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Friday, May 30, 2014

 

5/30/2014, #34, 2nd Quarter 2014

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. (Mark 16:14)
      Holy Spirit, rebuke us whenever we slip into hardness of heart and disbelieve the teaching of those who have been touched by Jesus and seen him.

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
      Also I heart of voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." (Isaiah 6:8 )

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:19-20)
      Jesus, confirm your word and your work in our lives by "signs following". Thank you.

"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." (Matthew 7:24-27)
      Father, we are in the midst of a great storm and much that seemed solid that was not built on the rock is being swept away

      Jesus, you are the rock; help us build only on you. Help us by your Holy Spirit to recognize and embrace that which is solid and enduring and to shun that which is merely fashionable and is passing away.

      Holy Spirit, revive your people and your church. Come with power upon the Diocesan Convention and show us the way forward. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my Holy Spirit to refresh you.

A word received: Turn to me.

A word received: I have set you on a rock -- my son Jesus -- do not be afraid. (Matthew7:24-27)

Friday: 85, 86 * 91, 92; 1 Sam. 2:1-10: Eph. 2:1-10: Matt. 7:22-27
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Num. 11:16-17,24-29: Eph. 2:11-22: Matt. 7:28-8:4

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
29 ASCENSION DAY – Principal Holy Day
30
The Rev’d William Clark

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray an outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for fair weather and freedom from black flies, etc. at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
(Colossians 1: 9-12)
      Father God, we continually ask You to fill Father Shaw with the knowledge of your will. May your Holy Spirit grant him all wisdom and understanding so that he may live a worthy life and be pleasing to You in every way. May Father Shaw’s work bear fruit for You while he and his students grow in knowledge of You. May they be strengthened with all power, having great endurance and patience. May they have joyful hearts as they share your message of salvation and invite people into the kingdom of light.
      Father God, we also ask for a wonderful conclusion to Father Shaw’s latest trip to Belize and a safe journey home. Many of us look forward to seeing him and Julie at the Diocesan Convention. Bless us all, Lord. Amen.

***** Bishop's Special Convention Message
      The 146th Diocesan Convention - "Passion for Jesus, Going Deeper", May 29, 2014, Ascension Day
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The finishing touches are being made on the upcoming 146th Diocesan Convention scheduled for Friday June 6th through Sunday June 8th at Camp of the Woods, Speculator, NY. It promises to be a wonderful, Holy Spirit-filled weekend for everyone who attends - clergy and laity, young and old alike. There is something for the whole family! If you have not yet registered, it's not too late, but it soon will be. Don't wait any longer! Online registration will close this Monday, June 2nd at 8 am. Until then, you may easily register by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2014/2014ConventionRegistrationForm.php .
      The Convention theme, "Passion for Jesus - Going Deeper" is a reflection of the Great Commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37). Most everything we will do throughout the weekend is intended to help each of us grow in our love for the Lord and one for another. This includes our worship services, plenary sessions, workshops, healing service, social time, Vacation Bible School and Jr./Sr. High Youth Rally.
      Our special guests this year include: The Rev. Dr. Russ Parker (International Ambassador at Acorn Christian Healing Foundation ), The Rt. Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand (Anglican Suffragan Bishop of The Diocese of Egypt and the Horn of Africa ), The Rt. Rev. Darren McCartney (Suffragan Bishop of The Diocese of the Arctic ), and the Rt. Rev. Harold Miller (Bishop of The Diocese of Down and Dromore , Companion Diocese of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany). They all demonstrate a great passion for Jesus in their lives and ministries. Each one of our special guests is also a very gifted speaker and they all have much to share with us.
      In addition to our guest speakers, we also have quite a few inspiring and informative workshops being offered throughout the weekend. Each one of these workshops is designed to help you strengthen your faith and your relationship with our Lord - to truly go deeper in your passion for Jesus! To see descriptions of the workshops, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/convention/2014/2014ConvWkshopDesc.html .
      I pray you and your family will join me and countless other friends from around the Diocese and the wider Church for this year's Diocesan Convention. I look forward to being with you.
      Faithfully Yours in Christ, +Bill

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 29, 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

Ted (volunteer) -- We prayed for his granddaughter Camille. She has changed her meds fighting the Lyme's disease. He meds are very expensive.

Stephen (man)

+ a 199 Ross (young man) -- He came over and recommitted his life to Jesus, confessing his sins and accepting God's forgiveness and adoption. We prayed for him as he works at making music. We prayed for a blessing on his hands.

Gary (staff) -- Saturday he is taking an 8 or 9 day cruise on the Onrust. He asked prayer for his son Josh to find a Christian woman. He also asked prayer for a part-time job to help with finances.

Susan (woman) -- We prayed for provision and protection for her and her children.

Leroy (man) -- He was beaten up and had to have surgery to repair his rotator cuff because of the beating.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 

5/28/2014, #33, 2nd Quarter 2014

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
      Father, I pray that you revive and renew our civic institutions by your Holy Spirit and the men and women in positions of authority over us.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
      Bring all those who rule over us to a saving knowledge of what Jesus has done for us and for them.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, (1 Timothy 2:5-9)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life, and the only way to the Father.

So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. (Psalm 78:72)
      Jesus, shepherd us.
      Holy Spirit, guide us.
      Father, thank you.

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Revelation 5:8 )
      Lamb of God, thank you that our prayers come before you as incense.

And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:9-10)
      Jesus, by your blood you have given us the hope of glory. Thank you.

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!" (Revelation 5:11-12)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the joy you give us in being a part of that vast throng that proclaims "strength and honor and glory and blessing!" to Jesus.

And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!" Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever. (Revelation 5:13-14)
      Father, you have won the final victory over sin and death through your son Jesus. Thank you. Help us daily come into his presence and worship him. Amen!

Our God is the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death. (Psalm 68:20)
      Father, thank you for the hope of salvation and escape from death.

