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Sunday, August 31, 2014

 

8/31/2014, #17, 3rd Quarter 2014

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us enter into this life of self-sacrifice.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
      Jesus, please transform our minds and our ways of thinking so that we may give evidence of our Father's perfect will for us.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:6-8 )
      Father, please help us use the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit to build up the whole body of Christ. Thank you.

WORD: Keep looking to me for direction.

Daily Lectionary
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Job 11:1-9,13-20: Rev. 5:1-14: Matt. 5:1-12
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Job 12:1-6,13-25: Acts 11:19-30: John 8:21-32
Holy Communion
26 or 26:1-8; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:21-27

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 31 The Rev'd Keith Scott

***** ***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1) from Union Church of Manila Part 1 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 10, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103041562

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 - Forgiveness) from Union Church of Manila Part 2 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 17, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103623391

***** Sun, Aug 24, 2014, "Healing Our Hearts", Jesus Heals a Paralytic Part 3 (Luke 5: 17-26) by Pastor Steve Ruetschle: http://vimeo.com/104215103

***** Friends of the Paralytic: Part 4 of Jesus Heals a Paralytic sermon series by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at Union Church of Manila, August 31, 2014. http://vimeo.com/104833410

WHO IS JESUS ASKING YOU TO BRING TO HIM IN PRAYER FOR HEALING?

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

8/30/2014, #16, 3rd Quarter 2014

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12)
      Jesus, please help me by your Holy Spirit to follow you day by day so that I may walk in your light. The surrounding darkness presses in on me. I need your light of life. Thank you.

When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life." (Acts 11:18 )
      God, bring me also to that daily repentance that leads to life. Thank you.

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. (Psalm 116:1)
      Thank you, Father, for hearing me.

Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:2)
      Father, because of what you have done and are doing, I call upon your for your help. Thank you.

WORD: Seek out my light to walk in.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Job 9:1,10:1-9,16-22: Acts 11:1-18: John 8:12-20
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Job 11:1-9,13-20: Rev. 5:1-14: Matt. 5:1-12
Holy Communion
26 or 26:1-8; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:21-27

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 30 Daughters of the King and their expansion in the Diocese

***** Bible Symposium at the Cathedral
      What Then, Shall We Say? The Rest of the Gospel According to St. Paul.
Come to The Cathedral of All Saints on Saturday, September 27, 2014 and hear Dr. Garwood Anderson, Professor of New Testment and Greek at Nashotah House Theological Seminary speak about Romans 6-8 and St. Paul's preaching of the gospel. The doors of the Cathedral will open at 8:30 am and Dr. Anderson's talk will begin at 9:30 am. The day will conclude at 2:30 pm, and lunch will be provided. The cost for the Bible Symposium is $20. To register, click http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/781586 .

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Carol MacNaughton, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St.

+--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
B--indicates received a Bible

199 Heather (woman) -- "I'm drinking and smoking." She asked prayer for her family. Though she was somewhat drunk, she gave her life to Jesus. She was not in good shape.

199 James (man) -- He asked prayer for his wife Dori who has a mass in the left lung and has surgery coming up.

Steve (man) -- We prayed that he would get more business.

Eric (Pastor Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) -- We prayed for Holy Spirit power in his congregation.

199 Freda (woman) -- "For my family and for my life."

NT Kristen (woman) -- She is about to be evicted and asked prayer for God's intervention.

Joe (man) -- He asked prayer for do well in his work so he can give more!

++ Deborah -- She gave thanks for being able to go back to her old job working with children. We prayed that God would provide a safe place to live. She asked prayer for her friend Loraine who is recovering from a stroke.

Devion (man) "Hit and Run" prayer of blessing

Luis (man) -- We prayed that he would walk in the strength and peace of the Lord; commented, "I will not live forever."

NT + Isaiah (young man) -- Prayer for success; gave his life to Jesus; BIG SMILE!

NT + Bernita (woman) -- Asked prayer to stay healthy and safe; she asked Jesus to be her savior.

B + Gary (man living in a half-way house) -- He gave his life to Jesus.

+Chelsea and her mom -- That they would learn to walk with Jesus.

++Luken -- He has previously given his life to Jesus. He asked for help with his fight for freedom from alcohol.

+Madeline (woman) -- "I just need a good prayer, honey." Blessing, help, provision, safety.

Rose (woman) -- Strength to keep going; prayer for her family.

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer by Jeanne Gizara

Again Jesus spoke to the' saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
      Precious Jesus, Light of the World, we thank You for coming into the world to bring your light, for dying for our sins, and for the great promise of the resurrection: eternal life for all who believe in You.
      We thank You that You keep Father Shaw Mudge in your light, that You guide him every step of the way as he pursues his ministry to the diocese in Belize. Today we pray especially for the new course on Anglican history, as Father Shaw begins to present this subject to his students.
      We also pray for the sale of the home in Wynantskill, for preparation for his trip to Belize next month, for the students who are to be ordained, and for Mother Julie and Lydia in all that they do for You.
      To You be the glory, Jesus. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, August 29, 2014

 

8/29/2014, #15, 3rd Quarter 2014

Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not mine, but his who sent me." (John 7:16)
      Father, I pray that more of our clergy will find their doctrine in you.

"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." (John 7:24)
      Holy Spirit, help us all use righteous judgment.

Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?" So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.' So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God." (Acts 10:29-33)
      Jesus, I ask you to arrange more such divine appointments; and give us ears and hearts that are ready to respond.

For you will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28 )
      LORD my God, light my lamp and let your light enlighten my darkness daily.

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (John 7:37)
      Jesus, I come; fill me up.

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38 )
      Flow river flow. Jesus I want to receive more of your Holy Spirit.

To him all the prophets witness that, through his name, whoever believes in him will receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:43)
      Father, help us to be witnesses for Jesus as well.

You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
      Lord, help me enter into your pleasures.

WORD: Keep on turning to me. [Don't give up.]
WORD: I continue to uphold you.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Job 9:1-15,32-35: Acts 10:34-48: John 7:37-52
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Job 9:1,10:1-9,16-22: Acts 11:1-18: John 8:12-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 28 St. Paul’s, Sidney -The Very Rev’d James Shevlin; The Rev’d Shaw Mudge, Jr.
29 Grace Church, Mohawk -The Rev’d William Wheeler; The Rev’d Canon Robert Haskell, The Rev’d Nelson Lundberg 30

***** Bible Symposium at the Cathedral
      What Then, Shall We Say? The Rest of the Gospel According to St. Paul.
Come to The Cathedral of All Saints on Saturday, September 27, 2014 and hear Dr. Garwood Anderson, Professor of New Testment and Greek at Nashotah House Theological Seminary speak about Romans 6-8 and St. Paul's preaching of the gospel. The doors of the Cathedral will open at 8:30 am and Dr. Anderson's talk will begin at 9:30 am. The day will conclude at 2:30 pm, and lunch will be provided. The cost for the Bible Symposium is $20. To register, click http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/781586.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:00 - 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
B--indicates received a Bible

Dan (staff) -- All three of his daughters are moving in a positive direction. His wife had a good trip to Tennessee and has returned. Ted (volunteer, age 84) had his first meal since August 13th. He has been fed intraveneously following surgery at Albany Med. He might get out on Tuesday.

Tony (volunteer) -- God has been making him strong. We prayed for those who know Jesus and those who don't.

Gary (staff) -- We prayed for the message he would give at the evening meal.

Davon (young man) -- "God is working in my life."

Carmillo (boy going into the 2nd grade) -- We prayed for God's blessing on him and his family.

Sue (woman) -- She is having cataract sugery in two weeks and is frightened. She also suffers from epilepsy.

Al (man) -- He asked prayer for a friend, Betty, who is on dialysis and for her husband, Bob, who may lose his leg.

Jeff [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] -- He is in a half-way house. He needs money for a security deposit. He was abused as a child. He has been clean from drugs for the past year.

B Leroy (regular) -- His shoulder, neck and back are all out. He is experiencing a better relationship with his son. He is trying to get a house.

***** ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 10-11:15 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Beautiful late summer morning; lots of people out and about. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

Important note: We still need a second person (we always want to have at least TWO people out there) to sit with John Banfield at the table on Monday, Sept. 8, as James and Alan will both be out of town. No one has come forward as yet to pray with John and help distribute food and clothing. It would be a shame to not have the table that day as so many of our neighbors have come to expect us to be out there for them every Monday. Could someone step forward, and tell Father Neal you are coming? Thank you!)

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

(Second note: We also gave out free book bags and school supplies to some needy families in our neighborhood who are regulars at our table.)

a,f,c -- REBECCA -- She asked for continue prayer for her two-year-old nephew MICHAEL, who was badly beaten earlier in the month by a man who is not a member of the family. (The man is in jail now.) Michael has a broken leg in a cast and many bad bruises.

f,c -- NANCY -- Nancy is a regular who is a Roman Catholic who has started to share faith stories with us. She gave me (Alan) a book about prayer today to keep and read called "Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer." How nice of her!

t,f,c -- EDWIN -- Gave him a blessing for safety and protection. Then .. we had something unfortunate -- the first argument we've ever had at the table. Edwin is like most of the people who come to the table for prayer, food and clothing: he only takes what he NEEDS for the next day or two. Well, Edwin apparently resented that one of the other people at the table was taking more food than she needed. (There is a kind of an unspoken code at the table that you may take all you want but to not take more than you really need, since others need food, too.) After the verbal spat broke up and the other person left, we told Edwin it is OK that she took "too much." It is not for us (presiding at the table (or him!) to judge how much people need. Our only concern is to feed the hungry.

f,c -- DARCY -- Asked for prayers for a friend of hers. God knows the details.

a,t -- ANGIE -- She asked for prayers for continued good health and safety for herself, her two sons and her daughter.

t -- ED -- Asked for a cross. We prayed for his safety and well-being.

MIKE -- This man helps out at the Masonic Temple meal across the street. He thanked us for " ... being out here" for the neighborhood needy.

a,f,t -- SANDY -- First-time visitor who had just been visiting her mother in the apartment building next to us. She asked what we were doing out here, then sought prayer and some small items of food for her mother.

t -- BIANCA -- She has not been to see us in awhile. She first came a month or so ago and asked if we could pray against demons who are constantly pestering her. At that time we asked God to drive out of her anything that is not of Him and to send them to Jesus to bind and deal with as He will. She said the prayer "worked" a month ago but that the demons are back! We repeated the prayers against the evil things surrounding Bianca. She took a cross and nothing else.

f,c,t -- EVELYN -- First-time visitor. Asked for a general prayer for safety and good health.

a,a -- CONSUELA and OLIVIA -- Olivia is bi-lingual and is healthy. Her friend Consuela speaks only Spanish and is very sick. (God knows the details.) We prayed for the healing of Consuela, and Olivia translated our English so she could understand. After the prayer, she held my hand firmly and nodded her head in thanks.

t, -- DAVANI -- Very young boy who came with his father (no name) and wanted one of our crosses and a box of juice. We prayed for him to be healthy and safe and to continue to walk with the Lord.

a -- JAY -- Frequent visitor the last two years, but not lately. We prayed for him to remain in good health and to be safe. (I was embarrassed at first because I mistakenly called him "John," and he stopped me at the beginning and smiled and said "If you're going to pray for me, you better use my right name. It's Jay!")

t,f,c -- EDDIE -- This man came with his wife and two young boys. We prayed for their safety and well-being. We noticed they were all wearing clothes they had received at the table in past visits. Our clothing distribution IS helping our neighbors!

f,c -- BOB -- Came just as we were closing the table down. Prayed for Jesus to continue and complete the healing Bob has experienced since having heart issues early in the summer.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

 

8/27/2014, #14, 3rd Quarter 2014

[Dear Readers of Albany Intercessor,
      Sorry that I have been so flakey about getting out prayer notes for the last couple of months. I have had lots of problems with sciatic nerve pain in my right leg and it is often very painful to sit at the computer. I am still trying to recover my strength: I go to physical therapy twice a week. I am still unable to get my right knee (which was replaced) to go completely straight, so sometimes it buckles underneath me. Because of the pain of sitting at the computer, I am going to cut back on the "Notes from the Front Line" as they take a lot of time to process and edit. Please keep me in your prayers. Torre]

Then Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready." (John 7:6)
      Lord, there is a time and a season for everything under heaven. Please help me wait for your times and seasons. Thank you.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
      Jesus, I need your words written on my heart. I need your Spirit, and I need to know your new life in me more and more.

Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" But Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (John 6:67-69)
      Jesus, I too have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Help my unbelief. Thank you.

Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed." Then he arose immediately. (Acts 9:32-34)
      Holy Spirit, please help us set the paralyzed free to walk again so that many will come to know that Jesus is the Son of Man and has the power to forgive sins and make people whole and well again.

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)
      LORD, what are we to do when things fall apart? You are in your holy temple: hear and rescue us. Thank you.

WORD: I have called you. Answer my call.
WORD: You are in my care; don't be afraid.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Job 6:1,7:1-21: Acts 10:1-16: John 7:1-13
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Job 6:1,7:1-21: Acts 10:17-33: John 7:14-36

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 27 All Soul’s Church, St. Hubert’s, The Rev’d Cn Robert Limpert, The Rev’d John Kettlewell

Albany Intercessor


Monday, August 25, 2014

 

8/25/2014, #13, 3rd Quarter 2014

As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on me will live because of me. (John 6:57)
      Living Father, please help me to feed on Jesus so that I may live.

Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. (Acts 9:20)
      Holy Spirit, help me preach Jesus wherever you send me.

Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. (Acts 9:31)
      Jesus, I pray for all of the parishes of this diocese that they will have peace and be edified; that they will walk in the fear of God and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit; and that they will be multiplied.

But know that the LORD has set apart for himself him who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to him. (Psalm 4:3)
      LORD, help me to be godly; hear me when I call out to you. Thank you.

My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart. (Psalm 7:10)
      LORD, help me to be upright in heart.

I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. (Psalm 7:17)
      Father, Son and Holy Spirit, help me to sing your praises.

WORD: Seek my blessing. I love you.
WORD: Keep asking for my word. Ask for me to speak to your heart.
WORD: I want you to keep your attention on me through everything.
WORD: Come to me -- I AM waiting.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Job 4:1,5:1-11,17-21,26-27: Acts 9:19b-31: John 6:52-59
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Job 6:1-4,8-15,21: Acts 9:32-43: John 6:60-71

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 25 Church of the Nativity, Star Lake;\ The Rev’d Jerry Adinolfi, Jr.

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1) from Union Church of Manila Part 1 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 10, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103041562

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 - Forgiveness) from Union Church of Manila Part 2 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 17, http://vimeo.com/103623391 2014

***** Sun, Aug 24, 2014, “Healing Our Hearts”, Jesus Heals a Paralytic Part 3 (Luke 5: 17-26) by Pastor Steve Ruetschle: http://vimeo.com/104215103
Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

8/20/2014, #12, 3rd Quarter 2014

Out of the depths I have cried to you, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning-- yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, And with him is abundant redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 130:1-8 )
      [Prayer by Steve Ruetschie, Pastor of the Union Church of Manila, from Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 - Forgiveness)]
      Lord Jesus Christ, send Your Holy Spirit into my life and fill me with your love for people. Especially in regard to (name), whom I have a hard time forgiving, help me to see him [or her] as you see him. Take out of my heart the desire to get even. Show me some good quality in him that I haven't seen before. I pray that You bless this person in abundance. Free me from any judgmentalism on my part, and help me to love the person as You do. Please help us to reconcile our relationship. If he needs to change, help him do that, but help me to change too, and show me any areas where I may be blind. Pour out Your love into my heart. Forgive me my sins as I forgive those who have hurt me. In Jesus name, Amen.

WORD: Pray for forgiveness among my people.
            
Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Judges 18:16-31: Acts 8:14-25: John 6:1-15
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Job 1:1-22: Acts 8:26-40: John 6:16-27

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 20 The Deans

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1) from Union Church of Manila Part 1 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 10, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103041562

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 - Forgiveness) from Union Church of Manila Part 2 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 17, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103623391

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

8/19/2014, #11, 3rd Quarter 2014

Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." (Matthew 15:25-27)
      Lord Jesus, I am willing to take whatever crumbs fall from your table for me.

WORD: Desire all that I have for you.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6)
      Lord, that is still true today. No one in our government speaks with your voice or authority and the people are being led into moral folly.

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. (Psalm 106:21-22)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to remember your saving works.

Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the Gentiles, to give thanks to your holy name, to triumph in your praise. (Psalm 106:47)
      Save us, Jesus, for your mercy is great.

Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do; for whatever he does, the Son also does in like manner. (John 5:19)
      Father you have given us a Spirit of adoption as sons of yours. Help us to be like Jesus and do whatever you desire us to do.

WORD: Pray that I will give you ears to hear and eyes to see what I am doing.

I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me. (John 5:30)
      Jesus, please bring us to that same standard of righteousness where we judge based on the Father's will.

Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. (Psalm 125:1)
      LORD, bring us to such a level of trust.

And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. (Isaiah 4:6)
      Jesus, you are my shelter from storm and rain, and my shelter from the heat of the day, and my place of refuge. Thank you.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Judges 18:1-15: Acts 8:1-13: John 5:30-47
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Judges 18:16-31: Acts 8:14-25: John 6:1-15

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 19 St. Andrew’s, Scotia -The Rev’d Michael Neufeld, The Rev’d Jackie J. Dowling, The Rev’d Mary Carol Hart

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 - Forgiveness) from Union Church of Manila Part 2 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 17, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103623391

***** SAINT ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Aug. 18, 2014; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. James Bryant, John Banfield and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

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

f,t -- BETSY -- Has not come to the table for a few months but was waiting for us today. She asked prayers for her sister MARGARET, who does not believe in God and resents that Betsy DOES! We prayed that Margaret will eventually come to know Jesus.

f,c -- EDWIN -- Asked for a general prayer of blessing on him.

f,c -- DONNA -- She is the distance runner who always stop during her run. We prayed for her to be safe as she runs in and around Amsterdam.

f,c,t, t -- TWO WOMEN (no names) -- These two first-time visitors came and took food, clothing and crosses but politely declined prayer.

a -- DARCY -- This woman always comes for prayer and anointing with Holy Oil. She seldom takes any food.

f,c -- NANCY -- Gave her a prayer for safety and preservation.

a,t, f,c -- MARIA -- She was in the background and saw me anointing Darcy and praying for her, so she came over and pointed at the oil stock and nodded her head. We prayed for her good health and safety.

t,a -- JODDY --- Another person who used to come by regularly but has not in awhile. She said she lives further away now and can't get to us as easily. She sat with us quite awhile and asked for prayer for an infected tooth that has been bothering her. She refused any food or clothing. She said "A lot of other people around here need it more than I do."

RACHAEL -- This young lady is my daughter! She lives in Canajoharie but was "checking out the table" while her daughter Katie was at the dentist around the corner. Rachael helped me bring out food and clothes for the people while she visited. (And what a dumb thing: I forgot to pray for her!)

t, f -- ED -- On his way over to the Masonic Temple for the free lunch he stopped for a cross and took a little food. We prayed for God to watch over him and protect him.

t -- CARSON -- This red-haired boy of about 13 came with his father (no name) and asked us for a cross. We prayed that he will always walk in God's ways.

f,c -- MARSHALL -- Want to talk about breakthroughs? This man (who apparently has some behavioral problems) used to cuss at me and make gestures from the other side of the street. But John and James have both befriended him to the point where he now comes over regularly to visit with us and take a few items of food and clothing or shoes. But today for the FIRST time Marshall acknowledged my welcoming greeting to him. He looked at me and sort of smiled and said "I don't need prayers from you because I walk with the Lord and I say my OWN prayers." I told him, "I respect that!"

t,f,c -- ALBERTO -- He comes every week and always requests very special prayers. This time he wanted prayers for " ... all the people in the world who are infected with HIV, and also for people all over the world who have no place to call home."

f,c,t,t -- ANGIE -- Asked for prayers for her two sons and one daughter "to be safe and come to know Christ."

f,c -- EDDIE (and son, no name given) -- Asked for general prayer to be safe and to keep their good health.

f,c -- BOB -- Older man who is very large. This time we had some clothes that fit him! We prayed for continued healing from heart problems he experienced earlier this summer.

***** Women's Retreat Opportunity
      Please join us Sept. 5-6 at Tools of Recovery: A Touch of Beauty, a retreat for women at the Dominican Retreat Center. Come, discover and build spiritual wellness for the ups and downs of life’s journey. We will explore ways to see our inner beauty, as God sees us. The retreat is sponsored by Healing a Woman's Soul.For information please call 315-725-6504 or email hawsretreats@gmail.com.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, August 16, 2014

 

8/16/2014, #10, 3rd Quarter 2014

'Then the LORD said to him, "Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. (Acts 7:33)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize when we are standing on holy ground and respond as you desire.

I have surely seen the oppression of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt." Acts 7:34)
      Father, hear the cries of your people who are being oppressed by war and famine in the Middle East and by disease in West Africa, and come and deliver them.

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. (Psalm 33:1)
      Jesus, help us find our joy in you and praise you in our worship.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his mercy, (Psalm 33:18 )
      LORD, you are my hope -- have mercy on me a sinner.

WORD: Tell people what I have done for you.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Judges 16:1-14: Acts 7:30-43: John 5:1-18
Sunday: 118 * 145; Judges 16:15-31: 2 Cor. 13:1-11: Mark 5:25-34
Holy Communion
67; Isaiah 56:1(2-5)6-7; Romans 11:13-15,29-32; Matthew 15:21-28

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 16 St. Stephens, Schuylerville -The Rev’d John Kettlewell The Rev’d Dr. Leander Harding

***** An amazing testimony by a Muslim who became a Christian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjUXd4qW9mg

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Auguest 16, 2014, 9:10 - 10:30 a.m.Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Mark Pasko and Dn. Larry Hubert on Albany St.

+--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
B--indicates received a Bible

State St.

+Debbie (woman) -- She asked prayer for her "ex-husband who died."

Torre and Steve -- We prayed for Jean's health.

+Denise (woman) -- She prayed "that you will have a blessed day."

+Tyrone (man) -- He asked prayer that he would get out of the shelter and have a better life. He is still trying to walk with Jesus.

+Ronald (young man) -- He asked prayer for his nephew Bradon who is "in a bad situation". Ronald is a Christian.

NT Deborah (regular) -- We prayer for an apartment for her and for Miss Mary with whom she is staying.

+ NT Tom -- He initially wanted prayer for his girlfriend who died two years ago. Then he confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He said, "I feel better already." He is a big, tough guy who was crying when told that he was now clean.

+Dave (man) -- He wants to reconnect with his son and get back in touch with him. He is trying to walk with Jesus.

+Lincoln (man) -- He is walking daily with Jesus.

+ NT Wayne (young man) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior. Then he said, "Thank you, Lord Jesus."

Eric (Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St. Pastor) and his son Gabriel -- We prayed for God to raise up more witnesses in Schenectady and for the power of the Holy Spirit to come on his congregation.

+Peter

+Athena (young woman) and + NT Isaac (young man) -- Isaac confessed his sins and gave his life to Jesus.

+Raymond (man) -- "Things are going good."

Dave -- He asked prayer for the service he would be helping with at Summit Towers.

+John (man) -- He asked prayer that he would continue to walk with Jesus.

Donna -- She asked prayer for "good health for my family."

B Shamere (young man) -- He confessed his sins and gave his life to Jesus.

Albany St.

+ Ed (man) -- For protection and healing from a fall

Priest (man) -- For help in replacing personal information that he lost.

Mike (mail man) -- Prayer for protection.

Harolina (woman who speaks no English) -- We prayed for protection in her life.

Jackie (woman) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

+William (man) -- He needs furniture for his home. He needs to be able to cash his check. Finances.

