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Friday, March 27, 2015


3/27/2015, #17, 1st Quarter 2015

So, when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was. (John 11:6)
      Jesus, please help me accept your timing.

Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. (John 11:21)
      Jesus, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be with us and comfort us in all our griefs.

But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you." (John 11:22)
      Jesus, we ask you to heal us and our families and friends.

Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:23-26)
      Holy Spirit, please help me live and die in the hope of the resurrection.

She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." (John 11:27)
      Jesus, thank you for coming into my life.

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace. (Jeremiah 29:7)
      Help us pray for and seek the peace of our cities, Lord.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
      Father, thank you for the future and the hope you give us.

Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
      Father, help me search for you with all my heart.

I will be found by you, says the LORD, -and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:14)
      LORD, bring the Episcopal Church out of its "Babylonian Captivity". Thank you.

For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has he hidden his face from him; but when he cried to him, he heard. (Psalm 22:24)
      Thank you, Jesus, for hearing us in our times of affliction.

What we heard
WORD: I have held you up by my hand. Trust me to lead you the whole distance.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 95* & 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50

      From the Front Lines

***** City Mission Prayer Table, March 26, 2015 – Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo
+ - Cross

Ted and Camilla – Strength for Ted to continue to live independently and for God’s peace. Camilla got dizzy while driving home after an injection and totaled her car.

Charlie – He has palsy in his hand; pray for better health and healing.

Tiesha – She is going to a new doctor for her stomach condition; pray this doctor can treat her correctly and for healing. Pray for the fire victims.

+++ Carlos – Pray for God’s blessing with his ministry of World Discipleship Christ Recovery Network Nourishing Your Eternal Soul (WDCRN NYES).

Gary – Lift up the persecuted church.

+ Matt – Praying for a job. The last time he asked for prayer for help to receive benefits (from Social Security or Social Services?) and he got them – PTL!

Dan – God’s leading for his daughters.

Bill - Praying to find a place to live.

LeRoy – God’s protection for him.

Frankie – For God’s protection and provision.

Tobias – Pray for him to follow God’s leading in his life.

***** Tuesday Healing Service Speaker Fr. David Haig, Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m., The Oratory Chapel
      Fr. David Haig is a bi- vocational priest who has served in the Diocese for the past 2 years. He has worn many hats over the years - as a trained actor and director, a professional singer, and for the past 27 years a business owner, a licensed builder, a husband and father and a Priest. Fr. Haig served as priest at the Community of Jesus on Cape Cod Massachusetts, as a Curate at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Albany and most recently he has been serving as the long term supply priest at St. Luke's on the Hill in Mechanicville.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, March 26, 2015


3/26/2015, #16, 1st Quarter 2015

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. (Psalm 131:1)
      A day for little things, no doubt, but who wold dare despise it. (Zechariah 4:10a) Father, help me keep my attention on the tasks you have given me, not matter what their size or importance to others.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. (Psalm 131:2)
      Holy Spirit, help me find my peace in Jesus.

O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever. (Psalm 131:3)
      Jesus, you are my hope.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to unity of purpose in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. (John 10:1-4)
      Jesus, I hear your voice calling me. Please help me follow where you lead. Thank you for being my shepherd.

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." (John 10:5)
      Holy Spirit, please give me discernment about any false shepherds so that I don't follow them.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)
      Jesus, thank you for give your life for me.

      Thank you for the faithful Egyptian Coptic Christian martyrs who gave their lives confessing your name, Jesus.

But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. (John 10:12)
      Father, there are so many hirelings in the church today -- have mercy on us and cleanse the church by the fire of your Holy Spirit.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:14-15)
      LORD, send forth many throughout this diocese to preach the gospel of peace.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help me hear so that my faith is built up.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments. (Psalm 119:176)
      Shepherd of Israel, seek me out and save me. Thank you.

What we heard
WORD: Pray for the fresh wind of my Holy Spirit.
WORD: I love you. I hold you in my hand to comfort you.
Psalm 31:24 WORD: I AM your hope and your strength.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; *; 140, 142; Jer. 26:1-16; Rom. 11:1-12; John 10:19-42
Friday: 95* & 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50

