Almond branches and the Anglican Communion

June 30, 2010

Exodus 25:31-37 (New International Version)
“Make a lampstand of pure gold and hammer it out, base and shaft; its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms shall be of one piece with it. Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair—six branches in all. The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.
“Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it.

Numbers 17:8 (New International Version)
The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.

Jeremiah 1:10-12 (New International Version)
See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.
The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching [a] to see that my word is fulfilled.”

a.Jeremiah 1:12 The Hebrew for watching sounds like the Hebrew for almond tree .

Watch, O Lord. Watch over the Anglican Communion. Fulfill Your word. Uproot and tear down our false beliefs. Destroy and overthrow our idolatrous strongholds–Mammon, Baal, Asherah, Molech. Raise up prophets and priests who will hold up Your Holy Word and give glory to the Word Incarnate, Christ Jesus. We cry out for our church to be a bright shining sevenfold light. Amen.

Psalm 130

June 30, 2010

Out of the depths I have cried to you, O LORD; (Psalm 130:1)
      LORD, when I am weary and discouraged and cry out to you, you lift me up; thank you.

Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. (Psalm 130:2)
      Lord Jesus, hear my cry and carry me through this time.

If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? (Psalm 130:3)
      Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared. (Psalm 130:4)
      Father, send your renewing Holy Spirit among us and draw the people of this diocese to you.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I do hope. (Psalm 130:5)
      Holy Spirit, you have written your word on my heart and given me hope, thank you.

My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning–yes, more than those who watch for the morning. (Psalm 130:6)
      Jesus, you are my hope and my strength; I stand on you, you are the rock of my salvation.

O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is abundant redemption. (Psalm 130:7)
      Jesus, please bring the people of Israel to a saving knowledge of you.

And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. (Psalm 130:8 )
      Jesus, you have paid the price for the redemption of Israel, please help them by your Holy Spirit to accept what you have done. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my little ones.

but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:24)
      A word received: I called you to know the power of my Holy Spirit, now I want you to learn of me: I am meek and lowly and humble of heart, but I AM the wisdom of God.

Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Numbers 22:41-23:12; Romans 7:13-25; Matthew 21:33-46
Thursday: 134, 135; Numbers 23:11-26; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 22:1-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing”
“In Christ Alone”

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table Report

June 30, 2010

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, June 26, 2010, 9:30 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell & David Carlson

+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+ Ryan — asked prayer “for prosperity” – prayed for the riches of God’s grace

+ Deborah – asked prayer for her health, her family, and her finances

+ Nathan — very positive, upbeat young man – asked prayer for his mom (Mary)

+ Gene – was on his way to attend his daughter’s (Karen) high school graduation – we prayed for both Gene and Karen, for the Lord’s provision and blessing

+ Will — young man (in his 20’s) and his little brother (+ Deo) who was about 3 years old – prayed that Will would be the big brother God is calling him to be; another brother (+ John) walked up and we prayed for him as well – he was in his late teens; Torre sensed that John had a heavy burden – led John in a prayer to give his burdens to the Lord; 2 others joined them — + Cody and +Crystal who is 8 months pregnant; we prayed for her unborn baby to be healthy, and for a safe delivery

+ Anthony — asked prayer for his family to have unity

+ Connie – asked prayer for the families of 2 kids who recently died of cancer (she had recently attended a fundraiser for the families) and prayer for the 2 boys who were recently shot (especially the 11-year-old who is in critical condition); Connie expressed gratitude to the Lord and said she was thankful she went to prison as it made her wake up and probably saved her life

+ Charnda — this man thought for a minute and then asked prayer for “wisdom”

+ Desmond — asked prayer “to be better”

+ Irving — asked prayer for “everything” – we prayed, as we often do, that he will become the man God is calling him to be


Psalm 127

June 29, 2010

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
      LORD, build us up in this diocese; guard our hearts, our homes, and your people.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so he gives his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)
      Father, please help us rest in your arms of love.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalm 127:3)
      Jesus, thank you for the children and grandchildren and all the other young men and women you have given us a concern for.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. (Psalm 127:4)
      Holy Spirit, guide the children of this diocese. Bless the ministry of Beaver Cross at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:5)
      Thank you, LORD, for our children.

