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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 

4/30/2013, #29, 2nd Quarter 2013

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:4-8 )
      Holy Spirit, go through this diocese and move all of us to use the gifts and talents you have given us so that the kingdom of God is built up among us. Thank you.

      Jesus, let theministry of your Spirit be made visibly present at the Diocesan Convention. Move in our hearts and stir us up to a passion for you.

      Father, let your hand of blessing rest upon the people of this diocese and upon the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: Give me your fears.

Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Wisdom 10:1-4(5-12)13-21 or Lev. 16:20-34; Rom. 12:1-21; Luke 8:1-15
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Wisdom 13:1-9 or Lev. 19:1-18; Rom. 13:1-14; Luke 8:16-25

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 30 Deacon Formation Program

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table Report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, April 29, 10-1:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Light rain fell today at the start, then when it got a little heavier we moved the table into the entranceway of our church. Becky Hadley and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. We did not give out any wooden crosses or anoint anyone with Holy Oil today.)

ETHEL -- She is a regular who always hugs and thanks us "... for being out here for us." We prayed for healing for her injured left hand. (She fell recently.)

MAN (No name) -- He waved and smiled at us from the other side of the street, but he did not come over.

DAVID -- Asked for prayer for problems he has been having obtaining car insurance so he can continue to drive and keep his license.

REBECCA -- She received prayer for steady pain she is having in her left hand. (She, too, fell this past week after losing her balance.)

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013
Subject: Public Prayer Mail for 30 April
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. Happy Easter season from Tanzania!
This week's overview:
      1) It is rainy season in Kasulu, Tanzania. Lots of rain Monday morning.
      2) Lydia is enjoying choir practice at St. John's in Ogdensburg, and Julie is doing well. Her sermon on Sunday was well received.
      3) Things seem to be going well in Kasulu. Bishop Makaya requested that I not return to the US, and he wants me to stay in Kasulu. On the other hand, I have an appointment in Belize coming up, and Bp. Philip wants me in Belize.
      4) I preached at two churches Sunday, and God used the time, profitably. It was a team effort; my translators preached my two sermons, well.
      5) I now have two coordinators for the online program, on the ground in Kasulu.
      6) A rather large spider greets us in the bathroom every day in Kasulu. It is more afraid of us than anything else.
Prayer requests:
      1) The following is a rather specific prayer request regarding online matters:
      1a) pray for translators: Tanzanian Swahili, Garifuna, Guatemalan Spanish, and Mexican Spanish.
      1b) pray about developing English as a second language materials
      1c) pray about developing elementary and secondary level academic skills courses
      1d) pray about deciding whom to bring along as team and faculty members, and what they should do
      2) For sufficient Internet access and speed regarding the online program.
      3) For an increase in enrollment, for financial provision, and for program and course development, in God's way and in God's time.
      4) For students and their families.
      5) For our missionary table at the annual Convention in the Diocese of Albany in June.
      6) For the balance of our time in the North Country.
      7) For a resolution to the persistent health insurance issue, God's way.
      8 ) For everything that is before each of our family members.
      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, April 29, 2013

 

4/29/2013, #28, 2nd Quarter 2013

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged." Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace." (Luke 7:36-50)
      Holy Spirit, give us this same passion to honor and serve Jesus that this woman has.

      Father, help us recognize how great our debt of sin is and the forgiveness of that debt you have done through your son Jesus. Help us accept with joy that you have forgiven people that we may not even like or desire to know.

      Jesus, thank you for forgiving this woman's sins. Help us come to you as she did and find the forgiveness of our sins that you offer us.

      Holy Trinity, One God, help us share with others our love and passion for Jesus.

A word received: Keep coming to me in all your troubles.

A word received: I have held you up all these years.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Wisdom 9:1,7-18 or Lev. 16:1-19; Col. (3:18-4:1)2-18; Luke 7:36-50
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Wisdom 10:1-4(5-12)13-21 or Lev. 16:20-34; Rom. 12:1-21; Luke 8:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 29 Vocations to the Priesthood, the Diaconate, and the Religious Life, The Rev’d Harold Reed, The Rev’d Mildred Williams

***** From: Theresa Rinaldo
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Subject: Christ Church Schenectady, Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table Report, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Chuck Rinaldo

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

++ Rianna – Uncle Josh for healing and Uncle Bo for safe place to live.

+ Peter – Homeless and asking for a place to live in safety.

+ James – Pray for a place for him and the family to live.

+ Sean – Peace of mind and to keep straight.

+ Bobby – Moving to Wooster, MA near part of his family. His is disabled and needs services. He is concerned about moving because his daughter lives here.

+Devon – To stay straight.

+ Emilie – She is pregnant and asked for a safe delivery and healthy baby.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, April 28, 2013

 

4/28/2013, #27, 2nd Quarter 2013

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." (John 13:34)
      Jesus, please help us in this diocese to love one another as you love us. Help us to have a passion for you that shows itself in loving one another.

"By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35)
      Holy Spirit, please help us be disciples who love one another so that we can make other disciples.

      Father, please help us show forth your love to others. Thank you.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Wisdom 7:22-8:1 or Leviticus 8:1-13, 30-36; 2 Thess. 2:13-17; Matt. 7:7-14
Fifth Sunday of Easter: 145 or 145:1-9; Acts 13:44-52 or Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Revelation 19:1,4-9 or Acts 13:44-52; John 13:31-35
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Wisdom 9:1,7-18 or Lev. 16:1-19; Col. (3:18-4:1)2-18; Luke 7:36-50

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 28 The Rev’d Paul Baker

***** From: Christine Hales
Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Subject: New Blog is out!
      Hi Everyone: We've had this sweet little bird build its nest on our front porch. Watching her while she sits on the nest is such a sign of spring. Can't wait till the little ones hatch. But what a place to set up house! More in the blog: http://kingdomartsministry.com/ Love, Michael and Christine

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, April 27, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Tonie Loveless and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

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

Albany St.

Jay -- not doing good

+Jerome -- strength and wisdom to continue each day

+++++Quannisha -- for daughter

Tracy, for family, Elizabeth (his wife) + 10 kids (said he is a mess up)

+Ann -- God is good, got me up today -- praised God. We prayed for her.

Christopher -- has a cross -- we prayed for him before -- high blood pressure and family.

+++++Desire -- family and apartment, prayed for God's presence in her apartment

+Al -- his family, homeless, sickness

Mary -- her grandmother (Karen) died in November. She doesn't know if she is in heaven.

Roy -- psoriasis on his hands

Ray -- Why did the Boston bombing occur?

State St.

John (young man) -- prayed for a blessing on his work today

Susan "Hit and Run" prayer -- prayed for a blessing on her

+a René (man) -- He asked for prayer for guidance in a relationship with a woman

+a Jeremiah (young man) -- looking lost

+Amanda (young woman) -- looking lost

Isaiah (young man across the street) -- asked us to pray for him

+a Dennis (young man) -- he wanted prayer that he would do a good job at work (rehabbing a house) and for a good future

+a Shada (woman) -- "I have some pain in my body."

a Lloyd (man) -- asked prayer for him and his family

We prayed for Lisa and Jason (across the street, they did not come out today) -- we prayed they would be set free from addiction -- that they would come to that place of breaking where they would recognize their need for Jesus.

+a Sabrina (young woman) -- She parked in front of us and said that she saw an older couple down the street with nothing. She asked prayer that she could find them again and bring them to us. A while later she drove up with +Sarah and +Paul who have been homeless and on the street for four days. We prayed with them.

+a Katie -- She asked prayer that she could get an apartment and get her child out of foster care.

+a Kurt (man) -- He confessed his sins and gave his burdens to Jesus and accepted God's cleansing work in his life.

Steve (regular) -- He had a cancerous growth removed from his ear this week.

Walter -- to be clean

+a Randy (young man who drove into the parking lot next to us and came for prayer) -- He gave his life to Jesus again. He is looking for a better job.

+a Tobias (regular who parked in front of us) -- He is still in great confusion and directionless.

++a Joseph (man) -- He asked prayer for his grandson Joseph who is having heart surgery May 2nd. I think he said Joseph III is about 10.


