Matthew 8:5-13 and Sunday School Lesson 3

September 30, 2011

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him, (Matthew 8:5)
      Jesus, thank you for receiving and listening to all who come to you. Give us the strength of character to come to you in our hour of need.

saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” (Matthew 8:6)
      Jesus, thank you that you hear our prayers and petitions for others. Thank you for interceding for us. Please raise up many more intercessors throughout this diocese.

And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” (Matthew 8:7)
      Thank you, Jesus, for making house calls.

The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8 )
      Lord, I am not worthy that you should come to me, but speak the word only and I shall be healed.

“For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Matthew 8:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help us truly to be servants operating under the authority of Jesus with your guidance.

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” (Matthew 8:10)
      Father, bring us to such faith in Jesus.

“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 8:11)
      Holy Spirit, help us all come throughout this diocese to sit with your saints in your kingdom. Prepare our hearts to come to the Diocesan Convention in June and receive the blessings you have there for us.

“But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)
      Jesus, many are called, but few are chosen. Help us answer your call day by day.

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13)
      Holy Father, let our belief in Jesus result in the healing of many. Bless the ministry of healing throughout this diocese. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 2 Kings 19:1-20 1 Cor. 9:16-27 Matthew 8:1-17
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; 2 Kings 19:21-36 1 Cor. 10:1-13 Matthew8:18-27

      Notes from the Front Line

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 03, October 2, 2011
Theme Verse: 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Matthew 21:33-43; Philippians 3:7-21; Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-14
Optional: John 15:1-17 and When I would gather them, says the LORD, there are no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree; even the leaves are withered, and what I gave them has passed away from them.” (Jeremiah 8:13)
On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. (Mark 11:12-14)
Memory Verse: Restore us, O God of hosts; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:7)
Next Week: Matthew 22:1-14; Philippians 4:4-13; Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23

      Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43
A word received: Notice: this follows immediately after the parable of the two sons. I want you to consider the role of obedience in the fruit and life of my Holy Spirit.

A word received: How is your obedience to me given? Is it grudgingly given or joyfully given or given not at all? Look at the temptation the tenants faced in their desire to keep everything for themselves. Where are your temptations and how do they affect your obedience?

A word received: Spend time with me and ask me to hold up the mirror of truth to you.

      Epistle: Philippians 3:7-21
A word received: I have given you my Spirit so that you may obey me.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 5:1-7
A word received: I want you to yield up good fruit.

      Psalm: Psalm 80:7-14
(verse 7) A word received: Pray for the restoration that only I can bring to pass.

      John 15:1-17

A word received: My father and I are both there to help you grow and bear fruit. I am the vine and the only place where you can be truly fruitful. My father is the vinedresser and prunes out of his love for you. Turn to him for his pruning with love.

Albany Intercessor


Rosh Hashanah

September 30, 2011

Traditionally, the shofar is blown on the Jewish New Year.

Genesis 21:4-6 (MSG)
God visited Sarah exactly as he said he would; God did to Sarah what he promised: Sarah became pregnant and gave Abraham a son in his old age, and at the very time God had set. Abraham named him Isaac. When his son was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him just as God had commanded.
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born.

Sarah said,

God has blessed me with laughter
and all who get the news will laugh with me!

We thank You, God, for new beginnings.


Matthew 7:21-29

September 29, 2011

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)
      Holy Spirit, please help us do your will and hearken to Jesus’ words. It is not enough to mouth good deeds; we must also walk the way of Jesus which is straight and narrow.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

      Jesus, you are my rock and my fortress. Help me daily establish my feet on you.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:26-27)
      Father, much that seemed sold has proved to have been built on sand and has been swept away. Help us daily stand on Jesus — he is our rock and our refuge from the storm.

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29)
      Jesus, please help us receive your teaching into our hearts and minds. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me.

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 2 Kings 18:28-37 1 Cor. 9:1-15 Matthew 7:22-29
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 2 Kings 19:1-20 1 Cor. 9:16-27 Matthew 8:1-17

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer table at Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, Wednesday, Sept. 28

Deacon Sue Plaske and Beth Collum, 12:00-12:30; Linda Davis and Hilda Hardy, 12:30-1:00.

We were blessed with some breaks in the rain.

