River Jordan

January 8, 2012

Mark 1:9-11 (ESV)
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

O you waters that carried the blessing of Balaam and stood in a heap for the passage of the children of Israel, you happy waters, clap your hands. Clap that you bathed our precious Lord and heard His voice.
Clap that the Lord has done marvelous things. Clap that he has made known His salvation. Clap that He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. Clap that He has remembered His steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. Clap that all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God!
Clap, O Jordan River! Clap that we have entered our Promised Land. A standing ovation for the establishment of God’s kngdom on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Mark 1:7-11

January 8, 2012

And he preached, saying, “There comes one after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.” (Mark 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, please give us the humility to acknowledge Jesus’ Lordship in all situations in our lives.

“I indeed baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8 )
      Jesus, please baptize us anew with your Holy Spirit. Let the river of your Spirit flow through our parish and the Diocese of Albany.

It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. (Mark 1:9)
      Jesus, thank you for fulfilling all the righteousness your Father asked of you.

And immediately, coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove. (Mark 1:10)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for coming on Jesus and filling him with your presence and power without limit.

Then a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11)
      Father, please help us to love Jesus as you do and walk in his footsteps. Thank you.

Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Gen. 1:1-2:3: Eph. 1:3-14: John 1:29-34
HC: 89:1-29 or 89:20-29; Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-38; Mark 1:7-11
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Gen. 2:4-9(10-15)16-25: Heb. 1:1-14: John 1:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Unforgiveness is an emotional cancer, rotting your very soul. It is the law to forgive, it is not an option!

***** Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012
From: Deacon Susan Plaske
Subject: Cathedral Prayer Table Report 12-28,1-4
      Dear Torre, I hope this email finds you both well and at peace. It’s been an adjustment for us, continuing to offer the prayer table in Wintery rain and cold, when we have to go back to work afterwards, but, the Lord is directing us in the way we should go. We have prepared a sign that says ” Prayer Table inside today” 12-1PM just in case. We do try to stay outside to be the presence of Christ on the street as often as we can, even at 17 degrees! Praise the Lord! Blessings to you at Christ Church.

December 27th 12:00 – 1:00PM Very Windy – moved our table into the doorway of the Cathedral. Dcn Plaske, Beth Collum, Linda Davis and Hilda Hardy
Brother Ken – prayed with us for needs of our families and Thanks for all God’s Blessing
Dave – Prayed for world peace, bring our troops home safely
+John – Prayer for friend Harold with Cancer that he would accept God’s plan for his life. Asking for a Spanish Bible for a wedding.
Sharon – Prayer for Jim and Wife Cindy
Linda – for Amy and Ashley – for peace comfort, the Lord’s direction in their lives, protection from the enemy.
Hilda – for her co-worker Janya pray for peace and comfort over the death of her friend who passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack. Pray also that Janya would cme to kow and love Jesus.

January 4, 2012 Cold and Sunny 17 degrees, but no wind Dcn. Plaske, Beth Collum, Hilda Hardy, Linda Davis
      We pray today for our Government as many politicians are assembling for the Governor’s State of the State address here in Albany in a little while for Guidance for Andrew Cuomo for this year, for the decisions that he makes for New York State.
Sue -Thank you for your presence in my office.
Dave – For health for all…..This New Year.
David – for Cataract Surgery this Friday ( this was successful)
Laura – good results from her test tomorrow.
(2) Ladies For warm Weather , We blessed them and they also said “God Bless You”
Bishop Love– for faithfulness and guidance as he ministers to the people of the diocese.
Paula – Prayers for her niece’s mother inlaw and father inlaw

Albany Intercessor

The White House

January 8, 2012

Dear Father,
I acknowledge the sins of my ancestors and my own sins in the USA. We persecuted the Native Americans and stole their land. We persecuted African slaves and stole their freedom. We warred against one another. We have oppressed other nations through military, trade, and financial means. Our greed is great. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy.
I pray that all who work and live in the White House will be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth: There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men. Christ Jesus gave himself as a ransom for the United States of America.
Christ Jesus is the Truth. We speak the name of Christ Jesus over the Executive Residence, West Wing, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, East Wing, and the Old Executive Office Building, especially the executive offices of the President Obama and Vice President Biden.
Truth to all six floors! Truth to the grounds! Truth to the press corps! Truth! Truth! Truth!

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