St. Patrick, Missionary Bishop of Ireland

January 18, 2013

Patrick (c. 387 – c. 461) was brought up as a Christian, though in no tradition of strong piety. At the age of 16 he was captured by Irish pirates and spent six years as a herdsman in Ireland. In his captivity he turned earnestly to God, and eventually received a divine message that he was to escape. He made his way to some port 200 miles away, persuaded some sailors to give him a passage, and landed in Britain. After adventures in which he felt himself sustained and protected by divine help, he returned to his kinsfolk a changed man.

He underwent training for the Christian ministry, which must have consisted mainly of learning a rather conservative rule of faith and acquiring an intimate knowledge of the Latin Bible. A vision then called him to return to Ireland. He went from Britain as ‘bishop of Ireland’ and he spent the rest of his life there, evangelizing, conciliating local chieftains and educating their sons, ordaining clergy, and instituting monks and nuns.

O Father, how Patrick loved those who enslaved him! Would that we could love one another in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion so well. Amen.

Hat tip: SF

St. Ninian, missionary to the Picts

January 18, 2013

Ninian (c. 340) was a Briton educated in Rome and influenced by Martin of Tours. He built a stone church in Galloway and spent the remainder of his life as missionary to the Picts. The Picts were a forerunner tribe to the Scotch. They were fierce, and they tatooed or painted their skin with designs.

According to local tradition, Ninian sometimes used a nearby cave for solitude and retreat. Christian symbols carved into rock were discovered when the cave was excavated.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the life and ministry of Ninian. We humbly ask You to anoint Justin with a zeal for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and a hunger to spend time alone with You. Courage and discipline, Lord. Courage and discipline. Amen.

Hat tip: SF

Ephesians 3:8-10

January 18, 2013

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; TO THE INTENT THAT NOW THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD MIGHT BE MADE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH TO THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES, (Ephesians 3:8-10)
      Lord Jesus Christ, it seems like all the knowledge transfer is going the other direction: the church is being informed and fed by the world and principalities and powers instead of the world and principalities and powers being informed and fed by the church.

      Holy Spirit, please help us earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3b)

      Father, you are able to keep us from stumbling and bring us faultless into the presence of your glory with great joy. You along are wise and we pray that your glory and majesty, dominion and power will be shown forth among us in this diocese, both now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)

A word received: You are in my care.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Isa. 42:(1-9)10-17; Eph. 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Isa. 43:1-13; Eph. 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Subject: Quote…
      Remember, someone once said,
      “If a blow a fuse, you will be in the dark…”
      Isaiah 2:5 writes,
      “O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
      ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

January 18, 2013

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, January 17, 2013, 5:05 – 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

+a MAX — We prayed for his migraine headache and bad arthritis. He wants to go to Florida for an experimental coral bone graft.

a GARY — He has a job interview tomorrow. We prayed for his daughter Becky’s pregnancy and his wife’s pain and for financial provision and for the message he was going to give to those coming to the meal.

PETER — He gave thanks that “it will all be over noon tomorrow” for his brother GEORGE and the election. His wife CONNIE and the BABY are doing well.

DAN asked prayer for PASTOR DAN AND WENDY CRAGAN on the staff of Schenectady City Mission. Their daughter-in-law CHRIS has been in a coma. Their son SETH put on Facebook “Broken”. Seth and Chris have a 7 year old son ELI. Pray that Chris will come out of the coma whole and well in mind, body, and spirit.

a JUSTIN (a volunteer from Potsdam University who came to the table last week). — He reported that his girlfriend, CARLA-LEIGH, had a wonderful day the next day with the at-risk kids she works with after we prayed for her last week. We asked Justin if he had ever accepted God’s forgiveness for his sins and he said, “No.” Then we led Justin in accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior, confessing his sins to Jesus and accepting God’s forgiveness. A look of stunned wonder came over his face when we told him that he was now “clean”.

REGGIE — We gave thanks for Justin’s decision for Christ and for the Schenectady City Mission being such a rich harvest field.

LEROY — He was robbed but gave thanks that he was still able to pay his rent.

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