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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady New Year's Eve Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady New Year's Eve Prayer Table Report, Tuesday December 31, 2013, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Dan and Joe Popa, and Torre Bissell on State St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
w--indicates warm clothing

+ 199 Galinda (mom) and +Alex, +Edward, +Evelyn, and +Jazmine -- Prayed for God's provision and blessing for the new year.

+Clyde (young man) -- He asked prayer for guidance about his daughter Emilia.

+ 199 Nima (woman) -- She asked prayer for good health.

Joe (young man) -- He is starting work at a new job on Thursday. We prayed that he would be blessed in the job and be a blessing to others.

+ 199 Jamie (man) -- "I just lost my father and my brother a week apart." We prayed for peace and comfort for him.

+ w 199 Christine (woman) -- "To become more stable." and + Kenny (man)

+Bill (young man) -- He asked prayer for a safe and good new year. He said his kids always take his cross.

+Imiah (young woman) -- She asked prayer for her mom Shane whose leg is messed up.

+ 199 John (man) -- "For my family."

+ 199 Christine (young woman) -- She asked prayer for a year of blessing.
+ 199 Lamont (young man) -- When I asked him if he had ever given his life to Jesus, he said, "Well I was baptized." We indicated that wasn't necessarily the same thing. When we asked him if he would like to give his life to Jesus, he said, "Yes." He invited Jesus into his heart, asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior, and then confessed his sins to Jesus. We then led him in asking for and accepting Jesus' forgiveness of all his sins. When we showed him If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) and explained to him that he was now clean, he started laughing with joy and said, "I have never felt like this before."

+ 199 Wayne (young man) -- "A job."
+ w 199 Anika (young woman) -- "A job." She also asked prayer for her mother Sadie who has high blood pressure.

+ 199 Maxine (Tobias, a regular' aunt) -- We prayed for a new year of blessing for her.


 

12/31/2013, #79, 4th Quarter 2013

"It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear." (Isaiah 65:24)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing me.

O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. (Psalm 139:1-6)
      Thank you, Father, that I am in your hands. You know me through and through; you know all my sins of thought, word, and deed, and yet you love me enough to send your son Jesus to die for me, and you fill and refill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" (John 5:5-6)
      Jesus, I too want to be made well. I want to see your healing power manifested all around me.

The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. (John 5:7-9)
      Lord, speak your word and I shall be made well. Speak you word and those around me shall be made well. Speak your word and this diocese will be a well-watered garden of delight and healing. Thank you.

Dec. 31      46, 48 * --; 1 Kings 3:5-14: James 4:13-17;5:7-11: John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: --: * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25: Rev. 21:1-6
Holy Name: 103 * 148; Isa. 62:1-5,10-12: Rev. 19:11-16: Matt. 1:18-25
Holy Name January 1: 8; Exodus 34:1-8; Romans 1:1-7 or Philippians 2:9-13; Luke 2:15-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 31 Thanksgivings for the blessings of 2013

***** ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013; 11-12 noon in our Parish Hall during monthly Community Meal. Anne DeGroff and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

SUE -- Received prayers for her father and sister, who both are seriously ill.

DAVID -- Asked for prayers for the safety of children from predators.

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(Monday, Dec. 30, 2013; 9:45 -- 10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Very raw, windy and brutally cold day after a mixed precipitation storm last night froze solid and turned the streets, sidewalks and parking lots of Amsterdam into a three-inch cake of dangerous ice. The meal usually served at the Masonic Temple across the street was not open today (probably because of the awful weather) so many people who came turned to us for the free non-perishable food we offer at the table now. Some also took winter clothes, which we also offer those who come for prayer. Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil or give out any wooden crosses today.

OLDER MAN (No name given) -- Received prayer for safety and took some gloves and a hat and socks.

ANGEL (young man) -- Gratefully took food and clothing for his young family. He filled a generous bag with things like pasta, sauce, mac and cheese and soup and said "Thank you so much. Now we can eat today ... after all!" We prayed for the safety and preservation of his family.

DAVE -- Asked for prayer for the coming year to be better financially for him than this one was. Took food and clothing items for friends in need.

NANCY --- This woman comes every Monday and takes all the food items she can carry in her cloth grocery bag. (We don't mind how much people take.) She told me a few weeks ago that St. Ann's " ... gets (her) through the week with your food" and she is very grateful. We prayed for her to be safe and to not be afraid.

DONNA -- During the hot summer months, this young woman would always run down the street and wave and say "God bless you!" as she ran past. One day, she finally stopped and said hello and asked why we were out on the sidewalk. When we told her it was to offer prayers for needs for yourself or someone else or for a thanksgiving, she got prayer and has come ever since. Today she, too, was in need of food for her family to get through a tough time. We are so glad we are able to help people in need, and there is, unfortunately, much need in downtown Amsterdam.

***** What a great way to spend the last Day of 2013...

Come to the Ecumenical Healing Service at CtK, held every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a delicious buffet lunch in the Welcome Center.

December 31: The Right Rev. Daniel Herzog, VIII Bishop of Albany
Dec 31 marks the final 2013 Healing Service at Christ the King. Bishop Dan Herzog will speak on "New Years" as an opportunity to reset our hopes, allow the Lord to heal the past, and welcome a fresh indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This 10 a.m. New Year's Eve service includes receiving the Eucharist, the Lord's own Body and Blood as the source of our strength.
Anointing for healing, and for our individual calling will follow Holy Communion. Individual ministry will be available. Bp Dan suggests bringing a friend to share in this experience of grace. He is the retired Bishop of Albany, and presently directs the Ministry of Healing and Spiritual Formation at Christ the King.

Save the Date -Speakers Coming in January 2014

1/7 The Right Rev. Daniel Herzog, VIII Bishop of Albany Director of Healing Ministry and Spiritual Formation at CtK

1/14 The Rev. Nancy Goff, Deacon at Church of the Messiah and Chaplain at Glens Falls Hospital

1/21 The Very Rev. John Thompson, Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls, NY

1/28 The Rev. Katherine Alonge- Coons, Grace Church, Waterford, NY

Albany Intercessor


Monday, December 30, 2013

 

12/30/2013, #78, 4th Quarter 2013

12/30/2013, #78, 4th Quarter 2013So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where he had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him and implored him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe." The nobleman said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies!" Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your son lives." So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. (John 4:46-50)
      Jesus, please help me take you at your word as this man did. When you speak to me, please help me by your Holy Spirit to act on your word.

And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, "Your son lives!" (John 4:51)
      Father, help us to be bearers of such good news.

Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign Jesus did when he had come out of Judea into Galilee. (John 4:52-84)
      Holy Spirit, let the word of what Jesus has done for us move through our whole family and bring them to belief in Jesus as it did with this man. Thank you.

Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is the truth." (1 Kings 17:24)
      Father, please help us hear and receive your word of truth when they are spoken by your servants.

The LORD IS my shepherd; I shall not want. He MAKES me to lie down in green pastures; he LEADS me beside the still waters. He RESTORES my soul; he LEADS me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:1-3)
      LORD, thank you for all that you do for me.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)
      Thank you for letting us see your goodness.

