Testimony

January 31, 2011

Gaenor is one of the patients on our prayer list for the healing of neurologic diseases. She had undergone surgery for an arteriovenous malformation. Following surgery, she had been unable to do anything.
Published with permission. Thank you for your prayers, dear intercessors.

Gaenor was discharged from the [rehabilitation center], returning to live at her home. She will continue as an outpatient for further therapy. She has an appointment with the neurosurgeon in April, when a decision will be made about treatment of what remains of the AVM in her brain.
She is now able to walk (slowly and carefully) by herself on level surfaces and can get around otherwise using a walker. Her speech and language continue to improve also. Her employer has been supportive and has given her a project to work on at home. The plan is in due course to gradually reintroduce her to office life.

Father, we thank You for her tremendous progress and humbly ask that You continue to make Your face shine upon her. Amen.


Psalm 56:1-4

January 31, 2011

Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; fighting all day he oppresses me. (Psalm 56:1)
      Jesus, I take refuge in the power of your name. Please hold me in your hand.

My enemies would hound me all day, for there are many who fight against me, O Most High. (Psalm 56:2)
      Holy Spirit, please guide Bishop Bill as he leads this diocese.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
      Father, I love you and I look to you day by day for strength to endure. Please give me this day’s strength.

In God (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4)
      Jesus, I thank you that I am in your hands. Please keep me steady in you.

A word received: Seek me; pursue me. I AM waiting.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Isaiah 51:17-23; Galatians 4:1-11; Mark 7:24-37
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Isaiah 52:1-12; Galatians 4:12-20; Mark 8:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

Albany Intercessor


The Middle East

January 30, 2011

Large-scale demonstrations against the government in Egypt are taking place.
The past few days saw the announcement of a new Prime Minister for Lebanon (Najib Mikati), who is widely seen as a “puppet” under the control of Hizballah and Iran.
Another ominous sign was Iran’s declaration of Jan. 23 of its intent to send warships into the Mediterranean. It remains to be seen whether Egypt will grant them permission to pass through the Suez Canal.
A controversial Iraqi court ruling has sparked fears that Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki is consolidating power by ruling that several important government bodies — including the central bank, the electoral commission and the top anti-corruption council — fall under the authority of the Cabinet, which Maliki heads. Opposition lawmakers accused the prime minister of a power grab.

Exodus 2:23-25 (New Living Translation)
Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.

O God of Israel,
You are the Lord of righteousness, and we bless You. You are the King of the ages, and we exalt You. You are the King of heaven, and we rejoice in You. We declare Your majesty and acknowledge You for all Your mighty acts. Blessed be God who lives forever, because His kingdom lasts throughout all ages.
We pray for all the nations of the Middle East. If there are to be changes in the governments, we humbly ask that the changes be in Your timing and in Your way. We pray for stability in the region, from Egypt to Turkey.
Guard Israel, especially her coastline. Just as the Israelites brushed the blood of a lamb over the side posts and upper posts of the doors of their homes to escape the angel of death, we claim the Blood of the Lamb over the borders of Israel.
The light of Christ shines to all the ends of the earth. We thank You for Your chosen people. We thank You for the nation that gave us the Ten Commandments. We thank You for the nation that gave us the Messiah. May the gates of Jerusalem sing hymns of joy and her houses cry, “Hallelujah!” Amen.
Tobit 13 (Apocrypha)


Matthew 5:1-10

January 30, 2011

And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain, and when he was seated his disciples came to him. Then he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: (Matthew 5:1-2)
      Jesus, please come and teach us. Help us hear what you are saying.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us to the place where we look to our Father in Heaven for our provision each day.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)
      Holy Comforter, come among those of us who mourn and with your comfort.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)
      Father, I looke to you to give me that same Spirit that was in your son Jesus.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
      Lord, bring your righteousness to the Episcopal Church and to this diocese.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us be merciful to those in need.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8 )
      Father, bring us to purity of heart so that we might see you.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)
      Jesus, please help us to make peace in our families, our parishes, and our communities. Let it be your peace and righteousness. Thank you.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)
      Jesus, please help us turn to you when we are persecuted for desiring your righteousness. Thank you.

