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Friday, November 29, 2013

 

11/29/2013, #54, 4th Quarter 2013

But Jesus called them to himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave -- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:25-28 )
      Jesus, we pray for the work of your Holy Spirit in our lives: that our hearts' desire would be to serve rather than to be served.

      Holy Spirit, please help us follow Jesus' lead in serving others -- to think more highly of others than ourselves.

      Father, please help us use whatever authority you give us to become servants of Jesus and servants of those he sends to us. Thank you.

      LORD, help us to be your servants in serving others.

A word received: I can set your spirit from from every snare of the evil one.

Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Isa. 24:14-23; 1 Pet. 3:13-4:6; Matt. 20:17-28
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Micah 7:11-20; 1 Pet. 4:7-19; Matt. 20:29-34

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 29 Chaplains and Members of the Armed Forces
The Rev’d Ronald Harrison, The Rev’d Douglas Blakelock, The Rev’d Alan Hart

***** Bishop's Message      November 28, 2013, Thanksgiving Day
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Happy Thanksgiving! I pray you and your family and loved ones are having a very blessed and joyful Thanksgiving. Karen and our daughter Catie and I are enjoying Thanksgiving with our dear friend Oscar (from Norway) and his fiancée Laurel. While our son Chris and daughter-in-law Lauren and seven month old grandson Peter are not able to be with us, we give thanks to God for bringing them back safely to the United States from Japan where Chris had been stationed for the past three years. He has been reassigned to Charleston Air Force Base in Charleston, South Carolina where he will serve as the Chief of the Public Affairs Office. We plan to go visit them the day after Christmas.
      This Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, marks the beginning of the new Church year and the return to Year A in the Liturgical Calendar. I am excited to hear of all the many positive things that are going on in so many of our parishes throughout the diocese. May God bless each of you richly as you faithfully go forth boldly in His name, sharing the love and Good News of His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
      It is my honor to announce the recent appointment of two new deans: Fr. David Beaulac, Dean of the Southern Adirondack Deanery and Fr. Neal Longe, Dean of the Western Mohawk Deanery. Fr. Beaulac has taken over for Fr. Scott Harding who was called to a parish in the Diocese of Atlanta. Fr. Longe has taken over for Fr. Paul Bailey who recently passed away. I am very appreciative to Fr. Beaulac and Fr. Longe for their willingness to take on this new responsibility. I pray that each deanery will be blessed under their leadership.
      In the coming days, I look forward to ordaining four very godly and talented individuals. The Rev. Matthew Baker will be ordained to the Priesthood on Saturday, December 7th at 3:00 p.m. at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The Rev. Dan Jones will be ordained to the Priesthood and instituted as Rector of Christ Church, Deposit on Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 p.m. James Krueger will be ordained as a Transitional Deacon on Monday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church, Cooperstown. The Rev. Ana Rivera-Georgescu will be ordained to the Priesthood and made Priest-in-Charge of St. James, Au Sable Forks on Sunday December 15th at 4:00 p.m. I invite each of you to please join me in holding each of these our brothers and sister in Christ up in prayer in the coming days as they prepare for ordination and the ministry to which the Lord is calling them.
      And I have one other item of good news to share. At long last, after almost 11 years of driving on dusty rut-filled dirt and gravel roads, visitors to Christ the King Spiritual Life Center can now travel throughout most of the grounds on newly paved roads and park in a smooth pothole-free paved parking area at the Welcome Center and at the King's Inn. The official ribbon cutting ceremony took place during the Priests' Retreat on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 20th. Sister Mary Elizabeth from the Community of St. Mary had the honor of being the first person to drive her car on the newly paved roads. You can view a slideshow of paving pictures by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/PaveTheWaySlideshow/index.html.
      While paving may not seem like a very glamorous gift, in reality, the paving of the roads, sidewalks and parking areas at Christ the King is one of the greatest needs we have had for the past several years. I am so appreciative of everyone who has helped make this dream become a reality through their generous gifts for the "Pave the Way" Project. The total cost of the project was $211,493, and we have raised all but $24,000 of that total. If you have not yet had an opportunity to contribute toward the paving project, you are most welcome to do so. Any additional money that may come in above the $24,000 will be used to upgrade and improve the lighting in the parking areas and along the sidewalks. Checks may be made payable to The Episcopal Diocese of Albany or Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, with "Paving Project" on the memo line. Once again - Thank You to everyone who has helped with this very important project. Every person who comes to Christ the King will be blessed by your generosity. God bless you!
      Your Brother in Christ, +Bill

***** Healing Service at Christ the King
      The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, December 3rd 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.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, November 28, 2013

 

11/28/2013, #53, 4th Quarter 2013


"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34)
      Holy Spirit, please help us lay aside earthly anxieties and trust God our Father who knows what is best for us and will provide for us in his good time.

      Jesus, help us daily make the choice to follow where you lead.

      Father, please help us daily seek your kingdom and your righteousness.

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:21-22)
      Father, let our thanksgiving to you overflow into doing your word. Let our passion for Jesus lead us into share the good news that we have received. Thank you.

So he humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 8:3)
      Father, thank you for humbling us; thank you for feeding and providing for us. Thank you that we can feast on your word.

A word received: Look to me with hope.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Zeph. 3:1-13; 1 Pet. 2:11-25; Matt. 20:1-16
Thanksgiving Day: 65 or 65:9-14; Deuteronomy 8:1-3,6-10(17-20); James 1:17-18,21-27; Matthew 6:25-33
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Isa. 24:14-23; 1 Pet. 3:13-4:6; Matt. 20:17-28

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 28 Thanksgiving Day – That our thankfulness results in action

***** From: joann E ferris
Sent: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Subject: Intercessor report--Jo Ferris
      I did not set up the prayer table Fri. Nov. 22---I had been in the ER from 10pm to 2:30 am. I was stitched up --13 in my left little fingar plus a fracture in the same little fingar. At 9:00 am I had gone into Zion, Colton to switch the hangings to white. As i approached the Eagle lectern on the Epistle side and was standing alongside --it came unglued and took flight u might say--it knocked me down --"we flew together for awhile" the wing cut thru my hand ,missing the tendon and fracturing the middle bone on that same hand. Praise God --he was with me , he sheilded me.The hand will be fine. I had no injuries as a result of being "pushed". My dr. saw Mon. the small cast is gone --the fracture so light --don't need. The RPN who stitched me said this was done by wood ---so I'm on antibiotic. That is working.--no infection seen Mon.

***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for 26 November 2013
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. This week's selective overview:
      1) I had a great time at the Diocese of Albany retreat this week. The Spiritual Life Center now has a considerable amount of new paving (various roads were paved during the retreat).
      2) In the midst of the week, I discovered that Bp. Philip of Belize and I will be leading the retreat for the clergy in the Diocese of Belize, next week. I have been preparing.
      3) A great parish visit in the Diocese of Connecticut this week.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray that I would listen to the Holy Spirit while I am with Bishop Philip in the Diocese of Belize next week.
      2) Prayer that the Holy Spirit would move powerfully at services on Thanksgiving and this coming Sunday which I will be leading, in the U.S.
      3) Pray for the upcoming visits to Belize: 1st week in Advent, end of January visit, 1 week in Lent. Please pray for my role as Examining Chaplain for people in the ordination process and the ordination process itself, that the Holy Spirit would accomplish in Belize what he would like done.
      4) Continuing prayer in good times and lean times for the online program: faculty, family, finances, plans, students, and courses.
      5) Prayer for additional upcoming parish visits and the presentation at the Diocese of Connecticut mission day in March.
      In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ I pray for you, every day.

