Matthew 14:22-25

May 31, 2011

Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. (Matthew 14:22)
      Jesus, help us follow your instructions.

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Now when evening came, he was alone there. (Matthew 14:23)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to be like Jesus — men and women who spend time in prayer with you each day.

But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. (Matthew 14:24)
      Lord Jesus, we are being tossed by so many contrary winds from our culture and the problems of the Episcopal Church. Come and still the wind and the waves with your word of peace (See Mark 4:39)

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. (Matthew 14:25)
      Jesus, come to all who struggle with the wind and waves in the night watches. Visit them with the comfort of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: I AM waiting. Come to me. I AM waiting.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Deuteronomy 8:11-20; James 1:16-27; Luke 11:1-13
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * –; Baruch 3:24-37 or Leviticus 26:27-42; James 5:13-18; Luke 12:22-31
Eve of Ascension: * 68:1-20; 2 Kings 2:1-15; Rev. 5:1-14

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand ~ Jars of Clay
“On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand” by Indelible Grace

Albany Intercessor

Luke 9:18-20

May 30, 2011

And it happened, as he was alone praying, that his disciples joined him, and he asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” (Luke 9:18 )
      Lord, I love the way things just “happen” when you are involved.

      Jesus, you ever live to make intercession for us; help us to join you as you pray.

      Holy Spirit, please show how to make Jesus known to the crowds.

So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.” (Luke 9:19)
      Jesus, help us make you know for who you are.

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” (Luke 9:20)
      Father, reveal Jesus’ identity and character to all of us in this diocese. Help all of us know your son as your anointed one — the Christ of God.

      Father, help us, with Timothy and Peter and all your saints, fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, to which we have been called and confess the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. Thank you. (See 1 Timothy 6:11)

The American Cemetery in Manila, The Philippines

      Remember those who gave their lives for this country and are giving their lives now.

A word received: Come to me. My sheep know my voice. Listen for my voice. Listen, I AM calling you.

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; James 1:1-15; Luke 9:18-27
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Deuteronomy 8:11-20; James 1:16-27; Luke 11:1-13

Great Is Thy Faithfulness Hymn (with lyrics)
Handel Messiah: Lift Up Your Heads
Have Thine Own Way, Lord
HILLSONG – Breathe On Me.wmv
Breathe on me Breathe of God

Albany Intercessor

John 15:1-8

May 29, 2011

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” (John 15:1)
Father, draw me more and more into that vine.

“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit he takes away; and every branch that bears fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:2)
Father, prune away the unfruitful parts of my life so that I may bear good fruit for your kingdom.

“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3)
Jesus, thank you for the cleansing fire of your word.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4)
Holy Spirit, help us throughout this diocese to abide in Jesus. [He is the true resting place for our souls.]

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Jesus, please help me daily appreciate the high honor of being a branch on the vine. I can do nothing in my own, but only as you give me the power of your Holy Spirit am I able to do anything.

“If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6)
Father, help me recognize cast off branches for what they are: they can bear no fruit and I mess with them at my peril.

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)
Jesus, help us abide in you. Let your words abide in our hearts.

“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples.” (John 15:8)
Father, let the fruit we bear bring you honor. Thank you.

Abide With Me Hymn

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Ecclus. 43:1-12,27-32 or Leviticus 25:1-17; 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Matthew 13:24-34a
HC: 148 or 148:7-14; Acts 17:22-31 or Isaiah 41:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-18 or Acts 17:22-31; John 15:1-8
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; James 1:1-15; Luke 9:18-27

Sue Plaske and Torre Bissell, taken by Carol MacNaughton at the prayer table 5/28/11. Sue will be ordained a Deacon next Saturday at the Cathedral at 11:00 a.m.

Albany Intercessor

Scriptures for Israel

May 29, 2011

Israel has been much in the news lately. There are many scriptures related to prayer for Israel, including Psalm 122, Jeremiah 31-33, Jeremiah 2:2-3, Isaiah 11:11-12, 2 Chronicles 12:13, 1 Samuel 12:22, Genesis 12:2-3, Joel 3:2, Psalm 121:4, Zechariah 2:8, and Isaiah 62:6-7. A week ago, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray Psalm 83. If you have been led to particular passages, please share them in the comments. Thanks.–JW

Prayer Table Report

May 28, 2011

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 28, 2011, 9:20 – 10:35 a.m. Sue Plaske, Torre Bissell and Carol MacNaughton on State St. and Mark Pasko, Bob Baker, and Joe Gaito on Albany St.

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

Carol MacNaughton and Torre Bissell, taken by Sue Plaske at the prayer table 5/28/11

State St.

