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Monday, September 30, 2013

 

9/30/2013, #79, 3rd Quarter 2013

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)
      Lord Jesus, I repent of worrying about the future -- you hold the future in your hands.

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26)
      Father, thank you that I am your child in your eyes and that you will care for me.

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27)
      Jesus, deliver me from worry and anxiety. Help me to face each day trusting in your love and care for me.

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; (Matthew 6:28 )
      Jesus, you have never failed to provide for me or carry me through.

and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew 6:29)
      Holy Spirit, please help me see myself as the Father sees me -- as a beloved child.

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:30)
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' (Matthew 6:31)
      Jesus, I repent of needless fretting -- it only leads to trouble (see Psalm 37).

For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (Matthew 6:32)
      Thank you, Father, for knowing my every need. Thank you for this day's bread.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
      Father, help me each day to seek after your righteousness. Help me to share your love with others.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
      Father, thank you for supplying this day's bread. I know I can trust you for tomorrow's bread.

A word received: Ask me to soften your hearts.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 2 Kings 17:24-41; 1 Cor. 7:25-31; Matt. 6:25-34
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 2 Chron. 29:1-3; 1 Cor. 7:32-40; Matt. 7:1-12; 30:1(2-9)10-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 30 Raising up of Lay Evangelists

***** Christ Church Neighborhood Meal Prayer Line; September 29, 2013 - Theresa Rinaldo and Larry Hubert prayer warriors.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Nick and wife (?Judy) for God’s wisdom and provision.
++Judy prayed for her son Michael (in prison for drug position) that he is safe and gets out soon.
+Robert for cataract surgery on October 3.
Rianna, 3rd grader, prayed for protection from bullies on the bus.
++++Shaun (8 ) and his sister, Christina (2) to know God. Mother, Mary prayer for her husband, Bryan who is in Albany County jail that she would find out when he will be released and for her peace and God’s provision.
+Carlene asked prayer for God’s peace.
+Kerry has a dry socket in her left arm as well as tendinitis; prayed for healing and relief of pain.

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Sent: Sat, Sep 21, 2013
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I...May he be enthroned forever before God; appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him! (Psalm 61: 1-2 and 7)
      Father God, from the ends of the earth, from Hartford and Albany, from Belize and Tanzania, Father Shaw calls out to you. Hear his cry, O God. Listen to his prayers. Lead him to that higher rock where he is serving You and receiving your steadfast love and always aware of your faithfulness in watching over him.
      We thank You Lord, for your protection and your guidance in all that the Mudges do for You. We continue to pray for good direction as Father Shaw plans his trip to Belize. We pray for all the students and faculty and we know that You will be with them in all their efforts. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, September 29, 2013

 

9/29/2013, #78, 3rd Quarter 2013

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
      Holy Spirit, we are so rich in things and poor in soul and spirit. Help us give of ourselves so that we may have riches in heaven.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. (Psalm 146:5-7)
      Jesus, please help us walk in the ways of your Father and care for the oppressed, the hungry, and prisoners.

Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 2 Kings 17:1-18; Acts 9:36-43; Luke 5:1-11
Proper 21 Closest to September 28: 146 or 146:4-9; Amos 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 6:11-19; Luke 16:19-31
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 2 Kings 17:24-41; 1 Cor. 7:25-31; Matt. 6:25-34

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 29 Episcopal Charities

***** Fr.John Hopkins and I are offering a grief support group called "Comfort for those Who Mourn" starting on Monday October 21st at St. Luke's on the Hill, 40 Mc Bride Road, Mechanicville from 4:00-5:30. The group will last 6 weeks and then there will be monthly reunion meetings. There, of course, is no charge for the meetings but registration at 664-4834 is appreciated. Many thanks and blessings, Deacon Lynne Curtis

**** St. Christopher's Church, Cobleskill, Prayer Table Report - Saturday, Sept. 29, 2013, Centre Park, West Main Street, in Cobleskill
Date: September 29, 2013 - 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Occasion: Cobleskill Day, 2013
Prayer Ministers: Joan Bent, Douglas Foland, Mtr. Nina George-Hacker, and Linda Rouleau From St. Christopher's Church, Cobleskill NY

Louella (middle-aged, handicapped woman) - prayer for healing of fractured ankle

Sharon - prayer for her mom in a wheelchair (no name given)

[Middle-aged couple] "No, we're good." We prayed, "God bless you!"

[Teenaged girl] "Not at the moment." We prayed, "God bless you!"

Lisa (adult) - for sale of her house and an old home purchase and fix up

Joan (adult) - for sale of her farm/house

[Middle-aged couple] "No thanks." We prayed, "God bless you!"

[Motorcyclist] waved. We prayed for God to bless him.

[Young couple] "No thanks." We prayed for God to bless them.

[Adult Mother & daughter] just smiled. We prayed for God to bless them.

Terry (older woman) - prayers for peace, and for her daughter Karen, scheduled for surgery for brain aneurysm, in the next few weeks.

[Middle-aged couple] "No thanks." We prayed for God to bless them.

[Middle-aged man.] waved. We prayed for God to bless him.

[Older woman] "No, too many things [to pray for]." We prayed that she would not be overwhelmed, and would be drawn into a closer relationship with Christ.

[Middle-aged man] waved. We prayed "God bless you!"

[Two Dunkin Donuts Drivers in truck stopped opposite us] waved. We thanked God for them, and for donuts, and prayed for their safe travel.

Sam -- a DOG -- received a pet blessing.

[Two women] "No thanks." We prayed for God to bless them.

[Three 'lost looking' women who ignored us] - We prayed for them to have a hunger for Christ and to meet Him when least expected, and have their lives transformed by His grace.

Marilyn (older lady) with Taffy - a POODLE - who received a pet blessing. Then we prayed for Marilyn and her husband Jared, a local pastor in the Reformed Church, whose legs are weak. We prayed for him to stand in Christ's strength.

[Middle-aged man] waved. We prayed "God bless you!"

[Large family of 6 with a dog, ignored us.] We prayed for God to bless them.

Mary Ann (middle-aged woman) - asked for prayers for MEG, who has a bad heart and has had 2 strokes after giving birth to one-month-old Vaeda.

Arvid - told us he feels blessed, and was wearing a T-shirt that read, "I love my Church"

[Father with two young children in a stroller, kept on walking] We called out, "God bless you!"

[Man in a wheelchair, kept on going] We prayed for God to bless and heal him.

Joyce - prayers for Harold in a nursing home

Chuck - prayers for healing from a rare disease and help for doctors to find a cause and cure

Sharon (middle-aged woman) - with Finn - A DOG - received a pet blessing.

Gizmo - a PUPPY - received a pet blessing.

Terry - prayers that her new job goes well

Kathy (middle-aged woman) - Prayers for Ginny, who recently went on a cruise, came down with Salmonella and has been ill for 2 weeks with the doctors unable to cure her

ZJ (middle-aged man) - greeted us in a friendly way--had attended our Healing Service last week. [No prayers.]

[Middle-aged couple] "No thanks." We prayed for God to bless them.

[Woman with child in stroller.] We prayed for God to bless them.

Maria - from the Full Gospel Church. We prayed for God to bless her.

Jeff - prayers for foot pain; sometimes he can't walk. We asked the Lord to heal him.

Kim - looking for a church home. We gave her information and a brochure about St. Christopher's Church.

[A young man] asked about free hot dogs [we were giving them away at church]. We prayed he would get there safely and be fed.

Harvey (middle-aged man) - on his way back from Fam5K run, asked for prayers for healing of his mother Alberta's eyes.

Marge (older lady) - prayers for healing and strength.

