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Sunday, March 22, 2015

 

3/22/2015, #15, 1st Quarter 2015

though he was a Son, yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered. (Hebrews 5:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for what you suffered for me so that you could learn obedience. Please help me to learn obedience as well.

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
      Holy Father, putyour law in my mind and write it on my heart.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
      

What we heard
WORD: Come to me in humility. Let me purify your heart.
WORD: Pray that you will bear fruit for my kingdom.
Romans 8:34 WORD: I am pleading for you right now.
WORD: You are in my care. Keep looking to me for help.
WORD: Remember to have mercy on the weak and the helpless.
Daily Lectionary
Monday: 31; *; 35; Jer. 24:1-10; Rom. 9:19-23; John 9:1-17
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; *; 124, 125, 126, [127]; Jer. 25:8-17; Rom. 10:1-13; John 9:18-41
Wednesday: 119:145-176; *; 128, 129, 130; Jer. 25:30-38; Rom. 10:14-21; John 10:1-18

      From the Front Lines

***** Bishop's Message, March 21st, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      I am pleased to announce that the Most Reverend and Right Honorable George Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury and his wife, Lady Eileen, will be the honored guests of the Community of St. Mary and the Diocese from May 30th until June 7th. I would like to thank Mother Miriam, Mother Superior of the Community of St. Mary, for her active support in coordinating and supporting the Archbishop's visit.
      Archbishop Carey came to faith as a teenager, entered the military, then completed university and seminary. He holds a PhD from the University of Durham. He served as a curate and then in theological education. He became rector of St. Nicholas parish in Durham and in two years tripled the size of its congregation, the story of which is documented in the book The Church in the Marketplace. Lord Carey was appointed bishop of Bath and Wells in 1987, and four years later was enthroned as the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury. Since retiring, he has been an active member of the House of Lords, serving as Lord Carey of Clifton. He still preaches and teaches across the Anglican Communion. I am grateful to the Archbishop for his willingness to spend time with us, to teach us, and to share our common life during his time here. Archbishop Carey will be participating in a wide variety of events during his time with us, giving many of you the opportunity to come and hear him speak. Here are some of those opportunities:
      On Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m., the Archbishop will preach at the service of Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210.
      On Sunday, May 31st, Archbishop Carey will be the preacher for the Mass of the Holy Trinity, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834. A welcome luncheon will be served following the service in the dining room in the Welcome Center. The cost for lunch is $11.00. At 5 p.m., the Archbishop will preach at the Blessing and Rededication of the Chapel at The Community of St. Mary Convent, 242 Cloister Way, Greenwich, NY, 12834.
      On Tuesday, June 2nd, Lord and Lady Carey will speak at the regular Healing service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The service begins at 10:00 a.m. and lunch will follow in the dining room of the Welcome Center. The cost for lunch is $11.00.
      On Wednesday, June 3rd at 5 p.m., the Archbishop will be the preacher at the Corpus Christi Eucharist and outdoor procession. The service will begin in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and will culminate with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the helicopter pad. A light supper will be served in the dining room of the Welcome Center at 6:30 p.m. The cost for supper is $11.00.
      From Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th, Archbishop Carey will join us for the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany at Camp of the Woods Christian Resort and Conference Center, 106 Downey Avenue, Speculator, NY 12164. The Archbishop will be a featured presenter during the Convention. Also joining us at Convention will be Bishop Grant LeMarquand, Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa in the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, Bishop Fanuel Magangani, Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Malawi, Bishop Darren McCartney, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic, Bishop Todd McGrcgor, Bishop of Toliara (Madagascar), Bishop Harold Miller, Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland, and our own retired bishops of the Diocese, Bishop David Ball and Bishop Dan Herzog.
      Our visitors to Convention will give us exposure to the work of the Church in several continents, both where it can work peaceably and where it is persecuted, and show us how that work is grounded in loyalty to Jesus Christ and a desire to see the gospel spread and the church strengthened in every community.
      I invite you all to attend as many of these events as you can, but I especially invite you to come and share the blessings of Convention, where we will explore the theme of Three Persons, One God Three Streams, One Church. Convention is our Diocesan Family Reunion and you can rejoice with your brothers and sisters in Christ across the diocese in worship, healing, workshops, the Youth Mass on Sunday, and the great vitality of our faith. You can register for Convention by clicking here.
      Faithfully yours in Christ, +Bill