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)
      Holy Spirit, give us a heart to wait on the Lord and be of good courage. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me with your burdens. Let me carry them.

Dec. 30      20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24: 3 John 1-15: John 4:46-54
Dec. 31      46, 48 * --; 1 Kings 3:5-14: James 4:13-17;5:7-11: John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: --: * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25: Rev. 21:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 30
The Rev’d Barbara Morgan

***** Christ Church Schenectady Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table – December 29, 2013, Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
+
+ Remee – Asked for God’s provision. She was not able to buy gifts for her children and has a heavy heart. We prayed that she lay her burden at the foot of the cross and that she know the love of Christ and share that most precious gift with her children.

Judy – Asked for protection from a violent person who is abusing her. Also asked for continued protection of her son, Michael, who is in prison, and that he come to know Christ.

++Adriana – Pray for her family members who are in prison.

Steven – Very distraught and talkative; could not be comforted. He needs prayer that God will break through his anxiety.

Jerry – Prayed for provision to get his medications. He is in a spiritual battle. He believes the devil has heard him more than the Lord, and we rebuked that kind of talk in the Name of Jesus, praying the Lord rule and reign in his life. We prayed for the love of Christ to touch his heart. Gave him a booklet about the Messiah which he said he did want to read.

+Danielle – Her son Jaiden (16 months) was taken from her and placed with her aunt. Her aunt refuses to return him to her, but allows her to see him. She doesn’t have the money to travel to where he is. We prayed the Lord would work in reconciling any differences between her and her aunt and that in God’s time Jaiden would be returned to her; for her to have God’s strength and peace during this time.

+Janell – Had 2 of her 6 children with her. Her other children have been placed in foster homes. She is distraught that her parents won’t have anything to do with her and her children, Heather (4) and Dillon (3). Prayed for reconciliation between her and her parents; for God to heal her pain of rejection and fill her with His love.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, December 29, 2013

 

Intercessor prayer request

Merlina Cushing, an intercessor for the Diocese of Albany who lives in Michigan has asked prayer for a safe journey for her daughter Marna and her granddaughter Paige to Nigel Mumford’s healing service tomorrow. Marna lives in Albany.

 

12/29/2013, #77, 4th Quarter 2013

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. (John 1:6-9)
      Holy Spirit, help us in our day to bear true witness to the light of Jesus. Help us to be living gospels that shine forth with Jesus' light. Thank you.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:28 )
      Father, your first words to man were that we should "Be fruitful". You also told us that children are desirable and that there was work for us to do. Help us to live fruitful, productive lives for you.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:22-26)
      Jesus, please help us walk humbly in the Spirit and bear the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Thank you.

A word received: Rejoice in me.

First Sunday after Christmas: 147 or 147:13-21; Isaiah 61:10—62:3; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18
First Sunday after Christmas: 93, 96 * 34; 1 Samuel 1:1-2,7b-28: Col. 1:9-20: Luke 2:22-40
Dec. 30      20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24: 3 John 1-15: John 4:46-54

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 29
The Rev’d Dr. Gary Kriss

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for 31 December 2013
Dear partners in prayer, this week's selective overview:
      1) Merry Christmas season, and have a Happy New Year!
      2) It has been a busy week preparing for the New Year. Faculty are being lined up. Trip itineraries are in the works. There is a possibility of making a connection with one of the theological seminaries in the Caribbean. There are ordinations in the works. We have a good year coming up.
      3) Details of the next trip to Belize are beginning to take shape.
Prayer requests:
      1) There are important meetings coming up in the first week of January. And, I plan to make reservations for the upcoming trip in March that week, as well. Special prayer requested, for each of these.
      2) Pray for continued blessing for everyone involved with the ministry and mission work. Prayer for course development work would be appreciated.
      3) Continue to pray for upcoming visits for Belize in January, March, May, and October, for an increased awareness of our mission work, and for parish visits in the U.S. across 2014.
      4) Continue to pray in good times and lean times during the Christmas season, that the Holy Spirit would guide and supply the needs of: faculty, family, finances, plans, programs, diocesan plans, and parish visits.
      In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, December 28, 2013

 

12/28/2013, #76, 4th Quarter 2013

Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. (Matthew 2:12)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the wisdom and inspiration you gave the Wise Men.

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him." When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son." (Matthew 2:13-15)
      Father, thank you for Joseph's willingness to immediately heed your guidance. Help us by your Holy Spirit to do the same.

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more." (Matthew 2:16-18 )
      Jesus, we pray for your suffering church. We pray for those who will be martyred today for their faithful witness to your love. Please give them strength to endure to the end and then let them enter into your glory.

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. (Revelation 21:1-7)
      Jesus, please help us overcome every obstacle that the world, the flesh, and the devil put in our path so that we may inherit all that you for us and drink freely of your living water of life. Thank you for being our tabernacle.

Thus says the LORD: "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more." Thus says the LORD: "Refrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD, And they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope in your future, says the LORD, That your children shall come back to their own border. (Jeremiah 31:15-17)
      Lord Jesus, we live in the hope that you will reunite your body under your sovereign leadership and that there will be no more weeping or crying. Lord, we want to live as children of hope. Thank you.

A word received: Be at peace. I AM with you.

Holy Innocents December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18
Dec. 29      18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b: 2 John 1-13: John 2:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 28 For a new start in every life
The Rev’d Anthony Morris

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 28, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Mark Pasko, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St.

+--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

Steve (man) -- Prayed for open doors for him.

José (man) -- Prayed for a blessing on him and his family.

+Kelly (mom) and + 199 Shawn (son, 10) -- Kelly has 5 children. We prayed for "a good place for my kids."

199 Connie (woman) -- She asked prayer for Paul (in prison) that he would get his salt and sugar in balance.

Nick (man) -- He asked prayer "for my neighbor Keith who got taken to the hospital this morning."

Mark (man) -- He asked prayer for Carol who is sick this morning, and for his Uncle Artie who has dementia.

199 Kevin (man) -- He asked prayer that the music group he leads in his church will have unity in the Spirit.

199 John (man) -- He asked prayer for Alison his niece and her family that they will walk in God's ways.

Luz (woman, regular) -- She asked prayer for her cold and for her husband Hediberto who also has a cold. She got warm clothes for herself and for a friend.

g Allah (man) -- He asked prayer that God would "keep my family together."

+ Helen (woman) -- It has been several years since she has been to the prayer table. She asked prayer for Mike that he would be set free from addiction. He is in rehab.

+ 199 Mark (young man) -- Prayer and blessing.
+ 199 Clyde (young man) -- Prayer and blessing.
+ a 199 Linton (young man) -- When asked if he had ever given his life to Jesus he said he believed in God but had never given his life to Jesus. When asked if he would like to, he said, "Yes." He gave his life to Jesus and invited him into his heart and accepted him as his Lord and Savior. He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness. We gave him If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) and explained to him that he was now clean.

+ 199 Alexsis -- Prayer for health.

+Ron -- Prayer for family.

Agnes (woman) -- She asked prayer for health and for her family.

The Bus Driver honked and waved to us.

+ 199 Vick (young man) -- He asked prayer for health.

