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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


1/28/2015, #5, 1st Quarter 2015

Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" And they were offended at him. (Mark 6:3)
      The people only had head knowledge of you, Jesus; please us heart knowledge of your as well.

Now he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. Then he went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:5-6)
      [Two years ago I was teaching a computer class at the West Milton site of the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. At the end of the class one of the nuclear engineers was waiting for me in the hallway with a question: "Torre, why are there more miracles in Africa than there are here?" I replied that I thought it was because we had all sorts of things we thought we could fall back on and that Jesus was at the end of that list; whereas for many people in Africa Jesus was the only refuge they had, and they went to him first. Thus, there were more miracles. I asked him if he was willing to be put in the place where Jesus was the only thing he could fall back on, and he said, "Yes."]

      Lord Jesus, bring me to that place where all of my trust is in you alone. Thank you

This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has given me life. (Psalm 119:50)
      Jesus, thank you for being the Word of Life to me.

The earth, O LORD, is full of your mercy; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:64)
      Holy Spirit, please teach me and lead me day by day.

WORD: Are you willing to share the gospel with someone else today?

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isa. 49:1-12; Gal. 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isa. 49:13-23; Gal. 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46

      From the Front Lines

***** 2015 Parish Leadership Conferences, Learning to Share our Faith
      As the Bishop mentioned in his recent message, this year's Parish Leadership Conferences will be a little different than in past years. We'll still be sharing the Eucharist, but instead of an outside speaker or leaders from the Diocese teaching us, we'll learn from each other by sharing our faith stories in a small group setting in an encouraging, friendly environment. Everyone's faith story is unique, and everyone's faith story has the potential to touch a person that doesn't know Jesus, perhaps inviting that person into a relationship with Him. So join us at the Parish Leadership Conference that is closest to you or best fits into your schedule, where we'll learn from each other what the Lord is doing in our individual lives and our parishes. Registration, coffee and goodies will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and everyone will be on the road by 3:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided. In order to make sure the right amount of food is prepared for lunch, please register for the Parish Leadership Conference you will be attending by clicking . Options to request vegetarian meals and child care have been added to the registration form. The dates and locations of the Parish Leadership Conferences are as follows:
Date      Place
January 31, 2015      Holy Family School, Malone

February 7, 2015      Christ Church, Cooperstown

February 28, 2015      Christ the King
Spiritual Life Center

Learning Opportunity, Anglicanism and the Great Commission - This Saturday!
      This Saturday, January 31st, Christ Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 will be holding a time of study and reflection on Anglicanism and the Great Commission from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Fr. Mark Michael, Rector of Christ Church, will offer a series of talks on the ways that Anglicans and Episcopalians have shared the faith in the past and the distinctive theological vision that guides us in bringing Christ to those who do not know Him. There will be opportunities for silent reflection, discussion and common worship, and a simple lunch will be served. The event is free, and those interested in attending should register by January 27th by contacting the church office at 607-547-9555 or clicking here to e-mail your registration.

The Community of St. Mary, Sesquicentennial Events
      The sisters in Greenwich will begin their sesquicentennial year with a quiet celebration and observance of the Feast of the Purification of St. Mary on February 2nd, following a week's silent retreat at the Community of St. Mary Convent. During the sisters' annual retreat, January 26 through February 1, the convent will be closed for ordinary business. Guests are welcome to join in the Divine Office or daily Eucharists but there will be no public afternoon Tea or visiting that week. Associates and friends are welcome to join the community in its solemn offering of worship and praise on its Founding Anniversary at the Mass of the Purification of St. Mary on Monday, February 2, at 7:00 a.m. (Matins at 6:30 a.m.) This quiet celebration will feature the community's traditional plainsong responsories and the renewal of the sisters' vows.