***** Try telling your heart that God loves you.
Teach your heart that God loves you.
Show your heart that God loves you.
Allow your heart to be loved by God.
Take down that man made facade.
Go on...
Then see what happens.
I challenge you to give God permission to delve into the wounds of your heart.
Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

 

11/27/2013, #52, 4th Quarter 2013

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, (1 Peter 2:1)
      Holy Spirit, help me lay these aside so that your fruit can grow in my life.

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, (1 Peter 2:2)
      Jesus, I desire to be fed and nourished by your word.

if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:3)
      Jesus, thank you for being so gracious to us.

Coming to him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, (1 Peter 2:4)
      Lord Jesus, I come to you; use me wherever you want in building up your church.

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)
      Father, I ask that our sacrifices will be acceptable to you through your son Jesus Christ.

Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on him will by no means be put to shame." (1 Peter 2:6)
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

Therefore, to you who believe, he is precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone," and "A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. (1 Peter 2:7-8 )
      Jesus, you know all the places and times that I have stumbled. Help me leave behind disobedience and help me walk in your footsteps.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, his own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; (1 Peter 2:9)
      Your light, Jesus, shines forth in the surrounding darkness. Help me daily proclaim your praises and live in holiness.

who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:10)
      Father, thank you for adopting me as your child and making me a part of your people.

A word received: Open the door of your heart. I want to come in.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Obadiah 15-21; 1 Pet. 2:1-10; Matt. 19:23-30
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Zeph. 3:1-13; 1 Pet. 2:11-25; Matt. 20:1-16
Thanksgiving Day: 65 or 65:9-14; Deuteronomy 8:1-3,6-10(17-20); James 1:17-18,21-27; Matthew 6:25-33

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 27 For the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, and Trustees
The Rev’d Bradley Jones, The Rev’d Congreve Quinby

***** If you whine or a complain,
I have two words for you, "STOP IT"
Biblical back up: Job 9:27
"If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile.'"
That was easy...
Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Christ Church Coxsackie is hosting an evening of revival at the church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY, 12051, 7pm, Friday, 12/13. There will be worship, encouraging message and healing prayer, seeking God as we are led by the Lord. The message will be given by Jennifer Greenhall of Ascended Life Ministries All are welcome. Bring an unsaved friend. God is EXCELLENT, for all eternity! Gary Roosa

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

 

11/26/2013, #51, 4th Quarter 2013

Now behold, one came and said to him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?" So he said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." He said to him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' " The young man said to him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Matthew 19:16-22)
      Lord Jesus, so many of us are deceived by the cares and riches of this world and your word is chocked within us and we become unfruitful. (See Matthew 13:22) In your mercy come among us and clear away all the weeds and thorns that keep us from bearing fruit for your kingdom.

having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because "All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25)
      Holy Spirit, let your word endure forever in our hearts. Much is passing away that was beautiful, but we ask that you endure in us. Thank you.

The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knows those who trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)
      Father, thank you for your goodness. Please help me trust more and more as each day goes by. Thank you for knowing me.

The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; he shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8 )
      LORD, thank you.

A word received: Look to me for help.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Nahum 1:1-13; 1 Pet. 1:13-25; Matt. 19:13-22
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Obadiah 15-21; 1 Pet. 2:1-10; Matt. 19:23-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 26 Non-parochial Clergy

***** 11/25 12:05 - 1:10 pm, State Street Schenectady, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar, Cold, very little foot traffic
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
H--indicates a hat given

Lee (woman) prayers for her diabetes

H+ Harry - blessing

H+ Rahm (man, came to table in the summer with his kids) - blessing

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT, ST. ANN's OF AMSTERDAM, (Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013; 11:30-12:30 in the Parish Hall during monthly Community Meal. Anne DeGroff and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

a--anointed with Holy Oil.
t -- received one of Dennis Adams' (North Carolina) wooden crosses.
f -- accepted free non-perishable food we are offering.
c -- accepted winter clothes items we are offering.

a-- WOMAN (no name) -- Feeling very weepy, down-spirited after a recent run of bad luck which included an auto accident. We prayed for a return to good health and good spirits.

f, c -- MARGARET -- This lively middle-aged woman was bursting with joy. She simply wanted to thank the Lord for all He has done for her and her family. She also asked for prayers for her good friend SHARON, who is waiting for a refill of oxygen for her tank.

c -- RONALD -- Was grateful to receive gloves and a hat. AT first he declined prayer, but then accepted prayer for his health and protection.

c, f -- EMILIO -- This pleasant man asked for prayer for continued good health. He is a veteran who served on the same Naval vessel as John McCain.

c,f -- WOMAN -- Gratefully took warm winter gloves, a hat and some food. "Thank you SO much!" she said. We prayed for her safety and protection.

_______________________

(Monday, Nov. 25, 2013; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Very, very cold but at least there was no wind. It was 18 degrees at the start of the table. Many people on the street this day as the Masonic Lodge across the street was serving a turkey dinner in observance of Thanksgiving, so more people than usual were out and about. Deacon alan Hart presiding at His table.)

ETHEL -- She is a regular who walks all over Amsterdam delivering food to needy family members and friends. We prayed for her continued good health and safety. Last winter she fell on one of our steep sidewalks a quarter of a mile or so away.

f,c -- REBECCA -- Prayed in thanksgiving that her nephew MICHAEL (two years old) is doing better now. Last week he was at the table after visiting the doctor for treatment for spider bites on his face. He is ALL better now!

c -- WOMAN IN CAR -- She stopped right in front of the table; left the car running and came over to get winter clothing. She was very grateful and said "God bless you and your church!"

c -- DAVID -- This man is a Viet Nam veteran who is always witnessing to other veterans to come closer -- or back -- to Christ. He asked for prayer against "false prophets" in our midst who are not really centered in the Gospels.

t,t,c,f -- BIANCA -- She has come the last two weeks after being "afraid" to come in the past. She asked for prayer for continued good health.

c,f -- MAN and WOMAN (no names) -- Gratefully stopped the car, got out and took food and clothing. Prayed for them as they got back in the car and drove away.

***** Christ Church Coxsackie is hosting an evening of revival at the church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY, 12051, 7pm, Friday, 12/13. There will be worship, encouraging message and healing prayer, seeking God as we are led by the Lord. The message will be given by Jennifer Greenhall of Ascended Life Ministries All are welcome. Bring an unsaved friend. God is EXCELLENT, for all eternity! Gary Roosa

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, November 24, 2013

 

11/24/2013, #49, 4th Quarter 2013

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:39-43)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily recognize our need for Jesus to save us from the just punishment we deserve.

      Jesus, thank you for remembering me now that you are in your kingdom.

      Father, thank you for asking so much of your son Jesus. Thank you for his willingness to go to the cross for us -- to drink of the cup you had prepared for him.

A word received: Be still and know that I AM God. Find your rest in me.

Sunday: 118 * 145; Isa. 19:19-25; Rom. 15:5-13; Luke 19:11-27
Proper 29 Closest to November 23: 46; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:35-43 or Luke 19:29-38
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Joel 3:1-2,9-17; 1 Pet. 1:1-12; Matt. 19:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 24 St. Margaret’s Center for Children

***** For the sheer joy of it: Best coin ever spent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAXQXb0sgpk

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, November 23, 2013

 

11/23/2013, #48, 4th Quarter 2013

Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6)
      Lord, help us set the oppressed free and break every yoke of bondage.

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? (Isaiah 58:7)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts with compassion to come alongside those who are suffering and in need.

Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. (Isaiah 58:8 )
      Holy Father, we long for your light, the light of Jesus, to shine forth in our lives.

Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.' "If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, (Isaiah 58:9)
      Jesus, please help us forgive so that we may be forgiven. Hear us when we call out to you.

If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:10)
      Holy Spirit, help us see and reach out to the poor and the afflicted.

The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
      Jesus, let your living water flow through us and out to others. Let us and our homes be watered gardens where others may find the refreshment of your Holy Spirit.

Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (Isaiah 58:12)
      Jesus, Repairer of the Breach between God and man, help us to be restorers of streets to dwell in. Renew Schenectady and all the communities of this diocese. Help us follow in your footsteps and build up the old waste places and raise up new structures that have you as their foundation. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me for help and protection.

A prayer received: Pour out your word and your Spirit on you Church and end the famine of both.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Isa. 65:17-25; Rev. 22:14-21; Matt. 18:21-35
Sunday: 118 * 145; Isa. 19:19-25; Rom. 15:5-13; Luke 19:11-27
Proper 29 Closest to November 23: 46; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:35-43 or Luke 19:29-38

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 23
The Rev’d Lynne Crimi, The Rev’d Ana Maria Rivera-Georgescu

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday November 21, 2013, 5:10 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Ted (volunteer) -- His granddaughter Camille is not as good as she was. The appeal to get insurance coverage for her lyme disease was denied.

Dan -- He is struggling with his daughter Julia.

a Gary -- He asked for prayer about what to say to the people as a meditation at the meal.

+a Ralph (man) -- He is homeless and in need of a job.

++a Davon (man) -- We prayed for the pain in his neck. He took an extra cross for his girlfriend.

+a Earl and +a Kathrine and two ++ children. We prayed for provision and protection.

a Bruce (volunteer) -- We prayed for his dad, Norman. Norman's wife Lelia died in April. They had been married 69 years.

+Sue (woman) -- She asked for wisdom for her family. She was saved in a Billy Graham crusade 45 years ago.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, David Haig, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St. VERY cold and windy.

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

State St.

Tobias (man) -- He is going to be baptized on Tuesday. Glad he is finally going to take the plunge.

Richard (man) and Maya (baby daughter) -- They were on the way to visit his sister.

Jason (man) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

g Tina (woman) -- She prayer for provision and protection. She just moved her from Missouri.

g Elena and g 199 Nisa (these two young women drove up and asked for prayer for Nisa's son Angel.

Paula and John (regulars, they drove up) and her friend +Kathy -- We prayed for Paula's family and then we prayed for Kathy and her daughter Zaradia who is terminally ill with liver disease. We also prayed for Paula's dad Johnny who has cancer.

g g (Hispanic couple) -- They did not want prayer but really appreciated the gloves.

+g g Shada and Coben -- Later Shada came back for a pair of gloves for her son.

David (man) -- We prayed for his ministry with vets at the VA who are in recovery.

g g Mahendra (young man, regular) -- He has given his life to Jesus. He got an extra pair of gloves for his girlfriend.

g (woman) -- No prayer

Tona (man) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Albany Street 9:40 AM - 10:40AM, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar, really, really windy!

G - given winter gloves
H - given a winter hat
+ - given a Dennis Adams wooden cross

Steve - hit and run prayer

GH Angel (young girl) - prayers for her life

GGH Estelle (Angel's mom) - prayers for her pastor, her church (unity), and her life with the Lord

Unknown man walking by, came and joined hands with us as we prayed for Angel and Estelle. Then he blesses us and left.

HHHHGG - Jamie - a young mother with a stroller, 2 young girls, and a son at home - bless and watchover the family

Gary - hit and run prayer

G Cindy - blessing, praise for her new housing, next to a church
+ James (Cindy's son) - praise for the healing of his thyroid; prayers for the healing of his nervous system

Unknown walk by blessed us

G Elijiah - blessed us!

(ran out of gloves)

++ Patty - housing for her and her 2 daughters (currently living in a hotel), provision

H+ Keith - blessings

H+ Jay - blessings, walk with God

(ran out of hats)

+ Malaca - pray to better her life

+Sincere (young man) - his life

Robert - blessing

+Jeff - more thankful than anything, he had lost everything (divorce, children) but now rebuilding. He recently moved to Schnectady, has a job, and housing, looking for a church.

++Tom - prayer for his son, Tom Jr, to stay clean (in recovery) of drugs and alcohol.

+Michael - his father. Ron, has just died. We prayed peace; also God to clear the congestion in Michael's chest

+ Janet - prayers for family safety, keep them strong under pressure, (Cross is for her grandson)

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer, Sat 11/23/2013
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
      Make known his deeds among the people!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
      Tell all the people of his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
(Psalm 105: 1-4)
      Lord, we seek your strength for Father Shaw Mudge and may he feel your presence continually. Be with him as he prepares to go back to Belize. May his travels be safe and timely. Guide him as he prepares to lead part of the clergy retreat.
      During this week leading up to our feast of thanksgiving, we give special thanks to You, Lord, for all that You have done for the Mudge Mission. Thank You for the students in Belize. May Father Shaw’s work lead to many more people knowing your deeds, your wondrous works. Glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May many more souls seek You and rejoice.
      We offer up a special prayer for Lydia as she searches for employment and for Mother Julie in all her endeavors as well.
      We give thanks to You, Lord, with grateful hearts. Amen.

***** The healing ministry is about planting seeds of healing.
The teaching is natural.
The fruit is supernatural.

Doubt,fear, anxiety, negativity.
Take them for a walk, with a friend (Jesus) to the curb.
Let the garbage man take they way...
Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

~Rev. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Friday, November 22, 2013

 

11/22/2013, #47, 4th Quarter 2013

"Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, he is coming," says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)
      Father, thank you for sending your servant John the Baptist before your son Jesus to prepare the way for him.

"But who can endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like launderer's soap. (Malachi 3:2)
      Lord Jesus, we need to be refined and purified; come soon into our hearts and minds.

He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness. (Malachi 3:3)
      Jesus, purify the people of this diocese; purge out the dross in our lives so that we may make an offering of righteousness.

"Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem Will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, as in former years. (Malachi 3:4)
      Restore us, LORD God of hosts. Revive us and restore our civic institutions and your Church.

And I will come near you for judgment;
I will be a swift witness
Against sorcerers,
Against adulterers,
Against perjurers,
Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
And against those who turn away an alien--
Because they do not fear Me," Says the LORD of hosts.
(Malachi 3:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us fear Jesus' righteous wrath over the blatant sin in our society. Help us all know that judgment is coming on those who do these things.

A word received: Cry out to me for my little ones.

A prayer received: Give us your word and your wisdom.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 1 Macc. 4:36-59 or Mal. 3:1-12; Rev. 22:6-13; Matt. 18:10-20
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Isa. 65:17-25; Rev. 22:14-21; Matt. 18:21-35

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 22 Prison Chaplains – The Rev’d Tyrone Reddie, The Rev’d Charles Smith - and the incarcerated
The Rev’d Nathaniel Lee

***** Wait upon The Lord as you
"Delight in the dilemma of decision!"
Walk with Christ and He will show you the Way.
Listen, watch, partake, live.
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, November 21, 2013

 

11/21/2013, #46, 4th Quarter 2013

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child to him, set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:1-3)
      Holy Spirit, bring me to that on-going conversion of life that is the mark of a true disciple. Help us enter that adoption that you desire for us as true sons of our Father in heaven. (See Romans 8:15, Ephesians 1:5, and Galatians 4:5)

Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4)
      Jesus, please give me a heart like yours: a servant's heart, the heart of an obedient child.

Whoever receives one little child like this in my name receives me. (Matthew 18:5)
      Jesus, help us receive all of the children you send us.

"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! (Matthew 18:6-7)
      Father, I pray for the defeat of all those who cause your little ones to stumble. Send your servant Michael the Archangel to do battle with those who use children in the sex trade and all those who lead children into drugs and infest children with false teaching.

If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire. (Matthew 18:8-9)
      Holy Spirit, help me cut off and cast away anything that offends you and stands in the way of my salvation. Thank you.

