Mark 11:15-18, John 13:34-35, and Isaiah 50:4-5a

April 16, 2014

So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And he would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Then he taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ “ (Mark 11:15-17)
      Holy Spirit, restore a life of prayer to every parish in this diocese.

      Jesus, come and cleanse our parishes of anything that corrupts them; and cleanse the temples that are our bodies of any corrupting influences.

      Father, we want to be obedient to your word: make your house a house of prayer that attracts people of every nation, language, and culture. Thank you.

And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy him; for they feared him, because all the people were astonished at his teaching. When evening had come, he went out of the city. (Mark 11:18 )
      Lord Jesus, we stand in the gap with you against all the chief priests of the Episcopal Church who seek to destroy your work. (See Ezekiel 22:30)

A word received: I hold you in the palm of my hand.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34)
      Jesus, please help us to be true disciples of yours and love one another with your love.

By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
      Holy Spirit, help our love for one another shine forth as a beacon light that points to Jesus.

The LORD has given me a disciple’s tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech. Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciples. (Isaiah 50:4-5a)

A word received: Ask me for a disciple’s tongue so that you will know how to reply to the weary.

Holy Communion
Wednesday in Holy Week: 69:7-15,22-23; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 9:11-15,24-28; John 13:21-35 or Matthew 26:1-5,14-25
Maundy Thursday: 78:14-20,23-25; Exodus 12:1-14a 1 Corinthians 11:23-26(27-32) John 13:1-15 or Luke 22:14-30
Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 55 * 74; Lam. 2:1-9: 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11: Mark 12:1-11
Maundy Thursday: 102 * 142, 143; Lam. 2:10-18: 1 Cor. 10:14-17; 11:27-32: Mark 14:12-25

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** A report by Bp. Grant and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand from the Horn of Africa.
Refugees Arrive…

Akula: a forest of tiny ‘pup-tent’-like dwellings fronted by cooking fires and filled with children. The tiny faces peeking out to stare at the “Kawaja” (white folks) walking by, break into sudden and delighted smiles as we greet them. Dozens of little hands try to hold mine as we wind our way to the ‘church’ – a large tree around which 3,000 Christians from many denominations are gathered. The new refugee camp of Akula, now one month old, is already sheltering 33,000 with more arriving daily.

Glimpses of the stories of those who have fled here for shelter were seen in the prayer requests.
“My sister died on the way. Her children were suffering from dehydration so they were brought here for medical care without being registered. Now they are with me, but they are not registered, so I cannot get food ration cards for them. Pray that I can get rations to feed them”
“My husband Jacob has been missing since December 15th. I can get no news. I pray to know if he is alive or dead.”
“Not all of us are here. Our beloved elders…”

A few stand up to share their reflections.
“We should not be surprised at the calamity which has fallen upon us. It says in the Bible that these things can happen. But be encouraged, for nothing, not even this, can separate us from the love of God.”

“It was quarreling that brought us here. We must forsake quarreling.”
Sadly, poignantly, many tried to make sense of overwhelming evil: “It was our greed. It was our idolatry”

The congregation breaks out in song.
“Let us greet one another, and when Jesus comes, we will all love one another.”
“Let us kneel together before our Jesus”

Grant is invited to preach: “Jesus hates suffering and death. He wept at the tomb of his friend, Lazarus. A couple of weeks later, he gave himself to die on the cross and to rise again, defeating suffering and death. Because Jesus rose from the dead we know that one day there will be no death, there will be no suffering – God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. And on that day people from every tribe will be together around the throne – white people and Chinese and Arab and Nuer and Anuak and Dinka and Murle – so we should get used to being together now!”

Snap shots of life in the Horn of Africa:
February: We had a wonderful time with a team of engineers and architects who came to help design new structures for the Gambella Centre so we can accommodate a new theological college in next year.
March: The rain is coming soon – we worked hard to organize the construction of as many new, simple church buildings as possible before the rains come in April – 30 new churches under construction. It seems that we now have about 80 Anglican congregations in this part of the world.

March: While Wendy was in Canada visiting her father, Grant preached and led worship at St Matthew’s, our English congregation; collected large piles of used clothes for refugees in Gambella; met with house group leaders from a non-Ethiopian part of our Episcopal Area (a country about which I can’t say too much); arranged for our Opo priest (David Onuk) to attend a one month course on Bible translation (David and two others have now finished translating the Gospel of Mark into Opo, the first book of scripture in their language)

March: Grant spent three days doing Bible teaching and leading worship with a congregation made up of students (some Ethiopian, some from other countries) whose only common language is English; learned of at least three other university cities where groups of students are meeting to worship in English in new Anglican congregations … the Bishop is always the last to know.

March: With Wendy back we headed to Egypt: Grant teaching New Testament exegesis of the passion narrative of Mark’s gospel at the Alexandria School of Theology, as well as having diocesan meetings and preaching at five different congregations.

Last night: Back in Gambella our deacon, Gabriel Luot was arrested in Gambella on his way home to Sherkole refugee camp from our monthly clergy training session. Fighting between Dinka soldiers from South Sudan and Anuak from Abol the previous night (one from each side killed just a few kilometers outside of Gambella town) has heightened tension against the Dinka – and Gabriel is Dinka. Darash, our Anuak (!) priest went to the Gambella police and was able to get Gabriel released.

