John 8:12

December 31, 2012

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
      Jesus, please help us follow you so that we may walk in your light.

      Holy Spirit, direct our steps day by day.

      Holy Father, please help us daily make the choice to follow Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Look to me daily for light.

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley.

Dec. 31: 46, 48 * –; Isa. 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: –; * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6
Holy Name, Jan. 1: 103 * 148; Gen. 17:1-12a, 15-16; Col. 2:6-12; John 16:23b-30

Albany Intercessor


John 1:1-5

December 30, 2012

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2)
      Jesus, please help us make a new beginning with you. Do a work of repentance and renewal in us so that we start the new year clearn and fresh with you.

All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
      Lord, we are your own creation, we are stamped with your image — help us give ourselves freely to you. (See Matthew 22:15-22, the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.)

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
      Jesus, help us see by your light and enter into the new life you offer us.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)
      Lord Jesus Christ, let the light of your Holy Spirit shine forth in our lives and drive the darkness away.

      Father, let the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit bring us to new life in Jesus. Thank you.

      I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley

First Sunday after Christmas; 93, 96 * 34; Isa. 62:6-7,10-12; Heb. 2:10-18; Matt. 1:18-25
First Sunday      147      Isaiah 61:10—62:3
after Christmas       or 147:13-21      Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
            John 1:1-18
Dec. 31: 46, 48 * –; Isa. 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: –; * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 29, 2012, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Carol MacNaughton and Torre Bissell on State St. and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

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

State St.

STEVE (regular) — We prayed for blessings and that he would go forward step by step.

a BILL (regular) — We prayed for protection from seizures and for companionship. He asked prayers for ROSE and BARBARA.

+JOHN — He asked prayer for health.

JACKIE and TOM — “Hit and Run” prayer

+++ JANICE (woman) — We prayed that she would speak to others of God’s love. She took crosses to give out to others.

+a PARM (young man) — We prayed that he would grow into the manhood that God had for him.

++DAN — He asked for crosses to pass out. We prayed for his headache.

+a DEBRA — She was in tears: her daughter had dropped the duaghter’s 20 year old son on her and cursed her out when she said she needed to take him back. Debra has only a one-bedroom apartment and the daughter has a three-bedroom apartment. The daughter had sent Debra several abusive text messages. Debra announced that she wanted to leave the problem with Jesus and deleted all the messages from her cell phone.

We prayed for a WOMAN walking by muttering and talking to herself. We saw her last week as well.

a MOSES — He is still dry and sober. We prayed for continued sobriety.

+a RAYMOND — He asked prayer that his Social Security money would start to come in January 1st.

+a DENETIN (man) — “I need prayer.” We prayed he would be God’s man.
+a KEVIN (man) — We prayed he would be God’s man and that God would strengthen him. These two men came together for prayer.

Albany St.

LADIMA (girl walking by) — Sent blessings for the day.

+ CHANECY (man just released from prison Dec. 12th) — He asked prayer for protection and to stay strong during parole.

Prayed for BLACK — man walking by, sent blessings for the day.

Gentleman walking by in red coat.

RICHIE and KEISHA (wife) — They asked prayer for KEYSHON (15 year old son) and for daily blessings. Richie was released from prison, out 20 months. Prayers for protection, that he would stay clean, and for family. He is coming out with a book in April: Prison Lessons He asked for a church and gave his phone number and lives in Rotterdam. [Intercessor was uncomfortable with him and felt something wasn’t right so we have not followed up with a phone call.]

Albany Intercessor


John 7:37-39

December 29, 2012

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (John 7:37)
      Jesus, I come to you thirsty for more of you in my life; help me drink deeply of you.

He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38 )
      Holy Spirit, let the river flow!

But this he spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)
      Father, you have glorified your son Jesus and he now sits at your right hand, help all who believe in him receive the full power and anointing of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your peace.

Dec. 29: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; Isa. 12:1-6; Rev. 1:1-8; John 7:37-52
First Sunday after Christmas; 93, 96 * 34; Isa. 62:6-7,10-12; Heb. 2:10-18; Matt. 1:18-25
First Sunday      147      Isaiah 61:10—62:3
after Christmas       or 147:13-21      Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
            John 1:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, December 29 The Rev’d Dr. Gary Kriss

***** December 28, 2012 Urbana Missions Conference Prayer Request
SAMS Messenger
      May you and your family be filled to overflowing with the joy of Jesus this Christmastide! Today is the first full day of the Urbana Student Missions Conference. I encourage you to lift up to the Lord the participants and our SAMS Team here in St. Louis. There are approximately 17,000 university students here, many of whom are seeking the Lord’s will for their next steps in vocation. Our SAMS Team desires to help students connect where God is calling.

