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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:

Albany Intercessor

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