Tony (young man on his way to an appointment) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Lelowti (woman) 9 hats and 1 pair of gloves. The hats were for her 5 daughters and 4 sons and the gloves were for her.

Justin -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Eric (Pastor of the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) -- We prayed that the gospel would go forth in Schenectady.

***** St. Francis Mission Prayer Table 12-28-13. Sunny and not too bad for this time of year, Candy Palumbo, DR. Janice Houston-Little, Jana Lingo

Doug + anxiety disorder , court date

Katrina- Stress, housing

Larry - job

Pam - fiancé's brother

Police officers responding to call across Robin St.

Pauline & Frankie - that they may get their lives back on track, and for Pauline's health
neighborhood- Progress and less crime.

Bernie - arm problems

Kenneth - Blessing

Man across street - God bless

Salieh - Blessings

Micheal - blessing, and acid reflux

Joyce - pacemaker problems.

Susan - terminal cancer - peace

Charlie - God Bless You!

FHS, Jana

*****

Albany Intercessor


Friday, December 27, 2013

 

12/27/2013, #75, 4th Quarter 2013

And when he had spoken this, he said to him, "Follow me." Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on his breast at the supper, and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays You?" Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow me." (John 21:19b-22)
      Jesus, please help us stop looking over our shoulders to see what others are doing or saying; instead help us follow you at your word of bidding. Thank you.

      Holy Spirit, please give us the strength and courage to follow Jesus wherever he leads.

      Father, help us to be true and obedient sons who follow where Jesus leads.

      "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." (Jim Elliot, Martyr. 10/28/1949 diary entry)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
      Thank you, Jesus, for making me clean.

A word received: Keep on walking with me.

St. John December 27: 92 or 92:1-4,11-14; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24
Holy Innocents December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 27 For all parishes dedicated to St. John the Evangelist
The Rev’d Donna Arnold, The Rev’d Daniel Jones, Sr.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 26, 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

+++++ Gary -- He asked prayer for an anointing on the message he would be giving to the people coming for dinner. We prayed for the refreshment of the Holy Spirit for him. He also asked prayer for his son Josh that he would find a wife after God's own heart.

Ted (volunteer) -- His granddaughter Camille is off all medications and is waiting to see a specialist. Appointments are being scheduled three months out. We also prayed for healing of Ted's Basil Cell skin cancer.

Sue (regular) -- She asked prayer for her father's friend, Margaret, who has had to go into hospital. Margaret is not a believer. Sue's dad has already died.

Smiley -- He has boil on his leg which was lanced on Monday. He is limping from the pain. We prayed for speedy healing of the infection.

***** Sharing Opportunities -- Share Your Passion For Jesus!
      Once again 10 parishes will be chosen to display/highlight in the Exhibit Hall at Convention how they manifest their passion for Jesus in their community. We're getting the word out early this year so parishes can put in their "bid" for a spot. Deadline for submitting a request for a spot (1/2 table space; 3-4 ft) is Friday, February 28, 2014. The 10 chosen parishes will be announced by mid-March. Your request must include the following information:
1. Name of parish
2. Title/theme of display
3. Brief description of your display
4. Contact name, phone & email
      Submit your request to Deacon Nancy Goff by clicking here, by mail to 305-B Queens Dr., Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or you may call her at (518 ) 932-9286.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, December 26, 2013

 

12/26/2013, #74, 4th Quarter 2013

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: after his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call his name JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins." So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call his name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called his name JESUS. (Matthew 1:18-25)
      Father, thank you for sending your Son and your Holy Spirit so that you could be with us in all our trials and temptations. I thank you for Joseph's willingness to listen to you your angel. Help each of us this Christmas season put away our human solutions and follow your advice.

Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. (Psalm 24:7-10)
      Jesus, I don't have the strength to lift up those gates. Please help me lift them up so that you can come into my life more and more with your glory. Thank you.

He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. (John 3:31)
      Lord Jesus, I am so weary of earthly counsel, please speak clearly to us your heavenly counsel.

And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no one receives his testimony. (John 3:32)
      Jesus, have mercy on your church and your people and help us accept your testimony.

He who has received his testimony has certified that God is true. (John 3:33)
      Jesus, you are true -- you are truth itself.

For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. (John 3:34)
      Holy Father, pour out the abundance of your Holy Spirit on us so that we may hear and receive your words into our hearts.

The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand. (John 3:35)
      Father, please help us daily enter into that love life you have with your son Jesus.

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." (John 3:36)
      Jesus, I believe in you. Thank you for turning away the wrath of God from me.

In you, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in your righteousness. (Psalm 31:1)
      Father, through all my failures as a man and as a Christian, I still put my trust in you -- that you will deliver me in your righteousness.

Bow down your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. (Psalm 31:2)
      Jesus, you are my rock of refuge, my fortress and my sure defense: bow down and hear my cries to you and deliver me from all the tricks and traps of the evil one.

For you are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for your name's sake, lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)
      Lead me, Jesus, by your Holy Spirit so that I do not stumble or fall. Thank you.

Oh, love the LORD, all you his saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD. (Psalm 31:23-24)
      Thank you.

A word received: Open the door wider.

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

Luke 1:37 A word received: "For with God nothing will be impossible."

A word received: Call my people to turn to me.

St. Stephen December 26: 31 or 31:1-5; Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15; Acts 6:8—7:2a,51c-60; Matthew 23:34-39
St. John December 27: 92 or 92:1-4,11-14; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24
Holy Innocents December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 22
The Rev'd Patricia Beauharnois, The Rev'd John Perry
December 23 Blessing on the Altar Guilds across the Diocese
December 24 The Rev'd Donald Latham
December 25 CHRISTMAS DAY - Thanksgiving for God becoming Man The Rev'd George Greene
December 26 That the Christ Child will be birthed in our hearts The Rev'd Darius Mojallali

