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Friday, January 31, 2014

 

1/31/2014, #26, 1st Quarter 2014

But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after he had said before, (Hebrews 10:15)
      Holy Spirit, be a daily witness to us of the love of Jesus for us.

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them," (Hebrews 10:16)
      Jesus, renew in us the covenant you have made with us and cleanse and purify the mind of the church, your people.

then he adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." (Hebrews 10:17)
      Father, thank you that by the shed blood of Jesus all our sins that we bring to you are covered over and you remember them no more.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
      Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese hold fast to the confession of our faith in you and go deeper in you. Let the light of the gospel shine forth at the Diocesan Convention in June so that all may see by it.

I delight to do your will, O my God, and your law is within my heart." I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, you yourself know. I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart; I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your lovingkindness and your truth From the great assembly. (Psalm 40:8-10)
      LORD, I pray that more and more people in this diocese will declare your faithfulness and lovingkindness to others. Thank you.

A word received: Listen to my word.

A word received: I want you to turn to me.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Gen. 17:15-27: Heb. 10:11-25: John 6:1-15
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Gen. 18:1-16: Heb. 10:26-39: John 6:16-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 31 Clergy Widows and Widowers

***** Cathedral Prayer table report 1-29-14, Deacon Sue Plaske and Jana Lingo
No 'Customers', but we prayed anyway!
- for the Clergy, esp Bishop Love & Karen, Dean Collum & Beth, & Dcn. Carpenter
- Homeless - protection and provision
- Police, Firefighters, and all those who work outside -protection
- preparation for successful Mission Trip to Haiti, and for bake sale on Thurs and Fri to fund trip
- Daughters of the King classes held on Saturdays thru February.
FHS Jana

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, January 30, 2014

 

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 12, 2013, 5:10 - 6:20 p.m.. Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

There were 5 (Ricos, Ilex, Chris, Thomas, and Scott) who gave their lives to Jesus this evening. In each case we led them to 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We also showed them that they have a Father in heaven who has adopted them as his children. Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." We explained that "Abba" meant "Dad" and that they could now cry out, "Dad, come and help me."

Gary (staff) -- We prayed that his finances would be brought under control and that he and his wife would have a common mind in Jesus. He asked prayer for his sons Josh (29) who is a teacher's aide and is underemployed and Christopher (27) who is a court officer, and for his daughter Becky who is a stay-at-home mom. He also asked prayer for Dennis, a friend, to be set free from addiction. We also prayed for Jean.

Ted (volunteer) -- We prayed for his granddaughter Camille to be set free from Lyme's disease and for Jean who is struggling with light-headedness.

John (young man, regular) -- He asked prayer for his sister Veeka.

+++ 199 Ricos (young man) -- He had last given his life to Jesus in 2004. He confessed his sins and gave his life to Jesus agian and accepted God's cleansing grace.

We urged John and Ricos (above two) to support one another in prayer and fellowship.

Chuck and Torre -- We prayed for healing for Jean.

+ a Terry (young woman) -- She has growths in her lower intestines and is supposed to start chemo. She is frightened. We anointed her for healing.

+Tammy (woman) -- Her family has rejected her because she is living with her boyfriend. We prayed that she would be brought into a right relationship with her boyfriend and with Jesus.

+ Rianna (young girl, regular) -- We again prayed that her grandmother would get out of jail and would follow Jesus.

+ a 199 Ilex (man) -- He is married and has 3 children. His wife is 4 months pregnant. One of their sons, Tyrek has cerebral palsy and cannot walk or talk. They were just evicted from their apartment and need a place to stay. He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God's grace and forgiveness. He just got out of rehab from doing drugs.

+ a 199 Chris (volunteer, young man) -- He came and sat down for prayer. When we asked him if he had ever given his life to Jesus he said, "Well, I go to church sometimes." We explained that wasn't the same thing. He confessed his sins to Jesus and a look of joy came over his face when he heard that he was now clean.

+ a 199 Thomas (man) -- He is unemployed and wants to leave drug addiction behind. He needs a job. He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus cleansing him from sin. He spent 13 years in jail.

+ a Janelle (young woman) -- Her 3 year old son a Dillon has spina bifida up by his neck. He is due for an MRI February 10th. We anointed him for healing. We also prayed for her 13-year-old nephew + Hunter.

+ a 199 Scott (man) -- He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and rejoiced that his was now clean.


 

1/30/2014, #25, 1st Quarter 2014

I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me. (John 5:30)
      Jesus, please help us to be true disciples who listen to the Father as you do. Help us lay aside all judgment of others and wait for the discernment that comes from your Holy Spirit. Father, please help us seek your will as Jesus did. Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me. (John 5:39)
      Holy Spirit, help the Scriptures lead us to Jesus. Help us go deeper with him. Thank you

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)
      LORD, thank you for your enduring mercy and goodness.

A word received: Give your life to me; I gave my life for you.

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Gen. 16:15-17:14: Heb. 10:1-10: John 5:30-47
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Gen. 17:15-27: Heb. 10:11-25: John 6:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 29 St. Paul’s, Waddington – The Rev’d Arthur Garno
JANUARY 30 The Clergy Spouses, in thanksgiving for their apostolic support

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Jan. 27, 2014; 10-10:45 a.m. Absolutely the worst weather day we have ever had trying to host His prayer table. It was only 14 degrees with a snow squall and heavy wind forcing us to the porch of our church (instead of the sidewalk in front of the church) and even then the snow and wind wreaked havoc. The cloth table cover kept blowing off the table and our supply of winter clothes and non-perishable food was getting wet despite our efforts to keep it dry. On top of all that, hardly anyone was out and about.)

a-- anointed with Holy Oil.
f -- received free non-perishable food we offer.
c -- received free winter clothing we offer.

a,f,c -- REBECCA -- She asked for prayer for her injured and painful knee. She is seeing a surgeon on Wednesday and may need surgery soon. Also, we asked for prayer for her sister LISA, who recently lost the baby she was carrying. Lord, please bring some peace to this family.

f,c -- DAVID --- He took food and clothing for some needy friends of his and asked for prayer to remain strong in what has been a tough winter for him.

MAN WALKING BY -- Waved and shouted out "God bless you" to us but declined prayer.

***** Diocesan Update January 28, 2014, A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany to pray for and participate in.
146th Annual Convention--Passion For Jesus - Going Deeper

      The 146th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany will meet June 6th - 8th at Camp of the Woods Christian Resort and Conference Center. The Bishop's Call to Convention can be found by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/convention/2014/2014CallToConvention.html . Convention documents can be found by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/convention/2014/2014ConvBusInfo.html .

Retreat Opportunity
Christ in the Psalms Silent Retreat at St. Mary's

      From February 14th - 16th, 2014, retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world and find peace and rest in silence at The Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich, NY. Join Mother Miriam as she leads you through the Psalms, highlighting the prophetic words about Christ found there. The weekend begins with Vespers on Friday and ends with dinner on Sunday, after 1PM. The cost is $138 for those staying overnight, $75 for commuters (meals and program only - no overnight accommodations). If you would like to attend, please e-mail Mother Mirian by clicking here.

Learning Opportunities
Greek for the Busy at St. Mary's

      This short course, held at at Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich, NY is designed to equip Bible students with some basic tools for translating New Testament Greek, without demanding a lot of time or heavy memorization. This course was held last fall and may be held this spring as well, depending on the level of interest. There are no prerequisites except interest and there will be minimal homework and a modest charge for materials. The meeting times and frequency are flexible. One possibility is six sessions beginning late February or early March. Another possibility is a residential several-day intensive course some time in April (room and board fees would apply in this case). If you are interested, please e-mail Sister Mary Jean (even if you've already spoken with her) by clicking here. Please include your preference for meeting times in your message.

