November 30, 2009

Romans 8:19 (New International Version)
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
O Lord, may our righteousness exceed the environment ruling around us in America.

Deuteronomy 28:13 (Amplified Bible)
And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day and are watchful to do them.
O Lord, may our righteousness exceed the environment ruling around us in America.

Romans 14:17 (New International Version)
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
O Lord, may our righteousness exceed the environment ruling around us in America.


November 30, 2009

I love the use of hands in this psalm. God raises high His right hand, and we process to the altar with boughs in hand.

Excerpts from Psalm 118
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes. . .
The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!
The LORD’s right hand is lifted high;
the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”
I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the LORD has done. . .
The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine upon us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

2 Peter 1:1-11

November 30, 2009

Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2 Peter 1:1)
      Jesus, thank you for the witness of your apostles which still speaks to us today and builds up our faith.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (2 Peter 1:2)
      Father, we ask for your grace and peace to be multiplied among us.

as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by glory and virtue, (2 Peter 1:3)
      Jesus, please help us daily answer your call and grow in our knowledge of you.

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)
      Jesus, thank you for the promise and hope you have given us; set us free from the corruption that is in the world through lust.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, (2 Peter 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have that diligence which will add virtue to our faith.

to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (2 Peter 1:6)
      Father, please help us daily grown in self-control, perseverance and godliness.

to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (2 Peter 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, move us to brotherly kindness and love toward one another.

For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8 )
      Jesus, please help us bear fruit for your kingdom.

For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. (2 Peter 1:9)
      Father, restore true sight to those who are short-sighted and help them remember being cleansed from sin.

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:10-11)
      Jesus, please help us to be diligent and not stumble so that we enter into your everlasting kingdom. Thank you.

Monday: 4, 7; Amos 2:6-16; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11
Tuesday: 10, 11; Amos 3:1-11; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Matthew 21:12-22

Albany Intercessor

Update on Fr. Nigel Sun, 29 Nov 2009 08:01 AM

November 29, 2009

Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 08:01 AM
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Update on Fr. Nigel
Saturday 11/28/09

      Fr. Nigel Mumford continues in ICU. He is completely off the ventilator, even at nighttime! Thank you, Lord Jesus.

      In the determined manner of a Royal Marine, he is building his strength and has used a walker to get from his bed to his chair – a short distance but a huge accomplishment. He is very dizzy when he stands up.

      As a result of letting you know about the E-cards at Saratoga Hospital, Fr. Nigel received over 300 e-cards the first day. Needless to say, it caused a bit of disruption to their system. On the bright side of that, Fr. Nigel was very touched. Perhaps it would be wise to hold off on sending any more cards until the hospital can recover from the massive response.

Please pray for:

*      Complete and immediate healing of Fr. Nigel’s bedsores

*      Complete healing and strengthening of Fr. Nigel’s lungs

*      Building up of Fr. Nigel’s muscles – all of his muscles – so that he can regain his strength

*      Elimination of the dizziness Fr. Nigel feels when he stands

*      Peace and endurance for Lynn

      Please give Praise and Thanksgiving to our Lord for the continued healing of Fr. Nigel. Our God is so awesome. He cares so much for each one of us — He listens to our prayers. Bless you all for your continued and dedicated prayers.

Luke 21:10-19

November 29, 2009

Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.” (Luke 21:10-13)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see in these hard times an opportunity to testify to Jesus’ faithfulness.

“Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.” (Luke 21:14-15)
      Jesus, we trust you faithfulness: we trust you will give us the words to speak.

“You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.” (Luke 21:16-19)
      Father, thank you for caring for us and for receiving us into your kingdom. Thank you for letting us know that our redeemer lives.

      A word received: I AM with you. Look to me day by day.

Sunday: 111, 112, 113; Amos 1:1-5, 13-2:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Luke 21:5-19
Monday: 4, 7; Amos 2:6-16; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table Report

November 28, 2009

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report November 28, 9:15-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

The wind was so strong this morning that even the chairs were being blown about.

On this Saturday after Thanksgiving, so many came to the Prayer Table with lives full of misery–the homeless, the sick, the hungry, the lonely, the poor, and those released from prison–that it felt like the “Prayers of the People” come-to-life.

The Prayer Table has become a regular stop for a number of folks in the Neighborhood, and we have added their names to the bottom of the Prayer Table Report.

Donald–protection and provision

+Andrew— “Pray for me; my family and friends don’t care about me”. Please pray for the lonely.

+Joe— “Pray for the lost souls out there and you can pray for me also”. Please pray for the lost.

+Terry— “I just got out of jail”. Please pray for the prisoners.

+Willie— “I have faith in the Lord”. We prayed for Willie’s mother +Etta who has cancer and lives in the South. Willie was also just released from prison. Please pray for the sick.

Roxanne— Repeat visitor. “I always look forward to seeing the Prayer Table when I walk down State Street”. Pray for a good “Christmas for my kids”. Roxanne has children ranging in age from 37 to 8; the youngest are still living with her. Please pray for the poor.

Jim— regular– Jim thanked the Lord for all of his blessings. We thank God for Jim’s “heart of Thanksgiving”. Please pray for those who have been abused.