***** News from Bishop Grant and Doctor Wendy
Thu 12/26/2013

Christmas 2013
*
"He is our peace" (Ephesians 2:14)
As Christmas approaches, we are meeting the Prince of Peace in unexpected ways.
      Three weeks ago, Anuak refugees, driven across the South Sudan / Ethiopia border by some Nuer cattle raiders, ended up in our congregation in Tiergol, where they were housed, fed and welcomed by - Nuer Christians!
      Last week, our Dinka priest (who was serving that Nuer congregation in Tiergol) was in Gambella town for our clergy training days when fighting broke out in South Sudan. Although the dispute in South Sudan is political, it also has ethnic overtones. It became dangerous for our priest to return to Tiergol - or to remain in Gambella town where Dinka men are being threatened. Surrounded by the love and support of his fellow Nuer(!) clergy - he has been given transport and enough money to spend a couple of months with a Nuer family in Addis.
      Also last week, it was with great joy that we watched as our Mothers' Union representatives from Opo, surrounded by their sisters from other language groups sang a worship song, the whole group clapping and dancing, some joining in the singing despite language differences. And during the prayer practicum at the same Mothers' Union gathering, it was a joy to see two translator / facilitators, whose people are traditional enemies, praying together.
      This week, we've had two South Sudanese refugees staying on the compound, as they wait for papers which would allow them to travel to Addis Ababa. They had walked together through the night escaping fighting in a South Sudan border town and finally arriving at the Gambella Centre (which they were told would be the safest place). One was Nuer, one was Dinka.
      Even as war looms, the Prince of Peace is present among His children here in Gambella. Peace, not as the world gives. Fighting evil, not as the world fights. Welcome, Lord Jesus. Welcome this Christmas.
Praying together
      As Christmas approaches the events of the first Christmas seem to be echoed in life around us - Herods (more than one) slaughtering the innocents next door in South Sudan seems the most obvious example.
      But we've also had visits from wise men (and women) recently, these ones coming from the west. A group from the UK (including Grant's predecessor Andrew Proud and his wife Janice), together with a group from the US (including Johann and Louise Vanderbijl, SAMS USA missionaries who we hope will join us permanently here in Gambella). Both groups brought great gifts (no frankincense and myrrh) as they taught the clergy and the Mothers' Union, did some repairs around the compound (thanks Pat) and (very importantly) as they shared life with and learned from our African sisters and brothers.
Protection
      Not surprisingly, Grant did not wear his glasses into the shower (this omission being rather a habit with him). So when he looked down and saw the little lizard enjoying the tiny shower space with him, it was, well, share and share alike, and he left the little guy to bask in the cool water. It was only later, glasses once again in use, that he realized his 'lizard' buddy was actually a large scorpion. Uncanny, unexpected protection - as usual!
More Protection
      It is the beginning of dry season. In Gambella, that also means that it is time to burn the grass and the bush that have grown during the rains. Last week it was time for the neighbours to set fire to the bush adjacent to our Centre. It quickly got out of control and threatened to set fire to our compound. Thankfully we had cleared a fire break next to our (fairly useless) wire fence, but this fire was big. Grant and one of our guards spent several hours making sure the fire didn't destroy our gardens and buildings. The heat was intense and our little garden hose and hand tools weren't much of a match for the flames, but "somehow" our property wasn't damaged- can't wait for a wall to keep out thieves, hyenas, feral dogs - and fire!
      We are constantly aware that we have friends all over the world holding us in prayer. Thanks for that. Your love and prayers are certainly appreciated.
      May the Peace of Jesus fill you all this Christmas season.
      Grant & 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

***** Saving Kidnapped Archbishop Akinola Archbishop Akinola kidnapped 25 Dec 2013

Author: George Conger
      The former Primate of All Nigeria, the Most Rev. Peter Akinola, and his driver were kidnapped by gunmen on 24 December 2013, but released unharmed later that day after he convinced his captors he had no money to pay a ransom.
      Press reports from Nigeria have offered a confused account of the archbishop’s ordeal, variously stating a daughter of the archbishop was also taken, that the archbishop was freed after a gun battle between police and kidnappers, and that the police rescue team was led by the Ogun state governor.
      What can be established so far is that at approximately 3:00 pm on the afternoon of Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013, the retired leader of the Anglican Communion’s largest province left the offices of the Peter Akinola Foundation Centre for Youth Industrial Training in Abeokuta, the capital of Western Nigeria’s Ogun State.

***** Please pray for the Suffering Church.

***** Sharing Opportunities -- Share Your Passion For Jesus!
      Once again 10 parishes will be chosen to display/highlight in the Exhibit Hall at Convention how they manifest their passion for Jesus in their community. We're getting the word out early this year so parishes can put in their "bid" for a spot. Deadline for submitting a request for a spot (1/2 table space; 3-4 ft) is Friday, February 28, 2014. The 10 chosen parishes will be announced by mid-March. Your request must include the following information:
1. Name of parish
2. Title/theme of display
3. Brief description of your display
4. Contact name, phone & email
      Submit your request to Deacon Nancy Goff by clicking here, by mail to 305-B Queens Dr., Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or you may call her at (518 ) 932-9286.

***** From: Jeanne Gizara
Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for 24 December 2013

Dear partners in prayer, This week's selective overview:
      1) Merry Christmas!
      2) It has been a busy week preparing for the New Year.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for special Christmas blessings for everyone involved with our ministries and mission work.
      2) Continue to pray for upcoming visits for Belize in January, March, May, and October.
      3) Continue to pray in good times and lean times during the Christmas season, that the Holy Spirit would supply the needs of: faculty, family, finances, plans, programs, diocesan plans, and parish visits.
      In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, December 21, 2013

 

12/21/2013, #73, 4th Quarter 2013

"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matthew 25:31-46)
      Jesus, please give us eyes to see and ears to hear the crying of the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the prisoner.

      Holy Spirit, help us reach out to the lost and the least with the compassion of Jesus.

      Father of the fatherless, help us receive the orphans and those caught up in the foster care system with your love and caring. Thank you

A word received: Remember the poor and needy.

A word received: Wait on me, turn to me. I AM your hope.

Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zech. 8:9-17: Rev. 6:1-17: Matt. 25:31-46
Sunday: 24,: 29 * 8, 84; Gen 3:18-15: Rev. 12:1-10: John 3:16-21
Fourth Sunday of Advent: 24 or 24:1-7; Isaiah 7:10-17; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 21
The Rev’d Colin Belton, The Rev’d Sally Heiligman

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, December 21. 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.

***** You are warmly invited to share...
      Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24 at 10 o'clock in the Morning in The Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in Carols and Scripture and Drama from The Living Gospel Ministry with Christ-mass Communion at The Ecumenical Public Healing Service, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 21, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, David Haigh, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

One of the things that is always fascinating to us is that weather is no indicator of the number of people that will stop for prayer. It was raining, and yet the people came.

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

State St.

g Elizabeth (older woman) -- She asked prayer that she would be kept safe and warm.

Steve (man) -- We prayed that he would get a location to start his business.

ggghh 3 guys stopped for gloves and hats.

+ h g Todd (young man) -- Todd first asked, "What are you doing here?" We said we were here to pray for people who needed prayer. He asked prayer that he would get health care coverage. When he left he said, "Thank you, my brothers."

Stephen (young man, regular) -- He was out getting stuff for his father, trying to help his father out.

+ g h Boogie Boogie (man) -- General prayer.

+ Andrew (man) -- He asked prayer for a woman named Linda who is being evicted on Monday.

Tobias (regular) -- He wanted prayer to get free from sin.

Walter (regular) -- We asked prayer that God would keep him safe.

The Bus Driver honked and waved to us.

+ 199 Tony (young man) -- He had previously given his life to Jesus but he had "backslid". We helped him "frontslid" by confessing his sins to Jesus, asking for forgiveness and accepting God's forgiveness. We gave him If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) and explained to him that he was now clean. A look of real joy on his face.

++++ 199 Janice (regular) -- She got four crosses to pass out to others. She had already passed out the ones we gave her at the City Mission on Thursday.

+Len (young man) -- He said, "Pray for me."

Vincent (man) -- We prayed that God would provide for him.

