steve -- We prayed for a blessing on his business.

+Bill (man carrying a heavy box on his shoulder) -- We prayed that he would only carry a "day's share" of problems.

++a Paula (regular) -- We prayed for the various members of her family, especially for Tremel her son that he would marry the girl he has gotten pregnant, for Ikay and Tiffany and their daughter Bella, and for Paula's husband John that he would not trip or fall.

+Sabrina -- Her mother, Ruth, had heart surgery and her cousin's friend's brother just died.. We prayed for assurance and hope of the resurrection this Easter.


 

3/30/2013, #88, 1st Quarter 2013

"For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant." (Job 14:7-9)
      Lord Jesus, we live in the hope that you will bring new life to us and to your church.

"But man dies and is laid away; indeed he breathes his last and where is he?" (Job 14:10)
      "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!" (Job 19:25-27)

A word received: Keep turning to me; keep turning to the cross.

Holy Saturday; 95** & 88; *; 27: Job 19:21-27a; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***
Holy Saturday: 130 31:1-5; Job 14:1-1; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
      * For the Invitatory; ** Intended for use in the morning; ***; Intended for use in the evening
Easter Day: 148, 149, 150; *; 113, 114, or 118; Exod. 12:1-14**; --;; John 1:1-18**; Isa. 51:9-11***; Luke 24:13-35, or John 20:19-23***
Easter Day
The Great Vigil: See pages 288-291.
Early Service      Use one of the Old Testament Lessons from the Vigil with 114; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10
Principal Service: 118:14-29 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 51:9-11; Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43; Luke 24:1-10
Evening Service: 114 or 136 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 5:29a,30-32 or Daniel 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 or Acts 5:29a,30-32; Luke 24:13-35Holy Saturday; 95** & 88; *; 27: Job 19:21-27a; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 30 Episcopal Marriage Encounter

*****
From: joann E ferris
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table report--Zion , Colton, Cold Brook Drive , south Colton 10am to 11:30 am, Joann E. Ferris, low 40's, cloudy,some sprinkles, some sun --birds are singing in tree tops.

Louise---no thank you

Mary --- no thanks --just stopped to see if I was OK.

Neighbor boy---in the Marines --running ---that the Lord would protect him as he serves his country.

Our rural delivery man --safety as he delivers mail.

A man who drove by waving and smiling---protection as he goes about his daily routine.

***** Dcn Alan Hart: I am asking people to pray for my middle daughter, JENNIFER. A dark shadow has passed over my family this Holy Week. Two days ago Jenny had a mammogram which revealed there is something suspicious. Something has "calcified" in one of her breasts, and there is a definite history of breast cancer in the family. She will have a biopsy on Monday morning. All of us in the family are very worried, of course. I have advised us all to say the "one-word prayer" over and over -- "Jesus, Jesus ..." I would be so grateful if you would lift Jenny in your prayers. (She is a young mother of four and very much a Christian.) Thank you

Albany Intercessor


Friday, March 29, 2013

 

3/29/2013, #87, 1st Quarter 2013

He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him. (Isaiah 53:3)
      Holy Spirit, bring all of us in the Episcopal Church to repentance -- to the place where we will truly honor and esteem Jesus.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4)
      Jesus, thank you for bearing our griefs and sorrows. Thank you for standing with us in our hour of need.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
      Father, it was your love for us that sent Jesus to suffer and die for us. Thank you.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
      Jesus, you are the shepherd of our souls, bring all who have wandered off back into your flock. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your help -- keep looking to me.

Good Friday: 95* & 22; *; 40:1-14(15-19),54; Wisdom 1:16-2:1;12-22; 1 Peter 1:10-20; John 13:36-38**; or Gen. 22:1-14; John 19:38-42***
Good Friday: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11 or 40:1-14 or 69:1-23; Isaiah 52:13-53:12 or Genesis 22:1-18 or Wisdom 2:1,12-24; Hebrews 10:1-25; John (18:1-40) 19:1-37
Holy Saturday; 95** & 88; *; 27: Job 19:21-27a; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***
Holy Saturday: 130 31:1-5; Job 14:1-1; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
      * For the Invitatory; ** Intended for use in the morning; ***; Intended for use in the evening

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 29 Good Friday – In gratitude for Jesus’ atoning work on the Cross – FAST DAY The Rev’d William Wheeler

***** Lisa Longe: Please keep all people involved in making school budget decisions in prayer.

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013
Subject: GOOD FRIDAY
Every morning I look at my face in the mirror to shave.
Every morning I see the tracheotomy scar on my throat.
Every morning I think, "Wow, I am alive."
Every morning I thank God for answered prayer.
This morning, Good Friday, I look at HIS scars...
And thank Jesus that He died for me...FOR ME.
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 28, 2013, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell 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 rejoiced with him for the soon expected child to be born to him and Connie and we prayed for his brother George to be guided into the life and ministry the Holy Spirit has for him.

Dan -- We prayed with Dan for his three daughters and their situations.

Ron (regular) -- He gave thanks that he is now having weekly visits with his daughter Isabella.

+Anthony -- We prayed for him as he ministers at the Schenectady City Mission.

+a Mark (June's son) -- We prayed for the family reunion he is organizing (first in 20 years). It will be on the 5th anniversary of his wedding where he and his wife will renew their wedding vows..

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, March 28, 2013

 

3/28/2013, #86, 1st Quarter 2013

Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." (Luke 22:17-18 )
      Jesus, thank you for pouring out your life-blood for me. Wash me and make me clean by your blood and Holy Spirit. Thank you.

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19)
      Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life. Thank you for being broken for me on the cross.

Likewise he also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily enter into that new covenant life with Jesus.

But behold, the hand of my betrayer is with me on the table. And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!" (Luke 22:21-22)
      Father, even today there are many in the church who sit at table with Jesus and betray him by their words and deeds. Have mercy on us and cleanse the church with the fire of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your rest and your strength.

Maundy Thursday; 102; *; 142, 143; Jer. 20:7-11; 1 Cor. 10:14-17; 11:27-32; John 17:1-11(12-26)
Maundy Thursday: 78:14-20,23-25; Exodus 12:1-14a; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26(27-32); John 13:1-15 or Luke 22:14-30
Good Friday: 95* & 22; *; 40:1-14(15-19),54; Wisdom 1:16-2:1;12-22; 1 Peter 1:10-20; John 13:36-38**; or Gen. 22:1-14; John 19:38-42***
      * For the Invitatory; ** Intended for use in the morning; ***; Intended for use in the evening
Good Friday: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11 or 40:1-14 or 69:1-23; Isaiah 52:13-53:12 or Genesis 22:1-18 or Wisdom 2:1,12-24; Hebrews 10:1-25; John (18:1-40) 19:1-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 28 Ministry to College Students The Rev’d David Sutcliffe

***** Bishop Ball Update March 28th, 2013
Good day everyone,
      It has been over two weeks since I have sent out information regarding Bishop Ball and as we come upon Easter I wanted to provide you an update.
      The Bishop's neck is continuing to heal and we are waiting for the doctors to inform us when the "halo" might come off. In the meantime the C-diff infection has been a battle. It affects a great deal of the good Bishop's body chemistry creating a number of nagging situations such as anemia that has required blood transfusions. There are other situations, but I believe you get the idea. He was also moved off the rehabilitation floor to a floor that focuses specifically on medical issues. This has been done to deal more aggressively with the infection and other complications from the infection.
      His spirits are remarkably good considering all he has been through, but I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge and communicate to you that he has some down moments.
      My view, and this is just my opinion, is that I am praying the the "halo" can come off soon. Getting that contraption off his head and body will, I believe, lift his spirits. It will also simplify many of the routines of life, all of which I believe will help with fighting off the infection.
      Please keep praying, deep earnest prayers. God bless you and may you have a blessed Triduum, Dean Collum+

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 

3/27/2013, #85, 1st Quarter 2013

Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that he said to his disciples, "You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified." Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill him. But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people." (Matthew 26:1-5)
      Jesus, we pray that by the power of your resurrection and Holy Spirit that all those who seek to silence the living gospel in the Episcopal Church will be defeated in their purposes.