Clergy Conference (Spouses Invited) -- How Clergy (and their Families) Can Go Deeper With Jesus
      The Clergy Conference this year will begin Sunday, March 30th at 5 pm and conclude Tuesday, April 1st after lunch (about 1:30 pm). The Conference will feature The Rev. Dr. Leander Harding, speaking on How Clergy (and their Families) Can Go Deeper With Jesus. A tentative schedule for the Conference is available by clicking here. Links to the online registration will follow as soon as they become available.

2014 Parish Leadership Conferences -- The New Consecration Sunday Program
      The subject of the 2014 Parish Leadership Conferences will be The New Consecration Sunday Program, by Herb Miller. This program has been used with great success in a number of parishes throughout the diocese to strengthen stewardship in the parish by focusing on gratitude for what God has done for us. Here is what some of the leaders of those churches have to say about the program:

Healing Center at Christ the King
Healing Service Guest Speaker: Rev. James Brisbin

      The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, February 4th will be James Brisbin, Rector of St. David's Church in East Greenbush and Director of the Burmese Refugee Ministry. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

 

1/28/2014, #24, 1st Quarter 2014

For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:12-14)
      Jesus, by your blood and Holy Spirit please cleanse my conscience of all dead works. Thank you.

Then he brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." And he believed in the LORD, and he accounted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:5-6)
      Father, bring us to that righteousness that comes from believing your word to us. Thank you.

A word received: Come into my arms.

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Gen. 15:1-11, 17-21: Heb. 9:1-14: John 5:1-18
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Gen. 16:1-14: Heb. 9:15-28: John 5:19-29

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 28 St. Paul’s, Troy -The Rev’d Michael Gorchov, The Rev’d Alicia Todaro

***** Adapted from the Bishop's Message Regarding the Conflict in South Sudan, January 24, 2014
      Pray about making a personal contribution in addition to whatever your parish is doing. Send a check to the Diocesan Business Office, 580 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834, by Wednesday, February 5th. (Please make checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and put "Maridi Relief" in the memo line. Donations can also be made online by credit card through the diocese's secure system by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/donationMaridi.php).

***** Come, experience the healing power of Christ's love at the 10 a.m. Tuesday morning Ecumenical Healing Service. All are welcome. 1/28 Rev. Kathy Coons
      Mother Kathy Coons is a bi-vocational priest serving as Vicar at Grace Church, Waterford; and employed at Rensselaer County Dept of Mental Health as Commissioner. Mtr Kathy is a licensed clinical social worker, providing care for children and youth with severe emotional disturbance for two decades; and has spent the past decade working in administration of services. She interned with Fr Nigel on 2004 when the healing ministry was being launched at the SLC. Mtr Kathy is married to Earl Coons and the couple has 2 adult daughters. She is active on the Cursillo community and is known for puppet ministry. Her teaching will be about "Experiencing the Bottom of the Valley."

Albany Intercessor


Monday, January 27, 2014

 

1/27/2014, #23, 1st Quarter 2014

So 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)
      Holy Spirit, help us believe the word that Jesus speaks to us and act on it as this man did.

And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, "Your son lives!" 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. (John 4:51-53)
      Jesus, we ask that you bring our whole family to faith in you as happened to this man's family.

This again is the second sign Jesus did when he had come out of Judea into Galilee. (John 4:54)
      Father, we want to see "signs following" as we follow Jesus (see Mark 16:17-18 ).

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." (Genesis 15:1)
      Help us, LORD, to know this as well. By faith in you write this promise on our hearts and minds. Thank you.

A word received: I know your sorrow and grief. I have come so that you may know my joy.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Gen. 14:(1-7)8-24: Heb. 8:1-13: John 4:43-54
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Gen. 15:1-11,17-21: Heb. 9:1-14: John 5:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 26 Christ Church, Hudson -The Rev’d John Perry
JANUARY 27 Men’s Ministries across the Diocese

***** Adapted from the Bishop's Message Regarding the Conflict in South Sudan, January 24, 2014
The following is a list of the specific items Bishop Justin intends to provide each of the refugee families:
1.      30 kg of maize corn: $20
2.      15 kg of beans: $40
3.      5 liters of cooking oil: $10
4.      two pairs of bed sheets: $30
The total for these items to be provided for each displaced family is $100.
      Pray about making a personal contribution in addition to whatever your parish is doing. Send a check to the Diocesan Business Office, 580 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834, by Wednesday, February 5th. (Please make checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and put "Maridi Relief" in the memo line. Donations can also be made online by credit card through the diocese's secure system by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/donationMaridi.php).

***** From: Ginnie Grupinski Monday, January 27, 2014
This is a bit late getting to everyone as I was out of town, but it's good news from the Chapmans!
      Thanks to everyone for your prayers! We made it to Huancayo safely last night. It was a beautiful trip (rivers, water falls, mountains and green) amazingly lovely. But it was also an awful trip (long winding skinny roads, no guardrails and a long trip) But we saw hardly any rain along the way and the roads were clear the whole trip! God is so good to us! Thanks again everyone, we appreciate you all! Bishop Mike and Linda

***** St. Francis mission prayer table 1-25-14, Candy Palumbo and Jana Lingo, Cold and snow.
G = Gloves, S= Scarf

Dorothy - Daily Blessing for her and friend on cell phone

Christian - Daily Blessing, loss of Aunt.

Victor(G,S) - Daily Blessing

Carol(G) - Daily Blessing

Matthew(G) - Daily Blessing

Danice(S) - Mother has Alzheimer's, and that daughter stays on positive path.

Porshce(G)- Daily Blessing

Michael(G) - Daily Blessing

Dora - Daily blessing

Nancy(G) - Blessing for new home, help with Furnishings

For His Service, Jana

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, January 25, 2014

 

1/25/2014, #22, 1st Quarter 2014

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work. (John 4:34)
      Father, help each of us feast at that table where we do your will.

Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! (John 4:35)
      Jesus, give us eyes to see the harvest fields that are already prepared for us to enter.

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. (John 4:36)
      Holy Spirit, help us enter into that joy that comes from sowing and reaping.

For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.' (John 4:37)
      Father, each of us has our part to play in bringing in the harvest. Give us grace to do our part.

I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors." (John 4:38 )
      God, so many times when I get that "nudge" from you to ask, "Would you like to give your life to Jesus?" I find that their hearts are already prepared and ready. All the work has been done by your Holy Spirit and others. Thank you.

Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
      Jesus, thank you for preparing the hearts of the people we will meet today by your intercession for them.

Hebrews 7:25 A word received: I AM praying for you right now.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Gen. 12:9-13:1: Heb. 7:18-28: John 4:27-42
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Gen. 13:2-18: Gal. 2:1-10: Mark 7:31-37
Third Sunday after Epiphany: 139:1-17 or 139:1-11; Amos 3:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 4:12-23

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 25 The Rev’d John Zimmerman

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St. Cold, some snow, and very windy.

+--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
g--indicates received gloves (we received lots of hats and gloves from Schenectady City Mission to pass on)

Tobias (regular) -- Asked prayers for friends of his. We prayed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Steve -- He was told this week that he does not need a hernia operation. We gave thanks for that.

Richi (semi-regular) -- He and his wife Felicia are trying to sell their house so they can move to Florida. We prayed he would get a fair price and that it would sell quickly. We also prayed that Felicia would soon conceive a child.

+ 199 Michael (young man) -- He had given his life to Jesus in the past but had strayed. He gave his life to Jesus and confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness and cleansing. He never knew his birth father. I showed him Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." and explained to him that he now was an adopted child of God and had a Father in heaven that he could cry out to for help. I also gave him 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. and explained to him that he was now clean. He received this with joy. I urged him to get into a right relationship with his girlfriend who is pregnant by him.

199 g Stephen (regular, young man) --We prayed for a job for him.

