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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

 

9/3/2014, #18, 3rd Quarter 2014

"For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. (Job 14:7-9)

      Lord Jesus, bring new life to your church. Let the river of your Spirit water it. Let it bring forth new buds and leaves.

My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. (Psalm 119:25)
      Holy Spirit, revive me; revive your church.

How precious is your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your pleasures. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:7-9)
      Father, help me drink from the river of your pleasures and from your fountain of life. Thank you.

There the workers of iniquity have fallen; they have been cast down and are not able to rise. (Psalm 36:12)
      My father was a "wandering Aramean" (Dt 26:6 RSV), but you have given me a home in you. Thank you.

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. (Job 13:15a)
      LORD, I put my trust in you no matter what happens.

WORD: Cry out to me and I will hear you.
WORD: I AM your strength and your high tower. I AM your refuge at all times.
WORD: Look to me and I will renew your strength.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Job 12:1,14:1-22: Acts 12:18-25: John 8:47-59
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Job 16:16-22,17:1,13-16: Acts 13:1-12: John 9:1-17

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 1 All students beginning a new term at school; The Rev’d Dawn Skramstad
2 Postulant and Candidate Retreat (September 13-15); The Rev’d Gregory Bailey;
3 To bring Christ into our daily work; The Rev’d Albert Moser 4

***** Diocesan Update September 2, 2014
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

Women's Retreat - Caring for the Temple
      Refresh, recharge, and reconnect with our Lord October 10-12 at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center! Take this opportunity to be fed, pampered, and infused with biblical wisdom to care for your entire being. Prayer, nutrition, and fitness comprise a holistic approach to complete health and are the foundation of this retreat. You will return home empowered by the Holy Spirit and with recipes, exercise and fitness strategies, and cutting edge nutritional information. This retreat is limited to 25 participants. Cost is $245 double occupancy or $300 single occupancy (includes all meals).

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.

Missions Workshop
      On November 1st, 2014, St. Stephen's, 16 Elsmere Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 will be hosting a missions workshop. The workshop starts with refreshments and registration from 8:00 - 9:00 am. The keynote speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Shaw Mudge, a long-term missionary in the Diocese of Albany. His topic will be problems that both short- and long-term missionaries suffer from after returning from a mission trip or project. There will also be several reports from people who have been on a mission trip or project in the last year and a half. The workshop will conclude around 1:00 pm. Healing Center at CtK

Healing Service Guest Preacher - The Ven. Dr. Christopher A. Brown
      The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, September 9th will be The Ven. Dr. Christopher A. Brown, Rector of Trinity Church, Potsdam. Healing prayer has been a part of the life of Trinity Church for over twenty-five years. Fr. Brown is the Canon Theologian of the diocese, and is deeply committed to the call to "account for the hope that is in you." He served parishes in New York City and Westchester County before coming to the Diocese of Albany in 2000. 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.

Welcome Home Intiative
      The Healing Ministry at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center will host a Welcome Home Initiative Monday, October 20 through Wednesday October 22. WHI is a three-day healing retreat for military veterans and spouses of those veterans who have served their country in combat and may be suffering to varying degrees from Post-Traumatic Stress or moral injury and are in need of soul repair. The format of the program helps veterans and spouses understand the hidden impact of combat and provides a safe place for their emotional healing. This essential spiritual and emotional healing is a complement to healing received from psychiatric and social services. Teaching, discussion, and prayer are the major components of the program. The connections and friendships that are formed during these retreats are outstanding and lasting. Participants find equal footing and experience camaraderie regardless of service. There is no charge for a combat veteran or their spouse to attend a Welcome Home Initiative Retreat. For more information or to register, contact Brenda Reid at (518 ) 692-9550 x 112 or e-mail her by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?breid

Healing Service in Ballston Spa
      On Tuesday, September 16th, from 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Christ Church, 15 W High St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 will be hosting a healing service. The preacher will be the Rev. Neal Longe, Rector of St. Ann's in Amsterdam. There will be worship, testimonies and healing prayer. Join us for a Spirit-filled time of worship!

Parish Nurse Preparation Courses
      Throughout scripture, God calls people of faith to healing. Parish Nurses and Parish Health Ministers integrate the practices of faith and nursing and help build, sustain, and enhance healing ministries. Parish Nurses and Parish Health Ministers are one of the best ways a congregation can promote health and wholeness to the community. If you are interested in starting a Health Ministry at your parish, two courses are being offered for Parish Nurses/Parish Health Ministers:
Warrensburg Course
Dates      Times      Place
            
September 5 & 6
Sept. 19
Sept. 20      
9 am - 5 pm
9 am - 5 pm
9 am - 7 pm       Church of the Holy Cross
3764 Main Street
Warrensburg, NY 12885
            
Ogdensburg Course
Dates      Times      Place
October 18 & 25
November 1 & 8      
8 am - 5 pm
8 am - 5 pm      Wadhams Hall
6866 State Highway 37
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
For more information, contact Micki Thomas by phone at (518 ) 692-2753, or you may e-mail her by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?mthomas

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 http://christchurchschenectady.org/

Albany Intercessor


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