Prayer Table Reports

April 11, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. Torre Bissell and Don Foust, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

(man walking by) — “Yes, you can pray for me.”


Linda — a regular

[CDTA bus went by, had “Happy Easter” on its marquee.]

(man who had a “life-changing experience” at Christ Church several years ago parked in front of us and gave a substantial check for the ministry of the parish.)

+Marlin — “My family is all sick.” Prayed that he would minister healing to them.


+Fransisco (Tony) — “8 months to live” because of severe heart problems which cannot be corrected — asked for prayer for his ex-wife and for his grandchildren.

Pat — a regular — for her whole family

+Paulette and her children +Monea, +Tayshawn, and Shinayah (baby) — prayed for protection from the violence and provision and for Easter blessings.

+Naquise — boy — for his family

+Daniel — young man — wanted prayer for himself and his sons +Nicholas (2 years old) and +Daniel Jr. (8 months old), said, “That’s touching.” when told we would be praying for them all week.

+Carl — crossed street for prayer — “finances” and for +Sandra (his wife) undergoing spinal surgery this week.

+Mattie — woman — for Easter joy and provision

Pedro (and Norma his wife)

+Marie — “Everything good in the world.”

+Marcus and +Vera (brother-in-law and sister-in-law) visiting for two days from Toronto — members of a Pentecostal church there

+Alex — late teenager in cell-phone conversation, put cell-phone down in middle of conversation to get prayer.

(old man stumbling by) — he prayed for the church when we offered to pray for him.

+Sharon — wanted prayer for her kids in New York City and for a friend named +Robert.

      PRAYER TABLE REPORT #2 (Christ Church Schenectady)

(Sat., April 11, 2009; 10:30 – 11:30 — Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)

[+ –indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

+ Alex & Joseph – two teenage brothers who crossed the street for the sole purpose of coming to the prayer table; they asked us to pray for their family; Joseph accepted a cross; then they crossed the street again and went home; many people seem to know we are here on Saturday mornings and are available for them

Teenage girl – we greeted her and asked if we could pray for her – she was polite but did not want to stop for prayer; after she passed the table we prayed a prayer that we often pray for people – that she would know that there’s a Father in Heaven who loves her and has a plan for her life

Lowell – middle-aged man who sat on the church steps to wait for a bus – we felt led to walk over to where he was sitting and pray for him; he asked us to pray for Schenectady high school, for the kids who seem to have no hope, and to pray against any strongholds the enemy might have; we held hands and prayed together for the high school; Lowell thanked the Lord for the prayer warriors from Christ Church

+ Estelle – stopped for prayer but did not have a specific request – we prayed for God’s provision in her life – that she would experience everything God wants to give her

++ 3 kids (middle school ages) – a brother and sister and 1 of their friends – they walked by and crossed the road several times – we offered them crosses and then asked if we could pray for them – the older girl stood at a little more distance and did not accept a cross, but the other 2 let us pray for them; we asked the Lord to help them at school and to protect them; we told them God loves them very much

+ Tamara – young mother pushing a stroller with 11-month-old daughter Julianna – we prayed for the Lord’s blessing on their lives and awareness that He loves them with an everlasting love; Tamara seemed touched and thanked us for our prayers

+ Pablo – older man – there was a little bit of a language barrier but we prayed for health and strength and that he would know how much God loves him

David Carlson

      Prayer Table Report from Grace and Holy Innocents, 498 Clinton Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Noon to 12:50 pm, Fr. Grover T. Reddie and Torre Bissell

+Ophelia — for the planet

+Vernon — “Get my act together, get free of drugs and alcohol.”

+Margaret –“good health, a little weary lately” had cardiac surgery in the fall. Also wanted prayer for her sister Patricia who is very sick and is on the list for a lung transplant.

+Tamika — “been very sick”

+Emmanuel — boy age 8 — “for my family”

+Larry — “freedom from drugs and alcohol”

+Anthony — “I’m on dialysis.”

+Chuck — “material and spiritual prosperity”

+Hank — “in a bad car accident in 1975” prayed for freedom of movement

+Ike — “addiction to gambling”

+Kate — “health and finances”

+Darryl — “for my family”

      Christ Church, Coxsackie Prayer Table Report #10
Date: April 11, 2009 — 11:45 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Weather: 45 degrees, damp, windy and very raw.
Location: Hope Plaza, West Coxsackie NY
Prayer Ministers: Dina McGibbon, Deacon Nina George Hacker

(C) = received an Easter card showing graphic of the Risen Christ, with inside message: “May the Miracle of Jesus’ Resurrection bring you fresh hope!”
+ = received a free cross necklace (made by Dennis Adams, NC)
G = received free Gospel of John booklet
(Note: Because this is a small community, we do not record names.) The plaza was busy with holiday shoppers. To everyone going into the Grand Union, we called out “God bless you!” and / or “Happy Easter!” and prayed for them silently, if they did not ask for prayer or ignored us. More people than usual offered us money, which we declined graciously, proclaiming that God’s love is free.

