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Thursday, October 31, 2013

 

10/31/2013, #26, 4th Quarter 2013

"Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. (Matthew 13:18-19)
      Father, wherever there are stony hearts, work in them with your Holy Spirit and give them hearts of flesh according to your word (Ezekiel 11:19). Help us hear and understand your word.

But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. (Matthew 13:20-21)
      Jesus, there are so many stony places in my life, yet you said even the very stones can cry out to honor you (Luke 19:40). Let all such stony places in my life give you praise and honor.

Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22)
      Jesus, please help me by your Holy Spirit to cast all my cares on you for you care for me (1 Peter 5:7)

But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us by Jesus' righteousness to be vigorous, sturdy, and fruitful, even to old age (Psalm 92:12-15)

A word received: Trust me.

Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 33; Neh. 1:1-11; Rev. 5:11-6:11; Matt. 13:18-23
Friday: 40,54 * 51; Neh. 2:1-20; Rev. 6:12-7:4; Matt. 13:24-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
October 31 For all Church Wardens and Vestry Members

Holy Spirit, give us all a passion for Jesus. Help us go deeper in our lives with him. Let the Diocesan Convention be a time and place where your people go deeper with Jesus. Thank you.

***** Date: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 6:29 AM
Subject: A Positive Update on Fr. Paul- Let Us Give Thanks To Our LORD!
      Just a quick update. Paul's still sleeping a lot but the feeding tube seems to be working. They moved him to the Special Care Unit today where they hope he will be able with PT to get stronger and be able to go to a rehab and then home. Thanks for everyone's prayers. In Christ's love and FHS, Pat

***** Cathedral Prayer table report 10-30-13, Deacon Plaske, Jana. Barb, and Hilda, Cloudy, Cool, and damp

Father, we thank for this day and the many blessings of this life. Protect & preserve your people. Cover our prayer table with you grace and protection.

Sue - Bishop Bill & Karen

Marina - Pancreatic cancer

Gregg- Brother mark with cancer, thank for effective regime.

Bob- Sister Ann in Albany County Nursing home

FHS Jana

***** Healing Service at Christ the King
      The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, November 5th will be the Reverend Gerry Clemmons, Rector of St. John's, Cohoes. Gerry's focus is on furthering the Gospel of Christ, teaching people of His love and healing power and helping them know, love, worship, and serve God. Mother Gerry will speak about the topic of Walls and Gates from the book of Nehemiah. 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.
The Gospel of Matthew - Preach It! (Reprise) For the North Country
      Father Christopher Brown, Canon Theologian of the Epsicopal Diocese of Albany, will present a one day workshop on Tuesday, November 5th, from 9 am until 3 pm at at St. Mark's Church, 34 Elm Street, Malone, NY 12953. The workshop will focus on the content of Matthew, the main gospel for the upcoming Lectionary Year A, for preaching, study and formation. This is a great chance to refresh your overview of the whole gospel and to enhance your ability to preach this Good News. Year A in the Sunday Lectionary begins on the first Sunday in Advent, December 1, 2013. Cost is $10 and lunch will be provided.
Overflow Homeless Shelter at St. Peter's Albany
      The overflow homeless shelter housed at St. Peter's Church, 107 State Street, Albany, in conjuction with the Capital City Rescue Mission (CCRM), begins on December 1st. There will be a new structure in place this year, with volunteers needed only between 8:00 pm and "lights out" (no later than 11:00 pm). Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:00 pm and provide a ministry of hospitality and presence, acting as an extra pair of hands for the CCRM staff and providing a welcoming "home" environment to the guests. Additionally, we are accepting donations, financial and food, for the shelter's use. Needed food items are coffee, sugar, fruit juice, microwaveable popcorn, danish/muffins, bread, peanut butter, fresh fruit, milk and creamer. Please send donations to: St. Peter's Church, 107 State St., Albany NY 12207. If you are interested in volunteering but have not done so before, or just need a refresher, two orientation sessions have been planned. The sessions will last approximately one hour and will be held on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm and Saturday November 16th at 10:00 am. For more information or to sign up, you can contact Judy Burns by phone at (518 ) 441-7538 or e-mail by clicking here, Martha Iannacone by phone at (518 ) 439-9329 or e-mail by clicking here, or Deacon Lorraine Thurber by phone at (518 ) 478-7831 or by e-mail by clicking here.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

 

10/30/2013, #25, 4th Quarter 2013

Remember the word to your servant, upon which you have caused me to hope. (Psalm 119:49)
      Father, day by day your word in Scripture and your living word Jesus cause me to hope. Thank you.

This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has given me life. (Psalm 119:50)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life.

The proud have me in great derision, yet I do not turn aside from your law. (Psalm 119:51)
      Holy Spirit, keep us on the straight and narrow path -- turning neither to the right nor the left.

I remembered your judgments of old, O LORD, and have comforted myself. (Psalm 119:52)
      LORD, help me daily share with the next generation the comfort of your deeds and words.

Indignation has taken hold of me because of the wicked, who forsake your law. (Psalm 119:53)
      Holy Spirit, the Council of Jersalem was so clear (Acts 15) that we were to abstain from sexual immorality, and yet now the leaders of the Episcopal Church promote it. Show us what to do and to say and do not let our indignation deafen us to your word to us.

Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. (Psalm 119:54)
      Jesus, please help us sing the songs of Zion and praise and thank you.

I remember your name in the night, O LORD, and I keep your law. (Psalm 119:55)
      Holy Spirit, please help me live my life illuminated by your word.

This has become mine, because I kept your precepts. (Psalm 119:56)
      Thank you, Jesus, for giving me the inheritance of the saints.

A prayer received: Help us to praise you no matter what happens.

A prayer received: Give us ears to hear and hearts to respond to your word.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Ezra 6:1-22; Rev. 5:1-10; Matt. 13:10-17
Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 33; Ezra 6:1-22; Rev. 5:11-6:11; Matt. 13:18-23

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
October 30 For all parishes to become more welcoming in Christ’s Name

Holy Spirit, give us all a passion for Jesus. Help us go deeper in our lives with him. Let the Diocesan Convention be a time and place where your people go deeper with Jesus. Thank you.

***** The kids are out there waiting for you: "Children Of God" - Official Music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6jO7xhU_Pw Video

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

***** Healing Service at Christ the King
      The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, November 5th will be the Reverend Gerry Clemmons, Rector of St. John's, Cohoes. Gerry's focus is on furthering the Gospel of Christ, teaching people of His love and healing power and helping them know, love, worship, and serve God. Mother Gerry will speak about the topic of Walls and Gates from the book of Nehemiah. 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.
The Gospel of Matthew - Preach It! (Reprise) For the North Country
      Father Christopher Brown, Canon Theologian of the Epsicopal Diocese of Albany, will present a one day workshop on Tuesday, November 5th, from 9 am until 3 pm at at St. Mark's Church, 34 Elm Street, Malone, NY 12953. The workshop will focus on the content of Matthew, the main gospel for the upcoming Lectionary Year A, for preaching, study and formation. This is a great chance to refresh your overview of the whole gospel and to enhance your ability to preach this Good News. Year A in the Sunday Lectionary begins on the first Sunday in Advent, December 1, 2013. Cost is $10 and lunch will be provided.
Overflow Homeless Shelter at St. Peter's Albany
      The overflow homeless shelter housed at St. Peter's Church, 107 State Street, Albany, in conjuction with the Capital City Rescue Mission (CCRM), begins on December 1st. There will be a new structure in place this year, with volunteers needed only between 8:00 pm and "lights out" (no later than 11:00 pm). Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:00 pm and provide a ministry of hospitality and presence, acting as an extra pair of hands for the CCRM staff and providing a welcoming "home" environment to the guests. Additionally, we are accepting donations, financial and food, for the shelter's use. Needed food items are coffee, sugar, fruit juice, microwaveable popcorn, danish/muffins, bread, peanut butter, fresh fruit, milk and creamer. Please send donations to: St. Peter's Church, 107 State St., Albany NY 12207. If you are interested in volunteering but have not done so before, or just need a refresher, two orientation sessions have been planned. The sessions will last approximately one hour and will be held on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm and Saturday November 16th at 10:00 am. For more information or to sign up, you can contact Judy Burns by phone at (518 ) 441-7538 or e-mail by clicking here, Martha Iannacone by phone at (518 ) 439-9329 or e-mail by clicking here, or Deacon Lorraine Thurber by phone at (518 ) 478-7831 or by e-mail by clicking here.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

 

10/29/2013, #24, 4th Quarter 2013

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:13-17)

Watch this video: "Children Of God" - Official Music Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6jO7xhU_Pw

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

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' (Luke 10:33-35)
      Jesus, please help us show our love for the Father by having compassion on his wounded children. Help us love our Father in heaven with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, with all our mind, and with all our time and resources. Thank you.