+Tyler (young man) -- We prayed for a job for him. He said, "It is hard to get a good job with a criminal background."

+ g Maria (woman) -- A friend stole money from her and then kicked her out of the apartment. She is now living in a hotel for the homeless.

+ g Alan (man) -- The furnace in his house is broken since yesterday. The landlord keeps trying to repair it, but it breaks down again.

+ 199 g Scott (boy, 10) -- He asked prayers "for my mom."

+ Ramal (man) -- He came for prayer last week for a job. He has an interview on Friday. We prayed that it would be successful.

***** Bishop's Message Regarding the Conflict in South Sudan, January 24, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The situation in South Sudan continues to be quite fragile, however on a positive note, I just received word that a ceasefire agreement was signed yesterday (January 23rd) in Addis Ababa. Let us pray that it is soon honored throughout all of South Sudan and the fighting stops. Unfortunately, there is a history of mistrust and rivalry between the two warring tribes, the Dinka and the Nuer. Time will tell if they are willing to let go of the past and work for true and lasting peace.
      By the grace of God, Maridi has been spared thus far from the recent violence, however, Bishop Justin and the Church in Maridi are faced with a huge number of displaced people from the surrounding areas coming there for food, shelter and safety. Even with the just-announced ceasefire, large numbers of refugees are expected to continue coming until true peace is established and people are able to return to their homes. The following is an excerpt from two of the most recent communiqués I have received from Bishop Justin:
      "We have started the new year with insecurity and up to now the situation is not good. There is constant fighting with great destruction of lives and properties in Juba and the three states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity State. There is constant defection of the Army to join the rebel group. There is much evidence of tribal rivalry between the Dinka supporting President Kiir and the Nuer tribe supporting Riack Machar who has rebelled...We are all okay here in Maridi. The number of displaced people continues to increase gradually. So far we have 167 families who have reached Maridi and 29 widows whose husbands were killed on the way. There are now a total of 1,336 displaced people in Maridi...So far more than 10,000 people are estimated to have died and over 200,000 people displaced. Fighting is still going on despite the many calls from the international communities for cease fire. Our worries are now about the roads from Yei to Juba and from Juba to Maridi which is becoming unsafe."
      Our sisters and brothers in Maridi need our help. First and foremost, they need our prayers. Bishop Justin has asked us to pray that Maridi and western Equatoria would be protected from the violence in the surrounding states and that there will be a political solution to the current situation and that peace will prevail, bringing an end to all the suffering and fighting. He has also asked us to pray that the Church will continue to be strong, providing comfort and encouragement for those seeking refuge and preaching a message of peace and reconciliation to all the people, especially the Dinka and Nuer tribes. Bishop Justin stated, "We very much value your prayers for us and thank you." It is my sincere hope that each of us will be faithful in holding Bishop Justin, the Diocese of Maridi, and all the people of South Sudan up in our daily and corporate prayers.
      In addition to our prayers, Bishop Justin and the people of Maridi are in desperate need of our financial assistance to help them in their efforts to feed, shelter and minister to the ever-growing number of refugees and displaced people arriving in Maridi each day. The following is a list of the specific items Bishop Justin intends to provide each of the refugee families:
1.      30 kg of maize corn: $20
2.      15 kg of beans: $40
3.      5 liters of cooking oil: $10
4.      two pairs of bed sheets: $30
The total for these items to be provided for each displaced family is $100.
      In an effort to assist our Sister Diocese of Maridi as they serve as a channel of God's love, mercy and healing grace, striving to meet the overwhelming needs of the growing number of refugees, I am asking every parish church in the Diocese of Albany to prayerfully consider sending in a gift of $100 (or more if possible), to the Diocesan Business Office, 580 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834, by Wednesday, February 5th. (Please make checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and put "Maridi Relief" in the memo line. Donations can also be made online by credit card through our secure system by clicking here). In so doing we will be able to send a gift of over $10,000 to Maridi to assist them in this great time of need. Every dollar raised will be sent to Maridi.
      Thank you for your prayers and generous financial support. You will be a blessing and encouragement to Bishop Justin and the people of Maridi and all those they have been called to serve.
      Faithfully Your Brother in Christ, +Bill

Albany Intercessor


Friday, January 24, 2014

 

1/24/2014, #21, 1st Quarter 2014

Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. (John 4:20-21)
      Father, I thank you that we can come into your presence and worship you wherever we are.

You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. (John 4:22)
      Jesus, thank you for making us a part of the people of God and teaching us how to worship.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship him. (John 4:23)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to worship the Father and the Son in the truth of the gospel. Fill our minds with truth. Come and empower our worship. Thank you.

God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24)
      Holy Trinity, One God, empower us to worship you in spirit and in truth. Let the river of your Spirit move through this diocese and transform our worship. Prepare our hearts with a passion for Jesus that gets deeper and deeper. Help us abide in your love, Father, and share that love with others.

And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long. (Psalm 35:28 )
      Prompt me to speak of your love and mercy. Thank you for those who giave their lives to you last night at the Schenectady City Mission.

A word received: Look to me for help.

A word received: Ask me to help you worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

Friday: 31 * 35; Gen. 11:27-12:8: Heb. 7:1-17: John 4:16-26
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Gen. 12:9-13:1: Heb. 7:18-28: John 4:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 23 The Rev'd Carlos Caguiat, The Rev'd Randolph Lukas, The Rev'd Stephen Scarff
JANUARY 24 St. Luke's, Catskill - The Rev'd Dr. Leander Harding, The Rev'd Henry Verdaasdonk

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 12, 2013, 5:10 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Gary (staff) -- Sore back from fall and has a job interview today, Friday. Prayed for healing and blessing.

Chuck -- Teresa had oral surgery Thursday and is in pain with swelling.

Gary (staff) -- Blessing.

Smiley (staff) -- His leg is now better.

Ted (volunteer) -- Last week his granddaughter Camille had her first intravenous antibiotic treatment through the picc. Her shoulders are already feeling better.

+++ a 199 John (young man) -- He gave his life to Jesus for the first time and accepted the forgiveness of his sins and the cleansing of the Holy Spirit. He accepted that he now has a Father in heaven who loves him and has adopted him. He also asked prayers for his mom who got out of jail last week and got crosses for his mom and dad.

+ Judy (woman) -- She asked prayer for her son Michael who is in prison. She also asked prayer for her boyfriend.

+ a 199 Seneca (man) -- He has wounds in his chest and his legs are a mess. His wife has left him. He had previously given his life to Jesus, but gave his burdens to the Lord and accepted God's cleansing forgiveness. He accepted that he now has a Father in heaven who loves him and has adopted him.

Ron and Amna (volunteer) -- They are a young Muslim couple who are doing community service as a prerequisite to being accepted into a private Muslim college in California. Ron is from the US and Amna is from Pakistan.