      From the Front Lines

***** Bishop's Message - Holy Week and Easter, March 25th, 2015, Feast of the Annunciation
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The recent martyrdom of Christians in many parts of the world reminds us that the call to follow Jesus is a costly call. It requires our commitment, our will, our time, our treasure and our convictions. The collect for Morning Prayer on Fridays reminds us that the way of the cross is our way of life. Jesus walked the way of the cross so that we might be saved, willingly and obediently suffering death on the cross so that we could inherit eternal life.
      As we continue on toward the height of the Christian year, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, I encourage you to walk the way of the cross with Jesus as His disciples. I encourage you to give up every other activity that may distract you and join in the services of Holy Week and Easter this coming week, so that you can know the saving love of Jesus Christ more fully and more deeply. I encourage you also to invite a friend, family member, or neighbor who does not know Jesus to come with you and experience His saving love and then share with them the hope that we have because of the Cross and the Resurrection. I pray that this Holy Week and Easter will bring each of us closer to the One who is the Savior of the world - Jesus Christ.
      As you continue in your walk with Jesus, I ask your prayers for the persecuted Church throughout the world. I also ask your prayers for all the people of this diocese, clergy and laity, that we may all be courageous and faithful in sharing our faith, strengthening one another as we walk the way of the Cross, filled with the joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior.
      Almighty, everlasting God...stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of your Son as He bore His passion, and let it burn in us to eternal life and to the ages of ages. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, p. 113)
      May you have a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Eastertide.
      Your brother in Christ, +Bill

***** Evangelion Conference
The theme for the 147th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany is "Three Persons, One God Three Streams, One Church." Expand your knowledge of the Evangelical stream by attending the conference entitled Evangelion TEC at St. Stephen's Church, 16 Elsmere Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 from Friday, April 24th through Sunday, April 26th. (There will be a meet and greet social event associated with the Conference on Thursday, April 23rd from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.) Evangelion is a gathering of Evangelicals in the Episcopal Church for networking, prayer, Bible study, worship, and mutual encouragement in Gospel ministry, both as lay and ordained ministers of the Gospel. The Conference will discuss questions such as: What is the history of the Evangelical movement in the Episcopal Church and Anglicanism? How do we identify as Anglican Evangelicals? Who are some of the heroes of the Evangelical movement? Guest speakers include Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, an organization in the U.K. that helps strengthen local churches in biblical faith and shape the Church of England now and for the future, the Rev. Philip Wainwright, Chaplain at the University of Pittsburgh, and Mr. Thomas Isham, author of A Born Again Episcopalian: The Evangelical Witness of Charles Pettit McIlvaine, The Geography of the Soul, and other books. For more information or to register for the conference, click or contact St. Stephen's Delmar, 518-439-3265.

***** 40 Days For Life is holding a Special Vigil
      On Thursday, March 26, starting at 10:00 AM, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Bishop William H. Love of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany will join the 40 Days For Life vigil at the Schenectady Planned Parenthood, 1040 State Street, Schenectady.
      Parking will be available at Christ Church front parking lot at 970 State Street and at the back parking lot entrances from Swan or Albany Streets.
      Information, instructions and prayers will be available at both will be at the Christ Church parking lots and at the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood prior to the 10:00 AM vigil.
      40 Days For Life hopes that you will be able to come and our support the Bishops as we show Christian solidarity in support of the Sanctity of Human Life.
      Please come and join us for this special vigil and invite others and spread the word!
      Let us all be in prayer from now through Thursday.

***** St. John’s Episcopal Church Prayer Table Report
+ = cross given

++Marilyn: for her friend suffering from lung cancer
Peter: for his friend Joe’s recuperation in the hospital
Tracy: for his continued healing and strength


BIANCA -- Anointed her with Holy Oil. Bianca says she has occasional demons about her that scare her. She says that when she comes to the table and gets prayers of protection, the demons go away.

DARCY -- Asked for prayer to be safe and protected.

MARIA -- Sought prayer for her husband BRUCE, who has heart problems.

YOUNG FAMILY (No names) -- Husband and wife and four cute children. Gave them a general prayer for provision and safety. They are very special to us. They speak very little English but they understand we want to help them and love them. We help them with food and clothing. Every Monday, Cheri comes out to give them a treat of "Goldfish" for each of the kids.

LUCY -- Friend of this young family, walks with them. General prayer for protection and well-being.

DAVID -- U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Occasionally asks for prayer, but not this time. He wants to come by and support what we are doing so sometimes he just stops to say hello. This man has directed many, many people to us for prayer. He is kind of a private person, so he never asks for prayer if other people are around to listen.

JOE and two other men (no names) -- They came over as a group and when we asked if they wanted prayer for anything, JOE said "Yes, we ALL do!" Prayed for them all together to be safe and healthy.

ALBERT -- Very serious, pious young man who comes by now and then. He asked for prayer for healing for cancer victims all over the world. Sought clothing for some members of his family who are soon to mover here from Puerto Rico.