Albany Intercessor


God’s Mercy

December 28, 2012

By William Langland (?1330-1400), from The Book Concerning Piers the Plowman (the B text, translated by Donald Attwater)

And all the wickedness in this world
That man might work or think
Is no more to the mercy of God
Than a live coal in the sea.


Matthew 2:16-18

December 28, 2012

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.” (Matthew 2:16-18 )
      Holy Spirit, give us hearts like Rachel’s to weep and lament for all the innocents who are daily put to death.

      Father, you know what it is to have your own child killed; comfort all those parents who grieve over the untimely death of their children.

      Jesus, even at the last minute you brought peace and comfort to the dying thief on the cross beside you. Comfort and bring into your kingdom all those who turn to you, even at the last minutes of their lives. Thank you.

A word received: I AM the One who gives the increase.

Holy Innocents, December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18
Dec. 29: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; Isa. 12:1-6; Rev. 1:1-8; John 7:37-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 27, 2012, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.. Torre Jean Bissell, 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
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water

+ Woman with diabetes and depression who had a full right knee replacement three weeks ago. She wants to get back to work quickly. She doesn’t like sitting alone in her apartment.

+a Richard — He has come back to the mission after falling apart spiritually and physically. Pray that his body will be quickly cleansed of the cocaine, pot, and alcohol he consumed this past week. He is determined to stay connected with the fellowship now and do whatever he has to do to get on the right track with Jesus. He has learned that he needs to reach out to others for help in time of need.

+a Corey (man) — We prayed that he will be God’s man.

+a Reggie (man) — We prayed that he would speak God’s word to those who need to hear it.

a Charlie — His housing situation is good and he is making progress.

Albany Intercessor


From John 21 and 1 John 1

December 27, 2012

This he spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he said to him, “Follow Me.” Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on his breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays you?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” (John 21:19a-21)
      Jesus, help us truly heed your call to follow you, whenever and wherever you ask us to go.

      Holy Spirit, help us lay aside concerns about what others will think or say if we follow Jesus.

      Father, please help us as we follow Jesus to make your love for us known to others.

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
      Thank you, Father, for giving us your light to see by.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily have fellowship with Jesus and walk in his light.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
      Thank you, Jesus, that your blood cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8 )
      Holy Spirit, protect us and your whole church from self-deception. So many are calling good evil and evil good.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
      Jesus, please help us confess our sins to you and ask for and RECEIVE INTO OUR HEARTS YOUR FORGIVENESS SO THAT WE WILL KNOW WE ARE CLEAN. Thank you.

A word received: Put your trust in me.

St. John, December 27: 92 or 92:1-4,11-14; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24
Holy Innocents, December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18


“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 When I was a lay missionary teacher with the Order of the Holy Cross (a monastic order of the Episcopal Church) in Bolahun, Liberia (1962-1963) there were times when I traveled at night using what was called a “bush lantern” (probably what we would call a Hurricane Lantern). Those walking trips through the jungle and the verse above from Psalm 119 have become for me a model of the Christian life. The lantern didn’t give off much light, but it did give enough to show me the next step or two. Since I carried it by its wire handle, the lantern was down low next to my feet. Because the lantern was low, any bushes or grass beside the path would throw up large, frightening shadows which I would see if I took my eyes off the light at my feet. Sometimes as I approached a village, I would see the cooking fires in the distance. Their light was a reassurance that I was heading in the right direction, but was useless for seeing where to place the next step. For that I still had to rely on the light from my lantern – going a step at a time. Jesus, I want to walk as a child of the light, please help me to clearly see the next step you want me to take. Thank you.

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Update Wed 12/26/2012
Read the Bible in a Year
      At the 2012 General Convention, a resolution was passed encouraging every member of The Episcopal Church to read the Bible in its entirety over the course of 2013. The Diocese of Albany is encouraging all of its members to participate in this worthy endeavor. In order to support you in this, links are now available to various plans to read the Bible in a year, so you can choose the plan that will best help you to stay on track and finish the Bible in one year. To provide even more support in this journey, Dean David Collum and Deacon Jill Stellman of the Cathedral will be blogging about their experiences, struggles and insights while following one of the plans listed in the link below. To view information about these plans or to follow the links to them or to the Dean and/or Deacon Stellman’s blog sites, click http://www.thecathedralofallsaints.org/teaching/bible-in-a-year/ .

