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Monday, September 29, 2014


9/29/2014, #28, 3rd Quarter 2014

When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." (Luke 5:4)
      Jesus, please give each disciple in this diocese the courage to "launch out into the deep" for a catch of souls.

But Simon answered and said to him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net." (Luke 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, please give us this same obedience to your word: that even in the face of previous discouragement we will still "let down our nets".

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:6)
      Bring in the catch of souls you have planned for us, Jesus.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Father, please give us a spirit of cooperation to bring in the catch.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" (Luke 5:8 )
      Father, help us bring our sinfulness to Jesus as Simon Peter did.

Then I will sow her for myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not my people, 'You are my people!' And they shall say, 'You are my God!' " (Hosea 2:23)
      You are my God! Thank you for your mercy!

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help me make your faithfulness known to all generations: to young and old alike.

Psalm 89:1 WORD: Make my faithfulness known to others.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23: Acts 20:17-38: Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 29 Episcopal Charities

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

***** You are invited to Saint Ann's Episcopal Church's event: Benefit Concert for Dcn. Brenda Nickles. Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30pm at Saint Ann's Episcopal Church, Amsterdam, NY

***** Christ The King Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, SEPT 30 at 10:00 a.m.
      St. Michael's and All Angels Chapel, (formerly the Main Chapel)
      ANGELS: Flighty Idea or Spiritual Reality ?
      Angels are Popular, from pop culture to personal perception.
      Bishop Dan Herzog will look at Angels (good and bad) in the Bible, popular piety, public worship and Christian theology. Angels and demons are spread across the pages of the Old and New Testaments. They are part of cosmic life, Israel's history and the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture, Teaching; opportunity for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer ministry, and Reconciliation.
      Bishop Dan was bishop of Albany from 1997-2007 after serving as a parish priest in rural, small town and inner-city churches. He and Carol have been married for nearly 50 years. He invites you to come and bring a friend and experience the healing touch of Jesus.
      Buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.
      Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, located at 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, N.Y. 12834 (518 )-692-9550

***** Shaw Mudge, Mudge Making a Difference Prayer Mail for Tuesday, September 30
Dear partners in prayer,
      I am writing this on September 28, with prayers for September 30.
      I have arrived in Belize, and co-led a retreat with Bishop Philip about 4 miles from the Guatemalan border, for people being ordained deacons on Monday. Today, I represented SAMS at the installation of David Alenskis, as Rector of St. Andrew's in San Ignacio, and then we proceeded to St. Hilda's in Santa Helena where I played a part in the consecration of the church bell and celebrated Holy Communion at the Sunday service. I am now in Belize City. Later today, the ordination rehearsal. Tomorrow, the ordinations in Belize City.
      When holding a retreat in the jungle part of Belize, it is always heartwarming to know what to do when possibly encountering the local wildlife while walking around out here. It is the rainy season. Scorpions, usually dry season. Not much to worry about at the moment. Vipers (very deadly) and Boa constrictors (just likely to ignore you). Let them do their job and they won't bother you. Tarantulas, not in the immediate area, not the deadly type, but like scorpions can pack a whallop. Stinging ants. Not much one can do about them. But a surprising lack of mosquitoes, so concern about Dengue fever and Malaria are minimal. So far, so good.
Prayer requests:
      1) Continue to pray for the Mudges especially for me on this trip, parish visitations in the U.S., the Anglican course which is underway, and that I would be a fruitful servant for the Kingdom of God.
      2) Pray for Julie and Lydia while I am away. We seem to have a rash of things happening, that I would rather not have happen. Have to get a new computer, for example. My 2008 casing took a hit in my travel to Belize. It still works, but it is on its last legs.
      3) Pray for the upcoming Albany mission workshop presentation on November 1, on re-entering the home environment.
      4) Pray for a speedy sale of our dwelling in the Albany area. Keep praying for God's buyer.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia.

Albany Intercessor

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