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Monday, March 31, 2014

 

3/31/2014, #69, 1st Quarter 2014

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
      Jesus, shepherd me.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
      Lord, lead me.

He restores my soul; (Psalm 23:3a)
      Holy Spirit, restore my soul.

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:3b)
      Jesus, lead me.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
      Father, set me free of fear in the dark times and comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
      Holy Spirit, anoint me.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. (Psalm 23:6)
      LORD, let your goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.

Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. (1 Corinthians 10:32-33)
      Holy Spirit, please help me turn aside from all self-seeking so that I may bring many to know Jesus Christ.

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
      Jesus, please help me walk daily in your ways and imitate you as Paul did. Thank you.

But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him, and in my name his horn shall be exalted. Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers. He shall cry to me, "You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation." (Psalm 89:24-26)
      Father, thank you that I can join with David in saying, "You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation." Thank you for your faithfulness and mercy.

A word received: Turn to me and live.

A word received: Turn to me and I will shepherd you.

Romans 8:28 A word received: I can make all things work together for good for those who love me.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Gen. 49:1-28: 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1: Mark 7:24-37
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Gen. 49:29-50:14: 1 Cor. 11:17-34: Mark 8:1-10

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 27 Christ Church, Herkimer – The Rev’d Jill Stellman
MARCH 28 The Rev’d David Sutcliffe
MARCH 29 Good Shepherd, Elizabethtown – The Rev’d David Sullivan, The Rev’d William Wheeler
MARCH 30 Episcopal Marriage Encounter
MARCH 31 Christ Church, Deposit – The Rev’d Daniel Jones, Sr., The Ven. Barbara Hanstine, The Rev’d William Wright

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 29, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Albany St.

a man walked by and pointing to the crosses said he has 3 of those!

+ 199 Janet- peace

Ras- prayed a blessing

+ Pamela- healing in her family

+ Shaquia (young woman)- prayed for the ups and downs in her life that she would know Jesus is there in the down times too, for safety and provision

+ Milan (young man)- for a job

199 Carrie- prayed for the missing plane and people in it, and for the people in the mud slide, and a general prayer for her.

State St.

Steve (man) -- He needs roof repairs to his new place of business.

Mark -- He is doing two music programs Easter week at an old people's home.

199 Tobias (regular) -- He is behind in his rent. He needs a better paying job and a new location. He also asked prayer for his many friends.

The Bus Driver honked at us.

+ John (man) -- "Everything!"

+ 199 Gary (man) -- He recommitted his life to Jesus. He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness.

+ 199 Emmanuel (young man) -- He wants to be able to play soccer.

+ 199 Naru (man) -- "Health!" He has one arm.

+ 199 Bishop (man) -- Health and provision.

+ 199 Zenovia (woman walking be)

+ 199 Danny (man) -- His son's fiancé has stage 1 cancer in her breast, but it has spread to her lung.

+ 199 Eddie (man) -- He would like to see some of his goals come to pass and for his family to stay togetyher.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, March 29, 2014

 

3/29/2014, #68, 1st Quarter 2014

And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:49-52)
      Jesus, come and meet us where we are as you did with your disciples. If our hearts are hardened (as their's were), soften them and help us understand your purposes.

And he said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." (Mark 7:20-23)
      Father, please help us repent of all these things which defile us.

      Jesus, speak to our hearts and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.

      Holy Spirit, convict us of all sins that are hidden in our hearts and minds, and help us bring them to Jesus.

Who remembered us in our lowly state, for his mercy endures forever; and rescued us from our enemies, for his mercy endures forever; who gives food to all flesh, for his mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:23-26)
      Father, thank you for remembering us when we were in need. Thank you for providing for us year after year. Thank you! For your mercy endures forever.

A word received: Walk WITH me.

A word received: Abide in me. Let me be your strength.

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Gen. 47:27-48:7: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Mark 7:1-23
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Gen. 48:8-22: Rom. 8:11-25: John 6:27-40
Fourth Sunday in Lent: 23; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:(1-7)8-14; John 9:1-13(14-27)28-38

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:10 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean 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

Dan (staff) -- His wife Lorie's cousin Debbie has cancer. They have stopped the chemo and have given her one to two weeks to live. Lorie and Debbie are the onlyh believers in the family; all the others are our of control with grief. Dan also prayed for Torre's back.

Ted (volunteer) -- He is taking his granddaughter to the Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday for the Healing Service and then lunch and soaking in prayer in the afternoon in the hope of seeing Camille cured of Lyme's disease.

Greg (man) -- I am a veteran and I am homeless.

++John (young man, regular) -- He is reading his copy of "199 Promises of God". He got an extra cross for his mom. His dad is due to get out of jail (his dad is in jail because he held a knife to John's throat).

+ a 199 Art (man) -- He asked prayer for his family. He is going to the meetings at the Mission and wants to get free from his addiction. He confessed his sins to God and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing, and that he had been adopted as a child of God.

Us (Torre, Jean and Chuck) -- We prayed for full restorationof Smiley from a stroke.

+Michelle (young girl) -- She asked prayer for her grandmother.

+Matthew (man) -- He asked prayer for all of God's little ones.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for an evening of praise and worship on Saturday, March 29 at 6 pm. The evening will be led by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan, and Ryan Haig. Come and join us as we worship the Lord in song.

***** Mudges Public Prayer Note
Dear partners in prayer,
      This is a public prayer mail for March 29. The awesome mission trip, part 2. I am attaching a summary of the trip in a newsletter format. With the exception of my next mission trip in the second half of May, I am available up through July for missionary presentations, missionary clerical supply, and making a difference parish visits, on a first come, first served, basis. Holy Week has already been claimed. Either contact me by phone or email. And for Diocese of Albany clergy, Julie and I will be at the clergy and spouses retreat this week, so you can contact us there. We will have a booth at the Diocese of Albany convention in June, and you can contact us there.
This week's selective overview: Regarding the Belizean mission trip highlights:
      Preached twice at the Cathedral, and in doing so, addressed a pastoral concern in my sermon for which I was uniquely the right person at the right time, an issue that had been hovering in the background for a long time. I believe the Holy Spirit was actually lifting an air of inertia from the congregation while I spoke. The congregation seemed to come alive. As a matriarch of the congregation said: "you can come back to Belize, anytime." God is moving in Belize.
      This being healing Sunday, Bishop Philip and I anointed many for healing at both morning services at the Cathedral. That was a moving experience. At the second service, at a separate time, we also blessed the many children who came forward at the altar rail as a group. God is good.
      Strategy planning session with Bishop Philip as to the next phase of ministry. Very awesome.
      Hospital visitations with Bishop Philip. Very moving. Very important. Made a difference in the lives of the people we visited.
      Gave a brief devotional talk during the daily Morning Prayer service for teachers at the Anglican Cathedral College (elementary school). It was well received. May the Holy Spirit use the comments to his glory.
      A clergyman of a prominent parish requested that I write a summary article of the trip for the Diocesan Newspaper. In talking with the Bishop about the request, he reiterated that he would like me to write bulletin inserts for each Sunday of Vocation Month (May) for all the parishes in the Diocese, and he added that he would like me to write a regular newsletter article for each issue of the Diocesan newspaper on "vocation and ministry".
      Is what we are doing making a difference? Absolutely. Thank you, everyone, for making it possible.
      Your prayers and continued support are very important for what we do to make a difference.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray that our parish and presentation visitation schedule, and our making a difference work that we do for Belize in the U.S. be the Holy Spirit's schedule and blessing.
      2) Pray for making a difference on the next mission trip and on what we do in the meantime.
      In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, March 27, 2014

 

3/27/2014, #67, 1st Quarter 2014

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And he said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:30-32)
      Bless the clergy retreat of the Diocese of Albany. Help them, Jesus, to have a quiet time apart with you. Refresh them and give them rest. Thank you.

But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. And Jesus, when he came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:33-34)
      Jesus, thank you for your compassion on the multitudes who are like sheep with no shepherd. Teach them; feed them with your word.

When the day was now far spent, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat." But he answered and said to them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?" (Mark 6:35-37)
      Holy Spirit, please help us learn to turn to Jesus to supply food for the hungry and provision in the desert places.

