Monday, October 21, 2013
10/21/2013, #17, 4th Quarter 2013
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.
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.