Mark: prayers for Pat, sexton at St. Peter’s Episcopal, for healing of injured ribs from falling in the bell tower.

Prayers for Pam in the loss of her husband during Hurricane Irene.

Beth: prayers for a friend struggling with spiritual oppression.

Our friend Brother Ken stopped to chat and share his wisdom as he usually does. Lord, we pray for peace and a great outpouring of your Spirit on your servant Ken. Bless him and his family, especially his son who just started college at Quinnipiac University.

Paul: prayer for Chris’s family in his passing; and for Rita’s family. Her funeral is tonight.

Mike: stopped briefly. He didn’t want prayer now. (Maybe another time!)

Sue: pray for Laura, who is taking the LSAT this Saturday, for confidence, knowledge, and clear thinking; and for lifting of her spirits.

Carol, Linda’s co-worker: We prayed for Carol and her sister Pam, along with Pam’s fiance Chris.

— Hilda

Albany Intercessor


Psalm 109:21-27

September 28, 2011

But you, O GOD the Lord, deal with me for your name’s sake; because your mercy is good, deliver me. (Psalm 109:21)
      Father, I look to you, keep me steady in your ways.

For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. (Psalm 109:22)
      Holy Spirit, heal the wounds of my heart and set me free from every bondage.

I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust. (Psalm 109:23)
      Jesus, I need your strength to endure.

My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness. (Psalm 109:24)
      Lord, as we get older, restore my strength; work in a redeeming way in the tissues of our bodies.

I also have become a reproach to them; when they look at me, they shake their heads. (Psalm 109:25)
      Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to your mercy, that they may know that this is your hand–that you, LORD, have done it! (Psalm 109:26-27) Thank you.
      

A word received: Walk with me. I will wait for you when you stumble and I will pick you up.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 2 Kings 18:9-25 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Matthew 7:13-21
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 2 Kings 18:28-37 1 Cor. 9:1-15 Matthew 7:22-29

      Notes from the Front Line

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” – high school summer camp videosong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soaaQxmr3zg

***** Judith MacNutt: Principles of Kingdom Living
October 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
      Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is delighted to have Judith MacNutt of Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, FL returning to the Center for her 3rd visit.
Since 1980 Francis and Judith MacNutt have blended their spiritual gifts creating a unique healing ministry. Their combined ministry of teaching and praying for physical and emotional healing has brought completeness to their individual ministries, and is a blessing to many. Their common goal has always been to help people become more aware of the love of Jesus Christ and the power and effectiveness of prayer. For more information and to register click here http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/downloads/MacNutt.pdf

Albany Intercessor


40 Days for Life

September 28, 2011

This fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign, from September 28-November 6, will be the largest and longest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history.
This prayer is from Anglicans for Life:

Lord God, thank you for creating human life in your image. Thank you for my life and the lives of those I love. Thank you for teaching us through Scripture the value you place on life.
Help me to uphold the sanctity of life in my church and community. Give me the strength to stand up to those forces that seek to destroy the lives of those most vulnerable, the unborn, the infirm and the elderly.
Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of respecting life. I commit myself to protecting and defending the sacredness of life according to Your will, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


20,000 missiles

September 27, 2011

From Fox News: A recent secret White House meeting revealed that an estimated 20,000 portable, heat-seeking missiles appear to have vanished from an Army warehouse in Libya.

Psalm 18:14 (GNT)
He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; with flashes of lightning he sent them running.

Psalm 77:17 (GNT)
The clouds poured down rain; thunder crashed from the sky, and lightning flashed in all directions.

Jehovah-Sabaoth,
Activate Your saints to go forth and proclaim Your word. May deliverance explode throughout the earth. Send forth Your angels in power and might. Let Your glory rise. Amen.


20,000 missiles

September 27, 2011

From Fox News: A recent secret White House meeting revealed that an estimated 20,000 portable, heat-seeking missiles appear to have vanished from an Army warehouse in Libya.

Psalm 18:4-6 (GNT)
The danger of death was all around me; the waves of destruction rolled over me. The danger of death was around me, and the grave set its trap for me. In my trouble I called to the Lord; I called to my God for help. In his temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help.