***** Prayer update from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
This was sent in by Mark Fetherstonhaugh Wednesday
Hi Torre,
Many thanks. God is good, Adam has been released with antibiotics – looks like a chest infection and they don't suspect anything exotic J
Cheers and God bless…

***** Prayer request from Deacon Laurie Bartlett for her Dad
      Please put my dad Frank on the prayer list. He is 92yrs. Many health issues is body is wearing out. He is in pain he is stable drs. Are lost as to what they can do and what his body can take. Thank you Dcn. Laurie

***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for Friday 24 January 2014
Dear partners in prayer, This week's selective overview:
      1) By the time that many of you receive this, I should be in the air, headed for Belize. (Julie will have driven me to the airport at 3:30 am; pray for Julie). I have decided not to take my computer with me this time because of the projected rain and my location near the Guatemala border. So, this will be our weekly prayer mail.
      2) We are planning to have a new server arrangement in the first week of February. Praise God, and a thank you to Bill Schrull!
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for safe and timely travel and that Jesus would accomplish what he would like to do on this trip.
      2) Pray for dry weather. Pray for an absence of mosquitoes between now through Wednesday, especially an absence of the malaria and dengue fever types. Bug spray with Deet: check. Long sleeve garments: check. Hat: check.
      3) Pray for the outcomes from the meetings from recent weeks and pray for any meetings that will be taking place over the next week or so. A lot of important ground is being covered, and Julie and I sense the presence of the Holy Spirit through it all. Your prayers are very helpful.
      4) Pray for the Holy Spirit's provision and that our parish visitation schedule be his schedule. If your parish would like me to visit, please let me know.
      5) Continue to pray for my upcoming visits to Belize in March (clergy retreat and more), May (during lay vocation month), and October (diocesan Synod).
      6) Continue to pray 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+

***** From: Jeanne Gizara, Wed, Jan 22, 2014
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
1 Listen to me, you islands;
      hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
      from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.
2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
      in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
      and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, "You are my servant,
      Israel, in whom I will display my splendor."
(Isaiah 49: 1-3)
I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. (Isaiah 49:6)
      Lord, thus You said to Isaiah and I believe that these words are for Father Shaw and all missionaries as well. Thank You for the calling in his mother's womb. Thank You for the sharpened sword in his moth, the guidance that your Holy Spirit gives to him when preparing his teaching lessons and during meetings with authorities and students. Thank You that You have kept him safe in the shadow of your hand. Thank You for making Him a polished arrow, helping him to create the most effective lessons for his unique students. Thank You for making him your servant, a light to many nations so that your message of salvation can reach the unsaved in Belize, in the U.S., in Peru, and in any other nation that You send him to in the future.
      Father God, we pray special travel mercies as Father Shaw prepares to fly to Belize this week for a SAMS conference and for important meetings. May your will be done and may all be done to your glory. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 

1/21/2014, #20, 1st Quarter 2014

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: "Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. YET WHO KNOWS WHETHER YOU HAVE COME TO THE KINGDOM FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS?" Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: "Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!" So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him. (Esther 4:13-17)
      Lord, so many choose to remain silent in the face of evil. Move our hearts to repentance and help us recognize the opportunity you are giving us in this time to speak your word. Help us make the choice of Esther to speak.

My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. (Psalm 119:25)
      Revive us Lord by your word.

I have declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:26)
      Revive us Lord by your teaching.

Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on your wondrous works. (Psalm 119:27)
      Revive us Lord as we meditate on your works.

My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28 )
      Revive us Lord and strengthen us.

Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me your law graciously. (Psalm 119:29)
      Revive us Lord by writing your Torah on our hearts.

I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me. (Psalm 119:30)
      Revive us Lord by your word of truth.

I cling to your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! (Psalm 119:31)
      Revive us Lord as we recall your testimonies.

I will run the course of your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:32)
      Revive us Lord so that we may run the course of your commandments. Thank you.

A word received: Make the choice to speak my word.

Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Gen. 9:18-29: Heb. 6:1-12: John 3:22-36
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Gen. 11:1-9: Heb. 6:13-20: John 4:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 21 Episcopal Church Women
JANUARY 22 The Trustees of the Diocese

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT FROM ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Jan. 20, 2014; 10-10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Hardly any foot traffic or even auto traffic today because of the holiday. The community meal usually served across the street at the Masonic Temple was not available today because the building was closed for the holiday. Therefore, we only had two people -- regulars -- come to the table to take advantage of the prayer, non-perishable food and winter clothing we offer each Monday. Deacon intern Marian Sive and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. Did not give out any wooden crosses or anoint anyone with Holy Oil today.)

NANCY -- This needy woman always comes for the food we offer, and she also took some women's winter clothing. We prayed for her safety and well-being.

MAN and WOMAN (No names) -- They passed by and politely declined prayer.

DAVID -- This man is a Navy veteran of the Vietnam war, and he always stops for prayer, food and clothing for himself and for others. He has brought many other people to the table during the year and a half that we have been out here. Today he asked for prayer to keep from losing his patience and temper with people recently.

WOMAN IN CAR -- She drove by slowly, looked curious and interested but did not stop even though we both waved to her. Maybe she will stop next time.

***** From: Ginnie Grupinski
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Subject: Peru Travel Prayers Needed
      Dear Friends and family, This is a prayer request from Bishop Mike and Linda. "We are requesting prayer for our travel tomorrow. We are presently in Ica but will travel tomorrow up to Huancayo. A couple of the roads have been out because of landslides. We are asking for prayer for safe travel and that the Lord will lead us to take the best road to Huancayo.
      Much love and blessings to all. Bishop Mike and Linda"

      I would like to add, please pray for health and strength, and for the people they see, meet and minister to see the love of Jesus in everything they do. That the Chapmans will live in the fullest measure of the call on their lives, and that God would be glorified in everything they puts their hearts and hands to do. Pray for true, life changing salvations and powerful healings. That the word is preached and received, and powerful miracles take place wherever they go ! Love and blessings to all in this new year; may your hearts be full and your lives changed in every good way. Ginnie

***** Diocesan Update January 21, 2014 A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany that need your covering of prayer.
2014 Parish Leadership
Conferences
The New Consecration Sunday Program
      The subject of the 2014 Parish Leadership Conferences will be The New Consecration Sunday Program, by Herb Miller. This program has been used with great success in a number of parishes throughout the diocese to strengthen stewardship in the parish by focusing on gratitude for what God has done for us. Here is what some of the leaders of those churches have to say about the program:
      "The New Consecration Sunday Program put the focus on our relationship with God, helped build a cooperative team, and yielded wonderful results." - Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis, Rector, St. John's Massena
      "The New Consecration Sunday program has totally changed how our people view giving in that they no longer see giving based on what the church needs, but rather as a discipline in gratitude." - Father Karl Griswold Kuhn, Rector, St. Paul's Kinderhook
      "Focusing on the disciple's need to give instead of the Church's need to receive has resulted in decreased conflict, significant spiritual growth, and an abundance of funds that have enabled us to begin new ministries. It's amazing what God can do when you challenge people to be faithful." - Father Mark Michael, Rector, Christ Church, Cooperstown
      "The New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program was very successful at St. Mark's, Malone this year, helping the parish experience more than a 100% increase in pledges." - Father Tom Papazoglakis, Rector, St. Mark's Malone
      The day will include three presentations: The Cheerful Giver and Unrighteous Mammon: Why Talking About Money in the Church is Difficult and Important, Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves: Stewardship Campaign Do's and Don'ts, and The Harvest of Righteousness: How Faithful Stewardship Can Change Your Church. There will also be a time for discussion of these presentations among the parish groups. Each Parish Leadership Conference will begin at 8:30 am with check-in and will finish by 3:45 pm. The dates and locations for the 2014 Parish Leadership Conferences are as follows:
Date              Place
January 25th              Holy Family School
12 Homestead Park
Malone, NY 12953

February 1st              Christ Church
69 Fair Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

February 8th              Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
575 Burton Road
Greenwich, NY 12834

To register for any of the Parish Leadership Conferences, please click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/ParishLeadershipConference/2014/2014PLCRegistrationForm.php

Retreat Opportunity: Christ in the Psalms Silent Retreat at St. Mary's. From February 14th - 16th, 2014, retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world and find peace and rest in silence at The Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich, NY. Join Mother Miriam as she leads you through the Psalms, highlighting the prophetic words about Christ found there. The weekend begins with Vespers on Friday and ends with dinner on Sunday, after 1PM. The cost is $138 for those staying overnight, $75 for commuters (meals and program only - no overnight accommodations). If you would like to attend, please e-mail Mother Mirian by clicking here.

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 e-mail by clicking here, by mail to 305-B Queens Dr., Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or you may call her at (518 ) 932-9286.