 

4/27/2013, #26, 2nd Quarter 2013

This is a day for small things; who would dare to despise it? (Zechariah 4:10 a, JB)
      A word received: Rejoice in my small gifts.

And when all the people heard him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him. (Luke 7:29-30)
      Father, we pray for the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church who have rejected your will for them by refusing the baptism of repentance that you offer them. Soften their hearts by your Holy Spirit and help them turn to Jesus for forgiveness of their sins and the new life you are offering them. Thank you.

Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); Wisdom 7:1-14 or Exodus 40:18-38; Col. 3:12-17; Luke 7:18-28(29-30)31-35
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Wisdom 7:22-8:1 or Leviticus 8:1-13, 30-36; 2 Thess. 2:13-17; Matt. 7:7-14
Fifth Sunday of Easter: 145 or 145:1-9; Acts 13:44-52 or Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Revelation 19:1,4-9 or Acts 13:44-52; John 13:31-35

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 27 The Rev’d Geraldine Clemmons, The Rev’d Richard Erickson, The Rev’d Dennis Pressley

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

+a Carl -- "My family, my kids, and me."

Gary -- He showed us a picture of his new granddaughter Molly Jean. He gave thanks for her gave thanks for her and that his son-in-law and daughter are moving from Colorado to the local are where his son-in-law will be teaching at Skidmore.

+Kathy -- "My family is in shambles." She got a cross for her brother +Tommy who is has been homeless the past two years. "I'm not sure where my brother really is."

Chuck -- He prayed for the family next door where an ambulance had come that morning. His neighbors are John and Erika. Chuck gave thanks that his truck was working again.

Dan -- He asked prayer for the Board of Directors meeting of the Schenectady City Mission on Friday. He also asked prayer for Mike Saccocio whose father had just died. We prayed for Dan's daughters and for the restoration of good relations with the youngest.

Riana (girl age 7) -- "To find a home to live in and get her dog back."

A group of children came: +a Joshua (born premature 2 lbs 7 oz with MS), +a Delilah, +a Ryleigh. They asked prayer for their daddy named James, and +a Nova who asked prayer for her father Larry and grandma and Uncle Joe. They were brought by +a Peggie who is the mother of the first three kids. She is pregnant. Eleanor (regular), the grandmother, also came with them.

+a David -- "I need a job to support my family." We prayed against the blockages that prevent him getting a job.

Felicia -- Her husband is messing around with other women. We prayed for her son +Justine (7) and prayed for the whole family.

Erika and Denise -- Between them they have 14 kids.

***** From: Sue Cole
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2013
Subject: update on Dan
      Dan has been without a fever since Monday and only takes Tylenol as needed. He is still exhausted so basic chores are difficult. The doctors are continuing to test for lyme disease along with some other viruses, including mono. Right now they are calling it 'Super Mono' until a more definitive diagnosis can be made. Dan says thank you for all of the prayers said on his behalf and for his family. He feels very blessed because of them. Praise God! Mother Sue+

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2013
Subject: update 26 April 2013
Dear friends,
      I have arrived safely in Kasulu, Tanzania. The plan departed an hour earlier than written on the itinerary. That was exciting. Fortunately, we had arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare.
      I arrived yesterday in Kasulu after visiting in Ujiji and Kigoma areas (Mr. Stanely met Dr. Livingstone under a mango tree in Ujiji on the shore of Lake Tanganyika). We (myself and Bill and Cathy Schrull) enjoyed the hospitality of a former bishop of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika, yesterday, in Kigoma. We are enjoying the hospitality of the current Bishop of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika while we are here, in Kasulu.
      There is a 7 hour time difference between Tanzania and the Diocese of Albany.
      Today, it is Union Day, a national holiday. On April 26, 1964, two countries were merged into what is now Tanzania.
      The power is out in at least a part of Kasulu, and the theological college is running on a back-up generator.
      The local mosque sounds its first call to prayer at 5 am, over a loudspeaker. The local dogs wake before then and have a howling convention.
      I am also learning the best way to integrate our program into the life of Kasulu Bible College and into the Diocese of Western Tanganyika. There is great potential here.
      Pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to guide the mission, as well as for safe and timely travel. I have been pleasantly surprised.
      Last night, Bishop Makaya asked me to preach at two services at the cathedral on Sunday. Pray that I would preach the right words that are needed.
      God bless you, Shaw+

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
      Christopher's mum Lynn sent this last night sorry for the delay and thx Lynn Let us all Pray for this we boy and lets agree together in Jesus name. Thx Guys Ronnie'O
      hello ronnie, please can you update the prayer chain. christopher has finished his 6th and hopefully last cycle of chemotherapy. He is eating and sleeping well with no sickness this time. The date for next MRI scan is 8th may. please pray for a great reduction of the tumour so surgery will be as minimum as possible. Thanks, Lynn

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, April 25, 2013

 

4/25/2013, #24, 2nd Quarter 2013

"For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:43-45)
      Jesus, please help us bear good fruit for the kingdom.

"But why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say? (Luke 6:46)
      Jesus, help us to truly make you Lord of our lives and do all that you are asking of us.

Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great." (Luke 6:47-49)
      Jesus, you are the solid rock on which we must build if our work is to endure. Give each of us a passion for you and your work and your ways.

      Lord, we are in the midst of a great storm in the Episcopal Church and much that is built on sand is being swept away -- help us cling to you -- you are our rock and our unchanging foundation.

A word received: I love you.

Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 114, 115; Wisdom 5:9-23 or Exodus 34:1-17; Col. 2:8-23; Luke 6:39-49
Friday: 40,54 * 51; Wisdom 6:12-23 or Exodus 34:18-35; Col. 3:1-11; Luke 7:1-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 25 St. Matthew’s Church, Unadilla – The Rev’d Scott Garno, The Rev’d Charles Bailey

[Note from Torre: The Diocesan Convention is the premier renewal event in the life of our diocese each year. Don't miss out on what God has for your there in the workshops, worship, sermons, healing service, reconciliation, and prayer. Click on the link below to register.]

***** Passion for Jesus: 2013 Diocesan Convention Online Registration Now Open!
The online registration for the 145th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, Passion for Jesus, is now open. We have tried to simplify and streamline the online registration process, so there is just one online registration form this year. There are all the same options (Adult, Youth, Full Weekend and Commuter) available as prior years. Also new this year is the ability to combine multiple registrations in one credit card transaction. Click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/2013ConventionRegistrationForm.php to register.

***** Diocesan Update April 24, 2013
      Healing Service at Christ the King Fr. Scott Harding, Rector of the Church of the Messiah in Glens Falls and Dean of the Southern Adirondack Deanery, will be the guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, April 30th. The service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.
      Show Us Your Passion for Jesus! The Convention Planning Committee is seeking 10 parishes that would like to set up a display in the Convention Exhibit Hall that shares how they've manifested their Passion for Jesus in their parish or community. Each parish will have 1/2 a table space (3-4 ft) on which to display their story. If you are interested in securing a space for your parish or have questions, please contact our Exhibit Hall Cooridnator, Deacon Nancy Goff at nlgoff@msn.com or call her at (518 ) 932-9286. Remember - space is limited to 10 parishes so don't delay!

***** Fr. Neal: Please continue to pray for my cousin Pete, his wife Maria and their children Peter, Eric, and Michael. Pete currently has an open L-3 and L-4 spinal fracture and is in need of dialysis. After careful thought and prayer he has decided that he is going to forgo treatment and has made the decision to pursue hospice end of life care. He is currently being evaluated for in-patient hospice care and we hope to know if he is approved soon.

***** From: Susan Plaske
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Subject: Cathedral Prayer Table Report, April 24, 2013 Sunny and warm, Beth, Jana, Hilda, Dcn Sue

Greg - for his brother Mark, recovering from surgery and for his son, Thomas - who has autism and scoliosis. And for Yves - who was diagnosed with Colon cancer.

Alba - still having some back problems but, thankful for the healing she has received so far, giving thanks for a nice day!