      Holy Spirit, protect and guide all those bishops, priests, deacons, and lay leaders who faithfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 1:3)
      Father, help all of us heed the exhortation to contend earnestly for the apostolic faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4)
      Holy Trinity, One God, defeat the purposes of all those who turn the grace you shower on us into lewdness and promiscuity. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me.

Wednesday: 55; *; 74; Jer. 17:5-10, 14-17; Phil. 4:1-13; John 12:27-26
Wednesday in Holy Week: 69:7-15,22-23; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 9:11-15,24-28; John 13:21-35 or Matthew 26:1-5,14-25
Maundy Thursday; 102; *; 142, 143; Jer. 20:7-11; 1 Cor. 10:14-17; 11:27-32; John 17:1-11(12-26)
Maundy Thursday: 78:14-20,23-25; Exodus 12:1-14a; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26(27-32); John 13:1-15 or Luke 22:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 27 Christ Church, Herkimer -The Very Rev’d Paul Bailey

***** Diocesan Update March 27, 2013
There is much to pray for here:
Confirmation Retreat Re-scheduled
      The Spring Confirmation Retreat being held at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center has been rescheduled for April 19th through the 21st, so that those being confirmed at the Regional Confirmation on May 4th can attend the retreat. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please pray for those attending the retreat that they may have a holy and Spirit-filled weekend!
Second Quarter Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
      The second quarter Diocesan Cycle of Prayer is now available on the Diocesan website. You can download a copy by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/download/2013Prayer2ndQtr.pdf .
African Children's Choir at Trinity Lansingburgh
      The world-famous African Children's Choir will perform Wednesday, April 3rd, at Trinity Church, Lansingburgh, 585 Fourth Avenue, Troy 12182. The concert will be held at 7:00 pm and a free will offering will be taken. This will be the 40th edition of the choir to travel around the world since it was formed by Canadian humanitarian Ray Barnett in 1984. The African Children's Choir provides for education and food for both choir children and thousands of other children across Africa. The African Children's Choir also raises awareness of the needs of destitute and orphaned children in Africa. Once choir members complete a tour, they return back to their homeland with the tools necessary for bettering their future. For more information, call the church office at (518 ) 235-3873.
Priest Retreat
      The 2013 Priest Retreat will be held from 5 pm April 16th until after lunch on April 19th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The retreat leader is the Rt. Rev. Daniel Martins, Bishop of Springfield, and the retreat theme is Representing the Good Shepherd: The Iconography of the Priesthood. Bishop Martins will be giving talks on the priest as icon, provider, leader, intercessor, and victim. To download a schedule, click here. To register online, click here. To download a form to print for mail-in registration, click here. Scholarships are available for any who need them (and can be applied in the online registration), so don't let lack of funds be a hindrance. Come enjoy the fellowship of your fellow presbyters and be refreshed!
Clergy Wives Conference
      Bishop Love and his wife Karen would like to invite all the Clergy Wives of the Diocese to join them for this year's Clergy Wives Conference, scheduled for Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th. The Conference, which is being held at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, will begin with Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. and end after lunch on Sunday. This year's retreat leader is Sheila Weber, co-founder of the New York Fellowship, an ecumenical Christian ministry, and noted speaker in the area of strengthening marriages. The Bishop and Karen pray it will be a blessed and holy time including worship, teaching, fellowship and rest. Invitations and registration forms will be mailed shortly to all Clergy Wives.

***** From: Carol MacNaughton
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Subject: Prayer table report! Mark Pasko has been wanting to do a lunch time prayer table for a long time. So today we did it! Unfortunately we had no crosses.. Mark Pasko and Carol MacNaughton State St. 11:50AM - 1 PM

Lota (woman) and Leone (daughter) - prayed for the family

Carol - her health and her family

Lalita (woman), Chelsie (daughter), and Alex (son) - for a good life

Clarence - was driving by, honked, then backed up to park on the road. We walked up to his van. He encouraged us to keep praying. That it is making a difference in the neighborhood. We blessed him.

Ray-ray (woman) - healing of a cold which will not go away

Chris (man) - pulled his car over, jumped out and ran over for prayer. He asked for a new direction in his life. (He also asked if we had any crosses but unfortunately we did not)

Lae-poh-sing (woman) - pryaer for the healing of pain in her feet, her diabetes

Mae-ping - prayer for her diabetes, pain in stomach, joints, and toes. (She wants to know what days we would be there with the prayer table. So we told her Saturday and trying to set a noontime date for next week)

Kianna (woman) and her 2 month old baby girl (Syrria) -she asked prayer for her marriage and for the health of the baby. They are concerned the baby may have lupus which Kianna's mother died from

Bill - for a wife who loved God as he did; for his daughters Judy and Jenny - that they would have a Godly life

Tooki - general blessing

Tasha - prayer for her son Jael to keep him safe

Torisha - her family and a job for her

Paunchita - health and the Lord's help with her many problems that He knows

Joseph - prayer for his children, their neighborhood. and safety. He added a prayer for himself and his wife for the Lord to sustain them.

Timothy and Dayshaun (his young son) - they are homeless and need shelter

Wally - for clean successful surgery on his mouth next week and quick healing

Tessy - asked prayer for both her and Wally for help with their finances

[Note from Torre: a new shipment of crosses should have come in from Dennis Adams in North Carolina this week. I will get them to Carol and Mark. Last year we handed out 2,200 crosses!]

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

 

3/26/2013, #84, 1st Quarter 2013

So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Then He taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it a 'den of thieves.' " And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching. When evening had come, He went out of the city. (Mark 11:15-19)
      Holy Spirit, give us the courage of Jesus to drive from your church all that corrupts it and keeps it from being a house of prayer for all nations.

      Jesus, give us your passion for a life of prayer in your church.

      Father, put on us your full armor as we do battle with all that corrupts the church and your people. Thank you.

      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: Pray for my people to desire my Holy Spirit working in their lives.

A word received: No matter what happens, I AM with you.

A word received: Cry out to me for my cleansing Holy Spirit.

Tuesday: 6, 12; *; 94; Jer. 15:10-21; Phil. 3:15-21; John 12:20-26
Tuesday in Holy Week: 71:1-12; Isaiah 49:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:37-38,42-50 or Mark 11:15-19
Wednesday: 55; *; 74; Jer. 17:5-10, 14-17; Phil. 4:1-13; John 12:27-26
Wednesday in Holy Week: 69:7-15,22-23; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 9:11-15,24-28; John 13:21-35 or Matthew 26:1-5,14-25

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 26 Christ Church, Gilbertsville - The Rev’d Donna Steckline

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013
Subject: PT report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, March 25, 2013; 10-11 a.m., in front of our church on Division Street. Very nice morning in the low 40s, and a lot of people walking on the street today. We had eight people stop for prayer. Not that numbers are THAT important, but the fact is .. eight is the highest number of people we have had come for prayer at one time since we first started our table last July 9th. Becky Hadley and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t-- indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
r-- indicates took one of our red event cards showing all the services being offered at our church during this Holy Week.
w-- indicates took some of the winter clothing we offer for free (hats, gloves, socks, scarves, etc.)

t,w -- RON -- Man passing by at first was not going to stop because he said he was in a hurry, but then he noticed the clothing and came back and received our prayers for preservation, safety and good health.

t,r,w -- BETSY --She asked prayer not for herself but a thanksgiving ... "Let us thank God the father for giving us His son who died on a cross that we may live!" Amen to that, Betsy!

