Philadelphia, PA–the Swedes

September 25, 2016

In light of the upcoming national elections, I will be looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.–JW

The first permanent white settlement in Philadelphia was planted in the 1640s by the Swedes. The oldest church in Pennsylvania is Old Swedes’, formerly a Swedish Lutheran congregation. It is now an Episcopal congregation called Gloria Dei.

Isaiah 48:17-18 (NKJV)
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
Who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you by the way you should go.
Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!

“O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day. (Daniel 9:4-7, adapted)

Then your peace would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

“O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. . . .

Are there any of Your laws that we in the church in America, including the Episcopal Church, have not broken? We have followed false gods, made false vows, misused Your name, forsaken the Sabbath, dishonored our parents, murdered, condoned abortion, committed adultery, accepted fornication, broken covenants, stolen, lied, and coveted. We have harbored unforgiveness and hatred in our hearts. We have not tithed. We have held slaves. We have been indifferent to the poor. We have engaged in usury. We have sued our fellow Christians in court. We have changed the covenant of marriage. We have not submitted to the authority of Your Holy Word. Lord, have mercy, for the church in America is an offense.

O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolations of the United States of America; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your children in the US who are called by the name of Your Son, Christ Jesus.”(Daniel 9:8-10,18-19, adapted)

Gloria Dei! To God be the glory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amen.


From the Lectionary for 2016 02 15

February 15, 2016

Mark 1:1 (NKJV)
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
      Holy Spirit, help me begin each day with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:8 (NKJV)
“I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
      Jesus, please baptize me afresh with your Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:1 (NKJV)
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
      Jesus, help us answer your call as Paul did.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV)
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
      Father, help me embrace the cross of your son Jesus.

Genesis 37:11 (NKJV)
And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
      Holy Spirit, please help me keep in mind as Jacob and Mary did what you have said and done.

Psalm 44:26 (NKJV)
Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
      I look to you for help, redemption and mercy. Thank you.

Word: You are in my care.

A word received (10/8/06): Keep asking for eyes to see.

A word received (10/9/06): I Am calling my church back to me. I Am calling my bride to me. Pray for listening ears. Pray for this day by day.

A word received (11/9/06): Listen, listen my people for my word to you. Listen as you read scripture. Listen, listen to what I Am saying to you.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 02 11

February 11, 2016

John 17:9 (NKJV)
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.
      Jesus, thank you for claiming me as your own.

John 17:17 (NKJV)
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
      Holy Spirit, make me holy by your word of truth.

Philippians 3:12 (NKJV)
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
      Father, help me press on as Paul did.

Habakkuk 3:2 (NKJV)
O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.
      Revive your people, LORD.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NKJV)
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls — yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
      Father, help me joy in you no matter what happens.

Psalm 37:24-25 (NKJV)
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.
      Jesus, you have held me and blessed my children.

Psalm 37:40 (NKJV)
And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.
      LORD, I trust in you and your saving work in my life. Thank you.

Word: I AM your blessing and your eternal reward.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 02 01

February 1, 2016

John 6:29 (NKJV)
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
      Jesus, help me do the work of God by believing you and believing in you.

John 6:35 (NKJV)
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. “
      Holy Spirit, help me feed on Jesus.

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
      Father, help me live a life of hope and faith.

Psalm 65:3 (NKJV)
Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them.
      Jesus, thank you for providing the atonement for my iniquities.

Psalm 65:13 (NKJV)
The pastures are clothed with flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.
      LORD, clothe our land with your bounty and help us rejoice in your goodness.

Word: Let me be your guide today.

I had a wonderful weekend visit with my brother Bret and his family in New Haven, CT. Our son Brett and his wife Sandra came over from Stamford. It was a great time. The cat was glad to see me back and almost immediately led me to the bag of Kitty Treats.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 01 29

January 29, 2016

John 6:5-7 (NKJV)
Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
      Thank you, Jesus, that my resources are inadequate for the task at hand and I will have to look to you to provide.

John 6:11 (NKJV)
And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
      Jesus, thank you that I get to be in the supply chain of your work and ministry.

Hebrews 10:17 (NKJV)
then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
      Father, thank you that my sins are covered by the blood of Jesus and that you remember them no more.

Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
      Holy Spirit, help me hold fast to my confession of faith.

Psalm 51:3 (NKJV)
For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
      Holy Spirit, help me acknowledge my transgressions to you.

Psalm 51:10 (NKJV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
      Bring me to lasting renewal, Jesus.

Psalm 51:17 (NKJV)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart — these, O God, You will not despise.
      Jesus, give me a broken and contrite heart.

Word: I will comfort you in your day of sorrow.

Schenectady City Mission prayer table, Chuck Rinaldo and Torre Bissell, 1/28/16
Ted (volunteer) — That he can live independently, help with his walking and ofr his son and granddaughter Camille.
Charlie (volunteer) — For healing of the palsy in his right arm.
Tony (volunteer) — Blessing
Jordan (staff) — He feels good and has recovered from the 5th chemo treatment. Prayed that he will regain weight he has lost and for energy.
+ Elaine (volunteer) — A friend died that morning. Prayed for peace and comfort and the hope of the resurrection. Elaine is now 4 years cancer free.
Devon (man) — Blessing
Chuck (volunteer) — his sister Fran had an MRI at the end of the 2nd round of chemo, hasn’t heard the results yet. Going on a Mediterranean cruise with her husband. Prayed for protection, sight seeing and enjoyment.
+ Josh (young man) — He is about to start basic training in the Army. Prayed for protection and strength.
Dan (staff) — We prayed for his daughters Julia, Summer, and Shannon.
+ Robert (man) — He asked prayers for a friend named Florence who is in recovery from crack.
+ Priest (man) — He is homeless. Prayed that he will get his life back together.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 01 22

January 22, 2016

John 4:23-24 (NKJV)
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 2God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
      Father, please help me worship you in spirit and in truth.

John 4:26 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
      Jesus, help me know and acknowledge who you are.

Genesis 12:1-3 (NKJV)
Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
      Holy Spirit, help me enter into the blessing you have given Abraham. Help me leave behind anything that hinders that call of yours.

Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
      “It doesn’t matter how much water flows over us; if we don’t open our mouths to reeive it, we will have gained nothing.” Jean in a Cursillo talk 12-6-97

Word: Open your mouth and receive what I have for you.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 01 20

January 20, 2016

John 4:10 (NKJV)
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.”
      Jesus, help me know the “gift of God” and who you are and the “living water” you promise.

John 4:12-14 (NKJV)
Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 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.”
      Well up, O Fountain, and bring me to everlasting life.

Hebrews 6:18 (NKJV)
that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
      Jesus, I ask for the consolation that comes from fleeing to you, and to lay hold of the hope set before me.

Hebrews 6:19 (NKJV)
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
      Holy Spirit, anchor my soul with hope in Jesus.

Genesis 11:7 (NKJV)
Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
      Father, thank you for confusing us in our folly in thinking we could reach heaven without your help.

Word: Look to me for direction and hope.

Albany Intercessor


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