O Father,
We thank You for the promises of Holy Scripture. We love you, Lord! You are our defender. You are our protector and strong fortress.
Our God is our protection, and with him we are safe. He protects us like a shield; he defends us and keeps us safe. We call to the Lord, and he saves us from our enemies. Praise the Lord!


2 Chronicles 30:1-20 and 2 Chronicles 7:14

September 27, 2011

And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the Lord God of Israel. For the king and his leaders and all the assembly in Jerusalem had agreed to keep the Passover in the second month. For they could not keep it at the regular time, because a sufficient number of priests had not consecrated themselves, nor had the people gathered together at Jerusalem. And the matter pleased the king and all the assembly. So they resolved to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover to the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem, since they had not done it for a long time in the prescribed manner. (2 Chronicles 30:1-5)
      Holy Spirit, help us throughout this land keep in mind your mighty deeds and celebrate them.

Then the runners went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the king and his leaders, and spoke according to the command of the king: “Children of Israel, return to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria.” (2 Chronicles 30:6)
      Jesus, send your witnesses throughout this diocese and throughout our nation and call your people back to you.

“And do not be like your fathers and your brethren, who trespassed against the Lord God of their fathers, so that He gave them up to desolation, as you see.” (2 Chronicles 30:7)
      Father, help us repent of any ways our fathers and brethren have trespassed against you.

“Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you.” (2 Chronicles 30:8 )
      Holy Father, help us repent of being stiff-necked and unwilling to take on the yoke of Jesus. Help us yield ourselves to you and serve you so that your wrath may turn away from us.

“For if you return to the Lord, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.” (2 Chronicles 30:9)
      Jesus, please help us return to you so that we are set free from every captivity and bondage we are in.

So the runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun; but they laughed at them and mocked them. Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. (2 Chronicles 30:10-11)
      Holy Spirit, there are those who mock, but help us welcome all who choose to return to Jesus.

Also the hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders, at the word of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 30:12)
      Father, bring us and our leaders in the Church and in this nation to singleness of heart to obey your commands. Thank you.

Now many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month. They arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and they took away all the incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron. Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the Lord. They stood in their place according to their custom, according to the Law of Moses the man of God; the priests sprinkled the blood received from the hand of the Levites. For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves; therefore the Levites had charge of the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was not clean, to sanctify them to the Lord. For a multitude of the people, many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord provide atonement for everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.” (2 Chronicles 30:13-19)
      Father, thank you for providing atonement for us through your son Jesus Christ.

And the Lord listened to Hezekiah and healed the people. (2 Chronicles 30:20) and “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
      Holy Father, help us humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways, so that you will hear in heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my light on your path.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 2 Chron. 29:1-3; 30:1(2-9)10-27; 1 Cor. 7:32-40; Matthew 7:1-12
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 2 Kings 18:9-25 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Matthew 7:13-21

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Quilts of Valor thank you
Dear Catherine,
      Re: Quilts of Valor for the Welcome Home Inititative.
      We have now led ten Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) retreats at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY and one in Dayton, Ohio. This is a free, three day program sponserd by the public to heal the emotional wounds of combat. The quilts are placed in the rooms of each participant, as they open the door of their room, the quilt is the first thing they see! One tough special forces chap said to me, “Fr. Nigel, I was so glad that was in my room, I did not want everyone to see me on my knees crying. Finally I have received a very personal welcome home.” another combat veteran said, “This award really touched my soul, I imedeatly saw it as a visual and practical reminder of a thank you from my country.” Yet another said quietly, “A medal to be worn… I so wish my buddies got one too.” Yet another said, “I came on this retreat not knowing what to expect. I really came in fear, what do these people know about war? I opened the door of my hooch for three days and there it was! I knew I was in the right place. I just dropped my bag on the floor, kicked the door shut and tears just ran down my cheeks. I have come home! They know…”
      To witness these quite and very personal testimonies from very brave men and woman has truly touched the very core of my soul. The quilts for the program are the icing on the cake of this healing program.
      Another veteran asked, “How can I get one for my wounded brother…”. We gave him another one to take with him. Talk about a kodak moment… The look in his eyes actually pierced my soul. It was as if he said something without noise; his look spoke a thousand unspoken words.
      I am an Episcopal priest and a former Royal Marine Commando drill instructor who spent a year in combat. I used to make grown men cry as a drill instructor. I still do as a priest! Who would have thought it!
      Catherine, you and your QOV amazing crew are really touching people at the very core of their beings. People are being transformed with your kindness and generosity. The words “Thank you” does not seem enough. This is a soul thing. Please know that your soul has been thanked as you thank those who have given us freedom. Well done good and faithful servants. Each stitch, stitching a wounded soul back together!
      God bless you dear souls, unsung heroes, for unsung heroes.
      Be well, do good works and for the sake of God love one another. Amen.
      God bless you. Fr. Nigel W.D. Mumford.

