From Hebrews 10 and Psalm 40

January 31, 2014

But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after he had said before, (Hebrews 10:15)
      Holy Spirit, be a daily witness to us of the love of Jesus for us.

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” (Hebrews 10:16)
      Jesus, renew in us the covenant you have made with us and cleanse and purify the mind of the church, your people.

then he adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:17)
      Father, thank you that by the shed blood of Jesus all our sins that we bring to you are covered over and you remember them no more.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
      Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese hold fast to the confession of our faith in you and go deeper in you. Let the light of the gospel shine forth at the Diocesan Convention in June so that all may see by it.

I delight to do your will, O my God, and your law is within my heart.” I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, you yourself know. I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart; I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your lovingkindness and your truth From the great assembly. (Psalm 40:8-10)
      LORD, I pray that more and more people in this diocese will declare your faithfulness and lovingkindness to others. Thank you.

A word received: Listen to my word.

A word received: I want you to turn to me.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Gen. 17:15-27: Heb. 10:11-25: John 6:1-15
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Gen. 18:1-16: Heb. 10:26-39: John 6:16-27

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Cathedral Prayer table report 1-29-14, Deacon Sue Plaske and Jana Lingo
No ‘Customers’, but we prayed anyway!
– for the Clergy, esp Bishop Love & Karen, Dean Collum & Beth, & Dcn. Carpenter
– Homeless – protection and provision
– Police, Firefighters, and all those who work outside -protection
– preparation for successful Mission Trip to Haiti, and for bake sale on Thurs and Fri to fund trip
– Daughters of the King classes held on Saturdays thru February.
FHS Jana

Albany Intercessor


January 31, 2014

An Israeli prayer rally was held at the Western Wall. Thousands of people beseeched G-d to “cancel the decrees” of US Secretary of State John Kerry, whose peace plans would create an Arab capital in Jerusalem.

Exodus 6:25a (ESV)
Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas.

Aaron-lofty, exalted
Eleazar-God is my help
Putiel-God is my fatness
Phinehas–mouth of brass or the bronze-colored one

Phinehas distinguished himself as a youth at Shittim by his zeal against the Heresy of Peor. He was displeased with the immorality with which the Moabites and Midianites had successfully tempted the people (Numbers 25:1-9) to worship Baal-peor, so he personally executed an Israelite man and a Midianite woman while they were together in the man’s tent, running a spear or lance through the man and the belly of the woman and thus ending a plague said to have been sent by God to punish the Israelites for sexually intermingling with the Midianites. Phineas is commended for having stopped Israel’s fall to idolatrous practices brought in by Midianite women, as well as for stopping the desecration of God’s sanctuary.

Jehovah God,
You are the help of Israel and her provision. Listen to the prayers of the faithful at the Western Wall. Stop any desecration of Israeli holy sites and land. Guard this nation from idolatry. Amen.

Reference: Wikipedia

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

January 31, 2014

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 12, 2013, 5:10 – 6:20 p.m.. Torre 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

There were 5 (Ricos, Ilex, Chris, Thomas, and Scott) who gave their lives to Jesus this evening. In each case we led them to 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We also showed them that they have a Father in heaven who has adopted them as his children. Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” We explained that “Abba” meant “Dad” and that they could now cry out, “Dad, come and help me.”

Gary (staff) — We prayed that his finances would be brought under control and that he and his wife would have a common mind in Jesus. He asked prayer for his sons Josh (29) who is a teacher’s aide and is underemployed and Christopher (27) who is a court officer, and for his daughter Becky who is a stay-at-home mom. He also asked prayer for Dennis, a friend, to be set free from addiction. We also prayed for Jean.

Ted (volunteer) — We prayed for his granddaughter Camille to be set free from Lyme’s disease and for Jean who is struggling with light-headedness.

John (young man, regular) — He asked prayer for his sister Veeka.

+++ 199 Ricos (young man) — He had last given his life to Jesus in 2004. He confessed his sins and gave his life to Jesus agian and accepted God’s cleansing grace.

We urged John and Ricos (above two) to support one another in prayer and fellowship.

Chuck and Torre — We prayed for healing for Jean.

+ a Terry (young woman) — She has growths in her lower intestines and is supposed to start chemo. She is frightened. We anointed her for healing.

+Tammy (woman) — Her family has rejected her because she is living with her boyfriend. We prayed that she would be brought into a right relationship with her boyfriend and with Jesus.

+ Rianna (young girl, regular) — We again prayed that her grandmother would get out of jail and would follow Jesus.

