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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

 

2/3/2015, #6, 1st Quarter 2015

And she answered and said to him, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs." (Mark 7:28 )
      Lord Jesus, I will gladly take whatever crumbs fall from your table.

And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak." (Mark 7:37)
      Jesus, please give us ears to hear you and mouths to proclaim your word.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" (Galatians 4:6)
      Father, thank you for giving me your Spirit and making me your child.

O you who hear prayer, to you all flesh will come. (Psalm 65:2)
      Jesus, I come to you. Thank you for hearing my prayers.

The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. (Psalm 65:13)
      Jesus, thank you for providing the bounty you have given me.

WORD: Pray for ears that are open to my word.
WORD: Look to me and listen to me.
WORD: I invite everyone into the sonship that comes by faith in Jesus.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Isa. 52:1-12; Gal. 4:12-20; Mark 8:1-10
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Isa. 54:1-10(11-17); Gal. 4:21-31; Mark 8:11-26

      From the Front Lines

***** 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.
      PARKING FOR TODAY
Dear Prayer Team and Intercessors...
Parking is very limited at the convent soooooo here's the plan: PLEASE PARK AT THE WELCOME CENTER. We will then bus you over to the convent. The bus runs will begin at 9:00 a.m. This will leave room at the convent for our guests. Thanks so much and ... see you tomorrow!
Blessings, Dcn. Marian

***** Prayer table reports, St. John's Johnstown, Laurie Garramone
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2015 8:27 AM

For Jan 28:
+Kevin--for wife Lisa in Albany Med
Claudine--for healing balm
Joy--for her mom Anna who lost a best friend

For Jan 21:
For Travelers to Toronto church
+Ken--vascular surgery
+Beverly--healing
Judy L--cancer
Dee--who is dying
Lester--pulled calf muscle
Melbourne family--comfort and healing

Romans 8:38-39

***** St. Ann's Amsterdam Prayer Table Report Friday, January 30, 2015
(Monday, Jan. 26, 2015; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Bitterly cold (11 degrees at start!) but quite a few people out, and many came to His table grateful for the warm blankets and bedcovers, towels, paper goods, clothing and non-perishable food we offer our visitors. We buy some of the clothing (socks, gloves) and some of the food, but most of it is generously donated by members of the parish. About half the people also consent to prayer when we ask them. The others (usually) politely decline. James Bryant, John Banfield and Deacon Alan at His table today.)

t -- received free wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
f -- received food.
c -- received clothing or blankets.

a,f,c -- GEORGIANA -- This lady has become a regular. She sought prayer for the sciatic pain she is enduring. She also came early, not only for food and clothing and prayer but to take part in our Morning Prayer service before doing the table. It was the third week in a row she has come!

CHERI -- Asked for prayer for the family of Charles Brown, who passed away last week.

JOHN -- Received prayer for health and well-being of people in his family.

ALAN -- Sought prayer for another table regular REBECCA, who did not come this week because of having surgery.

a,f -- SUSAN -- This woman brought me (Alan) a handsome cross a few weeks ago as a gift for " .. caring about us." I felt strange accepting such a nice gift, but I think it would have insulted her if I said No. (Note: I do not wear it but I keep it on a knick-knack shelf in our living room with other treasured items. It reminds me every day of the many needy neighbors in our area.)

f,c -- SHERRY and MIKE -- Sherry asked for prayer for an upcoming surgical procedure she is anxious about.

a,t,f,c -- LUCY -- Bubbly young Spanish-speaking lady who comes often but not every week. Asked for prayer for MARIA, a relative who is very ill.

t -- STEVE -- Sought prayer for his wife (no name) to be well.

a, f, c -- MARIA -- Another frequent visitor. She wanted prayer for "better health."

f,c -- BOB -- politely declined prayer.

a, f,c -- YVONNE -- She was extremely happy to get a woman's winter coat and a pair of gloves, plus some food. Also declined prayer. (She came in a sweatshirt and jeans, no coat and bare hands!)

f,c -- MARSHALL -- This man has come to gradually trust the people at the table and our church. He spoke to us at some length about about some things that were bothering him, then went away graciously giving us the two-fingered "peace sign" of the 1960s.

DAVID -- Very religious, quiet man who was a Navy serviceman during the Vietnam War. He is a big supporter of the table and has sent many people to us. He never takes anything and sometimes seeks prayer, but not today. He just wanted to talk. That's OK!

f,c -- JOSE -- Man who lives across the street from the church, came for the second week in a row with a friend (no name.) Declined prayer.

