Luke 9, Acts 28, and Psalm 116

October 18, 2014

And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. (Luke 9:43a)
      Jesus, bring us to that same awe of God’s majesty.

“Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” (Luke 9:44)
      Lord, you are still being betrayed into the hands of sinful people.

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by him, and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all will be great.” (Luke 9:46-48 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us come to Jesus as little children.

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. (Acts 28:30-31)
      Father, help us receive all who come to us, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching all that concerns the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence as Paul did.

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:1-2)
      LORD, I love you — thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you.

WORD: Come to me and know me.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclus. 3:17-31 or Jeremiah 38:14-28; Acts 28:17-31; Luke 9:37-50
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 4:1-10 or Jer. 29:1,4-14: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Matt. 16:13-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans, Toni Loveless, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Rain, heavy at times.

+–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
B–indicates received a Bible

State St.

Mark (man) — “healing for Mary”

Coretha (blind woman) — We prayed for protection and that she will reach her destination.

(Muslim man) — “I already prayed.”

Torre & Steve (men) — We prayed for Steve’s business and for Jean.

Toni (woman) — She has an infected tooth which is causing her pain. We prayed for healing and guidance for the dentist.

Will (man) — We prayed that he would be the man and father God is calling him to be. We also prayed for his sons Will, Jr. and Raymond.

a Lincoln (man)

Moses (regular) — He had an operation on his pancreas.

a 199 + Alex (young man) — He gave his burdens and his sins and life to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing.

+ 199 B Ishmael (young man) — He confessed his sins to Jesus and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. He was thrilled to know that he had a Father in heaven that he can cry out to. I showed him Psalm 130 as a model for crying out to God.

Albany St.

Eric — for provision and protection for the dog.

Teligza and Tibel (son) –for protection

Tinia — Protection in his life.

Rodney — “Hit and Run” prayer on way to work.

Mike (mailman) — Protection on the street

Kasie — Asked prayer for Mary her sister who is having a baby.

Albany Intercessor


Luke 9 and Acts 28

October 17, 2014

And behold, two men talked with him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his decease [exodus] which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9:30-31)
      Jesus, thank you for the new exodus which you accomplished at Jerusalem to set us free from the bondage to sin and death.

While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son. Hear him!” (Luke 9:34-35)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear what Jesus is saying to us.

Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. (Acts 28:1-2)
      Lord, help us welcome with kindness those who land on our shores.

And so we went toward Rome. And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. (Acts 28:14b-15)
      Father, please help us go forth to encourage one another.

Jer. 38:14-28 WORD: Don’t be afraid to obey me.
WORD: I wait for you with open arms.
WORD: Look to me with hope for salvation.
WORD: Listen, listen to me.
WORD: Look to me for help in times of darkness.
WORD: Give praise and thanks to me.
WORD: Come to me with all your grief and pain.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Ecclus. 1:1-10,18-27; Acts 28:1-16; Luke 9:28-36
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclus. 3:17-31 or Jeremiah 38:14-28; Acts 28:17-31; Luke 9:37-50

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Welcome Home Intiative© The Healing Ministry at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center will host a Welcome Home Initiative© Monday, October 20 through Wednesday October 22. WHI© is a three-day healing retreat for military veterans and spouses of those veterans who have served their country in combat and may be suffering to varying degrees from Post-Traumatic Stress or moral injury and are in need of soul repair. The format of the program helps veterans and spouses understand the hidden impact of combat and provides a safe place for their emotional healing. This essential spiritual and emotional healing is a complement to healing received from psychiatric and social services. Teaching, discussion, and prayer are the major components of the program. The connections and friendships that are formed during these retreats are outstanding and lasting. Participants find equal footing and experience camaraderie regardless of service. There is no charge for a combat veteran or their spouse to attend a Welcome Home Initiative© Retreat. For more information or to register, contact Brenda Reid at (518 ) 692-9550 x 112 or e-mail her by clicking here.
      The closing ceremonies for the Welcome Home Intiative© will be held at the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels (CtK Main Chapel) on Wednesday, October 22nd at 10:30 am. Arrive at 10:15 to bless the veterans who have attended the retreat with your support and presence. For more information, contact Brenda Reid at (518 ) 692-9550 x 112 or e-mail her by clicking here.

