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Monday, July 22, 2013

 

7/22/2013, #16, 3rd Quarter 2013

And again he began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his teaching: "Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." And he said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Mark 4:1-9)
      One thing I have learned in working on the prayer table for more than a dozen years is that it is impossible for us to predict what kind of soil the seeds we sow will land in or the size of the crop they will yield -- THAT IS GOD'S JOB. Our job is to go out into the harvest fields, sow seeds, and harvest the crop he produces. It is HIS job to bring forth the crop.

      Lord, give us hearts to go into the harvest fields, sow seeds, and bring in the crop you produce. Thank you.

A word received: Prepare your hearts for my visits. I visited Abraham and Sarah and blessed them. I visited Martha and Mary and blessed them. I want to visit your home.

Monday: 41,52 * 44; 1 Samuel 24:1-22; Acts 13:44-52; Mark 4:1-20
Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; 1 Samuel 25:1-22; Acts 14:1-18; Mark 4:21-34

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Healing Ministry in every parish, July 22 The Rev’d Michael Sowan

***** Healing Service at Christ the King
      Father Art Peters will be the guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, July 23rd. Fr. Peters is a cradle Episcopalian born and raised in Wayne, NJ. He has been active in prison ministry for approximately 18 years. His sermon will be a testimony of what God has done in his life. The focus will be on paying attention to the people and places that Jesus has us interact with on our journey with Him. The Healing 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.

Regional Missions Conference
      There are billions of people in the world today who desperately need to receive the Light of the Gospel, and yet they remain in the dark. Some are on the other side of the world, some are in your own town. Do you long to bring the Light to these people walking in darkness? Is God calling you to missions? If you are interested in missions at all, whether you feel called to go on a mission trip, to support others in their ministry, or if you just want to hear about the missionary activities of the Albany Diocese, attend the 2013 Regional Mission Conference! The conference is on July 27th from 9 am - 4 pm at St. Francis Mission on Arbor Hill (formerly Grace and Holy Innocents Church), 498 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12206. This conference is FREE and no pre-registration is required - just come! For more information, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/ministries/missions/2013RegionalMissionConference.html .

Albany Intercessor


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