Oh, give thanks to the LORD! (Psalm 105:1a)
Call upon his name; (Psalm 105:1b)
Make known his deeds among the peoples! (Psalm 105:1c)
Sing to him, sing psalms to him; (Psalm 105:2a)
Talk of all his wondrous works! (Psalm 105:2b)
Glory in his holy name; (Psalm 105:3a)
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! (Psalm 105:3b)
Seek the LORD and his strength; (Psalm 105:4a)
Seek his face evermore! (Psalm 105:4b)
Remember his marvelous works which he has done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth, (Psalm 105:5)
      LORD, please help me to do these things so that I may live in your presence and be with you forever.

A word received: Pray for both my justice and my mercy.

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 1 Macc. 4:1-25 or Mal. 2:1-16; Rev. 21:22-22:5; Matt. 18:1-9
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 1 Macc. 4:36-59 or Mal. 3:1-12; Rev. 22:6-13; Matt. 18:10-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 21 All Missionaries far away from home

***** Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:42 AM, Prayer Request from Deacon Polly
      I ask that you put me and my family on your prayer list for the next couple of weeks, my job is possibly being terminated due to funding cuts. I have worked the last 10 years with the homeless, addicted and mental ill as their case manager. I help them find housing, food, jobs, medical care, education and so much more. We are of course funded by the state and government and the funding is gone. Please pray for them as well as myself as it will be hard to start all over again and the jobs are far and few. polly

***** Cathedral Prayer Table 11-20-13, sunny but cold, Jana, Hilda, Paula, Dcn Plaske.
Mara - prayers for healing
David increased energy
priests - renewal and rest
Christine, healing Bishop Ball, workers at the Cathedral, Dcn Carpenter,(Guidance and thanks for healing)
Hilda - wisdom and guidance
Paul - friends , and those committed to his prayers

***** The birds harmonize the dawn chorus
The light winds hit the house,
And heaven and nature sing.
Heaven on earth.
God morning world...
Fr.Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

 

11/20/2013, #45, 4th Quarter 2013

"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my reverence? Says the LORD of hosts To you priests who despise my name. (Malachi 1:6a)
      Father, please help us honor you and reverence you in thought, word, and deed.

Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?' "You offer defiled food on my altar. But say, 'In what way have we defiled you?' By saying, 'The table of the LORD is contemptible.' And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?" says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 1:6b-8 )
      Jesus, help us daily offer the best we have to you -- our lives and our hopes.

"But now entreat God's favor, that he may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, will he accept you favorably?" Says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 1:9a)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily entreat God's favor so that you may be gracious to us.

A word received: I want you to know me. ["know" implies an intimate relationship]

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 1 Macc. 3:42-60 or Mal. 1:1,6-14; Rev. 21:9-21; Matt. 17:22-27
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 1 Macc. 4:1-25 or Mal. 2:1-16; Rev. 21:22-22:5; Matt. 18:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 19 The work of the Salvation Army
November 20 For Christ to truly reign in all our hearts

***** Diocesan Update November 19, 2013 A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany
Retreats
Advent Retreat: People of Hope...Birthed in Christ This Saturday!

      Trinity Church, 1336 First Avenue, Watervliet, NY 12189 will host an Advent retreat entitled People of Hope...Birthed in Christ on November 23rd from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, led by Marge Milanese. The retreat is FREE! Lunch will be provided, so registration is appreciated. For more information or to register, call Fr. Marty Wendell at 518-753-4502 or 518-852-8484, or you may e-mail him by clicking 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. To download a registration form, click here.
Women's Epiphany Retreat
      On January 3rd - 5th, 2014, take time to come away, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, after the all-too busy holiday season. Visit with friends and meet new women of faith. This year, we'll be going on a spiritual pilgirmage, so pack your bags and meet us at the Spiritual Life Center as we move further along on our faith journey! The cost for the trip is $185 per person, double occupancy. Limited scholarships are available. Registration will be available soon.
Learning Opportunities St. Mary's Institute of Christian Studies
Postponement

      The Venerable Dr. Christoper Brown's course entitled "Introducing the Church Fathers" at St. Mary's Convent in Greenwich, scheduled for November 23rd is being postponed and will be combined with the third (and last) class, which will meet on Thursday December 5th. That class will cover the Epistles of Ignatius and his colleague, Polycarp of Smyrna. Class will meet from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. For more information, click http://stmaryseast.org/Programs.html .
Matthew Preaching Worskshop Handout
      Fr. Christopher Brown has significantly edited the twenty-one page handout for his presentation on "Preaching Matthew" on October 17. If you would like a copy, you can download one by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/download/2013MatthewPreachingSeminar.pdf .
Healing Service at Christ the King
      The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, November 26th will be 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.
Support Opportunities
Bishop Mike and Linda Chapmen

      Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman are visiting the Diocese of Albany from Peru. They will speaking at various churches throughout the diocese about the exciting ministry they are performing there. Their speaking schedule is as follows:
Date/Time and Place
Saturday, November 23rd, 9 am      St. Andrew's Church, 400 West Wendell St., Endicott, NY 13760
Saturday, November 23rd, 5 pm      St. Christopher's Church, 121 St. Christopher Place, Cobleskill, NY 12043
Sunday, November 24th, Morning Services      Christ Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Sunday, December 1st, Morning Services      Christ Church, 970 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12307
Sunday, December 1st, 4:30 pm      Christ Church, 166 Marion Ave, (State Hwy. 51), Gilbertsville, NY 13776
Tuesday, December 3rd, 9 am      Trinity Church, 35 E Main St, Granville, NY 12832
Sunday, December 8th, 10:30 am      Trinity Church, 8 Maple Street, Potsdam, NY 13676
Sunday, December 15th, Morning Services      St. Michael's Church (Colonie), 49 Killean Park, Albany, NY 12205
Sunday, December 15th, Afternoon, St. Luke's Church, 50 William Street, Catskill, NY 12414
Friday, December 20th, 7 pm, St. Michael's Church (Colonie), 49 Killean Park, Albany, NY 12205
Sunday, December 22nd, Morning Services      St. John's Church, 1 N Market Street, Johnstown, NY 12095

***** SAMS is offering a Short-Term Team Leader Training February 15-17, 2014 (President’s Day weekend) in Ambridge, PA. This year’s training will focus on Fundamentals for Collaborative Ministry, a topic that will not only benefit the team, but the sending and receiving church as well.
Attached you will find a brochure with more information about the training. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Bouterse at LynnBouterse@sams-usa.org.
Thanks! J. Lynn Bouterse
Coordinator of Short Term Ministries
SAMS
P.O. Box 399
Ambridge, PA 15005
724-266-0669

***** ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, November 18, 2013; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Clear and warm morning; lots of people out and about. We gave away a TON of the free, non-perishable food we are offering along with warm winter clothing items -- hats, gloves, socks, scarves. Lionel Gibbs and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
f -- received food items.
c -- received winter clothing.

f,c -- THERESA and MARIA -- These two women stopped for prayer for continued good health.

f -- NANCY -- Asked for prayer for her sister (no name given) who lives in New Hampshire and is in "trouble." The Lord knows the details.

f, c -- DAVID -- Asked for prayer to help deal with a neighbor who has been causing him a lot of distress. David is very angry with this man and doesn't get along with him.

f,c, a -- REBECCA and her young nephew MICHAEL -- Rebecca is a regular at our table, but for the first time she brought her two-year-old nephew along. They had just visited the doctor because Michael apparently was bitten several times by a spider overnight. We prayed for his recovery from the bites and anointed him with Holy Oil for healing.

f,c -- ED, SHERRY, ANOTHER WOMAN (no name) -- This trio came to the table for food and clothing. Sherry usually receives prayer for healing in her neck and spine issues, but this time she declined and said "I'm good."

t -- JOTTY -- This woman gave us her nickname only. She asked for prayer for relief from pains she has been having. She told us she has seen us out on the street and wanted to stop in past weeks but hasn't had the courage. She said to us, "I decided that if you were out here again today, I would stop. Here you are, so ... here I am!"