+Kevin (waiting for the bus, on his way to paint a friend’s house) — We prayed for protection and provision for him.

Laura (Sue Plaske’s daughter by speaker phone in Orland, FL) — She has a bad tooth and is in a lot of discomfort.

+Maine (young man) — He just moved to Schenectady. We prayed for work for him and a place to live. We invited him to the Neighborhood Meal at Christ Church tomorrow.

+Debra — She had an MRI this week which “freaked her out” She has two broken toes and hip and back pain.

Moses (regular) — “Peace.”

The Bus Driver — He slowed and waved to us.

Andrew — It is his wife Natasha’s birthday today. He is going to try to get Natasha to come to church tomorrow with him. He has brought his drinking under control.

Pedro (young man from last week) — He was in a rush to get to work.

++++Roosevelt (young man) — We prayed for him and his 3 kids. I advised him to get married and be the man, the father, the husband that God is calling him to be.

Bill (regular) — We prayed for healing for him. He asked prayer for his friend Wendy “that she will be protected from wrong choices.”

+Miguel (young man) — We prayed for a job for him and for his kids.

+Felicia — We prayed for her baby, Elijah, who needs surgery.

+Diana — We prayed she would be the woman, the mother that God is calling her to be.

+Harry from Guyana

Natasha (Andrew’s wife — see above) — We wished her Happy Birthday and urged her to come to Christ Church tomorrow and not to worry about what to wear.

+Anthony — “Survival.” We prayed for overflowing joy — that he would get out of survival mode and into joy.

Steve (regular) — We prayed for prosperity and for him to be able to start his own business.

Eric, Gabriel (with trumpet), and Heather — going to Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.

Albany St.

Bob — for the salvation of Ben and Hannah. For the development of a steering committee for the farm.

Joe — for growth in Christ. For salvation of Joe’s father (Joe) and brothers Mike and Paul.

Mark — Prayer for Mary’s xxxx who just had breakdown.

BobJoe, his friend died — grief.

Leandra — Living

Decab — going to work, prayed while he was walking by.

Shalonva — Make life better and get family back together (Robert, Marge, Zech)

Michael, Daniel, Mark, Tamara, Joan, Becky — Grandma is sick — prayed for the whole family and for salvation.

Devin — More receptive to Spirit of God in his life: Devon, Ayanna, Babara

Jonathan — Peace

Romans 15:1-7

May 28, 2011

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1)
      Holy Spirit, give us a heart to bear with one another — to seek to please others and not ourselves.

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. (Romans 15:2)
      Father, help each of us seek the welfare of our neighbors so that the light of the gospel will shine forth in our hearts and minds.

For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” (Romans 15:3)
      Jesus, thank you for receiving the reproaches that should have fallen on us.

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
      Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for the hope you give us which does not disappoint.

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:5)
      Dear God, let your patience and comfort grant us to be like-minded toward one another as it is with Christ Jesus.

that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)
      Help us to have one mind in our love for you. Jesus, do a mighty work of unity in this diocese and at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive one another as Jesus has received us. Thank you.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Wisdom 19:1-8,18-22 or Leviticus 23:23-44; Romans 15:1-13; Luke 9:1-17
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Ecclus. 43:1-12,27-32 or Leviticus 25:1-17; 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Matthew 13:24-34a
HC: 148 or 148:7-14; Acts 17:22-31 or Isaiah 41:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-18 or Acts 17:22-31; John 15:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for safe travel to and from the Diocesan Convention.

***** Please pray the Camp of the Woods will be free of black flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and bears during the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for the workshops at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Pray for the Youth Rally and the ministry to children at the Diocesan Convention.

***** Convention registrations are now over 600. If you are coming, don’t delay in registering. If you go to you will find all things convention: convention weekend welcome book, business meeting material, and the workshop descriptions and schedule. I’m looking forward to seeing you at Camp of The Woods.

***** The Diocesan Convention is the premier renewal event in the life of the diocese each year: don’t miss out on it!

Albany Intercessor

Luke 15:1-7

May 27, 2011

Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to him to hear him. (Luke 15:1)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for drawing us to Jesus.

And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:2)
      Jesus, thank you for receiving us and sharing a heavenly banquet with us.

So he spoke this parable to them, saying: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:3-7)
      Father, thank you for the joy in heaven over each lost sheep that returns to the fold.

      Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

A word received: I AM with you; that is sufficient.

Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Wisdom 16:15-17:1 or Leviticus 23:1-22; Romans 14:13-23; Luke 8:40-56
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Wisdom 19:1-8,18-22 or Leviticus 23:23-44; Romans 15:1-13; Luke 9:1-17

Albany Intercessor

Luke 10:25-37

May 26, 2011

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25)
      Jesus, teacher, thank you for your patience with us when we test you.

He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” (Luke 10:26)
      Holy Spirit, help all of us in this diocese dig into the Scriptures; help us hear you speaking to us through them.

So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.'” (Luke 10:27)
      Father, help us love you with all parts of our lives; and help us love and seek out our neighbors.

And he said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” (Luke 10:28 )
      Holy Trinity, one God, help us in the doing of you’re your word. Help us love you in thought, in deed, and in the words we speak. Help us to love our neighbors with your eternal love.

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29)
      Jesus, this where we go off the rails so often: we seek to justify ourselves. It is only by your cross and blood that I am made clean and whole. It is by your death and resurrection that I am justified: help me to always remember this.
      What can wash away my sins Nothing But The Blood of Jesus

Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. (Luke 10:30-33)
      Jesus, help us to have compassion on the wounded we meet — those wounded in mind, body or spirit.
      Hillsong – Mighty to Save

So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ (Luke 10:34-35)
      Help us, Holy Spirit, to give of ourselves to those who are in need.

So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:36-37)
      Jesus, help us “go and do likewise.” Thank you.

A word received: Keep looking to me; I AM the bread of life.

Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Wisdom 14:27-15:3 or Leviticus 19:26-37; Romans 14:1-12; Luke 8:26-39
Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Wisdom 16:15-17:1 or Leviticus 23:1-22; Romans 14:13-23; Luke 8:40-56

Albany Intercessor

Leviticus 19:1-10

May 25, 2011

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, (Leviticus 19:1)
      LORD, help us hear what you are saying to us through Moses and your other witnesses in the Scriptures.

“Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.'” (Leviticus 19:2)
      Father, help the clergy of this diocese clearly call your people to a life of holiness. Father, set us apart for your kingdom purposes.

“‘Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and keep My Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.'” (Leviticus 19:3)
      Holy Spirit, turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Move in our hearts and heal the generational wounds so that we are not struck down and cursed. (See Malachi 4:6.)

“‘Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the Lord your God.'” (Leviticus 19:4)
      Jesus, help us turn from all dead idols to you — you are alive forevermore.

“‘And if you offer a sacrifice of a peace offering to the Lord, you shall offer it of your own free will.'” (Leviticus 19:5)
      Father, help us freely and generously give of ourselves to your kingdom purposes, just as Jesus gave all for us and your purposes. Thank you.

“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God.'” (Leviticus 19:9-10)
      Jesus, help us give to the poor and the needy out of every paycheck. Prompt us to give alms, offerings, thanksgivings, and tithes.

      I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
      And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
      From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley.

A word received: Cry out to me for my little ones.

Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Wisdom 13:1-9 or Leviticus 19:1-18; Romans 13:1-14; Luke 8:16-25
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Wisdom 14:27-15:3 or Leviticus 19:26-37; Romans 14:1-12; Luke 8:26-39

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 24 May 2011
From: Jerusha & Larry Hubert
Subject: Prayers for me
Hi, everybody;
I am feeling really pretty well!
I am not feeling anxious, which is wonderful.
My breathing is good, If I remember to stay slow. I feel a LOT of
I think I need to stay quiet and not do too much so I don’t get over
taxed., I went to cornerstone last night and it was glorious.
People are feeding us, too!
Last night meatballs, now some meat-loaf- some spegetti, and more, I
am told, to come
THHANK YOU LORD And all my family of Christ Church and beyond!
Our Christian family all over the Kingdom.
Thank you Lord!

Albany Intercessor

Matthew 6:19-21

May 24, 2011

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;” (Matthew 6:19)
      Jesus, help us find our strength and our daily bread in your hands. Thank you for providing for us all these years.

“but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:20)
      Father, help us to be rich in the gifts and fruit of your Holy Spirit.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
      Jesus, you are the treasure we seek; help us find you each day at work, in our homes, our parishes, and our communities. Thank you.

Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Wisdom 10:1-4(5-12)13-21 or Leviticus 16:20-34; Romans 12:1-21; Luke 8:1-15
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Wisdom 13:1-9 or Leviticus 19:1-18; Romans 13:1-14; Luke 8:16-25

Albany Intercessor

John 14:18 and Matthew 5:1-12

May 23, 2011

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. “ (John 14: 18)
A word received: I have not left you orphans. I AM always with you. You are in my sight and in my care.

And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain, and when he was seated his disciples came to him. (Matthew 5:1)
Lord, help us see the multitudes.

