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

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