Jeremiah 31:33-34

June 6, 2014

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)
      LORD, write your Torah on my mind and heart so that I will be a man after your own heart.

No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34)
      Holy Spirit, so move at the Diocesan Convention that each person there will come away from the weekend knowing you and our Father in heaven and his son Jesus Christ. Thank you

A word received: Give me your attention so that you can hear my word.
A word received: Trust me; I AM in charge.

Morning Prayer
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Jer. 31:27-34: Eph. 5:1-20: Matt. 9:9-17
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * –; Ezek. 36:22-27: Eph. 6:10-24: Matt. 9:18-26
Eve of Pentecost: –: * 33; Exod. 19:3-8a,16-20: 1 Pet. 2:4-10
The Day of Pentecost: 118 * 145; Deut. 16:9-12: Acts 4:18-21,23-33: John 4:19-26
Holy Communion
Pentecost Principal Service: 104:25-37 or 104:25-32 or 33:12-15,18-22: Acts 2:1-11 or Ezekiel 11:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 or Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23 or John 14:8-17

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Liz Miller, Diocese of Down and Dromore in Ireland spoke at the Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday. She strongly recommended the following book (which is available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition). I am currently reading it and strongly recommend it myself. Torre
      The GRACE OUTPOURING by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5:00 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre 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

3 or 4 people said, “God bless you,” as I walked in the door past the people waiting to enter to get their evening meal.

Herman (man) — He said God has been blessing him.

Ted (volunteer) — His granddaughter Camille is getting a new drug intravenously.

Dan (staff) — He asked for prayer for Joshua who was involved in a fight last week.

+ a Antonio (young man) — “A job.” We prayed for a blessing on his search.

+ 199 Steve and + Sarah (young couple, she is pregnant by him) — Steve just rededicated his life to Jesus two nights ago. A water pipe burst over the fuse box in their apartment house and they are staying at the mission.

+Sonia (woman) — Her son is autistic and getting picked on by other kids. +Justine her finance and their baby Malachi — he wants to be God’s man. They are getting evicted and their finances are in disarray.

+Christina and + Cliff and many nephews and nieces and +children –We prayed for her mother Mary whom they suspect has cancer.

***** Prayer Table, June 5th, 12:15 – 1:15, State Street, Schenectady, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+ Javier (age 10) blessing
+ Boniture – blessing

++ Linda Thanking the Lord for this day. Took extra cross to give away

Jamie – walk by blessing

++ Demita – on her way to see a friend in need (we could see the ambulance)

Roger – safety and happiness for his family

+ Carol – pain in her body, that the masses in her lungs not be cancerous

+ Dominic – God’s blessing

Runner – blessed us!

+Jay (young man) love

+ Raphael – prayers for his grandma in the hospital

Mary – healing of digestion problems

+ Tom – blessing; prayers to battle his borderline dementia, arrival of his first Social Security check

Albany Intercessor


Ephesians

June 5, 2014

[Note from Torre: We are going to the Diocesan Convention and then on Tuesday I will be having my right knee replaced at Saratoga Hospital. I expect to be off the computer for the next couple of weeks.]

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-12)
      Holy Spirit, help me be the evangelist you have called me to be so that the whole body of Christ is built up. Thank you.

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
      [Note from Torre: people have asked us what the “secret” is of staying married for 50 years, and our answer is always the same: “Don’t go to bed angry.”

      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts and wills and minds and spirits of the couples of this diocese so that they choose to lie down and be at peace with one another each night. Thank you.

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
      Amen.

A word received: Be still and know that I Am God. Be still and listen.

Morning Prayer
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Zech. 4:1-14: Eph.4:17-32: Matt. 9:1-8
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Jer. 31:27-34: Eph. 5:1-20: Matt. 9:9-17
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * –; Ezek. 36:22-27: Eph. 6:10-24: Matt. 9:18-26
Eve of Pentecost: –: * 33; Exod. 19:3-8a,16-20: 1 Pet. 2:4-10
The Day of Pentecost: 118 * 145; Deut. 16:9-12: Acts 4:18-21,23-33: John 4:19-26
Holy Communion
Pentecost Principal Service: 104:25-37 or 104:25-32 or 33:12-15,18-22: Acts 2:1-11 or Ezekiel 11:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 or Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23 or John 14:8-17

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Liz Miller, Diocese of Down and Dromore in Ireland spoke at the Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday. She strongly recommended the following book (which is available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition). I am currently reading it and strongly recommend it myself. Torre
      The GRACE OUTPOURING by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts.

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, June 2, 2014; 9:45-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. A gorgeous, sun-splashed morning. Lots of people out and about. Today we gave away free T-shirts and slightly-used running shoes from a road race recently held in Johnstown. We also gave away the usual free non-perishable food we offer each Monday.)

t– received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a — anointed with Holy Oil.
f — received free non-perishable food.
s, T — received free running shoes and T shirt.

s — ETHEL — This sweet older woman has come to our healing services and even bible study in recent months. She walks all over Amsterdam delivering food to friends and relatives. SHe took a pair of our sneakers. She needs them with all the walking she does for others!

f,s — EDWIN and MARIA — This couple comes nearly every Monday for prayer and food. They said today, as they always do, “God bless you!” to us.

a,t, s T,f — HEATHER — This young woman was driving by and stopped at the traffic light, and she asked “How much do they (shoes) cost?” When we told her they were free, she backed up, parked and came over. She took a couple of pairs of shoes, some food, a cross and asked for prayer. Anointed her with Holy Oil. Then she started to weep and said, “I am having a bad time right now. I asked God for some help while I was driving a few minutes ago, and … here you are! He helped me!” We prayed for her good health and protection and for her boyfriend (no name) who is traveling a long distance today.