A word received: Pray for my people to return to me.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * --; Lev. 26:27-42: Eph. 1:1-10: Matt. 22:41-46
Eve of Ascension: --: * 68:1-20; 2 Kings 2:1-15: Rev. 5:1-14
Ascension Day: 8, 47 * 24, 96; Dan. 7:9-14: Heb. 2:5-18: Matt. 28:16-20
Ascension Day: 47 or 110:1-5; Acts 1:1-11 or Daniel 7:9-14; Ephesians 1:15-23 or Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:49-53 or Mark 16:9-15,19-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
27 St. Margaret’s Church, Margaretville – The Rev’d Michael Shank
28
The Rev’d Roy VanDermark, The Rev’d Joseph Gary Norman

***** Two videos from Britains Got Talent which we have enjoyed:
Collabro: Stars from Les Mis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I_Qbdn7kiw
Collabro: Bring Him Home from Les Mis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQaFsx0XqUY

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray an outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for fair weather and freedom from black flies, etc. at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Convention: Time Is Running Out!
      Don't miss out on the Diocesan Family Reunion! Come join us at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator for exciting plenary speakers and informative workshops (see below). There will be VBS for the kids and the Youth Rally for the teens, who will take advantage of the beach, arcade, rock wall, and mini-golf course, and everyone can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and visiting with old friends and new friends from all around the diocese. There's something for everyone! Make it a family vacation! The registration deadline has been extended to 8 am, June 2, but don't wait until the last minute! Register now by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2014/2014ConventionRegistrationForm.php
New Workshops Added!
      Two new workshops have been added to the Convention line-up, and the description page has been updated with more descriptions! Check out the descriptions of the new workshops, and all the workshops, by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/convention/2014/2014ConvWkshpSchedPg1.html#sess1sched . You can see which session(s) the workshops will be offered in by clicking here. The Stations of the Resurrection has also been added to the Convention Schedule. To check out the overall convention schedule, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/convention/2014/2014ConventionSchedulePg1.html . You can only go to the workshops and the Stations of the Resurrection if you go to Convention, though, so pick your workshops and then register for Convention!
Bible Study Opportunity, New Youth Bible Study
      A new Youth Bible Study will begin tomorrow, Wednesday May 28th at St. Stephen's, 16 Elsmere Ave, Delmar, NY 12054 from 6 - 8 pm. The Bible Study will be facilitated by the staff of the Youth Ministry of the Diocese. All youth in the area are invited and encouraged to attend!
Prayer Opportunity: The Longest Day
      On June 21st, Fr. Bill Hinrichs, Interim Rector of Christ Church, Duanesburg, will be participating in The Longest Day, an event to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's disease. From sunrise to sunset, Fr. Hinrichs and his team will participate in a 16-hour prayer vigil to raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. The team will pray for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related form of dementia, their care partners, those conducting research studies, and anyone impacted by dementia. You may e-mail Fr. Hinrichs the names of those for whom you would like him and his team to pray, or for more information, by clicking here. Or, please consider joining Fr. Hinrich's team and praying at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, NY or in your own community. Your monetary donations will also bring us one step closer to a world without Alzheimer's.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, May 26, 2014

 

5/26/2014, #32, 2nd Quarter 2014

But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matthew 13:8 )
      Jesus, we pray that the Diocesan Convention will be good ground which will yield up an enormous crop of men, women, youths, and children who have fallen deeper in love with you.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Matthew 13:9)
      Holy Spirit, open our ears and our hearts to your work so that we are good ground, prepared to receive and nourish the word of the kingdom.

Remember the many who have paid the final price:

The American Cemetery, Manila, The Philippines

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Lev. 25:35-55: Col. 1:9-14: Matt. 13:1-16
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Lev. 26:1-20: 1 Tim. 2:1-6: Matt. 13:18-23

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
26 Thanksgiving for Church School Teachers

      The Rev’d Ann Gaillard

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray an outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for fair weather and freedom from black flies at the Diocesan Convention.

***** CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD MEAL PRAYER TABLE, Sunday, 5/25/14 –Chuck Rinaldo
+ Joshua – Direction in his life. Protection and provision as he moves from place to place. Pray also that he can reveal Jesus to those he meets.
++ Chris – Pray for people that have high blood pressure. Pray for all military for safety and thanking them for their sacrifice.
++ Jana and her son McKinnley – She is an alcoholic and wants to get straight. She is asking for God’s strength and for financial resources to take care of her son who has special needs.

***** Torre and Jean 50th reception at Christ Church Schenectady, Sunday, May 25th.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, May 25, 2014

 

5/25/2014, #31, 2nd Quarter 2014

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7)
      Jesus, please help us pray according to the mind of your Spirit.

      Holy Spirit, come into us and dwell in us and speak your word to us and through us.

      Father, our hearts' desire is to ask for those things that are in accord with your will. Father, prune me so that I may bear fruit for you.

A word received: I want to prune you to make you fruitful.

Remember those who have paid the final price:

The American Cemetery, Manila, The Philippines

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Lev. 25:1-17: James 1:2-8,16-18: Luke 12:13-21
Sixth Sunday of Easter: 148 or 148:7-14; Acts 17:22-31 or Isaiah 41:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-18 or Acts 17:22-31; John 15:1-8
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Lev. 25:35-55: Col. 1:9-14: Matt. 13:1-16

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
25 Church of Our Saviour, Lebanon Springs –The Rev’d Cn Clinton Dugger, The Rev’d Randolph Lukas

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray an outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for fair weather at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Watervliet Prayer Table, May 24, 2014, Prayer Team: Candy Palumbo and Donna Hollar

Prayer for all people and families living in Watervliet for provision, protection, daily blessings and spiritual growth.

James and Jeffrey: two 13 year olds asking for a good end to their school year.

2 employees going to work at Price Chopper: for success and good health

Nicholas: asked for blessings.

Barbara: for provision and family blessings; for her 2 month old grandchild.

Justin: just out of prison; that he adjusts to life on the outside

Family (2 men, a mother and little girl): blessings and provision

Kareme: blessings for his family

Georgiana: protection and blessings as she works on a cold case with the police.

Barbara: depression, woriies about Georgiana; health concerns.