      A word received: Hope in me; I will see you through. I can overcome what you cannot.
      Jesus, thank you for what you can do that I cannot.

Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Numbers 22:21-38; Romans 7:1-12; Matthew 21:23-32
Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Numbers 22:41-23:12; Romans 7:13-25; Matthew 21:33-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** “My Faith Looks Up To Thee”
“Celtic Woman-O’ Come All Ye Faithful”

Albany Intercessor


June 29, 2010

Missouri has more caves than any other state.

Our Father in Heaven,
May the sounds of Your Holy Spirit wash over Your musicians in Missouri like a breaking surf, like thundering breakers. May they know Your heart and mind. Let their life be God’s prayer as they receive Your love all day. Sing songs to them through the night. May the music that comes from Missouri be ‘Deep calling to deep.’ Amen.
Psalms 42:7-8


June 28, 2010

I’m told one track is of regular cricket song. The other track is cricket song slowed down 15-fold. (One year in a cricket’s life is equivalent to 15 years in a human life.)

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
Psalm 96:1 KJV

Psalm 106:19-23 and Prayer Table Report

June 28, 2010

They made a calf in Horeb, and worshiped the molded image. (Psalm 106:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and repent of all our idolatries.

Thus they changed their glory into the image of an ox that eats grass. (Psalm 106:20)
      Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church recognize how far we have fallen from grace by worshiping the standards of our culture.

They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, (Psalm 106:21)
      Father, please bring to our minds all that you have done to bring us out of bondage to sin and death.

Wondrous works in the land of Ham, awesome things by the Red Sea. (Psalm 106:22)
      Holy Spirit, please help us remember your mighty works among us and once again turn to Jesus.

Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen one stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he destroy them. (Psalm 106:23)
      Father, please raise up intercessors throughout the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Down and Dromore who will stand in the breach before you. Thank you.

      A word received: Don’t be afraid. Keep looking to me. I AM there with you.
      Father, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.

Monday: 89:19-52; Numbers 16:1-19; Romans 3:21-31; Matthew 19:13-22
Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Numbers 22:21-38; Romans 7:1-12; Matthew 21:23-32

      Notes from the Front Line

***** “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”:

***** Prayer Table Report from St. Mary’s, Lake Luzerne, Saturday, June 26th from 11:20am – 12 noon – Deacon Dawn Skramstad.

I set up the table outside our parish hall just prior to the beginning of our weekly community luncheon. The turnout was light due to it being graduation weekend and there were a number of get togethers in the area. I asked each one as they entered if they would like prayer and many replied, No, but we thank God for this luncheon and for the outreach St.. Mary’s is making in the community.

Emily – This lady comes each week and loves it when we have the prayer table. We prayed for relief from the pain of arthritis, mobility in her hips, and for the arthritis to be healed; prayed for her sister to completely recover from surgery and that her kidneys would start functioning again.

Davida – She is a 9 year old who loves to pray. Today we prayed for her parents, David & Tina. David cut his finger pretty badly and we prayed for complete healing and relief from the pain. Tina had three teeth pulled and was in a lot of pain – we prayed that her pain would be relieved and her gums would heal completely. We also prayed that Davida would continue to be the light of Christ for her family. When she got up to leave, she hugged me and said, “God bless you too, Deacon Dawn!”

Kathy – She is a regular at our prayer table. Today we prayed for her friend Sherry who has a fractured right shoulder and is in a lot of pain. We prayed for relief from the pain, for restful sleep as it has been difficult for her to get comfortable at night, for the healing of her shoulder, and wisdom for the doctor who is reluctant to do surgery on her.

Angie – She is another regular at our prayer table. Her husband is in the hospital with COPD and emphysema. There is alot of chaos in the home and estrangement from her daughter. We prayed for peace in the home, healing of the relationship with her daughter, for God’s protection, and for healing for her husband.

Blessings! Deacon Dawn

Albany Intercessor