Albany Intercessor


Peace

December 27, 2012

By Henry Vaughan (1622-1695)

Peace
MY soul, there is a country
Far beyond the stars,
Where stands a winged sentry
All skilful in the wars:
There, above noise and danger,
Sweet Peace sits crown’d with smiles,
And One born in a manger
Commands the beauteous files.
He is thy gracious Friend,
And—O my soul, awake!—
Did in pure love descend
To die here for thy sake.
If thou canst get but thither,
There grows the flower of Peace,
The Rose that cannot wither,
Thy fortress, and thy ease.
Leave then thy foolish ranges;
For none can thee secure
But One who never changes—
Thy God, thy life, thy cure.


Good King Wenceslas

December 26, 2012

Wencesaslas was a duke in Bohemia, who went about barefoot giving alms to the poor. He was the father of the wretched. His brother plotted his assasination. The story of his life lived on, and he was posthumously made a king. Jason Mason Neale wrote this hymn centuries after his death.
St. Stephen’s day is celebrated December 26. St. Agnes was a Bohemian princess who forsook marriage to do works of charity. She founded a hospital, a friary, and a convent.

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath’ring winter fuel

“Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know’st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither.”
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind’s wild lament
And the bitter weather

“Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing


Jeremiah 26:1-9

December 26, 2012

In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the LORD, saying, (Jeremiah 26:1)
      LORD, send your word to the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church in our day.

“Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand in the court of the LORD’S house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’S house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word. (Jeremiah 26:2)
      Jesus, by the power of your Holy Spirit, raise up prophets to speak your word to us in our day. Help us hear the words you have already spoken through your prophets in the Scriptures.

Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way, that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings.’ (Jeremiah 26:3)
      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear what you are saying to the churches today.

And you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: “If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law which I have set before you, to heed the words of my servants the prophets whom I sent to you, both rising up early and sending them (but you have not heeded), then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.” ‘ “ (Jeremiah 26:4-6)
      LORD, with you there is both judgment and mercy. Help us heed the mercy of your words of warning so that we escape the judgment that comes to those who rebel against you.

So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. Now it happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You will surely die! (Jeremiah 26:7-8 )
      Jesus, the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church have reacted in like manner to those who have have spoken your word to us and they have driven many into exile from the Episcopal Church. Have mercy on us and help us repent as a church.

Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant’?” And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD. (Jeremiah 26:9)
      Holy Spirit, the question comes down to one of ownership: who does the church belong to? Does the church belong to God or to its people? One bishop in his pride and arrogance said, “The church wrote the Bible, the church can change the Bible.” Have mercy on us and help your people accept the sovereignty of Jesus over the church. Thank you.

St. Stephen, December 26: 31 or 31:1-5; Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15; Acts 6:8—7:2a,51c-60; Matthew 23:34-39
St. John, December 27: 92 or 92:1-4,11-14; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24

      Notes from the Front Line

***** PT report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), 10-11 a.m. in front of our church. Very raw, cold morning, and not many people out and about this morning. Only had four visitors today, but one stayed for a lengthy chat after prayer. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

a–denotes anointed weith Holy Oil.
tt–denotes recived wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t,a — ELIZABETH — This woman was driving on Division Street and was slowing for the traffic light when she spotted the table and wondered why it was there. She pulled into our parking lot and asked for prayer for recently departed rfriend FRANKIE, whose funeral she had just attended. We prayed for the repose of FRANKIE’s soul and for peace and faith and hope for ELIZABETH. Then she urged me to ” … go home and read Psalms 18 and 83. Ever since I started praying and using God’s name — Father — in my prayers, I have felt a closer relationship with him.”

t–FRANCESCA
— This Spanish-speaking woman is a regular at the table. She asked for comtinued prayers for her daughter ANTONIA (God knows the details), and also for herself as she is moving into a new home and wants to be safe and protected.

t,a — JOSE– He asked for prayers for safety, protection and provision.

MAN — This polite man who seemed to be in a hurry declined prayer but was pleased to take winter hats, gloves and socks. “I’m broke!” he said. “This really helps me. Thank you!”

