Thursday, February 12, 2015
2/12/2015, #12, 1st Quarter 2015
Jesus, by your Holy Spirit please help us give up whatever is holding us back from taking up our cross and following you.
But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:22)
Father, it doesn't matter if our possessions are great or small; if they possess us, help us give them up to follow Jesus.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:23-24)
Holy Spirit, help me put my trust in Jesus so that I may enter the kingdom of God.
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)
Holy Spirit, help the youth leaders of this diocese faithfully teach this.
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1)
Shine, Jesus shine!
WORD: Keep looking to me for help in time of need.
WORD: I AM the Good Shepherd. I will guide you step by step.
Thursday:  or 146, 147 * 85, 86; Isa. 60:1-17; 2 Tim. 2:14-26; Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; Isa. 61:1-9; 2 Tim. 3:1-17; Mark 10:32-45
From the Front Lines
***** Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and for healing of Sr. MaryAngela who broke her ankle. Please pray for Brenda Reid who administers the Healing Center.
***** Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Mass and Ashes | 11:00 am
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Ash Wednesday, February 18, inaugurates the holy season of Lent. The Liturgy with Mass and Ashes will be in the main Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at 11:00 a.m. You and your family are most welcome.
Shrove Tuesday, February 17, was used in England to prepare for Lent by confession and "being shriven" (freed) of sins. On Shrove Tuesday confessions will be heard in the St. Matthew room of the Healing Center from noon until 1:30. All are welcome. No experience necessary except a desire to move closer to the Lord.
The regular Healing Service will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:00. The teaching will be on preparing for Lent.
In Christ Jesus, Bishop Dan
***** 2015 Parish Leadership Conferences: Learning to Share our Faith
Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this year's Parish Leadership Conference! The final Conference for this year will be held on Saturday, February 28th at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The Parish Leadership Conference will be a little different than previous 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 Christ the King Spiritual Life Center where we'll learn from each other what the Lord is doing in our individual lives and our parishes. Those who attended the first two Conferences were encouraged! 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 by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/ParishLeadershipConference/2015/2015PLCRegistrationForm.php . Options to request vegetarian meals and child care have been added to the registration form.
Healing Service Guest Preacher - Bp Dan Herzog
The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, February 17th will be the Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog, Director of Healing and Spiritual Direction at Christ the King. Bishop Dan has been involved in the ministry of healing and teaching for over forty years. He has served as a priest in settings as varied as small towns, rural villages and the inner city. He was bishop of Albany from 1997 to 2007. Since January of 2014 he has served as Chaplain of CtK and now also serves as Director of Healing Ministries and Spiritual Formation. He serves as a retreat and conference leader and spiritual director. Bishop Dan's talk is entitled, Spiritual Prep for Lent: Christian Boot Camp. The healing service includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching, as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, personal prayer ministry and Reconciliation. Please note that the location for the Healing Service has been changed for the winter. The Healing service begins in The Oratory Chapel located in the Oratory of Christ the Healer (a.k.a. The Healing Center) at 10 a.m. Lunch is available for purchase ($10.65 including tax) in the dining room of the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Lent at Ctk
In the Ash Wednesday liturgy, we are invited to observe a holy Lent, and Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is offering a number of opportunities to do so. The Daily Meditations are being offered via email again this year. The meditations are based on the readings contained in the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer. The contributors are laity and clergy of the Diocese of Albany who offer their thoughts and prayers for all of us. If you received them last year, you will receive them again this year automatically. If you received them last year but for some reason do not wish to receive them this year, you may remove your email from the list by clicking the "Safe Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the Daily Meditation email. If you did not receive the Daily Meditations last year but would like to, click here. In addition to the Daily Meditations, Stations of the Cross will be offered at Christ the King every Friday during Lent, beginning February 20th, at 7 p.m. The chapel will open at 6:30 p.m. for quiet reflection.
School for Healing Prayer, Level I - Spaces still available!
The Healing Center at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is offering the School for Healing Prayer, Level I from Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st. The School for Healing Prayer is committed to carrying out Christ's mission of salvation and healing and is an opportunity for participants to experience His healing power in their lives while also learning how to minister to others in churches and communities. This on-site, four-day intensive class will provide an introduction to the foundations for healing prayer, including the history of healing in the Church, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and instruction on how to become a prayer minister. Learn how to listen, love, and pray! For more information about the School for Healing Prayer, click http://www.ctkcenter.org/message.php?topicID=35904 . To register for Level I, call the Healing Center at (518 ) 692-9550, ext. 201.
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. To register, call the convent at (518 ) 692-3028.
***** Lenten Reflections 2015 Day by Day
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
During Lent we are encouraged to deepen our relationship with the Lord by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. We hear this on Ash Wednesday and are urged to continue thereafter.
As an aid, a Daily Meditation will be available for reflection to everyone who is on our general distribution roster, along with anyone you wish to add. If you received the meditations last year, you need do nothing. This year's meditations will automatically come to you. You may also choose to opt out by clicking the "SafeUnsubscribe" link at the bottom of this or any future notes.
The meditations are based on the readings contained in the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer. The contributors are laity and clergy of the Diocese of Albany who offer their thoughts and prayers for all of us.
During Lent we have the opportunity to engage in a sort of 'spiritual spring training' to strengthen our lives as disciples of our Lord, and to be equipped to carry out the mission and ministry entrusted to each of us. Each day let us pray for all the others who are seeking a deeper conversion in this holy season, with prayers for all our Sisters and Brothers, for our Bishop Bill, and for each parish and ministry within Christ's holy church.
With best wishes for a devout and holy Lent, I remain,
Your brother in Christ,
Bishop Dan Herzog
Ministry of Healing and Spiritual Formation, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
575 Burton Road, Greenwich, New York 12834, 518-692-9550
Sign up for Lenten Reflections 2015: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001uxu9h741ik3R_mTvEuYfcA%3D%3D
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***** Call to Convention 2015
Three Persons, One God
Three Streams, One Church
To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php .