Nehemiah 6:1-16

October 31, 2011

Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates), (Nehemiah 6:1)
      Lord Jesus Christ, rebuild the walls around your faithful dioceses and parishes so that the enemy may not get in.

that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm. So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner. (Nehemiah 6:2-4)
      Holy Spirit, there is a time to speak and a time to remain silent. Show Bishop Bill Love and Bishop Mark Lawrence when it is time to meet and talk with those who oppose them and when it is time to refuse.

Then Sanballat sent his servant to me as before, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand. In it was written: It is reported among the nations, and Geshem says, that you and the Jews plan to rebel; therefore, according to these rumors, you are rebuilding the wall, that you may be their king. And you have also appointed prophets to proclaim concerning you at Jerusalem, saying, “There is a king in Judah!” Now these matters will be reported to the king. So come, therefore, and let us consult together. (Nehemiah 6:5-7)
      Just as with Nehemiah, so now with Bishop Mark Lawrence, false accusations are being leveled against him. Jesus, defend him with your mighty power!

Then I sent to him, saying, “No such things as you say are being done, but you invent them in your own heart.” For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, “Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.” Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands. (Nehemiah 6:8-9)
      Holy Father, strengthen the hands of your faithful bishops, priests and deacons and the dioceses and parishes committed to their care. Set them free from fear and help them build up the congregations of your faithful people.

Afterward I came to the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was a secret informer; and he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you; indeed, at night they will come to kill you.” And I said, “Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!” Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. (Nehemiah 6:10-12)
      Holy Spirit, show Bishop Bill and Bishop Mark the true motives of all those who come to them.

For this reason he was hired, that I should be afraid and act that way and sin, so that they might have cause for an evil report, that they might reproach me. My God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat, according to these their works, and the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have made me afraid. (Nehemiah 6:13-14)
      Jesus, defeat the purposes of all those who utter false statements against your faithful people.

So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God. (Nehemiah 6:15-16)
      Lord Jesus, rebuild the wall of your word around your faithful congregations and dioceses so that all falsehood will be kept out. Thank you.

A word received: Ask who I am calling you to encourage.

A word received: Place your hope in me.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Neh. 6:1-19 Rev. 10:1-11 Matthew 13:36-43
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Neh. 12:27-31a,42b-47 Rev. 11:1-19 Matthew 13:44-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011
From: The Dock Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland http://www.thedockchurch.org/
Subject: TQ prayer update
Hi Dock pray-ers!
      A long, LONG overdue update for you all – and as always, a massive thank-you for your prayers – they are so vital and so much appreciated.
      It’s been a whirl of a month in Dock-World – some really good stuff and some big challenges – so here are some prayer points for the next while!
      1. Sorry to put this at the top of the list, but it would be hugely appreciated if you could pray for Susan’s and my health. We’ve been struggling with health issues both big and small over the last while and both of us are feeling the strain a bit. All in God’s good hands – but that doesn’t stop us from praying for healing!
      2. A big piece of Dock news – we have a prospective boat! A little team went over to Scotland last week to visit a boat that’s for sale near Glasgow. As you know this was a big part of the vision from the very start, but we now need to proceed with lots of wisdom and guidance – there are surveys, cost estimates and such exciting things to be done before a final decision is made. But if this is the right boat, we pray that the practical details would sort out so that a beautiful, welcoming, attractive space for Christian witness would be floating in the Abercorn Basin as soon as possible!
      3. Connected to that, with a boat comes a bill! We are currently going through the final paperwork hurdles to provide The Dock with charitable status, which will enable us to start fundraising towards the boat purchase. Again it’s a very practical but very necessary detail of this work – so please pray that our applications fall on receptive ears, even in the current financial climate – and pray especially for Susan who will be co-ordinating the fundraising process.
      4. And on the ministry side of things: Dock Walks and Meet The Neighbours events are still continuing as we seek to witness, worship and welcome in the Titanic Quarter. Please pray for many more chances to connect with the emerging community, and pray for the brave souls who are living, working and studying in the TQ as it approaches this big Titanic anniversary year.
      5. Especially it would be great to pray that we find more ways to connect with young people in the area, particularly in the Metropolitan College and at the T13 skate park.
      6. It would be great to have your prayer for the fantastic teams of people who now keep the Dock project ‘afloat’ (groan) – the Directors (Michele, Margaret, David, Hugh, Philip, Michael, Sarah) and the Management Team (ChrisH, ChrisB, Susan, Finian, Colin, Gordon, Joe)
      7. It’s been a massive blessing over the summer to be part of a chaplaincy team, along with Karen, rather than a ‘lone ranger’. Please pray for Karen in all the work she does in Sydenham and at the TQ, pray for our continued unity, and for more churches, denominations and individuals to catch the vision and join the team…
      Well I think that’ll keep you praying for a while!
Thanks Prayer Warriors! Much love, Chris
PS please try to keep the evening of 15th November free in your diaries – we’ll be holding a birthday party for the dock (2 already!) and sharing the vision for the next while – it would be great if you could be there!

