Prayer Table Reports

March 28, 2009

Saturday, March 28 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. First “shift:” Torre Bissell and Don Foust, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Not many people out this morning.
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Agnes — for comfort in grief at the death of her brother.

+Dorothy — young woman — prayers for her husband +Sidney and her daughter Denaedia, and for her business and for peace.

Rena — “for my health, for my whole body, I want God to maintain my health”

+Dawn — young mother with five children — +Denashia, +Rakeen, +Khameek, +Katiana, and Khashey (baby), prayed for protection and provision

Linda — a regular

Lamont and Pete — from the Gideons Bible Society, stopped by to drum up volunteers

+Katie — “a lot of pain in my chest, pray nothing is wrong”

Jim — prayed for comfort about the death of his son Robert

Bill — his friend Jenn works in a medical field in a very hostile environment

+Robert — — older man — “for my smoking”, thinks he still has cancer but hasn’t see the doctor since the original diagnosis, “sick in the morning, don’t want to get up”

+Barbara — “I need a better job, I have a sister (Anna) that is going through changes and she needs help

+Shamia, +Teniqua, and +Alex — two young women and a young man

+Ernest — older man with a cane — prayed for relief of pain and for mobility, prayed that his “last days” would be more fruitful than his first

Desdemona and Ursula — two women going to the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St — prayerd for Desdemona’s grandson Peter who is in jail

Torre Bissell

(Sat., March 28, 2009; 10:30 – 11:30 — Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)
[+ –indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

+ Tim – asked prayer for his mom and his daughter – we prayed for health and strength and an awareness of God’s great love for them

++++ DeeDee – asked for prayer for her kids in Long Island – she thinks they are better off in Long Island for now but she misses them very much (her son turned 15 yesterday and she wasn’t able to be with him on his birthday); she also asked prayer for her finances; she took 4 crosses and offered to make a donation for them (which of course we did not take); she thanked us for our prayers and said her day did not start well so this was a blessing to her

+ Pete – man in his 30’s — asked prayer for his girlfriend who is bi-polar; we prayed for the Lord’s covering, wisdom for the doctors, and most of all for the Lord’s healing; Pete seemed touched afterward and said, “That was nice! Thank you!”

+++ 3-yr-old girl and her mother – the little girl asked prayer for her dad; we gave crosses to her and her mom and she said, “I need one for my brother, Justin!”

+++ Aubrey – young mom in her 20’s, with 2-yr-old identical twin daughters walking next to her as she pushed a stroller with her 9-month old baby; she’s due to give birth again in May; we prayed for a safe delivery (it will be a scheduled c-section), that the baby would be healthy, for the Lord’s peace, and an awareness that God loves them very much

+ Heather – woman returning from church (at the Macedonian 7th Day Adventist church) – asked for prayer for her family and thanked Christ Church for our kindness to their church

David Carlson

New Wineskins Missionary Network

March 28, 2009

New Wineskins helps Anglicans in the USA to be more knowledgeable, active, and effective in fulfilling our Lord’s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. Pray for finanical stability for New Wineskins Missionary Network and the many other mission agencies experiencing reduced support.

O God,
You own the cattle on a thousand hills. Pour out Your riches upon the New Wineskins Missionary Network, for Your Kingdom and for Your Glory. Amen.

John 6:60-71

March 28, 2009

Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” (John 6:60)
      Lord, many in your church are offended by what you have said and done; in your mercy set them free from every deception.

When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples complained about this, he said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where he was before? (John 6:61-62)
      Jesus, please help your disciples believe your words and receive them with joy.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for writing Jesus’ words on my heart. I ask you to write them on the hearts of all the people of this diocese and on the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray him. (John 6:64)
      Holy Father, set us free from hardness of heart and unbelief.

And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to me unless it has been granted to him by my father.” (John 6:65)
      Father, move in the hearts of those weak in faith and grant them to Jesus.

From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with him no more. (John 6:66)
      Lord, help us to be steady on the path you have marked out for us; help us to be faithful witnesses to your words and deeds.

Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” (John 6:67)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of those who are considering walking apart from you.

But Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68 )
      Jesus, thank you for Peter’s witness; thank you for the way you stood by him when he denied you; thank you for bringing him back to you. Please bring back to yourself all those who have fallen away in the Episcopal Church.

Also we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the son of the living God.” (John 6:69)
      Jesus, there is a storm coming upon the Episcopal Church, please hide us under the shadow of your wings. (See Psalm 36:7, Matthew 23:37, and Luke 13:34)

Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray him, being one of the twelve. (John 6:70-71)
      Father, as we approach Holy Week we ask that you make us mindful of any ways that we are betraying your son Jesus and move our hearts to repentance by your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the shepherds of my people. Pray for shepherds hearts for every priest and deacon in this diocese.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Jeremiah 23:9-15; Romans 9:1-18; John 6:60-71
Sunday: 118; Jeremiah 23:16-32; 1 Corinthians 9:19-27; Mark 8:31-9:1

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Update — Friday, March 27, 2009
      A Final Word to Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors–
      The fourth Welcome Home Initiative Retreat for combat veterans ended Wednesday afternoon with a chapel filled with well-wishers and prayer warriors who have supported these men through their three days together. The closing ceremony was presided over by the Rt. Rev. William Love, Bishop of Albany. Lt. Col. (Chaplain) Eric Olsen, US Army, gave the homily.
      Much healing occurred over the three day retreat — most of it cannot be spoken of save among the cadre of brothers in arms formed at this retreat.
      Some small incidentals: Our youngest warrior — age 29, still in active duty, an infantryman, a “grunt” as he described himself at the ceremony, an ordinary foot soldier carrying his world and his safety on his back in a 80 pound pack through desert tracks and dusty streets — quickly bonded with our eldest warrior. Our eldest warrior was in service when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He was, he said, an ordinary “rifleman” and through battle after battle throughout the Pacific he did what he needed to see the war through to its end. Both warriors, it turned out, were with the 27th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Both warriors found healing on this retreat.
      We had an observer from the American Bible Society on this retreat and two warriors from Great Britain who represented Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, in London, with its internationally known Alpha Ministry. These men left deeply moved by the possibilities for bringing healing to the armed forces in the U.K. They have been asked to write a report on the Welcome Home Initiative for the chief of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, and we believe their recommendation regarding this retreat will be highly favorable.
      There was a Marine whom I can only describe as the bravest man I have ever met. Multiple decorations won on the field of battle, but now the battle was within. He came on this retreat certain that prayer would heal him. “When will I get prayer?” he kept asking — then, “I’m not sure I can make it through.” Someone suggested that he only needed to get through the next moment, and thereafter he was heard saying, over and over, “Minute… by minute…” The battle inside was terrible, but he stayed on the healing path we offered — just as he had been faithful on the field of battle so many years ago. He received prayer several times on Tuesday. Wednesday morning he appeared at breakfast beaming — and then rested in the Spirit during the healing service. As I took my leave from the Closing ceremony, he saluted me at the door, and as I made the sign of the cross in return, he beamed like sunlight breaking across the mountains. He remains the bravest man I have ever met — both on the field of war and in victory through Christ on the path of healing.
      We saw anger released… and bitterness… and grief… and guilt. We saw warriors who have been through a couple of WHI’s tapped for Team in the future. We even saw a couple of calls to the ministry discerned. It was profoundly moving.
      To all of you who have supported this retreat with prayer: you were part of the miracle which God wrought in each man and woman who attended. On behalf of all the Team at this WHI, thank you for lifting us up during these three days. God is good…
      Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM, For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Sanctity of Life Resolution

March 28, 2009

The Diocese of Louisiana is voting on a resolution regarding the sanctity of life at its convention.

The Spirit gives life. John 6:63a

Holy Spirit, we plead. Speak to the voting delegates at the Louisiana diocesan convention. If their ears are plugged, then unplug them. Speak life! May their hearts be open to You, the Giver of life. Amen.

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