Psalm 68:4-11

January 31, 2012

Sing to God, sing praises to his name; extol him who rides on the clouds, by his name Yah, and rejoice before him. (Psalm 68:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us sing to God the Father and make melody to him in our hearts.

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)
      Father, there are so many fatherless children in our society — so many young men who know how to have sex but don’t know how to be a father to the children they produce.

God sets the solitary in families; he brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. (Psalm 68:6)
      Jesus, reestablish family life throughout this diocese.

O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, (Psalm 68:7)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church has become a wilderness. March with the people of the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of South Carolina as we go through that wilderness.

The earth shook; the heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. (Psalm 68:8 )
      Holy Spirit, move us by your presence.

You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, whereby you confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary. (Psalm 68:9)
      Father, sent the plentiful rain of your Holy Spirit to refresh us.

Your congregation dwelt in it; you, O God, provided from your goodness for the poor. (Psalm 68:10)
      Jesus, provide for the poor and the lost and the least in the land among us. Thank you.

The LORD gave the word; great was the company of those who proclaimed it: (Psalm 68:11)
      LORD, give your word and raise up many to proclaim it throughout your church. Thank you.

A word received: Keep coming to me. I AM blessing your coming to me.

Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Gen. 21:1-21: Heb. 11:13-22: John 6:41-51
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Gen. 22:1-18: Heb. 11:23-31: John 6:52-59

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 1:29-39; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; 2 Kings 4:(8-17)18-21(22-31); Psalm 142).

***** Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      There are so many promises in the bible. Let us focus on the perfection of the Kingdom in the word. Let the “Word” of Jesus heal you’re wounds. Say a personal yes and Amen to God. Corinthians 1:20 writes, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the Glory of God.

***** Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012
From: Bishop Mike Chapman
      Earthquake in Ica around midnight last night. About 60 injured but no known deaths. As far as I know the team here is ok. Please pray for the injured. This is the second one here since October. Pray for Ica. +Mike

Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012
From: Ginnie Grupinski
Subject: URGENT PRAYER FOR PERU
      Linda Chapman: Well, we had an earthquake last night at 12:11am. 6.3 It was so loud, like standing near a passing train. The noise shot me out of bed to the doorway of the bedroom. Then my husband yelled, Linda go! The whole building was shaking back and forth and the stairways going down from the 3rd floor were moving back and forth. Next thing we were out in the street, I in my nightgown. But everything was pitch black because we lost the electric. We stayed out there with all the other people for a while to see if it was going to happen again. We need to check out today how people are in some of the towns around us where the buildings are not as well made.
      Dear Intercessors…Please pray and declare Romans 8:18-27 for the Chapmans and Peru. I will update you as I hear any more from Linda. Thanks for your faithfulness to pray! Blessings, Ginnie

***** Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012
From: WHI Dayton Prayer
Subject: WHI Dayton Prayer Request and Praise Report 2012 01 31
      If you know someone that wishes to pray for this ministry, please ask them to send their e-mail to WHI Dayton Prayer
      1. WHI Dayton’s planning, teaming, resourcing, recruiting, partnering. Many team members are suffering from illness, old injuries, and family emergencies. Need strong spiritual covering.
      2. WHI Dayton initially requested to meet with one chaplain at Fort Campbell on Friday 10 Feb am. Now, the chaplain is hosting a 2-hour information meeting with estimated 40 (up to 70) chaplains, area pastors, and caregivers. 3 WHI Dayton team members planning to drive the 6-hr one-way trip from Thu to Sat, 9 to 11 Feb. Pray for the hosting chaplain, who would be in a 24-hr+ endurance training with his flock with only 3 hours of break before the meeting. Army Strong! Need to represent the overall WHI effort well. Jesus, thank you for granting favor!
      3. WHI NY planning female veterans retreat (TBD) and all-hands retreat in Nov. A DC church planning for General Officer’s retreat in Apr and all-hands in Oct.
      4. USAF active duty suicide rate in mid-Jan 2012 showed 6% increase from Jan 2011. Supervisors are directed to have one-on-one meetings with subordinates on resiliency.
      5. Cindy, widowed 2 weeks ago. Her husband was a WHI vet who accepted Jesus during the retreat. Cindy is having a hard time accepting the loss.
      6. Carolyn, a WHI spouse, with fragile cardiovascular and digestive systems, easily exhausted tending to family and possibly fighting infection.
      7. Combat vets being invited to April retreats: Dan E, Bill, Loretta, Wayne, Joe S, Ken, Robert, Joe M, Shane, Jim, Jeff, Bob, Paul, Mike, Don, Fred, Tom, and Dan A. Spouses / fiances Jenny, Gina, Diana (unknown medical condition), Joyce, Rachel, Joy, Lenore, and Dixie. WHI vet Dan and spouse expecting baby boy in March.
      8. Sonya, daughter of a USMC Korean War vet. She is mourning her dad’s passing in Dec 2011.
      9. Gen Bill returned home to East Coast. His daughter Caroline’s conditions are improving; she cannot wait to get back to normal routine.
      10. Praise the Lord for the nation’s first parade to honor Iraqi War vets and families in St. Louis on 28 Jan. Let the Lord’s healing begin in many.
      11. Pray for US Army Ranger Cory Smith, currently on his 18th day running / bicycling from his station at Columbus GA to his home state Indianapolis IN, inviting others to run with him and donate for PTSD and re-integration issues facing veterans. Pray for safety, strength, and completion. http://www.facebook.com/runrangerrun or http://gallantfew.org/index.cfm?pageId=32&Page=Run%20Ranger%20Run

Albany Intercessor


Bethel

January 30, 2012

Bethel is located in the West Bank. El-bethel means God of Bethel.

Genesis 35:6,7,14 (NIV)
Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother. . . . Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.

Triune Lord, You are the God of Bethel.


US drought

January 30, 2012

A US drought map may be found here.

Proverbs 3:19-20 (NIV)
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.

Father in heaven,
You are the God of hydrology, meteorology, and ecology, the Creator of heaven and earth. Your knowledge and understanding extends to every dimension and realm, both seen and unseen.
Have mercy on us, for we are arrogant and sinful. Have mercy on us for we do not perceive the unseen. If the drought-stricken land is cursed due to our sinfulness, then we humbly ask You to reveal to the Body of Christ what must be done.
Stir the hearts of the people in the drought-stricken area to read Holy Scripture. No drought of God’s Word!
Teach us how to pray so that our nation can come into a right relationship with You. You are our heart’s desire.
We pray for restoration of faith and hope. We speak love to the drought-stricken land and atmosphere. We declare a double portion of love and blessings to Texas.
We bless the processes of evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation, and collection. We bless the the wind and the clouds, the sun and the moon. We bless the land and every body of water in the drought-stricken areas. We bless the governments, the farmers, the churches, the businesses, the media, the schools, and the arts and entertainment. We bless the families.
Let it rain, Lord. Let it rain. Amen.


John 6:26-29

January 30, 2012

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.” (John 6:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us understand our motives in turning to Jesus and desire him with the understanding that only you can give.

“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him.” (John 6:27)
      Jesus, please help us labor for what is enduring to everlasting life.

      Father, you set the seal of your Holy Spirit upon Jesus. Seal us with that same Spirit. I know that Jesus received the Holy Spirit without measure and that I cannot because of the sin in my life and my fallen nature, but I ask for as much of your Spirit as I can receive. Thank you.

Then they said to him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent.” (John 6:28-29)
      Father, please help us believe in Jesus whom you have sent to us.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Gen. 19:1-17(18-23)24-29: Heb. 11:1-12: John 6:27-40
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Gen. 21:1-21: Heb. 11:13-22: John 6:41-51

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 1:29-39; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; 2 Kings 4:(8-17)18-21(22-31); Psalm 142).

***** Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:12:37 -0500
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote
      Brethren try to focus on the good in people. Actively look for the positive and kind things about others. Try not to put people down, either to someone’s face or behind their back, even in you mind. Get out of that habit please. If you hear someone putting someone down do not be drawn into the conversation. “No” is a complete sentence! Philippians 4: 8 writes; “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

[Note from Torre on Nigel's quote: Some years ago a pastor put me onto this verse: For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (2 Corinthians 10:12) His free translation was that "it is stupid to compare yourself with others. When you do that, someone almost always gets put down, and the person who usually gets put down is yourself." He said, to me, "You are putting down someone that Jesus died for and that is a sin and you need to repent of that!"]

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012
From: Ronnie O’Neill
Subject: Fw: Prayer update on “Y”
      Just in from Mark and Liz: Hi all, quick update on “Y” whom many of you have been praying for. As some will have heard in church this morning; “Y” is still in protective care and rehabilitaion, however we’ve heard in the past couple of days that her younger sister who had been sold into the brothel to replace “Y” has been rescued and is now also in protective care – praise the Lord and thank you for your prayers!!! Her mother has alos been found work that provides some income and should reduce the risk of other “Y”‘s other siblings being sold. Thanks to you all once again for your prayers and to God for his mercy, grace and protection. Cheers and God bless, Mark and Liz…

Albany Intercessor


Christian mysticism–Fr. Dale Matson

January 29, 2012

On his blog Soundings, Dale Matson reflects on mysticism:

Actually it is in Christ that we learn who we truly are. In Him our personality is not annihilated; in Him our personality is brought to fruition. The ultimate aim of the Christian mystic is union with Christ.


Mark 1:21-28

January 29, 2012

Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. (Mark 1:21)
      Jesus, enter ever parish of this diocese today and teach through the power of your Holy Spirit.

And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and heed all teaching that authentically comes from Jesus. Let the words that he speaks cut us to the heart.

Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” (Mark 1:23-25)
      Jesus, whenever evil spirits manifest themselves in our lives or in our parishes, rebuke them and cast them out.

And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. (Mark 1:26)
      Father, please help us persevere through to victory in the fight with what is evil in your sight.

Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” (Mark 1:27)
      Father, help the clergy and people of this diocese recognize and accept the authority with which Jesus speaks to us.

And immediately his fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee. (Mark 1:28 )
      Jesus, we pray that the news of what you are doing in our congregations will spread throughout our communities. Thank you.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Gen. 18:16-33: Gal. 5:13-25: Mark 8:22-30
HC: Mark 1:21-28; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Gen. 19:1-17(18-23)24-29: Heb. 11:1-12: John 6:27-40

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 1:29-39; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; 2 Kings 4:(8-17)18-21(22-31); Psalm 142).

***** Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Someone once said that if you are right about something; keep quiet about it. On the flip side if you are wrong about something; apologize. This might be a good equation in life within marriage, with friends and family. Jesus said, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Albany Intercessor


Animals

January 29, 2012

Job 39:26-27 (NKJV)
“Does the hawk fly by your wisdom,
And spread its wings toward the south?
Does the eagle mount up at your command,
And make its nest on high?

Father,
By Your wisdom, the creatures of this world live and move and have their being. By Your provision, the quail flew into Israel’s camp in the wilderness. You instructed Balaam’s donkey to speak and commanded the ravens to feed Elijah and gave Nehemiah’s horse wisdom to travel at night around the walls of Jerusalem.
Your Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords, entered Jerusalem in triumph, yet lowly, sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. Jesus instructed the disciples to cast their nets on the right side of the boat to bring in a multitude of fish.
We thank You that in their service to man, these animals served You. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in the lives of the animals of Israel today. Establish Your kingdom, Lord, from Dan to Beersheba, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. Amen.


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