s T, f — DONNA — This woman is a runner who stopped a few months ago in the cold and snow and has been coming by ever since for prayer and the free items we offer. We prayed for her to be safe while she is running in the streets.

s T, f — NANCY — She always stops every Monday. She is a woman who lives with her sister and they are grateful for the food she says ” … helps us get by.” We prayed for her to be safe.

f, s T — DARCY — Always asks for a blessing for protection and good health. She tried on a pair of shoes, kept them on and tossed her old ones away!

s T, f — RITA — Requested prayer for healing (no details) and safety.

a, f, s T, a — BIANCA — This older woman has been asking for protection from demons who she says are always lurking around her. She said since we have been praying for her, the demons have stopped bothering her and can’t “get to her” anymore. But we again asked God the father to keep these evil spirits away; to send them to Jesus to bind and do with as He will.

f, s T, a — MARCIA — This woman from Altamont has become a regular at the Monday free meal across the street at the Masonic Temple and also at the table. She said she came to our last Community Meal at St. Ann’s. She is extremely needy. She has three teen-aged children and one of them (son, ADAM) was recently beaten up and robbed and has needed medical attention she said she cannot afford. We prayed for her to be delivered from the financial woes she is having and for her family to be safe and well.

a, f, s T — JENNY — This young woman said she fell last night and is “hurting.” We prayed for healing for Jenny.

s T, f — ED — Semi-regular who stops sometimes. This time he asked for prayer “to be well.”

s T — MARSHALL — Young man with obvious behavioral problems he cannot always control has sometimes cussed at us and made gestures. Today he was as calm and polite as can be. He said “Thank you very much” and smiled after taking a pair of shoes.

Albany Intercessor


Praying Ephesians 3:20-21 and the Apostles’ Creed

June 3, 2014

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
      Jesus, visit every parish in this diocese and the Diocesan Convention with the full power of your Holy Spirit, and do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. Surprise us, visit us with your joy. Amen.

      Praying the Apostles’ Creed

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
      Father, thank you that it all depends on your strength and might, and not ours.
Maker of heaven and earth;
      The heavens declare your glory, and the firmament shows forth your handiwork. (Psalm 19:1) The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing to you. (Psalm 65:13)
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
      Jesus, there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved but yours. (Acts 4:12)
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
      Holy Spirit, thank you for what you have brought forth in Jesus.
Born of the Virgin Mary;
      Father, thank you that Mary was willing to say, “Yes,” to the angel Gabriel. Thank you for the risk she was willing to take for us.
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      Jesus, thank you for what you were willing to suffer for our salvation; please help us to endure what we must suffer to see the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion restored to Apostolic faith.
Was crucified, dead, and buried;
      Holy Father, please restore to the common life of your people the saving knowledge of what Jesus endured by his crucifixion, death, and burial.
He descended into hell;
      Jesus, you went to the place of the dead to preach to the dead that they might live according to God in the spirit. Come and visit all the dead branches of your church and graft them back into the vine. Thank you. (1 Peter 4:6)
The third day he rose again from the dead;
      Thank you, Jesus; for by your resurrection we have been raised to new life in your Spirit.
He ascended into heaven,
      Jesus, thank you for being taken up into heaven in the sight of your apostolic witnesses. Help us live day by day in the hope that as you were taken up into heaven, so you will come back in like manner. (Acts 1:11)
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      As with the dying thief on the cross, we too say, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42)
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
      Jesus, thank you that there is now no condemnation for those who are in you, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
      Holy Spirit, your law of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Thank you. (Romans 8:2)
The holy Catholick Church;
      Thank you for your church, Jesus; please help it to be a true vessel of your gospel in all places and in all times.
The Communion of Saints;
      THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen. (BCP 1662) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
The Forgiveness of sins;
      Thank you, Jesus, for washing me with your precious blood and forgiving my sins. Thank you for making me clean.
The Resurrection of the body,
      LORD, please help me live day by day in the hope of the resurrection: for I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27)
And the Life everlasting. Amen.
      Father, I live in the hope of living forever in your presence. Thank you for this hope that sustains me day by day. Amen.

A word received: I AM your rock and your refuge.

Morning Prayer
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 1 Sam. 16:1-13a: Eph. 3:14-21: Matt. 8:18-27
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Isa. 4:2-6: Eph. 4:1-16: Matt. 8:28-34

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Faith in Action Sunday, June 1, 2014, Deacon Mark and Darlene Chesnut on Albany St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Albany St.

+ Adiki (woman)-blessing

+ Pat(woman)- peace (she told us her sister would be coming shortly for paryer and she did!)

++ Clarence- his girlfriend had a fire in her place mainly, in the hall, for help and recovery for her

++ Devante-prayers for him and his girlfriend who is having a baby

+++ India-on parole, had 2 kids, fearful of losing them and going back to jail

+ Dasei-girlfriend and baby, for peace

+++ Rodericke-family be safe, health and safety for his son Deven

+ Ellen (Pat’s sister) her medical condition, financial help for medical bills. (she came to Christ Church, was invited to eat at our lunch, and after she came up to us and thanked us for praying for her!)

++++ Angel and her mom-regulars-Angel took a couple of crosses to give to her friends and needed another one for herself! They were on their way to church.