Today: David Onuk, John Bol and Isaac Pur work in our office meeting room, translating the gospel of Mark into the Opo language. Today they will finish Chapter 15 and 16 and then bring it to the Opo people and read the whole thing on Easter day – then the process of editing will begin.

Still today: Two Anuak women have been walking around our compound cursing the Gambella Anglican Centre and trying to pull up our fence in an attempt to extort thousands of Birr (Ethiopian money) from us for land they (falsely, according to local authorities) claim to own. This claim might have had more weight if there weren’t several others also claiming ownership of (and therefore compensation for) this previously uninhabited and unused land, and all of whom refuse our offer to take these claims to the municipality where the land ownership history and title deeds are known and kept.

More today: A Regional Dean for the Anglican Diocese of Malakal, South Sudan, displaced by the war, came for help to give him transportation and food/accommodation as he makes his way to Addis, and then to Kenya to be re-united with his family.

Again…today: We had a very helpful visit from leaders of the ‘Ethiopian Network of Religious Leaders living with HIV-Aids’, an organization started by our deacon, Ayano, now deceased.

Tonight: We discover news of “Koma” people (the name of the Opo people who live in South Sudan) who have fled to Opo villages in Ethiopia to escape forced conscription into the so-called ‘white army’ of South Sudan. Their villages having been burned, they are now being housed and fed by our Opo Christians.

Right now: We welcome Michael Anyar’s wife Elizabeth and their five children, now needing to flee threats of violence against them due to their Dinka ethnicity. They will stay in our compound until we can arrange transport for them to Addis.

In Gambella the refugee situation caused by the fighting in South Sudan continues to worsen. The latest official (UN) figures cite 92,448 registered South Sudanese refugees in the Gambella region with 13,000 listed as waiting registration. Estimates predict between 150,000 to an unbelievable 300,000 arriving by the end of this year, nearly doubling the population in this already under-serviced area. Christian friends from all over the world have been providing much needed support for our ministry among these new exiles.

Visits to refugee churches will dominate the next month. Pray for these dear Christians who need to know that their suffering is caused by human evil and is not a result of God punishing them (sadly a common explanation for their plight).

***** From: Diocese of Albany
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:38 AM
Subject: Bishop’s Prayer Request Prayer Request for the Diocese of Egypt, with North Africa and the Horn of Africa from The Rt Revd Dr Grant LeMarquand, Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa, April 15th, 2014
      There are now officially 92,000 refugees from South Sudan in the area, with more arriving daily. We’ve set up churches in several camps and have been able to provide some token practical help (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – the UN Refugee Agency – and the United Nations World Food Program are doing the heavy lifting).
      The specific request is to pray for 120 of these refugees from South Sudan named ‘Koma’ people. They are really the same people as those called Opo in Ethiopia. The Koma have had their three small villages burned by rebel soldiers in South Sudan who were trying to conscript them to fight in the conflict there. When the Koma people refused to fight, their homes were torched. This weekend they arrived in our Opo villages and are being cared for by the church there. We were able to send a big cooking pot, some clothes (from our church in Addis), some mosquito nets and ground sheets. The good news is that David Onuk, our Opo priest, is also taking home a copy of the Gospel of Mark in Opo – finished this week. This is the first book of the Bible in the Opo language. They will read it straight through this Easter weekend.

Albany Intercessor

Various Scriptures Prayed

April 14, 2014

Now they came to Jericho. As he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:46-47)
      Holy Spirit, please help all who lack clarity of sight, whether physical or spiritual, call out to Jesus: “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Thank you for all those who come to the prayer tables in the diocese.

Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:48 )
      Lord Jesus, don’t let me be the one who tries to quiet someone calling out to you.

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you.” (Mark 10:49)
      Jesus, in all my spiritual blindness, bid me come to you.

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)
      Father, help me throw off anything that would hinder me coming to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” (Mark 10:51)
      “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:52)
      Holy Spirit, please help me follow wherever Jesus leads me.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 )
      Jesus, renew me day by day so that I may set my sight on the things which are eternal. Thank you.

A word received: Ask me to heal your blindness.

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” (Matthew 21:1-3)
      Lord Jesus, help me surrender everything you have need of to your use.

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ “ (Matthew 21:4-5)
      Lord, come into my life more each day and fulfill your word in me.

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:6-9)
      Holy Spirit, please help me join that throng crying out: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

And when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:10-11)
      Father, move this city as Jerusalem was moved. Let the river of your Spirit flow through our city and revive our churches and civic institutions. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me and not your circumstances.

Holy Communion
Palm Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew (26:36-75) 27:1-54(55-66)
Monday in Holy Week: 36:5-10; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 11:39-12:3; John 12:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9
Morning Prayer
Palm Sunday: 24, 29 * 103; Zech. 9:9-12**: 1 Tim. 6:12-16**; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9***: Luke 19:41-48***
Monday: 51:1-18(19-20) * 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12: 2 Cor. 1:1-7: Mark 11:12-25
* For the Invitatory: ** Intended for use in the morning: *** Intended for use in the evening

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Watervliet Prayer Table April 12, 2014, Prayer Team: Candy Palumbo and Susan McManus

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

Sam: a 14 year old who needs direction and guidance and to heal her relationship with her mom. Prayers that she comes to Trinity or to another supportive church

Jamie: for empowerment; for healing from anxiety and depression; help in preparing for a test on June 14; for her significant other Daryl

Tonya: to complete her dissertation for college; for peace and motivation

Leslie: health and peace

Abdul: for mutual understanding in a relationship; for calm and peace in his life

Shirley: lungs, breathing, comfort and peace as she is still grieving for her husband.