Donna [older woman in wheelchair] and her husband Ed - prayer for healing of her wrist.

Mary Ann - healing and strength to be able to continue quilting. We prayed for her hands.

Brenda (older lady) - prayers for "peace & joy" for her and her husband Bill.

Doreen (older lady) - prayers for comfort as she continues to grieve the death of her husband.

Caroline (older lady) - prayers to be delivered from traumatic nightmares as she continues to grieve the deaths of her son Anthony, brother Sal, and husband Robert. We prayed for the dead, for her comfort and inner healing, and for protection from the nightmares. She also asked for prayers for her niece Brianna, who is a lesbian, that she be delivered from this lifestyle and raise her baby in a Christian manner. She's a Roman Catholic, and we discerned that God was telling us to give her a rosary, so we did.

Huckleberry - a DOG - received a pet blessing.

Kristen - prayers for her family's health and wellbeing, and for her mother, Pauline, who's had a career change and now has a hard commute.

[Group of 5 with 2 boxer dogs] waved. We prayed for God to bless them.

Mia (middle-aged, totally bald woman) - asked for prayers for continued healing from her double-mastectomy cancer treatment, and not to have to take Tamoxifen.

[3 middle-aged women] waved. We prayed for God to bless them.

Gloria (older woman) - asked for prayers for joy and comfort as she continues to mourn the loss of her mother, and prayers for healing of her horse's eyes.

Dave - in passing, shouted out that he wanted prayer to win the lottery. After he left, we prayed that the Lord would stop him from gambling!

***** Jeanne Gizara
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands! (Psalm 90: 14, 16-17)
      Lord God, thank You that you do satisfy us in the morning, and in the afternoon and evening and nighttime as well. Thank You for your steadfast love and the joy that You bring all our days. Let your work be shown to your servants, Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge, and your glorious power to their students. Let your favor be upon them, and may their work be pleasing to You.
      Lord, we offer up a litany of specific requests. We pray about the students and the faculty of the on-line theology training program; help them with anything that may be interfering with their study time: health issues, family problems, lack of time. We pray for Father Shaw’s October trip to Belize and for the appointments being made with students and vocational advisees. We pray for guidance on how to incorporate English as a Second Language and translations into Spanish and Swahili.
      Lord, we thank You for the possibility of linking up with the theological college in the Eastern Caribbean. Be with Father Shaw as this is explored.
      And as always, we pray for the whole Mudge family. Guide them as they make important decisions and implement plans. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, September 28, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Elaine Carrubba, Darlene Chesnut, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Several copies of "199 Promises of God" were handed out to people this morning, but we forgot to write them down.

+Micky (man) -- "for my grandmother Mary who is sick"

a José (man) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] -- "health and more work."

+a Ken (semi-regular) -- "long health, prosperity, longevity" He also asked prayer for a young lady named Brandi, that God will keep her in his path.

+Mike (young man) -- general prayer

Darlene -- She asked prayer for Mark to be able to finish his term paper for seminary.

a Jamal (the young man who had a gun held on him a few weeks ago and trusted in Jesus) -- He has just had surgery on his left shoulder. We prayed for speedy healing and no infection, and that he would continue his walk with Jesus. (overflowing joy)

+Keven (young man) -- general prayer

+Michael (teenage boy) -- "fame"

+a Shannon (man with self-inflicted burn marks all over his arm) -- He confessed his sins and gave his life to Jesus again and accepted God's forgiveness. Heavy prayer is needed for Shannon to overcome his self-destructive patterns.

+Jeff and +Brandi and ++++ 4 children -- God has been closing some doors for them and opening others.

+Kisha (woman) -- She has a brand-new granddaughter. We prayed for health and safety for her and her whole family.

+Cheryl (young woman) -- Her family is coming back together.

+a Felix (Older man) -- He has leg pain, and diabetes. He has come from New York City and is having difficulty with DSS getting services.

+Albert (young man) and +Justin (his son) -- He asked prayer for a "good day".

+Dianne (woman) -- She asked for healing of her back and announced when she got up out of the chair that the pain was gone.

An Arabic Bible was given to a woman at the 40 Days for Life campaign up the street at Planned Parenthood.


 

9/28/2013, #77, 3rd Quarter 2013

Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3)
      Jesus, help me daily follow where you lead. I trust you to be my chart and compass and lead me into the life you want for me.

"Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
      Jesus, come and rule and reign in our hearts with your righteousness. Come into the life of the Episcopal Church and help us dwell in safety. Thank you.

And He shall stand and feed His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God; And they shall abide, For now He shall be great To the ends of the earth; (Micah 5:4)
      Jesus, you have fed me and clothed me and provided shelter for me and my family all these years. Thank you. Help me go forward day by day in your strength.

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)
      Jesus, thank you for coming to me in lowliness -- for meeting me where I am.

Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you. (Zechariah 9:12)
      Father, I too am a prisoner of hope -- I live in the hope of the resurrection and I live in hope for what you are doing for me now. Thank you.

"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10)
      LORD God, pour your Spirit of grace and supplication upon those who know Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

"In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. (Zechariah 13:1)
      Lord, we mourn for the state of your church and its people. Open up that fountain of your Holy Spirit so that we may be made clean and set free from the power of sin. Thank you.

For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. (Leviticus 16:30)
      We pray for the clergy of the Episcopal Church -- that they will communicate to all your people the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ and his power to set free from sin. Thank you.

"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)
      A word received: Pray for clarity of spiritual sight.

A word received: Hearken to my voice.

Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkAZteruVAw

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 2 Kings 11:1-20a; 1 Cor. 7:10-24; Matt. 6:19-24
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 2 Kings 17:1-18; Acts 9:36-43; Luke 5:1-11
Proper 21 Closest to September 28: 146 or 146:4-9; Amos 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 6:11-19; Luke 16:19-31
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      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 28 The Rev’d James Clarke

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 5:15 - 6:10 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

David (young man) -- "I am now clean, I have a job and a car."

Dan -- He is working toward reconciliation with his daughter Julia.

Smiley -- "It's easy to get down and hard to get up." Problems with growing older.

We prayed for peace at the Schenectady City Mission Community Meal.

+Fred -- "Gratefulness that I can have a meal. My wife +Judy needs 24/7 oxygen. I have had a 3-way heart bypass. My sister is a nun.

Stephen (Jewish man) -- He was much less hostile to Christianity this time. He still did most of the talking and little listening.

Gary -- We prayed for Stephen (above), for Gary's family, and he prayed for us.

***** Fr.John Hopkins and I are offering a grief support group called "Comfort for those Who Mourn" starting on Monday October 21st at St. Luke's on the Hill, 40 Mc Bride Road, Mechanicville from 4:00-5:30. The group will last 6 weeks and then there will be monthly reunion meetings. There, of course, is no charge for the meetings but registration at 664-4834 is appreciated. Many thanks and blessings, Deacon Lynne Curtis

Albany Intercessor


Friday, September 27, 2013

 

9/27/2013, #76, 3rd Quarter 2013

O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. (Psalm 88:1-2)
      LORD< hear the cries of my heart.

For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to the grave. (Psalm 88:3)
      Jesus, once I was young and now I am old. I trust you to carry me to victory.

I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength, (Psalm 88:4)
      Holy Spirit, give me this day's strength -- strength to endure.

Adrift among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, and who are cut off from your hand. (Psalm 88:5)
      Father, I live in the hope of the resurrection.