Jayson -- "Hit and Run" prayer.

***** Missions Workshop

Hello everyone, Spread the word on this and mark your calendars.
      There will be a missions workshop on November 1st, 2014 at St. Stephen's Church Delmar. The workshop starts with refreshments and registration from 8:00 - 9:00 am. There will be a talk by long term missionary, The Rev. Dr. Shaw Mudge. He topic will be problems that short and long term missionaries suffer from as they reenter home returning from a mission trip or project. There will also be several reports from people who have done a mission trip or project in 2013 or 2014. The workshop will conclude around 1:00 pm. More information will follow in the coming months. For updates on this scheduled event contact Tom Gizara at TAGValatie@aol.com or cellphone # 518 653-9433.
Tom Gizara, Missions Committee chairman

Albany Intercessor


Friday, August 15, 2014

 

8/15/2014, #9, 3rd Quarter 2014

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! (Psalm 107:1a)
      Father, thank you for your goodness -- for sending your son Jesus to us and your Holy Spirit.

For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 107:1b)
      Thank you, FAther, that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalm 107:2)
      Jesus, thank you for paying the cost of my redemption.

WORD: I long for my people to cry out to me for help.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Judges 14:20-15:20: Acts 7:17-29: John 4:43-54
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Judges 16:1-14: Acts 7:30-43: John 5:1-18

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 15 St. Stephen’s, Schenectady -The Rev’d James McDonald, The Rev’d Patricia Jones The Rev’d Arthur Garno

***** Diocese of Albany, Bishop's Message, August 14, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you may have heard, the persecution of Christians in Iraq is growing more serious each day. The Islamic extremist group IS (formerly known as ISIS) has declared a part of Iraq and Syria as a caliphate - a separate Islamic state - and are using this as a reason to brutally murder Christians. The town of Qaraqosh, a predominantly Christian city, was captured a few days ago, with terrifying and horrible results for the Christians living there. Similar violent attacks have happened in Mosul and Nineveh, with many residents of these cities fleeing to another Christian city in the north, Erbil. However, there are many who say that this city is the next city that will be attacked by the IS extremists.

In light of these dire circumstances for our Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq, many primates of the Anglican Communion, including the Archbishop of Canterbury and our Presiding Bishop, have issued calls to prayer for the Christians in Iraq. The Presiding Bishop has asked the churches in the Episcopal Church to observe Sunday, August 17th as a day of prayer for those in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. I encourage all of you to join in prayer this Sunday, and in your daily prayers, for the Christians suffering persecution in Iraq. I encourage you to pray not only that the IS group's militant activities be stopped and for peace to prevail in Iraq, but also for the protection of our Christian brothers and sisters as they attempt to flee to safety. I also encourage all of you to pray specifically for the Christian clergy in Iraq, for provision for the refugees fleeing the violence, and for the perseverance of those helping both the refugees and those choosing to stay in their homes.

Your Brother in Christ, +Bill

***** Healing Eucharist on Saturday, August 16 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.

***** Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, this Friday, August 15 @7pm for our monthly Prayer & Praise service. We begin with Worship, share in the Word, give and receive Prayer, and experience Holy Communion. Please come and join us, and bring a friend to this relaxed service. We desire to go deeper in our relationship.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:00 - 6:35 p.m.. Torre Bissell 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
NT--indicates received a New Testament

Dan (staff) -- He asked prayer for Ted (volunteer) who is in his 80s and went to the ER yesterday in great pain. We prayed for healing and relief of pain. Dan also asked prayer for his wife Lori and his daughter Shannon who are traveling to Tennessee.

Gary (staff) -- He asked prayer for the refugees in the Middle East.

Sue (woman) -- We prayed for clarity of sight for her and an end the seizures she has had since age 7. She is a follower of Jesus.

Anthony (volunteer) -- He asked prayer for all the lost sheep there at the meal.

+ NT Michael (young man, 32) -- He gave his life to Jesus confessing his sins and accepting God's forgiveness.

Tina (woman) -- She asked prayer for her mother Helga who is terminally ill; we prayed that she would live and die in the hope of the resurrection. Tina also asked prayer for her daughter Breena and for Darreell (15) whom she hopes to adopt.

***** Diocesan Events:
Community of St. Mary 150th Anniversary Celebration
      The Community of St. Mary in Greenwich, NY warmly invite their Associates, friends, clergy, and fellow Episcopalians to a special celebration at the Convent on Sunday, August 17. The day will begin with tea with the Sisters at 4 pm. Tea will be followed by a festal celebration of Evensong and Benediction, which will inaugurate the 150th year of the founding of the Community of St. Mary. The Preacher for this inaugural celebration will be the Rev. Mark Michael, Rector of Christ Church, Cooperstown. (Clergy attending are invited to vest - white stole - and process). The service will be followed by the blessing of the new outside Stations of the Cross. The day will conclude with a barbecue on the Convent front lawn. This begins a very special year for the Community and it will be a joy to welcome our old friends and to make new ones on this special day. If you plan to attend any part of the day, please RSVP to Mother Miriam by phone at 518-692-3028 or by email by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?mmiriam .

Healing a Woman's Soul Fall Retreat
      Healing a Woman's Soul, a ministry for victims of domestic violence or other abuse, is holding their fall retreat, entitled Tools for the Journey: A Touch of Beauty from September 5th through the 6th at the Dominican Retreat Center, Rt. 7, Niskayuna, NY 12309. The cost is $110, however, scholarships are available on a first-come, first served basis. The retreat is open to all women. For additional information or to register, please contact Denise Moore, Retreat Coordinator, by calling 315-725-6504 or you can e-mail Healing a Woman's Soul Retreats by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?hawsretreat .

Benefit Concert for Deacon Brenda Nickles
      On Tuesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ann's Church, 37 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010 the husband/wife deacon team of Alan and MaryCarol Hart will perform a benefit concert for Deacon Brenda Nickles. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be taken with all donations given going to a fund for Deacon Brenda, who serves as Deacon Vicar at St. Luke's Church in Chatham. Brenda was diagnosed with cancer some time ago and thankfully underwent surgery which was completely successful, though some follow-up treatment is necessary. When this illness was diagnosed, Brenda did not have health insurance and consequently is facing some significant bills. There will also be a bake sale during and following the Harts' concert, with all proceeds also going to the fund for Deacon Brenda.       Healing Service

Guest Preacher - Rev. Art Peters
      The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, August 19th will be Rev. Art Peters, Priest-in-Charge at Trinity Church, Granville. Fr. Peters has been Priest-in-Charge since his ordination to the priesthood in March of 2012, serving as their Deacon Vicar from 2003 until 2012. He also has a full-time secular job as a floor covering salesman. Fr. Peters will be speaking on Our Journey Through Life as Mirrored in the Gospels. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available for purchase in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

New Consecration Guest Leader Training
      On Saturday, August 23rd from 9 am - 3 pm St. Mark's Church, 34 Elm Street, Malone, NY 12953 will be hosting Guest Leader Training for the New Consecration Sunday program. This training is intended for clergy or parish leaders who want to learn how to be the Guest Leader of this program. Please note this training is not intended for members of stewardship teams, but only those desiring to be Guest Leaders. For more information, contact Archdeacon Harvey Huth by calling (518 ) 765-4625 or e-mail him by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?hhuth . To register for the training session, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/NCSGuestLeaderTraining/GuestLdrRegForm.php . The registration deadline is 5:00 pm, Friday, August 15th.

International Leaders School of Ministry
      You are invited to a safe place where the Holy Spirit ministers to ministers and the hungry at heart. It's a life-changing school for leaders and people with a heart for ministry that is especially designed for full time ministers, those in any leadership role, or anyone in training for ministry with a desire to go deeper with the Lord. The class will be held September 2 - 5 at St. Michael's Church, 49 Killean Park, Albany, NY 12205. The classes are taught by leaders from Catch the Fire in Toronto. For an overview of this seminar, click http://www.stmichaelscolonie.org/content.cfm?id=133&announcement_id=39 . For more detailed information, including speaker biographies and a schedule, click http://stmichaelscolonie.org/content.cfm?id=133&announcement_id=41 .