+Marcus and Anaili (young girl, 5)

+ a 199 Ashley (young woman) -- She said the devil is trying tear her down. We prayed against all demonic spirits attacking her and prayed for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

+Donna

+++ Casey (mom), Guiyani and Srianmari (2 young girls)

+ 199 Sarah -- She came up to the table and said, "I want to get back to Jesus." She confessing her sins to Jesus, asking for forgiveness and accepting God's forgiveness. We gave her If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) and explained to her that she was now clean.


Albany St., 9:40-10:45, Carol MacNaughton Mark Pasko and guitar. It was raining slightly, we prayed for the rain to stop and it did.

Ranu - (man blind in one eye, visited the table last week) - was there as soon as we sat up! He is doing better! He has found a church and is pursuing God. We prayed again for the healing of his eye.

H Clarice (regular) prayers for her son Scott's safety, coming home soon. We also prayed for relief of her back pain.

GH Allah - prayers for his family

GH - unknown man who blessed us

++ Jailon - we prayed for his life in total, feeling lonely at Christmas. We also prayed for Nasya - his 3 year old daughter which a single kidney which is in failure

HG Robert - prayers to make better decisions, keep the peace with his landlord

HG Prim - general blessing

HHHH, ++ Stella and her daughter Angel (regulars) - Stella reports her pastor is doing better since he was prayed for (had a heart attack) and his brother is in ICU - also doing well. We prayed for hastened healing to amaze the doctors. We prayer for Angel's healing of ADHD. (The extra hats and crosses were for Stella to give away to people she knows who need them)

+H Fernando - his upcoming trip to Peru and for the light of Christ to shine in him and out of him

Tom (regular) - a smooth transition on financials and relationship with his son Paul, about to turn 21.

H+ Latricia (pulled over in her car to come get prayer) - everything (tears as we prayed)

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer by Jeanne Gizara
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. (1 John 4: 15-17)

Faith, hope and love are such powerful themes of the Christmas season. We pray Lord for an abundance of these spiritual gifts for the Mudges, their students and all their intercessors. May our faith grow, may our hope be reflected to those to whom we minister, and may we abide in and reflect God’s perfect love to the world. As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, we pray to be like Him. As He is, so also are we in this world. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, December 20, 2013

 

12/20/2013, #72, 4th Quarter 2013

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. (Matthew 25:14-15)
      Holy Spirit, please help me use the abilities you have given to me for the building up of the kingdom of heaven.

Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. (Matthew 25:16-17)
      Jesus, help me use whatever you have given me to the best of my ability.

But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. (Matthew 25:18 )
      Father, help me repent of failing to use the abilities you have given me. Guide me so that I do not bury them and make them unfruitful. Keep me from being ashamed of not having the abilities that other have, but instead rejoice in what you have given me to use.

After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. (Matthew 25:19)
      Lord, I know the day will come when I must give an accounting of my stewardship. When that day comes, I pray that you will find me at the work you have given me to do. Thank you.

Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, "Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.' " (Zechariah 7:8-10)
      LORD, help us hearken to your words: let there be true justice, mercy and compassion for widows, orphans, aliens, and the poor. Help each of us seek the good of our brothers.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Zech. 7:8-8:8: Rev. 5:6-14: Matt. 25:14-30
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zech. 8:9-17: Rev. 6:1-17: Matt. 25:31-46

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 20 Hospitality in our Churches this Christmas Season

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, December 21. 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.

***** Monthly Prayer, Praise and Eucharist
      Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, this Friday, December 20 @7pm for our monthly Worship service. Bishop Mike Chapman will preach and will lead prayer for the sick and the suffering. Please come and bring a friend!!

***** You are warmly invited to share...
      Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24 at 10 o'clock in the Morning in The Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in Carols and Scripture and Drama from The Living Gospel Ministry with Christ-mass Communion at The Ecumenical Public Healing Service, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 19, 2013, 5:15 - 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
a--indicates anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Dan -- He had worked 40 hours in 4 days and was going home to rest. We prayed for refreshment for him.

Ted (volunteer) -- His granddaughter Camille has stopped all meds. The doctors want to test her bone marrow to see if there is cancer. Ted also asked prayer for his brother Rob for guidance in making housing decisions.

+ a 199 Chuck (father, 48 ) and Kobe (son, 3) -- They are going to New York City to visit family.

+Erlise (man) -- He came over to thank God for his family.

Smiley and Gary -- They were thanking God and praising him. Gary gave thanks for the good connection he had with his 29 year old son. Gary is also fighting a cold.

Sue [already had a Dennis Adams cross on](woman) -- We prayed that she would be strong and steady with God. Her boyfriend needs prayer. We gave her two crosses to pass on to others.

Keith (man) -- We prayed for guidance and comfort for him.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, December 19, 2013

 

12/19/2013, #71, 4th Quarter 2013

Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. (Zechariah 4:1)
      Lord, your church is asleep; wake us up.

So he answered and said to me: "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)
      Jesus, please help us repent of depending on our own strength or wisdom, and receive your Holy Spirit more and more into our lives.

'Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!" ' " (Zechariah 4:7)
      Jesus, you are the capstone of my life -- thank you for giving me what I don't deserve, for giving me your grace.

For who has despised the day of small things? (Zechariah 4:10a)
      Father, give me a heart to rejoice in everything and everyone that you treasure. Help me to embrace the lost and the least, the poor, and the lonely. Thank you.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. (Psalm 33:18-19)
      O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you." (2 Chronicles 20:12)

A word received: Do you forget to give me thanks and praise when I answer your prayers?

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 33; Zech. 4:1-14: Rev. 4:9-5:5: Matt. 25:1-13
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Zech. 7:8-8:8: Rev. 5:6-14: Matt. 25:14-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 19 The Lonely in the Christmas Season
The Rev’d Joel MacCollam

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, December 21. 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.

***** Monthly Prayer, Praise and Eucharist
      Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, this Friday, December 20 @7pm for our monthly Worship service. Bishop Mike Chapman will preach and will lead prayer for the sick and the suffering. Please come and bring a friend!!

***** You are warmly invited to share...
      Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24 at 10 o'clock in the Morning in The Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in Carols and Scripture and Drama from The Living Gospel Ministry with Christ-mass Communion at The Ecumenical Public Healing Service, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Cathedral Prayer Table Report 12-18-13, Cold with lots of snow, so we're staying indoors. Dcn Plaske, Hilda Hardy, Jana Lingo

Paul - Bishop Ball, Dcn Carpenter, Fr. Mc Quade, Tripp, Bailey family - all health

anonymous woman - thanks for being here.

Mike - to know God's intentions

Jessica - safe delivery - baby due 12/22

Hilda- Co-worker Linda with flu.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

 

Rejoice! Rejoice Greatly!