Marge: for all her grandchildren; for Domimique to do well in school and finish; for Kathleen to become clean and sober and able to take care of her children.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Elaine Carrubba, Bobbie Young (Belleview Reformed Church), Ray Rockwell, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Louise Popa 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.

+ 199 Janet — peace and happiness.

+ Tony — for his family.

+ 199 Samantha — A friend’s mom, Susan, has cancder. Prayed for Samantha to recommit life to Jesus — has Jehovah Witness influences from her past.

+ 199 Raymond — Provision in his life and the neighborhood.

Jonathan — Blessing.

State St.

+ 199 Dave — “That things will go better — that things will be better for me.”

Mark — He will be doing musical programs at the Albany County Nursing Home next Wednesday and Easter from 2-3 p.m. We prayed for a blessing on that. Mark and his wife Mary had a seminarian, Judith, stay with them the last couple of days. We prayed for Judith.

+Gershon (man) — He put down a can of beer to get prayer.

+ Anna — general blessings

+ Boogie (Rastafarian from Jamaica) — general blessing.

Michelle (woman) — We prayed for the Altar Guild as they prepare the church for Easter and Holy Week.

Paul (man, formerly a Christian, now a Muslim) — At first he was unwilling to receive prayer but then relented. He was happy the prayer table was there to encourage and help people.

+ a Raymond (man) — He just came out from 26 years in prison. His knees are badly deteriorated and painful and one of the has to be replaced. We invited him to church and he came this morning (Sunday) and announced that there was less pain in his knee. At the end of the service he went to one of the healing teams for more prayer.

Jason (man) — “Hit and Run” prayer

Evan (young woman) — We prayed for God’s blessing on her work.

Elaine — She gave thanks that her son Anthony got a job at Global Foundries. We also prayed for the 40 Days For Life campaign up the street at Planned Parenthood.

+ a 199 Sean (young man) — He is just out of jail. He has given his life to Jesus. His birth father left just after he was born. We showed him Romans 8:15 and told him that in accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior he was now an adopted child of God and he could cry out “Dad, help me.” We had him practice doing this. Big hug afterwards.

Take a look at Children of God by Third Day on YouTube

+Romainne (father), +Latrell (young girl), and +Ebony (mother)

Vincent (man)

+ 199 Nathan (man) — He had already given his life to Jesus but need to take care of some sins that have come up in his life. We led him to 1 John 1:9 to let him know that he is now clean.

+ Leon (man) — He has already given his life to Jesus. We prayed for God’s blessing on him.

Albany Intercessor

2 Corinthians 4:6-10

April 11, 2014

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
      Father, thank you for this command by which we are able to see your glory reflected in the face of Jesus.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
      Jesus, thank you that your strength is perfected in my weakness.

We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed–always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (2 Corinthians 4:8-10)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the life of Jesus that you show forth in my life.

Psalm 95:8 A word received: Do not harden your hearts.

A prayer received: Help us to do your word.

Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:05 – 6:15 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

Ted (volunteer) — His granddaughter Camille has had some good days. They are going back to the Spiritual Life Center for more prayer next Wednesday morning.

Dan (staff) — He gave the opening talk and prayer and urged us to looke for opportunities to be Good Samaritans.

Chuck — He asked prayer for kid he is mentoring at the high school — that he would open up..

++Howard (man) — He works at the Salvation Army across the street from the Schenectady City Mission. He asked for travel mercies as he goes today (Friday) to visit North Carolina for the first time in 30 years.

Sue (woman) — She asked prayer for her boyfriend who is being harassed by his housemates.

Albany Intercessor

Exodus 5:10-14, Psalms 124-127

April 8, 2014

And the taskmasters of the people and their officers went out and spoke to the people, saying, “Thus says Pharaoh: ‘I will not give you straw. Go, get yourselves straw where you can find it; yet none of your work will be reduced.’ ” So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw. And the taskmasters forced them to hurry, saying, “Fulfill your work, your daily quota, as when there was straw.” Also the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, “Why have you not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as before?” (Exodus 5:10-14)
      LORD God, in so many offices and workplaces more and more is demanded of the workers with fewer resources being provided. Have mercy on your people and protect them from harsh taskmasters.

“If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,” let Israel now say– “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their wrath was kindled against us; then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul; then the swollen waters would have gone over our soul.” Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:1-8 )
      Thank you, Father, that just as you rescued the childrenof Israel out of the hand of Pharaoh, so you will rescue the oppressed in our day.

Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people from this time forth and forever. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity. Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them away with the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel! (Psalm 125:1-5)
      Holy Spirit, guide us in your righteous ways so that we may know your peace and your vindication.

When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad. Bring back our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South. those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:1-6)
      Jesus, thank you for setting us free from captivity: captivity to sin and captivity to oppression. We cried out to you many times with tears and you heard and answered us. Thank you.

