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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

***** 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

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