ETHEL -- This older Roman Catholic woman always stops to thank us for " ... being out here for the people." We prayed for her for continued good health overall, and for healing for her wright wrist which is giving her trouble.

r--DAVID -- We prayed for David to become healthier. (He said he is "OK" but hasn't been feeling well the last month or so.)

r,w --REBECCA -- She is a regular at our table. In fact she was the very first person we had come to our table back last July when she sought prayers for her godfather, who has since passed away. Rebecca asked for prayers for general good health. We also thanked God for her being able to celebrate her 39th birthday yesterday.

t,w -- ED -- He has stopped at the table a few times. He asked for prayers for "good health for myself and for my whole family."

r,w --SHERRY -- Another repeat visitor from a few weeks ago. She had delicate surgery on her neck recently and is recovering. She is anxiously awaiting results of an MRI.

w-- WOMAN (no name given) Just as we were closing down the table, she stopped for clothing. We prayed for her as she selected a pair of gloves.

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013 9:53 AM
Subject: Public Prayer Mail for 26 March
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. We hope you are having a blessed Holy Week!
This week's overview:
      1) My Tanzania visa as arrived. A mission visa.
      2) Sermon outlines for the diocese of Belize have been finished.
      3) Julie is finishing up her current course.
      4) Future courses are in the works.
      5) We are having a good time in Ogdensburg, but I had an emergency to attend to at the hospital this past week which was major deal.
Prayer requests:
      1) For the students and their families. Pray that they make time in their busy schedules for what God wants them to do.
      2) For our missionary table at the annual Convention in the Diocese of Albany in June.
      3) For our North Country time, as well as travel plans for the SAMS missionary retreat next week, Western Tanganyika in late April to mid-May, Belize in mid-May, and Albany Diocesan Convention in June, and parish visits in the North Country after I return from the mission trips.
      4) For time to focus on Swahili and Latin American Spanish as God needs me to focus on that, beginning after Easter.
      5) For a video that I am hoping to put together that explains our mission work, as part of our presentations.
      6) For all that we need to do in Ogdensburg.
      7) For a resolution to the persistent health insurance issue, God's way.
      8 ) For Julie, and our daughters, and everyone's plans.
      9) That everything be done to the glory of God.
      God bless you, and thank you for praying. I pray for you every day.
      In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor


Monday, March 25, 2013

 

3/25/2013, #83, 1st Quarter 2013

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on his head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, "Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her." (Mark 14:3-9)
      Holy Spirit, I thank you for the way you guided this woman in ministering to Jesus. Help us in our day to minister to him with such love.

      Jesus, the poor are all around us and they are often invisible to us. Open our eyes to see them and help them.

      Father, help us each day to follow the example of this woman in reach out with our possessions and ministering to others. Jesus has told us that if we do it to the "least of these" we do it to him. (Matthew 25:40)

Monday: 51:1-18(19-20); *; 69:1-23; Jer. 12:1-16; Phil. 3:1-14; John 12:9-19
Monday in Holy Week: 36:5-10; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 11:39-12:3; John 12:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9
Tuesday: 6, 12; *; 94; Jer. 15:10-21; Phil. 3:15-21; John 12:20-26
Tuesday in Holy Week: 71:1-12; Isaiah 49:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:37-38,42-50 or Mark 11:15-19

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 25 The Rev’d Samuel Abbott, The Rev’d Lawrence Hubert, The Rev’d Rodney Roehner

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013
Subject: FW: Doris Wood
      Please pray for Doris Wood, and for her daughter, Lorraine, who has been so faithful in helping mother and transporting her to diocesan events. FHS, Tammy

      Mom was taken to St.Peter's at 3am. She will be admitted as she has pneumonia. I am home taking good care of me but I could NOT care for her as I am barely mobile after my total knee replacement 10 days ago. Lorraine

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, March 24, 2013

 

3/24/2013, #82, 1st Quarter 2013

Now as they led him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. (Luke 23:26)
      Jesus, please help each of us bear the cross we are given as service done to you, as Simon of Cyrene did.

      Holy Spirit, give us strength to bear whatever cross is laid on us to carry.

      Father, thank you for the high honor you gave Simon. Probably he did not recognize it as an honor at the time, and we usually do not either when we are given a cross to bear. Help us recognize your larger purposes in what we are given to do. Thank you.

Palm Sunday: 24, 29; *; 103; Zech. 9:9-12; 1 Tim. 6:12-16; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9; Matt. 21:12-17
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Luke 19:29-40
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke (22:39-71) 23:1-49(50-56)
Monday: 51:1-18(19-20); *; 69:1-23; Jer. 12:1-16; Phil. 3:1-14; John 12:9-19
Monday in Holy Week: 36:5-10; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 11:39-12:3; John 12:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 24 Palm Sunday – For deep devotion to our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 24, 2013, 9:20 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut and Mark Pasko on Albany St. behind Christ Church. Cold and windy.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
G--indicates received gloves

State St.
+Charles (young man) --- He asked prayer for his girlfriend who is in Four Winds.
+a Tobias (regular) -- He asked prayer for spiritual protection and discernment.
Mark (man) -- He asked prayer for his wife Mary who may have kidney problems.
+G Chadwick (young man) -- He thanked God for this day.
GG were given to two people passing by who were cold.
Michelle (woman) -- She asked prayer for the Altar Guild, two of whose members are going through hard times.
We prayed for sobriety for Jason and Lisa (regulars)
Ryan (young man) "Hit and Run" prayer -- "Oh, please pray for me."
Tom -- He asked prayer for St. Paul's Albany.
+Alan (young man) -- He asked prayer for the safety of his daughter.
+Panchuetta -- She asked prayer for resolution of the immigration problems she is having.
a Mike (regular) -- We prayed that he will know how to raise his children as Christians.
The Bus Driver -- slowed, honked, and waved to us.
+a Blake (man using a rolator) -- He fell and broke his hip. We prayed for healing and protection for him.
a Bill (regular) --We prayed for protection from seizures and falling and for good companionship.
+Tara (woman) -- She asked prayer that she could get to Europe to be reunited with her husband.
+Larry (man) -- He asked prayer for his son Jeremy.
Paula (regular) -- We prayed for her husband John and for their parents, children and grandchild.
G++++ Jamire and two other teenage boys and a girl about 10 -- We all joined hands as we prayed for them.
Albany St.
Andre, Amanda, and 3 little ones -- "Walk by prayer"
+Carmadel -- Protection and blessing.
+Leslie Ann -- Protection, peace, and blessing.

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord. I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
      Father God, thank You for your loving care and mercy and for your law that is not only in books, but more importantly in the hearts of your people. Thank You for that circumcision of the heart that is the real mark of people belonging to You. We ask that You bless the ministries of Father Shaw and Mother Julie. May their students, and the people that these students minister to, also desire that circumcision of the heart. Thank You for being their God and making them your people.
      We pray for a blessed Holy Week for all and a joyful glorious Resurrection Day. Amen.

***** From: Christine Hales
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Subject: Praise and Worship in Philmont, Thursday, March 28th, 6:30pm
Hello Friends:
      Michael and I are hosting a praise and worship evening here at our home on Holy Thursday, thinking it would be a good time for all who don't have other plans to get together for a community meal, to praise and worship in preparation for Easter!
      We are enjoying hosting these community meals with praise and worship and know that the blessings increase as we worship together and call for His presence to be amongst us.
      So, potluck supper at 6:30 followed by praise and worship. We'd love to see you, if you're free. 27 Maple ave., Philmont, NY 12565
      RSVP 518-672-0014
      Love and blessings, Michael and Christine Hales, www.kingdomartsministry.com

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, March 23, 2013

 

3/23/2013, #81, 1st Quarter 2013

"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-- (Jeremiah 31:31)
      Father, please help us become heirs by faith in Jesus to all your promises.

not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. (Jeremiah 31:32)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church has repeatedly broken its covenant with you and walked after other gods -- the gods of this world. Have mercy on us.

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
      Father, Son, Holy Spirit, write this new covenant in our minds and on our hearts so you will be our God and we shall be your people.