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my famly, that You have brought me this far? (2 Samuel 7:18 )
Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so he gives his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
(Psalm 127:1-5)
      LORD, you have built my house and have given us rest and children. Thank you for our full quiver.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Exod. 5:1-6:1: 1 Cor. 14:20-33a,39-40: Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Exod. 7:8-24: 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6: Mark 10:1-16

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** PRAYR TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, April 7, 2014; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. A nice day — 48 degrees and no wind.)

a — signifies anointed with Holy Oil.
f — signifies received free non-perishable food we offer.

a,f — REBECCA — Came for prayer for continued and complete healing of her balky left knee. She is off the walking cane now and has opted to NOT have surgery.

f — NANCY — Received prayer for problems she is having. “Everybody around here is having a rough time these days,” she said of our neighborhood.

f-MAN (no name given) — Prayed for his well-being and safety. He was walking with a golf club as a kind of crutch.

ANIMAL CONTROL WOMAN — She slowed her car down, rolled down the window and wished us well. She said “Thank you being out here all these cold winter days to help people.” That was nice of her!

MEN ON THE STREET CORNER — We prayed for the safety of four men from the city setting up notices of road work to be done on the bridge across to Route 5S which starts Tuesday. Cars were buzzing past them and not slowing down.

MAILMAN — Prayed for his protection as he goes along his route.

f — MIKE, EVANS, ANNA and RICO — These four family members came as a group for much-needed food. They were very grateful. We prayed for their good health and protection.

JOHN — This troubled young man seems to have mental problems and was cursing and gesturing at us as we took the table down. We prayed for God to still his fears and calm his mind.

Note: One important thing to pass along — “Nancy” mentioned above is a Roman Catholic and until about 6 months ago avoided us and wouldn’t set foot by the prayer table because she did not trust us. Gradually, she has started to come over and get food and prayer, even asking questions about what we in our church believe. Today when I prayed for “Rebecca,” Nancy also put her hand on Rebecca’s shoulder as I prayed for her and joined in the prayer. What a breakthrough! Praise God.

Albany Intercessor

Ezekiel and Mark

April 7, 2014

Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O my people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. (Ezekiel 37:12)
      Lord Jesus, speak your words of life to your church and bring the spiritually dead back to life.

Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up from your graves. (Ezekiel 37:13)
      Jesus, please help us by your deeds to know you as Lord and God.

I will put my Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it,” says the LORD.’ “ (Ezekiel 37:14)
      Lord Jesus Christ, put your Holy Spirit in us so that we may live and come into that good in heritance you have prepared for us. Help us to know what you have spoken you have done.

A word received: I AM your strength. Keep turning to me.

Then he took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” (Mark 9:36-37)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive every child you send us.

      Jesus, help us receive you as we show forth your love to the children you send us.

      Father, you are a father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5a); help us daily show forth your love to your children. Thank you.

Monday: 31 * 35; Exod. 4:10-20(21-26)27-31: 1 Cor. 14:1-19: Mark 9:30-41
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Exod. 5:1-6:1: 1 Cor. 14:20-33a,39-40: Mark 9:42-50

      Notes from the Front Lines

APRIL Daily: For our Bishop and for every disciple to work toward tithing
6 St. Paul’s, Franklin – The Rev’d Scott Garno
7 St. Peter’s Church, Hobart – The Rev’d Darius Mojallali, The Rev’d Nancy Truscott The Rev’d Susan Baker-Borjeson, The Rev’d Justine Guernsey, The Rev’d Peggy Theodore

***** Christ Church Neighborhood Meal Prayer Requests, Saturday, 3/30/14 – Larry Hubert
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Pamela – Pray for her children and for her to have faith and the Lord’s guidance.

Chester – Homeless and needs a home.

+Jack – Needs a home and God’s strength to stay straight from drugs.

+Steven – Pray for healing of his heart defect. Pray also for God’s protection of our troops.

Letitia – Pray for the daily needs of her son, Isaiah, and for a safe trip for him. God knows all of the details.

+Venessa – Having anger issues and asks for prayer from this. She and a friend, Gwen (who also has an anger problem) are having conflict and Gwen is bad mouthing her. Deliver them Lord and bring them out of this conflict into unity. Pray for her friends Trance, Tony and Sara.

Albany Intercessor

Various Scriptures Prayed

April 5, 2014

And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son. Hear him!” (Mark 9:7)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to hear your beloved Son, Jesus, when he speaks to us. Thank you.

Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:23-25)
      Holy Father, even now hear the cries of your afflicted children and acknowledge them.

He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (Psalm 107:20)
      Jesus, Word of God, come and heal us and deliver us from what destroys us.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:21)
      Thank you, LORD, for all that you have done for us.

Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing. (Psalm 107:22)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily give thanks for all that you have done for us.

A word received: I have blessed you; bless me.

And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. (Exodus 3:7)
      Father, hear the cry of all those among your people who are under harsh taskmasters and are oppressed in this land.

So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, (Exodus 3:8a)
      Jesus, come and deliver your people who are oppressed by harsh taskmasters, and bring them into a fruitful place. Thank you for guiding your people by your Holy Spirit to that good place.

Prayer request from Jesus: Then he said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2) Also I heard the 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 )
      Lord, I pray that you will send more laborers out into the harvest fields. Here am I, send me.

A word received: Take my hand and I will lead you into the harvest fields.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Exod. 2:23-3:15: 1 Cor. 13:1-13: Mark 9:14-29
Sunday: 118 * 145; Exod. 3:16-4:12: Rom. 12:1-21: John 8:46-59
Fifth Sunday in Lent: 130; Ezekiel 37:1-3(4-10)11-14; Romans 6:16-23; John 11:(1-17)18-44

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9:10 – 10:40 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, Sharon Scheenstra (from Bellevue Reformed Church), and Torre Bissell 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

Steve (man) — He has finally started his business and had his first customer yesterday!