Christian Formation Workshop
      It takes a lifetime to learn how to follow Jesus. Join Calvary Church, 85 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills, NY 12027 for a Christian formation workshop on Saturday, September 13th from 9 am til 3 pm. The workshop will explore some best practices for sharing the Christian faith across all generations. The workshop will also look at how to create sustainable programs across changes in leadership where both teachers and learners are fed. Doors will open at 8:30 am and lunch will be provided. The workshop is free, however a donation of $5 would be appreciated to help defray lunch costs. To register, call (518 ) 399-7230 or you can e-mail Calvary's Office Manager by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?bhlsofc .

Anglicans For Life Quasar Conference
      A quasar is an astronomical body that produces vast amounts of energy and is extremely luminous. Anglicans for Life's three-hour Quasar Conference energizes God's people to affirm life and shine the light of God's love on the culture of death in our society. On September 20th, from 9 am until noon, Christ Church, 970 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12307, will host a Quasar Conference. During the conference, Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life, will illuminate the truth of abortion and euthanasia in their cultural and spiritual context in Western culture. The last hour of the conference will discuss practical ways that your church can celebrate, protect, and honor life, ponder the question "Are these pastoral issues for the church?" along with focusing on developing and energizing ministry, education and advocacy to prevent abortion and assisted suicide, using God-centered outreach! For more information, click xxx http://christchurchschenectady.org/ .

Bible Symposium
      The annual Bible Symposium will be on Saturday, September 27th at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 Swan Street, Albany, NY. The speaker this year will be Dr. Garwood Anderson, Professor of New Testment and Greek at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Dr. Anderson's presentation is based on Romans 6-8 and is entitled, "What Then, Shall We Say? The Rest of the Gospel According to St. Paul." The symposium begins at 9:30 am and will conclude at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am. The cost is $20, and you can register by clicking http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/781586 .

Tent Meeting
      St. Luke's Church, 4 St. Luke's Place, Cambridge, NY 12816 is hosting a Tent Meeting Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7. The meeting features an exciting line-up of speakers including Pastor Dave Martin of Hope United Methodist Church in Troy, Pastor Brian Weeks of Solomon's Porch, Fall River, MA, Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church in Albany, and Father Nigel Mumford, of By His Wounds Christian Ministry, Virginia Beach, VA. The meeting will begin Friday at 6:00 pm and conclude with Holy Eucharist on Sunday at 9:00 am. For more information, click http://www.stlukescambridge.org/tent-meeting-information-page .

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, August 14, 2014

 

8/14/2014, #8, 3rd 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 us know you more so that we too ask for 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)
      Jesus, I admit it -- I too thirst for more of your living water. I long for the fount of water to spring up in me more and more.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship him. (John 4:23)
      Father, please help me by your Holy Spirit to worship you in spirit and truth.

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. 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 6:2-4)
      Holy Spirit, guide the leaders of this diocese and of our parishes so that they rightly use their time in prayer and the ministry of the word.

And teach me your statutes. I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies. (Psalm 119:124b-125)
      Holy Spirit, please help me share with others the testimony of what God the Father has done through Jesus to bring us to salvation.

WORD: I AM the Lord of the harvest; follow me.
WORD: Seek my face.
WORD: I want to give you more of my Holy Spirit.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Judges 14:1-19: Acts 6:15-7:16: John 4:27-42
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Judges 14:20-15:20: Acts 7:17-29: John 4:43-54

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 13 Diocese of Down and Dromore, Church of Ireland and Bishop Harold Miller The Rev’d James McDonald
14 Church of the Holy Spirit, Schenevus -The Rev’d Richard Knudson

Please watch this video of a sermon from my daughter Sarah's church in Manila, the Philippines: http://vimeo.com/103041562 It is entitled Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1).

***** Healing Eucharist on Saturday, August 16 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/

***** Rob Sutherland [in Australia]
We have just (last week) concluded our Warrior Welcome Home Retreat in Sydney which God blessed wonderfully.
Blessings Rob

***** Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, this Friday, August 15 @7pm for our monthly Prayer & Praise service. We begin with Worship, share in the Word, give and receive Prayer, and experience Holy Communion. Please come and join us, and bring a friend to this relaxed service. We desire to go deeper in our relationship.

***** ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Aug. 4, 2014; 10-11 a.m. ion front of our church on Division Street. James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

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

f,c -- NANCY -- Said "God bless you" after she took food and clothing she said she needs "to get by."

t -- WOMAN (no name) -- Came across the street and asked for a cross. We prayed a blessing on her but she did not seem to understand English. But .. she understood the cross and that we were praying for her.

t,f,c -- HUMBERTO -- First-time visitor to the table. Asked for prayer for his mother (no name) who is ill and for his own good health to continue.

f -- MARSHALL -- At one time a critic of our table, Marshall now comes nearly every week to talk with us. He usually takes one can of soup or spaghetti ... all he needs for that day, and saves the rest for others. He told us "I've got God in my life, so life is good."

t,t -- ALBERTO -- Very serious young man. Sat right down without our even asking, and asked for prayer " ... for people to be able to find jobs, for my family and for me to have more faith." Whew!

c,f,t -- DONNA -- Distance runner who often stops by at the end of her runs through and around Amsterdam. Asked for prayer for her husband JOE who is seriously ill.

t,f,c,a -- ANGIE -- Asked for prayer for good health and prosperity. We prayed for God to give her the things she needs, not necessarily what she wants. HIS will be done.

f,c -- BOB -- This older man has been coming by regularly each week and takes food and clothing. He is a very big man so we seldom have anything his size. We prayed for continued good health after recent heart problems.

t,f,c -- GEORGIANA -- She requested prayers for peace in the world and for healing within the church.

a,t -- VIRGINIA --Sat down just as we were about to close down and she asked for prayer for her friend CHERI, who is having an operation soon.

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(Monday, Aug. 11, 2014; 9:45-11 a.m. in front of our church. Very steamy, hot day near 90. John Banfield, James Bryant, Lionel Gibbs and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

a,f,c -- REBECCA --She comes almost every week and she was waiting for us to open the table. In fact, she was the very FIRST person to ever come to our Prayer Table when it first opened on July 9, 2012. She asked for prayer this time for her nephew MICHAEL -- the two-year-old boy who was beaten and had his leg broken by a man who is not a member of the family. (This was in newspaper and TV reports last weekend.) This was the saddest story I have ever heard at any prayer table anywhere. We prayed at length for healing for this little boy and for peace for Rebecca, who often takes care of him and sometimes even brings him to the table. Please keep this boy and this family in your prayers!

t,f,c -- EDWIN and young family -- Asked for a blessing on him and his family.

t -- SUSAN -- Recently told us a neighbor's dog needed better care and asked us to look into it. We did, and the city police are observing the situation and say he is not being mistreated. We prayed for the animal's continued safety and health, anyway.

t -- ED -- Man who often comes by for a few cans of food and checks out the clothing. This time he walked right to to the table, scooped up one of the crosses and smiled. He declined prayer and everything else but said "I've got this; this is all I want; this is all I need today!"

ETHEL -- This older woman hasn't been at the table very often recently but has been coming off and on since we began. She calls us "The street angels" and hugs us and thanks us for being "out here for the people." She never accepts a thing even though we know she is needy.

f,c -- SHERRY -- Sherry has been coming to the table for prayer for neck and back pain for about as year. After we prayed for her continued healing, she took some food and clothing and also asked for some cardboard boxes to help her when she moves to another community soon.

f,t,c -- CONSUELA -- This Spanish-speaking woman came with another woman (no name) who told us Consuela is "very sick" and needs prayer. We prayed for healing for Consuela.

MAN -- (no name) --- Walked to the table with a carton of green and yellow squash to give to people at the table. How nice of him!

f -- BOB -- The large man who comes every week came for prayer again.

t,f,c -- ANGIE (Different from the Angie of last week) -- She came to the table for the first time and asked for prayers for herself and her sons JODEN and RYAN (who were with her) and her daughter CHASTITY (who was not with them.)

f,c -- DONNA -- The distance runner we mentioned in last week's account was just finishing up a 22-mile run! After she caught her breath a bit, we prayed for her safety and preservation as she runs through town.

