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Monday, February 09, 2015


2/9/2015, #10, 1st Quarter 2015

But Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and they told him about her at once. So he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. (Mark 1:30-31)
      Jesus, please lift us up and heal us so that we may serve you.

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:27)
      Holy Spirit, help me discipline my body.

Then he took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me." (Mark 9:36-37)
      Jesus, please help us receive the children you send us so that we may receive you into our hearts and homes.

From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. (Galatians 6:17)
      Holy Spirit, help us to be marked by Jesus.

Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. (Galatians 6:18 )
      Lord Jesus Christ, let your grace be with our spirits. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit and prepare our hearts for the Diocesan Convention.

"Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? (Isaiah 58:6-7)
      Lord, help us keep such a fast.

The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
      Holy Spirit, make me and my home and parish into a watered garden.

Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (Isaiah 58:12)
      Father, we want to be restorers of streets to dwell in. Guide us by your Holy Spirit in this. Thank you.

WORD: Share the good news of what you have seen me do.
Proverbs 3:5-6 WORD: My word to you is still true. Keep turning to me in your need.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Isa. 56:1-8; Gal. 5:16-24; Mark 9:2-13
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Isa. 57:3-13; Gal. 5:25-6:10; Mark 9:14-29

      From the Front Lines

***** 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

***** Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary and for healing of Sr. MaryAngela who broke her ankle.

***** CtK Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.
      The Oratory Chapel located in the Oratory of Christ the Healer (a.k.a. The Healing Center)
      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.
      The Rev. J. Nixon McMillan has been the rector of St. Paul's Church since All Saints Day of 2009. From the age of fourteen, Fr. McMillan has served churches in Canada and the United States as a musician and more recently as a priest. Nixon and Ann McMillan have lived in Ontario, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Connecticut for his education /teaching and her nursing career. For them life has become even more full and rich in Albany with God's people, St. Paul's parishioners.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 5, 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
a--indicates anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Trevor (young man, veteran) -- He is troubled by restless legs syndrome and pain in his artificial knee (he was shot in the knee in Afghanistan). He asked for prayer for healing of memories.

+ Earl (man) -- "daily provision"

Ted (volunteer) -- He asked prayer for provision for Lou who is partially paralyzed from back sugery. We also prayed for Ted's granddaughter Camille.

+ Charlie (volunteer) -- He asked prayer for Ted and for Gary (staff) who is not feeling well.

Rich (man) -- The side effects of medicine make him groggy and sleepy. He is going to see a new doctor.

Vicky (volunteer) -- We prayed for her son Calvin that he would come to know Jesus.

+ Dominique (girl) -- She asked prayer for the environment and for her schooling (grade 6)

Dan (staff) -- We prayed for his daughter Summer and his wife Lorrie.

+ Jim (man) -- He asked prayer for his brother and sister-in-law as they come up from Tampa Bay.

Tobias (man) -- He praised God.

+Sue (woman) -- She asked prayer for her son +Shawn who is dying from AIDS. She and her husband have 8 children (some produced and some adopted).

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, February 7, 2014, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Keith Meres, Michelle Diaz, and Torre Bissell on State St.

+--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 clothing

Michelle and Keith -- They prayed for healing for Torre and Jean.

Mike (man) -- "on my way to work" We prayed for a blessing on him.

Pam (woman) -- "On my way to Missouri to learn to be a truck driver". Was a school bus driver.

+ 199 Christine (woman) and + Shevia (woman) -- Christine asked prayer for her son who has no job.

+ 199 Kevin (young man) -- He had previously given his life to Jesus but renewed his commitment to Jesus by confessing his sins and accepting God's forgiveness and cleansing.

+ Craig (man) -- blessing

+ w Jennifer (mother) and + Roland (little boy) -- Prayers for provision.

+ 199 Anthony (young man) -- He had previously given his life to Jesus but renewed his commitment to Jesus by confessing his sins and accepting God's forgiveness and cleansing.

Stephen (young man who often prays for us) -- We prayed for God's blessing on him and his ministry to his father.

***** Mudge public prayer mail for Tuesday, 10 February 2015.
Dear Friends,
      Thank you for your prayers! Happy Valentines Day this week! Happy Cyril and Methodius Day! (I get excited about missionaries, what can I say...) I have been preparing for my trip to Belize as well as working on a course this week. I finished translating the Triennial Lectionary (about 40 pages) for the Spanish version of the CPWI Book of Common Prayer, and now, I am working on the CPWI Daily Office Lectionary (about 50 pages).
      A student completed an online course this week.
      Julie and I are well on the way to full recovery from our colds.
Prayer requests:
      1) For preparations for the on-the-ground mission trip to Belize (begins in about a week and a half), the agenda, the logistics, safe and timely travel, fruitfulness of the venture, what the Holy Spirit would have me say and do.
      2) For the continuing everyday fruitful mission work with Belize. Several things have come up this week which have been good related to Belize.
      3) For the completion of the CPWI Spanish Prayer Book in a timely manner. Our team is hoping to have our draft completed by the time of my next trip to Belize in another week and a half.
      4) For God's provision for all our needs both here and abroad.
      5) I am looking into the possibility of obtaining a grant for translating my course materials into Swahili (Tanzania) and Garifuna (Belize; one of the three national languages in Belize; I am also exploring the possibility of translating the CPWI Prayer Book into Garifuna, even though Garifuna is primarily an oral language). Several factors play into that, one of which is getting the right translators, and another is how the funding stream might work, in addition to what kind of funding might be available for such a venture. This needs prayer that the Holy Spirit might open doors at the right place and the right time. Putting a feasible proposal together is the first step, which is what I am exploring.
      6) This week, a person from Food for the Poor contacted me, expressing an interest in possibly getting involved with the Anglican Diocese of Belize. I have made the request known to the Bishop of Belize. I ask your prayers that God's will be done.
      7) For the sale of our dwelling in Wynantskill; closing tentatively scheduled for mid-March. Keep praying until the check clears. The prospective buyer's 31 page building inspection report gave us a good bill of health; in the works: an extension to check out a few things outside that have not been possible because of the snow.
      8 ) For Lydia, as she plans for what's next. Julie and I have been helping her consider various options.
      9) For continued prayers for our recovering from the bug that we had. We are really doing well. I'd like to finish the job this week.
      In Jesus' Name, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer Jeanne Gizara, February 7, 2015
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)
      Thank You, Father God, for Father Shaw Mudge and his family. Thank You that they, like us all, are your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Thank You for their obedience in performing those good works, which You prepared ahead of time. Thank You that You walk with them and us as we perform good works in Your Holy Name.
      We thank You for Lydia’s safe return from Honduras. We pray that the Holy Spirit guides her into the next chapter of her life.
      We thank You for all of Father Shaw’s efforts in the ministry education for Belize. We pray for the courses that he creates and teaches and in particular for the new course that was started last Saturday. We pray for his travel plans to Belize at the end of this month.
      We ask for continuing financial provision for the Mudges. We thank You that the home in NY has a buyer and we pray that all goes smoothly until the closing in mid-March.
      Thank You, Lord, for all the blessings that you bestow upon the Mudge family. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

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