Matt. 13:24-30

May 31, 2012

Another parable he put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;” (Matthew 13:24)
      Jesus, thank you for sowing the good seed of your Holy Spirit in our hearts.

“but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.” (Matthew 13:25)
      [Tares were often called “Bastard Wheat”. Tares look just like real wheat until they reach maturity and then their heads are quite different from real wheat.]

“But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.” (Matthew 13:26)
      Father, much bad seed has been sown in the Episcopal Church. It looked good in the beginning, but it is yielding up no good fruit.

“So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'” (Matthew 13:27)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize the role of sin in our lives and in the church. Help us discern the true from the false.

“He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'” (Matthew 13:28 )
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize the work of Satan and his minions for what it is.

“But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.” (Matthew 13:29)
      Father, help us have the patience called for here to uproot the good with the bad.

“Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘” (Matthew 13:30)
      Father, we pray for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Prov. 21:30-22:6: 1 Tim. 4:1-16: Matt. 13:24-30
Friday: 31 * 35; Prov. 23:19-21,29-24:2: 1 Tim. 5:17-22(23-25): Matt. 13:31-35;::

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention: good weather, no black flies, mosquitoes or bears, and travel mercies. Pray that we will all enter into the Father’s provision for us: the gift of the Holy Spirit. Pray that each of us will find joy in sharing Jesus with others.

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Trinity Sunday      93 or 13 or Canticle 2; Exodus 3:1-6; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-16).

***** Date: Wed, 30 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Ok, so I had reason to go to Sears the other day. I was at the customer pick up collecting my purchase. Lynn had gone through the sliding door (marked with a disability sticker), I was next, followed by the customer pick up chap who was kind enough to carry my purchase to my car. The “disability door” then closed on me sending me flying to the floor, actually pushing me side ways. My cane narrowly just missed going up my noise! People rushed to help. The employee just did not know what to do, the manager came and asked me to fill out an accident report… Oh joy. I have fallen twice this week… Think I need to get one of those “things” you put around your neck that announces, I have fallen and I can’t get up… To be knocked over by a teen age girl and a disability door twice in one week… Oh, now I get it!
      “Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape.”
      PS My doctor tells me I have strong bones. Thank you Jesus.
      PPS At least I still remember how to fall. The Marines taught me well!
      Headlines “Marine taken out by teen age girl and disability door
      Hey you gotta laugh!

Date: Wed, 30 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: daily quote
      Bilocation.
      When I first came to this diocese eight years ago, jokingly I was given permission from the bishops to be in two paces at once! This is known as bilocation.
      Well, next Sunday this will happen!
      I will be in my home church and at an Episcopal church in Vermont at the same time … thanks to virtual technology. The church in question has copied my “You Tube testimony” and will be showing it as the sermon for the day. The rector is away and it will be the message during Morning Prayer!
      Now that’s a first…
      God works in mysterious ways.
      “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” (Psalm 150:6)

Albany Intercessor


From Proverbs 17

May 30, 2012

Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife. (Proverbs 17:1)
      Jesus, bring your peace to the homes and families of this diocese.

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the hearts. (Proverbs 17:3)
      Holy Spirit, refine and purify my heart.

An evildoer gives heed to false lips; a liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. (Proverbs 17:4)
      Father, have mercy on us — there is so much false testimony being given out in this country.

He who mocks the poor reproaches his maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 17:5)
      Jesus, please help us have your mind toward those in need. Help us repent of hardness of heart toward the poor.

Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father. (Proverbs 17:6)
      Father, thank you for the children and grandchildren you have given us; help us bring glory to you.

Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Prov. 17:1-20: 1 Tim. 3:1-16: Matt. 12:43-50
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Prov. 21:30-22:6: 1 Tim. 4:1-16: Matt. 13:24-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Trinity Sunday      93 or 13 or Canticle 2; Exodus 3:1-6; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-16).