Healing Center at Christ the King, Healing Service Guest Speaker: Rev. Kathy Coons. The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, January 28t will be Mother Kathy Coons. Mtr Kathy is a bi-vocational priest serving as Vicar at Grace Church, Waterford and is employed at Rensselaer County Dept of Mental Health as Commissioner. She is a licensed clinical social worker, and has provided care for children and youth with severe emotional disturbances for the past two decades. Her teaching will be about Experiencing the Bottom of the Valley. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

Soaking Prayer
      Come and rest and receive God's healing love. Listen to soft Christian music while our prayer team prays and speaks encouraging words from the Bible and Christian meditations over you. Take time to "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). The Healing Center hosts Soaking Prayer every Wednesday from 10 am - 12 pm in the Healing Center chapel. For more information, contact the Healing Center by phone at (518 ) 692-9550 or send them an e-mail by clicking here.

Learning Opportunities
      Greek for the Busy at St. Mary's. This short course, held at at Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich, NY is designed to equip Bible students with some basic tools for translating New Testament Greek, without demanding a lot of time or heavy memorization. This course was held last fall and may be held this spring as well, depending on the level of interest. There are no prerequisites except interest and there will be minimal homework and a modest charge for materials. The meeting times and frequency are flexible. One possibility is six sessions beginning late February or early March. Another possibility is a residential several-day intensive course some time in April (room and board fees would apply in this case). If you are interested, please e-mail Sister Mary Jean (even if you've already spoken with her) by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?stmarysinstitute Please include your preference for meeting times in your message.

***** There's an App (apply prayer please) for that.
Depressed, there's an App for that.
Sad, there's an App for that.
Fearful, there's an App for that.
Anxious, there's an App for that.
Worried, there's an App for that.
Concerned, there's an App for that.

Expectant, there's an App for that.
Excited, there's an App for that.
Filled with awe, there's an App for that.
Filled with wonder, there's an App for that.
Laughing, there's an App for that.
Filled with joy, there's an App for that.
Filled with love, there's an App for that.
Filled with life, there's an App for that.

The App,
"The bible"
Free Download into your brain pod ...
Wifi connected.
No wires needed.
Not password protected.
Brilliant.

Soul bites by Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
From: Ronnie O'Neill
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:23 AM
Subject: Prayer Request

This was sent in by Mark Fetherstonhaugh yesterday
Adam, is up in A&E in Wales. He has been sick, flu like symptoms and temp running hot and cold. He’s gone to A&E to make sure he hadn’t contacted anything following his extended time in Cambodia. They have taken blood and he is waiting for the results.
Please pray for healing, safe-keeping and that he will know and fell God’s presence with him.
Cheers and God bless, Mark…
[PS from Torre: Adam's brother Craig Fetherstonhaugh was a youth worker for Youth for Christ in the Diocese of Albany a few years ago.]

***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for Monday 20 January 2014
Dear partners in prayer, This week's selective overview:
      1) This was a planning and preparation week for 2014. All the faculty have been lined up, course work has been successfully realigned because of recent server difficulties and faculty schedule changes.
      2) The server situation has been fixed.
      3) Tickets have been purchased for the trip to Belize in March; Bishop Phillip has given me an outline of the agenda for that trip and asked me to extend my trip a few days from the original plans.
Prayer requests:
      1) I travel to Belize later this week as part of a SAMS retreat in Belize and to meet with the Belizean Chair of the Commission on Ministry. I will also be preaching at a local parish. Pray for safe and timely travel and that Jesus would accomplish what he would like to do.
      2) Pray for the outcomes from the meetings from recent weeks and pray for any meetings that will be taking place over the next two weeks.
      3) It is getting to be that time of year when I begin to set up visits to parishes for updates and for introductions to people who have not met us before. Pray for the Holy Spirit's provision and that our visitation schedule be his schedule. If your parish would like me to visit, please let me know.
      4) Continue to pray for my upcoming visits to Belize in March, May, and October, and for parish visits in the U.S.
      5) Continue to pray 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


Monday, January 20, 2014

 

1/20/2014, #19, 1st Quarter 2014

Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:11)
      Lord, all around us there are examples of disobedience; help us strive to put off the old man and enter into your rest.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
      Holy Spirit, on the Day of Pentecost thousands were cut to the heart (see Acts 2:37). Let there be a new Pentecost among us in this diocese whereby we too are cut to the heart and become new men and women.

And there is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)
      Father, you know our thoughts and our words even before we speak them (see Psalm 139:1-4). Send your Holy Spirit into our hearts and minds and cleans us of all unrighteousness.

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. (Hebrews 4:14)
      Jesus, thank you for being our eternal priest. Help us bring many to a saving knowledge of you. Help us to be stead in the face of all temptation.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
      Jesus, thank you for enter into our manhood and knowing every temptation we face. Please help us in our hour of need.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
      Holy Spirit, help us come boldly to the throne of grace to find the help that only Jesus can give. Thank you.

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know your name will put their trust in you; for you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:9-10)
      LORD, I flee into your arms of love.

A word received: Remember how I have led you.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Gen. 8:6-22: Heb. 4:14-5:6: John 2:23-3:15
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Gen. 9:1-17: Heb. 5:7-14: John 3:16-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 20 St. Paul’s, Bloomville – The Rev’d Laura Miller

***** Healing Center: Healing Service at Christ the King
The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, January 21st will be The Rev. John Thompson, Rector at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, January 19, 2014

 

1/19/2014, #18, 1st Quarter 2014

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as he walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are you staying?" (John 1:35-38 )
      Bring all of us in this diocese to clarity about what we are seeking in life: Jesus, help us to seek you.

He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and remained with him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). (John 1:39)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to make the choice to come and see what Jesus has for us.

A word received: Come, I AM calling you.

A word received at St. Ann's Amsterdam last night: Do not be afraid to do what I ask of you. I want to use each one of you here but you will never be alone because I am walking with each of you. I want to see joy well up in you. Follow me.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Gen. 7:1-10,17-23: Eph. 4:1-16: Mark 3:7-19
Second Sunday after Epiphany: 40:1-10; Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-41
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Gen. 8:6-22: Heb. 4:14-5:6: John 2:23-3:15

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 18 St. Francis Mission, Albany – for new mission initiatives in West Hill, The Rev’d Lawrence Steuer
JANUARY 19 The Standing Committee, The Rev’d Patti Johnson

***** Please pray for the Excel Conference which began Friday evening and goes through the weekend. It is put on by Youth for Christ and is a major event for high school students for the whole region. There are many youths going from the Diocese of Albany. Our young man, Arthur, is one of the counselors. He asked prayer for the following three things:
      encounters with the Holy Spirit
      miracles
      tears of joy
Also, please pray for God's protection over the whole event.

***** Healing Center: Healing Service at Christ the King
The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, January 21st will be The Rev. John Thompson, Rector at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

***** St. Francis Mission (Grace and Holy Innocents) Prayer Table report, Saturday, January 18, 2014, Sunny and Cold

Pam and George - expecting a baby

Victor - Contract Nymo(HEAP program) without heat -health and daily bread

Dora - Daily Bread

unknown man - Daily bread

Katrina - housing and help for dealing with bad landlord

Jeff- wife & 3 little girls provisions, protections

Peanut - 3 grand children - daily bread and health

Rodney - Col 1:9-13 -"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves." (NIV)

Lilly - praise for getting a kidney and daily bread.

Mary Ann - health , family, and continued recuperation form accident where her family was deliberately run over.

"Archangel Michael" - Daily Bread

Larry - Daily Bread "I am holding on to God's unchanging Hands" - Mother in Coma.

herby - Continued prayer for his arm.

Athena & Chandler - Athena just released from Jail, pray that they may regain custody and Daily bread.

Smith - Daily Bread.

