A door wide open

October 28, 2012

Revelation 3:6-8 (AMP)

6 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches).

7 And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open:

8 I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name.

Father in heaven,
We know that this message was for a different church in a different place in a different time. Yet, the ten orthodox bishops who have been found guilty of misconduct by the Episcopal Church heirarchy also have little power, also have kept Your word, and also have guarded Your message. They have not renounced or denied Your name. We cry out, set before them a door wide open which no one is able to shut.
Your Son Jesus is the Holy One and the True One. Jesus has the key of David, and He is the Way. Open a door wide and open the eyes of Mark, Peter, Maurice, John, Paul, William, Bruce, Daniel, Edward, and James to walk through it. Amen.


Storm-Surge Projections are worsening.

October 28, 2012

I’m dismayed to see the latest CERA storm surge forecast for the NY Metro area.  Reds on the map – that weren’t there yesterday.  The situation is worsening.  See the two images below to compare and contrast.

TODAY:

YESTERDAY:

Heavenly Father, You CAN do all things. You could turn this storm, weaken it, or change the timing so it does not come in at high tide. Father we would ask for these mercies, yet we know that sometimes in Your mercy You discipline us in order to lead us to repentance. Turn our hearts to You Father. We need that as much as we need You to turn the storm. Father give comfort today. Lead people to safety. Lord, You have promised that “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.”  Be with all who are facing this flooding Lord.  Strengthen the weak and the needy, we pray in Jesus name. Amen.

Here’s the link to the excellent Hurricane Litany Prayer I posted yesterday.

For those in the threatened areas: Please PREPARE TODAY, and please pay close attention to the NHC, your local weather bureau office, and emergency officials.  For all others reading this, please PRAY!


The latest info on potential storm surge from Hurricane Sandy

October 28, 2012

Here, from well-respected tropical weather meteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters, is an updated analysis of Hurricane Sandy’s Storm Surge potential for the New York City Area as of 8 a.m. EDT Sunday:

Last night’s 9:30 pm EDT H*Wind analysis from NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division put the destructive potential of Sandy’s winds at a modest 2.6 on a scale of 0 to 6. However, the destructive potential of the storm surge was exceptionally high: 5.7 on a scale of 0 to 6. This is a higher destructive potential than any hurricane observed between 1969 – 2005, including Category 5 storms like Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Camille, and Andrew. The previous highest destructive potential for storm surge was 5.6 on a scale of 0 to 6, set during Hurricane Isabel of 2003. Sandy is now forecast to bring a near-record storm surge of 6 – 11 feet to Northern New Jersey and Long Island Sound, including the New York City Harbor.

This storm surge has the potential to cause many billions of dollars in damage if it hits near high tide at 9 pm EDT on Monday. The full moon is on Monday, which means astronomical high tide will be about 5% higher than the average high tide for the month. This will add another 2 – 3″ to water levels. Fortunately, Sandy is now predicted to make a fairly rapid approach to the coast, meaning that the storm surge will not affect the coast for multiple high tide cycles. Sandy’s storm surge will be capable of overtopping the flood walls in Manhattan, which are only five feet above mean sea level. On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought a storm surge of 4.13′ to Battery Park on the south side of Manhattan. The waters poured over the flood walls into Lower Manhattan, but came 8 – 12″ shy of being able to flood the New York City subway system. According to the latest storm surge forecast for NYC from NHC, Sandy’s storm surge is expected to be several feet higher than Irene’s. If the peak surge arrives near Monday evening’s high tide at 9 pm EDT, a portion of New York City’s subway system could flood, resulting in billions of dollars in damage. I give a 50% chance that Sandy’s storm surge will end up flooding a portion of the New York City subway system.

Here’s the title on this morning’s 8 a.m. NHC public advisory update on Hurricane Sandy:

…SANDY EXPECTED TO BRING LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE FLOODING TO THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST…INCLUDING LONG ISLAND SOUND AND NEW YORK HARBOR…WINDS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR HURRICANE FORCE AT LANDFALL…

And here are the possible storm surge totals noted in that NHC advisory:

 

STORM SURGE...THE COMBINATION OF AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE
FLOODED BY RISING WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH
TIDE:

NC SOUTH OF SURF CITY...1 TO 3 FT
NC NORTH OF SURF CITY INCLUDING PAMLICO/ALBEMARLE SOUNDS...4 TO 6 FT
SE VA AND DELMARVA INCLUDING LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY...2 TO 4 FT
UPPER AND MIDDLE CHESAPEAKE BAY...1 TO 2 FT
LONG ISLAND SOUND AND RARITAN BAY INCLUDING NEW YORK HARBOR...6 TO 11 FT
ELSEWHERE FROM OCEAN CITY MD TO THE CT/RI BORDER...4 TO 8 FT
CT/RI BORDER TO THE SOUTH SHORE OF CAPE COD INCLUDING BUZZARDS BAY...3 TO 5 FT

SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE...AND CAN VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES.
GIVEN THE LARGE WIND FIELD ASSOCIATED WITH SANDY...ELEVATED WATER LEVELS COULD SPAN MULTIPLE TIDE CYCLES RESULTING IN REPEATED AND
EXTENDED PERIODS OF COASTAL AND BAYSIDE FLOODING.  IN ADDITION...ELEVATED WATERS COULD OCCUR FAR REMOVED FROM THE CENTER OF SANDY.
FURTHERMORE...THESE CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SANDY IS A TROPICAL OR POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE.  FOR INFORMATION
SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

from here

You can view the potential storm surge risk for the East Coast using the interactive map from CERA (Coastal Emergency Risk Assessment).

Here’s the link to the Hurricane Litany Prayer I posted yesterday.