+ a 199 Ilex (man) — He is married and has 3 children. His wife is 4 months pregnant. One of their sons, Tyrek has cerebral palsy and cannot walk or talk. They were just evicted from their apartment and need a place to stay. He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God’s grace and forgiveness. He just got out of rehab from doing drugs.

+ a 199 Chris (volunteer, young man) — He came and sat down for prayer. When we asked him if he had ever given his life to Jesus he said, “Well, I go to church sometimes.” We explained that wasn’t the same thing. He confessed his sins to Jesus and a look of joy came over his face when he heard that he was now clean.

+ a 199 Thomas (man) — He is unemployed and wants to leave drug addiction behind. He needs a job. He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus cleansing him from sin. He spent 13 years in jail.

+ a Janelle (young woman) — Her 3 year old son a Dillon has spina bifida up by his neck. He is due for an MRI February 10th. We anointed him for healing. We also prayed for her 13-year-old nephew + Hunter.

+ a 199 Scott (man) — He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and rejoiced that his was now clean.

John 5:30, 39 and Psalm 118:1

January 30, 2014

I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me. (John 5:30)
      Jesus, please help us to be true disciples who listen to the Father as you do. Help us lay aside all judgment of others and wait for the discernment that comes from your Holy Spirit. Father, please help us seek your will as Jesus did. Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me. (John 5:39)
      Holy Spirit, help the Scriptures lead us to Jesus. Help us go deeper with him. Thank you

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)
      LORD, thank you for your enduring mercy and goodness.

A word received: Give your life to me; I gave my life for you.

Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Gen. 16:15-17:14: Heb. 10:1-10: John 5:30-47
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Gen. 17:15-27: Heb. 10:11-25: John 6:1-15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Jan. 27, 2014; 10-10:45 a.m. Absolutely the worst weather day we have ever had trying to host His prayer table. It was only 14 degrees with a snow squall and heavy wind forcing us to the porch of our church (instead of the sidewalk in front of the church) and even then the snow and wind wreaked havoc. The cloth table cover kept blowing off the table and our supply of winter clothes and non-perishable food was getting wet despite our efforts to keep it dry. On top of all that, hardly anyone was out and about.)

a– anointed with Holy Oil.
f — received free non-perishable food we offer.
c — received free winter clothing we offer.

a,f,c — REBECCA — She asked for prayer for her injured and painful knee. She is seeing a surgeon on Wednesday and may need surgery soon. Also, we asked for prayer for her sister LISA, who recently lost the baby she was carrying. Lord, please bring some peace to this family.

f,c — DAVID — He took food and clothing for some needy friends of his and asked for prayer to remain strong in what has been a tough winter for him.

MAN WALKING BY — Waved and shouted out “God bless you” to us but declined prayer.

Albany Intercessor

Hebrews 9:12-14 and Genesis 15:5-6

January 28, 2014

For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:12-14)
      Jesus, by your blood and Holy Spirit please cleanse my conscience of all dead works. Thank you.

Then he brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the LORD, and he accounted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:5-6)
      Father, bring us to that righteousness that comes from believing your word to us. Thank you.

A word received: Come into my arms.

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Gen. 15:1-11, 17-21: Heb. 9:1-14: John 5:1-18
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Gen. 16:1-14: Heb. 9:15-28: John 5:19-29

Albany Intercessor

John 4:46-54 and Genesis 15:1

January 27, 2014

So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where he had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him and implored him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” The nobleman said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. (John 4:46-50)
      Holy Spirit, help us believe the word that Jesus speaks to us and act on it as this man did.

And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. (John 4:51-53)
      Jesus, we ask that you bring our whole family to faith in you as happened to this man’s family.

This again is the second sign Jesus did when he had come out of Judea into Galilee. (John 4:54)
      Father, we want to see “signs following” as we follow Jesus (see Mark 16:17-18 ).

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)
      Help us, LORD, to know this as well. By faith in you write this promise on our hearts and minds. Thank you.

A word received: I know your sorrow and grief. I have come so that you may know my joy.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Gen. 14:(1-7)8-24: Heb. 8:1-13: John 4:43-54
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Gen. 15:1-11,17-21: Heb. 9:1-14: John 5:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Ginnie Grupinski Monday, January 27, 2014
This is a bit late getting to everyone as I was out of town, but it’s good news from the Chapmans!
      Thanks to everyone for your prayers! We made it to Huancayo safely last night. It was a beautiful trip (rivers, water falls, mountains and green) amazingly lovely. But it was also an awful trip (long winding skinny roads, no guardrails and a long trip) But we saw hardly any rain along the way and the roads were clear the whole trip! God is so good to us! Thanks again everyone, we appreciate you all! Bishop Mike and Linda

***** St. Francis mission prayer table 1-25-14, Candy Palumbo and Jana Lingo, Cold and snow.
G = Gloves, S= Scarf

Dorothy – Daily Blessing for her and friend on cell phone

Christian – Daily Blessing, loss of Aunt.

