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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


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