+Annette— We first spotted Annette as she approached the Prayer Table and she was picking up old cigarette butts from the sidewalk so she could have a smoke. When we ask her to join us at the Prayer Table, she began to uncontrollably weep. Annette is homeless. She spent last night in an abandoned building in the Neighborhood. “Last night, someone jumped me and took my cell phone”. We prayed for protection and provision for Annette, then escorted her into Christ Church where she took a bag full of bread. We told her of the Neighborhood Meal on Sunday at 1:30. Please pray for the homeless.

+Rohan— on his way to the bus to go to Queens. We prayed for protection on his journey.

+Al— looking for an apartment. Al has been living in the City Mission for the last 3 weeks. He wants to turn his life around. Al also took some of the bread from table in Christ Church. We also reminded him of the Neighborhood Meal on Sunday.

Mike— young man from Tunisia. We prayed for health, happiness, and the peace that only Jesus can bring. We also gave Mike an Arabic Bible. Please pray that Mike may come to know the Lord.

Victor— older Hispanic man who could not speak English– repeat visitor– We prayed for blessings in Victor’s life.

Man walking by, did not stop— “You can pray for me”. We prayed for his protection.

Jordan— young man waiting for bus– We prayed for blessings in his life.

+Karleen— mother of 5 children ranging in ages from 30 to 16. “God has answered so many of my prayers”. We prayed for financial provision for her children. Her daughter was just released from a mental hospital. Karleen was weeping as we prayed together. Please pray for the faithful.

+Greg— We prayed for a better year and that Greg may continue to help others. Please pray for those who assist those less fortunate than themselves.

Kayla— regular– missed bus for her job. Please pray for the victims of violence.

Unknown woman across State Street crying out in an unknown language— Near the end of the Prayer Table session, a woman across State Street was desperately crying out in an African language. Torre went to help, but could not communicate with her. He called 911, and the Police came to assist this woman. Please pray for those new to this country.

Prayer Table Regulars

Kayla— Pray for healing in her life after being raped. Pray for her mother Laura, her son Nassir, her brother Josh, and Josh’s son Deanthony.

Jim–Pray for healing in his life from abusive parents and for his personal peace after the death of his 31 year old son Robert.

Bill–Pray for his health and no more epileptic seizures. This middle-aged man has lived alone; please pray for companionship.

Lucinada and Eddiberto–Pray for protection for their family

Paulette and her children Monique and Taishawn–Pray for provision for this family

Clarence–Pray for direction as he seeks to change his life.

Linda–Pray for her family in Guyana

Albany Intercessor

Praise and reflection

November 28, 2009

Psalm 144
1 Praise be to the LORD my Rock,
We stand on You, dear Lord.
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
We pray to You, dear Lord.
2 He is my loving God and my fortress,
We claim Your shelter, dear Lord.
my stronghold and my deliverer,
We claim the power of Your name to rebuke demons.
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me.
Our security is in You.

3 O LORD, what is man that you care for him,
the son of man that you think of him?
Save for the blood of Jesus, we are not worthy, dear Lord.
4 Man is like a breath;
his days are like a fleeting shadow.
Oh, how we are fallen.
5 Part your heavens, O LORD, and come down;
touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
6 Send forth lightning and scatter {the enemies};
shoot your arrows and rout them.
We thank You for coming down to Nigel, scattering all that caused him harm, shooting Your arrows and routing them. We thank You, dear Lord.

For a while now, I’ve been harboring a spiritual impression. I haven’t publicly shared it before and don’t know if others are experiencing something comparable. Simply put, the playing field has changed.
Some portions of the charismatic wing of the church put great stock in the Hebraic calendar. September not only brought a new year but a new decade, which they deemed to be highly significant. I am a liturgical creature, but my time has always been ordered according to the Christian calendar in a more cyclical fashion. I found it interesting that different seasons in the Hebraic calendar were associated with different spiritual possibilities or anointings, but was unsure of what to make of it.
But I do perceive that we are in a new season. The battle remains. In the last season in the Episcopal Church, the battleground was ecclesiastical politics. It is not that all the players and facts have gone away, but, like a click in a kaleidoscope, the pieces have rearranged, and the battleground has changed. Or, so it seems in my spiritual impression.
I’m wondering if Nigel’s illness augurs a new season of healing ministry. Spiritual impressions can only be confirmed by subsequent developments. Time will tell.
However, I relate two recent events. My husband and I prayed for someone with a 13-year history of fibromyalgia, and, through God’s grace, he instantaneously improved. We had prayed for him in the past, to no avail. Also, we were part of an ecumenical prayer team for someone with inoperable pancreatic carcinoma. The patient has not yet had any follow up X-rays, but one thing is certain–that prayer session was filled with God’s glory.
I simply ask our readers to be open to the power of healing prayer, to be bolder in offering it, to be persistent in difficult cases, and to share testimonies of God’s goodness. Nigel’s continued recovery is an awesome testimony. Usually folks come off of a ventilator in a week or so; Nigel was on one over 40 days. Following his recovery is like reading the account of the valley of the dry bones–prayers from the four corners of the earth speaking breath into Nigel’s lungs. Nigel breathes. Nigel stands up on his feet. Nigel lives. Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!

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