Monday, February 03, 2014
2/3/2014, #29, 1st Quarter 2014
Father, please help me diligently seek you.
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (Hebrews 11:7)
Jesus, help me follow in Noah's footsteps and do and say those things which will bring my whole family to salvation.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8 )
Holy Spirit, please help me by faith to follow the path Abraham took so that I may receive the inheritance you have for me. I don't need to know where I am going; I only need to know I am following Jesus.
By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; (Hebrews 11:9)
Father, help me by faith live in your promises along with all my children and theirs.
for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:10)
Lord, I wait for that city which you are building. All around me I see a city that is collapsing into drugs and corruption. Bring us by faith to the city you are building.
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. (Hebrews 11:11)
Holy Spirit, please help us like Sarah to be fruitful in old age. As our days are, so let our strength be.
Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude--innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. (Hebrews 11:12)
Father, thank you for faith in you making me a child of Abraham and an heir to your promises to him.
A word received: See my care for you.
A word received: Blessed is the man who trusts in me.
Monday: 56, 57,  * 64, 65; Gen. 19:1-17(18-23)24-29: Heb. 11:1-12: John 6:27-40
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Gen. 21:1-21: Heb. 11:13-22: John 6:41-51
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders
FEBRUARY 3 Calvary Church, Cairo -The Rev’d John Miller
***** Update on Deacon Susan Stewart
I wanted to give all of you an update on Deacon Susan. Her bleeding is more under control. She anticipates being transferred from the ICU to a "regular" bed later today. She sounded tired but was in good spirits when I spoke with her today. She would still prefer to have no visitors from the parish at this time. Please continue to pray with us for a complete healing! Yours in Christ, Father Richard +
***** Ecumenical Healing Services lead by The Rt. Rev. Daniel W. Herzog
Come, experience the healing power of Christ's love every Tuesday at 10 a.m. All are welcome. Receive prayer at the end of the service with one of our prayer teams for emotional, spiritual and physical healing.
"If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8: 31-32 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." John 10: 11
Speakers Coming in February:
2/4 Rev. James Brisbin
Father James is the rector of St. David's Church in East Greenbush, NY. He also serves as the chaplain for The Episcopal Diocese of Albany at St. Peters Hospital, Albany Medical Center and Memorial Hospital. Additionally, for the last 8 years Father Brisbin has been actively involved in the Albany Refugee Resettlement Ministry (ARRM), a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, that assists and advocates for newly arrived refugees to the Albany area. Fr. Brisbin will be teaching on God's call to Missions based on Acts 8:1
2/11 Rev. Michael Neufeld
2/18 Rev. Sandy Tatem
2/25 The Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog
Soaking Prayer - Every Wed. 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Restoration is what God wants to do in each of us when we will allow him to. Note that the word 'REST' is part of restoration. Come and experience a place and time of rest in Christ's loving presence. Held upstairs in the Healing Center Chapel. (Handicapped accessible) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-692-9550 for more information.
***** Update from Peru from: Audrey Slade Sunday, February 2, 2014 4:19 PM
Hello family of friends,
Just got an update from Tyler in Peru. He landed with two others in Lima last night at 7pm and after a few hours sleep they got back on a plane to fly deeper into Peru. Here is what Tyler has to share:
"Well we left Our hostel around 3:30 in the morning and the went to the airport to fly to Jauja. We landed at 6:20 or so and bishop Mike picked us up. We went straight to church. It was a tiny storefront mission with a garage door as a front door and plaster walls. The people were very poor and friendly. During the service I heard a call from Jesus, "Will you love me with all your heart Tyler, even if you end up with nothing like these people?" I said yes to Him, and I have never felt so free and exhilarated. Jesus is worth it all!! The Lord also said that in that little town, the gospel is the same...what people NEED is the unfailing, wholehearted, supernatural love of our Father in Heaven. All things are ours no matter where we are...all we need to do is step in regardless of the cost.
From there we drove to Huancayo and had some food and coffee (no raw veggies or tap water!). Then walked the streets for a while. There was an open market...beautiful stuff for next to nothing. Tonight we have church again in Huancayo.
The Lord keeps bringing is to all these wonderful Christians, and we have had amazing conversations...oh, and guess what! I can still speak Spanish! It is awesome!!! Wow. It is SO fun! I'm having great conversations. I sound like a 3 year old, but I understand surprisingly well...it surprises me anyway! Ty"
Please keep Tyler in your prayers, for safety and that Jesus would use this time powerfully.
***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail, for 3 February 2014
Dear partners in prayer,
This is a public email. This week's selective overview:
1) I had a totally awesome trip to Belize. So, this is a bit of a trip praise report and update as it is a prayer request.
I preached on healing prayer at the 8 am service at St. Ignacio in Belize; it was very well received and addressed several needs and questions that people had about healing ministry during a service.
Unplanned ministry opportunities: I advised a vestry on a matter that was before them, participated with grade school teachers in morning devotions, did some vocational and personal counseling, and participated in a spiritual warfare prayer walk.
On the trip, people in Honduras became interested in our online courses and links.
2) Thank you to Jeanne Gizara, Tom Gizara and Torre Bissell for passing our messages on to others.
3) How are we doing, numbers-wise? Since the beginning of Advent, 78 individual people have visited and used our Google web links site (open to the general public - adding up to over 1200 hits, so far, for various reasons), 5 new people in the last three days. 19 registered people entered our Moodle courses site (where our courses are; only available with a password). These numbers of people are sizeable, but it is not about numbers: it is about "who" is taking advantage of all this, each person is valuable in their contribution to the Church.
We currently have 3 pro-bono faculty aside from myself, one of whom is just about to start up an online program at Codrington College in Barbados (seminary 3,000 miles from Belize), as well. Another was just hired by a seminary in another part of the world.
The above compares with Codrington College's current student body at the moment (a long-time traditional seminary for the entire Anglican province of the West Indies): 10 full time students in residence.
In the past two weeks I have added more links to the Google Web library of links (open to the general public), including: the Church year (seasons and days), business ethics (two people in Belize were very interested to hear about that), and an international information section for missionaries (short term, long term), vacationers, business people, and anyone in general.
I did not come in contact with pesky mosquitoes. Aside from 5 or 6 very near misses with 18 wheelers on slippery roads at night, travel was smooth and timely. I did encounter a tick, but a local doctor in Belize has advised me not to be concerned with that type of tick, just treat the affected area as he suggested. Belize has survived a 50 year amount of rain fall, and dry season began to emerge at the end of our visit.
1) Pray for the outcomes from the meetings from recent weeks and pray for any meetings that will be coming up shortly. A lot of important ground continues to be covered, and Julie and I sense the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit through it all. Your prayers are very helpful.
2) 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.
4) Pray for my upcoming visits to Belize in March (clergy retreat and more), May (during lay vocation month), and October (diocesan Synod).
5) 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+