But he said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go and see." And when they found out they said, "Five, and two fish." Then he commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fish he divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. (Mark 6:38-42)
      Father, please help us learn to look up to you to supply our needs as Jesus did.

And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. (Mark 6:43)
      Jesus, gather up the fragments of my life so that nothing is lost.

Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men. Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he sent the multitude away. (Mark 6:44-45)
      Thank you, Father, that with Jesus, your provision is more than enough.

And when he had sent them away, he departed to the mountain to pray. (Mark 6:46)
      Holy Spirit, teach us to pray, both before and after you have provided for us. We need those times of prayer just as much as Jesus did. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me for help in your sorrow. Lean on me and not your own understanding.

Thursday: [83] or 42,43 * 85, 86; Gen. 46:1-7,28-34: 1 Cor. 9:1-15: Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 95* & 88 * 91, 92; Gen. 47:1-26: 1 Cor. 9:16-27: Mark 6:47-56

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 

3/25/2014, #65, 1st Quarter 2014


The Cestello Annunciation by Sandro Boticelli c 1489

      Lord, surprise us with your work in our lives as you did with Mary.

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; Psalm 79:11
For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

"Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also." Hebrews 13:3
      Father, remember all those who are in prison. Help us remember them in prayaer. We remember our intercessors who are in prison or on parole. Have mer4cy on them and bring them to the freedom that only Jesus can give. Thank you.

A word received: Keep looking to me for help and act on it.

A word received: I love you and hold you in my arms.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Gen. 45:1-15: 1 Cor. 7:32-40: Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Gen. 45:16-28: 1 Cor. 8:1-13: Mark 6:13-29

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 24 Ministry to College Students
MARCH 25 The Rev’d Samuel Abbott, The Rev’d Lawrence Hubert, The Rev’d Rodney Roehner

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM PRAYER TABLE REPORT (Monday, March 24, 2014; 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. It was COLD again today -- 14 degrees at the start -- but no wind. Not many people out and about. We did not anoint anyone with holy oil. We have stopped giving out winter clothing until November because people have stopped picking up the items, but we will give out free non-perishable food throughout the whole year. The need here is great. Muriel Papura, Lionel Gibbs and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t -- received wooden cross made by Denis Adams of North Carolina.
f -- received food we offer.

f -- REBECCA -- She asked for prayers of continued good health and well-being on this, her 40th birthday! She also sought prayer for her friend (no name) who is only 13 years old and just gave birth March 7th to a daughter ZOEY. We prayed for God's grace to shine on Rebecca, her friend and the baby Zoey.

ANGELA -- This older woman was very cold and had been walking for awhile but stopped when we asked if she would like prayer. "I pray by myself all the time," she said, "but ... sure. Go ahead!" We prayed for her good health and safety as she went through her day.

t,t,t -- CONSUELlA, JOSE and MARIA -- These three people at first declined our offer for prayer, but then went a few feet and spoke with each other and came back! Maria sought prayer "to get a job" and Consuella asked for prayer for her heart because of health problems she is having. We prayed for the three of them as one and they each accepted a cross but declined food. "No, we are doing OK," Jose explained.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for an evening of praise and worship on Saturday, March 29 at 6 pm. The evening will be led by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan, and Ryan Haig. Come and join us as we worship the Lord in song.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, March 23, 2014

 

3/23/2014, #64, 1st Quarter 2014

Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." (John 4:10)
      Jesus, please help me to know the gift of God; help me to know you; please give me your living water.

Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14)
      "Spring up, O well, within my soul…"

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:10-11)
      Jesus, thank you for reconciling us to your Father.

A word received: I will give you living water for your soul. Come and drink.

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Gen. 44:1-17: Rom. 8:1-10: John 5:25-29
Third Sunday in Lent: 95 or 95:6-11; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26(27-38 )39-42
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Gen. 44:18-34: 1 Cor. 7:25-31: Mark 5:21-43

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 23 Confirmation Retreat (April 25-27)

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** March 22 2014 Prayer Table St Francis Mission Albany Prayer Team Candy, Jana and Linda, prayers for people and families in Arbor Hill

1. Bernie, his brother in law Paul at the hospital recovering, daily provision, protection and blessing
2. Dora, daily blessing and protection
3. Consuelo, daily provision and protection
4. Robert, Health strength
5. Doug, good decisions, protection
6. Pauline, continues to move forward in her life, Godly relationship
7. Roberta, job, alcohol addiction
8.Dwayne, find a job, wife Tina recovery from cancer
9. Needs and concerns for James and Rodney

Trinity Church Watervliet March 22, 2014 Prayer Team: Sue and Candy- Prayers for people and families in Watervliet
1. Pat, daily provisions and pain in arthritic knees
2. Blessings to a young boy leaving the store
3. Mother and young son, Blessings son sent us blessings back with a big smile :)
4. Women walking to bus, pray for joy in her life
5. Ellen, pray for depression, daily provisions
6. Stacy, depression, daily provision
7 Steve, blessing, daily provision
8. Linda and Mario ( son in jail) Linda's depression Mario to be saved and spiritually guided.
9. 5 teenagers: prayed for guidance and blessings
10. Fred financial provisions
11. Mom and 3 kids rushing to bus, blessings and protection
12. David daily provisions, blessings, recovery from stroke

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, March 22, 2014

 

3/22/2014, #63, 1st Quarter 2014

And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. (Mark 5:18 )
      To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be with Jesus and a time to go forth as one who follows Jesus. (See Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 )

However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you." (Mark 5:19)
      Father, the harvest fields are all around us; send laborers into them. Here am I, send me.

And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. (Mark 5:20)
      Holy Spirit, plese help me to proclaim all that Jesus has done for me. Thank you.

A word received: See my care for you.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Gen. 43:16-34: 1 Cor. 7:10-24: Mark 5:1-20
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Gen. 44:1-17: Rom. 8:1-10: John 5:25-29
Third Sunday in Lent: 95 or 95:6-11; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26(27-38 )39-42

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 22 St. John’s, Essex -- The Rev’d Margaret Shaw

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:20 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, David Haig, and Torre Bissell on State St. It was very cold and windy.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Steve (regular) -- His business is finally getting started.

++Jason (regular) -- We prayed for a good apartment for him, a good job, and sobriety. He took an extra cross for Lisa who used to live across the street with him.

Stephen (young man, regular) -- He prayed for the healing of Torre's back and Torre prayed for him.

+ 199 Thomas (man) -- He gave his life to Jesus and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. We urged him to make following Jesus the focus of his life.

Steve (man) -- He asked prayer that he would stay away from drugs and alcohol. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to help him. He said he prays for the power of the Holy Spirit to help him every morning. He already had a cross and a "199".

+ 199 Vernnita (young woman) -- She asked prayer for encouragement.

+ 199 Lucas (man) -- He asked prayer that he would be reunited with his wife and children. They are currently separated because of his alcoholism. He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness. He wants to walk with Jesus.

José (man) -- He stopped and blessed us.

Tom (man) -- He asked prayer for God's provision while he waits for his Social Security checks to start.

+ 199 Caroline (woman) -- She asked prayer for her brother Gerald.

++ 199 Anna (woman) -- Her boyfriend John has problems with his arm. We prayed for healing.

199 Charity (woman) -- She asked for a blessing.

***** Jeanne Gizara, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Mudge Scripture Prayer
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.
I will thank you forever, because you have done it.
I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.
(Psalm 52:8-9)
      Note about this Scripture (from The Quest Study Bible): Ancient Hebrews honored the olive tree as the king of trees and considered it as a symbol of beauty, virility, prosperity and divine blessing. By comparing himself to this splendid tree, David was acknowledging God as the source of his strength and fullness.
      Father God, like David, Shaw Mudge acknowledges You as the source of his strength and the fullness of his work. We praise You for all that You have done in his life and particularly in this latest trip to Belize. We trust in your steadfast love forever. We will thank You forever, because You are the author of all good things. Your name is good in the presence of the godly.
      We pray for the balance of Father Shaw’s trip and for safe travel back to the U.S. We pray that your Holy Spirit continues to guide him as he makes long term plans and that this same Holy Spirit guides and supplies the needs of faculty, family, finances, plans, programs, diocesan plans, and parish visits. Amen.