***** Mudge Making a Difference Prayer Mail for May 26
Dear partners in prayer, This is our public prayer mail for May 26. Happy Easter season, as we head to Ascension Day!
This week's selective overview:
      This week I have been meeting with people in the ordination program, amid many other opportunities and projects.
      I have enhanced the Diocesan Web page, providing the Diocesan office with an opportunity to send out periodic calendar updates to the clergy and key individuals in the Diocese by email.
      At their request, I also set up separate email addresses for each of the diocesan staff. Not everyone is equally well versed in this, but I think it can be a useful contact for the ones who need it, addresses available on the Web page.
      I enabled the diocesan staff to be able to send out a clergy and parish directory from time to time, as needed to clergy and lay leaders.
      I also involved in a variety of diocesan planning meetings, from a proposed diocesan-wide pastoral care program to providing the diocesan office with a candidate who could review the CPWI Spanish prayer book version in the works, not just for Belize, but for the entire Province, and perhaps beyond. Julie and I both came up with the same name. I hope it works out. Pray for this project. It has been in the works for over 6 years.
      I celebrated at a mid-week Cathedral service, and preached, and gave a homily for the faculty of the Anglican Cathedral College, here. It is the end of the school year.
      I led a day long workshop for people discerning the ordination process. Interest continues to grow in the call of God on people's lives as well as for interest in our courses.
      All this in addition to reports on the candidates, and preparing for the events of the week. From Tanzania, I have heard that we may have a new student in Kasulu for our program. I hope so.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for the trip, for accomplishing what the Holy Spirit would guide those of us involved to do. Safe and timely travel continues to be a good prayer.
      2) Pray for the course development work, teaching workload, ministry opportunities, people considering lay vocations, students and faculty. Pray for program discussions that may be taking place in Kasulu, Tanzania, this week.
      3) Pray for our online learning management software upgrade next month. Apparently, it could be very exciting, an adventure.
      4) Pray for Julie and my our upcoming plans and for our parish visitation schedule. We will have a booth at the Diocese of Albany Convention. Drop by the booth.
      Thank you for your prayers. I sense God's presence because of them, and God bless you.
      In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, May 24, 2014

 

5/24/2014, #30, 2nd Quarter 2014

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
      Lord, all around us we see people headed for destruction. Help us by your Holy Spirit to pull them back from the abyss.

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)
      Jesus, your church is full of false prophets who despise your word and say that the gate is wide and anyone can get in without going through you to the Father.

You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. (Matthew 7:16-18 )
      Holy Spirit, give us discernment of the fruit, whether it comes from good trees or bad. Help us to be fruit inspectors rather than judges.

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:19-20)
      Jesus, please help by your Spirit to move people to examine their lives by your light. Thank you.

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2)
      Lord, we join Paul in making this apostolic request for our bishops and leaders. Thank you.

A word received: Turn to me first, not last.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Lev. 23:23-44: 2 Thess. 3:1-18: Matt. 7:13-21
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Lev. 25:1-17: James 1:2-8,16-18: Luke 12:13-21
Sixth Sunday of Easter: 148 or 148:7-14; Acts 17:22-31 or Isaiah 41:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-18 or Acts 17:22-31; John 15:1-8

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
24
      The Rev’d Edgar LaCombe

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for fair weather at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Mark Pasko, Steve Evans, Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert, Elaine Carrubba and Carol MacNaughton on Albany St. Rain.

+--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
NT-- indicates received a New Testament

State St.

+ a Rex (man) -- Today is the anniversary of his mom's death. He asked prayer for a better life and said, "I'm still walking with Jesus."

Steve (man) -- He had another customer this week. He has to get some electrical problems fixed in his new shop.

Jeff (man) -- "I don't know where to begin."

[already had a Dennis Adams cross on] Vanessa (woman) -- "I want change!" She invited Jesus and the Holy Spirit into her heart.

+Manuel (young man) -- "Salud" (health)

Herman (young man) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

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

+Nathan (man, runner) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+ 199 Eva (young woman) -- Today is her birthday. We prayed for God's blessing on her for her birthday.

+Melvin (young man) -- blessing

Abdul (Muslim man) and Isaiah

+John (man) -- He asked for happiness. We prayed for joy for him. Then he confessed his sins and gave his live to Jesus.

+Raymond (man) -- "Things are a mess."

199 ++ NT Eva (woman, drove up and parked in front of the table) -- There are problems in her family (marital issues). Her sister is having the same problems.

Randy "Hit and Run" prayer

+ a 199 Anthony (man) -- He came up bubbling over with expectation and confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior. Great joy when he heard that he is now clean and that he has a Father in heaven he can cry out to for help.

Albany St.

+++Anthony (man) -- He asked prayers for his family. His mother is dying. Freedom from fear and for protection.

Lucy (woman) -- She asked prayer for her kidneys.

+Richard (man) -- For family.

Elaine (woman) -- For peace and comfort and forgiveness.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, May 23, 2014

 

5/23/2014, #29, 2nd Quarter 2014

"Judge not, that you be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matthew 7:2)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? (Matthew 7:4)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. (Matthew 7:5)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily seek, knock, and ask so that I may receive what you have for me, find, and fully enter into the kingdom of God.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
      Jesus, let that good work be established in the hearts of all who attend the Diocesan Convention. Help us carry that good work back to every parish in the diocese.

They made a calf in Horeb, and worshiped the molded image. Thus they changed their glory into the image of an ox that eats grass. They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, wondrous works in the land of Ham, awesome things by the Red Sea. Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen one stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he destroy them. (Psalm 106:19-23)
      Holy Father, please help us to be intercessors like Moses who stand in the breach with our prayers so that your wrath is turned away from your people. Thank you.

A word received: You need not be afraid. Bring your fears to me.

Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Lev. 23:1-22: 2 Thess. 2:1-17: Matt. 7:1-12
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Lev. 23:23-44: 2 Thess. 3:1-18: Matt. 7:13-21

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
23 For the Ordinands being ordained May 31

      The Rev’d James French, The Rev’d Karen Henry

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for fair weather at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 22, 2014, 4:45 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

+ Taisha (young woman) -- Physical complications, needs more blood work tests. Prayed for healing.

Dan (staff) and Torre -- We prayed for our wives, Lori and Jean.

Gary (staff) -- He asked "prayer for my son Chris who is going through some stuff at his work."

+Pete (young man) -- He asked prayer "for all the stuff that's going on."

+ 199 Josh (young man) -- He confessed sins to Jesus and accepted Jesus forgiveness. He was recently incarcerated on an old warrant. He now has a fiancée Amber and a baby daughter Ariana. We prayed for Amber and Ariana, and for Josh that he would grow into the man that God wants him to be. I noticed that when he received his food he spontaneously bowed his head and gave thanks to God for it.

