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Sunday, November 23, 2014


11/21/2014, #11, 4th Quarter 2014

Then he spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.' " Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge his own elect who cry out day and night to him, though he bears long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:1-8 )
      Jesus, please help me pray according to the mind of your Spirit. I want to pray in a way that makes a difference for the kingdom. Thank you.

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, bring me to the patience and perseverance that produces results in prayer.

And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness (Malachi 3:5a)
      LORD, your witness is true.

Against sorcerers, (Malachi 3:5b)
      LORD, bring to repentance, deliverance, and new life all those caught up in the occult.

Against adulterers, (Malachi 3:5c)
      LORD, restore marriage and family life in this land.

Against perjurers, (Malachi 3:5d)
      LORD, let your truth prevail.

Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, (Malachi 3:5e)
      LORD, hear the cry of those who are oppressed.

And against those who turn away an alien-- (Malachi 3:5f)
      LORD, help us remember that we too were once aliens who were far away from your kingdom. Transform the debate over immigration by your word and your Spirit.

Because they do not fear me," Says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:5g)
      LORD, give us a right understanding of who you are and your authority and majesty.

WORD: Pray for my word to burn in your heart.
WORD: Keep seeking me. Keep seeking my word for you.
WORD: Accept my love for you.
WORD: I have called you -- return to me with thanksgiving.
WORD: Look to me -- I AM your hope and your strength.
WORD: Come into my arms -- I AM waiting for you.
WORD: You are in my care -- give all your fears to me.
WORD: Cry out to me for my little ones who are being led astray.
WORD: Seek my face -- turn to me and I will turn to you.
Psalm 78:72, WORD: Let me be the shepherd of your heart.
      Lord Jesus, Son of David, shepherd me.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Mal. 3:1-12; James 5:7-12; Luke 18:1-8
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Mal. 3:13-4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14;

      Notes from the Front Lines

NOVEMBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
11 Bishop William Love and for all veterans The Rev’d Michael Jones
12 Parish Healing Ministry
13 The Rev’d Linda Servetas
14 Thanksgiving for the Holy Scriptures
15 For Increase in the Daughters of the King The Rev’d Allen Peyton
16 Thanksgiving for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit The Rev’d Mark Diebel
17 The Venerable Barbara Hanstine
18 Vocations of young Adults to Holy Orders and the Religious Life
19 The work of the Salvation Army
20 For Christ to truly reign in all our hearts
21 All Missionaries far away from home

***** Pray for Joe who is incarcerated in the Rensselaer County Jail.

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Nov. 10, 2014; 10:15-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Absolutely gorgeous fall day with sun, no wind. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
f -- received free non-perishable food we offer.
c -- received free clean, used clothing we offer. (We also gave out NEW winter hats. We are all out of gloves and socks but we expect a new shipment soon.)

f,c -- NANCY -- Came by for things she needed/wanted, declined prayer.

a, f, c -- REBECCA -- Got prayer for healing for her sore throat, laryngitis. Gave us good news: her nephew MICHAEL is walking again. (He is the 2-year-old boy who was beaten by an adult male in August and suffered a broken leg.) Prayed a thanksgiving for Michael's healing.

a,f, c -- DARCY -- Always comes to the table for a blessing of protection and safety.

t, f -- ED -- This man always takes a cross to give to someone else he knows, and he always takes ONE can of food for later in the day for himself.

a,t -- LUCY -- First-time visi8tor to the table. She asked for a prayer for good health and for God to protect her.

a, f, c -- CONSUELA -- This woman is very ill and comes to the table regularly with the help of a woman aide who helps her walk. We asked God to continue and complete the healing in Consuela.

a, f, c -- YVONNE -- Third time in three weeks this woman has come for prayer. She is new to the neighborhood. Got prayer for a general blessing.

f,c -- BOB -- Very friendly, big man who is grateful for clothes he gets from us. Prayed for continued healing for his heart.

a -- DAVID -- This is a Vietnam war veteran who not only comes for prayer often but has sent others to us. Asked for prayer today for his health. He has had heart palpitations and has lost a lot of weight this year. David also brought several large cans of tuna fish to give out to people.

a -- JAMES -- He came to the table this summer when he was having problems with an accelerated heartbeat and fainting spells. He has since had heart surgery and is going in soon for more. We prayed for health and protection for James. He declined to take any food or clothing.

MARSHALL -- Man who used to curse at us now trusts and befriends us. He did not stop, but walked by with his hands in his pants pockets and yelled to us, "God is great!" Indeed, He is!