Special Healing Service Event
      On Tuesday February 3 at 10:00 a.m., the regularly scheduled Healing Service will relocate to St. Mary's Convent as a kick-off to their year-long 150th anniversary celebration with the celebration of Holy Eucharist of the Purification of St. Mary (transferred) and healing prayer. The featured speaker will be The Rt. Rev. Harold Miller from the Diocese of Down and Dromore, Northern Ireland. As always, the service includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, personal prayer ministry and Reconciliation. Praise music will be led by the CtK Youth Ministry Intern staff. The Blessing of Throats for St. Blaise Day will be offered at the end of the service. A pot-luck luncheon will follow for one and all. Bring a dessert or dish to share. Carpooling is encouraged.

Retreat Opportunity, Silent Retreat at the Community of St. Mary
      The Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich is offering a silent retreat entitled A Garden of Grace February 13 - 15, 2015 (President's Day Weekend). Sister Catherine Clare will offer meditations allowing the retreatants to consider the contrast between the ways of sin and the alternative Way of the Spirit. Rather than finding tools to root the weeds of sin out of their lives, retreatants will ponder how to cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit, God's free gifts of grace. The cost for the retreat with overnight accomodations is $138. To stay an additional night, the suggested donation is $69. To attend as a communter (no overnight accomodations), the cost is $75.

Support Opportunities, St. Peter's Overflow Shelter
      The Overflow Homeless Shelter at St. Peter's Church, 107 State St., Albany, NY in support of the Capital City Rescue Mission (CCRM) remains open nightly through March. Volunteers are needed for evening hours only, 8:00 pm until "lights out" (no later than 11:00pm). Come on your own or team up with a friend or family member to provide a ministry of hospitality and presence, acting as an extra pair of hands for the CCRM staff and providing a welcoming "home" environment to the guests. To sign up to volunteer at the shelter, please contact one of these individuals via email by clicking on the name: Judy Burns, Martha Iannacone, Denise Moore, or St. Peter's Church.

Cathedral Community Youth Group
      The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210 is sponsoring a Sunday afternoon Community Youth Group, which began on January 18th. The group meets at St. Francis Mission in the West Hill neighborhood of Albany. This group meets an urgent need for at-risk kids in the community, and there are a number of youth in the neighborhood who are interested. This is a group aimed at kids who have no church home. The youth group meets from 3-4:30 pm on Sundays. The Cathedral is seeking volunteers willing to work with kids, or help set up, clean up and provide food. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail Fr. Paul Hunter, Canon for Mission at the Cathedral, by clicking here.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 26, 2015


1/26/2015, #4, 1st Quarter 2015

And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw him, he fell at his feet and begged him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live." (Mark 5:22-23)
      Holy Spirit, give us the humility to fall on our knees before Jesus in our hour of need.

When she heard about Jesus, she came behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, "If only I may touch his clothes, I shall be made well." (Mark 5:27-28 )
      Holy Spirit, give us the grace to reach out to Jesus in our hour of need.

And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." (Mark 5:34)
      Jesus, help us by your Holy Spirit to hear your words of peace and encouragement.

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe." (Mark 5:36)
      Jesus, please set us free from the fear that takes away our belief in you.

Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48:10)
      LORD, your church is being tested in the furnace of affliction. Have mercy on us.

WORD: When things are really bad, I will lead you through it.
WORD: Yield to me your heart's desires.
WORD: Look to me for help when you are troubled or afraid.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isa. 48:12-21; Gal. 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isa. 49:1-12; Gal. 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29

      From the Front Lines

***** From: Bob Haskell, Canon to the Ordinary, Friday, January 23, 2015 10:29 AM
Could you please put on your prayer list, Shawn Ingledue, the brother of Starr Brown, from Trinity Church. Potsdam. Healing from cancer. -Bob

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:05 - 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

Ted (volunteer) We prayed for his granddaughter Camille who is having a "bad day today" with Lyme's disease.

Rich (young man) -- He has been accepted back into the program at the Schenectady City Mission. He will be in the program for a full year.

+ 199 Alyson (woman) -- She is fearful of upcoming eye lens replacement surgery.