***** Welcome Home Initiative - Oct 20-22

A three day healing retreat for military veterans and spouses of those veterans who have served their country in combat and may be suffering in varying degrees from Post-Traumatic Stress or Moral Injury and are in need of Soul Repair. The Welcome Home Initiative© is designed to bring awareness of the hidden impact of combat service while assuring veterans and spouses of a welcoming and safe place to accomplish essential spiritual and emotional healing.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, churches, and other organizations, there is no cost for a combat veteran or their spouse to attend a Welcome Home Initiative©
Retreat. We offer this program to thank them for their service to our country.

For more information or to register for this unique retreat, email
breid@ctkcenter.org, or call (518 ) 692-9550 ext. 112.

***** Donna in Ghana Intercessors August 2014

Long time since I wrote, I am sorry. It seems when I need prayer the most, I get a little “frozen” and can’t write. Thank you for continuing to lift me up when the Lord brings me to your mind and heart even when I do not write.

Personally for me: I just finished with a bout of malaria. Praise the Lord that I do not get it very often a lot less than many people I know. Pray that I get my full pep back, for some reason not quite up to speed yet. I am supposed to take iron, but caffeine, calcium, and food block its absorption, o it is hard to find a time to take it! Added to that, I am not sleeping well. Part of this is anticipation of the changes to come, but I also feel a sense of increased spiritual warfare. So, I could use prayer for full health, good restful sleep, and spiritual peace and rest.

For Ghana and for Donna in Ghana: Things are very difficult for Ghana right now. The economy is doing very poorly. The money has depreciated and prices have risen drastically over this past year. Businesses are closing and the government I not doing well. Some of you might be aware that the Ghanaian World Cup soccer players embarrassed the country by demanding that their pay be sent to them in Barcelona. It was not a good thing to do publically, but there was reason for them to be concerned that they might not see what they were promised. The government is not reimbursing the hospitals for health care, so hospitals are no longer accepting the national health insurance. Since my income is from the US in dollars, I have not had it as difficult as many. But recently there has been another increase in fuel prices, resulting in increases across the board. This one will be a real struggle because salaries have to be increased substantially, in addition to the increase in prices for everything the ministry does related to education and the IAM Bible schools, not to mention my living costs.

Upcoming move: I feel good about how things are going here in Sunyani and am confident it will continue to be so when I move. But still continue to pray for Ps. Joe and as he assumes more of the duties of the NGO and IAM Bible school. Pray for all the arrangements and finances for the move in October. I am currently involved in the new work mentally, making arrangements, etc., and spiritually though not physically yet. Pray that all the pieces fall into place. A seven person team is coming on 9/30 for 2 weeks and will work to make the place ready for me to move in, as well as see to the government requirements to get the ministry going again. Pray for Pastor Gerrie and this team from Titian Ministries in Canada, for the fundraising they are doing and all the preparatory arrangements they have to make. I will be with them then return to Sunyani for my things. I plan on moving around 10/23. Right after I move, a young couple whom I knew at Pinecrest Bible Training Center and are ministry supporters, are coming for 6 weeks to help me settle in! Pray for Jon and Rebecca Carella as they are currently applying for a visa. A lot of activity and a lot to coordinate, but full of blessings from the Lord!

Ministry planning meeting: Ps. Joe, Ps. Ransford, and I are the directors of IAM-Ghana, the NGO (Nongovernmental organization, like a non-profit agency). Most of the ministry I have been doing as “Donna in Ghana,” except some of my speaking, falls under this NGO. We are going to spend time in prayer and discussion on Friday, 8/22, to set goals and priorities for the ministry. We already et in preparation so we can come already spiritually prepared to discuss what we see the Lord doing and hear Him saying. Pray for us as we prepare and also pray for us on 8/22. The essential work will not change, but we need to have a planned approach to moving forward.

Babies: Please pray for the following pastors who have been married for a while and want children but have not yet had any. Pastor Joe; 2 other pastors from the church – Pastor Matthew and Pastor Eric; two IAM Bible school teachers – Pastor Stephen and Pastor Sam; and Appiah, my other “son.”

I believe that is all for now. I appreciate hearing from you if you receive any words or impressions in prayer! May the Lord bless you for your care and faithfulness!

Love and blessings, Donna

***** Mudge Making a Difference Prayer Mail for Tuesday, August 12
Dear partners in prayer, This is our public prayer mail for August 12.
This week's selective overview:
      Dates have been tentatively confirmed for the first ordinations in Belize in several years, in late September, as well as for the pre-ordination retreat (I may be serving in the role of Spiritual Director for the retreat), pending the final documents from the candidates.
      Work continues for the preparation of upcoming course materials.
      Preparation continues for "move week", all next week.
      I will continue to maintain a base of operations in the Diocese of Albany for some time to come. Therefore, Sunday visits to parishes in the Diocese of Albany continue after the move, and I have been asked to make a presentation at the upcoming mission conference in the Diocese of Albany.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for the mission work in Belize, the translation of the online course work into Spanish for Belize and surrounding countries, and the on-going work of the Spanish version of the Book of Common Prayer for the Church in the Province of the West Indies.
      2) Pray for my part in the ordination process, as the ordination date gets closer.
      3) Pray for my course preparation work for the next on-line course that I plan to teach, beginning August 30th and lasting to mid-October: "What God has been doing in Anglicanism" (Anglican Church History/Liturgy).
      4) Pray also for my upcoming mission conference presentation.
      5) Pray for our transition to Manchester over the course of the next three weeks, and for Julie's transition to new responsibilities as staff hospital chaplain at two area hospitals. Pray for peace, effectiveness, love, joy, and creativity.
      God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 

8/12/2014, #7, 3rd Quarter 2014

Please watch this video of a sermon from my daughter Sarah's church in Manila, the Philippines: http://vimeo.com/103041562 It is entitled Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1).

WORD: I want to give you more of my Holy Spirit.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Judges 13:1-15: Acts 5:27-42: John 3:22-36
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Judges 13:15-24: Acts 6:1-15: John 4:1-26

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 12 St. Paul’s Church, Schenectady - The Rev’d Harold Reed

***** Healing Eucharist on Saturday, August 16 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/

Albany Intercessor


Monday, August 11, 2014

 

8/11/2014, #6, 3rd Quarter 2014

Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us take Jesus' words to heart. Bring everyone in this diocese to a new birth in you.

But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." (John 3:21)
      Jesus, help me bring all my deeds into your light. Thank you.

But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life." (Acts 5:19-20)
      Father, give us the courage to go and speak whatever your messengers or your Holy Spirit give us to say.

He shall cry to me, 'You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.' (Psalm 89:26)
      Father, help us know you as David did: as our Father, our God, and the rock of our salvation.

Blessed be the LORD forevermore! Amen and Amen. (Psalm 89:52)
      Amen and Amen!

John 3:3, WORD: Pray for my people to desire a new birth in me.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Judges 12:1-7: Acts 5:12-26: John 3:1-21
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Judges 13:1-15: Acts 5:27-42: John 3:22-36

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 11 St. George’s, Schenectady - The Rev’d Paul Blanch, The Rev’d Cn Delos Wampler

***** Healing Eucharist on Saturday, August 16 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/

***** SAVE THE DATE! -- On Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ann's of Amsterdam, the husband/wife deacon team of Alan and MaryCarol Hart will perform live music at "The Concert for Deacon Brenda." The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to a fund for Deacon Brenda Nickles, who serves the Albany Episcopal Diocese as deacon vicar at St. Luke's Church in Chatham. (Brenda was diagnosed with cancer some time ago and thankfully underwent surgery which was completely successful. Brenda is back at work and although usual radiation or the chemotherapy is not required, shes does need to have several followup treatments. When this illness was diagnosed, Brenda did not have health insurance and consequently is facing some significant bills. There will be a bake sale during/following the Harts' concert, again with all proceeds going to the fund for Brenda. The Harts will be performing many original tunes written by Alan, plus many familiar folk and popular favorites of theirs from other singer/songwriters. Come one, come all!