Albany Intercessor


Psalm 89:1-10

September 26, 2011

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
      Father, please help us throughout this diocese praise you and sing of your mercies and make known your faithfulness to the generations which follow us.

For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; your faithfulness you shall establish in the very heavens.” (Psalm 89:2)
      Father, we pray that you will establish on earth what you have established in heaven.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn to my servant David:” (Psalm 89:3)
      Father, thank you for your faithfulness. Help us daily enter into this covenant life with you.

“‘Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.'” (Psalm 89:4)
      Jesus, your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Help us abide in it day by day.

And the heavens will praise your wonders, O LORD; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. (Psalm 89:5)
      Holy Spirit, help join in that assembly of the saints in praising God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ his son.

For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD? (Psalm 89:6)
      Jesus, set us free from worshipping every imitation of your father; set our hearts on the pilgrim’s path.

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around him. (Psalm 89:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us enter into your holiness as we join in the assembly of the saints.

O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty like you, O LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds you. (Psalm 89:8 )
      Holy Father, help us daily partake of your faithfulness.

You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. (Psalm 89:9)
      Eternal Father, strong to save, your arm has bound the restless wave. Bless and protect all those must go into harm’s way.

You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. (Psalm 89:10)
      LORD, scatter all those who oppose the truth of the gospel. Bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to heel and have them faithfully proclaim your mercy and greatness. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me and I will guide you.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 2 Kings 17:24-41 1 Cor. 7:25-31 Matthew 6:25-34
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 2 Chron. 29:1-3; 1 Cor. 7:32-40 Matthew 7:1-12; 30:1(2-9)10-27

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011
From: Nigel Mumford
Dear Souls,
      Thank you so much for your prayers for a spirit filled healing mission at Macon GA this weekend. All went very well. Wonderful praise music. Wonder worship team for soaking prayer. The Lord was here thanks be to God. Men wanting to be involved in the healing ministry. Youth fired up for Jesus and for helping their generation. It was good.
God bless you. Fr. Nigel.

***** Please pray for Bishop Dan as he leads the fall Retreat for Nashotah House seminarians and staff from Mon-Thursday.

Albany Intercessor


Matthew 21:28-32

September 25, 2011

But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'” (Matthew 21:28 )
      Holy Spirit, guide us in our thinking and in our doing.

“He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.” (Matthew 21:29)
      Father, give all of us such a heart that we will be willing to go into your vineyard and bring in the fruit you have the right to expect from us.

“Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.” (Matthew 21:30)
      Jesus, help all of us daily express our faith in you by the deeds we do. (See James 2:14-18 )

“Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.” (Matthew 21:31)
      Father, help all of us do your will by going into the vineyard and doing the work you have set before us.

“For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.” (Matthew 21:32)
      Thank you, Jesus, that each week I get to meet the lost and the least on the streets of Schenectady and see them turn to you for help.

A word received: Look to me for strength to endure.

Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 2 Kings 17:1-18 Acts 9:36-43 Luke 5:1-11
HC: 25:1-14or 25:3-9; Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:28-32
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 2 Kings 17:24-41 1 Cor. 7:25-31 Matthew 6:25-34

Albany Intercessor


Selihot

September 24, 2011

Tonight marks the beginning of selihot, special penitential prayers, recited during the week before Rosh ha-Shanah.

Exodus 34:6-7 (MSG)
So Moses cut two tablets of stone just like the originals. He got up early in the morning and climbed Mount Sinai as God had commanded him, carrying the two tablets of stone. God descended in the cloud and took up his position there beside him and called out the name, God. God passed in front of him and called out, “God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient—so much love, so deeply true—loyal in love for a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. Still, he doesn’t ignore sin. He holds sons and grandsons responsible for a father’s sins to the third and even fourth generation.”