Man walking by - said he woke up at 4:00AM Prayed for 1/2 hour because the bible says " pray without ceasing"

Connie and Sharon - Thanksgiving - Jody does not have an aneurysm, Prayers for Roy, Jackie, Teriqua and Jim

Ron - in hospital right now with an aneurysm and other complications. Prayers for healing and wisdom for the doctors.

Guy - Prayers for the people affected by the bombing in Boston

Jana- Pray for the young man who survived and was arrested. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Bernie - Healing of Upper respiratory infection.

Kevin - Health issues related to stomach, prayers for healing and that he will not require surgery.

+ Negia - Health , kids family and to be brought together. A career.

Linda - Amber Linda at first said no thank you but, then turned around and in tears asked us to pray for her daughter Amber.

***** From: jeanne gizara
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:48 PM
Subject: Fr. Shaw has Arrived in Dar es Salaam, safely
Dear friends and family,
      I have arrived safely and in a timely manner in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, leg 1 of the mission trip. Julie is in upstate, New York, attending to matters, there. I have had the opportunity to speak with her and Lydia via Skype.
      As I write this, I am near the waterfront of the Indian Ocean in this capital of Tanzania, just down the street from a Lutheran Church. There is a 7 hour time difference between here and upstate, New York. Shortly, from where I am staying, I should be able to hear the morning choir singing at the church.
      In the next day or so, we begin leg 2, travel to Kasulu, Tanzania. In the meantime, we prepare for that leg of the trip, finalizing some local arrangements.
      The goal of the mission trip is to find out to what extent our online anglican seminary courses can join together with the offerings at Kasulu Bible College, a regional anglican seminary, for more effective ministry in this part of the country. I am here with Bill and Cathy Schrull; Bill plans to strengthen the existing Internet infrastructure at the bible college to make this happen more effectively.
      For security reasons, my posts are a bit vague, but if you need more specifics, please contact Julie.
Prayer requests:
      1) continued safe and timely travel
      2) that the Holy Spirit would accomplish through us, what he would desire to be the outcome of our trip.
I continue to pray for you all, daily. God bless you, Shaw

Dear friends,
      Some comments on Tanzania for the inquisitive, and in response to questions that people asked me, before I left:
      Dar es Salaam is considered the economic and commercial capital of Tanzania; it is also the largest city in the country, with over 2.5 million people. Dodoma is the political capital, something like the difference between the reputations of New York City and Washington, D.C. There are about 46 million people in Tanzania, and in some ways it is a mix of 1st and 3rd world, reminding me of Belize City, Lima, Kampala, Nairobi, and other places we have visited on mission trips.
      Dar es Salaam is on the coast, in the South East of the country. Kasulu is in the North West of the Country. The country is 3 times the size of New Mexico. It is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, near the border with Kenya, on the North East side.
      Mr. Stanley met Dr. Livingstone, a few hours by car from where I will be staying in Kasulu, nearer the center of the continent, opposite the Congo on Lake Tanganyika, the second largest fresh water lake in the world by volume, and the second deepest.
      Tanzania is pronounced: TAN-zah-NEE-ah, not Tan-ZANE-ee-ah. Ask anyone here, and you get a laugh if they think you are serious about calling it anything but TAN-zah-NEE-ah. Been there, done that.
      Swahili is the national language. There are perhaps 200 tribal languages, sometimes 5 or 6 tribal languages in a region of the country. Swahili unites the country, linguistically. It even unites families if the husband comes from one tribe, and the wife from another tribe in the same region because the tribes speak different languages, but the people in both tribes learn Swahili.
      English has been the dominant language in higher educational circles, but there are aspirations to make Swahili dominant there. The problem with that policy is that English is the dominant commercial and financial language in the world. That dilemma is not likely to be solved to everyone's satisfaction, any time soon. My seminary classes are intended be taught in English.
      Tanzania is in East Africa, along with Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda. Tanzania is just south of the Equator.
      Anglican clergy are highly respected. I have found this out, first hand, and many people have said "God bless you" to me when they have found out that I am clergy.
      There is a strong Islamic sentiment in the country: over 50% of the population on the mainland being Moslem, and about 99% on the Island of Zanzibar. It does not surprise me, then, that I find Arabic as an alternate language to English from time to time in a few places, instead of English and Swahili.
      The Tanzanian shilling is the local currency. The US dollar is a second currency to use. Some prefer to be paid in dollars instead of the shilling.
      Malaria is a big health issue. I plan to be sleeping under mosquito nets for protection.
      It is rainy season.
      Between 1885 and through World War I, what is now Tanzania was part of German East Africa, and then it was administered by the British. It gained independence in 1961. Actually, the process was more complicated than that, but this is a broad stroke introduction.
      The novel "The African Queen" was about the widow of an Anglican missionary, and the setting was in the South West of Tanzania when it was part of German East Africa.
      God bless you, Shaw

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 

4/24/2013, #23, 2nd Quarter 2013

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)
      Holy Spirit, give all of us in this diocese a passion for Jesus.

      Jesus, move our love for you from our heads to our hearts. Give us a passion to share you with others.

      Father, bring us all to the place where we will be built up in Jesus and established in faith. Let all of the teaching in this diocese reflect the true character and love of Jesus. Thank you.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Wisdom 4:16-5:8 or Exodus 33:1-23; Col. 1:24-2:7; Luke 6:27-38
Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 114, 115; Wisdom 5:9-23 or Exodus 34:1-17; Col. 2:8-23; Luke 6:39-49

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 24 St. Paul’s, Franklin – The Rev. Scott Garno, The Rev’d Julianna Caguiat

[Note from Torre: The Diocesan Convention is the premier renewal event in the life of our diocese each year. Don't miss out on what God has for your there in the workshops, worship, sermons, healing service, reconciliation, and prayer. Click on the link below to register.]

***** A Passion for Jesus: 2013 Diocesan Convention Online Registration Now Open!
The online registration for the 145th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, Passion for Jesus, is now open. We have tried to simplify and streamline the online registration process, so there is just one online registration form this year. There are all the same options (Adult, Youth, Full Weekend and Commuter) available as prior years. Also new this year is the ability to combine multiple registrations in one credit card transaction. Click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/2013ConventionRegistrationForm.php to register.

***** Fr. Neal Longe: Please pray for my cousin Pete. He had another probable heart attack last Thursday, couldn’t determine exactly as his kidney function is so minimal that they would shut down with any dye. Was discharged yesterday and while home taking a shower, slipped and fell through the glass shower door hitting his head and breaking through and through L-3. In excruciating pain, medication, surgery probably can’t do because of kidneys and he will not accept dialysis.

***** April - School of Healing Prayer at Christ the King Level 1 - Commuter classes offered Sunday's 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 Please visit the Website http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/index.cfm under Healing Ministry for more info. To register contact 518-692-9550 or email Brenda.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

 

4/23/2013, #22, 2nd Quarter 2013

If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hold steadfast to the hope of the gospel. Let the gospel be preached in every corner of this diocese and at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Tuesday: 45; *; 47,48; Wisdom 3:1-9; Col. 1:15-23; Luke 6:12-26
Wednesday: 119:49-72; *; 49,[53]; Wisdom 4:16-5:8; Col. 1:24-2:7; Luke 6:27-38

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 23 Chaplains to the Retired Clergy & Spouses – The Rt. Rev. Daniel and Carol Herzog

[Note from Torre: The Diocesan Convention is the premier renewal event in the life of our diocese each year. Don't miss out on what God has for your there in the workshops, worship, sermons, healing service, reconciliation, and prayer. Click on the link below to register.]

***** 2013 Diocesan Convention Online Registration Now Open!
The online registration for the 145th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, Passion for Jesus, is now open. We have tried to simplify and streamline the online registration process, so there is just one online registration form this year. There are all the same options (Adult, Youth, Full Weekend and Commuter) available as prior years. Also new this year is the ability to combine multiple registrations in one credit card transaction. Click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/2013ConventionRegistrationForm.php to register.