***** Date: Tue, 29 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      So many people present to me daily after I ask them, “How many I pray for you?” with, “I know what the problem is, I just don’t know how to fix it.” God knows our dis-ease. Jesus said, “Ask, whatever you ask” hand it all over to Him. Here you are God. I cannot fix this but I know you can. I am going to give it all you. Everything. I hand it over to you Jesus. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


1 Timothy 2:1-8

May 29, 2012

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see past the political posturing of our leaders of all parties and hold them daily in prayer as you desire.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
      Jesus, help us desire what you desire: that all will come to a saving knowledge of the truth of the gospel.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle–I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying–a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. (1 Timothy 2:5-7)
      Jesus, you are the only way to the Father — don’t let us get side-tracked on any other path. Thank you for the apostolic witness of Paul and of our bishops
            Bill Love
            Dan Herzog
            David Ball
            David Bena
            Harold Miller
            Mike Chapman
            Mark Lawrence
            And others.

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; (1 Timothy 2:8 )
      Father, bring us to a renewed life of prayer throughout this diocese. Let our Diocesan Convention be illuminated by the prayers of your people. Thank you.

      But at the end I return to the beginning, to the vision which was given me during that distressing night in the miners’ camp in South Wales. I still see the cross of Jesus as the one place in all the history of human culture where there is a final dealing with the ultimate mysteries of sin and forgiveness, of bondage and freedom, of conflict and peace, of death and life. Although there is so much that is puzzling, so much that I simply do not understand and so much that is unpredictable, I find there — as I have again and again found during the past fifty years — a point from which one can take one’s bearings and a light in which one can walk, however stumblingly. I know that guiding star will remain and that that light will shine till death and in the end. And that is enough.
      The last paragraph of UNFINISHED AGENDA An Autobiography by Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, William B.e Eerdmans Publishing Company © 1985:

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Prov. 15:16-33: 1 Tim. 1:18-2:8: Matt. 12:33-42
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Prov. 17:1-20: 1 Tim. 3:1-16: Matt. 12:43-50

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention: good weather, no black flies, mosquitoes or bears, and travel mercies. Pray that we will all enter into the Father’s provision for us: the gift of the Holy Spirit. Pray that each of us will find joy in sharing Jesus with others.

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Trinity Sunday      93 or 13 or Canticle 2; Exodus 3:1-6; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-16).

***** Date: Mon, 28 May 2012
From: Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
Subject: Neighborhood Meal 5-28-12
Christ Church Schenectady Neighborhood Meal-Sunday, 1:30-2:30, Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo

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

+Estelle– She and her son, Isaiah, are looking for a safe and secure place to live. Need it before June 22.

+Josh – A 3rd grader at Elmer Elementary, said he didn’t have any friends. Prayed for JESUS to bring kids into his life who know and love Jesus, to be his friends.

+Ashley (mother of Josh)- Live in a bad neighborhood; safety for her kids, Josh (9), David (8 ). Has a daughter, Brittney (10) who does not live with her; prayed for her safety and well being. Kevin – provision of a job. Asked that the Lord would give her his peace and strength and that when she is anxious to “Let go and let God”. To always remember that SHE can also pray and HE will hear her.

Myrna – PTL her dad has made great strides. Asked for the Lord to continue to work in him.

Casey – 4 months pregnant and not able to keep all food down. Prayed for her to be able to eat what will keep her and the baby healthy.

++++Janice – Friend Jen is pregnant, and the father is in jail. Stephen, her godson, is in jail. Prayed for God’s intervention in their lives and protection for the baby.

+Kyle – Wants a job and to have more faith.

Albany Intercessor


Matthew 12:22-32

May 28, 2012

Then one was brought to him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and he healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. (Matthew 12:22)
      Jesus, I pray for all those in your church who have been blinded by the political correctness of our generation and those who are deaf to your word and those who are afflicted by the eveil one: that you will heal them and set them free.

And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” (Matthew 12:23)
      Holy Spirit, please hep the multitudes of our generation begin to seek to know who Jesus is.

Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” (Matthew 12:24)
      Have mercy, Lord, on those in your church who call evil good and good evil and who remain silent when they should speak. Move their hearts!

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:25)
      Father, the Episcopal Church has become a house divided against itself; have mercy on us.

“If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” (Matthew 12:26)
      Lord, frustrate the desires of Satan and bring his counsels to naught.

“And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.” (Matthew 12:27)
      Holy Spirit, help us look at the evidence of the works that Jesus has done among us and believe

“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matthew 12:28 )
      Jesus, help us know that the kingdom of God has come among us.

“Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.” (Matthew 12:29)
      Holy Spirit, as we encounter the work of the evil one, help us bind him by the power of the name of Jesus.

“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters abroad.” (Matthew 12:30)
      Jesus, help us daily stand with you. The times are evil, but you are good and we can find shelter in your arms. Bring to repentance all those who scatter and oppose your work.

“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.” (Matthew 12:31)
      With Isaiah we say, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5) As you did with Isaiah, cleanse our lips and purify our speech.

“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. “ (Matthew 12:32)
      Holy Spirit, so fill us up with your presence and power that we honor you in word and deed. Thank you.

A word received: Are you being disciples?

Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Prov. 10:1-12: 1 Tim. 1:1-17: Matt. 12:22-32
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Prov. 15:16-33: 1 Tim. 1:18-2:8: Matt. 12:33-42

      Notes from the Front Line


May the souls of your faithful departed and your faithful present rest in your peace (The American Cemetery in Manila).

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention: good weather, no black flies, mosquitoes or bears, and travel mercies. Pray that we will all enter into the Father’s provision for us: the gift of the Holy Spirit. Pray that each of us will find joy in sharing Jesus with others.

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Trinity Sunday      93 or 13 or Canticle 2; Exodus 3:1-6; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-16).

***** Date: Sun, 27 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Conflict, criticism, and comparison. Three words that can be crucial in ones daily life on the one hand or not on the other! Your choice.

***** Jean in her earlier camel riding days and a drawing by our granddaughter Llewelyn

Albany Intercessor


Global Day of Prayer – Prayer for the World

May 27, 2012

Below is the full “Prayer for the World” used in prayer gatherings around the world today for the Global Day of Prayer.  We posted a few excerpts from this prayer last week.  I’m also posting the short introduction to the prayer.

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“They lifted their voices to God with one accord…”

Acts 4:24

PRAY WITH YOUR CHURCH, GATHER IN HOMES OR ASSEMBLE IN PUBLIC PLACES

 

United by a Prayer for the World, Christians from all over the world, from different cultures and denominations, from many diverse streams will gather in their homes, or where appropriate, assemble in stadiums, public auditoriums and open squares and many will devote portions of their Sunday morning Service to united prayer.

Some meetings will be small. Others will be large, but each one will be praying with the same vision of repentance and hope. As at the first Pentecost, we’ll worship God openly in Christ’s name and pray for the healing and blessing of the nations. As much as possible, we are seeking to gather in places beyond the walls of our church buildings.

On this day we are all praying with the world as we pray for the world.

A Prayer for the World

Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

We gather with believers all over the world,

to glorify You as Creator of heaven and earth.

You alone are holy and righteous.

We submit to Your authority.

We praise and adore You alone.


Father, we honour You

    Lord Jesus Christ, we honour You

    Holy Spirit, we honour You

Our Father in heaven,

Thank You for loving the world so much

that You gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ,

to die on the cross for our sins

so that we could be reconciled to You.

Fill us with your love as we faithfully intercede for the lost,

the hopeless, the helpless and the world.
Thank You Father, for adopting us into Your family.

Lord Jesus Christ,

You died on the cross and

redeemed us to the Father by Your blood.

You are Head of the Church

and Lord of all heaven and earth.

Let Your kingdom be established in every nation of the world;

bring transformation among peoples of all tribes and languages,

so that righteousness and justice will prevail.

May Your Name be great, from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Jesus Christ, You are Lord of all.

Father of mercy and grace,

We have sinned.

Our world is gripped by the power of sin.

Our hearts are grieved by injustice, hatred and violence.

We are shamed by oppression, racism and bloodshed in our land.

We mourn all loss of life in murder, war and terrorism.

Our homes are broken and our churches are divided by rebellion and pride.

Our lives are polluted by selfishness, greed, idolatry and sexual sin.
God of mercy, forgive our sins.
Pour out Your grace and heal our land
.

Spirit of the living God,

Transform Your Church into the image of Jesus Christ.

Release Your power to bring healing to the sick,

freedom to the oppressed and comfort to those who mourn.

Fill us with compassion

for the homeless and the hungry

for orphans, widows and the elderly.