Rejoice! Rejoice Greatly!      Christmas greetings and happy New Year!
This has been a year of changes for us. In March Jean had a second shoulder replacement (the left this time). The operation was lot rougher on her than we anticipated but she has made an excellent recovery but now has random pain from deterioration of her spine. We've both had a series of medical problems over the last couple of years, but thank God nothing has been lethal; but that is the main reason you haven't heard from us.
      In May Arthur came to live with us. He is 22 and works (and ministers) at a convenience store in a rough part of Schenectady. He has been a blessing to us.
      At the end of August I retired from work at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory where I wrote and taught computer courses and did computer applications for the past thirteen years. Most of the time since we returned to the States from Liberia in 1976 has been spent writing and teaching computer courses and doing consulting work.
      We have also watched Stephen complete a year's internship with the diocese and become a youth pastor to the youth of the Baptist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal Churchs of Balston Spa, New York.
      In September we made three car trips to visit Kyle near Boston, Tamba and Lisa north of Boston, and Jonathan and Liz in New York City. The fact that we could make these three trips is a sign of Jean's improved health (but we learned we are not ready for any really long trips, such as to the Midwest).
      In October Bishop Dan asked us to join the healing team at Christ the King, the diocesan Spiritual Life Center. We have also been going to Youth for Christ (City Life which reaches out to kids in the inner city of Schenectady) and to various Bible study groups. It is interesting that as we have passed on leadership for adult groups to others we have become involved with teens and twenty-somethings.
      Our children are now all in their 40s and we are thankful we get to see them all together every July. Hillary's family lives across the street from us. Brereton's family is still in Brazil, though their son Kyle (18 ) has started as a freshman in a college in the Boston area. Jonathan and his family are moving to California in a week where Liz's parents live. Tamba and his family live in northeast Massachusetts about 100 yards from New Hampshire. Sarah and her family are once again in Manilla, The Philippines (they are visiting us next week).
      Jean and I continue to work on the prayer table with a friend at the City Mission each Thursday at their evening meal time. I continue to work on the prayer table in front of Christ Church along with others from Christ Church and other parishes. We do this year round. I continue to send out almost daily prayer notes to intercessors for the diocese which can be seen on my blog http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/
      Jean celebrated her 83rd birthday in November I my 75th birthday earlier this month. We look forward to our 50th wedding anniversary next May.

back: Tamba, Brereton, Jonathan, and Arthur; front: Stephen, Torre, Jean, Hillary, and Sarah. Photo taken at our July 2013 family get-together.
      We discovered a few years ago that there is no Biblical model for retirement -- you just get new assignments that are appropriate to your age. We like it that way.
      We wish you a blessed Christmas and a good New Year. If you are in our area next year we would enjoy seeing you. Love, Torre and Jean (AKA Margaret)

Home: 518-374-5305
Email: torre.bissell@verizon.net
Residence: 830 Bedford Rd., Schenectady, NY 12308-3410
US Mail: PO Box 9663, Schenectady, NY 12309-0663
Blog: http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/


 

12/18/2013, #70, 4th Quarter 2013

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God? (Psalm 53:4)
      Father, the wealthy in this land seize more and more for themselves and despise the poor. Have mercy on us and renew and humble us; and help us return to you.

There they are in great fear where no fear was, for God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you; you have put them to shame, because God has despised them. (Psalm 53:5)
      Jesus, you look down on those who mistreat the alien, the orphan, and the widow. Have mercy on us and change the hearts of those who lead this nation.

Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God brings back the captivity of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad. (Psalm 53:6)
      Holy Spirit, set free those who are captive to sin. Help us rejoice in all that Jesus has done for us in his death and resurrection and for the hope we share in his coming again. Thank you.

A word received: Keep returning to me; my arms are open wide.

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Zech. 3:1-10: Rev. 4:1-8: Matt. 24:45-51
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 33; Zech. 4:1-14: Rev. 4:9-5:5: Matt. 25:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 18
The Rev’d Alan Tatlock

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, December 21. 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.

***** Monthly Prayer, Praise and Eucharist
      Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, this Friday, December 20 @7pm for our monthly Worship service. Bishop Mike Chapman will preach and will lead prayer for the sick and the suffering. Please come and bring a friend!!

***** You are warmly invited to share...
      
      Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24 at 10 o'clock in the Morning in The Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in Carols and Scripture and Drama from The Living Gospel Ministry with Christ-mass Communion at The Ecumenical Public Healing Service, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

 

12/17/2013, #69, 4th Quarter 2013

We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old: You drove out the nations with Your hand, But them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. (Psalm 44:1-2)
      Holy Father, please give us a heart to tell the next generation you mighty deeds and how you have saved us.

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them. (Psalm 44:3)
      "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit", says the LORD hosts. (Zechariah 4:6b) Jesus, thank you for all that you have done for us through your Holy Spirit. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

      Holy Spirit, renew in us a passion for Jesus and a desire to go deeper with him.

"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Revelation 3:14-16)
      Jesus, there is a cloud of complacency that hangs over so many churches in our region. Have mercy on us and by the power of your Holy Spirit renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

      Jesus, the cost of being lukewarm is so high -- bring us to repentance and new life in you.

Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-- (Revelation 3:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize our condition for what it is: wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, and help us turn to our Father in heaven for help.

I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. (Revelation 3:18 )
      Father, help us to value what is valuable in your sight.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:19)
      Jesus, thank you for rebuking and chastening us. Help us see it as a sign of your Father's love for us. Just as you had to learn obedience by the things you suffered, help us learn obedience as well (Hebrews 5:8 ). Let us there come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear and invite Jesus in.

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. (Revelation 3:21)
      Father, help us overcome so that we may sit with Jesus.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." ' " (Revelation 3:22)
      Father, give us ears to hear what your Holy Spirit is saying to the church. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me. Look to me for help.

A word received: Listen, I AM knocking on the door. Will you open to me?

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Zech. 2:1-13: Rev. 3:14-22: Matt. 24:32-44
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Zech. 3:1-10: Rev. 4:1-8: Matt. 24:45-51

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 16 Clergy spouses and families
December 17 Missionaries in foreign lands

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, December 21. 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.

***** Monthly Prayer, Praise and Eucharist
      Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, this Friday, December 20 @7pm for our monthly Worship service. Bishop Mike Chapman will preach and will lead prayer for the sick and the suffering. Please come and bring a friend!!

***** You are warmly invited to share...
      
      Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24 at 10 o'clock in the Morning in The Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in Carols and Scripture and Drama from The Living Gospel Ministry with Christ-mass Communion at The Ecumenical Public Healing Service, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Prayer line of St. Ann's Episcopal Church Amsterdam, Tuesday, December 17, 2013 6:14 AM
      Fr. Neal: Please pray for the New York State Trooper and all those injured in last nights 3 car accident on the Thruway. The troopers vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer and he is in critical condition.