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, April 22, 20-13; 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Warmer and sunny, but very little foot traffic today because of the fact there was no soup kitchen meal at the Masonic lodge. Also, there is construction going on at the corner of Route 30 south and Division Street. Numbers were down, but we do not care about numbers ... we care about lives being transformed. Becky Hadley and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t,t -- KEN and BILL -- These two men are Gideons who were in Amsterdam today visiting churches and organizations to see if they were interested in receiving bibles. They came to the table together wondering what we were doing. We told them we are here every Monday morning bringing the offer of prayer to all members of the community. They sat down for prayer with us, and we prayed that God will bless their ministry and that the people who receive their bibles will truly read the word, understand the word and live the word afterward. They also gladly accepted crosses and smiled when we told them, "You see people all over Amsterdam wearing these crosses now!"

Albany Intercessor


Monday, April 22, 2013

 

4/22/2013, #21, 2nd Quarter 2013

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, (Colossians 1:1)
      Father, thank you for all those you have called to apostolic ministry. Guide Bishop Bill, Bishop Dan and Bishop David in this diocese.

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:2)
      Jesus, we pray for the saints and faithful brethren in the Diocese of Albany -- help us daily live into your grace and peace.

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, (Colossians 1:3)
      Holy Spirit, move the people of this diocese to a life of steady prayer for one another.

since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; (Colossians 1:4)
      Jesus, please help us daily show forth our faith in you and our love for one another.

because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, (Colossians 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, help all the people of this diocese hear the word of truth of the gospel and live in the hope of the resurrection.

which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; (Colossians 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, produce in us your fruit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Thank you.

as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, (Colossians 1:7)
      Father, raise up faithful teachers throughout this diocese who will clearly teach the gospel faith which has been believed in all places and in all times. Thank you.

who also declared to us your love in the Spirit. (Colossians 1:8 )
      Holy Spirit, show forth your love among us: let there be an outpouring of love and healing at the Diocesan Convention in June. Thank you.

John 10:26 a word received: There are many who are not of my flock. Pray for them. Pray they will desire for me to be their shepherd.

Monday: 41,52; *; 44; Wisdom 1:16-2:11,21-24; Col. 1:1-14; Luke 6:1-11
Tuesday: 45; *; 47,48; Wisdom 3:1-9; Col. 1:15-23; Luke 6:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 22 Trinity Church, Gouverneur – The Rev’d Gregory Bailey, The Rev’d Brock Baker

***** 2013 Diocesan Convention Online Registration Now Open!
The online registration for the 145th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, Passion for Jesus, is now open. We have tried to simplify and streamline the online registration process, so there is just one online registration form this year. There are all the same options (Adult, Youth, Full Weekend and Commuter) available as prior years. Also new this year is the ability to combine multiple registrations in one credit card transaction. Click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/2013ConventionRegistrationForm.php to register.

***** Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Subject: Public Prayer Mail for 22 April
Dear friends in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. Happy Easter season! Alleluia! As I write this, I am about to embark on the next phase of our mission adventure. Photos may appear on my FaceBook Web page from time to time, depending on circumstances.
This week's overview:
1) Julie had a great time at the Diocese of Albany priest's retreat.
2) I have contacted 2 potential colleagues who might help us expand the mission work. One was a missionary in Honduras, and the other is a missionary in India. Both are teachers.
Prayer requests:
1) For the mission trip to Tanzania and Belize.
2) For an increase in enrollment, for financial provision, and for program development, in God's way and in God's time.
3) For our missionary table at the annual Convention in the Diocese of Albany.
4) For a resolution to the persistent health insurance issue, God's way.
5) For decisions and opportunities in front of each family member, and that all would be done to the glory of God.
God bless you, and thank you for praying and partnering with us in prayer. I pray for you every day. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

***** From: Kent Ikeda
Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Subject: FW: Rohwer Arkansas
      This is a part of history many people are not aware of...... Very educational and well presented.Ms. Schiffer's documentary is wonderful. https://vimeo.com/35613672

***** From: jeanne gizara
Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32: 10b-11)
      Father God, we thank You for lots of good news in Father Shaw’s last prayer mail. We thank You especially that Mother Julie has been accepted into the CPE program in Connecticut. We know that your steadfast love surrounds both Father Shaw and Mother Julie and their family because they trust in You. We praise You Father and shout for joy for all the blessings that You bestow upon your faithful servants who are upright in heart.
      We pray for Father Shaw as his time to travel abroad fast approaches. Be with him in all the details, Lord. Keep him safe and send him travel mercies. May his trips to Tanzania and Belize bring positive results in the growth of his on-line theological training mission.
      We are glad in the Lord. We rejoice. We shout for joy! Thank You Father for keeping us upright in heart. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, April 21, 2013

 

4/21/2013, #20, 2nd Quarter 2013

A Psalm of Thanksgiving. Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! (Psalm 100:1)
      Holy Spirit, bring your joy into the worship of the congregations of this diocese.

Serve the LORD with gladness; come before his presence with singing. (Psalm 100:2)
      Jesus, please help serve you and come into your presence with joy and gladness and singing.

Know that the LORD, he is God; it is he who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)
      Father, all we like sheep have gone astray -- gather us back into the flock to praise you and bless your name.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful to him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4)
      Holy Spirit, fill our mouths with praise and worship as we enter into your courts.

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100:5)
      Father, thank you for your goodness and everlasting mercy toward us. While we were (and are) still sinners, you sent your son Jesus to die for us to pay thepricew for our sins. Thank you.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98; *; 103; Wisdom 1:1-15; 1 Pet. 5:1-11; Matt. 7:15-29
Fourth Sunday of Easter: 100; Acts 13:15-16,26-33(34-39) or Numbers 27:12-23; Revelation 7:9-17 or Acts 13:15-16,26-33(34-39); John 10:22-30
Monday: 41,52; *; 44; Wisdom 1:16-2:11,21-24; Col. 1:1-14; Luke 6:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 21 Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls – The Very Rev’d Scott Harding, The Rev’d Nancy Goff, The Rev’d Gil DeLaura

***** 2013 Diocesan Convention Online Registration Now Open!
The online registration for the 145th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, Passion for Jesus, is now open. We have tried to simplify and streamline the online registration process, so there is just one online registration form this year. There are all the same options (Adult, Youth, Full Weekend and Commuter) available as prior years. Also new this year is the ability to combine multiple registrations in one credit card transaction. Click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/2013ConventionRegistrationForm.php to register.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Tonie Loveless and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Breezy.

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

Albany St.

Jerrie -- Asked for health, family, prayer for Bostom victims and bombers.

Hedo -- Prayer for his leg.

++Joshua -- Strength to go on. He is 18 and his brother Keith, 16, is in a group home.

++Courtney -- Prayer for step-daughter Desire.

Mary -- Hay fever.

+Adelia -- For a job and a place to live.

State St.

Sharon -- She asked prayer for +Ernest -- that he will find a job. He just move up here from the City.

a Debra (regular) -- "Still some pain here and there."

a Tobias -- He is under spiritual attack and is having car trouble. He asked prayer for Sheisha, Pastor Randall, Regina, Lisa, Odetta, Dianna,and Shalawda.

Mahtra (woman) -- She has come before. Again she said she is unter spiritual attack. She asked prayer for her daughter Jeteya. When I asked her if she wanted to be anointed with Holy Water she said, "No!" Later while I was praying with someone else Louise and Tonie told me that she came back and grabbed the bottle of Holy Water and was pouring it on her head.

+a Jason --He wants to walk with God.

Judy -- Her son Michael is facing a gun charge and is in jail. She asked prayer for protection for him.

Steve (regular) -- We prayed for God's blessing on him.

+a Roger and +a Debbie (she was in a neck brace) -- They were hit by a snow plow this winter. We prayed for healing.

+a Rose -- She has breast cancer. We prayed for the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn away every cancer cell.

+a Jerry -- We had an experience out of the Gospels, i.e., Mark 7:31-37. When Jerry first came to the table this morning he was unable to speak clearly enough to tell us his name. I put our hand on his throat and mouth and prayed that his tongue would be loosened and that he would be able to speak. He then clearly told us his name.

+Kevin (teenage boy) -- He gave his life to Jesus.

+a Michael (man) -- "I need an apartment and I need a job!"

Sabita -- She asked for more of Jesus!