+ Hector-blessings and protection

++ Victoria-porch and one room of her mother’s caught fire for safety, repairs, and thanksgiving that everyone in the building was safe

+ a guy asked for prayer beads but was happy with a cross!!

As you can see everyone wanted at least one cross today!!

Albany Intercessor


Various Scriptures Prayed

June 2, 2014

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
      Father, thank you for your goodness and mercy towards us. Thank you for your great love for us in sending your son Jesus to die for us.

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:2)
      Jesus, surely your goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives (see Psalm 23:6).

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: (Psalm 136:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for your willingness to come into us while we were yet sinners and lead us to Jesus.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. (Psalm 138:7)
      Jesus, thank you for stretching out your hand upon the cross to save us.

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)
      Father, we meet so many young men and women at the prayer table who have never known their fathers. Have mercy on them and reveal your father’s heart and love to them.

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)
      Father, establish the families in this land as one man-one woman. There are so many young women out there raising families with no husband as a stable part of the family. Bring your provision into the life of those famililies. Thank you.

Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. (Matthew 8:23-24)
      Lord, there is a great tempest raging in the Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion, and we are afraid of being swamped in the storm.

Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” (Matthew 8:25)
      Lord Jesus, save us!

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:26)
      Holy Spirit, build up our faith and help us go forward in the storms and in the calm — trusting Jesus.

So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:27)
      Father, you have put all things under Jesus’ feet — even the wind and the waves obey him. Thank you.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
      Amen and amen!

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
      Holy Spirit, give our parishes, the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, and the Bishop discernment about whom you have called to ordained ministry.

A word received: Give me your burdens.

A word received: Come to me; come labor in my vineyard.

Morning Prayer
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Exod. 3:1-12: Heb. 12:18-29: Matt. Luke 10:17-24
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Joshua 1:1-9: Eph. 3:1-13: Matt. 8:5-17
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 1 Sam. 16:1-13a: Eph. 3:14-21: Matt. 8:18-27
Holy Communion
Seventh Sunday of Easter: 68:1-20 or 47; Acts 1:(1-7)8-14 or Ezekiel 39:21-29; 1 Peter 4:12-19 or Acts 1:(1-7)8-14; John 17:1-11

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Albany St. Prayer Table report, May 31st 9:35-10:25, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar, Deacon Larry Hubert on State St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT– indicates received a New Testament
B–indicates received a Bible

Albany St.

Audrey – prayers to stay off drugs, stay away from selling drugs, prayers to find a job
(also need to do 20 hours of community service – if CC can help have call 708-0947, she has a car)

Carrie – safety for children, prayers for her grandbabies

+++++++ April – 5th grader on her bike – prayers for her family (crosses are for her family)

+ Akim – everything

Clarrisa – regular – her son Scott, pain in her back

++ Russ – safety, took one cross to give away

State St.

+ Jeffrey (man) — for his daughter who is expecting a baby.

Moriah — for healing.

Leke (man) — Praise for successful dissertation defense.

+Brian (man) — Finances.

Christ Church Faith in Action Sunday, June 1, 2014, Kay Jones and Torre Bissell on State St., Deacon Mark and Darlene Chesnut in Jerry Burrell Park and Steve Evans and Louise Popa on Albany St.

Albany St.

+Nahkai (10 year old boy) — blessing and protection for him and his family.

++ 199 Laurie — for controlling her diabetes and one kidney, prayers also for her fiancée, Calvin, to remain clean from addictions and for a sponsor.

+ 199 Daniel (young man) — for guidance and protection I his life.

Lisa (regular) — In care at stoplight — blessing! She used to live across the street from Christ Church.

++ 199 Mia — Prayers for her family and 8 month old daughter, Elizaabeth.

+ 199 Sheila — for herself and her family — protection and provision.

Steve — for his business to be prosperous.

State St.

+Agnes (older woman) — “For my children and grandchildren.”

+Alinea (young woman) — “For good health.”

++Ken (Older man) — Blessing

Kaneke

+Deandre (man) — He gave his life to Jesus and asked for God’s help in giving up sin.

Roger and Angelique — He gave his life to Jesus.

+Kevin (young man) — We prayed he would come back to the Lord.

Tammy (woman) — “For my boyfriend to get out of jail.”

+Bill (man) — He is still walking with Jesus. He asked prayer for “everything”.

Don (Older man) — He fell and buised the side of his head and arm.

+Galenda (woman) “For good health for us and my children.”

+Payne (man) — He is angry about the injustice he sees and wants the church to speak out more forcibly about it.

+Baasir (young boy) — We prayed that he would grow into God’s man.

Joshua (man) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] — He asked prayer for Rowand, an old man with 10 cats and dogs. Rowand just got out of surgery and needs help. Joshua asked prayer for his loved ones, especially his mother. He confessed his addiction to cough syrup. He accepted God’s forgiveness and adoption.

Keith (man) “Hit and Run” prayer

+Clarence (man) — His girlfriend, +Brandi, had a fire in her apartment house.

+Raymond (man) — He was drunk — prayed for sobriety.

+Joe (Older man) — He needs correct food and medicine. He keeps getting the run-around trying to get it.

+Michael (young man) — He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiveness and adoption. He was near tears.

+Glenn — He asked prayer for +Crystal who is addicted.

+Lucy (woman) — Her husband is in jail. Her hip is causing her great pain. Her son is an alcoholic who doesn’t treat her with respect.