Anthony (man, street preacher) -- We prayed for his ex-wife and for his kids.

+Anthony (staff)

Stephen (man) -- He prayed that I would lose weight (at my request) in preparation for the knee replacement surgery.

*****

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, May 22, 2014

 

5/22/2014, #28, 2nd Quarter 2014

Rejoice always, (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
      LORD, let your joy be our strength.

pray without ceasing, (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
      Holy Spirit, let our prayer, like incense, rise up to the throne of God.

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 )
      Jesus, thank you for all the arthritis and for the upcoming knee replacement. Thank you for the joy of 50 years marriage with Jean.

Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
      Holy Spirit, move in my heart day by day.

Do not despise prophecies. (1 Thessalonians 5:20)
      Father, thank you for speaking to us now through your Holy Spirit.

Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
      Holy Spirit, give us the discernment to know what comes from you and holod on to that.

Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
      Helpo us recognize evil for what it is and shun it.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
      Jesus, bring us to your holiness and peace.

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Brethren, pray for us. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)
      Father, we pray for all those who are on the front lines. Anoint them and guide their words and works. Thank you.

'When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:9-10)

      Holy Spirit, please help us remember those who are destitute and give alms to the poor and leave over part of our earning for those who have not.

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26)
      Jesus, I trust you to continue to provide for us just as you always have. You have always been right on time and never late.

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27)
      Holy Spirit, please help me to lay my anxieties at the foot of your cross.

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29)
      Father, thank you for your provision for me and my family.

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (Matthew 6:30-32)

      Father, thank you for knowing what we need and providing for us.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
      Father, please help me to seek your kingdom and your righteousness.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
      Father, I leave tomorrow in your hands.

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
      Amen.

A word received: Keep turning to me in your pain.

Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Lev. 19:26-37: 2 Thess. 1:1-12: Matt. 6:25-34
Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Lev. 23:1-22: 2 Thess. 2:1-17: Matt. 7:1-12

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
22 Thanksgiving for Altar Guild workers

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.

***** PRAYR TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, May 19, 2014; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Sunny, pleasant. Forgot to bring my stock of Holy Oil today so we did not anoint anyone. James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

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

f,c -- NANCY -- This needy woman who lives with her sister is a regular who depends on us for the food we offer to get through the week. Prayed for her safety and preservation.

f,c -- REBECCA -- She is having surgery Wednesday on the left knee that has bothered her all winter and spring.

f,c,t -- EMILIO and another companion (no name given) -- These were first-time visitors who were curious why we would be "out here" giving away free things. (It is always a little heartbreaking, and surprising, to us that people are wondering why we care about them!) We prayed for their good health, safety and protection.

f,c -- DARCY -- This woman who speaks limited English (but certainly understands what we are doing!) has stopped the last few weeks for prayer. This time she walked right over to us and held our hands seeking prayer without saying a word at first.

t,t,f,c -- MARCIA -- This woman from Altamont has come often in the past two months. She is very needy and is grateful for the help and prayer we offer her. We prayed for her special need this time -- problems within her family. The Lord knows the details.

t,f,c -- WILL -- This first-time visitor heard about us from friends attending the free meal across the street at the Masonic Temple. He took a cross from us, kissed it and put it on immediately. We prayed for his protection and safety.

f-- MARSHAll -- This man (who seems to have some behavioral problems he cannot help) used to curse and gesture at us, but he has gained our trust and respect in recent weeks. This time he stopped by and smiled at us. He trusts us now.

f,c -- BIANCA -- She asked for a simple prayer for a blessing. We have prayed in recent weeks that demons that have been bothering her would be driven out and sent to Jesus to bind and deal with as He will. She said she is "better" now.

t,f -- JOTTY -- This pleasant woman from Fort Johnson has become quite a regular and sits down to stay and pray with people for awhile when she comes. This time she sought prayer for herself for an infected tooth, and also asking for a prayer of thanksgiving for the recent birth of her first grandchild -- EVELYN.

t,t,f,c -- EDWIN and wife MARIA -- These people came to our last Community Meal and have been coming to the prayer table ever since. They always say "God bless you!" after we pray for them to be safe and protected.

t,f,c -- MAN and WOMAN (no names given) -- Came for a general blessing and took some of the free things we offer.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

 

5/21/2014, #27, 2nd Quarter 2014

50th Wedding Anniversary, May 21, 1964

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (Psalm 92:12-15)

As your days, so shall your strength be. (Deuteronomy 33:25b)

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; (Deuteronomy 33:27a)

A word received: Give your fears to me.

A word received: My hand is upon you to lead you and guide you.

A word received: Keep your attention on me.

Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Lev. 16:20-34: 1 Thess. 5:1-11: Matt. 6:7-15
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Lev. 19:1-18: 1 Thess. 5:12-28: Matt. 6:19-24

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
20      
The Rev’d Laurie Bartlett, The Rev’d Herbert Sanderson
21 Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Convention

Time Is Running Out!
Don't miss out on the Diocesan Family Reunion! Come join us at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator for exciting plenary speakers and informative workshops (see below). There will be VBS for the kids and the Youth Rally for the teens - something for everyone! Make it a family vacation! Registration closes May 30th, so register now by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2014/2014ConventionRegistrationForm.php .

Third Annual Diaper Drive
The Albany Refugee Resettlement Ministry is holding its third annual Diaper Dive at Convention. All diapers donated will go directly to Burmese refugee families living in the cities of Albany and Rensselaer. These newly arrived refugees live far below the poverty line. Diapers are not covered under any social service programs and as all moms and dads know, diapers are not cheap. Last year's diaper drive helped to keep hundreds of babies clean and dry and healthy for months. Diaper sizes needed are N-1, 2, 3, 4, and/or 5. Please help to re-stock the St David's Episcopal Church Diaper Bank! Or, if you'd rather support this ministry financially, make your check payable to St. David's Church with Diaper Ministry written in the memo line. All money donated will go directly to purchasing diapers for families in need. For more information, contact James Brisbin by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?jbrisbin .

