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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

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