Friday, February 21, 2014
2/21/2014, #44, 1st Quarter 2014
Father, thank you for making yourself known to me and adopting me as your child. Thank you for giving me your Spirit of adoption whereby I can cry out to you, "Dad, come and help me."
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when he is revealed, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
Jesus, I long for that day of revelation when we shall all see our Father in heaven and know the embrace of his loving arms.
And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:3)
Holy Spirit, I long for that final baptism whereby I shall be totally clean, made new in the new creation, and become the son the Father intends for me to be. Thank you.
A word received: I hear the cry of your heart.
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Gen. 32:22-33:17: 1 John 3:1-10: John 10:31-42
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Gen. 35:1-20: 1 John 3:11-18: John 11:1-16
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders
FEBRUARY 21 Diocesan Youth Trip to Breakout (March 7-9) The Rev’d Frederic Guile
***** From: Audrey Slade, Thursday, February 20, 2014
Happy to report the Middle School Sonshine retreat was awesome. The group had a fabulous time and was powerfully touched by the times of worship and prayer. Two young ones gave their lives to Jesus for the first time, and many others were touched afresh.
Today, Tyler and his amazing team started the second Sonshine Retreat. This session is for high schoolers. The group is about 30 kids, and Tyler says good things are already happening.
Please keep Tyler, the interns, and volunteers in your prayers. Specifically pray:
-for the snow to remain through the retreat (this may be a sacrifice on your part!) so they can still snow tube and do the other snowy activities planned.
-for health and energy
-for soft hearts during times of prayer and worship
Thank you for all your prayers and support! Audrey Slade
***** Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, this Friday, February 21 @7pm for our monthly Prayer & Praise service. We begin with Worship, share in the Word, give and receive Prayer, and experience Holy Communion. Please come and join us, and bring a friend to this relaxed service. We desire to go deeper and learn to receive and value His Presence.
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 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
NT-- indicates received a New Testament
We had 3 men give their lives to Jesus: Ronnie, Lincoln, and Kevin. We led them to two key passages of Scripture: 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 James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. We explained the role of confessing our sins to receive forgiveness and being accountable to a brother with honesty about our sins to receive healing. We urged them to seek out Pastor Tyrone or one of the other staff at the Schenectady City Mission and become accountable to them on a regular basis. We also said that we were available as well.
+Bill (Older man) -- He has severe pain in his upper and lower jaws.
Gary (staff) -- We prayed for his marriage and for his ministry. He also told us that Smiley (regular) had probably had a stroke.
++Duane (prayer by Gary's cell phone) -- We prayed that he would know Christ within him and that he would call upon Christ in his times of need. We also prayed for his girlfriend.
Ten (volunteer) -- Camille, his granddaughter, is unchanged. She is still undergoing the intravenous injections of antibiotics for Lyme's disease. We also prayed about Ted's peripheral neuropathy.
+ 199 NT Ronnie (man) -- He has a hearing on Monday to try and get full custody of his daughter Isabel. He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and accepted God's cleansing of his sins.
+ a 199 NT Lincoln (man) -- He had never given his life to Jesus before but felt that his life had been changed by a Christian book he had just read. He confessed his sins and accepted God's cleansing forgiveness. We urged him to connect with members of the staff of Schenectady City Mission to receive more ministry and become accountable for his behavior.
+ NT Kevin (man) -- He walked up to the table and said, "I want to get right with God." He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness and cleansing. We urged him to connect with the pastors of the Schenectady City Mission and become accountable to them before God.
Sue (regular) -- She asked prayer for her boyfriend Allen of 12 years who is in with a bunch of guys that are leading him into trouble. We urged her to talk with Allen and the pastors of Schenectady City Mission about marriage and getting pre-marital counseling.
***** Diocesan Update February 18, 2014, A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany that you can pray about and attend:
Support Opportunity, Benefit Concert
Rev. Marty Wendell, Rector of Trinity Church, Watervliet and singer/songwriter, will be joined by some musical friends to headline the Episcopal Diocese of Albany's benefit concert for South Sudan to be held Sunday, February 23, at 4 p.m. at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The deacon husband/wife folk/pop music duo Alan Hart, Deacon at St. Ann's of Amsterdam, and MaryCarol Hart, Deacon at St. Andrew's, Scotia will open the program, followed Rev. Tyler Slade, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese, who will sing praise music, new and old. A freewill offering will be taken with all proceeds going to the Diocese of Maridi to aid the thousands of displaced people in South Sudan who have been impacted by the war there.
Grief Support Group
Comfort for Those Who Mourn is a six week Christian non-denominational grief support group for all those who are mourning the death of a loved one. The next group will meet at St. Luke's On the Hill, 40 McBride Rd, Mechanicville, NY 12118 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, beginning Monday, February 24. The group will be facilitated by Fr. John Hopkins and Deacon Lynne Curtis, LCSW both of whom have had many years of experience in ministering to the bereaved, both within the church and through Hospice. There is no cost for this program, but registration is required. Please call St. Luke's office at (518 ) 664-4834 for further information and/or registration.
Healing Center at Christ the King, Healing Service Guest Speaker: Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog
The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, February 25th will be the Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog, Chaplain and Director of Healing Ministries and Spiritual Formation at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and retired Bishop of Albany. Bishop Dan has been involved in the ministry of healing and teaching for over forty years. In retirement, he also continues in ministry as a retreat and conference leader and spiritual director. Bp Dan suggests bringing a friend to share in this experience of grace. 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.
Retreat Opportunities, Men's Cursillo Weekend
The next Men's Cursillo Weekend will be held from March 20th - 23rd at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. If you are interested in deepening your walk with the Lord, speak with your Rector about attending this weekend.