***** Mudge Missionary Prayermail/Newsletter Combo
Dear partners in prayer,
      This is a public prayer mail for March 17.
      Happy St. Patrick's Day.
      The mission trips over the past few months have been excellent, and this trip has been totally awesome. Ordination processes are bearing fruit. The Lord is blessing what we are doing, and I praise God for those who have been coming alongside to help. Every day is a new adventure. Every day is a walk of faith, and we are making a difference.
This week's selective overview:
      A summary of my current Belizean mission trip highlights as of the time of this writing:
      Made two transforming presentations at the diocesan clergy retreat relating to the second and third temptations of Jesus and our antidotes to the same temptations (Matthew 4).
      Made helpful comments during the teaching at the diocesan Anglican elementary school principals' retreat. Bishop Philip and the participants appreciated the comments. Poignant. On target.
      Mingled at a holiday party I was invited to, after just getting off the plane (by then, it was about 18 hours since I had first left home to begin my trip), and got to know several new people, two of whom said that they "had to meet me". In separate conversations, they launched into deep theological and philosophical topics and pastoral issues of importance to them, and wanted me to share with them. We had a great time. This was important for each person. And, at this point, because of what we were discussing, I simply assumed they knew who I was, but then, in the separate conversations, each person asked me, "so what do YOU do?"....
      At a televised conference about the emotional health of fractured families, the Holy Spirit nudged me to ask a question that produced very helpful immediate concrete suggestions for people in those situations, among the viewing and listening audience. It was an awesome and electric moment. The panelists came alive, focused, enthused, and the program moved.
      Led a parish Bible study on knowing Christ and reaching out with him, including on-target applications for a parish in the midst of clergy transition. The clergy and lay people found this really helpful.
      Made a transforming presentation on "leaders as stewards", at the diocesan Stewardship Commission commissioning, connecting our stewardship of money in the family, with stewardship of money in the parish, and with stewardship at the diocesan level. It really touched people's lives, and the wind of the Holy Spirit really moved people. They felt liberated to serve the Lord and make a difference. The Bishop added me to the Stewardship Commission....
      Created the Diocese of Belize Web site, found HERE, and by doing so, solved a major communications problem that had been plaguing the diocese for about two months or so. Bishop Philip has asked me to become more continually involved in the diocesan Web site development....
      Made unscheduled hospital visitations with Bishop Philip; it is always a blessing to touch people's lives and pray for them; there was an appreciable difference in several patients when I prayed and/or counseled them. It can be overwhelming, but it is an important ministry.
      Helped a small business owner plan a potentially important next step for the growth of that business, a step which could help the person provide more jobs for people and benefit the economy in Belize. My being there for that encounter was called an answer to prayer by the business owner; I was the right person at the right time. It all started when Bishop Philip and I simply planned to enter the establishment briefly and then move on. And while waiting there, I simply asked a question of the owner.... Praise God. May the venture turn out well.
      Several people have sought me for advice or just to be a person who would listen, at all levels of the diocese.
      Enjoyed the fellowship of quite a few folks in Belize, some of which I had never met before or only in passing. And for those who I have been continuing to have relationships with, as I keep coming back with each successive trip, we go deeper into each other's lives. It is like a spiritual wind that blows through.
      Is this trip making a difference? Absolutely. Thank you, everyone, for making it possible.
Prayer requests:
      1) For the balance of my trip to Belize this week, and for longer range plans. Your prayers and support are very important for making such a difference.
      2) Pray that our parish and presentation visitation schedule in the U.S. be the Holy Spirit's schedule.
      3) 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+

Albany Intercessor


Friday, March 21, 2014

 

3/21/2014, #62, 1st Quarter 2014

Then he said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him." (Mark 4:24-25)
      Holy Spirit, please help us understand the consequences of what we choose to hear. Listening to gossip or evil-speaking about others is the poison that drains us of all that is good in us. Refusing to listen to gossip helps us retain the good you have given us and more good will be added to that.

      Jeus, please help your people turn off "Talk Radio" and all the evil speaking of others that goes out from those programs.

      Father, you have made our ears, our eyes, all the parts of our body. We are made in your image. Help us keep that image clean and shining by what we choose to hear and see. Thank you.

A word received: Take my hand and I will lead you.

A prayer received: Give us a hunger for you.

A word received: Come to me. Give your burdens to me. I can carry them.

A word received: Come, spend time with me.

A word received: Put your trust in me as Abraham did.

A word received: Do not forget my little ones.

A word received: Let me direct your path.

A word received: Be still and know that I am God.

A word received: Do my will.

A word received: Look to me; I will direct your path.

Friday: 95* & 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Gen. 43:1-15: 1 Cor. 7:1-9: Mark 4:35-41
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Gen. 43:16-34: 1 Cor. 7:10-24: Mark 5:1-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 21 Financial Provision for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** City Mission Prayer Table, March 20, 2014 – Chuck Rinaldo

Ted – His daughter, Camilla, has Lyme disease. She is taking a new round of 4 different antibiotics and able to tolerate these better than the first ones. She and Ted are going to the Spiritual Life Center on April 1 for healing service. Pray for God to touch, refresh and heal.

Ron – Pray for protection over his young daughter Isabella while she is staying with her mother. He is completing paperwork to have full custody of her. He also asked prayer for healing of Torre’s back and that he will get relief from pain.

Smiley – Pray for continued healing and strength; to regain full mobility.

Tiesha – being tested for colon cancer; has bleeding. We prayed for this, just like the woman in the bible who touched Jesus’ clothes and was healed…that God will provide a miracle that will heal her. Pray she will realize her healing is from God and will give Him the glory.

Gary – Prayer for provision. Pray for his son, Josh, to find a Christian girlfriend. Pray he will know when to speak and when to keep silent.

Steve – He is spiritually, a very mixed up person. I ask we pray that God’s truth and the light of Christ break through to him.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, March 20, 2014

 

3/20/2014, #61, 1st Quarter 2014

[Personal note from Torre: On February 20th I slipped on the ice and it turns out that I have a fractured vertebra. It will take about six months to heal. Prayers for healing appreciated. On or about March 10th my computer got well and truly hacked. I just got it back from the computer store today. That is why there have been no prayer notes. Please pray for the protection of my computer.]

On the same day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." Now when they had left the multitude, they took him along in the boat as he was. And other little boats were also with him. (Mark 4:35-36)
      Jesus, please help us take you "as you are", not as we want you to be. You are the one who ever lives to intercede for us. Please intercede for us now.

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" (Mark 4:37-38 )
      Lord Jesus, we are in the midst of many great storms in our lives. Please help us in our weakness and fear.

Then he arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But he said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" (Mark 4:39-40)
      Lord Jesus Christ, speak those words, "Peace, be still!" to our hearts and to the storms we fear.

And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey him!" (Mark 4:41)
      Holy Father, through the work of your Holy Spirit, please help us hold Jesus in revernt awe and remember all that he has done and is doing for us. Thank you.

A word received: My word is faithful.

Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Gen. 42:29-38: 1 Cor. 6:12-20: Mark 4:21-34
Friday: 95* & 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Gen. 43:1-15: 1 Cor. 7:1-9: Mark 4:35-41

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 11 St. James’ Church, Fort Edward The Rev’d Nancy Truscott, The Rev’d Pauline Bailey
12 For vocations to the priesthood and diaconate, The Rev’d David Haig
13 Youth Leaders’ Retreat (March 28-30), The Rev’d Nigel Mumford
14 The Rev’d Marjorie Floor
15 Development of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
16 House of Bishops Meeting (March 20-26), The Rev’d Margaret Teetz
17 St. Patrick’s Day - Diocese of Down and Dromore, Church of Ireland, Bishop Harold
Miller
18 Christ Church, Duanesburg – The Rev’d William Hinrichs, The Rev’d Debbie Beach
19 Christ Church, Coxsackie – The Rev’d Frank Lockwood
20 Vibrant Evangelism in the Diocese

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, March 10, 2014

 

3/10/2014, #60, 1st Quarter 2014

John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (Mark 1:4)
      Father, bring us to that baptism of repentance where our sins will be washed away. Let the preaching throughout the diocese bring people to repentance and conversion.

And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (Mark 1:7-8 )
      Jesus, baptize us, immerse us anew in your Holy Spirit. We need the fire of his love.

      Holy Spirit, descend upon us. Prepare our hearts to go deeper in love with Jesus.