***** Jean and I are making a slow recovery: me from pneumonia and Jean from bronchial spasms. We have appreciated all your prayers. Torre

***** Christ Church Prayer Table, Albany Street, March 21, 2015, Chuck Rinaldo, Michelle Diaz, Keith

+ - Cross
199 Booklet

+ Al – Pray for his recovery from his addiction; for him to have a better relationship with his kids.
+ Tion – Protection on his way to work.
199 Joseph – Pray for him to have the Lord’s strength as he is in recovery and for him to stay clean.
+ Gave a cross to a passing young girl.
Kenny – Pray for God’s presence in the neighborhood and for safety for the children.
Pray for Jean and Torre’s health; for total and complete healing, strength and rest.
+ 199 Jim – His sister Cathy is sick; pray for total healing.
+ Ellie – God’s protection and his provision in her life.

City Mission Prayer Table, March 19, 2015 –Chuck Rinaldo
+ - Cross

Torre Bissell – Pray for total healing of pneumonia and quick recovery.
Ted and Camilla – Strength for Ted to continue to live independently. Enable Camilla to increase her immune system to combat Lyme disease.
PTL – Beth, who we have been praying for in her battle with Leukemia, has been released from the hospital. However, she will continue treatment from home.
+ Greg – His grandmother recently passed away. We prayed for comfort for the family. Prayed also for his mother’s health.
+ Carlos and Mary – Pray for their relationship. Mary is in a program at City Mission; pray for deliverance of substance abuse. Pray for Carlos for his ministry of World Discipleship Christ Recovery Network Nourishing Your Eternal Soul (WDCRN NYES).
++ Pete and Chikea – She is expecting a baby and asked for prayer for a healthy baby. Pray for their relationship to grow in love.
Rich – He went on a retreat last Saturday called “Stepping-up”. Pray for God’s continued leading.
++ Frankie – Pray that God renew his mind and spirit to guide him daily.

***** 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 http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/Convention/2015/2015ConventionRegistrationForm.php .

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, March 9, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Chilly but not terribly cold as has been the case the past month. We had a steady crowd come to His table for prayer, free non-perishable food we offer, and clean used clothing we offer. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan presiding at His table today. We offered everyone who came one of our red cards with the Holy Week schedule of services on it.)

MAN and WIFE (no names given) and their four adorable children -- This family has been coming each of the last few weeks. The children look forward to seeing Cherie Nethaway, who gives them all "Goldfish" in a paper cup!) They got prayer as a group for general provision and safety.

LUCY -- Friend of this family, She, too, has been coming regularly. Prayed for her well-being and safety.

ETHEL -- She is a wonderful, elderly lady who walks all over Amsterdam giving food to friends and relatives that she picks up at the free meal across the street at the Masonic Temple. She never takes any food or clothing from us but she stops to talk with us. She calls us "The Street Angels." We prayed for her to "keep going" and to continue to minister to the poor and afflicted in her life.

JOSE (and friend, no name) -- This man lives across the street but comes by now and then. We prayed for the safety and good health of both men.

MIKE -- Prayed for a family member of his who just had surgery.

REBECCA -- Received prayer for safety in the surgery she is having this Friday.

IVA -- Prayers sought for God to continue to watch over her.

GEORGIANA -- She came to the table with Rebecca. Received prayer for her sciatic nerve pain she has had to endure. (Note: She and Rebecca both came to our Morning Prayer service today before the table started.)

BOB -- Another pretty regular visitor. Prayed for his health. (He has a history of heart problems and is doing more walking these days. That is how he found us!)

ED -- Always comes for a wooden cross (made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina) and a can or two of soup. He says he has the crosses hanging "all over my house" to protect him from evil.

