I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (Romans 11:1-5)
Thank you, LORD, that down through the ages you have always preserved a faithful remnant that has never bowed the knee to the idolatry of their times. Thank you for preserving that faithful remnant in the Episcopal Church and in this diocese. Help us to be steady in you.
And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. (Romans 11:6)
Jesus, thank you for your grace. Thank you that our very lives and this diocese are preserved by your grace and mercy. There is nothing we can boast of as our doing — it is all your grace and mercy. Thank you.
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Joshua 2:1-14: Rom. 11:1-12 Matt. 25:1-13
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Joshua 2:15-24: Rom. 11:13-24: Matt. 25:14-30
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Healing update
Dateline: Saturday 7/14/12 New Milford Ct. We had an amazing conference yesterday. Full church with 263 people at the first Congregational church. This conference was for the Oratory of the a little Way. The other key note speaker, Dr. John Murphy, a catholic neurologist and CEO of the Danbury Hospital is on a committee at Lourdes to qualify Miracles. He was a very good speaker. He spoke of the overlap of medicine and miracles and gave powerful examples of what miracles are happening at Lourdes. We spent the afternoon praying for healing. What a powerful day. My heart was strangely warmed. Thanks be to God. One day I shall visit Lourdes. Blessings and encouragement, Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: A miracle at Christ the King
Dateline: Sept 2011 Sunday healing service CTK
Michael Christopher a miracle.
Michael and Michele a young couple came to a Sunday evening healing service in September 2011. They were both totally devastated by the recent medical news they had just been given. I remember the presenting issue as we all were hit by what this couple had to say. Michele was one month pregnant and had been told that she had a serious heart disease. She was told to abort her child as her heart would not be able to support the strain of pregnancy. She was put on a heart transplant waiting list. The prognosis was very grim indeed. The imminent death of a baby and the very strong possibility of the death of the mother. We laid hands on this loverly couple and prayed for dear life. Both that of the child and the mother. The very next day at the doctors office, there was significant improvement of Michele’s heart!
Michael Christopher was born in June a day before his due date! He is perfect. Immediately after his birth Michele asked for her heart medicine. The nurse told her that she no longer needed the medication as her heart was healed!
On Sunday July 8th at Christ the King I had the privilege of baptizing Michael Christopher with I might add, copious tears running down my face. Now thats what I call a miracle. Thanks be to God, a “twofer” for Jesus. Michele told the story to the congregation after the baptism giving all the credit to the healing of her heart and the birth of her child to Jesus and the miracle at CTK.
To God be the glory. Fr. Nigel Mumford-+
***** Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2012
From: Deacon Larry Hubert
Subject: Christ Church Schenectady, State St.
+Roberta — health for family
+Robert — job
+Vic — guidance
Bicham — good life, job, family. Pray for joy in his life, directions
Mohawk — for protection, for gentleness and causing to fight to keep each. To have an insight on the lives of people in Schenectady
For housing for the homeless in the street, for God to show forth his love to those whose lives are troubled. To show them how great a worth they have in God’s kingdom.
Bill — for heart for healing, to follow this to go for help to hospital if needed. Pray that God will walk close to him supply all his needs.
Shartas — fo be able to visit his son on a regular basis, has not seen him in a couple of monght. For the judge to give him regular visits.