***** PRAYER TABLE ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in front of our church at 37 Division Street. Not many people out and about today, either walking or driving. Whenever there is a Monday holiday like today (Columbus Day) the Masonic Lodge across the street does NOT put on its weekly Monday lunch for the community, so that is always reflected in a big dropoff in prayer table attendance. But … we continue to be here for whoever is seeking prayer. John Banfield and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. Cloudy, cool.)

a — anointed with Holy Oil.
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
Note: We also continue to give out winter clothing, non-perishable food and small copies of the Gospel of John — in both English and Spanish.

MARSHALL — Always comes to the table freely now whereas he used to gesture and curse at us. He has befriended us all, especially James Bryant who unfortunately couldn’t be here today. We offered him prayer and food and clothing but he declined and said “I’m good. Thanks.”

a — LARRY — Usually comes with his wife and children but came alone today. Prayed for his family’s good health, safety and well-being. He took much-needed food, some gloves and a gospel book.

DIAZ — First-time visitor. Stopped by to see what we were doing but declined any prayer, food, crosses or clothing. He said “I already have a cross, I already prayed when I got up this morning, and other people need this food and clothing more than I do.”

MAN (no name) — Declined prayer but took some food and a pair of gloves.

a, t — MARIA — She usually comes here with her husband EDWIN but was alone today. She took a Spanish copy of the gospel (Juan) and we had a “conversation” although she speaks very little English and I (ALan) know very little Spanish. She kept pointing to the title JUAN and saying the name aloud, then she kept making motions of pointing to the top of her head and moving her arms about as though she were swimming. I thought at first she was asking if it was the disciple who got out of the boat but started to drown when he lost focus on Jesus, and I shook my head and said “No, no, that’s PETER!” But she kept pointing to the top of her head and making those swimming motions, and John and I figured out she must be asking if this was John the Baptist! We motioned that no, it was not the John that was the Baptist, but rather John the Apostle and disciple. It is so interesting and encouraging to watch the growth that has gone on in the culture of our neighborhood the last few months. Sim
astounding.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:10 – 6:00 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell 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
B–indicates received a Bible

Dan (staff) — He asked prayer for the four who would be graduating from the program following the evening meal: Kermit, Jim, Frank, and Jody.

Ted (volunteer) and + Camille (Ted’s granddaughter who has struggled with Lynme’s disease for the one and a half years) — We prayed for healing.

Stephen (young man) — He also came over and prayed for Camille. We gave thanks for all the ways the God has worked in Stephen’s life.

+Julie (woman) — She asked prayer for God’s help with her finances.

+Gary (volunteer) — He asked prayer for Pastor Kevin who is going to Burkina Faso as a missionary.

+BB Gary (staff) — He gave a praise report on his niece Jessica. She will be doing 1 year jail time plus probation in the local area. We prayed for rest for Gary. Gary prayed for Jean.

Kristen (woman) — She asked prayer for her brother Nate who is in prison. We prayed that God would raise up a witness that would he could hear and that he would come out a changed man.

Benjamin (young man who was converted recently) — He is continuing to walk with Jesus.

+ Jordan (volunteer) — We prayed for his dad who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and underwent treatment. They are awaiting a new report on his condition.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko 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
B–indicates received a Bible

State St.

Vincent (man) — We prayed for God’s blessing on him and his family and friends.

+ B Carlene (woman) — “I just need peace right now.” I read Psalm 130 to her. Her children are dumping her grandchildren on her.

Larry (man) — We prayed about his job situation where there is much hostility towards him.

Steve (man) — We prayed for more business for him.

a + B Louis (32) — He has stoack issues; he is often in pain. We prayed for his two kids. I read Psalm 130 to him. He was crying.

+ a 199 James (52) — He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and thanked God for forgiving him.

+ 199 Craig (45) — He is thankful for his job that he can earn money to help out his mother who is 64.

+ 199 Dantevus (young man) — He gave his life back to Jesus again confessing his sins and accepting God’s cleansing.

+ 199 Ciera (young woman) — She asked prayer for patience and strength with her baby.

Will (man), a + Will Jr., and a + Raymond (Will’s two sons)

Brenda — “My family”.

Albany St.

Angel and Estelle (women) — Continued presence of the Lord in their lives, for provisions and protection.