A word received: My people wait for me, but I AM waiting for them.

Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Ezra 5:1-17; Rev. 4:1-11; Matt. 13:1-9
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Ezra 6:1-22; Rev. 5:1-10; Matt. 13:10-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
October 29 The Rev’d Charles Bailey

Holy Spirit, give us all a passion for Jesus. Help us go deeper in our lives with him. Let the Diocesan Convention be a time and place where your people go deeper with Jesus. Thank you.

***** State Street Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Monday, 10/28 12:05PM - 1:10 PM, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+ Fontaine - asked prayers for "everything"; Jesus lift his burdens

Man on bike - ride by blessing - he works at St. Stephens - blessing as he cares for God's house

++++ Jessica - Young mom - asked prayer for her oldest son Jaden (age 13) as he is continuously in trouble at school (gave her a cross and crossed for all 3 of her sons)

+ Joe - healing for his left eye, where he was stabbed on Sunday (been to the table in the past)

+Jackie (with Joe) - prayed for staying on the path with Christ, not fall back

+Elizabeth - colon cancer

+Theresa - she's was born again years ago. Since then severe health problems, disability torn apart her world.. she asked for prayer to find the right church for her; God step in and lead the counseling sessions she is about to start attending

+Andrew - searching for a job (replaced his previous Dennis Adams cross that was broken in machinery)

Wanda - healing from her cold, help with finacials, everything (already has prayer table cross)

Louis - everyone (already has prayer table cross)

Mason, Amaiya, Jen, Jose - a blessing on this family (have been to the table before)

++++++ Nichi, Miquel, Louis, Nicole, Giridly, and baby - Spanish speaking group of mothers and children, young man spoke the best English - blessed them

***** From: Bishop Dan Herzog
Subject: Montreal Retreat - Prayer Request
October 28, 2013, Feast of SS Philip and James, Apostles
Dearest Friends,
      At the end of this week I will be leading a Men's Retreat in Montreal. I am asking for your prayers Tues-Thurs in preparation, and then on the actual days, Fri-Sun, November 1 - 3. And for those who can, the following 3 days, Mon-Wed for fruitfulness, a total of nine days. Many thanks for any prayer you can offer during that time.
      I especially ask for prayer for openness to the Holy Spirit, a renewed love of Jesus, and a desire to (re)commit to living as a genuine disciple. I also ask for spiritual protection and a deepening trust in the Eternal Father.
      With deep appreciation,
In Christ, + Dan

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013; 11:30 -12:30 in our parish hall during monthly Community Meal. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

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

SUZANNE -- She asked for prayer for the success of the heart monitor she is having put in soon.

DEBBIE -- Asked for prayer for her mother MARTHA, who is having a lot of health issues. Martha is 89.

BERNICE -- She sought prayer for healing for a heart problem and also osteoporosis.

t -- BETSY -- She has a twin request for prayer: for improvement in her health and to draw closer to God.

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(Monday, Oct. 28, 2013; 9:30-10:30 a.m. in front of our church at 37 Division Street. Cool and breezy, but sunny. Becky Hadley and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: We started a new aspect to the table today. All last winter we gave out free warm hats, socks and gloves to people who needed and wanted them, and we have already begun doing that this late fall. But today we added something new: non-perishable food items. Through the generosity of people in our parish, we plan every Monday now to put out cans of soup, boxes of pasta, boxes of mac and cheese, cans of tuna fish and cans of spaghetti sauce for whoever needs food. Sadly, we have witnessed that there is great hunger in our neighborhood, and St. Ann's intends to help fight that hunger and get food to people who need it. Today was a great start. We handed out a lot of food to grateful people. We also had some wonderful people decline the offer, saying instead "I am doing OK. Save it and give it to people who need it more than I do, because there are a lot of hungry people in Amsterdam." Isn't that wonderful?

MAN ON BICYCLE WHO STOPPED (No name) -- He said "I don't want any prayer or clothes or food, but ... God bless you for what you're doing!"

t -- ROB -- This man is a nurse who visits a man in his home. He saw our signs for free food and clothing and stopped his car right in the street and got out and asked for items of both food and clothes for a man he takes care of every day.

MIRIAM -- This woman asked for prayer for protection and good health and then gratefully took food She wept when we told her to take all she needed.

ETHEL -- This women is a regular at the table and spends most of her day delivering food from the soup kitchen across the street to needy friends and relatives. She is in her 80s. She asked for prayers for thanksgiving because she was told (by her nephew) that she can continue to live in his house and does not have to go elsewhere. She has been very worried about that.

DAVID -- Asked for prayer for his friend, DAKOTA, a blind woman.

REBECCA -- Came to the table for her sister LISA, who is four months pregnant with her third child. The baby is having complications already and doctors aren't sure she will be able to keep the baby.

PEOPLE IN ACCIDENT -- About 20 minutes before we closed the table, there was what looked like a bad accident on Route 30 South by the Verizon building. Someone ran a red light and hit a car coming down the hill. Police got on the scene quickly. We prayed for the lives and health of the people involved.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, October 28, 2013

 

10/28/2013, #23, 4th Quarter 2013

Praying The Nicene Creed: God of God, Light of Light,
      Jesus, you are God and you are the light to take us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. You are the word of God and are a lamp to our feet.

John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, (Revelation 1:4)
      Come soon and fill and guide us by your Holy Spirit. LORD, bring us into your throne room.

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, (Revelation 1:5)
      Jesus, thank you for being the faithful witness.
      Thank you for dying for us and rising from the dead for us.
      Come and rule and reign in the hearts of the leaders of this nation.
      Thank you for loving us and washing us clean from our sins by your own blood.
      What can wash away my sins Nothing But The Blood of Jesus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRmMvseLBn8

and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:6)
      Lord Jesus, help us enter into that holy priesthood to which you have called us all.

      Father, we pray that Jesus will have dominion and glory and honor among us forever and ever. Amen.

      Holy Spirit, ignite in our hearts a love and passion for Jesus and the willingness to share the good news of what he has done for us with others. Thank you.

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. (Revelation 1:7)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus.

Monday: 41,52 * 44; Zech. 1:7-17; Rev. 1:4-20; Matt. 12:43-50
Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Ezra 5:1-17; Rev. 4:1-11; Matt. 13:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
October 28 The Rev’d Kathy Alonge-Coons, The Rev’d Esau McCaulley, The Rev’d Karl Griswold-Kuhn

Holy Spirit, give us all a passion for Jesus. Help us go deeper in our lives with him. Let the Diocesan Convention be a time and place where your people go deeper with Jesus. Thank you.

***** An Update from Pat on Fr. Paul- Paul did well today with the trach and tomorrow they're going to do a test to see if maybe he can start eating.

***** Christ Church Neighborhood Meal Prayer Requests, October 27, 2013 – Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo, Tara Kavanagh.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Robbie – Prayer for his father, Ronald, who had a heart attack; for healing and protection from medications he is taking. Lost h is daughter 2 years ago and is still mourning her death.

+Judy – Pray for her son Michael who is in prison for drug possession. For his protection in jail and that he come to know the Lord. We also prayed for her to keep her eyes on Jesus, for his peace.

+Sharon – Broke her left arm in January and still having pain; it has not healed properly.

Kay – For her to be able to receive and live in the unconditional love of Jesus.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report for October 27, 2013--Mark Pasko, Steve Evans and Louise Popa

Sabita--(a regular) asked for prayer for protection as she goes off to work.

Man who would not give his name or stay at the table, asked that we pray that his wife Lisa finds a job.

Charles--prayer for strength and guidance.

199 + Donna--prayer for her family and provision to pay her bills.

199 + "Mooch" (niece of Donna above)--prayer for her son Ramon and their future.

Priest--prayer for safe travel to Myrtle Beach.

199 + Andrew--prayers for health and safety.

199 + Elena--car drove up to the table and young girl named Elena came out of the back seat to ask prayer for her family because their Uncle Al had just died.

199 + Jessica--prayers for direction and guidance from the Lord.

199 ++ Ginger--was very thankful to the Lord for His blessings and answering her prayers. We also prayed for her young daughter Galaxie.