Albany Intercessor


Alabama–Francis Sayre

October 31, 2011

The Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre Jr. (January 17, 1915 — October 3, 2008) was Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for 27 years.

Timeless roll the streams while man moulds their course and wrests his sufficient margin of life from Thy scattered benefice;

Shapes the flint to arrow point;
nurses seed to cotton, bale and cloth;
carves the wood to cabin logs and bakes his cities from clay;
mines the ore and makes the steel;
catches the surging flood upon his shining wheels and makes the river yield light and power for Thy people all.

Praise Thee, wondrous God, for the blessed watershed that is Alabama, pliant to man’s need, gracious to his questing spirit. May her sons not forget Thy bounty, nor fail to deserve Thy benediction;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hat tip: The Anglican Digest


Micah 3:5-12

October 30, 2011

Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who make my people stray; who chant “Peace” while they chew with their teeth, but who prepare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths: (Micah 3:5)
      LORD, there are many false prophets who have risen up in your church and in this nation and lead your people astray; have mercy on us.

“Therefore you shall have night without vision, and you shall have darkness without divination; the sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be dark for them. (Micah 3:6)
      Jesus, we ask you to be our light in the present darkness in your church and in this nation. Lead us step by step in your ways.

So the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners abashed; indeed they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer from God.” (Micah 3:7)
      Father, there is a famine of your word in the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us, for we cannot live by bread alone.

But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:8 )
      Holy Spirit, guide the preachers and teachers of this diocese so that they will proclaim your power to transform lives and preach and teach justice and mercy and call us to repentance from our sins.

Now hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity, (Micah 3:9)
      Holy Father, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church abhore justice and pervert equity. Protect the Diocese of South Carolina and the Diocese of Albany. Thank you.

Who build up Zion with bloodshed and jerusalem with iniquity: her heads judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD, and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No harm can come upon us.” (Micah 3:10-11)
      Transform the economic life of this nation: the 1% who are wealthy have no end to their greed and care nothing for the 99% who are struggling to keep afloat.

Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest. (Micah 3:12)
      For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17)
      Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

A word received: Keep looking to me.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Neh. 5:1-19 Acts 20:7-12 Luke 12:22-31
HC: 43; Micah 3:5-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, 17-20; Matthew 23:1-12
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Neh. 6:1-19 Rev. 10:1-11 Matthew 13:36-43

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011
From: Ginnie Grupinski
Subject: earthquake in Ica, Peru!
      From Bishop Mike Chapman…….Ginnie, there was a 6.9 earthquake in Ica yesterday around 1:30 pm. TV sources say no damagae Father Misael says there were about 60 families whose homes were destroyed. I am sending money for blankets. I will speak at All Saints in Charlotte tomorrow and bring it up. I will be traveling Monday at 1:30. Please send out a prayer alert with this information. If I hear anymore before I get there, I will let you know!
      Please pray for peace over the land and people…pray that there will be no damaging aftershocks and the earthquake will be a sign to the people that the Power of God is being released in their region to save, heal and deliver them.
      Pray for protection for Bishop Mike as he travels back to Ica and that there will be no issues with connecting flights, buses, etc. that all luggage will arrive with him. If any are able, please send finances to help. Please be assured that no gift is too small and every penny is so very much appreciated! In Jesus, Ginnie
      FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE CHAPMANS – There are three main ways to make your gift:
      By cash or check: Make checks out to “SAMS” and write “Mike & Linda Chapman” in the memo space. Then send the checks to the following address:
            SAMS
            P.O. Box 399
            Ambridge, PA 15003
      By credit card online or by phone: http://www.samsusa.org or call 1 724 266-0669 from 9am to 5 pm est.
      By electronic transfer: Thie service enables you to make automatic monthly donations from either your bank account or credit card. Visit the SAMS website at http://www.samsusa.org or call 1 724 266-0669 to learn more.

Albany Intercessor


Maine–Francis Sayre

October 30, 2011

The Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre Jr. (1915 — 2008) was Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for 27 years.

Thank you, God, for the State of Maine, reaching ever for the first light of day. As Thy people wake to the Eastern rays, what chowder of nourishment dost Thou prepare for body and soul: concocted so delectably of pine needles and potatoes, of herring and clams and lobsters in their rocky lairs, of blueberries and new-mown hay and a thousand lakes and little boats brave upon the deep.
Of such blessing did our fathers distill their rugged liberty: Grant us grace to win the same, along the country roads and on the fringed and tasseled coast of our wooded land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hat tip: The Anglican Digest


Prayer Table Report

October 29, 2011

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 29, 2011, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell and Mark Pasko.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
H–indicates received a hat
M–indicates received mittens

Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011
From: Mark Pasko
Subject: Home-Made Hats and Mitts for Prayer Table
Three women from the Colonie Senior Center are offering a huge number of really beautiful hand-made gloves and hats for distribution at the Prayer Table and for other local needs. Right now I have about 40 pounds (!) of goods and I have more to pick up. The women’s names are:
      Pauline Layton
      Renee Ferraro
      Natalie VanDyke
They are associated with the Kuhn Center at 2 Thunder Rd. in Colonie.
      The women will be making more (they really crank them out!) and only ask that they not be sold and given to local needs as much as possible. Kay thought that pictures and a display at the Center would be great to advertise and encourage others to participate. Thank you cards should be addressed to Kay Walker at the Center.

