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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


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