Wednesday, September 18, 2013
9/18/2013, #67, 3rd Quarter 2013
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: , 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.
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!