For those in the threatened areas: Please PREPARE TODAY, and please pay close attention to the NHC, your local weather bureau office, and emergency officials.  For all others reading this, please PRAY!


Isaiah, Ezekiel, and 2 Chronicles

October 28, 2012

Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. (Isaiah 59:14)
      Have mercy on us, Lord, for righteousness stands afar off from the Episcopal Church. Protect the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of South Carolina and all your other faithful dioceses and people.

So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. (Isaiah 59:15a)
      Jesus, those who are faithful to you and your word are being attacked — have mercy on them.

Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. (Isaiah 59:15b)
      LORD, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church call evil good and good evil; have mercy on us.

He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore his own arm brought salvation for him; and his own righteousness, it sustained him. (Isaiah 59:16)
      Holy Spirit, raise up many to join with Jesus in interceding for the Church.

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30)
      Jesus, please call many to stand in the gap and intercede for this nation. Help them by your Holy Spirit to heed your call.

“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)
      Jesus, we bear your name — help us to humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways so that you will hear and forgive our sins and heal this land. Thank you.

A word received: Praise me. Praise me in the hard times as well as the good.

A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation. Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways. Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice. Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment. Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Ecclus. 18:19-33: 1 Cor. 10:15-24: Matt. 18:15-20
HC: Mark 10:46-52; Hebrews 5:12-6:1,9-12; Isaiah 59:(1-4)9-19 Psalm 13
Monday: 41,52 * 44; Ecclus. 19:4-17: Rev. 11:1-14: Luke 11:14-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Cathedral Prayer Table, Wednesday October 24, 2012 Candy Palumbo, Jana Lingo and Dcn.Plaske, We put our sign out at 8:30AM that there would be a prayer table at Noon.

Max – Stopped by to give thanks to God for answered prayer. He received
plane tickets to return to his home in Nevada. Prayers for safe travel
Dave – Prayers for family, friends and congregation of Trinity for Blessing and Health.
Torika – for her son Savion, for relief from Asthma. A job for Torika and Improved health.
Sharon – We prayed for Jim, Tareka and James. For Socks (the missing cat)
Jana – thanksgiving for answered prayer for Mom. Also prayers for a project that she has received at work, that she would be able to find an answer.
Happy Birthday to Jonelle. We said a Birthday Prayer (Jana’s Mom)
Loretta – Prayer for her family, for the Lord’s Blessing and intervention.
Jackie – Her sister passed away 2 weeks ago for comfort.
Candy – for Michael to continue to live without cigarettes.
Paul – for Briana a 4 yr old with Asthma.
Beth – for the Lord’s grace and will during her upcoming appts.
Joseph – Good to be walking with the Lord. PTL.

Albany Intercessor


40 days for life

October 28, 2012

I was a stranger and you invited me in.

Have mercy, Lord. We have not taken the least of these in, and we have done it to You.

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.

Have mercy, Lord. We have denied the least of these, and we have denied You.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.

Have mercy, Lord. We have not given our lives for the least of these, and we have not given our lives for You.

I am the life.

Have mercy, Lord. We have not been good stewards of the precious gifts You have granted us.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Matthew 25:35-40, Matthew 7:12, John 15:13, John 14:6


Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

October 28, 2012

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 27, 2012, 9:15 – 10:35 a.m. Bob Baker and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates received an anointing with Holy Water

Albany St.

+Eva — To have success in life.

+Jemal — Worked all day and didn’t get paid — for provision

++Jerome — For Tanya. her son was killed last night

A group of friends of Tanya’s son and children came for prayer:
Lahkee — For friends and family
ChickenMom
+Itie — For blessings
Joe — He said, “No one has ever prayed for me before!”
+Junior — For the parents and dead friend

State St.

+Lionel — “Struggles with son”

+a Mike — “For my family”

Mark — He asked prayer that more men (and clergymen) will be willing to go into the prisons and do ministry.

Fr. Brad — He asked prayer for Tony who came to him this week and was distraught.

+a Gerald — He confessed his sins weeping and accepted God’s forgiveness. He is moving to Catskill this coming week.

Torre — He thanked God for the ministry of Dennis Adams in North Carolina who makes the crosses. Torre just got another shipment of 400 crosses from Dennis and wished that Dennis could see the joy and tears with which people received the crosses.

+a Debra (regular) — She is still having hip pain from being struck by a car a couple of years ago. She asked prayer for Miss Mary who just had an operation and for Mr. Willie.

+Charles and +Nicale (in a rush for an appointment)

+a Sean — He asked prayer “for my daughter Cameron.”

Bob and Torre — We gave thanks for all those who support the ministry of the Schenectady City Mission.

Steve — We prayed for healing of a cold sore.

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

+Cherie and +Michelah (teen age girls) — They asked prayer for “safety.” We prayed that they would avoid situations that would put them in danger.

Two young men walked by; the first said, “No,” to receiving prayer but the second, +a Joshua (young man) — He asked prayer for “peace on earth.” We prayed that he would be a man of peace and have peace in his heart. We were really struck by his willingness to ask for prayer and resist peer pressure when his friend had first said, “No.”

Paula (regular) — There was a four generation gathering of her family in New York City this past week. It was a time of great joy, especially for the great grandmother.

+a Darcel (Paula’s cousin) — She was still grieving over the death of her companion of 41 years, Harry, last month. We prayed for the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.

+a Davan (young man) — “Safety”


Sandy’s windfield – this is a MASSIVE storm

October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy’s tropical storm windfield now extend out 520 miles from the center of the storm – making it one of the largest Atlantic tropical cyclones on record, and I believe it is still expected to get even bigger.

Here’s an official NHC graphic below. WOW.


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