Give us wisdom and insight for our world’s problems

to use the resources of the earth for the well-being of all.
Holy Spirit, guide us and lead us.

Lord Jesus Christ,

You destroyed sin, conquered death and defeated Satan.

Remove the veil of darkness that covers the peoples.

Restrain the evil that promotes violence and death.

Deliver us from demonic oppression.

Break the hold of slavery, tyranny and disease.

Help us to tear down strongholds and ideologies

that resist the knowledge of God.
Almighty God, deliver us from evil.

 

King of Glory,

Come and finish Your work in our cities, our peoples and our nations.

From all continents and islands we cry:
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Be lifted up ancient doors
so that the King of glory may come in!

Come fill the earth with the knowledge of Your glory

as the waters cover the sea.

The Spirit and the Bride say:


Amen! Come Lord Jesus!


John 14:5-11

May 27, 2012

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to have the courage of Thomas — to ask our questions of Jesus and express our doubts and fears. Help us to be “real” with Jesus so that we can really know him for who he is.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
      Jesus, you are so politically incorrect! There is no other way to the Father except thorugh you. Help us to be faithful in proclaiming this. Help us daily find the new life you offer us through your Holy Spirit. Help us each day walk on that straight and narrow way you have marked out for us.

“If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; and from now on you know him and have seen him.” (John 14:7)
      Father, please give us eyes to know you and see you in Jesus. Hold us in your arms of love. Thank you.

Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does the works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me, or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. (John 14:8-11)
      Jesus, I believe you.

A word received: Hope in me.

The Day of Pentecost: 118 * 145; Deut. 16:9-12: Acts 4:18-21,23-33: John 4:19-26
HC: 104:25-37 or 104:25-32 or 33:12-15,18-22; Acts 2:1-11 or Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 or Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23 or John 14:8-17
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Prov. 10:1-12: 1 Tim. 1:1-17: Matt. 12:22-32

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish, May 27 Day of Pentecost – For the Diocese of Albany to be one Church of Disciples Making Disciples

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Trinity Sunday      93 or 13 or Canticle 2; Exodus 3:1-6; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-16).

***** Date: Sat, 26 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
      Four Royal Marine Commando friends of mine come to mind this weekend.
      Four young men who gave their lives in combat.
      I salute you…
      “We will remember them…”
      Please pray for the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) A retreat for combat veterans. Go to http://youtu.be/l30blHeZve0 to find out more.
      May the Lord bless and protect all our military.

Date: Sat, 26 May 2012
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative testimony for Memorial day
       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHMMwUg_A9I

Date: Sat, 26 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Family info on the Queens Jubilee.
      On TUESDAY 5th June the Queen & royal family will first go to St. Pauls cathedral for a service, then Mansion House for a reception (Lord Mayor of the City of London’s House) then on to WESTMINSTER HALL where the lunch will be and where TOM SHELDON (my brother in law) will be sitting next to Her Majesty and giving the speech. Everything that day is being televised and Tom is being interviewed just BEFORE THE LUNCH at Westminster Hall, by the BBC and ITV.
      On SUNDAY 3rd June, THE RIVER PAGEANT with 1,000 boats up the Thames, Tom and my sister Julie will be on the boat called the WILLIAM B. (They may re-name it Thomas Moore, but I think still William b….) it will be decorated in the banners and flags of The Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London. The boat is in the ROYAL SQUADRON section of the procession. julie will be wearing a YELLOW JACKET and black hat (abit like a bumblebee!)
      The Mercers also have a shallop rowing boat, called the ALICE WHITTINGTON, which will be in the man powered section of the flotilla, infront of the Royal Squadron section. Really hope American TV will be covering the events!
      God bless you Nigel+

***** Date: Sat, 26 May 2012
From: Terry Graves
Subject: Prayer Table Report – St. James’ Parish, Lake George Village

Jamie Beecher and Terry Graves manned the Prayer Table – for Friday, May 25, 2012 – Weather Fine and Sunny – 4.30 pm

Prayers for: Jennifer asked to pray for her Grandfather Peter (wooden cross)

Four People passed by – no thank you

Deni asked to pray for her parents, Rositsa and Dancho in Bulgaria because of an earthquake there (two wooden crosses)