Prayer Table Reports from Lake Luzerne, Schenectady, and Waterford, NY

September 24, 2011

PRAYER TABLE REPORT, (St. Mary’s of Lake Luzerne; in front of Parish Hall on Sat., Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m.-noon prior to our weekly free Community Luncheon.)
Personal note: A person very dear to me and whose opinion I greatly respect suggested to me recently that, since we are a parish in a small community where everyone seems to know each other, perhaps it would be more appropriate for us to NOT list the first name of the person for whom we are requesting your prayers. After much consideration and prayer on this serious matter, I have decided that my friend’s point is well-taken. Therefore, beginning now we at St. Mary’s will only list the person by gender, not by name.
Note: Barbara Breen and Deacon Alan Hart serving today at His table.

a–indicated anointed with Holy Oil.

a–WOMAN — This lady asked for prayer for her 20-year-old grandson JEREMY, who is ” … having a rough time.” About a year and a half ago, his older brother was killed in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle. Jeremy was the person who discovered his brother at the scene of the fatal accident. He is having problems seeking closure, in needing of more faith. etc. We prayed for peace for this young man and for him to see God working in him on how to go forward with faith and courage with his own life. We also prayed for the whole family, including of course the woman requesting prayer.
(Note: Only one person came for prayer today. That’s OK. Number does not matter. The trust of the people that they ca come here for help DOES matter.)

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 23, 2011, 9:20 – 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell

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

+Debbie (regular) — “Strength [to endure]. Patience with others.”

+Yolanda — “My sister Chalain.”

(Young man going by on a bike, when asked if I could prayer for him said), “Sure.”

(Man walking by, when asked if I could prayer for him said), “Thank you.”

+Luz (woman) — “My body.”
+Kaila (woman) — “Life.”

+Mohammed Ishmael (Christian man from Guyana) — He asked prayer because he was being attacked by evil spirits at night. He also asked prayer for a job and his family. I prayed for deliverance and provision.

+Jennifer (woman) and +roommate — There was a fire in her building 3 weeks ago. They just got back in 2 days ago. Jennifer is being baptized on Sunday.

+Tillek (man on bike)

+Agnes (woman) — “For my family.”

+Danny (man) — He will be 58 next week. We prayed for birthday blessings.

+Charlie (man, obviously hesitant about whether he could receive prayer) — “I was drinking last night.” I told him Jesus drank and he laughed at that and received prayer. I prayed he would know when to stop. [About 20 minutes later he brought me some Guyanese chicken and roti (naan) as a thank offering. It was good!]

+Andre (man) — “Turn everything around.”

+Nicole, +Kylea (daughter), +Zobbie (son), Fransisco (baby), Sowana (baby), and Zyaire (child not with them.)

James (already had one of Dennis Adams’ crosses on), +Lisa (his fiancé)

+Harvey

Felice (young man) and Markly (young man) — going to the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.

+Charles (on bike, stopped) — Has had open heart surgery and severe neuropathy in legs.

The Bus Driver — slowed, honked, and waved to us.

Bill (regular) — epilepsy, prayed he would have no more seizures and that he would have companionship in life.

Howard — Strength. He has a bad cold.

Hugh — prayed for his family.

++Sharon — 9 months behind on mortgage, getting her regular bills paid. She asked prayer for financial provision, a husband, and foster children to take care of. She has diabetes.

Grace Church Waterford Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 23, 2011, 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Torre and Jean Bissell

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

+Maeve (young girl in first grade helping out with flood victims)

Cindy

+Darryl

+Jeff — “For my daughter +Ava.”

+Joleen — “For flood victims.”

+Rich — “That I will get through my flood.”

(Woman with little English)

(Man walking by, when asked if I could prayer for him said), “If you want to.”

(Man, when asked if I could prayer for him said), “Yes, you may.”

+Faith (young woman) — “For my family.”

+Linda — She asked that her trailer would get fixed from the flood. Has had back surgery. She asked for relief of pain. She and her husband +Paul are currently staying in the Grace Church rectory.

+David — “To get through all this.”

+Brian (teenage boy) — “For my mom.”

+Laurel (woman) — “For the flood victims.”