***** Pause for a moment.
Stop what you are doing.
Invite The Lord Into your life.
Make this moment an investment in your future.
A life changing breath, brining you into life eternal...

Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Can we look at Christ’s wounds on the cross and try to stop looking at our wounds, seen and unseen. The very scar tissue, the reminder of the past, staring back at you. Or indeed the forming scar tissue of the present wound. Evidence of the body and mind repairing itself in and through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Hearing His very words, "Peace I give to you..."
Fr.Nigel Mumford+

***** Prayer Table Report, 11/18 1:20 - 2:20 pm State Street Schenectady, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar

++ Julie - (only spoke Spanish) - for her son Obert

+ Margarita - with Julie, Obert is Margarita's husband

+ Sanitago (his old prayer table cross broke) - blessing

Andrew - hit and run prayer

Eddie -(Proclaimed he was not religious, but did stop for prayer) - needs a place to live

Anna - hit and run prayer (showed us her prayer table cross as she went by)

*** Torre came out from the funeral that was occurring for Cindy - she has been a prayer table "graduate", had come to Christ Church Schnectady from an initial meeting when she came to the prayer table for prayers.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, November 18, 2013

 

11/18/2013, #44, 4th Quarter 2013

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Matthew 17:1-4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us restrain ourselves from rushing ahead just to be doing something when we don't know what to do.

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear him!" (Matthew 17:5)
      Father, help us love Jesus with your love. Help us hear him and do what he tells us to do.

And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. (Matthew 17:6)
      Jesus, help us worship you as we encounter who you are.

But Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid." (Matthew 17:7)
      Jesus, come and touch us again and take away our fears; help us hear and receive your words: "Arise, and do not be afraid."

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
      LORD, help me to sing and tell of your mercies to the next generation. Give them ears to hear.

For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever; your faithfulness you shall establish in the very heavens." (Psalm 89:2)
      Father, thank you for your mercy and your faithfulness. Help us share with the next generation all that you have done for us through your son Jesus and your Holy Spirit.

You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, and high is your right hand. righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; mercy and truth go before your face. blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance. (Psalm 89:13-15)
      Jesus, help us abide in your strength, in your righteousness, justice, mercy, and truth. Help us by your Holy Spirit to know the joyful sound and walk in the light of your countenance.

A word received: LISTEN

A word received: Don't look to your fears; look to me.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 1 Macc. 3:1-24 or Hab. 2:1-4,9-20; Rev. 20:7-15; Matt. 17:1-13
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 1 Macc. 3:25-41 or Hab. 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; Rev. 21:1-8; Matt. 17:14-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 18 Vocations of young Adults to Holy Orders and the Religious Life

***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for 18 November 2013
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. This week's selective overview:
      1) I plan to be attending the clergy retreat in Belize at the beginning of December, and Bishop Philip sent me a notice (that I saw yesterday) that he is looking forward to my leading part of it. I learn many things by email.
      2) I redesigned the online curriculum this past week, adjusting for the way matters unfolded on my trip to Belize at the end of October. Also, our third additional online faculty member has begun officially to prepare for teaching in 2014.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray that I would listen to the Holy Spirit while I am at the clergy retreat in the Diocese of Albany this week.
      2) Pray for the upcoming visits to Belize: 1st week in Advent, end of January visit, 1 week in Lent. Please pray for my role as Examining Chaplain for people in the ordination process and the ordination process itself, that the Holy Spirit would accomplish in Belize what he would like done.
      3) I am praying about an upcoming visit to Tanzania. Your prayers about timing and content of that visit would be appreciated. I am getting a better idea on the course of action to take.
      4) Continuing prayer in good times and lean times for the online program: faculty, family, finances, plans, students, and courses.
      5) Prayer for upcoming parish visits and the presentation at the Diocese of Connecticut mission day in March.
      6) Prayer for Lydia in her job search.
In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

***** A prayerful reflection
As the early afternoon darkness closes in
I find myself burdened to say a prayer, interceding for those who suffer
From Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD.
May God Himself heal this seasonal patten in your life.
May the refracted light of Christ fill your face, eyes and soul,
With a brilliance beyond my simple prayer for you.
May the Very Light of Very Light heal and uplift your soul
Chasing away sadness, depression heaviness and anything else
Related to the change of season, and the real or perceived darkness.
May God bless you and heal you dear soul.
Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** From the Diocese of Albany:
Invite Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman to Speak at Your Church
      Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman are currently making an extended visit to the United States and the Diocese of Albany and are available to speak at your church through December 21st. Bishop Mike, a former priest of the Diocese of Albany, and his wife, Linda, are planting churches among the Quechua people in the Peruvian Andes. They would like to show your groups slides of their work: preaching, healing, ordaining, and building, and then give you an opportunity to participate in that work.
      Both Bishop Mike and Linda also have gifts of healing and people are drawn to Jesus as they pray for Him to heal them. Some couples from the Diocese have visited Bishop Mike and Linda in Peru and have shared inspiring stories of the healing that is accomplished by Jesus through them. Bishop Mike and Linda would love to lead a healing service at your church, and would be happy to follow the healing service with their presentation regarding the good work they are doing in Peru. They would also be willing to be the featured guest at a meeting of your parish group, praying for and presenting to the members of that group. Not sure what group would be appropriate? Men's groups, women's groups, bible studies, adult classes, mid-week communion services, Daughter's of the King chapters, and Ultreya groups are all possibilities.
      Having Bishop Mike and Linda visit could be an encouragement and inspiration for other kinds of mission activity at your church. Sometimes, as people see the possibilities for overseas mission, they see the possibilities for mission in their own neighborhood as well.
      They charge nothing for coming, but if you would let them hand out prayer cards and receive pledges of prayer and financial support from your people, they would appreciate it. If you would like to have them speak or lead a healing service, call Canon Bob Haskell at 607-437-7431 or you can e-mail him by clicking here. The days and times they still have open are listed below:
      Thursday, November 21 - evening only
      Friday, November 22 - anytime
      Sunday, November 24 - evening only
      Monday, December 2 - anytime
      Wednesday, December 4 - anytime
      Thursday, December 5 - anytime
      Friday, December 6 - morning and lunch time only
      Monday, December 9 - evening only
      Tuesday, December 10 - anytime
      Wednesday, December 11 - evening only
      Thursday, December 12 - anytime
      Friday, December 13 - morning and lunchtime only
      Monday, December 16 - anytime
      Tuesday, December 17 - anytime
      Wednesday, December 18 - anytime
      Thursday, December 19 - anytime
      Friday, December 20 - anytime
      Saturday, December 21 - anytime

***** Icons, from Christine Hales: http://newchristianiconsblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/november-icon-blog-2013/

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, November 17, 2013

 

11/17/2013, #43, 4th Quarter 2013

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. (2 Thessalonians 3:10-13)
      Lord Jesus, show us how to handle the situation where people desire to work but there are no jobs.

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. (2 Thessalonians 3:13)
      Holy Spirit, show us clearly the good you would have us do.

And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15)
      Father, show us how to be brothers to those in the body who are in need.

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
      Lord, we need you to be with us and give us your peace. Thank you.

The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write. (2 Thessalonians 3:17)
      Thank you, Lord, for Paul's faithful witness to the gospel.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (2 Thessalonians 3:18 )
      Lord Jesus Christ, pour out your grace upon us all. Amen.

Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 1 Macc. 2:29-43,49-50 or Hab. 1:1-4(5-11)12-2:1; Acts 28:14b-23; Luke 16:1-13
Proper 28 Closest to November 16: 98 or 98:5-10; Malachi 3:13-4:2a,5-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 1 Macc. 3:1-24 or Hab. 2:1-4,9-20; Rev. 20:7-15; Matt. 17:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 17 Parish Healing Ministry
The Venerable Barbara Hanstine

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday,November 16, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans. and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Incredible blue sky and balmy weather.