Then a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mark 1:11)
      Father, please help us receive your Spirit of adoption whereby we will know you as our "Abba [Dad], Father". (See Romans 8:15 and Ephesians 1:1-5)

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:1-2)
      A word received (1/19/14): Come, I Am calling you.

      Jesus, please help us respond to your call to holiness of life.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:3)
      LORD, we long for your grace and peace. Let the light of your countenance shine forth at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: My hand is upon you, guiding you.

A prayer received: Walk with us and keep us steady.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Gen. 37:1-11: 1 Cor. 1:1-19: Mark 1:1-13
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Gen. 37:12-24: 1 Cor. 1:20-31: Mark 1:14-28

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 10 St. John’s Church, Delhi – The Rev’d Darius Mojallali, The Rev’d Nancy Truscott, The Rev’d Tom Papazoglakis, The Rev’d William Wright, Sr.

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 8, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene, Chesnut, Steve Evans, Elaine Carrubba, and Torre Bissell on State St. Not many people out on the street this morning.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT-- indicates received a New Testament

+ 199 Funita (woman) and + Trinny (man) -- They asked "for the best that God has for us."

+Lloyd (man) -- "I have lost my uncle 2 days ago. I have nothing."

Elaine (woman) -- She asked prayer for a reversal of the ostio-arthritis in her hand. She also asked prayer for her daughter Beverley.

Ron, the bus driver, honked at us as he drove by.

+Gregory (young man, no English) -- We prayed for God's blessing on him.

199 Estelle (woman) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] -- She knows Jesus. She asked prayer for her daughter Angel that she would walk with Jesus day by day.

Tobias (regular) -- He asked prayer for his friends: Wilson, Randall, Jackson, Sims, Frazier, Floyd, Charles, Miller, and Pastor Sanders, Jr. We prayed for steadiness for Tobias.

+ 199 Sarah and + Mike -- They are looking for a place to live. They have been living with parents for two and a half years.

+ 199 Allison and NT Nehemiah -- Allison asked for prayer for her daughter Christine and Nehemiah asked prayer for his relationship with Allison and for his kids.

***** Christ Church Coxsackie is hosting an evening of revival at the church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY, 12051, 7pm, Friday, 3/14. Usually there is worship, encouraging message and healing prayer, seeking God as we are led by the Lord. All are welcome. Bring an unsaved friend. God is EXCELLENT, for all eternity!

***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail for March 10
Dear partners in prayer, This is a public prayer mail. We hope you are having a blessed Lent.
This week's selective overview:
      1) Course design work continues. Interest continues to grow in our online program. I have added a "mission" section to our Google library links.
      2) Have been preparing for my upcoming trip to Belize, and by the time some of you read this, I may be on my way.
      3) How are we doing, numbers-wise? Since the beginning of Advent, 125 individual people have been exploring our Google Library links site (open to the public world-wide), 7 new people since I last mentioned it: http://goo.gl/XXF0Ti.
Prayer requests:
      1) For my trip to Belize this week.
      2) Pray for plans under consideration. Your prayers are very helpful.
      3) Pray that our parish and presentation visitation schedule be the Holy Spirit's schedule.
      4) 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+

***** Jeanne Gizara, Saturday, March 8, 2014, Mudge Scripture Prayer March 8
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance,I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11b-13)
      We thank You Lord that Father Shaw Mudge, like Paul, can do all things that You want him to do through You who strengthens him. We pray especially for extra blessings as he gets ready to take another trip to Belize. We pray for safe travel and for guidance from your Holy Spirit as he does the bishop's bidding and interacts with lots of clergy and potential clergy and people who want to increase their faith and their relationships with You.
      We thank You Lord that he can be content in any situation, but we pray that more situations are abounding ones rather than low points. We ask for blessings for his finances and his family and that all have that abundant life which You promised in John 10:10. Amen!

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, March 09, 2014

 

3/9/2014, #59, 1st Quarter 2014

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saint Polycarp

S. Polycarpus, engraving by Michael Burghers, ca 1685
Martyr, Church Father and Bishop of Smyrna
Born AD 69 Died AD 155, Smyrna
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheran Church
Feast: February 23 (formerly January 26)
Major work(s): Polycarp's letter to the Philippians
      Polycarp (Greek: Polýkarpos; AD 69–155) was a 2nd-century Christian bishop of Smyrna. According to the Martyrdom of Polycarp he died a martyr, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him. Polycarp is regarded as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches.
      It is recorded by Irenaeus, who heard him speak in his youth, and by Tertullian, that he had been a disciple of John the Apostle. Saint Jerome wrote that Polycarp was a disciple of John and that John had ordained him bishop of Smyrna.
      The early tradition that expanded upon the Martyrdom to link Polycarp in competition and contrast with John the Apostle who, though many people had tried to kill him, was not martyred but died of old age after being exiled to the island of Patmos, is embodied in the Coptic language fragmentary papyri (the "Harris fragments") dating to the 3rd to 6th centuries. Frederick Weidmann, their editor, interprets the "Harris fragments" as Smyrnan hagiography addressing Smyrna-Ephesus church rivalries, which "develops the association of Polycarp and John to a degree unwitnessed, so far as we know, either before or since". The fragments echo the Martyrology, and diverge from it.
      With Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp is regarded as one of three chief Apostolic Fathers. The sole surviving work attributed to his authorship is his Letter to the Philippians; it is first recorded by Irenaeus of Lyons.
Surviving writings and early accounts
      The sole surviving work attributed to him is Polycarp's letter to the Philippians, a mosaic of references to the Greek Scriptures, preserved in Irenaeus' account of Polycarp's life. It, and an account of The Martyrdom of Polycarp that takes the form of a circular letter from the church of Smyrna to the churches of Pontus, form part of the collection of writings Roman Catholics term "The Apostolic Fathers" to emphasize their particular closeness to the apostles in Church traditions. Outside of the Book of Acts which contains the death of Saint Stephen, the Martyrdom is considered one of the earliest genuine accounts of a Christian martyrdom, and is one of the very few genuine accounts from the actual age of the persecutions.
Life
      There are two chief sources of information concerning the life of Polycarp: the letter of the Smyrnaeans recounting the martyrdom of Polycarp and the passages in Irenaeus' Adversus Haereses. Other sources are the epistles of Ignatius, which include one to Polycarp and another to the Smyrnaeans, and Polycarp's own letter to the Philippians. Other sources, such as Pionius' Life of Polycarp or excerpts from Tertullian and Eusebius of Caesarea are considered largely unhistorical or based on previous material. In 1999, some third to 6th century Coptic fragments about Polycarp were also published.
Papias
      According to Irenaeus, Polycarp was a companion of Papias, another "hearer of John" as Irenaeus interprets Papias' testimony, and a correspondent of Ignatius of Antioch. Ignatius addressed a letter to him, and mentions him in his letters to the Ephesians and to the Magnesians.
      Irenaeus regarded the memory of Polycarp as a link to the apostolic past. He relates how and when he became a Christian, and in his letter to Florinus stated that he saw and heard Polycarp personally in lower Asia. In particular, he heard the account of Polycarp's discussion with John and with others who had seen Jesus. Irenaeus also reports that Polycarp was converted to Christianity by apostles, was consecrated a bishop, and communicated with many who had seen Jesus. He repeatedly emphasizes the very great age of Polycarp.
Visit to Anicetus
      According to Irenaeus, during the time his fellow Syrian, Anicetus, was the Pope, or Bishop of Rome, in the 150s or 160, Polycarp visited Rome to discuss the differences that existed between Asia and Rome "with regard to certain things" and especially about the time of the Easter festivals. Irenaeus said that on certain things the two bishops speedily came to an understanding, while as to the time of Easter, each adhered to his own custom, without breaking off communion with the other. Pope Anicetus--the Roman sources offering it as a mark of special honor--allowed Polycarp to celebrate the Eucharist in his own church. They might have found their customs for observing the Christian Passover differed, Polycarp following the eastern practice of celebrating the feast on the 14th of Nisan, the day of the Jewish Passover, regardless of what day of the week it fell.
Date of martyrdom
      Polycarp miraculously extinguishing the fire burning the city of Smyrna
      In the Martyrdom, Polycarp is recorded as saying on the day of his death, "Eighty and six years I have served Him, and He has done me no wrong", which could indicate that he was then eighty-six years old or that he may have lived eighty-six years after his conversion. Polycarp goes on to say, "How then can I blaspheme my King and Saviour? Bring forth what thou wilt." Polycarp was burned at the stake for refusing to burn incense to the Roman Emperor. The date of Polycarp's death is in dispute. Eusebius dates it to the reign of Marcus Aurelius, c. 166–167. However, a post-Eusebian addition to the Martyrdom of Polycarp dates his death to Saturday, February 23, in the proconsulship of Statius Quadratus--which works out to be 155 or 156. These earlier dates better fit the tradition of his association with Ignatius and John the Evangelist. However, the addition to the Martyrdom cannot be considered reliable on only its own merits. Lightfoot would argue for the earlier date of Polycarp's death, with which Killen would strongly disagree. In addition, some have proposed a date in 177. However the earlier date of 156 is generally accepted.
Great Sabbath
      Because the Smyrnaean letter known as the Martyrdom of Polycarp states that Polycarp was taken on the day of the Sabbath and killed on the Great Sabbath, some believe that this is evidence that the Smyrnaeans under Polycarp observed the seventh day Sabbath.
      William Cave wrote "... the Sabbath or 'Saturday' (for so the word sabbatum is constantly used in the writings of the fathers, when speaking of it as it relates to Christians) was held by them in great veneration, and especially in the Eastern parts honoured with all the public solemnities of religion. This is plain, not only from some passages in Ignatius and Clemens's Constitutions, but from writers of more unquestionable credit and authority. Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, tells us that they assembled on Saturdays... to worship Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Sabbath."
      Some feel that the expression the Great Sabbath refers to the Christian Passover or another annual holy day. If so, then Polycarp's martyrdom would have had to occur at least a month after the traditional February 23 dating since according to the Hebrew calendar the earliest time Nisan 14, the date of the Passover, can fall on in any given year is late March. Other "Great Sabbaths" (if this is referring to what are commonly considered to be Jewish holy days, though observed by many early professors of Christ) come in the spring, late summer, and the fall. None occur in winter.
      It is claimed that the "Great Sabbath" is alluded to in John 7:37. Here it is referred to as "the last day, that great day of the feast" and is a separate annual holy day immediately following the Feast of Tabernacles. Others argue that the gospel writer is referring to the seventh day of the Feast and later refers to the Eighth Day or annual Sabbath in John 9:14. It is more likely that the "Great Sabbath," as referred to in the Martyrdom of Polycarp is alluded to in John 19:31 which points out "that [weekly] Sabbath day" following the "[day of the] preparation" was a "high day" or "great." In any event, however, it is disputable whether such biblical references imply a common practice or just onetime events.
Importance
      Polycarp occupies an important place in the history of the early Christian Church. He is among the earliest Christians whose writings survive. Saint Jerome wrote that Polycarp was a "disciple of the apostle John and by him ordained bishop of Smyrna". He was an elder of an important congregation which was a large contributor to the founding of the Christian Church. He is from an era whose orthodoxy is widely accepted by Eastern Orthodox Churches, Oriental Orthodox Churches, Church of God groups, Sabbatarian groups, mainstream Protestants and Catholics alike. According to David Trobisch, Polycarp may have been the one who compiled, edited, and published the New Testament. All of this makes his writings of great interest.
      Irenaeus, who had heard him preach in his youth, said of him: "a man who was of much greater weight, and a more steadfast witness of truth, than Valentinus, and Marcion, and the rest of the heretics". Polycarp lived in an age after the deaths of the apostles, when a variety of interpretations of the sayings of Jesus were being preached. His role was to authenticate orthodox teachings through his reputed connection with the apostle John: "a high value was attached to the witness Polycarp could give as to the genuine tradition of old apostolic doctrine", Wace commented, "his testimony condemning as offensive novelties the figments of the heretical teachers". Irenaeus states (iii. 3) that on Polycarp's visit to Rome, his testimony converted many disciples of Marcion and Valentinus.