MAN IN FLORIST VAN DRIVING BY — As he did a week ago, he tooted his horn and waved. I could see him mouth the words “Merry Christmas!”

And … a Merry Christmas to all of you from the people of St. Ann’s! —

Albany Intercessor


New Prince, New Pomp

December 25, 2012

By Robert Southwell
FROM St. Peter’s Complaint, newly augmented, [c. 1605]

New prince, new pomp

Behold, a seely tender babe
In freezing winter night
In homely manger trembling lies,—
Alas, a piteous sight!
The inns are full, no man will yield
This little pilgrim bed,
But forced he is with seely beasts
In crib to shroud his head.
Despise him not for lying there,
First, what he is enquire,
An orient pearl is often found
In depth of dirty mire.
Weigh not his crib, his wooden dish,
Nor beasts that by him feed;
Weigh not his mother’s poor attire
Nor Joseph’s simple weed.
This stable is a prince’s court,
This crib his chair of state,
The beasts are parcel of his pomp,
The wooden dish his plate.
The persons in that poor attire
His royal liveries wear;
The prince himself is come from heaven—
This pomp is prizëd there.
With joy approach, O Christian wight,
Do homage to thy king;
And highly prize his humble pomp
Which he from heaven doth bring.


Driving through the Mississippi Delta to worship–Advent IV

December 24, 2012

Hurtling through the vast expanse of sky and land,
Under a canopy of flying geese, geometric patterns rippling through space,
Our eyes feast on tens of thousands of fowl foraging in furrowed field.

At St. Thomas’s, we stop.

The pregnant Mary greets the pregnant Elizabeth under a canopy of angel wings,
The Ancient-come-New displaces a tsunami of living water across unseen realms,
Surging into John’s spirit, through the waters of the womb,
Overflowing, overflowing, overflowiing
In love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility, and self-control–
Prophetic patterns rippling through time,
Prophetic words displacing the old,
Prophetic actions altering the vast expanse of creation.

My husband preaches, and the eyes of our hearts see
From that first communal exultation of John and Elizabeth and Mary,
Then Ephraim the Syrian, Maximus of Turin, Ambrose, Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury,
To Alice, Elizabeth and Justin, Don, David and Rita, Hallie Gail, Dee and Laura Ann of Belzoni,
We stand together in awe.

By Jill Woodliff

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Psalm 80:1-7

December 23, 2012

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth! (Psalm 80:1)
      Jesus, please lead us and shepherd us, fold us in your arms.

Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, Stir up Your strength, And come and save us! (Psalm 80:2)
      Holy Spirit, stir up the spiritual strength of the Episcopal Church and come and save us.

Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:3)
      Father, restore you people — let your light shine forth on us.

O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry Against the prayer of Your people? (Psalm 80:4)
      O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with us — come and answer our prayers for your church and your people.

You have fed them with the bread of tears, And given them tears to drink in great measure. (Psalm 80:5)
      Jesus, we have both wept and raged about the state of your church — we have come a scorn and a derision to others.

You have made us a strife to our neighbors, And our enemies laugh among themselves. (Psalm 80:6)
      Restore us, O God of hosts; cause your. face to shine, and we shall be saved! (Psalm 80:7)

HC: 80 or 80:1-7; Micah 5:2-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-49(50-56)
Sunday: 24,; 29 * 8, 84; Isa. 42:1-12; Eph. 6:10-20; John 3:16-21
Monday: 61, 62 * 112, 115; Isa. 11:1-9; Rev. 20:1-10; John 5:30-47

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayers for Victims & Families of Newtown Shooting
Diocese of Albany
Fri 12/21/2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Please join with me this morning in holding up in our prayers all those who were tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. one week ago today, and all their families and friends whose lives have been changed for ever.
      Prayer for the children.
      O God, whose beloved Son did take little children into his arms and bless them: Give us grace, we beseech thee, to entrust these precious little children: Avielle Richman, Noah Pozner, Jessica Rekos, Jesse Lewis, Benjamin Wheeler, Emilie Parker, Caroline Previdi, Joey Gay, Jack Pinto, James Mattioli, Olivia Engel, Grace McDonnell, Chase Kowalski, Daniel Barden Charlotte Bacon, Ana Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madalyn Hsu, Catherine Hubbard and Allyson Wyatt to Thy never failing care and love, and bring us all to Thy heavenly kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
      Prayer for the principal and teachers.
      O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of these Thy servants: Dawn Hochsprung, Mary Sherlach, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel Davino and Victoria Soto, and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of Thy saints; through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
      Give rest, O Christ, to all these Thy servants with Thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.
      Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and unto earth shall we return. For so Thou didst ordain when thou createdst me, saying, “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” All we go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
      Give rest, O Christ, to these Thy servants with Thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Amen.
      Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of Your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen
      In Christ’s Love, +Bill