Clarisa — for safe travel to California

Lincoln (man) — “Hit and Run” prayer on his way to work

Angela and 2 sons — “Hit and Run” prayer

Chris — slain death in family, pray for Ebola crisis in Guinea, pray for peace and stability in his life

Kerry — full famly crisis in his famiy, Bob neighbor has cancer.

Albany Intercessor


Luke, Micah, and Proverbs

October 10, 2014

Now it came to pass, afterward, that he went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities–Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for him from their substance. (Luke 8:1-3)
      Jesus, come through our communities. Raise up more women who will minister to you. Raise up vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to him from every city, he spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Luke 8:4-
      Lord Jesus, please help me to sow seeds that will produce a rich harvest. Whatever it takes, help me go out into the harvest fields that you have prepared for me to walk in.

But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15)
      Holy Spirit, help me to have a noble and good heart, keep your word in my heart, and help me bear fruit with patience.

For all people walk each in the name of his god, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever. (Micah 4:5)
      Help me to walke in your name, LORD, forever and ever.

The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)
      Lord, help me to be righteous.

WORD: Look to me for blessing.
WORD: Keep coming into my presence and I will bless you.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Micah 3:9-4:5: Acts 24:24-25:12: Luke 8:1-15
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Micah 5:1-4,10-15: Acts 25:13-27: Luke 8:16-25

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre Bissell 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 in his 80s) — We prayed for him, for his granddaughter Camille, and for my wife Jean.

Dan (staff) — His kids are doing OK. We prayed for blessing on the whole family.

+ 199 Danny (32) and Tanya (29) — I asked Danny if he had ever given his life to Jesus. He said, “No. That would be a big step.” I challenged him to take it, which he did. He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted the cleansing of forgiveness. I asked the two of them if they had ever prayed together before and they said, “Once.” They prayed silently together there at the table. I urged them to pray about getting married (they are in a “relationship”).

Gary (staff) — We prayed that his son Chris and his girlfriend Suzy will come to Christ and get married. We also prayed for Gary’s niece Jessica who was arrested for heroin possession.

+ 199 Christian (volunteer) — This teenager made a first-time commitment to Jesus.

Albany Intercessor


Psalm34, Luke 7, and Micah 3

October 9, 2014

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in him! (Psalm 34:8 )
      Thank you, LORD, for all the many blessings you have showered on us.

Then one of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him. And he went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at his feet behind him weeping; and she began to wash his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed his feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. (Luke 7:36-38 )
      Holy Spirit, bring me to this same humility and repentance that you did with this woman.

Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:39)
      Father, have mercy on me a sinner: don’t let me look down on any of your children.

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7:40-42)
      Lord Jesus, you know the magnitude of my debt to you. Thank you for forgiving me my sins. I love you — help me show that same love to others.

Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss my feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:43-48 )
      Thank you, Jesus, for forgiving my sins.

And those who sat at the table with him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” (Luke 7:49-50)
      Thank you, Jesus, for saving faith in you.

But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:8 )
      LORD, raise up prophets in your church today to call your people to repentance. Thank you.

WORD: How I long for my people to turn to me with all their sorrows so that I may comfort them.
WORD: Keep in touch with me.
WORD: Look to me for blessing.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Micah 3:1-8: Acts 24:1-23: Luke 7:36-50
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Micah 3:9-4:5: Acts 24:24-25:12: Luke 8:1-15

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the thousands of orphans caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Extended families are afraid to take in these children because they have been exposed to their dead parents’ illness.

***** Prayer Table for St. John’s, Johnstown–October 8th: (+ = cross given out)

Jim: for his brother Sal’s surgery tomorrow. For comfort and healing.

Connor: infection, aging, comfort

++Jeannie and daughter Jacqueline: strength and guidance

Ken: unemployment needs

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Toni Loveless and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko 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

Albany St.

Gary (man) — Heart attack — healing

Raymond (man) — Wanted Prayer for the neighborhood, and for his needs.

+ Karletta (woman) — Prayer for her son for a good life and for the Lord to provide for all his needs.

Eshad (man) — Blessing prayer

Moses (man, repeat) — For good health and for the Lord to provide for his needs.

State St.

+ Tanya (young woman) — “Recovery” We prayed for the start of a new life for her today.

+ Eddie (man) — “Food and shelter”

[Lots of Muslims on the street: big "eid": Eid al Adha starts today -- I think celebrating the beginning of the Hajj.]