A word received: Lay your burdens at my feet.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Dan. 9:3-10: Heb. 2:10-18: John 12:44-50
First Sunday in Lent: 51 or 51:1-13; Genesis 2:4b-9,15-17,25--3:7; Romans 5:12-19(20-21); Matthew 4:1-11
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Gen. 37:1-11: 1 Cor. 1:1-19: Mark 1:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 9 St. David’s Church, East Greenbush – The Rev’d James Brisbin

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** I Cannot Tell Why [2 versions]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXUc5H3-9X8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwWV_fOJ_Kg

***** St. Francis mission prayer table, Saturday, March 8, 2014, Candy Palumbo, Janice Little, Jana Lingo, Sunny and 35 - wonderful!
+ - cross
g- gloves

+ Pauline- headaches, job
Chanel and children - peace and patience
Jana - wisdom in Job search and possible relocation to be closer to family.
Couple walking by - blessing for the days
Janice - wisdom regarding relationship.
Candy - discernment, Family, Trinity Church
gg -Linda- blessing for new apartment and family.
+ Sonny- Daily provision and blessings for his ministry
+ Joe Daily blessings
Dora- daily blessings

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, March 08, 2014

 

3/8/2014, #58, 1st Quarter 2014

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. (Philippians 4:10)
      Thank you, Jesus, for all those who have picked us up and carried us through the years.

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: (Philippians 4:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help me learn to be content.

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:12)
      Father, help me know and testify to your love and care in all the circumstances of my life.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
      Jesus, please strengthen me for today's challenges.

Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. (Philippians 4:14-16)
      LORD, help me share as the Philippians did.

Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. (Philippians 4:17)
      Father, help us learn the joy of giving alms -- of helping those who are destitute. Give us eyes and hearts to see them.

Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. (Philippians 4:18 )
      Holy Spirit, let your fruit grow and abound in my life as I give of myself to those in need.

And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
      Father, thank you for your provison for us.

Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:20)
      Father, I pray that you will receive the glory for any good works I do.

Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. (Philippians 4:21)
      Thank you for the brethren who travelled with Paul; thank you for the those who have journeyed with me.

All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar's household. (Philippians 4:22)
      Holy Spirit, raise up saints who know Jesus in the President's and Governor's households.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Philippians 4:23)
      Lord Jesus Christ, I receive and thank you for your grace. Amen.

And I will not hide my face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out my Spirit on the house of Israel,' says the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 39:29)
      LORD, pour out your Holy Spirit on the people of Israel once again.

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:1-2)
      Jesus, please give your people such a thirst for you that they will be satisfied with nothing less than you. Let rivers of living water flow out of you to your people. Thank you for helping me praise you.

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said: "Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my family, that you have brought me this far? (2 Samuel 7:18 )
      Father, thank you for your grace and mercy in bringing me this far.

A word received: Seek me as you read my word.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ezek. 39:21-29: Phil. 4:10-20: John 17:20-26
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Dan. 9:3-10: Heb. 2:10-18: John 12:44-50
First Sunday in Lent: 51 or 51:1-13; Genesis 2:4b-9,15-17,25—3:7; Romans 5:12-19(20-21); Matthew 4:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 8 Cathedral Lock-in Youth Event (March 14-15)

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** St. Ann's, Amsterdam (37 Division Street) - invites you to join us for a Hymn Sing-Along, Saturday, March 8 at 6 pm, as we sing some of our favorite hymns. Come and join us in praising God in Song. Our evening will be led by Lisa Longe and Dcn. Alan Hart.