+a John and +a Murphy -- They were both rather drunk but they had earlier talked about coming to the prayer table and somehow made it. When I suggested that they needed to confess their sins and accept God's forgiveness, Murphy said, "All of them? That would take too long! How about just one sin?" I said they should confess whatever was on their heart. They rather drunkenly did that and gave their lives to Jesus. One of the freeing things about working on the prayer table is that we are clear that it is up to God to fix people, that is not our job. Our job is to bring them to him in prayer.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, April 20, 2013

 

4/20/2013, #19, 2nd Quarter 2013

After these things he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And he said to him, "Follow me." So he left all, rose up, and followed him. Then Levi gave him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Luke 5:27-32)
      Holy Spirit, please help me recognize my true condition and come to Jesus as a sinner in need of repentance.

      Jesus, thank you for inviting me to sit with you at the feast along with all the other sinners.

      Father, thank you for sending your son Jesus to the lost and the least -- thank you for sending him to me. Help me show forth your love at the prayer table this morning. Thank you.

So he himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. (Luke 5:16)
      A word received: I want you to find a place where you can be alone with me and pray.

Saturday: 30, 32; *; 42, 43; Dan. 6:16-28; 3 John 1-15; Luke 5:27-39
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98; *; 103; Wisdom 1:1-15; 1 Pet. 5:1-11; Matt. 7:15-29
Fourth Sunday of Easter: 100; Acts 13:15-16,26-33(34-39) or Numbers 27:12-23; Revelation 7:9-17 or Acts 13:15-16,26-33(34-39); John 10:22-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 19 Zion Church, Colton -The Rev’d Patricia LaVine; 20 St. Peter’s Church, Hobart – The Rev’d Darius Mojallali, The Rev’d Nancy Truscott

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, April 20 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/ .

***** 2013 Diocesan Convention Online Registration Now Open!
The online registration for the 145th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, Passion for Jesus, is now open. We have tried to simplify and streamline the online registration process, so there is just one online registration form this year. There are all the same options (Adult, Youth, Full Weekend and Commuter) available as prior years. Also new this year is the ability to combine multiple registrations in one credit card transaction. Click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/2013ConventionRegistrationForm.php to register.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
This in From The Rector David McClay, Please Pray Guys Thx Ronnie'O
      As the deadline approaches on 30thApril for a 15 percent reduction on the price of the new wine Ireland summer conference booking rates please pray that many people from all over Ireland will book their places in the next 12 days and that we will see Christians and Church's from all over Ireland really blessed and empowered to reach our country north and south with Gods saving love and power. Thanks David.+

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

MAN -- healing of emotional wounds

GARY -- Pray for his leadership at the evening meal tonight/ He is still rejoicing over the birth of his granddaughter MOLLY and that his DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW are moving near them in July or early August. He asked for continued prayer about his finances and for PAUL who has ALS and MARY who has cancer.

ELEANOR -- She is increasingly crippled by arthritis. She is afraid that she will lose her apartment because she can't pay the rent. She asked prayer for her boyfriend GERALD who comes before a parole board May 20. She asked prayer that he would be allowed to come home.

CHUCK -- He asked prayer that he could get his truck running again.

***** A Praise the Lord from Deacon Alan Hart: I want to thank you all for your prayers on behalf of our daughter JENNIFER and her fight against (stage zero breast cancer.) She got some very encouraging news this week. The MRI on Monday showed that nothing has spread to the lymph nodes or the other breast or anywhere else. Also, she had the lumpectomy yesterday (Thursday) and it appears that the surgery went well. She is home and resting now, grateful for your prayers and concern. She goes back to the surgeon next week and then will get word on when she will begin her treatment of radiation. Thank you all for praying, and praise God! -- deacon alan hart and deacon marycarol hart

***** From: joann E ferris
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 8:13 AM
Subject: prayer table report Zion Colton Prayer table Cold Brook Dr. South Colton, Jo Ferris Wed.April 17,2013 10:00 am to 11:30am Sunny. 40's

Lorraine and Warren and dog--- not today however,we can always use prayer

Linda ---for her mom Maria ---the passing of her husband of 63 years and for herself.

Pat ---muscle spasms.

Ed and Arlene ---regulars --however today --couldn't --just tooted their thanks and encouragement.

Irene ---breast cancer --surgery on Fri the 19th.

***** From: Susan Plaske
Date: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Subject: Cathedral Prayer Table, April 17th Wednesday 12-1PM Beautiful spring day in downtown Albany, Candy , Hilda , Jana , Dcn Sue

Sharon and Connie, Prayer for Roy Jim, Jackie, Jody Tareka

Megan - came by and said" not sure if we should pray for this but, lost my Iphone all my pictures are on it, lost it Sunday. We prayed that God would help her find it and give her a sense of where it might be.

Dena - prayer that she would find her Daughter of the King Cross

Candy - Praises and Thanksgiving for revival and health of Cole the cat who got stuck

under the garage door and could not move. He was almost gone when candy pulled him out and prayed and prayed and prayed. He eventually got up and stretched and started walking around.

Florence - for her immigration to go through and for a job.

Al and Candy - Calling discernment and for all of their children for spiritual growth and provisions

Jackie - Ginny healing for breast cancer

Janet - Healing of her right knee. Praises for son, Bruce for his skiing victory in Aspen receiving the Gold Medal

Jana - orayers for interview in Memphis for a job on Monday 4-22-13 8:45 and this job will bring her closer to her mom.

Adam - wanted a whole bag of crosses but settled for 4.

Earl - Jana's cousin, surgery for melanoma

Rich - cancerous tumor to shrink so he can be operated on

Boston - prayers for the healing for all the people and victims of the bombing. Heavenly peace comforts them

Mary Ellen and Dad - Blood Healing - Dad's comfort in nursing home.

Gayla - eye - she does not need surgery

Suzanne -Healing for her disc in her neck quick recovery

Appendum to the Prayer table report : Megan walked by about 10 minutes or so after we prayed grinning ear to ear with her cell phone in her hand. We all laughed and praised God, He is good all the time.

***** Brief Health Update on Noel Dawes - Wed, 17 Apr 13
      I feel well at the moment and have done for the last two weeks or so, although short periods of fatigue each day are usual. I thank the Lord so much for the strength and gift of perseverance that He gave me a few weeks ago during February and March. He brought me through a month of feeling really down. As usual, Meryl was a magnificent caregiver during this time, in spite of challenges of her own. I had a good appointment with the cancer specialist in Boston today, April 17th. He made one minor adjustment, in my favor, of one of the immunosuppressive drugs I'm on.

Albany Intercessorsac


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

 

4/17/2013, #17, 2nd Quarter 2013

Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon's house. But Simon's wife's mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them. (Luke 4:38-39)
      Jesus, please come into our homes with your healing touch. Help us bring the members of our families to your for healing so that we might all rise up and serve you as Simon's mother-in-law did. Thank you

A word received: Come to me when you are weary and I will give you strength.

Wednesday: 38; *; 119:25-48; Dan. 5:1-12; 1 John 5:1-12; Luke 4:38-44
Thursday: 37:1-18; *; 37:19-42; Dan. 5:13-30; 1 John 5:13-20(21); Luke 5:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 17 St. John’s, Johnstown – The Rev’d Laurie Garramone, The Rev’d Thomas Pettigrew

***** Welcome Home Initiative. (WHI)
      The next WHI for combat veterans will be at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.
      May 20-22. 2013 if you are a combat veteran please consider coming to the 22nd program. The food and the accommodation is free due to the public's outpouring of love. If you are not a vet but know a vet please invite him or her to come. The closing will be at the main chapel at CTK on Wednesday 2nd at 10.30am. Hope to see you there. To apply for the retreat please contact Sandra at
      welcomehomeinitiative@gmail.com I look forward to seeing you there.
      The filming of this program is almost compleate. The goal is to be able to have a DVD program that any church can offer to help combat vets. This will be available in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia.
      I would ask your prayers for this project.
      Thank you so much. Be well, God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

***** Please join us Friday night, April 19 At 7pm at St. Michael's, Colonie, for a time of Prayer, Praise and Worship. Our speakers will be Gary and Evelyn Sherman, of the Father's Paradigm Ministry in Hyde Park. These are holy and anointed ministers. Join us and receive a blessing!