      "I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:25-27)

Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 2 Kings 9:17-37; 1 Cor. 7:1-9; Matt. 6:7-15
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 2 Kings 11:1-20a; 1 Cor. 7:10-24; Matt. 6:19-24

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 27 Women’s Cursillo (October 10-13)

***** Cathedral prayer table report 09/25/13, Wonderful sunny day. Deacon Sue Plaske, Beth Collum, Hilda Hardy, Jana Lingo

A Woman - will stop when she needs us

Kendra and Kyesha - need jobs that they would be blessed and bless others.

Matt and Girlfriend -apt fire - for peace and transition to new housing

Gary - hip pain

Darrell - a Drive up - "So glad you're here" - guidance and discernment, both for himself and his two sons,

FHS, Jana

***** Fr.John Hopkins and I are offering a grief support group called "Comfort for those Who Mourn" starting on Monday October 21st at St. Luke's on the Hill, 40 Mc Bride Road, Mechanicville from 4:00-5:30. The group will last 6 weeks and then there will be monthly reunion meetings. There, of course, is no charge for the meetings but registration at 664-4834 is appreciated. Many thanks and blessings, Deacon Lynne Curtis

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, September 26, 2013

 

9/26/2013, #75, 3rd Quarter 2013

Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask him. (Matthew 6:8 )
      Father, you have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, Father, you know it altogether. (from Psalm 139:1-4)

In this manner, therefore, pray: our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. (Matthew 6:9)
      Father, help us each day to keep your name holy. "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." (Isaiah 6:5-7) Father, thank you for cleansing my heart and my lips.


Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
      Father, help me to do my part for the kingdom of heaven: send me forth into the harvest fields.

Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)
      Father, we look to you. You have supplied water from the rock and food in the sesert -- thank you.

And forgive us our sins, As we forgive those who sin against us. (Matthew 6:12)
      "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27) Help me daily by your Holy Spirit, Father, to forgive and go to bed at peace withothers.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13a)
      Father, keep us from hard testing, just as gold is tested in fire, so are chosen men in the furnace of humiliation. Purge away our sins.

      Jesus, thank you for sympathizing with us in our weakness. Thank you for knowing every temptation we go through. We come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and frind grace to help in our hour of need.

For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:13b)
      Father, help us to be kingdom people who live in the hope of the resurrection. Thank you.

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15)
      Father, please help us have your character: quick to forgive and slow to anger. Thank you.

A word received: Offer yourselves anew to me.

Thursday: [83] or 146, 147 * 85, 86; 2 Kings 9:1-16; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; Matt. 6:1-6,16-18
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 2 Kings 9:17-37; 1 Cor. 7:1-9; Matt. 6:7-15

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 26 The Rev’d Lora Smith

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
      Please watch the video of the visit of By His Wounds Ministry to the 10th Mountain Division in regard to the Welcome Home Initiative. http://www.anglicanchaplains.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/welcomehome092413.mov

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

9/25/2013, #74, 3rd Quarter 2013

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? (Isaiah 53:1)
      LORD, please reveal your arm to us so that we might know your saving power.

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. (Isaiah 53:2)
      Jesus, so many despise you to this day. I'm sorry about that. Help me to make your love and compassion known to the lost and the least.

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. (Isaiah 53:3)
      Jesus, thank you for sharing in my sorrows and griefs. Thank you for being there in all the old wounds I'm afraid to let anyone see.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4)
      Jesus, thank you for carrying my griefs and sorrows to your cross.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the healing I have experienced through your wounds and blood shed for me. Thank you for the healing that is yet to come.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
      I did wander far away -- thank you for shepherding me back to the fold.

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

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; 2 Kings 6:1-23; 1 Cor. 5:9-6:8; Matt. 5:38-48
Thursday: [83] or 146, 147 * 85, 86; 2 Kings 9:1-16; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; Matt. 6:1-6,16-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 25 The Rev’d Guy Kagey

Intercede for Bishop Bill Love who returns from the House of Bishops meeting today.

***** Check out the Hales latest blog posting: http://kingdomartsministry.com/2013/09/24/september-beginnings/

***** Diocesan Update September 24th, 2013, A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany
Healing Service at Christ the King
      The guest preachers at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, October 1st will be Living Gospel Ministries. Living Gospel Ministries is comprised of Matthew and Tina, a husband and wife team, who specialize in first person dramatic sermons. Their ministry is based on the idea that "before the Bible was written, it was spoken." Come enjoy their dramatic presentation of the Gospel of our Lord! The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.
Beaver Cross Reunion Retreat:
      It's time for the Beaver Cross Reunion Retreat! This retreat is just like camp with all of the awesome activities and worship opportunities of Beaver Cross packed into three days instead of six. So, it's basically twice as good as regular camp. Whether you went to Beaver Cross this year or in years past, if you are of Middle or High School Age this retreat is for you! The retreat will be on October 4th - 6th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. For more information, contact the Spiritual Life Center at (518 ) 692-9550.
Priests Retreat Online Registration Coming Soon!
      The online registration for the priests retreat has been delayed. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience, but hope that it will be worth the wait!
Fall Confirmation Retreat
      Bring your young confirmands to the Fall Confirmation Retreat at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. This is a unique opportunity for your youth to receive essential Christ-centered teaching in preparation for confirmation. The object of the weekend is for each confirmation candidate to address any doubts or questions they may have about their faith and to encounter the risen Lord in a moving and faith-solidifying manner so that they can be confirmed as a disciple of Jesus with confidence and the fullness of His joy. For more information, contact the Spiritual Life Center at (518 ) 692-9550
Third Youth Mission Conference
      On Saturday, October 19th, St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne (220 Lake Ave, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846) will host the third Youth Mission Conference. Hear testimonies from teens who answered the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Learn from their experiences as they shared Jesus Christ abroad and at home. Ice cream social and desserts to follow. No registration is required and best of all, it's FREE! Come for a day of worship, testimony, prayer, and fellowship. For information call (518 ) 494-5919.
Fifth Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser for Healing a Woman's Soul
      The Fifth Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser for Healing a Woman's Soul will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at St. Paul's Church, 21 Hackett Blvd., Albany, NY 12208. Healing a Woman's Soul is a ministry of the diocese that reaches out to help victims of domestic abuse recover physically, emotionally and spiritually. Some of the items available for auction include quilts, a weekend at a lovely B&B, homemade preserves, handmade baby blankets, photographic art, silverware and many gift certificates. Bring a table of friends for a relaxed evening of fellowship and assist this ministry in its healing work. For more information, call 518-463-2257.
Quilt Auction at Christ the King
      Ten beautiful quilts made by volunteers are now on display at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in the Welcome Center lobby. These quilts will be available for bidding in a silent auction to benefit Christ the King's many ministries until November 7, 2013. Bids can be made by visiting the Welcome Center lobby at Christ the King. The bidding for the silent auction will close in grand fashion with a wine and cheese tasting and musical entertainment featuring a barbershop quartet. Winter is coming - get a beatiful quilt to keep you warm until spring!      Learning Opportunities
Safeguarding God's Children
      Safeguarding God's Children, a course for all those who interact with children in a ministry setting, will be offered by Fr. Michael and Marianne Gorchov at Trinity Church, 1336 1st Avenue, Watervliet, NY on October 12th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Coffee will be served after 8:30 am and lunch will be provided. So that they may provide materials and food for all who attend, please register either by calling 753-4502 and leaving your name and phone number, or by e-mailing Fr. Marty Wendell by clicking here.
The Gospel of Matthew - Preach It!
      Lectionary A, which we begin on the first Sunday of Advent this year (December 1st), generally focuses on the Gospel of Matthew. Having an overview of this gospel, its core message and its import will help everyone who will preach in the diocese in the coming liturgical year. In order to provide this, Father Christopher Brown, Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Albany, is offering a one-day workshop on the Gospel of Matthew on Thursday, October 17th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The workshop will begin with Morning Prayer at 9:15 am. Cost for the workshop is $10, which includes lunch. If you will be preaching in the upcoming liturgucal year, come to this workshop and get a sense of how to go deeper into the text and relate it to the call of every Christian to serve our Lord as His disciple! To register, call the Spiritual Life Center at (518 ) 692-9550. Registrations are due by Monday, October 14th.
Study with a Scholar
      The annual Bible Symposium will be held on September 28th at The Cathedral of All Saints, from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm. Doors will open at 8:30 am. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. The speaker this year will be Dr. Allen Ross, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. The focus of this year's symposium will be Leviticus: The Gospel According to Moses, or How God Prepared for the Gospel of Christ in Symbols and Rituals of Israel's Worship. Tickets are $20 each if purchased in advance, $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, click here.
The Essential Jesus Bible Study
      The Essential Jesus Bible Study is being offered in two places in the Diocese. For those in the southern or western territories, Christ Church, 166 Marion Ave (State Hwy. 51), Gilbertsville, NY is offering the study on Mondays at 9 am and Wednesdays at 7 pm. The cost is $12.00 to cover materials. The course has begun, but it is never too late to join in! For more information, e-mail Deacon Donna Steckline by clicking here.
      For those in the northern or eastern territories, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is hosting The Essential Jesus on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and again from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, beginning on September 25th and concluding February 26th. (No classes will be held during the weeks of Thanksgiving or Christmas). Cost is $15 per person and includes an Essential book and Scripture Union tracking card. Complimentary beverages will be provided and low cost child care is available. To register or for more information, e-mail The Rev. Canon Matt Baker, the study facilitator, by clicking here.
The Essential Bible Bible Study
      Christ the King Spiritual Life Center will also be hosting The Essential Bible Bible Study, which will be offered on Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, beginning September 26th and concluding February 27th. (No classes will be held during the weeks of Thanksgiving or Christmas). Anyone eager to explore God's Word is invited! Cost is $15 per person and includes an Essential book and Scripture Union tracking card. Complimentary beverages will be provided and low cost child care is available. To register or for more information, e-mail The Rev. Canon Matt Baker, the study facilitator, by clicking here.