***** Big Break '14 Report from Ethan DuBois. Palm trees, warm breeze and turquoise waves. [Ethan is with Cru -- Campus Crusade for Christ.]
      That's the forecast for the week here in Panama City Beach, FL. Thousands of college students are arriving from all over the country, and the world, for a crazy week of fun, partying and getting their tan on. However, there are some other students here for a different reason: to learn how to share their faith and have engaging spiritual conversations with others. Five students from Northeastern, three other Cru staff and I just arrived along with almost three hundred other students at Big Break, Cru's annual spring break conference. This is my fourth time down here (I went three times as a student), and each time I am challenged in new ways. What I love most about Big Break is the chance to take steps of faith together with students as they grow in their faith and learn how to have great spiritual conversations with other people. I believe God is in the business of drawing others into a relationship with Himself, and as a follower of Jesus, I have the privilege of being invited into that process!
      One of the things that has impacted me the most from my Big Break experience over the past few years has been the way we define success in sharing our faith. It's not about how many people we can share with, how many conversations we have, or how many people decide to follow Jesus after they hear His message. It is simply this: stepping out in faith and sharing the gospel with others, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and leaving the results up to God. I love this definition because it acknowledges that God is in control of the whole process, and it frees me to be humble and grateful that God allows me to be used as He reveals Himself to others.
      Thanks to your prayers and support, I get to be a part of the spiritual journeys of not only the Cru students here from Boston, but also the journeys of the thousands of other college students here that are looking for fulfillment in other things. I have the opportunity to present these students with an alternative to drugs, sex and alcohol - news that they can have a fulfilling, life-giving relationship with Jesus that will transform their lives in a way they never thought would be possible.
      I trust that I will have many stories of the ways God has worked and ways students have stepped out in faith by the end of my two weeks here, and I look forward to updating you on those! For now, would you pray:
      - for Matt, Drew, Stacy, Michelle and Bunmi, students from Northeastern that are here for Week 1 of Big Break, that they would come to a new understanding of what it means to share their faith, and why we want to be intentional about doing that
      - for safe travels of the Week 2 students from BU, Simmons, Wentworth and Bentley, arriving on Saturday, and for the Northeastern students as they head home that same day.
      - for myself and the other Cru staff here, that we would be energized, that we would be able to lead and challenge students well, and that we also would grow in our relationships with the Lord as we share with students.
      - for good weather! It may rain during the next few days, which would limit our opportunities to share with other students on the beach.
      - for the protection of all the staff and students here, as things can get crazy in this city, especially at night!
      Thanks again for all of your prayers and support. God Bless! Ethan DuBois

Albany Intercessor


Friday, March 07, 2014

 

3/7/2014, #57, 1st Quarter 2014

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
      Jesus, you are my joy. Help me turn to you with your joy in my heart.

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5)
      Holy Spirit, soften my heart: give me the heart of Jesus for the lost and the least, for the wounded and weary.

      Thank you Jesus for being at hand to help me through everything.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6)
      Father, please help daily find the comfort of resting in your arms and laying aside all anxieties. Thank you that I can come to you day by day as your adopted child.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
      Jesus, thank you for giving me your peace in the midst of the battle. Thank you for guarding my heart and my mind.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 )
      Holy Spirit, fill my mind with what is good and virtuous and drive from me all evil thoughts. Help me daily clothe myself in the full armor of God, especially the helmet of salvation. Thank you.

      Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)
      Father, please help me learn and receive and see all that is in your word, and so live in your peace. Thank you.

How easy it is
for me to live with you, Lord.
How easy it is to believe in you
when my mind reels from not understanding,
or when my mind weakens--
when the most intelligent people cannot think
beyond the evening and do not know
what must be done tomorrow.
You convey to me the
lucid assurance that you exist,
that you will see to it that not all paths
toward good will be closed.
At the peak of earthly renown
I look back with amazement at
that road which by no stretch of the imagination
I could have devised--
A remarkable road through despair
which has led me here
where I too have been able
to send mankind
reflections of your rays--
As for what I
won't have time or ability for--
This means that you have
reserved it for others.
      Prayer
      Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth. (John 17:17)
      Make us holy by your word of truth.

A word received: Seek me as you read my word.

A word received: Hope in me. Hope in the salvation I offer. Look to me when you are discouraged.

Friday: 95* & 31 * 35; Ezek. 18:1-4,25-32: Phil. 4:1-9: John 17:9-19
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ezek. 39:21-29: Phil. 4:10-20: John 17:20-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 7 St. Peter’s, Fourth Lake -The Rev’d John Bassett, The Rev’d Daniel Moore

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** St. Ann's, Amsterdam (37 Division Street) - invites you to join us for a Hymn Sing-Along, Saturday, March 8 at 6 pm, as we sing some of our favorite hymns. Come and join us in praising God in Song. Our evening will be led by Lisa Longe and Dcn. Alan Hart.

***** Christ Church Coxsackie is hosting an evening of revival at the church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY, 12051, 7pm, Friday, 3/14. Usually there is worship, encouraging message and healing prayer, seeking God as we are led by the Lord. All are welcome. Bring an unsaved friend. God is EXCELLENT, for all eternity!

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, March 3, 2014; 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. I know I have said this the last three or four weeks, but this morning was one of the most BITTER COLD days in the history of our regular Monday prayer table. It was only 11 degrees at the start! It was so cold the ink in my pen froze and I had to use a pencil. Very little traffic -- vehicular AND foot -- today in Amsterdam, perhaps because of the extreme cold. But the few who came today took a LOT of food and clothing. The need continues to be great. Deacon Alan Hart at His table today.)

t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c -- received free winter clothing items we offer.
f -- received free non-perishable food we offer.

MARGARET -- Asked for prayer for Christ's love to spread out all over Amsterdam I told her "Why not aim bigger? How about all over the world!"

f,c, t -- DONNA -- This needy young woman asked for prayer that her husband and family will be safe and cared for, and that somehow they will be able to keep the house they have been living in. She took a great deal of food because she said "A lot of people live in our house, and we don't have a lot to eat. Thank you (church) so much for your help."

f,c -- NANCY -- Another very needy woman who lives with her sister in our neighborhood. There was a time when she would not come to the table because she is Roman Catholic and was very distrusting of our motives. Now, she says, we help her " ... get by."

MAILMAN -- I asked him (new mailman) if he wanted prayer and he just smiled. But after bringing our mail into our church office, he came back out and handed me a "Hothands" hand warmer bag. He smiled again and said "You need this out here!" (Note: I had intended to give it to someone at the table who needed it, but no one else came today. I will give it out to someone next week.)

TWO ANGRY DRIVERS IN THE STREET (no names) -- For the second week in a row we had an incident of "road rage" of something that happened a block or two away carrying over to stopping at the long light in front of our church. They were honking horns and making gestures at each other. I stood up and called to them to stop swearing in front of a house of God. I don't think they heard me, and then they drove off. I prayed aloud after them that the incident would pass without either man starting a physical fight.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:10 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre and Jean 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

Gary (staff) -- He asked prayer for a family that is in trauma.
      He asked prayer for his son Josh that he would find a wife after God's own heart.
      He asked prayer for Debbie who lifted a 40 lb. bag 2 months after surgery and strained something.
      He reported that Smiley (staff) is recovering from the stroke.
      He asked prayer for Kathy who needs deliverance from alcohol.
      He asked prayer for guidance about his going on a mission trip.
      He asked prayer for the Youth for Christ ministry to the Scotia/Glenville schools.

Dan (staff) -- He asked prayer for Dougie who is suffering from depression.
      He asked prayer for Vivian (in her 80s) who is still very weak from surgery.
      He asked prayer for Debbie who has been moved to a rehab facility to get strengthened for chemo and radiation for Stage 4 cancer.
      + He asked prayer for Woody who has liver cancer and been given 3-6 months to live.
      He asked prayer for Diane whose 34 year old husband Zack died. They have two daughters (8 & 4) and Diane is pregnant with a baby diagnosed with Spina Bifida.

+ a Desmond (man) -- He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

+ Richard (man) -- He forgave people who had hurt him and accepted Jesus' forgiveness.

Ted (volunteer) -- Camille has been off all meds this past week because of a reaction to an antibiotic they were treating her with for Lyme's disease. She starts a new antibiotic today (Friday).

+ a Keith (man) -- He has anger management issues. He forgave those who have hurt him and asked prayer for his anxiety. He needs to give his anxieties to the Lord.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, March 06, 2014

 

3/6/2014, #56, 1st Quarter 2014

For I have given to them the words which you have given me; and they have received them, (John 17:8a)
      Jesus, you have given us words of life and hope. Thank you.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for helping us receive the words Jesus has spoken to us.

      Holy Father, thank you for sending the Word made flesh, Jesus, to us.

and have known surely that I came forth from you; and they have believed that you sent me. (John 17:8b)
      Father, thank you for the gift of your son. Thank you for sending him to us so that we could no longer live just for ourselves.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for kindling the flame of belief in Jesus in our hearts.