***** Last healing service before we move

***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for 16 December 2013
Dear partners in prayer, This week's selective overview:
      1) This week, I added several hundred course-related video links to our public seminary Web-site on a variety of subjects, in addition to attending to other matters such as preparing with other faculty for the Spring 2014 courses and helping candidates with their ordination questions.
      2) I added tracking to the main page of our seminary course Web site in Moodle, in addition to the tracking that I previously set up for our public Library Web site in Google. I am pleasantly surprised by the number of individual users as well as the number of hits at both locations.
      3) A meeting set up with people in the ordination process in Belize did not happen for some reason, as far as I can tell. Some things are a mystery.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for the monthly gatherings of those in the ordination process. It is new for the Diocese of Belize, at the Bishop's request.
      2) Continue to pray for upcoming visits for Belize in January, March, May, and October.
      3) Continue to pray in good times and lean times, that the Holy Spirit would guide: faculty, family, finances, plans, programs, diocesan plans, and parish visits.
In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT, ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Dec. 16, 2013; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Very, very cold morning of 10 degrees at start. It was so cold my stock of Holy Oil froze and I couldn't use it! As has been the case the past month or so, we gave out a lot of winter clothes and non-perishable food. We started with a laundry basket containing about 20 cans of soup, 20 boxes of mac and cheese and maybe a dozen cans of tuna fish. In the first half hour, it was all gone and I had to go back into the church and get more! The need is great now that the weather has turned very cold. God bless all our church members and outsiders who have contributed food, mailed in checks for food and clothes for the many people in our neighborhood in need.)

t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
f -- received non-perishable food items.
c -- received warm winter clothing.

c -- MAN (no name) -- Gratefully took some warm socks and a hat. We prayed for his protection and well-being. When he opened his eyes after the prayer, he was weeping. He said "God bless you!"

ETHEL -- This amazing woman (who is about 75-80 years old) walks all over Amsterdam delivering food to her friends and family who are disabled. She loves St. Ann's for its outreach and always thanks us for "being out here."

f,c -- REBECCA -- This regular has been bringing her cute two-year-old nephew MICHAEL the last few weeks, but it was too cold to bring him out today so she left him with her boyfriend while she picked up food, clothing and prayer. We prayed for faith to get this rough patch in their lives. (This was a common theme today.)

t, f,c -- WOMAN (no name) -- This woman did not understand English, but she comprehended enough with the help of our limited Spanish that we were out there to help and offer prayer. Like so many first-time visitors to His table in front of our church, she could not believe that we are offering help and prayer for FREE. She gratefully accepted clothing, food and prayer. I prayed in English but made gestures and some limited Spanish words, and I KNOW she understood!

f,c,t -- LAURA AND CHRIS -- This couple stopped at the light in front of the table and asked what was going on. We told them and they went around the block and came over and took food, clothing, crosses and a prayer to help them get through this difficult financial struggle they are going through. "We weren't always poor. We didn't see this trouble coming," Laura said. We prayed at length for God to help them through this hard time and for them to get back on their feet.

f,c -- NANCY -- This woman comes every week and fills a couple of plastic bags with food items to get her through the rest of the week. She said today, "I don't know what I would do without you nice people at St. Ann's." (We do not ask questions why people have no food and we do not limit what they can take. All we care about is that they are hungry and they need our help. That is all anyone needs to know. Jesus did not limit the people who were at the miracles of loaves and fishes as to how much food each person could take. There were even baskets left over!

f,c -- DAVID -- This veteran from the Vietnam war comes by often and collects things for his needy friends. Today he took food and clothes for three young men -- brothers -- who are living in a humble dwelling on the outside of town. Their father just died and only one of the brothers has a job. They are having a hard time getting through each week. David and I prayed for the men to have strength and to look to God in faith for help and guidance to get through this difficult time.

MARGARET -- She stopped by with bubbling happiness and said "Thank you for what you are doing. Your church is wonderful." (She is a member of one of our neighboring churches but often comes to our Community Meal at the end of the month.

f,c -- ED -- Asked for prayers for his mother SHARON, who is " ... not doing well."

t,f,c -- JULIA -- Sought prayer for her sister SHERRY, who has been having neck and back problems and will see a doctor this week.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Mark fetherstonhaugh has sent this request
      Can we pray please for “David”. David is the parking attendant in the car park that I use, he’s around 20 and has an illness like Parkinson’s, very sad to see the impact of this on such a young life. We have a great God who heals -- lets pray that He is glorified by how he heals David!

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, December 15, 2013

 

12/15/2013, #68, 4th Quarter 2013

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. (James 5:7)
      Lord Jesus Christ, we long for the day of your coming again. Help us by your Holy Spirit to wait patiently for that day. Rain down on us your Holy Spirit so that he may produce his precious fruit in us.

You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:8 )
      Father, please help us gain patient endurance as we wait for the coming of the Lord.

Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! (James 5:9)
      Holy Spirit, set us free from grumbling and back-biting. Help each of us know that Jesus, our judge, is standing at the door.

My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. (James 5:10)
      Father, help us take to heart the suffering of your servants and find in them examples of courage to go forth in the harvest fields.

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. (James 5:11)
      Jesus, please help us daily recall your compassion and mercy toward us. Help us in all the afflictions of life to declare, as Job did, "I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:25-27) Thank you.

The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; the LORD raises those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. (Psalm 146:8 )
      LORD, open our eyes to your work, open our ears to your word, raise up those who are burdened, and help us love your righteousness.

The LORD watches over the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turns upside down. (Psalm 146:9)
      Father, please help us watch over the aliens and strangers among us, the fatherless, and the widow. We long to see the ways of the wicked turned upside down.

The LORD shall reign forever-- your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 146:10)
      Jesus, rule and reign in our hearts forever and in the generations of our children and grandchildren and theirs. Praise you now and forever!

A word received: Praise me in all circumstances.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Amos 9:11-15: 2 Thess. 2:1-3,13-17: John 5:30-47
Third Sunday of Advent: 146 or 146:4-9; Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Zech. 1:7-17: Rev. 3:7-13: Matt. 24:15-31

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 15 St. Thomas, Tupper Lake - The Rev’d William Cooper

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3nd Saturday of the month at 6pm, December 21. 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.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 14, 2013, 9:10 - 10:30 a.m. Louise and Joe Popa, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

Two of the women who came to State Street were overwhelmed by their problems. When they were told that God was bigger than their problems it was as though an electric shock went through them and they started to smile. We gave away all our gloves.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
h--indicates received a hat
g--indicates received gloves
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
b--indicates received a Bible

State St.

g Kelly (mom), g Julian and g John (sons)

h Megan (young woman) -- She asked prayer for sobriety and for her family.

+ h Danny (man) -- He is still in a bad relationship. Asked prayer for his mother who had a heart attack; he is going to visit her in Long Island.

g 199 Walter (man) --He asked prayer that he would keep warm.

Paula (regular, called in on cell phone for prayer) -- Prayed for her family, especially her father Johnny who has cancer.

The Bus Driver waved to us.

Steve (regular) -- We prayed that he would get a location to start his business.

Husseian (man) -- He asked prayer for his family.

+ Leeann (mom) and + 199 Quenton (son) -- Her aunt has dementia and Leeann wants to visit her but her uncle won't let any of the family come to visit.

h Stephen (young man, regular) -- He is trying to help his dad.

g + Denise (mom) -- She asked prayer for + 199 Idzes (son) who was arrested on a drug charge.

Joe (young man) -- We prayed for direction for his life. He just got out of the Marines.

+ 199 Derreia (mother) -- She asked prayer that her girls would have a good Christmas. She is having financial problems.

+ 199 Keith -- He asked prayer for his marriage and his 199 children. When we initially asked him if he wanted prayer he said, "No," and walked about 40 or 50 feet and then saw Derreia (above) getting prayer and came back for prayer.

+Betty (mom) + Paige, + h Alexis, and +Jorge (man) -- They are homeless. We prayed for a home for them.

+ 199 Sue -- "For me and my family."

