Psalm 20:1-5

August 31, 2013

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; (Psalm 20:1)
      Jesus, we look to you to defend us.

May he send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; (Psalm 20:2)
      Holy Spirit, you are our helper.

May he remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. (Psalm 20:3)
      Father, we offer our lives to you and all that we possess.

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. (Psalm 20:4)
      Jesus, we pray that our heart’s desires will line up with your kingdom purposes.

We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. (Psalm 20:5)
      Father, we rejoice in all that you are doing for us through your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: I AM in charge. Keep looking to me for direction.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; 1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40); 1 Tim. 4:7b-16; John 8:47-59
Proper 17 Closest to August 31: 112; Ecclesiasticus 10:(7-11)12-18; Hebrews 13:1-8; Luke 14:1,7-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Book Recommendation from a friend [which I concur with, Torre] I just finished an AWESOME book on the persecuted church and the power of prayer. It’s a novel called Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn. I very very highly recommend it!!!

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 31, 2013, 9:15 – 10:35 a.m. Louise Popa and Torre Bissell on State St. and David Haig 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

State St.

A car stopped in the street in front of us and the people waved to us and said, “See you tomorrow.”

+Letitia (young woman) — “provision and protection”

+Ellis and Patricia — Ellis stopped and asked for a cross.

+a Stephen (young man) — He gave his life to Jesus when he was baptized in prison. He asked prayer for a job and for his father’s health. We have prayed for Stephen at the Schenectady City Mission several times.

+a Luis (bottle guy) — We prayed for provision for him.

Dave — He asked prayer for his daughter Shelly (17) who has Graves disease. We prayed for correct diagnosis, treatment, and healing.

+ Keith (bottle guy) — He asked prayer that he would find enough bottles to make his rent payment.

+a Tamara (woman) — She “returned to give God thanks”. She asked prayer for an elderly man she is caring for: Michael (73) who has had a brain injury and for his daughter Cheryl.

+a Emmanuel (regular, man) — He was rejoicing because he got a job which starts this coming Tuesday. We prayed he would be a success at it.

Steve (regular) — Still trying to get insurance to start his business.

Richi (a long-time regular) — He asked prayer for his wife Felicia who works in an animal shelter and is trying to save the lives of two kittens that were abandoned by their mother in the park. He also asked prayer for his brothers Vee and Ravi (Ravi’s wife just had a baby)

+199 Kathy (woman) — She is having issues with heart problems. Prayers for restoration of relationship with ex-husband.

a Paula (regular) — Her mom Patsy passed away this summer.

+a Jamal — He received the Lord two weeks ago when we prayed with him. He said that yesterday a man held a gun on him and he was not afraid because he knew that if he died he would go to heaven. Jamal was overflowing with joy.

+a199 Rose (woman who parked across the street and came across the street for prayer) — Her mom, Helen had a mild stroke. We prayed for Helen’s healing and for Rose’s daughter and grandchildren. When she crossed back over the street she showed the man who had driven her the book “199 Promises of God” we had given her.

Ron, The Bus Driver — slowed, honked, and waved to us.

+a199 Elaine (woman) — She asked prayer for good physical health and more of Jesus in her life. She come to NA meetings at Christ Church.

a199 John (Paul’s husband, see above) — We prayed for healing of his shoulder, neck and knees, healing throughout his body.

a Tobias — We continue to pray for steadiness in the Lord for Tobias. He wants to be baptized with water. We prayed that he would also be baptized with the Holy Spirit. He asked prayer and healing for the following people: Pastor Randal, Pastor Sanders, Pastor of Covenant Community, Dianna, Lisa, Ragena, Theresa.

+a199 Chris (man) — He asked prayer for his mom who recently passed away and for his hangover.

+a199 Jerry (man) — He is looking for a place to live for him and his family, provision.

+199 Felicia (woman, see Richi above) — for the kittens who are in need that she is try to save.

Albany St.

+++++++ Richard (for God’s blessing), Desire (for living needs), Said, and Latisha

+LaVaya and Tenera — For a good day, blessing, and protection.

Andrew and Andrew Jr. — “Hit and Run” prayer for God’s blessing.

Manny and Sal — “Hit and Run” prayer for God’s blessing.

++++James, Jason, Casandra, DeQuann, Tamika — for the family, for there to be loving.

++Casar and husband — She asked prayer for her husband’s heart.

Albany Intercessor


August 31, 2013

From Wikipedia: The people of Honduras are among the poorest in Latin America; Gross national income per capita (2007) is $US 1,649; the average for Central America is $US 6,736. Honduras is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; only Haiti and Nicaragua are poorer. As with most Latin American countries, Honduras’s economy is closely tied to the United States. The United States is Honduras’s primary trading partner and the source of about two-thirds of the country’s foreign direct investment. United States multinationals Dole Food Company and Chiquita control a large portion of Honduras’s agricultural exports. Hondurans working in the U.S. send more than US$2 billion each year to their families in Honduras; these remittances account for 28.2% of Honduras’s GDP.