***** 9/24 State St. Prayer table report, 12:30 - 1:55 PM, Carol MacNaughton, Mary Pasko, Mark Pasko and guitar

Virginia - knee surgery today (9/24) for torn municous

++ Kianna with her very young daughter Syria - pray to find a day care for her daughter so Kianna can keep her job

Mohammed (regular) - keep his good health and strength

Mother and daughter walking by - blessing

Kathy (regular) - we blessed her. Also happy to say she did NOT ask for money!

+Jamal (been to the table before) - doing much better since receiving prayer; asking prayer to keep going, becoming better! More Lord!
+ Quiyana - his young son with him

Judy - recovery from arthritic surgery

Mark - prison ministry

++James with his young son Jimmy - pulled into the parking lot in his car - He was excited to give his testimony. We prayed for the diabetes in his foot on 8/17. He had thought he was going to lose it. It is doing better so the doctoris will not amputate it! We gave thanks then prayed for complete healing. We continue to pray for financial assistance. James stayed to play and sing 6-8 heartfelt Christian songs on Mark's guitar. He hopes to come join us with his guitar next week.

Jessica - walk by blessing

Xavier - walked by but shouted his testimony. He has been at the table before (6/26) when we prayed for a 70 year old woman friend in the hospital with heart problems. She is fine! We praised the Lord.

***** DAY OF HEALING PRAYER, Christ Church, Ballston Spa, Thursday 19th Sept 2913 10am -3.30pm, Led by The Rev. Nigel Mumford+. Space is limited, please register online with Info@byhiswoundsministry.org or http://byhiswoundsministry.org/ or www.byhiswoundsministry.org
In the healing Grace of Christ, Rev. Nigel+

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Sept. 23, 2023; 9:45-10:30 a.m. in front of our church at 37 Division Street. Windy and chilly today, and not many people out and about. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table this day.)

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

a -- ETHEL -- Received prayer for her recent dizziness and confusion. She said she is on medication for it now and is doing better.

a -- REBECCA -- Asked for prayer for healing in her bad left knee. (It may require surgery soon.)

t -- ED -- We prayed for his general good health and well-being to continue.

WOMAN RUNNING BY -- I shouted out to her "God bless you!" and yelled back with a smile, "God bless YOU, too!"

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

9/24/2013, #73, 3rd Quarter 2013

O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old -- what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Psalm 78:1-4)

A word received 8/5/12: Make this your prayer each day and make the choice to share my good news with the next generation.

A prayer received 8/5/12: Help us to recognize the opportunities you give us.

      Holy Spirit, stir up our hearts to share the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection, of his cross and his blood shed for us with the next generation.

He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, (Psalm 78:5)
      Father, we want to share our testimony with our children -- help us do that.

so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. (Psalm 78:6)
      Jesus, please help our children declare what you have done to their children.

Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. (Psalm 78:7)
      Father, we pray for the generations which will follow us, that they will put their hope in you. Thank you and help us keep your commandments.

They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him. (Psalm 78:8 )
      LORD, help our generation repent of its rebellious ways. Thank you.

A word received: Seek my face.

A word received: Look to me for light. I want to guide your steps.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; 2 Kings 5:19-27; 1 Cor. 5:1-8; Matt. 5:27-37
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; 2 Kings 6:1-23; 1 Cor. 5:9-6:8; Matt. 5:38-48

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 24 The Rev’d Richard A. Chandler, Jr.

Intercede daily for Bishop Bill Love who is attending the House of Bishops meeting.

***** From: Shaw Mudge
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013
Subject: Mudge Mission Prayer Mail for 24 September
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. The autumnal equinox arrived in the United States on 12:44 pm, Belize time, this past Sunday. We are in the midst of rainy season in Belize, and in the midst of dry season in Tanzania, in theory.
This week's selective overview:
      1) I have been working on arrangements for my upcoming trip to Belize.
      2) Last week, someone approached me with a desire to teach with our program, and also with the possibility of linking our program in some way with another theological college about 3,000 miles across the Caribbean from Belize. Praise God. He saw our Web site.
      3) I have been developing various courses, and made a parish visit.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for the students and faculty. Various issues keep popping up: health, time, etc.
      2) We are finding amazing answers to prayer, because people are praying and because others are listening. Continue to pray for the right participants in the program (especially in Belize and in Tanzania), for the right amount of financial support, and for the right content of the program (including appropriate links with other programs).
      3) Pray for the October visit to Belize. Your prayers are making a difference, and another possible visit in January 2014 has come up.
      4) Continue to pray for appointments with students and vocational advisees during the next trip to Belize.
      5) Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the area of English as a Second Language (English as a Foreign Language), and for translation of materials and courses into both Swahili and Spanish.
      6) Pray for the staff in Kasulu. I think they are in need of special prayer at this time: various issues are coming up.
      7) Pray for our family members who are on the threshold of making important decisions or implementing plans.
      8 ) The news from Nairobi is particularly poignant for us because: last year, on our trip to East Africa we had seriously thought we would be teaching at a theological college there. However, things did not work out, and I saw that as the hand of God at work at the time (though I really really wanted to do it). And, today, I confirm that same sense of what God was telling us, then. I am glad he called us where he did and the way he did. While life could go on without incident in the near future in Nairobi, one never knows; and that uncertainty applies, no matter where one is serving in the world. So, as we go about in our travels, keep us in prayer, and I praise God for him sending us where he did and when he did.
      In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+
Disciples Making Disciples.
Videos: type "shepherd110" in YouTube
Newsletters and prayermail: http://MudgeMissionReport.blogspot.com/
Mission contributions: https://secure-q.net/Donations/SAMS/3397
Ongoing work: https://sites.google.com/site/onlineanglicancampus/home

***** There is an amazing film entitled FINDING A FAMILY which you can watch on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGDfv58aOhs Pray for the children who "fall through the cracks" of the social welfare system.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, September 23, 2013

 

9/23/2013, #72, 3rd Quarter 2013

Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha's house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean." But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, "Indeed, I said to myself, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.' Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?" (2 Kings 5:9-13)
      For who would dare to despise the day of small things? (Zechariah 4:10a) Jesus, bring us to that place where we are willing to do the "small things" that you ask of us. Help us daily find the humility of obedience in the little things you ask us to do.