***** From: Sue Cole
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Subject: update on Dan
      Good Morning to all, Thank you so much for the prayers and cards that have already come in! Dan is touched by the outpouring of love. He is one to stay in the background so this is difficult for him. I told him to get used to it! As of today, Dan will be transferred to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown and will be in the Infectious Disease Dept. The docs at Fox didn't send him to Albany with the reason that he wasn't 'sick enough'. He still spikes a fever when the ibupropen wears off. To add to the fun, Lily (the one year old) had the stomach bug Sunday night. She is much better now and spent most of yesterday napping on grandma's shoulder. Please pray for Dani as she is exhausted from all of this. When we know more so will you. Blessings, Mother Sue Cole+

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

 

4/16/2013, #16, 2nd Quarter 2013

Blessed be the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplications! The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise him. (Psalm 28:6-7)
      Jesus, you are my strength and my shield, and my hope and trust are in you. I rejoice in all that you are doing among us. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for the work of my Holy Spirit throughout this diocese.

Tuesday: 26, 28; *; 36, 39; Dan. 4:28-37; 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 4:31-37
Wednesday: 38; *; 119:25-48; Dan. 5:1-12; 1 John 5:1-12; Luke 4:38-44

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 16 The Rev’d Scott Garno, The Rev’d James Brisbin

***** From: Prayerline of St. Ann's Episcopal Church
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
      Pray for teachers and children (grades 3-8 ) as the kids take very long, stressful state tests Tue-Thu this week and Wed-Fri next week.

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013
Subject: PT report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, April 15, 2013; 9:45-40:45 a.m. Not much foot traffic on the street. Strange, because it was NICE today -- 44 degrees and sunny. We started something new today -- we are handing out leftover bulletins from our Sunday masses to the people who stop. It was Muriel Papura's idea ... someone may read the scripture verses and be transformed, someone may decide to come to our church for a mass or event. Great idea! Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

a-- anointed with Holy Oil.
t--received a cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
b-- accepted one of our bulletins from Sunday.

a ,b --REBECCA -- Asked for prayer for healing. She had a 99-degree temp yester5day. She is run-down from taking care of her one-year-old; not getting enough sleep.

t,b -- ANGELA -- She stopped with her baby carriage and accepted prayer for safety, good health and provision for herself and her month-old son, DAMON. He is so young he still has his St. Mary's Hospital knit hat!

MAN (no name) -- We offered prayer, but he looked at us sadly and said "I don't think it would do much good at this point." We said "God bless you" and prayed for him from a distance after he left.

ETHEL -- This sainted woman stops every week and hugs us. She calls us "My street angels!" She has a very sore left wrist she hurt several years ago when she was a pedestrian hit by a car. It has never really healed right. We prayed for healing.

MAN (no name) = He declined our offer for prayer but yelled out loud "God is great!" He has walked by the church sometimes during services and been very loud and disruptive. We believe he has some mental issues. Please pray for him.

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013
Subject: Public Prayer Mail for 16 April
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. Happy Easter season! Alleluia!
This week's overview:
      1) Lydia has a new educational direction to explore which could be very good.
      2) Ruth is beginning to transition to a new home.
      3) Hannah is getting a second-hand car, to replace her current one.
      4) Julie has graduated from her current CPE program, did extremely well, and has been accepted into a 1 year Connecticut CPE internship program.
      5) Our Online Anglican Theological College (our Internet ministry outlet for Belize and Tanzania) has been given verbal approval to use the Christian Foundations Program courses from Trinity School for Ministry. Next, the written contract phase.
      6) The next module of our Belize Internet ministry has gotten underway this past Saturday.
      7) I received the itinerary for the Belize mission trip, and it includes preaching, teaching, vocational encouragement talks, and both the Bishop of Belize and myself on Belizean radio and TV. Pray that the Holy Spirit would use our words and deeds to his glory.
      8 ) We continue to be blessed by the time with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the North Country.
Prayer requests:
      1) For Julie at the Albany priests retreat that she may be blessed by the Holy Spirit during her time there.
      2) For remaining preparations for the mission trip to Tanzania and Belize, which begins in about a week.
      3) For an increase in enrollment, for financial provision, and for program development, in God's way and in God's time.
      4) For students and their families.
      5) For our missionary table at the annual Convention in the Diocese of Albany in June.
      6) For the balance of our North Country ministry time, and for setting up parish presentations in the North Country.
      7) For the Holy Spirit to touch the lives of the people we meet, for the spread of the Gospel, for safe and timely travel, and that everything be done to the glory of God.
      8 ) For any necessary language learning.
      9) For a resolution to the persistent health insurance issue, God's way.
      10) For everything that is before each of our family members.
      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, April 15, 2013

 

4/15/2013, #15, 2nd Quarter 2013

And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:17)
      Holy Spirit, help us as you did Jesus to find in the Scriptures what you want us to hear and speak.

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, (Luke 4:18a)
      Holy Spirit, come upon us throughout this diocese.

Because he has anointed me (Luke 4:18b)
      Anoint us, Holy Spirit.

To preach the gospel to the poor; (Luke 4:18c)
      Jesus, guide us in reaching out and sharing the gospel with the poor, with the lost and the least.

He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, (Luke 4:18d)
      Father, help us minister to the brokenhearted by power of your Holy Spirit.

To proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18e)
      Jesus, call many into our prisons to minister your liberty to the captives.

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

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

And recovery of sight to the blind, (Luke 4:18f)
      Father, we pray all those in your church who have been blinded by ideology -- that they will recover their sight.

To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Luke 4:18g)
      Father, we pray for the oppressed -- that they will be set at liberty.

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." (Luke 4:19)
      Jesus, please help us all make the choice to proclaim that now is the acceptable time to seek you.

John 21:1-14 A word received: I AM the one who can make you fruitful. I AM the one who can show you where to be fishers of men. Turn to me in prayer and humility and I will guide you.

Monday: 25; *; 9, 15; Dan.4:19-27; 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30
Tuesday: 26, 28; *; 36, 39; Dan. 4:28-37; 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 4:31-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 14 The Rev’d John Henry II, The Rev’d Fredric Leach, The Rev’d Frank Lockwood April 15 St. Mary’s Church, Downsville – The Rev’d Michael Shank, The Rev’d Laura Miller

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013
Subject: Prayer Request.
      Ruth Murray sent this request yesterday after I came off my computer sorry Ruth. Let's break the power that eating disorders have over Leah and many others.
      Hello Ronnie Just wanted to ask for prayer please for Leah who suffers from anorexia, she is sixteen. Thank you, Ruth

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, April 14, 2013

 

4/14/2013, #14, 2nd Quarter 2013

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" (Acts 9:1-4)
      Jesus, please speak to those who are persecuting your people. As you did with Saul, please speak to the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her Chancellor David Booth Beers. Speak to all the bishops of the Episcopal Church who have gone astray as Saul did.

And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." (Acts 9:5)
      Jesus, reveal yourself to them and bring them to conversion as you Saul.

So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." (Acts 9:6)
      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to ask the question Saul asked: "Lord, what do you want me to do?" Help them hearken to what Jesus says to them. Thank you.

And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight." Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name." But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake." And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 9:7-17)
      Father, raise up men and women, old and young people, who will have the courage of Ananias to go to whomever Jesus sends them to.

Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. (Acts 9:18-19)
      LORD, open the eyes of all those who are blinded by ideology. Thank you.