Albany St. 9:40 - 10:40

+ Becky - everything (tears as we prayed for her)

+ Estelle and her young daughter Angel - healing of Angel's ADDHD

+ Lorraine - apartment and job

+ Pharell (Lorraine's son) - a Wii

H Michael - family (tears as we prayed for him)

G Natasha - family, job

+H Ramona - God

+H Albert - God

H Naru - his eyes (blind in one) (tears as we prayed for him)

H+ Angel - family, a good new year, all who need God

***** If you would like to contribute towards warm clothes to the poor, send a check to St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division St., Amsterdam, New York 12010 and mark the memo line "clothing for the poor". St. Ann's shares what they receive with the Christ Church Schenectady prayer table.

*****St. Francis Mission Prayer Table 12-14-13, Cold and Snowy

'North Face' - anonymous man for blessing and provisions

Christine - Help paying rent

+ Sonny - Daily provisions. He prayed with is until meal time.

+ Victor - Daily provisions

+ Karrie - housing

+ Kevin - Continued Family issues

Hank - blessings

Pauline - Healing of leg.

FHS, Jana

***** Jeanne Gizara, Sat, Dec 14, 2013, Mudge Scripture Prayer
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)
      Lord, we pray this prayer for all the people in Belize who are part of Father Mudge’s on-line theological program, for all of those in the ordination process, and Bishop Philip and all the clergy in the diocese of Belize. May the God of endurance grant them to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus that together they may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15: 13)
      Lord, we pray this prayer for all the people in Belize who are part of Father Mudge’s on-line theological program, for all of those in the ordination process, and Bishop Philip and all the clergy in the diocese of Belize. May the God of hope fill them with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit they may abound in hope. Amen.
I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (Romans 15:14)
      As Paul was satisfied with his brothers in Rome, we pray that You, Father, are satisfied with Father Shaw and Bishop Philip and all involved with Father Shaw’s mission, that they are filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another and also to instruct the people that are seeking You. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, December 14, 2013

 

12/14/2013, #67, 4th Quarter 2013

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. (Matthew 24:9-10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us endure the hatred of those who oppose the gospel.

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. (Matthew 24:11)
      Jesus, give your faithful people the gift of discernment to tell the true from the false. Protect us from deception.

And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12)
      Holy Father, let our love for Jesus and one another remain strong and constant.

But he who endures to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 24:13)
      A word received 9/20/09: Ask for my strength to endure. Pray for my little ones who do not understand what is happening. Pray for my strength daily.
      A word received 9/24/11: Look to me for strength to endure.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)
      Then he said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." (Isaiah 6:8 ) Lord, I pray that you will send more laborers out into the harvest fields. Here am I, send me.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelation 3:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear what you are saying to the church.

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)
      Father, please bless the prayer table ministry and all those who reach beyond their church walls with the gospel so that we will join with Jesus in repairing the breach and restoring streets to dwell in. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your salvation. There is no other.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Haggai 2:1-9: Rev. 3:1-6: Matt. 24:1-14
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Amos 9:11-15: 2 Thess. 2:1-3,13-17: John 5:30-47
Third Sunday of Advent: 146 or 146:4-9; Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
December 14
The Rev’d Robert Graham, The Rev’d Michael Shank

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 12, 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
a--indicates anointed with Holy Water

+Ted (volunteer) -- We continued to pray for his granddaughter Camille who has Lyme's Disease. Ted had just had some Basil Cell cancer removed from his face. His wife of 60 years died one and a half years ago.

+++++ Janice (regular) -- She gives the crosses out to others on the street.

Dan -- He read a great meditation from the book Jesus Calling. He and his wife Lori had a wonderful 30th anniversary this past weekend.

Leroy (man) -- We prayed for healing of his right shoulder. He was attacked 3 weeks ago.

We prayed for Steve.

Sue (woman) -- She said she is continuing to pray.

***** If you would like to contribute towards warm clothes to the poor, send a check to St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division St., Amsterdam, New York 12010 and mark the memo line "clothing for the poor". St. Ann's shares what they receive with the Christ Church Schenectady prayer table.

***** Soul Stirrings
Your mind, heart and body
Carry
Your soul.
Such is the divine design.

Your mind, heart and body will
Eventually cease.
Your soul will continue throughout eternity.

Your soul craves
Your soul wants
Your soul desires
Your soul needs
You soul is designed for
Communion with God.

Your soul is silent...
Your soul will not rebel...
Your soul is there waiting
For you to make up your mind.

Take a personal inventory
When do we allow our soul to be nurtured?
For an hour on Sunday, maybe?

Give yourself humble permission
To allow your mind, heart and body
To give your Soul a gift.
Ask God, in prayer, what your souls needs.

Perhaps the thing that has been missing in your life
Is
The nurture of your soul!

Give your soul,
The gift of worship
The gift of prayer
The gift of Godly comunity
The gift of seeking
The gift of truth
The gift of praise
The gift of peace
The gift of "The Word"
The gift of knowing,
The Lord God Almighty.

Give Christ permission to stand in the gap...

Nurture your soul.

Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Friday, December 13, 2013

 

12/13/2013, #66, 4th Quarter 2013

Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me; Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, And stand up for my help. Also draw out the spear, And stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation." (Psalm 35:1-3)
      Jesus, we need to hear your words of assurance and comfort in our hearts and in our minds.

It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, "A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar" (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (2 Chronicles 20:1-3)
      Father, please help us turn to you and seek you in our day of trouble.

So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said: "O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, 'If disaster comes upon us--sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine--we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.' And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir--whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them-- here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. (2 Chronicles 20:4-11)
      Lord, this is a time of tribulation in the nation and in your church. Your people are attacked on all sides and from within and without. Have mercy on us.

O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." (2 Chronicles 20:12)
      Jesus, we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.

Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD. Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, "Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: 'Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's. (2 Chronicles 20:13-15)
      As David said to Goliath, "Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD'S, and He will give you into our hands." (1 Samuel 17:47)

      As Zerubbabel the prophet said, "So he answered and said to me: 'This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts." (Zechariah 4:6)

      As Paul said, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." (Ephesians 6:10-13)

Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you." (2 Chronicles 20:16-17)
      Lord GOD, what was true for Moses and for Jehoshaphat is true for us today: "stand still and see the salvation of the LORD." (See also Exodus 14:13)

And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high. (2 Chronicles 20:18-19)
      Holy Father, you dwell in the midst of the praises of your people (see Psalm 22:3); help us to stand and praise you as we ought and dwell in the safety of your presence.

So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper." And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: "Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever." Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. (2 Chronicles 20:20-22)
      Holy Spirit, guide us as you did the king: he sent the choir before the army. As they began to sing and praise you, you set ambushes and defeated the enemy. Help us in our day sing and praise the Father and the Son in the face of our enemies. Thank you.

Friday: 31 * 35; Haggai 1:1-15: Rev. 2:18-29: Matt. 23:27-39
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Haggai 2:1-9: Rev. 3:1-6: Matt. 24:1-14

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***** Christ Church Coxsackie is hosting an evening of revival at the church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY, 12051, 7pm, Friday, 12/13.

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