FHS, Jana

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, January 18, 2014

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Saturday, January 18, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene Chesnut, 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
g--indicates received gloves (we received lots of hats and gloves from Schenectady City Mission to pass on)

Zhanni (young man) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] -- We prayed for God's blessing on him.

Torre and Steve -- We prayed for God's blessing and provision for us. Later we prayed for Steve who will be having a hernia operation.

We prayed for the kids at Excel.

We prayed for Mary whose birthday is today and provision for her husband Mark's sister and brother-in-law (he has advanced Alzheimer's)

+ 199 Elijah (man) -- He had previously given his life to Jesus but had fallen into sin. He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness. Joy came over his face when we told him he was now clean. We gave him 1 John 1:9 and also showed him that he was now an adopted child of God (Romans 8:15). He went away rejoicing.

a 199 Ramal (young man) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] -- He asked prayer for a job.

Louise gave thanks that Princetown had a "Joe Popa Day" in honor of her son who had completed his service in the Marines. [Joe has served on the prayer table.]

+ 199 g Joe (man, semi-regular) -- We rejoiced over the transformation in his life.

Margaret and Kevin.

+ 199 LaToya (young woman) -- She has a brain tumor and because she has young children she is afraid of having an operation not knowing what would happen to them.

+ 199 Willie (man) -- He is walking with the Lord. Prayed for steady steps and strength to endure.


Friday, January 17, 2014

 

1/17/2014, #17, 1st Quarter 2014

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? (Psalm 22:1)
      Jesus, thank you for joining our suffering in the lonely times when all help seems futile.

O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. (Psalm 22:2)
      Holy Spirit, move my heart to cry out to my Father in heaven along with Jesus throughout the day and the night.

But you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)
      Jesus, fill my heart and my mind with your praises so that you are enthroned there. Thank you.

Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you delivered them. They cried to you, and were delivered; they trusted in you, and were not ashamed. (Psalm 22:4-5)
      LORD God, help us share with the next generation your loving help to us and prior generations. They and we trusted in you and were not ashamed.

A posterity shall serve him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, they will come and declare his righteousness to a people who will be born, that he has done this. (Psalm 22:30-31)
      Jesus, please help me to do my part in recounting to the next generation what you have done. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me for comfort.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Gen. 6:1-8: Heb. 3:12-19: John 2:1-12
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Gen. 6:9-22: Heb. 4:1-13: John 2:13-22

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 17 Christ Church, Ballston Spa -The Very Rev’d Derik Roy, The Rev’d Lynne Crimi, The Rev’d Albert Moser, The Rev’d Bill Pearson

***** Cathedral Prayer table report 1-15-13, Sunny and windy, but we are outside, Deacon Sue Plaske, Beth Collum, Hilda Hardy, and Jana Lingo

Woman walking by - for friend Theresa, who is battling cancer. There is a healing service tonight for her.

Two gentlemen in a minivan - waved and said "God bless you!"

Paul - Bishop Ball, Deacon Carpenter, Fr. McQuade, Baileys, Tripp, and Ryan, and owner of restaurant that burned.

A couple of people walked by and politely declined prayer.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 16, 2014, 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

Dan (staff) -- He gave thanks for Jesus and his cross and resurrection.

Gary (staff) -- He asked prayer for his witness talk at the beginning of the evening meal.

Ted (volunteer) -- His granddaughter Camille has had a picc inserted for intravenous antibiotic treatment of Lyme's disease. A nurse friend from Albany Med is showing her how to take care of the picc.

+Rianna (young girl, 8 ) -- "I want you to pray that my grandmother [+Donna] will get out of jail." [Rianna has come to the Neighborhood meal prayer table before about problems at school -- being bullied.]

+Gary (volunteer) -- "I want to give thanks to God for things working out in my life."

a +++ John (young man) -- "I want to give thanks that my mom got out of jail today." He got 2 extra crosses for his sister and his mom.

+ a Keith (man) -- He gave thanks for the way God has encouraged him.

+Sue (woman, regular) -- "My boyfriend [Allen] and I both need wisdom and guidance.

+Benjamin (man) -- He has COPD and had an oxygen tank with him. We also prayed for his girl who has cancer.

+Wendy and + Paul -- They need an apartment that will allow them to have a cat and a dog.

Smiley (staff) -- He has a abscess infection in his leg. "I don't want to be cut no more. Give me the antibiotic to do the job!"

***** From: HART-US
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Subject: Baroness Caroline Cox's Upcoming Trip To The US
A Letter From The President, January 15, 2014
BARONESS COX TO VISIT CHARLESTON, SC FEBRUARY 6 - 9, 2014
      The HART-US Team is pleased to announce that Baroness Caroline Cox will be in Charleston, SC February 6 - 9 for the Global Impact Celebration (GIC) 2014: A Spiritual Feast To Feed The Heart! This event is sponsored by St. Michael’s Church. Baroness Cox will be the featured speaker at the main event, a Spiritual Feast, Friday, February 7 at 7:30 pm at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street. There is no registration or fee for this event.
      To view a video with information about Baroness Cox, please scroll down the middle of the GIC page: http://www.stmichaelschurch.net/gic/. The Rt. Rev. Abraham Yel Nhial of South Sudan (one of the Lost Boys) and the Rev. Simon Mwaura of Kenya along with missionaries from Burundi, India, and other countries will be attending GIC events.
      But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8.
We ask you to join HART-US Chair, Lynn Lawrence, and the HART-US Team as we pray for:
      +Safe and comfortable travels for Lady Cox when she journeys to Charleston, SC;
      +Each time Lady Cox is given the opportunity to speak that the Lord will guide her words;
      +Enhanced recognition of the work of HART-UK and HART-US during Lady Cox's visit;
      +Financial fruit from this visit as well as our Annual Hearts for HART program and
      +For the HART-US team meeting with Lady Cox and discussion for the future so that we can best serve those in need.
Please remember those we seek to serve in Burma, India, Nagorno-Karabakh, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor Leste, and Uganda in your thoughts, prayers and with your gifts.
      Looking forward to a Blessed, Healthy, Peaceful and Productive 2014 for all!
For more information on HART-US , please contact Donna Mundy, President, HART-US at 321.223.8191 (mobile) or mundygroup@aol.com.
Our mailing address is:
Humanitarian Aid Relief Fund, Inc.(d/b/a HART-US)
PO Box 356
Fortson, GA 31808

***** Healing Center: Healing Service at Christ the King
The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, January 21st will be The Rev. John Thompson, Rector at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 6pm, January 18. 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.

***** Prayer & Praise Worship Service: Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 7 PM
      Please join us at St. Michael's in Colonie this Friday, January 17th, 2014 for our monthly Worship service. Father Frank Lockwood will preach, and will lead prayer for the sick and the suffering. Please come and bring a friend! We will end with Eucharist. www.stmichaelscolonie.org Find us on Facebook

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, January 16, 2014

 

1/16/2014, #16, 1st Quarter 2014

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. (John 1:43-44)
      Jesus, help us follow you whenever and wherever you bid us to come.

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." (John 1:45-46)
      Lord, I sometimes wonder if anything good can come out of Schenectady. Please give me the faith of Philip so that I may see you as you are.

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" (John 1:47)
      Holy Spirit, set me from guile and deceit.

Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered and said to him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" (John 1:48-49)
      Jesus, thank you for knowing me even before I knew you. Help me by your Holy Spirit to respond as Nathaniel did.

Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." (John 1:50-51)
      Father, I too want to glimpse the glory of your son and your holy angels. Let every parish in this diocese become a new Peniel (see Genesis 32:30). Give us hearts like Jacob's to seek your face and your blessing.

For you will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28 )
      LORD God, please give me your light to see by.

For by you I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. (Psalm 18:29)
      Father, please help me leap ove those walls that separate me from you.

A word received: My name is holy. My name has power. Turn to me; call upon my name.

(Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Gen. 4:17-26: Heb. 3:1-11: John 1:43-51
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Gen. 6:1-8: Heb. 3:12-19: John 2:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 16 For the Alpha, Cursillo, and Disciples Courses in the Diocese

***** Retreat Opportunity: Christ in the Psalms Silent Retreat at St. Mary's
From February 14th - 16th, 2014, retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world and find peace and rest in silence at The Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich, NY. Join Mother Miriam as she leads you through the Psalms, highlighting the prophetic words about Christ found there. The weekend begins with Vespers on Friday and ends with dinner on Sunday, after 1PM. The cost is $138 for those staying overnight, $75 for commuters (meals and program only - no overnight accommodations). If you would like to attend, please e-mail Mother Mirian by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?mmiriam

***** Healing Center: Healing Service at Christ the King
The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, January 21st will be The Rev. John Thompson, Rector at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 6pm, January 18. 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.

***** Prayer & Praise Worship Service: Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 7 PM
      Please join us at St. Michael's in Colonie this Friday, January 17th, 2014 for our monthly Worship service. Father Frank Lockwood will preach, and will lead prayer for the sick and the suffering. Please come and bring a friend! We will end with Eucharist. www.stmichaelscolonie.org Find us on Facebook

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 

1/15/2014, #15, 1st Quarter 2014

And when they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" Jesus answered them and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him." (John 6:25-27)
      Holy Spirit, help us review our goals in life and see if we are laboring for things eternal. Help us labor for the food which Jesus will supply.

Then they said to him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent." (John 6:28-29)
      Father, please help us believe in the one you have sent: Jesus.

This is the will of the Father who sent me, that of all he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:39-40)
      Jesus, I live in the hope of the resurrection and everlasting life with you.

A word received: I am your refuge; come to me.

Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Gen. 4:1-16: Heb. 2:11-18: John 1:(29-34 )35-42
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Gen. 4:17-26: Heb. 3:1-11: John 1:43-51

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 15 St. James, Ausable Forks – The Rev’d Ana Rivera-Georgescu, The Rev’d Patti Johnson

***** Retreat Opportunity: Christ in the Psalms Silent Retreat at St. Mary's
From February 14th - 16th, 2014, retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world and find peace and rest in silence at The Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich, NY. Join Mother Miriam as she leads you through the Psalms, highlighting the prophetic words about Christ found there. The weekend begins with Vespers on Friday and ends with dinner on Sunday, after 1PM. The cost is $138 for those staying overnight, $75 for commuters (meals and program only - no overnight accommodations). If you would like to attend, please e-mail Mother Mirian by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?mmiriam

***** Healing Center: Healing Service at Christ the King
The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, January 21st will be The Rev. John Thompson, Rector at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 6pm, January 18. 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.

***** Prayer & Praise Worship Service: Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 7 PM
      Please join us at St. Michael's in Colonie this Friday, January 17th, 2014 for our monthly Worship service. Father Frank Lockwood will preach, and will lead prayer for the sick and the suffering. Please come and bring a friend! We will end with Eucharist. www.stmichaelscolonie.org Find us on Facebook

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 


1/14/2014, #14, 1st Quarter 2014

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. (Hebrews 2:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us daily give that greater attention to your word which will keep us firmly anchored to that rock which is Jesus.

For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, (Hebrews 2:2)
      Jesus, I ask for the forgiveness of my sins and for your grace and mercy so that I do not receive my just reward. Let your mercy triumph over justice.

how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard him, (Hebrews 2:3)
      Father, so many have become neglectful and casual about the salvation you offer through your son Jesus. Stir up in us a renewed passion for Jesus.

God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will? (Hebrews 2:4)
      LORD God, please help us daily respond to the witness of your signs and wonders and the miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Thank you.

But you have seen, for you observe trouble and grief, to repay it by your hand. The helpless commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. (Psalm 10:14)
      Father, so many who come to the prayer table have never known their birth fathers. Help us minister your Spirit of adoption whereby they may cry out to you, "Abba, Father!" (See Romans 8:15)

What is a good person to do when things fall apart? (Psalm 11:3)
      Jesus, please help us turn to you in our hour of need.

A word received: I wept for Lazarus, Mary and Martha. I weep for you in your sorrows. Turn to me and I will comfort you.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Gen. 3:1-24: Heb. 2:1-10: John 1:19-28
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Gen. 4:1-16: Heb. 2:11-18: John 1:(29-34 )35-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 14 St. Ann’s, Amsterdam – The Rev’d Neal Longe, The Rev’d Alan Hart

***** Come and experience the healing power of Christ's love at the 10 a.m. Tuesday morning Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.
Our Upcoming Speakers:
1/14 The Rev. Nancy Goff
Deacon at Church of the Messiah & Chaplain at Glens Falls Hospital
Deacon began her journey in hospital ministry in 2000
as a volunteer chaplain at Alexandria Hospital near Washington, DC. Migrating to upstate NY in 2003 she continued in ministry s an adjunct chaplain at Glens Falls Hospital. Intensive training at Albany Medical Center where Deacon Nancy earned 4 units of accredited Clinical Pastoral Education, provided her numerous opportunities to minister to folks in times of trauma, suffering and death. In May 2010 Bishop Love appointed her as Episcopal Chaplain in Mission at Glens Falls Hospital and in May of 2013 she accepted the staff position of Pastoral Care Coordinator. Deacon Nancy is also assigned The Church of the Messiah in Glens Falls; has 5 wonderful grandchildren and enjoys people, knitting, reading an bicycling.
Deacon Nancy will be speaking on the topic of: Listening Leads to Healing from Revelation 7:9-17.

1/21 Fr. John Thompson
Fr. John has been the Rector of Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls, Columbia County for the past 5 years. He is delighted for the opportunity to preach at the Tuesday Healing Service.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, January 14, 2014; 9:45-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. It was almost 40 degrees, sunny, no wind ... it was like doing the prayer table in Florida! Lots of people availed themselves of the free non-perishable food and the winter clothing items we are offering.)

t-- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c-- received free clothing.
f -- received free food.
(Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil today.)

t,f,c -- BETSY -- We prayed for healing for her; she suffers from Leukemia and is tired and rundown. We also prayed for her sister MARGARET, who does not walk with the Lord.

f,c -- NANCY -- This very needy woman, who cannot hear very well, reads my lips to understand when I pray for her. We prayed for her well-being and safety.

t,c,f -- SHELAYNE -- This woman came to His table for the first time. Like many first-timers, she seemed astounded that we would care at all about her, let alone pray with her and offer her free food and clothing.

WINSTON -- This man has come to the table before. He is a former pastor in another denomination. He asked us to pray for his son JONATHAN, who will soon graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary and is awaiting placement in his ministry.

t,f,c -- ANTONIO -- Another first-time visitor, this man at first tried to sell us his watch for money. We reneged, and then he realized we were out on the sidewalk praying for people and offering free clothing and food. He, like Shelayne, was astounded that we would care. That is sad, is it not, that a needy person would be surprised that Christians care?

f,c -- REBECCA and MICHAEL -- Rebecca takes care of her two-year-old nephew, and they are delightful regulars to the table. Rebecca asked for prayer for her left knee, which has swollen and has complications. She will be operated on January 29th. We also prayed for her sister LISA, Michael's mom. She was pregnant but recently had a miscarriage.

f,c -- DAVID -- We prayed for his ongoing monetary problems he his having, and that he will be able to keep his truck and be able to drive.

t,f,c -- DONNA -- First-time visitor. She asked for prayer for her husband JOSEPH, who is sick from diabetes and effects of Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam War.

DAVID

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 6pm, January 18. 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.