A word received: Listen to me -- I AM speaking.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150; *; 114, 115; Dan. 4:1-18; 1 Pet. 4:7-11; John 21:15-25
Third Sunday of Easter: 33 or 33:1-11; Acts 9:1-19a or Jeremiah 32:36-41; Revelation 5:6-14 or Acts 9:1-19a; John 21:1-14
Monday: 25; *; 9, 15; Dan.4:19-27; 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 14 St. James’ Church, Lake Delaware – The Rev’d Patrick Hunt

***** From: Sue Cole
Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Subject: Daniel needs prayer
Dear Friends,
      Our son Dan, is currently at Fox Hospital in Oneonta with what the docs call 'A fever of unknown origin'. It has frequently been 104.5 in spite of ibuprophen and other fever reducers given around the clock. He has been tested for everything from Mono to Lyme disease to Meningitis. Thank God he tested negative for Meningitis but he is also testing negative for many other possibilities. Dan may be transferred to Albany Medical Center in the next day or so if tests keep coming back without a diagnosis.
      What I am asking of all of you is to keep him in your prayers for an answer to this fever and malaise and to send him a get well card. Dan has spent most of his 27 years (his birthday was Monday which was spent in the ED for the 2nd time) without a major medical problem that landed him in the hospital. He also has been sick since Good Friday (3/29) so understandibly he is becoming depressed. I believe cards from people would be a great boost to his mental state. His home address is 7944 State Highway 23 Oneonta, NY 13820.
      To further complicate matters, his wife Dani has been trying to keep their one year old (Lily who's b-day was friday) out of the hospital environment, so Jack and I along with their good friends have been taking care of her while Dani is at the hospital.       Thank you so much for your prayers and cards! Blessings, Sue Cole+

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, April 20 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/.

***** From: Tom Malionek
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Subject: Up for air
      This is a mass e-mail to everyone (or most, I hope -- I may have missed some) who was on the receiving end of Judith’s fabulous communications (or was supposed to have been -- sorry about that, my technology was flawed). We are still taking things very slowly for now, including communication. I will be contacting individuals and groups separately and more specifically as time goes on.
1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; * I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good above all other.”
2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, * upon those who are noble among the people.
3 But those who run after other gods * shall have their troubles multiplied.
4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, * nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; * it is you who uphold my lot.
6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; * indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; * my heart teaches me, night after night.
8 I have set the LORD always before me; * because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; * my body also shall rest in hope.
10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, * nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11 You will show me the path of life; * in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

      I was discharged from the Washington Hospital Center yesterday, Friday, April 12, 2013. Psalm 16 (above) was one of the psalms appointed for morning prayer that day on the calendar of the Episcopal Church. The Daily Office never disappoints!
      “All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, upon those who are noble among the people” -- that’s you. Indeed, I do have a goodly heritage. Thanks to all of you for your prayers. I am surprised by how well I feel and how much I am able to do (lots!), and equally surprised at how much of it hurts (also lots!). But I do truly feel rescued from the brink of the pit, and more convinced than ever that our God is a saving God for whom salvation means complete, total, physical healing every bit as much as spiritual, metaphysical, eternal life in heaven.
      So many people have wanted to chip in and help with things like meals, and the time will come when we will ask for that kind of practical assistance as well. But it is going to take me a couple of days just to understand the discharge instructions, including many dietary restrictions I had not anticipated. I find I am still unpredictably awake and asleep, my appetite and tastes comes and go with disturbing irregularity, and I vacillate between being sociable and grumpy, tired and energetic.
      In the meantime, beyond gratitude, which is the principal fruit of this period of enforced retreat so far, I have a more profound realization of how dependent we all are upon God, and how imperative it is for us to live that way every single moment of our lives. We will fail to do this perfectly, of course; but by the grace of the Holy Spirit we can show The World that a better way -- of graced, righteous, holy living to the glory of God -- is possible. So for now, here are some very practical things that you can do for us:
      1. Thank God for every moment of your existence.
      2. Love one another, in season and out, both those who are easy to love and those who are not. Especially, forgive one another as you have been forgiven.
      3. Remember that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We are not our own. We were bought with a price. So take good care of yourselves physically and in every other way.
      4. We still need and are grateful for your prayers. Please continue to lift us up over the coming weeks and months. Having a bit more time on my hands, I plan to spend significant time in prayer for you and your needs as well.
      Much love, Tom+ [The Rev. Tom Malionek]
Associate Rector
All Saints Church
3 Chevy Chase Circle
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
301-654-2488, ext. 224
www.allsaintschurch.net

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, April 13, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene Chesnut Torre Bissell on State St. and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on lower Albany St. and Bob Baker and Sandra Diaz on upper Albany St (behind Christ Church). Please weather.

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

State St.

+a Tobias (regular) -- He is struggling with loneliness and needs a sense of direction from God. He asked prayer for Lisa, Shiesha, Sharon, Dianna, and Regina.

+Todd (man) -- We prayed that he would follow wherever Jesus leads.

+Jonathan (man) -- We prayed that he would walk in God's ways.

+a Joshua, +a Anthony, and +a Jeremy (3 teenage boys) -- Joshua and Jeremy asked prayer for finding a place to live. Anthony asked prayer for forgiveness. We led him in confessing his sins to Jesus and accepting God's forgiveness. The three boys walked by again later and we reminded them that they have a Father in heaven who loves them.

+a John (man) -- He asked prayer for healing of family relationships. He is trying to re-establish relationships with his children.

+a Andrew (man) -- He also asked prayer for forgiveness of his sins. We led him in confessing his sins to Jesus and accepting God's forgiveness. He thanked us for being there for him.

+a Rafael (man) -- "Poco [little] English."

+a Harold (man) -- "Pray for me."

+a Tommy -- He asked prayer for a job.

+a Marcus -- He asked for God's blessings.

+a Debra (regular) --She reported that her pain levels (from being hit by a car) have been better this week.

+Galenda (mother) and +Alex, +Edward, +Evelyn, and +Jazmine (her children)

"Hit and Run" prayer

Lisa and Jason came across the street. They were in better condition than we have seen them recently. Both have jobs. Jason did not go to rehab as he originally planned.

Leon (Older man) -- "I have cancer."

+a Eddie -- He asked prayer for good health and a job. He is homeless.

Steve (regular) -- We prayed that God would bless him.

Darlene and Louise -- They prayed for Jean and Torre. They especially prayed that Jean would receive encouragement and a Word from the Lord, and that both would receive a fresh anointing by the Holy Spirit.

Upper Albany St (behind Christ Church)

Michelle and Zalea (goddaughter) -- Michelle asked for salvation of family members that don't know God.

Lucy -- She goes to First Pres and praises God that things are going well.

.Lower Albany St

+Sammirah, +Ladrina, and +Asia -- They asked prayer for their families, protection and guidance.

+Carrcia -- Nerves and anxiety. Prayed for peace and comfort in her life, daily provisions.

Man on the run -- Prayed for blessings (he was on his way to church)

++++++Sheeky -- Asked prayer for peace and unity in the family disagreements. Sheeky asked for the strength to give them the trust in each other.

+Kathleen -- She has arthritis in her legs and disk problems. She asked prayer for daily provision. She is in constant pain.

Prayed for protection and blessing for a teenage girl wearing a blue sweatshirt.

Mary Ellen and her Dad -- Released from hospital and her blood disorder, healing.

Rich -- Cancer in his lungs, asked prayer that the tumor shrinks so he can have an operation.

+Michelle and +Joseph -- both asked prayer for their alcohol and drug addiction.

Candy and Al's children -- daily blessing and provisions, Michael a house.

+Woman walking by -- prayed for daily blessing -- she received a cross.

+Tyana -- She is saved, prayed for daily blessings.

+Brandon -- Daily provisions, praises to the Lord.


 

4/13/2013, #13, 2nd Quarter 2013

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us in this diocese receive that lavish love from the Father that he has given us in Jesus. Help us to share with others today.

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when he is revealed, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
      Jesus, I know that you are my redeemer and that I shall at last see you face to face, and not as a stranger.

And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:3)
      Father, you are the God of all hope -- fill us with your hope and encouragement. Help us to encourage others with our hope in you. Thank you.