Gary (staff) -- We prayed for his message to the community meal. He gave thanks for finding a lost bracelet his son had given to him.

Chuck -- We prayed for Ray who has skin cancer and Linda who had foot surgery.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9:05 - 10:30 a.m. Trevor Wright, Keith Meres and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Michelle Diaz on Albany St. Snow, but reasonably warm with no wind!

+--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
w--indicates received warm winter clothes, e.g., gloves, hat, etc.

State St.

Larry (man) -- We prayed for his relationships with people at work and with others.

+ Calvin (man) -- "Strength"

+ 199 Chenise (woman) -- "Struggles"

+ Trevor (young man) -- He asked prayer for Anthony who has "a past".

+ Martin (man) -- "For luck to get better."

Donna (regular, woman) -- For God to keep family safe and well.

Hussein (Muslim man)

+ Kenneth (man) -- For health and help with my wife.

+ 199 Darius (man) -- "Make things better"

Dean (man) -- He asked for "general prayer"

+ w Dashon (young man) -- Carf won't start, problems at work.

Keith (man) -- He prayed for Torre and Jean

+ 199 Alquan (young man) -- He asked prayer for health and strength.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, January 22, 2015


1/22/2015, #3, 1st Quarter 2015

But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." (Mark 4:20)
      Jesus, please help us bear fruit for you.

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. (Ephesians 5:1)
      Lord, help us to be imitators of you.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8 )
      Holy Spirit, I want to walk as a child of the light.

Also he said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." Then he said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given." (Mark 4:21-24)
      Holy Spirit, help us shine forth with the light of the gospel.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:18-19)
      Father, thank you for all that you are doing for us and through us in the name of your son Jesus, Help us submit ourselves to one another out of reverence for you. Thank you.

giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:20-21)
WORD: Desire my strength within you.
WORD: I have carried you all these years. Keep looking to me for comfort and safety.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Isa. 45:5-17; Eph. 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34
Friday: 31 * 35; Isa. 45:18-25; Eph. 6:1-9; Mark 4:35-41

Albany Intercessor

Monday, January 19, 2015


1/19/2015, #2, 1st Quarter 2015

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
      Father, thank you for coming into my life.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for calling us to hope.

      Jesus, thank you for making us a part of your body through faith and baptism.

And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-12)
      Jesus, equip me to help build up your body.

This people I have formed for myself; they shall declare my praise. (Isaiah 43:21)
      "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!" (Revelation 5:12)

WORD: Come to me. Look to me for help.
WORD: When you hear my word, respond to it.
WORD: Come near to me and I will come near to you.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Isa. 44:6-8, 21-23; Eph. 4:1-16; Mark 3:7-19a
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Isa. 44:9-20; Eph. 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** CtK Ecumenical Healing Service
This week: Jesus' 'Return Policy' Has No Expiration Date

      Tuesday, January 20, 10:00 a.m., The Oratory Chapel located in the Oratory of Christ the Healer (a.k.a. The Healing Center)

Featured Speaker our very own....MRS. BRENDA REID
      Brenda Reid, (LMSW) serves as Coordinator of Christ the King's Healing Ministry and is committed to serving the Lord as described in Isaiah 61 in gratitude for what the Lord has done. Previously, Brenda served as a Licensed Social Worker, for 25+ years. Being healed personally and being a vessel for healing other broken lives has been a life-long focus. Brenda and her husband, Dan, have been married and best friends for 22 years. They remain committed to following the Lord's bread crumb trail as He leads in fulfilling His purposes for their lives.
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture and Teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation.
      A buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9:15 - 10:35 a.m. Carol MacNaughton and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
w--indicates received warm winter clothing, e.g. hats, gloves, scarfs
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

State St.

Donna (woman, regular) -- Prayed for blessing on her and her family.

+ w Claudia (young woman) -- Prayed for blessing and healing of famly wounds.

+ w 199 Bevery (woman) -- "My niece Laura is sick."

