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

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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.


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