Thursday, January 30, 2014
1/30/2014, #25, 1st Quarter 2014
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 .
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.
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.