No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." (Jeremiah 31:34)
      LORD, bring everyone in this diocese into a personal knowledge of the salvation you are offering us. Write these words of forgiveness and mercy in our minds and on our hearts. Thank you.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50
Palm Sunday: 24, 29; *; 103; Zech. 9:9-12; 1 Tim. 6:12-16; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9; Matt. 21:12-17
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Luke 19:29-40
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke (22:39-71) 23:1-49(50-56)

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 23 Confirmation Retreat (April 5-7)

***** Fundraising Banquet for Summer Youth Mission 2013 to N. Ireland.
      March 23rd at 6pm the Diocese will hold a Fundraising Banquet at the Spiritual Life Center for the youth traveling to N. Ireland this summer on mission.
      The banquet features a classic Irish menu of Corned Beef, Cabbage, potatoes, other veggies, Irish Soda Bread and a variety of delicious desserts. The youth, along with their leaders will provide entertainment throughout the evening, including Irish folk and worship music. Meal cost $7.00
      A free will offering will be taken to help support our youth who will be traveling to a troubled part of the world bringing the message of the peace that God our Father has given us in Christ's name.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, March 22, 2013

 

3/22/2013, #80, 1st Quarter 2013

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
      Lord Jesus Christ, your plans for me have always been so much better than I could have devised for myself. Thank you for giving me hope and a future.

Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:12)
      Father, thank you that when I call out to you, you hear me and answer me. Thank you for your enduring kindness to me and my family.

And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
      Jesus, I do seek you -- I seek for more of you in my heart: flood me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:14)
      Lord GOD of Hosts, thank you for bringing me out of captivity to sin and death. Thank you for the place of peace that you have brought me to. Amen.

A word received: You are in my arms of love.

Friday: 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 22 St. John’s, Essex – The Rev’d Margaret Shaw

***** Fundraising Banquet for Summer Youth Mission 2013 to N. Ireland.
      March 23rd at 6pm the Diocese will hold a Fundraising Banquet at the Spiritual Life Center for the youth traveling to N. Ireland this summer on mission.
      The banquet features a classic Irish menu of Corned Beef, Cabbage, potatoes, other veggies, Irish Soda Bread and a variety of delicious desserts. The youth, along with their leaders will provide entertainment throughout the evening, including Irish folk and worship music. Meal cost $7.00
      A free will offering will be taken to help support our youth who will be traveling to a troubled part of the world bringing the message of the peace that God our Father has given us in Christ's name.

***** From: Ginnie Grupinski
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2013
Subject: Car news for Bp. Mike and Linda Chapman
      News from Linda...thanks to all who prayed and/or sent info about possible cars for sale........We want to thank everyone who e-mailed us with info about cars. Hugs and blessings to all. We bought a 2004 Dodge Intrepid with 28,000 miles on it. I had been praying for a car with low mileage that we can put lots of miles on and a big trunk for our suitcases and a big enough backseat to fit carseats when we visit the grandkids. God is so good!

***** City Mission Prayer Table, March 21, 2013 – Chuck Rinaldo and Kathy Palmatier
1. Kyisha – Pray for protection for her boys while she is at work and that there will be a good influence around them. Pray for a hedge of protection around all of them. Pray for her to be right with God and to have a miracle in her life.
2. Gary – PTL for his new granddaughter. Pray for continued strength for him to serve the Lord and for provision for his family.
3. Kathy – That her daughter, Bree, feel the presence of the Lord, his comfort and his strength. She has to go to Connecticut to get treatment for her condition and has to be away from her family for 2 days. Because of this she is under a lot of stress and is experiencing depression and anxiety. This may be a result of the medication side effects. Asking that the medication and treatment do only what they are supposed to do.
4.Chuck – Misses his son Kobi who is with his daughter in NY City. Asking for the Lord’s provision and a job, so that he can get his son back with him.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, March 21, 2013

 

3/21/2013, #79, 1st Quarter 2013

I say then, has God cast away his people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away his people whom he foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, "LORD, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life"? But what does the divine response say to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (Romans 11:1-5)
      Holy Father, thank you for that faithful remnant in the Episcopal Church that has remained steady with you.

      Jesus, please help your people throughout the Episcopal Church to remain faithful to you when so much is being destroyed.

      Holy Spirit, even today the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church seek to silence all those who speak your words of truth. Give your faithful people boldness in speaking your word.

      Holy Trinity, One God, thank you for that election by grace which has kept your remnant faithful to you in the midst of all the apostasy and heresy in the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, you are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD and against his Christ.' "For truly against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever your hand and your purpose determined before to be done. Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy Servant Jesus." And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:23-31)
      Holy Spirit, bring all of us in this diocese to apostolic faith and boldness in proclaiming your word. Thank you.

A word received: Rest in me, I AM in charge.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; *; 140, 142; Jer. 26:1-16; Rom. 11:1-12; John 10:19-42
Friday: 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 21 Financial Provision for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Fundraising Banquet for Summer Youth Mission 2013 to N. Ireland.
      March 23rd at 6pm the Diocese will hold a Fundraising Banquet at the Spiritual Life Center for the youth traveling to N. Ireland this summer on mission.
      The banquet features a classic Irish menu of Corned Beef, Cabbage, potatoes, other veggies, Irish Soda Bread and a variety of delicious desserts. The youth, along with their leaders will provide entertainment throughout the evening, including Irish folk and worship music. Meal cost $7.00
      A free will offering will be taken to help support our youth who will be traveling to a troubled part of the world bringing the message of the peace that God our Father has given us in Christ's name.

***** UPDATE: The latest for Stacy - she's been moved out of ICU; she's scheduled for surgery next Wednesday to repair her left arm. It doesn't look like any of her other injuries will require surgery, but braces, eventual therapy to recover. She's talking, eating, drinking and resting. The kiddos miss their mama and daddy, but are doing OK. Keep up the prayers for all of them! God is faithful!

***** UPDATE on Jean Bissell:
We saw the surgeon’s PA this afternoon. It turns out that they had used super-glue to close the incision so she didn’t have to have any staples removed. I now have a wife who certifiably is not coming unglued. The surgeon said everything looks good and that she does NOT need any physical therapy and can start using her hand/arm and her walker again (on a limited basis for a while). Torre

***** From: Fr. Neal P. Longe
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table Report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Mar. 18, 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m., in front of our church on Division Street. Another cold and brisk morning. Fr. Neal Longe presiding at His table today. We gave away many hats, gloves and socks today!)

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

Gentleman on his way to appointment. Wasn't able to stop for prayer, but we quickly prayed for the Lord to be with him during his meeting.

t-Kevin: For his family

Rebecca: For peace and harmony for her and for her family.

There were many cars out today and almost everyone seems to slow down, smile and wave. Prayed that the Lord would be with them and they would come for prayer.

Blessings, Neal+

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

 

3/20/2013, #78, 1st Quarter 2013

I cry out with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes. (Psalm 119:145)
      LORD, thank you for hearing the cry of my heart for more of you in my life.

I cry out to you; save me, and I will keep your testimonies. (Psalm 119:146)
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily keep your testimonies; let your word find good soil in my heart.

I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in your word. (Psalm 119:147)
      Jesus, thank you for this time with you each day. You give me hope and encouragement.

My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on your word. (Psalm 119:148 )
      Father, be with me in the night watches so that my attention is on you.

Hear my voice according to your lovingkindness; O LORD, revive me according to your justice. (Psalm 119:149)
      Holy Trinity, One God, I pray that you will bring revival to your church and your people. Let your justice and mercy shine forth among your people.

They draw near who follow after wickedness; they are far from your law. (Psalm 119:150)
      Jesus, there is so much wickedness in our society -- so much chasing after wind. Have mercy upon us.

You are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are truth. (Psalm 119:151)
      Father, thank you for being near to us and for the truth of your commandments. Keep us steady in you.

Concerning your testimonies, I have known of old that you have founded them forever. (Psalm 119:152)
      Father, establish your word in the hearts of your people. Thank you.

A word received: Seek me and you will find me. I know you.