Steve (man) — More business

(woman) — “God bless you also.”

Virginia (older woman) — Blessed her.

++ Vanessa (woman) — Prayed for a blessing on her and family and friends.

+ 199 Dashaw (teenage boy) — He gave his life to Jesus and accepted the forgiveness of his sins.

Toni (woman) — We prayed for her back and for relief of pain.

+ José and + Travis (teenage boys) — José asked prayer for his mom and dad, Travis asked prayer for his mom.

Keith (man) — “world peace”

+ 199 Matthew (young man, early 20s) — He gave his life to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiveness.

+ Raymond

+ Galinda (woman) — Her husband Alonzo beat her up last night. She has four kids. Pray for no more violence.

Albany Intercessor


Luke 6, Hosea 14, and Psalm 106

October 6, 2014

And he spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? (Luke 6:39)
      Lord, there is a deep ditch dug for the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and for those who follow them. Have mercy on us.

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40)
      Jesus, help us to be teachers who teach as you did and still do.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:41-42)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see our “planks” for what they are.

O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity; (Hosea 14:1)
      LORD, help the Episcopal Church return to you and forsake its iniquity.

Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD! (Psalm 106:48 )
      LORD, we bless you say, “Amen!” to you.

WORD: Show forth my love to others.
WORD: Look to me for guidance and direction.
WORD: Yield yourself to me today.
WORD: Call my people back to me. I will welcome them with open arms.
WORD: Pray for hearts that desire what I desire.
WORD: I continue to uphold you.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Hosea 14:1-9: Acts 22:30-23:11: Luke 6:39-49
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Micah 1:1-9: Acts 23:12-24: Luke 7:1-17

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the thousands of orphans caused Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Extended families are afraid to take in these children because they have been exposed to their dead parents’ illness.

***** PRAYER TABLE, ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014; 11-12:30 in our Parish Hall during Community Meal. Deacon Alan Hart and Anne DeGroff presiding at His table today.)

a — anointed with Holy Oil.
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t,a — SHARON — Asked for prayer for relief of pain she is having because of a serious illness. Also wanted prayer that her home situation will improve. (She is trying to be accepted into a nearby apartment complex.)

t — MARILYN — She is suffering from a gradual loss of eyesight. We prayed for healing.

a — BECKY — Sought prayer for back and leg pain she is having due to moving to a new home.

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(Monday, Sept. 29, 20-14; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. In addition to crosses, non-perishable food and some clothing items besides winter hats/socks/gloves, we also passed out laundry soap and toothpaste and toothbrushes, paper goods, etc. We also gave out 18 copies of the Gospel of John — 10 written in Spanish, 8 in English. John Banfield, James Bryant 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.

REBECCA — She wasn’t feeling well today. Her throat hurts and she didn’t sleep well. We prayed for healing and for her to get some rest.

t — JAMES — Stopped for prayer and the cross only. He had a serious prayer concern. The Lord knows the details.

a,t — SHARON — This is the same lady who came to the table SUnday. We repeated her prayer desires with a “booster shot prayer.”

a — BIANCA — Comes to the table quite often for prayers to drive away demons she says are always hounding her. She says whenever we pray for them to be driven away, they “stay away” for awhile but always come back. We prayed this time for them to go straight to Jesus to bind up and do with what He will.

a,t — CONSUELA — This older woman with a serious illness comes EVERY Monday now with her caregiver for prayer for healing. We gave thanks for the healing that has gone on already and that God will continue and complete that healing.

ALBERTO — Asked for prayer that everyone in the world who has cancer will be cured. He also asked that a relative of his (PAPEL) who is in jail will be safe and will get free soon.

t,a — CATHERINE — Has pains in her legs and is having trouble walking. (Deacon Alan went to her car parked in the parking lot to anoint her and pray for her.)

NANCY — Got a blessing to be safe and well.

t — FREDDY — Came from the meal across the street at the Masonic Temple and took a cross. He asked about possibly getting baptized in our church. (He has since been in communication with Father Neal.)

a — SHERRY — She is very, very nervous about having a blood transfusion this week. She has never had one before. We prayed for her to be calm and safe during this procedure and for her health to improve.

a — DARCY — This woman comes every Monday to be anointed and blessed for continue safety and provision.

t, a — ERICA — Simply asked for a prayer of blessing.