Workshops
The Convention Workshops are back! And this year, you can even decide what workshops you want to go to in advance! You might be wondering how. Well, you can check out descriptions of the workshops, and a plenary session or two, by clicking here. To see when your chosen workshop will be offered, check out the workshop schedule by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/convention/2014/2014ConvWkshopDesc.html . But you can only go to the workshops if you go to Convention! So go pick your workshops and then register for Convention by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2014/2014ConventionRegistrationForm.php !

[Note from Torre: I will be doing a workshop "Leading People to Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit"
The workshop is designed to teach people how to listen to the Holy Spirit for that prompting that will enable then to easily lead someone to confess their sins and give their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and accept his forgiveness. It will be offered Saturday Session 4, 11:15-noon and Sunday Session 6, 9:15-10:00.]

Volunteers Needed
We need your help! Convention runs smoothly because of the great volunteers we have every year. There are many opportunities for you to lend a hand - registration, VBS, stage work, and a host of other things! If you're interested in helping out, e-mail Sue Ellen Ruetsch by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?sruetsch .

Albany Intercessor


Monday, May 19, 2014

 

5/19/2014, #26, 2nd Quarter 2014

Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. (Exodus 40:34-38 )
      LORD, please help us move as you move, and stay as you stay. Help us as a diocese to go forward at your bidding and wait upon you as you stay still.

In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3)
      Jesus, I cry out to you -- strengthen me in my soul.

A word received: Keep coming to me with your burdens. I will refresh you.

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1)
      Jesus, I believe in you and I offer the troubles of my heart.

In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
      ["mansions" -- the word meant dwelling or resting places along the way, e.g., Rest Stops along the expressway.] Lord, thank you for the rest stops you have provided for us along the way of life.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3)
      Jesus, I long for that place of rest with you.

And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:4)
      Jesus, thank you for being the way, the truth, and the life for us. Thank you for showing us the way to the Father.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
      Father, thank you.

But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. 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. Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king--Jesus." (Acts 17:5-7)
      Father, I pray that we would be worthy of such a charge being placed against us. Help us turn the world upside down for Jesus' sake.

"When your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?' then you shall say to your son: 'We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the LORD showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. (Deuteronomy 6:20-22)
      Holy Spirit, empower and encourage more parents to tell their children what God has done for them.

A word received: Keep holding onto my hand.

Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows--bitter words, that they may shoot in secret at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, "Who will see them?" They devise iniquities: "We have perfected a shrewd scheme." Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep. (Psalm 64:1-6)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to repentance for all our gossiping and evil speaking of one another.

So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." (Isaiah 6:5-7)
      LORD< we have become a people of profane speech. Have mercy on us and touch our mouths so that we will cease speaking evil of one another and you.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Lev. 16:1-19: 1 Thess. 4:13-18: Matt. 6:1-6,16-18
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Lev. 16:20-34: 1 Thess. 5:1-11: Matt. 6:7-15

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
17       For all Survivors of Abuse
18      For the Anglican Communion
19       Christ Church, Greenville – The Rev’d Mark Diebel, The Rev’d William Clark

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Mark Pasko Dn. Larry Hubert 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
NT-- indicates received a New Testament

State St.

Asif (young man, Muslim) -- We agreed to pray for each other.

Naru (man) -- We prayed for a restoration miracle of his eye and his arm.

Steve -- He rejoice that he had a custormer this week.

+ 199 Elaine (woman) -- "That more people find Jesus."

+Rafael (man), +Maribelle (woman), and +Carmonita (woman) -- They all asked for "Salud", "Good health". Carmonita also asked prayer for a place to stay.

+ 199 Chris and +Damon (son, 3) -- He asked prayer for a better life. He continues to walk with Jesus.

+ 199 Linda (woman) -- "For everything to go back to normal."

a 199 Rumar (man, regular) -- He is walking with Jesus. We prayed he would be a witness for Jesus.

+ 199 Wynn (man) -- He has been in and out of prison for violations. He is trying to stay with the program.

Tobias (regular) -- He is praying for Torre's upcoming surgery.

(man with 3 kids) -- When we asked if we could pray for him; he said, "You better!"

+ a 199 Daniel (young man) -- He confessed his sins and gave his life to Jesus. He got a big beaming smile on his face when we told him he was now clean. The smile came again when we told him God the Father had adopted him as his child. He practiced saying, "Dad, come help me."

Albany St.

Thomas and Jennifer -- Thomas has been in jail for stealing. Prayed for unity in the family. Prayer for them as they change his life style and come to the Lord.

Raymond -- Prayer for our country.

Bee -- Prayer for back pain and legs.

William -- for his life and protection.

Kenny -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Jaselm -- Life situation and guidance.

Curtsy -- For her daughter Sumard and her boyfriend.

Niquasia -- For herself and family, protection and unity.

***** Watervliet Prayer Table May 17, 2014, Prayer Team: Marilyn Czuwala and Susan McManus outside of Price Chopper

Prayer for all people and families living in Watervliet for provision, protection, daily blessings and spiritual growth.

Sue: cancer in her right lung

David, Anya and Ty: for blessings and daily provision

Mike: for employment

Katherine: fearful of prayer, has been burned before; we prayed for healing and health issues

Marshall, Christine and new baby: for protection and provision and blessing of their relationship. The grandmother does not want this relationship to continue. May 28 court date will determine if this couple can stay together.