A word received: I AM the light for your path.

Wednesday: 119:145-176; *; 128, 129, 130; Jer. 25:30-38; Rom. 10:14-21; John 10:1-18
Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; *; 140, 142; Jer. 26:1-16; Rom. 11:1-12; John 10:19-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 20 Vibrant Evangelism in the Diocese

***** Fundraising Banquet for Summer Youth Mission 2013 to N. Ireland.
      March 23rd at 6pm the Diocese will hold a Fundraising Banquet at the Spiritual Life Center for the youth traveling to N. Ireland this summer on mission.
      The banquet features a classic Irish menu of Corned Beef, Cabbage, potatoes, other veggies, Irish Soda Bread and a variety of delicious desserts. The youth, along with their leaders will provide entertainment throughout the evening, including Irish folk and worship music. Meal cost $7.00
      A free will offering will be taken to help support our youth who will be traveling to a troubled part of the world bringing the message of the peace that God our Father has given us in Christ's name.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Subject: Prayer Request
      "Please pray for countries facing economic hardships and especially the countries of Cyprus and Greece where people can't access accounts, businesses are collapsing and hospitals are unable to buy drugs to treat people"

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013
Subject: An Update on Stacy and children
Dear Brothers & Sisters,

      The following is part of an update I just received from Deacon Art and Tammy Garno, about the condition of their dear daughter Stacy and their grandchildren Payton and Parker. Please continue to pray for this entire family dear friends-
      Thank you so much. Both the kids are basically ok, Thank You God, bumps and bruises mostly but Parker our grandson does have broken collar bone, they have told us at this time there is nothing they will do for it.
      Stacy our daughter on the other hand was airlifted to Burlington. She has multiple breaks in her left arm and possible fractures in the upper spine. We are waiting for more information on her Tammy and I are caring for the kids and Steve is heading to Burlington.
      Please keep praying. Art

From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Subject: An update on Stacy and family from Tammy
      An update on Stacy and the family from Tammy, keep the prayers going please.
      Tammy Wrote-Thank you for the Prayers for our family. It means more than you know. Here is what we know so far, compliments of our son who is the first to arrive in Burlington. Stacy has a broken right ankle, pelvis, a break in her back which isnt a major break. Both the pelvis and back will only require braces. Her left arm has several breaks and will require surgery. Her nose is broke and there is either a brain bruise or bleed. Scott said the nurse kept calling it a bleed. Either way they will scan it again tomorrow to see if there has been any change. Both kids are with us and doing ok considering. Bumps and bruises. Parker has a broken collar bone that will heal on its own. They need lots of TLC which Damma and Papa and doing our best to provide. Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers and please keep them coming Stacy needs them as do we all.

***** From: Mark Pasko
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Subject: Other Types of Short Term and Local Ministry (Part 2)
      Ultimately, the Lord can use almost any activity to further the purposes of His Kingdom. Some of these activities may be less direct and less voluntary in nature than the ones previously mentioned but non-the-less spread the Word through a loving attitude and a desire to serve the Lord. Included in this category are the following:
      -Serving on a Board of Directors for a Christian day care center. For five years in the mid-'90's
      I was asked to serve on such a board at Christ Church in Schenectady. It was a prayerful ministry to help lower income parents work while ensuring that their children were getting great care.
      -Serving at a homeless shelter. In 1998-9 I worked as a social worker trainee at the St. Charles Lwanga Center for men in Albany. I often had a chance to pray for and with men during the course of counsiling and running AA meetings. I got a good feeling for the nature of homelessness and its correlation with mental illness.
      -Serving on a Christian Human Development Committee. In 1975 I chaired a committee at my college to get students involved in matters of world hunger and similar activities.
      -As a retiree I work with a group called the Umbrella Agency. It is an agency where one gets paid a small hourly rate to do projects and tasks for older folks to help keep them in their homes. In the last four years I've often been in a situation where I was able to pray for and keep company with an older person struggeling with depression, muscular sclerosis or any number of other conditions related to the aging process. The Lord often opened doors to provide ministerial information and care in uncanny ways that clearly were full of grace.
      -The most urgent need is to minister to those who will come after us. Jesus makes it abundantly clear how important children were to the Kingdom of God (see Luke 18:15-17). One of the most joyful (and fun!) activities I ever got involved with is reading to and praying with three and four year olds at a day care center for a year. One has to have the experience of seeing six to ten little ones sitting in a circle around you bow their heads, put their hands together and pray after you using your own words to guide them and teaching them how to pray! One gets a clear picture of how important our words and actions are in helping to shape our future Christian leaders.
      Of course, this list can go on and on. It is only limited by your imagination and the grace of God (which is limitless). How will you respond to Jesus' call to be His eyes, ears, hands and heart? As a part of the Body of Christ you have the awsome privilege of being on the greatest and most meaningful quest the world has ever known: helping to lead souls to God through loving service. What will the future hold? Based on my past experiences, it could be anything! All I know is that the future will be wonderful as long as I obey the Lord and today's calling.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

 

3/19/2013, #77, 1st Quarter 2013

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15a)
      Holy Spirit, send forth many to preach the gospel throughout this diocese so that all may call upon Jesus and believe in him.

As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15b)
      Jesus, help us all enter into the beauty that comes from sharing your gospel of peace with others. Thank you.

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?" So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:16-17)
      Father, please help us all hear and obey your word and believe your gospel. Thank you.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; *; 124, 125, 126, [127]; Jer. 25:8-17; Rom. 10:1-13; John 9:18-41
Wednesday: 119:145-176; *; 128, 129, 130; Jer. 25:30-38; Rom. 10:14-21; John 10:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 19 Christ Church, Coxsackie – The Rev’d Frank Lockwood

***** FATHER SCOTT EVANS will be the preacher at the public Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, March 19 beginning at 10:00. Father Evans is an engineer (PhD, RPI), a musician, leader in the Alpha Course, and assists at Christ Church, Ballston Spa. Lunch is available in the Welcome Center following the Service. Christ the King is at 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY.

***** From: Jerry Carroll
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013
Subject: Emergency Prayer Request
      Just received following email from Scott Garno. “Also if you have a quick prayer chain to contact my sister [Stacy] and her two kids have been in a car accident. The kids are on the way to the hospital but Stacy is trapped.”

From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013
Subject: An Update on Stacy and children
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
      The following is part of an update I just received from Deacon Art and Tammy Garno, about the condition of their dear daughter Stacy and their grandchildren Payton and Parker. Please continue to pray for this entire family dear friends-
      Thank you so much. Both the kids are basically ok, Thank You God, bumps and bruises mostly but Parker our grandson does have broken collar bone, they have told us at this time there is nothing they will do for it.
      Stacy our daughter on the other hand was airlifted to Burlington. She has multiple breaks in her left arm and possible fractures in the upper spine. We are waiting for more information on her Tammy and I are caring for the kids and Steve is heading to Burlington.
      Please keep praying. Art

From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013M
Subject: An update on Stacy and family from Tammy

An update on Stacy and the family from Tammy, keep the prayers going please.
      Tammy Wrote- Thank you for the Prayers for our family. It means more than you know. Here is what we know so far, compliments of our son who is the first to arrive in Burlington. Stacy has a broken right ankle, pelvis, a break in her back which isnt a major break. Both the pelvis and back will only require braces. Her left arm has several breaks and will require surgery. Her nose is broke and there is either a brain bruise or bleed. Scott said the nurse kept calling it a bleed. Either way they will scan it again tomorrow to see if there has been any change. Both kids are with us and doing ok considering. Bumps and bruises. Parker has a broken collar bone that will heal on its own. They need lots of TLC which Damma and Papa and doing our best to provide. Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers and please keep them coming Stacy needs them as do we all.