+ a Yelsin (man) — We prayed for protection and blessing. Yelsin had little English.

+ a Naru (man, blind in one eye and only one arm) — We prayed for restoration of sight. He was taking cans to the redemption center up the street.

+ a 199 Tony (man) — His mother Alice (85) has breast cancer and is in remission. We prayed for her and for him.

+ Jacquelyn (woman) — She parked in front of us and got out for prayer. She was on her way to a meeting of ladies to pray about what goes on in the streets of Schenectady and how to reach out to the the youth of the community.

+ a 199 Boogie (man — not the same “Boogie” who has come before) — He asked prayer for protection. He has given his life to Jesus and is current with that.

“Hit and Run” prayer

+ Sid (Older man) — He has been divorced for 14 years but is still praying for restoration of his marriage. We prayed for “open heart surgery” for his former wife.

+ 199 Ken (regular) — He confessed his sin and asked for and accepted God’s forgiveness.

Lloyd (man) — He asked for prayers to for health and provision for himself, his children and grandchildren.

+ Kathleen (woman) — She asked prayer for +Karen her sister who has heart trouble and pneumonia.

Shadhu and husband (semi-regular) — We prayed for their family.

+ Mariano (man) — [No English]

+ Eddie (man) — Prayed for protection (he had a can of beer in his bag)

+ Sam (man) — He lost his car yesterday.

+ 199 Diana (woman) — She is homeless and living in the hotel shelter down the street.

Emmanuel — He confessed his sin and accepted God’s forgiveness and is going to try to follow Jesus as his Lord.

Jason and Lisa (they used to live across the street) — We prayed they would get an apartment and for their lives to come into order.

Albany Intercessor

Various Scriptures Prayed

April 4, 2014

Then he came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to him, and begged him to touch him. So he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when he had spit on his eyes and put his hands on him, he asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then he put his hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Then he sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.” (Mark 8:22-26)
      Jesus, I need that second touch from you so that I can see clearly. Please put your hands on my eyes again.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as he wills. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
      Holy Spirit, pour out your gifts among us so that the whole Body of Christ is built up.

The entrance of your words gives light (Psalm 119:130a)
      Father, penetrate my heart and mind with your words so that I may have light to see by.

A word received: Come to me for my strength when you are weak.

When he had called the people to himself, with his disciples also, he said to them, “Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8:34)
      Jesus, my heart’s desire is to follow you. Help me deny myself and daily take up my cross and follow you.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. (Mark 8:35)
      “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” An October 28, 1949 entry in the journal of Jim Elliot, martyr who entered into glory January 8, 1956, age 28, in an attempt to bring the gospel to the Waodani people of Ecuador.

      Jesus, help me daily die to myself so that I can gain life eternal with you.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (Mark 8:36)
      Thank you, Father, for providing our daily bread each day. Sometimes it has been tight, but there was always enough for that day.

Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:37)
      Holy Spirit, please help me lay all my worldly desires at the foot of the cross.

For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38 )
      Jesus, help me find my honor and glory by following close after you and living out your words.

And he said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.” (Mark 9:1)
      Holy Spirit, help me to be a true subject of Jesus in his kingdom. Fill me anew today with your power to live out the gospel and proclaim the kingdom of God. Thank you.

A word received: Praise me.

Romans 8:28 A word received: I can make all things work together for good for those who love me.

Friday: 95* & 102 * 107:1-32; Exod. 2:1-22: 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3: Mark 9:2-13
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Exod. 2:23-3:15: 1 Cor. 13:1-13: Mark 9:14-29

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Prayer Table
Trinity Church Watervliet

March 29, 2014
Sue McManus
Candace Palumbo

Prayed for protection and daily provision for all families living in the area
- Mary: Good health and her family
- Joe: Healing for brain cancer, finishing chemo treatments
- Diane and Gary:Assurance phone providers. Prayed for their families and that they would meet their quota of giving cell phones away. Later they came to our community dinner and ave away 6 phones.
- Nancy: Grand daughter Sheaque, gandchildren Giana, Giovani, unite their family
- Saul: Blessing for his family and fiance Areon.
- Nicole: Special Intentions
- Lady in Red Jacket from housing apartment and grocery shops every Saturday, Daily provisions and Blessings.
- Kent Daily Blessings, An advocate for Vets.
-Yvette: Price Chopper worker, Daily provision, Blessings
- Group of young boys (10-12) Protection, good decisions, Bring good role models into their lives.
- Rebecca and daughter: Daily provision and blessings
- Terrance and Shannon: House just burnt down, found a new home but need furniture, clothing, household items. Protection and daily provision.

