Love

March 31, 2013

Job 26:7b (NKJV)
He hangs the earth on nothing.

Acts 10:39-40 (KJV)
And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

O Father,
The earth; Your Son’s life, death, and resurrection–it is love filling all dimensions seen and unseen, all imagination past and future, all faith, all hope, all glory in this world and the next. Love! Love! Love! We thank You. Amen.


Acts 10:42-44

March 31, 2013

“And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.” (Acts 10:42)
      Holy Spirit, help us in our day to preach and speak of the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and victory over sin and death and that he has been ordained by the Father to be judge of the living and the dead.

“To him all the prophets witness that, through his name, whoever believes in him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43)
      Holy Spirit, please help us join with all the prophets in their witness that through Jesus’ name whoever believes in him will receive remission of sin.

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. (Acts 10:44)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and fall on us as you did Cornelius and his household. Thank you.

A word received: Pray that my people will desire me more than anything else.

Easter Day: 148, 149, 150; *; 113, 114, or 118; Exod. 12:1-14**; –;; John 1:1-18**; Isa. 51:9-11***; Luke 24:13-35, or John 20:19-23***
Easter Day
The Great Vigil: See pages 288-291.
Early Service      Use one of the Old Testament Lessons from the Vigil with 114; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10
Principal Service: 118:14-29 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 51:9-11; Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43; Luke 24:1-10
Evening Service: 114 or 136 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 5:29a,30-32 or Daniel 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 or Acts 5:29a,30-32; Luke 24:13-35Holy Saturday; 95** & 88; *; 27: Job 19:21-27a; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***
Monday: 93, 98; *; 66; Jonah 2:1-9; Acts 2:14,22-32*; John 14:1-14
Monday in Easter Week: 16:8-11 or 118:19-24; Acts 2:14,22b-32; Matthew 28:9-15

Albany Intercessor


Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

March 30, 2013

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Saturday, March 30, 2013, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady, Jonathan Bissell from the The Bridge Church in New York City, and Mark Pasko from St. Michael’s Colonie. The weather was lovely, but there was a quality of “life in the raw” to many of the prayer requests.

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

State St.

Mahendra (teenage boy, regular) — He asked prayer for his family.

+a Ocya (19 year olf woman living in a shelter, her mother is a crackhead, her aunt is dead) — “No one cares about me.” (We were really touched by her.)

a Debra (regular) — We prayed a blessing on her prayers and for her daughter Latina to repent of her abuse of Debra.

+John — He wants a “nice prayer.”

+Onika (woman) — “For everything.”

a Jason (regular) — He asked prayer for Lisa and for her sister who is sick in the hospital.

+Alima — She asked prayer for health and a job.

Lisa (she came across the street following a cell-phone call from Jason) — We prayed for a release from her alcoholism (she said she could only go 15 to 30 minutes without a drink). She started cursing at people who wouldn’t stop for prayer (it was quite a scene).

+Ed — He asked prayer for health and for his family.

+Mike (regular) — He asked prayer to shake a cold.

Connie — She asked prayer for her daughter Christina who has given her baby up for adoption. She said Christina tried to overdose.

+a John — He asked prayer for his son Paul (age 17) who has chosen bad friends.

+Joe — He asked prayer for liver problems (cirrhosis).

+James — He asked prayer for his family and how to be God’s man. Torre asked him if he had ever given his life to Jesus. He said once but had backslidden. Torre led him in recommitting his life to Jesus and accepting forgiveness of his sins.

+Thomas — “My street name is ‘Magic’.” He wanted prayer for a job. “My heart is with Jesus.”

Dan — We prayed for his wife Louise and for his sons Matt and Joe.

Steve — We prayed for a blessing on his business.

+Bill (man carrying a heavy box on his shoulder) — We prayed that he would only carry a “day’s share” of problems.

++a Paula (regular) — We prayed for the various members of her family, especially for Tremel her son that he would marry the girl he has gotten pregnant, for Ikay and Tiffany and their daughter Bella, and for Paula’s husband John that he would not trip or fall.

+Sabrina — Her mother, Ruth, had heart surgery and her cousin’s friend’s brother just died.. We prayed for assurance and hope of the resurrection this Easter.


Job 14:7-10

March 30, 2013

“For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.” (Job 14:7-9)
      Lord Jesus, we live in the hope that you will bring new life to us and to your church.

“But man dies and is laid away; indeed he breathes his last and where is he?” (Job 14:10)
      “I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27)

A word received: Keep turning to me; keep turning to the cross.

Holy Saturday; 95** & 88; *; 27: Job 19:21-27a; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***
Holy Saturday: 130 31:1-5; Job 14:1-1; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
      * For the Invitatory; ** Intended for use in the morning; ***; Intended for use in the evening
Easter Day: 148, 149, 150; *; 113, 114, or 118; Exod. 12:1-14**; –;; John 1:1-18**; Isa. 51:9-11***; Luke 24:13-35, or John 20:19-23***
Easter Day
The Great Vigil: See pages 288-291.
Early Service      Use one of the Old Testament Lessons from the Vigil with 114; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10
Principal Service: 118:14-29 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 51:9-11; Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43; Luke 24:1-10
Evening Service: 114 or 136 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 5:29a,30-32 or Daniel 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 or Acts 5:29a,30-32; Luke 24:13-35Holy Saturday; 95** & 88; *; 27: Job 19:21-27a; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***

      Notes from the Front Line

*****
From: joann E ferris
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table report–Zion , Colton, Cold Brook Drive , south Colton 10am to 11:30 am, Joann E. Ferris, low 40’s, cloudy,some sprinkles, some sun –birds are singing in tree tops.