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013
Subject: Public Prayer Mail for 19 March
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. We hope you are having a blessed Lent. Holy Week is coming!
This week's overview:
      1) Week 2 in Ogdensburg. It has been awesome. Now, if I can just keep the actual work hours down to the amount agreed upon so I don't conflict with the time needed for my mission activity work, that would be great! The balance should be achieved after Easter Day.
      2) Development of our courses continues for both Belize and Tanzania, as well as teaching. Julie is finishing up the current course.
      3) I continue to prepare the series of 5 sermon outlines, intended for all the clergy in the Diocese of Belize to preach from, during Easter season. I have written the first 3; two more to go.
Prayer requests:
      1) For the students and their families as we move into Holy Week. Pray that they make time in their busy schedules for what God wants them to do.
      2) For the speedy return of my Tanzanian visa.
      3) For our missionary table at the annual Convention in the Diocese of Albany in June. That people would visit with us whom the Lord would want us to meet, as well as touching base with our friends and supporters.
      4) For our North Country time, as well as travel plans for the SAMS missionary retreat in early April, Western Tanganyika in late April to mid-May, Belize in mid-May, and Albany Diocesan Convention in June.
      5) For time to focus on Swahili and Latin American Spanish as God needs me to focus on that, beginning after Easter.
      6) For our visits to parishes, starting in late May, that we be in the right place at the right time, and that people may be inspired by what we do.
      7) For all that we need to do in Ogdensburg, that it be done to the glory of God.
      8 ) For a resolution to the persistent 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+

*****
From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013
Subject: Pray for Oaks of Righteousness
      A prayer request received from Scott-I ask your prayers for the extraordinary ministry of Mothers Christina Vance and Hannah Mudge in North Troy. They minister out of a cafe/ministry center located in a tough and troubled neighborhood to a hurting and underprivileged community, most of whom have only recently had the opportunity to even know who Jesus is. Please pray that His light may continue to shine forth through them, that He will continue to provide them strength and wisdom, that His Grace will continue to touch those being ministered to, and for their protection during the sometimes tumultuous times they endure.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, March 18, 2013

 

3/18/2013, #76, 1st Quarter 2013

In you, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in your righteousness. (Psalm 31:1)
      LORD, we choose to put our trust in you and your righteousness.

Bow down your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. (Psalm 31:2)
      Jesus, you are our rock of refuge, our fortress and our strong, high tower -- thank you for hearing our cry.

For you are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for your name's sake, lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)
      Holy Spirit, for the sake of the name of Jesus, lead us and guide us day by day.

Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for you are my strength. (Psalm 31:4)
      Father, we look to you to deliver us from every trap of the evil one and those who follow him.

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. (Psalm 31:5)
      Jesus, I commit myself into your care and love -- thank you for speaking your word of truth to me and holding me by your hand. You are my redeemer and I look to you this day for your help. Thank you.

Monday: 31; *; 35; Jer. 24:1-10; Rom. 9:19-23; John 9:1-17
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; *; 124, 125, 126, [127]; Jer. 25:8-17; Rom. 10:1-13; John 9:18-41

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 18 Christ Church, Duanesburg – The Rev’d William Hinrichs, The Rev’d Debbie Beach

***** FATHER SCOTT EVANS will be the preacher at the public Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, March 19 beginning at 10:00. Father Evans is an engineer (PhD, RPI), a musician, leader in the Alpha Course, and assists at Christ Church, Ballston Spa. Lunch is available in the Welcome Center following the Service. Christ the King is at 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY.

***** McGregor Mission Messenger Article Good friends of the Diocese, Bishop Todd and the Rev. Patsy McGregor, have been featured in the March 5th issue of the SAMS (Society for Anglican Missionaries and Senders) Messenger. The McGregors have been our guests at Diocesan Convention, have been missionaries to Africa, and are currently missionaries in Madagascar. To read the article, entitled "Awaiting Spring," click http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=8hfqhsfab&v=001fHRgY6J0lNNX92pBcpRURdM1kT8WGaK9QTjJHvpi4yYRpoIgrV1wY_V-58GUR44wJDV58AY8Wyvb-q8XU9K2W_8oFi7Scungr2yHvXlzrZ-JiM7pqGDnEBlLueexjuZQDjPpelLch4s4I5F91fgKuHKB0_5lr8uuXbcFaf-ZRLxnHwFcxLIf1i7esSyvL7Orj1xvLjKDgRtzC0bdKsuXeFgWmRGRZlib

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, March 17, 2013

 

3/17/2013, #75, 1st Quarter 2013

      Praying the Apostles' Creed:
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      As with the dying thief on the cross, we too say, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Luke 23:42)

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
      Father, please get your Church out of foster care and into the adoption you have prepared for us. Thank you.

Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?" When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, "Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father." From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. (John 6:60-66)

      A word received: That is the choice my disciples are making today: some will follow me and some will fall away. What will you chose to do?

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-11)
      Jesus, please help us have this mind which was in you and which you gave to Paul. Help us by your Holy Spirit to know what is of value and what is rubbish. Thank you.

      Holy Spirit, you raised Jesus from the dead, raise us and our parish and your whole church to new life in you. Thank you.

Sunday: 118; *; 145; Jer. 23:16-32; 1 Cor. 9:19-27; Mark 8:31-9:1
HC: 126; Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:8-14; Luke 20:9-19
Monday: 31; *; 35; Jer. 24:1-10; Rom. 9:19-23; John 9:1-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day - Diocese of Down and Dromore, Church of Ireland, Bishop Harold Miller

***** FATHER SCOTT EVANS will be the preacher at the public Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, March 19 beginning at 10:00. Father Evans is an engineer (PhD, RPI), a musician, leader in the Alpha Course, and assists at Christ Church, Ballston Spa. Lunch is available in the Welcome Center following the Service. Christ the King is at 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY.

***** Fundraising Banquet for Summer Youth Mission to Northern Ireland 2013 On March 23rd at 6pm the Diocese will be holding a fundraising banquet at the Spiritual Life Center for the youth who will be participating in this summer's Northern Ireland mission trip. The banquet will feature a classic Irish menu of Corned Beef, cabbage, potatoes, other veggies, Irish Soda Bread and a variety of delicious desserts. The youth of the mission, along with their leaders, will be providing entertainment throughout the evening which will include Irish folk and worship music. The cost of the meal will be $7 and a free will offering will be taken to help support these youth who will be traveling to a quite troubled part of the world, bringing the message of that peace that God our Father has given us in Christ's name.
      Please put Irish Mission Trip on the check memo line and send your check to the
      Episcopal Diocese of Albany
      Attn: Sally Stanley
      580 Burton Road
      Greenwich, NY 12834

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first born among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:28 )
      Lord, we often do not understand your ways, but we have faith that You have a greater purpose in mind and that as we follow the path that You lead us in, all things will work together for good. Thank You for the ministries of Father Shaw and Mother Julie. Thank You that they are being conformed into the image of your Son, Jesus. Thank You for calling them into the mission field and may all their work be for your glory.
      Be with Father Shaw this week in Ogdensburg. Help him to get acclimated to parish life again and to find the right balance between his parish duties and his teaching mission. We ask that the evaluators for the fellowship grant look favorably upon his application. Let all things come together for all the traveling that He will do in the next few months. Be with Mother Julie in her teaching and her CPE studies. And be with their daughters as they continue their walks with You: for Lydia as she develops her plans for the future; for Hannah and her Oaks of Righteousness Ministry in Troy; and for Ruth as she looks for a new place to live. Bless them all, Lord, these servants of yours who love You so much. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, March 16, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell on State St. and Tonie Loveless and Mark Pasko on Upper Albany St. behind Christ Church.

+--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

State St.

a TOBIAS (regular) -- He asked prayer for discernment of the next step God has for him and a heart to do it.

JOE -- WE prayed he would live by grace and be set free from the burden of the law. He asked prayer for Nicole.

+KELLY (young woman) -- "For my kids and my [unborn] baby.

+a CISCO (man) -- "Steady employment."

TOM -- Ask for healing from various injuries from sparing and for his son Tim to get a long term job.