St Francis Mission Prayer Table
Saturday March 29, 2014
Prayer Team
Candace Palumbo
Linda Becker
Dr Janice Houston Little
It’s finally getting warmer. Prayed for protection and daily provisions for people and families living in the area.
- Pam and George: prayed for a healthy pregnancy and a Baby Girl!! due in August. Gave Pam a Bible.
- Roger (homeless) very disturbed man, shouting and very angry. We started praying for him independently, after praying he came up to us very calmly and asked for prayer. Prayed for anxiety, protection and daily provision. We gave him a prayer card and he showed us a chain with Jesus on it. He remained calm until we left- Praise Jesus!! Please continue to pray for him.
- Mary Alice- protection for her family, financial provisions, she became very upset and cried.
- Frank: daily provision, anger, protection, ( a man who calls himself his friend is harassing him) we smelled alcohol
- Mike: for a job, family especially Uncle Billy who is in prison upstate.
- Doug: to make good choices, a job
- Julia: to move forward in her life.
Prayers for daily provisions for a young father walking his baby
- Rodney: wisdom and revelation
- Marty: Protection and daily provision.
- Gentleman in a gray suit, pray for daily provisions calmness.
- Nadia: family ,daily provision
- Mark: Upcoming court dates.
Ended with prayers for family and people entering lunch

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 3, 2013, 5:10 – 6:10 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
199–”199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Dan (staff) — His cousin died of cancer. She died knowing Jesus.
Gary (staff) — He asked prayers for his son who is going through some turmoil in his job. Gary is also experiencing some unsettledness in his job.
+++++ Janice (regular) — She got crosses to give out to others.
Ted (volunteer) — He and his granddaughter Camille when to the healing service and for soaking prayer at the Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday and were blessed by it.
+ a 199 Christa (woman) — Very disturbed. She confessed her sins and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. We also prayed for deliverance for her.
Vicky (volunteer) — We prayed for her son Calvin to come to know and accept Jesus into his life.
+ BJ (volunteer) — He asked prayer for good health and for healthy relationships for the people there.
+ Christine (woman) — She asked prayer that her children would be set free from addiction and that she would be able to complete her course in cosmetology. She also got a cross for her +daughter.

Albany Intercessor

Psalm 23, 1 Corinthians 10:32-33, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Psalm 89:24-26

March 31, 2014

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
      Jesus, shepherd me.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
      Lord, lead me.

He restores my soul; (Psalm 23:3a)
      Holy Spirit, restore my soul.

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3b)
      Jesus, lead me.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
      Father, set me free of fear in the dark times and comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
      Holy Spirit, anoint me.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. (Psalm 23:6)
      LORD, let your goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.

Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. (1 Corinthians 10:32-33)
      Holy Spirit, please help me turn aside from all self-seeking so that I may bring many to know Jesus Christ.

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
      Jesus, please help me walk daily in your ways and imitate you as Paul did. Thank you.

But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him, and in my name his horn shall be exalted. Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers. He shall cry to me, “You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.” (Psalm 89:24-26)
      Father, thank you that I can join with David in saying, “You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.” Thank you for your faithfulness and mercy.

A word received: Turn to me and live.

A word received: Turn to me and I will shepherd you.

Romans 8:28 A word received: I can make all things work together for good for those who love me.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Gen. 49:1-28: 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1: Mark 7:24-37
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Gen. 49:29-50:14: 1 Cor. 11:17-34: Mark 8:1-10

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 29, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut 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.

a man walked by and pointing to the crosses said he has 3 of those!

+ 199 Janet- peace

Ras- prayed a blessing

+ Pamela- healing in her family

+ Shaquia (young woman)- prayed for the ups and downs in her life that she would know Jesus is there in the down times too, for safety and provision

+ Milan (young man)- for a job

199 Carrie- prayed for the missing plane and people in it, and for the people in the mud slide, and a general prayer for her.

State St.

Steve (man) — He needs roof repairs to his new place of business.

Mark — He is doing two music programs Easter week at an old people’s home.

199 Tobias (regular) — He is behind in his rent. He needs a better paying job and a new location. He also asked prayer for his many friends.

The Bus Driver honked at us.

+ John (man) — “Everything!”

+ 199 Gary (man) — He recommitted his life to Jesus. He confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness.

+ 199 Emmanuel (young man) — He wants to be able to play soccer.

+ 199 Naru (man) — “Health!” He has one arm.

+ 199 Bishop (man) — Health and provision.

+ 199 Zenovia (woman walking be)

+ 199 Danny (man) — His son’s fiancé has stage 1 cancer in her breast, but it has spread to her lung.

+ 199 Eddie (man) — He would like to see some of his goals come to pass and for his family to stay togetyher.

Albany Intercessor

Praise report

March 30, 2014

Four years ago, we had prayed for the healing of timing of electrical impulses in epilepsy. This news report describes a battery that controls the impulses, which is a big step forward in the medical management of this disease.

Our Father in heaven,
You are a God of tender mercies. We thank You for the advances in the treatment of epilepsy. We bless Your holy name. We bless Your name El Olam. We bless the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, our Advocate. We bless the name of Your Holy Spirit, our Comforter.
More mercies, Lord! More mercies. Amen.

Matthew 6:49-52, Mark 7:20-23, and Psalm 136:23-26

March 29, 2014

And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:49-52)
      Jesus, come and meet us where we are as you did with your disciples. If our hearts are hardened (as their’s were), soften them and help us understand your purposes.

And he said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:20-23)
      Father, please help us repent of all these things which defile us.

      Jesus, speak to our hearts and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.

      Holy Spirit, convict us of all sins that are hidden in our hearts and minds, and help us bring them to Jesus.

Who remembered us in our lowly state, for his mercy endures forever; and rescued us from our enemies, for his mercy endures forever; who gives food to all flesh, for his mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:23-26)
      Father, thank you for remembering us when we were in need. Thank you for providing for us year after year. Thank you! For your mercy endures forever.