***** Prayer & Praise Worship Service: Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 7 PM
      Please join us at St. Michael's in Colonie this Friday, January 17th, 2014 for our monthly Worship service. Father Frank Lockwood will preach, and will lead prayer for the sick and the suffering. Please come and bring a friend! We will end with Eucharist. www.stmichaelscolonie.org Find us on Facebook

***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for Monday 13 January 2014
Dear partners in prayer, this week's selective overview:
      1) It was a busy week. Trip plans for Belize in March were outlined. Several great and important meetings took place, including an update for Bp. Bill of Albany.
      2) Due to server difficulties and faculty changes, course adjustments were put in place.
      3) Julie's dad stayed with us, but he was delayed several days returning to his home because of the weather.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for the various outcomes from the meetings.
      2) Pray for continued blessing for everyone involved with our ministry and mission work. Prayer for course development work would be appreciated.
      3) Continue to pray for upcoming visits to Belize: later in January, March, May, and October, and for parish visits in the U.S.
      4) Continue to pray during Epiphany 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


Monday, January 13, 2014

 

1/13/2014, #13, 1st Quarter 2014

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
      Jesus, please help me to begin each day in you and your word.

He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)
      Jesus, you have always been there with your Father and the Holy Spirit. Please help me join in your fellowship.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
      Jesus, all that I have and see has come from your hands. Help me to give thanks daily for all that is before me.

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
      Thank you, Jesus, for being that light to guide me day by day. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)

      Thank you, Father for what you have done for us in Jesus!

A word received: I am here, waiting for you.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Gen. 2:4-9(10-15)16-25: Heb. 1:1-14: John 1:1-18
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Gen. 3:1-24: Heb. 2:1-10: John 1:19-28

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 13 St. Peter’s, Albany -The Rev’d Paul Hartt, The Rev’d Susan Waldron, The Rev’d John C. Smith

***** Suggest you look at "Mama Heidi" an instant video on Amazon that you can rent for a week for $1.99. It is about Heidi Baker's work in Mozambique. It lasts just under an hour.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) will celebrate our monthly Healing Eucharist on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 6pm, January 18. 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.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, January 12, 2014

 

1/12/2014, #12, 1st Quarter 2014

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears him and works righteousness is accepted by him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all-- that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. (Acts 10:34-38 )
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to do those works of righteousness which are acceptable to you.

      Father, let your word of peace through Jesus Christ be preached throughout this diocese.

      Father, thank you for anointing Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power so that all who are oppressed with disease or by the devil will be set free by him.

He shall cry to me, "You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation." (Psalm 89:26)
      Jesus, we join you in crying out to our Father: "You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation."

A word received: Open your heart to me. I am waiting.

A word received: You are in my care. I will prune you and make you fruitful.

Week of 1 Epiphany, Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Gen. 1:1-2:3: Eph. 1:3-14: John 1:29-34
First Sunday after Epiphany: 89:1-29 or 89:20-29; Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Gen. 2:4-9(10-15)16-25: Heb. 1:1-14: John 1:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for growth in every parish
JANUARY 12 St. Paul’s, Albany –The Very Rev’d J. Nixon McMillan, The Rev’d Nancy Rosenblum, The Rev’d Susan Plaske

***** St. Francis Mission Prayer table 1-11-14, We are praying in the rain instead of singing in the rain, Candy Palumbo, Janice Houston-little, and Jana Lingo

Pam and George - successful pregnancy

James Blessing for himself and family

man walking by -blessings

PatCara familu for peace and comfort as they grieve

Steve - getting divorce and finances

Jen -pregnancy and daily blessing

Dora - Daily blessings

Cara - blessings

Michael - daily blessing stomach problems

Doug anxiety and court date Thursday

Larry - Job and Blessings

Pam - Blessings

Katrina - anxiety and blessings for 467 Orange

Pauling -anxiety and relationship

Frank - motivation to move forward

Bernie -left arm and daily blessings

Kenneth- daily Blessings

Salin - Daily blessings

FHS Jana

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St. A bit brisk and rainy.

+--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
h--indicates received a hat
s--indicates received a scarf
g--indicates received gloves (we received lots of hats and gloves from Schenectady City Mission to pass on)
w--indicates received several items of warm clothing

State St.

w 2 guys stopped for warm clothing but did not want prayer.

Torre and Steve -- We prayed that we would walk in God's ways.

+ g Taishia (woman) -- She and her husband have 8 children and they are going through a hard time. We prayed for provision and blessing for her and her family.

+ h s Raymond (man) -- He asked for prayer for peace in Schenectady. We prayed that he would be a man of peace, that God's peace would come into any house he enters.

The Bus Driver waved to us.

+ g Michael (young man) -- (the gloves are for his son) We prayed for him that he would be a good father to his son.

Moses (regular) -- We prayed for healing of his pancreas. He is due for surgery on it.

+ a Jamal (young man) -- He had first given his life to Jesus back in July but had recently fallen back into sin and wanted to get right with God again. He had sought comfort in places he should not have. He, like many who come to the prayer table, has never known his birth father. He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness and cleansing. Big hug of joy afterwards.

+ g Nasir (young man) -- He asked for "blessing".

+ g 199 Richard (young man) -- He announced that he was in great pain. When asked he said it was emotional pain, that his heart was broken by his girlfriend. We prayed for peace and comfort for him.

Agnes (woman) -- We prayed for blessing in the new year.

+++++ Janice (older woman) -- She gives out the crosses to others.

+++++ 199 Georgina (young woman) -- She first gave her life to Jesus back in May at the prayer table. She asked for 3 crosses to pass on to young ladies she knows. We gave her 2 extras to pass on.

Albany St. Mark Pasko with his guitar and Carol MacNaughton, 9:35-10:35 AM Albany Street. Warm enough for worship music! We did get a few minutes of heavy rain then it dissipated (had prayed to stop the rain when it first began)

HG++ Raymond - Prayers to stop the violence in the area; prayer for his friend Steve who was shot to recover and not carry physical or emotional scars, forgiveness for those who shot Steve

H++ Shamica and her baby son Micah - need an apartment (currently in a hotel)

H Janet (regular) - Feel God's presence in her life in 2014, full recovery from the flu

Clarice (regular) prayers for her son Scott's safety. We also prayed for healing of her back.

Moses (regular) - his walk with God

HG Michael - blessed him

Justin - walk-by prayer

+GHH Cici (8 yr old girl) - prayers for her mother (Lisa) pregnant with a boy Jacob.

+GH Jakaiyra (12 year old girl) - safety for her mom as she travels this winter

+G Tiffany - pulled over in her car - prayers for her job interview on Monday

+Lisa (in car with Tiffany) - everything

***** From: Christine Hales
Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Subject: Radical Generosity
Hi Friends and Family:
      How are you doing in this weird freezing weather? We are safe and have heat, praise God and hope that you all are taking care with driving etc. So much to be thankful for and we pray for all those who don't have enough heat or provision. On a lighter note, here is the link to our latest blog. We hope it cheers you on this wintry day and reminds you of our love and affection for you! Please stay in touch, Christine and Michael
Blog link: http://kingdomartsministry.com/2014/01/

***** Jeanne Gizara, Friday, January 10, 2014, Mudge Scripture Prayer
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1: 9-12)
      Father God, as Paul prayed for the Colossians, we intercessors pray for Father Shaw Mudge. May Father Shaw be filled with the knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of You, fully pleasing to You, and bearing fruit in every good work he does for the Diocese of Belize and always increasing in knowledge of You. May Father Shaw be strengthened with all power, according to your glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. We give thanks to You, Father, that you have qualified Father Shaw to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
      May all of Father Shaw’s work bring glory to You, Lord. Guide him in all meetings and in all plans to improve the ordination process in the Diocese of Belize. May your Holy Spirit guide and supply all the needs of Father Shaw and his faculty, family, finances, plans, programs, diocesan programs and parish visits. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


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