So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:14)
      Father, so often the great deeds we dream of doing for you start with doing the small things in life. Help us to be faithful in the stewardship of the small things you ask of us.

      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear and hearts to respond to your promptings in the "small things" of life. Thank you.

A word received: Seek my face.

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; 2 Kings 5:1-19; 1 Cor. 4:8-21; Matt. 5:21-26
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; 2 Kings 5:19-27; 1 Cor. 5:1-8; Matt. 5:27-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 23 For Deacon Formation, Faculty and Candidates

Intercede daily for Bishop Bill Love who is attending the House of Bishops meeting.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 17, 2013 +a John (man) -- He was on his way to an NA [Narcotics Anonymous] meeting. We prayed that he would stay clean and sober.
After action report on the prayer table: John came to Christ Church Sunday morning and described how his life had been saved at the prayer table three or four weeks ago. He came to the prayer table as a user of drugs, he was having sweats, and was planning to use more drugs as soon as he left the prayer table. When he got up from the prayer table the sweats were gone along with the desire to use drugs. He has not touched any since then and has had no desire to do so. He brought a friend along with him to the service.

***** There is an amazing film entitled FINDING A FAMILY which you can watch on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGDfv58aOhs Pray for the children who "fall through the cracks" of the social welfare system.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, September 22, 2013

 

9/22/2013, #71, 3rd Quarter 2013

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Luke 16:10-13)

And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word. (1 Kings 18:21)
      LORD< we live in a generation where many are unfaithful by their silence. The choice lies before them whom they will serve and they remain silent. Have mercy on us and restore our land.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
      Holy Spirit, help us humble ourselves and call upon the name of Jesus and seek his face.

      Jesus, thank you for hearing from heaven and interceding for us. We are a people who have lost our way -- guide us back to you.

And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. ... O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." (2 Chronicles 20:3...12)
      Father, we do not know what to do to restore your people, but our eyes are upon you. Thank you for sending Jesus to save us and redeem us.

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; 2 Kings 4:8-37; Acts 9:10-31; Luke 3:7-18
Proper 20 Closest to September 21: 138; Amos 8:4-7(8-12); 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; 2 Kings 5:1-19; 1 Cor. 4:8-21; Matt. 5:21-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 22 For Biblical tithing to become the norm in our parishes

Intercede daily for Bishop Bill Love who is attending the House of Bishops meeting.

***** Dan -- He asked prayer for the Schenectady City Mission Community Meal, that God would protect it and cover it with his blessing. He asked that people commit to prayer for this.

***** Rt Rev Dr Grant LeMarquand and Dr Wendy LeMarquand are missionaries of SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders) Bishop Grant is area bishop for the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia, Eretrea, Djibouti); under the Most Rev Dr Mouneer Anis, Bishop of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa

If you would like to share in their work, see the following charitable donation links:
In Canada: Devxchange http://www.devxchange.org/Nehemiah.html
In the UK: Friends of the Anglican Church in Ethiopia, and Egypt Diocesan Association
FACE: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1004812
EDA: http://www.eda-egypt.org.uk/pages/contact.html
In the US: SAMS-USA http://samsusa.org

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, September 21, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, Elaine Carrubba, and Torre Bissell on State St. and David Haig and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Lots of "Hit and Run" prayers today -- where people just give us their names but don't stop.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Albany St.

++Ernie -- Prayer for Joan and Jenifer his children. Prayer for a power chair (Ernie is wheelchair bound). Blessing on his helper Mark.

John -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+Patricia -- Prayer for deliverance from addiction.

Tom -- God bless, "Hit and Run" prayer

Willis -- God bless, "Hit and Run" prayer

+Autumn and +Annebella -- Autumn is going through hard times -- needs food

+Rashid

Chanisha

State St.

John (Bus driver) -- Prayer for deliverance for his girlfriend Julie.

Max -- Pray for Paul for recovery from heart attack.

Steve (regular) -- Prayer for his business.

Tobias (regular) -- "for a job"

John -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+Mack -- He was rushing to a job but shouted out that "Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior."

Derrick -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Valerie -- "Hit and Run" prayer

John -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Tim -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+Donovan

+a Joe (regular) -- "been doing good, no complaints"

+a199 Richard (young man) -- "I just believe in God."

+Coleen -- "for my kids. God has brought me through all kinds of turmoil and he has always brought me through."

Tamara [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] -- "gratitude" We all gave thanks for God's blessing and provision.

Barbara (young woman) -- "difficulty in family -- fighting all the time" We prayed for peace and protection for the family and against the spirit of anger.

+a Isaac (young man) -- He was distraught because he had lost his phone. He was clear that he had given his life to Jesus. We asked the Holy Spirit to guide him to his phone.

3 teenagers: +199 Rosa (strength for my family), +199 Stephanie (guidance and unity), +199 Julio (for my friends)

Katy (regular, older woman) -- Blessing and protection.

+a Reggie (man from Schenectady City Mission) -- He reported that Richard is doing well.

+a Chris (young man) with 2 young daughters -- "for my girls"


 

9/21/2013, #70, 3rd Quarter 2013

Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)
      Lord, help us to be counted faithful to you in the stewardship you have given us.

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but he who judges me is the Lord. (1 Corinthians 4:3-4)
      Jesus, you are Lord and judge and on that final day you will either say, "Well done, good and faithful servant," or "Be gone, I never knew you." Set us free from all self-deception and put our whole confidence in your love, mercy and righteousness.

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God. (1 Corinthians 4:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us repent of judging one another.

      Jesus, bring to your light all the dark places in my life so that I may bring them to you.

Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. (1 Corinthians 4:6)
      Father, please help us to abide in what is written in your word so that we do not become puffed up.

For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? (1 Corinthians 4:7)
      Jesus, there is nothing that we have that we did not receive as a gift from you. Thank you for all that you do for us each day. Thank you for this day's bread.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; 2 Kings 2:1-18; 1 Cor. 4:1-7; Matt. 5:17-20
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; 2 Kings 4:8-37; Acts 9:10-31; Luke 3:7-18
Proper 20 Closest to September 21: 138; Amos 8:4-7(8-12); 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 21 For the Episcopal Business Administrators Conference

Intercede daily for Bishop Bill Love who is attending the House of Bishops meeting.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, September 21 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/ .

***** Dan -- He asked prayer for the Schenectady City Mission Community Meal, that God would protect it and cover it with his blessing. He asked that people commit to prayer for this.