Albany Intercessor


Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

December 22, 2012

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 22, 2012, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Carol MacNaughton, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Cold, windy, not many out on street today.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
H–indicates received a hat
M–indicates received mittens
G–indicates received gloves
S–indicates received Scarf
Sk–indicates received socks

STEVE (regular) — Blessing and protection

++ FAZIA (woman) — We had prayed for her recently for an apartment and she came to report that she thought she would get one today. She had previously given her cross to her MOM who asked for it. We gave her 2 crosses, one for herself and one to give away.

+a BRANDON (young man) — I just got out of prison. He asked prayer that he will start on a new path.

+ NATALIE and + ROB

ANDREW asked prayer for his mom, CYMENTRA, who needs healing from depression.

ANTHONY (from the City Mission) — We blessed his witness. We told him about BRANDON and he said we should have directed him to the City Mission.

+a MARVIN — For good health

+a DURRELL (man) — He initially asked prayer for a good year. I “felt the nudge” and asked him if he had ever given his life to Jesus. He said, “No.” I asked him if he had ever thought about doing that; he said, “Yes.” I asked him if he would like to do that now and he said, “Yes.” He gave his life to Jesus and invited him into his heart. He confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness. It is always astonishing and wonderful to see someone do that.

We gave some gloves away but forgot to write down who we gave them to.


Luke 3:2-6

December 22, 2012

The word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. (Luke 3:2)
      Father, let your word come to us as well. Send your word and Spirit into all the wilderness areas in our lives.

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, (Luke 3:3)
      Jesus, bring us all to repentance and remission of our sins.

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: (Luke 3:4a)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear and respond to your witnesses.

‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make his paths straight. (Luke 3:4b)
      Fathter, give each of us a heart to prepare the way for Jesus to come into people’s hearts.

Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; (Luke 3:5)
      Jesus, through the power of your Holy Spirit, make all the crooked places in our lives straight.

And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ” (Luke 3:6)
      Father, help each of us in this diocese see and experience the salvation you brought us through your son Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me. I AM here beside you and in you.

Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isa. 10:20-27; Jude 17-25; Luke 3:1-9
Sunday: 24,; 29 * 8, 84; Isa. 42:1-12; Eph. 6:10-20; John 3:16-21
HC: 80 or 80:1-7; Micah 5:2-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-49(50-56)

      Notes from the Front Line

*****       Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 20, 2012, 5:10 – 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, 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
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water

Dan — We prayed for the Lord’s work in the lives of his three daughters and for him to know when to speak and when to be silent; and when it was time to speak, what to say.

a Peter — We prayed for his wife Connie and their baby who is due in April and for his brother George. We prayed that George would follow the Lord’s leading in parts of his life.

+a Mike, +Mary, and a Nicole (baby) — We prayed for God’s provision and protection for them.

a Ron — He is still getting the run-around from DSS on seeing his daughter Isabel, and his lawyer who is supposed to represent him said she was too busy with other clients to do anything and couldn’t be bothered.

We heard the people in the dining hall of City Mission singing, “Yes, Jesus loves me…”

+a Michael (young man) — He has bad arthritis (which runs in the family) and has trouble walking.

+a Tanya — “That God will watch over me. My friend is kicking me out [of the apartment].”

Albany Intercessor


Psalm 40:1-3

December 21, 2012

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
      Holy Spirit, give me patient endurance; hear the cry of my heart.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      Thank you for hearing me and lifting me out of the miry clay, Jesus. You are my rock; help me to only build on you.

He has put a new song in my mouth — Praise to our God; (Psalm 40:3a)
      Father, please give me songs in the night season and fill my heart and my lips with the words of your Holy Spirit.

Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3b)
      LORD, I praise you and trust you. Help me to be a living gospel by which others may come to know you. Thank you.

A word received: Keep turning to me in your pain.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isa. 10:5-19; 2 Pet. 2:17-22; Matt. 11:2-15
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isa. 10:20-27; Jude 17-25; Luke 3:1-9

Albany Intercessor


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