JAMES — First-time visitor. Asked for prayers for safety and protection.

OLDER MAN IN WHEELCHAIR (no name given; didn’t understand English) — We simply gestured that we wanted to pray for him, and he understood. Then he gladly accepted one of our John’s gospel books written in Spanish.

BOB — This man walks up every week usually just as we are closing the table up for the day. He got prayers for continued healing of his heart.

t,t,t — YVONNE — Came for the second week in a row. This time she took three crosses and got prayer for safety and good health.

***** Prayer Table September 24, 2014, St. John’s Johnstown, NY
(+ denotes cross given)

++ Chelsea and Courtney: for guidance and wisdom
Windy: prayers of thanks for healing of her mom, Eileen. Also protection for Barbara and healing for Lester
+Margaret: for employment. for all members of her family–John, Jennifer and Dorothy and others.
+Lois: more prayers to find Sweetie, her vat.
++ Adam: for grandma Rosemanry and for employment
Peter: for Cassie
+Jinny: for good health
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Prayer Table for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bridget: safety and health
+ Bruce: hip operation on Nov 1st
victor: for dogs Ozzie and Buddy
Marc: for the resonance of Christ throughout humanity
+Frances: thanksgiving for healing of leg and for husband’s continued healing (respiratory)

Albany Intercessor


GOOD NEWS! A big decrease in new Ebola cases in Liberia (#PraytoendEbola)

October 3, 2014

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Since publishing the post below, it has become clear based on reports from the CDC and the WHO that much of the apparent decrease in cases in Liberia is due to the reporting system being totally overwhelmed.  In most areas, especially the capital, Monrovia, there is no decrease.  In one district, the Lofa district, however, it appears the decrease may be for real.  Keep pressing on in prayer... it is SO needed!

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The latest WHO report (October 3) on the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa is out.

The numbers are grim:  Nearly 7500 total reported cases, and 3431 deaths

However, there may be some good news.  It is way too early to be sure, as there are always fluctuations and there may be reporting issues or patients staying away from treatment centers.  But the rate of new cases in Liberia appears to have dramatically decreased.

Let’s look at some numbers:

The 12 September report showed 2081 total cases in Liberia

The 18 September report showed 2710 total cases in Liberia, an increase of 629 cases, or 105 cases per day (in a 6 day period)

The 26 September report showed 3458 total cases in Liberia, an increase of 748 cases, or 94 cases per day (in an 8 day period)

The 3 October report showed 3834 total cases in Liberia, an increase of 376 cases, or 54 cases per day (in a 7 day period)

That’s a pretty dramatic decrease in new cases! LA Times reporter Robyn Dixon is providing amazing reporting from the Ebola frontlines in Liberia.  (I very much encourage people to read her stories.  They are helping me to feel connected and to pray.) Her October 1 article “A Whisper of Hope…” also provides some anecdotal evidence to believe that there may be some slowing of the rate of new cases in Libera, although overall the situation remains desperate.

Praise God for this decrease and pray the rate of new cases continues to decline sharply in Liberia, and begins to fall in Sierra Leone, where the number of new cases has been continuing to rise over the past weeks.  (The rate of new cases in Guinea are remaining fairly stable at an average of about 18 new cases per day).

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Most merciful Father, we continue to cry out to You for the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.  Have mercy upon them and bring an end to this plague of Ebola.  Thank you for the slowing rate of new cases in Liberia.  May those numbers continue to drop and may we be surprised by how quickly the outbreak ends.  What seems impossible to us is possible for You.  Help us to trust You and continue to give all who are fighting this disease much wisdom, strength and grace.  Amen.


Testimony from Canon Andrew White in Iraq – Praise God for New Life!

October 1, 2014

Yesterday we posted a prayer request / update from Canon Andrew White in Iraq.

How wonderful this morning to read a brief status update from him about the amazing joy and privilege he had to baptize 5 people this morning!

I Have Baptized 5 People Today.
One of the Christian politicians came to me and pleaded with me to Baptize a mother and her four children. I listened to them and it was clear they all loved Jesus. I therefore baptized them all. Afterwards the 11 year old boy came up to me and said I feel new, I said you are.

Thanks be to God who shines His light in the darkness and brings life out of death.


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