Thursday, February 06, 2014
2/6/2014, #32, 1st Quarter 2014
LORD, you have said through your servant Zechariah, "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit". Transform my weakness and make me strong by your Spirit. Thank you.
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. (Hebrews 11:39-40)
Father, thank you for all those men and women who waited in faith to receive your promise.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Jesus, I ask for strength to endure for the race that is set before me. I look to you because you brought me to faith and will bring me to the finish line. Thank you for enduring the cross and the shame so that I can share in your victory over sin and death.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)
Holy Spirit, please help me daily press on to reach the goal of eternal life with Jesus. Thank you.
Thursday: , 71 * 74; Gen. 23:1-20: Heb. 11:32-12:2: John 6:60-71
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Gen. 24:1-27: Heb. 12:3-11: John 7:1-13
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders
FEBRUARY 6 St. Michael’s, Colonie – The Rev’d Stephen Hart, The Rev’d Barbara Ayers, The Rev’d Susan Bowman
***** Concert for South Sudan
Rev. Marty Wendell, Rector of Trinity Church, Watervliet and noted singer/songwriter will be headlining the Albany Episcopal Diocese'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 Diocesan appeal for the thousands of displaced people in South Sudan who have been impacted by the war there. If you cannot attend but would like to contribute to the concert, you may mail a check to the Diocesan Business Office, 580 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY, 12834. Please make the check payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and write "Concert for South Sudan" in the memo line. You may also contribute by credit card using our secure website by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/donationSSudanConcert.php
***** Healing Service Guest Speaker: Rev. Michael Neufeld
The guest preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, February 11th will be the Rev. Michael Neufeld, Rector of St. Andrew's Church in Scotia. Before becoming a priest, Fr. Neufeld had been the Director of a church-run group home and a minister to the homeless at one of the largest soup kitchens in the United States. Fr. Neufeld knows the the depths of our Savior Jesus Christ's saving love and has found true life in His cross and resurrection. 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.
***** 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 http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?mmiriam .
***** 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.