Then he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: (Matthew 5:2)
Holy Spirit, open our ears and our hearts to the teaching of Jesus.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
Father, so many of your people live in a parched and barren land — lead them to the spring of refreshing water, your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. (BCP, age 134)

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
[A definition I once heard for “meek”: “Strength under control.”] Holy Spirit, bring my strength under your control.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
Jesus, help us come into a right relationship with you — fill us anew with your Holy Spirit.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
Jesus, let your goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life, so that I may dwell in your home forever. (See Psalm 23:6)

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Father, please help each of us by your Holy Spirit to be peacemakers in our parishes, our homes, and our communities. Thank you.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
Lord Jesus, give us a heart to reach out to those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
Holy Father, hide your people in that secret place of your presence from the plots of man: keep them secretly in your household from the strife of tongues. (see Psalm 31:20)

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Wisdom 9:1,7-18 or Leviticus 16:1-19; Colossians (3:18-4:1)2-18; Luke 7:36-50
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Wisdom 10:1-4(5-12)13-21 or Leviticus 16:20-34; Romans 12:1-21; Luke 8:1-15

Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 21 May 2011
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: PT report
PRAYER TABLE REPORT, St. Mary’s of Lake Luzerne, (Sat., May 21, 2011; 11:30 a.m.-noon, in front of the Parish Hall prior to our weekly Saturday Community Lunch. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table. Heavy rain began almost the minute I set up the cardboard table and two folding chairs and it continued to rain the whole time I was out there.)

Note: Every prayer table is unique. No two are the same. Today, instead of a flow of people coming to receive three or four minutes of prayer for a need or a thanksgiving, just ONE person came to the table — and she stayed for about 20 minutes. That’s OK; our Lord loves to listen to his people. He does not set time limits.

a–anointed with Holy Oil.

a–ANGIE — This woman is a regular. She is going through a most difficult time because her husband DENNIS is seriously ill and now in a nursing home. We prayed for rest, peace and courage for her husband and that he will know God is with him through this whole ordeal. We also prayed for strength, faith and peace for Angie, who has many added responsibilities keeping her home running now while all this is going on.

Albany Intercessor

John 14:1-7 and Sunday School Lesson

May 22, 2011

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
      Jesus, help me lay my burdens at your feet and leave them there.

“In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)
      Thank you that you have prepared a place for me.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3)
      Jesus, I long for the day when you will receive me into your arms forever.

“And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:4-6)
      Holy Spirit, guide my stumbling steps — hold me up.

      Holy Father, I long for your presence — please help me worship you today.

      Jesus, you are my all-in-all. All that I need I find in you through your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

“If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; and from now on you know him and have seen him.” (John 14:7)
      Holy Trinity, one God, help me know you as you are.

A word received: Keep praising me.

            Lectionary A, Fifth Sunday of Easter
Theme Verse: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Readings: John 14:1-18; 1 Peter 3:1-22; Acts 17:1-15; Deuteronomy 6:20-25; Psalm 66:1-11
Memory Verse: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
      Gospel: John 14:1-18

A word received: “Let not your heart be troubled.” Come to me — let me show you the way to the Father.

A word received: I want you to know me; I want you to know my Father; I want you to know the work of my Holy Spirit.

      Epistle: 1 Peter 3:1-22

(verse 15) A word received: Are you ready to state the hope that is in you?

(verse 15) A word received: I want you to be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you for the hope that is in you.

      Acts: Acts 17:1-15

(verse 6) A word received: What have you done to “turn the world upside down?”

A word received: Paul is willing to risk everything for the sake of the gospel. The results were new churches planted wherever he went. What are you willing to risk?

      Old Testament: Deuteronomy 6:20-25

A word received: Be prepared to explain to others why you observe my statutes. Tell them it is because I have rescued you out of the bondage of sin and you do it to honor me.

      Psalm: Psalm 66:1-11

A word received: It is my power that wins the victory. Turn to me for the power of my Holy Spirit.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Wisdom 7:22-8:1 or Leviticus 8:1-13,30-36; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; Matthew 7:7-14
HC: 66:1-11 or 66:1-8; Acts 17:1-15 or Deuteronomy 6:20-25; 1 Peter 2:1-10 or Acts 17:1-15; John 14:1-14
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Wisdom 9:1,7-18 or Leviticus 16:1-19; Colossians (3:18-4:1)2-18; Luke 7:36-50

      Notes from the Front Line

***** What can wash away my sins Nothing But The Blood of Jesus

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table Report

May 21, 2011

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 21, 2011, 9:20 – 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell, Mark Pasko, and Joe Gaito on State St

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

+Junior (young Guyanese man on his way to work, waiting for the bus)

+Martha (woman) — “I need a job!”


