A Call to Prayer for those Suffering in Iraq and Syria – For Sunday August 24 (includes suggested prayers)

August 21, 2014

Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America has issued a call to prayer for the Middle East for this Sunday August 24.


Earlier this month I called upon the members of the Anglican Church in North America to pray and support our Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria.  You can read that appeal in more detail here.

As a continuation of that appeal I am calling our churches to include a special time of prayer for the persecuted church during their services this Sunday, August 24th.

A prayer resource has been created to assist you and your congregation this week and you are welcome to use it as long as you deem appropriate. (PDF, Word)

Last week, Canon Andrew White, an Anglican known as the Vicar of Baghdad, vested in red in recognition of the martyrs who gave their life for Christ over the last few weeks, some of whom were members of his own congregation.  Clergy who are celebrating or officiating this week are welcome to vest in the color red in solidarity with them and in recognition of this testimony to Christ.

Your brother at the foot of the Cross,

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America

The short prayer service includes: A responsive reading from Psalm 83; An Opening Prayer; Time for personal or corporate prayer (with optional prayers provided) and a Closing Prayer.

The optional suggested prayers include prayers: For Our Enemies, For Muslims, Against Evil, Against Jihad, For Those Martyred, For the Church Catholic

You can find Archbishop Foley’s exhortation here
The prayer resource is available as a PDF file or as Word Doc. Please pray and please share this widely!

Psalm 130

August 20, 2014

Out of the depths I have cried to you, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning– yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, And with him is abundant redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 130:1-8 )
      [Prayer by Steve Ruetschie, Pastor of the Union Church of Manila, from Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 - Forgiveness)]
      Lord Jesus Christ, send Your Holy Spirit into my life and fill me with your love for people. Especially in regard to (name), whom I have a hard time forgiving, help me to see him [or her] as you see him. Take out of my heart the desire to get even. Show me some good quality in him that I haven’t seen before. I pray that You bless this person in abundance. Free me from any judgmentalism on my part, and help me to love the person as You do. Please help us to reconcile our relationship. If he needs to change, help him do that, but help me to change too, and show me any areas where I may be blind. Pour out Your love into my heart. Forgive me my sins as I forgive those who have hurt me. In Jesus name, Amen.

WORD: Pray for forgiveness among my people.
Daily Lectionary
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Judges 18:16-31: Acts 8:14-25: John 6:1-15
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Job 1:1-22: Acts 8:26-40: John 6:16-27

Albany Intercessor

Tel Aviv

August 20, 2014

Psalm 121:5 (ESV)
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

Stay close to them, dear Lord.

Sciatic nerve pain

August 20, 2014

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

O Lord God Almighty,
You are holy. Your glory transcends time. By Your will, ____’s musculoskeletal system was created. By Your will, it exists.
Most High God, Your glory is of manifold splendor, appearing like jasper and carnelian and emerald. You are holy.
God of all majesty, Your glory encompasses sound and light and unseen spiritual realms. You are holy.
Before Your throne is a sea of glass like crystal . . . shalom . . . perfect peace . . . order . . . alignment . . . beauty. O Lord, send Your Spirit to hover over _______’s spine and musculoskeletal system . . . restore . . . realign . . . replenish . . . replace . . . renew. Order for chaos. Beauty for ashes. Freedom. Amen.
Revelation 4

Various Scriptures Prayed

August 19, 2014

Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” (Matthew 15:25-27)
      Lord Jesus, I am willing to take whatever crumbs fall from your table for me.

WORD: Desire all that I have for you.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6)
      Lord, that is still true today. No one in our government speaks with your voice or authority and the people are being led into moral folly.

They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, wondrous works in the land of Ham, awesome things by the Red Sea. (Psalm 106:21-22)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to remember your saving works.

Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the Gentiles, to give thanks to your holy name, to triumph in your praise. (Psalm 106:47)
      Save us, Jesus, for your mercy is great.

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do; for whatever he does, the Son also does in like manner. (John 5:19)
      Father you have given us a Spirit of adoption as sons of yours. Help us to be like Jesus and do whatever you desire us to do.