199 + Roy--prayers for a better place to live and for help in managing his self-control issues.

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013 9:02 AM
Dear Friends & Family in Christ,
      We just received more bad news and much need for your prayers. Deacon Pat LaVain just e-mailed us to let everyone know that Fr. Curtis Denney has been admitted to the hospital in Ogdensburg, he has pneumonia. If you can please stop by the hospital and check in on this most devoted man of God, and remember him in your prayers.
      Also we have been asked to lift up in our prayers Lynn who has an aneurysm, and also needs colon surgery. This is not a surgery without risk, and so we ask for your prayers for heal and safe surgery for Lynn.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, October 27, 2013

 

10/27/2013, #22, 4th Quarter 2013

Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help me stop trusting in myself; help me place my whole confidence in Jesus and his righteousness.

      Jesus, forgive me for the many times I have held others in contempt. Help truly repent of doing that.

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (Luke 18:10)
      Father, please help me daily come into your presence to worship you. Let my body be an undefiled temple of your Holy Spirit.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, (Luke 18:11a)
      LORD, so often I have "prayed thus with myself" -- mistaking my thoughts for prayers to you.

'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' (Luke 18:11b-12)
      Jesus, I am like other men: I have no righteousness of my own except what I receive from your blood shed for me. My sins accuse me daily, but I put my trust in you and your cross and resurrection.

And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' (Luke 18:13)
      God, be merciful to me a sinner!

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)
      Father, help me humble myself in your sight, help me come into your presence to worship you in humility of spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Trust in me and not in yourselves.

A word received: Put me first.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Haggai 1:1-2:9; Acts 18:24-19:7; Luke 10:25-37
Proper 25 Closest to October 26: 84 or 84:1-6; Jeremiah 14:(1-6)7-10,19-22; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14
Monday: 41,52 * 44; Zech. 1:7-17; Rev. 1:4-20; Matt. 12:43-50

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
October 27 For Persecuted Christians around the world

Holy Spirit, give us all a passion for Jesus. Help us go deeper in our lives with him. Let the Diocesan Convention be a time and place where your people go deeper with Jesus. Thank you.

***** Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2013 7:18 AM
Subject: An update on Fr. Paul Bailey and dear wife Pat
      Here's the update for tonight. I am emotionally and physically spent and would appreciate your passing this along. Paul has been taken off the ventilator but is in very weak condition and we are going hour by hour - thanks for the continued prayers. Love and FHS Pat

***** Update on GAFCON from a friend:
24 of my favorite pictures from GAFCON 2 http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/the-faces-of-gafcon-part-2/

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Also, how I'm praying and encouraging people to pray for the future: http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/praise-for-all-god-did-at-gafcon-ii-this-past-week-and-all-he-will-yet-do/

Excerpt
It’s those final two lines of the conclusion I want to focus on for prayer going forward:
      I long and pray that GAFCON II will turn out to have been more than just a wonderful conference, but a turning point and rallying cry for orthodox Anglicans around the world.
      I pray that the leaders of the GAFCON / GFCA movement going forward will have wisdom in how to translate the words and the commitments of the Nairobi Communique into sustained ACTION, i.e. that they would be able to develop practical resources, and create effective structures for ongoing networking, teaching and encouragement.
      I pray that it will become clear how individuals and churches can truly JOIN the GFCA, and that it will mean something concrete in terms of providing support and strength through the example of faithful brothers and sisters around the world who are taking a bold stand for Christ. May the GFCA become a dynamic movement that spurs on the completion of the Great Commission in our generation!

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
May God grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your salvation and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 120: 4-5 and 7
      Father God, we ask that You be with Father Shaw in a special way, guiding his heart’s desire and his plans that they may be fulfilled according to your perfect will. May the Mudge family be filled with joy as they trust in You. Lord, we continue to pray for Fr. Shaw while he is in Belize. We pray for that Cursillo weekend that is going on right now. May your Holy Spirit be filling all participants to overflowing with love and joy and blessings. And we pray for protection and travel mercies as Father Shaw flies home in a few days. Amen.
Special Prayer for the Belize Cursillo weekend:
      God of mercy and God of grace, Guide us to love each other as you have loved us. And guide us to serve each other as You have served us; That in your love we may find peace in the beauty of creation; And as we serve You, may your grace continue to guide our path to the one true light, Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

***** Jean and I got to watch our grandson Noah make his first touchdown this weekend in flag football. We also got to see our son and daughter-in-law Tamba and Lisa and their other son Simon. Our oldest son Brereton flew up from Brazil to visit our grandson Kyle who is a freshman at Babson College outside of Boston. Brereton and Kyle came up for the game as well. We were well snuggled in against the cold.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, October 25, 2013

 

10/25/2013, #21, 4th Quarter 2013

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel. (Ezra 3:10)
      Holy Father, help us keep in mind as we rebuild your church into a temple of praise and worship that there can be no other foundation which we can lay than Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 3:10).

And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD: "For he is good, for his mercy endures forever toward Israel." Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. (Ezra 3:11)
      Holy Spirit, give us this same passion to praise Jesus, for he is good and his mercy endures forever towards his people.

But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers' houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off. (Ezra 3:12-13)
      Move our hearts to contrition and sorrow, Jesus, as we recall how far the Episcopal Church has fallen from the faith once for all delivered to the saints (see Jude 3).

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to God our savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)
      Amen.

A word received: Hear me, listen to me, be guided by me.

A word received: Leave your worries in my care.

Friday: 31 * 35; Ezra 3:1-13; 1 Cor. 16:10-24; Matt. 12:22-32
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ezra 4:7,11-24; Philemon 1-25; Matt. 12:33-42
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Haggai 1:1-2:9; Acts 18:24-19:7; Luke 10:25-37
Proper 25 Closest to October 26: 84 or 84:1-6; Jeremiah 14:(1-6)7-10,19-22; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
October 25 Those who suffer from AIDS and those who minister to them The Rev’d Lorrie Hart, The Rev’d Sue Waldron
October 26 The Rev’d John Kelly

Holy Spirit, give us all a passion for Jesus. Help us go deeper in our lives with him. Let the Diocesan Convention be a time and place where your people go deeper with Jesus. Thank you.

***** A Titanic Wish: http://www.thedockchurch.org/ Pray for our brothers and sisters in Northern Ireland as they seek to share the gospel of peace.

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5:15 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Mark and Darlene Chesnut, and Chuck Rinaldo doing volunteer work serving the meal from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

+a Erika (woman) -- She asked prayer for her boyfriend Ricardo and her daughter Aaliyah: there are lots of arguments and little peace between Erika and Ricardo.

+a Cody (young man) -- He was raised Roman Catholic but stopped going to church when a Deacon fell dead from a heart attack right in front of him when he was younger. He recommitted his life to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior and the forgiveness of his sins.

+a Julie (woman) -- She asked for more hours at work and better pay.

+a Josh (young man, regular) -- He said that he had stayed clean this week. We prayed for his protection and blessing.

Ted (volunteer) -- His granddaughter Camille is still undergoing treatment and daily injections because of lyme disease. They are appealing the insurance company's refusal to pay for the treatments.

+a Sabrina (young woman) -- She is struggling with depression. Her father has been diagnosed with leukemia.

+a Samantha (young woman) -- She is struggling with great confusion.

+Dian and +Julian (young son) -- She wants to get off welfare and get a job where there are Christian co-workers. Her car needs repair.

+a Ricos (young man) -- He asked for prayer for his famly, that he wouldn't worry, and to stay humble.

+Jerry (regular) -- "I'm OK, but my grandson Jarret (14) in Florida is in the hospital with a blood disorder. He has zero white blood cells. His condition is called Cyclic neutropenia and makes him very vulnerable to infection. Jerry rejoiced that it has now been 3 years since his brain cancer was curred.

+a Kobe (4) and +a Chuck (father) (regulars) -- We prayed for a safe place for them to live and daily bread.

Gary -- He asked prayer for Chris Richmond who has advanced cancer, for Pastor Jay's mom, and for a friend named John.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, October 24, 2013

 

10/24/2013, #20, 4th Quarter 2013

Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. (Psalm 37:1)
      Holy Spirit, set us free from fretting, anxiety, and envy.

For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. (Psalm 37:2)
      Father, I trust in you and your justice and mercy.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness. (Psalm 37:3)
      Lord Jesus, I place my trust in you. Help me by your Holy Spirit to daily do good and feed on your faithfulness.