***** From: Carol MacNaughton, Friday, August 8, 2014 12:50 PM
International Leaders School of Ministry - A Four Day School of the Heart
September 2 –5 St. Michael’s Church, Colonie
      You are invited to a safe place where the Holy Spirit ministers to the ministers and hungry at heart. It’s a life changing School for Leaders and people with a heart for ministry that is especially designed for full time ministers, any leadership roles, or anyone in training for ministry with a desire to go deeper with the Lord.
      Classes: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday –Friday additional evening session on Wednesday
      Speakers: Steve and Sandra Long -Senior Leader of ‘Catch The Fire -Toronto’ Jeremy & Connie Sinnot–Associate Pastors / Worship Leaders at ‘Catch the Fire - Toronto’ Dan Slade -International Coordinator for Partners in Harvest (PIH). Ralph and IngerBeisner–former staff at ‘Catch The Fire –Toronto. Now the East Coast coordinators for the Partners in Harvest network of churches.
      $150 per person
      $ 75 per person Student registration
      No meals or childcare provided.
      Additional information: http://www.stmichaelscolonie.org/

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, August 10, 2014

 

8/10/2014, #5, 3rd Quarter 2014

The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
      LORD, I need your strength, your blessing and your peace.

WORD: Pray for my blessing, peace and strength.
WORD: No matter what happens, praise me.
Psalm 92:14, WORD: Look to me for fruitfulness.
WORD: Seek me; seek my face.
WORD: Pray for a revival among my people as they surrender their hearts to me.
WORD: Remember that I AM your strength--there is no other.
Psalm 80:19, WORD: Come to me and let me restore you.

Daily Lectionary
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Judges 11:1-11,29-40: 2 Cor. 11:21b-31: Mark 4:35-41
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Judges 12:1-7: Acts 5:12-26: John 3:1-21
Holy Communion
29; Jonah 2:1-9; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 10 Programming at the Spiritual Life Center 11

***** Healing Eucharist on Saturday, August 16 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/

***** SAVE THE DATE! -- On Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ann's of Amsterdam, the husband/wife deacon team of Alan and MaryCarol Hart will perform live music at "The Concert for Deacon Brenda." The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to a fund for Deacon Brenda Nickles, who serves the Albany Episcopal Diocese as deacon vicar at St. Luke's Church in Chatham. (Brenda was diagnosed with cancer some time ago and thankfully underwent surgery which was completely successful. Brenda is back at work and although usual radiation or the chemotherapy is not required, shes does need to have several followup treatments. When this illness was diagnosed, Brenda did not have health insurance and consequently is facing some significant bills. There will be a bake sale during/following the Harts' concert, again with all proceeds going to the fund for Brenda. The Harts will be performing many original tunes written by Alan, plus many familiar folk and popular favorites of theirs from other singer/songwriters. Come one, come all!

***** From: Carol MacNaughton, Friday, August 8, 2014 12:50 PM
International Leaders School of Ministry - A Four Day School of the Heart

September 2 –5 St. Michael’s Church, Colonie

You are invited to a safe place where the Holy Spirit ministers to the ministers and hungry at heart. It’s a life changing School for Leaders and people with a heart for ministry that is especially designed for full time ministers, any leadership roles, or anyone in training for ministry with a desire to go deeper with the Lord.

Classes: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday –Friday
additional evening session on Wednesday

Speakers: Steve and Sandra Long -Senior Leader of ‘Catch The Fire -Toronto’
Jeremy & Connie Sinnot–Associate Pastors / Worship Leaders at ‘Catch the Fire - Toronto’
Dan Slade -International Coordinator for Partners in Harvest (PIH).
Ralph and IngerBeisner–former staff at ‘Catch The Fire –Toronto. Now the East Coast coordinators for the Partners in Harvest network of churches.

$150 per person
$ 75 per person Student registration
No meals or childcare provided.

Additional information: http://www.stmichaelscolonie.org/

***** From: Noel Dawes, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:19 AM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Retreat, SLC Greenwich, Oct 19-22

Dear WHI Hosts,

As you may remember we are holding a Welcome Home Initiative Retreat at the Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY from October 19-22. The formal program starts with lunch on Mon, Oct 20 and ends with lunch on Wed, Oct 22. Accommodation is available from Oct 19th. Please mark your calendars NOW if you have not already done so. Bishop Dan Herzog has asked me to lead the retreat. Fr. Nigel Mumford is not able to be present at the retreat due to other engagements in his calendar.

We plan to open registration for participants in the next week or so. We are already aware of about 7 or 8 folk Veterans who have expressed a desire to come. Most of them have not attended a previous retreat.

***** Saturday, August 9, 2014, 2014 mission happenings

Here are the three things happening in 2014 involving people interested in missions.

September 13 Missions Committee meeting at St. George's Church, Clifton Park, 10:00 - 12:00 everyone is invited. refreshments served

November 1 Missions workshop several presenters, both long term and short, term mission projects. 8:00 - 1:00 more details to follow.

December 6 Missions Committee meeting 10: - 12:00 may be a conference, call arrangement. More later

Spread the word to all those around you. You never know who God is whispering
to get involved in some way with missions, near and far.
Tom Gizara

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer, Sat, Aug 9, 2014

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)

God of hope, we thank You for the joy and peace that comes from trusting in You. We thank You for the gift of your Holy Spirit that makes all things in your will possible and which brings so much hope.

Father God, we thank You for your Son Jesus Christ and the ultimate gift that He offers to us.

Father God, we thank You for the joy and peace which Father Shaw Mudge obtains as he believes in You and plugs into the power of the Holy Spirit as he does his mission work for the people of Belize. Thank You for the hope that the Anglicans in Belize now have because of the ordination of new priests and other fruit of Father Shaw’s ministry.

We pray for continuing inspiration, hope, joy and peace for Father Shaw and his family as they proceed on the journey that You have willed for them. We pray for the move to Manchester CT, for the continued affiliation with the Diocese of Albany, for the mission work in Belize, for the development of the course about Anglican church history and the preparations for the trip to Belize in late September.

We ask for peace, effectiveness, love, joy and creativity for Father Shaw and his whole family.

Amen.

***** Dear partners in prayer, This is our public prayer mail for August 6, The Transfiguration.
This week's selective overview:
      Dates have been tentatively set for the first ordinations in Belize in several years, to sometime in late September.
      I prepare for teaching my next on-line course, beginning in a few weeks.
      Meanwhile, the transition to Connecticut continues as our new base of operations shifts. Julie has finished her CPE program in Hartford, CT, and now focuses primarily on the two hospitals in Rockville and Manchester.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for the mission work in Belize, the translation of the online course work into Spanish for Belize and surrounding countries, and the on-going work of the Spanish version of the Book of Common Prayer for the Church in the Province of the West Indies.
      2) Pray for my course preparation work for the next on-line course that I plan to teach, beginning August 30th and lasting to mid-October: "What God has been doing in Anglicanism" (Anglican Church History/Liturgy).
      3) Pray for our transition to Manchester over the course of the next few weeks, and for Julie's new responsibilities as staff hospital chaplain at two area hospitals. Pray for peace, effectiveness, love, joy, and creativity.
      God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:00 - 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) -- He is suffering from peripheral neuropathy. His granddaughter Camille had her first pain free day last Sunday. Since then she has experienced mild pain from the Lyme's disease. They have taken the picc out.

Dan (staff) -- There was peace this week at the evening meals at the Schenectady City Mission. He is going camping at Lake Sacandaga.

199 Antonio (resident at the Mission) -- "I love Jesus. Pray for all God's children."

+Sue (woman) -- Pray for good weather. She is going to have cataract surgery.

Josh (young man) -- His child is still with Child Protective Services. He was arrested which caused his child to be taken.

Tobias (regular on State St.) -- He has moved to Cohoes but is still going to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Schenectady. He prayed for a clear path for him and for his pastor.