+Donald and +Navia (little girl) — Donald drove into the parking lot to get prayer for his girlfriend +Tracy who is graduating from college today. Navia is Tracy’s daughter.

+Pedro — “Patience!”

The Bus Driver slowed and honked and waved.

+Isran (woman who came across the street for prayer) — She had been a Christian before but is now going to a Hindu meditation group. She said that everything was “a heaviness and a blockage” to everything she does. I suggest that she ask Jesus to guide her on the path he wanted her on.

+Diandré (young man) — living with his girlfriend who has four children (he has a child by another girl). He wants to draw back to God. I suggested that he consider getting married — that it was not a good idea to have sex outside of marriage. He acknowledged that. We prayed that he would grow into the man, the father, the husband that God is calling him to be.

Joe — in recovery

+Paul asked prayer for his wife Connie.

+Janice (seriously wacked out woman) — She got 6 crosses to hand out to children. She asked prayer for Gary who needs an operation. At one point she said, “At least I know that my Redeemer lives.” After she left we thanked God that he would honor us be sending one of “the lost and the least” to us.

+Paula (regular) — we prayed for her kids.

Natasha and Andrew (regular)

+Lashika — She first asked what “this prayer table is all about” and then asked prayer for her fiancé +Terrill who is on a plane trip.

Colossians 3:12-17

May 21, 2011

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, (Colossians 3:12a)
      Father, thank you for calling us to a life of holiness and for loving us.

put on tender mercies, (Colossians 3:12b)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to wear garments of mercy — clothe us in mercy, give us hearts of compassion for the lost and the least.

kindness, (Colossians 3:12c)
      Jesus, help us to reach forth our hands in kindness.

humility, (Colossians 3:12d)
      Jesus, help us to be ever mindful of how great your love is and how fleeting ours is.

meekness, (Colossians 3:12e)
      Holy Spirit, we want our strength to be under your control so that we daily use our strength for your kingdom purposes.

longsuffering; (Colossians 3:12f)
      Father, help us endure in love for one another — never giving up on the hope that is in us.

bearing with one another, (Colossians 3:13a)
      Lord, you have built us up in this body of your church — help us remember that each member of the body is important to you and to our common life.

and forgiving one another, (Colossians 3:13b)
      Lord Jesus Christ, help us daily extend to others the same forgiving love you give us.

if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. (Colossians 3:13c)
      Jesus, help us walk in your footsteps.

But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3:14)
      Holy Trinity, one God, help us enter into you life of love for one another by our love for our brothers and sisters in the church.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:15-17)
      Sing Hallelujah To The Lord

How easy it is
for me to live with you, Lord.
How easy it is to believe in you
when my mind reels from not understanding,
or when my mind weakens–
when the most intelligent people cannot think
beyond the evening and do not know
what must be done tomorrow.
You convey to me the
lucid assurance that you exist,
that you will see to it that not all paths
toward good will be closed.
At the peak of earthly renown
I look back with amazement at
that road which by no stretch of the imagination
I could have devised–
A remarkable road through despair
which has led me here
where I too have been able
to send mankind
reflections of your rays–
As for what I
won’t have time or ability for–
This means that you have
reserved it for others.
      Alexander Solzhenitsyn

A word received: Come. I AM waiting for you. Trust me — I AM able to do what you cannot.

Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); Wisdom 7:1-14 or Exodus 40:18-38; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 7:18-28(29-30)31-35
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Wisdom 7:22-8:1 or Leviticus 8:1-13,30-36; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; Matthew 7:7-14
HC: 148 or 148:7-14; Acts 17:22-31; or Isaiah 41:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-18 or Acts 17:22-31; John 15:1-8

Albany Intercessor

Matthew 4:12-17

May 20, 2011

      Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
            “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
            By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
            Galilee of the Gentiles:
            The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
            And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
            Light has dawned.”
      From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
(Matthew 4:12-17)
      Holy Spirit, help all who sit in darkness in this diocese come to the light of the gospel.

      Jesus, let your light shine forth at the Diocesan Convention.

      Holy Father, we pray for your will to be done among us as it is in heaven.

A word received: Don’t be afraid.

A word received: Come to me.

A word received: Thank me for my way of doing things. It is not the way of man, it is my way.

Friday: 40,54 * 51; Wisdom 6:12-23 or Exodus 34:18-35; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 7:1-17
Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); Wisdom 7:1-14 or Exodus 40:18-38; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 7:18-28(29-30)31-35

Albany Intercessor

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