***** News from Bishop Grant and Doctor Wendy LeMarquand
      The beauty of the drive was only surpassed by the frustration of its ending. We had almost made it to Opo land. Nearly 400 people were waiting for us to come to be with them in this, the first time ever, that a believer had actually died since the Opo people, nearly all 3000 of them, had come to faith in Jesus Christ six years earlier. But there we were, blocked by the treacherous mud sinkholes hidden beneath the brown surface of the river. It was impassable by car. I stood in the rain, watching Grant, Isaac and Cherinet trying to sound out a passage through the river, astonished by the muted beauty of the water birds and lilies hiding the potential danger of crocodiles, snakes and mosquitos. “Let me go on”, begged Isaac, our Nuer priest - “it should only be a few hours walk now!” Actually, it turned out to be 7 hours of sliding through the sharp rocks hidden by the grasping mud. Isaac, cold, wet, and only 2 days into his course of medication for one of the many tropical diseases that are a part of life here, was able to connect heart to heart with these people, as he talked of the hope of those who had died in Christ, held the memorial service, and then sat under a tree all the next day and answered their many questions. We thank God for Isaac and for the beautiful Opo people.
      On September 4th and 5th, we hosted 34 women representing 20 distinct Mothers’ Union groups functioning out of our 14 Mission Centres spread throughout the Gambella region. It was wonderful to see how intently the women listened to the introductory story dealing with issues of how we learn and how we can work together to help take care of problems in the community. And it was a delight to see how much they enjoyed using pictures and story-telling as they later practiced teaching this to one another! They had lots of fun looking through magnifying glasses and binoculars in the session on how we are able to see things that contaminate water, and they were amazed (and quite horrified!) at the pictures of microorganisms shown to them on my computer!
      Our practice sessions on solar water purification, water filter construction, clean water dispensers and dish drying racks were full of laughter, good questions and good discussion. When each of the representatives left to return to their Mission Centres, they carried the materials to make their own clean water dispensers, carrying these simple, inexpensive and locally available items as if they were carrying costly treasure.
These ‘water dispensers’ that our representatives will make during their own community demonstration/teaching sessions will replace the common open (and never washed) communal pot of water (which is usually kept inside the mud-walled, thatched roof church office, in the dark), and into which one unwashed cup is passed from one coughing adult to one feverish child, to another with diarrhea, etc.
      Our pre-project survey showed a horrifying average of 2 to 4 surviving children per an average of 9 to 11 children born into the family, most dying under age 5 from communicable disease and malaria. Some were moved to tears to think that what they are learning may save the lives of their precious children. To think that the occurrence and re-occurrence of diarrhea is something that can be taken care of and prevented was a new concept to many. To communicate these important truths in a way that is fun, non-judgmental and memorable is one of the main goals of the program. Our Mothers’ Union representatives will return to teach what they have learned by holding a teaching day for all of our 1500 Mothers’ Union members at the Mission Centres, and then by holding a second teaching day at our 70 local churches where each Mothers’ Union member is encouraged to invite and teach at least one community guest. We’ve gotten off to a great start!
      Please pray with us for Sarah Nyamuouch Kuel, daughter of our priest Peter Kuel. She was crouching down to avoid the gun fire from the cattle raiders who were attacking her village, when her life was changed in an instant by a bullet shattering her right femur. This was last December. Finally, we have the connections in place to have a surgical correction of an 9 cm loss in bone height (it would end up being about a 12-13 cm difference by the time her growth spurt ended). The marked rotational deformity and likely complete loss of nerve function to the quadriceps will make the surgical correction very complex and also a very long process. Thankfully, the Canadian orthopedic surgeon who has offered to provide this care at the lowest possible fee, is working hard with us to make Sarah's recovery a reality. Please look to God with us for His provision for this little girl.
      Please pray for connections to cardiac care for little Kwess, the 4 year old son of Ariet, one of our staff at the Gambella Anglican Centre. He is the size of a two year old. Suffering from a congenital heart problem, he has great difficulty breathing when he eats, and suffers from incessant recurrent respiratory infections. This type of heart defect is only correctable by surgery - an impossible dream right now for Ariet, who would have to give at least 10 year's salary for this procedure. Our priest, Michael Lual, also has a beautiful little girl, 6 years old, needing this same care.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, September 20, 2013

 

9/19/2013, #68, 3rd Quarter 2013

Design by Jean.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake. (Matthew 5:11)
      Lord Jesus, we pray for your persecuted church around the world. Bless all those who are reviled and persecuted for the sake of your name.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see things as you see them -- to know that our reward in heavenis greater than any suffering we might go through for the sake of Jesus. Help us to be exceedingly glad over the hope we share. Thank you.

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. (Matthew 5:13)
      Father, help us to be salt which gives flavor to the gospel message and draws other to you.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:14)
      Father, we want to be people filled with the light of the gospel message. Help us repent whenever we hide that light from those who walk in darkness.

Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. (Matthew 5:15)
      Jesus, we pray for every household in this diocese that the light of the gospel will shine for in them.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
      Jesus, I commit myself once again to let your light shine forth through me to bring glory to my Father in heaven. Thank you for helping me do this by your Holy Spirit. I want to be light so that others will see the way to you.

2 Kings 1 A word received: Inquire of Me for direction and guidance.

Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; 2 Kings 1:2-17; 1 Cor. 3:16-23; Matt. 5:11-16
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; 2 Kings 2:1-18; 1 Cor. 4:1-7; Matt. 5:17-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 20 Trinity Church, Whitehall – The Rev’d Dr. Donna J. Arnold

Intercede daily for Bishop Bill Love who is attending the House of Bishops meeting.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, September 21 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/ .

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, September 20 beginning at 7pm. Pastor Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. She preaches a message of grace and walking in the fullness of our calling through our identity in Jesus. Prayer teams are available for ministry time.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 19, 2013, 5:15 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Ted -- His daughter Camille who has lyme disease was rushed from work to the ER on Tuesday at St. Peter's Hospital. She was in for two days. They have adjusted her medications. Pray for healing for Camille and peace and comfort for the whole family.

Chuck and Torre -- We prayed for Jean who didn't feel up to coming out.

Gary -- He asked prayer for Chris Richmond (of Youth for Christ) -- She fainted twice yesterday and someone has to be with her at all times. He also asked prayer for Pastor Jay's mom, Jean, and for his kids.

+a Chuck (regular) -- His two-year-old son Kobe has been in New York City with his sister since February. Chuck needs a safer place to live so that Kobe can be with him.

+Erika (woman) -- She needs a job. We prayed with her that she would get out of a "relationship" and into a marriage. He five-year-old daughter +a Alia came for prayer as well.

+Zena (mom) and +Brina (adult daughter) -- They were baptized at Easter and requested crosses.

+a Dan (young man) -- "I'm a believer but I'm have trouble with an area of sin." He confessed his sin and accepted Jesus once again as Lord and Savior, asked for his forgiveness and said, "I feel better already," when we told him he was now clean.

+Michelle (10) and Patrice (8 ) -- They came asking for prayer and crosses.

+a "Big" (man 45) -- He asked prayer for money for gas to get to work. His gas tank was on "E".

Dan -- He asked prayer for the Schenectady City Mission Community Meal, that God would protect it and cover it with his blessing. He asked that people commit to prayer for this. The City Mission is opening its new chapel for the first time this morning at 10:30.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, September 19, 2013

 

9/19/2013, #68, 3rd Quarter 2013

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:1-10)
      Jesus, you came in humility at Bethlehem;
      please help me: to be poor in spirit,
            that I may enter the kingdom of heaven;
      to mourn,
            that I may receive the Comforter;
      to be meek,
            that I may enter into my inheritance;
      to hunger and thirst for righteousness,
            that I may be filled;
      to be merciful
            that I may obtain mercy;
      to come to purity of heart,
            that I may see you;
      to be a peacemaker,
            that I may be called your child;
      to be willing to be persecuted for righteousness' sake,
            that the kingdom of heaven will be mine.
      Thank you.
            (From Matthew 5:3-10)

A word received: Follow me when I call you.