O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)
      O LORD, revive your work among us. Give us a passion for Jesus and a desire to go deeper with him. Thank you. Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:18 )

But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (Psalm 37:39-40)
      LORD, thank you for the salvation you wrought for us. You have delivered us and our trust is in you.

A word received: You are in my hand.

Pray daily for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Hab. 3:1-10(11-15)16-18: Phil. 3:12-21: John 17:1-8
Friday: 95* & 31 * 35; Ezek. 18:1-4,25-32: Phil. 4:1-9: John 17:9-19

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 6 St. Luke’s, Chatham – The Rev’d Brenda Nickles, The Ven. Dr. Christopher Brown

***** St. Ann's, Amsterdam (37 Division Street) - invites you to join us for a Hymn Sing-Along, Saturday, March 8 at 6 pm, as we sing some of our favorite hymns. Come and join us in praising God in Song. Our evening will be led by Lisa Longe and Dcn. Alan Hart.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

 

3/5/2014, #55, 1st Quarter 2014

Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' (Luke 18:9-12)
      Lord Jesus, thank you for having mercy on me; for I am a sinful man. Thank you for shedding your blood to cover my sins.

And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' (Luke 18:13)
      Holy Spirit, bring to the humility of this tax collector. God, be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)
      Father, thank you for sending your son Jesus to take my sins upon him on the cross.

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, please give me strength to endure so that I may finish the race you have set before me. Thank you for all that you went through, Jesus, so that I can hope for your holiness in my life.

A word received: You are in my hand.

A word received: Give me your pain and your suffering.

Ash Wednesday: 95* & 32, 143 * 102, 130; Amos 5:6-15: Heb. 12:1-14: Luke 18:9-14
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Hab. 3:1-10(11-15)16-18: Phil. 3:12-21: John 17:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 4 St. Stephen’s, Delmar –The Rev’d Adam Egan, The Rev’d Robert Heighton, The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth, The Rev’d Lorraine Thurber, The Rev’d Paul Blanch
MARCH 5 Ash Wednesday – For the joy of repentance in every Christian heart – FAST DAY

***** St. Ann's, Amsterdam (37 Division Street) - invites you to join us for a Hymn Sing-Along, Saturday, March 8 at 6 pm, as we sing some of our favorite hymns. Come and join us in praising God in Song. Our evening will be led by Lisa Longe and Dcn. Alan Hart.

***** Diocesan Update March 4, 2014, A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany that you can attend and pray for.
Concert in the North Country

      On Tuesday March 18, at 6 p.m., at St. Mark's Church, 34 Elm Street, Malone, NY, 12953, three Episcopal Priests, Fr. Nixon McMillan, Mtr. Hannah Mudge, and Mtr. Jill Stellman, will perform a program featuring the continuing musical heritage of the French, the English, and North Americans in this part of the 'New World,' the St. Lawrence River Valley. This concert for organ, violin and voice will include music for worship and community gatherings from pioneer days to the present. For more information, e-mail Mtr. Elizabeth Papazoglakis by clicking here.

An Evening of Dinner Theater
      St. Paul's Players is pleased to announce "An Evening of Dinner Theater." On March 28th and 29th at 6:30 pm at St. Paul's Church, 21 Hackett Blvd., Albany, NY 12208, the Players will be performing two comedic one act plays: Babel Rap by John Lazarus and 30 Minutes to Charlie by Nick Zagone. Both plays will be directed by the Rev. David Haig. Babel Rap imagines the story of two construction workers on the Tower of Babel. 30 Minutes to Charlie is set in a hospital emergency room in Las Vegas on 9/11/01, where two businessman have been brought after being injured, but have no idea what has taken place in New York. Tickets are $20 and there is plenty of free parking. For tickets call the church office at 518-463-2257. Dinner includes non-alcoholic beverages, BYOB/W(ine).

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.

Healing a Woman's Soul
      Healing a Woman's Soul will be sponsoring a caregivers' retreat on Saturday, April 26 at St. Paul's Church, 21 Hackett Blvd, Albany, NY 12208 from 9:30 am to 4 pm. This is geared to women who take care of someone at home or in any other setting. If you're too busy to have a life of your own; if every day seems gray but you don't even notice; if you're wondering what this "stop and smell the roses" thing is all about, then consider attending this retreat. The cost is $15 and includes lunch. The presenters will be Mtr. Anne Curtin and Mtr. Jackie Dowling.

Deanery Lenten Healing Serivces
      In order to help keep a holy Lent, the Diocese is holding a Lenten Healing Service in each Deanery this Lent. The services will include testimonies and time for healing prayer. The schedule for the healing services is as follows:

Metropolitan Deanery
      Thursday, March 6th, 7 pm, Christ Church, 970 State St., Schenectady, NY 12307
Hudson Deanery
      Sunday, March 9th, 4 pm, St. Luke's, 50 William St, Catskill, NY 12414      
St. Lawrence Deanery
      Tuesday, March 13th, 7 pm, Trinity, 8 Maple St, Potsdam, NY 13676      
Southern Adirondack Deanery
      Thursday, March 27th, 7 pm, The Church of the Messiah, 296 Glen St # 1, Glens Falls, NY 12801
Northern Adirondack Deanery
      Thursday, April 3rd, 7 pm, Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician, 136 Main St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983      
Western Mohawk Deanery
      Tuesday, April 8th, 7 pm, Emmanuel, 588 Albany St, Little Falls, NY 13365      
Susquehanna Deanery
      Wednesday, April 9th, 7 pm, TBA
Upper Hudson Deanery
      Thursday, April 10th, 7 pm, Christ Church, 15 West High St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020      

Healing Conference
      St. Luke's Church, 4 St. Luke's Place, Cambridge, NY 12816 will be hosting a Healing Conference on March 15th from 9:30 am until 4 pm. The Conference will be presented by Michael and Christine Hales of Kingdom Arts Ministries, Philmont NY. There is no cost for the conference, however a free will offering will be taken. Drinks and refreshments will be provided but a bagged lunch is recommended.

***** Mudge Missionary Prayer Mail for March 5
Dear partners in prayer,
      This coming Sunday, daylight savings time emerges. For students in Belize, that means that we move you from our Chicago time to our Mountain time on Sunday. So, beginning Sunday at 2 am, there will be 2 hour time difference between Belize and New York.
This week's selective overview:
      1) One course ended. Helped get a new course launched; worked on course updates.
      2) Have been submitting updated assessments concerning some people in the ordination process, to the Bishop of Belize.
      3) Julie and I had good missionary presentations at the Diocese of Connecticut Missions Conference on Saturday. We represented SAMS admirably. Several people were interested in what we are doing, and my illustrations of missionary life were eye opening.
      4) Sunday, I preached as part of World Mission Sunday at a parish in upstate New York. Very well received. The message application was timely for the parish. That seems to be happening rather frequently, lately: I deliver my remarks prayerfully, that (unbeknownst to me) turn out to be relevant to particular questions that people had been raising, just a day or so before. Both in Belize and the U.S. The Holy Spirit is at work. Thank you for praying.
      5) How are we doing, numbers-wise? Since the beginning of Advent, 118 individual people have been exploring our Google Library links site (open to the public world-wide), 9 new people since I last mentioned it: http://goo.gl/XXF0Ti. The Moodle course site is up to 29 participants (courses are open to those with passwords). That is a very good number, up 5 more from the last time that I mentioned it.
Prayer requests:
      1) For my next trip to Belize, beginning in about half a week. Whether I will have Internet access is always an interesting question. I will be on the Bishop's timetable and agenda: T.B.A. and when the time is right.
      2) Pray for plans under consideration. Julie and I sense the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit through it all. Your prayers are very helpful.
      3) Pray that our parish and presentation visitation schedule be the Holy Spirit's schedule.
      4) 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+

Albany Intercessor


Monday, March 03, 2014

 

3/3/2014, #54, 1st Quarter 2014

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, (Philippians 2:1a)
      Jesus, please help me find my consolation in you.

if any comfort of love, (Philippians 2:1b)
      Father, thank you for the comfort of resting in your arms of love.

if any fellowship of the Spirit, (Philippians 2:1c)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the fellowship and friendship we find in you.

if any affection and mercy, (Philippians 2:1d)
      Holy Trinity, One God, help me daily join in that affection and mercy that you share with one another.

fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:2)
      Help me daily, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, fulfill the joy of that great cloud of witnesses that surround us. Thank you for Paul's life and ministry. Thank you for all those who have gone before us in the faith.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:3)
      Help us treasure every brother and sister you send to us, Jesus.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)
      Father, please help us show forth your love, justice and mercy by seeking the welfare of all you send to us.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:5)
      Holy Spirit, help us have the mind of Christ. Thank you.