Delight yourself also in the LORD, and he shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
      LORD, you are my delight and the desire of my heart. All my springs are in you (Psalm 87:7b). Help me to spend time with you daily so that I may be refreshed and refresh others with your streams of living water.

Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5)
      Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I commit my way to you and trust you to bring to pass all that you desire for me.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Ezra 1:1-11; 1 Cor. 16:1-9; Matt. 12:15-21
Friday: 31 * 35; Ezra 3:1-13; 1 Cor. 16:10-24; Matt. 12:22-32

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons
October 23 For the Sanctity of Marriage
October 24 The Rev’d Evette Austin, The Rev’d Deborah Beach, The Rev’d Paul Hunter

Holy Spirit, give us all a passion for Jesus. Help us go deeper in our lives with him. Let the Diocesan Convention be a time and place where your people go deeper with Jesus. Thank you.

***** Cathedral Prayer Report, 10-23-2013, Cold and Breezy, Candy Palumbo, dcn Su Plaske, Beth Collum, Jana Lingo, Hilda Hardy

Heather - operation nov. 20

Connie & Kris - Terika, Jim, Roy, Jackie, Robin, Elaine, Harold, Karl, Kevin - healing

Jana - safe travels

Jenifer and Haley - healing

Candy & Family spiritual growth, Discernment, and provisions

Dan - Son Ben and Vanessa- important decisons

***** From: Rev'd. Nigel Mumford+
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Subject: Thank you for your prayers four years ago today.
Dear Souls,
      I write on this day thanking God for your prayers. It was four years ago today that I was in the ICU struggling to stay alive with the H1N1 swine flu having been in a coma for three weeks. It was Friday 10/23/09 that I started total organ failure. My kidneys and liver stopped working. I am told I was less than an hour to death. It was Sunday 10/25/09 that I started to rally and the doctors realized I would live.
      I have no doubt whatsoever that I am alive because of corporate prayer. Your prayers saved my life. Of this I shall be forever grateful.
      On reflection I feel like like the unnamed paralytic who was lowered down through the roof for Jesus to heal. Mark 2:1-12 I was lowered not by four friends but by four thousand friends... I find it amazing that I am still hearing stories of what happened.
      I send a heartfelt thank you to all who prayed this night for me. Your prayers saved my life of this I have no doubt.
      It is so strange to boil this all down to two words but after four years this is what I tell God every day:
      "THANK YOU." or the longer version: Thank you God, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Holy Spirit, thank you Holy Trinity. Thank you people of God.
      God bless you and keep praying. You know it works! In His healing Grace, Rev. Nigel+

***** Notes on GAFCON 2013 by a friend:
Here's my latest entry at L&B
http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/why-gafcon-2013-matters-part-2-praying-for-the-mini-conference-sessions/

It's a bit unusual perhaps, but it focuses on my personal testimony and knowledge of what the Lausanne Congress in 1974 and the subsequent Glen Eyrie Consultation on witness to Muslims in 1978 produced... Not all conferences are just TALK. Some, through the creation of effective working groups, lead to actions that change the world.

Here's how John Stott described Lausanne 1:
‘Many a conference has resembled a fireworks display. It has made a loud noise and illuminated the night sky for a few brief brilliant seconds. What is exciting about Lausanne is that its fire continues to spark off other fires. ’

That's my prayer for GAFCON 2013!

***** From: Christine Simoneau Hales
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Subject: Newest Kingdom Arts Ministry Blog!
      Hello Friends: Here is the news of what we are up to this month. Hope you enjoy the photos and we love to hear your comments! http://kingdomartsministry.com/2013/10/ ( or, if this link doesn't work go to Kingdomartsministry.com and click on the October posting on the right column.)

***** From: Joann E Ferris, Intercessor for the Diocese of Albany
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013
      Yesterday was Jim's surgery--Praise the Lord!! All is well! God is good.all the time. T.I.M.E. time. Jim even agreed to anointing before surgery. The nurses commented on how healthy he is --the doctor told me "all went well" he sees the dr. on the 31st for follow up. Dear Lord and Heavenly Father we thank you for your constant presence, wisdom and strength. We thank u for the healing that is taking place in Jim physically and spiritually. Thank you. Thank you for guiding the surgeon and all who attended to Jim yesterday at Massena Hospital. God Bless u all for your prayers. YSIC, Jo

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

 

10/23/2013, #19, 4th Quarter 2013

Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. (Matthew 12:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize and honor the authority of Jesus by our words and deeds.

But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. (Matthew 12:7)
      Holy Spirit, work on our desires so that we desire what Jesus desires: mercy and righteousness.

For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath." (Matthew 12:8 )
      Jesus, come and be Lord of our Sabbaths. Help us enter into true worship of our Father in heaven and worship of you.

Now when he had departed from there, he went into their synagogue. And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"--that they might accuse him. Then he said to them, "What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. (Matthew 12:9-13)
      Father, let our Sunday services become true service to you where healing is ministered and received. Thank you.

Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! (Psalm 38:21-22)
      Amen.

Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Lam. 2:8-15; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; Matt. 12:1-14
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Ezra 1:1-11; 1 Cor. 16:1-9; Matt. 12:15-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 22 Lay Readers in the Parishes of our Diocese

Holy Spirit, give us all a passion for Jesus. Help us go deeper in our lives with him. Let the Diocesan Convention be a time and place where your people go deeper with Jesus. Thank you.

***** From: Greg Bailey
Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 6:47 AM
Subject: Not the News we want to hear- Update on Fr. Paul (Please Pray)
      Just a quick update - not sure when I updated you last. Yesterday Paul+ had a problem when they tried to take him off the ventilator and they had to put him back on the ventilator. The doctors also said he had a heart attack at that time but now they don't believe it was as bad as they thought but Paul+ is so weak they will have to eventually get him back off the ventilator and then get him strong enough to have a heart cath. to see what damage he might have had from the attack and also to see if there's any blockages they can clear up. He also has an infection they are treating. But he is responding to the meds and they have him sedated so he will rest. So the Cardiologist said he is stable and his color is much better...but it's a hour by hour, but day wait and see. Thank you for your love and prayers. Got to get to bed,will try to keep you updated. In Christ's love and prayers, FHS, Pat

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Oct. 21, 2013; 10-11 a.m. Cool but sunny morning. Lots of people out and about! Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

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

Note: For the last 3 weeks we have begun offering free winter hats, gloves, socks and scarves to our neighbors who need them. The response has been heavy. There is a need in our neighborhood, and the cold weather is at our doorstep. We are thankful to be able to help our neighborhood folks in this way.

[If you would like to contribute towards gloves and hats for those in need, send a check to St. Ann's Episcopal Church' 37 Division St, Amsterdam, NY 12010-4398 and mark the memo line "Clothes for the poor". Torre]

t -- ED -- Asked for prayer for his mother SHARON, who had quadruple bypass recently and is not bouncing back as was hoped or expected.

t,t -- SHERRY -- This woman has suffered with spinal pain since early this summer and is seeking relief from the pain. She has a doctor appointment on November 5th and is both looking forward to it and scared at the same time. We prayed for her to be healed and to be freed from both pain and anxiety about it.

t -- BIANCA -- She asked for protection from demons. She is convinced that evil spirits are "after her" all the time.

REBECCA -- This is a young woman who has problems with her knees. She walks with a cane up and down the hills of the city. Until recently she was getting helpful physical therapy, but her health coverage didn't allow her to continue past a certain number of visits. She is now experiencing back pain as well. We prayed for healing for her.

a, t -- MARIA -- This woman is a distance runner who has run past His table each of the past few weeks without stopping. (She would always wave and say "God bless you!" as she passed us.) This time, she finished her run and came back to seek prayer. She asked for prayer for her and her husband to be safe and well.

t -- THERESA -- She wanted prayer for her grandson JOHN's health and well-being, and for "peace all over the world."

MOTHER AND SON (no names) -- They gratefully took winter clothing but politely declined prayer. "We're good!" she exclaimed. We prayed at a distance anyway that they would draw closer to Him.

t -- ANGELA -- First she asked for prayer for her grandsons (no names) to be safe from harm. As she was leaving she mentioned that she is battling cancer, so we called her back and prayed for healing for her.

DAVID -- Sought prayer for his Native American friend, a blind woman named DAKOTA. David took two walking canes we were offering for free that were left over from a recent ECW rummage sale. David said Dakota would gratefully use them.