WORD: Pray that I will give you ears to hear and eyes to see what I am doing.

I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me. (John 5:30)
      Jesus, please bring us to that same standard of righteousness where we judge based on the Father’s will.

Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. (Psalm 125:1)
      LORD, bring us to such a level of trust.

And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. (Isaiah 4:6)
      Jesus, you are my shelter from storm and rain, and my shelter from the heat of the day, and my place of refuge. Thank you.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Judges 18:1-15: Acts 8:1-13: John 5:30-47
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Judges 18:16-31: Acts 8:14-25: John 6:1-15

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 – Forgiveness) from Union Church of Manila Part 2 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 17, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103623391

***** SAINT ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Aug. 18, 2014; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. James Bryant, John Banfield and Deacon Alan Hart 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 good, clean used clothing we offer.

f,t — BETSY — Has not come to the table for a few months but was waiting for us today. She asked prayers for her sister MARGARET, who does not believe in God and resents that Betsy DOES! We prayed that Margaret will eventually come to know Jesus.

f,c — EDWIN — Asked for a general prayer of blessing on him.

f,c — DONNA — She is the distance runner who always stop during her run. We prayed for her to be safe as she runs in and around Amsterdam.

f,c,t, t — TWO WOMEN (no names) — These two first-time visitors came and took food, clothing and crosses but politely declined prayer.

a — DARCY — This woman always comes for prayer and anointing with Holy Oil. She seldom takes any food.

f,c — NANCY — Gave her a prayer for safety and preservation.

a,t, f,c — MARIA — She was in the background and saw me anointing Darcy and praying for her, so she came over and pointed at the oil stock and nodded her head. We prayed for her good health and safety.

t,a — JODDY — Another person who used to come by regularly but has not in awhile. She said she lives further away now and can’t get to us as easily. She sat with us quite awhile and asked for prayer for an infected tooth that has been bothering her. She refused any food or clothing. She said “A lot of other people around here need it more than I do.”

RACHAEL — This young lady is my daughter! She lives in Canajoharie but was “checking out the table” while her daughter Katie was at the dentist around the corner. Rachael helped me bring out food and clothes for the people while she visited. (And what a dumb thing: I forgot to pray for her!)

t, f — ED — On his way over to the Masonic Temple for the free lunch he stopped for a cross and took a little food. We prayed for God to watch over him and protect him.

t — CARSON — This red-haired boy of about 13 came with his father (no name) and asked us for a cross. We prayed that he will always walk in God’s ways.

f,c — MARSHALL — Want to talk about breakthroughs? This man (who apparently has some behavioral problems) used to cuss at me and make gestures from the other side of the street. But John and James have both befriended him to the point where he now comes over regularly to visit with us and take a few items of food and clothing or shoes. But today for the FIRST time Marshall acknowledged my welcoming greeting to him. He looked at me and sort of smiled and said “I don’t need prayers from you because I walk with the Lord and I say my OWN prayers.” I told him, “I respect that!”

t,f,c — ALBERTO — He comes every week and always requests very special prayers. This time he wanted prayers for ” … all the people in the world who are infected with HIV, and also for people all over the world who have no place to call home.”

f,c,t,t — ANGIE — Asked for prayers for her two sons and one daughter “to be safe and come to know Christ.”

f,c — EDDIE (and son, no name given) — Asked for general prayer to be safe and to keep their good health.

f,c — BOB — Older man who is very large. This time we had some clothes that fit him! We prayed for continued healing from heart problems he experienced earlier this summer.

Albany Intercessor


August 19, 2014

Nehemiah 4:14b (ESV)
Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.

You are a great and awesome God, and we intercede for our brothers, sons, daughters, wives, and family members with autism spectrum disorders. Amen.


August 19, 2014

Isaiah 54:14 (ESV)
In righteousness you shall be established;
you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
and from terror, for it shall not come near you.

Our Father in heaven,
For our sake, You made Your Son Jesus to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Holy, holy, holy is Your name.
Would that Your beloved children in Israel turn to Jesus and be established in righteousness. We pray that the Holy Spirit come to Israel and bring conviction of sin and righteousness and judgment. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:21, John 16:8


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