***** Mudges: Dear partners in prayer, This is our public prayer mail for May 20. Happy Easter season!
This week's selective overview:
      I have arrived in Belize, and Bishop Philip has a full agenda for me. We have had some changes in the schedule already. Flexibility, Organization, and sense of humor - vital for missionaries. So is the presence of the Holy Spirit.
      Yesterday, I attended a workshop for Catechists and Youth Chaplains, had a meeting with a person in the ordination process (including an interview over dinner with both spouses). Have been catching up with submitted documentation for various people in the ordination process.
      Students consider our online program vital. And many more people seem interested in our public links as well as our courses, especially for learning about Anglicanism, whether in ordination or licensing processes or just for their own personal improvement. So, I am factoring the particular interests into what is ahead. Meanwhile, in another part of the world, our Spanish Anglican focus has begun active development this week.
      Back in Belize, as part of my constantly morphing schedule, yesterday, the Bishop sought my opinion on a matter, and I had a briefing on recent developments.
      I introduced the Bishop and attendees at the workshop to the Anglican Daily Office Web site that I created over the past few weeks, to help people with Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer according to the rites and holy days of the Church in the Province of the West Indies (creation is still in process, but a great deal has been completed).
      Touched base with students. I also talked about aspects of the vocational and ordination processes, and what we offer as a help to folks.
      Always a joy to catch up with lay people and clergy, here. Today, touched based with quite a few people at the Cathedral in Belize City, more people in the vocational and ordination processes, including an update on a business venture. Touched base with Cursillistas. Prayed for healing for perhaps 50 people, individually, at the 6:30 am and 8:30 am Cathedral healing services. Gave about 25 young people individual blessings.
      Discovered that my 5 minute address to teachers at an Anglican school last visit was remembered to this day and was considered quite good. Praise God. I was asked to address the 7:30 am assembly tomorrow at the same Anglican school.
      And today is only half-over. There is quite a bit to go.
      Discovered that a person that I had prayed for who had a stroke the last time I was here, is up and about so well (and having seen the person today), I would not have known that that person had had a stroke. Praise God.
      My agenda this trip is unfolding hour by hour. My frequent trips to Belize are making me a regular in the Diocese, in a very positive way. It is always interesting. The Holy Spirit is very much part of this trip. Thank you for your prayers and your support.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for the trip, for accomplishing what the Holy Spirit would guide those of us involved to do. Safe and timely travel would be good prayer. We are leaving scheduling in God's hands.
      2) Pray for the course development work, teaching workload, ministry opportunities, people considering lay vocations, students and faculty. Pray for program discussions that may be taking place in Kasulu, Tanzania, this week.
      3) Pray for Julie and my our upcoming plans and for our parish visitation schedule. We will have a booth at the Diocese of Albany Convention. Drop by the booth.
      4) I have heard two stories about theft, since my arrival. One in Belmopan and one in Belize City. Please pray for those involved: thieves, victims, and the authorities.
      5) Tensions may be running a bit high over certain issues across the country. Pray that God's plans for everyone in the country would prevail.
      6) Pray for people in Belize who need the Holy Spirit's guidance and Jesus' healing touch. It is part of what we do, praying for folks, and here is an opportunity for you (as you desire) to enter into this aspect of our mission work as a ministry prayer partner with us.
      Thank you, and God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor


Friday, May 16, 2014

 

5/16/2014, #25, 2nd Quarter 2014

But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37)
      Holy Spirit, let our word be our bond.

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:1-2)
      Yes, LORD.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight -- that you may be found just when you speak, And blameless when you judge. (Psalm 51:3-4)
      Jesus, please help me acknowledge my sins before you.

A word received: Hunger for my word.

Friday: 40,54 * 51; Exod. 34:18-35: 1 Thess. 3:1-13: Matt. 5:27-37
Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); Exod. 40:18-38: 1 Thess. 4:1-12: Matt. 5:38-48;

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
16 Blessings on all church wardens,

      The Rev’d Cn Curtis Denney, The Rev’d Gilbert DeLaura

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Please join us at St. Michael's in Colonie this Friday, May 16th at 7pm for our monthly Worship service. We will view a special movie feature--“Compelled By Love” with Heidi Baker--followed by Communion and ministry time!

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, May 17 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. Childcare is available during the service.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, May 15, 2014

 

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 15, 2014, 4:55 - 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
NT--indicates received a New Testament

Gary (staff) -- Things are going smoother for him. We prayed for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria and for the meditation he would give to start the evening meal.

Smiley (staff) -- We prayed that he would quickly recover from the stroke so that he could get the doctor's clearance to return to work.

Ted (volunteer) -- Camille is off antibiotics. She is tired all the time. She has a doctor's appointment on the 20th. We prayed for Ted who is seeing the surgeon tomorrow about a hernia operation.

+ 199 Yashira (young girl) -- She asked prayer for her family.
+ 199 Riana (young girl) -- Her grandmother, Donna, is still in jail. We prayed that she would get out soon. Yashira and Riana are sisters.

+ a NT Nate (man) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior and accepted the forgiveness of his sins. We showed him 1 John 1:9 and Romans 8:15. He needs to pass a drug test so that he can get a job to support his family. He plays the drum in his church's music group.

+ a NT Andrew (man) -- "I need to get right with God." He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus' forgiveness and that he is now clean.

++ a Henry (man) -- He came seeking God's intervention in his life.

+ a NT Lee (man) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God's forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9).

+++ Susan (woman) -- She needs a place to live and her son Jason needs medical care. Her son Matthew is homeless. She also asked prayer for her daughters Elizabeth and Mary Ellen. She gave her many burdens to Jesus and prayed that she would leave them at the foot of the cross.


 

5/15/2014, #24, 2nd Quarter 2014

as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
      Father, please help me walk worthy of you in your kingdom.

And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." (Exodus 33:14)
      LORD, we too need your presence.

A word received: Come to me for healing.

And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:6-7)
      Thank you, Father, for your mercy to us. H ave mercy on our children and our children's children to the third and fourth generatins. I claim the blood of Jesus for all of us. Thank you for sending him to pay the price of our sins.

A word received: Turn your thoughts to me.

Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 114, 115; Exod. 34:1-17: 1 Thess. 2:13-20: Matt. 5:21-26
Friday: 40,54 * 51; Exod. 34:18-35: 1 Thess. 3:1-13: Matt. 5:27-37

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
14 Trinity Church, Lansingburgh-The Rev’d John Kelly

      The Rev’d Fred Munro Ferguson
15 The Rev’d Cn Fred McQuade, The Rev’d Michael Gorchov

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.
***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.
***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.
***** Please join us at St. Michael's in Colonie this Friday, May 16th at 7pm for our monthly Worship service. We will view a special movie feature--“Compelled By Love” with Heidi Baker--followed by Communion and ministry time!
***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, May 17 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. Childcare is available during the service.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

 

5/13/2014, #23, 2nd Quarter 2014

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)
      Let your grace, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, come upon this diocese.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
      Jesus, thank you for bringing Jean and me to this diocese.

remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
      Father, thank you for the many works of faith, labors of love, and patience of hope that we see in our Lord Jesus Christ.

knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
      Jesus, thank you for your election and hand upon our lives.