A word received: Walk WITH me.

A word received: Abide in me. Let me be your strength.

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Gen. 47:27-48:7: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Mark 7:1-23
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Gen. 48:8-22: Rom. 8:11-25: John 6:27-40
Fourth Sunday in Lent: 23; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:(1-7)8-14; John 9:1-13(14-27)28-38

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 27, 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

Dan (staff) — His wife Lorie’s cousin Debbie has cancer. They have stopped the chemo and have given her one to two weeks to live. Lorie and Debbie are the onlyh believers in the family; all the others are our of control with grief. Dan also prayed for Torre’s back.

Ted (volunteer) — He is taking his granddaughter to the Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday for the Healing Service and then lunch and soaking in prayer in the afternoon in the hope of seeing Camille cured of Lyme’s disease.

Greg (man) — I am a veteran and I am homeless.

++John (young man, regular) — He is reading his copy of “199 Promises of God”. He got an extra cross for his mom. His dad is due to get out of jail (his dad is in jail because he held a knife to John’s throat).

+ a 199 Art (man) — He asked prayer for his family. He is going to the meetings at the Mission and wants to get free from his addiction. He confessed his sins to God and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing, and that he had been adopted as a child of God.

Us (Torre, Jean and Chuck) — We prayed for full restorationof Smiley from a stroke.

+Michelle (young girl) — She asked prayer for her grandmother.

+Matthew (man) — He asked prayer for all of God’s little ones.

Albany Intercessor

Psalm 79:11 and Hebrews 13:3

March 25, 2014

The Cestello Annunciation by Sandro Boticelli c 1489

      Lord, surprise us with your work in our lives as you did with Mary.

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; Psalm 79:11
For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3
      Father, remember all those who are in prison. Help us remember them in prayaer. We remember our intercessors who are in prison or on parole. Have mer4cy on them and bring them to the freedom that only Jesus can give. Thank you.

A word received: Keep looking to me for help and act on it.

A word received: I love you and hold you in my arms.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Gen. 45:1-15: 1 Cor. 7:32-40: Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Gen. 45:16-28: 1 Cor. 8:1-13: Mark 6:13-29

      Notes from the Front Line

***** ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM PRAYER TABLE REPORT (Monday, March 24, 2014; 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. It was COLD again today — 14 degrees at the start — but no wind. Not many people out and about. We did not anoint anyone with holy oil. We have stopped giving out winter clothing until November because people have stopped picking up the items, but we will give out free non-perishable food throughout the whole year. The need here is great. Muriel Papura, Lionel Gibbs and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t — received wooden cross made by Denis Adams of North Carolina.
f — received food we offer.

f — REBECCA — She asked for prayers of continued good health and well-being on this, her 40th birthday! She also sought prayer for her friend (no name) who is only 13 years old and just gave birth March 7th to a daughter ZOEY. We prayed for God’s grace to shine on Rebecca, her friend and the baby Zoey.

ANGELA — This older woman was very cold and had been walking for awhile but stopped when we asked if she would like prayer. “I pray by myself all the time,” she said, “but … sure. Go ahead!” We prayed for her good health and safety as she went through her day.

t,t,t — CONSUELlA, JOSE and MARIA — These three people at first declined our offer for prayer, but then went a few feet and spoke with each other and came back! Maria sought prayer “to get a job” and Consuella asked for prayer for her heart because of health problems she is having. We prayed for the three of them as one and they each accepted a cross but declined food. “No, we are doing OK,” Jose explained.

***** St. Ann’s Church (37 Division Street, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for an evening of praise and worship on Saturday, March 29 at 6 pm. The evening will be led by Lisa Longe, Karin Ryan, and Ryan Haig. Come and join us as we worship the Lord in song.

Albany Intercessor

John 4:10, 13-14 and Romans 5:11-12

March 23, 2014

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)
      Jesus, please help me to know the gift of God; help me to know you; please give me your living water.

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)
      “Spring up, O well, within my soul…”

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:10-11)
      Jesus, thank you for reconciling us to your Father.

A word received: I will give you living water for your soul. Come and drink.

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Gen. 44:1-17: Rom. 8:1-10: John 5:25-29
Third Sunday in Lent: 95 or 95:6-11; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26(27-38 )39-42
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Gen. 44:18-34: 1 Cor. 7:25-31: Mark 5:21-43

      Notes from the Front Line

***** March 22 2014 Prayer Table St Francis Mission Albany Prayer Team Candy, Jana and Linda, prayers for people and families in Arbor Hill

1. Bernie, his brother in law Paul at the hospital recovering, daily provision, protection and blessing
2. Dora, daily blessing and protection
3. Consuelo, daily provision and protection
4. Robert, Health strength
5. Doug, good decisions, protection
6. Pauline, continues to move forward in her life, Godly relationship
7. Roberta, job, alcohol addiction
8.Dwayne, find a job, wife Tina recovery from cancer
9. Needs and concerns for James and Rodney

Trinity Church Watervliet March 22, 2014 Prayer Team: Sue and Candy- Prayers for people and families in Watervliet
1. Pat, daily provisions and pain in arthritic knees
2. Blessings to a young boy leaving the store
3. Mother and young son, Blessings son sent us blessings back with a big smile :)
4. Women walking to bus, pray for joy in her life
5. Ellen, pray for depression, daily provisions
6. Stacy, depression, daily provision
7 Steve, blessing, daily provision
8. Linda and Mario ( son in jail) Linda’s depression Mario to be saved and spiritually guided.
9. 5 teenagers: prayed for guidance and blessings
10. Fred financial provisions
11. Mom and 3 kids rushing to bus, blessings and protection
12. David daily provisions, blessings, recovery from stroke

Albany Intercessor

Mark 5:18-20

March 22, 2014

And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. (Mark 5:18 )
      To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be with Jesus and a time to go forth as one who follows Jesus. (See Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 )

However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” (Mark 5:19)
      Father, the harvest fields are all around us; send laborers into them. Here am I, send me.

