Romans 12:4-8

April 30, 2013

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:4-8 )
      Holy Spirit, go through this diocese and move all of us to use the gifts and talents you have given us so that the kingdom of God is built up among us. Thank you.

      Jesus, let the ministry of your Spirit be made visibly present at the Diocesan Convention. Move in our hearts and stir us up to a passion for you.

      Father, let your hand of blessing rest upon the people of this diocese and upon the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: Give me your fears.

Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Wisdom 10:1-4(5-12)13-21 or Lev. 16:20-34; Rom. 12:1-21; Luke 8:1-15
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Wisdom 13:1-9 or Lev. 19:1-18; Rom. 13:1-14; Luke 8:16-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Deacon Alan Hart
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013
Subject: Prayer Table Report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, April 29, 10-1:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Light rain fell today at the start, then when it got a little heavier we moved the table into the entranceway of our church. Becky Hadley and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. We did not give out any wooden crosses or anoint anyone with Holy Oil today.)

ETHEL — She is a regular who always hugs and thanks us “… for being out here for us.” We prayed for healing for her injured left hand. (She fell recently.)

MAN (No name) — He waved and smiled at us from the other side of the street, but he did not come over.

DAVID — Asked for prayer for problems he has been having obtaining car insurance so he can continue to drive and keep his license.

REBECCA — She received prayer for steady pain she is having in her left hand. (She, too, fell this past week after losing her balance.)

Albany Intercessor


Luke 7:36-50

April 29, 2013

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” (Luke 7:36-50)
      Holy Spirit, give us this same passion to honor and serve Jesus that this woman has.

      Father, help us recognize how great our debt of sin is and the forgiveness of that debt you have done through your son Jesus. Help us accept with joy that you have forgiven people that we may not even like or desire to know.

      Jesus, thank you for forgiving this woman’s sins. Help us come to you as she did and find the forgiveness of our sins that you offer us.

      Holy Trinity, One God, help us share with others our love and passion for Jesus.

A word received: Keep coming to me in all your troubles.

A word received: I have held you up all these years.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Wisdom 9:1,7-18 or Lev. 16:1-19; Col. (3:18-4:1)2-18; Luke 7:36-50
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Wisdom 10:1-4(5-12)13-21 or Lev. 16:20-34; Rom. 12:1-21; Luke 8:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Theresa Rinaldo
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Subject: Christ Church Schenectady, Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table Report, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Chuck Rinaldo

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

++ Rianna – Uncle Josh for healing and Uncle Bo for safe place to live.

+ Peter – Homeless and asking for a place to live in safety.

+ James – Pray for a place for him and the family to live.

+ Sean – Peace of mind and to keep straight.

+ Bobby – Moving to Wooster, MA near part of his family. His is disabled and needs services. He is concerned about moving because his daughter lives here.

+Devon – To stay straight.

+ Emilie – She is pregnant and asked for a safe delivery and healthy baby.

Albany Intercessor


Syrian archbishops

April 29, 2013

Yohanna Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox archbishop of Aleppo, and Paul Yazigi, the Greek Orthodox archbishop of Aleppo in Syria, are still missing. The two archbishops reportedly were kidnapped, and a deacon driving them – Fatha’ Allah Kabboud – was killed, while they were undertaking a joint humanitarian mission near the Turkish border north of Aleppo on 22 April 2013. There is no new development in the abduction of the two Metropolitan Bishops. The Syrian government and the opposition forces have accused one another of these crimes, but no group has claimed responsibility.

Oh, God, restore Archbishops Ibrahim and Yazigi again! You have made the nation of Syria tremble. You have broken it. Heal its breaches, for it is shaking. You have shown Your people hard things. They have drunk the wine of confusion.
You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Christ Jesus is the truth, and we claim His name over Archbishops Ibrahim and Yazigi. Deliver Your servants. Save them with Your right hand, and hear us. Amen.
Adapted from Psalm 60:1-5

Previous post here.


Secret place

April 28, 2013

And He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
He flew upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness His secret place;
His canopy around Him was dark waters
And thick clouds of the skies.
(Psalm 18:10-11)
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.” (Song of Solomon 2:14)

Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!
You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence
From the plots of man;
You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
From the strife of tongues.
(Psalm 31:19-20)
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.” (Song of Solomon 2:14)

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.” (Song of Solomon 2:14)

I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.
(Isaiah 45:3)
The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)


John 13:34-35

April 28, 2013

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34)
      Jesus, please help us in this diocese to love one another as you love us. Help us to have a passion for you that shows itself in loving one another.

“By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
      Holy Spirit, please help us be disciples who love one another so that we can make other disciples.

      Father, please help us show forth your love to others. Thank you.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Wisdom 7:22-8:1 or Leviticus 8:1-13, 30-36; 2 Thess. 2:13-17; Matt. 7:7-14
Fifth Sunday of Easter: 145 or 145:1-9; Acts 13:44-52 or Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Revelation 19:1,4-9 or Acts 13:44-52; John 13:31-35
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Wisdom 9:1,7-18 or Lev. 16:1-19; Col. (3:18-4:1)2-18; Luke 7:36-50

Albany Intercessor


Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

April 27, 2013

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Tonie Loveless 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 was anointed with Holy Water

Albany St.