Note: Some others came early in the prayer table time and took food and clothing while I was praying for other people, and we did not get their names. In all, about 30 people came to the table and we gave away a LOT of food and clothing and blankets, towels on a very cold winter morning. Please continue to bring in your offerings of soups, mac and cheese, tuna, etc. Believe me, it doesn't go to waste and it is very much appreciated. When we give to the poor and needy among us, we live out the Gospel!)

***** Friday night I looked at the forecast for Saturday morning (below zero with wind) and I cancelled the Saturday morning prayer table. I guess what I am really saying is: there is no hard and fast rules for this. I can handle zero, but not zero plus wind. We do what we can with the strength God gives us and then leave it in his hands. Torre

***** PRAYER TABLE ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM Monday, Jan. 26, 2015; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Bitterly cold (11 degrees at start!) but quite a few people out, and many came to His table grateful for the warm blankets and bedcovers, towels, paper goods, clothing and non-perishable food we offer our visitors. We buy some of the clothing (socks, gloves) and some of the food, but most of it is generously donated by members of the parish. About half the people also consent to prayer when we ask them. The others (usually) politely decline. James Bryant, John Banfield and Deacon Alan at His table today.)

t -- received free wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
f -- received food.
c -- received clothing or blankets.

a,f,c -- GEORGIANA -- This lady has become a regular. She sought prayer for the sciatic pain she is enduring. She also came early, not only for food and clothing and prayer but to take part in our Morning Prayer service before doing the table. It was the third week in a row she has come!

CHERI -- Asked for prayer for the family of Charles Brown, who passed away last week.

JOHN -- Received prayer for health and well-being of people in his family.

ALAN -- Sought prayer for another table regular REBECCA, who did not come this week because of having surgery.

a,f -- SUSAN -- This woman brought me (Alan) a handsome cross a few weeks ago as a gift for " .. caring about us." I felt strange accepting such a nice gift, but I think it would have insulted her if I said No. (Note: I do not wear it but I keep it on a knick-knack shelf in our living room with other treasured items. It reminds me every day of the many needy neighbors in our area.)

f,c -- SHERRY and MIKE -- Sherry asked for prayer for an upcoming surgical procedure she is anxious about.

a,t,f,c -- LUCY -- Bubbly young Spanish-speaking lady who comes often but not every week. Asked for prayer for MARIA, a relative who is very ill.

t -- STEVE -- Sought prayer for his wife (no name) to be well.

a, f, c -- MARIA -- Another frequent visitor. She wanted prayer for "better health."

f,c -- BOB -- politely declined prayer.

a, f,c -- YVONNE -- She was extremely happy to get a woman's winter coat and a pair of gloves, plus some food. Also declined prayer. (She came in a sweatshirt and jeans, no coat and bare hands!)

f,c -- MARSHALL -- This man has come to gradually trust the people at the table and our church. He spoke to us at some length about about some things that were bothering him, then went away graciously giving us the two-fingered "peace sign" of the 1960s.

DAVID -- Very religious, quiet man who was a Navy serviceman during the Vietnam War. He is a big supporter of the table and has sent many people to us. He never takes anything and sometimes seeks prayer, but not today. He just wanted to talk. That's OK!

f,c -- JOSE -- Man who lives across the street from the church, came for the second week in a row with a friend (no name.) Declined prayer.

Note: Some others came early in the prayer table time and took food and clothing while I was praying for other people, and we did not get their names. In all, about 30 people came to the table and we gave away a LOT of food and clothing and blankets, towels on a very cold winter morning. Please continue to bring in your offerings of soups, mac and cheese, tuna, etc. Believe me, it doesn't go to waste and it is very much appreciated. When we give to the poor and needy among us, we live out the Gospel!)

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 29, 2015, 4:55 - 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
a--indicates anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Trevor (young man) -- Prayers for restless leg syndrome.

+ Mike (man) -- He asked prayers

Dan (staff) -- We prayed for his daughter Summer, for God's order in her life and for Dan's son-in-law Bob. We prayed for peace for Dan & his wife.

Ted and Camille (Ted's granddaughter) -- We prayed about the side-effects of the medicine she is taking for Lyme's disease. We prayed for her friend Louise whose youngest daughter's husband has become paraplegic following back surgery.

Rich (young man) -- He looks much better. He went to Open Arms Church on Sunday. He has been studying the book of Jonah.

Tony (man) -- He asked prayer for the IS captives to be set free.