Victor(G,S) – Daily Blessing

Carol(G) – Daily Blessing

Matthew(G) – Daily Blessing

Danice(S) – Mother has Alzheimer’s, and that daughter stays on positive path.

Porshce(G)- Daily Blessing

Michael(G) – Daily Blessing

Dora – Daily blessing

Nancy(G) – Blessing for new home, help with Furnishings

For His Service, Jana

Albany Intercessor

Church of England College of Bishops

January 27, 2014

The College of Bishops is currently meeting.

Exodus 4:12 (ESV)
Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.

Let it be so with Your servants, dear Lord. Amen.

Church of England

January 27, 2014

The College of Bishops meets today in preparation for General Synod next month.

A three minute video on a first century boat unearthed from the mud of the Sea of Galilee provides a fascinating insight into the story of Jesus asleep in the boat.

Mark 4:37-39 (NKJV)
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

Triune God,
A great storm is buffeting the Church of England. Just as Jesus, meek and mild, arose in majesty and rebuked the wind, we implore You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to rebuke the demonic forces assailing the church. Amen.


January 26, 2014

An Al Qaeda plot inside Israel was uncovered and aborted. Praise God!

Psalm 22:11-23 (NKJV)
Be not far from Me,
For trouble is near;
For there is none to help.
Many bulls have surrounded Me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
They gape at Me with their mouths,
Like a raging and roaring lion. . . .
For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. . . .
Deliver Me from the sword,
My precious life from the power of the dog.
Save Me from the lion’s mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!
You have answered Me.
I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
You who fear the Lord, praise Him!
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!

Church of England

January 26, 2014

Matthew 22:15-22 (ESV)
“Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

Dear Jesus, there are plots within the Church of England to confuse the truth. Defeat all the clever arguments of those who by human reasoning desire to confuse the truth of the gospel. Shut the mouths of the hypocrites who profess one thing and do another.

Good Shepherd, just as You have mercy on the lost sheep entangled in the brush, have mercy on the leaders who have been enticed by ideas that are not of You and have strayed away. They are entangled in ungodly teaching and the generational dysfunction of the Church of England. They have become easy prey for predators.

Jesus, seek them out. You are the Truth. Grab hold of them, just as You would grab hold of the sheep in the brush. May they renounce these false beliefs and place their guilt on Your shoulders. Bring them to a broad place.

They are stamped with Your image. May the leaders of the Church of England render to You the things that are Yours. The Church is Yours. May Your kingdom be established in the Church of England as it is in heaven. Amen.

John 4:34-38 and Hebrews 7:25

January 25, 2014

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work. (John 4:34)
      Father, help each of us feast at that table where we do your will.

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! (John 4:35)
      Jesus, give us eyes to see the harvest fields that are already prepared for us to enter.

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. (John 4:36)
      Holy Spirit, help us enter into that joy that comes from sowing and reaping.

For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ (John 4:37)
      Father, each of us has our part to play in bringing in the harvest. Give us grace to do our part.

I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” (John 4:38 )
      God, so many times when I get that “nudge” from you to ask, “Would you like to give your life to Jesus?” I find that their hearts are already prepared and ready. All the work has been done by your Holy Spirit and others. Thank you.

Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
      Jesus, thank you for preparing the hearts of the people we will meet today by your intercession for them.

Hebrews 7:25 A word received: I AM praying for you right now.

Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Gen. 12:9-13:1: Heb. 7:18-28: John 4:27-42
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Gen. 13:2-18: Gal. 2:1-10: Mark 7:31-37
Third Sunday after Epiphany: 139:1-17 or 139:1-11; Amos 3:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 4:12-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St. Cold, some snow, and very windy.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
g–indicates received gloves (we received lots of hats and gloves from Schenectady City Mission to pass on)

Tobias (regular) — Asked prayers for friends of his. We prayed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Steve — He was told this week that he does not need a hernia operation. We gave thanks for that.

Richi (semi-regular) — He and his wife Felicia are trying to sell their house so they can move to Florida. We prayed he would get a fair price and that it would sell quickly. We also prayed that Felicia would soon conceive a child.

