Friday, August 15, 2014
8/15/2014, #9, 3rd Quarter 2014
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.
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/ .
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 .
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 .