Louise—no thank you

Mary — no thanks –just stopped to see if I was OK.

Neighbor boy—in the Marines –running —that the Lord would protect him as he serves his country.

Our rural delivery man –safety as he delivers mail.

A man who drove by waving and smiling—protection as he goes about his daily routine.

Albany Intercessor


Isaiah 53:3-6

March 29, 2013

He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him. (Isaiah 53:3)
      Holy Spirit, bring all of us in the Episcopal Church to repentance — to the place where we will truly honor and esteem Jesus.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4)
      Jesus, thank you for bearing our griefs and sorrows. Thank you for standing with us in our hour of need.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
      Father, it was your love for us that sent Jesus to suffer and die for us. Thank you.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
      Jesus, you are the shepherd of our souls, bring all who have wandered off back into your flock. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your help — keep looking to me.

Good Friday: 95* & 22; *; 40:1-14(15-19),54; Wisdom 1:16-2:1;12-22; 1 Peter 1:10-20; John 13:36-38**; or Gen. 22:1-14; John 19:38-42***
Good Friday: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11 or 40:1-14 or 69:1-23; Isaiah 52:13-53:12 or Genesis 22:1-18 or Wisdom 2:1,12-24; Hebrews 10:1-25; John (18:1-40) 19:1-37
Holy Saturday; 95** & 88; *; 27: Job 19:21-27a; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***
Holy Saturday: 130 31:1-5; Job 14:1-1; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
      * For the Invitatory; ** Intended for use in the morning; ***; Intended for use in the evening

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Lisa Longe: Please keep all people involved in making school budget decisions in prayer.

***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013
Subject: GOOD FRIDAY
Every morning I look at my face in the mirror to shave.
Every morning I see the tracheotomy scar on my throat.
Every morning I think, “Wow, I am alive.”
Every morning I thank God for answered prayer.
This morning, Good Friday, I look at HIS scars…
And thank Jesus that He died for me…FOR ME.
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 28, 2013, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell 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 Peter — We rejoiced with him for the soon expected child to be born to him and Connie and we prayed for his brother George to be guided into the life and ministry the Holy Spirit has for him.

Dan — We prayed with Dan for his three daughters and their situations.

Ron (regular) — He gave thanks that he is now having weekly visits with his daughter Isabella.

+Anthony — We prayed for him as he ministers at the Schenectady City Mission.

+a Mark (June’s son) — We prayed for the family reunion he is organizing (first in 20 years). It will be on the 5th anniversary of his wedding where he and his wife will renew their wedding vows..

Albany Intercessor


WA Criswell: He is dead… He is dead… He is dead. Then, then then…

March 29, 2013

He was raised between the heaven and the earth, as though both rejected Him, despised by men and refused by God.

And as though abuse were not vile enough, they covered Him with spittle.

And as though spittle were not contemptuous enough, they plucked out His beard.

And as though plucking out His beard was not brutal enough, they drove in great nails.

And as though the nails did not pierce deeply enough, He was crowned with thorns.

And as though the thorns were not agonizing enough, He was pierced through with a Roman spear.

It was earth’s saddest hour, and it was humanity’s deepest, darkest day.

At three o’clock in the afternoon it was all over. The Lord of life bowed His head and the light of the world flickered out.

Tread softly around the cross, for Jesus is dead. Repeat the refrain in hushed and softened tones: the Lord of life is dead.

The lips that spoke forth Lazarus from the grave are now stilled in the silence of death, and the head that was anointed by Mary of Bethany is bowed with its crown of thorns.

The eyes that wept over Jerusalem are glazed in death, and the hands that blessed little children are nailed to a tree.

And the feet that walked on the waters of blue Galilee are fastened to a cross, and the heart that went out in compassionate love and sympathy for the poor and the lost of the world is now broken; He is dead.

The infuriated mob that cried for His crucifixion gradually disperses; He is dead.

And the passersby who stop just to see Him go on their way; He is dead.

The Pharisees, rubbing their hands in self-congratulation, go back to the city; He is dead. 

And the Sadducees, breathing sighs of relief, return to their coffers in the temple; He is dead.

The centurion assigned the task of executing Him makes his official report to the Roman procurator, “He is dead.” 

And the four, the quaternion of soldiers sent to dispatch the victims, seeing the Man on the center cross was certainly dead, brake not His bones, but pierce Him through with a spear; He is dead.

And Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus of the Sanhedrin go personally to Pontius Pilate and beg of the Roman governor His body, because He is dead. 

Mary His mother and the women with her are bowed in sobs and in tears; He is dead.  

And the eleven apostles, like frightened sheep, crawl into eleven shadows to hide from the pointing finger of Jerusalem and they cry, “He is dead!” 

Wherever His disciples met, in an upper room, or on a lonely road, or behind closed doors, or in hiding places, the same refrain is sadly heard, “He is dead. He is in a tomb; they have sealed the grave and set a guard; He is dead.”

It would be almost impossible for us to enter into the depths of despair that gripped their hearts.

Simon Peter, the rock, is a rock no longer.

And James and John, the sons of Boanerges, are sons of thunder no longer.

And Simon the Zealot is a zealot no longer.

He is dead, and the hope of the world has perished with Him.

Then, then, then…

– W.A. Criswell (1909 – 2002)

via Trevin Wax


A Holy Week and Good Friday Reflection – St. Augustine

March 28, 2013

Man’s maker was made man . . . that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey, that Truth might be accused of false witness, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.

St. Augustine, Sermons 191.1

H/T All Saints Church, Chapel Hill


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