+ 199 Michael (young man) — He had given his life to Jesus in the past but had strayed. He gave his life to Jesus and confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness and cleansing. He never knew his birth father. I showed him Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” and explained to him that he now was an adopted child of God and had a Father in heaven that he could cry out to for help. I also gave him 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. and explained to him that he was now clean. He received this with joy. I urged him to get into a right relationship with his girlfriend who is pregnant by him.

199 g Stephen (regular, young man) –We prayed for a job for him.

+Tyler (young man) — We prayed for a job for him. He said, “It is hard to get a good job with a criminal background.”

+ g Maria (woman) — A friend stole money from her and then kicked her out of the apartment. She is now living in a hotel for the homeless.

+ g Alan (man) — The furnace in his house is broken since yesterday. The landlord keeps trying to repair it, but it breaks down again.

+ 199 g Scott (boy, 10) — He asked prayers “for my mom.”

+ Ramal (man) — He came for prayer last week for a job. He has an interview on Friday. We prayed that it would be successful.

***** Bishop’s Message Regarding the Conflict in South Sudan, January 24, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The situation in South Sudan continues to be quite fragile, however on a positive note, I just received word that a ceasefire agreement was signed yesterday (January 23rd) in Addis Ababa. Let us pray that it is soon honored throughout all of South Sudan and the fighting stops. Unfortunately, there is a history of mistrust and rivalry between the two warring tribes, the Dinka and the Nuer. Time will tell if they are willing to let go of the past and work for true and lasting peace.
      By the grace of God, Maridi has been spared thus far from the recent violence, however, Bishop Justin and the Church in Maridi are faced with a huge number of displaced people from the surrounding areas coming there for food, shelter and safety. Even with the just-announced ceasefire, large numbers of refugees are expected to continue coming until true peace is established and people are able to return to their homes. The following is an excerpt from two of the most recent communiqués I have received from Bishop Justin:
      “We have started the new year with insecurity and up to now the situation is not good. There is constant fighting with great destruction of lives and properties in Juba and the three states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity State. There is constant defection of the Army to join the rebel group. There is much evidence of tribal rivalry between the Dinka supporting President Kiir and the Nuer tribe supporting Riack Machar who has rebelled…We are all okay here in Maridi. The number of displaced people continues to increase gradually. So far we have 167 families who have reached Maridi and 29 widows whose husbands were killed on the way. There are now a total of 1,336 displaced people in Maridi…So far more than 10,000 people are estimated to have died and over 200,000 people displaced. Fighting is still going on despite the many calls from the international communities for cease fire. Our worries are now about the roads from Yei to Juba and from Juba to Maridi which is becoming unsafe.”
      Our sisters and brothers in Maridi need our help. First and foremost, they need our prayers. Bishop Justin has asked us to pray that Maridi and western Equatoria would be protected from the violence in the surrounding states and that there will be a political solution to the current situation and that peace will prevail, bringing an end to all the suffering and fighting. He has also asked us to pray that the Church will continue to be strong, providing comfort and encouragement for those seeking refuge and preaching a message of peace and reconciliation to all the people, especially the Dinka and Nuer tribes. Bishop Justin stated, “We very much value your prayers for us and thank you.” It is my sincere hope that each of us will be faithful in holding Bishop Justin, the Diocese of Maridi, and all the people of South Sudan up in our daily and corporate prayers.
      In addition to our prayers, Bishop Justin and the people of Maridi are in desperate need of our financial assistance to help them in their efforts to feed, shelter and minister to the ever-growing number of refugees and displaced people arriving in Maridi each day. The following is a list of the specific items Bishop Justin intends to provide each of the refugee families:
1.      30 kg of maize corn: $20
2.      15 kg of beans: $40
3.      5 liters of cooking oil: $10
4.      two pairs of bed sheets: $30
The total for these items to be provided for each displaced family is $100.
      In an effort to assist our Sister Diocese of Maridi as they serve as a channel of God’s love, mercy and healing grace, striving to meet the overwhelming needs of the growing number of refugees, I am asking every parish church in the Diocese of Albany to prayerfully consider sending in a gift of $100 (or more if possible), to the Diocesan Business Office, 580 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834, by Wednesday, February 5th. (Please make checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and put “Maridi Relief” in the memo line. Donations can also be made online by credit card through our secure system by clicking here). In so doing we will be able to send a gift of over $10,000 to Maridi to assist them in this great time of need. Every dollar raised will be sent to Maridi.
      Thank you for your prayers and generous financial support. You will be a blessing and encouragement to Bishop Justin and the people of Maridi and all those they have been called to serve.
      Faithfully Your Brother in Christ, +Bill

Albany Intercessor

Heavenly events

January 25, 2014

Psalm 19:1-4a (ESV)

January 7, 2014 A monster solar flare erupts.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

January 9, 2014 A pulsar wind nebula produces a NASA image dubbed The Hand of God.

Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.

January 22, 2014 A new supernova is identified. The last time a supernova became visible on Earth was 1987.

Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

O Lord, You are indeed a glorious God. Grant us wisdom in understanding the times. Amen.

Church of England College of Bishops

January 25, 2014

Genesis 37:25
As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.

Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery. God used the act of perfidy of Joseph’s brothers to ultimately be their salvation. Had it not been for the chain of events triggered in Joseph’s life, they would have starved to death. Joseph’s Egyptian name was Zaphenath-paneah, Savior of the age (Genesis 41:45).
God sent Jesus to be Judah’s Savior. Even the camels, spices, and myrrh of the Ishmaelite traders are reminiscent of the Magi.
Both salvation stories have inauspicious beginnings. Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of a cistern to be sold, and Jesus was born in a stable. Do we not have an awesome God?

Dear Heavenly Father,
Dare we despise the day of small beginnings? We thank You for inauspicious beginnings. We thank You that there is no tragedy You cannot redeem. We are grateful that Your thoughts are not our thoughts and Your ways are not our ways. We look to you in glad expectation. We look to You in joy.
We know that You have saved and that You will continue to save. We claim the salvation, the healing, and the love of Your Son Jesus. He is the balm of Gilead. May He so completely fill the hearts of the College of Bishops of the Church of England that His light will blaze forth across England.
Don’t pass them by, Lord. Show Yourself strong on behalf of the church. Take their small beginnings and bless them. Amen.
Isaiah 55:8, Zechariah 4:10

John 4: 20-24 and Psalm 35:28

January 24, 2014

Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. (John 4:20-21)
      Father, I thank you that we can come into your presence and worship you wherever we are.

You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. (John 4:22)
      Jesus, thank you for making us a part of the people of God and teaching us how to worship.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship him. (John 4:23)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to worship the Father and the Son in the truth of the gospel. Fill our minds with truth. Come and empower our worship. Thank you.

God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
      Holy Trinity, One God, empower us to worship you in spirit and in truth. Let the river of your Spirit move through this diocese and transform our worship. Prepare our hearts with a passion for Jesus that gets deeper and deeper. Help us abide in your love, Father, and share that love with others.

And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long. (Psalm 35:28 )
      Prompt me to speak of your love and mercy. Thank you for those who giave their lives to you last night at the Schenectady City Mission.

A word received: Look to me for help.

A word received: Ask me to help you worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

Friday: 31 * 35; Gen. 11:27-12:8: Heb. 7:1-17: John 4:16-26
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Gen. 12:9-13:1: Heb. 7:18-28: John 4:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 12, 2013, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Gary (staff) — Sore back from fall and has a job interview today, Friday. Prayed for healing and blessing.

Chuck — Teresa had oral surgery Thursday and is in pain with swelling.

Gary (staff) — Blessing.

Smiley (staff) — His leg is now better.

Ted (volunteer) — Last week his granddaughter Camille had her first intravenous antibiotic treatment through the picc. Her shoulders are already feeling better.

+++ a 199 John (young man) — He gave his life to Jesus for the first time and accepted the forgiveness of his sins and the cleansing of the Holy Spirit. He accepted that he now has a Father in heaven who loves him and has adopted him. He also asked prayers for his mom who got out of jail last week and got crosses for his mom and dad.

+ Judy (woman) — She asked prayer for her son Michael who is in prison. She also asked prayer for her boyfriend.

+ a 199 Seneca (man) — He has wounds in his chest and his legs are a mess. His wife has left him. He had previously given his life to Jesus, but gave his burdens to the Lord and accepted God’s cleansing forgiveness. He accepted that he now has a Father in heaven who loves him and has adopted him.

Ron and Amna (volunteer) — They are a young Muslim couple who are doing community service as a prerequisite to being accepted into a private Muslim college in California. Ron is from the US and Amna is from Pakistan.

Albany Intercessor

Church of England College of Bishops

January 24, 2014

Isaiah 51:6 (ESV)
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will never be dismayed.

Our Father in heaven,
Hagar wandered in the wilderness and sat down to die of thirst. Yet You opened her eyes to see a well of water.
Cleopas and a friend walked to Emmaus with Jesus, yet did not recognize Him. When Jesus took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them, their eyes were opened.
The College of Bishops of the Church of England is in turmoil. Open their eyes to see a well of living water. Open their eyes to see Jesus. Amen.

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