“But Lord , ” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”
Judges 6:15-16

O Father in heaven,
Your strength is made perfect in our weakness. The Midianite raids at harvest time created a cyclical devouring of Israel’s wealth. It was not Your intent for the seasons of Israel to be devoured, and it is not Your intent for the seasons of the Hondurans to be devoured.
Open the eyes of Your children in Honduras to renounce the spirits of control, sloth, comfort-seeking, and faithlessness in their lives and in their bloodlines. Teach them to recognize and repudiate the deception of the enemy. At every point where Satan cursed them, where You desire to release blessings, let Your will be done. Amen.

Mark 14:35-36 and Psalm 17:5

August 30, 2013

He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Take this cup away from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:35-36)
      Jesus, help us surrender our wills to the Father’s will as you did.

      Holy Spirit, give strength to endure when the times are hard.

      Father, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth and in our hearts as it is in heaven. Thank you.

Uphold my steps in your paths, that my footsteps may not slip. (Psalm 17:5)
      A word received: Look to me to steady your feet.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, August 29, 2013, 5:15 – 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 gave thanks that he had connected with his daughter. We prayed for a young man Kyle.

+Tony — He was having lots of spiritual warfare issues.

Bob — That he would soon get a steady job.

Ted (volunteer) — He again asked prayer for his daughter Camille who has lyme disease and is having difficulty getting treatment.

+a Erica (woman) — She is homelss, going from house to house. She needs a job, also prayer for her daughter Alia.

+a Jamal (young man) — “protection and provision”

Stephen (man) — He talked incessantly but did no listening and wouldn’t receive prayer.

*****       Loving the Lord by John Henry Jowett, 1863-1923
            Luke 10:21-28
      The secret of life is to love the Lord our God, and our neighbours as ourselves. But how are we to love the Lord? We cannot manufacture love. We cannot love to order. We cannot by an act of the will command its appearing. No, not in these ways is love created. Love is not a work, it is a fruit. It grows in suitable soils, and it is our part to prepare the soils. When the conditions are congenial, love appears, just as the crocus and the snowdrop appear in the congenial air of the spring.
      What, then, can we do? We can seek the Lord’s society. We can think about Him. We can fill our imaginations with the grace of His life and service. We can be much with Him, talking to Him in prayer, singing to Him in praise, telling Him our yearnings and confessing to Him our defeats. And love will be quietly born. For this is how love is born between heart and heart. Two people are “much together,” and love is born! And when we are much with the Lord, we are with One who already loves us with an everlasting love. We are with One who yearns for our love and who seeks in every way to win it. “We love Him because He first loved us.” And when we truly love God, every other kind of holy love will follow. Given the fountain, the rivers are sure.

***** Today with a gods help I will listen to The Lord.
May your heart be “strangely warmed” as you read this. May you receive this as a prayer as The Lord pours his peace into you. May you know this day the pure love of The Lord as He heals and restores you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always. Push out the worry, fear and pain. Give it all to The Lord! Make room for that “knowing.” Listen pal, He loves you, stop fretting, and allow The Lord to fill your heart with His divine presence. Take a moment to know you are being prayed for and fill your heart with that amazing gift. Breath in the very presence of The Lord…
God bless you dear soul.
~Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor

Honduras–children’s rights

August 30, 2013

From Humanium:
–Nearly 50% of Honduran families are single-parent families and do not receive any State allowances.
–The UNICEF estimated that there were more than 150,000 orphans in the country.
–Most orphanages do not accept many street children and those who are accepted often run away when they are suffering from withdrawal symptoms. In fact, over 90% of them resist hunger by inhaling “Resistol” or shoe glue, which though less expensive than food, is highly toxic and many children die before they are 18.
–Street children are mostly found in the two largest Honduran cities: Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. The majority are boys who leave the house at around 12 years. Some children join the “mara” gangs that spread terror and which act as a substitute family for young people
–All forms of sexual exploitation of children for financial gain remain widespread

Malachi 4 (ESV)
The Great Day of the Lord

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
Lord, have mercy upon the nation of Honduras.
But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.
Christ, have mercy upon the nation of Honduras.
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.
Father, thank You for helping us understand what love looks like. May Your love flow over Honduras.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
Oh, Father, would that the hearts of the fathers turn to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Raise up father figures like Mordecai for the children without fathers.

(Mark 14:13-15

August 29, 2013

And he sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” ‘ Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.” (Mark 14:13-15)
      Lord Jesus, bless all the house churches and grant that every home in this diocese will be a place where your people can meet together for fellowship and prayer.

A word received: I speak to you — listen.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Warrior Welcome Home Retreat in Australia
From: Rob Sutherland
Sent: Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:49 PM
      We are looking to run our next Warrior Welcome Home Retreat in Sydney from 9 – 12 September in Sydney. Prayers from your wonderful network would be greatly appreciated. Please pray that those who God wants to heal through this ministry will come and pray for the team that God will give us wisdom and strength and guidance as we prepare.
Blessings, Rob
Chaplain Rob Sutherland, 0406 767 757,

***** All Saints Cathedral Prayer Table report 8/29/13, Hot & sunny, Dcn Sue Plaske, Beth Collum, Jana Lingo, Hilda Hardy

Frank- For continual blessings & for funds in need.