A word received: Test what you think is from me. Ask for the gift of discernment.

Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; 1 Kings 22:29-45; 1 Cor. 2:14-3:15; Matt. 5:1-10
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; 2 Kings 1:2-17; 1 Cor. 3:16-23; Matt. 5:11-16

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 19 The Rev’d Hugh Wilkes
Intercede daily for Bishop Bill Love who is attending the House of Bishops meeting.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, September 21 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/ .

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, September 20 beginning at 7pm. Pastor Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. She preaches a message of grace and walking in the fullness of our calling through our identity in Jesus. Prayer teams are available for ministry time.

***** Bishop's Invitation to Bible Symposium
September 18, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      As part of our continued emphasis on increasing our knowledge of the Bible, Dean Collum and the Cathedral of All Saints is holding its fall Bible Symposium on Saturday, September 28, at the Cathedral. Dean Collum has been inviting nationally and internationally renowned Bible scholars to come and share their wisdom with us. This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Allen Ross, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. His topic is Leviticus: The Gospel According to Moses, or How God Prepared for the Gospel of Christ in Symbols and Rituals of Israel’s Worship.
      I have been personally enriched by our previous presenters and am confident that Dr. Ross’s presentation will be equally enriching and challenging. How many times do we think of Leviticus as a preparation for the Gospels?
      Please join Karen and I at this year’s Bible Symposium. I encourage you to register early so Dean Collum may make appropriate arrangements for food service. Here are the details and how to register.
      The doors open at 8:30 am and the symposium begins at 9:30 and concludes at 2:30 pm. The fee for the day includes coffee and danish, and lunch. Tickets are $20 each if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, go to Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/447941 , or mail a check to Bible Symposium, Cathedral of All Saints, 62 S Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210. Please make the check payable to the Cathedral of All Saints and put “Bible Symposium” in the memo line.
      Your brother in Christ, +Bill

***** From: Jeanne Gizara, Sent: Sat, Sep 7, 2013, Mudge Scripture Prayer
      But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17)
      Lord, we ask for your wisdom for Father Shaw and Mother Julie and all their students. We pray for all the good fruits of that wisdom: purity, peace, gentleness, rationality, mercy, impartiality and sincerity. Thank You, Lord, for answering this prayer.       We thank You for the good start to the new semester in Belize. May the momentum continue. Be with Father Shaw as he plans his trip to Belize and gets ready for the Cursillo weekend there. Holy Spirit, inspire him as he writes his contribution to the Trinity School of Ministry devotional. And be with his family, both his daughters and the elders. Please grant to Shaw and Julie the gifts that they need to minister to both generations. And please bless Julie’s CPE studies in Hartford. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 

9/18/2013, #67, 3rd Quarter 2013

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-22)
      Then he said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." (Isaiah 6:8 ) Lord, I pray that you will send more laborers out into the harvest fields. Here am I, send me.

      Jesus, please help each of us in this diocese answer your call to follow you. Set us free from our fears and help us reach out with the gospel of peace to those we meet. Thank you.

A word received: I AM the way, walk in it.

Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; 1 Kings 22:1-28; 1 Cor. 2:1-13; Matt. 4:18-25
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; 1 Kings 22:29-45; 1 Cor. 2:14-3:15; Matt. 5:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 18 For a blessing on our youth.
Intercede daily for Bishop Bill Love who is attending the House of Bishops meeting.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, September 21 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.

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, September 20 beginning at 7pm. Pastor Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. She preaches a message of grace and walking in the fullness of our calling through our identity in Jesus. Prayer teams are available for ministry time.

***** Prayer Opportunities
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer - 4th Quarter, The fourth quarter Diocesan Cycle of Prayer is now available! To download it, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/download/2013Prayer4thQtr.pdf .

Bible Studies, Study with a Scholar
      The annual Bible Symposium will be held on September 28th at The Cathedral of All Saints. Our speaker this year will be Dr. Allen Ross, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. The focus of this year's symposium will be Leviticus: The Gospel According to Moses, or How God Prepared for the Gospel of Christ in Symbols and Rituals of Israel's Worship. Tickets are $20 each if purchased in advance, $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, click here, or you may mail a check to the Cathedral at 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210. Be sure to make the check payable to The Cathedral of All Saints and write "Bible Symposium" in the memo line.

The Essential Jesus and The Essential Bible Bible Studies
      Christ the King Spiritual Life Center will be hosting two Bible studies beginning in September. The Essential Jesus will be offered on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and again at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, beginning on September 25th and concluding February 26th. The Essential Bible will be offered on Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. beginning September 26th and concluding February 27th. No classes will be held during the weeks of Thanksgiving or Christmas. Anyone eager to explore God's Word is invited! Cost is $15 per person and includes an Essential book and Scripture Union tracking card. Complimentary beverages will be provided and low cost child care is available. To register or for more information, e-mail The Rev. Canon Matt Baker, the study facilitator, by clicking here.

Learning Opportunities, The Gospel of Matthew - Preach It!
      Lectionary A, which we begin on the first Sunday of Advent this year (December 1st), generally focuses on the Gospel of Matthew. Having an overview of this gospel, its core message and its import will help everyone who will preach in the diocese in the coming liturgical year. In order to provide this, Father Christopher Brown, Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Albany, is offering a one-day workshop on the Gospel of Matthew on Thursday, October 17th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The workshop will begin with Morning Prayer at 9:15 am. Cost for the workshop is $10, which includes lunch. If you will be preaching in the upcoming liturgucal year, come to this workshop and get a sense of how to go deeper into the text and relate it to the call of every Christian to serve our Lord as His disciple! To register, call the Spiritual Life Center at (518 ) 692-9550. Registrations are due by Monday, October 14th.

Healing Center, Healing Service at Christ the King
      Fr. Ian Montgomery will be the guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, September 24th. Fr. Ian is originally from England and he and his wife, Polly, have ministered in various places in the United States. Most recently, they were missionaries in Lima, Peru. Fr. Ian's passions include clergy well-being, discipleship and mission, living under the authority of the Scriptures and seeing God at work transforming lives. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

Retreats
      Healing a Woman's Soul: Tools for the Journey Retreat Scholarships available! Healing a Woman's Soul, an organization devoted to helping domestic violence victims on their journey to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually is holding a retreat on September 27th and 28th at Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110. We welcome all women, especially those who have addictions or are victims of domestic violence. The cost of the retreat is $110 per person and there are a limited number of scholarships available on a first-come basis. Donations toward scholarships are always welcome. Registration forms and additional information are available by calling 518-290-0235, or you may send an e-mail by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?hawsretreat. Registrations should be received no later than September 18, 2013.

Beaver Cross Reunion Retreat
      It's time for the Beaver Cross Reunion Retreat! This retreat is just like camp with all of the awesome activities and worship opportunities of Beaver Cross packed into three days instead of six. So, it's basically twice as good as regular camp. Whether you went to Beaver Cross this year or in years past, if you are of Middle or High School Age this retreat is for you! The retreat will be on October 4th - 6th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. For more information, contact the Spiritual Life Center at (518 ) 692-9550.

Mission Events, Third Youth Mission Conference
      On Saturday, October 19th, St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne (220 Lake Ave, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846) will host the third Youth Mission Conference. Hear testimonies from teens who answered the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Learn from their experiences as they shared Jesus Christ abroad and at home. Ice cream social and desserts to follow. No registration is required and best of all, it's FREE! Come for a day of worship, testimony, prayer, and fellowship. For information call (518 ) 494-5919.