***** Diocesan Update October 22, 2013, A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany
Hereford Boys Choir in Residence at the Cathedral
      The combined choirs of Hereford Cathedral and The Cathedral of All Saints will sing Choral Evensong on Monday, October 28th at 7 p.m. for the Feasts of Sts Simon & Jude. Hereford Cathedral Choir will also offer a full concert in the Cathedral on Tuesday, October 29th at 7 p.m. The program includes the Duruflé Requiem and Sir Edward Elgar's monumental setting of Psalm 29, Give unto the Lord. Choral Evensong is free and open to all. Tickets for the Tuesday concert can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 1-800-838-3006 and asking for event number 445950. (Note: Service fees apply). Tickets are $40.00 for VIP seating, $25.00 for Adults, $20.00 for those 65 and older, $15.00 for students with a valid ID, and $10.00 for those under 12. Come hear the beautiful voices of these men and boys echo in our wonderful Cathedral!
Retreats/Reunions
Fall Diocesan Ultreya/Reunion
      The Fall Diocesan Ultreya/Reunion will be held on November 9th from 9:30 am until 2 pm at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Join Cursillistas from around the Diocese in fellowship and celebration!
Priest's Retreat
      The Priests' Retreat will be held November 18th - 21st at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Our speaker this time will be the Right Reverend Daniel Martins, Bishop of Springfield. Bishop Martins will be speaking about "Representing the Good Shepherd: the Iconography of the Priesthood." Come to the Priests' Retreat for rest, relaxation, fellowship, and learning. In response to feedback, the price for single rooms has been reduced significantly, and you can now name your own scholarship for all rooms. Don't let finances keep you from attending! (The online registration will handle full scholarships). Availability is limited for single rooms, though, so register soon! To register online or download a form to mail in, click here.
Youth Group Retreat
      The Youth Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany will be holding a Youth Group Retreat at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center December 6th - 8th. This retreat is all about going deeper with Jesus and the other kids in your youth group. Our prayer is that every youth who attends this retreat will encounter the Lord in a fresh and more intimate way, and that our Father God will reveal something of His purpose and destiny for each of their lives. If the kids in your youth group are ready for the next step in their lives and walk with the Lord, they should come to this retreat! For more information, contact the Spiritual Life Center at (518 ) 692-9550.
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!
Healing Service at Christ the King
      The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, October 29th will be the Right Reverend Daniel Herzog, Chaplain of Christ the King and Director of Healing Ministries and Spiritual Formation. Bishop Dan has been involved in the ministry of healing and teaching for over forty years. He firmly believes that the Lord continues to touch and transform lives by the power of the Holy Spirit, the spiritual gifts enumerated in the New Testament, the Sacraments of Christ Jesus (especially the Eucharist, Anointing and Reconciliation), the steady nurture of the Word of God, and love. His overarching vision is to see everyone transformed from being religious consumers to serving as spiritual providers through the love of Jesus, the power of the Spirit and the promise of the Scriptures. 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.
Learning Opportunities
Altar Guild Day at St. Mary's Convent
      For all members of an altar guild: Spend Saturday, November 2nd at St. Mary's Convent, bringing your tired vestments and your threads and needles. Mother Miriam will spend the day with all comers, discussing when to repair and when to retire and/or burn old linens and vestments. We'll work together to mend and refurbish as much as we can to the glory of God, beginning at 10 am. There will be a break for lunch and the mending and refurbishing will continue until teatime at 3:30 pm. The cost for the program and lunch is $30 per church. The cost for additional parish Altar Guild members is $15 for lunch. For more information, you can e-mail Mother Miriam by clicking here.
Service Opportunities
Overflow Homeless Shelter at St. Peter's Albany
      The overflow homeless shelter housed at St. Peter's Church, 107 State Street, Albany, in conjuction with the Capital City Rescue Mission (CCRM), begins on December 1st. There will be a new structure in place this year, with volunteers needed only between 8:00 pm and "lights out" (no later than 11:00 pm). Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:00 pm and provide a ministry of hospitality and presence, acting as an extra pair of hands for the CCRM staff and providing a welcoming "home" environment to the guests. Additionally, we are accepting donations, financial and food, for the shelter's use. Needed food items are coffee, sugar, fruit juice, microwaveable popcorn, danish/muffins, bread, peanut butter, fresh fruit, milk and creamer. Please send donations to: St. Peter's Church, 107 State St., Albany NY 12207. If you are interested in volunteering but have not done so before, or just need a refresher, two orientation sessions have been planned. The sessions will last approximately one hour and will be held on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm and Saturday November 16th at 10:00 am. For more information or to sign up, you can contact Judy Burns by phone at (518 ) 441-7538 or e-mail by clicking here, Martha Iannacone by phone at (518 ) 439-9329 or e-mail by clicking here, or Deacon Lorraine Thurber by phone at (518 ) 478-7831 or by e-mail by clicking here.

***** Thanks to a certain friend who emailed me yesterday with the question "Why does GAFCON matter?" :-) ... A series of 2 or 3 posts has been started at Lent & Beyond, highlighting the importance of some of what could happen this week, and some related prayer requests.

Here's part 1: http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/why-should-we-care-about-and-pray-for-gafcon-part-1-by-the-numbers/

Some excerpts:

GAFCON 2013: Yesterday’s press release gives these attendance
figures for this week’s GAFCON conference in Nairobi: “Although initially expecting 1100, the final total is 1,352 Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and lay people, men and women, from almost 40 countries. [I've seen the figure of 36 or 38 countries reported in other articles.] The number of bishops attending is 331, of whom 30 are Archbishops.” Other reports mention that 27 of the 38 Anglican Provinces are represented. [...]

GAFCON 2013 seems to have taken extreme care to be VERY representative
of the membership of the Anglican Communion. There are over 400
Nigerians attending GAFCON – approximately 34% of the attendees. With approx. 18 million members, Nigerians make up about 26% of the Anglican Communion. So, for once, there is a global Anglican gathering in which Nigeria and most of the large African provinces are represented fairly accurately according to their membership!

So, in terms of size and the make up of the participants alone, it’s clear that GAFCON 2013 matters! I believe it is the largest truly GLOBAL and REPRESENTATIVE Anglican gathering in modern history.
GAFCON 2013 gives us a glimpse of what the Anglican Communion REALLY looks like.

So GAFCON is a step towards helping towards creating new wineskins for the shape of today’s Anglican Communion. One look at the picture above makes clear the “new wine” is a reality that demands a response!

So in light of all of the above, my prayer request for GAFCON today flows from the Apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:

      For through [Christ] we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18-22, ESV)

May this week in Nairobi be a time of building friendships, love and trust, strengthening the bonds of unity in Christ. May each individual present, and the delegates corporately, re-center themselves on the foundation of Scriptural truth, and with that foundation strong and solid, may the Holy Spirit do a wonderful work of knitting together and rebuilding a temple for the praise of His glory.

We who only know the current brokenness and destruction of the Anglican Communion can hardly imagine what new wineskins might look like…, what wholeness and health is. May GAFCON 2013 be an occasion for God to impart His vision for the future. May God help us glimpse the promise of new wine and new fruitfulness that’s ahead if we allow Him to reshape us.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

 

10/22/2013, #18, 4th Quarter 2013

"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 )
      Jesus, I come to you. Help me leave my burdens at the foot of your cross. Please help me enter into your rest.

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:29)
      Lord, I long to be yoked with you every day of my life. Thank you for your gentleness with me and the rest and peace you give me.

"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:30)
      Holy Spirit, help me daily rest in my Father's arms so that I may find the ease of Jesus' yoke and the lightness of his burden. Thank you.

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed--in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

      LORD, I long to hear that trumpet sound and be raised up incorruptible and changed.

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

A word received: I AM your strength -- lean on me.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Lam. 1:1-5(6-9)10-12; 1 Cor. 15:41-50; Matt. 11:25-30
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Lam. 2:8-15; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; Matt. 12:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 22 Lay Readers in the Parishes of our Diocese

***** Healing Service at Christ the King
      The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, October 22nd will be Pastor Jim French, Rector of St. Luke's, Cambridge. Pastor Jim has been involved in the healing ministry in the Diocese of Albany for nearly 10 years. He has a deep passion to release the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ into a hurting world. He will be preaching on The Conditions for Healing: What is it that God requires of us to be healed? 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.