Henry asked to pray for Lawrence who has ALS disease (a wooden cross)

One man in a motorized chair – didn’t stop

A man asked to pray for everybody

Susan asked to pray for her Brother Fred (a wooden cross)

Deb asked to pray for Olivia who has been abused by her Father

Mary asked for prayers for Eric and Richard who are Confirmands on Pentecost Sunday

A young man walked by – no thank you –

Aaron asked for prayers for his Mother Marilyn

In Christ, Best, Terry

*****Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sat, 26 May 2012
From: ro
Subject: Fw: Request for prayer
      Hi Guys, This Request came in from Ivan and Sandra Durneen late last night; Lets Storm the gates of heaven for this couple! !
      The Lord Bess all of you Real Good! Ronnie’O
Original Message
Hi Ronnie
      A dear friend of ours Linda (who lives in the South of England) and who has had ongoing health problems, has just been told by her neurologist that it is likely she has motor/neurons disease. While at this stage the neurologist cannot be 100% sure Linda is terrified at the prospect and she and her husband Clive are finding it hard to cope. She has been in touch this evening and asked for prayer support of Willowfield Prayer Partners.
      Can we please pray for the Lord’s peace for Linda and Clive as they come to terms with the situation and for courage for Linda as she fights this illness. Also for the Lord’s healing touch on Linda. Linda is convinced that prayer support will give her the strength to cope.
      Thanks Ronnie, Regards, Ivan & Sandra

Albany Intercessor


A Prayer for Pentecost: Thomas Traherne – Fill Me with the Riches of Thy Glory

May 27, 2012

From our August 2004 Archives, originally posted by Fr. Al Kimel at Pontifications

A Great Prayer for Renewal: Fill Me with the Riches of Thy Glory

It’s been awhile since I’ve stolen any prayers from the Pontifications blog. This one is eminently worth stealing and reposting here!
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O Thou who ascendedst up on high, and ledst captivity captive, and gavest gifts unto men, as after Thy ascension into heaven Thou didst send Thy Holy Spirit down upon Thine Apostles in the form of a rushing mighty wind, and in the shape of cloven fiery tongues; send down the Holy Ghost upon me: Breathe upon me, inspire me, quicken me, illuminate me, enflame me, fill me with the Spirit of God; that I may overflow with praises and thanksgivings as they did. Fill me with the riches of Thy glory, that Christ may dwell in my heart by faith, that I being rooted and grounded in Love may speak the wonderful Works of God. Let me be alive unto them: let me see them all, let me feel them all, let me enjoy them all: that I may admire the greatness of Thy love unto my soul, and rejoice in communion with Thee for evermore. How happy, O Lord, am I, who am called to a communion with God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, in all their works and ways, in all their joys, in all their, treasures, in all their glory! Who have such a Father, having in Him the Fountain of Immortality, Rest and Glory, and the joy of seeing Him creating all things for my sake! Such a Son, having in Him the means of peace and felicity, and the joy of seeing Him redeeming my soul, by His sufferings on the cross, and doing all things that pertain to my salvation between the Father and me: Such a Spirit and such a Comforter dwelling in me to quicken, enlighten, and enable me, and to awaken all the powers of my soul that night and day the same mind may be in me that was in Christ Jesus!

Thomas Traherne


Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

May 26, 2012

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 26, 2012, 9:25 – 10:35 a.m. Deacon Howard Smith and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

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

Albany St.

+ Simya – joyful 6 year old, we practiced praying together, Joy of the Lord

+++ Valerie (Simya’s mother) money issues ad Simya’s brothers – Isaiah and Damian (1 year old)

+ Tracy – young man – for his family

++++ Amelia and her daughter (also named Amelia) – she prayed blessing on us and the neighborhood. Was carrying her bible with her..

Praise report from the 5/18 Praise and Prayer service: A woman came for prayer and her hearing was restored!

State St.

+Tony (young man) — “To get through this day.”

+Nathan, +Timonia, +Tylasha, +Halasaj, and +Teddy (5 children around ages 8 to 11)

+Natali (woman) — “I really need a job.”