Albany Intercessor


Mark 16 and Matthew 7

May 30, 2014

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. (Mark 16:14)
      Holy Spirit, rebuke us whenever we slip into hardness of heart and disbelieve the teaching of those who have been touched by Jesus and seen him.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
      Also I heart of voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8 )

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:19-20)
      Jesus, confirm your word and your work in our lives by “signs following”. Thank you.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
      Father, we are in the midst of a great storm and much that seemed solid that was not built on the rock is being swept away

      Jesus, you are the rock; help us build only on you. Help us by your Holy Spirit to recognize and embrace that which is solid and enduring and to shun that which is merely fashionable and is passing away.

      Holy Spirit, revive your people and your church. Come with power upon the Diocesan Convention and show us the way forward. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my Holy Spirit to refresh you.

A word received: Turn to me.

A word received: I have set you on a rock — my son Jesus — do not be afraid. (Matthew7:24-27)

Friday: 85, 86 * 91, 92; 1 Sam. 2:1-10: Eph. 2:1-10: Matt. 7:22-27
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Num. 11:16-17,24-29: Eph. 2:11-22: Matt. 7:28-8:4

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 29, 2014, 5:10 – 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

Ted (volunteer) — We prayed for his granddaughter Camille. She has changed her meds fighting the Lyme’s disease. He meds are very expensive.

Stephen (man)

+ a 199 Ross (young man) — He came over and recommitted his life to Jesus, confessing his sins and accepting God’s forgiveness and adoption. We prayed for him as he works at making music. We prayed for a blessing on his hands.

Gary (staff) — Saturday he is taking an 8 or 9 day cruise on the Onrust. He asked prayer for his son Josh to find a Christian woman. He also asked prayer for a part-time job to help with finances.

Susan (woman) — We prayed for provision and protection for her and her children.

Leroy (man) — He was beaten up and had to have surgery to repair his rotator cuff because of the beating.

Albany Intercessor


Matthew 13:8-9

May 26, 2014

But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matthew 13:8 )
      Jesus, we pray that the Diocesan Convention will be good ground which will yield up an enormous crop of men, women, youths, and children who have fallen deeper in love with you.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13:9)
      Holy Spirit, open our ears and our hearts to your work so that we are good ground, prepared to receive and nourish the word of the kingdom.

Remember the many who have paid the final price:

The American Cemetery, Manila, The Philippines

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Lev. 25:35-55: Col. 1:9-14: Matt. 13:1-16
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Lev. 26:1-20: 1 Tim. 2:1-6: Matt. 13:18-23

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD MEAL PRAYER TABLE, Sunday, 5/25/14 –Chuck Rinaldo
+ Joshua – Direction in his life. Protection and provision as he moves from place to place. Pray also that he can reveal Jesus to those he meets.
++ Chris – Pray for people that have high blood pressure. Pray for all military for safety and thanking them for their sacrifice.
++ Jana and her son McKinnley – She is an alcoholic and wants to get straight. She is asking for God’s strength and for financial resources to take care of her son who has special needs.

Albany Intercessor


John 15:7

May 25, 2014

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7)
      Jesus, please help us pray according to the mind of your Spirit.

      Holy Spirit, come into us and dwell in us and speak your word to us and through us.

      Father, our hearts’ desire is to ask for those things that are in accord with your will. Father, prune me so that I may bear fruit for you.

A word received: I want to prune you to make you fruitful.

Remember those who have paid the final price:

The American Cemetery, Manila, The Philippines

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Lev. 25:1-17: James 1:2-8,16-18: Luke 12:13-21
Sixth Sunday of Easter: 148 or 148:7-14; Acts 17:22-31 or Isaiah 41:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-18 or Acts 17:22-31; John 15:1-8
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Lev. 25:35-55: Col. 1:9-14: Matt. 13:1-16

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Watervliet Prayer Table, May 24, 2014, Prayer Team: Candy Palumbo and Donna Hollar

Prayer for all people and families living in Watervliet for provision, protection, daily blessings and spiritual growth.

James and Jeffrey: two 13 year olds asking for a good end to their school year.

2 employees going to work at Price Chopper: for success and good health

Nicholas: asked for blessings.

Barbara: for provision and family blessings; for her 2 month old grandchild.

Justin: just out of prison; that he adjusts to life on the outside

Family (2 men, a mother and little girl): blessings and provision

Kareme: blessings for his family

Georgiana: protection and blessings as she works on a cold case with the police.

Barbara: depression, woriies about Georgiana; health concerns.

Albany Intercessor


Matthew and 2 Thessalonians

May 25, 2014

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
      Lord, all around us we see people headed for destruction. Help us by your Holy Spirit to pull them back from the abyss.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)
      Jesus, your church is full of false prophets who despise your word and say that the gate is wide and anyone can get in without going through you to the Father.

You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. (Matthew 7:16-18 )
      Holy Spirit, give us discernment of the fruit, whether it comes from good trees or bad. Help us to be fruit inspectors rather than judges.

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:19-20)
      Jesus, please help by your Spirit to move people to examine their lives by your light. Thank you.

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2)
      Lord, we join Paul in making this apostolic request for our bishops and leaders. Thank you.

A word received: Turn to me first, not last.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Lev. 23:23-44: 2 Thess. 3:1-18: Matt. 7:13-21
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Lev. 25:1-17: James 1:2-8,16-18: Luke 12:13-21
Sixth Sunday of Easter: 148 or 148:7-14; Acts 17:22-31 or Isaiah 41:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-18 or Acts 17:22-31; John 15:1-8

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Mark Pasko, Steve Evans, Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert, Elaine Carrubba and Carol MacNaughton on Albany St. Rain.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT– indicates received a New Testament

State St.

