May 31, 2008

      (In front of Christ Church –State St., Schenectady on 5-31-08,
      9:20 — 10:40 a.m. Table witnesses for Him this day were Thelma Stearns, Don Foust, Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a– Indicates person received anointing of Holy Oil

t — Indicates person received one of Torre’s wooden crosses

      EDWARD — Arrived just as Prayer Table was being set up. Edward is a repeat visitor to the Table; proudly showed us he is wearing his cross. Received prayer for continued grace, protection and direction from God.

      t– CRYSTAL — Wanted prayers for provision for herself, her family and her friends.

      t– JANE — Jane asked for prayers for continued good health. After the prayers as she put on her new cross, she hesitated a moment, smiled and told us “Something just made me come over here today!”

      t– PAT (a man) — Wanted prayers “for everything.” Torre prayed for Pat to seek the Lord and find his grace and provision and protection in his life, also for his family and friends.

      t– MARK — Very serious, troubled young man. Asked for prayers that he will be able to continue to make the mortgage payments on his house.

      a, t — JOHN — There is always one “special” visitor to the weekly Table who stands out as someone in special need, and that the Table obviously was there for him. Today it was John, who is visiting Schenectady from Newark, N.J. He asked that God grant him a “renewal.” He admiited he is a Christian who has been “backsliding” and was in obvious need of forgiveness from his guilt of some sin. We prayed for him to ask Jesus to forgive and forget his sins, and he was anointed to feel God’s transformation in his renewed life. Torre told John to look for signs today that Jesus is working in his life.

      t — PABLO — Stopped out of curiousity, explained right away that he does not speak English. But he understood our upraised hands and that we wanted to pray for him, so he let us pray with and for him.

      t- RAMA and her two sons, a, t —JOSE and a,t — CARLO — This adorable little family walked by and at first did not stop, but Carlo’s (boy of about 5 or 6) urging caused Mom to stop with her young son in the baby carriage. Torre prayed for an anointing of the Holy Spirit on the whole family. Both boys were anointed with Holy Oil with prayers that they would both in time come to know Jesus and to walk in His path. The mother was very grateful and pleased!

      a,t — JULIO — Middle-aged man in a lot of obvious discomfort with a metal-braced kind of splint on his right forearm and hand. He said he had fallen from a van and the fingers had been pushed back up into his hand. Received prayers for healing and soothing grace from God.

      t — MARLON — Big, muscular young man who we guessed would never stop in a million years. But when Don and Thelma called out to him, Marlon stopped! He was in need of prayer for provision and that things will get better. He said he was in a hurry, but he stopped and was glad to receive prayer.

      t–JOEY — Young man who was there because he said he is “dealing with a lot of stress.” Don prayed for Joey to be freed from stress and the anxieties of this life.

      t — ANTHONY — While we were praying for Joey, Anthony sat down in the other empty chair. We recognized him as a previous visitor to the Table. He is the one whose mother, MARIA, was in the hospital last week with a heart problem. He is happy that she was able to go home yesterday. We prayed for continued healing for Anthony’s mother.

      DANIEL — Another repeat visitor who recently requested prayer for safe travel back and forth to NYC. He is back and made the trip safe and sound. He arrived just as we were taking the Table down.

      Note: After Prayer Table, I visited JIMMY (Larry’s son) at his mother’s home in Schenectady. He was released from Ellis this week and is getting cared for at his mom’s. Jimmy is much happier being home. He told me his big goal is to become well enough to come to Christ Church someday. He wants all of you who have been praying for him to know how much he appreciates it. Believe me, I cannot tell you enough how completely sincere he is. He really, really is thankful for your prayers.

————— Deacon Alan

Albany Intercessor

House of Bishops

May 31, 2008

I found this version on beliefnet. Adapted for the HoB.

May the Episcopal House of Bishops arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Swiftness of wind,

Depth of the sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

May these bishops arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot them;
God’s might to uphold them,
God’s wisdom to guide them,
God’s hand to guard them.

Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield them today
Against wounding:

Christ with them,
Christ before them,
Christ behind them,

Christ on their right,
Christ on their left,

Christ beneath them,
Christ above them,
Christ in them.

May the Episcopal House of Bishops arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of Creation.


May 31, 2008

Today there is an election of a bishop coadjutor in Whitehorse, Yukon. The candidates are The Venerable Gregory Gilson, currently Archdeacon in the Diocese of Caledonia in Dawson Creek, B.C; The Venerable David Irving, currently Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese of Kootenay in Kelowna, B.C.; The Right Reverend Larry Robertson, currently Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of The Arctic in Yellowknife, NT; and The Ven. Andrew Hoskin, currently an Archdecon [sic] in the Diocese of Algoma.

The Coadjutor Bishop-elect will be consecrated in October and will automatically succeed as Bishop of Yukon at the end of the year upon the retirement of The Most Reverend Terrence Buckle, Archbishop of Yukon and Metropolitan of British Columbia and Yukon.

Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Proverbs 25:26

Lord, we cry out for a fountain of living water to spring forth in the Anglican diocese of the Yukon. Guard the Yukon from false teachers, hirelings, fase prophets, and idolaters. Strengthen the voting delegates to not give way to worldly ideas and raise up a faithful bishop in this election, we pray. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:6-21

May 31, 2008

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us desire and do those things which will cause your fruit to grow in our lives.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12)
      Dear Jesus, please help Bishop Bill, the leaders and teachers of this diocese, and all its people fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, and confess your name before the world, the flesh and the devil.

I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, (1 Timothy 6:13)
      Father, please raise up witnesses before Governor Patterson and all others in authority in this state who seek to impose gay “marriage” on us. Please move the hearts of the deputies to the Diocesan Convention to pass the canons on marriage and the licensing of clergy.

that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, (1 Timothy 6:14)
      Holy Spirit, help us keep this commandment without spot or stain until the day Jesus returns for his own.

which he will manifest in his own time, he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (1 Timothy 6:15)
      Jesus, please reveal yourself to your people by your Holy Spirit.

who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:16)
      For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, Lord Jesus, now and forever.

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
      LORD, thank you for your generosity towards us; please help us to be generous toward others. Thank you.

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge–by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
      Holy Spirit, please help Bishop Bill and all the clergy and lay leaders of this diocese guard what has been entrusted to them. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my hands. Don’t be afraid. Speak peace to my people.

Saturday: 42, 43; Proverbs 25:15-28; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Matthew 13:36-43
Sunday: 103; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; Acts 8:26-40; Luke 11:1-13

Albany Intercessor

House of Bishops

May 30, 2008

This version of St. Patrick’s Breastplate was penned by Cecil Frances Alexander (1823–1895). It is adapted for the HoB.

I bind unto the Episcopal House of Bishops today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to them forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for our salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto the House of Bishops today.

I bind unto these bishops the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto these bishops today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto the Episcopal House of Bishops today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to their need.
The wisdom of our God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give them speech,
His heavenly host to be their guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar their course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to these persons of God these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect them, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with them, Christ within them,
Christ behind them, Christ before them,
Christ beside them, Christ to win them,
Christ to comfort and restore them.
Christ beneath them, Christ above them,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love them,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto the Episcopal House of Bishops the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of our salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Psalms 34 and 35

May 30, 2008

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in him! (Psalm 34:8 )
      LORD, it doesn’t matter how much water flows over us; if we never open our mouths to receive it, we will have gained nothing. Help us throughout this diocese and at the Diocesan Convention to open our mouths and receive all that you have for us. Thank you.

Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions, my precious life from the lions. (Psalm 35:17)
      Jesus, please come and vindicate and rescue your faithful people out of the hands of those who persecute them. Shut the evil doers’ mouths as you did with the lions when Daniel was in their den. Thank you.

I will give you thanks in the great assembly; I will praise you among many people. (Psalm 35:18 )
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to worship and praise you at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. Keep your eyes on me.

Friday: 35; Proverbs 23:19-21,29-24:2; 1 Timothy 5:17-22(23-25); Matthew 13:31-35
Saturday: 42, 43; Proverbs 25:15-28; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Matthew 13:36-43

      Notes from the Front Line

      In the OT this word is used by translators to bring out the full meaning of the verb ‘to hear’. It indicates the right response to ‘the voice’ or ‘the word’ of God. To receive the utterance of God in a noncommittal or merely passive fashion is virtually out of the question. ‘To hear’ is to be persuaded (as the LXX and NT words suggest), and so to obey. The only other possibility is active resistance, for which the translators have used the words ‘REBEL’ and ‘REVOLT’ in the OT, and ‘disobey’ in the NT. The terms must be understood against the background of God’s covenant-transaction with men. The fitting response to God’s initiative is humble acquiescence, a combination of active obedience and unconditioned trust. The word ‘obey’ and its associates are used in the closest possible association with ‘BELIEVE’ and it associates (v. FAITH).”
      [From A Theological Word Book of the Bible, Edited by Alan Richardson D.D., The Macmillan Company, New York, 1952]

Albany Intercessor

House of Bishops

May 29, 2008

Another version of St. Patrick’s breastplate. This version I picked up from commenter Donal Clair in Ireland.

I bind to the Episcopal House of Bishops this day the power of God to guide them, the might of God to uphold them, the wisdom of God to teach them, the eye of God to watch over them, the ear of God to hear them, the word of God to give them speech, the hand of God to protect them, the shield of God to shelter them, the host of God to defend them against evil, against the lust of nature, against every person who meditates injury to them, whether far or near, whether alone or with many.
I have invoked all these virtues against every hostile, savage power warring upon their bodies and souls, against the evil laws of paganism, against the false laws of heresy, against the false promises of idolatry and against all knowledge which blinds the soul of humanity.

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