+Louis — “Father God and Jesus are in my heart.” He goes to a Spanish language congregation at State Street Presbyterian Church. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to fill him up.

+Charlie (man — last year on a cold day he went to Guyanese restaurant up the street and brought me back a take-out meal of warm Roti (bread) and curried chicken.)

Man going by on a bike with a small boom box hanging from the handle bars — “Say a prayer for me.”

+Nicole — She gave many heavy burdens to Jesus (family, job, etc.)

Man on the other side of the street called out “Pray that I will make it through this day’s work.”

+Jew (young woman) — “Sickness and stress.” She also took a cross for her +daughter.

Steve — We prayed for protection from any more accidents to his hands. He is having knee surgery in June.

+Okaya (young boy) — “For my mother +Tiffany.”

Man rushing by held out his cross for us to see that he is still visibly wearing it.

+Hank — He is disabled. In the 1980s he took out a higher education loan of $1,000 and then was disabled and people told him he didn’t need to repay the load. This turned out not to be true and he has thus far $14,000 on the interest on the loan and still is not able to get free of it.

+Shawn — “My mother died a couple of months ago. I’m trying to keep my job and stay out of jail. I’ve been praying a lot lately.”

+Dean — He asked for a really powerful prayer and I prayed that God would really “sock it to him.”

+Churala (man) — “Wisdom.”


Matthew 9:18-26 and Sunday School Lesson

May 26, 2012

While he spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” (Matthew 9:18 )
Jesus, come lay your hand on every member of our families — especially those who are spiritually dead.

So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did his disciples. (Matthew 9:19)
Jesus, thank you for your willingness to come into our lives. Send your disciples into our lives and our families’ lives.

And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of his garment. (Matthew 9:20)
Holy Spirit, move the hearts of all those women who have menstrual problems to reach out and touch Jesus.

For she said to herself, “If only I may touch his garment, I shall be made well.” (Matthew 9:21)
Father, we trust that all those who reach out to Jesus in faith will find healing.

But Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. (Matthew 9:22)
Jesus, thank you for those words of encouragement that you speak to us and the healing you bring us.

When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, (Matthew 9:23)
Jesus, there is often so much noise and confusion in our lives and in our homes — bring your peac into our homes.

He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. (Matthew 9:24)
Holy Spirit, please help each of us overcome ridicule as Jesus did and go forward in faith to heal and proclaim the good news of the kingdom.

But when the crowd was put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. (Matthew 9:25)
Jesus, take us and every member of our families by the hand so that we may arise to new life in you. Please wake your sleeping church that appears dead.

And the report of this went out into all that land. (Matthew 9:26)
Father, let the report of what Jesus is doing among us go far and wide. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me with thanksgiving.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 32, May 27, 2012
Theme Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Ps. 104:25-32;Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; John 14:5-18
Memory Verse: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 )
Next Week: Faith in Action Sunday: Ps. 93; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-16

A word received: I want to build you into the church I want. I AM the foundation and cornerstone. Look to me — let me build you up by my Holy Spirit and my word.

Gospel: John 14: 5-18

A word received for the Father: I long for my disciples to have the same desire Philip did — to know me and to see me. I long for disciples who will know (because of their relationship with me) that they have not been left as orphans.

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 12:4-13

(verse 7) A word received from the Holy Spirit: I want to be shown forth in your life so that the whole Body of Chirst is built up. You are not your own: you wre bought and paid for at a price — a great price. Use my gifts for kingdom purposes.

Acts 2:1-11

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1 NKJV)

A word received: I want you to come together in one accord as these disciples did. Leave your divisions behind you and see what I will do.

Psalm: Ps. 104:25,

(verse 29) A word received: Seek after my Holy Spirit and the new life I offer.

(verse 31) A word received: Pray for my glory to shine forth as light for the whole world.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * –; Ezek. 36:22-27: Eph. 6:10-24: Matt. 9:18-26
Eve of Pentecost: –: * 33; Exod. 19:3-8a,16-20: 1 Pet. 2:4-10
The Day of Pentecost: 118 * 145; Deut. 16:9-12: Acts 4:18-21,23-33: John 4:19-26
HC: 104:25-37 or 104:25-32 or 33:12-15,18-22; Acts 2:1-11 or Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 or Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23 or John 14:8-17

Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (104:25-37 or 104:25-32 or 33:12-15,18-22; Acts 2:1-11 or Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 or Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23 or John 14:8-17).