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
      LORD God, thank you for working out your good pleasure in our lives. Help us daily work out our salvation with fear and trembling and be faithful to the apostolic witness you have given us.

Do all things without complaining and disputing, (Philippians 2:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help me repent of complaining and disputing.

A word received: Give me your pain and suffering.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Prov. 27:1-6, 10-12: Phil. 2:1-13: John 18:15-18,25-27
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Prov. 30:1-4, 24-33: Phil. 3:1-11: John 18:28-38

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 3 Bishop William Love, The Rev’d Thomas Bombard

***** St. Ann's, Amsterdam (37 Division Street) - invites you to join us for a Hymn Sing-Along, Saturday, March 8 at 6 pm, as we sing some of our favorite hymns. Come and join us in praising God in Song. Our evening will be led by Lisa Longe and Dcn. Alan Hart.

***** Prayers for healing for Fr Tyler and Audrey Slade of their third son, Elijah John Slade on his premature birth. He was three weeks early and having breathing problems.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, March 02, 2014

 

3/2/2014, #53, 1st Quarter 2014

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear him!" (Matthew 17:1-5)
      Holy Father, please help us day by day find that quiet place where we can hear Jesus. Thank you.

And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. (Matthew 17:6)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to a reverent awe when we hear you speak to us.

But Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid." (Matthew 17:7)
      Jesus, come and touch me and set me free from fear. Thank you.

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, (Philippians 3:7-10)
      Jesus, help me properly value all things and be set free from covetousness so that I may know you, and be found in you, and be clothed with your righteousness. Thank you

if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 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 3:11-14)
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily press on for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Bring in the lambs who have wandered away.

From intercessor Tom Gibbons: As I was reading Psalm 115 today, I got this word. First it was Lord let me trust in You. It ended up, Lord I trust in You!

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 48:1-11: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Luke 9:18-27
Last Sunday after Epiphany: 99; Exodus 24:12(13-14)15-18; Philippians 3:7-14; Matthew 17:1-9
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Prov. 27:1-6, 10-12: Phil. 2:1-13: John 18:15-18,25-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 2 Christ Church, Cooperstown -The Rev’d Mark A. Michael, The Rev’d Paul Hunter, The Ven. Dr. Harvey Huth

***** St. Ann's, Amsterdam (37 Division Street) - invites you to join us for a Hymn Sing-Along, Saturday, March 8 at 6 pm, as we sing some of our favorite hymns. Come and join us in praising God in Song. Our evening will be led by Lisa Longe and Dcn. Alan Hart.

***** Prayers for healing for Fr Tyler and Audrey Slade of their third son, Elijah John Slade on his premature birth. He was three weeks early and having breathing problems.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, March 01, 2014

 

3/1/2014, #52, 1st Quarter 2014

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' The King of Israel!" (John 12:12-13)
      Holy Spirit, please help us join that great throng around the globe that goes forth to meet Jesus with loud Hosannas.

The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!" (John 12:19)
But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. (Acts 17:6)
      Jesus, I pray that by our words and deeds we would be worthy of such a charge as well.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
      Father, thank you for giving us your Spirit of adoption and setting us free from the spirit of fear. Fill us anew today with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

The high hills are for the wild goats (Psalm 104:18a)
      LORD, from my human perspective, it is the high hills that are important and the wild goats are merely decoration upon them. From your perspective, it is the goats that are important and you have raised up the high hills for them to play on. Help me by your Holy Spirit to see things from your perspective.

A word received: I AM with you in every trouble and every joy.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Prov. 8:22-36: 2 Tim. 1:1-14: John 12:20-26
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 48:1-11: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Luke 9:18-27
Last Sunday after Epiphany: 99; Exodus 24:12(13-14)15-18; Philippians 3:7-14; Matthew 17:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian
MARCH 1 The Rev’d George Nagle

***** St. Ann's, Amsterdam (37 Division Street) - invites you to join us for a Hymn Sing-Along, Saturday, March 8 at 6 pm, as we sing some of our favorite hymns. Come and join us in praising God in Song. Our evening will be led by Lisa Longe and Dcn. Alan Hart.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut and Mark Pasko on Albany St. It was cold with some wind, but God still brought people to the prayer table.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
g--indicates received gloves (we received lots of hats and gloves from Schenectady City Mission to pass on)
h--indicates received a hat
s--indicates received a scarf

State St.

Edwin (young man) -- "I need a job."

+ 199 Charles (man) -- "Everything."

199 Stephen (man) -- He has already given his life to Christ. He wanted prayer that God would use his voice and singing. He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness.

Steve (man) -- We prayed for his being able to start his business.

+ José

g Edward

Tony (man rushing by) -- "I need a prayer but I'm not stopping."

+ 199 Will (man) -- He confessed his sins and received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He accepted God's forgiveness.

+ Raymond (man) -- "I'm in good shape with the Lord. I'm never going to take my life back from him."

+ 199 Tamika (woman) -- She asked prayer "for my kids to do the right things and to have good health." She then confessed her sins to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness.

+199 Marty (young man) -- "I need shelter; I'm homelss". He confessed his sins to God and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He has never known his birth father. I explained to him that when he gave his life to Jesus that he had been adopted by God the Father and that he could now cry out, "Dad, help me." He did that.

+Tiffany (woman) -- She is homeless. She had her two young sons with her. She is obviously doing a good job with them. + g Noah and + g Ryan with both very courteous and thanked us for the crosses and gloves.

Stephen (regular, young man) -- He stopped briefly and I prayed a blessing on him.

Osama (Muslim man) -- He asked prayer for peace.

Albany St.

Maybe you said this in yours, but it was really cold out!! We had a surprising number of people and a couple of repeats and a couple of people thanked us for being out there in the cold and one added especially in this part of town!! A couple asked us what church we were from.

+ G Brian and Joe stopped for gloves a cross

G H Loudis(woman)- prayers to stop drinking (had a bottle with her)

S H ++ Jeff, Tracy- blessings

S H G Janet-prayers for an apartment

NT 2H Lucia-for peace at home in her family

H S G ++ Tyron- prayers for him and his wife Enola and family

2G H NT 199 Estelle(mother), Angel(daughter)-Prayer for their church and for the people there to get along. For school for Angel a 5th grader

G + Aieshia-prayer for her family

Michelle-healing from a persistent cough

***** Jana Lingo, Saturday, March 1, 2014, St. Francis Mission Prayer table, Candy Palumbo, Jana Lingo, Janice Houston-Little

Jana - wisdom that she may do her job effective and to determine if she needs to find another job.

Margret and Jo Nelle - Margret for healing, and Jo Nelle for wisdom to help Margret

John- for health and his mother who just passed away.

Ruiz- health

Frank - continued healing and provisions.

Blessing for a man walking by,

Roger - Daily provision and protection.

Kenneth - Daily provisions and protection

Larry - Daily provisions and protection

Dora - Daily provisions and protection

Victor - Court date on the 12th,Daily provisions and protection, and upcoming eye surgery.

***** Upcoming Healing Conference at St. Luke's, Cambridge
      St. Luke's Cambridge is pleased to announce an upcoming healing conference presented by Michael and Christine Hales of Kingdom Arts Ministries, Philmont, NY. Michael and Christine have been trained under Randy Clark at the Global School of Supernatural Ministry and they now teach others to walk in the supernatural ways of the Holy Spirit. They are currently teaching at the GSSM satellite school at St. Michael's, Colonie. Join us on March 15 from 9:30 – 4:00 to learn how God desires to move in our midst and how to co-labor with him in what he is doing!
      There is no cost for the conference, however a free will offering will be taken. Please bring a bag lunch. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. The conference will include time for worship, teaching and ministry.
      Many blessings!
      Jim French +, St. Luke's Church, 4 St. Luke's Place, Cambridge, NY 12816

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