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

State St.

Roy (man) -- "I have alcohol on my breath." We prayed for sobriety.

+Javon (young man) -- "For my family."

Mark (man) -- Pray for +John who asked prayer for Vivian who drives his girl friend Julie crazy. Also prayer for day off to work at soup kitchen.

Ashed (man) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+Paula (regular) and her friend +Kathy (mom) and +Alexis (Kathy's daughter). We prayed for Paula's family and then we prayed for Kathy. Kathy said her daughter Zaradia is terminally ill with liver disease. We told her there is nothing terminal if we are in Jesus because he can raise us to new life when we die. Kathy believes in Jesus. We urged her to tell Zaradia the hope that she can have in Jesus for eternal life with him. Kathy said she is going to tell her. I gave Paula the word Jean and I got this morning: "I hear you when you cry out to me."

a + 199 Harry (bottle guy) -- He asked prayer that he would stay clean and sober. He has had 2 months clean.

+ 199 Andrew (man) -- "Peace and provision"

+ a 199 Joseph (man) -- He asked for blessing on his family. He had just come back from 3 months in Chicago visiting his grandchildren. He has been to the prayer table before.

+ a 199 José (man) -- "for good health and that I will be able to keep working."

199 Stephen (young man with bright purple and pink hair "I was bored.") -- He asked for the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life. [He was baptized while he was in jail.]

+ Dinah (woman) -- "I'm on my way to the bus."

+ a 199 Taiquan (young man) -- He asked prayer that he would be a good father to his daughter and a good role model to his younger brother. He has given his life to Jesus. He was walking by with two other guys his age. He stopped for prayer, they went on.

+ 199 Imani (young woman) -- "For me andmy family." +199 Phoenix (Imani's daughter)

+ a 199 Omella (young man with a limp, his right leg was shorter than the left leg) -- He gave his life to Jesus before and is still walking with him.

Steve (man) -- We prayed for a place for him to start his business.

a 199 Sabitha (regular) -- "for finances"

Albany St.

+ Alfredo- drove right up to the prayer table! He wanted a new cross because, as he showed us, his was wearing out. Prayer for him and his family, blessing, protection, provision and for him to be the father God is calling him to be.

+ Lloyd-straighten out a situation they are in and peace between him and his wife (threw the beer bottle he was drinking from away before he came over)

Prenauth-he needs a weekly arm injection for his mental illness-prayed for healing of his mind and for him to turn his stress over to God

++++ (4 sisters, from young to older, all school age) Denise, Mimi, Cece, Envy- we prayed for each one for school, friends, blessings, and that they would be a blessing

Wells (adult male) prayed for his mother who has breast cancer

++ Estelle(mother) and Angel(daughter)- prayed for their pastor, John, for healing (we have prayed for them recently on State St.)

+Janet-prayed for strength, protection, and that God would be her shield (I have prayed for her before on Albany St.)

Dennis-spent a long time with him, he was drinking, he know a lot about God and had personal experience with Jesus, but was choosing to be disobedient. Please pray for him to want to obey God.

***** News from Bishop Grant and Doctor Wendy
      Rt Rev Dr Grant LeMarquand and Dr Wendy LeMarquand are missionaries of SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders) Bishop Grant is area bishop for the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia, Eretrea, Djibouti); under the Most Rev Dr Mouneer Anis, Bishop of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
What does Love Look Like?
      What does love look like? This question has been quietly simmering in the back of my mind lately. It popped up as I lost my shoe to the grasping mud for the second time. I felt around for it with my foot, hoping to find it and nothing else in the muddy water. I was half supporting, half carrying our oldest worker to her home to recover from combined pneumonia and malaria. Although she is nearly 10 years younger than I am, she looks nearly 20 years older; my generations of good nutrition contrasting with her heritage of deprivation.
      "What does love look like?", I wondered, stopping myself from running out to protect the precious 2 inches of rainwater left in our last rain barrel. I was watching the community children as they laughed and chatted while letting the water run unused. After all, they didn't want to rush taking turns to wash their feet! This is sharing life with the poor. It is sharing in the lack of running water and understanding the lack of foresight to conserve it when the means of conserving water are so often unavailable, and even unimaginable.
      What does love look like? I am struck by the sheer power of goodness shining through the midst of difficult circumstances. God is unfailingly good. And the challenge to look for, to see and to express His goodness in every aspect of life - surely this is what love looks like.
Horn of Africa Area Assembly:
      The audience hushed as 'Jesus' walked in, resplendent in wig and re-purposed Mothers' Union uniform. It was the 3rd bible study drama of the Area Assembly. This one, presented by the Opo, was bound to be good! In quiet solemnity, the crowd followed Jesus, holding wounded heads bound in cloth, walking with shortened and twisted limbs, and otherwise looking generally woe-begone. With quiet majesty, Jesus healed all. As all sat down, one of the disciples approached the Lord, clearly explaining in Opo that the crowd needed to eat. A regal gesture from Jesus sent him back to the crowd, where 5 small loaves and 2 real fish were produced in hushed reverence. As Jesus lifted the basket high in mute thanksgiving, the plastic bag under the loaves and fish was ripped away, revealing the hidden bounty of bread rolls underneath. Electrifyingly, the crowd leapt to their feet, their cries of joy erupting from the absolute silence like a foretaste of resurrection! As one man, they dove in a free for all scrum, loaves of bread flying everywhere, mouths full of laughter and food - real joy... and really funny!
      Area Assembly: 200 gathered for 2 days of business, worship and teaching. See attached "Bishop's Charge" http://gallery.mailchimp.com/9c9acb225d20d4c20ad4369dd/files/bishop_s_charge_2013_PDF.pdf
Clergy and Lay vote at Area Assembly
      Definitely NOT boring! Just a couple of years ago, life was fairly predictable. Most days I could be found in my office, in front of my computer screen doing professorial preparation or in the classroom teaching. But now, a kaleidoscope of travel has kept life, well, let's say 'interesting'!
      South Sudan: Speaking at the retreat for students graduating from Bishop Gwynne College and then at the graduation itself combined joy (finally a chance to go to the college where Wendy and I were to have gone almost 30 years ago but were prevented by war), and frustration (preaching at Emmanuel Jieng Church, the wonderful worship interrupted by an hour long campaign speech by the country's Vice President as he 'greeted' the people).
      Addis: learning Amharic; jumping through residency permit hoops; filling in at our English congregation while the rector was away; leading and preaching at the Remembrance Day service organized by the British Embassy with 40 ambassadors and their 'Military Attaches'; introducing a famous Baptist preacher at the Sunday evening service at St Matthew's. During one of our trips to Addis, a couple of terrorists blew themselves up while trying to assemble a bomb that they had intended to detonate at a large football match between Ethiopia and Nigeria. The devastation would have been horrific. The country is now on heightened alert. Nothing boring about life here.
      Gambella: Life has been no less varied. Reports, repairs, preparation, Area Assembly (like a church 'Convention' or 'Synod' for the Episcopal Area of the Horn of Africa), and of course, interruptions - the stuff of ministry here. Wonderful visitors from the Mothers' Union (one from London, one from Juba, one from Addis) to train local literacy facilitators in how to teach the women in our Gambella churches how to read their own language; great visit from St Matthew's Church representatives to the Area Assembly. Much less helpful visit from a (now) former priest (deposed for neglect of duty, deception, violence and threatening behaviour among other things). Not much that is 'routine' here either.
      I have often told people that nothing is mediocre in Africa - it is either spectacularly wonderful or truly awful. I recently read the Old Testament story of the spies going to check out Canaan. Most of them (10 out of 12) came back with the report, "The people were like giants; we seemed like grasshoppers next to them." A couple of days after reading the passage, I realized that I had caught a case of that exotic disease, 'grasshopper syndrome'. I was having a tough time trusting that God would give the resources (material and spiritual) that are needed for this work. The 'cares and occupations' were taking a toll. I began to long for that 9-5 routine at the desk and in the classroom. A bit of boredom sounded kind of nice. A series of people and events have helped. Bishop Mouneer in Egypt has provided great wisdom; countless encouraging emails seem to arrive just when I need them; and (of course!) Wendy is always there to pray and support. God is good - I may be a grasshopper, but our God sure isn't.
If you would like to share in our work, see the following charitable donation links:
In Canada: Devxchange http://www.devxchange.org/Nehemiah.html
In the UK: Friends of the Anglican Church in Ethiopia, and Egypt Diocesan Association
FACE: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1004812
EDA: http://www.eda-egypt.org.uk/pages/contact.html
In the US: SAMS-USA http://samsusa.org