***** Date: Fri, 25 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote.
Invite Jesus to “your” pity party…

Albany Intercessor


Sons of David

May 26, 2012

2 Samuel 3:2-5 (NIV)

Sons were born to David in Hebron:

His firstborn was Amnonthe son of Ahinoamof Jezreel;

his second, Kileab the son of Abigailthe widow of Nabal of Carmel;

the third, Absalomthe son of Maakah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;

the fourth, Adonijahthe son of Haggith;

the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;

and the sixth, Ithream the son of David’s wife Eglah.

These were born to David in Hebron.

Amnon–faithful
Kileab–like the father, entirely the father
Absalom–father is peace
Adonijah–my lord is YAHWEH
Shephatiah–God is my judge
Ithream–excellence of the people

Hebron–alliance

O Lord,
You are a faithful Father.  You are a God of justice and peace.    We honor You.  We thank You that by the virtue of His Blood shed for us, we can come into Your presence under the covenant of Jesus.  Amen.


Ephesians 5:6=10

May 25, 2012

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:6)
      Lord Jesus, the deceiver is at work in your church and is leading many astray. Have mercy on us and help walk in your footsteps.

Therefore do not be partakers with them. (Ephesians 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us resist every temptation to join in with those who deceive your saints.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to lead us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation.

(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), (Ephesians 5:9)
      Holy Father, produce those good fruit in our lives that will please you: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, godliness, and self-control (see Galatians 5:22-23).

finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:10)
      Holy Spirit, give us discernment to know what is pleasing in your sight and give us grace to do it. Disciple us each day and help us heed your words of guidance. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your strength — look to me.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Jer. 31:27-34: Eph. 5:1-20: Matt. 9:9-17
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * –; Ezek. 36:22-27: Eph. 6:10-24: Matt. 9:18-26
Eve of Pentecost: –: * 33; Exod. 19:3-8a,16-20: 1 Pet. 2:4-10

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (104:25-37 or 104:25-32 or 33:12-15,18-22; Acts 2:1-11 or Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 or Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23 or John 14:8-17).

***** I strongly recommend the book Miraculous Movments by Jerry Trusdale © 2012. It is in paperback and Kindle. While the theme of the book is the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who are turning to Jesus, the real focus of the book is on how to effectively disciple non-Christians and bring them into a living relationship with Jesus where they will lead others to Christ. It is one of the most exciting books Jean and I have read in several years. Torre

***** Date: Thu, 24 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” (Matthew 8:7)
Any questions?

Albany Intercessor


Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

May 25, 2012

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 24, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Richard Barratiere and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

+Patrick — “For my family.”

Dan — He asked prayer for peace in the evening meal. He had already had to throw out two guys who were drunk and argumentative. We prayed for him for strength and wisdom.

+Lowell — “I got into the program (at Schenectady City Mission) as a candidate.” He gave thanks for God answering his prayer last week to get into the long-term program. We prayed for steadiness while he waits for the next class to start.

Richard — We prayed that his wife Sophia would be up to coming to church with him and his son on Sunday mornings (she works very late Saturday nights).

Filicia — Her husband left her a year ago and he is with someone else now. She asked prayer to release the tension. [After she left the prayer table we prayed that she would be set free from occult practices.]

+Chuck and his little boy +Cody — Chuck was on his way to an NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meeting. We prayed that he would be set free from drugs.

Peter — He came to give thanks to God for all the answered prayer for his family and the family business. He and his wife and been praising God for the way his brothers have been praying more and more.

+June and +Arlene — DSS has agreed to provide a truck for June to move next month. June asked prayer for a 20-year old health care worker who did not want to hear about Jesus. June asked prayer for Jim and Sue as they move into the new apartment. Arlene gave thanks that she has found a wonderful church. She asked prayer for her son whose best friend from the second grade on tried to kill himself last week. Arlene asked prayer for a restoration of the relationship with her son. Arlene asked prayer for a friend and her family.