***** State Street Prayer Table Report Monday, 10/21 1:00PM - 2:10PM, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Kevin - (was wearing his Dennis Adams cross, asked for another to give away) Blessing, God's light to shine through him

Group of 4 walk-by's - proudly showed us their crosses

++ Sam (young woman) and Bridget (17 day old baby) - blessings on the mom and new little girl. The baby s Bridget Elizabeth - named after the saints

+Kenneth - homeless, direct siblings dead, trying to get to the Bronx to live with an adopted sister

John - prayer for reunion with his daughter Tahiyyah

++++ Amanda (mom) with her 3 children - Jhaiqun, Donovan, and Lavendar. Mom mad the children pray with us - we said a Thank You prayer, then blessed them all

+Promelia - we prayed for the Lord to remove the fuzziness of her vision; then she proudly told us her testimony of dreaming of Jesus and his curing her broken foot, driving away the darkness, giving her energy, and a job.

+William - he asked prayers for his many needs. We also blessed him.

Walk by asked "Pray God's will will be done in our life".

A car driving by shouted out the window "Alleluia!"

Albany Intercessor


Monday, October 21, 2013

 

10/21/2013, #17, 4th Quarter 2013

But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying: 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not Lamentations' (Matthew 11:16-17)
      Jesus, we have become like children who expect you to dance to our tune - to conform to whatever is currently politically correct.

      Holy Spirit, please help us repent of that folly and take our marching orders from Jesus.

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children." (Matthew 11:18-19)
      Father, please help us receive and live by your wisdom. Help us by your Holy Spirit to fear offending you so that we may begin to be wise (see Psalm 111:10).

      Jesus, please help us to judge and discern with true and righteous judgment.

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." (1 Corinthians 15:33)
      Lord, give us wisdom in choosing our friends, in choosing who we will listen to on TV and on the internet.

Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:34)
      Father, there are many who claim spiritual wisdom, but the truth is not in them. Help us rightly choose our friends and sources of information.

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he teaches sinners in the way. The humble he guides in justice, and the humble he teaches his way. (Psalm 25:8-9)
      LORD, we are sinners in your sight -- humble us and teach us your ways. Thank you.

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity, for it is great. (Psalm 25:10-11)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life; help us walkin your ways and abide in your mercy and truth. Pardonour iniquity and lead your church and your people to your truth. Thank you.

A word received: Don't be anxious, I AM with you.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Jer. 44:1-14; 1 Cor. 15:30-41; Matt. 11:16-24
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Lam. 1:1-5(6-9)10-12; 1 Cor. 15:41-50; Matt. 11:25-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 21 The Urban Parishes

***** Healing Service at Christ the King
      The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, October 22nd will be Pastor Jim French, Rector of St. Luke's, Cambridge. Pastor Jim has been involved in the healing ministry in the Diocese of Albany for nearly 10 years. He has a deep passion to release the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ into a hurting world. He will be preaching on The Conditions for Healing: What is it that God requires of us to be healed? 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.

***** From an Intercessor for the Anglican Communion on Lent & Beyond [an Anglican Prayer Blog]:
      This morning I wrote a post following on from the email I sent out last night, praying for strong unity and partnerships among the GAFCON Primates since many of them are so new..., and also praying for fresh and clear vision from the Lord for what a healthy Body could look like. I also included a brief prayer based on the amazing passage in Eph 3:7-12.
That L&B entry is here: http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/praying-for-the-gafcon-conference-praying-for-the-primates-who-are-attending/
Two other links:
Collect for GAFCON: http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/collect-for-the-gafcon-conference/
All GAFCON prayer entries at Lent & Beyond: http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/praying-for-the-gafcon-conference-praying-for-the-primates-who-are-attending/

***** Subject: Mudge Mission Prayer Mail, 21 October 2013
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. By the time you read this, I should be in Belize, God-willing. This week's selective overview:
      Preparation for the trip to Belize continues: part A) vocational presentation and meetings, part B) Cursillo weekend.
      And it being a Cursillo weekend that is coming up, the spiritual static has been really really intense. However, your prayers have been stronger than the static. In the end, the week did not end up where we ever imagined that it would, yet overall, we appear to be either treading water or in a good place. We have not lost ground.
      Julie had a birthday. I like celebrating Julie's birthdays with her.
Prayer requests:
      1) Continue to pray for the October and January visits to Belize, for safe and timely travel, and that all would be done to God's glory.
      Please pray against the spiritual static, and for the meetings and Cursillo weekend this week.
      2) Continuing prayer in good times and lean times for faculty, family, finances, plans, students, and courses.
      3) Prayer for parish visits in November.
In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

***** From: Joann Ferris
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Subject: Prayer request Update for Intercessor Joann Ferris' husband Jim
Thank u all for your prayers--- Surgery is scheduled for Wed. Oct 23 at 9:00 after he is checked by internist at 7:30am. The dr. main concern is the length of time he has had these especially the neck. Pray it has not gone to the lymph nodes and if so--- I'm asking God to heal and remove any cancerous cells that have traveled.The dr. is relatively sure these are either basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas. These kind can travel so when asked when he could operate he said "next week" Dear Lord and Heavenly Father touch Jim with your healing hand that he would know your healing power. Come Holy Spirit come , Come now and Come with more power on Jim's neck and ear.Dear Lord guide all of the staff at Massena Memorial who will be attending to Jim on Wed. Lord --we ask no side effects from the surgery and his memory will not be affected.We thank you, Lord for all you do . We ask this in Jesus name, Amen

***** Prayer table report, Saturday 10/18 9:30 - 10:35AM Albany Street, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar, Fairly quiet day with less foot traffic
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Priest (regular vistor) - more prayer for guidance; blessings as he travels to South Carolina to join his family

Firetruck Engine 1 - All in the cab waved to us; prayers to bless and protect our firemen

Bus driver waved

+Moet - prayers for her children who are in foster care (removed due to drug addiction and abuse); prayer for love to surround and strengthen them, restore the family relationship. (there were tears on her face as we prayed)

Steve - walk by blessing

Devon - walk by blessing

Fernando - prayers for him, his wife Amarilia, and their family

Man w/ bottles - walk by request to pray for him

Clarrisa (regular) - prayer for her back and her son in California

+Justin - (young man) - he plays the guitar in his church; he played us several songs; blessings on his music ministry

++Kyisha - justice, safety, and a safe place for her and her son

+Carrie - we were in our car, pulling out of the parking lot when she stopped us. We prayed with the windows down. The prayer request for her niece due to have a baby on Sunday. We prayed for a clean, simple delivery with no trauma and the child to always walk as the Lord's. The cross is for the baby.

Here is Saturday's State Street report----we really saw the Lord's hand moving in these situations. Elaine Carubba, Dan and Louise Popa

+ 199 Mike---God's blessing, health and family.

+ a 199 Robert--for a job and stability in his life.

++++ 199 Joe, Lillian, Joey and Jaiden---this family drove here today for prayer for Joe's father who had a massive stroke.

+ 199 Abraham--as we began praying, we asked him if he had ever asked the Lord into his life. When we asked him if he would like to, he said he wasn't ready now, but that he would consider it. He was open and said his mom had visited the prayer table before.

a 199 Corey--Corey came up as we were speaking to Abraham (above). He joined the conversation, happily sharing how the Lord had worked in his life and answered his prayers. This was very encouraging to Abraham, as they were close in age. We also prayed for a fresh anointing of the Lord on Corey's life.

Sunday Morning Service----a young woman named Amy arrived before church started---hearing Banner practicing drew her in. She stayed for service in the back row, often in and out of sleep and intense tossing and turning. She is going through drug withdrawal and many life issues. She received prayer and ministry. She stated that no one had shown her care like this before.

***** Sorry for the late update: we were in in NYC visiting our son and his family this weekend. Torre
From: Greg Bailey, Saturday, October 19, 2013 6:12 AM
Subject: Late night update from Pat on Fr. Paul
      Just wanted to give you an update before I collapse for the night. Saw the surgeon and he said that's really pleased with Paul's progress. He jokingly said that Paul had been doing his homework because if he was going to have a "text book" "bump in the road" it would have been exactly when it happened to Paul. Last night he was filling up with fluid (apparently after surgery your body experiences fluid fluxations and Paul's system is very "finely tuned" and it enough to upset him. So they had to intebate him and put him on a ventilator to help him breathe. He is being sedated because the ventilator is very uncomfortable and it helps him rest, so he doesn't know we are there. The surgeon said they will probably take him off the ventilator on Sunday. One concern they had was when the episode happened Paul's heart rate went to 138 and his pacemaker defrilator didn't fire so they did a "fine tune check of his unit and praise God everything is working correctly, just had to adjust "settings" for the future.
      I hope this is all making sense. I'm pretty tired and I had my chemo treatment on Thursday so I'm beginning to feel some of the bone pain that goes along it. So I'm going to say good night, Praise the Lord for His Healing for Paul and THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR PRAYERS. Love, FHS, Pat
Please continue to pray dear people for both of these dear servants of God and friends to us all.