***** South Colton Mission Prayer table--Zion , Colton, Friday Nov. 15, 2013 50--part sun,cold wind, Jo Ferris

4 tooted and waved with smiles--- 1 before I did

there were no --no waves

Anne --construction of their new house on Cold Brook

Bicknell Bldg. Supply ---delivery of construction materials

Kevin ---his job with the state

Henry --asked for prayers "that God's will be done"

Higley Flow State Park --new trail Lodge --opening soon

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, November 16, 2013

 

11/16/2013, #42, 4th Quarter 2013

From that time Jesus began to show to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord; this shall not happen to you!" But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are an offense to me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Matthew 16:21-23)
      Jesus, please help us daily accept the reality that your solutions and agenda are often quite different from ours. Help us embrace the way you want to do things.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
      Holy Spirit, help me recognize and take up the cross Jesus has for me.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:25)
      Father, please help me give my life to Jesus for him to do with it what he wants.

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)
      None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him--For the redemption of their souls is costly, (Psalm 49:7-8 )

For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each according to his works. (Matthew 16:27)
      Jesus, Son of Man, I pray that my works will have been done in faith.

Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom." (Matthew 16:28 )
      Holy Spirit, thank you for raising Jesus from the dead. Raise all of us in this diocese to new life in him. Thank you.

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 1 Macc. 2:1-28 or Joel 3:9-17; Rev. 20:1-6; Matt. 16:21-28
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 1 Macc. 2:29-43,49-50 or Hab. 1:1-4(5-11)12-2:1; Acts 28:14b-23; Luke 16:1-13
Proper 28 Closest to November 16: 98 or 98:5-10; Malachi 3:13-4:2a,5-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 16 Thanksgiving for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
The Rev’d Mark Diebel

***** Please pray for the prayer table ministry.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, November 16. This service will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, Eucharist will be celebrated, and prayer will be offered for those in need of healing or any other needs.

***** Two excellent books on discipleship and evangelism:
      Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale
      The Father Glorified by Patrick Robertson and David Watson
      Both are available as paperbacks and on Kindle. Both books show effective ways for ordinary Christians to share their faith in a compelling way.

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer
Fri 11/15/2013
Jeanne Gizara
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:13-14)
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall rise up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
      We thank You Lord that Fr. Shaw Mudge waits upon You and that You reward him by providing for his needs and sending your Holy Spirit for inspiration. Thank You for that faith that Father Shaw and all his intercessors will look upon your goodness and all the wonderful things that You do for us, in this land of the living. Thank You for the strength that You have given to Father Shaw and for his good heart and all his courage in exploring your plans for him.
      We continue to pray for the on-line teaching program and the ordination process in Belize. And we pray for some advances in Tanzania, although we know that good things will happen in your time, Lord. Thank You. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, November 15, 2013

 

11/15/2013, #41, 4th Quarter 2013

And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your elders shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28 )
      LORD, we pray that you will pour out your Holy Spirit upon all of our sons and daughters. We pray that they will hear and speak your word and that they will receive new vision from you.

And also on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:29)
      Lord Jesus Christ, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. (Joel 2:30-31)
      LORD, help us recognize and respond to the signs of the times. Our times are in your hand (Psalm 31:15).

And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. (Joel 2:32a)
      Jesus, please help all your people throughout this diocese call upon your name and be saved.

For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls. (Joel 2:32b)
      Holy Father, we want to be a part of that faithful remnant when whom you have called. Thank you.

For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, (Joel 3:1)
      Jesus, bring back all those who have become captive to the empty philosophies of our day.

A word received: I will be with you in the deep valley.

Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 1 Macc. 1:41-63 or Joel 2:28-3:8; Rev. 19:11-16; Matt. 16:13-20
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 1 Macc. 2:1-28 or Joel 3:9-17; Rev. 20:1-6; Matt. 16:21-28

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 15 For Increase in the Daughters of the King,
The Rev’d Allen Peyton

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, November 16. This service will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, Eucharist will be celebrated, and prayer will be offered for those in need of healing or any other needs.

***** Two excellent books on discipleship and evangelism:
      Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale
      The Father Glorified by Patrick Robertson and David Watson
      Both are available as paperbacks and on Kindle. Both books show effective ways for ordinary Christians to share their faith in a compelling way.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:10 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Ted (volunteer, 83) -- His granddaughter Camille who has lymes disease is doing better.

Gary -- He asked prayer for Terry, that she will come to the Lord.

Dan -- He asked prayer for his daughter Julia.

The people sang "Happy Birthday" to Jean and an eleven year old girl and gave them birthday cakes.

Mike (from the Salvation Army) -- We prayed for the lost and the least, that they will be cared for and hear the gospel.

+Terry (man) -- He asked prayer for loved ones who have died.

***** State Street Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Thursday 11/14 1:40 - 2:30PM, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and his guitar, Bright sunny day - little foot traffic at this time

Marie - prayers for the healing of her leg

Bus honked!

Marcus - showed us his cross but did not stop - blessings in his walk

School bus driver waved

Brian - hit and run prayer

Kiki (been to the table before) - prayers for protection for her and her family (stayed to hear 2 songs about amazing grace)

Dave - walk by blessing; yelled a blessing at us

+++Arlington - prayers for his wife, family, and friends

Paul - take of his bug heart

Bus honked!

***** The view from the pulpit.

Climbing the stairs, ascending, looking over the sea of heads.
Parted in the center, was Moses here already?
Preaching the word to so many faces,
Looking.
Expecting.
Some smiling, some sad, some quizzical, some frowning in concentration.
(I pray)
Some just blank... nothing, switched off or sponging up the presence?
(I pray some more)
One face peaking around the pillar! Not really wanting eye contact.
Eyes, looking, wanting to be fed. Yearning...
An ear cupped near the back. Sit closer next time man.
In the zone, such fun and joy. The presence palpable. Yes Lord.
Sometimes its lonely up there.
Where are you God?
Where am I going?
"Tell 'em about Jesus," the words of a mentor pop up.
If I am struggling I look at the smilers.
If I am riding the wave I look at the frowners... And smile!
A distraction as someone looks at their watch.
Hang in their, my point is just around the corner. Two blocks!
How many sermons has the wall at the back actually heard?
Fishing with words as the message sits and then,
hopefully, prayerfully,
sinks into the Soul.
The takeaway delivered.
After all, Jesus said, "Preach the Kingdom and heal the sick."
Gently, I climb down the stairs.
What just happened?
Jesus...
Is that what it felt like on the cross,
Without the physical pain?
Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Hi All,
      We've received a request from Mark Fetherstonhaugh to pray for his son Adam who is out in Cambodia. It is really important that we are vigilant in our prayers for Adam as he has been finding it really tough. There is a lot of darkness in Cambodia and Adam is well aware that he is under spiritual attack from the enemy. Pray for not only his physical protection but also the guarding of his heart. Pray also that he will see things from a Kingdom perspective and will always be able to see the hope that God is bringing to people.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, November 14, 2013

 

11/14/2013, #40, 4th Quarter 2013

Now when his disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?--but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Matthew 16:5-12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us remember all the wondrous things we have seen Jesus do in our lives. Thank you.