Apologies… hit a blogging roadblock

May 24, 2012

Hi friends,
apologies but it may not be possible to complete the entries I’d planned for the final few days of the 10 days of Global Prayer blogging series here in the lead up to the Global Day of Prayer on Sunday.

Extreme busyness / a lot of unforeseen work issues and tasks have totally stolen my time today, and look to keep me offline the next 48 hours too.

Please do make sure to check out the Global Day of Prayer resources and join together with others in praying for a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit in our generation this Pentecost Sunday!

We’ll continue with more prayers for the unreached nations and peoples of the 10-40 window in the days following Pentecost too, so we will pray for Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan as planned, just not on the dates we’d expected!


Zechariah 4:1-10

May 24, 2012

(Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.

Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. (Zechariah 4:1)
      Awaken us, Lord, out of the slumber we are in. Renew in us the fire of your Holy Spirit to share the gospel and make disciples.

And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?” (Zechariah 4:2-4)
      Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to respond.

Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” (Zechariah 4:5)
      Jesus, speak to us — speak to our hearts.

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)
      Holy Spirit, we keep doing the same stupid stuff over and over again because we depend upon our own stremgth. Help us daily turn to you for your might and power.

‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”‘” (Zechariah 4:7)
      Father, the mountains of challenges and troubles that rise up before us seem so high, but with you help and guidance we can find the way through them.

Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: (Zechariah 4:8 )
      Father, let your living word come to us.

“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. (Zechariah 4:9)
      Jesus, make us into a temple of praise.

For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.” (Zechariah 4:10)
      Father, we pray for your little ones — for the lost and the least — help us repent of ever despising your little ones. Please give us shepherds hearts to go and seek them out.

A word received: Don’t be afraid.

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Zech. 4:1-14: Eph.4:17-32: Matt. 9:1-8
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Jer. 31:27-34: Eph. 5:1-20: Matt. 9:9-17

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (104:25-37 or 104:25-32 or 33:12-15,18-22; Acts 2:1-11 or Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 or Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23 or John 14:8-17).

***** I strongly recommend the book Miraculous Movments by Jerry Trusdale © 2012. It is in paperback and Kindle. While the theme of the book is the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who are turning to Jesus, the real focus of the book is on how to effectively disciple non-Christians and bring them into a living relationship with Jesus where they will lead others to Christ. It is one of the most exciting books Jean and I have read in several years. Torre

***** Date: Wed, 23 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      The band aid is ripped off again and again. Until we notice that there is no wound under it. In fact we notice that the wound is healed.

Albany Intercessor


Praying for Egypt – ELECTIONS TODAY!

May 23, 2012

We will be posting some more general prayer requests and links to prayer resources for Egypt later today.  But there are Presidential elections today in Egypt, which are of huge significance for the future of the country.

Here’s a brief summary from a helpful BBC article (there’s a video too):

Egyptians are voting in their first free presidential election, 15 months after ousting Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring uprising.

Fifty million people are eligible to vote, and large queues have formed at some polling stations.

The military council which assumed presidential power in February 2011 has promised a fair vote and civilian rule.

The election pits Islamists against secularists, and revolutionaries against Mubarak-era ministers.

But the BBC’s Wyre Davies, in the second city of Alexandria, says that for many people the election is not about religious dogma or party politics, but about who can put food on the table.

The frontrunners are:

  • Ahmed Shafiq, a former commander of the air force and briefly prime minister during February 2011 protests
  • Amr Moussa, who has served as foreign minister and head of the Arab League
  • Mohammed Mursi, who heads Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party
  • Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh, an independent Islamist candidate

Until a new constitution is approved it is unclear what powers the president will have, prompting fears of friction with a military which seems determined to retain its powerful position.

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Heavenly Father,

We pray for peace in Egypt today, that the elections would be smooth and free, not marred by violence or corruption.  We pray that the outcome would bring blessing to the people of Egypt.  We pray  especially that the outcome of the elections would lead to a reduction of religious tensions and strife, that Egypt’s Christians would be able to live in peace and proclaim their faith in Christ in freedom.  Lord, open a wide door for the proclamation of the Gospel in Egypt, and bring many to trust in You, we pray in Christ’s mighty name.  Amen.

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This entry is part of our “praying for the nations” blog series in preparation for the Global Day of Prayer 2012.


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