+ a Rex (man) — Today is the anniversary of his mom’s death. He asked prayer for a better life and said, “I’m still walking with Jesus.”

Steve (man) — He had another customer this week. He has to get some electrical problems fixed in his new shop.

Jeff (man) — “I don’t know where to begin.”

[already had a Dennis Adams cross on] Vanessa (woman) — “I want change!” She invited Jesus and the Holy Spirit into her heart.

+Manuel (young man) — “Salud” (health)

Herman (young man) — “Hit and Run” prayer

+Mariano (man, no English) — We prayed for God’s blessing on him.

+Nathan (man, runner) — “Hit and Run” prayer

+ 199 Eva (young woman) — Today is her birthday. We prayed for God’s blessing on her for her birthday.

+Melvin (young man) — blessing

Abdul (Muslim man) and Isaiah

+John (man) — He asked for happiness. We prayed for joy for him. Then he confessed his sins and gave his live to Jesus.

+Raymond (man) — “Things are a mess.”

199 ++ NT Eva (woman, drove up and parked in front of the table) — There are problems in her family (marital issues). Her sister is having the same problems.

Randy “Hit and Run” prayer

+ a 199 Anthony (man) — He came up bubbling over with expectation and confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior. Great joy when he heard that he is now clean and that he has a Father in heaven he can cry out to for help.

Albany St.

+++Anthony (man) — He asked prayers for his family. His mother is dying. Freedom from fear and for protection.

Lucy (woman) — She asked prayer for her kidneys.

+Richard (man) — For family.

Elaine (woman) — For peace and comfort and forgiveness.

Albany Intercessor


More Scriptures Prayed

May 24, 2014

“Judge not, that you be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matthew 7:2)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? (Matthew 7:4)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:5)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily seek, knock, and ask so that I may receive what you have for me, find, and fully enter into the kingdom of God.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
      Jesus, let that good work be established in the hearts of all who attend the Diocesan Convention. Help us carry that good work back to every parish in the diocese.

They made a calf in Horeb, and worshiped the molded image. Thus they changed their glory into the image of an ox that eats grass. 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. Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen one stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he destroy them. (Psalm 106:19-23)
      Holy Father, please help us to be intercessors like Moses who stand in the breach with our prayers so that your wrath is turned away from your people. Thank you.

A word received: You need not be afraid. Bring your fears to me.

Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Lev. 23:1-22: 2 Thess. 2:1-17: Matt. 7:1-12
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Lev. 23:23-44: 2 Thess. 3:1-18: Matt. 7:13-21

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 22, 2014, 4:45 – 6:15 p.m.. Torre 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

+ Taisha (young woman) — Physical complications, needs more blood work tests. Prayed for healing.

Dan (staff) and Torre — We prayed for our wives, Lori and Jean.

Gary (staff) — He asked “prayer for my son Chris who is going through some stuff at his work.”

+Pete (young man) — He asked prayer “for all the stuff that’s going on.”

+ 199 Josh (young man) — He confessed sins to Jesus and accepted Jesus forgiveness. He was recently incarcerated on an old warrant. He now has a fiancée Amber and a baby daughter Ariana. We prayed for Amber and Ariana, and for Josh that he would grow into the man that God wants him to be. I noticed that when he received his food he spontaneously bowed his head and gave thanks to God for it.

Anthony (man, street preacher) — We prayed for his ex-wife and for his kids.

+Anthony (staff)

Stephen (man) — He prayed that I would lose weight (at my request) in preparation for the knee replacement surgery.

*****

Albany Intercessor


Various Scriptures Prayed

May 22, 2014

Rejoice always, (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
      LORD, let your joy be our strength.

pray without ceasing, (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
      Holy Spirit, let our prayer, like incense, rise up to the throne of God.

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 )
      Jesus, thank you for all the arthritis and for the upcoming knee replacement. Thank you for the joy of 50 years marriage with Jean.

Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
      Holy Spirit, move in my heart day by day.

Do not despise prophecies. (1 Thessalonians 5:20)
      Father, thank you for speaking to us now through your Holy Spirit.

Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
      Holy Spirit, give us the discernment to know what comes from you and holod on to that.

Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
      Helpo us recognize evil for what it is and shun it.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
      Jesus, bring us to your holiness and peace.

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Brethren, pray for us. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)
      Father, we pray for all those who are on the front lines. Anoint them and guide their words and works. Thank you.

‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:9-10)

      Holy Spirit, please help us remember those who are destitute and give alms to the poor and leave over part of our earning for those who have not.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26)
      Jesus, I trust you to continue to provide for us just as you always have. You have always been right on time and never late.

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27)
      Holy Spirit, please help me to lay my anxieties at the foot of your cross.

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29)
      Father, thank you for your provision for me and my family.

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (Matthew 6:30-32)

      Father, thank you for knowing what we need and providing for us.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
      Father, please help me to seek your kingdom and your righteousness.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
      Father, I leave tomorrow in your hands.

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
      Amen.

A word received: Keep turning to me in your pain.

Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Lev. 19:26-37: 2 Thess. 1:1-12: Matt. 6:25-34
Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Lev. 23:1-22: 2 Thess. 2:1-17: Matt. 7:1-12

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** PRAYR TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, May 19, 2014; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Sunny, pleasant. Forgot to bring my stock of Holy Oil today so we did not anoint anyone. James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

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 we offer.

f,c — NANCY — This needy woman who lives with her sister is a regular who depends on us for the food we offer to get through the week. Prayed for her safety and preservation.

f,c — REBECCA — She is having surgery Wednesday on the left knee that has bothered her all winter and spring.

f,c,t — EMILIO and another companion (no name given) — These were first-time visitors who were curious why we would be “out here” giving away free things. (It is always a little heartbreaking, and surprising, to us that people are wondering why we care about them!) We prayed for their good health, safety and protection.

f,c — DARCY — This woman who speaks limited English (but certainly understands what we are doing!) has stopped the last few weeks for prayer. This time she walked right over to us and held our hands seeking prayer without saying a word at first.

t,t,f,c — MARCIA — This woman from Altamont has come often in the past two months. She is very needy and is grateful for the help and prayer we offer her. We prayed for her special need this time — problems within her family. The Lord knows the details.

t,f,c — WILL — This first-time visitor heard about us from friends attending the free meal across the street at the Masonic Temple. He took a cross from us, kissed it and put it on immediately. We prayed for his protection and safety.

f– MARSHAll — This man (who seems to have some behavioral problems he cannot help) used to curse and gesture at us, but he has gained our trust and respect in recent weeks. This time he stopped by and smiled at us. He trusts us now.

f,c — BIANCA — She asked for a simple prayer for a blessing. We have prayed in recent weeks that demons that have been bothering her would be driven out and sent to Jesus to bind and deal with as He will. She said she is “better” now.

t,f — JOTTY — This pleasant woman from Fort Johnson has become quite a regular and sits down to stay and pray with people for awhile when she comes. This time she sought prayer for herself for an infected tooth, and also asking for a prayer of thanksgiving for the recent birth of her first grandchild — EVELYN.

t,t,f,c — EDWIN and wife MARIA — These people came to our last Community Meal and have been coming to the prayer table ever since. They always say “God bless you!” after we pray for them to be safe and protected.

t,f,c — MAN and WOMAN (no names given) — Came for a general blessing and took some of the free things we offer.

Albany Intercessor


Various Scriptures Prayed

May 19, 2014

Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. (Exodus 40:34-38 )
      LORD, please help us move as you move, and stay as you stay. Help us as a diocese to go forward at your bidding and wait upon you as you stay still.

In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3)
      Jesus, I cry out to you — strengthen me in my soul.

A word received: Keep coming to me with your burdens. I will refresh you.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1)
      Jesus, I believe in you and I offer the troubles of my heart.

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
      ["mansions" -- the word meant dwelling or resting places along the way, e.g., Rest Stops along the expressway.] Lord, thank you for the rest stops you have provided for us along the way of life.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3)
      Jesus, I long for that place of rest with you.

And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14:4)
      Jesus, thank you for being the way, the truth, and the life for us. Thank you for showing us the way to the Father.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
      Father, thank you.

But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king–Jesus.” (Acts 17:5-7)
      Father, I pray that we would be worthy of such a charge being placed against us. Help us turn the world upside down for Jesus’ sake.

“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the LORD showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. (Deuteronomy 6:20-22)
      Holy Spirit, empower and encourage more parents to tell their children what God has done for them.

A word received: Keep holding onto my hand.

Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows–bitter words, that they may shoot in secret at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, “Who will see them?” They devise iniquities: “We have perfected a shrewd scheme.” Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep. (Psalm 64:1-6)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to repentance for all our gossiping and evil speaking of one another.

So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” (Isaiah 6:5-7)
      LORD< we have become a people of profane speech. Have mercy on us and touch our mouths so that we will cease speaking evil of one another and you.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Lev. 16:1-19: 1 Thess. 4:13-18: Matt. 6:1-6,16-18
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Lev. 16:20-34: 1 Thess. 5:1-11: Matt. 6:7-15

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Mark Pasko Dn. Larry Hubert on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT– indicates received a New Testament

State St.

Asif (young man, Muslim) — We agreed to pray for each other.

Naru (man) — We prayed for a restoration miracle of his eye and his arm.

Steve — He rejoice that he had a custormer this week.

+ 199 Elaine (woman) — “That more people find Jesus.”

+Rafael (man), +Maribelle (woman), and +Carmonita (woman) — They all asked for “Salud”, “Good health”. Carmonita also asked prayer for a place to stay.

+ 199 Chris and +Damon (son, 3) — He asked prayer for a better life. He continues to walk with Jesus.

+ 199 Linda (woman) — “For everything to go back to normal.”

a 199 Rumar (man, regular) — He is walking with Jesus. We prayed he would be a witness for Jesus.

+ 199 Wynn (man) — He has been in and out of prison for violations. He is trying to stay with the program.

Tobias (regular) — He is praying for Torre’s upcoming surgery.

(man with 3 kids) — When we asked if we could pray for him; he said, “You better!”

+ a 199 Daniel (young man) — He confessed his sins and gave his life to Jesus. He got a big beaming smile on his face when we told him he was now clean. The smile came again when we told him God the Father had adopted him as his child. He practiced saying, “Dad, come help me.”

Albany St.

Thomas and Jennifer — Thomas has been in jail for stealing. Prayed for unity in the family. Prayer for them as they change his life style and come to the Lord.

Raymond — Prayer for our country.

Bee — Prayer for back pain and legs.

William — for his life and protection.

Kenny — “Hit and Run” prayer

Jaselm — Life situation and guidance.

Curtsy — For her daughter Sumard and her boyfriend.

Niquasia — For herself and family, protection and unity.