Note: Please continue to bring in your cans of soup, pasta boxes, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, etc. as well as your clean, used clothing. Do not forget the needy neighbors in our midst. Jesus told us "Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do unto me." Let's keep doing it!!

***** Prayer Table St. John's Johnstown March 4, 3 volunteers

Prayed for:
Peter: Friend, Joe, who is hospitalized
John: for guidance and awareness

***** CHRIST CHURCH – STATE STREET PRAYER TABLE
February 28, 2015 – Chuck Rinaldo, Mark Pasko and Wally Plock
+ -cross
Leola – Pray for her family and for comfort after the loss of her pet dog.
Gary – Pray for God’s protection.
+ Danny – Provision and God’s protection daily.
+ Shawn - Provision and God’s protection daily.
Deno – He was on the way to work, pray for his safety.
Karen – Concerns for her pet dog that has cancer.
Eric – Pray for his family.
Mark – Pray for his wife, Mary Ann, who is having mental and physical issues; for strength and healing.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015; 10-11 a.m. Because of the second straight week of bitter-cold temperatures -- it was minus 12 at 9:30! -- we held the Prayer Table indoors in our Parish Hall. But whereas last week only three people followed up on the outdoor sign that we would be setting up inside, today 15 adults and several children came to the table for prayer as well as the free good, used clothing we offer and the free non-perishable food we offer. This is a WONDERFUL sign that our neighbors are not the least bit wary of coming inside our doors. Perhaps many of them, unfortunately, used to regard St. Ann's as a big, gray stone church with people inside who don't care about anyone else. Wrong! We at St. Ann's love our neighbors and it is really starting to show. The people in our neighborhood are really getting the message that we love them and care about them. Want to hear MORE good news? Four people who came early for prayer and free items also joined us for Morning Prayer before the table was set up! Therefore, please continue your intercessory prayers for the success of each Prayer Table and continue to bring in your good, used clothing and non-perishable food items. Today we gave away ALL the food that was stocked and most of the warm clothing and shoes, blankets, etc. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan presiding at His table today.)

a -- anointed with Holy Oil
t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina f -- received free, non-perishable food we offer c -- received free clean, used clothing and blankets we offer

f,c -- GEORGIANA -- She has become a regular and joined us for MP. She asked prayers for MaryJo, her friend who is in a nursing facility and is not well.

a,f,c -- REBECCA -- A longtime regular. (She was the first visitor ever to our prayer table back on July 9, 2012.) She is having surgery on March 13 for her back and is very worried that it might not go well. We prayed that she would be brave and strong, to trust in God and for Him to get her through this hard time.

f,c -- "CHIP" -- Accepted our offer to join us for MP. He smiled and said "Sure!" Asked for a general prayer for protection and provision. (This man often brings items to share with others at the table.)

f,c -- SHERRY -- Sought prayers for her upcoming surgery.

JOHN -- Asked for prayers for his in-laws,who are not well.

a,f,c -- IRENE -- This Spanish-speaking woman does not understand English but (with sign language and limited Spanish) understands that we are praying for her. She is very needy and grateful for whatever we give her.

a,f,c -- ALBERT -- He asked for prayers for his brother (no name) who was just arrested last week and is in jail awaiting trial.

a -- WOMAN (no name) -- This person is going through a terrible time in her life and we prayed for the Lord to carry her through this. God knows the details.

t,f,c -- FAMILY -- (Man, woman, children -- no names) -- We gave the little boy in the carriage a cross and gave him a blessing that he will come to know Christ.


f,c,a -- DAVID -- This young man has some very serious problems. The Lord knows the details. We prayed at length for this man.

f,c -- NANCY -- Took many items she needed while we had the lengthy needed prayer sessions with DAVID, but unfortunately left before we could pray for her.

DAVE (no same man as before) -- Frequent visitor to the table, he stopped by to say hello. This is a deeply Christian man from another denomination who has directed many of our neighbors to our table.

Albany Intercessor


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