A word received: Put your trust in me day by day. Look at the last line of Psalm 55.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Isaiah 51:9-16; Hebrews 11:8-16; John 7:14-31
HC: 37:1-18 or 37:1-6; Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:(18-25)26-31; Matthew 5:1-12
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Isaiah 51:17-23; Galatians 4:1-11; Mark 7:24-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 14:53:29 -0500
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: prayer table report
PRAYER TABLE REPORT St. Mary’s of Lake Luzerne
(Sat., Jan. 29, 2011; 11:309 a.m.-noon in front of the Parish Hall prior to our weekly Saturday Community Luncheon. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)
Note: Very bright, sun-splashed day and a beautiful day in the Adirondacks! As you will see, people stopped for very serious concerns on their way to our lunch.
a–indicate anointed with Holy Oil
t–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

a–EDITH — Asked for prayers for many members of family and a close friend as well. Her brother ROBERT, who has been fighting cancer, is having an important doctor visit/consultation on Thursday and we prayed for good news for him. Her sister GRACE, also in a long cancer fight, is still in remission. We prayed for continued healing for her. A friend (who prefers to be anonymous) is enjoying slightly better health in the last few weeks after being ill much of November and December. Edith also asked for prayers for herself. Her niece EUNICE died recently which of course was a great sadness to Edith, and Edith also is bothered by severe arthritis which keeps her awake much of the night. Most of all, we prayed a thanksgiving for Edith that, as she said, “On the whole, things are going pretty good right now.” Thank you, Lord!

a–KATHY — She requested prayers for her daughter SUSAN, who is currently experiencing a lot of depression. Doctors have prescribed medicine for her to take for depression, but Susan doesn’t like to take it because she feels the medicine has the opposite effect and makes her more depressed. We prayed for Susan to receive God’s healing and that all the anxieties and fears she is experiencing will be replaced by the love and faith and hope that comes only from Christ.

a,t — PATRICIA — This lady asked for prayer for the trouble she is having with controlling her diabetes because “nothing seems to be working.” We prayed for Patricia’s complete return to health.

a–JOE — This repeat visitor, a regular at our luncheon, asked for prayers for his mother ANNE, who feel getting out of bed one night this week and broke her hip. She is in the hospital. We prayed for her quick recovery and for her to soon be back on her feet.

Albany Intercessor


Prayer Table Report

January 29, 2011

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, January 29, 2011, 9:25 – 10:30 a.m. Cold but pleasant. Torre Bissell, Sue Plaske, and Carol MacNaughton.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
We were able to give out several pairs of gloves and some warm hats.

Bill (regular) — we prayed that he would be free from epileptic seizures and that God would bless him with a wife and a companion.

+Debra (regular) — This week went much better at work. She asked prayer for Miss Mary (who drives her to church) and Miss Mary’s husband Willie who is sick. We prayed for blessing and comfort and health, and thanksgiving for Debra’s ministry.

+Bill — He is still recovering from back surgery (he is using a crutch to walk). He asked prayer and said, “I want to be 100%.” He gave thanks for Deacon Howard Smith praying for him.

+Rosco (young man) — We prayed that he would be a man after God’s own heart.

+Paula (regular) — We prayed for her health and for her son Zorrie who just turned 5.

+Chris (boy) — We prayed he would grow into the man God is calling him to be.

++Chris (man) — We prayed that God would bless his day.

Nash (Muslim man) — Prayed for him and gave him a Bible in Arabic.

+Frank — He goes to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in downtown Schenectady.

Anthony (young man who has come before and was wearing one of Dennis Adams’ crosses) — His wife Althea is newly pregnant and has some bleeding. We prayed for her and for the life of their unborn baby.

+Mark — asked prayer for a job and for his wife Jenny and his baby Alice.

Steve — We prayed that he would be able to start his own business.