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that the gospel will come with power upon all who attend the Diocesan Convention.

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
      Father, thank you for those who through much affliction remain faithful with joy in the Holy Spirit.

so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. (1 Thessalonians 1:7)
      Jesus we pray that what you are doing here will be a light for the other dioceses in New York and beyond. Thank you.

For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. (1 Thessalonians 1:8 )
      Thank you, Lord, that the word of faith has gone out from Albany to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Peru, the South Sudan, and other places in the world.

For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding. (Psalm 47:7)
      Give me understanding so that I may sing your praises.

A word received: I will guide you. My eye is upon you.

Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Exod. 32:21-34: 1 Thess. 1:1-10: Matt. 5:11-16
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Exod. 33:1-23: 1 Thess. 2:1-12: Matt. 5:17-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
13      St. Eustace, Lake Placid – The Very Rev’d David Ousley

The Rev’d Maureen Demler

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Please join us at St. Michael's in Colonie this Friday, May 16th at 7pm for our monthly Worship service. We will view a special movie feature--“Compelled By Love” with Heidi Baker--followed by Communion and ministry time!

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, May 17 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. Childcare is available during the service.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, May 12, 2014; 9:30-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Gorgeous, sunny day with no wind. Lots of people out and about, and many came to His table. Praise God! James Bryant, Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. We advertise the table as beginning at 10:15, but we usually start at 10 because people are already WAITING for us then. This time we set up the table at 9:30 to find three people already waiting.)

t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
f -- received free non-perishable food we offer.
c -- received free clean, used clothing we offer.

f,c -- EDWIN and MARIA (husband and wife) -- They have been coming eagerly each week for the free items we offer. "God bless you!" they both said to us.

a,f,c -- REBECCA -- Asked for healing for her left knee, which will be operated on later this month. She uses a walking cane for now.

f,c -- NANCY -- Very needy woman who lives with her sister comes each Monday for food and clothing. We prayed for her well-being and protection.

t,f,c -- ANGELA -- This older woman stopped for the first time. Asked for prayers for healing. She has cancer.

t,a,f,c -- DARCY -- We gave her a prayer for safety and good health.

t,f,c -- BIANCA -- Came to us for the second time for prayer to be rid of the demons and evil spirits she says keep surrounding her. We prayed for God to bind the demons and send them to Jesus to deal with as He will.

t,t -- ADA and ALBERT -- This sister and brother were first-time visitors to the table. They saw us from across the street and came over for prayer ONLY! They asked for prayers for their family, in which there is much sickness and unrest. They declined our offers for food and clothing saying, "no ... we're OK! But thank you." They each took a cross.

JOTTY -- Asked for prayers for safety and good health. She has come to the table before. We noted that she walked a long way from the west end of the street to viswit us and then walked all the way back. She didn't come by the table "on the way" to something else. She purposely came solely for prayer!

LINDA -- Asked for prayers for healing. She has Lupus.

MARSHALL -- This man who obviously has some behavioral problems he can't seem to help used to curse and gesture at us. Last week he came for food and thanked us. This time he did not stop but he smiled at us and gave us a friendly wave of hello.

t,f,c -- MARILYN -- Another first-time visitor. She requested prayer for her son PHILLIP, who is quite ill. God knows the details.

t-- JESUS -- Young man who passed by the table at first, but then stopped for prayer.

t -- DRUSILLA -- Asked for prayers for her family. It seems a lot of fighting and bickering is going on and she wants it to stop.


t,f,c -- JAYCEE -- Asked for prayers for her protection and safety. (That seemed to be the main theme today.)

WOMAN (no name given) -- Asked for a general prayer to be well.

NOTE: Supplies for food and clothing are low again. We gave out almost all of three large baskets of food. We welcome all offerings of things like soup, mac and cheese, pasta, etc. Thank you! I will also buy some more food from money donated for this purpose to the clergy discretionary fund. We welcome all clean, used clothing you can spare as well.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, May 12, 2014

 

5/12/2014, #22, 2nd Quarter 2014

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. (Acts 6:1-2)
      Lord, please help us as laity to repent of expecting the priests to leave the word of God and serve tables.

Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:3-4)
      Holy Spirit, bring forth many to this work of service so that our learders can give themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: (Matthew 5:1-2)
      Jesus, please help us hear you.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
      Isaiah 57:15; 66:2b
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)
      Isaiah 61:1-2
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)
      Psalm 37:11
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
      Isaiah 55:1-2
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8 )
      Psalm 24:4
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)
      Psalm 34:14
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. (Colossians 4:2-5)
      Father, I pray that you will open doors for all your apostolic witnesses to speak the mystery of Christ. Lord, we remember Paul's chains and all your other witnesses who are in chains for the sake of the gospel.

A word received: I will shepherd you.

A word received: Come into my arms. My arms are waiting for you.

Monday: 41,52 * 44; Exod. 32:1-20: Col 3:18-4:6(7-18 ): Matt. 5:1-10
Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Exod. 32:21-34: 1 Thess. 1:1-10: Matt. 5:11-16

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
11      Blessed Virgin Mary and all Mothers on Mother’s Day
12      The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and his wife, Caroline

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, May 17 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist.

Childcare is available during the service.

This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/ .

***** Jeanne Gizara, Friday, May 9, 2014 4:08 PM; Mudge Scripture Prayer
      For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
(Colossians 1: 9-12)
      Lord God, we thank You for the ministry of Fr. Shaw Mudge. We continue to pray for him, asking that You fill him with the knowledge of your will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. May Fr. Shaw live a life worthy and pleasing to You in every way. May he bear fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of You, and being strengthened with all power according to your glorious might. May he have great endurance and patience, and give joyful thanks to You, Lord, for your glorious kingdom of light.
      We pray for Fr. Juan Marentes and the part that he is playing in translating Fr. Shaw’s teaching materials into Spanish. We pray for the upcoming mission trip to Belize and for some progress in the discussions about Fr. Shaw’s involvement with ministry education in Kasulu, Tanzania.
      Lord, continue to help and guide the Mudge family as they discern your will in making some important decisions. Please open doors for them to help them fulfill your will for them. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, May 10, 2014

 

5/10/2014, #21, 2nd Quarter 2014

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)
      Jesus, please help me seek you day by day.