In addition to the above hand knitted hats and mittens, we also handed out hats that were donated by Candice Foust of Christ Church and Mark Pasko of St. Michael’s Colonie.

It snowed yesterday. Even though it was a rather cold, gray day, we averaged someone stopping once every three minutes. Weather is no indicator as to whether people will come and stop for prayer.

+HM Miguel — “For my family.”

Frank — Prayed for him and his parish, St. Joseph’s downtown.

M Bobby — He is afraid he will be “sanctioned” (lose his benefits) by DSS.

HM William — “Family.”

+H Mark and +Ernie (in a motorized wheel chair) — Mark asked prayer for Ernie.

+H Johnny — “That I will get better and won’t be on medication for the rest of my life.”

+Martin — “A job.”

+Stephen — “Courage to get out of my comfort zone” to pray with others. He has had 6 weeks of being dry. We prayed that he would move from “being dry” to true and lasting sobriety.

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

+Betty — asked prayer for her boyfriend +Dennis “that he would get out of the hospital and into a treatment center.”

HM Debra (regular) — She gave thanks that her father Berry is out of the ICO and asked continued prayers for his healing and healing of her mother Elizabeth with chronic knee pain.

+HM Maurice — He just had a baby boy. We prayed he would grow into the man that God wants him to be.

H Bill (regular) — We prayed that he would have no more seizures and for his friend Wendy.

+Nicole and +Daniel (her young son) — We prayed she would grow into the woman that God wants him to be.

+H Oneness (man)

Art

++Tim — He asked prayer for his son Andrew to make the basketball team. He gave a substantial check to Christ Church.

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

+Joseph

+Erica (young woman) — She is going through a hard time. We invited her to come to church. She said that she had never been to a church before but would think about coming tomorrow.

+Tony (bottle guy) — He asked prayer for his mom.

+HM Bianca — She is pregnant.

+HM Shavonne (man)

+Joe — “Health.”

10+ Anthony — He was on his way to visit children in the hospital and took ten crosses to give out to kids.


Revelation 7:9-17

October 29, 2011

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, (Revelation 7:9)
      Lord Jesus Christ, pleae help us join in that great multitude standing before your throne and giving you honor and praise.

and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:10)
      Jesus, is no other name under heaven but yours by which we can be saved (see Acts 4:12).

All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, (Revelation 7:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us join with the angels and elders before the throne and fall down and worship our God and Father.

saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 7:12)
      “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:13-14)
      Jesus, this is a time of tribulation for many of your people — help us all wash our robes and make them white in your blood.

“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple. And he who sits on the throne will dwell among them.” (Revelation 7:15)
      Father, help us serve you day and night.

“They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;” (Revelation 7:16)
      Father, we long for that place of rest and peace with you.

“for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)
      Jesus, shepherd us and lead us to fountains of living water.
      Holy Spirit, file us up again with you living, life giving water.
      Father, wipe away every tear from our eyes. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for ears to hear what I am saying to my church.

Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); Neh. 4:1-23 Rev. 7:(4-8 )9-17 Matthew 13:31-35
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Neh. 5:1-19 Acts 20:7-12 Luke 12:22-31
HC: 43; Micah 3:5-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13,17-20; Matthew 23:1-12

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Philo Trust Winter 2011 Magazine Now Online
God Morrow my friend,
      Please read the online magazine from Canon J.John in the UK. I just wanted to point out that both my sister Julie Sheldon and I are in J.Johns magazine… Julie on page
24 my new book on page 30. It is an interesting read… http://issuu.com/philotrust/docs/wintermagazine?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

Albany Intercessor


Missouri–Francis Sayre

October 29, 2011

The Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre Jr. (1915 — 2008) was Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for 27 years.
The Gateway Arch, or Gateway to the West, is located at the site of St. Louis’ foundation, on the west bank of the Mississippi River where Pierre Laclède, just after noon on February 14, 1764, told his aide, Auguste Chouteau, to build a city.

Great God whose plough is weather and whose season is Time itself, we thank Thee for the earth Thou hast fashioned in Missouri:

smoothing the glacial plain with great blades of ice;
irrigating the land with burnished streams and bounding it with Ozark beauty.

When Thou wast ready, Thy spirit stood by the Gate, inviting all mankind to the heart of Thy goodly continent.

Bless us now as we seek to retrace the mighty sweep of Thy making;

possessing our inheritance to the little step of mules,
or the roar of city wheels;
by the flutter of a steamer upon the river,
by the sound of sweet blues upon the lips of a trumpet,
or the cry of some distant train across the night.

At every turn may we find the door; beyond learning to wisdom; beyond living to Life; beyond receiving to the happier joy of giving. And so, as river threads the prairie, may our hearts be open to Thy truth and blessed independence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hat tip: The Anglican Digest


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