[We have begun to wonder if the house next door is being used as a crack house again. We prayed that God would shut down any activity like that.]

Desdemona from the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St. We prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on their worship this morning.


Isaiah 51:1-8

January 29, 2011

“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.” (Isaiah 51:1)
      Jesus, you are the rock which does not move or shake — help us stand on you day by day.

“Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him.” (Isaiah 51:2)
      Father, thank you that by faith in your son Jesus you have made us heirs to the promises you made to Abraham.

For the LORD will comfort Zion, he will comfort all her waste places; he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51:3)
      Holy Spirit, we ask you to make the desert places in our lives and parishes bloom with joy and gladness. Help us to be watered gardens where others will find refreshment.

“Listen to me, my people; and give ear to me, O My nation: for law will proceed from me, and I will make my justice rest as a light of the peoples.” (Isaiah 51:4)
      Father, open our ears to your Torah and let your light shine on the people of this diocese.

“My righteousness is near, my salvation has gone forth, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands will wait upon me, and on my arm they will trust.” (Isaiah 51:5)
      Jesus, we place our trust in you.

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. for the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will not be abolished.” (Isaiah 51:6)
      Jesus, thank you that there is no end to your saving work.

“Listen to me, you who know righteousness, you people in whose heart is my law: do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their insults. for the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but my righteousness will be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation.” (Isaiah 51:7-8 )
      LORD, please help us set aside our fears and put our trust in you and your righteousness. Thank you.

Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isaiah 51:1-8; Galatians 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23
      Week of 4 Epiphany
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Isaiah 51:9-16; Hebrews 11:8-16; John 7:14-31
HC: 37:1-18 or 37:1-6; Micah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:(18-25)26-31; Matthew 5:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

Albany Intercessor


Mark 6:47-52

January 28, 2011

Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and he was alone on the land. Then he saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. (Mark 6:47-48)
Lord, many of us are weary with straining at the oars, for the wind is against us. Do not pass us by.

Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior Hymn (with lyrics) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc7erDz5KSU&feature=related

And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Mark 6:49-50)
Holy Spirit, please help us hear the words that Jesus is speaking to us. Help us recognize him for who he is and set aside our fears.


Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. (Mark 6:51)
Jesus, please come and be with us and help us know the calm that comes from your presence. Thank you.

For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:52)
Father, soften our hearts — give us understanding and wisdom. Open your word to us and direct our feet into your path. Thank you.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isaiah 51:1-8; Galatians 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23

Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

***** The doctor is please with Bishop Dan’s eye!

Albany Intercessor


Iraq

January 28, 2011

IRAQPRAYER.ORG ia a prayer effort that partners congregations with intercessions for a Iraqi city. A historical summary of the relationships between the Sunnis and the Shi’a can be found here.
The land of Iraq has been occupied since the days of the Garden of Eden, which was probably situated just to the north of Iraq. It was here outside the garden that the first blood was shed in violence – that of Abel at the hands of Cain, his brother. Violence has been a theme of this land ever since.

Genesis 4:10 (New King James Version)
And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.

O Lord, what have we done, indeed!
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy on the nation of Iraq.


Mark 6:30-33

January 27, 2011

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. (Mark 6:30)
      Holy Spirit, please guide our bishops and other clergy and lay leaders so that they report in each day to Jesus. Thank you.

And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31)
      Jesus, please guide all your pastors in this diocese so that they and their congregations will make provision for them to “come aside” with you on a regular basis.

So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:32)
      Father, please be with our clergy as they turn aside with your son Jesus.

But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. (Mark 6:33)
      Jesus, please help us respect our clergy’s need for time alone with you. Thank you.

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isaiah 49:13-23; Galatians 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isaiah 50:1-11; Galatians 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56

      Notes from the Front Line

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

Albany Intercessor


Iraq

January 27, 2011

I was touched by Anglican TV’s video on St. George’s Church, Baghdad.