***** Watervliet Prayer Table May 17, 2014, Prayer Team: Marilyn Czuwala and Susan McManus outside of Price Chopper

Prayer for all people and families living in Watervliet for provision, protection, daily blessings and spiritual growth.

Sue: cancer in her right lung

David, Anya and Ty: for blessings and daily provision

Mike: for employment

Katherine: fearful of prayer, has been burned before; we prayed for healing and health issues

Marshall, Christine and new baby: for protection and provision and blessing of their relationship. The grandmother does not want this relationship to continue. May 28 court date will determine if this couple can stay together.

Albany Intercessor


Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

May 16, 2014

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 15, 2014, 4:55 – 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
NT–indicates received a New Testament

Gary (staff) — Things are going smoother for him. We prayed for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria and for the meditation he would give to start the evening meal.

Smiley (staff) — We prayed that he would quickly recover from the stroke so that he could get the doctor’s clearance to return to work.

Ted (volunteer) — Camille is off antibiotics. She is tired all the time. She has a doctor’s appointment on the 20th. We prayed for Ted who is seeing the surgeon tomorrow about a hernia operation.

+ 199 Yashira (young girl) — She asked prayer for her family.
+ 199 Riana (young girl) — Her grandmother, Donna, is still in jail. We prayed that she would get out soon. Yashira and Riana are sisters.

+ a NT Nate (man) — He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior and accepted the forgiveness of his sins. We showed him 1 John 1:9 and Romans 8:15. He needs to pass a drug test so that he can get a job to support his family. He plays the drum in his church’s music group.

+ a NT Andrew (man) — “I need to get right with God.” He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus’ forgiveness and that he is now clean.

++ a Henry (man) — He came seeking God’s intervention in his life.

+ a NT Lee (man) — He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9).

+++ Susan (woman) — She needs a place to live and her son Jason needs medical care. Her son Matthew is homeless. She also asked prayer for her daughters Elizabeth and Mary Ellen. She gave her many burdens to Jesus and prayed that she would leave them at the foot of the cross.


1 Thessalonians and Psalm 47

May 13, 2014

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)
      Let your grace, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, come upon this diocese.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
      Jesus, thank you for bringing Jean and me to this diocese.

remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
      Father, thank you for the many works of faith, labors of love, and patience of hope that we see in our Lord Jesus Christ.

knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
      Jesus, thank you for your election and hand upon our lives.

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that the gospel will come with power upon all who attend the Diocesan Convention.

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
      Father, thank you for those who through much affliction remain faithful with joy in the Holy Spirit.

so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. (1 Thessalonians 1:7)
      Jesus we pray that what you are doing here will be a light for the other dioceses in New York and beyond. Thank you.

For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. (1 Thessalonians 1:8 )
      Thank you, Lord, that the word of faith has gone out from Albany to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Peru, the South Sudan, and other places in the world.

For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding. (Psalm 47:7)
      Give me understanding so that I may sing your praises.

A word received: I will guide you. My eye is upon you.

Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Exod. 32:21-34: 1 Thess. 1:1-10: Matt. 5:11-16
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Exod. 33:1-23: 1 Thess. 2:1-12: Matt. 5:17-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, May 12, 2014; 9:30-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Gorgeous, sunny day with no wind. Lots of people out and about, and many came to His table. Praise God! James Bryant, Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. We advertise the table as beginning at 10:15, but we usually start at 10 because people are already WAITING for us then. This time we set up the table at 9:30 to find three people already waiting.)

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

f,c — EDWIN and MARIA (husband and wife) — They have been coming eagerly each week for the free items we offer. “God bless you!” they both said to us.

a,f,c — REBECCA — Asked for healing for her left knee, which will be operated on later this month. She uses a walking cane for now.

f,c — NANCY — Very needy woman who lives with her sister comes each Monday for food and clothing. We prayed for her well-being and protection.

t,f,c — ANGELA — This older woman stopped for the first time. Asked for prayers for healing. She has cancer.

t,a,f,c — DARCY — We gave her a prayer for safety and good health.

t,f,c — BIANCA — Came to us for the second time for prayer to be rid of the demons and evil spirits she says keep surrounding her. We prayed for God to bind the demons and send them to Jesus to deal with as He will.

t,t — ADA and ALBERT — This sister and brother were first-time visitors to the table. They saw us from across the street and came over for prayer ONLY! They asked for prayers for their family, in which there is much sickness and unrest. They declined our offers for food and clothing saying, “no … we’re OK! But thank you.” They each took a cross.

JOTTY — Asked for prayers for safety and good health. She has come to the table before. We noted that she walked a long way from the west end of the street to viswit us and then walked all the way back. She didn’t come by the table “on the way” to something else. She purposely came solely for prayer!

LINDA — Asked for prayers for healing. She has Lupus.

MARSHALL — This man who obviously has some behavioral problems he can’t seem to help used to curse and gesture at us. Last week he came for food and thanked us. This time he did not stop but he smiled at us and gave us a friendly wave of hello.

t,f,c — MARILYN — Another first-time visitor. She requested prayer for her son PHILLIP, who is quite ill. God knows the details.

t– JESUS — Young man who passed by the table at first, but then stopped for prayer.

t — DRUSILLA — Asked for prayers for her family. It seems a lot of fighting and bickering is going on and she wants it to stop.

t,f,c — JAYCEE — Asked for prayers for her protection and safety. (That seemed to be the main theme today.)

WOMAN (no name given) — Asked for a general prayer to be well.