      Note: Unfortunately, about 10-15 other people came for food and clothing alone. I could not get all their names and invite them to prayer in time. Sometimes, people just come for the food and clothing and are not interested in getting prayer ... at first, anyway. We have also seen that sometimes it takes a few visits before they are comfortable with prayer.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, November 20, 2014, 4:50 - 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

Dan (staff) -- He experienced being used in prayer this week. He asked prayer for his daughter.

Ted (volunteer) -- His granddaughter Camille has started a new drug (she gets two IVs a week for ten weeks). She continues to suffer from Lyme's disease.

Charlie (volunteer) -- He asked prayer for the people who are suffering in Buffalo.

Gary (staff) -- He asked prayer for his many burdens. We also prayed for the message he would give to the community meal.

Ben (young man) -- He had given his life to Jesus a couple of months ago. He came over to greet us and get prayer.

Bruce (volunteer) -- He now has four grandsons under three. His thumb that we prayed for last year continues to do well.

José (man) -- [already had a Dennis Adams cross on]

+ Ricos (young man) -- He asked prayer that he would not lose focus, that he would stay steady in Jesus.

Stephen (Jewish man) -- greatly distressed by the murder of the three rabbis.

+ 199 Joanie (woman) -- She has been to NA meetings at Christ Church. She gave thanks to God that she can walk again and for her health and her family and friends and pets. "Thank God I can praise him."

Albany Intercessor

Monday, November 10, 2014


11/10/2014, #10, 4th Quarter 2014

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; (Psalm 79:11)
      Jesus, I pray for those in prison and those on death row, that by the greatness of your power and your Holy Spirit you will bring them to new life.

So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' (Luke 14:21)
      Let our parish be one where the poor, the maimed and the lame and blind are welcomed in, Jesus. All of us are crippled by sin -- help each of us come to your banquet with humble hearts.

Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:18 )
      Jesus, please help us comfort one another by our words and deeds.

"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:1-13)
      Holy Spirit, give me oil for my lamp I pray. Fill up my vessel with your presence, power, and light.

But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay. (Psalm 70:5)
      Jesus, I look to you with hope for deliverance and help. Please do not delay. Thank you.

But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. (Amos 5:24)
      LORD, let your justice and righteousness flow through our community. Bring us to that purity of heart whereby our offerings will be acceptable to you. Thank you.

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)
      LORD, please help me to wait on you.

WORD: Bring your pain and your distress to me so that you can praise me.
WORD: Plant the mustard seed of faith in the hearts of my children.
Psalm 27:14, WORD: Wait on me and I will strengthen you in the day of trouble. I will quiet your heart and give you my peace.
WORD: Pray for the oil of my Holy Spirit to fill up your lamp. I want you to be a light to others.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Joel 1:1-13; Rev. 18:15-24; Luke 14:12-24
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11); Rev. 19:1-10; Luke 14:25-35

      Notes from the Front Lines

NOVEMBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
6 Lay Eucharistic Ministers
7 St. Sacrement, Bolton Landing - The Rev’d Dawn Skramstad
8 The Rev’d Charles Blacklock
9 Compassion for the Homeless
10 The Rev’d Paul Carney, The Rev’d Howard Smith

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


11/5/2014, #9, 4th Quarter 2014

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, he called her to him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day." The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound--think of it--for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" And when he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. (Luke 13:10-17)
      Lord Jesus Christ, give us such Sabbaths where those in bondage are set free.

He will judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. (Psalm 72:2)
      Lord, let the people of this land be judged with righteousness and the poor with justice.

He will bring justice to the poor of the people; he will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. (Psalm 72:4)
      Lore, break in pieces those who oppress the children of the needy.

WORD: Pray for justice and mercy in this land.
WORD: I will lead you by the hand; trust me.
WORD: You are in my flock and I care for you.
WORD: Come to me with your fatigue and let me refresh you.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Ecclus. 43:23-33 or Neh. 13:4-22; Rev. 16:1-11; Luke 13:10-17
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Ecclus. 44:1-15 or Ezra 7:(1-10)11-26; Rev. 16:12-21; Luke 13:18-30

      Notes from the Front Lines

NOVEMBER Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
1 Thanksgiving for the Communion of Saints The Rev’d Thomas Ortung
2 For All the Faithful Departed, especially in families and parishes
3 The Rev’d Laurie Garramone, The Rev’d John Miller
4 Saints, Martyrs and Confessors of the Anglican Communion
5 The Rev’d David McSwain, The Rev’d William Tatem

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