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 11:09 AM
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. (Psalm 128: 1-2)
      Father God we thank You for the Mudges, Father Shaw and Mother Julie and their whole family. We thank You that you bless them as You bless all who fear You and walk in your ways. Thank You that their labor will be fruitful and that all will be well with them.
      We pray especially for Father Shaw as he gets ready for the trip to Belize. We pray for protection, both physical and spiritual. May the travel be as safe and uneventful as possible. Be with Father Shaw as he meets with his students and the bishop and others considering theological training. Bless and protect all involved in the Cursillo weekend. May your Holy Spirit fill all team and candidates to overflowing. May your love bathe them all in joy.
      And Lord, we again lift up Fr. Shaw and Mother Julie and ask for your continuing blessings upon them. And in particular, we pray the following litany:
      For the students whom You want in the program.
      For the financing that You want for the program.
      For the parish visits that You want the Mudges to make.
      For the course development work that You want for the program, and for the appropriate faculty to teach the courses.
      For the online campuses in Belize and Tanzania.
      That the Mudges are open to what You want them to do.
      For the October and January visits to Belize.
      For all the Mudge family members that they have your support as they make important decisions, try to implement plans, and face challenges.
      You are the Almighty God and we thank You for answering our prayers.
      Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, October 18, 2013

 

10/18/2013, #16, 4th Quarter 2013

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, (1 Corinthians 15:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us share the gospel we have received. Help us to stand in that apostolic good news.

by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:2)
      Jesus, thank you for the good news of your death, resurrection, ascension, and for sending your Holy Spirit to lead us to salvation.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:3)
      Father, help us get our priorities straight: first of all Jesus died for our sins. You love us so much that you gave him up so that we who believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life. You did not send him to condemn us, but that through him we might be saved. (See John 3:16-17)

and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:4)
      Jesus, you were buried and rose again on the third day so that we might find new life in you.

and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that he was seen by James, then by all the apostles. (1 Corinthians 15:5-6)
      Thank you, Holy Spirit, for those faithful witnesses (and the witness of Scripture) who passed down the good news to me.

Then last of all he was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. (1 Corinthians 15:8 )
      Father, we too, like Paul, have received a new birth in Jesus. Thank you.

For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (1 Corinthians 15:9)
      Jesus, we pray for those who like Paul are persecuting your church today: that they will see the light and turn to you. We pray for those who are being persecuted that they, like Stephen, will have grace and strength to endure to the end. Thank you.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. (1 Corinthians 15:10-11)
      Lord, thank you for the opportunity to labor in your harvest fields. Send me forth daily into them -- help me recognize every opportunity you give me to share the gospel with the next generation. Thank you.

A prayer received: Help us to walk in your footsteps.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Jer. 38:14-28; 1 Cor. 15:1-11; Matt. 11:1-6
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; 2 Kings 25:8-12,22-26; 1 Cor. 15:12-29; Matt. 11:7-15
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Jer. 29:1,4-14; Acts 16:6-15; Luke 10:1-12,17-20
Proper 24 Closest to October 19: 121; Genesis 32:3-8,22-30; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8a
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Jer. 44:1-14; 1 Cor. 15:30-41; Matt. 11:16-24

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 18 For a heart for the unchurched in our communities; The Rev’d John Scott, The Rev’d Mary Carol Hart
October 19 For a deep love of the Scriptures by all our people
October 20 Daughters of the King Assembly Fall Retreat (November 2); The Rev’d Wayne Schwab, The Rev’d Julia Mudge 2

***** Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, for our monthly Prayer, Praise, and Eucharist, this Friday, October 18 at 7pm. Fr. Tyler Slade and Fr. Steve Hart will speak on living Radically for The Lord. This is a relaxed service. Come and experience The love of Christ!

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, October 19 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.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Ted (volunteer) -- Camille is doing better with the lyme disease treatments. Insurance company is still refusing to pay for treatment.

+a Josh (young man, regular) -- He asked for another cross.

+++++Janice (older woman) -- She is having trouble with her landlord. Got crosses to give out to others.

Gary -- He asked prayer that he would get his priorities right and get his paper work done. He asked prayer for Pastor Jay's mom and for Chris (she has advanced cancer). He asked prayer for focus for his son. He asked prayer for Ida and her daughter (the daughter just had an abortion).

Gary (volunteer) -- "My mom passed away."

Smiley -- He asked prayer for strength and energy for the next day.

+a Nick (young man) -- He asked prayer to be set free from drug addiction.

Anthony

***** State Street Prayer Table Report, Thursday, 10/17 2:20PM - 3:20PM, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar
(no crosses because forgot prayer bag with crosses and cloth)

+ Andrew (young man in 20's) - requested prayer to save as many lives as possible (is a volunteer fireman and in college studying emergency management)

Bus honked at us! It is the driver Mark prayed for and gave a cross to recently.

Walk by - asked prayer for world peace

Christopher - prayer for his family, anxiety, stress. He is a worker at the City Mission and Bethesda House so we also blessed his servant heart.

Renee - trouble making her rent payment, fear of losing her apartment

Becky, George, Alexis and Paige - a family - prayer to prosper and for safety

Anthony - Lord bless him.

Ann - (young girl) prayers for her grandpa James who is sick in the hospital

Walk by - blessing on him as he went to work

Tammy - a walk by blessing

Faith - (young woman) - more of God; God to help her in her walk and to not fall into old sins

Solimar (mom), Nazier (young daughter), Carl (baby son) - help, many struggles, need an apartment - a safe place for her children

Trevor - pray for the relationship to be restored with his ex-fiancée and their child

Robert - we blessed him and he blessed us

Faye - help getting a job and prayer for her boys

Bobbi - help with getting a job, her nephews and nieces, and stability in her life.

***** Healing Service at Christ the King
      The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, October 22nd will be Pastor Jim French, Rector of St. Luke's, Cambridge. Pastor Jim has been involved in the healing ministry in the Diocese of Albany for nearly 10 years. He has a deep passion to release the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ into a hurting world. He will be preaching on The Conditions for Healing: What is it that God requires of us to be healed? 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.

***** Great presentation on the Gospel of Matthew by Fr. Chris Brown yesterday at the Spiritual Life Center.

***** Check out this young man on God Tube. His name is Sam Robson. He sings the most beautiful hymns acapella, recording himself many times over, so that the hymns sound like a small choir. Wanted to share it with you.
"I Need Thee, O I Need Thee" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3wSbLa2uGg&list=RD02vG525x2mUTU

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, October 17, 2013

 

10/17/2013, #15, 4th Quarter 2013

And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward." (Matthew 10:42)
      Help us, Jesus, as your disciples to give aid and comfort, that "cup of cold water", to your little ones.

      Holy Spirit, let rivers of living water flow out of us so that we may refresh your little ones.

      Father, please help us nourish your little ones with your living word. Thank you.

A prayer received: Lord, equip us for the tasks you have given us.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Jer. 38:1-13; 1 Cor. 14:26-33a,37-40; Matt. 10:34-42
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Jer. 38:14-28; 1 Cor. 15:1-11; Matt. 11:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 17 The Rev’d William Pearson

***** Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, for our monthly Prayer, Praise, and Eucharist, this Friday, October 18 at 7pm. Fr. Tyler Slade and Fr. Steve Hart will speak on living Radically for The Lord. This is a relaxed service. Come and experience The love of Christ!

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, October 19 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org.

***** From: Jana Lingo
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Subject: Cathedral Prayer table report, Overcast and windy, Deacon Sue Plakse, Deacon Scott Underhill, Beth Collum, Jana Lingo, Hilda Hardy

Steve - wants to be ordained in the Russian Orthodox church, peace before his ordination

Mark - Uncle Ron Dying of cancer

Connie and Kris - Terika, Jackie, Roy, Robin, Jim, Harold, Eliane, Kim, and Karl - all healing

Kailia - living in a shelter.