NOTE: Supplies for food and clothing are low again. We gave out almost all of three large baskets of food. We welcome all offerings of things like soup, mac and cheese, pasta, etc. Thank you! I will also buy some more food from money donated for this purpose to the clergy discretionary fund. We welcome all clean, used clothing you can spare as well.

Albany Intercessor


Colossians and Exodus

May 10, 2014

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)
      Jesus, please help me seek you day by day.

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)
      Holy Spirit, renew my mind and my thoughts.

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)
      Father, please help me die to myself and my earthly desires and enter fully into my new life hidden in Jesus.

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4)
      Lord, I long to see you in your glory.

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5)
      Holy Spirit, help me put these things to death.

Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. (Colossians 3:6-7)
      Father, help us truly repent before your wrath comes upon us and we become like Sodom and Gomorrah.

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:8-11)
      LORD, cleanse my heart and my lips.

And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel. (Exodus 25:22)
      Father, please help us come to the mercy seat and find forgiveness for our sins.

A word received: Look to me.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Exod. 25:1-22: Col. 3:1-17: Matt. 4:18-25
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Exod. 28:1-4,30-38: 1 John 2:18-29: Mark 6:30-44

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** [Note from Torre: I am scheduled to have a complete right knee replacement June 10th.]

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, Torre Bissell, and Darlene Chesnut on State St. and Mark Pasko and Ray Rockwell on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT– indicates received a New Testament
B–indicates received a Bible

State St.

Tobias (regular) and friend — Tobias is moving and wanted prayer covering for that.

Steve (man) — More business.

+ 199 Dalia (woman) — She is relocating to Pennsylvania and is stressed out. We prayed for peace and comfort.

+ 199 Dwight (man) — “Peace of mind”

+ 199 Mary (woman) — She is already saved, but she gave her burdens to Jesus.

+ 199 Enola (woman) — She asked prayer for good health.

Mark (man) — He is having problems with knee pain.

+ 199 Destiny (girl) — “Help with math in school”

+ Mariano (man, no English) — Prayed for God’s blessing on him.

We prayed against black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears at the Diocesan Convention.

(man) — “Hit and Run” prayer

+++ Christine (woman) — She has survived so much in life. We prayed for protection for her. The crosses are for her son who is a Marine and for her grandchildren. [already had a Dennis Adams cross on]

Darlene, Mark and Louise — They prayed for Torre’s knee replacement surgery June 10th.

a Tommy (man) — He asked prayer for pain in his lower back.

Jim (man) — His sister-in-law Catherine died.

+Boogie (man) — He has given his life to Jesus.

+ 199 Robert (man) — His brother Ronnie who was a police officer in Texas was killed.

Albany St.

++ Jerome (cabbie parked across the street and came over for prayer) — He asked prayer for patience and his girlfriend Sheila.

Sammy — “Hit and Run” prayer

Fernando — He asked prayers for his family.

Many waved back to team — dozens of people.

+Joel — finances, Knee and foot that are bothering him. From City View.

Cathy — talked to but no prayer.

Albany Intercessor


Various Scriptures Prayed

May 9, 2014

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
      Christ in me, the hope of glory.

Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. (Colossians 2:4-5)
      Jesus, let that same Spirit of truth and steadfastness that Paul spoke of be among all the congregations of this diocese.

And God spoke all these words, saying: (Exodus 20:1)
      Holy Spirit, please give us ears to hear and hearts to respond to what is being said to us.

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (Exodus 20:2)
      Jesus, thank you for the new Exodus which you have accomplished to bring us out of bondage to sin.

You shall have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:3)
      Father, please help us recognize and repent of giving homage to every false god this world offers.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:4-6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us repent of bowing down to any man-made object.

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
      Holy Trinity, One God, help us repent of misusing your name.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11)
      Father, help us keep one day in seven holy and set apart for your purposes.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12)
      LORD, I struggle with this one. Help me honor my father and mother in word and deed. I pray for all those young men and women I meet at the prayer table who have never know a parent’s love. LORD, be a Father to the fatherless.

“You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13)
      Jesus, I live in a city where people are daily murdered in body, mind and spirit by the use of drugs. Have mercy on us.

“You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)
      Lord, adultery is held us as something to emulate in our society. Have mercy on us.

“You shall not steal. (Exodus 20:15)
      Stealing and scams have become the norm in our society. Have mercy on us.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)
      Jesus, help us daily speak the truth with your love.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:17)
      Holy Spirit, covetousness is the whole base for the advertising we see. Help us shut our eyes and close our ears to all the false blandishments we see on TV or the internet. Thank you.

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:12-16)
      Jesus, there is so much darkness in the church and in our society. Let your light dawn upon us and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)
      Father, bring us to that repentance whereby we shall enter your kingdom and rejoice in your presence. Thank you.

A word received: Keep looking to me in hope and expectation for what I will do.

A word received: My word is your food.

A word received: Rest in me. I will lead you.

Friday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Exod. 24:1-18: Col 2:8-23: Matt. 4:12-17
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Exod. 25:1-22: Col. 3:1-17: Matt. 4:18-25

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** [Note from Torre: I am scheduled to have a complete right knee replacement June 20th.]

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5:10 – 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Ted (volunteer) and his granddaughter + 199 Camille — She was blessed by her visits to the Spiritual Life Center. She is still exhausted and has much joint pain from Lyme’s disease.

Gary (staff) — His wife Debbie had surgery on her foot.

+Dominique (10) and +Anthony (8 ) — They came for prayer for their famly.

Stephen — He said he would pray for Torre’s knee surgery.

Dan (staff) — Prayed for him and gave him and the others

Albany Intercessor


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