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Saturday, October 12, 2013


10/12/2013, #10, 4th Quarter 2013

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35)
      Jesus, please come into every community in this diocese and teach in our churches, and cause the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom to all. Heal every sickness and every disease among the people.

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)
      Holy Spirit, raise up faithful shepherds who have the compassion of Jesus to tend the flock.

Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Matthew 9:37-38 )
      Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." (Isaiah 6:8 ) Lord, I pray that you will send more laborers out into the harvest fields. Here am I, send me.

      Father, send forth laborers into the harvest fields. Give your people a passion for Jesus. Take us to a deeper level where we are all willing to share Jesus with others. Thank you.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Jer. 35:1-19; 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3; Matt. 9:35-10:4
Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Jer. 36:1-10; Acts 14:8-18; Luke 7:36-50
Proper 23 Closest to October 12: 113; Ruth 1:(1-7)8-19a; 2 Timothy 2:(3-7)8-15; Luke 17:11-19

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 12 Episcopal Charities; The Rev’d Mathew Baker

***** Diocesan Update: A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany
Women's Cursillo This Weekend
      Please pray for all the women who are making their Cursillos this weekend, and the team that leads them. May the Holy Spirit bless and guide them through the weekend and on the Fourth Day!
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!
Deacons' Retreat
      The Deacons Retreat is coming up October 18th - 20th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Come for this time of rest, relaxation, and fellowship with your fellow deacons! You can RSVP by clicking here.
Fall Confirmation Retreat
      Bring your young confirmands to the Fall Confirmation Retreat at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center November 1st through 3rd. This is a unique opportunity for your youth to receive essential Christ-centered teaching in preparation for confirmation. The object of the weekend is for each confirmation candidate to address any doubts or questions they may have about their faith and to encounter the risen Lord in a moving and faith-solidifying manner so that they can be confirmed as a disciple of Jesus with confidence and the fullness of His joy. For more information, contact the Spiritual Life Center at (518 ) 692-9550
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.
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!
Mission Events
Third Youth Mission Conference
      On Saturday, October 19th, from 1:00 - 3:30 pm, St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne (220 Lake Ave, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846) will host the third Youth Mission Conference. Hear testimonies from teens who answered the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Learn from their experiences as they shared Jesus Christ abroad and at home. Ice cream social and desserts to follow. No registration is required and best of all, it's FREE! Come for a day of worship, testimony, prayer, and fellowship. For information call (518 ) 494-5919.
Support Opportunities
Fifth Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser for Healing a Woman's Soul
      The Fifth Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser for Healing a Woman's Soul will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at St. Paul's Church, 21 Hackett Blvd., Albany, NY 12208. Healing a Woman's Soul is a ministry of the diocese that reaches out to help victims of domestic abuse recover physically, emotionally and spiritually. Some of the items available for auction include quilts, a weekend at a lovely B&B, homemade preserves, handmade baby blankets, photographic art, silverware and many gift certificates. Bring a table of friends for a relaxed evening of fellowship and assist this ministry in its healing work. For more information, call 518-451-9549.
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 Center
Healing Service at Christ the King
      The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, October 15th 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
The Gospel of Matthew - Preach It!
      Father Christopher Brown, Canon Theologian of the Epsicopal Diocese of Albany, will present a one day workshop at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Thursday, October 17th, beginning at 9:15 am. 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 so preregistration is required. Please call Christ the King Spiritual Life Center at 518-692-9550 to register no later than Monday, October 14th.
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.

***** From: Chris Bennett
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2013
Subject: Dock prayer update Oct 2013 [Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland]
      Hello praying people! The Dock needs your prayers at the moment... it has been a tough few weeks and your prayers would be much appreciated!
      The cafe has been tremendously busy over the last month - almost busier than we can cope with. The volunteers are feeling a bit exhausted and need all the encouragement we can get - many of our customers are quite difficult and a day at the coffee bar can feel a bit thankless.
Pray for:
      - more volunteers!
      - encouragement and strength for the existing volunteers who are serving faithfully and wonderfully under intense pressure
      - Tegan, who more than any of us rises to the challenge of remaining cheerful and welcoming day-after-day
      - the students who abuse the cafe and the Honesty Box - pray for them!
      - and for the students who respond, chat, help out, get involved - thank God that he is moving among so many people who have no other contact with church
      - pray for God's provision on the days when the Honesty Box doesn't quite make ends meet
      - the Met College Christian Union who meet in Dock Cafe
      - other customers - residents, business professionals, visitors and tourists. Please pray for the success of our efforts to make sure that the Dock is a genuinely shared space for the whole community - not just a student hangout
      - the Dock Chaplains - we are now six! Pray for the chance to have life-changing conversations with customers
      - the Dock directors who are trying hard to find ways to make all this tremendous momentum sustainable - and who have some big decisions to take over coming weeks. Pray for the right people on the Dock team at every level
      - Sunday Dock Walks and the exciting chance to start holding services on board SS Nomadic (watch this space!)
      - protection on the Dock project. Without going into details, it feels as if some of our key people are under attack at the moment
      - health - spiritual, emotional and physical - for all of us involved
Thanks praying people! Sorry this message is a bit short and to the point - as I said, it's been a long day!
Much love to you all
Chris Bennett, Chaplain to Titanic Quarter, 07980 885991,

Albany Intercessor

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