+ w 199 Ralph (alcoholic man) -- He asked for prayer to stop drinking and to get his life together. With tears pouring down his cheeks he gave his life to Christ and accepted forgiveness of his sins.

+Taiquan (young man) -- He asked prayer for good health. He was willing to invite Jesus into his heart but not ready to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. [Jesus, the ball is now in your court.]

++ 199 Anthony (man) -- He asked prayer for his girlfriend Marilyn who has an eating disorder.

***** Shaw Mudge Prayer Mail for Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Dear Friends,
      This is our public prayer mail for Tuesday January 20, 2015, Fabian of Rome. Lydia continues immersed in ministry in Honduras. I have been preparing for my trip to Belize as well as working on courses this week. The time frame for the next trip has been set for most of the second half of February and arriving back in early March.
Prayer requests:
      1) For preparations for the on-the-ground mission trip to Belize. Prayers for fruitfulness on that venture.
      2) For the continuing everyday fruitful mission work with Belize.
      3) For the completion of the Spanish Prayer Book in a timely manner.
      4) For God's provision for all our needs both here and abroad,
      5) For the sale of our dwelling in Wynantskill. There were quite a few people looking at it this week, some with quite an interest.
      6) For Lydia, for her time on the ground during the remainder of January.
In Jesus' Name, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia

***** Jeanne Gizara, Saturday, January 17, 2015, Mudge Scripture Prayer

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3: 14-19)
      Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we bow our knees before You as we lift up Father Shaw Mudge, Mother Julie Mudge and Lydia Mudge. May they be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit; may Jesus Christ dwell in their hearts through faith; may they be rooted and grounded in love; may they have strength to comprehend with profound certainty the breadth, length, height and depth of Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge; and may they be filled with all the fullness of God.
      Thank You for all the blessings that You have bestowed upon the Mudge family. We pray for blessings for Lydia as she continues her time in Honduras. And for Father Shaw as he gets ready for this trip to Belize in February, and for Mother Julie as she works for You as a hospital chaplain in Connecticut.
      We pray for provision for the Mudge family and ask especially that their home in Wynantskill sell soon for a good price. And we pray for the day to day mission work and the completion of the Spanish prayer book.
      Thank You for everything. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, January 16, 2015


1/16/2015, #1, 1st Quarter 2015

[Note from Torre: sorry for the long gap in postings. Jean and I have been having various health and medicine side-effect issues for the past six or seven months.]

When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Mark 2:17)
      Jesus, I need your healing touch! Thank you for coming to me and calling me to repentance.

"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins." (Mark 2:22)
      Holy Spirit, please help us find those new wineskins, those new ways of doing things, so that we do not destroy what is good in the old.

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (Ephesians 3:8 )
      Jesus, please help us by your grace to go among those who don't know you and preach your unsearchable riches.

To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. (Isaiah 42:7)
      Father, please help us bring your light to those who sit in prison darkness.

As for me, I will see your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in your likeness. (Psalm 17:15)
      Lord, I live in the hope of the resurrection.

WORD: I have cared for you and carried you all these years. Thank me and praise me for my great love for you.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Isa. 42:(1-9)10-17; Eph. 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Isa. 43:1-13; Eph. 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6

      Notes from the Front Lines

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:00 - 6:20 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

Ted (volunteer) -- We prayed for his granddaughter Camille who is on a new medication for Lyme's disease.

Dan (staff) -- We prayed for his daughter that God would get a hold of her life.

Stephen (young man, regular) -- He came over and prayed for us.

Davon (young man) -- He got a job with FedEx before Christmas and has been kept on part-time. We prayed for more hours for him.

Richard (man living at the Mission) -- We prayed he will grow into the manhood and fatherhood God wants for him. His 7 year old son recently told him, "Don't drink no more, daddy."

+Dave (man) -- He came over and prayed for God's blessing on us.

Tom (staff) -- We prayed for no more Basil Cell skin cancer and that his son Dan would get a security clearance to work at the Knolls Atomic Poser Laboratory.

Albany Intercessor

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