Mike – for his son who was in accident

Natasha – Thank God for a lovely day, getting up, and for us.

Several people politely declined prayer, but we prayed for them anyway. One Lady said “Always, but not right now!”

Valerie – for friend Maggie who had surgery in Africa, but hasn’t been in touch since June

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Aug. 26, 20-13, 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. Very warm and cloudy after morning rain.)

a–anointed with Holy Oil.
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t — RAFAEL — Asked prayer for his family’s safety and good health.

a — ETHEL — Prayed again for healing for her left wrist, which was broken during the winter when she fell while delivering food to friends. It has never really healed.

WOMAN IN BLUE VAN — We prayed for her quickly as she slowed by in her car waiting for the light.

LAWNCARE GUY — He stopped to spray our church lawn for insects. We prayed for his safety.

MAILMAN — We prayed for him for thanksgiving after he was almost hit by an oncoming car.

t–BRIAN — Young man who just moved up here from New York City. He was pleased that we wanted to pray for his safety, good health and preservation.

GAVIN — This pleasant young man on a bike rode past and flashed the wooden cross we gave him at a recent prayer table.

Albany Intercessor


August 29, 2013

From God as a Gardener:

The story begins with Abimelech, King of Gerar and his military commander’s arrival at Abraham’s campsite. The purpose of Abimelech’s visit was to elicit an oath from Abraham that he would not “deal falsely,” but with kindness (friendship) toward Abimelech and his descendents. Willingly, Abraham gave Abimelech his oath. Then Abraham complains to Abimelech about a well that Abraham’s men dug and Abimelech’s servants seized. Abimelech expressed surprise – he did not know his servants had seized the well. Because Abraham wanted the well, he gave Abimelech seven ewe lambs in return for Abimelech’s oath that the well belonged to Abraham. The site became known as Beersheba, “the well of the oath.” After Abimelech returned to Gerar, Abraham planted a tamarisk, or a grove of tamarisk trees, at Beersheba. There Abraham called on El Ôlām, naming God the Eternal (forever, everlasting) God. The Bible recorded that Abraham stayed in the area a “long time” (Genesis 21:34).

Beersheba is the only place that the Bible recorded Abraham planting trees. Today there is still an ancient well located at, or near, this site called Abraham’s well and tamarisk trees grow in the area.

The Tamarisk Tree

Most botanists and Christian scholars are unanimous in their agreement that the trees that Abraham planted were the Tamarix aphylla. It is also called the athel pine, and athel tree. . . . It is evergreen tree and can reach a height of 50 feet. The tree grows needles rather than leaves; Aphylla means “without leaves.” . . . Often needles excrete salt on their surfaces which give the needles a white color. Because the T. aphylla excretes salt, it is sometimes called a “salt cedar.” The tamarisk tree provides shade and a pleasant coolness. At night, moisture increases in the cool air (Hareuveni, 1989). Water vapor adheres to the salt particles excreted on branches and needles and forms droplets. In the morning tiny droplets of water appear on the thin branches. As the morning sun warms the air, the water droplets evaporate and cool the tree and the shade below it. The water droplets are most plentiful after a humid night and generally evaporate before noon.

Genesis 21:33 (New International Version)
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.

El Olam, Eternal God,
We thank You for the faithfulness and obedience of the clergy of Honduras. Grant them a secure well of living water and a refreshing place of repose. Amen.

Mark 14:3-9 and Luke 16:19-21

August 28, 2013

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on his head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” (Mark 14:3-9)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily follow the example of this woman and do whatever is in our power to serve Jesus as she did. Thank you for her love for Jesus. Help us repent of criticizing the ministry you have given others. Help each of us do our part.

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.” Luke 16:19-21
      Jesus, you have told us that we will always have the poor among us. Help us recognize them and give them aid and comfort. Help us repent of hardness of heart such as the rich man had.

Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; 1 Kings 3:1-15; Acts 27:9-26; Mark 14:1-11
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 11:39 AM
Subject: Prayer Request
      Could I Please ask you all to pray for the marriage of Christian friends which looks like they are about to break up. Pray for all involved as this is an attack of the enemy of their souls.
      Marriage is the first institution set by God and family the second. satan has been interfering in marriage ever since Adam and Eve, he knows that if he can destroy these two great institutions of God’s the third the church will fall.
      I never judge a couple whose marriage is in trouble, I just get so angry with satan, so lets take a minute or two each day to pray for our own and the marriages of those we know and love.
Thank you Ronnie O’Neill

***** Prayer Table Report, Cold Brook Dr. South Colton, NY, Fri. Aug.23,2013, 10 am to 11:30am Overcast, 60’s, Jo Ferris

a dog—my first recipient was a dog, unfamiliar to me. He came over to the table and rested his nose on my knee. He acted lost. I prayed he would find his owners.

a man smoking a pipe as he drove—I prayed for his addition

Arlene–she needed to keep walking –soo –asked for prayers of thanksgiving.

a man talking on the cell phone as he drove

Albany Intercessor

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