(Important note: Please continue to bring in your non-perishable food items such as soup, mac and cheese, pasta, sauce and tuna. We also are grateful for whatever clean, used clothing items you can give us to give to the needy in our neighborhood. We could use children's outgrown clothing as well. Your donations are greatly appreciated by your neighbors who receive them! Remember Jesus' words, "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me!"))

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


3/18/2015, #14, 1st Quarter 2015

And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)
      Jesus, please help me receive you into my body and soul.

And this is the will of him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40)
      Thank you, Father. Please help me live and die in the hope of the resurrection.

The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: "Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause you to hear my words." Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?" says the LORD. "Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel! (Jeremiah 18:1-6)

What we heard
WORD: Live your life blessing others.
      P.S. I have pneumonia. All prayers gratefully received. Torre
WORD: Remember the times of my victory in your life and give me thanks.
WORD: Come into my arms. Let me hold you and comfort you.
WORD: Come to me, my arms are open wide.
WORD: Look to me, even when others reject me.
WORD: When you walk alone, remember that I AM walking with you beside you.
WORD: Let me be your foundation stone.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; *; 119:121-144; Jer. 18:1-11; Rom. 8:1-11; John 6:27-40
Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; *; 73; Jer. 22:13-23; Rom. 8:12-27; John 6:41-51

      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 at Christ the King.

***** The Living Gospel Ministry: Matthew & Tina Zawisza
      Imagine a time when the Bible wasn't a book, when the written Word of God was the spoken Word of God. A time of listening with your eyes. Remember, before the Bible was written it was spoken. In fact, 75% of the Bible is written in stories. Jesus could have chosen any method to share His message to the world and He chose storytelling. Why? Because that's how people would remember. This ministry believes today is no different. People need and desire a gospel that they can experience & see, one that is alive & breathing. What this world needs, once again, is the Living Gospel.
      CtK Ecumenical Healing Service, Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. The Chapel of St. Michael & All Angels (a.k.a. The Main Chapel)
The Living Gospel Ministry Presents Peter's Journey
      One of the most talked about events in the Bible was the infamous three denials of Peter. Without a doubt the most difficult ordeal this man would ever face. But what doesn't break you makes you stronger. Hear from the man himself as he takes you back to that fateful night when life would never be the same.
      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.

***** Please pray for and attend the Diocesan Convention in June.
      Three Persons, One God
      Three Streams, One Church

To register online for the 147th Convention of the Diocese of Albany, click .

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


3/11/2015, #13, 1st Quarter 2015

And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:11)
      Jesus, thank you for reconciling me to your Father.

Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me," says the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:6)
      Lord Jesus, cleanse the seminaries of the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep your word. (Psalm 119:101)
      Holy Spirit, please help me restrain my feet from every evil way so that I keep your word in my heart.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
      Light my path, Lord, by your word.

My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments. (Psalm 119:120)
      Holy Spirit, please teach me to fear you so that I may gain wisdom. Thank you.

What we have heard:
WORD: I will hold you up when you are afraid.
WORD: You are still in my care. Look to me with hope.
WORD: Let me cleanse the temple of your heart.
WORD: You are in my care. Look to me day by day for the help only I can give.
WORD: Pray for righteousness among my people.
WORD: Come to me; let me hold you in my arms.
WORD: Do not let the sin of others be an excuse for yourself.
WORD: Place your hand in mine. Let me lead you.
WORD: I will bless your struggles to share my word.
WORD: Place your hand in mine - I will lead you.
WORD: Place your trust and your hope in me.
WORD: Come to me; I AM waiting.
WORD: Pray for the fresh wind of my Spirit.
WORD: Pray for my body, the church.
WORD: Wait on my goodness.
WORD: When the storm comes, look to me for help.
WORD: Look to me for help in the storms of life.
WORD: You are in my care.
WORD: Cry out to me in your hour of need. I will listen.
WORD: I hear the cries of my people.
WORD: I AM your shelter in the storm.
WORD: Seek my righteousness and my ways.
WORD: Wait on me. Trust me to do what is right.
WORD: You have come into my presence and I love you.
WORD: Yield up your lives and whatever possesses you.
WORD: Learn to love what I love.
WORD: Trust me with your children.

Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 119:97-120; *; 81, 82; Jer. 8:18-9:6; Rom. 5:1-11; John 8:12-20
Thursday: [83] or 42,43; *; 85, 86; Jer. 10:11-24; Rom. 5:12-21; John 8:21-32

      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 at Christ the King.

***** Please pray for and attend the Diocesan Convention in June.
      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 .

Albany Intercessor

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