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)
      Holy Spirit, renew my mind and my thoughts.

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)
      Father, please help me die to myself and my earthly desires and enter fully into my new life hidden in Jesus.

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4)
      Lord, I long to see you in your glory.

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5)
      Holy Spirit, help me put these things to death.

Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. (Colossians 3:6-7)
      Father, help us truly repent before your wrath comes upon us and we become like Sodom and Gomorrah.

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:8-11)
      LORD, cleanse my heart and my lips.

And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel. (Exodus 25:22)
      Father, please help us come to the mercy seat and find forgiveness for our sins.

A word received: Look to me.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Exod. 25:1-22: Col. 3:1-17: Matt. 4:18-25
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Exod. 28:1-4,30-38: 1 John 2:18-29: Mark 6:30-44

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
10      St. James’ Church, Lake George – The Rev’d Julia McPartlin

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** Pray for relief from black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.

***** [Note from Torre: I am scheduled to have a complete right knee replacement June 10th.]

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, May 17 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist.

Childcare is available during the service.

This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/ .

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, Torre Bissell, and Darlene Chesnut on State St. and Mark Pasko and Ray Rockwell 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
NT-- indicates received a New Testament
B--indicates received a Bible

State St.

Tobias (regular) and friend -- Tobias is moving and wanted prayer covering for that.

Steve (man) -- More business.

+ 199 Dalia (woman) -- She is relocating to Pennsylvania and is stressed out. We prayed for peace and comfort.

+ 199 Dwight (man) -- "Peace of mind"

+ 199 Mary (woman) -- She is already saved, but she gave her burdens to Jesus.

+ 199 Enola (woman) -- She asked prayer for good health.

Mark (man) -- He is having problems with knee pain.

+ 199 Destiny (girl) -- "Help with math in school"

+ Mariano (man, no English) -- Prayed for God's blessing on him.

We prayed against black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.

(man) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+++ Christine (woman) -- She has survived so much in life. We prayed for protection for her. The crosses are for her son who is a Marine and for her grandchildren. [already had a Dennis Adams cross on]

Darlene, Mark and Louise -- They prayed for Torre's knee replacement surgery June 10th.

a Tommy (man) -- He asked prayer for pain in his lower back.

Jim (man) -- His sister-in-law Catherine died.

+Boogie (man) -- He has given his life to Jesus.

+ 199 Robert (man) -- His brother Ronnie who was a police officer in Texas was killed.

Albany St.

++ Jerome (cabbie parked across the street and came over for prayer) -- He asked prayer for patience and his girlfriend Sheila.

Sammy -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Fernando -- He asked prayers for his family.

Many waved back to team -- dozens of people.

+Joel -- finances, Knee and foot that are bothering him. From City View.

Cathy -- talked to but no prayer.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, May 09, 2014

 

5/9/2014, #20, 2nd Quarter 2014

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
      Christ in me, the hope of glory.

Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. (Colossians 2:4-5)
      Jesus, let that same Spirit of truth and steadfastness that Paul spoke of be among all the congregations of this diocese.

And God spoke all these words, saying: (Exodus 20:1)
      Holy Spirit, please give us ears to hear and hearts to respond to what is being said to us.

"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (Exodus 20:2)
      Jesus, thank you for the new Exodus which you have accomplished to bring us out of bondage to sin.

You shall have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:3)
      Father, please help us recognize and repent of giving homage to every false god this world offers.

"You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:4-6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us repent of bowing down to any man-made object.

"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
      Holy Trinity, One God, help us repent of misusing your name.

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11)
      Father, help us keep one day in seven holy and set apart for your purposes.

"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12)
      LORD, I struggle with this one. Help me honor my father and mother in word and deed. I pray for all those young men and women I meet at the prayer table who have never know a parent's love. LORD, be a Father to the fatherless.

"You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13)
      Jesus, I live in a city where people are daily murdered in body, mind and spirit by the use of drugs. Have mercy on us.

"You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)
      Lord, adultery is held us as something to emulate in our society. Have mercy on us.

"You shall not steal. (Exodus 20:15)
      Stealing and scams have become the norm in our society. Have mercy on us.

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)
      Jesus, help us daily speak the truth with your love.

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's." (Exodus 20:17)
      Holy Spirit, covetousness is the whole base for the advertising we see. Help us shut our eyes and close our ears to all the false blandishments we see on TV or the internet. Thank you.

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned." (Matthew 4:12-16)
      Jesus, there is so much darkness in the church and in our society. Let your light dawn upon us and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)
      Father, bring us to that repentance whereby we shall enter your kingdom and rejoice in your presence. Thank you.

A word received: Keep looking to me in hope and expectation for what I will do.

A word received: My word is your food.

A word received: Rest in me. I will lead you.

Friday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Exod. 24:1-18: Col 2:8-23: Matt. 4:12-17
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Exod. 25:1-22: Col. 3:1-17: Matt. 4:18-25

      Notes from the Front Lines

MAY Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish
8      The Rev’d Alicia Todaro
9      The Rev’d Cn William Small

***** Pray for those attending the Diocesan Convention to recover their first love and passion for Jesus.

***** Pray for vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** [Note from Torre: I am scheduled to have a complete right knee replacement June 20th.]

***** Christ Church Coxsackie is hosting an evening of revival at the church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY, 12051, 7pm, Friday, 5/09. Usually there is worship, encouraging message and healing prayer, seeking God as we are led by the Lord. The message will be given by Jacob Evans, a seminarian from Nashoda House and from All Saints, Round Lake. All are welcome. Bring an unsaved friend. God is EXCELLENT, for all eternity!

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, May 17 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist.

Childcare is available during the service.

This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/ .

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 8, 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
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Ted (volunteer) and his granddaughter + 199 Camille -- She was blessed by her visits to the Spiritual Life Center. She is still exhausted and has much joint pain from Lyme's disease.

Gary (staff) -- His wife Debbie had surgery on her foot.

+Dominique (10) and +Anthony (8 ) -- They came for prayer for their famly.

Stephen -- He said he would pray for Torre's knee surgery.

Dan (staff) -- Prayed for him and gave him and the others

Albany Intercessor


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