A word received: Don't be afraid -- I have you in the palm of my hand.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); *; 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Dan. 3:19-30; 1 John 3:11-18; Luke 4:1-13
Sunday: 148, 149, 150; *; 114, 115; Dan. 4:1-18; 1 Pet. 4:7-11; John 21:15-25
Third Sunday of Easter: 33 or 33:1-11; Acts 9:1-19a or Jeremiah 32:36-41; Revelation 5:6-14 or Acts 9:1-19a; John 21:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 13 The Rev’d Steven Scarcia

***** With respect to yesterday's Schenectady City Mission prayer table report: Peter had a baby boy.Born 8:32pm 7lbs. 6oz. His name is Andreas Peter Amadore. PTL Dan [Meguin]

***** From: Carol MacNaughton
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013
Subject: Fwd: Today's Moravian Daily Text
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Moravian Church IBOC"
Date: Apr 12, 2013 1:01 AM
Subject: Today's Moravian Daily Text
Moravian Daily Texts
Friday, April 12 – Psalm 48
Job 15,16; Romans 16:8-20
      I will send survivors to the nations, that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. Isaiah 66:19
      Christ says, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15
      Jesus from Nazareth, a place where “nothing good can come,” you lived and ministered in the places we avoid. May your incarnation lead us to the abandoned places where your good news is most needed – not just to the ends of the earth, but to the forgotten corners of our own communities. Amen.

***** Diocesan Update April 11, 2013
      Sisters of St. Mary in the Washington County Fiber Tour - Volunteers Needed
      St. Mary's on-the-Hill Cashmere is a featured new member of the Washington County Fiber Tour, taking place this year the weekend of April 27-28. The Tour features open farm visits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, educating visitors and providing a fun early spring outing for families. Sheep, alpacas, rabbits and Angora goats - as well as the sisters' cashmere goats - can be seen on the eighteen farms participating in the Tour.
      It is an honor for the Community of St. Mary to be invited to join this event which draws visitors from all over the tri-state region. Baby goats and their moms will be featured, with displays both about cashmere goats and the ministries of the Sisters of St. Mary and Christ the King Center. An extension of our gift shop will be set-up under a tent, offering Scriptorium cards, hand crafts, honey angels and a little cashmere yarn for sale. On Sunday a teen will show off her goat wethers (bought as kids from the sisters) that are being trained as a cart team.
      For more information see the WCFT website by clicking http://washingtoncountyfibertour.org/ . The Tour is free.
      Volunteers are needed to help the sisters prepare for this exciting event. A Spring Cleaning Work Day will be held at the convent on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. to spruce up the barn area and grounds for the Tour. Chores include clearing the lower barn yard of old Christmas trees and winter-accumulated hay (good knees and ankles needed), "flat land" garden and grounds spring cleaning, and the painting of doors and gates. Lunch will be a BYO brown-bag picnic lunch with the sisters providing beverages and cookies. Call the convent at 692-3028, if you are able to help out.
      Volunteers are needed for the Fiber Tour - Saturday/Sunday, April 27-28 -- for tasks related to Gift Shop sales, "bio-security" (i.e. washing shoes before entering and after leaving the barn area) and directing of foot traffic as people come and go. Call Sister Mary Elizabeth at 791-4142 if you are able to help out for a couple of hours on one of the Tour days.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, April 12, 2013

 

4/12/2013, #12, 2nd Quarter 2013

And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king." "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:23-25)
      Jesus, I know that you will be with me in every fiery trial and that you will preserve my soul to eternal life.

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; (Isaiah 43:1-3a)
      Though I am a sinner, yet you love me and care for me in the midst of every trial. Thank you Jesus for your faithful love -- it endures forever.

A word received: Rejoice in my love for you and my care for you. I hold you in my arms of love.

Friday: 16, 17; *; 134, 135; Dan. 3:1-18; 1 John 3:1-10; Luke 3:15-22
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); *; 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Dan. 3:19-30; 1 John 3:11-18; Luke 4:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 12 The Rev’d George Rogers, The Rev’d Margaret Shaw

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 11, 2013, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Kathy Palmatier, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Peter and Connie -- They are still at the hospital. Pray for a safe and easy delivery and a strong and healthy and normal child.

Man -- Still not communicating with his daughter.

+a Mallory (eary 20s woman) -- Pray for strength and provision while she tries to get back on her meds.

+a Amanda and a Clifford (baby) -- Clifford burst into a beaming smile when he was anointed with Holy Water. Clifford is having an adverse reaction to formula. We prayed that Amanda will know how to raise Clifford to be God's man.

Dorothea -- "I need to find my way out of addiction and eviction."

Kathy -- She saw Natalia Thursday afternoon. Natalia has heard of the name of Jesus but was raised in Russia with no knowledge of God. She grew up in Belarus. She is estranged from her daughter who lives in Albany.

+a Mahtra (woman) -- She is under great spiritual attack and oppression. We prayed for deliverance for her and for the Holy Spirit to work in her life. She took crosses for her daughter +Jeteya, her nephew +Jaydon, and her niece +Kiefer.

Bill (man) -- He asked for prayer for relief from a situation he is in and for protection.

Eleanor -- She asked prayer for heal provision and prayer for her boyfriend who comes up for a parole hearing May 20th. He is in state prision.

Dan -- He asked prayer for a friend Paul who had a stroke and for Paul's wife Carol.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, April 11, 2013

 

4/11/2013, #11, 2nd Quarter 2013

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. (Luke 3:1-2)
      Father, let your word come to us in this diocese. Raise up prophets like John to speak your word to us.

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, (Luke 3:3)
      Holy Spirit, move through this diocese with anointed preaching so that people are brought to repentance for the remission of sin.

as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight And the rough ways smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.' " (Luke 3:4-6)
      Jesus, straighten out all the crooked places in our lives.

Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. (Luke 3:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us in our generation bear fruit worthy of repentance. Prepare our hearts for the Diocesan Convention and what you will be doing there.

And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Luke 3:9)
      Father, cut away the dead wood in our lives.

So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?" He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise." (Luke 3:10-11)
      Jesus, please help us share of our substance with those in need. Replace the greed and selfishness in our culture and political life with your generous Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: I hear your cry.

A word received: Set your fears before you and let me have them.

Thursday: 18:1-20; *; 18:21-50; Dan. 2:31-49; 1 John 2:18-29; Luke 3:1-14
Friday: 16, 17; *; 134, 135; Dan. 3:1-18; 1 John 3:1-10; Luke 3:15-22

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing, April 11 St. Paul’s, Greenwich – The Rev’d William "Chip" Strickland, The Rev. Micki-Ann Thomas

***** From: Susan Plaske
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Subject: Cathedral Prayer table report 4/10/13, Jana and Dcn Sue, Inside today with our prayer table sign out side

Tamara - came in for prayer as she has gone back to her husband who she has been separated from for 7 years, they need prayer that God would strengthen their marriage and guide them in leading holy lives. Lawrence has just had surgery and needs healing and peace. Tamara has finished her bachelor's degree and prays for a good job to support them.
Also, their granddaughter Emyla was born with a hole in her heart, prayers for healing and a real sense of God's presence with them as they go through these trials.

Sharon and Connie - prayers for Roy, Jackie , Jody, Jim for healing and peace and for Sue, that she know the comfort and consolation of Jesus in her grief.

Dave - is retiring from the State and asked prayer for his easy transition, his health and peace in his retirement years. Dave is a regular and we will miss his visits, invited him to help with the prayer table when he can.

Jana - for her job interview in Memphis, that the Lord would be all over it and through it and help Jana to see clearly His desire for her in this big step.

Brian came in for prayer, his X girlfriend is talking about suicide and he is very distraught.
His girlfriend is addicted to alcohol and he is really going through a rough time. Prayers for comfort, and for the Lord to touch these two women and bring help for them to give them hope.

Paul, Prayers for Bishop Ball, David Janover and Trip, for continued healing and God's presence to be felt in their lives and also to protect Paul and heal his body that his blood sugar would become more stable and neuropathy would not increase.

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer: (John 17:20-21 and 26)
      Jesus, you prayed this beautiful prayer for your disciples and those whom they discipled. Lord, we pray this prayer for Father Shaw and Mother Julie, their students, and those to whom the students will minister in the years to come. May all be ine in You, always remembering your great love and sharing your love and your words with all the world.
      We continue to pray for the courses that the Mudges are developing and for all the travel plans: for Mother Julie at the Priests and Deacon Retreat, for Father Shaw during his journeys to Tanganyika and Belize, and for their mission table at the Albany Diocesan Convention.
      Thank You, Lord, for every good gift that You send, especially for the gift of salvation. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


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