+Jay (young man) — “For my brother Randy in Afghanistan.”

+Lisa and +Ashley (daughter)


Matthew 6:19-25

September 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, all around us we see treasure swept away: floods and drought destroying homes and livelihood, and financial meltdown destroying savings. Help us set our hearts on what truly endures.

“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)
Holy Spirit, move in our hearts so that we can put our hope in things which are eternal. Fill us anew with your faith, hope and love. (See 1 Corinthians 13:13)

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Father, please help us find the freedom to give of ourselves and our treasure to build up your kingdom.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22)
Jesus, give us clarity of sight. Fill us with the light of your word.

“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23)
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 6:19-21) Holy Spirit, help us recognize in ourselves the works of the flesh and repent of them.

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
“You cannot serve God and mammon.” Father, help us to get this right; help us recognize in ourselves any loyalties to the world, the flesh, or the devil, and repent of them.

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25)

A word received: Come to me — my arms are open wide.

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 2 Kings 11:1-20a 1 Cor. 7:10-24 Matthew 6:19-24
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 2 Kings 17:1-18 Acts 9:36-43 Luke 5:1-11
HC: 25:1-14or 25:3-9; Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:28-32

Notes from the Front Line

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Albany Intercessor


Covenant God

September 23, 2011

This passage in Genesis took place between Bethel and Ai. Historically, this region was known as Judea and Samaria. Today it is called the West Bank.

Genesis 15:9,17 (MSG)
God said, “Bring me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, and a dove and a young pigeon.”
. . . When the sun was down and it was dark, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch moved between the split carcasses. That’s when God made a covenant with Abram: “I’m giving this land to your children . . .”

Dear Heavenly Father,
Your thoughts are not my thoughts, and Your ways are not my ways. I lean on You and not on my own understanding.
Abraham did not walk through the pieces; You did. You bound Yourself by the covenant. You claimed the land for Your own.
Why You chose to claim any land, why You chose that particular piece of land, I do not understand. Yet, I acknowledge the land as Yours, to do with as You wish.
Your gifts and Your call are irrevocable. You never withdraw them once they are given, and You do not change Your mind about those to whom You give Your grace or to whom You send Your call.
I know that You are steadfast. I thank You that You are not a capricious God. I thank You that You are worthy of trust. I thank You that You keep Your promises. I thank You that You are a God of covenant. Amen.
Isaiah 55:8, Proverbs 3:5, Leviticus 25:23, Romans 11:29


Psalm 88

September 23, 2011

O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. (Psalm 88:1-2)
      LORD, thank you for hearing the cries of your people.

For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to the grave. I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength, adrift among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, and who are cut off from your hand. (Psalm 88:3-5)
      Father, our hearts are troubled by the events in the world around us: grant us your peace.

You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the depths. Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you have afflicted me with all your waves. You have put away my acquaintances far from me; you have made me an abomination to them; I am shut up, and I cannot get out; my eye wastes away because of affliction. (Psalm 88:6-9a)
      Jesus, you know our every affliction and temptation: have mercy on us and help us turn to you in our hour of need.

LORD, I have called daily upon you; I have stretched out my hands to You. Will you work wonders for the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise you? Shall your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or your faithfulness in the place of destruction? Shall your wonders be known in the dark? And your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? (Psalm 88:9b-12)
      Holy Spirit, bring all of us in this diocese to a daily discipline of prayer and Bible reading so that we may proclaim your righteousness.

But to you I have cried out, O LORD, and in the morning my prayer comes before you. LORD, why do you cast off my soul? Why do you hide your face from me? I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught. Your fierce wrath has gone over me; your terrors have cut me off. They came around me all day long like water; they engulfed me altogether. Loved one and friend you have put far from me, and my acquaintances into darkness. (Psalm 88:13-18 )
      Lord Jesus Christ, we cry out to you for the lonely and the afflicted: have mercy on them and us. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my rest and my peace.

Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 2 Kings 9:17-37 1 Cor. 7:1-9 Matthew 6:7-15
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 2 Kings 11:1-20a 1 Cor. 7:10-24 Matthew 6:19-24

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: knife testimony from WHI Dayton
A combat veteran green beret finally surrenders his weapon.
Please watch this to the end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdvKni9tMjM

Albany Intercessor


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