Ken - Living on a budget

Hilda - wisdom

***** From: Joann E Ferris
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Zion Colton --mision prayer table Cold Brook dr. S. Colton ---Fri Oct. 4, 2013 10:30--11:30, Jo Ferris --high 50's , sprinkles, Damp and chilly. A slow day---One no wave --prayed he would come to know God.

Prayed for an article 78 that was being prepared ---so the roads would be safe for all.

Nancy and Bill---COPD and he is in ICU ---crictical.

Fri Oct.11 , 2013, Cold Book Dr --Zion, colton --Mission Prayer table, 11:00am--12;00pm 50's sunny --Jo Ferris

Another slow day --- three no waves --prayed that they would come to know God

Several Brookfield power trucks ---prayed for their safety as they worked.

The soul of Bill --departed--- and for Nancy his wife as the Lord leads her thru this valley

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

 

10/16/2013, #14, 4th Quarter 2013

"Therefore whoever confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)
      Jesus, whatever the cost, help me to be a faithful confessor of you and your name.

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with the whole heart! (Psalm 119:2)
      Holy Spirit, give me an undivided heart so that I might seek after the testimonies of God day by day.

They also do no iniquity; they walk in his ways. (Psalm 119:3)
      Father, keep my feet on the path of life and away from all iniquity. Thank you.

A word received: Give me yourself; that is the best gift you can give me.

Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Jer. 37:3-21; 1 Cor. 14:13-25; Matt. 10:24-33
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Jer. 38:1-13; 1 Cor. 14:26-33a,37-40; Matt. 10:34-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 16 The Rev’d Joel Grigg

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, October 19 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org.

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Subject: Update on Fr. Paul and Pat
Pat wrote,
      Paul+ got out of surgery and is now in ICU at St. Elizabeth's. The doctor said the surgery went well and they repaired 2 hernias. Paul+ is in ICU because of his weak heart where they will watch him to make sure his heart tolerates the "fluid changes" from surgery (for the next 3 days). He's in good hands, God's hands, and God's hands on earth are watching over him too. As our daughter Kim said, Daddy will be fine, he has "God's Heart". And it's so true. Praise God who has brought us thru so many things, especially Paul against all odds just as he is bringing me thru the cancer (my friend will be taking me to my next Chemo treatment in Syracuse on Thursday). I can't say THANKS enough for the continued prayers and to Our Lord carrying Paul thru this and will continue to. God bless. In Christ's precious name and FHS, Pat

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Subject: Update on Carolyn LaComb
      Fr. Ed just shared this update, The surgeon just dropped in an told me everything went well with Carolyn's surgery. He made a point to emphasized that "she really, really needed this done." In fact, he couldn't believe that she could walk on it, being that he knee was so deteriorated. Well, anyways, "Praise the Lord!!!" Now comes the recovery and rehab

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

 

10/15/2013, #13, 4th Quarter 2013

Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible." (Luke 1:36-37)
      Father, so often the real limits in our lives are our doubts. Help us to live knowing that nothing is impossible with you. Thank you.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call his name JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:18-21)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for what you brought forth in Jesus.

      Jesus, thank you for saving me from my sins.

So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. (Luke 2:3-5)
by a Liberian student
      Father, thank you for giving Mary and Joseph strength for the journey. Please give us strength to do all that you ask of us.

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. (Matthew 2:16)
      Jesus, we pray for your suffering church and all who will die today for the sakeof your name: give them strength to endure to the end. Thank you.

So when they saw him, they were amazed; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Look, your father and I have sought you anxiously." And he said to them, "Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?" (Luke 2:48-49)
      Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to daily be about your Father's business. Give us the same clarity about our vocations that you had. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my people to have a passion for my ways.

A word received: Keep looking to me.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Jer. 36:27-37:2; 1 Cor. 14:1-12; Matt. 10:16-23
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Jer. 37:3-21; 1 Cor. 14:13-25; Matt. 10:24-33

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 15 The Rev’d Jay North

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, October 19 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 .

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
This was sent in by Liz Fetherstonhaugh
Prayer Needs
      Client BP has an ongoing addiction to drugs. She goes out at night and frequently misses work because of it. BP has a young daughter who lives with her, but she has neglected building a relationship with her and seems to not know her own daughter. BP’s mother also lives with them and has been caring for the daughter. Recently, BP has been showing up to work more consistently and seems to be making an effort to be punctual. Please pray that BP continues to show up to work and stops using drugs and going to clubs. Please pray that she would feel a responsibility to be a good mother to her child and would make an effort to build a relationship with her. Pray for strength to end her addiction and that she would be open to receiving help from social workers.
      Client PY is experiencing a lot of stress and physical burden. She is married and pregnant, but she often doesn’t have money to buy food and goes for long periods without eating. PY is responsible for debts from her wedding, but her husband has been taking all of her salary each month and spending it on food and drugs for himself. Her husband's family does not allow PY to eat with them, and her husband has threatened to sue her if she seeks a divorce. Social Workers are trying to find a way to provide her with food and a legal way for her to separate from her husband if she expresses a willingness to do so. Please pray for PY's physical and emotional strength. Pray that she would have food each day and that her husband would allow her to keep some of her wages. Pray for protection for her baby as it grows and for social workers to find resources that will free PY from her current situation.

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Subject: Prayers needed for Fr. Paul Bailey and wife Pat
      Would you please pray for Paul+? He is in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica with a strangulated hernia and bowel obstruction. The surgeon hopes to relieve the obstruction and then operate to put the hernia back in place. As you know Paul is a very poor candidate for any type of surgery, especially with his heart being so weak. So please pray for another miracle for Paul+ and total healing so that we may celebrate our 38th anniversary on the 18th.

***** Prayer request from Cathy Littlejohn for her sister
Hi everyone,
      I have a sister who is in her fourth stage of cancer. She is in Syracuse and wants to come home. Pray that she will be strong enough to come home and spend some quality time with our family. She is very weak at the moment and has had 2 pints of blood. The doctor will not let her go home until she is strong enough. I would like for our Mother to see her a couple more times before she gets too bad and our Mother can not make a trip to Syracuse. God Bless You All, Cathy Littlejohn

***** Prayer Table ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Oct. 14, 2013; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Cloudy but still warm. We have begun passing out free hats, gloves, scarves and socks to people at the table. It is early fall, but people who need these items for the coming cold weather are gratefully taking them. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

NOTE: Someone asked me recently "Why do you bother to have the Prayer Table? Why not just ask them to come to your church?" A fair question, but I will try to answer it from my (Alan) perspective: Among the people who come to any Prayer Table-- wherever it is -- are people who would not feel comfortable going inside a church if they have never been in one or had a bad experience in one. But ... they WILL approach a prayer table because he or she does not feel threatened by people sitting at a table on the sidewalk of a street. And -- weren't Jesus' last words to us before He ascended to "Go ye therefore and spread the Gospel to all nations" so that His word would be heard, followed, and lived afterward? He didn't say to do it we had time, or if we sort of felt like it if we were bored. No, Jesus said "GO ...!" That, my brothers and sisters, is why we at St. Ann's "bother" to have a Prayer Table!

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

REBECCA -- Gave prayers of thanksgiving for healing that has taken place in her right knee. She has been taking therapy and does not need her cane anymore.

t, t -- THERESA and grandson JOHN -- They stopped for some clothing and also asked for prayers for protection, safety and provision.

DAVID -- Requested prayers for strength to minister to others. He is a Navy veteran from VietNam and he frequently ministers to other veterans, and he feels he is losing some of his spiritual strength and gets discouraged sometimes when others do not listen to him. We prayed for him to get a "booster shot" of strength and faith to continue to be a witness for Christ.

t -- D'ARCY -- This was a wonderful reunion of sorts, which sometimes happens at His table. This woman asked for prayers for her children, who are now in their 30s. One is a son named WILLIAM who now lives out of state. She pointed to the Community Crossroads Church down the street and she said "Some years ago William almost drowned in a pool down there when it used to be the YMCA, but someone saved his life." Muriel smiled and told her that the man who saved William was Muriel's nephew, Mike Cook! How fitting this reunion took place at the prayer table.

JOSE -- Took some clothing and requested prayer for continued good health.

t -- AMELIA -- Requested prayers for her family to be closer to each other and to God.

t,t -- MICKEY and son ANGEL -- We asked Mickey what special needs for prayer he had and he said, "A lot!" We prayed for their safety, protection, good health.

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