Support Opportunities, Quilt Auction at Christ the King
      Ten beautiful quilts made by volunteers are now on display at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in the Welcome Center lobby. These quilts will be available for bidding in a silent auction to benefit Christ the King's many ministries until November 7, 2013. Bids can be made by visiting the Welcome Center lobby at Christ the King. The bidding for the silent auction will close in grand fashion with a wine and cheese tasting and musical entertainment featuring a barbershop quartet. Winter is coming - get a beatiful quilt to keep you warm until spring!

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

 

9/17/2013, #66, 3rd Quarter 2013

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned." (Matthew 4:12-16)
      Jesus, we pray for all who sit in the shadow of death that your light will dawn in their lives.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)
      Holy Spirit, let the gospel message of repentance the kingdom of heaven be preached throughout this diocese.

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:20-25)
      Father, please help us daily embrace the folly of the cross -- set us free from the deceptions of worldly wisdom and find the power and wisdom that come through Jesus Christ. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me for strength and refuge.

Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; 1 Kings 21:17-29; 1 Cor. 1:20-31; Matt. 4:12-17
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; 1 Kings 22:1-28; 1 Cor. 2:1-13; Matt. 4:18-25

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 17 The Rev’d Jere Berger, The Rev’d Joel Miller

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, September 21 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/ .

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, September 20 beginning at 7pm. Pastor Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. She preaches a message of grace and walking in the fullness of our calling through our identity in Jesus. Prayer teams are available for ministry time.

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church at 37 Division Street. Cool, cloudy morning but nice. Deacon Alan Hart and his wife, Deacon MaryCarol Hart of St. Andrew's of Scotia, presiding at His table today.)

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

a--ETHEL -- We prayed for her as she was on her way to St. Mary's Hospital for testing. (She often can't remember where she is or how she got there.)

a-- REBECCA -- Asked for healing for her right knee which she has injured; it is very swollen. She may have to have knee surgery.

t,t -- JOHN (prefers his nickname of "POPS") and his young daughter JULIE -- This father and daughter happened by and asked for prayer. Then they said they were interested in seeing the inside of the church and wanted to know more about us. They recently moved here from New York City. (We brought them indoors and Cherie Nethaway, Church Office Manager, gave them an inside tour of our church.)

t--DAVID -- Asked for prayer for his friend BLACKPIPE, a Sioux Indian woman to whom he has been ministering. She now equates the Great Spirit, whom she has worshiped all her life, to God the Father ... after listening to David, who is a Christian. We prayed that Blackpipe eventually will now come to also know, understand and love Jesus -- His beloved son, and also the Holy Spirit.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, September 16, 2013

 

9/16/2013, #65, 3rd Quarter 2013

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
      You are my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? (See Psalm 27:1a)

In God (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4)
      LORD, you are the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (See Psalm 27:1b)

      Thank you, Holy Spirit, for giving me hope.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, you are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, And your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to you. (Psalm 139:7-12)
      Jesus, there is no darkness dark enough to hide me from your light. Help me each day to take each step by your light.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; 1 Kings 21:1-16; 1 Cor. 1:1-19; Matt. 4:1-11
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; 1 Kings 21:17-29; 1 Cor. 1:20-31; Matt. 4:12-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 16 For Bishop William Love on the 7th Anniversary of his Consecration

***** Mudge Mission Prayer Mail for 17 September
Dear partners in prayer, this is our weekly public prayer mail. Weather was like Belize this week, in the 90s and 100% humidity.
This week's selective overview:
      1) A great class yesterday.
      2) Setting up visits with vocational advisees and students for my next trip to Belize
      3) Working on Cursillo rollo and meditation for Belize.
      4) Developing various courses materials.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for the students and faculty. Various issues keep popping up.
      2) Pray for the October visit to Belize. Plans to be finalized this week. Your prayers are making a difference.
      3) Continue to pray for the setting up of my appointments with students and vocational advisees during the next trip to Belize.
      4) Pray for our family members who are on the threshold of making important decisions or implementing plans.
      In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, September 21 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/ .

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, September 15, 2013

 

9/15/2013, #64, 3rd Quarter 2013

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)
      Jesus, thank you that you were willing to give up the glory of heaven to come into our sinful world and into our sinful hearts to save us.

However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. (1 Timothy 1:16)
      Jesus, thank you for your mercy to me and to everyone who turns to you. Thank you for your faithfulness and longsuffering love in sticking with us even when we fail time and time again.

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)
      Holy Trinity, One God, help us bring you honor and glory, and worship you as we ought. Thank you for your enduring kindness to us.

A word received: Every thanksgiving for what I have done and am doing is precious to me.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; 1 Kings 19:8-21; Acts 5:34-42; John 11:45-47
Proper 19 Closest to September 14: 51:1-18 or 51:1-11; Exodus 32:1,7-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; 1 Kings 21:1-16; 1 Cor. 1:1-19; Matt. 4:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 15 Trinity, Granville -The Rev’d Arthur Peters The Rev’d Robert Witt, The Rev’d Joseph Famulare

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 14, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene Chesnut, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton, Terry Volpe, Titi, Mark Pasko and his guitar on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT--New Testament
Bible

State St.

Tobias (regular) -- We prayed that he would be set free from fear. He asked prayer for vision and focus. He asked prayer for Ragena, Dianne, Lisa, Oddetta, Kevin Jr., Kevin Sr., Monica, Monique, Pastor Shonlonda.

+Jacqueline (woman) -- "for a job"

+a Jamie (man) -- "for my mom Bonnie who passed away" I prayed that he would live in the hope of the resurrection.

++Mazia (young woman) and her children +Kevin and +Kazaya -- She asked prayer for her father Derrick.

Steve (regular) -- He has gotten insurance for his business and he gets the keys for the building this coming Wednesday.

+a199 Bibile Susan (62) -- She is homeless living in a motel. Her daughter who is on drugs has stolen everything she has to sell for drugs and her daughter has had her thrown in jail twice.

Katy (regular) -- We prayed for a blessing on her.

+ (little girl)

+Roger and daughter +Angel -- We prayed for blessings on them.

+a199 Linden (young West Indian man) -- He had been standing there waiting while we prayed for others. When he sat down there was that nudge from God so I asked if he had ever given his life to Christ and he said, "No." I asked him if he had ever thought about doing that and he said, "Yes." I asked him if he would like to do it now and he said, "Yes." So, we led him to invite Jesus into his heart and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. He confessed his sins to God and accepted God's forgiveness. Big smile on his face at the end.

++199 Denise -- "for my grandchildren"

Joe (semi-regular) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Albany St.

9/14/2013 9:40AM - 10:45AM, Carol MacNaughton, Terry Volpe, Titi, Mark Pasko and his guitar

Clarrisa (a regular) prayer for her back pains, her son coming home

Titi - back pain, her thyroid

+ Raymond - Celebrate! Give Thanks to God, he had gotten a place to stay (he had visited the State street prayer table in August looking for housing)

++ Lucy (have prayered for her about her housing) - Praise the Lord, she has her apartment! Prayers for protection from her abusive alcohlic son, tempations of drugs from old friends

+++++ Adoria, Tanya, and Desiree (grandmother, mother, 6th grade daugher) prayers for Desiree's father and his wife who were in a bad car wreck and are still in the hospital

Natalie (from last week impromtu street concert) She had one job interview last week and Monday has two back to back. So she celebrated God's goodness and seeks prayer to find the right job.

Shawn - 2 years out of jail, God's help staying on God's path through difficult times.

As we left, Terry asked for prayer as she planned to go into the beauty store / store / hangout across the street. We sent her with crosses. She had exactly the right number of crosses for the people in the store!

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