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Saturday, November 09, 2013


11/9/2013, #35, 4th Quarter 2013

Make vows to the LORD your God, and pay them; let all who are around him bring presents to him who ought to be feared. (Psalm 76:11)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who have made marriage vows: that they will be steady in keeping them.

The Declaration of Consent [Adapted from the BCP]

The Celebrant says to the man/woman
N., will you have this man/woman to be your husband/wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him/her, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

The person answers
I will.

      Holy Spirit, Comforter, please help the husbands and wives of this diocese love and comfort one another.

      Jesus, please help us honor and keep one another in sickness and in health. Where there is sickness, we ask you to enter into the life of that marriage with your healing touch; where there is health, that the couple will reach out with love and compassion and minister to others.

      Father, you established the first marriage between Adam and Eve and through your son Jesus blessed marriage at Cana in Galilee; help us to forsake all others and be faithful to one another as long as we both shall live.

The Celebrant then addresses the congregation, saying
Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?
People      We will.

      Holy Trinity, One God, help all of us who witness the vows of marriage do our part in upholding the couple in keeping their vows. Thank you.

A word received: My disciples came to me in the storm. I want you to do that also.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Ezra 9:1-15; Rev. 17:1-14; Matt. 14:22-36
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Ezra 10:1-17; Acts 24:10-21; Luke 14:12-24
Proper 27 Closest to November 9: 17 or 17:1-8; Job 19:23-27a; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5; Luke 20:27(28-33)34-38

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 9 Compassion for the Homeless

***** Bp. Mike Chapman to lead Healing Prayer Service at St. Christopher's on Nov. 23 at 5 pm
      On Saturday, November 23 at 5 pm, the Rt. Rev. Mike Chapman, Episcopal Bishop of Peru, and his wife Linda, will lead a Liturgy of Healing Prayer with Reserved Sacrament Communion at St. Christopher's Church, Cobleskill. The church is at 121 St. Christopher Place, Cobleskill NY 12043. Anyone in the Diocese is welcome! For more information or to RSVP, email

***** From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Prayer Concerns
November 8, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      I would like to share with you some members of our diocese who are need of our prayers.
      Yesterday, Thursday, I visited with Father Paul and Pat Bailey and their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters. Bishop Dan also stopped by. Father Paul was alert, sitting up, and talking with us. It was a very positive time and Father Paul and Pat continue to be an inspiration to all who come in contact with them. They are both wonderful servants of our Lord. Father Paul is in hospice care in New Hartford (NY) and Pat is being treated for cancer. I ask for your continued prayers for both Fr. Paul and Pat and for their whole family.
      Earlier this week, Archdeacon Barbara Hanstine fell and broke her knee on one leg and severely sprained her ankle on the other leg. She has a full length cast on the leg with the broken knee. The doctors hope that immobilizing her knee will allow it to heal without surgery. She has a "boot" for the sprained ankle. I ask for your prayers for Archdeacon Barbara for healing and a full, timely recovery.
      Canon Curtis Denney continues to battle pneumonia. I ask for your prayers for Canon Curtis that he be restored to health quickly and fully.
      O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly ask you to behold, visit, and console your servant Paul. Look upon him with the eyes of your mercy, comfort him with a sense of your goodness, preserve him from the temptations of the enemy, give him patience in his affliction, and grant that finally he may dwell with you in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
      O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sicknes and all infirmity; Be present in your goodness with your servants Pat, Barbara, and Curtis, that their weakness may be banished and their strength restored; and that, their health being renewed, they may bless your holy Name. Strengthen the doctors and nurses who care for them, and grant that Pat, Barbara, and Curtis may be restored to health with thankful hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
      Your Brother in Christ, +Bill

***** 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.

***** Team need from Bishop Chapman in Peru
      We are about to embark on some construction projects in Ica. We will first need to lay a cement foundation for several modular units. A team to participate would be good. We should talk about bridgers. There is always a need for missionaries, perhaps bi-lingual Spanish/English.
      Blessings, Bishop Mike

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Sent: Friday, November 8, 2013
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations. (Isaiah 61:11)
      Lord, You are responsible for all of creation, the physical world as well as the spiritual. We thank You for all the sprouting growth around us, for the food that nourishes our bodies and for Your Word which nourishes our souls. We praise You, Father God.
      We thank You for the work of Father Shaw Mudge and we ask that You help him with his new responsibilities in Belize. Because of his ministry, and that of the students whom he is training, may their be more righteousness and service to You in Belize and may all the nations more heartily praise your Holy Name. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

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