(C) Middle-aged woman: asked for prayer for her family, particularly for peace and reconciliation

(C) Middle-aged man: asked for prayer for the wellbeing of “all who are near and dear” to him

Young woman: asked us to “just pray for peace in the world.” We did.

(C) / (C) Two older women: Each, in response to Nina’s “God bless you!” said: “Thank you. I need it!”

(C) Middle-aged woman: Asked what we were doing. When we said, “We’re here to pray for anyone who needs it,” replied: “Oh, how nice! Thank you!” but moved on.

(C) Middle-aged man: Thanked us for the Easter card.

+ / G Young woman: Asked for “general prayer” for her, and her children. Took a cross for her daughter.

Young father and two teenaged daughters: Asked for prayers of blessing for their family.

(C) Older woman: Asked for prayers of thanksgiving for all God’s blessings, of which she felt undeserving: “I can’t believe He loves me so much.” We talked with her about how much God loves all of us, despite our sin and faithlessness. She said she is a Christian.

+ / G Young woman: Received prayer for her dying father-in-law, and took a cross for her young daughter.

+ Young woman: Took a cross for her son (but declined prayer).

+ / G Older man: Received prayer for his health, and wished us God’s blessings.

(C) Middle-aged woman: Thanked us for the Easter card.

Go quickly and tell … “[Jesus] is risen from the dead …” (Matthew 28:7, NIV)

Albany Intercessor

Romans 8:1-11

April 11, 2009

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
      Jesus, thank you for lifting the sentence of condemnation from me; help me daily walk according to your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
      Father, keep me from rushing back to the law of sin and death; help me daily embrace the law of your Spirit in Christ Jesus. Thank you.

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: he condemned sin in the flesh, (Romans 8:3)
      Lord, my flesh is weak and I easily give into the demands of the flesh; help me daily die to sin so that I may live forever with you.

that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:4)
      Holy Spirit, help me today to put on the righteousness that comes from you and put off the righteousness that comes from the world.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)
      Holy Spirit, fill me anew today with your life-giving power.

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)
      Father, help me have that mind which is in Christ Jesus, who willing laid down his life so that I may live. Thank you.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. (Romans 8:7)
      Father, help me daily receive your Spirit of adoption by which I can cry out, “Abba, Father”. Set me free from the spirit of bondage to fear and the flesh.

So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:8 )
      Have mercy on the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and draw them into the life of your Holy Spirit, Father.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. (Romans 8:9)
      Lord Jesus, let the evidence of your Holy Spirit be manifest in every parish of this diocese. Move through this diocese with the full power of your Spirit and draw us all to you.

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10)
      Lord, it is your righteousness; help me put on your righteousness day by day.

But if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11)
      Holy Spirit, come dwell in me with your new life day by day.

      A word received: Wait on me; keep your eyes on me.

Holy Saturday: 95 & 88; Job 19:21-27a; Hebrews 4:1-16; Romans 8:1-11
Easter Day: 148, 149, 150; Exodus 12:1-14 or Isaiah 51:9-11; Luke 24:13-35, or John 20:19-23

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the speakers at the Diocesan Convention.

Albany Intercessor

Lent Quotes: St. Cyril of Jerusalem – He vouchsafed salvation

April 11, 2009

originally posted April 2007

Lent Quotes: St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Filed under: Meditations & Devotions, Lent 2007, Lent Quotes, Lent – Rick H.

O strange and inconceivable thing! We did not really die, we were not really buried, we were not really crucified and raised again, but our imitation was but a figure, while our salvation is in reality. Christ was actually crucified, and actually buried, and truly rose again; and all these things have been vouchsafed to us, that we, by imitation communicating in His sufferings, might gain salvation in reality. O surpassing loving-kindness! Christ received the nails in His undefiled hands and feet, and endured anguish; while to me without suffering or toil, by the fellowship of His pain He vouchsafed salvation.
–St. Cyril of Jerusalem

St. Cyril of Jerusalem helped formulate the doctrines which we today understand as basic creedal Christianity. He died in 386

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