Psalm 38:15-22

August 31, 2011

For in you, O LORD, I hope; (Psalm 38:15a)
      LORD, you are my hope and my strength.

You will hear, O Lord my God. (Psalm 38:15b)
      Jesus, I depend on you, I wait on you. Thank you for hearing me.

For I said, “Hear me, lest they rejoice over me, lest, when my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me.” (Psalm 38:16)
      Jesus, you are my rock. Please keep my feet steady on you.

For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me. (Psalm 38:17)
      Father, you know my sins — none can be hidden from you — cover me and wash me in the blood of Jesus. Thank you.

For I will declare my iniquity; I will be in anguish over my sin. (Psalm 38:18 )
      Holy Spirit, please help me make a good confession of my sins and be set free of them.

But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; and those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied. (Psalm 38:19)
      Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! (Psalm 38:21-22)

A word received: Pray for the children that they will hear my word.

Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; 1 Kings 9:24-10:13 James 3:1-12 Mark 15:1-11
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; 1 Kings 11:1-13 James 3:13-4:12 Mark 15:12-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 31 For all Sunday School Teachers
      The Rev’d Michael Neufeld

***** From: Greg Bailey
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011
Subject: Pray for St. James Church, AuSable Forks and Parish Family
Dear Family and Friends,
      We are also called to pray for St. James Church, AuSable Forks and Rev’d. Patti Johnson. As many are recovering from Hurricane Irene, and we see so much focus on the south or on the cities, let us not forget those who are in small communities or in out of the way places that are so easily forgotten about or looked over. St. James Church, and it Parish Families and the community of AuSable has also suffered at the hand of this storm. Please join me in prayer for them and for all those who may not have made the National News but are still in need of our prayers and support. May we simply give Thanks to God that the suffering and damage felt was not worse than what we can bear. Amen.

***** Labor Day Weekend Retreat “To Be a Pilgrim Today”
September 2-5 2011 (Beginning on Friday at Vespers and ending after dinner on Monday)
      The Rev’d Dr. Arnold Klukas, Professor of Liturgics and Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Seminary, will lead a three-day, traditional silent retreat entitled “To Be Pilgrim Today” over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5, 2011, at the convent.
      As a teacher of classic Christian spiritual direction and formation, Dr. Klukas will offer meditations on the disciplines of prayeras the foundation of spiritual development, using pilgrimage as the theme for the Christian’s progress in spiritual growth.
      Silence and interior prayer are an important foundation for active ministry. Join the sisters and their Associates in this opportunity to refresh and refocus before the resumption of the busy-ness of the fall season.
      Suggested Donation for the Three Day Retreat: $250.
      CSM Associates’ Discount: $209
      Commuter Rate (Meals and Speaker): $175
      For more information, see the posting on our website or call the convent at (518 ) 692-3028. Space is limited, so register soon by calling (518 ) 692-3028 or by e-mailing Mother Miriam.

Albany Intercessor


Prayer warriors

August 31, 2011

Today is the first day of the sixth month, Elul, in the Hebrew calendar. The first reference to the sixth month in scripture describes the regiment for the month in King David’s standing army.

1 Chronicles 27:9 (AMP)
The sixth, for the sixth month, Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. In his division were 24,000.

Meanings:
Ira–watchful
Ikkesh–forward/wicked
Tekoa–trumpet, that which is confirmed

Father in heaven,
We confirm that Your Son Christ Jesus, of the house of David, will come again in glory. He will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God.
Stir the hearts of Your prayer warriors to press forward and be watchful in this season. Help them to strip off and throw aside every encumbrance and sin which so cleverly entangles and stay Your appointed course, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of their faith. Amen.


James 2:14-26

August 30, 2011

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? (James 2:14)
      Lord Jesus, let our faith find its fruit in good works.

If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, (James 2:15)
      Lord, open our eyes to those in need around us.

and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? (James 2:16)
      Holy Spirit, set us free from empty words.

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:17)
      Holy Father, prune away our dead faith and bring forth the fruit of your Holy Spirit in works of faith.

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18 )
      Jesus, let our lives shine forth by works done in faith and trust in you.

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! (James 2:19)
      Lord Jesus, bring us to a robust faith that gets us outside our church doors and into our communities and the wider world in works of faith.

But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us repent of that kind of piety which never reaches out in faith and is content with itself.

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? (James 2:21)
      Father, thank you for Abraham’s deeds done in faith. Help us to go forth at your word as he did. Help us to be children of Abraham by works done in faith.

Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? (James 2:22)
      Jesus, please bring us to maturity and perfection in our faith and works.

And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. (James 2:23)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to that righteousness that comes from doing the Father’s will for us be deeds of faith.

You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. (James 2:24)
      Jesus, bring us to the justification that comes from woks done by faith in you.

Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? (James 2:25)
      Holy Spirit, help me to remember that every prostitute I meet at the prayer table can become a Rahab by faith in Jesus.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26)
      Father, prune away the dead wood in our lives and bring forth the fruit of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me. Look to me day by day. I AM your redeemer and the one who rescues you.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; 1 Kings 8:65-9:9 James 2:14-26 Mark 14:66-72
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; 1 Kings 9:24-10:13 James 3:1-12 Mark 15:1-11

Albany Intercessor


Mark 14:53-65

August 29, 2011

And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes. (Mark 14:53)
      Lord Jesus, even now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have got it turned around: they think it is their job to judge you and your word, when in fact you will come to be our judge. Have mercy on us, Lord!

But Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire. (Mark 14:54)
      Jesus, so many of your people and leaders of your church follow you at a distance. Warm their hearts with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but found none. (Mark 14:55)
      Holy Spirit, have mercy on us and turn your church around.

For many bore false witness against him, but their testimonies did not agree. (Mark 14:56)
      Father, many fear false witness against your son in our day, have mercy on us.

Then some rose up and bore false witness against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.'” But not even then did their testimony agree. (Mark 14:57-59)
      Holy Spirit, give to all of us the hope of Jesus’ resurrection and victory over sin and death.

And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do you answer nothing? What is it these men testify against you?” (Mark 14:60)
      Holy Spirit, give us this same freedom that Jesus had — he did not need to answer his accusers.

But he kept silent and answered nothing. (Mark 14:61a)
      Lord Jesus, please help us know when it is time to speak and when it is time to be silent. (See Ecclesiastes 3:1,7b)

Again the high priest asked him, saying to him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” (Mark 14:61b)
      Jesus, thank you for Peter’s confession that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Though Peter is currently hiding in the courtyard to see what will happen, later he will be empowered by your Holy Spirit to give his testimony. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit so that we can confess you as well.

Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” (Mark 14:62)
      Father, restore to your people a true and lively faith that Jesus is the Christ and that we shall see him coming with power on that last day.

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?” And they all condemned him to be deserving of death. (Mark 14:63-64)
      Jesus, even now the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church condemn you because of your witness. Have mercy on your people and lead them into the truth.

Then some began to spit on him, and to blindfold him, and to beat him, and to say to him, “Prophesy!” And the officers struck him with the palms of their hands. (Mark 14:65)
      Lord Jesus Christ, even now bring to repentance those who revile you and your faithful people. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your sure defense. Keep your eyes on me.

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; 2 Chron. 6:32-7:7 James 2:1-13 Mark 14:53-65
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; 1 Kings 8:65-9:9 James 2:14-26 Mark 14:66-72

Albany Intercessor


Israel

August 29, 2011

Ezekiel 17:22-23 (AMP)
Thus says the Lord God: I Myself will take a twig from the lofty top of the cedar and will set it out; I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one and will plant it upon a mountain high and exalted.
On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit and be a noble cedar, and under it shall dwell all birds of every feather; in the shade of its branches they shall nestle and find rest.

Father,
May Your kingdom come, Your will be done on the high, exalted mountains of Israel as it is in heaven. We call out for the advancement of Your kingdom. Amen.


Feet

August 28, 2011

Psalm 26:8 (AMP)
Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.

O Lord,
May I reverence Your sanctuary with feet that walk in Your statutes and tread on Satan’s serpents and scorpions, that cross mountains and overcome obstacles, that bring the good news of peace and advance Your kingdom, that carry Your love. Amen.


Matthew 16:24-27

August 28, 2011

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
      Jesus, please help us learn to deny ourselves. We are immersed in a culture ove over-indulgence; have mercy on us and help us daily follow you, carrying our cross.

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25)
      Holy Spirit, please ehlp us daily find ourselves in Jesus.

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
      Jesus, you are my security, not my house or my car or my savings. Help me to count everything rubbish that I may gain you and be found in you. (See Philippians 3:8 )

“For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27)
      Father, help me each day to do works of faith and of righteousness. Thank you.

A word received: You are held in the palm of my hand. I will not drop you.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; 1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40) 1 Tim. 4:7b-16 John 8:47-59
HC: 26 or 26:1-8; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:21-27
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; 2 Chron. 6:32-7:7 James 2:1-13 Mark 14:53-65

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: August 28 For vigor in all the Sunday Schools of the Diocese

***** Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011
From: Deacon Alan Hart
PRAYER TABLE REPORT, St. Mary’s of Lake Luzerne, (Sat., Aug. 27, 2011, 11:30 a.m.-noon in front of Parish Hall prior to our weekly Saturday Community Luncheon. Beautiful, sunny day. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

t–denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a–denotes anointed with Holy Oil.

GENERAL PRAYER — At the start of the Table, I first prayed aloud that the East Coast would have lives spared and hardships limited to bare minimum as the expected hurricane Irene approached us all. I prayed especially for God to spare the people of Hadley-Lake Luzerne-Corinth, who already suffered extensive damage to their homes in April with flooding of the Hudson.

a,t — CHRIS (woman) — Asked for prayer for her good friend KEITHA, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this week. Prayed for her to be at peace and to have courage. (She does not plan on anything heroic as the disease is advanced. Her husband died of cancer recently.) Prayed for strength for Chris as well.

a– EDITH — A regular at the Table. She came for prayers of thanksgiving because her fight with arthritis has improved and she has not needed medicine as often as she did. Also gave thanks for recent good reports of health on her brother ROBERT and sister GRACE, who have both been fighting cancer.

Albany Intercessor


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