CHARLES -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+MARVIN (young man) -- "For my family."

+aGS DEBRA (regular) -- We prayed for her cousin SHIRLEY and for her daughter LATINA. Debra has been in a lot of pain from being hit by a car a couple of years ago. We also prayed for PAULA and JOHN (regulars) and their family.

+a NADISE (mom) and +a AGRESORA (daughter 8)

SHANTAVIA (young woman) -- "For a good job." She had just had a good job interview.

+aG BRIAN (man) -- He gave his burdens to Jesus and invited Jesus into his heart.

a RISHI and a FELICIA (regular) -- When I showed them the picture of our family, they got very excited and said they were thinking about adopting. We prayed for the child that God has for them.

FR. PETER and DAVID -- They were on their way to minister at Summit Towers.

Upper Albany St. behind Christ Church

+TYRELL -- A good life

+JUDY -- Blessings

+IRVING -- Prayer for protection

+LEONARD -- Prayer for protection

+CAL -- Prayer for protection and +EUGENE -- Prayer for salvation

+CHEMOIRE -- Grateful for life.

+MARCUS -- Thankful for being alive

+CARLINA -- Prayer for health and job


 

3/16/2013, #74, 1st Quarter 2013

But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?" Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? (Romans 9:20-21)
      Father, help each of us accept the way you have shaped us and help us be vessels filled with your Holy Spirit to bring honor and glory to your son Jesus. Thank you.

A word received 3/7/13: You are going through this time of distress -- know that I AM with you.

A word received 3/8/13: I AM still here.

A word received 3/13/13: I AM with you in all your distresses and pain. Keep looking to me -- I AM there with you.

A word received 3/15/13: Look to me for light in the darkness.

Text message from Torre to Jonathan: We are TIRED! It is exhausting being in the ER.
Text message from Jonathan to Torre: It makes you TIRED-ER.

Text message from Hillary to Torre: Taylor [our granddaughter] said, "She probably had a blood clot, but with all the praying going on, by the time the Dr. saw her it was gone!"

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); *; 33; Jer. 23:9-15; Rom. 9:1-18; John 6:60-71
Sunday: 118; *; 145; Jer. 23:16-32; 1 Cor. 9:19-27; Mark 8:31-9:1
HC: 126; Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:8-14; Luke 20:9-19

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 16 For vocations to the priesthood and diaconate

***** FATHER SCOTT EVANS will be the preacher at the public Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, March 19 beginning at 10:00. Father Evans is an engineer (PhD, RPI), a musician, leader in the Alpha Course, and assists at Christ Church, Ballston Spa. Lunch is available in the Welcome Center following the Service. Christ the King is at 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY.

***** From: Stephen Stewart
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Subject: Northern Ireland
      This summer I'm going to co-lead a group of high school students on a mission trip to Northern Ireland. Could you help me by sending money or praying for the fundraising and the trip? The trip will cost $1,200 per person (even leaders) and anything would help. Especially prayer. In Northern Ireland we'll attend a massive Christian retreat called Summer Madness where there will be great worship, teaching and fun. Then we'll spend time doing a Christian outreach called Streetreach where we'll serve a community doing a number of service projects with other Christian youth that live in Northern Ireland. When I lived in N.I. for a year after finishing high school I participated in both of these events so I know they'll be powerful experiences for our youth. If you would like to contribute financially by check
      Please put Irish Mission Trip and Stephen Stewart on the check memo line and send your check to the
      Episcopal Diocese of Albany
      Attn: Sally Stanley
      580 Burton Road
      Greenwich, NY 12834
Thank you and no pressure, Stephen

***** Fundraising Banquet for Summer Youth Mission to Northern Ireland 2013
On March 23rd at 6pm the Diocese will be holding a fundraising banquet at the Spiritual Life Center for the youth who will be participating in this summer's Northern Ireland mission trip. The banquet will feature a classic Irish menu of Corned Beef, cabbage, potatoes, other veggies, Irish Soda Bread and a variety of delicious desserts. The youth of the mission, along with their leaders, will be providing entertainment throughout the evening which will include Irish folk and worship music. The cost of the meal will be $7 and a free will offering will be taken to help support these youth who will be traveling to a quite troubled part of the world, bringing the message of that peace that God our Father has given us in Christ's name.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, March 16 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. Our preacher will be Bishop Dan Herzog, Retired Bishop of Albany. 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: Mark Pasko
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013
Subject: Other Forms of Short Term Mission Work
In Matthew 28: 19-20, Jesus makes it very clear what He wants of us: "Go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them all I have commanded you." This is the Great Commission for all believers, not the Great Suggestion. After we have had our bible study and prayer service, Jesus expects us to open the Church doors, walk out, and do what He has commissioned us to do: go out and spread the Word in various ways based on the gifts He has given us. This can be done in many ways in what can be called short term and local missionary activity. I've talked about the Prayer Tables and Prison ministry as two examples of the type of work Jesus wants us to do. The Lord has called me to do different things over the last 40 years that can be considered short term missionary work. These are a few to help stimulate your thought:

-In 1974 I worked as a summer volunteer with the Glenmary Home Missions in Ashe County, North Carolina. The work involved running a summer school for the local children who were often called out of school to harvest tobacco for their family income. I am grateful for having had the experience of living in a dirt floored cabin with an out-house and see folks who had little physically but had full and joyful lives full of faith.

-In the late '70's and early '80's I was a Big Brother to several disadvantaged youth. Many years later one of the youth saw and recognized me and thank me for spending time with him. It was not a long time but it made a difference in his life.

-From 1991-1996 I was a Hospice volunteer visiting and working with the dying. It taught me much and removed much of my fear of dying. The Lord allowed me to meet some folks who gave me a taste of what the afterlife will be like. In them, as old and sick as they were, I could see the youth of eternity in their faces.

-In 1996-7 I volunteered at the Farano House, a Catholic safe home for children in transition to foster homes, adoption, or for safety reasons. I remember at one point holding three little sleeping infants at once! It was wonderful! Most of the little ones were not used to hearing a man's voice and would gaze up whenever I spoke.

-During the 1990's I spent many hours running 12-Step meetings and sponsoring folks on their healing journey. I always put a Christian focus on my work and at one point conducted a 12-Step program for Christians for three years in a local church.

-In the early 1970's I worked as a volunteer in two Jerry Lewis MD camps helping to give some very sick children a chance to have some fun. It was inspiring to see kids who knew they were going to die in a few years, living their lives without fear for the future.

-In the summer of 1972 I volunteered my time to two programs for the mentally disadvantaged at a local O. D. Heck home.

These are only meant to get you thinking about what the Lord is calling you to do. Spend time listening through prayer and meditation, determine your spiritual gifts and talents, and then take action. You will likely find that these activities will open your life up in unexpected and wonderful ways as the Lord allows you to represent Him in the mission fields outside your door!

***** A TV spot from France takes up the debate between 'all digital' and the die-hard defenders of paper. http://www.flixxy.com/the-paperless-future-emma.htm#.UURQOByTiCk

Albany Intercessor


Friday, March 15, 2013

 

3/15/2013, #73, 1st Quarter 2013


"Les Glaneuses" ("The Gleaners") by Jean-Francois Millet
Are you willing to search out the lost and the least with Jesus?

And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." So he spoke this parable to them, saying: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:2-7)
      Holy Spirit, give us hearts and wills to go out seeking the lost sheep that are all around us. Help us bring joy to our Father in heaven by bringing back the lost and the least to him. Help us join Jesus -- give us shepherds' hearts to seek out the lost and the least. Thank you.

Friday: 102; *; 107:1-32; Jer. 23:1-8; Rom. 8:28-39; John 6:52-59
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); *; 33; Jer. 23:9-15; Rom. 9:1-18; John 6:60-71

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian, March 15 Development of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Jean Bissell is making wonderful progress. Each day marks another step forward. Last night she had to undo her sling while I changed her bandage. 2 days before she would have been crying out in pain. Last night, not a whimper. Torre

***** FATHER SCOTT EVANS will be the preacher at the public Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, March 19 beginning at 10:00. Father Evans is an engineer (PhD, RPI), a musician, leader in the Alpha Course, and assists at Christ Church, Ballston Spa. Lunch is available in the Welcome Center following the Service. Christ the King is at 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY.