Jay — not doing good

+Jerome — strength and wisdom to continue each day

+++++Quannisha — for daughter

Tracy, for family, Elizabeth (his wife) + 10 kids (said he is a mess up)

+Ann — God is good, got me up today — praised God. We prayed for her.

Christopher — has a cross — we prayed for him before — high blood pressure and family.

+++++Desire — family and apartment, prayed for God’s presence in her apartment

+Al — his family, homeless, sickness

Mary — her grandmother (Karen) died in November. She doesn’t know if she is in heaven.

Roy — psoriasis on his hands

Ray — Why did the Boston bombing occur?

State St.

John (young man) — prayed for a blessing on his work today

Susan “Hit and Run” prayer — prayed for a blessing on her

+a René (man) — He asked for prayer for guidance in a relationship with a woman

+a Jeremiah (young man) — looking lost

+Amanda (young woman) — looking lost

Isaiah (young man across the street) — asked us to pray for him

+a Dennis (young man) — he wanted prayer that he would do a good job at work (rehabbing a house) and for a good future

+a Shada (woman) — “I have some pain in my body.”

a Lloyd (man) — asked prayer for him and his family

We prayed for Lisa and Jason (across the street, they did not come out today) — we prayed they would be set free from addiction — that they would come to that place of breaking where they would recognize their need for Jesus.

+a Sabrina (young woman) — She parked in front of us and said that she saw an older couple down the street with nothing. She asked prayer that she could find them again and bring them to us. A while later she drove up with +Sarah and +Paul who have been homeless and on the street for four days. We prayed with them.

+a Katie — She asked prayer that she could get an apartment and get her child out of foster care.

+a Kurt (man) — He confessed his sins and gave his burdens to Jesus and accepted God’s cleansing work in his life.

Steve (regular) — He had a cancerous growth removed from his ear this week.

Walter — to be clean

+a Randy (young man who drove into the parking lot next to us and came for prayer) — He gave his life to Jesus again. He is looking for a better job.

+a Tobias (regular who parked in front of us) — He is still in great confusion and directionless.

++a Joseph (man) — He asked prayer for his grandson Joseph who is having heart surgery May 2nd. I think he said Joseph III is about 10.


Zechariah 4:10a and Luke 7:29-30

April 27, 2013

This is a day for small things; who would dare to despise it? (Zechariah 4:10 a, JB)
      A word received: Rejoice in my small gifts.

And when all the people heard him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him. (Luke 7:29-30)
      Father, we pray for the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church who have rejected your will for them by refusing the baptism of repentance that you offer them. Soften their hearts by your Holy Spirit and help them turn to Jesus for forgiveness of their sins and the new life you are offering them. Thank you.

Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); Wisdom 7:1-14 or Exodus 40:18-38; Col. 3:12-17; Luke 7:18-28(29-30)31-35
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Wisdom 7:22-8:1 or Leviticus 8:1-13, 30-36; 2 Thess. 2:13-17; Matt. 7:7-14
Fifth Sunday of Easter: 145 or 145:1-9; Acts 13:44-52 or Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Revelation 19:1,4-9 or Acts 13:44-52; John 13:31-35

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:30 – 6:30 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 Carl — “My family, my kids, and me.”

Gary — He showed us a picture of his new granddaughter Molly Jean. He gave thanks for her gave thanks for her and that his son-in-law and daughter are moving from Colorado to the local are where his son-in-law will be teaching at Skidmore.

+Kathy — “My family is in shambles.” She got a cross for her brother +Tommy who is has been homeless the past two years. “I’m not sure where my brother really is.”

Chuck — He prayed for the family next door where an ambulance had come that morning. His neighbors are John and Erika. Chuck gave thanks that his truck was working again.

Dan — He asked prayer for the Board of Directors meeting of the Schenectady City Mission on Friday. He also asked prayer for Mike Saccocio whose father had just died. We prayed for Dan’s daughters and for the restoration of good relations with the youngest.

Riana (girl age 7) — “To find a home to live in and get her dog back.”

A group of children came: +a Joshua (born premature 2 lbs 7 oz with MS), +a Delilah, +a Ryleigh. They asked prayer for their daddy named James, and +a Nova who asked prayer for her father Larry and grandma and Uncle Joe. They were brought by +a Peggie who is the mother of the first three kids. She is pregnant. Eleanor (regular), the grandmother, also came with them.

+a David — “I need a job to support my family.” We prayed against the blockages that prevent him getting a job.

Felicia — Her husband is messing around with other women. We prayed for her son +Justine (7) and prayed for the whole family.

Erika and Denise — Between them they have 14 kids.

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
      Christopher’s mum Lynn sent this last night sorry for the delay and thx Lynn Let us all Pray for this we boy and lets agree together in Jesus name. Thx Guys Ronnie’O
      hello ronnie, please can you update the prayer chain. christopher has finished his 6th and hopefully last cycle of chemotherapy. He is eating and sleeping well with no sickness this time. The date for next MRI scan is 8th may. please pray for a great reduction of the tumour so surgery will be as minimum as possible. Thanks, Lynn

Albany Intercessor


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