And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. (Mark 5:20)
      Holy Spirit, plese help me to proclaim all that Jesus has done for me. Thank you.

A word received: See my care for you.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Gen. 43:16-34: 1 Cor. 7:10-24: Mark 5:1-20
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Gen. 44:1-17: Rom. 8:1-10: John 5:25-29
Third Sunday in Lent: 95 or 95:6-11; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26(27-38 )39-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:20 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, David Haig, and Torre Bissell on State St. It was very cold and windy.

+–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

Steve (regular) — His business is finally getting started.

++Jason (regular) — We prayed for a good apartment for him, a good job, and sobriety. He took an extra cross for Lisa who used to live across the street with him.

Stephen (young man, regular) — He prayed for the healing of Torre’s back and Torre prayed for him.

+ 199 Thomas (man) — He gave his life to Jesus and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. We urged him to make following Jesus the focus of his life.

Steve (man) — He asked prayer that he would stay away from drugs and alcohol. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to help him. He said he prays for the power of the Holy Spirit to help him every morning. He already had a cross and a “199″.

+ 199 Vernnita (young woman) — She asked prayer for encouragement.

+ 199 Lucas (man) — He asked prayer that he would be reunited with his wife and children. They are currently separated because of his alcoholism. He confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness. He wants to walk with Jesus.

José (man) — He stopped and blessed us.

Tom (man) — He asked prayer for God’s provision while he waits for his Social Security checks to start.

+ 199 Caroline (woman) — She asked prayer for her brother Gerald.

++ 199 Anna (woman) — Her boyfriend John has problems with his arm. We prayed for healing.

199 Charity (woman) — She asked for a blessing.

Albany Intercessor

Mark 4:24-25

March 21, 2014

Then he said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:24-25)
      Holy Spirit, please help us understand the consequences of what we choose to hear. Listening to gossip or evil-speaking about others is the poison that drains us of all that is good in us. Refusing to listen to gossip helps us retain the good you have given us and more good will be added to that.

      Jesus, please help your people turn off “Talk Radio” and all the evil speaking of others that goes out from those programs.

      Father, you have made our ears, our eyes, all the parts of our body. We are made in your image. Help us keep that image clean and shining by what we choose to hear and see. Thank you.

A word received: Take my hand and I will lead you.

A prayer received: Give us a hunger for you.

A word received: Come to me. Give your burdens to me. I can carry them.

A word received: Come, spend time with me.

A word received: Put your trust in me as Abraham did.

A word received: Do not forget my little ones.

A word received: Let me direct your path.

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

A word received: Do my will.

A word received: Look to me; I will direct your path.

Friday: 95* & 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Gen. 43:1-15: 1 Cor. 7:1-9: Mark 4:35-41
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Gen. 43:16-34: 1 Cor. 7:10-24: Mark 5:1-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** City Mission Prayer Table, March 20, 2014 – Chuck Rinaldo

Ted – His daughter, Camilla, has Lyme disease. She is taking a new round of 4 different antibiotics and able to tolerate these better than the first ones. She and Ted are going to the Spiritual Life Center on April 1 for healing service. Pray for God to touch, refresh and heal.

Ron – Pray for protection over his young daughter Isabella while she is staying with her mother. He is completing paperwork to have full custody of her. He also asked prayer for healing of Torre’s back and that he will get relief from pain.

Smiley – Pray for continued healing and strength; to regain full mobility.

Tiesha – being tested for colon cancer; has bleeding. We prayed for this, just like the woman in the bible who touched Jesus’ clothes and was healed…that God will provide a miracle that will heal her. Pray she will realize her healing is from God and will give Him the glory.

Gary – Prayer for provision. Pray for his son, Josh, to find a Christian girlfriend. Pray he will know when to speak and when to keep silent.

Steve – He is spiritually, a very mixed up person. I ask we pray that God’s truth and the light of Christ break through to him.

Albany Intercessor

Praise report

March 13, 2014

From BBC:  A group of 13 Greek Orthodox nuns held for three months by rebels in Syria after being taken from their convent in Maaloula have arrived back in Damascus.

From ABC:  Believed to be still in the captivity of rebels are these clerics:

Two bishops and a priest have been missing since last April, according to Syrian opposition activists and church officials. Gunmen pulled Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and Bishop John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church from their car and killed their driver on April 22 while they were traveling outside the northern city of Aleppo. It is not clear who abducted the priests and no group has publicly claimed it is holding them.

An Italian Jesuit, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, went missing in July after traveling to meet Islamic militants in the eastern city of Raqqa. The city fell into rebel hands in March and was subsequently taken over by radicals, including the Islamic State.

A previous prayer for the release of the clerics and religious was posted on L&B on February 28.

Psalm 106:1 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!


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