Gary (staff) -- He asked prayer for his son Chris and his fiancée Suzy and for his other son Josh.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans, Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+--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

State St.

Sherry (young woman) -- She asked prayer for her kids.

Cynthia (young woman) -- She asked prayer that she would "get my kids back."

+ NT Walter (man) -- He was raised as an Anglican in Guyana and is now going to a Lutheran church. He gave his life to Jesus and accepted the forgiveness of his sins.

+Jessica (young woman) -- We prayed for her and her baby Aidan.

+Donna (woman) -- She was on her way to work.

++Deborah (regular) -- She is now back in Schenectady and living with a friend until she can find an apartment she can afford. We prayed for that and that her Social Security payments would get cleared up.

Steve (man) -- We prayed for his business to prosper.

+ NT James (man) -- We prayed for his one-year-old son Alexia who has been having seizures. James confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

+Liz (woman) -- She asked prayer that things "would get better" and that she would be able to get a car.

+ NT Lucas (man) -- He is struggling with alcohol addiction. He is in a program. He gave his life to Jesus and accepted the forgiveness of his sins.

+Margie (woman) -- She asked prayer for her sister who has had a loss in her family.

+Jackie (older woman) -- She asked prayer for "a way out of loneliness". She asked Jesus to come into her heart.

++Travis (young man) -- He asked prayer for his fiancée and for his kids and family. He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness. "I feel so much better now."

+David (man) -- "Loneliness."

Albany St.

+Priest (man) -- He asked prayer for guidance in his life.

+Beshem (man) -- He asked prayer to be rid of the evil spirits in his life and for a closer relationship with God.

+Ervin (man) -- He asked prayer for the pain in his feet.

+Angel (woman) -- She asked prayer that she would get back to church.

+Estelle (woman) -- She wanted peace for Pastor John and for healing.

+Sandy (woman) -- She asked prayer for peace and strength.

+Ashante (woman) -- She asked prayer for healing of her legs.

Albany Intercessor


Monday, August 04, 2014

 

8/4/2014, #4, 3rd Quarter 2014

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
      Jesus, let your light penetrate and drive away the darkness that surrounds and attacks us.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5)
      Jesus, let your light shine forth in my darkness and overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. (John 1:6-9)
      Holy Spirit help us bear witness to the light of Jesus as John did.

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:36-39)
      Father, help us share the gospel in such a way that the Holy Spirit will move in people's hearts and bring them to repentance. Thank you.

And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:40-47)
      Holy Spirit, restore this apostolic life to your church today. Save us from this perverse generation.

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:19)
      Restore us, LORD!

Psalm 80:19, WORD: Come to me and let me restore you.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Judges 6:25-40: Acts 2:37-47: John 1:1-18
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Judges 7:1-18: Acts 3:1-11: John 1:19-28

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 4 Christ the King Spiritual Life Center with its Barry House Library

***** Mudge Making a Difference Prayer Mail for Wed. August 6
Dear partners in prayer, This is our public prayer mail for August 6, The Transfiguration.
This week's selective overview:
      Dates have been tentatively set for the first ordinations in Belize in several years, to sometime in late September.
      I prepare for teaching my next on-line course, beginning in a few weeks.
      Meanwhile, the transition to Connecticut continues as our new base of operations shifts. Julie has finished her CPE program in Hartford, CT, and now focuses primarily on the two hospitals in Rockville and Manchester.
Prayer requests:
      1) Pray for the mission work in Belize, the translation of the online course work into Spanish for Belize and surrounding countries, and the on-going work of the Spanish version of the Book of Common Prayer for the Church in the Province of the West Indies.
      2) Pray for my course preparation work for the next on-line course that I plan to teach, beginning August 30th and lasting to mid-October: "What God has been doing in Anglicanism" (Anglican Church History/Liturgy).
      3) Pray for our transition to Manchester over the course of the next few weeks, and for Julie's new responsibilities as staff hospital chaplain at two area hospitals. Pray for peace, effectiveness, love, joy, and creativity.
      God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia.
I pray for you, everyday. Your prayers are making a difference. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, August 03, 2014

 

8/3/2014, #3, 3rd Quarter 2014

When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:13-14)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to compassion for the lost and the least. As Jesus, did, help us heal the sick.

When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." (Matthew 14:15-16)
      Je3sus, help us heed your words and give what we have.

And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." He said, "Bring them here to Me." (Matthew 14:17-18 )
      Father, please give us a heart to bring what we have to Jesus.

Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:19-21)
      Jesus, help us look to our Father in heaven as you did and bless what we have to provide for your people. Thank you.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
      Holy Spirit, help us take these words to heart when we are weary and discouraged. Thank you.

My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Psalm 78:1-4)
      Father, I bless all those who minister the gospel to children and youths. Give many in this diocese a heart to reach out to the next generation by telling all the wonderful works you have done.

Words received recently:
WORD: Look to me for help in sharing the gospel.
Psalm 75:5, WORD: My people have become stiff-necked and will no longer take my yoke upon them.

Daily Lectionary
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Judges 6:1-24: 2 Cor. 9:6-15: Mark 3:20-30
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Judges 6:25-40: Acts 2:37-47: John 1:1-18
Holy Communion
78:1-29 or 78:14-20,23-25; Nehemiah 9:16-20; Romans 8:35-39; Matthew 14:13-21

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 3 St. John’s Church, Troy – The Rev’d Stephen Schlossberg, The Rev’d Paul Carney, The Rev’d Sandra Tatem

***** Prayer Table Report, Trinity Watervliet, August 2, 2014, Prayer Team: Jeanne Gizara and Donna Hollar

Dan Schultz: He asked for general blessings. He played the harmonica for us and drew a sunshine picture captioned “Smile Watervliet.”

Deborah: for safety on her trip to California; for her friend Tom Healy, who recently died that he is with Jesus.

Steve Dresssel: for God’s grace and that there would be a special gift of love today and that all would have a great future.

Mother, toddler and baby walking by: blessings

Kevin: further improvement on his hurt foot. He was told that he would never walk again, but there he was, walking past us with an orthopedic boot. He gives God the glory.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:10 - 10:30 a.m. Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko, Steve Evans, Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert and Julie Rickson on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Albany St.

+Carmen -- homeless, needs provisions for her life, finances, food.

+Navesha (prostitute) -- no job, drinking

+Mooie Desire (prostitute) -- For new life

+Dorotyy -- for provisions for her life, for children.

State St.

Naru (man, blind in one eye and missing part of left arm) -- We prayed for restoration of his eye and arm.

Laurant (man) -- "Hit and Run" prayer

Theresa (woman) -- She asked prayer for Ralph in Minnesota. Both of them had severe abuse in childhood. They were engaged but that broke up because he was abusive

+Ed (man, drunk) -- He had missed his bus.

++Chester (man, 60) -- He needs help from God to stop drinking.

+Mark (man) -- He fell on his back and is in a lot of pain.

+Mike (man) -- He asked prayer for "me and my family."

Jarret (11 year old boy) with heart problems. He had 3 heart surgeries by the age of 5.

+Danny (man) -- "I want to make a new beginning." He recommitted his life to Jesus.

(woman) -- She asked prayer for her mom, Bonmati, who is very sick. The woman said, "I'm a Hindu. I believe in Jesus. There is only one God."

***** CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD MEAL, July 27, 2014 – Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo

+ - Cross
R - Sharon brought us some of her “Jesus” rocks (which she painted) to give to people as a remembrance that Jesus is our rock solid foundation.

+/R – Shawn asked that he be able to stay straight. Asked for prayer for Alicia who is pregnant and using drugs.

R – Julie asked for prayer for protection for her granddaughter Maria who is in boot camp.

+ - Sharon is seeing a surgeon in August to schedule surgery for her arm which was broken a year ago. Pray the Lord guide, direct and give the surgeon discernment as he repairs the break. She has been experiencing pain all over her body and asked for relief and healing.

Kevin – Sharon sees him collecting bottles on the street, doesn’t know if he is homeless, but asked for us to pray for him.

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