A controversial Iraqi court ruling has sparked fears that Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki is consolidating power by ruling that several important government bodies — including the central bank, the electoral commission and the top anti-corruption council — fall under the authority of the Cabinet, which Maliki heads. Opposition lawmakers accused the prime minister of a power grab. I pray that we are not watching the emergence of a new dictator.–JW

Litany for Iraq
For lasting peace in this ancient land – From you, O Lord.
For wisdom and compassion for all in authority – From you, O Lord.
For comfort for families separated or bereaved – From you, O Lord.
For the release of captives – From you, O Lord.
For safety and security for minority communities.
For refreshment for the weary and healing for the sick – From you, O Lord.
For continuing faithfulness of the ancient churches of this land – From you, O Lord.
For tenacity of spirit for small Christian groups – From you, O Lord.
For the mutual enrichment and support of those of different Christian traditions – From you, O Lord.

You, Lord of all, we confess;
You, Lord Jesus, we glorify;
For you are the life of our bodies
And you are the Saviour of our souls.

The response in the litany and this hymn both come from the Chaldean liturgy. The ancient hymn celebrates Christ the source of resurrection in all situations of death and deprivation. (in: With All God’s People, p. 21, 22)


Galatians 2:20

January 26, 2011

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us make a good confession of faith in Jesus, the Son of God. Thank you.

Scripture received as a word: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, (Psalm 46:1-2a)

Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isaiah 49:1-12; Galatians 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isaiah 49:13-23; Galatians 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46

Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan who will be having cataract surgery today.

Pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

Albany Intercessor


Isaiah 48:12-19

January 25, 2011

“Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, my called: I am he, I am the First, I am also the Last.” (Isaiah 48:12)
      Jesus, you are our beginning and our ending.

“Indeed my hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has stretched out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand up together.” (Isaiah 48:13)
      Call us and help us stand together in you, Jesus.

“All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear! Who among them has declared these things? The Lord loves him; he shall do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.” (Isaiah 48:14)
      Holy Spirit, do your good pleasure among us.

“I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him, I have brought him, and his way will prosper.” (Isaiah 48:15)
      Father, please help us hear and respond to your call; help us heed what you are saying.

“Come near to me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. and now the Lord GOD and his Spirit have sent me.” (Isaiah 48:16)
      Here we are, Lord Jesus Christ, send us wherever you want us to go.

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)
      Jesus, please lead us and teach us.

“Oh, that you had heeded my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” (Isaiah 48:18 )
      Father, please help us heed your commandments.

“Your descendants also would have been like the sand, and the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; his name would not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.” (Isaiah 48:19)
      Holy Spirit, draw our children and theirs to Jesus. Thank you!

A word received: Pray that my people will know the power of my name.

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isaiah 48:12-21; Galatians 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Isaiah 49:1-12; Galatians 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29

Albany Intercessor


Psalm 41:1-3

January 24, 2011

Blessed is he who considers the poor; the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. (Psalm 41:1)
      LORD, give us hearts to consider the poor — hearts to reach out to the lost and the least.

The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; (Psalm 41:2a
      Father, guide us into this blessing — help us reach out to your little ones.

You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. (Psalm 41:2b)
      Jesus, please protect your little ones, the lost and the least, from those who would harm them.

The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; you will sustain him on his sickbed. (Psalm 41:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for sustaining Nigel Mumford and all your other people who are afflicted with illness. Help us hold them up to Jesus in prayer.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Isaiah 48:1-11; Galatians 1:1-17; Mark 5:21-43
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Isaiah 48:12-21; Galatians 1:18-2:10; Mark 6:1-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan who will be having cataract surgery next Wednesday.

Please pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and her husband Richard.

Albany Intercessor


Handel’s Messiah

January 24, 2011

Some of the primates are meeting in Dublin this week. Dublin was the location for the premiere of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in 1742. One way to pray for the primates is to play that piece of music and dedicate it to the meeting, asking God to magnify the name of Jesus over each primate.


Primates prayer collection

January 24, 2011

Some primates will meet in Dublin next week. Some will not. Over half of the Anglicans in the world will not be represented.
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