***** From: Stephen Stewart
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Subject: Northern Ireland
      This summer I'm going to co-lead a group of high school students on a mission trip to Northern Ireland. Could you help me by sending money or praying for the fundraising and the trip? The trip will cost $1,200 per person (even leaders) and anything would help. Especially prayer. In Northern Ireland we'll attend a massive Christian retreat called Summer Madness where there will be great worship, teaching and fun. Then we'll spend time doing a Christian outreach called Streetreach where we'll serve a community doing a number of service projects with other Christian youth that live in Northern Ireland. When I lived in N.I. for a year after finishing high school I participated in both of these events so I know they'll be powerful experiences for our youth. If you would like to contribute financially by check
      Please put Irish Mission Trip and Stephen Stewart on the check memo line and send your check to the
      Episcopal Diocese of Albany
      Attn: Sally Stanley
      580 Burton Road
      Greenwich, NY 12834
Thank you and no pressure, Stephen

***** Fundraising Banquet for Summer Youth Mission to Northern Ireland 2013 On March 23rd at 6pm the Diocese will be holding a fundraising banquet at the Spiritual Life Center for the youth who will be participating in this summer's Northern Ireland mission trip. The banquet will feature a classic Irish menu of Corned Beef, cabbage, potatoes, other veggies, Irish Soda Bread and a variety of delicious desserts. The youth of the mission, along with their leaders, will be providing entertainment throughout the evening which will include Irish folk and worship music. The cost of the meal will be $7 and a free will offering will be taken to help support these youth who will be traveling to a quite troubled part of the world, bringing the message of that peace that God our Father has given us in Christ's name.

***** Please join us this Friday night, March 15 at 7pm at St. Michael's for our monthly Prayer and Praise service. This month's speaker will be Mother Miriam, Mother Superior of the Community of St. Mary, sharing how the grace of our Lord mends our relationships in community. The freedom of love under grace IS the whole life of Good News(Evangelism) through Jesus Christ. Please join us for this time of worship, and praying/interceding for the upcoming visit by John Arnott.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, March 16 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. Our preacher will be Bishop Dan Herzog, Retired Bishop of Albany. 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: Susan Plaske
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Subject: Cathedral of All Saints prayer table

March 6, 2013
Windy cloudy but we are outside
Sue Plaske, Beth Collum, Jana
Dave for healing for the Whites
Sharon and Connie - Teriqua , Jim, Roy and Jackie, Anna
Daniel + Pray for protection, housing, job, family
Dottie - cousin passed away
Jean - health issue
Sue prayers for her talk tonight at stations of the cross.
Paul for protection, healing of his knee shoulder and diabetes.
Eileen - Cheryl awaiting liver transplant
Jana - Job opportunity in Memphis
Dina + - peace for daughter and granddaughter , accepted a cross for her 4 year old granddaughter who will be baptizxed at Easter Vigil
Paula - Cataract surgery

March 13th, 2013
Cool but sunshine, put the sign out "prayer table 12-1 " at 9AM
At 12 there was a woman waiting for prayer
Angela - protection from her boss. who she feels is her "Goliath" Prayed for light in /through this darkness
Cynthia - protection for her feelings " not to take things so personally
Bernies' knee was healed . PRAISE God
Man prayed for Thomas - son with autism and Mark - brother with brain cancer
Jana - prayers for those involved in the car accident outside her house this morning.
Hilda - wisdom at work
Paula and David - safe travel ti Ireland and for protection and health while traveling
Several people passing by politely declined..

***** From: Mark Pasko
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Subject: Prison Ministry (Part 2)
      Doing the Lord's work in jails and prisons is one of the major ways Jesus asks us to identify with Him in fallen humanity (see Matthew 26:36). While this work is tremendously rewarding as you see the Lord minister through you, the environment your men live in can be highly toxic since many inmates are in gangs, into the occult or otherwise in spiritual danger to themselves and physical danger to others. Work in jails and prisons, especially those of maximum security, requires the precise following of rules and regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone. To do the Lord's work in jails and prisons, you have to be cleared by the specific facility you will be working in. You will have to fill out a volunteer application to determine if there is any reason you shouldn't be allowed to participate. You will receive a thorough background check as well. You will need to get tested for TB, fingerprinted and photographed for an ID card. You will also require an orientation on the facility and its policies. All of this can be accomplished in a couple hour visit to the facility.
      A typical session at the Rensselaer Co. Jail lasts about an hour and includes singing, praying and bible study. The longer sessions we hold in prisons last two hours and include, in addition to the above, a video, some testimony from the volunteers and small group discussions. If the program is an Alpha series on basic Christianiy, there will be 15 weekly evening sessions (6 to 8 pm) and one on a Saturday (9 to 3 pm). After that we hold monthly sessios on "The Jesus Lifestyle" to check up on the men and give them booster shots to fortify their faith. Preparing for a session may take an hour or two to review the video with your team and plan presentations.
      The first few visits you make will orient you to the prison and its processes. It may take a few weeks to get used to and feel comfortable in such a controlled and rigid environment. My initial experience of the prison visits were surprisingly easy. I was nervous but I just walked into the room and started shaking hands and introducing myself. I was welcomed with smiles and friendly courtesy as I played guitar and sang Christian songs with them. I quickly learned to like them and realized that they were overjoyed simply to know that someone outside the walls cares enough about them to visit and spend time to share the faith. Last year we even spent Holy Thursday with them and did a foot washing ceremony. It felt really wonderful to show them the courtesy of ministering to them in this way. I think it helps restore their humanity in a very Christian way.
      If you would like additional information on prison ministry you can contact Tom Gazara.at tagvalatie@aol.com

***** City Mission Prayer Table, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Chuck Rinaldo and Kathy Palmatier.
1. Gary
* PTL…he’s a Grandfather. His daughter had a healthy baby girl, 6 lbs. 15 oz. this Monday.
* His son-in-law has excepted a position at Skidmore and they will be moving back east before the beginning of the new school year. Pray for the Lord to be with them as they prepare new beginnings.
2. Dan
* Special prayer for his ability to handle a very delicate situation.
* A PTL for his oldest daughter who is happy with her new job, and for his other daughter who is doing well in her new apartment.
* PTL for a pastor friend’s daughter Chris who is walking on her own. God knows the condition of her illness and pray for continued healing.
* Pray for Rick and Sherri whose daughter suffered a stroke. Pray that she will have continued progress and healing.
3. Peter
* Pray for his wife and the upcoming birth of their baby, due date is 4-11. For a healthy and normal delivery.
* Pray for him and his brother’s to work in the Lord’s leading and unity of family and business.
4. We all prayed together for Jean and Torre for healing and comfort.

***** Diocesan Prayer Concerns
The residents of the Mohawk Valley are in need of your prayers.
      As some of you may know, yesterday a man set his apartment house on fire in Mohawk, NY, and then went to Herkimer and began shooting in John's Barbershop and Gaffey's Fast Lube. The man was later killed by police.
      The owner of the barbershop, John Seymour, is a parishioner of St. Augustine's, Ilion. Fr. John Bassett, their Rector, spent the day at the hospital with Mr. Seymour's family. Mr. Seymour underwent two surgeries and is doing well. One of the customers in the shop at the time is much more seriously wounded, and two others who were also in the shop at the time were fatally shot. Two others were fatally shot at Gaffey's, and two families are displaced from the fire that preceded the shootings.
      Please keep Mr. Seymour and the others killed and injured in your prayers, along with their family and friends, those displaced from their homes, all the residents of the villages of Mohawk and Herkimer, and any others who may have been affected by this terrible tragedy.
      O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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