      Father, you have watched over us and provided for us through your son Jesus. Thank you.

      Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to recognize and beware of the teaching and doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees of our generation. Thank you.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
      LORD, shepherd ___n___ and provide for him/her .

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
      Jesus, lead ___n___ into a quiet time of green pastures and still waters.

He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:3)
      For the sake of your name, Jesus, restore the soul of ___n___ and lead him/her in paths of righteousness.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
      Lord, ___n___ has walked through the valley of the shadowof death for many years; set him/her free from fear of all evil and help him/her know that you are with and will guide him/her .

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
      Jesus, help ___n___ taste and see that you are good. Help him/her sit down day by day at your banquet table.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:6)
      Jesus, come between ___n___ and all the wounds of his/her past. Help him/her know your goodness and mercy are following him/her all the days of his/her life.

A prayer received: Open my heart; open my ears.

A word received: I Am your shepherd and I AM carrying you.

Thursday: [83] or 23,27 * 85, 86; 1 Macc. 1:1-28 or Joel 2:21-27; Rev. 19:1-10; Matt. 16:1-12
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 1 Macc. 1:41-63 or Joel 2:28-3:8; Rev. 19:11-16; Matt. 16:13-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 14 Thanksgiving for the Holy Scriptures

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, November 16. This service will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, Eucharist will be celebrated, and prayer will be offered for those in need of healing or any other needs.

***** This Friday, November 15 at 7pm, at St. Michael's, Colonie, we will celebrate our monthly Prayer and Praise Worship with Communion. Prayer ministers are standing by to offer prayer. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be provided. This is a relaxed service, yet designed to rekindle a Passion for our Lord! Mtr. Lorrie Hart wil preach.

***** Cathedral prayer table report 11-13-13. Very Cold - Dcn Plakse, Barb Irwin, Jana Lingo

Sue - Peter, Daphne, Dean Collum, People of Philippines and Egypt

Jana - homeless with advent of cold weather

Paul - bishop ball, Dc Carpenter, Baileys, Dr. Horvath, & Family, Tripp and Family

Barb - Prayer from page 841 of 1979 "Thanksgiving for a child"

***** [Note from Torre: Jean is 83 today.]

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

 

11/13/2013, #39, 4th Quarter 2013

Then great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus' feet, and he healed them. (Matthew 15:30)
      Holy Spirit, please help every parish in this diocese in Jesus' name welcome in the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others so that they may find healing from Jesus.

So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. (Matthew 15:31)
      Jesus, let the healings bring glory to you and your Father.

Now Jesus called his disciples to himself and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way." (Matthew 15:32)
      Jesus, please help us minister with your compassion.

Then his disciples said to him, "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?" (Matthew 15:33)
      Father, please help us, as Jesus did, to look to you to provide for those in need. Help us to be willing to contribute of our resources to provide for those in need.

Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven, and a few little fish." (Matthew 15:34)
      Jesus, when we do the math, it doesn't compute; when you step in, there is enough and to spare.

So he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. (Matthew 15:35)
      Holy Spirit, so often we receive -- not because we are doing something, but because we are being obedient and waiting on Jesus to see what he will do.

And he took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to his disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. (Matthew 15:36)
      Jesus, please help us to be a people who give thanks to our Father in heaven for his provision for us.

So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. (Matthew 15:37)
      Father, I offer you all the fragments of my life; gather them up and make me whole. Thank you.

Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 15:38 )
      Lord of the harvest, send us out into the harvest fields so that we may do the work you have called us to. Thank you.

A word received: Let my word light your way. [Psalm 119:105]

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Neh. 7:73b-8:3,5-18; Rev. 18:21-24; Matt. 15:29-39
Thursday: [83] or 23,27 * 85, 86; 1 Macc. 1:1-28 or Joel 2:21-27; Rev. 19:1-10; Matt. 16:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 13
The Rev’d Linda Servetas

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, November 16. This service will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, Eucharist will be celebrated, and prayer will be offered for those in need of healing or any other needs.

***** This Friday, November 15 at 7pm, at St. Michael's, Colonie, we will celebrate our monthly Prayer and Praise Worship with Communion. Prayer ministers are standing by to offer prayer. Contemporary Praise and Worship music will be provided. This is a relaxed service, yet designed to rekindle a Passion for our Lord! Mtr. Lorrie Hart wil preach.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

 

11/12/2013, #38, 4th Quarter 2013

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed." But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." But he answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" But he answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matthew 15:21-28 )
      We all like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and you father have laid our iniquity on Jesus. Thank you.

      Jesus, you were sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel; thank you for coming to us as well who are gentiles. Thank you for every crumb that comes to us from your table.

      Holy Spirit, give us the persistence of this woman in coming to Jesus for all that he can do for us. Give us enduring faith. Thank you.

A word received: Rejoice when you see my hand at work.

A word received: I long to restore my people. Pray they will return to me.

A word received: Rest in me; I AM faithful.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Neh. 9:26-38; Rev. 18:9-20; Matt. 15:21-28
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Neh. 7:73b-8:3,5-18; Rev. 18:21-24; Matt. 15:29-39

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 12 Counseling Service Satellites

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, November 16. This service will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, Eucharist will be celebrated, and prayer will be offered for those in need of healing or any other needs.

***** Monday, November 11, 2013 10:41 PM, Diocesan Prayer Concerns
      It is with sadness that we report the death of Father Paul Calvin Bailey, Retired Priest of the Diocese and former Rector of Christ Church, Herkimer. Fr. Paul passed away on Monday, November 11th at the age of 66. Calling hours are Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at Fenner Funeral Home, 116 Court St., Herkimer, NY 13350, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, 109 West St, Ilion, NY 13357 on Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 11:00 am. Bishop Love will celebrate. (Vesting clergy: White stole). Please keep Fr. Paul's wife, Pat, and all of Fr. Bailey's family and friends in your prayers.
      Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord; let light perpetual shine upon him.
      Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

***** Prayer Table Mission--Cold Brook Dr. South Colton, Fri. Oct. 25th, 2013 11:00am -12:00 --Jo Ferris, Upper 40's, snow flurries,windy,part clouds

2 no waves---prayed they would come to know Jesus. One was a truck of hunters who just looked.

4 racing boats headed toward adirondacks --prayed for their destination.

A quiet day --prayed for my surroundings and prayed in Thanks giving for Jim's sucessful surgery

Friday Nov. 9, 2013 11-12 --Overcast, low 30';s flurries,windy, Jo Ferris --I lasted 45min.

2 --no waves--I prayed they would come to know Jesus--one was a dilapidated Jeep --going fast. I prayed for his safety.

A national grid truck

Someone from New Hampshire --smiled and waved

Another smiled and waved

***** From: Joann E Ferris, Monday, November 11, 2013
Subject: Final update of Prayer request for hubby--Jim
      About a week after surgery --Jim saw the dr. --The ear was kerostosis---non cancer but can be pre-cancer --however I believe God will take care of that as he continues to heal Jim physically and spiritually. The neck was basal cell carcinoma---the scar was healing very well. It probably will not be visible. It can reoccur and the dr. will see him in March.( after he turns 82) (not the reason for return visit) Again --I believe God will take Care of any reoccurence as I know He is the Great Physician. Praise God!! in all things. Thank You Lord. Thank u all for your prayers. May God Bless u all! YSIC, jo

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