+ 199 Karyn (young woman) -- "for college" and for her mom, + Brendan (her finance) "for finances"

+Sam (man) -- His business parftners have taken advantage of him.

Gary (staff) -- We prayed for the message he would give to the community meal and about the corporate greed in America.

++ Chester (man) -- He asked prayer for Daniel who is an alcoholic.

+ 199 a Taisha (young woman) -- She has a mass growing in her stomach which needs healing. She is in pain all the time. She seems to have a stead faith in Jesus.

+++++ Christine (woman) -- She is separating from her husband. There is constant fighting in the family over custody of the children.

+ Matt -- His friend just lost faith. He needs a breakthrough in hearing for employment.

***** prayer table neighborhood meal Christ Church Schenectady 12/28/14, Larry Hubert

Ada: For her children, and for Alberto who has a drug problem

Aniyah ( young girl) For pain in her foot

Jacaigh: ( young boy) For pain in his head

Sharcls: ( young girl) For pain in her body

Micaiah: ( young boy) For Harry foe his heart and to keep him out of jail.

Anne Marie: For family & children, help with imigration problem

Rupina: For heart problem, recovery from stroke

***** prayer table 12/24 St. John's

Laurie—for frustrations
Madalyn—for help with illness
Jack—prayer of thanks and blessing

***** prayer table,albany st. 1/10/15
John,help with life.Friend died(Summer)left 3 children.Prayed for children.Levi,for provision.Keri,prayed for youth,passing lady,prayed for cold.Passing man ,for a relationship with God.

***** I had the privilege today to help with St.John's (Johnstown) prayer table.
      Prayers
Bridget in need of comfort ,guidance & direction.

Harold and his wife Kathy. Comfort and strength needed in marriage. Kathy has been in a nursing home since her stroke 2 yrs ago. 2 crosses were given to Harold one for his wife.

We ask all this in His name.
Amen
Many blessings to you and your family
Pam Miller

***** 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 http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/ParishLeadershipConference/2015/2015PLCRegistrationForm.php . 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

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer, Jeanne Gizara, Saturday, January 31, 2015 3:13 PM
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
(Ephesians 2:10)
      We thank You Lord, for all of your creation. We thank You for every person that You have created. We thank You that we are your workmanship and that you have made us in Christ Jesus for good works. We thank You for all who have walked in the good works that you have prepared even before we were born. And we especially thank You for the Mudges and all that they do for You.
      We pray for Lydia as she returns from Honduras. We hope that her trip was fruitful and satisfying both to her and to You. Guide her into the future works that You have for her.
      We rejoice at the good news that the sale of the Mudge home near Albany NY is in the works. We pray that all goes well with the building inspection and the clearing of all checks. Thank You for your provision, Lord.
      And we continue to pray for Father Shaw as he gets ready for another trip to Belize. May your Holy Spirit guide his every step on this journey: the agenda, the logistics, safe and timely travel, fruitfulness of the venture; and that every word spoken and every action taken be according to your will.
      Amen.

***** 1-19-2015 SAMS
      "Dear Friends of Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman,
      Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of the Bishop Mike and Linda. I am writing to tell you about an urgent concern.
      As you know, Bishop Mike and Linda have ministered tirelessly in the Diocese of Peru for almost five years. In recent weeks their missionary support account has dropped to levels the threaten (their) ability to remain in Peru. (They) need an additional $8,000.00 dollars to continue their ministry.....if the account continues to remain low, SAMS will have to ask them to remain in the states to raise further support."

Please pray for a financial miracle/outpouring for them. It would be so sad for them to have to wait to return to the land and people that have captured their hearts. If you can, please make a one time gift. Perhaps you can increase monthly giving, or know someone who would like to join as a prayer or support partner for them. Maybe your church doesn't support any missionaries at this time, but would like to do so.
      Thank you everyone for your continuing prayers and support. You are dearly loved and appreciated by Bishop Mike and Linda.
      Blessings and peace, Ginnie
there are three main ways to make your gift:
By cash or check: Make checks out to "SAMS" and write "Mike & Linda Chapman" in the memo space. Then send the checks to the following address:
      SAMS
      P.O. Box 399
      Ambridge, PA 15003
By credit card online or by phone: www.samsusa.org or call 1 724 266-0669 from 9am to 5pm est.
By electronic transfer: Thie service enables you to make automatic monthly donations from either your bank account or credit card. Visit the SAMS website at www.samsusa.org or call 1 724 266-0669 to learn more.

Albany Intercessor


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